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11:00 pm - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot Private Party App Pulled From App Store by Apple
Eric Bangeman, writing for ArsTechnica: Despite over 82 million cases and over 1.75 million deaths due to COVID-19, many people are bound and determined to carry on with normal life. For some, that in...
09:30 pm - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot New Train Hall Opens at Penn Station, Echoing Building's Former Glory
The Moynihan Train Hall, with glass skylights and 92-foot-high ceilings, will open Jan. 1 as an area for Amtrak and Long Island Railroad riders. The New York Times: For more than half a century, New Y...
08:28 pm - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot VP and Head Scientist of Alexa at Amazon: 'The Turing Test is Obsolete. It's Time To Build a New Barometer For AI'
Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Head Scientist of Alexa at Amazon, writes: While Turing's original vision continues to be inspiring, interpreting his test as the ultimate mark of AI's progress is lim...
07:30 pm - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Buy Podcast Maker Wondery
Amazon announced Wednesday that it's acquiring podcasting company Wondery, expanding its catalog of original audio content. From a report: As part of the deal, Wondery will join Amazon Music, the e-co...
06:30 pm - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Still Hasn't Fixed Its Problem With Bait-and-Switch Reviews
Some sellers on Amazon are tricking the ecommerce platform into displaying thousands of reviews for unrelated products to boost their ranking and mislead customers, ArsTechnica writer Timothy Lee repo...
05:40 pm - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot NSO Used Real People's Location Data To Pitch Its Contact-Tracing Tech, Researchers Say
Spyware maker NSO Group used real phone location data on thousands of unsuspecting people when it demonstrated its new COVID-19 contact-tracing system to governments and journalists, researchers have ...
04:35 pm - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot A Year After Microsoft Ended All Support for Windows 7, Millions of Users Are Still Not Upgrading
Ed Bott, writing at ZDNet: With a heartfelt nod to Monty Python, Windows 7 would like you all to know that it's not dead yet. A year after Microsoft officially ended support for its long-running OS, a...
03:33 pm - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot Study Finds More Than $100 Billion Spent on App Stores in 2020
A new report by Sensor Tower reveals that 2020 has been a record-setting year for worldwide spending on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, which collectively passed $100 billion in a single ye...
02:43 pm - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot Global Digital-Tax Detente Ends, as US and France Exchange Blows
Detente is ending in the global fight over tech taxes. Earlier this year, France agreed to suspend collection of a tax on digital revenue from large technology companies such as Facebook, Amazon and A...
11:00 am - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot McConnell Ties Full Repeal of Section 230 To Push for $2,000 Stimulus Checks
On Tuesday night, McConnell introduced a new bill tying increased stimulus payments to a full repeal of Section 230. From a report: The bill comes amid new momentum for direct $2000 stimulus payments,...
09:30 am - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot VMware Sues Former Executive Who Left for CEO Job at Nutanix
VMware said that one of its former top executives, Rajiv Ramaswami, violated his contractual obligations while being courted to be the chief executive officer of rival Nutanix, adding another dimensio...
07:30 am - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot Surprise Ending for Publishers: In 2020, Business Was Good
Like everybody else, book publishers will be happy to see the end of 2020. But for many of them, the year has brought some positive news, which has been as welcome as it was surprising: Business has b...
04:30 am - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium
krakman writes: Corellium, a security research firm sued by Apple, has won a major legal victory against the iPhone maker. In a ruling that has wide-reaching implications for iPhone security research ...
02:30 am - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot Google's 'Cloud Print' Service is Shutting Down Soon
Another service is joining the Google graveyard, for better or worse. As the latest in a long series of Google service shutdowns, Cloud Print will be terminated in just a few short hours, meaning it w...
12:30 am - Wed, December 30, 2020
Slashdot Hedge Fund Third Point Urges Intel To Explore Deal Options
Activist hedge fund Third Point LLC is pushing Intel Corp to explore strategic alternatives, including whether it should keep chip design and production under one roof, according to a letter it sent t...
11:25 pm - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Google Pilots a Search Feature That Aggregates Short-Form Videos From TikTok and Instagram
Google is testing a new feature that will surface Instagram and TikTok videos in their own dedicated carousel in the Google app for mobile devices -- a move that could help the company retain users in...
07:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Apple Researching Keyboards With Adaptive Displays on Each Key
Apple is researching keyboards with small displays on the keys to dynamically change the label on each key, according to a newly-granted patent filing. From a report: The filing is titled "Electronic ...
06:01 pm - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Longtime Supplier Accused of Using Forced Labor in China
One of the oldest and most well-known iPhone suppliers has been accused of using forced Muslim labor in its factories, according to documents uncovered by a human rights group, adding new scrutiny to ...
05:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Police Turn To Car Data To Destroy Suspects' Alibis
In recent years, investigators have realized that automobiles -- particularly newer models -- can be treasure troves of digital evidence. Their onboard computers generate and store data that can be us...
04:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Brexit Deal Mentions Netscape Browser and Mozilla Mail
References to decades-old computer software are included in the new Brexit agreement, including a description of Netscape Communicator and Mozilla Mail as being "modern" services. From a report: Exper...
03:00 pm - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Disney Will Test the Limits of 'Franchise Fatigue' in 2021 and 2022
An anonymous reader shares a report: In November 2019, just a few days after Disney+ launched, Netflix (NFLX) content chief (now co-CEO) Ted Sarandos, speaking at a Paley Center for Media event, said ...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Japan Developing Wooden Satellites To Cut Space Junk
Joe2020 shares a report: A Japanese company and Kyoto University have joined forces to develop what they hope will be the world's first satellites made out of wood by 2023. Sumitomo Forestry said it h...
12:30 pm - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Neptune's Weird Dark Spot Just Got Weirder
Neptune boasts some of the strangest weather in the solar system. The sun's eighth planet holds the record for the fastest winds observed on any world, with speeds cutting through the atmosphere upwar...
11:01 am - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Coinbase To Suspend Trading in XRP
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase said on Monday it would suspend trading in cryptocurrency XRP after U.S. regulators last week charged associated blockchain firm Ripple with conducting a $1.3 billion ...
09:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot The Lasting Lessons of John Conway's Game of Life
Siobhan Roberts, writing for The New York Times: In March of 1970, Martin Gardner opened a letter jammed with ideas for his Mathematical Games column in Scientific American. Sent by John Horton Conway...
06:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Apple Launches First-Generation College Student Mentorship Program
Apple this month announced a new [email protected] mentorship program that's designed for first-generation college students, with the program set to launch in early 2021. From a report: According to a PDF ...
03:00 am - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot New York Post's Hunter Biden Laptop Source Sues Twitter for Defamation
A computer repair shop owner cited in a controversial New York Post story is suing Twitter for defamation, claiming its content moderation choices falsely tarred him as a hacker. From a report: John P...
12:08 am - Tue, December 29, 2020
Slashdot Tech Giants Are Giving China a Vital Edge In Espionage.
schwit1 shares a report: The embrace between China's intelligence services and Chinese businesses has gotten tighter, U.S. officials say. In 2017, under Xi's intensifying authoritarianism, Beijing pro...
09:47 pm - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Finland Says Hackers Accessed MPs' Emails Accounts
The Finnish Parliament said on Monday that hackers gained entry to its internal IT system and accessed email accounts for some members of Parliament (MPs)fin. From a report: Government officials said ...
08:19 pm - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Canon Patents an Osmo-style Camera With Interchangeable Lenses
Canon could take a page from DJI's playback for its next camera. From a report: The company has filed a patent, first spotted by Canon News, that showcases a handheld camera that combines an Osmo Pock...
07:14 pm - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot US To Allow Small Drones To Fly Over People at Night
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday said it is issuing long-awaited rules to allow for small drones to fly over people and at night, a significant step toward their use for widesp...
06:02 pm - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Bitcoin Miners in Nordic Region Get a Boost From Cheap Power
The Nordic region once again has become a lucrative place to mine crypto-currencies, thanks to a plunge in electricity prices. From a report: The wettest weather in at least 20 years boosted productio...
05:04 pm - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Tesla To Make India Debut 'Early' Next Year
Tesla will begin its operations in India "early" 2021, a top Indian minister said on Monday, a day after the tech carmaker said it was confident it would enter the world's second most populated market...
04:06 pm - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Vietnam Targeted in Complex Supply Chain Attack
A group of mysterious hackers has carried out a clever supply chain attack against Vietnamese private companies and government agencies by inserting malware inside an official government software tool...
03:03 pm - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Turn CO2 Into Jet Fuel
Researchers may have found a way to reduce the environmental impact of air travel in situations when electric aircraft and alternative fuels aren't practical. Wired reports that Oxford University scie...
01:30 pm - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot China Jails Citizen Journalist for Wuhan Reports
A Chinese citizen journalist who covered Wuhan's coronavirus outbreak has been jailed for four years. From a report: Zhang Zhan was found guilty of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", a frequent...
12:34 pm - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Will America's Next President Change Its Space Program?
America's next president takes office in three weeks and two days. What changes should he make to America's space program? An opinion writer at Bloomberg tackles the question:Donald Trump badly wanted...
08:35 am - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Bitcoin Surges 50% in Just One Month. CNN Ponders 'Insane' Record Run
The price of Bitcoin increased 50% — in the last four weeks. Now priced at $26,579, "Bitcoin is crashing — upward," quips CNN Business:The digital currency has a market value north of $500...
04:29 am - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Should Cellphone Chargers Be Sold Separately?
The Verge writes:Lei Jun, the CEO of Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, has confirmed that its upcoming Mi 11 phone will not come with a charger, citing environmental concerns. While that's a legitimate argu...
02:24 am - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Linux Kernel Ported to the Nintendo 64
Phoronix reports:It's been a turbulent year and 2020 is certainly ending interesting in the Linux/open-source space... If it wasn't odd enough seeing Sony providing a new official Linux driver for the...
01:19 am - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot Astronauts Grow Radishes in a Microfarm on the International Space Station
From a report:The thought of eating "astronaut food" brings to mind a kind of instant food that is far from "farm to table." However, recent experiments aboard the ISS are improving our understanding ...
12:14 am - Mon, December 28, 2020
Slashdot 2-Acre Vertical Farm Run By AI and Robots Out-Produces 720-Acre Flat Farm
schwit1 quotes Intelligent Living: Plenty is an ag-tech startup in San Francisco, co-founded by Nate Storey, that is reinventing farms and farming. Storey, who is also the company's chief science offi...
11:09 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot Are Tech Companies Censoring Their Users For Access to China's Market?
This week MSNBC published an opinion piece from a researcher on China (who works on internet censorship and freedom of expression issues) from the advocacy group Human Rights Watch. It examines specif...
10:04 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Update Turns Cars into Boomboxes, Adds Three In-Car Videogames and Customizable Honking
Engadget reports:Electrek notes that Tesla has released its promised holiday update, and the centerpiece appears to be a Boombox mode that pumps media outside as long as you have a recent-enough EV wi...
08:59 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot Edmund Clarke, 2007 Winner of the Turing Award, Dies of Covid-19
"Edmund M. Clarke, the FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University, has died of Covid-19," writes Slashdot reader McGruber. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:Profe...
07:54 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot Edward Snowden Urges Donations to the EFF
In October, Edward Snowden was granted permanent residency in Russia. A new web page by the EFF applauds his past activities as a U.S. whistleblower. "His revelations about secret surveillance program...
07:19 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot Samples from Ryugu Asteroid Revealed After Delivery to Earth
Mashable reports:The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency showed off a collection of samples from the asteroid Ryugu on Thursday following the return of the Hayabusa2 probe. The black, gravelly samples ...
06:49 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot An Asteroid the Size of a Dwarf Planet Is Lurking In Our Solar System
Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot summarizes an article from LiveScience: There's a giant asteroid somewhere out in the solar system, and it hurled a big rock at Earth. The evidence for this myste...
05:44 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot The Further Adventures of that Monolith Stolen in Utah
A Utah newstation interviewed the men claiming responsibility for removing the original monolith in Utah, who reveal where, why, and how they took it:Homer Manson described how they brought tools, but...
04:39 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot Due to Popular Demand, GM May Build More of Its 'Hummer EV' Electric Pickups
FrankOVD shares this report from CNET:The people were really into the GMC Hummer EV when the brand finally ripped the cloak off the electric pickup truck earlier this year. So much so that the Hummer ...
03:34 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot Basecamp Releases Hotwire for Building Web Applications Using 'HTML Over the Wire'
Basecamp's David Heinemeier Hansson (the creator of Ruby on Rails) announced on Twitter this week that "all the tricks and tooling we used to build the front-end for Hey.com" have now been released as...
02:34 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot The Site of Hawaii's First Tesla Supercharger? Probably Larry Ellison's 3,400-Person Island
Electrek reports that 2021 will bring one of Tesla's fast-charging Supercharger to a state that's never had one before:Lanai Island, a former pineapple plantation that was almost entirely (98%) purcha...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot Mass Die-Off of Birds in Southwest US 'Probably Linked to Climate Crisis'
The Guardian reports:The mass die-off of thousands of songbirds in south-western U.S. was caused by long-term starvation, made worse by unseasonably cold weather probably linked to the climate crisis,...
09:07 am - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot Apple Experienced iCloud Issues After Christmas Surge
"If you just received a new iPhone 12, Apple Watch or iPad, you might not have gotten immediate satisfaction — Apple was having some iCloud issues," reports CNET:The issue started early on Chris...
05:07 am - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot How Astronauts on The ISS Got a Visit from Santa
Since 1955 the U.S./Canadian operation that monitors North American airspace with radars and satellite to maintain air sovereignty has also, at Christmas time, been tracking Santa. And this year their...
02:09 am - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot The Secret to Longevity? 4-Minute Bursts of Intense Exercise May Help
The New York Times reports on results from a rigorous five-year study in Trondheim, Norway that raises the question: If you increase your heart rate, will your life span follow?The study, one of the l...
12:04 am - Sun, December 27, 2020
Slashdot Will America's Next President Break Up Facebook?
With 25 days until Joe Biden becomes America's next president, Politico writes that throughout the US government, "From lawmakers on Capitol Hill to antitrust enforcers at the Federal Trade Commission...
10:59 pm - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot What Happened When Finland Tried to Lure the World's Remote Tech Workers?
As 2020 came to a close, the city of Helsinki, Finland tried offering "City as a Service" to attract new workers to its growing technology hub. "We will provide selected applicants with a free 90-day ...
09:54 pm - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot Many Formerly-Skeptical Americans are Now Eager to Get Covid-19 Vaccines
The New York Times reports:Ever since the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine began last spring, upbeat announcements were stalked by ominous polls: No matter how encouraging the news, growing numbe...
08:49 pm - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Long Should a Vendor Support a Distro?
Long-term Slashdot reader couchslug believes that "Howls of anguish from betrayed CentOS 8 users highlight the value of its long support cycles..." Earlier this month it was announced that at the end ...
07:44 pm - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot America Creates a 770-Mile Corridor for Testing Supersonic Aircraft Up to Mach 3
America's Federal Aviation Agency signed an agreement with the state of Kansas's department of transportation to establish a 770-nautical mile Kansas Supersonic Transportation Corridor for testing air...
06:39 pm - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot Can mRNA Biotechnology be Adapted to Improve Flu Vaccines and Fight Cancer?
Reuters notes the "miraculous speed" of mRNA vaccines, while also calling it "a glimpse of what's possible if it can be applied post-pandemic to treat cancer or rare diseases." The vaccine market alon...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot 'Unforced Error' in Suspected Russian Data Breach May Have Led to Its Discovery
CNN reports:US officials and private sector experts investigating the massive data breach that has rocked Washington increasingly believe the attackers were ultimately discovered because they took a m...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot How San Francisco Got a Very Special Monolith on Christmas Day
Ananda Sharma, founder of the app Gyroscope, describes to a local TV station the monolith he discovered during a Christmas-morning jog under a candy-cane red sunrise. "I think I smelled it before I sa...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot A Deepfake Queen Delivered an Alternative Christmas Speech to Warn about Misinformation
"A fake Queen Elizabeth danced across TV screens on Christmas as part of a 'deepfake' speech aired by a British broadcaster," reports CNN:The broadcaster said the video was supposed to offer "a stark ...
11:30 am - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot A New Population of Blue Whales Was Discovered Hiding in the Indian Ocean
Weighing up to 380,000 pounds and stretching some 100 feet long, the blue whale -- the largest creature to have ever lived on Earth -- might at first seem difficult for human eyes and ears to miss. Bu...
08:30 am - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot IBM Will Pay $24.25 Million To Resolve FCC Probes
IBM has agreed to pay $24.25 million to resolve a pair of investigations by the Federal Communications Commission(FCC) over subsidies awarded to connect schools and libraries to broadband. From a repo...
05:30 am - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot The World's Most Loathed Industry Gave Us a Vaccine in Record Time
An anonymous reader shares a feature report: At the end of 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic started, the two best-known faces of the pharmaceutical business were the imprisoned Martin Shkreli and...
03:30 am - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot MediaTek Becomes Biggest Smartphone Chipset Vendor
MediaTek became the biggest smartphone chipset vendor with 31% market share in the third quarter of 2020, when smartphone sales rebounded during the quarter, according to Counterpoint Research. From a...
01:00 am - Sat, December 26, 2020
Slashdot Quantum Computer Makers Like Their Odds For Big Progress
For years, quantum computing has been the preserve of academics. New advances, however, are pushing this potentially revolutionary technology toward practical applications. From a report: At the Q2B c...
10:30 pm - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Apple's China App Store Sheds Videogames as Beijing Tightens Internet Control
Apple is booting thousands of videogame apps [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] from its platform in China as the government clamps down harder on such content, illustratin...
09:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Japan To Phase Out Gasoline-Powered Cars, Bucking Toyota Chief
Japan said it planned to stop the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by the mid-2030s, bucking criticism by Toyota's chief that a hasty shift to electric vehicles could cripple the car industry. From a...
08:01 pm - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Discovery of 'Cryptic Species' Shows Earth is Even More Biologically Diverse
A growing number of "cryptic species" hiding in plain sight have been unmasked in the past year, driven in part by the rise of DNA barcoding, a technique that can identify and differentiate between an...
07:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Citrix Devices Are Being Abused as DDoS Attack Vectors
Threat actors have discovered a way to bounce and amplify junk web traffic against Citrix ADC networking equipment to launch DDoS attacks. From a report: While details about the attackers are still un...
06:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Scott Hanselman's 2021 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows
Scott Hanselman: Everyone collects utilities, and most folks have a list of a few that they feel are indispensable. Here's mine. Each has a distinct purpose, and I probably touch each at least a few t...
05:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Redox OS 0.6 Released With Many Fixes, Rewritten Kernel Memory Manager
Redox OS, the micro-kernel based Rust-written operating system, is out with a new Christmas release. From a report: Redox OS 0.6 was released on Christmas Eve with many bug fixes and new features. Red...
04:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot What Are You Paying For in a $300 Chess Set? Mostly the Knights
If you bought a wooden chess set after watching "The Queen's Gambit," the price you paid was most likely dictated by just four pieces. From a report: The knights alone can account for as much as 50 pe...
03:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Russians Are Believed To Have Used Microsoft Resellers in Cyberattacks
As the United States comes to grips with a far-reaching Russian cyberattack on federal agencies, private corporations and the nation's infrastructure, new evidence has emerged that the hackers hunted ...
02:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Cyberpunk Maker CD Projekt Sued by Investor Over Botched Launch
CD Projekt SA, the Polish video-game publisher of Cyberpunk 2077, was sued by an investor who claims the company misled him about the potential of the error-plagued game whose botched release this mon...
01:00 pm - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Crypto's Big Rupture Is Coming In 2021
An anonymous reader shares an opinion piece from CoinDesk, written by Ryan Zurrer. Zurrer is founder of Dialectic AG, an alternative-assets focused multi-family office. Previously, he was a Director a...
10:00 am - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Korean Artificial Sun Sets the New World Record of 20-Sec-Long Operation At 100 Million Degrees
The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research(KSTAR), a superconducting fusion device also known as the Korean artificial sun, set the new world record as it succeeded in maintaining the high te...
07:00 am - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Video Taken By Pilots of What Could Be the Elusive Los Angeles Jet Pack Guy Emerges
We now have credible video of what appears to be the elusive "Jet Pack Guy" flying around at thousands of feet near Los Angeles International Airport. The Drive reports: The footage doesn't come to us...
03:30 am - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Flight Simulator In VR: a Turbulent Start For Wide-Open Skies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After over a year of requests from fans and enthusiasts, and months of official teases, Microsoft Flight Simulator has a virtual reality mode. Wh...
02:20 am - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Atomic-Scale Nanowires Can Now Be Produced At Scale
fahrbot-bot shares a report from Phys.Org: Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have discovered a way to make self-assembled nanowires of transition metal chalcogenides at scale using chemic...
01:40 am - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Sony Publishes An Official Linux Driver For PS5 DualSense Controllers
Sony has published a new "hid-playstation" Linux kernel driver for bringing up the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller and will also be used for supporting other PlayStation hardware on Linux. Phoronix...
01:00 am - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot Laptops, Desktop Sales See 'Renaissance;' Shortages Won't Ease Until 2022
The world stocked up on laptop and desktop computers in 2020 at a level not seen since the iPhone debuted in 2007, and manufacturers still are months away from fulfilling outstanding orders, hardware ...
12:20 am - Fri, December 25, 2020
Slashdot XRP Cryptocurrency Crashes Following Announcement of SEC Suit Against Ripple
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The value of one of the world's most valuable cryptocurrencies is crashing and a recently filed SEC complaint is at the root of the free fall. Acco...
11:40 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot The ACLU Is Suing For More Information About the FBI's Phone-Hacking Lab
On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a new lawsuit demanding information about the FBI's Electronic Device Analysis Unit (EDAU) -- a forensic unit that the ACLU believes has been quiet...
11:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot VISA Continues Pornhub Ban, To Allow Card Use On Some of Its Parent's Sites
Visa said on Wednesday it would allow usage of its cards on Pornhub-owner MindGeek's platforms that host professionally produced adult studio content, but would continue to decline processing payments...
10:20 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Managers Trash Their Own Ad Targeting In Unsealed Remarks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: Facebook is currently waging a PR campaign purporting to show that Apple is seriously injuring American small businesses through its iOS privacy...
09:41 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Why on Earth Is Someone Stealing Unpublished Book Manuscripts?
A phishing scam with unclear motive or payoff is targeting authors, agents and editors big and small, baffling the publishing industry. From a report: Earlier this month, the book industry website Pub...
09:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Warner Bros. Believes that Theaters Will Still Exist in 2023
Warner Bros. ruffled some feathers when it announced it would release all of its new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max, but the company seems to be betting that theaters won't become an apocalypti...
08:21 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot GoDaddy Employees Were Told They Were Getting a Holiday Bonus. It Was Actually a Phishing Test.
An anonymous reader shares a report (alternative source: "2020 has been a record year for GoDaddy, thanks to you!" the email read. Sent by [email protected], tucked underneath a glittering bann...
07:30 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot NYC is Paying $2 Million For Anti-Plagiarism Software After Firing Teachers
An anonymous reader shares a report: Earlier this month, more than 1,000 educators and students at City University of New York institutions petitioned their board of trustees to not renew its contract...
06:41 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Dozens Sue Amazon's Ring After Camera Hack Leads To Threats and Racial Slurs
Dozens of people who say they were subjected to death threats, racial slurs, and blackmail after their in-home Ring smart cameras were hacked are suing the company over "horrific" invasions of privacy...
06:01 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Volkswagen CEO Says Apple Can Mount Major Challenge With Auto Push
Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess said cash-rich technology giants invading the auto industry pose a much bigger challenge for the German manufacturer than traditional rivals like To...
05:21 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Threaten To Leak Plastic Surgery Pictures
Hackers have stolen the data of a large cosmetic surgery chain and are threatening to publish patients' before and after photos, among other details. From a report: The Hospital Group, which has a lon...
04:43 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot US Cyber Agency Says SolarWinds Hackers Are 'Impacting' State, Local Governments
The U.S. cybersecurity agency says that a sprawling cyber espionage campaign made public earlier this month is affecting state and local governments, although it released few additional details. From ...
04:01 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot 'Free Speech' Reddit Clone Voat Says It Will Shut Down on Christmas
Voat, an "anti-censorship" alternative social network that's been described as the "alt-right Reddit," is scheduled to shut down on December 25th. From a report: Voat co-founder Justin Chastain announ...
03:21 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Square Has Discussed Acquiring Jay-Z's Tidal Service
Square, the digital-payment company run by Jack Dorsey, has held talks to acquire the music-streaming service Tidal as part of a push to diversify, according to a person familiar with the situation. F...
02:41 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot BMW Backtracks: 'We Do Not Draw on Warranty Status' For Targeted Ads
BMW has told Motoring Research its targeted billboard warranty adverts -- which are claimed to use number plate registration technology to tailor public adverts to BMW drivers -- do not actually draw ...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot China Targets Jack Ma's Alibaba Empire in Monopoly Probe
China kicked off an investigation into alleged monopolistic practices at Alibaba Group and summoned affiliate Ant Group to a high-level meeting over financial regulations, escalating scrutiny over the...
01:00 pm - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot ExamSoft Flags One-Third of California Bar Exam Test Takers For Cheating
The California Bar released data last week confirming that during its use of ExamSoft for the October Bar exam, over one-third of the nearly nine-thousand online examinees were flagged by the software...
10:00 am - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot KFC Launches 4K, 240FPS Gaming Console With a Built-In Chicken Warmer
KFC unveiled what they're calling the KFConsole -- a VR-ready high-end gaming PC that comes with a built-in chicken warmer. GamesRadar reports: Back in June, just after the PS5 reveal, KFC released a ...
07:00 am - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Photographer Captures ISS Passing Between Jupiter and Saturn
During the Great Conjunction event in which Jupiter and Saturn appeared closer to each other in the sky than they have for hundreds of years, photographer Jason De Freitas captured a photo showing the...
03:30 am - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Nuro Becomes First Company To Receive Commercial Autonomous Vehicle Permit From California DMV
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Hours after announcing that it acquired self-driving truck startup Ike, Nuro revealed it's the first company to receive permission from the Califo...
02:02 am - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Face US Union Push In Year Ahead
In 2021, Amazon.com is poised to face a renewed challenge from groups it has long countered: unions. Reuters reports: Energized by protests at Amazon's U.S. warehouses and a more labor-friendly admini...
01:25 am - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Conducted Invasive Surveillance Operation Against Homebrew Hacker
Leaked Nintendo documents have revealed a frightening surveillance operation carried out against a hacker who was researching exploits for the 3DS handheld. TorrentFreak reports: During the past 24 ho...
12:45 am - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Will Make Joe Biden's @POTUS Account Start With Zero Followers
AmiMoJo shares a report from The Verge: President Biden is going to need some Twitter followers. Twitter plans to wipe out all followers from the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts once Biden is sworn in...
12:02 am - Thu, December 24, 2020
Slashdot China Wants Hefty Fines For Viral Video Creators Who Binge Food and Drinks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Lawmakers in China are considering new legislation that would impose fines against anyone who creates videos where people eat large quantities of food...
11:20 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Russia Lawmakers Pass Bills That Could Block Social Media Sites
Russian lawmakers have approved a range of new measures that could further stifle dissent and allow tighter restrictions on online content -- including blocking websites like YouTube and Twitter. NPR ...
10:40 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Nearly Half a Billion Users Played Among Us In November
Roughly half a billion people played Among Us in November, becoming "by far the most popular game ever in terms of monthly players," according to Nielsen's SuperData. The Verge reports: The success is...
10:02 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Oracle's Hidden Hand Is Behind the Google Antitrust Lawsuits
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: With great fanfare last week, 44 attorneys general hit Google with two antitrust complaints, following a landmark lawsuit the Justice Department and...
09:25 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Signal Says Cellebrite Cannot Break Its Encryption
Signal, in a blog post: Yesterday, the BBC ran a story with the factually untrue headline, "Cellebrite claimed to have cracked chat app's encryption." This is false. Not only can Cellebrite not break ...
08:45 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Pfizer To Supply US With 100 Million More Vaccine Doses
Pfizer and partner BioNTech agreed to supply an additional 100 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine to the U.S., as the country seeks to widen its immunization program and revive its economy. From ...
08:05 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Authorities Don't Need To Break Phone Encryption in Most Cases, Because Modern Phone Encryption Sort of Sucks.
Matthew Green, a cryptographer and professor at Johns Hopkins University, shares in a series of tweets: My students Max and Tushar Jois spent most of the summer going through every piece of public doc...
07:25 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot DeepMind's AI Agent MuZero Could Turbocharge YouTube
DeepMind's latest AI program can attain "superhuman performance" in tasks without needing to be given the rules. From a report: Like the research hub's earlier artificial intelligence agents, MuZero a...
06:45 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Google CEO Criticises Antitrust Regulation
Google chief Sundar Pichai has warned that "regulation can get it wrong" as his firm is increasingly targeted by antitrust moves. From a report: Last week, the European Commission set out new regulati...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Says It's Standing Up Against Apple For Small Businesses. Some Of Its Employees Don't Believe It.
Last Tuesday, Facebook launched what it portrayed as a full-throated defense of small businesses. But while the $750 billion company's public relations effort has presented a united front with small b...
05:25 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Telegram, Nearing 500 Million Users, To Begin Monetization
Instant messaging app Telegram is "approaching" 500 million users and plans to generate revenue starting next year to keep the business afloat, its founder Pavel Durov said on Wednesday. From a report...
04:45 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot 5G Auction Shatters Record as Bidding Tops $66 Billion
The Federal Communications Commission's ongoing sale of wireless licenses has fetched more than $66.4 billion after three weeks of bidding, a record sum that could alter cellphone carriers' prospects ...
04:07 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Buoyed by Video Success, Zoom Explores Email, Calendar Services
Zoom Video Communications has had an astonishing rise in 2020, emerging as the go-to service for work meetings and family get-togethers during the pandemic. Now the company is considering whether it c...
03:33 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Conferences Plot a Comeback Even Before Vaccines Are Widely Distributed
It could take a while before the handshake comes back, if it ever does. Business conferences, however, are set to restart in the U.S. the moment health code allows. And despite uncertainty around when...
02:45 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Microplastics Revealed in the Placentas of Unborn Babies
Microplastic particles have been revealed in the placentas of unborn babies for the first time, which the researchers said was "a matter of great concern." From a report: The health impact of micropla...
02:05 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Google Told Its Scientists To 'Strike a Positive Tone' in AI Research
Alphabet's Google this year moved to tighten control over its scientists' papers by launching a "sensitive topics" review, and in at least three cases requested authors refrain from casting its techno...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Verizon's Nationwide 5G Can Be Slower Than Its LTE Network, Tests Show
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Verizon's new nationwide 5G network is reportedly slower than its LTE network, to the point that users are apparently better off just disabling 5G e...
10:00 am - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot US Approves NYSE Listing Plan To Cut Out Wall Street Middlemen
Companies may go public on the New York Stock Exchange without forking out fat fees to Wall Street banks which typically underwrite such capital raisings, the U.S. securities regulator said on Tuesday...
07:00 am - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot Scientists and Philosopher Team Up, Propose a New Way To Categorize Minerals
Carnegie's Robert Hazen and Shaunna Morrison teamed up with CU Boulder philosophy of science professor Carol Cleland to propose that scientists adopt a new "evolutionary system" of mineral classificat...
03:30 am - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot After 11 Years, Australia Declares Its National Broadband Network Is 'Built and Fully Operational'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Australia has declared its national broadband network (NBN) is "built and fully operational," ending a saga that stretches back to the mid-2000s....
02:02 am - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot DHS Is Looking Into Backdoors In Smart TVs By China's TCL
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: The acting head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the agency was assessing the cyber risk of smart TVs sold by the Chinese electron...
01:25 am - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot France Bans Use of Drones To Police Protests In Paris
France's top administrative court has backed privacy campaigners by imposing a ban on police use of drones for covering public protests in Paris. The BBC reports: The Council of State said Paris polic...
12:45 am - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot MIT Electrical Engineer Selected For US Senate
oort99 writes: MIT Electrical Engineering graduate and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has been selected by California governor Gavin Newsom to replace Kamala Harris. He will join Steve Dai...
12:02 am - Wed, December 23, 2020
Slashdot AI Solves Schrodinger's Equation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A team of scientists at Freie Universitat Berlin has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) method for calculating the ground state of the Schrodi...
11:20 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Says He Once Considered Selling Tesla To Apple, Tim Cook Didn't Want To Take a Meeting
On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he considered selling his electric car company to Apple in recent years, but Apple CEO Tim Cook was not even interested in taking a meeting. CNBC reports: ...
10:40 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot SEC Formally Sues Cryptocurrency Company Ripple
U.S. securities regulators on Tuesday sued cryptocurrency giant Ripple, and both its CEO and executive chairman, for allegedly selling over $1.3 billion in unregistered securities. Axios reports: Ripp...
10:02 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot 'Dozens of Email Accounts' Were Hacked At US Treasury
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Dozens of email accounts at the U.S. Treasury Department were compromised by the powerful hackers responsible for a wide-ranging espionage campaign ag...
09:25 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Scientists and Philosopher Team Up, Propose a New Way To Categorize Minerals
An anonymous reader shares a report: Some diamonds were formed billions of years ago in space as the carbon-rich atmospheres of dying stars expanded and cooled. In our own planet's lifetime, high-temp...
08:43 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Justice Department Sues Walmart, Saying it Fueled the Nation's Opioid Crisis
The Justice Department sued Walmart on Tuesday for what it said was the company's role in fueling the nation's opioid crisis by allowing its network of pharmacies to fill millions of prescriptions for...
08:06 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Nintendo Leak Reveals Extreme Measures Taken To Track Hackers
An internal Nintendo leak has revealed measures the company took when approaching a 3DS homebrew hacker. The measures are rather extreme and apparently include surveillance of the individual in questi...
07:27 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot How Amazon Wins: By Steamrolling Rivals and Partners
The Wall Street Journal: To keep customers happy, which Mr. Bezos has long said is Amazon's fixation and growth strategy, executives behind the scenes have methodically waged targeted campaigns agains...
06:49 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot New York Halts Use of Facial Recognition in Schools
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday suspending the use of facial recognition and other kinds of biometric technology in schools in New York, also directing a study of whether its use is appropr...
06:04 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Law Enforcement Take Down Three Bulletproof VPN Providers
Law enforcement agencies from the US, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have seized this week the web domains and server infrastructure of three VPN services that provided a safe haven...
05:25 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot 2,000 Parents Demand Major Academic Publisher Drop Proctorio Surveillance Tech
Digital rights group Fight for the Future has unveiled an open letter signed by 2,000 parents calling on McGraw-Hill Publishing to end its relationship with Proctorio, one of many proctoring apps that...
04:45 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Small Advertisers Say They're Hurt by AI Lockouts
Small advertisers that rely on Facebook to spread marketing messages are up in arms over the social network's automated ad systems, complaining that inflexible account blocking tools and a lack of cus...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot More Than 70 West Point Cadets Accused Of Cheating In Academic Scandal
Seventy-three suspected cheaters, one critical mistake. Dozens of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point were caught cheating on a calculus final exam in May after they all made the same er...
03:28 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft and McAfee Headline Newly-Formed 'Ransomware Task Force'
A group made up of 19 security firms, tech companies, and non-profits, headlined by big names such as Microsoft and McAfee, have announced on Monday plans to form a new coalition to deal with the risi...
02:43 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft and Google Join Facebook's Legal Battle Against Hacking Company NSO
Tech giants, including Microsoft and Google, have joined Facebook's legal battle against hacking company NSO, filing an amicus brief in federal court that warned the Israeli firm's tools were "powerfu...
02:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Google, Facebook Agreed To Team Up Against Possible Antitrust Action, Draft Lawsuit Says
Facebook and Google agreed to "cooperate and assist one another" if they ever faced an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising, according to an unredacted version of a law...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot What Scientists Know About the Coronavirus Variant Spreading In the UK
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Several European countries have banned flights from the U.K. over fears about a new coronavirus variant that has forced millions of people in Britain...
10:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Evidence of 'Modified Gravity' In 150 Galaxies Strengthens Dark Matter Alternative
A team of astronomers has discovered evidence in over 150 galaxies for a long-standing alternative model of "modified gravity." New Atlas reports: [R]esearchers on the new study say they've observed t...
07:00 am - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot How To See Jupiter and Saturn Align On Monday Night
Jupiter and Saturn will appear as a double planet in the night sky Monday evening thanks to a rare planetary alignment known as a "great conjunction." Axios explains how to see it: In order to see the...
03:30 am - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Firefox To Ship 'Network Partitioning' As a New Anti-Tracking Defense
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Firefox 85, scheduled to be released next month, in January 2021, will ship with a feature named Network Partitioning as a new form of anti-tracking pro...
02:10 am - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Fired COVID-19 Data Manager Rebekah Jones Sues FDLE Over Raid On Her Home
Former Department of Health data manager Rebekah Jones has filed a lawsuit (PDF) against the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, saying the Dec. 7 morning raid on her house was a "sham" to retaliat...
01:30 am - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Says Tesla's Full Self-Driving Subscription Arrives In Early 2021
Yesterday, Elon Musk told Twitter followers that Tesla's Full Self-Driving subscription rollout will arrive "early next year." Engadget reports: In theory, you could add the autonomous (currently semi...
12:50 am - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot Physical Addresses of 270K Ledger Owners Leaked On Hacker Forum
A threat actor has leaked the stolen email and mailing addresses for Ledger cryptocurrency wallet users on a hacker forum for free. BleepingComputer reports: Ledger is a hardware cryptocurrency wallet...
