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10:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Bad Year For Piracy: 2016 Was The Year Torrent Giants Fell
From a report on TorrentFreak: 2016 has been a memorable year for torrent users but not in a good way. Over a period of just a few months, several of the largest torrent sites vanished from the scene....
10:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Sonos Alarms Are Waking Users a Day Early
Waking up to your favorite music is always nice, but it becomes rather annoying when you can'' turn off said alarm. From a report on Engadget: That's exactly what Sonos users are experiencing and one ...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Is No Longer Selling Any Lumia Windows Phones On Its US Store
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: It seems that Lumia has reached the end of the line, as the Microsoft Store is no longer selling any of the company's Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 M...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Postal, the Legendarily Violent Video Game by Running With Scissors, Is Now Open Source
An anonymous reader writes: Video game developer Running With Scissors has announced that it is open sourcing the original version of its most popular title-Postal, which was released back in 1997. Ev...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Has the Internet Killed Curly Quotes?
Glenn Fleishman, writing for The Atlantic: Many aspects of website design have improved to the point that nuances and flourishes formerly reserved for the printed page are feasible and pleasing. But t...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Consumer Reports Stands By Its Verdict, Won't Recommend Apple's MacBook Pro
Consumer Reports took many by surprise last week -- certainly Apple -- when it said it doesn't recommend the company's new MacBook Pro models. The American magazine, which has garnered credibility ove...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Foxconn Boosting Automated Production in China
Foxconn Electronics is automating production at its factories in China in three phases, aiming to fully automate entire factories eventually, according to general manager Dai Jia-peng for Foxconn's Au...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Firefox 52 Borrows One More Privacy Feature From the Tor Browser
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla engineers have added a mechanism to Firefox 52 that prevents websites from fingerprinting users using system fonts. The user privacy protection system was borrowed ...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Seattle Region Home To 10 of Nation's 30 Most Competitive Neighborhoods For House Hunters
After a recent report revealed Seattle had the nation's hottest housing market for the second month running, it should come as no surprise that many of the most competitive neighborhoods in the countr...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Checking Email as Soon as You Wake up Could be Ruining Your Day
From a CNBC report: If you're like most people, you wake up to an alarm ringing on your smartphone. Then you probably roll over and check your work email. That's a dangerous way to start the day, acco...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Foresees AR Tracking Your Keys, Milk, Entire Life
Want a virtual assistant that means you won't lose anything ever again? A patent application filed by Microsoft hints at that future. From a report on CNET: The technology described in the patent fili...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot China's Cash-Strapped LeEco in Talks To Gain $1.4 Billion From Investor
China's cash-strapped LeEco said it is in talks to secure 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion) from an unidentified strategic investor, but the announcement was seen as insufficient to dispel concern over t...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Governments Shut Down the Internet More Than 50 Times in 2016
An anonymous reader writes: Governments around the world shut down the internet more than 50 times in 2016 -- suppressing elections, slowing economies and limiting free speech. In the worst cases inte...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot FBI and Homeland Security Detail Russian Hacking Campaign In New Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI have released an analysis of the allegedly Russian government-sponsored hacking groups bla...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Satellite Spots Massive Object Hidden Under the Frozen Wastes of Antarctica
schwit1 quotes a report from The Sun: Scientists believe a massive object which could change our understanding of history is hidden beneath the Antarctic ice. The huge and mysterious "anomaly" is thou...
08:00 am - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Paintings Reveal Signs of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's In Famous Artists
Researchers from the University of Liverpool believe it is possible to detect cognitive decline in the paintings of famous artists by analyzing subtle changes in their brush strokes over time. The tec...
04:00 am - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources Site No Longer Says Humans Cause Climate Change
The website of Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources has been updated with new language and no longer says that humans and greenhouse emissions cause climate change. Instead, the site says that ...
04:00 am - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Buys Data From Third-Party Brokers To Fill In User Profiles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from International Business Times: According to a report from ProPublica, the world's largest social network knows far more about its users than just what they do o...
02:00 am - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Mining Companies Are Using Autonomous Trucks, Drills and Trains To Boost Efficiency, Reduce Employees
schwit1 quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Mining companies are rolling out autonomous trucks, drills, and trains, which will boost efficiency but also reduce the need for human employees. Ri...
02:00 am - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Seattle Man Accused of Using Social Media To Set Up Fake Porn Agency
The Washington State Attorney General's Office has charged a Seattle man for setting up a fake talent agency for adult entertainers in order to trick women into posing nude and having sex with him. NB...
02:00 am - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Toshiba Is 'Burning Cash At An Alarming Rate'
bsharma quotes a report from Reuters: Faced with the prospect of a multibillion-dollar write-down that could wipe out its shareholders' equity, Japan's Toshiba is running out of fixes: It is burning c...
12:00 am - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Snowden Doc Shows NSA Blamed Russia For Hack of Murdered Journalist
The National Security Agency (NSA) knew that the Russian government hacked the email account of a prominent journalist the year before she was killed in Moscow, documents published by The Intercept sh...
12:00 am - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Republicans Propose Bill To Impose Fines For Live-Streaming From House Floor
Likely in response to the 25-hour sit-in staged by Democrats earlier in 2016, protesting the lack of gun reform, House Speaker Paul Ryan has proposed new fines and ethics violations for House members ...
12:00 am - Fri, December 30, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Developing Copyright ID System To Stem Music Rights Infringement
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Billboard: As Facebook continues to grapple with its role in proliferating "fake news" amidst the heated U.S. election this year, it has another showdown loomi...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot OpenELEC 7.0 Linux Distribution Now Available For PC and Raspberry Pi
Readers BrianFagioli writes: Some operating systems are targeted at a single use to minimize the overhead and maximize the power of the hardware. One such focused OS is OpenELEC. This Linux distributi...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Jack Dorsey Says Twitter Needs An Edit Function
Twitter is considering an edit function for tweets. In a seemingly impromptu chat on his platform Thursday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gave hope to those who have long advocated for the feature, telling ...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Patents Floating Airship Warehouse For Its Delivery Drones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: We've known about Amazon's drone delivery ambitions since 2013. But patent filings from Amazon, circulated today by CB Insights' Zoe Leavitt, revea...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo's Super Mario Run For Android is Coming Soon
Following its huge launch on iOS this month, Nintendo's Mario auto-runner, Super Mario Run, comes to Android in 2017. We still don't have a specific release date, but Nintendo has now announced that A...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Google Mobile Search Shows Recipe Suggestions When You Look For Food
In the past few years, Google has used its so-called "knowledge graph" to make search results far more useful than just a list of links -- you can get lots of info on a variety of topics right in Goog...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot US Announces Response To Russian Election Hacking [Update]
Dustin Volz and Joel Schectman, reporting for Reuters: The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutio...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot 8,000 New US Jobs? Trump Takes Credit For Sprint, Startup Decisions
President-elect Donald Trump has announced that Sprint is moving 5,000 offshore jobs back to the United States and OneWeb, a satellite Internet startup, is adding 3,000 more jobs in the U.S. From a re...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Android Users Are So Committed that Exploding Note 7 Did Little To Help Apple: NPD
An anonymous reader writes: Like loyalty to a political party or hometown sports team, smartphone users are extremely passionate about their choices -- a commitment that led many customers to stick wi...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Music Streaming Hailed as Industry's Saviour as Labels Enjoy Profit Surge
Not long ago, the music industry was losing money left and right. Recession, rampant piracy, falling CD sales and a fear that "kids just don't buy music any more" had giant record labels, once oozing ...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Amazon's Digital Day is Like Cyber Monday But For Downloads
Amazon is hoping to replicate the success of its online-only sales. It has announced a "Digital Day" sale on December 30, where it will offer discounts of up to 50 percent on apps, ebooks, games, movi...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Singapore Will Add Iris Scans As Identifier For Citizens And Permanent Residents Starting January 1
From the beginning of next year, authorities will start collecting iris images from Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) when they register or re-register for their NRIC, or apply for or r...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Tests New 'Green Screen of Death' On Latest Windows 10 Builds
An anonymous reader writes: Windows 10 Insider builds will now feature Green Screen of Death (GSOD) instead of the classic Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) error page we have all become accustomed to. The ...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Automatic Brakes Stopped Berlin Truck During Christmas Market Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Deutsche Welle: The truck that plowed into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12, came to a halt due an automatic braking system, according to German media rep...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Florida Senator: No Permit Needed For Driverless Cars In Florida
In response to the California Department of Motor Vehicles ordering Uber's autonomous vehicles off the roads in San Francisco due to a lack of a permit, Florida state Sen. Jeff Brandes said he welcome...
08:00 am - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Rocket Fails To Put Two Satellites Into Correct Orbits
schwit1 writes: Tracking data suggests that two Earth-observation satellites launched today by China's Long March 2D rocket were placed in the wrong orbits. Spaceflight Now reports: "The two SuperView...
04:00 am - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Develop a Breathalyzer That Detects 17 Diseases With One Breath From a Patient
randomErr quotes a report from Quartz: In the last 10 years, researchers have developed specific sniff tests for diagnosing tuberculosis, hypertension, cystic fibrosis, and even certain types of cance...
02:00 am - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Czech Republic Sets Up Counter-Terrorism Unit To Counter Fake News Threat
According to CNN, the Czech Republic is setting up a new counter-terrorism unit to combat the rise of fake news or "foreign disinformation campaigns." The counter-terrorism unit is called "The Center ...
02:00 am - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Some Google Pixel Devices Are Shutting Down At 30% Battery
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Android Authority: It seems that some Pixel devices are affected by the same infamous shutdown bug that plagued the Nexus 6P where the device would prematurely...
02:00 am - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot More Than One-Third of Schoolchildren Are Homeless In Shadow of Silicon Valley
Alastair Gee writes via The Guardian about Palo Alto's problem with homeless children. Palo Alto is one of the most expensive cities in the United States, yet "slightly more than one-third of students...
12:00 am - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Destructive KillDisk Malware Turns Into Ransomware
wiredmikey writes from a report via SecurityWeek: A recently discovered variant of the KillDisk malware encrypts files and holds them for ransom instead of deleting them. Since KillDisk has been used ...
12:00 am - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Computing As Cool and Fun As It Once Was?
dryriver writes: I got together with old computer nerd friends the other day. All of us have been at it since the 8-bit/1980s days of Amstrad, Atari, Commodore 64-type home computers. Everybody at the...
12:00 am - Thu, December 29, 2016
Slashdot Nevada Website Bug Leaks Thousands of Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applications
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Nevada's state government website has leaked the personal data on over 11,700 applicants for dispensing medical marijuana in the state. Each application...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Autopilot 'Predicts' Accident Before It Happens
A dash cam footage suggests a Tesla on Autopilot may have predicted a nearby freeway crash before it actually happened. A video showed that a Tesla car driving on a highway in the Netherlands started ...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Getting a Game Mode That Would Improve Game Performance - Report
Microsoft may have plans to improve gaming experience on Windows 10. The speculation comes after long time watcher @h0x0d found a new "gamemode.dll" in the latest Windows 10 developer build, reports G...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot North Korea's Android Tablet Takes a Screenshot Every Time You Open an App
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: When you think of North Korea, the first thing that springs to mind is probably not a well-featured tablet PC. But that's just what researchers at...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Bigger Than Mirai: Leet Botnet Delivers 650 Gbps DDoS Attack
Reader Mark Wilson writes: Earlier in the year, a huge DDoS attack was launched on Krebs on Security. Analysis showed that the attack pelted servers with 620 Gbps, and there were fears that the releas...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls AirPods 'a Runaway Success'
It turns out the $159 AirPods Bluetooth earphones are selling well, or so CEO Tim Cook would have us believed. Cook dropped by the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday while on vacation, and talked ab...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot China's Alibaba Poised To Invest $7.2 Billion in Entertainment and Media
Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment, part of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is planning to invest $7.2 billion in entertainment and media over the next three years. From a report on Vulture, su...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Toshiba Shares Plummet After Warning of 'Billions' in Losses
Toshiba's troubles keep piling up. From a report on CNN Money: The Japanese firm's shares plunged 20% on Wednesday, after the company warned it is expecting billions of dollars in losses from its take...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Android Ransomware Infects LG Smart TV, Company 'Refuses' To Help
Security firms have been warning us for more than a year about the possibility of Android malware jumping from phones and tablets to other Android-powered devices, such smart TVs. The latest incident ...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Frequent Flyer Points Put at Risk By Website Flaws
Airline booking systems lack basic security checks that would stop attackers changing flight details or stealing rewards, warn experts. From a report on BBC: The problems emerge because the six-digit ...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Lenovo Switches To Windows 10 Signature Edition Image For Its Future ThinkPad Laptops
An anonymous reader writes: Ahead of tradeshow CES 2017, Lenovo today announced major changes coming to its ThinkPad lineup of laptops and PCs. First, Lenovo has decided to ship 2017 ThinkPad models w...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Qualcomm Fined $865 Million By South Korean Antitrust Regulator
South Korea's antitrust regulator has fined Qualcomm $854 million for what it called unfair business practices in patent licensing and modem chip sales, a decision the U.S. chipmaker said it will chal...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Chinese Traders Charged With Insider Trading on Hacked Information
Chinese traders hacked into the computer systems of U.S. law firms that handle mergers, then used the data for insider trading that generated more than $4 million in illegal profits, federal prosecuto...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot FDA Releases New Cybersecurity Guidelines For Medical Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its recommendations for how medical device manufacturers should maintain the security of internet-con...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Overclocker Pushes Intel Core i7-7700K Past 7GHz Using Liquid Nitrogen
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: If you've had any doubts of Intel's upcoming Kaby Lake processor's capabilities with respect to overclocking, don't fret. It's looking like even the most ...
08:00 am - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot China Plans To Land Probes On Far Side of Moon, Mars By 2020
China has revealed some ambitious plans for space domination in the 2020s. On Tuesday, China set out its plans to become the first country to land a probe on the far side of the moon, in around 2018, ...
04:00 am - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Apple Tops Holiday Sales With 44 Percent of All New Device Activations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: Apple's iPhone and iPad were the most popular mobile devices gifted during the holidays this year, according to new data shared by Yahoo-owned mobi...
04:00 am - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Patents System To Defend Drones Against Hackers, Jammers and Arrows
As Amazon prepares its drone-based delivery service Prime Air for the United States, the company has been looking for ways to keep its drones safe while they're flying to and from their destinations. ...
02:00 am - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Uber Launches 'Uber Freight' Website To Prepare the World For Autonomous Delivery Trucks
Uber has launched a website for a service called Uber Freight. While there are little details about the company's expansion from ride-hailing, Uber Freight is meant to prepare the world for autonomous...
02:00 am - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Avatar-Style Manned Robot Takes First Steps In South Korea
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ValueWalk: A robot designed by a veteran of science fiction blockbusters which bear a striking resemblance to the military robots seen in the movie Avatar has ...
02:00 am - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Vera Rubin, Pioneering Astronomer Who Confirmed Existence of Dark Matter, Dies At 88
Mikkeles quotes a report from CBC.ca: Vera Rubin, a pioneering astronomer who helped find powerful evidence of dark matter, has died, her son said Monday. She was 88. Vera Rubin found that galaxies do...
12:00 am - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Police Request Amazon Echo Recordings For Homicide Investigation
Tulsa_Time quotes a report from CNET: Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot are in millions of homes now, with holiday sales more than quadrupling from 2015. Always listening for its wake word, the breakthrough ...
12:00 am - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Panasonic To Invest Over $256 Million In Tesla's US Plant For Solar Cells
According to Reuters, Panasonic will invest more than $256 million (30 billion yen) in a New York production facility of Elon Musk's Tesla Motors to make photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules. Reuters r...
12:00 am - Wed, December 28, 2016
Slashdot Millions of Websites Vulnerable Due To Security Bug In Popular PHP Script
An anonymous reader writes from a report via BleepingComputer: A security flaw discovered in a common PHP class allows knowledgeable attackers to execute code on a website that uses a vulnerable versi...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Iconic Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Dies at 60
Carrie Fisher, the actress, author and screenwriter who brought a rare combination of nerve, grit and hopefulness to her most indelible role, as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" film franchise, died o...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile Is Killing the Remaining Galaxy Note7 Units Today
Samsung may only be in the planning stages for its Note7-disabling update in South Korea, but over in the U.S. things are in full swing. The company announced earlier this month that such an update wo...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Fitbit Drops Lawsuit Against Jawbone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Just before the Christmas holiday, Fitbit dropped a case it filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission claiming Jawbone had violated one ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot The US Government is Loaning Millions of Dollars To Jumpstart Urban Farming
An anonymous reader writes: Every year, the US Department of Agriculture devotes millions of dollars to farmers in rural areas. The government is increasingly starting to offer assistance to urban far...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Facebook's Safety Check Activated For Fake Bangkok Bombing
Fake news has plagued Facebook over the last year, and now even the social media giant is falling for it. From a report on CNET: The site's Safety Check feature has been crucial during terrorist attac...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Torrent Website ExtraTorrent Under DDoS Attacks; Pirate Bay Also Down
It's getting harder for people who don't like paying for movies, music, and applications. Popular torrent website ExtraTorrent is suffering an outage Tuesday, the site confirmed. The site says it is o...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot With Cyanogen Dead, Google's Control Over Android Is Tighter Than Ever
Last week, Cyanogen Inc announced it is shutting down all its services. A day later, CyanogenMod announced that it is going away too. Regardless of how you found Cyanogen's commercial operating system...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Prime Video's Global Launch Looks Soft, But It's Just a First Step
Earlier this month, Amazon announced that it is expanding its Prime Video on-demand video streaming service to over 200 countries and territories. But how good is the content catalogue? A report on Va...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot China Renews Calls For Tighter Cyberspace Security
China's top cybersecurity body reaffirmed its commitment to heightened cybersecurity surveillance on Tuesday, calling for increased scrutiny of local and foreign technology used in industries deemed c...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Cheetahs Heading Towards Extinction as Population Crashes
The sleek, speedy cheetah is rapidly heading towards extinction according to a new study into declining numbers. From a report on BBC: The report estimates that there are just 7,100 of the world's fas...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Humans Marrying Robots? Experts Say It's Really Coming
If you were rooting for fictitious chatacters Dolores and William to make it work on HBO's Westworld, just wait a few more decades and their relationship may be able to exist in real life. That's righ...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Turkey Says It's Investigating 10,000 Social Network Users
Turkey has been cracking down on internet activity at a frenetic pace ever since an attempted military coup in the summer, and it's now clear that there are a lot of people caught in the dragnet. From...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Unannounced ASUS C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook Hits Newegg, and It Looks Great
An anonymous reader shares a BetaNews article: If you have been looking for a new Chromebook with some modern specifications and features, I have some good news. An all-new convertible touchscreen ASU...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Sony Music Apologises To Britney Spears, Fans After Fake RIP Tweet Sent
Sony Music Entertainment has apologised to Britney Spears fans after its Twitter account was hacked and fake statements saying that the pop music icon had died were posted online. From a report: Sony ...
