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10:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Facebook's Parse Is Shutting Down Today
Facebook acquired Parse, a toolkit and support system for mobile developers, in 2013. At the time, the social network's ambitions were high: Parse would be Facebook's way into one day harnessing devel...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Facebook's New Tool Looks To Replace Traditional Two-Factor Authentication
Facebook today unveiled a new feature to let its 1.79 billion users reset passwords for other websites using its platform, an effort to further entrench the social network in people's digital lives. F...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Google Removes Plugin Controls From Chrome, Reports Claim
An anonymous reader shares a Ghacks report: Google made a change in Chrome 57 that removes options from the browser to manage plugins such as Google Widevine, Adobe Flash, or the Chrome PDF Viewer. If...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Sony Warns It Will Take $1 Billion Writedown, Blames Slowing DVD Sales
Sony has warned investors that it will take roughly $978m writedown on its film business, blaming a goodwill impairment charge that dates back to an acquisition of a Hollywood studio almost three deca...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Dropbox Finally Brings Its Google Docs Competitor Out of Beta
Dropbox today made Paper -- its note-taking app that it's emphasizing is a tool that's built for managing workflow as well -- global. In addition to the launch of Paper, the company said that users wi...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Effectively Doubles Licence Fees To Run Its Stuff in AWS
Oracle has changed the way it charges users to run its software in Amazon Web Services, effectively doubling the cost along the way. From a report: Big Red's previous licensing regime recognised that ...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Let Us Now Praise MacroMind Director
Adobe announced last week that it is discontinuing sales of Contribute, and Director, adding that support to Shockwave for Mac will also be stopped in March. Fast Company's editor Harry McCracken ran ...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Coming Windows 10 Cloud Release May Have Nothing To Do With the Cloud
Last week, several users spotted a mention of "Windows Cloud" in Windows 10 inside builds, speculating if it is a new version of Windows 10 which will stream from Azure. That's not the case, according...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Fitness Wearable Maker Fitbit To Cut Six-Percent of Its Staff Following a Disappointing Q4
As anticipated, wearable leader Fitbit kicked off the week by announcing a six-percent reduction in global work force, following disappointing fourth quarter financials. From a report: A preliminary s...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Bill Gates Warns Against Denying Climate Change
Reader JoshTops shares a USA Today report: Bill Gates warned against denying climate change and pushed for more innovation in clean energy, during an event Friday at Columbia University in New York. T...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Vinyl Record Production Gets a Much-Needed Tech Upgrade
Ever wondered why you sometimes have to wait months after an album's launch to get the music on vinyl? It's not necessarily because the label hates vinyl -- in many cases, it's because the decades-old...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Asteroid Whizzing By Earth 6 Times Closer Than the Moon
An anonymous reader shares a CNET report: The problem with asteroids passing near Earth is that they're often difficult to spot. Fortunately the hardest ones to see in our neighborhood also tend to be...
02:00 pm - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot 10% Of 'Resident Evil 7' Players Are Wearing VR Headsets
Released five days ago, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard already has over 800,000 players -- and 84,036 of them are using a PlayStation VR headset. An anonymous reader quotes Digital Trends:These numbers sh...
10:00 am - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot 'Second Life' Creators Develop A VR Social World Named 'Sansar'
An anonymous reader writes:After four years of development, Sansar, the new virtual reality world from Second Life's creators will arrive later this year on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. "It is t...
06:00 am - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot This Week 'IT Issues' Ground Delta Airlines' Flights
Delta Air Lines has been forced to cancel at least 150 flights, and expects to cancel even more. But "the IT department is working to rectify the situation as soon as possible," they tweeted Sunday --...
04:00 am - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Running For Congress, Brianna Wu Criticizes The FBI's GamerGate Report
An anonymous reader shares this update about programmer/game developer Brianna Wu as well as the FBI's recently-released report on their GamerGate investigation:Wu has officially unveiled the web site...
02:00 am - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Reports New Subscribers For Office 365 Plunged 62%
An anonymous reader writes:Microsoft is having trouble selling $7-a-month subscriptions to Office 365. In the last three months of 2016, Microsoft added just 900,000 new subscriptions -- and throughou...
12:00 am - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot Ransomware Infects a Hotel's Key System
An anonymous reader writes:A luxury hotel "paid "thousands" in Bitcoin ransom to cybercriminals who hacked into their electronic key system. The "furious" hotel manager says it's the third time their ...
12:00 am - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot The US Border Patrol Is Checking Detainees' Facebook Profiles
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Border patrol agents are checking the Facebook accounts of people who are being held in limbo for approval to enter the U.S., according to a Saturday tweet by immigrati...
12:00 am - Mon, January 30, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Is Livestreaming A Hyperloop Pod Competition
SpaceX is livestreaming a competition between hyperloop pods from outside their headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and at least one Los Angeles newspaper is also covering the event live on Faceboo...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Toshiba Will Spin Off Some Of Its Memory Business
Lucas123 writes: Toshiba, which invented NAND flash, plans to sell off an as-of-yet undisclosed portion of its memory business, including its solid-state drive unit, to Western Digital. Toshiba is spi...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Google Earnings Reveal $3.6 Billion Lost On 'Moonshots' In 2016
Thursday Google revealed earnings results for 2016 showing the total loss for their "other bets" division had reached $3.6 billion. An anonymous reader quotes CNN :The "other bets" portion of its busi...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot 'Here's Where Google Hid Chrome's SSL Certificate Information'
"Google Chrome users have been contacting me wondering why they no longer could access the detailed status of Chrome https: connections, or view the organization and other data associated with SSL cer...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Tostitos' Breathalyzer Bags Can Detect If You're Drunk -- Then Call Uber
Slashdot reader schwit1 writes that Tostito's corn chips "has developed a special bag, available for a limited time, that can detect if you've had too much to drink." Its all-black packaging measures ...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Ransomware Locks A Hotel's Guests In Their Rooms
An anonymous reader writes:A luxury hotel paid "thousands" in Bitcoin ransom to cybercriminals who hacked into their electronic key system, "locking hundreds of guests in or out of their rooms until t...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot All-Corn Diet Turns Hamsters Into Cannibals
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget: A new paper outlines the efforts of scientists at the University of Strasbourg to determine why the European hamster has been dying off at an alarming rate... Prev...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Actor John Hurt Dies At Age 77
Slashdot reader necro81 writes: A fantastic chameleon of the stage and screen has died. Sir John Hurt passed away at age 77. Slashdot readers should recognize him as the first person to have a xenomor...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Can A Robot Fool 'I Am Not A Robot' Captchas?
Business Insider reports on a new video showing a robotic arm apparently defeating the "I am not a robot" captcha test. An anonymous reader quotes their report:The Captcha the robot fools tracks the u...
12:00 pm - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot ISPs Finally Abandon The Copyright Alert System
"Major internet providers are ending a four-year-old system in which consumers received 'copyright alerts' when they viewed peer-to-peer pirated content," reports Variety.An anonymous reader quotes En...
10:00 am - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot CNET Editor Rails Against Non-Consensual Windows Updates
schwit1 shares this angry commentary from a CNET senior editor: Maybe you're delivering a presentation to a huge audience. Maybe you're taking an online test. Maybe you just need to get some work done...
06:00 am - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Trump's Executive Order Eliminates Privacy Act Protections For Foreigners
Long-time Slashdot reader Kernel Kurtz writes: January 28 is supposed to be Data Privacy Day, so it seems fitting in an alternative sort of way that U.S. President Trump just signed an executive order...
04:00 am - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should You Tell Future Employers Your Salary History?
An anonymous reader writes:During the interview process for a technology job, I was asked to fill out an application which included questions about my compensation history. When I asked why, I was tol...
02:00 am - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Server Runs Continuously For 24 Years
In 1993 a Stratus server was booted up by an IT application architect -- and it's still running.An anonymous reader writes:"It never shut down on its own because of a fault it couldn't handle," says P...
12:00 am - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Who Hacked The Washington D.C. Police Surveillance Cameras?
An anonymous reader quotes GIzmodo:City officials and the Secret Service have confirmed that just days before the presidential inauguration, police surveillance cameras in Washington, DC were targeted...
12:00 am - Sun, January 29, 2017
Slashdot Who's Responsible For Accidents Caused By Open Source Self-Driving Car Software?
Here's the problem. "You could download Comma.ai's new open-source Python code from Github, grab the necessary hardware, and follow the company's instructions to add semi-autonomous capabilities to sp...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Scientist Investigate A Brand New Form of Matter: Time Crystals
The discovery of "non-equilibrium matter" could re-write the rules of physics. Long-time Slashdot reader jasonbrown quotes ScienceAlert: For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Police Department Loses Years Worth of Evidence In Ransomware Incident
"Police in Cockrell Hill, Texas admitted Wednesday in a press release that they lost years worth of evidence after the department's server was infected with ransomware," reports BleepingComputer. "Los...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Kickstarter Suspends Crowdfunding Campaign For Electronics 3D Printer
Kickstarter has suspended a crowdfunding campaign that promised its backers "a high-end multi-material 3D liquid jet printer" that could print circuit boards. Slashdot reader PrintBetter writes: With ...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Medical Startup To Begin Testing At-Home Brain Zapping Devices
"A doctor's prescription for clinical depression could one day sound like this: In the comfort of your own home, slip on a brain-zapping headband a few times per week," reports IEEE Spectrum. Slashdot...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Avaya Explains Why They've Declared Bankruptcy
Friday Avaya's Corporate Treasurer explained why they're filing for a chapter 11 "restructuring." After examining their debt, "we decided it was a critical next step in our transformation from a hardw...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Solar Energy Now Employs More Americans Than Oil, Coal and Gas Combined
Solar energy now accounts for 43% of the workers in the U.S. power-generating industry, surpassing the 22% from all workers in the coal, oil, and gas industries combined, according to new figures from...
04:00 pm - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Canadian Police Identify Suspect From Remotely-Accessed Stolen Laptop
An anonymous reader writes:Last week a security consultant remotely logged into his stolen laptop, and gathered clues from a Facebook profile. Though it didn't provide the suspect's real name, the con...
02:00 pm - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot iPhone 7 Ousts Samsung Galaxy Note 4 As 'Device of Choice' For UK Defense Officials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: Apple is to offer its iPhone 7 as the "device of choice" for the UK military's secure communications. British telecom giant BT is said to be hardeni...
12:00 pm - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Remote Attackers Can Force Samsung Galaxy Devices Into Never-Ending Reboot Loop
Orome1 quotes a report from Help Net Security: A single SMS can force Samsung Galaxy devices into a crash and reboot loop, and leave the owner with no other option than to reset it to factory settings...
08:00 am - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Today Marks 50th Anniversary of Fatal Apollo 1 Disaster
schwit1 writes: NASASpaceFlight.com reports: "Fifty years ago Friday, the first -- but sadly not the last -- fatal spaceflight accident struck NASA when a fire claimed the lives of Virgil 'Gus' Grisso...
04:00 am - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Moving Its Entire International iTunes Business To Ireland
Starting February 5th, Apple will be moving its entire international iTunes business from Luxembourg to its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, according to a note sent to developers this week. Th...
04:00 am - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot USB-C Power Meter Helps You Spot Counterfeit Accessories Before They Fry Your Gadgets
USB Type-C cables are not all created equally. In fact, some USB Type-C cables fail so badly that they will permanently damage your hardware. Benson Leung, an engineer on Google's Pixel team, discover...
02:00 am - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says PC Market Is Finally Stabilizing
In a call with analysts on Thursday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the consumer PC market is finally stabilizing after being in a long decline. His statement echoes a recent report by International...
02:00 am - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Releases National Security Letters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Today, Twitter joined the ranks of Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google by announcing it had received two national security letters, one in 2015 and one in...
02:00 am - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot New Data Shows 85% of Humans Live Under a Corrupt Government
schwit1 writes: According to one think tank that studies corruption in government, 85% of the world lives under governments that are essentially corrupt. New Atlas reports: "'Corruption' is defined by...
02:00 am - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Tesla CEO Elon Musk Joins President Trump's New Manufacturing Council
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Tesla CEO Elon Musk was already on President Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, but the White House announced today that he will also be joining the...
12:00 am - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Apple Patents a Vaporizer
Apple's product lineup may extend beyond cars and the connected home. A patent filed last year and published January 26 reveals a concept for a vaporizer. From a report on CNN Money, shared by reader ...
12:00 am - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Drops Lawsuits To Force Hundreds of Hawaiians To Sell Him Land
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg filed a lawsuit to force owners of several small parcels of land to sell to the highest bidder since these property owners are surrounded by Zuckerberg's land h...
12:00 am - Sat, January 28, 2017
Slashdot US Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator For Text Search In Any Language
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the U.S. Intelligence Community's own science and technology research arm, has announ...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot PayPal Has Been Talking With Amazon on Payments, CEO Says
A new feature could be coming to your Amazon checkout process. It's called PayPal. Amazon and PayPal are in talks about the possibility of the online retail giant supporting PayPal payments at checkou...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Smart Baby-Trackers Mostly Unnecessary, Say US Doctors
A group of pediatricians has called for smart health-trackers, designed to monitor babies while they sleep, to be regulated by the same US body that oversees other medical equipment. An anonymous read...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Market Value Tops $500 Billion Again After 17 Years
Microsoft's market capitalization topped $500 billion for the first time since 2000 on Friday, after the technology giant's stock rose following another quarter of results that beat Wall Street's expe...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Google Translate Is About To Get a Lot Better, Thanks To Its Machine Learning Push
Google CEO Sundar Pichai is offering a big new update that should affect anyone who's ever used Google's translation services. From a report on CNBC: The new version will be rolling out in 2017 via Go...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Seagate Says 16TB Hard Drive To Hit Market Within 18 Months
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you haven't shopped around for hard drives in a while, you may be surprised at what's out there. The largest 3.5-inch desktop hard drives currently available fr...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Adobe Is Killing Contribute, Director, and Shockwave
Reader Krystalo writes: Adobe today announced Adobe Contribute and Adobe Director will no longer be for sale nor supported as of February 1, 2017. At the same time, Adobe is also stopping Shockwave fo...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Japanese Government Requires Java and Internet Explorer 11 X86
Long time reader AmiMoJo writes: Japan has introduced "My Number", a social security number assigned to citizens and used to access government services. Unfortunately, the My Number management web por...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: A Point of Contention - Modern User Interfaces
Reader Artem Tashkinov writes: Here are the staples of the modern user interface (in varying degree apply to modern web/and most operating systems such as Windows 10, iOS and even Android): Too much w...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Says It Is Winning Its New War Against Macs
Windows PCs are starting to chip away at Apple's strong grip of the high-end computer market, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said on an earnings call Thursday. From a report: Microsofts licensing business, wh...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Admits Sales of 'Expensive' HoloLens 'Not Huge', Says More Versions Are Planned
Microsoft is not giving away too much about the sales figures for HoloLens but goes as far as saying it is "in thousands, not hundreds of thousands". From a report: Speaking at educational technology ...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Stock Research Moves Past PDFs as Customers Demand More for Their Money
With investment firms cutting costs and portfolio managers combating a barrage of information, financial research shops around the globe are looking for new ways to keep their product relevant. From a...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot You Don't Need an Antivirus (Except Microsoft's Built-in on Windows), Says Former Firefox Developer
Former Firefox developer Robert O'Callahan believes that antivirus software is not necessary, AV vendors are of little help, and that you should uninstall your antivirus software immediately. From a b...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot A Lack of Alternatives To Qualcomm Is Hurting the Ecosystem
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Android Authority: Smartphone enthusiasts are probably eagerly awaiting the arrival of Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 835 SoC, which was unveiled back at the b...
12:00 pm - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Software Engineers Are the Heroes of New Computer History Museum Exhibit
Tekla Perry writes: The Computer History Museum set out to turn the spotlight on software engineers and show how they are the changing the world. But what projects to feature in the new, permanent exh...
08:00 am - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot New, Higher Measurement of Universe's Expansion May Lead To a 'New Physics'
doug141 writes: Astronomers have measured the universe's current expansion rate (a value known as the Hubble constant) at about 44.7 miles (71.9 kilometers) per second per megaparsec (3.26 million lig...
04:00 am - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot New York Approves Largest US Offshore Wind Farm Off Long Island
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved what will be the longest U.S. offshore wind farm when it's built off the east end of Long Island. When it's all said and done, it will generate enough elect...
04:00 am - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Finally Turn Hydrogen Into a Metal, Ending a 80-Year Quest
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In 1935, scientists predicted that the simplest element, hydrogen, could also become metallic under pressure, and they calculated that it would t...
02:00 am - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Breach Notification Website LeakedSource Allegedly Raided By Feds
Breach notification service LeakedSource may be permanently shut down after the owner of the site was raided earlier this week. "At the start of the new year, LeakedSource indexed more than 3 billion ...
02:00 am - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Google's Pixel 2 To Feature Improved Camera, CPU and Higher Price, Says Report
Google's Pixel smartphone was released in October last year, but we're already starting to hear about the "Pixel 2" successor. The "reliable" source told 9to5Google that the next Google flagship will ...
02:00 am - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot New York Okays Largest US Offshore Wind Farm Off Long Island
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved what will be the longest U.S. offshore wind farm when it's built off the east end of Long Island. When it's all said and done, it will generate enough elect...
12:00 am - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Customer Feedback Surveys Could Be Considered Harmful
Longtime Slashdot reader Stunt Pope writes: Customer Feedback surveys are now near-ubiquitous, subjecting us all to near-Black Mirror-esque pursuit to "rate your experience" for everything from going ...
