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09:24 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Signal's New PIN Feature Worries Cybersecurity Experts
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Vice: Ever since NSA leaker Edward Snowden said "use Signal, use Tor," the end-to-end encrypted chat app has been a favorite of people who care about privacy...
08:45 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple Advises Against MacBook Camera Covers Due To Display Cracking
Apple, in a new support document, is warning users against closing their MacBook lids with a cover over the camera. From a report: Placing a cover, sticker or tape over a laptop camera is a practice a...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot France To Introduce Controversial Age Verification System For Adult Websites
The French Parliament unanimously agreed this week to introduce a nationwide age verification system for pornography websites, months after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to protect children agains...
07:25 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot US Finalizing Federal Contract Ban For Companies That Use Huawei, Others
The Trump administration plans to finalize regulations this week that will bar the U.S. government from buying goods or services from any company that uses products from five Chinese companies includi...
06:45 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Nearly 70,000 Tech Startup Employees Have Lost Their Jobs Since March
Technology startups have been laying off tens of thousands of workers to cope with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, potentially blunting a key innovation pipeline for the enterprise i...
06:04 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Make Precise Gene Edits To Mitochondrial DNA For First Time
A peculiar bacterial enzyme has allowed researchers to achieve what even the popular CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing system couldn't manage: targeted changes to the genomes of mitochondria, cells' crucial ...
05:22 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Makes Employees Delete TikTok From Phones, Citing Security Risk
Amazon has asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones, citing "security risks," according to a company email sent on Friday. From a report: In the email, wh...
05:22 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Makes Employees Delete TikTok From Phones, Citing Security Risk [Update]
Amazon has asked its employees to delete the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from their cellphones, citing "security risks," according to a company email sent on Friday. From a report: In the email, wh...
04:44 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot A Moment of Clarity Regarding the Raison d'Etre for the App Store
John Gruber, writing at DaringFireball: Feel free to file Google's release this week of an update to their iPad Gmail app with support for split-screen multitasking under "better late than never," but...
04:04 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple Reaches New Stage in Development of AR Devices
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted key parts of Apple's business, but it hasn't derailed the company's plans to build what could be its next important technology platform -- augmented reality devi...
03:21 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Should We Be Drinking Less?
Can a daily drink or two lead to better health? For many years, the federal government's influential dietary guidelines implied as much, saying there was evidence that moderate drinking could lower th...
02:45 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Asia IT Giant's CEO Warns Trump's Visa Curbs Will Cost US
The chief executive officer of Asia's largest IT services firm warned that a U.S. freeze on thousands of employment visas will only raise costs for American corporations like Wall Street banks, auto m...
02:08 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Chicago Police Department Arrest API Shutdown is Its Own Kind of 'Cover Up'
Asraa Mustufa and David Eads, reporting for Chicago Reporter: With Chicago reeling this week from a bloody July 4 weekend that saw more than 80 shootings claim the lives of at least 17 people, includi...
01:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Worldwide PC Shipments Grew Due To Work-From-Home Arrangements
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The PC industry bounced back in the second quarter of 2020 after its weakest quarter in years mostly due to shelter-in-place orders prompted by the c...
10:00 am - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Giant Clams Manipulate Light To Assist Their Symbiotic Partner
Special cells in giant clams shift the wavelength of light to protect them from UV radiation and increase the photosynthetic activity of their symbionts, shows research from King Abdullah University o...
07:00 am - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Jack Dorsey Donates $3 Million To US Mayors For Universal Basic Income Pilot Programs In 15 Cities
Jack Dorsey, the billionaire CEO of Twitter and Square, is donating $3 million to help fund Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI), a new coalition of 15 mayors across the country who want to explore th...
03:30 am - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Power Pioneer Invents New Battery That's 90% Cheaper Than Lithium-Ion
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Lithium-ion batteries play a central role in the world of technology, powering everything from smartphones to smart cars, and one of the people who ...
02:30 am - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Will Pay $135,000 To Settle Alleged US Sanction Violations
In a statement (PDF) issued this week, the U.S. Treasury Department notes that Amazon has agreed to pay $134,523 to settle potential liability over alleged sanctions violations. TechCrunch reports: Th...
01:50 am - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot More Pre-Installed Malware Has Been Found In Budget US Smartphones
Pre-installed malware has been discovered on another budget handset connected to Assurance Wireless by Virgin Mobile. ZDNet reports: Back in January, cybersecurity researchers from Malwarebytes discov...
01:10 am - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Mulls Changes to Business to Distance Itself From China
Bytedance said it's evaluating changes to the corporate structure of its TikTok business as U.S. concerns grow over the parent company's Chinese origins. Bloomberg reports: Executives are discussing o...
12:30 am - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot xMEMS Announces World's First Monolithic MEMS Speaker
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AnandTech: In the last few years, semiconductor manufacturing has become more prevalent and accessible, with MEMS (Microelectromechanical systems) technology n...
12:01 am - Fri, July 10, 2020
Slashdot Indian Army Personnel Banned From Using 89 Apps
schwit1 writes: Indian troops will not be allowed to use some of the world's most well-known applications. The move goes further than for civilians when the government banned 59 apps, including TikTok...
11:20 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Apple's ARM-Based Macs To Support Thunderbolt
tlhIngan writes: For those worried that the transition Apple is doing to ARM-based Macs will drop Thunderbolt, Apple has stated that they will continue to support Thunderbolt. This was a worry since T...
10:40 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Portland Approves 10% Cap On Fees That Food Delivery Apps Can Charge Restuarants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Oregon Live: The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to make it illegal for third-party food delivery services like DoorDash and Grubhub to colle...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot AI Researchers Create Testing Tool To Find Bugs in NLP From Amazon, Google, and Microsoft
AI researchers have created a language-model testing tool that discovers major bugs in commercially available cloud AI offerings from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Yesterday, a paper detailing the Ch...
09:25 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Chrome and Firefox Are Getting Support For the New AVIF Image Format
The new lightweight and royalty-free AVIF image format is coming to web browsers. Work is almost complete on adding AVIF support to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. From a report: The new image form...
08:45 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Traders Are Pumping Joke Cryptocurrency Dogecoin -- and the Price is Up 95%
Day traders on viral video app TikTok are encouraging people to speculate on a joke cryptocurrency called Dogecoin. Based on an old Internet meme -- an overly sincere and whimsically grammar-challenge...
08:03 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees
Google's campus security system subjected Black and Latinx workers to bias and prompted complaints to management, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the situation, leading t...
07:24 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Australia, UK Open Probe Into Clearview Over Data Privacy
Australian and British privacy regulators opened a joint probe into Clearview AI, saying they want to examine how the company's facial-recognition technology uses people's data, just days after the co...