08:00 am - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Top Spotify Lawyer: Attracting Pirates is in Our DNA
Spotify is not only one of the world's most popular music services, it's also one that's proven particularly popular with both current and former pirates. From a report on TorrentFreak: Today Spotify ...
06:00 am - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot The Farmer Who Built Her Own Broadband
An anonymous reader writes from a BBC article: "I'm just a farmer's wife," says Christine Conder, modestly. But for 2,300 members of the rural communities of Lancashire she is also a revolutionary int...
04:00 am - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Apple Publishes Its First AI Research Paper
When Apple said it would publish its artificial intelligence research, it raised at least a couple of big questions. When would we see the first paper? And would the public data be important, or would...
12:00 am - Tue, December 27, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Could Be First Tech Company To Reach Trillion-Dollar Market Value: Analyst
Microsoft's $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn could help the Redmond company become the first technology giant to reach a market value of $1 trillion, or so thinks a notable analyst. Analyst Micha...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot The Project To Revive Abandoned Wikipedia Pages Has Been Abandoned
For years, an "entrepreneurial spirit" kept several of abandoned articles on Wikipedia afloat. The WikiProject called Abandoned Articles, which sought to bring abandoned articles back to life, or "if ...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple Working With Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro's Battery Issue
Last week, Consumer Reports concluded that it won't be recommending Apple's new MacBook Pro models. The American magazine published since 1936 by Consumers Union, a nonprofit organization, cited incon...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot HandBrake 1.0.0 Released After 13 Years Of Development
HandBrake, popular open source video transcoder, has finally hit version 1.0.0 affter spending roughly more than 13 years in development. HandBrake 1.0.0 brings tons of new presets and support for mor...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Beef With Nokia Gets Intense, All Withings Products Pulled From Online Store
In less than a week after Nokia sued Apple for patent infringement in courts around the world, saying that Apple has refused to license its patents, Apple has pulled all Withings products from its sto...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot Uber Says App Doesn't Keep Track of Location; iOS Maps Extension to Blame
Uber recently landed itself in hot water after a report claimed that its app was tracking the location of passengers even when they had not used the service for weeks. The company has responded to the...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot What's the Best Book You Read This Year?
The year is almost over. It's time we asked you about the books you read over the past few months. Which ones -- new or old -- were your favourite? Please share just one title name in the comments sec...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot Power Surge: Chinese Electric Car Battery Maker Charges For Global Market
A dusty village on the outskirts of Ningde, a third-tier city in China's southeast, seems an unlikely place for the headquarters of a potential global leader in future automotive technology. Reuters w...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 For PCs Build 14997 Leaks Online
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft had last week said that it wouldn't be releasing a new Windows 10 build for insiders on Fast ring this year. But the supposed build has leaked online. The build 1...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot Some Pixels Have Problems
An anonymous reader quotes Tech Times:Pixel owners have so far reported on camera issues, audio issues, LTE band 4 connectivity problems and others, but the random freezing remains among the most pers...
10:00 am - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot VidAngel Keeps Streaming Videos, Defying Movie Studios and a US Judge
The Deseret News reports that Hollywood studios "aren't happy with VidAngel, saying in a statement Wednesday that the Utah-based streaming service 'continues to illegally stream our content without a ...
06:00 am - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot After Brexit, More Than 100 Firms May Move To Ireland
An anonymous reader quotes The Daily Mirror:Ireland has said it has received more than 100 inquiries from major firms looking to move from the UK because of Brexit. Martin Shanahan, the chief executiv...
04:00 am - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot Is Your Internet Connection Free From Bufferbloat?
Bufferbloat is that "undesirable latency that comes from a router or other network equipment buffering too much data," according to the site foran ongoing project trying to address it. Now long-time S...
12:00 am - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot Facing Layoff, An IT Employee Makes A Bold Counteroffer
ComputerWorld reports:In early December, Carnival Corp. told about 200 IT employees that the company was transferring their work to Capgemini, a large IT outsourcing firm. The employees had a choice: ...
12:00 am - Mon, December 26, 2016
Slashdot You're An Adult, But Your Brain Might Not Be, Researchers Say
"The human brain reaches its adult volume by age 10, but the neurons that make it up continue to change for years after that," reports the New York Times, citing a new paper by neuroscience researcher...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 25, 2016
Slashdot Flickering Lights May Illuminate A Path To Alzheimer's Treatment
Slashdot reader rpavlicek writes, "Research done by MIT late this year has shown that light signals can improve the brain's neuron gamma frequency which can reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease ...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 25, 2016
Slashdot FreeDOS 1.2 Is Finally Released
Long-time Slashdot reader Jim Hall -- part of GNOME's board of directors -- has a Christmas gift. Since 1994 he's been overseeing an open source project that maintains a replacement for the MS-DOS ope...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 25, 2016
Slashdot Did Google.org Steal the Christmas Spirit?
Google.org gives nonprofits roughly $100 million each year. But now the Register argues that festive giving "has become a 'Googlicious' sales push." Among other things, The Register criticizes the $30...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 25, 2016
Slashdot The Recent Changes In Earth's Magnetic Field
Europe's Swarm constellation of satellites have documented bigger-than-expected changes that have been occurring in the Earth's magnetic field. Earlier this year SpaceWeather.com reported that the dat...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 25, 2016
Slashdot China 'Smart Restaurant' Uses Facial Recognition To Make Meal Suggestions
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch's report about Baidu's newest project:The search giant sometimes referred to as the 'Google of China' partnered with KFC to open a new "smart restaurant" in Beiji...
10:00 am - Sun, December 25, 2016
Slashdot Voice Is the Next Big Platform, But Amazon Already Owns It
Six million homes already have an Amazon device with it Alexa voice assistant -- about 5% of all households. But Backchannel argues that Amazon is already dominating the race to become the operating s...
06:00 am - Sun, December 25, 2016
Slashdot Are Airlines Intentionally Overbooking Their Flights?
"if you sell one seat to two different people, and only one of them shows up, you get extra money," explains an article in Popular Mechanics shared by schwit1. Citing a recent TED-Ed video, they argue...
04:00 am - Sun, December 25, 2016
Slashdot 'Star Wars' Actress Carrie Fisher 'Stable' After In-Flight Heart Attack
!Best-known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens, actress Carrie Fisher is recovering from a "cardiac event" Friday. An anonymous reader quotes ABC:Her brother, Tod...
02:00 am - Sun, December 25, 2016
Slashdot Store Adds Donald Trump's Picture To $150,000 Gold-Encased iPhones
An anonymous reader quotes CNN's report about an iPhone 7 "encased in solid gold, encrusted with diamonds and bearing the face of Donald Trump." Priced around $151,000, it's just one example of the mi...
12:00 am - Sun, December 25, 2016
Slashdot US Court Demands Documents On AT&T/Police Collaboration
"The federal government has not justified its excessive secrecy about the massive telephone surveillance program known as Hemisphere, a court ruled in an EFF Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on Thur...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot How Would You Generate C Code Using Common Lisp Macros?
Long-time Slashdot reader kruhft brings news about a new S-Expression based language transpiler that has the feel of C. This structure allows for the creation of code generation macros using the full ...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot All Cyanogen Services Are Shutting Down
Long-time Slashdot reader Nemosoft Unv. writes: A very brief post onCyanogen's blog says it all really: "As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly b...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot US Congressional Committee Concludes Encryption Backdoors Won't Work
"Any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest," reports a bipartisan committee in the U.S. Congress. Mark Wilson quotes Beta News: The Congressional Encryption Working Group...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot GamerGate Critic Brianna Wu To Run For Congress
"If you look at what our Congress is doing for tech, it's failing. It's putting all of us in danger," game developer Brianna Wu told CNN, adding "It's so imperative that people of my generation, nativ...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Admits It Recently Overcharged For Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a CBS report about more bad news for Twitter:The microblogging service has acknowledged that it inadvertently overcharged some advertisers for video ads, capping off a year ...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot Python 3.6 Released
On Friday, more than a year after Python 3.5, core developers Elvis Pranskevichus and Yury Selivanov announced the release of version 3.6. An anonymous reader writes:InfoWorld describes the changes as...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot World's Largest Hedge Fund To Replace Managers With Artificial Intelligence
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The world's largest hedge fund is building a piece of software to automate the day-to-day management of the firm, including hiring, firing and ot...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot GM Partners With Boston Startup WiTricity To Develop Wireless Charging Technology
Earlier this week, General Motors announced a partnership with Boston-area startup WiTricity to develop wireless charging pads for electric vehicles. Their goal is to develop a wireless "charging pad"...
08:00 am - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Send Information Using a Single Particle of Light
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: According to research published Thursday in Science, physicists at Princeton University have designed a device that allows a single electron to pa...
04:00 am - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot U2F Security Keys May Be the World's Best Hope Against Account Takeovers
earlytime writes: Large scale account hacks such as the billion user Yahoo breach and targeted phishing hacks of gmail accounts during the U.S. election have made 2016 an infamous year for web securit...
04:00 am - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot How Social Isolation Is Killing Us
schwit1 quotes a report from The New York Times: Social isolation is a growing epidemic (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source) -- one that's increasingly recognized as having dire physical, men...
02:00 am - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Will Support Firefox For XP and Vista Until At Least September 2017
Krystalo writes: Mozilla today announced that it will continue to support Firefox for Windows XP and Windows Vista until September 2017. In March 2017, XP and Vista users will automatically be moved t...
02:00 am - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot Dutch Market Regulator Bans T-Mobile's 'Free' Streaming Music Service
The Dutch Consumer and Markets regulator ordered T-Mobile to shut down its zero-rated music streaming service because it violates the country's net neutrality rules. T-Mobile launched the Music Freedo...
02:00 am - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot BitTorrent Live's 'Cable Killer' P2P Video App Finally Hits iOS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: BitTorrent has now done for live video what it did for file downloads: invented peer-to-peer technology that moves the burden of data transfer from...
12:00 am - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot US Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers About Social Media
schwit1 quotes a report from Politico: Since Tuesday, foreign travelers arriving in the United States on the visa waiver program have been presented with an "optional" request to "enter information as...
12:00 am - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Plans To Release 2 or 3 Mobile Games a Year After Super Mario Run's Success
In an interview with Japan-based Kyoto NP, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that Super Mario Run is just the start of a new strategy for mobile gaming. From an article on MacWorld: The co...
12:00 am - Sat, December 24, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Views Are Down Across the Board, Analysis Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Kotaku: For months, YouTubers have complained that their view counts are down. New data from the third-party stat tracker SocialBlade confirms what YouTubers f...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Russian Authorities Are Trying To Unlock iPhone 4S From Russian Ambassador's Killer
The off-duty police officer who killed the Russian ambassador in Turkey was shot by Turkish special forces minutes after the crime. He had an iPhone 4S on him, and now, Haberturk, Turkish authorities ...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot NVIDIA Quadro P6000 and P5000 Pascal Pro Graphics Powerhouses Put To the Test
Reader MojoKid writes: NVIDIA's Pascal architecture has been wildly successful in the consumer space. The various GPUs that power the GeForce GTX 10 series are all highly competitive at their respecti...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot FBI Probes FDIC Hack Linked To China's Military: Reuters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The FBI is investigating how hackers infiltrated computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for several years beginning in 2010 in a breac...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Google and Amazon Will Let You Rent a Movie for $0.99 During the Holiday
Holidays are the time when many of us get some extra time to catch up on all the good movies and TV shows that our friends wanted us to watch, but we never did. To make things enticing for people, Ama...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot IBM On Track To Get More Than 7,000 US Patents In 2016
IBM wants to put the patent war in perspective. Big Blue said that it is poised to get the most U.S. patents of any tech company for the 24th year in a row. From a report on VentureBeat: In 2015, IBM ...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection, Could Be Readily Available By 2018
According to a study published in the Lancet medical journal on Thursday, an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus was found to be 100 percent effective. The results offer hope of better protec...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Uber Lawsuit Alleges Employees Were Misled On Equity Compensation
An Uber employee has filed a lawsuit accusing the company of misleading employees about their equity compensation. Uber "devised a fraudulent scheme to recruit highly sought software engineers," accor...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot US Government Targets Pirate Bay and Other 'Piracy Havens'
The US Government has listed some of the largest piracy websites and other copyright-infringing venues. The USTR calls on foreign countries to take action against popular piracy sites such as The Pira...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Steam Is Down
An anonymous reader writes: The entire Steam domain seems to be down for everyone. The websites and Steam clients won't connect. No word from Steam on Twitter or Reddit about the outage. The status pa...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Starts Flexing Muscle in New Space
A cargo plane emblazoned with "Prime Air" descended from an empty sky at Lehigh Valley International Airport on Tuesday, ninety minutes from the bustle of New York City, loaded with crates of goods du...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot UK Hits Clean Energy Milestone: 50% of Electricity From Low Carbon Sources
Half of the UK's electricity came from wind turbines, solar panels, wood burning and nuclear reactors between July and September, in a milestone first. From a report on The Guardian: Official figures ...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Steam Fined $3 Million For Refusing Refunds
Gaming company Valve Corporation has been hit with a $3 million fine after the Federal Court found its online games site Steam breached Australian Consumer Laws. From a report: The court imposed the m...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Exec Admits They 'Went Too Far' With Aggressive Windows 10 Updates
It's no secret that Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Windows 10 to users. Over the past year and a half, we have seen users complain about Windows 10 automatically getting downloaded to their c...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Leaked Files Reveal Scope of Cellebrite's Smartphone-Cracking Technology
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Earlier this year, we were sent a series of large, encrypted files purportedly belonging to a U.S. police department as a result of a leak at a law firm...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Stanford Built a Humanoid Submarine Robot To Explore a 17th-Century Shipwreck
schwit1 quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Back in April, Stanford University professor Oussama Khatib led a team of researchers on an underwater archaeological expedition, 30 kilometers off the sout...
08:00 am - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot New Test Spots Human Form of Mad Cow Disease With 100-Percent Accuracy
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Scientific American: Eating beef from an animal infected with mad cow disease can lead to an untreatable condition that attacks the brain and is universall...
04:00 am - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Wikipedia Announces the Most Edited Articles of 2016
Wikipedia has revealed its most edited articles of 2016. Believe it or not, the two most edited articles of the year were for Deaths in 2016, which was edited 18,230 times, and Donald Trump, with 8,93...
02:00 am - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot 2016 MacBook Pro Fails To Receive a Recommendation From Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports has released its evaluation of the new MacBook Pro laptops, and it's not good. The 2016 MacBook Pro is the first MacBook to fail to receive a recommendation from the nonprofit organiz...
02:00 am - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Uber Pulls Self-Driving Cars From San Francisco, Sends Them To Arizona
An anonymous reader quotes a report from SFGate: Uber is moving its self-driving pilot to Arizona, one day after the California Department of Motor Vehicles ordered the autonomous vehicles off the roa...
02:00 am - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot World's First 'Solar Panel Road' Opens In France
The world's first solar road has officially opened in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France. The road is 1 kilometer long and can generate enough electricity to power the street...
12:00 am - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Pokemon Go Arrives On the Apple Watch
Niantic, the developers behind Pokemon Go, have finally launched the Apple Watch version of the game. The new smartwatch app will let you play Pokemon Go without having to constantly pull out your sma...
12:00 am - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Updates Autopilot To Make It Follow the Speed Limit On Roads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Before a recent update that is being gradually pushed to Tesla owners, the automaker allowed its Autopilot to be set at a higher speed than the speed...
