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X stops showing headlines because Elon Musk thinks it will make posts look better October 4, 2023

Illustration: The Verge X, formerly Twitter, is no longer showing headlines on articles shared on the platform. Instead, X is only showing the article’s lead image and the domain it will link you to. The change is present on the iOS app for myself and another Verge staffer. You can see the differences between the […]

Uber drivers in China allegedly pretending to be zombies in scam – CNET

Technically Incorrect: In China, some Uber drivers allegedly post scary pictures on the app, so that riders cancel, but drivers pocket the cancellation fee.
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Netflix Originals and dynamic geography: Girt by CNET podcast 88 – CNET

This week the Girt team talks Netflix at the Emmys and poor Australian geography in Forza Horizon 3.
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Facebook gave advertisers inflated video-viewing metrics for two years – CNET

Social network overestimated average viewing time because it only counted videos seen for three or more seconds.
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Halfway there: 500,000 Galaxy Note 7 phones returned in the US – CNET

Samsung says 90 percent of existing Galaxy Note 7 owners are opting for a replacement Note 7.
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New 'Magnum P.I.' series in the works, with daughter as star – CNET

The TV new series will follow the crime-solving adventures of Magnum’s daughter Lily, who returns to Hawaii to run her father’s private investigation firm.
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​How water-resistant is the iPhone 7? – CNET

We put Apple’s iPhone 7 through a series of dunk tests for our Breaking Point series to see if we could drown it.
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Yetis and UFOs and sea monsters, oh my! (pictures) – CNET

Join us on a journey full of cryptozoology, aliens and mysterious monsters as we look back at recent Bigfoot, Nessie and UFO sightings.
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How to find out if you are at risk in Yahoo hack – CNET

If you’re wondering what to do after hearing about the massive data breach, follow these steps to make sure you’re safe.
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Horses make weather-based wardrobe choices, study shows – CNET

We’ve always known our equine friends were smart, but a recent study shows their choices reflect it.
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6-year-old invites shell-shocked Syrian boy to live with him – CNET

Video of a boy reading a letter he wrote to President Obama asking him to bring a Syrian boy to come live with his family has been viewed more than 10 million times.
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Ferrari GTC4Lusso T: More torque, more turbos, less everything else – Roadshow

Now you can have your supercar-wagon thingy in either V8 or V12 variants.
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Microsoft adds more firepower to its HoloLens team

Microsoft is adding a couple of big names to its HoloLens/mixed-reality effort.
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Yahoo warns users at least 500 million accounts were hacked – CNET

Users who haven’t changed their passwords since 2014 are highly encouraged to do so.
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Sony announces Xperia prices – CNET

The company will start selling its new Xperia X Compact this weekend.
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Twinkling constellations light up your lap with this LED stars skirt – CNET

Grab the heavens and wear them with pride with a light-up skirt featuring over 250 sparkling LED stars.
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Facebook activates safety check in Charlotte – CNET

As protests grew in North Carolina over a police shooting of a black man, Facebook lets users check in as safe.
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Microsoft says new Surface Pro 3 battery issue not caused by software update

A recent Microsoft patch is not the culprit behind a new battery-drain issue affecting some Surface Pro 3 users, Microsoft says, but a fix is being sought.
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IDG Contributor Network: Tech leaders must act quickly to ensure algorithmic fairness

Do big data algorithms treat people differently based on characteristics like race, religion, and gender? Mary Worth in her new book Weapons of Math Destruction and Frank Pasquale in The Black Box Society both look closely and critically at concerns over discrimination, the challenges of knowing if algorithms are treating people unfairly and the role of public policy in addressing these questions.

Tech leaders must take seriously the debate over data usage — both because discrimination in any form has to be addressed, and because a failure to do so could lead to misguided measures such as mandated disclosure of algorithmic source code.

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Hillary Clinton endures Trump jokes from Funny or Die's Zach Galifianakis – CNET

In an appearance on comedy website Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns,” the Democratic nominee shows encouraging levels of tolerance.
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Meet Elsewhere: $50 plastic frames that turn any video 3D – CNET

Black plastic glasses from a tiny wife-and-husband startup hook onto an iPhone to make any movie, show or clip feel like you’re watching in Imax 3D.
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Hands-on review: Updated: Alienware 17

Hands-on review: Updated: Alienware 17

Updated: Alienware has announced pricing for the its newest monster gaming laptop, read on to find out more.

Since Nvidia’s latest generation of Pascal graphics came to laptops, we’ve been seeing a ton of upgraded gaming notebooks come out of the woodwork. But while hardware refreshes are great and all, we have yet to see something truly new.

Until now.

The new Alienware 17 is the first portable rig designed specifically to unleash the true potential of Nvidia’s new 10 series GPUs. Alienware pulled out all the stops to completely revamp its flagship 17-inch gaming laptops, including a new chassis design, re-engineered cooling and some newly added Tobii eye-tracking too.