12:00 am - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot First Human-Pig 'Chimera' Created in Milestone Study
Scientists have created a human-pig hybrid in a milestone study that raises the prospect of being able to grow human organs inside animals for use in transplants. From a report: It marks the first tim...
12:00 am - Fri, January 27, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Sues Former Autopilot Executive For Allegedly Stealing Secrets, Poaching Coworkers
Tesla has filed a lawsuit Thursday against its former director of Autopilot Programs, Sterling Anderson, for breach of contract. The company alleges Anderson took proprietary information about the Aut...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Reportedly Working On a 'Lightweight Version of Windows' Known As 'Cloud Shell'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Last week, details emerged of Microsoft's plans to develop a single, unified, 'adaptive shell' for Windows 10. Known as the 'Composable Shell', or CSHE...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Dumps Personalized 'Trending Topics' After Backlash
As the company works to strengthen its reputation as a place for news and curb the spread of misinformation on the site, Facebook announced it has removed the personalized interest-based list of news ...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Scrambles For Next Big Feature, Bets On Merging Tweets, Hashtags, Moments
Twitter is introducing a long requested feature: A better way to discover people, events and trends.The company is introducing Explore, a tab that the company says will be a home for the most popular ...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Chrome Now Reloads Pages 28% Faster
Google has announced that it has worked with Facebook and Mozilla to make page reloads in Chrome for desktop and mobile significantly faster. According to Google's data, reloading sites with the lates...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot New Zealand To Bring Ultrafast Internet To 85 Percent Of Population
Ultrafast broadband is coming to more than another 200,000 homes, but doubts are already being expressed that the expansion of the network isn't quite ambitious enough. From a report: Another 423,000 ...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Uber Was the Most-Expensed Service, With 6% of all Business Receipts in 2016
Uber continues to be the transportation service of choice for business travelers, making up 52 percent of all expenses in Q4, according to a study by Certify. From a report: The online travel and expe...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot 'The Future of Advertising is Fewer, Better Ads'
For more than a decade, the online advertising world has been dominated by "display ads," served up to consumers alongside web content, search results or social media posts. But they're not the only g...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot The Doomsday Clock Is Reset: Closest To Midnight Since The 1950s
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has taken the unprecedented step of moving the Doomsday Clock ahead 30 seconds, taking the world to two-and-a-half-minute to midnight. The scientists said Thursda...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Hires Hugo Barra, Former Android VP and Public Face of Xiaomi, To Head Oculus
Facebook has hired Hugo Barra, the most prominent global executive at Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, to lead its virtual reality business including the Oculus unit, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg s...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot New Zealand To Bring Ultrafast Internet To 85 Percent Population
Ultrafast broadband is coming to more than another 200,000 homes, but doubts are already being expressed that the expansion of the network isn't quite ambitious enough. From a report: Another 423,000 ...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Apple Set To Join Amazon, Google, Facebook in AI Research Group
Apple will take a significant step toward disclosing more of its artificial intelligence research this week by becoming a member of a non-profit AI research consortium founded by five of the tech indu...
02:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot DragonflEye Project Wants To Turn Insects Into Cyborg Drones
New submitter robotopia writes: Scientists at a research and development company called Draper are using genetic engineering and optoelectronics to turn dragonflies into cybernetic insects, reports IE...
12:00 pm - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Personality Traits Are Linked To Differences In Brain Structure, Says Researchers
New submitter baalcat quotes a report from Neuroscience News: Our personality may be shaped by how our brain works, but in fact the shape of our brain can itself provide surprising clues about how we ...
08:00 am - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Boeing Unveils New NASA Spacesuits For Starliner Austronaut Taxi
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: The NASA astronauts who fly aboard Boeing's new spaceship will wear sleek, blue suits that are lighter, simpler and more comfortable than the bulky ...
04:00 am - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Cure Mice of Diabetes Using Cells Grown Inside Rats
In a process that could transform organ transplantation, scientists in Japan and the U.S. have reportedly cured mice of diabetes by transplanting mouse cells grown in rats. The study has been publishe...
04:00 am - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Nicotine Shown To Reduce Symptoms of Schizophrenia
New submitter future guy quotes a report from New Atlas: A meta-analysis of worldwide studies conducted in 2005 definitively showed what many doctors had been anecdotally noting for decades. Schizophr...
02:00 am - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Google Bans 200 Publishers From Its Ad Network
Since it passed a new policy against fake news, Google has banned 200 publishers from its AdSense network, an ad placement service that automatically serves text and display ads on participating sites...
02:00 am - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Russia Arrests Top Kaspersky Lab Security Researcher On Charges of Treason
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Russian authorities arrested Ruslan Stoyanov, one of Kaspersky Lab's top-ranked security researchers, under article 275 of the Russian crimin...
02:00 am - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Samsung's Galaxy S8 Will Feature a Headphone Jack, Desktop Dock, 'Infinity Display' and More, Says In-Depth Report
The Guardian has published a considerable amount of information on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. The phone will reportedly launch in March with a headphone jack and a desktop dock, among ot...
12:00 am - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Trump's FCC Chairman Pick Ajit Pai Vows To Close Broadband 'Digital Divide'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On his first full day as Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Republican Ajit Pai yesterday spoke to FCC staff and said one of his top pri...
12:00 am - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Dropbox Kept Files Around For Years Due To 'Delete' Bug
Dropbox has fixed a bug that caused old, deleted data to reappear on the site. The bug was reported by multiple support threads in the last three weeks and merged into one issue here. An anonymous Sla...
12:00 am - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Gmail Will Soon Block JavaScript File Attachments
Starting February 13, 2017, Google will not allow JavaScript files to be sent as an attachment via Gmail in an effort to reduce malicious attacks. Android Police reports: Malicious emails often attach...
12:00 am - Thu, January 26, 2017
Slashdot Deep Learning Algorithm Diagnoses Skin Cancer As Well As Seasoned Dermatologists
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ExtremeTech: Remember how that Google neural net learned to tell the difference between dogs and cats? It's helping catch skin cancer now, thanks to some scien...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot More Than 8M People Own an Amazon Echo As Customer Awareness Increases 'Dramatically'
Amazon continues to see more and more traction with its voice-enabled speaker. An anonymous reader writes: A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) estimates that there are now...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Apple Expands Qualcomm Legal Spat To China
Apple's legal battle with Qualcomm has gone international. From a report: The iPhone maker on Wednesday filed two lawsuits against Qualcomm in China, according to Reuters, which cited a press release ...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot UK 'Pirates' Get 20-Day Grace Period After Each Warning
UK Internet providers will soon begin sending piracy warnings to subscribers whose accounts are used to share copyright-infringing material. The associated "Get It Right" campaign has now published a ...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Apple Seemingly Censors UltraFine 5K Monitor Reviews After Poor Feedback
It appears Apple is filtering and censoring bad reviews of the LG's UltraFine 5K display. From a report on The Next Web: The deletion was first spotted by a Reddit user four days ago. Though it's poss...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Mac Sales Declined Nearly 10 Percent Last Year
It's not surprising that Mac sales dropped for Apple in 2016 as they experienced their first year over year sales decline since 2001. What is interesting, however, is that as Mac sales dropped roughly...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg 'Reconsidering' Lawsuits To Force Property Sales in Hawaii
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he is "reconsidering" a set of lawsuits that he recently filed to compel hundreds of Hawaiians to sell him small plots of land they own that lie within the boundaries...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Viruses, Spyware Found in 'Alarming' Number of Android VPN Apps
When the Federal Court blocked access to file-sharing websites like The Pirate Bay last December, VPN (Virtual Private Network) providers reported a surge in subscription rates. Australian company Van...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Says He'll Start Digging a Tunnel From SpaceX HQ Next Month
It appears Elon Musk is really serious about digging a tunnel to fix the traffic jams on roads. Last month, the SpaceX CEO sent out a string of tweets complaining about traffic. He suggested that a po...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Chrome To Introduce Timer To Throttle Background Pages
Google plans to roll out a change in Chrome Stable soon that will have the browser throttle timers in background tabs to improve battery life and browsing performance. From a report: The motivation be...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot HP Recalls Another 100,000 Laptop Batteries After Reports of Overheating and Damage
HP is continuing its recall of laptop batteries that could pose a risk to consumers. The company has recalled more than 100,000 lithium-ion batteries used in its notebook computers, according to Consu...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot LG Continues To Bleed Money, Thanks To Smartphones
LG's big bet on modular smartphone G5 didn't pan out the way it wanted, and its mobile business continues to bleed money. From a report on Engadget: The final quarter of 2016 saw the company take a se...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Apple is Bringing Night Shift Mode To Its Desktop OS
Apple is bringing Night Shift, a feature aimed at changing the tone of the display to better suit the eyes at different time of the day, to its desktop operating system. From a report: macOS Sierra 10...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Should College Tuition Vary By Major, Based On the College's Costs For the Major?
Registered Coward v2 writes: Vault, in a blog post, discusses whether colleges should base tuition on the actual cost of providing the education rather than on a one-price-for-all-credits basis. Their...
12:00 pm - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot George Orwell's '1984' Tops Amazon's Bestseller List
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Sales of George Orwell's dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, ...
08:00 am - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot India To Send Surveyors To Find Out If Everest Shrunk From Nepal Earthquake
OffTheLip writes: Recent scrutiny into the officially recorded height of the world's tallest mountain will lead to a re-measurement. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal in 2015 is being eyed as the re...
04:00 am - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot USDA Scrambles To Ease Concerns After Researchers Were Ordered To Stop Publishing Publicly Funded Science
Layzej writes: Popular Science reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now barred from communicating with the public. [And early this morning, BuzzFeed revealed that] The U.S. Depart...
04:00 am - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Create 3D Bioprinter Capable of Printing Living Human Skin
New submitter drunkdrone quotes a report from International Business Times: Spanish scientists say they have developed a prototype 3D printer that is capable of printing "functional" human skin that c...
02:00 am - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Discover Massive Networks of Fake Twitter Accounts
mi writes: Turns out, there are researchers studying ways to identify bots on Twitter -- fake accounts used by individuals or groups for various purposes. They identified, what seems like a collection...
02:00 am - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Updates Echo, Echo Dot To Let You Address It As 'Computer'
ewhac writes: "Computer, what is the time, please?" is now a spoken command that will actually work with Amazon's updated Alexa/Echo smart speaker. Previously, your options were "Alexa," "Echo," and "...
02:00 am - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Wine 2.0 Released
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: It's finally here! After so many months of development and hard work, during which over 6,600 bugs have been patched, the Wine project is happy to a...
12:00 am - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Google Starts Live Testing Instant Apps on Android
Last year, Google previewed a new feature that would allow a user to try out an app without having to download and install it first. China's WeChat recently made the service live on its platform, but ...
12:00 am - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Will Now Let Android Users Download Content Onto SD Storage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Consumerist: Now that Netflix has finally opened the doors to offline viewing, subscribers have the ability to download content and watch it later. That's all ...
12:00 am - Wed, January 25, 2017
Slashdot Google Is Partnering With Raspberry Pi To Create AI
Google is planning to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to the diminutive Raspberry Pi this year. The Raspberry Pi Foundation said in a statement, "Google is going to arrive in ...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Best Picture Oscar Nod Makes History For Streaming Media
Hollywood is buzzing after Tuesday morning's long-awaited Oscar nominations announcements, finally revealing who will be competing for an Academy Award on Feb. 26. One of the biggest stories of the mo...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Apple Will Finally Let Developers Respond To App Store Reviews
An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: Apple is finally going to give its developers a way to respond to customer reviews on its App Store and Mac App Store -- a feature that's long been avai...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Releasing a Find My AirPods Feature
For those of you worried about losing an AirPod or two, you may soon be able to find some peace of mind. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is adding AirPods support to the Find My iPhone app...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Firefox 51 Arrives With HTTP Warning, WebGL 2 and FLAC Support
Reader Krystalo writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 51 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The new version includes a new warning for websites which collect passwords but don't use HTTPS, WebGL 2...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Australia Plans Biometric Border Control
The Australian government is planning to allow 90% of travellers to pass through passport control without human help by 2020. From a report: With a $100m budget, it has begun the search for technology...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Court Denies US Government Appeal in Microsoft's Overseas Email Case
An equally divided federal appeals court refused to reconsider its landmark decision forbidding the U.S. government from forcing Microsoft and other companies to turn over customer emails stored on se...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Five Google Lunar XPrize Teams Confirm They're Set For the Moon
The Google Lunar XPrize (GLXP) teams are still soldiering on and, with the deadline now less than 12 months away, the XPrize Foundation has confirmed that five of those teams have signed launch contra...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Offers To Scrap Ebook Clauses To Settle EU Antitrust Probe
U.S. online retailer Amazon has offered to alter its e-book contracts with publishers in a bid to end an EU antitrust probe and stave off a possible fine, the European Commission said on Tuesday. From...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot China Is Splashing $168 Million To Make It Rain
China, the world's second largest economy, is pouring 1.5 billion yuan ($168 million) into a program aimed at making it rain in its usually arid northwestern region. From a report: No stranger to usin...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot IBM Promised Domestic Jobs, But is Firing Thousands of US Workers and Moving Some Jobs Overseas
As companies fall all over themselves to hype creation of U.S. jobs, IBM is catching flak for promising thousands of new ones while firing folks right and left. From a report: Company CEO Ginni Romett...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft May Halt the Expansion of a UK Datacenter Due To Brexit
On Monday, Microsoft hosted an online event to discuss the impact of the UK's departure from the European Union on the tech industry. The company currently has two large datacentres in the UK, and it ...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Vivaldi CEO: Stop Your Anti-Competitive Practices With Edge, Microsoft!
Reader Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft is no stranger to pissing people off, particularly when it comes to Windows 10. There have been endless cries about forced updates, complaints about ads, moaning a...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can US Citizens Trust Government Data?
mmell writes: An editorial in the Washington Post and made publicly available via an MSN news feed has asked the question: "In the Trump administration era of 'alternative facts,' what happens to gove...
12:00 pm - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Acquires and Will Free Up Science Search Engine Meta
tomhath quotes a report from TechCrunch: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's $45 billion philanthropy organization is making its first acquisition in order to make it easier for scientists to search,...
08:00 am - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot China Unseats US As Global Investment Leader In Financial Technology: Report
Paul Fernhout writes: China has unseated North America as the global investment leader in financial technology, or "fintech," according to Citigroup's latest report on "digital disruption." The resear...
04:00 am - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Cervical Cancer Just Got Much Deadlier -- Because Scientists Fixed a Math Error
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Cervical cancer is 77 percent more deadly for black women and 44 percent more deadly for white women than previously thought, researchers report ...
02:00 am - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Apple Investigating Issue With AirPods Randomly Disconnecting During Calls
According to MacRumors, Apple is investigating multiple reports from iPhone owners of AirPods randomly disconnecting and reconnecting during calls. While the issue doesn't appear to be widespread, it ...
02:00 am - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Yahoo Sale To Verizon Delayed After Hack Disclosures
wiredmikey quotes a report from SecurityWeek: Yahoo said Monday that the closing of a $4.8 billion deal to sell its core internet assets to U.S. telecom titan Verizon has been delayed several months. ...
02:00 am - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Two-Thirds of Americans Give Priority To Developing Alternative Energy Over Fossil Fuels
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Pew Research Center: A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 65% of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy sources, compared with 27% who...
02:00 am - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot South Korea Developing 'Near-Supersonic' Train Similar To Hyperloop
The South Korean government plans to unveil a high-speed train that can travel at near-supersonic speeds capable of cutting a five hour journey to just 30 minutes. It's reminiscent of the Hyperloop, a...
12:00 am - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot FBI Is Probing Sundance Cyberattack That Forced Box Office To Close
Over the weekend, the Sundance Film Festival was hacked. "Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office," said a spokesperson for...
12:00 am - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Yahoo Faces SEC Probe Over Data Breaches
New submitter Linorgese quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: paywalled; alternate source): U.S. authorities are investigating whether Yahoo Inc.'s two massive data breaches should ha...
12:00 am - Tue, January 24, 2017
Slashdot Ransomware Infects All St Louis Public Library Computers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Libraries in St Louis have been bought to a standstill after computers in all the city's libraries were infected with ransomware, a particularly ...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Google Voice Receives First Update in Five Years
Google Voice hasn't seen a lot of love or attention since it launched with some fanfare in 2009, but surprisingly Google wants people to know that it still cares about the communication app. In a new ...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Offering Day Pass For International Travelers
Starting Friday, AT&T customers who travel abroad can sign up for a new International Day Pass plan. Instead of paying by the minute, message or megabyte, the plan lets you pay a $10-a-day flat fr...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Foxconn Considers $7 Billion Screen Factory In US, Which Could Create Up To 50,000 Jobs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturing company best known for its partnership with Apple, has said that it is mulling a $7 billion investm...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot When Their Shifts End, Uber Drivers Set Up Camp in Parking Lots Across the US
A feature report on Bloomberg today illustrates the lives of several Uber drivers, who find shelter in car parking at nights when it's too pricey and tiring to go home. An excerpt from the story: In C...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot China Cracks Down On International VPN Usage
An anonymous reader writes: China's government has announced a 14-month crackdown on the use of unauthorised Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), commonly used by visitors and native activists, amongst ot...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Alexa and Google Assistant Have a Problem: People Aren't Sticking With Voice Apps They Try
Amazon Echo and Google Home were the breakaway hits of the holiday shopping season. But both devices -- and the voice technologies that power them -- have some major hurdles to overcome if they want t...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot More People Than Ever Are Using DuckDuckGo; Site Says It Observed 14M Searches in One Day This Month
An anonymous reader shares a BetaNews article: A lot of people are more privacy aware than they have been in the past, and are wary of entrusting everything they search for to Google. That's where pri...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Android Device's Pattern Lock Can Be Cracked Within Five Attempts, Researchers Show
The popular Pattern Lock system used to secure millions of Android phones can be cracked within just five attempts -- and more complicated patterns are the easiest to crack, security experts reveal. F...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Lays Off More Than 1,000 Employees
An anonymous reader writes: According to the Mercury News, Oracle is laying off approximately 450 employees in its Santa Clara hardware systems division. Reports at The Layoff, a discussion board for ...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Answers Burning Note 7 Questions, Vows Better Batteries
From a report on CNET: During a press conference Sunday, Samsung said two separate battery defects caused both the original batch of Galaxy Note 7 phones and the replacement units to overheat. The fir...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Sprint Purchases 33 Percent Stake in Tidal For $200 Million
Sprint has acquired a 33 percent stake in Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal, the two companies announced today. From a report: A source familiar with the matter tells Billboard that the purchase w...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Every Upcoming Chromebook Will Run Android Apps
Google announced last year that it will be bringing Android apps to Chromebooks. The company has now announced that moving forward all the new Chromebooks will have access to the Google Play Store, th...