12:00 am - Fri, December 23, 2016
Slashdot Russians Used Malware On Android Devices To Track and Target Ukraine Artillery, Says Report
schwit1 quotes a report from Reuters: A hacking group linked to the Russian government and high-profile cyber attacks against Democrats during the U.S. presidential election likely used a malware impl...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot China Opens Door For Tesla and Other Foreign Automakers To Produce Electric Vehicles
Despite its strong protectionism laws in place that require any automaker wanting to establish production capacity in the country to partner and share its technology with a local manufacturer, China i...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Congressional Report Claims Snowden In 'Contact With Russian Intelligence'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Edward Snowden has been in contact with Russian intelligence officials since arriving in Russia in 2013, according to a new report from Congress. "Since S...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Norway Aims To Allow Testing Of Self-Driving Cars in 2017
The Norwegian government aims to pass a law in the spring of next year to allow testing of self-driving vehicles on Norwegian roads, it said on Thursday. From a report: Norway is one of the largest ma...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Circulation Hits Record High Of $14 Billion
Bitcoin, the digital currency that most people have never actually used, has hit a record value of $14 billion after jumping 5 percent on Thursday. From a report on The Guardian: The price of one bitc...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Google's Free Wi-Fi in India Now Live in 100 Railway Stations; 15,000 New Users Connect to Web Everyday
Last year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company will be bringing free Wi-Fi to 100 railway stations in India by the end of 2016. The company began, what was the "the largest public Wi-Fi pro...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Google Isn't Giving Up On Smartwatches; Two Flagship Android Wear 2.0 Watches Launching Early Next Year
Google isn't giving up on its smartwatches. The company said today it will be launching two new flagship smartwatches in the first quarter of next year. These watches will run Android Wear 2.0 operati...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot A Record High of 455 Scripted TV Shows Aired in 2016
In case you wanted to ground your abstract TV FOMO in hard numbers, FX has data on the fact that, yes, there really is too much TV. An anonymous reader shares a report: The network, whose CEO John Lan...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Encrypted Messaging App Signal Uses Google To Bypass Censorship
Developers of the popular Signal secure messaging app have started to use Google's domain as a front to hide traffic to their service and to sidestep blocking attempts. Bypassing online censorship in ...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Apple Delays App Store Security Deadline For Developers
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: Apple has pushed back a deadline for developers to support a key transport security technology in apps submitted to the company's app stores. Officials said at the Apple Wo...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot After Insisting For Years That Facebook Is Not a Media Company, Zuckerberg Says Just Not a 'Traditional' One
Mark Zuckerberg is still trying to explain what his company does. The Facebook CEO said in August that the social-networking giant had no ambitions of being a content provider, insisting that Facebook...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Raspberry Pi's Linux-Based PIXEL Desktop Now Available For PC and Mac
From a report on BetaNews: If you own a Raspberry Pi, you're probably familiar with PIXEL. The desktop environment is included in the Raspbian OS. The Raspberry Pi Foundation describes PIXEL as the "G...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Prepare For Even More Volatile Weather in 2017
An anonymous shares a report on Engadget: Ice isn't just great for keeping your drinks cool at parties, it also helps keep our planet cool by reflecting some of the sun's heat away. But thanks to our ...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Uber Stops Self-Driving Car Pilot In San Francisco After The DMV Steps In
93 Escort Wagon writes: San Francisco bicyclists can breathe a sigh of relief now that Uber has suspended testing of its autonomous fleet in the city. The company announced the decision after the Cali...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Worldwide Gaming Market Hits $91 Billion In 2016, Says Report
According to a new SuperData Research report, the worldwide gaming market was worth a whopping $91 billion this year, with mobile gaming leading the way with a total estimated market value of $41 bill...
08:00 am - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot China Claims Tests of 'Reactionless' EM Drive Were Successful
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Science: The "reactionless" Electromagnetic Drive, or EmDrive for short, is an engine propelled solely by electromagnetic radiation confined in a micro...
04:00 am - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot 7-Eleven Beats Google, Amazon To First Commercial Drone Delivery Service In US
schwit1 quotes a report from Phys.Org: U.S. drone delivery service Flirtey on Monday announced that its self-piloting flying machines have whisked flu medicine, hot food and more from 7-Eleven conveni...
04:00 am - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Firefox Takes the Next Step Towards Rolling Out Multi-Process To Everyone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: With Firefox 50, Mozilla has rolled out the first major piece of its new multi-process architecture. Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari ...
04:00 am - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot NIST Asks Public For Help With Quantum-Proof Cryptography
chicksdaddy quotes a report from The Security Ledger: With functional, quantum computers on the (distant?) horizon, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is asking the public for h...
02:00 am - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Email Scan Shows US Spy Push To Recast Constitutional Privacy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Yahoo Inc's secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional prot...
02:00 am - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Canada's CRTC Declares Broadband Internet Access a Basic Service
New submitter jbwiebe quotes a report from CBC.ca: The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has declared broadband internet a basic telecommunications service. In a rulin...
02:00 am - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Hotbed of Cybercrime Activity Tracked Down To ISP In Ukrainian Civil War Region
An anonymous reader writes: Last week, WordPress security firm WordFence revealed it detected over 1.65 million brute-force attacks originating from an ISP in Ukraine that generated more malicious tra...
12:00 am - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot The Loyalty To AMD's GPU Product Among AMD CPU Buyers Is Decreasing
An anonymous reader shares a report: Data from the builds on PCPartPicker show an interesting trend among the buyers of AMD CPUs. Of the 25,780 builds on PCPartPicker from the last 31 months with a pr...
12:00 am - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot Obama Blocks Offshore Drilling In Atlantic, Arctic Areas
Before the new administration takes over next month, President Obama took new action Wednesday to place large sections of the Arctic and the Atlantic Oceans off limits to oil drilling. NPR reports: Th...
12:00 am - Thu, December 22, 2016
Slashdot A Ham Radio Software Company Has Been Blacklisting Users For Leaving Negative Reviews
Gandalf_the_Beardy quotes a report from The Register: The Register reports on the story of Jim Giercyk, an amateur radio enthusiast who had his copy of the popular Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) software revo...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Nokia Sues Apple, Claims Patent Infringement in iPhone and Other Devices
Nokia today announced a number of patent infringement complaints against Apple in Europe and the U.S. courts. There are 32 patents in total that Nokia claims Apple infringed, covering technologies suc...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Government Requests For Facebook User Data Up 27 Percent in First Half of 2016
Facebook said Wednesday that government requests for user account data rose 27 percent in the first half of 2016, compared to the second half of last year, with U.S. law enforcement agencies topping t...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot White Hat Security Group Hacks Marvel Twitter Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Polygon: Netflix, Marvel and various Marvel-affiliated Twitter accounts became the latest victims of hacker group OurMine on Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, t...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Is 'Toast' and the Stock Is Not Even Worth $10, Says Analyst
Twitter is "toast" as a company and the stock is not even worth $10, according to a research note published Tuesday, following the departure of another top executive at the social media service. From ...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Google Employee Sues For $3.8 Billion Over Confidentiality Policies
An anonymous reader writes: A Google product manager has filed a lawsuit against the company for its confidentiality policies on the grounds they violate California labor laws. California labor laws g...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot LibreOffice Will Have New 'MUFFIN' UI
New submitter iampiti writes: The Document Foundation has announced a new user interface concept for LibreOffice. Users will be able to choose from several toolbar configurations including the "Notebo...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Wins $927 Million Pentagon Contract To Provide Technical Support
Microsoft has secured a massive $927m contract to provide technical support and consultation to the United States Department of Defense. This is the latest in a series of key deals that Microsoft has ...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Why Are Browsers So Slow?
Designer Ilya Birman writes: I understand why rendering a complicated layout may be slow. Or why executing a complicated script may be slow. Actually, browsers are rather fast doing these things. If y...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo's Mobile Mario Game Sets Download Record But Pricing Proves Sticking Point
Nintendo's first Mario smartphone game has set a download record but gamers baulked at the one-time cost of unlocking content, prompting investors to push the Japanese game makers' stock to a one-mont...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Sling TV Accidentally Reveals Its Set-Top Box For Cord Cutters
The Sling TV team has inadvertently spilled the beans on its previously leaked media hub for cord cutters. Zatz Not Funny discovered a briefly available landing website for the AirTV Player, and it's ...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Note 7 User Base Still Larger Than LG V20, OnePlus 3T Combined
Even after two months of an official global recall for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, 10 percent of the units sold are still in use. From a report: Research firm Apteligent reports that the number of Gala...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot EU's Highest Court Delivers Blow To UK Snooper's Charter
"General and indiscriminate retention" of emails and electronic communications by governments is illegal, the EU's highest court has ruled, in a judgment that could trigger challenges against the UK's...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot White House: US Needs a Stronger Social Safety Net To Help Workers Displaced by Robots
The White House has released a new report warning of a not-too-distant future where artificial intelligence and robotics will take the place of human labor. Recode highlights in its report the three k...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Japan Successfully Launches Solid Fuel Rocket
randomErr writes: Japan successfully launched a solid fuel rocket named Epsilon-2. The 26-meter-long rocket launched from the Uchinoura Space Center at about 8 p.m. local time. Japan Aerospace Explora...
08:00 am - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Crytek Closing Five Studios, Will Refocus On 'Premium IPs' and CryEngine
In a press release, Crytek, the developer behind hits such as the Crysis and Far Cry shooters, announced that it will be closing five of its studios in an effort to "refocus on its core strengths." Th...
04:00 am - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Using Multiple Social Networks May Lead To Depression and Anxiety, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Daily Dot: The more social media you use, the higher the likelihood that you'll be anxious or depressed. At least according to the University of Pittsburgh Cen...
02:00 am - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Chicago Electronics Recycler Faked Tear-Downs, Sent Hazardous Waste To Overseas Landfills
Federals agents have accused Brian Brundage, the former owner of Chicago-based electronics recycling company Intercon Solutions and current owner of EnviroGreen Processing, of fraud for failing to pro...
02:00 am - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Barnes & Noble's Latest Tablet Is Running Spyware From Shanghai
Long-time Slashdot reader emil writes about how ADUPS, an Android "firmware provisioning" company specializing in both big data collection of Android usage and hostile app installation and/or firmware...
02:00 am - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Human Cells Naturally 'Eat' Silicon Nanowires
the_newsbeagle writes: By showing that human cells naturally engulf minuscule silicon nanowires, a material scientist from the University of Chicago has opened the way to intracellular electronics. Ap...
12:00 am - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot AT&T Is Adding a Spam Filter For Phone Calls
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Today, ATT introduced a new service for automated blocking of fraud or spam calls. Dubbed ATT Call Protect, the system identifies specific numbers b...
12:00 am - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot Morgan Freeman To Voice Mark Zuckerberg's Jarvis
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently demoed his homemade artificial intelligence assistant Jarvis for Fast Company, and while their report didn't mention anything specific about the assistant's synth...
12:00 am - Wed, December 21, 2016
Slashdot US Fails To Renegotiate Arms Control Rule For Hacking Tools
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: The Obama administration has failed to renegotiate portions of an international arms control arrangement to make it easier to export tools related to...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot France Becomes First Federal Postal Service To Use Drones To Deliver Mail
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The French postal service is beginning an experimental drone delivery program to deliver parcels on a nine mile route once a week. After the progr...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Russian Hackers Stole $5 Million Per Day From Advertisers With Bots and Fake Websites
Russian hackers have used fake websites and bots to steal millions of dollars from advertisers. According to researchers, the fraud has siphoned more than $180 million from the online ad industry. CNN...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Aircraft Entertainment Systems Hacks Are Back
Reader msm1267 writes: Researchers at IOActive today disclosed vulnerabilities in Panasonic Avionics In-Flight Entertainment Systems that were reported to the manufacturer close to two years ago. The ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Egypt Has Blocked Encrypted Messaging App Signal
An anonymous reader writes: Egypt has blocked its residents from accessing encrypted messaging app Signal, according to the application's developer. Mada Masr, an Egypt-based media organization, repor...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Will Hand Over Data On the User Who Sent a Seizure-Inducing Tweet To a Journalist
Last week, an unidentified Twitter user tweeted a seizure-inducing animation at Newsweek and Vanity Fair writer Kurt Eichenwald, who has epilepsy. Now, Eichenwald has taken the first step toward ident...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Uber Admits To Self-driving Car 'Problem' in Bike Lanes As Safety Concerns Mount
Uber has admitted that there is a "problem" with the way autonomous vehicles cross bike lanes, raising serious questions about the safety of cyclists days after the company announced it would openly d...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot At Apple, Mac Is Getting Far Less Attention - How It Handled the New MacBook Pro Is a Living Proof
Apple CEO Tim Cook may have assured employees that the company is committed to Mac computers, but people working in the Mac team say the company now pays far less attention to the computer lineup, acc...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Uses Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC, Clock Speeds Outed
The Nintendo Switch -- the hybrid portable games console/tablet due for release in March 2017 -- will be powered by Nvidia's older Tegra X1 SoC and not its upcoming Tegra X2 "Parker" SoC as initially ...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Apple In Talks With India To Manufacture Locally
Apple is in talks with India's government to explore making products locally, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, as the U.S. firm aims to make deeper inroads in the world's second-largest mo...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot EU Accuses Facebook Of Giving Misleading Information During WhatsApp Takeover
The European Commission has charged Facebook with providing misleading information during its takeover of the online messaging service WhatsApp, opening the company to a possible fine of 1 percent of ...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Tim Cook Assures Employees That It Is Committed To Mac and 'Great Desktops' Are Coming
Apple CEO Tim Cook has assured the employees that the company is committed to the computer lineups and that a desktop computer is certainly on the way. From a report on TechCrunch: "Some folks in the ...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Google Responds On Skewed Holocaust Search Results
Google says it is "thinking deeply" about ways to improve search, after criticism over how some results -- including ones discussing the Holocaust -- were ranked. From a report on BBC: Searching for "...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Uber Lost $800 Million In Third Quarter
According to a report from The Information (Warning: paywalled), Uber has lost more than $800 million in the third quarter. CNBC reports: The results, The Information reported, put Uber on pace to rec...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Pregnancy Alters Woman's Brains 'For At Least Two Years'
EzInKy writes: The BBC and others are reporting the results of a study that women's brains do in fact change during pregnancy. BBC reports: "Pregnancy reduces grey matter in specific parts of a woman'...
08:00 am - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Filmmaker Installed Security Software On a Decoy Phone To Spy On Smartphone Thieves
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Dutch film student Anthony van der Meer had the unfortunate pleasure of having his phone stolen while having lunch in Amsterdam. Unsatisfied wit...
04:00 am - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Solar Is Top Source of New Capacity On the US Grid In 2016
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. electric grid continued to transform in 2016. No new coal plants were added, and solar became the top new source of generating capacity....
04:00 am - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Blast Antimatter Atoms With a Laser For The First Time
For the first time, researchers from Indiana University were able to blast antimatter atoms with a laser to measure the light emitted from the anti-atoms. The researchers hope to answer one of the big...
02:00 am - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Electoral College Elects Donald Trump As President
mi writes: The drama is over, Donald J. Trump passed the 270 electoral votes necessary to become President. A few electors dissented, resulting in their prompt dismissal and replacement per their stat...
02:00 am - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Alphabet's Waymo Reveals Its Self-Driving Chrysler Pacifica Minivans
Artem Tashkinov writes: Waymo, what used to be a Google division and now is a new division in Alphabet, has revealed its first production ready fully autonomous car based on Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. ...
02:00 am - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Demos Jarvis, His Own Home AI Assistant
harrymcc writes: As Mark Zuckerberg's personal challenge for 2016, he built Jarvis -- a service similar to Alexa or Google Assistant, but built to do exactly the things he wants to do in his home, and...
12:00 am - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Messenger Launches 6-Screen Group Video Chat
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger is launching its own split-screen group video chat feature. Six users can appear in split-screen at the time and don Snapchat-st...
12:00 am - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot Google Releases Tool To Find Common Crypto Bugs
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: Google has released a new set of tests it uses to probe cryptographic libraries for vulnerabilities to known attacks. The tests can be used against most ...
12:00 am - Tue, December 20, 2016
Slashdot South Carolina Bill Wants To Put Porn Blocks On New Computers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: People buying new computers and devices in South Carolina would be blocked from accessing porn under a newly proposed law. A bill, pre-filed earlier thi...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Adobe Releases Flash Player 24 For Linux Four Years After the Last Major Update
An anonymous reader writes: Adobe released today Flash Player 24 for Linux, after previously abandoning the application without explanation in 2012. The NPAPI architecture of Flash Player for Linux is...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot IBM Employees Protest Cooperation With Donald Trump
Reader Presto Vivace shares a report on The Intercept: IBM employees are taking a public stand following a personal pitch to Donald Trump from CEO Ginni Rometty and the company's initial refusal to ru...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot China Chokes On Smog So Bad That Planes Can't Land
Major cities across northern China choked Monday under a blanket of smog so thick that industries were ordered shut down and air and ground traffic was disrupted. From a report: At least 23 cities iss...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Finland Will Give Some Unemployed Citizens a Basic Income
Next month, the Finnish government is going to try something completely different to help its unemployed citizens: give them free money. From a report on The Outline: On Jan. 9, 2017, a randomly selec...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Nigerian Man Charged in Hacking of Los Angeles County Emails
A 'mere' 10.8% phishing success rate has forced Los Angeles County to notify approximately 756,000 individuals that their personal information may have been compromised. The attack occurred on May 13,...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot House Committee Urges Congress To Pass Stingray Surveillance Legislation
A bipartisan House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report released today urges Congress to pass legislation to regulate cell-site simulation surveillance devices like the Stingray. From a re...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Could Look To LG For Phone Batteries After Note 7 Debacle
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung seems to be doing everything within its power to avoid a repeat of the great Galaxy Note 7 battery crisis of 2016. That might even include buying in batteries from ...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Next Big Thing From Elon Musk? It Could Be 'Boring'
A string of tweets put out by serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Saturday hints that his entrepreneurial future may be a little "boring." USA Today reports: The Tesla and SpaceX founder got on Twit...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Most Firefox Users Still Running Windows 7
Microsoft is pushing hard for Windows 10 to become the operating system of choice for everyone across the world, but this isn't happening just yet, as Windows 7 keeps dominating the desktop market. Fr...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Apple Appeals EU Tax Ruling, Says It Was a 'Convenient Target'
Apple has launched a legal challenge to a record $14 billion EU tax demand, arguing that EU regulators ignored tax experts and corporate law and deliberately picked a method to maximize the penalty, s...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Bad Reviews For Super Mario Run Are Sending Nintendo's Stock Tumbling
People aren't loving Nintendo's newly released Super Mario Run. Nintendo's stock plunged 7.1% Monday, bringing its total drop since the game's release last week to more than 11%, Bloomberg reports. Th...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Turkey Blocks Tor's Anonymity Network
An anonymous reader writes: Turkey's President Erdogan and the ruling AKP party are increasingly bent on silencing online dissent, and that now affects you even if you're smart enough to evade typical...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Can Consumers Fight Package Thieves With Technology?
Every year more than 10 million packages are stolen off doorsteps, according to a study by August Home Inc. -- a company which sells a "smart" door lock that's controlled by your cellphone so you can ...
10:00 am - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry Unveils Autonomous Vehicle Hub In Canada
BlackBerry's Unix-like OS, QNX, is already in millions of cars. But today they're expanding their facility in Ottawa "to focus on developing advanced driver assistance and autonomous vehicle technolog...
