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11:49 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Some Scientists 'Uneasy' About the Race For a Covid-19 Vaccine
The Guardian ran an article by the author of Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World looking at problems with our own race for a vaccine in 2020:On 2 August, Steven Salzberg, ...
10:45 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Manned Flying Car Successfully Tested for the First Time
The Japanese company SkyDive "has announced the successful test drive of a flying car," reports CNN:It was the first public demonstration for a flying car in Japanese history. The car, named SD-03, ma...
09:53 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot How Bill Gates Celebrated Warren Buffett's 90th Birthday
The seventh-wealthiest man in the world, Warren Buffett, turns 90 today. Famously the tycoon/philanthropist pledged to give away 90% of his wealth, founding with Bill and Melinda Gates "The Giving Ple...
08:34 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Surprise News About Superhero Actor Chadwick Boseman Becomes Most-Liked Tweet Ever
Yahoo News reports:On Friday, Chadwick Boseman's family posted a final tweet on his Twitter account, announcing that he had died after a four-year battle with colon cancer. Twitter confirmed on Saturd...
07:34 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Pandemic Sends Videogame Museum Into Two-Year Shutdown
Oakland's nonprofit "Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment" housed 40,000 historic pieces of videogame memorabilia — including 11,000 playable games. In 2017 they were the ones urging America'...
06:34 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Are Apple's Privacy Changes Hypocritical, Unfair to Facebook and Advertising Companies?
iPhone users will have to opt-in to tracking starting with iOS 14. Advertisers are "crying foul," reports the Washington Post:[W]ith Apple under the antitrust spotlight, its privacy move has also been...
05:34 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot ARM Not Just For Macs: Might Make Weather Forecasting Cheaper Too
An anonymous reader writes:The fact that Apple is moving away from Intel to ARM has been making a lot of headlines recently — but that's not the only new place where ARM CPUs have been making a ...
04:38 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Major Internet Outage: Dozens of Sites are Down
"Cloudflare, an internet service that is supposed to keep websites up and running, was down itself Sunday, taking dozens of websites and online services along with it," reports CNN:Hulu, the PlayStati...
03:34 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Linux Developers Continue Evaluating The Path To Adding Rust Code To The Kernel
Phoronix reports:As mentioned back in July, upstream Linux developers have been working to figure out a path for adding Rust code to the Linux kernel. That topic is now being further explored at this ...
02:34 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Ignored 455 Complaints About Militia Page Urging Weapons at Kenosha Protest
BuzzFeed News reports:In a companywide meeting on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that a militia page advocating for followers to bring weapons to an upcoming protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin...
01:34 pm - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Kingpin Behind Massive Identity-Theft Service Says He's Sorry
Krebs on Security tells the tale of Hieu Minh Ngo, who earned $3 million by selling the identity records he'd stolen from consumer data brokers (which included social security numbers and physical add...
10:34 am - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Cory Doctorow's New Book Explains 'How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism'
Blogger/science fiction writer Cory Doctorow (also a former EFF staffer and activist) has just published How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism — a new book which he's publishing free online. In...
07:34 am - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Brave Complains Google's Newly-Proposed 'WebBundles' Standard Would 'Make URLs Meaningless'
"Google is proposing a new standard called WebBundles," complains Brave's senior privacy reseacher. "This standard allows websites to 'bundle' resources together, and will make it impossible for brows...
03:34 am - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk and John Carmack Discuss Neuralink, Programming Languages on Twitter
Friday night CNET reported:With a device surgically implanted into the skull of a pig named Gertrude, Elon Musk demonstrated his startup Neuralink's technology to build a digital link between brains a...
01:34 am - Sun, August 30, 2020
Slashdot 'Unusually Large Number' of Breached Sendgrid Accounts Are Sending Spams and Scams
Krebs on Security reports:Email service provider Sendgrid is grappling with an unusually large number of customer accounts whose passwords have been cracked, sold to spammers, and abused for sending p...
11:34 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot 'The Largest Nuclear Bomb Ever Detonated' Explored in Declassified Russian Footage
"The blast was over 3,000 times bigger than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima," reports Smithsonian magazine:Hydrogen bombs are so destructive, their impact has been described as unthinkable throughou...
10:34 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Using AI and Photoshop to Fake 'Photos' of Ancient Roman Emperors
Machine learning "can even bring ancient statues to life, transforming the chipped stone busts of long-dead Roman emperors into photorealistic faces you could imagine walking past on the street," repo...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Texas A&M Professor Accused of Secretly Collaborating With China Amid NASA Work
CNBC reports:A Texas A&M professor was charged with conspiracy, making false statements and wire fraud on allegations that he was secretly collaborating with the Chinese government while conductin...
08:37 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Tesla, Intel, and Others Urge America's FTC to Oppose Qualcomm Ruling
Tesla, Ford, Honda, Daimler, and Intel have asked America's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to fight a recent court ruling in favour of Qualcomm, reports the BBC:Qualcomm has a practice of requiring cu...
07:39 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot American Sleep Medicine Professionals Call For an End to Daylight Saving Time
CNET reports:Twice a year most of the U.S. stumbles around in confusion while missing appointments, resetting their clocks and grumbling about daylight saving time. The American Academy of Sleep Medic...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Your Browsing History Can Uniquely Identify You
An anonymous reader writes:Researchers from Mozilla report in a study that web browsing histories (the lists of user visited websites) are uniquely identifying users (PDF). In their study that was the...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot How a Covid-19 Outbreak Spared Masked Starbucks Employees
gollum123 shared this article from MarketWatch:Do masks really work? Ask the dozens of Starbucks customers who tested positive for COVID-19 in Seoul this month after a woman with coronavirus sat under...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Report: Massive US Spy Satellite May 'Hoover Up' Cellphone Calls
Launching today is America's classified NROL-44 spy satellite, which German public broadcaster DW calls "a massive, open secret":NROL-44 is a huge signals intelligence, or SIGINT, satellite, says Davi...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot To Assuage Fears of Google Domination, Istio Restructures Its Steering Committee
An anonymous reader quotes The New Stack:While there are some who may never get over the fact that the Istio service mesh, originally created by Google and IBM, will not be handed over to the Cloud Na...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Can This Company Build Self-Charging Batteries From Radioactive Nuclear Waste?
Heart44 writes:There is a lot of C-14 radioactive waste from graphite rods that is expensive to store. This graphite can be converted to C-14 diamonds covered in C-12 diamonds. C-14 has a half-life of...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Why HBO Max and Peacock Aren't On Roku
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: It's been months since HBO Max and Peacock officially launched, and still, neither streaming service currently appears on the Roku platform (or Amazon...
10:00 am - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Nevada Man Becomes First In the US To Catch COVID-19 Twice
A Nevada resident is thought to be the first person in the United States to be infected twice by the coronavirus, according to findings released this week. The New York Post reports: The 25-year-old m...
07:00 am - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Thousands of Pirates Tricked Into Downloading Fake 'Tenet' Torrents
The official premiere of Tenet has drawn many people to the movie theaters this week. On pirate sites, there's been plenty of interest too, as thousands of people are being tricked into downloading fa...
03:30 am - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Thin-Skinned Solar Panels Printed With Inkjet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Solar cells can now be made so thin, light and flexible that they can rest on a soap bubble. The new cells, which efficiently capture energy from lig...
01:30 am - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Neuralink Surgical Robot
Earlier today, Elon Musk demonstrated his startup Neuralink's brain link device working in a pig named Gertrude. While the science and the device itself were front-and-center at the presentation, the ...
12:50 am - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Long-Awaited Celera 500L 'Bullet' Plane Is Finally Revealed
The Grim Reefer shares a report from CNN: The whispers started three years ago. A mysterious bullet-shaped plane was spotted at the Southern California Logistics Airport near Victorville in April 2017...
12:10 am - Sat, August 29, 2020
Slashdot Incredible Ratchet & Clank Gameplay Demo Reveals PS5's SSD Difference
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Ever since the hype campaigns began for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, we've gotten apparent teases of real-time next-gen gameplay, enough ...
11:30 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Shows Neuralink Brain Link Working In a Pig
With a pig named Gertrude, Elon Musk demonstrated his startup Neuralink's technology to build a digital link between brains and computers. A wireless link from the Neuralink device showed the pig's ac...
10:50 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot FTC Probes Huge Financial Data Broker Yodlee
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sought investigative documents from huge financial data seller Envestnet. Envestnet, via a company it acquired called Yodlee, sells the bank and credit card tran...
10:10 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Boeing and NASA Target December For Second Try at Uncrewed Orbital Demonstration Flight
NASA and Boeing have provided some updates around their Commercial Crew plans, which aim to get Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft certified for regular human flight. From a report: The CST-100 and Boeing's ...
09:30 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot US Tech Stocks Are Now Worth More Than the Entire European Stock Market
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: The dominance of major U.S. tech stocks in recent years has pushed the sector past another milestone as it is now more valuable than the entire European ...
08:50 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Apple Terminates Epic's App Store Account Following Legal Dispute Between the Two Companies
As previously promised by Apple, Epic's App Store account has now been terminated due to the legal dispute between the two companies after Apple removed Fortnite from the iOS App Store. Epic Games sti...
08:12 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Japan's Longest-Serving PM, Shinzo Abe, Resigns For Health Reasons
Late last night, it was rumored that Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, would step down due to his struggle with ulcerative colitis. Abe confirmed the reports this morning, telling re...
07:30 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Fairphone Users Can Buy New Camera Without Replacing the Phone Itself
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last year, repair guide site iFixit tore down the Fairphone 3 and gave the modular-designed phone a rare perfect 10/10 repairability score. Today, Fairphone demons...
06:44 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg Said Apple Is Charging 'Monopoly Rents' With Its 'Stranglehold' On iPhones
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a swing at Apple on Thursday, calling the iPhone maker's app store monopolistic and harmful to customers during a company-wide meeting. From a report: "[Apple has] th...
06:09 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot DC Attorney General Sues Instacart, Claiming it Deceived Customers Into Thinking Service Fees Would Go To Workers
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine announced a lawsuit Thursday against Instacart, claiming the grocery delivery service collected millions of dollars by deceiving customers into thinki...
05:25 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Discord Looks To Grow Beyond Its Gaming Roots
Discord began in 2015 as a way for gamers to talk to one another before, during, and after play. Now, the chat company is pursuing a far broader vision: to be the Slack for your non-work life. From a ...
04:44 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic
In China, the messaging platform blocked thousands of keywords related to the virus, a new report reveals. From a report: When the novel coronavirus was first discovered in China last winter, the coun...
04:23 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Comcast is Looking To Enter the Smart TV Wars
Comcast wants to turn the software running on its set-top boxes into an operating system for smart TVs, Protocol reported Friday, citing multiple industry insiders with knowledge of the company's plan...
03:21 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot The Coronavirus is Most Deadly if You Are Older and Male -- New Data Reveal the Risks
An anonymous reader shares a report: For every 1,000 people infected with the coronavirus who are under the age of 50, almost none will die. For people in their fifties and early sixties, about five w...
02:41 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot TV Watching and Online Streaming Surge During Lockdown
Lockdown measures enforced due to the Covid-19 pandemic brought about a surge in TV watching and online streaming, according to media watchdog Ofcom. From a report: Its annual study into UK media habi...
02:01 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Apple Blocks Facebook Update That Called Out 30% App Store 'Tax'
Apple blocked Facebook from informing users that Apple would collect 30 percent of in-app purchases made through a planned new feature, Facebook said. From a report: Apple said the update violated an ...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Apple Showing Signs It May Soon Launch a Search Engine To Compete Against Google Search
An anonymous reader shares a report from Coywolf News, written by Jon Henshaw: For several years, it's been reported that Google pays billions of dollars to Apple to remain the default search engine o...
10:00 am - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Bacteria From Earth Can Survive In Space and Could Endure the Trip To Mars, Says Study
AmiMoJo shares a report from CNN: A type of bacteria that is highly resistant to radiation and other environmental hazards survived outside of the International Space Station for three years, accordin...
07:00 am - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Meteorite Study Suggests Earth May Have Been Wet Since It Formed
nickwinlund77 shares a report from Phys.Org: A new study finds that Earth's water may have come from materials that were present in the inner solar system at the time the planet formed -- instead of f...
03:30 am - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot CERN's Powerful New Linear Accelerator Fires Up Ahead of LHC Upgrade
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NewAtlas: After an almost two-year shutdown for repairs and upgrades, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is beginning to fire back up for its next phase of pro...
01:10 am - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Spotify Is Developing a 'Virtual Events' Feature
An upcoming feature in development at Spotify aims to help artists who have been struggling to make ends meet after the coronavirus pandemic restricted their ability to perform live performances and c...
12:30 am - Fri, August 28, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Flight Simulator Players Are Flying Into Hurricane Laura
CodeInspired shares a report from The Verge, adding: "This is pretty incredible. We're seeing the beginning of next-gen gaming come to life!" From the report: Microsoft Flight Simulator players have t...
11:50 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates' Nuclear Venture Plans Reactor To Complement Solar, Wind Power Boom
A nuclear energy venture founded by Bill Gates said Thursday it hopes to build small advanced nuclear power stations that can store electricity to supplement grids increasingly supplied by intermitten...
11:10 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Google Performs First Quantum Simulation of a Chemical Reaction
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NewScientist: Google researchers have used a quantum computer to simulate a chemical reaction for the first time. The reaction is a simple one, but this marks ...
10:30 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot 'We Must Take a Stand': Portland's Iconic Powell's Books Says It Won't Sell Books On Amazon Anymore
Portland-based Powell's Books, the world's largest new and used bookstore, says it won't sell on Amazon anymore, "declaring that the online retail giant undermines communities by siphoning business fr...
09:50 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot China Secretly Built a Vast New Infrastructure To Imprison Muslims
In a series of investigations, BuzzFeed News used satellite images to reveal 268 newly-built internment camps for Muslims in the Xinjiang region. Longtime Slashdot reader wiredog shares the reports wi...
09:10 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Sues Maker of Advertising SDK for Refusing To Participate in Audit
Facebook has filed lawsuits today in both the US and the UK against MobiBurn, a UK software company that provided advertising tools for mobile app developers. From a report: In particular, MobiBurn pr...
08:30 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot 'The Future of American Industry Depends On Open Source Tech'
An anonymous reader shares an opinion piece from Wired, written by Kevin Xu and Jordan Schneider. Xu is the author of Interconnected, investor and advisor of open source startups at OSS Capital, and s...
07:50 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot FDA Approves $5 Rapid Coronavirus Test That Doesn't Require Special Computer
schwit1 writes: The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn't need any special computer equipment to get results. The 15-minute test from Abbot...
07:34 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Opens Its First Amazon Fresh Physical Grocery Store, in LA
The shift to online shopping has accelerated in the COVID-19 pandemic, but today Amazon made a bold move that underscores its belief that physical stores will remain a key component of how consumers s...
07:14 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Opens Its First Amazon Fresh Physical Grocery Store, in LA
The shift to online shopping has accelerated in the COVID-19 pandemic, but today Amazon made a bold move that underscores its belief that physical stores will remain a key component of how consumers s...
06:00 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Amazon announces Halo, a fitness band and app that scans your body and voice
Amazon is getting into the health gadget market with a new fitness band and subscription service called Halo. From a report: Unlike the Apple Watch or even most basic Fitbits, the Amazon Halo band doe...
04:44 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Tests Fix For Bug That Defrags SSD Drives Too Often
An anonymous reader shares a report: Windows 10 May 2020 Update, otherwise known as version 2004, was released in May with at least ten known issues. Microsoft later expanded the list of the problems ...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Walmart Says It Has Teamed up With Microsoft on TikTok Bid
Walmart said it's teaming up with Microsoft in a bid for TikTok. From a report: The retail giant confirmed to CNBC that it's interested in buying the tech company. TikTok is nearing an agreement to se...
03:24 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Intel Slips, and a High-Profile Supercomputer Is Delayed
The chip maker was selected for an Energy Department project meant to show American tech independence. But problems at Intel have thrown a wrench into the effort. From a report: When it selected Intel...
02:44 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions
Visa said it has developed a more advanced artificial intelligence system that can approve or decline credit and debit transactions on behalf of banks whose own networks are down. From a report: The d...
02:03 pm - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot TikTok CEO Mayer Quits After Three Months, Just as Firm Challenges US Ban
TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has left the Chinese-owned video app firm just three months since joining, and only days since the company sued the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump over an executi...
10:00 am - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot DOJ Finally Starts Process of Investigating Nursing Home Deaths From COVID-19
onyxruby writes: The DOJ has finally launched the precursor to an investigation into the mass deaths of senior citizens in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Roughly half of all COVID-19 dea...
07:00 am - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Breakthrough AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data
British researchers have identified 50 new planets using artificial intelligence, marking a technological breakthrough in astronomy. CNN reports: Astronomers and computer scientists from the Universit...
03:30 am - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's TikTok Deal Reportedly Ballooned After Trump Intervened
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Microsoft's acquisition talks with TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance "ballooned" this summer after President Donald Trump intervened, accor...
02:02 am - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Boom Supersonic Hopes To Test-Fly Its Supersonic Plane In 2021
Colorado startup Boom Supersonic is planning to show off its XB-1 supersonic plane on October 7th, with flights planned for next year. Engadget reports: [Boom Supersonic founder Blake Scholl] describe...
01:25 am - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Kanye West Accused of Plundering Trade-Secret Tech To Fund His Internet Church
Kanye West is being sued for pulling the tried-and-true Silicon Valley tactic of allegedly stealing trade tech secrets. Gizmodo reports: First spotted by TMZ, the suit is being spearheaded by small, P...
12:45 am - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot Clearview AI CEO Says 'Over 2,400 Police Agencies' Are Using Its Facial Recognition Software
More than 2,400 police agencies have entered contracts with Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition firm, according to comments made by Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That in an interview with Jas...
