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11:20 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Apple App Store Bug Reportedly Erases Over 20 Million App Ratings In a Week
A bug in Apple's App Store removed more than 20 million ratings from apps both big and small. "The issue began on October 23, 2019 and wasn't resolved until yesterday, October 29," reports TechCrunch....
10:40 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Permanently Deletes the Accounts of NSO Workers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A day after Facebook-owned WhatsApp sued NSO Group, the social media platform has permanently deleted the accounts of employees who work at the I...
10:00 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Intel Launches Core i9-9900KS 8-Core CPU At 5GHz Across All Cores
MojoKid writes: As the "S" in its name implies, the new Intel Core i9-9900KS that launched today is something akin to a Special Edition version of the company's existing Core i9-9900K 8-core CPU. The ...
09:20 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Is Banning Political Ads
Twitter is planning to ban political ads from its service, the company announced Wednesday via a series of Tweets from its CEO Jack Dorsey. The ban will go into effect November 22. BuzzFeed News repor...
08:42 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot NHS Pagers Are Leaking Medical Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: An amateur radio rig exposed to the internet and discovered by a security researcher was collecting real-time medical data and health information b...
07:32 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot IBM: AI Will Change Every Job and Increase Demand For Creative Skills
AI is likely to change how every job is performed, eliminating work related to repetitive tasks but increasing the need for creative thinkers, according to a new study. From a report: These findings a...
06:54 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Tracking Satellites Through Crowdsourcing
A newly announced project called TruSat uses crowdsourced data to track satellites in an effort to hold companies and nations operating in space accountable. From a report: Space junk is a growing con...
06:10 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Blizzard Sponsor Bailed After 'Free Hong Kong' Gamer Ban
After gaming giant Activision Blizzard banned a pro gamer who expressed support for Hong Kong protesters, the company has taken heat on all sides. Players boycotted Blizzard games. Employees walked ou...
05:30 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Google Workers Sidestepping Controversial Chrome Tool Sparks Security Worries
Google is facing a backlash over an internal tool for the company's Chrome browser that some employees worry is intended for spying on workers organizing protests and discussing workplace issues. From...
04:44 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Juul Shipped At Least A Million Contaminated Pods, New Lawsuit Says
A former Juul executive is alleging in a lawsuit that the fast-growing startup shipped out 1 million contaminated e-cigarette pods earlier this year -- but did not tell customers or issue a recall. Fr...
04:04 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Apple Just Killed Google's Killer Phone Feature
Google's Pixel smartphones have always been defined by iPhone-beating cameras, backed by the know-how of its software coders. With the release of the Pixel 4, however, the company has lost its lead --...
03:20 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Xiaomi's First Smartwatch Sure Looks A Lot Like The Apple Watch
An anonymous reader shares a report: Xiaomi's November 5 event is shaping up to be a pretty big one. The company has shared many more details about the smartwatch that's about to be unveiled at the ev...
02:40 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Nokia's Collapse Turned a Sleepy Town in Finland Into an Internet Wonderland
An anonymous reader shares a report: In the early days of the mobile phone, Nokia was everywhere -- ubiquitous, inescapable, supreme. It created the best-selling 1100, with a keypad like droplets of w...
02:03 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Agrees To Pay Cambridge Analytica Fine To UK
Facebook has agreed to pay a $640,000 fine imposed by the UK's data protection watchdog for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. From a report: It had originally appealed the penalty, causing ...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Country of Georgia Hit By Massive Cyberattack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A huge cyber-attack has knocked out more than 2,000 websites -- as well as the national TV station -- in the country of Georgia. Court websites contai...
10:00 am - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Salesforce Transit Center: San Fransisco's $2.2 Billion Cracks
Slashdot readers jimminy_cricket and Thelasko share a report from Popular Mechanics about how San Francisco's Salesforce Transit Center went from the Grand Central of the West to a $2.2 billion constr...
07:00 am - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot AI Will Soon Be Able To Decode Your Poop
Microbial health company Seed is launching a campaign to collect 100,000 fecal photos to build what developers say is the world's first poop image database. The campaign dares you to "give a shit" for...
03:30 am - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot After Spike In Deaths, New York To Get 250 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Riding a bicycle in New York City is often a harrowing journey across a patchwork of bike lanes that leave cyclists vulnerable to cars. The...
02:10 am - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot MIT Taught Self-Driving Cars To See Around Corners With Shadows
Researchers from MIT have developed a system that could help cars prevent collisions by, essentially, looking around corners. They call it ShadowCam. ExtremeTech reports: ShadowCam uses a sequence of ...
01:30 am - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot US Court Shields Internet Subscribers From Futile Piracy Complaints
A New Jersey district court has issued a devastating order against Strike 3 Holdings, the most active filer of piracy lawsuits in the US. In four separate cases, the court denied a request to obtain i...
12:50 am - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Indian Nuke Plant's Network Reportedly Hit By Malware Tied To North Korea
North Korea is reportedly behind a cyberattack on India's Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. "The malware, identified by researchers as North Korea's Dtrack, was reported by [former analyst for India's N...
12:10 am - Wed, October 30, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Spot Bullies During an Interview?
An anonymous reader writes: I have met approximately two bullies in my career so far in which I have had about 15 bosses. One of them I was able to spot during the interview itself but I took the job ...
11:30 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Nvidia Launches GeForce GTX 1660 Super For Faster 1080p Gaming
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA is expanding its GeForce GTX family of GPUs today with a pair of new Turing-based graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 1660 Super and GeForce GTX 1650 Super. As their mode numbers su...
10:50 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot EA Comes Back To Steam With New Games
DarkRookie2 shares a report from Ars Technica: For the first time since 2012, Electronic Arts is once again publishing new games on Valve's Steam platform, the publisher announced today. [You still ne...
10:10 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot New 'Unremovable' XHelper Malware Has Infected 45,000 Android Devices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Over the past six months, a new Android malware strain has made a name for itself after popping up on the radar of several antivirus companies, and anno...
09:30 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Sues Israel's NSO Group Over Alleged WhatsApp Hack
Facebook on Tuesday sued Israeli cyber surveillance firm NSO Group, alleging it hacked users of its messaging platform WhatsApp earlier this year. From a report: The hacking spree targeted journalists...
08:50 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Sea-Level Rise Could Flood Hundreds of Millions More Than Expected
By the end of this century, rising oceans will almost certainly flood the lands where tens of millions of people live as accelerating climate change warms the waters and melts ice sheets. From a repor...
08:10 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Sony is Closing Vue, Its Pay TV Streaming Service You Never Used
Apple, Disney, and WarnerMedia are all launching new video streaming services that you're going to hear a lot about over the next few days. But here's news about one streaming service that's shutting ...
07:29 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Google Ex-CEO Eric Schmidt Says Curbs on Chinese Hiring Hurts Tech
Eric Schmidt, Google's former chief executive officer and currently a top technical adviser to the Pentagon, argued on Monday that U.S. restrictions on hiring from China and sharing technology with th...
06:57 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Google Brings Its '.new' Domains To the Rest of the Web
A year ago, Google rolled out ".new" links that worked like shortcuts to instantly create new Google documents. For example, you could type "doc.new" (without the quotes) to create a new Google Doc or...
06:15 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Google Search To Stop Indexing Flash Content in Late 2019
Google has announced that it will stop indexing Flash content in Search as the internet prepares to bid a (not so fond) farewell to the multimedia software platform next year. From a report: "In web p...
05:35 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Google Backs San Jose Housing Project as Part of Funding Pledge
Google is providing a $5.3 million loan to The Kelsey, a two-year-old nonprofit that's seeking to develop affordable housing for people with disabilities. From a report: The financing will help jump-s...
04:50 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot iPhone Emulation Company Sued by Apple Says It's Making iPhones Safer
A startup that makes replicas of the iPhone that help hackers find vulnerabilities is accusing Apple of suing it in an attempt to shut it down. Corellium also fired back at Apple and claimed the compa...
04:10 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot 50 Years Ago, the Internet Was Born In Room 3420
harrymcc writes: On October 29, 1969, a graduate student in a UCLA computer science lab logged into a computer hundreds of miles away at the Stanford Research Institute. It was the first connection vi...
03:30 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Nearly Two-Thirds of Uber Customers Don't Tip Their Drivers, Study Says
Only 1 percent of Uber customers always tip, while nearly 60 percent never do, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). From a report: The average tip is 50 cents...
02:40 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot 'Nearly All' Counter-Strike Microtransactions Are Being Used for Money Laundering
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players will no longer be able to trade container keys between accounts because the trade was part of a massive worldwide fraud network. From a report: Players earned ...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot China To Funnel $29 Billion Towards its Chip Ambitions
China has formally created a $29 billion state-backed fund to invest in the semiconductor industry, advancing its goal of reducing a dependency on U.S. technology. From a report: China is the world's ...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Motorola Is Building a New Kind of Walkie-Talkie For First Responders
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: Motorola Solutions (not to be confused with Motorola Mobility, which makes the smartphones you know), the biggest global player in these LMR walk...
10:00 am - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Lab Cultured 'Steaks' Grown On An Artificial Gelatin Scaffold
Harvard University researchers have found a way to simulate real meat by growing cow and rabbit muscle cells on a scaffold made out of gelatin. Engadget reports: In the body, cells don't just sit ther...
07:00 am - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Origin of Modern Humans 'Traced To Botswana'
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: Scientists have pinpointed the homeland of all humans alive today to a region south of the Zambesi River. The area is now dominated by salt pans, but was once ho...
03:30 am - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Physicists Simulate Critical 'Reheating' Period That Kickstarted the Big Bang
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Just before the Big Bang launched the universe onto its ever-expanding course, physicists believe, there was another, more explosive phase of the ear...
01:50 am - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Plan To Test Varying Play Speeds Meets Filmmaker Backlash
Netflix said Monday it is introducing a new test feature to allow viewers to either speed up or slow down content on their smartphones, a move that quickly gained criticism from Judd Apatow and other ...
01:30 am - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Top Linux Developer On Intel Chip Security Problems: 'They're Not Going Away.'
During his Open Source Summit Europe keynote speech, Greg Kroah-Hartman, the stable Linux kernel maintainer, said Intel CPU's security problems "are going to be with us for a very long time" and are "...
01:10 am - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Was the Quality of Your Academic Tech Education?
dryriver writes: In talking to people who are doing software development or other tech work, many told me that they found their tech education at university lacking in various ways. Some were taught o...
12:50 am - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot Nvidia Revamps Shield Android TV Streamer, Introduces New $150 Model
Nvidia today introduced a revamped version of its Android TV streaming device, complete with a faster processor and a new remote control. From a report: In addition to a $200 Pro model, Nvidia is also...
12:30 am - Tue, October 29, 2019
Slashdot The FTC Fosters Fake Reviews, Its Own Commissioners Say
Two FTC commissioners have blamed their own agency for the proliferation of fake reviews on the web. From a report: Commissioners Rohit Chopra and Rebecca Slaughter of the Federal Trade Commission say...
11:50 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot iPadOS Discoverability Trouble
Apple this year differentiated the iPad by creating a superset of iOS that only works on the company's tablet, the cleanly named iPadOS. In theory, iPadOS fixes the many shortcomings of previous iOS v...
11:30 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Says Russia-Linked Hackers Target Sports Organizations
Microsoft said in a blog post today that it has tracked "significant" cyberattacks coming from a group it calls "Strontium" or "Fancy Bear," targeting anti-doping authorities and global sporting organ...
11:10 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot China Wants Communist Party Members To Pledge Loyalty on Blockchain
China's Communist Party (CPC) is taking its leader's support for blockchain to heart. From a report: Following Xi Jinping's bombshell speech last week urging his countrymen to "seize the opportunity" ...
10:30 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot FCC Moves To Cut Off Huawei, ZTE From Subsidies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: The Federal Communications Commission is moving to place another restraint on the U.S. business of Huawei and ZTE by banning U.S. comp...
09:50 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot iOS 13.2 Released With Deep Fusion, Siri Privacy Settings
Apple has released iOS 13.2 today, bringing over 60 new emoji, new Siri privacy settings, and Apple's new Deep Fusion camera technology. 9to5Mac reports: There are over 60 new emoji and emoji variatio...
09:10 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Adobe Gets US License To Operate In Venezuela Despite Sanctions
Adobe has received a U.S. license allowing it to restore its services to users in Venezuela, which it was due to shut down to comply with a U.S. executive order that prohibits trade with the country. ...
08:30 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot A Google Staffer Helped Sell Trump's Family Separation Policy, Despite The Company's Denials
Google executives misled their own employees last week when they said a former top Department of Homeland Security official who had recently joined the company was "not involved in the family separati...
07:50 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Australia Wants To Use Face Recognition For Porn Age Verification
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Lawmakers in Australia (like their counterparts in the United Kingdom) are looking for an effective way to limit kids' access to online pornograp...
07:10 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Most System Administrators Prefer Firewall GUIs Over CLIs
When it comes to firewalls, most system administrators prefer to use a graphical user interface (GUI) rather than a command-line interface (CLI), a new academic study published over the summer has rev...
06:30 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft To Deliver Azure Sphere, a Linux-based Chip and Cloud Security Service, in February 2020
Microsoft officials said the company's Azure Sphere microcontroller (MCU) and associated cloud security service will be generally available in February 2020. From a report: Microsoft also introduced n...
06:10 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Indian Tech Startups Have Raised a Record $11.3B This Year
With two months of 2019 still to go, Indian tech startups are already having their best year as a record amount of capital flows into the local ecosystem in a major rebound since the darkened funding ...
05:52 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Dissent Erupts at Facebook Over Hands-Off Stance on Political Ads
The New York Times: The letter was aimed at Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, and his top lieutenants. It decried the social network's recent decision to let politicians post any claims the...
05:15 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Apple, Your Developer Documentation Is Garbage
Software developer Chris Krycho writes: Over the past few months, I have been trying to get up to speed on the Apple developer ecosystem, as part of working on my rewrite project. This means I have be...
04:36 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Apple Unveils $250 AirPods Pro
Apple today announced that it is releasing new AirPods Pro earbuds on October 30. Priced at $249, the premium version of its true wireless earbuds includes noise-cancellation feature to block out exte...
04:07 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Google-owner Alphabet in Talks To Buy Fitbit, Says Reuters
Google owner Alphabet has made an offer to acquire U.S. wearable device maker Fitbit, as it eyes a slice of the crowded market for fitness trackers and smartwatches, Reuters reported Monday, citing fa...
03:00 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Revives Xbox All Access Program, Now Includes Next-Gen Upgrade Option
Microsoft is bringing back its Xbox All Access plan, the monthly subscription that includes membership to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, as well as Xbox One hardware, all for a discounted monthly ...
02:20 pm - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Hospital Algorithms Are Biased Against Black Patients, New Research Shows
Algorithms meant to help patients in need of extra medical care are more likely to recommend relatively healthy white patients over sicker black patients, according to new research set to be published...
11:34 am - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot UK Set To Allow Huawei in 'Non-Contentious' Parts of 5G Networks
"This could antagonize the U.S.," reports Engadget:After months of talk, the UK is reportedly close to letting Huawei into its 5G networks. Sunday Times sources claim Prime Minister Boris Johnson is c...
07:34 am - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Are Remote Workers More Productive Because Asynchronous Communication Just Works Better?
An anonymous reader quotes the CEO of Doist: Study after study after study into remote work has made one thing clear: Remote workers are more productive than their office-bound counterparts. What's no...
03:34 am - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot Comcast Argues 'We've Never Sold Customers' Data'
An anonymous reader quotes MediaPost:Faced with a new controversy related to online privacy, Comcast said this week that it doesn't draw on information about the sites broadband users visit for advert...
01:34 am - Mon, October 28, 2019
Slashdot The Price of Bitcoin Spiked 40% Friday Night
"The price of Bitcoin skyrocketed overnight, rising by nearly 40 percent from a recent low," reports Newsweek:The sharp turn came as Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke highly of the decentralized tech...
11:34 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot Gartner Predictions Reveal How AI Will Change Our World
Gartner research has announced 10 "strategic technology trends that will drive significant disruption and opportunity over the next 5 to 10 years." And the trends include "hyperautomation" -- applying...
10:34 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot RIPE NIC: 'In Five Weeks We'll Run Out of IPv4 Internet Addresses'
An anonymous reader quotes ISP Review:The RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), which manages regional distribution of internet addresses for the UK, Europe, Middle East and parts of Central As...
09:34 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot New AI Tool Knows Whether You're Nervous Or Confused
Long-time Slashdot reader Ammalgam shares a blog post from Unirobotica.com about a new and more accurate facial recognition technology developed by Fujitsu Laboratories: Fujitsu wanted a way to better...
08:34 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot New in Java 13: Text Blocks
The October issue of Oracle's Java magazine includes an article reminding us that Java 13 includes a long-awaited new features: text blocks.With text blocks, Java 13 is making it easier for you to wor...
07:34 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot The World's First Banner Ad Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary
An anonymous reader shares a web site remembering October 27, 1994 as "the day that Wired Magazine flipped the switch on its first website, hotwired.com, starting a revolution in web content and adver...
06:34 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Takes Down a False Political Ad -- from a PAC
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Facebook Inc said on Saturday that it had removed an ad which falsely claimed that U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supported the Green New Deal, demonstrating...
05:37 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot After Two Years The Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Finally Lands
"An unpiloted Air Force X-37B spaceplane, one of two winged orbiters used to carry out classified research, made a surprise landing at the Kennedy Space Center early Sunday to close out a record 780-d...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot Nasty PHP7 Remote Code Execution Bug Exploited in the Wild on NGINX Servers
nickwinlund77 shares this story from ZDNet:A recently patched security flaw in modern versions of the PHP programming language is being exploited in the wild to take over servers, ZDNet has learned fr...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot Pando Editor Sells Site, Quits Journalism, Citing Sexual Harassment and Threats in Silicon Valley
Former TechCrunch writer Sarah Lacy started PandoDaily in 2012. But now she's "selling the company, quitting journalism, and ditching Silicon Valley after 20 years," reports Business Insider, citing L...
02:24 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Satellite Crashes Into Family's Backyard
"A Michigan family was shocked to find a space satellite in their yard Saturday morning," reports a local TV station:Nancy Mumby-Welke shared the video on Facebook, walking up to a satellite lying on ...
01:34 pm - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot Facebook AI Can Now Alter Videos to 'Hide' People From Facial Recognition
Facebook AI Research created a system for the de-identification of individuals in videos, reports VentureBeat:It maps a slightly distorted version on a person's face in order to make it difficult for ...
11:34 am - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot How the 2018 Olympic Cyberattack Was Traced To Russian Hackers
Sparrowvsrevolution writes: In a lengthy article, Wired tells a newly detailed narrative of the cyberattack on the 2018 Winter Olympic games, which hit the Olympics network during the opening ceremony...
07:34 am - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot Should JavaScript Be Renamed?
Software engineer Kieran Potts asks: does JavaScript need to be renamed?There's no doubt there are problems with JavaScript's branding... - Correctly, "JavaScript" refers to a subset of ECMAScript spe...
04:34 am - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot 2.35 Million Lose Power In California As State Faces Extreme Weather and Wildfires
California's largest power utility began power shut-offs today for an estimated 2.35 million people -- expected to last two days -- after weather forecasts predicted extreme fire danger due to excepti...
