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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (237 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (237 days old [20/11/18])

Stuck for what to buy that special someone? We've done the hard work for you

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 15 gift ideas for drinkers and alcohol lovers (237 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (237 days old [20/11/18])

UPDATED: If you’re not using your iOS devices for playing games, you’re missing out on some of the best titles mobile has to offer

Nokia 9 preview: Everything we know so far (238 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (238 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (238 days old [19/11/18])

Bonus buttons, mix-and-match components, and Astro's trademark polish

First 10 things you should do with your Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL (238 days old [19/11/18])

Got yourself Google's latest Pixel phone? Here's how to get the best out of it...

Tiny L’Oreal wearable keeps you safe in the sun (238 days old [19/11/18])

My Skin Track/UV does what it says on the tin

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Broadcom and Symantec End Buyout Talks (1 hour 18 minutes old)

phalse phace writes: Earlier this month, there was a report that Broadcom was in advance talks with Symantec about a possible buyout. It's being reported that those talks have now ended. "Symantec and Broadcom have ceased deal negotiations, sources tell CNBC's David Faber," reports CNBC. "The people familiar with the matter added that Symantec would not accept less than $28 a share. People familiar with the matter added that Broadcom indicated in early conversations that it would be willing to pay $28.25 per share for Symantec, but that following due diligence knocked that figure down below $2[...]

Colleges Graduate 10,000 This Year With Masters In Data Science Degrees (1 hour 38 minutes old)

dcblogs writes: The Master of Science in Analytics was created in North Carolina State University in 2006. Today, there are about 280 colleges and universities that offer a similar graduate degree and in total, they will produce about 10,000 analytics master graduates in 2019. "The demand is there, but the supply [of data scientists] is catching up quickly," said Michael Rappa, who founded the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University. Graduates of these programs are typically called data scientists, a relatively new term that's often cited as one of the most in-deman[...]

Ajit Pai's New Gift To Cable Companies Would Kill Local Fees and Rules (2 hours old)

Ajit Pai is proposing a plan that would stop cities and towns from using their authority over cable TV networks to regulate internet access. His proposal, which is scheduled for a vote on August 1st, "would also limit the fees that municipalities can charge cable companies," reports Ars Technica. "Cable industry lobbyists have urged the FCC to stop cities and towns from assessing fees on the revenue cable companies make from broadband." From the report: If approved, Pai's proposal would "Prohibit LFAs [local franchising authorities] from using their video franchising authority to regulate most[...]

Scotland Produced Enough Wind Energy To Power All Its Homes Twice Over (3 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Wind turbines in Scotland generated 9,831,320 megawatt hours between January and June 2019, WWF Scotland said Monday. The numbers, which were supplied by WeatherEnergy, mean that Scottish wind generated enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes for six months. That is almost double the number of homes in Scotland, according to WWF Scotland. By 2030, the Scottish government says it wants to produce half of the country's energy consumption from renewables. It is also targeting an "almost completely" decarbonized energy system [...]

Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency Could Be Misused By Terrorists, Says Treasury Chief Mnuchin (3 hours old)

In a press conference Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Facebook's proposed digital currency, Libra, "could be misused by money launderers and terrorist financiers" and that it was a "national security issue." CNBC reports: "Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity like cyber crime, tax evasion, extortion, ransomware, illicit drugs and human trafficking," Mnuchin said, adding that he is "not comfortable today" with Facebook's launch. "They have a lot of work to do," he said. The press conference comes days after Presid[...]

Amazon Warehouse Workers Around the World Are Striking For Prime Day (4 hours old)

Amazon workers around the world are going on strike today to bring attention to the working conditions they endure. "Some are arguing that buying from Amazon during Prime Day is akin to crossing a picket line," reports Quartz. From the report: As the two-day bacchanal of discounted Amazon offerings begins, workers at its fulfillment centers around the U.S. continue to complain of extremely odious quotas, limited bathroom breaks, mandatory holiday shifts, and the need for pain medication just to get through their 10-hour work days. The U.S.: Workers at a Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center[...]

To Break Google's Monopoly On Search, Make Its Index Public (5 hours old)

Robert Epstein, an American psychologist, professor, author and journalist critical of Google, argues that Google's monopoly on search can be broken by making its index public. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report via Bloomberg: Different tech companies pose different kinds of threats. I'm focused here on Google, which I've been studying for more than six years through both experimental research and monitoring projects. (Google is well aware of my work and not entirely happy with me. The company did not respond to requests for comment.) Google is especially worrisome because i[...]

AI Has a Compute Dependency Problem, Facebook VP Says (5 hours old)

In one of his first public speaking appearances since joining Facebook to lead its AI initiatives, VP Jerome Pesenti expressed concern about the growing amount of compute power needed to create powerful AI systems. From a report: "I can tell you this is keeping me up at night," Pesenti said. "The peak compute companies like Facebook and Google can afford for an experiment, we are reaching that already." More software innovation will be required if artificial intelligence is to grow unhindered, he said, and optimization of hardware and software -- rather than brute force compute -- may be criti[...]

Intel's Pohoiki Beach is a Neuromorphic Computer Capable of Simulating 8 Million Neurons (6 hours old)

During the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Electronics Resurgence Initiative 2019 summit in Detroit, Michigan, Intel unveiled a system codenamed "Pohoiki Beach," a 64-chip computer capable of simulating 8 million neurons in total. From a report: Intel Labs managing director Rich Uhlig said Pohoiki Beach will be made available to 60 research partners to "advance the field" and scale up AI algorithms like spare coding and path planning. [...] Pohoiki Beach packs 64 128-core, 14-nanometer Loihi neuromorphic chips, which were first detailed in October 2017 at the 2018 Neuro Ins[...]

