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Farmers are pirating John Deere tractor software to stick it to the man

Many of us have downloaded cracked software from the darker corners of the internet over the years. Remember when the only way to get Photoshop was to buy a $ 700 license? Yeah, enough said. Some of the most prolific users of cracked software these days aren’t who you think. Farmers across the US are grabbing modified copies of tractor software from sketchy Eastern European websites to get around John Deere’s draconian software restrictions. Large-scale farming is now a heavily mechanized industry, and some of these pieces of machinery can ...

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Pebble confirms it is shutting down, devs and software acquired by Fitbit

Pebble was one of the early Kickstarter success stories after raising more than $ 10 million. It even came through, releasing what many consider to be the first viable modern smartwatch. However, that success was short-lived. Pebble confirmed today that the company is being acquired by Fitbit and is ending production of all Pebble devices. The blog post didn’t talk about the value of the deal, but it’s reportedly in the $ 34-40 million range. That’s a whole lot less than just a few years ago when the company was ...

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IBM, Nvidia release new PowerAI software suite for deep learning projects

At some point this year the big buzzword appears to have shifted away from “the cloud” to “deep learning.” Eugen Weber once remarked that everybody who’s anybody sacked Rome. In similar fashion, everybody who’s anybody is setting machine learning loose on problems — especially the much-beloved process of deep learning. Deep learning is a machine learning method that extracts information from a volume of data by crunching through millions of entries, in order to sift out and rank the most important aspects of the data. One current wunderkind of deep ...

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Nintendo Reports Sales Decline as Amiibo, Wii U Software Interest Drops Off

Nintendo has detailed its financial results for the six-month period spanning April 1 to September 30, 2016, reporting a decline in sales compared to the same period in 2015. In its latest earnings report, sales were cited as $ 1.3 billion, which is around a 33 percent decline from 2015’s $ 1.9 billion. Operating income, meanwhile, also decreased, coming in at around $ 57 million in 2016, which is approximately a 33 percent drop from 2015’s $ 86 million. Nintendo managed to make a profit by selling the Seattle Mariners ...

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From civil liberties champion to turncoat: Yahoo built specialized software to spy on users for the NSA

Ever since the Snowden leaks in 2013, there’s been an ongoing debate over the nature of state surveillance. One of the more interesting things we learned in 2013 was that certain companies had fought the NSA tooth and nail — and Yahoo had led the charge. When the company was ordered to produce user data in 2007, it challenged the legality of that order at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, also sometimes known as the FISA Court). When its challenge failed, it appealed the case to the Foreign Intelligence ...

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BlackBerry kills its smartphone division, will pivot to software, services licensing

BlackBerry, née RIM, has announced that it will no longer develop its own smartphone or tablet hardware. The company is currently transitioning from a hardware-centric business to a software development company. It expects to complete that transition more effectively now that it has ended its own internal hardware efforts. “Our new Mobility Solutions strategy is showing signs of momentum, including our first major device software licensing agreement with a telecom joint venture in Indonesia,” CEO John Chen told investors. “Under this strategy, we are focusing on software development, including security ...

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Windows 10 software condemned by Which?

Microsoft has been criticised over its Windows 10 software by consumer rights group Which?. The body said it had received hundreds of complaints about the upgrade, including lost files, emails no longer syncing and broken wi-fi and printing. In some cases, it said, users had had to pay for their computer to be repaired. Microsoft defended its software and highlighted that it provided help online and by phone. “The Windows 10 upgrade is a choice designed to help people take advantage of the most secure and most productive Windows,” said ...

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Sony announces new Slim PS4, will bring HDR lighting to all platforms with software update

The big news at Sony’s PlayStation unveil was the PS4 Pro, but it’s not the only new console coming to market. Sony’s new PlayStation 4 Slim (Sony is just calling it the PS4, but we need to differentiate it from the current platform) is already shipping to retailers and will be on store shelves by September 15 for $ 299. Sony’s “Slim” versions of its consoles have often removed functionality when they hit lower price points, but the PS4 hasn’t lost much in this redesign. The new Slim design drops the ...

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UK tech firm swoops on HP software unit in £6.6bn deal

UK tech firm Micro Focus is buying the software business of a division of Hewlett-Packard for $ 8.8bn (£6.6bn). The deal makes Micro Focus one of the UK’s biggest tech companies, with total annual revenues of $ 4.5bn (£3.4bn). It is acquiring assets from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), including former UK tech champion Autonomy which HP bought in an ill-fated deal in 2011. Micro Focus was promoted to the FTSE 100 last week, replacing ARM after it was bought by Japan’s Softbank. A string of acquisitions has turned Micro Focus, ...

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Tesla Model X: software update turns gullwing into guillotine doors?

Has Tesla disabled some of the object detection features of the falcon wing or gullwing doors on the Tesla Model X crossover? An owner has posted a series of YouTube videos of the door on a Model X neatly chopping in half a series of cucumber. This on a car that apparently got this week’s software release 7.1 2.32.100 downloaded automatically to his car. Tesla more than any other automaker has used automatic, over-the-air software updates. It’s convenient for owners. It gets improvements and bug fixes installed far faster than a ...

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