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11:30 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Human Bankers Are Losing To Robots as Nordea Sets a New Standard
Something interesting happened in Swedish finance last quarter. The only big bank that managed to cut costs also happens to be behind one of the industry's boldest plans to replace humans with automat...
10:50 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot T-Mobile, Nokia Reach $3.5 Billion Agreement To Build Nationwide 5G Network
T-Mobile has entered into a $3.5 billion multi-year agreement with Nokia to build out its 5G network. Nokia will supply T-Mobile with its end-to-end 5G technology, software, and services, including co...
10:10 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Uber's Self-Driving Trucks Division Is Dead
Uber is shuttering its self-driving unit, reports TechCrunch. The company will reportedly stop development of self-driving trucks and instead focus its efforts on self-driving cars. "We recently took ...
09:30 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot 20 States Take Aim At 3D Gun Company, Sue To Get Files Off the Internet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Twenty states announced Monday that they plan to ask a federal judge in Seattle to immediately issue a temporary restraining order against Defens...
08:50 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot The World's Largest Solar Farm Rises in the Remote Egyptian Desert
An anonymous reader shares a report: In 1913 on the outskirts of Cairo, an inventor from Philadelphia named Frank Shuman built the world's first solar thermal power station, using the abundant Egyptia...
08:10 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Is Rebranding Firefox and Wants Your Feedback
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla is rebranding Firefox. The company is asking for feedback on the new look, which will try to cover the various Firefox offerings. For most people, Firefox refers to...
07:30 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux-based Distro Lubuntu To No Longer Focus on Old Hardware
Lubuntu, a popular Ubuntu flavor, has gained traction over the years for supporting older hardware. As Brian Fagioli writes at BetaNews, one of the focuses of the Lubuntu developers is to support agin...
06:50 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Terraforming Might Not Work on Mars, New Research Says
Mars might not have the right ingredients to terraform into our planetary home away from home -- even with the recent discovery of liquid water buried near its south pole. From a report: Research publ...
06:10 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Cops Accuse 20-Year-Old College Student of Stealing More Than $5 Million in Bitcoin by Hijacking Phone Numbers
California authorities say a 20-year-old college student hijacked more than 40 phone numbers to steal $5 million in Bitcoin, including some from cryptocurrency investors at a blockchain conference Con...
05:40 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot More Than Half the Reviews For Certain Popular Products on Amazon Are Questionable, Outside Auditors Say. Amazon Disputes Those Estimates.
NPR has an interesting story, full of anecdotes, that looks into several growing marketplaces where reviews for Amazon products are bought and paid for. From the story: "Our approximation is that less...
04:50 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot More Than 60% of Tech Workers Feel They're Underpaid
gollum123 writes: Tech workers are the envy of labor market -- they earn some of the highest starting salaries and often command top-notch benefits. But money doesn't always buy satisfaction. Entrepre...
04:20 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Fake News 'Crowding Out' Real News
The volume of disinformation on the internet is growing so big that it is starting to crowd out real news, the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman has said. From a report: Tor...
03:21 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Several Small Countries and Territories Have Passed Laws, or Have Legislation in the Works, To Make Themselves More Welcoming To Cryptocurrency Companies
The race is on to become the go-to destination for cryptocurrency companies that are looking for shelter from regulatory uncertainty in the United States and Asia, the New York Times reports. From the...
02:40 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Did You Quit Your Last Job?
An anonymous reader writes: Plain and simple: What motivated or pushed you to leave your last job? Did you have any colleague or friend or family who had left their job for a similar reason?Read more ...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot DARPA Has an Ambitious $1.5 Billion Plan To Reinvent Electronics
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which funds a range of blue-sky research efforts relevant to the US military, last year launched a $1.5 billion, five-year program known as the E...
01:13 pm - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot European Court Ruling Raises Hurdles For CRISPR Crops
Okian Warrior shares a report from Science Magazine: Hopes for an easier regulatory road for genetic engineering in European agriculture were dashed by the Court of Justice of the European Union. In a...
11:11 am - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Dads Pass On More Than Genetics In Their Sperm
According to two complementary studies, sperm change their cargo as they travel the reproductive tract, which can have consequences on the viability of future offspring. Smithsonian reports: The legac...
07:07 am - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot US Military Told To Move From 'Expendable' To 'Reusable' Rockets
schwit1 shares a report from Ars Technica: The conference report from the U.S. House and Senate calls for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program of the Department of Defense, commonly known as ...
05:15 am - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot The Next iPad Pros Will Shrink and Lose Their Headphone Jacks, Says Report
According to supply chain blog Macotakara, the new iPad Pro models that will be introduced later this year will be slimmer, feature Face ID, and have no headphone jacks. 9to5Mac reports the details: F...
03:30 am - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot A New Shape Called the 'Scutoid' Has Been Discovered In Our Cells
Scientists have discovered a new shape called the scutoid (SCOO-toid) while studying epithelial cells, the building blocks of embryos that eventually end up forming our skin and lining our organs and ...
12:30 am - Mon, July 30, 2018
Slashdot Autodesk Drops Support For Alias, VRED In macOS Mojave Over OpenGL Deprecation
"Autodesk has published a support document announcing that it is stopping development of its Alias and VRED vertical market packages, and that older versions will not work on Mojave due to Apple's Ope...
10:22 pm - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Pentagon Creates 'Do Not Buy' List of Russian, Chinese Software
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Defense One: The Pentagon is warning the military and its contractors not to use software it deems to have Russian and Chinese connections, according to the U....
08:20 pm - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Magic Leap Offers a First Look At Its Mixed Reality OS
TechCrunch's Lucas Matney describes the Lumin operating system that will power Magic Leap's upcoming Magic Leap One mixed reality headset: Alright, first, this is what the Magic Leap One home screen w...
07:19 pm - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Is Working On a Chrome-Like 'Site Isolation' Feature For Firefox
An anonymous reader writes: "The Mozilla Foundation, the organization behind the Firefox browser, is working on adding a new feature to its browser that is similar to the Site Isolation feature that G...
06:18 pm - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Intel's 10nm 'Cannon Lake' Processors Won't Arrive Until Late 2019
At the company's second quarter 2018 financial results conference call, Intel chief engineering officer Venkata Renduchintala said the "Cannon Lake" 10mn processors won't appear in products until the ...
05:17 pm - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot The Rogue Tesla Mechanic Resurrecting Salvaged Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In a scrapyard in Massachusetts, the YouTuber known as Rich Rebuilds runs a pair of jumper cables from a broken down Tesla Model S to a deep cycle...
04:16 pm - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Samsung's 'Unbreakable' OLED Display Gets Certified
Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, just introduced a flexible OLED panel that has a transparent plastic cover already attached, emulating the properties of glass but retaining the s...
03:15 pm - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Boston Globe Outs Secret TSA Tracking Program 'Quiet Skies' At Airports
The Boston Globe reports of a previously undisclosed program, called "Quiet Skies," that targets travelers who "are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Ba...
02:14 pm - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Shareholder Sues Facebook After Stock Plunge
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Facebook and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg were sued on Friday in what could be the first of many lawsuits over a disappointing earnings announc...
10:34 am - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Which is Better, a Basic Income or a Guaranteed Job?
Barack Obama said this month that AI research is accelerating, making it harder to find jobs for everybody, and concluding "we're going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, l...
07:34 am - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Zuckerberg 'Sold More Stock Than Usual', Faces Lawsuit From Angry Investors
"Facebook executives said on Wednesday its profit margins would plummet for several years due to the cost of improving privacy safeguards and slowing usage in its top advertising markets," reports Reu...
04:34 am - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Is Finally Profitable, Earns $2.5 Billion Over the Last Three Months
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Amazon topped $2 billion in quarterly profit for the first time in its history, an impressive run fueled by continued growth in Prime subscriptions, cloud computing and ...
01:34 am - Sun, July 29, 2018
Slashdot Are There Dangers in a Cashless Society?
Slate asks why more businesses are refusing cash -- and investigates the downside. An anonymous reader quotes their report: Stores are eliminating cash registers and coin rolls in pursuit of what they...
11:34 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot 118 All-Time Heat Records Set Around the Globe
"It's so hot, even parts of the Arctic are on fire," reports Vox, citing wildfires in Sweden, while Greece "has declared a state of emergency as raging forest fires have killed at least 81 people and ...
10:39 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Finally Discloses Pro-Brexit Ads
"The UK parliament has provided another telling glimpse behind the curtain of Facebook's unregulated ad platform by publishing data on scores of pro-Brexit adverts..." reports TechCrunch, adding that ...
09:34 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot Nvidia, Western Digital Turn to Open Source RISC-V Processors
An anonymous reader quotes IEEE Spectrum:[W]hat's so compelling about RISC-V isn't the technology -- it's the economics. The instruction set is open source. Anyone can download it and design a chip ba...
08:34 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot Massachusetts Proposes Public Shaming of Net Neutrality Violators
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Massachusetts plans to protect net neutrality by naming and shaming internet service providers that don't adhere to open internet principles. Lawmakers in the state Sen...
07:34 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot One Year After Data Breach, Equifax Goes Unpunished
"It's been a year since Equifax doxed the nation of America through carelessness, deception and greed, lying about it and stalling while the problem got worse and worse," writes Cory Doctorow. Equifax...
06:34 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot Can Hoover Dam Become a Giant $3B Battery?
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power wants to spend $3 billion to pump back the water that's flowing through Hoover Dam -- so it can flow through again later, during periods of peak energy de...
05:34 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot Opera Browser Raises $115 Million In Its Stock Market Debut
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Opera, an underdog in a browser market dominated by Google's Chrome, raised $115 million in an initial public offering Friday. The company sold 9.6 million American dep...
04:34 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot 'World View' Wants To Send You To the Stratosphere in a Balloon
pacopico writes:First World View hung Google SVP Alan Eustace at the end of a balloon and then dropped him 135,908 feet back to Earth. Then, it sent a KFC chicken sandwich to the edge of space. Now, W...
03:34 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot For Better or Worse, YouTube Now Adapts to Multiple Aspect Ratios
Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein writes:YouTube very quietly made a very cool and rather major improvement in their video players today... YouTube is now adjusting the YT player size to match videos' ...
02:34 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot German State Plans To Migrate 13,000 Workstations From Linux to Windows
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:The German state of Lower Saxony is set to follow Munich in migrating thousands of official computers away from Linux to Microsoft's Windows. As initially reported by ...
01:00 pm - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot New Richter-Like Scale Is Here To Measure Alien Signals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have now created their own Richter-like scale [for measuring alien signals] to explain whether a finding is a damp squib or has truly ...
10:00 am - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot Canadian Malls Are Using Facial Recognition To Track Shoppers' Age, Gender Without Consent
At least two malls in Calgary are using facial recognition technology to track shoppers' ages and genders without first obtaining their consent. "A visitor to Chinook Center in south Calgary spotted a...
07:00 am - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot An Open Source, DIY Spacesuit Is About To Get Its First Life Or Death Test
dmoberhaus writes: Pacific Spaceflight is a small group of volunteers that has spent the last decade developing an open source, DIY spacesuit in their members' living rooms. This fall its creator will...
03:30 am - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Resurrect 40,000-Year-Old Worms Buried In Ice
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Earlier this month, in the journal Doklady Biological Sciences, a team of Russian scientists announced they had apparently discovered ancient nematode...
01:30 am - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot Facebook's 'Downvote' System Begins Rolling Out Wider In US
Facebook is reportedly rolling out its "downvote" button to a wider group of users in the United States. "The feature began appearing on the service's mobile app without a formal company announcement ...
12:50 am - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot 364 Idaho Inmates Hacked Their Prison Tablets For Free Credits
According to local Idaho media, 364 inmates across at least five institutions exploited a vulnerability in their prison-issued tablets to assign nearly $225,000 worth of digital credits to their accou...
12:10 am - Sat, July 28, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Stock Plunges 21 Percent After Earnings Show Effects of Fake-Account Purge
Twitter shares fell 21% on Friday as the company reported that user growth had turned negative, even as its quarterly results beat Wall Street expectations. The decline was even greater than Facebook'...
11:30 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot New York City May Cap the Number of Uber, Lyft Vehicles On Its Streets
New York City may become the first major U.S. city to cap the number of Uber and other ride-sharing vehicles on the road. According to Engadget, "The City Council is looking at proposed legislation th...
10:50 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot Should Bots Be Required To Tell You That They're Not Human?
"BuzzFeed has this story about proposals to make social media bots identify themselves as fake people," writes an anonymous Slashdot reader. "[It's] based on a paper by a law professor and a fellow re...
10:10 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot New NetSpectre Attack Can Steal CPU Secrets via Network Connections
Scientists published a paper Friday detailing a new Spectre-class CPU attack that can be carried out via network connections and does not require the attacker to host code on a targeted machine. From ...
09:30 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot IBM Wins $83 Million From Groupon In E-Commerce Patents Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: A U.S. jury awarded International Business Machines Corp. $83.5 million after finding that Groupon Inc. infringed four of its e-commerce patents. Fr...
08:50 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot New York Orders Charter Out of State
Yesterday, it was reported that Charter Communications could lose its license in New York because of its failure to meet merger-related broadband deployment commitments. Today, according to Ars Techni...
08:10 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot What OpenStreetMap Can Be
An anonymous reader shares a blog post on OpenSourceMap: Most OSM commentary focuses on unimportant minutiae (layers, for goodness' sake, as if it's still 2004) without seeking to examine what makes O...
07:30 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot Teen Allegedly Broke Into a Couple's Home To Ask For Their WiFi Password, Police Say
A 17-year-old has been accused of breaking into a couple's home in Northern California and asking for their WiFi password, hours after he had asked nearby neighbors for theirs, authorities said. From ...
06:49 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot 'Blood Moon', the Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century, Underway
Skywatchers are being treated to the longest "blood moon" eclipse of the 21st Century. From a report: As it rises, during this total eclipse, Earth's natural satellite turns a striking shade of red or...
06:11 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot State Governments Warned of Malware-Laden CD Sent Via Snail Mail From China
Security reporter Brian Krebs writes: Several U.S. state and local government agencies have reported receiving strange letters via snail mail that include malware-laden compact discs (CDs) apparently ...
05:30 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot MoviePass Having Outage Issues Because It Couldn't Pay Its Bills
Popular movie-ticked subscription service MoviePass experienced an outage on Thursday, still ongoing for some, which the company attributed to "technical issues with our card-based check-in process," ...
04:51 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature
xanthos writes: A fascinating article in Quanta magazine introduces us to Cohl Furey and the eight dimensional mathematics called octonions that she is using to model the interactions of strong and el...
04:10 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot The Trump Administration is Talking To Facebook and Google About Potential Rules For Online Privacy
The Trump administration is crafting a proposal to protect Web users' privacy, aiming to blunt global criticism that the absence of strict federal rules in the United States has enabled data mishaps a...
03:29 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot Google Executive Warns of Face ID Bias
Facial recognition technology does not yet have "the diversity it needs" and has "inherent biases," a top Google executive has warned. From a report: The remarks, from the firm's director of cloud com...
02:48 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot Now LinkedIn Will Let You Leave Voicemail Messages
LinkedIn has been trying to make its business networking platform more like Facebook of late, with features like presence, and Google-like smart replies. Now, it's introducing voice messages just like...
02:10 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot A New Study Says Services Like UberPool Are Making Traffic Worse
The explosive growth of Uber and Lyft has created a new traffic problem for major U.S. cities and ride-sharing options such as UberPool and Lyft Line are exacerbating the issue by appealing directly t...
01:00 pm - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot Star's Black Hole Encounter Puts Einstein's Theory of Gravity To the Test
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: For more than 20 years, a team of astronomers has tracked a single star whipping around the supermassive black hole at the center of our gala...
10:00 am - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot Google Bans Cryptocurrency Mining Apps From the Play Store
The Google Play Store is no longer welcoming apps that mine cryptocurrencies on users' devices. The new policy plainly states: "We don't allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices." As a result, G...
07:00 am - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot Bugs In Samsung IoT Hub Leave Smart Home Open To Attack
secwatcher writes from a report via Threatpost: Cisco Talos researchers found flaws located in Samsung's centralized controller, a component that connects to an array of IoT devices around the house -...
03:30 am - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot Massachusetts Senate Passes Resolution To Do In-Depth Study On Right-To-Repair
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On July 25, the Massachusetts Senate approved a Resolution that would create a special commission that would research the feasibility of forcing d...
01:00 am - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot New Crime-Predicting Algorithm Borrows From Apollo Space Mission Tech
Researchers from Georgia Tech and the UK's University of Surrey have developed a new predictive policing algorithm that aims to better manage police resources and gain an upper hand in the war on crim...
12:20 am - Fri, July 27, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Handle Hardware That Never Gets Software Updates?
New submitter pgralla writes from a report via HPE: Many devices, designed for both long-term and short-term use, were shortsighted when it came to flexibility. How do you handle the hardware that nev...
11:40 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Forced To Block 20,000 Posts About Snack Food Conspiracy After PepsiCo Sues, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: There is a rumor that Kurkure, a corn puff product developed by [Pepsico] in India, is made of plastic. The conspiracy theory naturally thrived online...
11:00 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Leaked Benchmarks Suggest Intel Will Drop Hyperthreading From Core i7 Chips
According to leaked benchmarks found in the SiSoft Sandra database, there is an Intel Core i7-9700K processor that doesn't appear to have hyperthreading available. "This increases the core count from ...
10:40 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Stock Suffers Largest One-Day Drop In History, Shedding $119 Billion
Facebook is experiencing one its worst days as a publicly traded company. According to CNBC, Facebook lost about $119 billion of its value on Thursday, marking the biggest one-day loss in U.S. market ...
10:20 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Ended NXP Acquistion After Failing To Secure Chinese Approval
hackingbear writes: Qualcomm officially terminated the deal to buy Dutch semiconductor giant NXP after failing to get a decision from regulators in China by its deadline. It must now shell out a previ...
09:40 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot New York Threatens To Kick Charter Out of State After Broadband Failures
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Charter Communications could lose its authorization to operate in New York State because of its failure to meet merger-related broadband deployme...
09:10 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot How Many Computers Does the World Need?
An anonymous reader shares a report: It is almost a decade since Rick Rashid, then head of research at Microsoft, posed that question and ventured his own answer: no more than a few, at least to handl...
