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10:00 pm - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Google Wi-Fi Kiosks in New York Promise No Privacy, 'Can Collect Anything'
Here's the thing about those wi-fi kiosks replacing New York City's public payphones. They're owned by Google/Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs, they're covered with ads, and if you read the privacy poli...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Open Source Gardening Robot 'FarmBot' Raises $560,000
Slashdot reader Paul Fernhout writes: FarmBot is an open-source gantry-crane-style outdoor robot for tending a garden bed. The project is crowdfunding a first production run and has raised US$561,486 ...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Xen Vulnerability Allows Hackers To Escape Qubes OS VM And Own the Host
Slashdot reader Noryungi writes: Qubes OS certainly has an intriguing approach to security, but a newly discovered Xen vulnerability allows a hacker to escape a VM and own the host. If you are running...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Android Stagefright Bug Required 115 Patches, Millions Still At Risk
eWeek reports that "hundreds of millions of users remain at risk" one year after Joshua Drake discovered the Stagefright Android flaw. Slashdot reader darthcamaro writes: A year ago, on July 27, 2015 ...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot The Chip Card Transition In the US Has Been a Disaster
Ian Kar, writing for Quartz: Over the last year or so in the U.S., a lot of the plastic credit cards we carry around every day have been replaced by new one with chips embedded in them. The chips are ...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Finds $34 Million Ransomware Industry
Ransomware is "generating huge profits," says Cisco. Slashdot reader coondoggie shares this report from Network World: Enterprise-targeting cyber enemies are deploying vast amounts of potent ransomwar...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Uber Doesn't Decrease Drunk Driving, Finds New Study
"A new study casts doubt on Uber's claim that ride-sharing has reduced drunken driving," reports the Washington Post. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes their report:Researchers at Oxford University ...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Russia's Rise To Cyberwar Superpower
"The Russians are top notch," says Chris Finan, an ex-director at DARPA for cyberwar research, now a CEO at security firm Manifold Technology, and a former director of cybersecurity legislation in the...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Bruce Schneier: Our Election Systems Must Be Secured If We Want To Stop Foreign Hackers
Okian Warrior writes: Bruce Schneier notes that state actors are hacking our political system computers, intending to influence the results. For example, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot World's Largest Solar Power Plant Planned For Chernobyl Nuclear Wasteland
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Electrek: Chernobyl, the world's most famous and hazardous nuclear meltdown, is being considered for the world's largest solar power plant. Even though nea...
08:00 am - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Class of Large But Very Dim Galaxies Discovered
schwit1 writes from a report via Nature: Astronomers have now detected and measured a new class of large but very dim galaxy that previously was not expected to exist. Nature reports: "'[Ultradiffuse]...
04:00 am - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot A Look Inside Tesla's $5 Billion Gigafactory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: A joint effort between Tesla and Panasonic, the Gigafactory is a $5 billion project that will create the world's premier battery manufacturing facility. ...
02:00 am - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Snowden Questions WikiLeaks' Methods of Releasing Leaks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, has censured WikiLeaks' release of information without proper curation. On Thursday, ...
02:00 am - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Clinton Campaign Breached By Hackers
An anonymous reader writes: Hillary Clinton's campaign network was breached by hackers targeting several large Democratic organizations, Reuters reports. Clinton's campaign spokesperson Nick Merrill c...
02:00 am - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Court Ruling Shows The Internet Does Have Borders After All
itwbennett writes: Microsoft's recent victory in court, when it was ruled that the physical location of the company's servers in Ireland were out of reach of the U.S. government, was described on Slas...
02:00 am - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Malvertising Campaign Infected Thousands of Users Per Day For More Than a Year
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Since the summer of 2015, users that surfed 113 major, legitimate websites were subjected to one of the most advanced malvertising campaigns eve...
12:00 am - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Becomes World's Third Richest Person
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Strong earnings from Amazon and a boost to the company's stock have made its founder, Jeff Bezos, the world's third richest person, according to Forbes. M...
12:00 am - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Will Soon Allow Users To Filter Comments
Instagram has had enough of questionable, offensive comments. The company announced Friday that it will soon give users the ability to make the choice about what's acceptable and what's not, reports B...
12:00 am - Sat, July 30, 2016
Slashdot SwiftKey Bug Leaked Email Addresses, Phone Numbers To Strangers
An anonymous reader writes: After many users reported receiving predictions meant for other users, such as email addresses and phone numbers, SwiftKey has suspended part of its service. The service re...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Reaches New High Of 268,900 Employees -- Skyrocketing 47% In Just One Year
Amazon remains one of the biggest attractors of talent worldwide. During its quarterly earnings, the company said it hired 23,700 employees in the second quarter -- making the total employee headcount...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Judge Rules Political Robocalls Are Protected By First Amendment
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: A federal judge has ruled that robocalls made on behalf of political candidates are protected by the First Amendment and cannot be outlawed. The decision...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot US Military Using $600K 'Drone Buggies' To Patrol Camps In Africa
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The U.S. military is using an unmanned robotic vehicle to patrol around its camps in the Horn of Africa. The remote controlled vehicle is the result of a...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot WhatsApp Isn't Fully Deleting Its 'Deleted' Chats
Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp retains and stores chat logs even after those messages have been deleted, according to iOS researcher Jonathan Zdziarski. The Verge reports: Examining disk images...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Free Upgrade To Windows 10 Ends Today: What's Your Thought On This?
Exactly one year ago, Microsoft released Windows 10 to the general public. The latest version of company's desktop operating system brought with it Cortana, and Windows Hello among other features. Whi...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Australia Has Moved 1.5 Metres, So It's Updating Its Location For Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader shares a CNET report: Australia is changing from "down under" to "down under and across a bit". The country is shifting its longitude and latitude to fix a discrepancy with global ...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot British Spy Agency GCHQ Used URL Shortener To Honeypot Arab Spring Activists
The British spy agency GCHQ used a custom URL shortener and Twitter sockpuppets to influence and infiltrate activists during the Iran revolution of 2009 and the Arab Spring of 2011, reports Motherboar...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Browser Extensions -- 2016 Edition
Reader LichtSpektren writes: Almost eleven years ago, Slashdot featured an Ask titled "Favorite Firefox Extensions?". I thought it might be worthwhile to ask the question again (Editor's note: we coul...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot AMD Extends Polaris GPU Line-up With Mainstream Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 460
Some more graphics cards news via our long time reader MojoKid: AMD is officially announcing its newest mainstream members of the Polaris graphics family today, known as the Radeon RX 470 and Radeon R...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot FBI Probes Hacking of Democratic Congressional Group
From a Reuters report: The FBI is investigating a cyber attack against another U.S. Democratic Party group, which may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, four peop...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Movie Studios 'Take Down' Popular KAT Mirror
Following the shut down of KickassTorrents website -- after its alleged owner was arrested, Hollywood studios are playing the game of rat and mouse with pirates to put an absolute end to KickassTorren...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Offering Refunds For Kids' In-App Purchases
Parents who found themselves with hefty bills after their kids made in-app purchases -- mainly via the now-defunct Facebook Credits -- can now request a refund from Facebook. PCMag reports: The news c...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Transparent Should Companies Be When Operational Technology Failures Happen?
New submitter supernova87a writes: Last week, Southwest Airlines had an epic crash of IT systems across their entire business when "a router failure caused the airlines' systems to crash [...] and all...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot The Mojave Desert: Home of the New Machine Movement
pacopico writes: Most people think of the Mojave Desert as a wasteland located somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. For decades, though, Mojave has served as something of an engineering playgr...
08:00 am - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Study: Astronauts Who Reach Deep Space 'Far More Likely To Die From Heart Disease'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Astronauts who venture into deep space appear to be much more likely to die from heart disease, according to a new study. In another sign that...
04:00 am - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Dark Patterns Across the Web Are Designed To Trick You
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Harry Brignell has posted a 30-minute video documenting dark patterns, deliberately confusing or deceptive user interfaces (not exclusive to ...
02:00 am - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Is Blackmailing Top South Korean Online Retailer For $2.66 Million
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: South Korea says that North Korea is behind a data breach that occurred last May, where hackers stole details about 10 million user accounts fro...
02:00 am - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot UK Judge Calls For An Online Court Without Lawyers To Cut Costs
mi writes from a report via The Times: A senior judge has called for the establishment of an online court (Warning: source may be paywalled) that does not have lawyers and can deal with claims of up t...
02:00 am - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Rigid Negotiating Tactics Cost Us 'Skinny Bundles' For Apple TV, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the reason we don't have actual TV channels on the Apple TV is because the company tried ...
12:00 am - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Lay Off Another 2,850 People In the Next 12 Months
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Business Insider: Microsoft is planning to lay off 2,850 more employees in the next 12 months or so, according to Microsoft's full 10-K report it filed wit...
12:00 am - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Beat Apple In Smartphone Shipments, Profit Surges To 2-Year High
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier reports speculated this to be true, but now it's official: Samsung has beat Apple in smartphone shipments to lift the company to its most profitable quarter in over...
12:00 am - Fri, July 29, 2016
Slashdot The End of Gmane?
If any of you use mailing list archive Gmane, you would want to start looking at its alternative. Gmane developer Lars Ingebrigtsen announced Thursday that he is thinking about ending the decade-old e...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Google Launches Docs and Sheets Add-ons For Android
An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced the launch of new add-ons for the Android versions of Google Docs and Google Sheets. Those services have offered integrations with third-party tools ...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Gary Johnson: I'd Consider Pardoning Snowden, Chelsea Manning
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Vocativ: [Vocativ reports:] "The U.S.'s most popular third-party presidential candidate says he would 'consider' pardoning the highest profile convicts of ...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot WikiLeaks Releases Hacked Voicemails From DNC Officials
An anonymous reader writes: Late Wednesday afternoon as the Democratic National Convention was in full swing, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks decided to follow through with an earlier statement by publis...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Disable Policies In Windows 10 Pro With Anniversary Update
Reader BobSwi writes: More changes in the Windows Anniversary update, due August 2nd, are being discovered. After yesterday's news about Cortana not able to be turned off in the Windows Anniversary up...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Stiglitz Calls Apple's Profit Reporting In Ireland 'a Fraud'
Jeanna Smialek, and Alex Webb, reporting for Bloomberg: Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz said U.S. tax law that allows Apple to hold a large amount of cash abroad is "obviously deficient" and called th...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Faces Two New Lawsuits Over Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade Tactics
Microsoft is facing two more lawsuits over its Windows 10 upgrade tactics. The first lawsuit comes from U.S. District Court in Florida, where the company has been accused of violating "laws governing ...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Violated Rule Requiring Low Prices For Schools, FCC Says
Jon Brodkin, reporting for Ars Technica: AT&T overcharged two Florida school districts for phone service and should have to pay about $170,000 to the U.S. government to settle the allegations, the...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Getty Sued For $1 Billion For Selling Publicly Donated Photos
An anonymous reader writes: Online stock media library Getty Images is facing a $1 billion lawsuit from an American photographer for illegally selling copyright for thousands of photos. The Seattle-ba...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Tumblr To Introduce Ads Across All Blogs
Reader evelynlewis445 writes: Tumblr this week quietly announced plans to roll out a new advertising program across its site which will see it implementing ads across users' blogs. The company did not...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot The Most Popular Product Of All Time
Apple announced Wednesday that it has sold more than one billion iPhones. To understand the magnitude of the milestone, Asymco's Horace Dediu has compiled a list of the best-selling products across se...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Oracle To Buy Cloud-Software Provider NetSuite For $9.3 Billion
Oracle announced Thursday that it has agreed to buy NetSuite for $9.3 billion, in a move to bolster its cloud-computing offerings as it races to catch up to rivals. Both companies provide applications...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Using VPN in UAE Could Cost You $545,000
An anonymous reader writes: The President of the United Arab Emirates has issued a series of new federal laws relating to IT crimes, including a regulation that forbids anyone in the UAE from making u...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot E-Cigarettes Emit Toxic Vapors, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from UPI: All electronic cigarettes emit harmful chemicals, and levels of those toxic compounds are affected by factors such as temperature, type and age of the dev...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot ULA Interns Launch Record-Breaking 50-Foot Rocket
schwit1 writes: A team of United Launch Alliance (ULA) interns, working in their spare time, have successfully launched the largest model rocket every built. Space.com reports: "On Sunday (July 24), U...
08:00 am - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Tech Takes Its K-12 CS Education and Immigration Crisis To the DNC
theodp writes: In early 2013, Code.org and FWD.us coincidentally emerged after Microsoft suggested tech's agenda could be furthered by creating a crisis linking U.S. kids' lack of computer science sav...
04:00 am - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Tor Project Confirms Sexual Misconduct By Developer Jacob Appelbaum
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Tor Project, a nonprofit known for its online anonymity software, says it has verified claims that former employee Jacob Appelbaum engaged in "s...
02:00 am - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Funding Leads To New Genetic Findings
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers are crediting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraiser for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that went viral in 2014, for funding a new study that has possibly id...
02:00 am - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Hyperloop One Announces Opening of Its First Manufacturing Plant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Hyperloop One is today announcing the opening of its first manufacturing plant. Called Hyperloop One Metalworks, the 105,000 square-foot building i...
02:00 am - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Tesla and Autopilot Supplier Mobileye Split Up After Fatal Crash
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Tesla and Mobileye, one of the top suppliers to its Autopilot partial self-driving system, are parting ways in the wake of the May accident that kil...
12:00 am - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot One Billion iPhones Have Been Sold, Apple Says
Apple announced on Wednesday that it has sold its one billionth iPhone handset. The milestone comes nine years after the iPhone was first introduced. The phone has unarguably shaped the smartphone ind...
12:00 am - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Debuts a Dedicated Shop For Kickstarter Products
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Today, Amazon announced it's teaming up with Kickstarter to offer those successful Kickstarter products a way to reach more customers through a ded...
12:00 am - Thu, July 28, 2016
Slashdot Office 365 Gets New Word, PowerPoint and Outlook Features
New submitter Miche67 writes: As part of the July 2016 update to Office 365, Microsoft is adding several features across the board to Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Word, however, is getting the bigges...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot C Top Programming Language For 2016, Finds IEEE's Study
IEEE Spectrum, a highly regarded magazine edited by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, has released its annual programming languages list, sharing with the world how several langua...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Rio Olympics Will Be First Sporting Event Watched By 'Eye In The Sky' Drone Cameras
tedlistens quotes a report from Fast Company: When the Olympic Games begin next month in Rio de Janeiro, billions of people are expected to watch athletes from countries around the world compete. But ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Excited To Have Lost 4,000 TV Subscribers This Spring
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Consumerist: Comcast has released their second quarter results and they are happy to announce that they lost 4,000 TV subscribers in the last three mon...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot You Can't Turn Off Cortana In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Microsoft will release Windows 10 Anniversary Update next week. Earlier this week we listed some of its best features. PCWorld is now reporting about a major change that may annoy some users: once you...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot James Cameron: Theater Experience Key To Containing Piracy
Director James Cameron says that the key to containing movie piracy is preserving the theater experience as something special. He made the remarks when reporters asked him about his views on Sean Park...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot New York DA Wants Apple, Google To Roll Back Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. called on Apple and Google to weaken their device encryption, arguing that thousands of crimes remained unsolved because no one ...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Olympics Committee Says Non-Sponsors Are Banned From Tweeting About the Olympics
An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report:The U.S. Olympics Committee has gone off the deep end, when it comes to intellectual property. It's willing to sue anyone to protect their trademarks, even ...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Trump Calls For Russia To Cyber-Invade the United States To Find Clinton's 'Missing' Emails
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump publicly called on the Russian hackers allegedly responsible for the recent leak of DNC emails to launch another cyber-attack on the United States, this ti...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Google Play Rolls Out Family Sharing
Google on Wednesday announced a new Google Play feature dubbed Family Library that allows up to 6 people to share apps, movies, books purchases. It will roll out to people in the next 48 hours in 12 c...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot LastPass Accounts Can Be 'Completely Compromised' When Users Visit Sites
Reader mask.of.sanity writes: A dangerous zero-day vulnerability has been found in popular cloud password vault LastPass, which can completely compromise user accounts when users visit malicious websi...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Xiaomi Launches Mi Notebook Air Windows 10 Laptop Featuring 1080p Display, Starts at $520
Speaking of Chinese electronics giants, Xiaomi on Wednesday announced it is entering the PC market. The company, which is often referred to as "Apple of China", announced its first-ever laptop line, t...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Android's New Feature Can Share Your Exact Location In Emergency Situation
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Next Web: When the police, fire brigade or ambulances need to respond quickly to an emergency call, accurate information about the caller's location is cruci...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Florida Regulators OK Plan To Increase Toxins In Water
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Times: Despite the objection of environmental groups, state environmental regulators voted Tuesday to approve new standards that will increase the a...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo NX Is a Portable Console With Detachable Controllers, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Eurogamer.net: We now have a good idea as to what the Nintendo NX will consist of thanks to a new report from Eurogamer. According to a number of sources, ...
08:00 am - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Subscribers Pay 61 Cents Per Hour of Cable, But Only 20 Cents Per Hour of Netflix
An anonymous reader writes from a math-heavy report via AllFlicks: The folks at AllFlicks decided to crunch some numbers to determine just how much more expensive cable is than Netflix. They answered ...
04:00 am - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Model S In Fatal Autopilot Crash Was Going 74 MPH In a 65 Zone, NTSB Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: The Tesla car involved in a fatal crash in Florida this spring was in Autopilot mode and going about 10 miles faster than the speed limit, a...
04:00 am - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot 'Sister Clones' Of Dolly The Sheep Have Aged Like Any Other Sheep, Study Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: About four years ago, Kevin Sinclair inherited an army of clones. "Daisy, Debbie, Denise and Diana," says Sinclair, a developmental biologist at the Unive...
02:00 am - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Apple Q3 Earnings: iPhone Sales Continue To Slide, But Apple Beats Estimates
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: Apple on Tuesday announced fiscal third-quarter earnings of $1.42 per share, or $7.8 billion in net income, on sales totaling $42.4 billion. That compares...
