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10:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Google To Take On Uber With New Ride-Share Service
Finally, a major company is planning to compete with Uber in the ride-sharing service space. The Wall Street Journal reports today that Google is planning to debut its own ride-hailing service in San ...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Study: 33% of Facebook Users Want Less News In Their Feed
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Business Insider: According to a survey of 526 random Facebook users conducted by Spot.IM, 33% of Facebook users in the U.S. want to see fewer news article...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot FBI Director Says Prolific Default Encryption Hurting Government Spying Efforts
SonicSpike quotes a report from ABC News: FBI Director James Comey warned again Tuesday about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collect...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Mitsubishi Overstated Mileage For More Vehicle Models, Japan Ministry Says
Earlier this year Mitsubishi admitted to using some less-than-correct tactics when calculating the fuel economy of four of its Japanese market vehicles. But that wasn't the end of the scandal. The Jap...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Europe's Net Neutrality Doesn't Ban BitTorrent Throttling
Millions of Europeans will have to do with throttling on BitTorrent. The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communication (BEREC) published its guidelines for Europe's net neutrality rules on T...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Companies Are Developing More Apps With Fewer Developers
Fortune reports that the "yawning gap in tech skills" has resulted in a surprising shift in supply and demand in the software industry. And in many companies now, a growing trend of developer jobs bei...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Google's Close To Beating Amazon, Microsoft For a Major Cloud Client: Sources
An anonymous reader shares a CNBC report: Google's aggressive push into cloud computing, where it trails Amazon.com and Microsoft, has put the internet giant in the lead position to land a marquee cli...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Lets Users Prompt Danger Alert
Facebook's Safety Check is a handy service that allows people to let their friends and family know they are okay in an event of emergency. The social giant announced the next major step for this featu...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Welcome To Alphanumeric Car Hell
Jason H. Harper, writing for The Verge: Et tu, Hyundai? Until recently, the Korean brand offered two upmarket cars, the Genesis and the Equus. The first name had biblical shades and the latter shared ...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Intel Unveils Full Details of Kaby Lake 7th Gen Core Series Processors
Reader MojoKid writes: Intel is readying a new family of processors, based on its next-gen Kaby Lake microarchitecture, that will be the foundation of the company's upcoming 7th Generation Core proces...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Apple Ordered To Pay Up To $14.5 Billion in EU Tax Crackdown, Cook Refutes EU's Conclusion
Apple has been ordered to pay a record sum of 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker's tax bill, in a crackdown on...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Not Using Smartphones Can Improve Productivity By 26%, Says Study
Smartphones do a plethora of things for us. But if you stopped using them, you might actually start seeing improvements in the work you do. From a Business-Standard report: The study, commissioned by ...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Grumpy Cat Wants $600K From 'Pirating' Coffee Maker
Eloking quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Grumpy Cat is not pleased, yet. Her owners have asked a California federal court to issue a $600,000 judgment against a coffee maker which allegedly exploite...
12:00 pm - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Hunt For Ninth Planet Reveals Distant Solar System Objects
schwit1 writes: Astronomers have discovered several new objects orbiting the Sun at extremely great distances beyond the orbit of Neptune. The most interesting new discovery is 2014 FE72: "2014 FE72 i...
08:00 am - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot SETI Has Observed a 'Strong' Signal That May Originate From a Sun-like Star
An anonymous reader writes: The RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia has detected a strong signal around 11 GHz (which is very unlikely to be naturally-caused) coming from HD164595, a s...
04:00 am - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Early Human Ancestor Lucy 'Died Falling Out of a Tree'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: New evidence suggests that the famous fossilized human ancestor dubbed "Lucy" by scientists died falling from a great height -- probably out of a tree. CT...
02:00 am - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot European Commission To Issue Apple An Irish Tax Bill of $1.1 Billion, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The European Commission will rule against Ireland's tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of who...
02:00 am - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Tesla To Further Restrict Its Autopilot Software To Prevent Accidents
Tesla is planning to further restrict its Autopilot mode via a v8.0 software update that will make it much harder for drivers to ignore safety alerts. Tesla's Autopilot currently issues alerts on the ...
02:00 am - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot C Programming Language Hits a 15-Year Low On The TIOBE Index
Gamoid writes: The venerable C programming language hit a 15-year low on the TIOBE Index, perhaps because more mobile- and web-friendly languages like Swift and Go are starting to eat its lunch. "The ...
12:00 am - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot US Appeals Court Dismisses AT&T Data Throttling Lawsuit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused ATT Inc of deception for reducing internet speeds for...
12:00 am - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones In The Air Within A Year
The drone industry is expected to expand dramatically in the coming months and years with the passing of a new rule (PDF) that makes it easier to become a commercial drone operator. The Federal Aviati...
12:00 am - Tue, August 30, 2016
Slashdot Judge Allows Kim Dotcom To Livestream Court Hearing
Kim Dotcom has been granted the right to livestream his extradition appeal on YouTube. The appeal hearing began Monday, but will be livestreamed tomorrow because "the cameraman needs to set this up pr...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile is Making Its 'Unlimited' Data Plan Even More Confusing
When T-Mobile announced "One" plan, little did the company know that people wouldn't like seeing their "unlimited" data plan offer video streaming max out at 480p resolution. The company is making som...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Switches On LTE Advanced In 461 Cities -- Is Your Phone Compatible?
An anonymous reader writes: Today, the carrier announces that its LTE is getting much faster. In 461 cities across the USA, it switches on the speedier 'LTE Advanced' (LTE-A). Best of all, many existi...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot 65-Year-Old Woman Shoots Down Drone Over Her Virginia Property With One Shot
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Jennifer Youngman, a 65-year-old woman living in rural northern Virginia shot down a drone flying over her property with a single shotgun bla...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Is Telling the World It's Not a Media Company, But It Might Be Too Late
Let's get some facts straight. The vast majority of people now get their news from social media. Facebook has become one of the largest platforms for media companies. Not only does it send people to p...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot FBI Says Foreign Hackers Breached State Election Systems
The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers breached two state election databases in recent weeks, and it has warned election officials across the country to some measures to step up the secur...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Apple Announces Event On September 7: iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 Expected
New iPhones are coming, Apple hinted today. The Cupertino-based giant announced on Monday that it will host an event on September 7. The rumor mill suggests that the company would announce as many as ...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Vienna Airport Says Glitch That Disrupted Dozens Of Flights Resolved
On Sunday, Vienna Airport was at the receiving end of a number of flight delays and cancellations due to data transmission issues. On Monday, it announced that all the issues have been resolved. Reute...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Now Arriving On the New York Subway: Free E-Books, Timed For Your Commute
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews:Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York has announced a new promotion called "Subway Reads," which leverages the free Wi-Fi connectivity provided at the NYC subway. T...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot ISRO Successfully Test-fires Scramjet Rocket Engine
An anonymous reader writes: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), on Sunday, successfully tested two indigenous scramjet engines. India has become the fourth country to demonstrate the flight tes...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Apple Is Making Life Terrible In Its Factories
An anonymous reader writes: Pressure from Apple to lower costs is driving worsening conditions for workers at the company's manufacturing partners.This according to watchdog group China Labor Watch, w...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Removes Fake Article About Megyn Kelly From Trending Topics
Less than a week after Facebook announced that it is changing the way it handles the Trending Topics section on the social networking website, a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was foun...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Opera Sync Users May Have Been Compromised In Server Breach
An anonymous reader writes: Someone broke into Opera's servers. The Opera browser has a handy feature for synchronizing browsing data across different devices. Unfortunately, some of the passwords and...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Cyber Security Should Be Expanded To Departments Other Than IT: CII-KPMG
An anonymous reader shares a BGR report: Cyber threats today are no longer restricted to a company's communications and IT domains, calling for more than just technical controls to avert attacks and p...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Tens of Thousands of Infowars Accounts Hacked
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: Tens of thousands of subscriber accounts for media company Infowars are being traded in the digital underground. Infowars, created by famed radio host and conspi...
12:00 pm - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Isolated NASA Team Ends Year-Long Mars Simulation In Hawaii
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the BBC:A team of six people have completed a Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in near isolation for a year. Since August 29th, 2015, the group lived in ...
08:00 am - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot What Jonathan Coulton Learned From The Technology Industry
In a new article on GeekWire, Jonathan Coulton explains why he left a comfortable software development job in 2005 to launch a career as an online singer-songwriter. But he also describes the things h...
04:00 am - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot How Security Experts Are Protecting Their Own Data
Today the San Jose Mercury News asked several prominent security experts which security products they were actually using for their own data. An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:The EFF's chief techno...
02:00 am - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot Google Tests A Software That Judges Hollywood's Portrayal of Women
Slashdot reader theodp writes: Aside from it being hosted in a town without a movie theater, the 2016 Bentonville Film Festival was also unusual in that it required all entrants to submit "film script...
12:00 am - Mon, August 29, 2016
Slashdot How G.E. Is Transforming Into An IoT Start-Up
Slashdot reader mspohr shares an article about "General Electric 're-inventing' itself as a software start-up." Jeffrey R. Immelt, the CEO of America's largest manufacturer, describes how he realized ...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Best Way To Backup Large Amounts Of Personal Data?
An anonymous Slashdot reader has "approximately two terabytes of photos, currently sitting on two 4-terabyte 'Intel Rapid Storage' RAID 1 disks." But now they're considering three alternatives after m...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot Recent College Grads Aim To Land A Robot On The Moon
Sunday the Indian Space Research Organization successfully test-launched a scramjet rocket, propelled by "an air-breathing propulsion system which uses hydrogen as fuel and oxygen from the atmosphere ...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot 100 Arrested In New York Thanks To Better Face-Recognition Technology
New York doubled the number of "measurement points" used by their facial recognitation technology this year, leading to 100 arrests for fraud and identity theft, plus another 900 open cases. An anonym...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot Welcome To 1986: Inside 'Halt And Catch Fire's' High-Tech Time Machine
The third season of AMC's technology drama "Halt and Catch Fire" painstakingly recreated Silicon Valley and San Francisco in 1986. Long-time Slashdot reader harrymcc shares his first-person report:The...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot 'Longest Living Human' Says He Is Ready For Death At 145
Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes an article from The Telegraph: An Indonesian man who claims to be the longest living human in recorded history has described how he "just wants to die". Mbah Gotho, from...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot Players Seek 'No Man's Sky' Refunds, Sony's Content Director Calls Them Thieves
thegarbz writes: As was covered previously on Slashdot the very hyped up game No Man's Sky was released to a lot of negative reviews about game-crashing bugs and poor interface choices. Now that playe...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot RIP John Ellenby, Godfather of the Modern Laptop
John Ellenby managed the development of the Alto II before starting the company that built the world's first successful "clamshell" laptop. Slashdot reader fragMasterFlash quotes the New York Times: E...
02:00 pm - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot New Ransomware Poses As A Windows Update
Slashdot reader MojoKid quotes an article from Hot Hardware: A security researcher for AVG has discovered a new piece of ransomware called Fantom that masquerades as a critical Windows update. Victims...
12:00 pm - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Will Revive Megaupload, Linking File Transfers To Bitcoin Microtransactions
Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes an article from Fortune: The controversial entrepreneur Kim Dotcom said last month that he was preparing to relaunch Megaupload, the file-sharing site that ...
08:00 am - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot EU Copyright Reform Proposes Search Engines Pay For Snippets
An anonymous Slashdot reader reports that the European Commission "is planning reforms that would allow media outlets to request payment from search engines such as Google, for publishing snippets of ...
06:00 am - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot Apple Fixes Three Zero Days Used In Targeted Attack
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On The Wire: Apple has patched three critical vulnerabilities in iOS that were identified when an attacker targeted a human rights activist in the UAE with an exploit...
04:00 am - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Lost a City Because They Used Wikipedia Data
"Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps," joked The Register, reporting that Microsoft's site had "misplaced Melbourne, the four-million-inhabitant capital of the Australian State of Victo...
02:00 am - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot Japanese Government Plans Cyber Attack Institute
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: The government of Japan will create an institute to train employees to counter cyber attacks. The institute, which will be operational early next ye...
02:00 am - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot Apples Fixes Three Zero Days Used In Targeted Attack
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On The Wire: Apple has patched three critical vulnerabilities in iOS that were identified when an attacker targeted a human rights activist in the UAE with an exploit...
12:00 am - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot Domino's Will Deliver Pizza By Drone and By Robot
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes CNN Money's report that "pizzas will soon be dropping from the heavens":Domino's demonstrated its ability to deliver food via a drone Thursday in New Zealand and pl...
12:00 am - Sun, August 28, 2016
Slashdot 'Social Media ID, Please?' Proposed US Law Greeted With Anger
The U.S. government announced plans to require some foreign travelers to provide their social media account names when entering the country -- and in June requested comments. Now the plan is being cal...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Linus Loves GPL, But Hates GPL Lawsuits
Long-time Slashdot reader sfcrazy writes: During LinuxCon, Torvalds was full of praise for GNU GPL: "The GPL ensures that nobody is ever going to take advantage of your code. It will remain free and n...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot US Patients Battle EpiPen Prices And Regulations By Shopping Online
"The incredible increase in the cost of EpiPens, auto-injectors that can stop life-threatening emergencies caused by allergic reactions, has hit home on Capitol Hill," reports CNN. Slashdot reader App...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot New SWEET32 Crypto Attacks Speed Up Deprecation of 3DES, Blowfish
Researchers "have devised a new way to decrypt secret cookies which could leave your passwords vulnerable to theft," reports Digital Trends. Slashdot reader msm1267 writes: New attacks revealed today ...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot BitTorrent Cases Filed By Malibu Media Will Proceed, Rules Judge
Long-time Slashdot reader NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted ...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Cybercriminals Select Insiders To Attack Telecom Providers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Help Net Security:Cybercriminals are using insiders to gain access to telecommunications networks and subscriber data, according to Kaspersky Lab. In addition,...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot ReactOS 0.4.2 Released: Supports Linux Filesystems, .NET Applications, and Doom 3
Continuing its rapid release cycle, ReactOS has unveiled version 0.4.2 of its free "open-source binary-compatible Windows re-implementation." Slashdot reader jeditobe reports that this new version can...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Eavesdropping On Tinder: Researcher Demonstrates Man-in-the-Middle Attacks
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Security expert Anthony Zboralski posted on HERT a social engineering attack for Tinder that lets you perform a man-in-the-middle attack against unsuspecting users....
04:00 pm - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot HAARP Holds Open House To Dispel Rumors Of Mind Control
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:HAARP -- the former Air Force/Navy/DARPA research program in Alaska -- will host an open house Saturday where "We hope to show people that it is not capable of mind...
02:00 pm - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot White House Is Planning To Let More Foreign Entrepreneurs Work In the US
Peter Hudson writes from a report via Recode: "After failing to get Congress to pass a 'startup visa' as part of broad immigration reform, the Obama administration is moving ahead with an alternative ...
12:00 pm - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Floating Solar Device Boils Water Without Mirrors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Researchers from MIT and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, led by George Ni, describe a prototype design that boils water under amb...
08:00 am - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Juno Probe To Get First Up-Close Look At Jupiter On Saturday
NASA's Juno spacecraft will get its first up-close view at Jupiter this Saturday. Space.com reports: "At 8:51 a.m. EDT (1251 GMT) on Saturday (Aug. 27), Juno will zoom within 2,600 miles (4,000 kilome...
04:00 am - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Apple, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft Sign White House Pledge For Equal Pay
In honor of Women's Equality Day, an anonymous reader shares with us a festive report from Fortune: More than two months after the White House first announced its Equal Pay Pledge for the private sect...
02:00 am - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Dyson Will Spend $1.4 Billion, Enlist 3,000 Engineers To Build a Better Battery
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Among the 100 new products the company founder James Dyson wants to invent by 2020, the greatest investment in people and money is to improve r...
02:00 am - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Is Working On Anti-Harassment Keyword Filtering Tool, Says Report
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made it a top priority for company to limit hateful conduct. In late December 2015, for example, the company changed its rules to explicitly ban "hateful conduct" for the f...
02:00 am - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux 16.10 'Yakkety Yak' Beta 1 Now Available For Download
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BetaNews: Today, the first beta of Ubuntu Linux 16.10 sees release. Once again, a silly animal name is assigned, this time being the letter "Y" for the horned ...
12:00 am - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Spotify Is Burying Tracks From Musicians Who Give Exclusives To Apple and Tidal
The music-streaming market is very competitive these days, especially since Apple released Apple Music last year. In retaliation for musicians giving Apple exclusive access to their new music, Spotify...
12:00 am - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot British Companies Are Selling Advanced Spy Tech To Authoritarian Regimes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Since early 2015, over a dozen UK companies have been granted licenses to export powerful telecommunications interception technology to countries ...