01:54 am - Sun, October 27, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Transmit Energy With A Laser In 'Historic' Power-Beaming Demonstration
"First the first time, hundreds of watts of power were wirelessly transmitted hundreds of meters [video], with an integrated system that ensured the safety of operators and bystanders," writes an anon...
11:34 pm - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Is Microsoft Being Weighed Down By the Ghosts of Its Past?
"The Microsoft of the future is being weighed down by the ghosts of its past," argues former Microsoft engineer James Whittaker, in a new essay at Medium's new tech site, OneZero:The Microsoft of the ...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Study Identifies the 'Top 7 Programming Languages That Employers Really Want'
The senior editor of Dice Insights writes:Which programming languages are most in-demand by employers? That's an excellent (and vital) question for developers out there, especially those who want to l...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot America's Trade Commission Accused of 'Rewarding Bad Actors' Posting Fake Online Reviews
Ars Technica quotes the CEO of a fraudulent-review tracking company who says that fake reviews online have now reached 'epidemic proportions". But two U.S. regulators say that's just the beginning:Com...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Russian Cyberattackers Stole Iranian Tools, Then Attacked 35 Countries
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg News:A Russia-linked group is believed to have utilized Iranian tools to conduct cyber attacks against dozens of countries, in an apparent effort to mask their ide...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot 'Ocean Cleanup' Project Unveils New Solar-Powered Robot That Collects Plastic From Rivers
Today the Ocean Cleanup unveiled its new "Interceptor" solar-powered robot to collect waste plastic from rivers before it can enter the ocean, Fast Company reports:The system was designed by the nonpr...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Does The Green Economy Create More Jobs Than The Fossil Fuel Industry?
"Whereas the fossil fuel industry employs about 900,000 people in the U.S., green economy jobs -- those associated with non-oil energy -- number about 9.5 million," writes long-time Slashdot reader Da...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Could We Grow Crops On The Moon -- And on Mars?
Smithsonian magazine reports on a new study that concluded it may be possible to grow agricultural crops right in the soil of Mars -- and on the moon.For their paper in the journal Open Agriculture, r...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Profits Drop 28% As It Strives For One-Day Deliveries
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:Amazon said Thursday that its profit for the three months ending in September fell to $2.1 billion from $2.9 billion in the same period a year ago, a decline of nearly 2...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Calculation Errors and Inadequate Peer Review Led To Miami Bridge's Collapse
America's National Transportation Safety Board has now officially determined the probable causes of a Florida pedestrian bridge's collapse in March of 2018: load and capacity calculation errors made b...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Symantec Antivirus Crashed Chrome 78
SmartAboutThings tipped us off to an interesting bug reported by ZDNet Thursday:For the fourth time in three months, a Symantec security product is crashing user apps, and this time it's the latest Ch...
10:00 am - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Migrating Russian Eagles Run Up Huge Data Roaming Charges
Russian scientists tracking migrating eagles ran out of money after some of the birds flew to Iran and Pakistan and their SMS transmitters drew huge data roaming charges. The BBC reports: After learni...
07:00 am - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Satellite Captures Rare Images of Atmospheric Gravity Waves
Earlier this week, Australian weather forecast service Weatherzone captured satellite images of atmospheric gravity waves pulsing through clouds over the ocean. CNN reports: The images show the waves ...
03:30 am - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot SUVs Second Biggest Cause of Emissions Rise, Figures Reveal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Growing demand for SUVs was the second largest contributor to the increase in global CO2 emissions from 2010 to 2018, an analysis has found. In t...
03:30 am - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Why Ants Are Practically Immune To Traffic Jams
ScienceAlert reports on a new study published in the journal eLife that explains for the first time how ants are immune to traffic jams, even under crowded conditions. From the report: By cooperating ...
02:20 am - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Beats Amazon To Win the Pentagon's $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The U.S. government has awarded a giant $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft, the Department of Defense has confirmed. Known as Joint Enterprise ...
01:40 am - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot City of Johannesburg Hit by Ransomware, Again
A hacker group going by the name of Shadow Kill Hackers has infected the city of Johannesburg's internal network with ransomware and is holding South Africa's largest city for ransom. From a report: T...
01:20 am - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Security Researcher Gets Access To Thousands of Automatic Pet Feeders By Xiaomi
New submitter arkamax writes: A security researcher based in Russia discovered that her research (article in Russian, Google Translate) into API for a new automatic pet feeder manufactured by Xiaomi r...
01:00 am - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Man Kept Getting Drunk Without Drinking. Docs Found Brewer's Yeast In His Guts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After years of inexplicably getting drunk without drinking alcohol, having mood swings and bouts of aggression, landing a DWI charge on the way t...
12:20 am - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot HBO Max Will Reportedly Get a Cheaper, Ad-Supported Tier In 2021
According to Reuters, AT&T is exploring an ad-supported tier for HBO Max that would launch in 2021. "That's one year after HBO Max is expected to launch as an ad-free subscription service," report...
12:02 am - Sat, October 26, 2019
Slashdot Man Sues AT&T, Saying He Lost $1.8 Million In Cryptocurrency With SIM Card Hack
A California man is suing AT&T after he says one of its employees allowed a hacker to access his cell phone number that resulted in his data being compromised and more than $1.8 million in cryptoc...
11:40 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Algorithms Will Be 'Driving the Majority of Facebook News,' Says Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook's news section, which was previously reported to be imminent, is here: The company is rolling out Facebook News in a limited test in the U...
11:00 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Arrives Amid China Controversy
The latest Call Of Duty (CoD) game has been released, amid calls to boycott its publisher's products. From a report: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is the sixteenth major title in the series, which is o...
10:20 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Nearly 7.5 Million Adobe Creative Cloud Users Exposed To Hackers
Nearly 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users are left open to phishing campaigns after their records were left exposed to the internet. Threatpost reports: Adobe Creative Cloud, which has an estimate...
09:40 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot The FCC is Using Streaming Services as an Excuse To Raise Cable Rates
The rise of streaming services could give cable companies an excuse to raise rates under a Federal Communications Commission order handed down on October 25th. From a report: The order, which comes in...
09:00 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Glacial Rivers Absorb Carbon Faster Than Rainforests, Scientists Find
In the turbid, frigid waters roaring from the glaciers of Canada's high Arctic, researchers have made a surprising discovery: for decades, the northern rivers secretly pulled carbon dioxide from the a...
08:20 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Chuck Schumer Proposes 'Large Discounts' To Trade in Gas-Powered Cars For Electric Ones
US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) proposed a plan that would provide car owners with "large discounts" if they trade in their polluting, gas-powered vehicles for "clean" electric ones. Fr...
07:40 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot NASA Plans To Send Water-Hunting Robot To Moon Surface in 2022
NASA will send a golf cart-sized robot to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface, an effort to evaluate the vital resource ahead of a planned human return to the moon in 20...
07:00 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Lawmaker Kills Repair Bill Because 'Cellphones Are Throwaways'
The New Hampshire State House rejected the Digital Fair Repair Act earlier this week in part thanks to a representative who seems to think that cell phones are literally garbage that no one should bot...
06:20 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot 'Pwnagotchi' Is the Open Source Handheld That Eats Wi-Fi Handshakes
Ever wondered what would manifest if you mixed 1990s nostalgia with a clever name and some futuristic hacking tech? The answer is the Pwnagotchi: a DIY, open source gadget for hacking Wi-Fi that gets ...
05:40 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Netflix and Spotify Might Be Required To Issue Emergency Alerts From the Government Just Like TV and Radio
Streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, and Spotify might be required to issue emergency alerts from the government if U.S. lawmakers have their way. From a report: TV and radio stations operating i...
05:00 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Red Founder Kills the Company's Holographic Phone Project, Announces Retirement
The Red Hydrogen One was a phone from another dimension. It was big, super heavy, and was billed the world's first holographic phone. Except it never quite delivered, and now, alongside a retirement a...
04:15 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Organic Farming is Actually Worse For Climate Change
Organic practices can reduce climate pollution produced directly from farming -- which would be fantastic if they didn't also require more land to produce the same amount of food. From a report: Clear...
03:30 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot ARM Will Continue Supplying Huawei With Mobile Chip Designs
ARM will keep supplying Huawei with its chip designs at least through the next generation, the company said today. From a report: That's a reversal from earlier this year, when ARM had reportedly noti...
02:50 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Jack Dorsey Criticizes Zuckerberg Over His Free-Speech Argument
Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey called out his counterpart at Facebook, saying Mark Zuckerberg has a "major gap and flaw" in his argument for free speech on social media. From a report: "W...
02:00 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches
For Google's namesake search engine, delivering the right results is about understanding what people are asking for. And understanding that involves zeroing in on the meaningful keywords in a search q...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla: Cloudflare Doesn't Pay Us For Any DoH Traffic
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla said today that "no money is being exchanged to route DNS requests to Cloudflare" as part of the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) feature that is currently being gradually enab...
10:00 am - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot The Four Major Carriers Finally Agree To Replace SMS With a New RCS Standard
All four major U.S. carriers -- AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint -- have each issued the same press release announcing that they are forming "a joint venture" called the "Cross-Carrier Messagin...
07:00 am - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Google Researchers Taught An AI To Recognize Smells
In a paper published on Arxiv, researchers from the Google Brain Team explain how they're training AI to recognize smells. Engadget reports: The researchers created a data set of nearly 5,000 molecule...
03:30 am - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot How Flagstaff, Arizona, Switched To LEDs Without Giving Astronomers a Headache
Scott K. Johnson from Ars Technica reports on how Flagstaff, Arizona, switched to energy-efficient LEDs without giving astronomers a headache from the harsh blue-rich light they produce. An anonymous ...
02:10 am - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Train Rats To Drive Tiny Cars
New submitter BytePusher shares a report from Phys.Org: U.S. scientists have reported successfully training a group of rodents to drive tiny cars in exchange for bits of Froot Loops cereal, and found ...
01:20 am - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Is Launching a News Section -- and Will Pay Some Publishers Millions
Facebook is planning to launch its news section on Friday, "which will give users a way to scan headlines and read some news stories -- and which will give some publishers, like News Corp, millions of...
12:45 am - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Find Racial Bias In Hospital Algorithm
Black patients were less likely than white patients to get extra medical help, despite being sicker, when an algorithm used by a large hospital chose who got the additional attention, according to a n...
12:02 am - Fri, October 25, 2019
Slashdot US Military Could Collapse Within 20 Years Due To Climate Change, Report Commissioned By Pentagon Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, sta...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot BBC News Launches 'Dark Web' Tor Mirror
sandbagger writes: The BBC has made its international news website available via the Tor network, in a bid to thwart censorship attempts. The browser can obscure who is using it and what data is being...
10:40 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Autobraking Tech Will Be Standard In Cars By 2022
pgmrdlm shares a report from CBS News: Automatic emergency braking will be standard in most cars in 2022. The technology is expected to cut the number of rear-end crashes in half, but hundreds of driv...
10:03 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Google: Stadia Exclusives To Have Features 'Not Possible' On Home Hardware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: When Google launches its Stadia streaming service on November 19 (for some pre-orderers, at least), it will only include titles that are also ava...
09:25 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot The Universe Is Made of Tiny Bubbles Containing Mini-Universes, Scientists Say
'Spacetime foam' might just be the wildest thing in the known universe, and we're just starting to understand it. From a report: A persistent cosmological puzzle has been troubling physicists since 19...
08:45 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft, Intel Draft 500,000 JROTC Kids To Fight National CS Talent Shortage
theodp writes: It'll be interesting to see how Microsoft employees wary of empowering the military react to Wednesday's news of an Intel and Microsoft-led alliance that aims to enlist an army of JROTC...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot A DDoS Gang is Extorting Businesses Posing as Russian Government Hackers
For the past week, a group of criminals has been launching DDoS attacks against companies in the financial sector and demanding ransom payments while posing as "Fancy Bear," the infamous hacking group...
07:25 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Intel Unveils All New Tremont Low Power CPU Architecture
MojoKid writes: Intel took the wraps off a new CPU architecture today, one that is employed in its next-gen Lakefield series CPUs with Foveros chip tech that will power some next-gen Microsoft Surface...
06:43 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot The Iranian Developer Deadlock: Stuck Between Censorship and US Sanctions
In July, GitHub blocked several accounts to prevent users in Iran from accessing several portions of its service. A few days later Amazon Web Services followed suite. With major cloud services pulling...
06:00 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot TikTok Raises National Security Concerns in Congress as Schumer, Cotton Ask for Federal Review
Two senior members of Congress, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), asked U.S. intelligence officials late Wednesday to determine whether the Chinese-owned...
05:21 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Says It's Better at Spotting Abusive Tweets Than Users
Twitter says it has achieved a major milestone in its attempts to improve the "health" of its platform. From a report: According to the company's most recent earnings report, 50 percent of abusive twe...
04:41 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Why Aren't We Curious About the Things We Want To Be Curious About?
Daniel T. Willingham, a psychologist at the University of Virginia, writes: You can learn anything on the internet, so why do I so often learn things I don't want to know? When I'm surfing the web I w...
04:01 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Maybe It's Not YouTube's Algorithm That Radicalizes People
In a new report, Penn State political scientists say that it's not the recommendation engine, but the communities that form around right-wing content. From a report: YouTube is the biggest social medi...
03:20 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot 40 Major Music Festivals Have Pledged Not To Use Facial Recognition Technology
Forty of the world's largest music festivals -- including SXSW, Coachella, Pitchfork, and Bonnaroo -- have gone on the record to promise that they will not use facial recognition technology at their e...
02:40 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot You Got a Brain Scan at the Hospital. Someday a Computer May Use It To Identify You.
Thousands of people have received brain scans, as well as cognitive and genetic tests, while participating in research studies. Though the data may be widely distributed among scientists, most partici...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Launches $4 Mobile-only Monthly Plan in Malaysia
Netflix is ready to take its lower-cost, mobile-only offering beyond India as it looks to expand the reach of its service in other international markets. From a report: The American on-demand video st...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Google's Play Store Gives a Worse Age Rating To Fleksy, a Gboard Rival
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Do a search on Google's Play Store in Europe and you'll find the company's own Gboard app has an age rating of PEGI 3 -- aka the pan-European game ...
11:30 am - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Netflix Launches $4 Mobile-only Monthly Plan in Malaysia
Netflix is ready to take its lower-cost, mobile-only offering beyond India as it looks to expand the reach of its service in other international markets. From a report: The American on-demand video st...
10:00 am - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot How DARPA Trucked Its Massive Radio-Frequency Testbed Across the United States
IEEE Spectrum describes how the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) partnered with Pivot Technology Services to help them relocate their massive radio-frequency emulation testbed, c...
07:00 am - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Some of the Universe's Heavier Elements Are Created By Neutron Star Collisions
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Scientists have long suspected that neutron stars, the superdense remnants of burned out suns, are needed for this sort of rapid neutron capture. Bu...
03:30 am - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Forecast Suggests Rainforest Could Stop Producing Enough Rain To Sustain Itself By 2021
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Soaring deforestation coupled with the destructive policies of Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, could push the Amazon rainforest dan...
02:10 am - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Returns To Profitability, Smashes Analyst Estimates
Rei writes: After two profitable quarters last year, Tesla was hit by a perfect storm of filled U.S. backlog, S/X cannibalization by Model 3, a botched international launch, and price cuts due to U.S....
01:30 am - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot AI Allows Paralyzed Person To 'Handwrite' With His Mind
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: By harnessing the power of imagination, researchers have nearly doubled the speed at which completely paralyzed patients may be able to communicate ...
12:50 am - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Open Database Leaked 179GB In Customer, US Government, and Military Records
An open database exposing records containing the sensitive data of hotel customers as well as US military personnel and officials has been disclosed by researchers. ZDNet reports: On Monday, vpnMentor...
12:10 am - Thu, October 24, 2019
Slashdot Google Accused of Creating Spy Tool To Squelch Worker Dissent
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Google employees are accusing the company's leadership of developing an internal surveillance tool that they believe will be used to monitor workers...
11:30 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Just 6% of US Adults On Twitter Account For 73% of Political Tweets, Study Finds
A small number of prolific U.S. Twitter users create the majority of tweets, and that extends to Twitter discussions around politics, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center out today. ...
10:50 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot The Pixel 4's 90Hz Display Only Works At High Brightness Levels
Reddit users have discovered that the Pixel 4's 90Hz refresh rate drops to 60Hz when the display brightness falls below 75 percent. This means that you're only getting the full 90Hz display rate when ...
10:10 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot EU Data Watchdog Raises Concerns Over Microsoft Contracts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Microsoft's contracts with European Union institutions do not fully protect data in line with EU law, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) s...
09:31 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Last Week's Fortnite Update Helped Akamai Set a New CDN Traffic Record
The Fortnite Chapter 2 update that rolled out to gamers worldwide last week has shattered traffic records at Akamai, one of the multiple content delivery networks (CDNs) Epic Games was using to get th...
08:51 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Android Pie Passes 20% Adoption After 12 Months
Google today shared that in August 2019, Android Pie had 22.6% adoption. From a report: That means the second-latest version of Android was running on a fifth of devices after some 12 months. Google d...
08:10 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot America's Pile of Uneaten Bacon Is the Biggest in 48 Years
America is sitting on a mountain of uneaten bacon. From a report: More than 40 million pounds (18,000 metric tons) of pork bellies, the cut used for bacon making, were sitting in refrigerated warehous...
07:30 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Maker of Keyboard App Fleksy: Google Upped Age Rating Over Middle Finger Emoji
Google's Play Store labeled the keyboard app Fleksy as being appropriate only for ages 12 and up because of a middle finger emoji, while Google's own Gboard app is rated suitable for all ages, despite...
06:52 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot The World's Top Economists Just Made the Case For Why We Still Need English Majors
An anonymous reader writes: A great migration is happening on U.S. college campuses. Ever since the fall of 2008, a lot of students have walked out of English and humanities lectures and into STEM cla...
06:10 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Why iOS 13 and Catalina Are So Buggy
David Shayer, who worked as a software engineer at Apple for 18 years across iPod, the Apple Watch, and Apple's bug-tracking system Radar, among other projects, looks at the current iOS and macOS rele...
05:30 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Alphabet Exec Blames Media For Overhyping Self-driving Cars, Even Though Google Drove the Hype
Waymo executives think people have taken its promises of self-driving cars too seriously. From a report: The Alphabet subsidiary "went through a lot of hype that was sort of unmanageable," said Tekedr...
04:50 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Sells Clothes From Factories Other Retailers Shun as Dangerous
After a 2013 factory collapse killed more than 1,100 people in Bangladesh, most of the biggest U.S. apparel retailers joined safety-monitoring groups that required them to stop selling clothing from f...
04:10 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Comcast Is Lobbying Against Encryption That Could Prevent it From Learning Your Browsing History
Internet giant Comcast is lobbying U.S. lawmakers against plans to encrypt web traffic that would make it harder for internet service providers (ISPs) to determine your browsing history, Motherboard r...
03:30 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Apple Pay Overtakes Starbucks as Most Popular Mobile Payment Platform in the US
Apple Pay has overtaken the Starbucks mobile app to become the most popular mobile payment system in the United States, claims a new report out today. From a report: According to eMarketer, Apple Pay ...
02:52 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot 2,000 WeWork Employees To Lose Their Jobs As Former CEO Adam Neumann Prepares To Walk Away With at Least $1 Billion
WeWork's value has tumbled, about 2,000 employees are being cut and many investors are nursing losses after the firm's bailout. But founder Adam Neumann is still a billionaire. From a report: SoftBank...