08:46 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Police Are Seeking More Digital Evidence From Tech Companies
U.S. law enforcement agencies are increasingly asking technology companies for access to digital evidence on mobile phones and apps, with about 80 percent of the requests granted, a new study found. F...
08:23 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Slack is Buying HipChat and Stride From Atlassian
Atlassian is selling its corporate chat software to rival Slack Technologies and taking a small stake in the startup, as they face greater competition from Microsoft. From a report: Slack will pay an ...
08:02 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Discovers Supply Chain Attack at Unnamed Maker of PDF Software
Microsoft said today that hackers compromised a font package installed by a PDF editor app and used it to deploy a cryptocurrency miner on users' computers. From a report: The OS maker discovered the ...
07:22 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Perfect Technique To Create Most Dense, Solid-State Memory in History that Could Soon Exceed the Capabilities of Current Hard Drives By 1,000 Times
New submitter weedjams shares a report: Scientists at the University of Alberta have demonstrated a new data storage technique that stores zeroes and ones by the presence (or absence) of individual hy...
06:52 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Google Search Now Provides More Details on Local Events
Google is quickly turning its event info from a nice-to-have extra into a major feature. From a report: If you're searching from your phone, you'll now find key details for events without having to ju...
06:10 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot DRAM Industry Likely To Face Oversupply in 2019
While the global DRAM market still remains robust currently, the recent capacity ramps by Micron Technology and the planned kick-off of commercial production by China-based Fujian Jin Hua Integrated C...
05:30 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Says Price Increases Coming For Office 2019 and Windows 10 Enterprise Users
Microsoft has price increases in store for some of its Office and Windows customers as of October 1, 2018. From a report: In a July 25 blog post, Microsoft officials acknowledged the coming increases....
04:55 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Star Spotted Speeding Near Black Hole at Centre of Milky Way
Astronomers have observed a star speeding close to the massive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way for the first time. From a report: The observations, made using the Very Large Telescope in Chi...
04:16 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 To Use Machine Learning in Latest Attempt To Make Reboots Less Annoying
The next semi-annual update to Windows 10 will use machine learning models to make automatic rebooting for updates a bit less annoying. From a report: Currently, Windows will detect if you're away fro...
03:30 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Google To Stop Supporting Public URL Submissions To Its Search Index
Google announced this week that it is discontinuing the public method of submitting URLs to its search index. The "addurl" page, which is still listed in this help document, now redirects to the Googl...
02:50 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Facial Recognition Wrongly Identifies 28 Lawmakers, ACLU Says
Representative John Lewis of Georgia and Representative Bobby L. Rush of Illinois are both Democrats, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and civil rights leaders. But facial recognition technol...
02:10 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla to Remove Support for Built-In Feed Reader From Firefox
An anonymous reader shares a report: Mozilla engineers are preparing to remove one of the Firefox browser's oldest features -- its built-in support for RSS and Atom feeds, and inherently, the "Live Bo...
01:00 pm - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Big Tech Warns of 'Japan's Millennium Bug' Ahead of Akihito's Abdication
MightyMartian shares a report from The Guardian: On April 30, 2019, Emperor Akihito of Japan is expected to abdicate the chrysanthemum throne. The decision was announced in December 2017 so as to ensu...
10:00 am - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Native American Tribe Can't Be a 'Sovereign' Shield During Patent Review, Says Court
Cyrus Farivar writes via Ars Technica: In a unanimous decision, an appellate court has resoundingly rejected the legal claim that sovereign immunity, as argued by a Native American tribe, can act as a...
07:00 am - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot This Week's Total Lunar Eclipse Is the Longest of the Century
On July 27, the moon is set to glide through Earth's shadow to create a red total lunar eclipse for one hour and 43 minutes -- the longest such eclipse of the young century. Viewers in the United Stat...
03:30 am - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Is Limiting the Visibility of Prominent Republicans In Search Results
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE News: Twitter is limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans in search results -- a technique known as "shadow banning" -- in what it says is a side ...
02:25 am - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot New Zealand Government Spends $150K To Create Video Game To Teach People How To Run a Business
The New Zealand government spent at least $150,000 to create a video game that shows people how to run their own business. It reportedly took 14 months and eight designers to create. NZ Herald reports...
01:25 am - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot US Airlines Change Taiwan Reference On Websites Ahead of Chinese Deadline
hackingbear writes from a report via CNBC: After dragging their feet for months and requesting help from the Trump administration, all three major U.S. airlines -- American, Delta and United -- decide...
12:45 am - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot Chrome Extensions, Android and iOS Apps Caught Collecting Browsing Data
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for Bleeping Computer: An investigation by AdGuard has revealed a common link between several Chrome and Firefox extensions and Android and iOS apps that were caught collectin...
12:03 am - Thu, July 26, 2018
Slashdot VLC Blacklists Newer Huawei Devices To Combat Negative App Reviews
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Some newer Huawei phones are actively being blocked from installing the open-source VLC media player app from Google Play. VLC's developers announce...
11:20 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Apple's T2 Chip May Be Causing Issues In iMac Pro, 2018 MacBook Pros
According to Digital Trends, the T2 chip that enables things like secure boot, better encrypted storage, and "Hey Siri" support may be causing problems in MacBook Pro and iMac Pro computers. From the ...
10:40 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot IBM Watson Reportedly Recommended Cancer Treatments That Were 'Unsafe and Incorrect'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Internal company documents from IBM show that medical experts working with the company's Watson supercomputer found "multiple examples of unsafe and i...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Two Big Rockets Launched Early Wednesday -- Then One Landed In High Seas
Arianespace and SpaceX both launched rockets this morning between 7:25am ET (11:25 UTC) and 7:39am ET (11:39 UTC). The Ariane 5 ES rocket sent four Galileo satellites into medium Earth orbit (at an al...
09:20 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Shares Drop On Revenue Miss
Zorro shares a report from CNBC: Facebook missed projections on revenue and global daily active users this quarter after struggling with data leaks and fake news scandals. The company reported its sec...
08:40 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Senator Asks US Agencies To Remove Flash From Government Websites
An anonymous reader writes: In a letter sent today, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden asked officials from three government agencies (NIST, NSA, DHS) to come up with solutions and procedures that mandate the r...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Putin's Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates
Russian President Vladimir Putin's gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President Donald Trump last week set off a chorus of warnings -- some of them only half in jest -- that the World Cup souvenir could be...
07:20 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot About Half of Google's Workers Are Contractors Who Don't Receive the Same Benefits as Direct Employees
Every day, tens of thousands of people stream into Google offices wearing red name badges. They eat in Google's cafeterias, ride its commuter shuttles and work alongside its celebrated geeks. But they...
06:40 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot MPAA Seeks Stronger Actions To Fight Streaming Video Piracy
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is stepping into the online video piracy debate and calling for criminal charges against violators, as well as strong coordination between a broad rang...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot 'No, Amazon Cannot Replace Libraries'
Over the weekend, Forbes published an article titled "Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money," in which the author Panos Mourdoukoutas argued that libraries are no longer import...
05:20 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Google Launches Its Own Physical Security Key
An anonymous reader writes: Google launched its own Titan Security Key on Wednesday, a small USB device which includes firmware developed by the omnipresent tech giant itself. This comes days after Go...
04:40 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Toronto Created More Tech Jobs Than San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington Combined Last Year
Toronto's tech scene is so hot the city created more jobs than the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C., combined last year, while leapfrogging New York in a ranking of "talent markets...
04:02 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Google Cars Self-Drive To Walmart Supermarket in Trial
Google's sister-company Waymo has announced a trial in which its self-driving cars will ferry shoppers to and from a nearby Walmart store to pick up their groceries. From a report: For now, the pilot ...
03:19 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot 7 PM and 2 AM Are Peak Demand Times For Pizza, Study of Internet Traffic Finds
Seven o'clock in the evening is a global sweet spot for wanting to order take-away food, says an international study of internet traffic. From a report: Academics have examined patterns of looking for...
02:30 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Evidence Detected of Lake Beneath the Surface of Mars
For decades Mars has teased scientists with whispers of water's presence. Now they have some solid evidence. From a report: The Italian Space Agency announced Wednesday that researchers have detected ...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Google Has Made YouTube Slower on Edge and Firefox, Mozilla Alleges
Usama Jawad, writing for Neowin: Early last year, YouTube received a design refresh with Google's own Polymer library which enabled "quicker feature development" for the platform. Now, a Mozilla execu...
01:00 pm - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Nikon Announces Development of Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PetaPixel: Nikon has just officially announced the development of its upcoming full frame mirrorless camera, finally confirming months of rumors and leaks. The...
10:00 am - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Impossible Burgers' Key, Bloody Ingredient Wins FDA Approval
The FDA has approved the key ingredient used in the vegetarian-friendly Impossible Burger. "The ingredient, soy leghemoglobin, releases a protein called heme that gives the meat substitute its distinc...
07:00 am - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Moon Could Have Been Habitable Once, Scientists Speculate
Scientists from Birkbeck, University of London speculate that recent results show that the moon is wetter than scientists have previously thought, increasing the possibility for it to have the necessa...
03:03 am - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot 24 People Have Now Been Sentenced In India-Based Phone-Scam Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A total of 24 people who pleaded guilty to their involvement in a massive years-long phone scam often involving fake Internal Revenue Service and...
12:45 am - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Signs Agreement With Washington State To End Discriminatory Ad Targeting
Last month, Washington filed a lawsuit against Facebook (and Google) for failing to disclose political ad spending, as required by state law. Washington law requires that "political campaign and lobby...
12:03 am - Wed, July 25, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Next-Gen Xbox Will Focus On 'XCloud' Game Streaming
One big area that Microsoft is focusing on with its next-generation Xbox is game streaming. According to a report from Thurrott.com, Microsoft is working on two new Xbox consoles. The "Xbox Two" will ...
11:20 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Ford Plans To Spend $4 Billion On Autonomous Vehicles By 2023
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Ford Motor plans to spend $4 billion through 2023 in a newly created LLC dedicated to building out an autonomous vehicles business. The automaker a...
10:40 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Bluetooth Security Flaw Could Let Nearby Attacker Grab Your Private Data
A recently discovered bug in many Bluetooth firmware and OS drivers could allow an attacker within about 30 meters to capture and decrypt data shared between Bluetooth-paired devices. Researchers at t...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk Calls Boss of Tesla Troll Who's Heavily Invested In Oil Industry
Okian Warrior shares a report from Electrek, written by Fred Lambert: One of Tesla's biggest anonymous trolls/shorts has been doxxed as an investment manager heavily invested in the oil industry. He h...
09:20 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Firefox Blocks Autoplaying Web Audio
Mozilla's latest Nightly builds for Firefox now include an option to mute autoplaying audio. The feature was recently added to the Chrome browser, but Mozilla's update offers a few more options. Accor...
08:37 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Uber Self-Driving Cars Back On Public Roads, But In Manual Mode
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Uber is putting its autonomous vehicles back on Pittsburgh's city streets, four months after a fatal accident involving one of its self-driving car...
06:43 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Google is Building 'Virtual Agents' To Handle Call Centers' Grunt Work
Google is officially building AI technology to replace some of the work in call centers, the company announced at its Cloud Next conference today, confirming earlier reports. From a report: The softwa...
06:02 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot In Encryption Push, Chrome Flags HTTP Sites as 'Not Secure'
On Tuesday, Chrome started marking sites that don't use HTTPS as "not secure." From a report: First announced two years ago, Google said it would flag any site that still uses unencrypted HTTP to deli...
05:22 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Apple Confirms MacBook Pro Thermal Throttling, Issues Software Fix
An anonymous reader shares a report: For a week, we have been seeing reports that the newly released MacBook Pros run hot, which all kicked off after this video by Dave Lee. They run so hot, in fact, ...
04:44 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Cord-Cutting Keeps Churning: US Pay-TV Cancelers To Hit 33 Million in 2018 (Study)
Millions of Americans have already scrapped traditional pay-TV service, and the exodus is expected to continue apace in 2018. From a report: This year, the number of cord-cutters in the U.S. -- consum...
04:04 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot As Computer Vendors Focus On Making Their Laptops Thinner and Lighter, They Are Increasingly Neglecting Performance Needs of Their Customers
Owen Williams, writing for Motherboard: The pursuit of thinner, lighter laptops, a trend driven by Apple, coinciding with laptops replacing desktops as our primary devices means we have screwed oursel...
03:20 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Breached Virginia Bank Twice in Eight Months, Stole $2.4M
Brian Krebs reports: Hackers used phishing emails to break into a Virginia bank in two separate cyber intrusions over an eight-month period, making off with more than $2.4 million total. Now the finan...
02:40 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot GCHQ Spy Agency Given Illegal Access To Citizens' Data
The British government broke the law by allowing spy agencies to amass data on UK citizens without proper oversight from the Foreign Office, an independent tribunal has ruled. From a report: GCHQ, the...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot EU Slaps $130 Million Fine on Four Electronics Firms For Fixing Online Prices
The European Commission imposed a fine of 111 million euros ($130 million) on four consumer electronic firms Tuesday, for fixing prices on their resold items. From a report: Asus, Denon & Marantz,...
01:00 pm - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot ReactOS 0.4.9 Is Entirely Self-Hosting, Fixes FastFAT Crashes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Appuals: ReactOS, the "free Windows clone" operating system, has pushed out ReactOS 0.4.9 just recently, which brings a whole slew of improvements. With this l...
10:00 am - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Qualcomm Unveils First mmWave 5G Antennas For Smartphones
Qualcomm announced its new QTM052 mmWave antenna modules that will enable 5G networks on select mobile phones. The penny-sized antenna array features four antennas that can accurately point toward the...
07:00 am - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot How Amazon Scrambled To Fix Prime Day Glitches
Amazon's Prime Day shopping event last week was riddled with glitches. Roughly 15 minutes into the sale, the landing page stopped working. Some users saw an error page featuring the "dogs of Amazon" a...
05:10 am - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot WhatsApp Balks at India's Demand To Break Encryption
An anonymous reader shares a report: As WhatsApp scrambles to figure out technology solutions to address some of the problems its service has inadvertently caused in developing markets, India's govern...
03:30 am - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot A Nanoscale Look At a Complete Fly Brain
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Controlled Environments Magazine: Two high-speed electron microscopes. 7,062 brain slices. 21 million images. For a team of scientists at the Howard Hughes Med...
01:25 am - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Russian Hackers Reach US Utility Control Rooms, Homeland Security Officials Say
"Russian hackers [...] broke into supposedly secure, "air-gapped" or isolated networks owned by utilities (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) with relative easy by first penetrating...
12:45 am - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Detail New CPU Side-Channel Attack Named SpectreRSB
An anonymous reader writes: "Scientists from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have published details last week about a new Spectre-class attack that they call SpectreRSB," reports Bleepin...
12:03 am - Tue, July 24, 2018
Slashdot Student Engineers Build Hyperloop Test Pods That Set a New Speed Record
Engineering students from the Technical University of Munich have won a hyperloop competition that aims to refine the technologies that could underpin the super-fast transport system. According to the...
11:20 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Leaked Videos Reveal Apple's Internal iPhone Repair Procedures
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Someone has uploaded what appear to be 11 of Apple's internal repair videos to YouTube. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment...
10:40 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Google Video Shows All-White Redesigns For Gmail, Google Photos, and More
An anonymous reader shares a report: This year, Google is pushing out a major revamp to its Material Design guidelines. The new design language is slowly creeping across Google's portfolio, and so far...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Open-Source Quantum Katas Project On GitHub To Teach Q# Programming
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: Microsoft seems eager to get programmers on the quantum bandwagon, as today, it launched the open-source Quantum Katas on GitHub. What exactly is it? It is ...
09:20 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot American Airlines Is Using a CT Scanner To Screen Luggage At New York's JFK Airport
According to American Airlines, the airline is working with the TSA to install a new bag-scanning machine at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. "The machine uses the same technology as ...
08:40 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Nintendo To ROM Sites: Forget Cease-and-Desist, Now We're Suing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nintendo's attitude toward ROM releases -- either original games' files or fan-made edits -- has often erred on the side of litigiousness. But in...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot None of Google's 85,000 Employees Have Been Phished in More Than a Year After Company Required Them to Use Physical Security Keys For 2FA
Google has not had any of its 85,000+ employees successfully phished on their work-related accounts since early 2017, when it began requiring all employees to use physical Security Keys in place of pa...
07:20 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Visualizing the Best and Worst Paid Jobs in the Tech Sector
An anonymous reader writes: We often associate the tech sector with high-paying jobs and cool offices, but it turns out that the grass is not always green on the other side. Using data from the Bureau...
06:40 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Mobile Photography Set For Major Quality Bump With Sony's 48-Megapixel Sensor
Smartphone camera sensors and lenses have to operate in a very tight space, but they continue to close the gap on full-size digital cameras year after year. Sony's new IMX586 sensor boasts a 48-megapi...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Apple Seemingly Unable To Recover Data From 2018 MacBook Pro With Touch Bar When Logic Board Fails
An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2016, when Apple introduced the first MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, the repair experts at iFixit discovered the notebooks have non-removable SSDs, soldered...
05:20 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Apple's iPhones Trail Samsung, Google Devices in Internet Speeds
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and $1,000 iPhone X trail the latest smartphones from Samsung Electronics and Alphabet's Google in download speeds, according to da...
04:40 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Academics Publish New Software-Level Protections Against Spectre and Rowhammer Attacks
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Academics from multiple universities have announced fixes for two severe security flaws known as Spectre and Rowhammer. Both these fixes are at the softw...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Take Step Toward Creating Artificial Embryos
An international team of scientists has moved closer to creating artificial embryos after using mouse stem cells to make structures capable of taking a crucial step in the development of life. From a ...
03:20 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot There is No Guarantee That the Products You Recycle Are Actually Recycled, the UK Watchdog Warns
An anonymous reader shares a report: The National Audit Office (NAO) says over half of the packaging reported as recycled is actually being sent abroad to be processed. As a result, it says, the gover...
02:40 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot SpaceX Enters a New Stage of Reusability
SpaceX will now be attempting to land and reuse all of the rockets it launches. Over the weekend, SpaceX launched and successfully landed its second Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida....
