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11:40 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot New Apple Patent Imagines an OLED Screen As a Keyboard For MacBooks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent titled "dual display equipment with enhanced visibility and suppressed refl...
11:00 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Google Releases Info On 2.4 Million 'Right To Be Forgotten' Requests
According to Google's latest transparency report, the company has received 2.4 million "right to be forgotten" requests since 2014, most of which came from private individuals. Engadget reports: Europ...
10:20 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Net Neutrality Repeal Will Get a Senate Vote In the Spring, Democrats Say
Congressional Democrats today introduced legislation that would prevent the repeal of net neutrality rules, but they still need more support from Republicans in order to pass the measure. According to...
09:38 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Bill Gates: Cryptocurrency Is 'Rare Technology That Has Caused Deaths In a Fairly Direct Way'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: During a recent "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, the Microsoft co-founder said that the main feature of cryptocurrencies is the anonymity they provid...
08:50 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot ESRB Introducing 'In-Game Purchases' Label in Response To Loot Box Controversy
The Entertainment Software Rating Board will begin labeling video games that contain in-game purchases, a response to lawmakers who have noticed the outcry over so-called loot crate systems and have s...
08:10 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Microbes Found in Earth's Deep Ocean Might Grow on Saturn's Moon Enceladus
Life as we know it needs three things: energy, water and chemistry. Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has them all, as NASA spacecraft Cassini confirmed in the final years of its mission to that planet. Fro...
07:30 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Supreme Court Wrestles With Microsoft Data Privacy Fight
Supreme Court justices on Tuesday wrestled with Microsoft's dispute with the U.S. Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas, with som...
06:50 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot China To Crack Down on Cryptocurrency Trading Loophole
China is opening a new front in its battle against cryptocurrencies, targeting platforms that allow the nation's investors to trade digital assets on overseas exchanges, Bloomberg reported Tuesday cit...
06:19 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Forget Learning To Code, Bosses Value Collaboration and Communication
The top priority for developing talent is to train for soft skills, according to LinkedIn's 2018 Workplace Learning Report which surveyed more than 4,000 professionals. From a report: The report found...
05:34 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot After Rising For 100 Years, Electricity Demand is Flat
An anonymous reader shares a report: The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are falling like crazy. Natural gas production continues its ...
04:55 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot German Cities Can Ban Diesel Cars, Court Rules
A German court has ruled that cities in Germany are allowed to enact bans on diesel vehicles, Reuters reports. It's unlikely that bans will magically appear across the country overnight, but not every...
04:21 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot California Scraps Safety Driver Rules for Self-Driving Cars
California regulators have given the green light to truly driverless cars. From a report: The state's Department of Motor Vehicles said Monday that it was eliminating a requirement for autonomous vehi...
03:47 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Code.org Celebrates 5th Anniversary, Success In Changing K-12 Education Policy
theodp writes: It's exactly five years since Code.org launched with the video What Most Schools Don't Teach ," noted Code.org in a Monday blog post entitled Dedicating Our 5 year Anniversary to our Pa...
03:30 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Relying on Renewables Alone Significantly Inflates the Cost of Overhauling Energy
A growing number of US cities and states have proposed or even passed legislation that would require producing all electricity from renewable energy sources like solar and wind within a few decades. T...
02:47 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Code.org Celebrates 5th Anniversary, Success In Changing K-12 Education Policy
theodp writes: It's exactly five years since Code.org launched with the video What Most Schools Don't Teach ," noted Code.org in a Monday blog post entitled Dedicating Our 5 year Anniversary to our Pa...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Updates Guideline on Windows Driver Security
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft has released an updated guide on driver security. This new guide offers advice that developers could use to ensure Windows drivers are secured against ba...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Children Struggle To Hold Pencils Due To Too Much Tech, Doctors Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Children are increasingly finding it hard to hold pens and pencils because of an excessive use of technology, senior pediatric doctors have warne...
10:00 am - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot HBO's Fahrenheit 451 Trailer Teases Dystopian World Filled With Burning 'Chaos'
HBO has released the first trailer of its film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's best-selling 1953 dystopian tale, Fahrenheit 451, which depicts a time period where history is outlawed and "firemen" burn b...
07:00 am - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Math Shows Some Black Holes Erase Your Past and Give You Unlimited Futures
dmoberhaus writes: An international team of mathematicians has found that there are theoretical black holes that would allow an observer to survive passage through the event horizon. This would result...
03:00 am - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Chrome OS Could Be Getting Containers for Running Linux VMs
Chromebook users may soon have a simpler way to run their favorite Linux distribution and applications on Google's Chrome OS hardware. From a report: As spotted by Chrome Unboxed, there's a newly merg...
02:05 am - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Coinbase: We Will Send Data On 13,000 Users To IRS
Coinbase has formally notified its customers that it will be complying with a court order and handing over the user data for about 13,000 of its customers to the Internal Revenue Service. Ars Technica...
01:25 am - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Suspend iTunes Store Support For 'Obsolete' First-Gen Apple TV
The original Apple TV, first introduced in 2007, will no longer be able to connect to the iTunes Store due to new security changes to be implemented by Apple. The news comes from a support document, w...
12:45 am - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Starts Selling Lumia Windows Phones Again
After removing its Lumia devices back in June, Microsoft has started selling them again at the company's online retail store. According to Windows Latest, Microsoft U.S. Store is selling the Lumia 950...
12:03 am - Tue, February 27, 2018
Slashdot Volkswagen Settles Diesel Emissions Lawsuit Right Before Trial Set To Begin
Volkswagen settled a major diesel emissions class action lawsuit brought by hundreds of vehicle owners right before the case was set to go to trial. "The German auto giant's U.S. division settled the ...
10:40 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Pop-Up Cameras Could Soon Be a Mobile Trend
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: There's an interesting concept making its way around Mobile World Congress. Two gadgets offer cameras hidden until activated, which offer a fresh t...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot 'Satoshi' Craig Wright Is Being Sued For $10 Billion For Stealing His Partner's Bitcoin
Craig Wright, the nChain chief scientist who previously claimed to be the pseudonymous bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, is being sued for a whopping $10 billion for stealing $5 billion in bitcoin fro...
09:20 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Torn Down, Hacked and Set On a Dynamometer, Exposing Unusual Tech Details
Rei writes: With an estimated 8,670 Model 3s delivered, a race is on as competitors and owners work to figure out its limits and explore the tech behind it. Many-time Tesla teardown expert "Ingineerix...
08:43 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Apple Confirms It Uses Google's Cloud For iCloud Services
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: A file that Apple updated on its website last month provides the first acknowledgment that it's relying on Google's public cloud for data storage for its...
08:05 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Removes Individual Cookie Management in Firefox 60
Martin Brinkmann, writing for Ghacks: The most recent version of Firefox Nightly, currently at version 60, comes with changes to Firefox's cookie management. Mozilla merged cookie settings with site d...
07:10 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Israel-Based Vendor Cellebrite Can Unlock Every iPhone, including the Current-Gen iPhone X, That's On the Market: Forbes
Cellebrite, an Israel-based company, knows of ways to unlock every iPhone that's on the market, right up to the iPhone X, Forbes reported on Monday, citing sources. From the report: Cellebrite, a Peta...
06:45 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Office 365 Growth Opportunity 'a Lot Bigger Than Anything We've Achieved', Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Monday suggested that Microsoft could grow more from its Office 365 line of cloud productivity apps than anything in the company's 43-year history. From a report: With b...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Airbus, Delta, and Sprint Are on a Quest for In-Flight Wi-fi That Actually Works
It's 2018, so why is it still seemingly impossible to get a decent wi-fi on an airplane? From a report: Well, a lot of reasons, it turns out. The Wall Street Journal recently enumerated them: hardware...
05:31 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot FCC Will Auction 5G-ready 3.7-4.2GHz and mmWave Spectrum
Jeremy Horwitz, writing for VentureBeat: Speaking at the Mobile World Congress today in Barcelona, Spain, U.S. FCC chairman Ajit Pai today announced that the commission is prepared to quickly make 5G-...
04:40 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot We Will Regulate Bitcoin if Risks Are Not Tackled, EU Finance Head Says
The European Union has warned that it will regulate cryptocurrencies if the risks exposed by the meteoric rise of bitcoin and its ilk are not addressed. The Guardian: The boom and bust of cryptocurren...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Studies Are Increasingly Clear: Uber, Lyft Congest Cities
One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicy...
03:20 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm's Simulated 5G Tests Shows How Fast Real-world Speeds Could Actually Be
At Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm demonstrated the real-world potential of 5G by sharing findings of extensive network simulations it has conducted over the past several months. From a report: Instea...
02:40 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Vulkan Graphics is Coming To macOS and iOS, Will Enable Faster Games and Apps
The Khronos Group, a consortium of hardware and software companies, has announced that the Vulkan graphics technology is coming to Apple's platforms, allowing games and apps to run at faster performan...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Nokia's Banana Phone From The Matrix is Back
The Verge: Back in 1999, Keanu Reeves was famous for playing Neo in The Matrix, and not for looking sad on a bench. Nokia was also the "world's leading mobile phone supplier" back then, and it used th...
01:00 pm - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot The American Midwest Is Quickly Becoming a Blue-Collar Version of Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: The economic engine of Silicon Valley seems to have driven right by the midwest. America's urban coastal cities have enjoyed an explosion in their tech...
11:00 am - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Jupiter's Great Red Spot May Soon Disappear
The Great Red Spot has been a fixture of Jupiter 's cloudy visage for centuries and is among the most recognizable features in the solar system. But it won't always be there. In fact, the Great Red Sp...
09:00 am - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Say Space Aliens Could Hack Our Planet
Scientists are worried that space aliens might send messages that worm their way into human society -- not to steal our passwords but to bring down our culture. "Astrophysicists Michael Hippke and Joh...
07:00 am - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Announces the Galaxy S9 With a Dual Aperture Camera, AR Emojis
Samsung has taken the wraps off of its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The S9 features a familiar body with an upgraded camera, relocated fingerprint scan...
03:30 am - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Deploys Over 300 Powerwalls To Give Hawaiian School Kids AC
Fred Lambert reports via Electrek: As part of a state initiative, Tesla deployed over 300 Powerwalls in schools to cool down hot classrooms in Hawaii. Hawaii has a problem with hot temperatures in pub...
01:00 am - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot 'Memtransistor' Brings World Closer To Brain-Like Computing
the gmr writes: According to a recent article published in the journal Nature, researchers at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering have developed a "memtransistor," a device that ...
12:00 am - Mon, February 26, 2018
Slashdot Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Down For First Time Ever
According to Gartner, global sales of smartphones have declined year-on-year for the first time since the research company started tracking the global smartphone market in 2004. "Global sales of smart...
11:00 pm - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Automated Cars Are Not Able To Use the Automated Car Wash
schwit1 shares a report from The Truth About Cars: [T]he simple task of washing a self-driving car is far more complicated than one might expect, as anything other than meticulous hand washing a big n...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Trump Administration Cracks Down On H-1B Visa Abuse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN Money: The Trump administration is cracking down on companies that get visas for foreign workers and farm them out to employers. Some staffing agencies see...
09:00 pm - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Putting Civilization in a Box For Space Means Choosing Our Legacy
When SpaceX's record-breaking Falcon Heavy rocket made its first test launch in early February , the craft didn't just hurl Elon Musk's shiny red roadster and spacesuit-clad mannequin to space. It had...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Are Selling Legitimate Code-signing Certificates To Evade Malware Detection
Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet Security researchers have found that hackers are using code-signing certificates more to make it easier to bypass security appliances and infect their victims. New re...
07:00 pm - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Researchers From MIT and Harvard University Present a Paper Describing a New System, Dubbed Veil, That Makes Private Browsing More Private
From a blog post on MIT News Office: Veil would provide added protections to people using shared computers in offices, hotel business centers, or university computing centers, and it can be used in co...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot As Cape Town Runs Out of Water, Here's a Look at Parts of Mexico City That Have Been Without Water For a Year
In some places, taps have been dry for over a year. People bathe their children with bottled water. A group of women has taken over water distribution from the city authorities. The future feared by m...
05:00 pm - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Dropbox Shows How It Manages Costs By Deleting Inactive Accounts
Dropbox employs a somewhat unusual technique to lower its costs, the cloud software company revealed on Friday in its filing to go public . From a report: In a process the company calls "infrastructur...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Nearly Half of 2017's Cryptocurrencies Have Already Failed
An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: The surging price of bitcoin (among others) in 2017 led more than a few companies to hop on the cryptocurrency bandwagon with hopes of striking it rich a...
03:00 pm - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Apple Moves To Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears
Apple will begin hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there. The move would give Chinese authorities far easier access t...
02:00 pm - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Russian Spies Hacked the Olympics and Tried To Make it Look Like North Korea Did it, US Officials Say
Ellen Nakashima, reporting for the Washington Post: Russian military spies hacked several hundred computers used by authorities at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea [Editor's note: the link...
11:34 am - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Teach 'Best Practices' For Programmers?
An anonymous reader writes:I've been asked to put together a half-day workshop whose title is "Thinking Like a Programmer." The idea behind this is that within my institution (a university), we have a...
08:04 am - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot How Are Sysadmins Handling Spectre/Meltdown Patches?
Esther Schindler (Slashdot reader #16,185) writes that the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities have become "a serious distraction" for sysadmins trying to apply patches and keep up with new fixes, sh...
05:04 am - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot House Democrats' Counter-Memo Released, Alleging Major Factual Inaccuracies
Long-time Slashdot reader Rei writes: Three weeks ago, on a party-line vote, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee voted to release a memo from committee chair and Trump transition team member Devin N...
02:04 am - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot Visa Claims Chip Cards Reduced Fraud By 70%
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Although only 59 percent of US storefronts have terminals that accept chip cards, fraud has dropped 70 percent from September 2015 to December 2017 for those re...
12:04 am - Sun, February 25, 2018
Slashdot New Tech Industry Lobbying Group Argues 'Right to Repair' Laws Endanger Consumers
chicksdaddy brings this report from Security Ledger:The Security Innovation Center, with backing of powerful tech industry groups, is arguing that letting consumers fix their own devices will empower ...
11:04 pm - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot Is Cryptocurrency Threatening Earnings at Bank of America?
An anonymous reader quotes The Next Web:One of the world's largest financial institutions admitted in its annual report that cryptocurrency is a looming threat to its business model. According to a re...
10:04 pm - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot Dart 2: Google's Language Rebooted For Web and Mobile Developers
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Google's Dart language, once positioned a potential replacement for JavaScript in the browser, is being rebooted for client-side web and mobile development in Vers...
09:04 pm - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot Google's 'Bro Culture' Led To Harassment, Argues New Lawsuit By Software Engineer
An anonymous reader quotes the Mercury News:As a young, female software engineer at male-dominated Google, Loretta Lee was slapped, groped and even had a co-worker pop up from beneath her desk one nig...
08:04 pm - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Exchange Accidentally Allowed Customers To Buy Coins For $0
AmiMoJo writes: "A system glitch at cryptocurrency exchange site Zaif enabled users to obtain digital money for free, with one apparently "purchasing" Bitcoin valued at $20,000,000,000,000 and then at...
07:04 pm - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot GitHub Drops Support for Weak Cryptographies, Adds Emojis for Labels
An anonymous reader writes:GitHub has quietly made a few changes this month. Labels for issues and pull requests will now also support emojis and on-hover descriptions. And they're also deprecating th...
06:04 pm - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot Signal, WhatsApp Co-Founder Launch 'Open Source Privacy Technology' Nonprofit
An anonymous reader quotes The New Web:One of the first messaging services to offer end-to-end encryption for truly private conversations, Signal has largely been developed by a team that's never grow...
05:04 pm - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot Two More 'SWAT' Calls in California -- One Involving a 12-Year-Old Gamer
In January an online gamer in California was arrested after at leat 20 fake emergency calls to police, one leading to a fatal shooting in Kansas. But this week in California there's been at least two ...
04:04 pm - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot 'Computer History Museum' Honorees Include Python Creator Guido van Rossum
On Wednesday the Computer History Museum, "the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its transformational impact on society," proudly announced the three Fellow Award hono...
03:04 pm - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot BuzzFeed Unmasks Mastermind Who Urged Peter Thiel To Destroy Gawker
One day in 2011 a 26-year-old approached Peter Thiel and said "Look, I think if we datamined Gawker's history, we could find weak points that we could exploit in the court of law," according to the au...
03:30 am - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot Japanese Scientists Invent Floating 'Firefly' Light
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventu...
02:05 am - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot NRA Gives Ajit Pai 'Courage Award' and Gun For 'Saving the Internet'
The National Rifle Association (NRA) today gave its Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award to Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. "Pai was about to speak at the Conservative...
01:25 am - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Software To Visualize, Manage Homeowner's Association Projects?
