​Uber snubs California, moves self-driving cars to Arizona

From CNET: It's been a short, bumpy trip for the ride-hailing company and its autonomous vehicle program in the state. It took only one week for Uber to unleash its self-driving car pilot on California streets, have the state declare them illegal, and then have Uber pack up and move to Arizona.

Uber made it clear Thursday afternoon that the company would rather go to a place where it feels welcome than continue negotiations with California regulators.

Apple gives iOS app developers more time to encrypt communications

From PC World: Apple has backtracked on a plan to force iOS developers to encrypt their app communications by the end of the year.

The company had previously announced at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference in June that all apps submitted to the App Store will need support the App Transport Security (ATS) feature starting January 1st, 2017. It has not yet set a new deadline.

Samsung's rumored Galaxy A3 is one step closer to reality

From CNET: Samsung's rumored 2017 follow-up to the Galaxy A3 has yet to be officially announced, but could be a step closer to making the jump from rumor to reality. A phone fitting the A3 2017's description was spotted on the FCC's certification website, leading many to believe it's as good as done (products that clear the FCC still may never come to light; that's up to the company).

Asus, T-Mobile have CES surprises in store for Android users

From InfoWorld: As the end of December approaches, visions of sugar plums are dancing in Android fans’ heads as they await the big event. Not Christmas—we’re talking about CES 2017. While there are more rumors than you can shake a stocking at, several companies have already begun to promote their upcoming announcements.

Broadband declared a basic service in Canada

From CNET: If you live in Canada, you can expect a future in which high-speed internet connections will always be a way of life.

Broadband internet access is now considered a basic service in Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the country's telecommunications regulator, said Wednesday. The decision mandates higher download speed targets and creation of a C$750 million fund to build and reinforce broadband infrastructure in rural and remote areas over five years.

Advanced 3D NAND is ready to dominate SSDs, kill off traditional flash chips

From PC World: Three dimensional NAND (3D NAND) is expected to dominate the solid-state drive (SSD) industry beginning next year, as suppliers reduce their shipments of flash storage based on traditional 2D or planar NAND, according to a new report.

According to DRAMeXchange’s latest forecast, NAND flash manufacturers are focusing their efforts on converting fabrication plants to 3D NAND, which is denser, faster and less expensive to produce than traditional 2D NAND.

Honda taps Waymo for self-driving expertise

From CNET: Honda announced today that it is exploring a partnership with Google spinoff company Waymo to develop self-driving cars. If the partnership goes through, Honda will incorporate Waymo's self-driving technology in its vehicles.

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced the creation of Waymo last week, and at the beginning of this week Chrysler said it would be working with the self-driving technology company, and providing it with 100 Pacifica Hybrid minivans.

Microsoft yanks .Net security patches over conflict with SQL Server, Veritas Backup

From InfoWorld: If you’re using SQL Server or Veritas Backup on a Windows 8.1, Server 2012, or 2012 R2 system, and running .Net Framework 4.5.2, you may be having problems with this month’s .Net security patches, KB 3210137 and 3210138.

Cloud-computing plan could help Adobe Lightroom photographers

From CNET: Microsoft's Office 365. Google's Gmail. Facebook's Messenger. These and other modern software products use a cloud-computing approach that lets you work anywhere with a network connection -- you can use your phone, your office PC, your friend's laptop that you borrow for 10 minutes.

Now it looks like Adobe Systems' Lightroom, one of the most popular photo-editing programs around, will follow suit. Lightroom today is locked to a single personal computer, but a job posting indicates Adobe wants to loosen that link.

Google sued by employee for confidentiality policies that 'muzzle' staff

From PC World: A product manager at Google has sued the company for its allegedly illegal confidentiality agreements, policies and practices that among other things prohibit employees from speaking even internally about illegal conduct and dangerous product defects for fear that such statements may be used in legal discovery during litigation or sought by the government.


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