12:00 am - Sat, August 27, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Says Humans Won't Write Its Trending Topic Descriptions Anymore
Following a former Facebook journalist's report that the company's workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network's Trending Topics section, the ...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Sprint Charging 'Unlimited' Users $20 More for Unthrottled Video
Sprint has a new "unlimited" data plan for users that want to watch videos in full-HD (1080p) screen resolution. Dubbed "Unlimited Freedom Premium" plan, it offers the same features as the "Unlimited ...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Dragon Returns Home From ISS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Florida Today: A SpaceX Dragon capsule that helped prepare the International Space Station for future commercial astronaut flights has returned to Earth after ...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Hillary Clinton Used BleachBit To Wipe Emails
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: The open-source disk cleaning application, BleachBit, got quite a decent ad pitch from the world of politics after it was revealed lawyers of the presi...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Alphabet's Nest Wants to Build a 'Citizen-Fueled' Power Plant
Mark Chediak, reporting for Bloomberg:Alphabet Inc's Nest Labs is looking to enlist enough customers in California to free up as much power as a small natural gas-fired plant produces, helping allevia...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Belgians Are Hunting Books, Instead Of Pokemon
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report:Inspired by the success of Pokemon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon mo...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Is Testing a 30-Hour, 75% Salary Workweek
Amazon is planning a pilot program in which a select group of workers will need to work for 30 hours a week, instead of the usual 40 to 70 hours, and make 75 percent of the salary + benefits (alternat...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot The Slashdot Interview With VideoLAN President and Lead VLC Developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf
You asked, he answered! VideoLan President and Lead Developer of VLC Jean-Baptiste Kempf has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on to find out about the upcoming VideoLAN proje...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Robot Babies Not Effective Birth Control, Australian Study Finds
An anonymous reader writes: Girls given imitation babies to look after in an effort to deter teenage pregnancy could actually be more likely to get pregnant, according to a study. Researchers in Austr...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Dropbox Is Urging Users To Reset Their Passwords
Dropbox is forcing a number of users to change their passwords after the cloud storage company found some account details linked to an old data breach. "The next time you visit dropbox.com, you may be...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's WhatsApp Data Gambit Faces Federal Privacy Complaint
Sam Gustin, writing for Motherboard: Facebook's decision to begin harvesting data from its popular WhatsApp messaging service provoked a social media uproar on Thursday, and prompted leading privacy a...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Second Confirmed Death In Japan Involving Pokemon Go
An anonymous reader writes: The Japan Times reports another death. This time a 20 year old woman has died after being hit by a car while riding her bicycle. The man driving the car claimed he was dist...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Use Optical Media?
The other day at an event, public relation officials were handing out press kit (it usually contains everything the company announced, photos from the event, and contact information of the company) to...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Amazon, NVIDIA and The CIA Want To Teach AI To Watch Us From Space
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Satellite operator DigitalGlobe is teaming up with Amazon, the venture arm of the CIA, and NVIDIA to make computers watch the Earth from...
12:00 pm - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Intel Launches Flurry of 3D NAND-Based SSDs For Consumer and Enterprise Markets
MojoKid writes: Intel launched a handful of new SSD products today that cover a broad spectrum of applications and employ 3D NAND technology. The SSD 600p Series is offered in four capacities ranging ...
08:00 am - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot NASA's Voyager 2 Flew By Saturn 35 Years Ago Today
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: Thirty-five years ago today, a NASA spacecraft got an up-close look at beautiful, enigmatic Saturn. On Aug. 25, 1981, the Voyager 2 probe zoomed wit...
04:00 am - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Linus on Linux's 25th Birthday
The creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, posted his famous message announcing Linux on August 25, 1991, claiming that it was "just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu." ZDNet's Steven J. Vaug...
02:00 am - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple Patenting a Way To Collect Fingerprints, Photos of Thieves
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Apple Insider: As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's invention covering "Biometric capture for unauthorized user identification" detail...
02:00 am - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot US Unveils Charges Against KickassTorrents, Names Two More Defendants
A total of three men are said to be operators of file-sharing site KickassTorrents (KAT), according to U.S. prosecutors. Last month, federal authorities arrested the 30-year-old Ukrainian mastermind o...
02:00 am - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot The Big Short: Security Flaws Fuel Bet Against St. Jude
chicksdaddy writes: "Call it The Big Short -- or maybe just the medical device industry's 'Shot Heard Round The World': a report from Muddy Waters Research recommends that its readers bet against (or ...
12:00 am - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot Princeton Researchers Announce Open Source 25-Core Processor
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Princeton announced at Hot Chips this week their 25-core Piton Processor. The processor was designed specifically to increase data center efficiency with nov...
12:00 am - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot FCC Proposes 5G Cybersecurity Requirements, Asks For Industry Advice
Presto Vivace quotes a report from FedScoop: "Cybersecurity issues must be addressed during the design phase for the entire 5G ecosystem, including devices. This will place a premium on collaboration ...
12:00 am - Fri, August 26, 2016
Slashdot PSA: PlayStation Network Gets Two-Step Verification
Consider this a public service announcement: Sony has (finally) added two-factor authentication to PlayStation Network accounts. If you're a PlayStation user and are reading this right now, you really...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot ISP Lobbyists Pushing Telecom Act Rewrite
Karl Bode, reporting for DSLReports:Telecom lobbyists are pushing hard for a rewrite of the Telecom Act, this time with a notable eye on cutting FCC funding and overall authority. AT&T donated at ...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Italy Quake Rescuers Ask Locals To Unlock Their Wi-Fi
Rescue teams searching for earthquake survivors in central Italy have asked locals to unlock their Wifi passwords. The Italian Red Cross says residents' home networks can assist with communications du...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Google Fiber To Cut Staff In Half After User Totals Disappoint, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from DSLReports: Sources claim that Google Fiber has been disappointed with the company's overall number of total subscribers since launching five years ago. A payw...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Malware Sold To Governments Helped Them Spy on iPhones
One of the world's most evasive digital arms dealers is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journ...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Computers Crash When Amazon Kindles Are Plugged In
It appears that many users are facing an issue with their Windows 10 computers when they plug in an Amazon Kindle device. According to reports, post Windows 10 Anniversary Update installation, everyti...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot iPhones and iPads Fail More Often Than Android Smartphones
An anonymous reader writes: The main question when picking a new phone is whether to choose an Android one or an iPhone. A new study coming from Blancco Technology Group sheds some light on which devi...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Driver Killed a Pedestrian in Japan While Playing Pokemon Go
An anonymous reader writes: One woman was killed and another injured. In what police are calling Japan's first death linked to Pokemon Go, a driver playing the smartphone game hit two pedestrians on T...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot China To Crackdown On Unauthorised Radio Broadcasts
An anonymous reader writes: Reportedly, in a national campaign aided by more than 30,000 airwave monitors, in over past six months, more than 500 sets of equipment for making unauthorised radio broadc...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot You Can Now Play Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe in Google's Search Results
Paul Sawers, writing for VentureBeat: Google announced a couple of fun little nuggets today: you can now play Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe directly in Google's search results. Available through the deskt...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot WhatsApp To Share Some Data With Facebook
Two years ago when Facebook bought WhatsApp, the instant messaging client said that the deal would not affect the digital privacy of its users. Things are changing now, WhatsApp said Thursday. The Fac...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Singapore Launches World's First 'Self-driving' Taxi Service
Days before ride-hailing service Uber debuts its self-driving car in Pittsburgh, a company in Singapore has beaten Uber to the race. The Guardian reports: The world's first "self-driving" taxi service...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Uber Loses At Least $1.2 Billion In First Half of 2016
An anonymous reader writes: The ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. is not a public company, but every three months, dozens of shareholders get on a conference call to hear the latest details on...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Create Algorithm That Diagnoses Depression From Your Instagram Feed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: Harvard University's Andrew Reece and the University of Vermont's Chris Danforth crafted an algorithm that can correctly diagnose depression, with up ...
12:00 pm - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Canon Unveils EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR
It's been a little more than 4 year since Canon unveiled the EOS 5D Mark III. Today, Canon took the wraps off its successor -- the EOS 5D Mark IV. The Mark IV features a 34-megapixel, full-frame CMOS ...
08:00 am - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams Sets New US Space Endurance Record With 521 Days
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: Space station commander Jeff Williams set a new U.S. space endurance record Wednesday, his 521st day in orbit over four missions, eclipsing the 520-d...
04:00 am - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Global Warming Started 180 Years Ago Near Beginning of Industrial Revolution, Says Study
New research led by scientists at the Australian National University's Research School of Earth suggests that humans first started to significantly change the climate in the 1830s, near the beginning ...
02:00 am - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Plans To Bring Photos, Polls, and Text To Its Video Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: YouTube is developing a feature internally called Backstage where users can share photos, polls, links, text posts, and videos with their subscrib...
02:00 am - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot 'Legalist' Startup Automates The Lawsuit Strategy Peter Thiel Used To Bankrupt Gawker
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Gizmodo: "Two Harvard undergraduates have created a service called Legalist that uses what they call 'data-backed litigation financing,' analyzing civil la...
02:00 am - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot 'Octobot' Is The World's First Soft-Bodied Robot
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: Researchers have created the first completely soft-bodied robot, dubbed the 'octobot.' The palm-sized machine's exterior is made of silicone. And wh...
12:00 am - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Latest Windows 10 Update Breaks PowerShell
whoever57 writes: According to a report via InfoWorld, the latest Windows 10 update [KB 3176934] breaks Desired State Configuration (DSC) functionality in PowerShell. Some things that were broken in t...
12:00 am - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars Aren't Going To Be So Great Until We Make Our Maps Better
Uber is debuting its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this month, a move that has many taxi drivers upset. The Verge's Nilay Patel argues that this move should change the way we think about maps and ad...
12:00 am - Thu, August 25, 2016
Slashdot World's Largest Aircraft Crashes Its Second Flight
Not too long after it completed its first test flight, the Airlander 10 -- the world's largest aircraft -- has crashed its second test flight. Since the 300-foot long aircraft contains 38,000 cubic me...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Bill Nye Explains That the Flooding In Louisiana Is the Result of Climate Change
Reader mspohr writes: Our favorite science guy has an interview (and video) in Quartz where he explains how Louisiana flooding is due to climate change:"As the ocean gets warmer, which it is getting, ...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot MIT Scientists Develop New Wi-Fi That's 330% Faster
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MSN: Scientists at MIT claim to have created a new wireless technology that can triple Wi-Fi data speeds while also doubling the range of the signal. Dubbed Me...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot HP Hit With Age-Discrimination Suit Claiming Old Workers Purged
Hewlett-Packard started laying off workers in 2012, before it separated into HP Inc. and HP Enterprise last year. The company has continued to cut thousands of jobs since. As a result of the "restruct...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot The US Army Has Too Many Video Games
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report:The US Army sees itself in a transitional period. Unlike a decade ago, soldiers are training less today on how to conduct "stability" operations for a c...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Earth-Like Planet, With Ambitious Life Possibility, Found Orbiting the Star Next Door
There's another Earth out there. For real, this time. Astronomers announced on Wednesday that they had detected a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest neighbor to our solar system. Intriguing...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Apple Under Tim Cook: More Socially Responsible, Less Visionary
Let's talk about Apple, unarguably one of the most remarkable companies on the face of the earth. (Remarkable doesn't necessarily mean great -- it just means that the company is something worth making...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot NASA's Outsourced Computer People Are Even Worse Than You Might Expect
Eric berger, writing for ArsTechnica: As part of a plan to help NASA "modernize" its desktop and laptop computers, the space agency signed a $2.5 billion services contract with HP Enterprise Services ...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Over 25 Million Accounts Stolen After Mail.ru Forums Hacked
An anonymous reader writes: Over 25 million accounts associated with forums hosted by Russian internet giant Mail.ru have been stolen by hackers. Two hackers carried out attacks on three separate game...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Cloudflare Faces Lawsuit For Assisting Pirate Sites
An anonymous reader shares a TorrentFreak report: In recent months CloudFlare has been called out repeatedly for offering its services to known pirate sites, including The Pirate Bay. These allegation...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Opera Brings Its Free VPN Service To Android
Frederic Lardinois, writing for TechCrunch: Earlier this year, Opera launched its free and unlimited VPN service for iOS; today it is bringing the same functionality to Android. Like the iOS version, ...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot A Design Defect Is Plaguing Many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Units
Evan Selleck, writing for iPhoneHacks (edited and condensed): For many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners out there in the wild, a design defect is apparently causing some huge issues. Gadget repair fi...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Singapore To Cut Off Public Servants From the Internet
Singapore is planning to cut off web access for public servants as a defence against potential cyber attack, Reuters reports. The local government's move has already been criticized by many, who say t...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Is Testing Autoplaying Video With Sound
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook is testing a "feature" that autoplays video clips on your feed with sound. It's not a very big test, but there's a possibility the company could roll it out to a l...
12:00 pm - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Buys AI-Powered Scheduling App Genee
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: Microsoft has announced that it has completed its acquisition of artificial intelligence-based scheduling app Genee for an undisclosed amount. The a...
08:00 am - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot NASA Reconnects With 'Lost' STEREO-B Satellite
NASA lost contact with its STEREO-B spacecraft twenty-two months ago during a routine 72-hour test. On Sunday, the spacecraft reconnected with NASA roughly 189 million miles away from Earth. While tha...
04:00 am - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot 20% of Scientific Papers On Genes Contain Conversion Errors Caused By Excel, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes from a report via WinBeta: A new report from scientists Mark Ziemann, Yotam Eren, and Assam El-Osta says that 20% of scientific papers on genes contain gene name conversion ...
02:00 am - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot US Trade Judge Clears Fitbit of Stealing Jawbone's Trade Secrets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Fitbit did not steal rival Jawbone's trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, dashing Jawbone's hopes of securing ...
02:00 am - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Sony Tries To Remove News Articles About PlayStation 4 Slim Leak From The Internet
Sony is expected to announce two new PlayStation 4 consoles at a scheduled event on September 7th in New York City, but as that date nears more leaks of the consoles have emerged. The most recent leak...
02:00 am - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Pinterest Acquires Instapaper
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Instapaper, a pioneering app for saving articles to read later, has been acquired -- again. The app, which was created by developer Marco Arment and...
02:00 am - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Details Its 24-Core 'Holographic Processor' Used In HoloLens
The processor powering Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset has been a mystery -- until now. During the annual Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California, Microsoft revealed some juicy de...
12:00 am - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Ashley Madison Security Protocols Violated Canada, Austrialia Privacy Laws
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said Tuesday that the Canada-based online dating and social networking service Ashely Madison used inadequate privacy and security technology while mar...
12:00 am - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot FBI Authorized Informants To Break The Law 22,800 Times In 4 Years
blottsie quotes a report from the Daily Dot: Over a four-year period, the FBI authorized informants to break the law more than 22,800 times, according to newly reviewed documents. Official records obt...
12:00 am - Wed, August 24, 2016
Slashdot Google Search Removes 'Mobile-Friendly' Label, Will Tackle Interstitials Next
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today announced two updates to mobile search results: an aesthetic one rolling out now and an algorithmic one coming next year. The former ...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Knows Your Political Preferences
Facebook knows a lot more about its users than they think. For instance, the New York Times reports, the company is categorizing its users as liberal, conservative, or moderate. These details are valu...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Unveils New Model S, Its Quickest Production Car
Electric car maker Tesla said Tuesday that it is launching a 100-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery for its Model S and Model X cars. A report on Bloomberg says: Tesla is adding versions of its Model S sedan...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot WikiLeaks Published Rape Victims' Names, Credit Cards, Medical Data
Joe Mullin, writing for ArsTechnica: Even as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sits trapped in the Ecuadorean embassy, the WikiLeaks website continues to publish the secrets of various governments worl...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Steve Wozniak Says Apple Must Fix iPhone 7 Bluetooth Or Revive Its Headphone Jack
We've talked extensively about the missing headphone jack on the upcoming iPhone. While some say that the move will ruin user experience -- something that has already started to seem that way in the r...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot FBI Investigating Russian Hack Of New York Times Reporters, Others
Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations, reports CNN, citing US o...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot PlayStation 3 Games Are Coming To PC
PlayStation 3 games are coming to Windows. Sony said Tuesday that it is bringing its PlayStation Now game-streaming program to Windows PCs. The service broadcasts PlayStation 3 games over the internet...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Epic Games Forums Hacked, Again
An anonymous reader writes: Epic Games, maker of popular games such as Unreal and Infinity Blade, announced today that its forums have been hacked. Now, if you don't reuse password that isn't a huge d...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Hey Google, Want To Fix Android Updates? Hit OEMs Where It Hurts
Yesterday we talked about some of Nexus devices, including 2013's Nexus 5 not receiving an update, because it has been more than two years since the launch of the phone. But as you may know, this comm...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Didi Launches Car Rental Service In China
An anonymous reader writes: Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is adding a car rental service for customers in several cities, to take advantage of the enormous domestic tourism market in China. Users ca...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Apps Will Be Pre-loaded On Lenovo and Motorola Android Devices
An anonymous reader writes: There was a time when Microsoft was seen as the enemy of Linux and Apple communities. Understandably, at the time, the company only wanted Windows to succeed. Nowadays, how...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon Go Daily Active Users, Downloads, Engagement Are Dropping
An anonymous reader writes:Pokemon Go is starting to lose the battle for mobile mindshare, according to Axiom Capital Management. As such, investors and executives at Facebook Inc., Instagram, Tinder ...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Internaut Day Might Not Be the Web Anniversary You're Looking For
David Meyer, reporting for Fortune: The web arguably went public before August 23, 1991. Social media users are enthusiastically celebrating "Internaut Day" on Tuesday. They're thanking Tim Berners-Le...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot US Customs and Border Protection Wants To Know Who You Are On Twitter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electronic Frontier Foundation: U.S. border control agents want to gather Facebook and Twitter identities from visitors from around the world. But this flawed ...
12:00 pm - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Plans To Sell Refurbished High-End Smartphones In 2017
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with...
08:00 am - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot NanoRacks Plans To Turn Used Rocket Fuel Tanks Into Space Habitats
An anonymous reader writes from a report via IEEE Spectrum: A couple of weeks ago NASA announced it has committed $65 million to six companies over the course of two years for the purpose of developin...
04:00 am - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot New Mexico Nuclear Accident Ranks Among the Costliest In US History
mdsolar quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: When a drum containing radioactive waste blew up in an underground nuclear dump in New Mexico two years ago, the Energy Department rushed to quell conce...
02:00 am - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot BHU's 'Tiger Will Power' Wi-Fi Router May Be The Most Insecure Router Ever Made
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: A Wi-Fi router manufactured and sold only in China can easily run for the title of "most insecure router ever made." The BHU router, whose name ...
02:00 am - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Bill Gates's Net Worth Hits $90 Billion
schwit1 quotes a report from Bloomberg: The net worth of the world's richest person Bill Gates hit $90 billion on Friday, fueled by gains in public holdings including Canadian National Railway Company...
