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10:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Researcher Find D-Link DWR-932 Router Is 'Chock Full of Holes'
Reader JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Security researcher Pierre Kim has unearthed a bucketload of vulnerabilities in the LTE router/portable wireless hotspot D-Link DWR-932. Kim found the latest available...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Google Delays Release of Android Wear 2.0 To 2017
Google announced today the next generation of its smartwatch platform -- Android Wear 2.0 -- won't be seeing the light of day this year. The company says that it will release the final version of Andr...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Four States Sue To Stop Internet Transition
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Republican attorneys general in four states are filing a lawsuit to block the transfer of internet domain systems oversight from the U.S. to an inter...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Cable TV Companies Could Lose Nearly $1 Billion in the Next Year From People Ditching Their Subscriptions
Nathan McAlone, writing for BusinessInsider: Cable TV companies could lose nearly $1 billion to people cutting the cord over the next year, according to a new study by management consulting firm cg42....
08:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Foundation Unveils New LXDE-Based Desktop For Raspbian Called PIXEL
Raspberry Pi Foundation's Simon Long has unveiled a new desktop environment for the Debian-based Raspbian GNU/Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi devices. From a Softpedia report (submitted by an ...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot AOL's Innovative Card-Based Email Service, Alto, Comes To iOS And Android
Remember AOL? The company best known for its email service? Three years ago, it released a Pinterest-like platform for desktop email called Alto. Today AOL announced the release of Alto for iOS and An...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot FCC Delays Cable TV Apps Vote, Needs Time To Work Out Licensing
The FCC has delayed a vote on a plan that would require pay-TV operators to make free TV applications, so cable subscribers will have to wait longer for an alternative to renting set-top boxes from ca...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Widens Edge Browser Bug Hunt For Bounty Hunters
Microsoft said today it is expanding its program for rewarding those who find and report bugs in Edge, its latest web browser, enabling bounty hunters to claim their prize for a broader range of vulne...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot WhatsApp Won't Comply With India's Order To Delete User Data
An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: WhatsApp's decision to share user data with Facebook has provoked the ire of yet another foreign government. Last week, India's Delhi High Court ordered ...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Media, Government Confirm Apple Research Center in Beijing Tech Corridor
An anonymous reader writes:According to Chinese media, Apple is launching its first research and development center in the country, located in long-time technology incubation area Zhongguancun Science...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Facebook at Work To Report For Duty Next Month
The debut of the long-awaited business social network is nigh. Facebook at Work is about to report for duty. The social networking company's long-awaited foray into business applications will formally...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot The Slashdot Interview With Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO Eben Upton
You asked, he answered! Raspberry Pi founder and CEO Eben Upton has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on for his answers. ...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Comey Denies Clinton Email 'Reddit' Cover-Up
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: The FBI concluded that a computer technician working on Clinton's email was not engaged in an illicit cover-up when he asked on the Reddit website fo...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot The UK's Largest Sperm Bank Is Now An App
Sperm bank? There's an app for that. The largest sperm bank in the United Kingdom -- the London Sperm Bank -- has released an official app that aims to "modernize the process of hooking prospective pa...
08:00 am - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts In Auto Repair Shop
MojoKid writes: One common gripe in the twenty-first century is that nothing is built to last anymore. Even complex, expensive computers seem to have a relatively short shelf-life nowadays. However, o...
04:00 am - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot US Believes Hackers Are Shielded By Russia To Hide Its Role In Cyberintrusions: WSJ
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warining: may be paywalled), U.S. officials are all but certain that the hacker Guccifer 2.0, who hacked the Democratic National Committee in June, ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Banks Adopting Blockchain 'Dramatically Faster' Than Expected
Banks and other financial institutions are adopting blockchain technology "dramatically faster" than initially expected, with 15 percent of top global banks intending to roll out full-scale, commercia...
02:00 am - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Spotify in Talks To Acquire SoundCloud
Janko Roettgers, writing for Variety: Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire rival music service SoundCloud, according to a report by the Financial Times. An announcement of the acquisition could be ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft Come Together To Create Historic Partnership On AI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In an act of self-governance, Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM, and Microsoft came together today to announce the launch the new Partnership on AI. ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot 92% of the World's Population Exposed To Unsafe Levels of Air Pollution: WHO
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Daily: A new World Health Organization (WHO) air quality model confirms that 92% of the world's population lives in places where air quality levels exc...
12:00 am - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Technician Is Accused of Selling Customers' Call Records and Location Data To Private Investigator
A former Verizon technician who worked in Alabama is being accused of selling customers' private call records and location data to an unnamed private investigator. Authorities said the data was sold f...
12:00 am - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot D-Wave's 2,000-Qubit Quantum Annealing Computer Now 1,000x Faster Than Previous Generation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Tom's Hardware: D-Wave, a Canadian company developing the first commercial "quantum computer," announced its next-generation quantum annealing computer with 2,...
12:00 am - Thu, September 29, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Looking To Abandon UPS, FedEx In Favor of Its Own Delivery Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A report by The Wall Street Journal claims that Amazon is building its own shipping service to replace FedEx and UPS, giving it more control over...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot The United Nations Will Launch Its First Space Mission In 2021
The United Nations will send its first ever mission to space in 2021. It said it intends to send Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft into a two-week, low-Earth orbit flight in 2021. Sierra Nevada ...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Cloudflare: We Can't Shut Down Pirate Sites
CloudFlare has said it cannot shut down piracy websites. The CloudFlare's response comes two months after adult entertainment outfit ALS Scan filed a complaint at a California federal court two months...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot HP To Issue 'Optional Firmware Update' Allowing 3rd-Party Ink
Soon after the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) issued a letter to HP, calling for them to apologize to customers for releasing firmware that prevents the use of non-HP ink cartridges and refilled...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Repeatedly Didn't Invest In Security, Rejected Bare Minimum Measure To Reset All User Passwords: NYTimes
If it wasn't already enough that the mega breach at Yahoo affects over 500 million users, a new investigative report on The New York Times states the extent to which Yahoo didn't care about its users'...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot No Man's Sky Under Investigation For False Advertising
No Man's Sky is one of the most talked about games this year. The game sees the protagonist explore the space and experience uncertain places. But its controversial promotional material may also have ...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot US Warns Samsung Washing Machine Owners After Explosion Reports
Samsung may have a new problem on its hands, and it feels too familiar. The U.S. regulators on Wednesday warned users of certain top-loading Samsung washing machines of safety issues following reports...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Across US, Police Officers Abuse Confidential Databases
Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker, reporting for Associated Press:Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associat...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk: First Humans Who Journey To Mars Must 'Be Prepared To Die'
At a conference yesterday, Elon Musk outlined his company SpaceX's plan to send humans to Mars. The vehicle is called the Interplanetary Transport System and it is capable of carrying 100 tons of carg...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot 'Safe' Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Explodes in China
Rahil Bhagat, writing for CNET: The tendency of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to catch fire has led to the company's global recall of around 2.5 million of the phones, to be replaced with new, safe units....
04:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry Says It's Done Designing and Building Its Own Phones
BlackBerry today reported its fiscal second-quarter sales and said that it will stop making its iconic smartphones and focus on its software business. The Verge adds: BlackBerry has announced that it ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot 55 Percent Of Online Shoppers Start Their Product Searches On Amazon
Another year, another data point showing Amazon has surpassed Google as the default search engine for shopping, a report on Recode reads. Fifty-five percent of people in the U.S. now start their onlin...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Apple Logs Your iMessage Contacts - And May Share Them With Police: The Intercept
The Intercept is reporting that despite what Apple claims, it does keep a log of people you are receiving messages from and shares this and other potentially sensitive metadata with law enforcement wh...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Vladimir Putin Is Replacing Microsoft Programs With Domestic Software
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Moscow city will replace Microsoft Corp. programs with domestic software on thousands of computers in answer to President Vladimir Putin's call for ...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Nissan Debuts 'ProPILOT' Self-Driving Chair
jasonbrown writes from a report via PC Magazine: The Japanese automaker Nissan this week debuted what it's calling the ProPILOT Chair -- an autonomous chair that automatically queues for you while you...
08:00 am - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot DJI Unveils the Mavic Pro, a Foldable and Ultra-Portable Camera Drone
It didn't take long for DJI to respond to GoPro's voice-controlled Karma drone. Today, the company has unveiled the Mavic Pro, an ultra-portable drone that can fold up into roughly the "size of a stan...
04:00 am - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk Proposes Spaceship That Can Send 100 People To Mars In 80 Days
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Mars vehicle -- the spaceship his company plans to build to transport the first colonists to Mars. It will ...
02:00 am - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Aetna To Provide Apple Watch To 50,000 Employees, Subsidize Cost For Customers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: Insurance company Aetna today announced a major health initiative centered on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, which will see Aetna subsidizing t...
02:00 am - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Anti-Defamation League Declares Pepe the Frog a Hate Symbol
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TIME: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has declared a popular internet meme depicting a cartoon frog to be a hate symbol. Pepe the Frog's beginnings were unoff...
02:00 am - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot FBI Investigating Possible Hack of Democratic Party Staffer Cell Phones
In what may be part of the original Democratic National Committee hack, the FBI is currently investigating a possible hack involving the cell phones of a small number of Democratic Party staffers. CNN...
12:00 am - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot OVH Hosting Suffers From Record 1Tbps DDoS Attack Driven By 150K Devices
MojoKid writes: If you thought that the massive DDoS attack earlier this month on Brian Krebs' security blog was record-breaking, take a look at what just happened to France-based hosting provider OVH...
12:00 am - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot FCC Official Asks Agency To Investigate Ban On Journalists' Wi-Fi Personal Hotspots At Debate
Yesterday, it was reported that journalists attending the presidential debate at Hofstra University were banned from using personal hotspots and were told they had to pay $200 to access the event's Wi...
12:00 am - Wed, September 28, 2016
Slashdot Revealed: How One Amazon Kindle Scam Made Millions of Dollars
An anonymous Slashdot reader shares an excerpt with us from a report via ZDNet that summarizes a catfishing scheme designed to deceive Amazon users into buy low-quality ebooks: Emma Moore is just one ...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's Slack Rival Is Coming Next Month and Will Charge Per Employee
Facebook will be launching a business communication service dubbed Facebook at Work next month. The service will be very familiar to Slack, a popular communications app. BusinessInsider reports: The e...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Partners With Bank of America On Blockchain Trade Finance
wiredmikey quotes a report from SecurityWeek: Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch said they are working together to make financial transactions more efficient with blockchain technology -- the...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Google's New Translation Software Powered By Brainlike Artificial Intelligence
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: Today, Google rolled out a new translation system that uses massive amounts of data and increased processing power to build more accurate translatio...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot World's First Baby Born With New '3 Parent' Technique
A five-month-old baby boy has been revealed as the first kid in the world with three biological parents, reports New Scientist. The baby boy was apparently conceived by a technique that has been legal...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Shows Off Its Interplanetary Transport System in New Video
Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to send humans to Mars with a ship called the Interplanetary Transport System, the company announced today in a video, revealing how the ITS will actually work. The ITS will b...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot EFF Calls On HP To Disable Printer Ink Self-Destruct Sequence
HP should apologize to customers and restore the ability of printers to use third-party ink cartridges, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a letter to the company's CEO yesterday. From a...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Is Killing Yammer Enterprise in January 2017, Will Start Integrating Office 365 Groups First
Microsoft today provided new information about how it will be integrating Office 365 Groups into its Yammer enterprise-focused social network. The Yammer Enterprise service tier will be going away on ...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo's Delay in Reporting Hack 'Unacceptable', Say Senators
Yahoo won't be able to get away with its mega data breach from 2014 that it only reported this month. Six senior senators have said Yahoo's two-year delay in reporting the largest known data breach in...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot IEEE Sets New Ethernet Standard That Brings 5X the Speed Without Cable Ripping
Reader coondoggie writes: As expected the IEEE has ratified a new Ethernet specification -- IEEE P802.3bz -- that defines 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T, boosting the current top speed of traditional Etherne...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Told To Stop Taking Data From German WhatsApp Users
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Facebook, already under scrutiny in the U.S. and the European Union for revisions to privacy policies for its WhatsApp messaging service, was ordered by ...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Why Data Is the New Coal
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Guardian: "Is data the new oil?" asked proponents of big data back in 2012 in Forbes magazine. By 2016, and the rise of big data's turbo-powered cousin deep ...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Has Stopped All Commercial Development On Firefox OS -- Explains What It Plans To Do With Code Base
Mozilla announced last year that Firefox OS initiative of shipping phones with commercial partners did not bring the returns it sought. The company earlier this year hinted that it intends to shut the...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot YouTube-MP3 Ripping Site Sued By IFPI, RIAA and BPI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Two weeks ago, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published research which claimed that half of 16 to 24-year-olds use str...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Jupiter's Moon Europa May Have Water Plumes That Rise Up About 125 Miles
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope released new images Monday, which will be published in The Astrophysicial Journal later this week, that show what appears to be plumes of water vapor erupting out of the ...
08:00 am - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Tests Its Raptor Engine For Future Mars Flights
Thelasko writes: Elon Musk is preparing to unveil his plans to colonize Mars at the 67th annual International Astronautical Congress tomorrow. As a tease to his lecture, he has released some details a...
04:00 am - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot US Department of Labor Is Suing Peter Thiel's Startup 'Palantir' For Discriminating Against Asians
Palantir Technologies is a secretive start-up in Silicon Valley that specializes in big data analysis. It was founded in 2004 by Peter Thiel, Alex Karp, Joe Lonsdale, Stephen Cohen, and Nathan Getting...
04:00 am - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Roller Coasters Could Help People Pass Kidney Stones, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Two researchers who took science to the amusement park say they've found that a thrilling roller coaster ride just might help people shake out pesky ...
02:00 am - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Soon Run Edge In a Virtual Machine To Keep You Safe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Microsoft has announced that the next major update to Windows 10 will run its Edge browser in a lightweight virtual machine. Running the update i...
02:00 am - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Trump Takes On 'Crooked Hillary' With Snapchat Geofilter
In an effort to appeal to more young voters, U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has unveiled a "geofilter" ad campaign for Snapchat that slaps on the banner phrase "Donald J. Trump vs. ...
02:00 am - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Study: Earth Is At Its Warmest In 120,000 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: As part of her doctoral dissertation at Stanford University, Carolyn Snyder, now a climate policy official at the U.S. Environmental Protectio...
12:00 am - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla's Proposed Conclusion: Game Over For WoSign and Startcom?
Reader Zocalo writes: Over the last several months Mozilla has been investigating a large number of breaches of what Mozilla deems to be acceptable CA protocols by the Chinese root CA WoSign and their...
12:00 am - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot ISP To FCC: Using The Internet Is Like Eating Oreos
New submitter Rick Schumann shares with us a report highlighting an analogy presented by an ISP that relates Double Stuf Oreos to the internet. Specifically, that Double Stuf Oreos cost more than regu...
12:00 am - Tue, September 27, 2016
Slashdot Researcher Modifies Sieve of Eratosthenes To Work With Less Physical Memory Space
grcumb writes: Peruvian mathematician Harald Helfgott made his mark on the history of mathematics by solving Goldbach's weak conjecture, which states that every odd number greater than 7 can be expres...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot As We Speak, Teen Social Site Is Leaking Millions Of Plaintext Passwords
Dan Goodin, reporting for ArsTechnica: A social hangout website for teenage girls has sprung a leak that's exposing plaintext passwords protecting as many as 5.5 million user accounts. As this post we...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot China's Giant Radio Telescope Begins Searching For Signals From Space
Years of work and millions of dollars later, China finished its alien-hunting telescope in May this year. Now the country says its telescope has begun its operation. The company flipped the switch ove...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Japanese To Pay Utility Bills Using Bitcoin
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: Japanese citizens will soon be able to pay their utility bills using bitcoin. The facility is being provided by Coincheck Denki, a new service offer...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot UK's Top Police Warn That Modding Games May Turn Kids into Hackers
Joseph Cox, writing for Motherboard: Last week at EGX, the UK's biggest games event, attendees got a chance to play upcoming blockbusters like Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, and Gears of War 4. But budding g...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Plex Cloud Means Saying Goodbye To the Always-On PC
Finally, you don't need an always-on PC or any other network-attached storage device if you want to use Plex's media player. The company has announced that it now allows you to stream TV shows and mov...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Have Become Top Carbon Polluters
Transportation is likely to surpass the electricity sector in 2016 as the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, according to a new analysis of government data, MIT Technolog...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb To Remove Actor Ages On Request
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove -- or not post in the first place -- an actor's age or birthday upon reque...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Adobe To Run Some Of Its Creative Cloud Services On Azure
Adobe will offer its Adobe Creative Cloud, Marketing Cloud, and Document Cloud hosted on Microsoft's Azure, the company said today, as part of a deal with Microsoft. ZDNet adds: Some of Adobe's subscr...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Now On 400 Million Active Devices, Says Microsoft
Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 is now running on over 400 million active devices. This is up from 300 million as of May, and 207 million as of end of the March. The company says that it dee...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Uber Is Researching a New Vertical-Takeoff Ride Offering That Flies You Around
If Uber's recently launched self-driving cars surprised you, wait for the company's "flying" vehicles. Speaking with Recode, Uber's head of products said the company is research small planes that can ...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Planning a 'Pixel 3' Laptop Running 'Andromeda' OS For Release in Q3 2017
Google plans to launch a laptop next year with Pixel branding which will run 'Andromeda' operating system, reports AndroidPolice, citing sources. Andromeda is a hybrid of Android and Chrome OS, the re...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot HERE, Automakers Team Up To Share Data On Traffic Conditions
German digital map maker HERE will introduce a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing ...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Boot Linux (or OpenBSD Or Oberon Or FreeDOS) In Your Browser
Long-time Slashdot reader DeQueue writes: Back in 2011 Fabrice Bellard, the initiator of the QEMU emulator, wrote a PC emulator in JavaScript that let you boot Linux in your browser. But he didn't sto...
