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HTC U12+ vs LG G7 ThinQ: Which is best? (5 days old [18/06/18])

Eyeing a brand new Android? Here's how these two compare

The Stuff Hot Five (8 days old [15/06/18])

These are the top five products worth your time and money this week

Metro Exodus (8 days old [15/06/18])

The atmospheric shooter’s third entry trades the subway for the post-apocalyptic surface

LG OLED65E8PLA (8 days old [15/06/18])

The OLED pace-setter returns - only this time, it’s bringing an assistant

The best horror films on Now TV and Sky (8 days old [15/06/18])

Some streaming to get you screaming

Nest Hello (8 days old [15/06/18])

The smart doorbell that Lionel Ritchie's been looking for...

Drop everything and download: Kevin Toms World Football Cup (8 days old [15/06/18])

The granddaddy of all footie manager games gets ready for World Cup glory

Try Alexa's nerdiest Easter eggs on your Amazon Echo (9 days old [14/06/18])

UPDATE: Don't miss a beat as Alexa will now guide you through the World Cup...

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Oracle Plans To Switch Businesses to Subscriptions for Java SE (1 hour 46 minutes old)

A reminder for commenters: non-commercial use of Java remains free. An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: Oracle has revamped its commercial support program for Java SE (Standard Edition), opting for a subscription model instead of one that has had businesses paying for a one-time perpetual license plus an annual support fee... It is required for Java SE 8, and includes support for Java SE 7. (As of January 2019, Oracle will require a subscription for businesses to continue getting updates to Java SE 8.) The price is $25 per month per processor for servers and cloud instances, with volume d[...]

Red Hat Changes Its Open-Source Licensing Rules (2 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: When leading Linux company Red Hat announces that -- from here on out -- all new Red Hat-initiated open-source projects that use the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) or GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) v2.1 licenses will be expected to supplement the license with GPL version 3 (GPLv3)'s cure commitment language, it's a big deal. Both older open-source licenses are widely used. When the GPLv3 was released, it came with an express termination approach that offered developers the chance to cure license compliance errors. This termination policy in [...]

Tech Giants Urge Congress To 'Protect Entrepreneurs' From Supreme Court Ruling (3 hours old)

U.S. states can now require online retailers to collect local sales taxes, according to a recent Supreme Court ruling that could affect thousands of third-party sellers on top tech sites. An anonymous reader quotes The Verge: In fact, Amazon, which last year started collecting sales tax in all 45 states that require it by law, may have a substantial amount of work to do to help its Amazon Marketplace sellers stay compliant. Yet we don't know if that burden will fall primarily on Amazon or if it will be the responsibility of the sellers. More than 50 percent of all sales on the site are conduc[...]

Researchers Fish Yellowcake Uranium From the Sea With a Piece of Yarn (5 hours old)

Wave723 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum: Researchers at the U.S. Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and LCW Supercritical Technologies made use of readily available acrylic fibers to pull five grams of yellowcake -- a powdered form of uranium used to produce fuel for nuclear power reactors -- from seawater. The milestone, announced in mid-June, follows seven years of work and a roughly US $25 million investment by the federal energy agency. Another $1.15 million is being channeled to LCW as it attempts to scale up the technique for commercial use. The effort bu[...]

Valve's Knuckles EV2 Controller Will Let You Squeeze Things In VR (8 hours old)

Valve's "Knuckles" controllers for VR, first introduced in 2016, are getting upgraded. According to Engadget, Valve is "sending game makers another version, the EV2, that has revamped buttons, straps and a slew of sensors that essentially translate finger motion and pressure to let you touch, grab and squeeze objects inside games." From the report: Some of the EV2's changes are evident: The old Steam Controller-style touchpad that dominated the controller's top has been shrunken to an oval 'track button' that measures touch and force. That's flanked by traditional inputs: A joystick (by deve[...]

Tesla To Close a Dozen Solar Facilities In 9 States (11 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Electric car maker Tesla's move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current and former Tesla solar employees. The latest cuts to the division that was once SolarCity -- a sales and installation company founded by two cousins of Tesla CEO Elon Musk -- include closing about a dozen installation facilities, according to internal company documents, and ending a retail partner[...]

Scientists Genetically Engineer Pigs Immune To Costly Disease (14 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The trial, led by the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute, showed that the pigs were completely immune to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), a disease that is endemic across the globe and costs the European pig industry nearly $2 billion in pig deaths and decreased productivity each year. Pigs infected with PRRS are safe to eat but the virus causes the animals breathing problems, causes deaths in piglets and can cause pregnant sows to lose their litter. There is no effective cure or vaccine, and despite extens[...]

Bethesda Sues Warner Bros, Calls Its Westworld Game 'Blatant Rip-Off' of Fallout Shelter (17 hours old)

Bethesda, the video game publisher behind Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, is suing Warner Bros. and Fallout Shelter co-developer Behavior Interactive over the recently released Westworld, alleging that the mobile game based on HBO's TV series is a "blatant rip-off" of Fallout Shelter. Polygon reports: In a suit filed in a Maryland U.S. District Court, Bethesda alleges that Westworld -- developed by Behaviour and released this week for Android and iOS -- "has the same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements" as Fallout Shelter. Fallout Shelter w[...]

