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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (154 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (154 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 (154 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (154 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 (155 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (155 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (155 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 (155 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 (155 days old [19/11/18])

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

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Scientists Develop Self-Propelling Phoenix Aircraft That Inhales Air  (2 hours old)

dryriver writes: The BBC reports on a 50ft long and only 120kg heavy blimp-like UAV aircraft that is designed to fly at 70,000 feet, is entirely solar powered, uses variable-buoyancy for propulsion, and can essentially stay airborne in a self-powered way until it experiences mechanical or electrical failure. The Phoenix varies its buoyancy continuously using a helium-filled fuselage that also has an interior air sack that works a bit like a lung. It can inhale air and compress it on demand, making the aircraft temporarily heavier than air, and expel the inhaled air through a nozzle at the back[...]

Melting Permafrost In Arctic Will Have $70 Trillion Climate Impact, Study Says (6 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The release of methane and carbon dioxide from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70 trillion to the world's climate bill, according to the most advanced study yet of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic. If countries fail to improve on their Paris agreement commitments, this feedback mechanism, combined with a loss of heat-deflecting white ice, will cause a near 5% amplification of global warming and its associated costs, says the paper, which was published on Tuesday in Nature Communications. Th[...]

ICANN Proposes Allowing Unlimited Fee Increases For .Org Domain Names (7 hours old)

GeorgeK writes: ICANN is proposing allowing unlimited fee increases for .org domain names, which currently are allowed to increase a maximum of 10% annually. That 10% annual cap on fee increases came about after the huge public outcry that ensued in 2006 when a comparable proposal to eliminate price caps was made, and successfully opposed by the public. It seems that ICANN did not learn from history. Nat Cohen explains why the new proposal to eliminate price caps is a bad idea. Similar proposals exist for the .info, .biz, and .asia top-level domains, and are all open for public comment now ([...]

Malicious Lifestyle Apps Found On Google Play, 30 Million Installs Recorded (8 hours old)

A total of 50 malicious apps have managed to bypass Google's security checks and land on the Google Play store, leading to millions of installs on Android devices. ZDNet reports: Now, the cybersecurity team from Avast have found a further 50 apps relating to lifestyle services which masquerade as legitimate software but are actually adware, and these malicious apps have been downloaded a total of 30 million times. On Tuesday, Avast published a report on the discovery, in which the apps are linked to each other through third-party libraries that "bypass the background service restrictions prese[...]

'Technology Needs To Be Regulated': Apple CEO Tim Cook Says No Oversight Has Led To Great Damage To Society (8 hours old)

In an interview at the TIME 100 Summit in New York, Apple CEO Tim Cook said more government regulation on the tech industry is needed in order to protect privacy. "We all have to be intellectually honest, and we have to admit that what we're doing isn't working," said Cook. "Technology needs to be regulated. There are now too many examples where the no rails have resulted in a great damage to society." Time Magazine reports: In the interview, Cook suggested that U.S. regulators could look to Europe's passage of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018. "GDPR isn't ideal," said Coo[...]

Record Number of Consumers Waiting To Upgrade Their Cellphones (9 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Wireless customers are hanging on to their old phones longer than ever. That's the message from Verizon, which said its upgrade rate fell to a record low last quarter -- a harbinger of tough times ahead for the iPhone and other devices. Faced with $1,000 price tags on moderately improved phones, consumers may be waiting to hear more about new 5G networks before committing to new models. The faster, more advanced services won't roll out in earnest until 2020. "Incremental changes from one model the the next, hasn't been that great, and it hasn[...]

California's Politicians Rush To Gut Internet Privacy Law With Pro-Tech Giant Amendments (10 hours old)

The right for Californians to control the private data that tech companies hold on them may be undermined today at a critical committee hearing in Sacramento. The Register reports: The Privacy And Consumer Protection Committee will hold a special hearing on Tuesday afternoon to discuss and vote on nine proposed amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) -- which was passed last year in the U.S. state but has yet to come into force. Right now, the legislation is undergoing tweaks at the committee stage. Privacy advocates are warning that most of the proposals before the privacy co[...]

Engineers Develop Colorful Printed Patch That Hides People From AI (11 hours old)

A group of engineers from the University of KU Leuven in Belgium have come up with a solution to make users invisible to one specific algorithm. "In a paper shared last week on the preprint server arXiv, these students show how simple printed patterns can fool an AI system that's designed to recognize people in images," reports The Verge. From the report: If you print off one of the students' specially designed patches and hang it around your neck, from an AI's point of view, you may as well have slipped under an invisibility cloak. As the researchers write: "We believe that, if we combine thi[...]

US Farmers Are Being Bled By the Tractor Monopoly (11 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: As tractors become as complex as Teslas, agricultural equipment manufacturers and their authorized dealerships are using technology as an excuse to force farmers to use the authorized service center -- and only the authorized service center -- for repairs. That's costing farmers -- and independent repair shops -- dearly. John Nauerth III, a farmer in remote Jackson, under pressure to plant, waited a costly "two or three hours" for an authorized dealer to show up at his farm to plug in a computer and diagnose the problem. Worse, the dealer did[...]