12:10 am - Tue, December 22, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Class Action: Same IP Address Used To Upload 'Pirate' Movies and File DMCA Notices
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: YouTube says it has found a "smoking gun" to prove that a class-action lawsuit filed by Grammy award-winning musician Maria Schneider and Pirate ...
11:30 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Stanford Algorithm Decided To Vaccinate Only Seven of Its Frontline COVID-19 Workers, Out of 5,000 Doses
An algorithm determining which Stanford Medicine employees would receive its 5,000 initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine included just seven medical residents / fellows on the list, according to a Dec...
10:50 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Apple Targets Car Production By 2024 and Eyes 'Next Level' Battery Technology
According to Reuters, Apple is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology. From the...
10:10 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Would Make Illegal Streaming a Felony
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hollywood Reporter: Providing relief via direct assistance and loans to struggling individuals and businesses hit hard by COVID-19 has been a priority for ...
09:30 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Civil Rights Groups Move To Block Expansion of Facial Recognition in Airports
A coalition of civil rights groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union have filed an objection to the proposed expansion of Customs and Border Protections facial recognition at land and sea port...
08:48 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Won't Claim it Has a More Reliable 5G Network Following Ad Board Decision
T-Mobile has been asked to stop advertising its 5G network as more reliable than the competition by the National Advertising Review Board (NARB), which investigated T-Mobile's claims made primarily in...
08:13 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla Ban Kazakhstan's MitM HTTPS Certificate
Browser makers Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla, have banned a root certificate that was being used by the Kazakhstan government to intercept and decrypt HTTPS traffic for residents in the countr...
07:29 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Looking for Aliens Investigate Radio Beam 'From Nearby Star'
Astronomers behind the most extensive search yet for alien life are investigating an intriguing radio wave emission that appears to have come from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star t...
06:51 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot The Global Boom in Digital Banks
With their savvy interfaces, smart features and oodles of VC money, digital banks have become the poster-child for fintech. There are now almost 300 so-called "neobanks" live worldwide, with nearly ha...
06:05 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Cable Companies Can No Longer 'Rent' You the Router You Already Own
Is your internet service provider charging you every month for the cable modem or router that you purchased with your own money? Or, perhaps, have you never bothered to buy those items because you cou...
05:25 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Nikon Is Ending 70 Years of Camera Production in Japan
An anonymous reader shares a report: The Japanese website Asahi reports that Nikon is ending the production of cameras in Japan and moving all production to Thailand. This is simply Nikon's attempt to...
04:45 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot China Used Stolen Data To Expose CIA Operatives in Africa and Europe
The discovery of U.S. spy networks in China fueled a decadelong global war over data between Beijing and Washington. From a report: Around 2013, U.S. intelligence began noticing an alarming pattern: U...
04:03 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Lockheed Martin Acquires Aerojet Rocketdyne For $4.4 Billion
Lockheed Martin has agreed to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne for $4.4 billion in cash (including assumed debt). From a report: This reflects how legacy defense companies are racing to keep up with Elon Musk a...
03:22 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot US Relief Package Provides $7 Billion for Broadband
After months of deliberation, congressional leaders reached a $900 billion coronavirus relief deal on Sunday, including billions in funding for broadband internet access. From a report: Congress' late...
02:46 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Dozens of Journalists' iPhones Hacked With NSO 'Zero-Click' Spyware, Says Citizen Lab
Citizen Lab researchers say they have found evidence that dozens of journalists had their iPhones silently compromised with spyware known to be used by nation states. From a report: For more than the ...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Pfizer, BioNTech Covid Vaccine Wins European Backing
Pfizer and BioNTech SE's Covid-19 vaccine won the backing of a key European review panel, clearing the way for inoculations to start before the end of the year as the continent struggles with rising d...
11:34 am - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot How Do US Government Agencies Verify Security Software from Private Contractors?
A recent article at Politico argues that the U.S. government "doesn't do much to verify the security of software from private contractors. And that's how suspected Russian hackers got in."The federal ...
08:34 am - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Successful IT Workers Applaud Non-Traditional Paths to Tech
Tech columnist Chris Matyszczyk describes what happened after Microsoft's senior cloud advocate tweeted "Hire folks with non-traditional paths to tech."Thomas Zeman, whose Twitter bio declared he's "s...
04:27 am - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Its Official: America's Space Force is Better than Its Other Military Branches at 'Call of Duty'
The military news site Task and Purpose reports:The U.S. military's youngest branch, the Space Force, just trounced its sibling services, as well the United Kingdom's military, in the second annual Ca...
03:18 am - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Tweeted About a Bitcoin Rival. It Soared 20%
"Bitcoin is almost as bs as fiat money," Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday, and then followed it up with another tweet. "One Word: Doge." "The tweet sent shares of Dogecoin up nearly 20% and landed it on th...
01:18 am - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot How the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Fought the Pandemic
In a long article titled "Gates versus the Pandemic," Fast Company looks at the many mitigation efforts launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. - It's one of the largest funders of the Wo...
12:15 am - Mon, December 21, 2020
Slashdot Google Buys Company Whose Software Turns Old PCs Into Chromebooks
This week Google "quietly acquired a company called Neverware Inc. that sells software to transform old personal computers and Macs into Chromebook devices," reports SiliconANGLE:The acquisition was a...
11:10 pm - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Winner Announced In the World's First 'Quantum Chess' Tournament
Aleksander Kubica is a postdoctoral fellow at Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and Institute for Quantum Computing. And he's also the winner of the world's first quantum chess tour...
09:57 pm - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot China Accused of Spying On Americans Via Caribbean Phone Networks
"A mobile security expert has accused China of exploiting cellphone networks in the Caribbean to conduct 'mass surveillance' on Americans," reports Newsweek:Gary Miller, a former vice president of net...
09:04 pm - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Facing Overwhelming Demand, Non-Profit 'RPG Research' Looks for Help
Software developer/sys-admin Hawke Robinson is the CEO of RPG Research, a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer-run, charitable organization founded in 1977. He's also long-time Slashdot reader kmleon, and sh...
07:37 pm - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Facebook's Criticism of Apple's Tracking Change Called 'Laughable' by EFF
The MacRumors site writes:Facebook's recent criticism directed at Apple over an upcoming tracking-related privacy measure is "laughable," according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-p...
06:34 pm - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Due to Covid-19, Apple Closes Nearly a Fifth of Its Retail Stores
"New COVID-19 restrictions and worsening outbreaks have compelled Apple to temporarily close nearly one fifth of its retail stores during one of the busiest shopping weeks of the holiday season," repo...
05:34 pm - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Should America's Next President Abolish the Space Force?
An anonymous reader writes:The U.S. military's Space Force branch celebrated its one-year anniversary Friday by announcing that its members would now be known as "guardians". But the name was not univ...
04:34 pm - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft: a Second, Different Threat Actor Had Also Infected SolarWinds With Malware
Reuters reports:A second hacking group, different from the suspected Russian team now associated with the major SolarWinds data breach, also targeted the company's products earlier this year, accordin...
03:34 pm - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot 3 Million Users Have Installed 28 Malicious Chrome or Edge Extensions, Says Avast
More than three million internet users are believed to have installed 15 Chrome, and 13 Edge extensions that contain malicious code, reports ZDNet, citing an announcement from cybersecurity company Av...
02:34 pm - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Answer To SpaceX Starlink Delivers 400Mbps In Prototype Phase
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shares this report from Ars Technica:Amazon's competitor to SpaceX Starlink is moving through the prototype-development phase, with the company announcing yesterday t...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Firefox 84 Claims Speed Boost from Apple Silicon, Vows to End Flash Support
The Verge reports:Firefox's latest update brings native support for Macs that run on Apple's Arm-based silicon, Mozilla announced on Tuesday. Mozilla claims that native Apple silicon support brings si...
08:34 am - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Report: PHP, C, Java, and .NET Applications are the Most Frequently Flawed
Application-security company Veracode "has released the 11th volume of its annual State of Software Security report, and its findings reveal that flawed applications are the norm, open-source librarie...
04:34 am - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Could Nuclear Power Be Used For Carbon Capture?
Forbes reports:Nuclear advocates see a vast market for reactors in carbon capture and carbon-based products, not only for the next generation of reactors in development, but also for the aging dinosau...
02:34 am - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot Capella Space Defends High-Resolution Satellite Photos Described as 'Eerily Observant'
"A new satellite from Capella Space was described as "pretty creepy" by Bustle's technology site Input:Like other hunks of metal currently orbiting Earth, the Capella-2 satellite's onboard radar syste...
01:34 am - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot A New Release For GNU Octave
Long-time Slashdot reader lee1 shares his recent article from LWN: On November 26, version 6.1 of GNU Octave, a language and environment for numerical computing, was released. There are several new fe...
12:34 am - Sun, December 20, 2020
Slashdot RubyGems Catches Two Packages Trying to Steal Cryptocurrency with Clipboard Hijacking
One day after they were uploaded, RubyGems discovered and removed two malicious packages that had been designed to steal cryptocurrency from unsuspecting users by installing a clipboard hijacker, repo...
11:34 pm - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot Physicists Made an Insanely Precise Clock That Keeps Time Using Entanglement
fahrbot-bot quotes an article from Science Alert: Nothing keeps time like the beating heart of an atom. But even the crisp tick-tock of a vibrating nucleus is limited by uncertainties imposed by the l...
10:34 pm - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot Apple-Criticizing Banner Ads Now Added to Some of Facebook's iOS Apps
Facebook added banner ads criticizing Apple into some of its iOS apps, 9to5Mac reports, in its ongoing war against Apple's new privacy changes:By tapping the Learn More button, the app opens an articl...
09:34 pm - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot A Stranger Crowdsourced $1,700 For a Mistreated Fast-Food Worker
Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: At a McDonald's restaurant in Georgia, an angry customer in the drive-through lane threw his drink at the pregnant fast-food worker who had served him. "She was cryi...
08:34 pm - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot New UK Strain of Coronavirus More Infectious, Say Government Scientists
Reuters reports:A new strain of coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom is up to 70% more infectious but it is not thought to be more deadly and vaccines should still be effective, Prime Minister...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot US Space Force Members Are Now Called 'Guardians'
Slashdot reader destinyland writes: The U.S. Space Force celebrated its one-year anniversary Friday with a new announcement: that members of this branch of the military will be referred to as "guardia...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot In Jakarta EE 9 'javax' is Finally Renamed 'jakarta'
i-programmer reports:The Jakarta EE Working Group has announced that javax is now officially and finally renamed as jakarta with the release of the Jakarta EE 9 Platform and Web Profile specifications...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot After 44 Years, China Becomes the Third Country To Return Moon Samples To Earth
Long-time Slashdot reader cusco writes:In the first return of a lunar sample since the Soviets in 1976, the Chang'e 5 spacecraft landed Thursday in Inner Mongolia with 2 kilograms of material drilled ...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot 'Super Nintendo World' Amusement Park Previewed By Mario's 68-Year-Old Creator
"On Friday, Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan took the veil off a years-in-the-making project: the very first Nintendo-themed theme park," reports Ars Technica (in an article shared by long-time Sl...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot Are Cryptocurrencies Becoming Mainstream Investments?
The last time the price of bitcoin hit $20,000 was December of 2017. But Matt Luongo, the CEO of a crypto venture builder, points out to NBC News that this time the market is seeing "significant, high...
01:00 pm - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot Foxconn Tells Wisconsin It Never Promised To Build an LCD Factory
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In October, Wisconsin denied Foxconn subsidies because it had failed to build the LCD factory specified in its contract with the state. As The Verge...
10:00 am - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot FAA and Boeing 'Inappropriately Coached' Pilots In 737 MAX Testing
Boeing officials "inappropriately coached" test pilots during recertification efforts after two fatal 737 MAX crashes killed 346 people, according to a lengthy congressional report released on Friday....
07:00 am - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot The 'Great' Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn
On Monday, December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will merge in the night sky in an astronomical event known as a "Great Conjunction," appearing closer to one another than they have since Galileo's time in t...
03:30 am - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot Battery Prices Have Fallen 88 Percent Over the Last Decade
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The average cost of a lithium-ion battery pack fell to $137 per kWh in 2020, according to a new industry survey from BloombergNEF. That's an infl...
02:10 am - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot As Bitcoin Surges, Prominent Cryptocurrency Exchange Coinbase Aims To Go Public
Cryptocurrency brokerage Coinbase said Thursday that it has filed a draft registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, paving the way for plans for an eventual initial public of...
01:30 am - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot Tech Giants Will Block Kazakhstan's Web Surveillance Efforts Again
Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla have teamed up to block the Kazakhstan government's attempts to force its citizens to install a "national security certificate" on every internet-capable device in...
12:50 am - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot DOJ Case Against Google Likely Won't Go To Trial Until Late 2023, Judge Says
The Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against Google likely won't go to trial until late 2023, Judge Amit Mehta said at a status hearing on Friday. Both parties agreed that seemed like a likely t...
12:10 am - Sat, December 19, 2020
Slashdot Fujifilm and IBM Set World Record With 580TB Magnetic Tapes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCMag.com: Mark Lantz, Manager of Advanced Tape Technologies at IBM Research, explains how researchers at IBM and Fujifilm brought together more than 15 years ...
11:30 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft: 2021 Is the Year Passwords Die
Usama Jawad writes via Neowin: has been a proponent of passwordless technology for quite some time, saying that it wants traditional and unsafe passwords to die. To that end, it has invested in variou...
10:50 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Offers Cyberpunk 2077 Refunds For All Digital Sales, But It's Not Pulling the Game
Microsoft is following Sony's move and offering Cyberpunk 2077 refunds to anyone who has purchased the game digitally. It is not however pulling the game from the Microsoft Store. The Verge reports: "...
10:10 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Law Banning 'Rental' Fees For Customer-Owned Routers Takes Effect Sunday
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Broadband and TV providers will finally be required to stop charging "rental" fees for equipment that customers own themselves, thanks to a new U...
09:30 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot How Toxic Fumes Seep Into the Air You Breathe on Planes
An anonymous reader shares an investigative report by LA Times: The plane had begun its descent into Boston. Inside the cockpit, the captain was slumped in his seat. Sitting beside him, copilot Eric T...
08:50 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Is Designing Its Own Chips for Servers, Surface PCs
Microsoft is working on in-house processor designs for use in server computers that run the company's cloud services, adding to an industrywide effort to reduce reliance on Intel's chip technology, Bl...
08:08 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot U.S. Charges China-based Zoom Executive With Disrupting Tiananmen Crackdown Commemorations
U.S. prosecutors on Friday charged a China-based executive at Zoom Video Communications with disrupting video meetings commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown at the reque...
07:30 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Taiwanese Horror Game Pulled From Sale Again After Backlash in China
An award-winning Taiwanese horror game was removed from storefronts by the beleaguered developer CD Projekt Red amid a backlash from Chinese gamers, hours after it was put on sale. From a report: Devo...
06:54 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot OneWeb Launches 36 Satellites
OneWeb is back. The company on Friday made its fourth launch of a batch of satellites to build up its constellation in low-Earth orbit that eventually will provide broadband internet access around the...
06:07 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Where Tech Workers Are Moving
There's a narrative that the tech industry's future lies in Texas and Florida. That tech workers and executives -- sick of California's oppressive policies and sky-high real estate costs -- are moving...
05:28 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Cyberpunk Game Maker Faces Hostile Staff After Failed Launch
Rebellion is in the air at Polish video game publisher CD Projekt after the company's highly anticipated, and thrice-delayed, latest title was released to scathing reviews about glitches. Bloomberg Ne...
04:49 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Terence Eden Resigns From Google AMP Advisory Committee, Says AMP is 'Poorly Implemented, and Hostile To the Interests of Both Users and Publishers'
Terence Eden: I am concerned that -- despite the hard work of the AC -- Google has limited interest in that goal. When I joined, I wondered whether I could make a difference. I hope that I have been a...
04:17 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot UK Use of Software Linked To Russia-Hack Runs Deep
The little-known Texas software company that's been attacked by suspected Russian hackers has a sprawling reach among U.K. government agencies, potentially putting clients from the National Health Ser...
04:09 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot UK Use of Software Linked To Russia-Hack Runs Deep
The little-known Texas software company that's been attacked by suspected Russian hackers has a sprawling reach among U.K. government agencies, potentially putting clients from the National Health Ser...
03:30 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot US Blacklists Dozens of Chinese Firms Including SMIC
The United States confirmed on Friday it will add dozens of Chinese companies, including the country's top chipmaker, SMIC, to a trade blacklist. From a report: The move, which was first reported by R...
02:49 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Just Updated One of Its Phone Apps To Serve Customers Even More Ads
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ads are the worst, yet we see them everywhere. They fund the content we consume, for free, on a daily basis. It's one thing to receive ads on a website you are goi...
02:15 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft President Calls SolarWinds Hack an 'Act of Recklessness'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Of the 18,000 organizations that downloaded a backdoored version of software from SolarWinds, the tiniest of slivers -- possibly as small as 0.2 percent -- receive...
02:03 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft President Calls SolarWinds Hack an 'Act of Recklessness'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Of the 18,000 organizations that downloaded a backdoored version of software from SolarWinds, the tiniest of slivers -- possibly as small as 0.2 percent -- receive...
01:00 pm - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Australian 'Super Seaweed' Supplement To Reduce Cattle Gas Emissions Wins $1 Million International Prize
SpamSlapper shares a report from The Australian Broadcasting Corporation: A company commercializing a CSIRO-developed, seaweed feed product, which slashes the amount of greenhouse gases cattle burp an...
10:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot After Canceling Exam, College Board Touts Record Number of AP CSP Exam Takers
theodp writes: Q. How many AP Computer Science Principles 'exam takers' would you have if you cancelled the AP CSP exam due to the coronavirus? A. More than 116,000! That's according to the math behin...
07:00 am - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot A Successful Experiment Gets Us One Step Closer To a Quantum Internet
Earlier this week, a team of researchers announced that they successfully teleported qubits of photons across approximately 27 miles of fiber-optic cable. Engadget reports: While other scientists have...
03:30 am - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Biomarker of Alzheimer's Found To Be Regulated By Sleep Cycles
Following a 2018 study demonstrating how disrupted sleep can accelerate the buildup of toxic plaques associated with the disease, scientists from Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in St....
02:10 am - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Sony Is Pulling Cyberpunk 2077 From the PlayStation Store and Offering Full Refunds
Sony is pulling Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store and offering full refunds for anyone who bought the game from the digital storefront, the company said on Thursday. The Verge reports: If you ...
01:30 am - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot FDA Panel Endorses Moderna's Coronavirus Vaccine
Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted easily and quickly to recommend that the agency give emergency use authorization to Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. CNN reports: The Vaccin...
12:50 am - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Tied To Russia Hit US Nuclear Agency, Three States
The U.S. nuclear weapons agency and at least three states were hacked as part of a suspected Russian cyber attack that struck a number of federal government agencies. Microsoft Corp. was also breached...
12:10 am - Fri, December 18, 2020
Slashdot Wildfire Smoke Is Loaded With Microbes. Is That Dangerous?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: If you're unfortunate enough to breathe wildfire smoke, you're getting a lungful of charred plant material, noxious gases, and -- if the fire tore throu...
