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11:20 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Chrome 76 Arrives With Flash Blocked By Default
An anonymous reader shares a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Chrome 76 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The release includes Adobe Flash blocked by default, Incognito mode det...
10:40 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console To Sell 100 Million
According to a recent financial report from Sony, the PlayStation 4 has become the fastest home console to reach 100 million sales. Geek.com reports: The 100 million mark is an impressive milestone fo...
10:02 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot DoorDash Tip-Skimming Scheme Prompts Class-Action Lawsuit Seeking All Those Tips That Didn't Go To Drivers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: DoorDash's years-long scheme to use customer tips to subsidize its workers' wages is finally catching up to the company. And hot on the heels of renew...
09:25 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Sony and LG Continue To Struggle To Sell Smartphones
In news that will shock absolutely nobody, LG and Sony continue to struggle when it comes to selling smartphones. An anonymous reader shares a report: Despite posting record second-quarter and first-h...
08:45 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Gigantic, Mysterious Radiation Leak Traced To Facility in Russia
The source of a gigantic, mysterious leak of radioactive material that swept across Europe in 2017 has been traced to a Russian nuclear facility, which appears to have been preparing materials for exp...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot It's 2019, and One Third of Businesses Still Have Active Windows XP Deployments
As end of support for the still-popular Windows 7 draws near, risks of unpatched operating systems are likely to be a significant security concern in the near future. intensivevocoder writes: There is...
07:25 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Now Calling Balls and Strikes: Robot Umpires
An anonymous reader shares a report: Baseball's future has arrived in the Atlantic League, a collection of eight independent professional teams that span from New Britain, Conn., to Sugar Land, Texas....
06:46 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Gets Closer To Letting You Type With Your Mind
An anonymous reader shares a report: More than two years ago, Facebook revealed it was working on a project for typing words onto a computer right from your brain, without requiring invasive surgery t...
06:01 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot New Bill Would Ban Autoplay Videos and Endless Scrolling
A new bill, sponsored by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), targets snapstreaks, YouTube autoplay, and endless scrolling that, the bill alleges, are designed in a way to make services "addictive." Reader Zorro ...
05:25 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Apple's AWDL Protocol Plagued By Flaws That Enable Tracking and MitM Attacks
Apple Wireless Direct Link (AWDL), a protocol installed on over 1.2 billion Apple devices, contains vulnerabilities that enable attackers to track users, crash devices, or intercept files transferred ...
04:45 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot US Issues Hacking Security Alert for Small Planes
wiredmikey writes: The DHS has issued a security alert for small planes, warning that modern flight systems are vulnerable to hacking if someone manages to gain physical access to the aircraft. The al...
04:06 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Tesla's Ramping Up Solar Roof Production
Elon Musk is looking to ramp up Tesla's solar roof-tile business even as the company's panel installations shrink. From a report: Tesla is rapidly "spooling up production" and hopes to manufacture abo...
03:26 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Called ID App Truecaller Pushes Software Fix After Covertly Signing Up Indians To Its Payments Service
Truecaller, a service that helps users screen robocalls, has rolled out an update to its app in India, its largest market, after a previous software release covertly signed up an unspecified number of...
02:47 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Sony Warns PlayStation Consoles Might Get More Expensive if the Trade War Continues
If the US-China trade war continues to escalate, consumers could soon find themselves paying more for PlayStations. From a report: As with other electronics giants, Sony manufacturers most of its cons...
02:07 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Capital One's Breach Was Inevitable, Because We Did Nothing After Equifax
An anonymous reader shares a report: Another day, another massive data breach. This time it's the financial giant and credit card issuer Capital One, which revealed on Monday a credit file breach affe...
01:00 pm - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Ring Reportedly Partners With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: At least 200 law enforcement agencies around the country have entered into partnerships with Amazon's home surveillance company Ring, according to...
10:30 am - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Uber Lays Off 400 People On Its Marketing Team
Uber confirmed Monday that around 400 of the roughly 1,200 people in its marketing unit are being let go as part of a broader restructuring of the department. CNN reports: In an email sent by Uber CEO...
08:00 am - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot How You Move Your Phone Can Reveal Insights Into Your Personality
schwit1 shares a report from ScienceAlert: It may sound strange at first, but a team of researchers in Australia has come up with a method to predict your personality traits using just the acceleromet...
05:18 am - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Capital One Says Hacker Breached Accounts of 100 Million People; Ex-Amazon Employee Arrested
CaptainDork shares a report from Forbes: Capital One said Monday that sensitive financial information -- including social security and bank account numbers -- from over 100 million people were exposed...
03:30 am - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot In a 1st, Doctors In US Use CRISPR Tool To Treat Patient With Genetic Disorder
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: For the first time, doctors in the U.S. have used the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR to try to treat a patient with a genetic disorder. "It is jus...
02:05 am - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Create Contact Lenses That Zoom When You Blink Twice
Scientists at the University of California San Diego have created a contact lens, controlled by eye movements, that can zoom in if you blink twice. "In the simplest of terms, the scientists measured t...
01:45 am - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot CBS News Investigation Finds Fraudulent Court Orders Used To Change Google Search Results
A CBS News investigation found that some companies that are hired to make negative web pages disappear appear to be forging judges' signatures to trick Google into changing its search results. From th...
01:25 am - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Is Quietly Exploring Unusual Grocery Store Format, NYT Report Says
The New York Times reports that Amazon is quietly exploring a new grocery store chain with a reimagined format for selling food (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). From the report:...
12:45 am - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot Experts Say the DOJ Justification For T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Approval Is a Joke
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The Department of Justice has approved T-Mobile's controversial $26 billion merger with Sprint. And while the agency proposed a number of remedies...
12:03 am - Tue, July 30, 2019
Slashdot US Files Lawsuit Against Bitcoin Exchange That Helped Launder Ransomware Profits
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit seeking to recover more than $100 million from a notorious cryptocurrency exchange that has helped cyber-criminals launder stolen funds, such a...
11:20 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot The Google Pixel 4 Will Have Built-In Radar and Unlock With a Face Scan
In a YouTube video and blog post, Google revealed that its upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone will feature face unlock technology and a feature called "Motion Sense," which confirms that it will have a Proje...
10:45 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot 200 Million Devices -- Some Mission-Critical -- Vulnerable To Remote Takeover
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: About 200 million Internet-connected devices -- some that may be controlling elevators, medical equipment, and other mission-critical systems -- ...
10:06 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot 76% of UK's National Health Service PCs Not on Windows 10 Despite Looming Deadline
With less than half a year to go before support ends for Windows 7, about three-quarters of computers in the UK's National Health Service (NHS) are still running the OS. From a report: Just over one m...
09:21 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot Canada Invests $65 Million in Satellite Company To Narrow Broadband Gap For Remote Areas
The Canadian government said on Wednesday it is investing C$85 million ($64.70 million) in an Ottawa-based satellite company as part of an effort to provide better broadband internet access to rural a...
08:50 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Cars Will Soon Be Able To Stream Netflix and YouTube
Tesla car owners will soon be able to stream videos from Netflix and YouTube from the dashboard, CEO Elon Musk said. Musk wrote that the displays in cars will "soon" be able to stream YouTube and Netf...
08:11 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot Grand Theft Auto Maker Has Paid No UK Corporation Tax in 10 Years
Rockstar North, the Edinburgh-based developer of Grand Theft Auto, has paid no corporation tax over the past 10 years, despite making billions in revenue for its parent company Take-Two Interactive, w...
07:30 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot '5 Programming Languages That Are Probably Doomed'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Not all programming languages endure forever. In fact, even the most popular ones inevitably crumble away, as new generations of developers embrace other languages...
06:50 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies
At least 200 law enforcement agencies around the country have entered into partnerships with Amazon's home surveillance company Ring, according to an email obtained by Motherboard via public record re...
06:10 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot DMARC's Abysmal Adoption Explains Why Email Spoofing is Still a Thing
Companies around the world are still failing to see the benefits of implementing DMARC, an email security protocol designed to prevent email spoofing, the primary trick used by cybercriminals to deliv...
05:30 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot UK Made Illegal Copies and Mismanaged Schengen Travelers Database
Authorities in the United Kingdom have made unauthorized copies of data stored inside a EU database for tracking undocumented migrants, missing people, stolen cars, or suspected criminals. From a repo...
04:50 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot Ethiopia Plants 350 Million Trees in a Day To Help Tackle Climate Crisis
About 350 million trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister. From a report: The planting is part of a national "green legacy" initiative to grow 4 billion...
04:10 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot American Movie Studios Appease Chinese Censors
An anonymous reader writes: To stay on Beijing's good side, U.S. filmmakers are willing to kowtow to China's authoritarian regime, and there seems no limit to their willingness to acquiesce. Take Top ...
03:35 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot Lithium Industry Buildup Is Outracing the Electric-Car Boom
Lithium miners are bulking up for a booming future when electric cars go mainstream. But speed bumps loom, with prices tumbling on a burst of new production and demand growth slowing in China. From a ...
03:31 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot Lithium Industry Buildup Is Outracing the Electric-Car Boom
Lithium miners are bulking up for a booming future when electric cars go mainstream. But speed bumps loom, with prices tumbling on a burst of new production and demand growth slowing in China. From a ...
02:57 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot On the Benefits of Speedy Software, and How It Affects User Perception of Engineering Quality and Overall Usability
Craig Mod: I love fast software. That is, software speedy both in function and interface. Software with minimal to no lag between wanting to activate or manipulate something and the thing happening. L...
02:52 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot On the Benefits of Speedy Software, and How It Affects User Perception of Engineering Quality and Overall Usability
Craig Mod: I love fast software. That is, software speedy both in function and interface. Software with minimal to no lag between wanting to activate or manipulate something and the thing happening. L...
02:32 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot GitHub Confirms it Has Blocked Developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea
An anonymous reader shares a report: The impact of U.S. trade restrictions is trickling down to the developer community. GitHub, the world's largest host of source code, is preventing users in Iran, S...
02:10 pm - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot GitHub Confirms it Has Blocked Developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea
An anonymous reader shares a report: The impact of U.S. trade restrictions is trickling down to the developer community. GitHub, the world's largest host of source code, is preventing users in Iran, S...
11:34 am - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Just Brought Prime Video To VR Headsets
An anonymous reader quotes Variety:Oculus VR headset users just got one more video service to watch in their virtual living rooms: Amazon's Prime Video service went live on Oculus Go, Quest and Samsun...
07:34 am - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot Open Source RISC-V License Helps Alibaba Sidestep US Trade War
"RISC-V is open source, so it's much more resistant to government bans," reports Tom's Hardware:The Alibaba Group Holding, China's largest e-commerce company, unveiled its first self-designed chip, Xu...
04:30 am - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot Privacy Group Challenges FTC's Small Facebook Settlement, Also Wants an Admission of Guilt
"A consumer privacy group has filed a challenge to Facebook's $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, saying it is not 'adequate, reasonable or appropriate' and lets the social media ...
01:34 am - Mon, July 29, 2019
Slashdot 'No More Ransom' Decryption Tools Prevent $108M In Ransomware Payments
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:On the three-year anniversary of the No More Ransom project, Europol announced today that users who downloaded and decrypted files using free tools made available thro...
11:35 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is the Pace of Tech Innovation Spontaneous Or Planned?
dryriver writes:People who are only mildly tech- or engineering-literate tend to think that innovation is really difficult and expensive, takes years to achieve/discover, and that when something "amaz...
10:35 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot Teenagers Win Millions At Fortnite World Cup
$30 million in prizes were up for grabs, the largest ever for an esports event, and more than 40 million attempted to qualify for a spot. Now IGN reports:The grand champion of the Fortnite World Cup f...
09:34 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot 28% of Delivery Drivers Have Tasted Your Food, Survey Finds
One of America's top foodservice distributor's recently surveyed 1,518 customers of food-delivery services -- and then also surveyed 500 delivery drivers. Restaurant Business magazine shares one surpr...
08:34 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot New AI-Assisted Coding Tool Called 'Amazing'
An anonymous reader quotes The Verge's AI and Robotics reporter:By scanning huge datasets of text, machine learning software can produce convincing samples of everything from short stories to song lyr...
07:34 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot 'Never-Googlers' Take Extreme Measures To Avoid Data Tracking
To buy his favorite oatmeal, Gregory Kelly drives to a city 40 miles away rather than sharing his data with an online retailer, or purchasing it from the company's web site, "which he says is riddled ...
06:34 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot Did Facebook End The Encryption Debate?
Forbes contributor Kalev Leetaru argues that "the encryption debate is already over -- Facebook ended it earlier this year."The ability of encryption to shield a user's communications rests upon the a...
05:34 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Stunned By 'City-Killer' Asteroid That Just Missed Earth On July 25
A "city killer" asteroid whizzed past earth Thursday that "would have hit with over 30 times the energy of the atomic blast at Hiroshima," according to one astronomer professor. Long-time Slashdot rea...
04:34 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot Can Robots Solve America's Recycling Crisis?
CNBC reports that to solve America's recycling crisis, "companies and municipalities are turning to AI-assisted robots."The problem began last year when China, the world's largest recyclable processor...
03:34 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot 'Doom' Celebrates 25th Anniversary By Re-Releasing Three Classic Games
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Doom, there's now mobile versions in the Google Play Store, reports Android Police, "and since this is a 25th-anniversary release, it includes the fourth expansion...
02:34 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot Luke Skywalker-Inspired Prosthetic Arm Lets Amputee Feel Objects Again
CNN tells the story of a new medical breakthrough for Keven Walgamott, who 17 years ago lost one hand and part of his forearm in an electrical accident.Now, Walgamott can use his thoughts to tell the ...
01:34 pm - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot EFF Argues For 'Empowerment, Not Censorship' Online
An activism director and a legislative analyst at the EFF have co-authored an essay arguing that the key to children's safetly online "is user empowerment, not censorship," reporting on a recent heari...
10:34 am - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot Is Hiring Broken?
DevNull127 writes: Hiring is broken and yours is too," argues a New York-based software developer whose LinkedIn profile says he's worked at both Amazon and Google, as well as doing architecture verif...
07:34 am - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot 5G May Drain Batteries, While Base Stations Will Require Three Times As Much Power
schwit1 quotes IEEE Spectrum: In 2017, members of the mobile telephony industry group 3GPP were bickering over whether to speed the development of 5G standards. One proposal, originally put forward by...
04:34 am - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's Co-Founder Is Now Lobbying the Government To Break Up The Company
Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes isn't just idly wondering if regulators might break up the tech behemoth he helped launch. He's going on a personal tour, meeting with state and federal officials to la...
01:45 am - Sun, July 28, 2019
Slashdot Is The Internet Making Us Better Writers?
The New Yorker reviews linguist Gretchen McCulloch new book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language For McCulloch, the primary feat of the digital writer has been to enlist typograph...
11:50 pm - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot Privacy-Focused Android Q Still Lets Advertisers Track You
"The upcoming version of the Android operating system is taking a strong focus on privacy," reports SD Times, "but the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) believes it could still do better."Android Q...
10:57 pm - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot YouTubers Union Teams With Actual Labor Union To Pressure YouTube
A group of content creators say they're organizing to make YouTube become a fairer platform, reports Motherboard:The YouTubers Union, a community-based movement fighting for the rights of content crea...
09:34 pm - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot NYT: Boeing Was Certifying Its Own Safety For the 737 Max
Boeing's 737 Max was built with "effectively neutered" oversight, writes the New York Times, citing interviews with over a dozen current and former employees at America's Federal Aviation Agency. Thei...
08:34 pm - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot Hot Weather Cuts French, German Nuclear Power Output
AmiMoJo quotes Reuters:Scorching temperatures across Europe coupled with prolonged dry weather has reduced French nuclear power generation by around 5.2 gigawatts (GW) or 8%, French power grid operato...
07:34 pm - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot Decades-Old Computer Science 'Boolean Sensitivity' Conjecture Solved in Two Pages
Long-time Slashdot reader Faizdog writes: The "sensitivity" conjecture stumped many top computer scientists, yet the new proof is so simple that one researcher summed it up in a single tweet. "This co...
06:34 pm - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot 'YouTube's Plan To Rein In Conspiracy Theories Is Failing'
An anonymous reader quotes the Huffington Post:Six months ago, under tremendous public pressure, YouTube announced that it would tweak its algorithm to recommend fewer videos "that could misinform use...
05:34 pm - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot In 80 Days, Google Will Require Chrome Extensions To Request 'The Least Amount of Data'
"Google is giving Chrome extension makers until October 15 to minimize the amount of data they collect during browser sessions or face expulsion from the Chrome Web Store," reports PC Magazine:The cha...
04:34 pm - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot Penetration Testing Toolkit Includes Exploit For 'Incredibly Dangerous' Bluekeep Vulnerability
An anonymous reader quotes Vice: In May, Microsoft released a patch for a bug in several versions of Windows that is so bad that the company felt it even had to release a fix for Windows XP, an operat...
03:34 pm - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot Will Machine Learning Build Up Dangerous 'Intellectual Debt'?
Long-time Slashdot reader JonZittrain is an international law professor at Harvard Law School, and an EFF board member. Wednesday he contacted us to share his new article in the New Yorker: I've been ...
02:34 pm - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot John McAfee Released From Jail in the Dominican Republic
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Post:John McAfee of antivirus software fame has arrived in London from the Dominican Republic, where he had been detained for several days with his wife and sev...
10:00 am - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot Strange Forest 'Superorganism' Is Keeping a New Zealand Vampire Tree Alive
The Grim Reefer shares a report from Live Science: Once a mighty kauri tree -- a species of conifer that can grow up to 165 feet (50 meters) tall -- the low, leafless stump looks like it should be lon...
07:00 am - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot New Cause of Cell Aging Discovered: Senescent Cells Stop Producing Nucleotides
New research from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering could be key to our understanding of how the aging process works. The findings potentially pave the way for better cancer treatments and revolut...
03:30 am - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot Japan Approves First Human-Animal Embryo Experiments
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Nature: A Japanese stem-cell scientist is the first to receive government support to create animal embryos that contain human cells and transplant them into su...
02:03 am - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot In a Lab Accident, Scientists Create the First-Ever Permanently Magnetic Liquid
The Grim Reefer shares a report from Live Science: For the first time, scientists have created a permanently magnetic liquid. These liquid droplets can morph into various shapes and be externally mani...
01:25 am - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot Wind Is Outpacing Coal As a Power Source In Texas For the First Time
A new report (XLSX) from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says wind power has surpassed coal for the first time in the state. CNN reports: Wind has generated 22% of the state's electrical nee...
12:45 am - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot GitHub Starts Blocking Developers In Countries Facing US Trade Sanctions
After a developer based in the Crimea region of Ukraine was blocked from GitHub this week, the Microsoft-owned software development platform said it has started restricting accounts in countries facin...
12:03 am - Sat, July 27, 2019
Slashdot Leaked Documents Reveal Saudi Arabia's Plans For Its Next Megacity
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A new report from The Wall Street Journal shares some of the proposals for Saudi Arabia's biggest megaproject yet: a city built in the desert named ...
11:20 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Startup ScoopScoot Is Impounding Wayward E-Scooters In San Diego
McGruber shares a report from NBC News: In January, two San Diego businessmen launched a company, ScootScoop, that impounds e-scooters at the behest of private property owners. The company already has...
10:40 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Zen 2 Ryzen IPC Testing Shows AMD Has Closed the Performance Gap With Intel
MojoKid writes: AMD's new Ryzen 3000 processors can boost as high as 4.6 GHz, a notable bump over previous Ryzen models, but what about AMD's purported Instructions Per Cycle (IPC) gains? Has AMD's Ze...
