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  1. Twitter actually made money! Source 1: http://angdnews.com/twitter-turns-profit-for-the-first-time-in-12-years/ Source 2: Twitter Inc has finally turned a quarterly profit. It took 12 years. The profit was modest: $91 million on $732 million in revenue. The shares soared as much as 30 percent, the most since Nov. 7, 2013 But don’t get too excited: Total advertising revenue was only up 1% year-over year 2017 as a whole was down 6% from 2016 HomePod stains your furniture permanently Source 1: GoodBytes https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/896453-apple-homepod-smart-speaker-stains-your-furniture-permanently/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/2/14/17012382/apple-homepod-white-ring-wooden-table-staining-issue-problem Source 3: Sonos does too: https://www.macrumors.com/2018/02/15/sonos-homepod-white-rings-on-wood/ The silicone base of the HomePod has been shown to an cause a white ring to form on wooden furniture it’s placed on. Apple has confirmed the issue, stating that “the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface,” the company also recommended that users “try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer’s suggested oiling method” if the white rings don’t fade. The HomePod support page says the marks are caused by “oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface.” “We recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface.” Why not just put a cloth underneath it? The tweeters fire down, so putting it on cloth messes with the reflectivity of the sound. Enterprising companies have already found a way to capitalise on the situation, offering leather pads for your HomePod to sit on: https://www.padandquill.com/leather-coaster-for-homepod.html Wouldn’t Apple have known about this? Why didn’t they warn consumers sooner? AMD sending out free processors Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/amd-sending-out-free-processors-to-solve-firmware-flashing-catch-22/ Source 2: Many new owners of AMD’s new Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G CPUs with integrated Vega graphics are learning that their motherboards lack the firmware to operate with integrated graphics. Some mobos support installing firmware updates without a working CPU, but many do not. So stuck: to flash the firmware you need a working CPU, but your CPU will only work if you can flash the firmware first. To help you out, AMD will send you a "boot kit" to flash your firmware. What that actually means is that you'll get a free CPU—a dual core A6-9500 You’re supposed to send the CPU back once you’re up and running ...but apparently you don’t have to send its heatsink back… Google Removes Ability To View Images, Now Requires You To Save Them To Your Account. Source 1: NonaHexa https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/896244-google-removes-ability-to-view-images-now-requires-you-to-save-them-to-your-account/ Source 2: https://petapixel.com/2018/02/09/google-tweak-image-search-help-protect-photographer-copyrights/ Source 3: https://www.androidauthority.com/extensions-view-image-button-available-838477/ Google has removed the “View Image” button, which directly links to high-res photos, and will be making its copyright notice more prominent for users. The change is the result of a partnership between Google and the stock photo agency Getty Images, which has been lodging “anti-competitive” complaints against Google for making high-resolution stock photos easily downloadable through Google Images. “This is a benefit to all image owners globally and we expect this to have a positive impact on traffic to our site.” Less than 24 hours later, there are already browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox that bring the button back. These extensions probably won't last long, especially on Chrome The change won’t stop people, but it does add more friction...UNLESS you use James’ method: Right Click on the Google Image and select “Open Image in New Tab” What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire New iOS Text Bomb from India Source 1: Bensemus https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/896893-indian-character-crashes-ios-112x-macos-watchos-and-10/ Source 2: https://openradar.appspot.com/37458268 iOS users are suffering from yet another text bomb, which is when your iOS 11 device crashes simply from receiving a text. This time the culprit is a character from the Telugu language, a Dravidian language spoken in India by about 70 million people, roughly five per cent of the country's population. As apps including try and fail to load the character, users can get trapped in an endless loop of crashes. Vulnerable apps include but are not limited to: iOS Springboard WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, Gmail The only way to protect