02:00 pm - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Australia Called Out as Willing To Undermine Human Rights For Digital Agenda
A report from AccessNow has asked Australia to change its course and lead the way in serving as a champion for human rights instead of against. From a report: Global human rights, public policy, and a...
11:30 am - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot France's Atos Boosts US Presence With $3.4 Billion Syntel Acquisition
French IT services company Atos is boosting its North American operations with a $3.4 billion cash deal to buy Michigan-based IT services provider Syntel. From a report: Atos, which provides IT servic...
11:00 am - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do You Need To Properly Eject a USB Drive Before Yanking it Out?
In a story earlier this week, Popular Science magazine explored an age-old topic: Do people need to safely eject a USB stick before they pull it from their computer? The magazine's take on it -- which...
08:51 am - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Government Spells Out Plans For UK-Wide Full Fibre By 2033
The UK government has set out a plan to roll out full fibre networks across all of the UK within 15 years by introducing laws to speed up the installation of fibre and subsidizing investment in very r...
04:00 am - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Administration Join Forces To Overhaul the Endangered Species Act
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Endangered Species Act, which for 45 years has safeguarded fragile wildlife while blocking ranching, logging and oil drilling on protected habitats, is coming ...
01:10 am - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot IoT Security Flaw Leaves 496 Million Devices Vulnerable At Businesses, Report Says
Nearly a half-billion Internet of Things devices are vulnerable to cyberattacks at businesses worldwide because of a 10-year-old security flaw, according to a new report from a security software vendo...
12:05 am - Mon, July 23, 2018
Slashdot China's JD.com Plans Move Into Europe
Chinese e-commerce company JD.com plans to expand in Europe and aims to have finalized its strategy for entering the market by the end of the year, its chief executive told a German newspaper. Reuters...
11:00 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot The Hidden Environmental Cost of Amazon Prime's Free, Fast Shipping
Amazon's Prime Day shopping spree offers free, fast shipping -- but experts say there's a hidden environmental cost that doesn't show up on the checkout page. From a report: Expedited shipping means y...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Google Tests Curvy Chrome Tabs With Material Design Overhaul
Google is trying out a new Chrome interface that for the first time in a decade presents a very different look for the tabs and address bar at the top of the widely used web browser, CNET reports. It ...
09:00 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Comic Book Publishers, Faced With Flagging Sales, Look To Streaming
Comic book publishers are facing a growing crisis: Flagging interest from readers and competition from digital entertainment are dragging down sales. Hoping to reverse the trend, publishers are creati...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Open Gov't Advocates Fear that Private Messaging Apps Are Being Misused by Public Officials To Conduct Business in Secret
The proliferation of digital tools that make text and email messages vanish may be welcome to Americans seeking to guard their privacy. But open government advocates fear they are being misused by pub...
07:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do You Need To Properly Eject a USB Drive Before Yanking it Out?
In a story earlier this week, Popular Science magazine explored an age-old topic: Do people need to safely eject a USB stick before they pull it from their computer? The magazine's take on it -- which...
07:00 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Boston Dynamics Is Gearing Up To Produce Thousands of Robot Dogs
Boston Dynamics, maker of uncannily agile robots, is poised to bring its first commercial product to market -- a small, dog-like robot called the SpotMini. From a report: The launch was announced in M...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Confirms It's Working on a New Internet Satellite
A host of companies believe the better way to connect the estimated half of Earth's population that's still offline is to launch "constellations" of smaller satellites into low Earth orbit, around 100...
05:00 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot People Like Getting Thank You Notes, Research Finds
From a report: O.K., it's not that surprising. But what did surprise two psychologist as they attempted to get to bottom of why so few people actually send thank yous is that many people totally "misc...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Rome's Subway Expansion Reveals Artifacts From The Ancient Past
All roads may lead to Rome, but once you get there, good luck taking the subway. The sprawling metropolis is expanding its mass transit system -- a sluggish process made even slower as workers keep ru...
03:00 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Some Colleges Cautiously Embrace Wikipedia
Megan Zahneis, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education: Academics have traditionally distrusted Wikipedia, citing the inaccuracies that arise from its communally edited design and lamenting stud...
02:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do You Need To Properly Eject a USB Drive Before Yanking it Out?
In a story earlier this week, Popular Science magazine explored an age-old topic: Do people need to safely eject a USB stick before they pull it from their computer? The magazine's take on it -- which...
10:34 am - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Bot Tweeted Names And Photos Of Venmo Users Who Bought Drugs
Since Venmo's transactions are "public" by default and broadcast on Venmo's API, a Python programmer decided to publicize a few of them, reports the Mercury News:The creator of the bot named "Who's bu...
07:34 am - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should I Ditch PHP?
Long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino does PHP for a living, but says he's growing "increasingly frustrated with the ignorant and clueless in the vincinity of PHP." Crappy code and baaaaad application se...
04:34 am - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot 'The Cashless Society is a Con -- and Big Finance is Behind It'
An anonymous reader quotes this opinion piece by former derivatives broker Brett Scott:Banks are closing ATMs and branches in an attempt to 'nudge' users towards digital services -- and it's all for t...
01:34 am - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot Uber Bans Driver Who Secretly Livestreamed Hundreds of Passengers
Lauren Weinstein tipped us off to this story from Mashable: Hundreds of Uber and Lyft rides have been broadcast live on Twitch by driver Jason Gargac this year, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturd...
12:34 am - Sun, July 22, 2018
Slashdot NetBSD 8.0 Released
Slashdot reader fisted quotes NetBSD.org: The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.0, the sixteenth major release of the NetBSD operating system. This release brings stability improvements, ...
11:34 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot New Trailers Debuted at Comic-Con Include Aquaman, Shazam, and The Simpsons
Today Comic-Con attendees were treated to new trailers and previews for a slew of upcoming geek-friendly movies. An anonymous reader writes:Besides footage from Wonder Woman 1984, there were also trai...
10:34 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Cell Phone Radiation May Affect Memory Performance In Adolescents, Study Finds
dryriver quotes Science Daily:Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields may have adverse effects on the development of memory performance of specific brain regions exposed during mobile phone use. These a...
09:34 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot A Fifth Undocumented Cisco Backdoor Has Been Discovered
Cisco released 25 security updates Wednesday, including a critical patch removing an undocumented password for "root" accounts of Cisco Policy Suite (sold to ISPs and large corporate clients). "The vu...
08:34 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot The Tech Industry's War On Kids
Long-time Slashdot reader RoccamOccam summarizes an article now circulating on the web sites of several schools:Child and adolescent psychologist Richard Freed writes, "...parents have no idea that lu...
07:34 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Lawmakers Call On Amazon and Google To Reconsider Ban On Domain Fronting
An anonymous reader quotes CyberScoop: Amazon and Google face sharp questions from a bipartisan pair of U.S. senators over the tech giants' decisions to ban domain fronting, a technique used to circum...
06:34 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot LambdaMOO, MUDs, and 'When the Internet Was Young'
Slashdot reader travers_r shares "a peek into the early days of internet culture and multiplayer gaming." (Apparently this MOO has been running continuously for 28 years.) "From the looks of it, squat...
05:34 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Bing Now Provides Exact Snippets of Code for Developers' Queries
"Bing has launched a new intelligent search feature which provides the exact piece of code a developer is looking for," writes Search Engine Journal. An anonymous reader quotes their report:The code s...
04:34 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot State Senator Wants A Law Forcing Bots To Admit They're Not Human
An anonymous reader writes:Several commentators are calling for a law that requires bots to admit they are not human. There is a bill in California that would do just that. A new paper argues that the...
03:34 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Hello Games Received Death Threats Over 'No Man's Sky'
The Guardian revisits the disastrous 2016 launch of the massive open-universe videogame No Man's Sky, in a new interview with company director Sean Murray:"I've never liked talking to the press. I did...
02:34 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Is Python the Future of Programming?
The Economist argues that Guido Van Rossum resembled the reluctant Messiah in Monty Python's Life of Brian. An anonymous reader quotes their report:"I certainly didn't set out to create a language tha...
01:00 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Equador Will Be Handing Assange Over To UK Authorities 'In Coming Weeks Or Days': RT
Ecuador is planning to hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to UK authorities in the "coming weeks or even days," RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said, citing her own sources. Simonyan rep...
01:00 pm - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Ecuador Will Be Handing Assange Over To UK Authorities 'In Coming Weeks Or Days': RT
Ecuador is planning to hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to UK authorities in the "coming weeks or even days," RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said, citing her own sources. Simonyan rep...
10:00 am - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Nanoengineer Finds New Way To Recycle Lithium-Ion Batteries
Zheng Chen, a 31-year-old nanoengineer at UC San Diego, says he has developed a way to recycle used cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries and restore them to a like-new condition. The cathodes in ...
07:00 am - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Star Trek: Discovery's Season 2 Trailer Teases Spock, Christopher Pike, and Tig Notaro
CBS has released a "Season Two Premiere" for Star Trek Discovery, offering the first look at the upcoming season of the show on CBS All Access. The first season launched late last year and finished up...
03:30 am - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot ADHD Drugs Aren't Doing What You Think, Scientists Warn
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: The study authors Lisa Weyandt, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Rhode Island, and Tara White, Ph.D., an assistant professor of B...
02:05 am - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Social Media Manipulation Rising Globally, New Oxford Report Warns
A new report from Oxford University found that manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms is growing at a large scale, despite efforts to combat it. "Around the world, government agenc...
01:25 am - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot FCC Opens Public Comments On T-Mobile-Sprint Merger
Now is your chance to voice your opinion on the $26 billion merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. The FCC is now accepting comments as well as formal petitions to deny the merger until August 27th. The compa...
12:45 am - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot Can Nike's $250 Running Shoes Make You Run Faster? NYT Analysis Says Yes
Last year, Nike released a new pair of running shoes that claim to make you run 4% faster, thanks to its proprietary sole technology. The new "Vaporfly 4%" shoes would, in theory, "be enough to help a...
12:03 am - Sat, July 21, 2018
Slashdot New Wearable Sensor Detects Stress Hormone In Sweat
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Today, a team of researchers at Stanford, led by materials science and engineering associate professor Alberto Salleo and postdoctoral research ...
11:20 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot PeerTube, the 'Decentralized YouTube,' Succeeds In Crowdfunding
A crowdfunded project, known as "PeerTube," has blown through its initial goal with 53,100 euros collected in forty-two days. The project aims to be "a fully decentralized version of YouTube, whose co...
10:40 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Waymo's Autonomous Vehicles Are Driving 25,000 Miles Every Day
With Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at the National Governors Association, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced a huge milestone: Waymo's fleet of self-driving vehicles are now logging 25,000 miles every ...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Uber Drivers 'Employees' For Unemployment Purposes, New York Labor Board Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: New York City's largest taxi driver advocacy group is hailing a legal decision by the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, which r...
09:20 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Containers or Virtual Machines: Which is More Secure?
Are virtual machines (VM) more secure than containers? You may think you know the answer, but IBM Research has found containers can be as secure, or more secure, than VMs. From a report: James Bottoml...
08:40 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Who Owns the Moon? A Space Lawyer Answers
An anonymous reader shares a report: While the legal status of the Moon as a "global commons" accessible to all countries on peaceful missions did not meet any substantial resistance or challenge, the...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Droppers Is How Android Malware Keeps Sneaking Into the Play Store
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: For the past year, Android malware authors have been increasingly relying on a solid trick for bypassing Google's security scans and sneaking malicious a...
07:20 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft PowerShell Core For Linux Now Available as a Snap
Canonical announced on Friday that Microsoft's PowerShell Core is now available on Linux platform as a Snap. From a report: If you aren't familiar, a Snap is essentially a packaged version of a progra...
06:40 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Notification Spam Has Crossed the Line
Facebook has always nudged truant users back to its platform though emails and notifications. But recently, those prods have evolved beyond comments related to activity on your own profile. From a rep...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Why London's Heathrow Airport Sometimes Hosts 'Ghost Flights' With No One on Them
An anonymous reader writes: Six times per week, an empty plane used to fly from London's Heathrow Airport to Cardiff, Wales. The next day, the plane would make the return trip without a single passeng...
05:10 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Venmo Refuses To Say Why Transactions Are Public By Default
Venmo, the mobile payments app, won't say why it exposes users' data to the world whenever they make a transaction. ZDNet: Hang Do Thi Duc, a Berlin-based privacy researcher found that every time some...
04:35 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Google, Which Owns Duck.com, Confuses Users Searching For Its Rival DuckDuckGo and Redirects Them Back To Google
Commenting on the record $5 billion fine on Google by the European Commission, privacy focused search engine DuckDuckGo said this week it welcomes the decision as it has "felt [Google's] effects first...
03:55 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Hashflare, One of the Largest Cloud Bitcoin Mining Companies, Abruptly Disables SHA-256 Mining Contracts, Leaving Customers Furious
Hashflare, one of the largest bitcoin mining companies, said on Friday it is disabling its SHA-256 hardware and also discontinuing support for mining services on the active SHA-256 contracts. The move...
03:20 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Some Scientists Work With China, But NASA Won't
An anonymous reader shares a report: Inside a sealed clean room near Toulouse, France, Maurice Sylvestre points out something called SuperCam. Sylvestre is outfitted in Tyvex and hairnets, necessary t...
02:40 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter Launch the Data Transfer Project
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter have teamed up for a new open source project that strives to make it easier to transfer your data between online services. From a report: The Data Transfer Pro...
01:51 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Personal Info of 1.5m SingHealth Patients, Including PM Lee, Stolen in Singapore's Worst Cyber Attack
In Singapore's worst cyber attack, hackers have stolen the personal particulars of 1.5 million patients. Of these, 160,000 people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a few ministers, had the...
01:00 pm - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot New Zealand Firm's Four-Day Week an 'Unmitigated Success'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success, with 78% of employees feeling...
10:00 am - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Two US Hyperloop Startups Line Up Financing From China
Los Angeles startups Arrivo and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies have reportedly secured financing from Chinese state-backed companies. "Lining up potential funding helps solve one of the biggest...
07:00 am - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot AI Plus a Chemistry Robot Finds All the Reactions That Will Work
A team of researchers at Glasgow University have built a robot that uses machine learning to run and analyze its own chemical reaction. The system is able to figure out every reaction that's possible ...
03:30 am - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Weird New Fruits Could Hit Aisles Soon Thanks To Gene Editing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Smooth or hairy, pungent or tasteless, deep-hued or bright: new versions of old fruits could be hitting the produce aisles as plant experts embra...
02:20 am - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot The New MacBook Pro Keyboard Resists Dust Much Better Than Previous-Gen, Reports iFixit
iFixit tore apart the new 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard to see how well the silicone membrane works to protect the butterfly mechanism from dust and debris. After showering a 2017 and 2018 MacBook Pro in ...
01:40 am - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Best Buy Is Thriving In the Age of Amazon
Best Buy is turning to in-home consultants to help distinguish it from Amazon. The advisors act as "personal chief technology officers," helping people make their homes smart or merely more functional...
01:00 am - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Hackers Targeted IoT During Trump-Putin Summit
Zorro shares a report from Defense One: Four days before U.S. and Russian leaders met in Helsinki, hackers from China launched a wave of brute-force attacks on internet-connected devices in Finland, s...
12:20 am - Fri, July 20, 2018
Slashdot Chrome OS Isn't Ready For Tablets Yet
The Verge's Dieter Bohn set out to review Acer's Chromebook Tab 10 tablet, but ended up sharing his impressions of using Chrome OS instead. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from his review: If yo...
11:40 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot FCC Vote Likely Dooms Sinclair-Tribune Merger
FCC commissioners unanimously voted on a Hearing Designation Order (HDO) to send the proposed sale of Tribune Media properties to Sinclair to a judge, where the merger is expected to cease. Engadget r...
11:00 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot FBI Director: Without Compromise on Encryption, Legislation May Be the 'Remedy'
An anonymous reader shares a report: FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that unless the U.S. government and private industry are able to come to a compromise on the issue of default encrypti...
10:20 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Plan To Try To Win Back Consumers With 'Modern Life Services'
It's not a secret that Microsoft hasn't been winning the hearts and minds of consumers lately. Killing off products like the Groove Music service, Microsoft Band fitness tracker, and Windows Phone hav...
09:40 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Senate Wants Netflix, Spotify To Send Out Federal Emergency Alerts
Senators in Hawaii and South Dakota have introduced a bill, called the "Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) act, that would "explore" broadcasting alerts to "online streaming ser...
08:57 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Fukushima's Nuclear Signature Found In California Wine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Is it possible to see the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in California wines produced at the time? Today we get an answer, th...
08:14 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Google's Loon Brings Internet-By-Balloon To Kenya
A network of giant balloons will soon bring internet access to remote regions of rural Kenya. From a report: Google's sister-company Loon has announced its first commercial deal: partnering with Telko...
07:34 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Killer Robots Would Be 'Dangerously Destabilizing' Force in the World, Tech Leaders Warn
Thousands of artificial intelligence experts are calling on governments to take preemptive action before it's too late. The list is extensive and includes some of the most influential names in the ove...
06:49 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Reveals First Known Midterm Campaign Hacking Attempts
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft detected and helped block hacking attempts against three congressional candidates this year, a company executive said Thursday, marking the first known e...
06:04 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Tech Chief Role Grows More Strategic, Survey Finds
The rise of digital capabilities continues to elevate the role of IT leaders across the enterprise, moving them beyond back-office tech hubs and increasingly closer to products, services and customers...
05:25 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Breach Russian Bank and Steal $1 Million Due To Outdated Router
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A notorious hacker group known as MoneyTaker has stolen roughly $1 million from a Russian bank after breaching its network via an outdated router. The ...
04:48 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot GV, Formerly Known as Google Ventures, For Years Has Used an Algorithm That Effectively Permits or Prohibits Both New and Follow-on Investments
Dan Primack, reporting for Axios: When most venture capitalists want approval to make a new investment, they go to their partners. When venture capitalists at GV do it, they go to something called "Th...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Project 'Fuchsia': Google is Quietly Working on a Successor To Android
A day after the European Commission fined Google over Android, more details about Fuchsia, a new operating system the company has been working on for several years has emerged. From the report: But me...
03:20 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Web Services Isn't Making a 'Commercial' Networking Switch, Cisco Says
A week after a report claimed that Amazon Web Services was building its own bare-bones networking switch in a potential threat to networking giant companies, Cisco says it has checked with Amazon, wit...
