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10:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot PayPal Debuts a Credit Card That Offers 2% Cash Back
PayPal is turning to its old nemesis, plastic, to help it expand beyond the digital realm. From a report: The online payments venture is introducing a credit card that offers customers 2 percent cash ...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Official Blade Runner 2036 Short Film Bridges the Gap Between the Sequel and the Original
Between the events of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, much has happened in the dystopian, neo-Los Angeles future, including the era of replicant prohibition. To help bridge the first Blade Runner,...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Best Buy Will Now Send a Salesperson To Your House To Sell You Things
An anonymous reader writes: Starting next month, Best Buy will launch a free service where salespeople will come to your house to make recommendations about gadgets and services to try and sell you st...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot China Regulator To Review Apple Antitrust Complaint
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce is reviewing an antitrust complaint accusing Apple of abusing its dominant position in smartphone applications, people familiar with the matter t...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Mathematicians Race To Debunk German Man Who Claimed To Solve The 'P Versus NP' Problem
A German man -- Norbert Blum -- who claimed to have solved the P vs NP problem is seeing several challenges to his solution. From a report: Numerous mathematicians have begun to raise questions about ...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Coders In Wealthy and Developing Countries Lean on Different Programming Languages
Stack Overflow data scientist David Robinson published an interesting observation: There exists a small but meaningful divide between the programming technologies used in wealthy countries and those u...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot What We Get Wrong About Technology
Tim Harford, a columnist for the Financial Times, uses the example of Rachael and Rick Deckard from Blade Runner to explain how we humans, when asked about how new inventions might shape the future, o...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Google Critic Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant
An anonymous reader writes: A researcher at a high-profile Washington, D.C.-think tank, which receives funding from Google, was pushed out after criticizing the company. In June, Barry Lynn, who was a...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot FDA Issues Recall of 465,000 St. Jude Pacemakers To Patch Security Holes
In what may be a first, patients with heart conditions that are using particular pacemaker brands will have to visit their doctors for firmware updates to keep their embedded devices safe from tamperi...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana Are Going To Work Together
Amazon and Microsoft announced on Wednesday that they've been working on a partnership to allow their respective voice assistants, Alexa and Cortana, to speak to one another. From a report: Starting l...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot APFS Is Not Optional
From a new Apple knowledge base article: When you upgrade to macOS High Sierra, systems with all flash storage configurations are converted automatically. Systems with hard disk drives (HDD) and Fusio...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Facebook To Open New Office in Kendall Square, Adding Hundreds of Jobs
Facebook has a status update: The social network will open a new office in Cambridge next year and plans to hire more than 500 employees, bringing the Boston-based staff to 650. From a report: The com...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Large-Scale Dietary Study: Fats Good, Carbs Bad
An anonymous reader quotes CBS:New research suggests that it's not the fat in your diet that's raising your risk of premature death, it's too many carbohydrates -- especially the refined, processed ki...
12:00 pm - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Dealership Remotely Disables A Car Over A $200 Fee
An anonymous reader quotes the CBC:A car dealership in Sherbrooke, Quebec, may have broken the law when it used a GPS device to disable the car of a client who was refusing to pay an extra $200 fee, s...
08:00 am - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot South Korea Moves Towards The World's First 'Robot Tax'
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:It's being called the world's first robot tax. If it goes into effect, South Korea will be the first country to change its tax laws in recognition of the coming burden...
06:00 am - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Is Slashdot Blocked In Parts Of India?
Long-time Slashdot reader davesag writes:I'm a regular long-term Slashdot reader and have been living in Delhi for the last 9 months. As of last Friday 25th August the only way I can access Slashdot a...
04:00 am - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Domino's Market Tests A Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Car
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Someday soon your Domino's Pizza could be delivered to you -- without an actual delivery person. Ford and Domino's are testing out a specially-equipped Ford Fusion that ...
04:00 am - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Is Slashdot Blocked In India?
Long-time Slashdot reader davesag writes:I'm a regular long-term Slashdot reader and have been living in Delhi for the last 9 months. As of last Friday 25th August the only way I can access Slashdot a...
02:00 am - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot The IRS Decides Who To Audit By Data Mining Social Media
In America the Internal Revenue Service used to pick who got audited based on math mistakes or discrepancies with W-2 forms -- but not any more. schwit1 shares an article from the Vanderbilt Journal o...
02:00 am - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Find a Way To Disable Intel ME Component Courtesy of the NSA
An anonymous reader writes:Researchers from Positive Technologies -- a provider of enterprise security solutions -- have found a way to disable the Intel Management Engine (ME), a much-hated component...
02:00 am - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Massive New Spambot Ensnares 711,000,000 Email Addresses
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:A huge spambot ensnaring 711 million email accounts has been uncovered. A Paris-based security researcher, who goes by the pseudonymous handle Benkow, discovered an op...
12:00 am - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot One Day Left To Comment on the FCC's Plan To Kill Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quote The Verge: After four months of debate, the FCC is nearly ready to stop accepting feedback on its proposal to kill net neutrality. Final comments are due this Wednesday, Augu...
12:00 am - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot NASA's Plan To Stop A Supervolcano from Destroying The Earth's Climate
Long-time walterbyrd shared a new article about NASA's contingency plan for "vast quantities of searing magma and clouds of fumes" erupting from a Wyoming supervolcano and slowly "burying much of the ...
12:00 am - Wed, August 30, 2017
Slashdot Japan Activated Air Raid Sirens During North Korea's Missile Test Monday
"No country should have missiles flying over them like those 130 million people in Japan," the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said Monday. Though it was only a test, the scene on-the-ground is ...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Google To Comply With EU Search Demands To Avoid More Fines
Google will comply with Europe's demands to change the way it runs its shopping search service, a rare instance of the internet giant bowing to regulatory pressure to avoid more fines. From a report: ...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Foundation Boss Urges Cautious Investment
The head of the Bitcoin Foundation, Llew Claasen, has urged people to invest "no more than they can afford" in the crypto-currency. From a report: He was speaking at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzan...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Rural America Is Building Its Own Internet Because No One Else Will
New submitter bumblebaetuna writes: In many cases, it's not financially viable for big internet service providers like Comcast and CharterSpectrum to expand into rural communities: They're not densely...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Leasing a Smartphone Better Than Buying One?
An anonymous reader writes: The biggest benefit with a lease program is you have the option of upgrading to a newer phone model, usually after just a year. You don't get that option when you buy. But ...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot New Ryzen Running Stable On Linux, Threadripper Builds Kernel In 36 Seconds
An anonymous reader writes: After AMD confirmed the a "performance marginality problem" affecting some Ryzen Linux users, RMAs are being issued and replacement Ryzen processors arriving for affected o...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot In Our Cynical Age, No One Fails Anymore -- Everybody 'Pivots'
An anonymous reader shares a report: The "pivot" has assumed a peculiar place in our common lexicon. A word once used to describe a guard angling for position on the basketball court is now in wide ci...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Google Unveils ARCore, Its Answer To Apple's ARKit
Google has taken the wraps off its answer to Apple's ARKit -- a new augmented reality development platform called "ARCore." In a blog post, the company said it's releasing a "preview" software develop...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot BackBlaze's Hard Drive Stats for Q2 2017
BackBlaze is back with its new hard drive reliability report: Since our last report for Q1 2017, we have added 635 additional hard drives to bring us to the 83,151 drives we'll focus on. We'll begin o...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot On Internet Privacy, Be Very Afraid
Cybersecurity expert and Berkman Klein fellow Bruce Schneier talked to the Gazette about what consumers can do to protect themselves from government and corporate surveillance. From the interview: GAZ...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Open Invitation To Valve, Nintendo and Others To Join Xbox One and PC Crossplay
Microsoft has said it's ready to have a "conversation" with any development team that wants to feature crossplay support on consoles and PC. From a report: Mike Ybarra, vice president of Xbox, told VG...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Publishers Are Making More Video -- Whether You Want It or Not
An anonymous reader shares a report: Mic, a website aimed at millennials, used to employ 40 writers and editors producing articles on topics like "celebrating beauty" and "strong women." Ten were let ...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Apple Pushes Studios to Offer 4K Content for Upcoming Apple TV at Lower Prices, Report Says
Apple appears to have ambitious plans to attract people's interest in its streaming device Apple TV, according to a new report. An anonymous reader shares a report: The company, which is widely expect...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Popular YouTube Artist Uses AI To Record New Album
An anonymous reader shares a report from The Verge of a popular YouTube artist who is using artificial intelligence to produce a LP: If you heard Taryn Southern's new single "Break Free" on the radio,...
12:00 pm - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot FDA Designates MDMA As 'Breakthrough Therapy' For PTSD
In what could lead to a faster path to pharmaceutical approval, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) as a "breakthrough therapy" in the treat...
08:00 am - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Lost Turing Letters Give Unique Insight Into His Academic Life Prior To Death
bellwould shares a report from The University of Manchester. From the report: A lost and unique collection of letters and correspondence from the late Alan Turing has been found in an old filing cabin...
06:00 am - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Mayweather-McGregor Streaming Glitches Prompt Lawsuit Against Showtime
Customers who paid $99.99 to watch the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight are suing Showtime due to the quality of their stream and buffering issues. From a report via Hollywood Reporter: Portland,...
04:00 am - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Tech Firms Team Up To Take Down 'WireX' Android DDoS Botnet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Krebs On Security: A half dozen technology and security companies -- some of them competitors -- issued the exact same press release today. This unusual level ...
02:00 am - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot A Year After Mirai: DVR Torture Chamber Test Shows Two Minutes Between Exploits
UnderAttack writes: Over two days, the Internet Storm Center connected a default configured DVR to the internet, and rebooted it every 5 minutes in order to allow as many bots as possible to infect it...
02:00 am - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Nintendo Faces Supply Issues Ahead of Holiday Season
Takashi Mochizuki and Sarah E. Needleman report via The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Nintendo's latest videogame machine, the Nintendo Switch, is winning...
12:00 am - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot The Next iPhone Is Going To Be Unveiled On Sept. 12, Report Says
According to CNBC, Apple will host its big iPhone 8 product launch event on September 12th. From the report: The tech giant is expected to announce a bevy of products, including two new iterative iPho...
12:00 am - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot New York City Cops Will Replace Their 36,000 Windows Phones With iPhones
The New York City Police Department says it will give up its 36,000 Windows phones and transition to iPhones by the end of the year. The Verge reports: The switch is prompted in part by news in July t...
12:00 am - Tue, August 29, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Pages Spreading Fake News Won't Be Able To Buy Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook says it's taking another step against Pages that share fabricated news stories. The company has already been working with outside fact-che...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot The Mayweather-McGregor Fight Shows It's Impossible to Stop Social Media Streaming of Big Events
An anonymous reader shares a report: Nearly 3 million viewers are estimated to have watched the fight this weekend via online streams, according to Irdeto, a digital security firm. Though many of thes...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot Someone Published a List of Telnet Credentials For Thousands of IoT Devices
An anonymous reader writes: A list of thousands of fully working Telnet credentials has been sitting online on Pastebin since June 11, credentials that can be used by botnet herders to increase the si...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot IP Lawyer Who Represented TiVo Is Trump's Pick As USPTO Chief
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: President Donald Trump has selected Andrei Iancu, the managing partner of a major Los Angeles law firm, to be the next head of the U.S. Patent an...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot How the NSA Identified Satoshi Nakamoto
An anonymous reader shares a report: The 'creator' of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, is the world's most elusive billionaire. Very few people outside of the Department of Homeland Security know Satoshi's ...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot To Survive in Tough Times, Restaurants Turn to Data-Mining
An anonymous reader shares a report: The early diners are dawdling, so your 7:30 p.m. reservation looks more like 8. While you wait, the last order of the duck you wanted passes by. Tonight, you'll be...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot Facebook's 21-Year-Old Wunderkind Leaves For Google
An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook hired Michael Sayman for an internship when he was 17 years old, and gave him a full-time engineering job at 18. Now, the wunderkind is leaving for Alphab...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot Google Takes Blame For Internet Disruption Across Japan
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google on Saturday accepted responsibility for the widespread internet disruptions Japan experienced the previous day. The search engine giant apologized for the t...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot 'The MacBook Pro's One-Year-Old Signature Feature Touch Bar Has No Future, But Users Are Required To Pay a Premium For It'
Chuq Von Rospach, a former Apple employee and commentator, has criticized the MacBook-maker to force consumers to pay extra for the Touch Bar -- a signature feature of the last year's MacBook Pro line...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot Hit App Sarahah Quietly Uploads Your Address Book
An anonymous reader shares a report: Sarahah, a new app that lets people sign up to receive anonymized, candid messages, has been surging in popularity; somewhere north of 18 million people are estima...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Will Be Offered the Job as Uber's New CEO
Kara Swisher, reporting for Recode: The board of Uber has voted and wants Expedia Dara Khosrowshahi to be its next CEO. But here is a shocking twist for those who have had to endure this awful, messy ...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Just Made Shopping at Whole Foods Cheaper
Whole Foods just got less expensive. From a report: On Monday, the day that Amazon's $13.7 billion acquisition of the grocer went through, prices on certain Whole Foods items immediately dropped. On F...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot Thousands of ATMs Go Down in Indonesia After Satellite Problems
Thousands of ATMs and electronic card payment machines in Indonesia went offline over the weekend, and it might take two more weeks before full service is restored, after an outage from a satellite be...
12:00 pm - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot As Prosecutors Submit Evidence, WannaCry Hero's Legal Fund Returns All Donations
An anonymous reader quote BuzzFeed:The vast majority of money raised to pay for the legal defense of beloved British cybersecurity researcher Marcus Hutchins was donated with stolen or fake credit car...
08:00 am - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot 201 MPH Pod Run Wins SpaceX's Second Hyperloop Competition
An anonymous reader quotes GeekWire:The speediest team from SpaceX founder Elon Musk's first Hyperloop pod competition has done it again: WARR Hyperloop from Germany's Technical University of Munich w...
06:00 am - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot OpenJDK May Tackle Java Security Gaps With A Secretive New Group
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:To shore up Java's security, a private group that operates outside the normal open source community process is under consideration. The proposed OpenJDK Vulnerabil...
02:00 am - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot China Orders Internet Comments Linked To Real Identities
A (truly) anonymous Slashdot reader quotes Engadget:China isn't slowing down in its bid to silence online political opposition. As of October 1st, the country will require that tech firms hold on to r...
12:00 am - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot Columnist Mocks The Case Against Cord-Cutting As 'Too Many Choices'
An anonymous reader quote TechHive:The cord-cutting naysayers are trotting out a new argument in favor of cable, and it's even more absurd than the old ones: Having too many high-quality, standalone s...
12:00 am - Mon, August 28, 2017
Slashdot Converted Missile Launches Military Satellite to Track Spacecraft
schwit1 was the first to share the news about Saturday's successful launch from Cape Canaveral: A satellite designed to help the U.S. military keep tabs on the ever-growing population of orbiting obje...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot Could AI Transform Continuous Delivery Development?
An anonymous reader quotes The Next Web:According to one study, high-performing IT units with faster software releases are twice as likely to achieve their goals in customer satisfaction, profitabilit...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot A Game You Control With Your Mind
A startup recently demoed their prototype for a VR headset using sensors that read brain waves. An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:There is no joystick or game pad. You must use your though...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot Lawsuit Filed Against Logitech For Delaying Warranty Claims, Hiding EOL
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:A U.S. man has filed a lawsuit against Logitech, a Swiss-based manufacturer of electronic devices, on accusations that Logitech had intentionally delayed an...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot People Are Complete Suckers For Online Reviews
schwit1 shared an article from the New York Post:No reviews, no revenue. That's the key takeaway from a new study published in Psychological Science, which finds that if two similar products have the ...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot Could AI Automation Transform Continuous Delivery Development?
An anonymous reader quotes The Next Web:According to one study, high-performing IT units with faster software releases are twice as likely to achieve their goals in customer satisfaction, profitabilit...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot A New Non-Money Oriented Crowdsourcing Platform Based On Code Contributions
An anonymous reader shares a new crowdfunding site built on open source principles to "remove the money element from project creation" so creators "don't have to take extreme actions such as quitting ...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot SLAC Experiment Proves It Rains Diamonds On Uranus and Neptune
The Washington Post reports:On Uranus and Neptune, scientists forecast rain storms of solid diamonds. The gems form in the hydrocarbon-rich oceans of slush that swath the gas giants' sold cores. Scien...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot AI Training Algorithms Susceptible To Backdoors, Manipulation
An anonymous reader quote BleepingComputer: Three researchers from New York University (NYU) have published a paper this week describing a method that an attacker could use to poison deep learning-bas...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot East Africa Leads The World In Drone Delivery
"While plenty of countries have dabbled in drone delivery, no program has matched the scale and impact of what's unfolding in Rwanda and now, Tanzania." An anonymous reader quotes CNN: The drones will...
02:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot A Platoon Of Networked Self-Driving Trucks Will Be Tested in the UK
An anonymous reader quotes the AP:Britain is set to conduct road trials of self-driving trucks, involving a "platoon" of vehicles controlled by a driver in the front. The Department for Transport said...
12:00 pm - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Did You Experience The Solar Eclipse?
NASA claims they set a record Monday with 40 million views of their eclipse coverage (12.1 million unique) and more than 2 million simultaneous views. Now Slashdot reader xmas2003 asks: "What did /.'e...
08:00 am - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot Another Crowdfunded Startup Takes Customers' Money, Then Shuts Downs
An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area Newsgroup:A Bay Area startup that promised to give music lovers state-of-the-art wireless earphones is instead closing its doors, becoming the latest in a strin...
06:00 am - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot Streaming Glitches Delay Massively Hyped Mayweather-McGregor Boxing Match
"After initial indications the main event would commence at 11:15 p.m ET, it didnâ(TM)t get started until nearly one hour later," reports Variety.An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Saturday's much h...
02:00 am - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot Germany Tests Facial-Recognition Surveillance On 300 Citizens
An anonymous reader quotes DW:Earlier this year, with no shortage of publicity, Berlin police found volunteers to participate in a test of a prototype facial-recognition system at Sudkreuz station. Th...
12:00 am - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot New Kind of Gravitational Wave Source Detected?