02:07 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing
Google said on Wednesday that it had achieved a long-sought breakthrough called "quantum supremacy," which could allow new kinds of computers to do calculations at speeds that are inconceivable with t...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot AWS Customers Rack Up Hefty Bills For Moving Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Information: There are a lot of ways companies can rack up high bills for using cloud services, sometimes unexpectedly. One particularly stiff expense is t...
10:00 am - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot 'Hyperstealth' Invisibility Cloak Developed For Military Use
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from Futurism: Canada's Hyperstealth Biotechnology already manufactures camouflage uniforms for militaries across the globe. But now, the company has patented a new "Qu...
07:00 am - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Plans To Start Offering Starlink Broadband Services In 2020
SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said the goal is to complete six to eight Starlink launches to get sufficient coverage to start offering the service to consumers in 2020. SpaceNews reports: SpaceX is...
03:30 am - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Facebook To Face $35 Billion Class-Action Lawsuit Over Misuse of Facial Recognition Data
A federal court has reportedly said that Facebook will have to face a class-action lawsuit for allegedly misusing users' facial recognition data in Illinois. The lawsuit could cost the company up to $...
01:50 am - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Chrome 78 Arrives With New APIs, Dark Mode Improvements On Android and iOS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Chrome 78 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The release includes the CSS Properties and Values API, Native File Sys...
01:20 am - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot An Interview With Former Purism CTO Zlatan Todoric Hints At Chaos At Purism
mpol writes: Phoronix published an interview with former Purism CTO Zlatan Todoric who left Purism in September 2018. The story hints quite strongly at chaotic situations over at Purism. He started at...
12:50 am - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot A Face-Scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job
Shmoodling shares a report from The Washington Post: Designed by the recruiting-technology firm HireVue, the system uses candidates' computer or cellphone cameras to analyze their facial movements, wo...
12:10 am - Wed, October 23, 2019
Slashdot Verizon's 5G Network Can Only Cover 'Certain Seating Areas' In a Basketball Stadium
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechSpot: 5G wireless technology is the next big thing in the mobile industry, and ISPs are pushing it quite heavily. Unfortunately for Verizon, the company's ...
11:30 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Japanese Hotel Chain Sorry That Hackers May Have Watched Guests Through Bedside Robots
Japanese hotel chain HIS Group has apologized for ignoring warnings that its in-room robots were hackable to allow pervs to remotely view video footage from the devices. The Register reports: The Henn...
10:50 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Company Offers To Pay You $130,000 To Put Your Face On a Robot
A British engineering and manufacturing firm called Geomiq has put out a call for people interested in being the face of a new "state-of-the-art humanoid" it's developing with an unnamed company. The ...
10:10 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Study Casts Doubt On Value of WHO's 'Gaming Disorder' Diagnoses
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Since the World Health Organization proposed new diagnoses for "hazardous gaming" and "gaming disorder" last year, there's been an ongoing scient...
09:35 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot US Senators Want Social Media Users To Be Able To Take Their Data With Them
Three U.S. lawmakers active in tech issues introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require social networks like Facebook to allow users to pack up their data and go elsewhere, they said in a statement...
08:55 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Quantum Supremacy From Google? Not So Fast, Says IBM.
IBM is disputing the much-vaunted claim that Google has hit a new milestone. From a report: A month ago, news broke that Google had reportedly achieved "quantum supremacy": it had gotten a quantum com...
08:17 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot More Than Half of the World's Banks Are Already in a Weak Position Before Any Downturn That May Be Coming
A majority of banks globally may not be economically viable because their returns on equity aren't keeping pace with costs, McKinsey said in its annual review of the industry released Monday. From a r...
07:40 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot 'Codes of Conduct: Speech Bans Are Poor Strategy'
Christine Peterson, a long-time futurist who co-founded the nanotech advocacy group the Foresight Institute in 1986 and coined the term "Open Source software" among other things writes: I am currently...
06:51 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Will Tell Congress That Embattled Libra Crypto Project Will 'Extend America's Financial Leadership'
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, telling lawmakers that the Facebook-backed libra cryptocurrency "will extend America's financial l...
06:11 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Pledges $1 Billion for California Housing
Facebook said on Tuesday it would give $1 billion in a package of grants, loans and land toward easing California's severe housing crunch by building an estimated 20,000 new housing units for middle- ...
05:31 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Firefox To Get Page Translation Feature, Like Chrome
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla developers are working on adding an automatic page translation feature to Firefox, similar to the one included in Google Chrome. However, Firefox's page translation...
04:52 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Google Lured Billions of Consumers To Its Digital Services by Offering Free Cloud Storage. That's Beginning To Change.
Google has whittled down some free storage offers in recent months, while prodding more users toward a new paid cloud subscription called Google One. That's happening as the amount of data people stas...
04:12 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Firefox 70 Arrives With Social Tracking Blocked By Default
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 70 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Firefox 70 includes social tracking protection, a Privacy Protections report, new Lockwise feat...
03:55 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot 47 US Attorneys General Are Investigating Facebook For Antitrust Violations
New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that 47 attorneys general from states and U.S. territories plan to take part in a New York-led antitrust probe into Facebook. Shares of ...
03:45 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Comcast's 'Free' Streaming Box Actually Requires an Additional $13 a Month Fee
Comcast made headlines last month when it announced plans to give a free streaming box to all of its internet-only subscribers -- except, there's an extra fee that Comcast didn't clearly disclose at t...
03:31 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot In a First, FTC Bans Company From Selling 'Stalkerware'
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it has barred a company behind three pieces of so-called stalkerware from selling any more apps that monitor mobile devices unless they take steps to ensur...
03:31 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot 47 US Attorneys General Are Investigating Facebook For Antitrust Violations
New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that 47 attorneys general from states and U.S. territories plan to take part in a New York-led antitrust probe into Facebook. Shares of ...
02:42 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Comcast's 'Free' Streaming Box Actually Requires an Additional $13 a Month Fee
Comcast made headlines last month when it announced plans to give a free streaming box to all of its internet-only subscribers -- except, there's an extra fee that Comcast didn't clearly disclose at t...
02:11 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot In a First, FTC Bans Company From Selling 'Stalkerware'
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it has barred a company behind three pieces of so-called stalkerware from selling any more apps that monitor mobile devices unless they take steps to ensur...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot US Takes Step To Require DNA Samples From Asylum-Seekers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and ...
10:00 am - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Tom DeLonge's UFO Research Group Signs Contract With US Army To Develop Far-Future Tech
Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge's UFO research organization has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army in which it will help the military study and develop advanced materials for the purposes of develpoi...
07:00 am - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Netflix May Crack Down On Password Sharing
Netflix has always been aware of password sharing and has never seemed to mind it, but that attitude may change as the company says it's looking into "consumer-friendly ways" to address the issue. Whe...
03:30 am - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Air Pollution 'Triggers Hundreds More Heart Attacks and Strokes,' Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Higher air pollution in the UK trigger hundreds more heart attacks, strokes and acute asthma attacks each year, research suggests. A team at King's Co...
02:10 am - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Ocean Acidification Can Cause Mass Extinctions, Fossils Reveal
After analyzing fossil records from 66 million years ago, researchers determined that ocean acidification can cause the mass extinction of marine life. The Guardian reports: The researchers analysed s...
01:30 am - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Shuts Down New Accounts From Iran and Russia Spreading Disinformation
Facebook on Monday removed nearly 200 newly discovered fake accounts linked separately to Iran and to Russia's Internet Research Agency. The takedowns demonstrate that foreign influence operations are...
12:50 am - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Colorado Drops Its T-Mobile-Sprint Lawsuit After Dish Agrees To House Headquarters In the State
In the latest swirl of T-Mobile-Sprint merger drama, Colorado is exiting a lawsuit challenging the deal after Dish Network agreed to house its new wireless headquarters in the state. The Verge reports...
12:10 am - Tue, October 22, 2019
Slashdot Andrew Yang Wants a Thorium Reactor By 2027
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: To transition the United States from fossil fuels to green energy, [Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang] wants the government to invest $50 bi...
11:30 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Google Says a Fix For Pixel 4 Face Unlock Is 'Months' Away
The Pixel 4 is shipping with a face-unlock security issue that's not expected to get fixed for quite some time. "Unlike the iPhone's FaceID (and Google's earlier face-unlock system on Android 4.1), th...
10:50 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Disney Does Not Work On Linux Devices
If you plan on streaming content from the new Disney+ streaming service on Linux devices, you'll likely be greeted with Error Code 83. Fedora Linux package maintainer Hans De Goede from the Netherland...
10:10 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot UK Man Invents Aluminum-Air Battery In His Garage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CleanTechncia: UK engineer and former Royal Navy officer Trevor Jackson began experimenting with aluminum air batteries at his workshop in the Cornish town of ...
09:30 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot New Facebook Features Fight Election Lies Everywhere But Ads
Heaven forbid a political candidate's Facebook account gets hacked. They might spread disinformation ... like they're already allowed to do in Facebook ads ... From a report: Today Facebook made a sle...
08:50 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot New Gene Editing Tool Could Fix Most Harmful DNA Mutations
Scientists have raised fresh hopes for treating people with genetic disorders by inventing a powerful new molecular tool that, in principle, can correct the vast majority of mutations that cause human...
08:10 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook Joins Influential Chinese University Board
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been appointed chairman of the advisory board at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, a role that could provide access to top Chinese leaders at a ...
07:30 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Bank of America Says It Saves $2 Billion Per Year By Ignoring Amazon and Microsoft and Building Its Own Cloud Instead
Bank of America has bucked the Wall Street trend by building its own private cloud software rather than outsourcing to companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. From a report: The investment, incl...
06:51 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Traffic Lights Worldwide Set To Change
A Swedish engineer's umbrage at a traffic ticket has led to a six-year legal fight and now a global change in the speed with which traffic light signals are timed. From a report: After Mats Jarlstrom ...
06:11 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Avast Says Hackers Breached Internal Network Through Compromised VPN Profile
An anonymous reader writes: Czech cyber-security software maker Avast disclosed today a security breach that impacted its internal network. In a statement published today, the company said it believed...
05:38 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot The Chinese Threat To American Speech
American companies have an obligation to defend the freedom of expression, even at the risk of angering China, writes The New York Times' Editorial Board. From the article: China's assertive campaign ...
04:51 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Secured-core PCs To Counter Firmware Attacks
Microsoft today announced a new initiative to combat threats specifically targeted at the firmware level and data stored in memory: Secured-core PCs. From a report: Microsoft partnered with chip and c...
04:10 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Equifax Used 'admin' as Username and Password for Sensitive Data: Lawsuit
AndrewFlagg writes: When it comes to using strong username and passwords for administrative purposes let alone customer facing portals, Equifax appears to have dropped the ball. Equifax used the word ...
03:50 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Lawmakers Slam Apple for 'Censorship' of Apps at China's Behest
U.S. lawmakers from both parties slammed Apple and Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook last week for "censorship of apps" at the "behest of the Chinese government." From a report: Senators Ted Cruz, Ron ...
02:48 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Popular VPN Service NordVPN Says it Was Hacked
NordVPN, a virtual private network provider that promises to "protect your privacy online," has confirmed it was hacked. From a report: The admission comes following rumors that the company had been b...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Venezuela's Water System is Collapsing
In Venezuela, a crumbling economy and the collapse of even basic state infrastructure means water comes irregularly -- and drinking it is an increasingly risky gamble. Venezuela's current rate of infa...
11:34 am - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Tricked Google Home and Alexa Into Eavesdropping and Password Phishing
What if Google and Amazon employees weren't the only ones who'd listened through your voice assistant? Ars Technica reports:The threat isn't just theoretical. Whitehat hackers at Germany's Security Re...
07:34 am - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Teenagers Are Easily Bypassing Apple's Parental Controls
"Kids are outsmarting an army of engineers from Cupertino, California," reports the Washington Post:And Apple, which introduced "Screen Time" a year ago in response to pressure to address phone overus...
04:34 am - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot 40% Of America's Schools Have Now Dropped Their SAT/ACT Testing Requirement
"A record number" of U.S. schools are now accepting nearly all of their students without requiring an SAT or ACT test score, reports the Washington Post:Robert A. Schaeffer, public education director ...
01:39 am - Mon, October 21, 2019
Slashdot Is AT&T Hiding A Widespread Voicemail Outage?
Though people can still leave voicemail messages, "Some AT&T customers say they have not had access to their voicemail since the beginning of October," one local news site reported this week:An AT...
11:44 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot CNBC: Amazon Is Shipping Expired Food
Counterfeits aren't the only problem when shopping on Amazon, reports CNBC. The grocery section is "littered" with expired foods.From baby formula and coffee creamer to beef jerky and granola bars, it...
10:34 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Project Trident Ditches BSD For Linux
Project Trident is moving from FreeBSD to Void Linux, reports Its FOSS:According to a later post, the move was motivated by long-standing issues with FreeBSD. These issues include "hardware compatibil...
09:34 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Privacy-Respecting Smart Home System Can Work Offline and Sends Fake Data
A publicly-funded group of designers, artists and privacy experts from Amsterdam have designed a smart home system prototype to "prove it's technically possible to build a privacy respecting smart hom...
08:34 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot WAV Audio Files Are Now Being Used To Hide Malicious Code
JustAnotherOldGuy quotes ZDNet: Two reports published in the last few months show that malware operators are experimenting with using WAV audio files to hide malicious code. The first of these new mal...
07:34 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla is Sharing YouTube Horror Stories To Prod Google For More Transparency
CNET reports on a new crowdsourced public awareness campaign:Mozilla is publishing anecdotes of YouTube viewing gone awry -- anonymous stories from people who say they innocently searched for one thin...
06:34 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot 'How I Compiled My Own SPARC CPU In a Cheap FPGA Board'
Long-time Slashdot reader ttsiod works for the European Space Agency as an embedded software engineer. He writes:After reading an interesting article from an NVIDIA engineer about how he used a dirt-c...
05:34 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Mathematician Solves 48-Year-Old Problem, Finds New Way To Multiply
An anonymous reader quotes Popular Mechanics:An assistant professor from the University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia has developed a new method for multiplying giant numbers together that's ...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Vandal Who Keyed A Tesla Discovers That It Filmed Him
For the third time, someone who vandalized a Tesla discovered that the car's "Sentry Mode" had filmed them -- and after the video went viral online, decided to turn themselves in. An anonymous reader ...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Forges Ahead With Libra Despite Some Major Setbacks
"Facebook is facing a lot of pushback for Libra, its proposed cryptocurrency, but that's not stopping the social media giant from forging ahead," reports the Motley Fool:Earlier this week, it announce...
02:34 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Mercedes-Benz App Glitch Exposed Car Owners' Information To Other Users
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people's account and vehicle inform...
01:34 pm - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Won't Support Linux on DeX Once Android 10 Arrives
An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:If you've been using Linux on DeX (aka Linux on Galaxy) to turn your Samsung phone into a PC, you'll need to make a change of plans. Samsung is warning users that i...
11:34 am - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot 8chan's Original Founder Is Now Urging ISPs To Keep The Site Offline
8chan's current owner is still having trouble getting the site back online -- and that's due at least partly to lobbying against 8chan by the site's original founder:In early August, web security comp...
07:34 am - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Alphabet's 'Wing' Finally Launches America's First Drone Delivery Service, Beating Amazon
An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek:Wing, an offshoot of Google parent company Alphabet, officially launched its drone delivery service Friday, delivering a FedEx package -- a birthday gift for Susie ...
04:30 am - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Nissan's Next Electric Car Could Also Provide Power To Your Home
From a report:The owner of an electric car will be able to meet household power needs from the vehicle itself based on a technology developed by Nissan, the Japanese auto giant. It plans to introduce ...
03:04 am - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot Is Andrew Yang Wrong About Robots Taking Our Jobs?
U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang "is full of it," argues Slate's senior business and economics correspondent, challenging Yang's contention (in a debate Tuesday) that American jobs were being l...
01:34 am - Sun, October 20, 2019
Slashdot 'How Andrew Yang Would Fix The Internet'
For the "Privacy Project" newsletter of the New York Times, opinion writer Charlie Warzel interviewed U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Their far-ranging conversation covered everything from wh...
11:34 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Is America's Federal Banking System Considering Its Own Digital Cryptocurrency?
America's lawmakers and Federal Reserve officials "are so concerned about Facebook's plans to launch a new digital currency," reports Politico's financial services reporter, "that they're contemplatin...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot 'South Park' Nears $500-Million Deal for US Streaming Rights
An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times:"South Park" is the latest beneficiary of Hollywood's rerun mania. The show's creators and media giant Viacom Inc. expect to share between $450 million...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Australia's Buggy Automated System Suspended 1 Million Welfare Payments This Year
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian's report on last year's update to Australia's automated system for welfare benefits:Welfare advocates say the consequences have been disastrous... In 12 months,...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Why The 'Not-Com' Stock Bubble Is Popping
"In the dot-com bubble, public investors got hosed," remembers The Atlantic. "Today, it's public investors that are doing the hosing."When the web browser Netscape went public on August 9, 1995 -- the...
08:04 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Huawei Says US Firms Have Expressed Interest In Licensing Its 5G Technology
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Blacklisted Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei is in early-stage talks with some U.S. telecoms companies about licensing its 5G network technology to them, a Hu...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Forbes Raves Upcoming Linux Desktop Will 'Embarass' Windows 10 and macOS
Forbes senior contributor Jason Evangelho dedicated a whole article to a coming update for one Chinese-domestic Linux distribution:If you haven't been paying attention to a little Linux desktop distri...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Google Criticized After Voice From 'Nest' Camera Threatens to Steal Baby
Jack Newcombe, the Chief Operating Officer of a syndication company with 44 million daily readers, describes the strange voice he heard talking to his 18-month old son:She says we have a nice house an...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Russian Cyber-Espionage Group Controlled Its Malware Partly Through Reddit Posts
"Cyber-espionage operations from Cozy Bear, a threat actor believed to work for the Russian government, continued undetected for the past years by using malware families previously unknown to security...
05:04 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Blizzard Suspended Three College 'Hearthstone' Players For Pro-Hong Kong Protests
An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:Blizzard has suspended three college Hearthstone players for six months after they held up a sign that read "Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz" while participating in ...
04:34 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Blizzard Criticized By Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers (Including Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)
"If Blizzard wanted to keep politics out of its eSports scene, the Hearthstone publisher has failed miserably in just about every regard," reports Forbes. After suspending a player for his pro-Hong Ko...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Would You Trust Amazon To Run Free and Fair Elections?
More than 40 of America's 50 states now use Amazon's technology infrastructure for their elections, according to this Reuters article shared by joeblog. And so do both of America's political parties: ...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Unpatched Linux Bug May Open Devices To Serious Attacks Over Wi-Fi
Long-time Slashdot reader Kekke shared this article from Ars Technica:A potentially serious vulnerability in Linux may make it possible for nearby devices to use Wi-Fi signals to crash or fully compro...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot The Most Important Right-To-Repair Hearing Yet Is On Monday
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Monday, the right-to-repair movement will have its best chance at advancing legislation that would make it easier to repair your gadgets. The M...
10:00 am - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Apple Hid a Lightning Connector For Debugging In the Apple TV 4K's Ethernet Port
Twitter user Kevin Bradley discovered a Lightning port hidden in the Apple TV 4K's ethernet port. There's a number of theories for why the port exists, but one of the more logical explanations is that...
