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11:20 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Predictive Text Patent Troll Tries To Shake Down Wikipedia
martiniturbide writes: WordLogic (patent troll) claims it has the rights of the concept of predictive text writing and went after the Wikimedia foundation. WordLogic offered a "discounted, lump sum fe...
10:40 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Lyft To Lay Off 17 Percent of Staff As Uber Weighs Even Bigger Layoffs
Less than 24 hours after it was reported that Uber was considering layoffs of 20% of staff, its big rival Lyft said it would be reducing its staff by 17%, working out to 982 employees, and furloughing...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Half of Americans Won't Trust Contact-Tracing Apps, New Poll Finds
Before life can safely return to normalcy, we'll need an enormous increase in our ability to perform contact tracing -- identifying and contacting everyone who's been in contact with a person infected...
09:40 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Apps Now Used Monthly By More Than 3 Billion People
Facebook today reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2020, including revenue of $17.74 billion, and net income of $4.9 billion, compared to revenue of $15.1 billion, and net income of $2.4...
09:20 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Some School Districts Plan To End the Year Early, Call Remote Learning Too Tough
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Some districts are giving up on remote learning and ending the academic year early, after concluding that it was too cumbersome for te...
08:40 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Apple Will Make It Easier To Unlock Your iPhone While Wearing a Face Mask
Face ID was a great idea -- until large swathes of the world were forced to wear face masks, rendering it largely useless. Apple has apparently heard our pain. From a report: Users are reporting a sub...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Trump Administration Lists Some of Amazon's Foreign Websites as 'Notorious' Counterfeit Markets
The Trump administration Wednesday included Amazon's foreign websites in Canada, the U.K., Germany, France and India in its annual report on "notorious markets" for counterfeit foreign goods, the firs...
07:20 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Lenovo Will Start Offering ThinkPads With Linux Pre-Installed
The world's biggest PC company (in terms of shipments) now offers select models with Linux pre-installed. In doing so, it joins the existing club that includes Dell and other smaller players like Puri...
06:40 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Canon's New Software Will Turn Select EOS, PowerShot Cameras Into Webcams for Windows 10 PCs
An anonymous reader shares a report: As more and more people desire higher-quality video communication over internet while working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for webcams has in...
06:30 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Canon's New Software Will Turn Select EOS, PowerShot Cameras Into Webcams for Windows 10 PCs
An anonymous reader shares a report: As more and more people desire higher-quality video communication over internet while working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for webcams has in...
06:02 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Get Exclusive NFL Games as Part of New Streaming Deal
The National Football League is giving Amazon exclusive rights to live games for the first time, marking a deeper push by streaming services into sports. From a report: The league announced Wednesday ...
05:35 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot AI Cannot Be Inventors, US Patent Office Rules
On Monday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a decision that claims artificial intelligences cannot be inventors. Only "natural persons" currently have the right to get a patent....
05:32 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot AI Cannot Be Inventors, US Patent Office Rules
On Monday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a decision that claims artificial intelligences cannot be inventors. Only "natural persons" currently have the right to get a patent....
05:11 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Gilead Says Critical Study of Covid-19 Drug Shows Patients Are Responding To Treatment
A government-run study of Gilead's remdesivir, perhaps the most closely watched experimental drug to treat the novel coronavirus, showed that the medicine is effective against Covid-19, the disease ca...
04:53 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's WhatsApp Eyes Lending Feature in India
WhatsApp, which began testing its mobile payments feature in India two years ago, could offer at least one more financial service to people in its biggest market. From a report: In a filing with the l...
04:51 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Gilead Says Critical Study of Covid-19 Drug Shows Patients Are Responding To Treatment
A government-run study of Gilead's remdesivir, perhaps the most closely watched experimental drug to treat the novel coronavirus, showed that the medicine is effective against Covid-19, the disease ca...
04:10 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's WhatsApp Eyes Lending Feature in India
WhatsApp, which began testing its mobile payments feature in India two years ago, could offer at least one more financial service to people in its biggest market. From a report: In a filing with the l...
03:39 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Virus Likely To Keep Coming Back Each Year, Say Top Chinese Scientists
Chinese scientists say the novel coronavirus will not be eradicated, adding to a growing consensus around the world that the pathogen will likely return in waves like the flu. From a report: It's unli...
03:30 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot US Economy Shrinks at 4.8% Pace, Signaling Start of Recession
The record-long U.S. economic expansion is over after almost 11 years, with what's likely to be the deepest recession in at least eight decades now under way. The world's largest economy shrank at a 4...
02:50 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Virus Likely To Keep Coming Back Each Year, Say Top Chinese Scientists
Chinese scientists say the novel coronavirus will not be eradicated, adding to a growing consensus around the world that the pathogen will likely return in waves like the flu. From a report: It's unli...
02:14 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Google Meet One-ups Zoom With Free 60-Minute Meetings For Consumers
Google Meet, the video conferencing tool formerly known as Google Hangouts Meet, is arriving for consumers "over the coming weeks." Until now, Google Meet was only available to business and education ...
02:10 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Google Meet One-ups Zoom With Free 60-Minute Meetings For Consumers
Google Meet, the video conferencing tool formerly known as Google Hangouts Meet, is arriving for consumers "over the coming weeks." Until now, Google Meet was only available to business and education ...
01:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot The ACLU Wants To Know Why Facebook Beat a 2018 Wiretap Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Facebook in 2018 beat back federal prosecutors seeking to wiretap its encrypted Messenger app. Now the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to ...
12:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Oscars Relax 2020 Eligibility Rules in Boost for Streamed Movies
The group behind the Oscars is relaxing the rules for this year's movies because of the coronavirus shutdown, allowing films that premiered on streaming platforms to compete for the industry's most-co...
10:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot US Spending On Tech Booms Even As Overall Purchasing Declines
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a surge in sales for consumer technology in the U.S., even as spending declines overall, an NPD analyst is reporting. The Verge reports: For the week ending April 18th...
07:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot British Museum Makes 1.9 Million Images Available For Free
The British Museum has revamped its online collections database, making over 1.9 million photos of its collection available for free online under a Creative Commons license. ianVisits reports: Under t...
03:30 am - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Why 'Baking' Damaged Reel-To-Reel Tapes Renders Them Playable Again
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Reel-to-reel tapes are experiencing a resurgence of interest among audio buffs, but they are prone to degradation, which has been a topic of acti...
01:30 am - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot How Spies Snuck Malware Into the Google Play Store -- Again and Again
Google's Play Store for Android apps has never had a reputation for the strictest protections from malware. Shady adware and even banking trojans have managed over the years to repeatedly defy Google'...
12:10 am - Wed, April 29, 2020
Slashdot Number-Plate Cam Site Had No Password, Spills 8.6 Million Logs of UK Road Journeys
The Register reports that Sheffield City Council's automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) system exposed to the internet 8.6 million records of road journeys made by thousands of people. From the r...
11:20 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Internet Users Who Uploaded Coronavirus Memories To GitHub Have Been Arrested
schwit1 shares a report from Quartz: A group of volunteers in China who worked to prevent digital records of the coronavirus outbreak from being scrubbed by censors are now targets of a crackdown. Cai...
10:40 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Ford, Lincoln Cancel Rivian-Powered Electric Vehicle
Ford and its luxury brand Lincoln have canceled an all-electric SUV that was going to be powered by technology provided by EV startup Rivian, the companies told Automotive News on Tuesday. The Verge r...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Newly Discovered macOS Image Capture Bug Can Fill Up Hard Drives With Empty Data
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: A bug has been discovered in Apple's macOS Image Capture app that needlessly eats up potentially gigabytes of storage space when transferring photos...
09:20 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Taps Oracle For Cloud Deal, Passing Over Amazon, Microsoft
Zoom selected Oracle to expand its cloud on Tuesday, bypassing major cloud leaders Amazon Web Services, Alphabet's Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft's Azure Cloud. The terms of the deal were not dis...
08:40 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says 'Guaranteed Income' Is Worth Considering For Coronavirus Recovery
DevNull127 shares a report from CBS News: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress might want to consider a guaranteed minimum income for Americans as part of the economic recovery from th...
07:55 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Comcast Waives Data Cap Until At Least June 30 In Response To Pandemic
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After promising 60 days without data caps and overage fees for all customers, Comcast has decided to extend the data-cap waiver until at least Ju...
06:45 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Investors, Startup Founders in India Pool $13M To Fund Projects That Fight Coronavirus
More than 150 investors and entrepreneurs in India are funding dozens of projects in a bid to help millions better combat the COVID-19 epidemic and help the nation's booming startup ecosystem withstan...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot You Can Now Manage Windows 10 Devices Through G Suite
Google has announced the general availability of a long-awaited feature -- the ability to manage Windows 10 devices through G Suite. From a report: Until today, companies that used G Suite to manage c...
05:24 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot NSO Employee Abused Phone Hacking Tech To Target a Love Interest
An employee of controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group abused access to the company's powerful hacking technology to target a love interest, Motherboard reported Tuesday. From the report: The prev...
04:45 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Fedora 32 Linux-based OS Available For Download With GNOME 3.36
Today, Fedora 32 becomes available for download. From a report: It comes with GNOME 3.36 which you can read more about here. If you don't like GNOME, it isn't the end of the world -- you can instead c...
04:03 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot CEO of SoftBank-Backed Surveillance Firm Banjo Once Helped KKK Leader Shoot Up a Synagogue
Matt Stroud, reporting for OneZero: In magazine profiles and on conference stages, Damien Patton, the 47-year-old co-founder and CEO of the surveillance startup Banjo, often recounts a colorful autobi...
03:25 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Sen. Josh Hawley Calls For a Criminal Antitrust Probe into Amazon
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is calling on federal prosecutors to open a criminal antitrust investigation into Amazon, as laid out in a letter [PDF] released on Tuesday. From a report: In his letter to Att...
02:45 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Google's Medical AI Was Super Accurate in a Lab. Real Life Was a Different Story.
The covid-19 pandemic is stretching hospital resources to the breaking point in many countries in the world. It is no surprise that many people hope AI could speed up patient screening and ease the st...
02:06 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Android OEM Patch Rates Have Improved, With Nokia and Google Leading the Charge
Security updates are reaching Android users faster and more reliably than in previous years. In research published this month, German cyber-security firm SRLabs said the Android patch gap has gone dow...
01:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot US Deaths Soared In Early Weeks of Pandemic, Far Exceeding Number Attributed To COVID-19
hackingbear writes: According to The Washington Post, U.S. deaths soared in the early weeks of the pandemic, surpassing the number of COVID-19 related deaths, as well as the number normally expected f...
10:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Is Bombarding Chrome-Using Outlook.com Visitors With Ads For Edge
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BetaNews: Microsoft is no stranger to hitting its customers with ads for its products and services, and it seems that the company is so keen that people make t...
07:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot USGS Releases First Complete Geologic Map of the Moon
schwit1 shares a report from Engadget: The USGS (with help from NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute) has released the first complete geologic map of the Moon, providing a truly comprehensive look a...
03:30 am - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Parolees Are Being Forced To Download Telmate's Guardian App That Listens and Records Every Move
XXongo writes: Monitoring parolees released from prison by an app on their smartphone sounds like a good idea, right? The phone has facial recognition and biometric ID, and a GPS system that knows whe...
02:10 am - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Pentagon Formally Releases 3 Navy Videos Showing 'Unidentified Aerial Phenomena'
The Pentagon on Monday formally released three unclassified videos taken by Navy pilots that have circulated for years showing interactions with "unidentified aerial phenomena." CBS News reports: One ...
01:30 am - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Starship Prototype Finally Aces Pressure Test
The Starship SN4, a prototype of a SpaceX ship meant to one day take humans to the moon and Mars, has remained intact during pressure testing. ExtremeTech reports: Last year, SpaceX successfully teste...
12:51 am - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Verizon, Comcast Will Not Cancel Service Through June Due To Coronavirus
Verizon Communications, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, and cable giant Comcast said on Monday they will extend a commitment through June 30 not to cancel service or charge late fees to customers b...
12:10 am - Tue, April 28, 2020
Slashdot Broadcom Offers To Scrap Exclusivity Deals To End EU Antitrust Probe
U.S. chipmaker Broadcom has offered to scrap its exclusivity deals with TV and modem makers to end an EU antitrust investigation and stave off a possible hefty fine. Reuters reports: Broadcom, which m...
11:30 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Vehicles Can Now Recognize and Respond To Traffic Lights, Stop Signs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Properly equipped Tesla vehicles can now recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs thanks to a software update the company started pus...
10:50 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot NYC Will Close Public Roads To Traffic To Create More Recreational Space
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday the city will close 40 miles worth of streets near parks to give residents a lot more room to get out of their homes. CNET reports: The eventual ...
10:10 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Apple Delays Mass Production of 2020 Flagship iPhones
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is delaying the production ramp-up of its 2020 flagship smartphones by about a month, "as the coronavirus pandemic weakens global consumer demand and disrup...
09:27 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot After Prolonged Service Outage, Petnet Shuts Down, Citing Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Cloud-connected, "smart" automated pet-feeder system Petnet has had a rough spring. The service not only went offline in February, but all its cu...
08:46 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Disney Claims Anyone Using a Twitter Hashtag is Agreeing To Their Terms of Use
Chris Burns, writing for SlashGear: This morning the official Disney+ Twitter account suggested that Star Wars fans could celebrate the next big holiday with the biggest brand in the galaxy. "Celebrat...
08:09 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Turns Off its Original SMS Service in Most Countries
For the most part, you can no longer use Twitter as it was originally built to be used: over text message. From a report: Last week, Twitter turned off the ability to receive SMS messages containing t...
07:26 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Georgia Loses Legal Code Copyright Clash At Supreme Court
schwit1 writes: Georgia lost a close U.S. Supreme Court case over the state's ability to copyright its annotated legal code, in a ruling that dissenting justices said would shock states with similar a...
06:47 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot In Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine, an Oxford Group Leaps Ahead
In the worldwide race for a vaccine to stop the coronavirus, the laboratory sprinting fastest is at Oxford University. From a report: Most other teams have had to start with small clinical trials of a...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot NHS Rejects Apple-Google Coronavirus App Plan
The UK's coronavirus contact-tracing app is set to use a different model to the one proposed by Apple and Google, despite concerns raised about privacy and performance. From a report: The NHS says it ...
05:42 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot False Claims Spreading Across YouTube and Embraced By Chinese Communist Party Media Accuse US Army Reservist of Starting the Coronavirus
Donie O'Sullivan, reporting for CNN Business: Maatje Benassi, a US Army reservist and mother of two, has become the target of conspiracy theorists who falsely place her at the beginning of the coronav...
05:30 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Eight-Year-Old Discovers iPhone Screen Time Workaround To Watch More YouTube
An anonymous reader shares a report: Just when you think you've seen everything: an eight-year-old has discovered a way to watch YouTube past Apple's Screen Time limits by using the iMessage App Store...
04:50 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot False Claims Spreading Across YouTube and Embraced By Chinese Communist Party Media Accuse US Army Reservist of Starting the Coronavirus
Donie O'Sullivan, reporting for CNN Business: Maatje Benassi, a US Army reservist and mother of two, has become the target of conspiracy theorists who falsely place her at the beginning of the coronav...
04:10 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot WhatsApp's New Limit Cuts Virality of 'Highly Forwarded' Messages by 70%
WhatsApp's bid to cutting virality of messages circulating on its platform by introducing an additional limit earlier this month has already started to pay off. From a report: The Facebook -owned serv...
03:30 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Gates Foundation Will Commit 'Total Attention' To Coronavirus Pandemic
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now devoting all of its attention to addressing the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said in an interview published ...
02:50 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Are Exploiting a Sophos Firewall Zero-day
Cyber-security firm Sophos has published an emergency security update to patch a zero-day vulnerability in its XG enterprise firewall product that was being abused in the wild by hackers. From a repor...
02:04 pm - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Startups Pursue 'Free Money' With Relief Funds, Prompting Backlash
Some young companies have turned to the government loans not for day-to-day survival but simply to buy useful time. From a report: Domio, a start-up that offers short-term rentals, has its headquarter...
11:34 am - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot The Right to Work From Home Could Be Guaranteed By Law in Germany
"Germany's labor minister wants to enshrine into law the right to work from home if it is feasible to do so, even after the coronavirus pandemic subsides," reports the Associated Press:Labor Minister ...
07:34 am - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot 10 More Virus Researchers Say 'Virtually No Chance' Coronavirus Escaped From a Lab
Long-time Slashdot reader Charlotte Web writes: "Virus researchers say there is virtually no chance that the new coronavirus was released as result of a laboratory accident in China or anywhere else,"...
04:34 am - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Why the World Will Look To India For a Coronavirus Vaccine
America and India "have run an internationally recognized joint vaccine development program for more than three decades," writes long-time Slashdot reader retroworks. And today the BBC reported the tw...
01:39 am - Mon, April 27, 2020
Slashdot Can New Zealand and Australia Eliminate All Coronavirus Infections?
"What Australia and New Zealand have already accomplished is a remarkable cause for hope," reports the New York Times, in an inspiring article shared by Slashdot reader tflf (also republished here and...
11:59 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Facing Criticism, Germany Switches to Google/Apple's Decentralized Contact Tracing
"Germany changed course on Sunday over which type of smartphone technology it wanted to use to trace coronavirus infections," reports Reuters, "backing an approach supported by Apple and Google along ...
10:43 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot U.S. Space Force's First Weapon Is a Satellite Jammer
Long-time Slashdot reader RoccamOccam quotes Interesting Engineering: The United States Space force now has offensive power, though it might not be the massive orbiting weapons system that you're envi...
09:34 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Should the Government Subsidize Online Jobs and Classes -- and Streaming Services?
Two lead economists for the World Bank called for an updated online version of a legendary government program from America's Great Depression during the 1930s -- public works programs -- as a companio...
08:34 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Quebec's Government Urges Online Shoppers To Local Retailers Instead of Amazon
"The coronavirus crisis is giving Quebec's nationalist government an excuse to attempt what may be impossible," reports Bloomberg. "The Canadian province is embarking on an uphill battle to chip away ...
07:34 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot New CPU Performance Testing Concludes AMD Beats Intel
An anonymous reader quote Hot Hardware:If you're looking for the best gaming CPU or the best CPU for desktop applications, there are only two choices to pick from: AMD and Intel. That fact has spawned...
06:34 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Says SpaceX Took 'Key Steps' To Reduce Starlink Satellites' Brightness
"SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites will soon sport an accessory to tamp down their surprising brightness," reports Live Science:That brightness worries many astronomers, who say that the huge Star...
05:35 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Company Spends $25M Building Ventilators That Are Now No Longer Needed
U.K. vacuum cleaner company Dyson "said the British government no longer needed the ventilator it had developed from scratch," reports Reuters:Company founder James Dyson said the company had welcomed...