06:45 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Will Astronauts Ever Visit Gas Giants Like Jupiter?
Trying to get an up close and personal look at the solar system's gas giants is a tricky and dangerous journey. From a report: Jupiter, like the other gas giants, doesn't have a rocky surface, but tha...
06:04 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 To Public Beta Testers
Apple today seeded the first public betas of upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 updates to its public beta testing group, two weeks after first providing the updates to developers after the WW...
05:25 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Your Next Samsung Phone May Not Come With a Charger in the Box
Days after it was rumored that Apple might not ship a charger with its next iPhone, Samsung is copying that, too. According to a new report from South Korea, future Samsung phones may not ship with a ...
04:46 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Apple's UK Stores Paid $7.7M in Tax Despite $1.7B in Sales
The UK retail arm of Apple paid just $7.7m in taxes last year despite raking in almost $1.7bn in sales, according to the company's latest accounts. From a report: Revenue at Apple Retail UK, which ope...
04:04 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Musk Says Tesla Is 'Very Close' To Developing Fully Autonomous Vehicles
Tesla's Elon Musk said the carmaker is on the verge of developing technology to render its vehicles fully capable of driving themselves, repeating a claim he's made for years but been unable to achiev...
03:22 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's New KDP Tech Blocks Malware By Making Parts of the Windows Kernel Read-Only
Microsoft today published technical details about a new security feature that will soon be part of Windows 10. From a report: Named Kernel Data Protection (KDP), Microsoft says this feature will block...
02:41 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot UK Universities Comply With China's Internet Restrictions
UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China -- which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet. From a report: It enables stude...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Smartwatch Hack Could Trick Patients To 'Take Pills' With Spoofed Alerts
Security researchers say a smartwatch, popular with the elderly and dementia patients, could have been tricked into letting an attacker easily take control of the device. From a report: These watches ...
01:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot New Study Detects Ringing of the Global Atmosphere
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A ringing bell vibrates simultaneously at a low-pitched fundamental tone and at many higher-pitched overtones, producing a pleasant musical sound. A ...
10:00 am - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Spreading Rock Dust On Fields Could Remove Vast Amounts of CO2 From Air
Spreading rock dust on farmland could suck billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air every year, according to the first detailed global analysis of the technique. The Guardian reports: The chemi...
07:00 am - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Will Require Third-Party Sellers To Disclose Names, Addresses
Amazon announced a new policy Wednesday requiring third-party sellers in its marketplace to publicly display their names and addresses starting Sept. 1. Geekwire reports: The disclosure is already req...
03:30 am - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Shock-Dissipating Fractal Cubes Could Forge High-Tech Armor
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Tiny, 3-D printed cubes of plastic, with intricate fractal voids built into them, have proven to be effective at dissipating shockwaves, potentially ...
02:02 am - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot The Far Side Returns After 25 Years, and It's All Digital
Gary Larson has released new comics for the The Far Side, the first strips since January 1995. Larson does however caution that this is "not a resurrection of The Far Side daily cartoons." He adds: "I...
01:25 am - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Police Are Buying Access To Hacked Website Data
Some companies are selling government agencies access to data stolen from websites in the hope that it can generate investigative leads, with the data including passwords, email addresses, IP addresse...
12:45 am - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot Over 100 Wi-Fi Routers Fail Major Security Test -- Protect Yourself Now
schwit1 shares a report from Tom's Guide: Using its own analytical software, the [Fraunhofer Institute] tested the most recently available firmware for 117 home Wi-Fi models currently sold in Europe, ...
12:02 am - Thu, July 9, 2020
Slashdot China's Great Firewall Descends On Hong Kong Internet Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: At midnight on Tuesday, the Great Firewall of China, the vast apparatus that limits the country's internet, appeared to descend on Hong Kong. Unv...
11:20 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia Eclipses Intel As Most Valuable US Chipmaker
Nvidia has overtaken Intel for the first time as the most valuable U.S. chipmaker. Reuters reports: In a semiconductor industry milestone, Nvidia's shares rose 2.3% in afternoon trading on Wednesday t...
10:40 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 865: Breaking the 3GHz Threshold
Today, Qualcomm is announcing an update to its extremely successful Snapdragon 865 SoC: the new Snapdragon 865+. AnandTech reports: The new Snapdragon 865+ is a new binned variant of the [Snapdragon 8...
10:02 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Google Open Sources Trademarks With the Open Usage Commons
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Google has announced it is launching a new organization, Open Usage Commons (OUC), to host the trademarks for three of its most important new open-sourc...
09:25 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Google Scrapped Cloud Initiative in China, 'Sensitive Markets'
Google abandoned plans to offer a major new cloud service in China and other politically sensitive countries due in part to concerns over geopolitical tensions and the pandemic, Blloomberg reported We...
08:45 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Robinhood Has Lured Young Traders, Sometimes With Devastating Results
Robinhood users buy and sell the riskiest financial products and do so more frequently than customers at other retail brokerage firms, but their inexperience can lead to staggering losses. From a repo...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Thousands of Contracts Highlight Quiet Ties Between Big Tech and US Military
Over the past two years, thousands of tech company employees have taken a stand: they do not want their labor and technical expertise to be used for projects with the military or law enforcement agenc...
07:24 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Warning of Serious Brain Disorders in People With Mild Coronavirus Symptoms
Doctors may be missing signs of serious and potentially fatal brain disorders triggered by coronavirus, as they emerge in mildly affected or recovering patients, scientists have warned. From a report:...
06:46 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Too Little, Too Late: Facebook's Oversight Board Won't Launch Until 'Late Fall'
Facebook has announced that the limp "Oversight Board" intended to help make difficult content and policy decisions will not launch until "late fall," which is to say, almost certainly after the elect...
06:01 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla Suspends Firefox Send Service While It Addresses Malware Abuse
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has temporarily suspended the Firefox Send file-sharing service as the organization investigates reports of abuse from malware operators and while it adds a "Report...
05:24 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Google and Canonical Bring Flutter Apps To Linux and the Snap Store
An anonymous reader writes: Google is partnering with the Ubuntu Desktop team at Canonical to bring Linux support to its open source UI framework Flutter. Today's Linux alpha announcement also means F...
04:47 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot MIT and Harvard Sue DHS and ICE Over International Student Rule
Shag writes: Two days after US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said international students must leave the US if their fall classes will be taught entirely online, MIT and Harvard are suing I...
04:13 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Brooks Brothers Files For Bankruptcy
Brooks Brothers, the 200-year-old menswear retailer that has dressed 40 US presidents and unofficially became the outfitter of Wall Street bankers, has filed for bankruptcy. From a report: The private...
