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11:20 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Google Invests $22 Million In Feature Phone Operating System KaiOS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google is turning startup investor to further its goal of putting Google services like search, maps, and its voice assistant front and center for t...
10:40 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Fiat Chrysler Is Being Sued Over a Software Flaw
"Last week, a California judge decided to allow a class action lawsuit filed in December 2017 against Fiat Chrysler to proceed," reports IEEE Spectrum. "The lawsuit, which could have major ramificatio...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot EFF Sues To Invalidate FOSTA, an Unconstitutional Internet Censorship Law
schwit1 quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: We are asking a court to declare the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 ("FOSTA") unconstitutional an...
09:20 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Linux Mint 19 'Tara' Released
Linux Mint, the maker of popular Linux distro, announced on Friday the general availability of a new version of their operating system. Called Linux Mint 19 "Tara", the new version offers a range of n...
08:40 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Opens Orders To All US and Canadian Model 3 Reservation Holders
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For people who put down a $1,000 deposit for a Tesla Model 3 as long as two years ago, the big day has arrived. Specifically, the day has arrived...
08:12 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot We Still Have No Idea How To Eliminate More Than a Quarter of Energy Emissions
Climate discussions typically center on the need to replace fossil-fuel power plants with technologies like wind turbines and solar panels. But a new paper in Science offers a stark reminder that ther...
07:30 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Security Flaws Disclosed in 4G LTE Mobile Telephony Standard
A team of academics has published research this week that describes three attacks against the mobile communication standard LTE (Long-Term Evolution), also known as 4G. From a report: Two of the three...
06:54 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Making Medical Clothing That Kills Bugs
Many doctors now are likely to wear everyday clothes, or blue or green "scrubs", which are said to reduce eye strain in brightly-lit operating theatres. White coats are reckoned to be capable of sprea...
06:10 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot America is Falling Behind On Its Paris Climate Pledge
An anonymous reader shares a report: The US remains well behind pace to meet its commitments to cut greenhouse-gas emissions under the landmark Paris climate agreement. Under current policies, the nat...
05:31 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Comcast and Xfinity Facing a Nationwide Outage, Users Say
Thousands of people from across the country are reporting that they are facing connectivity issues with Comcast and its service Xfinity on Friday. Comcast is yet to acknowledge and address the outage,...
05:31 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Comcast and Xfinity Facing a Nationwide Outage [Update: Company Confirms]
Thousands of people from across the country are reporting that they are facing connectivity issues with Comcast and its service Xfinity on Friday. Comcast is yet to acknowledge and address the outage,...
04:45 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot How the EU Copyright Proposal Will Hurt the Web and Wikipedia
Wikimedia, which operates Wikipedia, chimes in on the EU copyright debacle: Our movement is working to promote freedom online for the benefit of all. Our efforts in this public policy realm are all th...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Apple is Rebuilding Maps From the Ground Up
Apple hasn't given up on Maps. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit dire...
03:55 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Rewards of Up to $500,000 Offered for FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Linux Zero-Days
Exploit broker Zerodium is offering rewards of up to $500,000 for zero-days in UNIX-based operating systems like OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, but also for Linux distros such as Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, an...
03:46 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot A Massive Cache of Law Enforcement Personnel Data Has Leaked
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: A data breach at a federally funded active shooter training center has exposed the personal data of thousands of US law enforcement officials, ZDNet has learned. T...
03:25 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Rewards of Up to $500,000 Offered for FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Linux Zero-Days
Exploit broker Zerodium is offering rewards of up to $500,000 for zero-days in UNIX-based operating systems like OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, but also for Linux distros such as Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, an...
02:45 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot A Massive Cache of Law Enforcement Personnel Data Has Leaked
Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: A data breach at a federally funded active shooter training center has exposed the personal data of thousands of US law enforcement officials, ZDNet has learned. T...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Uber Could Resume Testing of Its Self-Driving Vehicles this Summer
Uber could resume its testing of self-driving vehicles this summer after a long pause on the program following a fatal crash in March. From a report: The possible restart of Uber's self-driving testin...
01:00 pm - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Planning a Game Platform That Could Take On Xbox and PlayStation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Kotaku: We haven't heard many specifics about Google's video game plans, but what we have heard is that it's a three-pronged approach: 1) Some sort of streamin...
10:00 am - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Kroger Will Use Autonomous Vehicles To Deliver Groceries
Starting this fall, Kroger will partner with driverless car company Nuro to deliver groceries using its autonomous vehicles. The Verge reports: A pilot will be rolled out to a yet-to-be-announced city...
08:30 am - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Science Fiction Writer Harlan Ellison Dies At 84
Slashdot readers chill and mrflash818 have shared the news of Harlan Ellison's passing. Variety reports: Speculative-fiction writer Harlan Ellison, who penned short stories, novellas and criticism, co...
07:00 am - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Colorado Lawmakers Want To Make It a Felony To Fly a Drone Over a Wildfire
Several Colorado lawmakers are trying to urge Congress to pass a bill that would make flying unmanned aerial vehicles over wildfires a felony, citing safety concerns. The Drive reports: On Wednesday, ...
03:30 am - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Splitting Water For Fuel While Removing CO2 From the Air
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A new study led by the University of California, Santa Cruz's Greg Rau highlights another tool for our CO2 removal toolbox: splitting seawater to...
12:50 am - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Removes 'Sets' Tabbed Windows Feature From Next Release
The much-anticipated Sets feature has been pulled from the newest Windows 10 Redstone 5 build and there's no word when it will return. As groovyPost reports, "The Sets feature is a tabbed-windows expe...
12:10 am - Fri, June 29, 2018
Slashdot All-Radio 4.27 Portable Can't Be Removed? Then Your PC Is Severely Infected
CaptainDork shares a report from Bleeping Computer: Starting yesterday, there have been numerous reports of people being infected with something called 'All-Radio 4.27 Portable'. After researching thi...
11:30 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Will Send an AI Robot To Join Astronauts On ISS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Seattle Times: A robot with true artificial intelligence is about to invade space. The large, round, plastic robot head is part of SpaceX's latest supply d...
11:10 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot GitHub Gentoo Organization Hacked
Longtime Slashdot reader Chutzpah shares a report from Gentoo Linux, a Linux distribution built using the Portage package management system: June 28 at approximately 20:20 UTC unknown individuals have...
10:50 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot 128TB SD Cards Are Coming
A new card specification has been announced by the SD Association that should let you store your entire media collection on one SD card. Technically speaking, the new card specification should increas...
10:10 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot How Many Exclamation Points Do You Need To Seem Genuinely Enthusiastic?
How many exclamation points does it take to exclaim something? One, a human of sound mind and a decent grasp of punctuation might say. But, on the internet, it often doesn't. The Atlantic: Not anymore...
09:30 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Most Americans Think Facebook and Twitter Censor Their Political Views
According to a new Pew Research Center study, 72 percent of those polled (from a sample of 4,594 adults) think it's likely companies such as Facebook and Twitter actively censor political views that t...
08:50 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Buys PillPack, an Online Pharmacy, For Just Under $1 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A week after appointing a CEO for its healthcare joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan, Amazon today announced an acquisition that und...
08:08 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot California Lawmakers Pass Bill To Give Consumers Broad Privacy Rights
An anonymous reader shares a report: A major privacy bill on the table in California on Thursday could reshape how Silicon Valley does business. If the bill becomes law, people living in the Golden St...
07:26 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Removes HBO From an Unlimited Data Plan After Buying Time Warner
AT&T revamped its two unlimited mobile plans this week, and in the process it raised the price for the entry-level plan by $5 a month while removing the free HBO perk. The entry-level unlimited pl...
06:42 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Faces New Accusation of Data Leak Via Quiz App
A security failure in a popular quiz app on Facebook left millions of people's data exposed for almost two years, a cybersecurity activist revealed Thursday. From a report: The application, called Nam...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Marketing Firm Exactis Leaked a Personal Info Database With 340 Million Records
You've probably never heard of the marketing and data aggregation firm Exactis. But it may well have heard of you. And now there's also a good chance that whatever information the company has about yo...
05:20 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Wants You To Start a Business To Deliver Its Packages
If you have $10,000 and want to be your own boss, Amazon has a deal for you. From a report: Starting Thursday, you can apply to start your very own small business, delivering Amazon Prime packages in ...
04:44 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Wants You To Turn Your Fire Tablet Into a Portable Echo
Amazon on Thursday introduced software and accessories that will turn its Fire HD tablets into a portable Echo. From a report: The company on Thursday unveiled a new case and stand for the Fire HD 8 a...
04:01 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Every Android Device Launched Since 2012 Impacted By RAMpage Vulnerability
Almost all Android devices released since 2012 are vulnerable to RAMpage bug, an international team of academics has revealed today. From a report: The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2018-9442, is a va...
03:20 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot What's Up With ProtonMail Outages?
ProtonMail, a secure email service provider used by more than two million users and references of which has been made in shows like Mr. Robot, has been facing outages for the last two days as it fight...
02:40 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Inside the Effort To Print Lungs and Breathe Life Into Them With Stem Cells
United Therapeutics, a startup that sells drugs to treat lung ailments, plans to use a 3-D printer to manufacture human lungs in "unlimited quantities." Bioprinting isn't a new idea. 3-D printers can ...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Words with Multiple Meanings Pose a Special Challenge To Algorithms
Sample this: Me: So that's the marshmallow but you're going to eat it with this graham cracker and chocolate. [My son looks at me like I am the dumbest person alive.] Sebastian: No, I'm going to eat i...
01:00 pm - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Home Security Camera Sends Video To Wrong User
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A leading security camera-maker has sent footage from inside a family's home to the wrong person's app. Swann Security has blamed a factory error for ...
10:00 am - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Develop Thermal Camouflage That Can Dupe Infrared Cameras
Writing in the journal Nano Letters, scientists from Turkey, the U.S. and U.K. describe a material that acts as thermal camouflage. Cosmos reports: Coskun Kocabas and colleagues created a film compris...
07:00 am - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Ocean Spray On Saturn Moon Contains Crucial Constituents For Life
Astronomers have found that blasts of ocean spray erupting from the Saturn moon of Enceladus contain complex organic molecules, "making it the only place beyond Earth known to harbor crucial constitue...
03:30 am - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Facebook, Google, and Microsoft Use Design To Trick You Into Handing Over Your Data, Report Warns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A study from the Norwegian Consumer Council dug into the underhanded tactics used by Microsoft, Facebook, and Google to collect user data. "The findin...
01:30 am - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Bill To Save Net Neutrality Is 46 Votes Short In US House
Congressional Democrats seeking to reinstate net neutrality rules are still 46 votes short of getting the measure through the House of Representatives. Ars Technica reports: The U.S. Senate voted last...
12:50 am - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Is Screwing Customers By Almost Tripling a Bogus Fee
AT&T has almost tripled the cost of the "Administrative Fee" featured in its wireless service bills. "Up until early this year, that 'fee' was typically assessed at $0.76 per postpaid line -- not ...
12:10 am - Thu, June 28, 2018
Slashdot Feds Ran a Bitcoin-Laundering Sting For Over a Year
More than 40 alleged dark-web drug dealers have been arrested as part of a sweeping federal effort by the Department of Justice as "the first national undercover operation targeting dark net vendors."...
11:30 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Plastic Recycling Is a Problem Consumers Can't Solve
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: University of Georgia engineering professor Jenna Jambeck said that indeed, part of the reason China is now refusing to process American and Europea...
10:50 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Patent Imagines Triggering Your Phone's Mic When a Hidden Signal Plays on TV
Based on a recently published patent application, Facebook could one day use ads on television to further violate a user's privacy. From a report: The patent is titled "broadcast content view analysis...
10:30 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot BBC Releases Computer History Archive
An anonymous reader shares a report: A slice of computing history has been made public, giving people the opportunity to delve into an archive that inspired a generation of coders. The Computer Litera...
10:10 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot New Snapdragon Chips Bring Dual Cameras To More Mid-Tier Phones
Qualcomm is launching three new chips for mid-tier smartphones -- the Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429 -- all of which promise to make dual cameras more commonplace. Engadget reports: The octa-core 632 is...
09:30 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Teases First-Ever 'Stream-To-Win' Option Built Into Xbox
At this month's E3, Microsoft confirmed "a first in the booming world of game streaming," reports Ars Technica. "It's a subtle thing, which we're dubbing 'stream-to-win,' and it sees Microsoft take it...
08:50 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Ticketmaster UK Admits Personal Data Stolen In Hack Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Ticketmaster has admitted that it has suffered a security breach, which the BBC understands has affected up to 40,000 UK customers. Malicious software on ...
08:14 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Betting Giant BetVictor Leaked a List of Its Own Internal Systems Passwords
A popular betting platform left a password list for its internal systems on its website for anyone to find. From a report: BetVictor, a Gibraltar-based betting site, has since removed the two-page doc...
07:30 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Google Doubles Down on Linux and Open Source
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, writing for ZDNet: Google couldn't exist without Linux and open-source software. While you may not think of Google as a Linux company in the same way as you do Canonical, Re...
07:12 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Apple, Samsung Settle After Fighting Seven Years in Court
Apple and Samsung reached a settlement in their U.S. patent battle, putting an end to a seven-year fight over smartphone designs. From a report: The string of lawsuits started in 2011 when Apple sued ...
06:53 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Laptop Vendors Are Left Sitting On the Sidelines Waiting For the Next Waltz To Start
An anonymous reader shares a report: Intel's delayed release of a new processor is going to have a noticeable effect on the laptop market this year. As there is little chance of seeing anything new un...
06:15 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot NASA Again Delays Launch of Troubled Webb Telescope
In a blow to NASA's prestige and its budget, America's next great space telescope has been postponed again. From a report: NASA announced on Wednesday that the James Webb Space Telescope, once schedul...
05:55 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Google Home Speakers and Chromecast Are Down Worldwide, Company Confirms
"Sorry, something went wrong. Try again in a few seconds." That's the response that Google smart speaker users around the world heard Wednesday when they asked their devices to play music, get the wea...
05:42 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot The Billionaire Space Race Is Making Life Difficult for Airlines
On Feb. 6, Elon Musk's SpaceX launched its largest rocket into the blue Florida sky. Onboard was "Starman," a dummy strapped into the billionaire's cherry red Tesla roadster. Minutes later, fans cheer...
05:35 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot The Billionaire Space Race Is Making Life Difficult for Airlines
On Feb. 6, Elon Musk's SpaceX launched its largest rocket into the blue Florida sky. Onboard was "Starman," a dummy strapped into the billionaire's cherry red Tesla roadster. Minutes later, fans cheer...
05:06 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Satellites Could Show Airplanes Faster Long-Haul Routes in Mid-Air
The promise of powerful satellite constellations orbiting hundreds of miles above the earth can seem, well, a little distant. But what if they could make long-haul flights faster? From a report:Operat...
04:31 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Space is Full of Dirty, Toxic Grease, Scientists Reveal
An anonymous reader shares a report: It looks cold, dark and empty, but astronomers have revealed that interstellar space is permeated with a fine mist of grease-like molecules. The study provides the...
03:25 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Finally, It's the Year of the Linux... Supercomputer
Beeftopia writes: From ZDNet: "The latest TOP500 Supercomputer list is out. What's not surprising is that Linux runs on every last one of the world's fastest supercomputers. Linux has dominated superc...
02:51 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Japan's Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Reaches Cosmic 'Diamond'
A Japanese spacecraft has arrived at its target - an asteroid shaped like a diamond or, according to some, a spinning top. From a report: Hayabusa 2 has been travelling toward the space rock Ryugu sin...
02:11 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Google Opens Its Human-Sounding Duplex AI To Public Testing
Google is moving ahead with Duplex, the stunningly human-sounding artificial intelligence software behind its new automated system that places phone calls on your behalf with a natural-sounding voice ...
01:00 pm - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Instagram Is Estimated To Be Worth More Than $100 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Facebook's Instagram is estimated to be worth more than $100 billion, if it were a stand-alone company, marking a 100-fold return for the app purcha...
10:00 am - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Blogger Stabbed To Death After Internet Abuse Seminar
A prominent Japanese blogger has been stabbed to death minutes after giving a seminar on how to resolve personal disputes on the internet. The Guardian reports: Media reports said Kenichiro Okamoto, b...
07:00 am - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot We May Be All Alone In the Known Universe, a New Oxford Study Suggests
A new study by Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute determined that it's quite likely humans are alone in the observable universe. Fortune reports: The study looked at the Fermi paradox --...
03:30 am - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Orlando Police End Test of Amazon's Real-Time Facial 'Rekognition' System
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The city of Orlando, Fla., says it has ended a pilot program in which its police force used Amazon's real-time facial recognition -- a system called "Reko...
01:00 am - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Scammers Abuse Multilingual Domain Names
Cyber-criminals are abusing multilingual character sets to trick people into visiting phishing websites. BBC: The non-English characters allow scammers to create "lookalike" sites with domain names al...
12:20 am - Wed, June 27, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Looks To Gag Journalists With Multi-Year Blanket NDAs
The German website Heise reports that Nvidia's new non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) last for five years and are more far reaching than product-specific information. HardOCP explains what NDAs are and ...
11:50 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Uber Granted Short-Term License To Operate In London
Uber has been granted a short-term license to operate in London following a court hearing. BBC reports: Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew the license when it expired last September, saying t...
11:20 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot California Lawmakers Advance Last-Minute Data Privacy Bill
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: California state senators advanced a last-minute internet privacy bill Tuesday ahead of a deadline while acknowledging it would need changes if it be...
10:40 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Cancels Program To Deliver Internet By Aquila Drones
Wave723 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum: Facebook's plans to beam high-speed Internet from enormous solar-powered drones in the stratosphere appear to be in disarray. Two key engineers behind its A...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Venezuela Is Blocking Access To the Tor Network
An Access Now report finds that Venezuela has blocked all access to the Tor network. "The latest block includes both direct connections to the network and connections over bridge relays, which had esc...