New submitter jishak writes: I am a long time Slashdot reader who has been serving on an homeowner association (HOA) board for 7 years. Much of the job requires managing projects that happen around th...
01:05 am - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot Dropbox Files To Go Public
Ten years after its launch, Dropbox has filed to go public. The cloud storage company has been around since 2007 and has raised more than $600 million in funding. TechCrunch reports: We knew that it h...
12:45 am - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Will Supply Free Charging Stations To Office Parking Lots
Tesla has unveiled a new "workplace charging" program today, which offers businesses free Tesla wall connectors and will also cover installation, provided they meet certain qualifications set forth by...
12:03 am - Sat, February 24, 2018
Slashdot How a Fight Over Star Wars Download Codes Could Reshape Copyright Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A federal judge in California has rejected Disney's effort to stop Redbox from reselling download codes of popular Disney titles like Frozen, Bea...
11:20 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Apple Devices At California Repair Center Keep Calling 911
Since October 2017, Apple has made around 1,600 false alarm 911 calls from a distribution site in Elk Grove. "We've been seeing these calls for the last four months from Apple," said police dispatcher...
10:40 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot The College Board Pushes To Make Computer Science a High School Graduation Requirement
theodp writes: Education Week reports that the College Board wants high schools to make it mandatory for students to take computer science before they graduate. The call came as the College Board tout...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot 'Critical' T-Mobile Bug Allowed Hackers To Hijack Users' Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The vulnerability was found and reported by a security researcher on December 19 of last year, but it hasn't been revealed until now. Within a day...
09:20 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's Mandatory Anti-Malware Scan Is Invasive and Lacks Transparency
Louise Matsakis, writing for Wired: The internet is full of Facebook users frustrated with how the company handles malware threats. For nearly four years, people have complained about Facebook's anti-...
08:40 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Manafort Left an Incriminating Paper Trail Because He Couldn't Figure Out How to Convert PDFs to Word Files
There are two types of people in this world: those who know how to convert PDFs into Word documents and those who are indicted for money laundering. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is the...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot From 1999 To 2016, America Lost 11.4 Million People From the Workforce
Andrew Van Dam, writing for the Washington Post: Where did all the jobs go? Well, we're finally starting to find some satisfactory answers to the granddaddy of all economic questions. The share of Ame...
07:20 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Airlines Won't Dare Use the Fastest Way to Board Planes
An anonymous reader writes: You've arrived at the airport early. You have already selected the perfect seat. You've employed all possible tricks for making the check-in and security processes zoom by....
06:40 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot The 'Loudness' of Our Thoughts Affects How We Judge External Sounds
The "loudness" of our thoughts -- or how we imagine saying something -- influences how we judge the loudness of real, external sounds, a team of researchers from NYU Shanghai and NYU has found. From a...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Supreme Court Declines To Broaden Whistleblower Protections
The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to broaden protections for corporate insiders who call out misconduct, ruling they must take claims of wrongdoing to the Securities and Exchange Commission in ...
05:10 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot More Than 40% of Global Log-in Attempts Are Malicious
More than 40% of global log-in attempts are malicious thanks to bot-driven credential stuffing attacks, according to the latest report from Akamai. From a report: The cloud delivery provider's latest ...
04:45 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Soderbergh's Thriller Shot on iPhone Premieres in Berlin
Director Steven Soderbergh said this week he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller "Unsane" on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking. From a report: "Unsane", w...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot OpenBSD Releases Meltdown Patch
OpenBSD's Meltdown patch has landed, in the form of a Version 11 code update that separates user memory pages from the kernel's -- pretty much the same approach as was taken in the Linux kernel. From ...
03:20 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Intel Did Not Tell US Cyber Officials About Chip Flaws Until Made Public
Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet notified the chipmaker of the problems, a...
02:40 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot 'Nobody Cares Who Was First, and Nobody Cares Who Copied Who': Marco Arment on Defending Your App From Copies and Clones
Marco Arment: App developers sometimes ask me what they should do when their features, designs, or entire apps are copied by competitors. Legally, there's not a lot you can do about it: Copyright prot...
02:03 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Rescues Data-Saving Privacy App Opera Max and Relaunches it as Samsung Max
Samsung has rescued Opera Software's Opera Max data-saving, privacy-protecting Android app from oblivion and relaunched it today as Samsung Max. From a report: Norwegian tech company Opera, which firs...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot 'Automating Jobs Is How Society Makes Progress'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz, written by Per Bylund, assistant professor at Oklahoma State University: Analysts discuss the automation of jobs as if robots are rising from the sea l...
10:00 am - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Major New Study Confirms Antidepressants Really Do Work
According to authors of a groundbreaking study, antidepressants really do work in treating depression, though some are more effective than others. "Millions more people around the world should be pres...
07:00 am - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Amateur Astronomer Spots Supernova Right As It Begins
New submitter Rotten shares a report from Gizmodo: Amateur astronomer Victor Buso was testing his camera-telescope setup in Argentina back in September 2016, pointing his Newtonian telescope at a spir...
03:30 am - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot US Border Officials Haven't Properly Verified Visitor Passports For More Than a Decade Due To Improper Software
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: U.S. border officials have failed to cryptographically verify the passports of visitors to the U.S. for more than a decade -- because the government did...
01:30 am - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Antarctica Is Losing Ice Faster Every Year
A survey of satellite data published in the journal Cryosphere confirms what scientists have suspected for a while now: ice loss from the critical region of Antarctica is happening at an increasingly ...
12:50 am - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot The Los Angeles Times Website Is Unintentionally Serving a Cryptocurrency Mining Script
troublemaker_23 shares a report from iTWire: The Los Angeles Times website is serving a cryptocurrency mining script which appears to have been placed there by malicious attackers, according to a well...
12:10 am - Fri, February 23, 2018
Slashdot Study Finds Automatic Braking With Rearview Cameras, Sensors Can Cut Backup Crashes By 78 Percent
A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that combining automatic braking with rearview cameras and sensors can cut reverse crashes by 78 percent. Rear automatic brakin...
11:30 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot 23 Attorneys General Refile Challenge To FCC Net Neutrality Repeal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration...
10:50 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Nearly Half of Parents Worry Their Child Is Addicted To Mobile Devices, Study Finds
According to a new survey from Common Sense Media and SurveyMonkey, 47% of parents worry their child is addicted to their mobile device. By comparison, only 32% of parents say they're addicted themsel...
10:10 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Steps Down From AI Safety Group To Avoid Conflict of Interest With Tesla
New submitter the gmr writes: According to an announcement on the OpenAI blog, Elon Musk has stepped down from the board of directors of the nonprofit AI safety group, which he co-founded in 2015, due...
09:30 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot President Trump: 'We Have To Do Something' About Violent Video Games, Movies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In a White House meeting held with lawmakers on the theme of school safety, President Donald Trump offered both a direct and vague call to action...
08:50 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Botched npm Update Crashes Linux Systems, Forces Users to Reinstall
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A bug in npm (Node Package Manager), the most widely used JavaScript package manager, will change ownership of crucial Linux system folders, such as /e...
08:10 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Taiwan To Ban Plastic Straws, Cups and Shopping Bags By 2030
An anonymous reader shares a report: Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday, with restaurants facing new...
07:30 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Venezuela Says Its Cryptocurrency Raised $735 Million -- But It's a Farce
Earlier this week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed that a new state-sponsored cryptocurrency called the petro raised $735 million on the first day of its sale. ArsTechnica dives deep on th...
06:49 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Disney Loses in Redbox Copyright Row
Disney has lost a bid to stop movie rental company Redbox from reselling download codes for its films. From a report: Redbox bought Disney movies on DVD to offer for rental in its kiosks. The DVDs wer...
06:07 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Uber Will 'Invest Aggressively' In India And Southeast Asia, CEO Says
Pranav Dixit, writing for BuzzFeed News: Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's CEO of six months, said on Thursday that the ride-hailing service would continue to invest aggressively in both Southeast Asia and In...
05:20 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Intel, Microsoft, Dell, HP and Lenovo Expect PCs With Fast 5G Wireless To Ship Next Year
Intel, along with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft said Thursday that the companies expect the first 5G Windows PCs to become available during the second half of 2019. From a report: That's about the s...
04:40 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Amazon May Open Up To Six More Automated Stores This Year
Amazon may have opened its automated convenience store a year late, but it looks like it's been a pretty big success. From a report: Recode learned that the company plans on opening six more of its Am...
03:42 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Net Neutrality Rules Die on April 23
The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules will be no more in two months, as the agency takes the final step in removing the regulation from its rule book. From a report: The date --...
03:20 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Updates Developer Rules in the Wake of Bot Crackdown
Twitter is getting serious about its bot problem. From a report: Hours after a massive bot purge that prompted the #TwitterLockOut hashtag to trend, the company is announcing new rules for developers ...
02:40 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Carrying Starlink Demo Satellites
SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 from SLC-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base today, its first launch since its successful Falcon Heavy test earlier this month. The launch took off early Wednesd...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot A Biohacker Regrets Publicly Injecting Himself With CRISPR
Sarah Zhang, reporting for The Atlantic: When Josiah Zayner watched a biotech CEO drop his pants at a biohacking conference and inject himself with an untested herpes treatment, he realized things had...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Uber Launches 'Express Pool' To Get More Riders To Share Rides
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Uber is beginning to roll out a cheaper version of its ride-sharing UberPool service, called Express Pool. The service, which was being tested in Bosto...
10:00 am - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Bigelow Launching New Company To Sell Private Space Stations
hyperclocker shares a report from Popular Mechanics: The future of spacecraft in lower Earth orbit (LEO) looks to be an increasingly commercial affair. Bigelow Aerospace, a Las Vegas-based company tha...
07:00 am - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Developing a TV Series Based On Iain M. Banks' Sci-Fi Novel 'Consider Phlebas'
leathered writes: Jeff Bezos today announced that Amazon Studios has picked up the rights to adapt the late Iain M. Bank's acclaimed Culture novels to the small screen, beginning with the first in the...
03:30 am - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Boston Dynamics Is Teaching Its Robot Dog To Fight Back Against Humans
Zorro shares a report from The Guardian: Boston Dynamics' well-mannered four-legged machine SpotMini has already proved that it can easily open a door and walk through unchallenged, but now the former...
01:30 am - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Former Google Employee Files Lawsuit Alleging the Company Fired Him Over Pro-Diversity Posts
According to court documents filed today, a former Google engineer is suing the company for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. "Tim Chevalier, a software developer and ...
12:50 am - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Discover a New Way To Use DNA As a Storage Device
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: Researchers from the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Ireland have developed a way to use bacteria to archive up to up to one zettabyte in one gram...
12:10 am - Thu, February 22, 2018
Slashdot Game Industry Pushes Back Against Efforts To Restore Gameplay Servers
Kyle Orland reports via Ars Technica: A group of video game preservationists wants the legal right to replicate "abandoned" servers in order to re-enable defunct online multiplayer gameplay for study....
11:30 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Apple In Talks To Buy Cobalt Directly From Miners
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple Inc. is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, according to people familiar with the matter, se...
10:50 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot 100-Page Report Warns of the Many Dangers of AI
dmoberhaus writes: Last year, 26 top AI researchers from around the globe convened in Oxford to discuss the biggest threats posed by artificial intelligence. The result of this two day conference was ...
10:10 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot New Lawsuit Accuses Tesla of Knowingly Selling Defective Vehicles
A new lawsuit from a former Tesla employee claims the company knowingly sold defective cars, and that the employee was demoted and eventually fired after reporting the practice to his superiors. The l...
09:30 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Snapchat Responds To Change.Org Petition Complaining About the App's Redesign
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Snapchat has posted an official response to users who signed a petition on Change.org asking the company to reverse its controversial update, which...
08:51 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Instead of Slowing Down Innovation To Protect Few People, Policymakers Should Focus On Helping Displaced Workers Transition Into New Jobs, ITIF Suggests
A recently published report by Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) argues that rather than slowdown change to protect a small number of workers at the expense of the vast majorit...
08:11 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Poland's Central Bank Accused of Paying YouTubers To Make Videos That Attack the Legitimacy of Cryptocurrencies
Poland's central bank has been accused of hiring YouTubers to "start a smear campaign" against cryptocurrencies in the country, Business Insider reports. From the story: According to Business Insider ...
07:20 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Matching DNA To a Diet Doesn't Work
DNA testing won't guide dieters to the weight-loss regimen most likely to work for them, scientists reported on Tuesday. From a report: Despite some earlier studies claiming that genetic variants pred...
06:40 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Intel Has a New Spectre and Meltdown Firmware Patch For You To Try Out
Mark Wilson writes: The Spectre/Meltdown debacle continues to rumble on, and now the chip manufacturer has announced the availability of a new 'microcode solution' to the vulnerability. The updated fi...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot uTorrent Client Affected by Some Pretty Severe Security Flaws
A Google security researcher has found multiple security flaws affecting the uTorrent web and desktop client that allow an attacker to infect a victim with malware or collect data on the users' past d...
05:20 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Do People Misunderstand or Underappreciate About Apple?
In an interview with Fast Company, Apple CEO Tim Cook says people who have not used his company's products miss "how different Apple is versus other technology companies." A person who is just looking...
04:47 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I've Only Had Good Years'
Business Insider: Under CEO Tim Cook's watch, Apple has sold hundreds of millions of iPhones, booked hundreds of billions of dollars in profit, and launched new products like AirPods and Apple Watch. ...
04:01 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot 'Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs'
Kai-Fu Lee, the founder and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and president of the Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute, believes that we're not ready for the massive societal upheavals on t...
03:21 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot AI Experts Say Some Advances Should Be Kept Secret
AI could reboot industries and make the economy more productive; it's already infusing many of the products we use daily. But a new report [PDF] by more than 20 researchers from the Universities of Ox...
02:40 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Lawsuits Threaten Infosec Research -- Just When We Need it Most
This year, two security reporters and one researcher will fight for their professional lives in court. Steve Ragan, senior staff writer at tech news site CSO, and Dan Goodin, security editor at Ars Te...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data
Picture this: You're driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering $5 off a pepperoni pie pops up on you...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot FCC To Officially Rescind Net Neutrality Rules On Thursday
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rul...
10:00 am - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Flixster Video Shuts Down
After being purchased by Fandango in 2016, Flixster Video is officially shutting down. The site has been sending users regular emails over the past several months about the shutdown, reports Android P...
07:00 am - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Barbie Will Be Used To Teach Kids To Code
Mattel and Tynker are teaming up to launch seven new Barbie-themed coding lessons this coming summer. "The curriculum, aimed at teaching girls about computer programming, will also expose them to pote...
03:30 am - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Develop Online Game That Teaches Players How To Spread Misinformation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Cambridge researchers have built an online game, simply titled Bad News, in which players compete to become "a disinformation and fake news tycoo...
12:50 am - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Judge Rules AT&T Can't See Trump White House Communications About Time Warner Merger
The judge presiding over the Justice Department's attempt to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger has ruled that the White House's private communications on the merger will not be released. The Verge...
12:10 am - Wed, February 21, 2018
Slashdot Samsung To Cut OLED Production Due To Poor iPhone X Sales
Samsung's panel-making division, Samsung Display, is reportedly reducing OLED panel production at its South Chungcheong plant due to lower than expected iPhone X sales. According to Nikkei Asian Revie...
11:30 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Venezuela Launches Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency
Venezuela has launched a cryptocurrency backed by oil in an attempt to bypass tough economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. government. "The 'Petro' is intended to bolster the country's crumbling econo...
10:50 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot New Data Shows Netflix's Number of Movies Has Gone Down By Thousands of Titles Since 2010
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: If you thought Netflix's movie selection had been lacking lately, you're right. The streaming service's amount of movies has dipped by over 2...
10:10 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Which Smart Speaker Do You Prefer?
Every tech company wants to produce a smart speaker these days. Earlier this month, Apple finally launched the HomePod, a smart speaker that uses Siri to answer basic questions and play music via Appl...
09:30 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot The Swype Smartphone Keyboard Is Dead
XDA Developers is reporting that one of the pioneers in swipe-gestures in mobile keyboard apps, Swype, is dead. Swype's owner, Nuance Communications, has confirmed that they are discontinuing Swype fo...
08:50 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Shares Video of 10,000-Year Clock Project
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shared a video on Tuesday of his latest project: a giant clock designed to keep time for 10,000 years. Buried deep in a west Texas ...
08:10 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Uber CEO Sees Commercialization of Flying Taxis in 5-10 Years
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said on Tuesday he can see commercialization of the Uber Air flying taxi service happening within five to 10 years. From a report: The U.S. ride-hailing app maker has said i...
07:32 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Starts Mass Producing an SSD With Monstrous 30.72TB Capacity
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: Samsung says it is mass producing a solid state drive with monstrous capacity. The "PM1643," as it is called, offers an insane 30.72TB of storage space! This is ac...