02:00 am - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Unveils Netflix-Like Streaming Service Called 'Manbang'
North Korea has unveiled a set-top box that offers video-on demand services similar to Netflix. The service is called Manbang, which translates to "everywhere" in Korean, and allows consumers to strea...
12:00 am - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Cox Denies Liability for Pirating Subscribers, Appeals $25 Million Verdict
Cox Communications insists that it is not responsible for copyright infringements carried out by its subscribers, challenging the ruling by a Virginia federal jury late last year. The court had found ...
12:00 am - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Aluminum NES Maker Announces Smaller, Cheaper Analogue Nt Mini
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Polygon: Analogue, the company behind the aluminum NES known as the Analogue Nt, is releasing a smaller, less expensive version of its console this January. Kn...
12:00 am - Tue, August 23, 2016
Slashdot Turkish Journalist Jailed For Terrorism Was Framed, Forensic Report Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Turkish investigative journalist Baris Pehlivan spent 19 months in jail, accused of terrorism based on documents found on his work computer. But w...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Says There's 6 Million Unhappy DSL Users Left To Target
Karl Bode, writing for DSLReports: As we noted last week, cable is effectively demolishing phone companies when it comes to new broadband subscriber additions, and Comcast still says the company has p...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot FBI Finds 14,900 More Documents From Hillary Clinton's Email Server
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: The FBI uncovered nearly 15,000 more emails and materials sent to or from Hillary Clinton as part of the agency's investigation into her use of priva...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Says LTE Can Still Offer Speeds Up To 1 Gbps
An anonymous reader writes from a report via DSL Reports: ATT CTO Andre Fuetsch said at a telecom conference last week that the company's existing LTE network should be able to reach speeds of 1 Gbps ...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Google Begins Rolling Out Android 7.0 Nougat
An anonymous reader writes: Google today started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to existing Nexus devices via an over-the-air software update. This is a gradual rollout: The Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO Eben Upton a Question
It's been roughly five years since we last interviewed the founder and CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd., Eben Upton. Eben currently serves as a technical director and ASIC architect for Broadcom. He...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Linux Turns 25, Is Bigger and More Professional Than Ever
The Linux operating system kernel is 25 years old this month, ArsTechnica writes. It was August 25, 1991 when Linus Torvalds posted his famous message announcing the project, claiming that Linux was "...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Apple, Samsung Capture All Of Industry's Smartphone Profits
Continuing to operate on razor thin margins, smartphone manufacturers other than Samsung and Apple are bleeding money. Apple accounted for 75 percent of the smartphone's profits in the second quarter ...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Is Changing Its Look -- and Asking the Internet For Feedback
Megan Geuss, writing for ArsTechnica: Mozilla is trying a rebranding. Back in June, the browser developer announced that it would freshen up its logo and enlist the Internet's help in reaching a final...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Reminds Us That You Can't Make People Use an App They Don't Want
Samsung has announced that it will be discontinuing Milk Music on September 22. The announcement comes a year after the South Korean technology conglomerate shuttered Milk Video, another service that ...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Sony To Debut Two New PlayStation 4 Consoles Next Month, Says WSJ
An anonymous reader writes: Sony could be about to announce two new PlayStation 4 consoles, according to the Wall Street Journal. Both units are set to be introduced next month, people familiar with t...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Intel Demos Kaby Lake 7th Gen Core Series Running Overwatch At IDF
Reader MojoKid writes: Intel unveiled a number of new product innovations out at IDF last week, but the company also stuck to its core product march by teasing its next gen Core series processor. Kaby...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Activists Call For General Strike On the Tor Network
Reader derekmead writes: Some Tor users are very unhappy with the way the project has been run in recent months, and are calling for a blackout on September 1st. They are asking users to not use Tor, ...
12:00 pm - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Massachusetts Will Tax Ride-Sharing Companies To Subsidize Taxis
Massachusetts will tax ride-sharing services -- 20 cents for each ride -- with 25% of the money raised going into a special fund for the taxi industry (according to an article shared by schwit1 ). Reu...
08:00 am - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Four Code Bootcamps Are Now Eligible For Government Financial Aid
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp notes a pilot program for improving computer science education which includes financial aid for students at four code bootcamps:In this week's Hack Education Weekly Ne...
04:00 am - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Group Wants To Shut Down Tor For a Day On September 1
An anonymous reader writes: An internal group at the Tor Project is calling for a full 24-hour shutdown of the Tor network to protest the way the Tor Project dealt with the Jake Applebaum sexual misco...
02:00 am - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Systemd Rolls Out Its Own Mount Tool
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: I'm surprised this hasn't surfaced on Slashdot already, but yesterday Phoronix reported that systemd will soon be handling file system mounts, along with all the o...
12:00 am - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Software Exploits Aren't Needed To Hack Most Organizations
The five most common ways of hacking an organization all involve stolen credentials, "based on data from 75 organizations, 100 penetration tests, and 450 real-world attacks," writes an anonymous Slash...
12:00 am - Mon, August 22, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Will You Handle Microsoft's New 'Cumulative' Windows Updates?
Microsoft's announced they'll discontinue "individual patches" for Windows 7 and 8.1 (as well as Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2). Instead they'll have monthly "cumulative" rollups of each m...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot Will Internet Voting Endanger The Secret Ballot?
MIT recently identified the states "at the greatest risk of having their voting process hacked". but added this week that "Maintaining the secrecy of ballots returned via the Internet is 'technologica...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot 'SingularDTV' Will Use Ethereum For DRM On A Sci-Fi TV Show
It's "an epic sci-fi adventure about the human race's journey into a theoretical technological Singularity." Or is it an "entertainment industry boondoggle...part DRM snake oil marketing, part pseudo-...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Announces New Blocking and Filtering Features
Twitter just began rolling out "new ways to control your experience," promising the two new features "will give you more control over what you see and who you interact with on Twitter." An anonymous S...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot German Minister Wants Facial Recognition Software At Airports and Train Stations
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a surprising report from Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster (based on a report in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag):Germany's Interior Minister wants...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot KDE Edition Beta Released For Linux Mint 18 'Sarah'
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from fossBytes:Linux Mint 18 'Sarah' KDE Edition Beta is now available for download and testing. This release is based on the long-term supported Linux 4.4...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot Fake Google Salesmen Are Actually SEO Telemarketers
Long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein writes: It seems like almost every day I get junk solicitation phone calls "from Google." They call about my Google business local listings, about my not bei...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot Intel Demos A New Robotics Controller Running Ubuntu
Intel demoed their new robotics compute module this week. Scheduled for release in 2017, it's equipped with various sensors, including a depth-sensing camera, and it runs Ubuntu on a quad-core Atom. S...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot India Threatens 3-Year Jail Sentences For Viewing Blocked Torrents
"It is official now. The punishment for rape is actually less..." writes an anonymous Slashdot reader, who adds that "Some users think that this is all the fault of Bollywood/Hollywood movie studios. ...
02:00 pm - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot Chicago's Experiment In Predictive Policing Isn't Working
The U.S. will phase out private prisons, a move made possible by fewer and shorter sentences for drug offenses, reports the BBC. But when it comes to reducing arrests for violent crimes, police office...
12:00 pm - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot Has WikiLeaks Morphed Into A Malware Hub?
Slashdot reader mirandakatz writes:In releasing an unredacted database of emails from the Turkish party AKP, WikiLeaks exposed the public to a collection of malware -- and even after a Bulgarian secur...
08:00 am - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot New Linux Trojan Is A DDoS Tool, a Bitcoin Miner, and Web Ransomware
An anonymous reader writes: A trojan that targeted Drupal sites on Linux servers last May that was incredibly simplistic and laughable in its attempt to install (and fail) web ransomware on compromise...
04:00 am - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is KDE Dying?
A long-time loyal KDE user "always felt that it was the more complete and integrated of the many Linux desktop environments...thus having the most potential to win over new Linux converts." And while ...
02:00 am - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot How SSL/TLS Encryption Hides Malware
Around 65% of the internet's one zettabyte of global traffic uses SSL/TLS encryption -- but Slashdot reader River Tam shares an article recalling last August when 910 million web browsers were potenti...
12:00 am - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot Every Month This Year Has Been the Hottest In Recorded History
Slashdot reader iONiUM quotes an article from Vice that calls attention to the fact thatrecord-setting temperatures in July are just part of the story: On Wednesday, the US National Oceanic and Atmosp...
12:00 am - Sun, August 21, 2016
Slashdot Want To Hunt Bank Robbers? There's an App For That, Says The FBI
Long-time Slashdot reader coondoggie quotes an article from Network World: The FBI today said it released a new application making it easier for the public -- as well as financial institutions, law en...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Japan Plans To Build Unmanned Fighter Jets
Slashdot reader It's the tripnaut! quotes an article from Reuters:Japan aims to develop a prototype drone fighter jet in two decades with private sector help in a technology strategy that focuses on w...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot IPv6 Achieves 50% Reach On Major US Carriers
Long-time Slashdot reader dyork brings new from The Internet Society: IPv6 deployment hit a milestone this month related to the four major US providers (Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Sprint, AT&...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Announces 'Cumulative' Updates Will Become Mandatory For Windows 7 and 8.1
Microsoft's now changing the way updates are delivered for Windows 7 and 8.1. Slashdot reader JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Microsoft's Senior Product Marketing Manager Nathan Mercer just announced that, ...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Can Cow Backpacks Reduce Global Methane Emissions?
Slashdot reader schwit1 shares an article from Bloomberg which argues "It's time to have a conversation about flatulent cows.""Enteric fermentation," or livestock's digestive process, accounts for 22 ...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot How the H-1B Visa Program Impacts America's Tech Workers
Computerworld is running an emotional report by their national correspondent Patrick Thibodeau -- complete with a dramatic video -- arguing that America's H-1B Visa program "has also become a way for ...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot MIT Announces VR and AR Hackathon
Calling it "A weekend that transforms the future of immersive technologies," MIT's Media Lab is hosting a big Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality hackathon. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes this repo...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Computer Science Professor Mocks The NSA's Buggy Code
After performing hours of analysis, a computer science professor says he's "not impressed" by the quality of the recently-leaked code that's supposedly from an NSA hacking tool. An anonymous Slashdot ...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot 100 Unofficial Mods Released for 'No Man's Sky'
Eleven days after its release, No Man's Sky already has over 100 unofficial mods by fans intent on improving the game. "We don't have time to wait for official dev tools to fix what can be fixed by us...
02:00 pm - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Amazon To Experiment With Part-Time Tech Teams
Elizabeth Weise, reporting from USATODAY: In an effort to lure hard-to-hire tech workers and possibly recast its reputation as a harsh workplace, Amazon plans to pilot a program of part-time teams com...
12:00 pm - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Fedora 25 To Run Wayland By Default Instead Of X.Org Server
An anonymous reader writes: Fedora 25 will finally be the first release for this Linux distribution -- and the first tier-one desktop Linux OS at large -- that is going ahead and using Wayland by defa...
08:00 am - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Astronauts Successfully Install Parking Spot At ISS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: With more private spaceship traffic expected at the International Space Station in the coming years, two U.S. astronauts embarked on a spacewalk Frid...
04:00 am - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Marijuana Provides More Pain Relief For Men Than Woman, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PsyPost: Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that men had greater pain relief than women after smoking marijuana. In this study, t...
02:00 am - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot EFF Accuses T-Mobile of Violating Net Neutrality With Throttled Video
An anonymous reader writes: T-Mobile's new "unlimited" data plan that throttles video has upset the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which accuses the company of violating net neutrality principl...
02:00 am - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Rolls Out $70-Per-Month Gigabit Internet Service In Chicago
An anonymous reader writes from a report via PC Magazine: Comcast is now offering Chicagoans gigabit internet speeds. PC Magazine reports: "Launched on Wednesday, the program uses DOCSIS 3.1 technolog...
02:00 am - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Is Funding a New Anti-Google Group
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Fortune: Oracle says it is funding a new non-profit called "Campaign for Accountability," which consists of a campaign called "The Google Transparency Proj...
12:00 am - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Owner in Autopilot Crash Won't Sue, But Car Insurer May
Dana Hull, reporting for Bloomberg: A Texas man said the Autopilot mode on his Tesla Model S sent him off the road and into a guardrail, bloodying his nose and shaking his confidence in the technology...
12:00 am - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Scammers Use Harvard Education Platform to Promote Pirated Movies
TorrentFreak reports: Spammers are using Harvard's educational sharing tool H2O to promote pirated movies. Thousands of links to scammy sites have appeared on the site in recent weeks. Copyright holde...
12:00 am - Sat, August 20, 2016
Slashdot Google Will Kill Chrome Apps For Windows, Mac, and Linux In Early 2018
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today announced plans to kill off Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux in early 2018. Chrome extensions and themes will not be affected,...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot Google Restores Backspace Functionality To Chrome With an Add-on
In May, Google upset many users when it announced it was going to stop the backspace button from also functioning as the back button. If you're among the ones who felt let down by company's decision, ...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Has Broken Millions Of Webcams With Windows 10 Anniversary Update
The Anniversary Update which Microsoft rolled out to Windows 10 users earlier this month has broken millions of webcams, the company said on Friday. The problem is that after installing the update, th...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Pay You To Use Its Windows 10 Browser Edge
An anonymous reader shares a report by The Guardian: Microsoft has a new browser. It launched with Windows 10 and it's called Edge. The company says it's faster, more battery efficient and all-round b...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot China's Xiaomi Gearing Up For US Debut
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Xiaomi is preparing to enter the U.S. smartphone market "in the near future," employing the same online sales and social media marketing tactics that hel...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot 'We're Just Rentals': Uber Drivers Ask Where They Fit In a Self-Driving Future
Bloomberg reported on Thursday about Uber's plan to bring its first fleet of self-driving cars to Pittsburgh as soon as this month, a move that has since been confirmed by the cab-hailing company. Ami...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot The NSA Leak Is Real, Snowden Documents Confirm
Sam Biddle, reporting for The Intercept: On Monday, A hacking group calling itself the "ShadowBrokers" announced an auction for what it claimed were "cyber weapons" made by the NSA. Based on never-bef...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot AT&T, Apple, Google To Work On 'Robocall' Crackdown
Last month the FCC had pressed major U.S. phone companies to take immediate steps to develop technology that blocks unwanted automated calls available to consumers at no charge. It had demanded the co...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot PSA: Twitch's 'Activity Sharing' Feature Exposes Your Activity By Default
The 'Activity Sharing' feature that Twitch announced on Thursday aims to notify your entire Friends list if you're doing something interesting. The video games streaming platform hopes that it would b...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot SolarCity Plans To Release New 'Solar Roof' Product Next Year
An anonymous reader writes: SolarCity, the American provider of energy services recently purchased by Tesla Motors for $2.6 billion, is planning to produce a new "solar roof" product next year. Comput...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology
Chris Dixon, an American internet entrepreneur and investor in a range of tech and media companies including Kickstarter and Foursquare has written an essay on Medium highlighting some of the reasons ...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot Wikiverse Turns Wikipedia Into a Marvelous Galaxy of Knowledge
An anonymous reader shares a The Next Web report: If recklessly clicking through hundreds of Wikipedia entries at a time no longer does it for you, Wikiverse is about to become your new favorite way o...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot Password Strength Meters on Websites Are Doing a Terrible Job
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: Password strength meters used during web sites' signup process remain incapable of doing their job, says Compound Eye developer Mark Stockley. Inde...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot Malware Infected All Eddie Bauer Stores In US, Canada
New submitter alir1272 quotes a report from Krebs On Security: Clothing store chain Eddie Bauer said today it has detected and removed malicious software from point-of-sale systems at all of its 350+ ...
12:00 pm - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot US Air Force Wants To Plasma Bomb The Sky To Improve Radio Communication
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: [The U.S. Air Force has plans to improve radio communication over long distances by detonating plasma bombs in the upper atmosphere using a flee...
08:00 am - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot Flaming 'Blue Whirl' Could Be Used In Fuel Spill Cleanup
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science News: An unfortunate mix of electricity and bourbon has led to a new discovery. After lightning hit a Jim Beam warehouse in 2003, a nearby lake was set...
04:00 am - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot Satellite Images Can Map Poverty
A new study using satellite images and machine learning plans to map poverty from space in an effort to "fix the world's problems." Satellite imagery can be less dangerous, slow and expensive than gat...
02:00 am - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot RealDoll CEO Aims To Make Its Sex Dolls Love You Back Via AI App
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mirror.co.uk: Matt McMullen, CEO of RealDoll, revealed the next step in making the high-end sex toys will be to give them artificial intelligence to replicate ...
02:00 am - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot America's First Offshore Wind Farm In Pictures
Last week, an anonymous Slashdot reader submitted a story from the Associated Press, detailing the United States' first offshore wind farm that is set to open off the cost of Rhode Island this fall. B...
12:00 am - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot Airbus Details Plan To Build Flying Taxis
CityAirbus is a new program from Airbus that aims to put commuters in the air to combat overcrowded cities. It sounds a lot like an airborne Uber, writes Brandon Turkus from Autoblog: "Passengers can ...
12:00 am - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot How The US Will Likely Respond To Shadow Brokers Leak
blottsie writes: The NSA and FBI are both expected to investigate the leak of NSA-linked cyberweapons this week by an entity calling itself the Shadow Brokers, experts with knowledge of the process te...
