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  • Starz Goes on Twitter Meta-Censorship Spree To Cover Up TV-Show Leaks (1873 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:43:00 -0400Starz Goes on Twitter Meta-Censorship Spree To Cover Up TV-Show LeaksSlashdot

    American entertainment giant Starz is continuing to remove tweets that link to a TorrentFreak news report about leaked TV-shows. From a report: Last week we posted a news article documenting how several TV-show episodes had leaked online before their official release. Due to the leaks, complete seasons of unreleased TV-shows such as "The Spanish Princess," "Ramy," and "The Red Line," surfaced on pirate sites. In most cases, there were visible signs revealing that the leaks were sourced from promotional screeners. The leaks also hit Starz, as three then-unreleased episodes from its TV series "American Gods" appeared online as well. The American entertainment company was obviously not happy with that, but its response was rather unconventional. Soon after the news was published, Starz issued a takedown request through The Social Element Agency, requesting Twitter to remove our tweet to our own article. Twitter was quick to comply and removed the tweet that supposedly infringed Starz copyrights. We disagreed. The article in question never linked to any infringing material. It did include a screenshot from a leaked episode, showing the screener watermarks, but those watermarks were central to the story, as we explained in a follow-up piece. The good news is that many legal scholars, journalists, and lawyers agree with our stance. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), for example, responded that Starz has no right to silence TorrentFreak and also shared that opinion on Twitter, where many others chimed in as well. That's when things started to spiral out of control. Starz takedown efforts only encouraged more people to share the original story about the leaks, which is a classic example of the 'Streisand Effect'. However, Starz didn't budge and issued takedown notices against those tweets as well.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • The BMW M850i elevates the road trip with high tech (8525 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:41:00 -0400The BMW M850i elevates the road trip with high techEngadget RSS Feed

    Road trips are wonderful. But while cruising along in a beat up Civic or Bug made for great stories in your 20s, as you get older you want a little more comfort. You also want some power and the latest tech. And you know what, let's throw in the wind rustling through your hair. Turns out you get picky as you age. Don't fret older human, BMW's got your back.

    The 2019 BMW M850i convertible (starting at $121,400) delivers all the above and more. The rebirth of the 8 Series has yielded a vehicle that's equal parts growling beast and refined tourer. Sure you could get the coupe version (starting at $10,000 less than the drop-top), but where's the fun in that? Plus, for the rich nerds out there, it's packed to the kidney grilles with the latest tech from the German automaker. I just wish it looked the part of a cutting edge vehicle.

    For the tourer in a hurry, the M850i has a 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 engine pumping out 523 horsepower and 553-foot-pounds of torque. It'll do zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds. Even in Eco mode, when the pedal is pushed to the luxurious metal, it unleashes a guttural growl (albeit a refined one). Just enough to let you and others on the road know that you're the type of 40-something that still has a pulse. In Sport Plus mode, the soundtrack includes the pops and roars found in sports cars.

    Getting all that power to the ground in an orderly fashion is where BMW's XDrive AWD (All wheel drive) system shines. Stomp on the accelerator and the system reacts by making sure you're getting the most grip possible.

    That grip is impressive when you think about the fact that a few months ago I had a chance to drive the M850i on a track in Palm Springs during a downpour. I got up to 125 miles per hour on a rain-drenched track and the car felt like it wasn't even close to losing its connection to the road. If that's not some impressive tech, I don't know what is.

    That grip is supplemented by the car's all-wheel steering system making the vehicle more nimble than something that size should be. The rear wheels turn up to 2.5 degrees in either direction and around corners, it's weird. There's no other way to describe it. It's almost like oversteer but in an odd, smooth way. The back end just sort of glides into position during switchbacks and to be honest it takes about an hour to really get used to it. But once you've mastered it, it creates this wholly new cornering experience that I enjoyed.

    The all-wheel steering is fun on the open road, but it's better in parking lots and other tight driving situations. Having those rear-wheels turn helps make getting into weird spaces much easier while garages with all their poles and randomly placed support beams become about 100 percent more manageable.

    Those parking situations get an additional bit of the tech with the Backup assistant. The M850i can retrace the last 55 yards it drove. But in reverse. For example, let's say you had to drive around a pole to squeeze into a spot. When you return to your car, just put it into reverse and press the Backup Assist button on the infotainment display. You're in charge of handling the braking, but the BMW will back out of the spot and around that pole along the same route you used to get in. It's slick and I can't wait until it seeps into cars that regular folks can afford.