06:43 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot FCC Orders a Brooklyn Man To Turn Off His Bitcoin Miner Because It Was Interfering With T-Mobile's Wireless Network
A New York City resident was ordered to turn off his bitcoin miner after the Federal Communications Commission discovered that it was interfering with T-Mobile's wireless network. From a report: After...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Hijacked Tesla's Amazon Cloud Account To Mine Cryptocurrency
An unidentified hacker or hackers broke into a Tesla-owned Amazon cloud account and used it to "mine" cryptocurrency, security researchers said. The breach also exposed proprietary data for the electr...
05:22 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Why Decentralization Matters
Chris Dixon has an essay about the long-term promise of blockchain-based networks to upend web-based businesses such as Facebook and Twitter. He writes: When they hit the top of the S-curve, their rel...
04:43 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Google Just Launched Another Answer To Apple Pay
Google launched its latest answer to Apple Pay on Tuesday. It's called Google Pay and replaces Android Pay, a previous solution that let Android users buy goods with their smartphones. From a report: ...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Mines Linked to Child Labor Are Thriving in Rush for Car Batteries
Metal vital to many electric vehicles has tripled in 18 months. From a report: The appetite for electric cars is driving a boom in small-scale cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo, wh...
03:24 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Lawmakers Worry About Rise of Fake Video Technology
Lawmakers are concerned that advances in video manipulation technology could set off a new era of fake news. Now legislators say they want to start working on fixes to the problem before it's too late...
02:40 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Enthusiasts have Turned the Nintendo Switch into a Functional Linux Tablet
An anonymous reader shares a report: A couple of weeks ago, the fail0verflow hacking collective showed a still image on Twitter of a Nintendo Switch booting Linux. They're one of a small handful of ha...
02:01 pm - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Facebook VP of Ads Criticised For Tweeting that Russian-bought Ads Had Not Been Designed to Sway the US Election
Facebook's vice-president of adverts has been criticised for tweeting that Russian-bought ads had not been designed to sway the US election. From a report: Rob Goldman's tweet was retweeted by Preside...
10:30 am - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Marvel Cinematic Universe Has a CGI Problem
Corey Hutchinson, writing for ScreenRant: The MCU may be the biggest thing in Hollywood these days, but there's no denying that its overuse of CGI is becoming more and more noticeable. Don't get us wr...
08:00 am - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Apple Updates All of Its Operating Systems To Fix App-crashing Bug
It took a few days, but Apple already has a fix out for a bug that caused crashes on each of its platforms. From a report: The company pushed new versions of iOS, macOS and watchOS to fix the issue, w...
04:50 am - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Sony May Launch an AI-powered Taxi Hailing System
Sony definitely isn't the first name you think of when you're looking for a ride, but that might change soon in its native Japan. From a report: Nikkei has learned that the tech heavyweight is leading...
01:30 am - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Ocean-wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current
An anonymous reader shares a Nature article: The North Atlantic Ocean is a major driver of the global currents that regulate Earth's climate, mix the oceans and sequester carbon from the atmosphere --...
12:01 am - Tue, February 20, 2018
Slashdot Chrome 64 Now Trims Messy Links When You Share Them
Google's latest consumer version of Chrome, version number 64, just started cleaning up messy referral links for you. From a report: Now, when you go to share an item, you'll no longer see a long trac...
11:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Finally Documents the Limitations of Windows 10 on ARM
For over a year we've been treated to the fantasy that Windows 10 on ARM was the same as Windows 10 on x86. But it's a bit more nuanced than that. Paul Thurrott: 64-bit apps will not work. Yes, Window...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot How UPS Delivers Faster Using $8 Headphones and Code That Decides When Dirty Trucks Get Cleaned
With Amazon's imminent plans to launch a low-cost package delivery service, UPS is about to face intense competition from a company with top customer-tracking capabilities and even artificial-intellig...
09:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Vietnam's Internet is in Trouble
The World Post: Vietnamese authorities have harped of late on the urgency of fighting cybersecurity threats and "bad and dangerous content." Yet the fight against either "fake news" or misinformation ...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Flight Sim Company Embeds Malware To Steal Pirates' Passwords
TorrentFreak: Flight sim company FlightSimLabs has found itself in trouble after installing malware onto users' machines as an anti-piracy measure. Code embedded in its A320-X module contained a mecha...
07:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Virgin Hyperloop One is Coming To India
Hyperloop is coming to India. From a report: The western-central Indian state of Maharashta plans to build a Virgin Hyperloop track between Pune and Mumbai, British entrepreneur and Virgin boss Richar...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Stops Pushing Notifications To Windows 7 and 8 Phones
The end of Microsoft's Windows Phone project has been a long time coming, and now there's another nail in the coffin. From a report: Microsoft is ending support for all push notifications for Windows ...
05:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Mitsubishi Electric Believes Its AI-enhanced Camera Systems Will Make Mirrors on Cars Obsolete
In its annual R&D Open House on February 14, Mitsubishi Electric described the development of what it believes is the industry's highest-performance rendition of mirrorless car technology. From a ...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Man, Seeking New Copy of Windows 7 After Forced Windows 10 Upgrade, Sues Microsoft
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: An Albuquerque man has sued Microsoft and its CEO -- Satya Nadella -- seeking a fresh copy of Windows 7 or $600 million in damages. According to a civil ...
03:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Humanity's Biggest Machines Will Be Built in Space
When rockets can no longer hold oversize payloads, building in space might be the best way to go. Popular Mechanics: Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Made In Space is working to make that d...
02:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Grow Sheep Embryos Containing Human Cells
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists say growing human organs inside animals could not only increase supply, but also offer the possibility of genetically tailoring the or...
01:00 pm - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot IBM Sues Microsoft's New Chief Diversity Officer To Protect Diversity Trade Secrets
theodp writes: GeekWire reports that IBM has filed suit against longtime exec Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, alleging that her new position as Microsoft's chief diversity officer violates a year-long non-compe...
10:00 am - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Salon Magazine Mines Monero On Your Computer If You Use an Ad Blocker
dryriver shares a report from BBC: News organizations have tried many novel ways to make readers pay -- but this idea is possibly the most audacious yet. If a reader chooses to block its advertising, ...
07:00 am - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Chrome Extension Brings 'View Image' Button Back
Google recently removed the convenient "view image" button from its search results as a result of a lawsuit with stock-photo agency Getty. Thankfully, one day later, a developer created an extension t...
03:30 am - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Google Trains AI To Write Wikipedia Articles
The Register: A team within Google Brain -- the web giant's crack machine-learning research lab -- has taught software to generate Wikipedia-style articles by summarizing information on web pages... t...
01:00 am - Mon, February 19, 2018
Slashdot Sweden Considers Six Years in Jail For Online Pirates
Sweden's Minister for Justice has received recommendations as to how the country should punish online pirates. From a report: Helene Fritzon received a proposal which would create crimes of gross infr...
11:40 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot The Wikipedia Zero Program Will End This Year
Wikimedia: Wikimedia 2030, the global discussion to define the future of the Wikimedia movement, created a bold vision for the future of Wikimedia and the role we want to play in the world as a moveme...
10:40 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot Occupational Licensing Blunts Competition and Boosts Inequality
Occupational licensing -- the practice of regulating who can do what jobs -- has been on the rise for decades. In 1950 one in 20 employed Americans required a licence to work. By 2017 that had risen t...
09:40 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot 'Microsoft Should Scrap Bing and Call it Microsoft Search'
Chris Matyszczyk, writing for CNET: Does anyone really have a deep, abiding respect for the Bing brand? Somehow, if ever I've heard the brand name being used, it seems to be in the context of a joke. ...
08:40 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot AI Can Be Our Friend, Says Bill Gates
An anonymous reader shares a report: "AI can be our friend," says Gates. In response to the question, "What do you think will happen to human civilization with further development in AI technology?" G...
07:40 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot Tokyo To Build 350m Tower Made of Wood
A skyscraper set to be built in Tokyo will become the world's tallest to be made of wood. From a report: The Japanese wood products company Sumitomo Forestry Co is proposing to build a 350 metre (1,14...
06:40 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot Give Workers 10,000 Pound To Survive Automation, British Top Think Tank Suggests
Britons should be able to bid for 10,000 pound (roughly $14,000) to help them prosper amid huge changes to their working lives, a leading think tank suggests today. From a report: The Royal Society fo...
05:40 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot Contractors Pose Cyber Risk To Government Agencies
Ian Barker, writing for BetaNews: While US government agencies are continuing to improve their security performance over time, the contractors they employ are failing to meet the same standards accord...
04:40 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot Who Killed The Junior Developer?
Melissa McEwen, writing on Medium: A few months ago I attended an event for women in tech. A lot of the attendees were new developers, graduates from code schools or computer science programs. Almost ...
03:40 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot US's Greatest Vulnerability is Ignoring the Cyber Threats From Our Adversaries, Foreign Policy Expert Says
America's greatest vulnerability is its continued inability to acknowledge the extent of its adversaries' capabilities when it comes to cyber threats, says Ian Bremmer, founder and president of leadin...
02:43 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot New AI Model Fills in Blank Spots in Photos
A new technology uses artificial intelligence to generate synthetic images that can pass as real. From a report, shared by a reader (the link may be paywalled): The technology was developed by a team ...
01:15 pm - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot We've Reached Peak Smartphone
You don't really need a new smartphone. From a column on the Washington Post (may be paywalled): Sure, some of them squeeze more screen into a smaller form. The cameras keep getting better, if you loo...
10:00 am - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Plans To Use US Mail To Verify IDs of Election Ad Buyers
Facebook will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior compa...
06:43 am - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot Google is Making it Easier For 911 To Find You in an Emergency
An anonymous reader shares a report: When you call 911 from a cellphone, your location is typically sent to the call taker by a wireless carrier. But that information isn't always so accurate. Well Go...
01:30 am - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot Silicon Valley Singles Are Giving Up On the Algorithms of Love
The Washington Post: Melissa Hobley, an executive at the dating app OkCupid, hears the complaints about the apps [being unable to find good matches] regularly and thinks they get a bad rap. Silicon Va...
12:01 am - Sun, February 18, 2018
Slashdot Deep Neural Networks for Bot Detection
From a research paper on Arxiv: The problem of detecting bots, automated social media accounts governed by software but disguising as human users, has strong implications. For example, bots have been ...
11:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Admits SMS Notifications Sent Using Two-Factor Number Was Caused by Bug
Facebook has clarified the situation around SMS notifications sent using the company's two-factor authentication (2FA) system, admitting that the messages were indeed caused by a bug. From a report: I...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot Most Cities Would Welcome a Tech Billionaire, But Peter Thiel?
Sarah McBride, writing for Bloomberg: Tech billionaire Peter Thiel is moving to Los Angeles from San Francisco, adding another dose of legitimacy to a burgeoning startup scene in Southern California -...
09:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot How Does Chinese Tech Stack Up Against American Tech?
The Economist: China's tech leaders love visiting California, and invest there, but are no longer awed by it [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. By market value the Middle Kingdom's giants, Al...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot LinkedIn Users Will Soon Know What Jobs Pay Before Applying for Them
LinkedIn just introduced a way to help its members avoid going through the interview process for jobs with salaries that do not meet their expectations. From a report: The professional network announc...
07:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Red is Having an Identity Crisis
During an onstage conversation at Recode's Code Media this week, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki called YouTube Red a music streaming service -- first time any executive from the company has referred to Yo...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot Learning To Program Is Getting Harder
theodp writes: While Google suggests that parents and educators are to blame for why kids can't code, Allen Downey, Professor at Olin College argues that learning to program is getting harder . Downey...
05:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot New Scanning Technique Reveals Secrets Behind Great Paintings
Researchers in the US have used a new scanning technique to discover a painting underneath one of Pablo Picasso's great works of art, the Crouching Woman (La Misereuse Accroupie). From a report: Under...
04:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot Pirates Crack Microsoft's UWP Protection, Five Layers of DRM Defeated
A piracy scene group has managed to get past the five layers of DRM in Microsoft's Unified Windows Platform UWP -- which enables software developers to create applications that can run across many dev...
03:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot FreeBSD's New Code of Conduct
FreeBSD has a new code of conduct, which is making several people angry. From the blog post: This code of conduct applies to all spaces used by the FreeBSD Project, including our mailing lists, IRC ch...
02:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Kills Its Mac App
BrianFagioli writes: Twitter has announced that it is killing its Mac app. Without warning, the company pulled the app from the Mac App Store and issued the following tweet. "We're focusing our effort...
01:00 pm - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot NBC Publishes 200,000 Tweets Tied To Russian Trolls
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: NBC News is publishing its database of more than 200,000 tweets that Twitter has tied to "malicious activity" from Russia-linked accounts during the ...
10:00 am - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot 73 Percent of Fish In the Northwestern Atlantic Have Microplastics In Their Guts
According to a new study published today in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, microplastics have been found in the stomachs of nearly three out of every four mesopelagic fish caught in the Nort...
07:00 am - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot Would You Fear Alien Life or Welcome It?
If you've ever watched a science fiction movie about aliens, you'll know that humans tend to freak out and destroy everything when faced with incontrovertible proof of the existence of alien life. But...
03:30 am - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot Distracted Driving: Everyone Hates It, But Most of Us Do It, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Insurance company Esurance has a new study out on distracted driving, and it makes for interesting reading. Almost everyone agrees distracted dri...
02:03 am - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot Coffee Beans Are Good For Birds, Fancy Brew Or Not
Zorro shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source ): Birds are not as picky about their coffee as people are. Although coffee snobs prefer arabica bea...
01:25 am - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot Phishing Attack Scores Credentials For More Than 50,000 Snapchat Users
An anonymous reader quotes an exclusive report from The Verge: In late July, Snap's director of engineering emailed the company's team in response to an unfolding privacy threat. A government official...
12:45 am - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot The Future of Free and Open-Source Maps
Grady Martin writes: Former OpenStreetMap contributor and Google Summer of Code mentor Serge Wroclawski has outlined why OpenStreetMap is in serious trouble, citing unclear usage policies, poor geocod...
12:03 am - Sat, February 17, 2018
Slashdot The Slow Demise of Barnes & Noble
John Biggs via TechCrunch reports of the slow demise of Barnes & Noble, which he has been chronicling for several years now. There have been many signs of trouble for the bookseller chain over the...
11:20 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Labor Board Says Google Could Fire James Damore For Anti-Diversity Memo
According to a recently disclosed letter from the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, Google didn't violate labor laws by firing engineer James Damore for a memo criticizing the company's diversity p...
10:40 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Apple Says That All New Apps Must Support the iPhone X Screen
Today, Apple emailed developers to inform them that all new apps that are submitted to the App Store must support the iPhone X's Super Retina display, starting this April. What this means is that deve...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Judge Won't Let FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal Stop Lawsuit Alleging Charter Throttled Netflix
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hollywood Reporter: [I]n the first significant decision referring to the repeal [of net neutrality] since FCC chairman Ajit Pai got his way, a New York jud...
09:22 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Are Failing To Replicate AI Studies
The booming field of artificial intelligence (AI) is grappling with a replication crisis, much like the ones that have afflicted psychology, medicine, and other fields over the past decade. From a rep...
08:40 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Must Stop Tracking Belgian Users, Court Rules
Facebook must stop tracking Belgian users' surfing outside the social network and delete data it's already gathered, or it will face fines of 250,000 ($312,000) euros a day, a Belgian court ruled. Fro...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could Linux Ever Become Fully Compatible With Windows and Mac Software?
dryriver writes: Linux has been around for a long time now. A lot of work has gone into it; it has evolved nicely and it dominates in the server space. Computer literate people with some tech skills a...
07:21 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot A Hacker Has Wiped a Spyware Company's Servers -- Again
Last year, a vigilante hacker broke into the servers of a company that sells spyware to everyday consumers and wiped their servers, deleting photos captured from monitored devices. A year later, the h...
06:41 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot US Charges Russian Social Media Trolls Over Election Tampering
The US Justice Department has filed charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups for interfering with the 2016 presidential election. From a report: In an indictment [PDF] released on...
06:02 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Apple's New Spaceship Campus Has One Flaw -- and It Hurts
Mark Bergen, writing for Bloomberg: The centerpiece of Apple's new headquarters is a massive, ring-shaped office overflowing with panes of glass, a testament to the company's famed design-obsessed aes...
05:20 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Intel Hit With More Than 30 Lawsuits Over Security Flaws
Intel said on Friday shareholders and customers had filed 32 class action lawsuits against the company in connection with recently-disclosed security flaws in its microchips. From a report: Most of th...
04:44 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by FDA.
The Food and Drug Administration this week approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries [Editor's note: the link may ...
04:04 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Atari Is Jumping on the Crypto Bandwagon
Atari has announced plans to create a company token and potentially develop cryptocurrency-based casino platforms. The company, commonly associated with arcade classics such as Asteroids, Pac-Man, Spa...