06:00 am - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Is Microsoft 'Reaping the Rewards' From Open-Sourcing Its .NET Core?
An anonymous reader quote InfoWorld:Two years ago Microsoft did the unthinkable: It declared it would open-source its .NET server-side cloud stack with the introduction of .NET Core... Thus far, the m...
04:00 am - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot A Century of Surveillance: An Interactive Timeline Of FBI Investigations
"Over a century of fear and filing cabinets" at the FBI has been exposed through six years of Freedom of Information Act requests. And now MuckRock founder (and long-time Slashdot reader) v3rgEz write...
02:00 am - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Should I Furnish (And Secure) My Work-From-Home Office?
"If someone gave you a big chunk of change to build a small one- or two-room office, what would you do?" asks long-time Slashdot reader darkpixel2k, as he plans to build a small office out in his back...
12:00 am - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot The Linux Foundation Offers 50% Discounts On Training
An anonymous reader writes:The non-profit association that sponsors Linus Torvalds' work on Linux also offers self-paced online training and certification programs. And now through December 22, they'r...
12:00 am - Mon, December 19, 2016
Slashdot Ubuntu Survey Discovers 'Consumers Are Terrible' About Updating Their IoT Devices
Core evangelist Thibaut Rouffineau writes about the results of Ubuntu's survey of 2000 consumers about their Internet of Things devices:This survey revealed that, worryingly, only 31% of consumers tha...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot 3D Freeciv-Web (Beta) Released
It's the open source web version of the classic Linux strategy game, and now Slashdot reader Andreas(R) -- one of its developers -- has an announcement.Now the developers are working on bringing the g...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot The FBI Is Arresting People Who Rent DDoS Botnets
This week the FBI arrested a 26-year-old southern California man for launching a DDoS attack against online chat service Chatango at the end of 2014 and in early 2015 -- part of a new crackdown on the...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot Are Psychiatric Medications Hurting More Patients Than They Help?
An anonymous reader quotes Scientific American's Cross-Check blog:Two new posts on this website have me contemplating, once again, the terrible possibility that psychiatry is hurting more people than ...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot LinkedIn Warns 9.5 Million Lynda Users About Database Breach
Less then four weeks after Microsoft formally acquired LinkedIn for $26 billion, there's been a database breach.An anonymous reader writes:LinkedIn is sending emails to 9.5 million users of Lynda.com,...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot EFF Begins Investigating Surveillance Technology Rumors At Standing Rock
Electronic Frontier Foundation has dispatched a team of technologists and lawyers to a protest site in Standing Rock, North Dakota, to investigate "several reports of potentially unlawful surveillance...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot Apple Loses In Court, Owes $2 Million For Not Giving Workers Meal Breaks
An anonymous reader writes:Apple has been ordered to cut a $2 million check for denying some of its retail workers meal breaks. The lawsuit was first filed in 2011 by four Apple employees in San Diego...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot Human Zika Antibodies Prevent Infection in Mice
An anonymous reader quotes VOA News:Chinese researchers have identified broadly neutralizing human antibodies from a Zika patient that protected mice against infection with the mosquito-borne illness....
04:00 pm - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot US Scientists Scramble To Protect Research On Climate Change
Long-time Slashdot reader ClickOnThis quotes CNN: Some scientists and academics are embarking on a frenzied mission to archive reams of scientific data on climate change, energized by a concern that a...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot Does Amazon's Clickworker Platform Exploit Its Workers?
500,000 people signed up for Amazon's Mechanical Turk, one of several online microjobs platforms that "let companies break jobs into smaller tasks and offer them to people across the globe," reports T...
10:00 am - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot Oracle Begins Aggressively Pursuing Java Licensing Fees
Java SE is free, but Java SE Suite and various flavors of Java SE Advanced are not, and now Oracle "is massively ramping up audits of Java customers it claims are in breach of its licenses," reports t...
06:00 am - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot Are Remote Offices Becoming The New Normal?
"As companies tighten their purse strings, they're spreading out their hires -- this year, and for years to come," reports Backchannel, citing interviews with executives and other workplace analysts. ...
04:00 am - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot The UN Will Consider Banning Killer Robots
Friday the United Nations agreed to discuss a ban on "killer robots" in 2017. The 123 signatories to a long-standing conventional weapons pact "agreed to formalize their efforts next year to deal with...
02:00 am - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot Does Code Reuse Endanger Secure Software Development?
msm1267 quotes ThreatPost: The amount of insecure software tied to reused third-party libraries and lingering in applications long after patches have been deployed is staggering. It's a habitual probl...
12:00 am - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot McAfee Takes Six Months To Patch Remote Code Exploit In Linux VirusScan Enterprise
mask.of.sanity writes: A researcher has reported 10 vulnerabilities in McAfee's VirusScan Enterprise for Linux that when chained together result in root remote code execution. McAfee took six months t...
12:00 am - Sun, December 18, 2016
Slashdot Massive Mirai Botnet Hides Its Control Servers On Tor
"Following a failed takedown attempt, changes made to the Mirai malware variant responsible for building one of today's biggest botnets of IoT devices will make it incredibly harder for authorities an...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot U.S. Proposes Car-To-Car Data Sharing Standards
Calling it "the next revolution in roadway safety," the U.S. Department of Transportation hopes to standardize "vehicle communications" technology. Slashdot reader coondoggie writes:The idea is to ena...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot RIP Dr. Henry Heimlich, Inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver
tomhath quotes the BBC: Dr Heimlich died at the age of 96. He invented the lifesaving technique, which uses abdominal thrusts to clear a person's airway, in 1974. In May he used the technique himself ...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Londoners Tests A Self-Driving Beer Tap And An AI-Assisted Brewery
At a bar in London, they're now testing the prototype for a self-driving beer tap, according to drunkdrone. Gizmodo UK reports:All you need to do is select your pint of choice on the touchscreen, pay ...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot GoboLinux 016 Released With Its Own Filesystem Virtualization Tool
Long-time Slashdot reader paranoidd writes: GoboLinux announced Thursday the availability of a new major release. What's special about it is that it comes together with a container-free filesystem vir...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Scientific American Column: 'It's Not Cold Fusion...But It's Something'
An anonymous reader writes: Scientific American magazine has published a guest column on low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR) [putting] into context the history of what was mistakenly referred to as co...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot President Obama Threatens Retaliatory Actions Against Russia Over Hacks
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:[President Obama] said he was weighing a mix of public and covert actions against the Russians in his last 34 days in office, actions that would increase ...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot China Says It Will Return the Underwater Drone It Seized From the US
An anonymous reader quotes The Hill:China said Saturday it will return the unmanned U.S. drone it seized in the South China Sea, calling the issue "hyped up" by the U.S. "Upon confirming that the devi...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Netgear Releases 'Beta' Patches For Additional Routers Found With Root Vulnerability
The Department of Homeland Security's CERT issued a warning last week that users should "strongly consider" not using some models of NetGear routers, and the list expanded this week to include 11 diff...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Tesla Introduces Fee For Owners Who Leave Their Cars At Supercharger Stations
Tesla announced today that it will start charging owners a fee of $0.40 per minute if they fail to move their vehicles at a Supercharger station. If drivers don't move their cars within 5 minutes of t...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Germany Threatens To Fine Facebook Over Hate Speech
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: German officials are stepping up their criticism of Facebook, saying the social network is doing too little to stop hate speech and could face stiff ...
08:00 am - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Apollo 11 Moon Rock Bag Belongs To Buyer, Not NASA, Judge Rules
schwit1 quotes a report from Behind The Black: A federal judge has ruled that NASA has no right to confiscate an Apollo 11 lunar rock sample bag that had been purchased legally, even though the sale i...
04:00 am - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Find Roads Shatter the Earth's Surface Into 600,000 Fragments
An international team of conservation scientists have released a new global map of roadless areas that shows that the Earth's surface is shattered by roads into more than 600,000 fragments. While road...
02:00 am - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Google Joins the Open Source Cloud Foundry Foundation
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: Today, Google announces that it has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation as a gold member. This is yet another example of the search giant's open source focu...
02:00 am - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Dropbox Kills Public Folders, Users Rebel
New submitter rkagerer writes: Dropbox unleashed a tidal wave of user backlash yesterday when it announced plans to eradicate its Public folder feature in 2017. Criticism from users whose links will b...
02:00 am - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Rogue Lawyers Made $6 Million Shaking Down Porn Pirates, Feds Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The copyright violation notice is every pirate's worst nightmare, a clear legal sign that a major copyright holder knows what you've been torrenting...
12:00 am - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot AT&T, Verizon Tell FCC To Back Off On Net Neutrality Complaints
ATT and Verizon have responded to the FCC's letters that argued the way the two companies handle the practice of exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' smartphones can hurt compet...
12:00 am - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot Election Assistance Commission Hacked Using SQL Injection
whoever57 writes: The commission that is responsible for ensuring the integrity of voting machines was itself hacked. The hacker gained access to non-public reports on weaknesses in voting machines. T...
12:00 am - Sat, December 17, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Bans North Korea's State-Owned TV Channel
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Asian Correspondent: YouTube has blocked North Korea's state television channel, purportedly to avoid breaching U.S. sanctions against the totalitarian state. ...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Sells Nearly 200,000 Units Of Its Mini Retro Console
Strong sales for Nintendo's NES Classic Edition, a miniature version of its video game console from the 80s, could point to a new revenue stream for the Japanese games maker. From a report on CNBC: Th...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot BlackBerry Stops Making Phones, Licenses the BlackBerry Name To TCL For Android Phones
The BlackBerry smartphone is dead: Long live the BlackBerry smartphone. From a report on PCWorld: A week after it officially pulled out of the smartphone market, BlackBerry has agreed to license its b...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile Exempts AT&T's DirecTV Now Service From Data Caps
An anonymous reader writes: One of the biggest selling points of ATT's DirecTV Now service is that it streams video without counting against data caps on the ATT mobile network. But T-Mobile USA custo...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple Explores Dual-SIM Capability in iPhones, Patent Filing Reveals
Apple is exploring the idea of having two SIM card slots in its iPhones. The Cupertino-based company has registered a patent for a dual-SIM card technology that involves two separate antennas. Though ...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' Is Here For Christmas
Long time reader BrianFagioli writes: if you love Linux Mint and use it regularly, I have very good news -- version 18.1 'Serena' is finally here. There are two desktop environments from which to choo...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Pentagon: Chinese Ship Captures US Underwater Drone Fom sea
The Pentagon is demanding that China return an "unlawfully seized" underwater drone after a Chinese warship took the device from waters near a US oceanographic vessel. From a report on USA Today: A U....
06:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Is Secretly Building an 'Uber For Trucking' App, Setting Its Sights On a Massive $800 Billion Market
Amazon is building an app that matches truck drivers with shippers, a new service that would deepen its presence in the $800 billion trucking industry, a person with direct knowledge of the matter tol...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Building a Coder's Paradise Is Not Profitable: GitHub Lost $66M In Nine Months Of 2016
Though not much popular outside the technology circles, GitHub is very popular among coders around the world. The startup operates a sort of Google Docs for programmers, giving them a place to store, ...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Wikipedia Exceeds Fundraising Target, But Continues Asking For More Money
Reader Andreas Kolbe writes: The fundraising banners on Wikipedia this year are so effective that halfway through its December fundraising campaign, the Wikimedia Foundation has already exceeded its $...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Evernote Reverses Course On Opt-out Privacy Policy That Would've Exposed Users' Content To Employees
Evernote has withdrawn planned changes to its privacy policy that would have permitted some employees to view the content of users' note, as the company works on new features that rely on machine-lear...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo's Billion-User Database Reportedly Sold On the Dark Web for Just $300,000 - NYT
An anonymous reader writes: As if 2016 wasn't shitty enough for Yahoo -- which admitted to two separate breaches that saw 500 million users' and then 1 billion users' details stolen by hackers -- the ...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind
A transformation is happening in global energy markets that's worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity. From a report on ...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Blocks Government 'Spy Centers' From Accessing User Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Twitter has blocked federally funded "domestic spy centers" from using a powerful social media monitoring tool after public records revealed that...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Zero-Days Hitting Fedora and Ubuntu Open Desktops To a World of Hurt
An anonymous reader writes: It's the year of the Linux desktop getting pwned. Chris Evans (not the red white and blue one) has released a number of linux zero day exploits, the most recent of which em...
08:00 am - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Linked To Autism
New submitter future guy quotes a report from New Atlas: The researchers examined around 4,200 blood samples from pregnant women and their children and discovered a link between autism and low levels ...
04:00 am - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Aging Process May Be Reversable, Scientists Claim
New submitter TheNinjaCoder writes: A new type of gene therapy is showing promise in reversing the aging process. The scientists are not claiming that aging can be eliminated, but say that in the fore...
02:00 am - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot GM Expands Testing, Production of Self-Driving Cars In Michigan
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Thursday the automaker will expand testing of self-driving vehicles to Michigan, and will build i...
02:00 am - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Apple Will Charge You $69 To Replace a Lost AirPod
Apple's AirPods finally went on sale earlier this week after being announced in September and delayed in October. Now that people are able to actually purchase these wireless earphones for $159, many ...
02:00 am - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot A $300 Device Can Steal Mac FileVault2 Passwords
An anonymous reader writes: Swedish hardware hacker Ulf Frisk has created a device that can extract Mac FileVault2 (Apple's disk encryption utility) passwords from a device's memory before macOS boots...
12:00 am - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot White House Supports Claim Putin Directed US Election Hack
The White House is suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in a hacking operation aimed at interfering with the U.S. presidential election. BBC reports: Ben Rhodes, advi...
12:00 am - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Google May Prevent Samsung From Adding Viv AI Assistant To Galaxy S8
New submitter drunkdrone quotes a report from International Business Times: Samsung is reported to be equipping its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship with all manner of technical marvels in its attempt to e...
12:00 am - Fri, December 16, 2016
Slashdot Super Mario Run Is Now Available
Nintendo's first smartphone game "Super Mario Run" is now available in the App Store across the world. The game follows the success of Pokemon Go, which launched earlier this year. Nintendo owns a thi...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Changes Its Mind and Will Kill Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 on January 5th
Verizon has just announced that it plans to roll out Samsung's upcoming Note 7 update, which permanently stops the recalled smartphone from charging and disables its wireless radios, on January 5th. O...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Taps Here and TomTom To Expand Into Connected Data
You can't build a good self-driving car without good maps. Microsoft seems to realize this, and it's teaming up with TomTom and Here to ensure the next generation of cars comes with some quality maps....
10:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Businesses May No Longer Sue Customers Over Negative Reviews
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: A few months I wrote about the Consumer Review Fairness Act. In a nutshell, this offers legal protections to consumers who leave negative reviews...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Explores Lower Price or Even Exit From Yahoo Deal
Verizon is reconsidering its $4.8 billion purchase of Yahoo, according to Bloomberg. Citing a source, the publication claims that Wednesday's announcement by Yahoo -- theft of info from one billion us...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Is Clamping Down On Fake News, Partners With Fact Checkers To Flag Stories
After weeks of criticism over its role in spreading fake news during and after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, Facebook said today it is taking concrete steps to halt the sharing of hoaxes on its...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Fitbit Won't Kill Off Pebble Services At Least Until 2018
Earlier this week, Fitbit announced that it was buying up the assets of smartwatch maker Pebble, and a lot of questions still exist around exactly how Pebble's existing products will work. Today a mem...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Instagram Has Doubled Its Monthly Active User Base in Two Years
It appears that the rise of Snapchat and all its Spectacles fun have yet to slow Instagram's growth: the Facebook-owned company today announced that it has reached 600 million monthly active users, do...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Uber: We Don't Need a Permit For Self-Driving Cars
Uber has a simple approach to business: Don't ask for permission, but be prepared to seek forgiveness. Its foray into self-driving cars in California is no different. From a report on CNET: Confirming...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot China Takes Action On Thousands Of Websites For 'Harmful', Obscene Content
China has shut down or "dealt with" thousands of websites for sharing "harmful" erotic or obscene content since April, the state's office for combating pornography and illegal publications announced o...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Another One Bites the Dust: Cisco Discontinues Its $1B Cloud Initiative as AWS, Azure and Others Expand
Cisco will abandon its InterCloud cloud-computing offering on March 31 and will move any InterCloud workloads to other, unnamed cloud providers, including "in some cases, public cloud." From a report ...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Donald Trump To Tech Leaders: 'No Formal Chain Of Command' Here
A confab of tech titans had a "productive" meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Wednesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told CNBC, as Trump moved to mend fences with Silicon Valley bef...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Built a Messaging App But Never Released It
Twitter spent more than a year building a stand-alone instant messaging app that never ended up seeing the light of day. The product -- which provided a single interface for tweets and instant message...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Iceland Seeking 'Supercritical Steam' For Power Source
New submitter FatdogHaiku writes: Already getting over 25% of its electrical power from geothermal sources, Iceland hopes to break new ground using "supercritical steam" from a 5 km deep borehole. Is ...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Lack of Penis Bone In Humans Linked To Monogamous Relationships and Quick Sex, Study Says
The penis bone can be as long as a finger in a monkey and two feet long in a walrus, but the human male has lost it completely. According to a new report published in Proceedings of the Royal Society,...
08:00 am - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot The Pirate Bay, BitTorrent Websites To Be Blocked In Australia, Federal Court Rules
New submitter AnonymousCube writes: The Federal Court has made a ruling that will result in internet access for Australians being censored. Five websites are to be blocked after being deemed to be cop...
04:00 am - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Cut Out of Trump Tech Meeting Over Failed Emoji Deal, Says Report
According to Politico, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was "bounced" from Wednesday's meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump in retribution for refusing during the campaign to allow ...
02:00 am - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Most Businesses Pay Ransomware Demands, IBM Finds
According to an IBM Security report released on December 14, 70 percent of businesses impacted by ransomware end up paying the attackers. The amount varies but a majority of business respondents said ...