    BMW's engineers also took on another frustrating aspect of driving: traffic. Adaptive Cruise control and Lane-keep assist have become the norm in most cars above $30,000. While BMW's system is one of the best on the market at navigating and centering within lanes, the automaker has a new feature that offers hands-off driving. The Extended Traffic Jam system steers the car for you in traffic at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. It's a bit like Cadillac's Super Cruise system. And like the system from GM, it's able to steer the BMW because it watches you to make sure you're paying attention to the road -- even if you're not using your hands. A camera is situated directly above the gauge cluster and if it senses that you're not looking at the road it sounds an alert and reminds you to watch the road.

    To let you know it's working, two LED strips in the wheel glow green when you're all good. I've become a fan of these driver-monitoring systems. Far too many people behind the wheel are reaching for, or just staring at their smartphones instead of paying attention. That puts other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and really anyone within a few feet of a road in danger. If you're not going to pay attention to the road because it's the law (and common sense), maybe you're car should be shaming you.

    Another piece of tech meant to help you keep your eye on the road is BMW's voice assistant. Imagine Siri or Alexa but for your car. The "Hey BMW" wake word lets you ask for directions, check the weather, adjust the temperature, change the radio station and a whole host of other features. I used it both with the top up and down and in both cases, it did a fine job understanding my random queries most of the time. It's not as robust as Mercedes' MBUX, but it works for most things you actually need in a car.

    That's housed within the automaker's iDrive infotainment system. The M850i has a 10.25-inch touchscreen along with a control "puck" that sits in the center console. The round controller is helpful about 75 percent of the time, but some features (like swiping between home screens) is easier with the touchscreen. For the Engadget reader, BMW supports CarPlay, but it'll cost you, which is always a disappointment since it's standard on so many other vehicles.

    The system itself is a series of customizable home screens where a driver sets up their top-level features of choice. BMW has done a better job surfacing the options most people use all the time, but you still end up diving deep into submenus to make changes to features. My suggestion is to take care of these choices before you hit the road.

    The rest of the interior is pretty much like every other BMW. Everything is where you expect it to be and I applaud the company for adding all the driver's assistance controls directly to the steering wheel. With your left thumb, you can switch between just having adaptive cruise control, adding lane keep assist to the mix or going all in with Extended Traffic Jam if the situation is appropriate.

    For longer jaunts, the front seats in the M850i are comfortable and are electronically adjustable. It's what you would expect from a car meant to be taken on road trips. A nice touch is the vents in the seats that pipe hot air onto your neck and shoulders. A clever feature that keeps you warm during top-down driving. The back seats, on the other hand, are nearly worthless. No adult-sized human fits back there if there's an adult-sized human sitting in front of them. I took my friend and his two kids for a ride in the car and the child behind me had to sit with her knees at her chest. I wish BMW had just decided to rip out the seats and add storage space as they did in the i8 Roadster.

    What is surprising is the amount of actual cargo space you get. The trunk loses precious volume because it's where the top is stored, but it's deeper than expected and those nearly worthless backseats fold down so you could stick a small snowboard back there if you wanted. The weird thing is that the trunk lid is automated. It's not a huge SUV door, it's a tiny little thing and making it open and close by itself just seems a bit like overkill.

    You can add the crystal gear shifter to that list of things that seem weird. It works in Volvos but here in the BMW, it adds a bit of gaudiness.

    Where the automaker doesn't go overboard is with the exterior styling, and that's where I'm most disappointed. The M850i should be a head-turner but it feels like it's missing something. The back end looks sort of cool, but the profile and front end are immediately forgettable. Maybe take some of the pizzaz that went into the decision of the crystal shift knob, tone it down a bit and give the car more character.

    It's not an ugly car. Far from it. It's just well... there.

    Yet when you put all the elements of the car together, you come up with a fun tourer that's equal parts tech, speed, fun, and comfort. BMW's decision to make a convertible version of the M850i coupe should be applauded because it takes a great tourer and transforms it into something special. Road trips are where memories are made. Road trips with the top down, those are pure magic.

