Archive for January, 2019

Finding Lena Forsen, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

January 31st, 2019
In 1972, a photo of a Swedish Playboy model was used to engineer the digital image format that would become the JPEG. The model herself was mostly a mystery—until now.

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Dealmaster: A bevy of Logitech accessories are discounted on Amazon today

January 31st, 2019
Dealmaster: A bevy of Logitech accessories are discounted on Amazon today

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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a big Amazon Gold Box sale on Logitech gear. Amazon tends to run one-day sales like this every few months, but today's selection has a handful of genuine discounts on mice, webcams, keyboards, and other accessories that are actually decent.

Notables here include the C922x Pro Stream webcam for $50, a $20 discount for a higher-end 1080p cam that can also stream up to 60fps (albeit at 720p). The G933, meanwhile, is an altogether competent, if somewhat gaudy, gaming headset. It's down to $100, about $30 off its usual street price. The company's Z906 5.1 surround sound system, G703 gaming mouse, and G602 wireless mouse are all at good prices as well.

If you have no need for new peripherals, though, we also have deals on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, God of War, Sonos speakers, and more. Have a look for yourself below.

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8 Cybersecurity Myths Debunked

January 31st, 2019

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‘The Batman’ Will Hit Theaters in 2021—Minus Ben Affleck

January 31st, 2019
Also, Zack Snyder is making a zombie movie for Netflix, and Oscar Isaac and Zendaya might be joining *Dune*.

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Nintendo’s next Switch model will reportedly shrink the size, cost, features

January 31st, 2019
Artist's estimate of how small the rumored Nintendo Switch revision might look, based on a Nikkei report. (To be clear, this image is sarcastic.)

Enlarge / Artist's estimate of how small the rumored Nintendo Switch revision might look, based on a Nikkei report. (To be clear, this image is sarcastic.) (credit: Aurich / Walt Disney Pictures)

Nintendo's rumored plans to produce a revised Nintendo Switch model picked up steam on Thursday with a tantalizing bit of new information. Last year's rumor mill simply predicted a new model could arrive in 2019, but a Japanese report has narrowed fans' expectations based on its sources' intel: Nintendo may have a new SKU with portability and price, not power, in mind. (And the news outlet uncovered one other possible "service" to come, as well.)

The report from official stock exchange news outlet (helpfully translated by Nintendo Everything) cites a combination of hardware partners and game developers, who all suggest the next Switch model will be "miniaturized." The resulting system will reportedly emphasize "portability" and "playing outside," and it will "cut features" to bring the retail price down.

Nikkei's report does not include more specifics, which still leaves plenty of questions about this rumored SKU. If we add up the details offered by Nikkei, though, we can guess that one of its cut features might be the removal of a bundled Switch TV Dock; this product can currently be purchased separately at an MSRP of $89.99. Cutting that combination of chipset, plastic mold, and increased box size and weight would be the easiest way to cut the system's current $299.99 MSRP.

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Airbus Employee Info Exposed in Data Breach

January 31st, 2019
Few details as yet on a cyberattack that hit Airbus' commercial aircraft business.

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Dell, CrowdStrike, Secureworks Join Forces to Secure Endpoints

January 31st, 2019
Dell SafeGuard and Response is geared toward businesses, governments, and schools that may lack resources they need to detect and remediate sophisticated threats.

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PKI as a Service with HashiCorp Vault

January 31st, 2019
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Putting Switch’s 32 million shipments in context

January 31st, 2019

With two full holiday seasons of public sales data now under its belt, the Nintendo Switch continues to help right a company balance sheet that was nearly decimated by the Wii U. Last night, Nintendo reported 9.41 million Switch shipments in the holiday 2018 quarter, contributing to 32.27 million consoles shipped worldwide since the system's March 2017 launch.

Those numbers sure sound big, but they can be hard to judge in the abstract. So, as we have done in the past, we decided to provide some quick comparisons that put the Switch's continued success into the proper context. Use these numbers to calibrate your impression of how well Nintendo's new system is really doing and to adjust your projections of how it may do going forward (as Nintendo has).

(Lifetime sales measure slightly different calendar periods due to staggered release dates through the year, but all include two holiday seasons. Monthly periods rounded up for partial launch months).

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An App That Promoted Cyberbullying Shifts to the Workplace

January 31st, 2019
Sarahah was banned from app stores because it became a vehicle for cyberbullying. Its creators are introducing Enoff, for anonymous workplace feedback.

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