Bloomberg: Dish is close to a $6 billion deal with Sprint and T-Mobile

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve heard that getting DoJ approval for T-Mobile’s proposed $26 billion purchase of Sprint will require making moves to create a new national wireless carrier as a competitor. That could be achieved by selling off Boo…

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PBS celebrates the lunar landing's anniversary with a space miniseries

This year marks the lunar landing’s 50th anniversary, and PBS is celebrating the event by broadcasting a space-themed mini-series. The broadcaster will debut the six-episode show entitled Stellar on June 20th, publishing the episodes on its YouTube a…

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Two Potentially Life-Friendly Planets Found Orbiting a Nearby Star

A tiny, old star just 12 light-years away might host two temperate, rocky planets, astronomers announced today. If they’re confirmed, both of the newly spotted worlds are nearly identical to Earth in mass, and both planets are in orbits that could allow liquid water to trickle and puddle on their surfaces. National Geographic reports: Scientists estimate that the stellar host, known as Teegarden’s star, is at least eight billion years old, or nearly twice the sun’s age. That means any planets orbiting it are presumably as ancient, so life as we know it has had more than enough time to evolve. And for now, the star is remarkably quiet, with few indications of the tumultuous stellar quakes and flares that tend to erupt from such objects.

The two worlds orbit a star so faint that it wasn’t even spotted until 2003, when NASA astrophysicist Bonnard Teegarden was mining astronomical data sets and looking for dim, nearby dwarf stars that had so far evaded detection. Teegarden’s star is a stellar runt that’s barely 9 percent of the sun’s mass. It’s known as an ultra-cool M dwarf, and it emits most of its light in the infrared — just like the star TRAPPIST-1, which hosts seven known rocky planets. But Teegarden’s star is just a third as far from Earth as the TRAPPIST-1 system, which makes it ideal for further characterization. The team of astronomers reported their findings in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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A Cool Linux Terminal Emulator Display Like In Sci-Fi Films!

Terminal is one of the important applications installed by default on most Linux distributions. This application is usually used to type a specific command on the computer for example to install an application, delete, or update the repository. There are many types of terminal emulator applications that you can choose.

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Google's new Chrome extension makes it easy to report suspicious sites

Google’s Safe Browsing feature will only work if it knows what websites to protect you against, which is why the tech giant is encouraging users to report suspicious sites. The company has launched a new Chrome extension called Suspicious Site Report…

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Android Low-Memory Killer–In or Out?

One of the jobs of the Linux kernel—and all operating systemkernels—is to manage the resources available to the system. When those resourcesget used up, what should it do? If the resource is RAM, there’s not muchchoice. It’s not feasible to take over the behavior of any piece of usersoftware, understand what that software does, and make it more memory-efficient. Instead, the kernel has very little choice but to try toidentify the software that is most responsible for using up the system’sRAM and kill that process.

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T-Mobile and Sprint May Offload $6 Billion in Assets to Dish As Part of Merger Deal With DOJ

Dish Network Corp. is “in talks” to buy up assets that T-Mobile and Sprint are planning to sell off in order to have their terrible merger approved by antitrust authorities, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

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Nouveau Driver Picking Up NVIDIA TU116 GPU Support For Linux 5.3

Building off the initial Turing mode-setting bits that were in place since Linux 5.0 and have continued stepping along to support newer variants on successive kernel releases, the Linux 5.3 kernel is slated to add support for the TU116 graphics processor…

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Adam Sandler's 'Murder Mystery' breaks Netflix viewing records

While Netflix was famously reticent about releasing viewing statistics, over the last year or so the company has become more open about it. Its latest revelation confirms the theory that someone out there like Adam Sandler movies, since his latest st…

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How To Backup Google Photos To Your Computer With gphotos-sync

gphotos-sync is a command line tool for backing up Google Photos (including separate albums) using the Google Photos Library API, for Linux, macOS and Windows. Use it periodically to grab all newly added photos, keeping a complete Google Photos backup on a server or desktop.

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Ireland To Ban New Petrol, Diesel Vehicles By 2030

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The Irish government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, as part of a major strategy to protect the environment. The aim is to ensure that all new cars and vans on Irish roads in 11 years’ time are electric vehicles. The proposed legislation was among 180 measures in the government’s Climate Action Plan, published on Monday. The document also includes a target to implement an EU-wide ban on non-recyclable plastic by 2030.