12:02 am - Thu, August 27, 2020
Slashdot A Quarter of the Alexa Top 10K Websites Are Using Browser Fingerprinting Scripts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A browser fingerprinting script is a piece of JavaScript code that runs inside a web page and works by testing for the presence of certain browser featu...
11:20 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Cancels 'Altered Carbon' After Just Two Seasons
According to Variety, the sci-fi series "Altered Carbon" has been canceled at Netflix, after airing just two seasons. From the report: The second season of the sci-fi series aired on the streaming ser...
10:40 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Promises Demo of a Working Neuralink Device On Friday
Elon Musk has said that his secretive neurotech firm Neuralink will demonstrate a working "device," presumably a brain-machine interface, at 6PM ET on Friday. The Verge reports: Musk has spoken repeat...
10:02 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot 5G In US Averages 51Mbps While Other Countries Hit Hundreds of Megabits
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Average 5G download speeds in the U.S. are 50.9Mbps, a nice step up from average 4G speeds but far behind several countries where 5G speeds are i...
09:24 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Most of Scottish Wikipedia Written By American in Mangled English
For over six years, one Wikipedia user -- AmaryllisGardener -- has written well over 23,000 articles on the Scots Wikipedia and done well over 200,000 edits. The only problem is that AmaryllisGardener...
08:43 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot The End of the Oil Age Is Upon Us
A new report suggests that over the next 30 years, at least 80% of the oil industry will be wiped out. From a news report: The oil industry is on the cusp of a process of almost total decimation that ...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot US Indictments and Raids of Piracy Group Members in 'The Scene' Throw Top-Tier Piracy World Into Chaos
An anonymous reader shares a report: Yesterday morning, TorrentFreak began receiving reports from multiple sources that something big was happening in the shadowy world of top-tier piracy known as 'Th...
07:23 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot HBO Max Cranks Up the Widevine DRM, Leaves Linux Users in the Cold
Jim Salter, reporting for ArsTechnica: A reader tipped us off today that HBO Max stopped working a couple of weeks ago for Linux users, under any Web browser. Any attempt to play back a video on the s...
06:44 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot In Alarming Move, CDC Says People Exposed To COVID-19 Do Not Need Testing
In a mindboggling and dangerous move, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week quietly reversed its recommendation on COVID-19 testing for those exposed to the virus. Now, the CDC says...
06:05 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Google: Jetpack Compose Lets Android Developers Write Apps With 'Dramatically Less Code'
Google today released the alpha version of Jetpack Compose, its UI toolkit for helping developers "build beautiful UI across all Android platforms, with native access to the platform APIs." From a rep...
05:24 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Julia Users Most Likely To Defect To Python for Data Science
The open-source project behind Julia, a programming language for data scientists, has revealed which languages users would shift to if they decided no longer to use Julia. From a report: Julia, a zipp...
04:44 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Warns Advertisers on Apple Privacy Changes
Facebook is warning advertisers that they can expect weaker ad performance from iPhone users once iOS 14 comes out next month and is telling them to create second advertiser accounts to contain the di...
04:08 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot New Zealand Stock Exchange Halted by Cyber-Attack
The New Zealand stock exchange was knocked offline two days in a row due to a cyber-attack. From a report NZX said it had first been hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack from abroad, o...
03:34 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Russian Arrested For Trying To Recruit an Insider and Hack a Nevada Company
The US Department of Justice announced charges today against a Russian citizen who traveled to the US in order to recruit and convince an employee of a Nevada company to install malware on their emplo...
02:44 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Unredacted Suit Shows Google's Own Engineers Confused By Privacy Settings
schwit1 writes: Newly unsealed and partially unredacted documents from a consumer fraud suit the state of Arizona filed against Google show that company employees knew and discussed among themselves t...
02:04 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot White House Announces Creation of AI and Quantum Research Institutes
The White House today detailed the establishment of 12 new research institutes focused on AI and quantum information science. Agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department ...
01:00 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Bird Deaths Down 70 Percent After Painting Wind Turbine Blades
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Something as simple as black paint could be the key to reducing the number of birds that are killed each year by wind turbines. According to a st...
12:30 pm - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot A Chrome Feature is Creating Enormous Load on Global Root DNS Servers
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Chromium browser -- open source, upstream parent to both Google Chrome and the new Microsoft Edge -- is getting some serious negative attention for a well-inte...
10:00 am - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Biogen Conference Likely Led To 20,000 COVID-19 Cases In Boston Area
schwit1 shares a report from The Boston Globe: A new study estimates the Biogen conference held at Boston's Marriott Long Wharf hotel in February played a far greater role in spreading the coronavirus...
07:00 am - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Begins Ghosting the 'Oculus' Moniker In Its VR Division
Sam Machkovech writes via Ars Technica: Our "Facebookening of Oculus" series continues today with the announcement of the Facebook Connect conference as a free, live-streamed event on September 16. Yo...
03:30 am - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Man Sues Patent Office For Deciding an AI Can't Invent Things
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A computer scientist who created an artificial intelligence system capable of generating original inventions is suing the U.S. Patent and Trademar...
01:30 am - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot After 48 Years, Democrats Endorse Nuclear Energy In Platform
It took five decades, but the Democratic Party has finally changed its stance on nuclear energy. In its recently released party platform, the Democrats say they favor a "technology-neutral" approach t...
12:02 am - Wed, August 26, 2020
Slashdot Firefox Android Build That Caused Issues Is Working As Intended
Today, Mozilla launched the updated Firefox Android app with a version that many thought was a beta because it was full of bugs and UI issues. According to The Register, this was a deliberate software...
11:20 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Facial Recognition Designed To Detect Around Face Masks Is Failing, Study Finds
Many facial recognition companies have claimed they can identify people with pinpoint accuracy even while they're wearing face masks, but the latest results from a study show that the coverings are dr...
10:40 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Will Your Code Run Ten Years From Now?
Nicolas Rougier, a computational neuroscientist and programmer at INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology in Bordeaux, writes: I organized with [Konrad Hins...
10:02 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Two European Cases of COVID-19 Reinfection Reported
Two patients were reinfected with the coronavirus in Europe, according to local broadcasters who confirmed the incidents with virologists. The Hill reports: The patients, one from Belgium and the othe...
09:40 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot A New Botnet Is Covertly Targeting Millions of Servers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: FritzFrog has been used to try and infiltrate government agencies, banks, telecom companies, and universities across the US and Europe. Researchers have...
09:02 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Windows 95 Released a Quarter Century Ago
New submitter bondman writes: Windows 95 was released a full quarter century ago today, on August 24th, 1995. Long gone, nearly forgotten? I'm surprised to not have come across a retrospective article...
08:25 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Salesforce To Join Dow Jones, Replacing Exxon, As Tech Rises, Energy Falls
jmcbain writes: The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average, a selection of 30 companies that aims to represent U.S. industries at large, is going to have its largest change in seven years. Notably, Sa...
07:27 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Israeli Phone Hacking Company 'Cellebrite' Sued To Stop Sales To Hong Kong
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Human rights advocates filed a new court petition against the Israeli phone hacking company Cellebrite, urging Israel's Ministry of Defe...
06:10 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot In South India, Amazon Builds Its Largest Office Yet
As Amazon signals its growth in India with its office in Hyderabad, its largest in the world, local business owners are pushing back. From a report: The austere building is hardly distinguishable in t...
05:40 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Chrome 85 Arrives With Tab Management, 10% Faster Page Loads, and PDF Improvements
Google today launched Chrome 85 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Chrome 85 brings tab management changes, 10% faster page loads, PDF improvements, and a slew of developer features. From a re...
05:30 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Chrome 85 Arrives With Tab Management, 10% Faster Page Loads, and PDF Improvements
Google today launched Chrome 85 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Chrome 85 brings tab management changes, 10% faster page loads, PDF improvements, and a slew of developer features. From a re...
04:54 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Transcribe in Word Gives Office 365 Subscribers 5 Hours of Transcription a Month
Last October, Microsoft unveiled a transcription feature -- Transcribe in Word -- that is designed to let users leverage the power of the cloud to transcribe audio. After nearly a year in development,...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Africa Declared Free of Wild Polio in 'Milestone'
Africa has been declared free from wild polio by the independent body, the Africa Regional Certification Commission. From a report: Polio usually affects children under five, sometimes leading to irre...
03:24 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Firefox Daylight For Android Arrives With Enhanced Tracking Protection, New UI
An anonymous reader writes: After more than a year of development, Mozilla today launched Firefox 79 for Android, branded Firefox Daylight. Like with Firefox 57 Quantum, Firefox Daylight gets its own ...
02:45 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Plans Upgraded Switch Console and Major Games for 2021
Nintendo plans to debut an upgraded model of its Switch console next year along with a lineup of new games, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter said, ceding 2020's holid...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Apple Ordered To Not Block Epic Games' Unreal Engine, But Fortnite To Stay Off App Store
A district court denied Epic Games' motion to temporarily restore Fortnite game to the iOS App Store, but also ordered Apple to not block the gaming giant's ability to provide and distribute Unreal En...
03:30 am - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Children Raised In Greener Areas Have Higher IQ, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Growing up in a greener urban environment boosts children's intelligence and lowers levels of difficult behavior, a study has found. The analysis...
01:30 am - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Bridgefy, the Messenger Promoted For Mass Protests, Is a Privacy Disaster
Bridgefy, a popular messaging app for conversing with one another when internet connections are heavily congested or completely shut down, is a privacy disaster that can allow moderately-skilled hacke...
12:50 am - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Go's Cashierless Tech May Come To Whole Foods As Soon As Next Year
According to a report from the New York Post, Amazon may bring the cashierless tech at its Go convenience stores to Whole Foods as early as next year. The Verge reports: Amazon may start implementing ...
12:10 am - Tue, August 25, 2020
Slashdot Facebook To Pay More Than $110 Million In Back Taxes In France
Facebook's French subsidiary has agreed to pay more than $118 million in back taxes, including a penalty, after a ten-year audit of its accounts by French tax authorities, the company said on Monday. ...
11:30 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Chinese-Made Smartphones Are Secretly Stealing Money From People Around the World
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: When Mxolosi saw a Tecno W2 smartphone in a store in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was attracted to its looks and functionality. But what reall...
10:50 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Copyright Infringement Threats Shut Down Switch Payload Injector
Nintendo has targeted the developer of an open-source Switch payload injector with a cease and desist notice (PDF). Faced with copyright infringement threats, the DragonInjector developer decided to s...
10:10 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Graduation Can Wait: Startups Recruiting Pandemic-Weary CS Students For Gap Year
theodp writes: That was then: Lamenting a dire shortage of U.S. computer science grads, tech investors Ali and Hadi Partovi launched Code.org in 2013 with backing from the world's largest tech firms t...
09:30 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Foxconn, Other Asian Firms Consider Mexico Factories As China Risks Grow
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Taiwan-based electronics manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron are among companies eyeing new factories in Mexico, people with direct knowledge of the ma...
08:50 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Apple Apologizes To WordPress, Won't Force the Free App To Add Purchases After All
NoMoreACs shares a report: On Friday, the internet erupted in a small way to learn that Apple had successfully forced WordPress to monetize its free app -- forcing it to sell premium plans and custom ...
08:07 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot A Tiny Space Rock Holds Clues About the Evolution of Life
Back in 2012, a team of Japanese and Belgian researchers in Antarctica found a golf ball-sized space rock resting in the snow. Now, NASA astronauts have had a chance to study a piece of that meteorite...
07:33 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot First Covid-19 Reinfection Has Been Documented
phalse phace writes: Researchers in Hong Kong on Monday reported what appears to be the first confirmed case of Covid-19 reinfection, a 33-year-old man who was first infected by SARS-CoV-2 in late Mar...
06:51 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Outage Halts Classes, Meetings
Videoconferencing software Zoom experienced a widespread outage Monday morning with many users unable to join or launch video meetings. From a report: Why it matters: During the coronavirus pandemic, ...
06:12 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Blocks Group of One Million Critical of Thai Monarchy Amid Government Pressure
Facebook on Monday blocked access within Thailand to a group with 1 million members that discusses the country's king, after the Thai government threatened legal action over failure to take down conte...
05:27 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Unity Cites Apple and Google App Store Policies as a Major Risk Factor in its IPO Filing
Unity Software, a San Francisco-based company known for its popular video game engine, has filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "U." An interesting point it raised...
04:50 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Warns Court That Apple Blocking Epic Will Hurt Games Business
Microsoft has stepped into the brewing legal battle between Apple and Epic Games over the former's policies with regard to its ubiquitous App Store. From a report: In a declaration filed on Sunday, a ...
04:07 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Audible Launches New Unlimited Subscription Tier Audible Plus
Audible has announced a new service that will provide unlimited listening to a curated library of audio entertainment. Audible Plus will provide subscribers access to 68,000 hours of content from more...
03:19 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Sues US Government Over Trump Ban
TikTok, the video-sharing application owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government Monday, challenging the Trump administration's efforts to ban the company's...
02:45 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot China's Ministry of IT Picks Gitee To Build 'Independent, Open-source Code Hosting Platform' for the Country As Tension With the U.S. Escalates
Rita Liao, reporting for TechCrunch: The technological decoupling between the U.S. and China has been a boon to Chinese firms -- from chipmakers for smartphones and electric vehicles through to softwa...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot People In The Developing World Thought They Were Buying Cheap Cellphones. They Were Also Getting Robbed.
An anonymous reader shares a report: When Mxolosi saw a Tecno W2 smartphone in a store in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was attracted to its looks and functionality. But what really drew him in was t...
10:52 am - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Are We Ready for Driverless Trucks?
Two million truckers move 70% of America's goods. But hundreds of thousands of their jobs could be disrupted away, reports Jon Wertheim on the CBS news show 60 Minutes, in "a high-stakes, high-speed r...
07:32 am - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Chromium's DNS-Hijacking Tests Accused of Causing Half of All Root Queries
ZDNet reports:In an effort to detect whether a network will hijack DNS queries, Google's Chrome browser and its Chromium-based brethren randomly conjures up three domain names between 7 and 15 charact...
03:34 am - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Stoked Washington's Fears About TikTok
Facebook spent more money on lobbying than any single company in the first half of 2020, That's according to figures cited by the Wall Street Journal from the Center for Responsive Politics. But that'...
01:50 am - Mon, August 24, 2020
Slashdot New Blender Add-On Accurately Models Subatomic Particles, Involves Community with Contest
BlenderArtists.org writes:To build and model the universe from the Planck scale to galactic scales requires an incredible number of mathematical computations to simulate particles and their interactio...
11:57 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Fights Performance Hacks for Its Electric Cars
Engadget reports:You might not want to rush into installing an unofficial performance boost for your Tesla. Users on Reddit (via Electrek) have discovered that the latest software for Tesla's Model 3 ...
10:51 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot Pandemic-Weary CS Students Tempted With Gap Years By Recruiting Startups
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp shared this report from Bloomberg News:To many college students, the prospect of a year of school during a pandemic — with virtual classes, restricted movements ...
09:50 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot Ozone Increased in the Northern Hemisphere Over the Last Two Decades
Phys.org reports:In a first-ever study using ozone data collected by commercial aircraft, researchers from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of...
08:50 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot 'This Plane Flies Itself. We Went for a Ride'
Xwing envisions a fleet of retrofitted Cessna cargo planes flying without a human onboard, performing automated takeoffs and landing while being controlled by pilots on the ground (who might even be j...
07:50 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot New Zealand Can't Find Source of Its New Covid-19 Cases
A new cluster of Covid-19 cases in New Zealand prompted a widespread investigation to identify where they're coming from. The New Zealand Herald reports:Nearly 90 new cases of Covid-19 have now been l...
06:50 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot How a Decision by Apple 15 Years Ago Hurts Intel Now
Last month Intel's stock lost $50 billion in valuation — while the valuation for Taiwan-based TSMC jumped by over 50%. The former chief of staff to Intel CEO Andrew Grove (and later general mana...
05:35 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Now Valued at $46 Billion, Making It America's Top 'Unicorn'
"SpaceX, the Elon Musk-led company that recently became the first business in history to send astronauts into Earth's orbit, is parlaying its successes into big money," reports CNN Business:The compan...
04:34 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot America Begins Airport Tests of Technology To Detect Drones and 'Mitigate Potential Safety Risks Posed'
To address the possibility of drone-flying near airports, America's Federal Aviation Administration "will be testing at least 10 technologies and systems," reports Engadget, "developed not just to det...
03:34 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot 23-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Leaves Offer New Insight Into Global Warming
UPI reports:The links between rising carbon dioxide levels, global warming and greening trends have been confirmed by fossilized leaves from a 23 million-year-old forest... Scientists previously postu...
02:34 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot 'GamerGate' Proponent Kills Ex-Girlfriend, Commits Suicide
41-year-old Rudy Ferretti "was known in the male-dominated retro gaming community as a champion gamer — and as a raging misogynist who ferociously harassed women," writes blogger David Futrelle....
01:34 pm - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot Should America Re-Open Its Movie Theatres?
70% of America's movie theatres have now re-opened for business, reports NPR:"When our patrons come back, they'll see the safe environment we've provided for them," said John Fithian, president and CE...
11:04 am - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot Investors Argue This Stock Market Isn't Like the '90s Dot-Com Boom
The stock market is setting new records, with some tech companies at "the steepest premium ever versus cheap shares," reports Bloomberg. (Even Tesla "is trading at more than 800-times earnings while a...
07:59 am - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot Open Source Sustainability is Really a People Problem
Matt Asay, a former COO of Canonical now working at AWS, argues that the question of open source sustainability "is really a people problem." But to make the case, he cites comments by Tobie Langel, f...