09:20 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Reverses Its Crypto Ad Ban
Back in January, Facebook banned cryptocurrency ads because too many companies in this space were "not currently operating in good faith." Now the social media company is reversing its ban effective i...
08:43 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Mumbai Bans Plastic Bags, Bottles, and Single-Use Plastic Containers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Mumbai has the become the largest Indian city to ban single-use plastics, with residents caught using plastic bags, cups or bottles to face penal...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?
In the last decade, we have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and have learned that rocky, temperate worlds are numerous in our galaxy. The next step will involve asking even bi...
07:25 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot The Quest To Make Super-Cold Quantum Blobs in Space
Last January in northern Sweden, a German-led team of physicists loaded a curious machine onto an unmanned rocket. The payload, about as tall as a single-story apartment, was essentially a custom-made...
06:45 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot The Biggest Digital Heist in History Isn't Over Yet
There are cyberheists, and then there's Carbanak, a cybercriminal gang that has stolen about $1.2 billion from more than 100 banks in 40 nations. The suspected 34-year-old ringleader is under arrest, ...
06:06 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Hundreds of Hotels Affected by Data Breach at Hotel Booking Software Provider
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: The personal details and payment card data of guests from hundreds of hotels, if not more, have been stolen this month by an unknown attacker, Bleeping...
05:25 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Fortnite is Generating More Revenue Than Any Other Free Game Ever
Fortnite: Battle Royale has brought in more revenue in a single month than any other game of its kind, industry estimates suggest. Recode: The free-to-play game hit a new revenue record of $318 millio...
04:45 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Firefox 61 Arrives With Better Search, Tab Warming, and Accessibility Tools Inspector
On Tuesday, Mozilla released Firefox 61, the newest version of its web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android platforms. The release builds on Firefox Quantum, which the company calls "by far th...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Judge Rules Big Oil Can't Be Sued For Climate Change Costs
An anonymous reader shares a report: A U.S. judge who held a hearing about climate change that received widespread attention ruled Monday that Congress and the president were best suited to address th...
03:20 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Wi-Fi Alliance Launches WPA3 Security Standard
wiredmikey writes: The Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization responsible for maintaining Wi-Fi technology, announced the launch of the WPA3 security standard. The latest version of the Wi-Fi Protected Acce...
02:34 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot AIM Has Been Resurrected. Kind Of.
AOL discontinued AIM, its 20-year-old iconic instant messaging service, last December, months after cutting third-party access to it. Now Motherboard reports a a small team of developers has resurrect...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot 57% of Tech Workers Are Suffering From Job Burnout, Survey Finds
An anonymous reader writes: A survey conducted among the tech workers, including many employees of Silicon Valley's elite tech companies, has revealed that over 57% of respondents are suffering from j...
01:00 pm - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Last Year's ICOs Had Five Security Vulnerabilities On Average, Say Researchers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Security researchers have found, on average, five security flaws in each cryptocurrency ICO held last year. Only one ICO held in 2017 did no...
10:00 am - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Voices of Millions of UK Taxpayers Stored By HMRC
AmiMoJo shares a report from BBC: The voices of millions of taxpayers have been analyzed and stored by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) without consent, privacy campaigners say. Big Brother Watch says HM...
07:00 am - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Russia's Proton Rocket, Which Predates Apollo, Will Finally Stop Flying
The Russian-manufactured Proton rocket that has been traveling into space since before humans landed on the Moon will finally stop flying. "In an interview with a Russian publication, Roscosmos head D...
03:30 am - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot 'Have I Been Pwned' Is Being Integrated Into Firefox, 1Password
Troy Hunt, web security expert and creator of the website Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), wrote a blog post announcing his partnerships with Firefox and 1Password. For those unfamiliar with the site, Have I...
01:30 am - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot LinkedIn's Forthcoming Analytics Tool May Boost Job Poaching
dcblogs writes: LinkedIn has developed a new analytics platform that should make it easier to poach job candidates. It will use its vast database of nearly 600 million profiles to help recruiters find...
12:50 am - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot OpenBSD Chief De Raadt Says No Easy Fix For New Intel CPU Bug 'TLBleed'
Recompiling is unlikely to be a catch-all solution for a recently unveiled Intel CPU vulnerability known as TLBleed, the details of which were leaked on Friday, the head of the OpenBSD project Theo de...
12:10 am - Tue, June 26, 2018
Slashdot Google Earth's New Tool Lets You Measure Distance Between Anything On Earth
Google Earth's new Measure tool is rolling out to Android and Chrome devices that will let you measure the distance and area of things on the map. An iOS version is said to be "coming soon." The Verge...
11:30 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Trump Officials Planning Escalation of US-China Tech Trade War
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Trump administration is looking to widen its trade war with China by restricting Chinese access to U.S. technology, according to reports from...
10:50 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019
According to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Apple is "planning higher-end AirPods, a new HomePod and studio-quality over-ear headphones for as early as next year." From the re...
10:10 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Mouse and Keyboard Support Could Be Coming To the Xbox One This Year
Over the weekend, Windows Central received a purported internal Microsoft presentation from earlier in the year detailing plans for mouse-and-keyboard support for the Xbox One. Microsoft has been teas...
09:30 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Red Meat Allergies Caused By Tick Bites Are On The Rise
Tick bites can cause all sorts of nasty afflictions. And if you're bitten by a Lone Star tick, here's one more to add to the list: a red meat allergy. NPR reports: About 10 years ago, Dr. Scott Commin...
08:50 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Workers Facing Firing Can Appeal To a Jury of Their Co-Workers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Jane was working in Amazon's Seattle headquarters when she was asked to a meeting with her manager and a human resources representative. They gave h...
08:30 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot China Blocks HBO After John Oliver's Last Week Tonight Mockery of Xi Jinping
News agency AFP reports: After mocking censors working overtime to delete comparisons of Chinese President Xi Jinping with the cartoon bear, comedian John Oliver and now the website of TV giant HBO ha...
08:10 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot FDA Approves First Drug Derived From Marijuana Plant
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant, as a treatment for rare forms of epilepsy that primarily afflict children. From a...
07:31 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot EFF Announces STARTTLS Everywhere To Help Make Email Delivery More Secure
Mark Wilson writes: When it comes to messaging tools, people have started to show greater interest in whether encryption is used for security, and the same for websites -- but not so much with email. ...
06:50 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot OpenAI Built Gaming Bots That Can Work As a Team With Inhuman Precision
OpenAI said on Monday that its newest AI bots can hold their own as a team of five against human gamers at Dota 2, a multiplayer game popular in e-sports for its complexity and necessity for teamwork....
06:10 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot CEO of Facial Recognition Company Kairos Argues that the Technology's Bias and Capacity For Abuse Make It Too Dangerous For Use By Law Enforcement
Brian Brackeen, chief executive officer of the facial recognition software developer Kairos, writes in an op-ed: Recent news of Amazon's engagement with law enforcement to provide facial recognition s...
05:25 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Layoffs at Watson Health Reveal IBM's Problem with AI
Last month IBM, which has staked much of its future on its flagship AI Watson, announced a major round of layoffs in the division. Now the engineers who had been let go allege that the move shows that...
04:47 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Report Reveals 8 AT&T Buildings Across the US, Hidden in Plain Sight, That Are Central To One of NSA's Most Controversial Internet Surveillance Programs
News outlet The Intercept on Monday published a report that reveals eight AT&T-owned locations: two in California, one in Washington, another in Washington, D.C., one in New York, one in Texas, on...
04:04 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Silicon Valley Execs Will Meet on Wednesday To Discuss Privacy
An anonymous reader shares a report: Privacy and government affairs officers from a number of the largest tech companies plan to convene in San Francisco on Wednesday to discuss how to tackle growing ...
03:20 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Tencent Joins the Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member
Chinese tech giant Tencent has joined the Linux Foundation as a platinum member. From a report: Tencent is one of a few companies to offer the highest level of support to the Linux Foundation. Other t...
02:40 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Intel Is in an Increasingly Bad Position in Part Because It Has Been Captive To Its Integrated Model
Once one of the Valley's most important companies, Intel is increasingly finding itself in a bad position, in part because of its major bet on integration model. Ben Thompson, writing for Stratechery:...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Smart Lights, Speakers, Thermostats, Cameras and Other IoT Devices Are Being Increasingly Used as a Means For Harassment, Monitoring, and Revenge
Smart home devices are supposed to bring convenience to people's lives, but increasingly, their unintended consequences are surfacing, and are being exploited to harass others, an investigation by The...
11:00 am - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Apple Refutes Hacker's Claim He Could Break iPhone Passcode Limit
A security researcher claimed he had figured out a way to bypass the passcode lock limit on an iPhone or iPad, ZDNet reported. But it turned out the passcodes he tested weren't always counted. From a ...
08:30 am - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot MoviePass is Going To Start Charging More For Popular Movies Next Month
As if seeing a popular movie with MoviePass -- where you can't reserve tickets in advance -- wasn't stressful enough, it's about to get more expensive, too. From a report: The movie-ticket subscriptio...
06:00 am - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Quietly Cuts Off Windows 7 Support For Older Intel Computers
An anonymous reader shares a report: If your PC doesn't run Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2, you apparently won't be getting any more Win7 patches. At least, that's wha...
02:30 am - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot India Eyeing a New Monster 100GW Solar-Capacity Goal
AmiMoJo writes: In a confirmed report India's energy minister suggested that the country is considering issuing a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar energy, which may be tied to solar panel-manufacturi...
12:35 am - Mon, June 25, 2018
Slashdot Changes in WebAssembly Could Render Meltdown and Spectre Browser Patches Useless
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Upcoming additions to the WebAssembly standard may render useless some of the mitigations put up at the browser level against Meltdown and Spectre atta...
11:00 pm - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot WHO Gaming Disorder Listing a 'Moral Panic', Say Experts
The decision to class gaming addiction as a mental health disorder was "premature" and based on a "moral panic," experts have said. From a report: The World Health Organization included "gaming disord...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot Think Your Body Is Infested With Insects? You're Not Alone.
Erika Engelhaupt, National Geographic: A few years ago, a man began telling his family members a horrifying tale: There are bugs living inside him. [...] He shows the classic signs of what scientists ...
09:00 pm - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot Japanese Writing After Murakami
Roland Kelts, writing for The Times Literary Supplement: At fifty-one, Hideo Furukawa is among the generation of Japanese writers I'll call "A. M.," for "After Murakami." Haruki Murakami is Japan's mo...
08:01 pm - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot Google is Adding Anti-Tampering DRM To Android Apps in the Play Store
Google has introduced a small change to Play Store apps that could significantly protect several Android users. From a report: Earlier this week, Google quietly rolled out a feature that adds a string...
07:00 pm - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot DC Comics Returns To Supermarket Shelves With New, Giant-Sized Comics
DC Comics announced earlier this week that it has partnered with Walmart to revive its DC Giant range as a 100-page anthology format comic book. Four new series revolving around Batman, Superman, the ...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot Warner Bros Is Cracking Down On Harry Potter Festivals
Warner Bros is cracking down on local Harry Potter fan festivals around the country, saying it's necessary to halt unauthorized commercial activity. From a report: Fans, however, liken the move to Dem...
05:01 pm - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot The Rise of the Video-Game Gambler
Among the more insidious gifts that video games have bestowed on modern culture is the loot box. The New Yorker: A loot box is like an in-game lottery ticket: for a small fee, involving real money, a ...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot 'Snapdragon 1000' Chip May Be Designed For PCs From the Ground Up
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850 processor may be intended for PCs, but it's still a half step -- it's really a higher-clocked version of the same processor you'd find in your phone. The company may be more ...
03:00 pm - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot Some Science Journals That Claim To Peer Review Papers Do Not Do So
A rising number of journals that claim to review submissions do not bother to do so. Not coincidentally, this seems to be leading some academics to inflate their publication lists with papers that mig...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot 8 Months After a Surge of Complaints, Apple Announces a Repair Program For Its Flawed MacBooks and MacBook Pros
Casey Johnston, writing for The Outline: At long last, Apple admitted to its customers that its MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboard designs are so flawed and prone to sticking or dead keys, as originally...
11:34 am - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot eBay and Amazon Delist Faulty Carbon Monoxide Alarms
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:Dozens of potentially deadly carbon monoxide alarms have been removed from sale by Amazon and eBay after a Which? investigation found some of them would not hav...
07:34 am - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot NYT: 'Firefox Is Back. It's Time to Give It a Try.'
Another high-profile endorsement for Firefox -- this time from the lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times. (Alternate link here).The web has reached a new low. It has become an annoyin...
03:34 am - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot How Should Open Source Development Be Subsidized?
"Open source maintainers are exhausted and rarely paid," writes TechCrunch's editorial manager. "A new generation wants to change the economics." An anonymous reader quotes their report:[Patreon] is i...
01:36 am - Sun, June 24, 2018
Slashdot George Lucas's Terrible Idea for Star Wars Episodes 7-9
In an interview with James Cameron, George Lucas reveals what he'd planed for the final three Star Wars films:"[The next three 'Star Wars' films] were going to get into a microbiotic world," he told C...
11:37 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Can Two Injections of Tuberculosis Vaccine Cure Diabetes?
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:The causes of Type 1 diabetes can be significantly reversed over several years with just two injections of a common tuberculosis vaccine injected a few weeks apart, ...
10:41 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Autopilot Safety Defeat Device Gets a Cease-and-Desist From NHTSA
schwit1 writes: The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) is cracking down on a device that was designed to trick Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot feature into thinking a driver is payi...
09:45 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Can NASA Protect Earth from Catastrophic Asteroid Collisions?
An anonymous reader quotes Qz:NASA is not going to be able to find all the asteroids big enough to cause serious devastation on Earth by 2020 -- or even 2033. Also: For a hypothetical attempt to send ...
08:37 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot America's 'CyberWar' With Foreign Governments Could Get More Aggressive
America's Department of Defense "has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that cou...
07:34 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Should Professional Sports Switch To Robot Referees?
Long-time Slashdot reader Esther Schindler writes: Everyone who watches sports spends some amount of time yelling at the umpire or sports referee. For the past few years we've also been shouting, "Rep...
06:34 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Dropbox Open Sources DivANS: a Compression Algorithm In Rust Compiled To WASM
Slashdot reader danielrh writes: DivANS is a new compression algorithm developed at Dropbox that can be denser than Brotli, 7zip or zstd at the cost of compression and decompression speed. The code us...
05:34 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Happy Birthday Alan Turing! How Modern Technology Could Win WWII In 13 Minutes
DevNull127 writes: A grateful reporter whose father-in-law liberated a concentration camp after D-Day reports on a high-tech team that "accomplished in 13 minutes what took Alan Turing years to do &md...
04:34 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Oracle Plans To Switch Businesses to Subscriptions for Java SE
A reminder for commenters: non-commercial use of Java remains free. An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:Oracle has revamped its commercial support program for Java SE (Standard Edition), opting for a...
03:34 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Red Hat Changes Its Open-Source Licensing Rules
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:When leading Linux company Red Hat announces that -- from here on out -- all new Red Hat-initiated open-source projects that use the GNU General Public License (GPLv2)...
02:34 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Tech Giants Urge Congress To 'Protect Entrepreneurs' From Supreme Court Ruling
U.S. states can now require online retailers to collect local sales taxes, according to a recent Supreme Court ruling that could affect thousands of third-party sellers on top tech sites. An anonymous...
01:00 pm - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Fish Yellowcake Uranium From the Sea With a Piece of Yarn
Wave723 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum: Researchers at the U.S. Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and LCW Supercritical Technologies made use of readily available ac...
10:00 am - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Valve's Knuckles EV2 Controller Will Let You Squeeze Things In VR
Valve's "Knuckles" controllers for VR, first introduced in 2016, are getting upgraded. According to Engadget, Valve is "sending game makers another version, the EV2, that has revamped buttons, straps ...
07:00 am - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Tesla To Close a Dozen Solar Facilities In 9 States
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Electric car maker Tesla's move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago ...
03:30 am - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Genetically Engineer Pigs Immune To Costly Disease
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The trial, led by the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute, showed that the pigs were completely immune to porcine reproductive and respira...
12:50 am - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Bethesda Sues Warner Bros, Calls Its Westworld Game 'Blatant Rip-Off' of Fallout Shelter
Bethesda, the video game publisher behind Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, is suing Warner Bros. and Fallout Shelter co-developer Behavior Interactive over the recently released Westworld, alleging that...
12:10 am - Sat, June 23, 2018
Slashdot Supreme Court Backs Award of Overseas Patent Damages
schwit1 quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that companies can recover profits lost because of the unauthorized use of their patented technology abroad in a victory fo...
11:30 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Atari Accuses Journalists of Making Stuff Up So They Produce Recordings of the Interview
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Legendary games company Atari has accused a Register reporter of making stuff up and acting unprofessionally following an interview earlier this ...
10:50 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot An Up-to-Date Browser Should Keep Users Safe From Most Exploit Kits
Exploit kits, once a preferred choice of attackers to invade a victim's browser and find way to their computer, are increasingly diminishing in their effectiveness. If you have an updated browser, cha...
10:10 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Google Engineers Refused To Build Security Tool To Win Military Contracts
Mark Bergen reports via Bloomberg: Earlier this year, a group of influential software engineers in Google's cloud division surprised their superiors by refusing to work on a cutting-edge security feat...
09:30 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Messenger Kids App Is Expanding
Facebook's controversial Messenger Kids app is heading outside the U.S. to Canada and Peru. From a report: As part of the expansion, the social networking giant said Friday that it would also debut Sp...
08:50 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot China Will Partly Lift Internet Censorship For One of Its Provinces To Promote Tourism
In an effort to promote tourism, the southern tropical Chinese island of Hainan will no longer censor its internet. "Visitors to select areas of Hainan will be able to access Facebook, Twitter, and Yo...
08:10 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot That Tablet On The Table At Your Favorite Restaurant Is Hurting Your Waiter
In data-hungry, tech-happy chain restaurants, customers are rating their servers using tabletop tablets, not realizing those ratings can put jobs at risk, an investigation by BuzzFeed News has found. ...