10:02 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Trump Says Apple Will Not Be Given Tariff Waivers or Relief For Mac Pro Parts Made In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: In a tweet on Friday, President Trump said his administration will not grant Apple any relief on Mac Pro parts made in China. "Apple will not be given Ta...
09:25 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Star Orbiting Massive Black Hole Lends Support To Einstein's Theory
Observations of light coming from a star zipping in orbit around the humongous black hole at the center of our galaxy have provided fresh evidence backing Albert Einstein's 1915 theory of general rela...
08:41 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Trump Says US To Hit France With 'Substantial' Action For Digital Tax
President Donald Trump said today the U.S. would hit France shortly with a "substantial reciprocal action" after Paris announced a tax aimed at U.S. technology companies. He said: "If anybody taxes th...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile Wins $26.5B Sprint Deal Approval With Plan To Create Rival
The Justice Department approved T-Mobile's acquisition of Sprint, a deal it rejected under the previous administration, clearing one of the biggest hurdles to a takeover that will reshape the wireless...
07:00 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Apple Contractors 'Regularly Hear Confidential Details' on Siri Recordings, Report Says
Alex Hern, reporting for The Guardian: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality contr...
06:41 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Marcus 'MalwareTech' Hutchins Gets No Prison Time, One Year Supervised Release
An anonymous reader writes: Marcus 'MalwareTech' Hutchins, the security researcher who helped stop the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, was sentenced today in the US to time served and one year of superv...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot IRS Sending Warning Letters To More Than 10,000 Cryptocurrency Holders
The Internal Revenue Service has begun sending letters to more than 10,000 cryptocurrency holders, warning about penalties for failing to report income and pay tax on transactions involving virtual cu...
05:21 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot SoftBank Rolls Out Second Tech Megafund, With Apple Among Top Investors
Japan's SoftBank Group unveiled a second technology megafund even bigger than its nearly $100 billion Vision Fund, answering skeptics who questioned whether anyone could raise so much in such a short ...
04:41 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Get Off My Lawn! Homeowners Ward Off Drivers Misled by GPS
People on the receiving end of addled smartphone navigation deal with the lost; 'Somebody backed into our mailboxes.' From a report: Everett Ogden's dream house was a three-bedroom at the end of a qui...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot New Uses of Stem Cells and 3-D Printing Could Make Baldness Obsolete (For the Wealthy)
Despite a rare confluence of commercial forces and scientific interest, generating new hair remains outside the realm of the possible. This could be changing, though -- and not owing to new packaging ...
03:21 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Most YouTube Climate Change Videos 'Oppose the Consensus View'
The majority of YouTube videos about the climate crisis oppose the scientific consensus and "hijack" technical terms to make them appear credible, a new study has found. From a report: Researchers hav...
02:40 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Debuts Implementation of WebThings Gateway Open Source Router Firmware
An anonymous reader shares a report: For the better part of two years, the folks at Mozilla have been diligently chipping away at Mozilla WebThings, an open implementation of the World Wide Web Consor...
02:01 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot The FBI Is Investigating Long Island Iced Tea's BlockChain Pivot
Beverage firm Long Island Iced Tea -- now known as Long Blockchain -- is being investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation for insider trading and securities fraud. From a report: Court r...
01:00 pm - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Russian Hack of Elections System Was Far-Reaching, Senate Intel Committee Report Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016 (Warning: sourc...
10:00 am - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Waymo and DeepMind Mimic Evolution To Develop New, Better Way To Train Self-Driving AI
Alphabet's autonomous driving and robotaxi company Waymo teamed up with fellow Alphabet company and AI specialist DeepMind to develop new training methods that would help makes its training better and...
07:00 am - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot France Is Making Space-Based Anti-Satellite Laser Weapons
France announced plans on Thursday to develop satellites armed with laser weapons that will be used against enemy satellites that threaten the country's space forces. Popular Mechanics reports: In rem...
03:30 am - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Discover New Chemistry That May Help Explain Origins of Cellular Life
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Before life began on Earth, the environment likely contained a massive number of chemicals that reacted with each other more or less randomly, and it...
02:10 am - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Louisiana Governor Declares State Emergency After Local Ransomware Outbreak
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has activated a state-wide state of emergency in response to a wave of ransomware infections that have hit multiple school districts. ZDNet reports: The ransomware ...
01:30 am - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot Would You Pay $17 To $27 Monthly For All Video Streaming Services Combined?
With more streaming services coming from WarnerMedia, Apple and Disney, it has people wishing for a single plan to get access to all of them. A new survey from Morning Consult in conjunction with The ...
12:50 am - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot The Psychology Behind Why People Will Eat Anything at Work
Anyone who has spent time working in an office has seen how quickly a box of doughnuts gets demolished. But it's not just genuinely tasty snacks that get gobbled up. From a report: Dr. Susan Albers-Bo...
12:10 am - Fri, July 26, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Loses Nearly 1 Million TV Customers After Raising DirecTV Prices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T lost 946,000 TV subscribers in Q2 2019, a loss that the company attributed to price increases, competition, and other factors. AT&T ...
11:30 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot 65% of Online Gamers Face Threats, Stalking, Other 'Severe Harassment'
Online gaming may be popular and fun, but it's not without pitfalls. More than 70% of online gamers have experienced some form of harassment, according to a survey released Thursday from the Anti-Defa...
10:50 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot A Bipartisan Bill That Could End Our Robocall Hell Just Passed the House 429-3
The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a nearly unanimous vote, with only two Republicans and one independent voting against the bill. Gizmodo reports: The bill, sp...
10:10 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Airbus A350 Software Bug Forces Airlines To Turn Planes Off and On Every 149 Hours
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Some models of Airbus A350 airliners still need to be hard rebooted after exactly 149 hours, despite warnings from the EU Aviation Safety Agency ...
09:30 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot 'No Doubt Left' About Scientific Consensus on Global Warming, Say Experts
The scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming is likely to have passed 99% https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/24/scientific-consensus-on-humans-causing-global-warming-passe...
08:50 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sues Google For $50 Million Over Suspension of Ad Account
Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the long-shot presidential candidate from Hawaii, is suing Google for infringing on her free speech (alternative source) when it briefly suspended her campaign's advertis...
08:15 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Apple Buys Intel's Smartphone Modem Business
Apple is officially acquiring Intel's smartphone modem business for $1 billion, the two companies announced today. As rumored earlier this week, the move "would jump-start the iPhone maker's push to t...
07:30 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Stock Trading Service Robinhood Admits To Storing Some Passwords in Cleartext
Stock trading service Robinhood has admitted this week to storing some customers' passwords in cleartext, according to emails the company has been sending to impacted customers. From a report: "On Mon...
06:50 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Atlanta Pauses Scooter Permits After Deaths
Atlanta's mayor put a pause on the city's issuance of permits for smartphone-based electric scooter rentals Thursday following two recent deaths. From a report: The city had come under pressure from a...
06:10 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot In the US, Wells Being Drilled Ever Deeper as Groundwater Vanishes
An anonymous reader shares a report: Groundwater is an "invisible resource," writes environmental engineer Debra Perrone. It "flows slowly under our feet through cracks in rocks and spaces in sediment...
05:45 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Google Images Now Lets You Swipe Up To Open a Search Result
Building on a burgeoning ecosystem, Google today debuted a new, faster way to visit pages from Google Images on the web: Swipe to Visit. Courtesy AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), when you select an ima...
04:50 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Requires Police To Shill Surveillance Cameras in Secret Agreement
Amazon's home security company Ring has enlisted local police departments around the country to advertise its surveillance cameras in exchange for free Ring products and a "portal" that allows police ...
04:09 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Apple and Amazon Become Top US Solar Users, Besting Target and Walmart
Apple has spent nearly a decade dramatically expanding its use of solar energy across the United States, and the effort has paid off. From a report: The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) repo...
03:30 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Ransomware Incident Leaves Some Johannesburg Residents Without Electricity
A ransomware infection at an electricity provider in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city and financial capital, has left some of its residents without power. From a report: The ranso...
02:40 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot AI is Supercharging the Creation of Maps Around the World
For those of us who live in places where driving directions are available at our fingertips, it might be surprising to learn that millions of miles of roads around the world have yet to be mapped. Fro...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Why DRAM Chipmakers Need Their Own OPEC
DRAM is just as much a commodity as oil. But manufacturers can only dream about the benefits of negotiating supply together. From a report: You've got to feel for the world's biggest suppliers of DRAM...
01:00 pm - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Boeing Says It Might Have To Shut Down 737 Max Production
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg warned investors Wednesday that the company might need to further slow or temporarily halt its 737 Max production. Boeing has...
11:30 am - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Co-Founder and CTO JB Straubel Is Stepping Down
Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel is stepping down as an executive at the automaker, CEO Elon Musk announced during a conference call with analysts Wednesday. Drew Baglino, vice president of techno...
10:00 am - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot From Fitbits To Rokus, Hedge Funds Mine Data For Consumer Habits
In an effort to gain an elusive trading edge, some of the world's biggest hedge funds have been snapping up large swaths of alternative data from Fitbits, Rokus, Teslas and employment websites like Gl...
07:00 am - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy Fold 'Ready' For Launch After Screen Fix
Samsung said it has made the necessary improvements to fix the Galaxy Fold and put it back on sale. The April launch of the device was postponed after early reviewers reported broken screens; it's now...
03:30 am - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot World's Largest Nuclear Fusion Experiment Clears Milestone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: A multination project to build a fusion reactor cleared a milestone yesterday and is now six-and-a-half-years away from "First Plasma," of...
02:02 am - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Is Motion Smoothing Ruining Cinema?
With TVs now delivering images faster than movies, TV manufacturers have tried to make up for that discrepancy via a digital process called motion smoothing. Whether you've realized it or not, you've ...
01:25 am - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Revenue Beats Estimates; Discloses Antitrust Probe
Facebook said on Wednesday that new data privacy rules and forthcoming privacy-focused product changes would slow its revenue growth and significantly raise expenses, driving down its shares in after-...
12:45 am - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot VLC Developer Debunks Reports of 'Critical Security Issue' In Open Source Media Player
New submitter Grindop53 shares a report: Widespread reports of a "critical security issue" that supposedly impacted users of VLC media player have been debunked as "completely bogus" by developers. Ea...
12:03 am - Thu, July 25, 2019
Slashdot You're Very Easy To Track Down, Even When Your Data Has Been 'Anonymized'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: The most common way public agencies protect our identities is anonymization. This involves stripping out obviously identifiable things s...
11:20 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Amazon 'Destroyed the Retail Industry Across the US' Says Treasury Secretary Mnuchin
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Amazon "destroyed the retail industry across the United States" and that it's appropriate for the attorney general to investigate the company alongside...
10:40 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Blade Runner Actor Rutger Hauer Dies Aged 75
ikhider writes: Breukelen, Amsterdam born actor, Rutger Hauer, who played Roy Batty in the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner and improvised the "tears in the rain" dialogue as his android character die...
10:03 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot DOJ To Approve T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Despite 13 States Trying To Block It
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Justice Department plans to approve the T-Mobile/Sprint merger as part of a settlement involving the sale of spectrum licenses, wholesale acc...
09:25 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot RED Founder Blames Chinese Company For Hydrogen One Problems and Announces Hydrogen Two
RED's Hydrogen One phone had a rocky rollout to say the least, and founder Jim Jannard has offered a partial explanation while announcing the first details on the device's successor. From a report: In...
08:45 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Many Animals Can't Adapt Fast Enough To Climate Change
A new paper in Nature Communications, coauthored by more than 60 researchers, sifted through 10,000 previous studies and found that the climatic chaos we've sowed may just be too intense for many anim...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot As Streaming Offerings Become More Expensive and Convoluted, People Are Setting Up Their Own Smaller, More Intimate Platforms
An anonymous reader shares a report: Because of the convoluted nature of licensing agreements and the vagaries of corporate competition, what's on Netflix is substantively different than what's availa...
07:25 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot The Video Game Industry Can't Go On Like This
How much bigger can video games get? Video games are only getting more costly, in more ways than one. And it doesn't seem like they're sustainable. From a report: There's the human cost, which Kotaku ...
06:45 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot FTC To Hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Liable For Any Future Privacy Violations
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will have to personally answer to federal regulators under an agreement to settle a privacy case with the Federal Trade Commission that includes a $5 billion penalty for t...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Don't Put Your Work Email on Your Personal Phone
Many of us have given up on the idea of carrying around a dedicated work phone. After all, why bother when you can get everything you need on your personal smartphone? Here's one reason: Your work acc...
05:25 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Google's Work in China is Not a Security Risk, White House Says
An anonymous reader shares a report: Earlier this month, Facebook board member and billionaire investor Peter Thiel accused Google of working with China's government. Today, The Wall Street Journal re...
04:45 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Guy Who Built Twitter's Retweet Button Admits Maybe That Was a Really Bad Idea
The man behind Twitter's "Retweet" button -- which is pretty much the foundation of the whole site -- now thinks he screwed up big time, telling BuzzFeed News in an interview that he recalled thinking...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Corsair Acquires Custom Gaming Computer Maker Origin PC
Gaming peripherals maker Corsair has acquired custom gaming PC leader Origin PC. From a report: For the past decade, Origin PC specialized in delivering hand-built, personalized PCs aimed at deliverin...
03:25 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Reveals New Windows 10 Start Menu in Accidental Internal Leak
Microsoft has accidentally released an internal-only version of Windows 10 to testers, revealing a new Start menu design. From a report: The software giant has distributed Windows 10 build 18947, mean...
02:45 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Ends Friend Data Access For Microsoft and Sony, the Last 2 of Its Legacy Partners, Under FTC Deal
One more consequence of the FTC's investigation of Facebook, which culminated in a record $5 billion settlement announced today: it's finally tightening another string in its privacy policy by cutting...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Launches $2.8 Mobile-Only Monthly Plan in India
Netflix has a new plan to win users in India: make the entry point to its service incredibly cheap. From a report: The streaming giant today introduced a low-priced mobile tier in the country that cos...
01:00 pm - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Evolutionary Gene Loss May Help Explain Why Only Humans Are Prone To Heart Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceDaily: A decade ago, Nissi Varki, MD, professor of pathology at UC San Diego School of Medicine, with co-author Ajit Varki, MD, Distinguished Professor ...
10:00 am - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot DoorDash Flip-Flops On Controversial Pay Policy, Says Tips Will Go To Delivery Workers
Yesterday, a New York Times reporter reported on how some delivery apps like DoorDash use your tip to make up the worker's base pay -- essentially stealing the money you're trying to give someone to m...
07:00 am - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Study Suggests Much More Water On the Moon Than Thought
davidwr writes: Two days after the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, the journal Nature Geoscience published a paper claiming there may be "thick ice deposits inside permanently shadowed sim...
03:30 am - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot A New Report Documents Two Years of Science Being Scrubbed From .Gov Sites
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A report published by the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) on Monday found that language related to climate change has disapp...
02:05 am - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot IBM Gives Cancer-Killing Drug AI Project To the Open Source Community
IBM has released three artificial intelligence (AI) projects tailored to take on the challenge of curing cancer to the open-source community. ZDNet reports: The first project, dubbed PaccMann -- not t...
01:45 am - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot UPS Is Launching a Drone Delivery Service In the US
The United Parcel Service (UPS) announced it has submitted an application to the FAA to operate commercial delivery drones in the U.S., through a new subsidiary called UPS Flight Forward. Quartz repor...
01:25 am - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Air Travelers May Have To Pay Carbon Charge To Offset Emissions
Air passengers may have to pay an extra "carbon charge" on flights as part of a UK government initiative to reduce CO2 emissions and tackle the climate crisis. From a report: Passengers could choose t...
12:45 am - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Ford Teases All-Electric F-150 Pickup Truck By Pulling a Million-Pound Train
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In 2017, Ford announced that it would sell an all-electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck. It plans to start selling a hybrid versio...
12:03 am - Wed, July 24, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Does Suicide Seem To Be More Common Among Tech Workers?
tripleevenfall writes: At numerous points during my career in the tech industry, my workplaces have been affected by the suicide of an employee. Usually beginning with the receipt of a vague email tha...
11:20 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Facial Recognition May Be Banned From Public Housing Thanks To Proposed Law
Lawmakers in Congress are expected to introduce landmark legislation this week that will ban facial recognition technology from public housing. Called the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act, the pro...
10:45 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Dropbox Irks Mac Users With Annoying Dock Icon, Offers Clueless Support
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Dropbox now opens a new file browser and an associated Dock icon every time it starts, even if you don't want it to. If you're not familiar with ...
10:07 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot BMW To Treat Apple CarPlay as a Subscription Service and Charge Customers an Annual Fee
BMW will turn Apple CarPlay into a subscription service beginning with its 2019-model-year vehicles. From a report: The German automaker currently charges a one-time $300 to add Apple CarPlay capabili...
09:26 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Justice Department To Open Broad, New Antitrust Review of Big Tech Companies
schwit1 shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: The Justice Department is opening a broad antitrust review into whether dominant technology firms are unlawfully stifling competition (Warning: so...
08:46 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Airlines Are Finally Fixing the Middle Seat
An anonymous reader shares a report: "There's no justice in air travel," an airline industry insider once told me. A third of passengers on planes get stuck with a middle seat, getting smushed for hou...
07:58 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Deceived Users About the Way It Used Phone Numbers, Facial Recognition, FTC To Allege in Complaint
The Federal Trade Commission plans to allege that Facebook misled users' about its handling of their phone numbers as part of a wide-ranging complaint that accompanies a settlement ending the governme...
07:27 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Widespread Blackouts in Venezuela Could Be New Normal, Experts Warn
Widespread electricity outages could become the new normal in Venezuela, experts have warned, as the country struggled to restore power after a massive blackout that left millions without power or acc...
06:48 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Apple Dominates App Store Search Results, Thwarting Competitors
Apple's mobile apps routinely appear first in search results ahead of competitors in its App Store, a powerful advantage that skirts some of the company's rules on such rankings, according to a Wall S...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot LinkedIn Is Migrating To Microsoft Azure
An anonymous reader writes: LinkedIn today announced it is swapping out its data centers for the public cloud. The Microsoft-owned company is moving its infrastructure to Azure as part of a multi-year...
05:25 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot New York City To Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data
Telecommunications firms and mobile-based apps make billions of dollars per year by selling customer location data to marketers and other businesses, offering a vast window into the whereabouts of cel...
04:45 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot NSA Forms Cybersecurity Directorate Under More Assertive U.S. Effort
The National Security Agency will create a cybersecurity directorate later this year as part of a wider effort to align the agency's offensive and defensive operations more closely, U.S. officials sai...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Freshly Elected as UK's Next PM, Boris Johnson Pledges Full Fiber Broadband Bonanza
The UK will shortly have a new prime minister after the Conservative Party membership overwhelmingly voted to elect Boris Johnson as their new party leader, passing over his sole rival for the post, J...
03:25 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Tencent is Betting There's a Future For Retro Games in the Cloud
While tech giants like Microsoft and Google are building cloud gaming platforms for the latest blockbuster titles, one start-up is taking a different approach. From a report: London-based firm Antstre...
02:42 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Release Three 'iPhone 11' Models This Fall, Report Says
Similar to last year's introduction of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, Apple will release three new 'iPhone 11' models this fall, news outlet 9to5Mac reported on Tuesday. From the report:...
