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The Morning After: Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

Mat Smith

This Tuesday morning, PlayStation's boss steps down, Roku makes a 4K streaming stick and Google Street View offers one artist relief from anxiety.


New levels.
Andrew House steps aside as the boss of all things PlayStation

When Andrew House took over PlayStation in 2011, the brand was in rough shape, but he's leaving it looking much stronger. The days of the PS3 and PSN hack are (almost) forgotten as the PS4 dominates its competition in system sales and exclusive game releases. That's why it came as a surprise when Sony announced that the exec is no longer CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment and will leave the company at the end of this year.

$10 per month for monitoring and cloud storage.
Ring launches its own DIY home security system

Ring is expanding its product offerings beyond video doorbells, with a new security system. Ring Protect promises effective security at a fraction of the cost of regular setups, with a price starting at $199 for the base station, keypad, a contact sensor (for a window or a door), a motion detector and a range extender.

The Roku Ultra is just $100
Roku's latest hardware refresh includes a 4K-ready stick

Roku's capable family of media streamers is expanding, with several new options -- including its $70 4K-capable Stick+. The cheapest option is the $30 Roku Express, while the top-of-the-line Roku Ultra brings its 4K chops home for $100. All will support the new Roku OS 8 with new voice control features, a smart guide and single sign-on that can log in to all of your cable TV apps at once.

Confronting anxiety with Google Street View.
Agoraphobic photographer Jacqui Kenny captures the world without leaving home

And her Manhattan exhibition opened last month.

The first of many?
Open data from the Large Hadron Collider sparks new discovery

Back in 2014, CERN released Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment data on an online portal called the Open Data portal. It's not completely up to date; there's a three-year embargo on results, so, generally speaking, the most recent data is from 2014. This was the first time results of any particle collider experiment have been released to the public, and now it's produced results. This is revolutionary because there's been a reluctance in particle physics to make information available publicly. Jesse Thaler, one of the scientists on the project, told Phys.org, "The worry was if you made the data public, then you would have people claiming evidence for new physics when actually it was just a glitch in how the detector was operating."

Just credit.
New York's next Shake Shack doesn't want your cash

Later this month in New York City, Shake Shack is opening a new location that will play host to a few logistical quirks. Its Astor Place burger joint is going the self-checkout direction and will have digital kiosks rather than staff to customers' orders. Whatever -- I'll take a Smokestack and a vanilla milkshake.

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