New story in Technology from Time: TV Companies Are About to Make it Way Harder to Share Your Passwords

On Twitter, they are openly bartered, donated, even celebrated.

“Anyone have a Spectrum user ID & password I can trade for?” one Twitter user wrote last month. Another thanked her friend “for giving me his Spectrum username and password to watch the World Series Game 7.” A third tweeted: “Totally figured out my parents Spectrum password and can watch cable now through my Apple TV. I literally love my life.”

Tom Rutledge has had enough. The chief executive officer of Charter Communications Inc., which sells cable TV under the Spectrum name, is leading an industrywide effort to crack down on password sharing. It’s a growing problem that could cost pay-TV companies millions of subscribers—and billions of dollars in revenue—when they can least afford it.

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New story in Technology from Time: 14 Video Games We Can’t Wait to Play in 2018

With the arrival of consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X, as well as long-awaited games such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s not an exaggeration to say 2017 was a landmark year for video games. But as the year draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to the games that have been promised for 2018.

From much-anticipated sequels to entirely new productions, here’s a look at what’s coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

[Note: This list only contains new games that have been given a launch window for 2018. Games with unannounced release timeframes have not been included. This list also excludes remakes and ports.]

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar’s epic Western open-world adventure is finally getting a follow-up in the form of a prequel. The story follows outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang, with the vast heartland of America once again serving as the stunning backdrop. Judging by the trailer, there will be plenty of high-energy read more

New story in Technology from Time: 14 Video Games We Can’t Wait to Play in 2018

With the arrival of consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X, as well as long-awaited games such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s not an exaggeration to say 2017 was a landmark year for video games. But as the year draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to the games that have been promised for 2018.

From much-anticipated sequels to entirely new productions, here’s a look at what’s coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

[Note: This list only contains new games that have been given a launch window for 2018. Games with unannounced release timeframes have not been included. This list also excludes remakes and ports.]

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar’s epic Western open-world adventure is finally getting a follow-up in the form of a prequel. The story follows outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang, with the vast heartland of America once again serving as the stunning backdrop. Judging by the trailer, there will be plenty of high-energy read more

New story in Technology from Time: This Savvy Dominatrix Says She Has Made $1 Million in Bitcoin—From Her Clients

A dominatrix who goes by Theodora says her clients mined $1 million in Bitcoin for her.

Theodora has been working as a dominatrix for eight years, and has been accepting cryptocurrency for the last four, according to MarketWatch. She estimates that with Bitcoin’s latest growth, she’s collected approximately $1 million worth of the cryptocurrency.

“I take a lot of geek clients who like new technology and they were really excited when I taught them how to build a mining rig for me so they could mine 24/7 from their home,” Theodora said.

She’s not just invested in Bitcoin, however. Theodora told MarketWatch that she uses seven or eight different cryptocurrencies.

“I hold it, but it depends on the currency — I have my favorite currencies that I am betting on. Bitcoin could crash in two days, you don’t know what’s going to happen, so if you have enough to invest in smaller currency you should,” she said.

She also said she is the first read more

New story in Technology from Time: 5 Books About the Future Elon Musk Thinks You Should Read

Elon Musk has become one of the world’s most ambitious and successful leaders by building tools of the future. He made his first fortune founding, and then selling, the company that would become PayPal; his current endeavors include electric car company Tesla as well as SpaceX, which he hopes will one day get him to Mars.

But Musk didn’t get there all by himself. “I read books,” he has replied when asked how he learned to build rockets, according to an Esquire profile. Indeed, the billionaire has long looked up to heroes in different fields for inspiration. He’s not alone: A survey of 233 wealthy individuals found that the vast majority (88%) said they devote 30 minutes or more each day to reading. And many, like Musk, tend to prefer nonfiction.

Musk isn’t shy about sharing his favorite books and explaining the ways they shaped him. And for a glimpse into how he’s thinking about the future, here are 5 books that he has recommended to explain where read more

New story in Technology from Time: Apple Says This Is Why Your Old iPhone Is Being Slow or Suddenly Shutting Down

Apple Inc has addressed claims from an app company that says the maker of iPhones slows down the performance of older phones.