12:00 am - Fri, August 19, 2016
Slashdot 'Smart' Electrical Socket Leaks Your Email Address, Can Launch DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: There is an insecure IoT smart electrical socket on the market that leaks your Wi-Fi password, your email credentials (if configured), and is al...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Gawker.com To End Operations Next Week
After nearly 14 years of operations, Gawker.com will be shutting down next week, the company's outgoing CEO Nick Denton told the staff Thursday. The decision comes days after Univision said it would b...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot The $5 Onion Omega2 Gives Raspberry Pi a Run For Its Money
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Daily Dot: Onion's Omega2 computer may give the Raspberry Pi a run for its money if the success of the Kickstarter campaign is any indication. The Dail...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot iOS and Android Combined For Record 99% of Smartphone Sales Last Quarter
An anonymous reader writes: The research firm Gartner has crunched some numbers and found that Android and iOS accounted for a record 99.1% worldwide market share in the second calendar quarter of 201...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot When We're Happy, We Actively Sabotage Our Good Moods With Grim Tasks
Beth Mole, writing for Ars Technica: Always keeping your house tidy and spotless may earn you the label of "neat freak" -- but "super happy" may be a more accurate tag. When people voluntarily take on...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Has Suspended 235,000 Accounts Since February For Promoting Terrorism
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has suspended 235,000 accounts since February for promoting terrorism, the company said in a blog post today. "Daily suspensions are up over 80 percent since last y...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Millions Of Steam Game Keys Stolen After Hacker Breaches Gaming Site
An anonymous reader writes:A little over nine million keys used to redeem and activate games on the Steam platform were stolen by a hacker who breached a gaming news site last month. The site, DLH.net...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Teams Up With Unity To Create a Gaming Platform To Rival Steam
Facebook is now shifting its attention back to capturing the gaming market. The company said Thursday that it's working with game engine Unity to build a dedicated, downloadable desktop gaming platfor...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft PowerShell Goes Open Source and Lands On Linux and Mac
Microsoft announced on Thursday that it is open sourcing PowerShell, its system administration, scripting, and configuration management tool that has been a default part of Windows for several years. ...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot 'Only Voice Memos Can Save Us From the Scourge of Email'
Emails are great -- so much so that many believe that it's one of the best inventions of all time. But when you get hundreds of emails everyday, things could get harder to handle. Understandably, many...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Uber's First Self-Driving Fleet Arrives in Pittsburgh This Month
Ride-hailing app Uber will introduce self-driving cars in Pittsburgh as soon as this month, Bloomberg reports citing many officials and engineers at the company. The move is the first part of a pilot ...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot AMD Says Upcoming Zen CPU Will Outperform Intel Broadwell-E
Reader MojoKid writes: AMD has been talking about the claimed 40% IPC (Instructions Per Clock) improvement of its forthcoming Zen processor versus the company's existing Excavator core for ages. Zen's...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile Brings Back Unlimited Data For All
An anonymous reader shares a CNET report: T-Mobile is eliminating data plans for new customers -- and for current ones who opt in. The company is getting rid of all its wireless data plans and instead...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot WSJ: Facebook's Point System Fails To Close Diversity Gap
theodp writes: Gizmodo and others are picking up on a Wall Street Journal story (Warning: may be paywalled) which reported that Facebook's failure to move the needle on diversity is all the more surpr...
12:00 pm - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot World's Largest Aircraft Completes Its First Flight
The world's largest aircraft has finally completed its first flight after months of preparation and years of searching for funding. The Airlander 10 as it's called spent 20 minutes in the air on Wedne...
08:00 am - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Astronauts To Install A Parking Space For SpaceX and Boeing At The ISS
Since Boeing and SpaceX will begin sending NASA astronauts into orbit next year, the International Space Station is going to need a place for them to park. Astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins wil...
04:00 am - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Shuts Down 'Pokemon Uranium' Fan Game After 1.5 Million Downloads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wrap: The fan-made "Pokemon Uranium" game took a pair of programmers more than nine years to develop. Nintendo needed just about nine days to kill it. "Aft...
04:00 am - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot People Ignore Software Security Warnings Up To 90% of the Time, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A new study from BYU, in collaboration with Google Chrome engineers, finds the status quo of warning messages appearing haphazardly -- while people a...
02:00 am - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla To Add Screenshot Sharing Feature To Firefox Test Pilot Program
An anonymous reader writes: [Softpedia reports:] "Mozilla plans to include a webpage screenshot sharing feature to Firefox as part of the Test Pilot program, a spokesperson confirmed to Softpedia. The...
02:00 am - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Patches 'ExtraBacon' Zero-day Exploit Leaked By NSA Hackers
Patrick O'Neill quotes a report from The Daily Dot: After a group of hackers stole and published a set of NSA cyberweapons earlier this week, the multibillion dollar tech firm Cisco is now updating it...
02:00 am - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Solid-State Battery Could Extinguish Fire Risks
An anonymous reader writes: "Researchers have designed a new type of battery that, unlike traditional models containing liquid or gel electrolytes, consists purely of solid chemical compounds and is n...
12:00 am - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Says Trial Wasn't Fair, It Should Have Known About Google Play For Chrome
Two and a half months after a federal jury concluded that Google's Android operating system does not infringe Oracle-owned copyrights because its re-implementation of 37 Java APIs is protected by "fai...
12:00 am - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Transfer of Internet Governance Will Go Ahead On Oct. 1
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Computerworld: The U.S. says it will proceed with its plan to hand over oversight of the internet's domain name system functions to a multistakeholder body...
12:00 am - Thu, August 18, 2016
Slashdot Companies Can't Legally Void the Warranty For Jailbreaking Or Rooting Your Phone
Reader Jason Koebler writes: Manufacturers that threaten to void the warranties of consumers who jailbreak or root their phones are violating federal law.Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, ...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Maker of Web Monitoring Software Can Be Sued
Reader Presto Vivace shares a CIO report: The maker of so-called spyware program WebWatcher can be sued for violating state and federal wiretap laws, a U.S. appeals court has ruled, in a case that may...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Is Boosting Data Plans, Dropping Overage Fees
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: ATT Inc, the No. 2 U.S wireless provider, said on Wednesday that it would roll out a new data plan that does away with overage fees and reduces data s...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Reports Fourth-Quarter 2016 Earnings
Cisco has reported its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings and they have exceeded analysts' expectations. CRN reported yesterday that the company will be laying off about 14,000 employees, representing nea...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Says Upcoming Project Scorpio Might Be the Last Console Generation
Earlier this year, Xbox chief Phil Spencer expressed desires to see a steady stream of hardware innovation rather than a typical seven-year gap between different console generations, noting smartphone...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Intel's New Silicon Photonics Module For Data Centers Beams Info at 100Gbps Across 2km
An anonymous reader writes:Intel has announced it's launching silicon photonics, a product 16 years in the making, to enhance the use of optics for data center traffic management. It has a tremendous ...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot New Nokia Smartphones and Tablets Are Coming in Late 2016: Company Executive
An anonymous reader writes: The resurrection of the Nokia brand may happen in the fourth quarter of this year, which could make for some really nostalgic holiday gifts. According to Chinese site ThePa...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Intel To Manufacture Rival ARM Chips In Mobile Push
An anonymous reader writes: Chip maker Intel has entered an unlikely partnership with British semiconductor firm ARM in an effort to boost opportunities for its foundry business. The licensing agreeme...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Offered To Install Marketers' Apps Directly On Subscribers' Phones
According to a report on AdAge, Verizon Wireless is trying to add more bloatware to Android phones by installing apps from other companies in exchange for payment. From the report: The wireless carrie...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot From Now On You'll Be Able To Access NASA Research For Free
An anonymous reader writes:Fancy some super nerdy bedtime reading? NASA has announced that it will now provide public access to all journal articles on research funded by the agency. Any scientists pu...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.6 Has Reached End of Life, Users Urged To Move To Linux 4.7.1
Reader prisoninmate writes: Immediately after announcing the availability of the first point release for the Linux 4.7 kernel series, Greg Kroah-Hartman also informed the community about the launch of...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot NSA Worried About Implications of Leaked Toolkits
Reader wierd_w writes: According to Business Insider, the NSA is worried about the possible scope of information leaked from the agency, after a group calling themselves the 'Shadow Brokers' absconded...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Nvidia Calls Out Intel For Cheating In Xeon Phi vs GPU Benchmarks
An anonymous reader writes: Nvidia has called out Intel for juicing its chip performance in specific benchmarks -- accusing Intel of publishing some incorrect "facts" about the performance of its long...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Systems To Lay Off About 14,000 Employees, Representing 20% of Global Workforce
schwit1 writes from a report via CRN: Cisco Systems is laying off about 14,000 employees, representing nearly 20 percent of the network equipment maker's global workforce. San Jose, California-based C...
12:00 pm - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot NVIDIA Drops Pascal Desktop GPUs Into Laptops With Mobile GeForce GTX 10-Series
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA's new Pascal core graphics architecture is being driven throughout the company's entire product portfolio, as is typically the case. Today, NVIDIA brings Pascal to notebooks wit...
08:00 am - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Startup Aims To Commercialize a Brain Implant To Improve Memory
the_newsbeagle writes: Neuroscientist Ted Berger has achieved some remarkable feats in his work on an implanted brain prosthetic to boost memory. Working with rats, he recorded the electrical signals ...
04:00 am - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Wrong Chemical Dumped Into Olympic Pools Made Them Green
Z00L00K writes: [Ars Technica reports:] "After a week of trying to part with green tides in two outdoor swimming pools, Olympic officials over the weekend wrung out a fresh mea culpa and yet another e...
02:00 am - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Univision To Buy Gawker Media For $135 Million
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Univision has won the auction for Gawker Media. The TV network and digital publisher has agreed to pay $135 million for the bankrupt blog network, acco...
02:00 am - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Malware That Fakes Bank Login Screens Found In Google Ads
tedlistens quotes a report from Fast Company: For years, security firms have warned of keystroke logging malware that surreptitiously steals usernames and passwords on desktop and laptop computers. In...
12:00 am - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Snowden Speculates Leak of NSA Spying Tools Is Tied To Russian DNC Hack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Two former employees of the National Security Agency -- including exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden -- are speculating that Monday's leak of wh...
12:00 am - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Twitch Acquires Curse, Its Sites, Tools For Gamers, and Databases
An anonymous reader writes from a report via VentureBeat: The Amazon-owned, game-streaming site Twitch has announced today that it has acquired Curse, a company that creates programs like voice client...
12:00 am - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot FCC Complaint: Baltimore Police Breaking Law With Use of Stingray Phone Trackers
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Baltimore Sun: Civil rights groups have complained to the FCC over the Baltimore Police Department's use of stingray phone tracking devices. They claim tha...
12:00 am - Wed, August 17, 2016
Slashdot Intel Unveils Project Alloy 'Merged Reality' Wireless Headset
MojoKid writes: Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich took to the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco today to kick off this year's Intel Developers Forum. Kyrzanich unveiled a number of new projects and ...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Cable Expands Broadband Domination as AT&T and Verizon Lose Customers
The cable industry's grip on the U.S. broadband space increased last quarter, with Comcast and Charter gaining nearly 500,000 subscribers, combined. Phone companies AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, and...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Intel's Joule is Its Most Powerful Dev Kit Yet
Devindra Hardawar, writing for Engadget: We've seen plenty of unique dev kits from Intel, including the SD card-sized Edison, but not one as powerful as this. Intel announced Joule today, a tiny maker...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Windows UAC Bypass Permits Code Execution
msm1267 writes from a report via Threatpost: A Windows UAC bypass has been publicly disclosed that not only bypasses the security feature meant to prevent unauthorized installs, but can be used to run...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot All Windows 10 PCs Will Support HoloLens Next Year
Tech giants are betting on augmented reality and virtual reality as the "next big thing." However, both of these nascent technologies are seeing a slow adoption rate because a user needs high-end comp...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Ford Plans a Fleet of Fully Autonomous Cars Operating in a Ride-Hail Service By 2021
Ford will mass-produce autonomous vehicles without steering wheels by 2021, Ford chief executive Mark Fields said today at the Ford Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. Recode repo...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Canada's Police Chiefs Want New Law To Compel People To Reveal Passwords
Reader DaveyJJ writes: CBC is reporting that the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, has passed a resolution calling for a legal measure to unlock digital evidence, saying criminals increasingly...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Metropolitan Police To Target Online Hate Crime and Abuse
A new team of specialist police officers is being set up to investigate online hate crimes, including abuse on Twitter and Facebook. The London-based hub will include a team of five officers who will ...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Your Political Facebook Posts Aren't Changing How Your Friends Think
An anonymous reader writes:It may be hard to resist airing political grievances or appealing to voters on social media during a U.S. presidential race as heated as this one. But no one wants to hear a...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Removes 'Self-driving' From China Website After Beijing Crash
Last week, a Tesla owner in China blamed electric vehicle's "autopilot" feature for a crash. Amid the reports, Tesla quietly removed the term "self-driving" feature from its Chinese website. Reuters r...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot LinkedIn Sues 100 Individuals For Scraping User Data From the Site
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Professional social network LinkedIn is suing 100 anonymous individuals for data scraping. It is hoped that a court order will be able to reveal the identities of th...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Too Many New Smartphone Models Released Each Year: Survey
An anonymous reader writes: Consumers think smartphone makers are releasing too many new models each year, a survey showed on Tuesday. The survey conducted in six countries, commissioned by the enviro...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Google Duo Video Chat App Arrives On iOS and Android With End-to-end Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: Video chat should be simple, but it is not. The biggest issue is fragmentation. On iOS, for instance, Facetime is a wonderfully easy solution, but there is no Android clien...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot FalseCONNECT Vulnerability Affects Software From Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, More
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: "Researcher Jerry Decime revealed details about a security vulnerability that allows an attacker to gain a Man-in-the-Middle position and interc...
12:00 pm - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot China Launches World's First Quantum Communications Satellite
hackingbear quotes a report from The Verge: China's quantum network could soon span two continents, thanks to a satellite launched earlier today. Launched at 1:40pm ET, the Quantum Science Satellite i...
08:00 am - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot There May Be A Fifth Force of Nature, Study Suggests
According to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, physicists at the University of California, Irvine, may have discovered a previously unknown subatomic particle that's evidence o...
04:00 am - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Electric Vehicles Can Meet Drivers' Needs Enough To Replace 90 Percent of Vehicles Now On The Road
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Phys.Org: Researchers at MIT have just completed the most comprehensive study yet to address whether or not existing electric vehicles could bring about a ...
02:00 am - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot NASA: July 2016 Was Earth's Warmest Month On Record
mdsolar quotes a report from The Weather Channel: Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), operated by the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), calculated the global average Jul...
02:00 am - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot DNC Creates 'Cybersecurity Board' Without Any Cybersecurity Experts
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Techdirt: The Democratic National Committee has created a "cybersecurity advisory board" to improve its cybersecurity and to "prevent future attacks." Poli...
02:00 am - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Former CEO of Angry Birds-Maker Rovio Hired To Revive Nokia's Phone Business
An anonymous reader writes: Nokia really started to go downhill after it agreed to sell itself to Microsoft at the end of 2013, going all in with Windows Mobile. When that faltered, "Microsoft folded ...
12:00 am - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Audi's Traffic Light Information System Tells You When The Lights Are Going To Turn Green
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: Audi's Traffic light information system offers a first: the ability to tell you when the stoplight is going to change from red to green. This is a big...
12:00 am - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Linux Traffic Hijack Flaw Also Affects Most Android Phones, Tablets
Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet: As many as 80 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to a recently disclosed Linux kernel vulnerability. Security firm Lookout said in a blog post on Monday that ...
12:00 am - Tue, August 16, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Bad Programming Ideas That Work?
snydeq writes: Cheaper, faster, better side effects -- sometimes a bad idea in programming is better than just good enough, writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner: "Some ideas, schemes, or architectures may ...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Serious Flaws In iMessage Crypto Allow For Message Decryption
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: New research from a team at Johns Hopkins University shows that there are serious problems with the way Apple implemented encryption on its iMessage system, leaving it open...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Discontinuing Google Hangouts On Air On September 12
An anonymous reader writes: Google today quietly announced that Google+ Hangouts On Air will no longer be available on September 12. Four weeks from now, Google users will be asked to use YouTube Live...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Preps Bigger 100 KWh Battery For Model S and Model X
An anonymous reader writes: Tesla will soon offer a 100 kWh battery for the Model S and Model X that will allow for increased range -- perhaps as much as 380 miles for the Model S. Currently, the 90 k...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Tim Cook: Privacy Is Worth Protecting
An anonymous reader writes from InformationWeek: In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post, Apple's CEO Tim Cook talks iPhones, AI, privacy, civil rights, missteps, China, taxes, and Steve ...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Reddit Tells Label It Won't Cough Up IP Address of Prerelease Music Pirate
David Kravets, writing for Ars Technica: Reddit says it won't give Atlantic Records the IP address of a Reddit user who posted a link on the site of a single by Twenty One Pilots a week before the son...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Claim To Be Selling NSA Cyberweapons In Online Auction
Reader blottsie writes: A group of hackers identifying themselves as theShadow Brokers claims to have hacked the NSA's Equation Group, a team of American hackers that have been described as both "omni...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot TorrentFreak Interviews The Pirate Bay Staff, As the Torrent Website Celebrates 13th Anniversary
For most people out there, The Pirate Bay has been their on and off go to source for torrents. The website this month celebrates its 13th anniversary. TorrentFreak spoke with several crew members of t...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Canadian Fined For Not Providing Boarder Agents Smartphone Password
Reader da_foz writes: A Canadian was reentering Canada when he was arrested and charged with hindering or obstructing border officials. At the time traces of cocaine were found on his bags and he was ...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Australian Authorities Hacked Computers in the US
Motherboard is reporting that Australian authorities hacked Tor users in the United States as part of a child pornography investigation. The revelation comes through recently-filed US court documents....
06:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Google Fiber Is Changing Its Strategy as Costs Grow
Google is taking a strategy timeout on its high-speed-internet business. According to WSJ, the Google Fiber unit is -- including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas -- after its initial rollouts proved t...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Firefox 49 For Linux Will Ship With Plug-in Free Netflix, Amazon Prime Video Support
Reader LichtSpektren writes: Widevine, the media protocol that allows users to watch videos on Netflix, is supported in Firefox for Windows and macOS. But until now, its users on Linux were required t...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot First Confirmed Prism Surveillance Target Was Democracy Activist
A new report by Television New Zealand in collaboration with The Intercept, based on leaks of former U.S. National Security Agency worker Edward Snowden has for the first time named a target of the NS...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot EU Plans To Extend Some Telecom Rules To Web-Based Providers
The European Union is planning to extend telecom rules covering security and confidentiality of communications to web services such as Microsoft's Skype and Facebook's WhatsApp which could restrict ho...
