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11:40 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Netflix, Amazon, and Hollywood Studios Shut Down Dragon Box
The entertainment industry has shut down Dragon Media Inc.'s "Dragon Box" device, which connects to TVs and lets users watch video without a cable TV or streaming service subscription. According to Ar...
11:00 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome To Get Warnings For 'Lookalike URLs'
Google Chrome browser is set to add a feature that will warn users when accessing sites with domain names that look like authentic websites. From a report: The feature has been in the works for quite ...
10:20 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Google Reveals Shutdown Timeline For Consumers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Android Police: Google announced its plans to sunset its Google+ social media network for consumers on a sour note in October. The platform, which has a small ...
09:40 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Strikes Now Being Used As Scammers' Extortion Tool
Scammers are reportedly using YouTube's "three strike" system for extortion. "After filing two false claims against [YouTuber ObbyRaidz], scammers contacted him demanding cash to avoid a third -- and ...
08:56 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Apple is Planning 3D Cameras for Next Year's iPhones; Three Rear Cameras Setup For This Year's Phone; and Dark Mode for iOS 13: Report
Apple plans to launch iPhones with a more-powerful 3-D camera as soon as next year, stepping up the company's push into augmented reality, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. From the report: The rear-facin...
08:25 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Xbox One Consoles Are Down
If you are having trouble getting your Xbox One online, you are not alone. Xbox One consoles around the world have stopped working. From a report: Xbox One owners are reporting major problems with the...
07:50 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Google's Also Peddling a Data Collector Through Apple's Back Door
Facebook is not the only one abusing Apple's system for distributing employee-only apps to sidestep the App Store and collect extensive data on users. Google has been running an app called Screenwise ...
07:05 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Chrome 72 Arrives With Code Injection Blocking, New Developer Features
Following Mozilla's footsteps, Google has released Chrome 72 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. From a report: The release includes code injection blocking and new developer features. You can update to the ...
06:24 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Schools Are Locking Students' Phones Away to Help With Concentration
Students at a California high school are getting less screen time since the school implemented a ban on cellphone use during the school day. From a report: After one teacher at San Lorenzo High School...
05:35 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Americans Got 26.3 Billion Robocalls Last Year, Up 46 Percent From 2017
Americans are now getting so many robo-calls on a regular basis that many are simply choosing not to answer the phone altogether. From a report: That's one big takeaway from a report [PDF] released Tu...
04:55 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Electronics Are 'the Fastest-Growing Waste Stream in the World'
Electronic waste is a growing threat to the environment. Thanks to the low cost of manufacturing, it's easier than ever for corporations to pump out millions of laptops, smart phones, internet of thin...
04:17 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot iRobot Unveils Terra, a Roomba Lawn Mower
Krystalo writes: iRobot is best known for making vacuum cleaner robots: the infamous Roomba lineup. But the company also makes mopping robots (Braava lineup), pool cleaning robots (Mirra lineup), a bo...
04:00 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Mind-Altering Cat Parasite Linked To Schizophrenia in Largest Study Yet
Scientists claim they have found new evidence of a link between infection with the protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, and schizophrenia, in what is described as the largest study of its kind. From...
03:40 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot UAE Used Cyber Super-Weapon To Spy on iPhones of Foes
Reuters reports: A team of former U.S. government intelligence operatives working for the United Arab Emirates hacked into the iPhones of activists, diplomats and rival foreign leaders with the help o...
02:50 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot UAE Used Cyber Super-Weapon To Spy on iPhones of Foes
Reuters reports: A team of former U.S. government intelligence operatives working for the United Arab Emirates hacked into the iPhones of activists, diplomats and rival foreign leaders with the help o...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Apple Says It's Banning Facebook's Research App That Collects Users' Personal Information
Facebook is at the center of another privacy scandal -- and this time it hasn't just angered users. It has also angered Apple. From a report: The short version: Apple says Facebook broke an agreement ...
01:00 pm - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Hanford Nuclear Waste Cleanup Makes Progress, But Questions Loom
The Hanford Vit Plant in Washington state, a $17 billion federal facility for treating and immobilizing radioactive waste, is now on track to begin "glassifying" low-activity nuclear waste as soon as ...
10:00 am - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Meet the Man Behind a Third of What's On Wikipedia
Thelasko shares a report from CBS News: Steven Pruitt has made nearly 3 million edits on Wikipedia and written 35,000 original articles. It's earned him not only accolades but almost legendary status ...
07:00 am - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot NASA Is Back To Work, But the Effects of the Government Shutdown Linger
Following a record 35-day government shutdown, thousands of civil servants and contractors are heading back to work this week at NASA's various centers throughout the country. "These first few days ba...
03:30 am - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Study Shows How LSD Interferes With Brain's Signaling
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A group of volunteers who took a trip in the name of science have helped researchers uncover how LSD messes with activity in the brain to induce ...
02:10 am - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Google Cleans Up Gmail App With An All-White Redesign
While Gmail on the web was significantly redesigned last year, the app for Android and iOS stayed relatively unchanged, with the exception of an update last year that removed the bold colors in favor ...
01:30 am - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Could Go Wrong In Tech That Hasn't Already Gone Wrong?
dryriver writes: If you look at the last 15 years in tech, just about everything that could go wrong seemingly has gone wrong. Everything you buy and bring into your home tracks you in some way or the...
12:50 am - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Pays Teens To Install VPN That Spies On Them
A new report from TechCrunch details how "desperate" Facebook is for data on its competitors. The social media company "has been secretly paying people to install a 'Facebook Research' VPN that lets t...
12:10 am - Wed, January 30, 2019
Slashdot New Proposal Would Ban Government Facial Recognition Use In San Francisco
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The San Francisco Examiner: San Francisco could be the first city in the nation to ban city agencies from using facial recognition surveillance technology unde...
11:30 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Apple Says Profits Were Flat, Citing Slump In China
Due to an economic slowdown in China and diminishing demand for new iPhones, Apple's profits in its most recent quarter were flat compared with a year earlier. "The disappointing financial performance...
10:50 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Game Retailer GameStop Says It Can't Sell Itself, Sees Stock Drive 27 Percent
GameStop announced today that it has called off a decision to find a private buyer for the company and its subsidiaries. "The announcement ushered in the public company's largest stock-value dip in ov...
10:13 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Warns Internet Explorer 10 Will Be Terminated In January 2020
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Microsoft has warned that it isn't only Windows 7 for the chop in 2020. Unloved Internet Explorer 10 will be joining it. Finally. Internet Explor...
09:35 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot China Will Attempt 30-Plus Launches in 2019, Including Crucial Long March 5 Missions
New submitter starmanaj shares a report: The main contractor for the Chinese space program is planning more than 30 launches in 2019, with major missions including the crucial return-to-flight of the ...
08:55 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Amazon To Fund CS Classes in Over 130 NYC High Schools
Amazon announced today a plan to fund computer science classes in more than 130 New York City area high schools. Specifically, Amazon will fund both introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) classes ac...
08:30 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Apple Was Notified About Major FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug Over a Week Ago
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter user MGT7500 tagged the official Apple Support account in a January 20 tweet claiming that her 14-year-old son discovered a "major security flaw" that allowed him t...
06:50 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot System76 Unveils 'Darter Pro' Linux Laptop With Choice of Ubuntu or Pop!_OS
An anonymous reader writes: Today, System76 unveiled its latest laptop -- the 15.6-inch (full-HD) "Darter Pro." It is thin, but not overly so -- it still has USB-A ports (thankfully). The computer is ...
06:10 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot US Judge Rejects Yahoo Data Breach Settlement
A U.S. judge rejected Yahoo's proposed settlement with millions of people whose email addresses and other personal information were stolen in the largest data breach in history, faulting the Internet ...
05:30 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Meet the Guy Who Holds the Guinness World Record For Collecting Spreadsheets
harrymcc writes: Ariel Fischman, a financial advisor in Mexico City, has been using spreadsheet software for 30 years. And in recent years he's been collecting it: VisiCalc, 1-2-3, Excel, Quattro, and...
05:04 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Singapore HIV Registry Data Leaked Online in Health Breach
Confidential data about more than 14,000 people diagnosed with HIV, including foreign visitors, has been stolen in Singapore and leaked online. From a report: Authorities revealed details about the 20...
03:30 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot JavaScript Overtakes Java As Most Popular Programming Language
An anonymous reader writes: Today, HackerRank released the 2019 edition of its annual Developer Skills Report (PDF), surveying over 71,000 software developers from more than 100 countries. Every singl...
02:50 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Firefox 65 Arrives With Content Blocking Controls, and Support for WebP and AV1
Firefox 65, the latest version of Mozilla's web browser, is now available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android platforms. The release brings simplified Content Blocking controls for Enhanced Tracking ...
02:15 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Prime Video Has More Movies, But Netflix Has Higher-Rated Films, Study Says
When you want to watch a movie, which streaming service truly delivers? If you want quality, opt for Netflix. If you prefer quantity, peruse Amazon Prime Video. From a report: That's the conclusion fr...
01:00 pm - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Google's Sidewalk Labs Plans To Sell Location Data On Millions of Cellphones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: Most of the data collected by urban planners is messy, complex, and difficult to represent. It looks nothing like the smooth graphs and clean ch...
10:00 am - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Apple Is Making a 7th-Gen iPod Touch and New iPads, Says Report
Four new iPad models and a 7th-generation iPod Touch have been found in upcoming iOS 12.2, and seven new iPad models were discovered in the Eurasian Economic Commission Database, reports MacRumors. Fr...
07:00 am - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot All-Photonic Quantum Repeaters Could Lead To a Faster, More Secure Global Quantum Internet
"University of Toronto Engineering professor Hoi-Kwong Lo and his collaborators have developed a prototype for a key element for all-photonic quantum repeaters, a critical step in long-distance quantu...
05:29 am - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot A Bug in FaceTime Allows One To Access Someone's iPhone Camera And Microphone Before They Answered the Call; Apple Temporarily Disables Group FaceTime Feature
Social media sites lit up today with anxious Apple users after a strange glitch in iPhone's FaceTime app became apparent. The issue: It turns out that an iPhone user can call another iPhone user and l...
03:30 am - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Project Manager Says Mozilla Should Get Down From Its 'Philosophical Ivory Tower,' Cease Firefox Development
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A Microsoft program manager has caused a stir on Twitter over the weekend by suggesting that Firefox-maker Mozilla should give up on its own rendering e...
02:10 am - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot The Robot Revolution Will Be Worse For Men
Recode's Rani Molla shares the findings of a new study from the Brookings Institution, which finds that automation will impact men at a higher rate than women. Here's an excerpt from the report: Young...
01:30 am - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Might Punish Users Who Tweet 'Learn To Code' At Laid-Off Journalists
According to a report from Reason magazine, Twitter users who comment the "learn to code" advice at journalists who just lost their jobs might be treated as "abusive behavior," which is a violation of...
12:50 am - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot Snapchat Is Considering Permanent Snaps
Snapchat is considering changes to its Snapchat app, know for disappearing photos and videos, that could make users' public posts longer lasting or permanent. The company is also weighing an option to...
12:10 am - Tue, January 29, 2019
Slashdot US Accuses Huawei of Stealing Trade Secrets, Defrauding Banks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: U.S. prosecutors filed criminal charges against Huawei, China's largest smartphone maker, alleging it stole trade secrets from an American rival and...
11:30 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot The Natural Materials That Could Replace Environmentally Harmful Plastics
"The BBC has an article detailing new efforts to replace plastics used in products and construction with newer, less environmentally harmful alternative materials," writes Slashdot reader dryriver. Th...
10:50 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Apple Plans Netflix-Like Gaming Subscription Services, Report Says
According to a new report from Cheddar, Apple is planning a Netflix-like subscription service for games. "The service would function like Netflix for games, allowing users who pay a subscription fee t...
10:10 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Online Piracy Can Be Good For Business, Researchers Find
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Piracy isn't always the vile market bogeyman it's portrayed to be by the entertainment industry, a new joint study by Indiana University has found...
09:31 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Is Blocked in US, But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere
An anonymous reader shares a report: Pelco, a California-based security camera maker, set lofty sales targets last year for a model with sharper video resolution and other cutting-edge features. That ...
08:51 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Google Glass is Still Around
Google may have discontinued the sale of Google Glass years ago, but die hard fans have not given up. From a report: Glassholes still exist, just not as boogeymen haunting the tech section of your new...
08:11 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot The Mystery Tracks Being 'Forced' on Spotify Users
It's been nearly two years since news blog MusicBusinessWorld kicked off a global conversation over 'fake artists' on Spotify. That debate is about to roar back into life. From a report: Multiple Spot...
07:30 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Authorities Shut Down xDedic Marketplace For Buying Hacked Servers
The FBI, together with authorities from several European countries, have seized the domains and servers of xDedic, a notorious online marketplace where cyber-criminals would sell and buy access to hac...
06:50 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Amid Chaos Venezuelans Struggle To Find The Truth, Online
In Venezuela, where media is controlled by the government, figuring out what is truth, rumor or propaganda has always been difficult. NPR reports: In recent days it's gotten even more confusing. Presi...
06:10 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Apple Spent $60B on 9,000 American Suppliers in 2018, Supporting 450,000 Jobs
An anonymous reader shares a report: Well timed with a report from The New York Times today that explained why Apple is unlikely to manufacture more of its products in the United States, Apple has pub...
05:30 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Windows Media Player Set To Lose a Feature on Windows 7
With Windows 7 reaching its end of life in less than a year, developers are likely to begin retiring features for the operating system. Kicking off the process of retiring features is Microsoft, which...
04:50 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Location Finds Bluetooth, Ultra-Wideband
An update of the Bluetooth specification released today enables location services accurate to within 10 centimeters thanks to a new direction-finding capability. From a report: It arrives as a separat...
04:10 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot NASA Making Renewed Efforts To Contact Mars Rover Opportunity
NASA is making a new, and perhaps final, attempt to restore contact with the Mars rover Opportunity, which has not communicated with the Earth for more than six months. From a report: The Jet Propulsi...
03:33 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won't Be 'Assembled in USA'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Despite a trade war between the United States and China and past admonishments from President Trump "to start building their damn computers and things in this coun...
02:51 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Japanese Government Plans To Hack Into Citizens' IoT Devices
An anonymous reader writes: The Japanese government approved a law amendment on Friday that will allow government workers to hack into people's Internet of Things devices as part of an unprecedented s...
02:15 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Promises Better Performance, Starts at $25
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is adding a new device to its suite of miniature computers for industrial and enterprise customers. From a report: The charity today unveiled the Pi Compute Module 3+ (CM3+...
01:13 pm - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot World's Oldest Nobel Prize Winner Is Working On Light 'Concentrators' That May Give Everyone Clean, Cheap Energy
Iwastheone shares a report from Business Insider: Arthur Ashkin, the world's oldest Nobel Prize winner, [...] has turned the bottom floor of his house into a kind of laboratory where he's developing a...
10:10 am - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Neanderthals Were Likely Able To Hunt Over Significant Distances With Spears, Study Finds
dryriver writes: In the past, Neanderthal humans were believed to be largely close-distance hunters. A new paper in the journal Nature, based on actual outdoor tests with multiple test subjects throwi...
07:07 am - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Is Ditching Plastic Packaging In Favor of More Sustainable Materials
In a press release, Samsung said that it will be replacing plastic packaging with "environmentally sustainable elements" beginning this year. The Verge reports: The company announced today that it wil...
05:05 am - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot South Korea Rules Pre-Installed Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable
New industry guidelines in South Korea will allow smartphone users the option of deleting unnecessary pre-installed bloatware. "The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience ...
02:22 am - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot Internet Addiction Spawns US Treatment Programs
SpzToid shares a report from Reuters: When Danny Reagan was 13, he began exhibiting signs of what doctors usually associate with drug addiction. He became agitated, secretive and withdrew from friends...
12:00 am - Mon, January 28, 2019
Slashdot LSD Changes Something About the Way People Perceive Time, Even At Microdoses
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Tonic: The perception of time is a fundamental process of the brain, linked tightly to attention, emotions, memory, psychiatric and neurological disorders, and...
10:20 pm - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Is Shutting Down Moments
Facebook Moments, the standalone mobile app designed to let users privately share photos and videos, is shutting down next month. "Facebook confirmed the app's services will end February 25," reports ...
09:20 pm - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot The Apple Mac Turns 35 Years Old
On Thursday, Tim Cook took to Twitter to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Macintosh, recalling how it changed the world. "35 years ago, Macintosh said hello. It changed the way we think about com...
08:20 pm - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's Plan To Merge WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger Sounds a Privacy Alarm
Facebook's new plan to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger will lead to more data about users being shared between them, a new report warns. The effort to make it easier for people to...
07:19 pm - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Germany To Phase Out Coal Use By 2038, Says Report
Germany has laid out a $91 billion plan to phase out its use of coal by 2038, a government-appointed commission said Saturday. "Under the plan, half of the up to $91 billion will go to the regions shu...
06:18 pm - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Google Memo On Cost Cuts Sparks Heated Debate Inside Company
"A 2016 document proposing cost cuts at Alphabet's Google, including fewer promotions and bonuses, sparked heated debate when it was shared inside the technology company for the first time this week,"...
05:17 pm - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Pushing Facial Recognition Tech That a Study Says Could Be Biased
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Over the last two years, Amazon has aggressively marketed its facial recognition technology to police departments and federal agencies as a...
04:16 pm - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Pentagon Documents the Military's Growing Domestic Drone Use
New data on the Pentagon's domestic drone use documents 11 missions during the 2018 fiscal year. That's up from 11 missions over the entire span of 2011 through 2017, as noted by Dan Gettinger, co-dir...
03:15 pm - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Is the iPhone SE the 'Best Minimalist Phone' Right Now?
With Apple offering a clearance sale on the iPhone SE earlier this week, The Verge's Nick Statt decided that it was "the appropriate moment to hop on the backup phone bandwagon" and pick one up. He wr...
02:14 pm - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Terabyte-Using Cable Customers Double, Increasing Risk of Data Cap Fees
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: U.S. cable Internet customers are using an average of 268.7GB per month, and 4.1 percent of households use at least 1TB, according to new researc...
12:34 pm - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Those Opposed To Scientific Consensus Bolstered By 'Illusion of Knowledge'
The Edmonton Journal reports:Recently, researchers asked more than 2,000 American and European adults their thoughts about genetically modified foods. They also asked them how much they thought they u...
10:34 am - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Earth's Oldest Known Rock Was Found On the Moon
schwit1 quotes Popular Mechanics: A lot of the rocks we have on Earth are pretty old, but none of them were around when our planet was first formed. The Earth itself is around 4.5 billion years old, a...
08:34 am - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot New 'Apollo 11' Documentary Makers Discovered Never-Seen-Before Mission Footage
This year's Sundance Film Festival opened with a new 93-minute documentary crafted entirely from archival footage of NASA's Apollo 11 mission, reports collectSpace -- including some never seen before:...