11:30 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot AI-Enabled Cheetos Offer Promise of the Perfect Puff
Microsoft says in a blog post that PepsiCo is using their Project Bonsai "machine teaching" service to "help ensure its Cheetos cheese-puff snacks all have the same texture, crunch and shape," reports...
10:50 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Kills Android Things, a Smart Home OS That Never Took Off
Google plans to shut down Android Things, a stripped-down version of Android designed for smart home devices. The OS never really got off the ground, so this isn't all that much of a loss, but it is y...
10:10 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot 'Evil Mobile Emulator Farms' Used To Steal Millions From US and EU Banks
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Researchers from IBM Trusteer say they've uncovered a massive fraud operation that used a network of mobile device emulators to drain millions of...
09:30 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Venezuela's Socialist Regime Is Mining Bitcoin In a Bunker To Generate Cash
The socialist regime once cracked down on bitcoin miners. Now it's mining the digital asset itself. From a report: At a military base outside Caracas, Venezuela, state video footage shows officers in ...
08:50 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot WHO-led Team Expected in China in January To Probe COVID-19 Origins
An international mission led by the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to go to China in the first week of January toinvestigate the origins of the virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic, a...
08:10 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Judge Orders Tim Cook and Craig Federighi To Testify in Epic Case
A judge has ordered Apple to produce Tim Cook and Craig Federighi to testify for the Apple versus Epic lawsuit, and they must produce required documents before the next hearing. From a report: The App...
07:30 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Sued by States for Abuse of Search-Market Dominance
A bipartisan coalition of states sued Alphabet's Google Thursday alleging broad antitrust violations in the online search market, marking the third U.S. case against the search giant in two months. Fr...
06:52 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Can't Get a PlayStation 5? Meet the Grinch Bots Snapping Up the Holidays' Hottest Gift.
Computer programs that automate online tasks, called bots, have aligned with the coronavirus pandemic and low inventories of hot products to create a perfect storm of holiday disappointment -- or oppo...
06:11 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Global Chip Shortage Threatens Production of Laptops, Smartphones and More
Makers of cars and electronic devices from TVs to smartphones are sounding alarm bells about a global shortage of chips, which is causing manufacturing delays as consumer demand bounces back from the ...
05:31 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Wins EU Approval for Fitbit Bid Amid Tech Crackdown
Google won European Union approval for its $2.1 billion takeover of health tracker Fitbit, days after regulators proposed tougher rules to curb powerful technology firms' push into new services. From ...
04:46 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Gun Detection AI is Being Trained With Homemade 'Active Shooter' Videos
In Huntsville, Alabama, there is a room with green walls and a green ceiling. Dangling down the center is a fishing line attached to a motor mounted to the ceiling, which moves a procession of guns ti...
04:10 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Google Waives $1.5 Billion DeepMind Loan as AI Costs Mount
Alphabet's Google waived a 1.1 billion-pound loan ($1.5 billion) to DeepMind in 2019 after the U.K.-based artificial intelligence lab continued to ramp up the scale of its research and development. Fr...
03:25 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Goodreads Is Retiring Its Current API, and Book-Loving Developers Aren't Happy
Last week, some Goodreads users received a disappointing message: The popular book tracking website is disabling access to its API for users who haven't used the product in more than 30 days. The comp...
02:41 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Hits Back at Apple With Second Critical Newspaper Ad
Facebook is stepping up its campaign against Apple's privacy changes with a second full-page newspaper ad today. This new ad claims Apple's iOS 14 privacy changes "will change the internet as we know ...
02:01 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Publishing Saw Upheaval in 2020, But 'Books Are Resilient'
Book publishing in 2020 was a story of how much an industry can change and how much it can, or wants to, remain the same. From a report: "A lot of what has happened this year -- if it were a novel, I ...
01:00 pm - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Trump Considers Clemency For Silk Road 'Kingpin' Ross Ulbricht
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Beast: In his final weeks in office before Joe Biden's inauguration, President Donald Trump is weighing granting clemency to Ross Ulbricht, the found...
10:00 am - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot The Orion Spacecraft Is Now 15 Years Old and Has Flown Into Space Just Once
schwit1 shares a report from Ars Technica: Since that time, according to The Planetary Society's Casey Dreier, NASA has spent $23.7 billion developing the Orion spacecraft. This does not include prima...
07:00 am - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot LiquidPiston's 'Inside-Out' Rotary X-Engine Wins Army Research Contract
Connecticut-based company LiquidPiston is developing a portable generator for the US Army that uses its X-Engine, a fresh and extremely powerful take on the rotary engine that'll deliver as much power...
03:30 am - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot AI Just Controlled a Military Plane For the First Time Ever
On December 15, the United States Air Force successfully flew an AI copilot on a U-2 spy plane in California, marking the first time AI has controlled a U.S. military system. Dr. Will Roper, the Assis...
02:10 am - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Wants To Scan Your Body To Make Perfectly Fitting Shirts
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: For just $25, Amazon wants to make you a custom T-shirt. And a virtual body double. This week, the company unveiled a brand called "Made for You"...
01:30 am - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Boring Company Proposes Massive Vegas Expansion Following Monorail Bankruptcy
Elon Musk's tunneling venture, The Boring Company, is planning a massive citywide expansion of the currently modest underground transportation system it's building in Las Vegas. The Verge reports: The...
12:50 am - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Up To 3 Million Devices Infected By Malware-Laced Chrome and Edge Add-Ons
As many as 3 million people have been infected by Chrome and Edge browser extensions that steal personal data and redirect users to ad or phishing sites, a security firm said on Wednesday. Ars Technic...
12:10 am - Thu, December 17, 2020
Slashdot Why Google's Big 'Four Year' Android Update Promise Is a Little Misleading
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Android Police: Today, Google and Qualcomm announced what seemed like a big improvement to updates for Android smartphones. The headlines (ours included! We we...
11:30 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot UK Politicians Call For 'Making the Resale of Goods Purchased Using An Automated Bot an Illegal Activity'
Six Scottish National Party (SNP) politicians have put forward a motion for consideration in the UK parliament to prohibit the resale of games consoles and PC components at prices "greatly above" MSRP...
10:50 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Google Will Officially Support Running Chrome OS On Old PCs
This week, Google acquired a company called Neverware that allows users to turn their old PCs and Macs into a Chromebook with its CloudReady software. Now, Google is planning to make CloudReady into a...
10:10 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot The First Person In the UK To Have Air Pollution Listed As a Cause of Death
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A nine-year-old girl who died following an asthma attack has become the first person in the UK to have air pollution listed as a cause of death. Ella ...
09:25 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Texas Plans To Sue Google for Alleged Anticompetitive Behavior
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday that he will soon file a multistate antitrust lawsuit against Google and its advertising business, alleging that the company has stifled competiti...
08:48 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Google Stadia Arrives on iOS
Google's cloud gaming service now supports the iPhone and iPad. As expected, the company is using a web app to access the service. From a report: Google also says that you need to update to iOS 14.3, ...
08:10 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot China To Open Giant Telescope To International Scientists
Hmmmmmm writes: Nestled among the mountains in southwest China, the world's largest radio telescope signals Beijing's ambitions as a global centre for scientific research. The Five-hundred-metre Apert...
07:30 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Said It's Developing A Tool To Read Your Brain
Facebook told employees this week that it's developing a tool to summarize news articles so users won't have to read them. It also laid out early plans for a neural sensor to detect people's thoughts ...
06:50 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Wades Into 'Fortnite' Maker's Dispute With Apple
Facebook said it would assist the company behind popular videogame "Fortnite" in its high-profile legal battle with Apple, as the social-media giant ramps up its own counterattack against what it says...
06:10 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Nigeria Orders Mobile Users To Link Phones To National ID Numbers
Nigeria's telecommunications regulator ordered mobile-phone users to link their devices to their national identity numbers, raising the prospect of millions of lines being blocked. From a report: Subs...
05:39 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Dutch Prosecutors Find a Hacker Did Successfully Log Into Donald Trump's Twitter Account
Dutch prosecutors have found a hacker did successfully log in to Donald Trump's Twitter account byguessing his password -- "MAGA2020!" From a report: But they will not be punishing Victor Gevers, who ...
04:52 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Australia Sues Facebook Over Its Use of Onavo To Snoop
Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing Facebook over its use, in 2016 and 2017, of the Onavo VPN app to spy on users for commercial purposes. From a report: The ACCC's case ac...
04:05 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Major U.S. News Publishers Join the Coalition for App Fairness Advocacy Group To Fight the 'Apple Tax'
A group of major U.S. news publishers have joined the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF), the advocacy group pushing for increased regulation over app stores and fair treatment for all developers. The p...
03:25 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Attacks Apple's iOS Changes in Full-Page Newspaper Ads
Facebook attacked Apple in a series of full-page newspaper ads Wednesday, claiming the iPhone maker's anticipated mobile software changes around data gathering and targeted advertising are bad for sma...
02:46 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Bitcoin Breaks Above $20,000 for the First Time Ever
Bitcoin breached the $20,000 level for the first time in history Wednesday, as crypto enthusiasts pointed to increased demand from institutional investors for the red-hot digital currency. From a repo...
02:14 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Has Been Quietly Sending Job Applicants' Personal Data to China
TikTok routes the personal data of job applicants through servers in China, and only discloses this to candidates in certain countries, Business Insider has discovered. From a report: US job candidate...
02:04 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Has Been Quietly Sending Job Applicants' Personal Data to China
TikTok routes the personal data of job applicants through servers in China, and only discloses this to candidates in certain countries, Business Insider has discovered. From a report: US job candidate...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot 40 Girls Do Porn Victims Are Suing Pornhub For $1 Million Each
samleecole shares a report from Motherbard: Forty victims of sex trafficking operation Girls Do Porn have filed a lawsuit against Mindgeek, Pornhub's parent company, for a litany of accusations, inclu...
09:00 am - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot SolarWinds Hides List of High-Profile Customers After Devastating Hack
SolarWinds has removed a list of high-profile clients from its website in the wake of a massive breach, "suggesting the company may be trying to obscure its clients in an effort to protect them from b...
05:00 am - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Gmail Is Broken Right Now, One Day After a Massive Outage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: While it doesn't appear to be completely down like it was yesterday morning, we're hearing many reports from Gmail users that the email service is ...
02:02 am - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Intel Report Shows Tech Companies Still Struggle With Diversity
Intel became the latest tech company to report diversity statistics Tuesday, sharing a mixed bag of annual numbers that included small gains in some areas, relatively flat numbers of Black employees a...
01:25 am - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Is Shutting Down Its Periscope Apps
Twitter has announced that it'll be shutting down Periscope as a service, with the company set to discontinue the Periscope applications by March 2021. The Verge reports: Twitter will, however, contin...
12:45 am - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot Plastic Pipes Are Polluting Drinking Water Systems After Wildfires
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Conversation: When wildfires swept through the hills near Santa Cruz, California, in 2020, they released toxic chemicals into the water supplies of at leas...
12:02 am - Wed, December 16, 2020
Slashdot French and Russian Trolls Wrestle For Influence In Africa, Facebook Says
Rival French and Russian disinformation campaigns have sought to deceive and influence Internet users in the Central African Republic ahead of an election later this month, Facebook said on Tuesday. R...
11:20 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Walmart Will Use Fully Driverless Trucks To Make Deliveries In 2021
Starting in 2021, Walmart will use fully autonomous box trucks to make deliveries in Arkansas without any safety drivers in the vehicles. The Verge reports: The big-box retailer has been working with ...
11:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Senator Tries To Block Frontier's FCC Funding, Citing ISP's Various Failures
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Republican US senator from West Virginia has asked the government to block broadband funding earmarked for Frontier Communications, saying that...
10:45 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft and Industry Partners Seize Key Domain Used In SolarWinds Hack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Microsoft and a coalition of tech companies have intervened today to seize and sinkhole a domain that played a central role in the SolarWinds hack, ZDNe...
10:20 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Office Is Now Updated For M1 Macs
Microsoft is rolling out an update today that brings native support for Apple's M1 chip to the Windows productivity suite. "The apps getting the updates are Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNo...
10:05 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Academics Turn RAM Into Wi-Fi Cards To Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems
Academics from an Israeli university have published new research today detailing a technique to convert a RAM card into an impromptu wireless emitter and transmit sensitive data from inside a non-netw...
09:25 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot AWS Introduces New Chaos Engineering as a Service Offering
When large companies like Netflix or Amazon want to test the resilience of their systems, they use chaos engineering tools designed to help them simulate worst-case scenarios and find potential issues...
08:45 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Hackers at Center of Sprawling Spy Campaign Turned SolarWinds' Dominance Against It
An anonymous reader shares a report: On an earnings call two months ago, SolarWinds Chief Executive Kevin Thompson touted how far the company had gone during his 11 years at the helm. There was not a ...
08:08 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot High-Frequency Traders Push Closer To Light Speed With Cutting-Edge Cables
High-frequency traders are using an experimental type of cable to speed up their systems by billionths of a second, the latest move in a technological arms race to execute stock trades as quickly as p...
07:30 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot FDA Authorizes 1st Home Coronavirus Test That Doesn't Require A Prescription
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized the first coronavirus test that people will be able to buy at a local store without a prescription and use for immediate results at home to ...
06:50 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Facebook To Move UK Users To California Terms, Avoiding EU Privacy Rules
Facebook will shift all its users in the United Kingdom into user agreements with the corporate headquarters in California, moving them out of their current relationship with Facebook's Irish unit and...
06:10 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot SolarWinds Says 18,000 Customers Were Impacted by Recent Hack
IT software provider SolarWinds downplayed a recent security breach in documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. From a report: SolarWinds disclosed on Sunday that a na...
05:30 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Pigs
The Food and Drug Administration has approved genetically engineered pigs for use in food and medical products. The pigs, developed by medical company Revivicor, could be used in the production of dru...
04:50 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot 'Google is Getting Left Behind Due To Horrible UI/UX'
Daniel Miessler, a widely respected infosec professional in San Francisco, writes about design and user experience choices Google has made across its services in recent years: I've been writing for pr...
04:20 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Europe Triples Down on Tough Rules for Tech
The European Union Tuesday unveiled sweeping new proposals to control tech industry giants as "gatekeepers" who could be fined up to 10% of their revenue for breaking EU rules on competition. From a r...
04:10 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Europe Triples Down on Tough Rules for Tech
The European Union Tuesday unveiled sweeping new proposals to control tech industry giants as "gatekeepers" who could be fined up to 10% of their revenue for breaking EU rules on competition. From a r...
03:26 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Germany Orders Electric Air Taxis To Carry Emergency Doctors
Germany's biggest air-ambulance operator has ordered two electric air taxis to evaluate their potential in a pioneering role speeding doctors to patients. From a report: ADAC Luftrettung, part of the ...
02:49 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot California Fines Uber $59 Million for Stonewalling Questions About Sexual Assaults
A California judge fined Uber $59 million on Monday, and threatened to suspend its permit to operate in the state if the ride-hailing giant doesn't pay the penalty and answer regulators' questions wit...
02:06 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Poor Countries Face Long Wait for Vaccines Despite Promises
With Americans, Britons and Canadians rolling up their sleeves to receive coronavirus vaccines, the route out of the pandemic now seems clear to many in the West, even if the rollout will take many mo...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot CloudLinux To Invest More Than a Million Dollars a Year Into CentOS Clone
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: When Red Hat, CentOS's Linux parent company, announced it was "shifting focus from CentOS Linux, the rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), to Cent...
10:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Reddit Is Buying TikTok Rival Dubsmash
Reddit said in a statement on Sunday that it has acquired TikTok rival Dubsmash. It did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. CNN reports: Dubsmash allows users to create and share video conte...
07:00 am - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Astronomers Discover Cosmic 'Superhighways' For Fast Travel Through the Solar System
Invisible structures generated by gravitational interactions in the Solar System have created a "space superhighway" network, astronomers have discovered. ScienceAlert reports: By applying analyses to...
03:30 am - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot How Europe's Night Trains Came Back From the Dead
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: [O]ver the past decade, much of Europe's night train network has been cut. 2013 and 2014 saw the culling of lines from Paris to Madrid, Rome and Barcelona...
02:02 am - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Just Set a New World Record In Solar Cell Efficiency
According to a paper published in the journal Science, researchers report they they have now hit an efficiency of 29.15 percent in the perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell category. ScienceAlert repor...
01:25 am - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Countries Roll Out 2030 Paris Accord Goals Amid US Absence
China, the United Kingdom and the European Union all laid out goals to achieve greater emission reductions as part of the Paris climate accord over the weekend at what was likely the last United Natio...
12:45 am - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot Israeli Spy Tech Firm Says It Can Break Into Signal App
Last Thursday, Israeli phone-hacking firm Cellebrite said in a blog post that it can now break into Signal, an encrypted app considered safe from external snooping. Haaretz reports: Cellebrite's flags...
12:02 am - Tue, December 15, 2020
Slashdot GameStop Employees Surprised By New Shipment of PS5, Xbox Series X Consoles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: GameStop employees across the country were caught by surprise on Saturday when the video-game chain suddenly announced new shipments of the highly c...
11:20 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Apple's Fitness Video Service That Competes With Peloton Is Cheaper and Just As Good
Todd Haselton from CNBC reviews Apple Fitness+, with some thoughts on how it compares with Peloton's similar app. Here's an excerpt from his report: Apple's subscription fitness app, Fitness+, launche...
11:01 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Electoral College Certifies Biden's Victory, As Trump Still Refuses To Concede
The Electoral College gave Joe Biden a majority of its votes Monday, confirming his victory in last month's election in state-by-state voting that took on added importance this year because of Preside...
10:40 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Apple Launches New App Store Privacy Labels So You Can See How iOS Apps Use Your Data
Apple is officially launching its so-called "nutrition label" privacy disclosures for all iOS device owners running the latest version of iOS 14. The Verge reports: Apple says the new labels will be r...
10:05 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Here's the 5G Glossary Every American is Apparently Going To Need
T-Mobile last week introduced the market's newest 5G moniker: "Ultra Capacity." The label, writes blog LightReading, will stew alongside "5G Ultra Wideband," "Extended Range 5G," "5G+," "5Ge," "5GTF,"...
09:25 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot EA Set To Pay $1.2 Billion For Codemasters and Its Stable of Racing Games
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The board of directors for British developer Codemasters has reached a purchase agreement with Electronic Arts which would sell the company to th...
08:45 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Vista Acquires IT Education Platform Pluralsight for $3.5B
The hectic M&A cycle we have seen throughout 2020 continued this weekend when Vista Equity Partners announced it was acquiring Pluralsight for $3.5 billion. From a report: That comes out to $20.26...
08:05 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Suspected Russian Hackers Breached Department of Homeland Security
Reuters: A team of sophisticated hackers believed to be working for the Russian government won access to internal communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to people famili...
