Ursula K. Le Guin, author of ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ and ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’, has died

All-time great science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula Le Guin died Monday. She was 88 years old. Le Guin didn’t always enjoy being called a science fiction writer, and she received acclaim far beyond the genre — she won National Book Awards, published stories in The New Yorker and saw her work collected by the Library of America. Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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YouTube is asking its promoted artists not to insult the company

YouTube is asking musicians to agree to non-disparagement clauses in exchange for promotional support, according to sources familiar with the matter who spoke to Bloomberg. While non-disparagement clauses can be more common in partnerships or spokesperson deals, it is not a norm within the music industry and YouTube’s biggest competitors in this arena don’t use them. Over the past few months, YouTube has worked with select artists to promote their work by way of producing music videos and placing them on billboards. The report states the campaign’s purpose is to help YouTube build a bridge with the music industry, and that non-disparagement clauses are a safeguard to keep these artists… Read More

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Investigation launched into cause of massive sewage spill into Monterey Bay

MARINA — An investigation will be conducted into the failure of a computer warning system at the Monterey One Water regional treatment plant which allowed millions of gallons of untreated sewage to flow into the Monterey Bay for more than eight hours last week . According to Monterey One Water General Manager Paul Sciuto, the investigation began Monday morning and will be conducted by the consulting firm Pinnacle ART. Sciuto says the firm has expertise in root cause and analysis inquiries and is already under contract with the agency. Sciuto said the goal is to take a hard look at the incident and he expects at least a preliminary report… Read More

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Apple’s HomePod sales copy is so bad I bought a Google Home Max

For the last decade-plus Apple has done everything in its power to convince consumers that it wasn’t so much a tech company, as an elegant solution to having too much money. It’s toed the line with greatness, bringing stellar products like the iPhone and MacBook Pro to market while, at times, stumbling under the weight of it all and introducing the world to the occasional subpar offering — like the iPhone, or MacBook Pro. But throughout it all, Apple has built a reputation for quality. And it’s this reputation that left me in state of disbelief after attempting to read… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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How Tesla’s Elon Musk Could Become the World’s Richest Person Without Ever Getting a Paycheck

Elon Musk is already known for his ambitious bets, but the Tesla CEO is now gambling with his own net worth: Tesla announced Tuesday that it would pay Musk nothing for the next 10 years–no salary, bonus, or stock–unless the electric car company nearly doubles in value. Before lauding Musk for his apparent selflessness, though, it’s worth noting that the billionaire, who has served as Tesla’s chairman since 2004 and as its CEO since 2008, has been getting along just fine despite never receiving a salary as long as he has been with the company. Indeed Musk, worth an estimated $21.5 billion, will once again refuse his annual paycheck of… Read More

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Dramatic new 3D images show how ongoing boom could further alter Seattle’s skyline

Taking in the Seattle skyline is a favorite pastime for many residents and visitors to the city, thanks in large part to the unique vantage points located in various neighborhoods. Whether it’s from Kerry Park in Queen Anne or across Elliott Bay from Alki, Seattle is nothing if not pretty to look at. But as we’ve been learning for years, especially during the city’s most recent tech-fueled boom, the views they are a-changin’. A viral video capturing just three years of Seattle’s transformation in time-lapse form — created with 360-degree photographs taken by a Space Needle camera — touched a nerve a few weeks ago. And now a Seattle architectural… Read More

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The GAO will investigate potential fraud in the FCC’s net neutrality comments… in 5 months

The Government Accountability Office has accepted a Congressional request to investigate the possibility of fraud and identify theft in the comments for the FCC’s net neutrality rollback. Several Members of Congress wrote asking for this in December, and the GAO will look into it — in five months or so. Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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Google is working on bringing AR to Chrome with downloadable 3D objects