02:40 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Trump Slams EU Over $5 Billion Fine on Google
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the European Union and said the bloc was taking advantage of the United States, pointing to the record $5 billion fine European antitrust regulators ...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Bye Siri, Says Apple AI's Last Remaining Founder
Tom Gruber, the last of three Siri voice assistant co-founders still at Apple, has retired from his role as head of Siri's Advanced Development group, The Information reports. From a report: The 59-ye...
01:00 pm - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Should the Word 'Milk' Be Used To Describe Nondairy Milk-Alternative Products?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration seems to have soured on nondairy milk-alternative products that use the term "milk" in their marketing and ...
10:00 am - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot ESO's Very Large Telescope Now Delivers Images Sharper Than Hubble
ffkom shares an excerpt from a press release via the European Southern Observatory: ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has achieved first light with a new adaptive optics mode called laser tomography --...
07:00 am - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Space Official Seems Unimpressed With NASA's Lunar Gateway
schwit1 shares a report from Behind The Black: At a science workshop in Europe this week, Chinese space officials made it clear that they found the concept of NASA Lunar Orbiting Platform-Gateway (LOP...
03:30 am - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Russian Shipwreck Allegedly Carrying $130 Billion In Gold Has Been Rediscovered
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: A salvage company has located the remains of a Russian warship lost during the the Russo-Japanese War. The battle-damaged cruiser Dmitrii Do...
01:30 am - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Leaked Documents Show Facebook's 'Threshold' For Deleting Pages, Groups
Facebook has repeatedly referenced to lawmakers a "threshold" that must be reached before the platform decides to ban a particular page for violating the site's policies, but it hasn't discussed its g...
12:50 am - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot Corning's New Gorilla Glass 6 Will Let Your Phones Survive 15 Drops
Corning just announced its most durable glass yet: Gorilla Glass 6. "The company says that the glass will survive up to 15 drops from a one meter height and can be 'up to two times better' than Gorill...
12:30 am - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot eBay Is Conducting a 'Mass Layoff' In the Bay Area
eBay is planning to slash nearly 300 jobs from Bay Area locations by July 20, calling the cuts a "mass layoff." Those being laid off were informed at the end of June, reports The Mercury News. The San...
12:10 am - Thu, July 19, 2018
Slashdot DeepMind, Elon Musk and Others Pledge Not To Make Autonomous AI Weapons
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Yesterday, during the Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the Future of Life Institute announced that more than 2,400 individuals and 160 co...
11:30 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot IBM Wants $167 Million From Groupon Over Alleged Patent Infringement
On Monday, IBM asked a jury to award the company $167 million in a lawsuit against deals site Groupon for using patented technology without authorization. The patents involve e-commerce technology tha...
10:50 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Account For 90 Percent of Login Attempts At Online Retailers
Hackers account for 90% of of e-commerce sites' global login traffic, according to a report by cyber security firm Shape Security. They reportedly use programs to apply stolen data acquired on the dar...
10:10 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Zuckerberg: If Someone Gets Fired For Data Abuse 'It Should Be Me'
Mark Zuckerberg isn't planning to fire himself. At least, not at the moment. From a report: During an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher published Wednesday, the Facebook CEO touched on Russians int...
09:30 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Google Warns Android Might Not Remain Free Because of EU Decision
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The EU's decision to force Google to unbundle its Chrome and search apps from Android may have some implications for the future of Android's free bu...
08:50 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Robocall Firm Exposes Hundreds of Thousands of US Voters' Records
An anonymous reader shares a report: RoboCent, a Virginia Beach-based political robocall firm, has exposed the personal details of hundreds of thousands of US voters, according to the findings of a se...
08:25 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot British Airways Says Computer Problems Affecting Operations at Heathrow
British Airways said on Wednesday that its operations at London's Heathrow, Europe's biggest airport, were disrupted because of an issue with a supplier's IT systems. From a report: "We are working wi...
08:03 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 To Support True UTC-Compliant Leap Second
Mehedi Hassan, writing for Thurrott: Microsoft is bringing support for leap seconds -- yes, that one extra second -- to Windows, starting with Windows 10 Redstone 5 and Windows Server 2019. With the u...
07:20 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Frequent Smart Phone, Internet Use Linked To Symptoms Of ADHD in Teens
Most teens today own a smartphone and go online every day, and about a quarter of them use the internet "almost constantly," according to a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center. Now a study publishe...
06:40 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Apple iCloud Data in China is Being Stored By a State-Run Telco
Six months ago Apple caused controversy by announcing its intentions to move Chinese users' iCloud keys out of the US and into China, in order to comply with Chinese law. From a report: Now, that data...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Blue Origin Pushed Its Rocket 'To Its Limits' With High-Altitude Emergency Abort Test
Blue Origin pulled off another successful test launch today, landing both the New Shepard rocket -- a reusable vehicle designed to take tourists to the edge of space and back -- and capsule after flig...
05:20 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot How 'Mission Impossible' Made the Leap To 4K and HDR
In the run up to the release of Fallout, the new movie in the Mission Impossible franchise, Paramount studio re-released the entire Mission Impossible series on 4K Blu-ray last month. The new discs ar...
04:40 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Why Startups Aren't Pushing the Feds To Break Up Big Tech
An anonymous reader shares a report: Today's tech startups have largely stayed out of the debate over whether antitrust law should be used to humble -- and possibly break up -- giants like Facebook, G...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Responds After Third-Party Sellers Put Bootleg Games on Its Store
Jeff Grubb, reporting for VentureBeat: Over the weekend, some thrifty gamers spotted a deal on Amazon. A downloadable version of the tough strategy survival sim Frostpunk was available on the Amazon M...
03:20 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Appeals Court Won't Take Up Copyright Decision That Raised Alarm About Embedding, Linking
The 2nd Circuit denies an immediate appeal in a case that challenges how news organizations used embedded photos of Tom Brady. The Hollywood Reporter: Back in February, a New York judge caused a bit o...
02:40 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States
Kim Zetter, reporting for Motherboard: The nation's top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management sys...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot EU Regulators Fine Google Record $5 Billion in Android Case
The European Union hit Alphabet's Google with a record antitrust fine of $5.06 billion on Monday, a decision that could loosen the company's grip on its biggest growth engine: mobile phones. From a re...
01:00 pm - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Secretive Startup Zoox Is Building a Bidirectional Autonomous Car From the Ground Up
A secretive Australian startup called Zoox (an abbreviation of zooxanthellae, the algae that helps fuel coral reef growth) is working on an autonomous vehicle that is unlike any other. Theirs is all-e...
11:10 am - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot EU Regulators Fine Google Record $5 Billion in Android Case
The European Union hit Alphabet's Google with a record antitrust fine of $5.06 billion on Monday, a decision that could loosen the company's grip on its biggest growth engine: mobile phones. From a re...
11:00 am - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Video Raises Concerns About Excessive Thermal Throttling On 2018 MacBook Pro With Intel Core i9
Last week, Apple announced new MacBook Pros, including a 15-inch model that supports Intel's 6-core 2.9GHz i9 processor. YouTube Dave Lee managed to get his hands on this top-of-the-line device early ...
09:31 am - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Google To Be Fined $5 Billion by EU in Android Antitrust Case, Reports Say
The European Union plans to hit Alphabet's Google with a record antitrust fine of $5.06 billion later today, WSJ, Reuters, and Bloomberg reported Wednesday, a decision that could loosen the company's ...
07:00 am - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot System76 Linux Computer Maker Offers a Sneak Peek Into Its New Factory
BrianFagioli shares a report from BetaNews: System76 has long been a Linux computer seller, but recently, it has transitioned into a Linux computer maker. What's the difference, you ask? Well, current...
05:55 am - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot The SIM Hijackers
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai of Motherboard has a chilling story on how hackers flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernam...
03:30 am - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Is the Earth's Mantle Full of Diamonds?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Scientists' models show that sound waves seem to travel too quickly through the old, stable cores of continents, called "cratons," which extend deep i...
12:30 am - Wed, July 18, 2018
Slashdot Egypt's New Law Targets Social Media, Journalists For 'Fake News'
Egypt's parliament passed a law Monday giving the state powers to block social media users and penalize journalists for publishing fake news. "Under the law passed on Monday social media accounts and ...
11:50 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Rolls-Royce Is Developing Tiny 'Cockroach' Robots To Fix Airplane Engines
Rolls-Royce announced today that it is teaming up with robotics experts at Harvard University and University of Nottingham to develop tiny "cockroach" robots that can crawl inside aircraft engines to ...
11:10 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Saudi Arabia Bans 47 Games In Response To Two Child Suicides
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IGN: Saudi Arabia is apparently banning 47 games in response to a pair of children committing suicide after allegedly being encouraged to do so while playing a...
10:30 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You -- And It Could Raise Your Rates
schwit1 shares an excerpt from an in-depth report via ProPublica and NPR, which have been investigating for the past year the various tactics the health insurance industry uses to maximize its profits...
09:50 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Walmart Teams Up With Microsoft To Fight Amazon, Netflix
Slashdot readers hyperclocker and Hallux-F-Sinister have shared news about Walmart's new strategy to take on Amazon. In a nutshell, Walmart will use more of Microsoft's cloud services and work with th...
09:10 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot GOP Congressman Introduces Bill To Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) today announced his support for a bill that would institute the basic outlines of the FCC's 2015 Open Internet order, which banned the throttling and blocking of content as we...
08:30 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Is Making the Windows Command Line a Lot Better
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Over the last few years, Microsoft has been working to improve the Windows console. Console windows now maximize properly, for example. In the ol...
06:40 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot The US is Facing a Serious Shortage of Airline Pilots
An anonymous reader shares a report: The national security of the United States relies on a healthy airline industry. That requires modern reliable airplanes -- and highly skilled pilots to operate th...
06:21 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Baidu Ends Brazil Operations, Will Now Handle the Brazilian User Base From China
Chinese web search company Baidu is ending its operations in Brazil, five years after it set up shop in the country. From a report: The company will be handling the Brazilian user base for its web ser...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Thousands of Patient Records Held for Ransom in Ontario Home Care Data Breach, Attackers Claim
CBC reports: The detailed medical histories and contact information of possibly tens of thousands of home-care patients in Ontario are allegedly being held for ransom by thieves who recently raided th...
05:41 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Thousands of Mega Logins Dumped Online, Exposing User Files
Thousands of credentials for accounts associated with New Zealand-based file storage service Mega have been published online, ZDNet reports. From the report: The text file contains over 15,500 usernam...
05:21 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Robots that Paint Have Gotten Pretty Impressive
An anonymous reader shares a report: Of the 100 images submitted to the 2018 Robotart competition, an automaton called CloudPainter rose to the top, with evocative portraits featuring varying degrees ...
04:40 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Slackware, Oldest Actively Maintained GNU/Linux Distribution, Turns 25
sombragris writes: Slackware, the oldest GNU/Linux distribution which is still actively maintained, turned 25 this week. The latest stable version, Slackware 14.2, was released two years ago, but the ...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Cuba Starts Rolling Out Internet on Mobile Phones
Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step toward opening one of the Western He...
03:20 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Astronomers Discover 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter - One on Collision Course With the Others
One of a dozen new moons discovered around Jupiter is circling the planet on a suicide orbit that will inevitably lead to its violent destruction, astronomers say. From a report: Researchers in the US...
02:40 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Traces of Lost Society Found in 'Pristine' Cloud Forest
Deep in Ecuador's lush Quijos Valley, a society thrived -- and then disappeared. But a lake preserved its story. From a report: In the 1850s, a team of botanists venturing into the cloud forest in the...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Unveils World's First 10nm-class 8 Gb LPDDR5 DRAM
BrianFagioli writes: Today, Samsung announces yet another milestone, this time with its low-powered memory. You see, Samsung has created what it calls the "industry's first 10-nanometer (nm) class 8-g...
01:00 pm - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Teardown Reveals a 'Symphony of Engineering,' 30 Percent Profit Margin
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Munro & Associates, a small Detroit-area firm that disassembles new cars and analyzes them down to the nuts and bolts, came out in April with da...
11:30 am - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Verizon Confirms That It Will No Longer Activate 3G Phones
According to Droid Life, Verizon is no longer activating 3G-only phones. Instead, they will only accept 4G LTE-equipped phones going forward. Here's what Verizon had to say about the matter: "For seve...
10:00 am - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot China Negotiating For Cheaper Cancer Drugs
hackingbear writes: "China's medical insurance regulator will begin negotiations with domestic and overseas pharmaceutical companies to lower prices of cancer drugs in a bid to cut the financial burde...
07:00 am - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Netflix's Subscriber Growth Stalls
Netflix shares plunged by more than 14% on Monday, after the firm reported disappointing subscriber growth. While the entertainment service added 5.2 million subscribers last quarter, it forecasted a ...
03:30 am - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot D-Wave's Quantum Computer Successfully Models a Quantum System
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from Ars Technica: D-Wave's hardware has always occupied a unique space on the computing landscape. It's a general-purpose computer that relies on quantum mechani...
02:26 am - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Samsung's Galaxy S10 To Come In Three Sizes, With An In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Samsung will launch the Galaxy S10 in three different sizes: 5.8 inches, 6.1 inches, and 6.4 inches. They are nearly the same sizes that Kuo expects Apple's next series of iP...
01:15 am - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Hacking Campaign Targets iPhone Users With Data-Stealing, Location-Tracking Malware
ZDNet reports of a new mobile malware campaign that is "gaining access to iPhones by tricking users to download an open-source mobile device management (MDM) software package." From the report: Once i...
12:20 am - Tue, July 17, 2018
Slashdot Roku's New Wireless Speakers Automatically Turn Loud Commercials Down, Turn Show Audio Up
Roku announced today that it's getting into the audio business with the launch of its in-house Roku TV Wireless Speakers. The two HomePod-esque speakers work exclusively (and wirelessly) with Roku TVs...
11:40 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Things Are Going From Bad To Worse For Apple In India
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Despite its increased focus on India, Apple is all set to see a slower year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the country in 2018. "iPhone India sales ...
11:00 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Apple Won't Replace Faulty MacBook Pro Keyboards With Third-Gen Components
After determining that a "small percentage" of 2015-2017 MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards may experience sticky keys, Apple initiated a Keyboard Service Program. The company has been servicing affect...
10:20 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft and National Geographic Team Up on AI Research Grant
Microsoft and National Geographic are partnering on a new grant program that will put $1 million towards projects using AI to address environmental challenges. From a report: Between five and 15 proje...
09:40 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Uber Faces Federal Investigation Over Alleged Gender Discrimination
According to The Wall Street Journal, Uber is being investigated by U.S. authorities over a complaint about gender discrimination (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). The U.S. Equal...
09:00 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Curious Case of the $2,630.52 Used Paperback
Many booksellers on Amazon strive to sell their wares as cheaply as possible. That, after all, is usually how you make a sale in a competitive marketplace. Other merchants favor a counterintuitive app...
08:20 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Becomes the Richest Man In Modern History, Topping $150 Billion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Jeff Bezos is the richest person in modern history. The Amazon founder's net worth broke $150 billion in New York on Monday morning, according to th...
07:30 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Suffers Glitches at the Start of Prime Day
It's not just you. Amazon Prime Day started 15 minutes ago, and so far, it's not going well for Amazon. From a report: The landing page for Prime Day does not work. When most links are clicked, reader...
06:46 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Study Suggests Buried Internet Infrastructure at Risk as Sea Levels Rise
Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the United States may soon be inundated by rising seas, according to a new study by researchers at the University...
06:03 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Skype 8.0 Launches on Desktop With Full-HD Video; To Soon Get Encryption and Call Recording Features
Skype's redesign launched last year was met with mixed reviews, but the company is forging ahead by rolling out a number of its new features to other platforms, including the desktop. From a report: M...
05:22 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft's Panos Panay Says Company is Exploring Several New Form Factors in Surface Category, But a Phone Isn't One of Them
Speaking on the sidelines of the Surface Go launch, Microsoft's Panos Panay, who heads the Surface division, once again very much reiterated that the company has moved past its smartphone ambitions. F...
04:57 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Instapaper is Going Independent
Popular bookmarking and read-it-later app, Instapaper made the following announcement in a blog post: Today, we're announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Inst...
04:14 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Lights Slowly Come On for Puerto Ricans in Rural Areas
Almost a year after two hurricanes ravaged the US territory, repair crews are working to energize the more than 950 homes and businesses that remain without power in hard-to-reach areas. Puerto Ricans...
03:20 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot A Student Was Rejected By A College Because Of China's 'Social Credit System'
An anonymous reader shares a report: A prestigious college in Beijing that reportedly tried to bar a student because his father was on a government blacklist is causing huge controversy in China. Acco...
02:41 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot The EU Would Very Much Like Airbnb To Know That the Rules Are Different in Europe
Airbnb is facing fresh regulatory pressure in Europe. But this time it's not about the short-term home rental platform's core business model -- it's about its terms and conditions, and the way the com...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Admits Prime Day Deals Not Necessarily the Cheapest
Shoppers taking part in internet giant Amazon's Prime Day are being told that the deals on offer may not be the cheapest available. From a report: Amazon said it has never claimed that Prime Day is ne...
10:10 am - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Judge Jails Defendent For Failing To Unlock Phones
devoid42 writes: In a Tampa courtroom, Judge Gregory Holder held William Montanez in contempt of court for failure to unlock a mobile device. What led to this was a frightening slippery slope that thr...
07:07 am - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Lockheed Martin Creates Its Largest 3D-Printed Space Part To Date
Lockheed Martin has finished quality control tests for its largest 3D-printed space part to date: an enormous titanium dome meant to serve as caps for satellite fuel tanks. The component measures four...
05:05 am - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot New Book Paints Different Picture of Workplace Behavior At Google and Facebook
Longtime Slashdot reader theodp writes: In Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made It Boom), Adam Fisher paints quite a differ...
02:02 am - Mon, July 16, 2018
Slashdot Passwords For Tens of Thousands of Dahua Devices Cached In IoT Search Engine
An anonymous reader writes: "Login passwords for tens of thousands of Dahua devices have been cached inside search results returned by ZoomEye, a search engine for discovering Internet-connected devic...