"Scientists possibly detected an entirely different type of gravitational wave [source]," writes schwit1. "Gossip over potential detection of colliding neutron stars has astronomers in a tizzy," repor...
12:00 am - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Claims PowerShell Now More Secure
An anonymous reader quotes Wired:Last year, well over a third of the incidents assessed by security firm Carbon Black and its partners involved some sort of PowerShell component. But as network defend...
12:00 am - Sun, August 27, 2017
Slashdot Who's Responsible For IoT Security?
"It is much too easy to connect devices and industrial equipment to the internet," writes an anonymous Slashdot reader. But what's the solution -- and who's to blame for the abundance of insecure IoT ...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Tasers Implicated In Far More Deaths Than We Previously Thought
tedlistens writes: Independent studies have showed that when deployed correctly -- according to "guidelines" manufacturer Axon offers to police -- Tasers reduce injuries among both officers and the pe...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Employers Want More Open Source Workers, Says Linux Foundation Study
As in past years, "Open source is professionalizing, and employers are seeking staff with demonstrable skills," says the executive director of the Linux Foundation, describing the results of a new stu...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot New Kind of Gravitational Wave Detected?
"Scientists possibly detected an entirely different type of gravitational wave," writes schwit1. "Gossip over potential detection of colliding neutron stars has astronomers in a tizzy," reports Nature...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot China Plans To Launch the World's First 'Unhackable' Quantum Communication Network
An anonymous reader quotes Phys.org:China is about to launch the Jinan Project, the world's first unhackable computer network, and a major milestone in the development of quantum technology... the net...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Science Fiction Author Brian Aldiss Dies Aged 92
Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed writes:Acclaimed Science Fiction author Brian Aldiss, first published in the 1950s, has died at the age of 92. Aldiss wrote such science fiction classics as N...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Tests Two-Hour Booze Delivery In 12 US Cities
An anonymous reader quotes SFGate:Thanks to the Prime Now service, Amazon will now deliver booze to the home, failing house party, mundane family brunch, or other occasion of Prime members in the Bay ...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Burger King Now Has Its Own Cryptocurrency - the 'Whoppercoin' - in Russia
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:According to New York Magazine (via local Russian news reports), the Russian subdivision of Burger King has launched its own cryptocurrency, aptly called "Whoppercoi...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot How Open Source Advocates Celebrated The 26th Anniversary of Linux
To celebrate Linux's 26th anniversary, the Linux Foundation tweeted a picture of Tux on a birthday cake, and linked to an essay on OpenSource.com by FreeDOS founder Jim Hall:My first Linux distributio...
02:00 pm - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk's Neuralink Gets $27 Million To Build Brain Computers
An anonymous reader writes: Neuralink, the startup co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has taken steps to sell as much as $100 million in stock to fund the development of technology that connects hum...
12:00 pm - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Ex-Valve Writer Reveals What Might Have Been Half-Life 2: Episode 3's Story
New submitter stikves shares a report from Eurogamer: Ex-Valve writer Marc Laidlaw, who worked on Half-Life, Half-Life 2 and its episodic expansions, has published a summary of the series' next chapte...
08:00 am - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Selling Alterable Versions of Star Wars Is Still Infringement, Says Court
A federal court ruled that video-on-demand streaming service, VidAngel, which enables the filtering of objectionable content to make it family friendly, is breaking U.S. copyright law. Ars Technica re...
04:00 am - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Ancient Tablet Reveals Babylonians Discovered Trigonometry
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: Trigonometry, the study of the lengths and angles of triangles, sends most modern high schoolers scurrying to their cellphones to look up ang...
04:00 am - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Alaska's Permafrost Is Thawing
Henry Fountain reports via The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as other parts of the planet, and even here in sub-Arcti...
02:00 am - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Waymo Built a Fake City In California To Test Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In May, Waymo revealed key details of its latest self-driving car design to Bloomberg as part of the rollout of a new program that ferries ordina...
02:00 am - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Chief Jailed For Five Years For Bribery and Perjury
A South Korean court on Friday sentenced Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee to five years in jail on charges connected to the corruption scandal that led to former President Park Geun-hye's ...
02:00 am - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Your Personal Information Is Now the World's Most Valuable Commodity
"Data is clearly the new oil," says Jonathan Taplin, director emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and the author of Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Cornered Cultur...
12:00 am - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot New Zealand High Court Rules Operation Against Kim Dotcom Was Illegal
Mashiki writes: The New Zealand High Court ruled that spying against Kim Dotcom was illegal and that the GCSB spy agency violated the law, including the observation of citizens and residents within th...
12:00 am - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Modern PC Games Would You Recommend For An Old School Gamer?
wjcofkc writes: The last time I was a serious gamer, I was playing Quake and Quake World. That type of first person shooter, with the qualities it offered in terms of physics, level layout, and commun...
12:00 am - Sat, August 26, 2017
Slashdot The Xbox One Is Now an Ex-Box
An anonymous reader shares a report: As of today you cannot buy a new Xbox One from Microsoft. Manufacturing of the original version of the console ceased a few months back, but today marks the day it...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Modest Proposal To Companies: Let Your Customers Respond To Your Emails - Kill [email protected]
An anonymous reader shares a blogpost: Dear way-too-many companies, if you're allowed to send me an email, I'm allowed to send you an email. You just sent me an email and I have a question. Don't make...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Germany, in a First, Shuts Down Left-Wing Extremist Website
An anonymous reader shares a report: An influential website linked to violence at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Hamburg last month has been ordered to shut down, in the first such move against lef...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot VW Engineer Sentenced To 40-Month Prison Term In Diesel Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A federal judge in Detroit sentenced former engineer James Liang to 40 months in prison on Friday for his role in Volkswagen AG's multiyear scheme to ...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Chrome Will Soon Let You Permanently Mute Websites
Google Chrome will soon allow users to permanently mute websites, a feature that will cheer millions who suffer through autoplaying videos on (annoying) websites every day. From a report: According to...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Why We Need To Decentralize The Web
One could argue that the web is already decentralized. But with major websites like Google and Facebook, it's increasingly harder to stay decentralized. Paul Ford writes: There's a good research repor...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Software Is Eating the Auto Industry
Roger Lanctot, writing for research firm Strategy Analytics: There are many more opportunities in cars today for things to go wrong as software takes over an ever-expanding array of functionality from...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Why Are There So Many Knobs in Audio Software?
John Lagomarsino, writing for The Outline: Skeuomorphic design, where user interfaces emulate the appearance of physical objects, has been popular for pretty much the history of personal computing. Th...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Figured Out My Family Secrets, And It Won't Tell Me How
Kashmir Hill, reporting for Gizmodo: Rebecca Porter and I were strangers, as far as I knew. Facebook, however, thought we might be connected. Her name popped up this summer on my list of "People You M...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot It Took a Massachusetts Hospital 14 Years To Detect a Data Breach
An anonymous reader shares a report: To make matters worse, even after all that time -- it wasn't the medical center itself that discovered the incident. Tewksbury Hospital learned of the breach in th...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Pulling Apps By Iranian Developers From The App Store To Comply With US Sanctions
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple is pulling apps created by Iranian developers that are specifically designed for people in Iran from its App Stores to comply with US sanctions, The New York...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot As Coding Boot Camps Close, the Field Faces a Reality Check
An anonymous reader shares a report: In the last five years, dozens of schools have popped up offering an unusual promise: Even humanities graduates can learn how to code in a few months and join the ...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot 'US Intelligence Agencies Should Put Up Or Shut Up With Kaspersky Rumors'
itwbennett writes: As previously reported on Slashdot, U.S. intelligence agencies have warned against using Kaspersky software amid swirling rumors of ties between Kaspersky Lab executives and the Rus...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Non-Smart TV Sets?
williamyf writes: I have always been of the idea that my TV shall be non-smart, leaving the smarts to connected equipment (in my case my Synology NAS running Plex and a combination of Chromecasts and ...
12:00 pm - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Planning a 4K Upgrade For Its TV Box
Apple is planning to unveil an upgraded Apple TV set-top box that can stream 4K video and highlight live television content such as news and sports. Bloomberg reports: The updated box, to be revealed ...
08:00 am - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot The CIA Built a Fake Software Update System To Spy On Intel Partners
Documents published by Wikileaks reveal a secret project to siphon out data through its technical liaison service, dating back to 2009. The Verge reports: The program, called ExpressLane, is designed ...
04:00 am - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Fake Messages Rigged With Malware Are Spreading Via Facebook Messenger
According to recent warnings issued by Avira, CSIS Security Group, and Kaspersky Lab, a virulent spam campaign has hit Facebook Messenger during the past few days. "The Facebook spam messages contain ...
04:00 am - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot AT&T's Slow 1.5Mbps Internet In Poor Neighborhoods Sparks Complaint To FCC
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T is facing a complaint alleging that it discriminates against poor people by providing fast service in wealthier communities and speeds a...
02:00 am - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot A User Archived Nearly 2 Million Gigabytes of Porn to Test Amazon's 'Unlimited' Cloud Storage
An anonymous reader shares a report: Reddit user beaston02 was determined to find the true ceiling of Amazon's cloud storage plan, which was killed off in June. He decided to push its limits with a pe...
02:00 am - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Much of Your Online Browsing Can Advertisers See?
dryriver writes: We all know the phenomenon of browsing from an internet site A to a completely unrelated internet site B, and having identical ads follow you from site A to site B. Logic suggests tha...
02:00 am - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Tesla's Electric Semi Truck Will Reportedly Get 200-300 Miles Per Charge
According to Reuters, Tesla next month plans to unveil an electric big-rig truck with a working range of 200 to 300 miles, a sign that the company is targeting regional hauling for its entry into the ...
12:00 am - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Rolled Out Autopilot Despite Engineers' Safety Concerns, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: When Elon Musk announced last fall that all of Tesla's cars would be capable of "full autonomy," engineers who were working on the suite of self-dri...
12:00 am - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot Apple To Build $1.3 Billion Iowa Data Center, Get $208 Million In Incentives
CEO Tim Cook said on Thursday that Apple will invest at least $1.3 billion in the first phase of an Iowa data center project. The data center will be built near Waukee, Iowa, creating 50 permanent job...
12:00 am - Fri, August 25, 2017
Slashdot General Mills Loses Bid To Trademark Yellow Color On Cheerios Box
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: U.S. intellectual property regulators are rejecting General Mills' bid to trademark the yellow background color on boxes of Cheerios cereal. The ...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Amazon To Complete $13.7B Whole Foods Deal Monday, Promises Lower Prices and Prime Integration
Amazon announced today that its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods will close this Monday, Aug. 28, and revealed how it plans to lower prices and integrate its Prime membership program into the ...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Many People Still Don't Want To Ride in Self-driving Cars, Survey Finds
A lot of people may still have serious reservations about riding in fully autonomous vehicles, a new survey from Gartner indicates. From a report: The Gartner Consumer Trends in Automotive people surv...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot DC Judge Approves Government Warrant For Data From Anti-Trump Website
According to Reuters, a D.C. Superior Court judge on Thursday approved a government warrant seeking data from an anti-Trump website related to Inauguration Day protests, but he added protections to sa...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Smartphone Maker HTC Explores Strategic Options
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: HTC, the beleaguered manufacturer that once ranked among the world's top smartphone makers, is exploring options that could range from separating off its...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Node.js Forked Again Over Complaints of Unresponsive Leadership
New submitter Kant shares a report: The codebase for popular Node.js JavaScript runtime has been forked again -- the second time in less than three years -- with a growing number of contributors charg...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot These Are the 10 Most Popular Mobile Apps in America
Today comScore released its 2017 US Mobile App Report, which among other things, lists the top mobile apps in the nation. From a report: Between smartphones and tablets, Americans spend more than half...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot JavaScript Is Eating The World
An anonymous reader shares a report: Incase you haven't heard the news, JavaScript and NodeJS are single handedly eating the world of software. NodeJS is an Open Source server-side JavaScript environm...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Samsung TV Owners Furious After Software Update Leaves Sets Unusable
Thousands of owners of high-end Samsung TVs have complained after a software update left their recently acquired $1,800 sets with blank, unusable screens. From a report: The Guardian has been contacte...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot AccuWeather Updates Its iOS App To Address Privacy Outcry
Taylor Hatmaker, writing for TechCrunch: Responding to privacy concerns, AccuWeather is out with a new version of its iOS app that removes a controversial data sharing behavior. Earlier this week, sec...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Add Subscriptions For News Stories
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mashable: After years of simply forcing news organizations to heel to the almighty algorithm and craft their content for the News Feed, Facebook has added seve...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Roku Is the Top Streaming Device In the US and Still Growing, Report Finds
Roku is the top streaming media player device in the U.S., and its growth is only increasing. According to the latest industry report from market intelligence firm Parks Associates, 37 percent of stre...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Chrome Adds Warning For Extensions That Take Over Your Proxy Settings
An anonymous reader writes: "Google engineers have added two new features to the Chrome browser that will alert users of extensions that hijack proxy settings or the new tab page," reports Bleeping Co...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Bill Gates and Richard Branson Back Startup That Grows 'Clean Meat'
A large global agricultural company has joined Bill Gates and Richard Branson to invest in a nascent technology to make meat from self-producing animal cells. "Memphis Meats, which produces beef, chic...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Engineers Discover How To Make Antennas For Wireless Communication 100x Smaller Than Their Current Size
Engineers have figured out how to make antennas for wireless communication 100 times smaller than their current size, an advance that could lead to tiny brain implants, micro-medical devices, or phone...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Posts First Photo of SpaceX's New Spacesuit
Early Wednesday morning, SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted a photo of the spacesuit that will be used by astronauts flying aboard the company's Dragon spacecraft, perhaps as early as next year. Ars Tech...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Google Pulls 500 Backdoored Apps With Over 100 Million Downloads From Google Play
Orome1 shares a report from Help Net Security: Security researchers have identified over 500 apps on Google Play containing an advertising software development kit (SDK) called Igexin, which allowed c...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot IRS Now Has a Tool To Unmask Bitcoin Tax Evaders
SonicSpike shares a report from The Daily Beast: You can use bitcoin. But you can't hide from the taxman. At least, that's the hope of the Internal Revenue Service, which has purchased specialist soft...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot India's Top Court Rules Privacy a Fundamental Right in Blow To Government
India's top court unanimously ruled on Thursday that individual privacy is a fundamental right, a verdict that will impact everything from the way companies handle personal data to the roll-out of the...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot You Can Help Purism Build the Secure Open Source Linux-based Librem 5 Smartphone
BrianFagioli writes: Thankfully, consumers are starting to wake up and become more aware of security and privacy, and some companies, such as Purism, are designing products to safeguard users. The com...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot America Wasted $160 Million Trying To Get Afghanistan To Use E-Payments
An anonymous reader shares a report: The country might be home to America's longest-running war, but the US has spent more time, energy, and money trying to rebuild Afghanistan than it has spent killi...
12:00 am - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft .NET Core 2.0 For Linux Released; Redhat Will Bundle Microsoft's .NET
Billly Gates writes: Microsoft recently released Visual Studio 15.3 for Windows and Visual Studio 7.1 for Mac with .NET core 2.0. In addition to porting Microsoft Code and SQL Server to Linux, they ha...
12:00 am - Thu, August 24, 2017
Slashdot Google Invites Users To 'Check If You're Clinically Depressed'
Google will now invite U.S. users to "check if you're clinically depressed" by using a clinically-validated screening questionnaire. "The move announced on Wednesday comes out of work with the Nationa...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Wading Through AccuWeather's Response
On Tuesday, ZDNet reported that popular weather app AccuWeather was sending location-identifying information to a monetization firm, even when a person had disabled location data from the app. In a re...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Here's Why People Don't Buy Things With Bitcoin
An anonymous reader shares a report: One reason for this, if you live in Toronto like me (or anywhere else for that matter), is that there's basically nowhere to spend digital coins in the real world....
10:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot FTC Approves Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The Federal Trade Commission will allow Amazon to continue its $13.7 billion deal to acquire Whole Foods. The FTC conducted an investigation to gauge whe...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Says It's Working on an Amazon Echo Competitor
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung is working on a smart speaker that will be launched "soon", the company's mobile chief told CNBC, which will pit it against the likes of Amazon, Apple, and Google, ...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Will Never Again Sneakily Force Windows Downloads on Users
A reader shares a report Windows users in Germany were particularly unimpressed when Microsoft forcibly downloaded many gigabytes of files to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10. Having held ou...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Google Unveils a New, Cheaper Networking Option For Cloud Customers: the Public Internet
Google Cloud Platform customers will have a new option when selecting the type of network used to deliver their traffic to their users: they can keep using Google's network, or they can save some mone...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Apple Puts Brakes on Self-driving Car Project, Report Says
Apple is following the road taken by Waymo, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of Google-parent Alphabet, and downshifting on its still-unannounced self-driving car project, according to a report in th...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot The Asterisk on Madden's Annual Release Legacy
Madden '96 for PlayStation never shipped, yet it changed the history of football video games -- and sports games in general -- for decades in its wake. Polygon has the behind-the-scene story. An anony...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot We Can't Stop Checking the News Either. Welcome to the New FOMO
An anonymous reader shares an article: Countless studies have shown that social-driven FOMO (fear of missing out) stems from a person's primitive desire to belong to a group, with each snap, tweet, or...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot How a Tax Inspector Used Google Search To Locate the Founder of SilkRoad
An anonymous reader shares a report: You could buy any drug imaginable, wherever you were in the world, on the Silk Road website. Hidden on the dark web, it made millions of dollars every week. The US...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Wal-Mart To Enter Voice-Shopping Market Via Google Platform
Wal-Mart Stores is teaming up with Google to enter the nascent voice-shopping market, currently dominated by Amazon.com, adding another front to Wal-Mart's battle with the online megastore. From a rep...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note8 With 6.3-inch Infinity Display, Dual Rear Cameras
VentureBeat reports: After months of leaks, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Note8 in an event in New York City. The company's latest stylus-equipped flagship smartphone is expected to be available f...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Testing an Opt-Out System For Firefox Telemetry Collection
An anonymous reader writes: "Mozilla engineers are discussing plans to change the way Firefox collects usage data (telemetry), and the organization is currently preparing to test an opt-out clause so ...