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  • Attorney general to release redacted Mueller report on Thursday (288 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:40:00 -0400Attorney general to release redacted Mueller report on ThursdayReuters: Politics

    Attorney General William Barr plans on Thursday morning to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and contacts between Moscow and President Donald Trump's campaign, the Justice Department said on Monday.

  • Canon could put continuous LED lights inside pop-up flash units according to patent application (2356 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:34:00 -0400Canon could put continuous LED lights inside pop-up flash units according to patent applicationNews: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

    Canon is looking into putting continuous LED lights into the pop-up flash of its cameras, according a recent patent application.

    Japanese patent application 2019-056787 (translated) details how Canon could put continuous LED lights inside the pop-up flash alongside the conventional xenon tubes used for still photography. This combo would not only provide a modeling light function, but also serve as a continuous lighting source for video.

    According to the patent text, the LED array would lay flat at the bottom part of the flash housing with the diodes facing upwards. When turned on, the LED light is then reflected off a specialized aluminum substrate through the fresnel lens on the front of the flash unit. This arrangement not only allows space for the standard Xenon tube to operate, but also helps to dissipate the intense heat the LEDs will put out when used for extended periods of time. Canon does note, however, that the exact arrangement is still 'flexible' to account for any overheating and alignment issues.

    Canon also addresses the spread of light from the LED units, saying it can narrow or widen the spread of light through alteration of the fresnel lens and limiting the throw of the LEDs, but notes it also has to balance the throw of the xenon tube as well.

    As with all patent applications and patents, there's no way of knowing whether or not this technology will make it into future cameras, but it's interesting to see what Canon is cooking up behind the scenes regardless.

  • This is How a Camera?s Shutter Speed Changes Based on Light (1850 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:34:00 -0400This is How a Camera?s Shutter Speed Changes Based on LightPetaPixel

    Want to see how cameras automatically adjust shutter speed to compensate for changing light conditions? A simple experiment with a ruler can help you visualize it in an interesting and unusual way.

    Here’s a short GIF that has been going wildly viral online after being shared on the subreddit /r/blackmagicf**kery yesterday. It shows what a ruler flicked off the edge of a table looks like in the shadow versus in a patch of sunlight:

    The wacky look of the ruler is caused by something known as the rolling shutter effect, a side effect of the fact that CMOS sensors capture images by scanning across the frame one row at a time — here’s an in-depth article that looks at the math behind it. Rolling shutter effects be seen in footage of everything from guitars to airplane propellers.

    In the shadows, the camera uses a slower shutter speed to capture enough light for well-exposed frames. This slow shutter speed captures a lot of movement of the ruler in each frame, so the ruler looks blurred (like what our eyes see in real life) and the rolling shutter effect isn’t discernible.

    When the ruler is moved into the sunlight, the camera switches to shooting with a much faster shutter speed since less time is needed to properly expose each frame. This results in a sharp ruler in each frame without the motion blur, allowing us to see the rolling shutter effect clearly. And the vibration frequency of the ruler lines up with the camera’s frame rate in such a way that the ruler’s motion looks like a strange slow-motion wobble.

    A similar phenomenon can be seen when a helicopter’s rotor is synced with a camera’s frame rate — if it’s perfectly synced, the rotors look frozen, and if it’s slightly different, the rotors can look like they’re turning in slow motion.

  • Volvo cars in Europe will alert each other to slippery roads (1209 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:32:00 -0400Volvo cars in Europe will alert each other to slippery roadsEngadget RSS Feed

    Volvo's flurry of new safety features might not stop any time soon. The automaker is making its Slippery Road Alert and Hazard Light Alert features (previously limited to Sweden and Norway) available across Europe starting with the 2020 model year for new cars, and as a retrofit upgrade from 2016 and newer cars based on its CMA and SPA platforms. The road alert draws on information from Volvo cars ahead to warn you if rain or ice could pose trouble, giving you a chance to drive cautiously before you risk losing control.

    The hazard light alert, meanwhile, tells other nearby Volvo cars when you've flicked its namesake alert. The automaker envisions it as useful for blind corners and hills, but it could also be useful for helping fellow motorists with breakdowns and emergencies.

    There's no mention of when either alert will reach North America. It may be more a matter of time than anything, though, even if the limitation to Volvo cars makes it unlikely that you'll see either alert very often. Volvo is willing to share at least some of its learnings, however - it's publishing its safety know-how in a "central" online library for the rest of the industry to use.

