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11:30 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Moto Z4 Brings Back Headphone Jack, Is 5G Ready For $500
Motorola's $500 Moto Z4 is finally official, bringing an updated design with a near-notchless 6.4-inch OLED display, headphone jack, and support for the company's Moto Mods. Other specs include a Qual...
10:50 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot FedEx To Deliver Packages 7 Days a Week
According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, FedEx will deliver packages seven days a week starting next year, adding an extra operating day to accommodate America's online shopping habits....
10:10 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform App Dream Is Dead and Buried
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft has spent years pushing developers to create special apps for the company's Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and today, it's putting the ...
09:30 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Most Windows 10 Users Are Running the Update From Over a Year Ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft's original grand plan for Windows 10 was an operating system that was always up-to-date. Updates were intended to be mandatory, and while you could delay...
08:50 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Metadata is the Biggest Little Problem Plaguing the Music Industry
From a report: Recently, a musician signed to a major indie label told me they were owed up to $40,000 in song royalties they would never be able to collect. It wasn't that they had missed out on paym...
08:10 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot The Galaxy Note 10 Won't Have Headphone Jack or Buttons, Report Says
The Galaxy Note 10 will reportedly be Samsung's first flagship to remove the headphone jack, taking one of the last wired audio options off the flagship market. From a report: The Note 10 will have no...
07:30 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Apple Expected To Remove 3D Touch From All 2019 iPhones in Favor of Haptic Touch
Four years after 3D Touch debuted on the iPhone 6s, the pressure-sensitive feature appears to be on the chopping block. From a report: Last week, in a research note shared with MacRumors, a team of Ba...
06:50 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot There Are About 5.3 Billion People on Earth Aged Over 15. Of These, Around 5 Billion Have a Mobile Phone.
Benedict Evans: There are about 5.3bn people on earth aged over 15. Of these, around 5bn have a mobile phone. This is an estimate: I'm going with the GSMA's but most others are in the same range. The ...
06:10 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Millions of Dollars From US University Endowments, Foundations and Retirement Plans Have Helped Fund Two Billion-Dollar Chinese Facial Recognition Startups
An anonymous reader shares a report: Princeton University and the US's largest public pension plan are among a number of stateside organizations funding technology behind the Chinese government's unpr...
05:28 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Will Distribute More Xbox Titles Through Steam and Finally Support Win32 Games
Microsoft says it's committed to supporting competing PC game stores and it's announcing today that it will distribute more Xbox Game Studios titles through Valve's Steam marketplace. From a report: T...
04:45 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Netflix To Raise Prices For UK Subscribers By Up To 20%
Netflix is to raise prices for UK subscribers by up to 20% as it looks to invest more in programmes ahead of the arrival of deep-pocketed rival Disney's eagerly anticipated service later this year. Fr...
04:10 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Joseph Gordon-Levitt: HitRecord Is 'GitHub For Creativity'
Krystalo writes: HitRecord is a production company transitioning into a tech platform. We caught up with cofounders Jared Geller and Joseph Gordon-Levitt at Collision 2019 in Toronto last week to unde...
03:21 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Huawei a Key Beneficiary of China Subsidies That US Wants Ended
From a report: A replica of the Palace of Versailles, medieval turrets, and spires rise across Huawei's new campus in southern China, a monument to the telecom giant's growing fortune -- and the benef...
02:40 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Apple, Google and WhatsApp Condemn GCHQ Proposal To Eavesdrop on Encrypted Messages
Tech giants, civil society groups and Ivy League security experts have condemned a proposal from Britain's eavesdropping agency as a "serious threat" to digital security and fundamental human rights. ...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Tech Giant Brings Software To a Gun Fight
An anonymous reader shares a report: On its website, Salesforce touts retailer Camping World as a leading customer of its business software, highlighting its use of products to help sales staff move p...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Patent Reveals Plans To Allow Alexa To Listen, Record Users At All Times
schwit1 shares a report from ScienceAlert: A newly revealed patent application filed by Amazon is raising privacy concerns over an envisaged upgrade to the company's smart speaker systems. This change...
10:00 am - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Brown Dwarf Atmospheres As The Potentially Most Detectable And Abundant Sites For Life
RockDoctor writes: Yet another provocative paper emerges onto Arxiv from Harvard's Lingam and Loeb. Today they estimate the volume of space occupied by habitable zones (regions where liquid water is s...
07:00 am - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Food Delivery Apps Are Drowning China In Plastic
"The astronomical growth of food delivery apps in China is flooding the country with takeout containers, utensils and bags," writes Raymond Zhong and Carolyn Zhang for The New York Times. "And the cou...
03:30 am - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot DIY Facial Recognition For Porn Is a Dystopian Disaster
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vice News: Someone posting on Chinese social network Weibo claims to have used facial recognition to cross-reference women's photos on social media with faces ...
02:03 am - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot PCI Express 5.0 Announced With 32GT/s Transfer Rates
The Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) today announced PCI Express 5.0, even though PCI Express 4.0 is still a rarity in the PC market. Phoronix reports: PCI Express 5....
01:25 am - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Gmail's Confidential Mode Will Be On By Default For G Suite Users Starting June 25th
Google's new confidential mode is rolling out to G Suite users and will be turned on by default starting on June 25th. Personal account holders have been able to use this feature since Gmail's mid-201...
12:45 am - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Google To Restrict Modern Ad Blocking Chrome Extensions To Enterprise Users
Earlier this year, Google proposed changes to the open-source Chromium browser that would break content-blocking extensions, including various ad blockers. Despite the overwhelming negative feedback t...
12:02 am - Thu, May 30, 2019
Slashdot Nuke Retirements Could Lead To 4 Billion Metric Tons of Extra CO2 Emissions, Says IEA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A report released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns world leaders that -- without support for new nuclear power or lifetime ex...
11:20 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot IEEE Bans Huawei From Peer-Reviewing Papers, Chinese Scientists Quit To Protest
New submitter AntiBrainWasher writes: Running away from the fear of legal/political persecution, the New York City-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) told editors of its ro...
10:40 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Intel Graphics Division Shares Wild Futuristic GPU Concept Cards
MojoKid writes: What do you think graphics cards will look like in the next decade and a half? Intel wanted to know that as well, so it commissioned designer Cristiano Siquiera to give us a taste of w...
10:03 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Uber Will Start Deactivating Riders With Low Ratings
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Uber is now requiring the same good behavior from riders that it has long expected from its drivers. Uber riders have always had ratings, but they ...
09:25 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Chevron Exec is Secretly Pushing Anti-Electric Car Effort in Arizona
A California lobbyist for Chevron is urging retirees of the oil company in Arizona to oppose electric-car policies, saying the vehicles are too expensive for most people and should not be promoted. Fr...
08:45 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot US Department of Energy is Now Referring To Fossil Fuels as 'Freedom Gas'
Call it a rebranding of "energy dominance." From a report: In a press release published on Tuesday, two Department of Energy officials used the terms "freedom gas" and "molecules of US freedom" to rep...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot iRobot Unveils Roomba S9 and Braava Jet M6 Robots That Clean Together
An anonymous reader writes: iRobot today launched two new robots: the Roomba s9+ robot vacuum cleaner and the Braava jet m6 robot mop. The Roomba s9+ robot vacuum with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Dispos...
07:26 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Has Started Researching Whether White Supremacists Belong on Twitter
Twitter is conducting in-house research to better understand how white nationalists and supremacists use the platform. From a report: The company is trying to decide, in part, whether white supremacis...
06:47 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Docker Bug Allows Root Access To Host File System
Trailrunner7 shares a report: All of the current versions of Docker have a vulnerability that can allow an attacker to get read-write access to any path on the host server. The weakness is the result ...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Asks Court To Declare US Government Ban Unconstitutional
Huawei is stepping up its fight against American bans. From a report: The tech giant has motioned for a summary judgment in its lawsuit to invalidate Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authoriza...
05:23 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot The Splinternet Is Growing
"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it," said Internet pioneer John Gilmore in a 1993 Time magazine article about a then-ungoverned place called "cyberspace." How times have cha...
04:42 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Flipboard Says Hackers Stole User Details
Flipboard, a news aggregator service and mobile news app, notified users this week of a security incident during which hackers had access to internal systems for more than nine months. From a report: ...
04:03 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Hundreds of Thousands of 'Pirate' Sites Disappear Following Takedown Notices
An anonymous reader shares a report: Every week millions of these requests are sent to hosting platforms, as well as third-party services, such as search engines. Quite a few of the major players, inc...
03:20 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Latest Defense of the App Store Just Shows How Hard It is To Compete With Apple
As it faces both an antitrust lawsuit with huge implications and a formal EU investigation over its App Store tactics, Apple today defended itself against Spotify and other critics of the company's ma...
02:40 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot 'We're Not Being Paranoid': US Warns Of Spy Dangers Of Chinese-Made Drones
Drones have become an increasingly popular tool for industry and government. But the Department of Homeland Security is warning that drones manufactured by Chinese companies could pose security risks,...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Hints at New Modern Windows OS With 'Invisible' Background Updates
Microsoft still hasn't officially confirmed the existence of its rumored Windows Lite operating system, but the software giant is dropping some pretty big hints about the future of Windows today. From...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Sony Builds IoT Chip With a 60-Mile Range
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Sony is quietly launching a chip that could change how e-bikes, cars, street lamps and all kinds of other connected devices can relay information. Th...
10:00 am - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Large Cities May Create Their Own Clouds
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Although it's well-known that concrete-rich cities are often several degrees hotter than the leafy suburbs, scientists have now determined that citi...
07:00 am - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX's Bright Starlink Satellites Are Upsetting Astronomers
SpaceX's Starlink satellites -- recently launched from Cape Canaveral last week -- may obstruct the view of the universe, posing serious problems for astronomers. It's not much of a problem now as the...
03:30 am - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Exploding Stars Led To Humans Walking On Two Legs, Radical Study Suggests
dryriver shares a report from The Guardian: It was the evolutionary leap that defined the species: while other apes ambled around on all fours, the ancestors of humans rose up on two legs and, from th...
02:02 am - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Google Forces Microsoft Edge Preview Users To Use Chrome For Modern YouTube Experience
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Thurrott: Microsoft started testing a new Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium a little while ago. The company has been releasing new canary and dev builds...
01:25 am - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Samsung's New Chips Support 100W USB-C Fast Charging
Samsung on Tuesday announced the launch of two new chips that it says will support secure, fast-charging USB-C power delivery controllers. "One of them, the SE8A, is what the company calls the industr...
12:45 am - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot Google Revives Controversial Cold-Fusion Experiments
According to a peer-reviewed paper revealed this week, Google is continuing its experiments into the controversial science of cold fusion -- the theory that nuclear fusion, the process that powers the...
12:03 am - Wed, May 29, 2019
Slashdot New Zealand's New Visa Program Requires Positive Energy and a Business Plan
pacopico writes: Two years ago, New Zealand started what might be the most radical visa program ever invented. It's called the Global Impact Visa. As Bloomberg Businessweek writes, "You can live in Ne...
11:25 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Apple Sued By iTunes Customers Over Alleged Data Misuse
Three iTunes customers have filed a lawsuit against Apple accusing the company of sending personal user data to third parties to boost its revenues. "It is alleged that Apple is selling, renting or di...
10:45 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Huawei's Ace In the Hole: Undersea Cables
While the United States is banning the use of Huawei equipment from its fifth-generation infrastructure, the Chinese telecommunications company is working to expand its share in the undersea cable mar...
10:03 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Gaming App Shuts Down This Week
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: YouTube Gaming is more or less shutting down this week. Google launched the standalone YouTube gaming vertical almost four years ago as a respons...
09:26 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Amazon is Poised To Unleash a Long-Feared Purge of Small Suppliers
Two months ago, Amazon halted orders from thousands of suppliers with no explanation. Panic ensued -- until the orders quietly resumed weeks later, with Amazon suggesting the pause was part of a campa...
08:45 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot ICANN's Recent .Amazon Decision Denounced by Presidents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia
The presidents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia have criticized the recent ICANN decision to grant global retailer Amazon the rights to the .amazon top-level domain. From a report: The four lead...
08:04 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot The World Economic Forum Wants To Develop Global Rules for AI
This week, AI experts, politicians, and CEOs will gather to ask an important question: Can the United States, China, or anyone else agree on how artificial intelligence should be used and controlled? ...
07:25 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Asus ZenBook Pro Duo Is an Extravagant Laptop With Two 4K Screens
Asus always likes to use its hometown trade show of Computex, which also happens to be the world's biggest computer hardware event, to show off a wide and occasionally wild lineup of new products. And...
06:46 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Google's Chrome Becomes Web 'Gatekeeper' and Rivals Complain
Few home-grown Google products have been as successful as Chrome. Launched in 2008, it has more than 63% of the market and about 70% on desktop computers, according to StatCounter data. Mozilla's Fire...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Plastic Waste Dumped in Malaysia Will Be Returned To UK, US and Others
Malaysia will return 450 tonnes of contaminated plastic waste to the countries that shipped it, in a refusal to become a dumping ground for the world's trash. From a report: Nine shipping containers a...
05:25 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot US Navy Wants 350 Billion Social Media Posts
The US Navy is seeking to create an archive of at least 350 billion social media posts from around the world, in order to study how people talk online. From a report: The military project team has not...
04:40 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Military To Replace Windows OS Amid Fears of US Hacking
Amidst an escalating trade war and political tensions with the US, Beijing officials have decided to develop a custom operating system that will replace the Windows OS on computers used by the Chinese...
04:01 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Apple Updates iPod Touch With A10 Fusion Chip (and Nothing Else)
Apple today released a new iPod Touch with A10 fusion chip that supports group FaceTime chats and improved augmented reality capabilities. From a report: The rest of the device is unchanged, compared ...
03:25 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Huawei's Android Replacement OS Will Launch in June, Company Exec Says
Huawei's home-grown operating system -- codenamed HongMeng -- that's set to replace Android once the Huawei ban from Google comes into full effect, will be commercially rolled out next month, a Middle...
02:41 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Food Delivery Apps Are Drowning China in Plastic
In all likelihood, the enduring physical legacy of China's internet boom will not be the glass-and-steel office complexes or the fancy apartments for tech elites. It will be the plastic. From a report...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot W3C and WHATWG Sign Agreement To Collaborate on a Single Version of HTML and DOM
W3C and the WHATWG signed an agreement today to collaborate on the development of a single version of the HTML and DOM specifications. From a blog post: The Memorandum of Understanding jointly publish...
10:30 am - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm and Lenovo's Project Limitless is the First 5G PC
Qualcomm said today that it's teaming up with Lenovo on "Project Limitless," the first 5G PC. From a report: It's still really early days for the laptop, which was teased at Qualcomm's press conferenc...
07:00 am - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Movie Companies Sue 'YTS' and 'YIFY' Site Operators in US Court
The companies behind the movies "Singularity," "Once Upon a Time inVenice," "Mechanic: Resurrection," "The Hitman's Bodyguard," "I Feel Pretty," "Boyka: Undisputed" and "Hunter Killer," accuse the all...
04:30 am - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Intel Boldly Claims Its 'Ice Lake' Integrated Graphics Are As Good as AMD's
While Intel is expected to detail its upcoming 10nm processor, Ice Lake, during its Tuesday keynote here at Computex, the company is already making one bold claim -- that Ice Lake's integrated Gen11 g...
02:30 am - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Founder Says He Would Oppose Chinese Retaliation Against Apple
Huawei's founder and Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei told Bloomberg that retaliation by Beijing against Apple was unlikely and that he would oppose any such move from China against the iPhone maker. From...
12:30 am - Tue, May 28, 2019
Slashdot Some Business Schools Are Shutting Down Their MBA Programs
The University of Illinois' Gies College of Business has become the latest school to announce that it is getting out of the full-time, on-campus MBA market. From a report: Instead, Gies will focus mor...
10:50 pm - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc
For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health...
09:30 pm - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot Japan To Limit Foreign Ownership of Firms in Its IT, Telecom Sectors
Japan's government said on Monday that high-tech industries will be added to a list of businesses for which foreign ownership of Japanese firms is restricted. From a report: The new rule, effective Au...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot Apple Executive Dismisses Google CEO's Criticism Over Turning Privacy Into a 'Luxury Good'
Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently said that "privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services," a comment that some viewed as a dig at Apple. ...
07:00 pm - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot China's ByteDance Plans To Develop Its Own Smartphone
China's ByteDance, owner of the popular TikTok streaming app, is taking a step into hardware to develop its own smartphone [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], Financial Tim...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot Indian PM Narendra Modi's Reelection Spells More Frustration For US Tech Giants
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon and Walmart's problems in India look set to continue after Narendra Modi, the biggest force to embrace the country's politics in decades, led his Hindu nati...
05:00 pm - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot Apple Starts Collecting Data For Apple Maps in Canada
Apple has issued a short statement on its website and in various newspapers announcing Apple Maps plans in Canada. From a report: The company plans to drive around the country with cars equipped with ...
04:01 pm - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot AMD Unveils the 12-Core Ryzen 9 3900X, at Half the Price of Intel's Competing Core i9 9920X Chipset
AMD CEO Lisa Su today unveiled news about its chips and graphics processors that will increase pressure on competitors Intel and Nvidia, both in terms of pricing and performance. From a report: All ne...
03:00 pm - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Developers Fear the Fallout From the Tech War Will Cost Them Access To GitHub
Restricted access to US technology is shaping up to have a big impact on Huawei. Now some Chinese software developers are wondering if the ongoing trade dispute between the US and China might soon aff...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot Nvidia Unveils RTX Studio For Desktop-Style Performance on Laptops
Nvidia today unveiled the tech behind new RTX Studio laptops, which can provide desktop-level computing performance for laptop users. From a report: Aimed at creators, the machines are targeted at ind...
11:34 am - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot NASA Will Carry Your Name On a Chip To Mars
NASA will etch your name onto a silicon chip that will be carried to Mars by a rover in 2020: An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:The rover's primary mission is to get us closer to answering that fun...
