Alexa’s mood-matching music suggestions come to the UK

For Amazon Echo owners in the UK, the arrival of Music Unlimited provided the likes of Apple and Spotify with some music needed competition. The company immediately made it the default music service on the smart speaker, allowing users to instantly q…

Source: Engadget – Alexa’s mood-matching music suggestions come to the UK

Amazon's Most Popular Miter Saw Is Down To $100 For the First Time. Just Don't Lose a Finger.

I freely admit that not everybody needs a miter saw. In fact, most people probably shouldn’t own one. But if you’re in the market, Amazon’s top seller is marked down to $100 today in Amazon’s Gold Box, the lowest price ever. In addition to the #1 seller designation, the Hitachi C10FCH2 also carries a 4.5 star review…

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Source: Gizmodo – Amazon’s Most Popular Miter Saw Is Down To 0 For the First Time. Just Don’t Lose a Finger.

White Supremacists Celebrate President Trump's Rally in Phoenix

President Trump held a rally on Tuesday night in Phoenix, whipping the crowd into a frenzy and denouncing the media between chants of “lock her up.” Trump even said the word “Antifa” for the first time in public, a reference to the anti-fascist groups that have formed to fight against neo-Nazis and Nazi sympathizers.…

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Source: Gizmodo – White Supremacists Celebrate President Trump’s Rally in Phoenix

EE is also suing Ofcom to mould 5G spectrum auction as it sees fit

It seems a couple of UK carriers would rather tie the impending 5G spectrum auction up in litigation than let any of their competitors get their own way. Following in the footsteps of Three, EE is launching its own legal challenge against Ofcom in an…

Source: Engadget – EE is also suing Ofcom to mould 5G spectrum auction as it sees fit

Sony Blocks Yet Another Game From Cross-Console Play With Xbox One

“Back in June, Sony told Eurogamer that the company did not have ‘a profound philosophical stance’ against letting PS4 users play games with those on other platforms,” reports Ars Technica. “That said, the company’s continued refusal to allow for cross-console play between PS4 and Xbox One players has become an absolute and unmistakable trend in recent months.” The latest game to be denied by Sony for cross-console play is Ark: Survival Evolved, which comes out of a two-year early access period next week on Windows, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One. From the report: In a Twitter response posted over the weekend, Ark lead designer and programmer Jeremy Stieglitz said that cross-platform play between PS4 and Xbox One is “working internally, but currently Sony won’t allow it.” This isn’t a huge surprise, considering that the developers of Rocket League, Minecraft, and Gwent have made similar statements in recent months. Since Microsoft very publicly opened Xbox Live to easy cross-platform play back in March, Sony has said that it’s “happy to have a conversation” about the issue, but it has failed to follow through by allowing any linkage between the two competing consoles (cross-platform play between the PS4 and PC has been available in certain games since the PS4’s launch, though).

The question continues to be why, exactly, Sony seems so reluctant to allow any games to work between its own PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live. Speaking with Eurogamer in June, Sony’s Jim Ryan suggested that, in the case of Minecraft, Sony was wary to expose that game’s young players to “external influences we have no ability to manage or look after.” Ryan also told Eurogamer that cross-platform decisions were “a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders.” That suggests there may be some financial issues between the parties involved that are preventing cross-console play from moving forward. Perhaps Sony wants someone else to pay for the work required to get its network talking to Microsoft’s? The bottom line, though, might be that Sony just doesn’t want to partially give away its sizable advantage in console sales by letting Microsoft hook into that vast network of players.

