Valve Quietly Discontinues Steam Link Hardware Production

Valve is quietly discontinuing Steam Link, the in-home streaming box it first launched in late 2015. From a report: A low-key announcement on Valve’s Steam Link news page suggests that production of new units has ceased and that Valve is currently selling off the rest of its “almost sold out” inventory in the US, after selling out completely in Europe. Valve says it will continue to offer support for existing…

November 20, 2018
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Samsung’s Upcoming Galaxy S Phone Will Sport Six Cameras and Support 5G, Report Says

Samsung is planning a major upgrade for its 10th anniversary flagship phones next year, including next-generation 5G network speeds, bigger screens and more cameras, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker by volume, is preparing three versions of its next flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone, with displays that range in size from 5.8 inches to 6.4 inches,…

November 20, 2018
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Department of Commerce Could Be the First US Entity To Broadly Regulate an Aspect of AI

Dave Gershgorn and Max de Haldevang, writing for Quartz: Artificial intelligence technology has the capability to be the most impactful software advance in history and the US government has no idea how to properly regulate it. The US does know that it doesn’t want other countries using its own AI against it. A new proposal published this week by the Department of Commerce lists wide areas of AI software [PDF]…

November 20, 2018
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Retaliatory Cyber Attacks Are Only Way To Stop China, Says Former FBI Director

Targeted cyber attacks and a strong deterrence capability are the most effective way of preventing China and other countries continuing to steal Australian commercial secrets, according to a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. From a report: Louis Freeh, who ran the FBI for almost eight years until 2001, said the threat of criminal charges or jail time would do little to prevent state-sponsored hackers from continuing to…

November 20, 2018
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Nine Out of Every 10 Silicon Valley Jobs Pays Less Than In 1997, Report Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Mercury News: Nine out of every 10 Silicon Valley jobs pays less now than when Netflix first launched in 1997, despite one of the nation’s strongest economic booms and a historically low unemployment rate that outpaces the national average. While tech workers have thrived, employees in the middle of Silicon Valley’s income ladder have been hit hardest as their inflation-adjusted wages declined…

November 20, 2018
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Microsoft Pulls Some Non-Security Updates For Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 That It Released Earlier This Month

Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Having released a series of updates for Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 as part of this month’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has now pulled two of them and advised sysadmins to uninstall the updates if they have already been installed. In both instances — KB4461522 and KB2863821 — Microsoft says that the problematic updates can lead to application crashes. While this is not as serious a…

November 20, 2018
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Instagram Is Cracking Down On Services That Sell Likes, Followers

Instagram will be cutting down on the services that let you buy followers or likes. Starting Monday, Instagram says it will no longer allow “inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity.” That includes buying “Likes” and followers, and paying for other engagement generated by apps that require a user’s Instagram login details in order to operate on their behalf. Recode reports: Instagram…

November 20, 2018
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NASA Chooses the Landing Site For Its Mars 2020 Rover Mission

Five years and sixty potential locations later, NASA has chosen the Jezero Crater as the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission. “Slated to launch in July the Mars 2020 rover mission will touch down at the Jezero Crater as NASA’s exploration of the Red Planet enters its next phase,” reports TechCrunch. From the report: The rover will be looking for signs of habitable conditions — and past microbial…

November 20, 2018
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Norwegian Company Plans To Power Their Cruise Ships With Dead Fish

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Waste fish parts will be used to power ships in a new initiative to use green energy for polluting cruise liners. The leftovers of fish processed for food and mixed with other organic waste will be used to generate biogas, which will then be liquefied and used in place of fossil fuels by the expedition cruise line Hurtigruten. Hurtigruten operates a…

November 20, 2018
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Half-Life Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Fan-Made ‘Black Mesa: Xen’ Trailer

On Monday, developer Crowbar Collective released the first trailer for Black Mesa: Xen, the final act of its long running remake of Valve’s 1998 game Half-Life, which marked its 20-year anniversary on the same day. “The finale of Half-Life put hero Gordon Freeman in an alien world, and Black Mesa: Xen’s upgraded graphics and redesign makes the original’s muddy palette look vibrant and strange,” reports Motherboard. “It looks just as…

November 20, 2018
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