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11:03 pm - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot Robotics Startup Anki Shuts Down After Burning Through Almost $200 Million
Anki, the San Francisco startup behind AI-imbued robotics toys like Overdrive, Cozmo, and Vector, today shuttered its doors after raising close to $200 million in venture capital from Index Ventures, ...
10:01 pm - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Outlook Email Breach Targeted Cryptocurrency Users
Earlier this month, we learned that Microsoft's email services were compromised. Multiple victims now say that hackers stole their cryptocurrency. From a report: Now, multiple victims have come forwar...
09:00 pm - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot How an Obsolete Medical Device With a Security Flaw Became a Must-Have For Some Patients With Type 1 Diabetes
From a report on The Atlantic: In 2014, a few hackers realized that the security flaw in certain Medtronic pumps could be exploited for a DIY revolution. Type 1 diabetes is a disease where the pancrea...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot Cloud Database Removed After Exposing Details on 80 Million US Households
The addresses and demographic details of more than 80 million US households were exposed on an unsecured database stored on the cloud, independent security researchers have found. From a report: The d...
07:00 pm - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Bets on TV Shows for Families, Date Night in Media Push
Walmart already sells more TVs than anyone. Now it wants to make the shows you watch on them, too. From a report: The retailer plans to bankroll at least a half-dozen original programs over the next y...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot Propelled By Spread of Misinformation About Vaccines, Measles Outbreak Hits 'Completely Avoidable' 25-Year-High in the US
The number of measles cases in the United States has reached a 25-year peak, propelled by the spread of misinformation about the vaccine that can prevent the disease, federal health officials said on ...
05:00 pm - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Confirms It's Distancing Itself From Minecraft Creator 'Notch'
Minecraft creator Marcus 'Notch' Persson, who sold the title to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in 2014, won't be part of 10-year anniversary plans for the game because of his "comments and opinions," Micr...
04:01 pm - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot Google Hasn't Updated Android Distribution Data In 6 Months
An anonymous reader writes: The Android developer website hosts a distribution dashboard that details the adoption of Google's mobile operating system versions. With over 2 billion active Android devi...
03:00 pm - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot Apple Says It Restricted Screen Time-like Apps Due To Concerns Over Children Privacy
Apple has issued a rare public statement following a report by the New York Times on Saturday that alleged Apple was cracking down on apps that its Screen Time feature emulates. From a report: The Tim...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Thinks Millennials Want Vertical TVs
The latest addition to Samsung's TV range is the Sero, a 43-inch TV that was designed with the millennial generation in mind and therefore pivots between horizontal and vertical orientations. From a r...
11:34 am - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot Apple Watch Lost At Sea For 6 Months Returned To Owner In Working Condition
"A man who lost his Apple Watch in the ocean says he was surprised when it was returned to him after six months with all the data and apps still intact," according to a joint report from CNN and Los A...
07:34 am - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot 20 Years Ago, Microsoft Changed How We Mouse Forever'
Gizmodo contributing editor Andrew Liszewski remembers April 14, 1999, "when at the COMDEX expo in Las Vegas, a now-defunct trade show similar to today's CES, Microsoft announced its IntelliMouse Expl...
04:04 am - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot How Much Do Amazon Deliveries Contribute To Global Warming?
DevNull127 quotes The New Republic: It's no coincidence that the number of trucks on the road has doubled since Amazon launched in 1994. That's a huge deal for the climate, as Vox reported last year i...
01:39 am - Mon, April 29, 2019
Slashdot The Dead May Outnumber the Living on Facebook Within 50 Years
Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute predict the dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within 50 years -- with as many as 4.9 billion no-longer-living users before the end of the century. ...
11:38 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot Do Complex Systems Require Higher Safety Standards From Managers and Engineers?
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:Automotive emissions, nuclear power plants, airplanes, application platforms, and electrical grids all share one thing in common: they are very complex, highly co...
10:39 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot Teenager Claims Apple's In-Store Facial Recognition System Mistakenly Led To His Arrest
An 18-year-old from New York is suing Apple for $1 billion -- saying an erroneous facial recognition system in their stores wrongfully led to his arrest. An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post...
09:34 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot 'Avengers: Endgame' Shatters Box Office Records
Avengers: Endgame has already earned more money in just five days than 17 of the 21 previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe did in their entire theatrical run (including Captain Marvel). The W...
08:34 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Never Released Promised 'Clear History' Feature
Iwastheone tipped us off to a scathing editorial by the senior editor of Tom's Guide:Consider the F8 conference from a year ago that began with a prolonged apology over the Cambridge Analytica scandal...
07:34 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot Hydrogels Can Be 'Exercised' To Grow. Another Step Toward 'Soft' Robots
Materials researchers use synthetic hydrogels which mimic the features of human muscles -- they''re strong, soft, full of water, and resistant to fatigue. Now researchers have discovered they mimic hu...
06:34 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot A-EON Talks About The Future of The Amiga Platform
Mike Bouma (Slashdot reader #85,252) tipped us off to "Amiga present and future," an interview with Trevor Dickinson of A-EON Technology, a group funding ongoing hardware and software development for ...
05:34 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot Before Crash American Officials Had Twice Considered Grounding Boeing's 737 Max -- But Didn't
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider:Southwest Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials who monitor the carrier were unaware that a standard safety feature, designed to ...
04:34 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot Slack Warns Investors It's a Target For Nation-State Hacking
Slack said it faces threats from "sophisticated organized crime, nation-state, and nation-state supported actors" in an S-1 securities registration form published online Friday. An anonymous reader sh...
03:34 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot Electric Vehicles In Germany Emit More CO2 Than Diesel Ones, Study Shows
Driving an electric vehicle in Germany produces more CO2 emissions than driving a diesel vehicle, a new study claims. schwit1 quotes the Brussels Times:When CO2 emissions linked to the production of b...
02:34 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot United Airlines Covers All Cameras On Its Seatback Screens Following Outcry
United Airlines "has covered all the cameras in entertainment systems embedded in the backs of the airline's premium seats," reports BuzzFeed News. In a statement, a United Airlines spokesperson said:...
01:34 pm - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot Can You Build Your Own Mac?
"If you're sick of MacBooks but love MacOS, be brave and convert a new laptop into a Hackintosh with our exhaustive guide," writes Motherboard, in an article shared by eatmorekix:Perhaps it's the fact...
11:04 am - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot Does Open Source Have a 'Working For Free' Problem?
"Let's abandon the notion that open source is exclusively charity," writes Havoc Pennington, a free software engineer (and former Red Hat engineer) who's now a co-founder of Tidelift:Look around. We d...
07:34 am - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot High School Production of 'Alien' Suprised By Visit From Sigourney Weaver
An anonymous reader quotes ABC News: 'Alien: The Play' returned to the stage at North Bergen High School one month after it took the internet by storm -- thanks to its elaborate costumes, stage design...
04:35 am - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot The Mysterious History of the MIT License
Red Hat technology evangelist Gordon Haff explains why it's hard to say exactly when the MIT license created. Citing input from both Jim Gettys (author of the original X Window System) and Keith Packa...
01:34 am - Sun, April 28, 2019
Slashdot Should Airlines Weigh Passengers To Help Cut Carbon Emissions?
"The equation is simple: The heavier the plane, the more environmentally unfriendly the trip is," notes one report -- yet airplanes are still relying on estimates for their total weight. "A British te...
11:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot When Digital Textbooks Make College Students Pay to Turn In Their Homework
Slashdot reader jyosim writes:A professor at Arizona State U says he was let go from his teaching job in the economics department because he wouldn't embrace assigning homework software that he says "...
10:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Is Cyberwarfare War? Insurers Balk At Paying For Some Cyberattacks
From the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:In an era of unceasing cyberattacks, including cases of state-sponsored hacking, insurance companies are beginning to re-interpret an old line in their contr...
09:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Uber Admits It Wants To Take Riders Away From Public Transit
"Uber took down the taxi industry and now it wants a piece of public transit," reports CNN, in an article shared by dryriver:For years, as it aggressively entered new markets, Uber has maintained that...
08:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Designers Release 'Aweigh', An Open Source Alternative to GPS
"A team of student designers and engineers from the RCA and Imperial College have designed an open-source alternative to GPS, called Aweigh, that does not rely on satellites," reports the design magaz...
07:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot 'They're Basically Lying' - Mental Health Apps Caught Secretly Sharing Data
"Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google -- but often don't admit it in their privacy policies, a ...
06:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Algorithm Automatically Fires Inefficient Warehouse Workers
The Verge obtained Amazon documents detailing the firing of hundreds of warehouse workers who failed to live up to "a proprietary productivity metric." Those firings "are far more common than outsider...
05:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot 10% of Twitter Users Create 80% of the Tweets
In America, 10% of Twitter's users create 80% of its tweets, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center:The median user in the top 10% by tweet volume creates 138 tweets per month, "favorites...
04:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Four Whistleblowers Reported 737 Max Problems to the FAA After Fatal Crash
Four different Boeing employees called the whistleblower hotline at America's Federal Aviation Administration after a fatal crash in March, CNN reports:A source familiar with the matter says the hotli...
04:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot 'About a Dozen' Whistleblowers Reported Boeing 737 Max Problems to the FAA After Fatal Crash
UPDATE (4/28/19): Friday CNN reported that four different Boeing employees called the whistleblower hotline at America's Federal Aviation Administration after a fatal crash in March. But by Saturday t...
03:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Four Ways To Reduce Bad Scientific Research
An experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford argues that in two decades, "we will look back on the past 60 years -- particularly in biomedical science -- and marvel at how much time and mo...
02:34 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot After $702M Loss, Tesla Stock Sinks To Lowest Price in Two Years
Tesla stock price "slumped 5% on Friday to its lowest in two years," reports Reuters, citing in part "a pitch by Chief Executive Elon Musk on autonomous cars that failed to win over investors."Musk is...
01:00 pm - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot PepsiCo Sues Four Indian Farmers For Using Its Patented Lay's Potatoes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: PepsiCo has sued four Indian farmers for cultivating a potato variety that the snack food and drinks maker claims infringes its patent, the company an...
10:00 am - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot E-Trade Is Close To Launching Cryptocurrency Trading
E-Trade is getting ready to let its approximately five million customers trade cryptocurrencies on its platform, according to Bloomberg citing a person familiar with the matter. "The firm will start b...
07:00 am - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Live-Tweet Chilling Faux Asteroid Impact Scare
The world's top asteroid experts are gathering on Monday, April 29 at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in Washington D.C. to take part in a hypothetical asteroid impact exercise that will test ho...
03:30 am - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Comcast Usage Soars 34 Percent To 200GB a Month, Pushing Users Closer To Data Cap
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast said its customers' monthly Internet data usage increased 34 percent between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019, rising to a median of 200GB. The rise i...
01:25 am - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Makes Deal With SEC Not To Discuss Tesla's Finances Without a Lawyer's Approval
Two months after the SEC asked a federal judge to hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt for breaking terms of a settlement agreement with a tweet, the two have reportedly reached an agreement. Under th...
12:45 am - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Are 3D Games, VR/AR Still Rendered Using Polygons In 2019?
dryriver writes: A lot of people seem to believe that computers somehow need polygons, NURBS surfaces, voxels or point clouds "to be able to define and render 3D models to the screen at all." This isn...
12:03 am - Sat, April 27, 2019
Slashdot Apple Considered Purchasing Intel's Smartphone Modem Chip Business
Apple reportedly considered acquiring parts of Intel's smartphone modem chip business as they looked into ways to speed up their own efforts to build modem chips for smartphones. MacRumors reports: In...
11:20 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot FBI Searches Microbiome Testing Startup uBiome In Billing Probe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the offices of lab-test startup uBiome Inc. on Friday morning (Warnin...
11:00 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Google 'Thanos' For an Epic 'Avengers: Endgame' Easter Egg
Zorro shares a report from CBS News: If you're looking for more "Avengers: Endgame" content to fill the void until you get to see the movie, Google has the perfect Easter egg for you. Open Google, sea...
10:40 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Google Bans Developer With Half a Billion App Downloads From Play Store
Google is banning app developer DO Global and removing their apps from the Google Play Store after it discovered the company was committing ad fraud. "As of today, 46 apps from DO Global, which is par...
10:03 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Bitcoin Drops 7 Percent On Allegations of $850 Million Fraud By Bitfinex By New York Attorney General
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: The price of Bitcoin has dropped seven per cent after New York's Attorney General accused leading exchange Bitfinex of trying to hide $850 millio...
09:26 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Turnover Hits Apple's Famed Industrial Design Team
Apple's famous and close-knit industrial design team that works under design chief Jony Ive is undergoing major changes, WSJ reported this week. From the report: Rico Zorkendorfer and Daniele De Iulii...
08:46 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot A Bookstore, Finally, Comes To the Bronx
In no place Barnes & Noble's diminished fortune felt as intensely as it was in the Bronx, where gratitude for what it provided far outweighed snobbishness. From a report: Five years ago when Barne...
08:06 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Look and Interior of Future Self-Driving Cars?
In the not-so-distant future, pending regulatory approvals, self-driving cars will be everywhere. A handful of top companies are working to improve the reliability of their autonomous vehicles as we s...
07:27 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Founder of Voat, the 'Censorship-Free' Reddit, Begs Users To Stop Making Death Threats
New submitter scullyitsaliens writes: The Reddit clone Voat has reportedly been contacted by a "US agency" about threats being made on the censorship-free website, according to its founder Justin Chas...
06:48 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Zuckerberg Warns of Authoritarian Data Localization Trend
If free nations demand companies store data locally, it legitimizes that practice for authoritarian nations, which can then steal that data for their own nefarious purposes, according to Facebook CEO ...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Intel Starts Qualification of Ice Lake CPUs, Raises 10nm Volume Expectation for 2019
During its Q1 earnings call, Intel provided an update regarding its 10 nm process technology as well as the ramp up of its Ice Lake-U processor for notebooks, which is the company's first 10 nm design...
05:25 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Sinemia, a Would-be Rival To MoviePass, Shuts Down US Movie-Ticket Subscription Service
Sinemia, a would-be rival to MoviePass, is closing down its U.S. operations -- telling customers it could not find "a path to sustainability" amid legal headaches, competitive pressures and the challe...
04:45 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Amazon is Readying a High Fidelity Music Streaming Service: Report
Amazon is in discussion with various large music rights-holders regarding the launch of a high fidelity music streaming platform -- and that at least one major record company has already agreed to lic...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot KaiOS Takes on the iOS-Android Mobile Duopoly
An anonymous reader shares a report: Firefox browser made by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, was born as "Phoenix." It rose from the ashes of Netscape Navigator, slain by Microsoft's Internet Explo...
03:25 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Former Gmail Design Lead and Cofounder of Inbox Releases a Free Chrome Extension To Simplify Gmail Interface
An anonymous reader shares a report: Michael Leggett is even more annoyed with Gmail than you are. "It's like Lucky Charms got spewed all over the screen," he says to me, as he scrolls through his inb...
02:45 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Hundreds Of People At Two LA Universities Quarantined Due To Measles Exposure
Hundreds of students and faculty at two universities in Los Angeles have been asked to stay home unless they can prove that they've been vaccinated against measles. From a report: The LA campuses of t...
02:05 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Google Gives Free Security Keys to Activists, But Not if You're in Iran or Syria
An anonymous reader shares a report: Go to an activist, technologist, or journalist gathering, and you may find a free pile of Google's security keys, dubbed Titan. These are small devices a Gmail use...
01:00 pm - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot iFixit Pulls Galaxy Fold Teardown At Samsung's Request
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: What in the world is going on over at Samsung in the wake of the Galaxy Fold delay? The whole situation keeps refusing to normalize, and instead get...
10:00 am - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Chinese University Tests Fully Recoverable Hypersonic Winged Rocket
hackingbear shares a report: Xiamen University of China, in partnership with a private aerospace company in Beijing, claims to have launched and landed a hypersonic prototype winged rocket that could ...
07:00 am - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Measurements Confirm Universe Is Expanding Faster Than Expected
Slashdot reader The Snazster shares a report from ScienceDaily, reporting on materials provided by Johns Hopkins University: New measurements from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope confirm that the Univer...
03:30 am - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Discover What Powers Celestial Phenomenon STEVE
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: The celestial phenomenon known as STEVE is likely caused by a combination of heating of charged particles in the atmosphere and energetic electrons l...
12:45 am - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot Caffeine Gives Perovskite Solar Cells An Energy Boost, Study Says
UCLA professor Yang Yang's lab chock-full of coffee drinkers spent several years searching for a stability-enhancing additive to turn famously unstable perovskite PV cells into a useful product. Then,...
12:03 am - Fri, April 26, 2019
Slashdot New York Attorney General To Investigate Facebook Email Collection
The New York State attorney general's office plans to open an investigation into Facebook's unauthorized collection of more than 1.5 million users' email address books, according to The New York Times...
11:20 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Would a Separate, Walled-Off 'SafeNet' Help Reduce Cybercrime?
dryriver writes: Imagine for a second that a second, smaller internet infrastructure is built parallel to, but separate from, the regular internet. Lets call this the SafeNet. The SafeNet, which does ...
10:40 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot People Who Claim To Work 75-Hour Weeks Usually Only Work About 50 Hours
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New York Magazine: I want to thank Kevin Drum from Mother Jones for surfacing a 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics study that confirms something I've long suspect...
10:03 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Drops 60-Day Password Expiration Policy
Microsoft is dropping its 60-day password expiration policy starting with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. "Once removed, the preset password expiration settings should be replaced by organizations wit...
09:25 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot LG Halts Phone Manufacturing In South Korea For 2019, Relocating To Vietnam
LG, the South Korean electronics and phone company, is relocating their mobile production facility in South Korea for the year, and focusing instead on one of its plants in Haiphong, Vietnam. CNET rep...
08:45 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Wireless Carriers Fight Ban On Throttling Firefighters During Emergencies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. mobile industry's top lobbying group is opposing a proposed California state law that would prohibit throttling of fire departments and ...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Epic Games Boss Says They'll Stop Doing Exclusives If Steam Gives Developers More Money
thegarbz writes: Epic games is no stranger to controversy recently. The Fortnight developer late last year launched its own games store in direct competition with Steam. Unlike Steam, however, Epic on...