05:34 am - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Bill Gates Promises Congress $1 Billion To Build Nuclear Reactors For Fighting Climate Change
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:Bill Gates thinks he has a key part of the answer for combating climate change: a return to nuclear power... Gates, who founded TerraPower in 2006, is te...
04:04 am - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook's Code
Wave723 writes: To make its developers' jobs more rewarding, Facebook is now using two automated tools called Sapienz and SapFix to find and repair low-level bugs in its mobile apps. Sapienz runs the ...
02:34 am - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Advocacy Groups Are Pushing The FTC To Break Up Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:Advocacy groups are calling for Facebook to be broken up as a result of its Cambridge Analytica scandal, subsequent privacy violations, and repeated consumer data ...
12:34 am - Sun, January 27, 2019
Slashdot Google Displays Fake Phone Numbers For Some Local Businesses In Toronto So They Can Record Calls
grumpy-cowboy shared this article from the Toronto Star:: A spokesperson for Google has confirmed the service they've launched in Vancouver and Toronto to connect potential customers to trusted servic...
11:34 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Incredible New Animation Shows The Ferocious Power of a Solar Flare
NASA and the National Science Foundation helped fund something amazing. Slashdot reader astroengine writes:For the first time, scientists have created a computer model that can simulate the evolution ...
10:34 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Russian YouTube-Ripping Site Wins In US Court
An anonymous reader quotes TorrentFreak:YouTube rippers are seen as the largest piracy threat to the music industry, and record labels are doing their best to shut them down. In 2017, YouTube-MP3, the...
09:34 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Can AI-Controlled Cameras Replace An Air Traffic Control Tower?
London's Heathrow airport is testing a surprising new system involving high-definition cameras, monitoring 50,000 arrivals in the month of March. Bloomberg reports:Views from the cameras will be fed i...
08:34 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot State of Emergency Declared in Washington State Over Measles Outbreak
An anonymous reader quotes CBS News:The governor of Washington state declared a state of emergency Friday over a measles outbreak that has sickened dozens of people in a county with one of the state's...
07:34 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Begins Using 'Sidewalk Robots' In Seattle Delivery Tests
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:The future is now: Starting this week, Amazon is testing autonomous package delivery with adorable little robot vehicles in a northern Seattle suburb. Six of the Ama...
06:34 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Do Debian APT and PHP Pear Patches Highlight Vulnerability In Package Management Infrastructure?
"Time and again, security experts and vendors alike will recommend to organizations and end users to keep software and systems updated with the latest patches," reports eWeek. "But what happens when t...
05:34 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Canada's Ambassador To China Hopes US Won't Extradite Huawei Exec
A Canadian diplomat on Thursday contradicted what he'd said on Wednesday, according to a story shared by hackingbear:John McCallum, Canada's ambassador in China, appeared to provide legal advice to Me...
05:34 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Canada's Ambassador To China Hopes US Won't Extradite Huawei Exec, Gets Fired
First, a Canadian diplomat on Thursday contradicted what he'd said on Wednesday, according to a story shared by hackingbear:John McCallum, Canada's ambassador in China, appeared to provide legal advic...
04:34 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot 'This Time It's Russia's Emails Getting Leaked'
"Russian oligarchs and Kremlin apparatchiks may find the tables turned on them," writes Kevin Poulsen at The Daily Beast, reporting on a new leak site that's unleashed "a compilation of hundreds of th...
03:34 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot FBI Arrests Three More Men Who Hired 'SWAT' Perpetrator
"Three men allegedly conspired with admitted 'swatter' Tyler Barriss to make hoax reports of bombs and murders to police departments, high schools and a convention center across the United States, acc...
01:00 pm - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot FCC Accused of Colluding With Big Cable To Game 5G Legal Challenge
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Register: U.S. telecoms regulator the FCC has been accused of colluding with companies it is supposed to oversee in order to protect a contr...
10:00 am - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Electrify America Is Shutting Down All Its 150-350kW Chargers Due To Potential Cable Defects
Electrify America, a Volkswagen subsidiary created as part of the German automaker's $2 billion settlements with California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA...
07:00 am - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Party Is Over For Dirt-Cheap Solar Panels, Says China Executive
The president of a top-10 maker of solar panels said the global solar power industry is about to lose a major competitive windfall as prices of Chinese-made solar panels begin to recover after a colla...
03:30 am - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Electrical Stimulation of Brain Trialed As Aid To Treating Stutter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: People who stutter are being given electrical brain stimulation in a clinical trial aimed at improving fluency without the need for grueling spee...
01:30 am - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Muscles May Preserve a Shortcut To Restore Lost Strength
New research reviewed in the journal Frontiers in Physiology suggests that muscle nuclei -- the factories that power new muscle growth -- could give older muscles an edge in regaining fitness later on...
12:50 am - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot Spotify Data Shows How Music Preferences Change With Latitude
A paper in Nature Human Behaviour this week drew on the listening data of nearly a million Spotify listeners from around the world, describing the daily and seasonal variations in how people listen. T...
12:10 am - Sat, January 26, 2019
Slashdot China Creates App To Tell You If You're Near Someone In Debt, Encourages You To Report Them
The Chinese government has developed a mobile app that tells users if they are near someone who is in debt. The app, called a "map of deadbeat debtors," flashes when the user is within 500 meters of a...
11:30 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Millions of Bank Loan and Mortgage Documents Have Leaked Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: [M]illions of documents were found leaking after an exposed Elasticsearch server was found without a password. The documents contained highly sensi...
10:50 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Nintendo Throws Out Metroid Prime 4 Work, Restarts With Retro Studios
Nintendo is essentially restarting development on the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4, saying the game as it currently exists "has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime...
10:20 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Google's I/O Developer Conference Starts May 7th At the Shoreline Amphitheater
Twitter user Till Kottmann used a shortcut accidentally hidden in a puzzle Google tweeted out this morning to figure out that the company's next I/O developer conference will be taking place at the Sh...
09:55 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Deliberately Allowed 'Friendly Fraud' To Avoid Harming Revenue
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Newly unsealed court documents show that Facebook was aware that underage children routinely used their parents' payment information to spend large su...
09:15 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Google Voice VoIP Calls Will Be Live For Everyone by Next Week
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google took a long, long break from Google Voice a while back. After letting the app fall into disrepair, Google expressed a renewed commitment to Voice in 2017. I...
08:36 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot The Messy Truth About Infiltrating Computer Supply Chains
In October last year, Bloomberg Businessweek published an alarming story: Operatives working for China's People's Liberation Army had secretly implanted microchips into motherboards made in China and ...
07:56 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Pay up or Sell up, ICANN Tells Failing New gTLD
ICANN has responded to a request for it to reduce the $25,000 annual fee it charges gTLD registries. The answer is no. From a report: That wholly unsurprising reply came in a letter from registry serv...
07:15 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot YouTube To Curb Conspiracy Theory Video Recommendations
YouTube said today that it is retooling its recommendation algorithm that suggests new videos to users in order to prevent promoting conspiracies and false information, reflecting a growing willingnes...
06:35 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Illinois Supreme Court Rules Against Six Flags in Lawsuit Over Fingerprint Scans, Says Actual Harm Unnecessary For Biometric Case
The family of a teenager whose fingerprint data was collected in 2014 when he bought a season pass to Six Flags Great America had the right to sue the amusement park company under an Illinois privacy ...
05:56 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Budweiser, the World's Largest Beer Maker, is Using Low-Cost Sensors and Machine Learning To Keep Beverages Flowing
The world's largest beer maker is using low-cost sensors and machine learning to predict when motors at a Fort Collins, Colo. brewery might malfunction. From a report: The Anheuser-Busch InBev SA plan...
05:23 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot FBI Arrests Trump Associate Roger Stone Over His Communications With WikiLeaks
Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, was charged as part of the special counsel investigation over his communications with WikiLeaks, the organization behind the release...
04:55 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Caterers in China Are Using AI To Spot Unhygienic Cooks, Report Says
If you've ever harbored doubts about the hygiene of the cooks flipping your burger and frying your fries, you're definitely not the only one. From a report: Thepaper.cn reports that local authorities ...
04:18 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Worrying Rise in Global CO2 Forecast for 2019
The level of climate-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is forecast to rise by a near-record amount in 2019, according to the Met Office. From a report: The increase is being fuelled by th...
03:27 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Neglected-Disease Research Funding Hits Record High
Reader schwit1 shares a report: Research funding for diseases that predominantly affect people living in poverty hit a record high in 2017, according to a report released on 23 January by Policy Cures...
02:48 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Zuckerberg Plans To Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, plans to integrate the social network's messaging services -- WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger -- asserting his control over the company's sprawl...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Intel Is Working On A Vulkan Overlay Layer, Inspired By Gallium3D HUD
Aside from some out-of-tree experiments last year by one of Valve's developers on a RADV Vulkan HUD of similar nature to the popular Gallium HUD option, it turns out an Intel developer has recently be...
01:00 pm - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot US Patent Operations May Shut Down In Second Week of February
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said it may have to cease patent operations in the second week of February if the partial government shutdown c...
10:00 am - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Apple Might Start Making Its Own Batteries For iPhones, Macs
Apple has hired an executive from the battery-making division of Samsung to help lead its own battery work. The new hire suggests that the company might start making its own batteries for iPhones and ...
07:00 am - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Planet Crash That Made Moon Left Key Elements For Life On Earth, Scientists Say
Scientists are claiming the cosmic collision that made the moon left a host of elements behind on Earth that were crucial for life to emerge. The Guardian reports: The impact 4.4 billion years ago is ...
03:30 am - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Bangkok Fights Air Pollution With Water-Spraying Drones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Earlier in the week, levels of PM2.5 -- tiny particles 2.5 microns in diameter or smaller that can penetrate deep into the lungs -- reached 185 microgr...
02:20 am - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Is Lack of Sleep a Public Health Crisis?
According to The Washington Post, "a growing number of scientists, not normally known for being advocates, are bringing evangelical zeal to the message that lack of sleep is an escalating public healt...
01:40 am - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot 'I Stopped Using a Computer Mouse For a Week and It Was Amazing'
Slashdot reader dmoberhaus writes via Motherboard: Over the course of the next five days, I relied solely on my keyboard to navigate the web and my local hard drive. It was a limited form of digital d...
01:00 am - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot DeepMind AI AlphaStar Wins 10-1 Against 'StarCarft II' Pros
In a series of matches streamed on YouTube and Twitch, DeepMind AI AlphaStar defeated two top-ranked professionals 10-1 at real-time strategy game StarCraft II. "This is of course an exciting moment f...
12:20 am - Fri, January 25, 2019
Slashdot Only 25 Percent of Occupations In US Are At 'High Risk' For Losing Jobs From Automation, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Automation is coming, but not for everyone. Researchers at the Brookings Institution estimate just 25% of occupations in the US -- in production, food ...
11:40 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Starship Test Rocket Was Knocked Over By High Winds
Strong Texas winds managed to knock over SpaceX's prototype of its next-generation Starship rocket. In a tweet, CEO Elon Musk tweeted yesterday: "50 mph winds broke the mooring blocks late last night ...
11:00 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Google Asks Supreme Court To Rule On When Code Can Be Copyrighted
Google is asking the Supreme Court to make the final call in its infamous dispute with Oracle. "Today, the company announced it has filed a petition with the Court, asking the justices to determine th...
10:20 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Nearly Half of Game Developers Want To Unionize
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Unionization isn't a new idea for the game development industry, but it is a particularly hot and contentious topic right now. A handful of events in...
09:38 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Says Bing is Restored in China
Roughly a day after users in China began complaining that they were unable to access Bing, stoking fear that perhaps Microsoft's search engine is joining the long list of services that will not be per...
08:53 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot College Students Are Rushing in Record Numbers To Study Computer Science
Lured by the prospect of high-salary, high-status jobs, college students are rushing in record numbers to study computer science. Now, if only they could get a seat in class. An anonymous reader share...
08:21 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot US Pressed Chinese Firms To Show One Example of When They Resisted Request For Data From Chinese Government, But They Have Never Done So: WSJ
The latest in the Huawei saga, which is increasing tension between the U.S. and China. WSJ reports about a remarkable event: Confronted with U.S. accusations of cyber espionage, Chinese companies and ...
07:37 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Acquires Another Open-Source Company, Citus Data
Microsoft on Thursday said that it's acquiring Citus Data, a start-up that has commercialized open-source database software called PostgreSQL. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. From a report: The d...
06:50 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot New 3D Printing Technique Is 100 Times Faster Than Standard 3D Printers
A new 3D-printing technique could render a three-dimensional object in minutes instead of hours -- at up to 100 times current speeds. The experimental approach uses a vat of resin and some clever tric...
06:11 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Office Lands on the Mac App Store
The next time you open up a new Apple computer, go to the App Store to start downloading apps, and type in "Microsoft Office," you'll actually get something. From a report: Until now, anyone who wante...
05:20 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Trump Offered NASA Unlimited Funding To Put People on Mars by 2020, Report Says
From a report, based on a book by Cliff Sims, who worked as a communications official for Trump on his presidential campaign and in the West Wing: As the clock ticked down, Trump "suddenly turned towa...
04:50 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Apple Has Dismissed More Than 200 Employees From Project Titan, its Autonomous Vehicle Group
Apple has dismissed just over 200 employees this week from Project Titan, its stealthy autonomous vehicle group, CNBC reports. From the report: An Apple spokesperson acknowledged the layoffs and said ...
04:04 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Google Urged the US To Limit Protection for Activist Workers
Google, whose employees have captured international attention in recent months through high-profile protests of workplace policies, has been quietly urging the U.S. government to narrow legal protecti...
03:20 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Chrome API Update Will Kill a Bunch of Other Extensions, Not Just Ad Blockers
An anonymous reader writes: A planned update to one of the Google Chrome extensions APIs would kill much more than a few ad blockers, ZDNet has learned, including browser extensions for antivirus prod...
02:40 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Deadly Ebola Virus Is Found in Liberian Bat, Researchers Say
Long a suspected source of the virus, bats had not been confirmed as carriers of the lethal disease before. The discovery could help scientists learn more about how the virus infects humans. From a re...
02:00 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot We May Finally Know What Causes Alzheimer's -- and How To Stop It
We may finally have found the long-elusive cause of Alzheimer's disease: Porphyromonas gingivalis, the key bacteria in chronic gum disease. New Scientist: That's bad, as gum disease affects around a t...
01:00 pm - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera To See Around Corners
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Science may never tell us what lies round the next corner, but researchers have come up with the nearest thing: a computer program that turns a n...
10:00 am - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Boeing's First Autonomous Air Taxi Flight Ends In Fewer Than 60 Seconds
Boeing has completed the first flight of its autonomous air taxi Tuesday at a small airport outside Washington, D.C. "The flight lasted less than a minute, according to Boeing, and it didn't actually ...
07:00 am - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Weird Orbits of Distant Objects Can Be Explained Without Invoking a 'Planet Nine'
schwit1 shares a report from Space.com: The weirdly clustered orbits of some far-flung bodies in our solar system can be explained without invoking a big, undiscovered "Planet Nine," a new study sugge...
03:30 am - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Emulator Project Aims To Resurrect Classic Mac Apps, Games Without the OS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica, written by Sean Gallagher: Want to be able to run classic Mac OS applications compiled for the Motorola 68000 series of processors on your ever-s...
02:30 am - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Julian Assange Launches Legal Challenge Against Trump Administration
SonicSpike shares a report from The Guardian: Julian Assange, the fugitive WikiLeaks founder whose diplomatic sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy appears increasingly precarious, is launching a legal ...
01:50 am - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Social Media Stars Agree To Declare When They Post Ads For Products
"Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has threatened prominent social media stars with heavy fines or prison time if they advertise commercial products on social media without making it c...
01:10 am - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot How Web Apps Can Turn Browser Extensions Into Backdoors
"Threatpost has a link to some recent research about ways web pages can exploit browser extensions to steal information or write files," writes Slashdot reader jbmartin6. "Did we need another reason t...
12:30 am - Thu, January 24, 2019
Slashdot Comcast Lowered Cable Investment Despite Net Neutrality Repeal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast's cable division spent 3 percent less on capital expenditures last year, despite promises that the repeal of net neutrality rules would b...
11:50 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Should Lawmakers Be Able To Hold Hearings, Debate and Vote On Legislation Virtually From Their District Offices?
Applehu Akbar shares an old report raising a very good question for today's Congress: why not use today's videoconferencing tech to allow representatives to perform most Congressional activity from th...
11:10 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Says Biometrics May Defeat Bots
Trailrunner7 shares a report from Duo Security: From the beginning, Twitter's creators made the decision not to require real names on the service. It's a policy that's descended from older chat servic...
10:30 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Bing Search Engine Goes Offline In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from France 24: The Microsoft-run search engine Bing was unavailable in mainland China late Wednesday, raising concerns among some social media users that it could ...
09:50 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot YouTube TV Opens To the Whole US
Google is today expanding its premium YouTube TV streaming service to the majority of locations in the U.S., with the rest to follow shortly. From a report: At launch, YouTube TV was available through...
09:06 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Record Number of Americans See Climate Change As a Current Threat
An anonymous reader shares a report: More Americans are very worried about global warming and say the issue is personally important to them than ever before, according to a new poll released Tuesday. ...
08:25 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot France Will Hack Its Enemies Back, Its Defense Secretary Says
France's defence secretary Florence Parly had a declaration to make this week: "Cyber war has begun." And she said the Euro nation's military will use its "cyber arms as all other traditional weapons....
07:30 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Fights Fake News With NewsGuard Integration in Its Mobile Edge Browser
In a bid to fight fake news read while on your phone, Microsoft's mobile Edge browser on Android and iOS now includes the NewsGuard extension. From a report: The addition needs to be toggled on within...
06:50 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Google Commits $3.1 Million and Free Cloud APIs To Wikimedia
Google is expanding its support of Wikimedia, the parent company of Wikipedia, as the search giant chases the next billion users. From a report: At World Economic Forum this week, Google committed to ...
06:10 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Why Free Software Evangelist Richard Stallman is Haunted by Stalin's Dream
Richard Stallman recently visited Mandya, a small town about 60 miles from Bengaluru, India, to give a talk. On the sidelines, Indian news outlet FactorDaily caught up with Stallman for an interview. ...
05:30 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot New Ransomware Strain is Locking Up Bitcoin Mining Rigs in China
A new strain of ransomware has been observed targeting Bitcoin mining rigs. ZDNet reports: At the time of writing, most of the infections have been reported in China, the country where most of the wor...
04:53 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Hebei, a Northern Chinese Province, Unveils an App That Triggers a Notification When You're Near Someone in Debt
China is gearing up to launch a social credit system in 2020, giving all citizens an identity number that will be linked to a permanent record. Like a financial score, everything from paying back loan...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Meizu Unveils a Smartphone That Does Not Have Any Port, or a SIM Card Slot, or a Button, or Speaker Grill
Phone maker Meizu has announced a new phone called "Zero," which doesn't have a headphone jack, or a charging port, or a physical SIM card slot, or any buttons, or a speaker grill. From a report: It d...