    Source: Volvo

  • Oil rally stalls on talk of OPEC+ boosting output (260 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:20:00 -0400Oil rally stalls on talk of OPEC+ boosting outputReuters: Business News

    Oil prices halted their rally on Monday, with both benchmarks down nearly 1 percent, after Russia's finance minister said Russia and OPEC may decide to boost production to fight for market share with the United States, where output remains at record highs.

  • 'Too Old to Die Young' is the first streaming series to make it to Cannes (1611 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:16:00 -0400'Too Old to Die Young' is the first streaming series to make it to CannesEngadget RSS Feed

    It's been one year since Netflix stirred up controversy around the Cannes Film Festival. For those who don't remember, when a new rule banned any movie from competition that didn't have a theatrical run, Netflix decided not to screen anything at all. Netflix won't return this year either, but it looks like Amazon may fill its shoes. According to Deadline, Amazon's new TV series Too Old to Die Young is expected at Cannes next month. That makes it only the third episodic series to screen at the high-brow festival and the very first streaming show to be invited.

    The series is a moody crime drama that explores Los Angeles's seedy lawless side, and it's being hyped as the latest project by director Nicolas Winding Refn, who won best director at Cannes in 2011 for Drive. Refn is also behind the thriller Only God Forgives and The Neon Demon, both of which previously ran at the festival. That's perhaps a testament that a big name is one way to rise above the streaming versus cinema battle -- though the series still won't be eligible for any awards.

    Most of us will have to wait until June 14 to catch Too Old to Die Young when it debuts on Amazon Prime. Rumor has it each episode will be about 90 minutes, and as the trailer shows, it'll explore everything for corrupt cops to working-class hit men, cartel assassins, mafia captains and teenage killers.

    Source: Deadline

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  • Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support (849 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:02:00 -0400Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft SupportSlashdot

    eatmorekix writes: On Saturday, Microsoft confirmed that some users of the company's email service had been targeted by hackers. A hacker or group of hackers had first broken into a customer support account for Microsoft, and then used that to gain access to information related to customers' email accounts such as the subject lines of their emails and who they've communicated with. But the issue is much worse than previously reported, with the hackers able to access email content from a large number of Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail email accounts, according to a source who witnessed the attack in action and described it before Microsoft's statement, as well as screenshots provided to Motherboard. Microsoft confirmed to Motherboard that hackers gained access to the content of some customers' emails.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 11 Insider Tips: Here?s How I Never Pay Full Price for Hotels (11224 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:00:00 -040011 Insider Tips: Here?s How I Never Pay Full Price for HotelsMillion Mile Secrets

    There are lots of terrific strategies you can use to avoid paying full price for a hotel.  These can come in handy if you don’t have enough points to book a free award stay, or if you prefer to stay at independent hotels with no loyalty program.

    A few of the best ways to save money on hotels involve making the most of certain credit card perks like the 10X Venture miles you can earn through Hotels.com (through January 31, 2020 when you pay and book through this Hotels.com link) with the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card.

    Beyond the benefits you’ll get from many of the best credit cards for travel, you can take advantage of quick booking tricks to reduce your out-of-pocket expense when paying for a hotel stay.  Just a few seconds of your time could get you easy savings!

    How to Save Money on Hotel Rooms

    Even if you collect hotel points, sometimes it can make sense to pay cash for your stay.  For example, using points for an inexpensive stay might not get you the best value.  Instead, you can save your points for a future award stay.

    But if you decide to pay cash, you should NOT pay full price.  You can use these tricks to get the best deals!

    1.   Redeem Flexible Credit Card Points to Book Hotel Stays Through Bank Travel Portals

    There are several reasons why we recommend folks collect transferable points with programs like:

    With these programs you can redeem points for hotel stays through the bank’s travel portal without having to worry about blackout dates.

    Depending on which card(s) you have, your points might even be worth more when booking this way.  For example, Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders get an amazing deal booking travel (including hotel stays) through the Chase travel portal, because points linked to this card are worth 1.5 cents each!

    2.   Use Certain Rewards to Offset the Charge of Your Stay

    Apply Here:   Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

    Many folks like to earn straightforward miles with cards like the Capital One Venture and Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®, because you just pay for hotel stays with the card like a regular purchase.  Then, you can use your miles to offset the charge.