07:25 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot UK Minister: Huawei Leaks 'Unacceptable', Criminal Investigation Possible
The UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said on Thursday he could not rule out a criminal investigation over the "unacceptable" disclosure of confidential discussions on the role of China's Huawei in 5...
06:45 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot GoDaddy Removes a Massive Network of Bogus Sales Sites
GoDaddy removed a cluster of more than 15,000 fraudulent websites discovered by a researcher at Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 analysis team. From a report: The scam, which sold products like weight loss...
06:04 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Cox Cable Testing a Form of 'Fast Lane' Internet For Gamers
Cox Cable is testing a new "Elite Gamer Service" a form of fast lane service for gamers that would prioritize internet use for those willing to pay an extra $15 a month. From a report: The service is ...
05:18 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Uber Drivers Plan Strike To Kick Off 2019's Most-Hyped IPO
Uber drivers in seven US cities are planning protests to highlight what they claim are poor working conditions and low wages at the ride-hailing firm. The drivers say they are paid below minimum wage ...
04:38 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Why Won't Twitter Treat White Supremacy Like ISIS? Because It Would Mean Banning Some Republican Politicians Too.
Joseph Cox, and Jason Koebler, reporting for Motherboard: At a Twitter all-hands meeting on March 22, an employee asked a blunt question: Twitter has largely eradicated Islamic State propaganda off it...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Breached Canadian Privacy Laws, Watchdogs Say
Privacy watchdogs are accusing Facebook of "serious contraventions of Canadian privacy laws" in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. From a report: In a joint report released Thursday, the Privacy Commiss...
03:25 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Laundroid Company Folds Before Its Giant Robot Does
From a report: A small part of us always knew the Laundroid was too good to be true. The black obelisk, developed by Japanese company Seven Dreamers, was supposed to be a washing machine, dryer, ironi...
02:43 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot 41% of Voice Assistant Users Have Concerns About Trust and Privacy, Report Finds
Forty-one percent of voice assistant users are concerned about trust, privacy and passive listening, according to a new report from Microsoft focused on consumer adoption of voice and digital assistan...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Has Gone From Neutral Platform To Cutthroat Competitor, Say Open Source Developers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Elastic isn't the only open source cloud tool company currently looking over its shoulder at AWS. In 2018 alone, at least eight firms have made similar "rule chang...
01:00 pm - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot NSA Recommends Dropping Phone-Surveillance Program
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: The National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a surveillance program that collects information about U.S. ...
10:00 am - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Measure Atom With Half-Life of 18 Sextillion Years
A detector designed to hunt for dark matter has succeeded in detecting one of the rarest particle interactions in the universe. "According to a new study published today in the journal Nature, the tea...
07:00 am - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Adult Children Are Costing Many Parents Their Retirement Savings
pgmrdlm shares a report from CBS News: Half of American parents are unable to save as much as they'd like to for retirement, and their grown offspring -- whom they still count as dependents -- are to ...
03:30 am - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Have Developed a Brain Implant That Can Read People's Minds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The team at the University of California, San Francisco says the technology is "exhilarating." They add that their findings, published in the journal ...
02:45 am - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot The Feds Are Dropping Child Porn Cases Instead of Revealing Their Surveillance Systems
SonicSpike shares a report from Reason: The Department of Justice has been dismissing child pornography cases in order to not reveal information about the software programs used as the basis for the c...
02:02 am - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Apple Allegedly 'Plotted' To Hurt Qualcomm Years Before It Sued the Company
Apple allegedly wanted to hurt Qualcomm before it ever filed suit against the company, according to documents obtained by Qualcomm as the two companies prepared to meet in court. CNET reports on what ...
01:25 am - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Ford Invests $500 Million In Electric Pickup Truck Maker Rivian
Ford is investing $500 million in electric pickup truck maker Rivian, saying the two companies will work together to develop a new battery plug-in vehicle for Ford. CNN reports: Company executives sai...
12:45 am - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Alexa Team Can Access Users' Home Addresses
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: An Amazon team auditing Alexa users' commands has access to location data and can, in some cases, easily find a customer's home address, according t...
12:03 am - Thu, April 25, 2019
Slashdot UK To Let Huawei Firm Help Build 5G Network
AmiMoJo writes: The UK government has given Chinese telecoms giant Huawei the go-ahead to supply equipment for the UK 5G data network. The company will help build some "non-core" parts such as antenna...
11:25 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Databricks Open-Sources Delta Lake To Make Delta Lakes More Reliable
Databricks, the company founded by the original developers of the Apache Spark big data analytics engine, today announced that it has open-sourced Delta Lake, a storage layer that makes it easier to e...
10:45 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Security Flaw Lets Attackers Recover Private Keys From Qualcomm Chips
Devices using Qualcomm chipsets, and especially smartphones and tablets, are vulnerable to a new security bug that can let attackers retrieve private data and encryption keys that are stored in a secu...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Highlights AI Bias and 'Addiction by Design' Tech in Internet Health Report
Mozilla this week released the 2019 Internet Health Report, an analysis that brings together insights from 200 experts to examine issues central to the future of the internet. From a report: This year...
09:25 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Academy Leaves Door Open To Netflix After Tussle Over Oscars Eligibility Rules
The Academy of Motion Picture and Arts and Sciences has ruled that films from streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will continue to be eligible to win Academy Awards. The Academy ...
08:45 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Sets Aside $3 Billion For a Potential FTC Fine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Facebook is taking a $3 billion charge as a contingency against a possible fine by the Federal Trade Commission. The agency has been investigating Fa...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Some Amazon Sellers Are Paying $10,000 A Month To Trick Their Way To The Top
Amazon's marketplace is so competitive that it has led to the emergence of a secretive, lucrative black market where agents peddle "black hat" services, sometimes obtained by bribing Amazon employees,...
07:25 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Applying For Your Next Job May Be an Automated Nightmare
merbs writes: If you think looking for a job is already daunting, anxiety-riddled, and unpleasant, just wait until the algorithms take over the hiring process. When they do, a newfangled 'digital recr...
06:45 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Scientific Linux Distro is Being Discontinued; The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and CERN Will Move To CentOS
Scientific Linux, a 14-year-old operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and which was maintained by some significant members of the scientific community such as The Fermi National Ac...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Drivers Think Bikers Are Less Than Human, Survey Says
Researchers have found an explanation for why many drivers act out toward cyclists: They are actually dehumanizing people who ride bikes, according to an April study by Australian researchers in the j...
05:25 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Hacker Can Monitor Cars And Kill Their Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps
Reader eatmorekix writes: A hacker broke into thousands of accounts belonging to users of two GPS tracker apps, giving him the ability to monitor the locations of tens of thousands of vehicles and eve...
04:45 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot First 'Marsquake' Detected on Red Planet
There are earthquakes and moonquakes, and now a NASA spacecraft has detected what's believed to be a "marsquake" on the Red Planet. From a report: The spacecraft picked up the faint trembling of Mars'...
04:07 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Car Rental Company Hertz Sues Accenture Over $32M Website Project
Car rental giant Hertz is suing consultancy firm Accenture over a website redesign. From a report: The US corporation hired monster management consultancy firm Accenture in August 2016 to completely r...
03:21 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Chalking Tires To Enforce Parking Rules is Unconstitutional, Court Finds
Reader schwit1 writes: Marking your tires with chalk is trespassing, not law enforcement, the federal appeals panel said in a Michigan case. U.S. Circuit Judge Bernice Bouie Donald wrote that when dri...
02:40 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on PCs That Use USB Storage or SD Cards
Microsoft has published a support document today warning Windows 10 users that the impending May 2019 Update may not install on their systems if they use external USB storage devices or SD cards. From...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot iFixit's Galaxy Fold Teardown Reveals Its Biggest Design Flaw
An anonymous reader shares a report: Following up on its post speculating on the possible causes of the various screen breakages we've seen on review units, iFixit's teardown analysis seems to reveal ...
01:00 pm - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Chrome 74 Arrives With Less Motion Sickness, New JavaScript Features
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Chrome 74 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The release includes support for a reduced motion media query, private ...
10:00 am - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Plans To Launch a Robotaxi Network In 2020
Iwastheone shares a report from TechCrunch: Tesla expects to launch the first robotaxis as part of broader vision for an autonomous ride-sharing network in 2020, CEO Elon Musk said during the company'...
07:00 am - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Develop Self-Propelling Phoenix Aircraft That Inhales Air
dryriver writes: The BBC reports on a 50ft long and only 120kg heavy blimp-like UAV aircraft that is designed to fly at 70,000 feet, is entirely solar powered, uses variable-buoyancy for propulsion, a...
03:30 am - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Melting Permafrost In Arctic Will Have $70 Trillion Climate Impact, Study Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The release of methane and carbon dioxide from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70 trillion to the world's climat...
02:03 am - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot ICANN Proposes Allowing Unlimited Fee Increases For .Org Domain Names
GeorgeK writes: ICANN is proposing allowing unlimited fee increases for .org domain names, which currently are allowed to increase a maximum of 10% annually. That 10% annual cap on fee increases came ...
01:25 am - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Malicious Lifestyle Apps Found On Google Play, 30 Million Installs Recorded
A total of 50 malicious apps have managed to bypass Google's security checks and land on the Google Play store, leading to millions of installs on Android devices. ZDNet reports: Now, the cybersecurit...
12:45 am - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot 'Technology Needs To Be Regulated': Apple CEO Tim Cook Says No Oversight Has Led To Great Damage To Society
In an interview at the TIME 100 Summit in New York, Apple CEO Tim Cook said more government regulation on the tech industry is needed in order to protect privacy. "We all have to be intellectually hon...
12:03 am - Wed, April 24, 2019
Slashdot Record Number of Consumers Waiting To Upgrade Their Cellphones
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Wireless customers are hanging on to their old phones longer than ever. That's the message from Verizon, which said its upgrade rate fell to a recor...
11:20 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot California's Politicians Rush To Gut Internet Privacy Law With Pro-Tech Giant Amendments
The right for Californians to control the private data that tech companies hold on them may be undermined today at a critical committee hearing in Sacramento. The Register reports: The Privacy And Con...
10:40 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Engineers Develop Colorful Printed Patch That Hides People From AI
A group of engineers from the University of KU Leuven in Belgium have come up with a solution to make users invisible to one specific algorithm. "In a paper shared last week on the preprint server arX...
10:03 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot US Farmers Are Being Bled By the Tractor Monopoly
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: As tractors become as complex as Teslas, agricultural equipment manufacturers and their authorized dealerships are using technology as an excuse to ...
09:25 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Skyscraper's Rooftop Pool Spills Everywhere as Earthquake Rocks Manila
The Philippines was rocked with a 6.3 earthquake this week that sent buildings swaying and people running for safety. An anonymous reader shares a report: But one of the most bizarre videos of the ear...
08:45 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Nintendo Squashes Super Mario Commodore 64 Port Which Took Seven Years To Make
Last week, after seven years of work, Nintendo fan ZeroPaige finally released a working port of Super Mario Bros. for the Commodore 64. The achievement -- and hard graft behind it -- caught the eye of...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Displays Warning Messages in Windows 7 About the Impending End of Support
Windows 7 users have started to report the appearance of a pop-up message from Microsoft informing them that support for the operating system is coming to an end. From a report: While this will not co...
07:25 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot FAA Paves Way For Alphabet Unit To Make First US Drone Deliveries
Alphabet's Wing Aviation unit on Tuesday got the okay to start delivering goods by drone in Virginia later this year, making the sister unit of search engine Google the first company to get U.S. air c...
06:45 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Computers, Not TV, Are To Blame For Increase in US Sitting Time, Study Says
There's a key culprit in the battle against sitting. Time spent watching TV and videos has remained consistently high in the United States over the past 15 years, but time sitting at a computer has in...
06:07 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Apple is Working To Speed Up Repairs of Its Bad MacBook Keyboards
Apple is now conducting repairs of MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro keyboards on-site at its stores, and it's promising a next-day turnaround for pickup in many cases. From a report: The company ...
05:24 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot ShadowHammer Targets Multiple Companies, ASUS Was Just One of Them
ASUS was not the only company targeted by supply-chain attacksduring the ShadowHammer hacking operation as discovered by Kaspersky, with at least six other organizations having been infiltrated by the...
04:43 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Paint To Remain Part of Windows 10 After All
Microsoft had been planning to remove its popular Paint app from Windows 10, but the company has now reversed course. From a report: The software maker had been warning Windows 10 users for months tha...
04:02 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot SoftBank Founder Masayoshi Son Lost $130 Million on Bitcoin
Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder of SoftBank Group, made a huge personal bet on bitcoin just as prices for the digital currency peaked, losing more than $130 million when he sold out, WSJ (paywa...
03:22 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 16 Series Turing Gaming Laptop GPUs
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA has launched a new family of more budget friendly Turing graphics chips for gaming laptops, called the GeForce GTX 1650, GeForce GTX 1660, and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. The new GPUs ...
02:44 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Intel's 9th-Gen Mobile Core Chips Aim For the High End, Rocking 8 Cores at Up To 5GHz Speeds
Intel debuted six new 9th-gen mobile H-series Core chips on Tuesday -- with its fastest, the Core i9-9980HK, soaring to a new high-water mark: 8 cores, 16 threads, and a whopping 5GHz clock speed, aft...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot The New Microsoft Edge Sometimes Impersonates Other Browsers
AmiMoJo writes: The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge will impersonate other browsers depending on the site being visited. This is may be done for compatibility reasons, like properly rendering pages ...
01:00 pm - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Investigates After Parked Model S Appears To Explode In China
"CNN reports on CCTV footage from China showing a parked Model S bursting violently into flames," writes Slashdot reader dryriver. From the report: Tesla is investigating after one of its vehicles app...
10:00 am - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10's 'Sets' Feature Is Gone and Not Expected To Return
Sets, one of two new features teased in 2017 to be coming to Windows 10, has reportedly been scrubbed. "Microsoft dropped plans for Sets, a Windows-management feature, which would have allowed users t...
07:00 am - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Botanists Rediscover a Rare Hawaiian Flower Thought To Be Extinct -- Thanks To a Drone
Hibiscadelphus woodii, a relative of the hibiscus flower thought to be extinct, has been spotted by a drone on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The last known sighting of H. woodii was in 2009. Quartz re...
03:30 am - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Greenland Is Melting Even Faster Than Experts Thought, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Climate change is eliminating giant chunks of ice from Greenland at such a speed that the melt has already made a significant contribution to sea level ri...
01:00 am - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot 'Longevity Gene' Responsible For More Efficient DNA Repair
Researchers at the University of Rochester have discovered that the gene "sirtuin 6" (SIRT6) is responsible for more efficient DNA repair in species with longer lifespans. "The research illuminates ne...
12:20 am - Tue, April 23, 2019
Slashdot Employees Call On Microsoft To Protect GitHub From China Censors
The GitHub repository at "996.ICU" in China has been calling out tech companies in the country that pressure their employees to work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days per week. "Since it went up last mo...
11:40 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Will Allow Aggressive Autopilot Mode With 'Slight Chance of a Fender Bender'
During Tesla's "Autonomy Investor Day" today, Elon Musk said that the company will someday allow drivers to select aggressive modes of its Autopilot driver assistance system that have a "slight chance...
11:00 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot NIH, FBI Accuse Scientists In US of Sending IP To China, Running Shadow Labs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas has forced out three senior researchers with ties to China. The move comes amid nationwide investigat...
10:20 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Toyota Establishes Research Institute In China To Study Hydrogen, Green Tech
Japan announced on Sunday it was setting up a research institute in Beijing in partnership with Tsinghua University to study car technology using hydrogen power and other green technologies that could...
09:40 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot TurboTax Uses Dark Patterns To Trick You Into Paying To File Your Taxes
ProPublica reports on the shady tactics TurboTax and other tax software companies use to prevent most Americans from filing their taxes for free. According to an agreement with the IRS, tax software c...
09:00 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Charter Avoids Getting Kicked Out of New York, Agrees To New Merger Conditions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Charter Communications won't be kicked out of New York after all. Nine months after a New York government agency ordered Charter to leave the sta...
08:24 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Tesla's Full Self-Driving Computer is Now in All New Cars and a Next-Gen Chip is Already 'Halfway Done'
The Tesla computer, a new custom chip designed to enable full self-driving capabilities, is now in all new Model 3, X and S vehicles, CEO Elon Musk said during the company's Autonomy Day. From a repor...
07:44 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Google Walkout Organizers Say They're Facing Retaliation
Two employee activists at Google say they have been retaliated against for helping to organize a walkout among thousands of Google employees in November, and are planning a "town hall" meeting on Frid...
07:00 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Podcast Wars: $100 Million Startup Luminary To Launch Tomorrow Without Some Publicly Available Popular Podcasts
Luminary, a $100 million venture-backed podcasting company, will debut its service tomorrow. It offers two tiers to customers: subscription-based shows without ads or podcasts for free but deal with a...
06:13 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Facial Recognition Creeps Up on a JetBlue Passenger
An anonymous reader shares a report: A boarding technology for travelers using JetBlue is causing controversy due to a social media thread on the airline's use of facial recognition. Last week, travel...
05:25 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Amazon is Now Making Its Delivery Drivers Take Selfies
Amazon is now making its delivery drivers take selfies, in a bid to reduce fraud. Using facial recognition, the company will verify drivers' identities to make sure they are who they say they are. Fro...
04:45 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot WiFi Finder, a Popular Hotspot Finder App, Exposed 2 Million Wi-Fi Network Passwords
A popular hotspot finder app for Android exposed the Wi-Fi network passwords for more than two million networks. From a report: The app, downloaded by thousands of users, allowed anyone to search for ...
04:03 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Nokia 9 Buggy Update Lets Anyone Bypass Fingerprint Scanner With a Pack of Gum
A buggy update for Nokia 9 PureView handsets has apparently impacted the smartphone model's in-screen fingerprint scanner, which can now be bypassed using unregistered fingerprints or even with someth...
03:23 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Samsung's Galaxy Fold Smartphone Release Delayed
Samsung Electronics is delaying the expected Friday rollout of its Galaxy Fold smartphone [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] until at least next month, WSJ reported Monday ...
02:41 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Apple Spends More Than $30 Million on Amazon's Cloud Every Month, Making It One of the Biggest AWS Customers
As Apple and Amazon compete for a greater share of consumer dollars and attention, they also have a particularly intimate business relationship: Apple is spending more than $30 million a month on Amaz...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot EU Votes To Create Gigantic Biometrics Database
The European Parliament voted last week to interconnect a series of border-control, migration, and law enforcement systems into a gigantic, biometrics-tracking, searchable database of EU and non-EU ci...