03:22 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Europe Plans To Drill the Moon For Oxygen and Water by 2025
The European Space Agency hopes to be mining the moon for water and oxygen in six years' time. From a report: The agency took a big step toward this ambition by signing a deal with launch provider Ari...
02:41 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Hiring Based on Skills Instead of College Degrees is Vital for the Future, IBM CEO Says
What does the future of getting a job in the tech industry look like? According to the CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty, it's important that tech companies focus on hiring people with valuable skills, not ju...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot More Than Half of PC Applications Installed Worldwide Are Out-of-Date
Avast's PC Trends Report 2019 found [PDF] that users are making themselves vulnerable by not implementing security patches and keeping outdated versions of popular applications on their PCs. From a ne...
01:00 pm - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Becomes First Streaming Company To Join the MPAA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Hollywood Reporter: Netflix has joined the membership ranks of the Motion Picture Association of America alongside the six major Hollywood studios, the top lob...
10:00 am - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Supreme Court Won't Hear a Lawsuit Over Defamatory Yelp Reviews
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case regarding whether Yelp is culpable for removing defamatory reviews from its site, resolving a case that could have affected web platforms' legal prot...
07:00 am - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Carbon Capture System Turns CO2 Into Electricity and Hydrogen Fuel
Researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and Georgia Tech have developed a new system that absorbs carbon dioxide and produces electricity and useable hydrogen fuel. N...
03:30 am - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Oceans Are Getting Louder, Posing Potential Threats To Marine Life
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Slow-moving, hulking ships crisscross miles of ocean in a lawn mower pattern, wielding an array of 12 to 48 air guns blasting pressurized a...
02:20 am - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot DHS Issues Security Alert About Recent DNS Hijacking Attacks
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has published today an "emergency directive" that contains guidance in regards to a recent report detailing a wave of DNS hijacking incidents perpetrated out o...
01:40 am - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Netflix 'Would Lose 57 Percent of Their Subscribers If They Added Commercials'
According to new research from marketing technology firm Audience Project, the majority (57%) of UK customers would stop watching Netflix if commercials were introduced, and even lowering subscription...
01:25 am - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Wine 4.0 Released With Vulkan Support, Initial Direct3D 12 and Better HiDPI
Michael Larabel writes via Phoronix: Wine 4.0 is now officially available as the new annual stable release to Wine for running Windows programs and games on Linux and other operating systems. Followin...
01:00 am - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Google Proposes Changes To Chromium Browser That Will Break Content-Blocking Extensions, Including Various Ad Blockers
"Google engineers have proposed changes to the open-source Chromium browser that will break content-blocking extensions, including various ad blockers," reports The Register. "The drafted changes will...
12:20 am - Wed, January 23, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Security Expert Joined the ACLU To Tackle 'Authoritarian Fever'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Apple security expert Jon Callas, who helped build protection for billions of computers and smartphones against criminal hackers and government su...
11:40 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Which Mobile Payment Service Is Best For You?
Everyone has a smartphone these days, therefore everyone should have access to at least one mobile payment service -- Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Samsung Pay. Personally, I've only used Apple Pay a hand...
11:00 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Google Will Start Retiring Hangouts For G Suite Users In October
In a blog post, Google clarified the timeline of the transition from classic Hangouts to Chat and Meet for its paying G Suite customers. "For them, the Hangouts retirement party will start in October ...
10:20 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot US Will Seek Extradition of Huawei CFO From Canada
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it will pursue the extradition of the chief financial officer of China's Huawei, arrested in Canada in Dec...
09:41 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot 'I Tried to Block Amazon From My Life. It Was Impossible.'
Kashmir Hill, a reporter at Gizmodo, spent weeks trying to avoid and block Amazon -- and every service that is owned by Amazon or uses Amazon's web services (AWS). She went to great lengths such as ge...
09:02 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Google Considering Pulling News Service From Europe
Google is considering pulling its Google News service from Europe as regulators work toward a controversial copyright law. From a report: The European Union's Copyright Directive will give publishers ...
08:22 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Apple Releases macOS 10.14.3, iOS 12.1.3, watchOS 5.1.3, and tvOS 12.1.2
Apple today pushed software updates for a range of its computing platforms. They are all minor releases that simply offer a few bug fixes and security updates, with no new features -- and there are no...
07:40 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot MasterCard Fined $648 Million for High EU Card Fees
MasterCard was fined 570.6 million euros ($648 million) by the European Union for imposing rules that regulators said may have artificially raised the costs of card payments in the region. From a repo...
06:59 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot A Meteorite Hit the Moon During Total Lunar Eclipse
Observers of Sunday's lunar eclipse were blessed with the first known sighting of a meteorite impact during such an event. From a report: The so-called "super wolf blood moon" was eagerly watched by m...
06:21 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Debuts New Low-Cost Laptops and 'Classroom Pen' For Schools
Microsoft is doubling down on the education market, a competitive arena for the world's largest tech giants, with a series of new low-cost laptops and tools to help students and teachers work together...
05:40 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot How Companies Secretly Boost Their Glassdoor Ratings
From a report: Last summer, employees of Guaranteed Rate posted a stream of negative reviews about the mortgage broker on Glassdoor, a company-ratings website. The company's rating on Glassdoor, which...
04:45 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Google Says Data is More Like Sunlight Than Oil
Google wants to popularize a more upbeat way of describing data: It's more like sunlight than oil. From a report: Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday morning, Google...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot MacBook Pro Stage Light Fault: Apple's Design Turns $6 Fix Into a $600 Nightmare
An anonymous reader shares a report: Some MacBook Pro owners have complained of a 'stage light' effect, where they see uneven backlighting at the bottom of the display. For some, the symptom is only t...
03:30 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Ubuntu Core 18 Released for IoT devices
Canonical today announced the release of Ubuntu Core 18 "for secure, reliable IoT devices." The Canonical blog notes that "Immutable, digitally signed snaps ensure that devices built with Ubuntu Core ...
02:57 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Why Your New Heart Could Be Made in Space One Day
Imagine a laboratory growing human hearts - and imagine that laboratory floating in space hundreds of miles above the surface of the Earth. That may sound like science fiction, but bizarre as it seems...
02:05 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Appears To Be Quietly Building Laser Satellites For Global Communications
The snow-dusted peak of Mount Wilson in California has been home to many famous observatories. Until 1949, its 100-inch (2.5-meter) Hooker telescope was the largest aperture telescope in the world, an...
01:00 pm - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Android Q Will Include More Ways For Carriers To SIM Lock Your Phone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: Over the weekend, four commits were posted to various parts of Android's Gerrit source code management, all entitled "Carrier restriction enhanceme...
10:00 am - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Is Screen Time Good or Bad? It's Not That Simple
TechCrunch's Devin Coldeway picks apart a new study by Oxford scientists that questions the basis of thousands of papers and analyses with conflicting conclusions on the effect of screen time on well-...
07:00 am - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX To Shift Starship Work From California To Texas
SpaceX is reportedly shifting its work on prototypes of its next-gen "Starship" launch vehicle from Los Angeles to Texas. The news comes less than a week after the aerospace company announced its plan...
03:30 am - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Ancient Climate Change Triggered Warming That Lasted Thousands of Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A rapid rise in temperature on ancient Earth triggered a climate response that may have prolonged the warming for many thousands of years, according ...
02:20 am - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Dutch Surgeon Wins Landmark 'Right To Be Forgotten' Case
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Guardian: A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for her medical negligence has won a legal action to remove Google search results about her case in a landmark "right to...
01:40 am - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Model 3 Is Heading To Europe
The Tesla Model 3 has cleared its last regulatory hurdle in Europe and will soon go on sale in the continent home to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. "Deliveries should start in February for the Long Ran...
01:00 am - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's Plans For Space Lasers Revealed
Two new observatories are being built on Mount Wilson in California -- home to the 100-inch Hooker telescope, one of the largest aperture telescopes in the world, and CHARA array, the world's largest ...
12:20 am - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot New Phobos Ransomware Exploits Weak Security To Hit Targets Around the World
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A prolific cybercrime gang behind a series of ransomware attacks is distributing a new form of the file-encrypting malware which combines two well known...
12:01 am - Tue, January 22, 2019
Slashdot Spotify Will Soon Let You Mute, Block Artists
Spotify, one of the largest music streaming platforms available, is readying a "don't play this artist" feature in its apps that will let you mute artists you don't want to hear from. "The feature sim...
11:40 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Google Fined $57 Million By French Data Privacy Body For Failing To Comply With EU's GDPR Regulations
schwit1 shares a report from VentureBeat: Google has been hit by a $57 million fine by French data privacy body CNIL (National Data Protection Commission) for failure to comply with the EU's General D...
11:00 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Russia Tries To Force Facebook, Twitter To Relocate Servers To Russia
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Russian government agency responsible for censorship on the Internet has accused Facebook and Twitter of failing to comply with a law requiri...
09:33 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Demand and Salaries For Data Scientists Continue To Climb
Data-science job openings are expanding faster than the number of technologists looking for them, says job-search firm Indeed. From a report: Back in August, a LinkedIn analysis concluded that the Uni...
08:52 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot The 'Fortnite' Economy Now Has Its Own Black Market
Fortnite's in-game currency, V-bucks, are now being used to launder money from stolen credit cards, according to a report by The Independent and cybersecurity firm Sixgill. From a report: Here's how i...
08:11 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot We'll Likely See a Rise in Internet Blackouts in 2019
We'll likely see a rise in internet blackouts in 2019, for two reasons: countries deliberately "turning off" the internet within their borders, and hackers disrupting segments of the internet with dis...
07:30 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Uber is Exploring Autonomous Bikes and Scooters
Uber is looking to integrate autonomous technology into its bike and scooter-share programs. Details are scarce, but according to 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson, who said Uber announced this at a DIY ...
06:50 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot AI is Sending People To Jail -- and Getting it Wrong
At the Data for Black Lives conference last weekend, technologists, legal experts, and community activists snapped the kind of impact AI has on our lives into perspective with a discussion of America'...
06:11 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Why High-Fidelity Streaming is the Audio Revolution Your Ears Have Been Waiting For
From a report: While our ears may be attuned to lossy compressed audio in most everyday scenarios, the experience of rediscovering high-fidelity lossless digital audio can be nothing short of a revela...
05:31 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Online Casino Group Leaks Information on 108 Million Bets, Including User Details
An online casino group has leaked information on over 108 million bets, including details about customers' personal information, deposits, and withdrawals, ZDNet has learned. From the report: The data...
04:50 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Scientist Who Gene-Edited Babies Fired by University
A Chinese scientist who created what he said were the world's first "gene-edited" babies evaded oversight and broke ethical boundaries in a quest for fame and fortune, state media said on Monday, as h...
04:10 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Shutdown Hits Industries Nationwide
The partial government shutdown is affecting a wide range of business and financial concerns nationwide. From a report: Shuttered government offices are stalling the approval of new loans, initial pub...
03:30 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Cable Outage Sees Tonga Fall Back To Satellite Internet
The subsea cable providing Tonga, a country in the South Pacific Ocean, with broadband, the Tonga Cable, has been out since 20:30 local time on Sunday night, with the nation now relying on satellite i...
02:55 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot In an Attempt To Tackle Spread of Fake News, Facebook's WhatsApp Puts Limit on Message Forwarding
WhatsApp users will be blocked from forwarding messages to more than five individuals or groups under new rules the messaging service is rolling out worldwide to fight the spread of misinformation. Th...
02:25 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot A Large Number of Top Free VPN Apps Either Have Chinese Ownership or Are Based in China
William Chalk, reporting for HackerNoon: After big names like Whatsapp, Snapchat, and Facebook, VPNs are the most searched-for applications in the world. "VPN" is the second-highest non-branded search...
02:15 pm - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot A Large Number of Top Free VPN Apps Either Have Chinese Ownership or Are Based in China
William Chalk, reporting for HackerNoon: After big names like Whatsapp, Snapchat, and Facebook, VPNs are the most searched-for applications in the world. "VPN" is the second-highest non-branded search...
10:30 am - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Paris Will Make Public Transportation Free for Kids
In a plan to help families and reduce car usage, anyone under 11 years old will be able to ride metro and buses for free, as will people with disabilities under 20. From a report: Starting in Septembe...
05:30 am - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Bug Bounties Aren't Silver Bullet for Better Security
Many organizations may find they're better off hiring pen testers and in-house security researchers directly than running bug bounty programs, according to new MIT research. From a report: The New Sol...
02:30 am - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot Total Lunar Eclipse Set To Wow Star Gazers, Clear Skies Willing
Astronomy buffs across the United States have been promised all the makings of a spectacular total lunar eclipse on Sunday except one -- clear skies. From a report: Star gazers from Los Angeles to New...
01:00 am - Mon, January 21, 2019
Slashdot MIDI Association Announces MIDI 2.0 Prototyping
MIDI was introduced at the 1983 NAMM show as a means to connect various electronic instruments together. Since then, our favorite five-pin DIN has been stuffed into Radio Shack keyboards, MPCs, synths...
11:40 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot How Orkney Leads the Way For Sustainable Energy
An anonymous reader shares a report: It seems the stuff of fantasy. Giant ships sail the seas burning fuel that has been extracted from water using energy provided by the winds, waves and tides. A dra...
10:40 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot A Poker-Playing Robot Goes To Work for the Pentagon
In 2017, a poker bot called Libratus made headlines when it roundly defeated four top human players at no-limit Texas Hold 'Em. Now, Libratus' technology is being adapted to take on opponents of a dif...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Popular WordPress Plugin WPML Hacked By Angry Former Employee
A very popular WordPress plugin was hacked over the weekend after a hacker defaced its website and sent a mass message to all its customers revealing the existence of supposed unpatched security holes...
09:44 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot The Economics of Streaming is Making Songs Shorter
Popular music is shrinking. From 2013 to 2018, the average song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. From a report: Six percent of hit songs w...
09:40 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Launches a Petition Feature
Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities with the launch of Community Actions, its News Feed petition feature. From a report: Community Actions could unite neighbors to request ch...
08:10 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Popular WordPress Plugin WPML Hacked By Angry Former Employee
A very popular WordPress plugin was hacked over the weekend after a hacker defaced its website and sent a mass message to all its customers revealing the existence of supposed unpatched security holes...
07:00 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Launches a Petition Feature
Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities with the launch of Community Actions, its News Feed petition feature. From a report: Community Actions could unite neighbors to request ch...
05:35 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Says It's More Scared of Fortnite and YouTube Than Disney and Amazon
An anonymous reader shares a report: It's not Disney's new streaming video service or HBO or Amazon that Netflix is worried about, the company said this week in its letter to shareholders. Netflix est...
04:30 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot A Look at the Amount of Time Smartphone Vendors Have Taken To Roll out Major Android Updates To Their Handsets, and How Things Are Beginning To Improve
Most Android smartphone vendors have been notorious for the time they take to roll out the newest Android OS updates to their respective handsets. To tackle this, Google in 2017 announced Project Treb...
03:30 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Oracle Systematically Underpaid Thousands of Women, Lawsuit Says
Thousands of women were systematically underpaid at Oracle, one of Silicon Valley's largest corporations, according to a new motion in a class-action complaint that details claims of pervasive wage di...
02:25 pm - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Tron's CEO Wants To Use Blockchain Games and BitTorrent To Decentralize the Internet
From a report: Last summer, Justin Sun, the 28-year-old CEO of Tron acquired BitTorrent, the 15-year-old file-sharing company that is one of the biggest decentralized networks in existence for $140 mi...
11:34 am - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Are Scientists Constantly Surprised By What They Discover?
Slashdot reader dryriver asks about "the sheer number of times scientists consider something to be 'scientifically impossible', are badly disproven by some kind of new finding or discovery a few years...
08:34 am - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Google Criticized Over Its Handling of the End of Google
Long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein shares his report on how Google is handling the end of its Google+ service. He's describing it as "a boot to the head: when you know that Google just doesn't...
05:34 am - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Is California's PG&E The First Climate Change Bankruptcy?
"California's largest power company intends to file for bankruptcy as it faces tens of billions of dollars in potential liability following massive wildfires that devastated parts of the state over th...
02:34 am - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg's Mentor 'Shocked and Disappointed' -- But He Has a Plan
Early Facebook investor Roger McNamee published a scathing 3,000-word article adapted from his new book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. Here's just one example of what's left him "shock...
12:22 am - Sun, January 20, 2019
Slashdot Are You Ready For DNS Flag Day?
Long-time Slashdot reader syn3rg quotes the DNS Flag Day page:The current DNS is unnecessarily slow and suffers from inability to deploy new features. To remediate these problems, vendors of DNS softw...
10:34 pm - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Venezuela's Government Blocks Access To Wikipedia
Haaretz (with contributions from Reuters and the Associated Press) reports:According to NetBlocks, a digital rights group that tracks restrictions to the internet, as of 12 January, Venezuela largest ...
09:34 pm - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Is US Surveillance Technology Propping Up Authoritarian Regimes?
A senior policy analyst from a non-partisan national security think tank -- and one of their cybersecurity policy fellows -- sound a dire warning in an op-ed shared by Slashdot reader schwit1:From fac...
08:34 pm - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot 'I Got Death Threats For Writing a Bad Review of Aquaman'
The Huffington Post recently published a post by one of the 300 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association -- and a contributing writer to Variety.I saw "Aquaman" on a brisk Monday morning in D...
07:34 pm - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Larry Lessig Will Headline Friday's 'Grand Re-opening of the Public Domain' Event
An anonymous reader quotes the Internet Archive's blogPlease join us for a Grand Re-opening of the Public Domain, featuring a keynote address by Creative Commons' founder, Lawrence Lessig, on January ...
06:34 pm - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot GitHub Seeks Feedback on 'Open Source Sustainability'
Devon Zuegel, "a developer with a passion for governance and economics," recently became GitHub's open source product manager to "support maintainers in cultivating vital, productive communities" -- s...
05:34 pm - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Rust 1.32.0 Stable Release Includes New Debugging Macro, 'Quality of Life' Improvements
An anonymous reader summarizes the changes in Thursday's release of Rust 1.32.0 stable:"Quality of life" improvements include a new dbg macro to easily print values for debugging without having to use...
04:34 pm - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Red Hat Rejects MongoDB's 'Discriminatory' Server Side Public License
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:MongoDB is an open-source document NoSQL database with a problem. While very popular, cloud companies, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM Cloud, Scalegrid, and Obj...
04:04 pm - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Is Disney's Star Wars Franchise In Trouble?
Disney's Han Solo movie was the first Star Wars movie to lose money. But is there a larger problem? dryriver writes:Comic book news website Cosmic Book News reports that even though Disney put bucketl...
