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22/02/2019

Google will end forced arbitration for employees in all disputes

Google announced today that it will end forced arbitration for its employees, after workers at the company criticized the policy. After reports of sexual misconduct by executives at Google, 20,000 workers walked off the job, and made an end to forced arbitration one of their demands. In response, Google announced that it would end the practice for sexual harassment and assault cases, but not more broadly. In today’s announcement, the company said it would expand that policy to current and future employees in any type of dispute. The policy will go into effect March 21st for employees around the world,...
22/02/2019

Ricoh’s GRIII street photography compact goes on sale next month for $899

After showing it off at last year’s Photokina, Ricoh has announced release details for its long-awaited GRIII compact camera. As with the previous two models, it pairs an 18.3mm (28mm-equivalent) f/2.8 lens to an APS-C sensor with the goal of enabling high-quality, discreet street photography. This time around, though, the resolution has been upped to 24 megapixels, the controls have been rethought, and the body has been slimmed down further partly through the removal of the built-in flash. It’s not a revolutionary upgrade, but the GR series is about austerity and minimalism, and the GRIII’s tweaks should help it stay...
22/02/2019

Samsung will extend Bixby button remapping to premium Galaxy phones running Android Pie

The Bixby button saga has been an ongoing blemish on an otherwise sterling smartphone record for Samsung since the release of the Galaxy S8 nearly two years ago. We’ve written endlessly about how the button is “structural bloatware” and a wildly unnecessary feature bolted onto a flagship phone, one that’s required lengthy explanations for how to disable it entirely or use third-party software to remap it to something you might find useful. But with the new S10, announced yesterday, Samsung has finally included a built-in method for remapping the button to a command of your choosing. Even better: the company...

22/02/2019

Spectrum has a streaming service that’s basically its cable package for $15 a month

For those who have chosen not to pay hundreds a year for cable networks, but still subscribe to Spectrum for internet, Spectrum has a deal for you. It wants to bring you cable, packaged as a streaming service that costs $14.99 a month, as a bid to keep cable relevant when there are more alternatives to cable now than ever. The “streaming service” of sorts is called Spectrum TV Essentials and it includes popular cable networks like the Weather Channel, Food Network, Nickelodeon, and MTV. Unlike other streaming services that offer individual movies and shows, TV Essentials basically takes a...
21/02/2019

Wi-Fi 6: is it really that much faster?

Wi-Fi is about to get faster. That’s great news: faster internet is constantly in demand, especially as we consume more bandwidth-demanding apps, games, and videos with our laptops and phones. But the next generation of Wi-Fi, known as Wi-Fi 6, isn’t just a simple speed boost. Its impact will be more nuanced, and we’re likely to see its benefits more and more over time. This is less of a one-time speed increase and more of a future-facing upgrade designed to make sure our speeds don’t grind to a halt a few years down the road. Wi-Fi 6 is just starting...
21/02/2019

Trump wants 6G internet ‘as soon as possible’

5G may be one of the biggest internet buzzwords around, but Donald Trump is already over it. Instead, Trump has moved on to 6G. The president announced in a pair of tweets this morning that he’d like to see 6G in the United States alongside 5G “as soon as possible.” It’s not entirely clear what spurred Trump’s sudden tweets in support of next-gen cellular communications standards. Perhaps Fox & Friends mentioned the announcement of Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 5G, and Trump was dismayed that Verizon had no live 5G network on which the device could actually function in the United...

21/02/2019

AI researchers debate the ethics of sharing potentially harmful programs

A recent decision by research lab OpenAI to limit the release of a new algorithm has caused controversy in the AI community. The nonprofit said it decided not to share the full version of the program, a text-generation algorithm named GPT-2, due to concerns over “malicious applications.” But many AI researchers have criticized the decision, accusing the lab of exaggerating the danger posed by the work and inadvertently stoking “mass hysteria” about AI in the process. Researchers joked that their latest amazing work was just too dangerous to share The debate has been wide-ranging and sometimes contentious. It even turned...
21/02/2019

How to choose between the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10E

Samsung has made a tradition of releasing two flagship Galaxy S smartphones simultaneously each year, but in 2019, we’re gettingthree: the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10E. (If you count the S10 5G that’s coming out in a few months, it’s actually four.) How are consumers supposed to make sense of the new lineup and find the option best for them? The most important thing to know is that these phones are all very similar when it comes to the fundamentals. Buying the $750 Galaxy S10E doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing any of the crucial improvements and hardware upgrades. But there...
21/02/2019

Verizon will launch 5G in 30 cities this year

Verizon finally offered some details about its 5G launch this morning: it plans to deploy the next-gen wireless technology in 30 cities by the end of 2019. The carrier didn’t say which cities those would be, how thoroughly 5G would be deployed throughout those cities, or when exactly the launch would begin, but Verizon did say that each launch would include some deployment of super fast millimeter wave radios. “It’s just gonna be a total different experience in speed and throughput than you have ever seen before,” Hans Vestberg, Verizon’s CEO, said during a meeting with investors this morning. Spokespeople...

21/02/2019

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might only launch on two of the big US carriers

Samsung’s very fancy foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, will be available on two carriers when it launches in the US in a couple months: AT&T and T-Mobile. As for everyone else? Samsung hasn’t said, but for now, it sounds like the initial model of the Fold won’t launch on Verizon and Sprint. It’s not clear if that means the Fold outright won’t work on those two carriers, but that may be the case. Verizon and Sprint rely on a different mobile technology for their 3G networks, and it’s possible the Fold just doesn’t include support. Sometimes, unsupported phones can still...
21/02/2019

Samsung’s vision of tomorrow’s phones doesn’t include the headphone jack

The Galaxy Fold was the most exciting announcement at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event by a long shot. While the new S10 and its variants look like top-tier phones, it was the Fold that captured everyone’s imagination. As Samsung CEO DJ Koh proudly declared at the event, the Fold “sets this industry on a new path.” And apparently, it’s a path that — unlike the rest of the phones Samsung announced today — doesn’t include a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s a sour note on what otherwise looks like a really interesting product. And if the Galaxy Fold is the future of...
21/02/2019

Samsung Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: two budget flagships compared

Along with the new $899 Samsung Galaxy S10 and $999 Galaxy S10 Plus, Samsung is introducing a slightly more budget-friendly phone: the Galaxy S10E. While not the most surprising thing ever, following the release of Apple’s popular iPhone XR in late 2018, it’s encouraging that Samsung isn’t entirely pushing high-end smartphones out of reach. Both the Galaxy S10E and iPhone XR start at $749, which is probably no coincidence on Samsung’s part. (That’s actually a higher starting price than the $720 Galaxy S9 last year, which had a higher-res curved screen.) But whether you’re focused on the design, or the...