10:34 am - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Create 'Living' Machines That Eat, Grow, and Evolve
elainerd (Slashdot reader #94,528) shares an article from The Next Web:Scientists from Cornell University have successfully constructed DNA-based machines with incredibly life-like capabilities. These...
07:34 am - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Kansas Towns 'Rebel' Against Zuckerberg-Funded School Programs
"I want to just take my Chromebook back and tell them I'm not doing it anymore," said Kallee Forslund, 16, a 10th grader in Wellington. The New York Times reports on a "rebellion" that started in Kans...
03:39 am - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot The Incredibly Stupid Plot To Hijack a Domain By Breaking Into Its Owner's House With A Gun
CNN tells the story of 24-year-old "social media influencer" Rossi Lorathio Adams II who'd wanted his domain to be the slogan of his social media sites (which at one point had over a million followers...
01:43 am - Mon, April 22, 2019
Slashdot Are We Sacrificing Too Much For Automation?
Fast Company shares an essay from an anthropologist who researches human agency, algorithms, AI, and automation in the context of social systems:With the advent of computational tools for quantitative...
11:34 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot Why Modern C Still Isn't As Safe As Memory-Safe Languages Like Rust and Swift
Alex Gaynor is a software engineer at Mozilla working on Firefox, after previously serving as a director of both the Python Software Foundation and the Django Software Foundation. In a new blog post t...
10:32 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot Black Hole Photo Used Supercomputers and Cloud Computing To Prove Einstein Right
An anonymous reader quotes The Next Web:As stunning and ground-breaking as it is, the EHT project is not just about taking on a challenge. It's an unprecedented test of whether Einstein's ideas about ...
09:20 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot Red Hat Takes Over Maintenance of OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 From Oracle
"Red Hat is taking over maintenance responsibilities for OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11 from Oracle," reports InfoWorld:Red Hat will now oversee bug fixes and security patches for the two older releases, wh...
08:44 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot Bluecherry Open Sources Its Entire Linux Surveillance Server
"Big changes are here," writes the official blog for Bluecherry:In 2010 we released our multi-port MPEG4 video capture card with an open source driver (solo6x10) and in 2011 updated the driver to supp...
08:14 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot Linux 5.2 Will Introduce The Fieldbus Subsystem
"The new Fieldbus system has been deemed ready to be released into the staging area of the Linux kernel," writes jwhyche (Slashdot reader #6,192). Phoronix reports:This newest subsystem for the Linux ...
07:07 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot Historic 'Summit' with the Creators of Python, Java, TypeScript, and Perl
"At the first annual charity event conducted by Puget Sound Programming Python on April 2, four legendary language creators came together to discuss the past and future of language design," reports Pa...
05:45 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot More Than 23 Million People Use the Password '123456'
Bearhouse shares a new study from the UK's "National Cyber Security Centre," which advises the public on computer security, about the world's most-frequently cracked passwords.It's probably no surpris...
04:34 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot Southwest Airlines Says They'll Purchase 'Hundreds' More Boeing 737 Max Aircraft
Inc. magazine describes as "stunning" announcement from Southwest Airlines, "by far the biggest 737 Max customer in the United States, with 34 of the planes among its fleet, and plans for many more. "...
03:34 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot Fortnite World Cup: More than 1,200 Accounts Banned For Cheating
"Epic Games gave bans to more than 1,200 Fortnite accounts and revoked cash prizes that more than 200 players had won following Epic's investigations of cheating in the first week of Fortnite's World ...
02:34 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot How Facebook Mis-Captioned the Launch of a NASA Supply Rocket
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:An Antares rocket built by Northrop Grumman launched on Wednesday afternoon, boosting a Cygnus spacecraft with 3.4 tons of cargo toward the International Space ...
01:34 pm - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot A Secret Server For the Dead MMO 'City of Heroes' Has Players In an Uproar
eatmorekix quotes Vice:In 2012, Paragon Studios announced it was shutting down City of Heroes, a massively multiplayer online game where a community of players created their own superheroes, went on a...
10:34 am - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot Did Google Sabotage Firefox and IE?
Firefox's former VP accused Google of sabotaging Firefox -- for example, when Gmail and Google Docs "started to experience selective performance issues and bugs on Firefox" and demo sites "would false...
07:34 am - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot Bitcoin Couldn't Hide Russia's Operatives From Mueller's Investigation
"Russian operatives used cryptocurrency at almost every stage in their online efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report on...
04:34 am - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot 'Pi VizuWall' Is a Beowulf Cluster Built With Raspberry Pi's
Why would someone build their own Beowulf cluster -- a high-performance parallel computing prototype -- using 12 Raspberry Pi boards? It's using the standard Beowulf cluster architecture found in abou...
01:34 am - Sun, April 21, 2019
Slashdot 'How the Boeing 737 Max Disaster Looks to a Software Developer'
Slashdot reader omfglearntoplay shared this article from IEEE's Spectrum. In "How the Boeing 737 Max Disaster Looks to a Software Developer," pilot (and software executive) Gregory Travis argues Boein...
11:34 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot 'Some Cheers, A Few Sneers For Google's URL Solution For AMP'
The Verge explains what all the commotion is about:AMP stands for "Accelerated Mobile Pages," and you've probably noticed that those pages load super quickly and usually look much simpler than regular...
10:41 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot Smoke 'Seen For Miles' as SpaceX Crew Dragon Suffers Anomaly at Cape Canaveral
An anonymous reader quotes Florida Today:A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule suffered an anomaly during a routine test fire at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Saturday afternoon, the 45th Space Wing confirm...
09:34 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot Erlang Creator Joe Armstrong Has Died
Rogers Cadenhead (Slashdot reader #4,482) writes:Joe Armstrong, the computer scientist best known as one of the creators of the Erlang programming language, died Saturday. Erlang Solutions founder Fra...
08:34 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot The CIA Accuses Huawei Of Being Secretly Funded By China's State Intelligence
"U.S. intelligence has accused Huawei Technologies of being funded by Chinese state security, The Times said on Saturday." Long-time Slashdot reader hackingbear shares a story from Reuters:The CIA acc...
07:34 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot An Interstellar Meteor May Have Hit Earth
Two Harvard researchers believe a small meteor that struck earth in 2014 was from another solar system, saying it's "like getting a message in a bottle from a distant location." CNN reports:Dr. Abraha...
06:34 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot Canada Civil Liberties Group Argues Toronto Shouldn't Be 'Google's Lab Rat'
"A civil liberties group in Canada is suing three tiers of government over potential privacy issues posed by Sidewalk Labs's plan to develop a 12-acre smart city in Toronto, which will be approved or ...
05:34 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot Corporate Surveillance: When Employers Collect Data on Their Workers
An anonymous reader quotes CNBC:The emergence of sensor and other technologies that let businesses track, listen to and even watch employees while on company time is raising concern about corporate le...
04:34 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot America Reports Its First Cases of A Fungus Resistant To All Major Drugs
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:About 90 percent of C. auris strains are resistant to at least one drug, and 30 percent are resistant to two or more of the three major classes of antifun...
03:34 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot New Device Treats Childhood ADHD With Electric Pulses To Their Foreheads While They Sleep
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:The first medical device to treat childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was OK'd Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Designated for c...
02:34 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot 'Incognito Mode' Isn't Really Private. Try Browser Compartmentalization
tedlistens writes: One of the most common techniques people think can help hide their activity is the use of an "incognito" mode in a browser," writes Michael Grothaus at Fast Company. But "despite wh...
01:00 pm - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot 26 States Now Ban Or Restrict Community Broadband, Report Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A new report has found that 26 states now either restrict or outright prohibit towns and cities from building their own broadband networks. Quite ...
10:00 am - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot Bacteria Use Viruses To Differentiate Themselves From Their Competitors, Study Finds
schwit1 shares a report from UPI: Normally, bacteria and viruses are enemies, but new research suggests a viral infection can offer bacteria some benefits -- chiefly, the ability to distinguish friend...
07:00 am - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot Robot News Presenter Causes a Stir On Russian TV
Russia state news channel Rossiya 24 has introduced a robot presenter for some of its bulletins. The BBC reports that the robot, named Alex, "has already caused a stir, with some viewers complaining a...
03:30 am - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot Hacker Dumps Thousands of Sensitive Mexican Embassy Documents Online
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A hacker stole thousands of documents from Mexico's embassy in Guatemala and posted them online. The hacker, who goes by the online handle @0x55Tay...
02:00 am - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot West Virginia Will Allow 'Blockchain Voting' In the 2020 Election
Military voters stationed overseas will be able to cast their votes for the 2020 presidential election via a mobile app that uses a private blockchain. MIT Technology Review reports: Donald Kersey, We...
01:20 am - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot Should Vendors Start Adding Physical On/Off Switches To Devices That Can Spy On Us?
Larry Sanger, American internet project developer and co-founder of Wikipedia, argues in a blog post that vendors must start adding physical on/off switches to webcams, smartphone cameras/mics, and ot...
12:40 am - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot Unexpected Protection Added To Microsoft Edge Subverts IE Security
Dan Goodin writes via Ars Technica: A researcher has uncovered strange and unexpected behavior in Windows 10 that allows remote attackers to steal data stored on hard drives when a user opens a malici...
12:01 am - Sat, April 20, 2019
Slashdot NYC Subway Denies Using 'Real-Time Face Recognition Screens' in Times Square
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has denied suggestions that it's putting facial recognition cameras in the subway, saying that a trick designed to scare fare-dodgers was misinterpre...
11:20 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Is Experimenting With a 'Random Episode' Feature For TV Shows
Netflix has begun testing a shuffle button with some users of its Android app. "Spotted by one our tipsters, the Android app (specifically v7.6.0 build 19 34157) offered to randomly select something t...
10:40 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot AI is Helping Old Video Games Look Like New
Classic video games are getting a makeover. But it's not big-name game developers making the improvements: it's independent modders. From a report: The technique being used is known as "AI upscaling."...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot FTC May Hold Zuckerberg Personally Responsible For Facebook Privacy Failures
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal Trade Commission officials are discussing whether to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook's privacy fail...
09:20 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot French Government Releases In-house IM App To Replace WhatsApp and Telegram Use
A year ago, the French government unveiled its plan to build its own encrypted messenger service to ease fears that foreign entities could spy on private conversations between top officials. That app,...
08:40 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Ransomware Attack Knocks The Weather Channel Off the Air
A computer attack knocked the Weather Channel off the air for more than an hour Thursday morning [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], and federal authorities are investigati...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Instagram Hides Like Counts In Leaked Design Prototype
Instagram's Android code is hiding a design change that hides the number of likes your posts get. "During this test, only the person who shares a post will see the total number of likes it gets," the ...
07:20 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without a Warrant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: In a major win for digital privacy, Utah became the first state in the nation to ban warrantless searches of electronic data. Under the Electronic Info...
06:42 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Google Will Begin To Block Sign-ins From Embedded Browser Frameworks in June
To fight phishing, Google last year announced it would require users to enable JavaScript during Google Account sign-in so that it could run attack-detecting risk assessments, and this week, the compa...
06:01 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Notre Dame Official Says 'Computer Glitch' Could Be Fire Culprit
A "computer glitch" may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, Associated Press reported Friday, citing the cathedral's rector. From the report: Speaking during a meeting of...
05:24 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Debuts Bosque, a New Programming Language With No Loops, Inspired by TypeScript
Microsoft has introduced a new open source programming language called Bosque that aspires to be simple and easy to understand by embracing algebraic operations and shunning techniques that create com...
04:44 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Millions of Rehab Records Exposed on Unsecured Database
Records for potentially tens of thousands of patients seeking treatment at several addiction rehabilitation centers were exposed in an unsecured online database, an independent researcher revealed Fri...
04:01 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Windows 8 Will No Longer Get App Updates After This Summer
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last year, Microsoft announced when it would be killing app updates and distribution in the Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.x and Windows 8.x. At the time, the b...
03:20 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot HDD Shipments Fell Nearly 13% in the First Quarter of 2019, 18% Since Last Year
Suren Enfiajyan writes: HDD shipments are continuing to decline. This is about all major HDD vendors with WDC with the most decline yearly -- 26.1% against 11.3% (Toshiba) and 14.4% (Seagate). Desktop...
02:40 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot The Quest To Save the Banana From Extinction
Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. From a report: In the Philippines alone,...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans' Levees Are Sinking
An anonymous reader shares a report: The $14 billion network of levees and floodwalls that was built to protect greater New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was a seemingly invincible bulwark against f...
01:00 pm - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Doctors Used HIV To Develop Cure For 'Bubble Boy' Disease
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: U.S. scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or "bubble boy" disease. The ba...
10:00 am - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot BlackBerry Messenger To Shut Down In May
The consumer version of Blackberry Messenger is shutting down May 31. CNET reports: Emtek, the company BlackBerry partnered with in 2016 to run the consumer version of the messaging app, said in a blo...
07:00 am - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot TESS Discovers Its First Earth-Sized Planet
Iwastheone shares a report from MIT News: NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet. The planet, named HD 21749c, is the smallest world outside...
05:30 am - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Source Code of Iranian Cyber-Espionage Tools Leaked on Telegram
In an incident reminiscent of the Shadow Brokers leak that exposed the NSA's hacking tools, someone has now published similar hacking tools belonging to one of Iran's elite cyber-espionage units, know...
03:30 am - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Global Attention Span Is Narrowing and Trends Don't Last As Long, Study Reveals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: It's just as you suspected; the information age has changed the general attention span. A recently published study from researchers at the Techni...
12:50 am - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Will No Longer Sell Chinese Goods In China
Amazon announced today that it will close its marketplace in China in the coming months, meaning Amazon customers in the country will no longer be able to buy goods from Chinese merchants. "Amazon did...
12:10 am - Fri, April 19, 2019
Slashdot Why Juul and Republican Lawmakers Want To Raise the Minimum Vaping Age To 21
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a new bill today that would block all tobacco and vape purchases for Americans under 21 years old, citing widespread public health risks. Surprisingly,...
11:30 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot The Source Code For All Infocom Text Adventure Classics Has Been Released
You can now download the source code of every Infocom text adventure game, thanks to archivist Jason Scott who uploaded the code to GitHub. "There are numerous repositories under the name historicalso...
10:50 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot First Japan-Built Airliner In 50 Years Takes On Boeing and Airbus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: More cities in Asia and Europe are seeking to link up with each other and the global air travel network. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first airl...
10:10 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Will Invest Up To $100 Million In a NYC Production Hub
Netflix is establishing an NYC production hub that will include six sound stages in Brooklyn and an expanded office in Manhattan's Flatiron District. "It should create 'hundreds of jobs' (including 12...
09:30 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Chair For a Software Developer?
AmiMoJo writes: It's time to buy a new chair so I'm turning to Slashdot for recommendations. The Herman Miller Aeron seems to be the go-to, much like the Model M for keyboards, but I've heard that the...
08:52 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Ajit Pai Proposes Blocking China-Owned Telecom From US Phone Market
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed denying China Mobile USA's application to offer telecom services in the U.S., saying the Chinese government-ow...
08:11 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot MoviePass Has Lost Over 90% of Its Subscribers in Less Than a Year, Leaked Documents Reveal
MoviePass users apparently hit the exits en masse after it scaled back the number of movies users could see each month. From a report: The flailing cinema-subscription provider has seen its subscriber...
07:30 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot The Dirty Truth About Green Batteries
If we're going to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, we'll need an energy revolution. But there's a big problem. Making that future a reality will, among other things, require a lot of ba...
06:51 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot IBM Halting Sales of Watson AI Tool For Drug Discovery Amid Sluggish Growth
Citing lackluster financial performance, IBM is halting development and sales of a product that uses its Watson AI software to help pharmaceutical companies discover new drugs, news outlet Stat report...
06:13 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Quietly Updates Last Month's Security Disclosure To Add That 'Millions' of Instagram Users Are Also Impacted
Last month, Facebook disclosed that hundreds of millions of users on its platform had their account passwords stored in plain text -- in some cases going back to 2012 -- and searchable by thousands of...
05:33 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Some Internet Outages Predicted For the Coming Month as '768k Day' Approaches
An internet milestone known as "768k Day" is getting closer and some network administrators are shaking in their boots fearing downtime caused by outdated network equipment. From a report: The fear is...
04:41 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome To Get a Reader Mode
Google's Chrome browser will get a Reader Mode, similar to the one found in competing browsers like Firefox and the old Microsoft Edge. From a report: The feature is currently under development, but C...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Says Tech Companies Can Regulate Themselves
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a new interview rejected the notion that Capitol Hill has a role to play in regulating big tech companies, breaking with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent willing...
03:19 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot The Mueller Report
Almost two years after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign, his report -- a redacted version of it -- is finall...
02:40 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Ubuntu 19.04 'Disco Dingo' Released
Canonical today announced the release of Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo." With Linux 5.0 and GNOME 3.32, Disco Dingo features performance improvements and visual tweaks. Whether or not you upgrade, Disco D...
02:01 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Offers Europeans Choice To Download Rival Web Browser
Google said today it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling. ...
01:30 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Amazon and Google Announce Official YouTube Apps to Launch on Fire TV; Prime Video App Coming to Chromecast and Android TV
Amazon and Google have worked out their differences. On Thursday, they announced that official YouTube app will soon make a return to Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs. Additionally, Prime...
01:00 pm - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla To Bring Python To Browsers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: In a step toward its goal of building out a data science development stack for web browsers, Mozilla today detailed Pyodide, an experimental Pytho...
10:00 am - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Astronomers Have Spotted the Universe's First Molecule
Astronomers have detected the universe's first molecule. "Helium hydride (HeH), a combination of helium and hydrogen, was spotted some 3000 light-years from Earth by an instrument aboard the airborne ...
07:00 am - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Planet's Ocean-Plastics Problem Detailed In 60-Year Data Set
Scientists have uncovered the first strong evidence that the amount of plastic polluting the oceans has risen vastly in recent decades -- by analyzing 60 years of log books for plankton-tracking vesse...
05:30 am - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook is Working on a Voice Assistant To Rival Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri, Report Says
Facebook is working on a voice assistant to rival the likes of Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and the Google Assistant, CNBC reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: ...