07:30 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Uber Driver Was Streaming Hulu Just Before Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash, Says Police
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Tempe, Arizona, police have released a massive report on the fatal Uber vehicle crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in March. The report...
06:48 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Adobe Is Using AI To Catch Photoshopped Images
An anonymous reader shares a report: Adobe, certainly aware of how complicit its software is in the creation of fake news images, is working on artificial intelligence that can spot the markers of pho...
06:10 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Mistakenly Leaked Developer Analytics Reports To Testers
This week, an alarmed developer contacted TechCrunch, informing us that their Facebook App Analytics weekly summary email had been delivered to someone outside their company. TechCrunch: It contains s...
05:18 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Blue Origin Plans To Start Selling Suborbital Spaceflight Tickets Next Year
Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle "soon" and start selling tickets for commercial flights next year, a company executive said June 19, according to a rep...
04:40 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Ubuntu Makes Public Desktop Metrics
Canonical introduced Ubuntu Hardware/Software Survey in Ubuntu 18.04 and has since been collecting data (it is optional, and users' consent is taken; Ubuntu says 67 percent users opted in to the surve...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot The World's Smallest Computer Can Fit on the Tip of a Grain of Rice
Engineers at the University of Michigan have created the world's smallest computer -- again. From a report: The University held the record for the smallest computer after it created its 2x2x4mm Michig...
03:14 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Supreme Court: Warrant Generally Needed To Track Cell Phone Location Data
daveschroeder writes: The Supreme Court on Friday said the government generally needs a warrant if it wants to track an individual's location through cell phone records over an extended period of time...
02:40 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot America's Chipmakers Go To War vs. China
Chinese raids of U.S. intellectual property have helped China build a solid high-tech economy. But the U.S. semiconductor industry is still far ahead -- and China is desperate to catch up. From a repo...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Someone Is Taking Over Insecure Cameras and Spying on Device Owners
As security webcams, security cameras, and pet and baby monitors become part of our lives, their underlying technology is increasingly receiving scrutiny from researchers. Many of these devices are wo...
01:00 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Should Facial Recognition Cameras Belong In Schools?
Facial recognition technology is making its way into schools, raising privacy concerns among parents and officials. The New York Civil Liberties Union issued a report on the matter that focuses on one...
01:00 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Should Facial Recognition Cameras Be In Schools?
Facial recognition technology is making its way into schools, raising privacy concerns among parents and officials. The New York Civil Liberties Union issued a report on the matter that focuses on one...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot GNOME Web Browser is Adding a Reader Mode
An anonymous reader writes: An experimental reader mode will ship in the next version of GNOME Web, aka Epiphany. The feature is already available to try in the latest development builds of the GTK We...
10:00 am - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot 'Digital Key' Standard Uses Your Phone To Unlock Your Car
The Car Connectivity Consortium, a mix of major smartphone and automotive brands, has posted a Digital Key 1.0 standard that will let you download a virtual key that can unlock your vehicle, start the...
07:00 am - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Alzheimer's Link To Herpes Virus In Brain, Say Scientists
Tests of brain tissue from nearly 1,000 people found that two strains of herpes virus were far more abundant in the brains of those with early-stage Alzheimer's than in healthy controls. "[S]cientists...
03:30 am - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot How Twitter Made the Tech World's Most Unlikely Comeback
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed: Two years ago, people were writing eulogies for Twitter. Rudderless and without product direction, the company was losing users and advertisers, and ...
01:55 am - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Wins $130 Million Air Force Launch Contract, Marking a First For Falcon Heavy
The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $130 million firm-fixed-price contract to SpaceX for the launch of its classified AFSPC-52 satellite on a Falcon Heavy rocket. From a report: It's the first national s...
12:30 am - Fri, June 22, 2018
Slashdot Algeria Shuts Off Entire Country's Internet To Stop Students From Cheating
Algeria has begun instituting nationwide internet blackouts to prevent students from leaking high school diploma exams online. Gizmodo reports: The country will turn off mobile and landline internet s...
11:50 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot The iPhones of the Future May Be Wireless, Portless and Buttonless
The first iPhone to shed its headphone jack was the iPhone 7, which launched in late 2016. Now it seems like the Lightning port may be the next to go. CNET reports: Apple has considered removing the L...
11:10 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo and Microsoft Team Up To Promote Cross-Play, While Sony Remains Silent
Minecraft for the Nintendo Switch is getting a big update today that will enable cross-play with PC, Xbox One, and smartphones -- but notably not the PlayStation 4. "Sony is blocking cross-play for Fo...
10:30 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Why Antarctica Is Getting Taller
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Live Science: Bedrock under Antarctica is rising more swiftly than ever recorded -- about 1.6 inches (41 millimeters) upward per year. And thinning ice in Anta...
09:48 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Stonehenge Builders Used Pythagoras' Theorem 2,000 Years Before He Was Born
According to a new book entitled "Megalith," which was released on June 21 to coincide with summer solstice, ancient humans who designed Stonehenge followed Pythagoras' theorem 2,000 years before his ...
09:15 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Makes Historic First Appearance In US Supreme Court Opinion
hyperclocker shares a report from CCN: Thursday marked a historic day for bitcoin, as the flagship cryptocurrency made its first appearance in an opinion published by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case,...
08:35 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Burger Robot Startup Opens First Restaurant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Creator's transparent burger robot doesn't grind your brisket and chuck steak into a gourmet patty until you order it. That's just one way this sta...
07:40 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Fake Fortnite Android Apps Spread Across Internet
Fake Fortnite Android apps are spreading around the internet, even though the game has not been officially released for the platform. From a report: Videos on YouTube with links to scam versions of th...
06:43 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot A CO2 Shortage is Causing a Beer and Meat Crisis in Britain
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is used in the production of a wide variety of food and drink products. But with at least five CO2 producers across northern Europe offline, a shortfall in the gas is causing shor...
06:08 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Days After Buying Time Warner, AT&T Launches New TV Service
AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating television networks from the Time Warner company it just bought. From a report: The WatchTV service, a cable-like package of more than 30 TV...
05:20 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Search is on For Cobalt-Free Batteries As Metal Gets Increasingly Rare and Expensive
An anonymous reader writes: Conamix, a little-known startup based in Ithaca, New York, has raised several million dollars to accelerate its development of cobalt-free materials for lithium-ion batteri...
04:40 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Supreme Court Rules States Can Require Online Retailers To Collect Sales Tax
New submitter zippo01 shares a report: Online shopping will soon become more expensive after the U.S. Supreme court ruled Thursday that states can require internet retailers to collect sales taxes. Th...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot The US Startup Is Disappearing
Dan Kopf, writing for Quartz: Historically, startups have been the engine of US economy. By creating new jobs and surfacing new ideas, startups play an outsized role in making the economy grow. It's t...
03:20 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot The Man Who Was Fired By a Machine
"It wasn't the first time my key card failed, I assumed it was time to replace it." So began a sequence of events that saw Ibrahim Diallo fired from his job, not by his manager but by a machine. From ...
02:44 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Appears To Have A GPU Inventory Problem
Reports out of Taiwan now suggest that Nvidia has a gaming GPU inventory problem. An anonymous reader writes: Tech news site SemiAccurate which covers the GPU space pretty closely, and has broken stor...
01:34 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Resigns Over Relationship With Employee
Intel has announced that CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned from the company effective immediately. From a report: CFO Robert Swan is now Intel's interim chief executive officer. "Intel was recently info...
01:00 pm - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Mature Fish Are Found In Deeper Water Because of Humans
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: When studying populations of a flounder-like North Sea fish called plaice in the early 1900's, a man named Heincke noticed that older, larger fis...
10:00 am - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Instagram Allows Longer Videos In Challenge To YouTube
On Wednesday, Instagram launched a new long-form video portal called IGTV, "marking one of the biggest shifts in the app's history," reports NBC News. The new app will rival YouTube, allowing people t...
07:00 am - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Spacecraft Hayabusa2 Returns Photos of Asteroid Prior To Contact
New submitter FranklinWebber writes: Spacecraft Hayabusa2 is approaching its target, asteroid Ryugu, after a three-and-a-half year trip. The Japan Aerospace Exporation Agency (JAXA) has released photo...
04:30 am - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Will Harass You Mercilessly If You Try To Break Up
schwit1 shares a summary from PJ Media: Breaking up with Facebook is apparently as difficult as breaking up with a bad boyfriend or girlfriend who won't accept your decision. That's the experience Hen...
01:25 am - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot Humans Can Now Correct Robots With Brainwaves
Researchers at MIT have built a system that allows robots to be corrected through thought and hand gestures. "The system monitors brain activity, determining if a person has noticed an error in the ma...
12:45 am - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot US Lawmakers Want Google To Reconsider Links To China's Huawei
Some U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have asked Google on Wednesday to reconsider its work with Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, citing security concerns. Reuters reports: In a letter...
12:03 am - Thu, June 21, 2018
Slashdot People's Egos Get Bigger After Meditation and Yoga, Says Study
An anonymous reader shares a study that finds contemporary meditation and yoga practices can actually inflate your ego. Quartz reports: In the paper, published online by University of Southampton and ...
11:20 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Democrat With Financial Ties To AT&T Guts California's Net Neutrality Law
A Democratic assemblyman with financial ties to AT&T has gutted a new law that would serve as a gold standard for true net neutrality protection across the country. The bill SB 822 is expected to ...
10:40 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Groups May Soon Charge Monthly Subscription Fees For Access
Facebook announced today in a blog post that group administrators can start charging $4.99 to $29.99 a month for exclusive membership in certain groups. "Parenting, cooking, and home cleaning groups w...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Google, Roku, Sonos To Fix DNS Rebinding Attack Vector
The developer teams from Google Home, Roku TV, and Sonos, are preparing security patches to prevent DNS rebinding attacks on their devices. From a report: Roku has already started deploying updates, w...
09:20 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Sues Employee Alleged To Have Stolen Gigabytes of Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Wednesday, Tesla sued a former employee who worked in its Gigafactory in Nevada, accusing him of stealing trade secrets. The lawsuit appears t...
08:41 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot World Trending To Hit 50% Renewables, 11% Coal By 2050: Report
Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a new report this week that estimates how electricity generation will change out to 2050. ArsTechnica: The clean energy analysis firm estimates that in a mere 33 ...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot China Won't Solve the World's Plastics Problem Any More
An anonymous reader shares a report: For a long time, China has been a dumping ground for the world's problematic plastics. In the 1990s, Chinese markets saw that discarded plastic could be profitably...
07:21 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Oxford English Dictionary Extends Hunt For Regional Words Around the World
The Oxford English Dictionary is asking the public to help it mine the regional differences of English around the world to expand its record of the language, with early submissions ranging from New Ze...
06:41 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Some Rivers Are So Drug-Polluted, Their Eels Get High on Cocaine
Joshua Rapp Learn, reporting for National Geographic: Critically endangered eels hyped up on cocaine could have trouble making a 3,700-mile trip to mate and reproduce -- new research warns. And while ...
06:02 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot FTC Will Examine Tech Platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon as Part of Competition Review
The Federal Trade Commission will examine the questions surrounding powerful tech platforms like Google and Facebook as part of a review of consumer and competition policy issues beginning later this ...
05:23 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Another Universal Basic Income Experiment is Underway, This Time in Canada
Lindsay, a compact rectangle amid the lakes northeast of Toronto, is at the heart of one of the world's biggest tests of a guaranteed basic income. Technology Review: In a three-year pilot funded by t...
04:48 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Submarine Cables Could be Repurposed as Earthquake Detectors
In a paper published in Science, Giuseppe Marra, of Britain's National Physical Laboratory (NPL), proposes to shine a little light into the oceans by co-opting infrastructure built for an entirely dif...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot San Francisco's City-Wide Fiber Internet Plan is Delayed, Future in Doubt
San Francisco's plan to build a city-wide gigabit fiber Internet service won't go forward this year, as city officials decided they need to do more research before asking voters to approve a ballot in...
03:30 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Invent a Way to Speed Intel's 3D XPoint Computer Memory
Memory modules using Intel's 3D XPoint technology are on their way, and researchers in North Carolina have already figured out how to make them better. New submitter mnemotronic writes: At the 45th IC...
02:45 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot EU Takes First Step in Passing Controversial Copyright Law That Could 'Censor the Internet'
The European Union has taken the first step in passing new copyright legislation that critics say will tear the internet apart. From a report: This morning, the EU's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) vot...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot AMC is Creating a Rival Service To MoviePass
AMC said on Wednesday it is creating a VIP tier of its loyalty program, a subscription movie theater pass called AMC Stubs A-List, which will allow users to see three movies a week in AMC theaters for...
01:00 pm - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Uber Tests Cheaper Fares For Riders Who Are Willing To Wait Longer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: The ride-hailing company has started testing a feature that gives riders the option to trade a shorter wait for a cheaper fare. "Prices are lower at 17...
10:00 am - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Urgent Needs To Prepare For Manmade Virus Attacks, Says US Government Report
A major U.S. government report warns that advances in synthetic biology now allow scientists to have the capability to recreate dangerous viruses from scratch; make harmful bacteria more deadly; and m...
07:00 am - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot OpenBSD Disables Intel CPU Hyper-Threading Due To Security Concerns
The OpenBSD project announced today plans to disable support for Intel CPU hyper-threading due to security concerns regarding the theoretical threat of more "Spectre-class bugs." Bleeping Computer rep...
03:30 am - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot GitHub, Medium Willfully Destroy Public ICE Employee Data Repository
owenferguson shares a report from Obscene Works: Medium.com and GitHub have today conspired to quash the release of a set of data comprising of all the ICE employees who openly list themselves on Link...
03:30 am - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot GitHub, Medium Remove Public ICE Employee Data Repository
owenferguson shares a report from Obscene Works: Medium.com and GitHub have today quashed the release of a set of data comprising of all the ICE employees who openly list themselves on LinkedIn.com. A...
01:50 am - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Bumbling Hacker 'Bitcoin Baron' Sentenced To 20 Months In Prison
An anonymous reader writes: "A hacker once considered 'the Internet's most inept criminal' received on Monday a prison sentence of 20 months in prison for launching DDoS attacks against the city of Ma...
01:10 am - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot New 'Tent' Assembly Line Is 'Way Better' Than Conventional Factory, Says Tesla CEO
A few days ago, Elon Musk announced a "new general assembly line" made with "minimal resources." As Ars Technica reports, this new tented facility "is seemingly the first phase of an entirely new buil...
12:40 am - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Square Obtains New York State Cryptocurrency License
The payment company Square has obtained a license to offer New York state residents the ability to buy and sell bitcoin through its Cash App, the company announced on Monday. "This makes Square the ni...
12:10 am - Wed, June 20, 2018
Slashdot Portland Kicks Off Smart City Initiative With Traffic Sensor Safety Project
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Portland, Oregon officials claim its city has some of the best bike data in the United States -- data revealing how many people ride bicycles, where the...
11:30 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot T-Mobile and Sprint Ask For Merger Approval
According to documents filed Monday, T-Mobile and Sprint have formally asked the FCC to approve their proposed merger. Axios reports: In their filing, the companies said that the deal would "generate ...
10:50 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Uber 'Neglected' Simulation Testing For Its Autonomous Vehicles, Says Report
According to a report from The Information, Uber allegedly "neglected" simulation testing for its autonomous vehicles. "The publication's sources claim that there was a dearth of investment in the sim...
10:10 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Ordered To Explain Deleted Profile
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Facebook has been ordered by a UK high court judge to reveal who told it to delete the profile of a jazz musician and his band, six months after he died. ...
09:30 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot China-based Campaign Breached Satellite Operators, Defense Contractors and Telecommunications Companies in US: Symantec
A sophisticated hacking campaign launched from computers in China burrowed deeply into satellite operators, defense contractors and telecommunications companies in the United States and southeast Asia...
08:50 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Brings Alexa To Hotels
Amazon is finally bringing Alexa to the hotel room. The e-commerce giant announced Tuesday the launch of Alexa for Hospitality, a specialized version of the voice assistant that integrates into popula...
08:11 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot 5 Star Trek Shows in Development, 1 Could Star Patrick Stewart, Reports Say
An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of shocking allegations against Star Trek: Discovery's showrunners, producer Alex Kurtzman recently took over the role of showrunning the latest Trek series' so...
07:34 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Cord-cutting Report: Streaming Services Will Be 25% of the Pay-TV market by 2023
UBS is increasing its outlook for streaming TV services such as Sling TV and DirecTV Now, estimating that such services will make up 25% of the pay-TV market in five years. Meanwhile, USB expects trad...
06:10 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot White House Issues Strategies To Combat Growing Orbital Debris Risks
White House space officials have explicitly ruled out international treaties to combat hazards from orbital debris, even as they roll out strategies to revamp U.S. responses to the growing problem. Fr...
05:30 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Bricked iPhones With 'Error 53' Just Cost Apple $6.7 Million in Australia
Apple has been hit with an AUS $9 million ($6.7 million) fine for misleading customers in Australia. More than two years ago Apple started to "brick" iPhones that had been fixed at non-authorized thir...
05:00 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot BitTorrent is Selling For $140M To Justin Sun and Tron
BitTorrent, an early mover (and currently the largest player) in decentralised computing architecture to distribute and store data, is being sold for $140 million in cash to Justin Sun and his blockch...
04:11 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Verizon To End Location Data Sales To Brokers
Verizon is pledging to stop sales through intermediaries of data that pinpoints the location of mobile phones to outside companies, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. From the report: It is the fi...
03:33 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Google Has A New Podcast App. It Also Hopes To Diversify Podcasting.
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google now has its own podcast app called, well, Google Podcasts, and if you have an Android phone, you can head over to the Play Store and get it right now. Googl...
02:55 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot New IBM Robot Holds Its Own In a Debate With a Human
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report: The human brain may be the ultimate super computer, but artificial intelligence is catching up so fast, it can now hold a substantive debate with a human, according...
