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10:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Wi-Fi Gets Multi-Gigabit, Multi-User Boost With Upgrades To 802.11ac
The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced its certification program for IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2, a technology that has been around on the market for more than a year. Wave 2 can deliver up to 6.8Gbps and lets an ...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Wins Belgian Court Appeal Over Storing Non-User Data
Stephanie Bodoni, and Aoife White reporting for Bloomberg Technology (condensed):Facebook won an appeal against a Belgian privacy ruling that prompted the social network to prevent people without an a...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot AMD RX 480 Offers Best-in-Class Performance For $199/$239
Reader Vigile writes: It's been a terribly long news cycle, but today is finally the day reviews and sales start of the new AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card based on the company's latest Polaris archit...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Google's My Activity Reveals How Much It Knows About You
An anonymous reader writes: Google has released a new section to Google's account settings, called My Activity, which lets users review everything that Google has tracked about their online behavior -...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Prime Will Knock $50 Off an Android Phone If You Watch Amazon's Lock-Screen Ads
It's no secret that Amazon's Fire Phone tanked on the market. But while the e-commerce giant is keeping a distance from smartphone manufacturing business for some time, it is not ignoring the platform...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Kills Windows 10's Messaging Everywhere Texts, To Bolster Skype
Reader tripleevenfall writes: The ability to respond to text messages received on your phone with the same app on your PC. It's a dream that's been a reality for Mac users since 2014, and Windows 10 M...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Tweaks Its Newsfeed To Better Showcase Posts From Friends Instead Of Publishers
Facebook announced on Wednesday that it is making some changes to its algorithm that powers the News Feed to better showcase posts from friends and family members over posts from publishers. Mark Wils...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Satya Nadella Explores How Humans and AI Can Work Together To Solve Society's Greatest Challenges
In an op-ed for Slate, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has shared his views on AI, and how humans could work together with this nascent technology to do great things. Nadella feels that humans and machine...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Europe's 'Net Neutrality' Rules Fail to Ban BitTorrent Throttling
Europe has finally agreed on a set of net neutrality rules. According to a report on TorrentFreak, these rules offer improvements for some individual members states, various activist groups and expert...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Is Giving Students a Free Xbox One With Surface Pro 4 Purchases
Microsoft on Wednesday announced a sweet deal for any student on the fence on purchasing the Surface Pro 4. The company has said that it will be taking $300 off when students purchase a Surface Pro 4 ...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Android Malware Pretends To Be WhatsApp, Uber and Google Play
Reader itwbennett writes: Security vendor FireEye said on Tuesday that malware that can spoof the user interfaces of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play has been spreading through a phishing campaign over ...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Google Found Disastrous Symantec and Norton Vulnerabilities That Are 'As Bad As It Gets'
Google's Project Zero team has discovered a heap of critical vulnerabilities in Symantec and Norton security products. The flaws, the team says, allow hackers to completely compromise people's machine...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Anniversary Update To Roll Out On August 2
Windows 10's first major update -- dubbed Anniversary Update -- will be released to users on August 2, according to a blog post published by Microsoft (Archive link). The company presumably posted the...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Istanbul Attack: A Grim Reminder Of Why Airports Are Easy Targets
An anonymous reader shares a FirstPost article:Even as I write this the echo of gunfire continues at Ataturk International Airport. For reasons that defy logic, Istanbul's main airport has always been...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Clinton Tech Plan Reads Like Silicon Valley Wish List
theodp writes from a report via USA Today: "If there was any lingering doubt as to tech's favored presidential candidate," writes USA Today's Jon Swartz, "Hillary Clinton put an end to that Tuesday wi...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Study: 78% of Resold Drives Still Contain Readable Personal or Business Data
itwbennett writes: Blancco Technology Group, which specializes in data erasure, bought 200 secondhand PC storage drives (PDF) from eBay and Craigslist to see if they could recover any of the old data ...
08:00 am - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Testing Its Own Internet Speed Test In Search Results
An anonymous reader writes: Everyone appears to have a speed test of their own nowadays. Netflix launched fast.com more than a month ago; SourceForge released their new HTML5 speed test soon after. Go...
04:00 am - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot The Moral Dilemma of Driverless Cars: Save The Driver or Save The Crowd?
HughPickens.com writes: What should a driverless car with one rider do if it is faced with the choice of swerving off the road into a tree or hitting a crowd of 10 pedestrians? The answer depends on w...
02:00 am - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Florida Man Sues Apple For $10 Billion, Says He Invented iPhone Before Apple
An anonymous reader writes from a report via MacRumors: A Florida resident that goes by the name of Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod...
02:00 am - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Volkswagen Agrees To Record $14.7B Settlement Over Emissions Cheating
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNNMoney: Volkswagen's deliberate cheating on emissions tests will cost it a record $14.7 billion. And that's just the start of its problems. The settlement is...
02:00 am - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Owner Makes 'Solid Metal Snake' Self-Charging System That Elon Musk Promised
An anonymous reader writes: Nearly two years ago, Elon Musk teased us with a robotic snake that would automatically plug-in and charge your Model S. Well, many months have passed and there has yet to ...
12:00 am - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot Micro-Camera Can Be Injected With A Syringe -- May Pose Surveillance Concerns
Taco Cowboy quotes a report from ABC Online: German engineers have created a camera no bigger than a grain of salt that could change the future of health imaging -- and clandestine surveillance. Using...
12:00 am - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot DoNotPay Bot Has Beaten 160,000 Traffic Tickets -- and Counting
Khari Johnson, writing for VentureBeat:A bot made to challenge traffic tickets has been used more than 9,000 times by New Yorkers, according to DoNotPay maker Joshua Browder. The bot was made availabl...
12:00 am - Wed, June 29, 2016
Slashdot RIP Xbox Fitness: Users Will Soon Lose Access To Workout Videos They Bought
insitus quotes a report from Ars Technica: Xbox users who purchased training videos through the Xbox Fitness app probably thought they were buying a workout program they'd be able to use regularly for...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Let's Stop Freaking Out About Artificial Intelligence
Former Google CEO, and current Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google X founder Sebastian Thrun in an op-ed on Fortune Magazine have shared their views on artificial intelligence, and wha...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Apple Patents a Way To Keep People From Filming At Concerts and Movie Theaters
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has patented a system that prohibits smartphone users from taking photos and videos at concerts, movie theaters and other events where people tend to ignore such rest...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Find Game-Changing Helium Reserve In Tanzania
An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNN: Helium is an incredibly important element that is used in everything from party balloons to MRI machines -- it's even used for nuclear power. For many...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot China Tells App Developers To Increase User Monitoring
An anonymous reader writes: The Cyberspace Administration of China has imposed new regulation for the mobile app community, requiring that developers keep a close watch over users and keep a record of...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot US Healthcare Records Offered For Sale Online
An anonymous reader writes:Three U.S. healthcare organisations are reportedly being held to ransom by a hacker who stole data on hundreds of thousands of patients. The hacker has also put the 650,000 ...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Here's How Pinterest Plans to Get You To Shop More
Pinterest is figuring out new ways to bolster its revenue. On Tuesday, the social media company announced a range of new e-commerce features that will encourage its users (the service attracts more th...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot How Sony, Microsoft, and Other Gadget Makers Violate Federal Warranty Law
Reader citadrianne shares a Motherboard article: There are big "no trespassing" signs affixed to most of our electronics. If you own a gaming console, laptop, or computer, it's likely you've seen one ...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Make Saying No To Windows 10 Update Easier
Less than a week after a California-based woman won $10,000 lawsuit against Microsoft over Windows 10 upgrades, the Redmond-based company has announced it will make it easier for users to say no to Wi...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Airbnb Has Sued Its Hometown Of San Francisco
Robert Mclean, reporting for CNN:Airbnb is taking its hometown to federal court. The company has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco, objecting to short-term rental rule changes approved...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Activision Abuses DMCA To Take Knock Indie Game Entirely Off Steam
Reader He Who Has No Name writes: We've seen brain-dead, overzealous, and entirely over-automated DMCA takedown requests bring down music and videos, but this may be the first case of an entire video ...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Google Partners With LyricFind To Display Songs Lyrics In Search Results
Google has signed a multi-year licensing deal with LyricFind, a Toronto-based firm that provides lyrics of songs. As a result of the collaboration, users will now see song lyrics directly in the searc...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Backtracks, Now Says It Is Not Using Your Phone's Location To Suggest Friends
A report on Fusion on Monday, which cited a number of people, claimed that Facebook was using its users' phone location to suggest people to them. The publication also noted the privacy implications o...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Judge Dismisses Movie Piracy Case, IP-Address Doesn't Prove Anything
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: In what's believed to be a first of its kind ruling, a federal court in Oregon has dismissed a direct infringement complaint against an alleged m...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot AI Downs 'Top Gun' Pilot In Dogfights
schwit1 writes from a report via Daily Mail: [Daily Mail reports:] "The Artificial intelligence (AI) developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate was recently assessed by retired USAF Col...
08:00 am - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Minecraft Movie To Compete With Avengers and Star Wars In 2019
An anonymous reader writes: Warner Bros. announced today that it will be releasing its upcoming Minecraft movie on May 25, 2019, if all things go according to plan. It will be competing directly with ...
04:00 am - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Tour de France To Use Thermal Cameras To Spot Cheats
An anonymous reader writes: At this year's Tour de France, thermal cameras and various other tools will be used to detect "mechanical doping." The image tests can be done anywhere and their locations ...
04:00 am - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot US Customs Wants To Know Travelers' Social Media Account Names
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget, asking for permission to collect travelers ...
02:00 am - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Physicists Confirm a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, and It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever
An anonymous reader writes from a report via ScienceAlert: Physicists have confirmed the existence of pear-shaped nuclei, which challenges the fundamental theories of physics that explain our Universe...
02:00 am - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot A Massive Botnet of CCTV Cameras Involved In Ferocious DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: "A botnet of over 25,000 bots is at the heart of recent DDoS attacks that are ferociously attacking businesses across the world with massive Layer 7 DDoS attacks that are o...
12:00 am - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Seen As Trying To 'Slow Down Arista Anyway They Can' With Patent Lawsuits
An anonymous reader shares an article by CRN:Partners say Cisco's end game with its patent lawsuits against Arista Networks is simply to slow the fast-growing networking company and stunt any innovati...
12:00 am - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Google's Satellite Map Gets a 700-Trillion-Pixel Makeover
An anonymous reader writes: On Monday, Google Maps has received a makeover with 700 trillion pixels of new data added to the service. The Atlantic reports: "The new map, which activates this week for ...
12:00 am - Tue, June 28, 2016
Slashdot Rolls-Royce Eyes Autonomous Ships, Expects Remote-Controlled Cargo Ships By 2020
An anonymous reader writes from a report via PC Magazine: Speaking at a recent symposium in Amsterdam, Rolls-Royce vice president of innovation for marine, Oskar Levander, said, "The technologies need...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Is Using Your Phone's Location To Suggest New Friends
Fusion's Kashmir Hill is reporting that Facebook is using your phone's location to suggest new friends. It's unclear exactly when the social juggernaut began doing this, but a number of instances sugg...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Google Launches 'Project Bloks' Toys To Teach Kids To Code
An anonymous reader writes: Google has launched a hardware project dubbed 'Project Bloks' to help teach kids how to code. There are three components to the learning experience: Brain Board, Base Board...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot President Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden Before Leaving Office
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Ever since Edward Snowden set in motion the most powerful public act of whistleblowing in U.S. history, he has been living in exile in Russia fr...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot You Are Still Watching a Staggering Amount Of TV Every Day
Peter Kafka, reporting for Recode:TV! It's cooked! Toast! Doneso. Ready for the fork. Except not yet, because Americans are still watching a ton of TV, every day. For some of them, it's the equivalent...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot HP Adds a Touchscreen To Its 11-inch Chromebook Lineup
An anonymous reader shares a report by The Verge:HP today announced the Chromebook 11 G5, the first of the company's Chrome OS laptops in the 11-inch range to include a touchscreen display. The new Ch...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot New and Improved CryptXXX Ransomware Rakes In $45,000 In 3 Weeks
An anonymous reader writes:Whoever said crime doesn't pay didn't know about the booming ransomware market. A case in point, the latest version of the scourge known as CryptXXX, which raked in more tha...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Sergey Brin: Don't Come To Silicon Valley To Start a Business
An anonymous reader shares a Business Insider report:If you're itching to start a company out of a garage, then you shouldn't pick up and move to Silicon Valley, according to Google cofounder Sergey B...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora Account Hacked
Google CEO Sundar Pichai is the latest high-profile victim of a hacking group called OurMine. Earlier today, the group managed to get hold of Pichai's Quota account, which in turn, gave them access to...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot .NET Core 1.0 Released, Now Officially Supported By Red Hat
Microsoft on Monday announced the release of .NET Core, the open source .NET runtime platform. Finally! (It was first announced in 2014). The company also released ASP.NET Core 1.0, the open-source ve...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Google Ponders About a Chromebook Pro
Google is currently surveying people about what a Chromebook Pro should be like. VentureBeat's report cites two people who recently shared the development on a forum. One user was asked the question, ...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Unveils Inspire Online Education Service For Teachers and Schools
Amazon on Monday launched a new site called Amazon Inspire where K-12 teachers and schools can upload and access unlimited education and classroom resources such as videos, tests, projects, games, les...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Google To Step Up Smartphone Wars With Release Of Own Handset
According to a report by The Telegraph, Google is working on its first Google-branded smartphone, and plans to release it by the end of 2016. Unlike the Nexus program, in which Google mandates the des...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Woman Wins $10,000 Lawsuit Against Microsoft Over Windows 10 Upgrades
An anonymous reader shares this story from the Seattle Times:A few days after Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public last year, Teri Goldstein's computer started trying to download and install th...
08:00 am - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot New 'Civilization' Game Will Be Sold To Schools As An Educational Tool
An anonymous reader writes: In the fall of 2017, a special version of Civilization V will be made available for schools to use as an educational tool. "CivilizationEDU will provide students with the o...
04:00 am - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Wisconsin's Prison-Sentencing Algorithm Challenged in Court
"Do you want a computer to help decide a convict's fate?" asks Engadget, telling the story of a Wisconsin convict who "claims that the justice system relied too heavily on its COMPAS algorithm to dete...
02:00 am - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Drivers Prefer Autonomous Cars That Don't Kill Them
"A new study shows that most people prefer that self-driving cars be programmed to save the most people in the event of an accident, even if it kills the driver," reports Information Week. "Unless the...
12:00 am - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Google and Facebook May Be Suppressing 'Extremist' Speech With Copyright Scanners
An anonymous reader quotes this article from The Verge:The systems that automatically enforce copyright laws on the internet may be expanding to block unfavorable speech. Reuters reports that Facebook...
12:00 am - Mon, June 27, 2016
Slashdot Religious Hacker Defaces 111 Escort Sites
An anonymous reader shares this article from Softpedia:A religiously-motivated Moroccan hacker has defaced 111 different web sites promoting escort services since last summer as part of an ongoing pro...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot As It Searches For Suspects, The FBI May Be Looking At You
schwit1 quotes the MIT Technology Review: The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver's license. But according to a ...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot Is The Future Of Television Watching on Fast-Forward?
The average American watches three hours of TV each day, and researchers have found that most people already prefer listening to accelerated speech. "After watching accelerated video on my computer fo...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot A New 'Quake' Episode Appears 20 Years Later
An anonymous reader quotes this report from Motherboard: The months leading up to this year's phenomenal reboot of Doom were stuffed with all kinds of fun developments surrounding the original series,...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot New C Features Voted In By C17 Standards Committee
New submitter lefticus writes: The upcoming C++17 standard has reached Committee Draft stage, having been voted on in the standards committee meeting in Oulu, Finland this Saturday. This makes C++17 n...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot Remember When You Could Call the Time?
An article on The Atlantic this week takes a stroll down the memory lane. It talks about phone services that people could call for knowing the time. The service, according to the article, was quite po...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot 'Linux vs Windows' Challenge: Phoronix Tests Popular Games
An anonymous reader writes: Michael Larabel at Phoronix has combined their new results from intensive Linux/Windows performance testing for popular games on Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA graphics cards, and ...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot After Death, Hundreds of Genes Spring Back to Life
Two surprising studies reveal new information about what genes do after death. Slashdot reader gurps_npc writes: You think your body stops after death, but up to two days later certain genes may turn ...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot IRS Gets Hacked Again, Forced To Scrap Their Entire PIN System
The IRS has abandoned a system of PIN numbers used when filing tax returns online after they detected "automated attacks taking place at an increasing frequency," adding that only "a small number" of ...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot Axiom Plans A New Private-Sector Outpost in Space
A seed-funded company named Axiom wants to build a private-sector outpost in orbit by launching a new module for the International Space Station, according to an article on Space News.Once on the stat...
12:00 pm - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot Star Trek Actor's Death Inspires Class Action Against Car Manufacturer
Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, was killed Sunday when his own vehicle rolled backwards. Now Slashdot reader ripvlan writes:It has recently emerged that his vehicle was a...
08:00 am - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot Vacationing Security Researcher Exposes Austrian ATM Skimmer
While vacationing with his family in Vienna, Ben Tedesco (from security company Carbon Black) discovered an ATM skimmer "in the wild", perfectly crafted to look like the original card reader. New subm...
04:00 am - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot UK Tech Sector Reacts To Brexit: Some Anticipate Slow Down, Some Contemplate Relocation
In the aftermath of the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union, UK's technology industry is reassessing its position, with many of them considering moving to a continental location. Accordi...