04:34 am - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot Police in Several US Cities Used Facial Recognition To Hunt Down and Arrest Protesters
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:Law enforcement in several cities, including New York and Miami, have reportedly been using controversial facial recognition software to track down and arrest i...
01:34 am - Sun, August 23, 2020
Slashdot Is Blockchain 'the Amazing Solution for Almost Nothing'?
Long-time Slashdot reader leathered shares an investigation from the Correspondent about blockchain -- and " what's so terribly revolutionary about it? What problem does it solve...? I can tell you up...
11:34 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Remembering the Golden Age of Computer User Groups
Slashdot reader #16,185 wrote regularly for the newsletter of a small-town computer users group. Now they've written an article for Ars Technica reminding readers that "The Homebrew Computer Club wher...
10:34 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Solar Panels Are Starting to Die, Leaving Behind Toxic Trash
"Solar panels are an increasingly important source of renewable power that will play an essential role in fighting climate change. They are also complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky she...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Will More Powerful Processors Super-Charge NASA's Mars Rovers?
The Texas Advanced Computer Center talks to Masahiro (Hiro) Ono, who leads the Robotic Surface Mobility Group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory which led all the Mars rover missions (also one of the...
09:04 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Bletchley Park Museum To Layoff a Third of It's Staff
Long-time Slashdot reader simpz writes: The Guardian is reporting that Bletchley Park Museum is planning to make a third of it's staff redundant. This, of course, the museum of British wartime codebre...
09:04 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Bletchley Park Museum To Layoff a Third of Its Staff
Long-time Slashdot reader simpz writes: The Guardian is reporting that Bletchley Park Museum is planning to make a third of it's staff redundant. This, of course, the museum of British wartime codebre...
08:26 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Neil Gaiman, William Shatner Join 'Read-a-Thon' Celebrating Ray Bradbury's 100th Birthday
An anonymous reader quotes Rolling Stone:To mark what would have been author Ray Bradbury's 100th birthday on August 22nd, the Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Public Library and libraries from ac...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Strange Bacteria Can Build Electricity-Carrying Cables in Mud
Bacteria in mud samples have been transformed into microbial fuel cells generating enough electricity to power a toy car — just part of a larger phenomenon that one chemical engineer had origina...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Intel Defends AVX-512 Against Critics Who Hope It 'Dies a Painful Death'
"I hope AVX512 dies a painful death," Linus Torvalds said last month, "and that Intel starts fixing real problems instead of trying to create magic instructions to then create benchmarks that they can...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Engineers Set New World Record for Internet Speed
"Imagine being able to download every single movie and TV show on Netflix in less than a second," writes Gizmodo:Researchers at University College London have the ability to do that with a new world r...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Slick New 'Dream Chaser' Space Plane Set For Launch in 2021
Syfy reports:Soaring into the wild blue yonder and beyond, the planet's only non-capsule, private orbital spacecraft, Dream Chaser, is slated to make its first flight sometime next year shuttling supp...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Rust is Strong, Creates a Trademark-Owning Foundation
Though Mozilla laid off 250 people last week, the Rust Core Team wrote a blog post Tuesday reminding the world that "the Rust project as a whole is very resilient to such events..."it is a common misc...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Ailing Scientist Hopes to Become the World's First Cyborg
The Telegraph reports:Peter Scott-Morgan stands, wide-eyed and tearful. "Good. Grief." he says quietly. "I was unprepared for the emotion... It's quite extraordinary. It really is." Using an exoskelet...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Removes Registry Tweak That Allowed Users To Permanently Disable Windows Defender
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PC Gamer: A recent update to Windows 10 took away the ability for consumers to permanently disable Defender, the built-in antivirus software, no matter what th...
10:00 am - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Anti-Piracy Outfit Hires VPN Expert To Help Track Down The Pirate Bay
Movie companies and their anti-piracy partners are pressing ahead with their legal action to track down The Pirate Bay. The site reportedly used VPN provider OVPN, which carries no logs, but a securit...
07:00 am - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Volunteers Spot Almost 100 Cold Brown Dwarfs Near Our Sun
Citizen scientists have spotted almost 100 of our sun's nearest neighbors. Space.com reports: In a new study, members of the public -- including both professional scientists and volunteers -- discover...
03:30 am - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Palantir, Tech's Next Big IPO, Lost $580 Million In 2019
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Palantir, a Silicon Valley company with strong links to the defense and intelligence communities, is poised to be the latest in a string of...
12:50 am - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Plans Cloud Contract Push With Foreign Governments After $10 Million JEDI Win
Microsoft is signing deals with foreign governments to offer cloud-infrastructure packages similar to the bundle it assembled for the U.S. Defense Department, according to CNBC, citing people familiar...
12:10 am - Sat, August 22, 2020
Slashdot 'DiceKeys' Creates a Master Password For Life With One Roll
Stuart Schechter, a computer scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, is launching DiceKeys, a simple kit for physically generating a single super-secure key that can serve as the basis fo...
11:30 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Dounreay Nuclear Power Site Available For Reuse In the Year 2333
The site of a Scottish nuclear power facility should be available for other uses in 313 years' time, according to a new report. The BBC reports: Dounreay, near Thurso, was the UK site for the developm...
10:50 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Burger King Brags About Exploiting Twitch To Advertise To Kids For Cheap
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Earlier this week, an advertising agency emerged with a video bragging about an ad-campaign concept: We'll invade gaming-filled Twitch chat rooms...
10:10 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Electric Trucks Could Make a 'Significant Dent' In Carbon Emissions
Electric trucks have the potential to displace enough oil to make a "significant dent" in transportation sector CO2 emissions, per a Rhodium Group analysis. Axios reports: There's lots of buzz -- and ...
09:30 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot WordPress Founder Claims Apple Cut Off Updates To His Free App Because It Wants 30 Percent
WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg is accusing Apple of cutting off the ability to update its iOS app -- until or unless he adds in-app purchases so Apple can extract its 30 percent cut of th...
08:51 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Telegram Messaging App Proves Crucial To Belarus Protests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: Every day, like clockwork, to-do lists for those protesting against Belarus' authoritarian leader appear in the popular Telegram messagin...
07:16 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Apple Fires Back in Court, Says Epic Games CEO Asked For Special Treatment
Apple responded to Epic Games' lawsuit accusing it of anticompetitive behavior in how it controls the App Store, telling the court that the Fortnite maker violated Apple's rules and shouldn't be place...
06:20 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Kids May Be Using Laptops Made With Forced Labor This Fall
The ongoing persecution by the Chinese government of Uyghur Muslims is far from a distant problem. Recent reporting has identified Uyghur forced labor in the supply chain of major global brands, inclu...
06:02 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot AI Can Make Music, Screenplays, and Poetry. What About a Movie?
Want a movie where a protagonist your age, race, sexuality, gender, and religion becomes an Olympic swimmer? You got it. Want a movie where someone demographically identical to your boss gets squeezed...
04:49 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot When Voyager 2 Calls Home, Earth Soon Won't Be Able to Answer
Voyager 2 has been traveling through space for 43 years, and is now more than 11 billion miles from Earth. But every so often, something goes wrong. From a report: At the end of January, for instance,...
04:04 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Ann Syrdal, Who Helped Give Computers a Female Voice, Dies at 74
Ann Syrdal, a psychologist and computer science researcher who helped develop synthetic voices that sounded like women, laying the groundwork for such modern digital assistants as Apple's Siri and Ama...
03:22 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Tens of Suspects Arrested For Cashing-out Santander ATMs Using Software Glitch
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI and local police have made tens of arrests across the tri-state area this week as part of a crackdown against multiple criminal gangs who exploited a glitch in the ...
02:41 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Synology Launches DiskStation DS1520
Synology today added a new NAS to its lineup: "DiskStation DS1520+," with five bays. It also has two NVMe PCIe SSD slots for cache. From a report: "Featuring the Intel Celeron Processor J4125, DS1520+...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Epic To Host a Tournament With Anti-Apple Prizes
Fortnite-maker Epic Games and Apple are currently embroiled in a public battle over Apple's App Store policies, and in the latest move in the dispute, Epic has announced a Fortnite tournament taking p...
12:00 pm - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot How China Targets Scientists via Global Network of Recruiting Stations
China is targeting top scientific and technological expertise in the U.S. and other advanced nations through an expanding network of 600 talent-recruitment stations world-wide, a new report partly fun...
10:00 am - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Google Has a Plan To Disrupt the College Degree
schwit1 shares a report from Inc: Google recently made a huge announcement that could change the future of work and higher education: It's launching a selection of professional courses that teach cand...
09:00 am - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Open Technology Fund Sues Administration For $20M in Missing Funds
The Open Technology Fund (OTF) is suing the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) over roughly $20 million in congressionally appropriated funds it says the government is refusing to provide, Axios has...
06:00 am - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Publishers Ask Apple CEO for Same App Store Deal Given To Amazon
A group of news publishers sent a letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook seeking similar deal terms in its App Store that Amazon.com gets for its video-streaming service. From a report: Appl...
03:30 am - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot Greenland Lost 586 Billion Tons of Ice In 2019
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: Greenland lost a record amount of ice during an extra warm 2019, with the melt massive enough to cover California in more than four feet ...
01:10 am - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot 750 Million Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Approved For Release In Florida Keys
A plan to release over 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes into the Florida Keys in 2021 and 2022 received final approval from local authorities, against the objection of many local residents ...
12:30 am - Fri, August 21, 2020
Slashdot BlackBerry Phones Aren't Dead Yet
After TCL announced plans to stop producing BlackBerry phones later this year, it seemed like the once-popular BlackBerry brand would finally be coming to an end. "But now, a new company has pledged t...
11:50 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot AI Claims 'Flawless Victory' Going Undefeated In Digital Dogfight With Human Fighter Pilot
"A simulated F-16 Viper fighter jet with an artificial intelligence-driven 'pilot' went undefeated in five rounds of mock air combat against an actual top Air Force fighter jockey today," reports The ...
11:10 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's 'Independent' Fact Checks Face Quiet Political, Financial Pressures
tedlistens writes: Facing questions about a mysterious series of changes to some fact-check labels, Facebook recently wrote to a group of senators with an assurance: its fact checkers can and do label...
10:30 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Former Uber Exec Charged With Paying 'Hush Money' To Conceal Massive Breach
Federal prosecutors have charged Uber's former chief security officer with covering up a massive 2016 data breach by arranging a $100,000 payoff to the hackers responsible for the attack. The personal...
09:50 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot AMC Is Reopening Theaters Today With 15-Cent Tickets
In honor of its 100th anniversary, AMC is reopening theaters across the nation today after closing down because of the coronavirus pandemic. "[F]or one day only, tickets will be priced at their 1920 c...
09:10 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Last-Minute California Ruling Means Uber and Lyft Won't Shut Down Today
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A California judge has granted Uber and Lyft an emergency reprieve from an order requiring them to treat their drivers as employees. The companie...
08:34 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Trump Asks Supreme Court To Let Him Block Critics on Twitter
The Trump administration on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that found President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter. From a report: ...
06:16 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Lightroom App Update Wipes Users' Photos and Presets, Adobe Says they are 'Not Recoverable'
An anonymous reader shares a report: This morning, multiple readers wrote in to alert us to a major Adobe gaff. It seems the latest update to the Lightroom app for iPhone and iPad inadvertently wiped ...
05:34 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Klobuchar, Microsoft's Smith Warn of Election Interference
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Microsoft President Brad Smith warned of ongoing election interference through technology on Thursday at an Axios virtual event on the Future of Employability. From a ...
05:06 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Some Email Clients Are Vulnerable To Attacks Via 'mailto' Links
A lesser-known technology known as "mailto" links can be abused to launch attacks on the users of email desktop clients. From a report: The new attacks can be used to secretly steal local files and ha...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Google Pixel Buds Tap AI To Alert Users To Sirens, Crying Babies, and Barking Dogs
Google Pixel Buds can now alert you to the sounds of a crying baby, barking dog, or the siren of an emergency vehicle when you're listening to something and may not otherwise hear the sound. From a re...
03:22 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Google Fixes Major Gmail Bug Seven Hours After Exploit Details Go Public
Google has patched on Wednesday a major security bug impacting the Gmail and G Suite email servers. From a report: The bug could have allowed a threat actor to send spoofed emails mimicking any Gmail ...
02:41 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Fearing Coronavirus, a Michigan College is Tracking Its Students With a Flawed App
Schools and universities across the United States are split on whether to open for the fall semester, thanks to the ongoing pandemic. From a report: Albion College, a small liberal arts school in Mich...
02:08 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Taiwan To Stop Local Sales For Chinese TV Streaming Services, Not Block Them
Taiwan plans to stop local sales for Chinese internet television streaming services operated by the likes of iQiyi and Tencent Holdings, according to regulations released this week, but does not plan ...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Airbnb Files To Go Public
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: In a turn of fortune, Airbnb today announced that it has filed to go public, albeit confidentially. The move puts the home-sharing service on a pat...
12:00 pm - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Test Puts a 'Shuffle Play' Button Right on Your Home Screen
An anonymous reader shares a report: Don't know what you're in the mood to watch? Netflix's new "Shuffle" feature could help. The company confirms it's currently testing a feature that puts a big butt...
10:00 am - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Exploding Stars May Have Caused Mass Extinction On Earth, Study Shows
schwit1 shares a report from Phys.Org: A new study led by University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign astronomy and physics professor Brian Fields explores the possibility that astronomical events were r...
07:00 am - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot A Car-Sized Asteroid Made the Closest Earth Flyby a Space Rock Has Ever Survived
New submitter louisfreeman shares a report from Space.com: A newly discovered car-sized asteroid just made the closest-known flyby to Earth without hitting our planet. On Sunday (Aug. 16), the asteroi...
03:30 am - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot With Ultralight Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Electric Airplanes Could Finally Take Off
An anonymous reader shares a report from IEEE Spectrum, written by Mark Crittenden, head of battery development and integration at Oxis Energy: Electric aircraft are all the rage, with prototypes in d...
01:45 am - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Weather Channel App To Change Practices After LA Lawsuit
The operator of The Weather Channel mobile app has agreed to change how it informs users about its location-tracking practices and sale of personal data as part of a settlement with the Los Angeles ci...
12:50 am - Thu, August 20, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Slow Down and Steer Light With Resonant Nanoantennas
New submitter HotSyncer shares a report from Phys.Org: [I]n a paper published on Aug. 17, in Nature Nanotechnology, Stanford scientists demonstrate a new approach to slow light significantly, much lik...
11:50 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Germany Begins Universal Basic Income Trial With People Getting $1,400 a Month For 3 Years
Starting this week, 120 Germans will receive a form of universal basic income every month for three years. Business Insider reports: Germany is about to become the latest country to trial a universal ...
11:10 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot With the Most Deaths In 150 Years, Sweden Reveals New COVID-19 Test-and-Trace Strategy
AleRunner writes: In the first half of 2020, Sweden has recorded its highest death total in 150 years. "In total, 51,405 Swedes died in the six-month period, a higher number than in any year since 186...
10:30 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot 235 Million Instagram, TikTok and YouTube User Profiles Exposed In Massive Data Leak
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: The security research team at Comparitech today disclosed how an unsecured database left almost 235 million Instagram, TikTok and YouTube user profiles...
09:50 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Uber CEO On the Flight In California: 'We Can't Go Out and Hire 50,000 People Overnight'
In a podcast interview Wednesday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi rejected the notion his company is capable of employing all of its drivers in California, as a state judge has ordered it to do so [and com...
09:10 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Flight Simulator 2020 Is Finally Out, But Many Can't Install It
SmartAboutThings writes: Microsoft released Flight Simulator 2020 but many people who bought it online are having problems downloading it, installing it, or simply running the new game. Some users sim...
08:32 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot UK Will Take a Crack At Regulating Future Self-Driving Car Systems
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: The UK's Department for Transportation said Tuesday it plans new regulations in preparation for "automated lane-keeping-assist systems." These kinds of s...
07:25 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot QAnon Groups Hit by Facebook Crack Down
Facebook on Wednesday banned about 900 pages and groups and 1,500 ads tied to the pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon, part of a sweeping action that also restricted the reach of over 10,000 Instagram p...
06:46 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Trump Expresses Support for Oracle To Buy TikTok
President Trump voiced support on Tuesday for Oracle to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok, adding a fresh wrinkle to the bidding for the Chinese-owned video-sharing app. From a report: Oracle is a new...
06:01 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Facebook is a 'Major Threat' To Public Health, Report Warns
Facebook's failure to halt the spread of coronavirus misinformation makes it a "major threat" to public health, a damning new report has warned. From a news report: Research by activist group Avaaz fo...
05:21 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft, Energy Department To Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools
The U.S. Department of Energy and Microsoft on Tuesday announced a partnership to develop artificial-intelligence tools aimed at helping first-responders better react to fast-changing natural events, ...
04:40 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Tim Wu: A TikTok Ban Is Overdue
Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, writing in a column for The New York Times: Were almost any country other than China involved, Mr. Trump's demands would be indefensible. But the threatened...
04:00 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Ex-Apple Engineer Says U.S. Government May Have Built a Top-Secret Geiger Counter Out of an iPod
An anonymous reader shares a report: Back in 2005, before the iPhone, Apple purportedly helped a U.S. Department of Energy contractor modify a 5th-generation iPod to secretly record and store data. Th...
03:24 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Apple Is Now Worth $2 Trillion, Punctuating Big Tech's Grip
It took Apple 42 years to reach $1 trillion in value. It took it just a two more years to get to $2 trillion. From a report: Even more stunning: All of Apple's second $1 trillion came in the past 21 w...
02:40 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot 'Real' Programming Is an Elitist Myth
When people build a database to manage reading lists or feed their neighbors, that's coding -- and culture. From an essay: We are past the New York City Covid-19 peak. Things have started to reopen, b...