02:14 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot McDonald's To Test Plastic-Straw Alternatives in US Later This Year
Under pressure by environmentalists, McDonald's has announced that it will start testing alternatives to plastic straws at select locations in the U.S. later this year. From a report: The burger giant...
01:00 pm - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Ex-CIA Employee Charged In Major Leak of Agency Hacking Tools
schwit1 shares a report from The Washington Post: Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a former CIA employee with violations of the Espionage Act (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source...
10:00 am - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Shots Fired Again Between CPU Vendors AMD and Intel
Highdude702 shares a report from Tom's Hardware: AMD's feud with Intel took an interesting turn today as the company announced that it would swap 40 Core i7-8086K's won from Intel's sweepstakes with a...
07:00 am - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Kickstarter Bets On 'Wired' Arduino-Compatible IoT Platform
L-One-L-One writes: Most IoT home projects today are based on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and friends. But this is not always the ideal solution: you end up swapping batteries frequently, which becomes ...
03:30 am - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Emails Employees About 'Extensive and Damaging Sabotage' By Employee
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to all employees on Monday morning about a factory fire, and seemed to reference possible sabotage. Now, CNBC has learn...
01:40 am - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Senate Votes To Reinstate ZTE Ban That's Nearly Shut Down the Company
The U.S. Senate has voted to reinstate a ban on ZTE that prevents the Chinese telecom company from buying U.S. components and using U.S. software. As The Verge notes, "it's still not clear if the reve...
01:00 am - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot The Supreme Court Will Decide If Apple's App Store Is a Monopoly
The Supreme Court will review a 2011 class-action lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of operating an illegal monopoly by not allowing iPhone users to download mobile apps outside of its own A...
12:30 am - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot iOS 12 Will Automatically Share Your iPhone Location With 911 Centers
Apple has revealed a new feature that's coming to the next version of iOS. With iOS 12, iPhone owners will be able to automatically share their location data when they dial 911. PhoneDog reports: Appl...
12:03 am - Tue, June 19, 2018
Slashdot Google To Invest $550 Million In Chinese E-Commerce Giant JD.com
hackingbear shares a report from Yahoo News: Google will invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com, part of the U.S. internet giant's efforts to expand its presence in fast-growing A...
11:20 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot HPE Announces World's Largest ARM-based Supercomputer
The race to exascale speed is getting a little more interesting with the introduction of HPE's Astra -- what will be the world's largest ARM-based supercomputer. From a report: HPE is building Astra f...
10:40 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot Android Messages Will Now Let You Send Texts From Your Computer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google is beginning to roll out desktop browser support for Android Messages, allowing people to use their PC for sending messages and viewing those...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot The 'World's Worst' Smart Padlock Is Even Worse Than Previously Thought
Last week, cybersecurity company PenTest Partners managed to unlock TappLock's smart padlock within two seconds. They "found that the actual code and digital authentication methods for the lock were b...
09:20 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot Google Maps Removes Uber Integration
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in January 2017, Google and Uber teamed up to put a cool feature in Google Maps: You could search for, book, and pay for an Uber all directl...
08:40 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot 75% of Malware Uploaded on 'No-Distribute' Scanners Is Unknown To Researchers
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Three-quarters of malware samples uploaded to "no-distribute scanners" are never shared on "multiscanners" like VirusTotal, and hence, they remain unknow...
08:03 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot President Trump Directs Pentagon To Create New 'Space Force' Military Branch
Gunfighter shares a report from Defense News: President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to sign an executive order directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force," a move that could radically tra...
07:21 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Videos From Some High-Profile Channels Have Disappeared
Late last week, YouTube videos from several high-profile channels began to mysteriously disappear, puzzling both the owners of those channels and viewers. Some of these channels include MIT Open Cours...
06:40 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot Google Is Training Machines To Predict When a Patient Will Die
A newly developed tool by Google can forecast a host of patient outcomes, including how long people may stay in hospitals, their odds of re-admission and chances they will soon die. Google documented ...
06:01 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Shareholders To Jeff Bezos: Stop Marketing Facial Recognition Tool
A group of Amazon shareholders are calling on the company to stop pitching its facial recognition tool to local law enforcement agencies, writing in a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos that the technology coul...
05:21 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot Norway Tests Tiny Electric Plane, Sees Passenger Flights by 2025
Norway tested a two-seater electric plane on Monday and predicted a start to passenger flights by 2025 if new aviation technologies match a green shift that has made Norwegians the world's top buyers ...
04:42 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot US Eyes Robot Moon Missions as it Prepares For Astronauts' Return
The United States wants to send robotic explorers to the moon as soon as next year as a preparatory step toward sending astronauts back there for the first time since 1972, a NASA official said on Mon...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot WHO Classifies 'Gaming Disorder' as Mental Health Condition
The World Health Organization has announced "gaming disorder" as a new mental health condition included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, released Monday. From a rep...
03:20 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot Linux 4.18 Preparing Many New Features While Dropping 100k Lines of Code
An anonymous reader writes: Linux 4.18 development is going strong with recent 4.18-rc1 release. This kernel cycle has dropped 107,210 lines of code so far but Linux 4.18 is adding many new features. ...
02:40 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot macOS Breaks Your OpSec by Caching Data From Encrypted Hard Drives
Apple's macOS surreptitiously creates and caches thumbnails for images and other file types stored on password-protected / encrypted containers (hard drives, partitions), according to macOS security e...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot Australia Discontinues Its National Biometric ID Project
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission's (ACIC) biometrics project, which adds facial recognition to a national crime database, is being discontinued following reports of delays and budget bl...
10:10 am - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot Dutch Town Uses High-Tech Streetlights To Keep Their Bats Happy
Since streetlights disturb bats' internal sensors and rhythms and affect their feeding patterns, inner compasses, and general nocturnal behaviors, the Dutch town of Zuidhoek-Nieuwkoop is taking action...
07:07 am - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot New Commercial Amiga 500 Game Released
Mike Bouma writes: Pixelglass, known for their "Giana Sisters SE" game, has released a worthy new game for the Amiga 500, called "Worthy." Here's a description of this cute action puzzler: "Assume the...
03:30 am - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot Man Reports PillCam Stuck In His Gut For Over 12 Weeks
A Portland man appears to have a pill-sized camera stuck in his gut. That man is me... Let me explain. For the average Joe, the following statement might sound a bit peculiar: I have swallowed a pill-...
01:11 am - Mon, June 18, 2018
Slashdot Gaming Companies Remove Analytics App After Massive User Outcry
An anonymous reader writes: "Several gaming companies have announced plans to remove support for an analytics app they have bundled with their games," reports Bleeping Computer. "The decision to remov...
11:20 pm - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot Fake Earthquake Detected In Mexico City After Player's Goal In World Cup Match
According to officials in Mexico, an artificial earthquake was reported in Mexico City that was possibly caused by "massive jumps during the goal from the Mexico national soccer team" on Sunday. KABC ...
09:20 pm - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot Gmail Proves That Some People Hate Smart Suggestions
Citing a number of complaints following Google's Gmail makeover, TechCrunch's Romain Dillet makes the case for why some users don't want smart suggestions in the email service: There's a reason why Gm...
08:20 pm - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot Diversity At Google Hasn't Changed Much Over the Last Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Not much changed at Google over the last year when it came to the diversity of the tech giant's workforce. Google released its annual diversity report on...
07:19 pm - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot Venmo Is Going All In On Mobile Payments
Venmo, the PayPal-owned, peer-to-peer payments app, is ending web support for its service. When the changes are all rolled out, users will only be able to make payments and charge users via the iOS or...
06:18 pm - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot Sony's PlayStation 5 Will Launch In 2020 Powered By An AMD Navi GPU, Says Report
According to a new report from WCCFtech, citing "sources familiar with the entire situation," Sony's PlayStation 5 (PS5 for short) will launch in 2020 and be powered by AMD's Navi GPU chip. "While it ...
05:17 pm - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot Studies Find Evidence That Meditation Is Demotivating
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report written by behavioral scientists Kathleen D. Vohs and Andrew C. Hafenbrack: The practical payoff of mindfulness [meditation] is backed by dozens of ...
04:16 pm - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot Was the Stanford Prison Experiment a Sham?
Frosty Piss writes: The Stanford Prison Experiment was conducted in 1971 by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo using college students to investigate the psychological effects of perceived power by f...
03:15 pm - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot US Government Finds New Malware From North Korea
Days after the historic North Korea-United States summit, the Department of Homeland Security issued a report on Thursday warning of a new variant of North Korean malware to look out for. Called Typef...
02:14 pm - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot Machine Figures Out Rubik's Cube Without Human Assistance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: [Stephen McAleer and colleagues from the University of California, Irvine] have pioneered a new kind of deep-learning technique, called ...
11:34 am - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot NASA's Most Experienced Astronaut Retires, Spent 665 Days In Space
An anonymous reader quotes UPI: After nearly four decades with NASA, including 22 years as an astronaut, Peggy Whitson is leaving the space agency. Her retirement is effective Friday, NASA announced.....
07:34 am - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot Personal Flying Machine Contest Gets 600 Entries
"A giant egg equipped with rotors and 'Transformers'-style robots are among some of the creative designs submitted in a $2 million dollar contest to dream up new ways of flying," reports CNN. "GoFly, ...
04:34 am - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot 'The Word Hack is Meaningless and Should Be Retired'
An anonymous reader quotes The Next Web:The word 'hack' used to mean something, and hackers were known for their technical brilliance and creativity. Now, literally anything is a hack -- anything -- t...
01:34 am - Sun, June 17, 2018
Slashdot America's Nuclear Reactors Can't Survive Without Government Handouts
Slashdot reader Socguy shares an article from FiveThirtyEight:There are 99 nuclear reactors producing electricity in the United States today. Collectively, they're responsible for producing about 20% ...
11:34 pm - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot After a Decade, 77-Year-Old Gets Back $110,000 Lost In 'Nigerian Prince' Scam
Slashdot reader grep -v '.*' * shares a surprising story. The Kansas City Star profiles the victim of a three-year con that started with an email to a Yahoo inbox back in 2005.A decade ago, Fred Haine...
10:34 pm - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot Prosecution of UK News Photographer Collapses After Recording Disproves Police Testimony
Slashdot reader Andy Smith writes: Slashdot reported last September how I was arrested while standing in a field near a road accident, as I photographed the scene for a newspaper. I was initially give...
09:34 pm - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot America's Former CTO Remembers Historic Coders
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: In her Bard College commencement speech, ex-Google VP and former U.S. CTO Megan Smith revealed to graduates that she gave President Obama a computing history l...
08:34 pm - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot 'Open Source Security' Loses in Court, Must Pay $259,900 To Bruce Perens
Bruce Perens co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond -- and he's also Slashdot reader #3872. Now he's just won a legal victory in court. "Open Source Security, maker of the grsecurity ...
07:34 pm - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot Why OpenStreetMap Should Be a Priority for the Open Source Community
"Despite its low profile, OpenStreetMap is arguably one of the most important projects for the future of free software," argues Glyn Moody, author of Rebel Code: Linux And The Open Source Revolution, ...
06:34 pm - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot Eric Raymond Shares 'Code Archaeology' Tips, Urges Bug-Hunts in Ancient Code
Open source guru Eric Raymond warned about the possibility of security bugs in critical code which can now date back more than two decades -- in a talk titled "Rescuing Ancient Code" at last week's So...
05:34 pm - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot Killer Robots Will Only Exist If We Are Stupid Enough To Let Them
Heritype quotes the Guardian's science correspondent:The idea of killer robots rising up and destroying humans is a Hollywood fantasy and a distraction from the more pressing dilemmas that intelligent...
04:34 pm - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot Two Teenaged Gamers Plead 'Not Guilty' For Fatal Kansas Swatting Death
Two more men entered pleas in federal court for their roles in a SWAT call that led to a fatal police shooting in Kansas: not guilty. An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Shane Gaskill, 19, of Wichita, ...
03:34 pm - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Program Manager Mistakenly Tweets Office 365 Will Be Rewritten in JavaScript
"A Microsoft employee claimed publicly that 'all of Office 365' was being 'completely rewritten' in JavaScript," writes Paul Thurrott, adding "And then all hell broke loose."First things first. It's n...
02:34 pm - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot Firefox's Pocket Tries to Build a Facebook-Style Newsfeed That Respects Your Privacy
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Pocket, which lets you save articles and videos you find around the web to consume later, now has a home inside Firefox as the engine powering recommendations t...
10:00 am - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Plans To Use 100% Renewable Energy by 2020
Samsung said this week it plans to transition to entirely renewable energy in its offices, factories, and operational facilities in the United States, China, and Europe by 2020. From a report: The com...
07:00 am - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot We're All Getting Dumber, Says Science
dryriver shares a report from Fast Company: Researchers at Norway's Ragnar Frisch Center for Economic Research now have scientific proof of something we've long suspected -- we're all getting dumber. ...
03:30 am - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot $950 Million Large Hadron Collider Upgrade 'Could Upend Particle Physics'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A massive project to supercharge the world's largest particle collider launched on Friday in the hope that the beefed-up machine will reveal fres...
01:25 am - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot The Most Important Study of the Mediterranean Diet Has Been Retracted
Zorro shares a report from Quartz: In 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine published a landmark study that found that people put on a Mediterranean diet had a 30% lower chance of heart attack, st...
12:45 am - Sat, June 16, 2018
Slashdot The Silk Road's Alleged Right-Hand Man Will Finally Face a US Court
It's been nearly five years since the FBI surrounded Ross Ulbricht in the science fiction section of a San Francisco library, arrested him, and grabbed the laptop from which he had run the dark web dr...
11:59 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Inside the Private Event Where Microsoft, Google, Salesforce and Other Rivals Share Security Secrets
News outlet GeekWire takes us inside Building 99 at Microsoft, where security professionals of the software giant, along with those of Amazon, Google, Netflix, Salesforce, Facebook (and others), compa...
11:20 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Cyber-Espionage Group Hacked Government Data Center
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A Chinese-linked cyber-espionage unit has hacked a data center belonging to a Central Asian country and has embedded malicious code on government sites. ...
10:40 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Making Buildings, Cars and Planes From Materials Based on Plant Fibres
Materials-science researchers are finding that plant fibres can add durability and strength to substances already used in the construction of buildings and in goods that range from toys and furniture ...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot US Files Criminal Charges Against Theranos's Elizabeth Holmes, Ramesh Balwani
John Carreyrou, reporting for WSJ: Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and the blood-testing company's former No. 2 executive, alleging that they defra...
09:40 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot US Files Criminal Charges Against Theranos's Elizabeth Holmes, Ramesh Balwani
John Carreyrou, reporting for WSJ: Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and the blood-testing company's former No. 2 executive, alleging that they defra...
09:20 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot 17 Backdoored Images Downloaded 5 Million Times Removed From Docker Hub
An anonymous reader writes: "The Docker team has pulled 17 Docker container images that have been backdoored and used to install reverse shells and cryptocurrency miners on users' servers for the past...
08:40 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Guy Robs Someone At Gunpoint For Domain Name, Gets 20 Years In Jail
Yesterday, 43-year-old Iowa man Sherman Hopkins Jr. was sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempting to rob a domain name from another man at gunpoint in 2017. As Motherboard reports, "this may be t...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Time Warner Deal Aftermath: AT&T Is About To Give Free TV To Its Wireless Customers
AT&T completed its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner yesterday and we're already starting to see some exclusive deals offered to its customers. CNBC reports that the company "will be launching a...
07:25 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Verizon's New Phone Plan Proves It Has No Idea What 'Unlimited' Actually Means
Verizon has unveiled its third "unlimited" smartphone plan that goes to show just how meaningless the term has become in the U.S. wireless industry. "In addition to its Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimit...
06:45 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Some Prominent Tech Companies Are Paying Big Money To Kill a California Privacy Initiative
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: As data-sharing scandals continue to mount, a new proposal in California offers a potential solution: the California Consumer Privacy Act would requ...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot The Most Remote Island in the World is Home to Seals, Seabirds, and an Internet Top-Level Domain
An anonymous reader shares a report: Bouvet Island has little to offer. The most remote island in the world is fewer than 20 square miles in size, and it's almost entirely covered by a glacier. Long a...
05:15 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Apple Maps is Down, 'All Users' Affected
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple Maps is down and has been for a few hours today, 9to5Mac reports. Users are noting on Twitter and Apple Support that the service isn't working on phones, App...
05:15 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Apple Maps Was Down For All Users Earlier Today
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple Maps is down and has been for a few hours today, 9to5Mac reports. Users are noting on Twitter and Apple Support that the service isn't working on phones, App...
04:41 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot DeepMind Self-training Computer Creates 3D Model From 2D Snapshots
DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence subsidiary in London, has developed a self-training vision computer that generates 'a full 3D model of a scene from just a handful of 2D snapshots," accordin...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot South Africans in Cape Town and Johannesburg Pay Much More For Internet Usage Than New Yorkers
South Africa may have some of the world's cheapest cities to live in, but using the internet in Cape Town and Johannesburg is surprisingly expensive by global standards. From a report: South Africans ...
03:20 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot 6 Fitbit Employees Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets From Jawbone
Six current and former Fitbit employees were charged in a federal indictment Thursday filed in San Jose for allegedly being in possession of trade secrets stolen from competitor Jawbone, according to ...
02:40 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot University of Chicago To Stop Requiring ACT and SAT Scores For Prospective Undergraduates
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, a debate has simmered at the nation's universities and colleges over how much weight should be given to standardized tests as officials consider student...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Stephen Hawking's Voice Beamed Into Space as His Ashes Are Interred
The ashes of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking were interred at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday in a memorial ceremony attended by a mixture of celebrities and members of the public. From a rep...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot How the World Cup Plays Out Among Hackers
The World Cup began today in Russia, and hackers were watching the games. From a report: In prior years, Cybersecurity firm Akamai has seen declines in cyberattacks while the World Cup games are in pl...