04:34 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Developer Attempts 'Doom' Clone for the Amiga 500
Mike Bouma is Slashdot reader #85,252. (And judging by his Slashdot profile, he was also a participant in the short-lived Amiga webring.) He writes:KK of the demo scene group Altair is making a Doom c...
04:04 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Firefox Raises Its Bug Bounties to $10,000
"We're updating our bug bounty policy and payouts to make it more appealing to researchers and reflect the more hardened security stance we adopted after moving to a multi-process, sandboxed architect...
03:34 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Why Aren't More Developers Using Rust?
An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet:Rust has been voted the "most-loved" programming language by developers on Stack Overflow for four years in a row. But the Rust project now admits it has an adoption p...
02:34 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot How Australia's New Contact-Tracing App Tries to Fight Covid-19 While Protecting Privacy
"Australia's coronavirus tracing app, dubbed COVIDSafe, has been released as the nation seeks to contain the spread of the deadly pandemic," reports ABC.net.au:People who download the app will be aske...
01:34 pm - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates and Mark Cuban Do Zoom Chats With Code.org Students
Bill Gates has donated over $4 million to Code.org, while Mark Cuban has donated over $500,000. But long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes that they're now doing even more:As it strives to "teach you...
11:34 am - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot US Government Now Working With Peter Thiel's Palantir On Covid-19 Tracking Tool
With a little help from Peter Thiel's controversial company Palintir, America's Department of Health and Human Services is building a powerful new tool to track the spread of the coronavirus. The Verg...
07:34 am - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Newest Autopilot Navigation Now Handles Traffic Lights and Stop Signs
"Tesla has released a new, highly anticipated Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature," reports Electrek:As we reported last month, Tesla has started to push an Autopilot update with the actual ab...
04:04 am - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Windows 10 Users Complain Newest Update Is Deleting Their Files
Some Windows users are reporting serious problems after downloading Microsoft's latest update for Windows 10, according to Forbes:The problems those users are reporting to the Microsoft support forums...
04:04 am - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Some Windows 10 Users Complain Newest Update Is Deleting Their Files
Some Windows users are reporting serious problems after downloading Microsoft's latest update for Windows 10, according to Forbes:The problems those users are reporting to the Microsoft support forums...
01:39 am - Sun, April 26, 2020
Slashdot Should GPS Also Be Used For Contact Tracing?
Reuters reports:Google and Apple have sought to build public trust by emphasizing that the changes they are making to Bluetooth to allow the tracing apps to work will not tap phones' GPS sensors, whic...
11:34 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Michael Moore Offers Free Streaming of Movie Criticizing the Green Movement
Nearly 16 years ago, Slashdot's original co-founder CmdrTaco posted that liberal film-maker Michael Moore had won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for a documentary about the Bush administrat...
10:34 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Supreme Court To Consider Limiting America's 'Anti-Hacking' Law
America's Supreme Court "is finally considering whether to rein in the nation's sweeping anti-hacking law, which cybersecurity pros say is decades out of date and ill-suited to the modern Internet," a...
09:34 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot 10 Kinds of Apples That Were Thought to Be Extinct Have Been Rediscovered
"Ten apple varieties that were thought to be extinct have been recovered thanks to a non-profit group of apple hunters," reports CNN:Founder of the Lost Apple Project, David Benscoter, told CNN that i...
08:34 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot After Trump's Musing About Injecting Disinfectants, Spike in Calls to Poison Control Centers
America's generally pro-Trump media site Fox News felt compelled to report today that "Some poison control centers reported a spike in calls following President Trump's suggestion that injecting disin...
07:34 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Ad Firms Are Exploring Deepfaked Commercials
"With the pandemic having shut down production, companies are asking ad agencies to create commercials made up of digitally altered footage," reports the New York Times, citing a State Farm commercial...
06:34 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Python 2's Core Devs Say 'Fond Farewell' While Releasing Its Final Version
This week Python's core developer blog announced the very last production release of Python 2.7. Hackaday reports:The intention was for it to coincide with PyCon 2020, but just like so many of the eve...
05:34 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Some 'Reopen' Domains Could Be Phishing and Malware Campaigns
CNET reports on new research from a threat-intelligence company into the more than 540 domain names registered this month with the word "reopen" in their URL. While hundreds of them are "designed to l...
04:34 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Archivists Uncover Earliest Evidence of a Person Being Killed By a Meteorite
sciencehabit writes: Although tales of people being killed by meteorite impacts date back to biblical times, few have been documented until the past decade or so. Now, Turkish researchers have uncover...
03:34 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot America Now Has One-Third of the World's Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
"Confirmed coronavirus cases world-wide Friday exceeded 2.7 million, with more than 190,000 dead," reports the Wall Street Journal, citing data from Johns Hopkins University. While America has just 4....
02:30 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Takes On Zoom With 'Messenger Rooms'
Facebook is challenging Zoom with the introduction of "Messenger Rooms," a group messaging service that allows Facebook users to host group calls of up to 50 people that anyone can join. Engadget repo...
12:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Intel CEO: Bad Companies Are Destroyed by Crises; Great Companies Are Improved by Them
Intel CEO Bob Swan cited a quote from former CEO Andy Grove as particularly apt during the pandemic. In a call with analysts, Swan noted that Grove once said, "Bad companies are destroyed by crises; g...
10:01 am - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Accuses NSO Group of Using US Servers for Spying
Facebook has accused the Israeli surveillance technology company NSO Group of using servers located in the U.S. to infect hundreds of smartphones with spyware. From a report: The allegation comes as p...
07:00 am - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Ventilator Companies Finally Make the Life Saving Devices Easier to Repair
America needs ventilators. The coronavirus has spread far enough that Donald Trump used the Defense Production Act on April 2 to make it easier to produce more. There's also broken ventilators on the ...
05:00 am - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Israel Stops Using Phone Tracking To Enforce COVID-19 Quarantines
Israel's use of phone tracking technology to track COVID-19 patients has come to a partial end. From a report: A parliamentary oversight committee has halted use of the tracking to enforce quarantines...
03:30 am - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Trump Threatens To Block Aid For US Post Office If It Does Not Raise Prices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to block federal aid for the U.S. Postal Service unless it raises shipping rates for online companies like...
01:30 am - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Developers Observe Anzac Day, Commemorating Those Who Served, With a Data-Based 'Anzacathon'
Today is Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand for those who served, marked on the anniversary of the 1915 campaign that led to the first major casualties for Australia...
12:40 am - Sat, April 25, 2020
Slashdot Long-Lost US Military Satellite Found By Amateur Radio Operator
Tilley, an amateur radio operator living in Canada, found a "zombie" military satellite that was supposed to shut down in 1972. NPR reports: Recently, Tilley got interested in a communications satelli...
11:40 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Former Labradoodle Breeder Was Tapped To Lead US Pandemic Task Force
Aram Roston and Marisa Taylor, reporting for Reuters: On January 21, the day the first U.S. case of coronavirus was reported, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services appeared on F...
11:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Nearly 160,000 Nintendo Accounts Compromised In Massive Hack
Nintendo has confirmed that about 160,000 Nintendo Network ID accounts have been compromised since the beginning of April. Digital Trends reports: The Japan-based video game company says login ID and ...
10:20 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Asks Workers Staying At Home To Return Or Seek Leave
Amazon is asking warehouse employees who have stayed away from work during the pandemic to return for scheduled shifts beginning May 1, or request a leave of absence. Bloomberg reports: The move sets ...
09:40 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Apple and Google Pledge To Shut Down Coronavirus Tracker When Pandemic Ends
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: On Friday, Apple and Google revised their ambitious automatic contact-tracing proposal, just two weeks after the system was first announced. An Appl...
09:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot AT&T's Randall Stephenson To Retire As CEO
AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said he will retire at the end of June (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), handing leadership of one of the world's largest media and telecommu...
08:20 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot WD Sets the Record Straight: Lists All Drives That Use Slower SMR Tech
News emerged last week that WD, Seagate and Toshiba are all shipping hard drives using Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR), a slower form of HDD technology that can result in reduced performance in some...
07:40 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Top Watchdog In Congress Says Its Witness 'May Have Lied'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Amazon's witness at a hearing last year "may have lied to Congress" about how the company uses data from its third-party sellers to come up with its priv...
06:19 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Telegram Hits 400M Monthly Active Users
Instant messaging service Telegram has amassed 400 million monthly active users, it said today, up from 300 million active users the seven-year-old service disclosed to the SEC last October. From a re...
05:25 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS 'Focal Fossa', Featuring Linux 5.4 Kernel and WireGuard VPN, Now Available For Download
Canonical has released the newest version of its Ubuntu Linux distribution, Ubuntu 20.04. This long-term-support (LTS) version is more than just the latest version of one of the most popular Linux dis...
04:54 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Times New Arial Mutates Familiar Fonts Into Something Wholly New
A project out of design studio Libermann Kiepe Reddemann (LKR) in Hamburg, Germany, in conjunction with designer Elias Hanzer, Times New Arial is a variable font that combines two of the most instantl...
04:10 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Trump Muses About Light as Remedy, but Also Disinfectant, Which Is Dangerous
President Trump has long pinned his hopes on the powers of sunlight to defeat the Covid-19 virus. He returned to that theme at the White House coronavirus briefing on Thursday, bringing in a science a...
03:32 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Cut Chloroquine Study Short Over Safety Concerns, Citing a 'Primary Outcome' of Death
Citing a "primary outcome" of death, researchers cut short a study testing anti-malaria drug chloroquine as a potential treatment for Covid-19 after some patients developed irregular heart rates and n...
02:48 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Drugmaker Tripled the Price of a Pill as it Pursued Coronavirus Use
This month, Jaguar Health more than tripled the price of its lone FDA-approved drug, right after asking the federal government to expand the use of its drug to coronavirus patients. AmiMoJo shares a r...
02:12 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Word Now Flags Double Spaces as Errors, Ending the Great Space Debate
Microsoft has settled the great space debate, and sided with everyone who believes one space after a period is correct, not two. From a report: The software giant has started to update Microsoft Word ...
01:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Medical Staffing Companies Cut Doctors' Pay While Spending Millions On Political Ads
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via ProPublica: Private equity-backed medical staffing companies that have cut doctors' pay are continuing to spend millions on political ads, accor...
10:00 am - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Google's Flutter: 2 Million Developers, Uptick In Enterprise Use, New Release Model Revealed
Liam Tung writing via ZDNet: Google says two million developers have used its Flutter user-interface (UI) framework for building apps targeting mobile, desktop, and the web since declaring it producti...
07:00 am - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Malwarebytes Releases New VPN Service For Windows
The popular anti-malware software MalwareBytes is releasing a new Windows VPN service called Malwarebytes Privacy. The company says it plans on offering Mac, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS versions in the...
03:30 am - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot First Human Trial In Europe of a Coronavirus Vaccine Has Begun In Oxford
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The first human trial in Europe of a coronavirus vaccine has begun in Oxford. Two volunteers were injected, the first of more than 800 people recruite...
02:02 am - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Internet Governance Body RIPE Opposes China's Internet Protocols Upgrade Plan
EU-based Internet governance body RIPE is opposing a proposal to remodel core internet protocols, a proposal backed by the Chinese government, Chinese telecoms, and Chinese networking equipment vendor...
01:25 am - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Gets Rid of 'Pseudoscience' Ad-Targeting Category
Facebook has removed "pseudoscience" as an option for advertisers that want to target audiences, a category available until this week even as the world's largest social media network vowed to curb mis...
12:45 am - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Instacart Plans To Hire 250,000 More Shoppers
Instacart hired 300,000 workers in recent weeks to meet surging demand for grocery deliveries spurred by the pandemic. Now, the startup is seeking to hire another 250,000 workers over the next two mon...
12:02 am - Fri, April 24, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Starlink Internet Private Beta To Begin In Roughly Three Months, Public Beta In Six
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that a private beta for the company's Starlink satellite internet service would begin in around three months, with a public beta to kick off roughly three months a...
11:30 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Explore Underwater Quantum Links For Submarines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Underwater quantum links are possible across 30 meters (100 feet) of turbulent water, scientists have shown. Such findings could help to one day...
10:50 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Boston Dynamics Open-Sources Health Care Robotics Toolkit, Sends 'Spot' Robot To Help Hospitals Remotely Treat COVID-19 Patients
watha2020 writes: Spot, the four-legged robot made famous by its YouTube dance video, is being tested as a remote triage system at Boston's Brigham Women's Hospital. A Spot robot carrying an iPad allo...
10:10 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Google To Cut Marketing Budgets By as Much as Half, Directors Warned of Hiring Freezes
Google is slashing its marketing budgets by as much as half for the second half of the year, CNBC reported Thursday. From the report: One email about the cuts went out to marketing employees this week...
09:30 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot 1 In 5 New Yorkers May Have Had COVID-19, Antibody Tests Suggest
One of every five New York City residents tested positive for antibodies to the coronavirus, according to preliminary test results described by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday, suggesting the virus h...
08:50 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Bing Disables 'Trending' Feature After Wildly Inappropriate Results
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Microsoft has shut down a feature in its Bing search engine that shows popular articles from major websites after Ars Technica reported that the ...
08:10 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Insect Numbers Down 25% Since 1990, Global Study Finds
The biggest assessment of global insect abundances to date shows a worrying drop of almost 25% in the last 30 years, with accelerating declines in Europe that shocked scientists. From a news report: T...
07:33 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot When in Doubt: Hang Up, Look Up, and Call Back
Many security-conscious people probably think they'd never fall for a phone-based phishing scam. But if your response to such a scam involves anything other than hanging up and calling back the entity...
06:46 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot FCC Widens Wi-Fi Airwaves Access in Win for Facebook, Google
Regulators voted to let fast Wi-Fi devices use a broad swath of airwaves, delivering a win for tech companies such as Google and Facebook and a setback to utilities that use the frequencies to control...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Valve Says It's Safe To Play CS:GO and TF2 After Source Code Leaked Online
Valve told ZDNet today that it's safe to play games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 even after their source code leaked online this week on 4chan and torrent sites. From a re...
05:25 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Want To Find a Misinformed Public? Facebook's Already Done It
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a post pledging to combat misinformation about COVID-19 circulating on Facebook. "We've taken down hundreds of thousands of pieces of misinformation relat...
04:50 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot 'Murder Threats' To Telecoms Engineers Over 5G
Telecoms engineers have told Radio 1 Newsbeat they're being threatened and harassed by people who believe they're working on 5G, which has been wrongly linked to coronavirus. From a report: Claims abo...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Apple Aims To Sell Macs With Its Own Chips Starting in 2021
Apple is planning to start selling Mac computers with its own main processors by next year, relying on designs that helped popularize the iPhone and iPad, Bloomberg reported Thursday. From the report:...
03:26 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Daily Users Surge To 300 Million Despite Privacy Woes
Zoom Video has been lambasted for its security flaws, but the backlash hasn't slowed growth. The company reported a 50% surge in use of the online meeting application in the past three weeks. From a r...
02:48 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Scooped Up Data From Its Own Sellers To Launch Competing Products
Amazon.com employees have used data about independent sellers on the company's platform to develop competing products, a practice at odds with the company's stated policies. From a report: The online ...
02:01 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Google To Require All Advertisers To Pass Identity Verification Process
Google will soon require all advertisers to verify their identity, the company said in a blog post on Thursday. It's making the change to prevent advertisers from misrepresenting themselves and says i...
01:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Agents Helped Spread Messages That Sowed Virus Panic In US: Officials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The alarming messages came fast and furious in mid-March, popping up on the cellphone screens and social media feeds of millions of America...
10:00 am - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot NASA's Plan To Turn the ISS Into a Quantum Laser Lab
Daniel Oberhaus writes via Wired: Later this summer, physicists at the Argonne and Fermi national laboratories will exchange quantum information across 30 miles of optical fiber running beneath the su...
07:00 am - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Two Cats Are First US Pets To Test Positive For Coronavirus
The first pets in the United States, two cats from New York State, have tested positive for the virus that is causing the worldwide pandemic, the Agriculture Department and the Centers for Disease Con...
03:30 am - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Air Pollution Falls By Unprecedented Levels In Major Global Cities During Coronavirus Lockdowns
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Lockdowns restricting travel and industry imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus have resulted in unprecedented reductions in deadly air pollution arou...
01:25 am - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot NordVPN Unveils First Mainstream WireGuard Virtual Private Network
One of the largest VPN companies, NordVPN, is rolling out NordLynx -- it's first mainstream WireGuard virtual private network for its Windows, Mac, Android and iOS client-software applications. ZDNet ...
12:45 am - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot The Jury Is Still Out On Zoom Trials
As cities across the United States continue shelter-in-place orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some in-person court proceedings are now taking place over Zoom. "It's an unprecedented moment for the...
12:02 am - Thu, April 23, 2020
Slashdot Researchers To Doctors: Stop Putting COVID-19 Patients On Invasive Ventilators
Rei writes: A paper recently published by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene adds further support to recent CDC guidelines for minimizing the use of invasive ventilators. As physici...
11:20 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Motorola Edge, Edge Go Official As the Company's First Flagships In Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: Motorola hasn't had a true flagship on the market in a few years after its Moto Z line was downgraded to mid-range status. Today, though, the compa...
10:40 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Team Fortress 2 Source Code Leak Raises Security Fears
"The source code for Team Fortress 2 has apparently been leaked, leading to hackers reportedly able to deliver malware through Remote Code Execution to other players," reports TechRadar. However, Valv...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot First US Coronavirus Deaths Took Place Weeks Before Initially Thought
The first American to die of COVID-19 took place in early and mid-February, according autopsies at the Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner. "Until the new revelations, the first COVID-19 death had be...
09:20 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot AT&T's Massive TV Losses Continue as Another 900,000 Customers Flee
AT&T lost another 897,000 premium TV subscribers in Q1 2020, as the DirecTV owner's string of massive customer losses continued. An AT&T executive today said the company is moving ahead with a...
08:40 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Milan Announces Ambitious Scheme To Reduce Car Use After Lockdown
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Milan is to introduce one of Europe's most ambitious schemes reallocating street space from cars to cycling and walking, in response to the coron...
07:55 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Successfully Launches 60 More Starlink Satellites as it Continues Towards 2020 Service Debut
SpaceX has launched another big batch of Starlink satellites, the low Earth orbit spacecraft that will provide connectivity for its globe-spanning high-bandwidth broadband internet network. This bring...
07:25 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Intel's Project Corail Monitors Coral Reef Health With AI
To commemorate Earth Day, Intel -- in partnership with Accenture and Sulubaai Environmental Foundation, a Philippine-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting Palawan's natural resources -- detailed Pro...