03:34 pm - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot LucasFilm Rescues Darth Vader Fan Film From YouTube Copyright Fight
A Star Wars fan named "Toos" told Newsweek he'd spent $150,000 of his own money on a fan film about Darth Vader -- and what happened next:Before the camera started rolling Toos said he contacted an em...
10:00 am - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Inside DJI's 'Robomasters' Robotics Competition
pacopico writes: Every year, DJI hosts a robotics competition called Robomasters. It draws in hundreds of engineering students from around the world for two weeks of all out robotics mayhem. The stude...
07:00 am - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Asteroid Strikes 'Increase Threefold Over Last 300 Million Years,' Survey Finds
According to a survey of asteroid craters at least 6.2 miles wide, the number of asteroids slamming into Earth has nearly tripled since the dinosaurs first roamed. "Researchers worked out the rate of ...
03:30 am - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Created Artificial Cells That Can Communicate With Each Other
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Friedrich Simmel and Aurore Dupin, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), have for the first time created artificial cell assemblie...
02:45 am - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Google Faces Renewed Protests and Criticism Over China Search Project
On Friday, a coalition of Chinese, Tibetan, Uighur, and human rights groups organized demonstrations outside Google's offices in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Sweden, Switze...
02:03 am - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Firmware Vulnerability In Popular Wi-Fi Chipset Affects Laptops, Smartphones, Routers, Gaming Devices
Embedi security researcher Denis Selianin has discovered a vulnerability affecting the firmware of a popular Wi-Fi chipset deployed in a wide range of devices, such as laptops, smartphones, gaming rig...
01:25 am - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Identical Twins Test 5 DNA Ancestry Kits, Get Different Results On Each
Freshly Exhumed writes: Uh-oh, something is not right with the results of most popular DNA ancestry kits, as a pair of identical twins have found. Charlsie Agro and her twin sister, Carly, bought home...
12:45 am - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Giving Algorithms a Sense of Uncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. They are built to pursue a single mathematical goal, such as maximizin...
12:03 am - Sat, January 19, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Suggests Windows 10 Mobile Users Switch To iOS or Android As Support Winds Down
Windows 10 Mobile devices will be officially unsupported starting on December 10, 2019. As a result, Microsoft is recommending users move to an Android or iOS device instead. Mac Rumors reports: Micro...
11:25 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Is Cutting 7 Percent of Its Workforce To Reduce Model 3 Price
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced today that the company would cut 7% of its workforce in order to cut costs as the company prepares to ramp up production and boost margins as they get closer to releasing...
10:45 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Russian Hackers Allegedly Attempted To Breach the DNC After the 2018 Midterms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Russian hackers attempted to breach Democratic National Committee email addresses in a spear-phishing campaign just after the 2018 midterms, according...
10:05 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot The Government's Secret UFO Program Funded Research on Wormholes and Extra Dimensions
Documents released by the Department of Defense reveal some of what its infamous Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was working on. From a report: The Department of Defense funded resear...
09:25 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Cassette Album Sales in the US Grew By 23% in 2018
An anonymous reader shares a report: Thanks to such acts as Britney Spears, Twenty One Pilots and Guns N' Roses, along with soundtracks from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise -- which boasts the y...
08:45 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Europe's Controversial 'Link Tax' in Doubt After Member States Rebel
Copyright activists just scored a major victory in the ongoing fight over the European Union's new copyright rules. An upcoming summit to advance the EU's copyright directive has been canceled, as mem...
08:00 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot US Regulators Have Met To Discuss Imposing a Record-Setting Fine Against Facebook For Some of Its Privacy Violations: Report
U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of its users' personal data, Th...
07:30 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Firefox To Remove UI Dark Pattern From Screenshot Tool After Months of Complaints
After months of user complaints, Mozilla will remove a misleading "dark pattern" from its page screenshot utility. From a report: The problematic feature is the "Save" button that appears when Firefox...
06:50 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Lawsuit Reveals How Facebook Profited Off Confused Children: Report
Documents outlining how Facebook profited off children are expected to be made public soon, according to Reveal News of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), who requested the documents. From ...
06:05 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Will Give Subscribers Free Access To Anti-Robocall Tools
Verizon says it will give all its subscribers free access to its spam alert and call blocking tools, so long as their phones can support the features. From a report: The carrier originally rolled out ...
05:28 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Berkeley's Two-Armed Robot Hints at a New Future For Warehouses
Pick up a glass of water, lift a fork: you automatically figure out the best way to grasp each object. Now researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a robot that makes similar calculation, choosing on...
04:46 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Digital License Plates Are Now Allowed in Michigan
Digital license plates are now allowed in Michigan thanks to a new state law. It will join California and Arizona as one of the few states in the US that allow digital license plates, allowing drivers...
04:07 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Pixelbook and 'Nami' Chromebooks the First To Get Linux GPU Acceleration in Project Crostini
Kevin C. Tofel, writing for AboutChromebooks: I've been following the bug report that tracks progress on adding GPU acceleration for the Linux container in Chrome OS and there's good news today. The f...
03:25 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Intel Core i9-9990XE: Up To 5.0 GHz, Auction Only
Ian Cutress, reporting for AnandTech: AnandTech has seen documents and supporting information from multiple sources that show that Intel is planning to release a new high-end desktop processor, the Co...
02:45 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua
On October 19, 2017, astronomers at the University of Hawaii spotted a strange object travelling through our solar system, which they later described as "a red and extremely elongated asteroid." It wa...
02:06 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot That 773M Password 'Megabreach' is Years Old
Security reported Brian Krebs writes: My inbox and Twitter messages positively lit up today with people forwarding stories from Wired and other publications about a supposedly new trove of nearly 773 ...
01:00 pm - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Play Malware Used Phones' Motion Sensors To Conceal Itself
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Malicious apps hosted in the Google Play market are trying a clever trick to avoid detection -- they monitor the motion-sensor input of an infect...
10:00 am - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Motorola's RAZR Is Returning As a $1,500 Folding Smartphone
A new report from The Wall Street Journal says the Motorola RAZR might be making a comeback as a $1,500 foldable screen smartphone, and it could launch as early as February. The Verge reports: The ori...
07:00 am - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Says It Has 10 Percent of All TV Time In the US
In its fourth-quarter 2018 earnings report, Netflix disclosed some of its viewership numbers for hits such as "Bird Box." "Overall, Netflix said it serves about 100 million hours of video per day, ear...
03:30 am - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot World's Oldest Periodic Table Chart Found At University of St Andrews In Scotland
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A periodic table chart discovered at the University of St Andrews is thought to be the oldest in the world. The chart of elements, dating from 1885, ...
02:10 am - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Bioacoustic Devices Could Help Save Rainforests
"Researchers writing in Science argue that networked audio recording devices mounted in trees could be used to monitor wildlife populations and better evaluate whether conservation projects are workin...
01:30 am - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Court Rejects FCC Request To Delay Net Neutrality Case
A federal appeals court denied the FCC's request to postpone oral arguments in a court battle over the agency's decision to repeal its net neutrality rules. The FCC had asked for the hearing to be pos...
12:50 am - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Adding New DNA Letters Make Novel Proteins Possible
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Economist: The fuzzy specks growing on discs of jelly in Floyd Romesberg's lab at Scripps Research in La Jolla look much like any other culture of E. coli....
12:10 am - Fri, January 18, 2019
Slashdot Jack Bogle, the Man Who Revolutionized Investing, Dies At 89
Thelasko shares a report from MarketWatch: You can thank Thomas Edison for the light bulb casting light in your home, Henry Ford for your affordable, mass-produced car, and Apple's Steve Jobs for the ...
11:30 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Bug Exposed Some Android Users' Protected Tweets For Years
Twitter disclosed on its Help Center page today that some Android users had their private tweets revealed for years due to a security flaw. "The issue caused the Twitter for Android app to disable the...
10:50 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Blames School Text Provider In Dispute Over 'Spam' Fee
Last week, Ars Technica reported that Verizon's new "spam" fee for texts sent from teachers to students might stop working on the network because of a dispute over texting fees that Verizon demanded f...
10:10 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Oklahoma Government Data Leak Exposes FBI Investigation Records, Millions of Department Files
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Researchers have disclosed the existence of a server exposed to the public which not only contained terabytes of confidential government data but inform...
09:33 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Google Just Spent $40 Million For Fossil's Secret Smartwatch Tech
Google and watchmaker Fossil Group today announced an agreement for the search giant to acquire some of Fossil's smartwatch technology and members of the research and development division responsible ...
08:55 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Saturn Put A Ring On It Relatively Recently, Study Says
Saturn is famous for its lovely rings, but a new study suggests the planet has spent most of its 4.5 billion years without them. From a report: That's because the rings are likely only 10 million to 1...
08:15 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Some Android GPS Apps Are Just Showing Ads on Top of Google Maps
A security researcher with antivirus maker ESET has discovered a collection of 19 Android apps that pose as GPS applications but which don't do anything but show ads on top of the legitimate Google Ma...
07:22 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Michael Cohen Says He Tried To Rig Online Polls 'at the Direction' of Donald Trump
Dan Mangan, writing for CNBC: President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen on Thursday said he tried to rig online polls -- including one conducted by CNBC -- "at t...
06:57 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Launches re:MARS Event Focusing on AI, as Second Stage To Invite-only MARS
Amazon's annual invitation-only event on machine learning, automation, robotics and space -- known as Mars -- has become a high-tech highlight for insiders, featuring billionaire founder and CEO Jeff ...
06:16 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Will Spend $500M To Address Affordable Housing and Homelessness in the Seattle Region
Microsoft is dedicating $500 million to fund construction of affordable homes and homeless services in the Seattle region in an effort to alleviate a growing housing crisis driven by the city's tech b...
05:28 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Professors From 7 US Colleges, Including MIT and Stanford, Have Teamed Up To Design a Cryptocurrency Capable Of Processing Thousands of Transactions a Second
Some of the brightest minds in America are pooling their brain power to create a cryptocurrency that's designed to do what Bitcoin has proved incapable of: processing thousands of transactions a secon...
04:52 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot North Korean Hackers Infiltrate Chile's ATM Network After Skype Job Interview
A Skype call and a gullible employee was all it took for North Korean hackers to infiltrate the computer network of Redbanc, the company that interconnects the ATM infrastructure of all Chilean banks....
04:05 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot China Drove 40% of Mobile App Spending and Nearly Half of All Downloads in 2018
China may be slowing iPhone sales worldwide, but Chinese people are driving Apple's App Store business. From a report: China accounted for nearly 50 percent of all app downloads in 2018, pushing the g...
03:22 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Google Maps Deterring Outback Tourists, Say Small Firms
Tourism operators in Australia claim inaccuracies in Google Maps are deterring potential visitors, by making remote attractions appear further away than they actually are. From a report: The Queenslan...
02:45 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls For Laws To Tackle 'Shadow Economy' of Data Firms
Apple's chief executive has called for regulation to tackle the "shadow economy" of data brokers -- intermediaries who trade in the personal information of largely unsuspecting consumers -- as the com...
02:13 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot US CEOs Are More Worried About Cybersecurity Than a Possible Recession
With markets uncertain, many onlookers might think a recession is on the way, whether that's most CFOs in the world or voters in the United States. But domestic CEOs don't find heavy economic headwind...
01:00 pm - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot LG Will Launch a Phone With a Second Screen Attachment
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: LG's next smartphone may have you seeing double. And no, it's not because of a foldable display. The company will launch a smartphone, whose name hasn't ...
10:00 am - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Wants To Put An AI Hardware Chip In Your Skull
"iTMunch reports that Elon Musk apparently believes that the human race can only be "saved" by implanting chips into our skulls that make us half human, half artificial intelligence," writes Slashdot ...
07:00 am - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Collection 1 Data Breach Exposes More Than 772 Million Email Addresses
A collection of almost 773 million unique email addresses and just under 22 million unique passwords were exposed on cloud service MEGA. Security researcher Troy Hunt said the collection of data, dubb...
03:30 am - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Fasting Can Improve Overall Health By Causing Circadian Clocks In the Liver and Skeletal Muscle To Rewire Their Metabolism, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceDaily: In a University of California, Irvine-led study, researchers found evidence that fasting affects circadian clocks in the liver and skeletal muscl...
02:10 am - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Key West Moves To Ban Sunscreens That Could Damage Reefs
Yesterday, the Key West City Commission unanimously voted to ban the sale of sunscreens that contain two ingredients -- oxybenzone and octinoxate -- that a growing body of scientific evidence says har...
01:30 am - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Report Breakthrough In Ice-Repelling Materials
"Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a new theory in physics called stress localization, which they used to tune and predict the properties of new materials," reports Phys.Org. "B...
12:50 am - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Fortnite Bugs Gave Hackers Access To Millions of Player Accounts, Researchers Say
Researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point say three vulnerabilities chained together could have allowed hackers to take control of any of Fortnite's 200 million players. "The flaws, if exploited, ...
12:10 am - Thu, January 17, 2019
Slashdot Marco Rubio Introduces Privacy Bill To Create Federal Regulations On Data Collection
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at creating federal standards of privacy protection for major internet companies like F...
11:30 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Federal Prosecutors Are Investigating Huawei For Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets, Says Report
According to The Wall Street Journal, federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation to see if Huawei allegedly stole trade secrets from U.S. companies. The probe is reportedly built out o...
10:50 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot New Satellite Network Will Make It Impossible For a Commercial Airplane To Vanish
pgmrdlm quotes a report from CBS News: For the first time, a new network of satellites will soon be able to track all commercial airplanes in real time, anywhere on the planet. Currently, planes are l...
10:10 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Google Play Starts Manually Whitelisting SMS, Phone Apps
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google is implementing major new Play Store rules for how Android's "SMS" and "Call Log" permissions are used. New Play Store rules will only all...
09:31 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Cracks Down on 'Harmful and Dangerous' Challenges and Pranks
YouTube has set stricter guidelines for "harmful and dangerous" prank and challenge videos. From a report: "We've always had policies to make sure what's funny doesn't cross the line into also being h...
08:52 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Federal Prosecutors Pursuing Criminal Case Against Huawei for Alleged Theft of Trade Secrets: Report
Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation of China's Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from U.S. business partners, including the technology behind a robotic device that T-Mo...
08:10 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Happy 18th Birthday, Wikipedia
This week, Wikipedia celebrates its 18th birthday. If the massive crowdsourced encyclopedia project were human, then in most countries, it would just now be considered a legal adult. But in truth, the...
07:30 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is Separating Cortana From Search in Windows 10
Microsoft is making some big changes to Cortana in Windows 10. The company intends to decouple search and Cortana in the Windows 10 taskbar, allowing voice queries to be handled separately to typing i...
06:45 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Google's Transition To 64-Bit Apps Begins in August, 32-Bit Support To End in 2021
In a bid to deliver better software experience on devices powered by 64-bit processors in the coming years, Google aims to shift Android towards a 64-bit app ecosystem. From a report: The company has ...
06:05 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Kills Its Experimental Firefox Test Pilot Program 3 Years After Launch
Mozilla has announced that it is closing Firefox Test Pilot, an experimental program it launched three years ago. Firefox Test Pilot allowed users to try out potential new built-in Firefox features to...
05:27 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Most Facebook Users Don't Know That it Records a List of Their Interests, New Study Finds
Seventy-four percent of Facebook users are unaware that Facebook records a list of their interests for ad-targeting purposes, according to a new study from the Pew Institute. From a report: Participan...
04:50 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Finland's Ambitious Plan To Teach Anyone the Basics of AI
In the era of AI superpowers, Finland is no match for the US and China. So the Scandinavian country is taking a different tack. From a report: It has embarked on an ambitious challenge to teach the ba...
04:01 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot The Motorola Razr Could Return as a $1,500 Foldable Smartphone
The iconic Motorola RAZR might be making a comeback as a $1,500 foldable screen smartphone, and it could launch as early as February, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. From a rep...
03:20 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot WhatsApp Now Has More Monthly Active Users Than Facebook App
Facebook's $19 billion bet on WhatsApp in 2014, when the messaging app had 450 million active users, is beginning to pay off. From a report: In recent months, WhatsApp has surpassed Facebook's own mar...
02:41 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Sprint To Stop Selling Location Data To Third Parties
After AT&T and T-Mobile said they would stop selling their customers' phone location data to third parties, Sprint has followed suit. From a report: Last week, Motherboard revealed that AT&T, ...
02:01 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot WeWork's CEO Makes Millions as Landlord To WeWork
An anonymous reader shares a report: For more than two months after employees at IBM moved into a Manhattan building managed by office space giant WeWork, frequent elevator problems forced workers to ...
01:00 pm - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot World's First Robot Hotel Fires Half of Its Robot Staff
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: The world's first hotel "staffed by robots" has culled half of its steely eyed employees, because they're rubbish and annoy the guests. "Our hote...
10:00 am - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Hubble Space Telescope Will Last Through the Mid-2020s, Report Says
schwit1 shares a report from Space.com: Despite recent issues with one of its instruments, the Hubble Space Telescope is expected to last at least another five years. A new report suggests that the ic...
07:00 am - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot China and NASA Shared Data About Historic Moon Landing
hackingbear writes: "China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the fir...
05:30 am - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Insect Collapse: 'We Are Destroying Our Life Support Systems'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished. His return to the Luquillo r...
03:40 am - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Meme Could Train Facial Recognition Algorithms On Age Progression, Age Recognition
If you've spent any time on social media lately, you've probably noticed a trend where users are posting their then-and-now profile pictures, mostly from 10 years ago and this year. While this "10 Yea...
02:05 am - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Pwn2Own Contest Will Pay $900,000 For Hacks That Exploit Tesla's Model 3
The Model 3 will be entered into Pwn2Own this year, the first time a car has been included in the annual high-profile hacking contest. The prize for the winning security researchers: a Model 3. TechCr...
01:45 am - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Broke Into An SEC Database and Made Millions From Inside Information, Says DOJ
Federal prosecutors unveiled charges in an international stock-trading scheme that involved hacking into the Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR corporate filing system. "The scheme allegedly n...
01:25 am - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot Apple Maps Gooses DuckDuckGo In Search Privacy Partnership
Search engine DuckDuckGo now displays location information from Apple Maps in its search results. "DuckDuckGo now uses Apple Maps both for small maps in location-related search results and for larger,...
12:45 am - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot 'Mona Lisa Effect' Is Real But Doesn't Apply To Leonardo's Painting
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: There have long been anecdotal reports that the eyes of the Mona Lisa -- Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting -- sometimes...
12:03 am - Wed, January 16, 2019
Slashdot A Supercomputer In a 19th Century Church Is 'World's Most Beautiful Data Center'
"Motherboard spoke to the Barcelona Supercomputing Center about how it outfitted a deconsecrated 19th century chapel to host the MareNostrum 4 -- the 25th most powerful supercomputer in the world," wr...
11:20 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Project Alias Hacks Amazon Echo and Google Home To Protect Your Privacy
fahrbot-bot writes: The gadget, called Alias, is an always-listening speaker, designed to fit on top of an Amazon Echo or Google Home, where it looks like a mass of melted candle wax. It's composed of...