02:00 am - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot ECMAScript 2016: New Version of JavaScript Language Released
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Ecma International, the organization in charge of managing the ECMAScript standard, has published the most recent version of the JavaScript language. ECMAScript 20...
12:00 am - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot Why Are Hackers Increasingly Targeting the Healthcare Industry?
Slashdot reader Orome1 shares an article by Bitdefender's senior "e-threat analyst," warning about an increasing number of attacks on healthcare providers:In general, the healthcare industry is provin...
12:00 am - Sun, June 26, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu-Based Peppermint 7 Released
Softpedia reports on the newest version of Peppermint OS, "a lightweight, stable, elegant, and fast computer operating system based on GNU/Linux and Open Source technologies." An anonymous Slashdot re...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Crypto Ransomware Attacks Have Jumped 500% In The Last Year
Kaspersky Lab is reporting that the last year saw a 500% increase in the number of users who encountered crypto ransomware.Trailrunner7 shares an article from On The Wire: Data compiled by Kaspersky r...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Lenovo Warns Users To Upgrade Pre-Installed Tool With Severe Security Holes
Long-time Slashdot reader itwbennett writes: Lenovo is advising users to upgrade to version 3.3.003 of Lenovo Solution Center (LSC), which includes fixes for two high-severity vulnerabilities in the t...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Austin Is Conducting Sting Operations Against Ride-Sharing Drivers
Since the Uber and Lyft ride-sharing apps stopped service in Austin, drunk driving has increased, riders are hunting for alternatives, and the police are conducting undercover sting operations against...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Why You Should Stop Using Telegram Right Now
Earlier this week, The Intercept evaluated the best instant messaging clients from the privacy standpoint. The list included Facebook's WhatsApp, Google's Allo, and Signal -- three apps that employ en...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Web Petition For 2nd EU Referendum Draws Huge Interest
From an Associated Press report:An online petition seeking a second referendum on a British exit from the Europe Union has drawn more than 1.6 million names, a measure of the extraordinary divisivenes...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Artificially Intelligent Russian Robot Escapes...Again
Slashdot reader Taco Cowboy brings a new report about Russian robot IR77, which has escaped from its research lab again...The story goes that an engineer working at Promobot Laboratories, in the Russi...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot From File-Sharing To Prison: The Story of a Jailed Megaupload Programmer
An anonymous reader writes: "I had to be made an example of as a warning to all IT people," says former Megaupload programmer Andrew Nomm, one of seven Megaupload employees arrested in 2012. Friday hi...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Java, PHP, NodeJS, and Ruby Tools Compromised By Severe Swagger Vulnerability
"Researchers have discovered a vulnerability within the Swagger specification which may place tools based on NodeJS, PHP, Ruby, and Java at risk of exploit," warns ZDNet's blog Zero Day, adding "the s...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Snowden Finally Identified As Target of Investigation That Ended Lavabit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Times: Three years after a government investigation forced the shuttering of Lavabit, a Texas-based email provider, its CEO revealed Friday that...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot NASA Approves Five More Years For Hubble Space Telescope
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: NASA has announced plans to extend operations of the famous space telescope for another five years, through to June 2021. That means it will sti...
08:00 am - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Sweden Tests World's First Electric Road For Trucks
Kristine Lofgren writes: Electric vehicles are cool, but for industrial vehicles it can be a challenge to get very far on just electric power. That's why Sweden is testing out an electric road where e...
04:00 am - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot New Apps Let Women Obtain Birth Control Without Visiting a Doctor
HughPickens.com writes: With nearly 40 percent of all pregnancies in the United States unintended, birth control is a critical public health issue. For short-term methods, visiting the doctor for a pr...
02:00 am - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot NASCAR Team Pays Ransomware Fee To Recover Files Worth $2 Million
An anonymous reader writes: "NASCAR team Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing (CSLFR) revealed today it faced a ransomware infection this past April when it almost lost access to crucial files worth nea...
02:00 am - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Force Computer To Binge On TV Shows and Predict What Humans Will Do
An anonymous reader quotes a report from GeekWire: Researchers have taught a computer to do a better-than-expected job of predicting what characters on TV shows will do, just by forcing the machine to...
02:00 am - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Robot Pizza Company 'Zume' Wants To Be 'Amazon of Food'
kheldan writes: Do you want robots making your pizza? Alex Garden, co-founder and executive chairman of Mountain View startup Zume, is betting you will. Garden, the former president of Zynga Studios, ...
12:00 am - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Surface 3 Stocks Dwindling As Microsoft Plans System's Demise
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's Surface 3 may be coming to an end. Brad Sams at Thurrott.com reports that many versions of the Surface 3 are listed as being out of stock in Microsoft's online ...
12:00 am - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot Oculus Ditches DRM Hurdle, Allows HTC Vive Games On Rift Again
An anonymous reader writes: After changing its DRM to exclude ReVive last month, Oculus has changed its mind again and is now allowing HTC Vive games to play on the Oculus Rift. "We continually revise...
12:00 am - Sat, June 25, 2016
Slashdot You Could Be Paid To Post Snapchat Selfies With Products, Patent Filing Suggests
An anonymous reader writes: According to Snapchat's latest patent filings, the company could begin paying users to post photos and videos. Los Angeles Times reports: "The filings reveal that Snapchat ...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Netflix to Soon Let Users Download Videos, Says Report
Karl Bode, writing for DSLReport:Netflix will soon let users download and store videos locally, according to Penthera (a Pittsburgh-based firm that focuses on delivery of HD media to mobile devices by...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Apple Won't Collect Your Data For Its AI Services Unless You Let It
Apple doesn't like collecting your data. This is one of iPhone maker's biggest selling points. But this approach has arguably acted as a major roadblock for Apple in its AI and bots efforts. With iOS ...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Valve Faces Lawsuit Over Video Game Gambling
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bloomberg: Valve's Counterstrike: Global Offensive game is being sued for its role in the multibillion-dollar gambling economy that has fueled the game's p...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot In the Aftermath Of Brexit, Brits Google About Irish Passport, Meaning Of EU, and Why it All Happened
As the world makes peace with the news that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, people in the UK are increasingly trying to figure out what this means. Google noted on Twitter la...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Net Neutrality Advocates To FCC: Put the Kibosh On Internet Freebies
An anonymous reader cites a CNET report:Net neutrality advocates demand action. Representatives from Fight the Future, the Center for Media Justice and Free Press on Friday hand-delivered a 6-foot tal...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Russia Lawmakers Pass Spying Law That Requires Encryption Backdoors, Call Surveillance
A bill that was proposed recently in the Russian Duma to make cryptographic backdoors mandatory in all messaging apps, has passed. Patrick Howell O'Neill, reports for DailyDot:A massive surveillance b...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Piracy Phishing Scam Targets US ISPs and Subscribers
According to a report on TorrentFreak, an elaborate piracy phishing operating is tageting US ISPs and subscribers. Scammers are reportedly masquerading as anti-piracy company IP-Echelon and rightholde...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Chrome Bug Makes It Easy To Download Movies From Netflix and Amazon Prime
A vulnerability found in Chrome by researchers allows people to save copies of movies and TV shows from streaming websites such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. From a Gizmodo report:The vulnerability, fi...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot FBI Is Classifying Its Tor Browser Exploit Because 'National Security'
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard:Defense teams across the US have been trying to get access to a piece of malware the FBI used to hack visitors of a child pornography site. None have been success...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot In the Aftermath Of Brexit, British Google About Irish Passport, Meaning Of EU, and Why it All Happened
As the world makes peace with the news that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, people in the UK are increasingly trying to figure out what this means. Google noted on Twitter la...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Malware Can Use Fan Noise To Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems
Reader Orome1 writes: For the last few years, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have been testing up new ways to exfiltrate data from air-gapped computers: via mobile phones, using r...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot 'Godless' Apps, Some Found In Google Play, Root 90% Of Android Phones
Dan Goodin, reporting for ArsTechnica:Researchers have detected a family of malicious apps, some that were available in Google Play, that contain malicious code capable of secretly rooting an estimate...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot $4 Android Smartphone From India To Begin Shipping Next Week
Earlier this year, an Indian smartphone company called Ringing Bells unveiled the Freedom 251, an entry-level Android smartphone that was priced at Rs. 251 (roughly $3.7 USD). It didn't take long for ...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Study Finds Password Misuse In Hospitals Is 'Endemic'
chicksdaddy writes from a report via The Security Ledger: Hospitals are pretty hygienic places -- except when it comes to passwords, it seems. That's the conclusion of a recent study by researchers at...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry Remains Committed To Smartphone Business, Despite $670M Net Loss In Last Three Months
AchilleTalon writes: BlackBerry CEO John Chen refuses to give up on the company's hardware business despite lackluster sales of its first Android-powered smartphone, the Priv. The Canadian smartphone ...
08:00 am - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot BBC: UK Votes To Leave The European Union
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests. London and Scotland voted...
04:00 am - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has officially told several news sites that it plans to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display, which has been available online and in Apple retail stores since it was f...
02:00 am - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot HTML5 Ads Aren't That Safe Compared To Flash, Experts Say
An anonymous reader writes: [Softpedia reports:] "A study from GeoEdge (PDF), an ad scanning vendor, reveals that Flash has been wrongly accused as the root cause of today's malvertising campaigns, bu...
02:00 am - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Clinton's Private Email Was Blocked By Spam Filters, So State IT Turned Them Off
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Documents recently obtained by the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch show that in December 2010, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Cl...
02:00 am - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Admits It Incorrectly Debited $1,775 From Account, Tells Customer To Sort It Out With Bank
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Consumerist: Consumerist reader Robert is fighting with Comcast over a $1,775 early termination fee that should not have been assessed after he tried t...
12:00 am - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Federal Court: The Fourth Amendment Does Not Protect Your Home Computer
An anonymous reader writes: The EFF reports that a federal court in Virginia today ruled that a criminal defendant has no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in his personal computer (PDF), located in...
12:00 am - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot SanDisk Made an iPhone Case With Built-In Storage
An anonymous reader writes: SanDisk has made its iXpand Memory Case to alleviate the problem that Apple creates when they release an iPhone in 2016 with only 16GB of on-board storage. The iXpand Memor...
12:00 am - Fri, June 24, 2016
Slashdot Internet Trolls Hack Popular YouTube Channel WatchMojo
An anonymous reader writes: WatchMojo, one of the most popular channels of YouTube with over 12 million subscribers, has been hacked. Subscribers of one of YouTube's most popular channels, WatchMojo, ...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Comodo Attempting to Register 'Let's Encrypt' Trademarks, And That's Not Right
Let's Encrypt is a nonprofit aimed at encrypting the entire web. It provides free certificates, and its service is backed by EFF, Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai and others. Despite it being around for years, ...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Crispr Wins Key Approval to Fight Cancer in Human Trials
Tom Randall, reporting for Bloomberg Technology:An experimental cancer treatment that alters the DNA of patients has won a key approval to proceed with its first human tests using the controversial ge...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Boston Dynamics' SpotMini Is All Electric, Agile, and Has A Capable Face-Arm
An anonymous reader writes: Boston Dynamics has shown the world their "fun-sizeified version of their Spot quadruped," the SpotMini robot. It's a quiet, all electric machine that features a googley-ey...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Volkswagen To Pay $10.2 Billion In Emissions Lawsuit
Reader Khashishi writes: Slashdot has been following the story of Volkswagen manipulating diesel emissions tests for some time now. The control software contained algorithms which reduced emissions du...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Google Launches Android Programming Course For Absolute Beginners
If you're on the fence on whether or not should you spring for learning how to code, Google is willing to offer a helping hand. The company has partnered with Udacity to offer a "nanodegree" class des...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Offers Political Bias Training In Wake Of Trending Controversy
Michael Nunez, reporting for Gizmodo:Facebook is adding political scenarios to its orientation training following concerns, first reported by Gizmodo, that workers were suppressing conservative topics...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Huawei Is Working On Its Own Mobile OS In Case Things Sour With Google
According to a report from The Information, Huawei, the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer is working on its own mobile operating system (paywalled; alternate source). The report adds that ...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot BitTorrent Adds Music, Video Streaming Options With Re-Launched BitTorrent Now
Dan Rys, reporting for Billboard:As streaming continues to consolidate its foothold as a major force in the music-listening community, more and more players are getting into the increasingly crowded s...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Senate Report Says Charter, Time Warner Cable Overcharges Its Customers
According to an investigation by a U.S. Senate, Charter and its new subsidiary Time Warner Cable have been overcharging customers at least $7.2 million per year for equipment and service. Time Warner ...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Apple Says iOS Kernel Cache Left Unencrypted Intentionally, Nothing To Worry About
The iOS 10 kernel, which Apple released to enthusiasts last week, is not encrypted, according to a report. Security experts expressed their surprise and puzzlement over this in a report by MIT News. T...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Leaked Docs Provide An Unprecedented Look At Income Of Uber Drivers
In 2013, Uber told the Wall Street Journal that a typical Uber driver takes in more than $100,000 in annual gross fares. The ride-hail platform, which has shared similar estimates many times since, sa...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Xiaomi Launches Foldable Electric Bike QiCycle At a Price Of $450
Xiaomi on Thursday unveiled its first ever electric bike -- the QiCycle Electric Folding Bike. The bike, made of carbon fibre, packs a host of sensors and weighs just 7kg. From a report on IndianExpre...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Google Fiber To Acquire Gigabit Internet Provider Webpass
An anonymous reader writes: Google Fiber has announced a deal to acquire high-speed internet service provider Webpass. Webpass is a 13-year-old company that provides high-speed internet, including gig...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Computer Simulations Point To the Source of Gravitational Waves
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: On February 11th, scientists at the LIGO observatory made history when they announced the detection of the first gravitational waves. A new stud...
08:00 am - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot India Launches Record 20 Satellites In Space Using A Single Rocket
William Robinson writes from a report via Times of India: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) used its workhorse PSLV-C34 to inject 20 satellites which includes 17 satellites from various co...
04:00 am - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Why Drones Could Save Door-To-Door Mail Delivery
An anonymous reader writes: Online shopping aside, people don't have as many physical items to mail as they used to, which is largely the reason why Canada Post announced it would be phasing out door-...
02:00 am - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot KFC Introduces Meal Box That Doubles As A Smartphone Charger
An anonymous reader writes: KFC has introduced a limited edition 5-in-1 Meal Box to select KFC outlets in Delhi and Mumbai. The box has one mighty special feature: it will charge a user's smartphone w...
02:00 am - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot 154 Million Voter Records Exposed Due To Database Error
blottsie writes: Chris Vickery, a security researcher at MacKeeper, has uncovered a new voter database containing 154 million voter records, exposed as a result of a CouchDB installation error. The da...
02:00 am - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Sony Agrees To Pay Millions To Gamers To Settle PS3 Linux Debacle
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After six years of litigation, Sony is now agreeing to pay the price for its 2010 firmware update that removed support for the Linux operating sy...
12:00 am - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot The New Censorship: 'How Did Google Become The Internet's Censor and Master Manipulator?'
An anonymous reader writes: Robert Epstein from U.S. News and World Report writes an article describing how Google has become the internet's censor and master manipulator. He writes about the company'...
12:00 am - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot Europe's Robots To Become 'Electronic Persons' Under Draft Plan
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Yahoo News: Under the European Union's new draft plan, Europe's growing army of robot workers could be classed as "electronic persons," with their owners l...
12:00 am - Thu, June 23, 2016
Slashdot German Government Agrees To Ban Fracking Indefinitely
An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, the German coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely. Reuters reports: "Test drilling will be allowed but only with the permission ...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Battle of the Secure Messaging Apps: Signal Triumphs Over WhatsApp, Allo
There is no shortage of messaging apps out there, so which one should you be using? If you care about your privacy, you would want your messaging client to be end-to-end encrypted. This narrows down t...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot WiFi-Connected Hard Drive Fits a Plex Server In Your Pocket
An anonymous reader cites an Engadget report:Over the years we've seen Plex's media software run across a number of different devices, from PCs to game consoles to NAS and cellphones. Now, it's teamed...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot C-SPAN Uses Periscope and Facebook Live To Broadcast The House Sit-In
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Washington Post: C-SPAN has made history for resorting to Periscope to live stream a sit-in on the House floor. C-SPAN spokesman Howard Mortman said: "...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Severe Flaws Found In Libarchive Open Source Library
Reader itwbennett writes: Researchers from Cisco Systems' Talos group have found three memory corruption errors in the widely used open-source library libarchive that can result in arbitrary code exec...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Advertiser That Tracked Around 100M Phone Users Without Consent Pays $950,000
Mobile advertising firm InMobi will be paying a fine of $950,000 and revamp its services to resolve federal regulators' claims that it deceptively tracked locations of hundreds of millions of people, ...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Senate Rejects FBI Bid For Warrantless Access To Internet Browsing Histories
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet:An amendment designed to allow the government warrantless access to internet browsing histories has been narrowly defeated in the Senate. The amendment fell two vot...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Opera Denies Microsoft Edge Battery-Saving Claims
An anonymous reader writes: According to the makers of the Opera browser, Microsoft's recent claim that its Windows 10 Edge browser is more power-efficient than Chrome are erroneous. Running its own t...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot 'Headphone Jacks Are the New Floppy Drives'
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple's upcoming iPhone won't have a 3.5mm headphone jack. The news has already upset many people. The Verge's Nilay Patel wrote on Tuesday that the decision of g...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Amazon's New Kindle Is Only $80, Comes In White, and With More Storage
Found the $290 Kindle Oasis too expensive? Amazon has a new, familiar e-reader for you. On Wednesday, the e-commerce giant announced a new, more-affordable Kindle that is pretty much identical to the ...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Kernel of iOS 10 Preview Is Not Encrypted -- Nobody Knows Why
Security experts are claiming that iOS 10 preview, which Apple made available to enthusiasts last week, is not secure. iOS 10 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. It will be avail...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Launches NFC Payments For Windows 10 Phones
Microsoft has finally added support for NFC payments to its mobile operating system Windows 10 Mobile. The company this week introduced the feature in an update to Microsoft Wallet app. Users will now...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Tapes Over His Webcam. Should You?