03:25 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot AI is Being Used To Raise Better Pigs in China
Alibaba's Cloud Unit has signed an agreement on with the Tequ Group, a Chinese food-and-agriculture conglomerate that raises about 10 million pigs each year, to deploy facial and voice recognition on ...
02:42 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Google Exposes How Malicious Sites Can Exploit Microsoft Edge
Google's Project Zero team has published details of an unfixed bypass for an important exploit-mitigation technique in Edge. From a report: The mitigation, Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG), arrived in the W...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Two Years After FBI vs Apple, Encryption Debate Remains
It's been two years since the FBI and Apple got into a giant fight over encryption following the San Bernardino shooting, when the government had the shooter's iPhone, but not the password needed to u...
01:00 pm - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Federal Judge Says Embedding a Tweet Can Be Copyright Infringement
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Rejecting years of settled precedent, a federal court in New York has ruled [PDF] that you could infringe copyright simply ...
10:00 am - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot China Reassigns 60,000 Soldiers To Plant Trees In Bid To Fight Pollution
According to The Independent, citing the Asia Times, China has reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plan trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage. The soldiers are ...
07:00 am - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Launches LinkedIn-Powered Resume Assistant For Office 365 Subscribers
Microsoft and LinkedIn have launched their Resume Assistant, a Word-integrated tool that aims to help you write your resume by suggesting work experience descriptions pulled from similar LinkedIn prof...
03:30 am - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Household Products Now Rival Cars As a Source of Air Pollution, Say Scientists
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Household cleaners, paints and perfumes have become substantial sources of urban air pollution as strict controls on vehicles have reduced road t...
02:03 am - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Electronics-Recycling Innovator Faces Prison For Extending Computers' Lives
schwit1 shares a report from Los Angeles Times: Prosecutors said 33-year-old [Eric Lundgren, an electronic-waste recycling innovator] ripped off Microsoft by manufacturing 28,000 counterfeit discs wit...
01:25 am - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Is Under Investigation Over $3.9 Billion Media Deal
According to a report in The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled), Ajit Pai and the FCC approved a set of rules in 2017 to allow television broadcasters to increase the number of stations...
12:45 am - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Bloomberg Starts Tracking Tesla Model 3 Production
WindBourne writes: Tesla is producing their Model 3, but is apparently tired of answering critics about production. So, they quit telling. Now, Bloomberg has an active tracker that shows the total pro...
12:03 am - Fri, February 16, 2018
Slashdot Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: In the wake of Wednesday's Parkland, Florida school shooting, which resulted in 17 deaths, troll and bot-tracking sites reported an immediate uptick in ...
11:20 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Google To Kill Off 'View Image' Button In Search
Google is removing the "view image" button that appeared when you clicked on a picture, which allowed you to open the image alone. The provision to remove the button is part of a deal Google has made ...
10:40 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Compatibility Issues Forcing US Air Force To Scrap a Significant Number of Computers
The US Department of Defense has decreed that the Air Force must complete its migration to Windows 10 by March 31 2018. From a report: Failure to do so will result in any systems not running Microsoft...
10:20 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot 119,000 Passports, Photo IDs of FedEx Customers Found On Unsecured Amazon Server
FedEx left scanned passports, drivers licenses, and other documentation belonging to thousands of its customers exposed on a publicly accessible Amazon S3 server, reports Gizmodo. "The scanned IDs ori...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot France's Telecom Regulator Thinks Net Neutrality Should Also Apply To Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The ARCEP, France's equivalent of the FCC in the U.S., wants to go beyond telecommunications companies. While many regulatory authorities have focu...
09:17 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Uber CEO: We Could Be Profitable -- We Just Don't Want To Be
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he's not worried that his company lost $4.5 billion last year and claimed the company could "turn the knobs" to be profitable if it wanted to -- it just doesn't. From a...
08:13 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot EFF Urges US Copyright Office To Reject Proactive 'Piracy' Filters
TorrentFreak: As entertainment companies and Internet services spar over the boundaries of copyright law, the EFF is urging the US Copyright Office to keep "copyright's safe harbors safe." In a petiti...
07:35 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Coinbase is Erratically Overcharging Some Users and Emptying Their Bank Accounts
A growing number of Coinbase customers are complaining that the cryptocurrency exchange withdrew unauthorized money out of their accounts. From a report: In some cases, this drained their linked bank ...
06:57 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Gmail Go, a Lightweight Version of Google's Email App, Launched on Android
Google has added a notable addition to its line of "Go" edition apps -- the lightweight apps designed primarily for emerging markets -- with the launch of Gmail Go. From a report: The app, like others...
06:10 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot AI is Helping Seismologists Detect Earthquakes They'd Otherwise Miss
Using the same tools we use for voice detection, scientists are uncovering tiny earthquakes hidden in the data. From The Verge: Oklahoma never used to be known for its earthquakes. Before 2009, the st...
05:28 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Hey Microsoft, Stop Installing Apps On My PC Without Asking
Chris Hoffman, writing for How To Geek: I'm getting sick of Windows 10's auto-installing apps. Apps like Facebook are now showing up out of nowhere, and even displaying notifications begging for me to...
04:54 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Mac and iOS Bug Crashes Apps With a Single Indian-Language Character
A lone Indian-language character is crashing a number of messaging apps on iOS, users are reporting. The problem also extends to the Apple Watch and even Macs, all of which struggle to process the cha...
04:12 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Snapchat Petition Attracts One Million Signatures
One million people have signed a petition calling on Snapchat to roll back its latest redesign. From a report: The changes were intended to separate interactions with friends from branded content -- i...
03:30 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot UK Blames Russia For Cyber Attack, Says Won't Tolerate Disruption
Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which disrupted companies across Europe including UK-based Reckitt Benckise...
03:01 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot MIT Develops New Chip That Reduces Neural Networks' Power Consumption by Up to 95 Percent
MIT researchers have developed a special-purpose chip that increases the speed of neural-network computations by three to seven times over its predecessors, while reducing power consumption 94 to 95 p...
02:10 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Ubuntu Wants To Collect Data About Your System -- Starting With 18.04 LTS
In an announcement on Ubuntu mailing list, Will Cooke, on behalf of the Ubuntu Desktop team, announced Canonical's plans to collect some data related to the users' system configuration and the package...
01:00 pm - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Is Adding an Ultimate Performance Mode For Pros
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: When you're creating 3D models or otherwise running intensive tasks, you want to wring every ounce of performance out of your PC as possible. It's a ...
10:00 am - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Miners Are 'Limiting' the Search For Alien Life Now
Since the latest graphics processing units (GPUs) are so popular with cryptocurrency miners, the SETI project -- short for "Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence" -- can't find the graphics cards i...
07:00 am - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Hits Two Milestones In Plan For Low-Latency Satellite Broadband
SpaceX is about to launch two demonstration satellites, and it is on track to get the Federal Communications Commission's permission to offer satellite internet service in the U.S. "Neither developmen...
03:30 am - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Ultra-Processed Foods May Be Linked To Cancer, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Ultra-processed" foods, made in factories with ingredients unknown to the domestic kitchen, may be linked to cancer, according to a large and gro...
01:00 am - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Tickbox Must Remove Pirate Streaming Add-ons From Sold Devices
TickBox TV, the company behind a Kodi-powered streaming device, must release a new software updater that will remove copyright-infringing addons from previously shipped devices. A California federal c...
12:20 am - Thu, February 15, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is Spamming Users Via Their 2FA Phone Numbers
According to Mashable, Facebook account holder Gabriel Lewis tweeted that Facebook texted "spam" to the phone number he submitted for the purposes of 2-factor authentication. Lewis insists that he did...
11:40 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot YouTube TV Is Adding More Channels, But It's Also Getting More Expensive
YouTube's internet TV streaming service is expanding its programming with the addition of several Turner networks including TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies...
10:58 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot New Silicon Chip-Based Quantum Computer Passes Major Test
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Researchers from two teams now working with Intel have reported advances in a new quantum computing architecture, called spin qubits, in a pair of pap...
10:15 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Roadster Elon Musk Launched Into Space Has 6 Percent Chance of Hitting Earth In the Next Million Years
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk grabbed the world's attention last week after launching his Tesla Roadster into space. But his publicity stunt has a half-life ...
09:45 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot FBI, CIA, and NSA: Don't Use Huawei Phones
The heads of six top U.S. intelligence agencies told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday they would not advise Americans to use products or services from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei. "The...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Valve Bans Developer After Employees Leave Fake User Reviews
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Insel Games, a Maltese developer of online multiplayer titles, has been banned from Steam and had all its titles removed from Valve's storefront ...
08:18 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Apple's HomePod Speakers Leave White Marks on Wood
Apple's new smart speakers can discolour wooden surfaces, leaving a white mark where they are placed, the firm has acknowledged. From a report: The US company has suggested that owners may have to re-...
07:35 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Even Apple and Google Engineers Can't Really Afford To Live Near Their Offices
That's according to the Y Combinator-backed real-estate startup Open Listings, which looked at median home sales prices near the headquarters (meaning within a 20-minute commute) of some of the Bay Ar...
06:50 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Best Linux Distribution
Linux Journal: We started things off with Best Linux Distribution, and nearly 10,000 readers voted. The winner was Debian, with many commenting "As for servers, Debian is still the best" or similar. O...
06:10 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Crypto-currency Craze 'Hinders Search For Alien Life'
Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the computer hardware they need, thanks to the crypto-currency mining craze, a radio-astronomer has said. From a rep...
05:30 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Apple's Software 'Problem' and 'Fixing' It
According to media reports, Apple is planning to postpone some new features for iOS and macOS this year to focus on improving reliability, stability and performance of the existing versions. Steven Si...
04:44 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot MPEG-2 Patents Have Expired
New submitter jabuzz writes: Unless you live in the Philippines or Malaysia, then MPEG-2 has now joined the likes of MP3 and AC3 and gone patent free with the expiration of US patent 7,334,248.Read mo...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Messenger Kids Advocates Were Facebook-Funded
Fast Company: Facebook unveiled this kid-friendly version of its signature messaging service in December, while the YouTube Kids scandal was in full swing. Messenger Kids, Facebook said, had been desi...
03:22 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Sues Over Second Federal Ban
Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has filed a lawsuit targeting the second of two federal bans on its wares. The latest suit goes after language in a defense law explicitly blocking the purchase of Kas...
02:41 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Germany Considers Free Public Transport in Fight To Banish Air Pollution
"Car nation" Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. ...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Google's Chrome Ad Blocking Arrives Tomorrow
Google is enabling its built-in ad blocker for Chrome tomorrow (February 15th). From a report: Chrome's ad filtering is designed to weed out some of the web's most annoying ads, and push website owner...
01:00 pm - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot AMP For Email Is a Terrible Idea
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via TechCrunch, written by Devin Coldewey: Google just announced a plan to "modernize" email with its Accelerated Mobile Pages platform, allowing "e...
10:00 am - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot The Next Falcon Heavy Will Carry the Most Powerful Atomic Clock Ever Launched
schwit1 shares a report from Space.com: This isn't your average timekeeper. The so-called Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) is far smaller than Earth-bound atomic clocks, far more precise than the handfu...
07:00 am - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot New Horizons Probe Captures Images At Record Distance From Earth
jwhyche writes: The New Horizons probe has captured the farthermost images of Earth. The probe took images of Earth from a distance of over 3.79 billion miles on December 5th, 2017. This beats the ima...
03:30 am - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Hospitals May Turn To Algorithms To Fight Fatal Infections
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Clostridium difficile, a deadly bacterium spread by physical contact with objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals, causing 453,00...
02:10 am - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot New York Times CEO: Print Journalism Has Maybe Another 10 Years
New York Times CEO Mark Thompson believes that the newspaper printing presses may have another decade of life in them, but not much more. "I believe at least 10 years is what we can see in the U.S. fo...
01:50 am - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Kaspersky Says Telegram Flaw Used For Cryptocurrency Mining
According to Kaspersky Lab, hackers have been exploiting a vulnerability in Telegram's desktop client to mine cryptocurrencies such as Monero and ZCash. "Kaspersky said on its website that users were ...
01:30 am - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Seattle To Remove Controversial City Spying Network After Public Backlash
schwit1 shares a report from Activist Post: Following years of resistance from citizens, the city of Seattle has decided to completely remove controversial surveillance equipment -- at a cost of $150,...
12:50 am - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Trump Administration Wants To Fire 248 Forecasters At the National Weather Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: After a year that saw over $300 million in damages from hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters, the Trump administration is proposing sign...
12:10 am - Wed, February 14, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Adding Snapchat-Style Stories To Mobile Search Results
Google is rolling out tappable, visual stories that incorporate text, images, and videos in the style made popular by Snapchat. "It started widely testing the multimedia format, called AMP stories, to...
11:30 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Huawei Got People To Write Fake Reviews For An Unreleased Phone
As spotted by 9to5Google, Huawei has apparently posted fake reviews on Best Buy for its new Mate 10 Pro, which is available for pre-order in the U.S. despite not having any deals with U.S. carriers. "...
10:50 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Trump's Infrastructure Plan Has No Dedicated Money For Broadband
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: President Trump's new 10-year plan for "rebuilding infrastructure in America" doesn't contain any funding specifically earmarked for improving In...
10:10 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Many ID-Protection Services Fail Basic Security
Paul Wagenseil, writing for Tom's Guide: For a monthly fee, identity-protection services promise to do whatever they can to make sure your private personal information doesn't fall into the hands of c...
09:30 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Facebook is Pushing Its Data-tracking Onavo VPN Within Its Main Mobile App
TechCrunch reports: Onavo Protect, the VPN client from the data-security app maker acquired by Facebook back in 2013, has now popped up in the Facebook app itself, under the banner "Protect" in the na...
08:50 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Porsche Is 3D Printing Hard-To-Find Parts For The 959 And Other Classics
Porsche Classic, Porsche's classic cars division, has turned to 3D printing obscure parts that people might need on occasion. From a report: They already have about 52,000 parts available, but for the...
08:10 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Google Launches AMP For Email To Bring Web-like Actionable Content To Gmail
Google today announced an extension of the AMP (accelerated mobile pages) program to include another popular communications medium. From a report: The internet giant unveiled the Gmail developer previ...
07:30 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot LoopX Startup Pulls ICO Exit Scam and Disappears with $4.5 Million
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A cryptocurrency startup named LoopX has pulled an exit scam after collecting around $4.5 million from users during an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) held i...
06:49 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Countries that Are Most Highly Invested in Automation
A report by the International Federation of Robotics looks at the countries that are most highly invested in manufacturing automation. The countries with the ten highest densities of robots are, in or...
06:10 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot 'Troll' Loses Cloudflare Lawsuit, Has Weaponized Patent Invalidated
A federal judge in San Francisco has unequivocally ruled against a non-practicing entity that had sued Cloudflare for patent infringement. From a report: The judicial order effectively ends the case t...
05:30 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Bill Gates: Tech Companies Inviting Government Intervention
In an interview with Axios on Tuesday, Bill Gates warned Apple and other tech giants that they risk the kind of nightmarish government intervention that once plagued his Microsoft if they act arrogant...
04:52 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot The Most Popular Linux Desktop Programs
The most recent Linux Questions poll results are in. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, writing for ZDNet: LinuxQuestions, one of the largest internet Linux groups with 550,000 members, has just posted the re...
04:11 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot US Senators Voice Concern Over Chinese Access To Intellectual Property
Leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday they were concerned about what they described as China's efforts to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual proper...
03:25 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot YouTube CEO: Facebook Should 'Get Back To Baby Pictures'
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki won't divulge her biggest fear about competing with Facebook, but she will give them some free advice. From a report: "They should get back to baby pictures," Wojcicki said ...
02:45 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft: We're Developing Blockchain ID System Starting With Our Authenticator App
Microsoft has revealed its plans to use blockchain distributed-ledger technologies to securely store and manage digital identities, starting with an experiment using the Microsoft Authenticator app. F...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot In the Wake of Fake News, Several Universities Including MIT and Harvard Introduce New Course On Ethics and Regulation of AI
The medical profession has an ethic: First, do no harm. Silicon Valley has an ethos: Build it first and ask for forgiveness later. Now, in the wake of fake news and other troubles at tech companies, u...
01:00 pm - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Sues Vermont Over Conditions On New License Requiring the Company To Expand Its Network
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VTDigger: Cable television giant Comcast is suing the Vermont Public Utility Commission over the panel's decision to require the company to expand its network ...
10:00 am - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Designing Custom AI Chips For Alexa
According to a report (paywalled) from The Information, Amazon is designing a custom artificial intelligence chip that would power future Echo devices and improve the quality and response time of its ...
07:00 am - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Daylight Saving Time Isn't Worth It, European Parliament Members Say
AmiMoJo shares a report from Ars Technica: Earlier this week, the European Parliament voted 384 to 153 to review whether Daylight Saving Time is actually worth it. Although the resolution it voted on ...
