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Streaming Networks Separate : Is this the future we want?

Streaming Networks Separate : Is this the future we want?

As Disney announces its own streaming service separate from Netflix, the wave of network-owned streaming services begins. Soon we'll find that every big media provider has its own streaming service, and we'll have the opportunity to select what we want, when we want, for a fee. A fee that goes to each company, individually, every month.

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iPhone 8 screen keeps spilling its secrets

iPhone 8 screen keeps spilling its secrets

Details on how the iPhone 8's virtual home button will work continue to emerge, as coders sift through the goldmine that is the HomePod iOS firmware. That new iPhone, expected to be one of three handsets Apple launches later in 2017, is believed to be not only the first to use OLED for its display rather than LCD, but also the first to remove the physical home button that has been a mainstay of iPhone since the first-generation model. However, it was unclear what, exactly, Apple might replace it with.

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Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know

Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know

Microsoft might be reconsidering its Consumer Reports subscription today, with the news that the Surface Laptop and Surface Book have both been stripped of their "recommended" status. Concerns about reliability of the Surface line-up as a whole have prompted the review organization to backtrack on its awards, in addition to suggesting that the Surface Pro shouldn't be among your top considerations for a 2-in-1 hybrid, either. Microsoft is suitably outraged, as you'd expect, and indeed there are some big questions around just what Consumer Reports is testing and how they're doing that.

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Originator of web’s Password Rules admits he was wrong

Originator of web’s Password Rules admits he was wrong

A complicated, mixed up password is not any more secure than a password that's all lower-cased letters. The reason the internet told us (and continues to tell us) to make a password with numbers and capital and lower-cased characters and punctuation in it is a paper called "Digital Identity Guidelines." This nightmare of a paper was published at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the rules therein were based on pre-digital age security nonsense.

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Intel plans 100 car self-driving fleet to pitch Mobileye and 5G

Intel plans 100 car self-driving fleet to pitch Mobileye and 5G

Intel is readying a fleet of fully autonomous cars built on its Mobileye acquisition, with more than a hundred vehicles expected to be deployed across multiple countries. The cars will be capable of Level 4 "high autonomy" according to the SAE definition, thus able to handle almost any situation without human interaction. They'll become a real-world test bed for Intel's experiments in car-to-cloud communication, new sensors, and more.

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Confusing autonomous cars might be worryingly easy

Confusing autonomous cars might be worryingly easy

Confusing a self-driving car could be as easy as applying some stickers to a road sign, researchers have warned. With driverless projects hunting for ways to cut costs and reduce reliance on expensive sensors such as LIDAR, many have looked to camera-based alternatives to better understand the world around a vehicle. Now, researchers at the University of Washington have found that throwing an autonomous car off course might be as easy as making minor changes to roadway signage.

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Apple TV 4K HDR confirmed in iOS 11 code

Apple TV 4K HDR confirmed in iOS 11 code

The 4K Apple TV with HDR has apparently been unofficially confirmed, as the inadvertently-released HomePod firmware proves to be the gift that keeps on giving. Accidentally released to developers at large, rather than just early testers for the Siri-powered streaming speaker, the iOS 11.0.2 build has already been responsible for revealing plenty of iPhone 8 secrets. Now, it's spilling Apple TV tidbits too.

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop plans are an unsurprising surprise

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop plans are an unsurprising surprise

Elon Musk may not have set out to build a Hyperloop, but it looks like the allure of putting those Boring Company digging machines to work is too much for the ambitious billionaire. Having watched - interested, but maintaining that he was too busy with SpaceX and Tesla to get involved himself - from the sidelines as startups like Hyperloop One tackled with the technical and regulatory issues around putting humans in bullet-like pods and blasting them at high speed through underground tunnels, it now seems he can't resist giving it a go himself.

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Pixel XL 2: Is no headphone jack a deal-breaker?

Pixel XL 2: Is no headphone jack a deal-breaker?

We've heard a lot of rumors about the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, but one of the most persistent revolves around the headphone jack. More specifically, these rumors concern the lack of a headphone jack on either phone, continuing a rather unpopular trend we've seen taking hold in the smartphone industry for a few years now. Today yet another report has surfaced, this one claiming once again that neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel 2 XL will have a headphone jack.

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Tesla Model Y: Elon Musk just had a huge rethink

Tesla Model Y: Elon Musk just had a huge rethink

Tesla has hit reset on the Model Y, with Elon Musk crediting the automaker's executive team for reeling him in "from the cliffs of insanity" over the car. The Model Y is expected to be Tesla's first compact SUV, or crossover, smaller than the current Model X. It's a sensible model to push, too, given the US market in particular is seeing significant growth in the crossover and SUV categories while sedans stagnate.

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Note 8 specs leak: The iPhone 8’s big competition

Note 8 specs leak: The iPhone 8’s big competition

2017 is shaping up to be a Battle Royale between two phones, the iPhone 8 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, and now a believable set of specs for the latter has emerged. We're only a few weeks out from Samsung's big official reveal for the Note 8, which will take place on August 23. However, that hasn't stopped tipsters from spilling the details early.

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iPhone 8 release: Apple seems very confident about September

iPhone 8 release: Apple seems very confident about September

The iPhone 8 will launch in September, except it'll actually be delayed, or maybe it'll arrive on time but stock will be so limited you won't get one until the holidays. The past few months haven't exactly helped if you've been trying to time your next iPhone upgrade, with leaks from the supply chain warning of delays for Apple's new flagship, analysts weighing in with their own speculation, and a general cloud of "can they build enough in time" lending the whole affair a sense of ominous foreboding. All except, that is, for Apple itself.

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