07:00 am - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Air Force Finally Retires 8-Inch Floppies From Missile Launch Control System
Five years after CBS publicized the fact that the Air Force still used eight-inch floppy disks to store data critical to operating the Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile command, the aeria...
03:30 am - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Unnatural Selection: the Eye-Opening Netflix Docuseries On Gene Editing
Dream McClinton from The Guardian writes about a new Netflix docuseries, called Unnatural Selection, that "explores the various forms of genetic engineering, as well as the societal and environmental ...
02:10 am - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Gets the Go-Ahead To Build Cars In China
Tesla has been granted approval to start manufacturing its cars in China. The BBC reports: The electric carmaker, which is run by billionaire Elon Musk, is building a $2 billion factory in the eastern...
01:30 am - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot California Launches First Statewide Earthquake Early Warning System
hcs_$reboot writes: Everyone in California will now receive earthquake alerts on their phones seconds before the ground begins to shake, giving residents up to 20 seconds of warning before shaking beg...
12:50 am - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot Motorola Teases the New Razr Phone In November Event Invitation
Motorola has sent out invitations to an event on Nov. 13, where the rumored foldable Razr phone could launch. CNET reports: Motorola said the evening event in downtown Los Angeles will feature the "hi...
12:10 am - Sat, October 19, 2019
Slashdot DeepMind AI Beats Humans At Deciphering Damaged Ancient Greek Tablets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: Yannis Assael at DeepMind and his colleagues trained a neural network, a type of AI algorithm, to guess missing words or characters from Greek i...
11:30 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot MediaLab Buys Kik
The Kik Messenger app has officially been acquired by U.S.-based holding company MediaLab. The news comes just one day before the app was scheduled to shut down. From a report: The blog post noted tha...
10:50 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Imgur Won't Support Reddit's NSFW Communities Anymore Because They Put Its 'Business At Risk'
In a blog post published earlier this week, image-sharing site Imgur wrote that it won't display any content from Reddit's NSFW communities on its site. The Verge reports: If you search for, say, r/NS...
10:10 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Home Builders Ditch Nest After Google Ties Devices To Digital Assistant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Several residential builders have stopped buying and installing Google's Nest devices after the internet giant overhauled how Nest technology works ...
09:30 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Indians Are Using TikTok To Learn English
China's TikTok this week launched an education program in India as the popular short-video app looks to expand its offering and assuage local authority in one of its biggest markets. From a report: Th...
08:50 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Boeing Pilot Complained of 'Egregious' Issue With 737 Max in 2016
A Boeing pilot working on the 737 Max said in messages from 2016 that a new automated system was making the plane difficult to control in flight simulators, more than two years before it was grounded ...
08:10 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Lebanon Withdraws Plan To Charge a Fee on WhatsApp Calls as the Country Faces Its Biggest Protests
Demonstrators and police clashed in Lebanon this week as thousands of people rallied against the government's handling of an economic crisis, in one of the biggest protests the country has seen in yea...
07:30 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Portal Sales Are 'Very Low'
Facebook's Portal video-chat device -- which puts a camera and a sensitive microphone in your living room -- isn't flying off the shelves, Fast Company reported Friday, citing supply-chain sources and...
06:50 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Canonical Releases Ubuntu Linux 19.10 Eoan Ermine with GNOME 3.34, Light Theme, and Raspberry Pi 4 Support
Following the beta period, one of the best and most popular Linux-based desktop operating systems reaches a major milestone -- you can now download Ubuntu 19.10! Code-named "Eoan Ermine", the distro i...
06:13 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot US Astronauts Embark on the First All-Female Spacewalk
U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history on Friday when they stepped outside the International Space Station (ISS) on the first all-female spacewalk. From a report: The much-antici...
05:30 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Banning Out-of-Hours Email 'Could Harm Employee Wellbeing'
Banning staff from accessing their work emails outside office hours could do more harm than good to employee wellbeing, a study suggests. From a report: University of Sussex researchers found while a ...
04:50 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Oracle Co-CEO Mark Hurd Passes Away
Mark Hurd, who was co-chief of Oracle, one of the world's top business-software firms, until he stepped aside last month for health reasons, died Friday. He was 62. From a report: "Oracle has lost a b...
04:10 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Multifactor Authentication Issue Hitting North American Azure, Office 365 Users
A widespread multifactor authentication (MFA) issue is hitting a number of Microsoft customers in North America this morning. From a report: The exact cause of the problem is not clear at the moment, ...
03:30 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Hardware Chief Says He Does Not Know Why Pixel 4 Smartphone With Snapdragon 855 Processor Can't Support 4K Video Recording at 60FPS
Google's latest flagship smartphones -- the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL -- do not support video recording in 4K at 60 frames per second. This has disappointed -- and puzzled -- many fans especially since o...
02:50 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Facing Unbearable Heat, Qatar Has Begun To Air-Condition the Outdoors
It was 116 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade outside the new Al Janoub soccer stadium, and the air felt to air-conditioning expert Saud Ghani as if God had pointed "a giant hair dryer" at Qatar. From a ...
02:13 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Most U.S. Dairy Cows Are Descended From Just 2 Bulls. That's Not Good
Chad Dechow, a geneticist at Pennsylvania State University who studies dairy cows, is explaining how all of America's cows ended up so similar to each other. From a report: He brings up a website on h...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Physicists Propose Listening For Dark Matter With Plasma-Based 'Axion Radio'
Physicists at Stockholm University and the Max Planck Institute of Physics have proposed a novel design for an "axion radio" that employs cold plasmas (gases or liquids of charged particles) to "liste...
10:00 am - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Rocket Lab Launches Highest Mission Yet To Put Astro Digital Satellite In Orbit
XXongo writes: Sometimes it seems that all the space news focuses on SpaceX, but another private rocket company, Rocket Lab, is also making history with their bargain-basement space launcher, the Elec...
07:00 am - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Mars InSight's 'Mole' Is Moving Again
Iwastheone shares a report from NASA: NASA's InSight spacecraft has used its robotic arm to help its heat probe, known as "the mole," dig nearly 2 centimeters (3/4 of an inch) over the past week. Whil...
03:30 am - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot New Bill Promises an End To Our Privacy Nightmare, Jail Time To CEOs Who Lie
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has unveiled updated privacy legislation he says will finally bring accountability to corporations that play fast and loo...
02:10 am - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Call of Duty Will Have a Battle Pass Instead of Loot Boxes
Activision and Infinity Ward are doubling down on their commitment to not have loot boxes in the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with the announcement that it will instead feature a battle pass....
01:30 am - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot School Field Trips: Amazon Warehouses Are the New Smithsonian
theodp writes: On Thursday evening, Amazon is hosting a national field trip of sorts, inviting kids and teachers to take part in a Twitch livestream tour inside an Amazon robotics fulfillment center w...
12:50 am - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Google Clips AI-Powered Camera Has Been Discontinued
In addition to Daydream, Google is discontinuing its AI-powered Google Clips, a small camera designed to leverage modern technology in order to automatically capture and preserve life's most memorable...
12:10 am - Fri, October 18, 2019
Slashdot Senators Propose Near-Total Ban On Worker Noncompete Agreements
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A bipartisan pair of senators has introduced legislation to drastically limit the use of noncompete agreements across the U.S. economy. "Noncompe...
11:30 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Reddit-Born Engineering Group Buys Leftovers of Failed Hyperloop Startup Arrivo
Reddit-born hyperloop and engineering collective rLoop has bought the intellectual property of Arrivo, a fellow hyperloop startup that went out of business last December, The Verge has learned. rLoop ...
10:50 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot DoNotPay App Waits On Hold For You
DoNotPay, a free chatbot that offers AI-powered legal counsel, is launching a new feature that will call you when it's your turn in a customer service phone queue. TechCrunch reports: The app today is...
10:10 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Germany's Cybersecurity Agency Recommends Firefox As Most Secure Browser
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Firefox is the only browser that received top marks in a recent audit carried out by Germany's cyber-security agency -- the German Federal Office for In...
09:31 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Earth-Like Planets May Be Common Outside Our Solar System, Scientists Discover
Scientists have directly observed the rocky guts of exoplanets, which are worlds from different star systems, by watching the fallout of these objects crashing into the corpses of dead stars. From a r...
08:51 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot The Death of Cars Was Greatly Exaggerated
Personal car ownership in the US has increased in the past 10 years, even in the frenzied urban places where Uber and car-share have become verbs. From a report: According to research from former New ...
08:11 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Malware That Spits Cash Out of ATMs Has Spread Across the World
A joint investigation between Motherboard and the German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) has uncovered new details about a spate of so-called "jackpotting" attacks. From a report: A joint invest...
07:32 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Machine Learning Can't Flag False News, New Studies Show
Current machine learning models aren't yet up to the task of distinguishing false news reports, two new papers by MIT researchers show. From a report: After different researchers showed that computers...
06:53 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Hot Online Bank Startup Leaves Customers Without Access to Their Cash
Chime, an online banking startup with more than 5 million customers, has been suffering an outage for much of past 24 hours that has left customers without access to their money. From a report: The st...
06:13 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says He Fears 'Erosion of Truth' But Defends Allowing Politicians To Lie in Ads
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview he worries "about an erosion of truth" online but defended the policy that allows politicians to peddle ads containing misrepresentations ...
05:40 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Google Expands Chrome's Site Isolation Feature To Android Users
If Chrome for Android users visit a site where they enter passwords, Chrome will isolate that site from all the other tabs in a separate Android process, keeping the user's data safe from Spectre-like...
04:54 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Brexit Deal Leaves Companies in Limbo Over Data Flows
The U.K.'s new deal for leaving the European Union hasn't given companies any certainty about how they should handle the movement of personal data out of the bloc and into Britain. From a report: The ...
04:08 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot The Water Crisis Cities Don't See Coming
Aging water treatment systems, failing pipes and a slew of unregulated contaminants threaten to undermine water quality in U.S. cities of all sizes. Still, with only a handful of exceptions, "water sy...
03:28 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Youth Suicide Rate Increased 56% in Decade, CDC Says
Suicide and homicide rates have increased in recent years among young people in the U.S., according to a new federal report. From a report: The suicide rate among people ages 10 to 24 years old climbe...
02:46 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Says Anyone's Thumbprint Can Unlock $900 Galaxy S10 Smartphone
A flaw that means any fingerprint can unlock a Galaxy S10 phone has been acknowledged by Samsung. From a report: It promised a software patch that would fix the problem. The issue was spotted by a Bri...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Inside TurboTax's 20-Year Fight to Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes for Free
This year, nearly 40% of U.S. taxpayers filed online and some 40 million of them did so with TurboTax, far more than with any other product. But the success of TurboTax rests on a shaky foundation, on...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Berkeley City Council Unanimously Votes To Ban Face Recognition
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Berkeley has become the third city in California and the fourth city in the United States to ban the use of face recognitio...
10:00 am - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot China's Helicopter Prototype Looks Like a UFO
CNN has a story about a Chinese prototype helicopter that looks like a UFO. Slashdot reader ClickOnThis shares the report: China has been unveiling a lot of new weaponry lately, but one of their lates...
07:00 am - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Paris Zoo Unveils the 'Blob,' An Organism With No Brain But 720 Sexes
The Paris Zoological Park on Wednesday showcased a mysterious new organism, dubbed the "blob," that has no mouth, no stomach, no eyes, yet it can detect food and digest it. The blob also has almost 72...
03:30 am - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Magic Mushrooms Can Help Smokers Kick the Habit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: New research shows that psilocybin might be an effective treatment for diseases such as depression and addiction. While the work is still in its early sta...
02:10 am - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Says 12,000 Satellites Isn't Enough, So It Might Launch Another 30,000
SpaceX is seeking permission to launch another 30,000 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites for its Starlink broadband network, which would be in addition to the nearly 12,000 satellites the company alread...
01:30 am - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot GitLab Won't Exclude Customers On Moral Grounds, Says That Employees Should Not Discuss Politics At Work
GitLab, a San-Francisco provider of hosted git software, recently changed its company handbook to declare that it won't ban potential customers on "moral/value grounds," and that employees should not ...
12:50 am - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot Google Ejects Open-Source WireGuard From Play Store Over Donation Links
Google appears to be removing apps that have donation links, including open-source apps where donations are one of the main sources of revenue. WireGuard, a free and open-source VPN, has been reported...
12:10 am - Thu, October 17, 2019
Slashdot For Now Women, Not Democracy, Are the Main Victims of Deepfakes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: While the 2020 U.S. presidential elections have lawmakers on edge over AI-generated fake videos, a new study by Netherlands-based deepfake-detection out...
11:30 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot The Creators Of Pokemon Go Mapped The World. Now They're Mapping You
Cecilia D'Anastasio and Dhruv Mehrotra report via Kotaku: Today, when you use Wizards Unite or Pokemon Go or any of Niantic's other apps, your every move is getting documented and stored -- up to 13 t...
10:50 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Volvo To Roll Out a New Electric Vehicle Every Year Through 2025
Volvo Car Group President and CEO Hakan Samuelsson laid out the company's new business strategy that includes introducing a new EV every year through 2025 and slashing the carbon footprint of the life...
10:10 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Huge Child Porn Ring Busted As Authorities Cite Ability To Crack Bitcoin Privacy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Federal authorities in the U.S. have unsealed charges against the South Korean operator of a child porn ring that's been billed as the world's "larges...
09:30 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Two New Open Source Projects for Developers -- OAM and Dapr
Continuing its embracing of open source, Microsoft has today announced two new open source projects. From a report: The first is Open Application Model (OAM), a new standard for developing and operati...
08:50 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot FCC Votes To Approve T-Mobile-Sprint Merger
The FCC on Wednesday formally approved the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. The vote comes months after the Justice Department greenlit the deal. The Verge reports: In May, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai fi...
08:10 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Analogue Announces Game Boy Clone Dubbed 'Analogue Pocket'
Analogue is set to announce a new Game Boy clone. From a report: Analogue, known for their FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array)-based hardware clones of the NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis/Megadrive, will...
07:30 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Yahoo Groups Is Winding Down and All Content Will Be Permanently Removed
Yahoo announced on Wednesday that it is winding down its long-running Yahoo Groups site. From a report: As of October 21, users will no longer be able to post new content to the site, and on December ...
06:59 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Hacking 20 High-Profile Dev Accounts Could Compromise Half of the NPM Ecosystem
The npm ecosystem of JavaScript libraries is more interwoven than most developers think, and the entire thing is a gigantic house of cards, being one bad hack away from compromising hundreds of thousa...
06:10 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Hubble Observes First Confirmed Interstellar Comet
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers their best look yet at an interstellar visitor -- comet 2I/Borisov -- whose speed and trajectory indicate it has come from beyond our solar system. ...
05:30 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Interview With Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller On 15 Years of Fedora
intensivevocoder writes: Fedora -- as a Linux distribution -- will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its first release in November, though its technical lineage is much older, as Fedora Core 1 was cre...
04:50 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot US Carried Out Secret Cyber Strike on Iran in Wake of Saudi Oil Attack
The United States carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran, two U.S. official...
04:10 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot UK Drops Plans For Online Pornography Age Verification System
Plans to introduce a nationwide age verification system for online pornography have been abandoned by the government after years of technical troubles and concerns from privacy campaigners. From a rep...
03:30 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot The Simmering Debate Over Big Tech Explodes on the Democratic Debate Stage
Democrats running for president had their most vigorous debate yet about the power of tech companies, finally bringing the long-simmering conversation about Big Tech into the mainstream of Democratic ...
02:50 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Goldman Sachs CEO Says Apple Card is the Most Successful Credit Card Launch Ever
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon called his bank's rollout of the Apple Card "the most successful credit card launch ever." From a report: Solomon provided investors with an update on the bank's new in...
02:10 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Some Colleges Are Using Students' Smartphones To Track Their Locations on Campus
Lee Gardner, reporting for Chronicle: James Dragna had his work cut out for him when he became "graduation czar" at California State University at Sacramento, in 2016. The university's four-year gradu...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Elite MBA Programs Report Steep Drop In Applications
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Applications to some of America's most elite business schools fell at a steeper rate this year, as universities struggled to attract i...
10:00 am - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Google Chief: I'd Disclose Smart Speakers Before Guests Enter My Home
After being challenged as to whether homeowners should tell guests smart devices -- such as a Google Nest speaker or Amazon Echo display -- are in use before they enter the building, Google senior vic...
07:00 am - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot California's New Law Bans Schools From Starting Before 8am
California governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law on Sunday preventing schools in the state from starting classes before 8am. Quartz reports: The law bars middle schools from starting before 8am, whil...
03:30 am - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Testosterone Significantly Boosts Women's Athletic Performance, Study Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Boosting testosterone levels significantly improves female athletic performance, according to one of the first randomized controlled trials. The ...
02:10 am - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Dutch Family 'Waiting For End of Time' Discovered In Basement
A family who spent nine years in a basement "waiting for the end of time" have been discovered by police in the Netherlands after one of them turned up at a local pub, reports say. The BBC reports: A ...
01:30 am - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot Robot War Breaks Out As Roomba Maker Sues Upstart SharkNinja
Roomba robotic vacuum maker IRobot Corp. is suing rival SharkNinja for copying a device of theirs and selling it at "half the price." "Shark is not even shy about being a copycat," iRobot said in a la...
12:50 am - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot YouTube Gets Alleged Copyright Troll To Agree To Stop Trolling YouTubers
Alleged copyright troll Christopher Brady will no longer be able to issue false DMCA takedowns to other YouTubers, according to a lawsuit settlement filed today. The Verge reports: Under the new agree...
12:10 am - Wed, October 16, 2019
Slashdot OpenAI's AI-Powered Robot Learned How To Solve a Rubik's Cube One-Handed
Earlier today, San Francisco-based research institute OpenAI announced that it had taught a robotic hand to solve Rubik's cube one-handed. "Lost in the shuffle is just what is new here, if anything, a...
11:30 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Should I Do About My Landlord Forcing Smart Things Into My Home?
New submitter aaronb1138 writes: So my apartment (UDR) pulled a bit of a blitz last Friday (10/11) to install new "Smart" IoT stuff in my home today (10/15) under the umbrella of SmartRent management....
10:50 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Says It Will Restrict Users From Retweeting World Leaders Who Break Its Rules
The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet tweets from world leaders who break its rules. Instead, it will let users quote-tweet to allow ordinary users to ex...
10:10 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Google's New Voice Recorder App Transcribes in Real Time, Even When Offline
At Google's hardware event this morning, the company introduced a new voice recorder app for Android devices, which will tap into advances in real-time speech processing, speech recognition and AI to ...
09:30 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Data For 26 Million Stolen Payment Cards Leaked In Hack of Fraud Bazaar
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A thriving online bazaar selling stolen payment card data has been hacked in a heist that leaked the records for more than 26 million cards, Kreb...
08:50 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Blizzard Cancels Overwatch Event as It Tries To Contain Backlash
Activision Blizzard, reeling from harsh reactions after it punished a tournament player for backing Hong Kong's anti-Beijing protesters, canceled a New York launch event for an edition of its Overwatc...
08:13 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Google Announces New Google Assistant With Huge Boost To Speed
Google has announced the second-generation version of its Google Assistant software, which promises new capabilities, a design overhaul, and a noticeable boost to speed. From a report: That last upgra...