On Monday, the blog Primate Labs, a company that makes an app for measuring the speed of an iPhone‘s processor, published data that appeared to show slower performance in the Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models as they aged.

Apple on Wednesday acknowledged that the company does take some measures to reduce power demands — which can have the effect of slowing the processor — when a phone’s battery is having trouble supplying the peak current that the processor demands.

The problem stems from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the big bursts as they age and accumulate charging cycles, Apple said in a statement. The problems with peak current draws can also occur when batteries are cold or low on charge.

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New story in Business from Time: These Companies Have Promised to Give Employees Bonuses Because the Tax Bill Passed

Several companies announced new investments, minimum wage hikes and employee bonuses on Wednesday as a result of the passage of Republican tax reform bill, which is set to bring them significant tax cuts by lowering the corporate tax rate.

AT&T

AT&T said it would give $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees in the U.S. once the tax bill is signed into law and promised to invest an additional $1 billion in the U.S. in 2018. CEO Randall Stephenson praised the tax legislation as “a monumental step to bring taxes paid by U.S. businesses in line with the rest of the industrialized world.”

Trump praised AT&T’s announcement in remarks at the White House. “That’s because of what we did,” he said. “So that’s pretty good. That’s pretty good.” AT&T is currently awaiting approval from Trump’s Justice Department of its pending $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

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New story in Business from Time: These Companies Have Promised to Give Employees Bonuses Because the Tax Bill Passed

Several companies announced new investments, minimum wage hikes and employee bonuses on Wednesday as a result of the passage of Republican tax reform bill, which is set to bring them significant tax cuts by lowering the corporate tax rate.

AT&T

AT&T said it would give $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees in the U.S. once the tax bill is signed into law and promised to invest an additional $1 billion in the U.S. in 2018. CEO Randall Stephenson praised the tax legislation as “a monumental step to bring taxes paid by U.S. businesses in line with the rest of the industrialized world.”

Trump praised AT&T’s announcement in remarks at the White House. “That’s because of what we did,” he said. “So that’s pretty good. That’s pretty good.” AT&T is currently awaiting approval from Trump’s Justice Department of its pending $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

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New story in Technology from Time: A Secretive ‘Mixed Reality’ Startup Finally Revealed What It’s Been Working On

Magic Leap, the much-hyped Google-backed startup working on mixed reality technology, has officially unveiled its first product after years of rumors and speculation.

The company says it will start shipping the Creator Edition of its mixed reality headset, called the Magic Leap One, in 2018. The price is currently undisclosed.

The Magic Leap One system consists of a pair of goggles, a wireless remote, and a pack that can be clipped onto your clothing. This pack is the engine that powers the experience, eliminating the need to tether the headset to a desktop computer or laptop. Magic Leap’s digital lightfield technology provides the visuals users will see as they look through the headset. This technology generates objects made of digital light that blend naturally with one’s surroundings, according to Magic Leap, which the company claims should make it so that users process virtual items similarly to real-world subjects. The company also says the Magic Leap One should be comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

The sensors inside the headset are capable of detecting surfaces and mapping the user’s environment so that it can accurately generate digital objects that fit with a user’s current surroundings. That means if a user decides to place a virtual TV on the wall in their digital space while wearing the headset, the television would stay in place just as it would in real life. Wearers will be able to interact with the what they’re seeing through the goggles via voice, gesture, head pose, and eye tracking.

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New story in Business from Time: Microsoft Won’t Make Women Settle Sexual Harassment Cases Privately Anymore. Here’s Why That Matters

Microsoft announced on Tuesday morning that it will no longer require women to settle sexual harassment cases privately, becoming one of the first major companies to eliminate what are known as forced arbitration clauses.

The tech giant also threw its support behind federal legislation introduced by a group of bipartisan lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, to bar companies from using forced arbitration for sexual harassment.

Forced arbitration prevents employees from taking their claims to court, instead requiring them to settle disputes in a private process run by a third party. The process is cheaper and faster for employers than a court case, but anti-sexual harassment advocates like Gretchen Carlson have pointed out that women are less likely to win cases in arbitration and receive smaller settlements than in trials. Advocates have also argued that arbitration allows companies to hide systemic issues from public view.

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