Facebook removes VR shooting demo from conservative conference

This week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Facebook chose to maintain a booth for attendees that includes an Oculus virtual reality demo. Now This writer Sean Morrow noticed that it included a demo of a shooting game, Bullet Tra…

Source: Engadget – Facebook removes VR shooting demo from conservative conference

Tesla Will Supply Free Charging Stations To Office Parking Lots

Tesla has unveiled a new “workplace charging” program today, which offers businesses free Tesla wall connectors and will also cover installation, provided they meet certain qualifications set forth by the California carmaker. “Tesla won’t cover the cost of operating the charging stations, and the company says there could be other permitting, construction, zoning, or labor costs,” reports The Verge. From the report: The workplace charging stations will be compatible with all Tesla cars, but not with other EVs, and they won’t show up on publicly available Tesla charging maps. The wall chargers are 240 volts, or “Level 2,” which is capable of topping off a battery pack in a handful of hours, though the company says the charge rate will vary by location depending on the infrastructure available.

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Twitch’s live game show ‘Stream On’ premieres March 8th

Last December, Twitch announced that it would be making a live-streaming reality show, Stream On. In it, Twitch creators who need a boost to make streaming a full-time gig compete against one another in a series of challenges, Survivor-style, for a g…

Source: Engadget – Twitch’s live game show ‘Stream On’ premieres March 8th

How a Fight Over Star Wars Download Codes Could Reshape Copyright Law

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A federal judge in California has rejected Disney’s effort to stop Redbox from reselling download codes of popular Disney titles like Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and the latest Star Wars movies. Judge Dean Pregerson’s Tuesday ruling invoked the little-used doctrine of copyright misuse, which holds that a copyright holder loses the right to enforce a copyright if the copyright is being abused. Pregerson faulted Disney for tying digital download codes to physical ownership of discs, a practice that he argued ran afoul of copyright’s first sale doctrine, which guarantees customers the right to resell used DVDs.

If the ruling were upheld on appeal, it would have sweeping implications. It could potentially force Hollywood studios to stop bundling digital download codes with physical DVDs and force video game companies to rethink their own practices. But James Grimmelmann, a copyright scholar at Cornell Law School, is skeptical that the ruling will survive an inevitable appeal from Disney. “I don’t see this one sticking,” Grimmelmann told Ars. Copyright misuse has such sweeping legal implications that an appeals court will be reluctant to apply it to a common movie industry practice.

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Nintendo now allows Switch user reviews on game pages

You no longer have to head to a reseller’s site or post a social media diatribe to let others know what you think about a Switch game. Nintendo has updated its website to enable customer reviews on Switch games’ product pages — so long as you sign…

Source: Engadget – Nintendo now allows Switch user reviews on game pages

Apple Devices At California Repair Center Keep Calling 911

Since October 2017, Apple has made around 1,600 false alarm 911 calls from a distribution site in Elk Grove. “We’ve been seeing these calls for the last four months from Apple,” said police dispatcher Jamie Hudson. “We’re able to see quickly where the call is coming from, so when we get one from Apple, the address will come up with their location.” CBS Sacramento reports: On average, Elk Grove Police say they’ve received 20 accidental 911 calls a day from Apple, roughly 1,600 calls since October. Hudson says the calls take valuable seconds away from calls that could be real life-and-death emergencies. “The times when it’s greatly impacting us is when we have other emergencies happening and we may have a dispatcher on another 911 call that may have to put that call on hold to triage the incoming call,” he said. The calls are all coming from an Apple repair and refurbishing center off Laguna Boulevard. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Communication Center is also getting these calls — 47 since January 1. Dispatchers there say they sometimes hear technicians working in the background. Apple hasn’t confirmed which of their devices is actually causing these calls: the iPhone or Apple watch, but both devices can be triggered easily. With just a touch of a button, SOS comes on and 911 is called.

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Wine "PBA" Shows Potential For Improving Direct3D-Over-OpenGL Performance

University student Andrew Comminos wasn’t too familiar with Direct3D or Wine development, but out of a desire for better World of Warcraft performance on Linux, he figured out the code-base and a means of enhancing the WineD3D code…

Source: Phoronix – Wine “PBA” Shows Potential For Improving Direct3D-Over-OpenGL Performance

CamSoda’s RubGrub is a pizza-ordering button for your vibrator

CamSoda, an adult entertainment platform, announced a new product this week that aims to satisfy you in a number of ways. The RubGrub is a 3D-printed button attachment made to fit on a Lovense Nora vibrator. And the idea is that when you’re done usin…

Source: Engadget – CamSoda’s RubGrub is a pizza-ordering button for your vibrator

The College Board Pushes To Make Computer Science a High School Graduation Requirement

theodp writes: Education Week reports that the College Board wants high schools to make it mandatory for students to take computer science before they graduate. The call came as the College Board touted the astonishing growth in its Advanced Placement (AP) computer science courses, which was attributed to the success of its new AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) class, a “lite” alternative to the Java-based AP CS A course. “The College Board is willing to invest serious resources in making this viable — much more so than is in our economic interest to do so,” said College Board President David Coleman. “To governors, legislators, to others — if you will help us make this part of the life of schools, we will help fund it.”