07:33 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Google's Auto-Delete Tools Are Practically Worthless For Privacy
An anonymous reader shares a report: By default, Google collects a vast amount of data on users' behavior, including a lifelong record of web searches, locations, and YouTube views. But amid a privacy...
06:50 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Argentinian Security Researcher Arrested After Tweeting About Government Hack
Argentinian police briefly detained and raided the home of a well-known security researcher last week on suspicion of hacking and leaking data from government systems. From a report: Following his rel...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot In New Headache, WeWork Says It Found Cancer-Causing Chemical in Its Phone Booths
Cash-strapped WeWork, the office-sharing company that is trying to negotiate a financial lifeline, has a new problem that may prove costly. From a report: It has closed about 2,300 phone booths at som...
05:25 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Google Discontinues Daydream VR
Google's Daydream, Android's built-in virtual reality platform, is as good as dead. From a report: Following the company's annual hardware event today, Google confirmed to VentureBeat that the Pixel 4...
04:45 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Sears Hasn't Fared Better After Bankruptcy as Another 100 Stores Will Soon Close
Sears's bankruptcy filing was supposed to give the troubled retailer a fresh start. But a year later, the chain is still struggling with many of the same problems it faced before it sought court prote...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Google Announces the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL Smartphones
At an event in New York today, Google unveiled Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its latest flagship smartphones. The Pixel smartphones have over the years set a new benchmark for photography prowess. So you ca...
03:20 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot 'We Need a New Capitalism'
Marc Benioff, the chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce, writes in an op-ed: Yet, as a capitalist, I believe it's time to say out loud what we all know to be true: Capitalism, as we know it, is dead. Yes,...
02:40 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Google's Stadia Cloud Gaming Service Will Launch on November 19
Google's Stadia game streaming service will launch on November 19th, the company's Rick Osterloh announced today at the company's fall hardware event. From a report: In a separate blog post published ...
02:00 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Edward Snowden: 'Without Encryption, We Will Lose All Privacy. This is Our New Battleground'
Edward Snowden: In the midst of the greatest computer security crisis in history, the US government, along with the governments of the UK and Australia, is attempting to undermine the only method that...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Should Facebook Ban Campaign Ads?
TechCrunch's Josh Constine argues Facebook, along with the other social networks, should flat out refuse to run campaign advertisements. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt: Permitting falsehood in ...
10:00 am - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot PG&E Should Compensate Customers For Power Shutoffs, California Governor Says
Pacific Gas & Electric should give rebates or credits to each of its nearly 800,000 customers affected by last week's power shutoffs, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said, demanding that the utility ...
07:00 am - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot NASA Engineer's 'Helical Engine' May Violate Laws of Physics
NASA engineer David Burns posted a paper describing the concept of his "helical engine," which could take humans to the stars by exploiting mass-altering effects known to occur at near-light speed. Un...
03:30 am - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot A Prenup Is the Latest Must-Have For Tech Startup Founders In Love
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: In Silicon Valley, where penniless programmers fervently believe their ideas are worth billions, getting rich can take priority over getting married...
02:10 am - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Internet Archive Releases 2,500 MS-DOS Games
The latest update from Internet Archive brings thousands of MS-DOS games from the '90s like 3D Bomber, Zool and Alien Rampage. CNET reports: On Sunday, Internet Archive released 2,500 MS-DOS games tha...
01:30 am - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot China Has Gained the Ability To Spy On More Than 100 Million Citizens Via a Heavily Promoted Official App, Report Suggests
Security researchers believe the Chinese Communist Party's official "Study the Great Nation" app has a backdoor that could help monitor use and copy data from those who have it installed on their devi...
12:50 am - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Harley-Davidson Stops Electric Motorcycle Production Due To Charging Problem
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Harley-Davidson has temporarily stopped making and shipping its first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, due to a problem with the bike's charging equip...
12:30 am - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Project xCloud Public Preview Is Now Live
Microsoft has started the public preview for the Project xCloud game streaming service that it first announced in late 2018. Thurrott reports: "The Project xCloud Preview is now officially live in the...
12:10 am - Tue, October 15, 2019
Slashdot Erin Valenti, CEO of Tinker Ventures, Found Dead In Trunk of Her Rental Car
McGruber shares a report from Deseret News, a newspaper published in Salt Lake City: The body of Erin Valenti, a tech entrepreneur who had been missing since Monday, was found Saturday in the trunk of...
11:30 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Flaw In Sudo Enables Non-Privileged Users To Run Commands As Root
exomondo shares a report from The Hacker News: A vulnerability has been discovered in Sudo -- one of the most important, powerful, and commonly used utilities that comes as a core command installed on...
10:50 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Use AI To Bleep Out Bad Words In Xbox Live Party Chat
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today, Microsoft announced that it's rolling out filters that will let Xbox Live players automatically limit the text-based messages they receive...
10:10 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Founder of 'Tesla Killer' Faraday Future Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Faraday Future's founder and former CEO Jia Yueting has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware court in a bid to satisfy his myriad debts in China. From a report: The Chinese tycoon claims he sti...
09:30 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Building China's Comac C919 Airplane Involved a Lot of Hacking, Report Says
A report published today shines a light on one of China's most ambitious hacking operations known to date, one that involved Ministry of State Security officers, the country's underground hacking scen...
08:50 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Mini Gravitational-Wave Detector Could Probe Dark Matter
A miniature gravitational wave detector under development would measure higher-frequency waves than LIGO. From a report: Within one second of the big bang, the first newborn black holes may have annou...
08:10 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Would You Give Up Google For $17,000 a Year? The Federal Reserve Wants To Know
The Federal Reserve wants to know what the internet is worth to you. The answer could help the central bank solve one of the most puzzling paradoxes of the modern economy: The current expansion is the...
07:30 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot A Code Glitch May Have Caused Errors In More Than 100 Published Studies
Scientists have uncovered a glitch in a piece of code that could have yielded incorrect results in over 100 published studies that cited the original paper. From a report: The glitch caused results of...
06:53 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot India's Reliance Jio Unveils Video Call Assistant To Help Businesses Automate Customer Support
Before Google moves to bring its human-sounding robot calling service Duplex to help users automate their interactions with businesses to international markets, an Indian giant is deploying its own so...
06:10 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Uber Lays Off Another 350 Employees Across Eats, Self-driving and Other Departments
Uber has just laid off around 350 employees across a variety of teams within the organization, marking what the company says is its third and final phase of layoffs of the process it began earlier thi...
05:37 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Uber Lays Off Another 350 Employees Across Eats, Self-driving and Other Departments
Uber has just laid off around 350 employees across a variety of teams within the organization, marking what the company says is its third and final phase of layoffs of the process it began earlier thi...
05:30 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Private Meetings With Conservative Pundits
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to disc...
04:57 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Thoma Bravo To Buy Sophos For $3.9 Billion
Private equity firm Thoma Bravo said today it plans to buy UK-based cyber-security giant Sophos for $7.40 per share, for a total value of $3.9 billion, both companies announced today. From a report: T...
04:21 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Apple Responds To Reports That It is Sharing Data With Tencent
Over the weekend, reports emerged that claimed that Apple was sending users' browsing details to Tencent to run it against Chinese company's safe browsing feature. In a statement on Monday, an Apple s...
03:33 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Booking Holdings Is Latest to Pull Out of Libra Association
Booking Holdings, an online travel company that operates Kayak.com and Priceline.com among other websites, said it's withdrawing from participation in the Libra Association, an ambitious and controver...
02:46 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200
An anonymous reader shares a report: More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro motherboards in serv...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot San Francisco Wants to Require Companies To Get Permits Before Rolling Out 'Emerging Technology'
Companies in San Francisco might soon to be required to get a permission slip from the city before rolling out their new innovations in public spaces. From a report: On Tuesday, Norman Yee, president ...
11:34 am - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot G7 Taskforce Warns Global Crytocurrencies Like Libra Pose Risks, May Not Be Approved
"Stablecoin" cryptocurrencies like Libra pose a risk to the global financial system, warns a new report by the G7 group of nations. An anonymous reader quotes the BBC:The G7 taskforce that produced th...
07:34 am - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot NASA Consultant 'Convinced We Found Evidence of Life on Mars in the 1970s'
"A consultant for NASA slammed the agency for deliberately ignoring the results of the experiment he handled that showed signs of alien life on Mars," reports the International Business Times. "Accord...
04:34 am - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Safari Browser Is Sending Some Users' IP Addresses To China's Tencent
"Apple, which often positions itself as a champion of privacy and human rights, is sending some IP addresses from users of its Safari browser on iOS to Chinese conglomerate Tencent -- a company with c...
02:59 am - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Was Flash Responsible For 'The Internet's Most Creative Era'?
A new article this week on Motherboard argues that Flash "is responsible for the internet's most creative era," citing a new 640-page book by Rob Ford on the evolution of web design. [O]ne could argue...
01:36 am - Mon, October 14, 2019
Slashdot Wired Remembers the Glory Days of Flash
Wired recently remembered Flash as "the annoying plugin" that transformed the web "into a cacophony of noise, colour, and controversy, presaging the modern web." They write that its early popularity i...
11:41 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot Can A New TED-ED Video Series Teach Students To 'Think Like A Coder'?
An anonymous reader writes:TED Conferences has its own educational YouTube channel (now with 10 million subscribers and over 1.5 billion views). Two weeks ago it launched a 10-episode animated series ...
10:46 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Prove Humans Are Still Better Than AI at 'Angry Birds'
An anonymous reader quotes the I-Programmer site:Humans! Rest easy, we still beat the evil AI at the all-important Angry Birds game. Recent research by Ekaterina Nikonova and Jakub Gemrot of Charles U...
09:56 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot NVIDIA's Job Listings Reveal 'Game Remastering' Studio, New Interest In RISC-V
An anonymous reader quotes Forbes:Nvidia has a lot riding on the success of its GeForce RTX cards. The Santa Clara, California company is beating the real-time ray tracing drum loudly, adamant on bein...
08:55 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot Millions Watch As Entire Fortnite Ecosystem Becomes a Black Hole
"Fortnite just blew up its entire map and all that's left is a black hole," reports TechCrunch.Some are speculating that this is simply a teaser for a new Fortnite map, but it's unclear when that new ...
07:51 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot Study: Many Popular Medical Apps Send User Info To 3rd Or 4th Parties
dryriver writes:A study in the British Medical Journal that looked at 24 of the 100s of Medical apps available on Google Play found that 79% pass all sorts of user info -- including sensitive medical ...
06:36 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot Invisible Hardware Hacks Allowing Full Remote Access Cost Pennies
Long-time Slashdot reader Artem S. Tashkinov quotes Wired:More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro...
05:39 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot The UK's National Health System Just Opened A Treatment Center for Videogame Addiction
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:The battle against gaming addiction entered a new era this week when the U.K. public health system, the National Health Service (NHS), announced the opening of its f...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot Google Takes AMP to the OpenJS Foundation
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch:AMP, Google's somewhat controversial project for speeding up the mobile web, has always been open-source, but it also always felt like a Google project first. Thu...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot IRS Programmer Stole Identities, Funded A Two-Year Shopping Spree
A computer programmer at America's tax-collecting agency "stole multiple people's identities, and used them to open illicit credit cards to fund vacations and shop for shoes and other goods," write Qu...
02:34 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot New Chrome Feature Will Use AI To Describe Unlabelled Images To The Vision-Impaired
An anonytmous reader quotes TechSpot:Google is looking to improve the web-browsing experience for those with vision conditions by introducing a feature into its Chrome browser that uses machine learni...
01:34 pm - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's New Keyboards Have Dedicated Keys For 'Office' and Emojis
"Microsoft's latest keyboards now include dedicated Office and emoji keys," reports the Verge:The software giant was previously experimenting with an Office key on keyboards earlier this year, and now...
11:34 am - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot New OpenLibra Cryptocurrency: Like Libra, But Not Run By Facebook
"While Facebook's upcoming cryptocurrency Libra struggles to keep partners on board and regulators happy, an alternative called OpenLibra is here to address some of Libra's potential shortcomings," re...
07:34 am - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot Bell Labs Plans Big 50th Anniversary Event For Unix
Photographer Peter Adams launched a "Faces of Open Source" portrait project in 2014. This week he posted a special announcement on the web site of Bell Labs:Later this month, Bell Labs will celebrate ...
04:34 am - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot 'There's an Automation Crisis Underway Right Now, It's Just Mostly Invisible'
"There is no 'robot apocalypse', even after a major corporate automation event," writes Gizmodo, citing something equally ominous in new research by a team of economists. merbs shared their report:Ins...
01:34 am - Sun, October 13, 2019
Slashdot Should High School Computer Science Classes Count as a Math Credit?
"In a widely-reprinted essay, Ohio State University assistant professor of physics Chris Orban ponders whether the tech world did students a favor or disservice by getting states to count computer sci...
11:34 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Apple Told Some Apple TV Show Developers Not To Anger China
An anonymous reader quotes BuzzFeed News:In early 2018 as development on Apple's slate of exclusive Apple TV+ programming was underway, the company's leadership gave guidance to the creators of some o...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Red Hat CFO 'Dismissed' From Company, Forfeits $4M Retention Award
"Red Hat Inc.'s finance chief Eric Shander has been dismissed from the company, forfeiting a $4 million retention award that was agreed to ahead of Red Hat's acquisition by IBM," reports the Wall Stre...
09:38 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Larry Wall Approves Re-Naming Perl 6 To Raku
Long-time Slashdot reader hondo77 notes that Larry Wall has given his approval to the re-naming of Perl 6. In the "Path to Raku" pull request, Larry Wall indicated his approval, leaving this comment:I...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Testers Can Now Answer Android Phone Calls and Text Messages
An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat:At Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in August and the Surface hardware event last week, Microsoft talked about Windows 10's Your Phone app getting a new "Calls" fe...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Python Code Glitch May Have Caused Errors In Over 100 Published Studies
Over 100 published studies may have incorrect results thanks to a glitchy piece of Python code discovered by researchers at the University of Hawaii. An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard:The glitch ...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Ransomware Gang's Victim Cracks Their Server and Releases All Their Decryption Keys
"A user got his revenge on the ransomware gang who encrypted his files by hacking their server and releasing the decryption keys for all victims," writes ZDNet. ccnafr shared their report:One of the g...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Richard Stallman Defies Push By 27 GNU Project Developers To End His Leadership
"27 GNU project maintainers and developers have signed on to a joint statement asking for Richard Stallman to be removed from his leadership role at GNU," writes Slashdot reader twocows. The statement...
04:39 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Activision Blizzard Cuts Ban of Pro-Hong Kong Gamer From One Year To Six Months
"Activision Blizzard Inc., facing the threat of a boycott, reduced the punishment it meted out to a tournament player who voiced support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators," reports Bloomberg...
03:44 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Today's 'Day Against DRM' Protests Locks On Educational Materials
This year's "International Day Against DRM" is highlighting user-disrespecting restrictions on educational materials. An anonymous reader quotes the Free Software Foundation's Defective By Design site...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Elizabeth Warren Mocks Facebook's Ad Policy By Lying About Mark Zuckerberg
"A fresh series of Facebook ads this week by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks to put the social media giant on the defensive -- by telling a lie," writes CNN. An anonymous...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Twisted Elastic Fibers Could Cool Your Food, Study Finds
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: It sounds crazy: a refrigerator made from a rubber band. But if you stretch one and hold it against your lips, it will be noticeably warmer. Release...
10:00 am - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Stalker Found Victim's Home By Looking At Reflection In Her Pupil From High-Res Photo
JustAnotherOldGuy shares a report from Boing Boing, with the caption: "Enhance, zoom in... more... more... straight out of CSI." From the report: Last month a Japanese entertainer named Ena Matsuoka w...
07:00 am - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot The First All-Female Spacewalk Is Scheduled For This Month
After the first all-female spacewalk was scrapped in March, NASA has now scheduled another attempt with astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir for October 21. CNN reports: For the intended spacewa...
03:30 am - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Fired EPA Scientists To Release Air Pollution Report They Say Agency Unqualified To Issue
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Nearly one year ago, the Trump administration fired a panel of more than two dozen scientific experts who assisted the Environmental Protection Agenc...
02:03 am - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot US Navy Files Patent For Compact Fusion Reactor
Bodhammer shares a report from Popular Mechanics: The U.S. Navy has jumped into the game by filing a patent for a compact fusion reactor, according to exclusive reporting by The War Zone. The success ...
01:25 am - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot AT&T Raises Prices 7% By Making Its Customers Pay AT&T's Property Taxes
"AT&T has been charging business Internet customers a 'property tax' fee, claiming it needs to charge this to recover AT&T's own property taxes," reports Ars Technica. "AT&T has been charg...
12:45 am - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Boeing and FAA Faulted In Damaging Report On 737 Max Certification
A new report from a task force convened by the FAA found that Boeing failed to adequately explain to regulators a new automated system that contributed to two crashes of the 737 Max, and that the FAA ...
12:03 am - Sat, October 12, 2019
Slashdot Her iPhone Died. It Led To Her Being Charged As a Criminal
Chris Matyszczyk from ZDNet retells the draconian story of a Financial Times writer who wasn't able to prove she purchased a ticket for the London buses because her phone died (she used Apple Pay), wh...
11:20 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Smart TVs Are Data-Collecting Machines, New Study Shows
A new study from Princeton University shows internet-connected TVs, which allow people to stream Netflix and Hulu, are loaded with data-hungry trackers. "If you use a device such as Roku and Amazon Fi...
10:40 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Google's Next Pixelbook Is Basically a MacBook That Runs Chrome OS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google's October 15 hardware event is fast approaching, and in addition to the launch of the Pixel 4, Google Home Mini 2, Google WI-Fi 2, and a n...
10:02 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Ebay, Stripe, Visa, Mastercard Drop Out of Facebook Libra Cryptocurrency, After PayPal
Ebay, Stripe, Visa, Mastercard, and Mercado Pago are all dropping out of Facebook's libra cryptocurrency project, the companies announced Friday. The news comes one week after PayPal announced its wit...
09:35 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot A Look at Earth Archive, a Project To Produce Detailed Maps of All the Land on Earth Through Laser Scanning
A project to produce detailed maps of all the land on Earth through laser scanning has been revealed by researchers who say action is needed now to preserve a record of the world's cultural, environme...
08:55 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Alexei Leonov, the First Human To Walk In Space, Has Died At Age 85
The Russian space agency confirmed Friday that legendary cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space and later the commander of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft that docked with a NASA Apoll...
08:15 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot 'Ignorance is Not an Excuse': California Draft Rules on Data Privacy Released
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a series of draft regulations this week aimed at getting businesses to comply with the state's landmark data privacy law, scheduled to take effect J...
07:35 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Children 'Interested in' Gambling and Alcohol, According To Facebook
Facebook has marked hundreds of thousands of children as "interested in" adverts about gambling and alcohol, a joint investigation by the Guardian and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation has found. Fr...
06:55 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should People Be Able To Shop Anonymously On the Internet?
dryriver writes: Picture this: You want to buy 3 small items from some online retailer totalling about 50 bucks. A programming book, a USB thumbdrive and an HDMI cable. But you don't want to give this...
06:14 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot The Dumb Reason Your Fancy Computer Vision App Isn't Working: Exif Orientation
Adam Geitgey: Exif metadata is not a native part of the Jpeg file format. It was an afterthought taken from the TIFF file format and tacked onto the Jpeg file format much later. This maintained backwa...