08:00 am - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is My IoT Device Part of a Botnet?
As our DVRs, cameras, and routers join the Internet of Things, long-time Slashdot reader galgon wonders if he's already been compromised:There has been a number of stories of IoT devices becoming part...
04:00 am - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Which Programming Language Is Most Popular - The Final Answer?
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Following a common technique among political pollsters, a technology columnist combined the results from various measures of programming language popularity for a ...
02:00 am - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Pursues More Renewable Energy, Following Google, Apple, And Facebook
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Amazon will open a 100-turbine, 253-megawatt wind farm in Texas by the end of next year -- generating enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. home. Amazon already...
12:00 am - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot 'Transformer' BMW Turns Into A Giant Robot
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes Motherboard: Real-life Transformers are apparently already a thing thanks to a Turkish company called Letvision. They can't do battle with Decepticons, but they can...
12:00 am - Mon, September 26, 2016
Slashdot What Vint Cerf Would Do Differently
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes ComputerWorld: Vint Cerf is considered a father of the internet, but that doesn't mean there aren't things he would do differently if given a fresh chance to create...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot Google Open Sources Its Image-Captioning AI
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes ZDNet: Google has open-sourced a model for its machine-learning system, called Show and Tell, which can view an image and generate accurate and original captions......
10:00 pm - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot Moving Beyond Flash: the Yahoo HTML5 Video Player
Slashdot reader theweatherelectric writes: Over on Streaming Media, Amit Jain from Yahoo has written a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Yahoo's HTML5 video player. He writes, "Adobe Flash,...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Patents A User-Monitoring AI That Improves Search Results
Slashdot reader MojoKid quotes a HotHardware article about Microsoft's new patent filing for an OS "mediation component":This is Microsoft's all-seeing-eye that monitors all textual input within apps ...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Study How Non-Scientists Deny Climate Change
A new research paper suggest climate change opponents are "simulating coherence by conspiracism".Slashdot reader Layzej says the paper "examines this behavior at the aggregate level, but gives many ex...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot Krebs Is Back Online Thanks To Google's Project Shield
"After the massive 600gbps DDOS attack on KrebsOnSecurity.com that forced Akamai to withdraw their (pro-bono) DDOS protection, krebsonsecurity.com is now back online, hosted by Google," reports Slashd...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Who's Building The Open Source Version of Siri?
We're moving to a world of voice interactions processed by AI. Now Long-time Slashdot reader jernst asks, "Will we ever be able to do that without going through somebody's proprietary silo like Amazon...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot The Ig Nobel Awards Celebrate Their 26th First Annual Awards Ceremony
Thursday Harvard's Sanders Theatre hosted the 26th edition of the humorous research awards "that make people laugh, then think...intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative -- and spur pe...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot California Launches Mandatory Data Collection For Police Use-of-Force
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the AP:All 800 police departments in California must begin using a new online tool launched Thursday to report and help track every time officers use force that cau...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot How ITT Tech Screwed Students and Made Millions
An anonymous Slashdot reader shares "a grim story about a company that screwed poor people, military veterans, and taxpayers to turn a profit." Gizmodo reports:By the time ITT Technical Institute clos...
12:00 pm - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot Kentucky's Shotgun 'Drone Slayer' Gets Sued Again
"Technology has surpassed the law..." argues a Kentucky man who fired a shotgun at a drone last year. An anonymous Slashdot reader reports:The drone's owner has now filed for damages in Federal Court ...
08:00 am - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot Street Fighter V Update Installed Hidden Rootkits on PCs
Capcom's latest update for Street Fighter V was installing a secret rootkit on PCs. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes The Register:This means malicious software on the system can poke a dodgy driver...
04:00 am - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot Tuesday Was Microsoft's Last Non-Cumulative Patch
There was something unique about this week's Patch Tuesday. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes HelpNetSecurity: It was the last traditional Windows Patch Tuesday as Microsoft is moving to a new patch...
02:00 am - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot 97% of the Top Companies Have Leaked Credentials Online
Apparently lots of people have been use both their work email address and work password on third-party sites -- suggesting a huge vulnerability. Trailrunner7 quotes On The Wire: The last few years hav...
12:00 am - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot US Panel Extends Nuclear Power Tax Credit
Slashdot reader mdsolar quotes The Hill:The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to remove a key deadline for a nuclear power plant tax credit... The credit was first enacted in 2005 to spur...
12:00 am - Sun, September 25, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Blamed A Router Bug On 'Cosmic Radiation'
Network World's news editor contacted Slashdot with this report: A Cisco bug report addressing "partial data traffic loss" on the company's ASR 9000 Series routers contended that a "possible trigger i...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Poor Scientific Research Is Disproportionately Rewarded
A new study calculates a low probability that real effects are actually being detected in psychology, neuroscience and medicine research paper -- and then explains why.Slashdot reader ananyo writes:Th...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Malware Evades Detection By Counting Word Documents
"Researchers have found a new strain of document-based macro malware that evades discovery by lying dormant when it detects a security researcher's test environment," reports Threatpost, The Kaspersky...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Spam Hits Its Highest Level Since 2010
Long-time Slashdot reader coondoggie quotes Network World: Spam is back in a big way -- levels that have not been seen since 2010 in fact. That's according to a blog post from Cisco Talos that stated ...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot A New Programming Language Expands on Google's Go
"One sure sign your language is successful: When people build other languages that transpile into it." An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from InfoWorld:The Have project uses Go's toolchain,...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Senators Accuse Russia Of Disrupting US Election
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes The Washington Post:Two senior Democratic lawmakers with access to classified intelligence on Thursday accused Russia of "making a serious and concerted effort to i...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Accenture Patents a Blockchain-Editing Tool
A blockchain "produces a permanent ledger of transactions with which no one can tamper," reports TechWeekEurope. "Until now." Slashdot reader Mickeycaskill quotes their report:One of the core principl...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot U.S. Funds Challenges To North Korea's 'Information Shield'
The U.S. State Department is pursuing "a detailed plan for making unrestricted, unmonitored, and inexpensive electronic mass communications available to the people of North Korea." Slashdot reader Gre...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Snapchat's 10-Second-Video Glasses Are Real And Cost $130 Bucks
Long-time Slashdot reader bheerssen writes that Snapchat "announced a new product yesterday, Spectacles, which are sunglasses with a camera built into the frame." TechCrunch reports: Snapchat's long-r...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot The Verge's Deputy Editor Chris Ziegler Was Secretly Working For Apple For Two Months
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Late this afternoon, Nilay Patel, the editor-in-chief of The Verge, published a post detailing the circumstances around the departure of Chris Ziegler...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Our Atmosphere Is Leaking Oxygen and Scientists Don't Know Why
The Earth's atmosphere has been leaking oxygen and scientists don't know why. Researchers discovered that over the past 800,000 years, atmospheric oxygen levels have dropped by 0.7 percent. How exactl...
08:00 am - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Who Aided ISIS Gets 20 Years In Prison
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: Ardit Ferizi, aka Th3Dir3ctorY, 20, a citizen of Kosovo, will spend 20 years in a U.S. prison for providing material support to ISIS hackers by hand...
06:00 am - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Sued For Gross Negligence Over Huge Hacking
Yahoo apparently took two years to investigate and tell people that its service had been breached, and that over 500 million users were affected. Amid the announcement, a user is suing Yahoo, accusing...
04:00 am - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Why the Silencing of KrebsOnSecurity Opens a Troubling Chapter For the Internet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For the better part of a day, KrebsOnSecurity, arguably the world's most intrepid source of security news, has been silenced, presumably by a han...
02:00 am - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot UPS Is Starting To Test Drone Deliveries In the US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: UPS announced Sept. 23 that it has begun testing drone deliveries in the U.S. with drone manufacturer CyPhy Works. The two companies yesterday complete...
02:00 am - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot 40 Percent of Organizations Store Admin Passwords In Word Documents, Says Survey
While the IT industry is making progress in securing information and communications systems from cyberattacks, a new survey from cybersecurity company CyberArk says several critical areas, such as pri...
02:00 am - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot From Bicycles To Washing Machines: Sweden To Give Tax Breaks For Repairs
jenningsthecat writes: The Swedish government is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to encouraging the repair of stuff that would otherwise be thrown away, according to both The Guardi...
12:00 am - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot People Are Drilling Holes Into Their iPhone 7 To 'Make a Headphone Jack'
TechRax -- a popular YouTuber who destroys technology for fame and riches -- has uploaded a video where he drills a hole into an iPhone 7, claiming it to be a "secret hack" to reinstall a headphone ja...
12:00 am - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot Judge Skewers Oracle Attorney For Revealing Google, Apple Trade Secrets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The federal judge who presided over the Google-Oracle API copyright infringement trial excoriated one of Oracle's lawyers Thursday for disclosing...
12:00 am - Sat, September 24, 2016
Slashdot VR Devs Pull Support For Oculus Rift Until Palmer Luckey Steps Down
After it was revealed that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey backed a pro-Trump political organization called Nimble America that is dedicated to "shitposting" and spreading inflammatory memes about Hillar...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Is Killing Off Its $12/Year Plan For Unlimited Photo Storage
To many's surprise, Amazon introduced a consumer-focused storage option -- unlimited photo backup for only $12 per year. This was Amazon's attempt to lure customers away from Google, Dropbox, and iClo...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Blast Investigation Suggests Breach in Oxygen Tank's Helium System
Weeks after a SpaceX rocket exploded inexplicably, engineers at Elon Musk's company have traced the flaw to its source. Space today released the initial results of its investigation, in which it says ...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Google To Introduce Google Wifi, Google Home and 4K Chromecast Ultra Devices On October 4th
Android Police has learned of a new Google device that will launch alongside the Google Pixel smartphones, Google Home, and 4K 'Chromecast Ultra' dongle on October 4th. Called Google Wifi, the Wi-Fi r...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Apple Is Getting Ready To Take On Google and Amazon In a Battle For The Living Room
An anonymous reader writes: Siri may soon be making the jump from your pocket to your end table. Apple has been working on a standalone product to control internet-of-things devices for a while, but a...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot You're Paying 40% More For TV Than You Were 5 Years Ago
According to data from Leichtman Research's annual study, pay TV subscriptions keep going up and up. So much so that in the last five years, they have gone up by 40 percent. In 2011, subscribers were ...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Sad Reality: It's Cheaper To Get Hacked Than Build Strong IT Defenses
It's no secret that more companies are getting hacked now than ever. The government is getting hacked, major corporate companies are getting hacked, and even news outlets are getting hacked. This rais...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Indian Students Score a Partial Win in Facebook Privacy Dispute
WhatsApp announced last month that it would stop begin sharing some of users' information -- phone number, contact information of people in your address book etc -- with Facebook. Two Indian students ...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Probe Of Leaked US NSA Hacking Tools Examines Operative's Mistake
Joseph Menn and John Walcott, reporting for Reuters: A U.S. investigation into a leak of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency is focusing on a theory that one of its operatives carelessl...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Amazon UK Found Guilty Of Airmailing Dangerous Goods
Amazon UK has been found guilty and fined 65,000 euro for breaking aviation safety laws after repeatedly trying to send dangerous goods by airmail, reports The Guardian. From the article: A judge at S...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Akamai Kicked Journalist Brian Krebs' Site Off Its Servers After He Was Hit By a Record Cyberattack
An anonymous reader writes:Cloud hosting giant Akamai Technologies has dumped journalist Brian Krebs from its servers after his website came under a "record" cyberattack. "It's looking likely that Kre...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Inflated Video Viewing Stats For Two Years
Facebook has admitted inflating the average time people spend watching videos for two years by failing to count people who watched for less than three seconds. CNET reports: The metric was artificiall...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Verizon Are In Talks With Twitter For a Potential Acquisition
Twitter is in conversation with a number of tech companies for a potential sale. The social company is in talks with Google and cloud computing company Salesforce (which also wanted to purchase Linked...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Jawbone Fails To Pay Key Business Partners and Has Almost No Inventory In Stock: Sources
BarbaraHudson writes: The battle between Fitbit and Jawbone may be coming to an end. Business Insider is reporting that wearable fitness maker Jawbone is facing some serious financial problems as the ...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Computers Decipher Burnt Scroll Found In Ancient Holy Ark
bsharma writes: Scientists have formally announced their reconstruction of the Ein Gedi Scroll, the most ancient Hebrew scroll since the Dead Sea Scrolls. This was done by CAT scanning the burnt scrol...
08:00 am - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Senate Panel Authorizes Money For Mission To Mars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: With a new president on the horizon, a key Senate committee moved Wednesday to protect long-standing priorities of the nation's space program from t...
04:00 am - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Is Secretly Funding Trump's Meme Machine
The founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, has backed a pro-Trump political organization called Nimble America that is dedicated to "shitposting" and spreading inflammatory memes about Hillary Clinton. In ...
02:00 am - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot SolidRun x86 Braswell MicroSoM Runs Linux and Full Windows 10, Destroys Raspberry Pi
BetaNews has a report today about a company called SolidRun, which has announced an Intel Braswell-based MicroSoM. Unlike the ARM-powered Raspberry Pi, this is x86 compatible, meaning it can run full ...
02:00 am - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Google Play Starts Bringing Android Apps To Chromebooks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: As promised, Google has finally brought the Google Play store to Chrome OS. Android apps, Android games, and media content from the store are all ...
02:00 am - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Sues Michigan Over Sales Ban
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Electric automaker Tesla Motors filed a lawsuit Thursday against Michigan state officials, escalating its multi-year battle to sell vehicles directl...
12:00 am - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Says It Knows You Don't Need Unlimited Data
Ed Oswald, writing for DigitalTrends: While the wireless industry is moving back to unlimited data, one carrier is not. Verizon chief financial officer Fred Shammo told attendees at the Goldman Sachs ...
12:00 am - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot Taiwan Asks Google To Blur Its Military Facilities In South China Sea
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Taiwan's defense ministry said on Wednesday it is asking Google to blur satellite images showing what experts say appear to be new military installati...
12:00 am - Fri, September 23, 2016
Slashdot TypeScript 2.0 Released
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Since its introduction, TypeScript has included new features to improve performance, enhance JavaScript compatibility, and extend the range of er...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Hacker Leaks Michelle Obama's Passport
The hacker who leaked Colin Powell's private email account last week has struck again. This time they have hacked a low-level White House staffer and released a picture of Michelle Obama's passport, a...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot 19-Year-Old Jailbreaks iPhone 7 In 24 Hours
An anonymous reader writes: 19-year-old hacker qwertyoruiop, aka Luca Todesco, jailbroke the new iPhone 7 just 24 hours after he got it, in what's the first known iPhone 7 jailbreak. Todesco tweeted a...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Stephen Hawking Wants To Find Aliens Before They Find Us
Stephen Hawking is again reminding people that perhaps shouting about our existence to aliens is not the right way to go about it, especially if those aliens are more technologically advanced. In his ...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Seed Torrent Trackers With Malware Disguised as Popular Downloads
An anonymous reader writes: Cybercriminals are spreading malware via torrent distribution networks, using an automated tool to disguise the downloads as trending audio, video and other digital content...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Cops Are Raiding Homes of Innocent People Based Only On IP Addresses
Kashmir Hill has a fascinating story today on what can go wrong when you solely rely on IP address in a crime investigation -- also highlighting how often police resort to IP addresses. In the story s...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Confirms Massive Data Breach, 500 Million Users Impacted [Updated]
Update: 09/22 18:47 GMT by M :Yahoo has confirmed the data breach, adding that about 500 million users are impacted. Yahoo said "a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company'...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk To Unveil Solar Roof With Storage, Charger Next Month
Elon Musk plans to unveil Tesla and SolarCity's new solar roof product, which will come integrated with version 2.0 of the Tesla's PowerWall solar storage battery for the home, as well as a Tesla car ...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot At Least 26 Claimed Galaxy Note 7 Fire Reports Were Untrue, Samsung Says
Lately, a lot of behind the scene conversations have been suggesting that perhaps the Note 7 battery explosion fiasco has been blown out of the proportion. There's no evidence of any of that, so we wo...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Germany Unveils a Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Train
An anonymous reader writes: The world's first CO2-emission-free train powered through hydrogen was unveiled this week in Germany. The Coradia iLint, created by French company Alstom, was presented at ...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Charter Fights FCC's Attempt To Uncover 'Hidden' Cable Modem Fees
Charter is trying to convince the Federal Communications Commission to backtrack on a plan that would force cable providers to charge a separate fee for cable modems, an anonymous writes, citing an Ar...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Uber's Terrifying 'Ghost Drivers' Are Freaking Out Passengers in China
Several Chinese publications are reporting that "ghost drivers" are frightening Uber passengers into paying for trips they didn't take. Passengers in Tianjin, Qingdao, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai and S...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Is Expected To Confirm Massive Data Breach, Impacting Hundreds Of Millions Of Users
Last month, it was reported that a hacker was selling account details of at least 200 million Yahoo users. The company's service had apparently been hacked, putting several hundred million users accou...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Asked To Compensate After Windows 10 Update Bricked PCs
Microsoft has been asked to pay compensation to customers who suffered malfunctions on their PCs when upgrading to Windows 10. Several customers have complained in the past one year about issues such ...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Oversight Orders Reddit To Preserve Deleted Posts In Clinton Investigation
HockeyPuck writes: The House Oversight Committee has ordered Reddit to preserve deleted posts believed to be written by Paul Combetta, an IT technician the committee suspects may have deleted Hillary ...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Discover That Horses Can Use Symbols To Talk To Us
sciencehabit writes from a report via Science Magazine: Scientists have discovered that horses can learn to use another human tool for communicating: pointing to symbols. They join a short list of oth...