yourself is to update to the iOS 11.3 beta Nvidia Code Name Confusion Source 1: cluelessgenius https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/896406-nvidia-next-chip-now-called-turing-update/ Source 2: fake news https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nvidia-results-research/frenzied-demand-for-nvidias-graphic-chips-shoot-prices-through-the-roof-idUSKBN1FT2AW Source 3: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/nvidia-turing-ampere-graphics-cards-gtc-2018/ There’s been a roller coaster of confusion around the code names for NVidia’s upcoming chips: First we thought everything was going to be Volta Then last week heard that Ampere would be taking over Now there’s a new name, Turing The current consensus is that Ampere will be for gaming and Turing will be for a new cryptocurrency-focused lineup of cards. Volta is the underlying architecture of both. Alan Turing was a seminal cryptographer and programmer, as seen in the movie Imitation Game But there is also speculation that Nvidia scrapped the Ampere code name altogether because it’s used by an ARM-based server maker of the same name. Waymo Gets O.K. for 1st Driverless Ride-Hailing Service Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-16/waymo-gets-o-k-for-commercial-driverless-ride-hailing-service Source 2: Alphabet’s Waymo got a permit in late January from the Arizona Department of Transportation to operate as a Transportation Network Company This allows Waymo’s fleet of driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans pickup and drop off paying riders in Arizona through a smartphone app or website that will compete with Uber and Lyft. The service will initially have “thousands” of cars Prices could be competitive given there’s no driver to pay. History: Last year, Waymo started a free "early rider program" in the Arizona capitol, where hundreds of people use a Waymo app to hail and use cars within a 100-square-mile radius. In November, it began testing vehicles in parts of the city without a driver at the wheel $50m in crypto stole by Ukranian Group via Google AdWords Source 1: Energycore https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/896923-more-than-50m-in-crypto-stole-by-ukranian-group-coinhoarders-via-google-adwords/ Source 2: https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/02/15/hackers-coinhoarder-steal-more-than-50-million-in-cryptocurrencies-using-google-ads/ A team of Ukrainian hackers dubbed CoinHoarder has stolen more than $50 million in cryptocurrency from users who thought they were accessing Blockchain.info, one of the most popular providers of virtual currency wallets. The thieves bought Google ads on popular search keywords related to cryptocurrency like “blockchain” or “Bitcoin wallet” Fooled into believing they had come to the right place, victims then entered private information that allowed the hackers to gain access to their actual wallets and take their virtual currency. The ads included “spoofed” links with small mistypes like “blokchien.info/wallet” and “block-clain.info,” which sent visitors to pages that mirrored actual websites Blockchain.info and Blockchain.com The massive phishing campaign lasted over 3 years, surging in late 2017 as prices rose. CoinHoarder is not the only group doing this, not by a long shot. Underbanked residents of African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana made up the majority of those who landed on the malignant websites NCIX Richmond Auction Source 1: Mr Easter https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/896697-ncix-richmond-bc-auction-massive-blow-out-of-computers-and-tv%E2%80%99s/ Source 2: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/ncix-bankruptcy-auction-vancouver-february-2018 NCIX Richmond will be liquidating inventory and assets on Wednesday Feb 21 in a giant auction The hoard includes: Electronics: televisions, computers, computer parts, monitors, speakers, headphones, hard drives, and software. Office equipment: desks, chairs, cubicles Warehouse equipment: pallet racking, stock racking, conveyors Packaging equipment: scales, wrappers Should we be on location? We could make a video... Low Power APUs are coming Source 1: AluminiumTech https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/896408-ryzen-3-2200ge-and-ryzen-5-2400ge-spotted-ultra-low-power-desktop-ryzen-vega-apus-coming-soon/ Source 2: https://www.anandtech.com/show/12428/amd-readies-ryzen-3-2200ge-ryzen-5-2400ge-apus-with-reduced-tdp AMD is preparing to release low-power versions of its new Ryzen desktop APUs. The new Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE chips will have a 35 W TDP and will operate at lower frequencies when compared to the 45-65W Ryzen 3 2200G and the Ryzen 5 2400G Both APUs feature four Zen cores as well as Radeon Vega graphics, but their exact specs and configs are