07:24 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Amazon's Zoox Unveils Robotaxi for Future Ride-Hailing Service
Zoox, the self-driving startup owned by Amazon.com, unveiled a fully autonomous electric vehicle with no steering wheel that can drive day and night on a single charge. From a report: The vehicle, whi...
06:45 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot FTC Launches Sweeping Privacy Study of Top Tech Platforms
The Federal Trade Commission will announce Monday that it's launching a new inquiry into the privacy and data collection practices of major tech firms including Amazon, TikTok owner ByteDance, Twitter...
06:10 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Launches Live Translation Mode for Alexa
Amazon today rolled out Live Translation, a new Alexa feature that aims to assist with conversations between people who speak two different languages by leveraging speech recognition and machine trans...
06:01 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot 'Cyberpunk 2077' Players Are Fixing Parts of the Game Before CD Projekt
Cyberpunk 2077 is here in all its glory and pain. On some machines, it's a visual spectacle pushing the limits of current technology and delivering on the promise of Deus Ex, but open world. On other ...
05:30 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot 'Cyberpunk 2077' Players Are Fixing Parts of the Game Before CD Projekt
Cyberpunk 2077 is here in all its glory and pain. On some machines, it's a visual spectacle pushing the limits of current technology and delivering on the promise of Deus Ex, but open world. On other ...
04:50 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Delays Return To Office and Eyes 'Flexible Work Week'
With the pandemic still in full swing and the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine just starting to ship in the United States, Google has pushed back the planned return to the office by a few months, ...
04:10 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot 'New Variant' of Coronavirus Identified in UK, Health Secretary Says
A "new variant" of coronavirus has been identified in the UK, which is believed to be causing the faster spread in the South East, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. From a report: More than 1,00...
03:25 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Pornhub Just Purged All Unverified Content From the Platform
An anonymous reader writes: Pornhub is removing all videos on its site that weren't uploaded by official content partners or members of its model program, a fundamental shift in the way one of the lar...
02:45 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Tech Firms Risk Fines of 10% of Sales in EU Power Curb Bid
Tech giants deemed to be gatekeepers could face fines as high as 10% of annual revenue if they don't comply with new European Union rules on data usage to be unveiled Tuesday, Bloomberg News reported ...
02:02 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Google Services Including Gmail, YouTube Suffer Major Outage
Services from Alphabet's Google experienced widespread outages around the world, preventing people from accessing Gmail, YouTube and other services. From a report: Errors ranged from "something went w...
12:34 pm - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot John le Carre, Author of Spy Novels, Dies at Age 89
"This terrible year has claimed a literary giant and a humanitarian spirit," tweeted novelist Stephen King, adding later that "The Little Drummer Girl was one of the best novels I've ever read." Marga...
08:51 am - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Covid-19 Deaths Rose In US College Towns When Students Returned
The New York Times reports:As coronavirus deaths soar across the country, deaths in communities that are home to colleges have risen faster than the rest of the nation, a New York Times analysis of 20...
04:51 am - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Russia Breached Update Server Used by 300,000 Organizations, Including the NSA
Sunday Reuters reported that "a sophisticated hacking group" backed by "a foreign government" has stolen information from America's Treasury Department, and also from "a U.S. agency responsible for de...
02:51 am - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot U.S. Schools are Buying Phone-Hacking Tech That the FBI Uses to Investigate Terrorists
Pig Hogger (Slashdot reader #10,379) writes:Everywhere, every day, thousands of phones are plugged-into forensic tools that will pull out everything a phone has to offer an investigator. The thing is,...
12:52 am - Mon, December 14, 2020
Slashdot Are Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles the Future of Autos?
Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shared this article from ABC News: What if your electric vehicle could be refueled in less than 5 minutes? No plug, no outlet required. The range anxiety that's stymi...
11:35 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot Creator of DirectX Dies at Age 55
The Wall Street Journal looks back to the days when Windows was "a loser in the world of computer games." But to change that, Eric Engstrom and his cohorts "secretly hired programmers to get the work ...
10:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot Hundreds Riot, Thousands Protest at iPhone Factory in India
The international news agency AFP reports on "a violent rampage at a Taiwanese-run iPhone factory in southern India" leading to over 100 arrests. About 2,000 workers were involved in the protest, repo...
09:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot Do Games Made Under Crunch Conditions Deserve 'Best Direction' Awards?
The annual Game Awards ceremony awarded this year's "Best Direction" award to Naughty Dog studio's The Last of Us Part II — provoking a strong reaction from Kotaku's staff writer. "I think it's ...
08:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot US Treasury Department Breached by 'Hackers Backed By Foreign Government'
Reuters reports that "a sophisticated hacking group" backed by "a foreign government" has stolen information from America's Treasury Department, and also from "a U.S. agency responsible for deciding p...
07:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot 'Will Remote Work Kill Innovation?' Ask Silicon Valley Experts
Remote work "is here to stay," argues a new article in Silicon Valley's newspaper The Mercury News (also re-published in the East Bay Times). But they've also asked industry professionals around Silic...
06:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot Nathan Myhrvold's Dazzling High-Resolution Photographs of Snowflakes
Nathan Myhrvold is a former CTO of Microsoft, co-founder of the equity company Intellectual Ventures, and the founder of "food innovation lab" Modernist Cuisine (which among other things resulted in b...
05:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot AstraZeneca Tries Combining Its Covid-19 Vaccine With Russia's 'Sputnik V' Vaccine
Slashdot reader Hmmmmmm shared this report from Reuters:AstraZeneca is to start clinical trials to test a combination of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine with Russia's Sputnik V shot to see if this c...
04:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot A History of the American Energy System In One Chart
Long-time Slashdot reader BoredStiff writes: An energy Sankey diagram [where the width of arrows is proportional to flow rates] was published today by the University of Chicago, and shows the history ...
03:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot Apple, Cloudflare, and Fastly Propose a New Privacy-Focused DNS Standard Called 'Oblivious DoH'
"Cloudflare, Apple, and Fastly have co-designed and proposed a new DNS standard to tackle ongoing privacy issues associated with DNS," reports ZDNet. Cloudflare calls it "a practical approach for impr...
03:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot Why Apple, Cloudflare, and Fastly Proposed a New Privacy-Focused DNS Standard Called 'Oblivious DoH'
"Cloudflare, Apple, and Fastly have co-designed and proposed a new DNS standard to tackle ongoing privacy issues associated with DNS," reports ZDNet. Cloudflare calls it "a practical approach for impr...
02:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot Here Comes the Google Chrome Change that Worries Ad-Blocker Creators
CNET reports:With the next version of Chrome, Google is moving ahead with a plan to improve privacy and security by reining in some abilities of extensions used to customize the browser. The move had ...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot America's Covid-19 Hospitalizations Hit a Record High For the 7th Straight Day
CNN reports:U.S. Covid-19 hospitalizations hit a record high for the seventh day in a row Saturday with 108,487 patients in hospitals around the country, according to the Covid Tracking Project. And t...
09:04 am - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot Are Fragments of Energy the Fundamental Building Blocks of the Universe?
hcs_$reboot shares a remarkable new theory from Larry M. Silverberg, an aerospace engineering professor at North Carolina State University (with colleague Jeffrey Eischen). They're proposing that matt...
05:34 am - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot NVIDIA Apologizes, 'Walks Back' Threat to Withhold GPUs From Reviewer
This week NVIDIA threatened to stop providing GeForce Founders Edition review units to reviewer Steven Walton, who runs the YouTube channel Hardware Unboxed (and is also an editor/reviewer at TechSpot...
02:34 am - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot America's Covid-19 Deaths Likely to Exceed 9/11's Death Toll Every Day, For Two Months
Just today in America there were 223,365 new Covid-19 cases. The Hill notes that's "the worst it has ever been." Long-time Slashdot reader smooth wombat also highlights this quote from Robert Redfield...
12:34 am - Sun, December 13, 2020
Slashdot Open Source Developers Say Securing Their Code Is 'Insufferably Boring' and 'Soul-Withering'
"A new survey of the free and open-source software (FOSS) community conducted by the Linux Foundation suggests that contributors spend less than 3% of their time on security issues and have little des...
11:34 pm - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Drug Reverses Age-Related Mental Decline Within Days
The University of California San Francisco issued this glowing announcement of some new research:Just a few doses of an experimental drug can reverse age-related declines in memory and mental flexibil...
10:34 pm - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Hackers Are Selling More Than 85,000 MySQL Databases On a Dark Web Portal
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:For the past year, hackers have been breaking into MySQL databases, downloading tables, deleting the originals, and leaving ransom notes behind, telling server owne...
09:34 pm - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot NextMind's Brain-Computer Interface Kit Begins Shipping To Developers
"Don a headset which places a sensor on the back of your head, and it'll detect your brainwaves which can then be translated into digital actions," writes Engadget. VentureBeat reports that NextMind "...
08:34 pm - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Google Plans to Calculate 'Criticality' Scores for Open Source Projects
Programming columnist Mike Melanson writes:As part of its involvement in the recently announced Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), Google has penned a blog post outlining one of the first step...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Virgin Galactic Unexpectedly Aborted a Test Flight of Its Space Plane
CNN reports:Virgin Galactic's supersonic rocket plane was scheduled to fire into the upper atmosphere Saturday, but after climbing more than 40,000 feet over New Mexico attached to its mothership, the...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot 'Save Europe from Software Patents', Urges Nonprofit FFII
Long-time Slashdot reader zoobab shares this update about the long-standing Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure, a Munich-based non-profit opposing ratification of a "Unified Patent Court...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Disney Stock Skyrockets 13% Friday to New All-Time High
CNN reports:If it wasn't abundantly clear that content is king, especially in the Covid-19 era, Disney hammered that point home Thursday when it previewed dozens of new series and movies for its Disne...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Disabled 'Likes' and 'Replies' on False Trump Tweets. Inadvertently.
Business Insider reports:Twitter on Saturday briefly took new action to stem the spread of President Donald Trump's false tweets about his loss in the 2020 election. Replies and likes were disabled on...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Boston Biotech Conference Led To 245,000 COVID-19 Cases Across US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: A biotech conference in Boston last February that's already been flagged as a Covid-19 superspreading event led to at least 245,000 other cases across the...
01:00 pm - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Says Hackers Backed By Vietnam's Government Are Linked To IT Firm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Facebook said it has linked an advanced hacking group widely believed to be sponsored by the government of Vietnam to what's purported to be a le...
10:00 am - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot The Zodiac Killer's Cipher Has Been Solved After 51 Years
"It's taken over 50 years, but the solution to the Zodiac Killer's cipher has been found," writes Slashdot reader quonset. CNN reports: Dubbed the "340 cipher," the message was unraveled by a trio of ...
06:30 am - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Is Warner Bros' Shift To Streaming New Movies 'A Great Danger'?
Christopher Nolan isn't too happy with Warner Bros' decision to send all 17 of its films slated for release in 2021 to HBO Max on the same day they're released. Nolan, whose blockbuster movies for War...
03:00 am - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot FDA Approves Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use in America
Friday night America's Food and Drug Administration finally authorized Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in the United States, reports CNN. The Verge calls it "a landmark mom...
02:10 am - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Florida Governor Defends Police Raid On COVID Data Whistleblower
Earlier this week, Florida state police raided the home of Rebekah Jones, the data scientist who ran the state's coronavirus dashboard until she was fired in June. "Jones has alleged in a whistleblowe...
01:30 am - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Google Will Let You Limit the Alcohol and Gambling Ads You See
On Thursday, Google announced a new setting that lets people limit the alcohol- and gambling-related ads they come across. Gizmodo reports: Per the announcement, the feature will first roll out for Yo...
01:10 am - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Norman Abramson, Pioneer Behind Wireless Networks, Dies At 88
Norman Abramson, one of the pioneers behind wireless networks, has died at 88. The cause was skin cancer that had metastasized to his lungs, his son, Mark, said. The New York Times reports: Professor ...
12:50 am - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Key People Are Leaving Facebook and Torching the Company In Departure Notes
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: On Wednesday, a Facebook data scientist departed the social networking company after a two-year stint, leaving a farewell note for their colleag...
12:10 am - Sat, December 12, 2020
Slashdot Big Tech Firms To Face 6% Fines If Breach New EU Content Rules
Big tech firms such as Google and Facebook will face fines of up to 6% of turnover if they do not do more to tackle illegal content and reveal more about advertising on their platforms under draft Eur...
11:30 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot How the Nature Conservancy, the World's Biggest Environmental Group, Became a Dealer of Meaningless Carbon Offsets
An anonymous reader shares a report: At first glance, big corporations appear to be protecting great swaths of U.S. forests in the fight against climate change. JPMorgan Chase & Co. has paid almos...
10:50 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Oracle Is Moving Its Headquarters From Silicon Valley To Austin, Texas
Oracle said on Friday it's moving its headquarters from the Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas. CNBC reports: "Oracle is implementing a more flexible employee work location policy and has changed its Cor...
10:10 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk On the Problem With Corporate America: 'Too Many MBAs'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the biggest problem with corporate America today is that too many business school graduates are running the show....
09:30 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Harrison Ford Will Return in a Fifth 'Indiana Jones' Movie
New submitter Arthur, KBE writes: Harrison Ford will be grabbing his whip and ramming on his hat for a fifth "Indiana Jones" movie, Disney has confirmed -- a mere 41 years after the first installment,...
08:50 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Plans To Help 29 Million People Grow their Tech Skills With Free Cloud Computing Training by 2025
cusco shares a blog post from Amazon: As part of our efforts to continue supporting the future workforce, we are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to provide free cloud computing skills traini...
08:10 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot CERN is Making the Large Hadron Collider's Data More Accessible
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will open up access to more data from Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments. Under an updated policy, data will be released around five years af...
07:30 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Lockdown Gardening in Britain Leads To Archaeological Discoveries
Gardeners in Hampshire, a county in southeast England, were weeding their yard in April when they found 63 gold coins and one silver coin from King Henry VIII's reign in the 16th century, with four of...
06:50 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Apple Starts Work on Its Own Cellular Modem, Chip Chief Says
Apple has started building its own cellular modem for future devices, a move that would replace components from Qualcomm, Apple's top chip executive told staff on Thursday. From a report: Johny Srouji...
06:05 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Favorite Movies and TV Shows You Watched This Year?
What are some good movies and TV shows that you watched this year? You do not have to narrow down your selection to titles that came out this year, but feel free to give one a shotout.Read more of thi...
05:32 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Inside the Obsessive World of Miniature Arcade Machine Makers
The success of Nintendo's diminutive gadget led to a flurry of copycats, from a tiny Commodore 64 to a miniaturised Sony PlayStation. Some were good; many were flawed, with the play experience only be...
04:47 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot EU Member States Agree 55% Cut in Carbon Emissions by 2030
EU member states have agreed to strengthen their target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, in line with their long-term goal of net zero carbon by 2050. From a report: The EU mad...
04:05 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot 'Cyberpunk 2077' Finally Shows What DLSS Is Good For
An anonymous reader shares a report: More recent Nvidia graphics cards have a proprietary feature called Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), and while it's often been touted as a powerful new renderi...
03:25 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot CISA and FBI Warn of Rise in Ransomware Attacks Targeting K-12 Schools
In a joint security alert published this week, the US Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, warned about increased cyber-attacks targeting t...
03:01 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Twitter App Code Indicates That Live Video Broadcasting App Periscope May Get Shut Down
Twitter has been doubling down on video services within its app, building out Twitter Live and recently launching Fleets so that users can share more moving media alongside their pithy 180-word observ...
02:16 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Hyundai Motor Buys 80% of Robotics Firm Boston Dynamics
Hyundai Motor Group agreed to buy a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics in a deal that values the mobile robot firm at $1.1 billion. From a report: Hyundai Motor, along with some associated companies...
02:06 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Hyundai Motor Buys 80% of Robotics Firm Boston Dynamics
Hyundai Motor Group agreed to buy a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics in a deal that values the mobile robot firm at $1.1 billion. From a report: Hyundai Motor, along with some associated companies...
01:00 pm - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Will Start Force Upgrading Windows 10 For Some Users
Ammalgam shares a report from The Redmond Cloud: Starting this month, Microsoft will begin forcing some users to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1909 or version 2004 if they don't update their PC manual...
10:00 am - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Spotify Resets Passwords After a Security Bug Exposed Users' Private Account Information
Jerry Rivers shares a report from TechCrunch, adding: "...and it took the music service seven months to notice." From the report: In a data breach notification filed with the California attorney gener...
07:00 am - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's Latest Windows 10 Test Builds Includes Promised x64 Arm Emulation
Microsoft has made available two different Windows 10 test builds today, one of which includes the promised x64 app emulation for Arm, among other features. ZDNet reports: The RS_Prerelease build 2127...
03:30 am - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot 'We Need a Broadband Internet Pricing Equivalent of Nutrition Labels'
An anonymous reader shares an article that's part of the Future Agenda, a series from Slate in which experts suggest specific, forward-looking actions the new Biden administration should implement. He...
01:30 am - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Gmail Will Now Let You Edit Office Documents Directly From Email Attachments
Google is making it even easier to work with Microsoft Office files, with the company now allowing users to directly edit attached Office files in Gmail, much like it already allows with Google Docs o...
12:50 am - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Ahsoka Tano Standalone Star Wars Series Coming To Disney Plus
Ahsoka Tano, the popular character from The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, is finally getting her own series starring Rosario Dawson. It's set within the timeline for Th...
12:10 am - Fri, December 11, 2020
Slashdot Proposed US Law Could Slap Twitch Streamers With Felonies For Broadcasting Copyrighted Material
Republican senator Thom Tillis has introduced a proposal to turn unauthorized commercial streaming of copyrighted material into a felony offense with a possible prison sentence. It's currently being i...
11:30 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Pfizer's Covid Vaccine For Emergency Use
A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday recommended the approval of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in people over 16 years old, the last step before ...
10:50 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Hit With Antitrust Probe For Tying Oculus Use To Facebook Accounts
Facebook is being investigated in Germany for linking usage of its Oculus VR headset to having a Facebook account. TechCrunch reports: Germany's Federal Cartel Office (aka, the Bundeskartellamt) said ...
10:38 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Brave Browser-Maker Launches Privacy-Friendly News Reader
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Brave Software, maker of the Brave Web browser, is introducing a news reader that's designed to protect user privacy by preventing parties -- bot...
10:10 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot MasterCard, VISA To Stop Processing Payments On Pornhub
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Mastercard Inc said on Thursday it was ending the use of its cards on Pornhub after its investigation confirmed the presence of unlawful content on th...
09:30 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Salesforce Claims Its AI Can Spot Signs of Breast Cancer With 92% Accuracy
Salesforce today peeled back the curtains on ReceptorNet, a machine learning system researchers at the company developed in partnership with clinicians at the University of Southern California's Lawre...
08:50 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Apple Shifts Leadership of Self-Driving Car Unit To AI Chief
Apple has moved its self-driving car unit under the leadership of top artificial intelligence executive John Giannandrea, who will oversee the company's continued work on an autonomous system that cou...