Skyscraper's Rooftop Pool Spills Everywhere as Earthquake Rocks Manila (12 hours old)

The Philippines was rocked with a 6.3 earthquake this week that sent buildings swaying and people running for safety. An anonymous reader shares a report: But one of the most bizarre videos of the earthquake so far has to be this footage of water pouring out of a residential skyscraper in Manila's Binondo district. According to local reports, that water is from a penthouse swimming pool. The building, called the Anchor Skysuites, is relatively new and didn't officially open until 2015. It's one of the tallest buildings in the area and is credited as the tallest building in any Chinatown around[...]

The Register

UK cautiously gives Huawei the nod for 5G network gear sales (1 hour 10 minutes old)

But only on the edge, Chinese giant not trusted in the core Britain will allow Huawei infrastructure kit on 5G mobile networks, according to reports, but not into the core of those networks, which is where UK spies fear Chinese backdoors exists.…

Thanks to the NASA InSight probe (and British tools) you can now listen to the sound of a Martian earthquake (2 hours old)

Astroboffins rejoice over tiny rumblings underground Video NASA’s InSight lander has detected seismic waves on Mars for the first time and the space agency is letting everyone else listen in too.…

Cache in those chips: Intel emits more ninth-gen Core processors, Nvidia touts GPUs and swipes back at Tesla (4 hours old)

Quick summary as your morning coffee brews Roundup You're busy. We're busy... looking busy. Here's a quick catch up on this week's chip news for you.…

Baffling tale of Apple shops' 'non-facial' 'facial recognition', a stolen ID, and a $1bn lawsuit after a wrongful arrest (10 hours old)

Teen loses driving permit, gets wrongly linked to spate of thefts A teenager is suing Apple in the US for $1bn, claiming he was misidentified as a thief by a mysterious facial-recognition system in the iGiant's stores.…

Accenture sued over website redesign so bad it Hertz: Car hire biz demands $32m+ for 'defective' cyber-revamp (12 hours old)

Rental firm fuming after consultancy 'never delivered a functional site or mobile app' Car rental giant Hertz is suing over a website redesign from hell.…

California's politicians rush to gut internet privacy law with pro-tech giant amendments (14 hours old)

Meanwhile, the only pro-privacy proposal gets quietly pulled Analysis The right for Californians to control the private data that tech companies hold on them may be undermined today at a critical committee hearing in Sacramento.…

Node.js version 12 is now out: Let's pop the hood and see what's inside this JS runtime (14 hours old)

TLS 1.3, speedups, reduced memory overhead, and more Node.js, the popular JavaScript runtime that relies on the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine, hit version 12 on Tuesday, bringing with a handful of potentially useful features and capabilities.…

Dell EMC and Cisco renew their vows as converged offspring VxBlock turns 10 (16 hours old)

Yes, converged infrastructure model is still a thing Dell EMC and Cisco have renewed the dark pact under which the two collaborated on converged infrastructure (CI) products for a decade.…

Lightbits? More like Latebits amirite? Israeli outfit finally swings by the all-flash array party (17 hours old)

Is it a nerd? Is it a control plane? No, it's... SuperSSD Israeli NVMe/TCP pioneer Lightbits finally showed up to the all-flash array market today with an Ethernet-attached SSD appliance – the imaginatively named SuperSSD.…

It was that gosh-darn anomaly again, says SpaceX as smoke billows from Crew Dragon test site (18 hours old)

NASA schedules walloped, Cynus launches, and Owen Garriott's final voyage Roundup It has been an eventful past seven days in space what with SpaceX making a big cloud o' orange smoke, Cygnus docking, and veteran astronaut Owen Garriott taking his final journey into the black.…

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Netherlands 'hosts most child sex abuse images' (9 hours old)

About half of such images reported to the Internet Watch Foundation in 2018 were hosted in the Netherlands.

Huawei row: UK to let Chinese firm help build 5G network (2 hours old)

Chinese telecoms giant to provide "non core" equipment for a data network despite security risk warning.

Donald Trump meets Twitter's Jack Dorsey at White House (7 hours old)

Twitter says CEO Jack Dorsey spoke with the president about "the health of public conversation".

Jacinda Ardern leads effort to curb online extremism (6 hours old)

New Zealand and France will host a summit aimed at curbing the use of social media to promote terrorism.

Election interference is 'online harm', MPs hear (16 hours old)

The UK's information commissioner has strong words on the need for reform of political ads online.

Sri Lanka attacks: The ban on social media (22 hours old)

Is the ban a sign of things to come for social media firms unable to halt the spread of misinformation?

Google 'retaliating against harassment protest organisers' (16 hours old)

Organisers of walkouts in protest at Google's treatment of women say they are facing backlash at work.

Google Wing drones approved for US home deliveries (16 hours old)

Drone home delivery company Wing will start deliveries in rural Virginia "within months".

Apple AI accused of leading to man's wrongful arrest (18 hours old)

A man is suing Apple after claiming its in-store AI led to his arrest.

Tesla's Elon Musk expects 'robotaxis' to start in US next year (1 day old)

The electric carmaker entrepreneur makes a new promise on driverless vehicles.

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