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  • South Korean court dismisses arrest warrant for Samsung chief (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 16:13:10)
    A South Korean court on Thursday dismissed a warrant to arrest the head of the Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, a court spokesman said, amid a graft scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. The decision by the Seoul Central District Court to allow Jay Y. Lee to go home is likely to come as a major relief to the company and for Lee, who has tried to fill the vacuum in the group's leadership since his father suffered a heart attack in 2014. Lee had been questioned for 22 hours last week and was held overnight on Wednesday while the court reached its decision.
  • NASA Data Shows 2016 Was Warmest Year on Record Globally (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 16:10:22)
    Temperatures on Earth were the warmest in 2016 since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, boosting the argument shared by many climate scientists that our planet is changing in significant ways. The year 2016 was the third consecutive year to set a new record for global average surface temperatures, and far exceeded the temperature mark set in 2015, scientists said today. Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), said in a statement that the consistent pattern of record-breaking temperatures is indicative of a "warming trend" taking place on Earth.
  • Samsung Group says it appreciates chief Jay Y. Lee's release (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 16:08:12)
    Samsung Group said on Thursday it appreciated the fact that the South Korean special prosecutor's case against the head of the group, Jay Y. Lee, can proceed without his detention. "We appreciate the fact that the merits of this case can now be determined without the need for detention," Samsung Group said in an emailed statement. Seoul Central District Court earlier rejected the special prosecution's request for a warrant to arrest Lee, who had been held overnight, for suspected bribery, embezzlement and perjury amid a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.
  • Esquire network will transition from cable to online channel (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 16:07:43)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Esquire Network said Wednesday it is shutting down as a cable channel and will transition into a digital online outlet.
  • Study shows Facebook's growth as campaign news source (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 16:05:14)
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton voters had different media diets, but a study finds common ground in Facebook as an important news source — even if their individual feeds bore little resemblance to each ...
  • This website takes you on a journey to the unwatched corners of YouTube (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:57:27)
    “IMG 0594” (a view of a spiral staircase inside what is presumably a church tower) has only four views. Over the course of 30 minutes, I caught glimpses of a high school basketball game, the view from the side of a mountain somewhere, the inside of a dorm room, a translucent fish scuttling along the ocean floor, an aerial view of a mansion, and the inside of a car. There are recordings of college seminars and grade school dance recitals, tiny dogs and newborn babies.
  • Miles Morales is getting his own animated Spider-man film (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:52:54)
    In 2015, we learned that Lego Movie and the standalone Han Solo movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller would be writing an animated Spider-Man film. Earlier today, Sony Pictures confirmed that the movie was happening, and announced that the film would feature Miles Morales, rather than Peter Parker. This untitled Spider-Man film will be directed by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey and won’t be connected to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe that includes Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Avengers.
  • Another rumor suggests the Galaxy S8 will have a gigantic display (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:52:12)
    The Galaxy S8 will have the biggest screen in the land, a new report indicates, further reinforcing rumors that claim Samsung’s next flagship will adopt a brand new design. The phone is expected to feature an all-screen front, made possible by the removal of the home button and the reduction of the bezels. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will come with 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch displays, which are larger than the displays found on their predecessors — 5.1-inch for the Galaxy S7 and 5.5-inch for the Galaxy S7 edge. The Korea Herald says the Galaxy S8 may have the “largest ever” 5.7-inch panel, a first for Galaxy S line. Citing industry watchers, The Herald  reports the Galaxy S8 will have tiny bezels and “feature more curved panels” than the Galaxy S7 edge. Other notable features include an 8-megapixel selfie camera with autofocus, an iris scanner, Harman Kardon stereo speakers, and a fingerprint sensor built into the display. Software-wise, the Galaxy S8 is expected to be the first Samsung smartphone to ship with a Samsung-owned virtual assistant on board, the Bixby assistant developed by Viv Labs. Samsung acquired the Viv Labs in October, a company created by people who developed the Siri technology sold to Apple. The Galaxy S8 phone is expected to be unveiled in April, the report notes, but the report doesn’t offer any firm announcement or release dates.
  • South Korea won’t arrest Samsung heir on bribery charges (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:42:06)
    Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Samsung’s vice-chairman and presumed future leader won’t face arrest for suspicion of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury.According to Reuters, a South Korean court declined today to grant an arrest warrant for Lee, who’s also known as Jay Y. Lee, following requests by prosecutors earlier this week.Prosecutors had said that Lee was part of a strange corruption scandal involving the country’s president, Park Geun-hye. ...
  • Can you use electricity to trick your brain into not feeling pain? (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:36:37)
    Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, has become far more accessible since it was approved as an over-the-counter treatment by the US Food and Drug Administration about two years ago. Now, with the country in the midst of an opioid epidemic, doctors and patients and medical-device manufacturers are paying more attention to this form of natural pain management. Think of the machines as “using electricity to rub away pain,” says Mark Johnson, a professor of analgesia at Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom.
  • Alibaba's Ma says no chance of U.S. trade war with China (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:32:25)
    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - China and the United States are not about to be drawn into a trade war, Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma said on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.
  • The Diesel Emissions Scandal: What Cars Can You Trust? (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:30:00)
    The charges against Volkswagen’s top emissions compliance executive aren't the end of emissions cheats by diesel-engine carmakers.