08:10 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot 'This Is a Bad Time to Build a High-End Gaming PC'
Joel Hruska, writing at ExtremeTech: It's not just a question of whether top-end hardware is available, but whether midrange and last-gen hardware is selling at reasonable prices. If you want to go AM...
07:30 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Exposes Adrozek, Malware That Hijacks Chrome, Edge, and Firefox
Microsoft has raised the alarm today about a new malware strain that infects users' devices and then proceeds to modify browsers and their settings in order to inject ads into search results pages. Fr...
07:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot India Cabinet Approves Setting Up a 'Massive Network' of Public Wi-Fi Hotspots
An anonymous reader shares a report: More than one billion people in India today have a mobile connection, thanks in part to the proliferation of low-cost Android smartphones and the world's cheapest ...
06:20 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot FCC Orders Equipment Removed in Step Aimed at Huawei, ZTE
The Federal Communication Commission ordered carriers to remove network equipment that poses a security risk, taking another step aimed at China's Huawei and ZTE. From a report: The agency in a 5-0 vo...
05:40 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Original Jailbreak App Store Cydia Sues Apple for its Monopoly
The iPhone's original -- and unofficial -- app store has sued Apple, accusing the company of having a monopoly on the distribution of apps. Cydia, an app store created and launched in 2007 by Jay "Sau...
04:50 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Weather Service Faces Internet Bandwidth Shortage, Proposes Limiting Key Data
For the past decade, the National Weather Service has been plagued by failures in disseminating critical forecast and warning information that is aimed at protecting lives and saving property. In some...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Google, Dell, and Intel Form New Computing Group for Transforming Cloud and IT Tools
Google, Dell, Intel and a handful of other major tech companies in the IT and cloud computing industries have banded together to tackle joint problems around security, remote work, and other enterpris...
03:20 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot France Fines Google $120M and Amazon $42M For Dropping Tracking Cookies Without Consent
France's data protection agency, the CNIL, has slapped Google and Amazon with fines for dropping tracking cookies without consent. From a report: Google has been hit with a total of $120M for dropping...
02:40 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Cyberpunk 2077 Bugs Hit CD Projekt
An anonymous reader shares a report: Numerous glitches reported by players as the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 game went live robbed creator CD Projekt of a stock surge on the back of encouraging advan...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Wall Street Begins Trading Water Futures as a Commodity
Wall Street has begun trading water as a commodity, like gold or oil. The country's first water market launched on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange this week with $1.1 billion in contracts tied to wate...
01:00 pm - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Hidden Symmetry Could Be Key To More Robust Quantum Systems, Researchers Find
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Researchers have found a way to protect highly fragile quantum systems from noise, which could aid in the design and development of new quantum devic...
10:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Cruise Begins Driverless Testing In San Francisco
Cruise Automation, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, Honda and T. Rowe Price & Associates, has started testing what it describes as fully dri...
07:00 am - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot French Army Gets Ethical Go-Ahead For Bionic Soldiers
The French armed forces now have permission to develop "augmented soldiers" following a report from a military ethics committee. CNN reports: The report, released to the public on Tuesday, considers m...
03:30 am - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Full Self-Driving System's Beta Developer Settings Leaked
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: It's a long time coming for Tesla's Full Self-Driving feature, and it hasn't been a cheap journey. The price for the self-driving feature has inc...
02:10 am - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot MDMA-Assisted Couples Therapy Investigated In Landmark Pilot Trial
A new study, published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology, is the first to explore the effects of MDMA therapy in couples where one member is suffering from PTSD. New Atlas reports: This pr...
01:30 am - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX's Successful Starship High-Altitude Flight Ends In a Fiery Explosion
Thelasko shares a report from Engadget: After a successful launch, the Starship rose and successfully maneuvered its way to the landing area. However, it appeared that the spacecraft didn't slow down ...
12:50 am - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot Adobe Releases the Last Flash Update Ever
Adobe has released the final scheduled update to its Flash Player plugin, weeks before Flash's official retirement. The Verge reports: As noted on Adobe's site, yesterday marked the last update for Fl...
12:10 am - Thu, December 10, 2020
Slashdot UK Warns People With Serious Allergies To Avoid Pfizer Vaccine
Britain's medicine regulator warned people with significant allergies not to get Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine after two people suffered adverse reactions, but was set to give more detailed guida...
11:30 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Google CEO Pledges To Investigate Exit of Top AI Ethicist
Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologized Wednesday for the company's handling of the departure of AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru and said he would investigate the events and work to restore trust, accor...
10:50 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Hyundai To Acquire Boston Dynamics For Nearly $1 Billion
According to The Robot Report, citing The Korea Economic Daily, Hyndai will finalize its acquisition of Boston Dynamics on December 10th. A source familiar with the deal said the acquisition is for ab...
10:10 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot After Years of Fighting It, Nest Will Work With Samsung's SmartThings
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica, written by Ron Amadeo: Google and Samsung want to work together on smart home compatibility. The two companies put out dueling press releases tod...
09:30 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot EU Agency in Charge of COVID-19 Vaccine Approval Says it Was Hacked
The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the EU regulatory body in charge of approving COVID-19 vaccines, said today it was the victim of a cyber-attack. From a report: In a short two-paragraph statement ...
08:50 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot How People Across the World Spend Their Time and What it Tells us About Living Conditions
How people spend their time is similar in many ways across countries: we all sleep, work, eat, and enjoy leisure. But there are also important differences in the freedom people have to spend time on t...
08:10 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot FTC Sues Facebook for Illegal Monopolization
The Federal Trade Commission today sued Facebook, alleging that the company is illegally maintaining its personal social networking monopoly through a years-long course of anticompetitive conduct. FTC...
07:53 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot FTC Sues Facebook for Illegal Monopolization
The Federal Trade Commission today sued Facebook, alleging that the company is illegally maintaining its personal social networking monopoly through a years-long course of anticompetitive conduct. FTC...
07:31 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Google Will Change How Chrome Extensions Access Data in 2021
At Chrome Dev Summit 2020 today, Google announced it will change how extensions access data and how extension permissions work in 2021. On January 18, a day before the release of Chrome 88, Google wil...
06:52 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Apple Turned Blind Eye To Supplier Breaches of Chinese Labor Laws
Wayne Ma, reporting for The Information [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]: In 2014, Apple executives became alarmed when China enacted a new labor law meant to protect wor...
06:08 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Waits Until a Month After the Election To Act on False Claims of Election Fraud
YouTube is taking belated action on election misinformation: The company said it would now remove misleading videos that claim widespread fraud or other errors changed the outcome of the US presidenti...
05:25 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Human 'Stuff' Now Outweighs All Life on Earth
sciencehabit writes: It's not just your storage unit that's packed to the gills. According to a new study, the mass of all our stuff -- buildings, roads, cars, and everything else we manufacture -- no...
04:45 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot 2020 AP CS Scores: Still Big Gaps In Performance, Participation
theodp writes: As the 8th annual Hour of Code kicked off this week, the College Board released 2020 AP national and state score breakouts for AP CS program participants. As in past years, this year's ...
04:12 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft, Unilever Join Amazon's Pledge To Fight Climate Change
Amazon.com has added a competitor to its year-old coalition of companies pledging to reduce their contribution to climate change: Microsoft. From a report: The two technology giants, neighbors in the ...
03:31 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Xbox Cloud Gaming Coming To iOS and PC in Spring 2021
Microsoft has shared some details about the roadmap for its cloud gaming service. In addition to Android devices, the company confirms that it plans to add support for more platforms. In Spring 2021, ...
02:50 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Twitter Users Complain of Timelines Being Overrun With 'Promoted Tweets'; Twitter Says It's Intentional
Twitter's timeline is currently overrun with ads for some users, in what at first appeared to be a glitch involving the distribution of Promoted Tweets. From a report: Typically, a Promoted Tweet -- w...
02:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot First Electric Air Taxis Set To Fly in Singapore by 2023
Singapore is set to host the world's first electric-powered air taxi service by the end of 2023, according to Volocopter GmbH, which is developing the vertical-takeoff craft. From a report: The German...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Germany, France, 11 Other EU Countries Team Up For Semiconductor Push
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Germany, France, Spain and ten other EU countries have joined forces to invest in processors and semiconductor technologies, key to internet-connected...
10:00 am - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Samsung Plans To Ditch Power Adapters Just 3 Months After Mocking Apple Over the Same
Right after the Apple event in October, Samsung mocked the company for not including the power adapter in the iPhone 12 box and also removing it from the older models. Now, as some rumors have predict...
07:00 am - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Mount Everest, Earth's Tallest Mountain, Just Got Taller By About a Meter
China and Nepal say they have determined the "most accurate height of Everest that we have ever had," calculating it to be about 8,848.86 meters (29,031.7 feet) high. That's almost a meter taller than...
03:30 am - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Scientists Say They Have Come Up With a Potential Way To Make Oxygen On Mars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: In a high-stakes mission that could take five years to complete, NASA wants to land astronauts on Mars in the 2030s. Transporting enough oxygen and fuel o...
01:30 am - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot France To Build New Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier
France will build a new, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to replace its Charles de Gaulle carrier by 2038, French President Emmanuel Macron announced Tuesday. The Associated Press reports: Macron fra...
12:50 am - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Toyota Announces New All-Electric SUV, Says It's Their 'First Step' For Battery-Electric Cars
Toyota announced today that they will be unveiling a new all-electric SUV in the coming months. Electrek reports: The automaker, which has been seen as a lagger when it comes to all-electric vehicles,...
12:10 am - Wed, December 9, 2020
Slashdot Cyberpunk 2077 Includes Visual Effects Designed To Trigger Epileptic Seizure
Macthorpe writes: Game Informer journalist Liana Ruppert has recounted her experiences with "braindances" (abbreviated as "BD's) in Cyberpunk 2077 that led to her experiencing a grand mal epileptic se...
11:30 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Pornhub Ends Unverified Uploads and Bans Downloads
Pornhub is making major changes to its service following a New York Times article that highlighted how the site's lax enforcement of its policies has enabled child exploitation. Engadget reports: Amon...
10:50 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot FireEye, a Top Cybersecurity Firm, Says It Was Hacked By a Nation-State
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times : For years, the cybersecurity firm FireEye has been the first call for government agencies and companies around the world who have been hac...
10:11 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Google Says It is Expanding Fuchsia's Open Source Model
New submitter RealNeoMorpheus shares a Google blogpost about Fuchsia -- a new open source operating system that has been in the works for several years: Fuchsia is a long-term project to create a gene...
09:30 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot Who Broke the Sound Barrier, Dies At 97
jowifi shares a report from NPR: One of the world's most famous aviators has died: Chuck Yeager -- best known as the first to break the sound barrier -- has died at the age of 97. Yeager started from ...
08:50 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot GE Puts Default Password In Radiology Devices, Leaving Healthcare Networks Exposed
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Dozens of radiology products from GE Healthcare contain a critical vulnerability that threatens the networks of hospitals and other health provid...
08:10 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot CentOS 8 Ending Next Year To Focus Shift On CentOS Stream
Well here is a surprise for those that have long used CentOS as the community-supported rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux... CentOS 8 will end in 2021 and moving forward CentOS 7 will remain support...
07:32 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Senate Votes To Advance Nomination of Trump FCC Nominee
The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday by a 49 to 47 vote to advance the nomination of a senior Trump administration official who has helped lead an effort seeking social media regulations to a seat on the Fed...
06:50 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Google's Look To Speak Taps Gaze-Tracking AI To Help Users With Impairments Communicate
Google today launched an experimental app for Android that leverages AI to make communication more accessible for people with speech and motor impairments. Called Look to Speak, it tracks eye movement...
06:20 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Amazon, Amex To Fund Software Developers in New GitHub Program
Amazon.com, American Express, Daimler AG and Stripe are among those joining a new GitHub program that will let companies directly fund open-source projects and software developers that are key to thei...
06:10 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Amazon, Amex To Fund Software Developers in New GitHub Program
Amazon.com, American Express, Daimler AG and Stripe are among those joining a new GitHub program that will let companies directly fund open-source projects and software developers that are key to thei...
05:30 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Spam Calls Grew 18% This Year Despite the Global Pandemic
Despite several efforts from carriers, telecom regulators, mobile operating system developers, smartphone makers, and a global pandemic, spam calls continued to pester and scam people around the globe...
04:59 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot BTC-e Founder Sentenced To Five Years in Prison for Laundering Ransomware Funds
A French judge has sentenced the founder of the now-defunct BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange to five years in prison and a fine of $121,000 for laundering funds for cybercriminals, including ransomware g...
04:11 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Tripadvisor's App, and More Than 100 Others, Have Just Been Blocked in China
China says it has pulled Tripadvisor (TRIP) from mobile app stores in the country as the government embarks on a fresh bid to "clean up" the internet. From a report: In a statement Tuesday, the Cybers...
03:31 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Pfizer's Vaccine Offers Strong Protection After First Dose
The coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech provides strong protection against Covid-19 within about 10 days of the first dose, according to documents published on Tuesday by the Food and Drug...
02:46 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Cloudflare and Apple Design a New Privacy-Friendly Internet Protocol
Engineers at Cloudflare and Apple say they've developed a new internet protocol that will shore up one of the biggest holes in internet privacy that many don't know even exists. Dubbed Oblivious DNS-o...
02:03 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Apple Launches $549 AirPods Max Over-Ear Headphones
More than a week after Black Friday, Apple's announced its AirPods Max over-ear headphones for $549. It's available for preorder now, and will ship Dec. 15. From a report: Apple said its AirPods Max a...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle Named Top Plastic Polluters For Third Year In a Row
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé have been accused of "zero progress" on reducing plastic waste, after being named the world's top plastic poll...
10:00 am - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Did COVID Data Whistleblower Hack Florida's Emergency Alert System? Police Raid Home
FriendlySolipsist writes: Independent journalist Rebekah Jones, a scientist fired by the Florida state government because, she said, of her refusal to manipulate official COVID-19 data releases to coi...
07:00 am - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Aliens In Hiding Until Mankind Is Ready, Says Ex-Israeli Space Head
The former head of Israel's space program, Haim Eshed, says space aliens have reached an agreement with the U.S. government to stay mum on the experiments they conduct on Earth -- as well as their sec...
03:30 am - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Electric-Car Companies Now Comprise Half the Worth of the World's 10 Most Valuable Automakers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Electric-car companies are suddenly worth half of the total market capitalization of the world's 10 most valuable automakers. That's because money m...
02:10 am - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot The World's First DNA 'Tricorder' In Your Pocket
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) scientists developed the world's first mobile genome sequence analyzer, a new iPhone app called iGenomics. By pairing an iPhone with a handheld DNA sequencer, user...
01:30 am - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot LG Developing Sliding Doors Made of Transparent OLED Displays
LG has partnered with Swedish manufacturer Assa Abloy Entrance Systems to develop automatic sliding doors with built-in transparent OLED displays, the company announced today. The doors will be aimed ...
12:50 am - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Pornhub Might Lose Visa and Mastercard After NYT Expos&233;
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Last week, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof detailed the easily-searchable horrors uploaded in plain view onto Pornhub, arguing that the site...
12:30 am - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot IKEA Is Killing Off Its Catalog After 70 Years
After 70 years in publication, Ikea is ending both the print and digital versions of its annual catalog, citing the increasing shift to online browsing and shopping. "Turning the page with our beloved...
12:10 am - Tue, December 8, 2020
Slashdot Hacker Opens 2,732 PickPoint Package Lockers Across Moscow
A mysterious hacker sed a cyber-attack to force-open the doors of 2,732 package delivery lockers across Moscow. ZDNet reports: The attack, which took place on Friday afternoon, December 4, targeted th...
11:30 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot California Partners With Apple and Google For COVID-19 Contact Tracing On Phones
California is partnering with Apple and Google on an app to let people use their phones to track potential exposure to COVID-19. CNET reports: The digital system uses Bluetooth signals from people's p...
10:50 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Gets $886 Million From FCC To Subsidize Starlink In 35 States
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: SpaceX has been awarded $885.51 million by the Federal Communications Commission to provide Starlink broadband to 642,925 rural homes and busines...
10:10 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Uber Sells Its Self-Driving Unit To Aurora
Uber's self-driving unit, Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), is being acquired by its start-up competitor Aurora Innovation, the companies announced Monday. From a report: The deal, expected to close ...
09:30 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot LG Shakes Up Loss-Making Phone Business, To Outsource Lower-End Models
LG said on Monday it had reorganised its mobile phone division to increase outsourcing of its low to mid-end smartphones, which analysts said represented an attempt to cut costs and compete with Chine...
08:50 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Exxon Holds Back on Technology That Could Slow Climate Change
Carbon capture can make money for oil giants, and scientists say we need it. Is the industry willing to invest enough? From a report: Elk and pronghorn antelope migrate each fall through southern Wyom...
08:11 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot In Rare Show of Solidarity, 14 Key Nations Commit To Protect Oceans
When the heads of state of 14 nations sat down together in late 2018 to discuss the grim condition of the world's oceans, there was no certainty that anything consequential would result. The leaders p...
07:50 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot The Search for Dark Matter Is Dramatically Expanding
Ever since astronomers reached a consensus in the 1980s that most of the mass in the universe is invisible -- that "dark matter" must glue galaxies together and gravitationally sculpt the cosmos as a ...
07:30 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot The Search for Dark Matter Is Dramatically Expanding
Ever since astronomers reached a consensus in the 1980s that most of the mass in the universe is invisible -- that "dark matter" must glue galaxies together and gravitationally sculpt the cosmos as a ...
06:50 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Fire TV Adds Local News In 12 U.S. Cities, With 90 More Coming In 2021
At the end of a record-setting year of news consumption, Amazon Fire TV said local TV stations in 12 U.S. cities will be added to Amazon's news app, with another 90 on deck for 2021. From a report: Th...
06:05 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Google, Online Platforms Told by EU To Explain Search Rankings
Internet firms such as Google, Amazon.com and travel websites should explain how they rank search results on their platforms, according to European Union guidelines published Monday that could help bu...
05:25 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Everest Gets an Altitude Adjustment: Nepal and China Agree on Height
How tall is Mount Everest? Until now, it depended on whom you asked. China said it was 29,017 feet. Nepal said it was a little taller, at 29,028 feet. The countries have closed that 11-foot gap and re...
04:45 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot US Air Pollution Monitoring Network Falling Into Disrepair
The U.S. air pollution monitoring network has fallen into disrepair after years of budget cuts and neglect, leaving tens of millions of Americans vulnerable to undetected bad air quality from events l...
04:05 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Court Suspends 'Copyright Troll' Lawyer From Practicing Law
Copyright lawyer Richard Liebowitz has been repeatedly sanctioned by federal courts. The controversial attorney has a long track record of disregarding court orders. To protect the public from future ...
03:25 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Missing Credit Card Payments May Be an Early Sign of Dementia, Study Says
Patterns of missing credit card and loan payments could be an early indicator of dementia years before diagnosis, a new study says. From a report: The study, published Monday in the medical journal JA...