06:30 am - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot A British Plumber May Show Uber the Future of Employment
A British plumber may show Uber the future of employment. From a report: The U.K.'s top judges ruled Wednesday that Pimlico Plumbers Ltd. should've treated one of its tradesman as a "worker," giving h...
01:34 am - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Ride-Sharing Giant Didi Chuxing Picks Its First English-Speaking Nation: To Enter Australia on June 25
From a report: Ever since outperforming Uber in its home base of China, speculation has mounted that ride-hailer Didi Chuxing would eventually branch out to the rest of the world. Didi's first launch ...
12:32 am - Fri, June 15, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Completes $85 Billion Time Warner Acquisition
AT&T on Thursday evening said that it has completed its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, just two days after a judge ruled that the deal, originally announced two years ago, could proceed over...
11:30 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars Likely Won't Steal Your Job (Until 2040)
The self-driving robots are coming to transform your job. Kind of. Also, very slowly. From a report: That's the not-quite-exclamatory upshot of a new report from the Washington, DC-based Securing Amer...
10:50 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 is Adding SwiftKey, Laying the Groundwork For Dual-Screen Tablets
Sean Hollister, writing for CNET: Microsoft-owned SwiftKey was one of the first virtual keyboards to offer intelligent, predictive swipe-typing on Android and iOS phones, and now Microsoft has announc...
10:10 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Adobe is Reviving the Stunning Lost Fonts of the Bauhaus
An anonymous reader shares a report: Even if you're not a designer, you've probably heard the phrase "form follows function." That's how influential the school that espoused it, the Bauhaus, has becom...
09:30 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Most Organizations Are Not Fully Embracing DevOps
An anonymous reader shares a report: Although many businesses have begun moving to DevOps-style processes, eight out of 10 respondents to a new survey say they still have separate teams for managing i...
08:50 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Kaspersky Halts Europol Partnership After Controversial EU Parliament Vote
An anonymous reader writes: Kaspersky Lab announced it was temporarily halting its cooperation with Europol following the voting of a controversial motion in the European Parliament. The Russian antiv...
08:06 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Comey, Who Investigated Hillary Clinton For Using Personal Email For Official Business, Used His Personal Email For Official Business
An anonymous reader shares a report: Former FBI Director James Comey, who led the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of personal email while secretary of state, also used his personal email to c...
07:22 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Cops Are Confident iPhone Hackers Have Found a Workaround to Apple's New Security Feature
Joseph Cox, and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Apple confirmed to The New York Times Wednesday it was going to introduce a new security feature, first reported by Motherboar...
06:45 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Unveils Chromebook Plus V2
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: Samsung announces its latest such laptop -- the premium, yet affordable, Chromebook Plus (V2). This is a refresh of the first-gen "Plus" model. It can run Android ...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot On The Sad State of Macintosh Hardware
Quentin Carnicelli, the chief technology officer at Rogue Amoeba, a widely-reputed firm that produces several audio software for Apple's desktop operating system: With Apple recently releasing their f...
05:20 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot The CIA 'Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny' It Has Documents on Satoshi Nakamoto
An anonymous reader shares a report: Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? Ever since this pseudonymous person or group unleashed Bitcoin on the world in 2008, Nakamoto's real identity has been one of the biggest ...
04:40 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Antarctica Is Melting Three Times As Fast As a Decade Ago
An anonymous reader writes: Between 60 and 90 percent of the world's fresh water is frozen in the ice sheets of Antarctica, a continent roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined. If al...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Another Day, Another Intel CPU Security Hole: Lazy State
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, writing for ZDNet: The latest Intel revelation, Lazy FP state restore, can theoretically pull data from your programs, including encryption software, from your computer rega...
03:20 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft is Working on Technology That Would Eliminate Cashiers and Checkout Lines From Stores, Says Report
Microsoft is working on technology that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores, in a nascent challenge to Amazon.com's automated grocery shop, Reuters reported, citing six people fami...
02:40 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Says It Isn't Throttling Heavy Internet Users Anymore
Comcast, which has been throttling speeds to slow down heavy internet users since 2008, has had a change of heart. From a report: Comcast has deactivated this "congestion management" system, according...
01:30 pm - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk's Boring Company To Build High-Speed Transit Tunnels in Chicago
Chicago has picked Elon Musk's Boring Company to build a futuristic transportation link to the city's airport, The Boring Company said late Wednesday. "We're really excited to work with the Mayor and ...
11:34 am - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Nearly Half the Patents on Marine Genes Belong To Just One Company
A creature as majestic as a whale, you might think, should have no owner. Yet it turns out that certain snippets of the DNA that makes a sperm whale a sperm whale are actually the subjects of patents ...
10:00 am - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Cybercrime is Costing Africa's Businesses Billions
An anonymous reader shares a report: Sophisticated malware, software security breaches, mobile scams -- the list of cybercrime threats is growing. Yet African nations continue to fall short of protect...
07:00 am - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot Uber Seeks Patent For AI That Determines Whether Passengers Are Drunk
In an effort to "reduce undesired consequences," Uber is seeking a patent that would use artificial intelligence to separate sober passengers from drunk ones. The pending application details a technol...
03:30 am - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot MIT's AI Uses Radio Signals To See People Through Walls
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new piece of software that uses wifi signals to monitor the movements, breathing, and heartbeats of humans on the other side o...
01:05 am - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot China's Surveillance State Will Soon Track Cars
China is establishing an electronic identification system to track cars nationwide, according to a report on WSJ, which cites records and people briefed on the matter. From a report: Under the plan be...
12:05 am - Thu, June 14, 2018
Slashdot China's Ambitions To Power the World's Electric Cars Took a Huge Leap Forward This Week
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Future Mobility Corporation (FMC), the Chinese parent company behind electric car start-up Byton, has placed an order for a paint shop capable of hand...
10:40 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot 78 Indigenous Languages Are Being Saved By Optical Scanning Tech
Researchers at UC Berkeley are using futuristic technology to save a piece of the past. From a report: Project IRENE is using cutting-edge optical scan technology to transfer and digitally restore rec...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Turkey Bans Periscope
stikves writes: According to online reports, a recent court order has banned Periscope across Turkey. The cited reason is the alleged violation of copyrights of a local company named "Periskop." This ...
09:20 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot 'Netflix and Alphabet Will Need To Become ISPs, Fast'
Following the recent official repeal of net neutrality and approval of AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, an anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via TechCrunch, written by Danny Crich...
08:40 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Spanish Soccer League App In Google Play Wants To Use Phone Mics To Enforce Copyrights
The official app for the Spanish soccer league La Liga, which has more than 10 million downloads from Google Play, was recently updated to seek access to users' microphone and GPS settings. "When gran...
08:01 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Volkswagen Fined One Billion Euros By German Prosecutors Over Emissions Cheating
Volkswagen was fined one billion euros ($1.18 billion) over diesel emissions cheating in what amounts to one of the highest ever fines imposed by German authorities against a company, public prosecuto...
07:20 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Britain's Dixons Carphone Discovers Data Breach Affecting 5.9 Million Payment Cards
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: Another week, another cyberattack. This time around, it's the Dixons Carphone group which says it has fallen victim to not one but two major breaches. The ba...
06:40 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Laptops With 128GB of RAM Are Here
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Brace yourself for laptops with 128GB of RAM because they're coming. Today, Lenovo announced its ThinkPad P52, which, along with that massive amount...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Hundreds of Thousands of Windows XP and Vista Users Won't Be Able To Use Steam Soon
Windows XP and Vista users have six months to upgrade their operating systems or get the hell off of Steam. From a report: "Steam will officially stop supporting the Windows XP and Windows Vista opera...
05:20 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft To Give Office 365, Office.com Apps a Makeover
On the heels of recent redesigns by Google and Apple, Microsoft is giving its Office apps a facelift over the coming months. From a report: Over the coming months, Microsoft will begin rolling out cha...
04:40 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin's Price Was Artificially Inflated Last Year, Researchers Say
A concentrated campaign of price manipulation may have accounted for at least half of the increase in the price of Bitcoin and other big cryptocurrencies last year, according to a paper released on We...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot A Vulnerability in Cortana, Now Patched, Allowed Attacker To Access a Locked Computer, Change Its Password
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: Microsoft has patched a vulnerability in the Cortana smart assistant that could have allowed an attacker with access to a locked computer to use the sm...
03:20 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot The End of Video Coding?
An anonymous reader writes: Netflix's engineering team has an insightful post today that looks at how the industry is handling video coding; the differences in their methodologies; and the challenges ...
02:39 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Explains How it Decides Whether a Vulnerability Will Be Patched Swiftly or Left For a Version Update
Microsoft has published a new draft document clarifying which security bugs will get a rapid fix and which it will let stew for a later release. From a report: The document outlines the criteria the M...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot 'Waluigi Was Robbed and Humiliated by Nintendo'
Gene Park, writing for The Washington Post (shared by numerous readers): In the Nintendo universe, Waluigi is supposed to be as villainous as his cartoonish mustache and perpetual frown would suggest....
01:00 pm - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Chile Becomes First Country In Americas To Ban Plastic Bags
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Eyewitness News: Chile's Senate has passed a bill that will prohibit the use of plastic bags in stores, with a vote in their House of Representatives overwhelm...
10:00 am - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Facebook May Ban Bad Businesses From Advertising
Facebook will now let you file a complaint about businesses you've had a problem with if you bought something after clicking on one of their ads. If enough people complain about a business, it could l...
07:00 am - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot The Internet Is Finally Going To Be Bigger Than TV Worldwide
According to estimates from media agency Zenith, next year, for the first time, people will spend more time using the internet than watching TV. People will spend an average of 170.6 minutes a day, or...
03:30 am - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Solar Has Overtaken Gas, Wind As Biggest Source of New US Power
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Despite tariffs that President Trump imposed on imported panels, the U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the fi...
02:03 am - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Seattle Repeals Tax That Upset Amazon
Last month, the Seattle City Council introduced a new tax that would charge firms $275 per worker a year to fund homelessness outreach services and affordable housing. This greatly upset Amazon, Seatt...
01:25 am - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Google Brings Offline Neural Machine Translations For 59 Languages To Its Translate App
Google is rolling out offline Neural Machine Translation (NMT) support for 59 languages in the Translate apps. Some of the supported languages include Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Japanese, Spani...
12:45 am - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot Sony Is Blocking Fortnite Cross-Play Between PS4, Nintendo Switch Players
Earlier today, Nintendo announced during its E3 press conference that Epic Games' Fortnite would be coming to the Switch console. Unfortunately, when Epic Games PR representative Nick Chester confirme...
12:03 am - Wed, June 13, 2018
Slashdot UK Watchdog Issues $334K Fine For Yahoo's 2014 Data Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Yahoo's U.K. limb has finally been handed a $334,300 (250,000 GBP) fine for the 2014 cyber attack that exposed data of half a million Brit users....
11:20 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Tries To Stop Developers Sharing Data On Users' Friends
Apple has updated its App Store guidelines to close a loophole that let app makers store and share data without many people's consent. The practice has "been employed for years," reports Bloomberg. "D...
10:46 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Giant African Baobab Trees Die Suddenly After Thousands of Years
Some of Africa's oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers. From a report: The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and i...
10:03 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.13 Released
jrepin writes: KDE unveils the final release of Plasma 5.13, the free and open-source desktop environment. Members of the Plasma team have focused on optimizing startup and minimizing memory usage. Pl...
09:25 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Senate Will Try To Reverse ZTE Deal Via a Must-Pass Defense Bill
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Senate leaders agreed Monday to include language in the annual defense spending bill that would reverse the Trump administration's decision to sa...
08:48 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Judge Rules AT&T Can Acquire Time Warner
A federal judge said Tuesday that AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner is legal, clearing the path for a deal that gives the pay-TV provider ownership of cable channels such as HBO and CNN...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot 5% of All Monero Currently In Circulation Has Been Mined Using Malware
An anonymous reader writes: According to a report released yesterday, criminal groups have mined an approximate total of 798,613.33 Monero coins (XMR) using malware on infected devices. That's over $1...
07:25 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Internet Luminaries Urge EU To Kill Off Automated Copyright Filter Proposal
A large group of Internet pioneers have sent an open letter to the European Union urging it to scrap a proposal to introduce automated upload filters, arguing that it could damage the internet as we k...
06:45 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Google Disables Inline Installation For Chrome Extensions
An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced that Chrome will no longer support inline installation of extensions. New extensions lose inline installation starting today, existing extensions wil...
06:08 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Spanish Football League Defends Phone 'Spying'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Spanish football league La Liga has defended the privacy policy of its app after admitting it was accessing the microphone and GPS of Android users. It said it had...
05:25 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Intel Says Its First Discrete Graphics Chips Will Be Available in 2020
Ryan Shrout, reporting for MarketWatch: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich disclosed during an analyst event last week that it will have its first discrete graphics chips available in 2020. This will mark the b...
04:45 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Next-Gen Xbox Will Arrive in 2020: Report
Brad Sams, writing for Thurrott blog: This past week, I was tipped off that the next generation Xbox was codenamed Scarlett and in an effort to track down if this information was accurate, I was able ...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Carmel, Libra, and Andromeda Are the Next Wave of Surface Devices: Report
Brad Sams, writing for Thurrott blog: To help grow to the footprint of the brand, Microsoft is working on updates to its existing products as well as a couple new offerings. I was able to view a few p...
03:25 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot To Hit Climate Goals, Bill Gates and His Billionaire Friends Are Betting on Energy Storage
Akshat Rathi, writing for Quartz: The world needs radical new energy technologies to fight climate change. In 2016, Quartz reported that a group of billionaires -- including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ja...
02:50 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Vietnam Lawmakers Approve Cyber Law Clamping Down on Tech Firms, Dissent
Vietnamese legislators approved a cybersecurity law on Tuesday that tightens control of the internet and global tech companies operating in the Communist-led country, raising fears of economic harm an...
02:09 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Bugs Allowed Hackers To Make Malware Look Like Apple Software
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, hackers could hide malware alongside legitimate Apple code and sneak it past several popular third-party security products for Mac computers, according ...
01:00 pm - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Offers Nearly 500 Pages of Answers To Congress' Questions From Zuckerberg's Testimony
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: Facebook pledged to continue refining its privacy practices and investigating its entanglement with Cambridge Analytica in nearly 500 page...
10:00 am - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Honeybees Seem To Understand the Notion of Zero, Study Finds
A new study published in the journal Science finds honeybees are able to understand the concept of zero numerosity, joining the ranks of dolphins, parrots, and primates. Sci-News.com reports: The stud...
07:00 am - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Mars Opportunity Rover Is In Danger of Dying From a Dust Storm
According to NASA, the Mars Opportunity rover is currently trying to survive an intensifying dust storm on the red planet. "The storm's atmospheric opacity -- the veil of dust blowing around, which ca...
03:30 am - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Experimental Spit Test Could Identify Men Most At Risk of Prostate Cancer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A test developed by scientists in the U.K. and U.S. might someday be able to pinpoint the men most likely to get prostate cancer. A new study publishe...
02:10 am - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Inventor Says Google Is Patenting His Public Domain Work
Rob Riggs writes: Jarek Duda, the inventor of a compression technique called asymmetric numeral systems (ANS), dedicated the invention to the public domain. Since 2014, Facebook, Apple, and Google hav...
01:30 am - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Tesla's Autopilot To Get 'Full Self-Driving Feature' In August
Earlier today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that its Autopilot driver assistance system will get full self-driving features following a software upgrade in August. Reuters reports: Autopilot, a form of...
12:50 am - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Sweden Tries To Halt Its March To Total Cashlessness
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: A key committee of Swedish lawmakers wants to force the country's biggest banks to handle cash in an effort to halt the nation's march toward comple...
12:10 am - Tue, June 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple's App Store Officially Bans Cryptocurrency Mining
Apple has updated the App Store's Review Guidelines to explicitly ban on-device mining across any type of app, and all of Apple's platforms. The new section 3.1.5 (b), titled Cryptocurrencies, provide...
11:30 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Police Departments Are Training Dogs To Sniff Out Thumb Drives
A CNET report provides some insight on an elite K-9 search class that trains dogs to sniff out electronics, including phones, hard drives and microSD cards smaller than your thumb. From the report: On...
10:50 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot FBI Recovers $14M From Bogus Business Account Wire Transfers
Federal authorities announced Monday that they had "disrupted" what they call "Business Email Compromise" schemes, which involve a malicious actor sending a phishing email and somehow convincing emplo...
10:10 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Tanzania Orders All Unregistered Bloggers To Take Down Their Sites
The state-run Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) ordered all unregistered bloggers and online forums on Monday to suspend their websites immediately or face criminal prosecution. Seve...
09:30 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Wells Fargo Bans Cryptocurrency Purchases On Its Credit Cards
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Wells Fargo customers hoping to use their credit cards to buy Bitcoin will have to look elsewhere. While putting a prohibition on such cryptocurrenc...
08:50 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot A Serious New Hurdle For CRISPR: Edited Cells Might Cause Cancer, Find Two Studies
Editing cell genomes with CRISPR-Cas9 might increase the risk of developing cancer, two studies published Monday warn. From a report: Editing cells' genomes with CRISPR-Cas9 might increase the risk th...
08:10 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Canada's 'Random' Immigration Lottery Uses Microsoft Excel, Which Isn't Actually Random
An anonymous reader writes: Last year, Canada introduced a new lottery system used to extend permanent-resident status to the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens. The process was designed to...
07:30 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Radio Reporter Who Lost Voice Returns To Air Using App Built From Archived Audio
McGruber writes: Jamie Dupree had been a radio reporter from 1983 until the Spring of 2016, when he lost his voice. His official diagnosis is a rare neurological condition known as "Tongue Protrusion ...
06:50 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot US Sanctions Russians Over Military, Intelligence Hacking
The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on three Russian individuals and five companies on Monday, saying they had worked with Moscow's military and intelligence services on ways to conduct cyber attacks ...