07:34 am - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot Grindr Let Chinese Engineers See Data From Millions of Americans
JustAnotherOldGuy shared this story from Reuters:Early last year, Grindr LLC's Chinese owner gave some Beijing-based engineers access to personal information of millions of Americans such as private m...
03:34 am - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot Some Americans Have Fled The Country To Escape Student Loan Debt
"Some student loan borrowers are packing their bags and fleeing from the U.S. to other countries, where the cost of living is often lower and debt collectors wield less power over them," reports CNBC:...
01:47 am - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot WHO Officially Classifies 'Gaming Disorder' As An Illness
Saturday the World Health Organization officially adopted the latest update to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) -- and added "gaming disorder" to its list of modern diseases. It's in...
12:47 am - Mon, May 27, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Teams With Alphabet's X and Brilliant For Online Quantum Computing Class
"Learn to build quantum algorithms from the ground up with a quantum computer simulated in your browser," suggests a new online course. "The very concept of a quantum computer can be daunting, let alo...
11:30 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk on Twitter: 'Trains Should Be On Surface, Cars Below'
An anonymous reader writes:The SFGate site reports that Elon Musk engaged in a "bizarre Twitter fight" after someone suggested underground tunnels were better for trains than cars. "Opposite is true,"...
10:45 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot 'Boring Company' Video Suggests Company Is Abandoning Underground Rails
An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider: Shortly after news broke that Elon Musk's Boring Company landed its first tunnel-building project in Las Vegas, it released a video of two Teslas racing in...
09:50 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot How a Professor Beat Roulette, Crediting a Non-Existent Supercomputer
I loved this story. The Hustle remembers how in 1964 a world-renowned medical professor found a way to beat roulette wheels, kicking off a five-year winning streak in which he amassed $1,250,000 ($8,0...
08:49 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot 'The Future of AT&T Is An Ad-tracking Nightmare Hellworld'
There's something scary in Fortune's new article about AT&T:"Say you and your neighbor are both DirecTV customers and you're watching the same live program at the same time," says Brian Lesser, wh...
07:46 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot In A World First, Scientists Change Snail's Shell-Coiling Direction With CRISPR
"Most snails are 'righties'. Now scientists have found genes that can change the shell coiling direction," writes the New York Times. ( Non-paywalled version here ) Suren Enfiajyan shares their report...
06:34 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot Will Disney Destroy Netflix?
"Netflix has 175 days left to pull off a miracle... or it's all over," argues a headline at Forbes for an article by the chief analyst at disruption research firm RiskHedge: Netflix is not the future ...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot MIDI Association Explains 'Capability Inquiry' Features In MIDI 2.0
Friday the MIDI Association published an introduction to MIDI 2.0, describing updates to the already-evolving 36-year-old standard, including MIDI-CI, Profiles and Property Exchange:MIDI 2.0 updates M...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot What If We Could Reuse The Packaging on Consumer Products?
"The shampoo bottle, the deodorant stick, razors and even your toothbrush -- they all get thrown away when they're empty or worn out. But if they were reusable -- or refillable -- just imagine how muc...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot TurboTax Is Using A 'Military Discount' to Trick Troops Into Paying to File Their Taxes
"Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, created and promoted a 'military discount' that charges service members who are eligible to file for free," reports ProPublica, in a story co-published with The Militar...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot The First Usable Electric Car Was Invented In Britain In 1884
"Thomas Parker, sometimes described as the 'Edison of Britain', was a British engineer and electrical technologies inventor working in the 1800s who was also one of the world's first environmentalists...
01:34 pm - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot British Consumers Have Started To Dump Huawei Phones
"British consumers have begun trading in smartphones from Huawei Technologies Co. in growing numbers since the Chinese tech giant was hit by a U.S. supply blacklist," reports Bloomberg:Trade-in and pr...
11:34 am - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Adds Python To Windows -- Sort Of
A post this week on Microsoft's developer blog explains "what we, the Python team, have done to make Python easier to install on Windows" after the next update. TLDR: Typing 'python' in Windows' Comma...
07:34 am - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot Can James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger Revive The 'Terminator' Franchise?
"The Resistance's war against Skynet rages on with the sixth installment of the Terminator series," reports Variety, adding that the James Cameron-produced film "serves as a direct sequel to the first...
03:34 am - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX's Train of Satellites Creates Temporary 'Mega-Constellation'
"SpaceX's unorthodox card-dealing launch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites has led to an unusual viewing opportunity for skywatchers -- and an occasion to wonder about the impact of such mega-conste...
01:34 am - Sun, May 26, 2019
Slashdot CrossFit Storms Off Facebook and Instagram
"CrossFit, the branded workout regimen, deleted its Facebook and Instagram pages earlier this week and explained the reasoning through an impassioned press release," reports the Verge. TechSpot has mo...
11:34 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Is Go Google's Programming Language, Not Ours?
Chris Siebenmann is a Unix sys-admin for the CS department at the University of Toronto. He recently saw a tweet asking about the possibility of community-implemented generics for the Go programming l...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Strict 'Do Not Track' Law Proposed By US Senator
This week a Republican senator "unveiled a 'Do Not Track' bill with tough penalties for companies who break its protections," reports The Hill. Trailrunner7 shares more information from the security ...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Consumer Reports: Tesla's New Automatic Lane-Changing Is Much Worse Than a Human Driver
"Tesla's updated Navigate on Autopilot software now lets some drivers choose whether the car can automatically change lanes without his or her input," writes Consumer Reports -- before complaining tha...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Why the US Air Force Is Investigating a Cyber Attack From the US Navy
"The Air Force is investigating the Navy for a cyber intrusion into its network, according to a memo obtained by Military Times." Zorro (Slashdot reader #15,797) shares their report:The bizarre turn o...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Neal Stephenson Says Social Media Is Close To A 'Doomsday Machine'
PC Magazine interviewed Neal Stephenson about his new upcoming book Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell, as well as "the digital afterlife, and why social media is a doomsday machine." [Possible spoilers ahead]: ...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Systemd Now Has More Than 1.2 Million Lines of Code
This week Phoronix marked a very special anniversary:Five years ago today was the story on Phoronix how the systemd source tree was approaching 550k lines so curiosity got the best of me to see how la...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Why Are Some Wealthy Kids Getting Extra Time To Finish Their SAT Tests?
Students from wealthy high schools are more than twice as likely to qualify for extra time to finish their SAT or ACT college entrance tests than students from poor schools -- and in some cases, they'...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot 'How I Cheated On My Microsoft Job Interview'
Robert Sweeney spent 10 years working as a software engineer at Microsoft and Netflix, before becoming founder and CEO of the software development agency Facet. This week he blogged about how he cheat...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Replacing JavaScript: How eBay Made a Web App 50x Faster With WebAssembly
"Online marketplace eBay has revealed how it boosted performance of a demanding web app by 50x using WebAssembly," reports TechRepublic:The "astonishing" speed-up after switching from a JavaScript-bas...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot NASA Announces First Commercial Partner For A Space Station Orbiting The Moon
"NASA has chosen its first commercial partner for a proposed space station, known as the Lunar Gateway, to be built near the Moon," reports Ars Technica: On Thursday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstin...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot An RV Camp Sprang Up Outside Google's HQ. Now Mountain View Wants To Ban It
schwit1 shares an excerpt from a report via Bloomberg: In a quiet neighborhood near Google's headquarters last month, rusty, oleaginous sewage was seeping from a parked RV onto the otherwise pristine ...
10:00 am - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Has Now Been Cut Off By the SD Association, Wi-Fi Alliance
Both the SD Association and Wi-Fi Alliance have cut ties with Huawei following President Trump's executive order barring companies from doing business with the Chinese company. PhoneDog reports: First...
07:00 am - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot 'Phenomenal' 2,300-Year-Old Bark Shield Found In Leicestershire
pgmrdlm shares a report from The Guardian: An "astonishing and unparalleled" 2,300-year-old shield made of tree bark has been discovered in Leicestershire, the only example of its kind ever found in E...
03:30 am - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Parents Are Spending Thousands On YouTube Camps That Teach Kids How To Be Famous
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Daily Dot: Various YouTube summer camps have begun launching across the nation, designed to turn regular elementary and middle-school-aged children into bo...
01:20 am - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot China Unveils 373 MPH Maglev Train Prototype
China has unveiled a new floating bullet train capable of hitting speeds of about 372 mph (600 km/h). CNN reports: On Thursday, the body prototype for the country's latest high-speed magnetic-levitati...
12:40 am - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot Google Shut Out Baltimore Officials Using Gmail After Ransomware Attack
The Baltimore city government is recovering from a devastating ransomware attack that has locked up its systems, but officials in the city faced a new problem today. As first reported by The Baltimore...
12:03 am - Sat, May 25, 2019
Slashdot 47 Democrats Cave On Net Neutrality After GOP Calls Bill 'Dead On Arrival'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Forty-seven Democratic members of Congress are calling for a net neutrality compromise with Republicans, who have refused to support a full resto...
11:20 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Is Putting the Sexy Into Unsexy Software
Microsoft's redesigned SharePoint platform is proof that Microsoft is serious about making their software more stylish. "It's colorful, pretty, and makes SharePoint seem sexy instead of the boring cor...
10:40 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Zuckerberg Met With Winklevoss Twins About Facebook Developing Cryptocurrency, Report Says
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly met with Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss to discuss the company's plans to launch its own cryptocurrency. "The Financial Times reported Thursday that Z...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot First American Financial Corp. Leaked 885 Million Sensitive Title Insurance Records
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Krebs on Security: The Web site for Fortune 500 real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. leaked hundreds of millions of documents relat...
09:20 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Breach Company That Makes License Plate Readers for US Government
Hackers breached a company that provides license plate reader technology for the US government, including at the border with Mexico. From a report: The hackers posted what appears to be the internal d...
08:41 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot An Algorithm May Decide Who Gets Suicide Prevention
An algorithm, it seems, could determine, in some cases, who gets shown lifesaving information, and who doesn't. From a report: The researchers behind the New Media & Society paper set out to under...
08:01 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Game Streaming Service Project xCloud Technically Supports 3,500 Games
Microsoft today shared more details about its Project xCloud game streaming service, revealing that developers won't have to make any modifications to their games for their titles to be supported by x...
07:25 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie is Getting Delayed To Redesign the Title Character
Director Jeff Fowler has announced that Paramount had delayed the release of 'Sonic the Hedgehog' by three months, to allow the visual effects team some more time to work on the central character's re...
06:41 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Uber and Lyft's Rise Tanked Wheelchair Access To Taxis
A new San Francisco city report details the devastating drop in on-demand rides for the disability community after the rise of Uber and Lyft. From a report: The financial blow to the taxi industry, th...
06:01 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot NASA Executive Quits Weeks After Appointment To Lead 2024 Moon Landing Plan
A top NASA executive hired in April to guide strategy for returning astronauts to the moon by 2024 has resigned, the space agency said on Thursday, the culmination of internal strife and dwindling con...
05:20 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Delivery App Orders Restaurants To Cook Almost Whatever You Want
Russia's largest tech company is launching a delivery service that allows a customer to tell a restaurant what to cook, whether it's on the menu or not. From a report: Yandex NV will prepare meal kits...
04:40 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Mobile Chrome, Safari and Firefox Failed To Show Phishing Warnings For More Than a Year
An anonymous reader writes: For more than a year, mobile browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari failed to show any phishing warnings to users, according to a research paper published this we...
04:01 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot A Group of Independent Linux App Developers Has Asked Wider GNOME Community To 'Stop Theming' Its Apps
The letter is addressed to the maintainers of Linux distributions who elect to ship custom GTK and icons themes by default in lieu of upstream defaults. From a report: By publicizing the issues they f...
03:20 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Anti-Loot Box Bill Could Radically Change How Video Games Are Sold
Democratic and Republican senators can hardly agree on what to order for lunch, but as of Thursday they seem to agree that the video game industry requires additional government oversight. From a repo...
02:41 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot World's First AI-Generated Whiskey Coming Later This Year
Microsoft, best known for developing Windows, has a thirst for something new: whiskey. The tech giant is co-developing the world's first computer-generated blend using artificial intelligence. From a ...
02:01 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Theresa May, Undone by Brexit, To Resign as UK Prime Minister
Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain surrendered to mounting pressure from her lawmakers on Friday and said she would step aside as leader, after almost three years of trying and failing to lead Brit...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Intel SVP Gregory Bryant Opens Up On Project Athena Laptop Initiative
MojoKid shares a report from HotHardware: Earlier this year, Intel revealed its Project Athena initiative and earlier this month gave us a broad overview on what to expect with future computing design...
09:31 am - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Theresa May, Undone by Brexit, To Resign as UK Prime Minister
Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain surrendered to mounting pressure from her lawmakers on Friday and said she would step aside as leader, after almost three years of trying and failing to lead Brit...
09:00 am - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot A Rocket Built By Students Reached Space For the First Time
In the early morning of April 21, 10 students from the University of Southern California's Rocket Propulsion Lab successfully launched a rocket above the Karman Line, the imaginary boundary that separ...
05:08 am - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites On Thrice-Flown Rocket, Sticks Landing
SpaceX's fifth Falcon 9 rocket of the year successfully launched from Cape Canaveral this evening, sending 60 internet-beaming satellites into space. Space.com reports: Following the successful launch...
03:30 am - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Synthesizer Pioneer Bob Moog Gets His Own 'Moogseum'
harrymcc writes: In the 1960s, Bob Moog helped invent electronic music as we know it by popularizing the synthesizer. He died in 2005, but Moog synthesizers are still widely used by top musical acts. ...
02:10 am - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot GitHub Launches Sponsors, Lets You Pay Your Favorite Open-Source Contributors
GitHub today launched Sponsors, a new tool that lets you give financial support to open-source developers through recurring monthly payments. Developers will be able to opt into having a "Sponsor me" ...
01:30 am - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Senate Passes Bill Cracking Down On Robocalls
The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that aims to crack down on unwanted robocalls. "The legislation would impose stiffer fines of as much as $10,000 per call on robocallers who knowingly flout the ru...
12:50 am - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot Deepfakes Can Now Be Made From a Single Photo
Samsung has developed a new artificial intelligence system for creating deepfakes -- fabricated clips that make people appear to do or say things they never did -- that only needs as little as one pho...
12:10 am - Fri, May 24, 2019
Slashdot 5G Could Mean Less Time To Flee a Deadly Hurricane, Heads of NASA and NOAA Warn
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: As reported by The Washington Post and CNET, the heads of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warn [5G wireless netw...
11:30 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Panasonic 'Suspends Transactions' With Huawei After US Ban
Japan's Panasonic has said it is scrutinizing whether any of its products break U.S. restrictions on trading with Huawei. "Panasonic announced in [an] internal notification that it should suspend tran...
10:50 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk's Boring Company Wins Contract To Build Las Vegas Tunnel
Elon Musk's Boring Company now has a paying customer. "Late Wednesday, the board of directors of the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority voted to grant a $48,675,000 contract to the Boring Co...
10:10 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Comcast Does So Much Lobbying That It Says Disclosing It All Is Too Hard
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast may be harming its reputation by failing to reveal all of its lobbying activities, including its involvement in trade associations and lo...
09:30 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Removed 2.2 Billion Fake Accounts This Year
Facebook released its community standards enforcement report Thursday morning, offering a much more in-depth look at the inner workings of the company than previously seen. From a report: One of the m...
08:50 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Dismisses Calls To Break Up Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday rebuffed calls for the company to be broken up over competition concerns, disputing claims the firm has grown too dominant. From a report: During a call with r...
08:19 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Julian Assange Charged in 18-Count Indictment For WikiLeaks Disclosures
Julian Assange was charged Thursday in an 18-count superseding indictment for his role in orchestrating the 2010 WikiLeaks disclosures, described by the U.S. government as "one of the largest compromi...
07:53 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access To Spy on Users
Several departments inside social media giant Snap have dedicated tools for accessing user data, and multiple employees have abused their privileged access to spy on Snapchat users, Motherboard report...
07:30 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Many Google Duplex Calls Are From Real People Instead of AI
Google's Duplex reservations might be more widely available, but that doesn't mean the AI is ready to handle every call. From a report: The company has confirmed to the New York Times that about 25 pe...
06:50 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Redditor Allowed To Stay Anonymous, Court Rules
Online free speech has been given a victory, with a federal court ruling that a Redditor can remain anonymous in a copyright lawsuit. From a report: This means anyone from around the globe who posts o...
06:13 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Antergos Linux Has Been Discontinued
Suren Enfiajyan writes: An Arch Linux based distribution, Antergos, has been discontinued. The project's primary goal was to make Arch Linux available to a wider audience of users by providing a strea...
05:38 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Wikipedia To Fight Turkey Ban in European Human Rights Court
Wikmedia, the foundation that runs Wikipedia said Thursday it had filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights to lift Turkey's two-year block on the online encyclopedia. From a report: Wik...
04:50 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Rotten Tomatoes Tackles Review Bombing By Requiring Users To Verify Ticket Purchase Before Rating a Film
More changes are coming to review site Rotten Tomatoes. As of Thursday, the audience score for new movies added to the site will default to show ratings from fans confirmed to have purchased tickets t...
04:10 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Debuts Three Sub-$100 Tablets With Google Services
Walmart is rolling out three Android-powered tablets this week, all priced under $100. From a report: The devices, under Walmart's Onn store brand, include an 8-inch version for $64, a 10.1-inch model...
03:30 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Preparing a Wearable That 'Reads Human Emotions', Says Report
Amazon is said to be working on a wrist-worn, voice-activated device that's supposed to be able to read human emotions. This would be a rather novel health gadget, of the sort we're more used to seein...
02:50 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Senators Propose Bill Requiring Warrants To Search Devices at the Border
An anonymous reader shares a report: If you're taking a trip in to or out of the US, border agents currently have free rein to search through your digital devices. Unlike police, agents don't need a w...
