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Reverse Engineering An Old Bus Display December 12, 2019

When his makerspace was gifted a pair of Luminator LED signs of the sort you might see on the front of a bus, [PWalsh] decided to pull one apart to see what made it tick. Along the way, he managed to reverse engineer its control protocol and replace its original control board with a WiFi-connected […]

Apple climbs past Samsung as world's top phone vendor – CNET

The iPhone maker captured 18 percent of the global smartphone market in the final months of 2016, says Strategy Analytics.
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Facebook weeds out more fake news – CNET

Called out for a raft of fake news stories that allegedly affected the 2016 US election, Facebook is systematically adding steps to show what’s real.
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Microsoft campus has a nude jogger – CNET

Commentary: And the police say he had a very scientific explanation for why he was doing it.
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For Super Bowl, Budweiser addresses immigration – CNET

Commentary: Already trending on YouTube is Budweiser’s Super Bowl ad, which shows the arduous journey to America of founder Adolphus Busch.
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Trump names Supreme Court nominee on Facebook Live – CNET

President Donald Trump took to social media to announce Neil Gorsuch as his pick for the next justice of the Supreme Court.
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Prince's music expected back on Spotify and Apple Music soon – CNET

Inside sources and coy Spotify ads point to The Purple One’s music becoming available on all streaming services very soon.
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Samsung officially launching something next month, just not the Galaxy S8 phone – CNET

Samsung isn’t launching a phone at MobileWorld Congress, but it’s unveiling something. Perhaps a tablet rumored to have a 9.6-inch screen and 12-megapixel camera.
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Super-old sea creature discovered, gives us super-new creeps – CNET

A 500-million-year-old creature adds to the fascinating chain of early life on Earth.
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Sandberg: Trump's immigration ban defies American values – CNET

The Facebook exec says the president’s executive orders put the dreams, futures and safety of immigrant women and children at risk.
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iPhone 7 propels Apple to record-shattering sales – CNET

Who says the iPhone is boring? The company reports record unit sales despite few changes to the look of its flagship device.
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Amazon to spend $1.49B on new air cargo hub – CNET

The investment, which could create over 2,000 new jobs, points to Amazon’s continued ambitions to expand in shipping and logistics.
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Super Mario Run only got 5 percent of players to cough up their coins – CNET

Super Mario Run jumped high with number of downloads, but fell short in number of people who actually paid.
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Trump stresses cybersecurity but postpones executive order

U.S. President Donald Trump called on government agencies to better protect their networks, but he delayed signing an executive order to kick-start a government-wide review of cybersecurity policy.

A draft copy of the order, leaked earlier, would give the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security 60 days to submit a list of recommendations to protect U.S. government and private networks. 

Trump had been scheduled to sign the executive order Tuesday but canceled shortly before it was due to happen.

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Toyota is the most Googled car brand in the world, BMW a close second – Roadshow

Sure, makes sense, it’s one of the world’s top-selling automakers.
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Witness a 'firehose' of lava shooting into the ocean – CNET

A National Park Service ranger captures a stunning moment of nature’s power as a blood-red flow of lava leaps into ocean water in Hawaii.
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Uber will use self-driving Daimler cars… eventually… probably – Roadshow

The deal with Mercedes’ parent company is yet another step toward Uber’s goal of not having to do pesky things like pay humans.
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Orangutans, you swingers. Now there's a Tinder for you – CNET

Samoja the female orangutan will scroll through pictures of males and let zookeepers know which ones she’d like to invite over for a little monkey business.
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FCC cable set-top rules headed for regulatory graveyard – CNET

The Republican-led FCC is no longer considering rules that would have ended cable set-top box rental fees.
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Google upgrades G Suite with tools for IT pros

Google today bolstered its G Suite of productivity apps with new controls and tools for IT professionals. G Suite administrators now have more access to control security key enforcement, data control with data loss prevention (DLP) for Google Drive and Gmail, and additional insights by connecting Gmail to BigQuery, Google’s enterprise data warehouse designed to enable SQL queries, according to Google.

All of the changes, which are live today, are designed to elevate G Suite for the enterprise, especially among companies that need more confidence in the controls they can maintain over corporate data, according to Google.

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Is Samsung Galaxy S8's secret weapon a hit or miss? (The 3:59, Ep. 171) – CNET

We dig into the super chip powering Samsung’s next flagship phone, take a look at the Super Bowl in VR and bid adieu to Walmart’s Prime copycat.
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Trump to sign cybersecurity order calling for government-wide review

President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order Tuesday that gives each cabinet official more responsibility for the safety of data within their agency.

It will be accompanied by a government-wide review of cybersecurity by the Office of Management and Budget, looking at the technology in place that guards U.S. government systems from cyberattacks, according to a White House official.

The results of that review could lead to a government-wide upgrade of federal cybersecurity systems.

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Nvidia wants to prepare you for battle at no charge – CNET

New GeForce GTX 1080 or 1070 card, laptop or desktop buyers can pick up an Ubisoft game for free so you can see just what your system can handle.
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Dieselgate be damned, Volkswagen earns global sales crown – Roadshow

It takes the honor away from Toyota, which held the top spot for four years in a row.
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Security execs voice concern over Trump travel ban

Senior security industry professionals weighed in about the travel ban imposed this weekend by President Trump, and worried that the repercussions could go far beyond the handful of countries singled out so far.

The nation’s cybersecurity posture would be hurt in numerous ways, they said, citing increased anti-American sentiment spurring more hacking attacks, hurting international cyber enforcement cooperation efforts, discouraging foreign students from coming here to study, hurting recruitment efforts, and influencing organizers of international cybersecurity conferences to look at other countries for meeting locations.

And while most of these effects will take time to be realized, some companies have already felt the impact of the ban.

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The long haul: A day in the life at the 24 Hours of Daytona – Roadshow

24 hours of racing goes by faster than you think. Let’s take a look at how we spent that time, whether it’s up against the fence or hanging out in the pits.
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