05:35 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Laser Cutters Sold On Amazon and Elsewhere Are Cheap, Fun -- and Dangerous
harrymcc writes: Go to Amazon, Walmart.com, and eBay, and you can find an array of companies selling laser cutters and engravers for a few hundred dollars -- dramatically less than you'll pay for a br...
04:55 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Disgraced Google Exec Andy Rubin Quietly Left His Venture Firm Earlier This Year
Andy Rubin, the former Google senior vice president whose $90 million exit package caused a worldwide employee walkout at the search giant last year, quietly left Playground Global, the venture firm h...
04:10 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Exposure To Air Pollution is Linked To an Increase in Violent Crime
Breathing dirty air is linked to aggressive behavior, according to a new paper by Jesse Burkhardt and his colleagues at Colorado State University and the University of Minnesota. Using crime data from...
03:31 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot NASA Aims For First Manned SpaceX Mission in First-Quarter 2020
SpaceX's new Crew Dragon astronaut capsule will be ready for its first manned flight into orbit in the first quarter of next year provided "everything goes according to plan" in upcoming tests, NASA c...
02:50 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Google Made Large Contributions To Climate Change Deniers
The Guardian is reporting that Google has made "substantial" contributions to some of the most notorious climate deniers in Washington despite its insistence that it supports political action on the c...
02:11 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot China's Global Reach: Surveillance and Censorship Beyond the Great Firewall
An anonymous reader shares a report: Those outside the People's Republic of China (PRC) are accustomed to thinking of the Internet censorship practices of the Chinese state as primarily domestic, enac...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Carriers Want To Hide Detailed 5G Maps From FCC and Public
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T and other mobile carriers are trying to hide detailed 5G maps from the public despite constantly touting the supposed pace and breadth o...
10:00 am - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Lab-Grown Meat Could Be On Store Shelves By 2022
Thanks to Future Meat Technologies, lab-grown meat could be hitting store shelves by 2022. The company "has raised $14 million in new financing to build its first pilot manufacturing facilities to bri...
07:00 am - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Changing Your Diet Can Help Tamp Down Depression and Boost Mood, Study Finds
There's fresh evidence that eating a healthy diet, one that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and limits highly processed foods, can help reduce symptoms of depression. NPR reports: A randomize...
03:30 am - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Some Corals Grow After 'Fatal' Warming
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: For the first time ever, scientists have found corals that were thought to have been killed by heat stress have recovered, a glimmer of hope for the ...
01:00 am - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions In America
The New York Times published findings from an analysis of new data released through Boston University's Database of Road Transportation Emissions. The map embedded in the report shows a year's worth o...
12:20 am - Fri, October 11, 2019
Slashdot Da Vinci Bridge Design Holds Up Even After 500 Years, MIT Proves
Researchers at MIT have proven that Leonardo da Vinci knew what he was doing when he came up with a novel bridge design that would connect Istanbul with its neighbor city Galata. At the time, it would...
11:20 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Rwanda Releases First Smartphone Made Entirely In Africa
Rwanda's Mara Group just released two smartphones, earning the company the title of the first smartphone manufacturer in Africa. Their grand ambitions are to help turn Rwanda into a regional tech hub....
10:40 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Quantum Computing May Be Closer Than Expected With 'Game Changer' Discovery
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University describe a superconducting material, B-Bi2Pd, that naturally exists in a quantum state without the addit...
09:40 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Tim Cook Defends Decision To Remove Hong Kong Maps App In Memo
On Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the company's decision to remove a mapping app in Hong Kong, saying that the company received "credible information" from authorities indicating the software w...
09:00 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Computer Historians Crack Passwords of Unix's Early Pioneers
JustAnotherOldGuy shares a report from Boing Boing: Early versions of the free/open Unix variant BSD came with password files that included hashed passwords for such Unix luminaries as Dennis Ritchie,...
08:24 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Should Cameras Replace Car Mirrors? US Regulators Want To Know
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a notice on Wednesday that is is seeking public and industry input on whether to allow so...
06:52 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot System76 Will Begin Shipping 2 Linux Laptops With Coreboot-Based Open Source Firmware
System76, the Denver-based Linux PC manufacturer and developer of Pop OS, has some stellar news for those who prefer their laptops a little more open. Later this month the company will begin shipping ...
06:12 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Dyson Cancels Electric Car Project
Dyson has abandoned its attempts to break into the automotive industry and will wind down its electric vehicle project, ending a venture that founder James Dyson claimed would redefine his business [E...
05:30 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot How Remote Work is Quietly Remaking Our Lives
From their ersatz offices in coffee shops, coworking spaces, and living rooms, a growing number of remote workers are quietly remaking the way we work and live. From a report: Take Eden Rehmet, who wa...
04:49 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Pinterest Says AI Reduced Reported Self-Harm Content By 88%
Pinterest says it's using machine learning techniques to identify and hide content that displays, rationalizes, or encourages self-injury. The company says it has achieved an 88% reduction in reports ...
04:01 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms To Understand the 'Why'
Deep learning is good at finding patterns in reams of data, but can't explain how they're connected. Turing Award winner Yoshua Bengio wants to change that. From a report: In March, Yoshua Bengio rece...
03:20 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Cisco Hit By an Internal Network Outage
Not a great start to the day for Cisco employees, many of which are struggling in the face of an internal IT outage. From a report: The technology and networking giant confirmed in a tweet it was "awa...
02:41 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Workers May Be Watching Your Cloud Cam Home Footage
An anonymous reader shares a report: In a promotional video, Amazon says its Cloud Cam home security camera provides "everything you need to monitor your home, day or night." In fact, the artificially...
02:00 pm - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple Has No Backbone
Apple, a company that loves to talk about its values, has this week demonstrated that when it comes to China -- one of its biggest markets and where most of its iPhones and other products are assemble...
11:45 am - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Apple Has No Backbone
Apple, a company that loves to talk about its values, has this week demonstrated that when it comes to China -- one of its biggest markets and where most of its iPhones and other products are assemble...
10:00 am - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower: US Heading In 'Same Direction As China' With Online Privacy
"The United States is walking in the same direction as China, we're just allowing private companies to monetize left, right and center," Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told CNBC o...
07:00 am - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Overwatch Mei Is Becoming a Hong Kong Protest Symbol
Following Blizzard's decision to suspend a Hearthstone player for expressing support of protests in Hong Kong during an official tournament broadcast, some gamers are working to turn Overwatch hero Me...
03:30 am - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Waymo To Customers: 'Completely Driverless Waymo Cars Are On the Way'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Waymo, the autonomous vehicle business under Alphabet, sent an email to customers of its ride-hailing app that their next trip might not have a hum...
02:03 am - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Created Lenses a Thousand Times Thinner To Hopefully Eliminate Ugly Smartphone Camera Bumps
Camera bumps on smartphones may soon go away thanks to a team of researchers at the University of Utah who've developed a radically thin camera lens. Gizmodo reports: For comparison, the lens elements...
01:25 am - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Opera's Desktop Browser Gets Built-In Tracking Protection
Yesterday, Opera announced the launch of version 68 of its flagship desktop browser, bringing a tracker blocker that will make it harder for advertisers and others to track you while you browse the we...
12:45 am - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot AT&T To Sell Puerto Rico Business As It Looks To Pay Down Debt
According to The Wall Street Journal, AT&T has agreed to sell its Puerto Rican and U.S. Virgin Islands businesses to Liberty Latin America for $1.95 billion in cash (Warning: source paywalled, alt...
12:03 am - Thu, October 10, 2019
Slashdot Comcast Incorrectly Charged 2,000 Customers For Exceeding Data Cap
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast's data-usage meter gave thousands of customers inaccurate readings for two months because of a software bug, causing the broadband provid...
11:20 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Blizzard In Hot Water With Lawmakers For Hearthstone Player's Ban
jimminy_cricket writes: Due to the ban placed on a Hearthstone player for supporting Hong Kong protestors, Blizzard is now receiving criticism from U.S. senators. "Blizzard shows it is willing to humi...
10:40 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Critical Remote Code Execution Flaw Fixed In Popular Terminal App For MacOS
itwbennett shares a report from CSO: iTerm2 users: It's time to upgrade. A security audit sponsored by the Mozilla Open Source Support Program uncovered a critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerab...
10:03 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot China Attacks Apple For Allowing Hong Kong Crowdsourced Police Activity App
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Apple's decision to greenlight an app called HKmaps, which is being used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about ...
09:25 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Tor Project Removes 13.5% of Current Servers For Running EOL Versions
An anonymous reader writes: The Tor Project has removed from its network this week more than 800 servers that were running outdated and end-of-life (EOL) versions of the Tor software. The removed serv...
08:45 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Worker Pay is Stagnant -- Economists Blame Robots
pgmrdlm writes: American workers are more productive than ever, but their paychecks haven't kept pace. Researchers with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco have identified a culprit: robots. Eco...
08:05 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Schneier Slams Australia's Encryption Laws and CyberCon Speaker Bans
Governments breaking encryption is bad, and "will get worse once breaking encryption means people can die," says one of the world's leading security experts. From a report: "Australia has some pretty ...
07:25 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Unlike Blizzard, Epic Games Says It Won't Ban Players For Political Speech
Fortnite developer Epic Games said in a statement that it will not ban players or content creators for political speech. From a report: The message comes after Blizzard caught fire this week for banni...
06:45 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot To Live or Die by Google Search Brings an Escalating Cost
"Where's the best place to hide a body? The second page of a Google search." The gallows humor shows that people rarely look beyond the first few results of a search, but Lee Griffin isn't laughing. F...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Today's Politics May Be Bad for Your Health
An anonymous reader shares a report: An Iowa man is so bothered by the political climate that his psychologist says he asked for a higher dosage of his anxiety medication. A Chicago woman is so uneasy...
05:25 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot A Growing Number of Astrophysicists Are Leaving Academia To Work For Tech Startups
Space scientists are abandoning the heavens to help you decide what to wear and watch and listen to. Whether it's stars or Stitch Fix, it's all about machine learning. Wired: Chris Moody knows a thing...
04:45 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Rejects Biden Campaign's Request To Remove Trump Ads Containing False Information
In a letter to Joe Biden's presidential campaign, Facebook doubled down on its policy to allow speech from politicians to go unchecked regardless of the truthfulness of their claims. From a report: Th...
04:25 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Utility Giant PG&E Voluntarily Shuts Off Power, Could Impact 800,000 Californians
Pacific Gas & Electric began cutting off power to nearly 800,000 customers across large swaths of Northern and Central California Wednesday morning, in a planned outage that it says is necessary t...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Internal Email Shows GitHub Plans To Renew ICE Contract
GitHub CEO Nat Friedman explained why the company plans to renew a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), even though he and others at GitHub oppose ICE's policy of separating c...
03:24 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Fedora Drops 32-Bit Linux
Brian Fagioli, writing for BetaNews: Beginning with the upcoming version 31 of the operating system, i686 32-bit processor support is being dropped by the Fedora Project. "The i686 architecture essent...
02:44 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Lithium-Ion Batteries Win Nobel Prize for Chemistry
"This is a highly charged story," began Olof Ramstrom, a member of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, announcing that a trio of chemists who spent decades developing the lithium ion battery were today...
02:02 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Intel Kills Kaby Lake G, Vows To Offer Drivers For Five Years
When Kaby Lake G debuted at CES 2018, it made a big bang. No one expected sworn rivals Intel and AMD to collaborate on a CPU package, marrying a 7th-gen Kaby Lake CPU with a unique AMD Radeon RX Vega ...
01:00 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Essential Reveals Project Gem Smartphone With Very Long, Unusual Design
Andy Rubin, the controversial mobile industry executive who co-founded Android, left Google amid allegations of sexual misconduct while retaining a huge severance package, and went on to create the Es...
12:00 pm - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot 'Call of Duty: Mobile' Smashes Records With 100 Million Downloads in First Week
The mobile version of video game franchise "Call of Duty" racked up 100 million downloads in its first week, industry site Sensor Tower said on Tuesday, dwarfing the debuts of previous smashes includi...
10:00 am - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Google Makes It Easier To Move Music and Video Streams Between Devices
Google is finally introducing a way for users of its smart speakers and streaming adapters to move media between those devices. From a report: The company introduced a new feature called Stream Transf...
07:00 am - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Saturn Overtakes Jupiter As Host To Most Moons In Solar System
Astronomers have spotted 20 more moons orbiting Saturn, bringing the total number of Saturnian moons to 82, surpassing the 79 that are known to orbit Jupiter. The Guardian reports: The scientists disc...
05:10 am - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Cows Painted Like Zebras Attract Fewer Flies
Slashdot reader ClickOnThis writes: An article on CNN reports results from a team of Japanese researchers who discovered that painting cows to look like zebras makes them less attractive to biting fli...
03:30 am - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot California Bans Political Deepfakes During Election Season
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: California has passed a law meant to prevent altered "deepfake" videos from influencing elections, in a plan that has raised free speech concerns. L...
01:30 am - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Plans To Bring Internet Access To 40 Million People By 2022
Almost 30 years after the World Wide Web was first invented, there are still billions of people that don't have access to any sort of internet connectivity. Microsoft wants to change that by using its...
12:50 am - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Took Phone Numbers for Security and Used Them for Advertising
When some users provided Twitter with their phone number to make their account more secure, the company used this information for advertising purposes, the company said today. From a report: This isn'...
12:10 am - Wed, October 9, 2019
Slashdot Teens Choose YouTube Over Netflix For the First Time, Survey Finds
According to Piper Jaffray's fall 2019 survey, teens prefer watching videos on YouTube more than Netflix. CNBC reports: Piper Jaffray found 37% of teens surveyed are streaming video most often on the ...
11:30 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot 'Collapse OS' Is An Open-Source Operating System For the Post-Apocalypse
Collapse OS is a new open-source operating system built specifically for use during humanity's darkest days. According to its creator, software developer Virgil Dupras, Collapse OS is what the people ...
10:50 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot FBI's Use of Surveillance Database Violated Americans' Privacy Rights: Court
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's electronic surveillance activities violated the constitutional privacy rights of America...
10:10 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Senator Proposes Mandatory Labeling For Products With Mics, Cameras
Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a bill, dubbed the Protecting Privacy in our Homes Act, that would require tech companies to include a label on products disclosing the presence of internet-c...
09:30 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot D-Link Home Routers Open To Remote Takeover Will Remain Unpatched
D-Link won't patch a critical unauthenticated command-injection vulnerability in its routers that could allow an attacker to remotely take over the devices and execute code. Threatpost reports: The vu...
08:50 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot US Expands Blacklist To Include China's Top AI Startups Ahead of Trade Talks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. government widened its trade blacklist to include some of China's top artificial intelligence startups, punishing Beijing for its treatment o...
08:10 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Thunderbird Announces OpenPGP Support
doconnor writes: On the Mozilla Thunderbird blog it was announced that for the future Thunderbird 78 release, planned for summer 2020, they will add built-in functionality for email encryption and dig...
07:21 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Bipartisan Senate Report Calls For Sweeping Effort To Prevent Russian Interference in 2020 Election
A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called for sweeping action by Congress, the White House and Silicon Valley to ensure social media sites aren't used to interfere in the coming presidential ...
06:10 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Nobel Prize in Physics: 2019 Winners Made Significant Cosmological Discoveries
The Nobel Prize in physics for 2019 was awarded to three scientists on Tuesday for groundbreaking work on the evolution of the universe and Earth's place in it. From a report: Their discoveries have f...
05:35 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes To 3 Scientists For Discovering How Cells Use Oxygen
Dave Knott writes: Two Americans and a British scientist won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine on Monday for discovering details of how the body's cells sense and react to low oxygen levels, ...
04:50 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Activision Blizzard Suspends 'Hearthstone' Pro Player for Supporting Hong Kong Protests
Activision Blizzard suspended Hearthstone pro Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai on Tuesday after he spoke up in support of protests in Hong Kong during a post-match interview during Hearsthone's Asia-Pacific ...
04:10 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Apple's Merged iPad, Mac Apps Leave Developers Uneasy, Users Paying Twice
Last year, Apple software chief Craig Federighi said developers would be able to easily bring their iPad apps to Mac computers, essentially letting coders write an app once and deploy it across millio...
03:30 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Sony Confirms PlayStation 5 Name, Holiday 2020 Release Date
Sony has confirmed that its next-generation console will be called the PlayStation 5, and it'll be out next year, launching in time for "Holiday 2020." From a report: The company also announced severa...
02:44 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot US Using Trade Deals To Shield Tech Giants From Foreign Regulators
The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from lawsuits, a move that could help lock i...
02:05 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Chinese Firms Tencent, Vivo, and CCTV Suspend Ties With the NBA Over Hong Kong Tweet
Smartphone maker Vivo, broadcaster CCTV, and internet giant Tencent said today they are suspending all cooperation with the National Basketball Association, becoming the latest Chinese firms to cut ti...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot China Is Breeding Giant Pigs the Size of Polar Bears
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: In a farm deep in the southern region of China lives a very big pig that's as heavy as a polar bear. The 500 kilogram, or 1,102 pound, animal is par...
10:00 am - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot You Can Now Overclock a Raspberry Pi 4 For Some Nice Performance Gains
MojoKid writes: The Raspberry Pi 4 is one of the cheapest single-board computers around. The new 4th generation is a solid performance lift over its predecessor and good bang for the buck if you're in...
07:00 am - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot First Meat Grown In Space Lab 248 Miles From Earth
The Israeli food technology startup Aleph Farms has successfully cultured meat in space for the first time. The Guardian reports: Aleph Farms grew the meat on the International Space Station, 248 mile...
03:30 am - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Adobe Is Deactivating All Venezuelan Accounts To Comply With US Sanctions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Adobe is shutting down service for users in Venezuela in order to comply with a U.S. executive order issued in August that prohibits trade with the ...
02:10 am - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Instagram's Following Activity Tab Is Going Away
Instagram is removing the "Following" tab -- a feed that shows the likes, comments, follows of your friends. "Beginning this week, the heart tab will display only your own activity," reports BuzzFeed ...
01:30 am - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Supreme Court Allows Blind People To Sue Retailers If Their Websites Are Not Accessible
The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way Monday for blind people to sue retailers if their websites are not accessible to these people. "In a potentially far-reaching move, the justices turned down...
12:50 am - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: What Did You Like/Dislike About iTunes?
iTunes is officially dead with the release of macOS Catalina today. Apple decided to break apart the app into separate Apple Music, Podcasts and TV apps. "Each is better at its individuals task than i...
12:10 am - Tue, October 8, 2019
Slashdot Automatic License Plate Readers Are Making Getaway Cars Extinct
An anonymous reader shares a report: On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Total Choice Credit Union in Laplace, Louisiana was robbed. At approximately 3:06 pm, a man in his early thirties walked in wearing jeans...
11:30 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot Getting a New Mobile Number in China Will Soon Involve a Facial-Recognition Test
China is taking every measure it can to verify the identities of its over 850 million mobile internet users. From a report: From Dec. 1, people applying for new mobile and data services will have to h...
10:50 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Isn't Worried About Microsoft Taking Over Linux
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: At the 2019 Linux Plumbers Conference, I talked to Linus Torvalds and several other of the Linux kernel's top programmers. They universally agreed Micro...