Supreme Court Backs Award of Overseas Patent Damages (18 hours old)

schwit1 quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that companies can recover profits lost because of the unauthorized use of their patented technology abroad in a victory for Schlumberger NV, the world's largest oilfield services provider. The decision expands the ability of patent owners to recover foreign-based damages, increasing the threat posed by certain infringement lawsuits in the United States. Internet-based companies and others had expressed concern that extending patent damages beyond national borders would expose U.S. high-technology firms to greater[...]

Atari Accuses Journalists of Making Stuff Up So They Produce Recordings of the Interview (18 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Legendary games company Atari has accused a Register reporter of making stuff up and acting unprofessionally following an interview earlier this year in San Francisco at the launch of its new games console, the Atari VCS. In that article, we were critical of the fact that the machine did not work, and that its chief operating officer Michael Arzt, whom we spoke to, appeared unable to answer even the most basic questions about the product. We were shown "engineering design models" that were said to be "real" yet turned out did not work, and[...]

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Something to fire up PyTorch fans, Facebook emits code for analyzing human poses, and more (4 hours old)

Including: Microsoft hoovers up Bonsai startup Roundup Hi, here are a few announcements in the AI world from this week. Read on to find out what's happening with PyTorch, which startup Microsoft just bought, and who won OpenAI's Sonic challenge.…

The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit (7 hours old)

Had the board just had enough of Krzanich? Comment The sudden and shocking resignation of Intel CEO Brian Krzanick this week over a long-ago affair with a subordinate – banned under company rules – has led to much mirth among Register readers.…

Hardened Azure, softened containers, force unlocking iOS 12, 11 iPhones – and more (10 hours old)

Plus: Our tip on keeping Mac files encrypted Roundup This week you had to deal with AI security panic, fake Fortnite, and, if you use OpenBSD, the end of Intel HyperThread support…

At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements (17 hours old)

FYI: This article was typed o a roken Apple quirky keyoard – ad it loody well shows Apple has finally admitted the utterfly-mechanism keyoards in its Macook ad Macook Pro laptops are diaolical, and has offered free repairs and replacemets.…

Azure North Europe downed by the curse of the Irish – sunshine (18 hours old)

Microsoft data center went sideways this week for hours with cooling issue Amid forecasts of heat and fears of water shortage in Ireland on Monday, Microsoft was about to confront a drought of a different kind: an Azure service outage.…

Meet TLBleed: A crypto-key-leaking CPU attack that Intel reckons we shouldn't worry about (19 hours old)

How to extract 256-bit signing keys with 99.8% success Intel has, for now, no plans to specifically address a side-channel vulnerability in its processors that can be potentially exploited by malware to extract encryption keys and other sensitive info from applications.…

Software engineer fired, shut out of office for three weeks by machine (19 hours old)

HAL 9000 is here – and it's plugged into your HR system It was only a matter of time before the machines started fighting back. And let's be honest, we all knew the software engineers would be the first to fall.…

Smyte users not smitten with Twitter: APIs killed minutes after biz gobble (21 hours old)

Clients of online abuse-fighting upstart cry foul over being 'royally screwed' Updated Twitter, known for its rather rocky relationship with developers, cemented its reputation for missteps on Thursday – by announcing the acquisition of content cleansing and security biz Smyte and almost immediately disconnecting the firm's existing customers.…

Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space (21 hours old)

Brit booze barons worry they will have to go carbon dry-oxide A carbon-dioxide shortage in Blighty may rid bars and pubs of that fizzy nonsense taking up the tap space of proper cask beer. [Oy! Some of us like a good lager – ed.]…

In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks' location data (23 hours old)

A digital era defining decision In a decision that will define privacy in the digital age, the US Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Friday that the government needs a warrant to access its citizens' mobile phone location data.…

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Codebreaking Bombe moves to computer museum (18 hours old)

Designed by Alan Turing, the machine helped uncover how German forces had scrambled key messages.

Arizona Uber crash driver was 'watching TV' (1 day old)

The police report suggests the safety operator was streaming The Voice just before a fatal collision.

YouTube fans to fund favourite film-makers (1 day old)

The site will let video-makers charge fans a monthly fee for exclusive content.

'Dangerous' carbon monoxide alarms removed from Amazon and eBay (1 day old)

Consumer watchdog Which? finds carbon monoxide alarms on sale online fail British safety tests.

Cyan colour hidden ingredient in sleep (1 day old)

Adding or removing the colour cyan can have an impact on sleep, according to biologists.

The man who was fired by a machine (2 days old [21/06/18])

When a machine decided Ibrahim Diallo no longer worked at his office there was little any human could do.

Instagram star Daryl Aiden Yow used stock image photos (2 days old [21/06/18])

Big brands including Sony and Uniqlo had worked with Daryl Aiden Yow because of his online fame.

Wimbledon tennis to be screened in 4K HDR by BBC (2 days old [21/06/18])

The World Cup 4K HDR trial is being extended to Wimbledon - Sky Q viewers will also benefit.

Fake Fortnite Android apps spread across internet (2 days old [21/06/18])

Security experts warns the fake apps look realistic but in fact only make money for scammers.

Intel chief Brian Krzanich resigns over relationship (2 days old [21/06/18])

The company says Brian Krzanich is leaving because of "a violation of Intel's non-fraternisation policy".

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