08:00 am - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Appeals Court Decision Kills North Carolina Town's Gigabit Internet
MojoKid writes: In early August, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the FCC had no authority to prevent states from imposing restrictions on municipal internet. This was a result of the FCC s...
04:00 am - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Smoking Permanently Damages Your DNA, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Smoking scars DNA in clear patterns, researchers reported Tuesday. Most of the damage fades over time, they found -- but not all of it. Their study o...
02:00 am - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot W3C Set To Publish HTML 5.1, Work Already Started On HTML 5.2
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: Members of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) are getting ready to launch the HTML 5.1 specification and have already started work on the upcoming ...
02:00 am - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot TV Manufacturers Accused of Gaming Energy Usage Tests
The Natural Resources Defense Council has issued a new report accusing Samsung, LG and Vizio of "misleading consumers and regulators about how much energy high-definition screens devour, alleging that...
02:00 am - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Trump Opposes Plan For US To Hand Over Internet Oversight To a Global Governance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump opposes a long-planned transition of oversight of the internet's technical management from the U.S. ...
12:00 am - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Blizzard Is Getting Rid of the Battle.net Name
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Battle.net name is no more. Today Blizzard announced that it's moving away from using the Battle.net moniker when referring to its online servic...
12:00 am - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Stop Piracy? Legal Alternatives Beat Legal Threats, Research Shows
An anonymous reader writes: Threatening file-sharers with high fines or even prison sentences is not the best way to stop piracy. New research published by UK researchers shows that perceived risk has...
12:00 am - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot With 3D Printer Gun Files, National Security Interest Trumps Free Speech, Court Rules
A federal appeals court ruled this week against Defense Distributed, the Texas organization that promotes 3D-printed guns, in a lawsuit that it brought last year against the State Department. In a 2-1...
12:00 am - Thu, September 22, 2016
Slashdot Reddit Brings Down North Korea's Entire Internet
After a North Korean system administrator misconfigured its nameserver allowing anyone to query it and get the list of the domains that exist for .kp, it was revealed that the secretive country only h...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Announce $3 Billion Initiative To 'Cure All Diseases'
Yesterday, researchers on behalf of Microsoft said they will "solve" cancer within the next 10 years by treating it like a computer virus that invades and corrupts the body's cells. Today, Facebook CE...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Is Looking for Volunteers To Improve Its Site
The video-sharing site is looking for "heroes." YouTube is looking for a few good users who want to be "Heroes." Google's video-sharing site wants volunteers to help moderate its content by flagging i...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Nokia Says It Can Deliver Internet 1,000x Faster Than Google Fiber
An anonymous reader writes: Verizon Fios has topped Netflix's speed index for quite some time now with its 500 Mbps up and down internet speeds. When compared to dial-up speeds of about 56 Kbps, Fios ...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft and Sony Are Debating Over Whose Console Really Offers 'True 4K'
Sony's PlayStation 4, which will go on sales in two months, comes loaded with rendering pipeline and some proprietary upscaling techniques that can improve lower resolution base signals to take fuller...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Lenovo Denies Claims It Plotted With Microsoft To Block Linux Installs
Reader kruug writes: Several users noted certain new Lenovo machines' SSDs are locked in a RAID mode, with AHCI removed from the BIOS. Windows is able to see the SSD while in RAID mode due to a propri...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot 'Corporate Troll' Wins $3 Million Verdict Against Apple For Ring-Silencing Patent
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A non-practicing entity called MobileMedia Ideas LLC won a patent lawsuit against Apple today, with a Delaware federal jury finding that Apple sh...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Apple Approaches McLaren About A Potential Acquisition: FT
Apple has approached British Formula One team owner McLaren for a strategic investment or a potential buyout (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternate source), the Financial Times reporte...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Samsung's 960 Pro and 960 Evo SSDs Marry Crazy-Fast Speeds With Roomy Capacity
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung is following up its NVMe successes from 2015 with some fresh blazing-fast M.2 SSDs for storage geeks. The company just announced the Samsung 960 Pro and 960 Evo dur...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot GNOME 3.22 Desktop Environment Officially Released
Reader prisoninmate writes: Today, September 21, is a big day for Linux users, especially those who love the GNOME desktop environment, as the next major release is now officially available. Yes, that...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Wants 50% Of Its Library To Be Original Content
An anonymous reader writes: Netflix is looking to shift its content mix even further towards original TV and movies, with a goal of achieving a 50 percent mix between its own programming and stuff lic...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Google Backs Off On Previously Announced Allo Privacy Feature
When Google first unveiled its Allo messaging app, the company said it would not keep a log of chats you have with people when in incognito mode. The company released Allo for iOS and Android users la...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Signature PC Requirements Now Blocks Linux Installation: Reports
Reader sombragris writes: According to a well-documented forum thread, the Signature PC program by Microsoft now requires to lock down PCs. This user found out that his Lenovo Yoga 900 ISK2 UltraBook ...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Fixes Security Bugs After Claims of Model S Hack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Tesla Motors Inc has rolled out a security patch for its electric cars after Chinese security researchers uncovered vulnerabilities they said allowed ...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Quantum Teleportation Achieved Over 7km of Cable
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceAlert: Quantum teleportation just moved out of the lab and into the real world, with two independent teams of scientists successfully sending quantum in...
10:00 am - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Google Allo Messaging App Launches For IOS and Android
An anonymous reader writes: Google has officially launched their long-awaited messaging app for iOS and Android, called Google Allo. There are several unique features associated with this app that Goo...
08:00 am - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Wildfire at Vandenberg Air Force Base Threatens ULA, SpaceX Launches
Longtime Slashdot reader Bruce Perens writes: A fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast -- currently over 10,000 acres in size -- has approached the pads used by SpaceX and United La...
04:00 am - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Activity Trackers May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts, Says Study
schwit1 quotes a report from New York Times: Wearable activity monitors can count your steps and track your movements, but they don't, apparently, help you lose weight. In fact, you might lose more we...
02:00 am - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Will 'Solve' Cancer Within The Next 10 Years By Treating It Like A Computer Virus, Says Company
Microsoft is serious about finding a cure for cancer. In June, Microsoft researchers published a paper that shows how analyzing online activities can provide clues as to a person's chances of having c...
02:00 am - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot College Student Got 15 Million Miles By Hacking United Airlines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: University of Georgia Tech student Ryan Pickren used to get in trouble for hacking websites -- in 2015, he hacked his college's master calendar and al...
02:00 am - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Apple Patents a Paper Bag
mspohr writes: Continuing its leadership in innovation, Apple has patented a paper bag. We all remember the groundbreaking "rounded corners" innovation, now we have a paper bag! Just try to make your ...
02:00 am - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot MIT Scientists Use Radio Waves To Sense Human Emotions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNNMoney: Researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a device that uses radio waves to detect whether someon...
12:00 am - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils $37 Nokia 216 Feature Phone
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it had sold Nokia's remaining feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn, for $350 million. Today, Microsoft unveiled the Nokia 216 featu...
12:00 am - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot macOS Sierra Is Now Available For Download
Dave Knott writes: Apple's latest desktop operating system, macOS Sierra, is now available for download. In addition to the Siri virtual assistant hitting the desktop for the first time, the free upda...
12:00 am - Wed, September 21, 2016
Slashdot A Shocking Amount of E-Waste Recycling Is a Complete Sham
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Forty percent of all U.S. electronics recyclers testers included in [a study that used GPS trackers to follow e-waste over the course of two years...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot Firefox 49 Arrives With Improvements
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 49 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The new version includes expanded multi-process support, improvements to Reader Mode, and offline pa...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Says It Puts Customers First - But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn't
ProPublica has a report today in which it warns Amazon shoppers about the results that they see on the shopping portal. It notes that people often hope that the results that come up first after a sear...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Has Just 28 Websites
In September of 2014, NetCraft confirmed there to be over 1 billion websites on the world wide web. There are over 140 million .com and .net domains alone, as well as millions of websites for each cou...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot Kindergarteners Today Get Little Time To Play, and It's Stunting Their Development
Christopher Brown Associate professor, University of Texas at Austin, writes:Researchers have demonstrated that five-year-olds are spending more time engaged in teacher-led academic learning activitie...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot It Took a Couple Decades, But the Music Business Looks Like It's Okay Again
According to latest number from RIAA, music sales in the first half of the year were up 8.4 percent, to $3.4 billion -- the best performance the music industry has seen since its peak days back in the...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Is Phasing Out the U-Verse Video, Broadband Brand
AT&T is killing off the 'U-Verse' brand after its $69 billion acquisition of DirecTV. AT&T's broadband and phone services will now be called AT&T Internet and AT&T Phone. The company s...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Will Launch a Wireless Service Next Year
Steve Kovach, writing for Business Insider:Comcast plans to launch its own wireless service in 2017, CEO Brian Roberts said at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia conference Tuesday. Since Comcast doesn't ...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot China Confirms Its Space Station Is Falling Back to Earth
The Tiangong-1, China's prototype space station which was launched in September 2011, is no longer under the control of China. PopularMechanics reports: China's Tiangong-1 space station has been orbit...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot London To Tech Startups: Please Don't Mind the Brexit Gap
An anonymous reader writes: The UK faces a potential economic backlash from its decision to exit the European Union, but London Mayor Sadiq Khan doesn't think tech startups should be worried. Khan on ...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot More Gig Economy Workers Can Now Get Paid On Demand
The gig economy is built on people offering their services on demand. Now more of them will have the option of getting paid just as quickly, reports Bloomberg. From the report: Care.com Inc., Instacar...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot When Blind People Do Algebra, the Brain's Visual Areas Light Up
People born without sight appear to solve math problems using visual areas of the brain. NPR has a fascinating report on this: A functional MRI study of 17 people blind since birth found that areas of...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot SanDisk's 1TB SD Card Aims To Solve Your Storage Problems
SanDisk has a new SD card which caught our attention today: a prototype card with a storage of 1TB of memory. The company says that 1TB card is necessary as we increasingly move to the world where mor...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot US Regulators Issue Comprehensive Policy On Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: On Monday, [The U.S. Department of Transportation] released a surprisingly far-reaching "Federal Automated Vehicles Policy." The policy attempts to do all...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Offer a DIY Alternative To The $600 EpiPen
After the pharmaceutical company Mylan raised the price of a 2-pen set of EpiPens by nearly $500 over the course of 9 years, Michael Laufer and his "pharma-hacking confederates at the Four Thieves Vin...
08:00 am - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot Federal Judge Rules Bitcoin Is Money In Case Tied To JPMorgan Hack
Roughly two months ago, a Miami-Dade judge ruled that bitcoin does not actually qualify as money. Now, it appears that bitcoin does indeed qualify as money, according to U.S. District Judge Alison Nat...
04:00 am - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot NASA: Arctic Sea Ice 2nd-Lowest On Record
An anonymous reader quotes a report from EarthSky: NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said on September 15, 2016 that summertime Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual m...
02:00 am - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot Google Launches 'Google Trips' Personalized Travel Planner
Google has an app for just about everything. Their latest application, called Google Trips, aims to help you better plan your vacations and other travels. TechCrunch reports: Called Google Trips, the ...
02:00 am - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot AT&T and Comcast Helped Elected Official Write Plan To Stall Google Fiber
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: As the Nashville Metro Council prepares for a final vote to give Google Fiber faster access to utility poles, one council member is sponsoring an...
02:00 am - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot Anonymous Hacker Explains His Attack On Boston Children's Hospital
Okian Warrior writes: Martin Gottesfeld of Anonymous was arrested in connection with the Spring 2014 attacks on a number of healthcare and treatment facilities in the Boston area. The attacks were in ...
12:00 am - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot 4K UHD TVs Are Being Adopted Faster Than HDTVs
Now this may surprise some: 4K Ultra HD televisions are expected to double sales to 15 million units in the U.S. in 2016, and the next-generation TVs are now being adopted at a faster rate than predec...
12:00 am - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot Twitter No Longer Counts Photos, GIFs, Videos Toward 140-Character Limit
Twitter is finally relaxing its 140-character limit. The company announced today that it will now don't count things like emojis, images against the 140-character limit. Adding quotes, polls, videos w...
12:00 am - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot Computer Specialist Who Deleted Clinton Emails May Have Asked Reddit For Tips
An anonymous reader quotes a report from U.S. News and World Report: An army of reddit users believes it has found evidence that former Hillary Clinton computer specialist Paul Combetta solicited free...
12:00 am - Tue, September 20, 2016
Slashdot UK Standards Body Issues Official Guidance On Robot Ethics
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: The British Standards Institution, which is the U.K.'s national standards body charged with creating the technical standards and certification ...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Larry Ellison Says 'Amazon's Lead is Over' As Oracle Unveils New Cloud Infrastructure
Oracle has unveiled its second generation of cloud infrastructure for third-party developers to run their applications in Oracle data centers. What is interesting about the announcement is that Oracle...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot GoPro Launches Karma Drone and Voice-Controlled Hero5 Cameras
The long-awaited GoPro drone has officially launched. Dubbed Karma, GoPro's new drone works with the Hero5 and Hero5 Session, two new flagship cameras. The Hero5 features a 2-inch touch display, 12-me...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Cable Lobby Tries To Make You Forget That It Represents Cable Companies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. cable industry's biggest lobby group has dropped the word "cable" from its name in a rebrand focusing on its members' role as providers ...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Will Oracle Surrender NetBeans to Apache?
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes InfoWorld:Venerable open source Java IDE NetBeans would move from Oracle's jurisdiction to the Apache Software Foundation under a proposal... endorsed by Java found...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Build Your Own Vacuum Tubes?
Could you beat wireless headphones by creating your own DIY home audio system? Two weeks ago one Slashdot commenter argued, "to have good audio that is truly yours and something to be proud of, you ne...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot 'Unpatent' Begins Crowdfunding Challenges To Bad Patents
"Unpatent is a crowdfunding platform that eliminates bad patents," reads their web site. "We do that by crowdsourcing the prior art -- that is all the evidence that makes clear that a patent was not n...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Apple Releases Swift 3.0, 'Not Source-Compatibile With Swift 2.3'
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes InfoWorld:"Move fast and break things," the saying goes. Apple does both with the 3.0 version of its Swift programming language...its first full point revision sinc...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Google's New Angular 2.0 Isn't Compatible With Angular 1
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes TechCrunch:When Google announced Angular 2 in 2014, it created quite a stir in the web development community because this new version wasn't just an update, but ins...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot GoDaddy Proposes New DNS Configuration Standard
GoDaddy has announced "an open set of APIs for DNS providers and web service providers," called Domain Connect. An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:"Once enabled, customers can quickly configure their...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Releases 'Meridian' Test Footage To All Including Competitors, Open Sources Some Tools
Netflix has released 'Meridian' to not just all its 83 million subscribers, but to everyone. The company produced the title as test footage to evaluate anything from the performance of video codecs to...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk Scales Up His Ambitions, Considering Going 'Well Beyond' Mars
An anonymous reader writes: For most of its 14-year existence, SpaceX has focused on designing and developing the hardware that will lead to its ultimate goal: colonizing Mars. These plans have remain...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Abu Dhabi To Introduce New Regulations For Ride-Hailing Apps
Ride-hailing services such as Uber and others will have to register their apps and heed new regulations to operate in Abu Dhabi, a top official at the Gulf emirate's taxi regulator said on Monday, Reu...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Lyft Says Robots Will Drive Most Of Its Cars in Five Years
A week after its rival Uber began rolling out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, Lyft has said it also expects to roll out its self-driving by next year. Its president John Zimmer outlined a "three-phas...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Google Chrome Beta For Android Now Lets You Play YouTube In the Background
The recently released version of Chrome on Android -- v54 (albeit in beta) -- finally brings a feature that users have been requesting for years: it lets them play YouTube songs in the background. Muc...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Valve Bans Developer From Steam After It Sues Customers Over Bad Reviews
From an ArsTechnica report: A game developer has been banned from Steam after users claimed that it had attempted to sue 100 users of the platform for $18 million -- for the crime of leaving bad revie...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Cisco Scrambles To Patch Second Shadow Brokers Bug In Firewalls
Trailrunner7 writes: Cisco is scrambling to patch another vulnerability in many of its products that was exposed as part of the Shadow Brokers dump last month. The latest vulnerability affects many di...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot iPhone 7 Plus Makes Hissing Sound Under Load, Some Users Complain
Several commendable users are complaining that their iPhone 7 Plus handsets are making a "hissing" noise especially when they do some heavy weight work. Some users note that this issue extends to the ...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 19, 2016
Slashdot Samsung's Latest Note 7 Battery Fix Violates Android Compatibility Docs
Over the past few days, we have extensively talked about the Galaxy Note 7 -- and its faulty battery. Amid announcements of a global recall, Samsung noted that it is rolling out a firmware update to l...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Vim 8.0 Released!