12:00 pm - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Former Twitter Employees: 'Abuse Problem' Comes From Their Culture Of Free Speech
Twitter complained of "inaccuracies in the details and unfair portrayals" in an article which described their service as "a honeypot for assholes." Buzzfeed interviewed 10 "high-level" former employee...
08:00 am - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are There Secure Alternatives To Skype?
How can you make a truly secure phone call? An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: I have a Windows 8.1 phone and mostly use it for Skype calls and chats. A bit of browsing every now and then, and check...
04:00 am - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Internal 'Set Of Blunders' Crashed Australia's Census Site
Slashdot reader River Tam explains the crash of Australia's online census site, citing the account of a security researcher who says IBM and the Australian Bureau of Statistics "were offered DDoS prev...
02:00 am - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot New RancherOS Offers Lean Linux Functionality Within Docker Containers
RancherOS is a lean Linux distribution aiming to offer "the minimum necessary to get Docker up and running," and tucking many actual Linux services into Docker containers. An anonymous Slashdot reader...
02:00 am - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Linux Developer Loses GPL Suit Against VMware
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes ITWire:Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig has lost his case against virtualisation company VMware, which he had sued in March 2015 for violation of version 2 ...
12:00 am - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot Billionaire Launches Free Code College in California
Xavier Niel is the billionaire founder of France's second-largest ISP. In February he bought a former campus from DeVry University, and tried building something better.Slashdot reader bheerssen writes...
12:00 am - Mon, August 15, 2016
Slashdot New FreeBSD 11.0 Release Candidate Tested By Phoronix
"The first release candidate for the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 is ready for testing," reports Distrowatch, noting various changes. ("A NULL pointer dereference in IPSEC has been fixed; support for SSH pro...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Hacked Hobbit Pinball Machine Joins IoT, Broadcasts Itself Over Twitch
Random web surfers could send a text message or even upload an image to be displayed on the back glass of Mark Lachniet's pinball machine, according to Mael517, while the machine itself webcast footag...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Astronomers To Announce Discovery of a Nearby 'Earth-Like' Planet
astroengine quotes a report from Seeker: Scientists are preparing to unveil a new planet in our galactic neighborhood which is "believed to be Earth-like" and orbits its star at a distance that could ...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Has The NSF Automated Coding with ExCAPE?
The National Science Foundation is developing a way to create working code using "automated program synthesis," a new technology called ExCAPE "that provides human operators with automated assistance....
08:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Can We Avoid Government Surveillance By Leaving The Grid?
Slashdot reader Nicola Hahn writes: While reporters clamor about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, NSA whistleblower James Bamford offers an important reminder: American intelligence h...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Hacked Hobbit Pinball Machine Joins IoT, Broadcast Itself Over Twitch
Random web surfers could send a text message or even upload an image to be displayed on the back glass of Mark Lachniet's pinball machine, according to Mael517, while the machine itself webcast footag...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Warn Linux Vendors About Cloud-Memory Hacking Trick
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Hacking researchers have uncovered a new attack technique which can alter the memory of virtual machines in the cloud. The team, based at Vrije Universiteit, Amster...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Under Fire, US Social Security Site Changes Security Policy Again
Long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein writes: I'm told that Social Security Administration has now removed the mandatory cell phone access requirement that was strongly criticized... I appreciate...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Will New Battery Technologies Smash The Old Order?
"The world's next energy revolution is probably no more than five or ten years away," reports The Telegraph. "Cutting-edge research into cheap and clean forms of electricity storage is moving so fast ...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Fourth SpaceX Rocket Successfully Landed on A Drone Ship
Saturday a SpaceX rocket completed the company's fourth successful landing at sea (watched by over 100,000 viewers on YouTube and Flickr). Saturday's landing means Elon Musk's company has now recovere...
02:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot One In Five Vehicle Software Vulnerabilities Are 'Hair On Fire' Critical
Long-time Slashdot reader chicksdaddy quotes a report from Security Ledger:One of every five software vulnerabilities discovered in vehicles in the last three years are rated "critical" and are unlike...
12:00 pm - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Should Cloud Vendors Decrypt Data For The Government?
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes an article by Help Net Security's editor-in-chief:More than one in three IT pros believe cloud providers should turn over encrypted data to the government when aske...
08:00 am - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot The Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol
An anonymous reader writes: Tim Gihring at MinnPost talks to the creators of what was, briefly, the biggest thing in the internet, Gopher. Gopher, for those who don't know or have forgotten, was the o...
04:00 am - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Skype For Windows Phone Will Stop Working in 2017
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: With the release of Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft's support for Windows Phone is gradually starting to die off. We already knew that Windows Phone support for Skype w...
02:00 am - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot One Year in Jail For Abusive Silicon Valley CEO
He grew up in San Jose, and at the age of 25 sold his second online advertising company to Yahoo for $300 million just nine years ago. Friday Gurbaksh Chahal was sentenced to one year in jail for viol...
12:00 am - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Star Wars Actor Kenny Baker Dies at Age 81
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes The Guardian: The British actor who played R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has died at the age of 81 after a long illness. Kenny Baker, who was 3-feet 8-inches tall, s...
12:00 am - Sun, August 14, 2016
Slashdot Voting Machines Can Be Easily Compromised, Symantec Demonstrates
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from CBS News: For the hackers at Symantec Security Response, Election Day results could be manipulated by an affordable device you can find online. "I can...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot Maybe There's No Life in Space Because We're Too Early
Long-time Slashdot reader sehlat shares "a highly accessible summary" of a new theory about why we haven't yet find life on other planets -- that "we're not latecomers, but very, very early." From Lab...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot America's NIST Seeks Public Comments on Cybersecurity and Cryptography
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:The National Institute of Standards and Technology has its own "Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity," and this week they issued a call for public comment...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot Irish Court Orders Alleged Silk Road Admin To Be Extradited To US
An anonymous reader writes: A 27-year-old Irishman who American prosecutors believe was a top administrator on Silk Road named "Libertas" has been approved for extradition to the United States. Accord...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot How The Navy Tried To Turn Sharks into Torpedos
Long-time Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes: Documents recently declassified show one of the odder experimental weapons developed after World War II: Weaponized sharks. Guided by sharp electric shocks, th...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot New Cache Attack Can Monitor Keystrokes On Android Phones
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from OnTheWire:: Researchers from an Austrian university have developed techniques that allow them to perform cache attacks on non-rooted Android phones that can monitor t...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot 'GoldenEye: Source' Updated: A Classic, Free Multiplayer Game
An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:GoldenEye: Source received its first update in more than three years this week. It's free to download and it features 25 recreated maps, 10 different multiplayer m...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot Disable WPAD Now or Have Your Accounts Compromised, Researchers Warn
It's enabled by default on Windows (and supported by other operating systems) -- but now security researchers are warning that "Man-in-the-middle attackers can abuse the WPAD protocol to hijack people...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot Wild Abuse Allegations Taint Indiegogo Helmet Maker Skully
Skully raised $2.4 million on Indiegogo in 2014 to manufacture motorcycle helmets with built-in Augmented Reality. Now they're filing for bankruptcy, and informing customers that refunds are unlikely ...
02:00 pm - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot Google Working On New 'Fuchsia' OS
An anonymous reader writes: Google is working on a new operating system dubbed Fuchsia OS for smartphones, computers, and various other devices. The new operating system was spotted in the Git reposit...
12:00 pm - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot How a 1967 Solar Storm Nearly Led To Nuclear War
schwit1 quotes a report from Space.com: A powerful solar storm nearly heated the Cold War up catastrophically a half century ago, a new study suggests. The U.S. Air Force began preparing for war on Ma...
08:00 am - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot China Starts Developing Hybrid Hypersonic Spaceplane
hackingbear quotes a report from Popular Science: While SpaceX is making news with its recoverable rockets, China announced that it is working on the next big thing in spaceflight: a hypersonic spacep...
04:00 am - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot US Seizure of Kim Dotcom's Assets Will Stand, Says Appeals Court
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday in favor of the American government's seizure of a large number of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's ...
02:00 am - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Publishes Cell Phone Numbers of House Democrats
Another day, another leak. A suspected Russian hacker known as "Guccifer 2.0" has published the phone numbers of House Democrats on his website Friday. The Hill reports: "The document was obtained fro...
02:00 am - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot LinkedIn Suffers Huge Bot Attack That Steals Members' Personal Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from SiliconBeat: Data thieves used a massive "botnet" against professional networking site LinkedIn and stole member's personal information, a new lawsuit reveals....
02:00 am - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot GM Expressed Interest In Buying Lyft, But Lyft Declined
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: The Information has reported that GM has expressed interest in purchasing the ride-sharing company Lyft. GM reportedly specified a price it wou...
12:00 am - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot No Man's Sky Launches On Steam and GOG and It's Off To A Rocky Start
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: No Man's Sky, an indie "video game that promises 18 quintillion planets" from a "small development team," has launched today for Windows PC g...
12:00 am - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot DDoSCoin: New Crypto-Currency Rewards Users For Participating In DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: "In the most innovative, weirdest, and stupidest idea of the month, two researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and the University o...
12:00 am - Sat, August 13, 2016
Slashdot First US Offshore Wind Farm To Usher In New Era For Industry
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Associated Press: The nation's first offshore wind farm is set to open off the coast of Rhode Island this fall, ushering in a new era in the U.S. for the indus...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Google's Not Investing in Young Startups Anymore
GV, the division of Alphabet, is no longer investing in startups that are at their nascent stage. According to data from research firm CB Insights, GV completed no seed-stage deals in the first half o...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Starts Testing Windows 10's Next Major Update
A week after releasing Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft is already ready to unveil new features for its next major update dubbed Redstone 2. The Verge reports: The new update doesn't have any ...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Google Play Store Drops Google Integration
An anonymous reader writes: The Google Play Store is the latest Google product to drop integration with Google+. The Play Store has dropped Google+ votes from apps and nixed the Google+ account requir...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot More Airline Outages Seen As Carriers Grapple With Aging Technology
An anonymous reader writes: Airlines will likely suffer more disruptions like the one that grounded about 2,000 Delta flights this week because major carriers have not invested enough to overhaul rese...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Linux 4.9 Will Be the Next LTS Kernel Branch, Says Greg Kroah-Hartman
Reader prisoninmate writes: Renowned Linux kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman said on Friday that the next LTS (Long-Term Support) kernel branch will be Linux 4.9. The development cycl...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Tech Giants Sign Pledge With World Wildlife Fund To Prevent Wildlife Trading
Kerry Flynn, writing for Mashable: Looking to buy an elephant tusk on eBay? Might not be so easy. The e-commerce giant, along with Etsy, Gumtree, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tencent and Yahoo, have signed o...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.14 For Ubuntu With New Rust Plugin, Improvements
Marius Nestor, reporting for Softpedia News: Canonical, through Sergio Schvezov, has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and general availability of Snapcraft 2.14 Snap creator tool for t...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Rightscorp Threatens Every ISP in the United States
An anonymous reader writes: Following a court win by its client BMG over Cox Communications this week, Rightscorp has issued an unprecedented warning to every ISP in the United States today. Boasting ...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Local Canadian Police Station Admits To Owning Stingray Surveillance Device
The Edmonton Police Service has admitted to Motherboard that it owns a Stingray and that it used the [surveillance] device in the past during investigations. After Vancouver cops admitted to using the...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot New Air-Gap Jumper Covertly Transmits Data in Hard-Drive Sounds
Security researchers have found a new way to siphon data out of an infected computer even when it has been physically disconnected from the Internet -- otherwise known as "air-gap" computers -- to pre...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Creator of Chatbot that Beat 160K Parking Fines Now Tackling Homelessness
An anonymous reader writes: The chatbot lawyer that overturned hundreds and thousands of parking tickets is now tackling another problem: homelessness. London-born Stanford student Joshua Browder crea...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Cory Doctorow On What iPhone's Missing Headphone Jack Means For Music Industry
Rumors of Apple's next iPhone missing a headphone jack have been swirling around for more than a year now. But a report from WSJ a few weeks ago, and another report from Bloomberg this week further ce...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Rolls Out Code To Nullify Adblock Plus' Workaround
An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal issued a report Tuesday that said Facebook will begin forcing ads to appear for all users of its desktop site, even if they use ad-blocking software...
12:00 pm - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Barry Jenner, Who Played Admiral Ross On 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,' Dies At 75
New submitter bufo333 quotes a report from Deadline: Character actor Barry Jenner, best known for his pivotal role as Admiral William Ross on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and with credits including re...
08:00 am - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Venus May Have Been Habitable, Says NASA
EzInKy writes: Science Daily has an article speculating that Venus may have been habitable which is suggested by NASA climate modeling, which proposes that Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water oc...
04:00 am - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight With Up To 200 Meteors Per Hour
The Perseid meteor shower happens ever year in August, but this year it will be especially spectacular with twice as many shooting stars streaking across the night sky. Los Angeles Times reports: "In ...
02:00 am - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Secretly Censored Abusive Responses To President Obama, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed: In 2015, then-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo secretly ordered employees to filter out abusive and hateful replies to President Barack Obama during a questi...
02:00 am - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Tor Promises Not To Build Backdoors Into Its Services
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Tor has published what it calls a "Social Contract" comprised of promises to users and the principles the team believes in. Whatever the reason is, i...
02:00 am - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Cracking The Code On Trump Tweets
jIyajbe writes: From Electoral-Vote.com: "A theory has been circulating that the Donald Trump tweets that come from an Android device are from the candidate himself, while the ones that come from an i...
12:00 am - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot A Bit of Cash Can Keep Someone Off the Streets For 2 Years or More
An anonymous reader writes: If someone is about to become homeless, giving them a single cash infusion, averaging about $1000, may be enough to keep them off the streets for at least 2 years. That's t...
12:00 am - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's Bill Gates Is Richest Tech Billionaire With $78 Billion Fortune
An anonymous reader quotes a report from GulfNews: The "100 Richest Tech Billionaires In The World 2016" list has been topped by Microsoft founder Bill Gates with an estimated fortune of $78 billion. ...
12:00 am - Fri, August 12, 2016
Slashdot 8 Paralyzed Patients Learn To Walk Again Using Virtual Reality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: In a new study published in Scientific Reports, eight patients paralyzed with spinal cord injuries exhibited partial restoration of muscle control and...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Unreasonable Companies?
New submitter Ash-Fox writes: I recently ran into troubles trying to get reasonable quality of support from an anti-virus vendor, where they are attempting to cop-out of providing any reasonable suppo...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Arch Linux Is Now Officially Powered by Linux Kernel 4.7, Update Your Systems
Marius Nestor, writing for Softpedia: After a few weeks from its official release, it finally happened, Linux kernel 4.7 has just landed in the stable software repositories of the popular, lightweight...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot HPE Acquires SGI For $275 Million
An anonymous reader writes: Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced today that it has acquired SGI for $275 million in cash and debt. VentureBeat provides some backstory on the company that makes ser...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock Almost Every Volkswagen Sold Since 1995
Volkswagen isn't having the best of times. Tens of millions of vehicles sold by Volkswagen AG over the past 20 years are vulnerable to theft because keyless entry systems can be hacked using cheap tec...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Extends Again Support For Windows 7, 8.1 Skylake-based Devices
Microsoft says it is giving more time to users on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices running sixth generation Intel Skylake chips. Earlier the company had said that it would end support for such system...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Bleeping Computer Countersues Maker of SpyHunter
An anonymous reader writes: Bleeping Computer, a longstanding popular discussion forum that helps people rid their computers of malware, has now countersued Enigma Software Group (ESG), which makes an...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Acquires Beam Game Streaming Service, Embracing Alternative To Amazon's Twitch
An anonymous reader shares a GeekWire report: Microsoft's Xbox group announced Thursday that it has acquired Seattle-based interactive game streaming service Beam, bringing the Redmond, Wash.-based te...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot France Says Fight Against Messaging Encryption Needs Worldwide Initiative
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: Messaging encryption, widely used by Islamist extremists to plan attacks, needs to be fought at international level, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazen...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot This Is What the World's Spies Used Instead of MSN Messenger
An anonymous reader writes: What do spies use to chat online? A terribly ugly Windows programme. At least, that's what the Five Eyes intelligence alliance (made up of the US, UK, Australia, New Zealan...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Hack of Democrats' Accounts Was Wider Than Believed, Officials Say
A Russian cyberattack that targeted Democratic politicians was bigger than it first appeared and breached private email accounts of more than 100 party officials and groups (could be paywalled; altern...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Google Fined For Breaking Russian Antitrust Rules With Android
Google has been fined a sum of $6.75 million for competition violations by Russia's antimonopoly watchdog on Thursday. The antimonopoly body accused U.S. technology company Google of forcing retailers...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Next Generation of Wireless -- 5G -- Is All Hype
Many people have promised us that 5G will be here very soon. And it will be the best thing ever. To quote Lowell McAdam, the CEO of Verizon, 5G is "wireless fiber," and to quote SK Telecom, thanks to ...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Bill Gates Has Spent $1 Million To Get Mark Zuckerberg's Software In Schools
theodp writes: "Today is a milestone for personalized learning," boasted Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post Tuesday. "For the first time, more than 100 new schools will adopt personalized learning too...
12:00 pm - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot NASA Awards Companies $65 Million To Develop Habitats For Deep Space
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: NASA has committed $65 million to six companies over the course of two years for the purpose of developing and testing deep-space habitats that...
08:00 am - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Google Ventures CEO and Founder Bill Maris Is Leaving
According to a report from Recode, the founder and CEO of Google Ventures (GV), Bill Maris, is leaving the firm and its parent company, Alphabet. Recode reports: "Sources say Maris is being replaced b...