12:00 pm - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Sony Blocks Yet Another Game From Cross-Console Play With Xbox One
"Back in June, Sony told Eurogamer that the company did not have 'a profound philosophical stance' against letting PS4 users play games with those on other platforms," reports Ars Technica. "That said...
08:00 am - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot German Company Building An Electric 'Air Taxi' Makes Key Hires From Gett, Airbus and Tesla
Lilium, the Germany company known for building an electric "air taxi," is announcing a number of key hires from notable companies in the transportation space. While the company is still in its early d...
04:00 am - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Are Your Favorite Android Oreo Features?
Yesterday, Android O officially became Android Oreo and started rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices. While there are many new features available in the new OS, we thought we'd ask you: what are you...
02:00 am - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Sony Loses Class Action Lawsuit In Waterproof Claims For Original Xperia Z Line
Sony has lost a class action lawsuit for claiming its Xperia phones were "waterproof," when in reality they were only "water resistant." If you happen to own one of the original Xperia Z smartphones, ...
02:00 am - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Medium Will Now Pay Writers Based On How Many 'Claps' They Get
Medium is getting creative with how they're paying its writers. The San Francisco-based online publishing platform will determine how much an author is paid by how many claps a story receives. Claps a...
02:00 am - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Autonomous Forklift May Eat Up Warehouse Jobs
Jamie Condliffe reports via MIT Technology Review: Seegrid, a provider of material-handling equipment, takes the kinds of forklifts that move 8,000-pound loads around warehouses and makes them autonom...
12:00 am - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot IBM To Trace Food Contamination With Blockchain
Thelasko shares a report from CNBC: IBM has been joined by a group of global food giants including the likes of Nestle, Unilever and Walmart in an effort to reduce food contamination by using blockcha...
12:00 am - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Justice Department Walks Back Demand For Information On Anti-Trump Website
After issuing a warrant to DreamHost for "all files" related to an anti-trump website, the Justice Department says it's scaling back a demand for information from hosting service DreamHost. The Verge ...
12:00 am - Wed, August 23, 2017
Slashdot Iowa Computer Programmer Gets 25 Years For Lottery Scam
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Des Moines Register: Eddie Tipton, the Iowa brainpower behind a case of multi-state lottery fraud, will spend up to 25 years in prison for rigging "random"...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Let Consumers Sue Companies
Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, writes: When a data breach at Home Depot in 2014 led to losses for banks nationwide, a group of banks filed a class-action la...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Austria, Carmakers Agree To Update Software of 600,000 Diesel Cars
An anonymous reader shares a report: Austria's Transport Minister Joerg Leichtfried said on Tuesday he had agreed with carmakers to update the software of 600,000 diesel cars to reduce pollution follo...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Getting NASA To Comply With Simple FOIA Requests Is a Nightmare
From a report on Motherboard: Freedom of Information Act requests are used by journalists, private citizens, and government watchdogs to acquire public documents from government agencies. FOIAing NASA...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Fourth US Navy Collision This Year Raises Suspicion of Cyber-Attacks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: Early Monday morning a U.S. Navy Destroyer collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Singapore. The U.S. Navy initially reported that 10 s...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Cloud Backup Solutions That You Recommend?
New submitter OneHundredAndTen writes: After having used the services of CrashPlan for my backups for a few years now, I have just learned that CrashPlan is exiting the home backup business. Although ...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Popular Weather App AccuWeather Caught Sending User Location Data, Even When Location Sharing is Off
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: Popular weather app AccuWeather has been caught sending geolocation data to a third-party data monetization firm, even when the user has switched off location shar...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Estonia Proposes Estcoin, a Government Backed Cryptocurrency, Issued Via an Initial Coin Offering After e-Residency Success
Estonia is living up to its digital reputation and setting tongues wagging with its latest idea: its very own digital currency issued via an initial coin offering (ICO). From a report: The buzz word o...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Sonos Says Users Must Accept New Privacy Policy Or Devices May Cease To Function
An anonymous reader writes: Sonos has confirmed that existing customers will not be given an option to opt out of its new privacy policy, leaving customers with sound systems that may eventually "ceas...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot People Are Using Recycled Laptop Batteries To Power Their Homes
New submitter gooddogsgotoheaven writes: DIY Powerwall builders from around the world are harvesting old laptop batteries and turning them into powerful batteries capable of supplying energy to their ...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Code42 Says Crashplan Backup Service Will Discontinue All Personal Backup Plans
Reader amxcoder writes: Code42, the company behind the popular Crashplan online backup service has announced that will be discontinuing all of its personal and family backup plan offerings to focus on...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Verizon To Start Throttling All Smartphone Videos To 480p or 720p
Verizon Wireless will start throttling video streams to resolutions as low as 480p on smartphones this week. Most data plans will get 720p video on smartphones, but customers won't have any option to ...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot People Start Hating Their Jobs at Age 35, Study Says
Older workers tend to be more unhappy in their jobs than their younger colleagues, according to a survey of more than 2,000 U.K. employees by human resource firm Robert Half U.K. One in six British wo...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Two-Factor Authentication Fail: Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency
Reader Cludge shares an NYT report: Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security -- the mobile phone number -- is also one of the easiest to steal. In a growing num...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Bricklaying Robots and Exoskeletons Are the Future of the Construction Industry
David Silverberg reports via Motherboard: One of the most staid and digitally conservative industries is on the verge of a robotic makeover. The global construction space isn't known for ushering new ...
12:00 pm - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Makes Safety Check a Permanent Feature
Facebook announced today that its "Safety Check" feature will be permanent in its app and on the desktop. The feature lets you check to see whether friends and family are safe following a crisis. Tech...
08:00 am - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot China Relaunches World's Fastest Train
China has decided to relaunch the world's fastest train service following a fatal crash in 2011, where the high speed train service reduced its upper limit from its then-record holding 350 km/h (217 m...
04:00 am - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot iPhone 8's 3D Face Scanner Will Work In 'Millionths of a Second'
According to a report by the Korea Herald, Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 will ditch the fingerprint identification in favor of 3D face recognition, which will work "in the millionths of a second." PhoneAr...
02:00 am - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Third Party Trackers On Web Shops Can Identify Users Behind Bitcoin Transactions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Help Net Security: More and more shopping websites accept cryptocurrencies as a method of payment, but users should be aware that these transactions can be use...
02:00 am - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot DJI Spark Owners Must Update Firmware By September, Or Their Machines Will Be Bricked
garymortimer shares a report from sUAS News: News has arrived of a mandatory firmware update from DJI. Owners of DJI's latest and smallest quadcopter must update their firmware by September the 1st or...
12:00 am - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Leading Chinese Bitcoin Miner Wants To Cash In On AI
hackingbear writes: Bitmain, the most influential company in the bitcoin economy by the sheer amount of processing power, or hash rate, that it controls, plans to unleash its bitcoin mining ASIC techn...
12:00 am - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Create Smart Labels To Tell You When To Throw Away Expired Food and Makeup
At the 254th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, researchers are presenting a low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor that can let you know when to toss food and cosmetics...
12:00 am - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Energy Firm Slapped With $65,000 Fine For Making 1.5 Million Nuisance Calls
A UK firm offering people energy-saving solutions has been fined after making almost 1.5 million unsolicited calls without checking if the numbers were registered on the UK's opt-out database. From a ...
12:00 am - Tue, August 22, 2017
Slashdot Disney Will Price Streaming Service At $5 Per Month, Analyst Says
Earlier this month, Disney announced it would end its distribution deal with Netflix and launch its own streaming service in 2019. Now, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson, we have...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Does the World Need Polymaths?
Two hundred years ago, it was still possible for one person to be a leader in several different fields of inquiry. Today that is no longer the case. So is there a role in today's world for the polymat...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Android O Is Now Officially Android Oreo
Android O is now officially going by the name of Android Oreo. The operating system is available today via Google's Android Open Source Project. OTA rollout is expected to arrive first to Pixel and Ne...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Outlines the Upgrade Procedures For Xbox One X
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The easiest way to get all your games to the new system, as outlined by Microsoft Vice President Mike Ybarra, will be to just put them on an exte...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Driverless Cars Need a Lot More Than Software, Ford CTO Says
In an interview, Ken Washington, Ford's Chief Technical Officer, shared company's views on how autonomy will change car design. From an article: The biggest influence will be how the cars are bought, ...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Cord-Cutting Still Doesn't Beat the Cable Bundle
I'd like to cut the cord, writes Brian Barrett for Wired, then, the very instant I allow myself to picture what life looks like after that figurative snip, my reverie comes crashing down. From an arti...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Meeting and Hotel Booking Provider's Data Found in Public Amazon S3 Bucket
Leaks of personal and business information from unsecured Amazon S3 buckets are piling up. From a report: The latest belongs to Groupize, a Boston-area business that sells tools to manage small group ...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot UK.gov To Treat Online Abuse as Seriously as Hate Crime in Real Life
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service has pledged to tackle online abuse with the same seriousness as it does hate crimes committed in the flesh. From a report: Following public concern about the increas...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Intel Launches 8th Generation Core CPUs
Reader joshtops writes: Today Intel is launching its new 8th Generation family of processors, starting with four CPUs for the 15W mobile family. There are two elements that make the launch of these 8t...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Supreme Court Asked To Nullify the Google Trademark
Is the term "google" too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark protection? That's the question before the US Supreme Court. From a report: What's before the Supreme Court is a trademark laws...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot The Windows App Store is Full of Pirate Streaming Apps
Ernesto Van der Sar, reporting for TorrentFreak: When we were browsing through the "top free" apps in the Windows Store, our attention was drawn to several applications that promoted "free movies" inc...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Apple Looks For Exceptional Engineer With a Secret Job Posting
An anonymous reader writes: A hidden Apple website that hosts a job description and invitation to apply for an important position has recently been discovered. The posting describes a role that should...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot How the Voyager Golden Record Was Made
Fascinating article on The New Yorker about how the Voyager Golden Record was made: The Voyagers' scientific mission will end when their plutonium-238 thermoelectric power generators fail, around the ...
12:00 pm - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Speech Recognition Now As Accurate As Professional Transcribers
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate r...
08:00 am - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Backs Call For A Global Ban On Killer Robots
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Tesla boss Elon Musk is among a group of 116 founders of robotics and artificial intelligence companies who are calling on the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons. ...
04:00 am - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Plex Responds, Will Allow Users To Opt Out Of Data Collection
stikves writes:This weekend Plex had announced they were implementing a new privacy policy, including removing the ability for opting out of data collection and sharing. Fortunately the backlash here,...
02:00 am - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can You Teach Programming To Schoolchildren?
Slashdot reader SPopulisQR writes:A new school year is approaching and I wanted to ask what are appropriate programming languages for children of various ages. Specifically, 1) what coding languages s...
12:00 am - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot 50,000 Users Test New Anti-Censorship Tool TapDance
The CBC reports:What if circumventing censorship didn't rely on some app or service provider that would eventually get blocked but was built into the very core of the internet itself? What if the rout...
12:00 am - Mon, August 21, 2017
Slashdot Alleged Yahoo Hacker Will Be Extradited To The US
An anonymous reader quotes the AP:A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States. Karim Baratov wa...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot FBI Accepts New Evidence in 46-Year-Old D.B. Cooper Case
An anonymous reader quotes the Daily Mail:The FBI is looking at an 'odd bit of buried foam' as possible evidence in the cold case investigation into criminal mastermind D.B. Cooper, according to priva...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot Bug In Lowe's Site Sold Goods For Free. Couple Arrested For Exploiting It
An anonymous reader writes: A couple from the Brick Township in New Jersey stands accused of using a flaw in the Lowes online portal to receive goods for free at their home. According to the Ocean Cou...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot 'Wing Commander' Music Composer Runs Kickstarter Campaign
DMJC writes: George Oldziey, the music composer from Wing Commander 3 and 4, is running a Kickstarter campaign to re-orchestrate the music from the venerable series. The Kickstarter is in its final we...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot Red Hat Gives Ceylon To The Eclipse Foundation
An anonymous reader writes:Some media outlets called Ceylon an attempted "Java killer" when Gavin King first unveiled his secret two-year development project in 2011. In 2013 Red Hat finally released ...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot Jonathan Coulton's New Dystopian Album Becomes a Graphic Novel
An anonymous reader quotes NPR's report on one of Slashdot's long-time favorite musicians: In April, musician Jonathan Coulton released Solid State, a sci-fi concept album that represented a significa...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Win $100,000 For New Spear-Phishing Detection Method
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has awarded this year's Internet Defense Prize worth $100,000 to a team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, who came up with a new method o...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot NASA's Cassini Probe Begins Its 'Grand Finale' Through Saturn's Atmosphere
An anonymous reader quotes Space.com:After orbiting Saturn for more than 13 years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is getting ready to say goodbye. On Monday (August 14), Cassini made the first of five pass...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot A Global Fish War is Coming, Warns US Coast Guard
schwit1 shares an article from the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings magazine. It includes this warning from the Coast Guard's chief of fisheries law enforcement:Nearly two decades into the 21st Cent...
12:00 pm - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot postmarketOS Pursues A Linux-Based, LTS OS For Android Phones
An anonymous reader quotes Liliputing:Buy an iPhone and you might get 4-5 years of official software updates. Android phones typically get 1-3 years of updates... if they get any updates at all. But t...
10:00 am - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot What Happened To Winamp?
Winamp was released more than 20 years ago, and last week marked the 15th anniversary of the release of Winamp3. An anonymous Slashdot reader tries to explain what finally happened to Winamp: AOL plan...
06:00 am - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot After 15 Years, Maine's Laptops-in-Schools Initiative Fails To Raise Test Scores
For years Maine has been offering laptops to high school students -- but is it doing more harm than good? An anonymous reader writes:One high school student says "We hardly ever use paper," while anot...
04:00 am - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would You Pay To See Open Sourced?
jbrase writes:It's in the interest of the open-source community to make open-source development as profitable as possible. One potential means of making money from open source is crowdfunding, [but] p...
12:00 am - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot Google Warns Webmasters About Insecure HTTP Web Forms
In April Chrome began marking HTTP pages as "not secure" in its address bar if the pages had password or credit card fields. They're about to take the next step. An anonymous reader quotes SearchEngin...
12:00 am - Sun, August 20, 2017
Slashdot FBI Warns US Private Sector To Cut Ties With Kaspersky
An anonymous reader quotes CyberScoop:The FBI has been briefing private sector companies on intelligence claiming to show that the Moscow-based cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab is an unacceptable t...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Paul Allen Finds Long-Lost World War II Cruiser, the USS Indianapolis
An anonymous reader quotes the US Naval Institute News:Seventy-two years after two torpedoes fired from a Japanese submarine sunk cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35), the ship's wreckage was found restin...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Avoids Washington State Taxes, Gives Nevada Schoolkid A Surface Laptop
theodp writes: The Official Microsoft Blog hopes a letter from a Nevada middle schooler advising Microsoft President Brad Smith to "keep up the good work running that company" will "inspire you like i...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot EFF Honors Chelsea Manning, an IFEX Leader, And TechDirt's Editor
An anonymous reader quotes the Electronic Frontier Foundation:Whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning, Techdirt editor and open internet advocate Mike Masnick, and IFEX executive director and globa...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Should Plex Stop Allowing Users To Opt Out of Data Collection?
Slashdot reader bigdogpete writes: Many users of Plex got an email that said they were changing their privacy policy which goes into effect on 20 September 2017. While most of the things are pretty st...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Hacker Helps Family Recover Minivan After Losing One-Of-A-Kind Car Key
An anonymous reader writes: A hacker and a mechanic have helped a family regain access to their hybrid car after they've lost their one-of-a-kind car key while on vacation. The car in question is a To...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Now Wants To Give Java EE to an Open Source Foundation
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Oracle wants to end its leadership in the development of enterprise Java and is looking for an open source foundation to take on the role. The company said Thursda...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot US State Department Suffers Worldwide Email Outage
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:The U.S. State Department's email system underwent a worldwide outage Friday, affecting all its unclassified communications within and outside of the department.Th...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Marcus Hutchins' Code Used In Malware May Have Come From GitHub
troublemaker_23 quotes ITWire: A security researcher says code has been discovered that was written by British hacker Marcus Hutchins that was apparently 'borrowed' by the creator of the banking troja...
02:00 pm - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Wisconsin Lawmakers Vote To Pay Foxconn $3 Billion To Get New Factory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Wisconsin Assembly voted 59-30 on Thursday to approve a bill to give incentives worth $3 billion to Taiwan-based Foxconn so that the company ...
12:00 pm - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Atlas 5 Rocket Launches $400 Million NASA Satellite Into Space
A new communications hub has been successfully deployed in space today thanks to the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. "TDRS is a critical national asset have because of its importance to the spa...
08:00 am - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Google and ProPublica Team Up To Build a National Hate Crime Database
In partnership with ProPublica, Google News Lab is launching a new tool to track hate crimes across America. The "Documenting Hate News Index" is being powered by machine learning to track reported ha...
04:00 am - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot How Hackers Can Use Pop Songs To 'Watch' You
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: Forget your classic listening device: Researchers at the University of Washington have demonstrated that phones, smart TVs, Amazon Echo-like assi...
02:00 am - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot US Military To Create Separate Unified Cyber Warfare Command
wiredmikey quotes a report from SecurityWeek: President Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. military to elevate its cyber warfare operations to a separate command, signaling a new strategic emphasis on ...
02:00 am - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Android O Is Officially Launching August 21
Android O is set to arrive on August 21, with a livestreamed unveiling event timed for 2:40 PM ET in NYC -- which is roughly when the maximum solar eclipse is set to occur for New York. TechCrunch rep...
02:00 am - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Memories of Fear Could Be Permanently Erased, Study Shows
A new study unpicks why certain sounds can stir alarming memories, and reveals a new approach to wiping such memories from the brain. The Guardian reports: Published in the journal Neuron by Cho and h...
02:00 am - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Hyundai To Build a 300-Mile-Per-Charge Electric Car
On Thursday, Hyundai Motor said it will launch a long-range electric vehicle with a driving range of 500 km (311 miles) per charge after 2021. The company is reportedly planning 31 eco-friendly models...
12:00 am - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot The Verge's Essential Phone Review: An Arcane Artifact From an Unrealized Future
An anonymous reader shares Dieter Bohn's review of the Essential Phone: Even though it was announced less than three months ago at the Code Conference, there's already enough mythology surrounding the...