10:40 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot US Now Says All Online Gambling Illegal, Not Just Sports Bets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Justice Department's decision that all internet gambling is illegal will cast a pall on the industry as businesses and state lotteries eval...
10:01 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Firefox 69 Will Disable Adobe Flash Plugin by Default
Mozilla will take the next major step in disabling support for the Adobe Flash plugin later this year when it releases Firefox 69. From a report: Firefox 69 will be Mozilla's third last step to comple...
09:21 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Apple Replaced 11 Million iPhone Batteries in Its $29 Program
Apple's $29 battery replacement program may have seriously dinged sales of its 2018 iPhone models. From a report: The company replaced 11 million iPhone batteries under the program, John Gruber of tec...
08:41 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot CERN's New Collider Design Is Four Times Larger Than the LHC
If built, the Future Circular Collider will be 10 times more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider, and could discover new types of particles. From a report: The 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson pa...
08:01 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is Preparing For Foldable Windows Devices, Report Says
Microsoft is working on adapting Windows to work on foldable devices, The Verge reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The report further added that the company is making foldable ...
07:21 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Ajit Pai Gives Carriers Free Pass on Privacy Violations During FCC Shutdown
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai refused to brief a Congressional committee Monday about mobile carriers' ability to share their subscribers' location data with third parties. From ...
06:41 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Only Nuclear Energy Can Save the Planet
Joshua S. Goldstein, a professor emeritus of international relations at American University, and Staffan A. Qvist, an energy engineer and consultant, writing for The Wall Street Journal: Climate scien...
06:02 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot WordPress To Show Warnings on Servers Running Outdated PHP Versions
The WordPress open-source content management system (CMS) will show warnings in its backend admin panel if the site runs on top of an outdated PHP version. From a report: The current plan is to have t...
05:21 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot There's No Such Thing as a Safe Tan
H. Peter Soyer, Professor of Dermatology, and Katie Lee, Research assistant at The University of Queensland, write: There's a lot to be said for sunshine -- both good and bad. It's our main source of ...
04:41 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Giant Leaf For Mankind? China Germinates First Seed on Moon
A small green shoot is growing on the moon after a cotton seed germinated onboard a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said. From a report: The sprout has emerged from a lattice-like structure inside a ...
04:01 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Riot Games Issues New Company Values In Wake of 'Bro' Culture Accusations
An anonymous reader writes: Riot Games, the maker of the enormously popular League of Legends multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) PC game, has issued a new set of company values on its web site. Th...
03:20 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Windows Leak Site BuildFeed Closes Down
Mark Wilson writes: After five years of leaking information about unreleased builds of Windows, BuildFeed has shut its shop. Over the weekend, the site posted a slew of build numbers including referen...
02:31 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Netflix To Raise Prices By 13% To 18%
Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago. From a report: Its most popular plan will see the la...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Huawei CEO Says Company Doesn't Spy For China and Praises Trump in Rare Appearance
Huawei would never allow China's government to access customer data, even if Beijing requested it, the CEO and founder of the company repeatedly emphasized Tuesday, amid continued political pressure o...
01:00 pm - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Charges New 'Spam' Fee For Texts Sent From Teachers To Students
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A free texting service used by teachers, students, and parents may stop working on the Verizon Wireless network because of a dispute over texting...
10:00 am - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Method For Fooling Cancer Cells Into Fat Cells Can Stop Cancer's Spread
Researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland have discovered that they can prevent the formation of metastases by fooling breast cancer cells into fat cells. The proof-of-concept study was ...
07:00 am - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot First 5G Remote Surgery Completed In China
According to local reports, the world's first remote surgery equipment using 5G networks was successfully tested in China. "The test involved a doctor in the southeastern province of Fujian removing t...
04:55 am - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot DerbyCon Will Hold Its Last InfoSec Conference in September This Year
DerbyCon 9.0, the upcoming edition of the popular InfoSec conference in September, will be its last. From an official announcement: When we first started DerbyCon, our goal was to create a conference ...
03:30 am - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: How Do You Manage Your Inbox?
Being one of the oldest forms of electronic messaging, users have come up with all sorts of different approaches to managing emails. Some people follow the "Inbox Zero" method of filing and deleting e...
02:10 am - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Trump Administration Proposes Rules Allowing Drones To Operate At Night, Over Populated Areas
The Trump administration is proposing rules that would allow drones to operate over popular areas and end a requirement for special permits for night use. The goal is to "help speed commercial use of ...
01:30 am - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot VW Investing $800 Million In Tennessee Factory To Make Next-Gen Electric Vehicles
Volkswagen will spend $800 million to expand a U.S. factory that will produce the automaker's next generation of electric vehicles. "The factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. will be the company's North Ameri...
12:50 am - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Proposes Microgrids With Solar and Batteries To Power Greek Islands
Tesla is proposing ways to modernize the electric grid of Greece's many islands in the Mediterranean sea with microgrids and renewable energy to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. "Several Greek...
12:10 am - Tue, January 15, 2019
Slashdot Tidal Under Criminal Investigation In Norway Over 'Faked' Streams
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: High-fidelity music streaming service Tidal is under criminal investigation in Norway for allegedly inflating album streams for Beyonce's Lemonade an...
11:30 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Hack Allows Escape of Play-With-Docker Containers
secwatcher quotes a report from Threatpost: Researchers hacked the Docker test platform called Play-with-Docker, allowing them to access data and manipulate any test Docker containers running on the h...
10:50 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Apple Wanted To Use Qualcomm Chips For Its 2018 iPhones, But Qualcomm Refused Because of Companies' Licensing Dispute
Apple's operating chief said on Monday that Qualcomm refused to sell its 4G LTE processors to the company due to the companies' licensing dispute. According to CNET, that decision "had a ripple effect...
10:10 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Windows 7 Enters Its Final Year of Free Support
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Windows 7's five years of extended support will expire on January 14, 2020 -- exactly one year from today. After this date, security fixes will n...
09:30 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Web Hosting Sites Bluehost, DreamHost, Hostgator, OVH and iPage Were Vulnerable To Simple Account Takeover Hacks
A security researcher has found, reported and now disclosed a dozen bugs that made it easy to steal sensitive information or take over any customer's account from some of the largest web hosting compa...
08:57 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules
A California judge has ruled that American cops can't force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect people's private lives from government searche...
08:15 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding In the Holland Tunnel
Zorro shares a report: Commuters inching through rush-hour traffic in the Holland Tunnel between Lower Manhattan and New Jersey don't know it, but a technology likely to be the future of communication...
07:55 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Battlefield 5's Poor Sales Numbers Have Become a Disaster For Electronic Arts
dryriver writes: Electronic Arts has mismanaged the Battlefield franchise in the past -- BF3 and BF4 were not great from a gameplay perspective -- but with Battlefield 5, Electronic Arts is facing a r...
07:48 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Android Studio 3.3 Now Available To Download On Stable Channel, New Version Focuses On 'Refinement and Quality'
Android Studio 3.3 is now available to download through stable channel, Google said Monday. The top new features of Android Studio 3.3 include a navigation editor, profiler tracking options, improveme...
07:10 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot The Last of Manhattan's Original Video Arcades
Video arcades -- those recreational arenas of illuminated screens and 8-bit soundtracks -- have been fading from the cultural landscape since the end of the Donkey Kong '80s. The advent of home video ...
06:25 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot GoDaddy is Injecting Site-Breaking JavaScript Into Customer Websites
Web hosting service GoDaddy is injecting JavaScript into customer websites that could impact the overall performance of the website or even render it inoperable, according to Australian programmer Igo...
05:49 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Streaming TV May Never Again Be as Simple, or as Affordable, as It is Now
An anonymous reader shares a report: Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix's dominance. Netflix viewers will no longer be able to wat...
04:57 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot A Guy Made a Computer Mouse That is Also a Functional Laptop
A YouTube user who goes by Electronic Grenade has designed a computer mouse that is also a functional laptop. From a report: As detailed in a video published on Sunday, the computer mouse computer con...
04:20 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot In CEO Search, Intel Still Hasn't Found What It's Looking For
Intel has been trying to fill the most prominent role in the $400-billion chip industry for more than six months. The company's board still hasn't found what it's looking for. From a report: Intel dir...
03:25 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Top Android Phone Makers Are Killing Useful Background Processes and Breaking 3rd-Party Apps To 'Superficially Improve' Battery Life, Developers Allege
A team of developers has accused several popular smartphone vendors of compromising the functionality of third-party apps and other background processes on their phones in an attempt to "superficially...
02:51 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Too Many Workers Are Trapped By Non-Competes
Why have wages been so slow to rise at a time when demand for workers has pushed the U.S. unemployment rate to its lowest point in nearly half a century? One answer: contracts that tie millions of uns...
02:17 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot USB Type-C Headphones Were Nowhere in Sight at CES 2019
In a sea of 3D audio products and true-wireless earbuds, USB Type-C headphones were nowhere in sight at CES 2019. From a report: This absence isn't an accident, however. Rather, it's the deafening sil...
01:13 pm - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Google Reportedly Blacklists 'Ethereum' As a Google Ad Keyword, Startup Claims
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Yahoo: Google has reportedly blacklisted keywords mentioning Ethereum (ETH) on its advertising platform Google Ads, smart contract auditing startup Decenter tw...
10:10 am - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot World's Longest Aircraft Gets Full-Production Go-Ahead
The Airlander 10 -- the world's longest aircraft -- is set to go into full production with the model designed to take its first passengers. "It comes after the prototype Airlander 10 -- a combined pla...
07:07 am - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot Battlefield 5's Poor Sales Numbers Have Become a Disaster For Electronic Arts
dryriver writes: Electronic Arts has mismanaged the Battlefield franchise in the past -- BF3 and BF4 were not great from a gameplay perspective -- but with Battlefield 5, Electronic Arts is facing a r...
05:05 am - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot A Neural Network Can Learn To Recognize the World It Sees Into Concepts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: As good as they are at causing mischief, researchers from the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab realized GANs, or generative adversarial networks, a...
03:33 am - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot GNOME Internet Radio Locator 1.6.0 Released
Longtime Slashdot reader ole writes: GNOME Internet Radio Locator 1.6.0 is now freely available for GNOME systems. The 1.6.0 release is a stable release with Internet radio stations from Norway, Swede...
02:02 am - Mon, January 14, 2019
Slashdot 200 Million Chinese Resumes Leak In Huge Database Breach
According to a report from HackenProof, a database containing resumes of over 200 million job seekers in China was exposed last month. "The leaked info included not just the name and working experienc...
11:23 pm - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Arborists Are Bringing the 'Dinosaur of Trees' Back To Life
Arborists are cloning saplings from the stumps of the world's largest, strongest, and longest-lived trees -- felled for timber more than a century ago -- to create redwood "super groves" that can help...
09:21 pm - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Apple's AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Is In Production
Apple's long-delayed AirPower wireless charging mat might finally be in production. According to a tweet from ChargerLAB, a "credible source" says that Apple has begun manufacturing the long-delayed w...
08:20 pm - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Aaron Swartz's Federal Judge Gives Anonymous Hacker 10 Years In Prison For DDoS Attacks On Children's Hospitals
Danngggg writes: Many will remember Martin Gottesfeld since he was arrested on a speedboat coming from Cuba. He volunteered at trial that he and his wife had just been denied political asylum by Castr...
07:19 pm - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Plants Can Hear Animals Using Their Flowers
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Atlantic: The latest experiments in this niche but increasingly vocal field come from Lilach Hadany and Yossi Yovel at Tel Aviv University. ...
06:18 pm - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Pedestrians, E-Scooters Are Clashing In the Struggle For Sidewalk Space
Slashdot reader mileshigh writes: Activists in California have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that parked scooters littering sidewalks interfere with sidewalk accessibility for people with multiple ...
05:17 pm - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Offered Chinese Green Card
hackingbear writes: During Elon Musk's trip to China for the ground-breaking of Tesla's first overseas factory, which will allow it to sell vehicles directly in the world's largest market for electric...
04:16 pm - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot GPU Accelerated Realtime Skin Smoothing Algorithms Make Actors Look Perfect
dryriver writes: A recent Guardian article about the need for actors and celebrities -- male and female -- to look their best in a high-definition media world ended on the note that several low-profil...
03:15 pm - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Fires Employee Arrested In Poland Over Alleged Spying
Chinese tech giant Huawei has fired Weijing Wang, an employee recently arrested in Poland over spying allegations despite security officials saying the espionage wasn't directly tied to the company. T...
02:14 pm - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot The US Government Has Amassed Terabytes of Internal WikiLeaks Data
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a Gizmodo report, written by national security reporter and transparency activist Emma Best: Late last year, the U.S. government accidentally revealed that a...
11:34 am - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Is Elon Musk Serious About Building A Flying Tesla?
An anonymous reader quotes Inc:It's inevitable, really. Musk's two largest companies, Tesla Motors and SpaceX, make electric cars and rockets.... Musk tweeted about a "SpaceX option package" for the n...
08:34 am - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Earth's Magnetic Field Is Acting Up and Geologists Don't Know Why
schwit1 quotes Nature:Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth's north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within...
05:34 am - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Today's Technology As Cool As You'd Predicted When You Were Young?
"How does the actual, purchaseable consumer technology available in 2019 compare to what you -- back in the 1960s, '70s, '80s or '90s -- thought consumer technology might look like around the year 202...
02:38 am - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Old People Can Produce As Many New Brain Cells As Teenagers
Long-time Slashdot reader Futurepower(R) shares this article about a newly-published study which counters previous theories that neurons stop developing after adolescence:Healthy men and women continu...
12:39 am - Sun, January 13, 2019
Slashdot Should America Build a Virtual Border Wall? Or Just Crowdfund It...
As America's government faces its longest-ever shutdown over the president's demands for border wall funding, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested "possible alternatives to a physical wall," accor...
11:37 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot California Lawmaker Wants to Ban Paper Receipts, Require Digital Ones
A California assemblyman has introduced a law barring retailers from printing paper receipts unless a customer requests one. Otherwise they'd be required to provide proof-or-purchase receipts "only in...
10:39 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Did a Russian Robotics Company Fake This Tesla-Robot Crash?
Last Saturday a firm which rents promotional robots claimed that one of their robots broke free from a line of robots, only to be hit by a self-driving Tesla. Though video of the incident has now been...
09:34 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot You Can Now Profile Python Using Arm Forge
Python "is often described as being slow when it comes to performance... But is that truly the case?" writes Patrick Wohlschlegel, Arm's senior product manager for infrastructure and high-performance ...
08:34 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot How Etsy Sellers and Big Business Make Money on Public Domain Art
"Some people have figured out how to turn reselling public domain content into side hustles," reports Motherboard:On Etsy, there are thousands of listings for downloadable prints and lithographs that ...
07:34 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Legendary Mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah Dies at Age 89
"One of the world's foremost mathematicians, Prof Sir Michael Atiyah, has died at the age of 89," reports the BBC. "He has been described to me by more than one professor of mathematics as the best ma...
06:34 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot German Police Ask Router Owners For Help In Identifying a Bomber's MAC Address
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: German authorities have asked the public for help in surfacing more details and potentially identifying the owner of a MAC address known to have been used by a bomber...
05:34 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Do Social Media Bots Have a Right To Free Speech?
One study found that 66% of tweets with links were posted by "suspected bots" -- with an even higher percentage for certain kinds of content. Now a new California law will require bots to disclose tha...
04:34 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Car Manufacturers Want To Monitor Drivers Inside Their Cars
Startups are demonstrating "sensor technology that watches and analyzes drivers, passengers and objects in cars" reports Reuters -- a technology that "will mean enhanced safety in the short-term, and ...
03:34 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX to Lay Off 10% of Its Workers
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:SpaceX is laying off 10% of its 6,000-person workforce as it tackles two hugely expensive projects. Elon Musk's rocket company said its finances are healthy, but that it...
01:00 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Marriott Faces Multiple Class-Action Lawsuits Over Hotel Reservation Data Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: More than 150 people who previously stayed in Marriott properties are suing the hotel chain in a federal class-action lawsuit, claiming that Marriott didn...
12:01 pm - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Government Shutdown: TLS Certificates Not Renewed, Many Websites Are Down
More than 80 TLS certificates used by US government websites have expired so far without being renewed, leaving some websites inaccessible to the public. From a report: NASA, the US Department of Just...
10:00 am - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Preliminary Results Published From New Horizons Flyby of MU69 'Ultima Thule'
RockDoctor writes: The NASA/SWRI/Lowell Observatory (and at least 3 universities) team managing the download of data from New Horizons has released a first look at the results downloaded so far. At th...
07:00 am - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Just 5 Percent of Earth's Landscape Is Untouched, Report Finds
A comprehensive new high-resolution analysis of human modification of the planet finds that just 5% of the Earth's land surface is currently unaffected by humans, far lower than a previous estimate of...
03:30 am - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Man Says CES Lidar's Laser Was So Powerful It Wrecked His Camera
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A man attending this week's CES show in Las Vegas says that a lidar sensor from startup AEye has permanently damaged the sensor on his $1,998 Son...
02:30 am - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Improbable, Epic Games Establish $25 Million Fund To Help Devs Move To 'More Open Engines' After Unity Debacle
Lucas Matney writes via TechCrunch: Improbable is taking a daring step after announcing earlier today that Unity had revoked its license to operate on the popular game development engine. The U.K.-bas...
01:50 am - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot 'We're Working On Rollable Phones,' Says LG CTO
In a wide-ranging interview with Mark Spoonauer from Tom's Guide, CTO and president of LG Electronics, IP Park, said his company is working on both rollable and foldable smartphones, regardless of whe...
01:10 am - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Dash Buttons Ruled Illegal In Germany
Amazon Dash buttons have been ruled illegal in Germany for making it too easy to buy Amazon products. Germany consumer advocacy group, Verbraucherzentrale NRW, "complained that Amazon's terms enable t...
12:30 am - Sat, January 12, 2019
Slashdot University of California Tells Students Not To Use WeChat, WhatsApp In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Students and faculty at the University of California (UC) have been warned not to use messaging apps and social media while visiting China, for fear their...
11:51 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Iranian Hackers Suspected in Worldwide DNS Hijacking Campaign
US cybersecurity firm FireEye has uncovered an extremely sophisticated hacking campaign during which a suspected Iranian group redirected traffic from companies all over their globe through their own ...
11:10 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Google Discontinues Chromecast Audio
Google has discontinued the Chromecast Audio dongle that allowed you to stream music via Wi-Fi to any dumb speaker with a 3.5mm headphone jack. If you're saddened by the news and would like to pick on...
10:30 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Federal Shutdown May Send Millennial Workers To Exits
dcblogs writes: The federal government measures the "engagement" of its federal workforce once a year with a massive survey of 1.5 million employees. And what it has found is that most federal workers...
