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11:34 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot The Problems of Touchscreens In the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes a recent blog post from BoingBoing: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most crammed-with-digital-tech fighter jet in history, the product of a multi-decade, ...
10:30 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot The US Government's Entire 645,000-Vehicle Fleet Will Go All-Electric
Jalopnik reports:The United States government operates a fleet of about 645,000 vehicles, from mail delivery trucks to military vehicles and passenger cars. On Monday, President Joe Biden announced th...
09:34 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot Could This Powerful New Fusion Rocket Thruster Propel Us Beyond Mars?
Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shared this article from Sky.com:Dr. Fatima Ebrahimi "has invented a new fusion rocket thruster concept which could power humans to Mars and beyond," writes Sky.com L...
08:34 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot Phone Numbers For 533 Million Facebook Users Were Being Sold On Telegram
Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: This week a security researcher discovered a bot on Telegram that sold the phone numbers of Facebook users for $20 apiece. "The security researcher who found this vu...
07:34 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot Study Finds The Least-Affordable City for Tech Workers: Silicon Valley's San Jose
The Bay Area Newsgroup reports:Despite high salaries and world-class amenities, San Jose is the least affordable place for tech workers to buy a home. [Alternate URL here] A new analysis by the Americ...
06:34 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot Are the US Military's GPS Tests Threatening Airline Safety?
Long-time Slashdot reader cusco quotes a new report from IEEE Spectrum:In August 2018, a passenger aircraft in Idaho, flying in smoky conditions, reportedly suffered GPS interference from military tes...
05:34 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot 'Terms of Service' Agreements Are Unbalanced, Need Reforming, Urges New York Times
"The same legalese that can ban Donald Trump from Twitter can bar users from joining class-action lawsuits," warns the official Editorial Board of the New York Times, urging "It's time to fix the fine...
04:34 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot Can Oklahoma Return Its $2 Million Stockpile of Hydroxychloroquine?
A nonprofit watchdog news site in Tulsa, Oklahoma reports:The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office has been tasked with attempting to return a $2 million stockpile of a malaria drug once touted by forme...
04:24 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot The US Government's Entire 645,000-Vehicle Fleet Will Go All-Electric
Jalopnik reports:The United States government operates a fleet of about 645,000 vehicles, from mail delivery trucks to military vehicles and passenger cars. On Monday, President Joe Biden announced th...
03:34 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot How Reddit's Co-Founder, Jim Cramer, and Wall Street Reacted to GameStop's Surge
Friday afternoon CNBC reported that "heightened speculative trading by retail investors" (later referred to as "GameStop mania") had "continued to unnerve the market."The Dow Jones Industrial average ...
01:00 pm - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot US Intelligence Officials Say Chinese Government Is Collecting Americans' DNA
schwit1 shares a report from CBS News: The largest biotech firm in the world wasted no time in offering to build and run COVID testing labs in Washington, contacting its governor right after the first...
10:00 am - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot Biden Orders Sweeping Review of Government Science Integrity Policies
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: President Joe Biden today created a task force that will conduct a 120-day review of scientific integrity policies across the U.S. government, inclu...
07:00 am - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot Surround Sound From Lightweight Roll-To-Roll Printed Loudspeaker Paper
"Researchers from the fields of print media technology, chemistry, physics, acoustics, electrical engineering, and economics from six nations developed a continuous, highly productive, and reliable ro...
03:30 am - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Can Make Just About Anything -- Except a Good Video Game
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg, which is "based on interviews with more than 30 current and former Amazon employees, most of whom spoke under the condition of anonymity citing fear...
02:02 am - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot Tesla Roadster Delayed To 2022
Elon Musk confirmed that the new Tesla Roadster has been delayed from 2021 to 2022 -- a good two years behind the original schedule set all the way back in 2017. Electrek reports: When first unveiling...
12:45 am - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot 'Meme Stock' Rally Rescues AMC Theaters From $600 Million Debt
This week's bizarre "meme stock" rally, which has delivered lottery-like windfalls for holders of GameStop stock, also wiped out $600 million in debt owed by the AMC theater chain. Polygon reports: Th...
12:02 am - Sat, January 30, 2021
Slashdot Cable ISP Warns 'Excessive' Uploaders, Says Network Can't Handle Heavy Usage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Mediacom, a cable company with about 1.4 million Internet customers across 22 states, is telling heavy uploaders to reduce their data usage -- ev...
