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  • Don't be afraid of the HDR format wars (Smart TV , Android TV, 4K TV...)

    04/23/2017 11:53:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 85 replies
    theverge.com ^ | Jan 5, 2017, 3:12pm EST | Chaim Gartenberg
    This year at CES, HDR support is the buzzword heard from almost every single TV manufacturer, culminating in this frightening-looking slide from LG which proudly promised its set would be compatible with all four major HDR standards.Things aren't quite as problematic as they seem As a consumer, that many different video standards is a daunting idea that brings to mind the format wars of yore (think VHS vs. Betamax or Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD). Fortunately, while the fact that there are now four standards — HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR — for companies and consumers to consider when...
  • Why Verizon is losing more cellphone customers than ever

    04/22/2017 7:05:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/22/2017 | Brian Fung
    For the first time, the nation's largest wireless provider is losing customers faster than it can replace them. It's a major milestone for Verizon, which on Thursday reported a net decline of 289,000 cellphone subscribers over the past four months. Even though Verizon usually loses some cellular customers every quarter, it has historically lured enough back to be able to report growth in that part of its business. But recent months have seen hundreds of thousands of customers defect to competitors such as T-Mobile and Sprint, analysts say. Things could have been even worse if Verizon hadn't suddenly reintroduced unlimited...
  • Tech Help--WiFi router dying?

    04/21/2017 12:25:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies
    Vanity | April 21, 2017 | Tech idiot
    I bought and hooked-up a Linksys E-1200 wifi router ($30) 2 1/2 years ago and everything worked fine.I only needed it for my home ASUS laptop but since have added a wireless printer, Wii U gaming system and Sling TV with ROKU stick, all which work off the router.Lately I'll just all of a sudden lose wifi signal. I reboot the router and it'll work fine again but the outages are happening more frequently.Is it time for a new router?I don't want to spend a ton of money. Should I buy a new $30 Linksys router and just expect 2...
  • Read this if your Laptop is running slow

    04/21/2017 12:22:53 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 79 replies
    04/21/2017 | Entropy12
    My Acer Laptop was running ridiculously slow. I was getting ready to junk it.
  • Jobs That Retirees Can Do From Home

    04/20/2017 11:56:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Zing! by Quicken Loans ^ | April 20, 2017 | Kathryn W.
    You’ve hung up your work wardrobe and permanently disabled your alarm clock, but a person can only watch so many reruns and weed so many flowerbeds. Taking on a post-retirement job isn’t just about filling the hours, though. The average retirement lasts about 18 years, and only about 5% of people have adequate savings to sustain them after age 65. If you’re not part of that group, finding a work-from-home job can help you build up your savings, cover the bills that Social Security doesn’t meet or finance the travel you’ve dreamed of doing. That being said, you’ve earned a...
  • SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

    04/20/2017 4:41:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | 4/20/17 | Iain Thomson
    A chap in Chicago is suing headphone maker Bose after discovering how much personal information its app was phoning home to base – this slurped data includes songs listened to, for how long, and when.The class-action lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the US district court of Illinois by a one Kyle Zak, claims the Bose Connect application, available for iOS and Android, breaks federal wiretap laws, local wiretapping statute and fraud laws, and carries out "intrusion on seclusion," which is also a crime in the state.Court documents [PDF] state Zak bought himself a pair of $350 (£275) Bose QuietComfort 15 wireless...
  • Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from Fetch requests

    04/20/2017 3:51:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    The Register ^ | 4/20/17 | John Leyden
    An independent security researcher claims to have uncovered a security flaw in Microsoft Edge.The issue enables any website to identify a user by his username from another website, according to Ariel Zelivansky. More specifically the researcher alleges that Edge exposes the URL of any Fetch response, in contradiction to the specification. This is a problem because it's possible to identify users by crafting a Fetch request to a URL that will redirect to a URL with the user's username (e.g. https://facebook.com/me to https://facebook.com/username).Zelivansky approached Microsoft but the software giant dismissed the issue. El Reg requested a comment only to be...
  • China Hunts for Billionaire Who Threatened to Expose Corruption

    04/19/2017 4:03:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 19, 2017
    China’s foreign ministry says Interpol has issued a “red notice” seeking the arrest of Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire who has threatened to disclose corruption at the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the disclosure on Wednesday but gave no details about Guo’s alleged crimes. Interpol officials declined comment and Guo was not listed on Interpol’s website.
  • Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users

    04/18/2017 3:18:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | April 18, 2017 | by Juli Clover
    Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free. iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free. Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now that purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last...
  • That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

    04/18/2017 1:46:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | April 18, 2017 | By Kieren McCarthy
    Didn't we fix this back in 2005? Apparently not Click this link (don't fret, nothing malicious). Chances are your browser displays "apple.com" in the address bar. What about this one? Goes to "epic.com," right?Wrong. They are in fact carefully crafted but entirely legitimate domains in non-English languages that are designed to look exactly the same as common English words. The real domains for the two above links are: xn--80ak6aa92e.com and xn--e1awd7f.com.In quick testing by El Reg, Chrome 57 on Windows 10 and macOS 10.12, and Firefox 52 on macOS, display apple.com and epic.com rather than the actual domains. We're told...
  • 'Magic Carpet' Will Make Landing On An Aircraft Carrier So Much Easier