    Capital One Venture miles are worth 1 cent each.  And you have 90 days to sign-in to your online account, find the hotel purchase, and ?erase? it with your miles.  Plus, there’s no minimum redemption amount!  You can read our full review of the Capital One Venture card here.

    Arrival Plus miles are also worth 1 cent each.  And when you redeem miles for travel purchases, you?ll receive a 5% rebate.  But you can?t redeem miles unless the purchase is at least $100.  Check out our in-depth review of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card here.

    3.   Citi Prestige 4th Night Free

    The Citi Prestige underwent an overhaul late last year and the terms of the card’s 4th-night free perk changed substantially (for the worse!).  But you can still take advantage of the 4th-night free perk for paid hotel stays twice per year.

    There are 3 ways to book eligible 4th night free reservations:

    • Log-in and book through the Citi ThankYou® Travel Center
    • Call Citi Concierge at 561-922-0158
    • Email your reservation request to concierge@yourconciergecenter.com

    Note:   After September 1, 2019, you won’t be able to book 4th night free reservations through the Citi Concierge anymore – only through the ThankYou portal (online or by phone).

    Several Million Mile Secrets team members use the 4th night benefit for their paid hotel stays.  Team member Jasmin has saved $730 with this perk.  And team member Harlan has received more than $2,800 in statement credits during the time he’s had the Citi Prestige!

    4.   Check for Savings and Extra Perks With AMEX Fine Hotels or Chase Luxury Hotels

    When you book a stay through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts or Chase Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, you can find competitive rates and enjoy extra perks like late check-out, room upgrades, and free breakfast.

    Last summer I booked a stay at the Loews Regency San Francisco and saved hundreds of dollars thanks to booking through AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts.  Not only did I save money, but I enjoyed extra perks like a room upgrade and a welcome drink!

    Keep in mind, you can only book through these programs if you have eligible credit cards, like The Business Platinum® Card from American Express.

    5.   Capital One Venture Hotels.com Promotion

    Capital One Venture and Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card cardholders can earn 10 Venture miles per $1 spent on Hotels.com bookings with your Capital One Venture cards (through January 31, 2020).  To earn the bonus, you must book through this link and pay with your Venture card.

    You can combine this deal with the Hotels.com Rewards program.  So you?ll still be able to earn every 10th night booked with Hotels.com free, in addition to the 10X Venture miles you can earn with your Capital One Venture cards!

    The 10th night free benefit is calculated by averaging the cost of all 10 nights.  So it?s essentially 10% off, which means you can save up to 20% on your Hotels.com stays!

    6.   Book Through a Cash Back or Shopping Portal

    I always check online shopping portals before booking a hotel stay.  Just one extra step in the process can earn you easy cash back!

    For example, I checked TopCashBack and there are deals at a variety of booking sites and hotel sites too.  At the time of writing, for example, IHG brand hotels were offering 8% cash back on bookings.

    Keep in mind, shopping portal bonuses change constantly.  That’s why I recommend checking these shopping portal aggregators to be sure you’re getting the best deal:

    7.   Check AMEX Offers for Hotel Deals

    AMEX cardholders can register for AMEX Offers, which frequently include ways to save on hotel stays.  Many of us on the MMS team have saved hundreds on hotel stays thanks to these deals.

    I just took a short road trip to Bozeman, Montana, for the weekend and used an AMEX Offer to save $40 off $200 on a Marriott hotel stay!

    8.   Book Deals Through Online Travel Agencies

    When you book hotel stays through an online travel agency, you typically will NOT get elite status perks.  This means no room upgrades, late check-out, or bonus points for your stay.  But if you’re just looking to book the cheapest rate, this might be the way to go.

    We’ve shared a step-by-step guide to finding deals on last-minute hotel rooms.  You can follow this method even if it’s not a last-minute booking.  For example, you can check Hotwire for “Hot Rate Hotels” or use Priceline’s Name Your Own Price bidding feature.

    9.   Book Through Hotel Tonight to Save on Last-Minute Hotel Stays

    The Hotel Tonight app is a free mobile app (Apple or Android) that lets you find and book discounted hotel rooms up to 7 days in advance.

    If you aren?t loyal to a particular brand or prefer non-chain and boutique hotels, it might make sense to book through Hotel Tonight if you find a good deal.  But keep in mind, when you use the app, your reservation is non-refundable.