Long-time Slashdot reader MrKaos writes: The venerable and essential vim has had it's first major release in 10 years. Lots of new and interesting features including, vim script improvements, JSON sup...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Oldest-Ever Proteins Extracted From 3.8-Million-Year-Old Ostrich Shells
Slashdot reader sciencehabit writes: Scientists have smashed through another time barrier in their search for ancient proteins from fossilized teeth and bones, adding to growing excitement about the p...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Uber Accused of Cashing In On Bomb Explosion By Jacking Rates
After a bomb exploded in Manhattan, leaving 29 injured, people leaving the scene discovered Uber had doubled their fares. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes The Sun:Traumatized families caught up in ...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Oregon Settles $6 Billion Lawsuit Over Oracle's Botched Healthcare Website
"While the crippled website eventually worked, Oregon failed to enroll a single person online [and] had to resort to hiring 400 people to process paper applications." An anonymous Slashdot reader quot...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Emacs 25.1 Released With Tons Of New Features
After four years of development there's a major new release of Emacs, the 40-year-old libre text editor with over 2,000 built-in commands. An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Emacs 25.1 now lets you e...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Woman Sues Sex Toy App For Secretly Capturing Sensitive Information
A woman in Chicago filed a class action lawsuit against the makers of a smartphone-enabled vibrator, alleging their devices "secretly collect and transmit 'highly sensitive' information." CTV News rep...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot SciFi TV Series 'Space Patrol Orion' Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
In Germany the phrase "Fallback to Earth!" is about as cult as "Engage warp drive," reports Long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino: One of the oldest science fiction TV serials, the famous German "Raumpat...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Weaponizes Minecraft In the War Over Classrooms
Minecraft: Education Edition offers lesson plans like "City Planning for Population Growth" and "Effects of Deforestation," and a June preview attracted more than 25,000 students and teachers from 40 ...
12:00 pm - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Robot Snatches Rifle From Barricaded Suspect, Ends Standoff
Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes the L.A. Times:An hours-long standoff in the darkness of the high desert came to a novel end when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies used a robot to stealthily snatch...
08:00 am - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Vanity Fair Blames The Failure of Theranos On Silicon Valley
"I was only a day or two behind FBI agents who were trying to put together a time line of what Elizabeh Holmes knew and when she knew it," writes Vanity Fair, in what Slashdot reader PvtVoid describes...
04:00 am - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't Techies Improving The World?
Slashdot reader marmot7 isn't impressed by "the latest app that solves some made up problem. I'm impressed by apps that solve real problems..."I don't feel that developers, sys admins, finance people,...
02:00 am - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot HP Printers Have A Pre-Programmed Failure Date For Non-HP Ink Cartridges
An anonymous reader quotes some harsh allegations from Myce.com:Thousands of HP printers around the world started to show error messages on the same day, the 13th of September... HP printers with non-...
12:00 am - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot Code.org Disses Wolfram Language, Touts Apple's Swift Playgrounds
America is changing the way it teaches computer science. "There are now 31 states that allow CS to count towards high school graduation," according to an announcement this week by the White House, whi...
12:00 am - Sun, September 18, 2016
Slashdot The Ham Radio Parity Act Unanimously Passed By US House
This week the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed "The Ham Radio Parity Act" -- a huge victory for grass-roots advocates of amateur radio.Slashdot reader bobbied reports: This will allow ...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot China's Atomic Clock in Space Will Stay Accurate For a Billion Years
The space laboratory that China launched earlier this week has an atomic clock in it which is more accurate than the best timepiece operated by America's National Institute of Standards and Technology...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot Florida Man Sues Samsung, Says Galaxy Note 7 Exploded
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: Samsung Electronics Co was sued on Friday by a Florida man who said he suffered severe burns after his Galaxy Note 7 smartphone exploded in his front pants...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot Run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Your PC With Android-x86 6.0
This week saw the first stable release of Android-x86 6.0 (marshmallow-x86) -- and a new version of Remix OS for PC, a PC-optimized version of Android. Slashdot reader prisoninmate quotes Softpedia: A...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Will Close Its Skype Office in London, Nearly 400 Jobs To Be Impacted
Microsoft is closing Skype's office in the UK, according to the Financial Times. The move is likely to affect jobs of nearly 400 people at the London HQ. Commenting on the report, Microsoft said it wi...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot How The FBI Might've Opened the San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone 5c
"Remember the San Bernardino killer's iPhone, and how the FBI maintained that they couldn't get the encryption key without Apple providing them with a universal backdoor?" Slashdot reader LichtSpektre...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot The World's Most Secure Home Computer Reaches Crowdfunding Goal
"If the PC is tampered with, it will trigger an alert and erase the PC's encryption key, making the data totally inaccessible." Last month Design SHIFT began crowdfunding an elaborate "open source, ph...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot 21st Century Fox Sues Netflix Over Executive Poaching
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: 21st Century Fox on Friday filed a lawsuit against Netflix, accusing the streaming video giant of illegally recruiting two of its executives...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot The US Government Is Building A 'Drone Dragnet' For Battlefields
The US government plans to launch "a three and a half year initiative to develop an urban drone detection system." An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: The Aerial Dragnet program is to use off-the-she...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot Air Force Grounds $400 Billion F-35s Because of 'Peeling and Crumbling' Insulation
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the Washington Post:Less than two months after declaring the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter ready for combat, the Air Force on Friday announced that it was...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot Pluto Is Emitting X-Rays
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Scientists have noticed the tiny trans-Neptunium object emitting X-rays, which, if it is confirmed, is both a baffling and exciting discovery. ...
08:00 am - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot iPhone 7 Home Button Now Requires Skin Contact To Work
Gone are the days of pressing the home button of your iPhone with an inanimate object. With the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the home button can only be activated when in contact with skin. Todaysi...
04:00 am - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot 'Government Abuse' of the Internet Makes Some People More Equal Than Others, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: When the Arab Spring spread across the Middle East and North Africa, the internet was considered to have been one of the main facilitators of ...
02:00 am - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot 26% of Netflix Users May Cancel Cable TV This Year, Says Survey
The future looks grim for cable TV providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable. A new survey says that as many as 26 percent of Netflix users may cancel their cable TV service by next year. Huffingto...
02:00 am - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot How Cities Are Using Dry Ice To Kill Rats
Some of the United States' biggest cities have resorted to using dry ice to kill rats. Since dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) turns into a gas, sanitation officials simply need to drop chunks of it int...
02:00 am - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot Alleged Hacker Lauri Love To Be Extradited To US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: An autistic man suspected of hacking into U.S. government computer systems is to be extradited from Britain to face trial, a court has ruled. Lauri Love, ...
02:00 am - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot GM Commits To 100% Renewable Energy By 2050
We've seen a number of entities announce plans to operate with 100% renewable energy over the years. Costa Rica, for example, has gone 76 straight days using 100% renewable electricity. General Motors...
12:00 am - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot NYPD Says Talking About Its IMSI Catchers Would Make Them Vulnerable To Hacking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Typically, cops don't like talking about IMSI catchers, the powerful surveillance technology used to monitor mobile phones en masse. In a recent c...
12:00 am - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot Laurene Jobs Awards $10M To Pet Charter School Network of Zuckerberg, Gates
theodp writes: The XQ Institute -- a nonprofit backed by Laurene Powell Jobs (Steve's widow) -- announced the winners of its $100 million competition (Warning: may be paywalled) to rethink the America...
12:00 am - Sat, September 17, 2016
Slashdot 23 Years Later: the Apple II Receives Another OS Update
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Yesterday, software developer John Brooks released what is clearly a work of pure love: the first update to an operating system for the Apple II ...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Web Security CEO Warns About Control Of Internet Falling Into Few Hands
The idea behind the internet was to make a massive, decentralized system that wasn't under control of anyone, but that is increasingly changing, according to Matthew Prince, CEO of web security compan...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Checks If Firefox Is Affected By Same Malware Vulnerability As Tor
Mozilla is investigating whether the fully patched version of Firefox is affected by the same cross-platform, malicious code-execution vulnerability patched on Friday in the Tor browser. Dan Goodin, r...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple Replaced the Headphone Jack On the iPhone 7 With a Fake Speaker Grill
Not long ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why the company felt a need to remove the headphone jack from the new iPhones -- the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. He said, "that jack takes up a lot of space ...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Woman Faces $9,100 Verizon Bill For Data She Says She Didn't Use
A Verizon Wireless customer says she received a bill of $9,100 for hundreds of gigabytes of data usage which never consumed. The woman told the Cleveland Plain Dealer she was on Verizon's 4GB shared d...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Haters: Try Linux On Kaby Lake Chips With Dell's New XPS 13
Attention Linux enthusiasts. Your OS of your choice can finally work on laptops with Intel's Kaby Lake chips. Dell is releasing three new models of slick XPS 13 Developer Edition that will be availabl...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Half Of US Smartphone Users Download Zero Apps Per Month
Apple's iOS users may have downloaded more than 140 billion apps since the App Store was launched in 2008, but the reality is that a huge number of people just don't try out so many apps anymore. We n...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Autonomous Vehicles Won't Give Us Any More Free Time, Says Study
An anonymous reader writes: People hoping that the driverless cars of the future will give them more free time while travelling may be in for a disappointment. Increased productivity is one of the exp...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Right To Be Forgotten? Web Privacy Debate in Italy After Women's Suicide
The suicide of a woman who battled for months to have a video of her having sex removed from the internet is fuelling debate in Italy on the "right to be forgotten" online. The 31-year-old, identified...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot AP, Vice, USA Today Sue FBI For Info On Phone Hack of San Bernardino Shooter
Three news organizations filed a lawsuit Friday seeking information about how the FBI was able to break into the locked iPhone of one of the gunmen in the December terrorist attack in San Bernardino. ...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Logitech Buys Saitek
PC accessories maker Logitech announced that it is acquiring Saiket brand and its line of flight sim controller assets from MadCatz for $13 million in cash. From a report on BetaNews: Today, the compa...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple Japan Unit Ordered To Pay $118M Tax For Underreporting Income
Apple's unit in Japan was ordered to pay 12 billion yen, or $118 million tax by local authorities after they determined it had underreported income. Apple has since reportedly paid the sum. From a Reu...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Russia Bans Pornhub, YouPorn - Tells Citizens To Meet Someone In Real Life
Russia has blocked two of the biggest porn websites. The Russian state watchdog Roskomnadzor, which oversees internet in the country, announced that it was blockeing Pornhub and YouPorn. When a Russia...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple Is Still Ignoring One of the Biggest iPhone Engineering Flaws of All Time: 'Touch Disease'
Jason Koebler, writing for Motherboard: As Apple is preparing to ship its brand new iPhone, the company continues to ignore one of the biggest hardware defects to ever plague its smartphone line. Just...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Over 500K People Have Installed a Pokemon Go-Related App That Roots and Hijacks Android Devices
An anonymous reader writes: Over 500,000 people have downloaded an Android app called "Guide for Pokemon Go" that roots the devices in order to deliver ads and installs apps without the user's knowled...
08:00 am - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot 28 Years A Smeghead: Red Dwarf Is Coming Back
BarbaraHudson writes: Unless you're a smeghead, you'll be excited to know that (after 28 years after the smash cult sitcom began) Red Dwarf seasons 11 and 12 are now in production. The Guardian report...
04:00 am - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Religion In US 'Worth More Than Google and Apple Combined'
A new study says religion in the United States is worth $1.2 trillion per year. Not only is that equivalent to the 15th largest national economy in the world, but it's more than the combined revenues ...
02:00 am - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Formally Recalls The Galaxy Note 7
While Samsung has recalled its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on September 2 due to faulty batteries, the company has yet to formally recall them with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. That is, ...
02:00 am - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Has More Open Source Contributors On GitHub Than Facebook and Google
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Next Web: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has really embraced open source over the past couple of years. GitHub, a site that is home to a number of the web...
02:00 am - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Is Suing An Oil-Company Executive For Impersonating Elon Musk
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: Tesla is suing an oil executive under suspicion of impersonating Elon Musk to dig up confidential financial information from the company, For...
12:00 am - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot FBI Agent Posing As Journalist To Deliver Malware To Suspect Was Fine, Says DOJ
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In 2007, an FBI agent impersonated an Associated Press journalist in order to deliver malware to a criminal suspect and find out his location. Acc...
12:00 am - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot Chrome and Firefox Block Pirate Bay Over 'Harmful Programs'
An anonymous reader shares a TorrentFreak report: Chrome and Firefox are actively blocking direct access to the The Pirate Bay's download pages. According to Google's Safe Browsing diagnostics service...
12:00 am - Fri, September 16, 2016
Slashdot House Committee: Edward Snowden's Leaks Did 'Tremendous Damage'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: The U.S. House intelligence committee on Thursday unanimously approved a blistering report on the activities of Edward Snowden, saying his disclosure...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile To iPhone Users: Do Not Download iOS 10 For Now
If you have an iPhone, and you're on T-Mobile network, do not install iOS 10 for now. The U.S. carrier warned on Thursday that the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the iPhone 5SE users who downloaded Appl...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Why The FCC Chair Says Set-Top Box Reform Proposal Could Change
An anonymous reader writes: Hardware costs are down yet fees still seem to climb. The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said he might change his proposal to allow tens of millions of ...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot FCC Republicans Refused To Give Congress Net Neutrality Documents
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The two Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission have refused to give Congress documents needed to complete an investigation i...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Xiaomi Can Silently Install Any App On Your Android Phone Using A Backdoor
Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer many refer to as the "Apple of China," can silently install any app on your device, according to a Computer Science student and security enthusiast from the...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot China Launches Second Space Lab
Reader hackingbear writes: China's next space laboratory, Tiangong-2 launched from the country's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center today at 10:04 a.m. EDT (1404 GMT) on a Long March 2F carrier rocket. L...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot iOS 10 Is Surfacing Hardcore Porn GIFs in iMessage
Apple has found itself in hot water once again. The company's revamped iMessage -- and the inclusion of a range of extensions -- isn't rendering the best of results. Hours after the release of iOS 10 ...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot A Woman Is Suing Her Parents For Posting Embarrassing Childhood Photos To Facebook
Earlier this year, we ran a story which talked about how a parent could be sued by their kids for posting their photos on Facebook. Over the past two years, we have seen several such cases, and now we...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Alibaba Engineers Fired for Mooncake Hacking
On the eve of Mid-Autumn Festival, some people will go to great lengths to get mooncakes, the traditional gift for family, friends and colleagues. At Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., four engineers tried t...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Pandora Has Announced Its $5 Subscription Service
Peter Kafka, writing for Recode: Earlier this week, Pandora signed two of the three big music labels to deals that will let it launch new streaming music services. Now it is launching one of them: Pan...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Reproduces Google's Battery Life Test To Show Edge Beats Chrome
Earlier this year, Microsoft said that its Edge browser was more power efficient than Google's Chrome, a claim that Google refuted with its own findings. But the debate isn't over. An anonymous reader...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Apple Explores the Idea Of Killing Headphone Jack On the MacBook Pro
Less than two weeks after Apple unveiled its headphone jack-less iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company is already exploring the idea of doing the same on its flagship computing lineup. An anonymous ...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Mobileye Says Tesla Was Dropped Because of Safety Concerns
An anonymous reader writes: On Wednesday, Mobileye revealed that it ended its relationship with Tesla because "it was pushing the envelope in terms of safety." Mobileye's CTO and co-founder Amnon Shas...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Android Wear Hopefuls Call Timeout On Smartwatches
Things are not looking good for Google's Android Wear. Three of the top Android Wear smartwatches maker have confirmed that they won't be releasing a smartwatch in the waning months of the year. From ...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot FBI Director James Comey: Cover Up Your Webcam
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The head of the FBI on Wednesday defended putting a piece of tape over his personal laptop's webcam, claiming the security step was a common sense on...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot None of Your Pixelated or Blurred Information Will Stay Safe On The Internet
The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University are saying blurred or pixelated images are not as safe as they may seem. As machine learning technology improves, the methods used to hide sens...
08:00 am - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Stops Airing Galaxy Note 7 Commercials, Preps Early Launch of Galaxy S8
An anonymous reader writes: Given the bad press surrounding Samsung in regard to the faulty Galaxy Note 7 batteries, the company appears to have stopped airing Galaxy Note 7 commercials on TV. You kno...
04:00 am - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot The Sixth Mass Extinction Will Hit The Biggest Animals The Hardest, Says Stanford Study
The sixth mass extinction will be an event triggered by people and will hit the biggest animals the hardest. "There is no past event that looks biologically like what's happening today," says lead stu...
02:00 am - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot EU Commission Proposes Mandatory Piracy Filters For Online Services
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: During his State of the Union address today, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced several plans (PDF) to modernize copyright law...
02:00 am - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Hacker George Hotz Unveils $999 Self-Driving Add-On
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PC Magazine: Hacker George Hotz is gearing up to launch his automotive AI start-up's first official product. In December, the 26-year-old -- known for infiltra...
02:00 am - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot A Teenage Hacker Figured Out How To Get Free Data On His Phone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Jacob Ajit is 17 and he just hacked his way to getting free phone data, presumably so that he can do whatever it is that teens do online these day...
12:00 am - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Colin Powell's Private Email Account Has Been Hacked
According to The New York Times, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has been hacked and a password-protected archive of his personal emails has been published by DC Leaks. The Verge reports: DC Le...
12:00 am - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot It's Not Just Wells Fargo - How Sales Targets Can Encourage Wrongdoing
The revelation of Wells Fargo employees opening more than two million unauthorized customers accounts to hit the sales target might have come as a shock to many, but they are just the tip of a very ol...