yet to be disclosed. According to ASUS, the Ryzen 5 2400GE will feature four cores with SMT operating at 3.2 GHz (down from 3.6 GHz of the Ryzen 5 2400G). Meanwhile, the Ryzen 3 2200GE appears to feature four cores without SMT working at 3.2 GHz (down from 3.5 GHz of the 2200G) The 35W Ryzen APUs will enable AMD to compete for OEM SFF and ultra-slim Mini-ITX DIY builds Twitch launches always on chat Rooms for channels Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/15/twitch-launches-always-on-chat-rooms-for-channels/ Source 2: Twitch has debuted an always-on chat room feature called “Rooms.” Rooms are custom chat spaces that are available from the channel page itself, and can be set up by anyone on their own account. At launch, creators can only host 3 Rooms Channel owners have the option to create a “Room” for a specific group of users – like their channels’ subscribers, moderators, followers, or others with a shared interest, like spoilers, for example. That latter use case represents a topic that would make sense to hide from the publicly accessible main group chat. But Rooms can also be used by groups who may have otherwise dominated the main Stream Chat Rooms are active even when the creator isn’t streaming. SpaceX launching First satellite for Global Internet this Sunday Source 1: saravanak85 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/895673-spacex-to-launch-a-satellite-for-low-cost-internet-global-internet-this-week/ Source 2: http://angdnews.com/spacex-set-to-launch-first-prototype-starlink-satellites-for-low-cost-internet/ Source 3: https://www.cnet.com/news/spacex-falcon-9-internet-satellites-sunday-launch/ The first test satellites for SpaceX’s global internet constellation will launch on Sunday, after the project was announced 3 years ago. The company’s Starlink service aims to provide low-cost internet across the world, and provide a communications network for future Mars missions. Two satellites called Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b that will be launched as a secondary payload alongside a primary mission launching the Spanish government's "Paz" satellite. SpaceX hopes to have its global internet service up and running by the middle of the 2020s. Rumour: Google Game Console Source 1: TheBeastPC https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/895301-a-google-game-console-codenamed-yeti-could-take-on-mainstream-consoles/ Source 2: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3253900/consumer-electronics/yeti-google-game-console-streaming-service.html A rumoured Google service called Yeti would allow users to stream games from remote servers to play on a Chromecast or a new console made by Google. The service would be subscription based The console is still being developed, perhaps for a reveal at Google’s fall hardware event? Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes Source 1: mark_cameron https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/895952-bitcoin-energy-use-in-iceland-set-to-overtake-homes-says-local-firm-bbc-news/ Source 2: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43030677 This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centres is likely to exceed that of all Iceland's homes, according to analyst Johann Sigurbergsson He added that he expects Bitcoin mining operations will use around 840 gigawatt hours He estimated that the county's homes use around 700 gigawatt hours every year. If Iceland took on all of the proposed Bitcoin mining ventures, there simply wouldn't be enough electricity to supply them all, he added. Iceland has population of around 340,000 people THQ Nordic snaps up the rights to Saints Row with acquisition of Koch Media Source 1: SC2Mitch https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/896344-thq-nordic-snaps-up-the-rights-to-saints-row-dead-island-and-more-with-an-acquisition-of-koch-media/ Source 2: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/saints-row-metro-dead-island-publisher-koch-media-/1100-6456770/ THQ Nordic, the Austria-based company currently in possession of the Darksiders, Red Faction, and de Blob properties, has acquired Koch Media, the parent company of Dead Island, Saints Row, and Metro publisher Deep Silver. The deal was worth $149 million. THQ Nordic now owns all of Koch Media's assets, which includes its studios, intellectual properties, and licenses, such as the Metro game series. Koch Media's business also includes films, which are created "primarily for German and Italian speaking territories." Koch's studios will continue to operate as normal, with both Volition and Dambuster working on new, unannounced AAA games, in addition to 4A's Metro Exodus
  2. Who is this dude?(At LTT Worplace)

    Get back to work or I will reduce your perogies rations!
  3. Is Floatplane worth it to you? [Poll]

    Hoping to, but it won't be at launch.