02:11 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Veteran Software Developer Panic Unveils Playdate Handheld Game Player
Veteran software developer firm Panic, which has made its name through high-end Mac software as well as titles such as Firewatch, is expanding its work in games and moving in a very unexpected directi...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot China Surveillance Tycoons Lose Billions From Threat of US Sanctions
schwit1 shares a report from Bloomberg: The billionaires behind Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co. have watched their combined fortunes sink by more than $8 bi...
10:00 am - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Significantly Large New Emissions From Banned CFCs Traced To China, Say Scientists
Solandri writes: In 2014, scientists began detecting plumes of CFC-11 in the atmosphere. The compound had been banned in the 1987 Montreal Protocol after it was discovered that it was contributing to ...
07:00 am - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot How 'The Big Bang Theory' Normalized Nerd Culture
Last week, the last episode of the final season of "The Big Bang Theory" was broadcasted on CBS. Say what you will about the show, but one thing is clear: it was popular. While the average episode in ...
03:30 am - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot New Paper Confirms Near-Room-Temperature Superconductivity In Wild, Hydrogen-Rich Material
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A team of physicists has published peer-reviewed results documenting near-room-temperature superconductivity in the hydrogen-rich compound lanthanum h...
01:50 am - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Executive Accused of Helping Steal Trade Secrets
CNEX Labs, a Silicon Valley startup backed by Microsoft and Dell, is accusing high-level Huawei executive Eric Xu of participating in a conspiracy to steal its trade secrets (Warning: source paywalled...
01:10 am - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Apple Agrees To Notify iPhone Users If iOS Updates Will Affect Performance, UK Watchdog Says
A UK watchdog group said on Wednesday that Apple has agreed to clearly notify consumers if future iOS software updates slow down or change the performance of an iPhone. CNBC reports: The U.K. Competit...
12:30 am - Thu, May 23, 2019
Slashdot Phones Can Now Tell Who Is Carrying Them From Their Users' Gaits
PolygamousRanchKid shares an excerpt from a report via The Economist: Most online fraud involves identity theft, which is why businesses that operate on the web have a keen interest in distinguishing ...
11:50 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Consumer Reports: Latest Autopilot 'Far Less Competent Than a Human'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In recent weeks, Tesla has been pushing out a new version of Autopilot with automatic lane-change capabilities to Model 3s -- including one owned...
11:10 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Millions of Golfers Land In Privacy Hazard After Cloud Misconfig
Millions of golfer records from the Game Golf app, including GPS details from courses played, usernames and passwords, and even Facebook login data, were all exposed for anyone with an internet browse...
10:30 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Crowdfunded Android Console Ouya Will Be Shut Down On June 25th
Razer, the gaming hardware manufacturing company that purchased Ouya's software assets in mid-2015, announced today that the crowdfunded Android console will cease functioning on June 25th. "That date...
09:50 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Speaks Out Against 'Always-On' Work Culture
At The Wall Street Journal's Future of Everything Festival on Tuesday, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian spoke out against the toxicity of "hustle porn" and how always-on work culture creates "broken" ...
09:10 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Are Holding Baltimore's Government Computers Hostage
On May 7, hackers infected about 10,000 of Baltimore city government's computers with an aggressive form of ransomware called RobbinHood, and insisted the city pay 13 bitcoin (then $76,280, today $102...
08:30 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot How the World's First Digital Circuit Breaker Could Completely Change Our Powered World
This week the world's first and only digital circuit breaker was certified for commercial use. The technology, invented by Atom Power, has been listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the global sta...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Google's Ad System Under EU Probe For How It Spreads Your Private Data
Ireland's data protection watchdog has launched an investigation into Google's collection of personal data for the purpose of online advertising. From a report: "A statutory inquiry pursuant to sectio...
07:40 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot EE To Switch on UK's First 5G Network on May 30
UK mobile carrier EE announced its plans to launch 5G in the UK on Wednesday. The network will be switched on on May 30, with the first 5G phones available to preorder from today. From a report: EE's ...
06:50 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot EE To Switch on UK's First 5G Network on May 30
UK mobile carrier EE announced its plans to launch 5G in the UK on Wednesday. The network will be switched on on May 30, with the first 5G phones available to preorder from today. From a report: EE's ...
06:10 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Android and iOS Devices Impacted By New Sensor Calibration Attack
A new device fingerprinting technique can track Android and iOS devices across the Internet by using factory-set sensor calibration details that any app or website can obtain without special permissio...
05:30 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Shareholder Efforts To Curb Amazon Facial Recognition Tech Fall Short
Two Amazon shareholder proposals about the company's controversial facial recognition technology failed to pass Wednesday, following a concerted push by civil rights groups and activist investors. Fro...
04:47 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Facial Recognition is Making Its Way To Cruise Ships
On May 14, San Francisco became the first US city to ban police and government agencies from using facial recognition. On May 22, Amazon shareholders will vote on whether to restrict the company's sal...
04:08 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Indonesia Restricts WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram Usage Following Deadly Riots
Indonesia is the latest nation to hit the hammer on social media after the government restricted the use of WhatsApp and Instagram following deadly riots yesterday. From a report: Numerous Indonesia-b...
03:30 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot EPA Plans To Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the health risks of air pollution, a shift that would make it easier to roll back a key climate change rule because it would r...
02:48 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot US Judge Says Qualcomm Violated Antitrust Law
Qualcomm illegally suppressed competition in the market for smartphone chips by threatening to cut off supplies and extracting excessive licensing fees, a U.S. judge ruled, a decision that could force...
02:01 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot ARM Memo Tells Staff To Stop Working With Huawei
UK-based chip designer ARM has told staff it must suspend business with Huawei, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC. ARM instructed employees to halt "all active contracts, support ent...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Trump Administration Considers Banning Another Major Chinese Firm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The U.S. administration is considering limits to Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision's ability to buy U.S. technology, the New York Times reported ...
10:00 am - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX's Starhopper Moves Closer To Its First Flight
SpaceX is planning to launch test flights of its Starhopper test vehicle to a height of up to 16,400 feet. "The short tests, which will take place out of SpaceX's launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, wil...
07:00 am - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Washington Becomes First State To Legalize Human Composting
Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. The Associated Press reports: It allows ...
03:30 am - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot 'Car Owners Should Control Data Collected By Cars'
Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, argues that car owners (or lessees) should be the only ones who can control their car's data. "He or she should be aware of the data the ca...
02:02 am - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot A Solution For Loneliness: Get Out and Volunteer, Research Suggests
"Loneliness is rampant, and it's killing us," writes Kasley Killam for Scientific American. "Anywhere from one quarter to one half of Americans feel lonely a lot of the time, which puts them at risk f...
01:20 am - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Cable TV Customer Satisfaction Falls Even Further Behind Streaming Video
Netflix and other online video services have expanded their customer-satisfaction lead over cable and satellite TV, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) found in its annual telecommunicatio...
12:40 am - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot Some New Chevrolet Models Temporarily Won't Move Until Teen Drivers Buckle Up
Chevrolet is introducing a feature, specifically for teen drivers, that will temporarily block the auto from shifting into gear if their seat belt isn't buckled. A message will alert the driver to buc...
12:03 am - Wed, May 22, 2019
Slashdot New Proposal Would Let Companies Further Screw You Over With Terms of Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vice: A collection of unelected lawyers [from the American Law Institute] this week is quietly pushing a new proposal that could dramatically erode your legal ...
11:20 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Comcast Is Reportedly Developing a Device That Would Track Your Bathroom Habits
Comcast is reportedly working on a device designed to closely monitor a user's health. "The device will monitor people's basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with a focus on whether someone is ...
10:40 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Calls For Federal Regulation of the Tech Industry
In a blog post, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Julie Brill says the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been very effective in changing the wa...
10:08 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Google Says Some G Suite User Passwords Were Stored In Plaintext Since 2005
Google says a small number of its enterprise customers mistakenly had their passwords stored on its systems in plaintext. The exact number was not disclosed. "We recently notified a subset of our ente...
09:25 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Xbox Content Moderation To Cut Back on Toxic Comments
As Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social platforms come under fire for enabling hateful speech, Microsoft is stepping up to thwart toxic comments among its 63 million Xbox live users. From a rep...
08:45 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Apple Updates Top-End MacBook Pros With Tweaked Keyboard and Faster Processors
Apple is refreshing its top laptops again by announcing newly updated specs for its 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro models. It's bringing faster Intel processors and some slight changes to the much-ma...
08:01 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Kicks Off the Rollout of the Windows 10 May Update 1903
It's technically "late May." So it's not too surprising that Microsoft's promised late May rollout of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (also known as 1903) is kicking off today, May 21. From a report: A...
07:23 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Self-Driving Trucks Begin Mail Delivery Test For US Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service today started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle tec...
06:40 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot First Official Version of Tor Browser for Android Released on Play Store
The Tor Project today made the first stable version of its privacy-focused browser available on the Google Play Store. From a report: This new mobile browser integrates the Tor protocol stack into a s...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot TikTok Maker Set To Take on Spotify With Free New Music Streaming App
Does the overcrowded and cut-throat music streaming business have room for an additional player? The world's most valuable startup certainly thinks so. From a report: Chinese conglomerate ByteDance, v...
05:16 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Apple Tweaks Its Troubled MacBook Keyboard Design Yet Again, Expands Repair Program
Apple is announcing an update to its keyboard repair program today. All MacBooks with the so-called "butterfly mechanism" (that's pretty much all modern MacBooks) will now be fully eligible for Apple'...
04:40 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Firefox 67 Arrives With New Performance and Privacy Features, Voice Search Widget on Android
Mozilla today launched Firefox 67 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. From a report: The 10th release since Mozilla's big Firefox Quantum launch in November 2017 doubles down on performance and priv...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Behind the Naming of ZombieLoad and Other Intel Spectre-Like Flaws
secwatcher writes: There was a lot more to the name game behind choosing titles for ZombieLoad, Spectre and Meltdown than picking cool and edgy attack titles. If you have ever wondered why they were n...
03:20 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Tim Cook Says His Era Has Failed by Over-Debating Climate Change
Tim Cook told graduates at Tulane University that his "generation has failed" them by fighting more than making change on issues including immigration, criminal justice and, pointedly, climate change....
02:40 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate
As automation changes the way factories operate, some U.S. companies are training workers in programming and robotics, letting machinists get a taste of coding. From a report: Competition from China w...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Considers Rivals To Google's Android After US Ban
Huawei said it's working on its own operating system for its mobile handsets and will consider rivals to Google's Android, after the U.S. blacklisted the company, threatening its partnerships with chi...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Report Finds Some Users Can't Opt Out of Facebook's Face Recognition
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Daily Dot: A consumer advocacy group has found that not all Facebook users have been given the ability to opt out of the company's facial recognition. Acco...
10:00 am - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot The Underground Network of Microbes That Connects Trees Mapped For First Time
For the first time, scientists have mapped the millions of species of fungi and bacteria that swap nutrients between soil and the roots of trees, using a database of more than 28,000 tree species livi...
07:00 am - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Google's Lung Cancer Detection AI Outperforms 6 Human Radiologists
Google AI researchers working with Northwestern Medicine created an AI model capable of detecting lung cancer from screening tests better than human radiologists with an average of eight years experie...
03:30 am - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Generic Drugs May Not Be As Safe Or Effective As You Think
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: As the cost of prescription medication soars, consumers are increasingly taking generic drugs: low-cost alternatives to brand-name medicines. Often health...
02:03 am - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Intel Performance Hit 5x Harder Than AMD After Spectre, Meltdown Patches
Phoronix has conducted a series of tests to show just how much the Spectre and Meltdown patches have impacted the raw performance of Intel and AMD CPUs. While the patches have resulted in performance ...
01:25 am - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Ecuador Hands Over Julian Assange's Belongings To US
Slashdot reader Joce640k shares a report from the BBC: Ecuador has begun giving the U.S. some of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange's possessions left behind following his stay in its London embassy....
12:45 am - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Would Rationing Air Travel Work To Cut Emissions?
united_notions writes: Last year, The Guardian ran an opinion article arguing that everyone should be allocated "an air mile allowance -- say enough for one long-haul return flight a year, or three sh...
12:03 am - Tue, May 21, 2019
Slashdot 3D-Printed Guns Are Back, and This Time They Are Unstoppable
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: A new network of 3D-printed gun advocates is growing in America -- and this time things are different. Unlike previous attempts to popularize 3D-printed...
11:20 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Chicago Becomes First City To Collect 'Netflix Tax'
Four years after announcing a 9% tax on streaming entertainment services, the city has collected $2 million in sales tax from Sony and two online ticketing services, making it the first major city to ...
10:40 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Launches First Edge Preview Builds For Mac Users
Microsoft today announced the launch of a preview or canary build of its Microsoft Edge browser designed for the macOS operating system. Microsoft Edge for macOS can be installed from the Microsoft Ed...
10:03 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot UN Chief Warns Nuclear Waste Could Be Leaking Into the Pacific
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: A UN chief is concerned that a Cold War-era nuclear 'coffin' could be leaking radioactive material into the Pacific. According to Phys.org, the struc...
09:25 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Apply AI 'To the Entire Application Developer Lifecycle'
An anonymous reader writes: At its Build 2018 developer conference a year ago, Microsoft previewed Visual Studio IntelliCode, which uses AI to offer intelligent suggestions that improve code quality a...
08:45 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Sony Reportedly Launches Marvel-Inspired Studio To Turn Games Into Movies, Shows
Taking a page from the Marvel playbook, Sony Interactive Entertainment is reportedly launching its own studio to take its video games to the movie and TV screen. From a report: PlayStation Productions...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Millennials and Gen Z Are Increasingly Pessimistic About Their Lives, Survey Finds
Uneasiness and pessimism abound among the majority of the world's population. From a report: Deloitte has released its Global Millennial Survey of 13,416 Millennials (born between 1983 and 1994) sprea...
07:25 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Linux Distros Without Systemd (2019)
New submitter Nico Schottelius writes: It's 2019 -- who has switched to systemd, who hasn't and what can I use if I don't like systemd? Here's the answer in short.From the blog post: If you are readin...
06:45 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Millions of Instagram Influencers Had Their Private Contact Data Scraped and Exposed
A massive database containing contact information of millions of Instagram influencers, celebrities and brand accounts has been found online. From a report: The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Thanks To Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever
A confidential Facebook document reviewed by The Intercept shows that Facebook courts carriers, along with phone makers -- some 100 different companies in 50 countries -- by offering the use of even m...
05:25 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot The Definition of a Kilogram Just Changed Worldwide
For over a century, the kilogram was defined by a metal cylinder in a French vault. Now, this key unit of mass is defined using the Planck constant, a fundamental figure in physics. From a report: On ...
04:51 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Google Glass Gets a Surprise Upgrade and New Frames
Google just unveiled its newest version of Glass. It's not made to be a widespread consumer product, but there are business users who will care. And the latest Glass Enterprise Edition 2, with key upg...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Sony's Deal With Microsoft Blindsided Its Own PlayStation Team
When Sony unveiled a cloud gaming pact with archrival Microsoft, it surprised the industry. From a report: Perhaps no one was more shocked than employees of Sony's PlayStation division, who have spent...
03:26 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Ford Will Cut 7,000 White-Collar Jobs
Ford is cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs, or about 10% of its salaried staff worldwide, as part of a cost-cutting effort it says will save the company about $600 million a year. From a report: Ford say...
02:45 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot FCC Chairman Backs T-Mobile, Sprint Merger With New Conditions
T-Mobile and Sprint submitted a new plan for their proposed $26 billion merger to the FCC -- including enhanced 5G buildout commitments and an agreement to spin off Sprint's Boost Mobile -- which got ...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Responds To Android Ban With Service and Security Guarantees, But Its Future Remains Unclear
Huawei has finally gone on the record about a ban on its use of Android, but the company's long-term strategy on mobile still remains unclear. From a report: In an effort to appease its worried custom...
10:34 am - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot 'I Oversaw America's Nuclear Power Industry. Now I Think It Should Be Banned.'
Friday the Washington Post published an essay by Gregory Jaczko, who served on America's Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2005 to 2009 and was its chairman from 2009 to 2012. He says he'd believed n...
07:34 am - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Tesla's Stock Falls After News About Autopilot Crashes and Battery Fires
CNBC reports:Tesla shares fell almost 8% on Friday to their lowest close since December 2016, after the National Transportation Safety Board said the company's Autopilot driver assistance system was e...
03:34 am - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Email Addresses and Passwords Leaked For 113,000 Users Of Account Hijacking Forum
"Ogusers.com -- a forum popular among people involved in hijacking online accounts and conducting SIM swapping attacks to seize control over victims' phone numbers -- has itself been hacked," reports ...
01:34 am - Mon, May 20, 2019
Slashdot Three Geeks Rescue a 50-Year-Old IBM 360 Mainframe From an Abandoned Building
In late April of 2019 Slashdot reader Adam Bradley and engineer Chris Blackburn were "sitting in a pub on a Monday night when Chris happened across a somewhat unusual eBay listing..." They eventually ...
11:34 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Is The Global Internet Disintegrating?
'The global internet is disintegrating," argues BBC Future, calling Russia "one of a growing number of countries that has had enough of the Western-built, Western-controlled internet backbone...aided ...
10:38 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Hundreds Are Alreadying Using Waymo's Driver-less Taxis In Arizona
The commercial rollout of Waymo's driver-less taxi service in Chandler, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix with a population of 260,000 people, has more than a thousand customers already signed up -- includ...
09:34 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot 10-Year-Old's Reality-Show Victory Revoked After Automated Bot Voting
An anonymous reader quotes ABC News:The final result of Russia's version of the popular TV singing talent show, "The Voice Kids," has been cancelled after it was found that thousands of automated call...
08:34 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Begins Moving Warehouses Into Malls It Helped Put Out of Business
"It's easy to think of Amazon executives going home every night and bathing in their cynicism," writes Inc. columnist Chris Matyszczyk:It's often contended that Amazon has put an enormous amount of pr...