02:00 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Spies in Silicon Valley: Twitter Breach Tied To Saudi Dissident Arrests
An internal breach at Twitter a half decade ago yielded data that was later used by Saudi Arabia to harass or arrest people critical of the government, according to lawsuits, human rights groups and t...
01:00 pm - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Phone spear phishing" attacks have been on the rise since a bitcoin scam took over the social media platform in July. When law enforcement arrested thre...
10:00 am - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot California Reports First Human Plague Case In 5 Years
A California resident has tested positive for plague, marking the state's first human case of the disease in five years, according to health officials. Live Science reports: The case was confirmed on ...
07:00 am - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Transparent Solar Panels For Windows Hit Record 8% Efficiency
Bodhammer shares a report from the University of Michigan: In a step closer to skyscrapers that serve as power sources, a team led by University of Michigan researchers has set a new efficiency record...
03:30 am - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot NASA Is Tracking a Vast, Growing Anomaly In Earth's Magnetic Field
fahrbot-bot shares a report from ScienceAlert: NASA is actively monitoring a strange anomaly in Earth's magnetic field: a giant region of lower magnetic intensity in the skies above the planet, stretc...
12:50 am - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Android 11 Is Taking Away the Camera Picker, Forcing People To Only Use the Built-In Camera
In the name of security and privacy, Google is taking away the ability for users to select third-party camera apps in Android 11, forcing users to rely on the built-in camera app. Android Police repor...
12:10 am - Wed, August 19, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Can Duplicate Keys From the Sounds They Make In Locks
Researchers have demonstrated that they can make a working 3D-printed copy of a key just by listening to how the key sounds when inserted into a lock. Slashdot reader colinwb writes: While you cannot ...
11:30 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Facebook and NYU Set Out To Develop AI-Powered 5-Minute MRI Scan
Researchers at NYU Langone Health and Facebook's artificial intelligence division have teamed up to develop an AI model that uses less data and creates images faster than traditional MRI techniques, a...
10:50 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Google Maps Is Getting a Lot More Detail
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google Maps is being redesigned to make it easier to distinguish between natural features in the environment, whether they're mountainous ice caps, ...
10:10 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot AI Company Leaks Over 2.5 Million Medical Records
Secure Thoughts reports that artificial intelligence company Cense AI, which specializes in "SaaS-based intelligent process automation management solutions," has leaked nearly 2.6 million medical reco...
09:30 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Wanted to Be a Force for Good in Myanmar. Now It Is Rejecting a Request to Help With a Genocide Investigation
Just when it seemed like Facebook's controversies might have peaked, the company now appears to be obstructing a genocide investigation, and it's using U.S. law to do it. From a report: The West Afric...
08:50 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot New Toyotas Will Upload Data To AWS To Help Create Custom Insurance Premiums Based On Driver Behavior
KindMind shares a report from The Register: Toyota has expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services in ways that will see many of its models upload performance data into the Amazonian cloud to ...
08:10 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot 'Landlord Tech Watch' Site Lets You Report Landlords Using Tech To Screw Over Tenants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A group of activists have released Landlord Tech Watch, a site that allows anyone to report where this "landlord tech" is being used and plot it o...
07:30 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot WHO Blasts 'Vaccine Nationalism' in Last-Ditch Push Against Hoarding
Nations that hoard possible COVID-19 vaccines while excluding others will deepen the pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday, issuing a last-ditch ca...
06:50 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot 'Covid-19 Is Creating a Wave of Heart Disease'
Haider Warraich, a cardiologist, writing for the New York Times: An intriguing new study from Germany offers a glimpse into how SARS-CoV-2 affects the heart. Researchers studied 100 individuals, with ...
06:00 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot You'll Need a Facebook Account To Use Future Oculus Headsets
Oculus will soon require all of its virtual reality headset users to sign up with a Facebook account. The Facebook-owned company says it will start removing support for separate Oculus accounts in Oct...
03:41 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California
Uber and Lyft, which are facing mounting pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees in California, are looking for another way. From a report: One option that both companies a...
02:44 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Oracle Enters Race To Buy TikTok's US Operations
phalse phace writes: Oracle has entered the race to acquire TikTok [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], the popular Chinese-owned short video app that President Donald Trump...
02:01 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Will Add 3,500 Tech and Corporate Jobs Across Six US Cities
Amazon today announced an upcoming hiring spree set to bring 3,500 jobs to a half-dozen U.S. cities. The news is, of course, particularly notable amid a pandemic that has cause many industries to free...
01:00 pm - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Secret Service Paid To Get Americans' Location Data Without a Warrant, Documents Show
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A newly released document shows the U.S. Secret Service went through a controversial social media surveillance company to purchase the location inform...
10:00 am - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Chrome 86 Will Warn Users About Insecure Forms On HTTPS Pages
While there's wide HTTPS adoption today, HTTP content on secure pages still persists. Google has been working to stamp that out, and Chrome is now turning its attention to and warning about insecure f...
07:00 am - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Rolling Blackouts in California Have Power Experts Stumped
Energy experts are bewildered as to why the manager of California's electric grid called on utilities to cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers over the weekend. "They said that the utilities...
03:30 am - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History To Hackers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Findings published on Thursday by the security firm Check Point reveal that Alexa's Web services had bugs that a hacker could have exploited to grab a t...
01:30 am - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Quantum Paradox Points To Shaky Foundations of Reality
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Nearly 60 years ago, the Nobel prize-winning physicist Eugene Wigner captured one of the many oddities of quantum mechanics in a thought experiment....
12:50 am - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Cities Sue Netflix, Hulu, Disney, Claim They Owe Cable 'Franchise Fees'
Four cities in Indiana are suing Netflix and other video companies, claiming that online video providers and satellite-TV operators should have to pay the same franchise fees that cable companies pay ...
12:10 am - Tue, August 18, 2020
Slashdot Arm Co-Founder: Nvidia Sale Is Because Softbank Over-Invested In Firm
Co-founder and ex-president of Arm Holdings Tudor Brown says that SoftBank's projected sale of the chip company to Nvidia is the result of a bungled business strategy that saw the fund throw too much ...
11:30 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Apple Gives Users More Time To Buy AppleCare After Sales Slow
Apple on Monday told retail and customer-support employees that the company is expanding the time period when customers can subscribe to its AppleCare+ service. From a report: Consumers currently have...
10:50 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Election voting is the cybersecurity industry's most difficult challenge, and casting ballots on paper is the safest option against any digital disr...
10:50 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot 'We Won't Remember Much of What We Did in the Pandemic'
Tim Harford, writing for Financial Times (not paywalled): Last spring, I returned from the holiday of a lifetime in Japan, and reflected on the richness of the memories it had generated. Time flew by ...
10:10 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Will Bid Farewell To Internet Explorer and Legacy Edge In 2021
Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer 11 across its Microsoft 365 apps and services next year. The Verge reports: In exactly a year, on August 17th, 2021, Internet Explorer 11 will no longe...
09:30 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Text Editor Notepad Banned In China After 'Stand With Hong Kong' Update
The website of Notepad++ is banned in China as of Monday, "obviously due to" its release of editions named "Free Uyghur" and "Stand with Hong Kong," the source code and text editor announced on Twitte...
08:50 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Investigated By German Watchdog For Abusing Dominance During Pandemic
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Amazon is being investigated by German authorities for allegedly abusing its market position during the coronavirus pandemic. The investigation, being le...
08:12 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot You Can Now Play an Ultra-Rare Quake Arcade Cabinet at Home
Since its 1996 PC release, id's seminal shooter Quake has been ported to everything from flip phones and smartphones to game consoles and Web browsers. But even many serious fans of the series don't k...
07:30 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Apple Threatens To Terminate Epic Games' Developer Accounts on August 28
Apple is planning to terminate Epic Games' entire access to its App Store and app development tools, Epic Games said today. Apple told Epic that by August 28, all access will be ended. From a report: ...
06:51 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Chrome For Android Will Show 'Fast Page' Labels Based On Web Vitals
An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced Chrome for Android's context menu will show "Fast page" labels for webpages deemed to have good performance. The label will be determined using Googl...
06:10 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Pentagon Announces Task Force To Study UFOs
The Pentagon announced last week that it had elevated the status of its UAP task force following pressure from Congress and the fact that multiple instances have been reported of unknown objects repor...
05:33 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Apple Expands Its Independent Repair Program To Mac
Apple is expanding its program that provides parts, resources and training to independent repair shops to now include support for Mac computers. From a report: The repair program was first announced l...
04:50 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot US Tightening Restrictions on Huawei Access To Technology, Chips
The Trump administration announced on Monday it will further tighten restrictions on Huawei Technologies, aimed at cracking down on its access to commercially available chips. From a report: The U.S. ...
04:13 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Algorithm Found To 'Actively Promote' Holocaust Denial
AmiMoJo writes: Facebook's algorithm "actively promotes" Holocaust denial content according to an analysis that will increase pressure on the social media giant to remove antisemitic content relating ...
03:25 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Southeast Asia Detects Mutated Virus Strain Sweeping the World
Southeast Asia is facing a strain of the new coronavirus that the Philippines, which faces the region's largest outbreak, is studying to see whether the mutation makes it more infectious. From a repor...
02:53 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot IBM Unveils Power10 Processor for Big Data Analytics and AI Workloads
At the Hot Chips 2020 conference, which was held virtually this year, IBM announced the IBM Power10. From a report: It's the successor to the Power9 and represents the next generation of the company's...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Startups Tap a New Talent Pool: Pandemic-Weary College Students
To many college students, the prospect of a year of school during a pandemic -- with virtual classes, restricted movements and no parties -- is a huge bummer. Some Silicon Valley startups, hungry for ...
11:34 am - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Scientist Proposes a New Programming Language For Teaching Coding (and Python)
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp tells us Netherlands-based scientist Felienne Hermans shared a radical idea at the 2020 ACM International Computing Education Research Conference for a new programming...
07:19 am - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Warns Australians it Really Doesn't Want to Pay for News
Below its home page's search bar, Google is now warning everyone in Australia ominously that "The way Aussies search every day on Google is at risk from new Government regulation." For more emphasis, ...
04:34 am - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Temperature in Death Valley Today: 130 Degrees, Earth's Highest Since at Least 1931
The Washington Post reports:In the midst of a historic heat wave in the West, the mercury in Death Valley, California surged to a searing 130 degrees on Sunday afternoon, possibly setting a world reco...
01:39 am - Mon, August 17, 2020
Slashdot Reviewer Calls Linux-based PinePhone 'the Most Interesting Smartphone I've Tried in Years'
A review at the Android Police site calls Pine64's new Linux-based PinePhone "the most interesting smartphone I've tried in years," with 17 different operating systems available (including Fedora, Ubu...
11:48 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot CIA Declassifies Cold War-Era Plans for a 'Nuclear Bird Drone'
"During the Cold War, the CIA considered building a bird-sized drone designed to spy on the communist bloc," reports Popular Mechanics."The drone would carry 'black box' spy packages into Russia and C...
10:39 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot As Colleges Move Classes Online, Families Rebel Against the Cost
"A rebellion against the high cost of a bachelor's degree, already brewing around the nation before the coronavirus, has gathered fresh momentum as campuses have strained to operate in the pandemic," ...
09:43 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot Individualized Circadian Clocks: New Research Suggests Not Everyone Needs 8 Hours of Sleep
Time magazine reports on is a big scientific advance: "the understanding that our bodies often operate according to different clocks."Although the federal government recommends that Americans sleep se...
08:34 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Solve a Mystery By Firing a Laser at the Moon
"The moon is drifting away," reports the New York Times.Every year, it gets about an inch and a half farther from us. Hundreds of millions of years from now, our companion in the sky will be distant e...
07:34 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot What Makes Some Programming Languages the 'Most Dreaded'?
O'Reilly media's Vice President of Content Strategy (also the coauthor of Unix Power Tools) recently explored why several popular programming languages wound up on the "most dreaded" list in StackOver...
06:34 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot Cory Doctorow: 'Self-Driving Cars are Bullshit'
"Self-driving cars are bullshit," writes Cory Doctorow:I'm a science fiction writer, so I quite enjoy thinking about self-driving cars. They make for really interesting analogies about data, liability...
05:34 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot Happy Birthday to Debian, CPAN, and Mutt
27 years ago today, in 1993, Debian first appeared in the world. August 16th has since been recognized as "DebianDay," celebrated shortly before the annual Debian Conference — with lots of ways ...
04:34 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot Fraud Charges, Lost Patents: How an Auto Legend's China Venture Crashed
"Steve Saleen claims that China has stolen 40 years' worth of intellectual property from him in launching the Saleen brand in China," reports the site Carscoops. More information from the Los Angeles ...
03:34 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot The NSA's Guidelines for Protecting Location Data
American's National Security Agency (NSA) "has shared new guidance with U.S. military and intelligence personnel, suggesting they take additional precautions to safeguard their location data," reports...
02:34 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot New AI Dupes Humans into Believing Synthesized Sound Effects Are Real
Slashdot reader shirappu writes: A study published on June 25th in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia looked at creating an automated program to analyze the movements in video frames and create sound eff...
01:34 pm - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot An Unusual Meteorite, More Valuable Than Gold, May Hold Life's Building Blocks
Slashdot reader sciencehabit tells the strange story of a 4.5-billion-year-old meteor from "the cold void beyond Jupiter" that sent "blazing fireballs and rocks raining down on farms and fields."On 23...
10:34 am - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot Can Firefox Be Saved?
"Even with another infusion of cash from Google, you have to wonder just how long Firefox will survive as a viable, mainstream web browser," argues ZDNet contributing editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:...
07:34 am - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot A Harrowing Story: Dropping an Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki
Last Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack in 1945. Slashdot reader DanDrollette (who is also the deputy editor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) shares t...
04:52 am - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot Should the U.S. Pardon Edward Snowden?
Long-time Slashdot readers 93 Escort Wagon and schwit1 both shared the news that U.S. President Trump is "considering" a pardon for Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who "le...
01:52 am - Sun, August 16, 2020
Slashdot A Covid-Friendly Wearable Shocks You With 450 Volts When You Touch Your Face
A reporter for Medium's tech site OneZero recently spotted an especially bizarre ad on Instagram:The ad features a GIF of a person wearing a Fitbit-style wristband, with the text "Eliminate Cravings."...
11:34 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Should Perl 7 Be Backwards Compatible?
Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes:What's up with Perl 7? Perl Foundation board member Ricardo Signes tried to sum up the state of the community in a detailed post to the "Perl 5 porters" ma...
10:34 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Astronomers Spy a Milky Way-like Galaxy In the Very Early Universe
Slashdot reader sciencehabit quotes Science magazine: Astronomers imagine the early universe as a wild and lawless place, with chaotic fledgling galaxies full of swirling gases and frantic star format...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Leaked SpaceX Starlink Speedtests Reveal Download Speeds of 11 to 60Mbps
Some leaked speedtests from beta users of SpaceX's Starlink satellite-broadband service "aren't showing the gigabit speeds SpaceX teased," writes Ars Technica, "but it's early."Long-time Slashdot read...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Red Hat, Google, Microsoft, GitHub, and Others Launch the Open Source Security Foundation
InfoQ reports on a new security group that launched last week:Supported by The Linux Foundation, the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) aims to create a cross-industry forum for a collaborative...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Did A Chinese State-Sponsored Group Breach Taiwan's Semiconductor Industry?
At the Black Hat security conference, researchers from the Taiwanese cybersecurity firm CyCraft revealed at least seven Taiwanese chip firms have been breached over the past two years, reports Wired:T...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Greenland's Ice Sheet has Melted to a Point of No Return
"Ice melting in Greenland contributes more than a millimeter rise to sea level every year," reports CNN, adding that now "that's likely to get worse." And Forbes shares some context:Last week, the wor...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Previous Vaccines and Masks Could Reduce Covid-19 Severity, Some Researchers Say
Applehu Akbar shared CNN's article about why some people experience Covid-19 differently:"When we looked in the setting of Covid disease, we found that people who had prior vaccinations with a variety...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot San Diego's Police Are Using Video from 'Smart' Streetlights
Slashdot reader Tekla Perry is also senior editor at IEEE Spectrum, and brings a story about San Diego's 3,300 "smart streetlights," each one equipped with "an Intel Atom processor, half a terabyte of...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Steve Wozniak Turns His 70th Birthday Into a Charity Event
In 2000 Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak answered questions from Slashdot readers. More than 20 years later,CNET writes: Party on, Woz. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak turned 70 on Tuesday, and invited t...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Launches New Web Site Describing How It's Embracing Open Source
Microsoft just launched a new website "to showcase how it's embracing open source to 'bring choice, technology and community to our customers,'" reports ZDNet:Microsoft, under CEO Satya Nadella, has s...
12:25 pm - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot A Simple Telephony Honeypot Received 1.5 Million Robocalls Across 11 Months
An anonymous reader shares a report: In an award-winning paper presented at the USENIX security conference this week, a team of academics from North Carolina State University presented a list of findi...
10:30 am - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Amazon is Good at So Many Things. Why is it Bad at Games?
In recent years Amazon has become a major force in television and film, so we have seen that the company can succeed in generating popular mass entertainment. Why is the company struggling so badly wi...
08:00 am - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot You Probably Won't Catch the Coronavirus From Frozen Food
Amid a flurry of concern over reports that frozen chicken wings imported to China from Brazil had tested positive for the coronavirus, experts said on Thursday that the likelihood of catching the viru...
05:02 am - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Charter Can Charge Online Video Sites for Network Connections, Court Rules
Charter can charge Netflix and other online video streaming services for network interconnection despite a merger condition prohibiting the practice, a federal appeals court ruled today. From a report...