Google today unveiled its experimental effort to integrate augmented reality features into the mobile and desktop web using its Chrome browser. That way, web designers, media organizations, and other creative professionals could create virtual 3D objects, embed them into websites for viewing on desktop, and make them downloadable on mobile so users could place those objects into their real world surroundings. “In the next few months, there will be hundreds of millions of Android and iOS devices that are able to provide augmented reality experiences — meaning you’ll be able to look at the world through your phone, and place digital objects wherever you look,” writes Reza Ali and Josh… Read More

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Google is working on bringing AR to Chrome with downloadable 3D objects

Google today unveiled its experimental effort to integrate augmented reality features into the mobile and desktop web using its Chrome browser. That way, web designers, media organizations, and other creative professionals could create virtual 3D objects, embed them into websites for viewing on desktop, and make them downloadable on mobile so users could place those objects into their real world surroundings. “In the next few months, there will be hundreds of millions of Android and iOS devices that are able to provide augmented reality experiences — meaning you’ll be able to look at the world through your phone, and place digital objects wherever you look,” writes Reza Ali and Josh… Read More

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DJI’s new Mavic Air might’ve finally convinced me to get a drone

I have a secret to confess: I don’t care all that much about drones. The tech behind them is cool and all, and I appreciate the beautiful images they help create, but I’ve never been particularly tempted to own one. Tech’s favorite flying toys just never really hit that sweet spot of price, practicality, and fun for me to ever seriously consider buying a drone. That’s why it’s notable that DJI’s Mavic Air is the first drone I might actually want to buy. At a glance, the Mavic Air seems to be compromise between the entry-level DJI Spark and the… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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No One Met the $20 Million Deadline for a Civilian Moon Mission

A Google-sponsored competition to reach for the moon has fallen short. More than 10 years after the XPRIZE Foundation announced a contest for proposals to send a robot to the moon, none of the participating teams will meet their deadline. The grand prize for the winner, $20 million provided by Google in a partnership with XPRIZE, will go unclaimed. “After close consultation with our five finalist Google Lunar XPRIZE teams over the past several months, we have concluded that no team will make a launch attempt to reach the moon by the March 31st, 2018 deadline,” wrote Peter Diamandis and Marcus Shingles, the heads of the XPRIZE Foundation that led… Read More

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Show us the money: Understanding the in-game economy of ‘Magic: The Gathering Arena’

“Magic: The Gathering Arena” is currently in closed beta. (Wizards of the Coast Image) Wizards of the Coast in Renton, Wash., has been a cornerstone of the American games market since the debut of “Magic: The Gathering” in 1993. “Magic” introduced the concepts of deck construction, randomized cards, and collectability to card games, creating a constantly evolving and addictive experience. In January of 2017, Wizards created a new department, its Digital Games Studio, to improve upon “Magic’s” presence in the online-games market. According to Wizards’ president Chris Cocks, the goal was to make “your Wizards experiences more efficient, connected, and convenient,” both for “Magic” and Wizards’ other major property, “Dungeons… Read More

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Best gaming mouse pads 2018: the best mouse mats for gamers

If you were looking for the best mouse pad for gaming a few years ago, you could probably get away with using your normal everyday mouse pad. All you really needed was some foam covered with some fabric. These days, however, the best mouse pads for gaming have actually evolved considerably. These MLG tablecloths are far and away more advanced than anyone would have imagined even 5 years ago. Sure, there are some mouse pads out there that are the same general design that you’re used to, but there are some that have gone as far as including wireless charging technology into the pad so that you can charge your… Read More

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Best PC power supply 2018: top PSUs for your PC

If there is one thing that’s more important than anything else when you’re building a new PC, it’s picking out one of the best power supplies. Sure, it’s tempting to save a few bucks in order to put a little bit more towards one of the best graphics cards, but it’s not worth it. If you’re trying to build the best PC you can, it’s absolutely essential to get the best power supply that you can afford, as every single component in your rig is going to depend on it, and if you get a cheap power supply that fails, well, you’ll be stuck with a thousand dollar paperweight. Nobody… Read More

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