12:00 am - Thu, September 15, 2016
Slashdot Bank of America Analysts Say There's A 50% Chance We Live In The Matrix
Bank of America analysts have suggested that there is a 20 to 50 percent chance that the world around us is a "Matrix-style virtual reality." The report stated, "It is conceivable that with advancemen...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Google-Funded Free Wi-Fi Kiosks Are Scrapping Web Browsing Because Too Many People Were Using it For Porn
This is why New Yorkers can't have nice things. LinkNYC, the initiative to install super-fast wifi hubs in New York City, is suspending web browsing on all its tablets after 8 months due to "inappropr...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Offering $200K To Hack Android Phones Using Email and A Phone Number
Google is feeling so confident about the security of their latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system that they're offering $200,000 to anyone who can remotely execute code on a Nexus 6P or 5X running...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot NYC Threatens To Sue Verizon Over FiOS Shortfalls
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: New York City officials yesterday notified Verizon that the company is in default of an agreement to bring fiber connections to all households in...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot 10 Years in Prison For Online Pirates a Step Closer in the UK
The UK Government's Digital Economy Bill has moved a step closer to becoming law after its second reading in Parliament. With unanimous support, the current two-year maximum custodial sentence for onl...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Someone Is Learning How To Take Down the Internet, Warns Bruce Schneier
Some of the major companies that provide the basic infrastructure that makes the internet work have seen an increase in DDoS attacks against them, says Bruce Schneier. He adds that these attacks are o...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Desktop Apps Make Their Way Into the Windows Store
With Windows 8, Microsoft introduced Windows Store, which consisted of "Metro / Modern UI" apps which worked best on touch capable devices. Since the release of Windows 8, many users complained that t...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot New EU Rules Promise 100Mbps Broadband and Free Wi-Fi For All
An anonymous reader writes: The European Commission has promised free Wi-Fi in every town, village, and city in the European Union, in the next four years. A new grant, with a total budget of 120 mill...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Anniversary Update Rollout May Not Be Done Until Early November
Microsoft released Windows 10 Anniversary Update last month. But the trickling of the company's latest major update users could take as much as three months, the company has said. Many users have been...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Ford Charts Cautious Path Toward Self Driving, Shared Vehicles
Ford Motor Chief Executive Mark Fields is looking for more deals to advance the automaker's expansion into ride services and autonomous vehicles, but will not rush to match big spending by auto indust...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Europe Has Added 1.1 Billion Stars To Its Milky Way Map
Ben Sullivan, writing for Motherboard: The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the first batch of data from its Gaia star mapping project -- a mission that is currently on track to chart one bill...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot GCHQ Planning UK-Wide DNS Firewall
An anonymous reader writes: UK surveillance agency GCHQ is exploring the use of a national 'firewall' in its fight against cybercrime, according to the organisation's head of cybersecurity. Alongside ...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Uber Starts Self Driving Car Pickups In Pittsburgh
The reports were true. Uber on Wednesday announced it a select group of Pittsburgh users will get a surprise the next time they book a cab: the option to ride in a self-driving car. TechCrunch reports...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Guccifer 2.0 Releases More DNC Documents
For the past several months, the hacker who calls himself "Guccifer 2.0" has been releasing documents about the Democratic National Committee. Today, he has released a new hoard of documents. Politico...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Robots Will Eliminate 6% of All US Jobs By 2021, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: By 2021, robots will have eliminated 6% of all jobs in the U.S., starting with customer service representatives and eventually truck and taxi dri...
08:00 am - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Plans To Resume Launches In November
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: SpaceX is aiming to resume flights in November following a launch pad fire that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and an Israeli communications satellite it...
04:00 am - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Stanford Engineers Propose A Technology To Break The Net Neutrality Deadlock
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Stanford engineers have invented a technology that would allow an internet user to tell network providers and online publishers when and if they want...
02:00 am - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Gets Its Own Social Network With Launch of YouTube Community
The earlier reports were right when they said YouTube was working on launching its own social networking service for content creators. Instead of the "YouTube Backstage" branding, YouTube has decided ...
02:00 am - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Adds Audiobooks and Podcasts To Prime Membership
If you're one of the 63 million Amazon Prime members out there, you may be happy to hear that Amazon will now grant you unlimited access to podcasts and audiobooks from Audible. Fortune reports: With ...
02:00 am - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot Edward Snowden Makes 'Moral' Case For Presidential Pardon
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Edward Snowden has set out the case for Barack Obama granting him a pardon before the U.S. president leaves office in January, arguing that the d...
12:00 am - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot ClixSense Suffers Massive Data Breach, 6.6 Million Users Compromised
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: ClixSense, a site which pays users to view ads and take surveys, was the victim of a massive data breach compromising around 6.6 million user a...
12:00 am - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot World Anti-Doping Agency Says It Was Hacked By Russia
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is accusing Russian state-sponsored hackers of hacking its database of athletes involved in this year's Olympic Games in Rio. Whether it's in response to the WADA b...
12:00 am - Wed, September 14, 2016
Slashdot New York Fines Viacom, Mattel and Hasbro For Tracking Kids Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Companies that operate popular kids websites like nickjr.com and barbie.com agreed to a $835,000 settlement and to change their practices after an i...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg On 'Napalm Girl' Photo: 'We Don't Always Get it Right'
Facebook will learn from a mistake it made by deleting a historic Vietnam war photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, said Sheryl Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer. The photograph...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Video Games Are So Realistic That They Can Teach AI What the World Looks Like
Jordan Pearson, reporting for Motherboard:Thanks to the modern gaming industry, we can now spend our evenings wandering around photorealistic game worlds, like the post-apocalyptic Boston of Fallout 4...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Samsung To Push Software Upgrade Which Will Cap Galaxy Note 7 Battery Charging at 60 Percent
As Samsung figures out how to tackle the big Note7 fiasco, it has found a temporary solution for existing users of the phone. It plans to roll out an over-the-air (OTA) update on September 20 which wo...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon Go's Paying Population Drops By 79% -- Still Most Profitable Mobile App In The US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Metro: The world's obsession with Pokemon Go was clearly never going to last, but the incredible thing about its success is that although the paying population...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot iOS 10, Released Today, Is Causing Issues For Some Users
Apple released iOS 10, the latest iteration of its mobile operating system, roughly an hour ago. If you're planning to update your shiny Apple iPhone or iPad, we will strongly suggest iPhone users to ...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Every PlayStation 4 Gets HDR This Week With System Update 4.00
Sony announced today it is rolling out a new system updated -- dubbed Shingen -- to all the PlayStation 4 to bring High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. The new update, in addition, also brings Spotify in...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Android Users Need To Delete Google Maps and Google Play If They Don't Want Their Locations Tracked
Kieren McCarthy, reporting for The Register: Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times. Users have reported battery life issues with the latest Android build, wi...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot US Tech Firms Urge Congress To Allow Internet Domain Changeover
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Major technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter are urging Congress to support a plan for the U.S. government to cede control of the internet's te...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Valve Finally Takes On Steam User Review Score Manipulation
Valve is taking a step to stop developers from artificially inflating review scores on Steam. From a EuroGamer report: Valve just changed the way Steam user reviews work -- and it's certainly set the ...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Next Year iPhone Won't Have the Home Button: NYTimes
The reviews for the Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are live today. The New York Times, for instance, has given the smartphone a fairly positive review. However, in the story, the reporter says...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot EU Court Blocks Brazilian Company From Trademarking Sound Of a Ringing Phone
The standard ringing from an alarm clock or a telephone is too boring and banal to be registered as a trademark within the EU, a top court has ruled. The judgment was handed down by the EU General Cou...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot US 911 Emergency System Can Be Crippled By a Mobile Botnet
An anonymous reader writes: What would it take for attackers to significantly disrupt the 911 emergency system across the US? According to researchers from Ben-Gurion Univerisity of the Negev's Cyber-...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Samsung, LG Sued Over US Employee Recruiting Policies
A former sales manager for LG has sued Samsung and LG in a California court, alleging that both the companies have poached each other's U.S. employees despite having signed an agreement to not do so. ...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Rolls Out 'Keyword Moderation Tool' That Will Filter Out Offensive Comments
In an effort to "promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment," Instagram has introduced today a "keyword moderation tool" that anyone can use to block ...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Will Extend Its 140 Character Limit On September 19th
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Beginning September 19th, [Twitter] will cut down on exactly which types of content count toward the platform's 140-character limit. Media attachmen...
08:00 am - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot The Moon's Gravitational Pull Can Trigger Major Earthquakes, Says Study
schwit1 writes: A careful statistical analysis of when major earthquakes occur has suggested they are more likely to be more powerful if they occur around the full and new moons when tidal forces are ...
04:00 am - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Sugar Industry Bought Off Scientists, Skewed Dietary Guidelines For Decades
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in the 1960s, a sugar industry executive wrote fat checks to a group of Harvard researchers so that they'd downplay the links between sugar ...
02:00 am - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Yelp Is Not Liable For Negative Rating 'Stars' On Website, Says Appeals Court
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Online review site Yelp's star rating system does not make it responsible for negative reviews of businesses because it is based on user input, a fed...
02:00 am - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot MIT Invented A Camera That Can Read Closed Books
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: In a breakthrough that will appeal to both spies and those who work with priceless but frail historical documents, researchers at MIT have developed a...
02:00 am - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Kill The Lumia Brand In Favor of a New Surface Phone, Says Report
It's no secret the Lumia brand is struggling to gain any significant market share these days. Earlier this year, it was reported that Microsoft's Windows Phone OS dropped below 1 percent mark share, a...
12:00 am - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Is Collaborating With The Israeli Government To Determine What Should Be Censored
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: The Israeli government and Facebook agreed to work together to determine how to tackle incitement on the social media network, a senior Israeli Cabin...
12:00 am - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot ACLU Is Launching A Campaign To Convince President Obama To Pardon Edward Snowden
Coinciding with the launch of Oliver Stone's movie Snowden in select theaters this week, a coalition of civil rights groups are launching a campaign to convince President Obama to pardon NSA whistlebl...
12:00 am - Tue, September 13, 2016
Slashdot HP To Buy Samsung's Printer Business For $1.05 Billion
HP has agreed to a deal with Samsung to acquire their printer business for $1.05 billion, a deal that will be the largest print acquisition in HP's history. USA Today reports: "The acquisition of Sams...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Unredacted User Manuals Of Stingray Device Show How Accessible Surveillance Is
The Intercept has today published 200-page documents revealing details about Harris Corp's Stingray surveillance device, which has been one of the closely guarded secrets in law enforcement for more t...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Digital Wallets Have Yet To Catch On, JPMorgan Executive Says
Despite major tech companies working aggressively on making digital wallet solutions available everywhere, these digital payment apps in our smartphones are yet to gain traction, according to Chief Ex...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Is Moving From Telephone Poles To Light Poles for Smart Devices
An anonymous reader shares a Fortune report:Verizon is moving from telephone poles to street lighting poles with its latest acquisition to bolster its Internet of things business. The telecom giant ha...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Explodes In New York, Burns Six-Year-Old Boy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A six-year-old boy from Brooklyn has reportedly become the latest victim of Samsung's disastrous exploding Galaxy Note 7 batteries. The boy had b...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Nvidia's New GeForce Experience 3.0 Requires Mandatory Registration
An anonymous reader writes: With the newly released GeForce Experience 3.0 software, Nvidia might irk some users. While you will still be able to download the drivers from their web site sans registra...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Pushes FCC To Crack Down On Data Caps
Netflix hates data caps. The on-demand movies and TV shows service has asked the US Federal Communications Commission to declare that home internet data caps are unreasonable and that they limit custo...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Are Your Favorite Technology Books and Novels?
It can be a nonfiction book, or a fictional narrative where technology plays a key role. I recently started to read 'The Rise of the Robots' by Martin Ford. It talks about how robots are threatening m...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Unveils the Design of Blue Origin's Future Orbital Rocket -- New Glenn
Earlier this year, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Blue Origin said he would unveil details about his company's orbital rocket sometime "later this year." He is now delivering on the promise. Bezos has rel...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu Torrent Removed From Google Due To DMCA Complaint
Reader LichtSpektren shares a report from OMG Ubuntu: Cited in a DMCA takedown request filed against Google on behalf of Paramount Pictures is an innocuous link to a 32-bit alternate install image Ubu...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Response To Diversity Criticism: 'We Had a Canadian' Onstage at iPhone 7 Event
Mic published a report last week in which it criticized the gender divide at Apple's last two iPhone events. The reporter noted that at iPhone 7 event, women spoke for roughly eight minutes at stage c...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Tesla New Autopilot Features Would Have Prevented Recent Death
An anonymous reader writes:Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Sunday the automaker was updating its semi-autonomous driving system Autopilot with new limits on hands-off driving and other ...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Fixes Bugs in Skype for Linux
After neglecting Linux's Skype client for years, Microsoft released a new app of Skype for Linux in July, giving comfort to millions of users. The app, however, had a fair share of bugs. Microsoft tod...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot 'Paying Taxes Is a Lot Better Than Phony Corporate Courage, Apple'
theodp writes: Every fall," writes The Intercept's Sam Biddle, "internet and its resident tech mumblers congregate for The Apple Event, a quasi-pagan streaming-video rite in which Tim Cook boasts of j...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot NASA Shares Curiosity's New Mars Photos
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:"Curiosity is making us giddy by showing us some of the most amazing vistas we have ever seen on Mars," reports NASA. On the web site for their Mars Science Lab, th...
08:00 am - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Firefox 49 Postponed One Week Due To Unexpected Bugs
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes Softpedia:Mozilla has announced this week that it is delaying the release of Firefox 49 for one week to address two unexpected bugs. Firefox 49, which was set for r...
04:00 am - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Will Open 100 Retail Stores
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Amazon plans to open "as many as 100" retail stores in shopping malls by the end of next year, according to Business Insider. The 300- to 500-square-foot stores wil...
02:00 am - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot A Very Detailed Dissection of a Frame From DOOM
DOOM 2016 "cleverly re-uses old data computed in the previous frames...1331 draw calls, 132 textures and 50 render targets," according to a new article which takes a very detailed look at the process ...
12:00 am - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Are Governments Denying Internet Access To Their Political Opponents?
"Keeping your enemies offline can cripple their chances of overthrowing you," reports the MIT Technology Review. Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes their article:Whether or not your ethnic group has polit...
12:00 am - Mon, September 12, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel 3.14 Series Has Reached End of Life
Slashdot reader prisoninmate quotes an article on Softpedia: it looks like the Linux kernel maintainers decided that there's no need to maintain the Linux kernel 3.14 LTS series anymore, so earlier to...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot Dolphins Recorded Having a Conversation For The First Time
For the first time Russian researchers have recorded a conversation between two dolphins -- Yasha and Yana -- who were talking to each other in a pool. An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes The Telegrap...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot US Goverment Employees Targetted By New 'GovRAT' Malware
Security researchers have detected an upgrade to the GoVRAT malware, which targets government employees and bypasses antivirus tools using stolen digital certificates. An anonymous reader quotes Compu...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot Steve Wozniak May Swap His Tesla For A Chevy Bolt
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a San Jose Mercury News article about "Apple co-founder and electric vehicle fan Steve Wozniak."Woz posted a picture of himself, smiling, next to a new, white Chevy...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu-Based Elementary OS 0.4 'Loki' Achieves Stable Release
"Today, Elementary 0.4 (code-named 'Loki'), achieves stable status," BetaNews reported Friday, applauding the "clean and functional" app tiles in its software center.Elementary OS (stylized as element...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot Should We Seed Life On Alien Worlds?
Slashdot reader sciencehabit quotes an article from Science magazine: Astronomers have detected more than 3000 planets beyond our solar system, and just a couple of weeks ago they discovered an Earth-...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot IoT Devices With Default Telnet Passwords Used As Botnet
Slashdot reader stiebing.ja writes:IoT devices, like DVR recorders or webcams, which are running Linux with open telnet access and have no passwords or default passwords are currently a target of atta...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot EU Finance Ministers Line Up Behind $21B Tax Ruling Against Apple
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the Associated Press: Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem urged Apple Saturday to "get ready" to pay up, as he and counterparts from other EU nations lined u...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot When Your Boss Is An Algorithm
Slashdot reader Presto Vivace shares an article on FT.com about "workers without a workplace, striking against a company that does not employ them...managed not by people but by an algorithm that comm...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot CureCoin Cryptocurrency Enters Third Year of Helping Disease Researchers
Millions of people have donated their unused computer power as part of "a global movement of teams and individuals committed to Protein Folding research," according to a special anniversary update at ...
12:00 pm - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot Why Sys-Admins Are Disabling The Lights on WiFi Access Points
More than a dozen IT professionals said they've disabled the LEDs on wireless access points, according to a Network World article shared by Slashdot reader alphadogg:Some users don't want a beacon shi...
08:00 am - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot DNA Confirms Cause of 1665 London's Great Plague
Slashdot reader JThaddeus writes: The BBC reports that a 17th-century mass grave uncovered in London confirms the identity of the bacteria responsible for the Great Plague of 1665-1666. "Testing in Ge...
04:00 am - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot Alleged Proprietors of 'DDOS For Hire' Service vDOS Arrested
Long-time Slashdot reader pdclarry writes: Brian Krebs reports that the two youthful (18-year-old) alleged proprietors of vDOS, the DDOS service have been arrested in Israel on a complaint from the FB...
02:00 am - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot Malware Infects 70% of Seagate Central NAS Drives, Earns $86,400
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: A new malware family has infected over 70% of all Seagate Central NAS devices connected to the Internet. The malware, named Miner-C or PhotoMiner, uses these hard-...
12:00 am - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot China's Expensive Super Particle Collider Jeopardized By Criticism
China's plan to build a particle collider that's four times the size of the Large Hadron Collider in Europe "may be in jeopardy" after criticisms of its cost went viral. Long-time Slashdot reader hack...
