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EA turns in bummer fiscal report: “We’re disappointed in our underperformance”
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(credit: EA) EA’s latest quarterly fiscal report included a stark admission: Battlefield V‘s sales fell way below expectations. This, combined with a severe drop in mobile-gaming revenue, led EA’s executives to admit that they were “disappointed in our underperfomance” in fiscal Q3 2019. BFV‘s sales to date, according to EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen, have […]

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Ask Slashdot:  Is Today's Technology As Cool As You'd Predicted When You Were Young?
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“How does the actual, purchaseable consumer technology available in 2019 compare to what you — back in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s or ’90s — thought consumer technology might look like around the year 2020?” asks Slashdot reader dryriver. Is today’s consumer technology as advanced, inventive, groundbreaking and empowering as you imagined it would be 30, […]

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The year social networks were no longer social
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The term “social network” has become a meaningless association of words. Pair those two words and it becomes a tech category, the equivalent of a single term to define a group of products. But are social networks even social anymore? If you have a feeling of tech fatigue when you open the Facebook app, you’re […]

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Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret
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Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is. From a report: The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path […]

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20 Top Lawyers Were Beaten By Legal AI
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An anonymous reader shares a report:In a landmark study, 20 top US corporate lawyers with decades of experience in corporate law and contract review were pitted against an AI. Their task was to spot issues in five Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), which are a contractual basis for most business deals. The study, carried out with leading […]

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Apple says glossy iPhone XS selfies were a bug, promises a fix in iOS 12.1
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Enlarge / The notch and front-facing camera on the new iPhone. (credit: Samuel Axon) When we reviewed the iPhone XS and XS Max, we found a number of small things to quibble about in our generally positive review. Among them was the fact that Apple’s self-styled “computational photography” approach involves the software doctoring the photos […]

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Facebook reportedly believes spammers were behind massive hack     – CNET
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Security breach exposed personal information for 29 million users.

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Supermicro boards were so bug ridden, why would hackers ever need implants?
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Enlarge / A Supermicro motherboard. (credit: Supermicro) By now, everyone knows the premise behind two unconfirmed Bloomberg articles that have dominated security headlines over the past week: spies from China got multiple factories to sneak data-stealing hardware into Supermicro motherboards before the servers that used them were shipped to Apple, Amazon, an unnamed major US […]

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The 2018 Emmys were a watershed moment for streaming TV
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"The goal is to become HBO before HBO can become us." That's what Netflix's Ted Sarandos told GQ back in 2013, and it subsequently became a corporate mantra. Back then, it was hard to see how this upstart could supplant the bluest chip in TV's firma…

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