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Source: Slashdot – Sony Blocks Yet Another Game From Cross-Console Play With Xbox One

Blizzard's making 'Overwatch' competitive seasons short and sweet

By now, Overwatch gamers are accustomed to getting updates. Blizzard keeps spoiling us with new characters, modes, and events. They in turn keep the game fresh for returning players 14 months down the line. Judging by its latest announcement, the dev…

Source: Engadget – Blizzard’s making ‘Overwatch’ competitive seasons short and sweet

Amazon's latest Twitch Prime giveaway eyes 'Madden 18' fans

Amazon’s well and truly got football fever. It seems securing the rights to select NFL games for Prime Video wasn’t enough, it’s now also got the hook-up for Madden 18. The latest instalment in the long-running sports franchise just dropped. And, Twi…

Source: Engadget – Amazon’s latest Twitch Prime giveaway eyes ‘Madden 18’ fans

German Company Building An Electric 'Air Taxi' Makes Key Hires From Gett, Airbus and Tesla

Lilium, the Germany company known for building an electric “air taxi,” is announcing a number of key hires from notable companies in the transportation space. While the company is still in its early days, it is ambitiously striving to make flying cars a reality. Back in April, the company launched its first public (and successful) test flight in Germany. TechCrunch reports: [The key hires] are Dr Remo Gerber, former MD for Western Europe at Gett, who joins Lilium as Chief Commercial Officer; Dirk Gebser, who takes up the position of VP of Production and previously held manufacturing executive roles at Airbus and Rolls Royce; and Meggy Sailer, who joined Lilium as Head of Recruitment in February and was formerly Tesla’s Head of Talent EMEA. In a call with Gerber, he told me he was “super happy” to be joining the German startup, noting that there are very few companies in Europe with the same level of ambition. “It is definitely the most fascinating job I could have ever imagined,” he says, audibly excited. “I’ve done quite a few things in my time and I’ve seen quite a few companies but never anything even remotely like that.” To add a little color, Gerber pointed out that his training is in physics (“a long time ago”) and that his grandfather was a pilot in World War II, and his uncle also a pilot. This, and the first time he saw the Lilium jet fly, made the opportunity to join a startup building a new kind of air travel “irresistible.”

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Source: Slashdot – German Company Building An Electric ‘Air Taxi’ Makes Key Hires From Gett, Airbus and Tesla

DOJ gives up on getting all 1.3M IPs from anti-Trump website

The Department of Justice has given up on getting the IPs of 1.3 million visitors to disruptj20.org, a website that helped organize protests of the president’s inauguration. it originally asked the website’s host, Dreamhost, for all visitors’ persona…

Source: Engadget – DOJ gives up on getting all 1.3M IPs from anti-Trump website

Walmart uses Google's AI shopping assistant to fight Amazon

Google’s Express delivery service has just gained another big player in addition to Target and Costco: Walmart. Soon, you’ll be able to buy items from the major retailer with your voice through Google Home or via the Google Express website or app and…

Source: Engadget – Walmart uses Google’s AI shopping assistant to fight Amazon

Slashdot Asks: What Are Your Favorite Android Oreo Features?

Yesterday, Android O officially became Android Oreo and started rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices. While there are many new features available in the new OS, we thought we’d ask you: what are your favorite Android Oreo features? The Hacker News highlights eleven of the new features “that make Android even better” in their report: 1. No More ‘Install From Unknown Sources’ Setting: Prior to Android Oreo, third-party app installation requires users to enable just one setting by turning on “Install from unknown sources” — doesn’t matter from where the user has downloaded an APK file, i.e. from a browser, Bluetooth, transferred from a computer via USB or downloaded using another app. Android 8.0 Oreo has completely changed the way this feature works, bringing a much smarter and safer system called “Install other apps,” in which a user has to manually permit 3rd-party app installation from different sources. 2. Autofill API Framework: Android 8.0 Oreo brings a built-in secure AutoFill API that allows users-chosen password manager to store different types of sensitive data, such as passwords, credit card numbers, phone numbers, and addresses — and works throughout the entire system. 3. Picture-in-Picture: With Android Oreo, you can view a YouTube video while reading through a report in Word or be chatting on WhatsApp on your Android device — thanks to Picture-in-Picture (PIP) feature. 4. Google Play Protect: Play Protect helps in detecting and removing harmful applications with more than 50 billion apps scanned every day. 5. Wi-Fi Aware (Neighborhood Aware Networking — NAN): Android Oreo has added support for a new connectivity feature called Wi-Fi Aware, also known as Neighborhood Aware Networking (NAN), which allows apps and devices to automatically find, connect to, and share data with each other directly without any internet access point or cellular data. 6. Android Instant Apps: With Android 8.0 Oreo, you can now access a range of Instant Apps without downloading them. 7. Battery-Saving Background Limits: Google has blocked apps from reacting to “implicit broadcasts” and carrying out certain tasks when they are running in the background in an effort to enhance the battery life of Android device. Besides this, Android Oreo will also limit some background services and location updates when an app is not in use. 8. AI-based Smart Text Selection: Android Oreo brings the ‘Smart Text Selection’ feature, which uses Google’s machine learning to detect when something like physical addresses, email addresses, names or phone numbers is selected, then automatically suggests the relevant information on other apps. 9. Notification Dots (Limit notifications): Oreo introduces Notification Dots that offers you to manage each app individually with “fine-grained control,” allowing you to control how many notifications you see and how they come through. 10. Find my Device: Google has introduced a new feature, called Find my Device, which is a similar feature to Apple’s Find my iPhone and allows people to locate, lock and wipe their Android devices in the event when they go missing or get stolen. 11. New Emoji and Downloadable Fonts: Android Oreo introduces 60 new emoji and a redesign of the current “blob” characters. The update also offers new color support to app developers and the ability to change or animate the shape of icons in their apps.