12:00 am - Sun, September 11, 2016
Slashdot Arrests Made After Group Hacks CIA Director's AOL Account
Slashdot reader FullBandwidth writes:U.S. authorities have arrested two North Carolina men accused of hacking into the private email accounts of high-ranking U.S. intelligence officials. [The men] wil...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Samsung to Customers: Stop Using Note 7, Then Wait For Replacements
Samsung is now telling owners of their Galaxy Note 7 to "power down your device and return to using your previous phone. We will voluntarily replace your Galaxy Note7 device with a new one, beginning ...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Can Humankind Establish a Supply Chain in Space?
Long-time Slashdot reader RockDoctor shares a new paper by NASA planetary scientist Philip Metzger, "detailing a roadmap for humanity to take control of the Solar System in order to solve problems on ...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Vandalism Detection Contest Sponsored For Wikidata
Remember when Bing Maps lost a city because they used bad Wikipedia data? An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Since knowledge bases like Wikidata are poised to be integrated into all kinds of informat...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot LinuxScreenshots.org Closes. All Screenshot Tours Released For Downloading
A new announcement on their web site reads:LinuxScreenshots.org is closed. An archive of all screenshot tours from this site has been made freely available to the community, which consists of 2300 rel...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Stephen Wolfram Reveals Ambitious Plan to Teach Computational Thinking
Can we teach future generations how to solve their problems with computers? Slashdot reader mirandakatz writes:Doctors, lawyers, teachers, farmers -- whatever the profession, it'll soon be full of com...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Intel Breaks Qualcomm's Hold On Apple's Baseband Chips
Long-time Slashdot reader randomErr writes: In a big blow to Qualcomm, Apple plans to incorporate Intel baseband chips into at least some models of the new iPhone 7. The selection of Intel chip means ...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Senator Urges Colleagues to Prevent Expansion of Government Hacking
Thursday Sen. Ron Wyden urged the Senate to block a pending change to federal Rule 41, which starting in December will allow judges to authorize remote access to an unlimited number of computers. An a...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Hopes To Hire More Coders With Autism
Autistic people are methodical and detail-oriented, and a new Microsoft program is trying to hire more of them, according to Fast Company. Slashdot reader tedlistens writes:Vauhini Vara takes a look a...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Apple iPhone 7 Plus Packs 3GB RAM, Early A10 Fusion Benchmarks Look Very Strong
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: Apple's A10 Fusion processor, paired with the iPhone 7, is already making its mark on benchmark circuit. Although you may or may not be impressed with App...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot New Research Reveals Hundreds of Undiscovered Black Holes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: New research by the University of Surrey published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has shone light on a globular clu...
08:00 am - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk Asks Twitter For Help In Finding Cause of SpaceX Explosion
On September 1, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and destroyed the AMOS-6 satellite that belonged to Facebook, which was going to be used to beam interne...
04:00 am - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Is Bringing WebVR To Microsoft Edge On Windows 10
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MSPoweruser: Microsoft today announced that the company is bringing support for WebVR to Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. With WebVR, users can experience Virtual...
04:00 am - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot 10 Percent of the World's Wilderness Has Been Lost Since 1990s
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Live Science: Wilderness areas around the world have experienced catastrophic declines over the last two decades, with one-tenth of global wilderness lost sinc...
02:00 am - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot CPSC: Stop Using The Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 can not seem to catch a break. In addition to the recall issued by Samsung over faulty batteries that have the potential to burst into flames, the Federal Aviation Administra...
02:00 am - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot General Motors Recalls 4.3 Million Vehicles Over a Software Bug
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: If you own a GM vehicle from 2014-2017, listen up: General Motors is recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles worldwide after discovering a software defe...
02:00 am - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Video Shows How Bacteria Invade Antibiotics And Transform Into Superbugs
guises writes: By making a giant petri dish out of bands of increasingly antibiotic-laced agar, a couple of microbiologists have created a means to watch bacterial evolution as it happens: colonies in...
12:00 am - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Smartphones Can Steal 3D Printing Plans By Listening To The Printer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from FedScoop: Smartphones equipped with special programming can become a sophisticated spy sensor capable of stealing designs from a 3D printer -- just by measurin...
12:00 am - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Features 9/11 Conspiracy Theory as 'Trending'
Facebook is having a tough time with stories that trend on the social network. The company has been accused of gaming what it shows as "trending" on the site, and sometimes favoring things it showed t...
12:00 am - Sat, September 10, 2016
Slashdot Apple Removed Headphone Jack From New iPhones Because It Owns Largest Bluetooth Headphone Company
Apple's new iPhones -- the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus -- don't have the headphone jack. The company's SVP Phil Schiller said the move signifies "courage" from the company to put a 100-year-old audio s...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot The USB Kill Stick, Priced at $56, Is Designed To Destroy Laptops, PCs, TVs
There's a new USB Kill device in the market today which can destroy any device it touches. ZDNet reports: For just a few bucks, you can pick up a USB stick that destroys almost anything that it's plug...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Google's DeepMind Develops New Speech Synthesis AI Algorithm Called WaveNet
Artem Tashkinov writes: Researchers behind Google's DeepMind company have been creating AI algorithms which could hardly be applied in real life aside from pure entertainment purposes -- the Go game b...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Volkswagen Engineer Pleads Guilty in US Diesel Emissions Probe
A Volkswagen AG engineer on Friday pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate in the Justice Department's probe into the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal -- the first person charged by U.S. aut...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Linux Mint 18 KDE Now Available
Clement Lefebvre, otherwise known as the man behind Linux Mint, announced on Friday the release and immediate availability of the final version of Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" KDE Edition OS. Sarah KDE has b...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Data Entry Blunders Force Air Asia Pilots To Land in Melbourne Instead of Malaysia
A flight from Sydney to Malaysia ended up in Melbourne after the captain incorrectly entered the plane's location in its navigation system just before take-off, according to a safety investigation, wh...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot AAPS Doctors Run Survey On Hillary Clinton's Health
schwit1 PR Newswire: Concerns about Hillary Clinton's health are "serious -- could be disqualifying for the position of President of the U.S.," say nearly 71% of 250 physicians responding to an inform...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Cisco's Network Bugs Are Front and Center in Bankruptcy Fight
Reader Dharkfiber writes: Bloomberg is covering a story today about a hosting business that is now filing chapter 11 due to bugs in a switch. Good, bad, or ugly, is it time to admit that business real...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot University of California's Outsourcing Is Wrong, Says US Lawmaker
Earlier this week, University of California hired India-based IT company HCL to outsource some of its work offshore. As part of the announcement, it announced that it was laying off 17 percent of UCSF...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Who Is Getting Left Behind In the Internet Revolution?
Reader sciencehabit writes: The internet is often hailed as a liberating technology. No matter who you are or what kind of country you live in, your voice can be amplified online and heard around the ...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Norway's Largest Newspaper Accuses Mark Zuckerberg of Abusing Power After Facebook Deletes 'Napalm Girl' Post
An anonymous shares a report on The Guardian:Norway's largest newspaper has published a front-page open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lambasting the company's decision to censor a historic p...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Uber Performs U-turn on Macau Exit Plan
Reuters reports:Global ride-hailing company Uber Technologies has aborted plans to pull out of Macau, citing support from residents in the Chinese-ruled gambling hub. Uber launched in Macau less than ...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Co-Founder Commits $20 Million To Help Defeat Trump
Mat Honan reports: Dustin Moskovitz, the billionaire co-founder of Facebook and Asana, announced on Thursday that he intends to give $20 million to a "number of organizations" to help Democrats, and H...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Hillary's Health Concerns Serious, Say Most Doctors Polled By AAPS
schwit1 PR Newswire: Concerns about Hillary Clinton's health are "serious -- could be disqualifying for the position of President of the U.S.," say nearly 71% of 250 physicians responding to an inform...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Israeli DDoS Provider 'vDOS' Earned $600,000 In Two Years
pdclarry writes: Brian Krebs writes that he has obtained the hacked database of an Israeli company that is responsible for most of the large-scale DDoS attacks over the past (at least) 4 years. The vD...
10:00 am - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Launches Updated Fire HD 8 Tablet Now With Alexa Voice Services
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: For the first time, Amazon's Alexa voice service is headed to a tablet. It's one of the standout features of Amazon's new Fire HD 8, a budget slate built ...
08:00 am - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot North Korea Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test -- The Largest One Yet
TMB writes: As reported by CNN, North Korea has conducted its 5th nuclear test, the largest yet at 10 kilotons.Before the test was reported, Slashdot reader hcs_$reboot reported: A magnitude 5.3 earth...
04:00 am - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Today Marks The 50th Anniversary of 'Star Trek'
Dave Knott writes: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first television broadcast of Star Trek. The first episode of the science fiction series was aired on September 8, 1966. From its humble begi...
02:00 am - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot NASA Launches OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft To Intercept Asteroid
NASA has successfully launched the OSIRIS-REx space probe on Thursday, which aims to take a sample of asteroid Bennu and return to Earth. CNN reports: "The probe is scheduled to arrive at Bennu in Aug...
02:00 am - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Airbnb Unveils Changes To Address Racial Discrimination
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Acknowledging that his company has "been slow on this issue," Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky is rolling out changes aimed at addressing discrimina...
12:00 am - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Wells Fargo Fires 5,300 Employees For Creating Millions of Phony Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNNMoney: Everyone hates paying bank fees. But imagine paying fees on a ghost account you didn't even sign up for. That's exactly what happened to Wells Fargo ...
12:00 am - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Researcher Gets 20 Days In Prison For Hacking State Websites As Political Stunt
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: David Levin, 31, of Estero, Florida will spend 20 days in prison after hacking two websites belonging to the Florida state elections department....
12:00 am - Fri, September 9, 2016
Slashdot Alphabet Partners With Chipotle To Deliver Burritos Using Drones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google parent company Alphabet is teaming up with fast casual chain Chipotle to test drone delivery for Virginia Tech students, according to a repor...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Sri Lanka, Once Severely Affected By Malaria, Now Absolutely Free Of It
The World Health Organization has declared Sri Lanka free of malaria, calling it a "remarkable public health achievement" for the Indian Ocean island, which was once the most affected nations in the w...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Dell To Cut At Least 2,000 Jobs After EMC Acquisition
As Dell processes the acquisition of EMC Corp, its largest buyout ever, it plans to cut about 2,000 to 3,000 jobs, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The layoffs are expected to happen la...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Linking Without Permission Violates Copyright, Rules EU Court
BarbaraHudson writes: Reuters is reporting that Playboy has won a lawsuit against a Netherlands news site for linking to photos without permission: "'It is undisputed that GS Media (which owns GreenSt...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot White House Names Retired Air Force General As First Cyber Security Chief
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The White House on Thursday named a retired U.S. Air Force general as the government's first federal cyber security chief, a position announced eight ...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot A Small Asteroid Buzzed Earth Wednesday, But Everything's Cool
An anonymous reader writes: If the Earth were a person, it might have felt a sudden wind rustling its hair when a small asteroid whizzed past the planet on Wednesday. The asteroid, saddled with the na...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot FCC Chief To Unveil Revised Plan To Eliminate Cable Boxes
The top U.S. communications regulator plans to unveil a revised plan to allow about 100 million pay TV subscribers to replace expensive set-top boxes with less-costly apps that provide access to telev...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Costa Rica Has Gone 76 Straight Days Using 100% Renewable Electricity
Last year, Costa Rica powered itself using only renewable energy for 75 days. It has topped that feat this year. Vox reports: Costa Rica is pulling off a feat most countries just daydream about: For t...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Australian Airlines Ban Use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones After Battery Fires
Less than a week after FAA said it was thinking about banning the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from flights, three Australian airlines announced that it would ban passengers from using or charging Note 7 sma...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot It's Official: You're Lost In a Directionless Universe
Reader sciencehabit writes: Ever peer into the night sky and wonder whether space is really the same in all directions or if the cosmos might be whirling about like a vast top? Now, one team of cosmol...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot IBM Launches New Linux, Power8, OpenPower Systems
An anonymous reader writes:IBM on Thursday rolled out its latest Power8 processor, which is designed to move data faster, and new servers with OpenPower features. For IBM, the OpenPower Foundation com...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Passes 10M Sales Mark
An anonymous reader writes: The Raspberry Pi has sold 10 million units -- continuing its success as the most popular British computer ever. The computer, about the same size as a credit card, was firs...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Launch At Least One Surface All-In-One PC Next Month
Microsoft plans to launch at least one Surface all-in-one PC next month, reports ZDNet. The company has been testing 21-inch, 24-inch, and 27-inch models for quite some time, but it is unclear which v...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Google To Buy Apigee For $625 Million To Expand Enterprise
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report:Google is buying software development toolmaker Apigee for $625 million, the latest move by the search giant to bulk up its cloud-based offerings for busi...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Uber Drivers Are Subject To Individual Arbitration, Says Court
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Uber won a courtroom victory on Wednesday when an appeals court ruled that drivers are subject to individual arbitration in a lawsuit over background che...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Super Mario Is Coming To The iPhone
One of the first announcements made at Apple's iPhone 7 launch event was that Nintendo's Super Mario Bros franchise will be coming to the iPhone. The announcement was short, sparse with details, but c...
08:00 am - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Leaked Demo Video Shows How Government Spyware Infects a Computer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Motherboard has obtained a never-before-seen 10-minute video showing a live demo for a spyware solution made by a little known Italian surveillanc...
04:00 am - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot University of California Hires India-Based IT Outsourcer, Lays Off Tech Workers
dcblogs writes from a report via Computerworld: The University of California is laying off a group of IT workers at its San Francisco campus as part of a plan to move work offshore. Laying off IT work...
02:00 am - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Modified USB Ethernet Adapter Can Steal Windows and Mac Credentials
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: An attacker can use a modified USB Ethernet adapter to fool Windows and Mac computers into giving away their login credentials. The attack relie...
02:00 am - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Cuba Is Blocking Text Messages That Contain Words Like 'Democracy'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Cuban government is blocking text messages that contain words such as "democracy," "human rights," and "hunger strike," according to an investig...
02:00 am - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Apple Cites 'Courage' As Reason To Remove 3.5mm Headphone Jack
It didn't come as much of a surprise when Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller revealed that the iPhone 7 doesn't feature a headphone jack, since rumors have mentioned this possibility months before the anno...
12:00 am - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Intel Selling Majority Stake In Intel Security, 'New' Company To Be Called McAfee
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Intel is spinning out its security business with help from private equity firm TPG, as the chip giant focuses more on its top growth opportunities. In...
12:00 am - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot Canadian Telecoms Will Try to Justify Their 'Ripoff' TV Plans Today
Starting today, Canada's top telecom companies will have to answer to the government for "skinny" TV packages -- more popularly known as "ripoff" by Canadians. Motherboard reports: In 2015, the Canadi...
12:00 am - Thu, September 8, 2016
Slashdot HP Enterprise Reaches $8.8 Billion Deal With Micro Focus For Software Assets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co will spin off and merge its non-core software assets with Britain's Micro Focus International Plc in a deal worth $8.8 b...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Google Teams Up With Cloud Company Box To Sell More Google Apps For Work
Two big giants in the cloud storage race are joining hands. Box, which leads enterprise content platform, on Wednesday announced a partnership with Google. The companies say they will collaborate on s...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Sony Announces Two New Versions of PlayStation 4: One Slimmer, Other More Powerful
Sony isn't done with the PlayStation 4. The company today revealed the PS4 Slim, a thinner version of its latest console that's been lurking around the rumor mill for months now. The Slim lands on Sep...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Apple Announces Apple Watch Series 2 With GPS, Water-Resistance and Faster Performance
In addition to two shiny new iPhones, Apple has announced its second generation Apple Watch today, calling it the Apple Watch Series 2. The appearance is nearly identical to the original Apple Watch, ...
10:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot FAA May Ban Galaxy Note 7 On Flights Due To Exploding Batteries
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung has recalled roughly 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after it was discovered that at least 35 of the devices had spontaneously burst into flames due to faulty...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Apple Launches the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus; Feature Water-Resistance, Lack Headphone Jack
Apple on Wednesday unveiled its new flagship smartphones: the iPhone 7, and the iPhone 7 Plus. Both the iPhones look similar to the last year's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but offer a range of new f...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Dutchman Dies in Tesla Crash; Firefighters Feared Electrocution
A Dutchman died on Wednesday after his Tesla collided with a tree, according to local authorities, and it took firefighters hours to remove his body from the vehicle due to fears they could be electro...
08:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Sony Announces a Slim Version of PlayStation 4, Costs $300
Sony isn't done with the PlayStation 4. The company today revealed the PS4 Slim, a thinner version of its latest console that's been lurking around the rumor mill for months now. The Slim lands on Sep...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Google Rebuilt the Android Media Stack To Prevent Another Stagefright
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: Android Nougat is bringing with it a slew of security improvements, many of them under the covers, and the one that likely will have the biggest long-term effect is the maj...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot We Risk Programming Inequality into Our DNA
An anonymous reader writes:Imagine having a chip in your brain to boost your concentration, or pumping artificial blood into your veins to improve stamina. With gene editing, this may be possible. Sci...
06:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Snapchat Cuts Local Stories Curators in Strategy Shift for Live
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Snapchat Inc. is ending its daily local stories for cities feature, which pulled together video of everyday activities -- concerts, cute puppies in the p...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Sony Wins Battle Over Preinstalled Windows in Europe's Top Court
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: The sale of a computer equipped with pre-installed software isn't an unfair commercial practice because most customers prefer to buy a laptop they ca...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Many Looking Past iPhone 7 to Next Year's iPhone 8
Reuters reports: The iPhone 7 is expected to make its global debut on Wednesday, but many consumers and investors are already setting their sights on Apple's 2017 version of the popular gadget, hoping...
04:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Million More Devices Sharing Known Private Keys For HTTPS, SSH Admin
Millions of internet-facing devices -- from home broadband routers to industrial equipment -- are still sharing well-known private keys for encrypting their communications, reports The Register. From ...
02:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Google Uses Surface Books To Show Off Chrome Battery Improvements
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Windows Central: Google has posted a new video showing how much it has improved battery life while using Chrome on Windows. It demonstrated those changes in a ...
12:00 pm - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Star Trek's LCARS Could Become Your Virtual Assistant
H_Fisher writes: It has arguably inspired many other technological innovations in the fifty years since its premiere, and now another Star Trek-inspired touch could be coming to your device: the voice...
08:00 am - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Unveil 'AirPods' That Use Custom Bluetooth Chip
It's no secret that Apple is planning to remove the headphone jack in its upcoming flagship smartphones. A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which confirms rumors that Apple will in...
04:00 am - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Why Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Zen Will Only Be Optimized On Windows 10
MojoKid writes: There was quite a stir caused recently when it was determined that Microsoft would only be fully supporting Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's Zen next-generation processor microarchitectures...
02:00 am - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Anonymous Ways To Pay For Goods and Services?
Long-time Slashdot reader mspohr submitted a report a couple of days ago from Richard Stallman via The Guardian, which argues that we should be able to pay for news anonymously. "Online newspapers and...
02:00 am - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon-Themed Umbreon Rootkit Targets Linux Systems On ARM and x86
New submitter Kinwolf writes: Security researchers have identified a new family of Linux rootkits that, despite running from user mode, can be hard to detect and remove. Called Umbreon, after a Pokemo...
02:00 am - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot LG Introduces The V20, The First Android Nougat Smartphone
An anonymous reader writes from a report via VentureBeat: LG has unveiled its V20 flagship smartphone, the successor to the V10 that LG introduced last year, and the first smartphone to run Google's A...
12:00 am - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot Yelp Launches Public Bug Bounty Program
Yet another company has launched a public bug bounty program to lure in hackers in an effort to find and eradicate vulnerabilities. Yelp is the latest company to do such a thing. Specifically, they ar...
12:00 am - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot New Snowden Leaks Reveal More About NSA Satellite Eavesdropping
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Newly published documents from Edward Snowden have shed more light on American surveillance operations in the UK. The Intercept details how the NSA ...
12:00 am - Wed, September 7, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile To Boost Its LTE Speeds To 400 Mbps
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Next Web: T-Mobile plans to boost its LTE speeds to up to 400 Mbps in the very near future. The Next Web reports: "The company is getting ready to boos...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Working On Skype Teams, Its Slack Competitor
Earlier this year, we heard rumors that Microsoft was interested in purchasing the popular team-chat app Slack for as much as $8 billion. The deal never happened, so naturally, Microsoft has decided t...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot China Plans To Build A Deep-Sea 'Space Station' In South China Sea
China is ramping up its space efforts, it appears. A Chinese company named KuangChi Science plans to launch balloons from Hangzhou, in eastern China. HuffingtonPost reports: China is stepping up effor...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Moto G Play Joins Amazon's Ad-subsidized Prime Exclusive Phones Program For $99
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon continues to leverage advertisements with its 'Prime Exclusive Phones' program. This allows consumers to get a discounted Android phone in exchange for seeing ads on...
10:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Huawei Is Building A Successor To The Google Nexus 7, Says Report
According to reliable product leaker Evan Blass, Google is working with Huawei to produce the successor to the wildly popular Google Nexus 7. Evan Blass tweeted yesterday: "Google's Huawei-built 7-inc...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot An Algorithm May Soon Cover Your Local Sports Team
Sam Edwards, writing for Motherboard: A Spanish startup is promising to revolutionize readers' access to often unreported news. The unreported news in question, however, is not overlooked disasters or...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot More Passwords, Please: 98 Million Leaked From 2012 Breach Of 'Russia's Yahoo'
Sean Gallagher, writing for ArsTechnica: Another major site breach from four years ago has resurfaced. Today, LeakedSource revealed that it had received a copy of a February 2012 dump of the user data...
08:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Is Killing Photo Maps
Instagram is dropping the Photo Map feature from its service. The feature allowed one to see where a person took a photo. The company began removing the feature, it confirmed to Mashable. The social n...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot ITT Tech Is Officially Closing
Reader Joe_Dragon shares a Gizmodo report: ITT Technical Institute is officially closing all of its campuses following federal sanctions imposed against the company. The for-profit college announced t...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Pentagon Chiefs Fear Advanced Robot Weapons Wiping Out Humanity
Longtime reader schwit1 writes: Huge technological leaps forward in drones, artificial intelligence and autonomous weapon systems must be addressed before humanity is driven to extinction, say chiefs ...
06:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Apple Accidentally Lists iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Ahead of Its Wednesday Event
From a BGR report: Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, and it looks like the web team responsible for updating one of Apple's websites accidentally pushed an update live early this morning. Red...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Toxic Air Pollution Particles Found In Human Brains
Damian Carrington, writing for The Guardian: Toxic nanoparticles from air pollution have been discovered in human brains in "abundant" quantities, a newly published study reveals. The detection of the...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot British Airways Passengers Delayed By Computer Glitch
Reader rastos1 writes: British Airways told customers that some flights were cancelled on Monday "due to operational reasons." The airline apologized to customers, saying its IT teams were "working to...
04:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Finds x265 20% More Efficient Than VP9
Reader StreamingEagle writes (edited): Netflix conducted a large-scale study comparing x264, x265 and libvpx (Google-owned VP9), under real-world conditions, and found that x265 encodes used 35.4% to ...
02:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Meet URL, the USB Porn-Sniffing Dog
HughPickens.com writes: CNN reports that URL, the porn-sniffing dog, is the newest crime-fighting tool at the Weber County Sheriff's office with a nose that could help put away some of the country's m...
12:00 pm - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot 'Catastrophic' DDoS Attack Hits Linode Servers Over Labor Day Weekend
An anonymous reader writes: A coordinated DDoS attack hit Linode (VPS provider) over the weekend, which the company has described as "catastrophic." The attack targeted the company's Atlanta data cent...
08:00 am - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Satellite Owner Says SpaceX Owes $50 Million Or Free Flight
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Israel's Space Communication Ltd said on Sunday it could seek $50 million or a free flight from Elon Musk's SpaceX after a Spacecom communications sat...
04:00 am - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot US Beekeepers Fear For Livelihoods As Anti-Zika Toxin Kills 2.5M Bees
A new report suggests that an insecticide sprayed from airplanes to kill mosquitos carrying the Zika virus may in fact be killing bees, since the "fine mist" is "beaded with neurotoxin." Earlier this ...
02:00 am - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Tencent Is Now the Most Valuable Company in Asia
Chinese web firm Tencent, which has stake in apps such as messaging clients WeChat and India's Hike messenger, has become the most valuable company in Asia. The company has been racing neck-and-neck w...
02:00 am - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot SoftBank Completes $31 Billion Acquisition of ARM
Roughly two months later, SoftBank announced today that it has completed its $31 billion acquisition of British chip designer ARM Holdings. The Verge reports: "SoftBank's purchase of ARM is the latest...
02:00 am - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot US Investigating Potential Covert Russian Plan To Disrupt November Elections
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are probing what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow publi...
12:00 am - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot IFA 2016 Award Winners
For the technology addicts out there, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and International Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) are events to pay close attention to. They are annual trade shows that exhibit ...
12:00 am - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Apple Hikes Order Volume For iPhone 7 Parts In Wake of Samsung Recall
An anonymous reader writes: In wake of Samsung's recall of the Galaxy Note 7, Apple has reportedly hiked orders for parts and components required for the production of the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus...
12:00 am - Tue, September 6, 2016
Slashdot Japan To Develop 3D Maps For Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nikkei: A joint venture in Japan will begin creating high-definition 3D maps for self-driving cars in September as part of a government effort to have such veh...
10:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot An Asteroid Has Been Named After Freddie Mercury
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Freddie Mercury, frontman of Queen and transcendent being of pure performative joy and vitality, would have been 70 years old this Monday, September 5....
10:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Adobe Resurrects Flash Player On Linux
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Four years ago, Adobe made a decision to stop updating the Flash Player package (NPAPI) on Linux, aside from delivering security patches. It has made a...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Long-Lost Comet Lander Philae Found
astroengine writes: With only a month before its mission ends, the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission swooped low over Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko to see the stranded Philae lander jamm...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Chrome For Windows To Get Battery Performance Boost
Earlier this year, Microsoft claimed that its Edge browser was much lighter on battery than Chrome. Google is now attempting to address that. It has announced that Chrome 53 will contain numerous CPU ...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Sony's Signature Walkman and Headphones Are $5,500 of Ridiculous
Vlad Savov, writing for The Verge: Like a grand old dinosaur that's being left behind by the evolution of the tech industry, Sony is in desperate recovery mode here at IFA. The company has new phones,...
08:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot President Obama Wants To Prevent a Cyber Weapon 'Arms Race'
An anonymous reader writes:During an address to reporters at the G-20 international summit in China, President Obama stated that he'd like to prevent an "arms race" among countries that have various c...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Japan Goes Public With Brexit Demands, Says Data Flow Deals Must Be Protected
Kelly Fiveash, writing for ArsTechnica:UK Prime minister Theresa May said at the weekend that she wanted to take her time to secure the best trade deals for a post-Brexit Britain, and reiterated -- in...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Warner Bros Issues Takedown For Own Website
An anonymous reader writes: In a case of sloppy automation run amok, Warner Bros' copyright enforcement contractor -- Vobile -- issued takedown notices for legitimate distributors and Warner Bros' own...
06:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Philae Found! Rosetta Spies Dead Comet Lander
astroengine writes: With only a month before its mission ends, the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission swooped low over Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko to see the stranded Philae lander jamm...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Brazzers Porn Site's Forum Hacked, Exposes Data Of 800,000 Users
Forum of porn website Brazzers has been hacked, exposing the data of as many as 800,000 users, reports Motherboard. Though the data originated from the company's separate forum, the report adds, Brazz...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Apps Are Devouring the Open Web
Rob Price, writing for Business Insider: Apps are eating the web. Over the past decade, there has been an inexorable movement from the open internet to the walled gardens of apps -- and this trend jus...
04:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Swedish ISP Attacks Copyright Trolls Over Trademark Infringement
An anonymous reader shares a TorrentFreak report: Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof is launching a direct attack against Spridningskollen, the group that's spearheading the copyright trolling ...
12:00 pm - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Would You Fire Your CEO?
As America celebrates a national holiday honoring organized labor, long-time Slashdot reader itwbennett shares this story about the modern workplace:Three years ago, talent management and human resour...
08:00 am - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Helps Develop Smart, IoT-Enabled Refrigerators
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Promising "intelligent food management" to help with shopping and meal planning, Microsoft is collaborating with household appliance manufacturer Liebherr to develo...
04:00 am - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Whither Tor? Building the Next Generation of Anonymity Tools
"Tor hasn't changed, it's the world that's changed," says Aaron Johnson, the lead researcher on a 2013 paper which reported that 80% of Tor users could be de-anonymized within six months, and that tod...
02:00 am - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot NSO Has Been Selling a Smartphone-Surveilling Malware For Six Years
The New York Times continues their coverage of the commercial spytech industry, noting its services "are in higher demand now that companies like Apple, Facebook and Google are using stronger encrypti...
12:00 am - Mon, September 5, 2016
Slashdot Long TSA Delays Force Airports To Hire Private Security Contractors
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:TSA checkpoints caused 6,800 American Airlines passengers to miss their flights in just one week this spring, and the problem isn't improving. "Two years ago the Tr...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot New HDMI Mode Will Allow USB-C Connections
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from TechHive:On Friday, HDMI Licensing announced a new cable standard that connects USB-C and HDMI devices... The idea, naturally enough, is to to develop...
10:00 pm - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot Finland Prepares Their First Tests Of A Universal Basic Income
Finland is getting ready to launch their first pilot program with a Universal Basic Income -- one of several countries which are now testing the concept. An anonymous reader quotes a report from Futur...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot Fugitive Arrested After Using 'Wanted' Poster As His Facebook Profile Pic
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:"A fugitive in Florida has been arrested by police after he used a wanted poster adorned with his mug shot for his Facebook profile picture," writes the Internation...
08:00 pm - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot John McAfee Sues Intel To Use His Own Name
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes a report from Bloomberg: John McAfee, the creator of the eponymous antivirus computer software system, sued Intel Corp. for the right to use his name in new ve...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Suddenly Stops Selling Student Loans
"The promotion has ended," a bank spokesperson said. After more than a year of preparation, Amazon's partnership with Wells Fargo to sell student loans barely lasted six weeks. An anonymous reader quo...
06:00 pm - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot Should We Kill All The Mosquitoes?
If scientists could send Zika-carrying mosquitoes into extinction, should they do it? Several science and business journals are now exploring the question, and Slashdot reader retroworks asks if scien...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot NASA Announces New Mars Probe, While SpaceX Is Urged To Focus on Launches
NASA will land a new probe on Mars on November 26, 2018, "paving the way toward an ambitious journey to send humans to the Red Planet," according to one NASA official. The $828 million project will in...
04:00 pm - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot FTC Warns Consumers: Don't Sync To Your Rental Car!
Slashdot reader chicksdaddy quotes an article from Security Ledger:The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to beware of new 'connected car' features that allow rental car customers to connec...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot New Carbon Nanotube Chip Outperforms Silicon Semiconductors
"Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are the first to have fabricated carbon nanotube transistors (CNTs) that outperform the current-density of conventional semiconductors like silicon ...
02:00 pm - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot Google, Apple, Mozilla, and the EFF Support Microsoft's Fight Against Gag Orders
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes BetaNews about new legal documents filed Friday:Microsoft is fighting the US Justice Department in an attempt to quash a law that prevents companies informing custo...
10:00 am - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot Richard Stallman: Online Publishers Should Let Readers Pay Anonymously
Long-time Slashdot reader mspohr writes:The Guardian has an opinion piece by Richard Stallman which argues that we should be able to pay for news anonymously. From the article: "Online newspapers and ...
06:00 am - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot These Are the Six Crypto-Currencies Approved By Apple
An anonymous reader quotes Softpedia: Anthony Di Iorio, founder of Jaxx, a crypto-currency wallet, claims that an Apple representative revealed to him the six crypto-currencies allowed on the App Stor...
04:00 am - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot QtCon Opens In Berlin
Long-time Slashdot reader JRiddell writes: A unique coming together of open source communities is happening in Berlin over the next week. QtCon brings together KDE, Qt, VLC and FSF-E to discuss free s...
02:00 am - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot Second Irregularly Dimming Star Found
Long-time Slashdot reader RockDoctor writes: Remember the screaming and welcoming of our Dyson-Sphere-Dwelling 1500 LY distant Overlords that accompanied the news that star KIC 8462852 was irregularly...
12:00 am - Sun, September 4, 2016
Slashdot Apple May Bring Back Billions In Profits To The U.S.
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from the San Jose Mercury News:Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company plans to bring back billions of dollars in profit to the U.S. next year. Cook's statemen...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot World Map Shows Countries Requiring Open Source Software
"Europe and South America are the biggest hotspots for open-source use in government," reports Network World, while Bulgaria requires all software written for the government to be FOSS. Slashdot reade...
10:00 pm - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Not Just Samsung? The Increasing Frequency Of Battery Fires
Dozens of aircraft fires have been caused by lithium batteries, and after 2013 Tesla even strengthened their battery shields after several of their cars caught on fire. An anonymous Slashdot reader qu...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Celebrating The 19th Anniversary of Nmap
Long-time Slashdot reader collinl writes: Nmap was released 19 years ago on September 1... Seems like it has been around for ever. Was there a port scanner before Nmap? Good question. Nmap first appea...
08:00 pm - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot US Would Be 28th In 'Hacking Olympics', China Would Take The Gold
After analyzing 1.4 million scores on HackerRank's tests for coding accuracy and speed, Chinese programmers "outscored all other countries in mathematics, functional programming, and data structures c...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Climate Deal: US and China Join Paris Climate Accords
An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the BBC:The US and China -- together responsible for 40% of the world's carbon emissions -- have both formally joined the Paris global climate agreement... It will ...
06:00 pm - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Penetration-Testing Distro Kali Linux 2016.2 Released
prisoninmate writes: What's Kali Linux 2016.2? Well, it's an updated Live ISO image of the popular GNU/Linux distribution designed for ethical hackers and security professionals who want to harden the...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Legendary 747 Designer Joe Sutter Dies Age 95
Slashdot reader schwit1 writes: Joe Sutter, Boeing's lead designer for the design and construction of the 747, has passed away at 95. This documentary of the 747 and Joe Sutter is excellent: Jumbo Rev...
04:00 pm - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Brain-Zapping Gadgets Need Regulation, Say Scientists
the_newsbeagle writes: You can now buy gadgets online that send electric current through your scalp to stimulate your brain. Why would you want to do that? Because the easy technique, called transcran...
02:00 pm - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Engineers Crash Data Centers In Real-World Stress Test
An anonymous reader writes: In a report via IEEE Spectrum, Facebook's VP of Engineering Jay Parikh described the company's "Project Storm" -- regular takedowns of Facebook's data center intended to st...
12:00 pm - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Is Building a Hyperloop Test Track Near Los Angeles
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: SpaceX appears to be hard at work building its Hyperloop test track through Hawthorne, a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California. T...
08:00 am - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot NASA Releases First-Ever Close-Up Images of Jupiter's North Pole
NASA has released the first close-up images of Jupiter's north pole captured by the Juno spacecraft, taken during the probe's first flyby of the planet with its instruments switched on. "The images sh...