03:30 am - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Why the Swiss Still Love Cash
gollum123 shares a report from the BBC: Last month, the Swiss unveiled a smart new banknote to stash in their wallets. The purple 1,000 franc bill was the latest in the Swiss National Bank (SNB) serie...
01:41 am - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook 'Unintentionally Uploaded' Email Contacts From 1.5M Users
Facebook "unintentionally" harvested the email contacts of about 1.5 million of its users during the past three years. From a report: The activity came to light when a security researcher noticed that...
12:10 am - Thu, April 18, 2019
Slashdot Student Used 'USB Killer' Device To Destroy $58,000 Worth of College Computers
A former student of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, has pled guilty to charges that he destroyed tens of thousands of dollars worth of campus computers using a USB device designed to in...
11:30 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Bad Bots Now Make Up 20 Percent of Web Traffic
So-called "bad bots," tasked with performing denial-of-service (DoS) attacks or other malicious activities like automatically publishing fake content or reviews, are estimated to make up roughly 37.9 ...
10:50 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Pepsi Drops Plans To Use Artificial Constellation To Promote An Energy Drink
Just days after Pepsi announced that it would advertise its products in space using a Russian startup, the company now says it will no longer pursue the plans, avoiding what likely would have resulted...
10:10 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Turned Down Facial-Recognition Sales On Human Rights Concerns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Microsoft recently rejected a California law enforcement agency's request to install facial recognition technology in officers' cars and body cameras ...
09:30 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Sony Cracks Down On Sexually Explicit Content In Games
Slashdot reader xavdeman writes: Hot on the heels of its announcement of the specifications of the next PlayStation, Sony has revealed a new crackdown on explicit content. Citing "the rise of the #MeT...
08:50 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou To Run For President of Taiwan
hackingbear writes: Terry Gou, the billionaire founder of electronics giant Foxconn, is stepping down from his role as chairman to run for president of Taiwan. Taiwan broke off from mainland China in ...
08:10 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot HD Emulation Mod Makes 'Mode 7' SNES Games Look Like New
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Gamers of a certain age probably remember being wowed by the quick, smooth scaling and rotation effects of the Super Nintendo's much-ballyhooed "...
06:44 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Samsung's $2,000 Galaxy Fold Units Are Failing Left and Right With Disastrous Display Issues
Four Samsung Galaxy Fold review units in the hands of major US tech journalists all experienced device-breaking display failures today. AndroidPolice: Steve Kovach of CNBC, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, a...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile, Comcast Turn on Call Verification Between Networks in Latest Robocall Fight
pgmrdlm shares a report: Calls between T-Mobile users and Comcast's Xfinity Voice home subscribers will now be "verified," the latest move in the ongoing fight against robocalls. The two companies ann...
05:21 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot 'Partly Alive': Scientists Revive Cells in Brains From Dead Pigs
In a study that raises profound questions about the line between life and death, researchers have restored some cellular activity to brains removed from slaughtered pigs. From a report: The brains did...
04:40 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Cyberspies Hijacked the Internet Domains of Entire Countries
Trailrunner7 shares a report: The discovery of a new, sophisticated team of hackers spying on dozens of government targets is never good news. But one team of cyberspies has pulled off that scale of e...
04:03 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's 85-inch Surface Hub 2S Starts at $8,999, Ships in June
The Surface Hub, Microsoft's digital whiteboard designed for conferences and meetings, received a hardware refresh today. From a report: At a press event at Steelcase's swanky New York City hub, the R...
04:03 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Surface Hub 2S Starts at $8,999, Ships in June
The Surface Hub, Microsoft's digital whiteboard designed for conferences and meetings, received a hardware refresh today. From a report: At a press event at Steelcase's swanky New York City hub, the R...
03:24 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Online Pornography Age Checks To Be Mandatory in UK From 15 July
The UK's age verification system for online pornography will become mandatory on 15 July, the government has confirmed. From a report: From that date, commercial providers of online pornography will b...
02:40 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Loses Control Over Windows Tiles Subdomain
Microsoft has lost control over a crucial subdomain that Windows 8 and Windows 10 use to deliver RSS-based news and updates to Live Tiles -- animated Windows start menu items. From a report: The subdo...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Maps, the Most Popular Elements of In-flight Entertainment Systems, Are About To Get a Big Upgrade -- and Some Ads
The in-flight moving map, object of fascination for travel geeks and impatient fliers, is going in a new direction. But have your credit card ready: The beloved map will become one more revenue-genera...
01:00 pm - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Is In Danger of Being Rejected By DOJ
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: T-Mobile U.S. and Sprint are facing potential rejection of their proposed merger at the U.S. Department of Justice. DOJ staffers "have told T-Mob...
10:00 am - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Is It Time To Rethink the Fundamental Dynamics of Twitter?
At a TED conference, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the social media company needs to rethink how they incentivize user behavior to combat abuse and misinformation. "He suggested that the service works ...
07:00 am - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot VW Says China To Become Global Software Development Hub For Autonomous Tech
Volkswagen will use Chinese software developers to help design a global autonomous vehicle architecture thanks to the prevalence of qualified programmers which carmakers are struggling to hire elsewhe...
03:30 am - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Microplastics Are Blowing In the Wind
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Scientists have detected tiny pieces of plastic falling out of the air like artificial dust. A first-of-its-kind study finds these particl...
12:50 am - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Mass Production of iPhones To Start In India
Apple is poised to begin mass production of iPhones in India this year, according to Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou. This marks a big shift for the largest assembler of Apple's handsets t...
12:10 am - Wed, April 17, 2019
Slashdot Intel Will Exit 5G Phone Modem Business, Hours After Apple and Qualcomm Settle Licensing Dispute
Intel announced Tuesday afternoon that it will no longer be working on 5G chips for smartphones, leaving Apple with only one supplier for its iPhones, Qualcomm -- the same company that it was battling...
11:30 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot LeBron James' STEM-Based School Is Showing Promise
Last year, NBA superstar LeBron James opened an experimental school that focuses on teaching a STEM curriculum to students who have a higher probability of failing academically or dropping out of scho...
11:30 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot New Registrations For Electric Vehicles Doubled In US Last Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Electric vehicles, still a small percentage of the total automotive market in the U.S., are beginning to gain ground, according to analysis by IHS ...
10:50 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Presidential Candidate John Delaney Wants To Create a Department of Cybersecurity
On Tuesday, former Maryland representative and 2020 presidential candidate John Delaney announced a plan to create a Department of Cybersecurity that "would be led by a cabinet-level secretary who wou...
10:10 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Is Jumping Onto the Wireless Earbud Bandwagon, Says Report
According to a report by Brad Sams at Thurrott, Microsoft is going to expand its range of audio hardware with the introduction of a set of wireless earbuds. They will accompany the Surface Headphones,...
09:30 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Russia Adopts Bill That Would Expand Government Control Over the Internet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: Russia's lower chamber of parliament has adopted a bill that would expand government control over the internet, raising fears of widespread censorshi...
08:50 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Has Been Secretly Verifying Thousands of Accounts, Even Though It Insists Its Verification Program is on Hold
Twitter has verified more than 10,000 accounts in recent months, despite putting its verification program on hold. From a report: The company has said little publicly about verification, which it susp...
08:10 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Google Pulls TikTok From Play Store in India Following Court Order
Google has pulled popular video app TikTok from the Play Store in India following a local court's direction, stoking fear among some activists that this could set a dangerous precedent. From a report:...
07:25 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Apple, Qualcomm Settle Royalty Dispute
Apple and Qualcomm have settled their royalty dispute, the companies said on Tuesday. From a report: The settlement includes a payment from Apple to Qualcomm as well as a chipset supply agreement, sug...
06:45 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot HP's EliteBook 800 G6 Notebook Series Adds Convenience, Privacy Features
HP today announced its latest Elitebook 800 G6 line of business notebooks, boasting additional privacy options and a security software agent that HP says will make them more capable against zero-day a...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Chips Will Get Faster and Easier on Your Battery in 2020
Processor progress is harder to come by these days, but Samsung says it'll build chips next year that will give you a bit more battery life or a little more speed. From a report: Through improvements ...
05:25 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot New York City Has a Y2K-Like Problem, and It Doesn't Want You To Know About It
On April 6, something known as the GPS rollover, a cousin to the dreaded Y2K bug, mostly came and went, as businesses and government agencies around the world heeded warnings and made software or hard...
04:45 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot What To Expect From Sony's Next-Gen PlayStation
Daetrin writes: Sony is unwilling to confirm "Playstation 5" as the name, but their next console is "no mere upgrade" according to a report from Wired, which cites Sony executives -- who spoke on the ...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Leveraged Facebook User Data To Fight Rivals and Help Friends, Leaked Documents Show
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once considered making deals with third-party developers just to help him find out how much users' data is worth, NBC News reported on Tuesday. The report, which cites 4,0...
03:25 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot 'Avengers: Endgame' Footage Leaks on Reddit, YouTube, and Twitter
Despite Disney's efforts to keep as much of Avengers: Endgame under wraps as possible before the latest Marvel blockbuster hits theaters next week, several minutes of blurry Avengers: Endgame footage ...
02:47 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Scranos Rootkit Expands Operations From China To the Rest of the World
A malware operation previously limited to China's borders has expanded over the past few months to infect users from all over the world, antivirus firm Bitdefender said in a report published today. Fr...
02:04 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Wants Apple To Change Users' iPhone Advertiser ID Every Month
Mozilla has launched a petition today to get Apple to rotate the IDFA unique identifier of iOS users every month. From a report: The purpose of this request is to prevent online advertisers from creat...
01:00 pm - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot US Government Admits It Doesn't Know If Assange Cracked Password For Manning
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The U.S. government does not have any evidence that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange succeeded in cracking a password for whistleblower Chelsea Ma...
10:00 am - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Researchers 3D-Print Heart From Human Patient's Cells
Researchers have 3D-printed a heart using a patient's cells, providing hope that the technique could be used to heal hearts or engineer new ones for transplants. "This is the first time anyone anywher...
07:00 am - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Traversable Wormholes Can Exist, But They're Not Very Useful For Space Travel, Physicists Say
A new study from physicists at Harvard and Stanford says that wormholes can exist but they're not very useful for humans to travel through. "It takes longer to get through these wormholes than to go d...
03:30 am - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Fukushima: the Removal of Nuclear Fuel Rods From Damaged Reactor Building Begins
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Workers at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have begun removing fuel rods from a storage pool near one of the three reactors tha...
01:00 am - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot iOS 13 To Feature Dark Mode and Interface Updates, Report Says
9to5Mac has learned of several new features expected to be included in iOS 13. From the report: Dark Mode: There will be a system-wide Dark Mode that can be enabled in Settings, including a high contr...
12:20 am - Tue, April 16, 2019
Slashdot Immune Cells May Play a Role In Causing Cavities
Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that cavities may be collateral damage from an overzealous immune system. New Atlas reports: Traditionally, bacteria have taken most of the blame fo...
11:40 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot TicTocTrack Smartwatch Flaws Can Be Abused To Track Kids
secwatcher shares a report from Threatpost: A popular smartwatch that allows parents to track their children's whereabouts, TicTocTrack, has been discovered to be riddled with security issues that cou...
11:00 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Science and Bicycling Meet In a New Helmet Design
John Timmer from Ars Technica got a chance to take a look at Trek's new bicycle helmet that they claim offers "the first major change in helmet technology in years," and is backed up with peer-reviewe...
10:20 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Loses the Center Core of Its Falcon Heavy Rocket Due To Choppy Seas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: SpaceX successfully landed the center core of its Falcon Heavy rocket on a drone ship last week, but the vehicle accidentally fell into the ocean wh...
09:40 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Google Fiber To Pay Nearly $4 Million To Louisville In Exit Deal
As Google Fiber prepares to leave Louisville, Kentucky, Google has agreed to pay the city government $3.84 million to fix damage to city streets. "The payments, to be made over 20 months, will cover r...
09:00 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot DARPA Wants To Make a Better, More Secure Version of WhatsApp
The Defense and Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) appears to be in the process of developing its own ultra secure communication platform. The program is called "Resilient Anonymous Communicati...
08:23 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Volkswagen's Former CEO Charged In Germany Over Diesel Rigging
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Former Volkswagen AG head Martin Winterkorn was charged with serious fraud in Germany for his role in the diesel-rigging scandal that rocked the car...
07:20 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot A Hacker Has Dumped Nearly One Billion User Records Over the Past Two Months
A hacker who spoke with ZDNet in February about wanting to put up for sale the data of over one billion users is getting dangerously close to his goal after releasing another 65.5 million records last...
06:40 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Disc-Free Xbox One S Could Land on May 7
Microsoft is about to launch an even cheaper Xbox One S. In order to cut costs, the company is removing the Blu-ray disc drive altogether. According to leaked marketing images spotted by WinFuture, th...
04:43 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Starz Goes on Twitter Meta-Censorship Spree To Cover Up TV-Show Leaks
American entertainment giant Starz is continuing to remove tweets that link to a TorrentFreak news report about leaked TV-shows. From a report: Last week we posted a news article documenting how sever...
04:02 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support
eatmorekix writes: On Saturday, Microsoft confirmed that some users of the company's email service had been targeted by hackers. A hacker or group of hackers had first broken into a customer support a...
03:23 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot European Commission Gives Final Seal of Approval To Copyright Law Overhaul
The European Commission, the European Union's executive body, has approved a long-gestating major reform to copyright law, which had already been passed by the European Parliament last month. From a r...
02:40 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Google Quietly Disbanded Another AI Review Board Following Disagreements
Google is disbanding a panel in London to review its artificial-intelligence work in health care, WSJ reported Monday, as disagreements about its effectiveness dogged one of the tech industry's highes...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Pepsi Says It'll Use an Artificial Constellation, Hung in the Night Sky Next To the Stars, To Promote an Energy Drink
A Russian company called StartRocket says it's going to launch a cluster of cubesats into space that will act as an "orbital billboard," projecting enormous advertisements into the night sky like arti...
01:34 pm - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot EFF: Facebook Should Notify Users Who Interact With Fake Police 'Sock Puppet' Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a senior investigative researcher at the EFF:Despite Facebook's repeated warnings that law enforcement is required to use "authentic identities" on the social media platform...
10:34 am - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Challenging Tesla, Volkswagen Announces Electric SUV, Mass Production of Electric Vehicles
An anonymous reader quotes the AP:Volkswagen is planning to release a fully-electric SUV in China which could compete with Tesla's Model X. The German automaker said Sunday the ID. ROOMZZ will be unve...
07:22 am - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot The Rise and Fall of the Bayrob Malware Gang
Three Romanians ran a complicated online fraud operation -- along with a massive malware botnet -- for nine years, reports ZDNet, netting tens of millions of US dollars, but their crime spree is now o...
04:00 am - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Former Firefox VP on What It's Like To Be Both a Partner of Google and a Competitor via Google Chrome
Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company Alphabet, plans to build a $1 billion high-tech neighborhood in Toronto. The problem? It is facing an opposition from residents who h...
03:04 am - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot Dragons, Nuclear Weapons, and Game of Thrones
Slashdot reader Dan Drollette shared this article from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists where a specialist in nuclear security analyzes Game of Thones, citing dragons "as living, fire-breathing metap...
01:35 am - Mon, April 15, 2019
Slashdot China's 'Game of Thrones' Fans Try Torrents, VPNs For Uncensored Episodes
"Winter is coming for fans of the hit television series Game of Thrones, with the final season set to hit screens around the world after a near two-year hiatus," reports the South China Morning Post. ...
11:38 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Are Silicon Valley Workers Abandoning Libertarianism For Socialism?
Salon writes that Silicon Valley tech workers are "defying their overlords," arguing that recent unionization attempts by Kickstarter employees may be only the beginning:The workers' Kickstarter campa...
10:39 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Internet Explorer Exploit Steals Data From Windows Users-- Even If They Never Use Internet Explorer
Security researcher John Page has revealed a new zero-day exploit that allows remote attackers to exfiltrate Local files using Internet Explorer. "The craziest part: Windows users don't ever even have...
09:38 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Privately-Funded Moon Mission Will Try Again. 'Lunar Library' May Be On The Moon
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has congratulated the team which sent the first privately-funded mission into lunar orbit -- even though it crashed into the surface of the moon. Its final photo was...
08:39 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Fake Mouse On Twitter Mocks Overgeneralized Scientific Research
DevNull127 writes: Research scientist James Heathers is a postdoctoral research associate working on bio-signals and meta-science research at Northeastern University, with a PhD from the University of...
07:41 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Sunday-Morning Outage Strikes Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp
"We were all free of Facebook's iron grip on the internet for a few hours," writes Gizmodo. An anonymous reader quotes their report. Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp experienced wi...
06:49 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Scammers Are Buying Thousands Of Fake 5-Star Amazon Reviews -- on Facebook
Why are there so many five-star reviews for an iPhone charger on Amazon with a voltage irregularity that can cause permanent damage? "It's sad to imagine how many shoppers spotted this $13.99 charger ...
05:34 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot '[email protected]' Will Use Your PC For DIY Gravitational Wave Analysis
West Virginia University assistant professor Zachariah Etienne is launching "a global volunteer computing effort" analyzing gravitational waves from colliding black holes, reports Phys.org:"As our gra...
04:34 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Fifty 'Connected Cows' Already Have 5G
A herd of dairy cows in the U.K. "are enjoying the benefits of 5G connectivity before you," reports Reuters:For the cows, among the 5G-connected gadgets they are wearing is a collar that controls a ro...
03:34 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Overtime Complaints? China's JD.com Boss Criticizes 'Slackers'
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Richard Liu, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc, has weighed in on an ongoing debate about the Chinese tech industry's grueling overtime work culture...
02:34 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Helps Cops Set Up Package Theft Sting Operations
An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard:In response to Amazon packages being stolen from people's doorsteps, police departments around the country have set up sting operations that use fake packages bu...
01:34 pm - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot We're All Being Judged By a Secret 'Trustworthiness' Score
schwit1 writes: Nearly everything we buy, how we buy, and where we're buying from is secretly fed into AI-powered verification services that help companies guard against credit-card and other forms of...
11:34 am - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Says Some Webmail Accounts Were Compromised
A "limited" number of users of Microsoft's webmail services -- which include Hotmail, Outlook.com, and MSN -- "had their accounts compromised, TechCrunch reports."We addressed this scheme, which affec...