03:22 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Twitter is Working on a Subscription Platform Codenamed Gryphon
Twitter is working on a new subscription platform under the codename Gryphon, according to two online job postings. From a report: A remote contractor position listed on LinkedIn is seeking a backend ...
02:41 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Intel Unveils the Thunderbolt 4 Spec, Debuting in PCs in the Fall
Intel unveiled Thunderbolt 4 on Wednesday, the next iteration of the I/O specification that provides a high-speed peripheral bus to docks, displays, external storage and eGPUs for PCs. Rather than inc...
02:07 pm - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Linux Company SUSE Outbids Competitors for Fast-growing Startup Rancher Labs
SUSE, a Linux distribution company controlled by private equity firm EQT, has agreed to acquire Rancher Labs, a start-up with technology that helps organizations run software in virtual containers acr...
10:00 am - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Offering Hardware As a Service Offering
Zoom is teaming up with four video conferencing hardware makers to launch Zoom Hardware as a Service, designed to make Zoom Rooms and Zoom Phone more available to enterprises. ZDNet reports: The hardw...
07:00 am - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot WHO To Review Evidence of Airborne Transmission of Coronavirus
After hundreds of experts urged the World Health Organization to review mounting scientific research, the agency acknowledged on Tuesday that airborne transmission of the coronavirus may be a threat i...
03:30 am - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot City Builds Open-Access Broadband Network With Google Fiber As Its First ISP
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google Fiber's wireline broadband is expanding to a new city for the first time in several years as part of a public-private partnership to build...
02:03 am - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Security Cameras Can Tell Burglars When You're Not Home, Study Shows
schwit1 shares a report from CNN: Some popular home security cameras could allow would-be burglars to work out when you've left the building, according to a study published Monday. Researchers found t...
01:30 am - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot AMD Launches Ryzen 3000XT Series CPUs At Higher Clock Speeds To Battle Intel
MojoKid writes: Last month, AMD made its Ryzen 3000XT series processors official, after weeks of leaks and speculation. Ryzen 3000XT series processors are tweaked versions of the original 3000X series...
01:09 am - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Mathematician Ronald Graham Dies At 84
The American Mathematical Society has announced the passing of Ronald Graham, "one of the principal architects of the rapid development worldwide of discrete mathematics in recent years." He died July...
12:45 am - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Cops Seize Server That Hosted BlueLeaks, DDoSecrets Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Authorities in Germany have seized a server used by the organization that published a trove of US police internal documents commonly known as Blue...
12:02 am - Wed, July 8, 2020
Slashdot Only 9% of Visitors Give GDPR Consent To Be Tracked
Marko Saric, a digital marketing consultant and blogger, conducted his own experiment to find out how many visitors would engage with a GDPR banner and grant GDPR consent to their information being co...
11:25 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Nokia To Add Open Interfaces To Its Telecom Equipment
Nokia has become the first major telecom equipment maker to commit to adding open interfaces in its products that will allow mobile operators to build networks that are not tied to a vendor. Reuters r...
11:03 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Boycott Leaders 'Disappointed' After Meeting With Zuckerberg, Sandberg
Leaders from four of the organizations spearheading the #StopHateforProfit campaign sat down with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Chief Product Officer Chris Cox today to discuss the demands of a...
10:45 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Brings Android OS Development for Surface Duo In-house With Movial Acquisition
Microsoft is forming a team internally under the Microsoft Devices division that will handle the development of the Android OS for Surface Duo going forward. Windows Central: According to my sources, ...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Trump Administration Begins Formal Withdrawal From WHO
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The White House has officially moved to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO), a senior administration official confirm...
09:25 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot 7th Former eBay Employee Charged In Cyberstalking Campaign Targeting Natick Couple
A seventh former eBay employee is now facing federal charges in connection with a cyberstalking campaign that allegedly targeted a Natick couple who wrote critical content about the company in its new...
08:43 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot EPA Approves Two Lysol Products as the First To Effectively Kill Novel Coronavirus on Surfaces
The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved two Lysol products as effective against the novel coronavirus when used on hard, non-porous surfaces. From a report: Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Ly...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Will Axe Control Panel From Windows 10
Microsoft seems to be getting a kick out seeing users struggle to find Windows 10 features these days. After moving the Fresh Start feature in the latest version, 2004, and reducing the number of days...
07:25 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Walmart's Amazon Prime Competitor Will Launch This Month
Amazon may have a 15-year head start, but Walmart is close to finally unveiling its own membership program that it hopes will eventually become an alternative to Amazon Prime. From a report: Walmart p...
06:45 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Why Time Feels So Weird in 2020
Some days seem to pass very slowly while some weeks, and even months, fly by. A set of simple perception tests illustrate some factors that can distort our sense of time.Read more of this story at Sla...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Billionaire-Backed Code.org Received $1-2 Million Federal PPP Loan
theodp writes: Code.org's $10+ million "Diamond" supporters include Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and Infosys. Its $3+ million "Platinum" supporters include Google, the Gates Foundation, and the Ballme...
05:28 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot US is 'Looking at' Banning TikTok and Chinese Social Media Apps, Pompeo Says
The U.S. is "looking at" banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News. From a report: His comments come amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Ch...
04:46 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Covid-19 After Months of Dismissing the Seriousness of the Virus
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus. From a report: Bolsonaro himself announced the result, speaking on Brazilian TV channels...
04:07 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Seizes Six Domains Used in COVID-19 Phishing Operations
Microsoft has obtained a court order this month allowing the company to seize control of six domains that were used in phishing operations against Office 365 customers, including in campaigns that lev...
03:33 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Exec Peggy Johnson Joins Troubled Augmented Reality Startup Magic Leap as CEO
Microsoft executive Peggy Johnson will join Magic Leap as CEO in August, the startup announced Tuesday. From a report: Johnson joins the augmented reality start-up after leading Microsoft's M&A st...
02:43 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Alphabet's Loon Launches Its Balloon-Powered Kenyan Internet Service
Alphabet's Loon has officially begun operating its commercial internet service in Kenya. This is the first large-scale commercial offering that makes use of Loon's high-altitude balloons, which essent...
02:03 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Big Tech Faceoff With China Risks Sparking Exodus From Hong Kong
Facebook, Google and Twitter -- all of which are blocked in the mainland -- are now headed toward a showdown with China that could end up making Hong Kong feel more like Beijing. From a report: Hours ...
01:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot US Online Grocery Sales Hit Record $7.2 Billion In June
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Despite the slow reopening of the U.S. economy over the past several weeks, online grocery shopping is continuing to reach ever-higher numbers as A...