02:02 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot AG Barr Says Consumers Should Accept Security Risks of Encryption Backdoors
U.S. attorney general William Barr has said consumers should accept the risks that encryption backdoors pose to their personal cybersecurity to ensure law enforcement can access encrypted communicatio...
01:00 pm - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot MicroLED Displays Could Show Up In Products As Soon As 2020
An anonymous reader quotes a report IEEE Spectrum: One of the most striking things about the prototype microLED display that Silicon Valley startup Mojo Vision unveiled in June was its size. At half a...
10:00 am - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Asus Unveils High-End 'ROG Phone II' Smartphone With 120Hz Display, Snapdragon 855 Plus, and Giant Battery
Asus has unveiled a spec-heavy gaming phone called the ROG Phone II. When it launches later this year, it'll be one of the only phones to feature Qualcomm's new gaming-focused Snapdragon 855 Plus proc...
07:00 am - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Promises Longer, Curved Tunnel For Future Hyperloop Contests
Shortly after the 2019 Hyperloop Pod competition ended, Elon Musk announced on Twitter that next year's Hyperloop competition will be held in a six mile curved vacuum tunnel. Previously, the competiti...
03:30 am - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Canned Laughter Makes Jokes Seem Funnier, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In research that will ensure the sitcoms of the future are as painful as those broadcast today, scientists have found that canned laughter makes ...
02:02 am - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Stole 7.5TB of Secret Data From Russia's Intelligence Agency
Hackers have reportedly stolen about 7.5 terabytes of data from a major Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) contractor, thus exposing the secret projects the agency was working on to de-anonymize T...
01:25 am - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Design Flaw Let Thousands of Kids Join Chats With Unauthorized Users
A design flaw in Facebook's Messenger Kids app allowed children to enter group chats with unapproved strangers. "For the past week, Facebook has been quietly closing down those group chats and alertin...
12:45 am - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Siemens Contractor Pleads Guilty To Planting Logic Bomb In Company Spreadsheets
Former Siemens contractor David Tinley faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, for planting logic bombs inside spreadsheets he created for the company. The logic bomb would crash ...
12:03 am - Tue, July 23, 2019
Slashdot Delivery Apps Like DoorDash Are Using Your Tips To Pay Workers' Wages
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: When you order food through an app and tip the worker who delivers it, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the money you give goes directly to that ...
11:20 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot SUSE Names Melissa Di Donato New CEO
Melissa Di Donato, SAP's former COO, has been named SUSE's new CEO. ZDNet reports: London-based Di Donato is a well-known technology leader. In particular, she has a proven track record in sales and b...
10:40 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Apple In Advanced Talks To Buy Intel's Smartphone-Modem Chip Business
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is in advanced talks to buy Intel's smartphone-modem chip business (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), "a move that would jump-start the iPhone...
10:03 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Pays $25 Million To End US Probe Into Bribery Overseas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Microsoft Corp. agreed to pay $25 million to settle U.S. government investigations into alleged bribery by former employees in Hungary. The software...
09:27 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot 'Avengers' Surpasses 'Avatar' as Highest-Grossing Film of All Time
Disney's presentation of Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame" has officially surpassed "Avatar" to become the world's highest-grossing film of all time, several months after the film obliterated opening weeke...
08:42 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Tinder Bypasses Google Play Joining Revolt Against App Store Fee
Tinder has joined a growing backlash against app store taxes by bypassing Google Play in a move that could shake up the billion-dollar industry dominated by Google and Apple. From a report: The online...
08:03 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot TV Antenna Listings on Amazon Are Rife With Dubious Claims
An anonymous reader shares a report: Early last week, during Amazon's Prime Days, I decided to see if the e-tailer had any good deals on over-the-air TV antennas. I was appalled by what I found. Searc...
07:22 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot European Commission Rules That UK Dwelling EU Citizens Can Still Hold .Eu Domains After Brexit
What Brexit really means for the UK -- whenever it may end up happening -- still remains to be seen. But a new ruling by the European Commission means that even after leaving Europe, UK citizens will ...
06:42 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot DRAM Prices To Slide More Than 40% in 2019 Because Chip Makers Can't Forecast
The laws of botched supply and demand forecasting are coming home to roost for the semiconductor industry in 2019 with DRAM average sales price set to fall 42.1 per cent. From a report: The latest lad...
06:02 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Secretly Helped Build North Korea's Wireless Network, Leaked Documents Suggest
Chinese tech giant Huawei could have helped secretly build a 3G wireless network for North Korea, according to internal documents leaked by a former employee of the company. From a report: Huawei work...
05:22 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot A Clue To the Reason for Women's Pervasive Car-Safety Problem
Women are far more likely to suffer serious injuries in a car crash. From a report: The danger divide was first quantified in a 2011 study out of the University of Virginia, which found that for men a...
04:43 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Slack's Desktop App Now Launches 33% Faster, Uses 50% Less Memory
Slack today announced it's deploying an under-the-hood upgrade for its desktop app to boost performance for companies and teams using the app for workplace collaboration. From a report: The latest ver...
04:01 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Dropbox Brings Back Support For ZFS, XFS, Btrfs And eCryptFS On Linux
Speaking of Dropbox, the online storage cloud service has enabled support for ZFS and XFS on 64-bit Linux systems, and eCryptFS and Btrfs on all Linux systems. The move comes after it recently pulled ...
03:19 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot With Chandrayaan-2 Launch, India's ISRO Shoots For the Moon on a Shoe-String Budget
India took a giant leap in its space program on Monday after its space agency launched a spacecraft that is scheduled to touch down on the Moon in September. From a report: The Indian Space Research O...
02:47 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Equifax To Pay At Least $575M as Part of FTC Settlement
Equifax has agreed to pay at least $575 million to the US Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and all 50 states over its massive 2017 data breach. From a report: If that...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Invests $1 Billion in OpenAI To Develop AI Technologies on Azure
Microsoft today announced that it would invest $1 billion in OpenAI, the San Francisco-based AI research firm cofounded by CTO Greg Brockman, chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, Elon Musk, and others, wit...
11:34 am - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Samsung-Backed Researchers Develop a Ternary Semiconductor
"Future semiconductors may perform logic with 0, 1, or 2 instead of the current binary system of 0 and 1," reports ZDNet:A South Korean research team has successfully realised an energy-efficient tern...
10:05 am - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot With Chandrayaan-2 Launch, India's ISRO Shoots For the Moon on a Shoe-String Budget
India took a giant leap in its space program on Monday after its space agency launched a spacecraft that is scheduled to touch down on the Moon in September. From a report: The Indian Space Research O...
09:34 am - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot It's So Hot in Nebraska, You Can Bake Biscuits in Your Car
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Post:The National Weather Service in Omaha, Nebraska, baked biscuits in a car Friday amid a major heat wave in the Northeast and Midwest... Within 45 minutes, t...
07:34 am - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Extreme U.S. Weather Brings Power Outages
"Ninety-four million people in parts of 23 states remain under excessive heat warnings and heat advisories on Sunday as one last day of scorching temperatures hits the Midwest and East Coast," reports...
05:04 am - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot Is Object-Oriented Programming a Trillion Dollar Disaster?
Senior full-stack engineer Ilya Suzdalnitski recently published a lively 6,000-word essay calling object-oriented programming "a trillion dollar disaster."Precious time and brainpower are being spent ...
02:33 am - Mon, July 22, 2019
Slashdot NASA's Lunar Space Station Might Be a Boondoggle
"NASA's orbiting Lunar Gateway is either essential for a moon landing or a boondoggle in the making," writes IEEE Spectrum. the_newsbeagle writes: NASA is under pressure to put humans back on the moon...
11:58 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot 6.6 Million Lose CBS Channels After 'Business Dispute' With AT&T
"Media giants are embroiled in yet another fight over TV rates, and viewers are once again paying the price," writes Engadget.CBS' channels in 17 markets (including New York, San Francisco and Atlanta...
10:54 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot When Online Teachers See Child Abuse
Rick Zeman (Slashdot reader #15,628) shares "a thought-provoking article on when online English teachers see child abuse at the other end of their cameras." Of the 24 online teachers interviewed, abou...
09:34 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Google Settles Age Descrimination Lawsuit
Long-time Slashdot reader sfcat quotes Forbes:Almost a decade ago, courts sounded a clear warning bell that Google's culture was tainted by illegal and pervasive age discrimination. Inexplicably, Goog...
08:34 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Comic-Con Trailers Include 'Star Trek: Picard' and HBO's 'Watchmen' Series
"At Comic-Con, Sir Patrick Stewart took to the Hall H stage Saturday afternoon to discuss his new series, Star Trek: Picard," reports CBS News:The series will focus on what caused famed captain and ad...
07:34 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Atlassian's Changes Annual Performance Reviews To Stop Rewarding 'Brilliant Jerks'
Australia-based Atlassian"has implemented a new performance review strategy designed to give their workers a better evaluation of how they're performing," reports Business Insider, adding that Atlassi...
07:34 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Atlassian Changes Annual Performance Reviews To Stop Rewarding 'Brilliant Jerks'
Australia-based Atlassian"has implemented a new performance review strategy designed to give their workers a better evaluation of how they're performing," reports Business Insider, adding that Atlassi...
06:34 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Can We Use Special Sails To Bring Old Satellites Back Down To Earth?
There's already nearly 5,000 satellites orbiting earth, "and many of them are non-functioning space debris now, clogging up orbital paths for newer satellites," reports Universe Today. Yet over the ne...
05:34 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot 'Fortnite' Creator Epic Games Supports Blender Foundation With $1.2 Million
Long-time Slashdot reader dnix writes:Apparently having a lot of people playing Fortnite is good for the open source community too. Epic Games' MegaGrants program just awarded the Blender Foundation w...
04:34 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot GitLab Survey Finds Positive Results For Both DevOps and Working Remotely
GitLab's CEO and co-founder says there was one big takeaway from their recent "2019 Global Developer Report: DevSecOps": that early adopters of a strong Devops model experience greater security. "Secu...
03:34 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Demos Hologram 'Holoportation'
Microsoft "continues to plug away at making holoportation possible," reports ZDNet:In a new demonstration, officials showed off a scenario where a life-sized holographic representation of a person cou...
03:04 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Earth Just Had Its Hottest June On Record
Layzej shared this article from the Washington Post:Boosted by a historic heat wave in Europe and unusually warm conditions across the Arctic and Eurasia, the average temperature of the planet soared ...
02:34 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Unprecedented Heat Wave Near North Pole
Long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed quotes the CBC:Weather watchers are focused on the world's most northerly community, which is in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave. "It's really quite...
01:34 pm - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Celo Launches Decentralized Open Source Financial Services Prototype
Forbes notes that other financial transaction platforms hope to benefit from Facebook's struggles in launching its Libra cryptocurrency -- including Celo.The key value proposition of the assets runnin...
11:34 am - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Google Abandons Go's try() Function Proposal, Citing 'Overwhelming' Community Response
Google's Go programming language will not add a try() function in its next major version, "despite this being a major part of what was proposed," reports the Register:Error handling in Go is currently...
11:34 am - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Go Abandons try() Function Proposal, Citing 'Overwhelming' Community Response
Google's Go programming language will not add a try() function in its next major version, "despite this being a major part of what was proposed," reports the Register:Error handling in Go is currently...
07:34 am - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot The Inventor Who Fought To Get Black Box Flight Recorders Into Every Plane
This week the BBC told the remarkable story of the man who invented the "black box" flight recorders -- and of all the resistance he enountered along the way. dryriver shared this summary:In 1934, a p...
05:03 am - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot NASA Marks The 50-Year Anniversary of Man's First Steps on the Moon
It's exactly one half century from that moment in time when men first walked on the moon, writes NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. "Today, on the golden anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NA...
01:34 am - Sun, July 21, 2019
Slashdot Is There Tension Between Developers and Security Professionals?
"Everyone knows security needs to be baked into the development lifecycle, but that doesn't mean it is," writes ZDNet, reporting on a new survey they say showed that "long-standing friction between se...
11:34 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Are Millennials Spending Too Much Money On Coffee?
An anonymous reader quotes the Atlantic:Suze Orman wants young people to stop "peeing" away millions of dollars on coffee. Last month, the personal-finance celebrity ignited a controversy on social me...
10:44 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Warns of Political Cyberattacks, Announces Free Vote-Verification Software
"Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it would give away software designed to improve the security of American voting machines," reports NBC News. Microsoft also said its AccountGuard service has alr...
09:44 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot 'Super Mario Maker 2' Finally Acknowledges Nintendo Fan Communities
It was the best-selling game of June, with IGN calling it "the most accessible game design tool ever created, and that core is just one part of a greater whole..." Since its launch three weeks ago, fa...
08:34 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot If This Type of Dark Matter Existed, People Would Be Dying of Unexplained Wounds
sciencehabit shared this article from Science magazine:Dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up most of the mass of the universe, has proved notoriously hard to detect. But scientists have ...
07:34 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Is Russia Trying to Deanonymize Tor Traffic?
A contractor for Russia's intelligence agency suffered a breach, revealing projects they were pursuing -- including one to deanonymize Tor traffic. An anonymous reader shared this report from ZDNet:Th...
06:34 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot New 'HBO Max' Streaming Service Will Include a 'Dune' TV Series
An anonymous reader quotes Android Authority:Studios like Disney and NBCUniversal are making preparations to launch their own streaming services, and they are planning to take back their back catalog ...
05:34 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot New Map Shows Where America's Police, Businesses Are Using Facial Recognition and Other Surveillance Tech
"Fight For the Future, a tech-focused nonprofit, on Thursday released its Ban Facial Recognition map, logging the states and cities using surveillance technology," reports CNET -- noting that "surveil...
04:34 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot 'Caloric Restriction' Study Finds Surprising Health Benefits
The New York Times reports positive results from the first major clinical study of caloric restriction (funded by America's National Institutes of Health) in which 143 healthy volunteers ate (on avera...
03:34 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Python 3.8 Will Finally Include the Walrus Operator
An anonymous reader quotes LWN:Python 3.8 is feature complete at this point, which makes it a good time to see what will be part of it when the final release is made. That is currently scheduled for O...
02:34 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Backpedals From Its Original Ambitious Vision for Libra
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:David Marcus, the head of Facebook's new Calibra payments division, appeared before two hostile congressional committees this week with a simple message: Facebo...
01:00 pm - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Employers Are Mining the Data Their Workers Generate To Figure Out What They're Up To, and With Whom
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: To be an employee of a large company in the U.S. now often means becoming a workforce data generator -- from the first email sent from...
10:00 am - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Largest Hybrid Electric Plane Set To Take Flight
Ampair, a Los Angeles clean tech company in my neck of the woods, is set to begin accepting orders for a hybrid electric aircraft at the EAA AirVenture airshow in Wisconsin next week. Dubbed the EEL, ...
06:00 am - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Quantum Leap From Australian Research Promises Super-Fast Computing Power
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Simmons, a former Australian of the Year, and her team at the University of New South Wales announced in a paper published in Nature journal on T...
03:30 am - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Professor Patrick Winston, Former Director of MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Dies At 76
Patrick Winston, a beloved professor and computer scientist at MIT, died on July 19 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 76. MIT News reports: A professor at MIT for almost 50 years, Wi...
02:03 am - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot James Bond Was Going To Fight Robot Sharks With Nukes In New York's Sewers
dryriver writes: The line "sharks with fricking lasers" was once popular on Slashdot. It sounds like a joke, but a never-made James Bond movie co-written back in the day by Sean Connery was actually g...
01:25 am - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot A California Bill Could Destroy Uber's Unsustainable Business Model
Last week, the California Senate's Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee held a hearing and passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which promises to make it harder for companies to claim workers ar...
12:45 am - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot New York Signs Biggest Offshore Wind Project Deal In the Nation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: New York has signed the biggest-ever deals for offshore wind power in U.S. history, a key part of the state's plan to get all of its power from emis...
12:25 am - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Alaska's Engineering Colleges Prepare To Slash Programs, Lay Off Faculty
In response to Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy's dramatic budget cuts to the state's only public institution of higher education, the University of Alaska's engineering colleges in Fairbanks and Anchora...
12:03 am - Sat, July 20, 2019
Slashdot Emotion-Detection Applications Are Built On Outdated Science, Report Warns
maiden_taiwan writes: Can computers determine your emotional state from your face? A panel of senior scientists with backgrounds in neuroscience, psychology, computer science, electrical engineering, ...
11:20 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot QuickBooks Cloud Hosting Firm iNSYNQ Hit In Ransomware Attack
Cloud hosting provider iNSYNQ says it was hit with a ransomware attack that shut down its network and left customers unable to access their accounting data for the past three days. "Unfortunately for ...
10:40 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Chrome 76 Prevents NYT and Other News Sites From Detecting Incognito Mode
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google Chrome 76 will close a loophole that websites use to detect when people use the browser's Incognito Mode. Over the past couple of years, y...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Smart Money Said 'Skip Bitcoin, Bet on Blockchain.' Not Any More
As cryptocurrency prices tumbled across the board last year, venture capitalists focused their attention on the promise of the underlying technology, the ledger known as blockchain. That, many said, w...
09:26 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Arctic Summer Melt Shows Ice Is Disappearing Faster Than Normal
Ice covering the Arctic Ocean reached the second-lowest level recorded for this time of year after July temperatures spiked in areas around the North Pole. From a report: The rate of ice loss in the r...
08:45 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot My Browser, the Spy: How Extensions Slurped Up Browsing Histories From 4M Users
Dan Goodin, reporting for ArsTechnica: When we use browsers to make medical appointments, share tax returns with accountants, or access corporate intranets, we usually trust that the pages we access w...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot A Rust-Based TLS Library Outperformed OpenSSL in Almost Every Category
A tiny and relatively unknown TLS library written in Rust, an up-and-coming programming language, outperformed the industry-standard OpenSSL in almost every major category. From a report: The findings...
07:25 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Have Teamed Up in India To Build a Gigantic Store of Texts and Images Extracted From 73M Journal Articles
A giant data store quietly being built in India could free vast swathes of science for computer analysis -- but whether it is a legal pursuit remains unclear. From a report: Carl Malamud is on a crusa...
06:45 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Executive Says the Video Service Doesn't Drive Its Users Down the Rabbit Hole
YouTube has defended its video recommendation algorithms, amid suggestions that the technology serves up increasingly extreme videos. On Thursday, a BBC report explored how YouTube had helped the Flat...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Russian Lawmakers Propose Making Local Software Mandatory on Smartphones
Russian lawmakers want to make it a legal requirement for all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in Russia to come pre-installed with certain Russian software in a bid to support domestic s...
05:25 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Says Hongmeng OS Isn't Designed as an Android Replacement
Huawei reportedly wants to keep using Google's Android operating system in its phones instead of jumping to its self-developed Hongmeng system. From a report: Company senior vice president Catherine C...
04:46 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Kazakhstan Government is Now Intercepting All HTTPS Traffic
Artem S. Tashkinov writes: Starting Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Kazakhstan government has started intercepting all HTTPS internet traffic inside its borders. Local internet service providers (ISPs) ...
04:06 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Tech Unemployment Hits 19-Year Low
New submitter SpaceForceCommander writes: Tech unemployment hasn't been this low since the turn of the century, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data crunched by CompTIA. As of May, ...
03:23 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Easily Trick Security Firm Cylance's AI-Based Antivirus Into Thinking Programs Like WannaCry and Other Malware Are Benign
By taking strings from an online gaming program and appending them to malicious files, researchers were able to trick Cylance's AI-based antivirus engine into thinking programs like WannaCry and other...