11:23 pm - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot Digital Ads Are Starting To Feel Psychic
It seems like everyone these days has had a paranoiac moment where a website advertises something to you that you recently purchased or was gifted without a digital trail. According to a new website c...
08:20 pm - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot Unlike Most Millennials, Norway's Are Rich
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Best known for its Viking history, snow sports and jaw-dropping fjords, Norway is making a new name for itself as the only major economy in Europe whe...
07:19 pm - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Makes Moves On Instagram's Users
Facebook is trying to get Instagram users to visit its site more often by further entwining the two services. According to Instagram user Spencer Chen, the Instagram app prompted him to check out a fr...
06:18 pm - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Will Be First Automaker To Lose the Federal Tax Credit For Electric Cars
Tesla has confirmed to Jalopnik that its 200,000th vehicle has been delivered this month, meaning the full $7,500 federal tax credit for electric cars will slowly be phased out. Tesla is the first aut...
05:17 pm - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot How Minecraft Is Helping Kids Fall In Love With Books
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Robert Louis Stevenson's 1881 classic Treasure Island tells of Jim Hawkins's adventures on board the Hispaniola, as he and his crew -- along with...
04:16 pm - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot The New MacBook Pro Features 'Fastest SSD Ever' In a Laptop
Last week, Apple refreshed the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, bringing newer Intel processors and quieter keyboards. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro also just so happens to feature the fastest SS...
03:15 pm - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot Coinbase Says It's Exploring Adding 5 New Coins To Its Platform
Coinbase, the largest U.S.-based digital currency exchange, announced that it is "exploring the addition" of five new cryptocurrencies to its platform. The five cryptocurrencies being considered are C...
02:14 pm - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot EFF To Japan: Reject Website Blocking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: The latest country to consider a website blocking proposal is Japan, and EFF has responded to the call for comment by shari...
11:34 am - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot Game Company Receives Complaints About Bad Example Set By FEMALENAME
ArenaNet narrative designer Jessica Price was fired last week after she accused a Twitter user of "mansplaining", and adding later "Don't expect me to pretend to like you here." (Her employer characte...
11:34 am - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot Game Company Receives Complaints About Bad Example Set By '%FEMALENAME'
ArenaNet narrative designer Jessica Price was fired last week after she accused a Twitter user of "mansplaining", and adding later "Don't expect me to pretend to like you here." (Her employer characte...
08:34 am - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot 'A Lot of Hoped-for Automation Was Counterproductive', Remembers Elon Musk
Thursday Elon Musk gave a surprisingly candid interview about Tesla's massive push to increase production of Model 3 sedans to 5,000 a week. An anonymous reader quotes Musk's remarks to Bloomberg: I s...
05:34 am - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot Chrome is Using 10-13% More RAM to Fight Spectre
An anonymous reader quotes PCWorld:The critical Meltdown and Spectre bugs baked deep into modern computer processors will have ramifications on the entire industry for years to come, and Chrome just b...
01:34 am - Sun, July 15, 2018
Slashdot Interviews: Christine Peterson Answers Your Questions
You asked questions, we've got the answers! Christine Peterson is a long-time futurist who co-founded the nanotech advocacy group the Foresight Institute in 1986. One of her favorite tasks has been co...
11:41 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Wells Fargo's Scandals Finally Hurt Its Bottom Line
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Wells Fargo said operating losses surged 77% last quarter because of various problems in its auto lending, wealth management, mortgage and currency businesses. Overall e...
10:34 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Telescope Offers 'Clearest View Yet' of Milky Way - Including Plasma Filaments
Chris Reeve writes: The MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated in South Africa this past Friday, revealing the clearest view yet of the center of the Milky Way. What is especially surprising about th...
09:34 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Google Maps API Becomes 'More Difficult and Expensive'
Government Technology reports:On July 16, Google Maps is going to make it more difficult and expensive to use its API, which could make custom maps that rely on the service less sustainable or even un...
08:34 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Finally, Non-Compete Clauses Eliminated... For Fast Food Workers
"Non-compete clauses are common among professionals, justified by a variety of innocuous-sounding and apparently reasonable business reasons," writes Slashdot reader Beeftopia. "This story shows that,...
07:34 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Anti-Amazon Graffiti Increasing In Seattle (with Photos)
Long-time Slashdot reader reifman writes: If you're eagerly awaiting your city's selection for HQ2, you may want to check out GeekWire's photo gallery of anti-Amazon graffiti images from around Seattl...
06:34 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Australian Experiment Wipes Out Over 80% of Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes
schwit1 quotes CNN: In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland...
05:34 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Chrome Beats Edge and Firefox in 'Browser Benchmark Battle: July 2018' -- Sometimes
An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat: It's been more than 20 months since our last browser benchmark battle, and we really wanted to avoid letting two years elapse before getting a fresh set of a re...
04:34 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Systemd-Free Artix Linux OS is Looking For Packagers
MrBrklyn (Slashdot reader #4,775) writes: Artix Linux, the young systemd free OS based on arch, is reaching a critical point in it's development and calling for new packagers. Here's more from the ong...
03:34 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot New 'Creative Fund' Promises To Back Every Project on Kickstarter
All Kickstarter campaigns are getting a show of support, according to a new web site. "Every day, The Creative Fund backs all newly launched projects based on our current patronage." It's the newest o...
02:34 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Retiring Worn-Out Wind Turbines Could Cost Billions That Nobody Has
schwit1 shared this article from Energy Central News: Estimates put the tear-down cost of a single modern wind turbine, which can rise from 250 to 500 feet above the ground, at $200,000... Which means...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Intel Sends in a Final Batch Of DRM Feature Updates Targeting Linux 4.19
An anonymous reader shares a report: After several big feature pull requests of new "i915" Intel DRM driver features landing in DRM-Next for Linux 4.19, the Intel open-source developers have sent in w...
10:00 am - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Major League Baseball Is Going Crypto
The blockchain gaming company Lucid Sight is partnering with Major League Baseball to launch MLB Crypto Baseball. Engadget's Daniel Roberts explains: Ethereum, launched in 2015, is a decentralized pla...
07:00 am - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Share of the US Ecommerce Market Is Now 49 Percent
New numbers from researchers at eMarketer reveal that Amazon is set to clear $258.22 billion in U.S. retail sales in 2018, "which will work out to 49.1 percent of all online retail spend in the countr...
03:30 am - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot HHS Plans To Delete 20 Years of Critical Medical Guidelines Next Week
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Beast: The Trump Administration is planning to eliminate a vast trove of medical guidelines that for nearly 20 years has been a critical resource for...
12:45 am - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Chooses To Demote Fake News Instead of Remove It
Facebook says it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards. According to the BBC, Facebook said publishers often had "very different points of vie...
12:03 am - Sat, July 14, 2018
Slashdot Only 39 Percent of Viewers Choose Live TV As Their Default Option, Says Study
According to a new study by Hub Entertainment Research, viewers are increasingly defaulting to on-demand sources like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu instead of live TV. The study found that onl...
11:20 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot US Lifts ZTE Export Ban
The U.S. Commerce Department has lifted the export ban on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE now that it has met all the terms required to get a full reprieve. "Officials confirmed that ZTE had put ...
10:40 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple Announces $300 Million China Clean Energy Fund
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The iPhone maker said it's creating the fund to boost the use of renewable energy in its supply chain, which is primarily spread across regions in C...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Find That Filters Don't Prevent Porn
According to a new paper from Oxford Internet Institute researchers Victoria Nash and Andrew Przybylski, internet filters rarely work to keep adolescents away from online porn. Basically, the filters ...
09:20 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Police Bust World Cup Gambling Ring With More Than $1 Billion In Cryptocurrency
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Chinese authorities have arrested six suspects behind a World Cup gambling ring that was hosting more than 10 billion yuan -- or $1.5 billion USD --...
08:40 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Alaska's Last Two Blockbusters Are Closing, Leaving Just One In the US
According to Anchorage Daily News, the two remaining Blockbuster stores in Alaska are set to close, leaving just one location left in the United States. The last one standing in the U.S. is in Bend, O...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Compromised JavaScript Package Caught Stealing npm Credentials
An anonymous reader shares a report: A hacker gained access to a developer's npm account earlier this week and injected malicious code into a popular JavaScript library, code that was designed to stea...
07:26 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Smart TVs Are Invading Privacy and Should Be Investigated, Senators Say
Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that a number of smart TV makers include services from companies that track a range of viewer information about their customers. Now, two Democratic US ...
07:02 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Instagram is Down [Updated]
According to thousands of users, Instagram website and app are facing technical issues. Users attempting to visit the website are seeing a "5xx Server Error", while on the app, they are getting "Could...
06:43 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Plans To Challenge Cisco in Networking Market With Much Cheaper Switches, Report Says
Amazon Web Services already dominates the market for cloud services. Now, reports The Information, it is eyeing a part of the cloud business it doesn't already control: the $14 billion global market f...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot PC Market Sees Its First Growth Quarter in Six Years
From a report: Gartner found PC shipments were up globally in Q2 2018, the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since the first quarter of 2012. Gartner estimates that worldwide P...
05:20 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Calls on Congress To Regulate Face Recognition
Addressing a growing concern by privacy advocates and users alike over the usage of facial recognition by government bodies, Microsoft urged the US government on Friday to start thinking about what li...
04:30 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Special Counsel Mueller Charges 12 Russian Intelligence Officers With Hacking Democrats During 2016 Election
Special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained a new indictment charging 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democrats to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, and with stealing inform...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Has Video Refereeing Ruined The World Cup?
An anonymous reader shares a report: This is the first time FIFA, soccer's governing body, has allowed video replay to be used to make penalty calls in a World Cup. And while fans of basketball and Am...
03:21 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot On Silicon Valley Companies' Bet On Boosting Their Userbases in Developing Markets With Dirt-Cheap Phones and Lite Apps
As user growth slows in developed markets, Silicon Valley companies are increasingly looking at developing markets such as India for new customers. The playbook of many of these companies is similar: ...
02:40 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Adobe To Launch Photoshop for iPad in Strategy Shift
Adobe, the maker of popular digital design programs for creatives, is planning to launch the full version of its Photoshop app for Apple's iPad as part of a new strategy to make its products compatibl...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple Partnered With Blackmagic On An External GPU For MacBooks
Apple has worked with cinema company Blackmagic on an external GPU based around an AMD Radeon Pro 580 graphics card with 8GB of DDR5 RAM. The Blackmagic eGPU features "an HDMI port, four USB 3.1s and ...
01:00 pm - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot The FCC Is Changing Up the Country's Emergency Alert System
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The FCC announced today that it'll bolster the country's Emergency Alert System to prevent unexpected false alarms, like the one that happened in Ha...
10:00 am - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot You Can Inherit Facebook Content Like a Letter or Diary, German Court Rules
A German court ruled Thursday that Facebook content can be passed onto heirs like letters, books, or diaries. The ruling comes after the parents of a teenager who died in 2012 after being hit by a tra...
07:00 am - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot China's Quantum Radar Could Detect Stealth Planes, Missiles
hackingbear shares a report from Popular Science: China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China's foremost military electronics company, announced that its groundbreaking quantum radar ...
03:30 am - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Ireland Becomes World's First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The Republic of Ireland will become the world's first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with ...
02:05 am - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Apple Says New MacBook Pro Keyboard Won't Fix Sticky Key Issue
After multiple lawsuits have been filed over the butterfly-switch keyboards found on the MacBook Pro and MacBook lineups, you would think Apple would fix this issue by including a keyboard in the new ...
01:25 am - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Sprint Follows Rivals By Complicating Its Unlimited Mobile Data Plans
Sprint on Thursday unveiled a new, more complicated lineup of unlimited mobile data plans. Sprint goes from having one plan starting at $60 per month to four different options costing $50 to $70 a mon...
12:45 am - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot TSA Screeners Win Immunity From Abuse Claims, Court Rules
Mr.Intel writes from a report via Reuters: "Fliers may have a tough time recovering damages for invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, after a federal appeals court on Wednesday sai...
12:03 am - Fri, July 13, 2018
Slashdot Astronomers Detected a 'Ghost Particle' and Tracked It To Its Source
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: Astronomers have traced a high-energy neutrino to its cosmic source for the first time ever, solving a century-old mystery in the process. Observati...
11:20 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Gawker.com Sold To Bleacher Report Co-Founder Bryan Goldberg In Bankruptcy Auction
The now-dormant news and gossip website Gawker.com was sold on Thursday to Bryan Goldberg, the founder of Bustle and co-founder of Bleacher Report. According to CNN, the site sold for less than $1.5 m...
10:40 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Stops Selling 2015 MacBook Pro With Old-Style Keyboard, Legacy Ports
After announcing new MacBook Pro models today, Apple has removed the 2015 MacBook Pro from the Mac section of its website. Ars Technica reports: Beloved by many, the 2015 MacBook Pro had a number of f...
10:03 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans' Trust In Local News
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The information operatives who worked out of the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg did not stop at posing as American social media users or sprea...
09:22 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot India Now Has the 'World's Strongest' Net Neutrality Rules
India has just adopted tough new rules guaranteeing an open and fair internet for nearly half a billion people. From a report: The government has taken an "unambiguous stand" on the issue by endorsing...
08:37 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Justice Department Appeals Time Warner-AT&T Merger Approval
The Justice Department will appeal the AT&T-Time Warner merger approval, according to a court document filed Thursday. In one of the largest U.S. antitrust cases in decades, U.S. District Judge Ri...
08:02 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Python Language Founder Steps Down
After almost 30 years of overseeing the development of the world's most popular language, Python, its founder and "Benevolent Dictator For Life" (BDFL), Guido van Rossum, has decided to remove himself...
07:25 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Canadian Telecoms Make The Most Money on Data Usage In The World: Tefficient
An anonymous reader shares a report: Canadian wireless users have some of the lowest data usage in the world, but Canadian telecom companies make the most money off the customers they have, a new repo...
06:45 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Claims It Has Enabled Its Partners To 'Double the Number of Black and Latinx Students and Girls Taking AP Computer Science'
theodp writes: In a Monday blog post, the outgoing Head of Education for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Chan Zuckerberg Initiative made the claim that "we've made investments that enabled our partners...
06:06 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Ear Implant Lets Deaf Gerbils Sense Sound From Light Signals
An anonymous reader shares a report: A research team at the University Medical Center Gottingen has created a cochlear implant that uses light to restore auditory responses in deaf gerbils. The study ...
05:31 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot First-Ever Color X-ray on a Human
What if, instead of a black and white X-ray picture, a doctor of a cancer patient had access to color images identifying the tissues being scanned? From a post: This is now a reality, thanks to a New-...
04:40 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft is Updating Windows Notepad Application For the First Time in Years
Microsoft is giving its Notepad app for Windows a surprising amount of new features. From a report: You'll soon be able to do wrap around find and replace alongside the ability to zoom into text by ho...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Walmart's Newly Patented Technology For Eavesdropping On Workers Presents Privacy Concerns
Walmart has patented an audio surveillance system which can be used to listen to conversations between employees and customers at checkout. From a report: The "listening to the frontend" technology, a...
03:20 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot The First Real Boom in Virtual Reality? It's Pornography.
An anonymous reader shares a report: Pornography has provided the first real boom in VR, and adult-entertainment companies like Naughty America are leading the way. In the 18 months after producing it...
02:40 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Could Move Some Jobs Abroad Because of US Immigration Policies, Top Exec Says
Microsoft does not want to move jobs out of the United States but certain decisions out of Washington could potentially force its hands, the company's President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith warn...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot A Look at Street Network Orientation of Major US Cities
Geoff Boeing, a postdoc in the Urban Analytics Lab at the University California, Berkeley, has published a blog post that offers a fascinating look at the street orientation of major cities in the USA...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot A Look at Street Network Orientation in Major US Cities
Geoff Boeing, a postdoc in the Urban Analytics Lab at the University California, Berkeley, has published a blog post that offers a fascinating look at the street orientation of major cities in the USA...
12:55 pm - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Apple Refreshes MacBook Pro Lineup
Apple said on Thursday it is refreshing the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. Neither machines are getting major redesigns, but the innards are getting a spec update. For starters, both the mode...
11:00 am - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Magic Leap Finally Demoed Its Headset And It Is 'Disappointing'
From a story on Digg, via DaringFireball: Magic Leap, the secretive augmented reality company that has raised $2.3 billion, finally demoed its long-rumored, much-vaunted headset on Wednesday (and anno...
09:00 am - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot Killing Rats Could Save Coral Reefs
The much maligned rat is not a creature many would associate with coral reefs. But scientists studying reefs on tropical islands say the animals directly threaten the survival of these ecosystems. Fro...
04:00 am - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot NASA May Have Discovered and Then Destroyed Organics on Mars in 1976
An anonymous reader shares a report: Over 40 years ago, a NASA mission may have accidentally destroyed what would have been the first discovery of organic molecules on Mars, according to a report from...
01:40 am - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot 'RSS Has Already Won'
Brian Schrader, an independent software developer, writes: It's been a little over 5 years since Google Reader shut down and the world of RSS readers was tossed into the junk drawer of collective memo...
01:00 am - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot New Spectre 1.1 and Spectre 1.2 CPU Flaws Disclosed
Two security researchers have revealed details about two new Spectre-class vulnerabilities, which they've named Spectre 1.1 and Spectre 1.2. From a report: Just like all the previous Meltdown and Spec...
12:20 am - Thu, July 12, 2018
Slashdot NASA Commercial Crew Program for Space Station Faces Delays, Report Says
Plans to launch the first NASA astronauts since 2011 to the International Space Station from the United States look set to be delayed due to incomplete safety measures and accountability holes in the ...
11:50 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Google Quietly Enables 'Site Isolation' Feature for 99% of Chrome Desktop Users
Google has quietly enabled a security feature called Site Isolation for 99% of its desktop users on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS. This happened in Chrome 67, released at the end of May. From a r...
11:16 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Broadcom Buying CA For $19 billion
Broadcom on Wednesday announced plans to buy IT management software company CA for $18.9 billion in cash, just months after U.S. regulators blocked Broadcom's deal to buy fellow chip-maker Qualcomm.Re...
10:48 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot AV1 is Well On Its Way To Becoming a Viable Alternative To Patented Video Codecs, Mozilla Says
Here's a surprising fact: It costs money to watch video online, even on free sites like YouTube. That's because about 4 in 5 videos on the web today rely on a patented technology called the H.264 vide...