02:00 am - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Highest-Paid CEOs Run Worst-Performing Companies, Research Finds
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Independent: According to a study carried out by corporate research firm MSCI, CEO's that get paid the most run some of the worst-performing companies....
02:00 am - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot EU Plans To Create Database of Bitcoin Users With Identities and Wallet Addresses
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: "The European Commission is proposing the creation of a database that will hold information on users of virtual currencies," reports Softpedia. ...
12:00 am - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Open Sources 360 Surround Camera With Ikea-Style Instructions
Reader joshtops writes: Facebook needs you to fill its News Feed, Oculus Rift, and Gear VR with 360 content. So today it put all the hardware and software designs of its Surround 360 camera on Github ...
12:00 am - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot Norway Is Building The World's First 'Floating' Underwater Tunnels
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Next Web: Norway plans to build "submerged floating bridges" to allow drivers to cross its bodies of water. The Next Web reports: "The 'submerged float...
12:00 am - Wed, July 27, 2016
Slashdot AR Helmet Startup Skully Has Crashed and Burned
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: Sources inside the AR helmet company Skully say the startup is no more. TechCrunch reports: "Operations have ceased within the company, and we'...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Giant LeEco Buys Vizio For $2 Billion, Gets Instant Foothold In US Market
Chinese electronics conglomerate LeEco is purchasing American TV manufacturer Vizio for $2 billion, the company announced at a press conference in China on Tuesday. The announcement effectively gives ...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Popular Wireless Keyboards From HP, Toshiba and Others Don't Use Encryption, Can Be Easily Snooped On
Reader msm1267 writes: Wireless keyboards made by eight different companies suffer from a vulnerability that can allow attackers to eavesdrop on keystrokes from up to 250 feet away, researchers warned...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Harrison Ford Could Have Died In Star Wars Set Incident, Court Hears
An anonymous reader writes: While filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford almost died when he was crushed by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon. He was reportedly knocked...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Obama Creates a Color-Coded Cyber Threat 'Schema' After the DNC Hack
The White House on Tuesday issued new instructions on how government agencies should respond to major cyber security attacks, in an attempt to combat perceptions that the Obama administration has been...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot 'DNC Hacker' Unmasked: He Really Works for Russia, Researchers Say
The hacker who claimed to compromise the DNC swore he was Romanian, but new investigation shows he worked directly for Russia President Vladimir Putin's government in Moscow. The Daily Beast reports: ...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Motorola Confirms That It Will Not Commit To Monthly Security Patches
If you are planning to purchase the Moto Z or a Moto G4 smartphone, be prepared to not see security updates rolling out to your phone every month -- and in a timely fashion. After Ars Technica called ...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Pop Star Tells Fans To Send Their Twitter Passwords, But It Might Be Illegal
Cyrus Farivar, reporting for Ars Technica: As a new way to connect with his fans, Jack Johnson -- one half of the pop-rap duo Jack & Jack, not to be confused with the laid back Hawaiian singer-son...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Notorious Group OurMine Hacks TechCrunch
Prominent technology blog TechCrunch -- which is often cited on Slashdot -- has become the latest victim of the OurMine hacking group. The notorious group gained access to Seattle-based writer Devin C...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry Says Its New Android Smartphone DTEK 50 Is the 'World's Most Secure'
BlackBerry, which once assumed the tentpole position in the mobile market, announced on Tuesday the BlackBerry DTEK 50, its second smartphone powered by Google's Android operating system. The Canadean...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot 54C Recorded In Kuwait Likely Hottest On Record In Asia
An anonymous reader writes from an Associated Press report: The UN weather agency said it suspects that the 54C temperature recorded in Kuwait has set a record for the eastern hemisphere. The World Me...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Next For Netflix?
What does the future hold for Netflix? The company first earned a name for itself over a decade ago renting DVDs via mails in an era when Blockbuster used to laugh at the mere idea of DVDs-by-mail. It...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Steam On Windows 10 Will Get 'Progressively Worse': Gears of War Developer
Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform, or UWP, approach isn't sitting well with many game developers. Four months after criticising UWP ecosystem for being a walled-garden, curtailing "users' freedom...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot AMD Unveils Radeon Pro WX and Pro SSG Professional Graphics Cards
MojoKid writes: AMD took the wraps off its latest pro graphics solutions at SIGGRAPH today, and announced three new professional graphics cards in the new Polaris-based Radeon Pro WX Series. The Radeo...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Electric Car Project To Be Led By Bob Mansfield
An anonymous reader writes: Long-time Apple executive Bob Mansfield will lead Apple's electric car project, according to the Wall Street Journal. TechCrunch reports: "Mansfield stepped down from the A...
08:00 am - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Chinese State Company Unveils World's Largest Seaplane
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to we...
04:00 am - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Feds To Deploy Anti-Drone Software Near Wildfires
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Federal officials are launching a new "geofencing" program to alert drone pilots when they're flying too close to wildfire prevention operations. The...
02:00 am - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Partners With UK Government To Test Drone Deliveries
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: [Recent rules from the Federal Aviation Administration mean delivery by drone is years away in the United States, but packages may be winging their ...
02:00 am - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Vine's Source Code Was Accidentally Made Public For Five Minutes
An anonymous reader writes from The Register: Vine, the six-second-video-loop app acquired by Twitter in 2012, had its source code made publicly available by a bounty-hunter for everyone to see. The R...
02:00 am - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot NIST Prepares To Ban SMS-Based Two-Factor Authentication
An anonymous reader writes: "The U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the latest draft version of the Digital Authentication Guideline that contains language hintin...
12:00 am - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Not Money, Rules Miami Judge In Dismissing Laundering Charges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Miami Herald: Bitcoin does not actually qualify as money, a Miami-Dade judge ruled Monday in throwing out criminal charges against a Miami Beach man charged wi...
12:00 am - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot Nvidia Claims Its New Chip Is the 'World's Fastest GPU' for Game and VR Design
An anonymous reader shares a VentureBeat report: Nvidia announced today the Quadro P6000 graphics card for workstations, using the "world's fastest GPU." The graphics card is targeted at designers who...
12:00 am - Tue, July 26, 2016
Slashdot China Releases Test Footage of Ballistic Missile Defense System
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mirror.co.uk: China has released footage of its first interception test of a mid-air ballistic missile, destroying a target miles above Earth. Footage of the e...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Twitter, a 10-Year-Old Company, Is Still Explaining What Twitter Is
Twitter investors have long expressed their concerns about the rate at which Twitter is growing. The social networking website has seen platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat born into existence and...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Admits Blocking WikiLeaks' DNC Email Links, But Won't Say Why
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has admitted it blocked links to WikiLeaks' DNC email dump, but the company has yet to explain why. WikiLeaks has responded to the censorship via Twitter, writing:...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot MIT Developed A Movie Screen That Brings Glasses-Free 3D To All Seats
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: MIT has developed a glasses-less 3D display for movie theaters. The Nintendo 3DS is one of a handful of devices to feature glasses-less 3D, but...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Solar Impulse 2 Plane Takes Off From Egypt On Final Leg Of World Tour
How long would it take an airplane to fly around the world without using any fuel? About 22 days of actual air time, according to Fusion. Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft which is powered by solar energy,...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Discover 110 Snooping Tor Nodes
Reader Orome1 writes: In a period spanning 72 days, two researchers from Northeastern University have discovered at least 110 "misbehaving" and potentially malicious hidden services directories (HSDir...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Millennials Are Obsessed With Side Hustles Because 'They're All' They've Got
Quartz ran an article over the weekend which captures a growing trend among millennials: to have a side job -- or as many of them call it, the "side-hustle." One of the reasons that people need this o...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Suspect Required To Unlock iPhone Using Touch ID in Second Federal Case
An anonymous reader shares a report on 9to5Mac: A second federal judge has ruled that a suspect can be compelled to unlock their iPhone using their fingerprint in order to give investigators access to...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Shares Plummet After Investors Realize It Doesn't Actually Make Pokemon Go
Sam Byford, reporting for The Verge: Nintendo shares have skyrocketed since Pokemon Go's release and instant transformation into global cultural phenomenon, but they fell dramatically today after inve...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Sprint CEO Hints at Price Hikes Ahead of iPhone 7
An anonymous reader shares a CNET report: If you're considering jumping ship to Sprint to take advantage of its "half-off" promotion, don't dawdle. The promotion, which promises to cut your existing r...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Cuts Xbox One Price To $249 - Would You Buy or Recommend One?
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: Microsoft is cutting the price of its Xbox One console to $249. The new price marks the third price cut in less than two months, ahead of the new Xbox One S launch o...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot China Bans Internet News Reporting As Media Crackdown Widens
Earlier this month we learned that China had banned the use of social media as a news source. The local government feared that if news outlets were to report using signals coming from social media, th...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Anniversary Update: the Best New Features
A year after the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is gearing up for Anniversary Update, the first major update to the company's desktop operating system. Ahead of the public release of Anniversary Upd...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Can't Shield User Data From Government, Says Government
Microsoft is now arguing in court that their customers have a right to know when the government is reading their e-mail. But "The U.S. said federal law allows it to obtain electronic communications wi...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Once Valued at $125B, Yahoo's Web Assets To Be Sold To Verizon For $4.83B, Companies Confirm
The reports were spot on. Verizon Communications on Monday announced that it plans to purchase Yahoo's Web assets for a sum of $4.83 billion in cash. The multi-billion dollars deal will get Verizon Ya...
08:00 am - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Kurzweil Argues Technology Improves The World, Compares DNA to Code
Futurist Ray Kurzweil told a Seattle conference specific ways in which technology is already improving our lives. For example, while there's a general perception that the world's getting worse, "What'...
04:00 am - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Can Computerized Brain Training Prevent Dementia?
"Researchers believe they have found a link between speed-of-processing training and a reduction in cognitive decline among the elderly," reports the New Yorker. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes an...
02:00 am - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot New Illinois Law Limits Police Use Of Cellphone-Tracking Stingray
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from ABC News: A new Illinois law limits how police can use devices that cast a wide net in gathering cellphone data... [Stingray] gathers phone-usage dat...
12:00 am - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Clinton Campaign: Russia Leaked Emails to Help Trump
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the Washington Post: A top official with Hillary Clinton's campaign on Sunday accused the Russian government of orchestrating the release of damaging Democratic Par...
12:00 am - Mon, July 25, 2016
Slashdot Glassdoor Exposes 600,000 Email Addresses
A web site where users anonymously review their employer has exposed the e-mail addresses -- and in some cases the names -- of hundreds of thousands of users. An anonymous reader quotes an article fro...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Ordered to Show How It Recovered 'Deleted' Emails
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PC Magazine:Just what kind of email retentions powers does Yahoo have? According to a policy guide from the company, Yahoo cannot recover emails that have been...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.7 Officially Released
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: The Linux 4.7 kernel made its official debut today with Linus Torvalds announcing, "after a slight delay due to my travels, I'm back, and 4.7 is out. Despite it be...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts
Moore's Law, an empirical observation of the number of components that could be built on an integrated circuit and their corresponding cost, has largely held strong for more than 50 years, but its day...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Programming Language Gurus Converge on 'Curry On' Conference
Videos are now online from this week's Curry On conference, which incuded talks by programming pioneers Larry Wall and Matthias Felleisen, as well as speakers from Google, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot EU To Give Free Security Audits To Apache HTTP Server and Keepass
An anonymous reader writes: The European Commission announced on Wednesday that its IT engineers would provide a free security audit for the Apache HTTP Server and KeePass projects. The two projects w...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot 7-Eleven Just Used a Drone To Deliver Slurpees and a Chicken Sandwich
An anonymous Slashdot reader write: A drone has autonomously delivered Slurpees, a chicken sandwich, doughnuts, hot coffee and candy from a Reno, Nevada 7-Eleven to a nearby home. The delivery was mad...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Homeland Security Border Agents Can Seize Your Phone
Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes: A Wall Street Journal reporter has shared her experienced of having her phones forcefully taken at the border -- and how the Department of Homeland Security insists that...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Laser-Armed Martian Robot Now Vaporizing Targets of Its Own Free Will
Slashdot reader Rei writes: NASA -- having already populated the Red Planet with robots and armed a car-sized nuclear juggernaut with a laser -- have now decided to grant fire control of that laser ov...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot UK Cybersecurity Executives Plead Guilty To Hacking A Rival Firm
An anonymous reader writes: "Five employees from cybersecurity firm Quadsys have admitted to hacking into a rival company's servers to allegedly steal customer data and pricing information," ZDNet is ...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Star Trek's 50th Anniversary Celebrated at Comic-Con
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Leonard Nimoy's 59-year-old son released a trailer for his upcoming documentary, For The Love Of Spock. CBS released a video teaser for their upcoming Star Trek: D...
08:00 am - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Valve Threatens Counter Strike Gambling Sites
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from HNGN: Game maker Valve is threatening to shut down sites dedicated to gambling with add-ons to its popular Counter Strike game. On Thursday the compan...
04:00 am - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Can Iris-Scanning ID Systems Tell the Difference Between a Live and Dead Eye?
the_newsbeagle writes: Iris scanning is increasingly being used for biometric identification because it's fast, accurate, and relies on a body part that's protected and doesn't change over time. You m...
02:00 am - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Phones Without Headphone Jacks Are Here... and They're Extremely Annoying
A few weeks ago, we had an intense discussion on what would happen if Apple's next iPhone doesn't have a headphone port -- and what that means for the rest of the industry, as well as the pros and con...
12:00 am - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Turn Your Android Phone Into a Laptop For $99 With the Superbook
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: A company called Andromium is attempting to harness the processing power of your Android smartphone and turn it into a full fledged computer. The 'Superbook' consi...
12:00 am - Sun, July 24, 2016
Slashdot Do We Need The Moto Z Smartphones' New Add-On Modules?
This week saw the release of the Moto Z Droid and Force Droid, new Android smartphones from Motorola and Lenovo with snap-on modules. Slashdot reader MojoKid writes that the Z Force Droid "is sheathed...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Salesforce CEO Told LinkedIn He Would Have Paid Much More Than Microsoft
Ina Fried, reporting for Recode: It was already known that LinkedIn chose a potentially lower all-cash acquisition offer from Microsoft rather than take on the uncertainties of a stock-and-cash deal f...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot 'High-Risk Vulnerabilities' In Oracle File-Processing SDKs Affect Major Third-Party Products
itwbennett writes: "Seventeen high-risk vulnerabilities out of the 276 flaws fixed by Oracle Tuesday affect products from third-party software vendors," writes Lucian Constantin on CSOonline. The vuln...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Almost Half Of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited For Misconduct
Slashdot reader schwit1 writes: Almost half of all TSA employees have been cited for misconduct, and the citations have increased by almost 30 percent since 2013... It also appears that the TSA has be...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Google Tests Ads That Load Faster and Use Less Power
Slashdot reader Big Hairy Ian quotes a report from the BBC: Google says it has found a way to make ads load faster on web pages viewed on smartphones and tablets. The company said the ads would also b...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Avast Suckers GOP Delegates Into Connecting To Insecure Wi-Fi Hotspots
Avast conned more than 1,200 people into connecting to fake wi-fi hotspots set up near the Republican convention and the Cleveland airport, using common network names like "Google Starbucks" and "Xfin...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Maximizing Economic Output With Linear Programming...and Communism
Slashdot reader mkwan writes: Economies are just a collection of processes that convert raw materials and labour into useful goods and services. By representing these processes as a series of equation...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: When Do You Include 'Unnecessary' Code?
"For more than 20 years I've been putting semicolons at the end of programming statements in SAS, C/C++, and Java/Javascript," writes Rick Wicklin, a researcher in computational statistics at SAS. "Bu...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Rewrites Wassenaar Arms Control Pact To Protect The Infosec Industry
The Wassenaar Arrangement "is threatening to choke the cyber-security industry, according to a consortium of cyber-security companies...supported by Microsoft among others," reports SC Magazine. "'Bec...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Tinder Scam Promises Account Verification, But Actually Sells Porn
itwbennett writes: Tinder users should be on the lookout for Tinder profiles asking them to get "verified" and then sending them a link to a site called "Tinder Safe Dating." The service asks for cred...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Sega Announces Two New Sonic Games That Seek To Recapture The Glory Days
An anonymous reader writes: In celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary, Sega has announced two new Sonic games at Comic-Con in San Diego. The first game is called Sonic Mania and it's a 2...
08:00 am - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot CRISPR: Chinese Scientists To Pioneer Gene-Editing Trial On Humans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A team of Chinese scientists will be the first in the world to apply the revolutionary gene-editing technique known as CRISPR on human subjects. ...
04:00 am - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Cyanogen Inc. Reportedly Fires OS Development Arm, Switches To Apps
An anonymous reader writes: Android Police is reporting that the Android software company Cyanogen Inc. will be laying off 20 percent of its workforce, and will transition from OS development to appli...
02:00 am - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot VW Has Emissions-Cheating Fix Ready, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Portland Press Herald: Volkswagen plans to fix the engines that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests by updating computer software and installing a larg...
02:00 am - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Hillary Clinton Chooses Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine As Running Mate
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has been chosen as Hillary Clinton's running mate -- a man she called a "relentless optimist" who "devoted his life to fighti...
02:00 am - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Auto Industry Publishes Its First Set of Cybersecurity Best Practices
chicksdaddy quotes a report from Security Ledger: The Automotive industry's main group for coordinating policy on information security and "cyber" threats has published a "Best Practices" document, gi...
12:00 am - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Scientists' Biggest Search For Dark Matter To Date Just Turned Up Nothing
Peter Dockrill, reporting for ScienceAlert: For something that's hypothesised to make up more than 80 percent of the mass of the entire universe, it's no easy thing to detect the existence of dark mat...
