Former Google chief Eric Schmidt steps down from Alphabet's board

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is not seeking reelection to the board of directors of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Schmidt will step down from the board after his current term expires on June 19th, 2019, Alphabet announced on Tuesday. Schmidt w…

Source: Engadget – Former Google chief Eric Schmidt steps down from Alphabet’s board

Avengers: Endgame Could Hold Surprising Clues About Black Panther 2

At some point in the future, Marvel’s Black Panther sequel will hit theaters and continue the story of the African nation that played a key role in saving the universe from Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. Interestingly, Endgame might feature a few a hints about what’s in store for Wakanda.

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Source: io9 – Avengers: Endgame Could Hold Surprising Clues About Black Panther 2

Mark Shuttleworth Sees Increased Demand For Enterprise Ubuntu Linux Desktop

Canonical’s real money comes from the cloud and Internet of Things, but AI and machine learning developers are demanding — and getting — Ubuntu Linux desktop with enterprise support. From a report: In a wide-ranging conversation at Open Infrastructure Summit, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux and its corporate parent Canonical, said: “We have seen companies signing up for Linux desktop support, because they want to have fleets of Ubuntu desktop for their artificial intelligence engineers.” This development caught Shuttleworth by surprise. “We’re starting actually now to commercially support the desktop in a way that we’ve never been asked to before,” he said. Of course, Ubuntu has long been used by developers, but Shuttleworth explained, “Previously, those were kind of off the books, under the table. You know, ‘Don’t ask don’t tell deployments.’ “But now suddenly, it’s the AI team and they’ve got to be supported.”

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Source: Slashdot – Mark Shuttleworth Sees Increased Demand For Enterprise Ubuntu Linux Desktop

Indie Classic World Of Goo Gets Its First PC Update In 10 Years

World of Goo, a very good game about building silly bridges, hasn’t had an update for its original PC version “since 2008 or 2009". Then, out of nowhere, today it gets not only an update, but a cheeky remaster as well.

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Source: Kotaku – Indie Classic World Of Goo Gets Its First PC Update In 10 Years

New York City's MTA will support Apple Pay in early summer

If you’re a New Yorker, you won’t have to wait long to use Apple Pay for mass transit. As part of a call discussing Apple’s latest earnings, Tim Cook revealed that New York City’s transit system would support Apple Pay in early summer, narrowing down…

Source: Engadget – New York City’s MTA will support Apple Pay in early summer

Apple sets sights on services as iPhone revenue continues to fall

The Apple logo takes corporeal form outside an Apple store.

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Today, Apple shared its fiscal second-quarter results with shareholders. After a tumultuous first quarter that saw CEO Tim Cook revise the company’s guidance weeks before the earnings report was made public, investors and analysts were looking for Apple to divulge some good news—particularly surrounding iPhone sales, its services business, and the situation in China.

Apple somewhat delivered on those fronts, but overall, its Q2 2019 earnings report is a mixed bag. The company made $58 billion in revenue this quarter, which is on the higher end of its expected revenue spectrum ($55 to $59 billion), but down 5 percent year-over-year. iPhone sales made up $31 billion of that total amount, down from $37.5 billion during the same quarter in 2018.

Apple stock jumped over 4 percent after the earnings report was released, pushing the company close to a $1 trillion valuation.

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Source: Ars Technica – Apple sets sights on services as iPhone revenue continues to fall

Clever: Wooden Chess Board Coat Racks

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These are the wooden chess board coat racks (plus bonus shelf) made and sold by Esty seller CreativeHolz. The $140 – $160 chess racks are available in different woods and player positions (pictured are the ‘Caro-Kann defense’ and ‘Italian Opening’), and each individual chess piece is individually screwed into the board for max strength. Do you play chess? I do occasionally, but only if my opponent agrees to play by house rules, which are as follows: My knights wear jetpacks, and can move wherever they want. Plus drop 2 x 2 bombs from the air every other turn. “Whatever, I can still beat him.” She’s a cheater!

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Source: Geekologie – Clever: Wooden Chess Board Coat Racks

Daddy Kratos Gets a Card Game, Mensa Reveals This Year's Winners, and More Tabletop Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9’s regular column all about the latest in tabletop and board gaming news—focusing on everything that’s happening in science fiction and fantasy gaming. Right now, we’ve got a cool announcement involving an Alien roleplaying game, some more tabletop adaptations from video games, and a…

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Source: io9 – Daddy Kratos Gets a Card Game, Mensa Reveals This Year’s Winners, and More Tabletop Gaming News

Netflix Responds to Data Connecting 13 Reasons Why With Rise In Teen Suicides

13 Reasons Why, a Netflix show exploring why its protagonist died by suicide, has sparked debate among the research community as to whether it contributed to an uptick in suicide rates. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings responded to this indictment after the first season, simply stating that “nobody has to watch it.” But…

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Source: Gizmodo – Netflix Responds to Data Connecting 13 Reasons Why With Rise In Teen Suicides

Warrantless searches of Americans’ data spiked 28 percent in 2018

An annual transparency report published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence shows warrantless searches of Americans’ data jumped 28 percent in 2018. According to the report, the National Security Agency (NSA) conducted 9,637 warran…

Source: Engadget – Warrantless searches of Americans’ data spiked 28 percent in 2018

Zuckerberg Promises 'the Future Is Private,' but Facebook Will Still Be Facebook

To open the decade, Mark Zuckerberg defiantly announced that the age of privacy was over. Now, as we approach the decade’s end, the Facebook founder and CEO says he’s rebuilding the world’s biggest social network around privacy first.

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Source: Gizmodo – Zuckerberg Promises ‘the Future Is Private,’ but Facebook Will Still Be Facebook

Expect a Major Asteroid Strike in Your Lifetime, Says NASA Head

This week, as scientists work through an exercise simulating an imminent asteroid impact with Earth, NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine warned the real-world threat should be taken seriously. From a report: Bridenstine acknowledged “the giggle factor,” the dismissive response the topic has been met with in the past, at the start of his keynote remarks Monday at the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Maryland. “We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about movies,” he said. “This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know, right now, to host life and that is the planet Earth.” As part of the conference activities, space agencies will also be live-tweeting a fictional exercise simulating what it might be like if such an asteroid were discovered on a collision course with our planet.

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Source: Slashdot – Expect a Major Asteroid Strike in Your Lifetime, Says NASA Head