Remember when FBI's director James Comey was spotted using a piece of tape over the camera on his laptop? At the time, Comey noted that he started doing it after he saw a person "smarter" than him do ...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot LeBron James Used A Steve Jobs Speech To Motivate The Cavs To Victory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: Well, LeBron James finally accomplished what he set out to do when he announced his triumphant return to the Cleveland Cavaliers 2014: he brought an NBA c...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Interview With A Craigslist Scammer
snydeq writes: Ever wonder what motivates people who swindle others on Craigslist? Roger Grimes did, so he set up a fake Harley Davidson ad on Craigslist and requested an interview with each scammer w...
08:00 am - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Australian 'Bitcoin Founder' Quietly Bidding For Patent Empire
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Craig Wright, the Australian who claimed to be the inventor of bitcoin, is attempting to build a large patent portfolio around the digital currency an...
04:00 am - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot MSI and ASUS Accused of Sending Reviewers Overpowered Graphics Cards
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: TechPowerUp discovered that the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X card they were sent for review was running at faster GPU and memory clock speeds t...
02:00 am - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot 3 Million Strong Botnet Grows Right Under Twitter's Nose
An anonymous reader writes: Somebody created a botnet of three million Twitter accounts in one single day, and Twitter staff didn't even flinch -- even if the huge 35.4 registrations/second should hav...
02:00 am - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot DNC Hacker Releases Clinton Foundation Documents
An anonymous reader writes: Following a report that Russian hackers penetrated the DNC's database, a hacker, who identifies himself as "Guccifer 2.0" after a popular Romanian hacker who hacked various...
02:00 am - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Indie Dev TinyBuild Lost $450K To Fraudulent Sales Facilitated By G2A
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Paste Magazine: Indie developer TinyBuild, the studio behind Punch Club, Party Hard and SpeedRunners, had thousands of their game codes stolen through fraudule...
12:00 am - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk's Tesla Plans To Acquire Elon Musk's SolarCity For $2.7B In Stock
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: Today, Elon Musk's electric car and battery company Tesla has announced its offer to buy solar panel installation company SolarCity. Now is a b...
12:00 am - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Apple Starts To Shell Out $400 Million To Customers In eBook Settlement
An anonymous reader writes: Starting today, millions of e-book purchasers will get either credits or checks for twice their losses, said legal firm Hagens Berman, which helped litigate the class actio...
12:00 am - Wed, June 22, 2016
Slashdot Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid
A WSJ report on Tuesday claimed that the next iPhone won't have the 3.5mm headphone port. A handful of smartphones such as LeEco's Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and Le Max 2 that have launched this year already don...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk's Open Source OpenAI: We're Working On a Robot For Your Household Chores
An anonymous reader writes from a report via ZDNet: OpenAI, the artificial-intelligence non-profit backed by Elon Musk, Amazon Web Services, and others, is working on creating a physical robot that pe...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot 74% of Netflix Subscribers Would Rather Cancel Their Subscription Than See Ads
An anonymous reader writes: AllFlicks conducted a survey of more than 1,200 people on Reddit, asking them a series of questions regarding ads on Netflix. "Would you rather pay more for Netflix or see ...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Online Backup Firm Carbonite Tells Users To Change Their Passwords Now
Security reporter Graham Cluley writes:Online backup company Carbonite is the latest firm to have issued a warning that hackers are attempting to break into its users accounts, and are prompting all u...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft: Nearly One In Three Azure Virtual Machines Now Are Running Linux
Mary Jo Foley, reporting for ZDNet: Microsoft's self-professed Linux love is helping the company in the cloud. During his keynote at DockerCon 2016 in Seattle today, Azure Chief Technology Officer Mar...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot PayPal Dumped Cloud Company After It Refused To Monitor Customers' Files
German Dropbox rival Seafile claims PayPal dropped it as a customer after it refused to comply with the payment services company's demand to spy on its users' data. In a blog post, the company informe...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot 180 Artists, Labels Including Taylor Swift Take On YouTube, Join Copyright Plea
Chloe Melas, reporting for CNN: Taylor Swift, U2, Kings of Leon and Paul McCartney are some of the 180 recording artists and labels petitioning Congress to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot New FAA Rules Allow US Companies To Fly Drones Without a Pilot's License
On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced new rules for commercial drones. It states that drone pilots can now fly without waiting to get permission from the government. Previously, commercial op...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Fedora 24 Featuring GNOME 3.20, Tons Of Improvements Released
After several delays, the Fedora Project on Tuesday released Fedora 24 (download link), the latest version of its Linux-based operating system. Fedora 24 brings with it a number of interesting feature...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Apple Unlikely to Make Big Changes for Next iPhone
The next iPhone isn't going to look much different from the last year's iPhone 6s, or 2014's iPhone 6. According to a WSJ report (paywalled; alternate source), Apple will release two new iPhone models...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Fujitsu Picks 64-Bit ARM For Post-K Supercomputer
An anonymous reader writes: At the International Supercomputing Conference 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Fujitsu revealed its Post-K machine will run on ARMv8 architecture. The Post-K machine is suppose...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Finally Making Two-Step Verification Less Annoying
Google, which first introduced two-factor authentication about five years ago, is now making it a little easier to utilize this security measure. Instead of users having to manually enter a code that ...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Hits 500 Million Users
Instagram announced on Tuesday that it has reached 500 million monthly users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service also said that 300 million users check the service everyday. To recall, Instagram...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Invoking Orlando, Senate Republicans Set Up Vote To Expand FBI Spying
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a vote late on Monday to expand the FBI's authority to use a secretive surveillance order without a...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Google To Offer Better Medical Advice When You Search Your Symptoms
An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNBC: Google said Monday that it will be improving its catalog of searched Googled health symptoms by adding information on related health conditions that ...
08:00 am - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Ultra-Thin Solar Cells Can Be Bent Around A Pencil
angry tapir quotes a report from Computerworld: Scientists in South Korea have developed solar cells thin enough they can be bent around a pencil. The cells could help usher in the use of solar energy...
04:00 am - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Bigger Isn't Better As Mega-Ships Get Too Big and Too Risky
HughPickens.com writes: Alan Minter writes at Bloomberg that between 1955 and 1975, the average volume of a container ship doubled -- and then doubled again over each of the next two decades. The logi...
02:00 am - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot New York Senate Passes Bill That Bans Short-Term Apartment Listings On Airbnb
An anonymous reader writes: The New York Senate passed a bill on Friday that makes it illegal to advertise entire unoccupied apartments for short-term rentals on Airbnb. The bill is headed to New York...
02:00 am - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Smartphone Users Are Paying For Their Own Surveillance
Nicola Hahn writes: While top secret NSA documents continue to trickle into the public sphere, tech industry leaders have endeavored to reassure anxious users by extolling the benefits of strong encry...
02:00 am - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Russian Bill Requires Encryption Backdoors In All Messenger Apps
Patrick O'Neill quotes a report from The Daily Dot: A new bill in the Russian Duma, the country's lower legislative house, proposes to make cryptographic backdoors mandatory in all messaging apps in t...
12:00 am - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Tumblr Is Launching Live Video This Week
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Tumblr plans to compete in the fast-crowding live video space, according to a promotional webpage unearthed by Twitter user David Chartier over this...
12:00 am - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Citing Attack, GoToMyPC Resets All Passwords
Security reporter Brian Krebs writes:GoToMyPC, a service that helps people access and control their computers remotely over the Internet, is forcing all users to change their passwords, citing a spike...
12:00 am - Tue, June 21, 2016
Slashdot Red Hat Launches Ansible-Native Container Workflow Project
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: Red Hat launched Ansible Container under the Ansible project, which provides a simple, powerful, and agent-less open source IT automation framework. Avai...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Votes To Keep Peter Thiel On Facebook Board
Mark Zuckerberg has decided to keep billionaire VC Peter Thiel on Facebook's board of directors. The decision comes after weeks of controversy over whether it was appropriate for billionaire Thiel, wh...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot Twitch Brings CFAA and Trademark Claim Against Bot Operators
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Techdirt: I think most people agree that bots that drive up viewer/follower counts on various social media systems are certainly a nuisance, but are they illeg...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Pays $150 Million For Magic Pony Technology
An anonymous reader writes: Following news that Twitter would invest around $70 million in music streaming service SoundCloud, the company is reportedly acquiring Magic Pony Technology, a company out ...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot High IQ Countries Have Less Software Piracy, Research Finds
Ernesto Van der Sar, writing for TorrentFreak (edited and condensed): There are hundreds of reasons why people may turn to piracy. A financial motive is often mentioned, as well as lacking legal alter...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot FCC To Vote On Spectrum For 5G Wireless Networks
5G has been in the news for years, but it's not available for commercial use just yet. Things will become clearer this week. The Federal Communications Commission will vote on July 14 to decide new ru...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot New York Criminalizes the Use Of Ticket-Buying Bots
An anonymous reader writes: If you failed to get tickets for your favorite band, even though your finger was poised on the "buy" link the instant they went on sale, don't worry -- you never stood a ch...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Model S Floats Well Enough To Act As a Boat, According To Elon Musk
It appears a Tesla Model S car can float and effectively drive on water. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted a video of a Model S car which was able to float well through a flooded tunnel in Kazakhstan. Musk ...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Preferred Music Streaming Service?
Spotify announced on Monday that it has hit 100 million users on its music streaming service, with over 30 million paid subscribers. The Swedish music company's service rivals with Apple Music, Pandor...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot Alicia Keys Latest Artist To Enforce No Cell Phone Policy at Concerts
Shane McGlaun, reporting for SlashGear:It appears that artists of all sorts are getting very serious about keeping fans from using smartphones while they are at their concerts or events. The latest mu...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot China Builds World's Fastest Supercomputer Without U.S. Chips
Reader dcblogs writes: China on Monday revealed its latest supercomputer, a monolithic system with 10.65 million compute cores built entirely with Chinese microprocessors. This follows a U.S. governme...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Says Edge Browser Is More Power-Efficient Than Chrome
An anonymous reader writes: It's no secret that Google's Chrome browser eats up a considerable amount of memory (and by extension, battery). On Monday, Microsoft announced that its Edge browser has su...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Taunts Blizzard After Knocking Gamers Offline
Reader itwbennett writes: A person nicknamed AppleJ4ck, who has been previously been linked to Lizard Squad, a group notorious for DDoS attacks against gaming platforms, including the PlayStation Netw...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can You Manage Developers Distributed Across Multiple Projects?
An anonymous Slashdot reader asks whether it's possible to manage a "distributed" team of software developers in different locations who are all assigned to different projects, each with their own ind...
08:00 am - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Who Stole Half-Life 2's Source Code Interviewed For New Book
"Can you love a game so much you must take its sequel?" asks Ars Technica, posting an excerpt from the new book "Death By Video Game: Danger, Pleasure, and Obsession on the Virtual Frontline."At 6am o...
04:00 am - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot California Researchers Build The World's First 1,000-Processor Chip
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the University of California, Davis about the world's first microchip with 1,000 independent programmable processors: The 1,000 processors can execute 115 bill...
02:00 am - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot New 'Hardened' Tor Browser Protects Users From FBI Hacking
An anonymous reader quotes an article from Motherboard: According to a new paper, security researchers are now working closely with the Tor Project to create a "hardened" version of the Tor Browser, i...
12:00 am - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot One Million IP Addresses Used In Brute-Force Attack On A Bank
Cisco says in just one week in February they detected 1,127,818 different IP addresses being used to launch 744,361,093 login attempts on 220,758,340 different email addresses -- and that 93% of those...
12:00 am - Mon, June 20, 2016
Slashdot J.J. Abrams Reacts To Death of Star Trek Actor Anton 'Chekov' Yelchin
On Sunday morning 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, was killed in a freak accident with his own car in the driveway of his home in Studio City. "It appears...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot New Ransomware Written Entirely In JavaScript
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers have discovered a new form of ransomware written entirely in JavaScript and using the CryptoJS library to encode a user's files. Researchers say the fi...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot IBM Engineer Builds a Harry Potter Sorting Hat Using 'Watson' AI
An anonymous reader writes: As America celebrates Father's Day, The Next Web reports on an IBM engineer who found a way to combine his daughters' interest in the Harry Potter series with an educationa...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot Ethereum Debate Marred By Second Digital Currency Heist
Thursday's new of a $50 million heist of digital currency at Ethereum. was followed today be reports of a second heist from the DAO, according to the Bitcoin News Service -- this one for just 22 Ether...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot Will Self-Driving Cars Destroy the Auto Insurance Industry?
An anonymous reader quotes an article from the Bay Area News Group:Imagine your fully autonomous self-driving car totals a minivan. Who pays for the damages? "There wouldn't be any liability on you, b...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Does Your Company Have A Breach Response Team?
This week HelpNetSecurity reported on a study that found that "the average data breach cost has grown to $4 million, representing a 29 percent increase since 2013.. 'The amount of time, effort and cos...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot Big Tech Squashes New York's 'Right To Repair' Bill
Damon Beres, writing for The Huffington Post: Major tech companies like Apple have trampled legislation that would have helped consumers and small businesses fix broken gadgets. New York state legisla...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot South Australia Refuses To Stop Using An Expired, MS-DOS-Based Health Software
jaa101 writes: The Australian state of South Australia is being sued for refusing to stop using CHIRON, an MS-DOS-based software from the '90s that stores patient records. Their license expired in Mar...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot KDE Bug Fixed After 13 Years
About 50 KDE developers met this week in the Swiss Alps for the annual Randa Meetings, "seven days of intense in-person work, pushing KDE technologies forward and discussing how to address the next-ge...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot Mattel Sells Out Of 'Game Developer Barbie'
Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger writes: The Mattel people have released a new Barbie doll figurine touted as Game Developer Barbie. Dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, she was apparently designed by ...
12:00 pm - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot The Geek Behind Google's Takeover of the Map
tedlistens writes: Google's map isn't just a map. It's a living, complex manifestation of the data that billions of users and a team of thousands of engineers and designers feed it every day. The publ...
08:00 am - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot Bill Gates' Donation of Thousands of Chickens Rejected by Bolivia
HughPickens.com shares an article from The Verge: Bill Gates' philanthropic efforts are usually greeted with near-universal praise, but a recent attempt by the US billionaire to donate 100,000 chicken...
04:00 am - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot Open and Rich Co-exist But Don't Mingle So Much
In an interview with The Atlantic, Ev Williams, best known for co-founding Blogger, Twitter, and Medium, says the web is about money now -- and not creativity. According to him, the burst of creativit...
02:00 am - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot Political Party's Videoconference System Hacked, Allowed Spying On Demand
The political party heading the Quebec parliament "had its internal videoconference system hacked in what seems to be a default password hack," writes Slashdot reader courteaudotbiz , citing reports i...
12:00 am - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Security Expert Mikko Hypponen A Question
Even if you pay only a fraction of your time on security news, you probably already know Mikko Hypponen (Twitter, Wikipedia). He is the Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, a security firm he joined ov...
12:00 am - Sun, June 19, 2016
Slashdot Delete Or Update All Adobe Flash Player Instances, Experts Warn
An anonymous reader quotes an article from BankInfoSecurity:Security experts are once again warning enterprises to immediately update -- or delete -- all instances of the Adobe Flash Player they may h...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Fedora QA Lead Pans Canonical 'Propaganda' On Snap Apps
Long-time Slashdot reader JImbob0i0 shares a scathing article by Red Hat's Fedora QA "community monkey"/senior QA engineer on Canonical's announcement about their application delivery mechanism "snap"...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot New Algorithm Could Help Predict Future ISIS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have developed a new algorithm which may help law enforcement agencies predict potential terror attacks. The computer model has a particular focus on the behavi...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Court Slams Record Companies in New Vimeo/DMCA Ruling
Remember when Capitol Records sued Vimeo over copyright-violating videos? They just lost in court again, when an Appeals court overruled three lower court decisions. Slashdot reader NewYorkCountryLawy...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should You Store Medical Details In The Cloud?
"Paper forms are a security risk", warns the web site for CareMonkey, which maintains digital and up-to-date medical information in the cloud "for any organization with a duty of care". This is raisin...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Those 100,000 Lost Air Force Files Have Been Found Again
The Air Force now says it will be able to recover those 100,000 investigation files dating back to 2004, after "aggressively leveraging all vendor and department capabilities." An anonymous reader quo...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot At Black Hat's Oscars: an Award For Hacking Junk
chicksdaddy shares an article from Security Ledger: The Pwnies, a long-running awards ceremony that is the hacker community's equivalent of The Oscars (or at least The People's Choice Awards) is addin...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Businesses Lose $3.1 Billion to Email Scams, FBI Warns
Business have lost over $3 billion because of compromised e-mail accounts, the FBI reports, citing "a sophisticated scam targeting businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regu...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot The NSA Would Be Eliminated Under President Gary Johnson
An anonymous reader writes: Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson says he'd sign an executive order eliminating America's National Security Agency if he wins the 2016 election. And he's also f...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Tests New Tool To Remove OEM Crapware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Windows 10 already includes ways to clear out applications and data to repair misbehaving systems or prepare them to be sold, courtesy of the Ref...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot NASA Unveils Plans For Electric-Powered Plane
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New York Times: A new experimental airplane being built by NASA could help push electric-powered aviation from a technical curiosity and pipe dream into someth...