  • Meet the Redditors too stubborn to give up their exploding phones (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:28:00)
    If you've been vacationing with a remote community that has no contact with the outside world for the last six months, you might have missed the fact that Samsung's most recent phablet has an unnerving tendency to catch fire. All reasonable human beings have returned their phones, as requested by Samsung, cell carriers, and the laws of common sense. But it's 2017, there's an internet out there, and among the internet-dwellers are those who figure it's a smart and adult decision to hang onto their toys with both hands, consequences be damned. Samsung, and the cell carriers that sold the phone, have taken every reasonable step to take Galaxy Note 7 devices out of the wild. Owners have had ample opportunity to turn them in, and cell carriers are now forcing updates on the phone that prevent it from charging, or stop outgoing cell calls. But that hasn't stopped a few particular users from Reddit's Galaxy Note 7 subreddit. The users take a peculiar delight in their objectively dumb decision, mostly rationalizing that the chances of their specific phone exploding is small, and anyway, they don't go on airplanes all that often. This is true. Despite the recall, the chances of one particular Galaxy Note 7 spontaneously combusting is relatively low, and using one is probably safer than driving on US roads. Still, I won't try and argue their case for them. As internet commenters, they're perfectly capable of doing that themselves: My new
  • U.S. sues Oracle, alleges salary and hiring discrimination (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:13:13)
    The U.S. Labor Department has sued Oracle America Inc, alleging that the technology company systematically paid its white, male employees more than other workers and unlawfully favored Asian applicants in its recruiting and hiring efforts. The department in a complaint filed with an administrative judge in Washington said the company was prohibited from engaging in racial discrimination given the hundreds of millions of dollars it receives as a contractor with the federal government. Oracle America is a unit of Oracle Corp. Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger in a statement said the claims were baseless and "politically motivated," and that the company bases employment decisions on experience and merit.
  • Vine is back as a 6-second camera app, and users are furious (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:12:42)
    Twitter's micro video app Vine died an untimely death — or, if you never used it, a totally logical and appropriate death — late last year, much to the chagrin of the dozen or so "Vine stars" who rose to fame with their goofy 6-second videos. Shortly after the announcement of its demise, Twitter seemed to have second thoughts and revealed that it would bring Vine back, but as a camera app that creates similarly short clips and then saves them locally so you can share them wherever you want. Well, Vine Camera is finally here, and apparently it "just isn't the same." The video format of the Vine Camera is pretty much identical to the clips that the Vine app created in the first place. Unfortunately, the social community of comments, faves, and follows that supported those clips has been yanked out from underneath the app, and now users have to hunt for the videos on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or elsewhere. As you might expect, that's not going over so well with Vine diehards. Here are a few of the many, many critical reviews the app has received in just its first day: "It is the worst app ever. You should've allowed some other company to buy vine, you're completely ruining its potential, and crushing the hearts of many users such as myself." "Vine was a community where you could easily find people who could entertain you and people enjoyed being part of it. Now we have to use twitter which is full of spam and bad people. It's harder to find people who take funny skits seriously. Also why can't we just take a video on our regular camera, I get you guys are keeping it alive but still :/ #Ripvine" "You are a disgrace to the human species as we know it. Who wants to use "vine camera"? What about the people that want to watch the vines instead? Now i have to use some slow crappy unsupported website to watch them. There was honestly no reason to end vine at all, you guys are dumb." Yikes!
  • The Army wants to use this giant drone to resupply soldiers (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:08:41)
    This giant drone could be the backbone of battlefield resupply for the US military. It’s called the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV, and researchers at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) compare it to “Amazon on the battlefield,” according to an ARL press release.
  • U.S. to probe whether Fujifilm violating Sony magnetic tape patents (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:07:01)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Wednesday it had launched on investigation into whether Fujifilm Holdings Corp was violating patents which Sony Corp holds for certain magnetic tape cartridges. The ITC said the products at issue in its probe were so-called Linear Tape-Open, or LTO, magnetic tape products and tape cartridge components comprising such products. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann, editing by G Crosse)
  • U.S. begins patent probe of graphics processors, DDR memory controllers (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:06:17)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission began a patent infringement probe on Wednesday after ZiiLabs Inc charged that several firms were importing products to the United States in violation of its patents on graphics processors and DDR memory controllers. The ITC said the products at issue included smartphones, laptops, televisions, Bluray players and gaming systems. It identified 17 firms whose products it wanted to examine, including Advanced Micro Devices Inc, Lenovo Group Ltd, LG Electronics Inc, MediaTek Inc, Motorola Mobility, Qualcomm Inc and Sony Corp. ...
  • US sues Oracle, says it pays white men more than others (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:03:16)
    The Labor Department is suing Oracle, claiming that the technology giant pays white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles. The lawsuit also says that the ...
  • Larry David makes a cameo in the trailer for ‘Last Week Tonight’ season 4 (Yahoo Tech 2017-01-18 15:03:14)
    On February 12th at 11 PM, Last Week Tonight will return for its fourth season. John Oliver left 2016 on an odd note , just days after Donald Trump had been elected president. Many of his viewers were still flailing about, trying to figure out where it had all gone so terribly wrong, so as a sort of reprieve, HBO elected to upload the entire episode on to YouTube, so anyone could watch for free. Now, as President-elect Donald Trump gears up for Inauguration Day, Oliver is prepping for a new season of his late night talk show by coming to terms with the fact that he has what might be the least important show on HBO's Sunday night slate, behind Game of Thrones , Silicon Valley and, soon, Curb Your Enthusiasm . Watch the self-deprecating promo for Last Week Tonight's fourth season below: While Oliver might be selling himself a bit short here (as he has every year since his show was picked up by the network), it's hard to deny that HBO viewers are desperate for more Game of Thrones . And while Oliver's hiatus was substantial for a talk show, it doesn't compare to the five-year wait that audiences have endured for a ninth season of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm . The thing is, HBO has yet to announce release dates for new season of  Game of Thrones ,  Curb Your Enthusiasm  or Silicon Valley , which means (for the moment at least) Last Week Tonight has no competition. Congratulations, Oliver. You host the most anticipated HBO show (with a release date).