03:30 am - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot 25 Years of Satellite Data Shows Global Warming Is Accelerating Sea Level Rise
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At ...
02:00 am - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Skype Can't Fix a Nasty Security Bug Without a Massive Code Rewrite
ZDNet reports of a security flaw in Skype's updater process that "can allow an attacker to gain system-level privileges to a vulnerable computer." If the bug is exploited, it "can escalate a local unp...
01:20 am - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Lost Around 2.8 Million US Users Under 25 Last Year
According to new estimates by eMarketer, Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic declined by 9.9 percent in 2017, or about 1.4 million total users. That's almost three times more than the...
12:40 am - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Benchmarks Show An Incredible GPU, Faster CPU
MojoKid writes: Though the company has been evangelizing its new Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform for a while now, Qualcomm is lifting the veil today on the new chip's benchmark performance profile. At ...
12:03 am - Tue, February 13, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Center Booster Lacked Ignition Fluid To Light Engines and Land On Platform
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: The center core booster of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy didn't land on a floating sea platform as intended during last week's first test flight bec...
11:20 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Trump's New Infrastructure Plan Calls For Selling Off Two Airports
The Trump administration has released an infrastructure plan on Monday that proposes that the federal government considers selling off Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles I...
10:40 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Cutting Hundreds of Corporate Jobs
According to a Seattle Times report, Amazon is laying off hundreds of corporate workers in its Seattle headquarters and elsewhere. "The corporate cuts come after an eight-year hiring spree, taking the...
10:03 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Reddit Audiophiles Test HomePod, Say It Sounds Better Than $1,000 Speaker
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple released its much-hyped HomePod speaker to the masses last week, and the general consensus among early reviews is that it sounds superb for...
09:20 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Consumers Prefer Security Over Convenience For the First Time Ever, IBM Security Report Finds
A new study by IBM Security surveying 4,000 adults from a few different regions of the world found that consumers are now ranking security over convenience. For the first time ever, business users and...
08:43 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Unknown Language Discovered in Malaysia
Researchers have cataloged close to 7,000 distinct human languages on Earth, per Linguistic Society of America's latest count. That may seem like a pretty exhaustive list, but it hasn't stopped anthro...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot The Quest To Find the Longest-Serving Programmer
In 2014, the National Museum of Computing published a blog post in which it tried to find the person who has been programming the longest. At the time, it declared Bill Williams, a 70-year old to be o...
07:23 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot The Flu and Airports
An anonymous reader writes: The CDC says this year's flu season is on track to either rival or dethrone 2009's swine flu. 3,000 people across the U.S. have died as a result of the flu in the first 20 ...
06:43 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Google Autocomplete Still Makes Vile Suggestions
An anonymous reader shares a report: In December of 2016, Google announced it had fixed a troubling quirk of its autocomplete feature: When users typed in the phrase, "are jews," Google automatically ...
05:55 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot The Trump Administration is Moving To Privatize the International Space Station: Report
The Trump administration is planning to privatize the international space station instead of simply decommissioning the orbiting international experiment in 2024, The Washington Post reports. From a r...
05:29 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot German Court Rules Facebook Use of Personal Data Illegal
A German consumer rights group said on Monday that a court had found Facebook's use of personal data to be illegal because the U.S. social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent...
04:45 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Verizon is Locking Its Phones Down To Combat Theft
Verizon is taking an extra step to protect its phones. CNET: The nation's largest wireless carrier said Monday that it would begin locking the phones it sells to consumers, which will prevent them fro...
04:06 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot A Facebook Employee Asked a Reporter To Turn Off His Phone So Facebook Couldn't Track Its Location
Steve Kovach, writing for BusinessInsider: To corporate giants like Facebook, leaks to rivals or the media are a cardinal sin. That notion was clear in a new Wired story about Facebook's rocky time ov...
03:21 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot The Insane Amount of Backward Compatibility in Google Maps
Huan Truong, a software developer, writes in a blog post: There is always an unlikely app that consistently works on all of my devices, regardless of their OS and how old they are: Google Maps. Google...
02:41 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Why Paper Jams Persist
A trivial problem reveals the limits of technology. Fascinating story from The New Yorker: Unsurprisingly, the engineers who specialize in paper jams see them differently. Engineers tend to work in na...
02:03 pm - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Google's Next Android Overhaul Will Embrace iPhone's 'Notch'
Google is working on a "dramatic redesign" of its Android operating system, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The company has stuck with a single look for its mobile operating system (OS) for quite some t...
10:00 am - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Energy Riches Fuel Bitcoin Craze For Speculation-shy Iceland
Iceland is expected to use more energy "mining" bitcoins and other virtual currencies this year than it uses to power its homes. From a report: With massive amounts of electricity needed to run the co...
07:23 am - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot 'Razer Doesn't Care About Linux'
An anonymous reader shares a blog post: Razer is a vendor that makes high-end gaming hardware, including laptops, keyboards and mice. I opened a ticket with Razor a few days ago asking them if they wa...
03:52 am - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Games Organizers at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Confirm Cyber Attack, Won't Reveal Source
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers confirmed on Sunday that the Games had fallen victim to a cyber attack during Friday's opening ceremony, but they refused to reveal the source. From a report: Th...
01:42 am - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot Cryptocurrency Classes Are Coming To Campus
While the price of Bitcoin has dropped since Christmas, the virtual currency boom has shown no signs of cooling off in the more august precincts of America's elite universities. The New York Times: Se...
12:41 am - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot A Chemical Bath and a Hot-press Can Transform Wood Into a Material That is Stronger Than Steel, Researchers Find
The process, and others like it, could make the humble material an eco-friendly alternative to using plastics and metals in the manufacture of cars and buildings, Nature reported this week. From the r...
12:00 am - Mon, February 12, 2018
Slashdot How the First Open Source Software and Hardware Satellite UPSat Was Built
UPSat is the first open source -- both hardware and software -- satellite to have ever been launched in orbit. Pierros Papadeas, the Director of Operations for Libre Space Foundation, which helped bui...
11:40 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Searching For Lithium Deposits With Satellites
A group led by Cristian Rossi, an expert on remote sensing, is using satellites already in orbit to detect and map geological and botanical features that might betray the presence of subterranean lith...
10:40 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot How the First Open Source Software and Hardware Satellite UPSat Was Built
UPSat is the first open source -- both hardware and software -- satellite to have ever been launched in orbit. Pierros Papadeas, the Director of Operations for Libre Space Foundation, which helped bui...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Where Old, Unreadable Documents Go to Be Understood
From a report: On any given day, from her home on the Isle of Man, Linda Watson might be reading a handwritten letter from one Confederate soldier to another, or a list of convicts transported to Aust...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Hijack Government Websites To Mine Crypto-Cash
BBC reports: The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors' computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott...
09:40 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Hijack Government Websites To Mine Crypto-Cash
BBC reports: The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors' computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott...
08:40 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Where Old, Unreadable Documents Go to Be Understood
From a report: On any given day, from her home on the Isle of Man, Linda Watson might be reading a handwritten letter from one Confederate soldier to another, or a list of convicts transported to Aust...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Phone Maker Xiaomi Deletes a Public MIUI vs Android One Twitter Poll After Voting Didn't Go Its Way
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which sells handsets at razor thin margins, is increasingly dominating in its home market and emerging places such as India and Indonesia. To make money, the company r...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot How Delivery Apps May Put Your Favorite Restaurant Out of Business
In a piece this month, The New Yorker argues that online food discovery and delivery platforms are bad for restaurants. From the report: In recent years, online platforms like Uber Eats, Seamless, and...
07:40 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot How Delivery Apps May Put Your Favorite Restaurant Out of Business
In a piece this month, The New Yorker argues that online food discovery and delivery platforms are bad for restaurants. From the report: In recent years, online platforms like Uber Eats, Seamless, and...
06:40 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Phone Maker Xiaomi Deletes a Public MIUI vs Android One Twitter Poll After Voting Didn't Go Its Way
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which sells handsets at razor thin margins, is increasingly dominating in its home market and emerging places such as India and Indonesia. To make money, the company r...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Sandboxed Mac Apps Can Record Screen Any Time Without You Knowing
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Malicious app developers can secretly abuse a macOS API function to take screenshots of the user's screen and then use OCR (Optical Character Recognition...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot HomePod Repairs Cost Almost as Much as a New HomePod
This may not come as a huge surprise, but it's going to be pricey if you break Apple's fully sealed and densely packed new speaker. From a report: Repair pricing for the HomePod was posted to Apple's ...
05:40 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot HomePod Repairs Cost Almost as Much as a New HomePod
This may not come as a huge surprise, but it's going to be pricey if you break Apple's fully sealed and densely packed new speaker. From a report: Repair pricing for the HomePod was posted to Apple's ...
04:41 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Sandboxed Mac Apps Can Record Screen Any Time Without You Knowing
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Malicious app developers can secretly abuse a macOS API function to take screenshots of the user's screen and then use OCR (Optical Character Recognition...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Rejoice: Samsung's Next Flagship Smartphone Looks To Keep the Headphone Jack Alive
Notorious smartphone leaker Evan Blass has leaked a couple press images of the Galaxy S9, giving us the first indication that it will still have a headphone jack. "The full information spill today is ...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Manage To Run Linux On a Nintendo Switch
Romain Dillet reports via TechCrunch: Hacker group fail0verflow shared a photo of a Nintendo Switch running Debian, a distribution of Linux. The group claims that Nintendo can't fix the vulnerability ...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Budget Deal Has Tax Credit Extensions For Nuclear, Fuel Cells, Carbon Capture
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A two-year budget deal was approved by the House and the Senate this morning and signed by President Trump a few hours later. The budget (PDF) in...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot US Transportation Department Calls For 'Summit' On Autonomous Cars
Auto manufacturers, technology companies, road safety advocates and policy makers will attend a March 1 conference over potential government actions that could speed the rollout of autonomous cars, th...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You're a White Guy
Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software ...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Facebook 'Likes' Are a Powerful Tool For Authoritarian Rulers, Court Petition Says
A Cambodian opposition leader has filed a petition in a California court against Facebook, demanding the company disclose its transactions with his country's authoritarian prime minister, whom he accu...
03:43 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Facebook 'Likes' Are a Powerful Tool For Authoritarian Rulers, Court Petition Says
A Cambodian opposition leader has filed a petition in a California court against Facebook, demanding the company disclose its transactions with his country's authoritarian prime minister, whom he accu...
02:50 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You're a White Guy
Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software ...
02:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot There Are Ajit Pai 'Verizon Puppet' Jokes That the FCC Doesn't Want You To Read
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission is refusing to release the draft versions of jokes told by Chairman Ajit Pai at a recent dinner, claiming t...
01:38 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot There Are Ajit Pai 'Verizon Puppet' Jokes That the FCC Doesn't Want You To Read
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission is refusing to release the draft versions of jokes told by Chairman Ajit Pai at a recent dinner, claiming t...
12:00 pm - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot German Authorities Are Considering a Ban On Loot Boxes
Slashdot reader Qbertino writes: Heise reports that German authorities are examining loot boxes in video games and considering banning them in the country. Loot boxes might actually even violate laws ...
10:27 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot German Authorities Are Considering a Ban On Loot Boxes
Slashdot reader Qbertino writes: Heise reports that German authorities are examining loot boxes in video games and considering banning them in the country. Loot boxes might actually even violate laws ...
08:00 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Is Social Media Causing Childhood Depression?
General practitioner Rangan Chatterjee says he has seen plenty of evidence of the link between mental ill-health in children and their use of social media. "One 16 year-old boy was referred to him aft...
07:16 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Is Social Media Causing Childhood Depression?
General practitioner Rangan Chatterjee says he has seen plenty of evidence of the link between mental ill-health in children and their use of social media. "One 16 year-old boy was referred to him aft...
06:00 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Discover Efficient Way To Filter Salt, Metal Ions From Water
schwit1 shares a report on a new study, published in Sciences Advances, that offers a new solution to providing clean drinking water for billions of people worldwide: It all comes down to metal-organi...
04:02 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Will Remove Ads, Downgrade Discoverability of Channels Posting Offensive Videos
Earlier today, YouTube barred Logan Paul from serving ads on his video channel in response to a "recent pattern of behavior" from him. Now, YouTube has announced a more formal and wider set of sanctio...
04:02 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot First Human Eggs Grown In Laboratory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh. The team say the technique could lead...
04:02 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Mayfair Games Shuts Down After 36 Years of Board Games
damnbunni writes: Longtime board game publisher Mayfair Games (English-language publisher for Settlers of Catan, Agricola, and many more) has shut down after 36 years. All of their games have been sol...
04:02 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot 'Sinking' Pacific Nation Tuvalu Is Actually Getting Bigger
mi shares a report from Phys.Org: The Pacific nation of Tuvalu -- long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels -- is actually growing in size, new research shows....
04:02 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Maine Dairy Company Settles Lawsuit Over Oxford Comma
Daniel Victor reports via The New York Times: Ending a case that electrified punctuation pedants, grammar goons and comma connoisseurs, Oakhurst Dairy settled an overtime dispute with its drivers that...
04:02 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Detroit Decides Against Banning Airbbnb -- For Now
Building officials say they will not enforce an apparent city ban of some Airbnb rentals until there is a legal review of an ordinance that went into effect this week. Detroit News reports: The ordina...
04:01 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is Missing In Tech Today?
dryriver writes: There is so much tech and gadget news pouring out of the internet every day that one might think "everything tech that is needed already exists." But of course, people thought precise...
04:00 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Are Developing An Algorithm That Makes Smartphones Child-Proof
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Researchers at the University of South Carolina and China's Zhejiang University have created an algorithm that can spot whether your kid...
04:00 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Android Wear Is Getting Killed, and It's All Qualcomm's Fault
The death of Android Wear is all Qualcomm's fault, largely due to the fact that the company "has a monopoly on smartwatch chips and doesn't seem interested in making any smartwatch chips," writes Ars ...
04:00 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot NSA Sent Coded Messages From Its Twitter To Communicate With Foreign Spies
Matt Novak reports via Gizmodo: During the first Cold War, American and British spies would sometimes place coded messages in newspaper classified ads to communicate with each other. And according to ...
04:00 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Why Hiring the 'Best' People Produces the Least Creative Results
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report written by Scott E. Page, who explains why hiring the "best" people produces the least creative results: The burgeoning of teams -- most academic re...
02:00 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot NSA Sent Coded Messages From Its Twitter To Communicate With Foreign Spies
Matt Novak reports via Gizmodo: During the first Cold War, American and British spies would sometimes place coded messages in newspaper classified ads to communicate with each other. And according to ...
02:00 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Why Hiring the 'Best' People Produces the Least Creative Results
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report written by Scott E. Page, who explains why hiring the "best" people produces the least creative results: The burgeoning of teams -- most academic re...
12:00 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Are Developing An Algorithm That Makes Smartphones Child-Proof
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Researchers at the University of South Carolina and China's Zhejiang University have created an algorithm that can spot whether your kid...
12:00 am - Sun, February 11, 2018
Slashdot Android Wear Is Getting Killed, and It's All Qualcomm's Fault
The death of Android Wear is all Qualcomm's fault, largely due to the fact that the company "has a monopoly on smartwatch chips and doesn't seem interested in making any smartwatch chips," writes Ars ...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is Missing In Tech Today?
dryriver writes: There is so much tech and gadget news pouring out of the internet every day that one might think "everything tech that is needed already exists." But of course, people thought precise...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Manage To Run Linux On a Nintendo Switch
Romain Dillet reports via TechCrunch: Hacker group fail0verflow shared a photo of a Nintendo Switch running Debian, a distribution of Linux. The group claims that Nintendo can't fix the vulnerability ...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot US Transportation Department Calls For 'Summit' On Autonomous Cars
Auto manufacturers, technology companies, road safety advocates and policy makers will attend a March 1 conference over potential government actions that could speed the rollout of autonomous cars, th...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Rejoice: Samsung's Next Flagship Smartphone Looks To Keep the Headphone Jack Alive
Notorious smartphone leaker Evan Blass has leaked a couple press images of the Galaxy S9, giving us the first indication that it will still have a headphone jack. "The full information spill today is ...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Budget Deal Has Tax Credit Extensions For Nuclear, Fuel Cells, Carbon Capture
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A two-year budget deal was approved by the House and the Senate this morning and signed by President Trump a few hours later. The budget (PDF) in...
04:00 pm - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Detroit Decides Against Banning Airbbnb -- For Now
Building officials say they will not enforce an apparent city ban of some Airbnb rentals until there is a legal review of an ordinance that went into effect this week. Detroit News reports: The ordina...
02:00 pm - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Maine Dairy Company Settles Lawsuit Over Oxford Comma
Daniel Victor reports via The New York Times: Ending a case that electrified punctuation pedants, grammar goons and comma connoisseurs, Oakhurst Dairy settled an overtime dispute with its drivers that...