06:45 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Magic Leap, Which Has Raised Over $2B, Lays off 1,000 Employees and Drops Consumer Business
Magic Leap, the augmented-reality startup that raised more than $2 billion from high-profile investors including Alphabet and Alibaba Group, is cutting about half of its workforce as part of a major r...
06:09 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot People Are Making Bots To Snatch Whole Foods Delivery Order Time Slots
Social distancing and stay-home orders have led to booming demand for grocery delivery services. In some big cities, people report not being able to find an open delivery time slot for days or weeks a...
05:30 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot In a First, Missouri Sues China Over Coronavirus Economic Losses
Long-term reader schwit1 shares a report: Missouri became on Tuesday the first U.S. state to sue the Chinese government over its handling of the coronavirus, saying that China's response to the outbre...
04:49 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot UK To Trial Coronavirus Treatments Using Blood From Survivors
Health officials have prioritised two clinical trials that will be supplied with blood from recovered Covid-19 patients in the hope that transfusions can help save the lives of people hospitalised wit...
04:06 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Vivaldi Browser Gets Built-in Tracking Blocker, Goes GA on Android
Vivaldi, the browser launched by former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner, has long positioned itself as a highly customizable alternative to Chrome and Firefox for power users. Today, the team is launching...
03:28 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Say They Caught an iPhone Zero-Day Hack in the Wild
In the summer of 2016, researchers at a digital rights organization and a cybersecurity firm announced they had caught one of the rarest fish in the cybersecurity ocean -- an in the wild attack agains...
02:51 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot GM Shuts Down Car-Sharing Service Maven
General Motors is shutting down Maven, the car-sharing service it launched in 2016. From a report: It joins a small but growing list of car-sharing services from automakers and other companies that ha...
02:04 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Invests $5.7B in India's Reliance Jio
Facebook has enjoyed unparalleled reach in India for more than a decade. But as China's fast-growing ByteDance emerges as a formidable competitor in what has become the world's second largest internet...
01:00 pm - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Has Released a Map of Coronavirus Symptoms Crowdsourced From Its Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Facebook has released a map showing the proportion of people who say they have experienced coronavirus symptoms in each state in the US....
10:00 am - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Stripe Is Silently Recording Your Movements On Its Customers' Websites
Michael Lynch, blogger and former software engineer at Microsoft and Google, discovered that the payment processing platform Stripe and its official JavaScript library records all browsing activity on...
07:00 am - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot 'Minecraft' Partners With United Nations For COVID-19 PSA Campaign
The sandbox video game Minecraft has teamed with the United Nations for a PSA campaign that aims to spread helpful information and health tips amid the coronavirus pandemic. From the Hollywood Reporte...
03:30 am - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot As Coronavirus Spreads, Poison Hotlines See Rise In Accidents With Cleaning Products
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: A study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that calls to poison hotlines this year for cases involving...
02:10 am - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Wants To Rival the Human Eye With 600MP Camera Sensors
Babu Mohan writes via Android Central: In an editorial published on the company's website, Yongin Park, who heads the Sensor Business Team at Samsung's LSI division, has revealed that his team is work...
01:25 am - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Looking Beyond Hardware, Sonos Launches Its First Streaming Service
Sonos launched its first audio service Tuesday, called Sonos Radio. It promises free and exclusive music programming across a few dozen stations. From a report: Many of these stations will be supporte...
12:45 am - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Ripple Sues YouTube Over Cryptocurrency Scam Videos
Blockchain firm Ripple sued YouTube on Tuesday, alleging the video-sharing platform failed to protect consumers from cryptocurrency "giveaway" scams that use fake social media profiles to dupe victims...
12:03 am - Wed, April 22, 2020
Slashdot Who's Behind the 'Reopen' Domain Surge?
Inspired by a thread on Reddit, KrebsOnSecurity has been investigating possible incidences of state-led astroturfing to put pressure on U.S. states to ease, end, or reduce the extent of coronavirus lo...
11:20 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Trump Will Temporarily Suspend Immigration Into the US For 60 Days Due To Coronavirus Fears
President Trump tweeted on Monday night that he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration into the U.S. to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, adding that his decision wa...
10:40 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker
France is asking Apple to remove a technical obstacle that it says is delaying a government contact-tracing application designed to contain the coronavirus spread. Bloomberg reports: Apple's operating...
10:03 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Boom In Home Electronics Sales Shows Signs of Peaking
According to an analysis of credit card receipts provided to The Information, a boom in home electronics sales due to the coronavirus shut down shows signs of peaking. From the report: The research by...
09:25 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Epic Games Launches Fortnite on the Google Play Store But It's Not Happy About It
Epic Games is finally settling its feud -- kind of -- with Google and putting Fornite onto the Google Play Store, but the studio sounds pretty pissed about it. From a report: When Fortnite launched on...
08:42 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Adds 16 Million New Subscribers as Homebound Consumers Stream Away
Netflix beat its forecast for subscriber growth in the first quarter as consumers in many countries stayed at home due to the coronavirus pandemic and hunted for ways to entertain themselves. From a r...
08:03 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Agreed To Censor Posts After Vietnam Slowed Traffic
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Facebook's local servers in Vietnam were taken offline early this year, slowing local traffic to a crawl until it agreed to significantly increase the...
07:26 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot HBO Max Will Launch on May 27
HBO Max, WarnerMedia's new streaming service combining HBO with Warner Bros. movies and Turner TV shows, will launch on May 27th, the company announced today. From a report: HBO Max's big selling poin...
06:45 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot LabCorp's at-home COVID-19 Test Kit is the First To Be Authorized by the FDA
LabCorp's at-home COVID-19 test, which is called 'Pixel,' has received the first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for such a test missed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). From a report:...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot New York AG Opens Inquiry Into Charter Communications' Coronavirus Response After Hundreds Reportedly Catch Virus
New York Attorney General Letitia James opened an inquiry into Charter Communications after the telecom company continued to require some employees to report to corporate offices amid government calls...
05:40 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot The Many Languages Missing From the Internet
Imagine your favourite social media platform does not let you post in English. Now think of a keyboard that won't allow you to type in your own words. You would have two options: either switch to anot...
05:23 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot The Many Languages Missing From the Internet
Imagine your favourite social media platform does not let you post in English. Now think of a keyboard that won't allow you to type in your own words. You would have two options: either switch to anot...
04:44 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia's GeForce Now Will Lose Access To Titles From Xbox Game Studios and Warner Bros.
Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service is losing access to more titles later this month, the company announced said. From a report: Starting April 24th, GeForce Now will no longer be able to play t...
04:42 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Switch Sales Doubled Year-over-Year in March
NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said on Tuesday that hardware spending in March 2020 grew 63% when compared to a year ago, to $461 million. "Nintendo Switch hardware sales more than doubled when compared t...
03:23 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Telecom's Latest Dumb Claim: The Internet Only Works During A Pandemic Because We Killed Net Neutrality
Karl Bode, reporting for TechDirt: A few weeks ago, a new talking point popped up among telecom policy pundits opposed to net neutrality. They began claiming that the only reason the internet hasn't b...
02:48 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Google To Make Shopping Listings Free
Google won't charge businesses to sell goods in its Shopping section, beginning later this month in the U.S. and globally over the course of the year, the company said on Tuesday. From a report: Googl...
02:08 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Accounts Are Getting Hacked and Used To Buy Fortnite Currency
Over the course of the last month, Nintendo users have been increasingly reporting that their accounts have been getting hacked and accessed from remote locations around the globe, with some users los...
01:00 pm - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Uber Argues 'Fraud' Absolves It From Paying Star Engineer's $179 Million Fine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Uber argued in a recent court filing that former employee Anthony Levandowski committed fraud, an action that frees the company from any obligation...
10:00 am - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Ticketmaster Preparing Refund Plan For Thousands of Postponed Shows
Ticketmaster is finalizing a plan to begin offering refunds to concertgoers who purchased tickets to an event canceled or indefinitely postponed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Vulture reports: S...
07:00 am - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot By 2023, Some GM Facilities In Michigan Will Run On 100 Percent Renewables
On its way to being net-zero carbon neutral by 2050, General Motors announced today that some of its southeast Michigan facilities will be fully powered by renewable energy by 2023. CNET reports: The ...
03:30 am - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot 2 Billion Phones Cannot Use Google and Apple Contact-Tracing Tech
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: As many as a billion mobile phone owners around the world will be unable to use the smartphone-based system proposed by Apple and Google to track...
02:10 am - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Whole Foods Is Reportedly Using a Heat Map To Track Stores At Risk of Unionization
According to Business Insider, Amazon-owned Whole Foods is tracking and scoring stores it deems at risk of unionizing through an interactive heat map. From the report: The heat map is powered by an el...
01:30 am - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Alibaba To Invest $28 Billion In Cloud Services After Coronavirus Boosted Demand
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said it will invest $28 billion in its cloud infrastructure over three years -- "a plan that follows a boom in demand for business software as the coronavirus outbreak...
12:51 am - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's New Gaming App Launches on Android, With iOS Version Coming Soon
Facebook's dedicated Gaming app is now live on Android, months before its planned June release. From a report: The social media giant pushed the app out two months prior to its scheduled unveiling ami...
12:10 am - Tue, April 21, 2020
Slashdot Huawei Caught Passing Off DSLR Photos As Being Taken With Smartphones
Huawei was recently caught passing off photos taken with a DSLR as ones shot with one of its phones. PhoneDog reports: Earlier this month, Huawei kicked off a contest for its Next Image community, and...
11:30 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot A North Dakota Utility Wants To Build the World's Largest Carbon Capture Facility At a Power Plant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: The Milton R. Young Station, close to the town of Center in North Dakota, is as unremarkable as coal-fired power plants come. But if its owner M...
10:50 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Executive Order Allows Couples in New York To Get Married via Video Conference
New Yorkers looking to tie the knot while the state is under lockdown now have the option of getting married via video conference. From a report: During his daily coronavirus briefing, Governor Andrew...
10:10 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Devs Might Be Able To Write Software On iPad, iPhone With Xcode For iOS
macOS and iOS software developers will soon be able to code on an iPad or even iPhone, if an unconfirmed report is correct. iPadOS 14 and the iPhone equivalent will reportedly include support for Xcod...
09:30 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot China Rolls Out Pilot Test of Digital Currency
China's central bank has introduced a homegrown digital currency across four cities as part of a pilot program, marking a milestone on the path toward the first electronic payment system by a major ce...
08:50 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Will Ban Protests That Defy Government 'Guidance' On Distancing
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A Facebook spokesperson told Motherboard over the weekend that the social network would allow protest events as long as they do not fall afoul of ...
08:08 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Surface Go 2, Featuring Larger 10.5-inch Display and Thinner Bezels, To Launch Next Month
Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is right around the corner. While nothing is set in stone, Windows Central reported Monday that the product could be announced sometime in May. From a report: Thanks to leaked...
07:29 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Will Comic Books Survive Coronavirus?
As Marvel cuts staff and publishers stop selling new titles, artists, shop owners and writers worry for the future of an industry worth billions. From a report: There are no new comic books. Steve Gep...
06:45 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Walmart is Selling Its On-demand Video Service Vudu To Fandango
Movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy Walmart's on-demand video streaming service, Vudu, for an undisclosed sum. From a report: The video service today reaches over 100 million living roo...
06:07 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Oil Plunges Below Zero for First Time With May Contract Ending
Oil futures collapsed to below zero for the first time ever as the deepening economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus crisis left traders desperate to avoid taking delivery of physical crude. From a...
05:25 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot 267 Million Facebook Profiles Being Sold For $600 On Dark Web
An anonymous reader shares a report: Threat actors are selling over 267 million Facebook profiles for $623 on dark web sites and hacker forums. While none of these records include passwords, they do c...
04:45 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot You Can Now Check If Your ISP Uses Basic Security Measures
"Is BGP Safe Yet" is a new site that names and shames internet service providers that don't tend to their routing. From a report: For more than an hour at the beginning of April, major sites like Goog...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Cognizant Confirms Maze Ransomware Attack, Says Customers Face Disruption
Cognizant, one of the largest tech and consulting companies in the Fortune 500, has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack. From a report: Details remain slim besides a brief statement on its sit...
03:25 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Rich Americans Activate Pandemic Escape Plans
As coronavirus infections tore across the U.S. in early March, a Silicon Valley executive called the survival shelter manufacturer Rising S Co. He wanted to know how to open the secret door to his mul...
02:45 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Zoom's Security Woes Were No Secret to Business Partners Like Dropbox
Dropbox privately paid top hackers to find bugs in software by the videoconferencing company Zoom, then pressed it to fix them. From a report: One year ago, two Australian hackers found themselves on ...
02:06 pm - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Steal $25 Million Worth of Cryptocurrency From Uniswap and LendfMe
Hackers have stolen more than $25 million in cryptocurrency from the Uniswap exchange and the Lendf.me lending platform. From a report: The attacks took place over the weekend, on Saturday and Sunday,...
11:34 am - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Google is Blocking 18 Million Coronavirus Scam Emails Every Day
1.5 billion people use Gmail, according to a recent article in the BBC. And every day millions of them receive an email about a coronavirus scam:Scammers are sending 18 million hoax emails about Covid...
09:34 am - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Hacking the Pandemic: Global Research Community Gathers Online Against COVID-19
Long-time Slashdot reader DrYak writes: Over 500 scientists, software developers and clinicians joined forces in the COVID-19 virtual Biohackathon to develop new tools for working with the COVID-19 da...
07:24 am - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are You Doing To Help?
Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: With all the news stories about how the pandemic is impacting our world, some of us have been just plain lucky. As an information worker, I was already wo...
04:34 am - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot For the First Time, a Robot Repaired a Satellite in Orbit
Space.com calls it "the first commercial satellite servicing mission." But more specifically, it's being called "the first in-orbit rendezvous and docking of two commercial satellites" in a statement ...
01:42 am - Mon, April 20, 2020
Slashdot Programmer's Real-Time Deepfake Lets Him Impersonate Elon Musk on Zoom
Motherboard reports on a new open source program "that superimposes someone else's face onto yours in real-time, during video meetings."Programmer Ali Aliev used the open-source code from the "First O...
11:48 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Will The Pandemic Force Us to Learn How to Cook?
"In one recent survey, 54 percent of respondents said they cook more than before the pandemic," writes a clinical associate professor at NYU's business school:75 percent said they have become more con...
10:49 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Mild Disney Censorship 'Hides a Much Bigger Problem'
There's a scene in the 1984 Tom Hanks movie Splash "showing a brief glimpse of a naked butt..." notes the Verge, "but people watching the movie on Disney Plus are greeted with an entirely different ve...
09:49 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Will the Pandemic Inspire Silicon Valley to Do Good?
The global pandemic "has stirred up a missionary zeal throughout Silicon Valley," writes Bloomberg:Apple and Google put aside a decadelong rivalry to form an alliance to track the spread of infections...
08:45 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot The Most Widespread COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Target Bill Gates
In a 2015 speech, Bill Gates tried to warn that the greatest thread to humanity was an infectious virus, reports the New York Times. "Anti-vaccinators, members of the conspiracy group QAnon and right-...
07:39 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Australia Will Force Google and Facebook to Pay for News Content
"Social media giants Facebook and Google will be forced to pay Australian media companies for sharing their content or face sanctions under a landmark decision..." reports the New Zealand Herald: The ...
06:34 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Launching 'Plasmabot' To Screen Recovered COVID-19 Patients For Researchers
CNBC reports:Microsoft is working with a consortium of pharmaceutical companies to recruit people who have recovered from Covid-19 to donate their plasma, which could be used in treatments for the dis...
05:34 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Will Warn Users Who 'Liked' Coronavirus Hoaxes
The Associated Press reports that soon Facebook will start warning users who "shared or interacted with dangerous coronavirus misinformation":The new notice will be sent to users who have clicked on, ...
04:34 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Will Companies Cut Open Source Investment Because of COVID-19?
The editor of TFIR posed an interesting question to Rob Hirschfeld, the Founder/CEO of RackN (which automates and integrates bare-metal infrastructure). Will the financial impact of the COVID-19 pande...
03:34 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot O'Reilly Makes 'Prototype to Product' eBook Free to Help COVID-19 Innovators
Alan Cohen is a software and systems engineer/manager, and a lifelong technophile who's been engaged in developing medical devices and other high-reliability products. So right now he's working with t...
02:34 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Can't Reveal Number of US Surveillance Requests, Judge Rules
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:Six years ago, Twitter sued the U.S. government in an attempt to detail surveillance requests the company had received, but a federal judge on Friday ruled in favor of ...
01:34 pm - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Quantum Computing Milestone: Researchers Compute With 'Hot' Silicon Qubits
"Two research groups say they've independently built quantum devices that can operate at temperatures above 1 Kelvin — 15 times hotter than rival technologies can withstand," reports IEEE Spectr...
11:34 am - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Are We on the Cusp of a Metaverse, the Next Version of the Internet?
The Washington Post describes it as "the next internet." Wikipedia defines it as "a collective virtual shared space...including the sum of all virtual worlds, augmented reality, and the Internet." But...
07:34 am - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot Storage Vendors Are Quietly Slipping SMR Disks Into Consumer Hard Drives
"Storage vendors, including but reportedly not limited to Western Digital, have quietly begun shipping SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) disks in place of earlier CMR (Conventional Magnetic Recording)...
04:34 am - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot As Raspberry Pi Sales Skyrocket, Eben Upton Applauds Efforts of Open Hardware Community
"Sales of Raspberry Pi's single-board computers hit 640,000 in March, the second-biggest month for sales since they started selling," reports TechRepublic, "as consumers flocked to inexpensive ways to...
01:34 am - Sun, April 19, 2020
Slashdot After 8 Years of Remote-Access Trojans Attacks, Can We Still Say Linux is Secure?
Remember when BlackBerry reported Advanced Persistent Threat groups have been infiltrating critical Linux servers for at least eight years? What's the lesson to be learned? LinuxSecurity Founder Dave ...
11:34 pm - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot ICANN Delays .Org Sale After Scathing Letter from California's Attorney General
Ars Technica reports:ICANN, the nonprofit that oversees the Internet's domain name system, has given itself another two weeks to decide whether to allow control of the .org domain to be sold to privat...
10:44 pm - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates, Lancet, UN, and Many Others Lambast America's Withholding of Funds from the WHO
This week U.S. president Donald Trump suspended America's $900 million annual contribution to the World Health Organization. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the prestigious medical journal The Lanc...
09:34 pm - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot Silicon Valley Legends Launch 'Beyond Identity' To Eliminate All Passwords
SecurityWeek editor wiredmikey shares new that Jim Clark and Tom Jermoluk (past founders of Netscape, Silicon Graphics and @Home Network) "have launched a phone-resident personal certificate-based aut...
08:34 pm - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot Air Force Official Sees Use of Flying Cars By 2023
"Now is the perfect time to make Jetson's cars real," says the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics. Breaking Defense reports:'Flying cars' using electric v...