02:30 am - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot Jack Daniel's Manufacturer Was Target of Apparent Ransomware Attack
Brown-Forman, a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages including Jack Daniel's and Finlandia, said it was hit by a cyber-attack in which some information, including employee data, may have been impacted....
12:30 am - Sat, August 15, 2020
Slashdot AMC Movie Theaters Will Reopen On Aug. 20 With 15-Cent Tickets
schwit1 writes: Moviegoers will have to pay only 15 cents for tickets at AMC cinemas on Aug. 20, when the chain starts to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak. The cheap tickets will be available at m...
11:15 pm - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot Russell Kirsch, Inventor of the Pixel, Passed Away This Week
Computer scientist Russell A. Kirsch, the inventor of the pixel and an undisputed pioneer of digital imaging, passed away on Tuesday in his Portland home from complications arising from a form of Alzh...
10:15 pm - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Plans To Eventually Replace Duo With Meet
An anonymous reader shares a report: With classic Hangouts on the way out, Google today has two video calling apps. However, that is one too many for the company, and sources familiar with the matter ...
09:25 pm - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Goes After Apple
Facebook is seeking to force a face-off with Apple over its 30% in-app purchase commission fee, which Facebook suggests hurts small businesses struggling to get by during the pandemic. From a report: ...
07:06 pm - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot DNC, RNC To Test Limits of Virtual Events as Election Enters Final Stage
The Democratic and Republican nominating conventions, long mainstays of the US presidential election cycle, have been forced online, creating the biggest test yet for conducting life remotely during t...
06:06 pm - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Has Stopped Responding To Data Requests from Hong Kong Authorities
Google will stop responding to requests for data from Hong Kong authorities with the search giant instead directing requests for user data to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the United States th...
05:10 pm - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot Epic's Battle For 'Open Platforms' Ignores Consoles' Massive Closed Market
Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo demand the same platform control -- and the same 30% fee. From a report: Yesterday, Epic used Fortnite to essentially wage open war against Apple's and Google's mobile ap...
04:14 pm - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Resumes Its Attack on the URL Bar, Hides Full Addresses on Chrome 86
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google has tried on and off for years to hide full URLs in Chrome's address bar, because apparently long web addresses are scary and evil. Despite the public backl...
03:00 pm - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot China Sets Trial Run For Digital Yuan in Top City Hubs
Chinese authorities will expand test use of the country's prototype digital currency across the nation's three leading urban clusters centered on Beijing, Shanghai and the southern cities of Guangzhou...
02:10 pm - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot A Third of TikTok's US Users May Be 14 or Under, Raising Safety Questions
If Microsoft or another company buys TikTok before President Trump bans the Chinese-owned video app on national security grounds, it will acquire a giant community of devoted fans and a lucrative plat...
02:04 pm - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot A Third of TikTok's US Users May Be 14 or Under, Raising Safety Questions
If Microsoft or another company buys TikTok before President Trump bans the Chinese-owned video app on national security grounds, it will acquire a giant community of devoted fans and a lucrative plat...
11:30 am - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot TikTok's US Employees Plan To Sue Trump Administration Over Executive Order
TikTok's US employees are planning to file a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration executive order they say would make it illegal for their employer to pay them. From a report: Last week, Preside...
08:30 am - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot Instagram Wasn't Removing Photos and Direct Messages From Its Servers
A security researcher was awarded a $6,000 bug bounty payout after he found Instagram retained photos and private direct messages on its servers long after he deleted them. From a report: Independent ...
05:00 am - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot 'All Of My TikTok Followers Are Fake'
An anonymous reader shares a report: The followers poured in. Then the likes. Then tens of thousands of people watched my TikTok video. The clip itself was of a few Motherboard staffers winning a matc...
01:45 am - Fri, August 14, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Bans Videos Containing Hacked Information That Could Interfere With the Election
As Democrats and Republicans prepare to hold their national conventions starting next week, YouTube on Thursday announced updates to its policies on deceptive videos and other content designed to inte...
11:01 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Single-line Software Bug Causes Fledgling YAM Cryptocurrency To Implode Just Two Days After Launch
A two-day-old decentralized cryptocurrency called YAM collapsed this week after its creators revealed that a software bug had effectively vetoed human governance. From a report: "At approximately 6PM ...
10:00 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Intel Says New Transistor Technology Could Boost Chip Performance 20%
Intel on Thursday disclosed a new method for making transistors on semiconductors that its chief architect said could boost the performance Intel's next round of processors by as much as 20%. From a r...
09:00 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Abandons Broken Drilling Equipment Under Oregon Coast Seafloor
Kale Williams, reporting for The Oregonian: Lynnae Ruttledge was worried when she heard Facebook planned to build a landing spot for an undersea fiber-optic cable near her Oregon Coast home. Tierra De...
07:44 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Epic Games Sues Apple For Pulling Fortnite From App Store
Epic Games has filed legal papers in response to Apple, read more here (PDF). From the filing: Epic brings this suit to end Apple's unfair and anti-competitive actions that Apple undertakes to unlawfu...
07:44 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Epic Games Sues Apple
Epic Games has filed legal papers in response to Apple, read more here (PDF). From the filing: Epic brings this suit to end Apple's unfair and anti-competitive actions that Apple undertakes to unlawfu...
07:08 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Apple Kicks Fortnite Out of App Store for Challenging Payment Rules
Fortnite, the social shooter made by Epic Games, has been removed from the Apple App Store, the only way to install software on iPhones. From a report: CNBC searched on the App Store on Thursday and d...
07:01 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot FBI and NSA Expose New Linux Malware Drovorub, Used by Russian State Hackers
The FBI and NSA have published today a joint security alert containing details about a new strain of Linux malware that the two agencies say was developed and deployed in real-world attacks by Russia'...
06:02 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot The Quest To Liberate $300,000 of Bitcoin From an Old ZIP File
A few quintillion possible decryption keys stand between a man and his cryptocurrency. From a report: In October, Michael Stay got a weird message on LinkedIn. A total stranger had lost access to his ...
05:05 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot US Says It Seized Cryptocurrency From Three Terrorist Groups
The Trump administration dismantled digital campaigns by al-Qaeda and other other terrorist groups that used social media to obtain cryptocurrency for carrying out terrorist attacks, the Justice Depar...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Fortnite is Daring Apple To Shutter Its Game on iPhones
The company that owns Fortnite is making an in-your-face challenge to Apple: We're not going to obey the rules you've set for your powerful App Store. And we dare you to do something about it. From a ...
03:56 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Lyft Joins Uber in Threatening To Pull Out of California Over Driver Status
Lyft said it would shut down operations in California if forced to classify drivers as employees, the company's executives said in an earnings call with investors on Wednesday. Lyft joins Uber in thre...
03:06 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Lyft Joins Uber in Threatening To Pull Out of California Over Driver Status
Lyft said it would shut down operations in California if forced to classify drivers as employees, the company's executives said in an earnings call with investors on Wednesday. Lyft joins Uber in thre...
02:14 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Apple Readies Subscription Bundles To Boost Digital Services
Apple is readying a series of bundles that will let customers subscribe to several of the company's digital services at a lower monthly price, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing people with knowledge...
12:30 pm - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Climate Promise Depends on Taiwan Partners Going Green
Apple has gone carbon neutral. But in order to say the same for its flagship iPhone, it's going to need help from Taiwan. From a report: More than three-quarters of the emissions that come from making...
11:00 am - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Pompeo Says Trump's Executive Orders Are 'Broader' Than Just TikTok and WeChat, Hinting at More Action
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump's executive orders against TikTok and WeChat could be "broader" than just those two apps. From a report: Pompeo did not elaborate, but h...
08:00 am - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Launches Hub To Help Users With US Poll Related Information
Facebook on Thursday launched a 'Voting Information Center' for the 2020 U.S. elections to help voters easily navigate the poll process. From a report: The hub will connect Facebook and Instagram user...
03:30 am - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Cities Lose Lawsuit Against FCC's 5G Rules
A federal appeals court upheld the Federal Communications Commission's rules that limit municipalities' ability to negotiate with telecom companies such as AT&T and Verizon that are seeking to dep...
12:13 am - Thu, August 13, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla Extends its Google Search Deal
Mozilla and Google have extended their search deal for another three years, news outlet ZDNet reported Wednesday, citing sources familiar with thee matter. Mozilla confirmed the news. From a report: T...
11:01 pm - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Arecibo Observatory Featured in James Bond Film 'Goldeneye' Shut Down
A number of Slashdot readers, including mknewman and MountainLogic have shared this report: The famous observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, featured in the James Bond movie "GoldenEye," has been force...
10:04 pm - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Homeland Security Details New Tools For Extracting Device Data at US Borders
Travelers heading to the US have many reasons to be cautious about their devices when it comes to privacy. A report released Thursday from the Department of Homeland Security provides even more cause ...
09:02 pm - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Silicon Valley Game-Plans For a Messy Election Night
Google, Facebook, Twitter and other major social media companies are working together to scenario-plan for the last three months before Election Day in the United States -- including gaming out what t...
08:07 pm - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot The First Gene-Edited Squid in History Is a Biological Breakthrough
Squid are among the smartest ocean dwellers. Along with other ink-squirting cephalopods like octopuses and cuttlefish, squid boast the largest brains of all invertebrates. They also have an incredibly...
07:03 pm - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Google Makes Building Android Apps on Chrome OS Easier
Google today launched ChromeOS.dev, a new site that aims to help developers get started with building Android apps for the company's Linux-based operating system. With today's update, Google is also m...
06:08 pm - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Turn Normal Red Bricks into Electricity-Storing Supercapacitors
Bricks are about as basic as architectural materials can get, yet these simple building blocks have hidden powers that can be leveraged to provide electricity, according to a new study. From a report:...
05:00 pm - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Dropbox Launches Password Manager, Computer Backup, and Secure 'Vaults' Out of Beta
Dropbox is officially launching a handful of new consumer features out of beta today, along with some new tools for businesses. From a report: The cloud storage giant first introduced its password man...
04:03 pm - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Uber CEO Says Its Service Will Probably Shut Down Temporarily in California if It's Forced To Classify Drivers as Employees
Uber would likely shut down temporarily for several months if a court does not overturn a recent ruling requiring it to classify its drivers as full-time employees, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an in...
03:00 pm - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Surface Duo Phone Goes on Sale Starting at $1,399
Microsoft begins taking orders for its dual-screen Surface device in the U.S. on Wednesday, an attempt to re-enter the mobile handset market with a product that blends the features of a tablet with th...
02:03 pm - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Satellites Add To Astronomers' Worries About the Night Sky
Welcome to the age of the satellite megaconstellation. Within the next few years, vast networks, containing hundreds or even thousands of spacecraft, could reshape the future of Earth's orbital enviro...
07:00 am - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot How Will the Universe End? Scientists Say They May Have an Answer
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: In the unimaginably far future, cold stellar remnants known as black dwarfs will begin to explode in a spectacular series of supernovae, providing t...
03:30 am - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot 'Stalkerware' Phone Spying Apps Have Escaped Google's Ad Ban
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Several companies offering phone-spying apps -- known as "stalkerware" -- are still advertising in Google search results, despite the search giant'...
02:02 am - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Police Use of Facial Recognition Violates Human Rights, UK Court Rules
An appeals court ruled today that police use of facial recognition technology in the UK has "fundamental deficiencies" and violates several laws. Ars Technica reports: South Wales Police began using a...
01:25 am - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Removed Seven Million Posts In Second Quarter For False Coronavirus Info
Facebook said on Tuesday it removed 7 million posts in the second quarter for sharing false information about the novel coronavirus, including content that promoted fake preventative measures and exag...
12:45 am - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot Xbox Series X Launching In November, But Halo Infinite Is Delayed Until 2021
Microsoft isn't providing a specific release date for its next-gen Xbox Series X console, but the company did reveal it will launch in the month of November. Sadly, Microsoft and 343 Industries also a...
12:02 am - Wed, August 12, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Tracked User Data Using Tactic Banned By Google
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MarketWatch: TikTok skirted a privacy safeguard in Google's Android operating system to collect unique identifiers from millions of mobile devices, data that a...
11:20 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Russia Claims To Have Registered World's First COVID-19 Vaccine
New submitter Hmmmmmm shares a report from CNBC: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration of what Russia claims to be the first vaccine for the coronavirus in the world and said one...
10:40 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot The Last Blockbuster Has Been Turned Into An Airbnb
The world's last Blockbuster is offering movie fans the opportunity to spend the night in the store by booking through Airbnb. The Independent reports: The opportunity to book a one-night stay in the ...
10:02 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot What Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's VP Pick, Means For Tech
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: After months of speculation, Joe Biden has picked California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his vice-presidential running mate in the race for the White House....
09:26 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot University of Michigan Study Advocates Ban of Facial Recognition in Schools
University of Michigan researchers recently published a study showing facial recognition technology in schools has limited efficacy and presents a number of serious problems. From a report: The resear...
08:45 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Scribd Acquires Presentation-Sharing Service SlideShare from LinkedIn
SlideShare has a new owner, with LinkedIn selling the presentation-sharing service to Scribd for an undisclosed price. From a report: According to LinkedIn, Scribd will take over operation of the Slid...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Twitter's Reply-Limiting Feature is Now Available To Everyone
Twitter is making one of its boldest experiments official. After months of testing, the company is bringing its reply-limiting feature, which allows users to control who can reply to their tweets, to ...
07:25 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Google Beats Song Lyric Scraping Lawsuit
Genius Media Group was pretty clever when it used digital watermarks to show that Google had been copying its huge collection of song lyrics. One of those watermarks spelled "redhanded" in Morse code....
06:45 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot MLB Teams Explore Using Cameras To Detect Maskless Fans at Games
The baseball season has started with eerily empty stadiums, but some teams are exploring high-tech ways to verify that people in the stands are taking health precautions, a possible step toward bringi...
06:04 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Qualcomm Wins US Antitrust Lawsuit Appeal Over Chip Licensing
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling against chip supplier Qualcomm in an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission. From a report: The United States Ninth Cir...
05:25 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Zoom Sued By Consumer Group For Misrepresenting Its Encryption Protections
A consumer advocacy group is suing Zoom and seeking millions of dollars in damages, accusing the company of misleading its users about the strength of its encryption protections. From a report: The no...
04:45 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is it Time To Call Time on Time Zones?
An anonymous reader shares a report [may be paywalled]: Anyone who has struggled to schedule a conference call across multiple time zones should pity the poor residents of Indiana. For decades, the Mi...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot New Zealand Reinstates Coronavirus Restrictions After First Locally-Transmitted Case in 102 Days
schwit1 shares a report: New Zealand has reintroduced coronavirus restrictions in parts of the country after new locally transmitted cases broke the 102-day streak the country had gone without recordi...
03:26 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Parallels Desktop 16 Supports macOS Big Sur and Smoother PC 3D Graphics
As Apple's Mac computers begin their two-year transition from Intel- to Apple-developed CPUs later this year, one feature that's going away is Boot Camp -- the Mac's ability to boot directly into Wind...
02:45 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Mozilla Lays Off 250 Employees While it Refocuses on Commercial Products
The Mozilla Corporation announced today it was laying off approximately 250 staff members in a move to shore up the organization's financial future. From a report: The layoffs were publicly announced ...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Android is Becoming a Worldwide Earthquake Detection Network
Google is creating a worldwide, Android phone-powered earthquake alert system. The first part of that system is rolling out today. If you opt in, the accelerometer in your Android phone will become on...
01:00 pm - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Internet connectivity and cellular service in Belarus have been down since Sunday evening, after sporadic outages early that morning and throughout the ...
10:00 am - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot What Mars Would Look Like If Its Surface Was Covered With Water
schwit1 writes: A new map shows what the red planet would look like if 71 percent of its surface area was covered with water -- around the same proportion as Earth. The results are spectacular: it sho...
07:00 am - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Planet Ceres Is An 'Ocean World' With Sea Water Beneath Surface, Mission Finds
The dwarf planet Ceres -- long believed to be a barren space rock -- is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed on Monday. Th...
03:30 am - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot People Typically Experience Shifting Mental Disorders Over Their Lifespan, Study Finds
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PsyPost: New research based on four decades of longitudinal data indicates that it is rare for a person to receive and keep a single mental disorder diagnosis....
02:02 am - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot AT&T To Lay Off 600 At HBO and Warner Bros. After Revenue Decline
AT&T's WarnerMedia division is planning to lay off hundreds of employees in AT&T's latest cost-cutting move. Ars Technica reports: "Warner Bros. is expected to commence layoffs of around 650 p...
01:25 am - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Tim Cook Hits Billionaire Status With Apple Nearing $2 Trillion
Apple CEO Tim Cook's personal net worth has recently crossed the $1 billion mark as the company nears a $2 trillion market value, reports Bloomberg. From the report: It was valued at about $350 billio...
12:45 am - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot Google Maps Is Coming To Apple Watch, Adding CarPlay Dashboard Support
Today, Google announced that Google Maps for iOS will be adding both an Apple Watch app and support for CarPlay Dashboard, increasing the likelihood that Apple users will reconsider Google's potential...
12:02 am - Tue, August 11, 2020
Slashdot EPA To Rescind Methane Regulations For Oil and Gas
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will sign and issue new rules this week that will get rid of certain methane gas emission requirements for ...
11:20 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Disney Removes Fox From TV Studios, Revives Touchstone
Disney is rebranding its TV studios to remove the Fox name from two of them. From The Hollywood Reporter: Nearly a year and a half after acquiring 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 TV Studios, Di...
10:40 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot California Judge Orders Uber and Lyft To Classify Drivers As Employees
A California judge ruled that Uber and Lyft must classify their drivers as employees in a stunning preliminary injunction issued Monday afternoon. The Verge reports: The injunction is stayed for 10 da...