04:00 am - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Is Not Legally Responsible For The Rise of ISIS, Rules California District Court
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A lawsuit accusing Twitter of providing material support to ISIS has been dismissed by a California District Court. First filed in January, the laws...
04:00 am - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Owner In China Blames Autopilot For Crash
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: The owner of a Tesla Motors Model S sedan in China reportedly said his vehicle crashed into a car on the side of the road while the vehicle's Autopi...
02:00 am - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Pay Hack Lets Attackers Make Fraudulent Payments
jmcbain writes: The Verge reports that a security researcher at DefCon outlined a number of attacks targeting Samsung Pay, Samsung's digital payment system that runs on their smartphones. According to...
02:00 am - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Man Becomes 'Accidental Millionaire' After Jet.com's Sale To Walmart
The acquisition of Jet.com by Walmart for $3 billion in cash appears to have made the founder of IdeaDash an "accidental millionaire." Fortune reports: "Martin, who is the founder of a startup called ...
02:00 am - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Linux Trojan Mines For Cryptocurrency Using Misconfigured Redis Servers
An anonymous reader writes: In another installment of "Linux has malware too," security researchers have discovered a new trojan that targets Linux servers running Redis, where the trojan installs a c...
12:00 am - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Assange Implies Murdered DNC Staffer Was WikiLeaks' Source
Okian Warrior quotes a report from Fox News: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange implied in an interview that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer was the source of a trove of damaging emails...
12:00 am - Thu, August 11, 2016
Slashdot Online Drug Sales Triple After Silk Road Closure, Says Report
The closure of Silk Road -- a marketplace where internet users could purchase drugs and other illegal goods -- in 2013 has had little to no effect on drug sales. According to a new report from RAND, o...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot FCC Loses Court Battle To Let Cities Build their Own Broadband
Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge: The Federal Communications Commission's plan to let cities build their own broadband networks hit a major roadblock today, as a federal appellate court ruled ...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Seagate Reveals 'World's Largest' 60TB SSD
An anonymous reader writes: While Samsung has the world's largest commercially available SSD coming in at 15.36TB, Seagate officially has the world's largest SSD for the enterprise. ZDNet reports: "[W...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Kansas Couple Sues IP Mapping Firm For Turning Their Life Into a 'Digital Hell'
Ever since James and Theresa Arnold moved into their rented 623-acre farm in Butler County, Kansas, in March 2011, they have seen "countless" law enforcement officials and individuals turning up at th...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Crack Microsoft Feature, Say Encryption Backdoors Similarly Crackable
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers who uncovered a security key that protects Windows devices as they boot up say their discovery is proof that encryption backdoors do not work. The pair of resea...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Linux Bug Leaves USA Today, Other Top Sites Vulnerable To Serious Hijacking Attacks
Dan Goodin, reporting for Ars Technica: Computer scientists have discovered a serious Internet vulnerability that allows attackers to terminate connections between virtually any two parties and, if th...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot IFTTT Enables 3rd-Party Devs To Integrate the Service Into their Products
IFTTT (short for If this then that) has made a name for itself as a platform for people to easily automate tasks between various apps. The company announced on Wednesday that it is now allowing develo...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Zero-Day Hunters Will Pay Over Twice as Much as Apple's New Bug Bounty Programme
Joseph Cox, writing for Motherboard: Last week, Apple finally joined other technology giants and announced a bug bounty programme, where hackers can submit details of previously unknown vulnerabilitie...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot US Broadband: Still No ISP Choice For Many, Especially at Higher Speeds
Despite things getting better with adoption -- however slow -- of Google Fiber in several regions of the United States, the broadband market has gotten slightly less competitive since 2013, says a new...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Apple Said To Plan First Pro Laptop Overhaul in Four Years
It's been a while since Apple upgraded most of its computer lineups. It has come to a point, where it's being advised that the Cupertino-based company should stop selling the dated inventories. But th...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Dota 2 Forum Breach Leaks 2 Million User Accounts
Reader cloud.pt writes: In another case of serious programmer impairment, the DOTA 2 official forums have been hacked, making available to the perpetrators around 2 million emails, usernames, and MD5 ...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot They Quite Literally Don't Make Games the Way They Used To
The days of two developers making games in a shed are over, an article on The Guardian says. Spend any time with your grandparents and at some stage the age-old phase "they don't make them like they u...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Popular Sex Toy Caught Sending Intimate Data To Manufacturer
In a world where thermostats, and smart locks can be hacked, and companies covertly record information, why should sex toys remain unaffected. Fusion is reporting that the We-Vibe 4 Plus, a popular vi...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Soylent Coffee: Nootropics, Fat, Carbs, Protein -- But Will It Give You The Toots?
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Soylent has ventured in a new direction with its latest beverage: breakfast. Called Coffiest, the new offering has the same ingredient makeup...
12:00 pm - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot China To UK: 'Golden' Ties At Crucial Juncture Over Nuclear Delay
mdsolar quotes a report from Reuters: China has cautioned Britain against closing the door to Chinese money and said relations were at a crucial juncture after Prime Minister Theresa May delayed signi...
08:00 am - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot NASA Publishes a Thousand Photos of Mars
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Engadget: NASA has released a huge number of high-resolution photos of Mars captured from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRise camera, which has been c...
04:00 am - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot 6 Million Americans Exposed To High Levels of Chemicals In Drinking Water, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: A new study out Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters looked at a national database that monitors chemical leve...
02:00 am - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Nicholas Carr Says Tech 'Utopia Is Creepy'
itwbennett writes: It probably won't come as a big surprise that Mr. 'IT Doesn't Matter' isn't a big fan of Silicon Valley's vision for the future, a future defined by autonomous cars and the inevitab...
02:00 am - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Australian Census Website Shut Down On Census Night After 4 DDoS Attacks
Heart44 writes: News sites are reporting that the Australian census website has been shut down until further notice. This happened on census night, Tuesday (Australian time), August 9th, 2016. This is...
02:00 am - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Annoying 'Open PDF In Edge' Default Option Puts Windows 10 Users At Risk
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Microsoft fixed today a serious security flaw in the Windows PDF Library, a standard library used by Windows 10 to open and render PDF files, em...
12:00 am - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Internet Archive Posted 10,000 Browser-Playable Amiga Titles
The folks behind the Internet Archive have added a huge trove of Amiga games and programs to the site, bringing the total to more than 10,000. All these games can be played on your web browser. The no...
12:00 am - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot University Collects Medical Samples Via Drones In Madagascar
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Stony Brook University is using drones to transport medical samples for laboratory analysis to and from remote parts of Madagascar. Phys.Org reports:...
12:00 am - Wed, August 10, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Disables RC4 In Internet Explorer 11 and Edge
An anonymous reader quotes a report from WinBeta: Microsoft released KB3151631 as part of today's Patch Tuesday set of updates that will disable RC4 in both Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and later...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Suicide Squad Fan Suing Studio For 'False Advertising' Over Lack of Joker Scenes
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Independent: Reddit user BlackPanther2016 has threatened to begin legal action against Warner Bros and DC Comics later this week, claiming that teasing...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Chrome Is Nearly Ready To Talk To Your Bluetooth Devices
Jon Fingas, writing for Engadget: Don't look now, but your web browser is about to become aware of the devices around you. After months of testing, Google has switched on broader experimental support ...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Google: Chrome 53 Will 'De-Emphasize Flash In Favor of HTML5' Next Month
Google announced in a blog post today that Chrome will officially start to "de-emphasize Flash in favor of HTML5." VentureBeat reports: "In September 2016, Chrome will block Flash content that loads b...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Ad Board To Comcast: Stop Claiming You Have the 'Fastest Internet'
The National Advertising Division (NDA) said on Monday that Comcast should stop claiming that its Xfinity service delivers the "fastest Internet in America," adding that the carrier should also discon...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Earth's Resources Used Up at Quickest Rate Ever in 2016
An anonymous reader writes: In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year's allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air -- the quickest rate yet, according to a new ...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Local Police in Canada Used 'Stingray' Surveillance Device Without a Warrant
Jordan Pearson, writing for Motherboard: For years, Canadian police have successfully kept their use of controversial and indiscriminate surveillance devices called IMSI catchers a secret. Today, for ...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Will Force Advertising On Ad-Blocking Users
Long-time reader geek writes: Facebook is going to start forcing ads to appear for all users of its desktop website, even if they use ad-blocking software (Could be paywalled; alternate source). The s...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot China Suspected of Hacking Organizations Involved in South China Sea Dispute
Jesse Johnson, writing for The Japan Times: The ongoing dispute over the South China Sea has apparently spilled over into cyberspace recently, as hackers believed to be from China have attacked govern...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Crack Open Unusually Advanced Malware that Hid For 5 Years
A malware dubbed ProjectSauron went undetected for five years at a string of organizations, according to security researchers at Kaspersky Lab and Symantec. The malware may have been designed by a sta...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Police Scotland Told To Pay Journalist $13,000 Over Illegal Intercepts
Reader Bruce66423 writes: A former police officer turned journalist whose privacy was criminally breached by Scotland's finest is due to receive 10,000 Pound ($13,000) for the damage their actions cau...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Ask VideoLAN President and Lead VLC Developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf Your Questions
VLC remains one of the most popular applications. First released over 15 years ago, VLC is open-source, and is available across multiple platforms including Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, ChromeOS, iO...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot London's Metropolitan Police Still Running 27,000 Windows XP Desktops
An anonymous reader writes: London's Met Police has missed its deadline for abandoning the out-of-date operating system Windows XP, as findings reveal 27,000 computers still run on the software two ye...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot EFF Asks FTC To Demand 'Truth In Labeling' For DRM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Techdirt: Interesting move by Cory Doctorow and the EFF in sending some letters to the FTC making a strong case that DRM requires some "truth in labeling" deta...
12:00 pm - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Report: Apple Watch 2 Coming Late 2016 With GPS, Faster Processor and Better Waterproofing
An anonymous reader writes: Apple analyst KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo says the Apple Watch 2 is right around the corner. The analyst says the Watch will arrive in late 2016 and will likely be announced alongsi...
08:00 am - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot NASA: Revolutionary Camera Recording Propulsion Data Completes Test
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: NASA has created a camera that can film slow motion footage of booming rocket engines with higher dynamic range than ever before. It's called the Hi...
04:00 am - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Immigration Attorneys: Industry Pushes Foreign Labor, Claiming 'US Students Can't Hack It In Tech'
geek writes: According to Caroline May from Breitbart News, "The tech industry is seeking to bolster its argument for more white-collar foreign tech workers with the insulting claim that the education...
04:00 am - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Being Lazy Is a Sign of High Intelligence, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Findings from a U.S.-based study seem to support the idea that people with a high IQ get bored less easily, leading them to spend more time en...
02:00 am - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Uses Fake Boarding Pass App To Get Into Fancy Airline Lounges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Help Net Security: Przemek Jaroszewski, the head of Poland's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), says anyone can bypass the security of the automated entr...
02:00 am - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot White House Releases Federal Source Code Policy To Help Government Agencies Go Open Source
dwheeler writes: The U.S. federal government just released a new Federal Source Code policy (PDF). For each of the next 3 years, at least 20 percent of custom-developed Federal source code is to be re...
12:00 am - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot UK Copyright Extension On Designed Objects Is 'Direct Assault' On 3D Printing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A recent extension of UK copyright for industrially manufactured artistic works represents "a direct assault on the 3D printing revolution," says...
12:00 am - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Iran Bans Pokemon Go Over 'Security Concerns'
An anonymous reader writes: Iran has become the first country to ban Pokemon Go, the mobile game where users (aka Pokemon trainers) roam the physical world in search for digital creatures known as Pok...
12:00 am - Tue, August 9, 2016
Slashdot Google: Unwanted Software Is Worse Than Malware
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Stack: A year-long study between Google and New York University has determined that unwanted software unwittingly downloaded as part of a bundle is a l...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.8 Adds Microsoft Surface 3 Support
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews:If you are a Windows user, and want a really great computer, you should consider Microsoft's Surface line. Not only do they serve as wonderful tablets, but with the...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Plans Commercial Launch of Rural WiFi in India
An anonymous reader shares a report from India's Economic Times: Social networking giant Facebook is in talks with internet service providers (ISPs) to expand its Express Wi-Fi program into a commerci...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot 'Faceless Recognition System' Can Identify You Even When You Hide Your Face
schwit1 quotes a report from Motherboard: By itself, the ability to instantly identify anyone just by seeing their face already creates massive power imbalances, with serious implications for free spe...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot US Finds New Secret Software In VW Audi Engines, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes: It looks like Volkswagen's diesel scandal could keep rolling as reports claim that the automaker has three hidden software programs in its 3.0-liter engines. Concerns about...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Data Breach At Oracle's MICROS Point-of-Sale Division
Brian Krebs reports: A Russian organized cybercrime group known for hacking into banks and retailers appears to have breached hundreds of computer systems at software giant Oracle Corp., KrebsOnSecuri...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Is Paying $7.75 Million in Refunds and Fines Over Sham Calls
AT&T will pay $7.75 million after a federal investigation found it allowed unauthorized third-party charges on its customers' telephone bills, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Monda...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Hulu Ends Free Streaming Service, Moves Free Stuff To Yahoo View
Hulu has inked a deal with Yahoo to provide free, ad-supported episodes of a range of TV shows. But Hulu also said Monday it will end free streaming service on its own platform as it is moving that to...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot US To Auction $1.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin From Various Cases
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: The U.S. government said on Monday it plans to auction over 2,700 bitcoin that were forfeited during several cases, including the prosecution of the creato...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot 75 Percent of Bluetooth Smart Locks Can Be Hacked
It turns out, the majority of Bluetooth smart locks you see on the market can easily be hacked and opened by unauthorized users. The news comes from DEF CON hacker conference in Las Vegas, where secur...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Walmart Buys Jet For $3 billion, Hopes To Turbo Charge Ecommerce
Walmart says it has agreed to acquire online retailer Jet.com for $3 billion in cash. As a promise, Jet.com says it will deliver cheaper prices on a range of goods by encouraging users to buy more ite...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Make the First-Ever Ransomware For Smart Thermostats
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Motherboard: One day, your thermostat will get hacked by some cybercriminal hundreds of miles away who will lock it with malware and demand a ransom to get i...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Positive Link Between Video Games and Academic Performance, Study Suggests
Here's another report reaffirming that playing online video games doesn't necessarily hinder one with their grades. According to an analysis of data from over 12,000 high school students in Australia,...
02:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Delta Air Lines Grounded Around the World After Computer Outage
Delta Air Lines says it has suffered a computer outage throughout its system, and is warning of "large-scale" cancellations after passengers were unable to check in and departures were grounded global...
12:00 pm - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot FBI Forced To Release 18 Hours of Spy Plane Footage
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from Motherboard:It's been just over a year since amateur aviation sleuths first revealed the FBI's secret aerial surveillance of the civil unrest in Balti...
08:00 am - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Should a Children's Computer Museum Look Like?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: If you're a wealthy techie looking for a way to establish your legacy, the City of Sarasota has a 117,000-square-foot children's science museum that's vacant a...
04:00 am - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot 900M Android Devices Vulnerable To New 'Quadrooter' Security Flaw
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from CNET:Four newly-discovered vulnerabilities found in Android phones and tablets that ship with a Qualcomm chip could allow an attacker to take complete...
04:00 am - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Linux on Windows Exposes a New Attack Surface
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: The Linux in Windows 10 isn't running inside of a hypervisor; it's "running on the raw hardware, getting all the benefits of performance and system access, as well...
02:00 am - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot Aggressive Hackers Are Targeting Rio's Olympics
The Daily Dot is warning about fake wi-fi hubs around Rio, but also networks which decrypt SSL traffic. And Slashdot reader tedlistens writes: Steven Melendez at Fast Company reports on the cybercrime...
12:00 am - Mon, August 8, 2016
Slashdot DOJ Official Tells 100 Federal Judges To Use Tor
The director for the Cybercrime Lab at the Department of Justice urged a roomful of 100 federal judges to use Tor to protect their computers, remembers judge Robert J. Bryan. An anonymous reader quote...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Star Trek Convention Celebrates The Show's 50th Anniversary
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: CNET has a photo gallery with highlights from this year's Star Trek convention, celebrating the show's 50th anniversary. Highlights include a replica of the time p...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Stopping Trolls Is 'Now Life and Death For Twitter', Argues Backchannel
"This is the year that Twitter's future will be determined," argues Backchannel's editorial director, noting that Twitter's revenue growth is slowing, and "None of the features that cofounder Jack Dor...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Researchers Reveal Remote Encryption-Bypassing 'Evil Butler' Exploit
A security researcher demonstrated a way to bypass the full disk encryption in Windows BitLocker last November -- but that attack required physical access. Inserting the PC into a network with a count...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot 32 States Offer Online Voting, But Experts Warn It Isn't Secure
Long-time Slashdot reader Geoffrey.landis writes: According to the Washington Post, 32 states have implemented some form of online voting for the 2016 U.S. presidential election -- even though multipl...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Scientist Who Sparked 'A Revolution in Chemistry' Dies at 70
Ahmed Zewail pioneered a technique for using lasers to monitor chemical reactions, which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said sparked "a revolution in chemistry and adjacent sciences." Slashdot ...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot One Billion Monitors Vulnerable to Hijacking and Spying
"We can now hack the monitor and you shouldn't have blind trust in those pixels coming out of your monitor..." a security researcher tells Motherboard. "If you have a monitor, chances are your monitor...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Edward Snowden Is Not Dead Despite Mysterious Tweets, Says Glenn Greenwald
Saturday Slashdot reader MouseTheLuckyDog wrote:Some mysterious going ons on the web is causing people to ask if everything is alright with Edward Snowden. His last two tweets, since deleted, were a c...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot The New F-35 Is So Stealthy, It's Harder To Train Pilots
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Air Force Times: The F-35 Lightning II is so stealthy, pilots are facing an unusual challenge. They're having difficulty participating in some types of tra...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Stem Cell Researchers Can Now Combine Animal and Human Embryos In The US
Slashdot reader sciencehabit quotes an article from Science magazine: The National Institutes of Health announced that the agency soon expects to lift a moratorium on funding for controversial experim...
02:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Myths Persist About Running Public Wi-Fi in the UK
If you're running a Wi-Fi hotspot in the U.K., Ars Technica found most of the available legal advice online was either "ill-informed" or "invented", and "the same wrong advice repeated by multiple sou...
02:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Share Your Experiences With Windows 10
Long-time Slashdot reader shanen writes: The Start button is broken on one of my Windows 10 machines. Left click is dead. Fairly well known problem, but none of the solutions from non-Microsoft web pa...
12:00 pm - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Nigerian Scammers Infect Themselves With Own Malware, Reveal New Fraud Scheme
"A pair of security researchers recently uncovered a Nigerian scammer ring that they say operates a new kind of attack...after a few of its members accidentally infected themselves with their own malw...
08:00 am - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Assange Says Wikileaks is 'Working On' Hacking Donald Trump's Tax Return
Julian Assange made headlines Friday when talk-show host Bill Maher asked him why Wikileaks wasn't hacking into Donald's Trump's tax returns. "Well, we're working on it," Assange replied. But it was a...
04:00 am - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot GhostMail Closes in September, Leaves Users Searching For Secure Email Alternatives
On September 1, "GhostMail will no longer provide secure email services unless you are an enterprise client," reports ZDNet. "According to the company, it is 'simply not worth the risk.'" GhostMail pr...
02:00 am - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Online Fame Distracts 9th-Grader Who Built That Clock Mistaken For A Bomb
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: This week the Washington Post ran a long profile of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old boy whose home-made clock got him arrested after school officials and the local ...
12:00 am - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot Conservative Site Argues Profiting from Snowden 'Treason' May Violate Law
"A federal appellate court has ruled that government employees, such as Snowden, who signed privacy agreements can't profit from disclosing information without first obtaining agency approval," writes...
12:00 am - Sun, August 7, 2016
Slashdot 'Mayhem' Wins $2M In DARPA's AI Hacking Contest, Draws EFF Scrutiny
Here's the highlight reel from the DARPA-sponsored "Cyber Grand Challenge" competition. Slashdot reader alphadogg writes:Cyber-reasoning platform Mayhem pulled down the $2 million first prize in a com...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Older Workers Are Better At Adapting To New Technology, Study Finds
"Don't let the millennial buzz fool you. Older workers handle and adapt to new systems better than younger people," writes CIO magazine. Slashdot reader itwbennett writes: A survey by London-based mar...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot CERN Confirms Hints of Hypothetical Particle Have Disappeared
John Timmer, writing for Ars Technica: Toward the end of last year, the people behind the Large Hadron Collider announced that they might have found signs of a new particle. Their evidence came from a...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo's New Anti-Abuse AI Outperforms Previous AI
16.4% of the comments on Yahoo News are "abusive," according to human screeners. Now Yahoo has devised an abuse-detecting algorithm "that can accurately identify whether online comments contain hate s...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot The World's First Web Site Celebrates 25 Years Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN:Twenty-five years ago, the first public website went live. It was a helpful guide to this new thing called the World Wide Web. The minimalist design featur...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Google Cloud Now Allows Customer-Generated Encryption
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes The Stack: The Google cloud platform, Google Compute Engine, now allows customers to create their own encryption keys as an alternative to the Google-provided defau...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Is The US Social Security Site Still Vulnerable To Identity Theft?
Slashdot reader DERoss writes: Effective 1 August, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) requires users who want to access their SSA accounts to use two-factor authentication. This involves re...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Mysterious, Ice-Buried Cold War Military Base May Be Unearthed By Climate Change
Slashdot reader sciencehabit quotes Science magazine: It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie: a secret military operation hidden beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. But that's exactly what tr...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Florida District Considers Releasing GMO Mosquitos After Cayman Islands Experiment
It's already underway just 364 miles south of Florida, according to the Associated Press. "The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a ...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot The Dark Side of Certificate Transparency
Slashdot reader UnderAttack writes: Certificate Transparency is a system promoted by companies like Google that requires certificate authorities to publish a log of all certificates issued. With certi...
02:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot BBC To Deploy Detection Vans To Snoop On Internet Users
product_bucket writes: The BBC has been given permission to use a new technology to detect users of the iPlayer who do not hold a TV license. Researchers at University College London have apparently d...
12:00 pm - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Luxury Liner SS United States Cannot Be Put Back In Service
tomhath writes: Once the fastest ocean liner ever built, the SS United States has been mothballed for almost 50 years. An ambitious project to refurbish the SS United States as a luxury liner has been...
08:00 am - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot NASA Celebrates Curiosity's Fourth Year On Mars With a Game
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Engadget: In honor of Curiosity's fourth year on Mars, NASA has released a game. Engadget reports: "The glitch that shut down Curiosity in July was thankfu...
04:00 am - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Car Thieves Arrested After Using Laptop and Malware To Steal More Than 30 Jeeps
New submitter altnuc writes: Two thieves in Houston stole more than 30 Jeeps by using a laptop and a stolen database. The thieves simply looked up the vehicles' VIN numbers in a stolen database, repro...
02:00 am - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Apple Acquires Machine Learning and AI Startup Turi
An anonymous reader quotes a report from GeekWire: Machine learning and artificial intelligence startup Turi has been acquired by Apple in a deal characterized as a blockbuster exit for the Seattle-ba...
02:00 am - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Waze's New Safety Feature Reminds Drivers Not To Forget Their Child In the Car
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: The navigation app Waze has released a new safety feature that reminds users not to forget their child, pet or other loved ones in the car before get...
02:00 am - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Release Two Major Windows 10 Updates Next Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, aka Windows 10 version 1607, released earlier this week, it's time to look forward to what's next. Window...
12:00 am - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot X-Rays Reveal Hidden Portrait Under Painting By Edgar Degas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Using specialized X-ray imaging, a team of researchers in Australia has revealed a striking painting of a woman's face hidden under French Impressionist E...
12:00 am - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot Man Says Tesla Autopilot Saved His Life By Driving Him To the Hospital
An anonymous reader writes: Last month a man sent an email to Elon Musk explaining how his Tesla Model S with Autopilot activated may have saved a pedestrian's life. Now, it appears Autopilot may have...
12:00 am - Sat, August 6, 2016
Slashdot 1,000 US Spies Are Protecting Rio Olympics, Says Report
An anonymous reader writes from a report via NBC News: U.S. intelligence agencies have assigned more than 1,000 spies to security at the Rio 2016 Summer Games. NBC News reports: "The classified report...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Bring Ethics To Las Vegas
Steven Levy, who has been extensively covering the world of hackers for decades (fun fact: the first time he wrote about it, the word "hacker" didn't really mean much), is sharing the changing percept...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Challenge Over UK Bulk Hacking Powers Taken To European Court of Human Rights
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: On Friday, activist group Privacy International and five internet and communications providers lodged an application before the European Court of Human Rights to...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot DJI Issues Software Update That Implements No-Fly Zones For Rio Olympics
An anonymous reader writes: DJI has issued a software update this week that prevents its unmanned aerial vehicles from flying over the Olympic venues. The temporary no-fly zones, which will be in plac...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot This Company Has Built a Profile On Every American Adult
Reader schwit1 writes: Every move you make. Every click you take. Every game you play. Every place you stay. They'll be watching you. IDI, a year-old company in the so-called data-fusion business, is ...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot The Pill Robot Is Coming
Bloomberg has an article on a new project that MIT's Daniela Rus has been working on. They have developed a "robot," squeezed into an inch-long, 0.09-ounce pill, but it "unfolds like an origami after ...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Kids Can Now Learn To Code With Pocky, the Delicious Japanese Snack
Dami Lee, writing for The Verge: Even if you didn't grow up in Asia, chances are you've had this ubiquitous Japanese snack before. Walk into most grocery stores in America and you'll find a box of Poc...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Zimbabwe Military Threatens To 'Deal With' Social Media-Powered Protesters
Things are not looking good in Zimbabwe. Amid tensions between the citizens and longtime president Robert Mugabe, the country's army commander said today that his soldiers will "deal with threats" fro...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry Enters New Phase Of Patent Monetization, Sues Internet Telephony Firm Avaya
In what can be seen as a turning point for BlackBerry, the Canadian iconic company has filed a patent lawsuit against internet telephony firm Avaya. BlackBerry claims Avaya has infringed eight of its ...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Swaps Toy Gun Emoji For Revolver -- Days After Apple Does the Opposite
The pistol emoji has become a heated topic of debate among people. Apple's decision to replace the gun with a toy pistol is getting a mixed response. Amid all this, Microsoft has announced it is repla...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Robocalling Scourge May Not Be Unstoppable After All
Dan Goodin, writing for Ars Technica: New data shows that the majority of robot-enabled scam phone calls came from fewer than 40 call centers, a finding that offers hope the growing menace of robocall...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Firefox Will Try To Show You Saved Archive Of a Page Instead Of 404 Error
Firefox has announced a new add-on dubbed No More 404s in its Test Pilot platform which aims to change the way we see 404 links on the web. The add-on, Firefox says, replaces the Error 404 from missin...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Google's Open YOLO Project Will Remove the Need For Passwords On Android
An anonymous reader writes via a report on The Next Web: Google is partnering with password management service Dashlane to build what they're calling Open YOLO (You Only Login Once), a new API that wi...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Apple Announces Bug Bounty At Black Hat With Maximum $200,000 Reward
msm1267 quotes a report from Threatpost: Apple closed out Black Hat today with a long-awaited announcement that next month it will launch a bug bounty. The Apple Security Bounty will be an invitation-...
12:00 pm - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Brains of Overweight People Look Ten Years Older Than Those of Lean Peers, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The brains of people who are obese or overweight appear to have aged an extra 10 years compared to their lean peers from middle age onwards, brai...
08:00 am - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Hopes To Plant Flag On The Moon Within 10 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: In an interview with The Associated Press, a senior official at North Korea's version of NASA said international sanctions won't stop the...
04:00 am - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Popular BitTorrent Search Engine Site Torrentz.eu Mysteriously Disappears
monkeyzoo writes: Softpedia reports that Torrentz.eu, the internet's biggest BitTorrent meta-search engine, has mysteriously and suddenly shut down. Visitors of the website see a simple message that r...
02:00 am - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Galaxy Note 7 Iris Scanner Explained
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Android Authority: The Galaxy Note 7 was just announced and one of the most intriguing features is its iris scanner. Android Authority has a report explain...
02:00 am - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon Go DDoS Attacks Postponed As PoodleCorp Botnet Suffers Security Breach
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: "The hacking crew [PoodleCorp] that promised to launch DDoS attacks on the Pokemon GO servers on August 1 suffered a major setback, after someon...
02:00 am - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Malware Linked To Government of Kazakhstan Targets Journalists, Political Activists and Lawyers, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from EFF: Journalists and political activists critical of Kazakhstan's authoritarian government, along with their family members, lawyers, and associates, have been...
12:00 am - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Olympic Committee Prohibits Streaming Apps, Vines and GIFs From Its Events
An anonymous reader writes: The Olympics Committee has introduced a new set of social media guidelines for the 2016 games. Not only will streaming applications and vines be prohibited, but GIFs will b...
12:00 am - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Steam VR Tracking Technology Now Available To Third Parties
You will soon be able to play and try out any virtual reality game or app in StreamVR ecosystem without having to purchase HTC's VR gear. SteamVR creator Valve has announced it is opening the floodgat...
12:00 am - Fri, August 5, 2016
Slashdot Banner Health Alerts 3.7 Million Potential Victims of Hack
New submitter Netdoctor writes: Apparently Banner Health is the latest victim of a cyber attack, with the Health conglomerate reporting on two incidents in July. While not all Banner customers were af...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Amazon and Microsoft Are Running One and Two in Two-Cloud Race
When it comes to computing capacity for public cloud services, Amazon and Microsoft are dominating the pack. According to research firm Gartner, Google is the third in this cloud race. The conclusion ...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should The DHS Designate Elections As Critical Infrastructure?
The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly looking at designating elections as critical infrastructure, on par with the electricity grid or banking system, to help protect against cybersecurity...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Discover How To Fool Tesla's Autopilot System
An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNET: Researchers from the University of South Carolina, Zhejiang University and Qihoo 360 have discovered how to fool Tesla's Autopilot sensors, according...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot US Copyright Office Sides With Cable Companies Against FCC's Set Top Rules
An anonymous reader writes: The United States Copyright Office has sided with cable companies in their fight against a Federal Communications Commission plan to boost competition in the TV set-top box...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot US Judge Dismisses Part of Alibaba Counterfeit Goods Lawsuit
Reuters reports: A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed part of a lawsuit filed last year by Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other luxury brands accusing Alibaba Group Holding Ltd of promoting the sale of c...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Argue the US Ban on Human Gene Editing Will Leave It Behind
Alex Pearlman, reporting for Motherboard: As the biotech revolution accelerates globally, the U.S. could be getting left behind on key technological advances: namely, human genetic modification. A Con...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot New Attack Steals SSNs, E-mail Addresses, and More From HTTPS Pages
Security researchers at KU Leuven have discovered an attack technique, dubbed HEIST (HTTP Encrypted Information can be Stolen Through TCP-Windows), which can exploit an encrypted website using only a ...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Australian Census Stirs Up Storm of Privacy Concerns
An anonymous reader writes: Next week over 20 million Australians will take part in a mandatory government census. While such data-gathering exercises are usually uncontroversial, some significant cha...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's New Anti-Clickbait Algorithm Buries Bogus Headlines
Facebook is going to make some changes to its newsfeed, again, it said on Thursday. The company is now having another go at sweeping clickbait news stories away from people's newsfeed. The move comes ...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Average Broadband Speed in US Rises Above 50 Mbps For First Time
Internet speeds are getting faster in the United States, especially in cities such as Kansas City, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, and Phoenix, according to a new Speedtest Market Report. The report, ...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Apple Should Stop Selling Four-Year-Old Computers
It's been a while since Apple upgraded its MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro models. Four years, one month, and twenty-four days, to be exact, in case of the MacBook Pro. Apple is inexplicably sti...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Japanese Olympic Champion Racks Up $5,000 Bill Playing Pokemon Go in Brazil
An anonymous reader writes: A Japanese Olympics star has blamed Pokemon Go after being hit with a 500,000 yen (about $5,000) bill in roaming charges from his carrier. Artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura, ...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Intel Recalls Basis Peak Smartwatches Due To Overheating
Deathspawner writes: Intel's Basis has just sent an email to customers who own a Basis Peak smartwatch with some bad news: it's being recalled. In mid-June, Basis admitted that its flagship (and only)...
12:00 pm - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot CP/M Creator Gary Kildall's Memoirs Released As Free Download
An anonymous reader writes from IEEE Spectrum: The year before his death in 1994, Gary Kildall -- inventor of the early microcomputer operating system CP/M -- wrote a draft of a memoir, "Computer Conn...
08:00 am - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Moon Express Gets FAA Approval For Lunar Mission In 2017
coondoggie quotes a report from Network World: The Federal Aviation Administration this week granted permission to a privately-held space firm to launch a robotic spacecraft to the moon. Moon Express ...
04:00 am - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot China Builds 'Elevated Bus' That Drives Over Cars
An anonymous reader writes: Remember that futuristic bus design from China a few months ago? China has actually built it and is testing it on the streets. The Transit Elevated Bus or TEB-1, as it's ca...
04:00 am - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot IBM Creates World's First Artificial Phase-Change Neurons
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: IBM has created the world's first artificial nanoscale stochastic phase-change neurons and has already created and used a population of 500 o...
02:00 am - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Pennsylvania To Apply 6% 'Netflix Tax'
An anonymous reader writes: Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania has signed into law a new revenue package that will require residents to pay a 6% sales tax on their streaming subscriptions. AllFlicks re...
02:00 am - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Police Asked Facebook To Deactivate Woman's Account During Deadly Standoff
An anonymous reader quotes a report from KABC-TV: In the midst of a five-hour standoff that turned deadly, Facebook granted an emergency request from the Baltimore County Police Department to take off...
02:00 am - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Canada Wants To Keep Federal Data Within National Borders
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: Canada has released its latest federal cloud adoption strategy, now available for public comment, which includes policy concerning the storing of se...
12:00 am - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Alphabet Will Begin Testing Project Wing Delivery Drones In the US
An anonymous reader writes: Google's parent company, Alphabet, has been granted permission by the White House on Tuesday to start testing its Project Wing delivery drones in the U.S. The Guardian repo...
12:00 am - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft, Google, Apple Could Be Requested To Actively Block Pirated Downloads, Says Report
Popular operating systems by Microsoft, Apple, and Google could possibly soon nuke torrents downloaded (PDF, non-English language) from The Pirate Bay and other websites that offer copyright infringin...