12:00 am - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Google Explains Why It Banned the App For Gab, a Right-Wing Twitter Rival
AmiMoJo shares a report from Ars Technica: When right-wing trolls and outright racists get kicked off of Twitter, they often move to Gab, a right-wing Twitter competitor. Gab was founded by Andrew Tor...
12:00 am - Sat, August 19, 2017
Slashdot Waymo Patent Shows Plans To Replace Steering Wheel, Pedals With Push Button
nesaefendija shares a report from Driverless: Waymo just received approval on a patent for a push-button console that replaces not only a steering wheel in a car but the brake and gas pedals, too. Thi...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot A 'Netflix Tax'? Yes, and It's Already a Thing in Some States
An anonymous reader shares a report: Your monthly bill for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming entertainment services could go up soon as states such as Illinois try to find ways to offset decli...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Music Head Says Company Pays Higher Royalties Than Spotify in US
An anonymous reader shares a report: Making a living from streaming royalties is tough for music artists, and YouTube has had one of the worst reputations in the music industry for a while. Even Lyor ...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Info on 1.8M Chicago Voters Was Publicly Accessible, But Now Removed From Cloud Service
A file containing the names, addresses, dates of birth and other information about Chicago's 1.8 million registered voters was published online and publicly accessible for an unknown period of time, t...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Self-sufficient Eclipse Chasers Hit the Road To 'Totality'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Michael Zeiler packed his portable toilet then headed out on a 10-hour drive from New Mexico to Wyoming where, on Monday, he intends to mark the ninth time he has ...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot How Hackers Are Targeting the Shipping Industry
An anonymous reader shares a report: When staff at CyberKeel investigated email activity at a medium-sized shipping firm, they made a shocking discovery. "Someone had hacked into the systems of the co...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Developer Accidentally Deletes Three-Month of Work With Visual Studio Code
New submitter joshtops writes: A developer accidentally three-month of his work. In a post, he described his experience, "I had just downloaded VScode as an alternative and I was just playing with the...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Hollywood, Apple Said To Mull Rental Plan, Defying Theaters
An anonymous reader shares a report: Movie studios are considering whether to ignore the objections of cinema chains and forge ahead with a plan to offer digital rentals of films mere weeks after they...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot E-Commerce To Evolve Next Month As Amazon Loses the 1-Click Patent
An anonymous reader shares an article: Next month e-commerce will change forever thanks to Amazon. September 12 marks 20 years since Amazon filed for their 1-Click patent. This means that the patent w...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Bing is 'Bigger Than You Think', Says Microsoft
Microsoft said this week that Bing is "bigger than you think" and provided some numbers that could be a surprise to many. The company claims that fully one-third of searches in the US are powered by B...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Trump Adviser Steve Bannon is Leaving White House Post
President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon left his position on Friday (alternative source) as the newly minted chief of staff John Kelly sought to bring order to a White House riven by in...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot How Security Pros Look at Encryption Backdoors
An anonymous reader shares a report: The majority of IT security professionals believe encryption backdoors are ineffective and potentially dangerous, with 91 percent saying cybercriminals could take ...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Secret Chips in Replacement Parts Can Completely Hijack Your Phone's Security
Dan Goodin, writing for ArsTechnica: People with cracked touch screens or similar smartphone maladies have a new headache to consider: the possibility the replacement parts installed by repair shops c...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Kit Kat Accused of Copying Atari Game Breakout
An anonymous reader shares a report: Kit Kat's maker Nestle has been accused of copying Breakout, the 1970s computer game, in a marketing campaign. Atari, the company behind some of the most popular e...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Google Researchers Made An Algorithm To Delete Watermarks From Photos
"Researchers at Google have found a vulnerability in the way watermarks are used by stock imagery sites like Adobe Stock that makes it possible to remove the opaque stamp used to protect copyright," w...
12:00 pm - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot iOS 11 Has a Feature To Temporarily Disable Touch ID
A new feature baked into iOS 11 lets you quickly disable Touch ID, which could come in handy if you're ever in a situation where someone (a cop) might force you to unlock your device. Cult of Mac repo...
08:00 am - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot New Immunotherapy Trial Cures Kids of Peanut Allergy For Up To Four Years
Using a new kind of immunotherapy treatment, Australian researchers have managed to cure a majority of the children in their study suffering from a peanut allergy. "The desensitization to peanuts pers...
04:00 am - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot The Health Benefits of Wind and Solar Exceed the Cost of All Subsidies
New submitter TheCoroner writes: A paper in Nature Energy suggests that the benefits we receive from moving to renewables like wind and solar that reduce air pollution exceed the cost of the subsidies...
02:00 am - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Ukraine Hacker Cooperating With FBI In Russia Probe, Says Report
schwit1 shares a report from The Hill: A hacker in Ukraine who goes by the online alias "Profexer" is cooperating with the FBI in its investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential ele...
02:00 am - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot PlayStation 4 Update 5.0 Officially Revealed
After the PlayStation 4's 5.0 update was leaked last week, Sony decided to officially reveal what's coming in the update. GameSpot highlights the new features in their report: Some of the enhancements...
02:00 am - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Video Is Coming To Reddit
An anonymous reader shares a report from Variety: Videos are coming to Reddit, thanks to a new feature that allows users to upload video clips directly to the service. Reddit rolled out the new video ...
12:00 am - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Hacker Claims To Have Decrypted Apple's Secure Enclave Processor Firmware
According to iClarified, a hacker by name of "xerub" has posted the decryption key for Apple's Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) firmware. "The security coprocessor was introduced alongside the iPhone 5s...
12:00 am - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Downranks Video Clickbait and Fake Play Buttons
In a blog post, Facebook announced that it has started downranking the News Feed presence of links that display a fake play button in the preview image, as well as videos that are actually just a stat...
12:00 am - Fri, August 18, 2017
Slashdot Motorola Patents a Display That Can Heal Its Own Cracked Screen With Heat
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A patent published today explains how a phone could identify cracks on its touchscreen and then apply heat to the area in an effort to slightly repa...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Chatbot Helps Students Choose Courses
An anonymous reader shares a report: Leeds Beckett University has launched a chatbot to help prospective students find the right course. It follows the publication of A-level results in England, Wales...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot We Print 50 Trillion Pages a Year, and Xerox Is Betting That Continues
An anonymous reader shares a report: For most of its 111-year history, Xerox has been known as one of the tech industry's most innovative companies. Now the legendary copier company is reinventing its...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Dilution of Whisky -- the Molecular Perspective
From a new published paper in Scientific Report by Bjorn C. G. Karlsson and Ran Friedman: Despite the growing knowledge of the nature of water-alcohol mixtures on a molecular level, much less is known...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Judge Dismisses AT&T's Attempt To Stall Google Fiber Construction In Louisville
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T has lost a court case in which it tried to stall construction by Google Fiber in Louisville, Kentucky. AT&T sued the local governmen...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot In Defense of the Popular Framework Electron
Electron, a popular framework that allows developers to write code once and seamlessly deploy it across multiple platforms, has been a topic of conversation lately among developers and users alike. Ma...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Is Forking. Again.
Merely weeks after it was announced that Bitcoin was splitting into two separate entities, the initial version of bitcoin and it's new "bitcoin cash," the network is adding a third version, according ...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Unpatchable 'Flaw' Affects Most of Today's Modern Cars
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A flaw buried deep in the hearts of all modern cars allows an attacker with local or even remote access to a vehicle to shut down various components, inc...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot China Cracks Down on VPN Vendors
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: China's latest crackdown on those attempting to skirt state censorship controls has seen it warn e-commerce platforms over the sale of illegal virtual private ...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot New MH370 Analysis Again Suggests Plane Came Down Outside Search Area
An anonymous reader shares a report: New analysis of images thought to depict wreckage from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 suggest the Boeing 777 came down to the north of the area searched ...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her To Work by 7 AM
From a report on The New York Times: Sheila James starts her Monday, and the workweek, at 2:15 a.m. This might be normal for a baker or a morning radio host, but Ms. James is a standard American offic...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Ericsson Is Planning To Cut 25,000 Jobs in Brutal Response To Crisis, Report Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: Multinational telecom operator Ericsson -- which carries 40% of the world's mobile traffic on its networks and is Sweden's second largest company by revenue -- rep...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Thai Activist Jailed For the Crime of Sharing an Article on Facebook
An anonymous reader shares a report: Thai activist Jatuphat "Pai" Boonpattaraksa was sentenced this week to two and a half years in prison -- for the crime of sharing a BBC article on Facebook. The Th...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Australia Joins China and Japan in Trying To Regulate Digital Currency Exchanges
Following moves by China and Japan to regulate digital currencies, Australia is attempting to crackdown on money laundering and terrorism financing with plans to regulate bitcoin exchanges. From a rep...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Batteries Are Being Recalled For Overheating Risk
According to The Verge, over 10,000 batteries for the Galaxy Note 4 are being recalled for risk of overheating that could lead to burns or fires. Given last year's Note 7 fiasco, this recall sure does...
12:00 pm - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Google Lunar X-Prize Extends Deadline Through March 2018
schwit1 writes: The Google Lunar X-Prize has announced that it has extended its contest deadline from the end of 2017 to the end of March 2018 for the finalists to complete their lunar rover mission a...
08:00 am - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Plans To Spend $7 Billion On Content In 2018
According to the Streaming Observer, Netflix plans to increase its budget by $1 billion dollars over the next year and spend over $7 billion on content in 2018. Previously, the company paid $6 billion...
04:00 am - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Deadly Drug-Resistant Fungus Sparks Outbreaks In UK
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: More than 200 patients in more than 55 UK hospitals were discovered by healthcare workers to be infected or colonized by the multi-drug resistant...
02:00 am - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Essential Phone Will Ship Next Week, Shortly After Breaking $1 Billion Valuation
New submitter cloud.pt writes: Andy Rubin's Essential Phone will be released next week according to 9to5Google, just shy from its initial June mark. The company has been speculated to be worth around ...
02:00 am - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot 'Surkus' App Pays Users To Line Up Outside New Restaurants
A new app called Surkus allows restaurants to manufacture their ideal crowd and pay people to stand in place like extras on a movie set. The app reportedly uses "an algorithmic casting agent of sorts"...
02:00 am - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Why Does Hollywood Remain Out of Step With the Body-Positive Movement?
According to a report from The New York Times, Hollywood continues to praise average-sized actresses in knockout roles and then reduce them to bit parts about physical weight. Slashdot reader cdreimer...
12:00 am - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Cloudflare Stops Supporting Neo-Nazi Site The Daily Stormer
Timothy B. Lee reports via Ars Technica: All week, the infamous hate site Daily Stormer has been battling to stay online in the face of a concerted social media campaign to shut it down. The site lost...
12:00 am - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Australian Scientists Figure Out How Zinc-Air Batteries Can Replace Lithium-Ion Batteries
Researchers at the University of Sydney has figured out how to solve one of the biggest problems standing in the way for zinc-air batteries to replace lithium-ion batteries. The reason zinc batteries ...
12:00 am - Thu, August 17, 2017
Slashdot Roku Gets Tough On Pirate Channels, Warns Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Earlier this year Roku was harshly confronted with this new piracy crackdown when a Mexican court ordered local retailers to take its media playe...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Shipping Company Maersk Says June Cyberattack Could Cost It Up To $300 Million
An anonymous reader shares an article: Container shipping company A.P. Moller Maersk on Tuesday said it expects that computer issues triggered by the NotPetya cyberattack will cost the company as much...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Email Provider ProtonMail Says It Hacked Back, Then Walks Claim Back
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Wednesday, encrypted email provider ProtonMail claimed it had hacked someone who was impersonating its service in phishing emails, and the company then swiftly ...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Has An Illegal TV Streaming Problem
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mashable: Most people turn to Netflix to binge watch full seasons of a single TV show, but there could be a much cheaper way: YouTube. You might be surprised t...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Tiny Robots Crawl Through Mouse's Stomach To Release Antibiotics
Tiny robotic drug deliveries could soon be treating diseases inside your body. For the first time, micromotors -- autonomous vehicles the width of a human hair -- have cured bacterial infections in th...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot The Docx Games: Three Days At the Microsoft Office World Championship
An anonymous reader shares a report: On a Sunday night two weeks back, in the Rose Court Garden of the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, 150 antsy competitors between the ages of 13 and 22 mill...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot After Losing Support, Trump's Business and Manufacturing Councils Are Shutting Down
Over a dozen anonymous readers share a similar report: Two White House advisory councils that once included tech leaders like Elon Musk and Travis Kalanick have dissolved, after several members resign...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Higher Minimum Wages Bring Automation and Job Losses, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader shares a report via email: As of the start of the year, 19 U.S. states had raised minimum wages, dramatizing a long simmering debate: Do minimum wages kill jobs, and make the worki...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Will Pay Developers With the Most Engaging Alexa Skills
Amazon today announced a new program to bring revenue to developers of Alexa skills based on how much engagement their voice app is able to generate among users of Alexa-enabled devices. From a report...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Google Updates Docs, Sheets and Slides With New Collaboration Features
An anonymous reader writes: G Suite, Google's set of online productivity tools, is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Most of these upda...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Apple Is Bringing a Billion Dollar Checkbook To Hollywood and Wants To Buy 10 TV Shows
Apple is officially open for business in Hollywood. From a report: The company is telling content makers it wants to spend $1 billion on its own stuff over the next year. That's music to studios' ears...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Female Engineers, Could You Please Share Your Thoughts On the Google Memo
Reader joshtops writes: The widely circulated memo written by software engineer James Damore has become the talking point across companies in Silicon Valley, and elsewhere. In an interesting take, The...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot New Work Suggests That P Is Not Equal To NP
New submitter cccc828 writes: In a new paper Norbert Blum tackles the P=NP question and finds them to be not equal. While this is exciting news (for theoretical computer scientists at least), remember...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot WordPress Bans Fascist Website Linked To Charlottesville Killer
tedlistens writes: WordPress has said that it does not censor websites like that of self-proclaimed fascist group Vanguard America. But last night, the group's site was taken offline for violating the...
12:00 pm - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Energy Drinks May Trigger Future Substance Use, Says Study
New research suggests persistent consumption of energy drinks may predispose young adults to substance use. "Investigators, led by Amelia M. Arria, PhD, School of Public Health, University of Maryland...
08:00 am - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Google Allo For Chrome Finally Arrives, But Only For Android Users
Google Allo, the chat app that arrived on the iPhone and Android devices last year, now has a web counterpart. Head of product for Allo and video chat app Duo, Amit Fulay, tweeted: "Allow for web is h...
04:00 am - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Intel Officially Reveals Post-8th Generation Core Architecture Code Name: Ice Lake, Built On 10nm
Intel has confirmed the existence of a new processor family called Ice Lake that will be made on Intel's 10nm+ process. The company published basic information on the Ice Lake architecture on their co...
04:00 am - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Finally Unlock the Recipe For Magic Mushrooms
An anonymous reader writes: Aside from being a schedule 1 drug, scientists haven't fully understood the chemistry behind how mushrooms produce the chemical psilocybin -- until now. A new study may fin...
02:00 am - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot App Developers Should Charge More If They Want People To Buy Subscriptions, Suggests Report
A new report from Liftoff, a Silicon Valley-based mobile app marketing and retargeting firm, says that subscription-based apps may do better if developers charge a higher price for services, rather th...
02:00 am - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Adds 'Instant Pickup Points' In US Brick-And-Mortar Push
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Amazon is rolling out U.S. pickup points where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to mi...
02:00 am - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Toyota Patents Cloaking Device To Make Car Pillars Appear Transparent
Toyota has patented a cloaking device that aims to make big, chunky car pillars transparent. The "apparatuses and methods for making an object appear transparent" which Toyota just patented uses cleve...
12:00 am - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Guam Radio Stations Accidentally Conduct Emergency Alert Amid North Korea Threat
the_webmaestro writes: A couple of radio stations in Guam conducted an unscheduled test of the Emergency Alert Broadcast System, sending some residents -- already on edge due to the back and forth bet...
12:00 am - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Plants 'Hijacked' To Make Polio Vaccine
Plants have been "hijacked" to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. From a report: The team at the John Innes Centre, in Norfolk, s...
12:00 am - Wed, August 16, 2017
Slashdot Neo-Nazi Site The Daily Stormer Moves To Dark Web After Shutdown
After being shutdown by Google and GoDaddy, prominent neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has moved their site to the dark web. "The new site is now only available through the Tor network, which allows...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot 'Biggest Data Center' To Be Built in Arctic
A small town in the remote north of the Arctic Circle is set to be home to the world's largest data center. From a report: The firm behind the project, Kolos, says the chilled air and abundant hydropo...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Cloudflare is the One Tech Company Still Sticking By Neo-Nazi Websites
An anonymous reader shares a report: One company is sticking by The Daily Stormer and other far-right websites: the cloud security and performance service Cloudflare. Cloudflare acts as a shield betwe...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Is Seeking $16 Billion Bond Sale For Whole Foods
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon is turning to the debt markets to fund the $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods and power Jeff Bezos's planned conquest of the supermarke...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Feeling Bad About Feeling Bad Can Make You Feel Worse
An anonymous reader writes: Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley resear...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Tech Companies Urge Supreme Court To Boost Cellphone Privacy
More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon, have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access ...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot No Cash For Hate, Say Mainstream Crowdfunding Firms
An anonymous reader shares a report: Online fund-raising sites are turning their backs on activists looking to offer financial support for James Fields, the man accused of driving his car into counter...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Co-Founder's Crazy Plan: Pay $10 a Month, Go to the Movies All You Want
Mitch Lowe, a founder of Netflix, has a crazy idea. Through his new startup MoviePass, he wants to subsidize our film habit, letting us go to the theater once a day for about the price of a single tic...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot We're Not Walking Away From Continuum, Says HP
An anonymous reader shares a report: While Windows roadmaps purportedly leaked to a blog last week appear to have a big hole in them where mobile should be, HP Inc tells us it has been assured by Redm...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot NASA is Sending Bacteria Into the Sky on Balloons During the Eclipse
An anonymous reader shares a report: As the Moon blocks the Sun's light completely next week in a total solar eclipse, more than 50 high-altitude balloons in over 20 locations across the US will soar ...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Gates Makes Largest Donation Since 2000 With $4.6 Billion Pledge
From a report: Bill Gates made his largest gift since the turn of the century, giving away Microsoft shares that accounted for 5 percent of his fortune, the world's biggest. The billionaire donated 64...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Intel CEO Exits President Trump's Manufacturing Council
Ina Fried, writing for Axios: Intel said Monday that CEO Brian Krzanich was leaving President Trump's American Manufacturing Council, the latest executive to distance himself from the president follow...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot 64-bit Firefox is the New Default on 64-bit Windows
An anonymous reader shares a blog post: Users on 64-bit Windows who download Firefox will now get our 64-bit version by default. That means they'll install a more secure version of Firefox, one that a...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Justice Department Demands 1.3 Million IP Addresses Related To Anti-Trump Website
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In a blog post today, online web hosting provider DreamHost disclosed that it has been involved in a months-long legal battle with the Justice Depar...