02:43 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot China's Tech Giants Have a Second Job: Helping Beijing Spy on Its People
Tencent and Alibaba are among the firms that assist authorities in hunting down criminal suspects, silencing dissent and creating surveillance cities. From a report: Alibaba Group's sprawling campus h...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot NSO Spyware 'Targets Big Tech Cloud Services'
The Israeli company whose spyware hacked WhatsApp has told buyers its technology can surreptitiously scrape all of an individual's data from the servers of Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsof...
01:00 pm - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Locally Run ISPs Offer the Fastest Broadband In America
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Using data from 356,925 broadband speed tests conducted over a year, PCMag recently compiled a list of the fastest ISPs in America. ISPs were then...
10:00 am - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Space Station Tiangong-2 Is About To Fall From Space
The Chinese space station Tiangong-2 is scheduled to drop out of orbit on July 19 and fall into the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and Chile. New Scientist reports: Tiangong-2 -- which translates a...
07:00 am - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Google and Facebook Might Be Tracking Your Porn History, Researchers Warn
Researchers at Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania analyzed 22,484 porn sites and found that 93% leak user data to a third party. Normally, for extra protection wh...
03:30 am - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Google Glass May Have an Afterlife As a Device To Teach Autistic Children
While Google stopped selling its augmented-reality glasses to customers due to privacy concerns, Google Glass lived on as something to be used by researchers and businesses. The New York Times reports...
02:03 am - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Startup Aims To Tackle Grid Storage Problem With New Porous Silicon Battery
New submitter symgym writes: Recently out of stealth mode is a new battery technology that's printed on silicon wafers (36 million "micro-batteries" machined into 12-inch silicon wafers). It can scale...
01:25 am - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Chuck Schumer Asks FBI To Investigate FaceApp
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the FBI to investigate FaceApp after privacy concerns have been raised about the Russian company which developed the app. In a letter posted on Twitt...
12:45 am - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Q4 Earnings and 2020 Expectations Are Through the Roof
Slashdot reader John Nautu shares a report from Windows Report: Microsoft released their Q4 earnings and it's (almost) all good news. The giant registered amazing growth on all departments, increasing...
12:03 am - Fri, July 19, 2019
Slashdot EFF Hits AT&T With Class-Action Lawsuit For Selling Customers' Location To Bounty Hunters
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Tuesday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class action lawsuit against AT&T and two data brokers over their sale of AT&T c...
11:20 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Berkeley Becomes First US City To Ban Natural Gas In New Homes
Berkeley has become the first city in the nation to ban the installation of natural gas lines in new homes. The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted to ban gas from new low-rise residential...
10:40 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Dropbox Accidentally Installed New File Manager App On Users' Systems
Dropbox said it accidentally exposed a new desktop app experience to some users for a short period of time. While the issue has since been resolved, many users were caught off guard after being silent...
10:03 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Data Broker LocationSmart Will Fight Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling AT&T Data
A broker that helped sell AT&T customers' real-time location data says it will fight a class action lawsuit against it. From a report: The broker, called LocationSmart, was involved in a number of...
09:27 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Most Ambitious Research Project Is a Convenience Store
Amazon has set up 14 Amazon Go stores in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. They do not have any cash registers so once customers have scanned a screen from a special app on their phone at...
08:45 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Apparent Arson Attack Devastates Kyoto Animation Anime Studio With Dozens Confirmed Dead
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Several people have been killed after an apparent arson attack gutted a building at Kyoto Animation, one of Japan's most renowned anime studios. NHK...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Trump Says He's Looking Into a Pentagon Cloud Contract For Amazon or Microsoft
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he's seriously considering looking at a Pentagon contract that's said to be worth up to $10 billion for Microsoft or Amazon. From a report: "I never had so...
07:24 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Initial Tests of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and 5G Networks in US Cities Find The Phone Often Overheats and Switches To 4G
Joanna Stern, reporting for the Wall Street Journal: One of the biggest findings of my multi-city 5G review tour: The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G isn't reliable in the summer -- unless, well, you summer in ...
06:45 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Japan To Lead Development of SWIFT Network For Cryptocurrency
Japan's government is leading a global push to set up an international network for cryptocurrency payments, similar to the SWIFT network used by banks, in an effort to fight money laundering, Reuters ...
06:06 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Ex-Microsoft Worker Charged in Alleged Scheme To Steal $10M in Gift Cards and Use Funds To Finance Extravagant Purchases
An anonymous reader shares a report: A former Microsoft worker has been arrested and charged with mail fraud, in an alleged scheme to steal $10 million worth of digital currency from his ex-employer a...
05:28 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Bulgaria's Hacked Database Leaks To Hacking Forums
The database of Bulgaria's National Revenue Agency (NRA), which was hacked over the weekend and sent to local reporters, is now being shared on hacking forums, ZDNet has learned from sources in the th...
04:54 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot iOS and iPadOS 13 Beta 4 Signals Death of 3D Touch, Rise of Context Menu
Back in 2015, Apple introduced pressure-sensitive iPhone screens alongside 3D Touch as a potentially major hardware-software innovation, but barely supported the feature, leading to informed speculati...
03:42 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Slack Resets Passwords For 1% of Its Users Because of 2015 Hack
ZDNet: Slack published more details about a password reset operation that ZDNet reported earlier today. According to a statement the company published on its website, the password reset operation is r...
03:30 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Have We Hit Peak Podcast?
There are now upward of 700,000 podcasts, according to the podcast production and hosting service Blubrry, with between 2,000 and 3,000 new shows launching each month. From a report: The frequency wit...
02:41 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Will Roll Out a Lower-Priced Subscription Plan in India
Netflix said on Wednesday that it will roll out a cheaper subscription plan in India, one of the last great growth markets for global companies, as the streaming giant scrambles to find ways to accele...
02:01 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Uber Glitch Charges Passengers 100 Times the Advertised Price, Resulting in Crosstown Fares in the Thousands of Dollars
Uber passengers in multiple cities were startled Wednesday when they were charged 100 times the advertised fare for short trips, a glitch that sparked jokes about surge pricing gone wild. From a repor...
01:00 pm - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Accidentally Sold $13,000 Camera Gear For $100 On Prime Day
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PetaPixel: Amazon discounted a wide range of camera gear for Prime Day this week, but some photographers scored what may be the best deals of their lives. Than...
11:30 am - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot DoNotPay's New Service Auto-Cancels Free Trials
DoNotPay, a free chatbot that offers AI-powered legal counsel, has a new service called Free Trial Card that will help you cancel free trials before you get charged. Wired reports: The Free Trial Card...
10:00 am - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Jeff Bezos: I Spend My Billions On Space Because We're Destroying Earth
In an interview with Norah O'Donnell of "CBS Evening News," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explained why he's investing much of his Amazon fortune in the development of space technologies through his aerospace...
07:00 am - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot To Foil Hackers, 'Morpheus' Chip Can Change Its Code In the Blink of An Eye
Todd Austin, a professor at the University of Michigan, is working on an approach known as Morpheus that aims to frustrate hackers trying to gain control of microchips by presenting them with a rapidl...
03:30 am - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot 'The Raspberry Pi 4 Needs a Fan'
Author and programmer Jeff Geerling explains in a blog post why the new Raspberry Pi 4 needs a fan. Unlike previous Pis that didn't require a fan or heatsink to avoid CPU throttling, the Pi 4 is a dif...
02:03 am - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot California Awards $70 Million To State Schools To Replace 200 Polluting Diesel School Buses With All-Electric Buses
The California Energy Commission has awarded nearly $70 million to state schools to replace more than 200 diesel school buses with new, all-electric school buses. Electrek reports: The commission appr...
01:25 am - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Oakland Becomes Third US City To Ban Facial Recognition
Oakland, California has followed San Francisco and Somerville, Massachusetts in banning the use of facial recognition in public spaces. Motherboard reports: A city ordinance passed Tuesday night which...
12:45 am - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot TurboTax Started Charging the Disabled, Unemployed and Students To Make Up For Trump Tax Law
The 2017 tax overhaul directly threatened the lucrative business of Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, so it pushed students, the disabled, and unemployed to a paid tier to make up for the lost profits. P...
12:03 am - Thu, July 18, 2019
Slashdot Making the Case For a Microsoft Surface Phone That Runs Android
Zac Bowden from Windows Central makes the case for why Microsoft may want to make a Surface phone that runs Android. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report: While a Surface Phone runnin...
11:20 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Google's Project Dragonfly 'Terminated' In China
An executive at Google said the company's plan to launch a censored search engine in China has been "terminated." The project was reportedly put on hold last year but rumors that it remained active pe...
10:40 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Stock Tumbles After US Subscribers Drop For the First Time Ever
Netflix saw its first-ever decline in paid U.S. subscribers in the second quarter, losing 126,000 U.S. users when Wall Street was expecting 352,000 domestic adds. Barron's reports: The slight drop in ...
10:03 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Faces Antitrust Probe In Europe Over Use of Merchant Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Amazon faces a formal European Union antitrust investigation (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) into its dealings with me...
09:25 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Firefox To Warn When Saved Logins are Found in Data Breaches
Starting in Firefox 70, Mozilla aims to have the browser report when any of your saved logins were found in data breaches. This will be done through their partnership with the Have I Been Pwned data b...
08:45 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Delta, Alaska, and American Airlines Have All Been Sued Over Their Uniforms.
Rashes, blisters, and hair loss have all been reported. So has vomiting, migraines, and shortness of breath. All of these -- and more -- are symptoms reported by flight attendants after their airlines...
08:06 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot The $20B Plan To Power Singapore With Australian Solar
The desert outside Tennant Creek, deep in the Northern Territory, is not the most obvious place to build and transmit Singapore's future electricity supply. Though few in the southern states are yet t...
07:26 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot 40 Years Later, Lessons From the Rise and Quick Decline of the First 'Killer App'
It was the first killer app, the spark for Apple's early success and a trigger for the broader PC boom that vaulted Microsoft to its central position in business computing. And within a few years, it ...
06:47 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot How Many Kinds of USB-C To USB-C Cables Are There?
From a blog post: Classic USB from the 1.1, 2.0, to 3.0 generations using USB-A and USB-B connectors have a really nice property in that cables were directional and plugs and receptacles were physical...
06:11 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Bluetooth Exploit Can Track and Identify iOS, Microsoft Mobile Device Users
A flaw in the Bluetooth communication protocol may expose modern device users to tracking and could leak their ID, researchers claim. From a report: The vulnerability can be used to spy on users despi...
05:34 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot AI Photo Editor FaceApp Goes Viral Again on iOS, Raises Questions About Photo Library Access
FaceApp, an app that applies filters to photos, is having another moment in the spotlight this week. An anonymous reader shares a report: The app has gone viral again after first doing so two years ag...
04:49 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft To Explore Using Rust
Microsoft plans to explore using the Rust programming language as an alternative to C, C++, and others, as a way to improve the security posture of its and everyone else's apps. From a report: The ann...
04:10 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Nintendo Unveils New Switch Model With Better Battery Life
This August, Nintendo is releasing a new Switch model with a longer battery life. It will be priced the same as the current model and, aside from the improved battery, feature the same specs. From a r...
03:35 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Trump: We 'Will Take a Look' Into Peter Thiel's Claims of Google Working With China
President Trump said this week his administration will "take a look" into Google following statements made earlier this week by billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel. From a report: "Billionaire Tech ...
02:49 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft, AT&T Sign Cloud Deal Worth More Than $2 Billion
Microsoft and AT&T on Wednesday said they reached a deal under which the telecommunications company will tap Microsoft's Azure cloud service for its computing needs and use Microsoft 365, which in...
02:10 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Pearson Ditches Print Textbooks For College Students in Digital-First Strategy
Texbook publishing giant Pearson will soon be publishing a lot fewer textbooks. It said this week it's ending regular revisions of all print textbooks in its higher-education category. As Pearson face...
01:00 pm - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Justice John Paul Stevens, Dead At 99, Promoted the Internet Revolution
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens passed away Tuesday evening of complications following a stroke he suffered on July 15. He was 99 years old. An anonymous Slashdot reader shares a lightl...
09:00 am - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software
"Monday's Wall Street Journal includes a special Apollo 11 feature," writes Slashdot reader Outatime in honor of the 50th anniversary since Apollo 11's Saturn V launched from the Kennedy Space Center....
05:00 am - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk Unveils Neuralink's Plans For Brain-Reading 'Threads' and a Robot To Insert Them
Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, held a press conference today where it unveiled some of the technology it's been developing to the public for the first time. The ...
03:30 am - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot US Heat Waves To Skyrocket As Globe Warms, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: As the globe warms in the years ahead, days with extreme heat are forecasted to skyrocket across hundreds of U.S. cities, a new study suggests, perh...
02:03 am - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Close In On Blood Test For Alzheimer's
pgmrdlm shares a report from CBS News: Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal -- a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. On Monday...
01:25 am - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Nokia 2.2 Brings Back the Removable Battery
HMD is bringing the latest version of the Nokia 2, called the "Nokia 2.2," to the U.S. For $139, it features a notched camera design, a plastic body, and a removable battery. Ars Technica reports: HMD...
12:45 am - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot CES 2020 Will Allow Sex Toys But Crack Down On 'Sexually Revealing' Clothing
The Consumer Electronics Show will allow sex toys to win awards and be presented on the show floor next year under the show's health and wellness section. "The Consumer Technology Association, which r...
12:03 am - Wed, July 17, 2019
Slashdot Apple Plans To Bankroll Original Podcasts To Fend Off Rivals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple plans to fund original podcasts that would be exclusive to its audio service, according to people familiar with the matter, increasing its inv...
11:20 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Glitch Causes Smart Meter Displays In England To Appear In Welsh Language
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: Bulb smart energy users have reported their meter displays appearing in Welsh -- even though they are not in Wales. Some of the energy firm's customers said their...
10:40 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Cause of SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion Revealed
On April 20, a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, designed to take humans to the ISS, exploded during a routine test fire at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The cause has now been identified as a leaky val...
10:03 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot FCC Gives ISPs Another $563 Million To Build Rural-Broadband Networks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: More than 220,000 unserved rural homes and businesses in 24 states will get broadband access because of funding authorized yesterday by the Feder...
09:25 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Wall Street Finds Blockchain Hard To Tame After Early Euphoria
Two years ago Nasdaq and Citigroup announced a new blockchain system they said would make payments of private securities transactions more efficient. Nasdaq Chief Executive Adena Friedman called it "a...
08:45 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Western Tech Brands Are Recognized in China, But Their Products Are Rarely Used
Despite having insignificant market shares and being marginal players in mainland China, western tech giants have a very high brand awareness among Chinese consumers, a market survey published last we...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Word Hits 1 Billion Installs on Google Play
Microsoft Word reached over 1 billion installations on Android over the weekend. Microsoft's flagship document editor is arguably Microsoft's greatest success story on Android. With over 1 billion dow...
07:25 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Swiss Group That's Supposed To Oversee Privacy For Libra Says It Hasn't Heard From Facebook At All
Facebook said on Tuesday that authorities in Switzerland will oversee data and privacy protections of its new cryptocurrency Libra. But the Swiss regulator has yet to be contacted by Facebook, accordi...
06:45 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot House Orders Pentagon To Say if it Weaponized Ticks and Released Them
The House quietly voted last week to require the Pentagon inspector general to tell Congress whether the department experimented with weaponizing disease-carrying insects and whether they were release...
06:04 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot What Caused the 2019 New York Blackout? Infrastructure.
On Saturday night in New York City a power outage struck Midtown Manhattan, hitting Hell's Kitchen north to Lincoln Center and from Fifth Avenue west to the Hudson River. The blackout darkened the hug...
05:25 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot More States Are Hiding 911 Recordings From Families, Lawyers and the General Public
Rhode Island is one of about a dozen states that prohibit the release of 911 recordings or transcripts without the written consent of the caller or by court order. The goal generally is to protect the...
04:45 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Sprint Says Hackers Breached Customer Accounts Via Samsung Website
US mobile network operator Sprint said hackers broke into an unknown number of customer accounts via the Samsung.com "add a line" website. From a report: "On June 22, Sprint was informed of unauthoriz...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Permission-Greedy Apps Delayed Android 6 Upgrade So They Could Harvest More User Data
Android app developers intentionally delayed updating their applications to work on top of Android 6.0, so they could continue to have access to an older permission-requesting mechanism that granted t...
03:26 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Offers $10 To Prime Day Shoppers Who Hand Over Their Data
Amazon.com has a promotion for U.S. shoppers on Prime Day, the 48-hour marketing blitz that started Monday: Earn $10 of credit if you let Amazon track the websites you visit. From a report: The deal i...
02:45 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Amazon in EU Crosshairs as Vestager Fights Big Tech To the End
Amazon.com faces a full-blown European Union antitrust probe as the bloc's competition chief Margrethe Vestager prepares for a summer finale to her five-year crackdown on U.S. technology giants. From ...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Los Angeles is Finally Ditching Coal -- and Replacing It With Another Polluting Fuel
An anonymous reader shares a report: The smokestack at Intermountain Power Plant looms mightily over rural Utah, belching steam and pollution across a landscape of alfalfa fields and desert shrub near...
01:00 pm - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot How To Escape the 'Hyperactive Hivemind' of Modern Work
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Our workplaces are set up for convenience, not to get the best out of our brains, says Cal Newport, bestselling author of books including Deep Work an...
10:00 am - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Machine Learning Has Been Used To Automatically Translate Long-Lost Languages
Jiaming Luo and Regina Barzilay from MIT and Yuan Cao from Google's AI lab in Mountain View, California, have developed a machine-learning system capable of deciphering lost languages, and they've dem...
07:00 am - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Could Use Aerogel Sheets To Make Mars Surface Fit For Farming
Scientists believe aerogel sheets could transform the cold, arid surface of Mars into land fit for farming. The Guardian reports: The "aerogel" sheets work by mimicking Earth's greenhouse effect, wher...
05:00 am - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk's Neuralink Will Detail Progress in Computer-Brain Interface
Neuralink, Elon Musk's fourth and least visible company, will become a bit less secretive Tuesday with a livestreamed presentation about its technology to connect computers directly to human brains. F...
03:30 am - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Social Media, But Not Video Games, Linked To Depression In Teens, Says Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: Screen time -- and social media in particular -- is linked to an increase in depressive symptoms in teenagers, according to a new study by researchers ...
02:03 am - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Jet-Powered Flyboard Soars Over Paris For Bastille Day Parade
New submitter HansiMeier33 shares a report from The Guardian: France's annual Bastille Day parade showcased European military cooperation and innovation on Sunday, complete with a French inventor hove...
01:45 am - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Broadcom and Symantec End Buyout Talks
phalse phace writes: Earlier this month, there was a report that Broadcom was in advance talks with Symantec about a possible buyout. It's being reported that those talks have now ended. "Symantec and...
01:25 am - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Colleges Graduate 10,000 This Year With Masters In Data Science Degrees
dcblogs writes: The Master of Science in Analytics was created in North Carolina State University in 2006. Today, there are about 280 colleges and universities that offer a similar graduate degree and...
12:45 am - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Ajit Pai's New Gift To Cable Companies Would Kill Local Fees and Rules
Ajit Pai is proposing a plan that would stop cities and towns from using their authority over cable TV networks to regulate internet access. His proposal, which is scheduled for a vote on August 1st, ...
12:03 am - Tue, July 16, 2019
Slashdot Scotland Produced Enough Wind Energy To Power All Its Homes Twice Over
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Wind turbines in Scotland generated 9,831,320 megawatt hours between January and June 2019, WWF Scotland said Monday. The numbers, which were supplied by...