    04/18/2017 1:04:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    Landing an aircraft on a moving vessel requires a particular kind of precision and know-how that very few human beings can execute with significant technological support. Believe it or not, one psychological test observed that the stress landing on a carrier causes pilots more stress than what troops experience in combat. No wonder cleanly landing on a carrier is a source of pride for pilots. So F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler pilots are practice landing on the USS Washington (CVN 73) with a fascinating new landing system called Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery...
  • The stuff of nightmares: Terrifying six-legged robot tarantula is captured on film [tr]

    04/18/2017 6:18:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2017 | Harry Petit
    A nightmare-inducing robot tarantula has been built using a 3D printer. The all-terrain machine, which weighs less than 5 kilograms (11lbs), can climb tricky surfaces like rocks and stairs with ease. It runs using 18 different motors that help it move smoothly over uneven surfaces. The motors give the robot exceptional flexibility and even appear to make it dance in a video of the strange machine.
  • Why “Agile” and especially Scrum are terrible

    04/18/2017 5:19:37 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 71 replies
    Michael O. Church ^ | 6/6/2015 | michaelochurch
    Agility is a good thing, no doubt, and the Agile Manifesto isn’t unreasonable. Compared to a straw-man practice called “Waterfall”, Agile is notably superior. Yet, so much of Agile as-practiced is deeply harmful, and I don’t really think that the Agile/Waterfall dichotomy is useful in the first place. There’s a variety of Agile, called Scrum, that I’ve seen actually kill a company. By “kill”, I don’t mean “the culture wasn’t as good afterward”. Rather, I mean that its stock dropped by almost 90 percent in less than two years.
  • Top 20 Most Popular Programming Languages In 2017

    04/17/2017 10:59:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Tech Worm ^ | 04/16/2017 | By Kavita Iyer
    20 Best Programming Languages In 2017 Over the years, hundreds of programming languages have come into existence. And, with the revolution of internet and the technological advances that come with it show no sign of slowing down. As a result, there are lots of companies who are on the lookout for people with right skills so that they can get the most from the digital economy and single market. It has also created promising careers for technical professionals who are looking for long-term opportunities in the software development industry.However, the digital age brings its own challenges, and not least the...
  • A Bored Intern Created the Original Windows Solitaire All I Ever Did Was Browse Reddit

    04/17/2017 10:17:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    The Verge ^ | Apr 13, 2017 | Megan Farokhmanesh
    Solitaire has been a staple for office distraction since Microsoft first included the game in Windows 3.0 in 1990. But the digital adaptation wasn’t made by an iconic coder or just one of the company’s many full-time employees. It was programmed by an intern. Great Big Story has an interview with Wes Cherry, who was an intern at Microsoft in 1988. He describes the experience as “all-encompassing,” but even internships at Microsoft have lulls. He put the downtime to good use. “I came up with the idea to write Solitaire for Windows out of boredom, really,” Cherry said. “There weren’t...
  • Google "Forgets" to Celebrate Easter

    04/17/2017 3:46:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Newsalert ^ | April 16, 2017 | Staff
    At Google , Easter isn't as important as these important dates.
  • Hackers Targeted Dissidents, Journalists in Latin American “Progressive” Countries, Study Shows

    04/17/2017 3:04:21 AM PDT · by fella · 3 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 10 April 2017 | Karina Martin
    A study by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab revealed information on hackers hired by member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for America (ALBA) to pursue and persecute opponents of their governments. The study, covering seven years from 2008 to 2014, denounced the attacks, which were mainly aimed at political figures, journalists, opinion leaders, or businessmen, and have been mainly uncovered in Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Argentina, within the parameters of the so-called socialism of the 21st century. “The attackers, whom we call packrats, have shown a keen systematic interest in the political opposition and the independent press in the...
  • Vanity: Recently I cannot see the whole FR Posting Box when posting. On iPad.

    04/16/2017 2:12:09 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 73 replies
    My iPad ^ | 04/16/17 | Me
    Yes, I am logged in. Normally on iPad I can finger scroll up the writing box to see what I am writing as I write it. Now, for the past two days I cannot see what I am writing. I don't believe this is an FR issue, as it is happening on text conversations with otherse. As with Free Republic, I have to click the button to lower the keyboardscreeni order to see what I am writing. Editing is impossible. Anyone have any help?
  • Everything You Get With An Amazon Prime Membership (Too Many To List Alert)

    04/15/2017 11:46:09 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 37 replies
    Kim Komando ^ | 04/15/2017 | Robert Isenberg
    Like most people, you probably signed up for Amazon Prime for one reason. Maybe it was the free shipping. Maybe it was the streaming videos or the free music. Maybe you wanted one special bargain and decided to jump onboard. But even now, several years after Amazon Prime was founded, few people know the full breadth of their membership perks. They've heard rumors of different benefits, and they've always thought about rereading the full list, but then they forget. Well, we've put together the master list of every major thing you can do with your Amazon Prime account. Granted, some...
  • Oops, Oakland City Website Down; Domain Name Not Renewed

    04/14/2017 9:01:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 13, 2017 | Dave Debolt
    The city of Oakland’s website was down Thursday for some Internet users because the city had not renewed its domain name, spokeswoman Karen Boyd said. People trying to access oaklandnet.com were met a placeholder page for a domain registration site, which read, “back order domain, renew now.” The city’s information technology department has renewed the domain name “but it takes time to propagate” to all the servers, Boyd said.