02:00 pm - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Western Union Pays $586M Fine Over Wire Fraud Charges
The head of the FTC says Western Union "facilitated scammers and rip-offs," while the company "looked the other way." An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:The world's biggest money-transfer company agre...
10:00 am - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot's Interview With Swift Creator Chris Lattner
You asked, he answered! The creator of Apple's Swift programming language (and a self-described "long-time reader/fan of Slashdot") stopped by on his way to a new job at Tesla just to field questions ...
06:00 am - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Three States Propose DMCA-Countering 'Right To Repair' Laws
Automakers are using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to shut down tools used by car mechanics -- but three states are trying to stop them.An anonymous reader quotes IFixIt.Org:in 2014, Ford sued ...
04:00 am - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot 'IT Issue' Grounded All United Airlines Flights In The US
For two and a half hours -- no take-offs. An anonymous reader quotes NBC News:All of United Airlines' domestic flights were grounded Sunday night because of a computer outage, the Federal Aviation Adm...
02:00 am - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot C Creator Wants To Solve 35-Year-Old Generic Programming Issues With Concepts
C++ creator Bjarne Stroustrup is arguing that we can improve code by grounding generic programming in concepts -- what's required by a template's arguments. An anonymous reader quotes Paul Krill's rep...
02:00 am - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should Commercial Software Prices Be Pegged To a Country's GDP?
Here's a bright idea from dryriverWhy don't software makers look at the average income level in a given country -- per capita GDP for example -- and adjust their software prices in these countries acc...
12:00 am - Mon, January 23, 2017
Slashdot Do Android Users Still Use Custom Roms?
"With all of the drama at CyanogenMod, Android Authority takes a look at the current state of custom ROM development," writes Slashdot reader Thelasko. From the article:The future of CyanogenMod appea...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Releases New Open Source 'Internet Health Report'
Slashdot reader Krystalo shared this VentureBeat article:Fresh off its brand redesign, Mozilla has released The Internet Health Report, an open-source initiative to document the state of the internet,...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot Database Attacks Spread To CouchDB, Hadoop, and ElasticSearch Servers
An anonymous reader writes: Two weeks after cybercriminal groups started to hijack and hold for ransom MongoDB servers, similar attacks are now taking place against CouchDB, Hadoop, and ElasticSearch ...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot Tiny New Robots Perform Eye Surgery
A tiny new Robotic Retinal Dissection Device -- nicknamed "R2D2" -- can crawl into an incision in the eye and lift a membrane no more than a hundredth of a millimeter."The cables that enable the robot...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot The 32-Bit Dog Ate 16 Million Kids' CS Homework
"Any student progress from 9:19 to 10:33 a.m. on Friday was not saved..." explained the embarrassed CTO of the educational non-profit Code.org, "and unfortunately cannot be recovered."Slashdot reader ...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot Is The Tech Industry Driving Families Out of San Francisco?
Why does San Francisco now have fewer children per capita than any of America's largest 100 cities? An anonymous reader writes:A move to the suburbs began in the 1970s, but "The tech boom now reinforc...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot Army Bug Bounty Researcher Compromises US Defense Department's Internal Network
Thursday the U.S. Army shared some surprising results from its first bug bounty program -- a three-week trial in which they invite 371 security researchers "trained in figuring out how to break into c...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot NASA Names an Asteroid After 'Star Trek' Actor Wil Wheaton
"An asteroid going boldly through the universe now carries a new name that honors actor Will Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation," reports CNET. An anonymous reader qu...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot Humans, Not Climate Change, Wiped Out Australian Megafauna
"New evidence involving the ancient poop of some of the huge and astonishing creatures that once roamed Australia indicates the primary cause of their extinction around 45,000 years ago was likely a r...
12:00 pm - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot An AI Is Finally Trouncing The World's Best Poker Players
Halfway through the "Brains vs. AI" poker competition, an AI named Libratus is trouncing its human opponents, who are four of the world's top professional players.One of the pros, Jimmy Chou, said he ...
10:00 am - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot Geek Avenges Stolen Laptop By Remotely Accessing Thief's Facebook Account
An anonymous reader quotes Hot Hardware:Stu Gale, who just so happens to be a computer security expert, had the misfortune of having his laptop stolen from his car overnight. However, Gale did have re...
06:00 am - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot Free Software Foundation Shakes Up Its List of Priority Projects
alphadogg quotes Network World:The Free Software Foundation Tuesday announced a major rethinking of the software projects that it supports, putting top priority on a free mobile operating system, acce...
04:00 am - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot Knuth Previews New Math Section For 'The Art of Computer Programming'
In 1962, 24-year-old Donald Knuth began writing The Art of Computer Programming -- and 55 years later, he's still working on it. An anonymous reader quotes Knuth's web site at Stanford:Volume 4B will ...
02:00 am - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot New Wyoming Bill Penalizes Utilities Using Renewable Energy
An anonymous reader quotes a Christian Science Monitor report on "a bill that would essentially ban large-scale renewable energy" in Wyoming.The new Wyoming bill would forbid utilities from using sola...
12:00 am - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Gets Competitors
Hackaday reports that Asus has "quietly released their Tinker board that follows the Pi form factor very closely, and packs a 1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortes A17 alongside an impressive spec At £55...
12:00 am - Sun, January 22, 2017
Slashdot The SHA-1 End Times Have Arrived
"Deadlines imposed by browser makers deprecating support for the weakened SHA-1 hashing algorithm have arrived," writes Slashdot reader msm1267. "And while many websites and organizations have progres...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Oracle to Block JAR Files Signed with MD5 Starting In April
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:Oracle says that starting with April 18, 2017, Java (JRE) will treat all JAR files signed with the MD5 algorithm as unsigned, meaning they'll be considered ...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Newest Tesla Autopilot Data Shows A 40% Drop in Crashes
There's a surprise in the data from an investigation into Tesla safety by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:[W]hile all Tesla vehicles come w...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Are Squirrels A Bigger Threat To Our Critical Infrastructure?
"The real threat to global critical infrastructure is not enemy states or organizations but squirrels, according to one security expert." Long-time Slashdot reader randomErr quotes the BBC.Cris Thomas...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Pwn2Own 2017 Offers Big Bounties For Linux, Browser, and Apache Exploits
Now that TrendMicro owns TippingPoint, there'll be "more targets and more prize money" according to eWeek, and something special for Pwn2Own's 10th anniversary in March.Slashdot reader darthcamaro wri...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot FTC Dismantles Two Huge Robocall Organizations
Billions of robocalls came from two groups selling extended auto warranties, SEO services, and home security systems over the last seven years -- many to numbers on the "Do Not Call" list -- but this ...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Google Pressured 90,000 Android Developers Over Insecure Apps
An anonymous reader quotes PCWorld:Over the past two years, Google has pressured developers to patch security issues in more than 275,000 Android apps hosted on its official app store. In many cases t...
04:00 pm - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot New Release Of Nim Borrows From Python, Rust, Go, and Lisp
An anonymous reader writes:"Nim compiles and runs fast, delivers tiny executables on several platforms, and borrows great ideas from numerous other languages," according to InfoWorld. After six years,...
02:00 pm - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Lay Off 700 Employees Next Week, Report Says
According to a report by Business Insider (Warning: may be paywalled), Microsoft will cut about 700 jobs in conjunction with its quarterly earnings release next week. GeekWire reports: The latest layo...
12:00 pm - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Enter Hawaii Dome In Eight-Month Mars Space Mission Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Six scientists have entered a dome perched atop a remote volcano in Hawaii where they will spend the next eight months in isolation to simulate life f...
08:00 am - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot NASA Is Planning Mission To An Asteroid Worth $10 Quintillion
New submitter kugo2006 writes: NASA announced a plan to research 16 Psyche, an asteroid potentially as large as Mars and primarily composed of Iron and Nickel. The rock is unique in that it has an exp...
04:00 am - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot The Mind-Reading Gadget For Dogs That Got Funded, But Didn't Get Built
the_newsbeagle writes: Crowdfunding campaigns that fail to deliver may be all too common, but some flameouts merit examination. Like this brain-scanning gadget for dogs, which promised to translate th...
02:00 am - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Uber Hires Former Google Search Chief Amit Singhal As SVP of Engineering
The former Senior Vice President of Search and employee number 176 at Google has joined the ride-hailing company Uber as SVP of Engineering. TechCrunch is reporting that "Singhal will be heading up th...
02:00 am - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Jay Z's Tidal Music Streaming Service Is Fraudulently Inflating Subscriber Numbers, Report Says
A new report published by Markus Tobiassen and Kjetil Saeter of Norwegian publication Dagens Naeringsliv is accusing Jay Z's Tidal music streaming service of fabricating their subscriber numbers by cr...
02:00 am - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Second Time In 9 Months: AT&T Raises Phone Activation Fee $5, Now Charges $25
For the second time in 9 months, ATT is raising its activation and upgrade fee. In April 2016, the fee for non-contract customers was raised from $15 to $20. Today, it has been raised another $5, from...
02:00 am - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot CBS, Paramount Settle Lawsuit Over 'Star Trek' Fan Film
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hollywood Reporter: Stand down from battle stations. Star Trek rights holders CBS and Paramount have seen the logic of settling a copyright suit against Alec P...
12:00 am - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Lavabit Is Relaunching
The encrypted email service once used by whistleblower Edward Snowden is relaunching today. Ladar Levison, the founder of the encrypted email service Lavabit, announced on Friday that he's relaunching...
12:00 am - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot Elite Scientists Have Told the Pentagon That AI Won't Threaten Humanity
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A new report authored by a group of independent U.S. scientists advising the U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD) on artificial intelligence (AI) claims th...
12:00 am - Sat, January 21, 2017
Slashdot New Senate Bill Would Give US Grads Preference In Receiving H-1B Visas
dcblogs quotes a report from Computerworld: A new bill in Congress would give foreign students who graduate from U.S. schools priority in getting an H-1B visa. The legislation also "explicitly prohibi...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Sony Is Weighing a Sale of Film, TV Business
Sony could be exploring the sale of its film and television unit just a week after announcing the departure of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. From a report: Tokyo's Sony Corp. is listening to ...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Despite Glitches, AT&T's DirecTV Now Hits 200,000 Subscribers in Its First Month
AT&T's new live TV streaming service DirecTV Now has been off to a shaky start in terms of performance, but that hasn't stemmed the flow of sign-ups, AT&T reports. The company said the service...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Apple Sues Qualcomm For Roughly $1 Billion Over Royalties
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been "charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with." The suit fol...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Launches Virtual 'Dash' Buttons For One-Click Buying From the Homepage
Amazon's Dash Buttons, those tiny, physical gadgets, make buying products from the online retailer easier when you're not in front of a computer. Now the company is taking that idea back to its digita...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Targets Chrome Users With Windows 10 Pop-up Ad
Google Chrome users on Windows 10 are apparently being treated to a new experience: a pop-up ad. From a PCMag report: If you have Chrome installed and the icon present on the Windows Taskbar, chances ...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Galaxy S7 Display Defaults To Full HD After Nougat Update, But You Can Switch Back
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung's new display scaling options change the default resolution of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge introduces a new display sc...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Top Security Researchers Ask The Guardian To Retract Its WhatsApp Backdoor Report
Earlier this month The Guardian reported what it called a "backdoor" in WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned instant messaging app. Some security researchers were quick to call out The Guardian for what they co...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Japan is Testing USB Phone Charging Stations in Public Transport Buses
According to Japanese news outlet IT Media, a public transport bus in the Tokyo area has introduced, and is currently testing, USB charging stations for commuter phones and tablets. From a report: Whi...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Uber Will Pay $20 Million For Exaggerating Drivers' Earnings
Uber is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay t...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Donald Trump Is Sworn In As the 45th US President
Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, succeeding Barack Obama and taking control of a divided country in a transition of power that he has declared will lead ...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Trump Trades in Android Phone For Secret Service-Approved Device
Who's got two thumbs and a Secret Service-approved phone to tweet from? On arriving in Washington on Thursday ahead of his inauguration, Donald Trump has handed in his Android device in exchange for a...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Note 7 Investigation Will Blame 'Irregularly Sized' Batteries and Manufacturing Flaws, Says WSJ
Samsung's official investigation into the cause of widespread faults with the Galaxy Note 7 will blame "irregularly sized" batteries and manufacturing faults, according to a report from The Wall Stree...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Viral Chinese Selfie App Meitu, Valued at Over $5 Billion, Phones Home With Personal Data
The Meitu selfie horrorshow app going viral through Western audiences is a privacy nightmare, researchers say. The app, which has been featured on several popular outlets including the NYTimes, USA To...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Has a Team That Handles Mark Zuckerberg's Page
theodp writes: Q. How many Facebook employees does it take to produce Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page? A. More than a dozen! CNET's Ian Sherr offers his take on the news that Facebook has a team that ...
12:00 pm - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Star Trek Discovery Gets Delayed Again As Spock's Father Is Cast
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hollywood Reporter: CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed again as the series continues casting. The revival for the streaming platform has cas...
08:00 am - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Galileo Satellites Are Experiencing Multiple Clock Failures
elgatozorbas writes: According to a BBC article, the onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate. From the repor...
04:00 am - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Neuroscience Can't Explain How a Microprocessor Works
mspohr writes: The Economist has an interesting story about two neuroscientists/engineers -- Eric Jonas of the University of California, Berkeley, and Konrad Kording of Northwestern University, in Chi...
04:00 am - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot 3D TV Is Dead
While Samsung dropped 3D support in 2016, LG and Sony -- the last two major TV makers to support the 3D feature in their TVs -- will stop doing so in 2017. None of their TVs, including the high-end OL...
02:00 am - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot South Korean Court Dismisses Arrest Warrant For Samsung Chief
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A South Korean court on Thursday dismissed an arrest warrant against the head of Samsung Group, the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scand...
02:00 am - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Scraps Plans For Solaris 12
bobthesungeek76036 writes: According to The Register, Solaris 12 has been removed from Oracle roadmaps. This pretty much signals the demise of Solaris (as if we didn't already know that...) From the r...
02:00 am - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Scottish Government Targets 66% Emissions Cut By 2032
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: The Scottish government has outlined a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032. Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham set ou...
12:00 am - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Calls Out HBO For Not Letting Subscribers Binge On New Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Netflix has gleefully poked a stick at its competitors in the video streaming market, after revealing it had added more than seven million subscr...
12:00 am - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Zuckerberg Sues Hundreds of Hawaiians To Force Property Sales To Him
mmell writes: Apparently, owning 700 acres of land in Hawaii isn't enough -- Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has filed suit to force owners of several small parcels of land to sell to the highes...
12:00 am - Fri, January 20, 2017
Slashdot Tech Firm Creates Trump Monitor For Stock Markets
randomErr quotes a report from Reuters: London-based fintech firm Trading.co.uk is launching an app that will generate trading alerts for shares based on Donald Trump social media comments. Keeping on...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Google Uses Search To Push Its Products: WSJ
Ads for Google and related companies were found in the top spot in 91% of 25,000 searches related to items, according to a report on WSJ. For example, a search for "phones" would produce ads for Googl...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Patent Hints at Self-Driving Car Plans
Amazon is working on self-driving cars, according to a new patent that deals with the complex task of navigating reversible lanes. From a report on The Guardian: The patent, filed in November 2015 and...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot 32% of All US Adults Watch Pirated Content
Nearly a third of all US adults admit to having downloaded or streamed pirated movies or TV-shows, a new survey has found. Even though many are aware that watching pirated content is not permitted, a ...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60
Students at elite colleges are even richer than experts realized, according to a new study based on millions of anonymous tax filings and tuition records. At 38 colleges in America, including five in ...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot 5G Internet is the 'Beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution'
Next-generation 5G mobile internet technology marks the beginning of the "fourth industrial revolution," the chief executive of Turkey's leading telecoms player told CNBC on Thursday. From a report: 5...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Avoids Recall After Autopilot Crash Death
Tesla will not be ordered to recall its semi-autonomous cars in the US, following a fatal crash in May 2016. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation after it fou...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Netflix's Subscriber Boom Shows the World is Accepting Internet TV
Netflix's boom in subscribers is a sign that the world is accepting internet TV, meaning without commercials and on-demand, said CEO Reed Hastings during an earnings call with investors. From a report...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft is Bringing Cortana To Android Lock Screen
Microsoft is testing out a new way to access Cortana, its digital assistant, from the Android lock screen, with just a swipe. It's a new feature that's clearly designed to replace Google's own quick a...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot ProtonMail Adds Tor Onion Site To Fight Risk Of State Censorship
ProtonMail now has a home on the dark web. The encrypted email provider announced Thursday it will allow its users to access the site through the Tor anonymity service. From a report: Swiss-based PGP ...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Sitting Too Much Ages You By 8 Years
Sitting too much during the day has been linked to a host of diseases, from obesity to heart problems and diabetes, as well as early death. It's not hard to understand why: being inactive can contribu...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Amazon, Apple To End Audiobook Exclusivity: EU
European Union antitrust regulators on Thursday said they welcomed a move by Amazon.com to end exclusivity obligations for the supply and distribution of audiobooks between the e-commerce giant and Ap...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Krebs Pinpoints the Likely Author of the Mirai Botnet
The Mirai botnet caused serious trouble last fall, first hijacking numerous IoT devices to make a historically massive Distributed Denial-Of-Service (DDoS) attack on KrebsOnSecurity's site in Septembe...
02:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot How the Human Brain Decides What Is Important and What's Not
New submitter baalcat writes: A new study reported by Neuroscience News sheds light on how we learn to pay attention in order to make the most of our life experiences. From the report: "The Wizard of ...
12:00 pm - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot China Cancels Over 100 Coal-Fired Power Plants
In an effort to improve air quality, the Chinese government has canceled over 100 coal-fired power plants in 11 provinces -- totaling a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts. Reuters ...
08:00 am - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Female Shark Learns To Reproduce Without Males After Years Alone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: A female shark separated from her long-term mate has developed the ability to have babies on her own. Leonie the zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciat...
04:00 am - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Robotic Sleeve Mimics Muscles To Keep a Heart Beating
randomErr writes: 5.7 million adults in the United States have heart failure each year with about 41 million worldwide. Currently, treatment involves surgically implanting a mechanical pump, called a ...
04:00 am - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Julian Assange Will Not Hand Himself In Because Chelsea Manning's Release Won't Happen Immediately, Lawyer Says
President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's prison sentence yesterday, reducing her time required to serve behind bars from 35 years to just over seven years. Prior to the commutation, WikiLeaks' Julia...
02:00 am - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot College Fires IT Admin, Loses Access To Google Email, Successfully Sues IT Admin For $250K
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Shortly after the American College of Education (ACE) in Indiana fired IT administrator Triano Williams in April, 2016, it found that it no longe...
02:00 am - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Malwarebytes Discovers 'First Mac Malware of 2017'
wiredmikey writes: Security researchers have a uncovered a Mac OS based espionage malware they have named "Quimitchin." The malware is what they consider to be "the first Mac malware of 2017," which a...
02:00 am - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Apple Increases App Store Prices By 25% Following Brexit Vote
Following the UK's vote to leave the European Union last year, Apple is raising prices on its UK App Store by almost 25 percent to counter the depreciation of the pound. For example, an app that costs...
02:00 am - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Adds Intel's Clear Linux Open-Source OS To Azure Market
JG0LD quotes a report from Network World: Microsoft announced today that it has added support for the Intel-backed Clear Linux distribution in instances for its Azure public cloud platform. It's the l...
12:00 am - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Labor Department Sues Oracle For Paying White Men More
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Oracle is being sued by the Labor Department for paying white men more than their counterparts and for favoring Asian workers when recruiting and hi...
12:00 am - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Is Investing $350 Million In Its Gigafactory, Hiring Hundreds of Workers
Just weeks after the massive Gigafactory started producing batteries, Tesla has announced plans to hire more workers and use the facility to make the motor and gearbox for its upcoming Model 3 electri...
12:00 am - Thu, January 19, 2017
Slashdot Report: PS4 Is Selling Twice As Well As Xbox One
The latest numbers released by analysts suggest that the Sony PlayStation 4 is selling twice as many units worldwide as the Xbox One since both systems launched in late 2013. The data comes from a new...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot CIA Releases 13M Pages of Declassified Documents Online
About 13 million pages of declassified documents from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have been released online. The records include UFO sightings and psychic experiments from the Stargate pr...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Earth Hit Record Hot Year in 2016: NASA
Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, government scientists have said. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared. Fro...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Twitter Just Sold Its Developer Platform To Google
Google has acquired a part of Twitter -- the part that isn't about tweets. Twitter's mobile developer platform Fabric will become part of Google, both companies announced Wednesday. From a report: Acq...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Japan To End Tourists' Toilet Trouble With Standardised Buttons
The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association, a consortium of companies producing plumbing products has agreed to unify the iconography used on the often baffling control panels for Japanese toil...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot The Problem With Google AMP
Kyle Schreiber has raised some issues about Google's AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), an open source project unveiled by the company in 2015 with which it aims to accelerate content on mobile devices. ...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla's New Logo Reminds Us that It Is, In Fact, a Web Firm
Mozilla has a new logo. The company has ditched the world "ill" from the name with a colon and two slashes. From a report: Last year, Mozilla, the internet company best known for the Firefox browser, ...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Ukraine's Power Outage Was a Cyber Attack, Says Power Supplier
A power blackout in Ukraine's capital Kiev last month was caused by a cyber attack and investigators are trying to trace other potentially infected computers and establish the source of the breach, ut...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Thousands of Note 7 Phones Still in Use On Verizon, All Non-911 Calls To Be Rerouted To Customer Service
Thousands of Verizon customers continue to use the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the carrier said. This despite the widely publicized recalls spurred by battery fire concerns and a software upgrade design...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Russia Extends Edward Snowden's Asylum To 2020, To Offer Citizenship Next Year
Whistleblower and former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been allowed to remain in Russia for another three years and will next year qualify to apply for Russian citizenship. From a re...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot One in Five of Us May 'Hear' Flashes of Light
One in five people is affected by a synaesthesia-like phenomenon in which visual movements or flashes of light are "heard" as faint sounds, according to scientists. From a report on The Guardian: The ...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Plans To Add an Ebook Store To Windows 10
Microsoft may have plans to give Windows 10 users the ability to purchase ebooks directly from the Windows Store. According to a report on MSPowerUser, Windows 10 Creators Update will feature a new bo...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Android Will Now Store Google Searches Offline and Deliver Them When You Get Signal
Google is rolling out an update for its Android app that makes it easier to search on the web with an inconsistent internet connection. Users can make searches when offline and the Google app will sto...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Dutch Developer Added Backdoor To Websites He Built, Phished Over 20,000 Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: A Dutch developer illegally accessed the accounts of over 20,000 users after he allegedly collected their login information via backdoors ins...
12:00 pm - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Low-Cost Android One Phones Coming To The US, Says Report
The Android One platform is a program designed by Google to provide budget-friendly Android smartphones to developing markets. The phones are attractive because they contain no bloatware, competing se...
08:00 am - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: NASA wants humans and robots to work together as teams. To ensure that, the space agency's autonomous robotics group is currently developing new t...
04:00 am - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Maps Starts Showing Parking Availability For Some Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in August, Cody found strings in his teardown of Google Maps v9.34 beta that hinted at an upcoming display of parking difficulty. The option...
04:00 am - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot AI Can Predict When Patients Will Die From Heart Failure 'With 80% Accuracy'
New submitter drunkdrone quotes a report from International Business Times: Scientists say they have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program that is capable of predicting when patients with ...
02:00 am - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Blockchain Technology Could Save Banks $12 Billion a Year
Mickeycaskill quotes a report from Silicon.co.uk: Accenture research has found Blockchain technology has the potential to reduce infrastructure costs by an average of 30 percent for eight of the world...
02:00 am - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Shuts Down 2G Network, Ends Cellular Connectivity For Original iPhone
ATT yesterday announced that its 2G wireless network was officially shut down on January 1, 2017. Since the network is no longer active, it means that, as the Verge points out, the original first-gene...
02:00 am - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot US Antitrust Agency Sues Qualcomm Over Patent Licensing
Qualcomm shares have plunged after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against the company on Tuesday, accusing the company of using "anticompetitive" tactics to maintain its monopoly on...
12:00 am - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence
The New York Times is reporting that President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence. What this translates to is a reduced sentence for Manning, from 35 years to just over seven years. Since M...
12:00 am - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Ambulances In Sweden Will Be Able To Hijack Car Radios During Emergencies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: The Swedish government wants to make it impossible to be caught off guard by a speeding ambulance. Sure, their sirens are loud -- but soon they...
12:00 am - Wed, January 18, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Looking To Buy Comcast or Charter, Says Report
"Two well-placed sources" told The New York Post that Verizon is considering purchasing a big cable company to help it grow demand for its wireless data products. The source said the most likely targe...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Netflix is 'Killing' DVD Sales, Research Finds
Netflix has become the go-to destination for many movie and TV fans. The service is bringing in billions for copyright holders, but it also has a downside. New research shows that the availability of ...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Uber Sues City of Seattle To Block Landmark Driver Union Ordinance
Seattle's landmark law that lets drivers for ride-hailing companies decide if they want to bargain collectively was set to go into effect today, but an Uber subsidiary has sued to block key rules of t...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Porn Pirates Exploit Well-Known Loophole To Upload Raunchy Videos On YouTube
Adult video websites appear to be exploiting a YouTube loophole to host explicit material on the platform. An anonymous reader shares a report on The Next Web: A number of adult streaming websites hav...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Safari Users Unable to Play Newer 4K Video On YouTube in Native Resolution
It appears Google recently turned on VP9 codec on YouTube for delivering 4K video. However, because of this, Safari users are unable to watch videos uploaded to the service since early December in ful...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Privacy Changes Appease Watchdogs, But Still No Data 'Off-Switch'
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced several privacy changes in Windows 10, but it didn't give users an option to completely opt-out of data-collection feature. The announcement came at a time to c...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Toshiba Might Spin Off Its Semiconductor Business
Toshiba is considering spinning off its semiconductor business and selling a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital, the Nikkei financial daily reported on Wednesday. From the report: Toshiba wi...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Opera Presto Source Code Leaks Online
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: An unknown third-party has leaked the source code of the old Opera Presto browser engine on GitHub, and later on Bitbucket, two services for hosting and ...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot People Don't Realize How Deep AI Already Is In So Many Things, Salesforce CEO Benioff Says
Evolving technologies should develop at a steady enough pace to adequately replace the jobs they eliminate, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told CNBC on Tuesday. From the report: "Technology's always take...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Facebook's Price Tag For Oculus Actually $3 Billion, Zuckerberg Reveals in Court
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed in court testimony Tuesday that the company actually paid $3 billion to buy Oculus. From a report on CNBC: His testimony came in a Dallas courtroom, when game mak...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Apple App Store Prices Rise in UK, India and Turkey
Apple is to put up the price it charges for apps in the UK, India and Turkey. From a report on BBC: UK costs will numerically match those of the US, meaning that a program that costs $0.99 will now be...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Worldwide App Downloads Grew 15% and Revenue Soared 40% in 2016
Downloads, revenue, and time spent in apps all grew by double digits during 2016, according to a report by market researcher App Annie. From a report on VentureBeat: Time spent in apps grew more than ...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Facebook To Stop Paying Publishers To Make Live Videos
Last year, publishers worldwide began making live videos on Facebook. The social juggernaut had cut deals with them, offering lofty amounts and promising big future moving forward. Turns out, Facebook...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Caffeine May Counter Age-Related Inflammation, Says Study
According to a new Stanford study published in the journal Nature Medicine, caffeine may help to counter the inflammatory process that occurs in some older people. The researchers have found a connect...
12:00 pm - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Turn Docile Mice Into Ruthless Hunters
BenBoy writes: A couple of years ago, a story surfaced about smarter mice: Scientists Create Super-intelligent Mice, Discover They're Also Very Laid Back. Well, implicit challenge accepted! 2017 bring...
08:00 am - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Japanese Spacecraft Spots Massive Gravity Wave In Venus' Atmosphere
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Japanese probe Akatsuki has observed a massive gravity wave in the atmosphere of Venus. This is not the first time such a wave was observed on t...
04:00 am - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Offer 32GB of Desktop RAM, Kaby Lake In Top-End 2017 MacBook Pro, Says Analyst
AppleInsider has obtained a note to investors from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that says Apple's 2017 laptop line will focus on internal component updates, including the platform-wide adoption of Intel's...
04:00 am - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Study Finds Link Between Profanity and Honesty
A team of researchers from the Netherlands, the UK, the U.S. and Hong Kong report in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science that people who use profanity are less likely to be associ...
02:00 am - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Denies Refunds For DirecTV Now Customers, Despite the Service's Performance Issues
A number of consumers report they're unable to get a refund for their subscription to AT&T's recently launched streaming service, DirecTV Now -- something they've requested after being unhappy wit...
02:00 am - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Seeks FCC Permission To Run Wireless Tests In Washington State
Amazon has filed an application with the U.S. federal government that details plans to experiment with wireless communications technology. The application asks the FCC for permission "to test undisclo...
02:00 am - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Oculus Accused of Destroying Evidence, Zuckerberg To Testify In $2 Billion Lawsuit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: ZeniMax Media, the parent company of both Bethesda Softworks and Id Software, says it will prove at trial that John Carmack and others at Oculus ...
12:00 am - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Patent Hints At Foldable Tablet Design For Surface Phone
A new patent has surfaced from Microsoft that may shed some light on the company's upcoming Surface Phone. The patent, which was first filed in October 2014 and recently made public, details a 2-in-1 ...
12:00 am - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Upgrades Compute Module With 10 Times the CPU Performance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Raspberry Pi Compute Module is getting a big upgrade, with the same processor used in the recently released Raspberry Pi 3. The Compute Modul...
12:00 am - Tue, January 17, 2017
Slashdot ISIS Is Dropping Bombs With Drones In Iraq
In addition to rifles, mortars, artillery and suicidal car bombs, ISIS has recently added commercial drones, converted into tiny bombs, into the mix of weapons it uses to fight in Iraq. In October, Th...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot South Korea Prosecutors Seek Arrest of Samsung Chief Jay Y Lee For Bribery
South Korea's special prosecutors' office said it will seek a warrant to arrest the head of Samsung Group, the country's biggest conglomerate, accusing him of paying multi-million dollar bribes to a f...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot China, Europe Drive Shift To Electric Cars as US Lags
Electric cars will pick up critical momentum in 2017, many in the auto industry believe - just not in North America. Tighter emissions rules in China and Europe leave global carmakers and some consume...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot NASA Astronaut Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On the Moon, Dies At 82
NASA astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain Gene Cernan was the second American to walk in space and the last to set foot on the moon during that mission. Unfortunately, today Cernan passed away at a...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Google Reveals Its Servers All Contain Custom Security Silicon
Google has published an Infrastructure Security Design Overview that explains how it secures the cloud it uses for its own operations and for public cloud services. From a report on The Register: The ...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft: Windows 7 Does Not Meet the Demands of Modern Technology; Recommends Windows 10
In a blog post, Microsoft says that continued usage of Windows 7 increases maintenance and operating costs for businesses. Furthermore, time is needlessly wasted on combating malware attacks that coul...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Apple Exec Jimmy Iovine Confirms Company's Interest in Making 'Pop Culture' TV Shows
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is working to bring in veteran producers to help create original content, including TV series and movies. Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine has all b...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Flying Car Prototype Ready By End of 2017, Says Airbus CEO
Airbus plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group's chief executive said on Monday. From a report: ...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Don't Call Switch a Tablet, Also It's Not Here To Oust the 3DS, Says Nintendo
An anonymous reader shares a report on CNET: Don't call the new Nintendo Switch a tablet. And don't assume the shape-shifting device for gamers will replace the company's popular 3DS handheld, Nintend...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Warns Against 'Hubris' Amid AI Growth
Microsoft and its competitors should eschew artificial intelligence systems that replace people instead of maximizing their time, CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview on Monday. From the report: "Th...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Deutsche Bank Switches Off Text Messaging
Deutsche Bank has banned text messages and communication apps such as WhatsApp on company-issued phones in an effort to improve compliance standards. From a report: The functionality will be switched ...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot China Orders App Stores To Join Register
China's internet regulator has ordered mobile app stores to register themselves with it immediately. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said the move would help "promote the healthy and orde...
02:00 pm - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Gets A New Linux: openSUSE
An anonymous reader writes:"Running Linux binaries natively on Windows... that sounds awesome indeed," writes Hannes Kuhnemund, the senior product manager for SUSE Linux Enterprise. He's written a blo...
10:00 am - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Create A Lithium-Ion Battery With Built-In Flame Retardant
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:One big problem with lithium-ion batteries is that they have the tendency to catch fire and blow up all kinds of gadgets like toys and phones. To solve that issue, ...
06:00 am - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Security Bulletins Will End In February
Remember how Microsoft switched to cumulative updates? Now Computerworld points out that that's bringing another change. An anonymous reader quotes their report:Microsoft next month will stop issuing ...
04:00 am - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Upgrade Bug Disabled Cntrl-C In Bash
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:A massive set of changes to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) was rolled into Windows Insider build 15002... If this is any hint, Microsoft's goal is nothing s...
12:00 am - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot Apple/Samsung Patent Case Returns To Court To Revisit Infringement Damages
An anonymous reader quotes MacRumors:The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday reopened a longstanding patent lawsuit related to Samsung copying the design of the iPhone nearly six...