12:00 pm - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot 'Sinking' Pacific Nation Tuvalu Is Actually Getting Bigger
mi shares a report from Phys.Org: The Pacific nation of Tuvalu -- long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels -- is actually growing in size, new research shows....
08:00 am - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Mayfair Games Shuts Down After 36 Years of Board Games
damnbunni writes: Longtime board game publisher Mayfair Games (English-language publisher for Settlers of Catan, Agricola, and many more) has shut down after 36 years. All of their games have been sol...
04:00 am - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Will Remove Ads, Downgrade Discoverability of Channels Posting Offensive Videos
Earlier today, YouTube barred Logan Paul from serving ads on his video channel in response to a "recent pattern of behavior" from him. Now, YouTube has announced a more formal and wider set of sanctio...
04:00 am - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot First Human Eggs Grown In Laboratory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh. The team say the technique could lead...
02:00 am - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Hackers In Equifax Breach Accessed More Personal Information Than Previously Disclosed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Equifax said, in a document submitted to the Senate Banking Committee and revie...
02:00 am - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Should GitHub Allow Username Reuse?
Jesse Donat argues via Donut Studios why GitHub should never allow usernames to be valid again once they are deleted. He provides an example of a user who deleted his GitHub account and personal domai...
02:00 am - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Android Messages May Soon Let You Text From the Web
Android Police dug into the code for the latest version of Android Messages and found two very intriguing features: Rich Communication Services (RCS) support and support for all the popular web browse...
12:00 am - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Apple Intern Reportedly Leaked iPhone Source Code
Earlier this week, a portion of iOS source code was posted online to GitHub, and in an interesting twist, a new report from Motherboard reveals that the code was originally leaked by a former Apple in...
12:00 am - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Major Websites Are Planning a 'Day of Action' To Block Repeal of Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader writes: Fight for the Future, a nonprofit advocacy group concerned with digital rights, has posted to medium today, revealing that many major websites, online communities, and inte...
12:00 am - Sat, February 10, 2018
Slashdot Amazon To Take On UPS, FedEx Via 'Shipping With Amazon'
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is planning to take on UPS and FedEx with a new shipping service named "Shipping with Amazon" (SWA). The new service will reportedly roll out i...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot 51 Percent of Financial Services Companies Believe Existing Tech is Holding Them Back
An anonymous reader shares a report: Legacy technology can be a major obstacle to digital transformation projects and, according to a new survey of financial services technology decision makers carrie...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Man Handed Conditional Prison Sentence for Spreading Information About Popcorn Time Service
A man from Denmark has been handed a six-month conditional prison sentence for spreading information about Popcorn Time, an authorized on-demand movies and TV shows streaming service, news outlet Torr...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Firefly Canon To Expand With Series of Original Books
More Firefly stories are on the way. Entertainment Weekly: EW can exclusively report that Titan Books and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products have teamed up to publish an original range of new fic...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Twitch To Ban Users For 'Hate' on Other Platforms
Twitch has updated its guidelines so that abuse taking place on other platforms can contribute to a suspension on the streaming site. From a report: Directing "hate or harassment" towards someone on T...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Viacom To Launch Its Own Streaming Service this Year
Viacom said today it's planning to launch its own ad-supported streaming service by September 2018, the end of its fiscal year. The service will include "tens of thousands of hours of content" from ac...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Could Come with Snap Apps Preinstalled
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 'Bionic Beaver' could ship with Snap apps installed by default. From a report: A proposal from Ubuntu developer Steve Langasek suggests that Snapcraft now stand as a 'first-class' alt...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Will Focus on Gaming Because Cryptocurrencies Are 'Volatile'
Graphics card manufacturer Nvidia made almost $10 billion dollars in the last fiscal year, that's up 41 percent from the previous period. The GPU company broke the news to its investors in a conferenc...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Uber Settles Dispute With Alphabet's Self-driving Car Unit
In a shocking development, Uber said on Friday it has settled the high-stakes trade-secret theft lawsuit brought by Alphabet's Waymo, resolving a conflict that already cost the ride-hailing giant its ...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Russian Nuclear Scientists Arrested For 'Bitcoin Mining Plot'
Russian security officers have arrested several scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear warhead facility for allegedly mining crypto-currencies, BBC reported Friday, citing local media. Fro...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Suspends Ads on Logan Paul's Channels After 'Recent Pattern' of Behavior in Videos
More problems and controversy for Logan Paul, the YouTube star who caused a strong public backlash when he posted a video of a suicide victim in Japan. From a report: Google's video platform today ann...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Turkey Rolls Out Domestic Rival To WhatsApp, Raising Surveillance Concerns
Turkey has launched a domestic messaging app to rival Facebook's popular WhatsApp Messenger service, raising concerns among government critics that Ankara (capital of Turkey) could use the new platfor...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot VLC 3.0 Adds Chromecast Support and More as the Best Free Media Player Gets Even Better
Ian Paul, writing for PCWorld: The best free media player is getting even better. After three years of development, VLC 3.0 'Ventari' is rolling out to all platforms, and it's packed full of goodies s...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Explains Why SpaceX Prefers Clusters of Small Engines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The company's development of the Falcon 9 rocket, with nine engines, had given Musk confidence that SpaceX could scale up to 27 engines in flight...
12:00 pm - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Spread of Breast Cancer Linked To Compound In Asparagus and Other Foods
Asparagus and other foods like potatoes, nuts, legumes and soy contain a compound known as asparagine, which researchers believe helps drive the spread of breast cancer to other organs. "When scientis...
08:00 am - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Create Simulation Of a Simple Worm's Neural Network
ClockEndGooner writes: Researchers at the Technische Universitat Wein have created a simulation of a simple worm's neural network, and have been able to replicate its natural behavior to completely mi...
04:00 am - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot AIs Have Replaced Aliens As Our Greatest World Destroying Fear
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Quartz: As we've turned our gaze away from the stars and toward our screens, our anxiety about humanity's ultimate fate has shifted along with i...
02:00 am - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot German Navy Experiences 'LCS Syndrome' In Spades As New Frigate Fails Sea Trials
schwit1 shares a report from Ars Technica, highlighting the problems the Germany Navy is facing right now. It has no working submarines due to a chronic repair parts shortage, and its newest ships fac...
02:00 am - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Arizona Introduces Bill That Would Allow Residents To Pay Taxes In Bitcoin
In a bid to attract businesses involved in blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Arizona lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow the state's citizens to pay their taxes in bitcoin. "Arizona State R...
02:00 am - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is Testing a Dislike Button
Ever since the inception of the Like button, Facebook users have been asking for a "dislike" button. Today, Facebook is testing a "downvote" button with certain users in the comment section of posts w...
12:00 am - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Detroit Quietly Bans Airbnb
A new zoning ordinance that quietly went into effect this week has residents trying to figure out what comes next for Airbnb's presence in Detroit. Many hosts have received notices that the city has o...
12:00 am - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot Google's Parent Company Alphabet Is Buying Chelsea Market For $2 Billion
Alphabet is close to acquiring the iconic Chelsea Market in Midtown Manhattan for over $2 billion. The market totals 1.2 million square feet and sits across the street from the company's New York head...
12:00 am - Fri, February 9, 2018
Slashdot 32 Senators Want To Know If US Regulators Halted Equifax Probe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Earlier this week, a Reuters report suggested that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) had halted its investigation into last year's mass...
10:01 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Google Chrome Pushes For User Protection With 'Not secure' Label
In an effort to force websites to better protect their users, the Chrome web browser will label all sites not encrypted traffic as "Not secure" in the web address bar, Google announced Thursday. From ...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Won't Be the Dark Web's Top Cryptocurrency For Long
Bitcoin has essentially become the poster child for cryptocurrencies, and that's a problem for cybercriminals dealing on the dark web. From a report: Researchers from Recorded Future, a threat intelli...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Burns Through $2 Billion In 2017
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Tesla reported record revenue for 2017, floated by customer deposits of the recently announced Semi truck and Roadster sports car. Despite its optim...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Salaries For Workers in Technology Roles, Including Software Engineers and Product Managers, Peak Around Age 45
A report released on Thursday by the job marketplace Hired reveals that salaries for workers in technology roles, including software engineers, product managers, and data analysts, peak around age 45....
08:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Engineering Marvel of the Winter Olympics: A Broom
Andrew Flemming and Geoff Fowler, both 29, along with their friend and business partner, Will Hamilton, 37, were pouring their creative energies into a high-tech training device the likes of which the...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Apple Says the Leaked iPhone Source Code is Outdated
Apple has responded to security concerns surrounding leaked iPhone source code, pointing out that any potential vulnerabilities would be outdated. From a report: "Old source code from three years ago ...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Original Pixel Phone Users Are Suing Google Over Microphone Defects
Google is facing a lawsuit over the original Pixel. From a report: In a class action complaint filed this week, plaintiffs allege that the microphones in their Pixel and Pixel XL phones were defective...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Intel Replaces its Buggy Fix for Skylake PCs
Intel has released new microcode to address the stability and reboot issues on systems after installing its initial mitigations for Variant 2 of the Meltdown and Spectre attacks. From a report: The st...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot 'Modern AI is Good at a Few Things But Bad at Everything Else'
Jason Pontin, writing for Wired: Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, has said that AI "is more profound than ... electricity or fire." Andrew Ng, who founded Google Brain and now invests in ...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Wikipedia Has Become a Science Reference Source Even Though Scientists Don't Cite it
Bethany Brookshire, writing for Science News: Wikipedia is a gold mine for science fans, science bloggers and scientists alike. But even though scientists use Wikipedia, they don't tend to admit it. T...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Anti-China Bill Being Softened After US Companies Complain
Proposed legislation in Congress aimed at preventing China from acquiring sensitive technology is being softened after protests by big U.S. companies who fear a loss in sales, Reuters reported on Thur...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Google Executives Are Floating a Plan To Fight Fake News on Facebook and Twitter
Fake news, bots, and propaganda were hot topics at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos last month, and Google executives there floated an intriguing idea to some fellow attendees -- what if the ...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Attackers Drain CPU Power From Water Utility Plant In Cryptojacking Attack
darthcamaro writes: Apparently YouTube isn't the only site that is draining CPU power with unauthorized cryptocurrency miners. A water utility provider in Europe is literally being drained of its CPU ...
12:00 pm - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Police In China Are Scanning Travelers With Facial Recognition Glasses
Baron_Yam shares a report from Engadget: Police in China are now sporting glasses equipped with facial recognition devices and they're using them to scan train riders and plane passengers for individu...
08:00 am - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot US Suicides Spiked 10 Percent After Robin Williams's Death, Study Finds
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: U.S. suicide rates spiked in the months after Robin Williams killed himself in 2014, according to researchers. In the five months after the actor's death there w...
04:00 am - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Samsung and Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable To Hacking, Consumer Reports Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports has found that millions of smart TVs can be controlled by hackers exploiting easy-to-find security flaws. The problems affec...
02:00 am - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Nest Is Done As a Standalone Alphabet Company, Merges With Google
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: There's a shakeup at Nest today. Following previous rumors back in November, Google just announced Nest will no longer be a standalone Alphabet c...
02:00 am - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Foxconn Unit To Cut Over 10,000 Jobs As Robotics Take Over
According to Nikkei Asian Review, "Foxconn's panel arm Innolux is planning to slash more than 10,000 jobs this year as part of the company's aggressive efforts to increase the use of automation in man...
02:00 am - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Key iPhone Source Code Gets Posted On GitHub
Jason Koebler shares a report from Motherboard: An anonymous person posted what experts say is the source code for a core component of the iPhone's operating system on GitHub, which could pave the way...
12:00 am - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot FDA Declares Popular Alt-Medicine Kratom an Opioid
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: The Food and Drug Administration declared the popular herbal product kratom to be an opioid on Tuesday, opening a new front in its battle to get peop...
12:00 am - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Reddit Bans 'Deepfakes' AI Porn Communities
Reddit has banned the r/deepfakes subreddit that's devoted to making AI-powered porn using celebrities' faces, classifying it as a form of "involuntary pornography." Reddit follows several other platf...
12:00 am - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot EFF Founder John Perry Barlow Has Died At Age 70
The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that its founder, John Perry Barlow, has passed away quietly in his sleep this morning. He was 70 years old. From the report: It is no exaggeration to say th...
12:00 am - Thu, February 8, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Soon Get Progressive Web Apps To Boost the Microsoft Store
The next major update to Windows 10 will bring Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the Microsoft Store. PWAs are websites (or web apps) which are implemented as native apps, and delivered just like a norma...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Now Google Might Make a Game Console and Game-Streaming Service
Google could try to get serious about gaming with a rumored console and game-streaming service, according to the Information. From a report: The service, codenamed "Yeti," would stream modern games ov...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Bowing To Popularity, Apple Stores In China Accept Alipay
hackingbear writes: Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has announced that its mobile wallet app Alipay is to be accepted in physical Apple Stores in the country. This would be the first time Apple has al...
10:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Companies Hunt for AI Talent at American Conference
Chinese internet players have flocked to a research conference on artificial intelligence here, fighting to attract students from their home country who received a top-notch education in the U.S. From...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot 'Humans Not Invited' Is a CAPTCHA Test That Welcomes Bots, Filters Out Humans
While most CAPTCHA tests we come across on the Web are usually meant to keep robots out, one website is welcoming them in. From a report: The conceit of Humans Not Invited is essentially a reverse CAP...
08:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot 36 Indicted in Global Cybercrime Ring That Stole $530M
U.S. prosecutors say 36 people have been indicted in connection with an international cybercrime ring that bought and sold stolen credit card information, leading to losses of more than $530 million. ...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Bans Notorious Bitfinex and Tether Critic Bitfinex'ed
Twitter has officially suspended Bitfinex'ed -- a notorious internet sleuth who has long speculated that popular exchange desk Bitfinex has quietly been printing its dollar-pegged Tether digital token...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Meet the Tiny Startup That Sells IPhone and Android Zero Days To Governments
An anonymous reader writes: The story of Azimuth Security, a tiny startup in Australia, provides a rare peek inside the secretive industry that helps government hackers get around encryption. Azimuth ...
06:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Before They Can Drive a Taxi, London's Cabbies Have To Commit the City To Memory in a Rigorous Test Called the Knowledge
In their fight against Uber, London's taxi drivers claim a distinct advantage: They must forgo GPS and navigate the huge city entirely from memory. CNET: Put in place in 1865, the Knowledge exam requi...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Get Ready For Most Cryptocurrencies to Hit Zero, Goldman Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: The tumble in cryptocurrencies that erased nearly $500 billion of market value over the past month could get a lot worse, according to Goldman Sachs Group's global...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Scammers Use Download Bombs To Freeze Chrome Browsers on Shady Sites
An anonymous reader shares a report: The operators of some tech support scam websites have found a new trick to block visitors on their shady sites and scare non-technical users into paying for unneed...
04:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You
An anonymous reader shares a report: The story of the frog's neuro-abacus is just one example of nature's vast, ancient and versatile number sense, a talent explored in detail in a recent themed issue...
02:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Senate Cryptocurrency Hearing Strikes a Cautiously Optimistic Tone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In a hearing today before the Senate Banking Committee, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton and Commodity Futures Trading Commi...
12:00 pm - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Pornhub Is Banning AI-Generated 'Deepfakes' Porn Videos
On Tuesday, Pornhub told Motherboard that it considers deepfakes to be nonconsensual porn and that it will ban these videos. "Deepfakes" is a community originally named after a Redditor who enjoys fac...
08:00 am - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Create a New Form of Matter: Superionic Water Ice
According to The New York Times, scientists created a new form of water that simultaneously acts like a solid and liquid. "The substance, which consists of a fluid of hydrogen ions running through a l...
04:00 am - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Hired a Full-Time Pollster To Monitor Zuckerberg's Approval Ratings
According to The Verge, Facebook hired a full-time pollster to track Mark Zuckerberg's approval ratings last year as the young CEO was making his 50-state tour across the country. The pollster, Tavis ...
04:00 am - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Fake News Sharing In US Is a Rightwing Thing, Says Oxford Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the U.S. was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing social n...
02:00 am - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot FCC Report Claims Broken Broadband Market Has Been Fixed By Killing Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The FCC has released a new report falsely claiming that the agency's attack on net neutrality is already paying huge dividends when it comes to se...
02:00 am - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Apple Homepod Review: Locked In
On Tuesday, the review embargo lifted for full reviews of Apple's new HomePod smart speaker. The Verge's Niley Patel shared his thoughts on Apple's new HomePod in video and written form. Patel found t...
02:00 am - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Lands Two Falcon Heavy Boosters Simultaneously After Rocket Launch [Update]
After nearly a decade of development, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has successfully launched from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today. After reaching orbit, the two side boosters s...
02:00 am - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot What Apple's Battery Health 'Fix' Looks Like
Apple has released new battery health features in iOS 11.3 beta 2, which was seeded to developers today. BGR reports what those battery health functions look like, and how to disable power management ...