09:50 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Sued By 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Publishers Over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Polygon: Netflix's first interactive movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch makes no bones about its Choose Your Own Adventure inspiration, and that's reportedly ca...
09:11 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple Might Debut 3 New iPhones in 2019
Apple is planning to release three new iPhone models this year, including a device to succeed the newly-created XR model, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing unidentified people familiar w...
08:30 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Polish Police Arrest Huawei Executive On Suspicion Of Spying For China
A Huawei executive has been arrested in Poland on charges of spying for China, Poland's counterintelligence service said Friday. NPR reports: A government spokesman identified the suspect as Weijing W...
07:50 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Electric Scooter Rental Service Bird Sent a 'Notice of Claimed Infringement' To a News Site For Reporting On Lawful Re-use of Scooters
Bird, an electric scooter rental company, sent a "Notice of Claimed Infringement" to news blog Boing Boing for reporting about people doing legal things that Bird does not like. EFF reports: Electric ...
07:00 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Americans Want To Regulate AI But Don't Trust Anyone To Do It
An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2018, several high-profile controversies involving AI served as a wake-up call for technologists, policymakers, and the public. The technology may have brought ...
06:10 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot It's Getting Hard To Know What is Automated and What Isn't
It's increasingly becoming a challenge to know when -- and if -- AI is at play in things we come across in our daily lives. From a report: Applicants usually don't know when a startup has used artific...
05:45 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Developer Bungie Splits With Publisher Activision, Will Keep World Shooter Series Destiny
Developer Bungie and publisher Activision are splitting up in an industry-shaking divorce that will see the shared world shooter series Destiny enter fully into Bungie's control. From a report: This d...
05:05 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Universal Internet Access Unlikely Until at Least 2050, Experts Say
Parts of the world will be excluded from the internet for decades to come without major efforts to boost education, online literacy and broadband infrastructure, experts have warned. From a report: Wh...
04:16 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Google Demanded T-Mobile, Sprint To Not Sell Google Fi Customers' Location Data
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Thursday, AT&T announced it was stopping the sale of its customers' real-time location data to all third parties, in response to a Motherboard investigation...
03:38 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Lenovo And Dell Seeing PC Growth in US, But CPU Shortage Takes A Toll On Overall Market
Lenovo's resurgence in the U.S. PC market continued during the final quarter of 2018 with gains in both shipments and market share, while Dell also saw growth in the fourth quarter in spite of supply ...
02:41 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Government Shutdown: TLS Certificates Not Renewed, Many Websites Are Down
More than 80 TLS certificates used by US government websites have expired so far without being renewed, leaving some websites inaccessible to the public. From a report: NASA, the US Department of Just...
02:01 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Mondelez, the US Food Company That Owns Oreo and Cadbury Brands, Sues Zurich in Test For Cyber Hack Insurance
Mondelez, the US food company that owns the Oreo and Cadbury brands, is suing its insurance company, Zurich, for refusing to pay out on a $100m claim for damage caused by the NotPetya cyber attack. Fr...
01:30 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot VLC Passes 3 Billion Downloads
VLC has reached a rare milestone: It has been downloaded more than 3 billion times across various platforms, up from 1 billion downloads in May 2012. VentureBeat reports of the milestone and the new f...
01:00 pm - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Yellow Vests Knock Out 60 Percent of All Speed Cameras In France
Thelasko shares a report from the BBC: Members of the "yellow vests" protest movement have vandalized almost 60% of France's entire speed camera network, the interior minister has said. Christophe Cas...
11:29 am - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot VLC Passes 3 Billion Downloads
VLC has reached a rare milestone: It has been downloaded more than 3 billion times across various platforms, up from 1 billion downloads in May 2012. VentureBeat reports of the milestone and the new f...
10:00 am - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot IMDb Launches Ad-Supported Movie Streaming Movie
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: IMDb is known as the place to go to look up details for any film under the sun, and now it's entering the streaming video arena. The company has lau...
10:00 am - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot IMDb Launches Ad-Supported Movie Streaming Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: IMDb is known as the place to go to look up details for any film under the sun, and now it's entering the streaming video arena. The company has lau...
08:30 am - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Software-Defined Satellite Will Be Launched Soon
kbahey writes: Traditionally, large satellites are configured on the ground for specific tasks that cannot be changed after launch, even if market demands evolve. The new "Quantum" satellite scheduled...
07:00 am - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot VLC Passes 3 Billion Downloads
VLC has reached a rare milestone: It has been downloaded more than 3 billion times across various platforms, up from 1 billion downloads in May 2012. VentureBeat reports of the milestone and the new f...
03:30 am - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Shareholders Sue Alphabet's Board For Role In Allegedly Covering Up Sexual Misconduct By Senior Execs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Attorneys in San Francisco representing an Alphabet shareholder are suing the board of directors for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct claims again...
01:20 am - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Procter and Gamble Unveils New Device That Aims To Remove Signs of Aging
In a video for the BBC, technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones uses Procter and Gamble's new device to maker him look younger. Called Opte, the device scans the skin and precisely applies tiny amo...
12:40 am - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Software Patents Poised To Make a Comeback Under New Patent Office Rules
Ben Klemens writes via Ars Technica: A landmark 2014 ruling by the Supreme Court called into question the validity of many software patents. In the wake of that ruling, countless broad software patent...
12:03 am - Fri, January 11, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Password Sharing May Soon Be Impossible Due To New AI Tracking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: A video software firm has come up with a way to prevent people from sharing their account details for Netflix and other streaming services wit...
11:20 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Nest Competitor Ring Reportedly Gave Employees Full Access To Customers' Live Camera Feeds
Amazon-owned Ring allowed employees to access customers' live camera feeds, according to a report from The Intercept. "Ring's engineers and executives have 'highly privileged access' to live camera fe...
10:40 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot 15 Years After Announcing the 1GB SD Card, Lexar Unveils 1TB SD Card
Lexar has just unveiled the first commercially available 1-terabyte SD card. "Lexar's Professional 633x line of SDHC and SDXC UHS-I cards [...] is now listed for sale in capacities from 16GB all the w...
10:01 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Amazon is Working on Game Streaming Service, Report Says
Amazon is looking to get into game streaming, joining its tech titan contemporaries Microsoft and Google, according to a report from The Information. From a report: Amazon is reportedly developing its...
09:20 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Malware Found Preinstalled On Some Alcatel Smartphones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A weather app that comes preinstalled on Alcatel smartphones contained malware that surreptitiously subscribed device owners to premium phone numbers be...
08:40 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Watchers Say the Company Has Accelerated Its Efforts To Sell Its Own Products -- and That's Worrying Regulators Around the World
By selling more products of its own, Amazon is becoming a competitor to the outside manufacturers it hosts on its platform -- and that's worrying regulators around the world. From a report: Government...
07:55 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Ocean Warming is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds
Scientists say the warming of the world's oceans is accelerating more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change given that almost all of the heat trapped by ...
07:25 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile Begins Verifying Calls To Protect Against Spam
T-Mobile is beginning to roll out support for call verification technology, which will confirm that a phone call is actually coming from the number listed on caller ID. From a report: Now, if one T-Mo...
06:45 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Some Nevada Governments Are Using Blockchain For Public Records
Some northern Nevada counties are using blockchain, the online ledger best known for helping secure virtual currencies such as bitcoin, to store digital versions of government records like birth and m...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Linux systemd Affected by Memory Corruption Vulnerabilities, No Patches Yet
Major Linux distributions are vulnerable to three bugs in systemd, a Linux initialization system and service manager in widespread use, California-based security company Qualys said late yesterday. Fr...
05:30 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Nvidia CEO Trashes AMD's New GPU: 'The Performance Is Lousy'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Yesterday, AMD announced a new graphics card, the $700 Radeon VII, based on its second-generation Vega architecture. The GPU is the first one available to consumer...
04:41 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Windows 7 Users Who Installed January Update Report Network Issues; Some Say the Update Has Also Incorrectly Flagged Their OS License as 'Not Genuine'
Some Windows 7 admins are feeling the pain of Microsoft's latest updates in this week's Patch Tuesday releases. From a report: Users who've installed this Tuesday's KB4480970 cumulative January update...
04:01 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Google Wins Round in Fight Against Global Right To Be Forgotten
Google shouldn't have to apply the so-called right to be forgotten globally, an adviser to the EU's top court said in a boost for the U.S. giant's fight with a French privacy regulator over where to d...
03:21 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot How Cartographers For the US Military Inadvertently Created a House of Horrors in South Africa
Kashmir Hill, reporting at Gizmodo: The visitors started coming in 2013. The first one who came and refused to leave until he was let inside was a private investigator named Roderick. He was looking f...
02:41 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Taking the Smarts Out of Smart TVs Would Make Them More Expensive
In a wide-ranging interview, Nilay Patel of The Verge speaks with Bill Baxter, chief technology officer of Vizio, about what the company thinks of some TV vendors adding support for Apple's AirPlay 2,...
02:01 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot So You Automated Your Coworkers Out of a Job
merbs writes: Automation is too often presented as a faceless, monolithic phenomenon -- but it's a human finger that ultimately pulls the trigger. Someone has to initiate the process that automates a ...
01:00 pm - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot AWS Launches Fully-Managed Document Database Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a fully-managed document database service, building the Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) to suppor...
10:00 am - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Blue Gems In Teeth Illuminate Women's Hidden Role In Medieval Manuscripts
brindafella writes: The jaw bone of a woman who died around 1000-1200 AD has specks of precious lapis lazuli (mineral) in the plaque of her teeth. This indicates that this woman would have licked the ...
07:00 am - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Wireless Tech Company Finds Way To Charge Drones In Flight
Global Energy Transmission (GET) co-founder William Kallamn says his wireless tech company has found a way to create a "power cloud" that can charge a drone while it's in flight. "The system comprises...
03:30 am - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot People Older Than 65 Share the Most Fake News, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Prince...
02:00 am - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Don't Expect A New Nvidia Shield Tablet Anytime Soon
During a small press gathering at CES in Las Vegas today, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said the company doesn't have any plans to resurrect the Shield Tablet, which launched in 2014, was last refreshed in ...
01:20 am - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Chrome's Ad Blocker Will Go Global On July 9
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today announced that Chrome's ad blocker is expanding across the globe starting on July 9, 2019. As with last year's initial ad blocker rol...
01:00 am - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot The Feds Cracked El Chapo's Encrypted Comms Network By Flipping His System Admin
With signs that the New York trial of notorious Mexican drug lord and alleged mass murderer Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is entering its end phase, prosecutors on Tuesday played copies of what they said ...
12:20 am - Thu, January 10, 2019
Slashdot Senators Call On FCC To Investigate Carriers Selling Location Data To Bounty Hunters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Tuesday, Motherboard revealed that major American telcos T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint are selling customer location data of users in an unreg...
11:40 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot American Cheese Surplus Reaches Record High
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there's a 1.4 billion-pound cheese surplus. "The glut, which at 900,000 cubic yards is the largest in U.S. history, means that there is enough cheese s...
11:00 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Apple Might Launch Its Long-Awaited TV Service In First Half of 2019
Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer that the company will announce new "services" this year, suggesting that Apple might be planning to launch its long-awaited TV service in the f...
10:20 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot New Windows Virtual Desktop Feature Will Finally Make the iPad Useful
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MSPoweruser: Last year Microsoft released Windows Virtual Desktop, an Azure-based service that delivers a multi-user Windows 10 experience on any operating sys...
09:43 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Astronomers Discover 13 New Fast Radio Bursts From Deep Space
Astronomers have detected 13 high-speed bursts of radio waves coming from deep space -- including one that regularly repeats. While the exact sources remain unknown, the new bevy of mysterious blasts ...
09:05 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Google Search Results Listings Can Be Manipulated For Propaganda
A feature of the Google search engine lets threat actors alter search results in a way that could be used to push political propaganda, oppressive views, or promote fake news. From a report: The featu...
08:27 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Security Firm Kaspersky, Which Has Been Accused by US of Working With Russian Spies, Helped Catch an Alleged NSA Data Thief
An anonymous reader shares a report: The 2016 arrest of a former National Security Agency contractor charged with a massive theft of classified data began with an unlikely source: a tip from a Russian...
07:33 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot AMD Announces Radeon VII, Its Next-Generation $699 Graphics Card
An anonymous reader shares a report: AMD has been lagging behind Nvidia for years in the high-end gaming graphics card race, to the point that it's primarily been pushing bang-for-the-buck cards like ...
06:50 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot New Tool Automates Phishing Attacks That Bypass 2FA
A new penetration testing tool published at the start of the year by a security researcher can automate phishing attacks with an ease never seen before and can even blow through login operations for a...
06:40 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Kenya Will Start Teaching Chinese To Elementary School Students From 2020
Kenya will teach Mandarin in classrooms in a bid to improve job competitiveness and facilitate better trade and connection with China. From a report: The country's curriculum development institute (KI...
05:30 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot No Tuition, but You Pay a Percentage of Your Income (if You Find a Job)
What if there were a way to eliminate student debt? No, really. Student debt reached a new height last year -- a whopping $1.5 trillion. A typical student borrower will have $22,000 in debt by graduat...
04:44 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Cambridge Analytica's Parent Pleads Guilty To Breaking UK Data Law
Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Elections, has been fined 15,000 Pound (roughly $19,000) in a UK court after pleading guilty to failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the nat...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Amazon, Apple and Google Steal The Show at CES
An anonymous reader shares a report: The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and this week's CES is clearly showing how what was once the way companies did business, has changed, and at the same time, wha...
03:25 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Cancer in America Is Way Down, For the Wealthy Anyway
The good news is that cancer in America was beaten back over the 25 years ending 2016, with death rates plummeting, particularly when it comes to the four most common types of the dreaded affliction. ...
02:45 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Natural Gas is Now Getting in the Way; US Carbon Emissions Increase by 3.4%
AmiMoJo shares a report: "The US was already off track in meeting its Paris Agreement targets. The gap is even wider headed into 2019." That's the dire news from Rhodium Group, a research firm that re...
02:01 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Google Home Gets Real-Time Interpretations For 27 languages
Google Assistant has announced the introduction of real-time translations with Google Home speakers and third-party smart displays like those from JBL, Sony, and Lenovo. Interpretations will initially...
01:00 pm - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Phone Users Perturbed To Find They Can't Delete Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Nick Winke, a photographer in the Pacific northwest, was perusing internet forums when he came across a complaint that alarmed him: On certain Samsu...
10:00 am - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg's Resolution Is To Talk About Tech's Place In Society
In the past, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg challenged himself to create an AI assistant for his home and committed to learning Mandarin. This year he's planning to hold a number of public discussions a...
07:00 am - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Dell Alienware Area-51m Packs Desktop Hardware Into Powerful, Upgradeable Laptop
MojoKid writes: Dell just unveiled its latest desktop-replacement class notebook, the new Alienware Area-51m. Unlike most other notebooks, however, the Area-51m is actually packing an array of desktop...
03:30 am - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Preps For New Layoffs Despite Billions In Tax Breaks and Regulatory Favors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: AT&T is preparing for yet another significant round of layoffs according to internal documents obtained by Motherboard. The staff reductions c...
02:10 am - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Deep Pacific Waters Are Cooling Down Due To Centuries-Ago Little Ice Age, New Study Suggests
schwit1 quotes a report from The Inquisitr: Most of the world's waters may be warming as a result of climate change, but a new study shows that the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean still appear to b...
01:30 am - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Canada's Bell Telecommunications Company Wants Permission To Gather, Track Customer Data
Bell Canada is asking customers for permission to track everything they do with their home and mobile phones, internet, television, apps or any other services they get through Bell or its affiliates. ...
12:50 am - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot Software Developer Tops List of U.S. News & World Report's Annual Best Jobs Rankings
According to U.S. News and World Report's annual best jobs rankings, software developer is the top pick for the new year. "The publication's Best Jobs of 2019 list takes seven factors into account, in...
12:10 am - Wed, January 9, 2019
Slashdot The Impossible Burger 2.0 Is a Plant-Based Beef Replacement That Uses Soy Instead Wheat Protein To Take On New Forms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Science: During a press event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Impossible Foods showed off its new plant-based ground beef replacement by...
11:30 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Google Removes 85 Adware Apps That Were Installed By Millions of Users
Google has removed 85 Android apps from the official Play Store that security researchers from Trend Micro deemed to contain a common strain of adware. "The 85 apps had been downloaded over nine milli...
10:51 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot DARPA Wants To Build an AI To Find the Patterns Hidden in Global Chaos
A new program at DARPA is aimed at creating a machine learning system that can sift through the innumerable events and pieces of media generated every day and identify any threads of connection or nar...
10:10 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Says It Won't Launch Fake 5G Icons Like AT&T Did
Verizon and T-Mobile are calling out AT&T for starting a shady marketing tactic that labeled its 4G network as a 5G network. "In an open letter, in which AT&T is not named directly, Verizon sa...
09:30 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Has Suspected Ties To Front Companies In Iran and Syria, New Documents Reveal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company's susp...
08:47 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Connecting Your Bank Account To an App is Now a $3-Billion Business
When you link your checking account to Venmo or use it to buy bitcoin, a startup called Plaid is likely facilitating the connection with your bank. You punch in your user name and password; Plaid chec...
08:07 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Intel Demonstrates 10nm Ice Lake Processor, Promises PCs Will Ship With it Later this Year
Intel announced a major rethink of its chip design back in December, just before it finally delivers 10nm chips for PCs and laptops. At CES 2019 this week, Intel is demonstrating its first Ice Lake 10...
07:20 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot US Telcos Are Selling Access To Their Customers' Location Data, and That Data Reaches Bounty Hunters and Others Not Authorized To Possess It
T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers' location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them tra...
06:40 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot London's Heathrow Airport Halts Departures Over Drone Sighting
London's Heathrow Airport halted departures on Tuesday after a report of a drone sighting, less than a month after a similar event crippled operations at a major U.K. airport. From a report: "We are c...
06:01 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Google's New SMS and Call Permission Policy is Crippling Apps Used by Millions
Ryne Hager, writing for AndroidPolice: Late last year, Google decided it was time to crack down on apps requesting SMS and call log permissions. Ostensibly, exceptions would be granted for categories ...
05:25 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Proceedings Start Against Portland State University Professor Whose Carefully Crafted Fiction Helped Expose the Rot Within Some Sectors of Modern Academia
Peter Boghossian, an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University in Oregon, led a trio of scholars last year who submitted to leading publications what they called "intentionally br...
04:41 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Digital Hoarding Can Make Us Feel Just as Stressed and Overwhelmed as Physical Clutter, Research Suggests
Emerging research on digital hoarding -- a reluctance to get rid of the digital clutter we accumulate through our work and personal lives -- suggests that it can make us feel just as stressed and over...
04:01 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot IBM Tops 2018 Patent List as AI and Quantum Computing Gain Prominence
IBM earned a record 9,100 U.S. patents in 2018, marking the 26th year in a row the Armonk, New York-based company has been the top recipient. From a report: Samsung was second with 5,850 patents while...