12:00 pm - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Snap Sold Fewer Than 42K Spectacles, Down 35% In Q2
The hype surrounding Snap's Spectacles appears to be dwindling. Their sales have decreased by 35 percent in the second quarter of the year, with the company's latest consolidated financial report reve...
08:00 am - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Behind the Hype of 'Lab-Grown' Meat
In an exclusive report via Gizmodo, Ryan F. Mandelbaum discusses the hype surrounding "lab-grown" meat: Some folks have big plans for your future. They want you -- a burger-eatin', chicken-finger-dipp...
04:00 am - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Judge Says LinkedIn Cannot Block Startup From Public Profile Data
A U.S. federal judge on Monday ruled that LinkedIn cannot prevent a startup from accessing public profile data, in a test of how much control a social media site can wield over information its users h...
04:00 am - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Wild bees, such as bumblebees, don't get as much love as honeybees, but they should. They play just as crucial a role in pollinating many fruits, vegetabl...
02:00 am - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot US Army Walks Back Decision To Ban DJI Drones Ever So Slightly
garymortimer shares a report from sUAS News: News has reached me that another DJI memo was passed around on Friday the 11th of August. An exception to policy with recommendations from the asymmetric w...
02:00 am - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Trump Can Block People On Twitter If He Wants, Administration Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The administration of President Donald Trump is scoffing at a lawsuit by Twitter users who claim in a federal lawsuit that their constitutional r...
02:00 am - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Google Pays Apple $3 Billion Per Year To Remain On the iPhone, Analyst Says
In a note to investors on Monday, Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. said Google is paying Apple billions of dollars per year to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads. "The firm bel...
12:00 am - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Uber Investors Slam Travis Kalanick In Open Letter To Employees
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Benchmark Capital, one of Uber's largest investors, is trying to explain its legal feud with former CEO Travis Kalanick to the ride-sharing company's ...
12:00 am - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Launches, Recovers Falcon 9 For CRS-12
Another SpaceX rocket has been successfully launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center today, carrying a Dragon capsule loaded with over 6,400 pounds of cargo destined for the International Space Stati...
12:00 am - Tue, August 15, 2017
Slashdot Discord Bans Servers That Promote Nazi Ideology
A popular video game chat service with over 25 million users announced today that it had shut down "a number of accounts" following violence instigated by white supremacists over the weekend. Discord,...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot I Bought a Book About the Internet From 1994 and None of the Links Worked
An anonymous reader shares a report (condensed for space and clarity): For crate-diggers of all stripes, the internet is awesome for one reason: The crate never ends. There's always something new to f...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Opera Kills Off Its Free Data-Saving App, Opera Max
Mark Wycislik-Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Opera Max -- the free data-saving and VPN-like tool from the team behind the Opera web browser -- is being killed off. The app has been removed from Google ...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot From Google To Yahoo, Tech Grapples With White Male Discontent
Reader joshtops shares a Bloomberg report: Google isn't the only Silicon Valley employer being accused of hostility to white men. Yahoo and Tata Consultancy Services were already fighting discriminati...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot AMD Launches Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56, Taking On GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070
MojoKid writes: AMD has finally launched its Radeon RX Vega series of graphics cards today, based on the company's next generation Vega 10 GPU architecture. There are three base card specs announced, ...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Google Cancels Domain Registration For Neo-Nazi Website Daily Stormer
Google has cancelled the domain registration for The Daily Stormer, the company confirmed to news outlet BusinessInsider. After GoDaddy kicked the neo-Nazi website off its service on Monday, a "whois"...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Google Hires Former Star Apple Engineer Chris Lattner For Its AI Team
An anonymous reader shares a report: Chris Lattner, a legend in the world of Apple software, has joined another rival of the iPhone maker: Alphabet's Google, where he will work on artificial intellige...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Spyware Apps Found on Google Play Store
Researchers at the security firm Lookout have identified a family of malicious Android apps, referred to as SonicSpy. From a report: Experts say the malware author modified a version of the official T...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Andy Rubin's Essential Is Now Valued at Over a Billion Dollars Without Shipping a Single Phone
An anonymous reader shares a report: Essential, the new phone startup from Android founder Andy Rubin, is now a unicorn, according to reports from over the weekend. If you're not up to date on the par...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Discover 91 Volcanoes Below Antarctic Ice Sheet
Reader schwit1 writes: Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth -- two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica. The project, by Edinburgh U...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot GoDaddy Expels Neo-Nazi Site Over Article On Charlottesville Victim
Reader Big Hairy Ian writes: Web hosting company GoDaddy has given a US neo-Nazi site 24 hours to find another provider after it disparaged a woman who died in protests in Virginia. The Daily Stormer ...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Device That Revolutionized Timekeeping Receives an IEEE Milestone
An anonymous reader writes: The invention of the atomic clock fundamentally altered the way that time is measured and kept. The clock helped redefine the duration of a single second, and its groundbre...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Pleads Not Guilty to Creating Banking Malware
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Monday, the well-known security researcher who became famous after helping to stop the destructive WannaCry ransomware outbreak pleaded "not g...
12:00 pm - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Samsung Pushes Its 4K/HDR TV Service in Europe
An anonymous reader quotes 4K.com:Samsung Electronics has announced that its premium Smart TV content service, TV Plus, is now available for users of Samsung Smart TVs in France, Germany, Italy, Spain...
08:00 am - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Online Critics Decry Even More Wells Fargo Fraud Scandals
On Saturday author/blogger Cory Doctorow launched a new barrage of criticism towards Wells Fargo:It's been a whole day since we learned about another example of systematic, widespread fraud by America...
06:00 am - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Blamed Intel For Its Own Bad Surface Drivers
Paul Thurrott reveals a new internal Microsoft memo from corporate vice president Panos Panay which acknowledges "some quality issues" with their launch of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. But an anony...
02:00 am - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Why AI Won't Take Over The Earth
Law professor Ryan Calo -- sometimes called a robot-law scholar -- hosted the first White House workshop on AI policy, and has organized AI workshops for the National Science Foundation (as well as th...
02:00 am - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot 'See the Future Firefox Right Now'
"Mozilla is prepping a new version of Firefox in an effort to rally in the race for browser supremacy," writes CNET's Matt Elliott, who decided to test drive a new nightly build of Firefox 57 which "p...
12:00 am - Mon, August 14, 2017
Slashdot Some Retailers Criticize Amazon's Recall of Eclipse Glasses
An anonymous reader quotes Portland TV station KGW:Amazon issued a widespread recall for solar eclipse glasses early Saturday morning, one week before the August 21 eclipse. That move stunned some sel...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot New 'Asciidots' Programming Language Uses Ascii Art (And Python)
An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard:If the esoteric programming language Asciidots looks like a mess, it is at least a very different-looking and even aesthetically pleasing mess. Simply, its mecha...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot Astrophysicist Believes Technologically-Advanced Species Extinguish Themselves
Why haven't we heard from intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? wisebabo writes:In the Science Daily article "Where is everybody? The Implications of Cosmic Silence," the retired astrophysicist ...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Just Surged Past $4,000. TechCrunch Explains Why
Saturday night TechCrunch reported the following about Bitcoin:24 hours ago the cryptocurrency was trading below $3,700. About an hour ago it surged passed $4,000 and has no signs of stopping. It's no...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Will Deliver The First Supercomputer To The ISS
Slashdot reader #16,185, Esther Schindler writes:"By NASA's rules, not just any computer can go into space. Their components must be radiation hardened, especially the CPUs," reports HPE Insights. "Ot...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot Hundreds Of Smart Locks Get Bricked By A Buggy Firmware Update
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:On Tuesday, August 8, smart locks manufacturer LockState botched an over-the-air firmware update for its WiFi enabled [RemoteLock 6i] smart locks, causing t...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot Can 'No Man's Sky' Redeem Itself With Its Third Free Update?
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget's new article on No Man's Sky:Developer Hello Games has gone some way to giving the people what they've wanted Friday with the third major update since the title's ...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot 269 People Joined An Age Discrimination Class Action Suit Against Google
Slashdot reader #9,119 BrookHarty writes:"269 people have joined a class-action lawsuit against Google claiming they were discriminated against in the workplace based on their age..." reports BizJourn...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot Deserialization Issues Also Affect .NET, Not Just Java
"The .NET ecosystem is affected by a similar flaw that has wreaked havoc among Java apps and developers in 2016," reports BleepingComputer. An anonymous reader writes:The issue at hand is in how some ...
12:00 pm - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot Amateur Drone Lands On British Air Carrier, Wired Reviews Anti-Drone Technology
Long-time Slashdot reader mi quotes the BBC:The Ministry of Defence is reviewing security after a tiny drone landed on the deck of Britain's biggest warship. The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was d...
10:00 am - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot Crowdfunding Campaign Seeks a Libre Recording of a Newly-Completed Bach Work
Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: Robert Douglass's Kickstarter campaigns have resulted in free fan-funded open source recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations and the 48 pieces in his Well-Tempered ...
06:00 am - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot 28 Years Later, Pioneering Tech Magazine 'Mondo 2000' Relaunches Online
In 1989 Mondo 2000 magazine ran an editorial promising they'd cover "the leading edge in hyperculture...the latest in human/technological interactive mutational forms as they happen." 28 years later, ...
02:00 am - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot A New Amiga Will Go On Sale In Late 2017
An anonymous reader quote the Register: The world's getting a new Amiga for Christmas. Yes, that Amiga -- the seminal Commodore microcomputers that brought mouse-driven GUIs plus slick and speedy grap...
12:00 am - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot 'I'm a Teapot' Error Code Saved From Extinction By Public Outcry
Status Code 418 states that "Any attempt to brew coffee with a teapot should result in the error code '418 I'm a teapot'. The resulting entity body MAY be short and stout." An anonymous reader quotes ...
12:00 am - Sun, August 13, 2017
Slashdot OpenSource.com Test-Drives Linux Distros From 1993 To 2003
An anonymous reader quotes OpenSource.com:A unique trait of open source is that it's never truly EOL (End of Life). The disc images mostly remain online, and their licenses don't expire, so going back...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk AI Microsoft = Awesome Dota 2 Player
An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:Tonight during Valve's yearly Dota 2 tournament, a surprise segment introduced what could be the best new player in the world -- a bot from Elon Musk-backed startu...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Study Finds Vaccine Science Outreach Only Reinforced Myths
Ars Technica reports on a study suggesting that "Striking at a myth with facts may only shore it up." Applehu Akbar writes:Researchers at the University of Edinburgh studied public attitudes toward va...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot The 2017 Hugo Awards
Dave Knott writes: The Hugo Awards, the most prestigious awards in science fiction, had their 2017 ceremony today, at WorldCon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.The winners are: Best Novel: The Obelisk Gate by ...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot iOS 10 Quietly Deprecated A Crucial API For VoIP and Communication Apps
neutrino38 warns that iOS 10 includes a significant change "overlooked by the general public":It deprecates an API that is crucial for VoIP and other instant messaging applications that enable keeping...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Should Workplaces Be Re-Defined To Retain Older Tech Workers?
rgh02 submitted this article from Backchannel which argues companies "need to work harder and more persistently to attract, retain, and recognize talent" -- especially older talent:We "elders" know pe...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Intel Unveils One-Petabyte Storage Servers For Data Centers
Slashdot reader #9,219 Guy Smiley shared this report on a new breed of high-density flash storage. The Inquirer reports:Intel has unveiled a brand new form factor for solid state disc drives (SSDs)......
04:00 pm - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Chrome Extension Developers Under a Barrage of Phishing Attacks
An anonymous reader quotes Bleeping Computer:Google's security team has sent out warnings via email to Chrome extension developers after many of them have been the targets of phishing attacks, some of...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Canonical Needs Your Help Transitioning Ubuntu Linux From Unity To GNOME
BrianFagioli quotes BetaNews: On August 24 and 25, the Ubuntu Desktop team will be holding a "Fit and Finish Sprint," where they will aggressively test GNOME. Canonical is also asking the Ubuntu commu...
02:00 pm - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Russian Group That Hacked DNC Used NSA Attack Code In Attack On Hotels
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Russian government-sponsored group accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee last year has likely been infecting other targets of in...
12:00 pm - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Uber and Lyft May Cause Lower Car Ownership In Big Cities, Says Report
A new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has shed light on what may turn out to be a growing trend: lower car ownership in cities where ride-sharing services are a...
08:00 am - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot NASA Looks At Reviving Atomic Rocket Program
Big Hairy Ian shares a report from New Atlas: When the first manned mission to Mars sets out, it may be on the tail of an atomic rocket engine. The Space Race vintage technology could have a renaissan...
04:00 am - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Vitamin B3 Supplement Can Prevent Miscarriages and Birth Defects, Says Study
brindafella writes: The landmark finding about vitamin B3, made by the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney, Australia, has been described as "the most important discovery for pregnant women since folate....
04:00 am - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot FBI Says Islamic State Used eBay, PayPal To Channel Money To the US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Islamic State allegedly used PayPal and fake eBay transactions to channel money to an operative in the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reports. The ma...
02:00 am - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot SoundCloud Saved By $170 Million Emergency Funding As CEO Steps Aside
Last month, SoundCloud announced it was cutting about 40 percent of its staff in a cost-cutting move to help it compete against larger rivals like Spotify and Apple. One week after that announcement, ...
02:00 am - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Netflix Discussing Keeping Streaming Rights To Disney's Marvel, Star Wars Films
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Netflix is in "active discussions" with Disney about keeping Marvel and "Star Wars" films after 2019, when new Disney and Pixar movies will stop appea...
02:00 am - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Billionaire Fails To Prevent Access To Public Beach
Robotron23 writes: Vinod Khosla, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, has lost his appeal to privatize Martins Beach -- a publicly-owned strip of coastline in California. Having previously fenced off ...
12:00 am - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period By Two Weeks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: You'll have two extra weeks to file your thoughts with the FCC on its plan to get rid of net neutrality. The proposal's comment period was originall...
12:00 am - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Hollywood's Bad Summer Movies Are Driving a Decline in Movie Ticket Sales
An anonymous reader shares a report: While some people may point at The Emoji Movie as the root of all that is wrong with Hollywood, The Wall Street Journal reports that the problem goes much deeper t...
12:00 am - Sat, August 12, 2017
Slashdot Military Tech Could Be Amazon's Secret To Cheap, Non-Refrigerated Food
According to CNBC, Amazon is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $7...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot MIT Team's School-Bus Algorithm Could Save $5M and 1M Bus Miles
An anonymous reader shares a report: A trio of MIT researchers recently tackled a tricky vehicle-routing problem when they set out to improve the efficiency of the Boston Public Schools bus system. La...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot James Damore Explains Why He Was Fired By Google
In an exclusive Wall Street Journal post, the engineer responsible for the anti-diversity "Google manifesto," James Damore, explains why he was fired by the company: I was fired by Google this past Mo...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Former Bitcoin Developer Shares Early Satoshi Nakamoto Emails
Jordan Pearson, writing for Motherboard: Satoshi Nakamoto is Bitcoin's anonymous creator and absentee head of state. In the years since she (or he, or they) disappeared into the ether and left the tec...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Almost All of FCC's New Advisory Panel Works For Telecoms
New submitter simkel writes: When the Federal Communications Commission went looking this year for experts to sit on an advisory committee regarding deployment of high-speed internet, Gary Carter thou...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Startup To Put Cellphone Tower on the Moon
An astronaut wandering the moon next year could use a smartphone to call home. If everything goes according to a plan, that is. A German startup is preparing to set up the first telecommunication infr...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Uber Shareholder Group Wants Benchmark Off Board
Dan Primack, reporting for Axios: A group of Uber investors has asked that venture capital firm Benchmark step down from the company's board of directors, Axios has learned. It also wants Benchmark to...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot The Ghostly Radio Station That No One Claims To Run
Zaria Gorvett, writing for BBC: In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg, is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of radio towers, abando...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Oracle Fiddles With Major Database Release Cycle Numbers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Big Red has changed its database release cycle, scrapping names that see decimal points and numbers added on for an indeterminate amount of time, instead plumping ...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Dismisses Consumer Reports' Surface Complaints, But Doesn't Offer Much Evidence
Microsoft has publicly responded to Consumer Reports, saying that it disagrees with the publication's Surface reliability findings. But the company hasn't offered much in the way of evidence. In a blo...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Blizzard Starts Drive To Recruit More Women and Ethnic Minorities
An anonymous reader shares a report: The company behind games like World of Warcraft and Overwatch has started a drive to recruit more women and ethnic minorities. The information is in a leaked inter...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Safari Should Display Favicons in Its Tabs
Favicon -- or its lack thereof, to be precise -- has remained one of the longest running issues Safari users have complained about. For those of you who don't use Safari, just have a look at this mess...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot HBO Hacker Leaks Message From HBO Offering $250,000 'Bounty Payment'
The HBO hacker has struck yet again. From a report: Variety has obtained a copy of another message released Thursday by the anonymous hacker to select journalists in which HBO is apparently responding...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Developers File Antitrust Complaint Against Apple in China
A Chinese law firm has filed a complaint against Apple on behalf of 28 local developers alleging the firm breached antitrust regulations. From a report: The complaint, lodged by Beijing-based Dare &am...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Hearing Loss of US Diplomats In Cuba Is Blamed On Covert Device
bsharma shares a report from The Boston Globe: The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials say was a string of bizarre incidents that left a gro...