08:00 am - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Star Trek/Axanar Lawsuit Isn't Going Away Just Yet
New submitter monkeyman.kix quotes a report from Gizmodo: Even though it sounded like we may be getting close to ending the battle between the fan film Axanar and the studios that own Star Trek, the l...
04:00 am - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Olli is a 3D Printed, IBM Watson-Powered, Self-Driving Minibus
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Phys.Org: Arizona-based startup Local Motors unveiled Olli -- a 3D-printed minibus capable of carrying 12 people. It's powered by IBM's supercomputer platf...
04:00 am - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Cancer Is An Evolutionary Mechanism To 'Autocorrect' Our Gene Pool, Suggests Paper
schwit1 quotes a report from ScienceAlert: Two scientists have come up with a depressing new hypothesis that attempts to explain why cancer is so hard to stop. Maybe, they suggest, cancer's not workin...
02:00 am - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Like Comcast, Google Fiber Now Forces Customers Into Arbitration
An anonymous reader writes: In Google Fiber's updated terms, the company now says they "require the use of binding arbitration to resolve disputes rather than jury trials or class actions." Ars Techni...
02:00 am - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Watts Bar Unit 2 Is The First New US Nuclear Reactor In Decades
tomhath writes from a report via The Washington Post: The Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Watts Bar Unit 2 is the first nuclear reactor to come online since 1996, when the Watts Bar Unit 1 started ...
02:00 am - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Find 138 Different Security Gaps In Pentagon Websites
An anonymous reader writes from a report via ABC News: High-tech hackers brought in by the Pentagon to breach Defense Department websites were able to burrow in and find 138 different security gaps, D...
12:00 am - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Kickstarter Just Did Something Tech Startups Never Do: It Paid a Dividend
Joshua Brustein, reporting for Bloomberg: In early March, Kickstarter quietly sent shareholders a dividend. In the wider world of business, such an action would be unremarkable. More than 80 percent o...
12:00 am - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Domino's Ends Free Pizza Promo With T-Mobile Due To High Demand
An anonymous reader writes: In addition to giving customers stock in the company, T-Mobile announced last week at its "un-carrier" event that it would be offering freebies every Tuesday through its ne...
12:00 am - Sat, June 18, 2016
Slashdot Apple Explains Why iMessage Isn't Coming To Android
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World: Ahead of Apple's WWDC keynote this year, one of the more bizarre and sketchy rumors we saw take shape claimed that Apple was planning to deliver...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Is the 'Secret' Chip In Intel CPUs Really That Dangerous?
New submitter Miche67 writes: A recent Boing Boing blog post by Damien Zammit is stirring up fears, claiming Intel's x86 processors have a secret control mechanism that no one can audit or examine. An...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Time Warner Cable Suspends Broadband Upgrades After Merger
Karl Bode, reporting for DSLReport: Time Warner Cable has confirmed that the company has suspended its "Maxx" broadband and TV upgrades while the dust settles from Charter's $79 billion acquisition of...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot LG Sells Mosquito-Repelling TV In India
An anonymous reader writes: In effort to fight Zika, dengue and malaria, LG has released the "LG 32LG52D" TV with "Mosquito Away Technology." According to Reuters, the TV uses ultrasonic waves that ar...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot It's Happening: A Robot Escaped a Lab In Russia and Made a Dash For Freedom
According to a report, a robot escaped from a science lab and caused a traffic jam in one Russian city. Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Thanks To Apple's Influence, You're Not Getting A Rifle Emoji
Charlie Warzel, reporting for BuzzFeed News: Unicode, the technical organization in charge of selecting and overseeing emojis, debated and ultimately decided to remove a rifle from its list of new emo...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Robots In Amazon's Warehouses Are Already Making a Huge Difference
Amazon acquired Kiva, a robotics company for a sum of $775 million in 2012, and started to use robots in its warehouses in late 2014. At the time, the idea was that it will make inventory management m...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Acer Suffers Data Breach Through Online Store
Sam Pudwell, writing for IT Pro Portal: Taiwanese hardware and electronics giant Acer has announced that it has suffered a data breach via its e-commerce site, and is preparing to inform those custome...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Sony Recalls Vaio Battery Packs Due to Fire Hazard
Sony has announced that it is recalling about 1,700 Panasonic lithium-ion battery packs installed in VAIO laptops due to overheating that may pose a fire hazard. No related incidents or injuries have ...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Non-US Encryption Is 'Theoretical', Claims CIA Chief In Backdoor Debate
Iain Thomson, writing for The Register: CIA director John Brennan told U.S. senators they shouldn't worry about mandatory encryption backdoors hurting American businesses. And that's because, accordin...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Apple iPhones Found to Have Violated Chinese Rival's Patent
Beijing's intellectual property regulator has ordered Apple to stop sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city, after it found that the design of Apple's iconic smartphone is too similar to a...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Digital Currency Ethereum Is Cratering Amid Claims Of a $50 Million Hack
Digital currency Ethereum's value has dropped amid a hack on DAO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation), an organisation with huge holdings of Ethereum (Wikipedia page). Its value is now below $15, d...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Experimental Firefox Feature Lets You Use Multiple Identities While Surfing the Web
Firefox web browser has a new experimental feature that allows a user to segregate their online identities and sign in into multiple mail or social media accounts side-by-side without having to use mu...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Let's Drug Test The Rich Before Approving Tax Deductions, Says US Congresswoman
Press2ToContinue writes from a report via The Guardian: "The [tax] benefits we give to poor people are so limited compared to what we give to the top 1% [of taxpayers]," Congresswoman Gwen Moore says....
12:00 pm - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Astronomers Say There Could Be At Least Two More Mystery Planets In Our Solar System
schwit1 quotes a report from ScienceAlert: A team of astronomers has performed new calculations on the data that originally gave rise to the Planet Nine hypothesis, and these new numbers suggest that ...
08:00 am - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Small Asteroid Discovered Orbiting Earth
Frosty Piss writes from a report via CNN: A small asteroid has been found circling Earth. Scientists say it looks like the asteroid, named 2016 HO3, has been out there for about 50 years. Calculations...
04:00 am - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Citigroup Sues AT&T For Saying 'Thanks' To Customers
An anonymous reader writes: Citigroup has a trademark on "THANKYOU" and is currently using it to sue ATT for using "Thanks." Ars Technica reports: "Who knew? Banking giant Citigroup has trademarked 'T...
04:00 am - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Finnish Scientist Provides Another Explanation For The 'Impossible' EM Drive
MarkWhittington quotes a report from Examiner: Ever since the EmDrive entered the news about a year or so ago, it has sparked considerable controversy. The device is alleged to work by using microwave...
02:00 am - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Twitter, Facebook and Google Sued For Facilitating Paris Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: Reynaldo Gonzalez is suing Twitter, Facebook and Google for facilitating the spread of "extremist propaganda" after alleging the three companies "knowingly permitted" ISIS ...
02:00 am - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Rolls-Royce Unveils First Driverless Car Complete With Silk 'Throne'
An anonymous reader writes: Rolls-Royce has unveiled its first driverless vehicle dubbed The Vision Next 100. It is an autonomous vehicle aimed at "the most discerning and powerful patrons in the worl...
02:00 am - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Open-Sources 'Checked C,' A Safer C Version
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Microsoft has open-sourced Checked C, an extension to the C programming language that brings new features to address a series of security-relate...
12:00 am - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot GitHub Presses Big Red Password Reset Button After Third-Party Breach
John Leyden, writing for The Register: GitHub has reset the passwords of users targeted in an attack this week that relied on using stolen credentials from a breach at a third-party site. The software...
12:00 am - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Google Accused of Stealing Balloon Network Tech Behind Project Loon
An anonymous reader writes: Google's parent company Alphabet has found itself faced with a lawsuit, which claims that the tech giant stole the idea behind its Wi-Fi-emitting balloon network, Project L...
12:00 am - Fri, June 17, 2016
Slashdot Now Advertisers Are Watching Your Emojis On Twitter
Tweet a pizza emoji, and expect to see promoted tweets from Domino's and Pizza Hut on your feed. Twitter has announced that it would now let advertisers target users based on the emojis they post on t...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Cable Companies Pledge Industry-Wide Commitment But Want Control Over UI
The FCC proposed rules to force pay-TV providers to make video programming -- and the right to record video -- available to the makers of third-party apps and devices. Under this model, third-party ap...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft is Working On Software For The Legal Marijuana Industry
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Microsoft has announced today that it will partner with Los Angeles-based startup Kind on a system for tracking the legal growing and sale of ma...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot CO2 Levels Likely To Stay Above 400PPM For The Rest of Our Lives, Study Shows
An anonymous reader writes: A new study from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere are likely to remain above 400 p...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Municipal Fiber Network Will Let Customers Switch ISPs In Seconds
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: Most cities and towns that build their own broadband networks do so to solve a single problem: that residents and businesses aren't being adequately ...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot The Average Cost of a Data Breach Is Now $4 Million
Reader Orome1 writes: The average data breach cost has grown to $4 million, representing a 29 percent increase since 2013, according to a report by Ponemon Institute. Cybersecurity incidents continue ...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Volkswagen Bets Big On Electric Cars, Plans 30 Models By 2025
An anonymous reader writes: German automaker Volkswagen plans to deliver 30 electric plug-in models by 2025. The new plan comes in the wake of a devastating emissions scandal that cast doubt on the fu...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Pirate Bay Co-Founder Must Pay Record Labels $395,000
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has run into another setback. The Helsinki District Court has ordered him to pay $395,000 to record labels including Sony, Universal, Warner and EMI, after the music ...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Coursera Commits 'Cultural Vandalism' As Old Platform Shuts
Reader mikejuk writes: Coursera has announced that 30 June is the date when it will shut down the servers hosting courses that were the first, free, offerings on its platform. The new model isn't just...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot 38 Community Colleges Launch Entire Degree Programs With Open Educational Resources
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, writing for The Washington Post: A community college reform group has selected a handful of schools in Virginia and Maryland to develop degree programs using open-source mate...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Is Wrong, Text Is Deathless
Facebook is seeming shifting its attention to video -- first by allowing people and publishers alike to upload videos on the social network, and then by Facebook Live, with which people are able to br...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Boosts Its Chatbot Future By Acquiring Wand Labs
Harry McCracken, reporting for Fast Company: On Monday, Microsoft made headlines by plunking down $26 billion for LinkedIn. Now it's announcing its second acquisition of the week: For an undisclosed s...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Will Track What Physical Stores You Go Into
Facebook will soon roll out a feature that will allow advertisers to see which brick and mortar stores you've physically walked into. These details are collected from anyone who has the location servi...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Buys US Cloud Services Firm Joyent
An anonymous reader writes from a report via VentureBeat: Samsung has announced Thursday that it has acquired Joyent, a company with public cloud infrastructure and private cloud software, to help bee...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Renewables Are Set To Overtake Gas and Coal By 2027
Lucas123 writes: Renewable energy, including solar, wind and hydroelectric will overtake natural gas as an energy source by 2027. According to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, ten years...
08:00 am - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Software Industry Has $1 Trillion Economic Impact In US
An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNET: A report from software trade organization BSA The Software Alliance shows that the software industry is driving economics gains across the country. T...
04:00 am - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot Second Gravitational Wave Detected From Ancient Black Hole Collision
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Physicists have detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were set in motion by the collision of two black holes far across the universe m...
02:00 am - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot BadTunnel Bug Hijacks Network Traffic, Affects All Windows Versions
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has just patched a vulnerability that affects all Windows versions ever released. Called BadTunnel, the security flaw allows attackers to pass as a WAPD or ISATAP...
02:00 am - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot FBI Can Access Hundreds of Millions of Face Recognition Photos
An anonymous reader writes from a report via EFF: The federal Government Accountability Office published a report on the FBI's face recognition capabilities that says the FBI has access to hundreds of...
12:00 am - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot FBI Says Utility Pole Surveillance Cam Locations Must Be Kept Secret
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: A federal judge has been convinced by the FBI to block the disclosure of where the bureau has attached surveillance cams on Seattle utility p...
12:00 am - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot WHO: Drinking Extremely Hot Coffee, Tea 'Probably' Causes Cancer
An anonymous reader writes from a report via USA Today: The World Health Organization reports that drinking coffee, tea and other beverages at temperatures hotter than 149 degrees Fahrenheit may lead ...
12:00 am - Thu, June 16, 2016
Slashdot DNC Hacker Releases Trump Opposition File
An anonymous reader writes: Following the report that Russian hackers penetrated the DNC's database and stole research on Donald Trump, a 200+ page Democratic anti-Trump playbook compiled by the DNC h...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Pinterest Acquires Team Behind Fleksy; To Open Source Some Technology Designed For Blind
Pinterest has acquired the team behind the smart keyboard app Fleksy, it announced on Wednesday. The app will remain operational for the foreseeable future, the company adds, but the app update freque...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Alien Contact Unlikely For Another 1,500 Years, Says Study
An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers at Cornell University predict based off estimates that alien contact is unlikely for another 1,500 years. MSN reports: "According to the astronomers, signals fr...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot 'Spam King' Sanford Wallace Sentenced To 2.5 Years In Prison For Facebook Phishing Scam
Xochil writes: Sanford Wallace gets a two-year prison term and $310K fine on charges of fraud and criminal contempt for sending over 27 million spam messages to Facebook users. Sanford Wallace has mad...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot US Company's China Employee Allegedly Stole Code To Help Local Government
Reader itwbennett writes: Xu Jiaqiang, a Chinese national, worked as a developer for an unnamed U.S. company's branch in China (a Reuters report says it's IBM) from November 2010 to May 2014, when he ...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Intel x86s Hide Another CPU That Can Take Over Your Machine -- You Can't Audit it
A report on BoingBoing, authored by Damien Zammit, claims that recent Intel x86 processors have a secret and power control mechanism implemented into them that runs on a separate chip that nobody is a...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Executive Says Facebook Will Be All Video, No Text In 5 Years
Kellen Beck, writing for Mashable: Video must be doing well on Facebook, because an executive at the company just predicted that's all Facebook will be in five years. Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's vic...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Bill Guarantees 50% Salary For Workers Laid Off With Non-Compete
Reader dcblogs shares a Computer World report: Non-compete agreements are controversial for many reasons, but what may be worst of all: Even if you are laid off from your job, a non-compete agreement ...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX's Falcon 9 Crashes Into Droneship
SpaceX failed to successfully land its Falcon 9 on a drone ship at sea on Wednesday. Prior to today's crash, the company was able to conduct three successful experimental landing of its used rocket in...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Safari 10 In macOS Sierra Deactivates Flash, Silverlight and Other Plug-Ins by Default
Apple's web browser Safari 10, which will ship with macOS Sierra, will disable Flash, Java, Silverlight, QuickTime and other plug-ins by default. The move will help the company improve the overall web...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Trent Reznor: YouTube Is Built On the Back Of Stolen Content
An anonymous reader writes: Singer and record producer Trent Reznor has become the latest artist to attack Google's video service YouTube. "I find YouTube's business to be very disingenuous. It is bui...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Access To Thousands Of Compromised Government Servers Selling For $6 On Black Market
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have uncovered an underground market selling information of over 70,000 compromised servers. Russia-based Kaspersky Lab revealed that the online forum, named xD...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Eight Of the World's Top 12 Smartphone Vendors Are Based In China
An anonymous reader writes: How serious and dangerous is China's offensive on Korean and Western mobile hardware brands? Extremely, according to research conducted between January and March by IC Insi...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Walmart Experimenting With Robotic Shopping Cart For Stores
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bloomberg: Bloomberg reports Walmart is working with a robotics company to develop a shopping cart that helps customers find items on their lists and saves...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Social Media Overtakes Television As Young People's Main Source of News, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Jou...
08:00 am - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Asymmetric Molecule, Key To Life, Detected In Space For First Time
schwit1 quotes a report from Yahoo News: Scientists for the first time have found a complex organic molecule in space that bears the same asymmetric structure as molecules that are key to life on Eart...
04:00 am - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Peter Thiel's Lawyer Wants To Silence Reporting On Trump's Hair
An anonymous reader writes: Follow the report that Gawker has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after facing multiple lawsuits funded by tech billionaire Peter Thiel, it's being reported that Thiel's la...
02:00 am - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Steals 45 Million Accounts From Hundreds of Car, Tech, Sports Forums
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A hacker has stolen tens of millions of accounts from over a thousand popular forums, which host popular car, tech, and sports communities. The stolen d...
02:00 am - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Online Loans Made In China Using Nude Pictures As Collateral
HughPickens.com writes: There is more than one way to get a student loan in China as People's Daily Online reports that many Chinese university students use their nude pictures as IOUs on online lendi...
02:00 am - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Air, Land, Sea, Cyber: NATO Adds Cyberspace To Operation Areas
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Phys.Org: On Tuesday, NATO decided to make cyber operations part of its war domain, along with air, sea, and land operations. NATO Secretary-General Jens S...
12:00 am - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Invests $70 Million In Music Streaming Service SoundCloud
An anonymous reader writes: Recode reports that Twitter has decided to purchase a piece of the music streaming service SoundCloud. Roughly two years ago, Twitter thought about buying SoundCloud, but u...
12:00 am - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot Obama Finally Ditches BlackBerry, Switches To Samsung Galaxy S4
Obama has finally been able to ditch his BlackBerry handset, something which he was stuck with for more than six years. Mr. President appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and told the audience tha...