03:20 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Reserve 7GB of Your Computer's Storage in its Next Major Release So That Big Updates Don't Fail
In the next major release of Windows 10, Microsoft will reserve 7GB of your device's storage to resolve a Windows 10 bug thrown up by Windows Update not checking whether a PC has enough storage space ...
02:40 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Pingdom Will Kill Its Free Website Monitoring Plan on February 6
Pingdom, a popular website monitoring and performance management service, will soon stop welcoming non-paying users. In an email sent to users today, Pingdom announced that it will be ending its free ...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Coinbase Suspends Ethereum Classic (ETC) Trading After Double-Spend Attacks
Cryptocurrency trading portal Coinbase delisted the Ethereum Classic (ETC) currency Monday after detecting a series of double-spend attacks over the last three days. From a report: In layman terms, do...
01:00 pm - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Politicians Cannot Block Social Media Foes, US Appeals Court Rules
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A federal appeals court said on Monday a Virginia politician violated the Constitution by temporarily blocking a critic from her Facebook page, a deci...
10:00 am - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot GitHub Free Users Now Get Unlimited Private Repositories
GitHub has always offered free accounts, but users were forced to make their code public. To get private repositories, you had to pay. Now, as TechCrunch reports, "Free GitHub users now get unlimited ...
07:00 am - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot LG Introduces Rollable OLED TV
One of the 2019 TV models LG outlined at its CES press conference today was the LG Signature OLED TV R (65R9), which has a display that can roll up and disappear into its base when you're not using it...
03:30 am - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Monarch Butterfly Numbers Plummet 86 Percent In California
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: The number of monarch butterflies turning up at California's overwintering sites has dropped by about 86 percent compared to only a year ago, accord...
02:10 am - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Companies Are Now Offering Seven Figures For Hacks That Allow Spies, Cops To Steal Chat App Messages
Zerodium, a startup that buys and sells hacking tools and exploits to governments around the world, announced on Monday price increases for almost everything they are looking for, such as iOS remote j...
01:30 am - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot AT&T, Dish, Comcast All Raising Cable TV Rates To Counter Cord-Cutting
AT&T's DirecTV, Dish, and Comcast are all planning to raise their rates again in the new year, "a move that could boost revenue but risks alienating subscribers who have been ditching their tradit...
12:50 am - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Sony Appears To Be Blocking Kodi On Its Recent Android TVs
Several reports indict that at least some of Sony's recent Android TVs are actively blocking Kodi, the open-source, cross-platform streaming and media player that allows you to access and play local, ...
12:03 am - Tue, January 8, 2019
Slashdot Disney Quietly Shut Down Babble, the Parenting Blog It Once Acquired For $40 Million
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Babble, a parenting blog that Disney acquired reportedly for about $40 million to help it target hipster parents, quietly ceased publishing in the ...
11:20 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Laptop Should I Buy For My First Employee?
vikingpower writes: Until now, yours truly has been running a one-man freelancer show. However, since January 1st the first employee is here, and of course I'm mighty proud of a stellarly clever young...
10:40 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot NVIDIA Launches $349 GeForce RTX 2060, Will Support Other Adaptive Sync Monitors
MojoKid writes from a report via Hot Hardware: NVIDIA launched a new, more reasonably-priced GeForce RTX card today, dubbed the GeForce RTX 2060. The new midrange graphics card will list for $349 and ...
10:03 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Seattle City Council Members Visit New York To Warn About Amazon HQ2
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Two politicians from Amazon's hometown traveled across the country to New York to deliver a cautionary message about the company's expansion in the ...
09:25 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm Says Over 30 5G-Enabled Devices Will Launch This Year
2019 will be "the year of 5G", Qualcomm says. The company today announced that over 30 5G devices, mostly smartphones, will launch in 2019. From a report: According to Qualcomm, the company has won al...
08:45 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Government Shutdown is Putting a Damper on Science in Seattle and Elsewhere
It's been called the "Super Bowl of Astronomy," but when the American Astronomical Society's winter meeting plays out in Seattle this week, some of the stars won't be taking the field. From a report: ...
08:05 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Misleads Customers by Updating Phones With Fake 5G Icon
As promised, AT&T has updated three smartphones from Samsung and LG to make them show 5G connectivity logos, even though none of them are capable of connecting to 5G networks. From a report: Now, ...
07:29 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot DuckDuckGo Denies Using Fingerprinting To Track Its Users
Mark Wilson writes: Responding to a forum post that accused it of 'fingerprinting users', privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo says that fears are unfounded and that it is not tracking its users. ...
06:51 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Will Soon Offer To Deliver Packages To Your Garage So They Don't Get Stolen
Amazon has a new way to prevent thieves from stealing packages. In early 2019, Amazon will offer to deliver packages right into your garage, the company announced Monday at CES. The service is called ...
06:00 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant Desperately Want To Help You Do Your Routine -- But it Takes Too Much Programming and There Are Still Too Many Holes
Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa are rapidly increasing their reach, and Apple's Siri is supposedly getting smarter. But all of these AI assistants are still too clumsy in day to day. David Pierc...
05:21 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot HP's Omen 15 is the First Gaming Laptop With a 240Hz Display
HP has just upped the refresh rate ante with its latest Omen 15. From a report: The company says it's the world's first gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch 1080p 240Hz IPS display, meaning it should stay a...
04:41 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot AMD's New 12nm Ryzen Laptop Chips Look To Put the Pressure on Intel
AMD has been pushing its Ryzen lineup of processors for a few years now, with the company looking to put pressure on Intel's seemingly unbeatable hold on the chip landscape. From a report: At CES 2019...
04:00 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Google Says Assistant Will Be On a Billion Devices By the End of the Month, Up From Around 400 Million Devices Last Year
Days after Amazon revealed that 100 million Alexa-enabled devices have been sold, Google said today that it expects the billionth device with its AI Assistant to be sold later this month. From a repor...
03:20 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot The Billion-Dollar Bet on the Future of Magnetic Storage
For several decades, the areal density of hard disks increased by an average of nearly 40 percent each year. But in recent years, that rate has slowed to around 10 percent. Seagate and Western Digital...
02:40 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Germany Reportedly Seeks US Assistance After Hacking Breach
German authorities sought help from the U.S. National Security Agency after discovering that hackers had released private data linked to Chancellor Angela Merkel and hundreds of other German politicia...
02:01 pm - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny
New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China's access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups, as both investors and startup founders aban...
11:30 am - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Breaks Ground on Tesla's Shanghai Factory
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong celebrated on Monday the ground breaking of the electric automaker's first non-U.S. factory. From a report: "China is becoming the global leader in ele...
11:10 am - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Breaks Ground on Tesla's Shanghai Factory
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong celebrated on Monday the ground breaking of the electric automaker's first non-U.S. factory. From a report: "China is becoming the global leader in ele...
09:30 am - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot National Parks Face Years of Damage From Government Shutdown
When the government eventually reopens, park experts warn reversing damage won't be as easy as throwing out the trash. From a report: National parks are America's public lands, but right now they're A...
05:01 am - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot FBI Investigating Fake Texts Sent To GOP House Members
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating fake text messages sent to some House Republican lawmakers from someone impersonating a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, WSJ reported. From t...
01:01 am - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Lenovo's Chairman Says Worst is Over For PC Giant
It has taken almost four years but China's Lenovo Group has begun to see some rewards from the multibillion dollar acquisitions of IBM's commodity server business and Google's Motorola Mobility smartp...
12:01 am - Mon, January 7, 2019
Slashdot Vinyl and Cassette Sales Continued To Grow Last Year
Albums sold on vinyl and cassette both saw a growth in sales according to BuzzAngle Music's End-Year Report profiling U.S. music industry consumption for 2018. From a report: Vinyl sales grew by just ...
11:00 pm - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Smart TVs Will Support Apple AirPlay 2 and iTunes Videos in Spring 2019
If the late 2018 deal that brought Apple Music to Amazon Echo speakers wasn't surprising enough, Samsung today announced a similar partnership with Apple for 2018 and 2019 Samsung Smart TVs: support f...
10:00 pm - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot LG Unveils 88-inch 8K TV That Doubles as a Giant Speaker
Last year LG Display unveiled a rollable OLED TV prototype, which is reportedly becoming a real retail product in 2019. This year they're at it again with a giant 8K OLED set that doubles as a speaker...
09:10 pm - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Google Drive Has a Serious Spam Problem, But Google Says a Fix is Coming
Google Drive has a pretty bad spam problem, and it seems Google doesn't care. Spammers can share files that automatically appear in your Drive, and there's no way to stop it. From a report: Google Dri...
08:33 pm - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot NSA To Release a Free Reverse Engineering Tool
The US National Security Agency will release a free reverse engineering tool at the upcoming RSA security conference that will be held at the start of March, in San Francisco. From a report: The softw...
06:23 pm - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot AMD Gets Serious About Chromebooks at CES 2019
An anonymous reader shares a report: AMD's early CES 2019 announcements brought us some updates on its laptop processors, which include a targeted attempt to capture some of the growing cheap Chromebo...
05:20 pm - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Apple Took Out a CES Ad To Troll Its Competitors Over Privacy
An anonymous reader shared a report: Historically, Apple hasn't had an official presence at CES. It's not surprising given the company's success at hosting and hyping its own product launch events -- ...
04:25 pm - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot As Smartphones and Internet Connections Rise in Africa, So Does Entertainment Streaming
Growing smartphone and internet penetration across many African countries saw global streaming companies make a deeper play for audiences here this year. From a report: Netflix signaled its interest i...
03:01 pm - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Will BitTorrent's Paid 'Fast Lane' Violate 'Net Neutrality'?
BitTorrent and TRON have an ambitious plan to improve the BitTorrent protocol. Not only will users be financially rewarded for seeding, but they can also pay for faster access. While this may sound go...
02:01 pm - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Screen Time Not Intrinsically Bad For Children, Say Doctors
Spending time looking at screens is not intrinsically bad for children's health, say the UK's leading children's doctors, who are advising parents to focus on ensuring their children get enough sleep,...
12:34 pm - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Giant Plastic Trap Breaks, Gets Towed Back To Land
The "Ocean Cleanup" project deployed a 2,000-foot floating debris trap in September near a drifting plastic patch in the Pacific Ocean that's twice as big as Texas. It broke. An anonymous reader quote...
08:34 am - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Grindr Harassment Victim Asks: Are Tech Companies Immune From Product Liablity Laws?
Why is Grindr being sued by Matthew Herrick, an aspiring actor working in a restaurant in New York? "His former partner created fake profiles on the app to impersonate Herrick and then direct men to s...
05:34 am - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Ars Technica's 2019 'Deathwatch' List Includes Essential and 'Facebook Management'
The editors of Ars Technica have announced their annual "Deathwatch" list, identifying "companies, tech, and trends least likely to succeed in 2019." An anonymous reader quotes their report:The past y...
02:34 am - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Anti-Tesla Pickup Truck Drivers Take Over a Supercharger Station -- Again
An anonymous reader quotes Electrek:In what is quickly becoming a problem for some Tesla drivers, pickup truck drivers have again taken over a Supercharger station and yelled profanities in what appea...
12:34 am - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Will the End of Moore's Law Halt AI Progress?
johnnyb (Slashdot reader #4,816) writes:Kurzweil's conception of "The Singularity" has been at the forefront of the media conception of artificial intelligence for many years now. But how close is tha...
12:04 am - Sun, January 6, 2019
Slashdot Possible Superconductivity In the Brain?
"The unprecedented power of the brain suggests that it may process information quantum-mechanically," according to a new research paper. Long-time Slashdot reader time961 writes: Pavlo Mikheenko, a su...
11:34 pm - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot GM and DoorDash Announce Self-Driving Cars Delivering Food In San Francisco
"General Motors is partnering with DoorDash to enable on-demand food deliveries via driverless cars," reports VentureBeat. An anonymous reader quotes their report:The duo announced that a pilot delive...
10:34 pm - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot $1.4 Million Raised on GoFundMe For 'Garbage' Homeopathy Cancer Treatment Scams
"Medical crowdfunding has become a billion-dollar industry practically overnight, led by sites like GoFundMe," reports Gizmodo, citing new research on its dark side: over a million dollars in donation...
09:34 pm - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot Even More Americans Have Stopped Biking To Work
The percentage of Americans biking to work has dropped for the third year straight, reports the U.S. Census Bureau. An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:Nationally, the percentage of people who say th...
08:34 pm - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot Eben Upton Remembers The Years Before the First Raspberry Pi
Tech Republic re-visits the story of the earliest attempts to build the Raspberry Pi, and the dramatic launch of a quest "to rekindle the curiosity about computing in a generation immersed in technolo...
07:34 pm - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot Linux For Cars: Tesla Isn't The Only Automaker Running Linux Under the Hood
ZDNet reports that by 2020, "many, if not most, new cars will be running with Linux."While some companies, like Tesla, run their own homebrew Linux distros, most rely on Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). ...
06:34 pm - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is LinkedIn Still Relevant?
LinkedIn had 590 million members -- though back in 2016 Microsoft conceded that less than 25% of the service's members were active. Yet CNBC recently shared estimates that 95% of recruiters are using ...
05:34 pm - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot NASA's Photos of Ultima Thule Suggest Long-Ago Moons
"Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission released the first detailed images of the most distant object ever explored," reports the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (which is operating the spacecr...
04:34 pm - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot NVIDIA Slapped With Class Action Lawsuit Tied To Cryptocurrency Implosion
Long-time Slashdot reader foxalopex writes:It looks like Nvidia is going to be hit with a class action for investors who lost big when their stock price crashed more than 50% due to an overstock of GP...
03:34 pm - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot What Happened When Automation Came To General Motors?
General Motors was once the world's most profitable company -- for two decades -- and by 1970 its revenue was $22.8 billion (or $152 billion in today's dollars). But five weeks ago GM announced that i...
01:00 pm - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot China To Launch Self-Driving Bullet Trains That Will Travel At 217 MPH
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: China will introduce the world's first driverless trains to run at speeds of up to 217 mph (350 km/h) on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway line....
10:00 am - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot NASA Drops Spacecraft Into Orbit Around Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Bennu
NASA's asteroid-chasing Osiris-Rex spacecraft has been placed in an orbit around Bennu, an asteroid that drifts through the solar system's asteroid belt between Earth and Mars. "By inserting itself in...
07:00 am - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Is Coming Later This Month
The "super blood wolf moon eclipse" is coming to a sky near you later this month. "The total lunar eclipse will start late on Sunday, Jan. 20 and finish early on Monday, Jan. 21," reports USA Today. S...
03:30 am - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot Will the World Embrace Plan S, the Radical Proposal To Mandate Open Access To Science Papers?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: How far will Plan S spread? Since the September 2018 launch of the Europe-backed program to mandate immediate open access (OA) to scientific ...
01:30 am - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot Pepsi Is Testing a Snack Delivery Robot On Select College Campuses
MojoKid writes: College students used to have to fend for themselves at the campus convenient store but soon may have the snacks coming to them courtesy of a new delivery service. The PepsiCo Hello Go...
12:50 am - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Fool ReCAPTCHA With Google's Own Speech-To-Text Service
Researchers at the University of Maryland have managed to trick Google's reCaptcha system by using Google's own speech-to-text service. "[The researchers] claim that their CAPTCHA-fooling method, unCa...
12:10 am - Sat, January 5, 2019
Slashdot YouTube's Biggest Stars Are Pushing a Shady Polish Gambling Site
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Beast: Untold riches are promised on Mystery Brand, a website that sells prize-filled "mystery boxes." If you buy one of the digital boxes, some of w...
11:30 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Link Between Social Media and Depression Stronger In Teen Girls Than Boys, Study Says
According to a new study published in the journal EClinicalMedicine, the link between social media use and depressive symptoms in 14-year-olds may be much stronger for girls than boys. CNN reports: Am...
10:51 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Says 100 Million Alexa Devices Have Been Sold
More than 100 million devices with Alexa on board have been sold. From a report: That's the all-too-rare actual number that Amazon's SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, revealed to me earlier this...
10:10 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Netflix's New iTunes Billing Policy Will Curb a $256 Million Revenue Stream For Apple
Early last year, Netflix allowed some iOS users in more than two dozen markets to bypass the iTunes payment method as part of an experiment. The streaming company is now incorporating the change globa...
09:30 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Ethereum Plans To Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption By 99 Percent
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Ethereum mining consumes a quarter to half of what Bitcoin mining does, but that still means that for most of 2018 it was using roughly as much ...
08:53 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot The Weather Channel App Sued Over Claims it Sold Location Data; The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office Claims App Has Repeatedly Violated Privacy of Consumers
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office issued a cloudy forecast with the possibility of civil penalties for the popular Weather Channel app on Friday, claiming it repeatedly violated the privacy of co...
08:15 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Miners Say They Dig AI But the Gold Rush Hasn't Come
An anonymous reader shares a report: The chairman of Barrick Gold Corp made a bold prediction in late 2017: With the help of artificial intelligence and other digital tools, the world's largest gold m...
07:35 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot White House Advisor Kudlow Says Apple Technology May Have Been 'Picked Off' by China
Fred Imbert, writing for CNBC: Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, said Friday that Apple's technology may have been stolen by the Chinese. "I don't want to surmise too much here,...
06:59 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot How YouTube's Domination of Streaming Clips the Market's Wings
New report from Midia Research firm looks at music fans' behavior in the third quarter of 2018. From the report: YouTube is the dominant music streaming platform, with 55% of consumers regularly watch...
06:15 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Robots Are Taking Some Jobs, But Not All: World Bank
Some Amazon stores have no cashiers, and Waymo is testing self-driving taxis. Are robots taking our jobs? It depends on what you do and where you do it, according to a new report by the World Bank rel...
05:37 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Loon's Balloons Will Fly Over Kenya in First Commercial Telecom Tryout
Kenya runs on mobile phones. And yet, outside of major cities like Nairobi, the infrastructure for mobile telephony is lacking. That's why, in 2019, telecommunications provider Telkom Kenya will begin...
04:57 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Marriott Says Hackers Stole More Than 5 Million Passport Numbers
Marriott has downsized its original estimate on a major data breach, but the number of people affected is still historic. The hotel group announced Friday that it now believes hackers accessed the rec...
04:08 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Hyundai Joins the Linux Foundation To Embrace AGL's Open Source Connected Car Tech
Hyundai has become the latest car company to explore serious open source alternatives for developing its in-car services. From a report: Ahead of CES 2019, the South Korean automotive giant today anno...
03:26 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Once Considered Outlandish, the Idea That Plants Help Their Relatives is Taking Root
An anonymous reader shares a report: A Canadian biologist planted the seed of the idea more than a decade ago, but many plant biologists regarded it as heretical -- plants lack the nervous systems tha...
02:47 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Hundreds of German Lawmakers Targeted in Mass Cyber Attack
A stolen cache of personal information belonging to nearly 1,000 German politicians -- including outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel -- has been leaked, according to a report published Thursday. From a ...