12:00 am - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot A Flaw In Hotspot Shield Can Expose VPN Users, Locations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A security researcher has found a way to identify users of Hotspot Shield, a popular free virtual private network service that promises its users anonym...
12:00 am - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Female Uber Drivers Get Paid Less Than Men, Says Study
According to a new study by Uber and Stanford economists, male Uber drivers get paid 7 percent more than their female counterparts in the U.S. "That's surprising, because Uber's driver assignments and...
12:00 am - Wed, February 7, 2018
Slashdot Facebook is Talking About Expanding Its TV-like Service, Watch, Into a Rival To YouTube
Facebook is talking about expanding its TV-like service, Watch, into a rival to Google's YouTube by opening the platform to more individual creators, CNBC reports citing people familiar with the plans...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot False Tsunami Warning Sent To the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
An anonymous reader shares a report: Some residents along the East Coast received a false tsunami warning on Tuesday morning after a private company sent out an alert following a monthly test by the N...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot The Mutant All-Female Crayfish, Which Reproduces by Cloning Itself, Is Filling Europe at Alarming Speed
The marbled crayfish looks much like any other freshwater crustacean. It has two claws, ten legs, and an attractive blue-brown marbled shell. Yet this six-inch creature, found in streams and lakes aro...
10:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Lands Two Falcon Heavy Boosters Simultaneously After Rocket Launch
After nearly a decade of development, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has successfully launched from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today. After reaching orbit, the two side boosters s...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot Apple Is Seeing 'Strong Demand' For Replacement iPhone Batteries
In a letter addressed to the U.S. lawmakers, Apple said earlier this month that it was seeing "strong demand" for replacement iPhone batteries. The company added that it may offer rebates for consumer...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot Drones Could Soon Be Used To Deliver Medical Supplies in North Carolina
Drones could soon be ferrying blood and other medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in North Carolina if the N.C. Department of Transportation's bid to be part of a federal test program is approve...
08:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot Japan Wants To Increase Acceptance of Technology That Could Help Fill the Gap in the Nursing Workforce
With Japan's ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants to increase community acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing ...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Kids App Still Showing Disturbing Videos
YouTube says it is "very sorry" after more disturbing videos were found on the YouTube Kids app. From a report: BBC's Newsround found several videos not suitable for children, including one showing ho...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot A Bug in Browser Extension Grammarly, Now Patched, Could Have Allowed an Attacker To Read Everything Users Wrote Online
Copyediting app Grammarly included a gaping security hole that left users of its browser extension open to more embarrassment than just misspelled words. From a report: The Grammarly browser extension...
06:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot AI Tailors Can Wait
Bloomberg Businessweek: Original Stitch has all the trappings of an e-commerce success story. The pitch is simple: Original Stitch uses computer-vision software to review photos of your most beloved d...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot A Look at How Indian Women Have Persevered Through Several Obstacles To Contribute to the Open Source Community
A fascinating story of how Indian women have persevered through various roadblocks, including cultural, to actively contribute to the open source community. An excerpt from the story: As Vaishali Thak...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot Apple is Sending Some Developers Ad Spend and Install Details For Other People's Apps
An issue at Apple appears to be resulting in app developers getting emails of ad spend and install summaries for apps belonging to other developers. From a report: The issue -- which appears specific ...
04:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot The Arctic is Full of Toxic Mercury, and Climate Change is Going To Release it
We already knew that thawing Arctic permafrost would release powerful greenhouse gases. On Monday, scientists revealed it could also release massive amounts of mercury -- a potent neurotoxin and serio...
02:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot Senator Warns YouTube Algorithm May Be Open To Manipulation By 'Bad Actors'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The top-ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee has warned that YouTube's powerful recommendation algorithm may be "optimizing for ...
12:00 pm - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot US Startups Don't Want To Go Public Anymore
According to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economics, the number of American firms listed publicly in the U.S. has dropped more than half. In 1997, more than 7,500 American firms wer...
08:00 am - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot Scientists May Have Discovered the First Planets Outside the Milky Way
Using data from a NASA X-ray laboratory in space, Xinyu Dai, an astrophysicist and professor at the University of Oklahoma, detected a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy (Warning: sourc...
04:00 am - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot New York's $6 Billion Plan For Offshore Wind Shows That Oil Drilling Really Is On the Way Out
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan earlier this month to develop $6 billion of offshore wind projects off the southern coast of Long Islan...
02:00 am - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot New Jersey Governor Signs Net Neutrality Order
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: New Jersey on Monday became the latest state to implement its own net neutrality rules following the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of th...
02:00 am - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot What We Learned From Day 1 of the Uber and Alphabet Trial
Recode highlights the presentations each side gave on Day 1 in the Waymo v. Uber trial: Alphabet's self-driving arm, Waymo, and Uber gave their opening statements in front of a jury on Monday, commenc...
02:00 am - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot Man Sues T-Mobile For Allegedly Failing To Stop Hackers From Stealing His Cryptocurrency
Over the weekend, a lawsuit was filed against T-Mobile claiming that the company's lack of security allowed hackers to enter his wireless account last fall and steal cryptocoins worth thousands of dol...
12:00 am - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot Google Enables Pixel Visual Core For Better Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp Photos
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google's Pixel Visual Core, the hidden image-processing chip inside the Pixel 2 family of phones, is getting an update today that lets it work its m...
12:00 am - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Billionaire Gets Off Easy
Lee Jae-yong, the Samsung chief found guilty of bribery and embezzlement, was freed from prison after an appeals court reduced and suspended his five-year prison sentence. Gizmodo reports: Lee had ple...
12:00 am - Tue, February 6, 2018
Slashdot Android Oreo Passes 1 Percent Adoption After 5 Months, Nougat Finally Takes First Place
According to Google's Platform Versions page, Android 8.0 Oreo mobile operating system finally has 1.1 percent adoption. Like Android Nougat before it, Android Oreo took five months to pass the 1 perc...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Cloudflare Terminates Service To Sci-Hub Domain Names
While Sci-Hub is praised by thousands of researchers and academics around the world, copyright holders are doing everything in their power to wipe the site from the web. From a report: Last weekend an...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Has Received Permission From the US Government To Launch Elon Musk's Car Toward Mars
SpaceX this week is preparing to launch Falcon Heavy, the biggest rocket in the company's history, for the first time. From a report: The 230-foot-tall three-booster launcher is scheduled to blast off...
10:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Seattle Finds Facebook in Violation of City Campaign Finance Law
Seattle's election authority said on Monday that Facebook is in violation of a city law that requires disclosure of who buys election ads, the first attempt of its kind to regulate U.S. political ads ...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot iPhone X Bug Leaves Some Users Unable To Answer Calls
Mark Wilson writes: A number of iPhone X users are complaining about a bug that leaves them unable to answer incoming calls. Reports of the bug are spreading through Apple's support forums, and the co...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Apple Music Was Always Going To Win
Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify as the most popular streaming music service in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend. Gizmodo: [...] Here's where the inevitabil...
08:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot US Regulators To Back More Oversight of Virtual Currencies
Digital currencies such as bitcoin demand increased oversight and may require a new federal regulatory framework, the top U.S. markets regulators will tell lawmakers at a congressional hearing on Tues...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot US Consumer Protection Official Puts Equifax Probe on Ice
From a report on Reuters: Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax failed to protect the personal data of millions of con...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Lauri Love Ruling 'Sets Precedent' For Trying Hacking Suspects in UK
A high court ruling blocking extradition to the US of Lauri Love, a student accused of breaking into US government websites, has been welcomed by lawyers and human rights groups as a precedent for try...
06:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Tablet Shipments Decline For 13th Straight Quarter
The tablet market has now declined year-over-year for 13 quarters straight. From a report: Q4 2017 saw a 7.9 percent year-over-year decline: 49.6 million units shipped worldwide, compared to 53.8 mill...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot A Look at Vaunt, Intel's Smart Glasses That Use Retinal Projection To Put a Display in Your Eyeball
Chipmaker Intel is eyeing the smart glasses market, too. The Verge was invited to the company's lab where it got to play with Vaunt, a prototype of the company's smart glasses. The Vaunt looks very mu...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot NSA Exploits Ported To Work on All Windows Versions Released Since Windows 2000
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A security researcher has ported three leaked NSA exploits to work on all Windows versions released in the past 18 years, starting with Windows 2000. T...
04:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot New Digital Technology Can, in Some Circumstances, Make Businesses Less Productive
In a poll of 20,000 European workers released Monday, Microsoft, which became one of the world's most profitable companies by marketing office productivity software, acknowledges new digital technolog...
12:00 pm - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Blizzard Issues DMCA Notice to a Fan-Run 'WoW' Legacy Server
An anonymous reader calls it "the never-ending stupidity of copyright wars." TorrentFreak reports:Blizzard Entertainment is taking a stand against a popular World of Warcraft legacy server. The fan-op...
08:00 am - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Former Google/Facebook/Mozilla Employees Will Fight Addictive Technologies
An anonymous reader quotes Quartz:A new alliance made up of former Silicon Valley cronies has aseembled to challenge the technological Frankenstein they've collectively created. The Center for Humane ...
06:00 am - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Hulu, NBC Experience Glitches During Super Bowl Telecast
Variety reports:NBC's coverage of Super Bowl LII briefly went dark for nearly 30 seconds on Sunday night. NBC released a brief statement attributing the outage to an equipment failure... "We had a bri...
04:00 am - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Why Windows Vista Ended Up Being a Mess
alaskana98 shares an article called "What Really Happened with Vista: An Insider's Retrospective." Ben Fathi, formerly a manager of various teams at Microsoft responsible for storage, file systems, hi...
02:00 am - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Tesla To Construct 'Virtual Solar Power Plant' Using 50,000 Homes
Long-time Slashdot readers denbesten, haruchai, and Kant all submitted this story. CleanTechnica reports:Tesla and the government of South Australia have announced a stunning new project that could ch...
12:00 am - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot Japan Launches the World's Smallest Satellite-Carrying Rocket
Japan has launched the world's smallest satellite-carrying rocket. Long-time Slashdot reader hey! writes: Last week Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully placed a three-kilogram cubes...
12:00 am - Mon, February 5, 2018
Slashdot LKRG: A Loadable Linux Kernel Module for Runtime Integrity Checking
An anonymous reader quotes BleepingComputer:Members of the open source community are working on a new security-focused project for the Linux kernel. Named Linux Kernel Runtime Guard (LKRG), this is a ...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Gates On a Plane: Alaska Airlines Inflight Entertainment Stars Bill Gates
theodp writes: On Tuesday, it was announced that Alaska Airlines will make a new Code.org series of six short videos starring Microsoft's Bill Gates on How Computers Work available as inflight enterta...
10:00 pm - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Uber and Lyft Want You Banned From Using Your Own Self-Driving Car in Urban Areas
An anonymous reader quotes the Mercury News:The rabble can't be trusted with self-driving cars, and only companies operating fleets of them should be able to use them in dense urban areas. So say Uber...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Finland Will Introduce a Mobile 'Driver's License' App
The Finnish Broadcasting Corporation reports:Simo Karppinen, Unit Head at the Finnish Transport and Safety Agency Trafi, says it plans to roll out an app that will function as a free digital driving l...
08:00 pm - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Crowdfunding Campaign Seeks a Fully Open Source Alternative to Citrix XenServer
"Free/libre and 100% community backed version of XenServer," promises a new Kickstarter page, adding that "Our first prototype (and proof of concept) is already functional."Currently, XenServer is a t...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Malware Exploiting Spectre, Meltdown CPU Flaws Emerges
wiredmikey quotes SecurityWeek: Researchers have discovered more than 130 malware samples designed to exploit the recently disclosed Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities. While a majority of the s...
06:00 pm - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Flat Earther Fails To Launch His Homemade Rocket -- Yet Again
An anonymous reader writes:Flat earther "Mad" Mike Hughes, who also bills himself as "the last great daredevil," promised Super Bowl-sized ratings for an event Saturday where he'd blast himself nearly...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot What Are Today's Most Difficult IT Hires?
Slashdot reader snydeq shared an article from CIO:The IT talent gap is driving up demand for skilled IT pros, but for certain roles and skillsets, finding -- and signing -- the right candidate can fee...
04:00 pm - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Camera Makers Resist Encryption, Despite Warnings From Photographers
An anonymous reader shares an article from the security editor of ZDNet:A year after photojournalists and filmmakers sent a critical letter to camera makers for failing to add a basic security feature...
02:00 pm - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Are Music CDs Dying? Best Buy Stops Selling CDs
An anonymous reader quotes Complex magazine:The future of physical music isn't looking good. According to Billboard, consumer electronics company Best Buy will no longer carry physical CDs and Target ...
10:00 am - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot New 'Open Source Initiative' Site Announces Anniversary Celebrations and Outreach Programs
Coining the term "Open Source" was only the beginning. "That same month, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) was founded as a general educational and advocacy organization to raise awareness and adoption...
06:00 am - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Rust Creator Graydon Hoare Says Current Software Development Practices Terrify Him
An anonymous reader writes:On Monday Graydon Hoare, the original creator of the Rust programming language, posted some memories on Twitter. "25 years ago I got a job at a computer bookstore. We were a...
04:00 am - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot 'How I Coined the Term Open Source'
Today is the 20th anniversary of the phrase "open source software," which was coined by the executive director of the Foresight Institute, a nonprofit think tank focused on nanotech and artificial int...
02:00 am - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Five Major Credit Cards Are Now Blocking Cryptocurrency Purchases
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup said Friday they are no longer allowing customers to buy cryptocurrencies using credit cards. "At this time, we are not...
12:00 am - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Wells Fargo Hit With 'Unprecedented' Punishment Over Fake Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:The Federal Reserve has dropped the hammer on Wells Fargo, [handing] down unprecedented punishment late Friday for what it called the bank's "widespread consumer abuses,...
12:00 am - Sun, February 4, 2018
Slashdot Apple Launches Free Repair Program For 'No Service' IPhone 7 Bug
Mark Wilson writes: Apple has launched a new repair program aimed at iPhone 7 users who are experiencing a "No Service" problem. Apple says that affected models that were sold since September 2016 wil...
10:00 pm - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot 'King of Kong' Billy Mitchell Stripped Of Donkey Kong Record For Emulator Cheating
MojoKid writes:More drama is unfolding in the ultra-competitive retro arcade gaming scene... Billy Mitchell, the arcade legend who appeared as a central character opposite Steve Wiebe in the documenta...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot WHATIS Going To Happen To WHOIS?
dmoberhaus writes:A European data privacy law goes into effect in May, but it's already having far reaching consequences, especially when it comes to publicly available WHOIS data. Motherboard spoke t...
08:00 pm - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Family of 'Swat' Victim Sues Kansas Police, Lawmakers Propose 40-Year Jail Terms
An anonymous reader brings more updates about the 'Swat' call that led to a fatal police shooting:The gamer who dared another gamer to send police officers to his home had offered the address where he...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Sells $10 Million in Flamethrowers in Four Days
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:A handful of tweets and four days later, Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk has closed orders for his latest novelty product, after selling 20,000 flamethrowers at...
06:00 pm - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Hawaii Missile Alert Worker Fired, Will Sue State for Defamation
This week Hawaii finally fired the employee who issued a false missile alert warning to the entire state, while the head of the state's emergency management agency resigned, another official quit, and...
04:00 pm - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Investigators Crack DB Cooper Code, Identify Suspect With Possible CIA Connections
An anonymous reader quotes the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:A private investigative team announced Thursday morning that members now believe D.B. Cooper was a black ops CIA operative possibly even invol...
02:00 pm - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Uber Study Says Self-Driving Trucks Will Result In More Truck Drivers, Not Less
_Sharp'r_ writes: According to a new study by Uber's Advanced Technology Group, widespread adoption of self-driving trucks would happen primarily on long-haul routes. The increase in efficiency would ...
12:00 pm - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Gut Microbes Combine To Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Two types of bacteria commonly found in the gut work together to fuel the growth of ...
08:00 am - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot India Rejects Cryptocurrency, But It Isn't Giving Up On Blockchain
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: A budget speech given by India's finance minister led to numerous reports that India was banning the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum wit...
04:00 am - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot NIH Study Links Cellphone Radiation To Cancer In Male Rats
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: New studies from the National Institutes of Health -- specifically the National Toxicology Program -- find that cell phone radiation is potentially...
02:00 am - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Will Sell Solar Panels, Powerwalls At Home Depot
Tesla is bringing photovaltaic panels and Powerwall batteries to U.S. retail giant Home Depot. According to Bloomberg, "The tech pioneer is beginning to roll out Tesla-branded selling spaces at 800 of...
02:00 am - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Cloudflare Is Liable For Pirate Sites and Has No Safe Harbor, Publisher Says
After dragging Cloudflare to court and accusing the web services company of various types of copyright and trademark infringement, noting that several customers used Cloudflare's servers to distribute...