06:00 am - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot FDA Bans 19 Chemicals Used In Antibacterial Soaps
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered "antibacterial" ingredients to be removed from consumer soaps, citing a lack of evidence that they are effective in making soap work any better and that th...
04:00 am - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Walmart Is Cutting 7,000 Jobs Due To Automation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Yahoo: The clairvoyant folks over at the World Economic Forum warned of a "Fourth Industrial Revolution" involving the rise of the machine in the workforce, an...
02:00 am - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Clinton's First Email Server Was a Power Mac Tower
An anonymous reader shares with us an excerpt from a report via Ars Technica: As she was being confirmed as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton contacted Colin Powell to ask him about his use of a Bla...
02:00 am - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Now Offers 'Unlimited' Data On All Plans, Without $5 Fee
In July, Verizon announced some big changes coming to its data plans that will make them more expensive, but will add more data. They include some new features like "Carryover Data," which is Verizon ...
02:00 am - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Feds Spend Nearly $500K To 'Combat Online Trolling'
mi writes: Washington Free Beacon reports: "The National Science Foundation is spending roughly half a million dollars to combat 'online trolling.' A joint project by Northwestern and Northeastern uni...
12:00 am - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Police Seize Two 'Perfect Privacy' VPN Servers
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TorrentFreak: VPN provider Perfect Privacy has informed its customers that two of its servers had been seized by the police in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Torr...
12:00 am - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot Florida Man Arrested For Hacking Linux Kernel Organization In 2011
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI seems to have solved the mysterious case of the 2011 kernel.org hack, when an unknown attacker breached kernel.org servers and attempted to install a rootkit in the...
12:00 am - Sat, September 3, 2016
Slashdot NASA's Impossible Propulsion EmDrive Is Heading to Space
An anonymous reader writes:The EmDrive, a hypothetical miracle propulsion system for outer space, has been sparking heated arguments for years. Now, Guido Fetta plans to settle the argument about reac...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Intel Confuses, Rebrands Some Core M Processors As Core I
Reader thegarbz writes: As already covered previously Intel has announced it's 7th generation Kaby Lake processors. Curiously absent from the announcement was any mention of Core m5 and Core m7 produc...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Creators Call Out YouTube For Demonetizing Videos
Striek writes: "On Wednesday, several YouTube creators posted videos that voiced concerns over the platform's process of demonetizing videos for not being friendly to advertisers," reports Daily Dot. ...
10:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Google Chrome Begins Warns Users About Insecure Pages
An anonymous reader shares an article on CertSimple, a firm that helps companies prove their identity on their websites: Today Chrome's stable channel was updated with a new HTTPS UI. The changes in t...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Testing a Trending Stories Feature On Its Homepage
Jeff John Roberts, reporting for Fortune: Google and its rival Facebook have transformed into giant media companies in recent years, working with news and video companies as part strategy to encourage...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot FBI Releases Hillary Clinton Email Report
The FBI released 58-pages documents on Friday detailing its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, and a summary of her interview with age...
08:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Is Apache OpenOffice Finally On the Way Out?
Reader JImbob0i0 writes: After almost another year without a release and another major CVE leaving users vulnerable for that year the Chairman of the Project Management Committee has started public di...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Android Companies Keep Pretending That Android doesn't Exist
Europe's biggest tech show IFA is underway in Berlin currently. Companies from around the world are showcasing their new smartphones at the event, chearleading the advancements they have made on the h...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Stanford's New Alcohol Policy Isn't Based On Much Research
Sophia Carter-Kahn, reporting for Motherboard: Last week Stanford University announced a strict new alcohol policy in hopes to curb binge drinking. The new policy bans hard liquor at on-campus parties...
06:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot No, the Internet Has Not Killed the Printed Book - Most People Still Prefer Them
Daniel Victor, writing for The New York Times: Even with Facebook, Netflix and other digital distractions increasingly vying for time, Americans' appetite for reading books -- the ones you actually ho...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Google Cancels Project Ara Modular Smartphone Plans, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google has "suspended" work on Project Ara, the initiative to build a phone with interchangeable modules for various components like cameras and bat...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Android Users More Honest and Humble Than iPhone Users, Study Says
The kind of software your phone is running can tell a lot about you, apparently. According to a new study by a team of researchers at the University of Lincoln, Android smartphone users have great lev...
04:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Add Flux Like Night Mode In Windows 10, Rendering 3rd-Party App's Existence Useless
An anonymous reader writes: With suggestions that bluish lights disrupt our sleep, software that shifts screen white balance towards the red end of the spectrum in the evening -- cutting back that pot...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot The Unsettling Relationship Between Russia and Wikileaks
schnell writes: The New York Times is reporting on the informal but seemingly symbiotic relationship between Russian hackers attacking American targets and Wikileaks (Warning: may be paywalled) as the...
02:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Lawsuit Accuses Warriors' Mobile App of Eavesdropping On Fans -- Even When Not In Use
An anonymous reader writes: A lawsuit is accusing the Golden State Warriors' app of spying on fans in order to determine a user's precise location in order to serve targeted ads. The creepiest thing a...
12:00 pm - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot PC-BSD Follows a Rolling Release Model, Gets Renamed To TrueOS
prisoninmate quotes a report from Softpedia: By following a rolling release model, TrueOS promises to be a cutting-edge and modern FreeBSD-based operating system for your personal computer, designed w...
10:00 am - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Confirmed: In an Unprecedented Move, Samsung Recalls All Galaxy Note 7
After delaying shipment of its flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7 over quality control testing earlier this week, Samsung is all set to recall all of the Note 7 it has shipped in its home nation and ab...
08:00 am - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot IBM Watson Created The First-Ever AI-Made Movie Trailer For 'Morgan'
An anonymous reader shares a Popular Science article: For a film about the risks of pushing the limits of technology too far, it only makes sense to advertise for it using artificial intelligence. Mor...
04:00 am - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot World's Oldest Fossils Found In Greenland
schwit1 quotes a report from Washington Post: Scientists probing a newly exposed, formerly snow-covered outcropping in Greenland claim they have discovered the oldest fossils ever seen, the remnants o...
02:00 am - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot OpenBSD 6.0 Released
LichtSpektren writes: Version 6.0 of the free operating system OpenBSD has just been released. This release features much improved hardware and armv7 support, a new tool called proot for building soft...
02:00 am - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot WrkRiot Collapses Amongst Allegations of Fraud
HockeyPuck quotes a report from New York Times: This week, WrkRiot, began unraveling in a highly public fashion (Warning: may be paywalled). Its former head of marketing revealed that the start-up had...
12:00 am - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot New Cloud Attack Takes Full Control of Virtual Machines With Little Effort
C3ntaur writes: The world has seen the most unsettling attack yet resulting from the so-called Rowhammer exploit, which flips individual bits in computer memory. It's a technique that's so surgical an...
12:00 am - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot New Intel and AMD Chips Will Only Support Windows 10
An anonymous reader writes: Buried in the announcement of the new Kaby Lake (seventh-generation) processors and a rash of incoming notebooks set to use them is the confirmation that they will have a W...
12:00 am - Fri, September 2, 2016
Slashdot Niantic Responds To Senate Inquiry Into Pokemon Go Privacy
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: Senator Al Franken has questioned Niantic, the makers of Pokemon Go, about how it handles user's information. He asked the company to explain s...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Romanian Hacker 'Guccifer' Sentenced To 52 Months In US Prison
Romanian hacker "Guccifer" who targeted high-profile US politicians has been sentenced for 52 months in prison. Guccifer, whose real name is Marcel Lazar, pleaded guilty in May on charges of aggravate...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Remove Abandoned Apps From The App Store
Apple has issued an email to its community of developers indicating that it will remove apps that are outdated or no longer work. "We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing a...
10:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Deprecating 'Obsolete' SmartScreen Spam Filters In Outlook and Exchange
An anonymous reader quotes a report from WinBeta: Microsoft is making changes to SmartScreen, a spam content filter, available in Windows 10. These changes will affect Outlook and Exchange users. In O...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Fixes Windows 10 Anniversary Update Freezing Issues
An anonymous reader writes: The Anniversary Update may have introduced a whole host of new features but it has also caused a fair number of problems for Windows 10 users. Among the most annoying issue...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Sony To Boost Smartphone Batteries Because People Aren't Replacing Phones
Not too long ago, people would replace their phone every 18 months. But that isn't the case with most people now. According to new estimates, more people are now changing their phones after at least t...
08:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot First Satellite in Facebook's Plan For Global Internet Access Exploded With Falcon 9
Mike Murphy, reporting for Quartz: The first step in Facebook's grand vision to connect the entire world to the internet -- or Facebook -- has gone up in flames. Earlier today, a SpaceX rocket carryin...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Stole Over 43 Million Last.fm Accounts In 2012 Breach
The aftermath of 2012's infamous hack is shaping up to be more serious than we had anticipated. An anonymous reader writes: Last.fm suffered a data breach back in 2012, but details of the attack were ...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook on EU Apple Tax Case: 'Total Political Crap'
Earlier this week, Apple was ordered to pay a record sum of 13 billion euros plus interest after the EU said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone make's tax bill. At the time, Tim Cook found the accus...
06:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot In an Unprecedented Move, Samsung To Recall All Galaxy Note 7: Yonhap News Agency
After delaying shipment of its flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7 over quality control testing earlier this week, Samsung is all set to recall all of the Note 7 it has shipped in its home nation and ab...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot India's Richest Man Launches 4G LTE Network, Offers Unlimited Free Voice Calls
An anonymous reader writes: India's biggest industrial house has launched its 4G LTE network and is offering unlimited free voice calls forever to anyone who signs up for its services. It is also clai...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Falcon 9 Explodes On Pad
Reader Mysticalfruit writes: NPR is reporting that a Falcon9 carrying the AMOS-6 satellite that was supposed to launch on Sat exploded during it's scheduled static fire. No injuries are reported. They...
04:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot 400,000 GitHub Repositories, 1 Billion Files, 14TB of Code: Spaces or Tabs?
Here's a debate that refuses to die: given a choice, would you rather use spaces or tabs? An episode of Silicon Valley last season had a bit on this. Now we have more data to analyze people's behavior...
02:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot HP Builds One Desktop PC Around a Speaker, Another Modular PC In Slices
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: HP has announced today two new desktop PCs: HP Elite Slice and Pavilion Wave. The HP Elite Slice is a modular machine, with USB Type-C for po...
12:00 pm - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Tiny Particle Blows Hole In European Satellite's Solar Panel
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: A tiny piece of debris has punched a gaping hole in the solar panel of one of Europe's Earth observation satellites, causing visible damage but not e...
08:00 am - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Baidu Open-Sources Its Deep Learning Tools
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon have all done it -- and now Baidu's doing it, too. The Chinese tech giant has open sourced one of its key ma...
04:00 am - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot One of Europe's Biggest Companies Loses 40 Million Euros In Online Scam
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: Leoni AG, Europe's biggest manufacturer of wires and electrical cables and the fourth-largest vendor in the world, announced it lost 40 million ...
04:00 am - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Staff Breach At OneLogin Exposes Password Storage Feature
River Tam quotes a report from CSO Australia: Enterprise access management firm OneLogin has suffered an embarrassing breach tied to a single employee's credentials being compromised. OneLogin on Tues...
02:00 am - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Unveils Gear S3 Classic and Frontier Smartwatches Powered By Tizen
MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: Samsung just wrapped up an event at the IFA expo in Berlin, where the company unveiled two new Gear S3 branded smartwatches. The new Samsung Gear S3 Classic a...
02:00 am - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Google's DeepMind To Apply AI In Head and Neck Cancer Treatments
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: Google's DeepMind team has partnered with British hospital doctors on an oral cancer program hoping to cut planning times for radiotherapy treatment...
02:00 am - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot 3D-Printed Aircraft Tool Sets Guinness World Record
coondoggie quotes a report from Network World: A 17.5 foot long, 5.5 foot wide and 1.5 foot tall the 3D printed aircraft design tool has earned the title of largest solid 3D printed item by Guinness W...
12:00 am - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Senate Committee Expected To OK Autonomous Car Bills in Michigan
Michael Wayland, and Melissa Burden, reporting for The Detroit News: Michigan legislators could vote as early as next week on sweeping autonomous vehicle bills that would allow self-driving cars on an...
12:00 am - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Lenovo's 'Yoga Book' Laptop Is So Thin It Needs A Touchscreen Keyboard
An anonymous reader writes: At IFA in Berlin, Lenovo announced the Yoga Book, a laptop that measures in at just 0.38-inches thick, making it the thinnest laptop currently available. In order for it to...
12:00 am - Thu, September 1, 2016
Slashdot Half Of People Click Anything Sent To Them
Want to know why phishing continues to be one of the most common security issue? Half of the people will click on anything without thinking twice ArsTechnica reports: A study by researchers at a unive...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot No Coding in Palo Alto? City Takes On Silicon Valley Growth
An anonymous reader writes:The birthplace of Hewlett Packard and Xerox Parc and founding place of Facebook is now considering whether to enforce a zoning regulation banning firms whose "primary busine...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot SETI's 'Strong Signal' Came From Earth
Yesterday, it was reported that Russia has detected a strong signal around 11 GHz coming from HD164595, a star nearly identical in mass to the Sun and located about 95 light years away from Earth. Wel...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot FDA Finds Flaws In Theranos' Zika Tests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: This past week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandated testing for the Zika virus at all U.S. blood centers. That juices demand for Zika-te...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Delays Shipments of Galaxy Note 7 For Quality Control Testing
Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7 earlier this month. But the company is now delaying its shipments as it conducts additional quality control testing delaying its ship...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot After Breaches At Other Services, Spotify Is Resetting Users' Passwords
And now, Spotify is asking its users to reset their passwords. The popular music streaming service is "actively resetting a number of users' passwords," Motherboard reports, adding that the company is...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Google Search For Android Now Finds Info Hidden Inside Apps
An anonymous reader writes: First Google created a centralized place to search the web, and now Google has a centralized spot to search your Android phone. The company just announced a new feature for...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Acer Unveils Slim Windows 10 Notebooks, Convertible Chromebook, Curved Screen Laptop
Ahead of this week's IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, Acer has unveiled a range of notebook computers. The company has a new 13-inch Chromebook R 13 laptop, which it says can also be use...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Stole Account Details for Over 60 Million Dropbox Users
The Dropbox hack is more severe than we expected. Motherboard has the details: Hackers have stolen over 60 million account details for online cloud storage platform Dropbox. Although the accounts were...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot SWIFT Discloses More Cyber Thefts, Pressures Banks On Security
Jim Finkle, reporting for Reuters:SWIFT, the global financial messaging system, on Tuesday disclosed new hacking attacks on its member banks as it pressured them to comply with security procedures ins...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot The Slashdot Interview With Ruby on Rails Creator David Heinemeier Hansson
You asked, he answered! Ruby on Rails Creator and founder/CTO of Basecamp, David Heinemeier Hansson has responded to questions submitted by Slashdot readers. Read on for his answers. ...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Fedora 25 Alpha Linux Distro Now Available
An anonymous reader writes: Today, Fedora 25 Alpha sees a release. While the pre-release distribution is not ready for end users, it does give testers an early start at poking around. Keep in mind wha...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Transmission Malware On Mac, Strike 2
New reader puenktli writes: Just five months after Transmission was infected with the first 'ransomware' ever found on the Mac, the popular BitTorrent client is again at the center of newly uncovered ...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot EmDrive: NASA Eagleworks' Peer-Reviwed Paper Is On Its Way
An anonymous reader quotes a report from International Business Times UK: An independent scientist has confirmed that the paper by scientists at the NASA Eagleworks Laboratories on achieving thrust us...
12:00 pm - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Google To Drop Nexus Brand Name, Move Away From Stock Android
tripleevenfall quotes a report from The Verge: Google's newest smartphones won't be Nexus devices after all. According to Android Central, Google is dropping the Nexus branding with its two upcoming, ...
08:00 am - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Finds a Customer For Its First Reused Rocket
What do you do after you successfully land a rocket on a floating barge in the Atlantic? You reuse it. SpaceX has been on the hunt for someone to reuse some of its first-stage Falcon boosters, and now...
04:00 am - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Map Locations of 4,669 Servers In Netflix's Content Delivery Network
Wave723 writes from a report via IEEE Spectrum: For the first time, a team of researchers has mapped the entire content delivery network that brings Netflix to the world, including the number and loca...
02:00 am - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Revived Lawsuit Says Twitter DMs Are Like Handing ISIS a Satellite Phone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A long-standing lawsuit holding Twitter responsible for the rise of ISIS got new life today, as plaintiffs filed a revised version of the complaint ...
12:00 am - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Google Integrates Cast Into Chrome, No Extension Required
An anonymous reader writes from a report via VentureBeat: On Monday, Google announced Google Cast is now built right into Chrome, allowing anyone using the company's browser to cast content to support...
12:00 am - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot PlayStation Now Streaming Service Available On Windows PCs
Earlier this month, Sony announced PlayStation 3 games would be coming to Windows. Specifically, the company would be bringing its PlayStation Now game-streaming program to Windows PCs. Today, the ser...
12:00 am - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Google Login Bug Allows Credential Theft
Trailrunner7 writes from a report via On the Wire: Attackers can add an arbitrary page to the end of a Google login flow that can steal users' credentials, or alternatively, send users an arbitrary fi...
12:00 am - Wed, August 31, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Are Your Favorite Java 8 Features?
New submitter liveedu shares with us a report from InfoWorld: When Java 8 was released two years ago, the community graciously accepted it, seeing it as a huge step toward making Java better. Its uniq...