10:02 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Leaked Documents Reveal What TikTok Shares With Authorities In the US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: Documents published in the BlueLeaks trove, which was hacked by someone claiming a connection to Anonymous and published by the transparency col...
09:24 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Ties Video Games Deeper Into Prime Subscription Program
Amazon is making it easier for Prime subscribers to play games, the latest effort to extend the appeal of a loyalty program designed to keep shoppers engaged. From a report: The world's largest e-comm...
08:44 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Google Rival's Study Urges Letting Mobile Users Pick Search Defaults
Google could lose 20% of the mobile search market that it dominates if more users had the option to choose their default search provider via a preference menu, privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo...
08:07 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot AI Invents New 'Recipes' For Potential COVID-19 Drugs
sciencehabit writes: As scientists uncover drugs that can treat coronavirus infections, demand will almost certainly outstrip supplies -- as is already happening with the antiviral remdesivir. To prev...
07:35 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Google Gives Android TV Developers Instant Apps, Speech-to-Text, and Predictive Typing
An anonymous reader shares a report: Even before the pandemic, the battle to own your living room was reaching a boiling point. Now the big screen is bigger than ever as 2020 accelerates the streaming...
06:47 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Russian Watchdog Says Apple Abused Mobile App Market Dominance
Russian competition watchdog FAS on Monday said that Apple has abused its dominant position in the mobile apps market through its App Store for iOS devices and will issue an order demanding that the c...
06:06 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Global Coronavirus Cases Hit 20 Million
Global coronavirus cases pushed past 20 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil and India accounting for more than half of all known infections. From a report: ...
05:26 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Amazon and Mall Operator Look at Turning Sears, J.C. Penney Stores Into Fulfillment Centers
The largest mall owner in the U.S. has been in talks with Amazon.com, the company many retailers denounce as the mall industry's biggest disrupter, to take over space left by ailing department stores....
04:45 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Kuo: iPhone Shipments Could Decline Up To 30% If Apple Forced To Remove WeChat From Worldwide App Store
An anonymous reader shares a report: In a worst-case scenario, Apple's annual iPhone shipments could decline by 25-30% if it is forced to remove WeChat from its App Stores around the world, according ...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot PDF Still Unfit for Human Consumption, 20 Years Later
Research spanning 20 years proves PDFs are problematic for online reading. Yet they're still prevalent and users continue to get lost in them. They're unpleasant to read and navigate and remain unfit ...
03:25 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s Receive Critical Software Updates Over 3.5" Floppy Disks
Boeing 747-400s still use floppy disks for loading critical navigation databases, Pen Test Partners has revealed to the infosec community after poking about one of the recently abandoned aircraft. Fro...
02:48 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple Is Fighting Trademark for Prepear's Pear-Shaped Logo
In a legal filing, says Apple: Consumers encountering Applicant's Mark are likely to associate the mark with Apple. Applicant's Mark consists of a minimalistic fruit design with a right-angled leaf, w...
02:03 pm - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Uber CEO Calls For 'Benefits Funds' for Gig Workers
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on Monday said its drivers should get the "best of both worlds" -- benefits and work flexibility. In an op-ed published in The New York Times, Khosrowshahi proposed that law...
11:34 am - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot For Space Junk Cleanup, DragRacer Satellite Will Test 'Terminator Tape' This Fall
schwit1 quotes Space.com: An experimental mission to test tether-based orbital debris cleanup methods with "Terminator Tape" is slated to launch this fall to test the deorbit performance of two satell...
07:34 am - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Should the U.K. Government Form a Coalition to Buy ARM?
With SoftBank's Masayoshi Son trying to sell ARM, a columnist for the Observer newspaper has a suggestion for the U.K. government (and specifically Brexit Tories), calling the Cambridge-based company ...
03:34 am - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot Richard Stallman Discusses Privacy Risks of Bitcoin, Suggests 'Something Much Better'
Richard Stallman gave a new interview to the site Cointelegraph, which asked him his feelings about cryptocurrencies. "I'm not against them," Stallman answers "I'm not campaigning to eliminate them, I...
12:34 am - Mon, August 10, 2020
Slashdot New Free Software Foundation Video Mocks Proprietary Remote-Learning Software
"Computer user freedom is a matter of justice," argues a new video released Friday by the Free Software Foundation:The University of Costumed Heroes is an animated video telling the story of a group o...
10:58 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Some Cities are Combining Basic Incomes with Local Currenices
Bloomberg looks at some interesting local currency programs that have been implemented around the world. And in at least one case money "is literally being made from trees" — the wooden dollars ...
09:44 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot WSJ: Qualcomm Asks US Government to Let it Sell Chips to Huawei
"The Wall Street Journal said it had obtained a Qualcomm presentation lobbying the U.S. government to remove restrictions and let it sell Snapdragon processors to Huawei," reports Engadget:The ban won...
08:50 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Linus Torvalds: Linux 5.8 "One of our Biggest Releases of All Time"
This week saw the release Linux 5.8, which Linus Torvalds called "one of our biggest releases of all time," reports TechRepublic:The new version of the Linux kernel brings a number of updates to Linux...
07:39 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Researcher Breakthrough Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol
Slashdot reader Third Position quotes CleanTechnica:According to a press release from Argonne National Laboratory, researchers at the lab, working with partners at Northern Illinois University, have d...
07:04 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Could Twitter Outbid Microsoft for TikTok?
An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:Twitter has approached TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance to express interest in acquiring the U.S. operations of the video-sharing app, two people familiar with the m...
06:34 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Cringely Predicts the U.S. Can't Stop WeChat
An anonymous reader quotes long-time technology pundit Robert Cringely:Forty-five days from now, we're told, President Trump will shut down TikTok and WeChat. TikTok, maybe, but WeChat? Impossible... ...
05:34 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Settlement for Google Breach Offers Class Members Up to $12 Each
"Anyone in the United States who held a Google Plus account between January 1, 2015 and April 2, 2019, and believes they were impacted by a security flaw that Google disclosed in 2018 can now register...
05:04 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot New Zealand Marks 100 Days of No Covid-19 Community Spread
Axios reports:New Zealand has now gone 100 days with no detected community spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health confirmed in an emailed statement Sunday afternoon local time... Prime Minister Ja...
04:34 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot 1.5% of All Americans Have Been Infected With Coronavirus - 5 Million Cases
Confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hit 5 million on Sunday, reports the Associated Press, "by far the highest of any country..." "The failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain t...
03:34 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Penguin Poop Seen From Space Leads To Discovery of New Colonies
Satellite-mapping technology "that detects stains on the ice from penguin droppings" has revealed there are more Emperor colonies than previously known in fast-warming Antarctica, reports Bloomberg: E...
02:34 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Researcher Discovers New 'HTTP Request Smuggling Attack' Variants
Some scary new variants of "HTTP request smuggling" have been discovered by Amit Klein, VP of security research at SafeBreach, reports Security Week:Specifically, an HTTP request smuggling attack, whi...
01:34 pm - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Countering Google, Microsoft Promises Its Own Open Source Service Mesh for the CNCF
"As controversy rages over the governance of Google's Istio service mesh, Microsoft has seen an opportunity to offer a simple and truly open alternative," reports InfoWorld:Microsoft has announced tha...
10:34 am - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Will We Someday Write Code Just By Describing It?
Using millions of programs in online repositories, Intel, Georgia Tech, and MIT researchers created a tool called MISIM (Machine Inferred code Similarity) with a database of code scored by the similar...
07:34 am - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot The Workforce Is About to Change Dramatically
"For the first time ever, the world's largest companies are telling hundreds of thousands of workers to stay away from the office for a full year, or longer," notes the Atlantic. "If, in five years, t...
04:34 am - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Should College Students Approach This Academic Year?
Long-time Slashdot reader goombah99 wonders how college students should approach this next academic year. First, should defer their next academic year? Even universities opening their dorms are still ...
01:34 am - Sun, August 9, 2020
Slashdot China Is Now Blocking All Encrypted HTTPS Traffic That Uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI
China's Great Firewall "is now blocking HTTPS connections set up via the new TLS 1.3 encryption protocol and which use ESNI (Encrypted Server Name Indication)," reports ZDNet:The block has been in pla...
11:34 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot '5G Just Got Weird'
SuperKendall (Slashdot reader #25,149) shared this review of the recent 5G standards codified by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) in Release 16 (finalized on July 3). "5G just got weird,"...
10:34 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Could Spacecraft of the Future Be Powered By 'Lattice Confinement' Nuclear Fusion?
schwit1 writes: Researchers at NASA's Glenn Research Center have now demonstrated a method of inducing nuclear fusion without building a massive stellarator or tokamak. In fact, all they needed was a ...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot NASA Ditching 'Insensitive' Nicknames for Cosmic Objects
NASA is "reconsidering how we talk about space," reports CNET:NASA gave two examples of cosmic objects it'll no longer use nicknames for. Planetary nebula NGC 2392 has been called the "Eskimo Nebula."...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Bill Gates Weighs In on US Pandemic Response, Encryption, and Grilling Tech Executives
Bill Gates gave a wide-ranging new interview to Wired's Steven Levy (also republished at Ars Technica.) The interview's first question: as a man who'd been warning about a pandemic for years, are you ...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot 'Zombie Cicadas' Are Under the Influence of a Psychedelic, Mind-controlling Fungus
Slashdot reader quonset shares CNN's report on "zombie cicadas" under the influence of "a psychedelic fungus" called Massospora containing the chemicals found in hallucinogenic mushrooms (citing a new...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Millions of Android Phones At Risk Due to 'Achilles' Flaw in Qualcomm Chips
"Researchers have found that Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip, one of the most widely used in Android phones, has hundreds of bits of vulnerable code that leaves millions of Android users at risk," reports ...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Is the US about to Split the Internet?
The BBC reports:U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a "clean" internet. What he means by that is he wants to remove Chinese influence, and Chinese companies, from the internet in the U.S...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Researchers Build a Low-Power Radar on a CMOS ChIp
The international R&D hub Imec has made a millimetre-wave motion detection radar integrated in a standard 28nm CMOS chip, reports Electronics Weekly, adding that it consumes just 62 mW,"making the...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot How an Automated Mistake by Apple Killed All of a Mac Developer's Apps
Long-time Slashdot reader philml writes:Popular Mac developer Charlie Monroe woke up to find that none of his users could run his software. Instead, Mac OS was giving a message saying that it "will da...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Study: Saving Pandas Led To the Downfall of Other Animals
UPI reports:Efforts to save the giant panda from extinction have come at the expense of other large mammals, a new study released Monday by the science journal Nature Ecology and Evolution said... Sin...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot CNO Neutrinos From the Sun Are Finally Detected
An anonymous reader quotes a report from SyFy: For the first time, scientists have detected neutrinos coming from the Sun's core that got their start via the CNO process, an until-now theorized type o...
10:00 am - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Atlassian Tells Employees They Can Work From Home Forever
Software company Atlassian is telling employees that they don't have to return to its offices, unless they want to use them. CNBC reports: "We will seek out amazing, diverse talent unbounded by the ph...
07:00 am - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Last Fall a Drone Swarm Surveilled America's Largest Nuclear Reactor -- Twice
America's Nuclear Regulatory Commission honored a document request from a UFO group — which has inadvertently revealed a very real incident last fall at America's largest nuclear reactor in Ariz...
03:30 am - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Removes QAnon Conspiracy Group With 200,000 Members
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Facebook has deleted a large group dedicated to sharing and discussing QAnon conspiracy theories. QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory...
02:02 am - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Signals Renewed Interest In Windows With Latest Reshuffle
Microsoft is making some significant changes to the way it runs its Windows organization this week, signaling a renewed focus on the operating system that made its name. The Verge reports: The softwar...
01:25 am - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Coronavirus Clobbers Uber, Leading To $1.8 Billion Quarterly Loss
In the second quarter of 2020, Uber announced that its ride-hailing business plunged by 75 percent compared with a year earlier -- from $12.2 billion to $3 billion. "That was offset somewhat by rapid ...
12:45 am - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Accuses Apple of Treating Gaming Apps Differently
Hour after Apple explained why Microsoft's xCloud wouldn't be coming to iOS, Microsoft shot back and accused the company of "consistently treating gaming apps differently." AppleInsider reports: On We...
12:03 am - Sat, August 8, 2020
Slashdot Trump Blew Up More Than Just TikTok and WeChat
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to ban dealings with ByteDance, owner of video-sharing sensation TikTok, appears to codify what his administr...
11:25 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Firefox Gets Fix For Evil Cursor Attack
Firefox has fixed a bug that was being exploited in the wild by tech support scammers to create artificial mouse cursors and prevent users from easily leaving malicious sites. From a report: The bug w...
10:45 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Google Sets Timeline For Deprecating 'Classic' Google Sites
Google has announced that its structured wiki- and webpage-creation tool "Google Sites," which it launched in 2008 after acquiring JotSpot, will be shutting down in 2021. 9to5Google reports: This morn...
10:02 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Toshiba Formally and Finally Exits Laptop Business
The Register reports that Toshiba has transferred its remaining shares of Dynabook to Sharp, thus ending the company's time as a PC vendor. From the report: [...] As the 2000s rolled along Toshiba dev...
09:25 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Government's PACER Fees Are Too High, Federal Circuit Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg Law: The U.S. government charges too much for access to an electronic database of federal court records, the Federal Circuit ruled in a decision curb...
08:41 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot A Private Equity Firm Bought Ancestry, and Its Trove of DNA, for $4.7B
The genealogy company Ancestry has been acquired by investment firm Blackstone for $4.7 billion, changing ownership of the company and its trove of user-submitted DNA from a set of investment firms to...
08:06 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Why We Have a 'TikTok Problem'
An anonymous reader shares an analysis: As national security expert Lucas Kunce notes, Facebook is in fact the reason we have a TikTok problem to begin with. When Twitter launched a TikTok-like produc...
07:24 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot At Talkspace, Startup Culture Collides With Mental Health Concerns
The therapy-by-text company Talkspace -- which has raised more than $100 million from investors -- made burner phones available for fake reviews and doesn't adequately respect client privacy, former e...
06:43 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Gates Foundation Teams Up With Vaccine Maker To Produce $3 Covid-19 Shots
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said it is backing the world's largest vaccine maker, Serum Institute of India, to churn out 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine for poorer countries and p...
06:04 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Massive Hack Hits Reddit
A massive attack has hit Reddit today after at least tens of Reddit channels (subreddits) have been hacked and defaced to show messages in support of Donald Trump's reelection campaign, ZDNet reports....
05:44 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Massive Hack Hits Reddit
A massive attack has hit Reddit today after at least tens of Reddit channels (subreddits) have been hacked and defaced to show messages in support of Donald Trump's reelection campaign, ZDNet reports....
05:25 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot US Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps To Track Phones
A small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded its software in numerous mobile apps, allowing it to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile ...
04:45 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Will Stop Emailing Subscribers About New Videos Next Week
A lot happens on YouTube, and the Google video site has for ages emailed subscribers that opted into alerts about new uploads and livestreams. YouTube is getting rid of these emails next week as very ...
04:04 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot To Head Off Regulators, Google Makes Certain Words Taboo
As Google faces at least four major antitrust investigations on two continents, internal documents obtained by The Markup show its parent company, Alphabet, has been preparing for this moment for year...
03:21 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Canada's Last Fully Intact Arctic Ice Shelf Collapses
Iwastheone shares a report: The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July, researchers said on Thursday. Th...
02:42 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Security Researcher Troy Hunt is Open Sourcing the Have I Been Pwned Code Base
Security researcher Troy Hunt: Let me just cut straight to it: I'm going to open source the Have I Been Pwned code base. The decision has been a while coming and it took a failed M&A process to ge...
02:00 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Criticizes Apple's App Store Policies, Launches Gaming App on iOS Without Games
Facebook has joined Microsoft in condemning Apple's App Store policies, after the company was forced to remove the games feature from its Facebook Gaming app, which launches today on iOS. From a repor...
01:00 pm - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Will Let Employees Work From Home Until July 2021
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Facebook is extending its work from home policy until July of next year, becoming the latest tech giant to commit to letting staff work remotely in respon...
10:00 am - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Frances E. Allen, the First Woman To Win the Turing Award, Dies At 88
Frances "Fran" Allen, a pioneer in the world of computing, the first female IBM Fellow and the first woman to win the Turing Award, died on August 4, 2020, the day of her 88th birthday. IBM writes in ...
07:00 am - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Spot Space Junk With Lasers In Broad Daylight
Researchers from the Institute for Space Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences have developed a technique in which lasers can measure the position of space debris during daylight conditions. De...
03:30 am - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Germany Plans To Dim Lights At Night To Save Insects
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MSN: In a draft law seen by AFP, the country's environment ministry has drawn up a number of new measures to protect insects, ranging from partially outlawing ...
01:57 am - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Ban: Trump Will Prohibit Transactions With ByteDance Beginning September 20
According to The Verge, "President Trump has signed a new executive order which will block all transactions with Bytedance, TikTok's parent corporation, in an effort to 'address the national emergency...
01:25 am - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data
Following a report revealing the California DMV was making $50 million annually from selling drivers' information, a group of nearly a dozen lawmakers on Wednesday wrote a letter looking for answers. ...
12:45 am - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot Apple Confirms Cloud Gaming Services Like xCloud and Stadia Violate App Store Guidelines
Apple won't allow Microsoft xCloud or Google Stadia on iOS because of strict App Store guidelines that make cloud services effectively impossible to operate on the iPhone. In a statement to Business I...
12:02 am - Fri, August 7, 2020
Slashdot FCC Lowers Some Prison Phone Rates After Blaming States For High Prices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission today voted unanimously to lower the prices inmates pay for phone calls from prisons and jails, but the org...
11:20 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Removes Trump Post For the First Time
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Guardian: Facebook has removed a post from Donald Trump's page for spreading false information about the coronavirus, a first for the social media company that has bee...