Just two days before Coleman’s funds-for-compulsory-CS offer, Education Week cast a skeptical eye at the tech sector’s role in creating a tremendous surge of enthusiasm for K-12 CS education. Last spring, The College Board struck a partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with a goal of making AP CSP available in every U.S. school district. Also contributing to the success of the College Board’s high school AP CS programs over the years has been tech-bankrolled Code.org, as well as tech giants Microsoft and Google. The idea of a national computer programming language requirement for high school students was prominently floated in a Google-curated Q&A session with President Obama (video) following the 2013 State of the Union address.

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Dashcam Captures Boulder Falling Right In Front Of Car

This is some dashcam footage from the Su Hua Highway in Taiwan of a boulder bouncing into the road and narrowly missing several cars. Thankfully, everybody escaped without injury and only minor damage to the car filming. Still, no word if that boulder was actually meant for Piggy. “You and Lord Of The Flies.” It was very influential to me! “It’s the only book you’ve read.” I’ve read The Catcher In The Rye too! Some of it.

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Source: Geekologie – Dashcam Captures Boulder Falling Right In Front Of Car

Microsoft and Xiaomi will pair up on AI-powered speakers and hardware

In July, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi jumped into the smart speaker race with its answer to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, the $45 Mi AI — though it probably won’t find its way to American shores, given how had a time it’s had penetrating the US and E…

Source: Engadget – Microsoft and Xiaomi will pair up on AI-powered speakers and hardware

Dish Allocating $1 Billion to Build 5G Network

FierceWireless spotted a recent SEC filing from dish network that states “In March 2017, we notified the FCC that we plan to deploy a next-generation 5G-capable network, focused on supporting narrowband Internet of Things (“IoT”). The first phase of our network deployment will be completed by March 2020, with subsequent phases to be completed thereafter. We may also determine that additional wireless spectrum licenses may be required to commercialize our wireless business and to compete with other wireless service providers.”



There are a few factors working against Dish at the moment, the main being as of right now there is no approved specifications for a “stand alone” 5G network, meaning the only specifications are for those who have an existing LTE network, and wish to expand to 5G. That however is supposed to change later this year, and having even more competition in the wireless market will be a good thing.

During Dish’s earnings call with investors today, Dish’s Tom Cullen said the carrier is “making good steady progress on the network buildout.” He said Dish has already engaged with network equipment vendors, tower providers and chipset and deployment companies to build out its NB-IoT network. He said the company has also increased its workforce dedicated to its wireless effort.

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'Critical' T-Mobile Bug Allowed Hackers To Hijack Users' Accounts

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The vulnerability was found and reported by a security researcher on December 19 of last year, but it hasn’t been revealed until now. Within a day, T-Mobile classified it as “critical,” patched the bug, and gave the researcher a $5,000 reward. That’s good news, but it’s unclear how long the site was vulnerable and whether any malicious hackers found and exploited the bug before it was fixed. The newly disclosed bug allowed hackers to log into T-Mobile’s account website as any customer. “It’s literally like logging into your account and then stepping away from the keyboard and letting the attacker sit down,” Scott Helme, a security researcher who reviewed the bug report, told Motherboard in an online chat. Shortly after we published this story, a T-Mobile spokesperson sent us a statement: “This bug was confidentially reported through our Bug Bounty program in December and fixed within a matter of hours,” the emailed statement read. “We found no evidence of customer information being compromised.”

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Source: Slashdot – ‘Critical’ T-Mobile Bug Allowed Hackers To Hijack Users’ Accounts

How to Make Your LinkedIn Page Less Boring

Job hunting is always an exercise in patience and managed expectations. Whether you’re looking for a new gig, trying to get your foot in the door of an unfamiliar industry, or just want to ensure your professional life stays up to date and appealing, there’s no doubt you’ll have to get on LinkedIn and spruce up that…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Make Your LinkedIn Page Less Boring

YouTube finally notices Infowars is peddling dangerous conspiracies

Earlier this week, YouTube took down a video from one of Infowars’ channels. It was one of many videos out there claiming that students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not in fact students and school shooting survivors, but are instead pa…

Source: Engadget – YouTube finally notices Infowars is peddling dangerous conspiracies

Some Instacart Workers Didn't Get Their Tips Because Of a 'Bug'

Instacart just nailed two of Silicon Valley’s classic misbehaviors—blaming the machines and mistreating contractors. On Friday, the $4.2 billion company said in a blog post that it unintentionally shorted some of its workers’ tips and charged some customers a service fee who had waived it.

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Source: Gizmodo – Some Instacart Workers Didn’t Get Their Tips Because Of a ‘Bug’

Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat could launch in March

Apple may be close to launching another one of the numerous products it teased last year. Sources talking to both MacOtakara and the Apple Post have claimed that the company’s AirPower wireless charging mat should ship sometime in late March, about…

Source: Engadget – Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat could launch in March