07:34 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Bitcoin 'Roars Back', Surges 50% in 30 Days
A week ago bitcoin was trading at $6,000. Today Forbes reports bitcoin "which has been swinging wildly throughout this week, has suddenly rallied back to over $8,000 per bitcoin, somewhat putting to r...
06:35 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Google Ends Android Collaboration With Huawei. No Gmail, Play Store For Future Huawei Phones
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Alphabet Inc's Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware and software products except those covered by open source licenses, a...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Remembering Radio Shack's 1983 Training Film For the TRS-80 Model 100
Fast Company's technology editor Harry McCracken is also Slashdot reader #1,641,347. He contacted us Thursday with a story about Radio Shack's Model 100 -- and a rare training film from 36 years ago:R...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Internal 'Civil War' Pits Google Against Its Own Employees
Google employees "want a say in and control over the products they build," reports Fortune, in an article headlined "Inside Google's Civil War":As the so-called techlash has cast a pall over the entir...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Group Seeks Investigation of Deep Packet Inspection Use By ISPs
wiredmikey writes: European Digital Rights (EDRi), together with 45 NGOs, academics and companies across 15 countries, has sent an open letter to European policymakers and regulators, warning about wi...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot PlayStation Gamers Are Now Authoring Their Own Games With 'Dreams' For PS4
dryriver explains the new buzz around "Dreams" for PS4 (now in open access). Created by the studio that made PS4's Big Little World, Dreams "is not a game. It is more of an end to end, create-your-own...
01:34 pm - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Who Killed America's Demo Scene?
Jason Koebler shares Vice's analysis of demoparties -- "gatherings where programmers showcase artistic audiovisual works, known as demos, after a day- or days-long coding marathon that is part bacchan...
10:34 am - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Salesforce Triggers 15-Hour Shutdown After Faulty Script Starts Granting View/Modify Access
Friday Salesforce "was forced to shut down large chunks of its infrastructure," ZDNet reports, calling it one of the company's biggest outages ever:At the heart of the outage was a change the company ...
07:34 am - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook Tells Graduates To 'Push Back' Against Belief-Reinforcing Algorithms
CNBC reports:Apple CEO Tim Cook challenged Gen Z to clean up the messes Baby Boomers have left behind. "In some important ways, my generation has failed you," Cook said Saturday in his commencement sp...
04:34 am - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot College Requires All CS Majors To Take An Improv Class
Northeastern University requires all of its computer science majors to take improv -- a class in theatre and improvisation, taught by professors in the drama department. The Wall Street Journal says i...
01:34 am - Sun, May 19, 2019
Slashdot Are Trendy Developers Ignoring Tradeoffs and Over-Engineering Workplaces?
An anonymous reader shares an article titled "Does IT Run on Java 8?" "After more than ten years in tech, in a range of different environments, from Fortune 500 companies, to startups, I've finally co...
11:34 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Protect Solar System From Mining 'Gold Rush', Say Scientists
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:Great swathes of the solar system should be preserved as official "space wilderness" to protect planets, moons and other heavenly bodies from rampant mining and...
10:35 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Did It Take So Long For Cars To Become Aerodynamically Shaped?
Here's what dryriver wondered after hearing that the oldest Porsche T64 in the world -- built in 1939 -- was going to be auctioned:What stands out about this nearly 80 year old car is how curved and a...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Severe Linux Kernel Flaw Found In RDS
jwhyche (Slashdot reader #6,192) shared this article from Sophos:Linux systems running kernels prior to 5.0.8 require patching after news emerged of a high-severity flaw that could be remotely exploit...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Russia's Anti-5G Propaganda Campaign Is Spreading Across Social Media
An anonymous reader quotes Fierce Wireless:Earlier this week, the New York Times published a story with the headline "Your 5G Phone Won't Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise." [Non-paywa...
06:41 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot New John the Ripper Cracks Passwords On FPGAs
Long-time Slashdot reader solardiz has long bring an advocate for bringing security to open environments. Wednesday he contacted Slashdot to share this update about a piece of software he's authored c...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Bankrupt US Coal Producer Was Funding Climate Change Denial
The bankruptcy of one of America's largest coal producers revealed that the company was helping to fund "think tanks that have attacked the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change,...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot American Explorer Completes Deepest Submarine Dive In History
schwit1 quotes the maritime industry news site gCaptain:A private equity investor from Dallas, Texas and his team of explorers have completed a series of record-breaking dives to Challenger Deep in th...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Images Facial Recognition Find Thief Who Looked Like Woody Harrelson
"The New York Police Department used a photo of Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition program in an attempt to identify a beer thief who looked like the actor," reports the Associated Press:George...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Pushes Kotlin Over Java for Android Development
Google "officially declared Kotlin the go-to language for Android development last week at its Google I/O developer conference," reports Mike Melanson's "This Week in Programming" column, "and the com...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Critics Call White House Social Media Bias Survey A 'Data Collection Ploy'
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:Venky Ganesan, a partner at technology investor Menlo Ventures, told The Washington Post that the White House's new survey about bias on social media is ...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Chelsea Manning Sent Back To Jail For Refusing To Testify Before Grand Jury
After being released from jail earlier this month after the grand jury she refused to testify before expired, NPR reports that Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who provided i...
10:00 am - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Why Play a Music CD? 'No Ads, No Privacy Terrors, No Algorithms'
Ben Sisario, American author, academic, and journalist who covers the music industry for The New York Times, shares why he still likes to list to compact discs: I try to keep an eye on all the major p...
07:00 am - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot German Startup Unveils Electric 'Flying Taxi' Prototype
German startup Lilium has unveiled a new "flying taxi" that can vertically take off and be the basis for an on-demand air service within six years. The Guardian reports: The electric jet-powered five-...
03:30 am - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Uses Gmail To Track a History of Things You Buy -- and It's Hard To Delete
CNBC's Todd Haselton has discovered that Google saves years of information on the purchases you've made, even outside Google, and pulls this information from Gmail. An anonymous reader shares the repo...
01:30 am - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot 'Treat Facebook Like Big Tobacco'
Instead of regulating Facebook like a traditional telecom or media company, Bloomberg Opinion columnist Elaine Ou argues "Facebook should be regulated the same way as other vices like tobacco, alcohol...
12:50 am - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are the Big Players In Tech Even Competing With Each Other?
dryriver writes: For capitalism to work for consumers in a beneficial way, the big players have to compete hard against each other and innovate courageously. What appears to be happening instead, howe...
12:10 am - Sat, May 18, 2019
Slashdot Slack Patches Vulnerability In Windows Client That Could Be Used To Hijack Files
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On May 17, researchers at Tenable revealed that they had discovered a vulnerability in the Windows version of the desktop application for Slack, ...
11:30 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Alphabet's Wing Drone Deliveries Are Coming To Finland
Google's autonomous drone delivery service is spreading its wings. After starting deliveries last month in Australia's capital city, Canberra, Project Wing is now moving into Finland's capital, Helsin...
10:50 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Minecraft Earth Goes a Step Beyond Pokemon Go To Cover the World In Blocks
Microsoft is working on an ambitious new Minecraft game with an augmented-reality spin that hopes to one up Niantic's wildly popular Pokemon Go mobile game. The Verge's Tom Warren sat down with Micros...
10:10 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Net Neutrality Supporter Sentenced For Death Threats To FCC Chairman Pai
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A California man was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty for threatening to kill the family of U.S. Federal Communication...
09:30 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot AI Translation Boosted eBay Sales More Than 10 Percent
We often hear that AI is important for economic growth, and while that claim makes intuitive sense, there isn't a lot of hard data to back it up. A recent study [PDF] from economists at MIT and Washin...
08:50 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Wolfram Alpha Search Engine Turns 10: Remains Independent, Private, and Free of External Advertising
For more than three decades, Stephen Wolfram, a 59-year-old scientist, software designer and entrepreneur, has built software that has attracted an avid following among mathematicians and scientists. ...
08:10 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot TikTok is China's Most Important Export Right Now
Silicon Valley may have begun the era of social media, but its future could be in China. From a report: Tensions between America and China are pushing the world's two largest economies into an escalat...
07:34 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Navy Seal's Lawyers Received Emails Embedded With Tracking Software
An anonymous reader shares a report: Military prosecutors in the case of a US navy Seal charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 installed tracking software in emails sent to def...
06:50 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot South Korean Government Planning Linux Migration as Windows 7 Support Ends
An anonymous reader shares a report: With just seven more months of support left for Windows 7, the South Korean government is planning to migrate to Linux, according to the Korea Herald, which notes ...
06:10 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Your Internet Data is Rotting
MySpace, which recently lost 50 million files uploaded between 2003 and 2015, is not alone in encountering problems. As the internet grows, batches of old information are increasingly disappearing fro...
05:30 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot AI Predicts PUBG Player Placement From Stats and Rankings
An anonymous reader shares a report: Fun as the element of surprise may be, matches in PUBG might be less dynamic than they seem. That's the assertion of researchers at the Department of Computer Scie...
04:50 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla, Cloudflare, Facebook and Others Propose BinaryAST For Faster JavaScript Load Times
Developers at Mozilla, Facebook, Cloudflare, and elsewhere have been drafting "BinaryAST" as a new over-the-wire format for JavaScript. From a report: BinaryAST is a binary representation of the origi...
04:10 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: Chinese Tech Companies Are Also Powerful, and Will Not Be Broken Up
Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg sat down for an interview with CNBC calling for regulation for American companies but pushing against the idea of breaking up the social media compan...
03:30 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Hewlett Packard Enterprise To Acquire Supercomputer Maker Cray for $1.3 Billion
Hewlett Packard Enterprise will be buying the supercomputer maker Cray for roughly $1.3 billion, the companies said this morning. Intending to use Cray's knowledge and technology to bolster their own ...
03:01 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot A Large Chunk of Ethereum Clients Remain Unpatched
The Ethereum ecosystem is no different than the Windows or IoT landscape, where security flaws remain unpatched for long periods of time, despite the availability of public patches. From a report: In ...
02:51 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot A Large Chunk of Ethereum Clients Remain Unpatched
The Ethereum ecosystem is no different than the Windows or IoT landscape, where security flaws remain unpatched for long periods of time, despite the availability of public patches. From a report: In ...
02:10 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Wikipedia Is 'Doing Very Well Financially', Says Co-Founder Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales said this week that the free online encyclopedia is in good financial shape, although increasing mobile phone use may cut into future donations. From a report: "We are...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Trump Administration Pulls $929 Million In Funding For California's High-Speed Rail
An anonymous reader shares a report from CNBC: The Federal Railroad Administration announced Thursday that it terminated a 2010 agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority and will pull a ...
11:30 am - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Invent Light-Activated Bio-Glue That Stops Bleeding In Seconds
hackingbear shares a report from CNN: A team of researchers from Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China, created a gel composed of a network of proteins, inspired by the matrix comp...
10:00 am - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Verizon's 5G Network Is Now Hitting Gigabit Download Speeds
A month ago, Verizon's 5G coverage in Chicago was exceedingly difficult to find and the speeds were only noticeably faster than LTE. Now, Chris Welch from The Verge says the company "has ramped things...
07:00 am - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot China's Rover Reveals Moon's Hidden Depths
China's Chang'e-4 mission to the dark side of the moon has discovered signs of mantle material at the moon's surface, "effectively setting an 'X' on lunar maps for future explorers seeking this not-so...
03:30 am - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot US Birthrate Is Lowest In 32 Years, CDC Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: The U.S. birthrate fell again in 2018, to 3,788,235 births -- representing a 2% drop from 2017. It's the lowest number of births in 32 years, according to...
02:02 am - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot SAT To Add 'Adversity Score' That Rates Students' Hardships
The SAT, the college entrance test taken by about two million students a year, is adding an "adversity score" to the test results (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) that is intende...
01:20 am - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Updates Alexa To Guard Your House and Listen For Broken Glass, Smoke Alarm
Amazon is rolling out an update to Alexa that will turn the company's line of smart home products into home security devices while the user is out. Called "Alexa Guard," the feature will have your sma...
12:40 am - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Shuts Down An Israeli Firm's Effort To Influence Politics In West Africa
Facebook today said it detected dozens of Facebook accounts that were engaging in election interference and other forms of public manipulation via news and social media, directed primarily at West Afr...
12:03 am - Fri, May 17, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Create Mind-Controlled Hearing Aid That Allows the Wearer To Focus On Particular Voices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A mind-controlled hearing aid that allows the wearer to focus on particular voices has been created by scientists, who say it could transform the...
11:20 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries On Swedish Public Road
Reuters reports that a driverless electric truck has begun daily freight deliveries on a public road in Sweden. Slashdot reader Kiuas shares the report: Robert Falck, the CEO of Swedish start-up Einri...
10:40 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Startup 'ObEN' Is Betting the Future On Personal AI Avatars
merbs shares an excerpt from a Gizmodo report: In January 2019, when China Central Television, the largest broadcast network in the most populous nation in the world, aired a special to celebrate the ...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Abuse ASUS Cloud Service To Install Backdoor On Users' PCs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: ASUS' update mechanism has once again been abused to install malware that backdoors PCs, researchers from Eset reported earlier this week. The re...
09:21 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Just 376 People Found to Own a Third of All Ether Cryptocurrency
Just 376 people hold a third of all Ether, the cryptocurrency that powers the Ethereum blockchain, according to new research by Chainalysis. From a report: Large holders are known in the crypto market...
08:42 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Decentralized Identity Tool on Bitcoin Blockchain
Microsoft is launching the first decentralized infrastructure implementation by a major tech company that is built directly on the bitcoin blockchain. From a report: The open source project, called Io...
08:01 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Has Struggled To Hire Talent Since the Cambridge Analytica Scandal
An anonymous reader shared a report: Facebook is still reeling from the fallout of its Cambridge Analytica scandal more than a year ago, as multiple former recruiters say candidates are turning down j...
07:21 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Ticketmaster Put an End To Screenshots With New Digital Ticket Technology
Ticketmaster is turning to new technology to help fight ticket fraud. The ticketing giant today unveiled its next-generation digital tickets, "Safetix," which are tied to the ticket holder's mobile de...
06:41 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot 'Game of Thrones' Fan Petition for Final Season Do-Over Snowballs
A petition by an angry fan demanding that HBO remake the final season of "Game of Thrones" has now been signed by more than 502,000 people. From a report: Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are ...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Sony and Microsoft Set Rivalry Aside For Streaming Alliance
Sony and Microsoft, bitter rivals in the video game console wars, will team up in on-demand gaming to better compete with newcomers like Google as the industry's main battlefield looks poised to shift...
05:32 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Sony and Microsoft Set Rivalry Aside For Streaming Alliance
Sony and Microsoft, bitter rivals in the video game console wars, will team up in on-demand gaming to better compete with newcomers like Google as the industry's main battlefield looks poised to shift...
05:20 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot US Telecom Operators Say They've (Mostly) Stopped Selling Your Location Data To Shady Middlemen
In a collection of letters published by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on Thursday, representatives of T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon all said they had ceased or significantly curtailed...
04:40 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Can Fake Radio Signals To Hijack Aircraft Landing Systems, Warn Researchers
Hackers could hijack the systems used to guide planes by compromising and spoofing the radio signals that are used during landing. From a report: That's according to a team of researchers at Northeast...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Google's New Plan To Push Google Pay in India: Cashback Incentives in Android Apps
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google is gunning for India's payment companies. The U.S. search giant entered India's payment space in 2017, and now it is hatching an initiative that could boost...
03:20 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot A Report From the AMP Advisory Committee Meeting
Programmer Terence Eden doesn't like Google's AMP. He thinks Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages are a bad idea, poorly executed, and almost-certainly anti-competitive. So, he decided to join the AC (Ad...
02:40 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Some of China's '996' Tech Tribe Quit, Seek Less Stress
An increasingly growing number of millennials in China are beginning to question the value of working long hours in the tech sector and deviate from the longstanding 996 work environment (working 9am ...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot GozNym Cyber-Crime Gang Which Stole Millions Busted
An international crime gang which used malware to steal $100m from more than 40,000 victims has been dismantled. From a report: A complex police operation conducted investigations in the US, Bulgaria,...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot No, Someone Hasn't Cracked the Code of the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Ars Technica: The Voynich manuscript is a famous medieval text written in a mysterious language that so far has proven to be undecipherable. Now...
12:12 pm - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot GozNym Cyber-Crime Gang Which Stole Millions Busted
An international crime gang which used malware to steal $100m from more than 40,000 victims has been dismantled. From a report: A complex police operation conducted investigations in the US, Bulgaria,...
10:00 am - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Steam Link Finally Comes To iOS, One Year After Apple Initially Rejected It
Valve's Steam Link app, which brings streaming games to your mobile device, is now available as a free download for iOS and Apple TV. The iOS launch comes nearly one year after Apple rejected the app ...
07:00 am - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot City Residents Live With Mental Illness At Higher Rates Than General Population
Dating back to the 1930s, researchers have discovered that mental illnesses are more common in densely populated cities than in greener and more rural areas, but it wasn't until recently that scientis...
03:30 am - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Create World's First Living Organism With Fully Redesigned DNA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have created the world's first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code. In a two-year effort, resear...
02:10 am - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Tesla's Solar Factory Is Exporting Most of Its Cells
Most of the solar cells Tesla is producing at its Gigafactory in upstate New York "are being sold overseas instead of being used in the company's trademark 'Solar Roof' as originally intended," report...
01:30 am - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Epic Plans More Exclusives For Its Games Store
DarkRookie2 shares a report from Ars Technica: If you thought Epic was done adding to the growing pile of PC games exclusively available on its own Games Store, well... I'd like to know where you got ...
12:50 am - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Trump Signs Executive Order Barring US Companies From Using Huawei Gear
schwit1 shares a report from Reuters: President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order declaring a national emergency and barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment ma...
12:10 am - Thu, May 16, 2019
Slashdot Internet Meme Pioneer YTMND Shuts Down
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PC Magazine: You're the Man Now Dog, a pioneer in the internet meme space, has shut down. The online community at YTMND.com allowed users to upload an image or...