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Source: Slashdot – Slashdot Asks: What Are Your Favorite Android Oreo Features?

Sony owes Xperia owners a refund over faulty water resistance

When you buy a phone billed as water-resistant, you generally expect it to survive accidental dunks. Some Sony phone owners have a very different story, though — their supposedly resistant phones took water damage that required an expensive fix. If…

Source: Engadget – Sony owes Xperia owners a refund over faulty water resistance

What's on TV: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Uncharted: The Lost Legacy'

We’re back! This week the big event doesn’t occur until Sunday night (unless it leaks early), when Game of Thrones wraps up its penultimate season with another super-sized episode clocking in at 79 minutes, 43 seconds. Until then we can check out Mad…

Source: Engadget – What’s on TV: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’

Autonomous Forklift May Eat Up Warehouse Jobs

Jamie Condliffe reports via MIT Technology Review: Seegrid, a provider of material-handling equipment, takes the kinds of forklifts that move 8,000-pound loads around warehouses and makes them autonomous. It does that by popping five stereo cameras on top of the vehicles, having a human drive them around to map a space, and then using image recognition systems similar to those in autonomous cars to navigate the facilities. (Unlike autonomous cars that use sensors like radar and lidar, Seegrid can use just cameras, because lighting conditions in warehouses are more consistent than those on the open road.) But while it’s easy enough to have a forklift move objects from one side of a factory to another, reliably loading and unloading them poses a bigger challenge. Other robots designed to haul loads like this tend to pick things up from below, rather than spearing pallets with forks. So autonomous forklifts usually require humans to be present during pickup and dropoff to make sure nothing goes wrong. Seegrid’s new GP8 Series 6 forklift has been engineered to reverse its forks into pallets, pick them up, and set them down without a human in the loop.

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Source: Slashdot – Autonomous Forklift May Eat Up Warehouse Jobs

Feds drop demand for 1.3 million IP addresses that visited anti-Trump site

Enlarge / Police officers wearing tactical gear form a barrier with riot shields to prevent the movement of protestors after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017 in Washington D.C. Hundreds of thousands of people combined to celebrate and protest. (credit: Mark Makela/Getty Images)

The US Department of Justice is backing down on its request to Web hosting service DreamHost to divulge the 1.3 million IP addresses that visited a Trump resistance site. The request was part of the government’s investigation into Inauguration Day rioting, which has already resulted in the indictment of 200 people. More are likely.

“The government has no interest in records relating to the 1.3 million IP addresses that are mentioned in DreamHost’s numerous press releases and Opposition brief,” federal prosecutors said in a new court filing concerning its investigation of the disruptj20.org site.

The government, in the court document, said it did not realize that its original warrant, (PDF) which is part of a federal grand jury investigation into Inauguration Day rioting, was so grand in scope.

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Source: Ars Technica – Feds drop demand for 1.3 million IP addresses that visited anti-Trump site