Alienware 17 review


Alienware’s laptops have steadily been moving towards thinner designs, and the new series takes a dramatic step towards slimness. To get here the company completely redesigned the internal cooling system. While heatsinks normally reside underneath the keyboard, what Alienware has done now is shifted them to the rear of the machine and behind the hinge.

This ‘Hinge Forward’ design, as Alienware calls it, has helped produce some of the thinnest devices in history including the Dell’s cult-classic Adamo and, more recently, the HP Spectre.

Adding to the Alienware 17’s new found thinness is a much flatter and sharper design. Every rounded corner first started by the 2013 Alienware design has been replaced by edgier angles.

Alienware 17 review

The top lid of the new 17-inch model feels razor-thin compared to older models, as it only consists of a sheet of metal and a thin optical stack for the display. Likewise, the sides of the machine are only thick enough to accommodate the high-end gaming internals.

Unfortunately, the thinner design has also resulted in a gaming laptop that’s a bit longer from the front to back end. As a result, this squarer machine might not fit in your backpack designed for traditional 17-inch notebooks.

Alienware 17 review

Alienware’s FX customizable lighting makes a return, but certain parts have been moved or eliminated. For starters, the lid now only features light strips along the sides rather than on the back of the screen lid. The LEDs on the base of the notebook also no longer wrap around to the front, opting for a modern aesthetic filled with straight beams of light.

Likewise, the Alienware logo has been redrawn to be more sinister and even the font is sharper for the modern makeover.

Alienware 17 review

Rebuilding the icon

Aside from the skin-deep beauty, Alienware claims the new aesthetic and re-engineering has helped make the 17-inch gaming laptop 20% thinner. This is largely thanks to the new heatsink placement and the newly added copper heat pipe elements that share the workload of having to cool the GPU and CPU at the same time.

All together, Alienware claims this new cooling system will keep up with the high performance output of the Nvidia GTX 1080 and allow it to run at a full 150W unlike other gaming laptops.

Alienware also carefully when back to the drawing board to redesign the layout and the machine out of a mix of aluminum, carbon fiber composite and magnesium. A giant steel plate helps reinforce the keyboard and help prevent it from being mushy in the center.

Alienware 17 review

Spec-wise, the Alienware 17 is just as new on the inside with all new components including the Nvidia GTX 1060 and 1070 – 1080 GPUs come in November. What’s more, AMD’s Polaris graphics make their debut on the Alienware 15 and 17 with the option of the Radeon RX 470.

Users will also be able to get a fully loaded rig with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD and an optional 120Hz Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display.

Plus if you want even more storage and memory, upgrading is easier than ever. Simply take off the bottom panel and you’ll have access to three PCI-e SSD slots and a 2.5-inch drive plus the two memory dim slots.

Alienware 17 review

Alienware has stuck with using 6th generation Intel Skylake processors for now, but only because there aren’t 7th generation Kaby Lake processors designed for gaming just yet. However, the Intel Core i7 processors will still come with dynamic overclocking baked in.

The 17 gaming laptop also has a few unique upgrades including an optionally larger 99WHr battery designed to last seven hours long in case the standard 68WHr battery isn’t enough juice for users. Alienware has also teamed up with Tobii to bring eye tracking to its 15- and 17-inch laptops.

The integrated sensor is much smaller and subtler than the MSI GT72S G Tobii we reviewed a little while ago. Beyond the sleeker look, this eye-tracker also has expanded features that will not only turn off the screen when you’re turning away, but also bump up the keyboard illumination you’re looking down at the keys.

The base model Alienware 17 comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 1060, 8GB of RAM and an 1TB HDD for $1,499 (about £1,155, AU$1,990). Meanwhile, an Tobii-equipped model runs for $1,749 (about £1,350, AU$2,320) with an additional 128GB SSD. Shipping for all models will begin on September 30th.

Alienware 17 review

Early verdict

Alienware has made some bold claims that it’s 17-inch gaming laptop will be able to tap into the full 150W power of the Nvidia GTX 1080 while other companies have only achieved 120W performance.

In our short hands on time we didn’t get to play with the top-spec model, but given the Nvidia GTX 1070-powered models we got to go hands on with for a few minutes, the Alienware 17 is already primed to take care of virtual reality gaming on the go.

The Alienware 17 is also a top to bottom redesign, leaving nothing but the trackpad to be the same. It’s great step forward and we can’t wait to give this monster the full review treatment.

Source: Tech Radar

Yahoo expected to confirm hack of 200M users, report says – CNET

The breach was first revealed in August, spurring Yahoo to launch an investigation.
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A mole, really? Some Harry Potter fans want a Patronus quiz do-over – CNET

Pottermore’s new quiz will assign you an animal protector. Hope your Dementors are scared of squirrels!
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Are you a victim of Yahoo's massive hack? (The 3:59, Ep. 111) – CNET

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz suddenly agree on the internet, Verizon dashes unlimited data dreams and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan want to cure all diseases.
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Microsoft makes TypeScript 2.0 generally available

Microsoft is rolling out the 2.0 release of TypeScript, its superset of JavaScript.
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