  4. Hi there, after posting to the forum, a couple of people suggested I posted directly here. Hope it's OK. I'm a big fan of Linustechtips channel and a PC builder since components had address dip switches and HDDs were BRICK size. After watching one of your videos about a $1,500 PC desk and the two HP (Horse Power) airflow blower contraption I decided to share some pics of my desk and to also offer our small company's help for future custom projects that your videos may benefit from. No strings attached, just thought you can do better (and also safer) on future custom builds. we have two CNC machines and provide custom plastic fabrication to many different industries. Below are pics of my Standup Desk. To give you an idea of the scale, this desk has 2 - 40 Inch monitors on top at eye level. It is built entirely from polished acrylic. Hope this helps.



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  5. Is Floatplane worth it to you? [Poll]

    We are adding more payment options and bringing back yearly subscriptions as soon as we can!
  6. They're Building a REAL Nuclear Fusion Reactor! - Holy S#!T

    That's actually exactly what happened lol. We asked.
  7. Is Floatplane worth it to you? [Poll]

    Been meaning to do more of those. Just been really busy lately. We always do this to ourselves "hey weve got some extra time... i know lets do two on location shoots ina single week. Brilliant"
  8. https://youtu.be/ZkFMyP6Gm_w Main News Topics Intel Smart-glasses Source 1: Cinnabar Sonar https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/893733-intel-is-developing-their-own-version-of-smartglasses/ Source 2: https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/2/5/16966530/intel-vaunt-smart-glasses-announced-ar-video Intel has developed inconspicuous smart eyeglasses that they will seed to developers later this year. Called Vaunt,, the glasses look and feel just like regular glasses and do NOT have: A camera Any buttons A screen A microphone A speaker Or a capacitive touch area “We really believe that it can’t have any social cost,” Vonshak insists again. “So if it’s weird, if you look geeky, if you’re tapping and fiddling — then we’ve lost.” Vaunt is simply a system for displaying a small heads-up style display in your peripheral vision. It can show simple messages like directions or notifications. Works over Bluetooth with Android phone or iPhone like your smartwatch does, taking commands from an app on your phone. The display is projected into your eye by a laser that shines a red, monochrome image somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 x 150 pixels onto a holographic reflector on the glasses’ right lens. The image is then reflected into the back of your eyeball, directly onto the retina. The laser is so low power that it doesn’t even need to be certified; it’s at the very bottom end of a class one laser. Because it’s directly shining on the back of your retina, the image is always in focus. works equally well on prescription glasses and non-prescription lenses. Works indoors and outside Is discrete: beyond a faint red shimmer on the lens itself at very specific angles, nobody could even tell there was a display there at all. The image is in the lower right of your visual field. when you’re not glancing down in that direction, the display isn’t there. “We have it about 15 degrees below your relaxed line of sight. …The beauty of this system is that if you choose not to look at it, it disappears. It is truly gone.” The electronics are located entirely up near the face of the frames so that the rest of the stems, and even the frame itself, can flex a little, just like any other regular pair of glasses. Other smart glasses have batteries that are integrated into the entire stem, “so those become very rigid and do not deform to adjust to your head size,” All-custom hardware, including the silicon. It also has: Bluetooth to communicate with your phone. An app processor an accelerometer and a compass so it can detect some basic head gestures and know what direction you’re looking. The prototypes don’t have a microphone, but future models may have one so it can be used with an assistant like Alexa. They’re targeting at least 18 hours of battery life The goal is to offer ambient, contextual information when you need it. “You’re in the kitchen, you’re cooking. You can just go ‘A-l-e-x-a, I need that recipe for cookies,’ and bam, it appears in your glasses,” Apple Source Code Leak Source 1: Shreyas1 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/894641-huge-apple-source-code-leak/ Source 2: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a34g9j/iphone-source-code-iboot-ios-leak The source code for a core component of the iPhone’s operating system on GitHub This could: Give hackers an easier time finding flaws and bugs that could allow them to crack or decrypt an iPhone. eventually allow advanced programmers to emulate iOS on non Apple platforms. make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve. The GitHub code is labeled “iBoot,” which is like the iPhone’s BIOS. The first process that runs on your iPhone, it loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes The code says it’s for iOS 9, but portions of it are likely to still be used in iOS 11. Apple has taken particular care to keep iBoot secure and its code private; bugs in the boot process are the most valuable ones if reported to Apple through its bounty program, which values them at a max payment of $200,000. A few hours after the publication of this story, Apple sent a DMCA legal notice demanding GitHub take down the iBoot code. "The "iBoot" source code is proprietary and it includes Apple's copyright notice. It is not open-source." Vulnerabilities in previous versions of iBoot allowed jailbreakers and hackers to brute-force their way through the iPhone’s lock screen and decrypt a user’s data. But newer iPhones have a chip called the Secure Enclave Processor, which has hardened the security of the device. This source code first surfaced last year, posted by a Reddit user called “apple_internals” on the Jailbreak subreddit. That post didn’t get much attention since the user was new and didn’t have enough Reddit karma; Its new availability on GitHub means it’s likely circulating widely in the underground jailbreaking community and in iOS hacking circles. SpaceX successfully launches it's monster Falcon Heavy Rocket carrying the Tesla Roadster Source 1: SC2Mitch https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/893801-spacex-successfully-launches-its-monster-falcon-heavy-rocket-carrying-the-tesla-roadster/ Source 2: https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/06/spacexs-historic-falcon-heavy-successfully-launches/ SpaceX has successfully launched their Falcon Heavy rocket on its maiden voyage- depositing CEO Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster into space to orbit Mars for an eternity. with a dummy in the driver’s seat wearing SpaceX’s new crew suit for its first astronaut missions, and a data storage device with Isaac Asimov’s classic Foundation trilogy loaded up. There’s also a plaque inscribed with all SpaceX employee names Two of the 3 boosters returned safely to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for nearly simultaneous, side-by-side landings that Musk described as “epic” and one of the most exciting things he’s ever seen. The third missed the drone ship and crashed into the ocean at 300mph, damaging the drone ship with debris. 2 of the rockets 3 engines failed to fire upon descent. Most epic stunt ever or unnecessary space garbage? What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week. Rapid Fire Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10 Source 1: Ryan_Vickers https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/893872-office-2019-to-support-windows-10-only-but-also-macos/ Source 2: http://news.thewindowsclub.com/office-2019-for-windows-10-91641/ An update by Microsoft on the 1st of February noted that Office 2019 will arrive in the 2nd half of 2018...and that it will run only on Windows 10 Microsoft says: “Software that is more than a decade old, and hasn’t benefited from this innovation, is difficult to secure and inherently less productive,” “As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence.” It won’t be shipping with the older MSI installer—the apps will all use the Click-to-Run installer, which is commonly used by Office 365. They also announced that support for Office 2019 will be shorter than usual: it will receive the usual 5 years of standard support, but extended support will be shortened from 5 years to 2 years. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2018 will receive 5 years of extended support T-mobile sued after cryptocurrency theft (Like Linus) Source 1: abhinavsaprey https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/894055-t-mobile-getting-sued-due-to-alleged-cryptocurrency-theft/ Source 2: Even though he had a PIN attached to his T-Mobile account for all number porting requests, T-mobile allowed the account of Washington state’s Carlos Tapang to be ported to thieves on the phone. The thieves then cleared out Tapang’s cryptocurrency holdings, worth around $20,000 USD at the time (2.9 BTC) The suit alleges T-Mobile is at fault partly because the carrier said it would add a PIN code to Tapang’s account prior to the incident, but didn’t actually implement it. Tapang also states that hackers are able to call T-Mobile’s customer support multiple times to gain access to customer accounts, until they’re able to get an agent on the line that would grant them access without requiring further identity verification. Rumour: AMD replacing GCN entirely by 2021 Source 1: Master Disaster https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/893852-amd-rumoured-to-be-looking-at-replacing-gcn-entirely-by-2021/ Source 2: https://wccftech.com/amd-new-major-gpu-architecture-to-succeed-gcn-by-2020-2021/ Navi, the upcoming next generation uArch from AMD in 2019 will constitute the 6th Generation of their Graphics Core