07:34 pm - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot Fewer Car Accidents From Sheltering in Place Saved California $1B
An anonymous reader quotes SFGate:The statewide order to shelter in place that went into effect on March 20 had a beneficial side-effect: Accidents, injuries and fatalities on California roadways were...
06:41 pm - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot 'Claim That Covid-19 Came From Lab In China Completely Unfounded Scientists Say'
Newsweek reports: There is no evidence to back claims the coronavirus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic emerged from a lab in China, scientists have told Newsweek. Adam Lauring, an associate profe...
05:34 pm - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot University of Washington Lab Will Begin Testing of Thousands For COVID-19 Antibodies
GeekWire reports:The University of Washington School of Medicine's Virology Lab is reporting encouraging results from trial runs of a new test from Abbott Laboratories that detects the antibodies crea...
04:34 pm - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot The Tor Project Lays Off 37% of Its Staff
The Tor Project's executive director Isabela Bagueros writes:Tor, like much of the world, has been caught up in the COVID-19 crisis. Like many other nonprofits and small businesses, the crisis has hit...
03:34 pm - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot 16-Year-Old Beat World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen to Win 'Banter Blitz Cup'
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:A 16-year-old Iranian chess prodigy has upended the chess world by beating World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the final of the Banter Blitz Cup. Alireza Firouzja def...
02:34 pm - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot Growth In Surveillance May Be Hard To Scale Back After Pandemic, Experts Say
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes the Guardian: The coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented global surge in digital surveillance, researchers and privacy advocates around the world hav...
10:00 am - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot Wind Blows By Coal To Become Iowa's Largest Source of Electricity
A new report from the American Wind Energy Association says wind is now the largest single source of electricity in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports: According to the trade association's Wind Pow...
07:00 am - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot Russia's Soyuz Rocket Production On Hold Due To Coronavirus
Russian officials said they've halted manufacturing of the country's workhorse Soyuz rocket, which most recently flew on April 9 to carry three astronauts to the ISS in a launch that was essentially u...
03:30 am - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot Possible Dinosaur DNA Has Been Found
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: The tiny fossil is unassuming, as dinosaur remains go. It is not as big as an Apatosaurus femur or as impressive as a Tyrannosaurus jaw. T...
02:03 am - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot Wary of Public Transport, Coronavirus-Hit Americans Turn To Bikes
Timothy Aeppel writing for Reuters: The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a surge in bike sales across the United States, according to a major manufacturer and a half dozen retailers interviewed by Reu...
01:25 am - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot The Pirate Bay Blocked By MalwareBytes But Normal Service Will Be Resumed
The Pirate Bay returned to the clear web this week after a month-long hiatus. However, the structure of the infamous torrent index presented an access problem to users of the popular anti-malware soft...
12:45 am - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot DHS CISA: Companies Are Getting Hacked Even After Patching Pulse Secure VPNs
According to the DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), companies that run Pulse Secure VPN servers are still at risk of getting hacked, despite patching vulnerable systems. ZD...
12:02 am - Sat, April 18, 2020
Slashdot Deep Sea Squid Communicate By Glowing Like E-Readers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Deep in the Pacific Ocean, six-foot-long Humboldt squid are known for being aggressive, cannibalistic and, according to new research, good communicators. ...
11:20 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Apple Music On the Web Exits Beta
The web-based Apple Music experience that launched in beta last September is now available at music.apple.com. MacRumors reports: The previous beta.music.apple.com address automatically forwards to th...
10:40 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot ICANN Delays .Org Sale Again After California's AG Intervenes At Last Minute
ICANN has again delayed a decision on the sale of the .org registry, pushing the issue off for another month. The Register reports: The organization's board of directors was due to decide today on whe...
10:02 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot AT&T Gave FCC False Broadband-Coverage Data In Parts of 20 States
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T falsely reported to the Federal Communications Commission that it offers broadband in nearly 3,600 census blocks spread across parts of ...
09:25 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot AI Researchers Propose 'Bias Bounties' To Put Ethics Principles Into Practice
Researchers from Google Brain, Intel, OpenAI, and top research labs in the U.S. and Europe joined forces this week to release what the group calls a toolbox for turning AI ethics principles into pract...
08:46 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot MIT's AI Suggests That Social Distancing Works
In a preprint academic paper published in early April, MIT researchers describe a model that quantifies the impact of quarantine measures on the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. From a repor...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot NASA, SpaceX Set Date For Historic Launch of Astronauts To ISS
The last space shuttle launched in 2011 and NASA hasn't sent astronauts to space from US soil since then. That long dry patch is set to end on May 27 when the SpaceX Crew Dragon is scheduled to head t...
07:25 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Tech Startups Ask Workers To Trade In Salary for Stock
Business is booming for Medal.tv as house-bound users flock to the gaming startup, making it one of the rare coronavirus success stories. Half its employees are still taking salary cuts in the wake of...
06:45 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Clipboard Hijacking Malware Found in 725 Ruby Libraries
Security researchers from ReversingLabs say they've discovered 725 Ruby libraries uploaded on the official RubyGems repository that contained malware meant to hijack users' clipboards. From a report: ...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Google is Building Physical and Virtual Debit Cards
Would you pay with a "Google Card?" TechCrunch has attained imagery that shows Google is developing its own physical and virtual debit cards. From the report The Google card and associated checking ac...
05:22 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Resellers Using Checkout Bots Are Driving the Nintendo Switch Shortage
During the global coronavirus pandemic, demand for the Nintendo Switch console has skyrocketed and retailers have repeatedly run out of stock. Seizing that opportunity, some price gougers on Amazon an...
04:44 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Uber Withdraws Forecast and Will Write Down About $2 Billion
Uber withdrew its financial guidance for 2020 and said it will write down about $2 billion in investments after the coronavirus pandemic upended the ride-hailing business. From a report: The San Franc...
04:06 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot World's Biggest Trial of Drug To Treat Covid-19 Begins in UK
The world's biggest trial of drugs to treat Covid-19 patients has been set up in the UK at unprecedented speed, and hopes to have some answers within weeks. From a report: The Recovery trial has recru...
03:24 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Why the World Health Organization Failed
Zeynep Tufekci, writing for The Atlantic: Donald Trump has declared that he would like the United States to stop funding the World Health Organization. It's unclear if he has the authority to change p...
02:40 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot New GTA in Development, Rockstar Reportedly Making Changes To Fix Crunch Culture
Rockstar Games is working on a new Grand Theft Auto, but the next entry in the series is reportedly a long ways from release, and may take on a different scope due to alleged changes at the Red Dead a...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot China Raises Coronavirus Death Toll by 50% in Wuhan
China on Friday raised its coronavirus death toll by 50 percent in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak first emerged, amid accusations that the government had concealed the extent of the epidemic. From...
01:00 pm - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot FCC To Approve 5G Network Despite Military Saying It Will Harm GPS
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission is set to approve a new 5G cellular network despite claims from the Department of Defense that it will inte...
10:00 am - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Tech's Early Work-From-Home Mandates Helped California, Washington Flatten Curve
gollum123 shares a report from CNBC: On March 19, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a statewide shelter-in-place order to stem the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Washington State Gov. Jay In...
07:00 am - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot ESO Finds Star's Orbit Around Black Hole Confirms Einstein's General Relativity
puddingebola shares a report from ESO: Observations made with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed for the first time that a star orbiting the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Mi...
03:30 am - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Cancels Large In-Person Events Through June 2021
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Facebook (FB) is canceling all of its planned physical events with 50 or more people through June 2021 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Som...
02:02 am - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Samsung's Galaxy S10 Lite Will Launch In the US On April 17th For $650
Samsung is launching a more budget-friendly version of the Galaxy S10, called the Galaxy S10 Lite. According to The Verge, it'll be available in the U.S. starting tomorrow for $650. The Verge reports:...
01:45 am - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot GoPro Cuts More Than 20% of Workforce, Changes Sales Strategy
GoPro said it will cut more than 200 jobs and shift its sales strategy to market its cameras directly to consumers. It will also withdraw its 2020 financial guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandem...
01:25 am - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Minecraft Ray Tracing Launches April 16, and It Is Breathtaking
Microsoft and Nvidia are releasing Minecraft with RTX in beta for everyone April 16. This update adds ray-tracing effects like lighting, reflections, shadows, and more. And this is potentially the nex...
12:45 am - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Bans Apps With Deceptive Subscription Offers From the Play Store
A newly instituted Google Play policy bans apps that use deceptive language or imagery to trick you into subscriptions. Engadget reports: Apps now have to be clear about a plan's cost, frequency and t...
12:02 am - Fri, April 17, 2020
Slashdot The Secret Behind 'Unkillable' Android Backdoor Called xHelper Has Been Revealed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In February, a researcher detailed a widely circulating Android backdoor that's so pernicious that it survives factory resets, a trait that makes...
11:20 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus: NHS Contact Tracing App To Target 80 Percent of Smartphone Users
The University of Oxford's Big Data Institute found that 56% of the general population, or 80% of current smartphone owners, would need to use a contact-tracing app for it to be effective in helping s...
10:40 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot India Says Zoom 'Not a Safe Problem' For Video Conferencing
India is the latest country to denounce videoconferencing software Zoom, calling it "not a safe platform." Reuters reports: "Zoom is a not a safe platform," the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) of I...
10:40 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot India Says Zoom 'Not a Safe Platform' For Video Conferencing
India is the latest country to denounce videoconferencing software Zoom, calling it "not a safe platform." Reuters reports: "Zoom is a not a safe platform," the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) of I...
10:02 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Apple Developing High-End Headphones With Interchangeable Parts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple is developing over-ear wireless headphones with parts that can be swapped in and out, seeking to augment its AirPods business with a high-end ...
09:26 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Retools With Unusual Goal: Get Shoppers To Buy Less Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Amazon is retooling its website to do the opposite of what made it one of the world's most powerful and dominant companies: Sell fewer items. From a report: Amazon is struggling to meet an immense sur...
08:45 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Sony Plans Limited PlayStation 5 Output in First Year
Sony plans to produce far fewer units of its upcoming PlayStation 5 in its first year than it had for the previous-generation console's launch, Bloomberg reported Thursday. From the report: The Tokyo-...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Apple Changes Default MacBook Charging Behavior To Improve Battery Health
The way MacBook batteries charge is about to change. Apple has released a new developer preview of macOS Catalina 10.15.5, and as these releases often do, it contains a new feature: Battery Health Man...
07:24 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Security Lapse Exposed Clearview AI Source Code
Zack Whittaker, reporting for TechCrunch: Since it exploded onto the scene in January after a newspaper expose, Clearview AI quickly became one of the most elusive, secretive, and reviled companies in...
06:47 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Pastebin Made It Harder To Scrape Its Site And Researchers Are Pissed Off
The most famous paste site, used by hackers of all stripes to host lists of stolen passwords, announcements of data breaches, and malware has made it harder for security researchers to scrape it looki...
06:06 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot AI Spots Critical Microsoft Security Bugs 97% of the Time
Microsoft claims to have developed a system that correctly distinguishes between security and non-security software bugs 99% of the time, and that accurately identifies the critical, high-priority sec...
05:27 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Linksys Asks Users To Reset Passwords After Hackers Hijacked Home Routers Last Month
Router vendor Linksys has locked user accounts on its Smart WiFi cloud service and is asking them to reset passwords after hackers have been observed hijacking accounts and changing router settings to...
04:45 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Google, Apple Covid-19 Tracking Tech Faces EU Scrutiny
The European Union said it will scrutinize Google and Apple's proposed contact-tracing technology to ensure it meets the bloc's new standards governing the deployment of Covid-19 apps. From a report: ...
04:08 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Paycheck Protection Program Out of Money: Thousands of Small Businesses Shut Out
A key piece of the federal government's stimulus efforts to help small businesses and their employees has run out of money, shutting out thousands of potential borrowers who were seeking aid amidst th...
03:25 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot U.N. Backs Down on Partnership With Chinese Firm for 75th Anniversary
The United Nations has backtracked on a pact with the Chinese telecommunications giant Tencent Holdings to provide videoconferencing and text services for the international organization's 75th anniver...
02:50 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot In Shareholder Letter, Bezos Emphasizes Need For More Coronavirus Testing
In his annual shareholder letter, Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said that a next step for the company could be regularly testing its employees for the coronavirus, even if they show no symptoms. F...
02:10 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Verizon To Buy Videoconferencing Software Company BlueJeans
Verizon announced Thursday that it's buying BlueJeans as part of a push into the unified communications market. From a report: Verizon said BlueJeans will be "deeply integrated" into its 5G product ro...
01:00 pm - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot New York Orders Residents To Wear Masks In Public
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Imposing a stricter measure to control the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday that he would start requiring ...
10:00 am - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Former Tesla Employees Brought Stolen Documents To Self-Driving Startup Zoox
Self-driving startup Zoox has admitted that four of its employees took confidential documents from their previous employer Tesla, according to a statement issued after the company settled a lawsuit th...
07:00 am - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planet Found Hidden In Early NASA Kepler Data
A team of transatlantic scientists, using reanalyzed data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, has discovered an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star's habitable zone, the area around a star where...
03:30 am - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Confirm Dramatic Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: There was a dramatic melting of Greenland's ice sheet in the summer of 2019, researchers have confirmed, in a study that reveals the loss was lar...
02:02 am - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Halts Activity At French Warehouses After Court Order
Amazon said it will stop activity at its fulfillment centers in France for five days after a court order banned the sale of non-essential goods. Bloomberg reports: The world's largest online retailer ...
01:20 am - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Are Selling a Critical Zoom Zero-Day Exploit for $500,000
Hackers are selling two critical vulnerabilities for the video conferencing software Zoom that would allow someone to hack users and spy on their calls, Motherboard reported Wednesday. From the report...
12:45 am - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot General Motors' First Ventilators Are Ready For Delivery
On Tuesday, General Motors revealed that its first ventilators are ready for delivery. "The automaker has a contract with the US Department of Health and Human Services to license-build 30,000 Ventec ...
12:01 am - Thu, April 16, 2020
Slashdot Intel Launches NUC 9 Extreme Ghost Canyon Small Form Factor PC Platform
MojoKid writes: Intel unveiled its NUC 9 Ghost Canyon platform back at CES earlier this year, but the company has just announced general availability and lifted the embargo on full product reviews. An...
11:20 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Court Rules Photographer Gave Up Exclusive Licensing Rights by Posting on Instagram
When it comes to appropriating images found online, the situation is understandably confusing. If an individual posts something on social media, does that give someone else the right to use it in a di...
10:40 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot School District Deploys Over 100 School Buses Equipped With Wi-Fi For Students Without Internet Access
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: As schools across the country shut their doors indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of students are now adjusting to online learning. Bu...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Tests Science's Need for Speed Limits
Preprint servers and peer-reviewed journals are seeing surging audiences, with many new readers not well versed in the limitations of the latest research findings. From a report: Early on Feb. 1, John...
09:20 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Frontier Files For Bankruptcy, Says Its Broadband Service Won't Get Any Worse
Frontier Communications filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday, but the struggling telecom said its service to customers won't be affected by the financial restructuring. Ars Technica reports: "Fro...
08:45 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Multiple Banks Have Reported Outages As People Check For Coronavirus Stimulus Checks
Chase, Capital One, PNC Bank and others across the U.S. have reported outages with online and mobile banking Wednesday -- the same day the coronavirus IRS stimulus checks are expected to hit bank acco...
08:04 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's New 'Planetary Computer' Project Will Use Global Environmental Data To Support Sustainability
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Microsoft is embarking on a new sustainability initiative as part of its overall approach to support environmental protection measures, with a proj...
05:34 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Verily Told Senators That it Has Run More Than 7,000 Tests For COVID-19 and Plans To Keep the Mandatory Google Sign-in
Verily, the Alphabet life sciences division that launched its COVID-19 screening and testing program last month, is still under scrutiny from lawmakers over how it is collecting users' data, as well a...
04:49 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot North Korea Hacking Threatens US and Global Financial System: US Officials
U.S. government officials warned on Wednesday about the threat of North Korean hackers, calling particular attention to banking and other finance. From a report: The reason for the advisory -- which w...
04:14 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Pentagon Watchdog Clears Microsoft's $10 Billion Win Over Amazon
The Defense Department's watchdog found no evidence that the Pentagon's controversial decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft was the result of interference from Presiden...
03:26 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Apple Introduces New $399 iPhone SE With Touch ID and 4.7" Screen
Apple today unveiled a new iPhone SE, updating the lineup for the first time in four years. It's a 4.7" iPhone with a physical home button, Touch ID, a single rear-facing camera and the A13 Bionic chi...
02:49 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot China Didn't Warn Public of Likely Pandemic For 6 Key Days
The Associated Press: In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hoste...
02:01 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot 20 Suspected Phone Mast Attacks Over Easter
The UK's mobile networks have reported a further 20 cases of phone masts being targeted in suspected arson attacks over the Easter weekend. From a report: Trade group Mobile UK said it had been notifi...
01:00 pm - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Beijing Tightens Grip Over Coronavirus Research, Amid US-China Row on Virus Origin
Nectar Gan, Caitlin Hu and Ivan Watson, reporting for CNN: China has imposed restrictions on the publication of academic research on the origins of the novel coronavirus, according to a central govern...
10:00 am - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot ESRB Introduces a New Label To Indicate That a Game Has Loot Boxes
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which is the organization that rates the content of video games, announced a new label today to indicate that a game will offer in-game purchases of loo...
07:00 am - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Google Is Lowering Nest Camera Quality 'To Conserve Internet Resources'
Google is temporarily lowering the video quality of its Nest security cameras to "conserve internet resources" during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The adjustment is rolling out over the next few days, and ...
03:30 am - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot State Officials Ask Trump Administration To Pull 3D-Printed Gun Files Offline
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Two dozen state attorneys general are asking the Trump administration to crack down on Defense Distributed's Defcad site for selling 3D-printed gun ...
02:10 am - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Stephen Wolfram Presents a Path to The Fundamental Theory of Physics
New submitter wattersa writes: Mathematician/Physicist Stephen Wolfram, founder of Wolfram Research and creator of the technical computation program Mathematica, has announced a discovery in the area ...
01:30 am - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's New Browser For Windows 7 Will Be Retired In July 2021
Microsoft's relatively new Chromium-based Edge browser is going to be retired in mid-2021. Softpedia reports: News of Microsoft supporting Edge on Windows 7 until at least July 2021 first surfaced ear...
12:10 am - Wed, April 15, 2020
Slashdot Medical Device 'Jailbreak' Could Help Solve the Dangerous Shortage of Ventilators
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Security researcher Trammell Hudson analyzed the AirSense 10 -- the world's most widely used CPAP -- and made a startling discovery. Although its...