07:34 am - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Shareholders Force A Vote On Ousting Mark Zuckerberg
On May 30th, Facebook's shareholder's will vote on whether to remove Mark Zuckerberg as chairman of the board, reports Business Insider:Business Insider broke the news of the proposal in July last yea...
04:34 am - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Police Are Using Google's Location Data From 'Hundreds of Millions' of Phones
"When law enforcement investigations get cold, there's a source authorities can turn to for location data that could produce new leads: Google." An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Police have used inform...
01:34 am - Sun, April 14, 2019
Slashdot Paul Allen's Stratolaunch Finally Flies The World's Biggest Plane
"Stratolaunch, the aerospace venture founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, sent the world's biggest airplane into the air today for its first flight test," report GeekWire.The twin-fuse...
11:34 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Is The Linux Desktop In Trouble?
"I believe that, as Microsoft keeps moving Windows to a Desktop-as-a-Service model, Linux will be the last traditional PC desktop operating system standing," writes ZDNet contributing editor Steven J....
10:34 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Top US Congressman Says Silicon Valley's Self-Regulating Days 'Probably Should Be' Over
On the technology podcast Recode Decode, America's Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, said that Silicon Valley's self-regulating days "probably should be" over. Recode reports:Pelosi said Si...
10:04 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Ecuador Jails Swedish Programmer Over Alleged Ties To WikiLeaks
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:A judge in Ecuador has jailed a Swedish software developer whom authorities believe is a key member of WikiLeaks and close to Julian Assange, while prosecutors ...
09:34 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Ecuador Complains Julian Assange Was a Bad Housegust, Neglected His Pet Cat
The BBC reports that Ecuador's foreign minister Jose Valencia has been sharing complaints about Julian Assange's conduct during his stay in Ecuador's embassy -- for example, that Julian Assange "damag...
08:34 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Flat Earther Now Wants to Launch His Homemade Rocket Into Space
At a flat-earth conference in May, Mad Mike Hughes will announce details of "an Antarctic expedition with the goal of reaching the edge of the world...to prove once and for all that this Earth is flat...
07:34 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Amazon and Google Fight Bill That Prohibits Secretly Recording You
An anonymous reader quotes Vice:On Wednesday, the Illinois State Senate passed the Keep Internet Devices Safe Act, a bill that would ban manufacturers of devices that can record audio from doing so re...
06:34 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot George Lucas Actually Consulted For The Script Of 'Star War: Episode IX'
The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker has been viewed 13,665,350 times since its release Friday. Collider reminds us that while George Lucas oversaw the original Star Wa...
05:34 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Is Microsoft Quietly Lobbying Against Right-To-Repair Legislation?
Microsoft "has been quietly lobbying against Right to Repair legislation, which would prevent Microsoft from penalizing customers when they open up their devices," claims MSPoweruser:Jeff Morris, Demo...
05:04 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot GNU GPLv3 At the Heart of the Black Hole Image
arnieswap quotes TFIR's report on the black hole image: Free and Open Source software was at the heart of this image. The team used three different imaging software libraries to achieve the feat. Out ...
04:34 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot China's Largest Image Provider Suspends Site After Falsely Claiming Copyright On 'Black Hole' Photo
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:China's largest stock images provider, Visual China Group, shut its website and apologized on Friday after it falsely claimed copyright of images such as the first p...
03:34 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot New York City Orders Mandatory Measles Vaccinations in Brooklyn
"New York City officials on Tuesday declared a public health emergency and ordered mandatory measles vaccinations" in an area where most of the state's 285 measles cases have occurred. The Washington ...
02:34 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Are Phone-Addicted Drivers More Dangerous Than Drunk Drivers?
After crunching data on 4.5 billion miles of driving, road-safety analytics company Zendrive concludes there's a new threat which just last year claimed the lives of 6,227 pedestrians: drivers "under ...
01:00 pm - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Publish Personal Data On Thousands of US Police Officers, Federal Agents
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A hacker group has breached several FBI-affiliated websites and uploaded their contents to the web, including dozens of files containing the person...
10:00 am - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Netflix CEO Reed Hastings To Depart Facebook Board of Directors
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings will not be nominated for re-election at the company's 2019 annual stockholders meetings, Facebook said on Friday. CNBC reports: Hastings has served on the board of the socia...
07:00 am - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Baby With DNA From Three People Born In Greece
A baby with DNA from three people has been born in Greece following a controversial fertility treatment. "The doctors behind the treatment, from Greece and Spain, say it marks a historic advance -- it...
03:30 am - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Why Tens of Thousands of Perfectly Good, Donated iPhones Are Shredded Every Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Tens of thousands of perfectly usable iPhones are scrapped each year by electronics recyclers because of the iPhone's "activation lock," according...
02:10 am - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Ends Online Sales of $35,000 Model 3
Tesla is changing up its retail strategy yet again, this time deciding to end online sales of the long-awaited $35,000 version of its Model 3 sedan (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative sourc...
01:30 am - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Develop AI To Predict Hospital Readmission Rates From Clinical Notes
Researchers at New York University and Princeton have developed a framework that evaluates clinical notes and autonomously assigns a risk score indicating whether patients will be readmitted within 30...
12:50 am - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Foxconn is Confusing the Hell Out of Wisconsin
Josh Dzieza, writing for The Verge: The secrecy and vagueness are frustrating to critics. How do you prove that Foxconn won't build an enormous LCD factory during an industry glut or create a research...
12:10 am - Sat, April 13, 2019
Slashdot Alibaba Founder Defends Overtime Work Culture As 'Huge Blessing'
Alibaba founder and billionaire Jack Ma has defended the grueling overtime work culture at many of China's tech companies, calling it a "huge blessing" for young workers. Reuters reports: The e-commer...
11:30 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot DVD and Blu-Ray Sales Nearly Halved Over Five Years, MPAA Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In its annual Theatrical Home Entertainment Market Environment report, the Motion Picture Association of America described an immensely sharp dro...
10:50 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Russia Fines Facebook $50 For Failing To Comply With Local Data Privacy Law
Russia is fining Facebook a whopping 3,000 rubles (approximately $47) for failing to comply with the country's data privacy law and store data of Russian Facebook users on servers located inside Russi...
10:10 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Google, Huawei Agree To Pay Owners of Faulty Nexus 6P Devices Up To $400
Google and Huawei have preliminarily agreed to settle a class action lawsuit from Nexus 6P users who say their devices experienced a bootlooping issue that caused the phones to shut down randomly, reg...
09:30 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Washington State Commits To Running Entirely On Clean Energy By 2045
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: On Thursday, the Washington state legislature officially passed one of the most ambitious clean energy bills in the nation. Washington is now committe...
08:50 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot 'How About Paying Your Taxes?': Walmart Responds To Amazon's Challenge Over Pay
Amazon and Walmart are in war over worker pay -- and now corporate taxes. After Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos on Thursday issued a challenge to other retailers, not naming which ones speci...
08:10 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Ported To OnePlus 6T Smartphone
An anonymous reader shares a report: Qualcomm has been building laptop processors for a while now, designed for always-on Windows 10 ultraportables. Now that an ARM version of Windows 10 is widely ava...
07:30 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Accidentally Shipped 'Tens of Thousands' of VR Controllers With Hidden Messages Like 'Big Brother is Watching' and 'The Masons Were Here'
Facebook accidentally shipped "tens of thousands" of virtual reality (VR) controllers with bizarre hidden messages, including "Big Brother is Watching" and "The Masons Were Here," reports BusinessInsi...
06:51 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Uber Reveals One of Its Big Vulnerabilities
One-quarter of its business happens in just five cities; 15 percent of bookings happen on airport trips. From a report: About 24 percent of Uber's bookings -- all the money that customers pay through ...
06:10 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot China's Largest Stock Photo Provider Attracts Fire Over Use of Black Hole Image
Reader hackingbear shares a report: As soon as the European Southern Observatory released the black hole photo, under Creative Commons license, on April 10, Visual China Group (VCG), China's leading s...
06:03 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Some Enterprise VPN Apps Store Authentication/Session Cookies Insecurely
At least four Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications sold or made available to enterprise customers share security flaws, warns the Carnegie Mellon University CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) an...
05:30 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot A Robot Has Figured Out How To Use Tools
In a startling demonstration, the machine drew on experimentation, data, and observation of humans to learn how simple implements could help it achieve a task. From a report: Learning to use tools pla...
04:50 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Some Enterprise VPN Apps Store Authentication/Session Cookies Insecurely
At least four Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications sold or made available to enterprise customers share security flaws, warns the Carnegie Mellon University CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) an...
04:10 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot White House, FCC Unveil 5G Push and $20B Fund For Rural Broadband
The White House on Friday will unveil a new 5G push to position the US ahead of global rivals in the race to deploy the next-generation wireless technology. President Donald Trump and Federal Communic...
03:30 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Publishes SECCON Framework For Securing Windows 10
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft published today a generic "security configuration framework" that contains guidance for systems administrators about the basic security settings they should be ap...
02:48 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot The Most Loved and Most Disliked Programming Languages Revealed in Stack Overflow Survey
angel'o'sphere shares a report: The annual Stack Overflow survey is one of the most comprehensive snapshots of how programmers work, with this year's poll being taken by almost 90,000 developers acros...
02:03 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Silk Road 2 Founder Dread Pirate Roberts 2 Caught, Jailed for 5 Years
An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2015, WIRED published a list of the 'dark web drug lords who got away.' That list included the Dread Pirate Roberts 2 (DPR2), the creator of the second Silk Roa...
01:00 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Andrew Yang Plans To Use a 3D Hologram For Remote Campaigning
Andrew Yang, the presidential candidate who supports Universal Basic Income and has attracted a devoted online following, is planning to use a 3D hologram on the campaign trail. "On Wednesday he gave ...
12:00 pm - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Confirms Amazon's Growth Is Slowing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Jeff Bezos's latest shareholder letter, released on Thursday, opens with the first-ever disclosure of Amazon's total share of sales from the merchan...
09:00 am - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Final Results of NASA Twins Study Show How Scott Kelly Changed After a Year In Space
The final findings of the NASA Twins Study, which compared 50-year-old astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year aboard the International Space Station in 2015, and his identical twin brother, who staye...
06:00 am - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot The Black Hole Image Data Was Spread Across 5 Petabytes Stored On About Half a Ton of Hard Drives
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Wednesday, an international team of scientists published the first image of a black hole ever. It looked like a SpaghettiO, and yet the image w...
03:00 am - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket Launches First Paid Mission, Lands All Three Boosters For the First Time
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has successfully launched its first-ever mission for a paying customer. It was also the first time the aerospace company managed to land all three rocket boosters after la...
02:00 am - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Disney Streaming Service To Launch In November, Priced At $6.99 Monthly
Disney has announced that its highly anticipated new streaming service, Disney+, will launch in the U.S. on November 12 with a price of $6.99 per month. Variety has more details: The subscription VOD ...
12:50 am - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot Gmail Becomes First Major Email Provider To Support MTA-STS, TLS Reporting
Google announced today that Gmail has become the first major email provider to support two new security standards, namely MTA-STS and TLS Reporting. Both are extensions to the Simple Mail Transfer Pro...
12:10 am - Fri, April 12, 2019
Slashdot MIT Says We're Overlooking a Near-Term Solution To Diesel Trucking Emissions
Despite efforts from Tesla, Daimler, Nikola and Siemens to reduce emissions from heavy-duty, diesel-powered trucks, either by producing their own electric- or hydrogen-powered alternatives, "trucking ...
11:40 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot NPM Apologizes For the Way It Handled Recent Staff Layoffs
JavaScript library manager NPM on Wednesday apologized for its handling of a contentious round of recent layoffs. The Register reports: The company statement, which comes a week after product manager ...
11:10 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Google's New Currents App Is Its Enterprise Replacement For Google
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Now that Google+ is history, today, Google unveiled what will be offered to G Suite users in its place: Currents. The new app "enables people to hav...
10:30 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Tesla, Panasonic Are Freezing Plans To Add More Battery Production Lines At Gigafactory
Tesla and Panasonic are reportedly freezing their plans to add more battery production lines at Gigafactory 1, its massive factory outside of Reno, Nevada that is a cornerstone to the automaker's busi...
10:03 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot How To Stop Amazon From Listening To Your Alexa Recordings
Yesterday, Bloomberg dropped a bombshell report revealing that Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices, and uses th...
09:35 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot EU Tells Internet Archive That Much Of Its Site Is 'Terrorist Content'
Mike Masnick, reporting for TechDirt: We've been trying to explain for the past few months just how absolutely insane the new EU Terrorist Content Regulation will be for the internet. Among many other...
08:55 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Moon Landing By Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft Appears To End In Crash
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: A small spacecraft that has captured the imagination and excitement of people in Israel and around the world appears to have crashed on the...
08:15 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Google's Next Big Money Maker Could Be the Maps on Your Phone
Google became the world's most profitable internet company on the back of search advertising. Now, it's turning another popular web service into a major cash machine. From a report: Google Maps is an ...
07:38 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot MIT Says We're Overlooking a Near-Term Solution To Diesel Trucking Emissions
An anonymous reader shares a report: Trucking in the US is still driven by diesel-fueled, compression-ignition (CI), internal combustion engines. Daniel Cohn and Leslie Bromberg, a pair of researchers...
06:58 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot To Answer Critics, YouTube Tries a New Metric: Responsibility
YouTube is changing the way it measures success on the world's biggest video site following a series of scandals. There's just one problem: The company is still deciding how this new approach works, B...
06:15 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Gmail Becomes First Major Email Provider To Support MTA-STS and TLS Reporting
Google announced this week that Gmail has become the first major email provider to support two new security standards, namely MTA-STS and TLS Reporting. From a report: Both are extensions to the Simpl...
05:30 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Much To Oracle's Chagrin, Pentagon Names Microsoft and Amazon as $10B JEDI Cloud Contract Finalists
The Pentagon this week announced two finalists in the $10 billion, decade-long JEDI cloud contract process -- and Oracle was not one of them. From a report: In spite of lawsuits, official protests and...
04:55 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Ford CEO Says the Company 'Overestimated' Self-Driving Cars
Ford CEO Jim Hackett scaled back hopes about the company's plans for self-driving cars this week, admitting that the first vehicles will have limits. From a report: "We overestimated the arrival of au...
04:44 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Ford CEO Says the Company 'Overestimated' Self-Driving Cars
Ford CEO Jim Hackett scaled back hopes about the company's plans for self-driving cars this week, admitting that the first vehicles will have limits. From a report: "We overestimated the arrival of au...
04:03 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Dutch Regulators Want To Know Whether Apple is Favoring Its Own Apps
Apple has another antitrust problem in Europe. Dutch regulators said Thursday that they have opened an investigation into whether Apple has abused its market position by giving preferential treatment ...
03:23 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Gartner and IDC Agree: Global PC Shipments Fell To Exactly 58.5 Million in Q1 2019
The PC market is still in decline, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. That's nothing new for the duo to agree on, but coincidentally they also (for the first time?) estimated the exact same ...
02:40 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Dragonblood Vulnerabilities Disclosed in Wi-Fi WPA3 Standard
Two security researchers disclosed details this week about a group of vulnerabilities collectively referred to as Dragonblood that impact the Wi-Fi Alliance's recently launched WPA3 Wi-Fi security and...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Wikileaks Co-founder Julian Assange Arrested in London
Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder was granted refuge in 2012 while on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegation...
01:00 pm - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot A New Bill Would Force Companies To Check Their Algorithms For Bias
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require large companies to audit machine learning-powered systems -- like facial recognition or ad ...
10:00 am - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Magnetic Field Reversals Unlikely To Be a Problem For Life, Says Astronomer
RockDoctor writes: A common trope in "the world is going to end, maybe tomorrow" alarmism is the prospect of the earth undergoing one of its frequent (but aperiodic) magnetic field reversals. Popular ...
09:44 am - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Wikileaks Co-founder Julian Assange Arrested in London
Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder was granted refuge in 2012 while on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegation...
07:00 am - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot 'Hyperscans' Show How Brains Sync As People Interact
"A growing cadre of neuroscientists is using sophisticated technology -- and some very complicated math -- to capture what happens in one brain, two brains, or even 12 or 15 at a time when their owner...
03:30 am - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Have Found 600 New Cancer Vulnerabilities, Each Could Be the Target of a Drug
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Scientists have taken cancer apart piece-by-piece to reveal its weaknesses, and come up with new ideas for treatment. A team at the Wellcome Sanger In...
02:20 am - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot New Human Species Found In Philippines
Major Blud writes: A newly discovered extinct species of human has been found in the Philippines. It's been named Homo Luzonensis after the island of Luzon where it was found. Homo Erectus has long th...
01:40 am - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Scientists Have Put Human Brain Genes In Monkeys -- And Yes, They May Be Smarter
Scientists in southern China report that they've created several transgenic macaque monkeys with extra copies of a human gene suspected of playing a role in shaping human intelligence. "According to t...
01:00 am - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Workers Are Listening To What You Tell Alexa
Amazon reportedly employs thousands of people around the world to help improve its Alexa digital assistant. "The team listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices," reports B...
12:20 am - Thu, April 11, 2019
Slashdot US Firm Wins Bid To Block Huawei From Subsea Pacific Cables
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: An American company is to build a series of undersea cables linking Australia to China after the Aussie government put its foot down and kicked H...
11:40 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Man Caught Wearing Earbuds With a Dead Phone Found Guilty of Distracted Driving
Freshly Exhumed writes: RCMP officers spotted a man driving with earbuds plugged into his iPhone. The phone was not in his hands nor on his lap, was not playing music or video, and the driver was not ...
10:58 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Old-School Slashdotter Discovers and Solves Longstanding Flaw In Basic Calculus
Longtime Slashdot reader johnnyb (Jonathan Bartlett) shares the findings of a new study he, along with co-author Asatur Zh. Khurshudyan, published this week in the journal DCDIS-A: Recently a longstan...
10:15 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Google's Cloud Code Extends IntelliJ and Visual Studio Code To Kubernetes Apps
An anonymous reader writes: If you were paying close attention during Google Cloud Next 2019 yesterday, you may have heard talk of Cloud Code. The new developer tool was only mentioned briefly, but to...
09:35 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Worked With Chinese Military University on AI
Microsoft has been working with a Chinese military-run university on AI research that could be used for surveillance and censorship. From a report: Three papers, published between March and November l...