    10.   Take Advantage of Discounted Room Rates

    Most hotel chains offer discounted room rates to loyalty members.  You can also book cheaper rates if you’re a member of AARP, AAA, or a member of the military.  Keep in mind, anyone can join AARP for ~$16 per year and take advantage of their travel discounts.

    I personally like to book directly through the hotel using the lowest price available.  This way, you earn points and elite status credit.

    11.   Call the Hotel Directly

    You could try calling hotels directly (not the hotel chain?s reservation line) and kindly ask to speak with the manager.  Sometimes hotels just want to fill empty rooms and may be able to give you a better deal.

    If you do this, try leading the conversation by mentioning the prices you found online and asking if they can give you a better rate.  Million Mile Secrets team member Scott has had success with this method!

    Bottom Line

    It’s surprisingly easy to avoid paying full price for hotel stays.

    You can take advantage of certain travel credit card perks to save lots of money when booking paid hotel stays.  For example, Million Mile Secrets team member Harlan has used the 4th night free benefit with the Citi Prestige to save $1,000s on paid hotel stays over the years.

    There are lots of other useful tips & tricks for folks who prefer to stay at independent hotels with no loyalty program.  You can pay for stays with cards like Capital One Venture.  Then, redeem miles to offset the charge!

    One of the easiest ways to save on money hotel rooms is to book through a shopping portal, like TopCashBack.  I recommend adding this step to your booking routine because you can earn 10%+ cash back on eligible paid stays!

    What did we miss?  Let us know any tips you have for saving on hotel stays in the comments below!

  • Microsoft may respond to AirPods with its own smart earbuds (1445 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:48:00 -0400Microsoft may respond to AirPods with its own smart earbudsEngadget RSS Feed

    Microsoft's personal audio efforts might not stop with the Surface Headphones. Thurrott sources said that the company is developing a pair of Surface-branded earbuds codenamed Morrison (the Headphones, for context, were nicknamed Joplin). It's not clear if they'd do anything differently than the existing over-ears or even whether or not there would be a cable, but it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect an all-wireless design that counters Apple's AirPods, Samsung's Galaxy Buds and similarly trendy choices.

    You might know the focus if Microsoft's existing hardware is anything to go by. You'd get integration for Cortana, noise cancellation (likely passive at this size) and, hopefully, good audio quality. Thurrott also understood that Microsoft was making it easier to read on your phone by "improving interactions" between the handset and its earbuds.

    There's no known timetable for a release. While it's feasible that Microsoft would aim for a 2019 release (it's fond of releases in October and November), it's early enough that the crew in Redmond could miss that target. There's also the question of whether or not these Surface earbuds would stand out. As relatively well-received as the Surface Headphones were, they faced an uphill battle against well-known entrants like Bose and Sony. We'd expect another tough fight for earbuds, especially when Apple dominates the wireless category.

    Source: Thurrott

  • Canon May Build LED Lights Into DSLR Pop-Up Flashes, Patent Suggests (1910 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:37:00 -0400Canon May Build LED Lights Into DSLR Pop-Up Flashes, Patent SuggestsPetaPixel

    Canon is apparently looking into building continuous LED lights into the pop-up flashes on DSLR cameras, something that could come in handy for certain situations when shooting photo or video.

    Canon News first reported on the development after it was spotted in a patent (2019-056787) filed by Canon over in Japan. The patent describes a solution for dealing with the heat that’s generated the continuous LED light source in order to prevent it from deteriorating. Here’s an excerpt:

    [W]hen using LED which carries out a continuous light as a light source of a lighting system, the measure against the heat which occurs from LED serves as problem. If the measure against heat is not performed sufficiently, LED deteriorates for a short time and there is a possibility that it may become impossible for light volume to be deteriorated or to switch on the light. If it is a lighting system removable to a camera […], in order to radiate heat in the heat which occurs from LED, it is possible to provide a radiation substrate with a large area, but in the type which has a pop-up function, it is difficult to provide a radiation substrate with a large area near the LED.

    Pop-up flashes are generally found in consumer-oriented entry-level DSLRs, so the addition of continuous LED lighting would be useful for creators who wish to have a video light (e.g. for vlogging) without having to introduce additional gear. Another possible application could be lighting scenes for macro photos.