10:00 am - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug In Networking Equipment
Andy Greenberg writes via Wired: Late last week, government agencies, including the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team and Cyber Command, sounded the alarm about a particularly nasty vuln...
07:00 am - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Moon's Metal-Rich Craters Challenge Popular Theories About Its Origin
schwit1 shares a report from UPI: The most popular theory of the moon's origins contends the satellite was formed when a Mars-sized object collided with Earth, vaporizing large portions of Earth's upp...
03:30 am - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Giant Flywheel Project In Scotland Could Prevent UK Blackouts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A giant flywheel in north-east Scotland could soon help to prevent blackouts across Britain by mimicking the effect of a power station but withou...
01:30 am - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Next Xbox Series X Game Showcase Coming July 23
Microsoft will be holding its next Xbox Games Showcase on July 23, the company announced today. Ars Technica reports: Unlike Microsoft's May promotional event, which focused on third-party launch titl...
12:50 am - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot New H.266 VCC Codec Up To 50% More Efficient Than Previous Standard
The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute on Tuesday announced the H.266 Versatile Video Coding codec, which will power more data-efficient video capture and transmission on future iPhones. AppleInsider...
12:30 am - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Is Interested In Acquiring Warner Bros. Gaming Unit
According to a new report from The Information, Microsoft is interested in bidding on Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which is currently a division of AT&T. From a report: Warner Bros. Int...
12:10 am - Tue, July 7, 2020
Slashdot How Google Docs Became the Social Media of the Resistance
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: In just the last week, Google Docs has emerged as a way to share everything from lists of books on racism to templates for letters to fa...
11:34 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Foreign Students Must Leave the US If Their Universities Transition To Online-Only Learning
ugen shares a report from Reuters: Foreign students must leave the United States if their school's classes this fall will be taught completely online or transfer to another school with in-person instr...
10:50 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot PlayStation's Secret Weapon: A Nearly All-Automated Factory
According to Nikkei Asian Review, much of the PlayStation's success can be attributed to an unassuming factory in Japan that is almost entirely operated by robots. From the report: On the outskirts of...
10:10 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Fujitsu Announces Permanent Work-From-Home Plan
Technology firm Fujitsu announced a new "Work Life Shift" program that will offer unprecedented flexibility to its 80,000 workers in Japan. "Staff will be able to work flexible hours, and working from...
09:30 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Supreme Court Upholds Cellphone Robocall Ban
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coro...
08:50 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Broadband's Underused Lifeline For Low-income Users
The federal government's main program to keep lower income people connected is only serving one-fifth of the people it could help, even during a pandemic that has forced school and work online. From a...
08:21 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Facial-Recognition Firm Ends Operations in Canada, Watchdog Says
Canada's privacy watchdog said facial recognition software provider Clearview AI will no longer offer its services in the country, suspending a contract with its last remaining client, the Royal Canad...
08:12 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot China Confirms Case of Bubonic Plague In Inner Mongolia
China has confirmed one case of bubonic plague in northern province Inner Mongolia, according to a statement on the local health authority's website. From a report: The patient is now under treatment ...
07:35 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot DNA Inherited From Neanderthals May Increase Risk of Covid-19
A stretch of DNA linked to Covid-19 was passed down from Neanderthals 60,000 years ago, according to a new study. From a report: Scientists don't yet know why this particular segment increases the ris...
06:44 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Harvard Will Allow Some Students on Campus This Fall So Long as They Take Coronavirus Tests Every 3 Days
Harvard University is welcoming freshmen and some other students back to campus this fall semester, but students will have to take coronavirus tests every three days, classes will still be taught onli...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Hong Kong Government Tells Schools To Remove Books Breaching Security Law
Hong Kong's government on Monday ordered schools to review and remove any books that might breach a sweeping new security law that Beijing imposed last week on the restless city. From a report: "In ac...
05:27 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot US Secret Service Reports an Increase in Hacked Managed Service Providers
The US Secret Service sent out a security alert last month to the US private sector and government organizations warning about an increase in hacks of managed service providers (MSPs). From a report: ...
04:45 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot US Tech Giants Halt Reviews of Hong Kong Demands For User Data
Facebook and Twitter have confirmed they have suspended processing demands for user data from Hong Kong authorities following the introduction of a new Beijing-imposed national security law. From a re...
04:22 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot The Stunning Second Life of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'
A fifteen-year-old cartoon is an unlikely contender for most-watched show in America. And yet when "Avatar: The Last Airbender" arrived on Netflix, in May, it rose through the ranks to become the plat...
03:21 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Next-gen Games May Cost $70. It's Overdue, But Also Worrisome.
For years, it was long believed that $60 is the only price that the U.S. games market could bear (and they're often more expensive in international markets). But industry leaders and journalists have ...
02:40 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot BMW is Going All-in On In-car Microtransactions
BMW has detailed an overhaul to the digital systems that power its luxury vehicles, including a new map and navigation system, a revamped digital assistant, a "digital key" (first shown off at Apple's...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Uber Agrees To Buy Food-Delivery Service Postmates for $2.65 Billion in Stock
Uber has bought food-delivery service Postmates for $2.65 billion in stock, the companies announced Monday. From a report: The deal brings together the fourth-largest U.S. food delivery service with U...
10:34 am - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Venture Capitalists' Critiques of Journalism Secretly Leaked to Journalists
A confrontation between venture capitalists and journalists has been slowly playing out on Twitter — and in an incendiary article on VICE US. It started when... A luggage startup's co-CEO compla...
07:34 am - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Political Protests Are Now Happening in Videogames
Business Insider reports that some players are adapting their avatars in the game world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the real world:In ...
04:04 am - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Tesla to Make Molecule Printers for Gates-Backed Vaccine Developer
Tesla is building mobile molecule printers to produce a potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed in Germany by CureVac, reports Reuters:CureVac, an unlisted German company, has said it is developing...
01:34 am - Mon, July 6, 2020
Slashdot Why Apple Stopped Updating Over 15,000 Games in China's App Store
Apple "has faced mounting pressure from the Chinese government in recent weeks to comply with local regulations, including that all games show proof of a government granted license," writes Engadget. ...
11:30 pm - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Stops Selling 'Active Content' Games in Kindle Reader's Store
Once upon a time, you could play Scrabble on your black-and-white Kindle readers. Or chess or sudoko, or even solve New York Times Crossword Puzzles. Amazon's Kindle Store had included 500 slick Java-...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Hundreds of Armed US Counter-Protesters Fall for 'Apparent Hoax'
Yesterday as America celebrated its Independence Day, the Washington Post reports something unusual happened at the historic Civil War battefield at Gettysburg: For weeks, a mysterious figure on socia...