02:00 am - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot As Sony CEO Kaz Hirai Steps Down, the Future of Some Products Is In Question
After six years with the company, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai will step down from his post on April 1, 2018. He will remain with the company as chairman, and the CEO seat will be filled by current CFO Kenichir...
12:00 am - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Is Now Selling a Surface Laptop With An Intel Core m3 Processor For $799
Microsoft has begun offering a lower specced Surface laptop running Windows 10 S and an Intel Core m3 processor. It's priced at $799, compared to the standard model's $999 price, and is only available...
12:00 am - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Chrome OS Is Almost Ready To Replace Android On Tablets
Several news features rolling out to Chromebooks paint a picture of the future of Chrome OS as the rightful replacement for Android tablet software. Those include a new split-screen feature for multit...
12:00 am - Sat, February 3, 2018
Slashdot Bicyclist Protests Net Neutrality By Slowing Traffic Outside the FCC Building
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A protester opposed to the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) net neutrality repeal slowed traffic to a crawl outside the FCC Monday as a demon...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Warns of 'Consequences' For Creators Who Misbehave
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has announced that creators whose actions impact negatively on its community will face "consequences." From a report: Wojcicki said the video-sharing platform is developing ...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Why Alexa Won't Light Up During Amazon's Super Bowl Ad
Bloomberg: Amazon.com is advertising its Alexa-powered speakers in the big game on Sunday. It's an amusing 90 seconds that features celebrities like Gordon Ramsay, Rebel Wilson, Anthony Hopkins, Cardi...
10:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Will Put Disclaimers On State-Funded Broadcasts To Fight Propaganda
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: YouTube's latest strategy to fight the spread of misinformation involves putting a disclaimer on videos from certain news sources. The online vid...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot GOP Memo Criticizing FBI Surveillance is Released
The controversial four-page memo created by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee alleging abuse of surveillance authority by the Justice Department and FBI has been released Friday ...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Laser Scans Reveal Maya 'Megalopolis' Below Guatemalan Jungle
Laser-toting archaeologists have discovered an entire new city in the Central American jungle, the National Geographic reported this week. From the report: In what's being hailed as a "major breakthro...
08:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Working From Home: What if You Never Saw Your Colleagues in Person Again?
Bryan Lufkin, writing for BBC: Throughout my career I've worked with people that I've never met in person. In theory, I could spend an entire day without meeting another human face-to-face. But could ...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot A Search For Insomnia Genes Involving 1.3 Million People is the Largest Genetic Study Ever
In a genetic study of unprecedented size, scientists have searched for inherited causes of insomnia in the DNA 1,310,010 people. From a report: They found 956 different genes linked to the sleep disor...
06:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Nearly Three-Quarters of Adults in US Believe AI Will Eliminate More Jobs Than It Will Create -- and They Want Companies To Pay For the Retraining
Key findings from a Gallup poll: Nearly three-quarters of adults (73%) say an increased use of AI will eliminate more jobs than it creates (PDF). Results are consistent across most demographic groups....
06:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Surface Pro 4 Owners Are Putting Their Tablets in Freezers To Fix Screen Flickering Issues
Hundreds of Surface Pro 4 owners have been complaining about screen flickering issues on their tablets, and many are putting it in freezers to "fix" it. From a report: A thread over at Microsoft's sup...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Plummets Below $8,000 For First Time Since November
Bitcoin's value dipped $8,000 this morning -- the first time since November 24, according to CNBC -- just hours after the cryptocurrency made news after going under $9,000. From a report: After the ne...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Sony's PlayStation 4 Has Nearly Outsold the PlayStation 3
Sony's PlayStation 3 sales stand at around 80 million -- which means its successor, the current gen PlayStation 4, will soon surpass it. From a report: The Japanese electronics giant sold 9 million Pl...
04:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Firefox 59 Will Stop Websites Snooping on Where You've Just Been
Firefox 59 will reduce how much information websites pass on about visitors in an attempt to improve privacy for users of its private browsing mode. From a report: When you click a link in your browse...
02:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot DuckDuckGo CEO: 'Google and Facebook Are Watching Our Every Move Online. It's Time To Make Them Stop'
An anonymous reader shares a report from CNBC, written by Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo: You may know that hidden trackers lurk on most websites you visit, soaking up your personal i...
12:00 pm - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot New Zero-Day Vulnerability Found In Adobe Flash Player
GBHackers On Cyber Security and an anonymous Slashdot reader have shared a story about a new zero-day vulnerability found in Adobe's Flash Player. Bleeping Computer reports: South Korean authorities h...
08:00 am - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot LG Settles Bootloop Lawsuit With $425 Cash Or a $700 Rebate Toward a New LG Phone
Early last year, a class-action lawsuit was filed against LG over bootloop issues affecting their G4 and V10 smartphones. Now, according to a settlement website set up by the law firm Girard Gibbs, me...
06:00 am - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Tech Company Do You Respect Most?
dryriver writes: On Slashdot, we often discuss the missteps and non consumer-friendly behavior of various tech companies. This company forced people into a subscription payment model. That tech compan...
04:00 am - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot How DIY Rebels Are Working To Replace Tech Giants
mspohr shares an excerpt from an "interesting article about groups working to make a safer internet": Balkan and Kalbag form one small part of a fragmented rebellion whose prime movers tend to be loca...
04:00 am - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot NFL Players With Long and Short Careers Have Similar Death Risk, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared 2,933 athletes who played in the National Football League for an avera...
02:00 am - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Can't Be Blamed For 2015 ISIS-Linked Killings, Court Rules
A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled yesterday that Twitter is not legally responsible for the deaths of two Americans in an ISIS-linked attack in Jordan, even though the Islamic State may h...
02:00 am - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Patents Wristbands Designed To Track and Steer Employees' Movements
New submitter hyperclocker shares a report from NY Daily News: Amazon workplace employees may soon be guided by their wrists. The tech company this week received two patents for a wristband designed t...
02:00 am - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Models
Apple today has added refurbished iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models to its online store for the first time in the United States. MacRumors reports: iPhone 7 models are available in all three storage c...
12:00 am - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Equifax Releases Credit Locking App That Doesn't Work
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday, the beleaguered credit reporting agency Equifax launched a new service to protect people from the risks of identity theft that the ...
12:00 am - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot eBay Is Dumping PayPal For Dutch Rival Adyen
schwit1 shares a report from CNN: EBay, one of the world's biggest online marketplaces, announced Wednesday that it's dropping PayPal as its main partner for processing payments in favor of Dutch comp...
12:00 am - Fri, February 2, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Tech Company Do You Respect Most?
dryriver writes: On Slashdot, we often discuss the missteps and non consumer-friendly behavior of various tech companies. This company forced people into a subscription payment model. That tech compan...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Insect Die-off: Even Common Species Are Becoming Rare
Scientists at Senckenberg Nature Research Society and Technical University of Munich (TUM) have been able to show that currently widespread insects are threatened with a serious decline in species div...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot This Chinese Math Problem Has No Answer. Perhaps, It Has a Lot of Them.
Fifth-graders in China's Shunqing district were recently asked to answer this question: "If a ship had 26 sheep and 10 goats on board, how old is the ship's captain?" The Washington Post: The apparent...
10:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot GTA Online Is Full Of Abandoned Modes
An anonymous reader shares a report: GTA Online just had its most active month ever. It is consistently one of the top-selling games on Steam, Xbox and Playstation. It is always in the top 10 of the b...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Backblaze Hard Drive Stats for 2017
BackBlaze is back with its hard drive reliability report. From the blog post: Beginning in April 2013, Backblaze has recorded and saved daily hard drive statistics from the drives in our data centers....
08:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Windows Defender Will Soon Start Removing Applications With Coercive Messaging: Cleaners and Optimizers Put on Notice
Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to protect Windows users from programs that use fear to convince people to buy or upgrade products. From a report: The Redmond company is taking aim at all softwar...
08:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Office 2019 Will Only Work on Windows 10
Microsoft on Thursday provided an update on Office 2019, in which it revealed that the apps will only run on Windows 10. From a report: In a support article for service and support of Windows and Offi...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Surpassing Windows 7's Market Share For the First Time, Windows 10 Now the Most Popular Desktop OS From Microsoft
Two and a half years after the company made it available to the general public, Windows 10 is now the most popular operating system from Microsoft, according to analytics firm StatCounter. From a repo...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Skype As a Snap For Linux
BrianFagioli writes: While Microsoft has long been viewed as an enemy of the Linux community -- and it still is by some -- the company has actually transformed into an open source champion. One of Mic...
06:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Are Some Sci-Fi Books, Movies, and TV Shows You're Looking Forward To?
Even as Hollywood studios report fewer footfalls in theaters, the last few years have arguably been impressive if you're a sci-fi admirer. Last year, we finally got to watch the Blade Runner 2049, and...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot India Vows To Eliminate Use of Cryptocurrencies in the Country
India will move to stamp out use of cryptocurrencies, which it considers illegal, country's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday, launching a no-holds-barred attack on virtual currencies suc...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Messaging App Telegram Pulled From Apple's App Store Due To 'Inappropriate Content'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple has removed Telegram's official app from its iOS App Store. The app disappeared yesterday, shortly after Telegram launched a rewritten Telegram X app for And...
04:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Hoping That Sucking CO2 From the Air Will Fix the Climate? Good Luck
From a study published on Thursday by scientists on the European Academies Science Advisory Council: Senior scientists from across Europe have evaluated the potential contribution of negative emission...
02:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Notifies 1.4 Million Users of Interaction With Russian Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: At least 1.4 million people on Twitter engaged with content created by Russian trolls during the 2016 presidential election, the company revealed on We...
12:00 pm - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Cloud Bet Continues To Pay Off In Latest Earnings
In its 2018 financial results, Microsoft reported revenue of $28.9 billion and net income of $7.5 billion. "Revenue has jumped 12 percent year-over-year during the holiday quarter, and the trend of Mi...
08:00 am - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot NASA Poised To Topple a Planet-Finding Barrier
schwit1 shares a report from NextBigFuture.com: Babak Saif and Lee Feinberg at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have shown for the first time that they can dynamically detect...
04:00 am - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Tinder Must Stop Charging Its Older Users More For 'Plus' Features, Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The online dating service Tinder must change one of its key monetization strategies. A Los Angeles appellate court reversed a lower court's decis...
02:00 am - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Xerox Cedes Control To Fujifilm, Ending Its Independence
mikeebbbd writes: According to Bloomberg, "Xerox, a once-iconic American innovator that became synonymous with office copy machines, is ceding control to Japan's Fujifilm in a deal that creates an $18...
02:00 am - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Outsells Wii U In 10 Months
In less than a year, the Nintendo Switch has earned the designation of the fastest-selling U.S. console of all time. It has outsold the company's previous flagship Wii U just 10 months after its intro...
02:00 am - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Google Fiber's Wireless Internet Service Is Leaving Boston
Webpass, the wireless home broadband company that Google Fiber acquired in 2016, is exiting the Boston market. The Verge received a reader tip on the situation and a quick look around revealed that Bo...
12:00 am - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot Ford Patents Driverless Police Car That Ambushes Lawbreakers Using AI
Ford has developed a patent for a police car that issues tickets without even pulling you over. The same car could also use artificial intelligence to find good hiding spots to catch traffic violators...
12:00 am - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot GDC Rescinds Award For Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell After Criticisms of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior
The organizers of the Game Developers Choice Awards announced today that they have rescinded the Pioneer Award for Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, and announced the award will not be given this year ent...
12:00 am - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite Into Orbit On a Used Falcon 9 Rocket
Darrell Etherington reports via TechCrunch: SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with a geocommunications satellite commissioned by the Government of Luxembourg. The satellite, created by Orbi...
12:00 am - Thu, February 1, 2018
Slashdot White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut To Clean Energy Research
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The Trump administration has made it very clear that it is pro fossil fuels and has little interest in pushing programs the promote renewable energy....
10:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Google Flights Will Now Predict Airline Delays -- Before the Airlines Do
Google is rolling out a few new features to its Google Flights search engine to help travelers tackle some of the more frustrating aspects of air travel -- delays and the complexities of the cheaper, ...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Big Backing For 'Universal Stylus' Campaign
Google has backed an effort to standardise touch-screen styluses so they can be used on many devices. From a report: The Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) was launched, in 2015, to encourage companies...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Pushes Even More States To Upend Auto Dealer-Friendly Laws
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Tesla is now pressing ahead with lobbying efforts that would allow it to expand its direct dealerships in two more states: Nebraska and Wisconsin...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Google Chrome To Feature Built-In Image Lazy Loading
An anonymous reader writes: Future versions of Google Chrome will feature built-in support for lazy loading, a mechanism to defer the loading of images and iframes if they are not visible on the user'...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot 'Hello!' Says the Human. 'Hello!' Pipes the Orca Right Back.
A human greets an orca with a "Hello!" "Hello!" responds the orca. A new research shows, the orcas have been able to imitate human speech, in some cases at the first attempt, saying words such as "hel...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Really Wants You To Come Back
An anonymous reader writes: The social network is getting aggressive with people who don't log in often, working to keep up its engagement numbers, Bloomberg reports. Sample this for instance: It's be...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Judges Say the UK's Digital Surveillance Program Snooper's Charter Is Illegal
Mark Wilson writes: Judges have ruled that the UK government's digital surveillance program -- known variously as the Snooper's Charter and the Investigatory Powers Act -- is illegal. In the case brou...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot High School Computer Science: Look Ma, No Textbooks!
theodp writes: Computer Science Teacher Alfred Thompson wonders how other high school CS teachers use textbooks. "It's not a conversation I hear much about," he writes. Indeed, many teachers apparentl...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Apple Still Aims To Allow iPad Apps To Run on Macs This Year
Apple's push for performance and security improvements over new features will also apply to this year's Mac software, Axios reported on Wednesday, but one key feature remains on the roadmap for 2018: ...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Apple: We Would Never Degrade the iPhone Experience To Get Users To Buy New Phones
Apple today responded to reports that the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are probing its decision to throttle older iPhones, confirming that the U.S government has asked que...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot LibreOffice 6.0 Released: Features Superior Microsoft Office Interoperability, OpenPGP Support
prisoninmate writes: LibreOffice 6.0 comes two and a half years after the LibreOffice 5.x series, and it's the biggest release of the open-source and cross-platform office suite so far. It introduces ...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Surpasses Intel To Become the World's Largest Chipmaker
Samsung Electronics just knocked Intel off its perch as the world's biggest chipmaker by revenue, a spot the U.S. company has held since 1992. From a report: On Tuesday, Samsung reported 2017 chip sal...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Why Tether's Collapse Would Be Bad For Cryptocurrencies
Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission sent subpoenas last week to virtual-currency venue Bitfinex and Tether, a company that issues a widely traded coin and ...
12:00 pm - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Mazda Says Its Next-Gen Gasoline Engine Will Run Cleaner Than An Electric Car
schwit1 shares a report from Popular Mechanics: Mazda is staking much of its future on the continued existence of the internal-combustion engine, with clever tech like spark-controlled compression ign...
08:00 am - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot How To Watch the 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Lunar Eclipse
Stephanie Pappas reports via Live Science how you can watch Wednesday's "Super Blue Blood Moon" eclipse: The eclipse will occur in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, Jan. 31, when the full moo...
04:00 am - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Pocket-Sized DNA Reader Used To Scan Entire Human Genome Sequence
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A few years back, a company called Oxford Nanopore announced it was developing a radically different way of sequencing DNA. Its approach involved...
02:00 am - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Push Into Healthcare Just Cost the Industry $30 Billion In Market Cap
Today, Amazon, along with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan, announced a plan to launch an independent company that will offer healthcare services to the companies' employees at a lower cost. The ventur...
02:00 am - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot T-Mobile Commits To 100 Percent Renewable Electricity By 2021
T-Mobile said on Monday that it will move to 100 percent renewable electricity by the year 2021. It had also "finalized a contract for wind power from the Solomon Forks Wind Project in Kansas," report...
12:00 am - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Verizon Drops Plans To Sell Huawei Phones Due To US Government Pressure
Bloomberg reports that Verizon has dropped all plans to sell phones by Chinese manufacturer Huawei due to pressure from the U.S. government. The decision comes after AT&T walked away from a deal e...
12:00 am - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Users Cry 'Censorship' After Being Told Which Russian Troll Pages They Liked
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: As the FBI's investigation into Russian election interference reaches a fever pitch, Facebook rolled out a new News Feed alert Monday night. The bulle...
12:00 am - Wed, January 31, 2018
Slashdot Google Play Removed 700,000 Bad Apps In 2017, 70 Percent More Than In 2016
Today, Google announced that it removed more than 700,000 apps that violated Google Play's policies, or 70 percent more apps than the year before. "Google does not share total Google Play app numbers ...