11:30 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Division 2 Multiplayer and Single-Player Campaign Broken By Latest Update
Longtime Slashdot reader Andy Smith writes: Gamers enjoying the single-player campaign in The Division 2 have been bitten by a bug in the latest update that spawned a range of server connection issues...
10:50 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Close To 735K Fraudulently Obtained IP Addresses Have Been Uncovered and Revoked
The American Registry for Internet Numbers, Ltd. (ARIN) has won a legal case against an elaborate multi-year scheme to defraud the Internet community of approximately 735,000 IPv4 addresses, the organ...
10:10 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot White House Launches Tool To Report Political Bias On Social Media Sites
On Wednesday, the White House launched a new tool for people to use if they feel they've been wrongly censored, banned, or suspended on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. "No matter you...
09:30 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Open-Sources a Crucial Algorithm Behind Its Bing Search Services
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Microsoft today announced that it has open-sourced a key piece of what makes its Bing search services able to quickly return search results to its ...
08:50 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot LED Light Can Damage Eyes, Health Authority Warns
The "blue light" in LED lighting can damage the eye's retina and disturb natural sleep rhythms, France's government-run health watchdog said this week. From a report: New findings confirm earlier conc...
08:08 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Japan Prepares To Ban Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Under the Influence of Alcohol
Drinking and droning? It could soon cost you up to a year in jail in Japan, where an amendment to the country's civil aeronautics law being debated in the Diet would make it illegal to operate unmanne...
07:28 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot A Bizarre Form of Water May Exist All Over the Universe
New submitter jimminy_cricket writes: Recently at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics in Brighton, New York, one of the world's most powerful lasers blasted a droplet of water, creating a shock wave t...
06:48 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers
As ransomware attacks crippled businesses and law enforcement agencies, two U.S. data recovery firms claimed to offer an ethical way out. Instead, they typically paid the ransom and charged victims ex...
06:08 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot So Long Dual-Booting Windows on a Chromebook: Project Campfire is deprecated
An anonymous reader shares a report: Project Campfire turned up in the Chromium world this past August. The intent was to let a Chromebook boot not just into Chrome OS but directly into another operat...
05:28 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Google Recalls Its Bluetooth Titan Security Keys Because of a Security Bug
Google today disclosed a security bug in its Bluetooth Titan Security Key that could allow an attacker in close physical proximity to circumvent the security the key is supposed to provide. From a rep...
04:45 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot US Will Not Sign Christchurch Call Against Online Extremism
The U.S. will not sign onto the "Christchurch call to action" against online extremism expected to be released Wednesday, citing concerns that the pact would violate free speech protections in the Fir...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot UK Hacking Powers Can Be Challenged in Court, Judge Rules
A five-year court battle in the United Kingdom has come to an end with the UK Supreme Court ruling that the UK's spy agencies and their hacking activities can be made subject to court challenges. From...
03:25 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Why Linux On Desktop 'Failed': A Discussion With Mark Shuttleworth
sfcrazy writes: Mark Shuttleworth, founder and CEO of Canonical, summed it in a few words: "I think the bigger challenge has been that we haven't invented anything in the Linux that was like deeply, p...
02:48 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot FCC Announces Action and Legal Framework To Fight Robocalls
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a ruling Wednesday that would combat robocalls that spoof legitimate, in-service numbers and provide legal framework for phone carriers to ...
02:07 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Japan Plans To Create 10 Billion 14-Digit Phone Numbers as 5G Era Nears
Japan's communications ministry plans to create for assignment some 10 billion 14-digit phone numbers starting with the code "020." From a report: With the commercialization of fifth-generation, or 5G...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Opens Developers Labs Program To Test New API Products
"Twitter is upgrading its API to be more standards-compliant and more modern," writes longtime Slashdot reader andyp. "They also want to collaborate with developers as they create the new API platform...
10:00 am - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Ralph Nader: Engineers Often the First To Notice Waste, Fraud and Safety Issues
McGruber writes: In Scientific American, Ralph Nader writes about the decades of struggles by conscientious engineers -- whether employees or consultants -- who strive to balance professional ethics w...
07:00 am - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Solve Scientific Puzzle That Could Improve Solar Panel Efficiency
New solar panels created from a semiconducting material called cadmium telluride (CdTe) "have been found to produce electricity at lower costs than silicon panels and there has been a dramatic gain in...
03:30 am - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Fourth-Largest Coal Producer In the US Files For Bankruptcy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Cloud Peak Energy, the U.S.' fourth-largest coal mining company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late last week as the company missed an extensio...
02:10 am - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Help Artificial Intelligence Outsmart Hackers
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: A hacked message in a streamed song makes Alexa send money to a foreign entity. A self-driving car crashes after a prankster strategically places st...
01:30 am - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Class-Action Lawsuit Says TurboTax Tricked Taxpayers Into Paying For 'Free' Tax Prep
Less than a week after ProPublica found that TurboTax lied to taxpayers about its free filing program, "a new class action lawsuit against TurboTax maker Intuit claims the tax service breached its agr...
12:50 am - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot Lenovo Launches HoloLens Competitor
Lenovo is launching a new AR-and-VR system targeted at businesses. It's called ThinkReality, and from the looks and description of the device and platform, it looks like a competitor for Microsoft's H...
12:10 am - Wed, May 15, 2019
Slashdot 5G Networks Will Likely Interfere With US Weather Satellites, Navy Warns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A U.S. Navy memo warns that 5G mobile networks are likely to interfere with weather satellites, and senators are urging the Federal Communication...
11:30 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot It's Almost Impossible To Tell If Your iPhone Has Been Hacked
An anonymous reader writes: A recent vulnerability in WhatsApp shows that there's little defenders can do to detect and analyze iPhone hacks. Some iOS security experts say this is yet another incident...
10:50 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Walmart Announces Next-Day Delivery, Firing Back At Amazon
Walmart will now offer shoppers the option to have their online orders delivered the next day, following Amazon's recently announced plans to spend $800 million for one-day delivery for all Amazon Pri...
10:10 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot 'Hard-To-Fix' Cisco Flaw Puts Work Email At Risk
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Security researchers have discovered serious vulnerabilities affecting dozens of Cisco devices. The flaws allow hackers to deceive the part of the pro...
09:30 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Patches 'Wormable' Flaw in Windows XP, 7 and Windows 2003
Microsoft today is taking the unusual step of releasing security updates for unsupported but still widely-used Windows operating systems like XP and Windows 2003, citing the discovery of a "wormable" ...
08:50 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Google Is About To Have a Lot More Ads On Phones
The Verge reports on the new ad types Google announced today that will start showing up throughout its mobile products, including some that interrupt the core Google search and discovery experiences. ...
08:10 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Google's Censored Search Would Help China 'Be More Open', Said Ex-CEO Eric Schmidt
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has defended the company's plan to build a censored version of its search engine in China. From a report: In an interview with the BBC on Monday, Schmidt said that he wa...
07:32 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Google Exec's Internal Email On Data Leak Policy Rattles Employees
With employees organizing sit-ins over retaliation and continuing to agitate for change, Google is locking down internal communications. From a report: Google's top legal executive Kent Walker sent an...
06:50 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot San Francisco Could Be First US City To Ban Facial-Recognition Technology
San Francisco, long one of the most tech-friendly and tech-savvy cities in the world, is poised to prohibit its government from using facial-recognition technology. From a report: A proposed ban is pa...
06:10 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Europe Sticks a Knife Into Vegan Meat
The European Union is trying to put vegetables back in their box. From a report: The trading bloc's agriculture committee wants to ban vegan food products from using terms such as burger and sausage o...
05:22 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Intel CPUs Released in Last 8 Years Impacted by New Zombieload Side-Channel Attack
Academics have discovered a new class of vulnerabilities in Intel processors that can allow attackers to retrieve data being processed inside a CPU. From a report: The leading attack in this new vulne...
04:43 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot OnePlus 7 Pro Boasts a 90Hz Screen, Three Cameras, and Costs $669
Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has revealed two flagship smartphones: the OnePlus 7, and the OnePlus 7 Pro. From a report: The OnePlus 7 Pro's headlining features include a 6.67-inch AMOLED display ...
04:10 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Disney is Taking Full Control of Hulu
Disney's takeover of Hulu is just about complete. Comcast on Tuesday agreed to sell its ownership stake in the streaming video service to Disney. The sale won't happen for at least another five years,...
03:32 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Says It is Willing To Sign 'No-Spy' Agreements With Governments
Huawei is willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including Britain, the Chinese telecommunications company's chairman said on Tuesday as the United States pressures European countries to ...
02:52 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Who To Sue When a Robot Loses Your Fortune
An anonymous reader shares a report: It all started over lunch at a Dubai restaurant on March 19, 2017. It was the first time 45-year-old Li, met Costa, the 49-year-old Italian who's often known by pe...
02:01 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Adobe Warns Creative Cloud Users With Older Apps of Legal Problems
Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers who haven't updated their apps in a while may want to check their inboxes. The software company has sent out emails to customers warning them of being "at risk of pote...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Making America Carbon Neutral Could Cost $1 Trillion a Year
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Democrats have introduced a host of plans designed to make the U.S. carbon neutral. Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke outlined a $5 trillion sche...
10:00 am - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot NASA Says the Moon Is Shrinking and Experiencing 'Moonquakes'
The moon is getting smaller, which causes wrinkles in its surface and moonquakes, according to a new study sponsored by NASA. Time Magazine reports: As the moon's interior cools, it shrinks, which cau...
07:00 am - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Algorithmic Analysis Shows That Pop Music Is Sadder and Angrier Than Ever
dryriver writes: BBC Culture reports -- with some neat graphs in the article -- on two different scientific studies that both found that chart-topping pop music has been getting steadily sadder and an...
03:35 am - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Israeli Firm Tied To Tool That Uses WhatsApp Flaw To Spy On Activists
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: An Israeli firm accused of supplying tools for spying on human-rights activists and journalists now faces claims that its technology can us...
02:10 am - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot California May Go Dark This Summer, and Most Aren't Ready
schwit1 quotes a report from Bloomberg: A plan by California's biggest utility to cut power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season could plunge millions of residents into darkness. And...
01:30 am - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Boost Mobile Says Hackers Broke into Customer Accounts
Boost Mobile is informing customers of a data breach nearly two months after it happened. "Boost.com experienced unauthorized online account activity in which an unauthorized person accessed your acco...
12:50 am - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Lenovo Unveils World's First Foldable PC, Coming In 2020
At its Accelerate 2019 event in Orlando today, Lenovo previewed "the world's first foldable PC." While we don't know the name, price tag, or ship date, we do know that the foldable PC will be part of ...
12:10 am - Tue, May 14, 2019
Slashdot Academics Improve SHA-1 Collision Attack, Make It Actually Dangerous
An anonymous reader writes: "Attacks on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm just got a lot more dangerous last week with the discovery of the first-ever 'chosen-prefix collision attack,' a more practical vers...
11:30 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Sues Analytics Firm Rankwave Over Data Misuse
Facebook revealed last Friday that it has filed a lawsuit alleging South Korean analytics firm Rankwave abused its developer platform's data, and has refused to cooperate with a mandatory compliance a...
10:51 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Bug Shared Location Data For Some iOS Users
Twitter today disclosed a bug in its platform that impacted the privacy of some its iOS app's users. From a report: "We have discovered that we were inadvertently collecting and sharing iOS location d...
10:10 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Drinking Six or More Coffees a Day Can Be Detrimental To Your Health, New Study Reveals
While the pros and cons of drinking coffee have been debated for decades, new research from the University of South Australia reveals that drinking six or more coffees a day can be detrimental to your...
09:30 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot A New Aerospace Company Enters the Race To Build Fastest Aircraft In the World
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Monday, a U.S.-based company named Hermeus announced plans to develop an aircraft that will travel at speeds of up to Mach 5. Such an aircraft...
08:50 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Apple Announces New NFC Feature For iPhone: Special Tags That Trigger Apple Pay Purchases When Tapped
Apple's VP of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, announced new NFC tags that will let iPhone users make purchases simply by tapping their phones against the stickers, without the need to download a special a...
08:10 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Will Increase Pay For Its Contractors in North America
Facebook will increase the hourly pay rate for thousands of contract workers across the United States, the company said today. From a report: Its base rate for contractors will rise from $15 an hour t...
07:30 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Accused of 'Terrorism' For Putting Legal Materials Online
Carl Malamud believes in open access to government records, and he has spent more than a decade putting them online. You might think states would welcome the help. From a report: But when Mr. Malamud'...
06:50 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot California is Bringing Law and Order To Big Data. It Could Change the Internet in the US
California is embarking on a new era of privacy on the internet, and Xavier Becerra can't stop thinking about the failed debut of Obamacare. From a report: Back in 2013, Becerra, then a Democratic con...
06:11 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot The Great Firewall of China Blocks Off Wikipedia
China is known for its censorship of certain websites. The country went the extra mile by blocking Wikipedia in April. From a report: Multiple reports confirm China blocked Wikipedia across all langua...
05:31 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Amazon, Eager For Drivers, Offers To Help Employees Quit To Start Delivery Businesses
Amazon, which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we'll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages. From a report: The off...
04:51 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Supreme Court Says Apple Will Have To Face App Store Monopoly Lawsuit
A group of iPhone owners accusing Apple of violating US antitrust rules because of its App Store monopoly can sue the company, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. From a report: The Supreme Court upheld t...
04:10 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot There is More CO2 in the Atmosphere Today Than Any Point Since the Evolution of Humans
According to data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is over 415 parts per million (ppm), far higher than at any point in the last 800,000 years, sinc...
03:50 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Hotstar, Disney's Indian Streaming Service, Sets New Global Record For Live Viewership
Indian video streaming giant Hotstar, owned by Disney, today set a new global benchmark for the number of people an OTT service can draw to a live event. From a report: Some 18.6 million users simulta...
03:25 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Hotstar, Disney's Indian Streaming Service, Sets New Global Record For Live Viewership
Indian video streaming giant Hotstar, owned by Disney, today set a new global benchmark for the number of people an OTT service can draw to a live event. From a report: Some 18.6 million users simulta...
02:40 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Business Messaging Service Slack Says It's Going To Replace Email and is as Necessary as Electricity in Its Pitch To Investors
Business messaging service Slack briefed investors on Monday, as the company expects to go public with a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange later this year. From a report: The service, whic...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Amazon is Rolling Out Machines To Automate Boxing Up Customer Orders
Amazon is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders. From a report: The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent ...
10:34 am - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot 'I Bought Some Noise-Canceling Headphones. They Don't Cancel Noise'
"Many are seduced by the idea that they can listen in silence," complains ZDNet columnist Chris Matyszczyk. "This doesn't seem to be true," he writes, describing a typical experience with some $279.95...
07:34 am - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Is It Finally the Year of 'Linux on the Desktop' ?
"2019 is truly, finally shaping up to be the year of Linux on the desktop," writes PC World's senior editor, adding "Laptops, too!"But most people won't know it. That's because the bones of the open-s...
04:34 am - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot Boeing's New Plan: Replace Human Inspectors With Technology
"Boeing is pushing ahead on a plan to cut about 900 inspectors, replacing their jobs with technology improvements at its Seattle area factories, despite being under fire for software flaws in the 737 ...
01:49 am - Mon, May 13, 2019
Slashdot The Tinkerers Fighting Apple's War on YouTube 'Repair' Videos
The Guardian profiles stay-at-home mom Jessa Jones, who taught herself how to fix her daughter's iPhone with online tutorials, eventually leading to motherboard repair work that she found through eBay...
11:49 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot West Virginians Now Say Code School Promising Jobs Was a Fraud
"Two years after dozens of West Virginians left their jobs to take classes from Mined Minds, a nonprofit that promised to teach them to write computer code, former students have filed a lawsuit claimi...
10:34 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could We Fight Ransomware With 'Unencryptable' Folders?
CaptainDork writes:I'm a retired IT guy and ransomware was not a huge thing 3-5 years ago (at least few victims were self-reporting) and I'm very curious about protection schemes. In my, now ancient, ...
09:35 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot How Electric Cars Will Affect Oil Company Investors
"Between global warming, Elon Musk, and a worldwide crackdown on carbon, the future looks treacherous for Big Oil," argues CNN Business writer Matt Egan, calling the rise of electric vehicles "an exis...
08:39 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot Is Big Tech Needlessly Ruining Entire Industries?
Salon tech editor Keith A. Spencer just published a new article describing what happens when "venture capital-backed entrepreneurs jackhammer their way into a new industry, 'tech'-ify it in some way, ...
07:34 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot Google Accused of 'Posing' on Privacy
"You heard the headline, surely. Google is giving you privacy. Lots of privacy. Privacy here, there and everywhere. You're free. Rejoice. Leap in the air," writes Inc. columnist Chris Matyszczyk -- ar...
06:38 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Says Breaking Up Facebook Won't Do Any Good
Thursday Facebook's co-founder called for the government to break up the company. Saturday Facebook responded, according to an article shared by Slashdot reader soldersold:Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice ...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Moves Windows 10 Closer To A Future Without Passwords
"Microsoft has very quietly confirmed the death of Windows 10 passwords this week," claims Forbes -- though I think they may be overstating things a bit:Microsoft's crypto, identity and authentication...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot 'Impossible' Research Produces 400 Years of Climate Data, Shows El Nino Now Stronger
Long-time Slashdot reader William Robinson writes:Using cores drilled from coral, scientists have been able to produce the first 400-year-long seasonal record of El Niño events. "This understan...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot Brain Scans Reveal A 'Pokemon Region' In Adults Who Played As Kids
"By scanning the brains of adults who played Pokemon as kids, researchers learned that this group of people have a brain region that responds more to the cartoon characters than to other pictures," re...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot A Tectonic Plate May Have Peeled Apart - and That Could Shrink the Atlantic
pgmrdlm quotes National Geographic: For years, João Duarte has puzzled over a seemingly boring underwater expanse off the coast of Portugal. In 1969, this site spawned a massive earthquake that r...