11:20 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency Could Be Misused By Terrorists, Says Treasury Chief Mnuchin
In a press conference Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Facebook's proposed digital currency, Libra, "could be misused by money launderers and terrorist financiers" and that it was a "nat...
10:40 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Warehouse Workers Around the World Are Striking For Prime Day
Amazon workers around the world are going on strike today to bring attention to the working conditions they endure. "Some are arguing that buying from Amazon during Prime Day is akin to crossing a pic...
10:03 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot To Break Google's Monopoly On Search, Make Its Index Public
Robert Epstein, an American psychologist, professor, author and journalist critical of Google, argues that Google's monopoly on search can be broken by making its index public. An anonymous reader sha...
09:25 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot AI Has a Compute Dependency Problem, Facebook VP Says
In one of his first public speaking appearances since joining Facebook to lead its AI initiatives, VP Jerome Pesenti expressed concern about the growing amount of compute power needed to create powerf...
08:45 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Intel's Pohoiki Beach is a Neuromorphic Computer Capable of Simulating 8 Million Neurons
During the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Electronics Resurgence Initiative 2019 summit in Detroit, Michigan, Intel unveiled a system codenamed "Pohoiki Beach," a 64-chip computer...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Rebuilds Website For 'Write Once, Run Everywhere' Philosophy
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter today began rolling out a new version of Twitter.com, rebuilt "from the ground up." The company says the project, which impacts the front end and the back end, has ...
07:25 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot The New 2019 MacBook Air Features a Slower SSD Than 2018 Model
The new 2019 MacBook Air with a True Tone display, upgraded keyboard and a price cut has been out for a week already, but we're finding out more about. The latest bit of information from Consomac conf...
06:45 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Gartner, IDC Agree that PC Sales Are Up -- But They Don't Agree What a PC Is
We've been hearing for quite some time that the traditional PC is dying, but it's not quite dead yet. Business analyst firms Gartner and IDC tackle the numbers differently, but both agree that sales o...
06:06 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot TurboGrafx-16 Mini Launches In March With 50-ish Games
You'll be able to complete the trifecta of tiny 16-bit throwback systems on March 19, 2020, when Konami releases the TurboGrafx-16 Mini. From a report: It'll include Dracula X, Bonk's Revenge, Gradius...
05:25 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Facebook-Driven Area 51 Storming May Be Countered With Force, Says US Air Force
Fun and games on Facebook may have serious consequences for the foolish. That was the message delivered by the US Air Force, who have responded to a Facebook's group's efforts to have 450,000 people s...
04:45 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Computer Pioneer and Codebreaker Alan Turing To Appear On UK Money
sandbagger writes: Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's 50 pound note. He is celebrated for his code-cracking work that proved vital to ...
04:07 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Facebook's $5 Billion FTC Fine is an Embarrassing Joke
Facebook's stock went up after news of a record-breaking $5 billion FTC fine for various privacy violations broke last week. From a report: That, as The New York Times' Mike Isaac points out, is the r...
03:38 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Europe Relies on American GPS as Its Own Galileo System Suffers Massive Outage
An anonymous reader shares a report: Europe's Galileo satellite network -- used by satnavs, financial institutions and more -- is in the throes of a huge outage. The system has been down since Friday ...
02:41 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Reportedly Plans Massive US Layoffs
Huawei is planning major layoffs at its US research labs as it struggles under the weight of the Commerce Department blacklisting, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. From a report: The embattled...
02:01 pm - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Qualcomm's New Snapdragon 855 Plus is a Natural Fit For Tomorrow's Gaming Phones
Qualcomm has announced a mid-year refresh of its flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset. The new Snapdragon 855 Plus is further optimized for gaming, VR, AI, and 5G connectivity. From a report: It sticks to ...
11:34 am - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot A Cell Tower In the Swiss Alps Is Struck By Lightning More Than 100 Times a Year
Wave723 quotes IEEE Spectrum: Atop a rocky peak in the Swiss Alps sits a telecommunications tower that gets struck by lightning more than 100 times a year, making it perhaps the world's most frequentl...
07:33 am - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot Review: 'Solid State' by Jonathan Coulton
We're reviving an old Slashdot tradition -- the review. Whenever there's something especially geeky -- or relevant to our present moment -- we'll share some thoughts. And I'd like to start with Jonath...
03:36 am - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot How America's Tech Giants Are Helping Build China's Surveillance State
"An American organization founded by tech giants Google and IBM is working with a company that is helping China's authoritarian government conduct mass surveillance against its citizens," the Intercep...
01:44 am - Mon, July 15, 2019
Slashdot US Lawmakers Consider Ban On Big Tech Companies Launching Cryptocurrencies
PolygamousRanchKid quotes Reuters:A proposal to prevent big technology companies from functioning as financial institutions or issuing digital currencies has been circulated for discussion by the Demo...
11:57 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Craigslist Founder: Most Online Outrage is Faked For Profit
The Guardian profiles 66-year-old Craigslist founder (and former IBM programmer) Craig Newmark, calling him "a survivor from the era of internet optimism." He's now investing "significant sums" to pro...
10:34 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot First E-Bikes, Then Flying Cars: a Do-Anything 3D Printing Tech
Tekla Perry shares an interesting story from the IEEE's "View from the Valley" blog:Arevo was aiming to get into the aircraft parts business when it started developing software and hardware to print 3...
10:03 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot NASA Funds Company To 3D-Print Spacecraft Parts in Orbit
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:NASA is expanding its efforts to bring 3D printing to space. The agency has given Made In Space a $73.3 million contract to demonstrate the ability to 3D-print spac...
08:49 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot India Plans Historic Launch of a Rocket to the Moon
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is planning to launch a rocket to the moon. UPDATE: 2:28: The launch "has been called off for today," the ISRO posted on Twitter. But when the re-schedule...
08:04 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Google Tries Social Networking Again, Challenging Facebook Events
What's Google working on after shuttering Google+ ? An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:Google's in-house incubator, Area 120, is working on a new social networking app called Shoelace which is aimed...
07:34 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot America's FBI Wants To Build a Social Media-Monitoring Tool
America's FBI "wants to gather more information from social media," reports Engadget.Friday, it issued a call for contracts for a new social media monitoring tool. According to a request-for-proposals...
06:34 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Should Local Governments Pay Ransomware Attackers?
At least 170 local or state government systems in America have been hit with ransomware, and the French Interior Ministry received reports of 560 incidents just in 2018, according to Phys.org. (Though...
05:34 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Doing Five Things Could Decrease Your Risk of Alzheimer's By 60%
"Light-to-moderate" alcohol consumption can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease. An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:A study presented Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association Interna...
04:34 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Minecraft Earth Begins Closed Beta In Two Weeks on iOS
The Minecraft team has released "a handy video to illustrate exactly what to expect from the Minecraft Earth beta" on the Minecraft blog. "We've even included actual moving images from said beta (with...
03:34 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Nomads Travel To America's Backroads and Walmarts -- to Stock Amazon's Shelves
The Verge recently profiled "a small group of merchants who travel the backroads of America searching clearance aisles and dying chains for goods to sell on Amazon. "Some live out of RVs and vans, mov...
02:34 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot IQ Test Scores Increased For a Century. But Did it Help?
IQ test scores have been increasing for 100 years, reports a senior journalist at BBC Future. He also writes that there's evidence "that we may have already reached the end of this era -- with the ris...
01:34 pm - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Chess Grandmaster Caught Cheating in Tournament With Hidden Cellphone in Bathroom
"The World Chess Federation (FIDE) announced Saturday that it caught chess grandmaster Igors Rausis cheating during a tournament in France," writes Bleacher Report.According to ESPN.com, the FIDE note...
10:34 am - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Is It Time To Get Rid Of The Caps Lock Key?
"At its worst, it's a waste of precious space, an annoyance, a solution to a problem that doesn't exist any more," complains Daniel Colin James, a writer, developer, product manager. In a recent Mediu...
07:34 am - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Developer Requests Google Remove Their Logo From Re-Designed Golang Page
Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: Another very minor kerfuffle has broken out in the community for the Go programming language. When its official Twitter account asked for feedback on the new look of...
04:34 am - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot They're Making a Movie Based On the 1978 Game 'Space Invaders'
The 1978 arcade game Space Invader will become a major motion picture, reports Engadget. "The writer behind the 'Mortal Kombat' reboot is involved." Deadline reports:It will take work fleshing this in...
02:44 am - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Galileo Satellite Positioning Service Outage
Long-time Slashdot reader hyperfine transition writes: The Galileo satellite positioning service is currently unavailable, with all satellites marked as in outage . Galileo is the European-built and o...
01:45 am - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot Major Power Outage Hits Manhattan
"More than 40,000 in Manhattan don't have power," reports CNN:Of the 42,000 customers without power in New York, most are in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side, the utility company said. The ci...
12:34 am - Sun, July 14, 2019
Slashdot 'Never Commit a Crime When Your Phone Is Connected to a Wi-Fi Network'
"Like many bad ideas, this one started with Bud Light," reports Slate.As four high school seniors sat around shooting the breeze before graduation, they decided to vandalize their school as a senior p...
11:34 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot What Happens When Landlords Can Get Cheap Surveillance Software?
"Cheap surveillance software is changing how landlords manage their tenants and what laws police can enforce," reports Slate. For example, there's a private company contracting with property managers ...
10:34 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Amazon's Alexa Will Deliver NHS Medical Advice in the UK
"The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has announced what it claims is a world first: a partnership with Amazon's Alexa to offer health advice from the NHS website." An anonymous reader quotes the Ve...
09:34 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Florida's DMV Made $77 Million -- By Selling Off Personal Information
Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles "made $77 million in 2017 by selling drivers' personal information to more than 30 private companies, including marketing firms, bill collecto...
08:34 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Intel Patches Two New Security Flaws
This week Intel announced two new patches, according to Tom's Hardware:The flaw in the processor diagnostic tool (CVE-2019-11133) is rated 8.2 out 10 on the CVSS 3.0 scale, making it a high-severity v...
07:34 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot The 'Vast Majority' of America's Voting Machines Use Windows 7 or Older Systems
Many of America's voting machines are depending on an outdated Microsoft operating system, reports the Associated Press. "The vast majority of 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or...
06:34 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Inside 'Starshot', the Audacious Plan To Shoot Tiny Ships To Alpha Centauri
"Starshot wants to build the world's most powerful laser and aim it at the closest star. What could go wrong?" An anonymous reader quotes MIT's Technology Review:In 2015, Philip Lubin, a cosmologist f...
05:34 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Firm Deleted Its Google Data, So It Escalated Its Support Ticket To a Lawsuit
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes the Register:An interior design tools startup called Mosss on Wednesday sued Google to get it to restore its data after someone at the startup accidentally del...
05:04 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot What's New in Linux 5.2?
diegocg writes: Linux 5.2 has been released. This release includes Sound Open Firmware, a project that brings open source firmware to DSP audio devices; open firmware for many Intel products is also i...
04:34 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot What Does Ubuntu's Post-Unity Future Look Like?
intensivevocoder quotes TechRepublic: Following Canonical's pivot away from its internally-developed Unity user interface and Mir display server, Ubuntu has enjoyed two relatively low-drama years, as ...
03:34 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Office 365: Now Illegal In Many Schools in Germany
"Schools in the central German state of Hesse [population: 6 million] have been told it's now illegal to use Microsoft Office 365," reports ZDNet:The state's data-protection commissioner has ruled tha...
02:34 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Do Elephants Belong In Zoos? Extinction Policy Under Scrutiny
Long-time Slashdot reader retroworks writes: In "Zoos Called It a 'Rescue.' But Are the Elephants Really Better Off?" New York Times reporter Charles Siebert does much to dispel the idea that zoos are...
01:00 pm - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Judge Gives E-Cigarette Makers 10 Months To Seek FDA Review
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: E-cigarette companies such as Juul must submit applications to U.S. regulators by May 2020 to keep their vaping products on the market, a federal ju...
10:00 am - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Continues Work On Mobile Home Robot As It Preps New High-End Echo, Says Report
Citing a report from Bloomberg, The Verge reports that Amazon is working on a mobile home robot and a high-end Echo to compete against the Apple HomePod and Google Home Max. From the report: We first ...
07:00 am - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Thousands of People Have Taken a Facebook Pledge To Storm Area 51
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from CNN: Over 300,000 people have signed on to a Facebook event pledging to raid Area 51 in Nevada in a quest to "see them aliens." The event, titled "Storm Area 51...
03:30 am - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Carbon Nanotube Device Channels Heat Into Light
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Rice University scientists are designing arrays of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes to channel mid-infrared radiation (aka heat) and greatly rais...
02:50 am - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Cloudflare Comes Clean On Crashing a Chunk of the Web Earlier This Month
Cloudflare has published a detailed and refreshingly honest report into precisely what went wrong earlier this month when its systems fell over and took a big chunk of the internet with it. The Regist...
02:10 am - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Giant Batteries and Cheap Solar Power Are Shoving Fossil Fuels Off the Grid
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: This month, officials in Los Angeles, California, are expected to approve a deal that would make solar power cheaper than ever while also addressing...
01:30 am - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot US Mayors Resolve Not To Pay Hackers Over Ransomware Attacks
More than 225 U.S. mayors have signed on to a resolution not to pay ransoms to hackers. It's a collective stand against the ransomware attacks that have crippled city government computer systems in re...
12:50 am - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot A New Study Uses Camera Footage To Track the Frequency of Bystander Intervention
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CityLab: It's one of the most enduring urban myths of all: If you get in trouble, don't count on anyone nearby to help. Research dating back to the late 1960s ...
12:10 am - Sat, July 13, 2019
Slashdot Judge Dismisses Oracle Lawsuit Over $10 Billion Pentagon JEDI Cloud Contract
Last year, Oracle filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government complaining about the procurement process around the Pentagon's $10 billion, decade-long JEDI cloud contract. "They claimed a potential co...
11:30 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Becomes Fastest-Growing Music Streaming Service
The music app that is adding subscribers to its service at the fastest rate is not Apple Music or Spotify or Google Music, it is Amazon, Financial Times reported this week [Editor's note: the link may...
10:50 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Monroe College Hit With Ransomware, $2 Million Demanded
A ransomware attack in New York City's Monroe College has shut down the college's computer systems at campuses located in Manhattan, New Rochelle and St. Lucia. The attackers are seeking 170 bitcoins ...
10:10 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot A Feud Between Japan and South Korea Is Threatening Global Supplies of Memory Chips
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: South Korea has warned that an escalating trade dispute with Japan could hurt the global tech industry. President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that Japan's ...
09:32 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Billions of Air Pollution Particles Found in Hearts of City Dwellers
The hearts of young city dwellers contain billions of toxic air pollution particles, research has revealed. The Guardian: Even in the study's youngest subject, who was three, damage could be seen in t...
08:50 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Revealed: This Is Palantir's Top-Secret User Manual For Cops
New submitter popcornfan679 shares a report: Through a public record request, Motherboard has obtained a user manual that gives unprecedented insight into Palantir Gotham (Palantir's other services, P...
08:13 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot FTC Approves Roughly $5 Billion Facebook Settlement
The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to approve a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook over a long-running probe into the tech giant's privacy missteps, WSJ reported Friday, citing peop...
07:30 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Fatal Accident With Metal Straw Highlights a Risk
The disturbing death of a woman in Britain renewed a debate that has followed bans on plastic straws around the world. From a report: A British woman was impaled by a metal straw after falling at her ...
06:50 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Streaming Online Pornography Produces as Much CO2 as Belgium
The transmission and viewing of online videos generates 300 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, or nearly 1 per cent of global emissions. On-demand video services such as Netflix account for a th...
06:10 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Bird, One of the World's Largest Scooter Startups, Lost $100 Million in Three Months
Bird has its eyes on another capital raise, according to a report. Business Insider: The scooter company, one of the largest in a swarm of similar micromobility startups, has already raised $718 milli...
05:38 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Congress is Bad at Rocket League
An anonymous reader shared a story: On Wednesday, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) hosted a Rocket League tournament in Congress, pitting members against each other in 2v2 matches. The ESA...
04:55 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Donald Trump Blasts Bitcoin, Facebook Libra, Demands They Face Banking Regulations
President Donald Trump on Thursday night warned Facebook over its plan to create digital currency Libra, a move that poses a new obstacle to the company's cryptocurrency ambitions. From a report: "Fac...
04:15 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Bitpoint Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacked For $32 Million
Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint announced it lost 3.5 billion yen (roughly $32 million) worth of cryptocurrency assets after a hack that happened late yesterday, July 11. From a report: T...
03:30 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Streaming's Bounty of Choices Overwhelms Consumers
Consumers are so stressed about finding the right thing to watch on their streaming services that, after a few minutes scanning the options, many decide to watch something they've already seen, revert...
02:44 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft is Making Windows 10 Passwordless
Microsoft is planning to make Windows 10 PCs work without passwords. From a report: While the company has been working on removing passwords from Windows 10 and its Microsoft Accounts for a number of ...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Defends Planned Partner Program Changes, But Many Aren't Buying It
Last week, Microsoft quietly published information to its partner web site which made it clear that one of its program's main benefits -- internal use rights (IURs) -- would be axed in July 2020. Sinc...
01:00 pm - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Use Camera With Human-Like Vision To Capture 5,400 FPS Video
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PetaPixel: A team of scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) have figured out how to capture super slow-motion footage...
10:00 am - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Prenda 'Copyright Troll' Lawyer Sentenced To Five Years In Prison
John Steele, one of the attorneys behind the 'copyright troll' law firm Prenda, has been sentenced to five years in prison. The attorney was one of the masterminds behind the fraudulent scheme that ex...
07:00 am - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot A Sunken Cold War Nuclear Sub Is Leaking Radiation At Levels 800,000 Times Normal
Using a robotic sub, a team of investigators has detected traces of radiation leaking from Komsomolets -- a Soviet nuclear submarine that sank 30 years ago in the Norwegian Sea. The recorded radiation...
03:30 am - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Nissan Sees Leaf As Home Energy Source, Says Tesla Big Battery 'Waste of Resources'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Driven: Owning an electric car in Australia could become much more than just driving from A to B with a reduced carbon footprint, according to Nissan Austr...
02:10 am - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Parks and Recreation Centers Are Using Sonic Devices That Play High-Pitched Noises To Repel Teens
NPR reports of the various parks and recreation centers in North America that are using sonic devices to repel teens from the premises. Philadelphia, for example, has 30 parks and recreation centers t...
01:30 am - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot FCC Photos Confirm Galaxy Note 10 Won't Have a Headphone Jack
Samsung has been one of the only large smartphone manufacturers to insist on keeping the headphone jack in its flagship phones. But that is about to come to an end with the Galaxy Note 10. According t...
12:50 am - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Stirs Suspicions By Adding Telemetry Files To Security-Only Update
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: As expected, Windows Update dropped off several packages of security and reliability fixes for Windows 7 earlier this week, part of the normal Patch Tue...
12:10 am - Fri, July 12, 2019
Slashdot Facebook AI Pluribus Defeats Top Poker Pros In 6-Player Texas Hold 'Em
Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook AI research scientists have developed an AI dubbed Pluribus that took on 15 professional human players in six-player no-limit Texas Hold 'em and won. The resear...
11:30 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Former Tesla Employee Admits Uploading Autopilot Source Code To His iCloud
Guangzhi Cao, a former engineer at Tesla that is accused of stealing company trade secrets and sending them to a Chinese startup, admitted in a court filing this week that he uploaded zip files contai...