02:00 am - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Malvertising Campaign Infects Your Router Instead of Your Browser
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Malicious ads are serving exploit code to infect routers, instead of browsers, in order to insert ads in every site users are visiting. Unlik...
02:00 am - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Newly Uncovered Site Suggests NSA Exploits For Direct Sale
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Shadow Brokers -- a hacker or group of hackers that stole computer exploits from the National Security Agency -- has been quiet for some time....
12:00 am - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot India Just Flew Past Us In the Race To E-Cash
New submitter mirandakatz writes: Since India's prime minister banned 86 percent of the rupee notes in circulation last month, citizens have been waiting in hours-long lines for ATMs. But these circum...
12:00 am - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Information From Over 1 Billion Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a breaking report from ABC News: Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013. The Sunnyvale, California, company says i...
12:00 am - Thu, December 15, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Xbox One and Windows 10 Getting Dolby Atmos Surround Sound
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: When people think of the technology behind video games and movies, they often just focus on the visuals. True, when creating an immersive experience, the vi...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Ashley Madison To Pay $1.6M Settlement Related To Data Breach
The company behind Ashley Madison, the adultery enabling website, has agreed to pay a $1.6 million settlement related to a major data breach last year that exposed account details of 36 million users....
10:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Flash Will Soon Be 'Click-To-Run' in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft is following in the footsteps of other browser makers such as Apple, Google, and Mozilla, and says that upcoming Edge browser versions will favor HTML5 over Flash by default. From a report o...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot AT&T's DirecTV Now Plagued With Outages and Sports Blackouts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Barely two weeks after ATT launched DirecTV Now, the online streaming service's customers have already been hit by multiple outages, unexpected b...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Delivered Its First Customer Package By Drone
Amazon legally delivered its first Prime order in the United Kingdom last week and is preparing to enter a pilot testing period for drone delivery in rural areas in the country in the coming weeks. Fr...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Uber Appeals Against Ruling that Its UK Drivers Are Workers
Uber has launched an appeal against a landmark employment tribunal ruling that its minicab drivers should be classed as workers with access to the minimum wage, sick pay and paid holidays. From a repo...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Starting Next Year, Evernote Employees Could Access Your Unencrypted Notes
Mark Wilson, reporting for BetaNews: Evernote has published an update to its Privacy Policy, revealing that as of 23 January 2017, employees will be able to access unencrypted notes. The change is bei...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot 150 Filmmakers and Photojournalists Call On Nikon, Sony, and Canon To Build in Encryption
Some of the world's leading photojournalists and filmmakers are calling on the manufacturers of the cameras they use to add encryption to their products, as the number of threats they face from having...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot California To Adopt First US Energy-Saving Rules For Computers
California regulators were poised on Wednesday to adopt the nation's first mandatory energy efficiency rules for computers and monitors -- devices that account for 3 percent of home electric bills and...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 Update Broke DHCP, Knocked Users Off the Internet
Microsoft has quietly fixed a software update it released last week, which effectively prevented Windows 10 users from connecting to the Internet or joining a local network. From a report on ArsTechni...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Uber Self-Driving Cars Hit the Streets of San Francisco
Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco -- a move likely to excite the city's tech-savvy population and certain to antagonize California regul...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Gets New Global Rival: Amazon Prime Video Now Available In Over 200 Countries
Amazon announced Wednesday it is expanding its on-demand video streaming service Prime Video to nearly every country and territory except China. Prime Video, home to popular shows such as "The Grand T...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Will Advise Trump On Business Issues
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick have joined President-elect Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, which will regularly meet with the soon-president to advise on business issu...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot UK 4G Coverage Worse Than In Romania and Peru, Watchdog Finds
Britain's National Infrastructure Commission has said in a major new report that the country's mobile phone coverage is worse than that in Albania, Panama, Peru and Romania, as users are able to conne...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Snowden: 'The Central Problem of the Future' Is Control of User Data
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey interviewed Edward Snowden via Periscope about the wide world of technology. The NSA whistleblower "discussed the data that many online companies continue to collect about thei...
08:00 am - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot First Offshore Wind Farm In US Waters Delivers Power To Rhode Island
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Monday, energy company Deepwater Wind announced that its wind farm three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, has the all-clear ...
04:00 am - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot IBM Promises To Hire 25,000 Americans As Tech Executives Set To Meet Trump
IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty has pledged to "hire about 25,000 professionals in the next four years in the United States" as she and other technology executives prepared to meet with President-el...
02:00 am - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Google Publishes Eight National Security Letters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google dropped a single National Security Letter into its most recent transparency report without much fanfare, but today the company published eig...
02:00 am - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot AMD Unveils First Zen Desktop Processor Details, Picks 'Ryzen' To Brand Zen CPU
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: AMD has just officially unveiled that desktop variants of its Zen processor family will now be branded RYZEN. Zen-based processors will eventually target ...
02:00 am - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe Steps Down, Will Now Lead PC-Focused VR Team Within Facebook
The co-founder and CEO of Oculus, Brendan Iribe, is stepping down from the company he helped create with Palmer Luckey over four years ago in Irvine, California. Iribe writes in a statement to UploadV...
02:00 am - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Formally Introduces Zo, Its Latest AI-Powered Chatbot
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Windows Central: Microsoft is surging forward with its commitment to artificial intelligence (AI), formally announcing its latest chatbot, Zo. In a post outlin...
12:00 am - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Feds Unveil Rule Requiring Cars To 'Talk' To Each Other
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The Obama administration released a long-awaited rule on Tuesday requiring all new vehicles to have communication technology that allows them to "tal...
12:00 am - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot Florida Court Says Suspected Voyeur Must Reveal His iPhone Passcode To Police
A Florida appeals court has reversed a decision by a previous judge and ruled that a suspected voyeur can be made to reveal his iPhone passcode to police. "The defendant was arrested after a woman out...
12:00 am - Wed, December 14, 2016
Slashdot A Typo Led To Podesta's Email Hack, Says Report
tomhath quotes a report from The Hill: Last March, Podesta received an email purportedly from Google saying hackers had tried to infiltrate his Gmail account. When an aide emailed the campaign's IT st...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Android Things Is Google's New OS For Smart Devices
Google wants to put Android in the next wave of smart devices that'll be vying to fill up your home. It's launching a version of Android today called Android Things that can run on products like conne...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Uber Defends Privacy Practices After Allegations It Spies On Riders
Uber is defending the scope of its privacy practices after a wide-ranging report alleged employees were tracking individual riders. From a CNBC report: "We have hundreds of security and privacy expert...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Apple Removes the 'Time Remaining' Battery Indicator In New macOS Update
Apple has removed the "time remaining" battery life indicator with the new macOS Sierra update following complaints from several users of new MacBook Pro models. Apple says it stands by its 10-hour ba...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Android Chief Squashes Rumors of Android Merging With Chrome OS
If you were holding out hope that Android and Chrome would one day merge into some kind of super OS that marries the desktop and mobile worlds once and for all, Google's senior vice president for Andr...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Energy Department Refuses To Give Trump Team Names of People Who Worked On Climate Change
The Department of Energy said Tuesday it will reject the request by President-elect Donald Trump's transition team to name staffers who worked on climate change programs. Energy spokesman Eben Burnhan...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot SpaceX Delays First Crewed Flight Of Its Dragon Capsule For NASA
NASA says the first crewed test flight of SpaceX's Dragon vehicle has been delayed until May 2018. From a report on The Verge: In the wake of its September 1st rocket explosion, SpaceX has officially ...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Malware Found In the Firmware of 26 Low-Cost Android Models
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers have found malware hidden in the firmware of several low-end Android smartphones and tablets, malware which is used to show ads and install unwanted ap...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Apple Warns Of Counterfeit Power Adapters and Batteries Following Lawsuit
Following a lawsuit revealed back in October in which Apple exposed an issue with a large percentage of fake Apple adapters being marketed as "genuine" online, today the company has posted an official...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Why China Can't Lure Tech Talent
China may have been hoping to attract tech talent to its nation, but it is unlikely that people in the tech industry will move there. A columnist at Bloomberg explains why: The biggest problem is gove...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot SWIFT Confirms New Cyber Thefts, Hacking Tactics
Cyber attacks targeting the global bank transfer system have succeeded in stealing funds since February's heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank as hackers have become more sophisticate...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft To Bring Cortana To IoT Devices With Screens Next Year
Microsoft plans to add Cortana support to Windows 10 IoT Core devices with screens as part of its Windows 10 Creators Update release. ZDNet adds: That's according to information Microsoft officials pr...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Google Has Stopped Developing Its Own Self-Driving Car - Report
Google has reportedly shelved its long-standing plan to develop its own autonomous vehicle in favor of pursuing partnerships with existing car makers. From an article on TechCrunch: The Information re...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot PwC Sends Legal Threats To Researchers Who Found Critical Security Flaw
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A security research firm has released details of a "critical" flaw in a security tool, despite being threatened with legal threats. The advisory said th...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Quest Diagnostics Says Personal Health Information of 34,000 Customers Hacked
Quest Diagnostics has said in a statement that a hack of an internet application on its network has exposed the personal health information of nearly 34,000 people. "Quest Diagnostics has notified aff...
08:00 am - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Rapid Rise In Methane Emissions In 10 Years Surprises Scientists
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane have surged in the past decade, threatening to thwart global attempts to combat climate change. ...
04:00 am - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Google, Cuba Sign Deal Allowing Faster Access To Company's Data
Google has signed a deal with the Cuban government on Monday that will grant internet users in the Communist-run country quicker access to its branded content. Google plans to install servers on the i...
02:00 am - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot EFF: The Music Industry Shouldn't Be Able To Cut Off Your Internet Access
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electronic Frontier Foundation: No one should have to fear losing their internet connection because of unfounded accusations. But some rights holders want to u...
02:00 am - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Disney IT Workers, In Lawsuit, Claim Discrimination Against Americans
dcblogs quotes a report from Computerworld: After Disney IT workers were told in October 2014 of the plan to use offshore outsourcing firms, employees said the workplace changed. The number of South A...
02:00 am - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Fossil Fuel Divestment Has Doubled In the Last 15 Months
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A little over a year ago, it was big news that thousands of people and hundreds of institutions controlling more than $2.6 trillion in total asset...
12:00 am - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Xbox One Games Arrive On Oculus Rift With New Streaming App
Microsoft has released its Xbox One streaming app to the Oculus Store today, allowing Xbox One owners to stream games to their Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset via a Windows 10 PC. The Verge report...
12:00 am - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot First Version of Sandboxed Tor Browser Available
An anonymous reader writes: To protect Tor users from FBI hacking tools that include all sorts of Firefox zero-days, the Tor Project started working on a sandboxed version of the Tor Browser in Septem...
12:00 am - Tue, December 13, 2016
Slashdot Panasonic's New Shopping System Automatically Bags, Tallies Your Bill
The Wall Street Journal is reporting (Warning: paywalled; alternate source) that Panasonic is "introducing convenience-store checkout machines that can scan and bag items on their own, joining Amazon....
10:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Uber Employees Used the Platform To Stalk Celebrities and Their Exes, Says Former Employee
Uber employees are able to customer trip information, and many of them are using it to spy on ex-girlfriends and celebrities like Beyonce, according to a former employee. From a report on BusinessInsi...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Reddit CEO Steve Huffman: I Screwed Up and I Want Reddit To Trust Me Again
The most anxious day of Reddit CEO Steve Huffman's life, he says, was showing up to work on the Monday after Thanksgiving this year. The week before, he had thrown the company into a minor political c...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Comcast Raises Controversial 'Broadcast TV' and 'Sports' Fees $48 Per Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast's latest price hikes include a significant increase in the company's widely despised "Broadcast TV" and "Regional Sports Network" fees. T...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Will Soon Start Bundling Drivers With Windows Store Games
Microsoft will start bundling drivers with Windows Store games to improve the performance of the game once downloaded. A report on Thurrott adds: This will work by the game download trigging Windows U...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Some Bangladesh Bank Officials Involved In Heist, Says Investigator
Ruma Paul, reporting for Reuters: Some Bangladesh central bank officials deliberately exposed its computer systems and enabled hackers to steal $81 million from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot American Express Will Give All Parents 20 Weeks Of Paid Leave
Starting in January, the financial services giant will expand its paid parental leave policy for mothers and fathers to 20 weeks at full pay, plus another six to eight weeks for women who give birth a...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Google Makes Embedding Projector an Open Source Project
Reader BrianFagioli writes: One of the best way to digest and present data is with visualizations and dashboards. Not everyone is a data scientist, so how you tell a story matters. Today, Google is ma...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Latest Microsoft Skype Preview Adds Real-Time Voice Translation For Phone Calls
Microsoft has added the ability to use Skype Translator on calls to mobiles and landlines to its latest Skype Preview app. From a report on ZDNet: Up until now, Skype Translator was available to indiv...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot If You Get Rich, You Won't Quit Working For Long
An anonymous reader writes: You'd think striking it suddenly rich would be the ultimate ticket to freedom. Without money worries, the world would be your oyster. Perhaps you'd champion a worthy cause,...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Apple Introduces 'Report Junk' Option To Deal With iCloud Calendar Spam Invites
Apple is rolling out a fix for the iCloud Calendar spam issue that has plagued users over the past few weeks. On iCloud.com, reports 9to5Mac, the company has added a new Report Junk feature. This lets...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Grand Tour 'Most Illegally Downloaded TV Show In History'
Jeremy Clarkson's new motoring show has become the most illegally downloaded television programme in history, figures suggest. Amazon paid a reported $160 million for three series of The Grand Tour, w...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Says More People Are Switching From Macs To Surface Than Ever Before
Microsoft has been targeting Mac users with its Surface commercials recently, and it appears they might be paying off. From a report on The Verge: The software giant claims that November was the "best...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot AMD Introduces Radeon Instinct Machine Intelligence Accelerators
Reader MojoKid writes: AMD is announcing a new series of Radeon-branded products today, targeted at machine intelligence and deep learning enterprise applications, called Radeon Instinct. As its name ...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Bill Gates Announces A New $1 Billion Clean Energy Fund
And "he's got several billionaire pals on board." An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: Nearly two dozen of the world's most successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists will inve...
10:00 am - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot New Ransomware Offers The Decryption Keys If You Infect Your Friends
MalwareHunterTeam has discovered "Popcorn Time," a new in-development ransomware with a twist. Gumbercules!! writes:"With Popcorn Time, not only can a victim pay a ransom to get their files back, but ...
06:00 am - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Why Did Japan Just Ratify The TPP?
The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership can't go into effect without U.S. approval, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has acknowledged. Yet despite president-elect Trump's promise to withdraw from...
04:00 am - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot IBM's Watson Used In Life-Saving Medical Diagnosis
"Supercomputing has another use," writes Slashdot reader rmdingler, sharing a story that quotes David Kenny, the General Manager of IBM Watson:"There's a 60-year-old woman in Tokyo. She was at the Uni...
02:00 am - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Japan Sends Its New Space Junk-Fighting Technology To The ISS
What floats 249 miles in the sky, stretches 2,300 feet, and took over 10 years to develop?An anonymous reader quotes Phys.org:Japan launched a cargo ship Friday bound for the International Space Stati...
12:00 am - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Robots Are Already Replacing Fast-Food Workers
An anonymous reader quotes Recode: Technology that replaces food service workers is already here. Sushi restaurants have been using machines to roll rice in nori for years, an otherwise monotonous and...
12:00 am - Mon, December 12, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Reinstates White Nationalist Leader's Account
An anonymous reader quotes BuzzFeed:On Saturday evening, Twitter reinstated -- with verification -- the account of Richard Spencer, a leading figure of the so-called alt-right movement, and the head o...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Japanese City Tags Elderly Dementia Sufferers With Barcodes
"The Japanese city of Iruma has introduced scannable adhesive barcodes to tag fingernails of senior citizens with dementia who are prone to getting lost as a way to help concerned families find missin...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.9 Officially Released
"As expected, today, December 11, 2016, Linus Torvalds unleashed the final release of the highly anticipated Linux 4.9 kernel," reports Softpedia. prisoninmate shares their article:Linux kernel 4.9 en...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Vulnerability Prompts Warning: Stop Using Netgear WiFi Routers
"By convincing a user to visit a specially crafted web site, a remote attacker may execute arbitrary commands with root privileges on affected routers," warns a new vulnerability notice from Carnegie ...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Google Global Cache Is Coming to Cuba
"The Associated Press reports that on Monday Eric Schmidt will be in Havana to sign a deal bringing Google Global Cache to Cuba," writes lpress. Here's some details from the AP's report on the deal.Cu...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot NSA's Best Are 'Leaving In Big Numbers,' Insiders Say
schwit1 quotes CyberScoop: Low morale at the National Security Agency is causing some of the agency's most talented people to leave in favor of private sector jobs, former NSA Director Keith Alexander...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Magic Leap CEO Promises Production Tests Have Begun For 'Mixed Reality' Headsets
"[A]fter a particularly critical report earlier this week, the notoriously secretive company appears to be in damage control mode," writes Mashable. An anonymous reader summarizes their report:Thursda...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Does The 'Snoopers Charter' Also Enshrine Lying In Court?
The U.K.'s newly-based Investigatory Powers Act (the Snoopers' Charter) "allows the State to tell lies in court," according to The Register, saying it enshrines into law "the practice where prosecutor...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Successfully Fight Colon Cancer Using Immunotherapy
Slashdot reader schwit1 quotes the New York Times:The remarkable recovery of a woman with advanced colon cancer, after treatment with cells from her own immune system, may lead to new options for thou...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot David Pogue Calls Out 18 Sites For Failing His Space-Bar Scrolling Test
An anonymous reader quotes Yahoo Finance's David Pogue:You know this tip, don't you? When you tap the Space bar, the web page you're reading scrolls up exactly one screenful... But in recent years, so...
10:00 am - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Inside Peter Thiel's Genius Factory
In 2011 the Thiel Fellowship "was created to prove that a college degree doesn't matter," writes Backchannel, saying it's now evolved into something much more Silicon Valley. mirandakatz quotes their ...