12:00 am - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Edward Snowden At Comic-Con: 'I Live a Surprisingly Free Life'
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: Director Oliver Stone talked to whistleblower Edward Snowden in front of an audience at a question and answer session on Thursday evening. He...
12:00 am - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Comcast To Offer Pay-As-You-Go TV, Broadband Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: Comcast plans to roll-out prepaid cable TV and internet services later this year in portions of Illinois and four other states. According to a comp...
12:00 am - Sat, July 23, 2016
Slashdot Issa Bill Would Kill A Big H-1B Loophole
ErichTheRed writes: This isn't perfect, but it is the first attempt I've seen at removing the "body shop" loophole in the H-1B visa system. A bill has been introduced in Congress that would raise the ...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Google Fiber Reminds People It's a 'Real Business'
An anonymous reader writes: While Google Fiber gets a massive amount of media hype (justly based on its disruptive speed and price point), the reality is that despite numerous city "launches" -- not t...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Apple: Pokemon Go Sets Record For Most Downloads In Its First Week
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that Pokemon Go has attracted more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other app in App Store history. What's even m...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot MasterCard Is Buying the Core of the British Payments Infrastructure
Mastercard has agreed to purchase a controlling stake in VocalLink, the payments processor that handles most payroll and household bill processing in the UK. The American payment giant will be paying ...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot China Wants To Be a Top 10 Nation For Automation By Putting More Robots In Its Factories
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: China is aiming for a top-10 ranking in automation for its industries by 2020 by putting more robots in its factories, the International Federation of Robo...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Fortune 500 Company Hires Ransomware Gang To Hack the Competition
It's no secret that ransomware hackers are in the business to make money. But a new business arrangement hitting the news today may surprise many. Vice's Motherboard, citing research and investigation...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot FCC Calls On Phone Companies To Offer Free Robocall Blocking
The FCC chairman on Friday pressed major U.S. phone companies to take immediate steps to develop technology that blocks unwanted automated calls available to consumers at no charge. Chairman Tom Wheel...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot How Apple and Facebook Helped To Take Down KickassTorrents
Reader itwbennett writes (edited): Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of the torrent directory service KickassTorrents, was arrested in Poland earlier this week, charged with copyright infringement and m...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Sony Is the Only Remaining Obstacle To PS4-Xbox Cross-Play
In March, Microsoft announced native support for cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10. At the time, the company also added that this support could be extended to "other console and PC n...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot 'The Hillary Leaks' - Wikileaks Releases 19,252 Previously Unseen DNC Emails
Reader schwit1 writes: The state department's release of Hillary emails may be over, but that of Wikileaks is just starting. Moments ago, Julian Assange's whistleblower organization released over 19,0...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Nears Deal to Acquire Yahoo
Verizon Communications is nearing a deal to buy Yahoo, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. While nothing is official yet, the publication claims that Verizon is discussing a pri...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Fights Back, Sues China's Huawei For Patent Infringement
In May, China's conglomerate Huawei filed a lawsuit against Samsung accusing the Korean company of infringing on some of its 4G-related patents. Now, Samsung is returning the favor. According to Reute...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Steals 1.6 Million Accounts From Top Mobile Game's Forum
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: A hacker has targeted the official forum of popular mobile game "Clash of Kings," making off with close to 1.6 million accounts. The hack was carried out on July 1...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot NVIDIA Drops Surprise Unveiling of Pascal-Based GeForce GTX Titan X
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: Details just emerged from NVIDIA regarding its upcoming powerful, Pascal-based Titan X graphics card, featuring a 12 billion transistor GPU, codenamed GP1...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Find Chemical-Free Way To Extend Milk's Shelf Life For Up To 3 Weeks
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Digital Trends: Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Tennessee have found a non-chemical way to extend regular milk's shelf life to aroun...
08:00 am - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Large Source Of Hydrogen Gas May Lie Near Slow-Spreading Tectonic Plates Under The Ocean
New submitter pyroclast writes: According to research from Duke University, rocks forming from fast-spreading tectonic plates create hydrogen gas in large quantities. The tectonic alternation of hydro...
04:00 am - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Man Builds $1.5 Million Star Trek-Themed Home Theater
CIStud writes: This $1.5 million "Star Trek" home theater is the envy of every geek on the planet. The theater is a reconstruction of the bridge of the Starship Enterprise from "Star Trek: Next Genera...
02:00 am - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Spotify Is Now Selling Your Information To Advertisers
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Engadget: Spotify is now opening its data to targeted advertising. "Everything from your age and gender, to the music genres you like to listen to will be ...
02:00 am - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Texas Man Who Acted As Russian Agent Gets 10 Years' Prison
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: A Texas man who acted as a secret agent for the Russian government and illegally exported cutting-edge military technology to Russia has been sentenc...
02:00 am - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot McDonald's 'Make Burger History' Site Hijacked With Offensive Burger Ideas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Stuff.co.nz: McDonald's New Zealand has been left with egg on its face after a raft of bad-taste burger suggestions customers forced it to quickly take down it...
12:00 am - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Make $3 Billion From Pokemon Go
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: We all know what Pokemon Go is, and we all know how successful it is. The Guardian is reporting that Apple will "rake in $3 billion in revenu...
12:00 am - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Wants To Sell You Everything, Including Student Loans
Amazon sells all kinds of stuff -- some legit, some not as much. So it didn't really come as a big surprise when the company announced that it will now be selling student loans too. Quartz has more de...
12:00 am - Fri, July 22, 2016
Slashdot Tesla's Autopilot Mode Reportedly Saves Pedestrian's Life
An anonymous reader writes: Following reports of Tesla's Autopilot mode being linked to a fatal crash, one Tesla Model S owner is reporting that the Autopilot mode has likely saved a pedestrian's life...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot IsoHunt Launches Unofficial KAT Mirror
An anonymous reader writes: Torrent site isoHunt appears to have unofficially resurrected KickassTorrents (also known as Kickass Torrents or just KAT) at kickasstorrents.website. It might look like th...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Movie Was Financed With Stolen Money, Says DOJ
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NY Daily News: Federal officials charged a $3.5 billion Malaysian money-laundering scheme helped finance the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "Wolf of Wall Street" -- t...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Police 3D-Printed A Murder Victim's Finger To Unlock His Phone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Police in Michigan have a new tool for unlocking phones: 3D printing. According to a new report from Flash Forward creator Rose Eveleth, law enforce...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's Surface Hub Is a 'Hit', Demand Outstrips Supply
Microsoft said on Thursday that it has sold over 500 units of the Surface Hubs, a number that apparently "exceeded" the company's initial forecasts. In a statement to Microsoft-centric blog Petri, the...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Apple Patches Stagefright-Like Bug In IOS
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: Apple has fixed a series of high-risk vulnerabilities in iOS, including three that could lead to remote code execution, with the release of iOS 9.3.3. One of those code-exe...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Took Its Giant Internet Drone On Its First Test Flight
An anonymous reader writes: A year ago, Facebook unveiled Aquila, its effort to put giant drones in the skies to beam Internet connectivity to areas in the developing world without mobile broadband In...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Google Gets Rid Of App Launcher In Chrome 52, Browser's Mac Client Gets Material Design
Google has finally removed App Launcher that it bundles with the Chrome browser for Windows and Mac with the release of Chrome v52. The Mac client, in addition, now embraces Google's Material Design a...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot EFF Is Suing the US Government To Invalidate the DMCA's DRM Provisions
Cory Doctorow, writes for BoingBoing: The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just filed a lawsuit that challenges the Constitutionality of Section 1201 of the DMCA, the "Digital Rights Management" pro...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Responds To Allegations That Windows 10 Collects 'Excessive Personal Data'
BetaNews's Mark Wilson writes: Yesterday France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) slapped a formal order on Microsoft to comply with data protection laws after it found Windows 10 was colle...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Verizon To Disconnect Unlimited Data Customers Who Use Over 100GB/Month
Verizon Wireless customers who have an unlimited data plan and use significantly more than 100GB a month will soon be disconnected from the network unless they agree to move to limited data packages t...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Edward Snowden's New Research Aims To Keep Smartphones From Betraying Their Owners
Smartphones become indispensable tools for journalists, human right workers, and activists in war-torn regions. But at the same time, as Intercept points out, they become especially potent tracking de...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Loses Huge Footwear Company Because Of Fake Products, a Problem It Denies Is Happening
Several sellers on Amazon had noted earlier this month that the platform is riddled with counterfeit products and that things have gotten worse after Chinese manufacturers were allowed to sell goods t...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Smartwatch Shipments Fall For the First Time; Apple Only Company In Top 5 To Decline
Emil Protalinski, reporting for VentureBeat: The smartwatch market has hit its first bump, and it's all Apple's fault. Vendors shipped a total of 3.5 million smartphones worldwide last quarter. This Q...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Tesla's 'Master Plan, Part Deux' Includes Trucks, Buses and Ride-Sharing
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Los Angeles Times: After teasing Part 2 of his "master product plan" for over a week, Elon Musk finally delivered. Los Angeles Times reports: "In a blog po...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Corning Unveils Gorilla Glass 5, Can Survive Drops 'Up To 80% Of The Time'
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Corning has unveiled their new Gorilla Glass 5, which should make its way to high-end smartphones and other electronic devices later this year a...
08:00 am - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot 47 Years Ago Today, Apollo 11 Landed On the Moon
An anonymous reader writes: At this point 47 years ago we had begun our orbit around the Moon," writes Buzz Aldrin in a tweet. Today, Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, marks the 47th anniversary of when NAS...
04:00 am - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot How The Internet Helps Sex Workers Keep Customers Honest
HughPickens.com writes: Mid-range prostitution is a relatively new market, enabled by technology. Before the internet, it was hard for escorts to find customers: They had to either walk the streets se...
02:00 am - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry CEO 'Disturbed' By Apple's Hard Line On Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he is "disturbed" by Apple's tough approach to encryption and user privacy, warning that the firm's attitude is harmful to society. Earlier th...
02:00 am - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Saudi Arabia Revives 15-Year-Old Ban On 'Zionism-Promoting' Pokemon
An anonymous reader writes: Clerics in Saudi Arabia have renewed a 15-year-old ban on Pokemon, following the release of the highly popular augmented reality version of the game, Pokemon Go. According ...
02:00 am - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot Feds Seize KickassTorrents Domains and Arrest Owner In Poland
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal authorities announced on Wednesday the arrest of the alleged mastermind of KickassTorrents (KAT), the world's largest BitTorrent distribu...
12:00 am - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot There's A 50% Chance of Another Chernobyl Before 2050, Say Safety Specialists
An anonymous reader writes from a report via MIT Technology Review: Spencer Wheatley and Didier Sornette at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Benjamin Sovacool at Aarhus University in Denmark have compile...
12:00 am - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot China Bans Ad Blocking
An anonymous reader writes: Two weeks ago, China released its first ever set of digital ad regulations that impacted Chinese market leaders like Baidu and Alibaba. "But hidden among (the new regulatio...
12:00 am - Thu, July 21, 2016
Slashdot EPA's Gasoline Efficiency Tests Provide No Valid Information At All
schwit1 writes from a report via Behind The Black: The tests the EPA uses to establish the fuel efficiency of cars are unreliable, and likely provide no valid information at all about the fuel efficie...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot US Navy Faces $600M Lawsuit For Allegedly Pirating 3D VR Software
An anonymous reader quotes a report from HotHardware: The U.S. Navy has been accused of pirating 3D software after first testing a software package offered by Germany company Bitmanagement Software Gm...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Engineer Gets Tired Of Waiting For Telecom Companies To Wire His town -- So He Does It Himself
Gurb, 75 kilometers north of Barcelona, is a quiet farming community of 2,500. It has suddenly become a popular place, thanks to being the birthplace of Guifi.net, one of the world's "most important e...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Begins Charging a Fee Just to Use an Older Router
Karl Bode, reporting for DSLReports: Several users have written in to note that Verizon has informed them the company will begin charging FiOS customers with an older router a new "Router Maintenance ...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Android Nougat Won't Boot If Your Phone's Software Is Corrupt Or Has Malware
An anonymous reader shares a report on Android Authority: In a bid to increase the security of the Android operating system, Google has introduced a new check for malware as part of the boot process i...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Japan Will Make Its Last-Ever VCR This Month
An anonymous reader writes: Most of us stopped using video cassette recorders a very, very long time ago. By 2008, DVD had officially replaced VHS as the preferred home media format, and the glory day...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot France: Windows 10 Collects 'Excessive Personal Data', Issues Microsoft With Formal Warning
France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to "stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without consent," adding that Microsoft must comply with the...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Google Testing AI System To Cool Data Center Energy Bills
An anonymous reader writes: Google is looking at artificial intelligence technology to help it identify opportunities for data center energy savings. The company is approaching the end of an initial 2...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Software Flaw Puts Mobile Phones and Networks At Risk Of Complete Takeover
Dan Goodin, reporting for Ars Technica: A newly disclosed vulnerability could allow attackers to seize control of mobile phones and key parts of the world's telecommunications infrastructure and make ...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Firefox To Block Non-Essential Flash Content In August 2016, Require Click-To-Activate In 2017
Mozilla has announced that it plans to discontinue support for Flash in Firefox. Starting next month, Firefox will block Flash content "that is not essential to the user experience." Also, starting so...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot BT Internet Outage Was Our Fault, Says Equinix
Kat Hall, reporting for The Register: Telecity's owner, Equinix, has 'fessed up to a "brief outage" which subsequently knocked 10 per cent of BT internet users offline this morning as well as a number...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Skype Finalizes Its Move To the Cloud; To Kill Older Clients -- Remains Tight Lipped About Privacy
When it was first created, Skype network was built as a decentralized peer-to-peer system. PCs that had enough processing muscle and bandwidth acted as "supernodes," and coordinated connections betwee...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Messenger Hits 1B Monthly Active Users, Accounts For 10 Percent Of All VoIP Calls
Speaking of instant messaging and VoIP call apps, Facebook announced on Wednesday that Facebook Messenger has hit the 1 billion monthly active users milestone. The company adds that Messenger is just ...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Neuroscientists Have Isolated The Part Of The Brain That Controls Free Will
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ExtremeTech: Free will might have been the province of philosophers until now, but we've cracked the problem with an fMRI. Neuroscientists from Johns Hopkins r...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot The Flux Capacitor Becomes World's Fastest Street-Legal Electric Car
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Jonny Smith now has the world's fastest street-legal electric car, called the Flux Capacitor. Previously, the Flux Capacitor was only Europe'...
08:00 am - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Isn't Saying If Echo Has Been Wiretapped
An anonymous reader writes from a report via ZDNet: Since announcing how many government data requests and wiretap orders it receives, Amazon has so far issued two transparency reports. The two report...
04:00 am - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot WikiLeaks Releases 300K Turkey Government Emails In Response To Erdogan's Post-Coup Purges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from RT: Despite a massive cyberattack on its website, WikiLeaks has published the first batch of nearly 300,000 emails from the Turkish ruling AKP party's internal...
02:00 am - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Patents Way To Turn Lampposts, Church Steeples Into Drone Perches
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Consumerist: Amazon has received a patent that shows what drones may be doing when they're not flying throughout the sky delivering packages: sitting o...
02:00 am - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Technology Is Making Doctors Feel Like Glorified Data Entry Clerks
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Fast Company: The average day for a doctor consists of hours of data entry. Since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITEC...
02:00 am - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Pitches Laser Beams As The High-Speed Internet Of The Future
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: Facebook says it has developed a laser detector that could open the airwaves to new high-speed data communications systems that don't require dedicate...
12:00 am - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Library of Congress Hit With a Denial-Of-Service Attack
An anonymous reader writes: The Library of Congress (LOC) announced via Twitter Monday that they were the target of a denial-of-service attack. The attack was detected on July 17 and has caused other ...
12:00 am - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot Safari Browser May Soon Be Just As Fast As Chrome With WebP Integration
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Next Web: The Safari browser included in Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra software is testing WebP, technology from Google that allows developers to cre...
12:00 am - Wed, July 20, 2016
Slashdot MIT's Ori Robotic Modular Furniture Is Designed To Make Small Places Feel More Roomy
An anonymous reader writes: MIT's Media Lab has produced Ori, a range of robotic, modular furniture designed to make small places feel more roomy. The Architect's Newspaper reports: "With its name com...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Warns Chrome and Firefox Users About Battery Drain, Recommends Switching To Edge
A month after Microsoft claimed that its Edge web browser is more power efficient than Google Chrome and Firefox, the company is now warning Windows 10 users about the same. VentureBeat reports: Micro...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon Go Doubles Nintendo's Stock Price
An anonymous reader quotes a report form Reuters: Shares of Japan's Nintendo Co soared another 14 percent on Tuesday, more than doubling the firm's market capitalization to 4.5 trillion yen ($42.5 bil...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Google and Bing Have No Obligation To Censor Searches For Torrents
Microsoft and Google are under no obligation to weed out 'torrent' results from their respective search engines, the High Court of Paris has ruled. BetaNews adds: French music industry group SNEP went...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Army Special Operations Command Ditching Android For iPhone, Says Report
The United States Army's Special Operations Command is ditching its Android phones for the "faster" iPhone, according to a report. The source cited in the story says that Android phones were freezing ...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot A Google Maps Glitch Turned This Korean Fishing Town Into a 'Pokemon Go' Haven
Madison Margolin, reporting for Motherboard: A glitch in Google Maps has turned the small fishing town of Sokcho, South Korea, into a Pokemon Go tourist haven. The globally popular mobile game hasn't ...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot UK 'Emergency' Bulk Data Slurp Permissible In Pursuit Of 'Serious Crime'
An anonymous reader writes: Bulk collection of data from phone calls and emails by carriers acting under government orders could be permissible in the pursuit of 'serious crime'. That's the preliminar...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 1060 To Take On AMD's Radeon RX 480
Reader MojoKid writes: NVIDIA just launched their answer to AMD's Radeon RX 480 mainstream card today, dubbed the GeForce GTX 1060. The GP106 GPU at the heart of the GeForce GTX 1060 has roughly half ...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Brazil Judge Orders Phone Carriers To Block WhatsApp Message App
A Brazilian judge has ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook's WhatsApp indefinitely, starting on Tuesday, the third such incident against the popular phone messaging app in eight...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Volkswagen Sued For Violating State Environmental Statutes With Dieselgate
The attorneys general of New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland are suing Volkswagen for violating state environmental regulations with its diesel emissions cheating scandal. The states say that the ca...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Spending Half a Billion Dollars To Curry Europe's Favor
An anonymous reader writes: Google has ratchet up its investment in European goodwill, aiming to spend about $450 million from 2015 to 2017 as EU regulators narrow their gaze on the search giant, acco...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Farmers Demand Right To Fix Their Own Dang Tractors
According to a report, farmers are demanding the right to fix their tractors. The report reminds us that owners of tractors aren't allowed to fix them, thanks to a set of laws designed to protect soft...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Google: Government Requests For User Data Hit All-Time High In Second Half Of 2015
Stephanie Condon, writing for ZDNet: Government requests for user data from Google hit an all-time high in the second half of 2015, the internet company revealed on Monday. Through July to December 20...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Marissa Mayer Says Yahoo Continues To Make Solid Progress, Earnings Report Says Otherwise
tomhath quotes a report from Fool: Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer tried to emphasize the progress that the company has made. "We continue to make solid progress against our 2016 plan," Mayer said, and "in a...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's Android App Can Now Save Offline Videos
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NDTV: The latest versions of Facebook's Android app now allow users to save videos for offline viewing. The video is saved inside the app in the 'Saved' sectio...