10:50 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Malicious Apps Infect 25 Million Android Devices With 'Agent Smith' Malware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Malicious apps from a campaign called "Agent Smith" have been downloaded to 25 million Android devices, according to new research by cyber-security f...
10:10 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot German Banks Are Moving Away From SMS One-Time Passcodes
Multiple German banks have announced plans to drop support for SMS-based one-time passcodes (OTP) as a login authentication and transaction verification method. From a report: Postbank plans to drop s...
09:30 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Investigating Some Subscription Scam iOS Apps
Security engineer Ivan writes: For some reason Apple allows "subscription scam" apps on the App Store. These are apps that are free to download and then ask you to subscribe right on launch. It's call...
08:50 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Teams Overtakes Slack With 13 Million Daily Users
Microsoft is finally revealing exactly how many people are using its Slack competitor Microsoft Teams. From a report: The software maker says that more than 13 million people are using Microsoft Teams...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot The Trillion-Dollar Taboo: Why It's Time To Stop Ignoring Mental Health at Work
Experts in workplace psychology overwhelmingly agree that burnout is a growing public health crisis. An excerpt from a long report: When the FT set out to investigate this issue, we asked readers to d...
07:30 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Google Admits Partners Leaked More Than 1,000 Private Conversations With Google Assistant
Google admitted on Thursday that more than 1,000 sound recordings of customer conversations with the Google Assistant were leaked by some of its partners to a Belgian news site. From a report: These c...
06:54 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Twitter is Down
Multiple users are reporting issues while trying to load Twitter. Third-party internet firm DownDetector corroborates the claim, saying more than 10,500 users have reported issues with Twitter in the ...
06:54 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Twitter is Down [Update]
Multiple users are reporting issues while trying to load Twitter. Third-party internet firm DownDetector corroborates the claim, saying more than 10,500 users have reported issues with Twitter in the ...
06:50 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot US Mayors Group Adopts Resolution Not To Pay Any More Ransoms To Hackers
The US Conference of Mayors unanimously adopted a resolution this week to not pay any more ransom demands to hackers following ransomware infections. From a report: "Paying ransomware attackers encour...
06:13 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Buzz Aldrin is Looking Forward, Not Back -- and He Has a Plan To Bring NASA Along
schwit1 shares a report: Just after Memorial Day this year, I began talking regularly with the pilot of the first spacecraft to land on the Moon. We had spoken before, but this was different -- it see...
05:29 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot France Approves Digital Tax on American Tech Giants, Defying US Trade Threat
France's Senate approved a tax on the revenues of tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook on Thursday, defying a warning from the President Donald Trump administration that it "unfairly targets A...
04:50 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Pledges $700 Million To Teach Its Workers to Code
Amazon announced Thursday that it will spend up to $700 million over the next six years retraining 100,000 of its US employees, mostly in technical skills like software engineering and IT support. Fro...
04:10 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple Opens App Design and Development Accelerator in China
Apple has opened a design and development accelerator in Shanghai -- its first for China -- to help local developers create better apps as the iPhone maker looks to scale its services business in one ...
03:30 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Climate Change: How Hot Cities Could Be in 2050
dryriver writes: A new study, published in the journal PLOS One, suggests summers and winters in Europe will get warmer, with average increases of 3.5C and 4.7C respectively. It's the equivalent to a ...
02:50 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Panasonic To Develop Green Home Appliances Made From Plants
AmiMoJo writes: Panasonic will adopt a plant-derived plastic for refrigerators, vacuum cleaners and other home appliances within a few years. The Japanese electronics maker has developed a plastic tha...
02:10 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple Disables Walkie Talkie App Due To Vulnerability That Could Allow iPhone Eavesdropping
Apple has disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app due to an unspecified vulnerability that could allow a person to listen to another customer's iPhone without consent. From a report: Apple has apol...
01:00 pm - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Bankrupt Maker Faire Revives, Reduced To Make Community
After being shut down last month with 22 employees losing their jobs, Maker Faire and Maker Media are coming back, but in a weakened capacity. Founder and CEO Dale Dougherty tells TechCrunch that "he'...
10:00 am - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot The Most Clever 'Zip Bomb' Ever Made Explodes a 46MB File To 4.5 Petabytes
Programmer and engineer David Fifield has unveiled a brand-new Zip bomb that explodes a 46-megabyte file to 4.5 petabytes of data. Fifield's new type of "Zip bomb" or "compression bomb" is particularl...
07:00 am - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Japan's Hayabusa2 Probe Makes Second Touchdown On Distant Asteroid
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe touched down on a distant asteroid on Thursday, the space agency said, on a mission to collect samples that could shed light on the history of the solar system. The Japan Times...
05:30 am - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Apple Pushes a Silent Mac Update To Remove Hidden Zoom Web Server
Apple has released a silent update for Mac users removing a vulnerable component in Zoom, the popular video conferencing app, which allowed websites to automatically add a user to a video call without...
03:30 am - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Glacial Melting In Antarctica May Become Irreversible, NASA-Funded Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A Nasa-funded study found instability in the Thwaites glacier meant there would probably come a point when it was impossible to stop it flowing i...
02:03 am - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Air Pollution Dimmed Sunlight Enough To Impact Solar Panels
Using a record of solar radiation measurements around China going back to the late 1950s, researchers from ETH Zurich found that China's coal-driven air pollution is significantly reducing the output ...
01:25 am - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Fed Chief Calls For Facebook To Halt Libra Project Until Concerns Addressed
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Wednesday that Facebook's plan to build a digital currency called Libra "cannot go forward" until serious concerns are addressed. Reuters reports: "...
12:45 am - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Google Contractors Are Secretly Listening To Your Assistant Recordings
A new report from Belgian broadcaster VRT News describes the process by which Google Home recordings end up being listened to by contractors -- and the scary part is that it apparently doesn't take mu...
12:03 am - Thu, July 11, 2019
Slashdot Banned Chinese Security Cameras Are Almost Impossible To Remove
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: U.S. federal agencies have five weeks to rip out Chinese-made surveillance cameras in order to comply with a ban imposed by Congress last year in an...
11:20 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Might Crush Slack Like Facebook Crushed Snapchat
"Tech workers' favorite communications tool, Slack, is losing ground to its biggest rival, Microsoft Teams, which has copied its way into popularity," writes Rani Molla for Recode. "In other words, Sl...
10:40 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Samba 4.11 Removes SMB1 File-Sharing Protocol Version By Default
Samba says version 4.11.0 will switch off previously on-by-default support for the aging and easily subverted SMB1 protocol. Slashdot reader Jeremy Allison - Sam shares a report from The Register deta...
10:03 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot FCC Kills Part of San Francisco's Broadband-Competition Law
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission today voted to preempt part of a San Francisco ordinance that promotes broadband competition in apartment b...
09:25 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Breached Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar
State-sponsored hackers have breached ICS-Forth, the organization that manages Greece's top-level domain country codes of .gr and .el. From a report: ICS-Forth, which stands for the Institute of Compu...
08:45 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Via a Keyboard's LEDs
The Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock LEDs on a keyboard can be used to exfiltrate data from a secure air-gapped system, academics from an Israeli university have proved. From a report: The attack,...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot The Fish Is Boneless. (Fishless, Too.)
First, there was the meatless burger. Soon we may have fishless fish. From a report: Impossible Foods, the California company behind the meatless Impossible Whopper now available at Burger King, is jo...
07:25 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Linode Democratizes Cloud GPUs: Brings Powerful Nvidia GPUs To Its Linux Cloud
sfcrazy writes: Linode today launched new GPU-optimized cloud computing instances tailored specifically for developers and businesses requiring massive parallel computational power. The new instances ...
06:45 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Moons That Escape Their Planets Could Become 'Ploonets'
Meet ploonets: planets of moonish origin. In other star systems, some moons could escape their planets and start orbiting their stars instead, new simulations suggest. Scientists have dubbed such libe...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Foxconn Will Only Create 1500 Jobs, says Wisconsin Governor
The Foxconn factory in Wisconsin will only create 1,500 jobs when it starts production next May, Gov. Tony Evers said yesterday. From a report: That's the same number Foxconn has been saying since it ...
05:25 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: How Long Before Google Shuts Down Its Little -- But Expensive -- Pixel Smartphones Project?
After years of its on and off interest in smartphones, Google today produces some of the best phones on the planet. The Pixel 3 and the 3 XL take better pictures than most smartphones -- certainly any...
04:45 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Alibaba Claims New Record in AI Language Understanding
An AI program developed by Alibaba has notched up a record-high score on a reading comprehension test. The result shows how machines are steadily improving at handling text and speech. From a report: ...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Coming To a Streaming Service Near You: Shows Costing as Much as Big-Budget Movies
As Walt Disney, AT&T's WarnerMedia and Apple prepare to enter the crowded streaming-entertainment market, they are racing to stand out with eye-catching shows that cost as much for a season as a b...
03:25 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Americans Shouldn't Have To Drive, But the Law Insists on It
An anonymous reader shares a report: In America, the freedom of movement comes with an asterisk: the obligation to drive. This truism has been echoed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which has pronounced ca...
02:54 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot David Attenborough Addresses Climate Change in Most Eloquent Way Possible
Natural historian, English broadcaster and 93-year-old national treasure David Attenborough has spoken. Whether you like his chosen topic of climate change or not, the naturalist has an effortless and...
02:12 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Lite Launches September 20 For $200
Nintendo has confirmed the much-rumored Nintendo Switch Lite, revealing that the new slimmed down console -- available in gray, yellow, and turquoise -- will launch on September 20 for $199.99. From a...
01:00 pm - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Hong Kong's Protesters Use AirDrop To Spread Information To Mainland Chinese Visitors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: Hong Kong's protesters are using AirDrop, a file-sharing feature that allows Apple devices to send photos and videos over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, to breac...
10:00 am - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot German Entrepreneur Wants To Develop Lab-Grown Psilocybin
nightcats writes: A German capitalist wants to promote everything from psychological research, applied clinical uses of psychedelics, and even peace in the Mideast, with the help of lab-grown magic mu...
07:00 am - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot Scientists 3D-Print Human Skin and Bone For Mars Astronauts
Scientists from the University Hospital of Dresden Technical University in Germany have successfully bio-printed skin and bone samples upside down to help determine if the method could be used in a lo...
03:30 am - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot AI Trained On Old Scientific Papers Makes Discoveries Humans Missed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In a study published in Nature on July 3, researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory used an algorithm called Word2Vec sift throug...
02:20 am - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Is Making It Much Easier For Creators To Deal With Copyright Claims
YouTube is updating the way it handles manual copyright claims with changes that should make them much less of a headache for video creators. The Verge reports: Owners of copyrighted content -- like a...
01:40 am - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot It's Time To Ban All Government Use of Face Recognition, Says Digital Rights Group
Fight for the Future, the digital rights advocacy group, is calling for a nationwide ban on government use of facial recognition. Fast Company reports: The group says the technology is just too danger...
01:00 am - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot T-Mobile Says It Can't Be Sued By Users Because of Forced-Arbitration Clause
T-Mobile U.S. is trying to force customers into arbitration in order to avoid a class-action lawsuit that accuses the phone carrier of violating federal law by selling its customers' real-time locatio...
12:20 am - Wed, July 10, 2019
Slashdot The $280,000 Lab-Grown Burger Could Be a More Palatable $10 in Two Years
Lab-grown meat, first introduced to the world six years ago in the form of a $280,000 hamburger, could hit supermarket shelves at $10 a patty within two years, European start-ups told Reuters. From a ...
11:40 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot GitHub Removed Open Source Versions of 'Deepfakes' Porn App DeepNude
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: GitHub recently removed code from its website that used neural networks to algorithmically strip clothing from images of women. The multiple code ...
11:00 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Skype Snap App Remains Hopelessly Outdated
An anonymous reader shares a report: The official Skype Snap app for Linux has not been updated in nearly six months, and Microsoft is yet to say why. When introducing the cross-distro build in early ...
10:20 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Will Automatically Block Fraud Calls For New Customers
AT&T will start automatically blocking fraud calls and issuing suspected spam call alerts for new phone customers at no extra cost. "You'll have to opt out if you don't want the company to screen ...
09:40 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Firefox 68 Arrives With Darker Reader View, Recommended Extensions, and IT Customizations
Mozilla today launched Firefox 68 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Firefox 68 includes a darker reader view, recommended extensions, IT Pro customizations, and more. From a report: As part o...
09:00 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Blocks UAE Bid To Become an Internet Security Guardian After Hacking Reports
Firefox browser maker Mozilla is blocking the United Arab Emirates' government from serving as one of its internet security gatekeepers, citing Reuters reports on a UAE cyber espionage program. From a...
08:20 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Admits To Faulty USB-C Design On the Pi 4
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Raspberry Pi 4 was announced two weeks ago as a major new upgrade to the line of cheap single-board hobbyist computers. The Pi 4 featured a f...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Ross Perot, Founder and Former CEO of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems, Dies At 89
Ross Perot, a self-made billionaire, independent presidential candidate, and philanthropist, has died at the age of 89 after a five-month battle with leukemia. Perot rose to fame after founding his fi...
07:40 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot WarnerMedia Announces HBO Max, Its Netflix Rival That Will Launch Next Year
There's HBO Go, HBO Now, and soon, there will be HBO Max. For WarnerMedia and parent company AT&T, the latter is most important, as it will become the subscription video service that they position...
07:00 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot LinkedIn and the Art of Boastful Self-Promotion
Harry Barnes runs a Twitter account called The State of LinkedIn with more than 100,000 followers. On it, he tweets a curated selection of the most egotistical, self-unaware, jargon-ridden posts from ...
06:20 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Apple Lowers Prices on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro and Adds New Features
Apple today announced updates to the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air price is being lowered to $1,099, but it will be offered to college students for $999. From a report: It will ...
05:40 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot IBM Closes Its $34 Billion Acquisition of Red Hat
IBM closed its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, the companies announced Tuesday. From a report: The deal was originally announced in October, when the companies said IBM would buy all shares in Red...
05:40 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Logitech Wireless USB Dongles Vulnerable To New Hijacking Flaws
A security researcher has publicly disclosed new vulnerabilities in the USB dongles (receivers) used by Logitech wireless keyboards, mice, and presentation clickers. New submitter raikoseagle shares a...
05:22 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Trump Can't Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Appeals Court Rules
President Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking people from following his Twitter account because they criticized or mocked him, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The ruling co...
05:01 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Trump Can't Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Appeals Court Rules
President Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking people from following his Twitter account because they criticized or mocked him, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The ruling co...
02:53 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Apple Discontinues 12-inch MacBook
Apple has stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook just four years after introducing the laptop as the slimmest in its lineup. From a report: The previous generation MacBook Air -- the one without a Retina...
02:50 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot IBM Closes Its $34 Billion Acquisition of Red Hat
IBM closed its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, the companies announced Tuesday. From a report: The deal was originally announced in October, when the companies said IBM would buy all shares in Red...
02:10 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Apple Discontinues 12-inch MacBook
Apple has stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook just four years after introducing the laptop as the slimmest in its lineup. From a report: The previous generation MacBook Air -- the one without a Retina...
01:00 pm - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Google Unveils 'Code With Google,' Awards $1 Million To CS Teachers Group
theodp writes: TechCrunch reports that Google kicked off the 2019 Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference in style with the announcement of Code with Google, a new coding resource for ...
11:00 am - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Bitcoin Mining On an Apollo Guidance Computer: 10.3 Seconds Per Hash
Slashdot reader volvox_voxel shares an excerpt from the latest blog post from software engineer Ken Shirriff, who is well known for his work on restoring some of the rarest computing hardware to its w...
09:00 am - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Moon Landing Could Have Infected the Earth With Lunar Germs, Say Astronauts
PolygamousRanchKid quotes a report from The Independent: A mistake made during the Apollo 11 moon landing could have brought lunar germs to the Earth, astronauts have revealed. When the three astronau...
05:30 am - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Serious Zoom Security Flaw Could Let Websites Hijack Mac Cameras
Security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh has publicly disclosed a serious zero-day vulnerability for the Zoom video conference app on Macs that could allow websites to turn on user cameras without permi...
03:30 am - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Indoor Carbon Dioxide Levels Could Be a Health Hazard, Scientists Warn
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Indoor levels of carbon dioxide could be clouding our thinking and may even pose a wider danger to human health, researchers say. The authors of ...
02:02 am - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Physicist Solves 2,000-Year-Old Optical Problem
Mexican physicist Rafael Gonzalez has found the solution to spherical aberration in optical lenses, solving the 2,000-year-old Wasserman-Wolf problem that Isaac Newton himself could not solve. Newton ...
01:25 am - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Sneaky Chrome Extension Disguises Netflix As a Google Hangout To Help You Slack Off At Work
Netflix Hangouts is a new Chrome extension that tries to make it easier to get away with watching Netflix while you're supposed to be working. Just go to the show you want to catch up on during work h...
12:45 am - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Instagram To Notify Users Comments Might Be Offensive Before They Are Posted
In an effort to curb cyber bullying, Instagram is rolling out a new AI feature that will automatically detect whether comments are offensive and notify users before they are posted. The Hill reports: ...
12:03 am - Tue, July 9, 2019
Slashdot Tesco, One of the World's Largest Supermarket Operators, Is Testing Cashierless Stores Solely Dependent On Cameras
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Tesco, one of the world's largest supermarket operators, is one of several grocers testing cashierless stores with cameras that track ...
11:20 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot IDC: For 1 In 4 Companies, Half of All AI Projects Fail
A new study from International Data Corporation (IDC) found that of the organizations already using AI, only 25% have developed an "enterprise-wide" AI strategy, and it found that among those in the p...
10:40 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Staff Will Strike During Prime Day Over Working Conditions
Staff at a warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota will hold six hours of strikes on July 15th (the start of Prime Day) to demand less stringent quotas and the conversion of more temporary workers into perma...
10:03 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Brazil To Add Digital Data Protection To Fundamental Rights
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The Brazilian Senate has approved a proposal to add protection of data in digital platforms to the list of fundamental rights and individual citizen gua...
09:25 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot How Facebook Fought Fake News About Facebook
Facebook has built tools to track posts on Facebook and WhatsApp that talk about its executives, products, or moves Bloomberg reported on Monday. The company has been, for years, routinely using these...
08:45 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Email App Superhuman's Superficial Privacy Fixes Do Not Prevent It From Spying on You
Mike Davidson: It took an article I almost didn't publish and tens of thousands of people saying they were creeped out, but Superhuman admitted they were wrong and reduced the danger that their survei...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Warns About Astaroth Malware Campaign
The Microsoft security team has issued a warning today about ongoing malware campaigns that are distributing the Astaroth malware using fileless and living-off-the-land techniques that make it harder ...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Desktop Analytics To Help With Windows 10 Update Readiness Checks
Microsoft has released a public preview of a new service aimed at helping businesses assess their app-compatibility levels ahead of deploying new Windows 10 feature updates. From a report: It allows f...
07:25 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Robocall Ban Should Target Texts and Foreign Calls, FCC Chief Says
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed another set of robocall rules, this time to ban malicious calls that spoof caller IDs in text messages and international calls. From a ...
06:45 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Pirate Our Games, Don't Buy Them From Key Resellers, Say Indies
Small video games studios are asking the public to stop buying their titles from "unauthorised" markets, saying the sales cost them more than they earn. From a report: Several have said it would even ...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot A Look at How Movies and Shows From Netflix and Amazon Prime Video Are Pirated
News blog TorrentFreak spoke with a member of piracy group "The Scene" to understand how they obtain -- or rip -- movies and shows from sources such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The technique th...