06:15 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot It's 2018 and USB Type-C Is Still a Mess
An anonymous reader shares a column: USB Type-C was billed as the solution for all our future cable needs, unifying power and data delivery with display and audio connectivity, and ushering in an age ...
05:30 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Slammed for Destroying As-New and Returned Goods
Amazon is destroying "massive amounts" of as-new and returned items, raising the ire of the German government and environmental campaigners, local media reported. Fortune: The types of items being des...
04:50 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Next Year, People Will Spend More Time Online Than They Will Watching TV. That's a First.
Rani Molla, writing for Recode: It's finally happening: Next year, people around the world will spend more time online than they do watching TV, according to new data from measurement company Zenith. ...
04:06 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Stole Over $20 Million From Misconfigured Ethereum Clients
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A group of hackers has stolen over $20 million worth of Ethereum from Ethereum-based apps and mining rigs, Chinese cyber-security firm Qihoo 360 Netlab r...
03:25 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot NASA Makes Two Decades of Satellite Images of Earth Available To the Public
The longest continuous daily satellite observation record of Earth ever compiled is now available for all of us to peruse. Tom Yulsman, writing for Discover Magazine: Multiple instruments aboard NASA'...
02:45 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Four Years On, Developers Ponder The Real Purpose of Apple's Swift Programming Language
Programming languages such as Lua, Objective-C, Erlang, and Ruby (on Rails) offer distinct features, but they are also riddled with certain well-documented drawbacks. However, writes respected critic ...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Net Neutrality Repeal Is Official
The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules, which had required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content, took effect on Monday. The rules, enacte...
12:31 pm - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft To Stop Offering Support For Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Old Surface Devices in Forums
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft has announced that starting next month it will no longer be participating in the technical support forums for Windows 7, 8.1, 8.1 RT and numerous other p...
10:05 am - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Chinese City Gets 'Smartphone Zombie' Walkway
An anonymous reader shares a report: A city in northern China has introduced a special pedestrian lane on one of its roads, exclusively for slow-walking smartphone users, it's reported. According to t...
03:30 am - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot How Microsoft's Windows Red Team Keeps PCs Safe
Wired has a story on Windows' red team, which consists of a group of hackers (one of whom jailbroke Nintendo handhelds in a former life, another has more than one zero-day exploit to his name, and a t...
01:30 am - Mon, June 11, 2018
Slashdot Digital IDs Needed To End 'Mob Rule' Online, Says UK's Security Minister
Digital IDs should be brought in to end online anonymity that permits "mob rule" and lawlessness online, the security minister of United Kingdom has said. From a report: Ben Wallace said authenticatio...
11:00 pm - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft is Working on its Own Game Streaming, Netflix-Like Service
Phil Spencer, Microsoft's gaming chief, revealed the company is building a streaming game service for any device. Our cloud engineers are building a game streaming network to unlock console gaming on ...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Acquires Four Gaming Studios, Including Ninja Theory, As It Looks To Bolster First-Party Catalog
Microsoft has never had as many internal studios as Sony or Nintendo, and that has prevented it from having many first-party exclusives this generation. That changes today. From a report: At E3 trade ...
09:00 pm - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot In the Trump Administration, Science Is Unwelcome. So Is Advice.
Anonymous readers share a report: As President Trump prepares to meet Kim Jong-un of North Korea to negotiate denuclearization, a challenge that has bedeviled the world for years, he is doing so witho...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot The One-Name Email, a Silicon Valley Status Symbol, Is Wreaking Havoc
In Silicon Valley, first-name-only email addresses have long been the ultimate status symbol, indicating a techie was an early hire at a new company. Now that startups are growing, the one-namers are ...
07:00 pm - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot The Icelandic Families Tracking Climate Change With Measuring Tape
Gloria Dickie, writing for Undark Magazine: A 30-meter Komelon-branded measuring tape, a pencil, and a yellow paper form are all Hallsteinn Haraldsson carries with him when he travels to the Snaefells...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot EA, Touting 'Profound Impact' of Streaming and Subscription, Announces Origin Access Premier
EA CEO Andrew Wilson announced that the game publisher is making a big move into cloud gaming. The company is also planning to launch a new version of its Origin Access subscription service on PC call...
05:00 pm - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Crashed a Bank's Computers While Attempting a SWIFT Hack
An anonymous reader writes: Hackers have used a disk-wiping malware to sabotage hundreds of computers at a bank in Chile to distract staff while they were attempting to steal money via the bank's SWIF...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot BlackBerry Key2 is the 'Most Secure Android Smartphone', Company Claims
The Key2 smartphone, which BlackBerry unveiled earlier this week, is the "most secure Android smartphone," the Canadian company claims. Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: While BlackBerry no longer ...
03:00 pm - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Tumbles Most in Two Weeks Amid South Korea Hack
Bitcoin extended losses for a third day, tumbling as much as 6 percent Sunday as South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail said there was a "cyber intrusion" in its system. From a report: The larg...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot The World Isn't Prepared for Retirement
An anonymous reader writes: Most online quizzes are relatively mindless, promising to reveal which vegetable, sandwich or rock band best represents your personality. That was not the case for a short ...
11:34 am - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot Clear Linux Beats MacOS in MacBook Pro Benchmark Tests
To celebrate its 14th birthday, Phoronix.com used a 15-inch MacBook Pro to run system benchmarking tests on the following operating systems: - Windows 10 Pro - The latest macOS 10.13 High Sierra - ...
07:34 am - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot University Seeks Volunteers For 'Hotel Influenza'
The National Institutes of Health is paying a St. Louis university to study the effectiveness of flu vaccines. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:The university wants volunteers to live in "hotel infl...
03:34 am - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot Systemd-Free Devuan 2.0 'ASCII' Officially Released
"Dear Init Freedom Lovers..." begins the announcement at Devuan.org:We are happy to announce that Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0 ASCII Stable is finally available. Devuan is a GNU+Linux distribution committed t...
01:34 am - Sun, June 10, 2018
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg and the 2012 Facebook Moscow Hack
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: As Facebook's privacy debacle rages on, it's interesting to look back at Mark Zuckerberg's 2012 visit to the Facebook Moscow Hack (photos, video), at which Fac...
11:34 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Should Developers Abandon Agile?
An anonymous reader quotes InfoQ: Ron Jeffries, author, speaker, one of the creators of Extreme Programming (XP), and a signatory of the Agile Manifesto back in 2001, shared a post on his blog in whic...
10:34 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Lawrence Lessig Criticizes Proposed 140-Year Copyright Protections
EqualCitizens.US reports on growing opposition to the CLASSICS Act proposed by the U.S. Congress, which grants blanket copyright protection to all audio works created before 1972, leaving some of them...
09:34 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Some Recycling Is Now Being Re-Routed To Landfills
"Thousands of tons of material left curbside for recycling in dozens of U.S. cities and towns -- including several in Oregon -- have gone to landfills," reports the New York Times. Slashdot reader sch...
08:34 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Secret Pentagon AI Program Hunts Hidden Nuclear Missiles
Slashdot reader drdread66 shares this article from Reuters:The U.S. military is increasing spending on a secret research effort to use artificial intelligence to help anticipate the launch of a nuclea...
07:34 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Vint Cert Warns IPv4 Users: 'Time To Get With the Program'
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Vint Cerf notes that the world ran out of IPv4 address space around 2011, some 13 years after internet engineers started sketching out IPv6, under the belief back then...
06:34 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Unresolved Login Issue Prevented Florida 'Concealed Weapon' Background Checks For Over a Year
An anonymous reader quotes the Tampa Bay TimesFor more than a year, the state of Florida failed to conduct national background checks on tens of thousands of applications for concealed weapons permits...
05:34 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Defying Skeptics, Twitter Stock Surges 60% in 2018
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Twitter is one of the hottest stocks on Wall Street this year -- and now the company is hoping to cash in by selling $1 billion of bonds that can eventually convert into...
04:34 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Seeks Investors For New Company
There's a new surprise from the Wall Street Journal's John Carreyrou (author of the Theranos expose Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup). An anonymous reader shares Vanity Fair's s...
03:34 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Telsa Short-Sellers Lose $1 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:A bullish call from a Wall Street analyst capped off a rough week for Tesla short sellers, with Nomura Instinet advising clients that the electric car maker's shares co...
02:34 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Survey: JavaScript is the Most-Used Language, But Java is the Most Popular
An anonymous reader quotes SD TimesJava remains the most popular primary programming language, but JavaScript is the most used programming language overall. That is according to a recently released re...
01:00 pm - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Linux Foundation Celebrates Microsoft's GitHub Acquisition
The Linux Foundation has endorsed Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub. In a blog post, Jim Zemlin, the executive director at the Linux Foundation, said: "This is pretty good news for the world of Open S...
10:00 am - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Two Quantum Computing Bills Are Coming To Congress
Quantum computing has made it to the United States Congress. "Quantum computing is the next technological frontier that will change the world, and we cannot afford to fall behind," said Senator Kamala...
07:00 am - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes Up To Prepare For Historic Flyby of Distant Object
jwhyche writes: The New Horizons space probe has been in hibernation mode since Dec. 21. On June 5th, the spacecraft exited hibernation mode and began preparing for its next encounter. The spacecraft ...
03:55 am - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Gave Some Developers Access To Users' Friends After Policy Changed
Facebook granted a select group of companies special access to its users' records even after the point in 2015 that the company has claimed it stopped sharing such data with app developers. USA Today ...
02:03 am - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Can Washington State Finally Put a Price On Carbon?
jwhyche writes: Beth Brunton walks around Seattle with a magenta umbrella. At 75 degrees and there not being a cloud in the sky, it gets peoples attention. What she is attempting to do is get people t...
12:45 am - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot Intel: We 'Forgot' To Mention 28-Core, 5GHz CPU Demo Was Overclocked
At Computex earlier this week, Intel showed off a 28-core processor running at 5GHz, implying that it would be a shipping chip with a 5.0GHz stock speed. Unfortunately, as Tom's Hardware reports, "it ...
12:05 am - Sat, June 9, 2018
Slashdot WiFi Phishing Attacks Discovered Around Atlanta City Hall
As Atlanta continues to fully recover from March's ransomware attack, new evidence discovered today by Coronet reveals hundreds of active Wi-Fi phishing attacks currently ongoing both inside of and in...
11:20 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Bloomberg's Inside Look At Tesla's Model 3 Factory
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from an exclusive inside look at Tesla's Model 3 factory in Fremont, California: On the Model 3 body line on a Tuesday afternoon in early June, everything is stil...
10:40 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot First 3D Printed Houses For Rent Will Be Built In the Netherlands This Year
Since there aren't enough construction workers in the country to keep up with housing demands, the city of Eindhoven in The Netherlands is turning to robots for help. The city will soon boast the worl...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot In a Blow To E-Voting Critics, Brazil Suspends Use of All Paper Ballots
An anonymous reader shares a report: In a blow to electronic-voting critics, Brazil's Supreme Court has suspended the use of all paper ballots in this year's elections. The ruling means that only elec...
09:20 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Senator Makes Amtrak Hire Ticket Agents Because 30 Percent of His State Lacks Internet
McGruber writes: Joe Manchin, the senior Senator from West Virginia, has inserted language in the FY19 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that will...
08:40 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Ubisoft CEO: Cloud Gaming Will Replace Consoles After the Next Generation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Better start saving up for that PlayStation 5, Xbox Two, or Nintendo Swatch (that last follow-up name idea is a freebie, by the way). That genera...
08:01 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot US Once Again Boasts the World's Fastest Supercomputer
The US Department of Energy on Friday unveiled Summit, a supercomputer capable of performing 200 quadrillion calculations per second, or 200 petaflops. Its performance should put it at the top of the ...
07:22 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot China Hacked a Navy Contractor and Secured a Trove of Highly Sensitive Data on Submarine Warfare
Ellen Nakashima and Paul Sonne, reporting for The Washington Post: Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data rel...
06:43 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Cisco Removes Backdoor Account, Fourth Incident in the Last Four Months
For the fourth time this year, Cisco has removed hardcoded credentials that were left inside one of its products, which an attacker could have exploited to gain access to devices and inherently to cus...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Copyright Law Could Put End To Net Memes
An anonymous reader shares a report: Memes, remixes and other user-generated content could disappear online if the EU's proposed rules on copyright become law, warn experts. Digital rights groups are ...
05:20 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot 'We've an Unexpected Manufacturing Advantage For the First Time Ever': Intel's Manufacturing Glitch Opens Door For AMD
Over at The Information (paywalled), reporter Aaron Tilley has a splendid interview of Forrest Norrod, a senior executive who joined AMD four years ago. Mr. Norrod describes the challenge AMD has face...
04:40 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Blockchain's Once-Feared 51% Attack Is Now Becoming Regular
Monacoin, bitcoin gold, zencash, verge and now, litecoin cash. At least five cryptocurrencies have recently been hit with an attack that used to be more theoretical than actual, all in the last month....
04:00 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Google's Free Wifi is Becoming a Way of Life in India
Sushma U N, writing for Quartz: American internet search giant Google has completed the rollout of one of the world's biggest public wifi projects in India. On June 07, Google said it now offers free ...
03:21 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Oath is Killing Off Yahoo Messenger on July 17
Yahoo Messenger is to be discontinued in just over a month. Yahoo owner Oath has announced that it is killing off its famous Messenger service on July 17. From a report: After this date, chatting will...
02:40 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Netherlands Will Welcome Its First Community of 3D-Printed Homes
An anonymous reader writes: The Netherlands' first functional 3D-printed home will be ready to welcome occupants as early as next year. According to The Guardian's Daniel Boffey, the one-story, two-be...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot How E-commerce With Drone Delivery is Taking Flight in China
An anonymous reader shares a report: Late on a Monday morning the village of Zhangwei is quiet. Chickens scratch and cluck at the side of the road. Workers use wooden spades to spread grain on the hig...
01:00 pm - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Should Apple Let Competitors Use FaceTime?
In 2010, Steve Jobs first introduced FaceTime and promised it would become an open industry standard that could be used by Apple's competitors -- not just Apple. Well, eight years later and that still...
10:00 am - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Suicide Rates Are Up 30 Percent Since 1999, CDC Says
New submitter Austerity Empowers writes: Amidst all the name calling and straw man arguments about the overall health of America, sometimes it helps to look at data from people who sacrificed everythi...
07:00 am - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Justice Department Seizes Reporter's Phone, Email Records In Leak Probe
According to The New York Times, the Department of Justice seized a New York Times reporter's phone and email records this year in an effort to probe the leaking of classified information, the first k...
03:30 am - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Sucking CO2 From Air Is Cheaper Than Scientists Thought
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: While avoiding the worst dangers of climate change will likely require sucking carbon dioxide out of the sky, prominent scientists have ...
02:10 am - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Can An 'OS For Electricity' Double the Efficiency of the Grid?
New submitter mesterha shares an "interesting article [from Vox] on how to optimize our use of electricity": Waste on the grid is the result of poor power quality, which can be ameliorated through dig...
01:30 am - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot Severe Firmware Vulnerabilities Found In Popular Supermicro Server Products
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Security researchers have uncovered vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of the very popular Supermicro enterprise-line server products. T...
12:50 am - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot French School Students To Be Banned From Using Mobile Phones
The lower house of parliament in France has passed what it called a "detox" law for a younger generation increasingly addicted to screens. As a result, French school students will be banned from using...
12:10 am - Fri, June 8, 2018
Slashdot 'Pirates' Tend To Be the Biggest Buyers of Legal Content, Study Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: According to a paywalled survey of 1,000 UK residents by anti-piracy outfit MUSO first spotted by Torrent Freak, 60 percent of those surveyed admi...
11:30 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Internal Microsoft Poll Shows Employees Are Less Satisfied With Pay
According to an annual companywide survey, obtained by CNBC, Microsoft employees said they're less fairly paid in 2018 than they were in any of the past three years. When asked if "total compensation ...
10:50 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Ticketfly Says 27 Million Accounts Compromised During 'Malicious' Attack
Earlier this month, we reported of a "cyber incident" that compromised the systems of Ticketfly, a large ticket distribution service. We have now learned that roughly 27 million user accounts were com...
10:10 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot There Are More Jobs Than People Out of Work, Something the American Economy Has Never Experienced Before
The jobs market has reached what should be some kind of inflection point: there are now more openings than there are workers. From a report: April marked the second month in a row this historic event ...
09:30 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot The Gig Economy is Actually Smaller Than It Used To Be, Labor Department Says
The so-called gig economy is actually slightly smaller than it used to be, according to a new Labor Department report released Thursday that chronicles the jobs market in the age of Uber. From a repor...
08:50 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Google Promises Its AI Will Not Be Used For Weapons
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Google, reeling from an employee protest over the use of artificial intelligence for military purposes, said Thursday that it would not use...
08:10 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Alerts 14M To Privacy Bug That Changed Status Composer To Public
Facebook has landed itself in yet another self-inflicted privacy debacle. As many as 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting items that only their friends or smaller groups could see m...
07:30 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Shady ICO Issuers Are Taking 'Bags of Cash' To Border, US Says
A top financial regulator gave a strong warning this week that U.S. scrutiny of initial coin offerings is just getting started. From a report: Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton, ...
06:52 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Net Neutrality Will Be Repealed Monday Unless Congress Takes Action
With net neutrality rules scheduled to be repealed on Monday, Senate Democrats are calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule a vote that could preserve the broadband regulations. From a report: T...
06:07 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot NASA Mars Rover Finds Organic Matter in Ancient Lake Bed
NASA's veteran Curiosity rover has found complex organic matter buried and preserved in ancient sediments that formed a vast lake bed on Mars more than 3bn years ago. From a report: The discovery is t...
05:32 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot US Says Internet Use Rises as More Low Income People Go Online; Tablets Surpass Desktops In Popularity
Internet use by Americans increased in 2017, fueled by a rise among people with lower incomes, a government report viewed on Wednesday by Reuters found. From a report: The National Telecommunications ...