Twitter Rebuilds Website For 'Write Once, Run Everywhere' Philosophy (6 hours old)

An anonymous reader writes: Twitter today began rolling out a new version of Twitter.com, rebuilt "from the ground up." The company says the project, which impacts the front end and the back end, has been years in the making. Twitter's biggest redesign in nearly seven years is meant to be a clean slate that will help the team more quickly bring new features and functionality to the site. On the front end, that means a faster and more personalized experience. On the back end, that means serving the right experience based on the user and device. The front end redesign brings Twitter's Explor[...]

The Register

Humans may be able to live on Mars within walls of aerogel – a wonder material that can trap heat and block radiation (1 hour 45 minutes old)

Just build houses near the ice caps to produce water and grow food. Easy! We may be able to survive and live on Mars in regions protected by thin ceilings of silica aerogel, a strong lightweight material that insulates heat and blocks harmful ultraviolet radiation while weighing almost nothing.…

What Huawei to go: Hundreds of Chinese tech giant's US workers to get pink slips – report (2 hours old)

With trade ban set to kick in next month, jockeying continues Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer targeted by a Trump administration trade ban, is expected to dismiss a substantial number of people in the US in the coming weeks.…

You can't say Go without Google – specifically, our little logo, Chocolate Factory insists (6 hours old)

We pay for the hosting so the big G stays: Open-source community-driven code lingo site must sport giant's brand Back in 2009, Google chose to name its latest programming language Go, a decision that is still giving it a migraine…

Facebook's Libra is a terrorist's best friend, thunders US Treasury: Crypto-coins dubbed 'national security risk' (6 hours old)

But Zuck Inc got in first and announced it was delaying its unwelcome electronic currency The US Treasury Secretary today put a big dent into Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency plans, by claiming it would be a "national security risk," as well as a likely source of money laundering for – among others – terrorists.…

DDoS attack? Mad dash to file forms? No, errant network switch crashed Australian tax service (7 hours old)

Strewth, mate! On Friday, with tax-return season underway, the websites of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) suddenly went TITSUP (Totally Inefficient Tax Service: Under Performing), causing anguish to thousands of Aussies.…

Symantec share price nose dives after rumored Broadcom biz gobble taken off the menu (8 hours old)

Looks like the ailing security shop priced itself out of an acquisition by chip giant Symantec's share price has plunged on reports that its planned merger with Broadcom has fallen through.…

UK's Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station takes an eye off the sky to strike out into data centre biz (10 hours old)

Complete with an immersion-cooled machine learning cluster Goonhilly Earth Station, the Cornish-based satellite comms and space tech hub, has cut the ribbon on a data centre to sell colocation and managed services.…

Scientist, war hero and gay icon Alan Turing is new face of the £50 note (10 hours old)

Binary and blueprints: is this the nerdiest banknote ever? Legendary codebreaker and father of theoretical computer science Alan Turing will soon be gracing your pocket on the side of a shiny new £50 note.…

Yes, I've been swotting up on court evidence in advance, says Autonomy founder Mike Lynch (11 hours old)

No wonder he seems so well informed Autonomy Trial Former Autonomy chief exec Mike Lynch sensationally admitted to London's High Court this afternoon that he has been reading courtroom evidence in advance of being questioned about it.…

UK says no way to US calls for no Huawei on 5G networks: MPs find 'no technical grounds' to exclude Chinese giant (12 hours old)

Plus: American biz bods could say yes way to Zhengfei... in '2 to 4 weeks' The UK's Science and Technology Select Committee said it can't find any "technical grounds" for chopping Huawei out of the UK's 5G and other telco networks, but said government should consider "ethical" issues and its relationship with "allies".…

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BBC News - Technology

Facebook scam-busting service goes live (3 hours old)

New tools to fight online scams are launched after a legal action by TV personality Martin Lewis.

'My son spent £3,160 in one game' (1 day old)

As politicians call for more regulation, you share your stories about children spending money within games.

Virgin Media probes why it blocked giant Gif site Imgur (14 hours old)

The broadband provider had warned viewing some of Imgur's content could be a criminal offence.

Facebook's Libra could be misused, says treasury chief Mnuchin (6 hours old)

Steven Mnuchin joins other powerful voices in warning that the cryptocurrency could be misused.

Porn block: Margot James 'extremely sorry' for delay (14 hours old)

"I know it sounds incompetent," Margot James says of age rules that should have started on Monday.

Computer password inventor dies aged 93 (14 hours old)

Fernando Corbato also pioneered work on ways for lots of people to use the same computer simultaneously.

AI pioneer Turing is the face of the new £50 note (14 hours old)

The note - once called the currency of corrupt elites - gets a makeover with the image of a computer pioneer.

University of Suffolk hosts all-female games jam (19 hours old)

Organisers hope the "amazing" opportunity will help encourage more women into the gaming industry.

Galileo sat-nav system still without service (14 hours old)

"Europe's GPS" remains offline as it grapples with a technical glitch in its ground infrastructure.

Amazon workers launch protests on Prime Day (12 hours old)

Thousands of workers are calling for better conditions as the retail giant's annual sale starts.

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