Next (GCN) and will be the last and final breath of this overarching GCN series. The first product featuring GCN was launched in 2011 (Radeon HD 7970) GCN will be succeeded by brand new macro-architecture in 2020/2021 work had already started on the brand new major-architecture before Raja Koduri left The new 7nm+ architecture will result in a leap that is at-least as great as the TeraScale to GCN shift. Here is the complete list of GCN micro-architectures spanning a course of 8 years (2011-2019): GCN 1st Generation: Southern Islands GCN 2nd Generation: Sea Islands GCN 3rd Generation: Volcanic Islands GCN 4th Generation: Arctic Islands GCN 5th Generation: Vega GCN 6th Generation: Navi Rumour (not even a leak): GTX 2080 & 2070 will be based on Ampere and launch in April Source 1: Master Disaster https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/894725-nvidia-rumour-gtx-2080-2070-using-ampere-ga104-and-will-launch-in-april-gp102-is-eol/ Source 2: https://www.3dcenter.org/news/nvidia-ampere-geruechtekueche-gp102-produktion-bereits-eingestellt-ga104-seit-februar-produktio The next generation lineup for NVIDIA could be based not on Volta, but on the Ampere micro-architecture. Not only that, but if the rumor is to be believed then GP102 has already been transitioned to End of Life and will be replaced with the GA series soon. According to the report, GP102 entered EOL status sometime in the beginning of November last year The second quarter of 2018 would mark exactly 2 years since the GP104 was unveiled back in 2016 GA104, could be the perfect replacement for high end Pascal and AMD might unveil it in March with a launch later in April EU First: Person Sentenced for Sharing Information on Pirating Service Source 1: Volbet https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/894180-an-eu-first-person-sentenced-for-sharing-information-on-pirating-service/ Source 2: https://gizmodo.com/you-can-get-arrested-in-denmark-just-for-spreading-info-1725141324 Two men who ran websites that told people how to use torrenting service ‘Popcorn Time’ were arrested in Denmark simply for pointing to the information. Unlike the often confusing world of torrenting sites, Popcorn Time is so easy to use that Netflix describes it as one of its "biggest competitors." Neither man ran a website that hosted Popcorn Time. They simply told people about the torrent service. both are accused of distributing information on how to access illegal content online. LOL Russian scientists try to mine BTC with Super Computer Source 1: Ginger137 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/894781-russian-nuclear-scientists-arrested-for-attempting-to-mine-on-a-supercomputer/ Source 2: https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-europe-43003740 Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility as they tried to use one of Russia's most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoin. The supercomputer was not supposed to be connected to the internet - to prevent intrusion - and once the scientists attempted to do so, the nuclear centre's security department was alerted and the scientists arrested. There have been reports of some other industrial facilities in Russia being used for crypto-mining, and one businessman reportedly bought two power stations for the activity. Diamond Smartphone Screen Source 1: hey_yo_ https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/893477-diamond-covered-smartphones-are-coming-in-2019/ Source 2: https://www.cnet.com/news/the-first-phone-with-a-diamond-screen-will-come-in-2019/ Made with lab-grown diamonds, Akhan Semiconductor's Miraj Diamond Glass promises to be stronger than other materials used to cover a phone display. The diamond glass uses a nanocrystal pattern that randomly arranges the crystals, instead of lining them up along their crystal planes -- that arrangement discourages deep cracks from forming and damaging the materials underneath. It can be applied in conjunction with other materials, like Gorilla Glass, as a top layer. Akhan's CEO, promised that we'd see it in its first device by the end of 2017. Now they’re aiming for 2019 The technology is being actively tested with as yet unidentified device-makers Akhan's partners are stress-testing the diamond glass' strength, trying to reduce glare, and making sure the surface transmits electrical signals well, so your finger can navigate the touchscreen without a glitch. US Government jamming GPS until February 24 Source 1: rcmaehl https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/891027-us-government-will-be-intermittently-jamming-gps-near-new-mexico-until-feburary-24/ Source 2: https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2018/Jan/WSMR_18-02_GPS_Flight_Advisory.pdf From Jan 26 to Feb 24 the US Military is running exercises to practice against scenarios in which the GPS network is destroyed or crippled. A large amount of GPS interference will be broadcast over New Mexico during these exercises resulting in intermittent loss of service. The expected range will