Saturday, July 08, 2017
"Oasis won’t make anyone ask anyone looking for an e-reader ask, “Should I buy a Kindle?” but rather “Which Kindle should I buy?” Unless you want to read underwater or in the rain—Kobo for the win!—you have no reason to buy anything else.
That said, the Paperwhite remains all the Kindle most people need. It offers all the same features, all the same books, and almost the same experience for $119 (or less, depending upon whatever, because Amazon’s prices always change). If you can talk yourself into splurging on the $199 Voyage, do it. You’d be surprised how much more the flush screen helps you forget you’re even looking at a screen. The Oasis is tougher to recommend, simply because it’s so much more expensive—$290, all the way up to $380 with 3G and no ads—and you can’t even get it in rose gold.
I’m not here to tell you what’s affordable, though. I’m here to tell you that if the price doesn’t raise your eyebrows, and you want the latest and greatest, the Kindle Oasis is the best damn ebook reader I’ve ever used. And that’ll almost certainly be true until Amazon comes out with the next one,"
Review: Kindle Oasis | WIRED
" called Space Data sued Alphabet’s ‘moonshot’ X division. At issue was its effort to deliver internet access to remote areas by balloon, known as Project Loon.
The Lawsuit That Could Pop Alphabet’s Project Loon Balloons | WIRED
Friday, July 07, 2017
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
"Hacked login details, cybersecurity exploits for hire, guns, drugs and ammo -- if there's something shady going on online, chances are it's happening on the darknet.
But for those of us used to opening Chrome or Safari to get online, the darknet is an entirely different beast. How does it work? How is it different to the "surface web"? And what do you need to know before you wade in?
The deep web
The first thing to remember: The darknet is not the same as the "deep web."
The deep web refers to any part of the internet that isn't discoverable by a search engine. But that doesn't mean it's suspicious -- there are plenty of sites you visit in your day-to-day browsing that fall into this category.
When you log in to internet banking, you've navigated to a specific location online, but one that's not served up in Google results. The same goes for the different pages that pop up in webmail services, like Gmail, or academic databases on a university network.
It's hard to estimate just how big the deep web is, but the commonly-cited research (albeit from 2001) puts the deep web at 400 to 550 times the size of the "surface web."
If the surface web is the tip of the iceberg and the deep web is what's below the water, then the darknet is what you'll find deep in the blackest waters below. The darknet is the network itself, whereas the dark web is the content that is served up on these networks.
This is where you'll find the kind of marketplaces that ply their trade in illicit wares -- what security researcher Brian Krebs calls the "hidden crime bazaars that can only be accessed through special software that obscures one's true location online."
Anonymity is the key here. Whistleblowers, activists and political dissidents certainly have good reason to obscure their online location and post with anonymity on the deep web and the darknet, but that level of secrecy is also sought by criminals.
Browsing the darknet
This isn't just a matter of heading to darknet.com and having a snoop -- you'll need specific software and a dedicated browser. Tor (and its dedicated Tor Browser) is probably the most famous of these, though there are others, including I2P and Freenet.
Darknet 101: Your guide to the badlands of the internet - CNET
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Monday, July 03, 2017
"Some OnePlus 5 owners have reported encountering a strange "jelly-like" scrolling effect over the past few days since the phone was released. According to their posts on Reddit and other social networks, the text and images on their screen expand and shrink as they swipe in the opposite direction. The issue became big enough for the phonemaker to make a formal statement, wherein it said that the "subtle visual effect" when scrolling is totally natural. In other words, you can't expect a fix for it, since it's technically not a defect. But why does the OnePlus 5 exhibit the behavior in the first place? We might not get an answer out of OnePlus, but based on XDA Developers' investigation, it's because the device's screen was apparently mounted upside down.
Regulars on the OnePlus subreddit originally guessed that the device's screen wasn't quite mounted the usual way after being able to replicate the jelly effect on other phones when they're flipped. Sure enough, XDA found proof in the phone's kernel source code instructing the display controller to compensate by 180 degrees. Upon looking up teardowns of the OnePlus 5 and the older 3T, Reddit user Tasssadar found images proving that the 5's display really is in an inverted position."
OnePlus 5's jelly scrolling possibly caused by upside-down screen
"Steve Jobs was a visionary, perfectionist, tyrant, and genius. Now the late technologist is something new: a baritone. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, an original opus by Pulitzer Prize–winning librettist Mark Campbell and DJ-slash-composer Mason Bates, premieres at the Santa Fe Opera in July. “Too often people think of opera as this stupid old European art form that has nothing to do with our lives,” Campbell says. In fact, Jobs’ story is just as torrid as anything in Carmen or La Traviata—unchecked ambition, fickle love, rivalry, betrayal, death, and redemption. The Silicon Valley saga gets a wonky boost from Bates’ electronic score, punctuated by clicks from a Macintosh Plus. Bravissimo, tech bros!"
Steve Jobs' Life Is the Perfect Opera | WIRED