01:34 pm - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot Why Airpods Are An Environmental 'Tragedy'
Vice's "Future Relics" column asks what people 1,000 years from now will think when they keep discovering abandoned Airpods from 2019:For roughly 18 months, AirPods play music, or podcasts, or make ph...
11:34 am - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot /e/ Announces 'Un-Googled' Android Smartphones
"This will probably be the first fully 'un-Googled' Android-based smartphone to hit the market ever," writes Slashdot reader getupstandup1:The /e/ smartphone will start to ship soon, on high-grade ref...
07:34 am - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot Software Executive Decries 'Toxic Certainty Syndrome'
Michael Natkin is the VP of software engineering at the 3D printer company Glowforge. In a recent post on the company blog, he argues that the tech industry has "glorified overconfidence" with its phi...
03:34 am - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot Bitcoin-Trading 'Seasteader' Now on the Run For His Life
An American bitcoin trader and his girlfriend became the first couple to actually live on a "seastead" -- a 20-meter octagon floating in international waters a full 12 nautical miles from Thailand. Lo...
01:39 am - Sun, May 12, 2019
Slashdot GDB 8.3 Released
"Release 8.3 of GDB, the GNU Debugger, is now available," according to an announcement on the info-gnu mailing list: GDB is a source-level debugger for Ada, C, C++, Go, Rust, and many other languages....
11:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Host Your Own Email Server?
"It has become too easy to take Linux and FOSS for granted," warns a Linux Journal editorial by Doc Searls, complaining, for example, that today "We collaborate inside proprietary environments, such a...
10:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Experimental Device Generates Electricity From the Coldness of Space
"An international team of scientists has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to generate a measurable amount of electricity in a diode directly from the coldness of the universe," writ...
10:04 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot PowerToys Are Back! Microsoft Reboots the Utilities As an Open Source Project
Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft is bringing back PowerToys for Windows 10 — and this time it is open source. If the name doesn't mean anything to you, you probably weren't a Windows 95 user, but i...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Russia-Linked Hackers Using Sophisticated Backdoor To Hijack Exchange Servers
wiredmikey quotes SecurityWeek: The Russia-linked threat group known as Turla has reportedly been using a sophisticated backdoor to hijack Microsoft Exchange mail servers, ESET reported... The malware...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Feds Nab Exec On Allegations He Hacked To Steal Info About School Lunches
"After a year-long investigation, a top California exec has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly hacking into a competitor's website and stealing their customer data in an effort to ruin their busin...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot 'Is TikTok a Chinese Cambridge Analytica Data Bomb Waiting to Explode?'
CBS News calls TikTok "the first major contender since Snapchat to possibly disrupt a market dominated by social media behemoth Facebook. "The mere three-year-old startup even comes with a history of ...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot After City Switched To a New Bodycam Vendor, Axon Threatened Its Credit Score
Long-time Slashdot reader v3rgEz shares an article from MuckRock:The deal Fontana Police Department struck with Axon sounded simple enough: a trial of five inexpensive body cameras and, for each of th...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot MongoDB Database Containing Over 275 Million Personal Records Exposed and Hacked
"An unprotected and public-facing MongoDB database containing over 275 million records of personal information on Indian citizens has been discovered on search engine Shodan," writes Slashdot reader h...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Does Recyling Work?
"It's a complicated question," admits a New York sustainability advocate:If an item in a bin of recyclable materials is greasy, covered in food or, in the case of paper goods, soaking wet, the entire ...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Does Recycling Work?
"It's a complicated question," admits a New York sustainability advocate:If an item in a bin of recyclable materials is greasy, covered in food or, in the case of paper goods, soaking wet, the entire ...
04:04 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot IBM, Microsoft, and Red Hat CEOs Shared a Keynote at 15th Annual Red Hat Summit
An anonymous reader quote CRN:IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shared the keynote-session stage with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst at the 15th-year installment of the ope...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Red Hat Changes Logo After Customers Call It 'Sinister', 'Secretive'
Red Hat's chief marketing officer discovered their logo was rendering poorly in digital formats (especially on small devices like smartphones). But then they discovered even bigger problems in surveys...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Is Bitcoin Becoming a Good Investment?
The price of Bitcoin "is surging again," now up to more than $6000, writes Inc. columnist Eric Mack:In its decade-long history, the value of the pioneering cryptocurrency has actually followed a prett...
01:00 pm - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Uber and Lyft May Be Making Traffic Even Worse
A new study published in the journal Science Advances suggests that, from 2010 to 2016, cars driving for the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft were making traffic worse in the San Francisco. The ne...
10:00 am - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Genetically Modified Viruses Help Save a Patient With a 'Superbug' Infection
reporter shares a report from NPR: For the first time, scientists have used genetically modified viruses to treat a patient fighting an antibiotic-resistant infection. Isabelle Carnell-Holdaway, 17, b...
07:00 am - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot 28 Years Later, Hacker Fixes Rampant Slowdown of SNES' Gradius III
Ars Technica's Kyle Orland reports that Brazilian ROM hacker Vitor Vilela has released a ROM patch for the hit arcade game Gradius III, creating a new, slowdown-free version of the game for play on SN...
03:30 am - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot US Regulators Approve New Silicon Valley Stock Exchange
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new stock exchange that is the brainchild of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, a move that will give high-growth tec...
02:10 am - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot 'Don't Unionize, Buy Video Games,' Delta Airlines Employees Are Told
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: Delta Airlines is facing significant criticism after posters discouraging its staff from joining a union were widely shared online. "Union dues cost around $700 ...
01:30 am - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Cats Rival Dogs In Many Tests of 'Social Intelligence'
sciencehabit writes: Scientists have been studying the social intelligence of dogs -- how they evolved to communicate and bond with us -- for more than two decades, but they've largely ignored cats. T...
12:50 am - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot New Intel Firmware Boot Verification Bypass Enables Low-Level Backdoors
itwbennett writes: At the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam this week, researchers Peter Bosch and Trammell Hudson presented a new attack against the Boot Guard feature of Intel's reference UEFI...
12:10 am - Sat, May 11, 2019
Slashdot Japanese Railway Company Starts Testing 249mph Bullet Train Speeds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: This week, Japanese railway company JR East showed off its new Alfa-X, a high-speed bullet train that is designed to achieve a top speed of 400kp...
11:30 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Party City Closing 43 Stores As Helium Shortage Hurts Sales
The CEO of Party City cited a global helium shortage as he announced on Thursday that the retail chain will close 45 of its 870 stores this year. The shortage has been hitting party supply stores part...
10:50 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's AI Algorithms Accused of Generating Terror Content
wiredmikey shares a report from SecurityWeek: Facebook is unwittingly auto-generating content for terror-linked groups that its artificial intelligence systems do not recognize as extremist, according...
10:10 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Google Launches Portal, an HTML Tag To Replace Iframe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: At the I/O 2019 developer conference earlier this week, Google launched a new technology called Portals that aims to provide a new way of loading and na...
09:30 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Brexit To Add to Europe's Woes in AI Race, Sweden's Borg Says
The loss of the U.K.'s financial power and expertise as a result of Brexit is likely to exacerbate the European Union's lag in the global technological arms race, according to Anders Borg, a former Sw...
08:51 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot 'Unhackable' Encrypted Flash Drive eyeDisk Is, As It Happens, Hackable
According to the findings of Pen Test Partners, a U.K.-based cybersecurity firm, the "unhackable" eyeDisk, an allegedly secure USB flash drive that uses iris recognition to unlock and decrypt the devi...
08:11 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Are Liberating Thousands of Pages of Forgotten Hacking History From the Government
An anonymous reader writes: In 1989, just a few months after the web became a reality, a computer worm infected thousands of computers across the world, including those of NASA. Late last month -- 30 ...
07:31 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Google Creates 'Dedicated Placement' in Search Results For AMP Stories, Starting With Travel Category
Google says it will soon introduce a "dedicated placement" in Google Search for AMP Stories in specific categories, like travel, along with components that let AMP Story creators embed interactive con...
06:51 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft SharePoint Servers Are Under Attack
Hacker groups are attacking Microsoft SharePoint servers to exploit a recently patched vulnerability and gain access to corporate and government networks, according to recent security advisories sent ...
06:12 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot 'I Don't Think a Four-Year Degree is Necessary To Be Proficient at Coding', Tim Cook Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited an Apple Store in Orlando, Florida to meet with 16-year-old Liam Rosenfeld, one of 350 scholarship winners who will b...
05:31 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Tenants Win as Settlement Orders Landlords Give Physical Keys Over Smart Locks
The physical key has prevailed over the smart lock for a group of tenants with privacy concerns. From a report: In a settlement released Tuesday, a judge ordered landlords of an apartment building in ...
04:55 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Uber Goes Public
After almost a decade of disruption, Uber is finally a public company. The company is the highest valued tech IPO since Facebook and Alibaba, and it's part of a wave of Silicon Valley "unicorns" to go...
04:10 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla To Track Infrastructure Time-Bombs in Wake of Recent Firefox Armagadd-on
In the wake of the mass disablement of Mozilla Firefox's add-on ecosystem last weekend, Mozilla has committed to improving its asset tracking and developing a mechanism that can quickly push updates t...
03:32 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot AI Avatars Could Be the Next Generation's Favorite Entertainers
Ivan Mehta, writing for The Next Web: Last year, Netflix reportedly published a whopping 1,500 hours of original content. And with the launch of streaming services from Apple and Disney, the on-demand...
02:50 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot US Charges Chinese Hacker For 2015 Anthem Breach
The US Department of Justice charged this week a Chinese national for his role as a member of an elite Chinese hacking group that breached at least four US companies, including Indianapolis-based heal...
02:18 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot India is Investigating Google Over Alleged Android Abuse
More than 95 percent of the smartphones that ship in India run Android operating system, according to industry estimates. Now the Indian antitrust watchdog is convinced that the nation should investig...
01:00 pm - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Yet More Research Links Appendectomies and Parkinson's Disease
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Last October, researchers studied population data from more than a million Swedish residents and found that people who had their appendix removed were...
10:00 am - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Drones Used Missiles With Knife Warhead To Take Out Single Terrorist Targets
Zorro shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: The U.S. government has developed a specially designed, secret missile for pinpoint airstrikes that kill terrorist leaders with no explosion (Warnin...
07:00 am - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Rwanda Is Way Ahead On Delivery Drones
the_newsbeagle writes: While the Google spinoff Wing is just launching its first commercial service in Australia (scones and coffee are on the menu) and getting FAA clearance to operate in the United ...
03:30 am - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot The Rise of Fear-Based Social Media Like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Now Amazon's Neighbors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: Violent crime in the U.S. is at its lowest rate in decades. But you wouldn't know that from a crop of increasingly popular social media apps that are form...
02:10 am - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot San Francisco Proposes 'IPO Tax' On Eve of Uber Offering
"San Francisco voters this November will be asked to approve a corporate tax increase on stock-based compensation from 0.38% to 1.5%," reports Axios. Since the rate hike would be retroactive to May 7,...
02:00 am - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot Google Is Starting To Reveal the Secrets of Its Experimental Fuchsia OS
At Google's I/O developer conference this past week, Android and Chrome chief Hiroshi Lockheimer offered some rare insight into Fuchsia, albeit at a very high level, in front of public audiences. The ...
01:30 am - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot New HHS Rule To Force Drug Companies To List Prices In TV Ads
schwit1 writes: The new rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will force companies to disclose the prices of prescription drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid that cost $35 or mor...
12:50 am - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot One Year Later, Restaurants Are Still Confused By Google Duplex
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Verge: Google Duplex was arguably one of Google's biggest announcements in 2018, but the AI faded into the background this week at the same ...
12:10 am - Fri, May 10, 2019
Slashdot US Adults Are Spending Big On Video Games, Playing Mostly On Smartphones
A new report from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) found that the average American video gamer is 33 years old, prefers to play on their smartphone and is spending big on content -- 20 per...
11:30 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot The World's First 3D-Printed Village Is Coming To Latin America This Summer
MikeChino writes: Yves Behar, ICON, and New Story just unveiled plans to build the world's first 3D-printed community this summer in Latin America. The project will provide over 50 homes for impoveris...
10:50 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Unveils Lunar Lander To Take Astronauts To the Moon By 2024
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Jeff Bezos, chairman of Amazon and founder of Blue Origin, unveiled his space company's lunar lander for the first time on Thursday. "This vehicle is goi...
10:10 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Recommends Using a Separate Device For Administrative Tasks
In a rare article detailing insights about its staff's efforts in securing its own internal infrastructure, Microsoft has shared some very insightful advice on how companies could reduce the risk of h...
09:30 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Breached 3 US Antivirus Companies, Researchers Reveal
In a report published Thursday, researchers at the threat-research company Advanced Intelligence (AdvIntel) revealed that a collective of Russian and English-speaking hackers are actively marketing th...
08:50 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Millions of People Uploaded Photos To the Ever App. Then the Company Used Them To Develop Facial Recognition Tools.
An anonymous reader shares a report: "Make memories": That's the slogan on the website for the photo storage app Ever, accompanied by a cursive logo and an example album titled "Weekend with Grandpa."...
08:10 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot FCC Blocks China Mobile From Operating in US Over National Security Concerns
The FCC has voted unanimously to deny China Mobile's application to provide telecommunications services in the U.S. due to concerns about national security and law enforcement risks. From a report: Ch...
07:30 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot A War is Brewing Over Lithium Mining at the Edge of Death Valley
An anonymous reader shares a report: A small Cessna soared high above the Mojave Desert recently, its engine growling in the choppy morning air. As the aircraft skirted the mountains on the edge of De...
06:50 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot 512GB SSDs' Price-Per-GB Estimated To Fall Below $0.1 and Hit an All-Time Low This Year End
According to research by DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, the NAND flash industry this year is clearly exhibiting signs of oversupply, and SSD suppliers have gotten themselves into a price war,...
06:10 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Reporter Recounts a Quirk in Google's Search Algorithm That Resulted in His Phone Number Getting Listed as Facebook's Customer Support
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Vice's Motherboard: I'm waiting for the subway when the phone rings. On the other end of the line an angry woman is shouting at me about her Facebook account...
05:30 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot All Chromebooks Will Also Be Linux Laptops Going Forward
At Google I/O in Mountain View, Google said "all devices [Chromebook] launched this year will be Linux-ready right out of the box." From a report: In case you've missed it, last year, Google started m...
04:50 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Urban Trees Grow Fast and Die Young
Trees in urban streets grow more quickly but die faster than those in rural forests, resulting in a net loss of carbon storage from city planting initiatives, new research shows. From a report: Resear...
04:10 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Google Is Bringing Electronic IDs To Android
Krystalo writes: The last day of Google's developer conference tends not to have any news, but this year was a little overloaded. Google announced today that it's working on bringing Electronic IDs to...
03:30 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Singapore Passes New Law To Police Fake News Despite Concerns
After an intense debate, Singapore's parliament has passed a sweeping "anti-fake news" bill despite concerns raised by journalists, academics and global technology companies over free speech and abuse...
03:10 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Hit By Extensive Fraud With Hackers Siphoning Merchant Funds
Amazon.com was hit by an "extensive" fraud, revealing that unidentified hackers were able to siphon funds from merchant accounts over six months last year. schwit1 shares a report: Amazon believes it ...
02:50 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Hit By Extensive Fraud With Hackers Siphoning Merchant Funds
Amazon.com was hit by an "extensive" fraud, revealing that unidentified hackers were able to siphon funds from merchant accounts over six months last year. schwit1 shares a report: Amazon believes it ...
02:12 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Co-founder Says Zuckerberg 'Not Accountable,' Calls For Government Break Up
Chris Hughes helped Mark Zuckerberg transform Facebook from a dorm-room project into a real business. Now, he's calling for the company to be broken up. From a report: "The Facebook that exists today ...
01:00 pm - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Ajit Pai Refuses To Investigate Frontier's Horrible Telecom Service
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rejected a request to have the FCC investigate Frontier Communications' business practice...
10:00 am - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Google Play Will Weight App Ratings To Favor Those From More Recent Releases
Google announced today it's making a change to how its Play Store app ratings work. "[I]nstead of giving developers the choice of when ratings will reset, it will begin to weight app ratings to favor ...
07:00 am - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot How a Half-Inch Beetle Finds Fires 80 Miles Away
How does a half-inch beetle find fires 80 miles away? Why, it's called "stochastic resonance" of course! Slashdot reader bodog shares an excerpt from a report via Scientific American: The fire chaser ...
03:30 am - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Britain Passes One Week Without Coal Power For First Time Since 1882
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Britain has gone a week without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since Queen Victoria was on the throne, in a landmark momen...
02:03 am - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant To Close, Latest Symbol of Struggling Industry
The remaining nuclear reactor still operating at Three Mile Island in South-central Pennsylvania will shut down by September 30th, Exelon announced Wednesday. The decision to close the reactor comes 4...
01:25 am - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Google Is Adding Augmented Reality To Search
Augmented reality is coming to Google Search, allowing you to "check out a pair of shoes in the 'real world' while you're shopping online or put an animated shark in your living room," reports The Ver...
12:45 am - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Spilled SmartThings App Source Code, Secret Keys
Mossab Hussein, a security researcher at SpiderSilk, has discovered that a development lab used by Samsung engineers was leaking highly sensitive source code, credentials and secret keys for several i...
12:03 am - Thu, May 9, 2019
Slashdot Denver Becomes First US City To Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reason: In a surprise turn of events, a Denver ballot initiative to effectively decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, previously thought to have failed, now app...
11:20 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Stops Blocking Some Blockchain Ads
One year after banning all blockchain-related ads, Facebook is updating its ad policies for financial services and products and allowing ads for "blockchain technology, industry news, education or eve...
10:42 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Tencent Shuts Down PUBG Mobile in China For Patriotic Alternative
Tencent has pulled the plug on its wildly popular video game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) in China, a likely victim of government restrictions on gaming. From a report: Instead, the company is...