12:00 am - Wed, June 15, 2016
Slashdot The Biggest Maker of Raspberry Pis Has Been Acquired For $871 Million
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: The biggest manufacturer of the Raspberry Pi minicomputer, Premier Farnell, has been acquired by Swiss industrial component supplier Daetwyler H...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Texas Traffic Signs Hacked With Anti-Trump and Anti-Hillary Messages
An anonymous reader writes: Someone is hacking the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) electronic message boards and displaying anti-Trump and anti-Hillary messages. For example, one message re...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Telegram Bug Allows Attackers To Crash Devices, Jack Up Phone Bills
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have uncovered a vulnerability in Telegram, a popular instant messaging client with over 100M active monthly active users, that attackers could exploit to crash...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Adds SMS Support To Messenger
Facebook Messenger already lets you send texts to your friends and other billion people on the social network, and also make voice calls and video calls. The social juggernaut is now also introducing ...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Rhapsody Rebrands Itself As Napster
An anonymous reader writes: After completing its purchase of Napster in December 2011, Rhapsody has decided to rebrand itself as Napster. Rhapsody made the announcement on their blog, which states: "N...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot OnePlus 3 Featuring 5.5-inch FHD Display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB RAM Launched at $400
Chinese startup OnePlus is only three years old, but you will be surprised with just how much importance and traction it receives from the Android community. Its well-built, high-end Android smartphon...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Adios Apt and Yum? Ubuntu's Snap Apps Are Coming To Distros Everywhere
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: Ubuntu's "snappy" new way of packaging applications is no longer exclusive to Ubuntu. Canonical today is announcing that snapd, the tool that allows ...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot AMC Threatens Copyright Lawsuit Over Walking Dead Spoiler
AMC has threatened the people behind The Spoiling Dead community with a lawsuit, asking them to not reveal who gets killed in the last episode of The Walking Dead's ongoing series. The Spoiling Dead c...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Russian Government Hackers Penetrated DNC, Stole Opposition Research On Donald Trump
Russian government hackers penetrated Democratic National Committee's database and stole research on Donald Trump (could be paywalled; alternate source), according to a report on Washington Post. DNC ...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Ads Now Include Mobile Banners
More ads are coming to Instagram. The Facebook-owned photo and video sharing network has begun rolling out a feature that links ads to profile pages. When someone clicks on a profile, for instance, th...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Developer Accuses Apple Of Stealing His Breathe App
On Monday at its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple announced a new app called Breathe as one of the new headline features for watchOS 3, the latest version of its operating system for Apple Watc...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Alienware Launches Laptop With QHD OLED Display After 20 Years of Business
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: Dell's Alienware 13 gaming notebook has been popular among gamers and power users that want a little more horsepower in a relatively light 4.5 pound 13-in...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Repurposing Drugs To Tackle Cancer
sackvillian writes: Many Slashdotters are aware of the infamous thalidomide birth defect crisis. What might come as a surprise is the incredible success that thalidomide and some analogs have recently...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Assange: Wikileaks Will Publish 'Enough Evidence' To Indict Hillary Clinton
An anonymous reader writes from a report via RT: Julian Assange says Wikileaks will have "a very big year" as it will publish enough new information about Hillary Clinton to indict her. In an ITV inte...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Apple Introduces New File System AFPS With Tons Of 'Solid' Features
On the sidelines of its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple also quietly unveiled a new file system dubbed APFS (Apple File System). Here's how the company describes it: HFS+ and its predecessor H...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Razer Announces Open Source VR HDK2 Headset, And $5 Million Developer Fund
Razer has announced its second Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset. Dubbed HDK2, the new headset from the gaming-hardware company is priced at $400. As for the specifications, the HDK2 offers d...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Tom Wheeler Defeats the Broadband Industry: Net Neutrality Wins In Court
Andrew M Harris and Todd Shields, reporting for Bloomberg: The Federal Communications Commission won a major appeals court ruling supporting its efforts to prevent broadband Internet service providers...
04:00 am - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Faces $350K Fine For Shipping 'Amazing Liquid Fire'
An anonymous reader writes: The FAA has ruled that Amazon will face a $350,000 fine for shipping a one-gallon container of "Amazing Liquid Fire" by air. The corrosive drain cleaner was sent by air fro...
02:00 am - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot First SpaceX Missions To Mars: 'Dangerous and Probably People Will Die'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: As we get close to the end of September, when Elon Musk has promised to lay bare his plans for colonizing Mars at an international space conferen...
02:00 am - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Amplify Light Using Sound On a Silicon Chip
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Yale scientists have found a way to greatly boost the intensity of light waves on a silicon microchip using the power of sound. Writing in the journa...
02:00 am - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot New Device Sold On The Dark Web Can Clone Up To 15 Contactless Cards Per Second
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: "A criminal group going under the name of The CC Buddies is selling a hi-tech device on the Dark Web that's capable of copying details from cont...
12:00 am - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot FBI Director Comey: 'Highly Confident' Orlando Shooter Radicalized Through Internet
An anonymous reader writes from a report via CBS News: FBI Director James Comey echoed President Obama's statement that he does not think the Orlando shooting was a plot directed from outside of the U...
12:00 am - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Competitor Storehouse Is Shutting Down
Nate Swanner, reporting for The Next Web: Storehouse, which was always a stylistic amalgam of VSCO and Instagram, is shutting down. In an email to users, Storehouse notes it will officially shutdown J...
12:00 am - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Nikola Motor Receives Over 7,000 Preorders Worth Over $2.3 Billion For Its Electric Truck
An anonymous reader writes: Last month, Nikola Motor unveiled the design of its first product -- an electric truck with a natural gas range extender called 'Nikola One.' The 'Nikola One' comes equippe...
12:00 am - Tue, June 14, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Stock iOS Apps Land On App Store, Hints That It Could Allow People To Get Rid Of Them
For years, people have expressed their desire to be able to remove apps such as Mail, Stocks, Compass, Calculator, Watch, and Weather among others that come preinstalled on their iPhone and iPad. Appl...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Apple Introduces Swift Playgrounds App To Teach Kids To Code
An anonymous reader writes: At their Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "We believe coding should be a required language in all schools." To help achieve ...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot AMD Announces Radeon RX 470, RX 460 Graphics Cards
An anonymous reader writes from a report via GameSpot: At E3 2016, AMD has announced the Radeon RX 470 and RX 460. They will join the RX 480 in the company's Polaris family. Both GPUs will be VR-capab...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Programmer Automates His Job For 6 Years, Gets Fired, Realizes He Has Forgotten How To Code
An anonymous reader writes: A user on Reddit forum who goes by the alias FiletOfFish1066 (referred to as Mr. Fish hereafter) has been let go by his company after it was discovered that Mr. Fish hadn't...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Xbox One S, Project Scorpio Gaming Consoles
Details of Microsoft's rumored new console have dropped ahead of the company's conference at E3 tradeshow Monday. It appears the long-anticipated smaller and more powerful variant of company's current...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Apple Announces Its New Desktop OS macOS Sierra Featuring Siri, Apple Pay
After playing with the names of cats and a few California landmarks, Apple at WWDC 2016 announced that its desktop operating system will now be called macOS -- and its first version update is macOS Si...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Android Ransomware Hits Smart TVs
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: Security researchers have discovered a variant of the FLocker Android ransomware that not only infects mobile devices, but also can infect smart TVs running certain version...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Apple Announces iOS 10, watchOS 3, and new features for tvOS
Also at its annual developer conference, Apple announced major updates to its other platforms: Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, and Apple Watch. Starting with the Apple TV, the company announced that tvOS i...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Puts 51 Million iMesh Accounts For Sale On Dark Web
An anonymous reader shares a ZDNet report: User accounts for iMesh, a now-defunct file sharing service, are for sale on the dark web. The New York-based music and video sharing company was a peer-to-p...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Symantec Will Acquire Controversial Surveillance Firm Blue Coat Systems For $4.65 Billion
Reader LichtSpektren writes: Symantec will acquire Blue Coat for approximately $4.65 billion in cash, the security firm announced on Monday. The transaction has been approved by the boards of director...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Announces the Xbox One S, Its Smallest Xbox Yet
Details of Microsoft's rumored new console have dropped ahead of the company's conference at E3 tradeshow Monday. It appears the long-anticipated smaller and more powerful variant of company's current...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Older Android Wear Watches Will Miss Out On the v2.0 Update
An anonymous reader writes: Google hasn't officially made any announcements about what watch hardware will receive the Android Wear 2.0 update when it's released later this year, but it looks like at ...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Legacy Yahoo Messenger App Being Retired
Reader Irishman writes: Looks like August 5, 2016 is the last day for people clinging to the old desktop version of Yahoo Messenger. A new version is supposedly in the works but otherwise, it will be ...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Walgreens Cuts Ties With Blood-Test Startup Theranos
An anonymous reader writes: Walgreens has announced that it's terminating its partnership with blood-testing startup Theranos. All 40 of the "Theranos Wellness Centers" in Walgreen's Arizona drugstore...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's 4K-capable Xbox One S Is 40% Smaller Than Company's Current Gen Console: Report
Details of Microsoft's rumored new console have dropped ahead of the company's conference at E3 tradeshow Monday. It appears the long-anticipated smaller and more powerful variant of company's current...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Is Buying LinkedIn For $26.2 Billion
Microsoft on Monday announced it is acquiring LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, for a whopping sum of $26 billion -- or $196 per share, in cash. The transactions, the companies say, has ...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Perl Creator Larry Wall a Question
Larry Wall created the Perl programming language (as well as the Unix utility patch, and the Usenet client rn ). This Christmas saw the release of Perl 6 -- a "sister" language to the original Perl --...
08:00 am - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can Technology Prevent Shootings?
An anonymous reader wonders if there's a technological response to mass shootings like this Sunday's attack in Orlando, Florida:We're in for a sadly obvious debate now with all of the usual scapegoats...
04:00 am - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Severe Chrome Bug Allowed Arbitrary Code Execution
An anonymous reader quotes an article from Softpedia:Google has recently patched a high severity security bug in the Chrome browser that allowed crooks to send malicious code to your browser and take ...
02:00 am - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot Autonomous Robot Intentionally Hurts People To Make Them Bleed
Asimove's first law of robotics has been broken, writes an anonymous reader, sharing this article from Fast Company:A Berkeley, California man wants to start a robust conversation among ethicists, phi...
12:00 am - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot World Reacts To The Worst Mass Shooting In U.S. History
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Fifty people were killed inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter...
12:00 am - Mon, June 13, 2016
Slashdot How ISIS Finally Hacked the Arkansas Library Association
An anonymous reader shares this story from earlier in the week:"ISIS hacking crews aren't the most talented hackers you'll find," reports Softpedia, noting that the terrorist group had finally succeed...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot NASA And The UAE Will Collaborate On A Journey To Mars
An anonymous reader quotes an article from Gizmodo:The United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced an agreement Sunday that would allow the two nations to collaborate on matters of spac...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot Manifesto Calls For 'Rebel Cities' To Reject Surveillance
Presto Vivace quotes an article from the Coding Rights magazine Oficina Antivigilancia urging readers to "connect with other rebel cities and collectives". It was re-posted on Decentralize.Today by a ...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot New York Thieves Wearing Apple Store T-Shirts Steal $16,000 In iPhones
An anonymous reader quotes this article from a TV station in New York about a "brazen daylight heist" made possible by wearing the right t-shirt:Two thieves put on Apple store employee T-shirts and he...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot Ransomware Thieves Cost Canada University C$20,000 In Bitcoin
dkatana writes: The University of Calgary paid C$20,000 ransom this week after an attack on May 28 targeted computers used by staff and faculty members, crippling multiple systems and encrypting data ...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot Feds Ask Supreme Court To Void Apple's $400 Million Award From Samsung
An anonymous reader quotes the San Jose Mercury News technology blog: "The $400 million awarded to Apple in a patent-infringement case against Samsung is a moving target... On Friday, the U.S. Departm...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot Anonymous Posts Pornography To Hijacked ISIS Twitter Accounts
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Softpedia is reporting that a member of the Anonymous collective "has been hijacking accounts for the most active ISIS supporters, the ones involved in online recr...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot Playing Politics With Agile Projects
A harsh perspective on agile software development, shared by Slashdot reader itwbennett: Politicians would be utter failures as agile project managers, writes David Taber, and for all the reasons you ...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot Uber Banned in Germany and France, and Faces Lawsuits in Multiple States
An anonymous reader writes that Uber "has suffered double-losses in Europe, as both France and Germany continue to reject the company's validity in their regions." Meanwhile, a Boston Uber driver file...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot How Activist DeRay Mckesson's Twitter Account Was Hacked
Racial justice activist DeRay Mckesson became the most recent victim of a high-profile Twitter account hack. Mckesson this week started to endorse for Donald Trump and posted a self-defamatory tweet. ...
12:00 pm - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Best CMS?
Slashdot reader pipingguy recently inherited a 2012 installation of Joomla 1.5.26, and while performing four years worth of updates, began wondering about other content management systems. I've built ...
08:00 am - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot It Took 33 Years To Find the Easter Egg In This Apple II Game
Jason Koebler writes: Gumball, a game released in 1983 for the Apple II and other early PCs, was never all that popular. For 33 years, it held a secret that was discovered this week by anonymous crack...
04:00 am - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot NSA Couldn't Hack San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone; Now Working On Exploiting IoT
The FBI did turn to NSA when it was trying to hack into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, according to an NSA official. But to many's surprise, one of the world's most powerful intelligence agencie...
02:00 am - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Mistakenly Sold Fallout 4 For Free On Xbox
On Thursday the $110 Deluxe Edition Bundle of Fallout 4 appeared in the Xbox store priced at $0.00. The Escapist reports that "The mistake went viral, and there's no telling how people were able to ta...
12:00 am - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Threatens To Delete Users' Photos If They Don't Install Moments app
Mark Wilson, reporting for BetaNews: Not content with forcing people into using its Messenger app, Facebook is continuing its aggressive tactics and driving users to install its photo-sharing app, Mom...
12:00 am - Sun, June 12, 2016
Slashdot Thousands of Email Addresses Accidentally Disclosed By Let's Encrypt
An anonymous reader writes "Let's Encrypt, the certificate authority best known for offering free SSL/TLS certificates, has reported that it accidentally disclosed thousands of user email addresses du...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Denies Breach of 32 Million Accounts
An anonymous reader writes: "We have investigated reports of Twitter usernames/passwords on the dark web, and we're confident that our systems have not been breached," posted the company's security of...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Air Force Has Lost 100,000 Inspector General Records
schwit1 shares an article from The Hill: The Air Force announced on Friday that it has lost thousands of records belonging to the service's inspector general due to a database crash. "We estimate we'v...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot DEA Wants Access To Medical Records Without Warrant
mi writes from a report via The Daily Beast: Unlike in cases of commercially-held data, where the Third Party doctrine allows police warrantless access, prescription drug monitoring databases are main...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot The World's Oldest Computer May Have Predicted the Future
Gizmodo reports: Discovered in an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901, the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism has been called the world's first computer. A decades-long investigation into the ...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Do Most Tablet Specs Suck?
Slashdot reader Qbertino describes himself as a "happy tablet user," moving from an old HTC Flyer to his Yoga 2. But he notes that most other tablets "have laughable battery times," and "I've yet to f...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Bitdefender Finds 'Hypervisor Wiretap' For Reading TLS-Encrypted Communications
Orome1 quotes a report from HelpNetSecurity: Bitdefender has discovered that encrypted communications can be decrypted in real-time using a technique that has virtually zero footprint and is invisible...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Google Permits India To Download YouTube Content Overnight
An anonymous reader writes: Google India has announced that users of the YouTube app in India can now download content during cheaper night-time connectivity periods for offline viewing later. Downloa...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Apple Is Fighting A Secret War To Keep You From Repairing Your Phone
It's no secret that Apple makes a ton of money by charging 'astronomical' fee for replacing and fixing display and other components of iPhone and iPad (as well as Mac line). For instance, the company ...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot jQuery 3.0 Stops Supporting Internet Explorer Workarounds
An anonymous reader writes: Thursday's release of jQuery 3.0 is "the first version that features absolutely no workarounds for old Internet Explorer browsers," reports Softpedia. "If customers are sti...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot A Tour of Campus 2, Apple's Upcoming Headquarters
Dave Knott writes from a report via Popular Science: Popular Science has an article detailing Campus 2, Apple's upcoming headquarters, including a video with a tour of the complex which is still under...
08:00 am - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Google Announces Support of the Controversial TPP
An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced in a blog post Friday their support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP). Recode reports: "The trade agreement includes key prov...
06:00 am - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot What Star Trek Owes To Robert Heinlein
HughPickens.com writes: As we come up on the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek, Manu Saudia, author of Trekonomics, has an interesting article on BoingBoing about how according to Gene Rodden...
04:00 am - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot How a Bad UI Decision From Microsoft Helped Macro Malware Make a Comeback
An anonymous reader writes: Macro malware is a term to describe malware that relies on automatically executed macro scripts inside Office documents. This type of malware was very popular in the '90s, ...
02:00 am - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Analyzes Web Searches, Finds Clues For Early Cancer Detection
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Computerworld: Analyzing online activities can provide clues as to a person's chances of having cancer, Microsoft researchers showed in a paper published this ...
02:00 am - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Now Lets Users Comment With a Video
An anonymous reader writes: As internet users continue to consume more videos than ever before, Facebook has decided to further add to the trend and officially launch video comments. Users are watchin...