12:00 am - Mon, January 16, 2017
Slashdot How A Professional Poker Player Conned a Casino Out of $9.6 Million
Phil Ivey is a professional poker player who's won ten World Series of Poker bracelets -- but he's also got a new game. An anonymous reader write:In 2012, Ivey requested that the Borgata casino let hi...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot Driverless Electric Shuttle Deployed In Downtown Las Vegas
schwit1 quotes the Associated Press: There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric ...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot Google-Funded Project Envisions Nation's Librarians Teaching Kids to Code
"We're excited to double down on the findings of Ready to Code 1," says one Google program manager, "by equipping librarians with the knowledge and skills to cultivate computational thinking and codin...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Corrupt Data For Cloud-Based Medical Marijuana System
Long-time Slashdot reader t0qer writes:I'm the IT director at a medical marijuana dispensary. Last week the point of sales system we were using was hacked... What scares me about this breach is, I hav...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot Meet Lux, A New Lisp-like Language
Drawing on Haskell, Clojure, and ML, the new Lux language first targeted the Java Virtual Machine, but will be a universal, cross-platform language. An anonymous reader quotes JavaWorld: Currently in ...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot Thousands Of Cubans Now Have Internet Access
There's been a dramatic change in one of the world's least-connected countries. An anonymous reader quotes the AP:Since the summer of 2015, the Cuban government has opened 240 public Wi-Fi spots in pa...
12:00 pm - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot Will The Death of the PC Bring 'An End To Openness'?
Slashdot reader snydeq shared "11 Predictions For the Future of Programming" by InfoWorld's contributing editor -- and one prediction was particularly dire:The passing of the PC isn't only the slow de...
08:00 am - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Best Place To Suggest New Open Source Software?
dryriver writes:Somebody I know has been searching up and down the internet for an open source software that can apply GPU pixel shaders (HLSL/GLSL/Cg/SweetFX) to a video and save the result out to a ...
04:00 am - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot Debian 8.7 Released
Debian 8.7 has been released. An anonymous reader quotes Debian.org:This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. ...
02:00 am - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Returns To Flight, And Nails Another Drone Landing
Applehu Akbar writes: SpaceX successfully launched a 10-satellite Iridium NEXT package, and then landed on a drone ship — this time from Vandenburg AFB in California. The launch had been delayed...
12:00 am - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot 'Superbug' Resistant To 26 Antibiotics Kills A Patient In Nevada
An anonymous reader quotes UPI:A Nevada woman in her 70s who'd recently returned from India died in September from a "superbug" infection that resisted all antibiotics, according to a report released ...
12:00 am - Sun, January 15, 2017
Slashdot California's Bullet Train Hurtles Towards a Multibillion-Dollar Overrun
schwit1 quotes the Los Angeles Times: California's bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that's just for the first 118 miles through the C...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Amateur Scientists Find New Clue In D.B. Cooper Case, Crowdsource Their Investigation
Six months after the FBI closed the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history -- after a 45-year investigation -- there's a new clue. An anonymous reader quotes Seattle news station KING:A...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Student Hacker Faces 10 Years in Prison For Spyware That Hit 16,000 Computers
An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard:A 21-year-old from Virginia plead guilty on Friday to writing and selling custom spyware designed to monitor a victim's keystrokes. Zachary Shames, from Great Fa...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot D-Wave Open Sources Its Quantum Computing Tool
Long-time Slashdot reader haruchai writes: Canadian company D-Wave has released their qbsolv tool on GitHub to help bolster interest and familiarity with quantum computing. "qbsolv is a metaheuristic ...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Hamas 'Honey Trap' Dupes Israeli Soldiers
wiredmikey quotes Security Week: The smartphones of dozens of Israeli soldiers were hacked by Hamas militants pretending to be attractive young women online, an Israeli military official said Wednesda...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Tor Onion Browser's Creator Explains Free Version For iOS
The free iOS version of the Tor browser "sparked a tidal wave of interest" after its release in December, according to Silicon.co. Mickeycaskill writes: The cost has been scrapped due to developer Mik...
04:00 pm - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Node.js's npm Is Now The Largest Package Registry in the World
Linux.com highlights some interesting statistics about npm, the package manager for Node.js. "At over 350,000 packages, the npm registry contains more than double the next most populated package regis...
02:00 pm - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Petition With Over 1 Million Signatures Urges President Obama To Pardon Snowden
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: More than 1 million people signed onto a petition asking President Barack Obama to pardon Edward Snowden, proponents of the pardon said Friday. The campa...
12:00 pm - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Moon Express Raises $20 Million In Series B-1, Fully Funds Trip To The Moon
The company competing in the Google Lunar X-Prize, Moon Express, has raised $20 million in funding and announced that they have now fully financed their mission to the moon. The company made history l...
08:00 am - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Someone Is Trying to Sell Those Stolen Three-Screen Razer Laptops in China
Just a few days ago, Razer's awesome Project Valerie laptops -- the one with three 4K displays -- were stolen. Now it looks like whoever stole them is trying to sell them. From a report: It turns out ...
06:00 am - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Accident Cost it Hundreds of Millions
Elon Musk's SpaceX lost more than a quarter of a billion dollars in 2015 after a botched cargo run to the International Space Station and the subsequent grounding of its Falcon 9 rocket fleet, The Wal...
04:00 am - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Congress Will Consider Proposal To Raise H-1B Minimum Wage To $100,000
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: President-elect Donald Trump is just a week away from taking office. From the start of his campaign, he has promised big changes to the US immigr...
02:00 am - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Drone Maker Lily Robotics Faked Promotional Video, Gets Sued For False Advertising and Misleading Business Practices
Dotnaught quotes a report from The Register: Lily Robotics says its decision on Thursday to shut down and return pre-order payments for a never-delivered drone, which came on the same day that San Fra...
02:00 am - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Headphone Users Rejoice: Samsung Reportedly Not Killing the Galaxy S8's Headphone Jack
An anonymous reader writes: Contrary to previous reports, Samsung's upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone will come with a headphone jack, unlike the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and several other Android...
02:00 am - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Millennials Earn 20 Percent Less Than Boomers Did At Same Stage of Life
According to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles, millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, even though they are better ed...
12:00 am - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Facebook No Longer Clearly Labels Edited Posts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mashable: Have you ever made a cringeworthy mistake in a Facebook post? Don't lie, the answer is yes. If you have a sense of shame, Facebook at least allows yo...
12:00 am - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Open Source Codec Encodes Voice Into Only 700 Bits Per Second
Longtime Slashdot reader Bruce Perens writes: David Rowe VK5DGR has been working on ultra-low-bandwidth digital voice codecs for years, and his latest quest has been to come up with a digital codec th...
12:00 am - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Faulty Phone Battery May Have Caused Fire That Brought Down EgyptAir Flight MS80
New submitter drunkdrone writes: "French authorities investigating the EgyptAir crash that killed 66 people last year believe that the plane may have been brought down by an overheating phone battery,...
12:00 am - Sat, January 14, 2017
Slashdot Head of Sony Entertainment, Michael Lynton, To Step Down
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has told his employees that he is stepping down from the company. He will however be staying with the company for six months to help in the transition. Lynton's n...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Trump's Cyber Security Advisor Rudy Giuliani Runs Ancient, Utterly Hackable Website
mask.of.sanity writes from a report via The Register: U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's freshly minted cyber tsar Rudy Giuliani runs a website so insecure that its content management system is five ...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot eBay To Combat Counterfeiters With Professional Authenticators That Inspect High-End Goods
To many, eBay serves as a convenient conduit for shifting unwanted goods and buying items at a fraction of their MSRP. But the online shopping emporium has long been a popular platform for fake produc...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Virginia 'Broadband Deployment Act' Would Kill Municipal Broadband Deployment
Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill called the "Virginia Broadband Deployment Act," but instead of resulting in more broadband deployment, the legislation would make it more difficult for munici...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Creator of Android Andy Rubin Nears His Comeback, Complete With an 'Essential' Phone
From a report on Bloomberg: Rubin, creator of the Android operating system, is planning to marry his background in software with artificial intelligence in a risky business: consumer hardware. Armed w...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Chrome is Getting the Ability To Play FLAC
Audiophiles are getting a new way to listen to one of the top formats for lossless music. From a report: Google has begun adding FLAC support to Chrome, and it should be rolling out to the masses very...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot US Appeals Court Revives Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple
iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Half the Work People Do Can Be Automated, Says McKinsey
Half the work people do in their jobs can be automated, according to a study published by McKinsey Global Institute. From a report: Instead of assessing the impact of automation on specific jobs, the ...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot App.net is Shutting Down
Social network App.net is shutting down once and for all in March. The company said on March 14 it will be deleting all user data. The announcement comes two years after the company ceased active deve...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Security Experts Rebut The Guardian's Report That Claimed WhatsApp Has a Backdoor
William Turton, writing for Gizmodo: This morning, the Guardian published a story with an alarming headline: "WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages." If true, this would have massive...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's New Windows 10 Game Mode Will Maximize Gaming Performance
Microsoft has started officially testing a new Game Mode feature in Windows 10. From a report: Traces of the new option were found back in December, but the most recent test build of Windows 10 (15007...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Google's New Compression Tool Uses 75% Less Bandwidth Without Sacrificing Image Quality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: Google just released an image compression technology called RAISR (Rapid and Accurate Super Image Resolution) designed to save your precious data...
12:00 pm - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot US Puts Bumblebee On the Endangered Species List For First Time
For the first time for a bumblebee and a bee species in the U.S., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the bumblebee an endangered species. The protected status goes into effect on Februa...
08:00 am - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Will Launch On March 3rd For $299, Won't Feature Region-Locking Software
Nintendo has released more details about its upcoming Nintendo Switch gaming console. We have learned that the console will be launching on March 3rd worldwide, and in North America the console will b...
04:00 am - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot CVS Announces Super Cheap Generic Alternative To EpiPen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Pharmaceutical giant CVS announced Thursday that it has partnered with Impax Laboratories to sell a generic epinephrine auto-injector for $109.99...
04:00 am - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Study Shows Wearable Sensors Can Tell When You Are Getting Sick
skids quotes a report from Phys.Org: Wearable sensors that monitor heart rate, activity, skin temperature and other variables can reveal a lot about what is going on inside a person, including the ons...
02:00 am - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Rural Americans At Higher Risk From Five Leading Causes of Death: CDC
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes of death than people living in urban areas, according to a new govern...
02:00 am - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Tesla To Power Gigafactory With World's Largest Solar Rooftop Installation
Last week, Tesla announced that its Gigafactory has begun mass production of lithium-ion battery cells in Nevada. But the company failed to mention one thrilling detail in their January 4 announcement...
12:00 am - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pros
Consumer Reports has updated their report on the 2016 MacBook Pros, and is now recommending Apple's latest notebooks. MacRumors reports: In the new test, conducted running a beta version of macOS that...
12:00 am - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Fingerprinting Methods Identify Users Across Different Browsers On the Same PC
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: A team of researchers from universities across the U.S. has identified different fingerprinting techniques that can track users when they use...
12:00 am - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Europe Calls For Mandatory 'Kill Switches' On Robots
To combat the robot revolution, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee has proposed that robots be equipped with emergency "kill switches" to prevent them from causing excessive damage. Leg...
12:00 am - Fri, January 13, 2017
Slashdot Switzerland Agrees To Its Own New Data Sharing Pact With the US
Mickeycaskill quotes a report from Silicon.co.uk: Switzerland has agreed its own new data transfer agreement with the United States, basing the framework on the deal struck by the European Union (EU) ...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot US EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Excess Diesel Emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using hidden software to allow excess diesel emissions to go undetected, the result of a probe th...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Arizona Plans To Sue Theranos Over Faulty Blood Tests
An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: The Arizona attorney general is soliciting outside legal counsel to pursue a consumer fraud lawsuit against the beleaguered blood testing startup Theran...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Obama Changed Rules Regarding Raw Intelligence, Allowing NSA To Share Raw Data With US's Other 16 Intelligence Agencies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Schneier on Security: President Obama has changed the rules regarding raw intelligence, allowing the NSA to share raw data with the U.S.'s other 16 intelligenc...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Hacker Steals 900 GB of Cellebrite Data
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Motherboard has obtained 900 GB of data related to Cellebrite, one of the most popular companies in the mobile phone hacking industry. The cache includ...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Cassettes Are Back, and Booming
Long time reader harrymcc writes: By now, it isn't news that vinyl albums continue to sell, even in the Spotify era. But a new report says that sales of music on cassette are up 140 percent. The antiq...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Amazon To Add 100,000 Full-Time US Jobs in Next 18 Months
An anonymous reader shares a GeekWire report: Amazon just made a big statement about its continued growth aspirations, announcing that it plans to add another 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. over t...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot The Flying Lily Camera Drone is Dead, Buyers Will Be Refunded
The Lily Camera drone, which could begin recording as soon as you threw it into the air and would follow your movements automatically, has failed to materialize. The startup, which took pre-orders wor...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Launches Anime Channel for $5 Per Month, Its First Branded Subscription Channel
Todd Spangler, writing for Variety: Amazon is rolling out its first branded on-demand subscription service for Amazon Channels: Anime Strike, offering more than 1,000 series episodes and movies rangin...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot HTC's New Flagship Phone Has AI and a Second Screen, But No Headphone Jack
An anonymous reader shares a report on The Verge: HTC is getting 2017 off to a flying start with an unseasonably early announcement of its next flagship phone: the U Ultra. This 5.7-inch device inaugu...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Just Got Slapped With a $1 Million Fine For Misleading Pricing
Some deals are too good to be true. And, for Amazon, they will cost the company. From a report on Recode: A Canadian enforcement agency announced today that Amazon Canada will pay a $1 million fine fo...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Apple Planning To Make Original TV Shows and Movies as Hardware Sales Soften
While investors seem to remain optimistic about the future of Apple, it's no secret that sales of its iconic hardware products have flatlined or fallen over the past year. From a report: We'll have to...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Opera Neon Turns Your Web Browser Into a Mini Desktop
Opera today announced it's launching a new browser called Opera Neon. From a report on Engadget:It's a separate "concept" browser that shows where software could go. It's much more visual, with an unc...
02:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot New FCC Report Says AT&T and Verizon Zero-Rating Violates Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Just a week and a half before he is set to leave office, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has issued a new report stating that the zero-rated video services...
12:00 pm - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Use Stem Cells To Regenerate the External Layer of a Human Heart
schwit1 quotes a report from Indy100: A team of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have used adult skin cells to regenerate functional human heart tissue. The st...
10:00 am - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Japan Researchers Warn of Fingerprint Theft From 'Peace' Sign
Tulsa_Time quotes a report from Phys.Org: Could flashing the "peace" sign in photos lead to fingerprint data being stolen? Research by a team at Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) says so...
08:00 am - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Calculate the Moon To Be 4.51 Billion Years Old
Scientists used rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971 to calculate the age of the moon. It turns out that it is much older than scientists suspected, coming in at 4.51 billion ...
04:00 am - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Implantable Cardiac Devices Could Be Vulnerable To Hackers, FDA Warns
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Monday that pacemakers, defibrillators and other devices manufactured by St. Jude Medical, a medical device company based in Minnesota, could have put p...
04:00 am - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Details Its Plans For Landing Three Falcon Heavy Boosters At Once
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: As part of the process to gain federal approval for the simultaneous landing of its Falcon Heavy rocket boosters in Florida, SpaceX has prepared ...
02:00 am - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Comcast Remains America's Most-Hated Company, Survey Finds
What may come as no surprise to cable TV or internet subscribers, Comcast remains among the least-liked companies in American history, according to a new survey from 24/7 Wall Street. From DSL Reports...
02:00 am - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader Update Silently Installs Chrome Extension
An anonymous reader writes: The latest Adobe Acrobat Reader security update (15.023.20053), besides delivering security updates, also secretly installs the Adobe Acrobat extension in the user's Chrome...
02:00 am - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Buggy Domain Validation Forces GoDaddy To Revoke SSL Certificates
msm1267 quotes a report from Threatpost: GoDaddy has revoked, and begun the process of re-issuing, new SSL certificates for more than 6,000 customers after a bug was discovered in the registrar's doma...
12:00 am - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Soon Lock Your PC When You Step Away From It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft is working on a new Windows 10 feature that will automatically lock and secure a PC when the operating system detects someone has moved aw...
12:00 am - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot JetBlue Giving All Passengers Free In-Flight 'Fly-Fi' High-Speed Wi-Fi
BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: Today, JetBlue announced something miraculous for travelers. Every one of its passengers will have access to free in-flight high-speed Wi-Fi, which it calls...