11:20 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Visa Wants To Work With Exchanges, Wallets On 'Digital Gold' Bitcoin
Yesterday, in an earnings call, Visa CEO Alfred Kelly said that the firm wants to "work with wallets and exchanges" on handling crypto, and has called bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies "digital gold....
10:40 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Robinhood Is Still Severely Limiting Trading, Customers Can Only Buy One Share of GameStop
Restrictions on Robinhood traders got tighter throughout the day on Friday, only allowing clients to buy a single share of GameStop. CNBC reports: The stock trading app also expanded its list of restr...
10:03 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot 'We Spoke To a Guy Who Got His Dick Locked In a Cage By a Hacker'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Sam Summers was sitting at home with his penis wrapped in an internet-connected chastity cage when he got a weird message on the app that connects...
09:26 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say
Investigators probing a massive hack of the U.S. government and businesses say they have found concrete evidence the suspected Russian espionage operation went far beyond the compromise of the small s...
08:49 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot SEC To Review Brokers' Restrictions on GameStop, AMC Trading
Securities regulators said Friday they plan to closely review the actions of some brokerage firms [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] that restricted investors' ability to t...
08:05 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Has Science Solved One of History's Greatest Adventure Mysteries?
Robin George Andrews, reporting for National Geographic: A 62-year-old adventure mystery that has prompted conspiracy theories around Soviet military experiments, Yetis, and even extraterrestrial cont...
07:29 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot After SolarWinds Breach, Lawmakers Ask NSA for Help in Cracking Juniper Cold Case
As the U.S. investigation into the SolarWinds hacking campaign grinds on, lawmakers are demanding answers from the National Security Agency about another troubling supply chain breach that was disclos...
06:44 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot SoftBank Expects Mass Production of Driverless Cars in Two Years
SoftBank Group Chief Executive Masayoshi Son said on Friday he expects mass production of self-driving vehicles to start in two years. From a report: While in the first year the production of units wo...
06:01 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Who's Making All Those Scam Calls?
Every year, tens of millions of Americans collectively lose billions of dollars to scam callers. Where does the other end of the line lead? From a report: I flew to India at the end of 2019 hoping to ...
05:22 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Flying Cars Airport of the Future To Land in England
An airport for flying cars will thrust the English city of Coventry into the future later this year, with a project aimed at demonstrating how air taxis will work in urban centres. From a report: Urba...
04:43 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Profile of Keith Gill, Who Drove the GameStop Reddit Mania
The investor who helped direct the world's attention to GameStop, leading a horde of online followers in a bizarre market rally that made and lost fortunes from one day to the next, says he's just a n...
04:02 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Reddit Joins With Ethereum Foundation To Build Scaling Tools
Reddit is growing its role in the Ethereum ecosystem, with the goal of building out scaling tools for the blockchain network. From a report: The social media platform announced this week that it was e...
03:22 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Robinhood Restricts Crypto Trading 'Due To Extraordinary Market Conditions'
Robinhood restricted trading in cryptocurrencies on Friday, as the price of bitcoin and a meme-inspired token rose sharply. From a report: Users began reporting that the trading app had halted instant...
02:42 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Xiaomi Teases Over-the-Air Wireless Charging, But It's Not Coming To Its Devices this Year
Xiaomi, the world's third largest smartphone maker, today unveiled "Mi Air Charge Technology" that it says can deliver 5W power to multiple devices "within a radius of several metres" as the Chinese g...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot GameStop Shows Rising Power of Retail Traders, Says Reddit Co-Founder
Reddit Chief Executive Officer Steve Huffman said on Thursday that the WallStreetBets forum is "by no means perfect but they've been well in the bounds of our content policy." From a report: "With all...
01:00 pm - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Robinhood Is Said To Draw On Bank Credit Lines Amid Tumult
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Robinhood, the trading app that's popular with investors behind this month's wildest stock swings, has drawn down some of its credit lines with bank...
10:00 am - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Google To Allow Gambling Apps In the Play Store
Android users in the U.S. will soon gain access to betting and gambling apps through the Play Store, Google announced Thursday. CNET reports: As of March 1, online casino games, sports betting, lotter...
07:00 am - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Apple Crosses 1 Billion Active iPhone Users
According to CEO Tim Cook, there are now more than 1 billion iPhones being used by customers around the world. The new milestone comes as the company earned over $100 billion in a single quarter for t...