06:00 am - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Best Geeky Gift For Children?
Everyone's suggesting gifts to teach the next generation of geeks about science, technology, engineering, and math. Slashdot reader theodp writes:In "My Guide to Holiday Gifts," Melinda Gates presents...
04:00 am - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Why Apple Just Invested in Wind Turbines In China
An anonymous reader quotes CNN Money:Apple's latest deal in China doesn't have anything to do with smartphones. The tech giant is investing in the Chinese wind power industry, turning to the world's m...
02:00 am - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Struggling Workers Found Sleeping In Tents Behind Amazon's Warehouse
"At least three tents have been spotted in woodland beside the online retail giant's base," reports a Scottish newspaper -- hidden behind trees, but within sight of Amazon's warehouse, and right next ...
12:00 am - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Inside the NYPD's Attempt To Build Community Trust Through Twitter
mirandakatz writes: When the NYPD rolled out its Twitter presence a couple years back, it didn't go so smoothly: the @NYPDNews account tweeted a request: 'Do you have a photo with a member of the NYPD...
12:00 am - Sun, December 11, 2016
Slashdot Analysts Tout 'State of The Developer' Survey By Awarding RPG Characters
An anonymous reader writes: Analysts at VisionMobile have begun conducting this year's "State of the Developer" Survey -- their perennial assessment of salaries, skills, and tools -- but this time wit...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot FBI Relents, Confirms Previously-Denied UFO Investigation
Long-time Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes: A Freedom of Information Act request for FBI files on a figure at the center of dozens of 20th century conspiracy theories reveals a rare glimpse into the Bure...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot Fedora-based Linux Distro Korora (Version 25) Now Available For Download
BrianFagioli writes:If you want to use Fedora but do not want to spend time manually installing packages and repos, there is a solid alternative -- Korora. Despite the funny-sounding name, it is a gre...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot The DEA Has Been Secretly Paying Transport Employees To Search Travelers' Bags
There's a new reason you can be stopped by airport security: because the security officer who flagged you "was being secretly paid by the government...to uncover evidence of drug smuggling." schwit1 q...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot A 'Turkish Hacker' Is Giving Out Prizes For DDoS Attacks
Security firm Forcepoint has discovered a DDoS competition which requires participants install a DDoS software which contains a backdoor. An anonymous reader quotes CSO: A hacker in Turkey has been tr...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot Uber Asks Everyone To Stop Making It The New Tinder
Ride-sharers have been using Uber and Lyft "carpool" apps to meet dates -- and now Uber's trying to stop it. An anonymous reader quotes SFGate:This week Uber updated their community guidelines to disc...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot 5-Year-Old Critical Linux Vulnerability Patched
msm1267 quotes Kaspersky Lab's ThreatPost: A critical, local code-execution vulnerability in the Linux kernel was patched more than a week ago, continuing a run of serious security issues in the opera...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot US Think Tank Wants To Regulate The Design of IoT Devices For Security Purposes
New submitter mikehusky quotes a report from The Register: Washington D.C. think tank the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology is calling for regulation on "negligence" in the design of in...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot New Bug In Windows 10 Anniversary Update Brings Wi-Fi Disconnects
Some Windows 10 PCs are now experiencing sudden drops in their Wi-Fi connections, with the Network Diagnostics tool reporting "Wi-Fi doesn't have a valid IP configuration." An anonymous reader quotes ...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot Autonomous Shuttle Brakes For Squirrels, Skateboarders, and Texting Students
Tekla Perry writes: An autonomous shuttle from Auro Robotics is picking up and dropping off students, faculty, and visitors at the Santa Clara University Campus seven days a week. It doesn't go fast, ...
08:00 am - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot 'Star In a Jar' Fusion Reactor Works, Promises Infinite Energy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: For several decades now, scientists from around the world have been pursuing a ridiculously ambitious goal: They hope to develop a nuclear fusion re...
04:00 am - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot Google Starts Using HTML5 By Default Instead of Flash For Some Chrome Users
Google announced in a blog post today that it will be rolling out a feature over the next few months that starts disabling Flash and displaying HTML5 content instead on certain websites. Google notes,...
04:00 am - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot Radiation From Fukushima Disaster Reaches Oregon Coast
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New York Post: Radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has apparently traveled across the Pacific. Researchers reported that radioactive matter ...
04:00 am - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot Silly Putty Makes For Super-Sensitive Sensors
Jonathan Coleman's research group at Trinity College Dublin discovered that Silly Putty "becomes an incredibly sensitive strain detector that can track blood pressure, heart rate, and even a spider's ...
02:00 am - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot AirPods Delay Attributed To Apple Ensuring Both Earpieces Receive Audio At Same Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: AirPods were originally slated to launch in October, but the wireless earphones were later delayed. Apple said it needed "a little more time" befor...
02:00 am - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot Bose Launches 'Hearphones' That Act Like Hearing Aids
Bose has launched a new pair of earbuds called Hearphones that augment the sounds of the world around you, letting you select what kinds of outside noises you'd like to listen to. "Hearphones users ca...
02:00 am - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot Researchers Point Out 'Theoretical' Security Flaws In AMD's Upcoming Zen CPU
An anonymous reader writes from a report via BleepingComputer: The security protocol that governs how virtual machines share data on a host system powered by AMD Zen processors has been found to be in...
12:00 am - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot Uber Is Treating Its Drivers As Sweated Labor, Says Report
Uber treats its drivers as Victorian-style "sweated labor", with some taking home less than the minimum wage, according to a report into its working conditions based on the testimony of dozens of driv...
12:00 am - Sat, December 10, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Testing User Ratings For Movies, TV Within Search Results
Google has confirmed to Search Engine Land that it is testing a feature allowing users to rate movies or TV shows directly in the search results interface. "We're currently experimenting with the feat...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Hits Highest Levels In Almost Three Years
Digital currency bitcoin hit its highest levels in almost three years on Friday, extending gains since India sparked a cash shortage by removing high-denomination bank notes from circulation a month a...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Twitter Cuts API Access For Media Sonar, Spy Tool Used To Target Black Lives Matter
Police have now one less tool to monitor users on Twitter. The Daily Dot is reporting that Twitter has cut ties with a third-party social network surveillance firm, citing company policies intended to...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot DHS Tried To Breach Our Firewall, Says Georgia's Secretary of State
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CyberScoop: Georgia's secretary of state has claimed the Department of Homeland Security tried to breach his office's firewall and has issued a letter to Homel...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Michigan Lets Autonomous Cars On Roads Without Human Driver
Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. From a...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Verizon Says It Will Not Push Samsung's Update That Disables Galaxy Note7 Because Of User Inconvenience
Samsung confirmed on Friday that it will indeed release an update to Galaxy Note7 smartphones in the United States to "prevent US Galaxy Note7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Alphabet Donated Its Employees' Holiday Gifts To Charity
The employee perks at Google are legendary, and they've always included an over-the-top holiday gift for every employee. In the past, the company has surprised its 70,000 employees with Nexus phones, ...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Magic Leap Used Fake Tech Demos and Is 'Years' Behind Schedule
New submitter drunkdrone writes: Magic Leap's coveted mixed reality technology has been the subject of intense speculation since it broke ground in 2014. Having secured billions of dollars in funding ...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Discloses New Measurement Errors, Continues To Hone Its Math
An anonymous reader shares an article on MarketingLand: For the third time since September, Facebook is disclosing new measurement errors. The two new errors affected the reaction counts Facebook repo...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot President Obama Orders Review of Cyber Attacks On 2016 Election
President Barack Obama has ordered a full review of hacking activities aimed at disrupting last month's presidential election, media outlets reported Friday citing a top White House official. The resu...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Legend Miyamoto: Mario Needs To Evolve To Survive
Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's legendary game designer, and his fellow developers were tinkering with a "one-button control scheme" for Mario, where all a player can do is make Mario jump. This dead sim...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot White House Voices Concerns About China Cyber Law
The White House said on Thursday that it raised concerns about China's new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the two countries on cybe...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Mars One Delayed Its Mars Mission -- Again
Mars One says its project to start a human colony on the Red Planet will be delayed by five years. The Dutch company says it will send its first crews to Mars in 2031 instead of its previous target da...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Samsung May Permanently Disable Galaxy Note 7 Phones In The US As Soon As Next Week
Those who are still clinging on to their Galaxy Note 7, even after Samsung recalled the devices due to faulty batteries in mid-September, may want to seriously reconsider returning them to the Korean ...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Zeus Variant 'Floki Bot' Targets PoS Data
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: Malware gangs, like sad wedding bands bands, love to play the hits. And one of the hits they keep running back over and over is the Zeus banking Trojan, ...
08:00 am - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Google Now Lets Developers Write Apps For the Assistant On Google Home
Google today announced it will open up Home to third-party developers, allowing all developers to start bringing their applications and services to the Google Assistant. Developers can start building ...
04:00 am - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot US Presidential Election Was Most 'Talked About' Topic In 2016, Says Facebook
What may come as no surprise to Facebook users, the social media company announced in a blog post that the U.S. presidential election was the most "talked about" topic on Facebook in 2016. Phys.Org hi...
04:00 am - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot US Life Expectancy Declines For the First Time Since 1993
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Washington Post: For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source) --...
02:00 am - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Watchdog Group Claims Smart Toys Are Spying On Kids
The Center for Digital Democracy has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission warning of security and privacy holes associated with a pair of smart toys designed for children. Mashable repo...
02:00 am - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Yik Yak Lays Off 60 Percent of Employees As Growth Collapses
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Yik Yak has laid off 60 percent of employees amid a downturn in the app's growth prospects, The Verge has learned. The three-year-old anonymous soci...
02:00 am - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Transportation Department Proposes Allowing In-Flight Phone Calls
Yesterday, France's Le Monde newspaper issued a report, citing documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, that says American and British spies have since 2005 been working on intercepting phone ...
12:00 am - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot Congress Passes BOTS Act To Ban Ticket-Buying Software
Congress passed a bill yesterday that will make it illegal for people to use software bots to buy concert tickets. Ars Technica reports: The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act makes it illegal to b...
12:00 am - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot AI Will Disrupt How Developers Build Applications and the Nature of the Applications they Build
AI will soon help programmers improve development, says Diego Lo Giudice, VP and principal analyst at Forrester, in an article published on ZDNet today. He isn't saying that programmers will be out of...
12:00 am - Fri, December 9, 2016
Slashdot AT&T To Cough Up $88 Million For 'Cramming' Mobile Customer Bills
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World: Some 2.7 million ATT customers will share $88 million in compensation for having had unauthorized third-party charges added to their mobile bill...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Audi Cars Now Talk To Stop Lights In Vegas
Audi says its cars can now tell drivers how many seconds remain until the traffic light turns green. It's the first commercial offering of vehicle-to-infrastructure communication in the United States,...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Every US Taxpayer Has Effectively Paid Apple At Least $6 in Recent Years
An anonymous reader shares an ArsTechnica report: Apple has received at least $6 per American taxpayer over the last five years in the form of interest payments on billions' worth of United States Tre...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot John Glenn, First American To Orbit The Earth, Dies At 95
BenBoy writes: John Herschel Glenn Jr. (July 18, 1921 -- December 8, 2016) was an American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. He was one of the "Mercury Seven" group of...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Would You Like Early Access To Movies And Stop Going To Theatres?
It appears many major stakeholders in the movie industry want to bring new titles to you within days, if not hours, as they hit cinemas. Earlier this year, we learned that Sean Parker is working on a ...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot PowerShell Security Threats Greater Than Ever, Researchers Warn
Microsoft's Windows PowerShell configuration management framework continues to be abused by cyber attackers, according to researchers at Symantec, who have seen a surge in associated threats. From a r...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber
The tail of a beautiful, feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. It is a huge breakthrough that could help open a new window on the biology of a group that dominat...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot AMD's Major Radeon Software Graphics Driver Update Goes Live With Gameplay Capture, More
Advanced Micro Devices, or AMD is launching an update for its Radeon graphics drivers that will help PC gamers enjoy more power-efficient gameplay during the holiday season. Radeon Software Crimson Re...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Yahoo Fixes Flaw Allowing an Attacker To Read Any User's Emails
Yahoo says it has fixed a severe security vulnerability in its email service that allowed an attacker to read a victim's email inbox. From a report on ZDNet: The cross-site scripting (XSS) attack only...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Google Cloud Print Is Turning Off Epson Printers
When Google launched Cloud Print, it removed a lot of the hassle from using a printer. Instead of a printer only printing documents from the PC it was connected to, Cloud Print allowed any device, be ...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Enable Cellular PCs, But Will Carriers Bite?
Microsoft is aiming to enable the installation of non-removable programmable SIM cards and data radios in PCs and Windows tablets. In the company's vision, users will then be able to purchase cellular...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Officially Closes Its $26.2B Acquisition of LinkedIn
After getting its final European Commission approvals earlier this week, Microsoft and LinkedIn today announced that Microsoft's $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, the social networking site, has ...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Samsung Plans All-Screen Design in New Galaxy S8 Phones
Samsung may have big plans to overcome the whammy of its disastrous Galaxy Note7 this year. The company is reportedly planning to push the boundaries of design with the next flagship smartphone, dubbe...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft and Qualcomm Collaborate To Bring Windows 10, x86 Emulation To Snapdragon Processors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AnandTech: Today at Microsoft's WinHEC event in Shenzhen, China, the company announced that it's working with Qualcomm to bring the full Windows 10 experience ...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Cesarean Births Could Be Affecting Human Evolution, Study Says
CanadianRealist writes: Larger babies delivered by cesarean section may be affecting human evolution. Researchers estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 i...
08:00 am - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Earth's Day Lengthens By Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find
Researchers at Durham University and the UK's Nautical Almanac Office compiled nearly 3,000 years of celestial records and found that with every passing century, the day on Earth lengthens by two mill...
04:00 am - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Adobe Flash Responsible For Six of the Top 10 Bugs Used By Exploit Kits In 2016
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from On the Wire: Vulnerabilities in Flash and Internet Explorer dominated the exploit kit landscape in the last year, with a high-profile bug in Flash being found in seve...
04:00 am - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Paris Makes All Public Transportation Free In Battle Against 'Worst Air Pollution For 10 Years'
Paris has barred some cars from its streets and has made public transportation free as it suffers from the worst and most prolonged winter pollution for at least 10 years, the Airparif agency said on ...
02:00 am - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Nintendo Offers Up To $20,000 To Hack the 3DS
Mickeycaskill writes: Nintendo will pay up to $20,000 for system and software vulnerabilities in the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld gaming consoles. The company is looking to prevent activities such ...
02:00 am - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot NSA, GCHQ Have Been Intercepting In-Flight Mobile Calls For Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: American and British spies have since 2005 been working on intercepting phone calls and data transfers made from aircraft, France's Le Monde newspaper...
02:00 am - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Apple Is In Talks With Hollywood For Early Access To Movies On iTunes: Bloomberg
Apple is talking with Hollywood studios to try and get iTunes rentals of movies that are still playing on the big screen. According to a report from Bloomberg, "some studio executives have been pushin...
12:00 am - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile's 'Digits' Solution Lets You Use One Phone Number Across All Your Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: T-Mobile just revealed its answer to ATT's NumberSync technology, which lets customers use one phone number across all their connected devices. T-Mo...
12:00 am - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony Join Forces To Create Global VR Association
Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony and Acer have teamed up to form the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA) in an effort to reduce fragmentation and failure in the industry. GVRA aims to "unlock ...
12:00 am - Thu, December 8, 2016
Slashdot Qualcomm Debuts 10nm Server Chip To Attack Intel Server Stronghold
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Tom's Hardware: Qualcomm and its Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies subsidiary announced today that the company has already begun sampling its first 10nm server ...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Bluetooth 5 Is Here
Reader BrianFagioli writes: Today, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group announces the official adoption of the previously-announced Bluetooth 5. In other words, it is officially the next major version...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Removing 'In the News' Section From Desktop Search After Criticism
Google today confirmed that it is removing "In the news" section from the top of desktop search, and replacing it with a carousel of "Top stories," similar to what exists on mobile. From a new report ...
10:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Information Overload No Problem For Most Americans: Survey
About 20 percent of American adults feel the burden of information overload, with that figure at least doubling among those from poorer or less educated backgrounds, Pew Research Center said in a new ...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Falsely Accused Movie Pirate Deserves $17K Compensation, Court Says
An Oregon District Court has sided with a wrongfully accused man who was sued for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the Adam Sandler movie "The Cobbler." According to the court's recommendations...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot YouTube's $1 Billion Royalties Are Not Enough, Says Music Industry
YouTube said Tuesday that it has paid the music industry over one billion dollars in advertising revenue in the past 12 months. The music industry thinks that sum is not enough. From a report on BBC: ...
08:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Pebble Gets Acquired By Fitbit - Ends Production and Ceases Support Of Its Existing Lineup of Smartwatches
Reader phorm writes: In a notice to Kickstarter backers, pebble has stated that -- following the acquisition by Fitbit (official now) -- they will no longer promote, manufacture, or sell devices. Furt...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Could Rise By 165% To $2,000 in 2017 Driven by Trump's 'Spending Binge' and Dollar Rally
The price of Bitcoin could hit more than $2,000 in 2017 driven by expectations that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may introduce economic stimulus policies, which could send inflation soaring and p...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Google Further Shrinks the Size of Android App Updates
Google says it has found and implemented a new way to make app updates on Android smaller. From a report on Engadget: They're introducing a new approach to app updates that promises to radically shrin...
06:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Backdoor Accounts Found in 80 Sony IP Security Camera Models
Many network security cameras made by Sony could be taken over by hackers and infected with botnet malware if their firmware is not updated to the latest version. Researchers from SEC Consult have fou...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Apple's Top Assembler Foxconn Confirms Plans for US Investment, To Create 50,000 Jobs
Foxconn, the biggest assembler of Apple devices, is in preliminary discussions to make an investment that would expand the company's U.S. operations. From a report on Bloomberg: The disclosure came ho...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Sony Has Sold 50 Million PlayStation 4 Units
Sony today shared sales figures of the PlayStation 4, saying the gaming console surpassed 50 million units as of this week. The console was launched in November 2013, and hit 40 million sales mark in ...
04:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Likely To See a Boost in Windows 10 Sales This New Year
Because many businesses are wary of new software updates, let alone a new operating system, Microsoft could see a significant surge in Windows 10 install base and sales in the New Year. From a report ...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Doyodo RetroEngine Sigma Is a Linux-Powered Classic Video Game Emulation Console
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: The Nintendo NES Classic is quite an amazing console. True, it is not as powerful as modern game systems like Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but it comes pre-l...
12:00 pm - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Makes Game For Third Annual Hour of Code
Eloking writes: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Twitter account lit up today with a message all too familiar to many indie devs: Mr. Trudeau has made a video game, and he'd like everyone to p...
08:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot NASA Awards $127 Million Contract For Refueling Mission Spacecraft
Satellites cost millions of dollars to be launched into space and there's no guarantee that they will work without electrical or mechanical problems once in orbit. NASA has recently announced that it ...
06:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot 'The Circle' Trailer Looks An Awful Lot Like Google
theodp writes: If you never got around to reading Dave Eggers' novel The Circle, the tale of a powerful tech company that bears a more-than-passing resemblance to Google (and has an Apple spaceship-li...
04:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Weather Channel To Breitbart: Stop Citing Us To Spread Climate Skepticism
Breitbart.com published an article last week that erroneously claims global warming is coming to an end, claiming "global land temperatures have plummeted by 1 degree Celsius since the middle of the y...
04:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Researchers Offer Predictions For AI, Deep Learning
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft polled 17 women working in its research organization about the technology advances they expect to see in 2017, as well as a decade later i...
02:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Scientists Develop Robotic Hand For People With Quadriplegia
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as u...
02:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Former Samsung Engineers Build Smart Umbrella That Tells If It's Going To Rain
A team of former Samsung engineers have developed a smart umbrella, dubbed Opus One, that tells its owner if it's going to rain with the shake of the handle. International Business Times reports: Deve...
02:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot New Stegano Exploit Kit Hides Malvertising Code In Banner Pixels
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: For the past two months, a new exploit kit has been serving malicious code hidden in the pixels of banner ads via a malvertising campaign tha...
02:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Apple Launches Single Sign-On Service To Make Logging Into TV Apps Less Time-Consuming
Apple has launched Single Sign-on, a service designed to make logging into TV apps much less annoying. It "allows cable subscribers to sign in once with their cable credentials to gain access to all c...
12:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot T-Mobile CFO: Less Regulation, Repeal of Net Neutrality By Trump Would Be 'Positive For My Industry'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TmoNews: T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter spoke at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York City, and he touched a bit on President-elect Dona...
12:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Start Publishing AI Research To Hasten Deep Learning
In what is a major deviation in its strategy, Apple will allow its artificial intelligence teams to publish research papers for the first time. From a report on Bloomberg: When Apple introduced its Si...
12:00 am - Wed, December 7, 2016
Slashdot Apple Says Air Exposure Is Causing iPhone 6s Battery Problems
Last month, Apple announced a repair program for a "small number" of iPhone 6s phones that suffer from faulty batteries. The phones that were affected by this fault were manufactured between September...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Vinyl Records Outsold Digital Downloads In the UK Last Week
Sales of vinyl outstripped those of downloaded music for the first time since the advent of digital downloads last week in the UK. From a report on AdWeek: The U.K.-based Entertainment Retailers Assoc...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Some Children's Headphones Raise Concerns of Hearing Loss, Report Says
Some headphones marketed for children may not restrict enough noise for young ears. From a report on ABC: The Wirecutter, a technology products review website (owned by the New York Times), tried out ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Supreme Court Rules For Samsung in Smartphone Fight With Apple
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone. The justices said Samsung may not be required to pay all the profits it earned ...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot YouTube Pays Music Industry $1 Billion From Ads
YouTube, the music industry's enemy No. 1 earlier this year, said Tuesday it has paid more than $1 billion in advertising revenue to artists, labels and publishers in the last 12 months. From a report...
08:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy S8 Flagship Smartphone Won't Have a Headphone Jack: Report
Samsung is planning to ditch headphone jack in its next flagship smartphone, called the Samsung Galaxy S8, reports SamMobile, a Samsung-focused blog that has a pretty good track record with these thin...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot HP Shutting Down Default FTP, Telnet Access To Network Printers
Security experts consider the aging FTP and Telnet protocols unsafe, and HP has decided to clamp down on access to networked printers through the remote-access tools. From a report on PCWorld: Some of...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Google Says It Is About To Reach 100 Percent Renewable Energy
Google said today it will power 100 percent of its sprawling data centers and offices with renewable energy starting next year. The company said today it has bought enough wind and solar power to acco...
06:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Supreme Court Considers When US Patent Violations Are 'Induced' Abroad
The US Supreme Court today will take up a case that will determine how much help an overseas manufacturer can get from the U.S. without running afoul of US patent laws. From a report on ArsTechnica: T...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Apple, Which Doesn't Reveal Watch Sales Data, Says Watch Sales Are Great
Though several companies are struggling to sell their smartwatches, Apple CEO Tim Cook says sales of Apple Watch set a record during the first week of holiday shopping. Cook added that the current qua...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Says People Watch Same Amount of Movies Regardless of Perceived Quality or Depth
Two of the most common issues people have with Netflix is: the movie catalog is shrinking, and the quality of the movies aren't that great anymore. Netflix says it is aware of those issues, and it thi...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot China Chases Silicon Valley Talent Who Are Worried About Trump Presidency
China is trying to capitalize on President-elect Donald Trump's hardline immigration stance and vow to clamp down on a foreign worker visa program that has been used to recruit thousands from overseas...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft Will Create 'Hash' Database To Remove Extremist Content
bongey writes: Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft are teaming up to create a common database to flag extremist videos and pictures. The database is set to go live in 2017. The system will not au...
12:00 pm - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot White House Silence Seems To Confirm $4 Billion 'Computer Science For All' K-12 Initiative Is No More
theodp writes: "2016 as a year of action builds on a decade of national, state, and grassroots activity to revitalize K-12 computer science education," reads the upbeat White House blog post kicking o...
08:00 am - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Begins Asking Users To Rate Articles' Use of 'Misleading Language'
Facebook is finally cracking down on the fake news stories that run rampant on its site and many other social media sites across the web. The company is rolling out a new feature in the form of a surv...
04:00 am - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot California State Senator Introduces Bill That Would Mandate Reporting of 'Superbug' Infections, Deaths
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A California state senator introduced a bill on Monday that would mandate reporting of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths and require doctors ...
02:00 am - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Fake News Prompts Gunman To 'Self-Investigate' Pizza Parlor
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A rifle-wielding North Carolina man was arrested Sunday in Washington, DC for carrying his weapon into a pizzeria that sits at the center of the ...
02:00 am - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Windows 10 'Home Hub' Is Microsoft's Response To Amazon Echo and Google Home
Microsoft's response to the Amazon Echo and Google Home is Home Hub, a software update for Windows 10's Cortana personal assistant that turns any Windows PC into a smart speaker of sorts. Mashable rep...
12:00 am - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Engineers Explain Why the Galaxy Note 7 Caught Fire
Engineers with manufacturing technology company Instrumental tore apart a Galaxy Note 7 to try and figure out what may have caused some devices to overheat and explode, causing Samsung to recall and e...
12:00 am - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Panasonic Announces 1,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio LCD Panel To Rival OLED
OLED panels have always been known to have higher contrast ratios than LCD panels, but that may be about to change with Panasonic's recently announced LCD IPS display. The display boasts a 1,000,000:1...
12:00 am - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Google Preparing 'Invisible ReCAPTCHA' System For No User Interaction
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Google engineers are working on an improved version of the reCAPTCHA system that uses a computer algorithm to distinguish between automated b...
12:00 am - Tue, December 6, 2016
Slashdot Google Is Rolling Out Android 7.1.1
Google is rolling out Android 7.1.1 for Pixel and Nexus smartphones, including the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One). You...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Dailymotion Hack Exposes Millions of Accounts
Millions of accounts associated with video sharing site Dailymotion, one of the biggest video platforms in the world, have been stolen. From a ZDNet report: A hacker extracted 85.2 million unique emai...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Interns At Tech Companies Are Better Paid Than Most American Workers
According to a survey conducted by Jesse Collins, a senior at Purdue University and former Yelp intern, interns at tech companies make much more money on an annualized basis than workers in the vast m...
10:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Millions In US Still Living Life In Internet Slow Lane
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Millions of Americans still have extremely slow Internet speeds, a new Federal Communications Commission report shows. While the FCC defines broa...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Apple Says It Is Working On Self-Driving Cars
For the first time, Apple has said that it is indeed working on technology to develop self-driving cars. The company confirmed late last week its previously secret initiative in a statement to the U.S...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Most DVR Owners Are Recording Live Sports, Survey Says
A new survey by Thuurz Sports, a company that works with TV providers to increase the size of sports viewing audiences, finds that 84.1 percent of DVR owners record live sports, many of them as a "bac...
08:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Many CEOs Believe Technology Will Make People Largely Irrelevant
An anonymous reader shares a report on BetaNews:Although artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other emerging technologies may reshape the world as we know it, a new global study has revealed tha...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot New Google Trusted Contacts Service Shares User Location In Real Time
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: Google has spent a lot of time and money on security over the last few years, developing new technologies and systems to protect users' devices. One of the newer technologi...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Keeping Bandwidth Usage Low By Encoding Its Video With VP9 and H.264/AVC Codecs
Netflix announced last week that it is getting offline video downloads support. The company has since shared that it is using VP9 video compression codec to ensure that the file sizes don't weigh a lo...
06:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Google's DeepMind is Opening Up Its Flagship Platform To AI Researchers Outside the Company
Artificial intelligence (AI) researchers around the world will soon be able to use DeepMind's "flagship" platform to develop innovative computer systems that can learn and think for themselves. From a...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Embedding Isn't Copyright Infringement, Says Italian Court
The appeal court of Rome has overturned one of the 152 website blocks another court imposed last month, and ruled that embedding does not constitute a copyright infringement. From an ArsTechnica repor...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Opera Developer Comes With Address Bar Speculative Prerenderer Feature
Earlier this month, Opera announced a new interesting feature with Opera 43 developer that predicts the website you're about to go to. The company explains: There are two ways we can predict what page...
04:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Amazon Unveils 'Self-driving' Brick-and-Mortar Convenience Store
Amazon announced Monday it has built a convenience store in downtown Seattle that deploys a gaggle of technologies similar to those used in self-driving cars to allow shoppers to come in, grab items a...
02:00 pm - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot EU Threatens Twitter And Facebook With Possible 'Hate Speech' Laws
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:On Sunday, the European Commission warned Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and Microsoft that if the companies do not address their hate speech problems, the EU wi...
10:00 am - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot BMW Traps A Car Thief By Remotely Locking His Doors
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Seattle police caught an alleged car thief by enlisting the help of car maker BMW to both track and then remotely lock the luckless criminal in the very car he was tryi...
06:00 am - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Tech Billionaires Award Top Scientists $25 Million In 'Breakthrough' Prizes
Tonight at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Morgan Freeman emceed a glamorous, Oscars-style celebration that recognizes scientific achievements with money from tech billionaires.An anony...
04:00 am - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Have You Read 'The Art of Computer Programming'?
In 1962, 24-year-old Donald Knuth began writing The Art of Computer Programming, publishing three volumes by 1973, with volume 4 arriving in 2005. (Volume 4A appeared in 2011, with new paperback fasci...
02:00 am - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Does Windows 10's Data Collection Trade Privacy For Microsoft's Security?
jader3rd shares an article from PC World arguing that Windows 10's data collection "trades your privacy for Microsoft's security."[Anonymized] usage data lets Microsoft beef up threat protection, says...
12:00 am - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Canonical Sues Cloud Provider Over 'Unofficial' Ubuntu Images
An anonymous reader quotes OStatic's update on Canonical's lawsuit against a cloud provider:Canonical posted Thursday that they've been in a dispute with "a European cloud provider" over the use of th...
12:00 am - Mon, December 5, 2016
Slashdot Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' BETA Ubuntu-based Operating System Now Available For Download
BrianFagioli shares his story on Beta News: Feeling fatigued by Windows 10 and its constant updates and privacy concerns? Can't afford one of those beautiful new MacBook Pro laptops? Don't forget, Lin...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot How Microsoft Lost In Court Over Windows 10 Upgrades
In June a California woman successfully sued Microsoft for $10,000 over forced Windows 10 upgrades, and she's now written a 58-page ebook about her battle (which she's selling for $9.99). But an anony...
10:00 pm - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot 70 Laptops Got Left Behind At An Airport Security Checkpoint In One Month
America's Transportation Security Administration has been making some surprising announcements on social media. An anonymous reader writes:A TSA spokesperson says 70 laptops were left behind in just o...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot Virginia Police Spent $500K For An Ineffective Cellphone Surveillance System
Cell-site simulators can intercept phone calls and even provide locations (using GPS data). But Virginia's state police force just revealed details about their actual use of the device -- and it's not...
08:00 pm - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot Sysadmin Gets Two Years In Prison For Sabotaging ISP
After being let go over a series of "personal issues" with his employer, things got worse for 26-year-old network administrator Dariusz J. Prugar, who will now have to spend two years in prison for ha...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot For The UK's 'Snoopers' Charter', Politicians Voted Themselves An Exemption
The "Snoopers' Charter" passed in the U.K. greatly expands the government's surveillance power. But before they'd enact the new Investigatory Powers Act, Britain's elected officials first voted to mak...
06:00 pm - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot Are We Seeing Propaganda About Russian Propaganda?
MyFirstNameIsPaul was one of several readers who spotted this disturbing instance of fake news about fake news. An anonymous reader writes:Last week the Washington Post described "independent research...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot UK Health Secretary Urges Social Media Companies To Block Cyberbullying And Underaged Sexting
Mark Wilson shares his article on Beta News:Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has made calls for technology companies and social media to do more to tackle the problems of cyberbullying, online intimidatio...
04:00 pm - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot CO2 Researchers Are Now Hacking Photosynthesis
Remember that story about the "artificial leaf" solar cells? Long-time Slashdot readermanagerialslime quotes the Chicago Tribune: University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have developed a way to ...
02:00 pm - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot Crooks Need Just Six Seconds To Guess A Credit Card Number
schwit1 quotes The Independent: Criminals can work out the card number, expiration date, and security code for a Visa debit or credit card in as little as six seconds using guesswork, researchers have...
10:00 am - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot Why MakerBot Didn't Kickstart A 3D Printing Revolution
Bre PettisâS once said MakerBot gave you a superpower -- "You can make anything you need." But four years later, mirandakatz writes that though MakerBot promised to revolutionize society, "That n...
06:00 am - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot Devuan's Systemd-Free Linux Hits Beta 2
Long-time Slashdot reader Billly Gates writes, "For all the systemd haters who want a modern distro feel free to rejoice. The Debian fork called Devuan is almost done, completing a daunting task of st...
04:00 am - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot iOS's 'Activation Lock' For Stolen iPads And iPhones Can Be Easily Bypassed
An anonymous reader quotes ComputerWorld:Two researchers claim to have found a way to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS that's supposed to prevent anyone from using an iPhone or iPad marked as...
02:00 am - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Linux Laptop?
Long-Time Slashdot reader sconeu is finally replacing his 10-year-old Toshiba Satellite laptop, and needs suggestions on the best current laptops for running Linux.I'm looking to run some flavor of Li...
12:00 am - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot Our Brains Use Binary Logic, Say Neuroscientists
"The brain's basic computational algorithm is organized by power-of-two-based logic," reports Sci-News, citing a neuroscientist at Augusta University's Medical College.hackingbear writes:He and his co...
12:00 am - Sun, December 4, 2016
Slashdot The US Government Funds A War On Online Fake News
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:Congressional negotiators on Wednesday approved an initiative to track and combat foreign propaganda amid growing concerns that Russian efforts to spread...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot VM-Neutral Node.js API Unveiled, As NodeSource Collaborates With Microsoft, Mozilla, Intel and IBM
An anonymous reader writes:This week saw the first proof of concept for Node.js API (or NAPI for short), "making module maintainers' lives easier by defining a stable module API that is independent fr...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot It Will Soon Be Illegal To Punish US Customers Who Criticize Businesses Online
An anonymous reader writes: Congress has passed a law protecting the right of U.S. consumers to post negative online reviews without fear of retaliation from companies. The bipartisan Consumer Review ...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot China's New 'Social Credit Score' Law Means Full Access To Customer Data
AnonymousCube shares this quote about China's new 'Social Credit Score' law from an insurance industry magazine:"Companies are also required to give government investigators complete access to their d...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Drupal Event Apologizes For Giving Out Copies Of Playboy
An anonymous reader writes:The organization team for a regional Drupal event apologized Thursday for distributing copies of Playboy to attendees. The magazines were distributed in welcome bags, accord...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Encryption Backdoor Sneaks Into UK Law
Coisiche found a disturbing article from The Register about the U.K.'s new "Snoopers' Charter" law that has implications for tech companies around the world:Among the many unpleasant things in the Inv...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Chrome 55 Now Blocks Flash, Uses HTML5 By Default
An anonymous reader quotes Bleeping Computer: Chrome 55, released earlier this week, now blocks all Adobe Flash content by default, according to a plan set in motion by Google engineers earlier this y...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Perl Advent Calendar Enters Its 17th Year
An anonymous reader writes:Thursday brought this year's first new posts on the Perl Advent Calendar, a geeky tradition first started back in 2000. Friday's post described Santa's need for fast, effici...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Of 8 Tech Companies, Only Twitter Says It Would Refuse To Help Build Muslim Registry For Trump
On the campaign trail last year, President-elect Donald Trump said he would consider requiring Muslim-Americans to register with a government database. While he has back-stepped on a number of campaig...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Survey Says: Elon Musk Is Most Admired Tech Leader, Topping Bezos and Zuckerberg
First Round Capital conducted a poll of 700 tech company founders and found Elon Musk to be the most admired leader in the technology industry. Elon Musk received 23 percent of the votes; 10 percent s...