11:00 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot US Senate Votes To Ban TikTok App On Government Devices
The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously voted to ban federal employees from using TikTok on government-issued devices. Reuters reports: The app has come under fire from U.S. lawmakers and the Trump ad...
10:40 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Says Security Flaw May Have Exposed Android Users' Direct Messages
Twitter on Wednesday disclosed a new security vulnerability that may have exposed the direct messages of users who access the service using Android devices. CNBC reports: Specifically, the vulnerabili...
10:03 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Passes AT&T To Become Second Biggest US Carrier
In T-Mobile's Q2 2020 earnings call today, the company says that it has surpassed AT&T in total branded customer count to become the second biggest carrier in the U.S., trailing only Verizon. Phon...
09:25 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Social Movements Are Pushing Google Sheets To the Breaking Point
In the past decade, Google's suite of collaborative tools has steadily gained prominence in social movements and other forms of widespread collaboration. From a report: It was used to organize Occupy ...
08:44 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot What Travel Will Look Like After Coronavirus
When will we be traveling again in large numbers? And what will travel be like in the future? The first question depends on a medical solution to the coronavirus pandemic. The second is best answered ...
08:02 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot The Next Step In SSD Evolution: NVMe Zoned Namespaces Explained
FallOutBoyTonto writes: In June we saw an update to the NVMe standard. The update defines a software interface to assist in actually reading and writing to the drives in a way to which SSDs and NAND f...
07:23 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Massive 20GB Intel IP Data Breach Floods the Internet, Mentions Backdoors
FallOutBoyTonto writes: A leaker today posted on Twitter a link to a file sharing service that contains what an anonymous source claims is a portion of Intel's crown jewels: A 20GB folder of confident...
06:43 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Apple Launches Public Beta of macOS Big Sur, Its Biggest Desktop OS Update in Years
The public beta of macOS Big Sur, the next major release of Apple's Mac operating system, is now available. From a report: The new update brings a big visual overhaul to macOS while also adding a numb...
06:01 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot How To Build a Nuclear Warning For 10,000 Years' Time
Faizdog writes (edited for clarity): The BBC has a fascinating story about the struggle we are facing today as we work on finding ways to warn future generations about nuclear waste dumps. How does la...
05:21 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Capital One To Pay $80 Million Fine After Data Breach
Capital One Financial Corp will pay an $80 million penalty to a U.S. bank regulator after the bank suffered a massive data breach one year ago. From a report: The fine, announced Thursday by the Offic...
04:41 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot US Now Offers $10 Million Reward For Election Interference Tips
The US Department of State announced today rewards of up to $10 million for any information leading to the identification of any person who works with or for a foreign government for the purpose of in...
04:01 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Google Has Already Discontinued the Pixel 4 and 4 XL
Google has already discontinued the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its flagship phones that were released in October of last year. Both devices are out of stock in Google's store in the US, though some varia...
03:25 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot US Steps Up Campaign To Purge Chinese Apps
The Trump administration said late Wednesday it was stepping up efforts to purge "untrusted" Chinese apps from US digital networks and called the Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok and messenger app...
02:44 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot OnePlus is Bogging Its Phones Down With Unremovable Facebook Bloatware
An anonymous reader shares a report: Remember back in the early days of the smartphone when carriers would install all kinds of bloatware on devices sold through their channels? For the most part, thi...
02:07 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Rename Human Genes To Stop Microsoft Excel From Misreading Them as Dates
There are tens of thousands of genes in the human genome: minuscule twists of DNA and RNA that combine to express all of the traits and characteristics that make each of us unique. Each gene is given ...
01:00 pm - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Bans Thousands of Chinese Accounts To Combat 'Coordinated Influence Operations'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: YouTube has banned a large number of Chinese accounts it said were engaging in "coordinated influence operations" on political issues, the company ...
10:00 am - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot NASA Researchers Demonstrate the Ability To Fuse Atoms Inside Room-Temperature Metals
Researchers at NASA's Glenn Research Center have now demonstrated a method of inducing nuclear fusion without building a massive stellarator or tokamak. In fact, all they needed was a bit of metal, so...
07:00 am - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX's Starship SN5 Testbed Successfully Makes 150m Controlled Flight
Zitchas writes: On Tuesday evening, SpaceX launched a testbed system which flew 150m into the air, hovered, and made a controlled landing. This testbed is noteworthy for being made out of stainless st...
03:30 am - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Cluster of 295 Chrome Extensions Caught Hijacking Google and Bing Search Results
An anonymous reader writes: More than 80 million Chrome users have installed one of 295 Chrome extensions that have been identified to hijack and insert ads inside Google and Bing search results. The ...
02:03 am - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Isn't Renaming Xbox Live and Has 'No Plans' To Discontinue Xbox Live Gold
Last month, Microsoft removed the option to purchase 12 months of Xbox Live Gold from the Microsoft Store, leading many to believe the company could be planning to phase out the service altogether wit...
01:25 am - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Ryzen 4000 Notebooks Delayed By At Least Two Months Due To Shortage of Processors
New submitter spth writes: Demand for notebooks with AMD Ryzen processors is far higher than supply. Following a reddit post by a Schenker (German computer manufacturer) employee about Ryzen 4800H sho...
12:45 am - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot Japan Is Running Diagnostic Tests On Its First Real Gundam
New submitter nightflameauto writes: Japan has a working prototype of a real Gundam that is currently undergoing testing at the Gundam Factory. No, that's not the plot of some silly sci-fi movie, it's...
12:02 am - Thu, August 6, 2020
Slashdot US Reaches $1 Billion Deal For Doses of Potential Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The Trump administration on Wednesday announced a deal worth approximately $1 billion for the manufacturing of 100 million doses of a potential coron...
11:25 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Here's Exactly How Inefficient Wireless Charging Is
News outlet OneZero crunched the numbers on just how inefficient wireless charging is -- and the results are pretty revealing. From the report: On paper, wireless charging sounds appealing. Just drop ...
10:45 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot LastPass Will Warn You If Your Passwords Show Up On the Dark Web
LastPass is updating its Security Dashboard with a feature that provides an overview of all your accounts, highlighting any passwords that could pose a security risk. The password manager is also intr...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Chrome for Android May Soon Send Notifications Reminding You To Use Chrome
An anonymous reader shares a report: For years now, Google Chrome has been an absolute dominant force in the world of web browsers, but since the relaunch of Microsoft Edge based on Google's Chromium,...
09:25 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Integrates Android Apps Into Windows 10 With New 'Your Phone' Update
Microsoft is now allowing Windows 10 users to run Android apps side by side with Windows applications on a PC. The Verge reports: It's part of a new feature in Your Phone, and it builds upon the mirro...
08:45 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot New York Unveils Landmark Antitrust Bill That Makes It Easier To Sue Tech Giants
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: New York state is introducing a bill that would make it easier to sue big tech companies for alleged abuses of their monopoly powers. Bill S8700A...
08:02 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Hack Zoom Court Hearing Interrupted by Loud Music and Porn
From a report: A judge was forced to suspend the virtual bond hearing of the 17-year-old accused of being the "mastermind" behind the recent massive Twitter hack, after several people got into the Zoo...
07:24 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Must Better Police Online Hate, State Attorneys General Say
Twenty state attorneys general on Wednesday called on Facebook to better prevent messages of hate, bias and disinformation from spreading, and said the company needed to provide more help to users fac...
06:46 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Canon Hit by Maze Ransomware Attack, 10TB Data Allegedly Stolen
Canon has suffered a ransomware attack that impacts numerous services, including Canon's email, Microsoft Teams, USA website, and other internal applications. From a report: BleepingComputer has been ...
06:05 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Instagram Displayed Negative Related Hashtags For Biden, But Hid Them For Trump
An anonymous reader shares a report: For at least the last two months, a key Instagram feature, which algorithmically pushes users toward supposedly related content, has been treating hashtags associa...
05:28 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Says Android Security Bug Gave Access To Direct Messages
Twitter says a security bug may have exposed the private direct messages of its Android app users, but said that there was no evidence that the vulnerability was ever exploited. From a report: The bug...
04:55 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple and Google's COVID-19 Tracking System Will Make Its Full US Debut in New Virginia App
This week, Virginia plans to release a COVID-19 exposure notification app based on the specifications published by Apple and Google in April. From a report: The app, called COVIDWISE, is the first ful...
04:45 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple and Google's COVID-19 Tracking System Will Make Its Full US Debut in New Virginia App
This week, Virginia plans to release a COVID-19 exposure notification app based on the specifications published by Apple and Google in April. From a report: The app, called COVIDWISE, is the first ful...
04:04 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Has Lasers, Plays Xbox Games, And is Just Massive
Samsung today unveiled two Galaxy Note 20 models -- the Note 20 (which starts at $999) and Note 20 Ultra (which starts at $1,299) -- arriving later this month on August 21. Both Note 20 smartphones co...
03:26 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot White House Unveils Partnership To Boost Quantum Science Education
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said on Wednesday the Trump administration is launching a national education partnership to expand access to K-12 quantum information science (Q...
02:49 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Instagram Launches TikTok Copycat in Political Storm
Facebook's Instagram photo-sharing app is launching its clone of TikTok in more than 50 countries, a week after Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg defended the company's copycat strategies to U.S...
02:01 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot FBI Issues Warning Over Windows 7 End-of-Life
The Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a private industry notification (PIN) on Monday to partners in the US private sector about the dangers of continuing to use Windows 7 after the operating syste...
01:00 pm - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Anthony Levandowski Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison, As New $4 Billion Lawsuit Against Uber Is Filed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been sentenc...
10:00 am - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Hacker Leaks Passwords For 900 Enterprise VPN Servers
A hacker has published today a list of plaintext usernames and passwords, along with IP addresses for more than 900 Pulse Secure VPN enterprise servers. ZDNet reports: According to a review, the list ...
07:00 am - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Riot Games Addresses Burnout and Crunch By Giving Employees a Week Off
Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends and Valorant, will be giving employees the week of August 10th off to "disconnect, recharge, and reboot," the studio announced in a blog post published T...
03:30 am - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets To Manipulate Energy Markets
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: At the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, [researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology] will present their findings, which suggest that ...
02:03 am - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Honda Recalls 608,000 Vehicles For Faulty Software
Honda is recalling 608,000 vans and SUVs because of faulty software that can, among other things, cause the backup camera to fail and the driver display to malfunction or reboot. The recalls will begi...
01:25 am - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Virtual House Hunting Gets a Pandemic Boost
Padraig Belton from the BBC writes about how house hunters are using virtual-reality headsets to tour homes in the age of coronavirus. From the report: It's not for everyone as, at the moment, house h...
12:45 am - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot It's Official: EU Launches Antitrust Probe Into Google's Fitbit Takeover
It was rumored last week and now it's official: the European Commission announced it is launching an in-depth antitrust investigation into Google's $2.1 billion bid for Fitbit. CNN reports: The Europe...
12:02 am - Wed, August 5, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Engineers Are Building Robots In Their Garages
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The next generation of Amazon's Scout bots -- the fully-electric autonomous delivery devices the company is hoping to deploy soon -- is currently being ...
11:20 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Tesla's Touchscreen Wiper Controls Ruled Illegal In Germany
New submitter Rei_is_a_dumbass shares a report from Electrek: Tesla's wiper controls through its touchscreen have been ruled illegal in Germany after someone crashed their Model 3 while using them and...
10:40 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Disney Passes 60.5 Million Subs, Reaches 5-Year Streaming Goal In First Eight Months
In Disney's earnings call today, CEO Bob Chapek said there are now 60.5 million global subscribers to Disney+, reaching the 60 million-90 million range it told investors it would get to by 2024. Deadl...
10:04 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Faces FTC Probe, Likely Fine Over Use of Phone Numbers For Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Twitter is facing a Federal Trade Commission probe and believes it will likely owe a fine of up to $250 million after being caught using phone nu...
09:26 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Goes Big in Security Bug Bounties: Its $13.7m is Double Google's 2019 Payouts
Microsoft has revealed it has awarded security researchers $13.7m for reporting bugs in Microsoft software since July last year. From a report: Microsoft's bug bounties are one of the largest source o...
08:45 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Decades-Old Email Flaws Could Let Attackers Mask Their Identities
At the Black Hat security conference on Thursday, researchers will present "darn subtle" flaws in industry-wide protections used to ensure that emails come from the address they claim to. From a repor...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America
A virus has brought the world's most powerful country to its knees. From a report: A pandemic can be prevented in two ways: Stop an infection from ever arising, or stop an infection from becoming thou...
07:26 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Android's Nearby Share' File Sharing Feature is Finally Launching
It will finally be slightly easier to share files, images, links, and other content between Android devices. Google is launching a new Android feature called "Nearby Share" that enables direct sharing...
06:46 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Apple Marketing Chief Phil Schiller Steps Down From Role
Apple announced on Tuesday that longtime marketing boss Phil Schiller will step down from his role and be replaced by one of his deputies, Greg Joswiak, who now has Schiller's former title of vice pre...
06:09 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot ByteDance CEO Says Trump's Real Goal Is To Kill Off TikTok
A U.S. investigation into ByteDance's TikTok is really intended to smother a Chinese-owned app that's become a sensation with Americans, founder Zhang Yiming told employees in China Tuesday. From a re...
05:23 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 79 Clears Redirect Tracking Cookies Every 24 Hours
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today started rolling out Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) 2.0 in Firefox. While the company technically launched Firefox 79 for Windows, Mac, and Linux last week...
04:43 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Play Music Shutdown Dates Set: Service To Be Replaced by YouTube Music by End of 2020
The last dance is looming for Google Play Music, the subscription service that will be fully subsumed into YouTube Music by December 2020, the internet company announced. From a report: In streamlinin...
04:03 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Stet!, the Hot New Language Game
The game Stet!, a spinoff of the book "Dreyer's English," is an excellent way to prepare for a copy-editing test and pairs well with a gin-and-tonic. Mary Norris, writing for The New Yorker: Nerdsday ...
03:23 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Apple Updates the iMac With New Intel Processors and a Better Webcam
Apple is announcing updates for both the 27-inch and 21.5-inch iMacs. It's updating the processors inside to Intel's 10th Gen Comet Lake processors and also switching out the webcam to a higher-resolu...
02:42 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Gamers Will Be Able To Stream Microsoft's Xbox Games Pass Titles Starting Sept. 15
Microsoft plans to make its Project xCloud streaming service for its Xbox Games Pass subscription service available to the public starting Sept. 15, following nearly a year of public testing. From a r...
02:03 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Windows 10: HOSTS File Blocking Telemetry Is Now Flagged As a Risk
AmiMoJo writes: Starting at the end of July, Microsoft has begun detecting HOSTS files that block Windows 10 telemetry servers as a 'Severe' security risk. Windows 10 users are reporting that Windows ...
01:00 pm - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Blizzard Workers Share Salaries In Revolt Over Wage Disparities
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Employees at Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Activision Blizzard Inc., began circulating a spreadsheet on Friday to anonymously share salaries...
10:00 am - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Prosecutors Are Investigating Amazon's Treatment of Third-Party Sellers
According to Bloomberg, attorneys general from New York and California are partnering with the FTC to investigate Amazon's online marketplace, in what may be the beginnings of a formal antitrust enfor...
07:00 am - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Astronauts Made Prank Calls From SpaceX Crew Dragon
PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from CNET: NASA's Doug Hurley and his crewmate Bob Behnken had a satellite phone at their disposal after splashdown on Sunday. At a press conference later that day, ...
03:30 am - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot In Wake of Apple Acquisition, Dark Sky Ends Android Support
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: As promised, popular weather app Dark Sky ended support for Android and Wear OS over the weekend. Android Dark Sky users report that the app is n...
02:02 am - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot FAA Proposes Requiring Four Key Boeing 737 MAX Design Changes
The Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday that it is proposing requiring four key Boeing 737 MAX design changes to address safety issues seen in two crashes that killed 346 people and led to ...
01:25 am - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot 'Wakaresaseya': Private Agents Hired To End Relationships
Christine Ro from the BBC writes about the private agents in Japan, called "wakaresaseya," that you can hire to seduce your spouse or their partner. From the report: The industry is still serving a ni...
12:45 am - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot Trump Fires TVA Chair, Cites Hiring of Foreign Workers
schwit1 writes: President Trump announced the removal of Tennessee Valley Authority's chair James Thompson and board member Richard Howoth and called for the removal of their CEO Bill Johnson. This wa...
12:03 am - Tue, August 4, 2020
Slashdot PS4 Gamepads Won't Work For PS5 Games, Sony Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: You won't be able to use Sony's DualShock 4 or other third-party PS4 gamepads to play PlayStation 5 games, Sony confirmed in a blog post today. T...
11:25 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot AI-Generated Text Is the Scariest Deepfake of All
An anonymous reader shares a report: In the future, deepfake videos and audiofakes may well be used to create distinct, sensational moments that commandeer a press cycle, or to distract from some othe...
10:45 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot Garmin Reportedly Paid Millions To Obtain Decryption Key, Resolve Recent Ransomware Attack
Garmin has reportedly paid a ransom to receive a decryption key to recover its files, after they were hit by the WastedLocker Ransomware last month. Digital Trends reports: [BleepingComputer] found th...
10:03 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Games Will Force Players To Use Their Real Names
The Chinese government will soon require video game users to log in with their real names. According to the South China Morning Post, the government is rolling out a state-run authentication system th...
09:25 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot Google To Buy Stake In ADT In Home Security Push For $450 Million
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Alphabet's Google is picking up a 6.6% stake in ADT for $450 million, betting on the home security company's strong customer base and an army of techn...
08:45 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot DOD, FBI, DHS Release Info on Malware Used in Chinese Government-Led Hacking Campaigns
The U.S. government today publicly exposed malware used in Chinese government hacking efforts for more than a decade. From a report: The Chinese government has been using malware, referred to as Taido...
