GoPro's newest Hero camera is boring and important all at the same time

From The Verge: It’s a GoPro. Just like the iPhone 8 is an iPhone, the new iPad is an iPad, and how most iterative product releases tend to resemble their forebears, the new Hero 6 Black is stunningly similar to the camera it’s supplanting.

Google Launches Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2 Smartphones With Squeezable Sides

From eWeek: Google introduced the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 smartphones Oct. 4, to refresh the sales momentum behind these popular Android handsets and their Google-centric applications.

The phones, which have been rumored for months, include the Pixel 2 XL, which has a 6-inch quad-HD edge-to-edge plastic organic light emitting diode (pOLED) display and the Pixel 2, with a 5-inch full HD active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) display.

Seagate Ships Consumer-Focused 12TB Helium Drives

From AnandTech: Seagate is launching a trio of 12TB hard drives today with a focus on the consumer market. The 3.5” drives build upon the 'PMR platters in a helium-filled enclosure' platform used in the 10 TB consumer hard drives released last year. The new 12TB drives target three different market segments:

- Barracuda Pro Compute for desktops and entry-level direct-attached storage enclosures
- IronWolf NAS for 1-8 bay home, SOHO, and SMB NAS enclosures
- IronWolf Pro NAS for 1-16 bay creative professional and SME NAS enclosures

Google's $159 Pixel Buds wireless earbuds can help you speak a language you don't know

From PC World: Google’s Pixel Buds earbuds look like just another pair of wireless earbuds. But the $159 Pixel 2 accessories do something different: They’ll help you translate a conversation into a language you don’t already know.

The Pixel 2 smartphone lacks a headphone jack, but the new Google Pixel Buds connect via Bluetooth to the Pixel 2, and tie into the Google Assistant that’s already on the phone. Of course, they’ll work like normal wireless earbuds, with up to 24 hours of battery life and a dedicated charging case in three colors.

Netflix Hikes Prices on Top Plans

From PC Mag: Bad news, Netflix members: prices are going up.

Netflix's most popular plan, Standard—which offers HD-quality streams and lets you watch on up to two devices at a time—is increasing $1 to $10.99 a month. The company's Premium plan, which offers Ultra HD quality and allows four concurrent streams, is getting a $2 price hike to $13.99 a month.

Western Digital Offers World's First 14TB Hard Drive

From PC Mag: Every time more terabytes are added to a hard drive, data centers rejoice as it means they can fit more storage into their already packed to bursting server farms. So Western Digital shipping the world's first 14 terabyte hard drive will be music to their ears. But it's not just more storage these drives offer, it's power saving, too.

Samsung Will Make $4B More Off the iPhone X Than Its Own Galaxy S8

From ExtremeTech: If mathematicians are collectively devices for turning coffee into theorems, as Alfréd Rényi once remarked, phone patents and purchase agreements are devices for turning patents into gobs and gobs of cash. Devices and technologies are so intertwined, it’s not unusual to see companies that compete in the same market and for the same customers buying and licensing technology from one another.

Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini passes away

From TechCrunch: Paul Otellini, who presided over Intel during some of its most prosperous years, passed away today at the age of 66. The company announced the news in a press release.

Otellini joined the company in 1974, eventually rising to the position of CEO in 2005. Those were the salad days of standalone processors, when home PCs were in an endless megahertz race and Intel traded blows with arch-rival AMD.

SanDisk Launches SD and microSD for Industrial and Automotive: Extreme Temps, Upped Reliability

From AnandTech: Western Digital has introduced its new SanDisk Automotive and SanDisk Industrial memory cards for specialized applications. The new cards can work in extreme temperatures for prolonged amounts of time, integrate health status monitor capability, special data retention mechanisms, and some are compliant with the AEC-Q100 Grade 3 standard. In addition, the cards are substantially faster than their predecessors are, thus enabling Western Digital to offer them for emerging applications, such as surveying commercial drones and automotive dash cameras.

Yahoo Revises Massive Data Breach Impact from 1B to 3B Users

From eWeek: On Oct. 3, Yahoo now part of Verizon's Oath business unit, publicly disclosed that all of its users were impacted by a data breach in August 2013. Oath estimates that information on three billion users was stolen by attackers in the breach.

The three billion figure for the data beach is a dramatic increase from the initial figures provided by Yahoo when the breach was first revealed. In December 2016, Yahoo publicly reported that the breach occurred in August 2013 impacting one billion users.


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