08:55 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Mysterious Safety-Tampering Malware Infects Second Critical Infrastructure Site
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Sixteen months ago, researchers reported an unsettling escalation in hacks targeting power plants, gas refineries, and other types of critical in...
08:15 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Two Out of Three Hotels Accidentally Leak Guests' Personal Data: Symantec
Two out of three hotel websites inadvertently leak guests' booking details and personal data to third-party sites, including advertisers and analytics companies, according to research released by Syma...
07:35 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile Rebrands Layer3 Service as 'TVision Home', Inks Deal To Add Amazon Prime Video
T-Mobile today unveiled a new name for its Layer3 TV internet television service -- TVision Home -- with enhanced features, and announced a deal with Amazon to add Prime Video to the service later in ...
06:55 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Under Pressure, Amazon Plans To Accept Cash at Cashierless 'Go' Stores
Bowing to growing pressure from opponents who say that cashless stores leave out low-income Americans, Amazon plans to take cash at its 10 cashierless "Go" stores. From a report: Amazon Go stores, loc...
06:15 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome Wants To Block Some HTTP File Downloads
An anonymous reader writes: Google wants to block some file downloads carried out via HTTP on websites that use HTTPS. The plan is to block EXE, DMG, CRX, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP, TAR, RAR, and 7Z file downlo...
05:35 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot YouTube TV Costs $50 Per Month After Another Price Hike
YouTube TV isn't immune to the latest wave of rate hikes plaguing the streaming world. From a report: The Google-owned service has announced that it's raising the base monthly price to $50 ($55 if you...
04:41 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot You Can Now Use Your Android Phone as a 2FA Security Key for Google Accounts
Google said today it will now enable Android users to use their smartphones as a Fast Identity Online (FIDO) security key (for two-step authentication) for their Google accounts, thereby addressing on...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Net Neutrality Bill Sails Through the House But Faces an Uncertain Political Future
House lawmakers on Wednesday approved a Democrat-backed bill (alternative source) that would restore rules requiring AT&T, Verizon and other Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally, ma...
03:20 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple Will Likely Replace iTunes on macOS With Standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV Apps in Next Major Update
Developer and blogger Guilherme Rambo, writing for 9to5Mac: Fellow developer Steve Troughton-Smith recently expressed confidence about some evidence found indicating that Apple is working on new Music...
02:40 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Chrome, Safari and Opera Criticised For Removing Privacy Setting
It's a browser feature few users will have heard of, but forthcoming versions of Chrome, Safari and Opera are in the process of removing the ability to disable a long-ignored tracking feature called h...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Black Hole Picture Captured For First Time in Space 'Breakthrough'
Astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, heralding a revolution in our understanding of the universe's most enigmatic objects. From a report: The picture shows a halo of dust and gas...
01:00 pm - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple Music Caught Censoring Pro-Democracy Music In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Chinese journalists and netizens recently found that Apple Music's Chinese streaming service censored a song by Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung that ref...
10:00 am - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Udacity Restructures Operations, Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Workforce
Udacity, the $1 billion online education startup, has laid off about 20 percent of its workforce and is restructuring its operations as the company's co-founder Sebastian Thrun seeks to bring costs in...
07:00 am - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot LIGO Spots Another Gravitational Wave Soon After Powering Back On
New submitter nichogenius writes: The latest observation run of LIGO and VIRGO only started April 1st, but has already observed another black hole merger. The LIGO detectors have been offline since th...
03:30 am - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Reverse Memory Decline Using Electrical Pulses
A new study has found that electrical brain stimulation can temporarily reverse a decline in memory as a result of aging. An anonymous Slashdot reader shares the findings via a report from The Guardia...
02:10 am - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Senators Introduce Bill That Would Ban Websites From Using Manipulative Consent Forms
U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) have introduced a bill to ban online social media companies from tricking consumers into giving away the rights to their data. The Deceptive ...
01:50 am - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Windows XP Dies Final Death As Embedded POSReady 2009 Reaches End of Life
New submitter intensivevocoder shares a report from TechRepublic: Extended support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 -- the last supported version of Windows based on Windows XP -- ended on April 9, ...
01:30 am - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Yahoo Offers $118 Million To Settle Lawsuit Over Massive Data Breach
Yahoo is offering to pay $117.5 million to settle its massive data breaches that compromised personal information, including email addresses and passwords. "The proposed settlement was announced on Tu...
12:50 am - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot New Variants of Mirai Botnet Detected, Targeting More IoT Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Mirai, the "botnet" malware that was responsible for a string of massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in 2016 -- including one ag...
12:10 am - Wed, April 10, 2019
Slashdot Sony Creates Colossal 16K Screen In Japan
Sony has unveiled a display that contains 16 times as many pixels as a 4K TV and 64 times as many as a regular 1080p high definition TV. "This will let viewers stand close to the unit -- which is long...
11:30 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Google's Wing Drones Approved To Make Public Deliveries In Australia
Alphabet's Wing drone delivery company is launching its first public drone delivery service in Canberra, Australia, after the country's aviation authority granted it regulatory approval. "Around 100 h...
10:53 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Roku Is No Longer a Neutral Platform After Today's Roku OS 9.1 Update
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In the past, Roku seemed to be more of a neutral platform compared with streaming media player rivals like Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. The company ...
10:15 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Ford and University of Michigan Study Whether Flying Cars Would be Better For Environment
Ford and the University of Michigan undertook a study to see just how efficient vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles would be when compared to both internal combustion cars and electric cars....
09:35 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Apple Providing Free Data Migration With a Mac Purchase or Repair
Apple is now offering data migration services for free when customers purchase a new Mac or need to have a Mac replaced for repair reasons. Prior to this month, data migration was priced at $99. From ...
08:50 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Congress is About To Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing
Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from c...
08:12 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Issues Patch For Vulnerabilities on Millions of Fios Routers
Verizon is sending out an update for millions of its routers after security researchers discovered vulnerabilities that could allow potential attackers to take over the devices. From a report: Researc...
07:35 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Mitch McConnell: Democrats' Net Neutrality Bill is 'Dead on Arrival' in Senate
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that the net neutrality bill Democrats are pushing through the House is "dead on arrival" in the Senate. From a report: The U.S. House ...
06:55 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Disabled Comments On Livestreams Of A Congressional Hearing On White Nationalism Because They Were Too Hateful
Tuesday's hearing was meant to examine the rise of white nationalism and white supremacy and the role social media plays in its spread. Then the comments got hijacked. From a report: YouTube moderator...
06:20 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665, 730, and 730G Target AI and Gaming
Today at its annual AI Day conference in San Francisco, chipmaker Qualcomm revamped the midrange products in its system-on-chip portfolio with faster graphics, more power-efficient cores, and other si...
05:39 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot China Wants To Ban Bitcoin Mining
China's state planner wants to eliminate bitcoin mining in the country, according to a draft list of industrial activities the agency is seeking to stop in a sign of growing government pressure on the...
04:50 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Monotype Launches the First Redesign in 35 Years of the World's Most Ubiquitous Font, Helvetica
Monotype today introduced the Helvetica Now typeface, a new family of fonts that have been carefully and respectfully re-drawn for the modern era. From a report: Consisting of 48 fonts and three optic...
04:10 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Are the Kids All Right? These School Surveillance Apps Sure Want To Tell You
A number of businesses are rushing in to watch everything kids do on their school-issued tech, reports the Outline. From the story: As schools struggle to catch up with the fast-moving online environm...
03:30 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Facebook is Using AI To Map Population Density Around the World
Facebook has always been a company with global ambition, but few projects illustrate this better than its ongoing attempt to map the world's population density using AI. From a report: The company fir...
02:45 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla is Launching Curated Recommended Extensions Program This Summer
An anonymous reader shares a report: However much you love your chosen web browser, you have probably enhanced its capabilities through the use of add-ons. Finding decent, reliable add-ons can be tric...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Opera Adds Crypto Wallet To Its Desktop Browser, Launches Anti-Chrome Campaign in Europe
Opera has updated its eponymous web browser for the desktop with a crypto-makeover and a number of additional features. From a report: The Norway-headquartered browser maker has also launched a market...
01:00 pm - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot 390 Billion Tons of Snow and Ice Melt Each Year As Globe Warms, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today, highlighting the key findings from a new study published in the journal Nature: Thanks to global warming, our planet's glaciers continue to melt awa...
10:00 am - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Viewers Who Stream More Also Go To Cinemas More
Video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu don't appear to be negatively impacting the box office like many would assume. Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush, expects the U.S. box office will grow...
07:00 am - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot The ISS Is a Cesspool of Bacteria and Fungi, Study Finds
An extensive survey of bacteria and fungi on surfaces inside the International Space Station has revealed an astonishing number of microorganisms living among the astronauts -- the health impacts of w...
03:30 am - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot London's BT Tower Broadcasted Windows 7 Error Message Over the Weekend
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Generally a system crash is a private affair, but the BT Tower, one of London's tallest landmarks, spent much of the weekend displaying a Windows...
02:20 am - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Why Airlines Make Flights Longer On Purpose
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: In the 1960s it took five hours to fly from New York to Los Angeles, and just 45 minutes to hop from New York to Washington, DC. Today, these same flights now ta...
01:40 am - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot 'Exodus' Spyware Found Targeting Apple iOS Users
The surveillance tool dubbed "Exodus" has been ported to the Apple iOS ecosystem. According to Threatpost, the spyware "can exfiltrate contacts, take audio recordings and photos, track location data a...
01:00 am - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Fiat Chrysler Will Pay Tesla To Dodge Billions In Emissions Fines
MDMurphy writes: While people have good and bad things to say about Tesla, one consistent thing has been that the cars emit zero emissions when operating. But in Europe, in exchange for cash, Tesla is...
12:20 am - Tue, April 9, 2019
Slashdot Chicago Is Tracking Kids Awaiting Trial With GPS Monitors That Can Call, Record Them Without Consent
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Appeal: On March 29, court officials in Chicago strapped an ankle monitor onto Shawn, a 15-year-old awaiting trial on charges of armed robbery. They explai...
11:40 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot HTC Removes Many of Its Android Apps From the Play Store
A total of 14 HTC apps have been removed from the Play Store in the last three months. "Looking at the latest HTC Corporation activity in App Brain, we can see that the Sense Home launcher and contact...
11:00 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Samsung's Galaxy S10 Fingerprint Sensor Fooled By 3D Printer
A Samsung Galaxy S10 user has managed to fool the in-display fingerprint reader on his smartphone using a 3D print of his fingerprint. The Verge reports: In a post on Imgur, user darkshark outlined hi...
10:20 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Across the US, Popular Video Doorbells Are Recording their Own Thefts
There has been an uptick in reports of video doorbells getting stolen, according to local news reports. A story adds: According to the reports, residents are waking up in the morning or coming home at...
09:40 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot More Jails Replace In-Person Visits With Awful Video Chat Products
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After April 15, inmates at the Adult Detention Center in Lowndes County, Mississippi will no longer be allowed to visit with family members face ...
09:00 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Most Popular Programming Languages: C Knocks Python Out of Top Three in New Study
C++ has knocked machine-learning favorite Python out of the top 3 in the TIOBE Index of popular programming languages. From a report: It marks a reversal of fortune for C++, which, after years of occu...
08:21 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot FBI Criticized For Delaying Breach Notifications, Including Insufficient Details
The Federal Bureau of Investigations does a poor job at notifying victims of a cyber-attack, a US government report released last week said. A story adds: FBI notifications arrive either too late or c...
07:48 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Two-Thirds of Consumers Don't Expect Google To Track Them the Way It Does
A significant majority of consumers do not expect Google to track their activities across their lives, their locations, on other sites, and on other platforms. Jason Kint, writing for Nieman Lab: Our ...
07:40 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Two-Thirds of Consumers Don't Expect Google To Track Them the Way It Does
A significant majority of consumers do not expect Google to track their activities across their lives, their locations, on other sites, and on other platforms. Jason Kint, writing for Nieman Lab: Our ...
06:59 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Remote Work Works, a New Google Study Finds
Working remotely can be really tough. To get some insight into how to do it better, Google conducted a two-year study involving data from 5,600 employees across the U.S., Asia, Europe, the Middle East...
06:22 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Europe To Pilot AI Ethics Rules, Calls For Participants
The European Commission has launched a pilot project intended to test draft ethical rules for developing and applying AI technologies to ensure they can be implemented in practice. It's also aiming to...
06:06 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot EU Data Supervisor Probes EU Bodies' Software Deals with Microsoft
EU data protection authorities are investigating whether the European Commission and other EU institutions comply with the bloc's strict data privacy rules in their software deals with Microsoft. From...
05:40 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot EU Data Supervisor Probes EU Bodies' Software Deals with Microsoft
EU data protection authorities are investigating whether the European Commission and other EU institutions comply with the bloc's strict data privacy rules in their software deals with Microsoft. From...
05:20 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Launches First Chromium Edge Builds
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today released the first Edge builds based on Google's Chromium open source project, the same browser that Google's Chrome is based on. Microsoft is even adopting...
04:55 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Launches First Chromium Edge Builds
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today released the first Edge builds based on Google's Chromium open source project, the same browser that Google's Chrome is based on. Microsoft is even adopting...
04:10 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Axes Apple AirPlay Support
If you stream Netflix on your iPhone or iPad, the app will no longer support Apple AirPlay. A report adds: This means that you won't be able to cast shows on Netflix from your iOS device to your Apple...
03:50 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Chat App Viber Now Lets You Buy Local Numbers That Anyone Can Call You On
Viber, the chat and messaging app acquired by Japanese ecommerce titan Rakuten for $900 million five years ago, is introducing a new subscription service that lets users pay to have a local phone numb...
03:26 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Chat App Viber Now Lets You Buy Local Numbers That Anyone Can Call You On
Viber, the chat and messaging app acquired by Japanese ecommerce titan Rakuten for $900 million five years ago, is introducing a new subscription service that lets users pay to have a local phone numb...
02:45 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Are 'Morally Bankrupt Liars' Says New Zealand's Privacy Commissioner
New Zealand's privacy commissioner has lashed out at social media giant Facebook in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, calling the company "morally bankrupt pathological liars." From a report: The ...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Internet RFC Series Turn 50
An anonymous reader writes: This week marks the 50th anniversary for the Internet "Request for Comments" (RFC) series, which started in April 1969 with the publication of RFC1 titled "Host Software" a...
12:00 pm - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Cord-Cutting in America May Have Already Peaked
An anonymous reader quotes the Motley Fool:Cord-cutting has been a massive thorn in the side of pay-TV distributors and television media companies for nearly a decade. After U.S. pay-TV subscribers pe...
10:34 am - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Are America's Big Telecom Companies Suppressing Fiber?
Salon just published a new interview with Susan Crawford, the author of "Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution -- And Why America Might Miss It."Crawford has spent years studying the business of these und...
07:34 am - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Futurist Predicts AI Will Take Jobs, Benefiting the Rich But Not Workers
Citing "significant" new corporate investments in AI technology, futurist Gary Grossman argues that AI "may be the fastest paradigm shift in the history of technology -- and warns there's a counter-ar...
04:34 am - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot To Stop Copycats, Snapchat Shares Itself
"Snapchat pioneered Stories, the popular feature where users create and share ephemeral posts that disappear within 24 hours," reports Business Insider. "And now, it's taking them everywhere." Users a...
01:45 am - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Could AMD's Upcoming EPYC 'Rome' Server Processors Feature Up To 162 PCIe Lanes?
jwhyche (Slashdot reader #6,192) tipped us off to some interesting speculation about AMD's upcoming Zen 2-based EPYC Rome server processors. "The new Epyc processor would be Gen 4 PCIe where Intel is ...
12:14 am - Mon, April 8, 2019
Slashdot Several Major Browsers to Prevent Disabling of Click-Tracking 'Hyperlink Auditing'
x_t0ken_407 quotes BleepingComputer: A HTML standard called hyperlink auditing that allows sites to track link clicks is enabled by default on Safari, Chrome, Opera, and Microsoft Edge, but will soon ...
11:16 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Why Social Media Users Have Trouble Reclaiming Hijacked Accounts
After their Instagram accounts were hijacked, two different users say they contacted Instagram ten times -- and even proved their identity by submitting selfies -- but received no response. And one Si...
10:06 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Why Aren't People Abandoning Windows For Linux?
This weekend SlashGear published "Reasons to Abandon Windows For Linux," making their case to "Windows users who are curious about the state of Linux for mainstream computing." It tries to enumerate s...
09:02 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Drops 'Safe Removal' of USB Drives As Default In Windows 10 1809
Mark Wilson writes: Since the arrival of USB drives, we have been warned that they need to be 'safely removed' using the correct method in Windows, rather than just being yanked out — but now th...
08:02 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot New Apps Fight Robo-Calls By Pretending To Be Humans
"While lawmakers debate what to do about the roboscourge, engineers have cooked up some clever ways to make bots work for us, not against us," writes the Washington Post, taking a look at apps like th...
07:32 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Google Helps Government Conduct Warrantless Searches, Alleges EPIC
schwit1 quotes Tom's Hardware: The Electronic Privacy Information Center ("EPIC"), a civil liberties group based in Washington D.C., filed an amicus brief in the United States vs. Wilson case concerni...
06:47 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon Are Quietly Buying Undersea Cables
The internet is commonly described as a cloud, writes the consumer policy expert and editor at BroadbandNow, but "In reality, it's a series of wet, fragile tubes, and Google is about to own an alarmin...
05:39 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Toyota Will Share 23,740 Hybrid Vehicle Patents For Free
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Japan's Toyota Motor Corp will offer free access to its hybrid-vehicle patents through 2030, it said on Wednesday, seeking to expand use of the lower-emission techno...
04:34 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Startup Sells Pot 'Grow Fridges' That Are Tended By Robots
NJ Advance Media reports on "an Israeli and Maryland-based startup that claims to be able to quadruple the yield of traditional cannabis grows" -- using indoor, climate-controlled 40-inch-tall "grow f...
03:34 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Virtual Reality 'No Man's Sky' Coming This Summer
"No Man's Sky is getting another large-scale update, and this one is different," writes GameSpot. An anonymous reader quotes their report: A "No Man's Sky VR" update is scheduled for this summer, whic...
02:34 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Police Refer Teenaged Crackers For 'Second Chance' Jobs at Cyber-Security Company
This week the BBC reported on teenaged "hackers dragged from a world of crime to fight for the other side" at "a fairly ordinary looking cyber-security company" in southwest England. Bruce66423 shared...