11:30 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Trump Halts US Funding For World Health Organization As It Conducts Coronavirus Review
President Trump is following through with the threat he made last week by suspending funding to the World Health Organization while his administration reviews the agency's response to the COVID-19 pan...
10:50 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot GitHub Is Now Free For All Teams
GitHub today announced that all of its core features are now available for free to all users, including those that are currently on free accounts. TechCrunch reports: That means free unlimited private...
10:10 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Open-Source Electronics Maker Adafruit Switches To Producing Face Shields, Other PPE
Slashdot reader and managing director of Adafruit, Phillip Torrone, a.k.a. ptorrone, writes: Tom's Hardware talked to Adafruit about what it's like to switch from selling tech to selling protective ge...
09:30 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot The Trump Administration and a Group of Major Airlines Have Agreed On a $25 Billion Bailout
According to The New York Times, the Trump administration has reached an agreement in principle with major airline companies over a $25 billion bailout to prop up the struggling industry. From the rep...
09:30 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot AMD Launches 3 Second-Gen Epyc Processors With 50% Lower Cost of Ownership
Advanced Micro Devices said it is adding three new 2nd-Gen AMD Epyc server processors that can deliver up to 50% lower cost of ownership than rival Intel Xeon processors. From a report: The chips are ...
08:50 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Over 500,000 Zoom Accounts Sold On Hacker Forums, the Dark Web
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: Over 500,000 Zoom accounts are being sold on the dark web and hacker forums for less than a penny each, and in some cases, given away for fr...
08:10 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Removes 49 Chrome Extensions Caught Stealing Crypto-Wallet Keys
Google has removed 49 Chrome extensions from the Web Store that posed as legitimate cryptocurrency wallet apps but contained malicious code that stole crypto-wallet private keys, mnemonic phrases, and...
07:30 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Cisco Announces $2.5B Financing Program For Customers and Partners During COVID-19
Cisco announced Tuesday that it's launching a $2.5 billion financial relief program to help its customers and partners mitigate the economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. From a rep...
06:50 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Disney World Furloughing 43,000 Workers
Walt Disney World in Florida plans to furlough about 43,000 workers after it closed last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, the company and a union coalition representing the workers said. Fro...
06:08 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Apple Opens Access To Mobility Data, Offering Insight Into How COVID-19 is Changing Cities
Apple is providing a data set derived from aggregated, anonymized information taken from users of its Maps navigational app, the company announced today. From a report: The data is collected as a set ...
05:25 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua Believed To Be 'Active Asteroid'
The cigar-shaped interstellar visitor to our solar system known as 'Oumuamua could be the remnants of a larger body that was torn apart by its host star, according to researchers. From a report: The d...
04:48 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot PC Shipments Saw 10-12% Decline in Q1 2020 Due To Coronavirus
After years of bad news, PC shipments saw growth in 2019. Now the coronavirus crisis is cutting the celebration short. From a report: The PC market fell between 9.8% and 12.3% in Q1 2020, according to...
04:08 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot The OnePlus 8 Pro Has a 120Hz Screen, Quadruple Camera, and Costs $899
OnePlus today launched the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro today. Both are powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 865 chipset, but it's the larger OnePlus 8 Pro that comes with the big display and camera...
03:25 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Fires Two Tech Workers Who Criticized Warehouse Conditions
phalse phace writes: Following the termination of Chris Smalls for leading a warehouse strike over poor coronavirus safety conditions, Amazon has fired two more employees who were outspoken critics of...
02:41 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Readies Its Own Chip For Future Pixel Smartphones, Chromebooks
Google has made significant progress toward developing its own processor to power future versions of its Pixel smartphone as soon as next year -- and eventually Chromebooks as well, Axios reported Tue...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot VC Firms Raised $21 Billion Last Quarter Despite Pandemic Chaos
The spreading coronavirus pandemic has slammed tech startups, forcing dozens to shed thousands of jobs. But so far, the venture capitalists that fund them appear to be doing alright, according to a ne...
01:00 pm - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot SoftBank's Troubles Deepen With Warning of $16.7 Billion Writedown
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: SoftBank warned investors on Monday that the value of its technology fund may have dropped by as much as $16.7 billion over the last fiscal...
10:00 am - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Artificial Intelligence Is Evolving All By Itself
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving -- literally. Researchers have created software that borrows concepts from Darwinian evolution, including "...
07:00 am - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Develop Potentially Vital Nasal Vaccine For Treating Alzheimer's
Researchers have developed a nasal Alzheimer's vaccine that was successful in reducing atrophied brain matter in mice by blocking a protein that causes the disease. It also reduced changes and abnorma...
05:00 am - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Ticketmaster Will No Longer Refund Postponed Shows
Ticketmaster has quietly changed its refund policy to no longer cover postponed or rescheduled shows. Now, the Live Nation company's refund policy simply says: "Refunds are available if your event is ...
03:30 am - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Redox-Flow Cell Stores Renewable Energy As Hydrogen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Hydrogen is a very good carrier for this type of work," says Wei Wang, who is the chief scientist for stationary energy storage research at the ...
01:10 am - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Would a Post Office Bankruptcy Kill E-Commerce?
MountainLogic writes: With the U.S. Postal Service slated to run out of money this summer, a congressional bailout has become embroiled in the usual, critical and unusual political fights. Every day l...
12:30 am - Tue, April 14, 2020
Slashdot Samsung's S-Voice Is Shutting Down On June 1st
Samsung is reportedly shutting off the servers for its S-Voice voice assistant on June 1, 2020, "at which point Samsung's original voice assistant will stop attempting to respond to your voice queries...
11:50 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus 10 Times More Deadly Than Swine Flu, Says WHO
The coronavirus has proven ten times deadlier than the swine flu outbreak that spread across the globe a decade prior, the World Health Organization has confirmed. The Independent reports: The swine f...
11:10 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot 6GHz Wi-Fi Access Could Boost Speeds and Generate $183 Billion By 2025, Study Says
The move to expand unlicensed Wi-Fi use into the much wider 6GHz band has the potential to generate more than $180 billion in U.S. revenue over the next 5 years, according to a new new industry-funded...
10:30 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Ransomware Scumbags Leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX Documents After Contractor Refuses To Pay
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Internal confidential documents belonging to some of the largest aerospace companies in the world have been stolen from an industrial contractor ...
09:50 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Governors On East and West Coasts Form Pacts To Decide When To Reopen Economies
gollum123 shares a report from CNN: States on the country's East and West coasts are forming their own regional pacts to work together on how to reopen from the stay-at-home orders each has issued to ...
09:20 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot John Conway, Game of Life Author, Dies At 82 of COVID-19
kbahey shares a report from Planet Princeton: Renowned mathematician and Princeton University professor John Horton Conway died April 11 as a result of complications from the coronavirus. He was 82. C...
08:50 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Foxconn's Buildings In Wisconsin Are Still Empty, One Year Later
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Last April, The Verge reported that the Foxconn "innovation centers" scattered around Wisconsin were largely empty and that renovations were stalled...
08:10 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot 70 Coronavirus Vaccines in Development, 3 Candidates Already Undergoing Human Trials
There are 70 coronavirus vaccines in development globally, with three candidates already being tested in human trials, according to the World Health Organization, as drugmakers race to find a cure for...
07:28 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Read My Lips: How Lockdown TV Could Boost Children's Literacy
An urgent call is to go out to children's television broadcasters this weekend, backed by major names in British entertainment, politics and technology. From a report: Writer and performer Stephen Fry...
06:49 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Satellites Are Helping To Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era
As the coronavirus pandemic leads to anxiety over the strength of the world's food supply chains, everyone from governments to banks are turning to the skies for help. From a report: Orbital Insight, ...
06:13 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot UK App To Track Coronavirus Spread To Be Launched
The UK public will soon be able to find out if they may have been in the vicinity of people unwell with coronavirus via a new contact-tracing app, Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has said. From a ...
05:30 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Thousands of Techies in Locked-Down India Are Braving Coronavirus Daily To Keep the World Running
The world's abrupt slowing down in the past few weeks may have introduced millions of Covid-19-wary professionals to the whole new paradigm of work-from-home. Yet, a third of India's four million IT e...
04:45 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot As YouTube Traffic Soars, YouTubers Say Pay Is Plummeting
Newspapers, websites, and TV channels have all been decimated by the coronavirus. And YouTubers are also feeling the pinch. From a report: While boredom-inducing stay-at-home orders may be good for Yo...
04:06 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Raspberry Pi-Powered Ventilator To Be Tested in Colombia
A team in Colombia is to test a ventilator made with a Raspberry Pi computer and easy-to-source parts. From a report: The design and computer code were posted online in March by a man in California, w...
03:25 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Stops Accepting New Online Grocery Customers Amid Surging Demand
Amazon will begin to put new grocery delivery customers on a wait list and curtail shopping hours at some Whole Foods stores to prioritize orders from existing customers buying food online during the ...
02:47 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Apple Plans iPad-Like Design for Next iPhone, Smaller HomePod
Apple is preparing a redesign of its top-tier iPhones, borrowing cues from the latest iPads, as part of a major fall refresh that will see 5G added to as many as four new handset models and the releas...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Hire 75,000 More Workers as Demand Rises Due To Coronavirus
Amazon is hiring an additional 75,000 workers at its facilities, on top of the 100,000 new positions it created last month, the company said Monday. From a report: In March, the company said it would ...
11:34 am - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Not a Fermion, Not a Boson. Scientists Find New Evidence of Two-Dimensional 'Anyons'
Slashdot reader Nostalgia4Infinity shared this report from Science News:In the three-dimensional world we live in, there are two classes of elementary particles: bosons and fermions. But in two dimens...
07:34 am - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Still Predicts 1 Million Tesla Robotaxis By the End of the Year
"Elon Musk says Tesla's plan for 1 million robotaxi vehicles on the road by the end of the year is still on — pending regulatory approval," writes the electric car news site Electrek:At Tesla's ...
04:40 am - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Accused of Obliterating Its Users' Privacy Choices
The EFF's staff technologist -- also an engineer on Privacy Badger and HTTPS Everywhere, writes:Twitter greeted its users with a confusing notification this week. "The control you have over what infor...
01:34 am - Mon, April 13, 2020
Slashdot During the Pandemic, Will Robots Take Over More Human Jobs?
An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:Before the pandemic, automation had been gradually replacing human work in a range of jobs, from call centers to warehouses and grocery stores, as compani...
11:54 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot 'Abolish Silicon Valley' Author Urges 'Expropriating' Platforms, Making them Open-Source Public Services
The Bay Area Newsgroup just interviewed the author of "Abolish Silicon Valley: How to liberate technology from capitalism". Q: How do you fix this broken system? A: Overall the goal that I'm thinking ...
10:44 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot The Pope Suggests Considering a Universal Basic Wage
U.S. News and World Report notes a big surprise in the Easter Sunday letter from the pope:Pope Francis on Sunday advocated for a form of universal basic income that would "dignify the noble, essential...
09:45 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot How Red Hat's New CEO Handles Life Under IBM -- and a Global Pandemic
Paul Cormier became Red Hat's new CEO this week -- while the entire company was working from home. He had to make his inaugural address to over 12,000 employees around the world using BlueJeans videoc...
08:49 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot ICANN Cheers Registrars' Efforts to Fight COVID-19 Scammers
ICANN chief executive Goran Marby has a message for its hundreds of registrars. Though ICANN can't involve itself in content issues, "That does not mean we are unconcerned or unaware of how certain do...
07:41 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot Open Source Advocates Hope They Don't Have to Fork Qt
Phoronix reports on a new concern about Qt, the free and open-source widget toolkit for creating GUIs and cross-platform applications:Wednesday a KDE developer who serves on the board of the KDE Free ...
06:34 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot Vint Cerf Explains Why the Internet is Holding Up
In a video interview over Google Hangouts this week, 76-year-old Vint Cerf explained to the Washington Post why the internet's 50-year-old architecture is still holding up, "with a mix of triumph and ...
05:34 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot Sheltering in Place Works: New Statistics Show Fewer COVID-19 Hospitalizations In New York, California
Yahoo News shares an encouraging report from former Newsweek correspondent Andrew Romano:Until very recently, nationwide data about how many COVID-19 patients are currently receiving treatment in hosp...
04:34 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot Russia Spreads Conspiracy Theory Linking Coronavirus Pandemic to Bill Gates
Wired investigated the vast spread of 5G/coronavirus conspiracy theories -- and reports that "Amongst the conspiracy sludge, one voice stands out." "For more than a year, propaganda broadcaster RT has...
03:34 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot Racing Team Exploits Pandemic to Drive Across America in Under 27 Hours
There's a new landspeed record for driving from New York City to Los Angeles -- but "unlike most speed records and races, there's no sanctioning body or official rules," notes Road and Track. "That's ...
02:34 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot Mutant Enzyme Could Vastly Improve Recycling of Plastic Bottles
sciencehabit writes: Recycling isn't as guilt-free as it seems. Only about 30% of the plastic that goes into soda bottles gets turned into new plastic, and it often ends up as a lower strength version...
01:34 pm - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot Cobol Programmers Heed the Call to Support America's Overloaded Unemployment Systems
Earlier this week Slashdot reader puddingebola shared a CNN story headlined "Wanted urgently: People who know a half century-old computer language so states can process unemployment claims..." But now...
11:34 am - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot 'No Clear Evidence' Hydroxychloroquine Works Against COVID-19
This week the Washington Post asked their "business of health care" reporter to explain the true status in the scientific community of hydroxychloroquine, an already-approved malaria drug also used to...
07:34 am - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot How a Corporation Suddenly Faced 'Flood' of Lawsuits From Thousands of Gig Workers
Long-time Slashdot reader PalmAndy shared the New York Times profile of two pioneers in "mass arbitration." One Silicon Valley founder created FairShake, an automated system to help consumers launch h...
04:34 am - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot Conspiracy Theories Provoke 30 Arson Attacks and Vandalism Against UK Cellphone Towers
Conspiracy theorists have committed more than 30 acts of arson and vandalism against U.K. wireless towers and other telecom gear, reports the New York Times, citing police reports and a telecom trade ...
04:34 am - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot Conspiracy Theories Provoke 30 Arson and Vandalism Attacks Against UK Cellphone Towers
Conspiracy theorists have committed more than 30 acts of arson and vandalism against U.K. wireless towers and other telecom gear, reports the New York Times, citing police reports and a telecom trade ...
01:34 am - Sun, April 12, 2020
Slashdot Are Decentralized Renewable Microgrids 'The Power Plant of the Future'?
Long-time Slashdot reader joemite shared Wired's report about a small town of Basalt Vista, Colorado, where homeowners like Katela Escobar are testing highly scaleable "advanced power grid technologie...
11:34 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot America Now Has Most COVID-19 Deaths in the World -- 20% of All Fatalities
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:U.S. deaths due to the coronavirus surpassed 20,000 on Saturday, the highest reported number in the world, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs the...
10:34 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot NASA Satellite Data Show 30% Drop In Air Pollution Over Northeast America
Long-time Slashdot reader lkcl quotes NASA:Over the past several weeks, NASA satellite measurements have revealed significant reductions in air pollution over the major metropolitan areas of the North...
09:34 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla Installs Scheduled Telemetry Task On Windows With Firefox 75
Ghacks writes:Observant Firefox users on Windows who have updated the web browser to Firefox 75 may have noticed that the upgrade brought along with it a new scheduled tasks. The scheduled task is als...
08:34 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot Can the FBI Be Trusted with the Surveillance of Americans?
Slashdot reader Matt.Battey writes: While everyone was at home, hunkered down watching Tiger King, and avoiding COVID-19, America's Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released an up...
07:35 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot Man Says He's Fallen in Love With an AI Chatbot
"Quarantine amid coronavirus could boost the nascent practice of seeking romance and friendship from artificial intelligence," writes the Wall Street Journal. Long-time Slashdot reader Strudelkugel qu...
06:34 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot Former RadioShack CEO Became an Emergency Room Doctor, Now Fights COVID-19
RadioShack's former CEO tells Canada's National Post newspaper the surprising story of what happened after he left the company in 2004:When it came, rather than being crestfallen, he felt liberated, a...
05:34 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot American Appeals Court Allows Facebook Privacy Lawsuit to Proceed
Long-time Slashdot reader robbyyy writes:Facebook has been accused of violating its users rights by tracking users internet activity even after they have logged out of the platform. The 9th U.S. Circu...
04:34 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot A Coronavirus Vaccine 'May Be Six Months Away'
The New York Post reports that a COVID-19 vaccine "may be six months away, according to a researcher leading a team of scientists in England.""I think there's a high chance that it will work based on ...
03:34 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot TIOBE Suddenly Ranks 'Scratch' as the 20th Most Popular Programming Language
Python knocked C++ out of the top 3 on TIOBE's index of the most popular programming languages this month, while C# rose into the #5 position, overtaking Visual Basic. But the biggest surprise was whe...
02:30 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot Study With Jazz Improv Musicians Sheds Light On the Source of Creativity In the Brain
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Technology Networks: According to a popular view, creativity is a product of the brain's right hemisphere -- innovative people are considered "right-brain thin...
01:00 pm - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot Blood Tests Show 14 Percent of People Are Now Immune To Covid-19 In One Town In Germany
hackingbear writes: After testing blood from 500 residents for antibodies to the COVID-19 virus in the town of Gangelt, which is a hot spot of the pandemic in Germany, scientists at a nearby universit...
10:00 am - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot Everyone Can Now Access Their Instagram DMs On the Web
Instagram announced Friday that it's rolling out access to DMs on the web to everyone globally. The Verge reports: Web DMs are especially convenient for people who use Instagram all the time, like rep...
07:00 am - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot Remembering Apollo 13 at 50
Marcia Dunn from The Associated Press remembers the Apollo 13 mission 50 years later: Apollo 13âs astronauts never gave a thought to their mission number as they blasted off for the moon 50 years...
05:00 am - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot IBM Rallies COBOL Engineers To Save Overloaded Unemployment Systems
As millions file for unemployment benefits in the United States every week, states' aging computer systems simply cannot keep up. States like New Jersey and Connecticut have said they are desperate fo...
03:30 am - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot 'Burning Man' Festival in Nevada Cancelled This Year, Will Move Online
"We don't think it's practical for us to continue waiting and hoping for the best," explains the official Burning Man site, adding "public health and the well-being of our participants, staff, and nei...
12:45 am - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot Drones Take Italians' Temperature and Issue Fines
wiredmikey writes from a report via SecurityWeek: Authorities in Italy are using Drones equipped with heat sensors to take the temperature of citizens and send the information to a drone operator, who...