02:00 am - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Scientists In Iceland Turn CO2 Into Stone
New submitter Zmobie quotes a report from The Guardian: [Carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone, demonstrating a radical new way to tackle climate change.] The unique...
12:00 am - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Amazon To Launch Streaming Music Service In Late Summer Or Early Fall: Report
If Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, YouTube, and Apple Music aren't enough to meet your music demands, you will be delighted to know that Amazon is also working on a streaming music service that i...
12:00 am - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot Ready CEO: Coding Snobs Are Not Helping Our Children Prepare For The Future
jader3rd writes: Quartz has an article written by the CEO of Ready, David S. Bennahum, about how public education should be embracing computer science, and how existing programmers don't like these ef...
12:00 am - Sat, June 11, 2016
Slashdot There's No Evidence That Google Is Manipulating Searches To Help Hillary Clinton
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Vox: A recent report via SourceFed surfaced suggesting that Google is suppressing the phrase "Hillary Clinton crimes" from autocomplete results, thus helpi...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Developers Can See Private Links Shared Through Messenger
Earlier this week, security researchers at Checkpoint reported about vulnerabilities in Facebook Chat and Messenger that, if exploited, could allow anyone to essentially take control of any message se...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Google's Algorithm Displays Racist Results Because the Society Is Racist
On June 6, Kabir Alli, an 18-year old in Virginia, posted a brief video of himself running a couple of quick Google image searches. First he searched for "three black teenagers" and was met with sever...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot 23 Seriously Ill MS Patients Recover After 'Breakthrough' Stem Cell Treatment
schwit1 quotes a report from The Telegraph: Multiple sclerosis patients who were severely disabled are walking, working and even downhill skiing again following a breakthrough therapy which completely...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Bidders Can't Even Agree On What They're Buying
It's been a while since Yahoo has been up for sale, but the interested companies are still struggling to figure out what parts of Yahoo are worth purchasing. "Being for sale is what Yahoo does for a l...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Gawker Files For Bankruptcy After Hulk Hogan Lawsuit
Gawker has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The move comes after the media house was ordered to pay up $140M to Hulk Hogan for publishing his sex tape. Gawker, which is known for its irreverent voice,...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Canada Federal Court Restrains Sale Of 'Pirate' Boxes
An anonymous reader writes:The Federal Court in Canada has handed down an interlocutory injunction against distributors of Android-based set-top boxes configured for piracy. The devices, which are loa...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Sony Confirms It's Making a 'High-End PlayStation 4' With 4K and Richer Graphics
Sony has confirmed it is working on an upgraded version of its PlayStation 4 gaming console (could be paywalled; alternate source). The company says that the upcoming console dubbed Neo is intended to...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Judge Blasts Oracle's Attempt To Overturn Pro-Google Jury Verdict
Joe Mullin, reporting for Ars Technica: Google successfully made its case to a jury last month that its use of Java APIs in Android was "fair use," and the verdict rejected Oracle's claim that the mob...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Bluetooth 5 With 2x More Range and 4x Better Speed Coming Next Week
Bluetooth is about to get more powerful. Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group noted in a newsletter that Bluetooth 5 will debut on June 16. The new incarnation of wi...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Will Fund Code Audits For Open Source Software
Reader Orome1 writes: The Mozilla Foundation has set up the Secure Open Source (SOS) Fund, whose aim is to help open source software projects get rid their code of vulnerabilities. Projects that want ...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Visual Studio 2015 C Compiler Secretly Inserts Telemetry Code Into Binaries
Reader edxwelch writes: Reddit user sammiesdog discovered recently that Visual Studio 2015 C++ compiler was inserting calls to a Microsoft telemetry function into binaries. "I compiled a simple progra...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot First Batch Of Chromebooks Reach End Of Life, To Stop Receiving Support and Updates
An anonymous reader shares a BetaNews report:The original Chromebooks launched back in 2011 are reaching the end of their support cycle. With Google offering a fairly generous five years of support an...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Woman Uses 'Hey Siri' To Call An Ambulance and Help Save Her Child's Life
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Networkworld: When Apple released the iPhone 6s, it included a great new Siri feature which enables users to activate the intelligent assistant via voice. Dubb...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot British Startup Strip Mines Renters' Private Social Media For Landlords
Rick Zeman writes: Creepy British startup Score Assured has brought the power of "big data" to plumb new depths. In order to rent from landlords who use their services, potential renters are "...requi...
08:00 am - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot US Agency Lines Up Broad Support For ICANN Transition
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: A U.S. agency has lined up broad support for its plan to end the government's oversight of the Internet's domain name system, despite opposition from ...
04:00 am - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Lenovo and Motorola Unveil PHAB2 Tango AR and Modular Moto Z Smartphones
MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: Google has been teasing its Project Tango augmented reality (AR) platform for years but no OEMs have stepped up to the plate to deliver Tango-enabled hardware...
02:00 am - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Movie Written By Algorithm Turns Out To Be Hilarious and Intense
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Ars is excited to be hosting this online debut of Sunspring, a short science fiction film that's not entirely what it seems. It's about three peo...
02:00 am - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Internet Has Become 'World's Largest Surveillance Network'
An anonymous reader writes: Inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee said in an interview with The New York Times that the internet has become the "world's largest surveillance network. [......
02:00 am - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Apple Creates Energy Company, Looks To Sell Excess Power Into The Grid
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, 'Apple Energy' LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company has se...
12:00 am - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot China Plans Massive Sea Lab 10,000 Feet Underwater In the South China Sea
An anonymous reader writes: In an effort to hunt for materials, China is planning to build a manned deep-sea platform in the South China Sea. The lab may also serve for military purposes in the disput...
12:00 am - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Makes Minecraft Education Edition Available To Schools
Mickeycaskill quotes a report from TechWeekEurope UK: Microsoft has bolstered its push into the education sector with the release of Minecraft: Education Edition for teachers around the world. The bet...
12:00 am - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Uber Rolling Out Scheduled Rides In Seattle
Scheduled rides are coming to Uber. The ride-hailing announced on Thursday that users in Seattle can now schedule a pickup request as far out as 30 days in advance. GeekWire reports: The ride-sharing ...
12:00 am - Fri, June 10, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Suspension Breakage: It's Not The Crime, It's The Coverup
schwit1 quotes a report from Daily Kanban: For several months now, reports have circulated in comment sections and forum threads about a possible defect in Tesla's vehicles that may cause suspension c...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Parents Are Worried the Amazon Echo Is Conditioning Their Kids To Be Rude
Quartz has a story today in which it documents several concerns from parents that Amazon Echo (and perhaps other AI-powered devices) is conditioning the kids of this generation to be rude. "How?" You ...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot A Solution To the Security Guidelines Proposed By FCC For Home Routers
An anonymous reader writes: Back in March 2015, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a security document that included a series of provisions related to the use of wireless...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Oklahoma State Troopers Use New Device To Seize Bank Accounts During Traffic Stops
mi writes from a report via news9.com KWTV: KWTV writes, "You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture. That's where police can seize your property and cash without first proving you committed a crime...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Google's Nearby Feature Recommends Apps and Websites Based On Your Location
Google on Thursday announced Nearby, a new feature for Android devices that recommends apps and websites based on your physical location. The idea is simple: You're on the go and there is an app that ...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Has Created Its Own FreeBSD
Simon Sharwood, writing for The Register: Microsoft has published its own distribution of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure. Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Pilot Test Of Storing Carbon Dioxide In Rocks Shows Impressive Outcome
For years we have been trying to find different ways to limit carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuels. Some researchers believe that things would be very convenient if we could just deposit carbon d...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry Hands Over User Data To Help Police 'Kick Ass,' Insider Says
Reader Dr Caleb writes: A specialized unit inside mobile firm BlackBerry has for years enthusiastically helped intercept user data -- including BBM messages -- to help in hundreds of police investigat...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Maru OS Exits Private Beta, Lets You Use an Android Phone As a Linux Desktop
Maru OS has exited beta, and is now available to anyone who wants to give it a try. For those unaware, Maru OS offers a platform that runs Android as well as Debian Linux on a smartphone. When you con...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Tinder Bans Most Teens
Tinder says it will stop allowing users aged 13 to 17 to use its app starting next week. The dating app has allowed users in the aforementioned age range to match within their age group since 2012. Gi...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Disadvantaged Students Stay In College If They're Told Everyone Struggles
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: Lower-income and minority college students often have trouble sticking with higher education. But past studies have indicated they would be less like...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu 16.10 To Be Powered By Linux Kernel 4.8
Reader prisoninmate shares a Softpedia report: We've been monitoring the Ubuntu 16.10 development cycle for quite some time now to see what Linux kernel version the upcoming GNU/Linux operating system...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Larry Page Is Secretly Working On a Flying Car
Google co-founder Larry Page is personally investing in flying cars. Page has been secretly bankrolling Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, two California-based startups working on developing a flying car, repor...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Google Matches Apple's Plan To Give Developers A Bigger Cut of The Revenue
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Recode: Apple announced a new revenue sharing model on Wednesday that would give developers more money when users subscribe to a service via their apps. In...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Four Newly Discovered Elements Receive Names
Press2ToContinue quotes a report from The Verge: The proposed names for recently discovered superheavy elements are: Nihonium and symbol Nh, for the element 113; Moscovium and symbol Mc, for the eleme...
08:00 am - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Russian Hacker Selling Information of 32 Million Twitter Accounts, Report Says
An anonymous reader writes: The hacker who has links to the recent Myspace, LinkedIn, and Tumblr data breaches, is claiming to have obtained a database of millions of Twitter accounts. The data report...
04:00 am - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Qualcomm's Connected Car Reference Platform To Connect Smart Cars To Everything
An anonymous reader writes: Qualcomm wants to supply the next generation of autonomous and connected cars with networking to connect everything inside and outside of the cars. That means 5G, WiFi, Blu...
02:00 am - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Preps Auction For 3,000 Patents Worth $1 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Wall Street Journal reports that bids are being accepted for nearly 3,000 Yahoo patents and pending applications. In April, Yahoo moved 2,659...
02:00 am - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Google's AI 'TensorFlow' Software Is Coming To iOS
An anonymous reader writes: Google published an early version of TensorFlow that adds support for iOS. TensorFlow is "neural network" software that lets computers process data in a way similar to our ...
02:00 am - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot EU Exploring Idea of Using Government ID Cards As Mandatory Online Logins
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Fears that fake online reviews might ruin the consumer market and damage legitimate businesses are making the European Commission consider the i...
12:00 am - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Belgium Tops List Of Nations Most Vulnerable To Hacking
Alex Hern, reporting for The Guardian:A new "heat map of the internet" has revealed the countries most vulnerable to hacking attacks, by scanning the entire internet for servers with their front doors...
12:00 am - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Passenger-Carrying Drone Gets Symbolic Approval For Test Flights In Nevada
kheldan writes: The Verge reports: "Chinese company Ehang caught our eye at CES earlier year, with the firm unveiling an autonomous quadcopter prototype it said was capable of ferrying human passenger...
12:00 am - Thu, June 9, 2016
Slashdot Ted Cruz Proposes Bill To Keep US From Giving Up Internet Governance Role
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Times: Internet legislation proposed Wednesday in the Senate would prohibit the U.S. government from relinquishing its role with respect to overseei...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot uTorrent Forums Hacked, Passwords Compromised
Popular BitTorrent client uTorrent's forum, which has over 388,000 registered members and sees tens of thousands of visitors each day, has been hacked. TorrentFreak reports: The uTorrent team was aler...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14361 Released
An anonymous reader writes from a report via BetaNews: Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar announced in a blog post that they are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14361 for both PC and Mobile ...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Is the App Boom Over?
Quartz did a story in 2014 in which, citing comScore's data, it noted that most smartphones users download zero apps per month. Two years later, the data from Nomura reveals that the top 15 app publis...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Offer iOS Developers 85-15 Revenue Split; Debut Paid App Store Search Ads
Apple says it will now take a smaller cut of commission from app developers provided they have customers who stick with their subscription model for longer than a year. Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior V...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Crazy Patent Troll Suing Devs For Posting Apps To Google Play
Developer Austin Meyer is fighting back patent trolls after he was sued for putting his flight simulator app called X-Plane on Google Play. TechnoBuffalo reports: A few years ago, he uploaded the app ...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot The Web's Creator Thinks We Need a New One That Governments Can't Control
The web has created millions of jobs, impacted nearly every industry, connected people, and arguably made the world a better place. But the person who started it all isn't exactly pleased with the way...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Google To Deprecate SSLv3, RC4 in Gmail IMAP/POP Clients
Michael Mimoso, reporting for Threatpost: Google said that it will initiate on June 16 a gradual deprecation of SSLv3 and RC4 for Gmail IMAP/POP mail clients. Both the crypto protocols cipher are noto...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Firefox Finally Confirms 'Largest Change Ever' Featuring Electrolysis In v48
Firefox is finally getting multi-process support. Mozilla has announced that Electrolysis (e10s) will be available to users starting Firefox 48. The foundation finds it the most significant Firefox ch...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Isn't Adding a TV DVR Feature To Xbox One Anymore
The much-anticipated TV DVR feature isn't coming to Xbox One ... at least not in the immediate future. The company has confirmed to The Verge that it has put the plans to add this functionality to its...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Singapore To Cut Off Internet Access For Government Workers From 2017
An anonymous reader writes: Government workers in Singapore will return to a 1990s-level of net connectivity from May of 2017, as the domestic government has decided to block internet access on all of...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot KickassTorrents Enters The Dark Web, Adds Official Tor Address
An anonymous reader writes: KickassTorrents has now added a dark web address to make it easier for users to bypass blockades installed by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). It has announced a new .oni...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Fake Gaming Torrents Download Unwanted Apps Instead of Popular Games
Reader Orome1 writes: If you're looking for torrents to download pirated copies of popular games, be extra careful not to be tricked into downloading malicious and unwanted software instead. According...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Many Lexus Navigation Systems Bricked By Over-The-Air Software Update
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: An unknown number of Lexus automobiles have seen their infotainment and navigation head units broken by a bug in an over-the-air software update fro...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Say The Aliens Are Silent Because They Are Extinct
HughPickens.com writes: The Conversation reports that according to research by Dr. Charles Lineweaver and Dr. Aditya Chopra, a plausible solution to Fermi's paradox is near universal early extinction ...
08:00 am - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Julian Assange: Google is 'Directly Engaged' In Hillary Clinton's Campaign
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Infowars: Speaking to the "New Era of Journalism: Farewell to Mainstream" symposium, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange stated Google is "directly engaged" w...
04:00 am - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Restarts Plutonium Production For Nuclear Bombs
New submitter ReginaldBryan45 quotes a report from Reuters: North Korea has restarted production of plutonium fuel, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday, showing that it plans to pursue ...
02:00 am - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot UK Snooper's Charter, AKA The Investigatory Powers Bill, Passes Through Commons
Mark Wilson quotes a report from BetaNews: The controversial Snooper's Charter -- or the Investigatory Powers Bill as it is officially known -- has been passed through the House of Commons by UK MPs. ...
02:00 am - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Smartphone Sales Growth Will Drop To Single Digits In 2016, Says Gartner
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: According to a report from Gartner, smartphone sales growth is expected to shrink from 14.4 percent growth in 2015 to just 7 percent in 2016, w...
02:00 am - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Tor Developer Jacob Appelbaum Allegedly Intimidated Victims Into Silence and Anonymity
blottsie quotes a report from The Daily Dot: In the wake of programmer Jacob Appelbaum's abrupt departure from the Tor Project, rumors and accusations about both sexual misconduct and bullying have su...
02:00 am - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Turn Smartphone Vibration Motor Into Microphone To Spy On You
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Two researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have come up with a method to turn smartphone vibration motors into makeshif...
12:00 am - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Report: People Are Spending Much Less Time On Social Media
An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNBC: According to a new study from marketing intelligence firm SimilarWeb, people are spending less time on social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Tw...
12:00 am - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot Firefox 47 Arrives With Synced Tabs Sidebar, Better YouTube Playback
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched Firefox 47 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The browser has gained a sidebar for synced tabs from other devices, impro...