10:10 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot The Privacy Trade-Offs of Cheap Android Smartphones
Fast Company highlights some of the "privacy nightmares" surrounding low-cost Android smartphones, which can be very attractive for those on a tight budget. One example is the MYA2 MyPhone: According ...
09:30 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot Hulu Finally Adds Downloads For Offline Mobile Viewing
Hulu is finally allowing users to download TV shows and movies to their mobile devices to watch without an internet connection. Variety reports: The download feature, which has been several years in t...
08:50 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot Hospitals That Are Turning Away Patients Reportedly Pay Ransomware Attackers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Three Alabama hospitals have paid a ransomware demand to the criminals who waged a crippling malware attack that's forcing the hospitals to turn ...
08:17 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot Monetary Value Estimates of the Air Pollution and Human Health Impacts of Cryptocurrency Mining
Andrew L.Goodkind, Benjamin A. Jones, and Robert P. Berrens, writing in a paper: Cryptocurrency mining uses significant amounts of energy as part of the proof-of-work time-stamping scheme to add new b...
07:30 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot Apple Hides Taiwan Flag in Hong Kong
iPhone users in Hong Kong have noticed a change in the latest version of iOS: the Flag for Taiwan emoji is missing. From a report: Previously restricted on Chinese iOS devices, all other regions of th...
06:50 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot Can Vegetarianism Stop Climate Change?
Eating meat doesn't have as big of an impact on the environment as you've been told. From a report: Eating meat is bad for the climate -- or at least that was one of the main conclusions highlighted i...
06:10 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot macOS Catalina is Available To Download Today
It's happening a little later in the season than usual, but Apple's latest version of macOS is available to download today. From a report: Catalina arrives on the heels of iOS 13, which saw several ba...
05:30 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot FBI Warns About Attacks That Bypass Multi-Factor Authentication
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last month sent a security advisory to private industry partners about the rising threat of attacks against organizations and their employees that can bypa...
04:50 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot US Supreme Court Rejects Amazon Warehouse Worker Wage Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Amazon's bid to avoid a lawsuit seeking to ensure that warehouse workers for the e-commerce giant get paid for the time it takes them to go through ex...
04:09 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You
An anonymous reader shares a column: Almost a decade ago, Warren Buffett made a claim that would become famous. He said that he paid a lower tax rate than his secretary, thanks to the many loopholes a...
03:28 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot US Supreme Court Snubs University of Wisconsin Appeal in Patent Fight With Apple
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a bid by the University of Wisconsin's patent licensing arm to reinstate its legal victory against Apple in a fight over computer processor technology ...
02:45 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot Intel Announces Price Cut for 9th Generation F and KF Processors
An anonymous reader shares a report: One of the interesting developments of Intel's 9th Generation Core processors for desktops, known as the S-series, was that the company decided to release versions...
02:00 pm - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot China and Taiwan Clash Over Wikipedia Edits
Ask Google or Siri: "What is Taiwan?" "A state", they will answer, "in East Asia". But earlier in September, it would have been a "province in the People's Republic of China." From a report: For quest...
10:34 am - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot Analyst: Strike at GM 'Is Really About the Switch to Electric Cars'
MarketWatch just published an interesting analysis by the head of automotive industry consulting at one of America's top business advisory firms. It argues that a strike by the United Auto Workers (UA...
07:34 am - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot The 'Ocean Cleanup' Device Is Finally Catching Plastic
An anonymous reader quotes Fast Company's report on the Ocean Cleanup's project's trouble-plagued multimillion-dollar floating boom:After redesigning the system, it's finally working: the nonprofit an...
04:34 am - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot Wells Fargo Prediction: American Banks Will Automate Away 200,000 Jobs By 2030
An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo:Over the next decade, U.S. banks, which are investing $150 billion in technology annually, will use automation to eliminate 200,000 jobs, thus facilitating "the grea...
03:04 am - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot 'If Disney World's Star Wars Land Is a Flop, Why Is It So Crowded?'
An anonymous reader quotes an analyst for the Motley Fool:With so many industry worrywarts and Star Wars purists taking a dim view of Disney's bicoastal Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion, I figured I...
01:51 am - Mon, October 7, 2019
Slashdot 'Suicide Squad' Director Urges DC and Marvel Fans To Stop Feuding
An anonymous reader quotes Cinema Blend:At the beginning of 2019, approximately a half year after James Gunn was unceremoniously fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it was officially confirmed ...
11:59 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Big ISPs Worry DNS-Over-HTTPS Could Stop Monitoring and Modifying of DNS Queries
"Big Cable and other telecom industry groups warned that Google's support for DNS over HTTPS (DoH) 'could interfere on a mass scale with critical Internet functions, as well as raise data-competition ...
11:16 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Mozilla Developer Network Launches a YouTube Channel
An anonymous reader writes:The Mozilla Developer Network just launched their own video channel on YouTube this week. There's currently seven videos, offering tutorials like "The Secret Button to get T...
10:44 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Russian Malware 'Patches' Chrome and Firefox To Fingerprint TLS Traffic
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:A Russian cyber-espionage hacker group has been spotted using a novel technique that involves patching locally installed browsers like Chrome and Firefox in order to m...
09:43 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Consumer Expert Argues Tech Addiction Is The User's Responsibility
In 2014 consumer expert and Silicon Valley startup founder Nir Eyal wrote Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. But five years later, the New York Times reports he's offering consumers a new bo...
08:39 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot When Sun Microsystems' Founders and Former Employees Hold a Reunion
Last week Infoworld reported on a reunion of more than 1,000 former employees of Sun Microsystems including all four founders of the company -- Andreas Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy, and B...
07:39 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Oracle Outperformed? TPC Benchmarks Show Alibaba's OceanBase Performs Twice As Well
The Transaction Processing Performance Council is a many-decades-old nonprofit that defines transaction processing and database benchmarks and shares its performance results with the industry. Long-ti...
06:39 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Will Model the Entire Planet For 'Breathtakingly Lifelike' New Flight Simulator
A senior editor at the Experimental Aircraft Association tells the long and storied history of Microsoft's Flight Simulator, remembering how he'd used version 1.0 of the product "when I was about 12 y...
05:34 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Did MacOS Stop Allowing Changes to Wifi MAC Addresses?
ugen (Slashdot reader #93,902) writes: Something I discovered today, while trying to change a MAC address on a new MacBook Air (as I did for years on other MacBooks): ifconfig en0 ether "new mac" no l...
04:34 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Videogame Records Site Refuses To Reinstate 'King of Kong' Billy Mitchell's High Scores
An anonymous reader writes:Billy Mitchell is the intense videogamer made famous in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong. Last month he threatened to sue both the Guinness Book of World Records and th...
03:34 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Is It Possible To Build a Warp Drive?
appedology.pk quotes Popular Mechanics: Warp drive is one of the many futuristic ideas proposed in Star Trek, allowing for faster-than-light travel across the galaxy. Einstein's Theory of Relativity p...
02:34 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot To Fight Spectre-Like Attacks, Intel Suggests a New Kind of Memory
Intel researchers published a paper last week suggesting a new kind of CPU memory to block side-channel attacks like Meltdown and Spectre, according to ZDNet:SAPM -- or Speculative-Access Protected Me...
01:34 pm - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot TSMC Accuses GlobalFoundries of Infringing 25 Patents For Node Processes
AmiMoJo quotes ZDNet:Semiconductor manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd (TSMC) has filed multiple lawsuits against its competitor GlobalFoundries, saying the US company allegedl...
11:34 am - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Executive Is Also A British Army 'Psyops' Solider
"The senior Twitter executive with editorial responsibility for the Middle East is also a part-time officer in the British Army's psychological warfare unit," reports Middle East Eye:The 77th Brigade ...
07:34 am - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Gizmodo's Disappearing Story Explains Why No One Trusts Facebook
"On Friday, Gizmodo uncovered shocking new evidence that Facebook is using its platform to suppress stories about CEO Mark Zuckerberg..." reports Gizmodo, adding "or maybe his janky, busted-ass websit...
03:34 am - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot How Reddit's CEO/Co-Founder Plans To 'Clean Up' Reddit
An anonymous reader quotes the Financial Times:After what the company acknowledges as its "wild" early days, the 35-year-old co-founder is now trying to clean up the edgy website known for provocative...
01:34 am - Sun, October 6, 2019
Slashdot Did a Poker Pro Use RFID Tags To Cheat?
CNBC reports that a popular Twitch poker star has been accused of cheating:Stones Gambling Hall in Sacramento, California says it will not livestream poker games pending an investigation into cheating...
11:34 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Might Bring Its Edge Browser To Linux
Microsoft appears to be porting its Edge browser to Linux, reports ZDNet:"We on the MS Edge Dev team are fleshing out requirements to bring Edge to Linux, and we need your help with some assumptions,"...
10:34 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Aliens May Have Bugged Co-Orbital Space Rocks To Spy On Earth, Scientist Says
dryriver shared this article from NBC News' science blog Mach:Picture this: A hundred million years ago, an advanced civilization detects strange signatures of life on a blue-green planet not so far a...
09:34 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Researchers Repurpose Failed Cancer Drug Into Printable Semiconductor
Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger shared this news from the University of Illinois at Urbana, where researchers have made a surprising new discovery in a well-studied bioactive molecule:The molecul...
08:34 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Fake News Posters In Singapore Will Face Fines, Prison Sentences Under New Law
dryriver quotes CNN:Singapore's sweeping anti-fake news law, which critics warn could be used to suppress free speech in the already tightly controlled Asian city state, came into force Wednesday. Und...
07:34 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Attackers Exploit New 0-day Vulnerability Giving Full Control of Android Phones
"Attackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Google's Android mobile operating system that can give them full control of at least 18 different phone models," reports Ars Technica, "including ...
06:34 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Libertarian Accused of Faking 1.5M Net Neutrality Comments Using Data-Breached Addresses
BuzzFeed says they've identified two firms which "misappropriated names and personal information as part of a bid to submit more than 1.5 million statements" pretending to oppose net neutrality regula...
05:34 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Google Finds Hundreds Of Data-Race Conditions In The Linux Kernel
Google has been testing the Linux kernel with its "sanitizer" testing software that hunts for memory corruption bugs and undefined behaviors. Now Phoronix reports on Google's newest sanitizer:Kernel C...
04:35 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Chrome Promises 'No More Mixed Messages About HTTPS '
"Today we're announcing that Chrome will gradually start ensuring that https:// pages can only load secure https:// subresources," promises an announcement on the Chromium blog. It notes that Chrome u...
03:34 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot New Universal Basic Income Experiment Finds 40% of Money Spent On Food
"The first data from an experiment in a California city where needy people get $500 a month from the government shows they spend most of it on things such as food, clothing and utility bills," reports...
02:34 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot NASA Will Soon Start Testing Its First All-Electric X-Plane
The first all electric X-plane, the X-57 Mod II, has arrived at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California and is now ready to undergo some rigorous testing. Engadget reports: X-planes are ...
01:00 pm - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Cars All But Banned On One of Manhattan's Busiest Streets
An anonymous reader shares a report from The New York Times: On Thursday, New York City transformed one of its most congested streets into a "busway" that delighted long frustrated bus riders and tran...
10:00 am - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot PayPal Withdraws Support For Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency
PayPal is withdrawing from the Libra Association, the 28-member nonprofit organization formed in June 2019 to oversee the cryptocurrency's creation and eventual consumer rollout. The Verge reports: Th...
07:00 am - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Monty Python's 50th Anniversary Celebrated With 'Extremely Silly' Event
The Monty Python character known as the Gumby would often be found saying "My brain hurts". Now Reuters reports:In what is billed as an "extremely silly" event, hordes of Monty Python fans will gather...
05:30 am - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Apple Reverses Ban On App That Allowed Hong Kong Protestors to Track Police Movements
UPDATE (10/4/2019): "Apple has reportedly reversed its decision to ban the app HKmap.live," reports BoingBoing. Apple had banned the app, which allows Hong Kong protesters to track protests and police...
03:30 am - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot 60 Amazon Workers Walked Out Over Warehouse Working Conditions
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Late Wednesday night, roughly 60 Amazon warehouse workers in yellow vests walked out of a delivery center in Eagan, Minnesota and stood outside in...
12:10 am - Sat, October 5, 2019
Slashdot Facebook Removes Hundreds of Propaganda Accounts Targeting Iran and Qatar
According to BuzzFeed News, a network of websites and accounts have been using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social platforms to sow propaganda targeting Iran and Qatar. "The accounts, which h...
11:30 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Hong Kong Announces Ban On Masks, Face Paint That Helps Protesters Evade Facial Recognition
The Hong Kong government is banning masks and face paint in an attempt to stop the pro-democracy protests that have been raging since June. "The new 'emergency' order was announced by Hong Kong leader...
10:50 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Tesla Is Being Investigated For a Software Update Meant To Limit Fire Risk
The NHTSA is investigating a software update Tesla shipped earlier this year that was meant to address a few reports of battery fires. "Some owners have said the update, released in May, noticeably de...
10:10 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot macOS Systems Can Be Abused In DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes: "DDoS-for-hire services, also known as DDoS booters, or DDoS stressors, are abusing macOS systems to launch DDoS attacks," reports ZDNet. "These attacks are leveraging macO...
09:30 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Montreal Law Firm Looks To Launch Class-Action Lawsuit Against Fortnite Developer
Dave Knott writes: A Montreal legal firm has requested authorization to launch a class-action lawsuit against Epic Games, makers of the widely-popular video game Fortnite. The legal notice, filed on b...
08:50 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Disney Bans Netflix Ads As Streaming's Marketing Wars Intensify
Disney is banning advertising from Netflix across its entertainment TV networks, according the The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. It's "a sign that the marketing wars ove...
08:14 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Google Cloud Worth $225 Billion, Deutsche Bank Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Alphabet's cloud business alone is now worth $225 billion, Deutsche Bank analysts led by Lloyd Walmsley wrote in a note. The unit could report compo...
05:30 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft: Iranian Hackers Targeted a 2020 Presidential Campaign
Microsoft disclosed today that Iranian state-sponsored hackers tried to hack into email accounts belonging to current and former US government officials, and members of a 2020 US presidential campaign...
04:50 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Marc Benioff Says Capitalism, As We Know It, Is Dead
Marc Benioff says "capitalism, as we know it, is dead," and it is time for a new form of capitalism that focuses more on societal good. From a report: "That new kind of capitalism that is going to eme...
04:00 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot The World's Most-Used Cryptocurrency Isn't Bitcoin
What's the world's most widely used cryptocurrency? If you think it's Bitcoin, which accounts for about 70% of all the digital-asset world's market value, you're probably wrong. From a report: While c...
03:21 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot In the Pancreas, Common Fungi May Drive Cancer
A new study found that certain fungi can settle in the pancreas, where they spur the growth of tumors. From a report: By now, you've probably heard that your body is teeming with bacteria. Some 100 tr...
02:41 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Paralysed Man Moves in Mind-Reading Exoskeleton
A man has been able to move all four of his paralyzed limbs with a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit, French researchers report. From a report: Thibault, 30, said taking his first steps in the suit fel...
02:01 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot US, UK Sign Pact To Share Electronic Evidence in Criminal Cases
The US and UK signed an agreement this week that will allow law enforcement officials in both countries to demand tech companies in the other's country to furnish electronic evidence for use in crimin...
01:00 pm - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Egypt Used Google Play In Spy Campaign Targeting Its Own Citizens
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Hackers with likely ties to Egypt's government used Google's official Play Store to distribute spyware in a campaign that targeted journalists, l...
10:00 am - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Intel Wants To Use AI To Reconnect Damaged Spinal Nerves
Intel and Brown University have started work on a DARPA-backed Intelligent Spine Interface project that would use AI to restore movement and bladder control for those with serious spinal cord injuries...
07:00 am - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Organic Compounds Found In Plumes of Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus
Scientists have detected new types of organic compounds in the plumes that have been erupting from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Space.com reports: NASA's Cassini spacecraft collected invaluable data a...
05:00 am - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot NASA Mic'd Up Mars and Uploaded It To Soundcloud
On Tuesday, NASA posted several sonifications of data captured on Mars by InSight, a robotic lander that touched down on the red planet last year. From a report: InSight is the first mission ever to r...
03:30 am - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot EFF Wins Access To License Plate Reader Data To Study Law Enforcement Use
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) ...
02:10 am - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Ditching Platinum For the Ocean Could Make Hydrogen Cheap
Shotgun shares a report from Popular Mechanics: [S]cientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have found a pairing of minerals that surpasses other precious metal materials when it ...
01:30 am - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Typing Speeds On Mobiles Rival Keyboard Users, Says Report
People can now type nearly as fast on a screen as they can on a keyboard. "Researchers made the discovery during a study of typing skills in which more than 37,000 volunteers from 160 countries took a...
12:50 am - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Google Contractors Reportedly Targeted Homeless People For Pixel 4 Facial Recognition
From a report: In July, Google admitted it has employees pounding the pavement in a variety of US cities, looking for people willing to sell their facial data for a $5 gift certificate to help improve...
12:10 am - Fri, October 4, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Release 'iPhone SE 2' In Q1 2020 With iPhone 8 Design, A13 Processor
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to launch the next version of the iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter of 2020. "The new phone will be more affordable than the rest of the Apple...
11:30 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Boeing Rejected 737 MAX Safety Upgrades Before Fatal Crashes, Whistleblower Says
The Seattle Times: Seven weeks after the second fatal crash of a 737 MAX in March, a Boeing engineer submitted a scathing internal ethics complaint alleging that management -- determined to keep down ...
10:50 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Dutch Police Take Down Hornets' Nest of DDoS Botnets
Dutch police have taken down this week a bulletproof hosting provider that has sheltered tens of IoT botnets that have been responsible for hundreds of thousands of DDoS attacks around the world, ZDNe...
10:10 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot New Cars' Pedestrian-Safety Features Fail In Deadliest Situations, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: New safety features being rolled out by auto makers to keep drivers from hitting pedestrians don't work at times in some of the most d...
09:30 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Amazon Plans $800 Million Data Center In Argentina
Amazon's cloud division plans to build a regional data center in a free-trade zone in Argentina. Bloomberg reports: The Seattle-based company is preparing to invest about $800 million in the project o...
08:50 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot EU Court: Facebook Can Be Forced To Remove Content Worldwide
New submitter sysrammer writes: "The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that individual member countries can force Facebook to remove what they regard as unlawful material from the social n...
08:10 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Cable Companies Use Hidden Fees To Raise Prices 24% a Month
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Consumer Reports analysis of cable bills found that companies add $37.11 per month in fees to the average bill, raising consumers' actual costs...
06:47 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook's Apps
Attorney General Bill Barr, along with officials from the United Kingdom and Australia, is set to publish an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking the company to delay plans for end-to-en...
04:53 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Ivanka Trump and Google's CEO Announce a Tech Job Training Initiative
At a roundtable event in Dallas, Tex. Thursday alongside Ivanka Trump, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced new job training opportunities through a White House initiative. From a report: Google will si...
04:10 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Stack Exchange Removes Moderator For Preferred Pronouns Policy
An anonymous reader shares a report: In the past month or so, about 20 volunteer moderators out of about 600 have distanced themselves from Stack Exchange, the online network of Q&A communities, t...
03:31 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot France Set To Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program
France is poised to become the first European country to use facial recognition technology to give citizens a secure digital identity -- whether they want it or not. From a report: Saying it wants to ...