02:08 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Album Sales Are Dying as Fast as Streaming Services Are Rising
In 2018, Best Buy decided to stop selling CDs, with the change partly brought on by record labels' increasing reluctance to even issue them. Both choices are symptoms as well as causes of a seemingly ...
01:00 pm - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Washington Could Become the First State To Compost the Dead
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Washington could become the first state to embrace another funerary practice by making it legal to compost the dead. The method is called "recompo...
10:00 am - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Security Researcher Cracks Google's Widevine DRM (L3 Only)
The L3 protection level of Google's Widevine DRM technology has been cracked by a British security researcher who can now decrypt content transferred via DRM-protected multimedia streams. ZDNet's Cata...
07:00 am - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot AI-Equipped Cameras Will Help Spot Wildlife Poachers Before They Can Kill
Conservation nonprofit Resolve is using AI-equipped cameras to act as remote park rangers and help spot wildlife poachers before they kill endangered animals. "Today, Resolve announced a new custom-ma...
03:30 am - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Have 'Hacked Photosynthesis' To Boost Crop Growth By 40 Percent
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: There's a big molecule, a protein, inside the leaves of most plants. It's called Rubisco, which is short for an actual chemical name that's very long and ...
02:20 am - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Texas Has Enough Sun and Wind To Quit Coal, Rice Researchers Say
According to new research from Rice University, Texas has enough natural patterns of wind and sun to operate without coal. "Scientists found that between wind energy from West Texas and the Gulf Coast...
01:40 am - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot App Store Breaks Records, Customers Spent $1.22 Billion In One Week
During the holiday season, Apple's App Store broke records with customers spending over $1.22 billion between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. On New Year's Day alone customers spent $322 million, se...
01:00 am - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Ajit Pai Cancels Trip To CES Amid Government Shutdown
For the second year in a row, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will not be attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show. According to Politico Pro, Pai and Commissioner Brendan Carr are canceling their appeara...
12:20 am - Fri, January 4, 2019
Slashdot Google's Fuchsia OS Confirmed To Have Android App Support Via Android Runtime
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: We've long suspected that Google's upcoming operating system, Fuchsia, would join the ranks of Chrome OS (and Android) in its support for Android a...
11:40 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot OSNews Suffered 'Likely' Data Breach, Contemplated Going Offline Permanently
hmckee writes: OSNews was offline for a few days for upgrades. It is now back up with a message that indicates they encountered a data breach and considered going offline for good due to maintenance a...
11:03 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Pull Some iPhones From German Stores After Qualcomm Enforces Ban
Qualcomm is enforcing a court order banning the sale of some iPhones in Germany that violate its patents on power-saving technology. As a result, Apple is likely going to pull some iPhone models from ...
10:25 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot The Lies Comcast Allegedly Told Customers To Hide Full Cost of Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A new lawsuit filed against Comcast details an extensive list of lies the cable company allegedly told customers in order to hide the full cost o...
09:45 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Video Services May Use AI To Crack Down on Password Sharing
An anonymous reader shares a report: Still using your ex-roommates cable credentials to watch "Game of Thrones?" That may soon be getting a lot harder, thanks to new efforts to crack down on password ...
09:06 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot New Evernote CEO Vows To Spend 2019 Fixing Note-Taking App's Long List of Problems
Rather than serving up platitudes about innovation, the man charged with saving former unicorn Evernote says his priority this year is addressing the long list of user complaints. From a report: Despi...
08:20 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is Privately Testing 'Bali,' a Way To Give Users Control of Data Collected About Them
Microsoft is working on a project codenamed "Bali," which is designed to give users control of data collected about them. The project is a Microsoft Research incubation effort and seems to be in priva...
07:40 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Google Shifted $23 Billion To Tax Haven Bermuda in 2017, Filing Shows
schwit1 shares a report: Google moved 19.9 billion euros ($22.7 billion) through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda in 2017, as part of an arrangement that allows it to reduce its foreign tax bill, acco...
06:55 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre
Throughout 2018, researchers inside and outside Intel continued to find exploitable weaknesses related to Meltdown and Spectre class of "speculative execution" vulnerabilities. Fixing many of them tak...
06:15 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Tim Cook to Investors: People Bought Fewer New iPhones Because They Repaired Their Old Ones
On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a dire warning to his investors. Apple, the world's first trillion dollar company, lowered its revenue forecast for the first time since 2002, thanks primarily ...
05:35 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot BitTorrent Loses Recent CEO, Adds Crypto-Currency To uTorrent
Longtime BitTorrent executive and recent CEO Rogelio Choy left the company just 6 months after its acquisition by blockchain entrepreneur Justin Sun. Coincidentally, Choy's departure comes just as Bit...
04:54 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: An Android or iOS App For Boosting the Volume of Speech-Impaired Person?
dryriver writes: A relative of mine has been left with extremely low speech volume -- about 25% of a normal speaker -- and lack of high pitch capability after a major throat surgery. He cannot speak o...
04:12 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Video Games Now Account For More Than Half of UK Entertainment Market
The video games sector now accounts for more than half of the entertainment market in UK, according to new figures. From a report: The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) said the gaming market'...
03:34 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Paul Whelan, American Accused of Spying, is Said to Be Charged in Russia
Russian investigative agencies on Thursday indicted Whelan, a 48-year-old former U.S. Marine, on charges of spying, Interfax cited an informed source as saying. From a report: Mr. Whelan's lawyer, Vla...
02:45 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Data of 2.4 Million Blur Password Manager Users Left Exposed Online
Abine, the company behind the Blur password manager and the DeleteMe online privacy protection service, revealed on Monday a data breach impacting nearly 2.4 million Blur users, ZDNet reports. From th...
02:02 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot China 'Lifts Mysterious Veil' by Landing Probe on Far Side of the Moon
A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon on Thursday, China's space agency said, hailing the event as a historic first and a major achievement for the country's spac...
02:01 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Announces Its First Exynos-Branded Auto V9 Processor, Partners With Audi
Samsung is starting the year off with a push to expand the reach of its chips. The company today announced Exynos Auto V9, its first auto-branded processor under the Exynos umbrella, as it looks to ga...
01:00 pm - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Sony Promises Better Face Identification Through Depth-Sensing Lasers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Speaking with Bloomberg last week, Sony's sensor division boss Satoshi Yoshihara said Sony plans to ramp up production of chips to power front and r...
10:00 am - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Apple Receives a New Patent For 'Smart Fabric'
MikeChino writes: Is Apple branching out into clever clothing? On January 1, 2019, the tech giant was awarded an original design patent for "Fabric." First filed for in September 2016, the "Fabric" pa...
08:30 am - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot NASA Releases First Clear Images of Distant Kuiper Belt Object
NASA's New Horizons team has released the promised first images from its history-making flyby of (486958) 2014 MU69. "The snapshots, captured from as close at 17,000 miles away, show that the 21-mile-...
07:00 am - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot China Successfully Lands Spacecraft On Far Side of the Moon
State news agency Xinhua reports that China has successfully landed its Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the far side of the moon on Thursday morning, Beijing time, becoming the first country in history to tou...
03:30 am - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Apple Says It Could Miss $9 Billion In iPhone Sales Due To Weak Demand
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Apple CEO Tim Cook published a letter to investors today warning of weaker than expected first-quarter earnings, citing "fewer iPhone upgrades than ...
01:30 am - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Wireless 'Pacemaker For the Brain' Could Offer New Treatment For Neurological Disorders
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new neurostimulator that can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-t...
12:50 am - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Ajit Pai Thanks Congress For Helping Him Kill Net Neutrality Rules
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today thanked Congress for preventing the U.S. government from enforcing net neutrality rules. "The Pai-led Federal Communications Commission repealed Obama-era net neutrality ru...
12:10 am - Thu, January 3, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Are Taking Over Chromecasts To Promote a YouTube Channel
In what is being referred to as CastHack, hackers j3ws3r and HackerGiraffe are promoting Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg by forcing TVs to display a message encouraging people to subscribe to his YouTube ...
11:30 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Iran Extends Social Media Crackdown With Move To Bar Instagram
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Authorities in Iran are preparing to block access to Instagram, extending their crackdown on social media to the only major platform still freely av...
10:50 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Will Cut Prices To Combat Tax Credit Phase Out
Tesla is cutting its car prices in the United States by $2,000 to combat a cut in a federal tax credit for its buyers. "Tesla triggered the tax credit phase-out in July when it became the first car ma...
10:10 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Oregon Unconstitutionally Fined a Man $500 for Saying 'I am an Engineer,' Federal Judge Rules
A federal district court has ruled that the state of Oregon illegally infringed on a man's First Amendment rights for fining him $500 because he wrote "I am an engineer" in a 2014 email to the state's...
09:30 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Almost a Third of New Cars Sold In Norway Last Year Were Pure Electric
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric, a new world record as the country strives to end sales of fossil-fueled vehicl...
08:51 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot USB Type-C Authentication Program Launched
With the arrival of USB-C a few years back, plugging into laptops, tablets and smartphones became even easier than before. But there are potential security risks. The USB Type-C Authentication Program...
08:11 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Threaten To Dump Insurance Files Related To 9/11 Attacks
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Monday, New Year's Eve, a hacker group announced it had breached a law firm handling cases related to the September 11 attacks, and threatened to publicly relea...
07:30 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Fortnite Star Ninja Says He Raked in Millions of Dollars Last Year
In case you needed another reminder that Fortnite was the biggest game of 2018, esports star Ninja says he racked up millions of dollars playing it last year. From a report: Tyler Blevins, aka Ninja, ...
06:50 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot 'Star Control: Origins' Pulled From Steam And GOG Following DMCA Claim
PC gaming stores Steam and GOG have took down the video game Star Control: Origins following DMCA takedown notices issued by two designers of the original Star Control games, Fred Ford and Paul Reiche...
06:11 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Earth is Missing a Huge Part of Its Crust. Now We May Know Why.
A fifth of Earth's geologic history might have vanished because planet-wide glaciers buried the evidence. From a report: The Grand Canyon is a gigantic geological library, with rocky layers that tell ...
05:30 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Be it Smartwatches or Smart Speakers, It's Never Been Easier To Make Gadgets. But Only the Big Players Have the Muscle To Survive.
Why would you go with the smaller brand, faced with those offerings from tech's behemoths? Or, at the previous displays, why not just buy the cheaper models? Charles Arthur, writing for The Guardian: ...
04:55 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot GIMP Developers Outline Plan For 2019
The GIMP developers on Wednesday published a blog post in which they look back at the year 2018 (release of GIMP 2.10) and outline the things that they intend to get around this year. From the post: W...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Thunderbird Outlines Plans For 2019: Addressing UI Lags, Performance Issues; Improved 3rd-Party Email Integration, Encryption Usability
For years, Mozilla has largely neglected development of Thunderbird, an email client it owns. But the company, which grew its team to eight staff last year, says it plans to address most of the issues...
03:31 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot The Commerce Department is Considering National Security Restrictions on AI
An anonymous reader shares a report: A common belief among tech industry insiders is that Silicon Valley has dominated the internet because much of the worldwide network was designed and built by Amer...
02:40 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Why the West Coast Is Suddenly Beating the East Coast on Transportation
The subways on the East Coast that allowed New York, Washington and Boston to thrive are showing their age and suffering from years of neglect, while cities on the West Coast are moving quickly to exp...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Popular App Weather Forecast Collects Too Much User Data and is Attempting To Subscribe Some Users To Paid Services Without Permission
A popular weather app built by a Chinese tech conglomerate has been collecting an unusual amount of data from smartphones around the world and attempting to subscribe some users to paid services witho...
10:05 am - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Google Wins US Approval For Radar-Based Hand Motion Sensor
Alphabet's Google unit has won the approval from U.S. regulators to deploy a radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli. From a report: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in...
05:00 am - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot A Flexible Way To Convert Waste Heat To Electricity
A research group in Japan has developed an inexpensive, large-scale and flexible thermoelectric generator (FlexTEG) that has high mechanical reliability and can convert heat into electricity efficient...
12:30 am - Wed, January 2, 2019
Slashdot Google Wins Dismissal of Suit Over Facial Recognition Software
A lawsuit filed against Google by users who said the world's largest search engine violated their privacy by using facial recognition technology was dismissed by a judge on Saturday. From a report: U....
11:05 pm - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot First-Ever UEFI Rootkit Tied To Sednit APT
Researchers hunting cyber-espionage group Sednit (an APT also known as Sofacy, Fancy Bear and APT28) say they have discovered the first-ever instance of a rootkit targeting the Windows Unified Extensi...
10:04 pm - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot Trump's Tech Battle With China Roils Bill Gates Nuclear Venture
Add Bill Gates to the list of executives whose businesses have been ensnared by the Trump administration's battle with China over technology and trade. From a report: The tech tycoon and philanthropis...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Passes Windows 7 in Market Share
An anonymous reader writes: More than three years after its release, Windows 10 has passed Windows 7 in market share. That means more desktop computers are now running Microsoft's latest and greatest ...
08:02 pm - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot Caltech Scientists Use DNA Tiles To Play Tic-Tac-Toe at the Nanoscale
An anonymous reader shares a report: An innovation at Caltech allows scientists to play a virtual "tic-tac-toe" game with individual strands of DNA, providing a new way to experiment with DNA sequenci...
07:07 pm - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot The Old Guard of Mac Indy Apps Has Thrived For More Than 25 Years
Glenn Fleishman, writing for MacWorld: It seems like it was only yesterday that I first used BareBones Software's BBEdit, but in actuality, yesterday is so far away -- 25 years, in fact. With all the ...
06:01 pm - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot Chrome on Windows 10 To Get Dark Mode Feature Soon
Last year, Google pushed 'dark mode', a feature that replaces the shiny, whitespace background on a web page with a dark color, to its Android operating system and YouTube service. The company is now ...
05:01 pm - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot Australian Autonomous Train is Being Called The 'World's Largest Robot'
schwit1 shares a report: Mining corporation Rio Tinto says that an autonomous rail system called AutoHaul that it's been developing in the remote Pilbara region of Australia for several years is now e...
03:59 pm - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot NASA Spacecraft Confirms Successful Flyby of Distant Solar System Object
NASA received a critical signal from one of its most distant spacecrafts this morning, confirming that the vehicle has just flown by a tiny frozen rock in the outer reaches of the Solar System. From a...
03:20 pm - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot Economists Calculate the True Value of Facebook To Its Users in New Study
A series of auctions revealed that Facebook users value the company's service so highly that it would take on average more than $1,000 to convince them to deactivate their accounts for a year, accordi...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg-Funded Researchers Test Implantable Brain Devices
Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife Priscilla Chan have sold close to 30 million shares of Facebook to fund an ambitious biomedical research project, called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI),...
10:30 am - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot Apple's AirPower, Unveiled in September 2017, Officially Misses 2018 Shipping Deadline
From a 9to5Mac report: As the new year begins in Pacific Time, where Apple's Cupertino headquarters are based, the AirPower charging mat has officially missed its 2018 release window. The charging mat...
05:30 am - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Make a Fake Hand to Beat Vein Authentication
Devices and security systems are increasingly using biometric authentication to let users in and keep hackers out, be that fingerprint sensors or perhaps the iPhone's FaceID. Another method is so-call...
02:32 am - Tue, January 1, 2019
Slashdot The EU is Banning Almost All Coal Mining on Jan 1
Every unprofitable coal mine in the European Union must cease production by the first day of 2019, the date on which all public funds for the mines will come to an end. From a report: In Spain, that m...
10:30 pm - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Mozilla Says Ad on Firefox's New Tab Page Was Just Another Experiment
Some Firefox users yesterday started seeing an ad in the desktop version of the browser. It offers users a $20 Amazon gift card in return for booking your next hotel stay via Booking.com. VentureBeat ...
09:14 pm - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot FCC To Suspend Most Operations Thursday if the Partial Government Shutdown Continues
The Federal Communications Commission will suspend most operations in the middle of the day January 3 if the partial government shutdown continues, the agency has announced [PDF]. In a statement, it s...
08:12 pm - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Google is Working on a Fix For Laggy Tablet Mode on Chrome OS Devices
An anonymous reader shares a report: Chrome OS was originally a laptop platform, but slowly it's being reworked for tablet form factors. However, as that goes on, there have been some hiccups. Most re...
07:13 pm - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot China Gets on the Bandwagon To Provide Global Satellite Internet
Over the weekend, China launched a satellite into low-earth orbit, the first step of a plan to provide global satellite internet to people who still don't have reliable access. From a report: Nearly 3...
06:01 pm - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Severn Bridge, a Main Route Between England and Wales, Shuts as Drone Flown From Tower
A main route between England and Wales was closed after a man climbed a bridge and flew a drone from the top. An anonymous reader shares a report: Traffic was stopped on the M48 -- the older of two Se...
05:00 pm - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Sony Boosts 3D Camera Output After Interest From Phone Makers
Sony, the biggest maker of camera chips used in smartphones, is boosting production of next-generation 3D sensors after getting interest from customers including Apple. From a report: The chips will p...
04:01 pm - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Scientists Drill Into 3,500 Feet of Ice To Reach a Mysterious Antarctic Lake
Late last week, a team of about 50 scientists, drillers, and support staff successfully punched through nearly 4,000 feet of ice to access an Antarctic subglacial lake for just the second time in huma...
03:01 pm - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Nancy Grace Roman, 'Mother Of Hubble' Space Telescope, Has Died, At Age 93
Russell Lewis, writing for NPR: When Nancy Grace Roman was a child, her favorite object to draw was the moon. Her mother used to take her on walks under the nighttime sky and show her constellations, ...
02:01 pm - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Did Apple Retail Prices Get Too High in 2018? Consumers Say Yes.
Apple has for years been a premium brand that rarely, if ever discounted products. Every year, the company could raise prices on products, and consumers would not only happily pay, but stand in long l...
11:08 am - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Why Huawei Gives the US and Its Allies Security Nightmares
Perhaps the most insightful piece that sums up why the U.S. and its allies are apprehensive of using Huawei's products. Six reasons, we are just highlighting the pointers, click on the source story to...
07:02 am - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Under Current Policies, Residential Batteries Increase Emissions In Most Cases
schwit1 shares a report: Another year, another reason to take the promises of residential home batteries with a grain of salt. This month, a group of researchers from the University of California San ...
03:00 am - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Stop Adding Cancer-Causing Chemicals To Bacon, Experts Tell Meat Industry
The reputation of the meat industry will sink to that of big tobacco unless it removes cancer-causing chemicals from processed products such as bacon and ham, a coalition of experts and politicians in...
12:01 am - Mon, December 31, 2018
Slashdot Lawrence Roberts, Who Helped Design Internet's Precursor, Dies at 81
In late 1966, a 29-year-old computer scientist drew a series of abstract figures on tracing paper and a quadrille pad. Some resembled a game of cat's cradle; others looked like heavenly constellations...