12:00 am - Wed, June 8, 2016
Slashdot PayPal Denies Twitch Troll $50,000 Worth In Refunds
An anonymous reader writes: Trolling is commonplace on the internet. On Twitch, one of the many ways people troll Twitch streamers is by making donations, only to get a refund from PayPal at the very ...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry Really Struggling In Android Market
Once an icon in the smartphone business, BlackBerry is having a hard time transitioning to Android. According to a report on CNET, the company's BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone, citing a high-level...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests On the West Coast
Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shares a Gizmodo report: Starting today, it appears the U.S. military will be testing a device or devices that will potentially jam GPS signals for six hours each day...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot UK Snooper's Charter, AKA The Investigatory Powers Bill, Voted Into Law
Mark Wilson quotes a report from BetaNews: The controversial Snooper's Charter -- or the Investigatory Powers Bill as it is officially known -- has been voted into law by UK MPs. An overwhelming major...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Could Turn Every PC Into an Xbox
For the past few years, Microsoft has been trying to mold Xbox One system's user interface and functionalities to resemble that of Windows 8 and Windows 10's Modern UI. But the company has also hinted...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot The US Army Is Rolling Out Superhuman Hearing to Soldiers
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Army has developed an all-in-one hearing system that not only boosts the hearing of troops in the field, it also acts to cut down the noise of battle. The system, ...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Blocks Many IPv6 Users Over Geolocation Difficulty
An anonymous reader writes: In another example of content owners putting the screws to Netflix and consumers, network operators are reporting that the popular streaming service has begun blocking many...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Password Re-user? Get Ready to Get Busy
Security reporter Brian Krebs writes: In the wake of megabreaches at some of the Internet's most-recognized destinations, don't be surprised if you receive password reset requests from numerous compan...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Broadband CEOs Admit Usage Caps Are Nothing More Than A Toll On Uncompetitive Markets
Though giant ISPs such as AT&T and Comcast continue to impose caps on users with several of their data plans, a crop of local ISPs is no longer hesitating from admitting that there is no justifica...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Finnish Mail System Abandons Tuesday Delivery
Reader jones_supa writes: In a world moving to electronic communications, the snail mail traffic has seen a huge drop. Because of this, Posti, the mail delivery organization of Finland will not be del...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Samsung To Launch Smartphones With Bendable Screens in 2017, Reports Bloomberg
Samsung plans to launch two smartphones with bendable screens. The South Korean technology conglomerate could showcase these two phones as early as the Mobile World Congress tradeshow next year, accor...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Huge Vulnerabilities In Facebook Chat and Messenger Exploitable With Basic HTML
An anonymous reader writes: Check Point's security research team has discovered vulnerabilities in Facebook's standard online Chat function, as well as Messenger app. The vulnerabilities, if exploited...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Tech Firms Say FBI Wants Browsing History Without Warrant
Aaron Souppouris, reporting for Engadget: Tech companies and privacy advocates are warning against new legislation that would give the FBI the ability to access "electronic communication transactional...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot 'Alarming' Rise In Ransomware Tracked
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Cyber-thieves are adopting ransomware in "alarming" numbers, say security researchers. There are now more than 120 separate families of ransomware, said e...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Password Autocorrect Without Compromising Security
msm1267 quotes a report from Threatpost: Intuitively, auto-correcting passwords would seem to be a terrible idea, and the worst security-for-convenience tradeoff in technology history. But a team of a...
08:00 am - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Tesla: Model X Accident Caused By Driver Error, Not Autopilot
An anonymous reader writes: Tesla has responded to a recent report from a Model X owner claiming their vehicle suddenly accelerated at "maximum speed" by itself, jumped a curb and slammed into the sid...
04:00 am - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot $30M Stampede 2 Supercomputer To Provide 18 Petaflops of Power To Researchers Nationwide
An anonymous reader writes: Funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and built at the University of Texas at Austin, the Stampede 2 supercomputer looks to contend with the global supercom...
02:00 am - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Drive-By Exploits Pushing Ransomware Now Able To Bypass Microsoft EMET
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Ars Technica reports that drive-by attacks that install the TeslaCrypt crypto ransomware are now able to bypass Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigati...
02:00 am - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Biden Unveils Open-Access Database To Advance Cancer Research
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a public database for clinical data on cancer on Monday that aims to help researchers and doctors better tailor new...
02:00 am - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Weary Homeowners Wage War On Waze
HughPickens.com writes: For many drivers, the app Waze is a godsend, providing real-time, crowdsourced traffic tips to motorists desperate for alternatives to congested thoroughfares but to some resid...
12:00 am - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Pandora CEO: No Plans To Sell Company: On Path To Do Something Big
Chris O'Brien, reporting for VentureBeat: Making one of his biggest public appearances since returning to Pandora as CEO, Tim Westergren struck a defiant tone -- insisting that the company is not for ...
12:00 am - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot Future Phones May Use Vacuum Tube Chips As Silicon Hits Moore's Law Extremes
An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers want to replace transistors with vacuum tubes. Vacuum tubes are nothing new, however the ones in development at Caltech's Nanofabrication Group are a ...
12:00 am - Tue, June 7, 2016
Slashdot GE Considers Scrapping The Annual Raise
A user shares a report that details General Electric's rethinking of the annual raise. Bloomberg reports: "GE executives are reviewing whether annual updates to compensation are the best response to t...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile Is Giving Customers Stock In the Company
T-Mobile is going to great lengths to lure customers. On Monday, the United States' third-largest wireless carrier announced that it will give one share of T-Mobile stock to millions of customers. The...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Supreme Court Rejects Google Appeal In Class Action Dispute From Advertisers
An anonymous reader writes from a report via NBC News: The Supreme Court on Monday has rejected Google's appeal in a class action lawsuit involving claims that the company deceived California advertis...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot BuzzFeed Ends $1.3M Advertising Deal With RNC Over Donald Trump
An anonymous reader writes: In response to Donald Trump's rhetoric, the "social news and entertainment company" BuzzFeed has decided to terminate an advertising deal with the Republican National Commi...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Hack the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, Shut Off Alarm Remotely
Reader Orome1 writes: Mitsubishi Outlander, a popular hybrid SUV sold around the world, can be easily broken into by attackers exploiting security weaknesses in the setup that allows the car to be rem...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Man Sued For $30K Over $40 Printer He Sold On Craigslist
An anonymous reader cites an article on USA Today: Selling a used, black-and-white printer through Craigslist seemed simple and straightforward to Doug Costello. It wasn't. What the 66-year-old Massac...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Xbox One Update Adds Cortana
Microsoft announced on Monday that its Xbox One console is due for a big software update this summer. Cortana, the digital voice assistant will be made available to Xbox One users, the company said. I...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Uber Denies Access To Harvard Startup That Compared Ride-Hailing Prices
In April, a group of Harvard Business School students created an app called Urbanhail that allowed users to see side-by-side real-time pricing -- including surge rates -- for different ride-sharing ap...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Whistleblower Suit Raises Questions Over Cloud Accounting
Svetlana Blackburn, a former senior finance manager for Oracle claims that the company has fired her for not "inflating" revenues in its cloud services division. She alleges that her bosses had instru...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Nest's Time At Alphabet: A 'Virtually Unlimited Budget' With No Results
Ron Amadeo, reporting for Ars Technica (edited and condensed): Nest CEO Tony Fadell wasn't officially "fired" from Nest, but it certainly feels like it. In just the last few months, Nest has had to de...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest Accounts Hacked
An anonymous reader writes: Saudi Arabian hacking group OurMine yesterday claimed responsibility for the defacement of Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest accounts, claiming additionally that the ...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Over 100M Accounts of Russia's Largest Social Network VK On Sale
Accounts of over 100 million users of VK.com, Russia's largest social network is being traded on the digital underground. A hacker who goes by the alias "Peace," listed the date for sale on a dark web...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Why UK's Government Digital Service Decided To Ditch Apps
In a world where there's an app for nearly every product and service, the UK Government Digital Service (GDS) still rely on its website to serve its customers. "But why?" You ask. Ben Terrett, former ...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Developing an AI Kill Switch
MojoKid shares a HotHardware article about Google's research effort "to maintain control of super-intelligent AI agents":[A] team of researchers at Google-owned DeepMind, along with University of Oxfo...
08:00 am - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot EndGame CEO: Root Out Hackers Before They Strike
The CEO of Endgame, Inc. is calling for an "offensive mindset" to defend enterprises from hackers. An anonymous reader quotes Nate Fick's article on Quartz: Rather than relying on imperfect prevention...
04:00 am - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Siemens Now Commands An Army Of Spider Robots
An anonymous reader quotes this article about Siemens' army of autonomous spider robots -- each one the size of a microwave, communicating with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to create "a collaborative mind":It'...
02:00 am - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Create A Highly-Secure Password?
An anonymous reader writes: A security lab at Carnegie Mellon performed a study on password security recently, and issued a warning about common user misconceptions. For example, 'ieatkale88' would re...
12:00 am - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Says It's Not Secretly Recording You
An anonymous reader writes: In 2014 Facebook introduced a feature which can use your phone's microphone to identify songs you're listening to -- but "we don't record your conversations," they're remin...
12:00 am - Mon, June 6, 2016
Slashdot Seattle App Summons Help When You Need CPR
An anonymous reader writes:Sudden cardiac arrest is usually fatal. But Seattle's Fire Department has joined with the city's Medic One Foundation to develop an app which alerts emergency dispatchers an...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot NSA Releases New Snowden Documents
An anonymous reader writes: Hundreds of internal NSA documents have been declassified and released to VICE in response to their FOIA lawsuit. They're now sharing them all online, calling it "an extrao...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot Password App Developer Overlooks Security Hole to Preserve Ads
An anonymous reader quotes this report from Engadget: Think it's bad when companies take their time fixing security vulnerabilities? Imagine what happens when they avoid fixing those holes in the name...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot ASUS Delivers Its Updates Over HTTP With No Verification
The top five PC sellers have big security holes in the third-party tools which updates their software. Now Softpedia follows up with a report that "The ASUS LiveUpdate software that comes pre-installe...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot DistroWatch Finally Adds Support For IPv6
We've frequently linked to DistroWatch for their coverage of Linux package and release announcements. Now an anonymous reader writes: The DistroWatch website introduced IPv6 support on Friday and the ...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot EFF Petitioned To Investigate Windows 10 Upgrades
An anonymous reader writes: One of the most frustrating things about the ongoing stream of stories about Windows 10 upgrades is that there seems to be no way to hold Microsoft to account. Or perhaps t...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot Working at Facebook Sounds Like Joining a Cult
Vanity Fair has run some excerpts from an upcoming book by a former employee that gives insight on how things work at the social network. The chapter, among other things, details Facebook CEO Mark Zuc...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot New Swiss Robot Assists Travelers with Luggage
A Swiss airport is testing a robot named Leo which can carry a passenger's luggage once they're approaching the terminal. Leo's baggage compartment opens when passengers press his 'Scan & Fly' tou...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot A $190 Million Misclick for T. Rowe Price
An anonymous reader writes: This week a court ordered restitution for any investors who'd opposed the 2013 buyout of Dell Inc., approximately $3.87 per share, plus interest. The investment firm T. Row...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot RSA Keys Can Be Harvested With Microphones
Researchers have now demonstrated that even with modern laptop, desktop, and server computers, an inexpensive attack can harvest 4,096-bit encryption keys using a parabolic microphone within 33 feet -...
12:00 pm - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot Security Updates Released for Debian 8 and 7
An anonymous reader writes: The Debian Project just released Debian 8.5, which adds 65 security updates to the stable release. They're also releasing the final update to Debian 7 (codenamed 'wheezy'),...
08:00 am - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot Universal Basic Income Programs Arrive
An anonymous reader writes: Y Combinator will give 100 randomly-selected families in Oakland between $1,000 and $2,000 each month as a test, continuing the payments for between six months and a year. ...
04:00 am - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Sting Operation Nabs Egyptian Dentist
An anonymous reader writes:A 30-year-old dentist has been apprehended by Egyptian authorities for conducting bitcoin-to-dollar transactions on LocalBitcoins.com, a popular digital currency trading por...
02:00 am - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: How Did You Learn How To Code?
Last week Apple's CEO argued that computer programming should be a 'second language', and that it should be a required subject for all students starting in 4th grade. But a large number of professiona...
12:00 am - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot Norway Agrees On Banning New Sales Of Gas-Powered Cars By 2025: Report
If you live in Norway, an all-electric future is likely closer than you think. The country's four leading political parties have agreed to a plan to stop selling gas-powered cars by 2025, according to...
12:00 am - Sun, June 5, 2016
Slashdot Judges Rule Raped Woman Can Sue 'Enabling' Web Site
Web sites that matched models to photographers also led dozens of women to a pair of rapists in 2011, according to Vice. "Civil court documents show that the owners of Model Mayhem knew about the firs...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot CiCi's Pizza May Have Been Hacked
An anonymous reader writes:Security expert Brian Krebs says more than half a dozen financial institutions contacted him, "all asking if I had any information about a possible credit card breach. Every...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot World's Largest Shared-Workspace Startup WeWork Is Cutting About 7% of Staff
Ellen Huet, reporting for Bloomberg: WeWork Cos., the $16B startup, plans to cut about 7 percent of its staff and has instituted a temporary pause on hiring, according to e-mails obtained by Bloomberg...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Declines To Make a 64-Bit Visual Studio
OhPlz writes: A request was made back in 2011 for Microsoft to provide a 64 bit version of Visual Studio to address out-of-memory issues. After sitting on the request for all that time, Microsoft is n...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot IBM Has Been Awarded An Average Of 24 Patents Per Day So Far In 2016
Traditional companies continue to score a huge number of patents, reports Quartz. The publication deep dived into the patent filings to find which company has been awarded the most number of patents t...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot Even In Remotest Africa, Windows 10 Nagware Ruins Your Day
Iain Thomson, writing for The Register: When you're stuck in the middle of the Central African Republic (CAR) trying to protect the wildlife from armed poachers and the Lord's Resistance Army, then li...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot TeamViewer Denies Being Hacked, Blames Users, Introduces New Security Measures
Mark Wilson writes: In the last couple of weeks there have been a huge number of reports from TeamViewer users that their computers have been hijacked. In addition to this, users of the remote access ...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot Python/Unix Hybrid Demoed at PyCon
A new shell "combines the Python language with features of Bash Unix and the fish and zsh shells," according to InfoWorld. An anonymous reader writes: Pronounced "conch," but spelled Xonsh, it runs on...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot Apple Offers No Explanation for 7-Hour Outage
Apple services went offline for up to 7 hours Thursday -- and the company has yet to offer an explanation. An anonymous reader writes:The outage affected the App Store, iTunes in the Cloud, Apple TV, ...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot Wonder Boy Remake Finally On The Way
SlappingOysters writes: Sega has a number of fan favorite IP locked away in its vault, and one is about to be let out after a 27-year hiatus. Lizardcube has announced a remake of Wonder Boy 3: The Dra...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot Frontier Has No Plans For Data Caps As They're Not Necessary, Says CEO
An anonymous reader writes: Frontier's CEO Dan McCarthy has said at an investors conference that the company has no plans to institute data caps that squeeze overage fees from data-hungry customers, y...
08:00 am - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot UK Risks Over-Blocking Content Online, Warns Human Rights Watchdog
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The UK is at serious risk of over-blocking web content, the Council of Europe has warned in a scathing report. "Governments have an obligation to...
04:00 am - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Power Self-Driving Cars With Software, Not Build One
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's Peggy Johnson said at the Converge conference (Warning: WSJ source paywalled) in Hong Kong this week that the company is not interested in manufacturing its own...
02:00 am - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot FBI Developing Software To Track, Sort People By Their Tattoos
An anonymous reader writes: According to an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) investigation, the FBI is working to create software with government researchers that will allow law enforcement to sor...
02:00 am - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot WordPress Sites Under Attack From New Zero-Day In WP Mobile Detector Plugin
An anonymous reader writes: A large number of websites have been infected with SEO spam thanks to a new zero-day in the WP Mobile Detector plugin that was installed on over 10,000 websites. The zero-d...
12:00 am - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot Nest CEO Tony Fadell Steps Down After Tumultuous Two Years At Google
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Tony Fadell is stepping down as head of Nest Labs, just over two tumultuous years after selling the smart-home gadget maker to Google. Fadell will l...
12:00 am - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot Electric Bikes Won Over China. Is the US Next?
Sales of electric-bike is growing in many parts of the world. Asia-Pacific region, for instance, is estimated to see 32.8M of them sell this year, and 1.6m of e-bikes are expected to be sold in Wester...
12:00 am - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot Snapchat Secretly Acquires Seene, A Startup That Lets Mobile Users Make 3D Selfies
An anonymous reader writes: TechCrunch has learned of a secret acquisition by Snapchat of a computer vision startup company called Seene. TechCrunch reports: "Seene lets you capture 3D models from you...
12:00 am - Sat, June 4, 2016
Slashdot FTC Has Serious Concerns About IoT Security and Privacy
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On The Wire: The Federal Trade Commission has sent comments to the Department of Commerce, outlining a list of concerns about the security and privacy of connected an...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Olympic Athletes To Sport Visa's New Payment Ring In Rio
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Engadget: Visa is introducing a new ring at the Olympic Games in Rio that will let people pay for things by waving their hand -- no phone, wallet, or batte...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Flat Lens Promises Possible Revolution In Optics
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: A flat lens made of paint whitener on a sliver of glass could revolutionize optics, according to its U.S. inventors. Just 2mm across and finer than a human hai...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Wheelchair-Bound Stroke Victim Walks Again After 'Unprecedented' Stem Cell Trial At Stanford
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: Stanford researchers studying the effect of stem cells injected directly into the brains of stroke patients said Thursday that they were "...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Ballistic Missile Explodes On Launch Fourth Straight Time
Earlier this week, the state media of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) broadcasted video of leader Kim Jong Un watching what appears to have been a successful launch of a submar...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Instagram's New Algorithm That Puts the Best Posts First Goes Live For All
Instagram announced on Friday that it is rolling out its algorithmic feed around the world. The idea is, Facebook-owned photo and video platform says, users will see photos that they are likely to enj...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Tech CEOs Declare This the Era of Artificial Intelligence
You will be hearing a lot about AI and machine learning in the coming years. At Recode's iconic conference this week, a number of top executives revealed -- and reiterated -- their increasingly growin...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot UK Gov't Creating Secret Mega Database On Citizens Without Informing Parliament
Alexander J Martin, reporting for The Register: The Home Office is secretly creating a centralised database on the good folk of Britain without presenting the capability increases to the public or sub...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Xiaomi's Mi Band 2 Fitness Tracker Featuring OLED Display Launched at $23
Chinese technology conglomerate Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi Band 2, the second iteration of its fitness tracking band. The tracker features an OLED display -- which is touted as resistant to scratches ...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot FBI Kept Demanding Email Records Despite DOJ Saying It Needed a Warrant
An anonymous reader writes: The secret government requests for customer information Yahoo made public Wednesday reveal that the FBI is still demanding email records from companies without a warrant, d...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot DVD Release Delays Boost Piracy and Hurt Sales, Study Shows
One of the reasons that drive people to piracy is the delay in the release of a title's DVD or Blu-Ray in their local market. According to a new academic paper from Carnegie Mellon University, movie f...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Nixes Access To Chats Outside Of Messenger Walled Garden
Tom Mendelsohn, reporting for Ars Technica: Some smartphone users of Facebook are reporting that they're no longer able to access their messages from the mobile site, and that they're being directed t...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot It's Time To Ignore Petty Politics and Focus On 'Transformative' Tech: Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman at Alphabet in an interview said that we need to focus more on the possibilities of advances in biology and medicine as well as AI. But he feels people are spending "a...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Google's Self-Driving Cars Now Know When To Honk
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Google's self-driving cars are not only getting smarter by the day, but they're also getting a little bit more polite. According to the project's lat...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Apple Reportedly Developing 5K Retina Thunderbolt Display With Integrated GPU
MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: If you head over to Apple's website, the Cupertino outfit will happily sell you a 27-inch Thunderbolt display for $999, at least until its inventory runs out....