08:00 am - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Taiwan Building Lunar Lander For NASA Moon-Mining Mission
MarkWhittington quotes a report from Blasting News: According to AFP, the Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology in Taiwan is building a $47 million, 3.7 metric ton lunar lander on behalf of N...
04:00 am - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Kepler Confirms 100 New Exoplanets
schwit1 writes: Astronomers have confirmed another 100 of Kepler's more than 3,000 candidate exoplanets. Phys.org reports: "One of the most interesting set of planets discovered in this study is a sys...
02:00 am - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot BuzzFeed and Washington Post To Use Robots For RNC Coverage
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Engadget: The Washington Post and Buzzfeed have sent robots to cover the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The Washington Post is using a ...
02:00 am - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Stock Price Tanks As Customers Quit Over Higher Prices
An anonymous reader writes: Netflix released its earnings report (PDF) for the second quarter today, where it reported $1.97 billion in revenue and net income of $41 million. The company did however r...
02:00 am - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Develop Atomic-Scale Hard Drive That Writes Information Atom By Atom
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Researchers in the Netherlands have created a microscopic storage system that encodes every bit with a single atom -- allowing them to fit a kiloby...
12:00 am - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Hacking Group 'OurMine' Claims Credit For Attack On Pokemon Go Servers
An anonymous reader writes: A group of hackers known as OurMine have attacked Pokemon Go's login servers, making it all but impossible for players to get online. The group says they hacked the game in...
12:00 am - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Researcher Finds Way To Steal Cash From Google, Instagram, and Microsoft Through The Phone
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: A security researcher has discovered a method that would have enabled fraudsters to steal thousands of dollars from Facebook, Microsoft, and Google by li...
12:00 am - Tue, July 19, 2016
Slashdot Ex Cardinal's Scouting Director Chris Correa Sentenced To 46 Months For Hacking Astros' Computer System
New submitter yzf750 quotes a report from ESPN: A federal judge sentenced the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals [Christopher Correa] to nearly four years in prison Monday for hacking...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot RNC Is Preparing For Cyberattacks
An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNBC: The Republican National Convention will be a popular target for cyberattacks. An official in charge of securing the network has said the RNC already ...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Stream Is a New Video Service For Businesses
An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: Microsoft today launched Stream, a new business video service that aims to give businesses that want to share video internally the same kind of tools an...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Pixels Are Driving Out Reality
An article on Motherboard today investigates the reasons why people didn't go "oh-my-god, that was awesome" looking at the CGI-based scenes in the recent movies such as Independence Day: Resurgence, B...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Apple Begins Rolling Out iTunes Match With Audio Fingerprint to Apple Music Subscribers
In May, Vellum's James shared an ordeal that many people were able to relate to. Apple Music had deleted music files from his computer. It's an issue that many of us have faced over the years. At the ...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do You Install Preview Version Of An OS On Your Primary Device?
On Monday, Google released a new -- and also the final -- version of the Android N Developer Preview. Android Nougat, which is the latest version of Google's mobile operating system comes with a range...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Lands Falcon 9 Rocket On Solid Ground For the Second Time
SpaceX successfully landed another Falcon 9 rocket after launching the vehicle into space on Sunday evening from Florida. The Verge reports: Shortly after takeoff, the vehicle touched down at SpaceX's...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's New Xbox One S Will Go On Sale On August 2 -- Will You Buy One?
Microsoft announced on Monday that its new Xbox One S console will go on sale on August 2. To recall, the Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One (also the power supply packed in t...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Millennials Set To Earn Less Than Generation X
Reader AmiMoJo writes: Millennials are set to become the first generation to earn less than their predecessors, new research suggests. The Resolution Foundation found that under-35s earned 8,000 pound...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Star Trek CBS Series To Be Streamed Internationally On Netflix
An anonymous reader writes: Netflix has announced that it has secured a deal to stream every episode of the new Star Trek TV series within 24 hours of its original network broadcast. However, neither ...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Germany To Require 'Black Box' in Autonomous Cars
Autonomous cars should be able to account for themselves, that's the thinking behind new legislation proposed by German's transport ministry. The country is planning new laws that require self-driving...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot SoftBank To Buy British Chip Designer ARM For $32 Billion
SoftBank has agreed to acquire British chip designer ARM Holdings for $32 billion in cash. The purchase will give Japan's multinational telecommunications and Internet corporation a slice of virtually...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Consortium's $1.24B Bid To Acquire Opera Software Fails, $600M Deal Agreed Instead
The $1.24 billion takeover of Opera Software by a Chinese consortium of internet firms has failed, Opera said on Monday. The deal did not receive the required regulatory approval in time of a final de...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Uses Premium Rate Calls To Steal From Instagram, Google, Microsoft
Reader Orome1 writes: Some account options deployed by Instagram, Google and Microsoft can be misused to steal money from the companies by making them place phone calls to premium rate numbers, securi...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Computer Set-Up Look Like?
I thought it'd be fun to ask Slashdot readers one of the same questions we asked Larry Wall: What's your computer set-up look like? Slashdot reader LichtSpektren had asked:Can you give us a glimpse in...
08:00 am - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot The Slashdot Interview With Larry Wall
You asked, he answered! Perl creator Larry Wall has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on for his answers... ...
04:00 am - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot New Zealand Crowdfunds $1.7 Million To Buy A Private Beach
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes an article from FastCoExist: When debt-troubled businessman Michael Spackman put his private New Zealand beach on sale, Kiwis started a crowdfunding campaign to buy...
02:00 am - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot DARPA Will Stage an AI Fight in Las Vegas For DEF CON
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: "A bunch of computers will try to hack each other in Vegas for a $2 million prize," reports Tech Insider calling it a "historic battle" that will coincide with "tw...
12:00 am - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot Cities Struggling To Crack Down On Airbnb Renters
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: A California man has been charged with eight misdemeanors for renting several apartments under his own name, and then subletting them all. "Apartments in Santa Mon...
12:00 am - Mon, July 18, 2016
Slashdot The Case Against a Universal Basic Income
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: A prominent think tank founder argues that a Universal Basic Income is more likely to increase poverty than decrease it. Robert Greenstein, president of the Center...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot U.S. Curtails Federal Election Observers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune:Federal election observers can only be sent to five states in this year's U.S. presidential election, among the smallest deployments since the Voting R...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot The World's Most Powerful Telescope Just Discovered 1,230 New Galaxies
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from Vice:On Saturday night astronomers at the South African MeerKAT radio telescope array fired up 16 of its recently completed dishes and released the fi...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot Did Armenia Censor Facebook?
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: "Only one day after Twitter was throttled in Turkey during an ill-fated coup attempt, social media again seemed to become a target during unrest in Armenia's capit...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot The Freeware Hall of Fame Enters Its 20th Year
After our story about the ongoing development of FreeDOS, long-time Slashdot reader reybo shares another valuable resource that's been "All free, all the time since 1984": Younger FreeDOS users may no...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot Coursera Relaunches Classic Computer Science Courses
"Many of the Computer Science courses that we feared had been assigned to the scrapheap have reappeared in Coursera's catalog," reports i-programmer.info.Slashdot reader mikejuk shares this update on ...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot Google, Tesla, and Facebook Attract 'Hordes of Tech Tourists' To Their Headquarters
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: "We just came from Oracle, then we go to HP, Google; we're going to do Tesla, Intel, eBay and Yahoo. And Apple, I forgot Apple..." says one San Francisco resident,...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot Is The DOJ Using Obsolete Software To Subvert FOIA Requests?
"A new lawsuit alleges that the U.S. Department of Justice intentionally conducts inadequate searches of its records using a decades-old computer system when queried by citizens looking for records th...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot Juniper OS Flaw Allowed Forged Certificates
Slashdot reader disccomp shares an article from Ars Technica: In an advisory posted Wednesday, Juniper officials said they just fixed a bug in the company's Junos operating system that allowed adversa...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot First Open Source-Based Database Completes U.S. Security Review
RaDag writes: The U.S. government has published a DoD-validated implementation guide, known as a STIG, for EDB Postgres Advanced Server from EnterpriseDB (EDB). This is a first. No other open source d...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot New Study Shows Why Big Pharma Hates Medical Marijuana
HughPickens.com writes: Christopher Ingraham writes in the Washington Post that a new study shows that painkiller abuse and overdose are significantly lower in states with medical marijuana laws and t...
08:00 am - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot How (And Why) FreeDOS Keeps DOS Alive
FreeDOS was originally created in response to Microsoft's announcement that after Windows 95, DOS would no longer be developed as a standalone operating system, according to a new interview about how ...
04:00 am - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft 'Patch' Blocks Linux Installs On Locked-Down Windows RT Computers
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from fossBytes:Microsoft has released a security update that has patched a backdoor in Windows RT operating system [that] allowed users to install non-Redm...
02:00 am - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot Energy Prices Skyrocket in South Australia
Slashdot reader sycodon quotes an article from AFR:Turmoil in South Australia's heavily wind-reliant electricity market has forced the state government to plead with the owner of a mothballed gas-fire...
12:00 am - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot Robotic Exoskeletons May Become Skintight Suits
Slashdot reader Kassandra Perlongo shares an article about "soft robotics and exoskeletons" at the University of Salford, writing "those bulky, mechanical suits could eventually be a thing of the past...
12:00 am - Sun, July 17, 2016
Slashdot Bird-Shaped Drone Symbolizes New Forms Of Covert Surveillance To Come
One security writer in Somali recently discovered a downed metal drone that had been carefully disguised as a bird, a reminder that drones will bring powerful new forms of surveillance. Slashdot reade...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Intel ChromeBooks Can Now Run Wine and Steam
"With Google Play and Android app support hitting Chromebooks, it's now possible to run Windows applications/games on Chromebooks via CrossOver For Android," reports Phoronix. Slashdot reader grungy w...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Paypal Founder Peter Thiel To Speak At Trump's Republican Convention
Slashdot reader speedplane writes: The New York Times is reporting that renowned Venture Capitalist, Paypal Founder, and Gawker Litigation Funder, Peter Thiel will be speaking at the Republican Nation...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Encrypted DNA Storage Investigated by DOE Researchers
Biological engineers at a Department of Energy lab "are experimenting with encrypted DNA storage for archival applications." Slashdot reader ancientribe shares an article from Dark Reading:Using this ...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Uber's Investigators Admit To Lying While Digging Up Dirt On Legal Foes
Andrew J . Hawkins, writing for The Verge: Ergo, the secretive, CIA-linked firm that was paid by Uber to investigate the plaintiff in one of the ride-hail startup's many lawsuits, has now admitted to ...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Patriot Act Expansion Fails In The House
An anonymous reader write: The "Anti-terrorism Information Sharing Is Strength Act" failed in the U.S. Congress on a vote held earlier this week. "Many libertarians warned of potential privacy violati...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Starbucks and McDonald's Announce Porn Blocks On Their Wi-Fi Networks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN Money: Anti-pornography groups have succeeded in their efforts to get Starbucks and McDonald's to block porn on the chains' Wi-Fi networks..."We had not he...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Open Sources Its SDN Framework To The Linux Foundation
An anonymous reader writes "It's no secret that AT&T has been planning to move to a software-defined network for quite a while. Now, they've decided to open-source the whole thing." From Fierce Te...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Store Offers Free Laptop If They Can't Upgrade Your PC To Windows 10
Microsoft is now promising that their Microsoft Store employees "will give you a free Dell laptop if the staff can't do a same-day upgrade on your eligible PC by close of business," reports new Slashd...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Jill Stein Pledges To Pardon Snowden and Appoint Him To Her Cabinet
Iamthecheese writes: Trump hates him. Clinton misrepresented him. Most mainstream media outlets call him a traitor and worse. But if you vote Stein, Snowden will be in the presidential Cabinet. "The p...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Leak Shows PlayStation 4 Neo Is Expected To Have Twice The Graphics Horsepower
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: Following rumors of a more powerful console in Sony's not-too-distant future -- one that will be capable of playing games at a 4K resolution -- the Japane...
08:00 am - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Russia Is Building a Nuclear Space Bomber
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Beast: The Russian military claims it's making progress on a space plane similar to the U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B robotic mini-shuttle. The te...
04:00 am - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Do You Have A Living Doppelgänger?
HughPickens.com writes: Folk wisdom has it that everyone has a doppelganger; somewhere out there there's a perfect duplicate of you, with your mother's eyes, your father's nose and that annoying mole ...
02:00 am - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Newt Gingrich Says Visiting An ISIS Or Al Qaeda Website Should Be A Felony
flopsquad writes: Following the July 14th terror attack in Nice, France, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has called for U.S. Muslims to be tested for their belief in Sharia law, and if so, deported...
02:00 am - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk: Autopilot Feature Was Disabled In Pennsylvania Crash
An anonymous reader writes: In response to the third reported Autopilot crash, which was the first of three where there were no fatalities, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the Model X's Autopilot featur...
02:00 am - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Google Decided To Nix Its Oculus Rift Competitor
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Recode: Google recently nixed an internal project to create a high-end standalone virtual-reality headset that would compete directly against the Oculus Ri...
12:00 am - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Fake Pokemon Go App On Google Play Infects Phones With Screenlocker
Everytime an app gets insanely popular, vicious minds try to capitalize on the momentum -- and history suggests, Android is their most-targetted platform. So it wasn't really a big surprise when secur...
12:00 am - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Would You Eat Lab-Grown Meat?
An anonymous reader writes from a report via WIRED: Lab-grown meat appears to be coming to a supermarket near you whether you like it or not. Granted, you have some time before that becomes a reality....
12:00 am - Sat, July 16, 2016
Slashdot Cybercrime Overtakes Traditional Crime In UK, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Krebs On Security: A new report from the nation's National Crime Agency (NCA) warns that cybercrime has now surpassed all other forms of crime in the Unite...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Makes Little Progress in Race and Gender Diversity
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: Facebook has said about one-third of its workers are female, while black employees accounted for 3% of its US senior leadership, both numbers only slightly...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Samsung In Talks With BYD To Buy Stake In Electric-Car Maker
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung is reportedly in talks with BYD Co. about investing in the Chinese electric-car manufacturer. Bloomberg reports: "Details including the size of the investment will ...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Blocked In Turkey During Reported Coup Attempt
An anonymous reader writes: In response to an attempted military coup, the Turkish government has reportedly blocked social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. TechCrunch reports: "Tu...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot 'Tor and Bitcoin Hinder Anti-Piracy Efforts'
An anonymous reader writes: A new report published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office identifies a wide range of 'business models' that are used by pirate sites. The organization, whic...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot White House Pledges $400M To Back Speedier 5G Wireless Networks
The Obama Administration has announced a new funding initiative to ensure the United States maintains its leadership in the mobile technology space. For this, it will spend over $400 million on large-...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Expands $10 Low-Income Internet Plan
Jon Brodkin, reporting for Ars Technica: Comcast's Internet Essentials program that provides $10-per-month Internet service to low-income families has been expanded to make about 1.3 million additiona...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux Forums Hacked -- IP Address, Username, Email of 2M Accounts Compromised
Canonical announced on Friday that Ubuntu forums have been hacked. The company adds that data such as IP address, username, and email address of over two million users have been compromised. BetaNews ...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot In China, Fears That Pokemon Go May Aid Locating Military Bases
The sleeper hit success title Pokemon Go is preventing many people in China from sleeping properly. Although the game isn't officially available in the world's largest smartphone market, some people f...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft: Windows 10 Won't Hit 1 Billion Devices By Mid-2018
Despite Microsoft's aggressive efforts to get everyone to upgrade to Windows 10 by mid-2018, the company says it is unlikely to meet its self-imposed deadline. In a statement to ZDNet, the company sai...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot It Took Nearly Three Hours For France's Terror Alert App To Respond To Nice Attack
Amar Toor, reporting for The Verge: A terror alert app released by the French government last month has come under criticism after taking hours to notify users of Thursday night's attack in Nice. The ...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot UK Gov Says New Home Sec Will Have Powers To Ban End-to-end Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: During a committee stage debate in the UK's House of Lords yesterday, the government revealed that the Investigatory Powers Bill will provide any Secretary of State with th...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Sir Tim Berners-Lee Makes a Last-Minute Plea To Save Net Neutrality in Europe
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Verge: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the world wide web, is calling on regulators in Europe to protect net neutrality and "save the open internet....
02:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Null Island: The Land of Lousy Directional Data
An anonymous reader writes: Null Island is one of the world's most visited places for directional data that doesn't exist in real life. The Wall Street Journal reports (Warning: source may be paywalle...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Alzheimer's Gene Already Shrinking Brain By Age of Three
schwit1 quotes a report from The Telegraph: The Alzheimer's gene, which dramatically raises the risk of developing dementia, is already affecting carriers by the age of three, shrinking their brains a...
08:00 am - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot How President Jimmy Carter Saved The Space Shuttle
MarkWhittington writes: Eric Berger has published an account in Ars Technica about how President Jimmy Carter saved the space shuttle program. The article is well worth reading for its detail. In esse...
04:00 am - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot A Smaller Version of Raspberry Pi 3 Is Coming Soon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: A smaller version of the popular Raspberry Pi 3 will go on sale in a few months. Raspberry Pi is developing a new version of its Compute Module, a sin...
02:00 am - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot NVIDIA's Releases Its First VR Game, Along With An Interactive Screenshot Tool 'Ansel'
Deathspawner writes: NVIDIA has today released a Game Ready GeForce driver that introduces its interactive screenshot tool 'Ansel.' Named after famed photographer Ansel Adams, this new tool requires a...
02:00 am - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Theresa May Reshuffles Cabinet, Warns Amazon and Google of Power Shift
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: British Prime Minister Theresa May has given a stern warning to big business, telling the public to "think not of the powerful, but you." Spe...
02:00 am - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Emirati Man Gets 3-Month Prison Sentence Over Instagram Insult
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: A state-owned newspaper in the United Arab Emirates is reporting that an Emirati man has received a three-month prison sentence and a fine after bein...
12:00 am - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Google's New Emoji Aimed At Promoting Gender Equality Are Coming
An anonymous reader writes: Based largely on a proposal from Unicode Consortium member Google, Unicode Consortium has announced plans to support new emoji aimed at promoting gender equality. There wil...
12:00 am - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot CleanSpace CO Sensor Runs On Freevolt RF Harvesting
mspohr writes: A few years ago, a Kickstarter was set up to develop a locator tag powered by free radio frequency (RF) energy harvested from the environment. This was called a scam here on Slashdot an...
12:00 am - Fri, July 15, 2016
Slashdot Obesity Is Three Times As Deadly For Men Than Women, Says Study
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Telegraph: Researchers at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard universities found in the biggest ever study into weight and death that obesity is three times ...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Google Hit By New Round Of Antitrust Charges In Europe
The European commission has filed a third antitrust charge against Google -- this time it is against the Mountain View-based company's AdSense advertising business. The EU regulator is accusing Google...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Google Deletes Artist's Blog and a Decade Of His Work Along With It
Ethan Chiel, writing for Fusion: Artist Dennis Cooper has a big problem on his hands: Most of his artwork from the past 14 years just disappeared. It's gone because it was kept entirely on his blog, w...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot 145 Tech Leaders Say 'Trump Would Be A Disaster For Innovation'
An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNN: "We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation," wrote 145 technology leaders in...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile Gives Customers Free Pokemon Go Data
An anonymous reader shares a report from The Verge: T-Mobile has been a pioneer in giving special treatment to various apps and types of content used on its mobile network, and the carrier announced t...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Donald Trump To Announce Mike Pence As Vice-Presidential Running Mate
Donald Trump has selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice-presidential running mate. A senior GOP official, cited by many media outlets today (including the WSJ), confirmed the news, adding that t...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot FCC OKs Sweeping Spectrum Frontiers Rules To Open Up Nearly 11 GHz Of Spectrum
Monica Alleven, reporting for FierceWirelessTech: In one fell swoop, the FCC today put the U.S. in a 5G leadership position, voting 5-0 to approve its Spectrum Frontiers proceeding and make spectrum b...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Consumer Reports Calls For Tesla To Disable Autopilot
Reader parallel_prankster writes: Consumer Reports is calling on Tesla to disable its "Autopilot" feature that enables hands-free operation. Citing the recent fatal accident involving a car with Autop...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot In Privacy Victory, Microsoft Wins Appeal Over Foreign Data Warrant
In what is being perceived as a major victory for privacy, Microsoft has won the reversal of a court order that required it to turn over to the United States government the contents of a customer's em...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Dropbox Open Sources New Lossless Middle-Out Image Compression Algorithm
Dropbox announced on Thursday that it is releasing its image compression algorithm dubbed Lepton under an Apache open-source license on GitHub. Lepton, the company writes, can both compress and decomp...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Valve Denounces Third-Party Gambling Sites, But Won't Block Them
Valve is finally addressing the last week's Counter-Strike gambling scandal. The game maker and Steam operator says that it does not directly profit from these gambling sites' actions. In a statement,...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Begin Reducing Your Free OneDrive Cloud Storage Starting Today
For those of you who forgot -- or didn't bother -- to keep the 15GB worth of OneDrive storage, starting today you will see a big change in your account. On Thursday, Microsoft will begin shrinking you...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Maxthon Web Browser Sends Sensitive Data To China
Reader wiredmikey writes: Security experts have discovered that the Maxthon web browser collects sensitive information and sends it to a server in China. Researchers warn that the harvested data could...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Is Launching a New, Tiny NES For $60 With 30 Games
Nintendo, which has been in the news a lot lately thanks to Pokemon Go, has announced a new console. It's called the Nintendo Classic Mini, and it will ship pre-loaded with 30 games. The upcoming Nint...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot 'Fourth Amendment Caucus' Aims To Fight Government Surveillance
schwit1 quotes a report from USA Today: An unusual coalition of 13 Republicans and 12 Democrats on Wednesday announced the creation of the House Fourth Amendment Caucus to protect Americans' privacy r...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Apple Launching Reality TV Show Called 'Planet of the Apps'
theodp writes: The Verge reports Apple is making good on an earlier threat to create a reality TV show about app developers. An open casting call has been issued for "Planet of the Apps," with the goa...
08:00 am - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Windows Malware Poses As Ransomware, Just Deletes Victims' Files
An anonymous reader writes: Ranscam, a ransom malware reported by Cisco's Talos Security Intelligence group, claims to have encrypted victims' files and hold them for ransom, but in actuality it has a...
04:00 am - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Tor Project Installs New Board of Directors After Jacob Appelbaum Controversy
An anonymous reader writes: The Tor Project announced today that is has elected an entirely new board of directors as part of a larger shake-up after accusations of misconduct by former employee Jacob...
02:00 am - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft: Only Microsoft Edge Will Play Netflix Content At 1080p On Your PC
An anonymous reader writes from a report via PCWorld: Microsoft made the bold claim on Wednesday that its Edge browser was the only browser of the big four browsers -- Chrome, Firefox, and Opera -- to...
02:00 am - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Ex-Google Engineer Launches Blockchain-Based System For Banks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A former Google engineer, whose speech recognition software is used in more than a billion Android smartphones, has launched a company that uses block...
02:00 am - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Theresa May Becomes UK's 'Spy Queen' and New Prime Minister
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Theresa May has become the new British Prime Minister. As she sat down with the Queen on Wednesday, a controversial surveillance draft legisl...
12:00 am - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Parents Upset After Their Boy Was 'Knocked Down and Run Over' By A Security Robot
An anonymous reader writes from a report via KGO-TV: PSA: Beware of dangerous security robots at the Stanford Shopping Center! After a young boy was "knocked down and run over" by one of the Stanford ...
12:00 am - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon Go Becomes Biggest Mobile Game In US History
An anonymous reader writes: Pokemon Go is now the biggest mobile game of all time in the U.S. Not only has it surpassed Twitter's daily users, but it is seeing people spend more time in its app than i...
12:00 am - Thu, July 14, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Don't Graphics Cards For VR Use Real-Time Motion Compensation?
dryriver writes: Graphics cards manufacturers like Nvidia and AMD have gone to great pains recently to point out that in order to experience virtual reality with a VR headset properly, you need a GPU ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Google Gets Land For Its Futuristic Headquarters, Thanks To LinkedIn Deal
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Google and LinkedIn have worked out a deal that will allow the two neighbors to swap a few milli...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot TOS Agreements Require Giving Up First Born -- and Users Gladly Consent
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: A recent study concludes what everybody already knows: nobody reads the lengthy terms of service and privacy policies that bombard Internet users eve...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Programming Bug Costs Citigroup $7M After Legit Transactions Mistaken For Test Data For 15 Years
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register:A programming blunder in its reporting software has led to Citigroup being fined $7m. According to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), ...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Guccifer 2.0 Drops New Documents
Joe Uchill, reporting for The Hill: Guccifer 2.0, the hacker who breached the Democratic National Committee, has released a cache of purported DNC documents to The Hill in an effort to refocus attenti...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Thinks Drones Can Fix Terrible Reception At Baseball Games, Music Concerts
Cell services are at some of their worst behaviors at music concerts, baseball games and other similar large public gatherings. AT&T thinks it might have a solution for it. In a blog post today, t...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot China Hacked US Banking Regulator From 2010 Until 2013 - and US Officials Covered It Up: Report
According to a Congressional report, China's spies hacked into computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) from 2010 until 2013. The report adds that American government officials tr...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Why So Much Coverage Of Amazon Prime Day? The Incentives, Of Course
Olivia Solon, writing for The Guardian: In July 2015, Amazon declared its own annual holiday: Amazon Prime Day. The retail giant promised deals on a wide range of products for customers signed up to i...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Google Will Let You Share Movies, Apps, and Music You Buy With Up To Six People
Google reportedly plans to introduce Google Play Family Library plan later this month which will enable users to share their Android apps, games, and media purchases with five different people. The fe...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot 90% Of Software Developers Work Outside Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader shares a Quartz report: So much code to write, so few developers. The chronic talent shortage afflicting Silicon Valley is now all over the US -- and the developers are too.A study...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Says Content Owners Made $1B Last Year -- So Music Labels Should Stop Complaining
Peter Kafka, reporting for Recode: Here's the latest salvo in the back and forth between YouTube and the music industry: A report from Google that says its video site's copyright software has allowed ...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Finally Releases New Skype App For Linux
Four months after Linux users complained about issues with Skype app -- an update in March apparently broke the instant message and video calling app -- Microsoft announced a few minutes ago the launc...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Streamers Get Best Of Both Worlds With Xbox Live Support For PC Twitch Streaming
An anonymous reader shares a Neowin article: Microsoft is making life easier for Twitch streamers who rely on capture cards to stream Xbox One games, by adding support for capture cards on Xbox Live. ...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot US Judge Throws Out Cell Phone 'Stingray' Evidence For The First Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot FBI Closes D.B. Cooper Investigation After 45 Years
An anonymous reader writes: The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it is no longer investigating the unsolved mystery of D.B. Cooper. The bureau said Tuesday that it's "exhaustively reviewed all cre...
08:00 am - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot NASA's Juno Spacecraft Sends First Images From Jupiter
An anonymous reader writes: After its patriotic arrival at Jupiter on July 4th, the Juno spacecraft has sent its first images of the planet back to earth via the JunoCam. The visible-light camera aboa...
04:00 am - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Will Ship Its First Rust Component In Firefox 48
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: Mozilla announced today plans to ship its first ever Rust code with the production releases of Firefox. The first ever Rust components will arrive i...
02:00 am - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Leaky Database Leaves Oklahoma Police, Bank Vulnerable To Intruders
blottsie quotes a report from The Daily Dot: A leaky database has exposed the physical security of multiple Oklahoma Department of Public Safety facilities and at least one Oklahoma bank. The vulnerab...
02:00 am - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Sega Saturn's DRM Cracked Almost 23 Years After Launch
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Gamasutra: The Sega Saturn's DRM has finally been cracked after it hit store shelves nearly 23 years ago in November 1994. Engineer James Laird-Wah first s...
02:00 am - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot VPN Provider Removes Russian Presence After Servers Seized
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: VPN provider Private Internet Access has pulled out of Russia in the wake of new internet surveillance legislation in the country. The company claim...
12:00 am - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Honda Unveils First Hybrid Motor Without Heavy Rare Earth Metals
An anonymous reader writes: Honda has unveiled its new hybrid motor this week that doesn't use heavy rare earth metals like dysprosium and terbium -- though it still does contain neodymium. The motor ...
12:00 am - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot FBI Has Collected 430,000 Iris Scans In 'Pilot Program'
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: The Verge has obtained documents that reveal the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department has been collecting iris data from at least 200,000 arreste...
12:00 am - Wed, July 13, 2016
Slashdot Vulnerability Exploitable Via Printer Protocols Affects All Windows Versions
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: "Microsoft patched today a critical security vulnerability in the Print Spooler service that allows attackers to take over devices," reports Sof...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Found a Hacking Tool that Targets Energy Grids on the Dark Web
An anonymous reader writes: A sophisticated piece of government-made malware, designed to do reconnaissance on energy grid's system ahead of an eventual cyberattack on critical infrastructure, was fou...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot NBC Universal Patents a Way To Detect BitTorrent Pirates In Real-Time
An anonymous reader writes: NBC Universal has been granted a patent, titled "Early detection of high volume peer-to-peer networks in real-time," to try and restrict piracy of its copyrighted content. ...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Linus Torvalds In Sweary Rant About Punctuation In Kernel Comments
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: Linus Torvalds has unleashed a sweary rant on the Linux Kernel Mailing List, labelling some members "brain-damaged" for their preferred method of p...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot FBI Agent: Decrypting Data 'Fundamentally Alters' Evidence
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: An FBI agent has brought up an interesting question about the nature of digital evidence: Does decrypting encrypted data "fundamentally alter" it, therefore cont...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot How Technology Disrupted the Truth
A day after the Brexit, former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage admitted he had misled the public on a key issue. He admitted that UK's alleged 350M Euro weekly contribution to the EU ...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Cops Warn Pokemon Go Players: Please Don't Trespass To Catch 'em All
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report:Law enforcement agencies around the globe are reminding citizens to obey trespassing laws and follow common sense when playing Pokemon Go. The new cra...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Surface as a Service, Windows 10 Enterprise E3 for $7 Per User Per Month
Mary Jo Foley, reporting for ZDNet: Microsoft plans to make its recently renamed Windows 10 Enterprise product available as a subscription for $7 per user per month, or $84 per year. Microsoft took th...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton
It's official. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday endorsed former presidential rival Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee ahead of the party's July convention. Sanders said Clinton will make ...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot XDedic, Underground Market For Hacked Servers, Resurfaces On Tor Domain
Reader msm1267 writes: The defunct xDedic marketplace has resurfaced again, this time on a Tor network domain. The marketplace provides a platform for buying and selling of hacked servers. Its origina...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon Go Was Never Able To Read Your Email
Last week a security researcher noted that Pokemon Go's iOS app -- for whatever reason -- was gleaning complete hold of one's Google account. But is that really the case? Gizmodo contacted Adam Reeve,...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot PC Shipments Return To Growth In the US
PC shipments are seeing a welcome growth in the United States. The industry, which has seen a continual decline in the sales in the past few consecutive quarters, is now seemingly gaining some momentu...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Clinton: It's 'Heartbreaking' When IT Workers Must Train H-1B Replacements
dcblogs writes: Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Monday criticized the replacement of U.S. IT workers with foreign labor but stopped short of offering a plan to fix...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Warner Bros. Settles FTC Charge For Not Disclosing Payments To YouTubers For Positive Reviews
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Warner Bros. over claims that the publisher failed to disclose that it had paid prominent...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Study Shows Thumb-Sucking and Nail-Biting Can Be Good For Kids
HughPickens.com writes: Perri Klass M.D. writes in the NYT that according to a new study of children aged 5 to 11, thumb-suckers and nail-biters were less likely to have positive allergic skin tests l...
08:00 am - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot New Dwarf Planet Discovered In Outer Solar System
astroengine quotes a report from Seeker: Astronomers have found another Pluto-like dwarf planet located about 20 times farther away from the sun than Neptune. The small planet, dubbed 2015 RR245, is e...
04:00 am - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Google To Train 2 Million Indian Android Developers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: Google has announced its new "Android Fundamentals" training program, which aims to train and certify up to two million Android developers in India....
02:00 am - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Congress Is Trying To Expand The Patriot Act
An anonymous reader writes: The house is scheduled to vote in an hour or so on expanding provisions of the patriot act, allowing massive financial information sharing to include dozens of new offenses...
02:00 am - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Third Tesla Crashes Amid Report of SEC Investigation
An anonymous reader writes: Tesla hasn't had the best month so far as not one, not two, but a total of three crashes have been reported with the car's Autopilot self-driving system engaged at the time...
02:00 am - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Seagate Fires 6,500, Or 14% of Workforce, Stock Soars
turkeydance quotes a report from Zero Hedge: [Seagate] announced today an additional restructuring plan for continued consolidation of its global footprint across Asia, EMEA and the Americas. The plan...
12:00 am - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot Can Tech Workers Skip The Olympics As Easily As Athletes?
netbuzz writes: [Network World reports:] "Golfer Jordan Spieth announced this morning that he will not play in the Olympics, citing Zika, meaning the world's top four players in his sport have now opt...
12:00 am - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot MIT Says Their Anonymity Network Is More Secure Than Tor
An anonymous reader writes from a report via PC Magazine: Following the recent vulnerabilities in Tor, researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Ecole Polyte...