04:43 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Google Facing Billions in EU Antitrust Fines
Another EU antitrust fine for Google is coming down the pipe in mid-July over allegations Google has used its Android mobile operating system to beat out rivals, Reuters reports. From a report: The Eu...
04:04 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Emirates Planes Could Be Going Windowless
An anonymous reader shares a report: In the future, you could find yourself booking an Emirates flight without a real window seat. The airline has just unveiled a new first class suite on board its la...
03:20 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot UK Bank TSB Admits 1,300 Accounts Hit By Fraud Amid IT Meltdown
An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: Life savings have been stolen from TSB accounts by fraudsters "exploiting" the bank's IT problems, with 1,300 people losing money. On occasions, people were wa...
02:40 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot US Piles New Charges on Marcus Hutchins (aka MalwareTech)
British cyber-security researcher Marcus Hutchins, who has been credited with stopping the spread of WannaCry, is now facing four more charges related to separate malware he is alleged to have created...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Trump Strikes Deal With China's ZTE on Sanctions
The Trump administration struck a deal Thursday with a Chinese telecom that will allow it to do business with U.S. companies even though it violated sanctions. From a report: China's ZTE will pay a $1...
12:30 pm - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Why a Group of Physicists Watched a Clock Tick For 14 Years Straight
An anonymous reader writes: If you drop your phone today and it falls to the ground, you can be fairly certain that if it slips from your grip again tomorrow (butterfingers!), it won't suddenly soar i...
11:00 am - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Can Be Liable For Copyright Infringing Videos, Court Rules
An anonymous reader shares a report: YouTube is known to be a breeding ground for creators. At the same time, however, it's also regularly used to share copyrighted material without permission. While ...
09:30 am - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Confirms Data-Sharing Deals With Chinese Tech Firms
Facebook confirmed this week that it struck data partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics firms, including Huawei, a telecommunications-equipment maker that U.S. officials view as a potenti...
08:03 am - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Honolulu Lawmakers Pass 'Surge Pricing' Cap For Ride-Hailing Companies
Honolulu could become the first U.S. city to limit fares ride-hailing companies can charge when demand spikes, following a city council vote on Wednesday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper report...
06:05 am - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Google Launches Android P Beta 2 With Final APIs
An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched the second Android P beta with final APIs and 157 new emoji. If you're a developer, this is your third Android P preview, and you can start testing yo...
02:21 am - Thu, June 7, 2018
Slashdot Valve Will Stop Removing Controversial Games on Steam Unless They Are 'Illegal or Straight up Trolling'
Valve will no longer remove games from its Steam game marketplace unless they are "illegal, or straight up trolling," according to a statement from the Bellevue, Wash.-based gaming company posted toda...
10:40 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot My Line Lets Colombians Call Google Assistant
An anonymous reader shares a report: At one time, Google Assistant could only be found on a handful of smartphones. Today, Google Assistant is available on 500 million devices -- smartphones, smart sp...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Majority of Americans Believe It Is Essential That the US Remain a Global Leader in Space
Pew Research: Sixty years after the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), most Americans believe the United States should be at the forefront of global leadership in sp...
09:20 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot US Government Probes Airplane Vulnerabilities, Says Airline Hack Is 'Only a Matter of Time'
Joseph Cox, writing for Motherboard: U.S. government researchers believe it is only a matter of time before a cybersecurity breach on an airline occurs, according to government documents obtained by M...
08:40 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Adds Post-Quantum Cryptography To an OpenVPN Fork
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft recently published an interesting open source project called "PQCrypto-VPN" that implements post-quantum cryptography (PQC) within OpenVPN. Being developed by the...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot A Nationwide Comcast Landline Outage is Affecting Thousands of Businesses
Comcast's Xfinity phone service is apparently suffering a massive outage today, knocking out phone service for thousands of companies across the country that still largely rely on landline access to d...
07:21 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Hurricanes Are Moving More Slowly, Which Means More Damage
An anonymous reader shares a report: Hurricanes are moving more slowly over both land and water, and that's bad news for communities in their path. In the past 70 years, tropical cyclones around the w...
06:40 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Judge Orders EPA To Produce Science Behind Pruitt's Climate Claims
EPA must produce the opposing body of science Administrator Scott Pruitt has relied upon to claim that humans are not the primary drivers of global warming, a federal judge has ruled. From a report: T...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot VPNFilter Can Also Infect ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE Devices
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: The VPNFilter malware that infected over 500,000 routers and NAS devices across 54 countries during the past few months is much worse than previously tho...
05:20 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot An Average Earth Day Used To Be Less Than 19 Hours Long
Scientists have determined that some 1.4 billion years ago, an Earth day -- that is, a full rotation around its axis -- took 18 hours and 41 minutes, rather than the familiar 24 hours. The Guardian re...
04:40 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Sinks Data Centre Off Orkney To Test Energy Efficiency
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has sunk a data centre in the sea off Orkney to investigate whether it can boost energy efficiency. The data centre, a white cylinder containing computers, could ...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Company Takes Over Well-Known OSS Developer's Name Because the Domain Was Free
New submitter Fatalis writes: Substack is a venture capital funded startup for subscription-based newsletters, and it admittedly chose its name following the advice from a Paul Graham (co-founder of Y...
03:20 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot President's Most Senior Technology Advisor Says the White House is Quietly Pursuing an Aggressive AI Plan
Speaking at a conference held at MIT, Donald Trump's chief technology advisor, Michael Kratsios, said this week that the U.S. government would release any data that might help fuel AI research in the ...
02:40 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Addresses Pressure From Developer Community, Promises To Rename GVFS
DuroSoft writes: Earlier this week an article ran about how Microsoft's multi-year refusal to rename its terabyte-scale Git extension "GVFS" (Git Virtual File System) had drawn the ire and dismay of t...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Oracle Lays Off Java Mission Control Team After Open Sourcing Product
Kesha Williams, reporting for InfoQ (shared by numerous readers): The Java Mission Control suite of tools, also known as JMC, was open sourced by Oracle on May 3rd to much applause and excitement from...
01:00 pm - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot 70 Long-Lost Japanese Video Games Discovered In a 67GB Folder of ROMs On a Private Forum
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Until yesterday, rare Japanese PC game Labyrinthe, developed by Caravan Interactive, was long thought to be lost forever. That is until the almost...
10:00 am - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot 'Solo' Will Lose $50 Million In First Defeat For Disney's 'Star Wars' Empire
Zorro shares a report from The Hollywood Reporter: To borrow one of Han Solo's lines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, "That's not how the Force works!" It's an apt way to sum up the troubled perform...
07:00 am - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Robocallers Win Even if You Don't Answer
Sarah Krouse, reporting for WSJ: Caller ID is feeding one of the very problems it was developed to stop: junk calls. Illegitimate robocallers, or outfits that flood American landlines with marketing c...
03:30 am - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Scientists May Have Discovered a New Fundamental Particle: Sterile Neutrino
Artem Tashkinov writes: It needs more sigmas, but Fermilab boffins in America are carefully speculating that they may have seen evidence of a new fundamental particle: the sterile neutrino. The sugges...
01:00 am - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot tvOS 12 Brings Dolby Atmos Support, Zero Sign-In, and TV App Improvements
If you're using an Apple TV as your main streaming box, you will be happy to know several big improvements are coming to the platform. Macworld reports of what's new in tvOS 12: With tvOS 12, Dolby At...
12:03 am - Wed, June 6, 2018
Slashdot Zip Slip Vulnerability Affects Thousands of Projects
Yhcrana writes: Considering the video in the story makes it pretty simple, this is not something I would like to have happen. Apparently it is a flaw in the libraries that are being used by Oracle, Ap...
11:40 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Google's Lens AI Camera Is Now a Standalone App
Google Lens is now available as an app in the Play Store for devices with Android Marshmallow and above. The app is designed to bring up relevant information using visual analysis. Android Police repo...
11:20 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 850 Platform Targeted For Windows 10 PCs
MojoKid writes: Qualcomm's Always-Connected Windows 10 PC initiative with Microsoft kicks into another gear this morning with the announcement of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 Mobile Platform for Window...
10:40 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Washington Sues Facebook, Google For Failure To Disclose Political Ad Spending
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook and Google were paid millions for political advertising purposes in Washington but failed for years to publish related information -- such...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot NASA Extends Juno Jupiter Mission By Three Years
The Juno spacecraft currently orbiting Jupiter was supposed to end its mission by crashing into the gas giant next month. Not anymore! From a report: It turns out the scientific mission will be extend...
09:20 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot DHS Will Use Facial Recognition To Scan Travelers at the Border
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put out a notice, saying it was looking for a facial recognition system that could work with images taken of p...
08:40 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot FCC Emails Show Agency Spread Lies To Bolster Dubious DDoS Attack Claims: Gizmodo
As the FCC was grappling with accusations of a fake cyberattack last spring, it intentionally misled several news organizations, choosing to feed journalists false information, while at the same time ...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Flight-Sim Maker Threatens Legal Action Over Reddit Posts Discussing DRM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today's controversy begins with a Reddit thread that noted FlightSimLabs' A320 add-on installing "cmdhost.exe" files in the "system32" and "SysWO...
07:20 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot PC Software Piracy Decreases Worldwide, But Remains Rampant
An anonymous reader writes: A new report published by The Software Alliance shows that usage of pirated PC software is decreasing worldwide. While this is a positive trend for the industry, piracy rem...
06:39 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Edward Snowden: 'The People Are Still Powerless, But Now They're Aware'
Edward Snowden has no regretsfive years on from leaking the biggest cache of top-secret documents in history. He is wanted by the US. He is in exile in Russia. But he is satisfied with the way his rev...
06:01 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Says New GPUs Won't Be Available For a 'Long Time'
Nvidia chief executive Jensen Huang said this week at Computex that people should not get their hopes up for any major GPU upgrades in the company's lineup in the foreseeable future. From a report: Wh...
05:20 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Apple Deprecates OpenGL and OpenCL in macOS 10.14 Mojave
In macOS 10.14 Mojave, which Apple unveiled on Monday, the company is deprecating OpenGL and OpenCL technologies in its desktop operating system. In an announcement post to developers, the company wro...
04:40 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot The World Set a New Record For Renewable Power in 2017, But Emissions Are Still Rising
In 2017, the world deployed an ever-expanding amount of solar and wind power, setting a new record for renewable-power capacity added to the grid. From a report: In fact, the money spent on renewable ...
04:06 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot MyHeritage, a DNA Testing and Ancestry Service, Announces Data Breach of Over 92 Million Account Details
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: Unfortunately for customers of MyHeritage, a genealogy and DNA testing service, a researcher uncovered 92 million account details related to the company sitting ...
03:20 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot The Asus Project Precog is a Pioneering Dual-Display Laptop, Due in 2019
At Computex on Tuesday, Asus unveiled the Project Precog, a concept PC formed of two shimmering sheets of glass. PCWorld: It's a vision that appears to be real: Marcel Campos, senior director of PC an...
02:40 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Intel Hits 50 Years and Its CPUs Hit 5.0 GHz
Intel will turn 50 next month, so to celebrate that, its CPUs are hitting 5.0 GHz for the first time, it said. At Computex event in Taiwan this week, the chipmaker announced the limited edition 8th Ge...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Apple Is Testing a Feature That Could Kill Police iPhone Unlockers
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: On Monday, at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple teased the upcoming release of the iPhone's operating system, iOS 12. Among its most ...
01:00 pm - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Hawaii Passes Law To Make State Carbon Neutral By 2045
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: In a little less than three decades, Hawaii plans to be carbon neutral -- he most ambitious climate goal in the United States. Governor David Ige...
10:00 am - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot No More 'Miracles From Molecules': Monsanto's Name Is Being Retired
Flexagon writes: Germany's Bayer announced today that in its link-up with Monsanto, it's retiring the "Monsanto" name, and with it the name of the company that originally sponsored Disneyland's "Adven...
07:00 am - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Apple Jams Facebook's Web-Tracking Tools
The next version of iOS and macOS "will frustrate tools used by Facebook to automatically track web users," reports BBC. At the company's developer conference, Apple's software chief Craig Federighi s...
03:30 am - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot 'Carbon Bubble' Could Spark Global Financial Crisis, Study Warns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The existence of a "carbon bubble" -- assets in fossil fuels that are currently overvalued because, in the medium and long-term, the world will h...
12:50 am - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Faces Accelerating Rate of Model 3 Refunds
According to new U.S. data from analytics company Second Measure, Tesla is facing an accelerated rate of Model 3 refunds. As of the end of April, some 23 percent of all Model 3 deposits in the U.S. ha...
12:10 am - Tue, June 5, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Delays Plans To Send Space Tourists To Circle Moon
SpaceX will reportedly no longer be sending a pair of space tourists to circle the moon this year. The flight was scheduled for late 2018, but has been delayed, according to The Wall Street Journal. T...
11:30 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Japan May Be First Country To Have Self-Driving Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Outline: The Olympic Games are an international muscle-flexing competition, where countries show off their technological, architectural, and (oh yeah) athl...
10:50 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Micron, Samsung, Hynix Investigated By China Over Antitrust Violations
hackingbear shares a report from Yahoo Finance: Micron Technology Inc., the largest U.S. maker of computer memory chips, said Chinese regulatory authority representatives visited its offices in that c...
10:20 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Apple CarPlay Will Now Support Third-Party Navigation and Mapping Apps
Apple today announced that it will now let third-party navigation and mapping apps work with CarPlay starting with iOS 12. "Up to now, Apple only allowed its own mapping app, Maps, to work over CarPla...
09:50 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot watchOS 5 Brings Automatic Workout Detection, Walkie-Talkie Mode, Podcast App To Apple Watch
At WWDC 2018, Apple announced several new features in watchOS 5 that will be coming to the Apple Watch later this year. Digital Trends summarizes all the big new additions including more watch faces a...
09:10 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia Launches AI Computer To Give Autonomous Robots Better Brains
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: At Computex 2018, Nvidia unveiled two new products: Nvidia Isaac, a new developer platform, and the Jetson Xavier, an AI computer, both built to pow...
08:30 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Apple Brings iOS Apps Into Mac, But Won't Merge Platforms
Stephen Shankland, writing for CNET: With its next-generation MacOS Mojave software, Macs will be able to run some apps written for iPhones and iPads, a big new step in bringing the two technology pla...
07:50 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot 5 Years on, US Government Still Counting Snowden Leak Costs
National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the trove of classified ...
07:10 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Apple Unveils macOS 10.14 Mojave With Dark Mode and Finder Photo Tools
Alongside iOS 12, at its developer conference WWDC on Monday, Apple also unveiled macOS 10.14 -- named "Mojave" -- the upcoming software update for the company's laptop and desktops lineups. The headl...
06:30 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Apple Unveils iOS 12
Apple on Monday unveiled iOS 12, the major software update that is coming later this year to all the iPhones and iPad models the company has released since 2013. iOS 12 offers a handful of new feature...
05:42 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Doctors Hail World First as Woman's Advanced Breast Cancer is Eradicated
A woman with advanced breast cancer which had spread around her body has been completely cleared of the disease by a groundbreaking therapy that harnessed the power of her immune system to fight the t...
05:10 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Mobile Devs Making the Same Security Mistakes Web Devs Made in the Early 2000s
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Mobile app developers are going through the same growing pains that the webdev scene has gone through in the 90s and 2000s when improper input validation...
04:30 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Humans Are Still Crucial To Amazon's Fulfillment Process
Amazon's fleet of automated warehouse robots, now more than 100,000 machines strong, is working alongside human employees to help meet the e-commerce giant's massive fulfillment demand. From a report:...
03:50 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Tech Support Scammers Used Victims' Webcams To Secretly Record 'Testimonials' For YouTube
A team of scammers sneakily filmed dozens of Australians by remotely accessing their webcams, then uploaded those videos onto YouTube, according to Australian news outlet ABC. From a report: The victi...
03:10 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Car Makers Used Software To Raise Spare Parts Prices
An anonymous reader writes: Ever had the nagging suspicion that your car's manufacturer was charging outrageous prices for parts simply because it could? Software might be to blame. Reuters has obtain...
02:30 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Linux 4.17 Released
Mark Wycislik-Wilson, writing for BetaNews: In his weekly message to the Linux community on Sunday, Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.17. The release comes a couple of months after the f...
01:15 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Acquires GitHub For $7.5B
As rumored, Microsoft said Monday that it has acquired code repository website GitHub for a whopping sum of $7.5B in Microsoft stock. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman, founder of Xamari...
01:13 pm - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access To Data On Users and Friends
According to a report from The New York Times, Facebook formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung, and dozens of other device makers, allowing them to access vast amounts of its users' pers...
11:11 am - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot American Tech Giants Are Making Life Tough For Startups
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Economist: Venture capitalists, such as Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures, who was an early investor in Twitter, now talk of a "kill-zone" around the ...
10:03 am - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Interest In Buying GitHub Draws Backlash From Developers
The supposed acquisition of popular code repository GitHub by Microsoft has drawn an unprecedented backlash from the developer community. Over the weekend, after Bloomberg reported that the two compan...
07:17 am - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Programmer Creates Bee Counter Using a Raspberry Pi
Programmer Mat Kelsey created a bee counter to see exactly how many bees are hanging out in his hives. "His system, which uses a Raspberry Pi and a machine learning algorithm that recognizes the numbe...
04:04 am - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Russian Scientists Upgrade Nuclear Battery Design To Increase Power Output
schwit1 shares a report from ScienceAlert: A team of Russian researchers have put a new spin on technology that uses the beta decay of a radioactive element to create differences in voltage. The devic...
02:02 am - Mon, June 4, 2018
Slashdot Dolby Looking To Monopolize Consumer Audio By Restricting Its Codec
Audiofan writes from a report via Audioholics, written by Gene DellaSala: Variety is said to be the spice of life. Why only eat cherry Starbursts when you can sample orange, watermelon, lemon, etc? Th...