02:45 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Apple Preps Next Mac Chips With Aim To Outclass Top-End PCs
Apple is planning a series of new Mac processors for introduction as early as 2021 that are aimed at outperforming Intel's fastest. From a report: Chip engineers at the Cupertino, California-based tec...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Cyberpunk 2077 Has Involved Months of Crunch, Despite Past Promises
Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most highly anticipated video games of the past decade, has already been delayed three times. Employees at CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio behind the game, have reportedly...
12:34 pm - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Voyager Probes Detect New Kind of 'Electron Burst' in Interstellar Space
"NASA's twin Voyager probes keep making discoveries in interstellar space," reports Space.comThe Voyager mission has detected a new type of "electron burst," which will provide insights into the mecha...
08:34 am - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Will Businesses Make 2021 The Year of the Linux Desktop?
Writing for TechRepublic, open source advocate Jack Wallen predicts 2021 will be a year where open source technology dominates the world of big data even more than 2021 (with a big role predicted for ...
05:30 am - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Kazakhstan's Government Begins Intercepting HTTPS Traffic In Its Capital
ZDNet reports:Under the guise of a "cybersecurity exercise," the Kazakhstan government is forcing citizens in its capital of Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) to install a digital certificate on their devi...
02:23 am - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot YouTube and Peacock are Now Streaming James Bond Films For Free
The Verge writes:Maybe you're feeling nostalgic for a classic James Bond film following Sean Connery's death in late October. Or perhaps you're simply feeling a gap given that the next film, No Time t...
12:17 am - Mon, December 7, 2020
Slashdot Third Monolith Reappears, Fourth and Fifth Monoliths Discovered
"People taking a stroll on Sunday morning stumbled upon another mysterious monolith," reports Insider.com. "This one was found in a northern province of the Netherlands."The monolith was covered in ic...
10:58 pm - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Is Microsoft's 'Find Your Joy' Holiday Ad Sad?
There's a zany twist at the end, because "This year more than ever, we felt that it was important to give people a little lift, to remind them that while we are facing a lot of challenges, there are m...
09:58 pm - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Some Ransomware Gangs are Now Phoning Victims Who Restore from Backups
"We recommend that you discuss this situation with us in the chat," one caller warned, "or the problems with your network will never end." ZDNet reports:In attempts to put pressure on victims, some ra...
08:59 pm - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Google Considers 'Severe' Penalties For Allegedly Deceptive Chrome Extension Maker
Engadget reports:The Wall Street Journal has learned that Google is considering "severe penalties" against internet giant IAC (InterActive Corp) over allegedly deceptive practices in its Chrome extens...
07:59 pm - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Richard Stallman Answers Questions at EmacsConf 2020
All the videos have now appeared online for the talks at this year's virtual EmacsConf 2020, "the conference about the joy of Emacs, Emacs Lisp, and memorizing key sequences." And among them are an ap...
06:48 pm - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Celebrating the Path-Breaking Research That Lead to Coronavirus Vaccines
The Washington Post tells the remarkable story of how both Moderna's vaccine and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine relied on a specially designed spike protein partially created by America's Vaccine Researc...
05:34 pm - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Component Failure Found in Crew Capsule NASA Hoped to Launch in 2021
The Verge reports that a power component failed on the Orion deep-space crew capsule that NASA hopes to launch (unmanned) from its Space Launch System (or SLS) in late 2021, in a mission called Artemi...
04:34 pm - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot New Research Shows What We Can Accomplish by Manipulating Biology
Long-time Slashdot reader sixoh1 shares "an interesting spin on biotechnology tools that we've been seeing explode lately like Crisper-CAS and mRNA." Ars Technica writes:This is in no way a route to a...
03:34 pm - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot The Best Way To Win a Horse Race? Mathematicians May Have the Answer
sciencehabit summarizes a new article from Science magazine:Attention racehorse jockeys: Start fast, but save enough energy for a final kick. That's the ideal strategy to win short-distance horse race...
02:34 pm - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Shares Blue Origin Engine Test Footage
Friday on Instagram Jeff Bezos shared footage from NASA's test of Blue Origin's BE-7 engine, which he described approvingly as "a high-performance, additively manufactured liquid hydrogen/liquid oxyge...
12:34 pm - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Urban Explorers Discover A Treasure Trove Of Soviet Computing Power
"The building did not stand out. Unremarkable industrial building, which was built in hundreds of Soviet cities," explains a web site called Russian Urban Exploration. Hackaday describes what happened...
08:34 am - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Should Qualcomm Feel Threatened By Apple's M1 Macs?
PCMag.com's lead mobile analyst calls Qualcomm "a little too unbothered by Apple's M1 Macs"Qualcomm executives brushed off a question about Apple's new M1-based Macs during a question-and-answer sessi...
05:34 am - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Dust From Japan's Asteroid-Blasting Probe Returns to Earth
Long-time Slashdot reader reminds us that in 1999 scientists discovered the asteroid Ryugu flying 300 million kilometres (or 186,411,357 miles) from earth. In 2014, Japan launched a probe to collect s...
02:34 am - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot How Bill Gates Would Fight Climate Change
"There's another global disaster we also need to try to prevent," Bill Gates wrote on his blog Thursday: "climate change." As I have tried to make clear on this blog over the past two years, we have o...
12:34 am - Sun, December 6, 2020
Slashdot Does Digital Advertising Actually Work?
"This week's Freakonomics podcast goes into depth at asking if digital advertising actually works," writes Slashdot reader Thelasko:Economist Steve Tadelis [a professor at U.C. Berkeley's business sch...
11:34 pm - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot 'Mysterious Object Hurtling Towards Earth' is a 1966 Booster Rocket
"A Mysterious Object Is Hurtling Towards Earth, and Scientists Don't Know What It Is," read Newsweek's headline on Monday, describing an object projected to pass 31,605 miles from earth. (One astronom...
10:34 pm - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot New Report: Havanna Syndrome Could Be Directed Microwave Energy
NBC News reports:The mysterious neurological symptoms experienced by American diplomats in China and Cuba are consistent with the effects of directed microwave energy, according to a long-awaited repo...
09:34 pm - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot The Geeky Advent Calendar Tradition Continues in 2020
Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: Advent of Code isn't the only geeky tradition that's continuing in 2020. "This is going to be the first full year with Raku being called Raku," notes the ...
08:34 pm - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot Legendary Science Fiction Author Ben Bova Has Passed At the Age of 88
Ben Bova "was the author of more than 120 works of science fact and fiction," according to Wikipedia, and was also a six-time winner of the Hugo Award. "He was also president of both the National Spac...
07:34 pm - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot Apple Launches Repair Program For Unresponding IPhone 11 Displays
9to5Mac reports that Apple announced a repair program for "a small percentage" of iPhone 11s manufactured between November 2019 and May 2020 where the display stops responding to touch:The replacement...
06:34 pm - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot Python Beats Java Again in New GitHub Annual Report
This week the Microsoft-owned code repository site GitHub released its annual report with statistics about its community, writes programming columnist Mike Melanson:The report offers a deep dive into ...
05:34 pm - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot Are America's Hospitals Becoming Overwhelmed?
New Mexico's governor announced plans to allow hospitals "to ration care depending on a patient's likelihood of surviving," according to the Washington Post. But in fact, many of America's hospitals a...
04:34 pm - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot All Three Monoliths Gone -- Two Removed By Activist Vandals
A Reddit user found Google Earth photos showing the Utah monolith may have appeared in its canyon up to five years ago, according to The Daily Beast. But it's gone now:Last week, a team of four people...
03:34 pm - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot TikTok Misses US Deadline For Sale Without Punishment
"After months of wrangling, proposals, court rulings and a few extensions, a deadline set by the Trump Administration's Treasury Department mandated a sale for TikTok by December 4th," remembers Engad...
01:00 pm - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot One In Six Cadillac Dealers Opt To Close Instead of Selling Electric Cars
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Drive: General Motors knows all too well that a fully electric future is coming. As a company, GM wants to have 30 EVs for sale by 2025 and Cadillac will r...
10:00 am - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot China Expanding Weather-Control Program To Make Artificial Rain, Snow
China is massively expanding its weather-control project, and is aiming to be able to cover half the country in artificial rain and snow by 2025, the government said Tuesday. Business Insider reports:...
07:00 am - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot Australia's Great Barrier Reef Status Lowered To 'Critical' and Deteriorating
The health status of Australia's Great Barrier Reef has officially declined from "significant concern" to "critical" for the first time, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) annou...
03:30 am - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot Why Players Blame Skill-Based Matchmaking For Losing In Call of Duty
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Two months ago, esports pro Seth "Scump" Abner logged into the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer alpha and found himself struggling. No...
02:10 am - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot Google Fiber Rolls Out Insanely Fast 2Gbps Service In Two Lucky US Cities
Google Fiber has made its 2Gbps service "widely available" in Nashville, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama, the company said Thursday. CNET reports: New and existing Google Fiber customers in Nashvil...
01:30 am - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot Chrome OS 87 Adds Tab Search and Bluetooth Device Battery Levels
Chrome OS 87 starting rolling out on Thursday, adding the ability to search tabs, view the battery levels of your Bluetooth devices, and more. 9to5Google reports: Tab Groups help people better manage ...
12:50 am - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot China Turns On Nuclear-Powered 'Artificial Sun'
China successfully powered up its "artificial sun" nuclear fusion reactor for the first time, state media reported Friday, marking a great advance in the country's nuclear power research capabilities....
12:10 am - Sat, December 5, 2020
Slashdot Report Claims Huawei Finance Chief Meng Wanzhou Could Be Set Free In Exchange of Admitting Guilt
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: The U.S. Justice Department is talking to representatives of Meng Wanzhou about a potential deal that would allow the Chinese telecom executive to retu...
11:30 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot JavaScript Turns 25
The programming language JavaScript emerged 25 years ago and has grown to become one of the most important pieces of the web and browser applications we use today. From a report: JavaScript is the go-...
10:50 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Steve Wozniak Is Starting Another Company, 45 Years After Co-Founding Apple With Steve Jobs
45 years after co-founding Apple with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak is starting a business in the green tech and blockchain space called Efforce. CNBC reports: Efforce, which has been in stealth mode for ...
10:10 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance Per Watt
Hmmmmmm shares a report from Ars Technica: Micro Magic Inc. -- a small electronic design firm in Sunnyvale, California -- has produced a prototype CPU that is several times more efficient than world-l...
09:30 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot 'I Tried the World's First No-Kill, Lab-Grown Chicken Burger'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: PhD in genetics might seem like an unusual requirement for the role of head chef. It makes more sense when the man running the kitchen is not jus...
08:49 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Netflix Sued Again for Poaching -- This Time by Activision Blizzard
Netflix is the target of yet another employee-poaching lawsuit. From a report: In a suit on Friday, Activision Blizzard accused the streamer of showing "contempt" for state employment law when it poac...
08:10 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Chrome's New 'Cache Partitioning' System Impacts Google Fonts Performance
A change made in the Google Chrome browser in October has impacted the performance of the Google Fonts service for millions of websites. From a report: The change is an update to Chrome's internal cac...
07:32 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft is Testing a Cortana 'File Skill' To Find Files Faster in Windows 10
Cortana may not be the personal assistant she once was, but a new update as part of the Windows Insider Dev Channel means that her capabilities to find files have improved. From a report: The new "Fil...
06:58 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot This Robot Can Rap
What if your digital assistant could battle rap? That may sound far-fetched, but Gil Weinberg, a music technologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has adapted a musical robot called Shimon to...
06:48 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot This Robot Can Rap
What if your digital assistant could battle rap? That may sound far-fetched, but Gil Weinberg, a music technologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has adapted a musical robot called Shimon to...
06:15 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot 'It's Time For Movie Theaters To Die So Movies Can Live Again'
Joshua Topolsky, writing at Input Mag: Movies are, by their very nature, good. Movies are one of the best things to have happened to the human race, probably ranking right up there in the top 5 with e...
06:10 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot 'It's Time For Movie Theaters To Die So Movies Can Live Again'
Joshua Topolsky, writing at Input Mag: Movies are, by their very nature, good. Movies are one of the best things to have happened to the human race, probably ranking right up there in the top 5 with e...
05:25 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Divers Discover Nazi WW2 Enigma Machine in Baltic Sea
German divers searching the Baltic Sea for discarded fishing nets have stumbled upon a rare Enigma cipher machine used by the Nazi military during World War Two which they believe was thrown overboard...
04:45 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Ant, Grab Win Singapore Digital Bank Licenses Along With Sea
Ant Group and a venture led by Grab won licenses to run digital banks in Singapore, paving the way for the technology giants to expand their financial services in the Southeast Asian hub. From a repor...
04:06 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot iPhones Can Now Automatically Recognize and Label Buttons and UI Features for Blind Users
Apple has always gone out of its way to build features for users with disabilities, and VoiceOver on iOS is an invaluable tool for anyone with a vision impairment -- assuming every element of the inte...
03:25 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot EU Pushes for 'Right To Disconnect' From Work at Home
An anonymous reader shares a report: The coronavirus pandemic has not only upended social life across Europe but dramatically changed the way people work. With ever more people working from home -- ro...
02:58 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Trump Signs Another Executive Order on Governmental AI Development
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that aims to guide how federal agencies adopt artificial intelligence (AI) as part of efforts to build public trust in the government using...
02:48 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Trump Signs Another Executive Order on Governmental AI Development
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that aims to guide how federal agencies adopt artificial intelligence (AI) as part of efforts to build public trust in the government using...
02:03 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot EU Privacy Rule Would Rein In the Hunt for Online Child Sexual Abuse
An anonymous reader shares a report: Privacy concerns in Europe have led to some of the world's toughest restrictions on companies like Facebook and Google and the ways they monitor people online. The...
01:00 pm - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Light-Based Quantum Computer Exceeds Fastest Classical Supercomputers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: For the first time, a quantum computer made from photons -- particles of light -- has outperformed even the fastest classical supercompute...
10:00 am - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Reversal of Biological Clock Restores Vision In Old Mice
John Trumpian shares a report from SciTechDaily: Harvard Medical School scientists have successfully restored vision in mice by turning back the clock on aged eye cells in the retina to recapture yout...
07:00 am - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot S&P Dow Jones Indices To Launch Cryptocurrency Indexes In 2021
S&P Dow Jones Indices, a division of financial data provider S&P Global Inc, said on Thursday that it will launch cryptocurrency indices in 2021, making it the latest major finance company to ...
03:30 am - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot More Than 500,000 Full Electric Cars Sold So Far This Year In Europe
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Carmakers have sold more than 500,000 battery electric cars in Europe during 2020, a milestone in the automotive industry's move away from fossil...
02:02 am - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Pfizer Halves Covid-19 Vaccine Shipments For 2020 Due To Supply-Chain Problems
"The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Pfizer is planning to cut their shipment of Covid-19 vaccines for 2020 in half due to supply-chain problems," writes Slashdot reader phalse phace. Axios (non...
01:25 am - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Fires AI Ethics Co-Lead Timnit Gebru
Timnit Gebru, one of the best-known AI researchers today and co-lead of an AI ethics team at Google, said she was fired Wednesday for sending an email to "non-management employees that is inconsistent...
12:45 am - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot Google Set To Win EU Approval For Fitbit Takeover Next Week
According to Bloomberg, Google is set to win conditional European Union approval for its $2.1 billion takeover of Fitbit this month. From the report: The deal could be approved as soon as next week af...
12:01 am - Fri, December 4, 2020
Slashdot US Broadband Speeds Jumped 90% In 2020. But No, It Had Nothing To Do With Net Neutrality.
An anonymous reader shares a report from Techdirt: Last last week, a report out of the UK topped the trending news items at Hacker News. The report found that U.S. broadband speeds -- historically the...
11:20 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot China's Chang'e 5 Probe Lifts Off From Moon Carrying Lunar Samples
China's Chang'e spacecraft has lifted off from Oceanus Procellarum at 10:10 EST Thursday, carrying with it the first fresh lunar samples since 1976. Space.com reports: Six minutes later, the ascent sp...
10:40 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Drone Footage Shows the Shocking Collapse of the Arecibo Observatory
Iwastheone shares a report from The Verge: Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released shocking footage of the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The video, captured on Dece...
10:02 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot US Used Patriot Act To Gather Logs of Website Visitors
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: The government has interpreted a high-profile provision of the Patriot Act as empowering F.B.I. national security investigators to collect ...
09:25 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot YouTube Will Remind Users To 'Keep Comments Respectful' Before Posting
YouTube is taking new steps to weed out bullying, hate speech and other kinds of nasty comments. From a report: The company introduced a new feature that will remind users to "keep comments respectful...
08:45 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot AutoX Becomes China's First To Remove Safety Drivers From Robotaxis
Residents of Shenzhen saw truly driverless cars on the road today. From a report: AutoX, a four-year-old startup backed by Alibaba, MediaTek and Shanghai Motors, deployed a fleet of 25 unmanned vehicl...
08:09 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Trump Administration Claims Facebook Improperly Reserved Jobs for H-1B Workers
The Trump administration has sued Facebook, accusing the social-media company of illegally reserving high-paying jobs for immigrant workers it was sponsoring for permanent residence, rather than searc...
07:26 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Warner Bros. To Debut Entire 2021 Film Slate, Including 'Dune' and 'Matrix 4,' Both on HBO Max and In Theaters
When Warner Bros. announced that "Wonder Woman 1984" would land on the streaming service HBO Max on Christmas, the same time it debuts in theaters, many expected it to be an isolated case in response ...
06:48 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Dell Announces New Solutions For Its Supply Chain's Security
PC maker powerhouse Dell announced today a flurry of new enterprise security solutions for the company's line of enterprise products. From a report: The new services can be grouped into two categories...
06:05 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot AstraZeneca and Oxford's Stories Clash on COVID-19 Vaccine
AstraZeneca and Oxford University have given conflicting accounts of how they came upon the most effective dosing pattern for their COVID-19 vaccine, a rare instance of public dissension between major...
05:27 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot NASA Video Captures Decades of the Sun's Spitting Fury
An anonymous reader shares a report: Dec. 2 was the 25th anniversary of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint project from NASA and the European Space Agency. To celebrate, the agenci...
04:49 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Data of 243 Million Brazilians Exposed Online via Website Source Code
The personal information of more than 243 million Brazilians, including alive and deceased, has been exposed online after web developers left the password for a crucial government database inside the ...
04:12 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Will Take Down Misinformation About Covid Vaccines
With vaccines against Covid-19 on the verge of being rolled out around the world, Facebook said it will start removing false claims about the immunizations that have been debunked by public health exp...
03:31 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Python and TypeScript Gain Popularity Among Programming Languages
GitHub has released its annual Octoverse report, revealing trends in one of the largest developer communities on the planet, including a spike in open source project activity following the start of th...
02:43 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Mysterious Phishing Campaign Targets Organizations in COVID-19 Vaccine Cold Chain
IBM's cyber-security division says that hackers are targeting companies associated with the storage and transportation of COVID-19 vaccines using temperature-controlled environments -- also known as t...