03:30 am - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Carmakers Face $61 Billion Sales Hit From Pandemic Chip Shortage
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: When the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan in 2011, ocean water flooded factories owned byRenesas Electronics Corp.Production at the swamp...
02:10 am - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot The Highest Resolution Photos Ever Taken of Snowflakes
Photographer and scientist Nathan Myhrvold has developed a camera that captures snowflakes at a microscopic level never seen before. Smithsonian Magazine reports: Myhrvold, who holds a PhD in theoreti...
01:30 am - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Google Deletes Nearly 100,000 Negative Reviews of Robinhood App
According to The Verge, Google has removed nearly 100,000 negative reviews of the Robinhood app from the Google Play Store. From the report: After some disgruntled Robinhood users organized campaigns ...
12:50 am - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot Apple Adds 'BlastDoor' To Secure iOS From Zero-Click Attacks
wiredmikey shares a report from SecurityWeek.com: Apple has quietly added several anti-exploit mitigations into iOS in what appears to be a specific response to zero-click iMessage attacks observed in...
12:10 am - Fri, January 29, 2021
Slashdot State Reps Try To Ban Comcast Data Cap and Price Hikes Until Pandemic Is Over
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In response to Comcast imposing a data cap on Massachusetts residents, state lawmakers have proposed a ban on data caps, new fees, and price incr...
11:30 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Coinbase Settles On Direct Listing To Go Public
In a blog post today, Coinbase announced that its public debut will be a direct listing instead of a traditional IPO. From the announcement: Coinbase Global, Inc. today announced its intent to become ...
10:50 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot GM Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles By 2035
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: General Motors said Thursday it would phase out petroleum-powered cars and trucks and sell only vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions ...
09:55 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Robinhood Will Allow 'Limited Buys' of Stocks Like GameStop, Starting Friday
After removing GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry, and Nokia from its platform, getting slapped with a class-action lawsuit, and flooded with 1-star reviews on the Google Play Store, Robinhood is starting to h...
09:30 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Backs Direct Air Capture Player Climeworks
Microsoft this morning disclosed investments in more climate-related companies as part of efforts to make good on its year-old pledge to become "carbon negative" by 2030. From a report: One company th...
08:57 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot AOC, Ted Cruz Slam Robinhood for Freezing Some Trades Amid GameStop Volatility
With Reddit's interest in sending some stocks soaring showing no sign of slowing down, the trading app Robinhood started restricting some transactions Thursday morning. Reddit wasn't happy -- and neit...
08:10 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Apple's Tim Cook Criticizes Social Media Practices, Intensifying Facebook Conflict
Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook on Thursday criticized polarization and misinformation on social media, intensifying a conflict between the iPhone maker and Facebook. From a report: In remarks ...
07:25 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot New Spotify Patent Involves Monitoring Users' Speech To Recommend Music
Spotify has been granted a patent with technology that aims to use recordings of users' speech and background noise to determine what kind of music to curate and recommend to them. The company filed f...
06:44 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Tesla's New Cars Can Run The Witcher 3 on Their 10-Teraflop Gaming Rigs
Tesla has unveiled refreshed versions of its Model X and Model S cars, revealing that both are equipped with gaming hardware supporting "up to 10 teraflops of processing power." This theoretically put...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Robinhood Hit with Class Action After Blocking GameStop Trades
Robinhood is already facing a class action lawsuit after the microtrading platform deliberately blocked users from trading GameStop stock as the stock catapulted in value. From a report: The news show...
05:24 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota Warn EU Lawmakers Over 'Anti-Encryption' Push
Four European apps which secure user data via end-to-end encryption, ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota, have issued a joint-statement warning over recent moves by EU institutions that they sa...
04:48 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Intel Iris Xe Video Cards Now Shipping To OEMs: DG1 Lands In Desktops
Ryan Smith, writing at AnandTech: Following plans first unveiled last year during the launch of their DG1 GPU, Intel sends word this morning that the first Iris Xe video cards have finally begun shipp...
04:13 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Razer's New Viper 8K Promises the Fastest Performance of Any Gaming Mouse
Razer's Viper 8K is a refresh of the 2019 true ambidextrous Viper. For the most part, it's identical and is now available at the same $79 asking price, but it has some key upgrades for competitive gam...
03:34 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Authorities Plan To Mass-Uninstall Emotet From Infected Hosts on March 25
Law enforcement officials in the Netherlands are in the process of delivering an Emotet update that will remove the malware from all infected computers on March 25, 2021, ZDNet has learned today. From...