09:03 pm - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Woman Who Harassed Starbucks Barista Now Wants Half the Money He Raised
destinyland writes: Amber Lynn Gilles walked into a Starbucks without a mask, later complaining on Facebook about the server who'd asked her to wear one. ("Next time I will wait for cops and bring a m...
07:54 pm - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Chrome Experimental Feature Will Throttle Javascript-Timer Wakeups on Backgrounded Tabs
Slashdot reader techtsp writes: Starting with October's release of Chrome 86, the web browser will offer a way to limit JavaScript timer wake ups in background web pages to one wake up per minute, res...
06:43 pm - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot How Crowdfunding Transformed Tabletop Board Games
The board game Frosthaven has become Kickstarter's "most-funded board game on the site ever, with nearly $13 million pledged toward funding the game's development," reports NPR. "Only two projects hav...
05:34 pm - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Is Slashdot the Answer to Facebook's Fake News Problem?
David Collier-Brown led the Sun Microsystems Canada team specializing in performance and capacity planning. He later becoming a consulting systems programmer and performance engineer, as well as an O'...
04:34 pm - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Likes His New AMD Threadripper System
This week Linus Torvalds and Dirk Hohndel re-created their keynote conversation for a special all-virtual edition of the Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux Conference North America. ZDNet reports:W...
03:34 pm - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot 200 Scientists Say WHO Ignores the Risk That Coronavirus 'Aerosols' Float in the Air
"Six months into a pandemic that has killed over half a million people, more than 200 scientists from around the world are challenging the official view of how the coronavirus spreads," reports the Lo...
02:34 pm - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could We Not Use DNS For a Certificate Revocation Mechanism?
Long-time Slashdot reader dhammabum writes:As reported in the recent slashdot story, starting in September we system admins will be forced into annually updating TLS certificates because of a decision...
01:34 pm - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Body Cam with Military Police Footage Sold on Ebay
"A security researcher was able to access files on a Axon body-worn camera he purchased from eBay that had video files of Fort Huachuca Military Police officers conducting investigations and filling o...
11:15 am - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot The WHO Announces End of Its Testing of Hydroxychloroquine
"The World Health Organization announced Saturday that it discontinued its trial on hydroxychloroquine's effect on COVID-19 patients in hospitals," reports UPI:WHO said in a statement that it accepted...
09:04 am - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Study Finds Hydroxychloroquine May Have Boosted Survival. Other Researchers Have Doubts
"A surprising new study found the controversial antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine helped patients better survive in the hospital," reports CNN. "But the findings, like the federal government's use ...
05:49 am - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Rocket Lab Loses Seven Satellites After 'Something Went Wrong'
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:On Sunday morning, local time in New Zealand, Rocket Lab launched its 13th mission. The booster's first stage performed normally, but just as the second stage n...
03:02 am - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Starting Soon: A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
"If your family's Fourth of July fireworks plans are up in smoke because of the pandemic, watch the sky for a lunar eclipse instead," reports CNN. It begins in just 5 minutes -- and then lasts for two...
01:04 am - Sun, July 5, 2020
Slashdot Stanford Economist Predicts Working-From-Home Continues, City Centers Decline
The new "working-from-home economy" will likely continue after the pandemic, predicts Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, in an article shared by Slashdot reader schwit1. Bloom cites results from sever...
11:04 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot US Senate Amends EARN IT Act -- To Let States Restrict Encryption
Long-time Slashdot reader stikves reminded us that a committee in the U.S. Senate passed an amended version of the "EARN IT" act on Thursday. And this new version could do more than just end personal ...
09:34 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Released an Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs
Tuesday Microsoft published two out-of-band security updates to patch two vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, reports ZDNet:Tracked as CVE-2020-1425 & CVE-2020-1457, the two b...
08:34 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Released an Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs
Tuesday Microsoft published two out-of-band security updates to patch two vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, reports ZDNet:Tracked as CVE-2020-1425 & CVE-2020-1457, the two b...
08:34 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Divers Find Evidence of Prehistoric Mining Operation in North America
Iwastheone shared this article from CBS News:Experts and cave divers in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula have found ocher mines that are some of the oldest on the continent. Ancient skeletons were found in ...
07:34 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Halfway Through ISS Mission, NASA Astronauts Anticipate Their Ride Back to Earth
"They've been up there about a month now, floating around on the International Space Station, keeping tabs on their ride home," reports the Washington Post:"Certainly, the highlight for both Doug and ...
06:34 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Is Our Technology Literally Changing Our Brains?
Nicholas Carr authored The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains back in 2010. This week he offered an up-to-date assessment in his newest interview with Vox co-founder Ezra Klein. "The p...
05:34 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Former Yahoo Engineer Who Infiltrated 6,000 Accounts Avoids Jail
This week finally saw the federal sentencing of a former Yahoo software engineer who "admitted to using his access through his work at the company to hack into about 6,000 Yahoo accounts" back in 2018...
04:34 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Moderate Drinking May Improve Cognitive Health for Older Adults, Study Says
"A new study found low to moderate drinking may improve cognitive function for White middle-aged or older adults," reports CNN:The findings support prior research which found that, generally, one stan...
03:34 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Does Success in Life Depend on Understanding Both Technology and Constitutional Law?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: In 2019's The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know, the New York Times' Thomas Friedman reported that of all the skills and knowledge the College Board tested youn...
02:34 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Americans Lag Behind Other Countries -- and Pay More for Their Cellphone Service
"American consumers pay significantly more for cellphone service than people in many other countries," reports the New York Times. It's in an article headlined "The U.S. Is Lagging Behind Many Rich Co...
01:00 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Facebook, Twitter, Google Face Free-Speech Test in Hong Kong
U.S. technology titans face a looming test of their free-speech credentials in Hong Kong as China's new national-security law for the city demands local authorities take measures to supervise and regu...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Ubisoft CEO Lays Out a Plan To Change the Company's Toxic Culture
A week after launching investigations into many claims of harassment and misconduct, Ubisoft's CEO gave an update on what the company is doing to change things. From a report: In a letter posted on it...
10:01 am - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Chrome for Android is Finally Going 64-bit, Giving it a Speed Boost in Benchmarks
An anonymous reader shares a report: The first Android version to support 64-bit architecture was Android 5.0 Lollipop, introduced back in November 2014. Since then, more and more 64-bit processors sh...
08:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Germany is First Major Economy To Phase Out Coal and Nuclear
German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a...
06:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Sprint 5G is No More, as T-Mobile Focuses On its Own Network
A day after formally completing the sale of Boost, Virgin and other Sprint prepaid networks to Dish, T-Mobile is pulling the plug on Sprint 5G. From a report: The move is one in a long list of issues ...
04:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Fresh Calls For Guarantees on Digital Taxation in Future UK-US Trade Deal
One of America's largest internet advocacy groups has published a six-point wish list for a future UK-US trade deal, including calls for no unilateral digital taxes. From a report: The Internet Associ...
03:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot WHO Sees First Results From COVID Drug Trials Within Two Weeks
The World Health Organization (WHO) should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Gh...
02:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Walmart is Converting Its Parking Lots Into Pop-up Drive-in Theaters For the Summer
Walmart said this week that it was converting some of its parking lots into drive-in theaters for the summer as the movie industry struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic. From a report: The retail be...
01:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot New Apple macOS Big Sur Feature To Hamper Adware Operations
With macOS 11, also known as Big Sur, Apple has removed the ability to install macOS profile configurations from the command-line. ZDNet reports: This ability was previously a core feature of macOS' e...
12:07 am - Sat, July 4, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Engineers Replacing Racially Loaded Tech Terms Like 'Master,' 'Slave'
For Regynald Augustin, a Black programmer at Twitter, the impetus for change arrived in an email last year with the phrase "automatic slave rekick." The words were just part of an engineering discussi...
10:09 pm - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Linus Torvalds: 'I Do No Coding Any More'
The Linux Foundation recently uploaded its video from the Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux Conference: Europe. And there was a poignant moment when Linus Torvalds did his traditional keynote conv...
06:02 pm - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Mysterious Explosion and Fire Damage Iranian Nuclear Enrichment Facility
A fire ripped through a building at Iran's main nuclear-fuel production site early Thursday, causing extensive damage to what appeared to be a factory where the country has boasted of producing a new ...
05:01 pm - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Who Is the Mystery Shopper Leaving Behind Thousands of Online Shopping Carts?
A Google crawler has been adding products to e-commerce site shopping carts, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. From a write-up: Sellers have been complaining about a serial cart abandoner na...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Google-backed Groups Criticize Apple's New Warnings on User Tracking
A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple's plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites. Fr...
03:01 pm - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot LinkedIn Says iOS Clipboard Snooping After Every Key Press is a Bug, Will Fix
A LinkedIn spokesperson told ZDNet this week that a bug in the company's iOS app was responsible for a seemingly privacy-intrusive behavior spotted by one of its users on Thursday. From a report: The ...
02:01 pm - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla Common Voice Updates Will Help Train the 'Hey Firefox' Wakeword For Voice-Based Web Browsing
Mozilla today released the latest version of Common Voice, its open source collection of transcribed voice data for startups, researchers, and hobbyists to build voice-enabled apps, services, and devi...
01:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Nuclear 'Power Balls' May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: A new generation of reactors coming online in the next few years aims to make nuclear meltdowns a thing of the past. Not only will these reactors be sma...
10:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Announces New Windows 10 Start Menu Design, Updated Alt-Tab
Microsoft is testing a number of Windows 10 upgrades to a small number of testers, including changes to the Alt-Tab function and a new Start menu design. The Verge reports: "We are freshening up the S...
07:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Core of a Gas Planet Seen For the First Time
A team of astronomers has discovered what they think are the rocky innards of a giant planet that's missing its thick atmosphere. Their findings have been published in the journal Nature. The BBC repo...
03:30 am - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Inside the Plot To Kill the Open Technology Fund
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE News: [The Open Technology Fund is a U.S. government-funded nonprofit, which is part of the umbrella group called the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM)...
02:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Is Shutting Down TikTok Clone Lasso and Pinterest Rival Hobbi
Facebook confirmed that it's shutting down two of its little-known social media apps shortly after their launch. TikTok rival Lasso and Pinterest rival Hobbi will both be terminated on July 10. CNBC r...
01:25 am - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot JPMorgan Drops Terms 'Master,' 'Slave' From Internal Tech Code and Materials
JPMorgan Chase is eliminating terms like "blacklist," "master" and "slave" from its internal technology materials and code as it seeks to address racism within the company, said two sources with knowl...
12:45 am - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot Next-Gen Console Games Will Be $10 More Expensive
If NBA 2K21 is any indication, the price of $59.99 new console games is about to be over: "NBA 2K21 will cost $69.99 on PS5 and Xbox Series X, an increase of $10 compared to the recommended price for ...
12:02 am - Fri, July 3, 2020
Slashdot BMW Wants To Sell Car Features On Demand
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: BMW is planning to move some features of its new cars to a subscription model, something it announced on Wednesday during a briefing for the pres...
11:20 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot India's Richest Man Takes On Zoom
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: India's Reliance Jio Platforms, which recently concluded a $15.2 billion fundraise run, is ready to enter a new business: Video conferencing. On Th...
10:41 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot New Free Speech Site Gets in a Tangle Over ... Free Speech
The social network bills itself as a 'no censorship' bastion -- but it's already had to remind users what is and isn't allowed. From a report: In recent weeks, Donald Trump has started having his twee...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot 'Fallout' TV Series From 'Westworld' Creators In the Works At Amazon
According to Hollywood Reporter, "Amazon Studios has licensed the rights to the best-selling video game franchise Fallout, with married writers and showrunners Joy and Nolan attached to oversee the po...
09:22 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Will Ban Forza Players Who Add the Confederate Flag To Their Digital Cars
Microsoft has just announced it will ban players who use the controversial confederate flag in Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsport, which both allow users to personalize their cars with custom designs....
08:45 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft is Force-Feeding Edge To Windows Users With a Spyware-like Install
Sean Hollister, writing for The Verge: If I told you that my entire computer screen just got taken over by a new app that I'd never installed or asked for -- it just magically appeared on my desktop, ...
08:04 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot Google's Fitbit Takeover Probed by EU Regulators
The EU is questioning whether Google's proposed takeover of Fitbit will harm competition, or give it access to too much personal data. From a report: Fitbit makes fitness-tracking watches that monitor...
07:24 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot Boeing Quietly Pulls Plug on the 747, Closing Era of Jumbo Jets
Boeing hasn't told employees, but the company is pulling the plug on its hulking 747 jumbo jet, ending a half-century run for the twin-aisle pioneer. From a report: The last 747-8 will roll out of a S...
06:44 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot World's Pile of Electronic Waste Grows Ever Higher: Study
The world's mountain of discarded flat-screen TVs, cellphones and other electronic goods grew to a record high last year, according to an annual report released Thursday. New submitter Splyncryth writ...
06:13 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot Advertisers Will Be Back To Facebook 'Soon Enough', Zuckerberg Assures Employees
As the ads boycott grows, Mark Zuckerberg shows no sign of backing down. From a report: "My guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough" the Facebook chief executive h...