12:00 am - Tue, July 12, 2016
Slashdot PSA: Pokemon Go Has Full Access To Your Google Account Data
An anonymous reader writes: If you're an iPhone user and have installed Pokemon GO, you may have noticed that the app grants itself full access to your Google account. It can read your email, location...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Is The Least-Cancelled of All Major Streaming Services, Says Study
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Exstreamist: A recent survey from IBM suggests that nearly 70% of streaming service subscribers never canceled their subscriptions. One of the more likely ...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Password Reuse Tool Makes It Easy To ID Vulnerable Accounts On Other Sites
Dan Goodin, reporting for Ars Technica: Over the past few months, a cluster of megabreaches has dumped account credentials for a mind-boggling 642 million accounts into the public domain, where they c...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot PC Gaming Is Still Way Too Hard
Motherboard has an article in which it argues that PC gaming is still way too hard. The author of the article claims that for one to build a gaming PC, they need an "unreasonable" amount of disposable...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Infected Pokemon GO APK Carries Dangerous Android Backdoor
An anonymous reader writes: Users eager to get their hands on the new Nintendo mobile gaming app Pokemon GO, downloading unofficial copies of the game are opening themselves up to hackers who are circ...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Sued for $1 Billion for Alleged Use of Medium for Terror
A group of Israelis and American lawyers are suing Facebook for a sum of $1 billion in damages for allegedly facilitating deadly Palestinian militant attacks on their loved ones. The application accus...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Completes Its Radio Specs for 5G, Pushing Its Agenda For Global Standard Down the Line
Roger Cheng, reporting for CNET: The reality of 5G, wireless connectivity that's faster than our speediest home internet service, is years away. But that isn't stopping Verizon from making its presenc...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Qualcomm's New Snapdragon 821 Is 10 Percent Faster Than the 820
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Verge: Qualcomm has announced a new flagship mobile processor called the Snapdragon 821. The 821 is a slight update to the Snapdragon 820 that debuted in sma...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Millions Of Xiaomi Phones at Risk Of Remotely Installed Malware
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: Millions of Xiaomi phones are vulnerable to a flaw that could allow an attacker to remotely install malware. The vulnerability, now fixed, was found in the analyti...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Hamilton Producer Jeffrey Seller: Live Theater Is the Antidote To Digital Overload
As more people come online and get hold of smartphones, we are witnessing a generation that is reliant on their phones to get news, entertainment, and educational resources among other things. They wa...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Tech Workers Think Silicon Valley and Startups Are Losing Their Luster
An anonymous reader shares a Quartz report: The job site Indeed.com found Silicon Valley's hold on tech workers is slipping as opportunities, and the cost of living, changes the equation for living an...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Finds Bug to Edit or Delete Any Medium Post
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: Medium has become the go-to home for extended blog posts from researchers, CEOs, and even the President of the United States. Now, one hacker has found a way to ...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon Game Adds $7.5 Billion To Nintendo Market Value In Two Days
Who would have thought that Nintendo will ever make a strong return to the market... especially with an app that is not designed for company's signature hardware. But that is exactly what has happened...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot A Medical Mystery of the Best Kind: Major Diseases Are In Decline
Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes an article from the New York Times: Something strange is going on in medicine. Major diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, are waning in wealthy count...
08:00 am - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Stuxnet/Cyberwar Documentary Reviewer: 'The U.S. Has Pwned Iran'
Slashdot reader alphadogg quotes an article from Network World:The new documentary about Stuxnet, "Zero Days", says the U.S. had a far larger cyber operation against Iran called Nitro Zeus that has co...
04:00 am - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Switch Programming Languages?
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:I always see a lot of different opinions about programming languages, but how much choice do you really get to have over which language to use? If you want to devel...
02:00 am - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Kentucky Anonymous Member Indicted Three Years After FBI Raid
A federal grand jury has indicted "KYAnonymous" -- more than three years after FBI agents raided and searched his home -- and charged him under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. An anonymous Slashdot ...
12:00 am - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot Has Physics Gotten Something Really Important Really Wrong?
Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes an article from NPR:Some researchers now see popular ideas like string theory and the multiverse as highly suspect. These physicists feel our study of the cosmos has bee...
12:00 am - Mon, July 11, 2016
Slashdot EFF Delivers 210,000 Signatures Opposing Trans-Pacific Partnership
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: "The TPP is simply bad for tech users and innovators," writes the Electronic Frontier Foundation, arguing the proposed trade agreement for the Pacific Rim "exports...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Telecoms Promise 5G Networks If EU Cripples Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:A group of 20 major telcos including Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, Vodafone, and BT promise to launch 5G networks in every country in the European Union by 2020 -- so l...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Uber Investor Suggests Addressing Police Killings With an App
An anonymous reader write: To address the problem of motorists killed by police officers, Shervin Pishevar, the Iranian-born VC who backed Uber, is suggesting an app that allows police officers to com...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Do We Need A Better Private Browsing Mode?
Network World's Alan Zeichi recently argued "We need a better Private Browsing mode." Slashdot reader Miche67 writes: As this writer says, Chrome's Incognito Mode "doesn't offer strong protection at a...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Insect-Devouring Bats Now Welcomed in New York
Slashdot reader HughPickens.com shares an article from the New York Times: The town of North Hempstead on Long Island has approved the construction of bat houses in several parks to attract more bats ...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Assembly Code That Took America to the Moon Now Published On GitHub
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:"The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it's like a 1960s time capsule," reports Quartz. Two lines of code include the comment "# ...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Hostess Saves Twinkies By Automating, Fires 94% Of Their Workforce
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Where Twinkie once employed 22,000 workers in more than 40 bakeries, their workforce is now down to just 1,170, reports the Washington Post, relying mostly on robo...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment can run in Windows
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:"This is one of the coolest tickets I've seen on GitHub," writes Ubuntu developer Adolfo Jayme Barrientos, adding "this kind of surreal compatibility between platfo...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Is A Rational Nation Ruled By Science A Terrible Idea?
Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes an article from Jeffrey Guhin, an assistant professor of sociology at UCLA:Imagine a future society in which everything is perfectly logical. What could go wrong...? Las...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot 17,000 Leaked Names From DNC Hack Appear To Be Ticket Purchasers
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: The database of leaked names from the Democratic National Committee hack appears to be anyone who went to see the president, the vice president or other official D...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot How Richard Feynman's Diagrams Almost Saved Space
An anonymous Slashdot reader shares a fond remembrance of Richard Feynman written by Nobel prize-winner Frank Wilczek, describing not only the history of dark energy and field theory, but how Feynman'...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon Go Leads to Reckless Driving, Injuries, and A Corpse
Since its release Wednesday night, Pokemon Go has already gone on to become the top-grossing game in the three countries where it's available, and Forbes contributor Tero Kuittinen calls it "the first...
08:00 am - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot UK Proposes Mandatory Age Verification For Porn Sites
A proposed bill read in the House of Commons, "suggests that by next year websites will require visitors to prove they are of legal age before entering..." reports the Mirror. Britain's prime minister...
04:00 am - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Asks Judge To Throw Out Java/Google Verdict...Again
Just when you thought the six-year, $9 billion lawsuit was over, an anonymous reader quotes this report from the Bay Area Newsgroup:Oracle has asked a judge -- again -- to throw out the verdict that f...
02:00 am - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo and Twitter CEOs Have Their Twitter Accounts Compromised
The man who sent Twitter's very first public tweet now also becomes the first Twitter CEO to have his own Twitter account compromised. An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends about thi...
12:00 am - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot Carrying A Gun-Shaped iPhone 'Makes It Much Less Likely You'll Catch Your Plane'
HughPickens.com writes: A passenger at London Stansted Airport seemed to think it was a good idea to have a gun-shaped iPhone case in his back pocket as he prepared to board a plane... [T]he police sp...
12:00 am - Sun, July 10, 2016
Slashdot TIOBE's Language-Popularity Index Sees A New Top 10 Language: Assembly
TIOBE's "Programming Community Index" measures the popularity of languages by the number of skilled engineers, courses, and third-party vendors. Their July report indicates that Assembly has become on...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Tech Job Postings Are Down 40% On Popular Job Boards
Tech job postings are down 40% year-on-year, says Cameron Moll, founder of job board Authentic Jobs. He says that job volume for April 2016 was nearly half the volume of April 2015, and currently, ann...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot US Terrorist Conviction Appealed Over Use of NSA Data
The Independent newspaper reports that the warrantless NSA surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden are facing a constitutional challenge in court for the first time:Lawyers for Mohamed Mohamu...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Brexit: Government Rejects Petition Signed By 4.1 Million Calling For Second EU Referendum
An anonymous reader shares an Independent report: The Government has rejected a call for a second referendum on European Union membership in a petition that was signed by more than 4.1 million people ...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Amazon's Chinese Counterfeit Problem Is Getting Worse
A report on CNBC, citing sellers, says that counterfeit problem on the platform has gotten worse after it made it easier for Chinese manufacturers to sell goods to U.S. consumers. The report gives an ...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Is Building A 'Recommender System For the Web'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Venture Beat: Mozilla unveiled a new project called the Context Graph. In short, the company is looking to build "a better forward button" that helps you under...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Apple Patents Augmented Reality Display, May Be Building A VR Headset
An anonymous reader quotes an article from Road to VR: Apple has just been granted another AR/VR related technology patent, to add to their growing list. In this case it's a transparent, high field of...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Do You Own Your Own Fingerprints?
Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes an article from Bloomberg: These days, many of us regularly feed pieces of ourselves into machines for convenience and security. Our fingerprints unlock our smartphones,...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Find Over 6,000 Compromised Redis Installations
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Security researchers have discovered over 6,000 compromised installations of Redis, the open source in-memory data structure server, among the tens of thousands of ...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Ashley Madison Admits It Lured Customers With 70,000 Fake 'Fembots'
America's Federal Trade Commission is now investigating the "infidelity hookup site" Ashley Madison. In a possibly-related development, an anonymous reader writes: Ashley Madison's new executive team ...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom Thinks Websites Should Be Rated Like Films
An anonymous reader quotes a report fro The Register: The UK's possible future prime minister thinks all websites should be classified with minimum age ratings, just like films. Andrea Leadsom is one ...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin 'Miners' Face Fight For Survival As New Supply Halves
SpzToid quotes a report from Reuters: On Saturday, the reward for [bitcoin] miners will be slashed in half. Written into bitcoin's code when it was invented in 2008 was a rule dictating that the prize...
08:00 am - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot First Water Clouds Reported Outside The Solar System
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: For the first time ever, astronomers have found strong evidence of water clouds on a body outside the solar system. New observations of a ...
04:00 am - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot George Takei Opposes Gay Sulu In 'Star Trek Beyond'
HughPickens.com writes: Seth Abramovitch reports in the Hollywood Reporter that actor and LGBT activist George Takei says Paramount's plans to have Sulu's character in the upcoming 'Star Trek Beyond' ...
02:00 am - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Fails Consumer Reports Water-Resistance Test
An anonymous reader writes: The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is apparently not-so-active. It should be the more durable version of the Galaxy S7 family but apparently it's not. Because of this, Consumer r...
02:00 am - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Develop A Way To Stop Ransomware By Watching The Filesystem
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Ransomware -- what hackers use to encrypt your computer files and demand money in exchange for freeing those contents -- is an exploding global probl...
02:00 am - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Stock Price Up 9% After Pokemon Go Launch
An anonymous reader writes: Following the release of the location-based mobile game Pokemon Go, Nintendo's stock is up 9 percent on the Tokyo Exchange. VentureBeat reports: "The iOS and Android app de...
12:00 am - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Fair Use Threatens Innovation, Copyright Holders Warn
An anonymous reader shares a TorrentFreak report: Various music and movie industry groups have warned that fair use exceptions are a threat. The groups were responding to proposals put forward in Aust...
12:00 am - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should You Upgrade To Windows 10 For Accessibility Features?
BarbaraHudson writes: Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free screen reader that is only available for Windows and comes with lots of features for people with visual handicaps. NVDA recommends to d...
12:00 am - Sat, July 9, 2016
Slashdot Mesa 12.0 Released With OpenGL 4.3 Support, Intel Vulkan and More
An anonymous reader writes: Mesa3D developers have announced the release of Mesa 12.0. Mesa 12 notably adds open-source OpenGL 4.3 drivers for Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA on Linux, and it also integrate...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Apple Devices Held For Ransom, Rumors Claim 40M iCloud Accounts Hacked; Apple-Related Forums Compromised
Steve Ragan, reporting for CSOOnline: Since February, a number of Apple users have reported locked devices displaying ransom demands written in Russian. Earlier this week, a security professional post...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Looking To Launch Online TV Service Next Year With ESPN, ABC, and CBS
An anonymous reader writes: Bloomberg reported in May that YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a selection of TV channels streamed via the int...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Discover Over 100 Tor Nodes Designed To Spy On Hidden Services
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Schneier on Security: Two researchers have discovered over 100 Tor nodes that are spying on hidden services. Cory Doctorow from Boing Boing reports: "These...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Using a Bomb Robot to Kill a Suspect Is an Unprecedented Shift in Policing
A police standoff with a suspect in the killing of five police officers in Dallas came to an abrupt end on Friday morning in an unusual way. The police said that negotiations broke down, an exchange o...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot The Great Tablet Gold Rush Is Over
Earlier this month, Dell announced that it will no longer sell Android tablets. The company added that slate tablet market is "over-saturated" and is "experiencing declining demand from consumers." Th...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Wants People to Pay for Podcasts
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: There are several hundred thousand podcasts available through Apple's podcast app, and all of them cost the same amount: nothing. Starting today, you can...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Free Upgrade To Windows 10 Mobile Will Continue Past July 29
Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott writes: After I asked about whether the free upgrade for Windows 10 Mobile would end on July 29 as it is for Windows 10 for PCs, Microsoft's Dona Sarkar clarified the f...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Add Software Bugs To Reduce the Number of Software Bugs
Reader alphadogg writes: Researchers are adding bugs to experimental software code in order to ultimately wind up with programs that have fewer vulnerabilities. The idea is to insert a known quantity ...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Says It Is 'Committed' To Java EE 8 -- Amid Claims It Quietly Axed Future Development
Media reports, citing anonymous Oracle engineers, noted earlier this week that development of Java EE (Enterprise Edition) projects at Oracle had been "practically ceased" since last fall. This led ma...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Antivirus Software Is 'Increasingly Useless' and May Make Your Computer Less Safe
Emily Chung, writing for CBC: Is your antivirus protecting your computer or making it more hackable? Internet security experts are warning that anti-malware technology is becoming less and less effect...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Privacy Shield Data Pact Gets European Approval
A commercial data transfer pact provisionally agreed by the EU executive and the United States in February received the green light from EU governments on Friday, the European Commission said, paving ...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Messenger To Get End-To-End Encryption
Reader wiredmikey writes: Facebook announced Friday it would roll out optional "end to end encryption" for its Messenger application, following a trend aimed at stronger security and protection agains...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Putin Gives Federal Security Agents Two Weeks To Produce 'Encryption Keys' For The Internet
An anonymous reader writes: The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has ordered the Federal Security Service (FSB) to produce "encryption keys" to decrypt all data on the internet, an...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Banned From Owning a Lab
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The Wall Street Journal reports U.S. regulators have devised to ban the owners and operators of Theranos from running a lab for two years. That inclu...
08:00 am - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Robot Stingray Is Powered By Rat Heart Cells
An anonymous reader writes: Harvard researchers report in the journal Science this week that they've built a "bio-inspired swimming robot that mimics a ray fish [and] can be guided by light." The robo...
04:00 am - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Debian Founder's 2015 Death Ruled A Suicide
gosand writes: According to a story on The Register, the death of Ian Murdock in late 2015 has been ruled a suicide. This news brings some closure to the sad ending of his life. An interesting note fr...
02:00 am - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Unreal Engine and Unity To Get NVIDIA's New VR Rendering Tech
An anonymous reader writes: NVIDIA has announced that Unreal Engine and Unity will see integrations of its new Simultaneous Multi-projection (SMP) rendering tech, which the company says can yield "a 3...
02:00 am - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot IRS Is Suing Facebook Over Asset Transfers In Ireland
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has sued Facebook on Wednesday to force it to comply with summonses related to a 2010 asset transfer. Fortune repor...
02:00 am - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot FBI Director: Guccifer Admitted He Lied About Hacking Hillary Clinton's Email
blottsie writes from a report via The Daily Dot: The Romanian hacker known as Guccifer (real name Marcel Lehel Lazar) admitted to the FBI that he lied to the public when he said he repeatedly hacked i...
12:00 am - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Baton Rouge Police Database Hacked In Retaliation For Killing of Alton Sterling
Patrick O'Neill quotes a report from The Daily Dot: Just days after the fatal shooting of a black man by Baton Rouge police prompted international outrage and a Justice Department investigation, the B...
12:00 am - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot And the Lord Said, 'Let There Be Free Wi-Fi'
Germany doesn't have free wi-fi at most places, especially because a German law holds the network provider accountable for any illegal activity on their network. But moving forward, the country is get...
12:00 am - Fri, July 8, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is It Ever OK To Quit Without Giving Notice?