08:00 am - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Minecraft Tops 100 Million Sales
An anonymous reader writes: Mojang has announced today that its game 'Minecraft' has passed 100 million sales across all platforms, including PC, Mac, consoles and mobile. Nearly 53,000 copies of the ...
04:00 am - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk: 'One In Billions' Chance We're Not Living In A Computer Simulation
An anonymous reader writes: At Recode's annual Code Conference, Elon Musk explained how we are almost certainly living in a more advanced civilization's video game. He said: "The strongest argument fo...
02:00 am - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Announce Plans For Synthetic Human Genomes
An anonymous reader writes: After it was reported three weeks ago that scientists have held a secret meeting to consider creating a synthetic human genome, the participants of that meeting have offici...
02:00 am - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Unveils Gear Fit 2 Activity Tracker and IconX Wireless Earbuds
An anonymous reader writes: At its New York City event today, Samsung unveiled two new wearables: an updated Gear Fit 2 activity tracker and IconX wireless earbuds. The Fit 2 features a thinner design...
02:00 am - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Universe Is Expanding Faster Than We Thought
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Gizmodo: The Hubble Space Telescope has released some new numbers indicating that the rate of expansion of our universe is approximately 45.5 miles per sec...
12:00 am - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot At Least 33 US Cities Used Water Testing 'Cheats' Over Lead Concerns
An anonymous reader writes: In an exclusive report via The Guardian, investigators found there to be at least 33 cities across 17 U.S. states that have used water testing "cheats" in an effort to cove...
12:00 am - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot IT Layoffs At Insurance Firm Are A 'Never-Ending Funeral'
dcblogs quotes a report from Computerworld: The IT layoffs at MassMutual Financial Group will happen over a period of many months, and it's going to be painful for employees. Employees say they are tr...
12:00 am - Fri, June 3, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Removes the 'X' From Windows 10 Update Leaving No Way Out
simpz writes: The Register reports that Microsoft has changed the Windows 10 update dialog and no longer shows the "X" close button. They say once agreed to there is no obvious back-out method and it ...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Wal-Mart Says It Is 6-9 Months From Using Drones To Check Warehouse Inventory
Multinational retail corporation Wal-mart announced on Thursday that it is six to nine months from starting to use drones to check warehouse inventories in the United States. The drones, which are cap...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot How The FAA Shot Down 'Uber For Planes'
SonicSpike quotes a report from the Foundation for Economic Education that first appeared at Forbes: Imagine traveling from Boston to Martha's Vineyard in under an hour and for less than $70. Believe ...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot There's a Stuxnet Copycat, and We Have No Idea Where It Came From
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: After details emerged of Stuxnet, arguably the world's first digital weapon, there were concerns that other hackers would copy its techniques. Now, researchers h...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot True Desktop Class Nvidia GTX 10-Series Cards Coming To Notebooks In Few Months
If you're in the market for a new gaming notebook, you might want to consider waiting a few months. PCGamer blog, citing its sources, report that Nvidia plans to release its new 10-series chips for no...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.6.1 Released; Some Users Report Boot Issue
Marius Nestor, reporting for Softpedia (condensed): Linux kernel 4.6.1 is already here, only two weeks after the official launch of the Linux 4.6 kernel series. For those not in the loop, Linux 4.6 br...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Startups Can't Explain What They Do Because They're Addicted To Meaningless Jargon
Josh Horwitz of Quartz, who is attending RISE Conference, has an observation to share about the startups he is seeing at the event: As startup culture has gone global and transcended stereotypes, thou...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Top Windows OEM Lenovo Urges Customers To Uninstall Accelerator Application
Two-Factor Authentication service Duo Security reported earlier that third-party updating tools found on Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus (the top five Windows OEMs) are vulnerable to man-in-the-middl...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot UCLA Shooter Accused Victim Of Stealing His Computer Code
The gunman who shot and killed a UCLA professor on Wednesday has been identified as Mainak Sarkar, said Los Angeles police. Sarkar, a former doctoral student accused the vicitim William Klug, 39, of s...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Predicts People On Mars In 9 Years
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says his company should be able to land humans on Mars in nine years from now. "If things go according to plan, we should be able to -- we should be able to -- launch pe...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Expect Substantial Slowdown In Smartphone Shipment: IDC
Brittany A. Roston, writing for Slashgear: In 2014, smartphone shipments grew a massive 27.8-percent, and the next year, 2015, smartphone shipments grew by 10.5-percent. The International Data Corpora...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Chile Has So Much Solar Energy It's Giving It Away for Free
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Chile's solar industry has expanded so quickly that it's giving electricity away for free. Spot prices reached zero in parts of the country on 113 days t...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Apple Releases First Preview of Swift 3.0
DaGoatSpanka quotes a report from MacRumors: Apple yesterday released the first preview build of Swift 3.0, a major update to Apple's open source Swift programming language. Swift 3.0's official relea...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot 93% Of Phishing Emails Are Now Ransomware
According to the latest data from security firm PhishMe, 93% of all phishing emails as of the end of March contained encryption ransomware. The numbers underscore a growing trend in the security space...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Ignites Censorship Debate After Removal Of Parody Putin Account
Twitter has suspended at least five popular anti-Kremlin Twitter accounts on its microblogging social network. The move has angered fans of the accounts and reignited the speculation on censorship on ...
10:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Bill Gates: AI Is The 'Holy Grail'
An anonymous reader writes: At the Code Conference on Wednesday, Bill Gates balanced his fears of artificial intelligence with praise. He talked about two of the challenges AI will pose: a loss of exi...
08:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Sundar Pichai Says Google Will Be 'More Opinionated' About Nexus Design
Jacob Kastrenakes, reporting for The Verge: Google intends to take more control over the Nexus line going forward. During an interview at the Code Conference today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that ...
06:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot US Death Rate Rises, Health Officials Aren't Sure Why
New submitter Ungrounded Lightning writes: According to The New York Times, the U.S. death rate has risen for the first time in more than a decade (or several decades if particular). The rise is acros...
04:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot CoreOS Launches Torus, a New Open Source Distributed Storage System
CoreOS on Wednesday launched Torus, an open source project that provides storage primitives designed for cloud-native apps and can be deployed like a containerized app via Kubernetes. With Torus, star...
04:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Uber Raises $3.5 Billion From Saudi Arabia
An anonymous reader writes: Ride-hailing giant Uber announced Wednesday that it had closed $3.5 billion in new funding from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund in an effort to shift the country's re...
02:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Becomes First Company To Disclose FBI National Security Letters
Yahoo has disclosed receipt of three national security letters (FBI requests for data that Yahoo is typically barred from sharing) and published redacted copies of the letters online for anyone to see...
02:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Mary Meeker's 2016 Internet Trends Report: Messaging Apps Could Rival Home Screen
Mary Meeker, a former Morgan Stanley internet analyst and now partner at venture-capital fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, has delivered her annual report that offers critical stats and trends abou...
02:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Report: Average American Will Use 22GB of Mobile Data Per Month In 2021
An anonymous reader writes: According to Ericsson's latest Mobility Report, it's predicted that the average American smartphone subscriber will use 22GB of mobile data by the end of 2021. The report s...
12:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot Google's 'Project Magenta' Art Machine Composes Its First Song
An anonymous reader writes: Google's Project Magenta, which aims to use machine learning to create music and art, just created its first song. The song, which can be more appropriately described as a ...
12:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot NASA Satellite Finds 39 Unreported Sources of Toxic Air Pollution
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Using a new satellite-based method, scientists at NASA, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and two universities have located 39 unreported and ma...
12:00 am - Thu, June 2, 2016
Slashdot TeamViewer Servers Go Down, Users Believe They Are Hacked
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: Something is happening with TeamViewers servers at the moment, and all clues point to a massive breach that has led to many users going on Reddit an...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot World's Longest, Deepest Rail Tunnel Opens In Switzerland
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: More than 2,200 years after the commander from the ancient North African civilization of Carthage led his army of elephants and troops over ...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk Suggests Tesla Model 3 Won't Get Free Supercharger Use
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: In response to a question about how the company would handle an influx of Model 3s to its Supercharging stations, which are currently offered as...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot We Need To Build Industrial Zones In Space In Order To Save Earth, Says Jeff Bezos
Onstage at the Code Conference, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said that we have to start bringing parts of the industrial economy to space in order to "save Earth." Bezos also said that we must pr...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Police Are Filing Warrants For Android's Vast Store Of Location Data
The Verge is reporting about a man who robbed a Bank of America office in Romana, California. A person, named Timothy Graham, matching his profile robbed another bank in November. The investigators, h...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Do You Want a 'Smart TV'?
Reader kheldan questions the need for a Smart TV (edited for clarity): Yesterday we read about how Samsung is planning on 'upgrading' the firmware in its smart TVs so that it could inject ads into you...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Forbes Just Cut Its Estimate of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes's Net Worth From $4.5 Billion To Zero
It wasn't long agon when Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranos, was regarded as one of the U.S.'s most successful female entrepreneurs with Forbes estimating her net work to be $4.5 billio...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Out-Of-the-Box Exploitation Possible On PCs From Top 5 OEMs
According to a report published by two-factor authentication service Duo Security, third-party updating tools installed by Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus (the top five Windows PC OEMs) are exposing ...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Samsung: Don't install Windows 10
An anonymous reader shares an article on The Register: Samsung is advising customers against succumbing to Microsoft's nagging and installing Windows 10. The consumer electronics giant's support staff...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot BBC Micro:Bit Learn-To-Code Device Up For Public Pre-Order In UK
An anonymous reader writes from a TechCrunch report: A tiny programmable board designed as part of an educational initiative for UK kids to learn programming skills and originally distributed by the p...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Windows Zero-Day Affecting All OS Versions On Sale For $90,000
An anonymous reader writes: "A hacker going by the handle BuggiCorp is selling a zero-day vulnerability affecting all Windows OS versions that can allow an attacker to elevate privileges for software ...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Sirin Labs Launches Solarin, a $14,000 Privacy-Focused Smartphone
An anonymous reader writes from a report via VentureBeat: Sirin Labs has launched its high-end Android smartphone called Solarin. The company's mission is to create the Rolls-Royce of smartphones -- a...
08:00 am - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Spares Humans By Fighting Offensive Photos With AI
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: Facebook tells TechCrunch that its artificial intelligence systems now report more offensive photos than humans do. Typically when users upload...
04:00 am - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Sells 1,500 Patents To Xiaomi To Build 'Long-Term Partnership'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Software maker Microsoft Corp is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi, a rare departure for the U.S. company and part of ...
02:00 am - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Internet, Web Enjoy One Final Day As Proper Nouns
An anonymous reader writes: The Internet and Web will be downgraded to "internet" and "web" tomorrow with the new edition of the AP Stylebook. Therefore, today marks their last day as proper nouns. Th...
02:00 am - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Atari Is Going To Build IoT Devices
angry tapir quotes a report from Computerworld: The latest entrant in the Internet of Things is legendary gaming company Atari, which plans to make consumer devices that communicate over the SigFox lo...
12:00 am - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Apartment In US Asks Tenants To 'Like' Facebook Page Or Face Action
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Business Standard: An apartment building in Salt Lake City has told tenants living in the complex to "like" its Facebook page or they will be in breach of ...
12:00 am - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot Panasonic To Stop Making LCD Panels For TVs
AmiMoJo quotes a report from NHK WORLD: Japanese electronics maker Panasonic says it will stop making LCD panels for televisions, giving way to fierce price competition. The pullout from TV LCD manufa...
12:00 am - Wed, June 1, 2016
Slashdot US Court Says No Warrant Needed For Cellphone Location Data
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Police do not need a warrant to obtain a person's cellphone location data held by wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday, dealing a setback to pri...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Starts Mass Producing New 512GB NVMe SSD That's Smaller Than a Stamp
An anonymous reader writes from a report via PCWorld: Samsung announced late Monday night that it has begun mass producing a new SSD that is tinier than a postage stamp. PCWorld reports: "The PM971-NV...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Nearly 1 In 4 People Abandon Mobile Apps After Only One Use
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: According to a new study on mobile app usage, nearly one in four mobile users only use an app once. TechCrunch reports: "Based on data from ana...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot PayPal To Suspend Business Operations In Turkey Following License Denial
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: PayPal has announced the suspension of its business operations in Turkey as of June 6, citing failure to obtain a new license for its service in the...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Would You Recommend Updating To Windows 10?
Plenty of users are skeptical about upgrading to Windows 10. While they understand that Microsoft's newest desktop operating system comes with a range of interesting features, they are paranoid about ...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft, Facebook, YouTube and Others Agree To Remove Hate Speech Across the EU
Tech giants in conjunction with European Union are taking a stand to fight hate speech. Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, Google, and Facebook have launched "code of conduct" aimed at fighting racism and x...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Announces New Business Tools: Contact Option, Deeper Analytics
Instagram on Tuesday announced it is adding more features for the business users. The platform, which has over 200,000 advertisers, is debuting three new features including business profiles. Business...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Extend iPhone's Product Cycle; Shift To 32GB Internal Storage On Base Model: Reports
According to Japanese outlet Nikkei, which has a good track record, Apple is planning to extend its iPhone's product cycle. The Cupertino, California-based company, which currently utilizes the same d...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Tor Browser 6.0: Ditches SHA-1 Support, Uses DuckDuckGo For Default Search Results
The version 6.0 of Tor Browser, a free software for enabling anonymous communication, is now available to download. The new version introduces several changes, including disabling SHA-1 support, and r...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Find Bugs, Extort Ransom, Call It a Public Service
Reader msm1267 shares a report on ThreatPost about an ongoing security trend: Crooks breaking into enterprise networks are holding data they steal for ransom under the guise they are doing the company...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Threatens Legal Action Against Video Downloader
Embracing over a billion users, YouTube has become the go-to source of many for music and movies. But the scale of YouTube has also given rise to piracy and copyright infringement. To fix this, the Go...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Samsung To Roll Out In-TV Ads To Legacy Displays Via Software Update
An anonymous reader writes: According to an insider at Samsung's growing advertising team in New York, the second-largest consumer tech manufacturer in the world is planning to retrofit older network-...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Intel Launches Its First 10-Core Desktop CPU With Broadwell-E
Two years since the release of Intel's Haswell-E platform, which popularized 8-core processor to users. On Tuesday, the chipmaker unveiled Broadwell-E family, which consists of an "Extreme Edition" of...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu Phones To Feature Wireless Display Support With OTA-11 Update
prisoninmate writes from a report via Softpedia: The moment you've all been waiting for is almost here, as you will no longer need a cable to connect your Ubuntu Phone to your TV or a supported LCD mo...
12:00 pm - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Will Stop Spamming Android Users With Office Ads In The Notification Tray
An anonymous reader writes from a report via BetaNews: The notification tray in Android serves a very specific purpose. There's a clue in the name -- and it's nothing to do with advertising. Android u...
08:00 am - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Russian Online Trolls Resist The Light
Rick Zeman writes: Since the beginning of the public Internet on Usenet and now following on comment boards worldwide, live the trolls, the online creatures dedicated to stirring up trouble with their...
04:00 am - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Removes 260-Character Path Length Limit In Windows 10 Redstone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: Windows 10 build 14352, a preview version of the upcoming Anniversary Update (also known as Redstone), comes with an eagerly awaited change that Mic...
02:00 am - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Computer Generates Largest Math Proof Ever At 200TB of Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A trio of researchers has solved a single math problem by using a supercomputer to grind through over a trillion color combination possibilities, and...
02:00 am - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Warns of ZCryptor Ransomware With Self-Propagation Features
An anonymous reader writes from a report issued by Softpedia on May 27: Microsoft and several other security researchers have detected the first ransomware versions that appears to have self-propagati...
02:00 am - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot ASUS Unveils $599 Home Robot 'Zenbo'
An anonymous reader writes: In addition to the razor thin ZenBook 3, Asus unveiled a cute talking robot for the home at this week's Computex trade show in Taipei. The robot, called Zenbo, is priced at...
12:00 am - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot Stephen Hawking Calls Trump A 'Demagogue' Who Appeals 'To The Lowest Common Denominator'
An anonymous reader writes: British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking told ITV's morning show that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party candidate for U.S. president, "is a demagogue who seems t...
12:00 am - Tue, May 31, 2016
Slashdot 'Huge Wake Up Call': Third of Central, Northern Great Barrier Reef Corals Dead
iONiUM quotes a report from The Sydney Morning Herald: More than one-third of the coral reefs of the central and northern regions of the Great Barrier Reef have died in the huge bleaching event earlie...