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Space Billboards Could Cost $65 Million and Still Turn a Profit (1 hour 8 minutes old)

A new study suggests that a billboard-like constellation of about 50 satellites, costing $65 million all in, could shine ads to every corner of the Earth for months -- and potentially make money while doing so. TechCrunch reports: The study, from Russian researchers at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), presents a fairly compelling case that is bolstered by the recent controversy around SpaceX's highly visible Starlink satellites. The paper's proposal involves sending up a constellation of about 50 satellites at a [...]

Magic: the Gathering Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary By Selling $1,000 Boosters (4 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Popular collectible card game Magic: The Gathering is celebrating its 30th anniversary by releasing packs of cards that cost $999. It's called Magic: The Gathering 30th Anniversary Edition and will contain some cards that haven't been reprinted in decades, all with their original art. Nine hundred ninety-nine dollars will buy a collector four sealed booster packs. "Each pack contains 15 cards, 13 cards in the modern frame -- 1 rare, 3 uncommons, 7 commons, and 2 basic lands -- plus one basic land in the retro frame, one additional retro fra[...]

Climate Change Made This Summer's Drought 20 Times More Likely, Study Finds (6 hours old)

Rising global temperatures caused by the burning of fossil fuels made this summer's brutal droughts across the Northern Hemisphere -- which dried up rivers, sparked unprecedented wildfires and led to widespread crop failure -- 20 times more likely, according to a new study. Yahoo News reports: Climate change is rewriting normal weather patterns in real time, said the study by World Weather Attribution, a consortium of international scientists who examine the link between rising average global temperatures and extreme weather. The droughts that affected North America, Europe and Asia this summe[...]

Google Shows Off Wireless Charging Dock That Turns the Pixel Tablet Into a Smart Display (6 hours old)

Alongside today's launch of the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch, Google revealed more details about its upcoming Pixel Tablet that was first announced earlier this year at Google I/O. The biggest new feature is it's ability to transform into a smart display when paired with a magnetic wireless charging speaker dock. "When docked, it looks like a Nest Hub Max, responds to Google Assistant queries, and lets you control your smart home from the redesigned Home app," adds The Verge. Other features include the Google Tensor G2 processor, which is powering the new Pixel 7 smartphones, a user[...]

China Upgrades Great Firewall To Defeat Censor-Beating TLS Tools (7 hours old)

Great Firewall Report (GFW), an organization that monitors and reports on China's censorship efforts, has this week posted a pair of assessments indicating a crackdown on TLS encryption-based tools used to evade the Firewall. The Register reports: The group's latest post opens with the observation that starting on October 3, "more than 100 users reported that at least one of their TLS-based censorship circumvention servers had been blocked. The TLS-based circumvention protocols that are reportedly blocked include trojan, Xray, V2Ray TLS+Websocket, VLESS, and gRPC." Trojan is a tool that promis[...]

Court Blocks 13,445 'Pirate' Sites Proactively To Protect One Movie (8 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: A court in India has granted what appears to be the most aggressive site-blocking injunction in the history of copyright law. In advance of the movie 'Vikram Vedha' premiering in cinemas last Friday, a judge handed down an injunction that ordered 40 internet service providers to proactively and immediately block an unprecedented 13,445 sites. [...] India began blocking pirate sites in 2011 but the public had no idea it was coming. In an early case, movie company Reliance Entertainment went to court to protect the movie 'Singham' and came a[...]

Blizzard Axes Controversial Overwatch 2 Phone Number Requirement (8 hours old)

Overwatch 2 will no longer require existing Overwatch players to cough up a phone number, as Blizzard rolls back the controversial anti-cheat system. TechRadar reports: All Overwatch 2 players were originally required to link an active phone number to their Battle.net account to play the hero shooter. Blizzard hoped the SMS Protect authentication system would help users verify their accounts, and prevent disruptive and abusive players from returning to the game after being banned. [...] Overwatch's phone number authentication system has proven controversial among the game's community. Several [...]

Showtime May Be Merged Into Paramount+ (9 hours old)

"Paramount Global executive David Nevins, who has run the premium network Showtime since 2016, is leaving the company at the end of year," reports CNBC. According to the report, it may help give the media conglomerate "more flexibility to potentially merge Showtime into Paramount+." From the report: Along with his departure, Paramount Global is restructuring Showtime in ways that could give the company flexibility to effectively end Showtime as it's existed for decades -- as an independent premium cable network churning out prestige hits such as "Dexter," "Weeds," "Billions," "Homeland" and "Y[...]

The Pixel Watch Is Official: $349, Good Looks, and a Four-Year-Old SoC (10 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google is clawing its way back into wearable relevance. Today the company took the wraps off what is officially its first self-branded smartwatch: the Pixel Watch. Google started revamping its wearable platform, Wear OS, in partnership with Samsung. While Wear OS 3, the new version of Google's wearable platform, technically launched with the Galaxy Watch 4 last year, this is the first time we'll be seeing an unskinned version on a real device. First up: prices. Google is asking a lot here, with the Wi-Fi model going for $349 and the LTE ve[...]