HughPickens.com writes: Employees and employers alike have the right under at-will employment laws in almost all states to end their relationship without notice, for any reason, but the two-week rule ...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Could Walk Away and Still Get More Than $1 Billion If It Doesn't Like Yahoo's Buyer
Kara Swisher, reporting for Recode: Under terms of a contract that has been seen by Recode, whoever acquires Yahoo might have to pay Mozilla annual payments of $375 million through 2019 if it does not...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Wendy's Says More Than 1,000 Restaurants Affected By Hack
An anonymous reader writes from a report via ABC News: The fast food giant Wendy's has reported today that hackers were able to steal customers' credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. ...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot UW, Microsoft Successfully Encoded 200MB of Data Onto Synthetic DNA Molecules
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Seattle Times: Researchers from Microsoft and the University of Washington said Thursday that they had successfully encoded about 200 megabytes of data...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Working To Safeguard Chrome From Quantum Computers
Quantum computing could potentially someday be used to retroactively break any communications that were encrypted with today's standard encryption algorithms. Google realizes this, and hence, is ensur...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Android KeyStore Encryption Scheme Broken
Reader msm1267 writes: The default implementation for KeyStore, the system in Android designed to store user credentials and cryptographic keys, is broken, researchers say.>In an academic paper pub...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot UK ISP Sky Is About To Start Censoring the Web For All of Its Customers
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: The UK government is on a mission to protect the young of the country from the dark recesses of the web. And by the darker recesses, what is really meant is porn. Th...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 1060, Fierce Competition For the Radeon RX 480
Reader MojoKid writes: In May, NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 1080. The company followed up on that beastly chip in June with slightly cut down GeForce GTX 1070 and that trickledown effect is now rea...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Decides Which Killings We're Allowed to See
Minutes after a police shooting took place in the Falcon Heights suburbs of Minnesota, a Facebook Live video was published on the social juggernaut website. The death of Philando Castile, 32, was docu...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Smartphones Lift Samsung To Best Profit In Over Two Years
Samsung said on Thursday that its second-quarter operating profit likely rose 17.4% from a year earlier. The figure marks the highest for Samsung in more than 2 years. The company adds that sales of G...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's Nadella Reshapes Top Management as Turner Leaves
Dina Bass, reporting for Bloomberg: Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella announced a broad reorganization of the company's senior executive ranks as long-time Chief Operating Officer ...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Russian Leader Putin Signs Controversial 'Big Brother' Law
An anonymous reader writes: Today Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the controversial "anti-terrorist" legislation adopted by the lower and upper houses of parliament in late June, despite the f...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Release Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Today
The next version of Apple's desktop operating system, macOS Sierra, will be made available in a public beta later today. Enthusiasts can also try their hands at iOS 10, the latest version of Apple's m...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Avast Acquires AVG For $1.3 Billion To Create Security Software Giant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Security software giant Avast Software has acquired rival AVG Technologies. Avast will pay $25 in cash for each of AVG's outstanding ordinary shar...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Unveils World's First UFS Storage Cards, Could Replace MicroSD
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung has unveiled the world's first UFS card that could one day replace microSD cards in devices. The UFS card is based on the Universal Flash Storage 1.0 Card Extension...
08:00 am - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Working On Two Android Wear Smartwatches, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes: A new report from Android Police says Google is working on two Android Wear smartwatches. The Verge reports: "The two smartwatches -- one codenamed Angelfish, the other Swo...
04:00 am - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Second Tesla Autopilot Crash Under Review By US Regulators
An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal and many other publications are reporting that U.S. auto-safety regulators are currently reviewing a second crash that occurred while Tesla's Autopi...
02:00 am - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Can Use Smart Watch Movements To Reveal A Wearer's ATM PIN
the_newsbeagle writes: By gaining access to the sensors in someone's smart watch, hackers could track the person's hand movements at an ATM and figure out his/her pin. The hacker needn't be anywhere n...
02:00 am - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot European Union's First Cybersecurity Law Gets Green Light
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The European Union approved its first rules on cybersecurity, forcing businesses to strengthen defenses and companies such as Google Inc. and Amazon...
02:00 am - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Entire Federal Government Exempt From Robocall Laws, FCC Rules
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Hill: Late Tuesday night, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that the entire federal government is exempt from consumer protection laws that l...
12:00 am - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot UK Bill Introduces 10 Year Prison Sentence for Online Pirates
An anonymous reader writes: The UK Government's Digital Economy Bill, which is set to revamp current copyright legislation, has been introduced in Parliament. One of the most controversial changes is ...
12:00 am - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot DOJ Will Not File Charges Against Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
An anonymous reader writes: After FBI Director James Comey recommended not to indict Hillary Clinton for her email misconduct yesterday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday that the ...
12:00 am - Thu, July 7, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Targets The iMac With New All-In-One Surface PCs, Reports Say
New submitter Miche67 writes: Two reports say Microsoft is working on an all-in-one (AIO) PC under the Surface brand. If that's true, it would put it in competition with HP and Dell, which have their ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Student Makes 'Shazam For Fonts', a Gadget That Detects Fonts and Captures Colors
Imagine being able to use a miniature device which could quickly tell you the kind of font you're looking at in a book, and also tell you about its color. Fiona O'Leary, a student at the Royal College...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Walmart Now Lets You Pay With Phone At All 4,600 US Stores Via Walmart Pay
An anonymous reader writes: Walmart will now let customers make purchases with their phone at all 4,600 of its stores in the U.S. The feature is called Walmart Pay and it works by letting the cashier ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Password Sharing Is a Federal Crime, Appeals Court Rules
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Motherboard: An appeals court ruled Wednesday that sharing passwords can be a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a catch-all "hacking" law that...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Is Building Context Graph, a 'Recommender System For the Web'
Mozilla is looking into ways to build a "better forward button" that helps you understand a topic, and find alternative solutions to a problem. On Wednesday, Firefox-maker announced Context Graph, whi...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Lays Out Blueprint For Connecting Hard-To-Reach Rural Areas
Samantha Rhodes, writing for CNET: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took another step in his pet project to bring internet access to every corner of the planet. Facebook on Wednesday unveiled a platform t...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Snapchat Introduces Memories: a Searchable, Shareable Archive of Your Snaps
Casey Newton, reporting for The Verge: At a time when its social networking rivals are racing to promote more real-time sharing, Snapchat is turning its attention to the past. The company today introd...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei Sues T-Mobile For Patent Infringment
Nat Levy, reporting for GeekWire: Huawei alleges that Bellevue-based T-Mobile would not make a deal to license several 4G patents from the Chinese telecom company, and is still using those technologie...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot More Than 500,000 Hoverboards Recalled Because of Fire Hazards
501,000 self-balancing scooters -- more popularly known as hoverboards -- are being recalled due to fire hazard concerns, said The U.S. Consumer Product Safety. The lithium-ion battery packs in the ho...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot EasyDoc Malware Adds Tor Backdoor To Macs For Botnet Control
An anonymous reader writes: Security firm Bitdefender has issued an alert about a malicious app that hands over control of Macs to criminals via Tor. The software, called EasyDoc Converter.app, is sup...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot AMD Details Driver Fix For Radeon RX 480's Controversial, Spec-Exceeding Power Draw
AMD's 150-watt Radeon RX 480 apparently draws more power than it is supposed to. According to Tom's Hardware blog, AMD's new graphics card used an average of 168W under load. Furthermore, the publicat...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Millions of Chinese Stream Reality Shows Starring Themselves
Lulu Yilun Chen, reporting for Bloomberg: Pole dancing, bungee jumping, a woman eating maggots: at any given hour, millions of Chinese are live-streaming all of this and much more on their smartphones...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot iPhone 7 To Start at 32GB Storage, Says WSJ
An anonymous reader writes: It appears Apple has finally decided to do something about the not-so-enough 16GB storage on its base iPhone model. According to a report on WSJ, the Cupertino-based compan...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot 'New Way of Stealing Cars': Hacking Them With A Laptop
retroworks writes: The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled), CBS and Marketwatch all lead the morning with stories about the newest method of stealing (late model) cars. No need for ...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Pod Planes Could Change Travel Forever
Max_W writes: Every year we hear about people dying in plane crashes. This does not have to continue as there is a new revolutionary pod plane design [in the works via the Clip-Air project]. A passeng...
08:00 am - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.7 Released
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Earlier today, the KDE project released KDE Plasma 5.7, its popular Linux desktop environment. The update brings improved workflows, better kiosk suppo...
04:00 am - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Theranos Faces Congressional Inquiry Over Faulty Blood Tests
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to blood analysis startup Theranos asking for them to explain their failure in providing accurate results to patients using ...
02:00 am - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Japan Says Yes To Mirrorless Cars
An anonymous reader writes: Last month, Japan became one of the first countries to allow vehicles to use cameras instead of mirrors. "Video mirrors" will no longer be reserved for concept cars. They w...
02:00 am - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Man Builds Giant Homemade Computer To Play Tetris
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: A man has finished building an enormous computer in the sitting room of his bungalow in Cambridge. James Newman started work on the "Megaprocessor," which...
02:00 am - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Hyperloop One Says It Can Connect Helsinki To Stockholm In Under 30 Minutes
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Hyperloop One released a new study today that says a hyperloop connecting Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, could turn a 300-mile trip t...
12:00 am - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot 73% of Subscribers Would Download Netflix Content, Says Survey
An anonymous reader writes: A report surfaced a couple weeks ago suggesting Netflix is soon going to let users download videos for offline playback. AllFlicks decided to poll 1,000 stakeholders to see...
12:00 am - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot UK Police Accessed Civilian Data For Fun and Profit, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Motherboard: A report from activist group Big Brother Watch surfaced that says more than 800 U.K. police staff inappropriately accessed personal informatio...
12:00 am - Wed, July 6, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Autopilot 2.0 Is Coming This Year, Source Confirms
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechnoBuffalo: A source close to Tesla Motors confirmed to TechnoBuffalo that Tesla Autopilot 2.0 is coming soon. Other media outlets like Teslarati have r...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry's 'Classic' Smartphone Is About to Disappear
From a Reuters report:The beleaguered tech company continues its shift to software. BlackBerry will stop making its Classic smartphone, 18 months after launching it in an effort to entice users who pr...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Encourage Organ Donation With Health App
An anonymous reader writes: Apple announced today that its updated Health app, which will be available as part of iOS 10, will allow people to sign-up to be organ donors. The app will use its Medical ...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk: Tesla's Autopilot Software Could Save Half a Million Lives Every Year
An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of a deadly crash involving a Model S that was driving with its Autopilot software turned on, Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a few interesting remarks on the techno...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Google's DeepMind AI To Use 1 Million NHS Eye Scans To Spot Diseases Earlier
Google DeepMind has announced its second collaboration with the NHS, as part of which it will work with Moorfields Eye Hospital in east London to build a machine learning system which will eventually ...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Linux Letting Go: 32-bit Builds On the Way Out
An anonymous shares a report on The Register:Major Linux distributions are in agreement: it's time to stop developing new versions for 32-bit processors. Simply: it's a waste of time, both to create t...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Skype Meetings Is Microsoft's New Free Video Conferencing Tool For Small Businesses
Microsoft is launching a free tool to make it easier for people to make video conference calls. The company on Tuesday released Skype Meetings, which is largely similar to using the traditional Skype ...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot The FBI Recommends Not To Indict Hillary Clinton For Email Misconduct
FBI Director James Comey says that his agency isn't recommending that the DOJ pursue charges against Hillary Clinton for setting up a private email server as Secretary of State. At a press conference ...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Will Let Netflix Onto Its X1 Platform
Kara Swisher, reporting for Recode:Cable giant Comcast will allow popular web video streaming service Netflix onto its X1 platform. (Editor's note: both the companies confirmed the move to the publica...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Uber Hires a Robot To Patrol Its Parking Lot and It's Way Cheaper Than a Security Guard
Fusion's Kashmir Hill is reporting about a five-foot-tall, white, egg-shaped robot that one can find at the company's inspection lot near Mission Bay in San Francisco. The K5 robot is a stand-in for a...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Verizon To Hike Prices On Plans But Offer More Data
Roger Cheng, reporting for CNET: Big changes are afoot at Verizon. The nation's largest wireless carrier is set to unveil changes to its plans that will make them more expensive, but will also include...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot TP-LINK Loses Control of Two Device Configuration Domains
Reader Orome1 writes: Security researcher Amitay Dan warns that tplinklogin.net, a domain through which TP-LINK router owners can configure their devices, is no longer owned by the company, and that t...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot MRI Software Bugs Could Upend Years Of Research
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: A whole pile of "this is how your brain looks like" MRI-based science has been invalidated because someone finally got around to checking the data....
02:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Historic Route 66 To Feature Solar Road Technology
An anonymous reader writes: The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced plans to upgrade a small stretch of the historic Route 66 roadway with solar-powered panels. The panels, whi...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot NASA's Juno Space Probe Enters Orbit Around Jupiter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: NASA says it has received a signal from 540 million miles across the solar system, confirming its Juno spacecraft has successfully started orbiting Jupite...
08:00 am - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Xbox Project Scorpio Puts Out 6 TFLOPs On Par With Current Gaming PCs
MojoKid quotes a report form HotHardware: Microsoft is hoping to usher in a new era in console gaming just over a year from now. While the company is just a month away from launching the Xbox One S re...
04:00 am - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Develop Electronic Nose To Sniff Out Pesticides and Nerve Gas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Researchers from KU Leuven have now built a very sensitive electronic nose with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). "MOFs are like microscopic sponges,"...
02:00 am - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot MIT's Swarm Chip Architecture Boosts Multi-Core CPUs, Offering Up To 18x Faster Processing
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Gizmag: MIT's new Swarm chip could help unleash the power of parallel processing for up to 75-fold speedups, while requiring programmers to write a fractio...
02:00 am - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot SolarCity Pushing Industry To 40% Increase In Useful Lifetime of Solar Power Installations
An anonymous reader writes: SolarCity released a new report that says solar power systems have a usable lifetime of at least 35 years, which is 40% longer than what the market expects. Electrek report...
02:00 am - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Google Cast Is Now Baked Into Chrome, No Extension Needed
An anonymous reader writes: The Google Chrome 51 browser now includes a built-in 'Cast' option within the drop-down settings menu, which can also be accessed from right clicking in a tab. This will th...
12:00 am - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot New Cars Are Too Expensive For The Typical Family, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from GulfNews: A new analysis from Bankrate.com found that a median-income household in the U.S. could not afford the average price of a new vehicle in any of the 5...
12:00 am - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Japan's First VR Porn Festival Shut Down Due To Unprecedented Popularity
turkeydance quotes a report from Daily Mail: A Japanese sex festival was over prematurely as herds of virtual porn fans caused overcrowding fears. Streams of locals were looking to get their hands on ...
12:00 am - Tue, July 5, 2016
Slashdot Why Tech Support Is (Purposely) Unbearable
HughPickens.com writes: Getting caught in a tech support loop -- waiting on hold, interacting with automated systems, talking to people reading from unhelpful scripts and then finding yourself on hold...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot Blizzard Sues Overwatch 'Cheat' Maker For Copyright Infringement
From a TorrentFreak report: Blizzard Entertainment is suing Bossland, the maker of the popular Overwatch cheat tool "Watchover Tyrant" and several other game cheats. Among other things, the developer ...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot Google Offers Free 4-Month Play Music Trial Subscription For July 4th
An anonymous reader writes: Google is offering new U.S. subscribers a four-month free trial for its Play Music streaming service in celebration of July 4th. While everyone has their preferred music st...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot Bulgaria Got a Law Requiring Open Source
All software written for the government in Bulgaria are now required to be open-source. The amendments to put such laws in motion were voted in domestic parliament and are now in effect, announced sof...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot A Chinese Ad Firm Is Using Malware to Get More Clicks
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Advertising agencies go to great lengths to spread their clients' messages. Now, researchers have uncovered a new approach: malware. This month, cybers...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot What Air Conditioning Can Teach Us About Innovation and Laziness
In a think piece for Vice's Motherboard Ernie Smith argues that the invention of air conditioning in 1902 has had a big impact on the innovation we've made since. Smith, citing several studies and art...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot Lenovo Scrambling To Get a Fix For BIOS Vulnerability
Richard Chirgwin, reporting for The Register: Lenovo, and possibly other PC vendors, are exposed to a UEFI bug that can be exploited to disable firmware write-protection. If the claims made by Dmytro ...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot Top Gear Host Chris Evans Steps Down After Poor Ratings
A number of readers have submitted news coming out of popular show Top Gear. Chris Evans has announced he is leaving his role as a presenter on BBC Two's Top Gear after one series. His resignation com...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot Google Twists the Knife, Asks For Sanctions Against Oracle Attorney
Google isn't done with its victory over Oracle. Court filings suggest that Google will be filing a motion for sanctions against Oracle and its law firm, Orrick, Sutcliffe & Herrington. The Mountai...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot Steam Warns Users Against Gambling Site After YouTube Stars Discovered As Owners
Tom Phillips, reporting for EuroGamer: Steam has begun warning users not to use a high-profile Counter-Strike: GO gambling website after its ownership turned out to be two YouTube stars -- who were al...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot China Finishes Building Its Alien-Hunting Telescope
Work has finished on the world's largest radio telescope, which will hunt for extraterrestrial life and explore space, reports Chinese news agency Xinhua. The world's most populated nation fitted the ...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot Tech Overtakes Finance Among Top Global Companies
An anonymous reader writes:Technology has stolen a march on finance, with the success of companies such as Alphabet and Microsoft helping the innovative sector surpass the traditional world of financi...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot China Bans the Use Of Social Media As a News Source
Mark Wilson, reporting for BetaNews:Continuing its control of the internet, China has announced that news outlets may not use social media as a source of news -- at least not without official approval...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot America Expands Its Freedom of Information Act
An anonymous reader writes:As America headed into its "Independence Day weekend," the U.S. Congress passed -- and President Obama signed -- the "FOIA Improvements Act of 2016". It now establishes a "p...
08:00 am - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot United Launch Alliance Plans For 1,000 People Working In Space By 2045
What if you could produce rocket fuel in outer space -- making it 83% cheaper? One company sees this as the basis a self-sustaining "space economy" based on refueling Earth-orbiting spaceships. Slashd...
04:00 am - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot The Fight To Save the Australian Digital Archive Trove
Slashdot reader sandbagger writes: A digital archive and research tool developed by the Australian National Archives may be the victim of upcoming budget cuts. Used by an estimated 70,000 users per da...
02:00 am - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot New York Falls and Seattle Rises on 'America's Top Tech Cities' List
CRBE has released their annual list of the top tech cities in the U.S., analyzing 13 metrics (including salaries and housing costs) to "gauge the competitive advantage of markets and their ability to ...
12:00 am - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot That Digital Music Service You Love Is a Terrible Business
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes an article from Fortune:Rdio goes bankrupt, Pandora hangs out a 'For Sale' sign and then gets rid of its CEO, artists and labels ramp up their criticism of YouTube....