11:23 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot Uber Facing Ban In Turkey After Erdogan Backs Taxis
An anonymous reader quotes a report from SBS: Uber faces being banned in Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the ride-hailing app was "finished" on Saturday following an intense lobbying ...
10:22 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Are Coming To Xbox One
According to Windows Central, the Xbox One will soon support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which should provide a decent alternative to Kinect for controlling your console via voice commands. Mic...
09:21 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot Smartphone Shipments Declined For the First Time In 2017
2017 was the first year that smartphone unit shipments didn't grow, according to a new Internet Trends report. "Shipments actually declined by 0.5 percent, as IDC noted in February," reports The Verge...
08:44 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Is Said to Have Agreed to Acquire Coding Site GitHub
Bloomberg reports:Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire GitHub Inc., the code repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to peop...
08:20 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot How Microbes Survive Clean Rooms and Contaminate Spacecraft
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Rakesh Mogul, a Cal Poly Pomona professor of biological chemistry, was the lead author of an article in the journal Astrobiology that offers the firs...
07:19 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Sticks With Controversial 'GVFS' Name Despite Backlash
New submitter DuroSoft writes: It has been over a year since Microsoft unveiled its open source GVFS (Git Virtual File System) project, designed to make terabyte-scale repositories, like it's own 270G...
06:18 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI
A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a psychopathic algorithm named Norman, as part of an experiment to see what training artificial intelligence on data from "th...
05:17 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot New York's Last Remaining Independent Bookshops
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Guardian, written by Hermione Hoby: Michael Seidenberg, pictured kingly in his throne of a wicker chair, feet spread, pipe in mouth, is one ...
04:16 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot Snapchat's CEO On Facebook's Long History of Copying His Company's Products
Earlier this week, Snap's CEO Evan Spiegel publicly addressed Facebook's long-standing practice of copying his company's products, joking that Facebook should model Snap's approach to collecting less ...
03:15 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot Judge Rules Amazon Isn't Liable For Damages Caused By a Hoverboard It Sold
Earlier this week, a judge in Tennessee ruled that Amazon isn't liable for damages caused by a hoverboard that spontaneously exploded and burned down a family's house, even though they bought it on Am...
02:14 pm - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot California's Efforts To Restrict Elon Musk's Flamethrowers Go Down In Flames
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A California state bill that would have more heavily regulated the use of flamethrowers has now effectively fizzled out in a legislative committe...
11:34 am - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot Zuckerberg Grilled At Angry Facebook Shareholder's Meeting
An anonymous reader quotes the Mercury News' report on Facebook's annual shareholder's meeting:On Thursday in Menlo Park, one investor compared the social network's poor stewardship of user data to a ...
07:34 am - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot Are Tech Conferences Overrated?
"The tech industry has reached a maximum saturation point for conferences, summits and forums," writes CNN's senior media reporter, sharing his general disillusionment after Recode's recent Code Confe...
03:34 am - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot California City Tries Universal Basic Income Programs -- Including One Targeting Potential Shooters
An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times:Mayor Michael Tubbs, a Stockton native and Stanford graduate who is all of 27 years old, wants to give at least $500 a month to a select group of resid...
01:34 am - Sun, June 3, 2018
Slashdot 'Descent' Creators Reunite For a New Game Called 'Overload'
Long-time Slashdot reader t0qer writes: In the early days of PC gaming, there was 3 major titles. Doom, Duke Nukem, and Descent. Descent was the first game to have true 3D environments and enemies, wh...
11:34 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot Richard Stallman Asks: Should Big Tech Be Taxed For Hurting Society?
Richard Stallman weighed in Friday on what he calls "massive commercial surveillance of individuals," saying that the two camps arguing about it "both miss the point." First there's the trustbusters w...
10:34 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot A Tesla on Autopilot Crashed Into a Parked Police Car
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:A Tesla vehicle in Autopilot mode collided with a parked police cruiser in California, authorities said. The Tesla sedan was driving outbound when it struck a parked...
09:34 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot Uber Driver Kills His Passenger
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:An Uber driver in Denver killed his passenger early Friday morning, telling a witness he had fired several times in self-defense, police said... Police s...
08:34 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot CSS Is Now So Overpowered It Can Deanonymize Facebook Users
An anonymous reader writes: Some of the recent additions to the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) web standard are so powerful that a security researcher has abused them to deanonymize visitors to a demo s...
07:34 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot Woman Looking At Apple Watch Found Guilty of Distracted Driving
Ontario law defines distracted driving as "holding or using a handheld wireless communication device" -- and a judge just fined Victoria Ambrose $400 for checking her Apple Watch while waiting at a st...
06:34 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot MIT Issued Blockchain Diplomas, But Doesn't Know If Employers Actually Use Them
dcblogs writes:Last summer, MIT ran a pilot program creating verifiable, tamper-proof "digital diplomas" for a small number of graduates. But they don't know how the pilot turned out, and there's a lo...
05:34 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot 'Why I'm Switching From Chrome To Firefox and You Should Too'
An anonymous reader quotes an associate technology editor at Fast Company's Co.Design:While the amount of data about me may not have caused harm in my life yet -- as far as I know -- I don't want to b...
04:34 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot NASA Wants 40 Social Media Users To Attend SpaceX's Next Launch
An anonymous reader quotes NASA.gov:Social media users are invited to register to attend the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Ca...
03:34 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot Atari Launches Linux Gaming Box Starting at $199
An anonymous reader quotes Linux.com:Attempts to establish Linux as a gaming platform have failed time and time again, with Valve's SteamOS being the latest high-profile casualty. Yet, Linux has emerg...
02:34 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot Emacs 26.1 Released With New Features
There's a new version of the 42-year-old libre text editor with over 2,000 built-in commands, reports LWN.net:Highlights include a built-in Lisp threading mechanism that provides some concurrency, dou...
01:00 pm - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Atlantic, written by Alexis C. Madrigal: No one picks up the phone anymore. Even many businesses do everything they can to avoid picking up ...
10:00 am - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot German Spy Agency Can Keep Tabs On Internet Hubs, Federal Court Rules
Earlier this week, a federal court in Germany threw out a challenge by the world's largest internet hub, the De-Cix exchange, against the tapping of its data flows by the BND foreign intelligence serv...
07:00 am - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot Is Pluto Actually a Mash-Up of a Billion Comets?
Scientists from the Southwest Research Institute suggest Pluto may be a comet, as opposed to a planet or dwarf planet. According to a study published in the journal Icarus, Pluto could be made up of b...
03:30 am - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot Google Quits Selling Tablets
Google has quietly crept out of the tablet business, removing the "tablets" heading from its Android page. It was there yesterday, but it's gone today. TechCrunch reports: Google in particular has str...
01:00 am - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot Apple May Introduce a Triple-Camera iPhone This Year
A rumor from The Korea Herald suggests that Apple may be planning on introducing its first triple camera smartphone this year with the rumored 6.5-inch iPhone. The rumor comes buried in a piece mostly...
12:20 am - Sat, June 2, 2018
Slashdot YouTube's Top Creators Are Burning Out and Breaking Down En Masse
Polygon reports of several prominent YouTube creators who are struggling with burnout. The cause can be attributed to "constant changes to the platform's algorithm, unhealthy obsessions with remaining...
11:50 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Apple Is Reportedly Eyeing the Ad Business
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The Wall Street Journal has published a new report detailing one thing we might expect to see on stage at WWDC next week: a digital ad platform expansion...
11:20 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Trump Orders a Lifeline For Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants
According to The New York Times, President Trump has ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to "prepare immediate steps" to stop the closure of unprofitable coal and nuclear plants around the country. Fr...
10:40 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Cost To Build a Tesla Model 3 Is $28,000, German Engineers Say
Rei writes: An interesting report came out the other day from Germany, where an engineering firm purchased four Tesla Model 3s on the grey market to study on behalf of an anonymous major German auto m...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Is Talking About Acquiring GitHub, Says Report
The Welcome Rain shares a report from ZDNet: Microsoft officials have been talking to GitHub about possibly acquiring the company, according to a June 1 report in Business Insider. BI claims that the ...
09:20 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Three US States Will Spend $1.3 Billion To Build More Electric Vehicle Charging
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Three U.S. states announced major investments in charging infrastructure for electric cars on Thursday. In total, California, New York, and New Jers...
08:41 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Starts To Release Its Cars' Open-Source Linux Software Code
An anonymous reader writes: Tesla cars are powered not only by batteries but by open-source software. Until recently, though, Tesla hasn't lived up to its obligations under open-source licenses, but n...
08:01 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Top US Antitrust Official Uncertain of Need For Four Wireless Carriers
An anonymous reader shares a report: The head of the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division, Makan Delrahim, declined on Friday to support the Obama administration's firm backing of the need for...
07:20 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Google Plans Not To Renew its Contract for Project Maven, a Controversial Drone AI Imaging Program
Kate Konger, reporting for Gizmodo: Google will not seek another contract for its controversial work providing artificial intelligence to the U.S. Department of Defense for analyzing drone footage aft...
06:40 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Thousands of Organizations Are Exposing Sensitive Data Via Google Groups Lists, Researchers Find
Brian Krebs reports: Google is reminding organizations to review how much of their Google Groups mailing lists should be public and indexed by Google.com. The notice was prompted in part by a review t...
05:56 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Visa Card Payment Systems Go Down Across Europe
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: The Visa card payment system is currently down across Europe. Users across the continent have reported problems during the day when attempting to make ...
05:20 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Is Killing Off Trending As It Tries To Revamp Newsfeed
Mark Wilson writes: Facebook has announced plans to kill off the Trending feature of its newsfeed. The social network says that this is to "make way for future news experiences." Over the years, Faceb...
04:40 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Intel Wants PCs To Be More Than Just 'Personal Computers'
An anonymous reader shares a report "What people need from a PC, what they expect is really more diverse than ever," Intel's Client Computing head Gregory Bryant said in an interview. "We're going to ...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Now Fighting for Top Tech Talent: Makers of Turbines, Tools and Toyotas
The tussle over technology talent is reaching far beyond Silicon Valley. From a report: Firms from industrial giants to car makers are rethinking the way they recruit as they compete with each other a...
03:20 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Signs of Sophisticated Cellphone Spying Found Near White House, US Officials Say
A federal study found signs that surveillance devices for intercepting cellphone calls and texts were operating near the White House and other sensitive locations in the Washington area last year. Fro...
02:40 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Facebook, Amazon, and Hundreds of Companies Post Targeted Job Ads That Screen Out Older Workers
Older workers are accusing Facebook, Ikea, and hundreds of other companies for discriminating against job seekers in their 50s and 60s through targeted job ads posted on Facebook. From a report: The C...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Race To Find Who is Pumping a Dangerous Gas Into the Atmosphere
An anonymous reader shares a report: When the research was published in Nature on May 16, it was like a bomb dropped. A greenhouse gas is billowing into the atmosphere from a source somewhere in East ...
01:00 pm - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Leaked Emails Show Google Expected Military Drone AI Work To Grow Exponentially
In March, Google secretly signed an agreement with the Pentagon to provide cutting edge AI technology for drone warfare, causing about a dozen Google employees to resign in protest and thousands to si...
10:00 am - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Ticketfly Temporarily Shuts Down To Investigate 'Cyber Incident'
Earlier today, ticket distribution service Ticketfly shut down after a "cyber incident" compromised its systems. A hacker reportedly defaced the company's website and claimed to have compromised the "...
07:00 am - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot NASA Spacecraft Finds Methane Ice Dunes On Pluto
Scientists say they have found evidence of dunes of frozen methane on Pluto, suggesting that the distant world is more dynamic than previously thought. The research has been published in the journal S...
05:00 am - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Now Even Russian Lawmakers Want a Piece of Mark Zuckerberg
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from Quartz: In an ironic twist in the saga of Facebook's troubles, Russian lawmakers have declared that they, too, would like to question Mark Zuckerberg. According...
02:20 am - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot DeepMind Used YouTube Videos To Train Game-Beating Atari Bot
Artem Tashkinov shares a report from The Register: DeepMind has taught artificially intelligent programs to play classic Atari computer games by making them watch YouTube videos. Exploration games lik...
01:40 am - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot Arm Unveils Next-Gen 76-Series Mobile CPU, GPU Cores
MojoKid writes: Last week, Arm showed off its new Machine Learning Processor design, but today it has lifted the veil on its next-generation Cortex and Mali CPU, GPU, and VPU architectures, destined f...
01:00 am - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot America's Teens Are Choosing YouTube Over Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Three years ago, Facebook was the dominant social media site among U.S. teens, visited by 71 percent of people in that magic, trendsetting demograph...
12:20 am - Fri, June 1, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Wants To Settle With FTC To Avoid Unlimited Data Throttling Lawsuit
AT&T has given up its years-long quest to cripple the Federal Trade Commission's authority to regulate broadband providers. "Just weeks ago, AT&T said it intended to appeal its loss in the cas...
11:40 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Chinese President Xi Jinping Calls Blockchain a 'Breakthrough' Technology
Even as cryptocurrencies continue to draw skepticism from some, at least the underlying technology, blockchain, has found yet another high-profile admirer: Chinese President. Xi Jinping said in a spee...
11:00 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Dell is Reportedly Working on a Dual-Screen Windows ARM Device
Dell is working on a foldable dual-screen device, according to a report. According to news blog WinFuture, Dell's supposedly forthcoming device would run Windows 10 and an unreleased Qualcomm Snapdrag...
10:20 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Canon Has Sold Its Last Film Camera
As spotted by PetaPixel, Canon this week announced with no fanfare that it's sold its last film camera. TechCrunch reports: The model in question is the EOS-1V, which, incidentally, the company actual...
09:40 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Google Listed 'Nazism' as the Ideology of the California Republican Party
Less than a week ago, if you searched for the California Republican Party on Google, you might have read that the political party's ideologies included conservatism, market liberalism, and nazism. The...
09:00 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Google's In-House Incubator Made a Waze-Like App For the New York City Subway
Google's in-house startup incubator Area 120 has developed a new app to help New York City subway commuters avoid delays. An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The app, called Pigeon, is...
06:50 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Telegram CEO Claims Apple Has 'Prevented' App Updates Globally Since April
New submitter devoid42 writes:Multiple news outlets -- ArsTechnica and The Verge -- report that Apple is restricting updates to Telegram app across the globe. The outage comes at a time when the Russi...
06:16 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Won't Be Forced To Update Old Smartphones
Samsung will not be forced to update the software on its mobile phones for years after their release, after it won a court case in the Netherlands. From a report: A consumer association had argued tha...
05:30 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Valve Patches Security Bug That Existed in Steam Client for the Past Ten Years
Valve developers have recently patched a severe security flaw that affected all versions of the Steam gaming client released in the past ten years. From a report: According to Tom Court, a security re...
04:50 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Consumers' Privacy Concerns Not Backed By Their Actions
Ian Barker, writing for BetaNews: A large majority of people say they are concerned about their online privacy, but this is not reflected in their actions according to a new study. The survey from Blu...
04:10 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft and Apple Helped Build New Braille Display Standard
An anonymous reader shares a report: Today, the non-profit USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced a new standard for braille displays. It was developed in cooperation with Microsoft, Apple and othe...
03:21 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Alibaba Co-founder Says Many Americans 'Want To Stop China' From Upgrading Its Tech
With the threat of Trump's ever-looming trade war with China and his administration's sanctions on Chinese companies like ZTE, it's hard to remember a more contentious period between the two countries...
02:40 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot FDA Halts One of the First Human CRISPR Studies Before it Begins
A trial planning to use the gene-editing tool CRISPR on sickle cell patients has been put on hold due to unspecified questions from US regulators. From a report: CRISPR Therapeutics, which is developi...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot ProtonMail Launches Free ProtonVPN Service For Macs
The creators of popular encrypted email service ProtonMail have released a free version of their ProtonVPN software for macOS. From a report: Even though the free version does not contain the full fea...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Google Promises Ethical Principles To Guide Development of Military AI
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google is drawing up a set of guidelines that will steer its involvement in developing AI tools for the military, according to a report from The New...
10:00 am - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Is Now More Valuable Than Alphabet
Microsoft has surged 40 percent over the past 12 months to become more valuable than Alphabet. "As of Tuesday's close, Microsoft was worth $749 billion and Alphabet's market capitalization stood at $7...
07:00 am - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot China Overtakes US For Healthy Lifespan, WHO Data Finds
According to World Health Organization data, China has overtaken the United States in healthy life expectancy at birth for the first time. The data from 2016 finds Chinese newborns can look forward to...
04:30 am - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot AI Better Than Dermatologists At Detecting Skin Cancer, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: For the first time, new research suggests artificial intelligence may be better than highly-trained humans at detecting skin cancer. A study conducte...
03:00 am - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Face Recognition Is Now Being Used In Schools
Presto Vivace shares a report from The Intercept: Officials at the Lockport, New York, school district have purchased face recognition technology as part of a purported effort to prevent school shooti...
02:20 am - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Great Barrier Reef Has Died Five Times In Last 30,000 Years, Study Says
schwit1 quotes a report from Newsweek: You may well have heard that Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is dying as warmer and more acidic waters bleach the system's vibrant coral reefs. In fact, a ...
01:40 am - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Hacker Gets Super NES Games Running On Unmodified NES
The latest project from Tom "Tom7" Murphy is an unmodified NES running Super NES games. "Murphy breaks down this wizardry in a pair of detailed videos laying out his tinkering process," reports Ars Te...
01:00 am - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot California Begins Trial Rollout of Digital License Plates
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Car and Driver: California is taking its first steps toward America's first digital license plate. Using display technology akin to the e-ink used in the Amazo...
12:20 am - Thu, May 31, 2018
Slashdot Windows Server 2016 Has an Update Problem, Users Say
madsci1016 writes: Frustrated with how long my Windows Server 2016 Essentials was taking to apply weekly updates, I turned to the web. A quick search revealed that I'm not alone. Many people are repor...