10:03 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Justice Department Shuts Dark Web Drug Directory, Arrests Alleged Owners
In what is being called "the single most significant law enforcement disruption of the darknet to date" by U.S. Attorney Scott Brady, the Justice Department has shut down a major directory of dark web...
09:25 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Close the UWP, Win32 Divide With 'Windows Apps'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: When Microsoft launched UWP in 2015, officials promised that the platform would provide apps with better performance and security because they'd be dist...
08:45 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Intel Process Technology Update: 10nm Server Products in 1H 2020, Accelerated 7nm in 2021
Intel provided an update regarding its upcoming fabrication technologies at its 2019 Investor Meeting today. From a report: The company is on track to produce server-class products using its 10 nm man...
08:06 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Google Chrome To Support Same-Site Cookies, Get Anti-Fingerprinting Protection
Google plans to add support for two new privacy and security features in Chrome, namely same-site cookies and anti-fingerprinting protection. From a report: The biggest change that Google plans to rol...
07:27 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot FTC Backs Tech Privacy Law To Protect User Data
Members of the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday called on Congress to create a national privacy law that would regulate how big tech companies like Facebook and Google collect and handle user dat...
06:46 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot 90% of Blockchain-Based Supply Chain Projects Are in Trouble
Ninety percent of blockchain-based supply chain projects are faltering because they cannot figure out important uses for the technology, research firm Gartner said this week. From a report: As a resul...
06:06 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Mapping Begins of Lands Lost To North Sea During the Stone Age
Lost at the bottom of the North Sea almost eight millennia ago following the end of the ice age, a vast land area between England and southern Scandinavia -- the home to thousands of stone age settler...
05:26 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Intel Announces Project Athena Open Labs To Test Next-Gen Laptops
Intel announced today that it is opening new Project Athena Open Labs in Taipei, Shanghai, and Folsom California, to test and certify the new Athena designs that will come to market in 2020. From a re...
04:47 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Video Game 'Loot Boxes' Would Be Outlawed in Many Games Under Forthcoming Federal Bill
Video games popular among kids would be prohibited from offering "loot boxes" or randomized assortments of digital weapons, clothing and other items that can be purchased for a fee, under federal legi...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Google Fights Back
Ben Thompson, writing for Stratechery: For a company famed for its engineering culture, you wouldn't expect a video at Google's annual I/O developer conference to have such emotional resonance. And ye...
03:25 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Backblaze HDD Reliability Stats for Q1 2019
AmiMoJo writes: Backblaze's hard drive reliability stats for Q1 2019 are out, and show that Seagate has been improving for some time. It still can't match the long time leader, Hitachi, and had a nast...
02:46 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot US To Hike Tariffs on $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Imports
The United States will raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent effective on Friday, according to a notice posted to the Federal Register on Wednesday. From...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Fortnite is Free, But Kids Are Getting Bullied Into Spending Money
An anonymous reader shares a report: In a private school where tuition is high, students can bicker about clothes, shoe brands, cellphones, or video games. At Paul Towler's middle school, where he tea...
01:00 pm - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Discover a Game-Changing Way To Remove Salt From Water
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: [T]he ability to quickly and easily desalinate water has long been a goal of scientists around the world. And now, a group of researchers from Columbia U...
10:00 am - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot San Francisco Bans Cashless Stores
Following Philadelphia's lead, San Francisco became the second major U.S. city to ban cashless businesses in a Tuesday vote by the city Board of Supervisors. The legislation ends a practice widely vie...
07:00 am - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Robert Zubrin Makes 'The Case For Space'
Slashdot reader schwit1 shares a report from USA Today discussing a new book from famed astronautical engineer Bob Zubrin, who makes the case for why we should go to space -- not only for the knowledg...
04:05 am - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Binance Says More Than $40 Million in Bitcoin Stolen in 'Large Scale' Hack
Hackers have stolen over $40 million worth of bitcoin from Binance, world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, the company said on Tuesday. From a report: In a statement, the company said hackers stole...
03:30 am - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Experimental Device Generates Electricity From the Coldness of the Universe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: An international team of scientists has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to generate a measurable amount of electricity in a diode...
01:50 am - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Successful IT Startup Actively Hires People On the Autism Spectrum
Suren Enfiajyan shares a report from Fast Company: Ultra Testing, a New York-based software testing and quality assurance startup, employs over 60 workers remotely across 20 states, 75% of whom are on...
01:10 am - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Detroit's LED Streetlights Are Going Dark After a Few Years
Detroit's Public Lighting Authority has filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer of nearly a third of the city's 65,000 streetlights, after it found that upward of 20,000 LED lights are...
12:40 am - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Google Finally Updates Android Distribution Dashboard, Pie Passes 10 Percent
After more than six months of no updates, Google has finally updated its Android distribution data. Android Pie, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, has passed the 10% adoption mar...
12:10 am - Wed, May 8, 2019
Slashdot Facebook and Instagram Don't Wreck Kids' Lives, Claims New Study
A new study from the University of Oxford claims screen time doesn't have a detrimental impact on young people's brains, like so many researchers have claimed. Instead, it says family, friends and sch...
11:30 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot UK's National Mapping Agency is Working on a Project To Create Almost Real-Time Maps of Streets
The UK's national mapping agency is working on a project to create almost real-time maps of the nation's streets, which it says will help with everything from 5G rollout to autonomous driving. From a ...
10:50 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Android Q Gets Dark Mode, Live Video Captioning, Better Gestures and More
At its annual I/O developer event, Google announced a bunch of new features available in the latest Android Q beta. Engadget reports: The most obvious new feature is dark mode, which will be released ...
10:10 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber?
schwit1 shares a report: At least eight studies in the last seven years have looked at what happens specifically in a room accumulating carbon dioxide, a main ingredient in our exhalations. While the ...
09:30 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Edge Browser for Mac Leaks, Available Now From Microsoft's Official Download Servers
Microsoft teased its Edge browser for macOS yesterday, but now, download links have appeared online a little early. From a report: Twitter user WalkingCat discovered official Microsoft download links ...
08:50 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Google Merges Nest and Home Brands, Debuts $229 Nest Hub Max
At its Google I/O developer conference today, the company announced that Google and Nest are combining into a single smart home brand aptly called Google Nest. For now, the newly announced Google Nest...
08:10 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Charter Squeezes More Money Out of Internet Users With New Cancellation Policy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Charter is making it more expensive to cancel its Spectrum Internet service, as it will begin charging customers for the full month after they ca...
07:32 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot WordPress Finally Gets the Security Features a Third of the Internet Deserves
The WordPress content management system (CMS) is set to receive an assortment of new security features today that will finally add the protection level that many of its users have desired for years. F...
06:56 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Google Rolls Out New Pixel Phones With Great Cameras At Lower Price Points
Google added two new mid-range devices to its phone line-up Tuesday: The new Pixel 3a is available for $399 effective immediately, while the larger Pixel 3a XL clocks in at $479. The company is also b...
06:10 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Google Unveils Duplex for Web, Says the Feature Can Do a Range of Tasks Including Reserving Rental Cars and Booking Movie Tickets
Google Duplex, Google's AI chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone, will soon expand to more places -- namely the web. From a report: Today at I/O 2019, Google announced Duplex on the ...
05:33 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Google Lens Can Now Read Translated Text To You and Highlight Top Meals at Restaurants
Today Google introduced new features for Lens, its visual search and computer vision tool that can recognize plants, animals, text, celebrities, and over a billion shopping items. From a report: Googl...
04:50 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Says No Anticipated Shipping Date Yet For Galaxy Fold
Samsung said on Tuesday it cannot confirm the shipping date for its foldable device Galaxy Fold yet and apologized to its pre-order customers in the United States for the delay. From a report: The wor...
04:10 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Spies Got the NSA's Hacking Tools, and Used Them For Attacks
Chinese intelligence agents acquired National Security Agency hacking tools and repurposed them in 2016 to attack American allies and private companies in Europe and Asia [Editor's note: the link may ...
03:33 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot EA's Unlimited Game Subscription Service is Finally Coming To the PS4 this July
EA Access -- Electronic Arts' unlimited game subscription service that lets players access a massive library of EA games -- is finally coming to the PlayStation 4 this July, almost five years after it...
02:45 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot How the Apple Store Lost Its Luster
In interviews with Bloomberg, current and former Apple employees say brand building became more important than serving shoppers. From the report: In interviews, current and former Apple employees blam...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming To US in 2021 From Cray, AMD
The "exascale" computing race is getting a new entrant called Frontier, a $600 million machine with Cray and AMD technology that could become the world's fastest when it arrives at Oak Ridge National ...
01:00 pm - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot How a Mark Cuban-Backed Facial Recognition Firm Pushed To Get Driver License Photo Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Now, emails obtained through a public records request provide insight into how facial recognition companies attempt to strike deals with local law...
10:00 am - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Solitaire Inducted Into World Video Game Hall of Fame
Microsoft Solitaire, bundled with the Windows operating system since 1990, has been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame for its popularity and influence on other video games and society in...
07:00 am - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot First Private Japanese Rocket Reaches Space
"Interstellar Technologies has successfully launched its MOMO-3 sounding rocket into space, with the vehicle easily crossing the Karman line (62 miles in altitude) before splashing into the Pacific," ...
03:30 am - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot 'Universal Basic Income Doesn't Work'
An anonymous reader shares an opinion piece from The Guardian, written by analyst, writer and head of social policy for the New Economics Foundation, Anna Coote: A study published this week sheds doub...
01:30 am - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Filming How Our Immune System Kills Bacteria
hooligun shares a report from Phys.Org: To kill bacteria in the blood, our immune system relies on nanomachines that can open deadly holes in their targets. UCL scientists have now filmed these nanoma...
12:50 am - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot id Software's Open-Source Engines Ported To iOS, tvOS
New submitter Schnapple writes: Back in 2009, id Software put Wolfenstein 3D and DOOM on the App Store, but once iOS 11 started phasing out 32-bit apps, they stopped working. Since their source code w...
12:10 am - Tue, May 7, 2019
Slashdot Organisms That Breathe Arsenic Discovered In the Pacific Ocean
Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered that some microbes in the Pacific Ocean actively breath arsenic. "The discovery has implications for how life may adapt to a changing climat...
11:30 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Can Already Ship To 72 Percent of US Population Within a Day, Map Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Amazon is already capable of offering same-day and next-day delivery to 72% of the total U.S. population, including almost all of the households (95% or ...
10:50 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Teases Its Edge Browser For macOS
In a blog post detailing new features coming to Edge, Microsoft has started teasing what Edge will look like on macOS. The Verge reports: During the company's Build 2019 developer conference, Microsof...
10:10 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Contractors Categorize Your Private Posts To Train AI
Facebook uses thousands of third-party staffers around the world to look at Facebook and Instagram posts to help train its AI and to inform new products. "But because the contractors see users' public...
09:30 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Refunds For 300 Million Phone Users Sought In Lawsuits Over Location-Data Sales
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The four major U.S. wireless carriers are facing proposed class-action lawsuits accusing them of violating federal law by selling their customers...
08:50 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot RIAA Obtains Subpoena To Expose 'Infringing' Cloudflare Users
The RIAA has obtained a subpoena from a Columbia federal court ordering Cloudflare to hand over the IP and email addresses and all other identifying information related to several allegedly infringing...
08:10 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Offers Software Tools To Secure Elections
Alongside sharing updates on many of its platforms, Microsoft said at its Build developer conference today that is also getting ready to release several new tools to shore up security for political pa...
07:30 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot 1 Million Species Are Threatened With Extinction Thanks To Humans, UN Report Says
A comprehensive United Nations report compiled by more than 450 researchers warns of a dire future for both humans and nature if business continues as usual. From a news report: Human activities have ...
06:50 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Google Prepares To Launch New Privacy Tools To Limit Cookies
Google is set to launch new tools to limit the use of tracking cookies, a move that could strengthen the search giant's advertising dominance and deal a blow to other digital-marketing companies, WSJ ...
06:10 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot 'The Future of Work is Remote'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook's F8 2019 developer conference dominated last week, with talk of AI and AR/VR and privacy. But the news and reactions were all largely expected, and frank...
05:30 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils a New Terminal for Windows 10 and Windows Subsystem for Linux 2
Windows 10 is getting a new terminal for command-line users, Microsoft announced at its Build developer conference today. The new so-called "Windows Terminal" will launch in mid-June and promises to b...
04:50 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is Bringing Visual Studio To the Browser, Unveils .NET 5
Krystalo writes: At its developer conference Build today, Microsoft previewed new Visual Studio features for remote work, the .NET roadmap, and launched ML.NET 1.0. In April, Microsoft launched Visual...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is Building Internet Explorer Into its New Chromium Edge, Adding New Features
Microsoft is unveiling a number of new features for its upcoming Edge Chromium browser today. From a report: The first big addition is a new "IE Mode" for Edge that will allow businesses to load old s...
03:21 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot In a First, Israel Responds To Hamas Hackers With an Air Strike
For the first time, Israel has used brute military force to respond to a Hamas cyberattack, three years after NATO proclaimed "cyber" an official battlefield in modern warfare. From a report: The "bom...
02:40 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Linux 5.1 Released
diegocg writes: Linux 5.1 released has been released. The main feature in this release is io_uring, a high-performance interface for asynchronous I/O; there are also improvements in fanotify to provid...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Apple Faces Inevitable Antitrust Headache as EU Launches App Store Investigation
An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple is facing an antitrust investigation that could have been predicted the moment it announced it was getting into the music streaming business four years ago. ...
10:34 am - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Is Facebook's Suicide-Prevention Tool Doing Any Good?
"Facebook knew there was a problem when a string of people used the platform to publicly broadcast their suicides in real time," reports Business Insider, raising questions about what the company has ...
07:34 am - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot NASA Seems Open To Even More Re-Uses Of SpaceX Booster Rockets
The International Space Station tweeted Sunday that a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft was expected to arrive early Monday morning. "Get up early and catch live coverage of the rendezvous and capture on nasa...
03:38 am - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Boeing Believed a 737 Max Warning Light Was Standard. It Wasn't.
"When Boeing began delivering its 737 Max to customers in 2017, the company believed that a key cockpit warning light was a standard feature in all of the new jets. But months after the planes were fl...
01:41 am - Mon, May 6, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is the Information Asymmetry Between Producers and Consumers Good?
dryriver asks a philosophical question:The producer of a tech product -- thanks to internet data mining -- may know all sorts of things about me, the buyer of a product. Gender, age, income level, edu...
11:44 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Second Firefox Fix Repairs Broken Browser Extensions For More People
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:"Mozilla on Sunday began distributing new Firefox updates to fix a problem that broke extensions for many browser users on Friday," reports CNET:Mozilla had released an...
10:59 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot FCC Warns About 'One Ring' Robocall Scam Seeking Callbacks To a Toll Number
"Don't return that middle-of-the-night phone call if your cell phone only rang once," warns the New York Daily News:The Federal Communications Commission on Friday alerted consumers about a wave of "O...
09:50 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Game Devs Allege Extreme 'Crunch' Overtime at 'Mortal Kombat 11' Studio NetherRealm
Days after Mortal Kombat was inducted into the World Videogame Hall of Fame, multiple sources at its creator (Warner Bros Interactive studio NetherRealm) are alleging a toxic workplace with 100-hour w...
08:34 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's New 'Secret Crush' Feature Called Creepy, Stupid
This week Facebook announced a new feature that let's you tell the service that you have a "secret crush" on up to nine Facebook friends, reports the Bay Area News Group:Facebook will send you a notif...
07:34 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Now Ask Before Installing Massive Feature Updates
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:As Microsoft promised in early April, Windows 10 is gaining a new option that gives users better control over when its twice-yearly major feature updates are installed...
07:04 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Global Meat-Eating Is On the Rise, Bringing Surprising Benefits
"As Africans get richer, they will eat more meat and live longer, healthier lives," writes the Economist. PolygamousRanchKid shares their report:In the decade to 2017 global meat consumption rose by a...
06:34 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Beyond Meat's Shares More than Double After Monumental IPO
"Investors have a big appetite for fake meat," writes the Associated Press.The shares of Beyond Meat, the purveyor of plant-based burgers and sausages, more than doubled Thursday in its Nasdaq debut. ...
05:34 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Top Cybersecurity Experts Unite to Counter Right-to-Repair FUD
Long-time Slashdot reader chicksdaddy writes:Some of the world's leading cybersecurity experts have come together to counter electronics and technology industry efforts to paint proposed right to repa...
04:34 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Will The Future Of America's Biodefense Stockpile Include DNA-Based Vaccines?
Dan Drollette calls our attention to America's Strategic National Stockpile for Biodefense, "a little-publicized $7 billion federal agency...key to defending the country from a biological attack." "It...
03:34 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Apple Accused of Vastly Exaggerating iPhone Battery Life
"A new report by Which?, an advocacy group in the United Kingdom, found that Apple and HTC both overstate battery life on smartphones, sometimes 'significantly'..." reports Hot Hardware. "In stark con...
02:34 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot End To Aids In Sight As Huge Study Finds Drugs Stop HIV Transmission
The Guardian reports:An end to the Aids epidemic could be in sight after a landmark study found men whose HIV infection was fully suppressed by antiretroviral drugs had no chance of infecting their pa...
01:34 pm - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Pornhub Expresses Interest In Acquiring Tumblr
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes the Verge:Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr, the blogging platform it acquired along with other Yahoo assets in 2017... The platform hosts 465.4 million bl...
11:34 am - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot 'Why I Prefer Go Over Python or Java'
Stefan Nilsson, a computer science professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, recently explained "why I prefer Go to Java or Python," arguing that Go "makes it much easier for me to write goo...
07:36 am - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot Python Creator Guido van Rossum Blames His Resignation Partly On Social Media
"Swapnil Bhartiya, the founder of TFIR, sat down with Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, to talk about the origin of the language and why he stepped down from the leadership of the very project ...