10:29 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot FCC Promises to Fix Comment System Hijacked During Net Neutrality Repeal
FCC boss Ajit Pai says the agency will finally take steps to shore up the security of the FCC's public comment system after being widely criticized for turning a blind eye to routine fraud and abuse. ...
09:55 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot RIP Tata Nano, the World's Cheapest Car
From a report: Well, you guys, pour one out for the Tata Nano. The world's cheapest car is all but dead. According to Bloomberg, Tata Motors built one single Nano in June 2018. During the same month i...
09:27 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Battling Fake Accounts, Twitter To Slash Millions of Followers
Twitter will begin removing tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users' followers on Thursday, signaling a major new effort to restore trust on the popular but embattled platform. From a repor...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot ARM's Own Employees Complain About Anti-RISCV Website
lkcl writes: Phoronix and The Register have an insightful look into an effort by ARM that is reminiscent of Microsoft's "Get The Facts" campaign. RISC-V's design is a revamp of the RISC concept that i...
06:41 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot No, the FCC is Not Forcing Consumers To Pay $225 To File Complaints
Having your voice heard at the Federal Communications Commission could soon cost you hundreds of dollars, according to congressional Democrats Tuesday who oppose a looming rule change by the nation's ...
06:01 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Mobile Phone Cameras Are Not-So-Secretly Recording Users' Activities
Oiwan Lam, reporting for Global Voices: It has been widely reported that software and web applications made in China are often built with a "backdoor" feature, allowing the manufacturer or the governm...
05:22 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Software Beats Animal Tests at Predicting Toxicity of Chemicals
Machine-learning software trained on masses of chemical-safety data is so good at predicting some kinds of toxicity that it now rivals -- and sometimes outperforms -- expensive animal studies, researc...
04:26 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Refresh Mac mini, MacBook Pro, iMac Lineups Later This Year, Report Says
According to a note shared by reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to refresh a number of its computing product lineups later this year. Via MacRumors: iPhone: There are three iPhone...
04:03 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Hacker Steals Military Docs Because Someone Didn't Change a Default FTP Password
New submitter secwatcher shares a report: A hacker is selling sensitive military documents on online hacking forums, a security firm has discovered. Some of the sensitive documents put up for sale inc...
03:20 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot 80 Percent of IT Decision Makers Say Outdated Tech is Holding Them Back
A study by analysts Vanson Bourne for self service automation specialist SnapLogic looks at the data priorities and investment plans of IT decision makers, along with what's holding them back from max...
02:45 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Access To Major Airport's Security System Offered on Dark Web for $10
Researchers at McAfee found remote access to a major airport's security system available on the dark web for $10. From a report: The hacked access came from an online market for remote desktop protoco...
01:00 pm - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Malls In California Are Sending License Plate Information To ICE
Presto Vivace shares a report from The Week with the caption, "And they wonder why some of us prefer to shop online." From the report: Surveillance systems at more than 46 malls in California are capt...
11:00 am - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot VC Market Is on Pace for Strongest Year Since Dot-Com Era
Venture capitalists are spending cash at levels not seen since the dot-com era, and theyâ(TM)re raising money at a pace to match. From a report: Last quarter, VCs spent $27.3 billion in the U.S.,...
08:30 am - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Scientists Have Developed the World's First Destructive Laser Rifle
PopularScience: Chinese scientists have developed the world's first destructive, man-portable laser weapon. However, there is more to the story of this cool looking, but "less than lethal" directed en...
07:00 am - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Autonomous Robots Could be the Future of High Flying Stunts in Hollywood
From a report: Visitors to Disneyland and other Disney resorts could end up seeing robots tackling some pretty crazy, death-defying stunts usually reserved for Marvel superheroes and Star Wars Jedi Ma...
03:00 am - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot In a Bid To Curtail Spread of Misinformation, Facebook's WhatsApp Now Tells Users When a Message Has Been Forwarded
In a bid to fight spread of misinformation on its platform, Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced on Tuesday that it is launching a new feature globally that will highlight when a message has been forward...
02:20 am - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Opposes Net Neutrality
Beardydog writes: An article currently on Ars Technica examines comments about net neutrality issues by recent Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh not only rejects the FCC's reclassificat...
01:00 am - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Orlando Police Decide To Keep Testing Controversial Amazon Facial Recognition Program
Despite previous reports that the program has been ended, the Orlando Police Department in Florida is planning to continue its test of Amazon's real-time facial recognition system. "News of OPD suppos...
12:20 am - Wed, July 11, 2018
Slashdot Nearly 1,000 Paintings/Drawings By Vincent Van Gogh Now Digitized, Released Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Open Culture: Every artist explores dimensions of space and place, orienting themselves and their works in the world, and orienting their audiences. Then there...
11:40 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Malware Found in Arch Linux AUR Package Repository
An anonymous reader shares a report: Malware has been discovered in at least three Arch Linux packages available on AUR (Arch User Repository), the official Arch Linux repository of user-submitted pac...
11:00 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Ex-Apple Worker Charged With Stealing Self-Driving Car Trade Secrets
U.S. authorities on Monday charged a former Apple employee with theft of trade secrets, alleging that the person downloaded a secret blueprint related to a self-driving car to a personal laptop and la...
10:20 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot PayPal Told Customer Her Death Breached Its Rules
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: PayPal wrote to a woman who had died of cancer saying her death had breached its rules and that it might take legal action as a consequence. The firm has since a...
09:40 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot DOJ Reaches Settlement On Publication of Files About 3D Printed Firearms
He Who Has No Name writes: Those who remember Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed -- the self-described cryptoanarchist and his organization that published plans for 3D printable firearm parts, respec...
09:00 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Apple's China-Friendly Censorship Caused An iPhone-Crashing Bug
Security researcher Patrick Wardle helped Apple fix a bug that would crash apps displaying the word "Taiwan" or the Taiwanese flag emoji. Some iPhones could be remotely crashed by something as simple ...
08:15 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot DOD Seeks Classification 'Clippy' To Help Classify Data, Control Access
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The DOD has issued a request for information (RFI) from industry in a quest for technology that will prevent the mislabeling and accidental (or d...
06:40 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Researchers Devise AI System To Reduce Noise in Photos
Researchers from Nvidia, MIT, and Aalto University are using artificial intelligence to reduce noise in photos. The team used 50,000 images from the ImageNet dataset to train its AI system for reconst...
06:01 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Hacker Breaches Chrome Extension of Popular VPN Service Hola, Directs Users To Compromised Cryptocurrency Website
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A hacker has breached a Hola VPN developer account and has replaced the official Chrome extension with one that redirected users of the MyEtherWallet.c...
05:22 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Is iOS 11.4 Draining Your iPhone's Battery? You're Not Alone
If you've noticed that the battery life on your iPhone is not what it used to be, it's likely that the problem isn't with your iPhone or some setting or app, but a bug in iOS 11.4. From a report: Appl...
04:43 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot With So Many Eyeballs, Is Open Source Security Better?
Sean Michael Kerner, writing for eSecurity Planet: Back in 1999, Eric Raymond coined the term "Linus' Law," which stipulates that given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow. Linus' Law, named in hono...
03:50 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Apple To Deploy 1Password To All 123,000 Employees; In Talks To Acquire Password Manager's Parent-Firm AgileBits: Report
Jonathan S. Geller, reporting for BGR: Apple acquires an average of 15 to 20 companies a year, according to CEO Tim Cook. Of that number, we only hear about a couple, as most of these acquisitions or ...
03:20 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot BlackTech Threat Group Steals D-Link Certificates To Spread Backdoor Malware
Security researchers have discovered a new malicious campaign that utilizes stolen D-Link certificates to sign malware. From a report: A lesser-known cyber-espionage group known as BlackTech was caugh...
02:40 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot In World First, Danish Court Rules Stream-Ripping Site Illegal
An anonymous reader shares a report: Convert2MP3 is a site that allows users to download audio from platforms including YouTube. Following legal action carried out by Rights Alliance on behalf of musi...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot YouTube Is Fighting Conspiracy Theories With 'Authoritative' Context and Outside Links
In an effort to reduce misinformation on YouTube, the video-sharing website will be adding "authoritative" context to search results about conspiracy-prone topics, as well as putting $25 million towar...
01:30 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot China Internet Report 2018
At Rise Conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Abacus executive producer Ravi Hiranand, South China Morning Post technology editor Chua Kong Ho, and 500 Startups partner Edith Yeung presented China Inter...
01:00 pm - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Half of ICOs Die Within Four Months After Token Sales Finalized
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: About 56 percent of crypto startups that raise money through token sales die within four months of their initial coin offerings. That's the finding ...
10:00 am - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Discover the World's Oldest Colors
1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa are the oldest colors on record. They were discovered by scientists from The Australian National...
09:20 am - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot China Internet Report 2018
At Rise Conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Abacus executive producer Ravi Hiranand, South China Morning Post technology editor Chua Kong Ho, and 500 Startups partner Edith Yeung presented China Inter...
07:00 am - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Nitrogen Is In Liquid Metal Form Inside Earth's Core
hackingbear writes: A team of scientists from China, the U.S., and U.K. successfully turned nitrogen, the dominant gas in Earth's atmosphere, into a metallic fluid by subjecting it to the extreme pres...
03:30 am - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot How Fracking Companies Use Facebook Surveillance To Ban Protest
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Facebook is being used by oil and gas companies to clamp-down on protest. Three companies are currently seeking injunctions against protesters: Br...
01:00 am - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot UK Wants An Electric-Vehicle Charger In Every New Home
A new government proposal included in Road to Zero, a report on climate-change related policies, would require all new homes to be fitted with electric car charging points. It follows a commitment mad...
12:30 am - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot New Microsoft Surface Hardware Is Arriving Tomorrow
Microsoft is teasing a new Surface device announcement for tomorrow. The company tweeted out the leading question "Where will Surface go next?" along with an image of the full lineup -- the Pro, Lapto...
12:03 am - Tue, July 10, 2018
Slashdot Uber Adds Electric Scooters To Its App
Uber is planning to partner with the bike-sharing company Lime to start renting scooters through its app. The announcement was made in Lime's new $335 million funding round. CNET reports: Uber didn't ...
11:20 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 11.4.1, Blocks Passcode Cracking Tools Used By Police
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Apple today released iOS 11.4.1, and while most of us are already looking ahead to all the new stuff coming in iOS 12, this small update contains an...
10:40 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Wants To Overhaul HBO, Says It Isn't Profitable Enough
AT&T recently acquired HBO, as part of the Time Warner acquisition, "and it is already considering an overhaul that would see HBO produce more video that can compete for the attention of smartphon...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Opens World's Largest Phone Factory In India
According to Bloomberg, Samsung opened the world's largest mobile phone factory today in Noida, a satellite city of the Indian capital Delhi. The factory will reportedly "double Samsung's Noida unit c...
09:20 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Nissan Workers In Japan Falsified Emissions Tests, Review Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Nissan Motor has become the latest Japanese automaker to admit to falsifying product-quality data (Warning: source may be paywalled; altern...
08:40 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Steal Personal Information of 21 Million Timehop Users
21 million users of Timehop, an app that reminds people about their social media posts on that day, are at risk after hackers breached the company servers on July 4. From a report: The company, in a b...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Top Communications Union Joins Group Pushing for Facebook's Breakup
The top U.S. communications union is joining a coalition calling for the Federal Trade Commission to break up Facebook, as the social media company faces growing government scrutiny and public pressur...
07:20 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Google May Have To Make Major Changes To Android in Response To a Forthcoming Fine in Europe
Google could face a new record penalty this month from European regulators for forcing its search and Web-browsing tools on the makers of Android-equipped smartphones and other devices, potentially re...
06:40 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot What if People Were Paid For Their Data?
Advocates of "data as labour" think users should be paid for using online services. An anonymous reader shares a report: Labour, like data, is a resource that is hard to pin down. Workers were not pro...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot High-Power Thermoelectric Generator Utilizes Thermal Difference of Only 5C
A silicon-nanowire thermoelectric generator has been developed by a team of researchers from Waseda University, Osaka University, and Shizuoka University. From a report: According to the Japanese rese...
05:20 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot World's Largest Mobile Phone Factory Set To Open in India
Samsung said on Monday that it is opening what it said is the world's biggest mobile phone manufacturing facility as the South Korean giant seeks to expand production in the world's fastest growing mo...
04:40 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Sergey Brin Says Google 'Failed To Be on the Bleeding Edge' of Blockchain
At an event over the weekend, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said that the internet giant missed its chance to be at the forefront of blockchain technology. From a report: Brin, who currently serves as...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Cyber-Espionage Group That Targeted Palestinian Law Enforcement Last Year Returns With New Attacks
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A cyber-espionage group that has targeted Palestinian law enforcement last year is now back in action targeting Palestinian government officials. These r...
03:20 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot China Begins Production Of x86 Processors Based On AMD's IP
Chinese-designed "Dhyana" x86 processors based on AMD's Zen microarchitecture are beginning to surface from Chinese chip producer Hygon. From a report: The processors come as the fruit of AMD's x86 IP...
02:40 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Mistrust of Google and Facebook is a 'Contagion' That Could Spread To Every Tech Company, Says Box CEO Aaron Levie
Aaron Levie isn't worried about his company, Box, being regulated -- but he is worried about what happens if the government has to do something about Facebook. From a report: "It's a contagion because...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot 'Domain Factory' Confirms January 2018 Data Breach
German hosting company Domainfactory has taken down its forums after someone posted messages alleging to have compromised the company. From a report: Acknowledging the attack, the GoDaddy-owned (via H...
12:30 pm - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Owning an iPhone is the Number-One Way To Guess if You're Rich or Not, Research Finds
An anonymous reader shares a report: In the United States, if you have an Apple iPhone or iPad, it's a strong sign that you make a lot of money. That's one of the takeaways from a new National Bureau ...
10:00 am - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Stanley Kubrick Explains The '2001: A Space Odyssey' Ending In A Rare, Unearthed Video
When it was originally released in 1968, audiences didn't really know what to make of "2001: A Space Odyssey". In fact, 250 critics walked out of the New York premiere, literally asking aloud, "What i...
06:02 am - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Firefox and the 4-Year Battle To Have Google To Treat It as a First-Class Citizen
Web monoculture is well and truly alive when Google cannot be bothered to make a full-featured cross-browser mobile search page. From a report: It has been over five years since Firefox really turned ...
02:00 am - Mon, July 9, 2018
Slashdot Surgical Robots Cut Training Time Down From 80 Sessions To 30 Minutes
From a report: It is the most exacting of surgical skills: tying a knot deep inside a patient's abdomen, pivoting long graspers through keyhole incisions with no direct view of the thread. Trainee sur...
10:50 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Hackers Stole 600 Gallons of Gas From Detroit Gas Station, Report Says
Police in Detroit are looking for two suspects who allegedly managed to hack a gas pump and steal over 600 gallons of gasoline, valued at about $1,800. From a report: The theft took place in the middl...
09:51 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Halloween in 1832, the naturalist Charles Darwin was onboard the HMS Beagle. He marveled at spiders that had landed on the ship after floating across huge ocean...
09:06 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Kepler Telescope To Send NASA Its Last Images
We don't yet know if there's life on other worlds, however likely that is, but NASA's Kepler Mission satellite has helped pinpoint the abundance of planets orbiting other stars starting in May 2009. S...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot India's ISRO Conducts First Escape Test For Nation's Manned Mission To Space
Earlier this week, ISRO took the first, small but significant step towards realizing human space flight by successfully conducting a test of the Crew Escape System that provides an escape mechanism fo...
07:50 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Fitness App Polar Exposed Locations of Spies and Military Personnel
An anonymous reader writes: A popular fitness app that tracks the activity data on millions of users has inadvertently revealed the locations of personnel working at military bases and intelligence se...
07:37 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Has Already Become Something of a Corporate Boogeyman -- and Now It Could Be Bringing Its Industry Disruption To Advertising
When Jeff Bezos arrives as expected at the Sun Valley conference -- the year's most exclusive meeting of media industry leaders -- he'll know much more about his fellow media moguls than they know abo...
07:13 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Some Startups Have Worked Out It's Cheaper and Easier To Get Humans To Behave Like Robots Than it is To Get Machines To Behave Like Humans
"Using a human to do the job lets you skip over a load of technical and business development challenges. It doesn't scale, obviously, but it allows you to build something and skip the hard part early ...
06:12 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot India's ISRO Conducts First Escape Test For Nation's Manned Mission To Space
Earlier this week, ISRO took the first, small but significant step towards realizing human space flight by successfully conducting a test of the Crew Escape System that provides an escape mechanism fo...
05:11 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Fitness App Polar Exposed Locations of Spies and Military Personnel
An anonymous reader writes: A popular fitness app that tracks the activity data on millions of users has inadvertently revealed the locations of personnel working at military bases and intelligence se...
04:10 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Has Already Become Something of a Corporate Boogeyman -- and Now It Could Be Bringing Its Industry Disruption To Advertising
When Jeff Bezos arrives as expected at the Sun Valley conference -- the year's most exclusive meeting of media industry leaders -- he'll know much more about his fellow media moguls than they know abo...
03:00 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot YouTuber Says He Was Accused of Infringing His Own Song
CNET reported this week that a musician, who plays guitar and has lots of viewers on YouTube, received an unusual email from the company alleging that he had copied a tune he wrote himself two years a...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot US Gaming Giant Steam Has Managed To Skirt China's Strict Regulations on Content
One of the hottest PC games in the world -- "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," a violent game in which 100 players fight to the death -- hasn't been approved for sale by China's strict regulators. Yet t...
11:34 am - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot EU Polls The Public About Abandoning Daylight Savings Time
"Following a number of requests from citizens, from the European Parliament, and from certain EU Member States, the Commission has decided to investigate the functioning of the current EU summertime a...
07:34 am - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Game Company Fires Two Employees Who Complained About 'Mansplaining' on Twitter
An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:On July 3rd, narrative designer Jessica Price tweeted a 29-tweet thread dissecting the challenges of writing player characters in an MMORPG. A streamer who goes by...
04:45 am - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Netflix and Amazon Are Struggling To Win Over the World's Second-Largest Internet Market
An anonymous reader shares a report: As Netflix and Amazon search for new users abroad, they are increasingly looking to India as a big market. Once crippled by poor internet infrastructure and low ho...