12:00 am - Mon, July 4, 2016
Slashdot Interview With An 'NSA Hacker' Published By The Intercept
The Intercept published a 4,000 word article based on a journalist's three-hour interview with an "NSA hacker" who recently left the agency for a career in cybersecurity. Offering a portrait of life w...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot Uber Plans To Start Monitoring Their Drivers' Behavior
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Uber "has developed a new technology that it plans on using to track driver behavior, specifically if drivers are traveling too fast or braking too harshly..." acc...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot How China Took Control of Bitcoin
Slashdot reader Rick Zeman quotes the New York Times: In its early conception, Bitcoin was to exist beyond the control of any single government or country. It would be based everywhere and nowhere... ...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot ICANN: We Won't Pass Judgment On Pirate Sites
From a TorrentFreak report:Following more pressure from rightsholders, domain name oversight body ICANN has again made it clear that it will not act as judge and jury in copyright disputes. In a lette...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot Israel Accuses Facebook Of Aiding Terrorists and Hampering Police Investigations
"The young generation in the Palestinian Authority suckles all of its incitement against Israel from Facebook and, in the end, goes and commits murders," Israel's Minister of Internal Security said Sa...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot Multitasking Drains Your Brain's Energy Reserves, Researchers Say
An anonymous reader quotes an article from Quartz:When we attempt to multitask, we don't actually do more than one activity at once, but quickly switch between them. And this switching is exhausting. ...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot A New Corporate AI Can Read Your Emails - and Your Mind
"Okay, as of last night, who were the people who were most disgruntled...? Show me the top 10." An anonymous Slashdot reader shares their report on a fascinating Fortune magazine article: "One company...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot American Cities Are Installing DHS-Funded Audio Surveillance
"Audio surveillance is increasingly being used on parts of urban mass transit systems," reports the Christian Science Monitor. Slashdot reader itwbennett writes "It was first reported in April that Ne...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot NASA's Juno Spacecraft Braves Jupiter Radiation For a 4th of July Arrival
MarkWhittington writes: July 4, if all goes well, will be an occasion for celebration at NASA as the Juno spacecraft, after a nearly five-year voyage, will go into orbit around Jupiter, the largest pl...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot Rolling Drone Delivery Robots Have Arrived
Starship Technologies has begun testing their on-demand delivery robots in cities around the world -- including Washington, D.C. -- to manage the "last mile" for small deliveries. Slashdot reader Okia...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot UN Council: Seriously, Nations, Stop Switching Off the Internet!
An anonymous reader writes:"The United Nations officially condemned the practice of countries shutting down access to the internet at a meeting of the Human Rights Council on Friday," reports the Regi...
08:00 am - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot Self-Driving Tesla Owners Share Videos of Reckless Driving
An anonymous reader writes: The driver killed in a Tesla car accident "celebrated the Autopilot feature that made it possible for him to cruise the highways, making YouTube videos of himself driving h...
04:00 am - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot Will Brexit Hurt International Cyber-Security?
The Brexit shock continues to reverberate throughout the global economic and policy worlds. Andrea Limbago from the security company Endgame responds to a poll showing that most security professionals...
02:00 am - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot Google Searches For 'VR Porn' Increase 10,000%
Slashdot reader Bob768 writes: Over the last 20 months, with the rise of virtual reality technology, the number of Google searches for the phrase 'VR Porn' have soared nearly 10,000%. The leading coun...
12:00 am - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot Linux Mint 18 'Sarah' Released, Supports Generic GTK X-Apps
Slashdot reader Type44Q writes: The Linux Mint team announced the immediate availability of their latest release, Mint 18 "Sarah," in Cinnamon and MATE flavors. These follow on the heels of their resp...
12:00 am - Sun, July 3, 2016
Slashdot Landlords, ISPs Team Up To Rip Off Tenants On Broadband
"Network operators like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and ATT, in cahoots with [real estate] developers and landlords, routinely use a breathtaking array of kickbacks, lawyerly games of Twister, blunt t...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Linux Grabs More Than 2% of Desktop Market Share
LichtSpektren writes: W3Counter's stats for June 2016 are in, and Linux desktop accounts for 2.48% of all web visits from tracked websites... (Android is counted separately from "Linux desktop.") Mean...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Gobbles Downtown Seattle, Builds Biospheres
Amazon has grabbed more than 15% of Seattle's office space inventory, which a local book author is describing as "the Amazocalypse". And now Amazon is building three "gigantic spheres resembling melte...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Oracle May Have Stopped Funding and Developing Java EE
While anticipating new features in Java 9, developers also have other concerns, according to an anonymous Slashdot reader:ArsTechnica is reporting that Oracle has quietly pulled funding and developmen...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Red Hat Exec Marries A Couple At Red Hat Summit
On the second day of the Red Hat Summit this week, attendees found themselves invited to a wedding during one of the general sessions. The groom was Matt Hargrave, a Red Hat client from Texas, and, it...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Stop Bashing GMO Food, Say 109 Nobel Laureates
The New York Times reports: More than 100 Nobel laureates have a message for Greenpeace: Quit the G.M.O.-bashing. Genetically modified organisms and foods are a safe way to meet the demands of a ballo...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Aaron Swartz Ebook's DRM Has Been Cracked
Slashdot reader jenningsthecat writes: From Hackaday comes news that the collected writings of Aaron Swartz, released as a watermarked eBook by publishing company Verso Books, has had its watermarking...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Age-Discrimination Suit Against Google Seeks Class Action For Engineers
An anonymous reader quotes the Daily Mail: A potential class action lawsuit that claims Google discriminated against people over 40 is one step closer to becoming a reality. A motion for conditional c...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Spain Runs Out of Workers With Almost 5 Million Unemployed
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report:Spanish headhunter Samuel Pimentel just can't find the candidates. After a frustrating search for specialist consultants for a client, he's given up and i...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Why Did The Stars Wars and Star Trek Worlds Turn Out So Differently?
HughPickens.com writes: In the Star Trek world there is virtual reality, personal replicators, powerful weapons, and, it seems, a very high standard of living for most of humanity, while in Star Wars ...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Canadian Man Invented a Wheel That Can Make Cars Move Sideways
An anonymous reader writes: Canadian man William Liddiard invented a wheel that allows vehicles to move sideways. "True all-way drive for anything with wheels," Liddiard says in an online writeup for ...
08:00 am - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Amazon's Alexa Virtual Assistant Can Now Order Millions of Prime Products For You
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Amazon added a new skill for its voice assistant Alexa on Friday, and it could help the e-commerce giant add even more revenue to its already billions...
04:00 am - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot DVD Player Found In Tesla Autopilot Crash, Says Florida Officials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A digital video disc player was found in the Tesla car that was on autopilot when its driver was killed in a collision with a truck in May, Florida Hi...
02:00 am - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Man Who Teaches People How To Repair Their MacBooks Alludes To Apple Lawsuit
New submitter alzoron writes: After the failure of New York's Fair Repair Act, independent third-party unauthorized Apple repair shops seem to be under attack. Louis Rossmann, owner of Rossman Repair ...
02:00 am - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Senate Staffers Will No Longer Be Issued BlackBerry Devices
An anonymous reader writes: Senate staffers will no longer be issued BlackBerry devices. According to Politico, a note sent to staffers on Wednesday said the Senate had no choice after BlackBerry deci...
02:00 am - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Security Researcher Publishes How-To Guide To Crack Android Full Disk Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: Google first implemented Full Disk Encryption in Android by default with Android 5.0 Lollipop in an effort to prevent criminals or government agencies from gaining unauthor...
02:00 am - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Messenger Now Has 11,000 Bots
An anonymous reader writes: Three months after Facebook announced a platform for building bots that operate inside its Messenger app, Messenger chief David Marcus said in a blog post that more than 11...
12:00 am - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Apple Is Suing A Man That Teaches People To Repair Their MacBooks
New submitter alzoron writes: After the failure of New York's Fair Repair Act, independent third-party unauthorized Apple repair shops seem to be under attack. Louis Rossmann, owner of Rossman Repair ...
12:00 am - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Will Be Largest Infrastructure As A Service Vendor By 2019, Says Morgan Stanley Survey
An anonymous reader writes from a report via GeekWire: According to Morgan Stanley's 2016 CIO Survey of 100 CIOs (75 CIOs based in the U.S., and 25 based in Europe), Microsoft's Azure will overtake Am...
12:00 am - Sat, July 2, 2016
Slashdot Slackware 14.2 Released, Still Systemd-Free
sombragris writes: Slackware, the oldest GNU/Linux distribution still in active maintenance, was released just minutes ago. Slackware is noted for being the most Unix-like of all Linux distributions. ...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Security Researcher Gets Threats Over Amazon Review
Kate Conger, reporting for TechCrunch:Amazon retailers sometimes go to extreme lengths to guarantee good reviews, as security developer Matthew Garrett recently discovered when he wrote a one-star rev...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot HP Rolls Out Device-as-a-Service for PCs, Printers
HP says it plans to provide companies with personal computers and other devices as part of a service. Corporate customers of HP's new initiative dubbed "device-as-a-service" will be able to pay a fixe...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Frontier Teams With AT&T To Block Google Fiber Access To Utility Poles
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Frontier submitted a court filing last week supporting ATT's efforts to sue local governments in Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky to...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Ordered To Pay $3B Damages To HP
Oracle has been ordered to pay HP $3 billion in damages by a California jury over HP's claim that Oracle reneged on a deal to support HP computer servers running on Itanium chips from Intel. Oracle sa...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Apple Slams Spotify For Asking For 'Preferential Treatment'
On Thursday, Spotify made major accusations against Apple of playing unfair to its music service. The Swedish-based music company said that Apple didn't approve a new version of Spotify's iOS app beca...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Prepares One Final, Full-Screen Get Windows 10 Nag
An anonymous reader shares a ZDNet report:Those persistent Get Windows 10 pop-ups are going away soon, after Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 10 expires on July 29. During those final days a...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What's Your Preferred Note-Taking App?
Earlier this week, popular note-taking app Evernote announced major changes to its service. The company announced that free users on the app will now only be able to sync across two devices. The compa...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Releases First Build of Servo, Its Next-Generation Browser Engine
An anonymous reader writes: As promised, Mozilla has released the first Nightly build of Servo, its new browser engine. This is the first tech demo of Servo, which Jack Moffitt, Servo project lead at ...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot The WRT54GL: A 54Mbps Router From 2005 Still Makes Millions For Linksys
Jon Brodkin, reporting for Ars Technica:In a time when consumers routinely replace gadgets with new models after just two or three years, some products stand out for being built to last. Witness the L...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Why Twitter Can't Even Protect Tech CEOs From Getting Hacked
Over the past few weeks, we have seen a number of CEOs -- including Google's Sundar Pichai, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg -- become victims of Twitter hacks. One must ask, what's wrong with Twitter t...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot You Can Now Browse Through 427 Millon Stolen MySpace Passwords
Stan Schroeder, writing for Mashable:An anonymous hacker managed to obtain an enormous number of user credentials in June 2013 from fallen social networking giant MySpace -- some 427 million passwords...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Ruby On Rails 5.0 Released
steveb3210 writes: Today, Ruby On Rails released version 5.0.0 of the platform. Major new features include ActionCable which brings support for WebSockets and a slimmed-down API-only mode From the off...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Data Can Help Fix America's Overcrowded Jails, Says White House
An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNET: The White House launched a program called the Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) initiative to help reduce the population of jails. It will allow states to be...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft President Brad Smith: Computer Science Is Space Race of Today
theodp writes: Q. How is K-12 computer science like the Cold War? A. It could use a Sputnik moment, at least that's the gist of an op-ed penned by Senator Jerry Moran (R., KS) and Microsoft President ...
08:00 am - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Guccifer 2.0 Calls DNC Hack His "Personal Project," Mocks Security Firms
An anonymous reader writes: The notorious hacker most recently in the news for releasing Clinton Foundation documents has said on Thursday in a blog post that the stolen confidential files from the DN...
04:00 am - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot 'Healing' Detected In Antarctic Ozone Hole, Says Study
kheldan quotes a report from BBC: Researchers say they have found the first clear evidence that the thinning in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal. The scientists said that in Septem...
02:00 am - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot 'UpgradeSubscription.exe' File In Preview Build Hints At Windows 10 Subscriptions
An anonymous reader writes: A file named "UpgradeSubscription.exe" is found buried in the System32 folder of Windows 10 build 14376, alongside 590 other .exe files. ZDNet reports the file has been par...
02:00 am - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Apple In Talks To Buy Jay Z-Owned Tidal Streaming Service
An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is in talks to acquire the Jay Z owned streaming service, Tidal. 9to5Mac reports: "While specific details are unclear at thi...
02:00 am - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Facebook To Shred 'Paper' News-Reading App On July 29th
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Facebook's Paper app for iOS is scheduled to shut down on July 29th. While the app impressed critics, it failed to impress the general public. T...
12:00 am - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot Women Interviewing For Tech Jobs Actually Did Worse When Their Voices Were Masked As Men's
Kristen V. Brown, reporting for Fusion:It is well-trod territory at this point that biases against women's technological abilities hold women in technology back. Study after study has shown bias persi...
12:00 am - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot US Regulators Investigating Tesla Over Use of 'Autopilot' Mode Linked To Fatal Crash
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday it is opening a preliminary investigation into 25,000 Tesla Motors Model S cars ...
12:00 am - Fri, July 1, 2016
Slashdot CBS/Paramount Sets Phasers To Kill On Star Trek Fan-Fiction With New Guidelines
Audiofan writes from a forum post on Audioholics: The Star Trek fan-fiction controversy that resulted in legal battles between CBS/Paramount and Axanar Productions concluded last week. However, CBS/Pa...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Dell Stops Selling Android Tablets
Dell is discontinuing its Venue line of Android tablets. Furthermore, the company says it will also stop issuing software updates to its existing Android tablets. The move comes as Dell wants to shift...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's Your Preferred Media Streaming Device?
New submitter bkr1_2k writes: Way back when, I had a PC dedicated as a media server using MythTV. That died and I didn't bother building a new one. Consumer electronics caught up and I recently bought...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Netherlands Gets First Nationwide 'Internet of Things'
An anonymous reader writes: The Netherlands has become the first country in the world to implement a nationwide long-range (LoRa) network for the Internet of Things, says Dutch telecoms group KPN on T...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Adding a VR Shell To Chrome To Let You Browse the Entire Web In VR
An anonymous reader writes: While it's possible to create and view specially built virtual reality 'WebVR' websites through today's browsers, traversing the web in VR means taking your VR headset on a...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot BMW, Intel, Mobileye Partner On Self-Driving Cars, 'Turning Point For Automotive Industry': Reports
BMW, Intel, and Mobileye NV are working to develop autonomous-car technology, reports Bloomberg, citing multiple sources. Senior executives from each company will hold an event on Friday to discuss th...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Elizabeth Warren Says Apple, Amazon and Google Are Trying To 'Lock Out' Competition
Elizabeth Warren, an American academic and member of the Democratic Party, believes that Google, Apple, and Amazon are trying to use their size to "snuff out competition." In a speech about the perils...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot IMAX Will Build You a Home Theater -- Starting at $400K
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: If you have about $400K to spare, IMAX's Private Theatre division will now build an IMAX cinema setup in your own home. The entry-level IMAX Private ...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Google Reveals What N In Android N Stands For -- Nougat
We finally know what N in Android N stands for: Nougat. Google made the announcement on Thursday. The Android maker always names smartphone operating system updates after candies and other sweet treat...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Spotify Says Apple Won't Approve New Version Of Its App Because It Doesn't Want Competition For Apple Music
According to a report on Recode, Apple has rejected an update to Spotify's iOS app, and that this has caused a "grave harm to Spotify and its customers." The Swedish-based music company competes with ...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Spanish Authorities Raid Google Offices Over Tax
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report:Spanish officials raided Google's Madrid offices on Thursday in a probe related to its payment of taxes, a person familiar with the matter said, barely a mo...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Takes Over Oculus CEO's Twitter Account, Announces New CEO
Another day, another high-profile becoming victim of a hack attack. Somebody managed to find a way into Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe's Twitter account late Wednesday. The hacker, who appears to be a user ...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot NRA Complaint Takes Down 38,000 Websites
Sarah Jeong, reporting for Motherboard:38,000 websites hosted by the automated publishing service Surge went down today, after the National Rifle Association sent a legal notice over a parody website ...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed, Government Report Finds
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and ...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Congressman Wants Ransomware Attacks To Trigger Breach Notifications
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: A powerful California congressman is pushing the federal government to treat ransomware attacks on medical facilities as data breaches and require notifi...
08:00 am - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot 2 Million-Person Terror Database Leaked Online
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Stack: A 2014 version of the World-Check database containing more than 2.2 million records of people with suspected terrorist, organized crime, and cor...
04:00 am - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Say The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs Almost Wiped Us Out Too
HughPickens.com writes: Conventional wisdom states that mammalian diversity emerged from the ashes of the Cretaceous/Tertiary mass extinction event, ultimately giving rise to our own humble species. B...
02:00 am - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot FCC Says TV Airwaves Being Sold For Wireless Use Are Worth $86.4 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday the price of 126 MHz of television airwaves taken from broadcasters to be sold for wirele...
02:00 am - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Google's 'FASTER' 9000km, 60Tbps Transpacific Fiber Optics Cable Completed
An anonymous reader writes from a report via 9to5Google: Google and an association of telecom providers have announced that the FASTER broadband cable system that links Japan and the United States is ...
02:00 am - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot DMCA Notices Remove 8,268 Projects On Github In 2015
An anonymous reader writes: Github's transparency report for 2015 shows that the site received many DMCA notices that removed more than 8,200 projects. "In 2015, we received significantly more takedow...
12:00 am - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
An anonymous reader writes: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice contending that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act's criminal prohibitions h...
12:00 am - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot UK Has Fastest Mobile Internet While US Lags Behind, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Content delivery network Akamai says the UK has the best average mobile connection speeds in the world. The State of the Internet report claims ...
12:00 am - Thu, June 30, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Admits Defeat, Quietly Settles Model X Lawsuit Over Usability Problems
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: We can talk about how innovative Tesla is for days on end. Indeed, there's no disputing the fact that the company, in injecting a bit of Silicon Valley in...