12:00 pm - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Why Amazon's UK Tax Bill Has Dropped 50%
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Amazon has seen a 50% fall in the amount of UK corporation tax it paid last year, while recording a 54% increase in turnover for the same period. This sni...
08:00 am - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Astronomers Detect Four Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting The Nearest Sun-Like Star
Tim Stephens reports via The University of California in Santa Cruz: A new study by an international team of astronomers reveals that four Earth-sized planets orbit the nearest sun-like star, tau Ceti...
04:00 am - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot US Product Safety Commission Warns That Some Fidget Spinners Explode
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Fidget spinners are supposed to be calming and fun, especially for students struggling to focus. But after some dangerous incidents involving the popular ...
02:00 am - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Password Power Rankings: a Look At the Practices of 40 Popular Websites
Orome1 shares a report from Help Net Security: Nothing should be more important for these sites and apps than the security of the users who keep them in business. Unfortunately, Dashlane found that th...
02:00 am - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot China Working On 'Repression Network' Which Lets Cameras Identify Cars With Unprecedented Accuracy
schwit1 shares a report from The Sun: Researchers at a Chinese university have revealed the results of an investigation aimed at creating a "repression network" which can identify cars from "customize...
02:00 am - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Wisconsin Won't Break Even On Foxconn Plant Deal For Over Two Decades
Last month, Foxconn announced plans to build a $10 billion factory in southeastern Wisconsin in exchange for $3 billion in tax breaks. While the factory was heralded as a big win for President Trump a...
12:00 am - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Scientists Create DNA-Based Exploit of a Computer System
Archeron writes: It seems that scientists at University of Washington in Seattle have managed to encode malware into genomic data, allowing them to gain full access to a computer being used to analyze...
12:00 am - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Watch Out Ticketmaster: Amazon In Talks To Offer Event Ticketing In US
According to Reuters, Amazon is seeking to partner with U.S. venue owners to sell event tickets -- a move that could loosen Ticketmaster's powerful grip on the lucrative ticketing business. From the r...
12:00 am - Fri, August 11, 2017
Slashdot Google Cancels Town Hall To Discuss Diversity In Its Ranks
NBC News originally reported: Google employees will gather for a town hall meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the tensions ignited by a memo circulated inside the company that claimed to explain wh...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot VC Firm Benchmark Capital, An Early Investor In Uber, Sues Travis Kalanick For Fraud
Dan Primack, reporting for Axios: The battle between Benchmark Capital and Travis Kalanick just went nuclear, with the venture capital firm suing the former Uber CEO for fraud, breach of contract and ...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot China's VPN Developers Face Crackdown
China recently launched a crackdown on the use of software which allows users to get around its heavy internet censorship. Now as the BBC reports, developers are facing growing pressure. From the repo...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Looking To Start Testing Autonomous Semi In 'Platoon' Formation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Tesla is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and move in "platoons" that automatically follow a lead vehicle, and is get...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Consumer Reports Pulls Microsoft Laptop Recommendation
The breakage rate for Microsoft's Surface devices is significantly worse than for other manufacturers' laptops and tablets, Consumer Reports said, adding that it was removing its "recommended" designa...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot 'Best of' Lists Are the Worst
Ann-Derrick Gaillot, a writer at The Outline, shares thoughts on listicles about best products in a genre. From the article: National websites with armies of writers are churning out best lists left a...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Fired Google Engineer Says Company Execs Shamed and Smeared Him
An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report, in which the recently fired employee has been interviewed: James Damore, who until Monday worked as an engineer on video and image search at Alphabet's M...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Salesforce Fires Red Team Staffers Who Gave Defcon Talk
Josh Schwartz, Salesforce's director of offensive security, and John Cramb, a senior offensive security engineer, have been fired by the company after they gave talk at the Defcon security conference ...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Launches Watch Tab For Video Shows, Uses TV's 75-Year-Old Marketing Pitch
From a report: Facebook's push toward original video content will take a big step forward Thursday with the launch of a new section, dubbed Watch. The new tab, which Facebook FB, said late Wednesday w...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot A New Way to Tell Your Airline You Hate It
An anonymous reader shares a report: Airlines -- an industry not known for stellar customer interactions -- are joining the party, and not just to break the bad news about your flight. They're invitin...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Apple Refuses To Enable iPhone Emergency Settings that Could Save Countless Lives
An anonymous reader shares a report: Despite being relatively easy, Apple keeps ignoring requests to enable a feature called Advanced Mobile Location (AML) in iOS. Enabling AML would give emergency se...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Kaspersky Drops Antitrust Complaint After Microsoft Promises To Make Changes To Windows 10
Security firm Kaspersky said Thursday it was withdrawing its European antitrust complaint against Microsoft after the software giant promised to make changes to the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators U...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Consumers Reports Pulls Microsoft Laptop Recommendation
The breakage rate for Microsoft's Surface devices is significantly worse than for other manufacturers' laptops and tablets, Consumer Reports said, adding that it was removing its "recommended" designa...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot AMD Ryzen Threadripper Launched: Performance Benchmarks Vs Intel Skylake-X
Reader MojoKid writes: AMD continues its attack on the desktop CPU market versus Intel today, with the official launch of the company's Ryzen Threadripper processors. Threadripper is AMD's high-end, m...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Global Investment Firm Warns 7.8 Degrees of Global Warming Is Possible
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A leading British global investment firm has a warning for its clients: If we keep consuming oil and gas at current rates, our planet is on course...
12:00 pm - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Researchers Build True Random Number Generator From Carbon Nanotubes
Wave723 writes: IEEE Spectrum reports on a true random number generator that was created with single-walled semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Researchers at Northwestern University printed a SRAM cell ...
08:00 am - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Moon Had Magnetic Field At Least a Billion Years Longer Than Thought, Says Study
While the moon has no global magnetic field nowadays, it did have one in the past and researchers believe it lasted at least a billion years longer than previously thought. The Guardian reports: Betwe...
04:00 am - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot UK Wants To Criminalize Re-Identification of Anonymized User Data
An anonymous reader writes: European countries are currently implementing new data protection laws. Recently, despite leaving the European Union, the United Kingdom has expressed intent to implement t...
04:00 am - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Is Cracking Down On Deceptive Ads For Porn, Diet Pills
According to Adweek, the next target in Facebook's efforts to keep its News Feed clean is cloaking -- a technique used by "bad actors" to circumvent Facebook's review processes and show content to peo...
02:00 am - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Steady improvements in American life expectancy have stalled, and more Americans are dying at younger ages. But for companies straining under the bu...
02:00 am - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Disney Ditching Netflix Keeps Piracy Relevant
Yesterday, Disney announced its intent to pull its movies from Netflix and start its own streaming service. This upset many users across the web as the whole appeal of the streaming model becomes dilu...
02:00 am - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Blizzard and DeepMind Turn StarCraft II Into An AI Research Lab
Last year, Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind said it was going to work with Starcraft creator Blizzard to turn the strategy game into a proper research environment for AI engineers. Today, they're openi...
12:00 am - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Maybe Americans Don't Need Fast Home Internet Service, FCC Suggests
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Ars Technica: Americans might not need a fast home Internet connection, the Federal Communications Commission suggests in a new document. Instea...
12:00 am - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot Disney Sued For Allegedly Spying On Children Through 42 Gaming Apps
schwit1 shares a report from The Washington Post (Warning: may be paywalled; alternative source): The Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and sha...
12:00 am - Thu, August 10, 2017
Slashdot T-Mobile To Launch Its Own Branded Budget Smartphone
In a throwback to a time when carriers differentiated themselves by branding and selling exclusive phones, T-Mobile announced Wednesday that it's launching its very own budget Android smartphone calle...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Prison Time For Manager Who Hacked Ex-Employer's FTP Server, Email Account
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Jason Needham, 45, of Arlington, Tennessee was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison and two years of supervised release for hacking his former comp...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Apple Employees Rebelling Against Apple Park's Open Floor Plan, Report Says
During a new episode of The Talk Show podcast on Daring Fireball, John Gruber touched on the topic of the open floor plans that Apple has implemented within its new campus, Apple Park. A WSJ profile o...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Blocking a Key Enzyme May Reverse Memory Loss, MIT Study Finds
A better treatment for Alzheimer's patients may be on the horizon thanks to new research from MIT. Researchers at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have discovered that they can reverse ...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Mass Market Hopes For Battery-free Cell Phone Technology
Mark Hanrahan, writing for Reuters: Researchers in the United States have unveiled a prototype of a battery-free mobile phone, using technology they hope will eventually come to be integrated into mas...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot An Image Site Is Victimizing Countless Women and Little Can Be Done
Allison Tierney, reporting for Vice: An international anonymous photo-sharing site where people post explicit photos without consent is playing host to the victimization of countless women. In the Can...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot In Less Than Five Years, 44 Trillion Cameras Will Be Watching Us
An anonymous reader writes: It was a big deal for many when Apple added a second camera to the back of the iPhone 7 Plus last year. In five years, that will be considered quaint. By then, smartphones ...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Brits Look at Google and Facebook Every 210 Seconds, Says Survey
Ad companies Facebook and Google slurp one in every three and a half minutes that Britons spend online, according to a survey. From a report: This, says audience metrics company Verto Analytics, accou...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Monsanto Was Its Own Ghostwriter For Some Safety Reviews
Reader schwit1 writes: Dozens of internal Monsanto emails, released on Aug. 1 by plaintiffs lawyers who are suing the company, reveal how Monsanto worked with an outside consulting firm to induce the ...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot In Response To Anti-diversity Memo, YouTube CEO Says Sexism in Tech is 'Pervasive'
An anonymous reader writes: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has responded to the Google anti-diversity memo, writing in a column for Fortune that the questioning of women's abilities is "pervasive" in tech...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Developers Explain Why iOS Apps Are Getting Bulkier
Reader joshtops shares a report: Apps are getting bigger in size, in part because developers add new features, something many users obviously appreciate, developers say. "Apps are getting bigger becau...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot How a Port Misconfiguration Exposed Critical Infrastructure Data
An anonymous reader writes: Attacks hitting companies' electrical systems are possible, especially when information that provides insight into those systems' weak points is freely accessible online. I...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Playing Action Video Games May Be Bad For Your Brain, Study Finds
An anonymous reader shares a report:Playing first-person shooter video games causes some users to lose grey matter in a part of their brain associated with the memory of past events and experiences, a...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Google May Be In Trouble For Firing James Damore
Google fired engineer James Damore after he wrote a 10-page document about "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber." taustin writes from a report via Inc. about the potential legal trouble the company may ...
12:00 pm - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Cyber Threats Prompt Return of Radio For Ship Navigation
Jonathan Saul reports via Reuters: The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships' satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War ...
10:00 am - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Can Primordial Black Holes Alone Account For Dark Matter?
thomst writes: Slashdot stories have reported extensively on the LIGO experiments' initial detection of gravity waves emanating from collisions of primordial black holes, beginning, on February 11, 20...
08:00 am - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Can Pirmordial Black Holes Alone Account For Dark Matter?
thomst writes: Slashdot stories have reported extensively on the LIGO experiments' initial detection of gravity waves emanating from collisions of primordial black holes, beginning, on February 11, 20...
04:00 am - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Leaked Federal Climate Report Finds Link Between Climate Change, Human Activity
An anonymous reader shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since...
02:00 am - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Disney To Pull Its Movies From Netflix and Start Its Own Streaming Service
Disney announced today that it will end its distribution deal with Netflix and launch its own streaming service in 2019. "The move is a real blow to Netflix, which secured a valuable streaming deal wi...
02:00 am - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot AI Factory Boss Will Tell Workers and Robots How To Work Together
tedlistens writes from a report via Fast Company: Robots are consistent, indefatigable workers, but they don't improvise well. Changes on the assembly line require painstaking reprogramming by humans,...
12:00 am - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot The Man Who Wrote the Password Rules Regrets Doing So
New submitter cdreimer writes: According to a report in The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled, alternative source), the author behind the U.S. government's password requirements re...
12:00 am - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot You Can Trick Self-Driving Cars By Defacing Street Signs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A team of eight researchers has discovered that by altering street signs, an adversary could confuse self-driving cars and cause their machi...
12:00 am - Wed, August 9, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Dumps Notorious Chinese Secure Certificate Vendor
Soon, neither Internet Explorer nor Edge will recognize new security certificates from Chinese Certificate Authorities WoSign and its subsidiary StartCom. ZDNet reports: A CA is a trusted entity that ...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot US To Review Qualcomm's Complaints About Apple iPhone Patents
U.S. trade officials have agreed to investigate Qualcomm's allegations that Apple Inc infringed on patents with its iPhone7 and other devices, the U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday. ...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Mazda Announces Breakthrough In Long-Coveted Engine Technology
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Mazda Motor Corp said it would become the world's first automaker to commercialize a much more efficient petrol engine using technology that deep-pock...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot North Korea Now Making Missile-Ready Nuclear Weapons, US Analysts Say
schwit1 shares a report from The Washington Post: North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becomin...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Nissan Won't Build Its Own Electric Car Batteries Anymore
An anonymous reader shares a report: Balancing every single task by oneself, instead of getting some help, can break a person down in record time. That's likely why Nissan has decided to step away fro...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Top VPN Provider Accused of Sharing Customer Traffic With Online Advertisers
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: On Monday, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) -- a US-based privacy group -- filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Intel's 8th-Gen 'Coffee Lake' Core CPUs Will Be Revealed During the Great American Eclipse
Brad Chacos, writing for PCWorld: Intel's response to AMD's disruptive Ryzen processors is soon to get its time in the sun. Well, sort of. On Tuesday, Intel announced plans to livestream the launch of...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot IBM Claims Big Breakthrough in Deep Learning
The race to make computers smarter and more human-like continued this week with IBM claiming it has developed technology that dramatically cuts the time it takes to crunch massive amounts of data and ...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Indian ISPs Appear To Be Blocking Access To Internet Archive
An anonymous reader writes: Several Internet service providers in India have blocked access to Internet Archive -- a non-profit organisation that runs Wayback Machine, a massive archive of webpages da...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot David Letterman Returning to TV With Netflix Talk Show
Lesley Goldberg, writing for The Hollywood Reporter: Two years after signing off CBS' The Late Show, David Letterman is returning to the small screen. The longest-serving host in U.S. late-night TV hi...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Is this the End of Typing? The Internet's Next Billion Users Want Video and Voice
An anonymous reader shares a WSJ article: The internet's global expansion is entering a new phase, and it looks decidedly unlike the last one. Instead of typing searches and emails, a wave of newcomer...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Google's Other Ugly Secret: Some Managers Keep Blacklists
Last week a controversial internal memo written by a concerned Google employee was going viral within the company. The memo, titled "PC Considered Harmful" and since dubbed "the Google manifesto" on s...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Firefox 55 Arrives With WebVR on Windows, Performance Panel, and Click-to-Play Flash
Mozilla today made available a new update to Firefox for Windows to introduce support for WebVR, that the company says, will enable desktop VR users to dive into web-based experiences with ease. Firef...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Game of Thrones Hackers Demand Ransom
An anonymous reader shares a report: Hackers who have leaked Game of Thrones scripts and other data from entertainment company HBO have released a note demanding a ransom payment. In a new dump, they ...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Forget the Russians: Corrupt, Local Officials Are the Biggest Threat To Elections
chicksdaddy writes: Do you think that shadowy Russian hackers are the biggest threat to the integrity of U.S. elections? Think again. It turns out the bad actors in U.S. elections may be a lot more "S...
12:00 pm - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Massive Solar Plant In the Sahara Could Help Keep the EU Powered
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: In the global race to ditch fossil fuel reliance for more renewable energy sources, Europe is already making some impressive strides. That is l...
08:00 am - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot 'Podcasting Patent' Is Totally Dead, Appeals Court Rules
A federal appeals court affirmed the April 2015 inter partes review (IPR) ruling -- a process that allows anyone to challenge a patent's validity at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office -- that invali...
06:00 am - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Google Fires Author of Divisive Memo On Gender Differences
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Alphabet Inc.'s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company's diversity policies, creating a firestorm across S...
04:00 am - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role In Spreading Fake News
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Indiana University in Bloomington provide an answer for how social bots play a major role in spreading fake news. MIT Technology Review reports: "At issue ...
02:00 am - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Android 8.0's 'Streaming OS Updates' Will Work Even If Your Phone Is Full
Regardless of whether or not your phone is full of pictures, or videos, or apps, you will still be able to download and install an OS update with Android 8.0. According to the latest source.android.co...
02:00 am - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot AMD Confirms Linux 'Performance Marginality Problem' On Ryzen
An anonymous reader writes: Ryzen customers experiencing segmentation faults under Linux when firing off many compilation processes have now had their problem officially acknowledged by AMD. The compa...
02:00 am - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Seeks $1.5 Billion Junk Bonds Issue To Fund Model 3 Production
As Tesla seeks fresh sources of cash to increase production of its new Model 3 sedan, the company announced on Monday that it would raise about $1.5 billion through its first-ever high-yield junk bond...
02:00 am - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Preview of AMD Ryzen Threadripper Shows Chip Handily Out-Pacing Intel Core i9
MojoKid writes: AMD is still days away from the formal launch of their Ryzen Threadripper family of 12 and 16-core processors but OEM system builder Dell and its Alienware gaming PC division had an in...
12:00 am - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot YouTube Adds Mobile Chat, Because Google Doesn't Have Enough Messaging Apps
Krystalo writes: YouTube today rolled out the ability to share videos with contacts directly in its mobile app for Android and iOS. Users can chat about shared videos using text, react with emoji, lik...
12:00 am - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Can Elon Musk Be Weaned Off Government Support?
mi shares an opinion piece written by Jenny Beth Martin via The Hill: A study published in 2015 by The Los Angeles Times revealed that just three of Musk's ventures -- SolarCity Corp. (which manufactu...