02:08 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot AWS Engineer Puts Windows 10 on Arm on Apple Mac M1 -- and It Thrashes Surface Pro X
An Amazon Web Services (AWS) virtualization engineer has shown what Windows 10 on Arm could be like if Microsoft licensed its Arm-based OS to the public rather than just to Windows 10 manufacturers. F...
01:00 pm - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot US States Plan To Sue Facebook Next Week
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit against the social medi...
10:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Physicists Nail Down the 'Magic Number' That Shapes the Universe
Natalie Wolchover writes via Quanta Magazine: As fundamental constants go, the speed of light, c, enjoys all the fame, yet c's numerical value says nothing about nature; it differs depending on whethe...
07:00 am - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Singapore Becomes First Country To Approve Lab-Grown Meat
Singapore has granted San Francisco start-up Eat Just Inc. regulatory approval to sell its laboratory-grown chicken in the city-state -- the world's first government to allow the sale of cultured meat...
03:30 am - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Trump To Congress: Repeal Section 230 Or I'll Veto Military Funding
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: President Donald Trump has long been an outspoken foe of big technology companies. And in recent months, he has focused his ire on Section 230, a...
02:10 am - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot UK Seeks Site For World's First Fusion Power Station
sciencehabit writes: The U.K. government today invited communities around the country to volunteer a site for a prototype fusion reactor, which would be the first -- it is hoped -- to put electricity ...
01:30 am - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot South Africa's Lottery Probed As 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 Drawn
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: The winning numbers in South Africa's national lottery have caused a stir and sparked accusations of fraud over their unusual sequence. Tuesday's PowerBall lotter...
12:50 am - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot New Electric Cars Have Problems In Latest Consumer Reports Survey
schwit1 shares a report from Autoblog, adding: "And CR decides to predict poor reliability on EVs it hasn't even evaluated yet." From the report: The latest auto survey from Consumer Reports shows sev...
12:10 am - Thu, December 3, 2020
Slashdot Spotify Invents AI Tech That Will Police Songwriter Plagiarism
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Music Business Worldwide: According to a document published last week, Daniel Ek's company is seeking a patent for its "Plagiarism Risk Detector And Interface"...
11:30 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Google Says Its News Showcase Will Add Free Access To Paywalled Stories
Google News Showcase visitors will soon be able to read select paywalled articles at no extra charge. TechCrunch reports: Google says it will be paying participating publishers to provide "limited acc...
10:50 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Is Sony Developing a Dual-GPU PS5 Pro?
According to a Sony patent spotted by T3, the console maker may be working on a new PlayStation 5 with two graphics card. From the report: The patent describes a "scalable game console" where "a secon...
10:10 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Google Illegally Spied On Workers Before Firing Them, US Labor Board Alleges
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Google violated US labor laws by spying on workers who were organizing employee protests, then firing two of them, according to a complaint to be fi...
09:30 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot FBI Warns of Email Forwarding Rules Being Abused in Recent Hacks
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says that cyber-criminals are increasingly relying on email forwarding rules in order to disguise their presence inside hacked email accounts. From a report: In ...
08:50 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Discovery To Launch Streaming Service in January Starting at $4.99 Per Month
Discovery is the latest media company to jump into the ever more crowded streaming wars. It will launch its streaming service Discovery+ on Jan. 4, 2021. The service will include a $4.99 per month ad-...
08:10 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Malicious npm Packages Caught Installing Remote Access Trojans
The security team behind the "npm" repository for JavaScript libraries removed two npm packages this Monday for containing malicious code that installed a remote access trojan (RAT) on the computers o...
07:33 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot iPhone Zero-Click Wi-Fi Exploit is One of the Most Breathtaking Hacks Ever
Dan Goodin, writing for ArsTechnica: Earlier this year, Apple patched one of the most breathtaking iPhone vulnerabilities ever: a memory corruption bug in the iOS kernel that gave attackers remote acc...
06:48 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Uber in Talks To Sell Air Taxi Business To Joby
Uber is in advanced talks to sell its Uber Elevate unit to Joby Aviation, Axios reported Wednesday, citing multiple sources. A deal could be announced later this month. From the report: Uber Elevate w...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot ACLU Sues DHS Over Purchase of Cellphone Location Data Used To Track Immigrants
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing federal authorities over their alleged use of cellphone location data -- particularly in immigration enforcement. From a report: The nonprofit organization ...
05:25 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Spotify Says It's Dominating the Podcasting Market Because of a Million-Plus Tiny Podcasts
Spotify's $100 million-plus Anchor acquisition is seemingly paying off. From a report: In data released today as part of its annual Wrapped look-back on the year, the company says Anchor, which makes ...
04:45 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot How Prestige Journals Remain Elite, Exclusive And Exclusionary
An anonymous reader shares a report: Last week, Nature journals unveiled their "landmark" open-access option. Nature journals will charge authors, starting in January 2021, up to $11,400 to make resea...
04:08 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk Would Consider Having Tesla Acquire a Legacy Automaker
Elon Musk would consider leveraging Tesla's mega $554 billion market cap to buy a legacy automaker, but only if it was on friendly terms, the billionaire entrepreneur said Tuesday in a wide-ranging in...
03:31 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot UK Becomes the First Country To Approve Pfizer/BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine, Roll Out To Start Next Week
Hope Thelps shares a report: The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination. Britain's medicines regulator, th...
02:47 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft's New Windows Feature Experience Packs Are Smaller Updates To Windows 10
Microsoft has started testing smaller feature updates for Windows 10 in the form of a Windows Feature Experience Pack. The branding appeared inside Windows 10 earlier this year, but Microsoft has only...
02:06 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Elon Musk is Highly Confident SpaceX Will Land Humans on Mars by 2026
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk remains highly confident that his company will land humans on Mars by 2026, saying on Tuesday that it's an achievable goal "about six years from now." From a report: "If we get lu...
01:00 pm - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Massachusetts Lawmakers Vote To Pass a Statewide Police Ban On Facial Recognition
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to pass a new police reform bill that will ban police departments and public agencies from using facial recognit...
10:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Italy Fines Apple $12 Million For Unfair Claims About iPhone Water Resistance
Iwastheone writes: Italian regulators have fined Apple $12 million for making misleading and unfair claims about iPhone water resistance. The fine was imposed by L'Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e...
07:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Australian Telescope Maps New Atlas of the Universe In Record Speed
A powerful new telescope developed by Australian scientists has mapped three million galaxies in record speed, unlocking the universe's deepest secrets. The Guardian reports: The Australian Square Kil...
03:30 am - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Ford Calls On Automakers To Support California Fuel Economy Deal
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Ford is urging major automakers to consider backing a framework deal with California on vehicle emissions in a bid to reach industry consensus before ...
02:20 am - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Reddit Reveals Daily Active User Count For the First Time: 52 Million
According to The Wall Street Journal, Reddit says it now has 52 million daily users, with daily usage growing 44 percent year over year for October. The Verge reports: The number is small compared to ...
01:40 am - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot 'Code Switch' From NPR Is Apple's Podcast of the Year
Apple has picked "Code Switch" as the best audio show of the year, marking the first time the company has recognized a single podcast in this way. Engadget reports: Code Switch is NPR's weekly discuss...
01:00 am - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Hector Martin Promises To Bring Linux To the M1 Chip
Joe2020 writes: Famous developer Hector Martin who put Linux on the PS4 now wants to port Linux to the new Apple M1, and he wants to do it with the help of crowdfunding by making it his full-time job....
12:20 am - Wed, December 2, 2020
Slashdot Tesla Whistleblower Martin Tripp Ordered To Pay $400,000 To Settle Hacking Case
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Martin Tripp, the former Tesla worker who has been embroiled in a bitter legal battle with CEO Elon Musk for over two years, was ordered to pay his ...
11:40 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot A Second, Mysterious Monolith Appears In Romania
Joe2020 shares a report with the caption, "Yeah, this happened." NPR reports: Less than two weeks after authorities stumbled across a mysterious metal object standing freely in the Utah desert -- and ...
11:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot HPE Says It's Relocating HQ To Houston From San Jose
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the latest tech company to shift its focus away from Silicon Valley, announcing Tuesday that it will relocate its headquarters from San Jose, California, to Houston, Texa...
10:40 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Amazon To Roll Out Tools To Monitor Factory Workers and Machines
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Amazon is rolling out cheap new tools that will allow factories everywhere to monitor their workers and machines, as the tech giant looks to boos...
10:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Google Maps Takes on Facebook With Launch of Its Own News Feed
People are getting frustrated that Stories are everywhere now, but Google Maps is keeping it old school. From a report: Instead of adding tiny circles to the top of the app's screen, Google Maps is in...
09:12 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Salesforce Buys Slack in a $27.7B Megadeal
Salesforce, the CRM powerhouse that recently surpassed $20 billion in annual revenue, announced today it is wading deeper into enterprise social by acquiring Slack in a $27.7 billion megadeal. From a ...
08:54 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Amazon Is Laying the Groundwork for Its Own Quantum Computer
Amazon is laying the groundwork for a quantum computer, deepening efforts to harness technology that can crunch in seconds vast amounts of data that take even the most powerful supercomputers hours or...
08:10 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Will Remove User Names from 'Productivity Score' Feature After Privacy Backlash
Microsoft says it will make changes in its new Productivity Score feature, including removing the ability for companies to see data about individual users, to address concerns from privacy experts tha...
07:32 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot NVIDIA Launches GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, Sets a New Gaming Performance Bar At $399
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA expanded its line-up of Ampere-based graphics cards today with a new lower cost GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. As its name suggests, the new $399 NVIDIA GPU supplants the previous-gen GeF...
06:50 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico Collapses as Engineers Feared
weiserfireman writes: The worst fears of engineers has happened. The massive Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed in on itself overnight. The catastrophic failure had been predicted by enginee...
06:17 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Google Launches Android Enterprise Essentials Aimed at SMBs
Google said it is launching Android Enterprise Essentials, a mobile device management service for small enterprises. From a report: Based on the Android Enterprise Recommended program, Google's Androi...
05:25 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Qualcomm's New Snapdragon 888 Processor Will Power the Android Flagships of 2021
Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon 888 at its Snapdragon Tech Summit, offering a first look at its next-generation flagship smartphone processor. The 888 will power the next wave of 2021...
04:44 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot China's Chang'e 5 Mission Lands on the Moon
China's Chang'e 5 mission, tasked with bringing a sample of lunar dirt back to Earth, successfully landed on the Moon on Tuesday, marking the third time that China has placed a robotic spacecraft on t...
04:04 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Removes 18 Malicious Edge Extensions for Injecting Ads Into Web Pages
Microsoft has removed 18 Edge browser extensions from the Edge Add-ons portal after the extensions were caught injecting ads into users' web search results pages. From a report: The extensions were re...
03:32 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Companies Urged To Adjust Hiring Requirements for Cyber Jobs
Companies need millions more cybersecurity professionals to fill roles around the world, but researchers say outlandish job requirements are the problem, rather than a lack of workers. From a report: ...
03:28 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Companies Urged To Adjust Hiring Requirements for Cyber Jobs
Companies need millions more cybersecurity professionals to fill roles around the world, but researchers say outlandish job requirements are the problem, rather than a lack of workers. From a report: ...
02:54 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot AWS Brings the Mac Mini To Its Cloud
AWS today opened its re:Invent conference with a surprise announcement: the company is bringing the Mac mini to its cloud. These new EC2 Mac instances, as AWS calls them, are now available in preview....
02:47 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot AWS Brings the Mac Mini To Its Cloud
AWS today opened its re:Invent conference with a surprise announcement: the company is bringing the Mac mini to its cloud. These new EC2 Mac instances, as AWS calls them, are now available in preview....
02:02 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Samsung May Discontinue High-End Galaxy Note Smartphones
Samsung may discontinue its premium Galaxy Note phone next year, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing sources with knowledge of the matter, a move that would reflect the sharp drop in demand for high-end ...
01:00 pm - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Verizon Wiring Up 500K Homes With FiOS To Settle Lawsuit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Verizon has agreed to bring FiOS fiber-to-the-home service to another 500,000 households in New York City by July 2023, settling a lawsuit over V...
10:00 am - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Chinese Submarine Reaches the Deepest Place On Earth
The Chinese submersible Fendouzhe just reached one of the deepest spots on the planet, reaching a dizzying (and dark) depth of 35,791 feet (10,909 meters), according to a state-run news agency. LiveSc...
07:00 am - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Down 24% Since 1990
Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc's annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify effor...
05:10 am - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot The 'Advent of Code 2020' Event Begins
"Need a vacation from 2020? Why not go on an adventure and learn programming at the same time?" asks developer Eric Wastl on Twitter, announcing this year's edition of the Advent of Code. From the sit...
03:30 am - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Engineers Are Building Huge Salt Caves To Store Huge Amounts of Hydrogen
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: Scientists are going back to the salt mines, literally, to find a revolutionary new way to store large quantities of hydrogen for energy. Pr...
02:02 am - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Foundation Releases Case Fan To Prevent Overheating
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a tiny $5 fan combined with a small heatsink for the Raspberry Pi 4. TechCrunch reports: It works with the official case, below the top cover. That accessory s...
01:25 am - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Apple Hires Former Venture Capitalist Josh Elman For App Store Discovery Role
As part of Apple's ongoing efforts to improve app discovery, the company has hired former venture capitalist Josh Elman for a related role on the App Store. AppleInsider reports: In a statement Monday...
12:45 am - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot Disney Digitally Removes The Mandalorian's Accidental Crew Member Cameo
Disney has digitally removed a lone crew member who accidentally appeared in the background of a recent Mandalorian episode. The Verge reports: The crew member, who the internet lovingly dubbed "Jeans...
12:02 am - Tue, December 1, 2020
Slashdot No One Who Got Moderna's Vaccine In Trial Developed Severe COVID-19
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: Continuing the spate of stunning news about COVID-19 vaccines, the biotech company Moderna announced the final results of the 30,000-person e...
11:20 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Australia Demands Apology From China After Fake Image of Soldier Posted On Social Media
hackingbear writes: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded an apology after a senior Chinese official posted a "fake image" of an Australian soldier holding a knife with blood on it to the ...
10:40 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Pirate Bay Founder Warns US Govt Against Mafia-Esque Copyright Lobby
One of the original founders of The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, is warning against the power American corporations have on the internet. After several copyright industry groups reported Sunde's domain re...
10:02 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Nikola Stock Plunges As Company Cancels Badger Pickup Truck
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Things keep going downhill for aspiring hydrogen truck-maker Nikola. Nikola's stock plunged on Monday morning as the company announced that a pre...
09:25 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Global Smartphone Sales Declined 5.7% in Third Quarter of 2020
Worldwide smartphone sales to end-users totaled 366 million units in the third quarter of 2020, down 5.7% from the third quarter of 2019, according to Gartner. Overall global mobile phone sales to end...
08:45 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot From Thailand To Indonesia, Taxes Tighten for Digital Businesses
Governments across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are moving to impose more taxes on digital companies, stirring unease among multinational internet businesses that have boomed amid the co...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot 'Welcome To the PC Malaise Era'
Long-time research analyst Wes Miller, who previously worked at Microsoft, believes that Windows-powered PCs are now stuck in the same rut that American cars grappled with in 1973 to 1983. He writes: ...
07:24 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Americans of All Ages Are Spending More on Video Games
We know that time and money spent on video games is surging due to the pandemic. Now, industry-tracking firm The NPD Group is providing detail on where that growth is coming from. From a report: And i...
06:48 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot In a Major Scientific Breakthrough, AI Predicts the Exact Shape of Proteins
Researchers have made a major breakthrough using artificial intelligence that could revolutionize the hunt for new medicines. The scientists have created A.I. software that uses a protein's DNA sequen...
06:18 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Bitcoin Hits New Record, This Time With Less Talk of a Bubble
Bitcoin is back. Again. From a report: Nearly three years after it went on a hair-bending rise and hit a peak of $19,783, the price of a single Bitcoin rose above that for the first time on Monday, ac...
05:29 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Facebook Buys Customer-Service Software Maker Kustomer For About $1 Billion
Facebook has acquired Kustomer, a New York-based software company that helps businesses manage customer conversations from multiple services on one dashboard. From a report: The social media giant mad...
04:57 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Facebook, Google to Face New Antitrust Suits in US
Big Tech's legal woes are expected to worsen in the coming weeks as federal and state antitrust authorities prepare to file new lawsuits against Facebook and Alphabet's Google, WSJ reported Monday, ci...
04:51 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Facebook, Google to Face New Antitrust Suits in US
Big Tech's legal woes are expected to worsen in the coming weeks as federal and state antitrust authorities prepare to file new lawsuits against Facebook and Alphabet's Google, WSJ reported Monday, ci...
04:33 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Will Step Down on January 20
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced plans to depart the commission when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20th. Pai has served on the FCC since 2012. From a report: "It has been the ...
04:10 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Will Step Down on January 20
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced plans to depart the commission when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20th. Pai has served on the FCC since 2012. From a report: "It has been the ...
03:36 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot The Supreme Court Will Hear Its First Big CFAA Case
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in a case that could lead to sweeping changes to America's controversial computer hacking laws -- and affecting how millions use their computers and acc...
03:25 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot The Supreme Court Will Hear Its First Big CFAA Case
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in a case that could lead to sweeping changes to America's controversial computer hacking laws -- and affecting how millions use their computers and acc...
02:41 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Salesforce Acquires Slack
CNBC reports: Salesforce's deal to buy Slack is expected to be announced Tuesday after markets close, sources told CNBC's David Faber. The deal is expected to be about half cash and half stock, the so...
02:04 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot EU Lawmakers To Push Audio-Visual Sector on Geoblocking
European Union lawmakers are considering whether current rules aimed at limiting the practice of geoblocking across the bloc should be extended to cover access to streaming audio-visual content. From ...
12:34 pm - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Are Tech Workers Fleeing the San Francisco Bay Area?
NBC News reports:Many urban centers have seen residents move out in large numbers since the start of stay-at-home orders in March, but the shift has been especially dramatic for San Francisco, a city ...
08:22 am - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Bloomberg Columnist: Bitcoin is Part of a Real Monetary Revolution
In an eloquent essay, Scottish-American historian Niall Ferguson argues that "We are living through a monetary revolution so multifaceted that few of us comprehend its full extent." The technological ...
05:12 am - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Greg Kroah-Hartman: 'Don't Make Users Mad'
From a recent report:Greg Kroah-Hartman, the Linux Foundation fellow currently responsible for stable Linux kernel releases, shared the lessons he's learned as a kernel developer that are applicable t...
02:05 am - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Report Claims America's CIA Also Controlled a Second Swiss Encryption Firm
Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike brings this report from AFP:Swiss politicians have voiced outrage and demanded an investigation after revelations that a second Swiss encryption company was allege...
12:01 am - Mon, November 30, 2020
Slashdot Tasmania Is Now 100% Powered By Renewable Electricity
Tasmania consists of the 26th-largest island in the world and its surrounding 334 islands — an island state of Australia with a population around 540,000 people, according to Wikipedia. Friday t...