01:34 pm - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot UK Investigates Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo Over Game Subscription Plans
An anonymous reader quotes Variety:The United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is launching a consumer law investigation into video game companies Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo over s...
10:34 am - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Automakers Want Cars That Won't Start If You're Drunk
Since 2008, a $65 million program has been designing a sophisticated new "ignition interlock" system that would only allows cars to start if it detects that the driver is sober, the Washington Post re...
07:34 am - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Deadly Drug-Resistant Fungus Is 'Quietly Spreading Across the Globe'
A drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris "is quietly spreading across the globe," reports the New York Times:Over the last five years, it has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hosp...
03:34 am - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot 14-Year-Old Earned $200,000 Playing Fortnite on YouTube
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:Griffin Spikoski spends as much as 18 hours a day glued to his computer screen playing the wildly popular, multiplayer video game "Fortnite." His YouTube...
01:34 am - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot Apple TV Includes A Muppet Who Codes
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: While Apple CEO Tim Cook may not be able to force schoolchildren to code, there's no law against Cook and Apple using Sesame Street to make preschoolers want t...
12:34 am - Sun, April 7, 2019
Slashdot After 15 Years, The Humble Space Telescope Can No Longer Be Powered Up
Long-time Slashdot reader frank249 brings some news from Diana Dragomir, a Hubble Fellow at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research:Diana Dragomir tweeted that the MOST Telescope "...
11:34 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Over A Dozen Satellites From SpaceX's December Launch Can't Be Identified
In December a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket deployed 64 satellites into space. But four months later, more than a dozen "have yet to be identified in space," reports the Verge. "We know that they're up there...
10:34 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Is the Golden Age of YouTube Over?
An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:As YouTube battles misinformation catastrophes and discovers new ways people are abusing its system, the company is shifting toward more commercial, advertiser-fri...
09:34 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Chinese HR Firms Have Leaked Over 590 Million Resumes Via Open Databases
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Chinese companies have leaked a whopping 590 million resumes in the first three months of the year, ZDNet has learned from multiple security researchers. Most of the r...
08:34 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot White Hat Hackers Cracked 50 UK Universities' Computer Systems In 2 Hours
"A test of UK university defences against cyber-attacks found that in every case hackers were able to obtain 'high-value' data within two hours," writes the BBC. Bruce66423 shares their report:The tes...
07:34 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Finland's Basic Income Experiment Shows Recipients Are Happier and More Secure
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:Unemployed people derive significant psychological benefits from receiving a fixed amount of financial support from the state, according to a landmark experiment i...
06:34 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot The World's Leading Cause of Death? A Bad Diet
An anonymous reader writes:"A bad diet kills more people globally than tobacco," reports Bloomberg, citing a new studyfunded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and published Wednesday in Lance...
05:34 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Canadian Company Gets $68M Investment To Turn CO2 Into Fuel
An anonymous reader quotes the BBC:British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering has shown that it can extract CO2 in a cost-effective way. It has now been boosted by $68m in new investment from Chevron, ...
04:34 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Security Expert Launches BreachClarity.com, A New Data Breach Response Tool
A new online tool "analyzes publicly disclosed data breaches and gives concrete advice to victims," reported CNET last week. Now the site's creator, data breach expert jimvandyke, is asking Slashdot's...
03:34 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Cringely Predicts: Professional Drivers With Drone Landing Platforms
In what may be his final year of technology predictions, columnist Robert X. Cringely argues aerial delivery drones "are definitely coming just as fast as regulators will allow them, but I don't think...
03:04 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot MIT Study: Tesla Autopilot Drivers "Maintain Functional Vigilance"
Long-time Slashdot reader Rei writes: Friday, the results of a study by the MIT Center for Transport and Logistics on autonomous system driver attentiveness were released, and the results were conclus...
02:34 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Deliveries Are Down 31% From Last Quarter -- But Up 110% From Last Year
An anonymous reader quotes Forbes:Tesla's stock dropped 8% Thursday on the news that Q1 deliveries fell 31% from the previous quarter. However, being a seasonal business, car companies usually compare...
01:00 pm - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Colorado's 'Open Internet' Bill Would Punish Internet-Providing Violators By Taking Their Grant Money Away
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Colorado Sun: Now that Democrats are in charge, Colorado's second attempt at its own version of a net neutrality law passed the General Assembly and now heads ...
10:00 am - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot The UN Wants To Build Floating Cities To Save Us From Climate Change
dmoberhaus writes: On Wednesday, the United Nations convened its first ever round table on floating cities. WIRED was in attendance to hear about one specific proposal -- Oceanix City -- the creation ...
07:00 am - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Japanese Spacecraft Drops Explosive On Asteroid To Make Crater
William Robinson writes: The Hayabusa2 Japanese spacecraft on Friday dropped an explosive on the Ryugu asteroid (named after an undersea palace in a Japanese folktale) to make a crater on its surface....
03:30 am - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Screen Time Has Little Impact On Teen Well-Being, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Daily: Data from more than 17,000 teenagers show little evidence of a relationship between screen time and well-being in adolescents. The study, publis...
02:10 am - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot The Swedish DJ Who Invented Industrially-Manufactured Pop Music
"BBC Culture reports on DJ Denniz Pop (born Dagge Volle), who couldn't sing, play an instrument, or write a song but could mathematically craft a song from stitching together electronically programmed...
01:30 am - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Alzheimer's Disease Affects 'Twice As Many People' As Experts Thought
schwit1 shares a report from the New York Post: In the U.S., 5.8 million people are living with the debilitating condition, according to the Alzheimer's Association, and that number is projected to ri...
12:50 am - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Former Senate Staffer Admits To Doxxing Five Senators On Wikipedia
Jackson Cosko, a former employee of Senator Maggie Hassan, has "admitted to breaking into Hassan's office after being fired, stealing data that included personal contact information, then posting that...
12:10 am - Sat, April 6, 2019
Slashdot Google Adding Chrome Admin Policy To Uninstall Blacklisted Extensions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Google is adding a new admin policy to Chrome that will automatically uninstall browser extensions that are blacklisted by administrators. Cu...
11:30 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Class-Action Lawsuit Accuses AT&T of Lying To Customers About DirecTV Now
A massive class-action lawsuit is accusing AT&T of lying to customers about DirecTV Now when it bought Time Warner. KCTV5 reprots: At the time, they promised customers and investors, they would be...
10:50 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would Your TED Talk Be About?
Slashdot reader shanen poses the question: if you had to give a TED Talk, what would you talk about? They write: Mostly based on my experiences at TEDx events, though of course I've seen a lot of TED ...
10:10 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Airbnb Guest Found Hidden Surveillance Camera By Scanning Wi-Fi Network
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A New Zealand family that booked an Airbnb in Ireland recently discovered an undisclosed camera in the living room, and the family says that Airb...
09:35 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot BBEdit Returns To the Mac App Store
Bare Bones Software this week announced the return of BBEdit, a popular text, code, and markup editor, to the Mac App Store after a nearly five year hiatus. Bare Bones Software: When the Mac App Store...
08:55 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot 12 Years After It Was Notified, Firefox To Add Full Protection Against 'Login Prompt' Spam
Twelve years after it was first notified of the issue, Mozilla has finally shipped a fix this week that will prevent abusive websites -- usually tech support scam sites -- from flooding users with non...
08:15 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot BMW, Daimler, and VW Colluded To Prevent Better Emissions Control Tech, EU Says
The European Union Commission today accused BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen Group (which makes VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles) of colluding to limit emissions reduction technology in their diesel and gas...
07:35 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Facebook, Google, Twitter To Face US Lawmakers About Tech 'Censorship'
Facebook, Google and Twitter are headed back to Washington next week to testify at a congressional hearing about alleged tech censorship. From a report: Tech companies have faced accusations that they...
06:57 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Begins Mass Production of Its Own 5G Chips
Samsung Electronics has started mass-producing its 5G chips, the company said. From a report: Among the company's new chip offerings is the Exynos Modem 5100, which contains a 5G multi-mode chipset; i...
06:12 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot 2.7 Million Americans Still Get Netflix DVDs in the Mail
Remember when Netflix used to be a DVD-by-mail company? Well, for 2.7 million subscribers in the US, it still is. From a report: The familiar red envelopes have been arriving in customers' mailboxes s...
05:30 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot The Nations of the Amazon Want the Name Back
Online retail giant Amazon and the governments of eight South American countries have been given a final deadline to reach an agreement over how to use the ".amazon" web address extension after a seve...
04:50 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot The US Just Had the Most Q1 Layoffs in a Decade
The U.S. saw its highest level of layoffs in a first quarter since 2009, data from staffing firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas released this week showed. From a report: Employers cut 190,410 jobs i...
04:13 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft To Combine Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Into $14.99-a-Month Subscription
Microsoft is planning on launching a new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription that combines Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass into a single monthly charge. From a report: Twitter user h0x0d first reve...
03:30 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Making Video Games Is Not a Dream Job
The video game industry is richer than it has ever been. Its revenue in 2018 was $43.8 billion, a recent report estimated, thanks in large part to hugely popular games like Fortnite and Call of Duty. ...
02:50 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's Black Markets Just Keystrokes Away, Researchers Say
Facebook is connecting not only old friends, but also new criminals. Researchers uncovered more than 70 Facebook groups openly selling black-market cyberfraud services, some of which they say had been...
02:10 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot EU Charges Valve and 5 Game Publishers With Unfair 'Geo-Blocking'
The European Commission charged Valve, the owner of a video distribution platform, and five game publishers on Friday with preventing EU consumers from shopping around within the European Union to fin...
01:00 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Hacker Group Has Been Hijacking DNS Traffic On D-Link Routers For Three Months
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: For the past three months, a cybercrime group has been hacking into home routers -- mostly D-Link models -- to change DNS server settings and hijack tra...
01:00 pm - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Hacker Group Has Been Hijacking DNS Traffic On D-Link Routers For Three Months [Update]
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: For the past three months, a cybercrime group has been hacking into home routers -- mostly D-Link models -- to change DNS server settings and hijack tra...
10:00 am - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Cats Can Recognize Their Own Names, Study Suggests
AmiMoJo shares a report from Gizmodo: Plenty of cat owners will happily tell you their felines are capable of responding to their own names, but the scientific jury remains ambivalent on the matter. A...
07:00 am - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Working On Hot Air Balloon Drone That Approaches Homes Silently
Amazon has been granted a patent that describes an "unmanned aerial vehicle with inflatable membrane" that would allow it to approach homes silently. The UAV "would have a balloon hidden inside the ch...
05:00 am - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Google Cancels AI Ethics Board In Response To Outcry
After facing criticism for including two controversial members in its AI ethics board, Google told Vox that it's pulling the plug on the board altogether. "The inclusion of drone company CEO Dyan Gibb...
03:30 am - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot 'Dead Corals Don't Make Babies': Great Barrier Reef Losing Its Ability To Recover From Bleaching
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Successive ocean heat waves are not only damaging Australia's Great Barrier Reef, they are compromising its ability to recover, raising the risk of "wides...
02:10 am - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Apple Hires AI Expert Ian Goodfellow
One of Google's top minds in artificial intelligence has joined Apple in a director role. Ian Goodfellow said on his LinkedIn profile that he switched employers in March. He said he's a director of ma...
01:30 am - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Ad Platform Could Be Inherently Discriminatory, Researchers Say
Researchers from Northeastern Unviersity, the University of Southern Carolina, and tech accountability non-profit Upturn have released a paper that says Facebook's ad delivery system itself can steer ...
12:50 am - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Android TV Update Puts Home-Screen Ads On Multi-Thousand-Dollar Sony Smart TVs
Google is testing a new "Pilot Program" that puts a row of advertisements on the Android TV home screen. XDA Developers, which was the first to report the program, says: "We're currently seeing report...
12:10 am - Fri, April 5, 2019
Slashdot Cord-Cutting Hits Video Games
Video games are the next entertainment industry undergoing a major disruption, all the way down to the consoles and controllers. From a report: Details: "In the past, you plunked down $60 at GameStop ...
11:30 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Internet Archive Recovers Half a Million 'Lost' MySpace Songs
The Internet Archive has come to the rescue once again. The nonprofit digital library this week unveiled the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard, a collection of 490,000 MP3 files from 2008 to 2010 on the long...
10:50 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Apache Web Server Bug Grants Root Access On Shared Hosting Environments
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: This week, the Apache Software Foundation has patched a severe vulnerability in the Apache (httpd) web server project that could --under certain circums...
10:10 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Social Media Bosses Could Be Liable For Harmful Content, Leaked UK Plan Reveals
The United Kingdom is working on legislation that would hold social media executives liable for harmful content distributed on their platforms. The leaked white paper comes less than 24 hours after Au...
09:30 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Google Play Artist Hub Shutting Down April 30 With Google No Longer Offering Direct Portal For Smaller Musicians
Last year, Google announced that YouTube Music would be the company's primary streaming service that would eventually replace Play Music. We have now learned that in anticipation of this change, Googl...
08:52 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot House Democrats Refuse To Weaken Net Neutrality Bill, Defeat GOP Amendments
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday rejected Republican attempts to weaken a bill that would restore net neutrality rules.Th...
08:13 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot US Conducted Secret Surveillance of China's Huawei, Prosecutors Say
U.S. authorities gathered information about Huawei through secret surveillance that they plan to use in a case accusing the Chinese telecom equipment maker of sanctions-busting and bank fraud, prosecu...
07:35 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Ban Fortnite, Says Prince Harry
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is calling for the ban of popular battle royale game "Fortnite." The prominent member of the British royal family visited a YMCA in West London and spoke to mental health...
06:55 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft and Canonical Launch Visual Studio Code Snap For Linux
Following the release of Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac platforms, Microsoft today is releasing a snap version of Visual Studio Code. A report adds: No, the source-code editor is not the Windo...
06:10 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Will No Longer Auto Install Feature Updates Twice a Year
Microsoft has announced that starting with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, which will hit general availability late next month, users will no longer be forced to install new Windows 10 feature updates...
05:30 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot The End of the Desktop?
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, writing for ComputerWorld : Of course, at one time, to get any work done with a computer, you first had to learn a lot, about computers, operating systems, commands and more...
04:52 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot WhatsApp Now Lets You Control Who Can Add You To a Group
WhatsApp announced this week that it is rolling out changes to its messaging app to give users more control over how they engage with groups, thereby addressing one of the most pronounced privacy issu...
04:10 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Bounty Program Offers Larger Rewards For Bug Hunters
Microsoft, which already offers one of the biggest bug bounty programs, said today it is increasing the payouts it makes and the time it takes to push the payments. From a report: A key change in poli...
03:30 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Ethiopian Airlines Crew Followed Procedures Before Boeing Max Crash, Early Report Says
The pilots of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines jet followed all of Boeing's recommended procedures when the plane started to nose dive but still couldn't save it, according to findings from a preliminary r...
02:44 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot People Changing Jobs Too Often Could Be Punished by China's Social Credit System
Lots of things can hurt your social credit in China. Failing to repay your debts, plagiarizing academic articles and building a debt-laden tech empire and then fleeing to another country, to name a fe...
02:04 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Amazon To Offer Broadband Access From Orbit With 3,236-Satellite 'Project Kuiper' Constellation
Amazon is joining the race to provide broadband internet access around the globe via thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit, newly uncovered filings show. From a report: The effort, code-named Pro...
01:00 pm - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Australia Passes Law To Punish Social Media Companies For Violent Posts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Australia passed sweeping legislation Thursday that threatens huge fines for social media companies and jail for their executives (Warning:...
10:00 am - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot MIT Cuts Funding Ties With Huawei, ZTE Citing US National Security Concerns
Following similar moves by Stanford, University of California Berkeley and University of Minnesota, Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that it is cutting ties with Huawei and ZTE, citing ...
07:00 am - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Fires Up the Engine On Its Test Starship Vehicle For the First Time
SpaceX successfully ignited the onboard engine of its next-generation spacecraft, the Starship, for the first time today. "The ignition was a test known as a static fire, meant to try out the engine w...
03:30 am - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Machine learning has been used to create basil plants that are extra-delicious. While we sadly cannot report firsthand on the herb's tas...
02:30 am - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Ford, GM and Toyota Collaborate For Self-Driving Safety Rules
Ford, General Motors, and Toyota have formed a new consortium called the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) to develop safety standards for self-driving cars. "The newly formed Automated Vehic...
01:50 am - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot 'SPURV' Project Brings Windowed Android Apps To Desktop Linux
mfilion shares a report from Android Police: A new "experimental containerized Android environment" from a company called Collabora allows Android apps to run in floating windows alongside native appl...
01:10 am - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot Verizon Begins Rolling Out Its 5G Wireless Network In Chicago, Minneapolis
Verizon announced today that it has turned on its 5G wireless network in Chicago and Minneapolis -- two of the first markets in the world to receive this next-gen network. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg to...
12:30 am - Thu, April 4, 2019
Slashdot 'It's Time To End the NSA's Metadata Collection Program'
Jake Laperruque, Senior Counsel at The Constitution Project, where he is working on issues of government surveillance, national security and defending privacy rights in the digital age, argues via Wir...
11:50 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Goldman Sachs Will Open-Source Some Of Its Trading Software
According to the Wall Street Journal, Goldman Sachs is planning to release on GitHub some of the code that its traders and engineers use to price securities and analyze and manage risk. "The bank also...
11:10 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Quietly Removes Promo Spots That Gave Special Treatment To Its Own Products
As tech giants face growing scrutiny over their market power, Amazon has quietly removed some of the most aggressive promotional spots for so-called private label products on its website. CNBC reports...
10:30 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Laptop 'Backdoor' Flaw Raises Concerns
A flaw in Huawei Matebook laptops, found by Microsoft researchers, could have been used to take control of machines. From a report: The "sophisticated flaw" had probably been introduced at the manufac...
09:50 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Will Warn You If Your Phone is Infected With Stalkerware
Kaspersky Lab said today it would start flagging stalkerware as malicious, and warn people through its Android app when stalkerware is installed on their phones. In 2018 Kaspersky Lab detected stalker...
09:10 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Google's Second Android Q Beta Brings Us 'Bubbles' Multitasking
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google is releasing the second Android Q Beta today. As we learned with the first release, Android Q is bringing support for foldable smartphones...