12:02 am - Sat, April 11, 2020
Slashdot A Smart Toilet Could Identify You By Your 'Analprint' and Detect Diseases
A prototype smart toilet that can identify you by your "analprint" and monitor your trip to the loo has been created by researchers at Stanford University. It's equipped with cameras and sensors that ...
11:20 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot NIH Begins Clinical Trial To Test Hydroxychloroquine To Treat COVID-19
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Thursday that it's begun enrolling participants in a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19. The Hill rep...
10:40 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Why You're Still Paying For Sports On Cable When There's No Live Sports
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Cable-TV companies are still charging customers for sports channels even as the coronavirus pandemic forces the suspension of all major sports le...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Rebranded Ethernet Technology Consortium Unveils 800 Gigabit Ethernet
The Ethernet Technology Consortium, the non-IEEE, tech industry-backed consortium formerly known as the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium, has announced a new 800 Gigabit Ethernet technology. AnandTech r...
09:20 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Postal Service Warns of $22 Billion Hole From Coronavirus
The U.S. Postal Service is facing a precipitous decline in mail volume and billions of dollars in additional losses as it operates during the pandemic, where hundreds of its workers have fallen sick a...
08:40 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Snowden Warns Governments Are Using Coronavirus To Build 'The Architecture of Oppression'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vice: Snowden is the first guest in the new 'Shelter in Place' series debuting on VICE TV on Thursday at 10 p.m. EST, which looks at the global response to COV...
08:02 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Record-size Hole Opens in Ozone Layer Above the Arctic
A rare hole has opened up in the ozone layer above the Arctic, in what scientists say is the result of unusually low temperatures in the atmosphere above the north pole. From a report: The hole, which...
07:23 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Turkey To Require Social Media Giants To Appoint Local Representatives
Turkey will require foreign social media companies with high internet traffic to appoint a representative in the country to address concerns raised by authorities over content on their platforms, a dr...
06:43 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Global Coronavirus Deaths Cross 100,000
The number of deaths linked to the coronavirus worldwide has passed 100,000 as known infections surged past 1.6 million, according to data collected by The New York Times. From a report: At least 177 ...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Huawei Has Lost at Least $60 Million on Mate XS Foldable
Huawei launched its Mate X foldable phone at MWC 2019, following up with the Mate XS in February this year. The latter foldable has enjoyed a wider launch of sorts, but the firm has revealed that it's...
05:04 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple and Google Are Launching a Joint COVID-19 Tracing Tool
Engineering teams at Apple and Google have banded together to create a decentralized contact tracing tool that will help individuals determine whether they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. ...
04:47 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Game Pulled From Chinese Platforms After Hong Kong Protest
A Nintendo Switch video game has been pulled off China's grey market e-commerce platforms, Reuters' checks show, after Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong used the game to protest against Beijing's rule of...
04:02 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple TV Widens Free Access as Disney Passes 50 Million Subscribers
An anonymous reader shares a story: Ahead of last November's launch of the Apple TV+ video streaming service, Apple seemed to be doing nearly everything it could to widen the base of early viewers -- ...
03:21 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Startups, VCs in India Request 'Relief Package' From the Government To Fight Coronavirus Disruption
More than six dozen startup founders, venture capitalists and lobby groups in India have requested the government to grant them a "robust relief package" to help combat severe disruptions their busine...
02:41 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot The Pandemic is Playing To Almost Every One of Amazon's Strengths
An anonymous reader shares a report: As the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to stay inside, few companies have proven themselves as essential as Amazon. From groceries to cleaning supplies, shi...
02:01 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Fed Should Pay Every American More, Let Hedge Funds and Billionaires 'Get Wiped Out', Says Social Capital CEO
Is the Fed's massive coronavirus stimulus package helping the ultra-rich at the expense of ordinary American workers? That's what Chamath Palihapitiya, chief executive of venture-capital firm Social C...
01:00 pm - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot People Are Open-Sourcing Their Patents and Research To Fight Coronavirus
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A global group of scientists and lawyers announced their efforts to make their intellectual property free for use by others working on coronavirus...
10:00 am - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot France Rules Google Must Pay News Firms For Content
France's competition authority ruled on Thursday that Google must pay French publishing companies and news agencies for re-using their content. Reuters reports: The U.S. tech firm said it would comply...
07:00 am - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot First-Ever Photo Proof of Powerful Jet Emerging From Colliding Galaxies
A team of Clemson University College of Science researchers, in collaboration with international colleagues, has reported the first definitive detection of a relativistic jet emerging from two collidi...
03:30 am - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus: Worst Economic Crisis Since 1930s Depression, IMF Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The coronavirus pandemic will turn global economic growth "sharply negative" this year, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned. ...
02:02 am - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Open-Source State-Of-The-Art Object Tracking AI
schwit1 shares a report from VentureBeat: A team of Microsoft and Huazhong University researchers this week open-sourced an AI object detector -- Fair Multi-Object Tracking (FairMOT) -- they claim out...
01:25 am - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot The End of Handshakes As a Gesture
jmcbain writes: In many societies, handshakes are a gesture of friendliness. How many times have you shaken hands when meeting new engineering professionals? Probably quite a lot. However, given what ...
12:45 am - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot The Sandboxie Windows Sandbox Isolation Tool Is Now Open-Source
Cybersecurity firm Sophos announced today that it has open-sourced the Sandboxie Windows sandbox-based isolation utility 15 years after it was released. Bleeping Computer reports: Sandboxie was initia...
12:02 am - Fri, April 10, 2020
Slashdot Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Some local officials are disappointed the federal government will end funding for coronavirus testing sites this Friday. In a few places those sites will ...
11:20 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot US Senate Tells Members To Stop Using Zoom
According to the Financial Times, U.S. senators have been advised not to use videoconferencing platform Zoom over security concerns. From a report: According to three people briefed on the matter, the...
10:45 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot China Telecom Should Be Barred in US as Threat, Agencies Say
A group of U.S. security agencies is urging the Federal Communications Commission to revoke China Telecom's permission to operate in the United States. From a report: "This recommendation reflects the...
10:02 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Signal Threatens To Dump US Market If EARN IT Act Passes
Signal is warning that an anti-encryption bill circulating in Congress could force the private messaging app to pull out of the U.S. market. PC Magazine reports: Since the start of the coronavirus pan...
09:25 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot 5G Virus Conspiracy Theory Fueled By Coordinated Effort
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: A conspiracy theory linking 5G technology to the outbreak of the coronavirus is quickly gaining momentum, with celebrities including actor Woody Har...
08:45 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot DARPA is Pouring Millions Into a New AI Defense Program
The Pentagon is teaming up with some of the biggest names in tech to combat hacks designed to mess with the automated systems we'll rely on in the near future. From a report: In February, DARPA issued...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Google Launches Braille Keyboard for Android Devices
Google today announced the launch of a virtual braille keyboard for Android that's designed to enable those with low vision or blindness to type on their phones without additional hardware. From a rep...
07:25 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Foxconn Will Produce Ventilators at its Controversial Wisconsin Plant
Foxconn's Wisconsin plant, the controversial recipient of billions of dollars in tax subsidies and the focus of several investigations, will produce ventilators with medical device firm Medtronic. Fro...
06:45 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Fleeceware Apps Discovered on the iOS App Store
More than 3.5 million iOS users have installed "fleeceware" apps on their devices, UK security firm Sophos warned in a report published earlier this week. From a report: The term fleeceware is a new a...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot New Emoji Are Being Delayed Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic
One unexpected effect of the coronavirus pandemic has to do with the colorful little pictograms we use on our phones and computers to express, well, pretty much everything: emoji. From a report: Accor...
05:23 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Apple is Developing 'Clips' Feature For Using Apps Without Requiring Full Downloads
Apple is working on a new way to offer specific parts of third-party apps across the system without needing to have them installed, 9to5Mac has learned based on an early build of iOS 14. From a report...
04:45 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Cloudflare Dumps reCAPTCHA as Google Intends To Charge For Its Use
Internet web infrastructure company Cloudflare announced plans to drop support for Google's reCAPTCHA service and move to a new bot detection provider named hCaptcha. From a report: Cloudflare co-foun...
04:03 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Cybercriminals Target High-Value Linux Servers With Weak Defenses: BlackBerry
Linux malware is real and Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups have been infiltrating critical servers with these tools for at least eight years, according to a new report from BlackBerry. From a r...
03:22 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Don't Expect Any Windows 10X Devices This Calendar Year, Says Microsoft
Microsoft is setting internal expectations that it won't deliver any Windows 10X devices in calendar 2020, ZDNet reports. From a report: This isn't really surprising, given what's going on externally ...
02:42 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Verizon Now Handling an Average of 800 Million Wireless Calls a Day
Phone calls have made a comeback in the pandemic. While the nation's biggest telecommunications providers prepared for a huge shift toward more internet use from home, what they didn't expect was an e...
02:01 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Here's How Those Hot Jigsaw Puzzles Are Made
The rush to get hold of a jigsaw puzzle -- and even stockpiling by regular enthusiasts -- has transformed this quiet hobby and put companies under pressure as demand surges past Christmas levels. From...
01:00 pm - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Nearly Half of Global Coal Plants Will Be Unprofitable This Year, Report Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: China and other countries could be planning to build more coal plants to stimulate their economies in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic but n...
10:00 am - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Soil Gets Its Smell From Bacteria Trying To Attract Invertebrates
"Soil gets its characteristic earthy smell from certain chemicals produced primarily by soil-dwelling bacteria called Streptomyces," reports New Scientist. But as for why these bacteria produce these ...
07:00 am - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot NASA Contemplates Turning a Moon Crater Into a Giant, Powerful Telescope
NASA has selected a lunar-crater radio telescope idea to receive funding through its NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, the agency announced on Tuesday. The Phase I award goes to projec...
03:30 am - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot University Libraries Offer Online 'Lending' of Scanned In-Copyright Books
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The coronavirus crisis has forced the closure of libraries around the world, depriving the public of access to millions of printed books. Books o...
02:02 am - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Windows 10 Is Getting Linux Files Integration In File Explorer
Microsoft is planning to fully integrate Linux file access into the built-in File Explorer. The Verge reports: A new Linux icon will be available in the left-hand navigation pane in File Explorer, pro...
01:25 am - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo's Animal Crossing Becomes New Hong Kong Protest Ground
Nintendo's Animal Crossing has become a place for Hong Kong protesters to congregate without flouting social distancing rules. Bloomberg reports: Animal Crossing is a simulation game where players liv...
12:45 am - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Shifting Definition of What Is 'Essential'
Maddy Varner, reporting for The Markup: On March 17, Amazon informed U.S. sellers that it would no longer accept nonessential products at its warehouses. To the casual shopper, it might have sounded s...
12:03 am - Thu, April 9, 2020
Slashdot Italy Working On Coronavirus Tracing App To Help Lockdown Exit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Italian authorities are working on introducing a smartphone app that would help health services trace the contacts of people who test positive for the...
11:20 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Accused of Misrepresenting Security Measures In New Lawsuit
Video conferencing company Zoom is being used by a shareholder over allegations of fraud and overstating the security protocols in place on its service. Gizmodo reports: In the lawsuit filed Tuesday i...
10:40 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot How the Rapid FDA-Approved Coronavirus Testing System Works
Tekla Perry writes: In 2001, a rapid, easy-to-use, PCR-based testing system for biological testing was still in prototype form when letters containing anthrax spores started arriving in the mailboxes ...
10:03 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication With an 80 Percent Success Rate
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A study published on Wednesday by Cisco's Talos security group makes clear that the alternative isn't suitable for everyone -- namely those who m...
09:25 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Google Told Its Workers That They Can't Use Zoom On Their Laptops Anymore
BuzzFeed News has learned that Google has banned the popular videoconferencing software Zoom from its employees' devices. From the report: Zoom, a competitor to Google's own Meet app, has seen an expl...
08:45 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Chipset Maker MediaTek Accused of Cheating in Benchmarks
An anonymous reader shares a report: We've seen several smartphone brands cheat benchmarks over the years, ostensibly in a bid to earn some ill-deserved praise among enthusiasts. But a new report sugg...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Tails, the Security-Focused OS, Adds Support For Secure Boot
Tail OS, an operating system optimized for privacy and anonymity, has released version 4.5 this week, the first version that supports a crucial security feature named UEFI Secure Boot. From a report: ...
07:25 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Longtime Mozilla Leader Mitchell Baker is Now CEO
On Wednesday, Mozilla chair and longtime leader Mitchell Baker was named permanent CEO of the company that makes the Firefox web browser. From a report: Mitchell became interim CEO of Mozilla in Decem...
06:30 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Bernie Sanders Drops Out of the 2020 Race, Clearing Joe Biden's Path To the Democratic Nomination
Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign on Wednesday, clearing Joe Biden's path to the Democratic nomination and a showdown with President Donald Trump in November. From a report: Sanders ...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Chrome 81 Arrives With Web NFC Origin Trial, AR Features, and Mixed Images Autoupgraded To HTTPS
An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched Chrome 81 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Chrome 81 includes an Origin Trial of Web NFC for mobile, early Augmented Reality support, mixed ...
05:25 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Google Stadia Now Free To Anyone With a Gmail Address
Google's video game streaming platform, Stadia, is now free to anyone with a Gmail address, the company announced on Wednesday. To sweeten the deal, Google is also giving new users two months of Stadi...
04:45 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Big Tech's Summer Internships Go Digital
The major tech companies are scrambling to craft digital options for this year's summer intern class, as businesses remain shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic. These companies said they're movin...
04:04 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Hospitals Deploy AI Tools To Detect COVID-19 on Chest Scans
Deep learning algorithms can diagnose, triage, and monitor coronavirus cases from lung images. Next, can they predict who will need a ventilator? From a report: AI-powered analysis of chest scans has ...
03:24 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot All Microsoft Events Will Be Digital-only Until July 2021
Microsoft is planning to make all of its internal and external events digital-only until July 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From a report: The software maker had already revealed Build...
02:42 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Long the Anonymous Cogs in Corporate America's Back Office, Work-From-Home Crises Have Put the IT Department in the Spotlight
In ordinary times, they moved among us largely unnoticed. Now we can't get enough of them. The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust once-anonymous IT support workers into a new role: corporate saviors. From a...
02:01 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot The Virus Changed the Way We Internet
A New York Times analysis of internet usage in the United States from SimilarWeb and Apptopia, two online data providers, reveals that our behaviors shifted, sometimes starkly, as the virus spread and...
01:00 pm - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot CFOs Looking To Make Remote Work, Telecommuting More Permanent Following COVID-19, Says Gartner Study
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The new normal telecommuting may be a bit more permanent than realized, as 74% of CFOs say they expect to move previously on-site employees remote post-...
10:00 am - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot US Children With COVID-19 Less Likely To Be Hospitalized Than Adults, CDC Study Finds
According to a study published Monday by the CDC, people in the United States under the age of 18 are far less likely to fall ill with COVID-19 or require intensive care, compared with older Americans...
07:00 am - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot NASA Astronaut's Estranged Wife Charged With Lying About Space Crime Allegation
Last August, Slashdot reader bobstreo tipped us off to an interesting story where an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station, in what may have ...
03:30 am - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Easy-To-Pick 'Smart' Locks Gush Personal Data, FTC Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A padlock -- whether it uses a combination, a key, or "smart" tech -- has exactly one job: to keep your stuff safe so other people can't get it. ...
02:03 am - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Verizon Is Cancelling Home Internet Installations During the Pandemic
According to The Verge, Verizon is canceling scheduled appointments for internet installation and repairs, "[leaving] Fios subscribers without wired internet at a time when they're likely relying on i...
01:25 am - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Tightens Its Parental Controls for Cooped-Up Kids
Netflix is strengthening parental controls, offering more tools to limit what kids can watch on the world's most popular paid streaming service. From a report: Parents can now filter out titles they d...
12:45 am - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot Taiwan Tells Agencies Not To Use Zoom On Security Grounds
Taiwan's cabinet has told government agencies to stop using the Zoom conferencing app due to privacy and security woes. Reuters reports: Zoom's daily users ballooned to more than 200 million in March,...
12:02 am - Wed, April 8, 2020
Slashdot It's a 'Cold War Every Day' Inside Apple's IS&T Group
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via BuzzFeed News: A group inside Apple called Information Systems & Technology, or IS&T, builds much of the company's internal technology t...
11:20 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Trump Threatens To Withhold Funding For World Health Organization
What better way to celebrate World Health Day than by threatening to withhold funding for the World Health Organization. That's exactly what President Trump said he was considering today at Tuesday's ...
10:40 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot WeWork Sues SoftBank In Intensifying Crisis Over Canceled $3 Billion Tender Offer
Just days after SoftBank announced that it would not consummate its $3 billion tender offer for WeWork shares that would have bought out some of the equity held by the company's co-founder Adam Neuman...
10:03 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Sets Aside $1 Billion In Square Equity For Coronavirus Relief
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Square and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Tuesday he will set aside $1 billion in his Square equity to support relief efforts for COVID-19 and other causes...
09:25 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot PS5's Controller, the DualSense, Revealed
Sony has revealed the DualSense, PlayStation 5's new controller that will "bring a sense of touch to PS5 gameplay." IGN reports: Announced on PlayStation.Blog, the DualSense will keep "much of what ga...
08:45 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Google Backs Apple's SMS OTP Standard Proposal
Google is now backing a standard proposed by Apple engineers in January to create a default format for one-time passcodes (OTP) sent via SMS to users during the two-factor authentication (2FA) process...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Samsung's Older Smart TVs Are Losing Remote Control App Support
Samsung is killing its Smart View app for Android and iOS, which serves as a remote control for its older smart TVs. From a report: The company has updated the application's descriptions to announce t...
07:25 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Oil Companies Are Collapsing, but Wind and Solar Energy Keep Growing
A few years ago, the kind of double-digit drop in oil and gas prices the world is experiencing now because of the coronavirus pandemic might have increased the use of fossil fuels and hurt renewable e...
06:45 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Xbox Co-creator Rob Wyatt Sues Atari For Failing To Pay Him for Design of VCS Console
Xbox co-creator Rob Wyatt has filed a lawsuit against Atari for failing to pay him for the design work he did in creating the Atari VCS console. From a report: Tin Giant, Wyatt's company, filed the la...
06:04 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Zuckerberg's Jealousy Held Back Instagram and Drove Off Founders
The Facebook CEO promised Kevin Systrom independence, but a new book shows that the promise only lasted until Instagram started to look like the favorite son. From a report: By the end of 2016, just a...
05:23 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot In a First, China Knocks US From Top Spot in Global Patent Race
China was the biggest source of applications for international patents in the world last year, pushing the United States out of the top spot it has held since the global system was set up more than 40...
04:44 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Announces IPE, a New Code Integrity Feature for Linux
Microsoft has revealed details about a new project it has been working on for Linux kernel. From a report: Named Integrity Policy Enforcement -- or IPE -- the project is a Linux security module (LSM)....
