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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018

Dealmaster: Buy an Xbox One X and get a $100 Dell gift card

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list brings us a good deal on Microsoft's relatively new Xbox One X, as Dell is offering the 4K- and HDR-compatible console straight up with a $100 gift card to its online store.

A few caveats: Dell says the gift card will arrive over email "within 20 days," the credit expires within 90 days, and you have to really want to play certain Xbox One games in 4K for the One X to be worth it. If you do, though, and you want to use that extra $100 toward, let's say, a monitor or various PC accessories, give it a look. For those who don't need the absolute strongest Xbox console, Dell is running a similar deal on the $280 Xbox One S as well.

And if you don't care about any of this, the rest of the rundown includes nice price cuts on the Essential Phone, Amazon's latest 4K-capable Fire TV, a variety of Logitech mice and keyboards, a few TVs for those overhauling their living rooms for the Super Bowl, and plenty other goodies. Have a look for yourself below.

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from Ars Technica
January 31, 2018

Hawaii officer who sent false missile alert believed attack imminent, FCC says

A preliminary report released on Tuesday from the Federal Communications Commission details the events leading up to a false missile alert sent to mobile phones and television and radio broadcast stations in the state of Hawaii earlier this month. The report (PDF) suggests that the employee who sent the alert did not hear a recording notifying staff that an announcement regarding an incoming missile was simply a test. Instead, the employee apparently thought it was the real thing, according to the FCC.

The missile alert was not corrected for 38 minutes, sending residents of Hawaii into a panic. After the situation was rectified, Hawaii officials, including Governor David Ige and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) Administrator Vern Miyagi, attributed the mistake to "human error," saying that the employee knew the missile alert was supposed to be a test but had designated that the alert was supposed to be an "event" rather than a "test" by accident.

The employee did not agree to be interviewed by the FCC but instead issued a written statement to the federal commission. The letter said that, contrary to explanations made by Hawaii officials, the employee didn't issue an alert warning by fumbling through a software menu by accident. Instead, the employee meant to send the warning, believing the internal announcement about an inbound threat was real.

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from Ars Technica
January 31, 2018

Formula E’s new electric car looks like nothing else in racing

Formula E

On Tuesday in London, the all-electric racing series Formula E took the wraps off its new car. It's certainly striking, looking way more futuristic than the series' current machines, which to the uninitiated eye could easily be mistaken for any other open-wheel race car. What's more, its introduction will solve one of the biggest problems Formula E has right now; those mid-race car swaps will be a thing of the past thanks to a doubling in battery capacity.

When Formula E got started at the tail end of 2014, every team used identical Spark-Renault SRT_01E race cars. Since then, the series opened up the technical regulations a bit, allowing teams to develop their own control electronics, inverters, electric motors, and gearboxes. But, keeping costs sensible, everyone still has to use the same carbon-fiber chassis, which contains the integral lithium-ion battery pack.

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from Ars Technica
January 31, 2018

FOX NEWS: Elephants' fear of bees may help protect them

Elephants' fear of bees may help protect them

Researchers tramped into a national park in Sri Lanka, played a recording of agitated honey bees within earshot of elephants, and got the reaction they hoped for: The elephants developed a serious case of the heebie jeebies.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January 30, 2018

Investing in Indonesia

With more than 133 million people online, Indonesia is home to the fifth largest population of internet users in the world. And amazingly, Indonesia’s online journey has just gotten started — Indonesians continue to embrace the internet rapidly and half of Indonesia’s population has yet to connect to the internet. 

Indonesia already has a thriving internet economy and a bustling startup scene, home to four of Southeast Asia’s eight “unicorns,” but we’d like to do more to help supercharge and grow with it. So, to help Indonesians build the next great startup, we’ve already trained nearly 60,000 Indonesians on mobile app development, toward our goal of reaching 100,000 developers by 2020. And to help more Indonesian small businesses tap into the power of the internet, our Gapura Digital initiative has trained more than 40,000 small business owners in 10 cities, with more cities to come. 

To help all Indonesians access information and get things done, we continue to work on products and features with Indonesians in mind. Indonesia was the second country globally to get Google Station, our product to deliver high-quality public Wi-Fi with local partners. We have also designed products to work for Indonesians. YouTube Go helps Indonesians watch their favorite videos even with poor connectivity. And most recently, Indonesia was one of the first two countries in the world to get our new app, Google Go, which makes searching the internet faster and simpler for Indonesians on slow connections. 

But there is still more we can do to support and participate in Indonesia’s growth. That’s why we’ve invested in one of Indonesia’s leading startups, GO-JEK. GO-JEK is led by a strong Indonesian management team and has a proven track record of using technology to make life more convenient for Indonesians across the country. This investment lets us partner with a great local champion in Indonesia’s flourishing startup ecosystem, while also deepening our commitment to Indonesia’s internet economy.

By investing in local companies, building locally relevant products and training local talent, we hope to see more amazing local champions like GO-JEK emerge in Indonesia. As always, we’re driven and inspired by our users and partners and are always on the the lookout for more opportunities to support them. Terima kasih dan sampai jumpa lagi.

from The Official Google Blog
January 30, 2018


By NATALIE PROULX from NYT The Learning Network