05:39 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Says 5,000 App Developers Got User Data After Cutoff Date
Social media giant Facebook disclosed on Wednesday a new user privacy incident. The company said that it continued sharing user data with approximately 5,000 developers even after their application's ...
04:48 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot One Out of Every 142 Passwords is '123456'
In one of the biggest password re-use studies of its kind, an analysis of more than one billion leaked credentials has discovered that one out of every 142 passwords is the classic "123456" string. Fr...
04:08 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot Apple and Google Block Dozens of Chinese Apps in India
Two days after India blocked 59 apps developed by Chinese firms, Google and Apple have started to comply with New Delhi's order and are preventing users in the world's second largest internet market f...
03:33 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot WeWork Founder Warned Staff in 2016: 'You Do Not Get a Chance Like This Again'
To many of its employees, WeWork was much more than a job. Adam Neumann, the co-founder and former chief executive officer, kept workers motivated by invoking a higher calling to community-building an...
02:48 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot How Police Secretly Took Over a Global Phone Network for Organized Crime
Police monitored a hundred million encrypted messages sent through Encrochat, a network used by career criminals to discuss drug deals, murders, and extortion plots. From a report: Something wasn't ri...
02:08 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot The Sci-Hub Effect: Sci-Hub Downloads Lead To More Article Citations
Excerpt of a paper on Arxiv [PDF]: Citations are often used as a metric of the impact of scientific publications. Here, we examine how the number of downloads from Sci-hub as well as various character...
01:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven't been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple's Mac computers since the fi...
10:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot 3D-Printed Plant-Based Steaks Could Arrive In 2021
In 2021, Israeli startup Redefine Meat plans to launch a 3D printer that will allow customers to produce plant-based flank steak at home. Engadget reports: Redefine Meat says that through 3D printing,...
07:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot US Secures World Stock of Key COVID-19 Drug Remdesivir
The U.S. has bought up virtually all the stocks of remdesivir, perhaps the most closely watched experimental drug to treat COVID-19. The Guardian reports: Remdesivir, the first drug approved by licens...
03:30 am - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot MIT Removes Huge Dataset That Teaches AI Systems To Use Racist, Misogynistic Slurs
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register MIT has taken offline its highly cited dataset that trained AI systems to potentially describe people using racist, misogynistic, and other proble...
02:02 am - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot People Testing Negative For COVID-19 Antibodies May Still Have Some Immunity, Study Suggests
Thelasko shares a report from the BBC: For every person testing positive for antibodies, two were found to have specific T-cells which identify and destroy infected cells. This was seen even in people...
01:25 am - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 78: Protections Dashboard, New Developer Features, and the End of the Line For Older MacOS Versions
williamyf shares a report from The Register: Mozilla has released Firefox 78 with a new Protections Dashboard and a bunch of updates for web developers. This is also the last supported version of Fire...
12:45 am - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot Dish Buys Prepaid Carrier Boost Mobile For $1.4 Billion
Today, Dish announced the $1.4 billion acquisition of Boost Mobile. With this purchase, Dish secures its place in the retail wireless market and will serve more than nine million customers. Engadget r...
12:02 am - Thu, July 2, 2020
Slashdot Multiple Service Providers Are Blocking DuckDuckGo In India
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: Just a few days after India banned 59 Chinese apps, many users in the country are reporting that privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is inac...
11:20 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Apple Recloses More Than 25% of Its US Retail Stores Due To COVID-19 Spikes
Apple will close 30 additional stores in the United States by Thursday, the company said, bringing the total number of reclosures in the United States to 77 as Covid-19 cases rapidly rise in several r...
10:40 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Kongregate No Longer Accepting New Games, Shutting Down Forums and Chat
Kongregate, a video game publisher and web gaming portal featuring over 128,000 titles, announced that many features on the site are going away. The site is no longer allowing uploads of new flash gam...
10:02 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: As Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and other voice assistants have become fixtures in millions of homes, privacy advocates have grown concer...
09:25 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Misses Its Own Deadline To Publish Its First Transparency Report
How many government demands for user data has Zoom received? We won't know until "later this year," an updated Zoom blog post now says. From a report: The video conferencing giant previously said it w...
08:45 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Detroit Police Chief: Facial Recognition Software Misidentifies 96% of the Time
Detroit police have used highly unreliable facial recognition technology almost exclusively against Black people so far in 2020, according to the Detroit Police Department's own statistics. From a rep...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Ads Are Taking Over Samsung's Galaxy Smartphones
Max Weinbach, writing for Android Police: I have been using Samsung phones every day for almost 4 years. It was because Samsung had fantastic hardware paired with --depending on the year -- good softw...
07:25 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot A Massive Star Has Seemingly Vanished from Space With No Explanation
Astronomers are perplexed by the unexplained disappearance of a massive star located 75 million light years away. From a report: A decade ago, light from this colossal star brightened its entire host ...
06:45 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Becomes Most Valuable Automaker in Latest Stock Rally
Tesla on Wednesday became the highest-valued automaker as its shares surged to record highs and the electric carmaker's market capitalization overtook that of former front runner Toyota Motors. From a...
06:04 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot MIT Apologizes, Permanently Pulls Offline Huge Dataset That Taught AI Systems To Use Racist, Misogynistic Slurs
MIT has taken offline its highly cited dataset that trained AI systems to potentially describe people using racist, misogynistic, and other problematic terms. From a report: The database was removed t...
05:21 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Minecraft Is Now Home To a Virtual Library of Censored Journalism
schwit1 shares a report: Free press advocates have created a virtual library in Minecraft that bypasses censorship in oppressive countries to house censored journals and articles. The virtual space wa...
04:42 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Alphabet-owned Verily Suspended Employee Bonuses To Fund Diversity Initiatives
Verily Life Sciences, the Alphabet-owned healthcare company, is suspending employee spot bonuses. From a report: The money will be funneled instead to fund diversity and inclusion initiatives. The mov...
04:04 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot China's Influence Via WeChat Is 'Flying Under the Radar' of Most Western Democracies
China's WeChat, like most social networks, is a haven for disinformation and "fake news". Less well-known, at least in the West, is its role in mobilising Chinese diaspora communities to support parti...
03:25 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot After Lackluster Launch, Amazon Pulls 'Crucible' Back Into Closed Beta Weeks After Game's Release
Little more than a month after a much-hyped entry into big-budget video games, Amazon is pulling back "Crucible," its new free-to-play PC shooter, and moving the title to closed beta. From a report: "...
02:49 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Sydney Now Powered By 100% Renewable Electricity
The City of Sydney is now powered by 100% renewable electricity, generated from wind and solar farms in regional New South Wales. From a report: The "green energy" deal which came into effect on Wedne...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Apple Races To Push Ahead With 5G iPhone Mass Production
Apple is pushing its suppliers to try to reduce production delays for its first 5G iPhones as the U.S. tech company aims to limit the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. From a report: Apple is fac...
01:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Supreme Court Says Generic Domains Like Booking.com Can Be Trademarked
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office erred by finding the term booking.com was too generic for trademark protection, the Supreme Court ruled on T...
10:00 am - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Earth's Final Frontier: The Global Race To Map the Entire Ocean Floor
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Guardian: An ambitious project to chart the seabed by 2030 could help countries prepare for tsunamis, protect marine habitats and monitor deep-sea mining. But the chal...
07:00 am - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Asteroid Impact, Not Volcanic Activity, Killed the Dinosaurs, Study Finds
Scientists have gone back and forth over exactly what caused a mass extinction event 66 million years ago, which destroyed about 75% of all life on Earth, including all of the large dinosaurs. Some ha...
03:30 am - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Dr. Anthony Fauci Says New Virus In China Has Traits of 2009 Swine Flu, 1918 Pandemic Flu
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that U.S. health officials are keeping an eye on a new strain of flu carried by pigs in Ch...
12:10 am - Wed, July 1, 2020
Slashdot Declining Eyesight Can Be Improved By Looking At Red Light, Pilot Study Says
swell shares the findings from a small pilot study that suggests a few minutes of looking into a deep red light could have a dramatic effect on preventing eyesight decline as we age. CNN reports: Rese...
11:30 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Someone Mysteriously Sent Almost $1 Billion In Bitcoin
Someone transferred bitcoins worth close to $1 billion on Tuesday morning, a move that was public for everyone to see while the identities of the sender and receiver remain unknown. Motherboard report...
10:50 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot 400 TB Storage Drives In Our Future: Fujifilm
One of the two leading manufacturers of tape cartridge storage, FujiFilm, claims that they have a technology roadmap through to 2030 which builds on the current magnetic tape paradigm to enable 400 TB...
10:10 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Qualcomm Made a Modern Smartwatch Chip: Meet the Snapdragon Wear 4100
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After years of repackaging the same basic smartwatch chip over and over again, Qualcomm has graced Wear OS with a modern smartwatch SoC. Meet the...
09:30 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot YouTube TV Jacks Up Pricing To Become Most Expensive Cable TV Alternative
On Tuesday, Google's YouTube TV announced a monthly $15 price hike, bringing its streaming package of channels to $64.99 monthly, from $49.99. "YouTube TV is now the most expensive of the cable TV str...
08:50 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Android's AirDrop Competitor Is Coming Soon
Android's long-awaited "Nearby Sharing" feature, which allows you to share files between Android devices wirelessly, is rolling out to beta testers. Android Police reports: Nearby Sharing may appear s...
08:10 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot National Mask Mandate Could Save 5 Percent of GDP, Economists Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: After a late-spring lull, daily coronavirus cases in the United States have again hit record highs, driven by resurgent outbreaks in state...
06:08 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Uber's New Strategy: Buy Unprofitable Companies, ???, Profit
Uber's new strategy is just like its old one. Make its money-losing business bigger by buying other money-losing businesses like Postmates. From a report: After Uber's merger talks with food-delivery ...
05:17 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot FCC Declares Huawei, ZTE 'National Security Threats'
The Federal Communication Commission has declared Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE "national security threats," a move that will formally ban U.S. telecom companies from using federal funds to bu...
04:51 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft, LinkedIn To Retrain Unemployed Workers for In-Demand Jobs
Microsoft and its LinkedIn unit will provide free job training to help unemployed workers prepare for in-demand jobs as the global pandemic pushes U.S. joblessness to levels as bad as those during the...
04:09 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Launches Space Push To Drive Cloud-Computing Growth
Amazon.com is boosting efforts to lure military and commercial space organizations as major users of its cloud-computing services, hoping to benefit from rising government spending and burgeoning priv...
03:30 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Universities and Tech Giants Back National Cloud Computing Project
Leading universities and major technology companies agreed on Tuesday to back a new project intended to give academics and other scientists access to the computing resources now available mainly to a ...
02:48 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Apple Executive Defends App Store Rules Scrutinized by EU and US
The Apple executive in charge of the App Store in Europe said that the company's policies ensure a level playing field for developers and ease-of-use for customers as regulatory scrutiny over the plat...
02:10 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Google Removes 25 Android Apps Caught Stealing Facebook Credentials
Google has removed this month 25 Android apps from the Google Play Store that were caught stealing Facebook credentials. From a report: Before being taken down, the 25 apps were collectively downloade...
01:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Disney Research Creates Face-Swapping Technique For High-Res Video
shirappu writes: A new paper by Disney Research shows off a newly developed neural network that can swap faces in photos and videos at high-resolution. The idea behind this technology is to replace an...
10:00 am - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot China Approves COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate For Military Use
schwit1 writes: Same vaccine being tested in Canada. But China just skipped ahead and approved it for one year for its soldiers without full long-term data. The COVID-19 vaccine (Ad5-nCoV) in question...
07:00 am - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot First Apple Silicon Benchmarks Destroy Surface Pro X
As expected, developers with early access to Apple silicon-based transition kits have leaked some early benchmarks scores. And it's bad news for Surface Pro X and Windows 10 on ARM fans. Thurrott repo...
03:30 am - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot An Embattled Group of Hackers Picks Up the WikiLeaks Mantle
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For the past year, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has sat in a London jail awaiting extradition to the US. This week, the US Justice Department...
02:10 am - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Is Reportedly Working On a More Affordable Galaxy Fold
According to a report from a South Korean publication, Samsung is working on Galaxy Fold Lite for as cheap as $900. Samsung will reportedly cut costs by downgrading the camera capabilities and interna...
01:30 am - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot With DOJ Charges, Former VC Mike Rothenberg Could Now Be Facing Serious Jail Time
Connie Loizos writing via TechCrunch: While some in Silicon Valley might prefer to forget about investor Mike Rothenberg roughly four years after his young venture firm began to implode, his story is ...
12:50 am - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Second Next-Gen Xbox Reportedly Set For August Reveal
Microsoft's second next-gen Xbox is rumored to be fully revealed in August. According to Eurogamer, the console will be named the Xbox Series S. From a report: Microsoft has been working on this secon...
12:10 am - Tue, June 30, 2020
Slashdot A Hacker Gang is Wiping Lenovo NAS Devices and Asking for Ransoms
A hacker group going by the name of 'Cl0ud SecuritY' is breaking into old LenovoEMC (formerly Iomega) network-attached storage (NAS) devices, wiping files, and leaving ransom notes behind asking owner...