03:36 am - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot UK Nuclear Lab Achieves Americum-Generated Power
Long-time Slashdot reader nojayuk quotes World Nuclear News (a publication of the World Nuclear Association):The UK's National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and University of Leicester have generated usabl...
01:39 am - Sun, May 5, 2019
Slashdot When an AI Tries to Name Racehorses
In December the breed registry for Thoroughbred horses released their list of the over 42,000 names for currently-registered racehorses. Then research scientist Janelle Shane turned their list into tr...
11:43 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Do Companies Need All That Personal Data They're Collecting?
"People tend to think that the crazy amount of personal data gathering happening on the Internet is 'because companies otherwise wouldn't know who to target where with what product and at what price,"...
10:49 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Xbox's Community Guidelines Now Explain 'Acceptable Trash Talk'
"Looking for some new sick burns to throw out at other players on Xbox Live? Microsoft's got you covered," reports Motherboard:In its new community standards, published this week, the company's got so...
09:34 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Scammers Exploit Home Rental Listings With 'Let Yourself In' Link
"American Homes For Rent is a publicly traded company that owns more than 50,000 properties," writes Slashdot reader McGruber -- calling our attention to a glaring security error. "Its website has a t...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Oracle Exec Mocks Google Arguments About Java's APIs
"Whether it is consumers' data or competitors' code, Google's view seems to be the same: What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine," argues Oracle executive vice president Kenneth Glueck. Google h...
08:34 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Doorbell Company Is Selling Fear
Amazon Ring is building "a team of news editors who deliver breaking crime news alerts to our neighbors," reports the director Nieman Journalism Lab, in a post from The Atlantic:That's right: A doorbe...
07:34 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot How Amazon's Facial-Recognition Technology is Supercharging Local Police
An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:Deputies in this corner of western Oregon outside ultraliberal Portland used to track down criminals the old-fashioned way, faxing caught-on-camera image...
06:34 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Censorship 'Can't Be The Only Answer' To Anti-Vax Misinformation, Argues EFF
Despite the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation, "censorship cannot be the only answer," argues the EFF, adding that "removing entire categories of speech from a platform does little to solve the un...
05:34 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Is Slack Ruining Work?
Though Slack's web site promises that "Slack is where work happens," Vox argues instead that "an increasing emphasis on new technology to moderate our workdays isn't necessarily making our work better...
04:34 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot DuckDuckGo Proposes 'Do-Not-Track Act of 2019'
"When you turn on the setting in your browser that says 'Do Not Track', you probably expect to no longer be tracked on most websites you visit. Right? Well, you would be wrong," explains DuckDuckGo's ...
03:34 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot After Seven Years, The Gnu Project Releases GNU Guix 1.0.0
An anonymous reader quotes LWN.net:Version 1.0.0 of the GNU Guix package manager has been released. "This 1.0 release is a major milestone for Guix. It represents 7 years of hard work with more than 4...
02:34 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot 'Could TypeScript replace JavaScript?'
ZDNet asked the question -- pointing to a RedMonk survey which found TypeScript jumped in popularity from #16 to #12 over the last six months (based on its usage in GitHub projects and in questions on...
12:30 pm - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Security Lapse Exposed a Chinese Smart City Surveillance System
An anonymous reader shares a report: Smart cities are designed to make life easier for their residents: better traffic management by clearing routes, making sure the public transport is running on tim...
11:00 am - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Windows Solitaire Inducted Into the World Video Game Hall of Fame
The classic Windows game Solitaire has joined such landmarks as Doom, Tetris, and World of Warcraft in being inducted into the Strong Museum of Play's World Video Game Hall of Fame. The award recogniz...
07:30 am - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points
If Facebook's pivot from town square to private living room wasn't laden with enough irony, here's a new twist: Big business, it appears, has been invited to join us by the fireplace. From a report: O...
06:00 am - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Law Enforcement Seizes Dark Web Market After Moderator Leaks Backend Credentials
German police, together with Europol and law enforcement agencies from the US, the Netherlands, and France, have seized the servers of a dark web marketplace known as the Wall Street Market, on which ...
04:57 am - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot A Glitch Is Breaking All Firefox Extensions
Did you just open Firefox only to find all of your extensions disabled and/or otherwise not working? You're not alone, and it's nothing you did. From a report: Reports are pouring in of a glitch that ...
03:30 am - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Why Epic Games Called an Open Platform Truce With Microsoft
An anonymous reader writes: A couple of years ago, Microsoft and Epic Games executives were mad at each other. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney called out Microsoft because he saw it making moves to close o...
02:30 am - Sat, May 4, 2019
Slashdot Google Launches CallJoy, a Virtual Customer Service Phone Agent For Small Businesses
Google is combining several technologies, including virtual phone numbers, audio transcriptions, automated reporting and analytics, in a new effort to help small business owners better manage their in...
11:00 pm - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot A Hacker is Wiping Git Repositories and Asking For a Ransom
An anonymous reader writes: Hundreds of developers have had had Git source code repositories wiped and replaced with a ransom demand. The hacker removes all source code and recent commits from vitcims...
10:02 pm - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot Amazing AI Generates Entire Bodies of People Who Don't Exist
A new deep learning algorithm can generate high-resolution, photorealistic images of people -- faces, hair, outfits, and all -- from scratch. From a report: The AI-generated models are the most realis...
09:36 pm - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot Ex-YouTube Developer Reveals How He 'Conspired To Kill IE6'
A former web developer at YouTube has revealed a tale about a clandestine operation to kill Internet Explorer 6 with a banner that went live in July 2009 warning IE6 users that YouTube would be phasin...
09:00 pm - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot Ex-YouTube Developer Reveals How He 'Conspired To Kill IE6'
A former web developer at YouTube has revealed a tale about a clandestine operation to kill Internet Explorer 6 with a banner that went live in July 2009 warning IE6 users that YouTube would be phasin...
06:01 pm - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot UK's Tax Authority To Delete Five Million Biometric Voice Records Because it Did Not Have Clear Consent From Its Customers
The UK's tax authority is to delete the biometric voice records of five million people because it did not have clear consent from its customers to have those files. From a report: HM Revenue and Custo...
05:00 pm - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot Western Allies Agree 5G Security Guidelines, Warn of Outside Influence
Global security officials agreed a set of proposals on Friday for future 5G networks, highlighting concerns about equipment supplied by vendors that might be subject to state influence. From a report:...
04:01 pm - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot Nearly Half of College Students Surveyed in a New Report Are Going Hungry
In the coming weeks, thousands of college students will walk across a stage and proudly accept their diplomas. Many of them will be hungry. From a report: A senior at Lehman College in the Bronx dream...
03:01 pm - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot European Council President Warns of Risks in Rise of US Tech Giants
The world needs to be wary of the rise of tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, comparing their powers to those of countries such as China, European Council President Donald Tusk sai...
02:03 pm - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Tim Cook and Luca Maestri on Intel
Tim Cook and Luca Maestri's remarks on Apple's quarterly analyst call earlier this week: CEO Tim Cook: "For our Mac business overall, we faced some processor constraints in the March quarter, leading ...
05:30 am - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot Rogue Coder Turned a Parking Spot into a Coworking Space
An anonymous reader shares a report: It looked like yet another weird symptom of San Francisco tech culture: a cluster of people sitting on the side of a road, working at desks placed within the bound...
02:30 am - Fri, May 3, 2019
Slashdot Dell Laptops and PCs Vulnerable To Remote Hijacks
A vulnerability in the Dell SupportAssist utility exposes Dell laptops and personal computers to a remote attack that can allow hackers to execute code with admin privileges on devices using an older ...
11:23 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Actor Peter Mayhew, Who Portrayed Chewbacca the Wookiee in the "Star Wars" Films, Has Died
"Star Wars" actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, died on Tuesday, his family said today. He was 74. He died at his North Texas home surrounded by his family. From a report...
11:01 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Google Says It's Reviewed Over 1M Suspected Terrorist Videos on YouTube This Year
Google has reviewed more than 1 million suspected terrorist videos on YouTube in the first three months of 2019, according to a letter the tech giant sent to US lawmakers. From a report: In the April ...
10:01 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot US Seeks To Challenge China's Electric-Vehicle Supply Chain Dominance
A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to streamline regulation and permitting requirements for the development of mines for lithium, graphite and other electric-vehicle supply chai...
09:01 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot America's Favorite Door-Locking App Has a Data Privacy Problem
An anonymous reader shares a report: Latch is on a mission to digitize the front door, offering apartment entry systems that forgo traditional keys in favor of being able to unlock entries with a smar...
08:02 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Apple Is Telling Lawmakers People Will Hurt Themselves if They Try To Fix iPhones
In recent weeks, an Apple representative and a lobbyist for CompTIA, a trade organization that represents big tech companies, have been privately meeting with legislators in California to encourage th...
07:03 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Yiannopoulos, Other Far-Right Figures
Facebook said it's banning a number of controversial far-right figures, including Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer, for violating the social-media company's policies on hate speech and p...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Cruise Ship in St. Lucia Quarantined Over Confirmed Measles Case
A cruise ship with nearly 300 passengers and crew was ordered quarantined in the Caribbean port of St. Lucia after a case of measles was confirmed on board, island health officials said Wednesday. Fro...
05:01 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Says It Will Ban Firefox Add-ons With Obfuscated Code
DarkRookie2 writes: As Mozilla continues to try to make it safer than ever to use Firefox, the organization has updated its Add-on Policy so that any updates that include obfuscated code are explicitl...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Putin Signs Law To Create an Independent Russian Internet
Russia is one step closer to creating its own, independent internet -- at least legally speaking. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law new measures that would enable the creation of a ...
03:15 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot FanDuel is Now Charging Inactive Users $3 Per Month For Not Playing
You expect to lose money gambling, but you don't really expect to lose it abstaining from gambling. But if you're a FanDuel user who hasn't made any bets or deposits for two years, the site will now d...
02:10 pm - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Blue Origin Successfully Launches and Lands Its New Shepard Rocket During 11th Test Flight
Blue Origin successfully performed another test launch of its New Shepard system today. Both the New Shepard rocket and capsule touched down safely back at the company's West Texas facility around 10 ...
11:00 am - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot CDC Says There's an Epidemic of E-Scooter Injuries That Could Easily Be Prevented
Electric scooters are becoming just as common in many cities as Lyft and Uber cars. While they may be a step in the right direction to improve transportation options, a new study from the Centers for ...
08:00 am - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Says Python Programming Language is Behind Every Film You Stream
The next time you're streaming on Netflix, you can thank popular programming language Python and the developers who use it for much of the experience. From a report: According to Python developers at ...
04:00 am - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Dismisses Idea Automation Will Eliminate All Its Warehouse Jobs Soon
Amazon dismissed the idea of running a fully automated warehouse in the near future, citing the superior cognitive ability of humans and limitations of current technology. From a report: Scott Anderso...
01:30 am - Thu, May 2, 2019
Slashdot Huawei's First Television Could Also Be the World's First 5G 8K TV
Huawei is planning to launch an 8K 5G TV as soon as this year, a new report from Nikkei claims. The set would include a 5G modem to allow it to stream remote content directly without the need for a ca...
11:00 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot Lyft Loses Effort To Overturn NYC's Driver Wage Law
Lyft's effort to overturn New York City's first-in-the-nation minimum wage law for drivers was blocked by a state judge Wednesday, according to Business Insider . From a report: Judge Andrea Masley ru...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot Blender Developers Find Old Linux Drivers Are Better Maintained Than Windows
To not a lot of surprise compared to the world of proprietary graphics drivers on Windows where once the support is retired the driver releases stop, old open-source Linux OpenGL drivers are found to ...
09:00 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot AMD Gained Market Share For 6th Straight Quarter, CEO Says
Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su said during her remarks on AMD's first quarter earnings conference call with analysts today that she was confident about the state of competition with rivals like In...
08:01 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot FCC Commissioner Demands Answers From Telcos on Phone Location Data
On Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel demanded answers from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon on their sale of customers' phone location informat...
07:00 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot European Universities Dismal at Reporting Results of Clinical Trials
Analysis of 30 leading institutions found that just 17% of study results had been posted online as required by EU rules. From a report: Many of Europe's major research universities are ignoring rules ...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot Google To Roll Out Auto-Delete Controls For Location History and Activity Data
Google has announced that it is giving users greater control over how long the company holds on to location history and activity data. From a report: A new time-limiting feature makes it possible to h...
05:00 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot Windows Server Hosting Provider Still Down a Week After Ransomware Attack
An anonymous reader shares a report: A ransomware infection has crippled the operations of a US-based web hosting provider for almost eight days now, several of the company's disgruntled customers hav...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot When Your Amazon Purchase Explodes
Why is it still so easy for consumers to buy poorly made, dangerous batteries that explode, and why is it so difficult to tamp down on counterfeits or hold the sellers -- or the platforms the sellers ...
03:00 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot Mysterious Hacker Has Been Selling Windows 0-Days To APT Groups For Three Years
For the past three years, a mysterious hacker has been selling Windows zero-days to at least three cyber-espionage groups, as well as cyber-crime gangs, researchers from Kaspersky Lab have told ZDNet....
02:00 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot NASA Says Metals Fraud Caused $700 Million Satellite Failure
A metals manufacturer faked test results and provided faulty materials to NASA, causing more than $700 million in losses and two failed satellite launch missions, according to an investigation by the ...
12:00 pm - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot Julian Assange Gets Almost a Year in UK Prison For Skipping Bail
Julian Assange has been sentenced to just under a year in a UK prison on Wednesday after he was found guilty of violating his bail conditions when he entered Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradit...
09:00 am - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot NSA Says Warrantless Searches of Americans' Data Rose in 2018
The intelligence community's annual transparency report revealed a spike in the number of warrantless searches of Americans' data in 2018. From a report: The data, published Tuesday by the Office of t...
04:00 am - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot 'Let's Watch Netflix: Three Words Guaranteed To Kill a Romantic Mood'
Is streaming video responsible for America's falling fertility rate? 'One of us usually ends up falling asleep.' From a report: Once upon a time, Netflix dates were synonymous with romance, best captu...
01:30 am - Wed, May 1, 2019
Slashdot Apple Says Its Photo Editing Suite Aperture Won't Run in Future macOS Versions
In a new support document, Apple has indicated that its legacy photo editing suite Aperture will not run in future versions of macOS after macOS Mojave. From a report: The support document provides us...
11:00 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Mark Shuttleworth Sees Increased Demand For Enterprise Ubuntu Linux Desktop
Canonical's real money comes from the cloud and Internet of Things, but AI and machine learning developers are demanding -- and getting -- Ubuntu Linux desktop with enterprise support. From a report: ...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Expect a Major Asteroid Strike in Your Lifetime, Says NASA Head
This week, as scientists work through an exercise simulating an imminent asteroid impact with Earth, NASA's administrator Jim Bridenstine warned the real-world threat should be taken seriously. From a...
09:00 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Fedora 30 Linux Distro Is Here
Fedora 30, the newest release of the venerable Linux distribution that serves (in part) as the staging environment for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, was released Tuesday, bringing with it a number of impr...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Will Let Users Chat Across Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp
An anonymous reader shares a report: There were rumors that Facebook was going to make its messaging products interoperable, but now it appears they're about to be a reality. At F8, Messenger's head o...
07:00 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Indonesia Plans To Move Its Capital Out Of Jakarta, A City That's Sinking
Indonesia has announced plans to build a new capital city as its current capital, Jakarta, struggles with pollution, traffic gridlock -- and the fact that the city is sinking. From a report: After a C...
06:10 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says the 'Future is Private'
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's committed to turning his company around. Onstage at Facebook's F8 developer conference, the chief executive said that privacy will be the defining pillar of his ...
05:00 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot 'Cyber Event' Disrupted US Grid Networks
A "cyber event" interrupted grid operations in parts of the western United States last month, according to a cryptic report posted by the Department of Energy. From a report: The March 5 incident last...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Vodafone Denies Bloomberg Report on Security Flaws in Huawei Equipment
Vodafone denied a Bloomberg report on Tuesday that stated it had found "backdoors" hidden in Huawei equipment supplied to its Italian business dating back years, per BBC . From a report: What they're ...
03:00 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Facing Sharp Questions, Boeing CEO Refuses To Admit Flaws in 737 MAX Design
Iwastheone shares a report: In a tense and steely news conference, his first since two deadly crashes of 737 MAX airplanes, Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg faced sharp questioning but refuse...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Jimmy Fallon Played a Video Game on Air, Meaning That Streaming Your Own Game Gets You Taken Down as a Pirate
AmiMoJo shares a report: NBC (and the other broadcasters) provides copies of its shows to YouTube's Content ID filter, which is supposed to protect copyright by blocking uploads of videos that match o...
12:25 pm - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Steal and Ransom Financial Data Related To Some of the World's Largest Companies
Hackers have broken into an internet infrastructure firm that provides services to dozens of the world's largest and most valuable companies, including Oracle, Volkswagen, Airbus, and many more as par...
08:40 am - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Vodafone Says It Found Hidden Backdoors in Huawei Equipment
For months, Huawei has faced U.S. allegations that it flouted sanctions on Iran, attempted to steal trade secrets from a business partner and has threatened to enable Chinese spying through the teleco...
06:30 am - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot Why Everyone Is Watching TV With Closed Captioning On These Days
Jason Kottke: A few months ago I noticed that several friends (who speak English and aren't deaf) routinely watch TV and movies with closed captions and subtitles on. I asked about this on Twitter and...
03:30 am - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot US Will Rethink Cooperation With Allies Who Use Huawei
Washington does not see any distinction between core and non-core parts of 5G networks and will reassess sharing information with any allies which use equipment made by China's Huawei, a U.S. cybersec...
01:30 am - Tue, April 30, 2019
Slashdot A Bitter Turf War is Raging on the Brexit Wikipedia Page
Wikipedia editors are battling to tell the story of Brexit as it happens. And on such a hotly-debated page, every edit is controversial and suspicions run wild. From a report: Editors are parrying dea...