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AMD RX 500 graphics card refresh may launch in 2019 with die shrink, clock boost

AMD may have a new range of RX 600 graphics cards ready to provide greater competition to Nvidia’s midrange offerings, which currently still lack representatives from the RTX series. The new GPUs could launch as soon as October.

The post AMD RX 500 graphics card refresh may launch in 2019 with die shrink, clock boost appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Dish’s AirTV Player can now record two shows at once

Dish today is launching a new dual-tuner adapter for $29 that will allow AirTV Player owners to watch one live TV channel and record another, or record two channels at once. The option to bundle an AirTV Player with the adapter is also now available for $119 – a bit of a savings over buying the single tuner AirTV Player ($99) and adapter ($29) separately.

The AirTV Player, Dish’s 4K-capable media streamer set-top box, was first unveiled at CES 2017, and was later joined by Dish’s networked TV tuner, called simply AirTV.

The AirTV Player is Dish’s attempt at offering a solution for cord cutters who want to combine access to live TV streams from a digital antenna and those from streaming services, including Dish’s own live TV service Sling TV, as well as other video services like Netflix and YouTube.

To watch and record live TV, the AirTV Player can be connected to an OTA (over-the-air) antenna, sold separately. (Though sometimes Dish doles these out as part of a promotion.)

If you also attach a USB hard drive, the Player can record broadcasts from the antenna for later viewing through the Local Channels DVR feature.

With the launch of the AirTV Player’s dual-tuner adapter, Dish’s full line of AirTV products (meaning, both the AirTV and AirTV Player) now have the ability to record up to two local channels simultaneously.

However, customers who only have need for a single tuner can still buy that version of the AirTV Player for $99.99 – down from its previous price of $129.99. (And if the adapter isn’t needed at all, the cost drops to $89.99.)

Both come with a $50 credit towards Dish’s live TV streaming service, Sling TV.

The addition of the dual-tuner support comes at a time when Dish’s hardware is about to face some serious competition. This month, Amazon unveiled a new device called the Fire TV Recast that’s poised to attract those cord cutters who want to access both live TV and on-demand services in one place. The Fire TV Recast starts at $229.99 for two tuners and a 500GB DVR, and will also be available for $279.99 for a 1TB DVR.

Though pricier than Dish’s products, the nice thing about Recast is that you won’t necessarily have to purchase a separate USB hard drive. (You’ll soon be able to add on storage through a USB drive, but many customers may find they have enough space, as is.)

In addition, the Recast offers the same Fire TV interface customers are already familiar with, and includes a programming guide that shows the live content from the over-the-air antenna alongside any live streams from Amazon’s Prime Video Channels. It runs any of the apps and services that a normal Fire TV could – like Netflix, Hulu and others – and offers access to Amazon’s movie and TV catalog and Amazon Originals.

That could pose a challenge for Dish and other OTA DVR makers, like Tablo and TiVo, given Amazon’s popular Fire TV brand and its ability to market its products directly on its own e-commerce site.


Source: TechCrunch

Leaked Pixel Stand could be Google's wireless charger for the Pixel 3 – CNET

The wireless charger will reportedly turn the Pixel 3 into a smart display when in use.
Source: CNET

PS4 gets Fortnite cross-play as Sony cracks – CNET

The clamored-for feature is entering beta now.
Source: CNET

Oculus Connect 2018: How to watch live on video and in VR – CNET

This year you can join in as an avatar.
Source: CNET

Facebook Stories hit 300 million daily users. Here come more ads – CNET

Not bad for a Snapchat copycat.
Source: CNET

Microsoft Dial, MacBook Touch Bar outsmarted by Brain Magic O2 joystick – CNET

The joystick may be the smartest accessory yet for replacing keyboard shortcuts in creative apps.
Source: CNET

The Woman Bringing Civility to Open Source Projects

Coraline Ada Ehmke is the principal author of the Contributor Covenant, a code of conduct recently adopted by Linux.
Source: Wired

Daimler names new CEO to lead push into electric, autonomous vehicles

Daimler said Wednesday that Dieter Zetsche is stepping down as CEO and will be replaced by a long-serving executive who has most recently been leading the automaker’s research and development efforts, including its push into electric vehicles.

The company has proposed that Zetsche, who was CEO of Daimler for 12 years, become chairman of the supervisory board in 2021 when Manfred Bischoff leaves. The move must be approved by shareholders at the company’s next meeting. The company’s structure requires a two-year “cooling off” period before Zetsche can be elected as the board’s chairman.

Daimler has picked Ola Källenius to head up Mercedes-Benz vehicles and Daimler. Källenius is the first non-German to hold the top spot. Källenius most recently headed up research at Daimler and development at Mercedes-Benz Cars. He joined the company in 1993, then called Daimler-Benz AG, as a trainee within its International Management Associate Program.

In recent years, it appeared he was being groomed for Zetsche’s spot. In 2015, Källenius was appointed to the Daimler AG’s board of management.

Källenius’ appointment comes at an interesting and potentially transformative time for the maker of Mercedes-Benz vehicles and Daimler trucks. The old business of building, financing and selling cars, trucks and SUVs has changed as automakers seek new ways to make profits.

Daimler is among those with plans to launch a series of new electric vehicles, develop autonomous vehicles and ramp up its “mobility” business, a unit that includes car sharing and ride hailing.

Earlier this month, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQC, an all-electric crossover that kicks off the German automaker’s plans to invest more than $12 billion to produce a line of battery-powered models under its new EQ brand. Daimler plans to invest another $1.2 billion in global battery production.

Daimler and BMW took the unusual step in March 2018 to merge their untraditional operations such as car sharing and ride hailing, parking locator services and electric vehicle charging into a single joint business in an effort to better compete with Uber, Lyft and other mobility companies.

The move would tie up their on-demand mobility offerings, including car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, ride-hailing services such as myTaxi, Chauffeur Privé, Clever Taxi and Beat, as well as parking businesses ParkNow and ParkMobile.

BMW and Daimler said they will continue to compete in their core business of building and selling vehicles.


Source: TechCrunch

Ex-Google scientist raises Project Dragonfly concerns in Senate letter

In a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, former Google research scientist Jack Poulson details why he stepped down from the company in late August. The note, sent earlier this week, details growing concern over Project Dragonfly, the search giant’s attempt to enter the Chinese market in a meaningful way.

The letter arrived as the Senate prepared to question Google’s new chief privacy officer, Keith Enright, about data concerns. It seems likely that the subject of Dragonfly will be on the schedule for committee members. Nearly 1,400 employees signed a letter last month stating that the project, “raise[s] urgent moral and ethical issues.” 

“It is notable that Project Dragonfly was well underway at the time the company released its AI Principles,” Poulson writes in his own letter. “As has been widely understood, by human rights organizations, investigative reporters, Google employees, and the public, Project Dragonfly directly contradicts the AI Principles’ commitment to not ‘design or deploy’ any technology whose purpose ‘contravenes widely accepted principles of […] human rights.’ ”

Poulson highlights four specific issues that have caused concern internally at the company. The list includes tying search queries to phone numbers and a blacklist of search terms including “human rights,” “student protest” and “Nobel Prize,” developed in conjunction with the Chinese government. The former employee also highlights government control over air quality data and the “catastrophic failure of the internal privacy review process.”

Yesterday, reports surfaced that CEO Sundar Pichai will meet with Republican lawmakers to discuss Google’s China plans and GOP concerns over search bias.


Source: TechCrunch

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