12:00 am - Thu, January 12, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Anti-Porn Workers Sue Over PTSD
An anonymous reader shares with us a report from The Daily Beast: When former Microsoft employees complained of the horrific pornography and murder films they had to watch for their jobs, the software...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Slides as China's Central Bank Launches Checks On Exchanges
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: China's central bank launched spot checks on leading bitcoin exchanges in Beijing and Shanghai, ratcheting up pressure on potential capital outflows and kn...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Facebook's 'Journalism Project' Seeks To Strengthen Online News
Facebook is taking more responsibility over its role in the media industry. CNET reports on the company's announcement: The social network on Wednesday announced a new initiative called the Journalism...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot New Research Suggests the Appendix Has a Purpose After All
The appendix is an organ thought to have gone the way of our wisdom teeth and body hair: At one point we all needed them, now people can get by just fine without them. However, it turns out, at least ...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Streaming TV is Beginning To Look a Lot Like Cable
The advent of streaming TV services and over the top devices that support them has come at a cost. They used to work on a simple, unwritten principle: being different from normal cable services. You d...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Google is Killing Its Solar-Powered Internet Drone Program
An anonymous reader writes: Google's "moonshot" X division is ending its Titan drone program, which planned to use solar-powered drones to beam internet down to earth. Google bought Titan Aerospace in...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Says Over 96% of Galaxy Note7 Phones Returned To Date
Samsung said today that over 96 percent of all Galaxy Note7 phones have been returned following a recall that started in September. From a report: First introduced in August, the latest Note7 smartpho...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Wireless Headphone Sales Soared After Apple Dropped Headphone Jack
Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack from new iPhones last year prompted lots of consumers to switch to wireless headphones, according to a new report on holiday shopping. From a report: Thre...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Instagram Stories Hits 150M Active Users, Adds Advertising To Instagram Stories
An anonymous reader writes: Instagram Stories now has as many users as the last number announced by Snapchat, the app Instagram copied. And it's swiftly moving to monetize that massive audience. Along...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot AMD Set To Launch Ryzen Before March 3rd
An anonymous reader shares an AnandTech report: Thanks to some sleuthing from various readers, AMD has accidentally let the cat out of the bag with regards to the official Ryzen launch date. While the...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Still Lags Behind Apple, Google in Greenpeace Renewable Energy Report
Amazon's cloud-computing unit says that one day it will rely solely on renewable power. But Greenpeace reports that a ramp-up in data-center construction in Virginia, where electricity comes mostly fr...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Regulators Criticize Banks For Lending Uber $1.15 Billion
Federal regulators criticized several Wall Street banks over the handling of a $1.15 billion loan they helped arrange for Uber this past summer, reports Reuters, citing people with knowledge of the ma...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Now Gives Away 5,000 Bananas a Day
An anonymous reader writes: When thinking up ways to give back to its home city, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos decided to give out free bananas. That was in December 2015, when Amazon first launched the Commu...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Alcohol Switches the Brain Into Starvation Mode In Mice, Increasing Hunger and Appetite, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: In tests on mice, alcohol activated the brain signals that tell the body to eat more food. The UK researchers, who report their findings in the journal Na...
12:00 pm - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Monopoly May Replace Iconic Pieces With Emoji Faces and Hashtags
Hasbro, the toymaker behind Monopoly, is letting the public decide whether or not they should replace the game's iconic game pieces with new pieces inspired by pop culture and social media. CNNMoney r...
08:00 am - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot An Asteroid Passed By Earth At About Half the Distance Between Our Planet and Moon
On Monday at 7:47 A.M. EST, an asteroid thought to be between 36 and 111 feet wide passed roughly 120,000 miles from Earth -- and astronomers didn't spot it until Saturday. Smithsonian reports: Accord...
04:00 am - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Why You Shouldn't Trust Geek Squad
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World: The Orange County Weekly reports that Best Buy's "Geek Squad" repair technicians routinely search devices brought in for repair for files that c...
02:00 am - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Enhance User Privacy Controls In Upcoming Windows 10 Update
MojoKid writes: When Microsoft first launched Windows 10, it was generally well-received but also came saddled with a number of privacy concerns. It has taken quite a while for Microsoft to respond to...
02:00 am - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Sonos CEO John MacFarlene Steps Down From the Company He Helped Found
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: After nearly a decade and a half as the chief executive officer of the hardware company he cofounded, John MacFarlane has announced his resignation...
02:00 am - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot MIT Unveils New Material That's Strongest and Lightest On Earth
A team of MIT researchers have created the world's strongest and lightest material known to man using graphene. Futurism reports: Graphene, which was heretofore, the strongest material known to man, i...
12:00 am - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot Pentagon Successfully Tests Micro-Drone Swarm
schwit1 quotes a report from Phys.Org: The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103...
12:00 am - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Imposes Another $5 Rate Hike On Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: ATT is raising the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans by $5 a month, the second such increase in the past year. The price increase a...
12:00 am - Wed, January 11, 2017
Slashdot LinkedIn's and eBay's Founders Are Donating $20 Million To Protect Us From AI
Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, and Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, have each committed $10 million to fund academic research and development aimed at keeping artificial intelligence syste...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Volkswagen Closes In on $4.3 Billion US Settlement in Diesel Scandal
Volkswagen said it's closing in on a deal with U.S. authorities on a $4.3 billion settlement to resolve civil and criminal allegations stemming from its emissions-cheating scandal. From a report on Bl...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Apple Said To Be Working on AR Glasses With Carl Zeiss
Apple seems behind Microsoft, Google, and Facebook on the nascent augmented reality space, but that could change soon. From a report on CNET: The tech titan is working with the German optics manufactu...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Apple Patent Paves Way For iPhone With Full-Face Display, HUD Windows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Apple Insider: Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing technology that allows for ear speakers, cameras and even a heads-up display to hide behind an e...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Consumer Reports Updates Its MacBook Pro Review
Reader TheFakeTimCook writes: Last month, the new MacBook Pro failed to receive a purchase recommendation from Consumer Reports due to battery life issues that it encountered during testing. Apple sub...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot LG's Upcoming Smartphone G6 Will Have 5.7-inch QHD Display Featuring 18:9 Aspect Ratio
Song Su-hyun, reporting for The Korea Herald: LG Electronics' upcoming flagship smartphone will have a 5.7-inch Quad HD liquid crystal display panel with a ratio of 18:9, LG Display said on Tuesday. L...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Author of Swift Language Chris Lattner is Leaving Apple; We're Interviewing Him (Ask a Question!)
Software developer Chris Lattner, who is the main author of LLVM as well as Apple's Swift programming language, is leaving Apple, he said today. From a post: When we made Swift open source and launche...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot 'Tooth Repair Drug' May Replace Fillings
Teeth can be encouraged to repair themselves in a way that could see an end to fillings, according to scientists. From a report on BBC: The team at King's College London showed that a chemical could e...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Fitbit Buys Vector, Romanian Startup's Existing Smartwatches Won't Receive Software Updates Anymore
An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: One of the more surprising smartwatches of 2015 was from Vector, a Romanian startup led by former Citizen executives. Its 30-day battery life, Pebble-esq...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Wikimedia Foundation Nabs $3 Million Grant To Improve Accessibility of Free Commons' Content
As with other Wikimedia Foundation projects, Wikimedia Commons (a repository of free-to-use media assets, including photos, audio clips, and videos) is funded through donations, and the organization h...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot WeChat Beats Google in Releasing Apps That Don't Need Downloading or Installing
An anonymous reader shares a Mashable report: Click on a link in China's top messaging app, WeChat, and you'll be taken to a rich app-like experience, but without needing to download or install anythi...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Predict Star Collision Visible To The Naked Eye In 2022
Scientists predict that a pair of stars in the constellation Cygnus will collide in 2022, give or take a year, creating an explosion in the night sky so bright that it will be visible to the naked eye...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot WhatsApp, Gmail Roped Into Tougher EU Privacy Proposal
Online messaging and email services such as WhatsApp, iMessage and Gmail will face tough new rules on how they can track users under a proposal presented by the European Union executive on Tuesday. Fr...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Two Triple-Screen Laptops Were Stolen From Razer's CES Booth
In a Facebook post, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said two of their prototype laptops shown off at CES 2017 were stolen. "We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very ser...
12:00 pm - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot AMD Announces X300 and X370 AM4 Motherboards For Ryzen, All CPUs Unlocked
MojoKid writes: AMD has a lot riding on Ryzen, its new generation CPU architecture that is supposed to return the chip designer to a competitive position versus Intel in the high-end desktop X86 proce...
08:00 am - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Our Moon May Have Formed From Multiple Small Ones, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: A series of cosmic collisions may have spawned multiple moonlets that morphed into the one big moon we know today. Rather than one giant impact that ...
04:00 am - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot 2016 Was Second Hottest Year For US In More Than 120 Years of Record Keeping
Last year was the second hottest year for the United States in more than 120 years of record keeping, according to the National Climatic Data Center, marking 20 above-average years in a row. While Geo...
02:00 am - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot US Military Seeks Biodegradable Bullets That Sprout Plants
The Department of Defense is looking at ways to clean up the hundreds of thousands of training rounds used by the U.S. army. It is putting out the call for the development of biodegradable ammunition ...
02:00 am - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Soon Let You Opt-Out of Automatic Driver Updates
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: Microsoft is giving users some more control over Windows 10 updates, with a new beta build of its operating system released Monday. The build allows f...
02:00 am - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot The End of Yahoo: Marissa Mayer To Resign; Yahoo To Change Its Name To Altaba
maxcelcat writes: Spotted on The Register's twitter feed: Yahoo! Submission to The SEC. Most of the board is leaving, including CEO Marissa Mayer. The company has been bought by Verizon and is changin...
12:00 am - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Volkswagen Unveils 'ID Buzz' Electric Microbus Concept
New submitter drunkdrone quotes a report from International Business Times: Given the emissions scandal that rocked Volkswagen in 2015, we reckon Scooby Doo and the gang would opt for something a litt...
12:00 am - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Thank Users For Reporting Security Issues?
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: I have worked in the IT field long enough to know that many issues can be avoided if users pay attention to pop-ups, security alerts, "from" addresses et al and no...
12:00 am - Tue, January 10, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Purges Unlimited Data Customers, Targets Those Using 200GB
If you're a Verizon customer on an unlimited data plan who uses more than 200GB a month, you will soon need to switch to a limited plan or be disconnected, according to Verizon. "Because our network i...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot 'OLED TVs Will Finally Take Off in 2017'
From a feature article on Engadget: After years of taunting consumers with incredible picture quality, but insanely high prices, OLED TVs are finally coming down to Earth. Prices are falling, there wi...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Apple Plans 'High-Tech Manufacturing' of Data-Center Gear in Arizona
An anonymous reader shares a Business Insider report: Apple is seeking permission to conduct "high-tech manufacturing" and to build data-center server gear in a Mesa, Arizona, facility, according to a...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Next-Gen Samsung EV Battery Gets 300 Miles of Range From 20-Minute Charge
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Samsung's SDI battery subsidiary announced a new battery cell designed for use in electric vehicles that offers improved density to manage a max ra...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot FBI Arrests Volkswagen Executive On Charges Related To Dieselgate
According to CNET, the FBI has arrested Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt over the weekend on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. relating to the ongoing Dieselgate emissions scandal. From the...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Atlassian Acquires Trello For $425M
An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: Atlassian today announced that it has acquired project management service Trello for $425 million. The vast majority of the transaction is in cash ($360...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot IBM Is First Company To Get 8,000 US Patents In One Year, Breaking Record
Reader Mickeycaskill writes: For the 24th year in a row, IBM received the most patents of any company in the US. But for the first time it got more than 8,000 -- the first firm in any industry to do s...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Supreme Court Will Not Examine Tech Industry Legal Shield
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court's decision that an online advertising site accused by three young women of facilitating child sex ...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot IMDb Ignores New Law Banning It From Publishing Actors' Ages Online, Cites Free Speech Violations
Back in September, the state of California passed a new law that banned sites that offer paid subscriptions, and allow people to post resumes, from publishing individuals' ages. It's a law that has th...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Lawyer Rewrites Instagram's Privacy Policy So Kids and Parents Can Have a Meaningful Talk About Privacy
Kids, of age between 12 and 15, are increasingly joining Facebook's Instagram service, but according to a research, they likely don't even understand what they are signing up for. Jenny Afia, a privac...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Streaming Now Officially the Number One Way We Listen to Music in America
An anonymous reader writes: It's official: according to a new year-end report released by Nielsen, over the course of 2016, streaming became the primary mode of music consumption in the U.S. Overall o...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Apple's iPhone Turns 10
An anonymous reader shares a report: "Every once in a while there is a revolutionary product that comes along, that changes everything," that's how Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone 10 years ago....
04:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot LG Threatens To Put Wi-Fi in Every Appliance it Introduces in 2017
An anonymous reader shares a report: During the company's CES press conference today, LG marketing VP David VanderWaal says that "starting this year" all of LG's home appliances will feature "advanced...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Russia Demands LinkedIn App Takedown, Apple and Google Comply
Russia has forced Apple and Google to remove the LinkedIn mobile app from their Russian application markets, the latest chapter in a months-long campaign against the professional networking site. From...
02:00 pm - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Best Job For This Recent CS Grad?
One year away from graduating with a CS degree, an anonymous reader wants some insights from the Slashdot community:[My] curriculum is rather broad, ranging from systems programming on a Raspberry Pi ...
10:00 am - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Browser Autofill Profiles Can Be Abused For Phishing Attacks
An anonymous reader quotes Bleeping Computer: Browser autofill profiles are a reliable phishing vector that allow attackers to collect information from users via hidden form fields, which the browser ...
06:00 am - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Abandons Their Google Hangouts API
"Once again we're seeing the hazards of developing using a third party service API," writes Slashdot reader BarbaraHudson, reporting that Google "will be discontinuing support for the Google Hangouts ...
04:00 am - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot What's Happening As The University of California Tries To Outsource IT Jobs To India
Long-time Slashdot reader Nova Express shares an epic column by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Hiltzik. It details what's happening now as the University of California tries to outsources d...
02:00 am - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst A Question
Jim Whitehurst joined Red Hat in 2008, as its valuation rose past $10 billion and the company entered the S&P 500. He believes that leaders should engage people, and then provide context for self-...
12:00 am - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Uber Gives Cities Free Travel-Time Data
Uber is now "leveraging anonymous GPS information from hundreds of thousands of online Uber vehicles" using a new tool called Uber Movement. An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:Uber is going to make ...
12:00 am - Mon, January 9, 2017
Slashdot Google Spin-Off's Newest Self-Driving Minivans Start Road Tests This Month
"We're at an inflection point where we can begin to realize the potential of this technology," the CEO of Waymo said today. An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:Waymo, the self-driving car startup spu...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's The Most Useful 'Nerd Watch' Today?
He's worn the same watch for two decades, but now Slashdot reader students wants a new one. For about 20 years I've used Casio Databank 150 watches. They were handy because they kept track of my sched...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot Choked By Smog, Beijing Creates A New Environmental Police Force
An anonymous reader quotes the Christian Science Monitor:A new police force will crack down on environmental offenders in Beijing, city officials announced Saturday, marking the Chinese government's l...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot Richard Stallman Acknowledges Libreboot Is No Longer A Part of GNU
Libreboot became an official GNU project in May. Now an anonymous Slashdot reader writes:Richard Stallman has officially announced that Libreboot is no longer a GNU package. The maintainer of Libreboo...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot Nokia Finally Returns To The Smartphone Market (In China)
An anonymous reader quotes Mashable:To little fanfare, the Finnish technology company HMD Global Sunday unveiled the Nokia 6, a mid-range Android smartphone for the Chinese market. HMD owns the rights...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot Huawei Snubs Google, Ships An Android Phone With Alexa
Huawei announced its flagship handset will gives users access to Amazon's Alexa assistant in the U.S., suggesting a new worry for Google, according to Reuters. An anonymous reader writes: "The adoptio...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot A Federal Judge's Decision Could End Patent Trolling
"Forcing law firms to pay defendants' legal bills could undermine the business model of patent trolls," reports Computerworld. whoever57 writes: Patent trolls rely on the fact that they have no assets...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot New Study Finds 'Mediterranean' Diet Significantly Reduces Brain Shrinkage
schwit1 writes that 562 elderly research subjects cut their brain shrinkage in half just by changing their diet. (Paywalled article here). The BBC reports:A study of pensioners in Scotland found that ...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot US Government Offers $25,000 Prize For Inventing A Way To Secure IoT Devices
An anonymous reader writes:America's Federal Trade Commission has announced a $25,000 prize for whoever creates the best tool for securing consumers' IoT devices. The so-called "IoT Home Inspector Cha...
12:00 pm - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot Is The C Programming Language Declining In Popularity?
An anonymous reader writes:Java overtook C as the most popular language in mid-2015 on the TIOBE Programming Community index. But now over the last 13 months, they show C's popularity consistently dro...
10:00 am - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot Apple Could Finally Sell More Devices Than Microsoft In 2017
Gartner predicts Apple will ship more iOS and macOS devices in 2017 than Windows-powered devices "for the first time this century," and then increase their lead over the next two years. An anonymous r...
06:00 am - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot Google Boosts Python By Turning It Into Go
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Grumpy, an experimental project from Google, transpiles Python code into Go, allowing Python programs to be compiled and run as static binaries using the Go toolch...
04:00 am - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot TV News Broadcast Accidentally Activates Alexa, Initiates Orders
ShaunC writes: In San Diego, TV news anchor Jim Patton was covering a separate story about a child who accidentally ordered a doll house using her family's Echo. Commenting on the story, Patton said "...
02:00 am - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Deal With A 'Gaslighting' Colleague?
An anonymous reader writes: What's the best unofficial way to deal with a gaslighting colleague? For those not familiar, I mean "bullies unscheduling things you've scheduled, misplacing files and othe...
12:00 am - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot FBI Releases (Redacted) Documents About The San Bernardino iPhone Case
The FBI released 100 pages of documents about the unidentified vendor who unlocked the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter, but "censored critical details that would have shown how much the FBI ...
12:00 am - Sun, January 8, 2017
Slashdot Macbook Saves Man's Life During Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting
A 37-year-old credits his MacBook Pro laptop with saving his life during a shooting at the baggage claim of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. An anonymous reader quotes WPLG Miami:H...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot African Airline Reports Drone Collision With Passenger Jet
McGruber writes:Airlive is reporting that a drone collided with a Boeing 737-700 as it was on approach to Tete, Mozambique airport on Thursday. The 737 landed safely, but the right-hand side of the no...