be about 232 miles in radius and increasing in distance based on height. It’s Settled: Uber Agrees to Pay Waymo $245 Million Equity Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-09/uber-settles-waymo-driverless-car-lawsuit-averts-jury-verdict-jdg486do Source 2: Waymo will now have a $245 million share (0.34%) of Uber equity, following Waymo’s settlement in its case against Uber. Waymo alleged that one of its senior engineers, Anthony Levandowski, hatched a plan in 2015 with Uber for him to steal more than 14,000 proprietary files, including the designs for lidar technology In four days of testimony this week, of which Kalanick spent three hours on the stand, it became clear how difficult it would be to prove those claims. Uber’s new CEO released a letter saying: “To our friends at Alphabet: we are partners, you are an important investor in Uber, and we share a deep belief in the power of technology to change people’s lives for the better. Of course, we are also competitors. And while we won’t agree on everything going forward, we agree that Uber’s acquisition of Otto could and should have been handled differently.” Cryptocurrency Ads Find Ways Around Facebook’s Ban Source 1: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-09/cryptocurrency-ads-find-ways-around-facebook-s-ban Source 2: Last week, Facebook banned ads that promote cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and binary options, saying they were “frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices.” But it hasn’t worked very well, as advertisers employ the oldest trick in the book: changing the spelling. One successful ad changed the O to a zero and the I to a lower case L = BITC0lN Even as Facebook works to build up its artificial intelligence capabilities, it’s finding that humans are more reliable for detecting harmful behavior on its site. They’ve been hiring thousands of new employees around the world to address problems including fake news and election manipulation. Chrome to brand HTTP as “Not secure” Source 1: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/from-july-on-chrome-will-brand-plain-old-http-as-not-secure/ Source 2: Chrome will soon brand any site served up over plain, unencrypted HTTP as "Not secure." starting with Chrome 68 which is due to release in July. The "Not secure" label will appear in the address bar, as a counterpart to the "Secure" label and padlock icon that HTTPS sites get. Google says that 81 of the top 100 sites on the Web default to HTTPS 68 percent of Chrome traffic on Android and Windows uses HTTPS. Multiple Star Wars series to appear on Disney’s new service Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/09/disneys-streaming-service-wont-have-r-rated-films/ Source 2: A new report offers a few more details as to what Disney has in store for its upcoming Netflix rival. Series: “A few Star Wars series” a including Star Wars live-action title. “High School Musical,” an animated “Monsters Inc.” series, a Marvel live-action series The shows may cost $25 million to $35 million for 10 episodes, though a more ambitious series could go up to $100 million Feature films: “Don Quixote,” “Lady and the Tramp” (directed by Julia Hart) “The Paper Magician,” “Stargirl,” “Togo” (directed by Ericson Core), “3 Men and a Baby,” “Sword and the Stone,” “Timmy Failure (with Tom McCarthy involved). Disney will not be pulling its Marvel series from Netflix for the time being. The service will not include R-rated content. That will go to Hulu. 'HUMAN UBER' LETS YOU PAY SOMEONE TO LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR YOU Source 1: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/human-uber-telepresence-robot-ipad-face-carry-round-live-life-pay-service-researcher-a8189836.html Source 2: A Japanese researcher has developed a special screen that can be strapped to a person’s face to allow them to live on your behalf.behalf. By dressing up as you and having your face shown where theirs usually is, you'll be able to pay someone to go about your life instead. The user’s face is displayed on the screen, so they’re free to enjoy business meetings, children's’ piano recitals, or even dates from the comfort of their living room.
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  11. Help... please?

    Speaking as a not-even-very-famous-celebrity, we've got lives off camera. Don't call us, we'll call you when we want to interact with viewers/fans. Not trying to be an asshole. It's just unmanageable past a certain point. If you run into her on the street, say "Hi, I like your stuff. Thanks for all that you do", then keep walking. A selfie is also generally fine (for me anyway), but you also need to consider the context. If she's hanging around doing nothing, then a moment of her time is probably not too much to ask, but if she's carrying two children and walking her dog, then you should probably just wave. edit: added some more context and fixed a grammar/punctuation error
  12. A grievance (edited)

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