03:34 am - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Are the Wealthy Plotting To Leave Us Behind?
"The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind," writes Douglas Rushkoff, describing what he learned from a high-paying speaking gig about the future of technology for "five super-wealthy guys...from th...
01:34 am - Sun, July 8, 2018
Slashdot Critical Bug Last Year Allowed Bypassing Authentication On HPE ILO4 Servers With 29 'A' Characters
Public exploit code has been published for a severe vulnerability which last year affected Hewlett Packard Integrated Lights-Out 4 (HP iLO 4), a tool for remotely managing the company's servers. HPE "...
11:34 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Is C a 'Really Terrible Language'?
Long-time Slashdot reader slack_justyb writes, "Jonathan Blow, an independent video game developer, indicated to gamesindustry.biz that while working on a recent project he stopped and considered how ...
10:34 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot All-time Heat Records Are Being Set All Over the World
As the U.K. begins a two-week heat wave, one pedestrian apparently found his leg sinking into tarmac, which had melted, requiring a call to emergency rescue services. "All-time heat records have been ...
09:40 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Reddit Promises Post Sponsors a 'Walled Garden' of Conversation
"Reddit has been actively luring advertisers as it attempts to take advantage of its vast audience to build its business," reports CNBC, adding that Reddit "has indicated it wants to increase advertis...
08:34 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Why Warren Buffett Is Poorer Than Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook's soaring stock price isn't the only reason 34-year-old Mark Zuckerberg is now richer than 87-year-old Warren Buffett. An anonymous reader quotes Inc:There's another, more important reason th...
07:34 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Giant Tesla Battery Project Now Proposed For Silicon Valley
Digital Trends reports:Tesla's largest-ever Powerpack installation may be coming to Northern California. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) applied to the California Public Utilities Commissi...
06:34 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Police 'Facial Recognition' Test Fails to Recognize Anyone in London
Police officers have just begun testing facial recognition software in London. Slashdot reader Bruce66423 reports:After all the concern about the [first] trial, it appears to have been a bust. "Police...
06:34 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Controversial Police Facial Recognition Test Fails to Recognize Anyone in London
Police officers have just begun testing facial recognition software in London. Slashdot reader Bruce66423 reports:After all the concern about the [first] trial, it appears to have been a bust. "Police...
05:34 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Floating Between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres May Have More Water Than Earth
This week NASA's Dawn space probe swooped within 22 miles of the surface of Ceres, the dwarf planet that's the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA's JPL reports:In more ...
04:34 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot The GNOME Foundation Is Hiring
"The GNOME Foundation is pleased to be able to offer paid employment to exceptional people who have the drive to help us complete our mission," reads a new announcement. Gnome.org explains:Today, July...
03:34 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Open Offices Make You Less Open
Why do companies deploy open office layouts? A major justification is the idea that removing spatial boundaries between colleagues will generate increased collaboration and smarter collective intellig...
02:34 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot 'Why I Use the IBM Model M Keyboard That's Older Than I Am'
Slashdot reader yeokm1 recently installed Linux on a 1993 PC. But in a new blog post he lists every keyboard he's owned over the last 12 years -- to explain why he's now typing on a 5.3-pound Model M ...
01:00 pm - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Google AdSense Banned a Random Webpage About a 32-Year-Old Bill Because It Was About Sexual Abuse
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Earlier this week, an algorithm made an absurd choice. Google AdSense, Google's advertising program that makes up the bulk of the tech giant's adv...
10:00 am - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Suspended 70 Million Accounts In Past Two Months, Says Report
According to The Washington Post, Twitter has suspended 70 million accounts in the past two months as part of a crackdown on malicious activity on its platform. "The rate of suspensions for May and Ju...
07:00 am - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Kenya To Use Alphabet's Balloons For Rural Internet
Kenya will reportedly use Alphabet's system of internet balloons to connect its rural population to the web. The balloons, known as Project Loon, were developed by Alphabet's X, the company's innovati...
03:30 am - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot E-Waste Mining Could Be Big Business
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Professor Veena Sahajwalla's mine in Australia produces gold, silver and copper -- and there isn't a pick-axe in sight. Her "urban mine" at the Univer...
02:10 am - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Steve Ditko, Co-Creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, Dies at Age 90
Slashdot reader Dave Knott brings news:Steve Ditko, the legendary comics artist best known for co-creating Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has died at age 90. No cause of death was announced. Neil Gaim...
01:30 am - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Valve Shuts Down New Way of Estimating Game Sales On Steam
A recently discovered hole in Valve's API allowed observers to generate extremely precise and publicly accessible data for the total number of players for thousands of Steam games. While Valve has now...
12:50 am - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot Hawaii Bans Sunscreens That Hurt Coral Reefs
In early May, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that would prohibit the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens containing chemicals that contribute to the destruction of the state's coral reefs and other oc...
12:10 am - Sat, July 7, 2018
Slashdot The Funky Boat Circling the Planet on Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Gas
Victorien Erussard, an experienced ocean racer from the city of Saint-Malo in the north of France, was halfway through a dash across the Atlantic when he lost all power. Never again, he thought. "I ca...
11:30 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot UK Politicians Push For FOSTA SESTA-Style Sex Censorship
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: If you're familiar with the phrase "that's a terrible idea, let's do it" then you might be one of the British MPs who think that the UK should do its...
10:50 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot An AI System For Editing Music in Videos
Amateur and professional musicians alike may spend hours pouring over YouTube clips to figure out exactly how to play certain parts of their favorite songs. But what if there were a way to play a vide...
10:10 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot HTC Had Its Biggest Drop In Sales In More Than Two Years
HTC has been struggling to stay competitive for years now with its Android handsets and virtual-reality headsets, and it still can't seem to get any relief. As BGR reports, the latest ominous headline...
09:50 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Becomes World's Third-Richest Person
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has overtaken Warren Buffett as the world's third-richest person, reports Bloomberg. Zuckerberg only trails Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill ...
09:30 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Do Popular Websites Add New Features So Sparingly?
dryriver writes: If you are a user of a popular professional desktop software program, it is not uncommon for that program to get anywhere from 5 to 20 major or minor new features and functions about ...
08:52 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Music's 'Moneyball' Moment: Why Data is the New Talent Scout
An anonymous reader shares a report: A&R, or "artists and repertoire," are the people who look for new talent, convince that talent to sign to the record label and then nurture it: advising on son...
08:13 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Post Office Owes $3.5 Million For Using Wrong Statue of Liberty On a Stamp
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A sculptor who created a replica of the Statue of Liberty for a Las Vegas casino was awarded $3.5 million in damages last week after the U.S. Pos...
06:48 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Apologizes After Flagging Declaration of Independence As Hate Speech
To celebrate this week's holiday, The Vindicator, a small newspaper in Texas, posted sections of the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident." "The history of the present...
06:08 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Intel Says 5G Plans For iPhone Are Unchanged
Following yesterday's report from Israeli publication CTech that Apple has decided not to use an Intel 5G modem called "Sunny Peak" in future iPhones, Intel has denied part of the report -- and the pu...
05:29 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot EPA Blocks Warnings on Cancer-Causing Chemical: Report
The Trump administration is suppressing an Environmental Protection Agency report that warns that most Americans inhale enough formaldehyde vapor in the course of daily life to put them at risk of dev...
04:52 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Japan's Fujitsu and RIKEN Have Dropped the SPARC Processor in Favor of an ARM Design Chip Scaled Up For Supercomputer Performance
Japan's computer giant Fujitsu and RIKEN, the country's largest research institute, have begun field-testing a prototype CPU for a next-generation supercomputer they believe will take the country back...
04:11 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Gentoo Linux Github Organization Repo Hack Was Down To a Series of Security Mistakes
The team behind Gentoo Linux has revealed the reasons for the recent hack of its GitHub organization account. The short version: shoddy security. From a report: It seems that the hackers were able to ...
03:28 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot UK Banks Told To Reveal Tech Meltdown Plans
UK banks have been told to explain how they would cope with a technology failure or cyber-attack. From a report: The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority have given financial firms thre...
02:50 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot UK Banks Told To Reveal Tech Meltdown Plans
UK banks have been told to explain how they would cope with a technology failure or cyber-attack. From a report: The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority have given financial firms thre...
02:43 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Two-Thirds of Second-Hand Memory Cards Contain Data From Previous Owners
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A recent study conducted by academics from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK has revealed that almost two-thirds of second-hand memory cards stil...
02:10 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Two-Thirds of Second-Hand Memory Cards Contain Data From Previous Owners
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: A recent study conducted by academics from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK has revealed that almost two-thirds of second-hand memory cards stil...
01:00 pm - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot US Forces Smartphone Giant ZTE To Fire Its CEO, Leadership Team
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Chinese smartphone giant ZTE has completely replaced its corporate leadership, naming new people to be CEO, CTO, CFO, and several vice presid...
10:00 am - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Teases New Outlook.com Dark Mode
Microsoft is planning to introduce a dark mode to its Outlook.com web mail service. "While the software giant introduced a temporary dark mode for Halloween last year, Microsoft has been working on a ...
07:00 am - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Break Quantum Entanglement Record At 18 Qubits
hackingbear writes: Researchers at the Chinese University of Science and Technology have demonstrated stable quantum entanglement with 18 qubits, surpassing the previous world record of 10, also held ...
03:30 am - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Amazon Will Publish Toy Catalog This Holiday To Fill Toys R Us Void, Says Report
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: In a drive to win the business up for grabs after the demise of Toys "R" Us, the online giant is going conventional with plans to publish a holiday ...
01:10 am - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Apple's New iPhones Will Come In a Plethora of New Colors, Says Report
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's new 2018 iPhones will come in a plethora of colors. The 6.5-inch iPhone will be offered in black, white, and a (new) gold, while the entry-level 6.1-inch LCD...
12:30 am - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot MoviePass' New Business Plan Is To Charge You Whatever It Wants
MoviePass is rolling out peak pricing, its own version of surge pricing that will charge customers more to see popular movies during what the company considers "high demand" times. Quartz reports: Mov...
12:03 am - Fri, July 6, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Now Offers 'Summon' Self-Parking Feature
The "Summon" feature that the Model S and Model X have had for a while is now available in the Tesla Model 3. The feature allows the car to park autonomously without anyone in the car; it can even ope...
11:40 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot DeepMind's AI Agents Exceed 'Human-Level' Gameplay In Quake III
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: AI agents continue to rack up wins in the video game world. Last week, OpenAI's bots were playing Dota 2; this week, it's Quake III, with a team of ...
11:00 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Sydney Airport Launches Face Scan Check-In Trials
The plan to replace passport check-ins with more face scans is being trialed by Quantas on passengers for select flights into the Sydney Airport starting this week. The move is an attempt to replace t...
10:20 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Can Be Extradited To US On Copyright Charges, New Zealand Court Rules
schwit1 shares a report from Yahoo News: Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom suffered a major setback in his epic legal battle against online piracy charges Thursday when New Zealand's Court of Appeal ruled...
09:40 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Samsung, Arm Team Up: Expect New Mobile Chipset Faster Than 3GHz
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Arm is teaming up with Samsung's foundry to manufacture the recently announced Cortex-A76 CPU, which the pair say will run at speeds above 3GHz. At that...
09:00 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Apple's App Store Celebrates 10th Anniversary
BrianFagioli writes: People sometimes forget that when the first-ever iPhone launched in 2007, there was no App Store. Believe it or not, Apple's smartphone was limited to the apps with which it came....
08:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator
Scott Pruitt's polarizing tenure as head of the Environmental Protection Agency has come to an end. From a report: President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he has accepted Pruitt's resignation....
07:50 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator
Scott Pruitt's polarizing tenure as head of the Environmental Protection Agency has come to an end. From a report: President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he has accepted Pruitt's resignation....
07:40 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Elon Musk's Team Is Talking With Thai Officials for Cave Rescue
Representatives for Elon Musk are in talks with Thai authorities about aiding in the rescue of a boys' soccer team stuck in a cave, said a spokesman for the billionaire. From a report: Musk's companie...
07:00 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Google's Controversial Voice Assistant Could Talk Its Way Into Call Centers
More details have emerged about where Google intends -- or at least intended until a few weeks ago -- to take its controversial AI Duplex, which it first demonstrated to the public at its developer co...
06:20 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Net Neutrality Makes Comeback in California; Lawmakers Agree To Strict Rules
California lawmakers announced a deal Thursday to restore key protections in a widely watched bill to give Californians strong net neutrality protections. From a report: The California net neutrality ...
05:30 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot How Cheap Smartphones Siphon User Data in Developing Countries
Newley Purnell, reporting for WSJ: For millions of people buying inexpensive smartphones in developing countries where privacy protections are usually low, the convenience of on-the-go internet access...
04:51 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Charter Launches Mobile Service, Throttles All Video To 480p
Charter Communications launched its mobile broadband service on June 30, and it's throttling all video streams to DVD quality. From a report: "DVD-quality video streaming is supported. Video typically...
04:08 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot The World's Largest Phone Network China Mobile Censors Content -- Even in the United States
Isaac Stone Fish, reporting for The Washington Post: On Monday, the U.S. Department of Commerce recommended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) deny a license to China Mobile, the state-run co...
03:34 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot How Much Americans Could Save by Ridesharing Driverless Cars Over Owning
An anonymous reader shares a study: Self-driving cars promise safer roads, less traffic and increased mobility. Some autonomous vehicle proponents also maintain they will save time and money. But will...
02:48 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot The EU's Controversial Copyright Law Has Been Rejected -- For Now
Members of the European Parliament have voted to reject a controversial copyright law in its current form, deciding to return to the issue in September. From a report: The law would have put a greater...
02:02 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot How Smart TVs in Millions of US Homes Track More Than What's on Tonight
The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people's data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of the...
12:25 pm - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot An Employee of NSO Group, Which Sells Powerful Spyware, Allegedly Stole Company's Tools For Personal Profit
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: NSO Group sells some of the most potent, off-the-shelf malware for remotely breaking into smartphones. Some versions allow a law enforcement or intelligence agen...
06:00 am - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot German Police Accused of Carrying Out Some Pretty Stupid Raids
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Two privacy-focused organizations have this week accused German police of carrying out raids at their offices and members' private homes on some pretty s...
02:30 am - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot Netflix is Testing a New 'Ultra' Tier of Service
Netflix may be introducing a new, higher tier of service. From a report: Known as Ultra, the new tier would allow four devices to receive Ultra HD video and audio streaming simultaneously, according t...
12:38 am - Thu, July 5, 2018
Slashdot US Online Piracy Lawsuits Break Record Numbers
Copyright cases in the United States are dominated by two companies -- Malibu Media and Strike 3 Holdings -- that are generally unknown to the public at large. This year alone, they have filed more th...
11:00 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot In This Economy, Quitters Are Winning
An anonymous reader shares a report: Workers are choosing to leave their jobs at the fastest rate since the internet boom 17 years ago and getting rewarded for it with bigger paychecks and/or more sat...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot Firefox and Chrome Pull Popular Browser Extension Stylish From Their Stores After Report Claimed It Logs and Shares Browsing History, Credentials
sombragris writes: Stylish, a popular extension available for Chrome and Firefox which allows for easy customization of any website, now phones home and shares its users' browser history with its corp...
09:10 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot Firefox and Chrome Pull Popular Browser Extension Stylish From Their Stores After Report Claimed It Logs and Shares Browsing History, Credentials
sombragris writes: Stylish, a popular extension available for Chrome and Firefox which allows for easy customization of any website, now phones home and shares its users' browser history with its corp...
09:03 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot Chinese Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Says It is Working To Enter the US Market Next Year
China's Xiaomi is pressing ahead with plans to enter the United States next year, saying its U.S. connections should help the consumer-focused smartphone maker skirt the political resistance met by so...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot 'Plugspreading' is an Abomination
Mark Serrels, writing for CNET: A man [on a train], a human man as he lives and breathes, has put his bag, his stupid goddamn bag on the seat. He thinks his bag is more important than your buttcheeks....
07:00 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot Is Facebook a Publisher? In Public it Says No, But in Court it Says Yes
From a report: Facebook has long had the same public response when questioned about its disruption of the news industry: it is a tech platform, not a publisher or a media company. But in a small court...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot As Student-Loan Debt Soars, Alternatives, Like Income-Share Agreements, Are On the Rise
Last year, Lavell Burton, 36, wanted to learn to code, but was surprised to find that many of coding bootcamps cost several thousand dollars upfront. Then he found a 30-week remote program, Lambda Sch...
05:03 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot Already at Movie Theaters Near You: Ticket Subscriptions
An anonymous reader shares a report: MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticket service, is struggling to stay afloat. But the payment model it has popularized appears to be here to stay. AMC Thea...
04:02 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot IBM Fired Me Because I'm Not a Millennial, Alleges Axed Cloud Sales Star in Age Discrim Court Row
A laid-off IBM cloud sales ace is suing the IT giant for age discrimination, alleging he was forced out for being too old. From a report: Jonathan Langley joined Big Blue in 1993, and worked his way u...
03:18 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot Companies Must Let Customers Cancel Subscriptions Online, California Law Says
A California law that went into effect July 1 is aimed at making it easier for customers to cancel their subscriptions online. From a report: The law states that customers who accept an automatic rene...
03:00 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot 500 Intel Drones To Replace Fireworks Above Travis Air Force Base For Fourth of July
The Fourth of July is a little different today at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. From a report: Instead of fireworks, 500 Intel Shooting Star drones will take to the sky to perform an aeri...
02:10 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot Companies Must Let Customers Cancel Subscriptions Online, California Law Says
A California law that went into effect July 1 is aimed at making it easier for customers to cancel their subscriptions online. From a report: The law states that customers who accept an automatic rene...
01:00 pm - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot UK Launches National Dashcam Database For Snitching On Bad Drivers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Drivers in England and Wales now have a direct line to police for ratting on their fellow motorists, thanks to a new national dash cam database. The Nati...
10:00 am - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot NASA To Test 'Quiet' Supersonic Flights Over Texas
NASA announced it will publicly demonstrate a quiet supersonic aircraft near the coastal resort city of Galveston, Texas, to ensure that its prototype really will be barely audible when it crosses the...