10:00 pm - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Was 2016's Best-Performing Currency
The co-founder of Blockchain published an opinion piece in Newsweek today mocking predictions about the death of bitcoin, saying "each is more wrong than the last... Bitcoin was again declared the wor...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot How A Massive India Call Center Swindled 15,000 Americans
An FBI agent based in India says the country has now become a major hub for call-center fraud, blaming "a demographic bulge of computer-savvy, young, English-speaking job seekers; a vast call-center c...
08:00 pm - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Chile's Goverment Announces Unexplainable 'UFO' Footage
An anonymous reader quotes Yahoo News:The report from an alleged UFO sighting by the Chilean military over two years ago has just been declassified, leaving experts completely stumped. The Chilean gov...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Linux.com Announces The Best Linux Distros for 2017
Friday Linux.com published their list of "what might well be the best Linux distributions to be found from the ever-expanding crop of possibilities... according to task." Here's their winners (as chos...
06:00 pm - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Vast New Tomb Now Covers The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Site
The final stage of the Chernobyl clean-up took over 20 years to build -- and will seal up the site for the next 100 years. Slashdot reader MrKaos writes:30 years and seven months since the explosion.....
04:00 pm - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Share of PC Users Drops To A Five-Year Low
Windows 10 is installed on 24.5% of devices -- but that's only half the story. "Apple's Mac share of personal computers worldwide fell to a five-year low in December," reports Computerworld, adding th...
02:00 pm - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Unlock NES Classic, Upload New Games Via USB Cable
Just because Nintendo doesn't officially let their tiny replica NES receive new games doesn't mean hackers won't find a way to add their own. This week, hackers in Japan and Russia figured out soft-mo...
12:00 pm - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Kodak Is Bringing Back Ektachrome Film
sandbagger writes: Kodak, the film stock maker, is bringing back the Ektachrome film stock that was the popular alternative to its other product, Kodachrome. The Ektachrome is more sensitive to the co...
12:00 pm - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot AMD Declares Ryzen Will Be a Four-Year Architecture
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ExtremeTech : Having spent over four years designing the architecture, the company plans to keep it around for at least that long. That's according to CTO Mark...
08:00 am - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Dell Unveils XPS 27 All-In-One With 10 Speaker Dual 50W Sound System
MojoKid writes: Over the past couple of years, Dell has been driving a redesign effort of its consumer and commercial product lines and has systematically been updating both design signatures and the ...
04:00 am - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Living Near Heavy Traffic Increases Risk of Dementia, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: People living near a busy road have an increased risk of dementia, according to research that adds to concerns about the impact of air pollution ...
02:00 am - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Threatens To Publish Twitter Users' Personal Info
WikiLeaks said on Twitter earlier today that it wants to publish the private information of hundreds of thousands of verified Twitter users. The group said an online database would include such sensit...
02:00 am - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Theranos Is Laying Off 155 People, About 41 Percent Of Its Workforce
The embattled blood-testing company Theranos is laying off 155 people, about 41 percent of its workforce, as it struggles to recover from the backlash generated when the company failed to provide accu...
02:00 am - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Corning Brings Gorilla Glass To The Automotive Industry
At CES 2017, Corning has unveiled a concept car covered in Gorilla Glass. The car is augmented with the same Gorilla Glass that has protected smartphones for years, making the vehicle significantly mo...
12:00 am - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Fake Malware-Filled Super Mario Run Apps Take Advantage of Android Absence
Mickeycaskill writes: Nintendo's Super Mario Run was downloaded more than 40 million times in the first four days it was available. But an Android version has yet to materialize. An official release i...
12:00 am - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot US Releases Declassified Report On Russian Hacking, Concludes That Putin 'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released its unclassified report on Russian hacking operations in the United States. "We ass...
12:00 am - Sat, January 7, 2017
Slashdot Original iPhone Prototype With iPod Click Wheel Surfaces Online
Famed Apple leaker Sonny Dickson has shared an early prototype of the original iPhone, with a collection of images and a video that provides a glimpse into one version of the iPhone that Apple created...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Google CEO Says Next Wave Of Affordable Smartphones Should Cost $30
An anonymous reader writes: Google started the Android One program to get affordable smartphones into all corners of the globe. Those devices cost around $100, which is very good for an up-to-date dev...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot AT&T and Time Warner Still Trying To Sidestep FCC Scrutiny of Merger
AT&T and Time Warner say they have a plan to avoid a Federal Communications Commission review of their pending merger. From a report on Ars Technica: An FCC review would be necessary if Time Warne...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Formally Shuts Down Its TechRewards Program
From a report on Neowin: A few months ago, Microsoft announced that it was shuttering its TechRewards program in 2017. The project, that was originally started by Nokia under the name DVLUP rewards pr...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile Eliminates Cheaper Postpaid Plans, Sells 'Unlimited Data' Only
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: T-Mobile USA will stop selling its older and cheaper limited-data plans to postpaid customers, shifting entirely to its new "unlimited" data plan...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Fewer People Are Dying of Cancer Than Ever Before
The number of Americans dying of cancer has dropped to a 25-year low, equaling an estimated 2,143,200 fewer deaths in that period, says the new annual report from the American Cancer Society. In that ...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Proves Its Business Remains Sound Despite Note 7 Fiasco
Samsung underscored the resilience of its business when it reported its best operating profit in three years, weathering the death of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 with the help of its workmanlike chip...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Gets the Green Light To Resume Rocket Launches
Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket company has been cleared to resume flying following a launch pad explosion four months ago, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday. From a report on Fortune:...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Faraday Future Unveils Super Fast Electric Car
Start-up Faraday Future has unveiled a self-driving electric car that it says can accelerate from zero to 60mph (97km/h) in 2.39 seconds. Faraday says the FF91 accelerates faster than Tesla's Model S ...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Plans Big Reorganization Of Partner and Services Groups Starting Feb 1
Microsoft is planning to consolidate many of its partner and services teams in a reorganization, as well as add a new digital team focused on the cloud. From a report: Microsoft confirmed that the shi...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Brain Region That Recognizes Faces Keeps Growing in Adulthood
An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: Neurologists thought that your brain was basically set once you hit early childhood, but researchers from Stanford have discovered one part that keeps gr...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Diesel Cars Produce More Toxic Emissions Than Trucks and Buses, EU Study Says
Modern diesel cars produce more toxic emissions than trucks and buses, according to European researchers. That's because heavy duty vehicles in the EU have much stricter regulations than cars, and so ...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft To Revamp Windows 10 UI With Upcoming 'Project Neon' Update, Leaked Images Show
Microsoft plans to revamp the user interface on Windows with an upcoming update called Project Neon. Chatter about this new update has been doing rounds for quite some time, but now first images of wh...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Apple Cuts Tim Cook's Pay After 2016 Performance Falls Short
Apple cut CEO Tim Cook's 2016 pay after the iPhone maker missed its revenue and profit goals for the year. From a report on CNBC: Although Cook's annual salary went up by $1 million, he received $8.75...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Norway To Become First Country To Switch Off FM Radio
Norway is set to become the first country to switch off its FM radio network next week, as it takes the unpopular leap to digital technology. Reuters reports: Critics say the government is rushing the...
12:00 pm - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot A Squishy Clockwork BioBot Releases Doses of Drugs Inside the Body
the_newsbeagle writes: Making micro-machines that work inside the body is tricky, because hard silicon and metal devices can cause problems. So bioengineers are working on soft and squishy gadgets tha...
08:00 am - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot White House Releases Strategy To Defend Against Killer Asteroids
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On December 30, the White House quietly released its Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy, a 25-page document outlining the United States' plan...
04:00 am - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Hands On With the First Open-Source Microcontroller
The folks at SiFive have offered Brian Benchoff from Hackaday a look at the HiFive 1, the first hands-on with the first Open Hardware microcontroller. From the report: The design files for the HiFive ...
04:00 am - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot A Coal-Fired Power Plant In India Is Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Baking Soda
schwit1 quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: In the southern Indian city of Tuticorin, locals are unlikely to suffer from a poorly risen cake. That's because a coal-fired thermal power station ...
02:00 am - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot AMD Unveils Vega GPU Architecture With 512 Terabytes of Memory Address Space
MojoKid writes: AMD lifted the veil on its next generation GPU architecture, codenamed Vega, this morning. One of the underlying forces behind Vega's design is that conventional GPU architectures have...
02:00 am - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Ultrasound Tracking Could Be Used To Deanonymize Tor Users
New submitter x_t0ken_407 quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Ultrasounds emitted by ads or JavaScript code hidden on a page accessed through the Tor Browser can deanonymize Tor users by making nea...
02:00 am - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot LG Is Abandoning the Modular Smartphone Idea
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: LG's modular phone accessory strategy that served as the primary differentiator for last year's G5 smartphone appears to be no more. The Wall Street...
12:00 am - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Intel's Compute Card Is a PC That Can Fit In Your Wallet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Intel mostly missed the boat on smartphones, but the company is trying to establish a firm foothold in the ever-broadening marketplace for connec...
12:00 am - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Did 3D TVs and Stereoscopic 3D Television Broadcasting Fail?
dryriver writes: Just a few years ago the future seemed bright for 3D TVs. The 3D film Avatar smashed all box office records. Every Hollywood studio wanted to make big 3D films. The major TV set manuf...
12:00 am - Fri, January 6, 2017
Slashdot Obama Administration Releases Searchable Archive of Social Media Posts
An anonymous reader writes: President Obama's entire social media presence as POTUS is now available in a single online archive. The administration today launched The Obama White House Social Media Ar...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot China To Plow $361 Billion Into Renewable Fuel By 2020
China will invest $361 billion in renewable power generation between 2016 and 2020, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said Thursday, as the world's largest energy market pushes to shift away fr...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Uber Drivers Deemed To Be Employees By Swiss Insurance Provider
An anonymous shares a TechCrunch article: Uber has suffered another setback to its operational model in Europe after a Swiss insurance agency ruled that Uber drivers are employees, not freelance contr...
10:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot FTC Takes D-Link To Court Citing Lax Product Security, Privacy Perils
Reader coondoggie writes: The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against network equipment vendor D-Link saying inadequate security in the company's wireless routers and Internet cameras l...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Verizon Executive Says Company Unsure About Yahoo Deal
A senior executive of Verizon said on Thursday the company was unsure about its planned acquisition of Yahoo's internet business. From a report on Reuters: "I can't sit here today and say with confide...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Origin PC's Custom, Professional Overclocking Will Push Your Kaby Lake Chip Past 5GHz
An anonymous reader writes: Intel's new Kaby Lake desktop processors may not be huge improvements over their Skylake predecessors in terms of raw speed, but they've got it where it counts in one enthu...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Razer Built a Laptop With Three Screens Because Why Not?
At CES in Las Vegas today, Razer unveiled a prototype that could change the way we play. Behold: Project Valerie, the world's first laptop to incorporate three built-in monitors. From a report on Enga...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Apple Removes NYTimes App in China, Shows How Far It Is Willing To Go To Please Local Authority
Apple has removed the New York Times app from its store in China after a government request, in an example of how far the company will go to please the authorities in its third-largest market. From a ...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Rumors of Cmd's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Senior Program Manager at Microsoft has responded to speculations that Command Prompt is going away. He writes: The Cmd shell remains an essential part of Windows, and is used daily by millions of bus...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Minecraft Has Now Sold Over 25 Million Copies on PC and Mac
An anonymous reader shares a Neowin article: Minecraft is a 3D video game created by Markus Persson, and published on PC by Mojang back in 2011. Ever since its release, it's been very popular and has ...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Is Crashing
An anonymous reader writes: Bitcoin is getting smashed. The cryptocurrency was down 18% to about $892 per coin as of 8:17 a.m. ET on Thursday. It is the biggest drop in two years. Earlier this week, o...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Apple App Store Developers Earned $20 Billion in 2016, Up 40 Percent Year Over Year
Apple said Thursday its App Store generated $20 billion for developers in 2016, a 40 percent increase from 2015, helped by the popularity of games such as Pokemon Go and Super Mario Run and increased ...
04:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Snapchat Cited False User Numbers in Order To Boost IPO, Alleges Lawsuit by Ex-worker
A lawsuit filed against Snap Inc. by a former employee claims the company reported false growth numbers to investors in an effort to inflate its valuation. An anonymous reader shares a report: The pla...
02:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot New Analysis Shows Lamar Smith's Accusations On Climate Data Are Wrong
Layzej writes from a report via Ars Technica: In 2015, NOAA released version 4 of their marine temperature dataset called ERSST. The new dataset accounted for a known cooling bias introduced when ocea...
12:00 pm - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Astronomers Pinpoint Location of Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts
New submitter Netdoctor writes: Fast Radio Bursts (FRB) are massively powerful short-lived radio bursts from far-away sources, and so far a number of theories exist on what generates them. Recently se...
08:00 am - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot NASA Unveils Two New Missions To Study Truly Strange Asteroids
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: NASA's next low-cost planetary missions will attempt to unravel the mysteries of some seriously bizarre asteroids. The space agency has selected pro...
04:00 am - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Department of Labor Sues Google Over Compensation Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNNMoney: The Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Google on Wednesday to get the Internet company to turn over compensation data on its employees. The ...
02:00 am - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Asus Unveils ZenFone AR With Google's Daydream and Tango Support, Coming In Q2
Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Probably the most-leaked device at CES 2017 so far has been the Asus ZenFone AR, through no fault of the Taiwanese company. Partner Qualcomm revealed much of...
02:00 am - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Gigafactory Begins Production
Thelasko writes: Right on schedule, Tesla's Gigafactory has begun production of battery cells. The fact that the factory has opened on schedule has surprised many critics of the company. Reuters repor...
02:00 am - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Medium Cuts Staff By One-Third, Shuts Down New York and DC Offices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Medium, the San Francisco-based online publishing platform founded in 2012, has laid off 50 employees, or roughly one-third of its staff. The com...
12:00 am - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Claims Its New QLED TVs Are Better Than OLED TVs
Samsung recently unveiled its latest flagship televisions at CES 2017, the QLED series. The company is challenging the notion that OLED TVs represent the pinnacle of picture quality in the living room...
12:00 am - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot Over 1,800 MongoDB Databases Held For Ransom By Mysterious Attacker
An anonymous reader writes: "An attacker going by the name of Harak1r1 is hijacking unprotected MongoDB databases, stealing and replacing their content, and asking for a 0.2 Bitcoin ($200) ransom to r...
12:00 am - Thu, January 5, 2017
Slashdot 'Forza Horizon 3' Update Accidentally Published Unencrypted Build of the Game
An employee at Forza Horizon 3 developer Playground Games accidentally green-lighted the wrong update file for PC players, who found themselves downloading a whopping 53GB download that turned out to ...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Zuckerberg Could Run Facebook While Serving in Government Forever
Reader randomErr writes: Closer look at SEC documents reveal that Zuckerberg only needs to own enough Facebook stock or have the board's approval to be allowed to serve in the government. This comes h...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Robot Workforce Grows By 50 Percent In Just One Year
Amazon hires a lot of people. But the expansion of its army of orange-wheeled robots is more than keeping pace. An anonymous reader writes: E-commerce and cloud giant Amazon has revealed that it now h...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Apple is Investing $1 Billion In SoftBank
Apple said Wednesday it plans to invest $1 billion in SoftBank's new technology fund to help finance technologies it could use in the future. From a report: SoftBank has said it is investing at least ...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Google's AlphaGo AI Secretively Won More Than 50 Straight Games Against World's Top Go Players
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: When Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo made history by taking down Korea's Lee Sedol -- one of the world's best Go players -- in a lands...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Veteran On Apple: Company Has Become Sloppy, Missed Updates, Delayed Refreshes
Silicon Valley veteran Chuq Von Rospach's blog post, in which he has criticized Apple for the things it did last year, has received quite a few nods from developers, analysts and users alike. Von Rosp...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot New California Law Finally Makes Ransomware Illegal
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: It was nice to see the calendar turn over to 2017, for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that on Jan. 1 a new law went into effect in California that outlaws the ...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot New HDMI 2.1 Spec Includes Support For Dynamic HDR, 8K Resolution
The HDMI Licensing Group has unveiled the HDMI 2.1 spec, adding support for dynamic HDR, 8K60, and 4K120. From a report on TechHive: To take full advantage of the new HDMI spec, you'll need a new 48-g...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Hasn't Forgotten About Its 4.3 Million DVD Subscribers
Netflix hasn't forgotten about its DVD service, which millions of people still use. From a report on Quartz: The company is touting a new app that DVD customers can use to manage their Netflix queues,...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot AT&T Plans 5G Network Trial for DirecTV Customers
AT&T said it plans to test its high-speed wireless 5G network, which reached speeds of 14 gigabits per second in lab trials, for customers of its online streaming television service, DirecTV Now, ...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Doubles Deliveries in 2016 For Third-Party Sellers
Amazon.com shipped 50 percent more items this holiday season than last for third-party vendors and doubled the amount for 2016 overall, the retail giant said on Wednesday. From a report on Reuters: Am...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Android Was 2016's Most Vulnerable Product, Oracle the
An anonymous reader writes: According to CVE Details, a website that aggregates historical data on security bugs that have received a CVE identifier, during 2016, security researchers have discovered ...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Google Really, Really Wants To Bring India's Small Businesses Online
An anonymous reader shares a report: Millions more Indians are now coming online, but India's small businesses -- including everything from decades-old mom and pop stores to neighborhood bakeries -- a...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Piracy 'Warnings' Fail To Boost Box Office Revenues, Research Says
A new academic study shows that graduated response policies against file-sharers fail to boost box office revenues. From a TorrentFreak report: The empirical research, which looked at the effects in v...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Veteran On Apple: Company Has Become Sloppy, Missed Updates, Delayed Refreshes By Long
Silicon Valley veteran Chuq Von Rospach's powerful blog post, in which he has criticized Apple for the things it did last year, has received quite a few nods from developers, analysts and users alike....
02:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot HP Made a Laptop Slightly Thicker To Add 3 Hours of Battery Life
When a technology company like Apple releases a new product, chances are it's going to be thinner than its predecessor -- even if may be slightly worse off for it. HP is taking a different approach wi...
12:00 pm - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Turn Memory Chips Into Processors To Speed Up Computing Tasks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Daily: A team of international scientists have found a way to make memory chips perform computing tasks, which is traditionally done by computer proces...
08:00 am - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Intel's New Mini PCs Have New Chips, an Updated Design, and Thunderbolt 3
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In the last four or five years, Intel's "Next Unit of Computing" (NUC) hardware has evolved from interesting experiments to pace cars for the res...
04:00 am - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Identify New Organ In Humans
Scientists have classified a new organ called the mesentery, which connects a person's small and large intestines to the abdominal wall and anchors them in place, according to the Mayo Clinic. Until r...
02:00 am - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Sensitive Data Stored On Box.com Accounts Accessible Via Search Queries
msm1267 writes: Last week Box.com moved quickly and quietly to block search engines from indexing links to confidential data owned by its users. That is after security researcher Markus Neis surfaced ...
02:00 am - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2TB Is World's Largest Capacity Flash Drive
BrianFagioli writes: Today, Kingston announced a product that may get people excited about flash drives again. The company has created a 2TB pocket flash drive (also available in 1TB), called DataTrav...
02:00 am - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Qualcomm Details Snapdragon 835 Processor
Qualcomm has detailed the Snapdragon 835 processor, which will power most of the leading Android smartphones this year. It's designed to grab information from the air at gigabit speeds and turn it int...
02:00 am - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Delivered Over 76,000 Vehicles In 2016, Falling Slightly Short of Goal
Tesla delivered 76,230 electric vehicles in 2016, falling just shy of its goal of delivering 80,000 cars for the year. The electric carmaker claimed that "short-term production challenges" starting at...
12:00 am - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Intel Acquires 15 Percent Stake In Mapping Firm HERE
As the company looks to build its presence in automated driving technology, Intel announced on Tuesday it will acquire a 15 percent stake in German digital mapping firm HERE. Reuters reports: A filing...
12:00 am - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Norton Announces Core, a Smart Router To Protect Domestic IoT Devices
fiannaFailMan writes: Norton has announced the launch of a smart router designed to protect connected home devices from intrusions. The Symantec-owned company says the device aims to keep safe up to 2...
12:00 am - Wed, January 4, 2017
Slashdot Koolova Ransomware Decrypts For Free If You Read Two Articles About Ransomware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: We have a new in-development variant of the Koolova Ransomware that will decrypt your files for free if you educate yourself about ransomware...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot CloudFlare Was Hit By Leap Second, Causing Its RRDNS Software To 'Panic'
Reader Mickeycaskill writes: The extra leap second added on to the end of 2016 may not have had an effect on most people, but it did catch out a few web companies who failed to factor it in. Web servi...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Linksys Latest Company To Unveil a Wi-Fi Mesh System
From an Engadget report: Mesh networking has become trendy for folks looking to fill every nook and cranny of their homes with Wi-Fi. So it should be no surprise that the makers of the most iconic rou...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Ford: We're Canceling $1.6 Billion Mexico Facility, Investing In Electric and US Plant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields unveiled a large-scale electric vehicle initiative that will run throug...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Is Sorry for Taking Down a Photo of a Nude Neptune Statue
Facebook has apologized for mistakenly blocking a photo of a famous statue for being "sexually explicit." From a report on Fortune: The social media giant flagged a photograph of a 16th-century statue...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Dish's New AirTV Set-Top Box Does Over-the-Air and 4K Streaming
On Tuesday, Dish unveiled a new streaming device, the AirTV, which uses Android TV as its base operating system, and provides access to the wealth of Android media apps available. TechCrunch reports: ...
08:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Intel Core I7-7700K Kaby Lake Review By Ars Technica: Is the Desktop CPU Dead?
Reader joshtops writes: Ars Technica has reviewed the much-anticipated Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake, the recently launched desktop processor from the giant chipmaker. And it's anything but a good sig...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Programmer Finds Way To Liberate Ransomware Affected Smart TV, Thanks To LG
Television production factory LG has saved Darren Cauthon's new year by providing hidden reset instructions to liberate his Google TV from ransomware. From a report on The Register: The company initia...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy S8 Smartphone Could Run a PC - Report
Samsung's upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone could give users the ability to plug it into a screen and turn it into a desktop personal computer, according to a media report. From the article: The ...
06:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Announces Ridiculously Small Second Linux 4.10 Release Candidate
The first day of 2017 starts off for Linux users with the release of the second RC (Release Candidate) development version of the upcoming Linux 4.10 kernel, as announced by Linus Torvalds himself. Fr...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot 3,000 Ride-Sharing Cars Could Replace Every Cab in New York City, MIT Study Says
All 13,000 taxis in New York City could be replaced by a fleet of 3,000 ride-sharing cars if used exclusively for carpooling, according to research published today by MIT's Computer Science and Artifi...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Solar Could Beat Coal to Become the Cheapest Power on Earth In Less Than a Decade
Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it's likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere, reports Bloomberg. From the article: In 2016, countr...
04:00 pm - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot AMD Debuts Radeon FreeSync 2 For Gaming Displays With Stunning Image Quality
AMD announced Tuesday it is introducing Radeon FreeSync 2, a new display technology that will enable monitors to show the exact intended image pixels that a game or other application wants to. The res...
10:00 am - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Specs of Qualcomm's First ARM Processor Capable of Running Windows 10 Leaks
Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 835's specs have leaked ahead of its CES reveal. An anonymous reader writes: According to the leaked press release, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 sports the Qualcomm Kryo 28...
06:00 am - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Scribd Pulls Digital Comics From Its Subscription Reading Service
Popular ebooks platform, Scribd has quietly removed digital comics from its subscription reading service. According to a report on The Digital Reader, the feature was added in February 2015, and may h...
04:00 am - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Family Sues Apple For Not Making Thing It Patented
An anonymous reader writes: A lawsuit filed against Apple last week argues that, by not actually making a product that it patented, the company is partly responsible for an automobile accident. Accord...
02:00 am - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Windows 10 Gains 14% Desktop Market Share in 2016, Edge Continues to Struggle
From a report by long time Microsoft watcher Brad Sams on Petri.com: With 2016 now behind us, we can take a look at how far Windows 10 has come thanks to usage-share with statistics from Net Marketsha...
12:00 am - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot China Smog: Millions Start New Year Shrouded By Health Alerts and Travel Chaos
Millions in China rang in the New Year shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog, causing road closures and flight cancellations as 24 cities issued alerts that will last through much of the week. Fro...
12:00 am - Tue, January 3, 2017
Slashdot Legal Sparring Continues in Bitcoin User's Battle with IRS Tax Sweep
In a strange twist, Coindesk reports that the IRS has, somewhat indirectly, removed one target from its broad request for data about U.S. users of the Bitcoin exchange Coinbase. It no longer wants dat...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot France Begins Opt-Out Organ Donation
Laura June, reporting for The Outline: France began to use a new opt-out system of organ donation on Jan. 1, making it one of a large number of European nations that now use a "presumed consent" syste...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Dell Launches XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop With Intel Kaby Lake Chip, Starts at $1,000
Ahead of CES 2016, which officially kicks off Tuesday, Dell has announced a convertible version of its popular XPS 13 laptop. The machine is powered by a seventh-generation Kaby Lake Intel Core i chip...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot All the Features Facebook Copied From Snapchat in 2016
Last year, Facebook looked several times at Snapchat, a company that reportedly refused to be acquired by the social giant, for new features in Facebook Messenger, and its Instagram services. From a r...
08:00 pm - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Moves Past Explosion With New Launch Plans
SpaceX plans to resume launching rockets as soon as next week, after completing an investigation into a spectacular launch pad explosion that destroyed a rocket and a satellite in September. From a re...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Samsung To Reveal This Month What Caused the Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone To Catch Fire - Report
One of the biggest mysteries of 2016 will come to an end sometime this month. Samsung will make public the results of its months-long investigation into what caused several Galaxy Note 7 smartphones t...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Rolling Out Autopilot Software Updates to 1,000 Cars
Tesla Motors began rolling out software updates to customers with newer cars, bringing them to parity with owners who have what's known as "Autopilot 1" and setting the stage to ultimately unleash ful...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Japanese White-Collar Workers Are Already Being Replaced by Artificial Intelligence
Most of the attention around automation focuses on how factory robots and self-driving cars may fundamentally change our workforce, potentially eliminating millions of jobs. But AI that can handle kno...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Breaks $1,000 Level, Highest in More Than 3 Years
The price of digital currency bitcoin has hit the $1,000 mark for the first time in three years. From a report on CNBC: The cryptocurrency was trading at $1,021 at the time of publication, according t...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Samsung To Reveal What Caused the Galaxy Note 7 To Catch Fire This Month
One of the biggest mysteries of 2016 will come to an end sometime this month. Samsung will make public the results of its months-long investigation into what caused several Galaxy Note 7 smartphones t...
02:00 pm - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Intel Finds Moore's Law's Next Step At 10 Nanometers
An anonymous reader writes: Sometime in 2017, Intel will ship the first processors built using the company's new, 10-nanometer chip-manufacturing technology. Intel says transistors produced in this wa...
10:00 am - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Despite Piracy Claims, North American Box Office Hits Record $11.4 Billion In 2016
Slashdot reader rudy_wayne writes: Despite constant claims of losing billions of dollars to "piracy", the North American box office closed out 2016 with $11.4 billion in ticket sales. That marks a new...
06:00 am - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Changing Other People's Flight Bookings Is Too Easy
"The security of online travel booking systems are stuck in the 1990s, according to security researchers," reports Computerworld. An anonymous reader quotes their article, which argues that the ancien...
04:00 am - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Wikipedia Announces Their Most Viewed Articles Of 2016
Slashdot reader westand writes, "Wikipedia's 5000 most-visited articles of 2016 have been released, and Donald Trump leads the pack." (Though the site's second-most popular article was about a porn si...
02:00 am - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Lucasfilm Creates A 4K Ultra-HD Restoration of the Original 'Star Wars'
An anonymous reader quotes 4K.com:When the first ever of the Star Wars films, "A New Hope" turns 40 in 2017, millions of dedicated fans of the immensely popular franchise might get a very unique treat...
12:00 am - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Washington Post Retracts Story About Russian Hackers Penetrating US Electricity Grid
Those anonymous U.S. officials who reported Russian hacking code had been found "within the system" of a Vermont power utility must've been surprised to learn the code was on a laptop that wasn't actu...
12:00 am - Mon, January 2, 2017
Slashdot Work Emails After Hours Finally Banned in France
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:A new French law establishing workers' "right to disconnect" goes into effect today. The law requires companies with more than 50 employees to establish hours when s...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Valve Reveals Steam's 2016 Top Earners -- Including 'No Man's Sky'
An anonymous reader quotes PC Gamer:In a surprise announcement today to kick off 2017, Valve has revealed the 100 best-selling Steam games of 2016... Although the "Top Sellers" section of Steam gives ...
08:00 pm - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Library Creates Fake Patron Records To Avoid Book-Purging
An anonymous reader writes:Chuck Finley checked out 2,361 books from a Florida library in just nine months, increasing their total circulation by 3.9%. But he doesn't exist. "The fictional character w...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Eavesdropping Uber Driver Helps Rescue 16-Year-Old From Her Pimps
Slashdot reader sabri writes "In California, an Uber driver saved a 16 year old girl from human traffickers after he overheard them talk about delivering the girl to a customer." The Washington Post r...
06:00 pm - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Once Mocked, Facebook's $1 Billion Acquisition of Instagram Was Genius
anderzole writes: "In April of 2012, Facebook shocked the tech world when it acquired Instagram for $1 billion," reports BGR. "At the time, the acquisition raised quite a few eyebrows, along with many...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Germany Considers Fining Facebook $522,000 Per Fake News Item
"The government of Germany is considering imposing a legal regime that would allow fining social networks such as Facebook up to 500,000 euros ($522,000) for each day the platform leaves a 'fake news'...
04:00 pm - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Baby's Skull Rebuilt With Help From A 3D Printer
schwit1 writes: A team at Stony Brook Children's Hospital was able to use a 3-D printer to produce a replica of baby Vincent's skull, which, in turn, allowed the medical team to fully rehearse the sur...
02:00 pm - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Verizon and AT&T Prepare to Bring 5G To (Select) Markets In 2017
An anonymous reader quotes IEEE Spectrum:This year, Verizon and AT&T plan to deliver broadband internet to select homes or businesses using fixed wireless networks built with early 5G technologies...
10:00 am - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot 2016 Saw A Massive Increase In Encrypted Web Traffic
EFF's "Deeplinks" blog has published nearly two dozen "2016 in Review" posts over the last nine days, one of which applauds 2016 as "a great year for adoption of HTTPS encryption for secure connection...
06:00 am - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot's 10 Most-Visited Stories of 2016
Slashdot's most-visited story of the year was "Microsoft Live Account Credentials Leaking From Windows 8 And Above," which was visited more than 330,910 times since we published it August 16. And our ...
04:00 am - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Can Learning Smalltalk Make You A Better Programmer?
Slashdot reader horrido shares an article that "has done more for Smalltalk advocacy than any other article in memory." It was the second-most popular article of the year on the Hewlett Packard Enterp...
12:00 am - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Let's Raise A Glass To The Many Tech Pioneers Who Died In 2016
In technology, you're always "standing on the shoulders" of those who came before you -- and together, each individual's contribution becomes part of a larger ongoing story. So as this year finally wi...
12:00 am - Sun, January 1, 2017
Slashdot Google and Facebook Dominate The List of 2016's Top Ten Apps
After surveying over 9,000 Android and iPhone users, Nielsen's "Electronic Mobile Measurement" has calculated the 10 most popular apps of 2016. Interestingly, the #1 and #2 most popular apps of the ye...
10:00 pm - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Creepy Site Claims To Reveal Torrenting Histories
Slashdot reader dryriver writes: The highly invasive and possibly Russian owned and operated website IKnowWhatYouDownload.com immediately shows [a] bittorent download history for your IP address when ...
08:00 pm - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Pull Requests Are Accepted At About The Same Rate, Regardless of Gender
An anonymous reader writes:Remember that story about how women "get pull requests accepted more (except when you know they're women)." The study actually showed that men also had their code accepted m...
06:00 pm - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot 'Watership Down' Author Richard Adams Died On Christmas Eve At Age 96
Initially rejected by several publishers, "Watership Down" (1972) went on to become one of the best-selling fantasy books of all time. Last Saturday the book's author died peacefully at the age of 96....
06:00 pm - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Astronomers Detect Mysterious Radio Signals Coming From Outside Our Galaxy
This week the New York Post reported on "powerful radio signals which have been detected repeatedly in the same exact location in space," generating as much energy as the sun does in a whole day, in "...
04:00 pm - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Russian Hackers Penetrated The US Electricity Grid, Say Officials
Slashdot reader DogDude quotes the Washington Post:A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermo...
02:00 pm - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Microsoft Patent Suggests HoloLens Could Keep Track of Your Small Items
A new Microsoft patent has been published that describes a system that would let its HoloLens glasses track small items like car keys, ultimately helping users find their lost belongings. What's more ...
12:00 pm - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Foxconn and Sharp Team Up To Build $8.8 Billion LCD Plant In China
Foxconn was in the news recently for plans to "automate entire factories" in China, but the electronics manufacturing company has also announced plans with Sharp to build a $8.8 billion (61 million yu...
08:00 am - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot NASA Designs 'Ice Dome' For Astronauts On Mars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: The "Mars Ice Home" is a large inflatable dome that is surrounded by a shell of water ice. NASA said the design is just one of many potential concept...
04:00 am - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers For Its Cyberwar
Lasrick quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternate source): For more than three years, rather than rely on military officers working out of isolated bunkers, ...
02:00 am - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse
One of the many ways self-driving cars will impact the world is with organ shortages. It's a morbid thought, but the most reliable sources for healthy organs and tissues are the more than 35,000 peopl...
02:00 am - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Apple Patent Hints At Magnetic Ear Hooks To Keep Future AirPods In Your Ears
Patently Apple has recently uncovered a new Apple patent that may help AirPods stay in your ears. The patent details a magnetic mechanism that wraps around the user's ear. Digital Trends reports: The ...
02:00 am - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot China Says It Will Shut Down Ivory Trade By End of 2017
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: China says it plans to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 in a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants. The Chinese g...
12:00 am - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Apple To Cut iPhone Production By 10%: Nikkei
A new report from Nikkei Asian Review says that Apple will cut iPhone production by around 10% in the first quarter of 2017. From the report: This comes after the company slashed output in January-Mar...
12:00 am - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Are Some Great Games Panned and Some Inferior Games Praised?
dryriver writes: A few years ago I bought a multiplayer war game called Soldner: Secret Wars that I had never heard of before. (The game is entirely community maintained now and free to download and p...
12:00 am - Sat, December 31, 2016
Slashdot Smart Electricity Meters Can Be Dangerously Insecure, Warns Expert
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Smart electricity meters, of which there are more than 100 million installed around the world, are frequently "dangerously insecure," a security ...