05:25 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla is Funding a Way To Support Julia in Firefox
Mozilla is funding a project for bringing the Julia programming language to Firefox and the general browser environment. From a report: The project received funding part of the Mozilla Research Grants...
04:45 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot More Than 1,000 Android Apps Harvest Data Even After You Deny Permissions
An anonymous reader shares a report: Permissions on Android apps are intended to be gatekeepers for how much data your device gives up. If you don't want a flashlight app to be able to read through yo...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Is Ham Radio a Hobby, a Utility, or Both? A Battle Over Spectrum Heats Up
Some think automated radio emails are mucking up the spectrum reserved for amateur radio, while others say these new offerings provide a useful service. Wave723 writes: Like many amateur radio fans hi...
03:28 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot British Airways Hit With Record Fine For Data Breech
AmiMoJo writes: British Airways is facing a record fine of 183m Pound ($230m) for last year's breach of its security systems. The Information Commissioner's Office said the incident took place after u...
03:28 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot British Airways Hit With Record Fine For Data Breach
AmiMoJo writes: British Airways is facing a record fine of 183m Pound ($230m) for last year's breach of its security systems. The Information Commissioner's Office said the incident took place after u...
02:45 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Unlivable Wages in Expensive Cities Are Plaguing the Video Game Industry
An anonymous reader shares a report: Crunch has been one of the biggest topics in video game industry news over the last year with reports of massive studio layoffs at established studios following cl...
02:08 pm - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Why We All Need To Agree That It Is Flat Out Unacceptable To Use RSA in 2019
An excerpt from a post on Trail of Bits: From major open source projects to exciting new proprietary software, we've seen it all. But one common denominator in all of these systems is that for some in...
10:34 am - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should the ISS Go Commercial?
Slashdot reader stevent1965 writes:The costs of running the International Space Station are a burden for NASA's budget. It has cost over $100 billion to construct and annual operating expenses run bet...
07:34 am - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Meet The Community That Always Seem To Win Online Sweepstakes
The Hustle profiles a community for whom entering online sweepstakes are a way of life. And they "consistently land hundreds of prizes year after year -- vacation packages, cars, event tickets, electr...
03:34 am - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Can Google Ads Change Your Beliefs?
The New York Times ran a disturbing opinion piece about Google by the founder of search engine marketing consulting firm Berlin SEM. In it he discusses counter-messaging ads offering "redirection", wh...
01:34 am - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Bill Gates Shares His Memories of Steve Jobs
BGR reports:Bill Gates would like you to know that the reason his late rival was able to resuscitate Apple and take the iPhone maker from near-death to being the most valuable company in the world is ...
12:08 am - Mon, July 8, 2019
Slashdot Steve Wozniak Warns People To Get Off of Facebook Due To Privacy Concerns
TMZ accosted 68-year-old Steve Wozniak at an airport, according to an article shared by Slashdot reader Iwastheone. TMZ asked Wozniak for his thoughts on whether our devices are listening to us -- and...
10:52 pm - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot What You Didn't Know About the Apollo 11 Mission
"From JFK's real motives to the Soviets' secret plot to land on the Moon at the same time, a new behind-the-scenes view of an unlikely triumph 50 years ago," writes schwit1 sharing a new article from ...
09:34 pm - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot America's FBI Is Running Facial Recognition Searches On Millions of Driver's License Photos
America's FBI and its Customs Enforcement agency "have turned state driver license databases into a facial-recognition gold mine, scanning through hundreds of millions of Americans' photos without the...
08:46 pm - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot When Ransomware Gets Paid By A City's Insurance Policies
Remember when the small town of Lake City, Florida paid $460,000 for a ransomware's decryption key? As they slowly recover 100 years of encrypted municipal records, the New York Times looks at the les...
07:36 pm - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Awaken Ancient Lifeforms Exposed By Thawing Ice Caps and Permafrost
"Researchers in a warming Arctic are discovering organisms, frozen and presumed dead for millennia, that can bear life anew," reports the Washington Post:These ice age zombies range from simple bacter...
06:34 pm - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Criticized For VPN-Breaking Windows 10 Update
"Windows 10 continues to be a danger zone," writes Forbes senior contributor Gordon Kelly:Not only have problems been piling up in recent weeks, Microsoft has also been worryingly deceptive about the ...
05:35 pm - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot In New Benchmark Tests, AMD Challenges Both Intel And Nvidia
"AMD is unleashing an arsenal of products today," writes Slashdot reader MojoKid. Hot Hardware writes:The Zen 2-based AMD Ryzen 3000 series is easily one of the most anticipated product launches in th...
04:34 pm - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot When Facebook's Libra Team Came To Congress
"Staffers challenge Facebook's happy talk about its digital currency in a briefing," reports the American Prospect, introducing a new article in a series written anonymously by Congressional staffers,...
03:34 pm - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot The Netherlands National Airline Encourages People To Not Fly
"KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has an unusual message for its customers: Maybe don't take that flight," reports Quartz:In a June 29 open letter from its CEO, Pieter Elbers, the airline invited air traveler...
02:34 pm - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot Inside The Seamy World of Robocalling Schemes
CNBC reports on the latest revelations from America's Federal Trade Commission about the tactics used by the robocall industry: In some cases, robocalls proliferate through programs that resemble mult...
01:34 pm - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot Astrophysicist Tries Machine Learning To Generate a Black Hole Movie
One of the scientists who worked on the black hole picture is now pursuing an even more ambitious visualization, this time for the super-massive black hole at the center of our own galaxy. Long-time S...
11:34 am - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot Can You Beat The World's Worst User Interface?
Design firm Baggar writes:A user assumes certain actions to be in a certain place or color because interface designers worldwide have been collaboratively educating users and feeding them these design...
07:34 am - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot In 'Bold Experiment', Facebook Creates Independent 'Oversight Board'' For Content Decisions
Facebook is being applauded for a new "bold experiment" in content decision-making by tech journalist Larry Magid, a founding member (for the last 10 years) of what he describes as "the less powerful ...
04:39 am - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot After 25 Months, Debian 10 'buster' Released
"After 25 months of development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 10 (code name 'buster'), which will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the D...
01:34 am - Sun, July 7, 2019
Slashdot John McAfee Hides in Cuba, Touts Cryptocurrency For Evading US Government's Sanctions
"On the run from U.S. tax authorities, tech guru John McAfee puffs a cigar aboard his towering white yacht in a Havana harbor," reports Reuters, "and says he can help Cuba evade the U.S. government to...
11:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Are Parts of India Becoming Too Hot For Humans?
"Intense heat waves have killed more than 100 people in India this summer and are predicted to worsen in coming years, creating a possible humanitarian crisis as large parts of the country potentially...
10:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot 'Kerfuffle' Erupts Around Newly-Proposed try() Feature For Go Language
Matt Klein, a member of the Go steering committee recently apologized for the angst caused to some people by "the try() kerfuffle... Change is hard, but sometimes it's for the best." Tech columnist Mi...
09:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Hong Kong Protests 'Show The Dangers of a Cashless Society'
"Allowing cash to die would be a grave mistake. A cashless society is a surveillance society," writes Reason, adding that "The recent round of protests in Hong Kong highlights exactly what we have to ...
08:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot DNA Data Storage Is Closer Than You Think
"Life's information-storage system is being adapted to handle massive amounts of information," reports Scientific American, reports Scientific American, calling it "an alternative to hard drives" and ...
07:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot $500K Stolen From 7-Eleven Customers Using "Cashless" App In Japan
On Monday, 7-Eleven launched a smartphone payment service for its 20,000 stores in Japan. By Thursday $510,000 had been stolen from the people using it -- as many as 900 customers -- according to Japa...
07:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot International Crime Ring Suspected in 7-Eleven App Breach
On Monday, 7-Eleven launched a smartphone payment service for its 20,000 stores in Japan. By Thursday $510,000 had been stolen from the people using it -- as many as 900 customers. Long-time Slashdot ...
06:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Startup Aims To Turn Solar and Wind Power Into Carbon-Neutral Gasoline
"Last month, Rob McGinnis fired up a new machine that runs combustion in reverse, using electricity to weld carbon dioxide and water into liquid fuels," writes Slashdot reader sciencehabit:McGinnis, a...
05:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Google Sued For Conspiring To Share Medical Records Against Patient Consent
schwit1 writes: A former University of Chicago medical patient filed a class-action lawsuit against the University of Chicago and Google, claiming that the University of Chicago Medical Center is givi...
04:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot OpenPGP Keyserver Attack Ongoing
Trailrunner7 quotes Duo.com's Decipher blog: There's an interesting and troubling attack happening to some people involved in the OpenPGP community that makes their certificates unusable and can essen...
03:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Elon Musk's Dream of An Onion-Like Media Empire
"Elon Musk wanted The Onion; he got Thud," reports the Verge, telling the wacky story of how Elon Musk gave $2 million to two former editors from the Onion to create "an ambitious, offbeat satire star...
02:34 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Why Is Slack Retaining Everyone's Chat History?
The associate director of research at the Electronic Frontier Foundation published a new warning in the Opinion section of the New York Times this week, calling Slack the only unicorn going public thi...
01:00 pm - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot French Lawmakers Approve 3 Percent Tax On Online Giants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AP News: France's lower house of parliament approved Thursday a small, pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook -- and the French gov...
10:00 am - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Bladder Cancer 'Attacked and Killed By Common Cold Virus'
A new study from the University of Surrey suggests that a strain of the common cold virus can infect and kill bladder cancer cells. "All signs of the disease disappeared in one patient, and in 14 othe...
07:00 am - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Seeks Permission To Launch 3,236 Internet Satellites
Amazon is asking the FCC for permission to launch 3,236 satellites that would be used to establish a globe-spanning internet network. Seeking Alpha reported that Amazon expects "to offer service to te...
05:30 am - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Could Lose Almost a Quarter of Its Subscribers If It Started Running Ads, Study Shows
According to a recent Hub Entertainment Research survey, twenty-three percent of respondents said they would definitely or probably drop their Netflix subscription if it began running ads at its curre...
03:30 am - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Safer Nuclear Reactors Are On the Way
Nuclear power plant manufacturers, such as Westinghouse and Framatome, are developing safer nuclear reactors that use so-called accident-tolerant fuels that are less likely to overheat -- and if they ...
02:03 am - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Tor Project To Fix Bug Used For DDoS Attacks On Onion Sites For Years
An anonymous reader writes: "The Tor Project is preparing a fix for a bug that has been abused for the past years to launch DDoS attacks against dark web (.onion) websites," reports ZDNet. "Barring an...
01:25 am - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Waymo Can Now Shuttle Passengers In Its Self-Driving Cars In California
Waymo has received a new permit from the California Public Utilities Commission to shuttle passengers in its self-driving cars. Before this, Waymo was not allowed to transport passengers. CNET reports...
12:45 am - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Almost a Third of World's Top VPNs Are Secretly Owned By Chinese Firms, Study Finds
SonicSpike shares a report from Computer Weekly: Almost a third (30%) of the world's top virtual private network (VPN) providers are secretly owned by six Chinese companies, according to a study by pr...
12:03 am - Sat, July 6, 2019
Slashdot Toyota Testing Improved Solar Roof For Electric Cars That Can Charge While Driving
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Toyota is testing a new and improved version of the solar power cells it previously launched on the Japan-exclusive Prius PHV, in a pilot along wit...
11:20 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Volkswagen Will Share Electric Car Platform and Autonomous Tech With Ford
Ford and Volkswagen have reached an outline agreement to share electric and autonomous car tech, extending their alliance beyond a cooperation on commercial vehicles. Reuters reports: VW will share it...
10:40 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot MoviePass Has Shut Down For 'Several Weeks' To Update Its App
MoviePass, the long-embattled film subscription service, has shut down for "several weeks" in order to complete work on an updated version of its app and to recapitalize for when the service relaunche...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot London Police's Face Recognition System Gets It Wrong 81 Percent of the Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: London's police force has conducted 10 trials of face recognition since 2016, using Japanese company NEC's Neoface technology. It commis...
09:21 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot LightSail 2 Sends Back 1st Signals From Its Solar-Surfing Test Flight
The space advocacy organization The Planetary Society recently confirmed that its LightSail 2 spacecraft has sent its first signals home from space. From a report: The roughly 11-lb. (5 kilograms) cub...
08:41 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Need Customer Service For an App? Prepare To Lose Your Mind
App-based services have made our lives easier in so many ways. But when things go awry, they offer few paths to real assistance [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. From a report: There's a tra...
08:01 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Set To Offer Ad-Free News Consumption Capability on Firefox For $5 Per Month
As previously announced, Mozilla has started to tease the launch of a new $5 monthly subscription to a variety of online news publishers that involves no ads. The idea is that a single, low subscripti...
07:20 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Fake Samsung Firmware Update App Tricks More Than 10 Million Android Users
Over ten million users have been duped in installing a fake Samsung app named "Updates for Samsung" that promises firmware updates, but, in reality, redirects users to an ad-filled website and charges...
06:40 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Five Couples Have Lined Up for CRISPR Babies To Avoid Deafness
Five Russian couples who are deaf want to try the CRISPR gene-editing technique so they can have a biological child who can hear, biologist Denis Rebrikov told New Scientist. He plans to apply to the ...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Google Maintains a List of Everything You Ever Bought Using Gmail, Even if You Delete All Your Emails
Todd Haselton, reporting for CNBC: In May, I wrote up something weird I spotted on Google's account management page. I noticed that Google uses Gmail to store a list of everything you've purchased, if...
05:20 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot How AI Helped Improve Crowd Counting in Hong Kong Protests
K.K. Rebecca Lai, Jin Wu and Lingdong Huang, writing for the Times: Crowd estimates for Hong Kong's large pro-democracy protests have been a point of contention for years. The organizers and the polic...
04:40 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Privacy-First Browsers Look To Take the Shine Off Google's Chrome
From a report: Google's Chrome now reigns as the biggest browser on the block, and the company is facing challenges similar to Microsoft's from competitors, as well as government scrutiny. But Google ...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Image Recognition, Mini Apps, QR Codes: How China Uses Tech To Sort Its Waste
An anonymous reader shares a report: China's war on garbage is as digitally savvy as the country itself. Think QR codes attached to trash bags that allow a municipal government to trace exactly where ...
03:20 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Wikipedia Co-founder Slams Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter and the 'Appalling' Internet
Larry Sanger, who co-founded Wikipedia in 2001, is not happy with how the internet has evolved in the nearly two decades since then. From a report: "It's appalling frankly," he said in an interview wi...
02:40 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Internet Group Brands Mozilla 'Internet Villain' For Supporting DNS Privacy Feature
An industry group of internet service providers has branded Firefox browser maker Mozilla an "internet villain" for supporting a DNS security standard. From a report: Internet Services Providers' Asso...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot 7-Eleven Japanese Customers Lose $500,000 Due To Mobile App Flaw
Approximately 900 customers of 7-Eleven Japan have lost a collective of $510,000 after hackers hijacked their 7pay app accounts and made illegal charges in their names. From a report: The incident was...
11:01 am - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Will California's New Bot Law Strengthen Democracy?
On July 1st, California became the first state in the nation to try to reduce the power of bots by requiring that they reveal their "artificial identity" when they are used to sell a product or influe...
07:00 am - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Updated Outlook on the Web is Coming To Office 365 Customers Starting This Month
An updated Outlook on the web is rolling out to Office 365 customers starting this month. From a report: Microsoft has been testing the new Outlook on the web since last year. Users have been able to ...
02:30 am - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Interview With PINE64 On the Upcoming Release of the PineBook Pro
intensivevocoder writes: One of the consequences of the explosive popularity of the Raspberry Pi is the flourishing of competing ecosystems of single-board computers (SBCs). Aside from the accessibili...
12:10 am - Fri, July 5, 2019
Slashdot Tree Planting 'Has Mind-Blowing Potential' To Tackle Climate Crisis
Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees cou...
11:00 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Your Phone App Can Now Mirror Your Android Phone's Notifications
Microsoft is rolling out an update to its Your Phone app on Windows 10 that will allow it to mirror notifications from your Android phone onto your PC. From a report: This makes good on a promise from...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Group of Biologists Tries To Bury the Idea That Plants Are Conscious
Frustrated by more than a decade of research which claims to reveal intentions, feelings and even consciousness in plants, more traditionally minded botanists have finally snapped. Plants, they protes...
08:20 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot California Earthquake Brings Scattered Damage
The strongest earthquake to hit Southern California in 20 years left scattered damage Thursday morning and was felt from Las Vegas to Orange County, the US Geological Survey reported. From a report: T...
08:06 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Demand Grows For Tiny Phone Chargers Using 'New Silicon'
A tiny phone, tablet and laptop charger, the first to use gallium nitride rather than silicon chips, has seen sales four times greater than predicted [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled], prompt...
07:04 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot 81% of 'Suspects' Flagged By Met's Police Facial Recognition Technology Innocent, Independent Report Says
Four out of five people identified by the Metropolitan Police's facial recognition technology as possible suspects are innocent, according to an independent report. From a report: Researchers found th...
06:01 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Apple May Ditch the Butterfly Keyboard
AmiMoJo writes: Apple is apparently set to ditch the butterfly mechanism used in MacBooks since 2015, which has been the root of reliability issues and its low-travel design has also not been popular ...
05:00 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Samsung in Hot Water Over Splashy Australian Phone Ads
Australia's consumer watchdog has sued Samsung's Australian unit for allegedly misleading consumers by promoting water-resistant Galaxy smartphones as suitable to use in swimming pools and the surf. F...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot OpenID Foundation Says 'Sign In with Apple' is Not Secure Enough
The OpenID Foundation, the organization behind the OpenID open standard and decentralized authentication protocol, has penned an open letter to Apple in regards to the company's recently announced "Si...
03:00 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Germany Scorned Air Conditioning -- Then Came the Heat Wave
Germans have always looked down on America's fondness for artificially chilled air as wasteful, unnatural and wimpy. Rather than install climate control in buildings and subways, schools and offices w...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Hacker Who Launched DDoS Attacks on Sony, EA, and Steam Gets 27 Months in Prison
An anonymous reader shares a report: A 23-year-old man from Utah was sentenced this week to 27 months in prison for a series of DDoS attacks that took down online gaming service providers like Sony's ...
01:00 pm - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Engineer Faces 219 Years In Prison For Smuggling US Military Chips To China
schwit1 quotes a report from ZDNet: On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) said that Yi-Chi Shih, a part-time Los Angeles resident, attempted to secure semiconductor chips used in US militar...
10:00 am - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Spotify Shuts Down Direct Music Uploading For Independent Artists
In a blog post on Monday, Spotify announced that it will prohibit individual musicians from directly uploading their songs to the streaming service. The new move requires a third party to be involved ...
07:00 am - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Air Force Accidentally Dropped Dummy Bombs On Florida After Hitting a Bird
Three dummy bombs have been accidentally dropped over Florida on July 1st. "The incident is suspected to have happened at around 1:15 p.m. about 54 miles southwest of Moody Air Force Base about a mile...
03:30 am - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Bitcoin's Energy Consumption 'Equals That of Switzerland'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Bitcoin uses as much energy as the whole of Switzerland, a new online tool from the University of Cambridge shows. The tool makes it easier to see how...
02:10 am - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Have Eliminated HIV In Mice For the First Time
pgmrdlm shares a report from USA Today: Researchers say they've successfully eliminated HIV from the DNA of infected mice for the first time, bringing them one step closer to curing the virus in human...