    “Now, this isn’t going to light up your next outdoor event, but for video blogging and close up videography, it just may be enough of a light source to use in a pinch,” Canon News writes.

    There’s no indication of if or when Canon plans to bring this feature to market, but the newly uncovered patent at least tells us that Canon has been looking into this potential addition.

  • New Airline Wants Help Naming its Frequent Flyer Program and Status Levels (406 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:34:00 -0400New Airline Wants Help Naming its Frequent Flyer Program and Status LevelsView from the Wing

    StarLux airlines, wants help naming its frequent flyer program and elite status levels.

    The Taiwanese startup is planning to commence operations early next year, and is being launched by the former Chairman of Star Alliance carrier EVA Air who was the victim of an estate squabble stemming from plural marriage.

    Continue reading New Airline Wants Help Naming its Frequent Flyer Program and Status Levels...

  • Why Germany?s Wirecard Is No Stranger to Controversy (500 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:31:00 -0400Why Germany?s Wirecard Is No Stranger to ControversyBusiness News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

    German payments company Wirecard AG has been a hot growth story since Chief Executive Officer Markus Braun masterminded a string of acquisitions that doubled its revenue. Then its shares plunged more than 40 percent in early 2019 after allegations of accounting fraud surfaced. The company repeatedly denied wrongdoing and said an internal investigation cleared it of material faults, but it still remains under a cloud as authorities in Germany and Singapore continue independent probes. Their quest

  • President Trump Thinks That the Boeing 737 MAX Could Use a Rebrand (2354 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:30:00 -0400President Trump Thinks That the Boeing 737 MAX Could Use a RebrandThe Points Guy

    This morning, President Donald Trump weighed in on how he thinks he can fix the Boeing 737 MAX, via Twitter.

    “If I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name,” he tweeted at 6:29 AM. “No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?”

    What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name.
    No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019

    The latest developments with the 737 MAX haven’t necessarily been in Boeing’s favor. Just Sunday, American Airlines announced that it would extend cancellations for flights operated by the Boeing 737 MAX through August 19. This coincides with Southwest’s recent announcement that it would not be flying the 737 MAXs until August 5. Southwest operates the largest fleet of that aircraft model worldwide.

    Trump did not provide further information on what his idea of a rebrand might be, or what “additional great features” he’d add to the MAX. Boeing has not spoken of or hinted at a rebranding of the currently grounded jetliner, which has has two fatal crashes in five months.

    However, the president has weighed on the debate personally, even going as far as announcing himself that the airplane would be grounded in the US.

    The current POTUS did, at one point, own his own airline. In 1989, he purchased Eastern Airlines’ shuttle operations in the Northeast for $365 million and rebranded it Trump Shuttle, flying business travelers on quick hops between New York, Boston, and Washington. During its brief heyday, Trump’s fleet consisted of 21 Boeing 727s. He spent $1 million refurbishing each aircraft.

    Yet, due to increasing oil prices, the airline had lost over $125 million a little over a year later. By 1992, Trump Shuttle was defunct.

    Featured image by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images.

  • iOS 13 may include system-wide dark mode and undo gesture (2044 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:27:00 -0400iOS 13 may include system-wide dark mode and undo gestureEngadget RSS Feed

    With Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference less than two months away, more details about what iOS 13 might have in store are emerging. It could add a system-wide dark mode, deeper multitasking options, an undo gesture and updates for the likes of Safari and Mail, according to 9to5 Mac.

    As with the macOS take on dark mode, you may be able to use a high-contrast version on your phone or tablet, while iPad apps that can run on Mac might work with dark mode on both systems. On iPad, you may be able to run the same app in multiple windows. You might be able to drag these around the screen, stack them on top of each other or display them side by side. That falls in line with previous multitasking rumors.

    The clunky iOS undo function, which until now has involved shaking the device, may be usurped by a gesture. On iPad (at least), you might be able to undo and redo actions by sliding three fingers left or right on the keyboard area. You may also find it easier to select multiple items in table and collection views by dragging several fingers across them.

    Safari and Mail could be in line for some significant updates, too. On iPad, Safari will perhaps automatically request the desktop versions of certain sites to prevent them from displaying versions more tailored to phone screens. The Mail app meanwhile could add a read later option for messages, as well as upgraded filters that funnel emails into searchable categories including purchases, travel and "not important."

