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Updated 2018-03-22 17:00
Switching from Windows 10 S to regular Windows will be free for everyone
The new approach makes rather more sense than having a separate special version.
“Dating coach” game Super Seducer barred from PlayStation 4
Available on Steam, game using live-action video to "teach" pick-up techniques.
The Army’s costly quest for the perfect radio continues
Video: The Army is still sticking to standards created by the much-derided JTRS program.
Vector founder: “100 percent” confident in first orbital launch this year
"Not to pick on them, but we don't work on SpaceX schedules."
My neighborhood wants to bring self-driving cars to the nation’s capital
A barely used street between the National Mall and the waterfront could showcase them.
How a string of giant atoms might bring quantum computers to physics labs
Giant atoms may be key to creating analog quantum computer, sooner than you think.
What to expect from Trump’s game industry summit today
Attendee list suggests a vigorous debate between pro- and anti-gaming voices.
Yelling at “scumbags”—inside the White House’s last gaming violence summit
When gaming executives meet the executive branch, the discussion can get a bit bumpy.
Review: Step aside, minivan haters—the Chrysler Pacifica is awesome
Carting kids, groceries, and even playing Far Cry 4 on the PS4—the Pacifica does it all.
Lame Google Play apps that attack users with Windows malware is still a thing
Researchers find 150 Ramnit-infected apps a year after a similar batch was discovered.
Science in a bottle: 132-year-old experiment washed ashore in Australia
In the name of science, German vessels threw thousands of bottles into the oceans.
Wanna limit global warming to 1.5°C? Get cracking
Analysis breaks down what it would take—and it’s a lot.
Robot smashes Rubik’s Cube record with 0.38-second solve
“The machine can definitely go faster,” inventor says.
GOP tries to block state net neutrality laws and allow paid prioritization
GOP bill would outlaw blocking and throttling but give major concession to ISPs.
It just got much easier to wage record-breaking DDoSes
Exploits that abuse memcached servers threaten the stability of the Internet.
Unprompted, creepy laughter from Alexa is freaking out Echo users
Amazon knows about the bug and is working to fix it.
Scientists find odd and amazing cyclones at Jupiter’s poles
“The question is, why do they not merge?”
Microwaves across Europe are 6 minutes slow due to a Serbia-Kosovo grid dispute
A connected grid offers a lot of efficiencies, but disputes can affect everyone.
A rift in VR: Critical error shuts down Oculus headsets worldwide
A small software update may be required to address the issue.
There are people who hear color—and they may have hyper-connected brains
Researchers identify six gene variants in synesthetes linked to brain connectivity.
Next big Windows update will bring hardware-accelerated machine learning
Models built in the cloud will run with hardware acceleration on the PC.
FBI again calls for magical solution to break into encrypted phones
FBI chief: "I don’t buy the claim that it’s impossible" to solve "Going Dark."
Android P Developer Preview arrives with new notification panel, notch support
Preview the next major version of Android with the Android P Developer Preview.
Google ends major OS support for Nexus phones and Pixel tablet
The two years of major OS updates is over for the Nexus 6P, 5X, and Pixel C.
Bitcoin falls 10 percent after SEC warns about unregulated exchanges
Bitcoin falls 10 percent after regulators signal crackdown on exchanges.
Giant atom hides its neighbors under a single-electron skirt
Atomic radius expands, pulling neighboring atoms into its warm embrace.
Modders try to fix what Square Enix broke with PC Chrono Trigger port
Removing ugly HD filtering and other unneeded tinkering is an uphill battle.
Uber’s self-driving trucks have started hauling freight
Uber autonomous trucks are hauling loads across Arizona—with a safety driver.
“Dig Once” rule requiring fiber deployment is finally set to become US law
Dig Once mandates fiber conduit installation in government-funded road projects.
After nearly 10 years, Apple will stop taking new iTunes LP submissions
But those who previously purchased LPs on iTunes will still have access to them.
The world’s largest airplane may launch a new space shuttle into orbit
“I would love to see us have a full reusable system," Microsoft's co-founder said.
Vulkan 1.1 out today with multi-GPU support, better DirectX compatibility
Updated drivers that support the latest version should be out today.
Final Fantasy XV for Windows should have been a mess, but it’s the opposite
Square Enix mostly delivers the scalable, tweakable performance that PC gamers crave.
Pepe’s creator sues Infowars, claiming new poster infringes copyright
Infowars founder Alex Jones maintains that the poster is protected under fair use.
Best Buy defends practice of informing FBI about child porn it finds
New documents produced as a result of FOIA lawsuit brought by EFF.
Hypercars from Aston Martin and Rimac stand out at the Geneva Motor Show
In the second part of our look at Geneva, it’s all about the unobtainium.
400k servers may be at risk of serious code-execution attacks. Patch now
Widely used message transfer agent patched buffer overflow last month.
Tiny EVs, four-door coupes, and a new Supra star at the Geneva Motor Show
There were a whole bunch of new EVs, and BMW and Mercedes redefine the coupe.
World War II carrier “Lady Lex” found 2 miles under sea by Allen expedition
Scuttled after fire in first carrier v. carrier battle, Lexington rests out of human reach.
BlackBerry weaponizes instant messaging patents, sues Facebook
BlackBerry continues shift to patent litigation with Facebook lawsuit.
US senator grills CEO over the myth of the hacker-proof voting machine
Nation’s biggest voting machine maker reportedly relies on remote-access software.
Raging human drivers slap, body slam innocent self-driving cars
“No injuries, but the Cruise AV sustained some damage to its left rear light.”
EPA says appointee can accept money from secret clients for consulting gigs
EPA ethics lawyer approved request, but handling of conflicts of interest is unclear.
DOD napalms $950m AWS buy, burning it back by 90 percent
After protests and criticisms of deal with Rean LLC, DOD “narrows scope.”
$20 porn-unblocking fee could hit Internet users if state bill becomes law
The opposite of net neutrality: R.I. bill requires ISPs to block sexual content.
The work-anywhere Surface Pro with LTE can now be preordered by anyone
The business-oriented system is now being opened up to consumers.
Google helps Pentagon analyze military drone footage—employees “outraged”
"Project Maven" applies Google's image recognition tech to drone footage.
Electric cat: Jaguar stalks Tesla with $70,000 I-Pace SUV
Cheaper and faster than a Model X 100D, and it even gets over-the-air updates.
Dealmaster: Get a DJI Mavic Pro drone for $769, the lowest we’ve seen it
Plus deals on an HP desktop with 32GB of RAM, Dell laptops, Kindles, and 4K TVs.
Lost in Space is back, robot and everything, in new Netflix series trailer
The series is still family-focused, but it looks a little more grounded.