Hulu and YouTube are off to a solid start with live TV

14 hours 41 minutes ago
Hulu and YouTube both launched live TV streaming services last year, and now CNBC has a first look at subscriber numbers for both sites. Hulu is at 450,000 paid subscribers, which doesn't include people using the service under free promotions, and Yo...

Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 S Laptops Starting at $189 and New Office 365 Tools for Students

14 hours 44 minutes ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft today unveiled new Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP, starting at $189, aimed at the education market. The company also announced new Office 365 learning tools for students. The news mirrors Microsoft's firstline workers push in September, which saw new Windows 10 S devices starting at $275. The company is now simply doing the same as part of its latest EDU push, and it's not mincing words when it comes to explaining its target audience: "schools who don't want to compromise on Chromebooks." Microsoft unveiled four new Windows 10 devices that are all supposed to offer more than Chrome OS. Two are standard laptops: the Lenovo 100e powered by Intel Celeron Apollo Lake for $189 and JP's Classmate Leap T303 with Windows Hello for $199. The other two are 2-in-1s: the Lenovo 300e convertible with pen support for $279 and the Trigono V401 with pen and touch for $299. All four are spill resistant, ruggedized for students, and promise long battery life to avoid having wires all over the classroom.

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Learn to clapback like the notorious RBG

14 hours 45 minutes ago
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s clapbacks to sexism sting just as strongly today as they did in the 1970s. And unfortunately, they’re just as relevant. Speaking with…
Leah Fessler

DJI's Mavic Air drone may have improved 4K video

14 hours 58 minutes ago
DJI is supposed to be unveiling a new drone on January 23rd, but the cat might already be out of the bag. Kanzhaji has posted photos and details of the Mavic Air, a foldable drone that would reportedly slot neatly between the diminutive Spark and the...

The Full Nerd episode 39: Meltdown, Spectre, and astronomical graphics card prices

15 hours 31 minutes ago

In this episode of the Full Nerd, it’s doom, gloom, and trying to make the best decisions when all your options are bad. But you know, in a fun way.

Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosMelissa Riofrio, and Adam Patrick Murray kick things off with a topic requested by you, the viewers, at the end of Full Nerd’s CES wrap-up: Meltdown and Spectre. We explain why these CPU exploits are so dangerous, how the computer industry is scrambling to plug the holes, potential PC performance nerfs, and what you can do to stay safe. For more info, be sure to check out PCWorld’s Meltdown and Spectre FAQ and our guide on how to protect your PC against the CPU exploits.

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Amazon’s convenience store of the future makes me nervous

15 hours 32 minutes ago
Half a decade in the making, and after a year of intensive testing, Amazon's cashier-free convenience store is opening to the public. Amazon Go, located at the base of the company's Seattle HQ, is the first of its kind: a convenience store with no ch...

Google's $20 Million Race To the Moon Will End With No Winner -- and Google is OK With That

15 hours 34 minutes ago
Michael Sheetz, reporting for CNBC: More than ten years after it was announced -- and extended over and over -- the Google-sponsored race to win $20 million by landing on the moon will end with no winners. The four teams racing to win the Google Lunar Xprize, which requires a company to land a spacecraft on the moon by March 31, are either short of money or unable to launch this year, three people familiar with the matter told CNBC. Meanwhile, Google -- which extended the deadline from 2012 to 2014 and then eventually to 2018 -- is not willing to push out the date further. "Google does not have plans at this time to extend the deadline again, however we are so thrilled with the progress made by these teams over the last ten years," a Google spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC. The commercial space industry has written off the Lunar Xprize as improbable, and not worth pursuing, according to sources.

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Facebook explores whether social media is good for democracy

15 hours 48 minutes ago
As part of its Hard Questions series, Facebook has decided to explore the question of whether social media is good for democracy. The last US presidential election brought that question to the fore of many people's minds, directly or indirectly, as i...

Facebook Says It Can't Guarantee Social Media is Good For Democracy

16 hours 3 minutes ago
Facebook said on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but noted that it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else. From a report: The sharing of false or misleading headlines on social media has become a global issue, after accusations that Russia tried to influence votes in the United States, Britain and France. Moscow denies the allegations. Facebook, the largest social network with more than 2 billion users, addressed social media's role in democracy in blog posts from a Harvard University professor, Cass Sunstein, and from an employee working on the subject. "I wish I could guarantee that the positives are destined to outweigh the negatives, but I can't," Samidh Chakrabarti, a Facebook product manager, wrote in his post. Facebook, he added, has a "moral duty to understand how these technologies are being used and what can be done to make communities like Facebook as representative, civil and trustworthy as possible."

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