12:00 am - Thu, August 4, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Posts 13th Straight Loss, Says On Track For Second-Half Deliveries
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Tesla Motors Inc reported its 13th straight quarterly loss as a rise in sales of its Model S and Model X electric cars failed to make up for the huge ...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Suicide Squad Fans Petition To Shut Down Rotten Tomatoes Over Negative Reviews
The much-anticipated movie Suicide Squad has largely failed to impress film critics and normal people alike. People are leaving the theaters disappointed, with a firm belief that DC Universe has let t...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot When It Comes To China, Google's Experience Still Says It All
Uber's defeat by its local competitor in China was the latest of a string of such cases, and Google's experience trying to establish itself there is illustrative of the challenges facing all American ...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot LibreOffice 5.2 Officially Released
prisoninmate writes from a report via Softpedia: LibreOffice 5.2 is finally here, after it has been in development for the past four months, during which the development team behind one of the best fr...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Wants To Charge Broadband Users More For Privacy
Comcast believes it should be able to charge its broadband users who want to protect their privacy. FCC, on other hand, has indicated that such practices should not be there. In a new filing with the ...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot TVs Are Still Too Complicated, and It's Not Your Fault
In his latest column for The Verge, renowned journalist Walt Mossberg argues that TVs -- their UI, execution, underlying technologies, and remote -- are still too complicated. In the latest weekly, he...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Apple Makes Slight Progress On Diversity While Its Rivals Are Making Practically None
The workforce at Apple is still predominately white and male, reveals the diversity report the company released Wednesday. But that doesn't mean that its efforts to improve diversity haven't yielded i...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Your Battery Status Is Being Used To Track You Online
A paper published last year revealed that the battery on a laptop or phone can be used to track one's online activities. The vulnerability resided in a built-in HTML 5 specification, which could be tr...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Project Hosting Service Fosshub Compromised, Embedding Malware Inside Hosted Files
At least some applications on Fosshub, a free project hosting service appear to have been compromised, according to several reports. (Update: Fosshub has acknowledged the hack.) The software portal, f...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Anniversary Update Borks Dual-Boot Partitions
Windows 10 Anniversary Update may affect and even delete other partitions on the same disk, OMGUbuntu is reporting, citing several complaints by users. "Broken boot loaders on an update are one thing ...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Frequent Password Changes Are the Enemy Of Security, FTC Technologist Says
Though changing passwords often might seem like a good security practice, in reality, that isn't the case, says Carnegie Mellon University professor Lorrie Cranor. Earlier this year, when the Federal ...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Israel's SolidRun Creates Open Networking Kit Inspired By Raspberry Pi
Reader joshtops shares a VentureBeat report: SolidRun, a developer of electronic modules and PCs, said it is launching ClearFog Base kit, an off-the-shelf open development kit that enables do-it-yours...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Ruby on Rails Creator David Heinemeier Hansson a Question
David Heinemeier Hansson created the Ruby on Rails open-source web framework in 2003. David is also the founder and CTO of Basecamp, a project management tool that's been used by more than 15 million ...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot US Air Force Declares F-35A Ready For Combat
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Defense News: The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday declared its first squadron of F-35As ready for battle, 15 years after Lockheed Martin won the contract to make the...
12:00 pm - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Millennials Are Less Likely To Be Having Sex Than Young Adults 30 Years Ago, Says Survey
An anonymous reader writes: A survey of nearly 27,000 people suggests that millennials are less likely to be having sex than younger adults were 30 years ago. The Guardian reports: "The research, cond...
08:00 am - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot NASA's 'Journey To Mars' Initiative Might Be Delayed Due To Government Audit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Christian Science Monitor: NASA has taken bold steps toward crewed Mars exploration in recent years. But according to a new audit, the agency may be moving too...
04:00 am - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Dental Floss May Have No Medical Benefits, Says AP Report
Joe_NoOne quotes a report from Gizmodo: Flossing may not yield the protective benefits we've been told to expect. Since 1979, the federal government in the U.S. has recommended daily flossing, but by ...
02:00 am - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Exchange Bitfinex Says It Was Hacked, Roughly $60M Stolen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange Bitfinex said late on Tuesday it has suspended trading on its exchange after it discovered a security breach...
02:00 am - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Top DNC Staffers Leave Following WikiLeaks Email Scandal
An anonymous reader writes from a report via USA Today: Following the leak of nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails and the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, several...
02:00 am - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Seymour Papert, Creator of the Logo Language, Dies At 88
New submitter gwolf writes: The great educator, creator of the Logo programming language, and the enabler for computer education in the 1980s has passed away. Listing his contributions is impossible i...
12:00 am - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's HoloLens Is Now On Sale To Anyone In The US Or Canada
Microsoft is now selling its augmented reality headset dubbed HoloLens to anyone in the United States or Canada for $3,000 a pop. Computerworld reports: Until now, HoloLens was available only to devel...
12:00 am - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot 8TB Drives Are Highly Reliable, Says Backblaze
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Yahoo News: Cloud backup and storage provider Backblaze has published its hard drive stats for Q2 2016. Yahoo News reports: "The report is based on data dr...
12:00 am - Wed, August 3, 2016
Slashdot Judge Rules FBI Violated Fourth Amendment By Recording 200 Hours of Audio At A Courthouse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: A federal judge in the Bay Area ruled that the FBI violated the fourth amendment by recording more than 200 hours of conversation at the entrance...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Clerk Printed Lottery Tickets She Didn't Pay For But Didn't Break Hacking Law
Violating a company rule is not -- and should not be -- a computer crime, that was the ruling of the Oregon Supreme Court in State v. Nascimento file. The Oregon's highest court ruled that while a con...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Break Into Telegram, Revealing 15 Million Users' Phone Numbers
A vulnerability in Telegram has exposed the data of millions of people in Iran. Hackers in the country have compromised dozens of accounts by an SMS redirection hack, and also identified phone numbers...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Japan Starts 8K TV Broadcasts In Time For Rio Olympics
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: Japan began the world's first regular 8K television broadcasts on Monday, five days ahead of the opening of the Olympic Games. 8K refers to broadcasts...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Chrome 52 for Android Arrives With Smoother Video Playback, Faster Load Times, and Better Battery Life
An anonymous reader shares a VentureBeat report: Following the release of Chrome 52 for desktop two weeks ago, Google last week also launched Chrome 52 for Android. For whatever reason, the company di...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Windows 10 Anniversary Update is now rolling out, Microsoft announced Tuesday. The major update brings with it Windows Ink, a dedicated hub designed especially for 2-in-1 devices with styluses, and im...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Bar In UK Uses Faraday Cage To Block Mobile Phone Signals
Reader Bruce66423 writes: A cocktail bar owner has installed a Faraday cage in his walls to prevent mobile phone signals entering the building. Steve Tyler of the Gin Tub, in Hove, East Sussex, is hop...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Xbox One S is the Best Xbox You Might Not Want To Buy
The Xbox One S, successor to Microsoft's Xbox One gaming console, has begun shipping today. Media outlets, which had received the review unit a week ahead of the launch date, have put out the review. ...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Firefox 48 Released With Multi-Process Support, Mandatory Add-On Signing
Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox v48, touted as one of the most important updates the browser has ever received. With the new version, Firefox starts migrating users to using mullti-process threads...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot LinkedIn Moves Into Video, Starting With Quora-Style Q&A From Influencers
LinkedIn has become the latest major technology company to get into video content. On Tuesday, the social network for professionals announced a new app that its hand-selected group of influencers can ...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Live Account Credentials Leaking From Windows 8 And Above
An anonymous reader writes: Discovered in 1997 by Aaron Spangler and never fixed, the WinNT/Win95 Automatic Authentication Vulnerability (IE Bug #4) is certainly an excellent vintage. In Windows 8 and...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Instagram's New Stories Are a Near-Perfect Copy of Snapchat Stories
There's no other way to put it. Facebook has been getting "too inspired" from everything Snapchat does and it continues to quickly replicate the features on to its own services. The latest example of ...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Launched, Features Curved Display, Iris Scanner
Another day, another new, shiny new smartphone. On Tuesday, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 7 featuring a handful of new interesting hardware capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sports a 5.7-inc...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Selling Data For 200 Million Yahoo Users On The Dark Web
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: A listing was published today on TheRealDeal Dark Web marketplace claiming to be offering data on over 200 million Yahoo users, sold by the same...
12:00 pm - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Olympic Swimmers 'Certain' To Pick Up Virus From Three Teaspoons of Rio Water
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Independent: The Associated Press has released a 16-month-long study that shows just days before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin, the waterwa...
08:00 am - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot One Year Later: Windows 10 Now Runs On Over 21% of All Desktops
An anonymous reader writes: On June 29, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 was running on 350 million devices -- 50 million more devices than the previous milestone announced by Microsoft on May 5. W...
06:00 am - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Climate Change Contrarians Lose Big Betting Against Global Warming
Layzej writes: Two members of the Global Warming Policy Foundation academic advisory board have each lost [roughly $1,320 (1,000 British Pound)] betting that 2015 would not be warmer than 2008. The Gu...
04:00 am - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot QRLJacking Attack Can Bypass Any QR Login System
dinscott and an anonymous reader are reporting of a new type of attack that bypasses SQRLs or Secure, Quick, Reliable Logins: "[As detailed by Seekurity Labs researcher Mohamed A. Baset], QRLJacking (...
02:00 am - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Peter Thiel Is Interested In Harvesting The Blood Of The Young
Presto Vivace writes: [Gawker reports:] "Peter Thiel, the tech billionaire-turned-Trump delegate who successfully bankrupted Gawker Media, has long been obsessed with anti-aging technologies. He belie...
02:00 am - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Xbox One Summer Update Adds Cortana, Music and More
The Xbox One is finally getting the anticipated Summer update. The update brings Cortana voice assistant to all Xbox One systems in the United States and UK. "With Cortana, gamers can expect more from...
02:00 am - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot PSA: Windows 10 Is Still Free For Those Who Use Assistive Technologies
BarbaraHudson writes: When is a deadline not a deadline? The Register is reporting that the Windows 10 upgrade is still free for 7/8.1 users. [Microsoft] had previously said that those who use assisti...
12:00 am - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Google's Alphabet and GSK Forge $715 Million Bioelectronic Firm To Fight Diseases Without Meds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Google parent Alphabet's life sciences unit are creating a new company focused on fighting diseases by targeting electrical ...
12:00 am - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Elizabeth Holmes Finally Releases Theranos Data, Including A 'miniLab'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Monday outlined the steps she will take to increase transparency regarding the efficacy of the company's testing methods. S...
12:00 am - Tue, August 2, 2016
Slashdot Apple Replaces The Pistol Emoji With A Water Gun
Apple has a announced a number of new emoji changes on Monday, but the most controversial new change is that the pistol emoji will be replaced with a green water gun emoji in the company's upcoming iO...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Washington State Sues Comcast For $100M Over 'Pattern of Deceptive Practices'
An anonymous reader writes: Washington State has filed a lawsuit against Comcast to the sum of $100 million, accusing Comcast of "engaging in a pattern of deceptive practices." It claims that Comcast'...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Gawker Founder Nick Denton Files For Bankruptcy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New York Daily News: Gawker's founder Nick Denton filed for personal bankruptcy Monday after a Florida appeals court refused to give him an emergency order tha...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Donald Trump Signs Pledge To Crack Down On Internet Porn
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged to crack down on Internet pornography via corporate partnerships -- and he could possibly establish a federal commission on the harmful effec...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot New York Governor Bars Sex Offenders From Playing Pokemon Go
Adi Robertson, reporting for The Verge: At the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York's correctional department has made playing online games a violation of parole for sex offenders -- particula...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Google Says 97% Of Connections To YouTube Are Now Encrypted
Google said Monday that HTTPS now accounts for 97% of all connections to YouTube. In a blog post, the video portal made the announcement, also underscoring the challenges it faced making the site more...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot FCC Requires TP-Link To Support Open Source Router Firmware
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier today, the FCC reached a settlement with TP-Link over Wi-Fi router interference. Most of the agreement was routine, addressing compliance with radio emission rules....
06:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Patents Noise-Canceling Headphones That Could Automatically Turn Off When It Detects Certain Sound Patterns
An anonymous reader shares a report via The Next Web: Noise-canceling headphones are great for tuning out the din around you when you just want to focus on listening to music or enjoy some peace and q...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot PS Vita Jailbreak Finally Lets One Run Emulators and Homebrew Software
Finally, someone has managed to hack PS Vita, allowing people to install emulators and homebrew software on the handheld gaming console. The jailbreak dubbed HENkaku works on the latest 3.60 Vita firm...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Charter: City Giving Google Fiber Unfair Edge
An anonymous reader writes: Louisville's largest cable and internet provider says the city is giving Google Fiber an unfair advantage, and it wants Mayor Greg Fischer to step in and ease key regulatio...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Reported Top Nigerian Email Scammer Arrested
Reader retroworks writes: Interpol reports that a Nigerian behind thousands of online scams around the world has been arrested in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt. The 40-year-old man, known onl...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Is Buying SolarCity for $2.6 Billion
Tesla Motors announced Monday that it has reached a deal to buy SolarCity (San Mateo-based provider of energy services), the next step in Elon Musk's plan to combine his electric-car and solar-energy ...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Uber and Didi Call a Truce In China With a $35 Billion Deal
Kara Swisher, reporting for Recode: Uber, which has been spending hugely in China over the last two years, has folded, striking a deal in which it will merge its Chinese operations with its main rival...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft's SwiftKey Suspends Sync After Keyboard Leaks Strangers' Contact Details
Swiftkey has suspended its cloud-sync service and switched off email address predictions amid reports of Microsoft-owned keyboard app delivering suggestions for strangers' email addresses and phone nu...
12:00 pm - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Can Blocking Blue Light Help Bipolar Disorder As Well as Sleep Issues?
A new experiment suggests sleeping with amber-tinted glasses can reduce the manic symptoms of bipolar disorder within three days. Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes a report from Science Alert:The benefit...
08:00 am - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Britain's Scientists Are 'Freaking Out' Over Brexit
"To use a nonscientific term, the scientists in the country are freaking out," reports the Washington Post. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes their report:The researchers worry that Britain will not...
04:00 am - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot All Windows 10 Kernel Mode Drivers Must Be Digitally Signed By Microsoft
"Last year, we announced that beginning with the release of Windows 10, all new Windows 10 kernel mode drivers must be submitted to the Windows Hardware Developer Center Dashboard portal to be digital...
02:00 am - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Chased Off of YouTube, Leaked 'No Man's Sky' Footage Runs to Pornhub
An anonymous reader quotes Vice:I always feel a little dirty when I look at leaked footage of any kind, but rarely so much as when I brought up Pornhub yesterday to check out a video featuring the hyp...
12:00 am - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla To Remove Hello In Firefox 49
Firefox's voice and videoconferencing add-on was described as "the first global communications system built directly into a browser" -- but things change. An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: An entry...
12:00 am - Mon, August 1, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Keep Your Credit Card Secure?
It's easy to pontificate about the best security practices -- but the real test is what we do with our own money. Long-time Slashdot reader Keybounce writes:So, like most of you, I recently got a new ...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Brings ChakraCore to Linux and OS X
An anonymous reader quotes a columnist at CIO: A few days ago I wrote about Microsoft's revival of Skype for Linux. I called it "a big deal" -- less because of Skype itself and more because it signifi...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot C Isn't The Most Popular Programming Language, JavaScript Is
An anonymous reader quotes Network World: U.K.-based technology analyst firm RedMonk just released the latest version of its biannual rankings of programming languages, and once again JavaScript tops ...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot New Site Checks Your Browser's Fingerprint
"Does your web browser have a unique fingerprint? If so your web browser could be tracked across websites without techniques such as tracking cookies..." warns a new site created by the University of ...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot Cable Companies Urge Judges To Kill 'Net Neutrality' Rules
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: Trade associations representing wireless, cable and broadband operators on Friday urged the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reverse...the...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot New Solar Cells Can Convert CO2 Into Hydrocarbon Fuel
"Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydro...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot British Newspaper Fooled By Online Harry Potter/Pokemon Go Hoax
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: "The creators behind Pokemon Go are developing a new Harry Potter version of the app, according to reports," claimed The Metro -- citing as their source the web si...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot Mr. Robot 'Plugs' uTorrent and Pirate Release Groups
From a TorrentFreak report: The latest episode of award-winning TV show Mr. Robot includes a nod to online pirates. The main character Elliot is shown pirating a movie using uTorrent, while his movie ...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot 'How I Hacked Imgur for Fun and Profit'
A security researcher describes gaining full access to the production database for Imgur's image-sharing site -- and then successfully lobbying the company for a higher bug bounty of $5,000. Nathan Ma...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot Cyberattackers Hijack Screens at Two Vietnam Airports, Broadcast Political Messages
An anonymous reader quotes an article from the Washington Times: Hackers on Friday successfully pulled off cyberattacks against Vietnam's two largest airports and the nation's flag carrier, Vietnam Ai...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot Onion Debian Services Are Now Available
"I just set up a lot of Onion Services for many of Debian's static websites," announced Debian sys-admin Peter "weasel" Palfrader on Friday. "You can find the entire list of services on onion.debian.o...
08:00 am - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot New Crowdfunding Campaign Offers Modular EOMA68 Computing Devices
A new crowdfunding campaign by Rhombus Tech "introduces the world's first devices built around the EOMA68 standard," which separates a "modular" CPU board from the rest of the system so that it can be...
04:00 am - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot America Uses Stealthy Submarines To Hack Other Countries' Systems
When the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump asked Russia -- wittingly or otherwise -- to launch hack attacks to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails, it caused a stir of commotion. Russia i...
02:00 am - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot Famed Security Researcher 'Mudge' Creates New Algorithm For Measuring Code Security
Peiter "Mudge" Zatko and his wife, Sarah, a former NSA mathematician, have started a nonprofit in the basement of their home "for testing and scoring the security of software... He says vendors are go...
12:00 am - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot Babylon 5 Actor Jerry Doyle Dies
Slashdot reader tiqui writes: Jerry Doyle, best known for playing Security Chief Michael Garibaldi on Babylon 5 has passed away in Las Vegas at only 60 years of age. His B5 character was often paired-...
12:00 am - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot After New GIMP Release, Core Developer Discusses Future of GIMP and GEGL
GIMP 2.9.4 was released earlier this month, featuring "symmetry painting" and the ability to remove holes when selecting a region, as well as improvements to many of its other graphics-editing tools. ...
12:00 am - Sun, July 31, 2016
Slashdot Russian Government Gets 'Hacked Back', Attacks Possibly Launched By The NSA
An anonymous reader write: Russian government bodies have been hit by a "professional" cyber attack, according to the country's intelligence service, which said the attack targeted state organizations...