08:00 am - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Alien Life Could Thrive In the Clouds of Failed Stars
sciencehabit writes: There's an abundant new swath of cosmic real estate that life could call home -- and the views would be spectacular. Floating out by themselves in the Milky Way galaxy are perhaps...
04:00 am - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Paris, Madrid, Athens, Mexico City Will Ban Diesel Vehicles By 2025
The mayors of four major global cities -- Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens -- announced plans to stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by 2025. The leaders made their commitments in ...
04:00 am - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Nikola Motor Company Reveals Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck With Range of 1,200 Miles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ValueWalk: Nikola Motor Company just unveiled a huge class 8 truck which will run on hydrogen fuel cells. Nikola claimed that the truck's operational range wil...
02:00 am - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Mercedes Unveils Digital Headlights That Project Street Signs, Markings Onto the Road Ahead
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: Mercedes has just announced a conceptual new set of lamps that can not only adapt their light distribution to cater to the environment, but can proj...
02:00 am - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Hackers Steal $31 Million at Russia's Central Bank
The Bank of Russia has confirmed Friday that hackers have stolen 2 billion rubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank. Central bank security executive Artiom Sychev s...
02:00 am - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot The 'USB Killer' Has Been Mass Produced -- Available Online For About $50
New submitter npslider writes: The "USB Killer," a USB stick that fries almost everything that it is plugged into, has been mass produced -- available online for about $50. Ars Technica first wrote ab...
12:00 am - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI Is Going To Decimate Middle Class Jobs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: In a column in The Guardian, the world-famous physicist wrote that "the automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional man...
12:00 am - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Foxconn Employee Faces 10-Year Prison Sentence For Stealing 5,700 iPhones Worth $1.5 Million
A Taiwanese Foxconn manager faces a stiff prison sentence after he stole 5,700 iPhones from his employer, and went to sell them for $1.56 million. The Next Web reports: Foxconn is a tech manufacturing...
12:00 am - Sat, December 3, 2016
Slashdot Reuters Built An Algorithm That Can Identify Real News On Twitter
Reuters has built an algorithm called News Tracer that flags and verifies breaking news on Twitter. The algorithm weeds through all 500 million tweets that are posted on a daily basis to "sort real ne...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Climate Change Will Stir 'Unimaginable' Refugee Crisis, Says Military
Citing military experts, The Guardian is reporting that if the rise in global warming is held under 2 degrees Celsius, there still could be a major humanitarian crisis to sort out. From the report: Cl...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot FCC Calls Out AT&T, Verizon For 'Zero Rating' Their Own Video Apps
U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' smartphones. The FCC has sent letters to the country's biggest wireless carriers sa...
10:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Lawyer Sues 20-Year-Old Student Who Gave a Bad Yelp Review, Loses Badly
20-year-old Lan Cai was in a car crash this summer, after she was plowed into by a drunk driver and broke two bones in her lower back. She didn't know how to navigate her car insurance and prove damag...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Fake Apple Chargers Fail Safety Tests
Investigators have warned consumers they face potentially fatal risks after 99% of fake Apple chargers failed a basic safety test. From a report on BBC: Trading Standards, which commissioned the check...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Free TV-Show Streaming Hurts Online Sales, Research Finds
New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that online piracy is not the only worry for TV distributors. Based on Downton Abbey streaming and sales data provided by PBS, as reported by Torrent...
08:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Commits Millions to Help Silicon Valley's Have-Nots
Facebook wants to be a better corporate citizen, which is perhaps why on Friday it announced a partnership with local community organizations near its headquarters in which it will initially commit $2...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Taking a Stand Against Unofficial Ubuntu Images
Canonical isn't pleased with cloud providers who are publishing broken, insecure images of Ubuntu despite being notified several times. In a blogpost, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, and the...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Knows What You're Streaming
Facebook is gathering information about the shows Roku and Apple TV owners are streaming. The company then uses the Facebook profile linked to the same IP addresses to tailor the commercials that are ...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Russia Says Foreign Spies Plan Cyber Attack On Banking System
Russia said on Friday it had uncovered a plot by foreign spy agencies to sow chaos in Russia's banking system via a coordinated wave of cyber attacks and fake social media reports about banks going bu...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot US Economy Added 178,000 Jobs in November; Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.6 Percent
The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent the previous month, according to new government data released (Editor's note: the link...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Four New Elements Finally Get Their Official Names, Added To Periodic Table
Scientists have updated the periodic table to add four new elements, namely: Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson. The super-heavy elements discovered by scientists from Japan, Russia, and Am...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot UK Homes Lose Internet Access After Cyber-Attack
More than 100,000 people in the UK have had their internet access cut after a string of service providers were hit by what is believed to be a coordinated cyber-attack, taking the number affected in E...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Multiple Vulnerabilities In AirDroid Opens At Least 10 Million Android Users To MITM Attacks, Hijackings
AirDroid is a popular Android application that allows users to send and receive text messages and transfer files and see notifications from their computer. Zimperium, a mobile security company, recent...
12:00 pm - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot China Is Censoring People's Chats Without Them Even Knowing About It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: A new study from The Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto, reveals that censorship on WeChat occurs primarily in group chats rath...
10:00 am - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Erich Bloch, Who Helped Develop IBM Mainframe, Dies At 91
shadowknot writes: The New York Times is reporting (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source) that Erich Bloch who helped to develop the IBM Mainframe has died at the age of 91 as a result of compl...
08:00 am - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Russian Supply Rocket Malfunctions, Breaks Up Over Siberia En Route To ISS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: An unmanned cargo rocket bound for the International Space Station was destroyed after takeoff on Thursday. The Russian rocket took off as planned from Ba...
04:00 am - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot French Man Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Visiting Pro-ISIS Websites
According to French media, a court in the department of Ardeche on Tuesday sentenced a 32-year-old man in France to two years in prison for repeatedly visiting pro-ISIS websites -- even though there w...
04:00 am - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot International Authorities Take Down Massive 'Avalanche' Botnet, Sinkhole Over 800,000 Domains
plover writes: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Eurojust, Europol, and other global partners announced the takedown of a massive botnet named "Avalanche," estimated to have ...
02:00 am - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot 'Fatal' Flaws Found in Medical Implant Software
Security researchers have warned of flaws in medical implants in what they say could have fatal consequences. The flaws were found in the radio-based communications used to update implants, including ...
02:00 am - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Apple Will Use Drones To Improve the Quality of Apple Maps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google (Warning: source may be pa...
02:00 am - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Nestle Discovers 'Breakthrough' Method To Cut Sugar In Chocolate By 40% Without Affecting Taste
Nestle and its scientists have discovered how to "structure sugar differently" to reduce the amount of sugar in some of its products by 40%. What's more is that it can be done reportedly without compr...
12:00 am - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Destructive Hacks Strike Saudi Arabia, Posing Challenge to Trump
State-sponsored hackers have conducted a series of destructive attacks on Saudi Arabia over the last two weeks, erasing data and wreaking havoc in the computer banks of the agency running the country'...
12:00 am - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot South Korea To Kill the Coin in Path Towards 'Cashless Society'
The central bank in South Korea, one of the world's most technologically advanced and integrated nations, is taking a major step in getting rid of coins in the nation in what is an attempt to become a...
12:00 am - Fri, December 2, 2016
Slashdot Earthquake-Sensing Mobile App 'MyShake' Detects Over 200 Earthquakes Large and Small
Back in February, researchers at UC Berkeley released an app called MyShake that detects strong earthquakes seconds before the damaging seismic waves arrive. Several months have passed since its relea...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Bitcoin Exchange Ordered To Give IRS Years of Data On Millions of Users
Last month, instead of asking for data relating to specific individuals suspected of a crime, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanded America's largest Bitcoin service, Coinbase, to provide the id...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Motorola Has No Plans For a New Smartwatch
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Lenovo Moto today confirmed that it will not be releasing a new smartwatch for the launch of Android Wear 2.0, due early next year. The company had ...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Cyanogen Inc and CyanogenMod Creator Steve Kondik Part Ways
bulled writes: In the middle of a press release discussing the move of employees from Seattle to California, Cyanogen Inc notes that it has parted ways with Steve Kondik. It is unclear what this means...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot UK ISPs To Start Sending 'Piracy Alerts' Soon
Beginning next year, internet service providers in the UK will send email notifications to subscribers whose connections have been allegedly used to download copyright infringing content. In what is a...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Says Summer's Windows 10 Upgrade Fit For Business
Microsoft has moved Windows 10 August update to the Current Branch for Business release track, putting the "Anniversary Update" in the queue for automatic downloads and installation on enterprise PCs....
08:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Developing AI To Flag Offensive Live Videos
Facebook is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the compan...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Plex Media Player Now Doesn't Require a Subscription; Pass Users Get Kodi Plug-in
Plex and Kodi, two popular home theater apps, can get both of them together. Plex has announced its new Kodi add-on so you can include your Plex library in Kodi (provided you're a Pass user). From a r...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot AngelList Acquires Product Hunt
Product Hunt, an online community of tech product enthusiasts, is no longer going at it alone. The three-year-old San Francisco startup said Thursday it is being acquired by AngelList, a popular crowd...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Mozilla Puts New Money To Use Fighting For 'Internet Health'
Stephen Shankland, writing for CNET: Mozilla is marshaling public support for political positions, like backing net neutrality, defending encryption and keeping government surveillance from getting ou...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Nokia Dials Back Time To Sell Mobile Phones Again
Nokia said Thursday mobile phones carrying its brand will make a comeback via a new venture that will reunite the Nokia brand with veteran Nokia execs who aim to move into smartphones capitalizing on ...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Google's New Public NTP Servers Provide Smeared Time
Google says it has built support for the leap second into the time servers that regulate all Google services. An anonymous reader shares a blogpost by Google:No commonly used operating system is able ...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is Being Emergency Evacuated From the South Pole
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced Thursday morning that it will provide a "humanitarian medical evacuation flight" from the South Pole for an "ailing" Buzz Aldrin. BusinessInsider adds: ...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Fitbit Is Buying Smartwatch Maker Pebble For Around $40 Million, Says Report
According to a report from The Information, Fitbit is buying smartwatch maker Pebble for a "small amount" of money. One source says Fitbit is paying between $34 and $40 million for the company and is ...
12:00 pm - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot FDA Approves Large Clinical Trial For Ecstasy As Relief For PTSD Patients
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first large-scale, phase 3 clinical trial of ecstasy in patients suffering from post-tra...
08:00 am - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot ULA Unveils Website That Lets You Price Out a Rocket 'Like Building a Car'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: This morning, United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno unveiled a new website that allows satellite makers to figure out what it will really cost to la...
04:00 am - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Google Earth's Timelapses Offer a 32-Year Look At Earth's Changing Surface
Google has partnered with TIME to release an improved version of Google Earth Timelapse that provides animated satellite imagery covering the past 32 years, from 1984 to 2016. In 2013, Google and TIME...
02:00 am - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Firefox Zero-Day Can Be Used To Unmask Tor Browser Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Computerworld: A Firefox zero-day being used in the wild to target Tor users is using code that is nearly identical to what the FBI used in 2013 to unmask Tor-...
02:00 am - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Twitters Says It Will Ban Trump If He Breaks Hate-Speech Rules
Twitter has made a serious effort as of late to limit hate speech on its social media site, especially after Election Day where "biased graffiti, assaults and other incidents have been reported in the...
02:00 am - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot British Film Institute To Digitize 100,000 Old TV Shows Before They Disappear
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Thousands of British TV programs are to be digitized before they are lost forever, the British Film Institute says. Anarchic children's show Tiswas and Th...
12:00 am - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot No Man's Sky's Steam Page Didn't Mislead Gamers, Rules UK Ad Watchdog
Shortly after it officially launched in August on PlayStation and Windows, No Man's Sky -- the game that sees the protagonist explore space and experience uncertain places -- was accused of false adve...
12:00 am - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Reddit To Crack Down On Abuse By Punishing Hundreds of 'Toxic Users'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Social media website Reddit, known for its commitment to free speech, will crack down on online harassment by banning or suspending users who target o...
12:00 am - Thu, December 1, 2016
Slashdot Trump Appoints Third Net Neutrality Critic To FCC Advisory Team
Last week, President-elect Donald Trump appointed two new advisers to his transition team that will oversee his FCC and telecommunications policy agenda. Trump has added a third adviser today who, lik...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Wielding Their Windows Phones, Microsoft Shareholders Grill CEO Satya Nadella On Device Strategy
At a meeting with shareholders Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was asked numerous times what the company is doing about Windows Phones, and why do they keep hearing that Microsoft is abandoning...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Uber Wants To Track Your Location Even When You're Not Using the App, Here's Why
With the most recent update to Uber's ride-hailing app, the company has begun requesting users if they are willing to share their location data with Uber app even while the app is not in use. The comp...
10:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Seagate Introduces External Hard Drive That Automatically Backs Up To Amazon's Cloud
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Seagate and Amazon have partnered up on a $99 1TB external hard drive that automatically backs up everything stored on it to the cloud. The Seagate ...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot PC Market Shows Signs of Recovery
PC shipments will continue to decline in 2016, according to a new IDC forecast, but the drop will be slightly lower than previously expected. What's more, things will improve even more in 2017. BetaNe...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Trump Will Get Power To Send Unblockable Mass Text Messages To All Americans
President-elect Donald Trump will have access to a system which can send unblockable texts to every phone in the United States once he becomes the president. From a report on NYMag: These 90-character...
08:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot FBI To Gain Expanded Hacking Powers as Senate Effort To Block Fails
A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy righ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Cuts Off Competitor Prisma's API Access
Photo-filter app Prisma, the popular program which makes pictures and video look like painterly art, had its access to Facebook's Live Video API revoked this month. From a report on NYMag:According to...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It's Too Much Like TV
Reader Joe_NoOne writes: Like TV, social media now increasingly entertains us, and even more so than television it amplifies our existing beliefs and habits. It makes us feel more than think, and it c...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot More Than 1 Million Android Devices Rooted By Gooligan Malware
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: A new version of an existing piece of malware has emerged in some third-party Android app stores and researchers say it has infected more than a million devices around the ...
06:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot SourceForge Introduces HTTPS Support For Project Websites
SourceForge announced on Wednesday that it is introducing HTTPS for all project websites on its platform. Once a project has been moved to HTTPS, old domain will automatically redirect to their new co...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot GoPro Slashes 15% of Workforce, Shuts Down Entertainment Division
GoPro has announced that it will lay off more than 200 employees and freeze hiring, amounting to a reduction of about 15% of its workforce. As part of the restructuring, the company is also shutting d...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Netflix Finally Gets Download Option
For years, people asked Netflix to give them the ability to download movies and TV episodes. Though this might not seem like that big of a deal in many regions where internet connectivity is cheap and...
04:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot China Pilots a System That Rates Citizens on 'Social Credit Score' To Determine Eligibility For Jobs, Travel
Speculations have turned out be true. The Chinese government is now testing systems that will be used to create digital records of citizens' social and financial behavior. In turn, these will be used ...
02:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot New Study Shows Marijuana Users Have Low Blood Flow To the Brain
cold fjord writes: State level marijuana legalization efforts across the U.S. have been gaining traction driven by the folk wisdom that marijuana is both a harmless recreational drug and a useful medi...
12:00 pm - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Theory Challenging Einstein's View On Speed of Light Could Soon Be Tested
mspohr writes: The Guardian has a news article about a recently published journal entry proposing a way to test the theory that the speed of light was infinite at the birth of the universe: "The newbo...
08:00 am - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot San Francisco's 58-Story Millennium Tower Seen Sinking From Space
An anonymous reader quotes a report from SFGate: Engineers in San Francisco have tunneled underground to try and understand the sinking of the 58-story Millennium Tower. Now comes an analysis from spa...
04:00 am - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Muni System Hacker Hit Others By Scanning For Year-Old Java Vulnerability
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The attacker who infected servers and desktop computers at the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Agency (SFMTA) with ransomware on November 25 a...
04:00 am - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot India Unveils the World's Largest Solar Power Plant
Kamuthi in Tamil Nadu, India is now home to the world's largest solar plant that adds 648 MW to the country's generating capacity. Previously, the Topaz Solar Farm in California, which was completed t...
02:00 am - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Facebook Is Bringing Games Like Pac-Man, Space Invaders To Messenger and Your News Feed
Facebook is launching Instant Games, "a new HTML5 cross-platform gaming experience" that is available on Messenger and Facebook News Feed for both mobile and web users. Since they're built on the HTML...
02:00 am - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Holding Shift F10 During Windows 10 Updates Opens Root CLI, Bypasses BitLocker
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Windows security expert and infrastructure trainer Sami Laiho says that by holding SHIFT + F10 while a Windows 10 computer is installing a ne...
02:00 am - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Religious Experiences Have Similar Effect On Brain As Taking Drugs, Study Finds
A new study published in the journal Social Neuroscience finds through functional MRI scans that religious and spiritual experiences can trigger reward systems like love and drugs. "These are areas of...
12:00 am - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Europe Is Getting a Network of 'Ultra-Fast, High-Powered' EV Chargers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford, and Volkswagen have entered into a partnership to create a network of high-speed charging stations for electric vehicle...
12:00 am - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot Google Successfully Uses Machine Learning To Detect Diabetic Retinopathy
BrianFagioli writes from a report via BetaNews: Diabetic eye disease is caused by retinopathy. Affected diabetics can have small tears inside the eye, causing bleeding. Over time, they can lose vision...
12:00 am - Wed, November 30, 2016
Slashdot It Will Soon Be Illegal To Punish Customers Who Criticize Businesses Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Congress has passed a law protecting the right of U.S. consumers to post negative online reviews without fear of retaliation from companies. The ...