08:29 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill That Could Hold Tech Execs Responsible For Data Breaches
On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a new piece of legislation that would make it easier to criminally charge company executives when Americans' personal data is breached. From a rep...
07:47 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Plans To Take on Roku By Vastly Expanding Its Free Ad-Supported Streaming Services: Report
Amazon is planning a vast expansion of its free streaming service on its Fire TV devices and has asked marketers to commit millions of dollars to support new channels and expanded content offerings, m...
07:11 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Fake Cancerous Nodes in CT Scans, Created By Malware, Trick Radiologists
Researchers in Israel created malware to draw attention to serious security weaknesses in medical imaging equipment and networks. An anonymous reader shares a report: Researchers in Israel say they ha...
06:30 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Linus Torvalds on Social Media: 'It's a Disease. It Seems To Encourage Bad Behavior.'
From a wide-ranging interview of Linus Torvalds with Linux Journal on the magazine's 25th anniversary: Linux Journal: If you had to fix one thing about the networked world, what would it be? Linus: No...
05:50 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers
Researchers at UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm, found troves of Facebook user information hiding in plain sight, inadvertently posted publicly on Amazon.com's cloud computing servers. From a report: The...
05:40 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers
Researchers at UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm, found troves of Facebook user information hiding in plain sight, inadvertently posted publicly on Amazon.com's cloud computing servers. From a report: The...
04:55 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Partners With OpenClassrooms To Recruit and Train 1,000 AI Students
Microsoft is partnering with French online education platform OpenClassrooms to train and recruit promising students in AI and prepare them for the workplace. From a report: OpenClassrooms is one of a...
04:11 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Last Time CO2 Levels Were This High, There Were Trees at the South Pole
An anonymous reader shares a report: Trees growing near the South Pole, sea levels 20 metres higher than now, and global temperatures 3C-4C warmer. That is the world scientists are uncovering as they ...
03:26 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot A Suite of Digital Cryptography Tools, Released Today, Has Been Mathematically Proven To Be Completely Secure and Free of Bugs
By making programming more mathematical, a community of computer scientists is hoping to eliminate the coding bugs that can open doors to hackers, spill digital secrets and generally plague modern soc...
02:50 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Judge Orders Fairfax Police To Stop Collecting Data From License Plate Readers
A Fairfax County judge on Monday ordered the Fairfax County police to stop maintaining a database of photos of vehicle license plates, with the time and location where they were snapped, ruling that "...
02:01 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Facebook is Demanding Some Users Share the Password For Their Outside Email Account
An anonymous reader shares a report: Just two weeks after admitting it stored hundreds of millions of its users' own passwords insecurely, Facebook is demanding some users fork over the password for t...
01:00 pm - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Researcher Prints 'PWNED!' On Hundreds of GPS Watches' Maps Due To Unfixed API
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A German security researcher has printed the word "PWNED!" on the tracking maps of hundreds of GPS watches after the watch vendor ignored vulnerability ...
10:00 am - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Debris From India's Anti-Satellite Test Poses Threat To ISS, Says NASA
When India blew apart one of its satellites orbiting Earth last week, it created hundreds of pieces of orbital debris, and some of those pieces are large enough and high enough to pose a potential thr...
07:00 am - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Satellite Airliner Tracking Over Oceans Goes Global
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: Tracking airplanes anywhere in the world just got a lot easier. The U.S. firm Aireon says its new satellite surveillance network is now fully live and being tria...
03:30 am - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Measles Cases Top Last Year's Total
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: So far this year there have been 387 confirmed U.S. measles cases, more than 2018's full-year total and the second-largest number sinc...
02:10 am - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Justice Department Warns Academy About Changing Oscar Rules To Exclude Streaming
The Justice Department has warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that its potential rule changes limiting the eligibility of Netflix and other streaming services for the Oscars could ...
01:30 am - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot iPad Mini Teardown Reveals a Frankenstein of Components From Different iPads
The updated fifth-generation iPad mini has been torn apart by iFixit, revealing an "amalgamation of components and designs from other iPads -- the internals of a previous iPad mini, the camera system ...
12:50 am - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot French ISPs Ordered To Block Sci-Hub, LibGen
The High Court of Paris has ordered several of the largest French ISPs to block access to the pirate libraries LibGen and Sci-Hub. "The decision is a setback for the sites that have come under increas...
12:10 am - Wed, April 3, 2019
Slashdot Google Will Require Temp Workers Receive $15 Minimum Wage, Parental Leave
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google said today that it would require its extended, non-employee workforce in the United States receive comprehensive health care coverage, a $15 ...
11:30 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Lego Education's Newest Spike Prime Programmable Robots Aim For the Classroom
Lego Education, the education-focused arm of the veteran Denmark company, is making its biggest product debut in three years, unveiling Spike Prime, a new kit that aims to mix the company's familiar b...
10:50 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Boeing Delays 737 Max Software Fix
Boeing's promised software fix for its 737 Max planes involved in two deadly crashes since October has been pushed back several weeks after an internal review by engineers not connected to the aircraf...
10:10 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Stops Selling eBooks, Will Refund Customers For Previous Purchases
Starting today, Microsoft is ending all ebook sales in its Microsoft Store for Windows PCs. "Previously purchased ebooks will be removed from users' libraries in early July," reports The Verge. "Even ...
09:30 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Can We Stop AI Outsmarting Humanity?
The spectre of superintelligent machines doing us harm is not just science fiction, technologists say -- so how can we ensure AI remains 'friendly' to its makers? From a story: Jaan Tallinn (co-founde...
08:50 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Google Employees Are Lining Up To Trash Google's AI Ethics Council
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Almost a thousand Google staff, academic researchers, and other tech industry figures have signed a letter protesting the makeup of an i...
08:10 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Will Run Two Experiments This Month With Firefox To Explore Ways To Fight Push Notification Permission Spam
Mozilla said this week that it intends to run two experiments over the course of this month to determine the most adequate way of dealing with push notification spam, a growing problem that is slowly ...
07:30 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Canada Warming Twice as Fast as the Rest of the World, Report Says
Canada is warming on average at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world, a new scientific report indicates. From a report: The federal government climate report also warns that changes are alrea...
06:54 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot IT and Security Professionals Think Normal People Are Just the Worst
Two new studies reaffirm every computer dunce's worst fears: IT professionals blame the employees they're bound to help for their computer problems -- at least when it comes to security. From a report...
06:14 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Visual Studio 2019 For Windows and Mac
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today announced that Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac has hit general availability — you can download it now from visualstudio.microsoft.com/downloads...
05:33 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Intel Announces Cascade Lake With Up To 56 Cores and Optane Persistent Memory DIMMs
At its Data-Centric Innovation Day, Intel today announced its Cascade Lake line of Xeon Scalable data center processors. From a report: The second-generation lineup of Xeon Scalable processors comes i...
04:53 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot iPad Mini Makes Two Common Repairs 'Unnecessarily Difficult,' Says iFixit
Apple has released the fifth-generation iPad Mini. So, of course, the repair experts at iFixit needed to tear it apart. From a report: The new 7.9 inch tablet, launched two weeks ago, sticks to its ro...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant
Proposals to change recommendations and curb conspiracies on YouTube were sacrificed for engagement, Bloomberg reported Monday, citing Google employees. From the report: In recent years, scores of peo...
03:25 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Readdle Brings Free Spark Email App To Android, Promises No Ads or Tracking
Twelve years after its inception, Readdle is finally venturing beyond Apple's ecosystem with the launch today of its Spark email app for Android. This comes on the heels of Google killing its own popu...
02:44 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Laptops To Stay in Bags as TSA Brings New Technology To Airports
Air passengers at a growing number of U.S. airports will no longer need to remove electronics, liquids, and other items from their carry-on luggage at security checkpoints as the Transportation Securi...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Linux Mint 19.2 'Tina' is On the Way, But the Developers Seem Defeated and Depressed
Brian Fagioli, reporting for BetaNews: Today should be happy times for the Linux Mint community, as we finally learn some new details about the upcoming version 19.2! It will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 ...
01:00 pm - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Trick Tesla Autopilot Into Steering Into Oncoming Traffic
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Researchers have devised a simple attack that might cause a Tesla to automatically steer into oncoming traffic under certain conditions. The proo...
10:00 am - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Over Half of Norway Car Sales Are Now Electric
The Norwegian Road Federation (NRF) said on Monday that almost 60 percent of all new cars sold in the country last month were fully electric, "a global record as the country seeks to end fossil-fueled...
07:00 am - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Dubstep Music Found To Protect Against Mosquito Bites, Says Study
According to a new study published in the journal Acta Tropica, listening to electronic music -- specifically dubstep, produced by U.S. artist Skrillex -- could protect against mosquito bites. The BBC...
03:30 am - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Canada Warming At Twice the Global Rate, Report Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: Canada is, on average, experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, with Northern Canada heating up at almost three times the globa...
02:20 am - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot Taiwan To Block Tencent and Baidu Streaming Sites, Citing National Security and Propaganda Concerns
Taiwan is blocking video streaming services of Chinese tech giants Baidu and Tencent Holdings, citing national security and propaganda concerns ahead of a presidential election next year. "Chiu Chui-C...
01:40 am - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot LA County Is Using An Algorithm To Clear 50,000 Pot Convictions Faster
Los Angeles and San Joaquin counties have teamed up with Code for America to help clear around 54,000 marijuana convictions. "The nonprofit's algorithm will aid prosecutors by automatically evaluating...
01:00 am - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot SUSE Will Soon Be the Largest Independent Linux Company
At SUSECon in Nashville, Tennessee, European Linux power SUSE CEO Nils Brauckmann said his company would soon be the largest independent Linux company. "That's because, of course, IBM is acquiring Red...
12:20 am - Tue, April 2, 2019
Slashdot FTC Allows ISPs To Block Apps But They Must Disclose It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The FTC can punish U.S. companies for unfair or deceptive practices. But in regard to net neutrality, this simply means that ISPs must disclose a...
11:40 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Makes Large Share Gains, While Windows 7 Declines Significantly
An anonymous reader shared a report: It took quite some time for Windows 10 to overtake Windows 7, but it finally did it in December 2018, at least according to NetMarketShare's figures. In February h...
11:00 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Singapore Seeks Social Media 'Corrections' In Proposed Fake News Law
A new bill sent to Singapore's parliament on Monday will require social media to carry warnings on posts it deems false and remove comments against "public interest." "The move came two days after Fac...
10:20 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Google Is Killing Off the Pixel 2, Inbox, goo.gl URL Shortener, and Google This Week
In addition to shutting down Google+, Google URL Shortener, and Inbox by Gmail this week, the company has stopped selling its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones through its online store, which means w...
09:43 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Slashing Whole Foods' Prices By 20 Percent On Hundreds of Items
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Amazon is planning to cut prices on hundreds of items at Whole Foods stores this week (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source),...
08:45 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Former NSA Spies Hacked BBC Host, Al Jazeera Chairman for UAE
A UAE cyber espionage contractor staffed with several former U.S. intelligence agents hacked journalists or news executives at Al Jazeera, the BBC, Al Arabi and others throughout June 2017, Reuters re...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Over 13K iSCSI Storage Clusters Left Exposed Online Without a Password
Over 13,000 iSCSI storage clusters are currently accessible via the internet after their respective owners forgot to enable authentication. From a report: This misconfiguration has the risk of causing...
07:25 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Sony To Slash Smartphone Workforce 50% By 2020
Sony is cutting up to half its smartphone workforce as sales shrink in the face of stiff global competition. From a report: The job cuts come as the global smartphone industry suffers one of the sever...
06:46 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Global Video Streaming Market is Largely Controlled by the Usual Suspects
An anonymous reader shares a report: Weeks after Steven Spielberg took a swing at Netflix and Hulu, the Hollywood legend had a change of heart about the medium, appearing at Apple's star-studded event...
06:06 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Blockbuster Video Now Has Just One Store Left On Earth
Cutting_Crew writes: After the last remaining Blockbuster Video store closed in Australia on March 31st, there is only one remaining left on earth. That location is in Bend, Oregon and seems to be a t...
05:26 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Cloudflare Says Its New VPN Service Won't Slow You Down
Cloudflare has announced that it's adding a VPN service to its 1.1.1.1 DNS resolver app. The 1.1.1.1 service, which first came to mobile back in November, currently attempts to speed up mobile data sp...
04:45 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Burger King is Testing a Vegetarian Whopper Made With Impossible Burger
Burger King is testing a vegetarian version of its Whopper that uses an Impossible Burger for its patties, becoming the first national fast-food chain to sell the plant-based burger. From a report: Th...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot 'Fortnite' May be a Virtual Game, But It's Having Real-life, Dangerous Effects
An anonymous reader shares a report: "They are not sleeping. They are not going to school. They are dropping out of social activities. A lot of kids have stopped playing sports so they can do this." M...
03:25 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Years of Mark Zuckerberg's Old Facebook Posts Have Vanished. The Company Says it 'Mistakenly Deleted' Them.
Old Facebook posts by Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared -- obscuring details about core moments in Facebook's history. An anonymous reader shares a report: On multiple occassions, years-old public post...
02:43 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot On its 10th Anniversary, Grammarly Looks Way Beyond Grammar
The service that began by checking prose for glaring mistakes increasingly wants to help its nearly 20 million daily users do more than simply avoid errors. From a report: Plenty of technology compani...
02:03 pm - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Gmail Turns 15, Gets Smart Compose Improvements and Email Scheduling
Today, to celebrate its fifteenth birthday, the Gmail team announced a couple of a new and useful Gmail features, including improvements to Smart Compose and the ability to schedule emails to be sent ...
11:34 am - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot New Male Birth Control Pill Succeeds In Preliminary Testing
"A second male birth control pill succeeded in preliminary testing, suggesting that a new form of contraception may eventually exist," reports Time:The new pill, which works similarly to female contra...
09:34 am - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot More Colleges Try Forgoing Tuition For A Percentage of Future Income
"Some innovative colleges, in partnership with private investors and a small number of philanthropies, are experimenting with a new financing model called 'income share agreements' or 'ISAs,'" reports...
07:34 am - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot OS/2 Warp Community Announces It's Merging With the Flat Earth Society
"From now on our communities will merge to became one single point of contact for OS/2 users and people investigating the truth about our planet earth," OS2World announced today. OS2World's news maste...
05:04 am - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Why Hasn't The Gig Economy Killed Traditional Work?
An anonymous reader quotes NPR:In recent months, a slew of studies has debunked predictions that we're witnessing the dawn of a new "gig economy." The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that ...
02:49 am - Mon, April 1, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Feel About the End Of Google ?
"On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts," Google has been warning since January. Long-...
11:34 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Continues To Amuse Himself On Twitter, Sharing Song, Duck Emoji
Yesterday Billboard magazine reported that Elon Musk had dropped a rap song on SoundCloud -- an auto-tuned song called "RIP Harambe."Posted under the handle Emo G Records, the two-minute track pays tr...
10:04 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Tenants Outraged Over New York Landlord's Plan To Install Facial Recognition Technology
A Brooklyn landlord plans to install facial recognition technology at the entrance of a 700-unit building, according to Gothamist, "raising alarm among tenants and housing rights attorneys about what ...
09:04 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Devuan.org Now Points To 'Pwned' Page With Gopher URLs
"DEVUAN.ORG HAS BEEN PWNED" reads a new message at the home page for Devuan (a fork of Debian without systemd) -- which re-redirects to a new page named pwned.html, reports Slashdot reader DevNull127:...
08:34 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Prosecutors Were Already Investigating Whether Boeing Provided 'Incomplete or Misleading' 737 Information
Fox Business News reports: - "Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Boeing provided incomplete or misleading information about its best-selling 737 Max aircraft to U.S. air safety regulators a...
07:34 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot US Lawmakers Propose Allowing Prisons To Jam Signals From Smuggled Cellphones
An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:Federal legislation proposed Thursday would give state prison officials the ability they have long sought to jam the signals of cellphones smuggled to i...
06:34 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Tinder Announces New 'Height Verification' Feature. But They May Be Lying
"The Tinder dating app will soon be asking men to submit photos in order to verify their height," writes long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike, sharing a post made Friday (March 29th) on the official T...
05:34 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot In Massive Breach, Ex-NSA Contractor Pleads Guilty to Hoarding Highly Classified Secrets
"A former National Security Agency contractor on Thursday pleaded guilty to stealing secret defense information over two decades in what legal experts have described as the biggest breach of classifie...
04:34 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Find 66-Million-Year-Old Fossils From The Day The Dinosaurs Died
"It's like a time capsule of the end of the world," reports USA Today:66 million years ago, in what's now North Dakota, a group of animals died together, only a few minutes after a huge asteroid smash...
03:34 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Collaboration On Google's Chromium Brings a New Feature To Chrome
Remember when Microsoft announced they'd be switching to Google's open source Chromium browser for developing their own Edge browser? At the time Google announced "We look forward to working with Micr...
02:34 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Alexa Scientists Claim Audio Watermarking Technique Nearing 100% Accuracy
georgecarlyle76 brought our attention to Amazon's claim of an algorithm that "solves the 'second-screen problem' in real-time." "Ever hear (no pun intended) of audio watermarking?" asks VentureBeat.It...
01:04 pm - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Revisiting the Jobs Artificial Intelligence Will Create
Long-time Slashdot reader occidental shares a link to the audio of a new interview with the authors of the 2017 article "The Jobs That Artificial Intelligence Will Create" Authors Paul Daugherty and H...
10:34 am - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Can Marc Andreessen Stop Technology From Eating Our Jobs?
Technology writer Tom Chanter explores the life story of venture capitalist Marc Andreessen to ask whether software will not only eat the world, but also the jobs of what one historian predicts will b...
07:34 am - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Does India's Anti-Satellite Missile Test Mean The Weaponization of Space?
Reuters reports:India expects space debris from its anti-satellite weapons launch to burn out in less than 45 days, its top defense scientist said on Thursday, seeking to allay global concern about fr...
04:34 am - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot Saudis Gained Access to Amazon CEO's Phone, Says Bezos' Security Chief
"The security chief for Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said on Saturday that the Saudi government had access to Bezos' phone and gained private information from it," Reuters reports. But in additio...
01:34 am - Sun, March 31, 2019
Slashdot What's The Correct Way to Pronounce 'GIF'?
"Apparently we're all fighting about how to pronounce 'GIF' again on Twitter," writes technology columnist Mike Melanson:I personally find the argument of web designer Aaron Bazinet, who managed to se...