04:04 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 75 Arrives With Revamped Address Bar; Mozilla To Stick With 2020 Schedule
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 75 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Firefox 75 includes a revamped address bar with significant search improvements, a few performance tweaks, an...
03:25 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot As School Moves Online, Many Students Stay Logged Out
Teachers at some schools across the country report that fewer than half of their students are participating in online learning. From a report: Chronic absenteeism is a problem in American education du...
02:45 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Buys Corp.com So Bad Guys Can't
Brian Krebs: In February, KrebsOnSecurity told the story of a private citizen auctioning off the dangerous domain corp.com for the starting price of $1.7 million. Domain experts called corp.com danger...
02:06 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot New Research Links Air Pollution To Higher Coronavirus Death Rates
Coronavirus patients in areas that had high levels of air pollution before the pandemic are more likely to die from the infection than patients in cleaner parts of the country, according to a new nati...
01:00 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Trump Signs Executive Order To Support Moon Mining, Tap Asteroid Resources
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: President Donald Trump signed an executive order today (April 6) establishing U.S. policy on the exploitation of off-Earth resources. That policy st...
12:00 pm - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Asks Users About Coronavirus Symptoms, Releases Friendship Data To Researchers
Facebook said on Monday it would start surveying some U.S. users about their health as part of a Carnegie Mellon University research project aimed at generating "heat maps" of self-reported coronaviru...
09:00 am - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Russian Telco Hijacked Internet Traffic of Google, AWS, Cloudflare, and Others
Last week, traffic meant for more than 200 of the world's largest content delivery networks (CDNs) and cloud hosting providers was suspiciously redirected through Rostelecom, Russia's state-owned tele...
07:00 am - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot uTorrent is the Most Used BitTorrent Client By Far
Ernesto, writing for TorrentFreak: With help from iknowwhatyoudownload we looked at over 25 million logged BitTorrent connections on a single day last week. This reveals that more than two-thirds (68....
05:00 am - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Supervised Self-Driving Shuttles Are Moving COVID-19 Tests In Florida
Autonomous shuttles are being used to move COVID-19 tests from a Jacksonville, Florida testing site to a nearby Mayo Clinic processing location, in what the medical nonprofit is calling a "first" for ...
03:30 am - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Great Barrier Reef Suffers Its Most Widespread Mass Bleaching Event On Record
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: Surveys conducted by scientists at Australia's James Cook University and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority show that a summer o...
02:00 am - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Gaps in Amazon's Response as Virus Spreads To More Than 50 Warehouses
Shifting sick-leave policy and communication issues are causing employees to assert themselves after they stayed on the job. From a report: As millions of Americans heed government orders to hunker do...
01:01 am - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot New Renewable Energy Capacity Hit Record Levels In 2019
According to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), solar, wind and other green technologies now provide more than one-third of the world's power, marking another record. The Gua...
12:05 am - Tue, April 7, 2020
Slashdot Foursquare Merges With Factual, Another Location-Data Provider
Foursquare, the 10-year-old location platform based in New York City, has today announced its plan to merge with Factual. From a report: The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The merged company wi...
11:20 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Shows How It's Building Ventilators With Car Parts
Tesla has provided a behind-the-scenes look at its ventilator design process, which involves using parts from its vehicles. TechCrunch reports: Like Ford and General Motors, Tesla engineers are buildi...
10:20 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot NVIDIA Is Contributing Its AI Smarts To Help Fight COVID-19
NVIDIA is using its background in AI and optimizing supercomputer throughput to the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium group, which plans to support researchers by giving them time with 30...
09:40 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot US Schools Are Banning Zoom and Switching To Microsoft Teams
After many schools adopted Zoom to conduct online lessons during the coronavirus lockdown, concerns about security and privacy have led to a ban on the video conferencing software across the U.S. Beta...
09:00 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot Experiment Finds That Gravity Still Works Down To 50 Micrometers
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Ars Technica: To make small-scale gravity measurements, researchers rely on conceptually simple experiments: measure the changes in rotational s...
08:20 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot UK Government Encourages Social Distancing With In-Game Health Messages
To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is using advertisements in mobile games to encourage social distancing. CNET reports: The mes...
07:43 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Taken To Intensive Care For Coronavirus Treatment
Boris Johnson has been taken into the hospital intensive care unit for treatment for coronavirus after his condition worsened, his office said. The Guardian reports: The British prime minister was adm...
06:55 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot PayPal and Venmo Are Letting SIM Swappers Hijack Accounts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Several major apps and websites, such as Paypal and Venmo have a flaw that lets hackers easily take over users' accounts once they have taken cont...
05:23 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot Some Users Experiencing System Crashes on macOS 10.15.4, Especially During Large File Transfers
A sizeable number of Mac users are experiencing occasional system crashes after updating to macOS Catalina version 10.15.4, released a few weeks ago. From a report: The crashing issue appears to be mo...
04:43 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot Uber Connects Out-of-Work U.S. Ride-Hail Drivers To Delivery, Production Jobs
Uber said on Monday its app will list job openings in the delivery, food production and grocery industry that its U.S. drivers can access during a slump in ride-hailing demand due to the coronavirus. ...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot A Google Plan To Wipe Out Mosquitoes Appears to Be Working
An experimental program led by Google parent Alphabet to wipe out disease-causing mosquitoes succeeded in nearly eliminating them from three test sites in California's Central Valley. From a report: S...
03:25 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates To Spend Billions on Coronavirus Vaccine Development
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said his foundation will spend billions of dollars to fund the construction of factories for the most promising efforts to develop a vaccine to combat the novel coronav...
02:44 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot New Jersey Desperately Needs COBOL Programmers
In New Jersey, the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in something that few people outside that state's tech department would have foreseen: a dire need for COBOL coders. From a report, shared by reade...
02:03 pm - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot 'Quit Trying To Make Quibi Happen'
Devindra Hardawar of Engadget, writing about Quibi, a new streaming service that launched today: Nobody asked for Quibi. Nobody, that is, except for Jeffrey Katzenberg, the founder of Dreamworks Pictu...
11:34 am - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot Apple Begins Making Millions of Face Shields and Sources 20 Million Face Masks
"Apple announced Sunday it's launched a companywide effort to design, produce and ship face shields to medical workers battling the coronavirus outbreak," reports CNET:The first shipment was delivered...
07:34 am - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Shares a Video: Making Ventilators From Tesla Parts
Elon Musk shared a new video today from Tesla Engineering. "We're trying to make some ventilators from some car parts, so we can help the medical industry without taking away from their supply," it be...
03:34 am - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot After Four More Phone Masts Attacked, YouTube Promises To Remove Some 5G Conspiracy Videos
The Guardian reports that YouTube "will reduce the amount of content spreading conspiracy theories about links between 5G technology and coronavirus that it recommends to users, it has said, as four m...
01:34 am - Mon, April 6, 2020
Slashdot How Robert Cringely Scored 5 Million N95 Masks From China
This week, tech pundit Robert Cringely described how a chance conversation with China-based entrepreneur Anina led to a friend with a garment factory "now making fully certified N-95 respirators with ...
11:15 pm - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Create 'Xenobots' -- Virtual Creatures Brought to Life
"If the last few decades of progress in artificial intelligence and in molecular biology hooked up, their love child — a class of life unlike anything that has ever lived — might resemble ...
09:44 pm - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Unqork CEO: Anything Java Coders Can Do, No-Code Can Do 200x Faster
Here's some interesting thoughts from long-time Slashdot reader theodp: CNBC reports that the next frontier in the Microsoft, Google, Amazon cloud battle is over a world without code. Google recently ...
08:52 pm - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Mobilizing 3D Printers Around the World Against the Coronovirus
"From face-shields to respirator valves, 3-D printer owners pitch in to the efforts to provide PPE to Australian hospitals," writes davecb (Slashdot reader #6,526). It's not only happening in Australi...
07:34 pm - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Russia Accused of Spreading Coronavirus Disinformation
Two associate professors studying foreign trolls online have penned an op-ed in the Washington Post arguing that Russian efforts to stir up antagonisms online "continues to be true with coronavirus di...
06:34 pm - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Earth's Crust Is Shaking Less After Coronavirus Lockdowns
CNN reports:Around the world, seismologists are observing a lot less ambient seismic noise -- meaning, the vibrations generated by cars, trains, buses and people going about their daily lives. And in ...
05:34 pm - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Edge Overtakes Firefox To Become the Second-Most Popular Browser
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes Softpedia:It was probably just a matter of time, but the thing so many people, including everyone at Microsoft, expected finally happened: Microsoft Edge surpa...
04:34 pm - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Stanford Begins America's First Large-Scale Test For Coronavirus Antibodies
"Crowds flock to Santa Clara County test sites to learn if they have antibodies to COVID-19," reports the Bay Area Newsgroup, citing long lines of cars forming at three Stanford research sites for the...
03:34 pm - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot What It's Like To Attend a Conference -- in Person -- in the Age of Covid-19?
What happens when no one shows up for a tech conference? Fast Company's technology editor harrymcc writes:From Apple to Microsoft to Google, major tech companies have responded to the coronavirus cris...
02:34 pm - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Could Radioactivity Make Otherwise Frozen Planets Habitable?
sciencehabit writes: Not too close, but not too far. That's long been the rule describing how distant a planet should be from its star in order to sustain life. But a new study challenges that adage: ...
01:34 pm - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot How To Get To Net Zero Carbon Emissions: Cut Short-Lived Superpollutants
Dan Drollette writes: We absolutely, positively, must tackle climate change speedily. Or as the authors of this article put it: 'By 'speed,' we mean measures — including regulatory ones — ...
10:34 am - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Why Taiwan's Coronavirus Response Is Among The Best Globally
Why does Taiwan have less than 400 confirmed cases of Covid-19? Taiwan's experience with the 2003 SARS outbreak "helped many parts of the region react faster to the current coronavirus outbreak and ta...
07:04 am - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus: Could Etsy Help Save the World?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: With the CDC now recommending wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, Etsy has called in the cavalry, encouraging additional sellers on its platform t...
03:34 am - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot Attack Campaign Hits Thousands of MS-SQL Servers For Two Years
"In December, security researchers noticed an uptick in brute-force attacks against publicly exposed Microsoft SQL servers," reports CSOnline. "It turns out the attacks go as far back as May 2018 and ...
01:34 am - Sun, April 5, 2020
Slashdot IBM is Deploying Its Watson AI to Help Governments Answer People's Covid-19 Questions
Digital Trends reports:IBM's question-answering Watson A.I. is most famous for whooping the butt of human champions on quiz show Jeopardy. Now, IBM has repurposed its famous creation to help governmen...
11:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot The Story of The Doctor Who Ordered America's First Covid-19 Lockdown
Long-time Slashdot reader bsharma shared the story of doctor/public health officer who "went first," ordering America's very first coronavirus lockdown in six counties on March 16th after the identifi...
11:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot IBM is Deploying Its Watson AI to Help Governments Answer People's Covid-19 Questions
Digital Trends reports:IBM's question-answering Watson A.I. is most famous for whooping the butt of human champions on quiz show Jeopardy. Now, IBM has repurposed its famous creation to help governmen...
10:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot U.S. Government: Update Chrome 80 Now, Multiple Security Concerns Confirmed
Part of America's Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) "has advised users to update Google Chrome as new high-rated security vulnerabilities hav...
09:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot What's New in Linux 5.6? WireGuard VPN and USB4
Linux 5.6 "has a bit more changes than I'd like," Linus Torvalds posted on the kernel mailing list, "but they are mostly from davem's networking fixes pulls, and David feels comfy with them. And I loo...
08:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Snopes Disputes 'Shakiness' of COVID-19 Origin Story Claimed By Washington Post OpEd
Thursday an Opinion piece in the Washington Post touted what the paper's own health policy reporter has described as "a conspiracy theory that has been repeatedly debunked by experts." That conspiracy...
07:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Eclipse Foundation Unveils Open Source Alternative to Microsoft's 'Visual Studio Code' IDE
"The Eclipse Foundation just released version 1.0 of an open-source alternative to Visual Studio Code called Eclipse Theia," reports SD Times:Theia is an extensible platform that allows developers to ...
06:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot How the Telephone Failed Its Big Test During 1918's Spanish Flu Epidemic
Fast Company's technology editor harrymcc writes:When the Spanish flu struck in 1918, the U.S. reacted in ways that sound eerily familiar, by closing public places and telling people to stay at home. ...
05:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Mathematical Proof of the ABC Conjecture Will Be Published
AmiMoJo shares a report from Nature: After an eight-year struggle, embattled Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki has finally received some validation. His 600-page proof of the abc conjecture, o...
04:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Pandemic Shutdowns Will Help the Economy, Too
nut (Slashdot reader #19,435) writes: A study by economists Sergio Correia, Stephan Luck and Emil Verner suggests that the best way to save your economy is to save your people. The authors looked at t...
03:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Not Just 'The Death of IT'. Cringely Also Predicts Layoffs For Many IT Contractors
Last week long-time tech pundit Robert Cringely predicted "the death of IT" in 2020 due to the widespread adoption of SD-WAN and SASE. Now he's predicting "an even bigger bloodbath as IT employees at ...
02:34 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Y Combinator Company 'Flexport' Is Shipping PPE To Frontline Responders
The Y Combinator company Flexport is a San Francisco-based freight-forwarding and customs brokerage company. (Its investors include Google Ventures and Peter Thiel's Founders Fund.) But on March 23rd ...
01:00 pm - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot A Hacker Found a Way To Take Over Any Apple Webcam
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Apple has a well-earned reputation for security, but in recent years its Safari browser has had its share of missteps. This week, a security researcher ...
10:00 am - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Will Enable Waiting Rooms By Default To Stop Zoombombing
Zoom is making some much-needed changes to prevent "Zoombombing," a term used to describe when someone successfully invades a public or private meeting over the videoconferencing platform to broadcast...
07:00 am - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Vint Cerf 'No Longer Contagious' With Covid-19
DevNull127 writes: Good news — VA Public Health has certified my wife and me as no longer contagious with COVID19," tweeted 76-year-old Vint Cerf, one of the creators of the modern internet. He ...
03:30 am - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Physical Force Alone Spurs Gene Expressions, Study Reveals
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Cells will ramp up gene expression in response to physical forces alone, a new study finds. Gene activation, the first step of protein production, st...
02:02 am - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot FCC: TracFone Made Up 'Fictitious' Customers To Defraud Low-Income Program
TracFone Wireless is facing a potential $6 million fine for allegedly defrauding a government program that provides discount telecom service to poor people. Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Co...
01:20 am - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Loses Its Third Starship Prototype During a Cryogenic Test
For a third time, SpaceX lost one of its Starship prototype spacecrafts during a pressure test at the company's test site in Boca Chica, Texas. Ars Technica reports: This week, SpaceX workers in South...
12:40 am - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Delay Marketing Event Prime Day Due To Coronavirus
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon is postponing its major summer shopping event Prime Day at least until August and expects potentially a $100 million hit from excess devices it may now have...
12:03 am - Sat, April 4, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Removes 9,000 Accounts Pushing Coronavirus Propaganda Praising the United Arab Emirates
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: On April 2, Twitter took down a pro-United Arab Emirates network of accounts that was pushing propaganda about the coronavirus pandemic and crit...
11:20 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Potential Vaccine Generates Enough Antibodies To Fight Off Virus
Slashdot readers schwit1 and Futurepower(R) are sharing news about a potential coronavirus vaccine that has been found to produce antibodies capable of fighting off Covid-19. The Independent reports: ...
11:00 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot 'Zoombombing' Is a Federal Offense That Could Result In Imprisonment, Prosecutors Warn
"Zoomboming," where someone successfully invades a public or private meeting over the videoconferencing platform to broadcast shock videos, pornography, or other disruptive content, could result in fi...
10:40 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Broadband Engineers Threatened Due To 5G Coronavirus Conspiracies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Telecoms engineers are facing verbal and physical threats during the lockdown, as baseless conspiracy theories linking coronavirus to the roll-ou...
10:10 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot EU Rules Rental Car Companies Don't Need To Pay A License To Rent Cars With Radios That Might Play Music
Mike Masnick, reporting at TechDirt: Five years ago, we wrote about another such crazy demand -- a PRO (Performance Rights Organizations (PROs), sometimes known as "Collection Societies," that have a ...
09:52 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Trump: CDC Recommends Cloth Face Covering To Protect Against Coronavirus
President Trump says the CDC now recommends using a cloth face covering to protect against coronavirus, but said he does not plan to do so himself. CNBC reports: Trump stressed that the recommendation...
09:21 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Apple Brings Its Hardware Microphone Disconnect Feature To iPads
Apple has brought its hardware microphone disconnect security feature to its latest iPads. From a report: The microphone disconnect security feature aims to make it far more difficult for hackers to u...
08:45 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot How Did Covid-19 Begin? Its Initial Origin Story is Shaky.
The story of how the novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, has produced a nasty propaganda battle between the United States and China. Columnist David Ignatius writes in an opinion piece for The ...
08:45 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot How Did Covid-19 Begin? WaPo OpEd Calls Its Origin Story 'Shaky'
The story of how the novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, has produced a nasty propaganda battle between the United States and China. Columnist David Ignatius writes in an opinion piece for The ...
08:02 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Thousands of Zoom Video Calls Left Exposed on Open Web
Thousands of personal Zoom videos have been left viewable on the open Web, highlighting the privacy risks to millions of Americans as they shift many of their personal interactions to video calls in a...
07:20 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Do You Own a Gaming Console? What Titles Have You Been Playing Lately?
What games have you been playing on your Xbox, or PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch? Any game on your PC?Read more of this story at Slashdot. ...
06:42 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot WeWork Founder Misses Out on $1 Billion as SoftBank Cancels Share Buyout
SoftBank is walking away from a sizeable chunk of its WeWork rescue package, which included a near billion dollar windfall for ousted founder Adam Neumann. From a report: The Japanese tech company has...
06:01 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot How Google Ruined the Internet
An anonymous reader shares a column: Remember that story about the Polish dentist who pulled out all of her ex-boyfriend's teeth in an act of revenge? It was complete and utter bullshit. 100% fabricat...
05:22 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Exec Called Fired Worker 'Not Smart' in Leaked Memo
A senior Amazon executive called a fired Staten Island warehouse worker "not smart or articulate" in internal discussions about how the company should respond to employee criticism of its handling of ...
04:44 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Zoom's Encryption Is 'Not Suited for Secrets' and Has Surprising Links To China, Researchers Discover
Meetings on Zoom, the increasingly popular video conferencing service, are encrypted using an algorithm with serious, well-known weaknesses, and sometimes using keys issued by servers in China, even w...
