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Samsung Kills Headphone Jack After Mocking Apple

Last week, Samsung introduced its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A8s. Not only is it the first phone of theirs with a laser-drilled hole in the display for the front-facing camera sensor, but it is also their first phone to ditch the headphone jack. Slashdot reader TheFakeTimCook shares a report from Mac Rumors that takes a closer look at the move and the hypocrisy behind it: [The A8s] is also Samsung’s first smartphone without a headphone jack, much to the amusement of iPhone users, as Samsung has mocked Apple for over two years over its decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016, a trend that has continued through to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. While on stage unveiling the new Galaxy Note 7 in 2016, for example, Samsung executive Justin Denison made sure to point out that the device came with a headphone jack. “Want to know what else it comes with?” he asked. “An audio jack. I’m just saying,” he answered, smirking as the audience laughed. And earlier this year, Samsung mocked the iPhone X’s lack of a headphone jack in one of its “Ingenius” ads promoting the Galaxy S9. Samsung isn’t the first tech giant to mock Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack, only to follow suit. Google poked fun at the iPhone 7’s lack of headphone jack while unveiling its original Pixel smartphone in 2016, and then the Pixel 2 launched without one just a year later.

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Innovation agenda’s intangible asset depreciation binned as Canberra saves AU$425m

Lack of parliamentary support for Turnbull’s initiative sees the Australian government bank AU$425 million over the next three years. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

US ballistic missile systems have very poor cyber-security

DOD report finds no antivirus, no data encryption, no multifactor authentication. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

​Data61 completed 317 projects in first two years of operation

CSIRO’s data innovation arm has commenced 681 projects across areas such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cybersecurity since it was stood up in mid-2016. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Hackaday Links: December 16, 2018

Microsoft is really leaning into vaporwave these days. Microsoft is giving away knit Windows sweaters to social media influencers. Is it for an ugly sweater contest? Maybe, or maybe Microsoft is capitalizing on the mid-90s AESTHETIC. Recently, Apple got back in their 90s logo game with the release of a few ‘rainbow Apple’ t-shirts. The spirit of the 90s lives on in tech culture.

Have a Hackerspace? Frack is organizing the great Inter-hackerspaces Xmas goodies swap! Since your hackerspace is filled with weird ephemera and random crap, why not box it up and send it out to another hackerspace? You’ll probably get another random box of crap in return!

Just an observation looking for commentary, but is Thingiverse slow these days? It seems really, really, really slow these days.

The Blockchain makes it to the Apple II! By far, the most interesting thing in tech right now is the blockchain, with AI, at the edge. This will get your Merkle trees tinglin’ with some AI, and 5G is where it’s at. We’re back with cylinder computing this time, and this is the greatest achievement that will synthesize brand new paradigms. Of course, if it weren’t for millennials, we’d have it already.

There’s a new portable console out there, and it’s at the top of everyone’s Christmas lists. The SouljaGame Handheld is a rebrand of what’s available on AliExpress. What makes this one different? It has Soulja Boy’s name on it. If you couldn’t get your hands on the SouljaGame Handheld, don’t worry: Post Malone Crocs are available on eBay for about $300.

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Senate report said to show extent of Russian interference in 2016 US election – CNET

Report shows Russian agents sought to secure Trump win. …read more

Source:: CNet

50 Years On, We’re Living the Reality First Shown At the ‘Mother of All Demos’

Thelasko quotes a report from Ars Technica: A half century ago, computer history took a giant leap when Douglas Engelbart — then a mid-career 43-year-old engineer at Stanford Research Institute in the heart of Silicon Valley — gave what has come to be known as the “mother of all demos.” On December 9, 1968 at a computer conference in San Francisco, Engelbart showed off the first inklings of numerous technologies that we all now take for granted: video conferencing, a modern desktop-style user interface, word processing, hypertext, the mouse, collaborative editing, among many others. Even before his famous demonstration, Engelbart outlined his vision of the future more than a half-century ago in his historic 1962 paper, “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework.”
To open the 90-minute-long presentation, Engelbart posited a question that almost seems trivial to us in the early 21st century: “If in your office, you as an intellectual worker were supplied with a computer display, backed up by a computer that was alive for you all day, and was instantly responsible — responsive — to every action you had, how much value would you derive from that?” By 1968, Engelbart had created what he called the “oN-Line System,” or NLS, a proto-Intranet. The ARPANET, the predecessor to the Internet itself, would not be established until late the following year.

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​5 technologies you’ll get sick of hearing about in 2019

Here’s our list of technology storylines that’ll resurface repeatedly in 2019. Expect some of these themes to rev up the hype-o-meter as soon as the calendar turns. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

​Rocket Lab launches first NASA CubeSat mission

ELaNa-19 mission follows the company last month successfully launching seven payloads to orbit. …read more

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​KT develops C-V2X reader for self-driving cars

KT has developed a reader for cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) that will allow autonomous vehicles to detect passersby and traffic signals. …read more

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