08:03 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot Japan Acted Like the Virus Had Gone. Now It's Spread Everywhere.
After initial success, Japan is facing a reality check on the coronavirus. From a report: The country garnered global attention after containing the first wave of Covid-19 with what it referred to as ...
07:26 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot Trump Says TikTok Will Be Banned If Not Sold By Sept. 15, Demands Cut of Sale Fee
President Trump said Monday that TikTok will be shut down in the U.S. if it hasn't been bought by Microsoft or another company by Sept. 15, and claimed that the U.S. Treasury should get "a very substa...
06:49 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot FCC Chair Says Agency Will Take Public Comment on Trump Social Media Petition
The Federal Communications Commission will take public comment for 45 days on a petition filed by the Trump administration seeking new transparency rules in how social media companies moderate content...
06:09 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot Justice Department Is Scrutinizing Takeover of Credit Karma by Intuit, Maker of TurboTax
The Department of Justice is scrutinizing Silicon Valley giant Intuit's $7 billion takeover attempt of Credit Karma, an upstart personal finance firm that became a competitor when it launched a free t...
05:23 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Accuses Facebook of 'Plagiarism and Smears'
hackingbear writes: TikTok owner ByteDance has accused Facebook of plagiarism and smears although it did not elaborate on the accusation. "ByteDance has always been committed to becoming a global comp...
04:46 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot China's Xiao-i Sues Apple for $1.43 Billion Over Siri AI Infringement
Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology, also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging it has infringed on Xiao-i's patents. From a ...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot Anxious WHO Implores World To 'Do It All' in Long War on COVID-19
The World Health Organization warned on Monday that there might never be a "silver bullet" for COVID-19 in the form of a perfect vaccine and that the road to normality would be long, with some countri...
03:34 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot Google Announces Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G
Google today unveiled two Pixel smartphones. First is the $349 Pixel 4A, which is available for preorder now and will ship on August 20th. And second, there's the Pixel 4A 5G, which will cost $499 and...
03:00 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot NetWalker Ransomware Gang Has Made $25 Million Since March 2020
The operators of the NetWalker ransomware are believed to have earned more than $25 million from ransom payments since March this year, security firm McAfee said today. From a report: Although precise...
02:50 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot NetWalker Ransomware Gang Has Made $25 Million Since March 2020
The operators of the NetWalker ransomware are believed to have earned more than $25 million from ransom payments since March this year, security firm McAfee said today. From a report: Although precise...
02:06 pm - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Confirms It's in Talks To Buy TikTok from ByteDance, Says Trump is On Board
Microsoft has confirmed that it is in talks to purchase TikTok from its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, and may make moves before summer is out. From a report: The decision, according to Microsoft,...
11:34 am - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Asks FCC To Allow 5 Times More Internet Terminals for Starlink's Satellites
CNBC reports:SpaceX said Starlink, its nascent satellite internet service, has already seen "extraordinary demand" from potential customers, with "nearly 700,000 individuals" across the United States ...
07:34 am - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot Chrome and Edge Rise In Popularity. Firefox, Opera, and Safari Drop.
July's statistics from web analytics firm Net Applications showed continuing changes in the most frequently-used web browsers. Softpedia reports:Last month, Google Chrome increased its market share fr...
04:34 am - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot After 5 Years, Australia Finally Cracked a Drug Kingpin's BlackBerry
"An encrypted BlackBerry device that was cracked five years after it was first seized by police is poised to be the key piece of evidence in one of the state's longest-running drug importation investi...
01:44 am - Mon, August 3, 2020
Slashdot A 17-Year-Old's Journey: Minecraft, SIM-Swapping Bitcoin Heists, Breaching Twitter
The New York Times tells the story of the 17-year-old "mastermind" arrested Friday for the takeover of dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts. They report that Graham Ivan Clark "had a difficult fami...
11:39 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Will Elon Musk License Tesla's Technology To Other Automakers?
Audi's CEO "willingly admits that Tesla is two years ahead of the industry in some critical areas of building electric vehicles," reports Electrek. But where will that lead? "Earlier this week, Musk m...
10:48 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Fixes Edge Bug That Made It Crash When Searching With Google
"Microsoft's new Edge browser started randomly crashing when users typed into the address bar," reported the Verge on Thursday. "The issues appear to have affected Edge users who had selected Google a...
09:48 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Do Animals Really Anticipate Earthquakes? Sensors Hint They Do
An anonymous reader quotes Scientific American:For centuries, people have described unusual animal behavior just ahead of seismic events: dogs barking incessantly, cows halting their milk, toads leapi...
08:48 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Larry King Duped Into 'Disinfomercial' on Social Media By China (and Possibly Russia)
For 25 years, until 2010, Larry King had a live interview show on CNN. But now ProPublica reports "In the twilight of a remarkable radio and television career spanning more than six decades, battling ...
07:24 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot New Repository Leaks Souce Code From Microsoft, Adobe, and Dozens of Other Companies
Bleeping Computer reported this week that a new public repository of leaked code includes big names like Microsoft, Adobe, Lenovo, AMD, Qualcomm, Motorola, Roblox, and Disney:The leaks have been colle...
05:51 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot NASA Astronauts Fire Deorbiting Burn. Watch Splashdown Back to Earth
After travelling all night to return from the International Space Station, two NASA astronauts will splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico at 11:48 PT, reports CNET. "There will be about an hour of exciteme...
05:34 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Edge Accused of Stealing Data From Chrome
Some Windows 10 users have complained that when Microsoft sets up its Edge browser, it steals data from Chrome and Firefox without asking first, writes ZDNet columnist Chris Matyszczyk. But today a re...
04:34 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Gravity Error Detected?
jd (Slashdot reader #1,658) writes:The large scale maps of the universe show something is seriously wrong with current models of gravity and dark matter. The universe simply isn't clumping right and, ...
03:34 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot While Some Top Creators Abandon TikTok, the ACLU Opposes a Ban
Late Friday night, the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted its objections to banning TikTok in the United States. "Banning an app like TikTok, which millions of Americans use to communicate with ea...
02:34 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Could Randomness Theory Hold Key To Internet Security?
"In a new paper, Cornell Tech researchers identified a problem that holds the key to whether all encryption can be broken — as well as a surprising connection to a mathematical concept that aims...
01:34 pm - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot AI Distinguishes Birds That Even Experts Can't
Slashdot reader sciencehabit quote Science magazine:It's a fact of life for birders that some species are fiendishly difficult to tell apart — in particular, the sparrows and drab songbirds dubb...
11:34 am - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Engineer Reinvents Chocolate Chip for Maximum Taste and Melt
"Silicon Valley, long obsessed with computer chips, is now disrupting chocolate ones," writes the New York Post:Remy Labesque, a Los-Angeles based industrial engineer working for Elon Musk's Tesla, ha...
08:15 am - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Google Starts Testings Its Replacement for Third-Party Cookies for Chrome
"Google has taken one step closer to banishing third-party cookies from Chrome," reports Engadget.The internet giant has started testing its trust tokens with developers, with promises that more would...
08:15 am - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Google Starts Testing Its Replacement for Third-Party Cookies for Chrome
"Google has taken one step closer to banishing third-party cookies from Chrome," reports Engadget.The internet giant has started testing its trust tokens with developers, with promises that more would...
04:34 am - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Will China's AI Surveillance State Go Global?
China already has hundreds of millions of surveillance cameras in place, reports the Atlantic's deputy editor, and "because a new regulation requires telecom firms to scan the face of anyone who signs...
04:04 am - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot InfoWorld Lists 'Four Powerful Features Python is Still Missing'
InfoWorld's senior writer calls Python a "living language," citing its recent addition of the "walrus operator" for in-line assignments and the newly-approved pattern matching. "And they're only two o...
01:29 am - Sun, August 2, 2020
Slashdot Python Overtakes Java in New Language Popularity Ranking, As Rust Reaches Top 20
"Programming language Python is now firmly the second most popular programming language, for the first time knocking Java out of the top two places in RedMonk's language popularity rankings," reports ...
11:19 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot NASA Astronauts Are Undocking SpaceX's Crew Dragon from ISS, Returning to Earth
"NASA and SpaceX are going ahead with plans to bring NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken home from the International Space Station for a splashdown this weekend, even though Hurricane Isaias i...
10:34 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Criticized For Ending Its Community Captions Feature
Long-time Slashdot reader xonen quotes the Verge:YouTube plans to discontinue its community captions feature, which allowed viewers to add subtitles to videos, because it was "rarely used and had prob...
09:34 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Pre-Clinical Test of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Shows It Protected Monkeys from Covid-19
"Johnson & Johnson's experimental coronavirus vaccine protected macaque monkeys with a single shot in a pre-clinical study, potentially gaining on other vaccines that are further along in testing ...
08:34 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Spacecraft Made From Ultra Thin Foam Could Reach Proxima Centauri In 185 Years
An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek:A hypothetical spacecraft made from an extremely thin layer of a synthetic foam could technically make it to our closest neighboring star Proxima Centauri in just 1...
07:34 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Attention Rogue Drone Pilots: AI Can See You
schwit1 quotes IEEE Spectrum:The minute details of rogue drone's movements in the air may unwittingly reveal the drone pilot's location — possibly enabling authorities to bring the drone down be...
06:34 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Google Threatens to Remove All Danish Music From YouTube
YouTube is "embroiled in a very public spat with songwriters and music publishers in Denmark," according to one music-industry news site. They cite Koda, the group that collects royalties and licensin...
05:34 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Arm China Goes Rogue, Ex-CEO Accused of Blocking the Business
An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg:Arm Ltd., the chip designer owned by SoftBank Group Corp., accused the ousted head of its China joint venture of hurting its business there, escalating a dispute t...
04:34 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot William English, Engineer Behind 'The Mother of All Demos', Dies at 91
An anonymous reader quotes The Los Angeles Times:On Dec. 9, 1968, the then-small world of computer engineering was shaken to its core by a presentation of new technologies projected onto a screen in a...
03:34 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Is It Possible to Implement Faster Binary Searches?
Last week Slashdot reader scandum described the search for the most efficient sorting algorithm. Now he's back, touting a new implementation for binary searches (using the same GitHub repo, and writte...
02:34 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Google Victory In German Top Court Over Right To Be Forgotten
Germany's top court handed down its first ruling since the EU's GDPR laws went into effect in mid-2018. The court "sided with Google and rejected requests to wipe entries from search results," reports...
01:00 pm - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot A New Lyme Disease Vaccine Is Showing Promise
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IFLScience: Promising results have come out of the only active clinical trial for a vaccine against Lyme disease. Valneva, a French biotech company, recently a...
10:00 am - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot An Amazon Ad Prompted Steve Jobs and Phil Schiller To Block In-App Purchases of Kindle Books On iOS
According to a collection of internal emails recently released by lawmakers, as part of the House Judiciary Committee's antirust probe into Apple, a series of Amazon advertisements prompted Steve Jobs...
07:00 am - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Invest $10 Billion In Space-Based Internet System
Yesterday, the FCC approved Amazon's plans for its ambitious Kuiper constellation of 3,236 internet-beaming satellites. We have now learned that Amazon will invest $10 billion into the space-based int...
03:30 am - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot The Anglerfish Deleted Its Immune System To Fuse With Its Mate
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: There are few animals more bizarre than the anglerfish, a species that has so much trouble finding a mate that when the male and female do connect under...
02:20 am - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Lifestyle Changes Could Delay Or Prevent 40% of Dementia Cases, Study Says
Excessive drinking, exposure to air pollution and head injuries all increase dementia risk, experts say in a report revealing that up to 40% of dementia cases worldwide could be delayed or prevented b...
01:40 am - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Google Accused By Developer of Retaliation For Cooperating With House Antitrust Investigation
Google kicked an email app off its Play Store Friday, just days after its developers revealed they were cooperating with House lawmakers who questioned the tech giants' chief executives during a landm...
01:01 am - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Germany is Banning Single-Use Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Food Containers
Germany is banning the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers, bringing it in line with a European Union directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic garbage that pol...
12:20 am - Sat, August 1, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Is Shutting Down Cortana On Multiple Devices, Including iOS and Android
At Microsoft's Ignite conference in late 2019, the company said it was planning to shut down its standalone Cortana mobile apps as it refocuses on business users. Microsoft today is following through ...
11:40 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Apple Surpasses Saudi Aramco To Become World's Most Valuable Company
Apple rode the company's strong earnings report to become the world's most valuable publicly traded company, surpassing the state oil giant Saudi Aramco at Friday's market close. CNBC reports: Apple s...
11:00 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Comcast Lost 477,000 Cable Customers In Q2 2020
AT&T lost an astounding 900,000 cable subscribers in the first quarter of 2020, and now, Comcast has reported that it lost 477,000 pay-TV subscribers of its own for Q2. TechSpot reports: In Q1 202...
10:20 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Says Police Demands For Customer Data Have Gone Up
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Amazon has said the number of demands for user data made by U.S. federal and local law enforcement have increased more during the first half of 202...
09:40 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot COVID-19 Hospital Data Is a Hot Mess After Feds Take Control
slack_justyb shares a report from Ars Technica: As COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US approach the highest levels seen in the pandemic so far, national efforts to track patients and hospital resource...
09:00 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Spotify CEO: Musicians Can No Longer Release Music Only 'Once Every 3-4 Years'
In a recent interview with Music Ally, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek denied criticisms that Spotify pays insufficient royalties to artists, and insisted that the role of the musician had changed in today's "f...
08:20 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Says Apple's iOS 14 Changes Could Hurt Its Ad Targeting
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Wehner said on Thursday that upcoming changes to Apple's iOS 14 operating system could hurt the social network's a...
07:40 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot A Florida Teen Just Got Arrested for Twitter's Huge Hack
In a press conference on Friday, US authorities announced they arrested the main suspect behind this month's major Twitter hack. From a report: The suspected hacker was identified as Graham Ivan Clark...
07:02 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft in Talks To Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App
Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app, New York Times reported Friday, citing a person with knowledge of the discussions, as President Trump said on Friday that he was c...
06:41 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Netflix is Letting People Watch Things Faster or Slower With New Playback Speed Controls
Netflix is letting people choose the speed at which they want to watch something on their phone or tablet with new playback controls. From a report: Netflix will allow anyone on an Android mobile devi...
06:02 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Emails Detail Amazon's Plan To Crush a Startup Rival With Price Cuts
An anonymous reader shares a report: Quidsi's (parent company of Diapers.com) founders didn't want to sell their company, but Amazon's diaper price war was starting to hurt Quidsi. Growth was slowing,...
05:23 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Permanently Bans White Supremacist David Duke
Twitter said on Friday it has permanently banned white supremacist David Duke from its platform for violating the platform's rules on hate speech. From a report: Duke's account "has been permanently s...
04:45 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Australia To Make Facebook, Google Pay For News in World First
Australia will force U.S. tech giants Facebook and Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content in a landmark move to protect independent journalism that will be watched around the world. F...
04:01 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Argos To Stop Printing Catalogue After Almost 50 Years
Argos is to stop printing its catalogue after almost 50 years, as the buying bible once found in three-quarters of British homes becomes yet another victim of the inexorable move to online shopping. F...
03:20 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Red Hat Security Update Renders Systems Unbootable
PAjamian writes: A recently released Red Hat update for the BootHole Vulnerability (firehose link) is causing systems to become unbootable. It is widely reported that updates to the shim, grub2 and ke...
02:40 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Says High-Profile Hack Was the Result of a Phishing Attack
Twitter said Thursday night that it has "significantly limited" access to its internal tools after it learned that the high-profile hack earlier this month affecting dozens of major accounts was the r...
01:55 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Nvidia in Advanced Talks To Buy Chip Giant Arm
Nvidia is in advanced talks to acquire Arm, the chip designer that SoftBank Group bought for $32 billion four years ago, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing sources familiar with the matter. From the re...
01:00 pm - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot 'We're Running Out of Homes For Sale,' Lake Tahoe Brokers Say As Tech Workers Flee Bay Area
schwit1 shares a report from CNBC: A new wave of urban flight is reshaping real estate markets from New York to Chicago and Los Angeles to San Francisco. As part of this shift, Lake Tahoe is seeing un...
10:00 am - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Completes Static Fire of Starship Prototype, Will Hop Next
After scrubbing several attempts for weather concerns, technical issues, and even a range violation due to a nearby boat, SpaceX succeeded in static-fire testing the latest prototype of its Starship v...
07:00 am - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot FCC Approves Amazon's Internet-From-Space Kuiper Constellation of 3,236 Satellites
The Federal Communications Commission has approved Amazon's plans for its ambitious Kuiper constellation, which entails sending 3,236 satellites into orbit to beam internet coverage down to Earth. Ama...
03:30 am - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot New Imaging System Creates Pictures By Measuring Time
An anonymous reader writes: Photos and videos are usually produced by capturing photons -- the building blocks of light—with digital sensors. For instance, digital cameras consist of millions of...
01:25 am - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Should the US Military Be Recruiting On Twitch?
The U.S. military has for years been using streaming channels and video gaming to recruit people. "Several branches of the military -- with the exception of the Marines -- have had esports teams since...
12:45 am - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot Is Your Chip Card Secure? Much Depends on Where You Bank
A recent series of malware attacks on U.S.-based merchants suggest thieves are exploiting weaknesses in how certain financial institutions have implemented the technology in chip-based credit and debi...
12:04 am - Fri, July 31, 2020
Slashdot The Gig Economy Is Failing. Say Hello to the Hustle Economy.
An anonymous reader shares a report: "We have nothing to sell besides physical touch." The thought jarred Amber Briggle awake some nights. It kept her from eating in the first week of the Covid-19 shu...