04:03 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot A Hacker Has Wiped, Defaced More Than 15,000 Elasticsearch Servers
For the past two weeks, a hacker has been breaking into Elasticsearch servers that have been left open on the internet without a password and attempting to wipe their content, while also leaving the n...
03:24 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware To Monitor Users, NSO CEO Claims
Facebook representatives approached controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group to try and buy a tool that could help Facebook better monitor a subset of its users, according to an extraordinary court...
02:41 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Google Is Publishing Location Data From 131 Countries To Show How Coronavirus Lockdowns Are Working
Google is using the location data it collects from billions of smartphones to show how people's movements have changed as governments around the world lock down cities and issue shelter in place order...
02:00 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Disney Launches in India For $20 a Year, Includes Shows From HBO, Showtime, and Live TV Channels
Disney+ has arrived in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer the giant conglomerate picked up as part of the Fox deal. From a report: To court users in India, the largest open ente...
01:00 pm - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Develop AI That Can Turn Brain Activity Into Text
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Writing in the journal Nature Neuroscience, [researchers from the University of California, San Francisco] reveal how they developed their system...
10:00 am - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Nikon Is Streaming Online Photography Courses For Free This Month
Nikon USA is offering 10 classes from the its online school for free during the month of April. Engadget reports: The courses range in length from 15 minutes to well over an hour, and all are taught b...
07:00 am - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Modern Meteorology Was Born 60 Years Ago Today
"Sixty years ago on this date, April 1, a Thor-Able rocket launched a small satellite weighing 122.5kg into an orbit about 650km above the Earth's surface," writes Ars Technica's Eric Berger. "Effecti...
03:30 am - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot 'Call of Duty' Wins First Amendment Victory Over Use of Humvees
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hollywood Reporter: Call of Duty maker Activision has prevailed in a closely watched trademark dispute brought by AM General, the government contractor for...
01:30 am - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Discloses Firefox Bug That Cached Private Files Sent or Received via DMs
Social networking giant Twitter today disclosed a bug on its platform that impacted users who accessed their platform using Firefox browsers. From a report: According to Twitter, its platform stored p...
12:50 am - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot New York Finally Legalizes Electric Bikes and Scooters
Included in New York's tentative budget agreement reached on April 1st is a provision that would legalize throttle-based bikes and scooters. The Verge reports: The budget language almost exactly mirro...
12:11 am - Fri, April 3, 2020
Slashdot New Blood Test Can Detect 50 Types of Cancer
A new blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer has been revealed by researchers in the latest study to offer hope for early detection. From a report: The test is based on DNA that is sh...
11:30 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot FCC To Vote On Adding 6Ghz Band To Wi-Fi 6 To Improve Speeds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Devices with Wi-Fi 6 started rolling out at the end of 2019, but now, a new vote proposed by the FCC could open up the 6Ghz band to unlicensed wifi an...
10:50 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Apple Will Stop Taking a Cut of Some Video App Purchases Made Through the App Store
Yesterday, Apple said it would stop taking a cut of some sales for "qualifying" streaming video services on iPhones and other Apple devices, including Amazon's Prime Video. Reuters reports: To make pu...
10:30 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Hospital Autoclaves May Allow Safe Reuse of N95 Masks
Freshly Exhumed shares a report from CBC.ca: "[Autoclaving] is like a pressure cooker -- basically you enclose items into a chamber, you lock down the chamber, you heat it up and actually increase the...
10:10 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Boeing 787s Must Be Turned Off and On Every 51 Days To Prevent 'Misleading Data' Being Shown To Pilots
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has ordered Boeing 787 operators to switch their aircraft off and on every 51 days to prevent what it called "several potentially catastrophic failure scenario...
09:30 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot The World Just Hit 1 Million Coronavirus Infections
The new coronavirus has now infected 1 million people across the world, a milestone reached just four months after it first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan. More than 51,000 have died and 208,00...
08:50 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Moscow To Launch Mandatory Surveillance App To Track Residents In Coronavirus Lockdown
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: City authorities in Moscow are rolling out new digital "social monitoring" tools targeting the public, after what officials say were constant violations o...
08:04 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Trump Issues Order Under Defense Production Act To Secure More Ventilators
President Trump moved to use the Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era national security mobilization law, to secure supplies companies need to make ventilators. From a report: "My order to the Sec...
07:37 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot The Internet is Now Rife With Places Where You Can Organize Zoom-bombing Raids
The internet is rife with online communities where users can go and share Zoom conference codes and request that pranksters connect and hurl insults, play pornographic material, or make death threats ...
06:54 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot EU Justice Chief Urges US Tech Giants To Halt Virus Clickbaits
EU justice chief Vera Jourova on Thursday criticised U.S. tech giants such as Google and Facebook for making money off coronavirus-related fake news instead of putting in more efforts to stop the delu...
06:10 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Thank God for the Internet
Everything is so dark, but the internet -- for all its bad and broken parts -- is helping to keep us together in a way that has never happened before, writes Joshua Topolsky in an essay on Input Mag. ...
05:29 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Blocks Sale of N95 Masks To the Public, Begins Offering Supplies To Hospitals
Amazon is no longer offering N95 masks to the general public, as it prioritizes the delivery of essential supplies to hospitals, government agencies and other groups amid the coronavirus outbreak. Fro...
04:49 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Akamai, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, and Google Join Internet Routing Security Effort
A community effort to improve the internet's routing security has won the backing of some of the web's biggest names. From a report: Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Akamai, and Netflix, among oth...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Intel's 10th-gen H-series Laptop CPUs Reach 5.3GHz
Just like Intel said at CES, it's crossed the 5GHz barrier with its new H-series 10th generation notebook CPUs. And you won't need to shell out for the top-of-the-line Core i9 to do it: The new six an...
03:24 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Bans Zoom Over Privacy Concerns
Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX has banned its employees from using video conferencing app Zoom, citing "significant privacy and security concerns," according to a memo seen by Reuters, days after U...
02:44 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot A Feature on Zoom Secretly Displayed Data From People's LinkedIn Profiles
After an inquiry from The New York Times reporters, Zoom said it would disable a data-mining feature that could be used to snoop on participants during meetings without their knowledge. From a report:...
02:04 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot A Record 6.6 Million Americans Filed For Unemployment Last Week
A record 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, the latest brutal reminder of the toll the coronavirus pandemic is taking on the U.S. economy. From a report: Analysts had pre...
01:00 pm - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot AI Program Could Check Blood For Signs of Lung Cancer
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence program that can screen people for lung cancer by analyzing their blood for DNA mutations th...
10:00 am - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot YouTube 'Shorts' Reportedly Launching This Year To Counter TikTok
According to The Information, the YouTube app will soon be home to a new "Shorts" format that will counter TikTok. 9to5Google reports: Shorts will be brief videos available in a new feed. On the creat...
07:00 am - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Evidence of Ancient Rainforests Found In Antarctica
mi writes: Researchers have discovered evidence that Antarctica supported a swampy rainforest as "recently" as 90 million years ago, according to a new study. "Even during months of darkness, swampy t...
03:30 am - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot California Governor Says 'We Need More Googles' As Company Offers Free Wi-Fi and Chromebooks To Students
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Google will offer 100,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots and will donate 4,000 Chromebooks to students across the state of California, governor Gavin Newsom said du...
02:10 am - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot New X-Ray Technique Images Soft-Tissue Tumors Clearer Than MRI
Researchers at Tohoku University have developed a new method of adapting X-ray to image soft tissue, "so that its higher resolution can reveal tumors or other problems earlier than other techniques," ...
01:30 am - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Early Meme Site YTMND Has Been Resurrected With the Help of Fans
The popular early internet meme machine YTMND.com is back online after shutting down last May due to declining ad revenue and the site creator's ill health. Motherboard reports: Launched in 2001, YTMN...
12:50 am - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Slack Launches Call Integrations For Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and More
Slack is launching a new app to integrate Microsoft Teams calling features into its chat app today. "Slack is also launching VoIP phone integration with Zoom, Cisco Jabber, RingCentral, and Dialpad," ...
12:10 am - Thu, April 2, 2020
Slashdot Teardown of Huawei Flagship Phone Finds US Parts Despite Blacklisting
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Huawei is still using components made by U.S. companies in its newest flagship smartphone, a Financial Times teardown has found, despite the U.S....
11:30 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Opera To Support Sites Using the .Crypto Top-Level Domain
Opera has updated its lightweight browser for Android so that it can access unofficial .crypto domains, primarily to exchange cryptocurrency. The Register reports: Support for .crypto in Opera will "b...
10:50 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Hospitals Tell Doctors They'll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear
schwit1 shares a report from Bloomberg, commenting: "And the claim that this is about protecting 'patient privacy' is b***shit." From the report: Ming Lin, an emergency room physician in Washington st...
10:10 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft President Calls Washington State's New Facial Recognition Law 'a Significant Breakthrough'
Microsoft President Brad Smith took a break from responding to the COVID-19 outbreak this week to praise Washington state's landmark facial recognition regulations. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a...
09:30 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Officially Completes Merger With Sprint, CEO John Legere Steps Down
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: After months of regulatory maneuvering, T-Mobile and Sprint officially completed their $26 billion merger today. The new combined parent company is...
08:50 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Cloudflare Launches a DNS-Based Parental Control Service
Cloudflare introduced today '1.1.1.1 for Families,' a privacy-focused DNS resolver designed to help parents in their efforts to safeguard their children's online security and privacyâââ...
08:10 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Doctors Turn To Twitter and TikTok To Share Coronavirus News
In a sign of the times, doctors are effectively waging a two-pronged fight against coronavirus: one part takes place in overcrowded hospitals and the other takes place on noisy social media platforms ...
07:30 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Cash App Scammers Are Using Coronavirus To Exploit People
An anonymous reader shares a report: Reyna is a teenager in Florida whose family is strapped for cash amid the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus. When the uber-popular beauty influencer Jeff...
06:50 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Ted Chiang Explains the Disaster Novel We All Suddenly Live In
The esteemed science fiction author, best known for movie "Arrival" that is based on his novel, on how we may never go "back to normal" -- and why that might be a good thing. From an interview on Elec...
06:10 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Apple's iOS 14 May Turn iCloud Keychain Into a True 1Password and LastPass Competitor
Apple's native iOS password manager may be getting an overhaul later this year with the presumed release of iOS 14 that will make it more competitive with third-party options like 1Password and LastPa...
05:30 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Google Data Centers' Secret Cost: Billions of Gallons of Water
To meet surging demand for online information, internet giant taps public water supplies that are already straining from overuse. From a report: In August 2019, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Assoc...
04:54 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Ex-NSA Hacker Drops New Zero-Day Doom for Zoom
Zoom's troubled year just got worse. From a report: Now that a large portion of the world is working from home to ride out the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom's popularity has rocketed, but also has led to...
04:10 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says
China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it's suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a cl...
03:25 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Researchers find AI is Bad at Predicting GPA, Grit, Eviction, Job Training, Layoffs, and Material Hardship
A paper coauthored by over 112 researchers across 160 data and social science teams found that AI and statistical models, when used to predict six life outcomes for children, parents, and households, ...
02:45 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Investors Tell Indian Startups To 'Prepare For the Worst' as Covid-19 Uncertainty Continues
Just three months after capping what was the best year for Indian startups, having raised a record $14.5 billion in 2019, they are beginning to struggle to raise new capital as prominent investors urg...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Covid Hiring Boom Has Applicants Packed Into Job Fairs With No Special Precautions
An anonymous reader shares a report: In March, a laid-off customer-service representative for one of the airline companies attended an Amazon.com employee orientation in Dallas. He found himself packe...
01:00 pm - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Report Reveals 'Massive Plastic Pollution Footprint' of Drinks Firms
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Four global drinks giants are responsible for more than half a million tons of plastic pollution in six developing countries each year, enough to...
10:00 am - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot OpenWRT Code-Execution Bug Puts Millions of Devices At Risk
Dan Goodin writes via Ars Technica: For almost three years, OpenWRT -- the open source operating system that powers home routers and other types of embedded systems -- has been vulnerable to remote co...
07:00 am - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Astrophysicist Gets Magnets Stuck Up Nose While Inventing Coronavirus Device
An Australian astrophysicist has been admitted to hospital after getting four magnets stuck up his nose in an attempt to invent a device that stops people touching their faces during the coronavirus o...
03:30 am - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Campus Is Closed, So College Students Are Rebuilding Their Schools In Minecraft
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The day before University of Pennsylvania students were told that their college commencement would be held online, junior Andrew Guo thought of an a...
01:50 am - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot MIT Team Shares New $500 Emergency Ventilator Design With the Public
A group of MIT scientists has created an emergency ventilator, which is affordable, and easily made using regular hospital devices. Interesting Engineering reports: A team of volunteers, scientists, p...
01:10 am - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot What Happens After the Lockdown?
BeerFartMoron writes: Recently there has been a proliferation of modeling work which has been used to make the point that if we can stay inside, practice extreme social distancing, and generally lock ...
12:30 am - Wed, April 1, 2020
Slashdot Marriott Discloses New Data Breach Impacting 5.2 Million Guests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Marriott International said Tuesday that names, mailing addresses, loyalty account numbers and other personal information of an estimated 5.2 million gue...
11:50 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Fires Worker Who Led Strike Over Virus
Chris Smalls, an Amazon fulfillment center employee, said the company fired him after he led a strike at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, over coronavirus safety conditions. "Taking action cost...
11:20 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Honda Bucks Industry Trend By Removing Touchscreen Controls
Honda has done what no other car maker is doing, and returned to analogue controls for some functions on the new Honda Jazz. Autocar reports: While most manufacturers are moving to touchscreen control...
10:50 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot D-Wave Makes Its Quantum Computers Free To Anyone Working On Coronavirus Crisis
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: D-Wave today made its quantum computers available for free to researchers and developers working on responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis...
10:10 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot FCC Mandates Robocall-fighting Tech Be in Use By End of June 2021
The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to finalize rules requiring phone companies to use the Shaken/Stir protocol to automatically block calls to fight illegal robocalls. The new rules m...
09:50 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Xerox Ends Its Hostile Takeover Bid For HP
Xeros is pulling the plug on its hostile bid to buy larger rival HP (Warning: paywalled; alternative source) after the coronavirus pandemic undermined the copier maker's ability to pull off the debt-l...
09:30 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Why Do Matter Particles Come in Threes? A Physics Titan Weighs In.
Three progressively heavier copies of each type of matter particle exist, and no one knows why. A new paper by Steven Weinberg takes a stab at explaining the pattern. From a report: Electrons and two ...
08:49 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot HPE, Intel and Linux Foundation Team Up For Open Source Software for 5G Core
HPE announced on Tuesday it's working with Intel and the Linux Foundation on a new open source software project to help automate the roll out of 5G across multiple sites. From a report: The new partne...
08:01 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Zoom is Leaking Peoples' Email Addresses and Photos To Strangers
Popular video-conferencing Zoom is leaking personal information of at least thousands of users, including their email address and photo, and giving strangers the ability to attempt to start a video ca...
07:30 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot C.D.C. Weighs Advising Everyone To Wear a Mask
Widespread use of nonmedical masks could reduce community transmission. But recommending their broad use could also cause a run on the kind of masks that health care workers desperately need. From a r...
06:50 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Linux Mint 20 is 64-bit Only, Based on Ubuntu 20.04, and Named 'Ulyana'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Today, we learn some new details about the upcoming Linux Mint 20. While most of the newly revealed information is positive, there is one thing that is sure to ups...
06:11 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Apple Acquires Dark Sky App To Boost Weather Data on iPhones
Apple acquired popular mobile weather service Dark Sky to help bolster the Weather applications on its devices. From a report: The service, which has existed on the web and on iPhone and Android platf...
05:25 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot SiriusXM is Free Through May 15 To Help With Coronavirus Isolation Boredom
Satellite radio giant SiriusXM announced today it's made its 300-plus channel streaming service available for free in North America starting today through May 15.Read more of this story at Slashdot. ...
04:45 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Trump Won the Internet. Democrats Are Scrambling to Take It Back.
In the era of big data, memes and disinformation, the Democrats are trying to regain their digital edge as the president and his loyalists dictate the terms of debate. From a report: The deceptively e...
04:09 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot FBI Re-sends Alert About Supply Chain Attacks For the Third Time in Three Months
The FBI has issued an alert on Monday about state-sponsored hackers using the Kwampirs malware to attack supply chain companies and other industry sectors as part of a global hacking campaign. From a ...
03:27 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Meetings Aren't End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing
An anonymous reader shares a report: Zoom, the video conferencing service whose use has spiked amid the Covid-19 pandemic, claims to implement end-to-end encryption, widely understood as the most priv...
02:45 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Comcast Details What the Coronavirus Has Done To Network Traffic
Comcast said that internet traffic has risen 32% because of the coronavirus, but the company said it has the capacity to handle peak traffic demands in the U.S. From a report: Tony Werner, Comcast pre...
02:05 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Houseparty App Offers $1M Reward To Unmask Entity Behind Hacking Smear Campaign
Houseparty, a video conferencing desktop and mobile application, said it would pay a $1 million bounty to anyone who could unmask the entity behind what the company described as "a paid commercial sme...
01:00 pm - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Display To End All LCD Production By End 2020
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: South Korean panel maker Samsung Display has decided to end all of its production of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels in South Korea and China by e...
10:00 am - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Ford, GE To Produce 50,000 Ventilators In 100 Days
Ford Motor and GE Healthcare plan to produce 50,000 ventilators within the next 100 days at a facility in Michigan to assist with the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC reports: Production of the critical car...
07:00 am - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot The ACM Digital Library Is Now Open Access During Coronavirus Pandemic
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has made the ACM Digital Library open access to help support the computing community during the coronavirus pandemic. Founded in 1947, the ACM is the worl...
03:30 am - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Authors, Publishers Condemn the 'National Emergency Library' As 'Piracy'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Last week, when the Internet Archive announced its "National Emergency Library," expanding access to more than a million digitized works, the group explai...
02:10 am - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Dutch Museum Says Van Gogh Painting Stolen In Overnight Raid
The Singer Laren museum in Laren, east of Amsterdam, says thieves have made off with a prize Vincent van Gogh painting while the institution was closed to the public. artnet News reports: The break-in...
01:30 am - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Reports a 775 Percent Increase In Usage of Azure Cloud Services
Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: This weekend, Microsoft has given an insight into the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on its services. The company says that there has been a huge in...
12:50 am - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot Valve Will Delay Some Steam Auto-Updates To Preserve Bandwidth
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Valve announced today that it won't automatically update games in customers' libraries as regularly as before to help preserve bandwidth during the ...
12:10 am - Tue, March 31, 2020
Slashdot FDA Issues Limited Emergency Use For Two Drugs Used To Treat Malaria
knorthern knight shares a report from CNN: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalized w...