Unveiling the plan on Monday, the Environment Minister Richard Bruton said Ireland was “currently 85% dependent on fossil fuels.” Mr Bruton said the plan was a roadmap to achieving existing 2030 emissions targets and would put Ireland “on a trajectory to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.” The hope is that by the time the petrol and diesel vehicle ban is introduced in 2030 there will be 950,000 electric vehicles on Irish roads. The government is set to invest in a “nationwide” charging network to power the new vehicles. By 2025, at least one recharging point will be required at new non-residential buildings with more than 10 parking spaces. The government also said it would stop granting National Car Test (NCT) certificates to fossil fuel cars by 2045. “The compulsory inspection program is carried out every year on vehicles that are more than 10 years old,” reports the BBC.

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YouTube uses AR to let you try on makeup during tutorials

There’s no question YouTube’s beauty bloggers have some of the largest followings, and the platform has become an important place for even the biggest makeup brands to debut their products. Now, Google’s AR Beauty Try-On feature will let YouTube user…

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San Francisco Set to Approve First-of-Its-Kind Ban on E-Cigarette Sales

The city of San Francisco has become the first in the U.S. to move to ban all sales of e-cigarettes in a unanimous vote by city supervisors, SFGate reported on Tuesday, in what officials characterized as an effort to fight back against youth vaping.

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Bernie Sanders Supports Video Game Workers Unions

U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has taken to Twitter to announce his support for video game workers unions. “In his message, Sanders gives shout-outs to IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) and Game Workers Unite, two organizations that have been working to help game creators organize,” reports VentureBeat. “He also links to a June 11 Time story about the epidemic of worker burn out occurring in the industry.” From the report: Video games make a ton of money, including $43 billion in revenue in 2018 in the U.S. (as Sanders also points out). But the people making games are often overworked and suspect to “crunch,” mandatory (and sometimes unpaid) overtime. Recently, stories of unhealthy crunch cultures have surrounded giant game makers like Rockstar and Electronic Arts. Other employees suffer mass layoffs, like at Activision Blizzard earlier this year, even when their companies are big or even record profits. Some studios shut down completely.

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How to install Chef Server, Workstation and Chef Client on Ubuntu 18.04

Chef is a Ruby based configuration management tool used to define infrastructure as code. This enables users to automate the management of many nodes and maintain consistency across those nodes. Recipes declare the desired state for managed nodes and are created on a user’s workstation using the Chef Workstation package. Your recipes are distributed across nodes via a Chef server. A Chef client, installed on each node, is in charge of applying the recipe to its corresponding node. This guide will show you how to install and configure a Chef Server and Chef Workstation. We will also bootstrap a node to manage with Chef.

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Secretive Magic Leap Says Ex-Engineer Copied Headset For China

Magic Leap, a secretive U.S. startup that makes a $2,295 augmented-reality headset, filed a lawsuit Monday accusing one of its former engineers of stealing its technology to create his own AR device for China. Bloomberg reports: In a lawsuit filed Monday, Magic Leap alleges that Chi Xu, who left in 2016, exploited its confidential information to “quickly develop a prototype of lightweight, ergonomically designed, mixed reality glasses for use with smart phones and other devices that are strikingly similar” to the Florida-based startup’s designs. The lawsuit marks the latest accusation from an American firm of intellectual property theft by Chinese companies, a perennial sore point that’s helped escalate tensions between the world’s two largest economies. With more than $2 billion in financing, Magic Leap is one of the better-funded startups delving into so-called augmented or mixed reality, a technology that gives users the illusion that fantastical, three-dimensional digital objects exist in the physical world.

Xu, who founded Beijing-based Hangzhou Tairuo Technology Co., also known as Nreal, unveiled his own augmented reality glasses at a major Las Vegas trade show in January, touting them as lighter than the Magic Leap One, Forbes has reported. Magic Leap released its headset last August after seven years of secretive work and more than $2 billion of investment. The startup alleges that Xu plotted during his roughly 13 months working there to launch his own competing company in China and “neglected his work duties” to acquire proprietary information. Xu is accused in the suit of breach of contract, fraud and unfair competition.

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