12:00 am - Tue, August 8, 2017
Slashdot Pilotless Planes Could Save Airlines $35 Billion Per Year, But Passengers Aren't Willing To Fly In Them Yet
An anonymous reader shares a report from Fortune: Autopilot is hardly a rarity in the world of commercial air travel. But when it comes to a fully automated flight, most people say "hard pass," at lea...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot London is Using Optical Illusions To Make Cars Slow Down
An anonymous reader shares a report: London has an interesting idea to curb speeding -- magic. The British capital has painted optical illusions on its streets as part of a pilot program to get driver...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Data Cap Analysis Found Almost 200 ISPs Imposing Data Limits in the US
An anonymous reader shares a report: BroadbandNow, a broadband provider search site that gets referral fees from some ISPs, has more than 2,500 home internet providers in its database. BroadbandNow's ...
10:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Google Grapples With Fallout After Employee Slams Diversity Efforts
An anonymous reader shares a report from NPR: In a 3,300-word document that has been shared across Google's internal networks, an engineer at the company wrote that "biological causes" are part of the...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Intel Releases Final Core i9 Specs and Release Dates -- And Threadripper Is Faster (Sometimes)
On Monday, Intel took the wraps of final details of its Core i9 microprocessors. From a report: Remember that Intel's Core X-series family (also called the Core i9) was announced with several key omis...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot OpenSSL Support In Debian Unstable Drops TLS 1.0/1.1 Support
An anonymous reader writes: Debian Linux "sid" is deprecating TLS 1.0 Encryption. A new version of OpenSSL has been uploaded to Debian Linux unstable. This version disables the TLS 1.0 and 1.1 protoco...
08:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot The No-GPS Road Trip
Ezra Dyer, a reporter at Popular Mechanics, decided to ditch the GPS system he has on his car and the mapping service on his phone to see how hard it could be to go to North Carolina from his home, Lo...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Owns a Whole Collection of Secret Brands
Mike Murphy, writing for Quartz: After decades of selling products -- and knowing exactly what people are buying, and when they are buying it -- Amazon has started cutting out the middle-man by sellin...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Cisco Meraki Loses Customer Data in Engineering Gaffe
Cisco has admitted to losing customer data during a configuration change its enginners applied to its Meraki cloud managed IT service. From a report: Specific data uploaded to Cisco Meraki before 11:2...
06:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Netflix's First Takeover: a Comics Firm
Netflix announced today that it is acquiring Mark Millar, a well-known name in the world of comics. As part of the deal, the on-demand streaming company said, it will be creating original movies and T...
04:01 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Inside the World of Silicon Valley's 'Coasters' -- the Millionaire Engineers Who Get Paid Gobs of Money and Barely Work
Business Insider has explored what it calls the "least-secret secret" in the Valley -- "resters and vesters," or "coasters" referring to engineers who get paid big bucks without doing too much work, w...
04:01 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Buggy Software Made Us Miss Money Laundering Scam, Says Australian Bank
An anonymous reader shares a report: Australia's Commonwealth Bank has blamed a software update for a money laundering scam that saw criminals send over AU$70m (US$55m) offshore after depositing cash ...
04:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot China Built the World's Largest Telescope, But Has No One To Run It
An anonymous reader shares a report: China has built a staggeringly large instrument in the remote southern, mountainous region of the country called the Five hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescop...
12:00 pm - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot SpaceX Releases Animation of Planned Falcon Heavy Launch
intellitech writes: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently shared a new (and, really freaking cool) animation demonstrating how the company plans to launch the maiden flight of their Falcon Heavy system later ...
08:00 am - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Why Steve Jobs Loved the IPod Shuffle
"Right after the keynote in which Steve Jobs introduced the iPod Shuffle, I went backstage with one question in mind: What makes an iPod an iPod?" remembers Steven Levy. mirandakatz writesApple recent...
06:00 am - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are My Drone Apps Phoning Home?
Slashdot reader bitwraith noticed something suspicious after flying "a few cheap, ready-to-fly quadcopters" with their smartphone apps, including drones from Odyssey and Eachine.I often turn off my ph...
02:00 am - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot Net Neutrality Rollback Faces New Criticism From US Congress -- And 16 Million Comments
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch's newest update on the FCC's attempt to gut net neutrality protections:10 Representatives who helped craft the law governing the FCC itself have submitted an offi...
12:00 am - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot New Catalyst Is Better At Splitting Water Into Hydrogen And Oxygen
schwit1 shared an article from Phys.org:Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen to produce clean energy can be simplified with a single catalyst developed by scientists at Rice University and the Uni...
12:00 am - Mon, August 7, 2017
Slashdot A US Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days
turkeydance shares Thursday's report from The Drive:A very unique U.S. Air Force surveillance aircraft has been flying highly defined circles over Seattle and its various suburbs for nine days now... ...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot Celebrate Voyager's 40th Anniversary By Beaming A Message Into Outer Space
Long-time Slashdot reader Noryungi writes:NASA will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the twin Voyager probes next month. So let us celebrate both the probes and the people who are still...
10:00 pm - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot High School Students Compete In 'Microsoft Office Championship'
An anonymous reader writes:This week the L.A. Times described a 17-year-old from Virginia who'd spent several hours a day perfecting his technique in Microsoft Excel, "one of 150 students from 50 coun...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot 'Elon Musk's Hyperloop Is Doomed For the Worst Reason'
schwit1 quotes a Bloomberg column by Virginia Postrel:What makes Musk's Hyperloop plan seem like fantasy isn't the high-tech part. Shooting passengers along at more than 700 miles per hour seems simpl...
08:00 pm - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot Google Engineer's Leaked 'Gender Diversity' Essay Draws Massive Response
An anonymous reader writes: An engineer at Google's Mountain View headquarters circulated a 3,400-word essay internally that argued a "moral bias" exists at Google that's "shaming dissenters" and sile...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot Who's Profiting From The WannaCry Ransoms?
CNN reports:For months, the ransom money from the massive WannaCry cyberattack sat untouched in online accounts. Now, someone has moved it. More than $140,000 worth of digital currency bitcoin has bee...
06:00 pm - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot Should the Internet Be Secure By Default?
darthcamaro writes:There are lots of tools and different secure protocols that could be used by internet service providers to embed security into the fabric of the internet, making the internet secure...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot It's the 40th Anniversary of Radio Shack's TRS-80
An anonymous reader quotes Smithsonsian:It was with minimal expectations that, on August 3, 1977, Tandy Corporation teamed up with Radio Shack to release the TRS-80, one of the first personal computer...
04:00 pm - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot Syrian Open Source Developer Bassel Khartabil Believed Executed
TheSync writes: The Syrian open source developer, blogger, entrepreneur, hackerspace founder, and free culture advocate Bassell Khartabil was swept up in a wave of military arrests in March 2012. A CB...
12:00 pm - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot Startup Unveils Revolutionary New Rechargeable Alkaline Batteries
Slashdot reader cdreimer quotes the New York Times:Alkaline batteries can be made far more cheaply and safely than today's lithium-ion batteries, but they are not rechargeable... Ionic Materials could...
08:00 am - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot Warner Music Files Copyright Claim on A Silent 'Star Wars' Video On YouTube
rgh02 writes:Earlier this summer, popular YouTube channel Auralnauts received some unfortunate news: Warner/Chappell had filed a monetization claim on their "Star Wars Minus Williams" video through Yo...
06:00 am - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot Browser Extensions Are Undermining Privacy
pizzutz writes: Chrome's popular Web Developer plugin was briefly hijacked on Wednesday when an attacker gained control of the author's Google account and released a new version (0.49) which injected ...
02:00 am - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are Interactive Computing Devices Addictive?
This question came from two things noticed by Slashdot reader dryriver: "Myself and just about every other kid I was friends with in the 1980s were definitely addicted to computers when we were young,...
12:00 am - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft and PayPal Add 'Send Money' Feature To Skype
BrianFagioli quotes BetaNews: Microsoft has partnered with PayPal for a new way to transfer funds using Skype... "Today, we're excited to announce that PayPal is now partnering with Skype to allow use...
12:00 am - Sun, August 6, 2017
Slashdot The NSA Intercepted Microsoft's Windows Bug Reports
Bruce Schneier writes on his security blog:Back in 2013, Der Spiegel reported that the NSA intercepts and collects Windows bug reports... "When Tailored Access Operations selects a computer somewhere ...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot How Apple Is Putting Voices In Users' Heads -- Literally
schwit1 shared WIRED's report on "a life-changing technology." Steven Levy spoke with Mathias Bahnmueller as he tested a new Apple sound processor that beams digital audio directly into hearing aids.B...
10:00 pm - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Volkswagen Executive Faces Jail Time After Guilty Plea
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:A former Volkswagen executive has pleaded guilty to two charges related to the companyâ(TM)s diesel emissions scandal. He is the second VW Group employee t...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Could Diabetes Spread Like Mad Cow Disease?
sciencehabit quotes Science magazine:Prions are insidious proteins that spread like infectious agents and trigger fatal conditions such as mad cow disease. A protein implicated in diabetes, a new stud...
08:00 pm - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Red Hat Acquires Data-Cleaning Company Permabit
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Business software company Red Hat said on Monday that it is acquiring the technology assets of Permabit, a small company that specializes in cleaning up corporate da...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Wells Fargo Sued Again For Misbilling Car Owners And Veterans
UnknowingFool writes:A new class action lawsuit from a former Wells Fargo customer claimed the bank charged loan customers for auto insurance they did not need. With auto loans, the bank often require...
06:00 pm - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot 'World of Warcraft' Game Currency Now Worth More Than Venezuelan Money
schwit1 quotes TheBlaze:Digital gold from Blizzard's massive multiplayer online game "World of Warcraft" is worth more than actual Venezuelan currency, the bolivar, according to new data. Venezuelan r...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot GNOME's Text Editor gedit 'No Longer Maintained', Needs New Developers
AmiMoJo brings news about gedit, the default text editor for GNOME:In a post to the gedit mailing list, Sébastien Wilmet states that gedit is no longer maintained and asks "any developer intere...
04:00 pm - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Is Microsoft Hustling Us With 'White Spaces'?
rgh02 writes:Microsoft recently announced their plan to deploy unused television airwaves to solve the digital divide in America. And while the media painted this effort as a noble one, at Backchannel...
02:00 pm - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot FBI Tracked 'Fake News' Believed To Be From Russia On Election Day
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: The FBI monitored social media on Election Day last year in an effort to track a suspected Russian disinformation campaign utilizing "fake news," CNN has ...
12:00 pm - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Linux Kernel Hardeners Grsecurity Sue Open Source's Bruce Perens
An anonymous reader shares a report from The Register: In late June, noted open-source programmer Bruce Perens [a longtime Slashdot reader] warned that using Grsecurity's Linux kernel security could i...
08:00 am - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot MegaBots Is Finally Going To Take On Japan In the World's First Giant Robot Duel
A company called MegaBots released a video two years ago challenging a Japanese collective to a giant robot fight. About a week later, the Japanese group, Suidobashi Heavy Industry, agreed. Now, accor...
04:00 am - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Lovers Share Colonies of Skin Microbes, Study Finds
Aneri Pattani reports via The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternate source): Couples who live together share a lot of things: beds, bathrooms, food, toiletries. But one thing the...
02:00 am - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Apple Plans To Release a Cellular-Capable Watch To Break iPhone Ties
According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning to release a version of the Apple Watch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce the device's reliance on the...
02:00 am - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot BLU Claims Innocence, Gets Phones Reinstated On Amazon
Earlier this week, Amazon suspended budget phone maker BLU from selling its phones on the site, citing a "potential security issue." A few days have passed and BLU has made its defense. SlashGear repo...
12:00 am - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Apple Owns $52.6 Billion In US Treasury Securities, More Than Mexico, Turkey or Norway
randomErr shares a report from CNBC: If Apple were a foreign country, CEO Tim Cook might have considerable political clout in the United States. That's because the tech giant owns $52.6 billion in U.S...
12:00 am - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Supreme Court Moves Toward Digital With Online Court Filings
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: Supreme Court case documents will soon be made available for the first time online. The court announced Thursday that it will launch an electronic fi...
12:00 am - Sat, August 5, 2017
Slashdot Vermont Medical School Says Goodbye To Lectures
The University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine has begun phasing out lectures in favor of what's known as "active learning" and plans to be done with lectures altogether by 2019. NPR spoke wit...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Popular Password Manager LastPass Doubles Price of Its Premium Plan, Removes features From Its Free Service Tier
An anonymous reader shares a report: In November, LastPass made a big change to its service, allowing users to keep track of their passwords across all their internet-enabled mobile and desktop device...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Silicon Valley Says Trump Plan To Reduce Immigration Will Hurt Economy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS Local: President Donald Trump's push to cut legal immigration to the United States in half is being met by opposition from Silicon Valley leaders, economis...
10:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot US Army Calls Halt On Use of Chinese-Made Drones By DJI
Due to "an increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities with DJI products," the U.S. Army is asking all units to discontinue the use of DJI drones. The news comes from an internal memo obtained by the...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot The Kronos Indictment: Is it a Crime To Create and Sell Malware?
Marcus Hutchins, the 23-year-old British security researcher who was credited with stopping the WannaCry outbreak in its tracks by discovering a hidden "kill switch" for the malware, was arrested by t...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Google in Talks To Transform Its Instant News Articles Into a Snapchat Rival
Google is talking to several publishers about a technology that's similar to Snapchat, according to a Friday report in The Wall Street Journal. From the report: The technology, dubbed "Stamp," could b...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Found Guilty of 3 of 8 Charges, Including Securities Fraud
Former pharmaceutical chief executive Martin Shkreli has been found guilty of securities fraud. A New York City jury returned the verdict after five days of deliberations. From a report: Shkreli, 34, ...
08:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot ESET Spreading FUD About Torrent Files, Clients
An anonymous reader writes: ESET has taken fear mongering, something that some security firms continue to do, to a new level by issuing a blanket warning to users to view torrent files and clients as ...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Chinese Chatbots Apparently Re-educated After Political Faux Pas
A pair of 'chatbots' in China have been taken offline after appearing to stray off-script. In response to users' questions, one said its dream was to travel to the United States, while the other said ...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Why We Can't Have the Male Pill
Reader joshtops shares a report: For years, headlines have promised an imminent breakthrough in male contraception. Time and again, these efforts have fallen short. Last October, for instance, researc...
06:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Electric Cars Are Not the Answer To Air Pollution, Says Top UK Adviser
Cars must be driven out of cities to tackle the UK's air pollution crisis, not just replaced with electric vehicles, according to the UK government's top adviser. From a report: Prof Frank Kelly said ...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Elon Musk Inspired an Industry of Hyperloop Startups. Now He's Building His Own
An anonymous reader shares a report: Elon Musk introduced his vision for a futuristic mode of tube-based transportation called the hyperloop in 2013. In an exhaustive white paper, he laid out a body o...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Lenovo Switches To Stock Android For All Future Smartphones
Lenovo is canning its Vibe Pure UI Android skin in favor of the stock version of Google's mobile OS for its future smartphones, starting with the upcoming K8 Note, according to an interview from Gadge...
04:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Math Journal Editors Resign To Start Rival Journal That Will Be Free To Read
An anonymous reader writes: To protest the high prices charged by their publisher, Springer, the editors of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics will start a rival journal that will be free for all ...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot The FCC Is Full Again, With Three Republicans and Two Democrats
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. Senate today confirmed the nominations of Republican Brendan Carr and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the two empty seats on the Fe...
12:00 pm - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Cats and Dogs Contribute Significantly To Climate Change, Says UCLA Study
New submitter Zorro shares a report from Patch.com: When it comes to global warming, Fido and Fluffy are part of the problem, a new study by UCLA indicates. Pet ownership in the United States creates ...
08:00 am - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Google Now Permits Android Apps That Facilitate Gambling With Real Money
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: Google has relaxed its rules surrounding real-money gambling apps in Google Play -- in some countries, at least. There has been a ban on apps and games that ...
04:00 am - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot NotPetya Ransomware Victims Preparing Lawsuit Against Ukrainian Software Firm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: The Juscutum Attorneys Association, a Ukrainian law firm, is rallying NotPetya victims to join a collective lawsuit against Intellect-Se...
04:00 am - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Monsanto Leaks Suggest It Tried To Kill Cancer Research On Roundup Weed Killer
Danny Hakim reports via The New York Times (Warning: article may be paywalled; alternate source): Documents released Tuesday in a lawsuit against Monsanto raised new questions about the company's effo...
02:00 am - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Tests Show Workers At Hanford Nuclear Facility Inhaled Radioactive Plutonium
An anonymous reader quotes a report from King 5, a local news station for Seattle, Washington: On June 8 approximately 350 Hanford workers were ordered to "take cover" after alarms designed to detect ...
02:00 am - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Uber Knowingly Leased Unsafe Cars To Drivers, Says Report
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Uber knowingly rented recalled Honda sports utility vehicles to its drivers in Singapore, where at least one of which caught fire. USA Today reports: ...
02:00 am - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Intel's Upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs Won't Work With Today's Motherboards
Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs won't work with existing 200-series motherboards that support Kaby Lake, a manufacturer confirmed on Wednesday. In a Twitter post by Asrock last Saturday, the company...
12:00 am - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Charter Has Moved Millions of Customers To New -- And Often Higher -- Pricing
After Charter closed the acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in May 2016, it moved 30 percent of the customers it acquired onto new pricing plans, resulting in many people payi...
12:00 am - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Google's Message To Developers: Fix Your App's Performance Issues Else See Them Demoted On Play Store
Google today announced it's rolling out a change to its Play Store so that better-performing apps -- meaning those that experience fewer crashes and those that don't drain your smartphone battery -- w...
12:00 am - Fri, August 4, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Fights Fake News With Links To Other Angles
Facebook is rolling out "Related Articles" that appear below news links to stories lots of people are posting about on Facebook, or that are suspected to be false news and have been externally fact ch...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Teens today are more likely to be lonely, depressed and immature than any previous generation, according to analysis published in The Atlantic. According to the professor of psychology who did the ana...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Adoption Of HEVC Will Drive A Massive Increase In Encoding Costs Requiring Cloud Hardware Acceleration
An anonymous reader shares a report: For the last 10 years, H.264/AVC has been the dominant video codec used for streaming but with Apple adopting H.265/HEVC in iOS 11 and Google heavily supporting VP...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot WikiLeaks Reveals CIA Tool For Hacking Webcams, Microphones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: WikiLeaks has released a new set of documents in the CIA Vault 7 leak, outlining the "Dumbo" hacking tool which allows control of webcams and microp...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Ubuntu Will Revert Window Controls To the Right-Hand Side in Next Release
Following a survey carried out last month, Ubuntu will begin shipping with the minimise, maximise, and close buttons on the right-hand side of windows. From a report: In the survey 46.2% of people sai...
08:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot UK Security Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Outbreak Arrested in US
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: A security researcher who in May stopped an outbreak of the WannaCry ransomware has been arrested and detained after attending the Def Con conference in Las Vegas....
08:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot For 20 Years, This Man Has Survived Entirely By Hacking Online Games
An anonymous reader writes: A hacker says he turned finding and exploiting flaws in popular MMO video games into a lucrative, full-time job. Manfred's character is standing still in the virtual world ...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Private Valuations Aren't Grounded in Reality, Study Finds
Unicorns aren't real, and neither are the valuations ascribed to many of the startups that say they're worth $1 billion or more, study finds. From a report: About half of private companies with valuat...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot EPA Reverses Course on Ozone Rule
The Trump administration said late Wednesday that it would not delay an Obama-era regulation on smog-forming pollutants from smokestacks and tailpipes (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alte...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Inside Mozilla's Fight To Make Firefox Relevant Again
News outlet CNET has a big profile on Firefox today, for which it has spoken with several Mozilla executives. Mozilla hopes to fight back Chrome, which owns more than half of the desktop market share,...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla's Send is Basically the Snapchat of File Sharing
Mozilla has launched a new website that makes it really easy to send a file from one person to another. From a report: The site is called Send, and it's basically the Snapchat of file sharing: after a...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Burns Through Record Cash To Bring the Model 3 To Market
Dana Hull, reporting for Bloomberg: Tesla's Elon Musk keeps getting the green light to do what it takes to bring electric cars to the masses, regardless of how much it's going to cost. The company bur...
04:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Thousands Show Up For Jobs at Amazon Warehouses in US Cities
Thousands of people showed up Wednesday for a chance to pack and ship products to Amazon customers, as the e-commerce company held a giant job fair at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses. From a report on ...
02:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot China Is Perfecting a New Method For Suppressing Dissent On the Internet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: The art of suppressing dissent has been perfected over the years by authoritarian governments. For most of human history, the solution was simple: force. ...
12:00 pm - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Verizon's New Rewards Program Lets It Track Your Browsing History
The new "Verizon Up" rewards program released this week by Big Red awards users a credit for every $300 they spend on their Verizon bill that can be redeemed toward various rewards. The only catch is ...
08:00 am - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Being Outside Could Become Deadly In South Asia, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Venturing outdoors may become deadly across wide swaths of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh by the end of the century as climate change drives heat and...
04:00 am - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Why the Bitcoin Network Just Split In Half and Why It Matters
In a report via Ars Technica, Timothy B. Lee explains why the Bitcoin network split into two and why it matters: On Tuesday, a faction of the Bitcoin community launched an audacious experiment: a new ...
02:00 am - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Man Used DDoS Attacks On Media To Extort Them To Remove Stories
New submitter troublemaker_23 shares a report from iTWire: A 32-year-old man from Seattle who was arrested for mounting a series of distributed denial of service attacks on businesses in Australia, th...
02:00 am - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot CBS Delaying 'Star Trek: Discovery' To Maintain Quality
New submitter Zorro shares a report from Fox News: The premiere of "Star Trek: Discovery" on CBS' subscription streaming service, CBS All Access, was postponed nine months to maintain the quality of t...
02:00 am - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Tesla Factory Workers Pushing For a Union Send Letter of Requests To Company's Board Members
One of the many challenges facing Tesla right now is the escalating worker complaints about pay and safety. At its California factory, a move to unionize is gaining steam. Workers recently sent a lett...
12:00 am - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Hyperloop One's Full-Scale Pod Reaches 192 MPH In New Nevada Track Test
On July 29, 2017, Hyperloop One competed a test at its full-scale Nevada test track that travelled a high speed, running nearly the entirety of the 500 meter (1640 foot) test route. "XP-1, the company...
12:00 am - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Cable Giants Step Up Piracy Battle By Interrogating Montreal Software Developer
New submitter wierzpio writes: In more news about TVAddons, Canadian cable companies used a civil search warrant to visit the owner and developer of TVAddons, a library of hundreds of apps known as ad...
12:00 am - Thu, August 3, 2017
Slashdot Verizon, AT&T Customers Are Getting Slower Speeds Because of Unlimited Data Plans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Unlimited data plans are slowing down mobile speeds for Verizon and AT&T customers, according to data released today by mobile network measurement ...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Uber Drivers Gang Up To Cause Surge Pricing, Research Says
Researchers at the University of Warwick found Uber drivers team up in gangs to force higher prices before they pick up passengers. How do they perform such a feat? They trick the app into thinking th...
10:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Is Updating the Windows Console Colors For the First Time In 20 Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft is giving its Windows Console (Command Prompt) a color overhaul. Windows 10 testers will be able to try out the new color scheme in a new ...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos
Scientists for the first time have successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos, according to a study publis...
08:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Font Maker Sues Universal Music Over 'Pirated' The Vamps Logo
An anonymous reader writes: Universal Music Group is being sued by HypeForType, which accuses the record label of using "pirated" copies of its fonts for the logo of The Vamps. The font is widely used...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot IBM and Sony Cram Up To 330 Terabytes Into Tiny Tape Cartridge
IBM and Sony have developed a new magnetic tape system capable of storing 201 gigabits of data per square inch, for a max theoretical capacity of 330 terabytes in a single palm-sized cartridge. From a...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Millennials Unearth an Amazing Hack to Get Free TV: the Antenna
From a report on WSJ: Dan Sisco has discovered a technology that allows him to access half a dozen major TV channels, completely free. "I was just kind of surprised that this is technology that exists...
06:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Amazon's New Refunds Policy Will 'Crush' Small Businesses, Outraged Sellers Say
Amazon sellers are up in arms over a new returns policy that will make it easier for consumers to send back items at the merchant's expense. From a report: Marketplace sellers who ship products from t...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Joining Apple, Amazon's China Cloud Service Bows To Censors
Days after Apple yanked anti-censorship tools off its app store in China, another major American technology company is moving to implement the country's tough restrictions on online content. From a re...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot NASA Is Looking For Someone To Protect Earth From Aliens -- And the Job Pays a Six-Figure Salary
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a hero? How about the protector of mankind? Well now NASA is looking for just that -- and it'll pay a six-figure salary for the h...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot VR Is the Fastest-Growing Skill for Online Freelancers
Workers with skills in virtual reality were the hottest thing on the U.S. job market in the last quarter, even though the technology has yet to break into mainstream use. From a report, shared by a re...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Are App Sizes Out of Control?
In a blog post, Trevor Elkins points out the large sizes of common apps like LinkedIn and Facebook. "I went to update all my apps the other day when something caught my eye... since when does LinkedIn...
12:00 pm - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Is Working On a Video Chat Device
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Facebook Inc. is working on a video chat device for the home -- the first major hardware product from its experimental Building 8 lab. Featuring a l...
08:00 am - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot National Solar Observatory Predicts Shape of Solar Corona For August Eclipse
bsharma shares a report from Phys.Org: August 21st will bring a history-making opportunity for the entire United States. On that day, every person in the country, including Hawaii and Alaska, will hav...
04:00 am - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot US Nuclear Comeback Stalls As Two Reactors Are Abandoned
Brad Plumer reports via The New York Times (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source): In a major blow to the future of nuclear power in the United States, two South Carolina utilities said on Mond...
02:00 am - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot NSA Unlawfully Surveilled Kim Dotcom In New Zealand, Says Report
According to new documents from New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), the NSA illegally used technology to spy on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. "The New Zealand Herald first...
02:00 am - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Shares Rise On Better-Than-Expected iPhone Sales
Apple reported a 7.2% rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, thanks to better-than-expected sales of its iPhones. "The company said iPhone sales rose 1.6% to 41.03 million in the third quarter ended Ju...
02:00 am - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot New Data On H-1B Visas Prove That IT Outsourcers Hire a Lot But Pay Very Little
New submitter FerociousFerret shares a report from Quartz: Hard numbers have been released by the U.S. government agency that screens visas for high-skilled foreign workers, and they are not pretty. D...
12:00 am - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot New iPhone To Have Tap to Wake, Attention Detection, and Virtual Home Button, Says Report
HomePod's firmware has revealed several new features coming to the upcoming iPhone, such as a tap to wake function, facial expression and attention detection, and virtual home button. "Apple accidenta...
12:00 am - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Can Turn Amazon Echo Into a Covert Listening Device
Orome1 shares a report from Help Net Security: New research released by MWR InfoSecurity reveals how attackers can compromise the Amazon Echo and turn it into a covert listening device, without affect...
12:00 am - Wed, August 2, 2017
Slashdot Google Says AI Better Than Humans At Scrubbing Extremist YouTube Content
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Google has pledged to continue developing advanced programs using machine learning to combat the rise of extremist content, after it found that i...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot 'Real People' Don't Need End-To-End Encryption In Their Messaging Apps, UK Home Secretary Says
UK home secretary Amber Rudd has called on messaging apps like WhatsApp to ditch end-to-end encryption, arguing that it aids terrorists. From a report: The major technology companies must step up thei...
10:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Senators Propose Bill Targeting Websites That Facilitate Sex Trafficking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that aims to make it easier to sue and criminally prosecute operators of online class...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Targets Google and Apple in Schools With 'Surface Plus' Hardware Subscription Program
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft is launching a new subscription program for buying Surface computers and tablets in much the same way that many people now purchase smartphones, with no-...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Seed Funding Slows in Silicon Valley
The bloom is off seed funding, the business of providing money to brand-new startups, as investors take a more measured approach to financing emerging U.S. technology companies. From a report: Seed-st...
08:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Mozilla Launches Experimental Voice Search, File-Sharing and Note-Taking Tools For Firefox
Firefox has just launched three new Test Pilot experiments that bring voice search, built-in note taking and a tool for sending large files to the browser. From a report: While the new voice search, w...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Google Chrome Starts Testing a Built-in Ad Blocker on Windows, Android
An anonymous reader shares a report: Earlier this year, Google was rumored to be working on a built-in ad blocker for its Chrome browser. The new ad blocker inside Chrome won't block every ad you see ...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot US Senators To Introduce Bill To Secure 'Internet of Things'
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday plans to introduce legislation seeking to address vulnerabilities in computing devices embedded in everyday objects -...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Bitcoin Splits in Two Amid Feud
Bitcoin is dividing in two. Disagreements about how to operate the cryptocurrency have led to a new strand called Bitcoin Cash, which is breaking off from the bitcoin system. From a report: Bitcoin Ca...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Amazon Suspends Sales of Blu Android Phones Due To Privacy Concerns
CNET reports: Amazon just put budget phone maker Blu in the penalty box. The online retailing giant told CNET that it was suspending sales of phones from Blu, known for making ultra-cheap Android hand...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot NVIDIA Announces Quadro And TITAN xP External GPU Solutions, OptiX 5.0 SDK
Brandon Hill, writing for HotHardware: AMD isn't the only hardware company making waves this week at SIGGRAPH 2017. NVIDIA is looking to bolster its position in the professional graphics arena with a ...
04:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot White House Officials Tricked By Email Prankster
Jake Tapper, reporting for CNN: A self-described "email prankster" in the UK fooled a number of White House officials into thinking he was other officials, including an episode where he convinced the ...
02:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Privacy Watchdog Asks FTC To Look Into Google's Offline Shopping Tracker
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A privacy advocacy group has filed a formal legal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, asking the agency to begin an investigation "into ...
12:00 pm - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Is the iPhone 'Years' Ahead of Android In Photography?
Former Google senior vice president of Social, Vic Gundotra, said that Android phones are years behind the iPhone when it comes to photography. In a Facebook post, Gundotra said: "The end of the DSLR ...
08:00 am - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot HP Patents 'Reminder Messages'
Daniel Nazer reports via the Electronic Frontier Foundation: On July 25, 2017, the Patent Office issued a patent to HP on reminder messages. Someone needs to remind the Patent Office to look at the re...
04:00 am - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Iranians Use 'Cute Photographer' Profile To Hack Targets In Middle East
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: Hackers working on behalf of the government of Iran are using alluring social media profiles featuring a young, English photographer to entice and...
04:00 am - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot The US Is Becoming a Hot Spot For Outsourcing
New submitter cdreimer shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: may be paywalled; alternate source) about how companies are now outsourcing in the United States, hiring from Michigan instead ...
02:00 am - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft's Windows Phone Keyboard For the iPhone Is Dead
Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard for the iPhone had one unique feature when it launched more than a year ago: a one-handed mode that could be used with either your left or right thumb. Now, according to...
02:00 am - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot With 200 Million Daily Users, Giphy Will Soon Test Sponsored GIFs
Giphy, the four-year-old search engine for GIFs with 200 million daily active users, will soon start testing sponsored GIFs within messaging experiences. "This means that users who search for GIFs may...
12:00 am - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot AMD Unveils Radeon RX Vega Series Consumer Graphics Cards Starting At $399
MojoKid writes: AMD has officially lifted the veil on its new Radeon RX consumer graphics line-up, featuring the company's next-generation Vega GPU architecture. Initially, there are four cards in the...
12:00 am - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot Bluetooth Battery Level Indicators May Soon Be Coming To Android
The folks over at XDA Developers are reporting that Android may be getting a new feature that could help users identify how much battery life is remaining in their Bluetooth wireless headphones. The f...
12:00 am - Tue, August 1, 2017
Slashdot BrickerBot Dev Claims Cyber-Attack That Affected Over 60,000 Indian Modems
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: "The author of the BrickerBot malware has claimed a cyber-attack that affected several Indian states and has caused over 60,000 modems and r...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Microsoft Won't Patch 20-Yr-Old SMBv1 Vulnerability (You Should Just Turn the Service Off)
An anonymous reader shares a news post: Following the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks, Microsoft recommended all Windows 10 users to remove the unused but vulnerable SMBv1 file sharing pr...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot The Chiefs of Facebook, Google and Other Tech Giants Aren't Committing To Testify To the US Congress On Net Neutrality
Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix -- along with their telecom industry foes -- have not committed to sending their chief executives to testify before the U.S. Congress in September on the future of...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot FCC Says Its Specific Plan To Stop DDoS Attacks Must Remain Secret
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Democratic lawmakers have been exchanging letters about a May 8 incident in which the public comments website was disru...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot GitHub Faces 'Major Service Outage' [Update]
Code repository GitHub is facing a major service outage, it said moments ago. Earlier today, the company said it was facing a minor service outage. The downtime comes less than two weeks after it was ...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Apple is About To Do Something Their Programmers Definitely Don't Want
Last week, The Wall Street Journal had a big feature on Apple Campus, the big new beautiful office the company has spent north of $5 billion on. The profile, in which the reporter interviewed Apple's ...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot LinkedIn Says It's Illegal To Scrape Its Website Without Permission
A small company called hiQ is locked in a high-stakes battle over web scraping with LinkedIn. It's a fight that could determine whether an anti-hacking law can be used to curtail the use of scraping t...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role
Maggie Haberman, Michael D. Shear, and Glenn Thrush reporting for The New York Times: President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director (Editor's no...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot It Is Easy To Expose Users' Secret Web Habits, Say Researchers
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Two German researchers say they have exposed the porn-browsing habits of a judge, a cyber-crime investigation and the drug preferences of a politician. The pai...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Hackers Break Into HBO's Networks, May Have Leaked 'Game of Thrones' Script
An anonymous reader shares a report: Hackers have broken into the networks of HBO and reportedly leaked unreleased episodes of a number of shows, as well as the script for next week's "Game of Thrones...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot GitHub Faces 'Major Service Outage'
Code repository GitHub is facing a major service outage, it said moments ago. Earlier today, the company said it was facing a minor service outage. The downtime comes less than two weeks after it was ...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Free Movement of EU Citizens To Britain Will End in 2019
Free movement of EU citizens to Britain will end when the country leaves the EU in March 2019, Theresa May's spokesman said Monday, moving to contain a Cabinet row over immigration after Brexit. From ...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Apple's Next iPhone: Facial-Recognition, All-Screen Design
Apple may have just revealed the features you could expect in the next iPhone. Last week, the company released the firmware of the HomePod, a smart speaker which it will begin selling later this year....
04:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Travis Kalanick To Uber CEO Candidates: I'm 'Steve Jobsing' It And Will Return
Kara Swisher, reporting for Recode: Warring factions within factions, conflicting back-channeling, intense media scrutiny, questionable foreign influences and a capricious leader whose jarring moves l...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Russia Bans VPNs To Stop Users From Looking at Censored Sites
Russia is cracking down on software that allows users to view internet sites banned by the government. From a report: President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that prohibits services, including virt...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Football-Playing Robots Compete At RoboCup 2017
An anonymous reader quotes Phys.org:With steely focus, player number 3 scored a stunning opening goal in the first few minutes of the high-stakes football match between a dominant Bordeaux and their p...
10:00 am - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Facebook Funds 'Defending Digital Democracy' Initiative At Harvard
An anonymous reader quotes Diginomica:A fresh initiative aimed at information sharing about election threats and dubbed Defending Digital Democracy has the financial support of Facebook and the academ...
06:00 am - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot Luxembourg Just Passed A New Asteroid Mining Law
Remember when NASA visited an asteroid with $10 quintillion worth of minerals? Now the lucrative asteroid-mining industry is being pursued by "the European banking hub with a population not much bigge...
02:00 am - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot A Robot At DEFCON Cracked A Safe Within 30 Minutes
schwit1 shared an article from the BBC:Using a cheap robot, a team of hackers has cracked open a leading-brand combination safe, live on stage in Las Vegas. The team from SparkFun Electronics was able...
12:00 am - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot HackerRank Tries To Calculate Which US States Have The Best Developers
An anonymous reader writes:Palo Alto-based HackerRank, which offers online programmng challenges, "dug into our data of about 450,000 unique U.S. developers to uncover which states are home to the bes...
12:00 am - Mon, July 31, 2017
Slashdot O'Reilly Media Asks: Is It Time To Build A New Internet?
An anonymous reader shares an article from O'Reilly Media's VP of content strategy:It's high time to build the internet that we wanted all along: a network designed to respect privacy, a network desig...