    Other updates may include better font management, improved language support, an overhauled Reminders app, a new look for the volume user interface, more expansive printing controls in apps and perhaps better filters to avoid accidental "Hey Siri" activations (from things like laughing).

    There are possibly many other iOS 13 features the report doesn't touch on, nor is it confirmed all of these will make it to the public version of iOS. Still, it's an intriguing look as to what Apple might be unveiling on June 3rd.

    Source: 9to5 Mac

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  • European Commission Gives Final Seal of Approval To Copyright Law Overhaul (952 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:23:00 -0400European Commission Gives Final Seal of Approval To Copyright Law OverhaulSlashdot

    The European Commission, the European Union's executive body, has approved a long-gestating major reform to copyright law, which had already been passed by the European Parliament last month. From a report: The overhaul contains two controversial provisions that will make online platforms liable for illegal uploading of copyright-protected content on their sites, as well as force Google, Facebook and other digital companies to pay publishers for press articles they post online. "With today's agreement, we are making copyright rules fit for the digital age. Europe will now have clear rules that guarantee fair remuneration for creators, strong rights for users and responsibility for platforms," said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, six countries -- Italy, Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Poland and the Netherlands -- voted again the reform.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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  • Check out Engadget's guide to cameras and photography! (1941 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:12:00 -0400Check out Engadget's guide to cameras and photography!Engadget RSS Feed

    Engadget is all about tech and how we live with it. But take a look at the site in 2019, and there are many facets to what we do: We've been publishing product reviews for most of the site's 15-year history. We've also expanded into original reporting and features. And we have a whole section where you can find a mix of user reviews and buying advice. Now we're combining those ideas to build out comprehensive guides. Some of these will tackle Engadget's bread-and-butter product categories, while others will play at the fringes of what we normally cover. Either way, these guides combine the best of Engadget to tell you what you should buy, and how to use it.

    First up, we're doing a deep dive into cameras and photography, with a focus on mirrorless systems. There are dozens of cameras and hundreds of lenses vying for your attention, and we hope our guide will help you work out not just the best, but what's best for you. If you're new to photography, or just looking to refresh your knowledge, start with our comprehensive camera how-tos -- these cover the basics of photography, and will help you work out what kind of camera and lenses you need. You'll then find guides to our favorite high-end and affordable mirrorless systems, along with our picks for a companion camera (for when a full-frame system is overkill), gear bags and individual lens guides for each of the big manufacturers.

    Even if you're not in the market for a new camera right now, there's still tons to explore. We've got an interview with Olympus leadership on the future of the Micro Four Thirds system; a look back at cameras of yore; a roundup of the equipment that YouTubers like MKBHD, Casey Neistat and iJustine use; and a report from a day with professional street photographer Valérie Jardin. Have a look at our just-published hub and poke around -- there's a lot to read and see.

    Source: The 2019 Engadget Camera Guide

  • Evian's answer to wasteful plastic bottles is a smart water dispenser (1521 characters)

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 11:04:00 -0400Evian's answer to wasteful plastic bottles is a smart water dispenserEngadget RSS Feed

    Evian knows that plastic water bottles aren't terribly kind to the environment, and it has a clever solution to that problem: give drinkers a way to kick the bottle habit altogether. Its newly launched Renew water dispenser relies on unique 5L (1.3gal) "bubble" jugs that shrink as you use them, providing a hefty amount of mineral water without as much of an impact on the environment as usual. Each jug uses 66 percent less plastic than a 1.5L bottle, and they're both made of completely recycled plastic and themselves completely recyclable. You won't have to feel quite so guilty about wanting Evian for the gym or a long hike.

    Not surprisingly, Evian wants to make it as easy as possible to order more water. The dispenser system keeps track of how much water you've used (you can check it through a mobile app), and you only have to push a Dash-style button on the unit to order more jugs.

    Don't expect to buy a Renew right away. Just 200 people in London and Paris will get them as part of a pilot program debuting in May, with "wider" availability sometime in the future. It's a promising start, though, and this is part of a larger environmental plan that includes making all of Evian's plastic bottles from 100 percent recycled plastic by 2025. This isn't to say Evian is completely off the hook (clean tap water uses zero disposable plastic, after all), but this could go a long way toward minimizing Evian's impact on the planet.

    Via: Fast Company

    Source: PR Newswire, Evian

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