07:50 am - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot Sony Tries To Upload Movie Trailer To YouTube, Posts Entire Movie Instead
Sony Pictures Entertainment intended to post a trailer for its limited-release film Khali the Killer on YouTube, but ended up accidentally uploading the entire film instead. Ars Technica reports: Khal...
03:30 am - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot The BBC Is Heading To Court To Hunt Down a Doctor Who Leaker
After someone leaked an incomplete scene featuring Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor, the BBC headed to court to track down the perpetrator. Gizmodo reports: In fact, the corporation has filed an ap...
01:40 am - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot Chinese AI Beats 15 Doctors In Tumor Diagnosis Competition
An artificial intelligence system called BioMind has managed to defeated a team comprised of 15 of China's top doctors by a margin of two to one. The Next Web reports the details: When diagnosing brai...
01:00 am - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot Uganda Rolls Out a 5-Cent Daily Tax To Access Social Media
The government of Uganda is taxing social media users at a rate of 5 cents per day, which does not include the usual data fees. "The tax on users of sites such as Facebook was first proposed by long-t...
12:20 am - Wed, July 4, 2018
Slashdot TV Coverage of Cycling Races Can Help Document the Effects of Climate Change
Researchers from Ghent University were able to detect climate change impacts on trees in Belgium by analyzing nearly four decades of archive footage from the Tour of Flanders. The findings were publis...
11:40 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Juggalos Figured Out How To Beat Facial Recognition
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Outline: As if they weren't already doing the absolute most, the die-hard fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse have become accidental heroes for people...
11:00 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Cities Don't Have To Offer Huge Subsidies To Companies Like Apple and Amazon
Greg LeRoy and Maryann Feldman from The Guardian discuss some alternative strategies for cities that want large tech companies like Amazon and Apple to invest locally but don't want to offer huge subs...
10:20 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Micron Chip Sales Banned In China On Patent Case
A Chinese court temporarily banned Micron Technology chip sales, cutting the U.S. company off from the world's largest semiconductor market. The news comes from Taiwanese rival United Microelectronics...
09:42 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Malware Authors Seem Intent on Weaponizing Windows SettingContent-ms Files
An anonymous reader shares a report: Malware authors are frantically trying to weaponize a new infection vector that was revealed at the start of June. The trick relies on using Windows Settings (.Set...
09:03 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Exec Accused of Stealing Waymo's Trade Secrets Starts New Self-Driving Company
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, is...
08:35 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot South Korea Cuts Its Work Limit From 68 Hours a Week To 52
An anonymous reader shares a report: South Korea has lowered its maximum working hours from 68 hours a week to 52 hours. The legislation, which went into effect Sunday, received overwhelming support i...
08:10 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Copying Photos Found on Internet is Fair Use, Virginia Federal Court Rules
Michael Zhang, reporting for PetaPixel: A Virginia federal court has made a decision that photographers won't be happy to hear: the court ruled that finding a photo on the Internet and then using it w...
07:30 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot The Secret to Disconnecting? Bring Back the 'Away' Message
An anonymous reader shares a report: Over the last year, gadget and software makers have developed ways for users to better manage their relationship with technology. They make it easier to ignore not...
06:50 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot India, WhatsApp's Largest Market, Asks Messaging Service To Curb Spread of False Messages in the Nation
India has asked Facebook-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings and mob beatings across the cou...
06:23 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Study Finds That a Large Number of Popular Android Apps Secretly Cast the Screen To Third Parties, But They Don't Listen To Conversations
Kasmir Hill, reporting for Gizmodo: It's the smartphone conspiracy theory that just won't go away: Many, many people are convinced that their phones are listening to their conversations to target them...
05:30 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Europe is Using Smartphone Data as a Weapon To Deport Refugees
Governments are using migrants' smartphones to deport them. From a report: Across the continent, migrants are being confronted by a booming mobile forensics industry that specialises in extracting a s...
04:50 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Sony Blunders By Uploading Full Movie To YouTube Instead of Trailer
Instead of uploading a trailer of "Khali the Killer," an upcoming move from Sony Pictures Entertainment, the conglomerate accidentally uploaded the entire movie on Google's video platform, according t...
04:11 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Investigators Claim They've Discovered D.B. Cooper's Identity
A team of former FBI investigators is claiming to have proof of the real identity of D.B. Cooper, the notorious airplane hijacker who has remained at large since he parachuted out of a Seattle-bound p...
03:31 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Federal Facebook Probe Now Includes FBI, SEC: Report
A federal probe into Facebook's sharing of user data with Cambridge Analytica now involves the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, a report said. AP: Representative...
02:41 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Wikipedia Italy Blocks All Articles in Protest of EU's Ruinous Copyright Proposals
An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, Wikipedia Italy set all of its pages to redirect to a statement raising awareness for the upcoming vote that (barring some legislative wrangling) would make the...
02:11 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Download Bomb Trick Returns in Chrome -- Also Affects Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi and Brave
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: The release of Google Chrome 67 has reopened a "download bomb" bug that was exploited by tech support scammers last winter, and which had been fixed with...
01:00 pm - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Could Electrically Stimulating Criminals' Brains Prevent Crime?
future guy shares a report from New Atlas: A new study by a team of international researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Nanyang Technological University suggests that electrically stimul...
10:00 am - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot As Cryptocurrency Values Plummet, Graphics Card Pricing Improves Dramatically
MojoKid writes: In recent months, the cryptocurrency industry has taken a sharp downturn in valuations of virtually all major currencies, from Bitcoin to Ethereum. As a result, cryptocurrency mining i...
07:00 am - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot First Confirmed Image of a Newborn Planet Revealed
Astronomers say they now have the first confirmed image of the formation of a planet. The Guardian reports: The startling snapshot shows a bright blob -- the nascent planet -- traveling through the du...
03:30 am - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Would You Pay $700, Plus a Monthly Fee, For a Digital License Plate?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: It's been a few weeks now since a Bay Area startup put a digital license plate on my car. So far, nobody seems to have noticed. I haven't yet bee...
02:20 am - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Economists Worry We Aren't Prepared For the Fallout From Automation
A new paper from the Center for Global Development says we are spending too much time discussing whether robots can take your job and not enough time discussing what happens next. The Verge reports: T...
01:40 am - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot Best Buy Stops Selling Music CDs
Thelasko writes: Best Buy has stopped selling CDs at its stores as of Sunday, CBS Pittsburgh reports. The arrest of CD sales will happen nationwide. Due to digital streaming services such as Spotify, ...
01:00 am - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot MoviePass Parent Files To Raise $1.2 Billion To Stay Afloat
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Variety: Helios and Matheson Analytics, the struggling parent company of MoviePass, filed a registration statement with the SEC to raise up to $1.2 billion in ...
12:20 am - Tue, July 3, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Promised Lower Prices After Time Warner Merger -- It's Raising Them Instead
Less than a month after AT&T completed its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, the company is raising the base price of its DirecTV Now streaming service by $5 per month. This comes after prom...
11:45 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Newer Diameter Telephony Protocol Just As Vulnerable As SS7
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers say the Diameter protocol used with today's 4G (LTE) telephony and data transfer standard is vulnerable to the same types of vulnerabilities as the old...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Yelp Can't Be Ordered To Remove Posts, Court Rules
Yelp cannot be ordered to remove defamatory posts against a San Francisco law firm, the California Supreme Court said in a 4-3 ruling Monday that overturns one made by a lower court. From a report: In...
10:25 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Google Allows Outside App Developers To Read People's Gmails, Says Report
According to The Wall Street Journal, hundreds of app developers have access to millions of inboxes belonging to Gmail users (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source). The developers reportedly ...
10:03 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot SUSE Linux Sold For $2.5 Billion
Archangel Michael writes: Reuters is reporting that Britain's Micro Focus has agreed to sell its SUSE open-source enterprise software business to Swedish buyout group EQT Partners for $2.535 billion, ...
09:45 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Samsung Phones Are Spontaneously Texting Users' Photos To Random Contacts Without Their Permission
Some Samsung smartphones are randomly sending pictures from the device to a user's contacts without explicit permission, according to users and media outlets. From a report: Users are complaining abou...
09:03 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Netflix Is Ending Reviews July 30th
goombah99 writes: Netflix is sending emails to subscribers announcing the end of user-authored reviews on Netflix. Past reviews are being archived. The stated reason is declining usage. This follows o...
08:25 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Apologizes For Bug That Unblocked 800,000 People
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Facebook disclosed a new "bug" on Monday that temporarily let some users who'd been blocked on the service send messages to the people who had blocked...
06:56 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Comcast Will Limit Xfinity Mobile Video Streaming Resolution
Xfinity Mobile customers will soon see a change to their video streams. From a report: In the coming weeks, videos streamed using cellular data will be limited to 480p resolution, a move that other ca...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Amazon's Alexa is Getting Clobbered
An anonymous reader writes: In the first quarter of 2016, Amazon Echo held 80% of the global smart assistant market, according to marketing research firm Canalys. Chinese companies were so far behind ...
05:25 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer. Decaf May Do The Trick, Too
Coffee is far from a vice. There's now lots of evidence pointing to its health benefits, including a possible longevity boost for those of us with a daily coffee habit. From a report: The latest findi...
04:45 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Reddit's Case for Anonymity on the Internet
An anonymous reader shares a report: All that's required to create an account and post on any of Reddit's 1.2 million forums is an email address, a username, and a password. You don't need to tell the...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Delivering Amazon Packages To the Top of the World
Vindu Goel, writing for The New York Times: Perched high in the Himalayas, near India's border with China, the tiny town of Leh sometimes seems as if it has been left behind by modern technology. Inte...
03:25 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot NSA Purges Hundreds of Millions of Call and Text Records
schwit1 shares a report: The National Security Agency has purged hundreds of millions of records logging phone calls and texts that it had gathered from American telecommunications companies since 201...
02:46 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Despite FCC's Promise To Take Aggressive Action To Stamp Out Radio Pirates, Illegal Stations Are Flourishing
Last year, when Donald Trump appointed Ajit Pai chairman of the F.C.C., Pai promised to "take aggressive action" to stamp out pirates. In early May, the Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcem...
02:07 pm - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Homeland Security Subpoenas Twitter For Data Breach Finder's Account
An anonymous reader shares a report: Homeland Security has served Twitter with a subpoena, demanding the account information of a data breach finder, credited with finding several large caches of expo...
11:11 am - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Facebook Acknowledges It Shared User Data With Dozens of Companies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Facebook has admitted providing dozens of tech companies with special access to user data after publicly saying it restricted such access in 2015. Facebo...
07:07 am - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Tesla Meets Self-Imposed Deadline For Model 3, Rolls Out 7,000 Cars In a Week
Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday that the company produced 7,000 cars last week, including 5,000 Model 3 electric sedans. "Beating a self-imposed deadline, the final car rolling off the assembly line on Su...
04:44 am - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot 500px Closes Its Photo Marketplace
Photo platform 500px has decided to close its in-house Marketplace that lets users buy and sell photos. According to Engadget, the service "will now rely on moving photos through Getty Images in most ...
02:44 am - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Westinghouse AP1000 Nuclear Reactor Starts Generating Power
Longtime Slashdot reader TopSpin writes: The Sanmen 1 nuclear reactor in Zhejiang, China, has been synchronized to the power grid and is generating power. The reactor has been under construction for n...
12:30 am - Mon, July 2, 2018
Slashdot Twitter Will Show Who Pays For Ads and How Much They Spend
Twitter will show detailed information about advertisers in an attempt to combat meddling in future elections. You will now be able to search for a Twitter account and see all the ads it has run in th...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot Google and Nasdaq Pursuing Nano-Second Precision In Network Time Protocol
"Computer scientists at Stanford University and Google have created technology that can track time down to 100 billionths of a second," reports The New York Times. "It could be just what Wall Street i...
08:20 pm - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot 'Why You Should Not Use Google Cloud'
A user on Medium named "Punch a Server" says you should not use Google Cloud due to the "'no-warnings-given, abrupt way' they pull the plug on your entire system if they (or the machines) believe some...
07:19 pm - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot BYD Claims New Battery Factory Will Be 'Largest In the World'
China's largest electric vehicle manufacturer, BYD, is opening a new battery factory that it claims will be the "largest in the world." Electrek reports: The factory is located in the western province...
06:18 pm - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot AT&T Has To Pay Up Millions After Two Major 911 Outages Last Year
AT&T has been fined $5.25 million for an outage last year that resulted in 12,000 callers not being able to reach 911. The FCC's Enforcement Bureau made the announcement on Thursday, stating that ...
05:17 pm - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Releases 125 Million Building Footprints In the US To the OpenStreetMap Community
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MSPoweruser: Today, Microsoft announced that it is releasing 124 Million building footprints in the United States to the OpenStreetMap community. Bing Maps tea...
04:16 pm - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot Patreon Is Suspending Adult Content Creators Because of Its Payment Partners
Some adult content creators on crowdfunding site Patreon are being suspended due to the suggestive material they produce. The platform said that they are increasing efforts to review content, due to p...
03:15 pm - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot San Jose May Start Cracking Down On Rampant Use of Scooters
If you've ever visited San Jose, you may have noticed something rather unusual: there are electric scooters littering the streets. The scooters are placed randomly throughout the city and can be rente...
02:14 pm - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Use Caffeine To Control Genes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A team led by Martin Fussenegger of ETH Zurich in Basel has shown that caffeine can be used as a trigger for synthetic genetic circuitry, which c...
10:34 am - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Have You Ever 'Ghosted' an Employer?
"Suddenly, calls and texts went unreturned," writes LinkedIn's editor at large, describing a recruiter who suddenly discovered the candidate she'd wanted to hire failed to respond to 12 messages, incl...
07:34 am - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot UK Police Plan To Deploy 'Staggeringly Inaccurate' Facial Recognition in London
An anonymous reader quotes the Independent:Millions of people face the prospect of being scanned by police facial recognition technology that has sparked human rights concerns. The controversial softw...
04:34 am - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot Data From Open-Source Ancestry Site Leads to More Arrests
schwit1 tipped us off to new arrests made with genealogical evidence -- and growing interest in open source genealogy databases. Fast Company reports:In the last week, police have arrested two suspect...
01:34 am - Sun, July 1, 2018
Slashdot Is Google's Promotion of HTTPS Misguided?
Long-time software guru Dave Winer is criticizing Google's plans to deprecate HTTP (by, for example, penalizing sites that use HTTP instead of HTTPS in search results and flagging them as "insecure" i...
11:34 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot One Misplaced Line of JavaScript Caused the Ticketmaster Breach
An anonymous reader quotes ITWire:Well-known British security researcher Kevin Beaumont says the breach of the British operations of American multinational ticket sales and distribution company Ticket...
10:34 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Thousands of Uber Drivers Scammed Out of Millions of Dollars
CNET reports on what happened when a new Uber driver received a call from Uber telling him to cancel the trip and verify his account:The caller asked for his email. He gave it. The caller asked for hi...
09:34 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot We've Reached 'Peak Screen'. So What Comes Next?
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:We've hit what I call Peak Screen. For much of the last decade, a technology industry ruled by smartphones has pursued a singular goal of completely conqu...
08:34 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Massive New 'Salesforce Tower' Light Sculpture: AI, Ubuntu, Fog, and a MacBook
The new tallest building on the San Francisco skyline -- and the tallest building in America west of the Mississippi -- includes a nine-story electronic sculpture that's been called the tallest piece ...
07:34 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot ComputerWorld Says Newest Windows 10 'Isn't Ready for Prime Time'
"Despite Microsoft's assurances, Windows 10 1803 isn't ready for prime time," writes ComputerWorld's Woody Leonhard, adding "Microsoft's patches in June took on some unexpected twists..." Win10 1803 w...
06:34 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot US Government Study Concludes: You're Probably Washing Your Hands Wrong
97% of us don't wash our hands properly, a new government study concludes. An anonymous reader quotes CNN: The study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows most consumers failed to wash their h...
05:34 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Bitcoin Drops Below $6,000, An 8-Month Low
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Bitcoin's value slid to its lowest level since November on Friday, as waning investor interest and recent negative headlines from global regulators weakened demand f...
04:34 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot The Quest To Find Nuclear Fuel On the Moon
Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East reports:India's space program wants to go where no nation has gone before -- to the south side of the moon. And once it gets there, it will study the potential for m...
03:34 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There a 'Gig Economy' Site For Tech Skills?
"Where I can meet up with people who just need solutions implemented?" asks Slashdot reader datavirtue:Somewhere people can go when they have a solution designed in-house with documented requirements ...
02:34 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Re-Launches Its Classic 'IntelliMouse'
An anonymous reader quotes HotHardware:Every so often, a company will tap into our penchant for nostalgia. That is the case right now with Microsoft bringing back its iconic IntelliMouse, which was fi...
01:00 pm - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Google Downranks 65,000 Pirate Sites In Search Results
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Torrent Freak: In a comment to Australian media, Google states that it has demoted 65,000 [pirate] sites in search results, a list that's still growing every w...
10:00 am - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Tinder Embraces Encryption
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has managed to get Tinder to encrypt the photos sent between its servers and its app. The 69-year-old Senator wrote a letter to Tinder back in February requesting that the com...
07:00 am - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot DARPA Invests $100 Million In a Silicon Compiler
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will invest $100 million into two research programs over the next four years to create the equivalent of a silicon compiler aimed at significantly...
03:30 am - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Study Suggests There's No Limit On Longevity
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Smithsonian: The science of longevity is surprisingly controversial, mainly because there are so few people of extreme old age -- defined at 110 years or older...
01:20 am - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Google Researchers Created An Amazing Scene-Rendering AI
Researchers from Google's DeepMind subsidiary have developed deep neural networks that "have a remarkable capacity to understand a scene, represent it in a compact format, and then 'imagine' what the ...
12:40 am - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Engineers Develop Electric Car Battery That Can Heat Itself During Winter
Engineers at Penn State have created a battery that can self-heat, allowing for rapid charging regardless of the outside cold. The battery can reportedly provide a 15-minute rapid charge at all temper...
12:03 am - Sat, June 30, 2018
Slashdot Microsoft Details Secret 'Pocketable' Surface Device
Microsoft's mysterious new Surface device, codenamed Andromeda, that's been in development for the past two years is going to be pocketable, reports The Verge. The company says it will create a "new a...