Boston Dynamics Pledges Not To Weaponize Its Robots (10 hours old)

Several robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics, are pledging not to support the weaponization of their products and are calling for others in the industry to do the same, according to a letter shared first with Axios. From the report: The open letter highlights the erosion of consumer trust in robots as among the reasons not to allow them to be used as weapons. "We believe that adding weapons to robots that are remotely or autonomously operated, widely available to the public, and capable of navigating to previously inaccessible locations where people live and work, raises new risks of [...]

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Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn (860 days old [30/05/20])

There's a starship waiting for the sky, he'd like to come meet us, but he thinks he'd blow our minds Video In yet another setback for Elon Musk's beloved steel spaceship, a SpaceX Starship prototype has exploded on the pad during a rocket test burn.…

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks (860 days old [29/05/20])

'No evidence of damage to network or computers, no evidence of theft, damage, or loss of data' On November 4th, 2018, now-Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp announced an investigation into his rival Democratic party, accusing the organization of trying to hack the US state's voter registration system.…

Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam (860 days old [29/05/20])

Land Of The Free to List All The Websites You Use Twitter, Reddit, and the Internet Association on Thursday filed a legal brief in support of a challenge to the US State Department's policy of requiring visa applicants to disclose their social media handles and profiles.…

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for allegedly sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays (860 days old [29/05/20])

Probing by El Reg's Chris Mellor highlighted in class-action complaint A US law firm is seeking owners of certain shingled Western Digital drives to join a class-action suit against the storage slinger, alleging the manufacturer didn't document its use of shingled magnetic recording (SMR) in kit aimed at RAID arrays.…

The top three myths of cloud data protection – busted (860 days old [29/05/20])

SaaS is no replacement for disaster recovery as we're about to find out next month Webcast While moving into cloud working environments often meets a fair degree of push-back, the other side of the coin is that businesses believe throwing everything into the cloud makes them suddenly immune to any of the previous, established occupational hazards of networking technology.…

High-level musical chairs continue at SAP as yet another senior exec departs (860 days old [29/05/20])

Chief beancounter for cloud quits for pastures new The departure could not have come at a worse time for SAP, but Todd McElhatton, veep and chief beancounter for the Cloud Business Group, is the latest person to hang up their hat at the German database giant.…

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine (860 days old [29/05/20])

No Wi-Fi, no newsfeeds – just you, 2G, and your awful music taste The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic was the primary tormentor of late-2000s commuters*. With a powerful built-in speaker and room for a micro SD card, shellsuit-sporting hoodlums could serenade weary bus-goers with the latest computer-generated noise from the Ministry of Sound.…

Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted 'figures in millions' (860 days old [29/05/20])

'In Ihrem Budget fehlen sechs Nullen' warned MP Austria's parliament came within moments of slashing its annual spending limit to peanuts after someone omitted the key words "figures in millions" from its national budget bill.…

HP's hoping it'll be second time lucky with launch of Reverb G2 nerd goggles (860 days old [29/05/20])

'Keeping all of the best elements from the G1'... and none of the bad, please HP has given the moribund Windows Mixed Reality market a shot in the arm by opening pre-orders for its long-teased HP Reverb G2 headset.…

Visual Studio Code finally arrives on ARM64 Windows. No, you haven't woken up in 2017, sadly. It's still 2020 (860 days old [29/05/20])

Now you can program like a native with your £899 Surface Pro X – keyboard not included Good news for those who have splashed the cash on Microsoft's flagship Surface Pro X – the software behemoth has emitted an ARM64 build of Visual Studio Code.…

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Dancers' moves help to power Glasgow music venue (7 hours old)

Heat energy is being captured from people dancing to help a Glasgow venue reduce its carbon emissions.

Elon Musk: Twitter won't 'take yes for an answer' (10 hours old)

Twitter said it did not trust the billionaire's promises to proceed with the takeover.

Samsung warns of 32% hit to profits on chip slump (3 hours old)

Meanwhile, US chip maker AMD said its third quarter revenue would be $1bn less than forecasts.

Former Uber security chief convicted for concealing a felony (18 hours old)

Joe Sullivan had covered up a "massive theft" of Uber user data, in 2016, prosecutors said.

Elon Musk X: What life is like on a super-app in Asia (1 day old)

In Asia, super-apps are already a vital part of everyday life, with everything available at a click of a button.

Ex-Google ad boss builds tracker-free search engine (1 day old)

Sridhar Ramaswamy says the technology sector has become "exploitative" of people's data.

iPhone 14: Can India replace China as the world's factory? (1 day old)

Can India become the new manufacturing hub as global firms try to reduce their dependence on China?

Elon Musk, Twitter and the mysterious X app (1 day old)

The story of Musk buying Twitter, and how it began with "X, the everything app".

Elizabeth Holmes: Theranos founder gets hearing on new trial (2 days old [05/10/22])

Elizabeth Holmes requested a new trial after claiming federal prosecutors presented misleading evidence.

EU Parliament approves common charging cable from 2024 (2 days old [04/10/22])

Euro-MPs vote to make all mobile devices use the same USB-C type charger from 2024.

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