02:50 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Uber Launches App Aimed at Connecting Workers With Businesses
Ride-hailing firm Uber said it launched an app called Uber Works to connect temporary workers looking to work shifts with businesses trying to plug gaps in their rosters. From a report: The app, made ...
02:10 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Apple Bans App That Allowed Hong Kong Protestors to Track Police Movements
Apple has reportedly banned an app that allows Hong Kong protesters to track protests and police movements in the city state, despite increasing international condemnation against the violence used by...
01:00 pm - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Ends Mobile Phone Production In China
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Samsung has ended mobile telephone production in China, it said on Wednesday, hurt by intensifying competition from domestic rivals in the world's big...
10:00 am - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot 315 Billion-Ton Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica
jimminy_cricket quotes a report from the BBC: The Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica has just produced its biggest iceberg in more than 50 years. The calved block covers 1,636 sq km in area -- a little sma...
07:00 am - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot New Theory On Mysterious Oumuamua Space Object Revealed
In 2017, astronomers discovered a peculiar object in the solar system called 'Oumuamua that was somehow ejected into our solar system from some chain of unfortunate events. "Now, astronomers have hypo...
03:30 am - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Government Plans To Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The Trump administration is moving to begin collecting DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people booked into federal immigration cus...
01:30 am - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Samsung Owes Galaxy S4 Owners $10 For Cheating On Benchmarks
Three years after a class-action lawsuit was filed against Samsung for artificially boosting CPU and GPU performance to report inflated benchmark scores, a settlement has been reached to fine the comp...
12:50 am - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Iraq Shuts Down Internet Access As Mass Protests Turn Violent
dryriver shares a report from Euronews: Iraq's government shut off internet access, imposed curfews and deployed elite forces to secure key facilities on Wednesday amid widespread protests aimed at to...
12:30 am - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Florida Man Arrested For Cutting Electric Scooter Brakes
A man in Florida has been arrested for cutting the brake lines on dozens of public scooters. The man has been identified by police as 59-year-old Randall Thomas Williams of Ford Lauderdale, though a p...
12:10 am - Thu, October 3, 2019
Slashdot Lung Damage From Vaping Resembles Chemical Burns, Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The lung damage in some people who have become ill after vaping nicotine or marijuana products resembles a chemical burn, doctors from the ...
11:30 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Motorola, Known For Cellphones, is Fast Becoming a Major Player in Government Surveillance
Jon Schuppe, reporting for NBC News: The surveillance tools have been installed in schools and public housing, deployed on roads and public transit, and worn by police officers. They've been developed...
10:50 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot MorphOS 3.12 Released
Mike Bouma shares a post from MorphZone, detailing the latest update to the AmigaOS-like computer operating system known as MorphOS: The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public releas...
10:10 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's New Surface Earbuds Work With Any Virtual Assistant, Not Just Cortana
At Microsoft's annual Surface press event today, the company announced the Surface Earbuds to rival Apple's AirPods and Amazon's newly announced Echo Buds. What's unique about the Surface Earbuds is t...
09:30 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot AMD Ryzen Pro 3000 Series Desktop CPUs Will Offer Full RAM Encryption
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Monday, AMD announced Ryzen Pro 3000 desktop CPUs would be available in Q4 2019. This of course raises the question, "What's a Ryzen Pro?" The bu...
08:50 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Ocean Plastic Waste Probably Comes From Ships, Report Says
Most of the plastic bottles washing up on the rocky shores of Inaccessible Island, aptly named for its sheer cliffs rising from the middle of the South Atlantic, probably come from Chinese merchant sh...
08:13 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Intel Dramatically Cuts Prices of Top-End i9 Gaming Chips
Intel is whacking the prices of its high-end i9 processors as it refreshes an aging design. From a report: For example, last year's top-end Core i9-9980XE processor costing $1,990 at retail is replace...
07:32 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot FBI Investigating Alleged Hacking Attempt Into Mobile Voting App During 2018 Midterms
The FBI is investigating after someone allegedly tried to hack into West Virginia's mobile voting app during the 2018 midterm elections. From a report: One or more people allegedly attempted to hack i...
06:53 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.
The evidence is too weak to justify telling individuals to eat less beef and pork, according to new research. The findings "erode public trust," critics said. From a report: Public health officials fo...
06:13 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X
At an event today, where Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop 3, Windows 10X, and an Android smartphone, the company also unveiled refreshed editions of its laptop-tablet hybrids: the Surface Pro 7,...
05:30 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Google Launches Incognito Mode For Google Maps; Privacy-Focused Features For YouTube and Google Assistant
Google has announced today new privacy-centered updates for three of its services -- namely Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Assistant. From a report: More specifically, Google Maps will be getting an...
05:00 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Windows 10X For Dual-Screen PCs
Microsoft today announced Windows 10X, a new flavor of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen PCs. Windows 10X will power dual-screen PCs from Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and of course Microsoft. From a repo...
04:15 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Announces the Surface Duo, a Dual-Screen Android Phone
Microsoft announced a bunch of stuff at its event including a dual-screen device running new Windows 10X, the Surface earbuds, and the Surface Laptop 3. And then, out of nowhere, it hit us with a dual...
03:43 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Loosen Reins on Outside Messaging, Phone Apps Via Siri
Apple said it will ease some restrictions on developers of third-party apps, responding to news reports about the rise of in-house software that gets prized default status on iPhones and iPads. From a...
03:33 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Apple To Loosen Reins on Outside Messaging, Phone Apps Via Siri
Apple said it will ease some restrictions on developers of third-party apps, responding to news reports about the rise of in-house software that gets prized default status on iPhones and iPads. From a...
02:45 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Unveils Surface Laptop 3 With AMD Processor
At its Surface event in New York City today, Microsoft refreshed its Surface Laptop with updated specs, USB-C support, and AMD Ryzen 7. From a report: This is the first time a Surface device has been ...
02:09 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Kamala Harris Asks Twitter To Suspend Donald Trump For 'Civil War' and Whistleblower Tweets
California senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris has formally asked Twitter to suspend President Donald Trump's account, following Trump's attacks on a whistleblower and his claim that...
12:20 pm - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Human Babies In the Womb Have Lizard-Like Hand Muscles
dryriver shares a report from the BBC: Babies in the womb have extra lizard-like muscles in their hands that most will lose before they are born, medical scans reveal. They are probably one of the old...
09:00 am - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Startup That Aims To 3D-Print Rockets Says It's Fully Funded For Its First Commercial Missions
Aerospace startup Relativity Space -- the company that aims to launch the first fully 3D-printed rocket to orbit -- says it has raised all of the money it needs to launch its first mission and then en...
05:56 am - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Twitter Outage Takes Down TweetDeck, Affects Images and DMs
sombragris writes: TweetDeck, the popular tweet management console owned by Twitter, began experiencing several issues at about 18:00 EST. Currently it is down for many users worldwide. There is no ye...
03:30 am - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Putin Could Decide For the World On CRISPR Babies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: According to Bloomberg, top Russian geneticists held a "secret meeting" this summer with government health officials in Moscow to debate...
01:25 am - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Facebook To Exempt Opinion and Satire From Fact-Checking
According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook plans to exempt opinion pieces and satire from its fact-checking program, as the social-media giant grapples with how to stop the spread of falsehoods wh...
12:45 am - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Seattle Startup 'Picnic' Unveils Pizza-Making Robot That Makes 300 Pies/Hour
Seattle startup Picnic has emerged from stealth mode with a system that assembles custom pizzas with little human intervention. According to GeekWire, "Picnic's platform assembles up to 300 12-inch pi...
12:03 am - Wed, October 2, 2019
Slashdot Docker Is In Deep Trouble
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Docker, the technology, is the poster child for containers. But it appears Docker, the business, is in trouble. In a leaked memo, Docker CEO Rob Bearden...
11:25 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Zimbabwe Has Shut Down the Use of Mobile Money For Cash Transactions
Mobile money is fast blossoming in Africa, boosted by rising mobile adoption across the continent, but in Zimbabwe -- which is battling a severe financial crunch -- the most common cash-in and cash-ou...
11:00 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Sony Cuts PS Now Subscription Price For PS4 Worldwide
In anticipation for Google's upcoming Stadia cloud gaming service and Microsoft's Project xCloud, which enters open beta this month, Sony is lowering the price of PlayStation Now for PS4 and PC. "Mont...
10:45 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot NASA Launches a New Earth-like Planet Hunting Telescope Using a Giant Balloon
A new telescope will seek out planets that resemble Earth from a height of around 125,000 feet, using special optical technology that will filter out light from the stars they orbit to provide a bette...
10:03 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Hackers Put Porn Vids On Promo Screens Above Asics Store and Detroit Billboard
dryriver shares a report from CNN: Sports brand Asics has issued an apology after "objectionable content" played on the screens above its store in Auckland, New Zealand. Pornographic videos were shown...
09:25 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Ransomware Forces 3 Hospitals To Turn Away All But the Most Critical Patients
Ten hospitals -- three in Alabama and seven in Australia -- have been hit with paralyzing ransomware attacks that are affecting their ability to take new patients, it was widely reported on Tuesday. A...
08:45 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot 'Almost No One Out There Thinks That Isaac Asimov's Three Laws Could Work For Truly Intelligent AI'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Prolific science and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) developed the Three Laws of Robotics, in the hope of guarding against potentially dangerous ar...
08:03 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot EU Brings In 'Right To Repair' Rules For Appliances
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Household appliances will become easier to repair thanks to new standards being adopted across the European Union. From 2021, firms will have to make ...
07:25 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot UPS Gets FAA Approval To Operate an Entire Drone Delivery Airline
UPS said today that it is the first to receive the official nod from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate a full "drone airline," that will allow it to expand its current small drone d...
06:57 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot China Confirms New Hypersonic Nuclear Missile On 70th Anniversary
hackingbear writes: In a large military parade led by President Xi Jinping to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, China's military has shown off a new hypersonic ballis...
06:10 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot New Studies Warn of Cataclysmic Solar Superstorms
A powerful disaster-inducing geomagnetic storm is an inevitability in the near future, likely causing blackouts, satellite failures, and more. From a report: Unlike other threats to our planet, such a...
05:37 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot The iPhone 11's Deep Fusion Camera is Now in the iOS 13 Developer Beta
Apple's Deep Fusion photography system has arrived in the latest developer betas of iOS 13, hopefully hinting that it will ship for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro soon. From a report: To refresh your memory...
04:55 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Movie Theaters' Latest Gamble: Ads Mixed in With Trailers
H_Fisher writes: Movie-watchers (in the U.S. at least) already have to sit through 20+ minutes of commercials and other advertainment before showtime. Now, two major theater chains are mixing commerci...
04:50 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Movie Theaters' Latest Gamble: Ads Mixed in With Trailers
H_Fisher writes: Movie-watchers (in the U.S. at least) already have to sit through 20+ minutes of commercials and other advertainment before showtime. Now, two major theater chains are mixing commerci...
04:26 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Cancelling of Net Neutrality Rules
A federal appeals court on Tuesday affirmed that the Federal Communications Commission acted lawfully when it scrapped the U.S. government's net neutrality rules in 2017, but it opened the door for st...
04:12 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Cancelling of Net Neutrality Rules
A federal appeals court on Tuesday affirmed that the Federal Communications Commission acted lawfully when it scrapped the U.S. government's net neutrality rules in 2017, but it opened the door for st...
03:39 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Former Yahoo Engineer Pleads Guilty To Hacking User Emails in Search For Porn
A former Yahoo software engineer pleaded guilty yesterday to hacking into the personal accounts of over 6,000 Yahoo users, in search of sexual images and videos. From a report: Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 34, ...
03:30 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Former Yahoo Engineer Pleads Guilty To Hacking User Emails in Search For Porn
A former Yahoo software engineer pleaded guilty yesterday to hacking into the personal accounts of over 6,000 Yahoo users, in search of sexual images and videos. From a report: Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 34, ...
02:59 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Over 500 US Schools Were Hit By Ransomware in 2019
In the first nine months of the year, ransomware infections have hit over 500 US schools, according to a report published last week by cyber-security firm Armor. From a report: In total, the company s...
02:50 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Over 500 US Schools Were Hit By Ransomware in 2019
In the first nine months of the year, ransomware infections have hit over 500 US schools, according to a report published last week by cyber-security firm Armor. From a report: In total, the company s...
02:10 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Leaked Zuckerberg Audio Reveals Facebook's Plan To Sue the US Government If Elizabeth Warren Tries To Break Up Big Tech
Mark Zuckerberg is fully prepared to sue the federal government if someone like Democratic Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tries to break up Facebook into smaller companies, accord...
01:00 pm - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot New App Claims It Can Identify Venture Capitalists Using Facial Recognition
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: AngelFace [is] an Android app that lets users identify whether someone is a venture capitalist by capturing a quick photo of their face. According t...
10:00 am - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Is 'Amazon Care' a True Benefit Or Industrial Era-Style Healthcare?
Lucas123 writes: Like Apple and Intel, Amazon is piloting an in-house program for employees that in addition to healthcare insurance affords workers access to telemedicine and at-home visits from a co...
07:00 am - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Pager Services To End Tuesday In Japan After 50 Years
Japan's sole pager provider, Tokyo Telemessage Inc, will shut down radio signals for its services Tuesday, ending support for the device first introduced in the country half a century ago. Japan Today...
03:30 am - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Woman Who Sleeps In $500 EMF-Blocking Sack Wants Area-Wide Wi-Fi Limits
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: So there's a British woman who's been in the news recently for diagnosing herself with a sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation. She sleeps in ...
02:20 am - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Thousands of Ships Fitted With 'Cheat Devices' To Divert Poisonous Pollution Into Sea
Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler aren't the only companies using "cheat devices" to get around environmental legislation. According to The Independent, "global shipping companies have spent billions riggi...
02:00 am - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot US Dept of Education Has Big Payday For K-12 CS, Including Tech-Backed Code.org
theodp writes: On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced $123 million in new Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant awards to 41 school districts, nonprofits and state educat...
01:40 am - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Will P2P Video Sites Someday Replace YouTube?
dryriver writes: BitChute is a video-hosting website like YouTube, except that it states its mission as being "anti-censorship" and is Peer-To-Peer, WebTorrent based. "It is based on the peer-to-peer ...
01:00 am - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Soon it may be easier to get your hands on a cable that looks just like a legitimate Apple lightning cable, but which actually lets you remotely t...
12:20 am - Tue, October 1, 2019
Slashdot Apple's New iPhones Will Warn You If They Can't Verify a Replaced Screen
According to a newly published support document, Apple says the new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max will present customers with a warning if the devices are unable to verify a genuine display after ...
11:40 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Fugitive On Run For 17 Years Found Living In Cave By a Drone
Chinese police have arrested a fugitive who'd been on the run for 17 years, after they used drones to spot his cave hideout. The BBC reports: The 63-year old, named Song Jiang by the police, had been ...
11:00 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot California Governor Signs Bill Allowing College Athletes To Profit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: In a move that puts California on a collision course with the NCAA, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill effectively allowing college athletes in the state...
10:20 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot We Are in the Middle of a Wave of Interesting New Productivity Software Startups
VC fund A16z's Benedict Evans writes: We are in the middle of a wave of interesting new productivity software startups -- there are dozens of companies that remix some combination of lists, tables, ch...
09:40 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Dog-Walking Startup Wag Raised $300 Million To Unleash Growth. Then Things Got Messy
At the start of 2018, Wag looked like tech's next Big Thing. From a report: In January, the founders of the dog-walking startup announced they had landed a $300 million investment from SoftBank's Visi...
09:00 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot YouTube is Experimenting With Ways To Make Its Algorithm Even More Addictive
While YouTube has publicly said that it's working on addressing problems that are making its website ever so addictive to users, a new paper from Google, which owns YouTube, seems to tell a different ...
08:20 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot US Online Privacy Rules Unlikely This Year, Hurting Big Tech
A U.S. online privacy bill is not likely to come before Congress this year, Reuters reported Monday, citing three sources, as lawmakers disagree over issues like whether the bill should preempt state ...
07:40 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot China Grew Two Cotton Leaves on the Moon
The team behind a pioneering biological experiment sent to the lunar far side has released an image showing two green leaves grown on the moon. From a report: The experiment began shortly after China'...
07:00 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Top Oracle Lawyer Attempting To Gaslight Entire Software Community: Insists APIs Are Executable
Mike Masnick, reporting for TechDirt: Last week, the Solicitor General of the White House weighed in on Google's request for the Supreme Court to overturn the Federal Circuit's ridiculously confused r...
06:20 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot SpaceX Has Starry-Eyed Ambitions for Its Starship
Elon Musk has laid out an ambitious future for his spaceship project, the effort to deliver people to the moon and Mars. Marina Koren, writing for The Atlantic: The whole thing felt like an Apple even...
05:40 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Windows 10 Users Fume: Microsoft, Where's Our 'Local Account' Option Gone?
New submitter xack shares a report: Microsoft has annoyed some of its900 million Windows 10 device users after apparently removing the 'Use offline account' as part of its effort to herd users towards...
04:54 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot US Treasury Goes After the Planes and Yacht of Russia's Troll Farm Founder
The US Treasury Department announced today the third set of sanctions against the Internet Research Agency (IRA), also known as Russia's troll farm. From a report: The Treasury previously sanctioned t...
04:10 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop Hits General Availability
Microsoft today announced that Windows Virtual Desktop has hit worldwide general availability. As a result, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure "in minutes," the company s...
03:21 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Looking Back at the Snowden Revelations
Matthew Green, a cryptographer and professor at Johns Hopkins University, writes: So what did Snowden's leaks really tell us? The brilliant thing about the Snowden leaks was that he didn't tell us muc...
02:41 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot ExpressVPN To Be Pre-installed on HP Consumer PCs
Consumer VPN specialist ExpressVPN has announced a tie up with HP to have its software pre-installed on the company's consumer PCs. From a report: As part of the deal selected machines will come with ...
02:02 pm - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Stops Trusting SSD Makers
Windows ships with a full volume encryption tool called BitLocker. The feature used to trust any SSD that claimed to offer its own hardware-based encryption, but that changed in the KB4516071 update t...
11:34 am - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Free Python Programming Video Series On YouTube
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Microsoft has launched a new 44-part series called Python for Beginners on YouTube, consisting of three- to four-minute lessons from two self-described geeks at Micros...
07:34 am - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Krebs Publishes 'Interview With the Guy Who Tried To Frame Me For Heroin Possession'
"In April 2013, I received via U.S. mail more than a gram of pure heroin as part of a scheme to get me arrested for drug possession," writes security reserch Brian Krebs. "But the plan failed and the ...
03:34 am - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Approves New Kernel 'Lockdown' Feature
"After years of countless reviews, discussions, and code rewrites, Linus Torvalds approved on Saturday a new security feature for the Linux kernel, named 'lockdown'," reports ZDNet:The new feature wil...
01:59 am - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Giant Planet Around Tiny Star 'Should Not Exist'
Thelasko quotes the BBC:Astronomers have discovered a giant planet that, they say, should not exist, according to current theories. The Jupiter-like world is unusually large compared with its host sta...
12:42 am - Mon, September 30, 2019
Slashdot Tesla's New 'Smart Summon' Feature Reportedly Crashes a Car Into a Garage
Tesla owners who paid for "full self-driving capability" received a software update this week with a Smart Summon feature. In private parking lots, and always within line of sight, the Tesla will magi...