01:30 am - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Can Be Held Liable For Third-Party Seller Products, Court Says
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that Amazon can be held liable for third-party seller products, exposing the online retailer to lawsuits from customers who buy defective products through it...
12:50 am - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Cloud-Only Xbox Still In Development, Report Says
According to Thurrott's Brad Sams, Microsoft is still developing a low-cost, cloud-based Xbox console. "Sams suggests the low-power box will be just capable enough to allow a player to 'move around in...
12:10 am - Thu, July 4, 2019
Slashdot Broadcom Said To Be In Talks To Buy Symantec, the Security Software Maker
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Broadcom is in advanced talks to buy cybersecurity firm Symantec, according to people familiar with the matter, seeking a further expansion into the...
11:30 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot iOS 13 Will Add Fake Eye Contact To FaceTime For Improved Intimacy
iOS 13's third developer beta includes a new feature that makes it look like you're staring directly at your front-facing camera during FaceTime calls, even when looking away at the person on your scr...
10:50 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Moore's Law Isn't Dead, But Needs a New and Broader Interpretation: Intel's Top Exec
On Sunday, Intel held a five-hour event, where 100 attendees from startups, venture capital, and tech giants drank in semiconductor-themed cocktails and detailed explanations of how sand is processed ...
10:10 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Bans Content 'Showing Users How To Bypass Secure Computer Systems'
Kody Kinzie from the Null Byte YouTube channel on Tuesday said YouTube banned a video he made about launching fireworks over Wi-Fi for the 4th of July. According to YouTube's Community Guidelines, you...
09:30 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Someone Is Spamming and Breaking a Core Component of PGP's Ecosystem
A new wave of spamming attacks on a core component of PGP's ecosystem has highlighted a fundamental weakness in the whole ecosystem. From a report: Unknown attackers are spamming a core component of t...
08:50 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Is Teasing Windows 1.0 and Other 1980s Software
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Either Microsoft is gearing up for a very odd promotional effort or somebody on the Windows team has hijacked a functioning time machine. Yesterd...
08:10 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot India is Staring at a Water Apocalypse
A combination of climate change, bad policies and political apathy is steadily pushing India into a catastrophic water crisis that threatens stability in South Asia. From a report: Recent studies docu...
07:30 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot D-Link To Undergo Security Audits For 10 Years as Part of FTC Settlement
D-Link has agreed to a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission in regards to a 2017 lawsuit in which the US government agency accused the Taiwanese hardware maker of misrepresenting the securi...
06:50 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Google Internet Balloon Spinoff Loon Still Looking For Its Wings
Google's bet on balloons to deliver cell service soon faces a crucial test amid doubts about the viability of the technology by some potential customers. From a report: The company behind the effort, ...
06:10 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot File-Storage App 4shared Caught Serving Invisible Ads and Making Purchases Without Consent
With more than 100 million installs, file-sharing service 4shared is one of the most popular apps in the Android app store. But security researchers say the app is secretly displaying invisible ads an...
05:30 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot A Researcher Attempted To Opt Out of Facial Recognition at the Airport -- It Wasn't Easy
Allie Funk, writing for Wired: The announcement came as we began to board. Last month, I was at Detroit's Metro Airport for a connecting flight to Southeast Asia. I listened as a Delta Air Lines staff...
04:50 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Says It's 'Working' To Resolve Outages Across Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger
Facebook has had problems loading images, videos, and other data across its apps today, leaving some people unable to load photos in the Facebook News Feed, view stories on Instagram, or send messages...
04:10 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Alexa Keeps Your Data With No Expiration Date, and Shares It Too
If you have hangups about Amazon and privacy on its smart assistant, Alexa, you're not alone. Even after Amazon sent answers to a US senator who had questions about how the tech giant retains voice da...
03:30 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot India's Reliance Jio Partners With Facebook To Launch Literacy Program For First Time Internet Users
An anonymous reader writes: Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man, has enabled tens of millions of people -- if not more -- to come online for the first time with his disruptive telecom network. He has c...
02:50 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot A Third CRISPR Baby May Have Already Been Born in China
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong last November, was meant to debate the pros and cons of genetically engineering humans. ...
02:08 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot US Government Staff Told To Treat Huawei as Blacklisted
A senior U.S. official told the Commerce Department's enforcement staff this week that China's Huawei should still be treated as blacklisted, days after U.S. President Donald Trump sowed confusion wit...
01:00 pm - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Are Using Subatomic Particles To Search For a Mirror Universe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: At Oak Ridge National Laboratory in eastern Tennessee, physicist Leah Broussard is trying to open a portal to a parallel universe. She calls it an "o...
10:00 am - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot India's First CPUs Are Ready For App Development
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has released the software development kit (SDK) for its open-source Shakti processor. Shakti is based on the open-source RISC-V instruction set architec...
07:00 am - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot First Flu Vaccine Created By AI To Be Trialed In the US
A "turbocharged" flu vaccine created by a computer with artificial intelligence in South Australia is set to be trialed in the United States. ABC reports: Flinders University Professor Nikolai Petrovs...
03:30 am - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Study Says We've Already Built Too Many Power Plants, Cars To Meet Paris Climate Targets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: In 2010, scientists warned we'd already built enough carbon-dioxide-spewing infrastructure to push global temperatures up 1.3 degrees C,...
02:10 am - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Security Flaws In a Popular Smart Home Hub Let Hackers Unlock Front Doors
In new research published Tuesday, security researchers Chase Dardaman and Jason Wheeler found three security flaws which, when chained together, could be abused to open a front door with a smart lock...
01:30 am - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Frontier Refuses To Waive Router Rental Fee For Customer Who Brought His Own
Ever since Frontier bought Verizon's Texas network in 2016, the company has been charging some customers a $10-per-month router rental fee even if they're using their own router. Rich Son of Texas pur...
12:50 am - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Elizabeth Warren Accuses Advisory Panel For FCC of Corruption
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: A panel that provides policy advice to the Federal Communications Commission is "stacked with corporate insiders," Democratic presidential candidate Eliz...
12:10 am - Wed, July 3, 2019
Slashdot Regal Cinemas Readying Unlimited Ticket Subscription Program
Regal Cinemas is prepping to launch a new unlimited movie ticket subscriptions service at the end of July in the U.S. Deadline has the details: There will be three tiers of pricing, which work out to ...
11:30 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot 'Motorola Has Let Me Down For the Last Time'
Jerry Hildenbrand, writing for AndroidCentral: If you're ever in the mood to think about a "how the mighty have fallen" story, you need to look no further than Motorola. The company used to be at the ...
10:50 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Google Tweaked Algorithm After Rise In US Shootings
A senior search engineer at Google revealed that the company had to tweak its algorithm to combat misinformation after mass shootings. The Guardian reports: "In these last few years, there's been a tr...
10:10 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Apple Finds Issue With Logic Board In Some 2018 MacBook Airs, Offers Free Repair
Apple says a "very small number" of MacBook Air models have an issue with the main logic board and can be replaced at no cost to customers. 9to5Mac reports: Apple's memo to repair staff notes that it ...
09:30 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Mageia 7 Linux Distro Released
If you're looking to try out a Linux distro that is not based on Ubuntu, Mageia 7 might be worth your consideration. It arrives two years after the release of Mageia 6 -- so unsurprisingly, the change...
08:50 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Oracle On Why It Thinks AWS Winning Pentagon's $10 Billion Jedi Cloud Contract Stinks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Ahead of its first day in a U.S. federal claims court in Washington DC, Oracle has outlined its position against the Pentagon's award of the Join...
08:10 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Downgrades Posts That Promote Miracle Cures
Facebook said on Tuesday that it's downgrading content that makes dubious health claims, including posts that try to sell or promote "miracle cures." From a report: Big technology platforms have faced...
07:30 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Google Earth Ported To Browsers With WebAssembly
The Google Earth team recently released a beta preview of a WebAssembly port of Google Earth. The new port runs in Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers, including Edge (Canary version) and Opera, ...
06:50 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Choice To Pay Ransomware Might Be Simpler Than You'd Think
The conventional wisdom about ransomware is that when local governments pay the ransom, it encourages more criminals to launch more attacks. But that's not necessarily the case, experts say. From a re...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot US Retail Group -- Which Represents Walmart, Target, and Best Buy -- Offers To Help Antitrust Investigators in Going After Amazon and Google
A leading U.S. retail group, whose members include Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others, has penned a letter to the Federal Trade Commission that details its concerns over big tech companies' dominanc...
05:26 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Would You Pay $30 a Month To Check Your Email?
The year is 2019, and the brainy engineers of Silicon Valley are hunkered down, working on transformative, next-generation technologies like self-driving cars, digital currencies and quantum computing...
04:45 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Xiaomi Threatens Legal Action Against Users Who Call Its Mimoji App a Copycat of Apple's Memoji
From a report: Apple's Memoji may have become the more popular 3D avatar feature for smartphones, but Xiaomi wants people to know that its similarly-named version -- Mimoji -- came first, despite incr...
04:06 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot China Is Forcing Tourists To Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border
Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being ...
03:28 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Several Major Websites and Services Are Down Right Now Due To a Hosting-Platform Outage
No, it's not just you -- major websites across the internet are down as of Tuesday morning. From a report: That's because Cloudflare is experiencing issues, according to the website-hosting platform i...
02:45 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot NVIDIA Launches GeForce RTX 2080 Super, RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 Super GPUs, Aims To One-Up AMD With More Power For the Same Price
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA just launched three new GeForce RTX gaming GPUs to battle against AMD's forthcoming Radeon RX 5700 series. The GeForce RTX 2080 Super, GeForce RTX 2070 Super and GeForce RTX 206...
02:10 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Google's Jigsaw Was Supposed To Save the Internet. It Became a Toxic Mess Instead.
Google's internet freedom moonshot has gotten glowing attention for its ambitious projects. But current and former employees, leaked documents, and internal messages reveal a grim reality. From a repo...
01:00 pm - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Identify the Origins of Metabolism
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A Rutgers-led study sheds light on one of the most enduring mysteries of science: How did metabolism -- the process by which life powers itself by co...
10:00 am - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Chief Says He Pushed Galaxy Fold 'Before It Was Ready'
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from Engadget: Samsung hasn't commented much on its decision to delay the Galaxy Fold and address design flaws, but it's opening up a little today. The company's ele...
07:00 am - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Hubble Captures Cosmic Fireworks In Ultraviolet
Iwastheone shares a report from Phys.Org: Hubble offers a special view of the double star system Eta Carinae's expanding gases glowing in red, white, and blue. This is the highest resolution image of ...
03:30 am - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Amount of Floating Antarctic Ice Plunges To Record Lows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Time: The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern continen...
02:03 am - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Senate Passes Cybersecurity Bill To Decrease Grid Digitization, Move Toward Manual Control
On June 27, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan cybersecurity bill that will study ways to replace automated systems with low-tech redundancies to protect the country's electric grid from hackers. Cal...
01:25 am - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Florida City Fires IT Employee After Paying Ransom Demand Last Week
Officials from Lake City, Florida, have fired an IT employee last week after the city was forced to approve a gigantic ransomware payment of nearly $500,000 last Monday. The employee, whose name was n...
12:45 am - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Algorithms Help Turbines Share the Wind
carbonnation writes: As Spock so elegantly opined, "Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." Today Stanford U researchers presented the clearest proof to date ...
12:02 am - Tue, July 2, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Abused To Spread Remote Access Trojans Since 2015
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Facebook has been exploited to act as a distribution platform for a set of Remote Access Trojans (RATs) for years, researchers say. According to Check P...
11:20 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Deepfake Revenge Porn Distribution Now a Crime In Virginia
Virginia has amended an existing law in the Commonwealth to impose criminal penalties on the distribution of non-consensual "deepfake" images and videos. The amendment was made earlier this year and g...
10:40 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Do You Remember About the Sony Walkman?
On July 1st, 1979, Sony revolutionized the way we listen to music when it released the iconic Walkman TPS-L2, the first real portable music player. "Boomboxes and portable radios had been around for a...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Tesla's Head of Production Is Going To EV Startup Lucid Motors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: Tesla's head of production in charge of its Fremont factory, Peter Hochholdinger, is going to hold a similar position at Lucid Motors, an electric ca...
09:20 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Cockroaches May Soon Be Unstoppable -- Thanks To Fast-Evolving Insecticide Resistance
sciencehabit shares a report: The day that squeamish humans -- and exterminators -- have long feared may have come at last: Cockroaches are becoming invincible. Or at least German cockroaches (Blattel...
08:41 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot America Needs To See Amazon's Tax Returns
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon's taxes have become a campaign issue. In last week's Democratic debates, two different candidates (Cory Booker and Andrew Yang) called out Amazon for paying...
08:01 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Germany To Publish Standard on Modern Secure Browsers
Germany's cyber-security agency is working on a set of minimum rules that modern web browsers must comply with in order to be considered secure. From a report: The new guidelines are currently being d...
07:01 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Former NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz Restores Mission Control In Houston
Gene Kranz may be the most famous flight director in NASA's history. He directed the actual landing portion of the first mission to put men on the moon, Apollo 11, and led Mission Control in saving th...
06:40 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot How Amazon and the Cops Set Up an Elaborate Sting Operation That Accomplished Nothing
New documents obtained by Motherboard using a Freedom of Information request show how Amazon, Ring, a GPS tracking company, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service collaborated on a package sting opera...
06:01 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Scientists Took an MRI Scan of an Atom
The hospital technology, typically used to identify human ailments, captured perhaps the world's smallest magnetic resonance image. weiserfireman shares a report: Different microscopy techniques allow...
05:20 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Google's Robots.txt Parser is Now Open Source
From a blog post: For 25 years, the Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP) was only a de-facto standard. This had frustrating implications sometimes. On one hand, for webmasters, it meant uncertainty in corn...
04:40 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Jony Ive Left Apple Because of CEO Tim Cook's Lack of Interest in Product Design, Report Says
To many, Jony Ive's departure from Apple last week felt very sudden. But a narrative is forming to suggest that he's been slowly drifting apart from the company for several years as the iPhone maker's...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Linux Usage on Azure Has Surpassed Windows, Microsoft Developer Reveals
An anonymous reader shares a report: Three and a half years ago, Mark Russinovich, Azure CTO, Microsoft's cloud, said, "One in four [Azure] instances are Linux." Next, in 2017, Microsoft revealed that...
03:20 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot The Infrastructure Mess Causing Countless Internet Outages
Border Gateway Protocol has served the internet well for decades. But when it goes wrong, you notice it. From a report: In a weeks-long stretch in 2014, hackers stole thousands of dollars a day in cry...
02:40 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Interns' Job Prospects Constrained By Noncompete Agreements
Internships have long been an opportunity for inexperienced workers to try out different industries and build valuable contacts. For companies, it is a way to attract future talent. But increasingly i...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot ICANN Lifts All Price Caps On .Org Domain Names
Reader GeorgeK writes: Despite documented overwhelming opposition by the public, ICANN has lifted all fee caps on .org domain names. As discussed in a prior Slashdot article in April when the public c...
10:34 am - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Issues Warning For 800M Windows 10 Users
Consumer tech reporter Gordon Kelly describes "an important new Windows 10 warning (and the failure behind it)" for all 800 million of Microsoft's Windows 10 users:What Microsoft confirms it did was q...
07:34 am - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot India Widens Antitrust Probe Into Google's Android Dominance
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Google appears to have misused its dominant position in India and reduced the ability of device manufacturers to opt for alternate versions of its Android mobile ope...
03:49 am - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot Brave Browser Claims 69x Better Performance For Its Ad-Blocker After Switching From C To Rust
The Brave web browser "claims to have delivered a '69x average improvement' in its ad-blocking technology using Rust in place of C++" reports ZDNet. They cite a blog post by Brave performance research...
01:34 am - Mon, July 1, 2019
Slashdot An Automation Tipping Point? The Rise of 'Robotics as a Service'
"Robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) is about to eat the world of work" argues Hooman Radfar, a partner at the startup studio Expa who's been "actively investing in and looking for new companies" catalyzing ...
11:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's Your 'Backup' Browser?
Slashdot's gotten over 17,000 votes in its poll about which web browser people use on their desktop. (The current leader? Firefox, with 53% of the vote, followed by Chrome with 30%.) But Slashdot rea...
10:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot How The Advance Weather Forecast Got Good
NPR notes today's "supercomputer-driven" weather modelling can crunch huge amounts of data to accurately forecast the weather a week in advance -- pointing out that "a six-day weather forecast today i...
09:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Claim Robust 'Universal Computer Memory' Breakthrough
Lancaster University has announced a "universal computer memory" breakthrough combining the fast, low-energy storage of DRAM memory with the robustness of flash memory. They're now envisioning ultra-l...
08:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Former Equifax CIO Sentenced to 4 Months in Prison for Insider Training
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:A former Equifax executive who sold his stock in the consumer credit reporting firm before it announced a massive data breach has been sentenced to four months in feder...
07:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Leaked Internal Intel Memo Acknowledges 'Resurgent', 'Formidable' AMD
Slashdot reader MojoKid writes:AMD announced its 3rd Gen Ryzen 3000 series processors at Computex earlier this month and the company's Zen 2 architecture is promised to bring single threaded performan...
06:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot 44 US States Still Allow 'Religious Exemptions' For Vaccines
An anonymous reader quotes the Pew Research Center:New York recently became the fifth state -- after California, Maine, Mississippi and West Virginia -- to enact a law requiring children in public sch...
05:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Wikipedia Co-Founder Calls For a Social Media Strike July 4-5
Wikpedia co-founder Larry Sanger is also Slashdot reader #936,381. He has an announcement:"Humanity has been contemptuously used by vast digital empires," says my new Declaration of Digital Independen...
04:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot What Bill Gates Wishes More People Knew About Paul Allen
Microsoft's original co-founder Paul Allen was honored posthumously with a lifetime achievement award for philanthropy this week at the Forbes Philanthropy summit. Bill Gates remembers Allen as "one o...
03:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Sees Lots of Hardware Headaches Ahead
Linux founder Linus Torvalds "warns that managing software is about to become a lot more challenging, largely because of two hardware issues that are beyond the control of DevOps teams," reports DevOp...
02:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Nokia's CTO Accuses Huawei of Both 'Sloppiness' and 'Real Obfuscation'
Nokia's CTO Marcus Weldon "told the BBC that the UK should be wary of using the Chinese hardware" -- though Nokia rushed to assure the BBC that Weldon's remarks do "not reflect the official position o...
01:34 pm - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Tests Broadband Satellite Network, Claims 'First To Operate' Status
SpaceX says 57 of its 60 broadband data satellites are now communicating with their ground stations -- and that this grants them special privileges when other companies launch their own satellite tele...
10:34 am - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Is Streaming TV About To Get Really Expensive?
"The golden age of streaming is over," writes Stuart Heritage in the Guardian, arguing that TV "will become more elitist, tiered and fragmented than it already is."One report last year said that The O...
07:34 am - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Sting Finds Ransomware Data Recovery Firms Are Just Paying The Ransom
"ProPublica recently reported that two U.S. firms, which professed to use their own data recovery methods to help ransomware victims regain access to infected files, instead paid the hackers. Now ther...
03:34 am - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Store's eBooks Will Soon 'Stop Working' When It Closes Their DRM Server
Cory Doctorow writes at BoingBoing:"The books will stop working": That's the substance of the reminder that Microsoft sent to customers for their ebook store, reminding them that, as announced in Apri...
01:34 am - Sun, June 30, 2019
Slashdot Massive Lithium Ion Battery Fire/Explosion Shows Challenges of Renewable Energy Storage
Pursuing a renewable energy strategy, Arizona's largest electric company "installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from ...