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Updating Things: IETF bods suggest standard

El Reg - Tue, 31/10/2017 - 8:30am
Proposal offers proper authentication, verification and over-the-air delivery

A trio of ARM engineers have devoted some of their free time* to working up an architecture to address the problem of delivering software updates to internet-connected things.…

Robot takes the job of sitting on your arse

El Reg - Tue, 31/10/2017 - 7:55am
Ford reveals 'metallic butt' used to test car seats. We're calling it Seat-3-P-O

Poll  Car-maker Ford has revealed a robot that's taken the job of sitting on your arse.…

Google lets Android devs see nanosecond-level GNSS data

El Reg - Tue, 31/10/2017 - 7:31am
Location, location, location ... for testing and research only

Geonerds, how would you like to work with raw GNSS data at nanosecond accuracy?…

Microsoft slowly closes Outlook Premium's door while Office 365 winks at you across the street

El Reg - Tue, 31/10/2017 - 7:02am
Want to pay for 50GB of Redmond-powered ad-free email? We decode your options

Microsoft has shut down new registrations for the Outlook Premium service, directing customers instead to an Office 365 subscription.…

Is the Optical Cable Dying?

Slashdot - Tue, 31/10/2017 - 7:00am
Geoffrey Morrison from CNET explains how the optical cable is "dying a very slow death": The official term for optical audio cable is "Toslink," short for Toshiba Link. Developed in the early '80s to connect their CD players to their receivers, it was a red laser optical version of the Sony/Phillips "Digital Interconnect Format" aka S/PDIF standard. You've seen standard S/PDIF connections a bunch too; they're often called "coax digital." Optical had certain benefits over copper cables, but they were also more fragile, and for a long time, more expensive. Though glass cables were available, for even more money, most optical cables were made from cheap plastic. This limited their range to in-room use, primarily. Through the '90s and 2000's, the optical cable was near-ubiquitous: The easiest way to get Dolby Digital and DTS from your cable/satellite box, TiVo, or DVD player to your receiver. Even in the early days of HDMI, right next to it would be the lowly optical cable, ready in case someone's receiver didn't accept HDMI. But now more and more gear are dropping optical. It's gone completely on the latest Roku and Apple TV 4K, for example. It's also disappeared from many smaller TVs, though it lingers on in larger ones, a potentially redundant backup to HDMI with ARC. The reason for this? Soundbars...

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Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

El Reg - Tue, 31/10/2017 - 6:01am
Misbehaving gas giant's poles light up independently

Jupiter’s vivid northern and southern lights flash independently from each other, a discovery that has surprised scientists.…

Facebook, Amazon fund new trans-Pacific submarine cable

El Reg - Tue, 31/10/2017 - 4:54am
'JUPITER' is made for video, should see first light in 2020, boast 60 Tbps capacity

A consortium including Facebook, Amazon and SoftBank has signed up to build a new submarine cable linking Asia and the United States of America.…

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