02:42 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Looks To Take its Fight With Apple To Court
A long-simmering public dispute between Facebook and Apple has neared a boiling point. The Information: With the aid of outside legal counsel, Facebook for months has been preparing an antitrust lawsu...
02:06 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Robinhood Clients Say Platform Has Removed GameStop and AMC, and is Only Allowing Holders To Sell
Robinhood removed GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry, and Nokia from its trading platform on Thursday, leaving investors unable to buy the highly volatile stocks. From a report: The discount brokerage informed...
01:00 pm - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Navistar, GM, OneH2 Combine Forces For Long-Haul Hydrogen-Electric Trucks
Thelasko shares a report from CNET: Navistar, the company formerly known as International Harvester, announced on Wednesday that it's partnering with GM and OneH2 for a "complete solution for customer...
10:00 am - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Virgin Hyperloop Unveils Passenger Experience Vision
Just months after their first passenger testing, Virgin Hyperloop today unveiled its vision for the future hyperloop experience. Yahoo Finance reports: The newly-released concept video takes the viewe...
07:00 am - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Puzzling Six-Exoplanet System With Rhythmic Movement Challenges Theories of How Planets Form
Astronomers have used a combination of telescopes to reveal a system consisting of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a rare rhythm around their central star. "The researchers believe the sys...
05:00 am - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Why Scientists Are Very Worried About the Variant From Brazil
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: New coronavirus variants seem to be cropping up everywhere. There's one from the U.K., which is more contagious and already circulating in the United Stat...
03:30 am - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Police Dismantle World's 'Most Dangerous' Criminal Hacking Network
International law enforcement agencies said on Wednesday they had dismantled a criminal hacking scheme used to steal billions of dollars from businesses and private citizens worldwide. Reuters reports...
02:02 am - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot AT&T Eats a $15.5 Billion Impairment Charge As DirecTV Debacle Continues
An anonymous reader writes: AT&T lost 617,000 customers from DirecTV and its other TV businesses in the final quarter of 2020, capping a year in which it lost nearly 3 million customers in the cat...
01:25 am - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Personal Experiences Bridge Moral and Political Divides Better Than Facts, Research Finds
AmiMoJo shares a report from Live Science: In his inaugural address last week, President Joe Biden called for unity. But how can Americans come together, given what seems to be growing political conte...
12:45 am - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Clash and Byte, Two of TikTok's Competitors, Are Merging
Yesterday, Clash announced it was acquiring Byte, a short-form video app launched by Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann. The announcement comes "at a time when TikTok itself now appears to be here to stay," r...
12:02 am - Thu, January 28, 2021
Slashdot Discord Bans the r/WallStreetBets Server As Subreddit Goes Private
According to The Verge, Discord has banned the r/WallStreetBets server for allowing "hateful and discriminatory content after repeated warnings." It did not ban the server for financial fraud. We have...
11:20 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot iCloud For Windows Gaining Support For iCloud Passwords Chrome Extension
Apple yesterday released a new version of iCloud for Windows 10, and based on multiple reports and the update's release notes, it appears Apple is introducing an iCloud Passwords extension designed fo...
10:40 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Tesla Model S Gets a Radically Redesigned Interior and 520-Mile Range
During its fourth-quarter earnings announcement, Tesla unveiled the long-rumored refresh for its Model S sedan. CNET reports: On the outside, the Model S has a new front bumper with slightly different...
10:02 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot GitLab Reshuffles Its Paid Subscription Plans, Drops Its Bronze/Starter Tier
An anonymous reader writes: GitLab, the increasingly popular DevOps platform, today announced a major update to its subscription model. The company is doing away with its $4/month Bronze/Starter packa...
09:25 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Miami Uploads Bitcoin White Paper To Municipal Website
The city of Miami on Wednesday uploaded a copy of the Bitcoin white paper to its municipal website, joining a growing chorus of governments and companies now hosting bitcoin's original blueprint. From...
08:45 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot GameStop, AMC Trading Now Being Restricted at TD Ameritrade, Schwab
Some major brokerage houses have begun to respond to a frenetic surge in the price of shares of companies that has been attributed to rabid buying by individual investors on social-media platforms. Fr...
08:05 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot China Starts Using Anal Swabs To Test 'High-Risk' People for Covid
Joe2020 shares a report: China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers to be at high risk of contracting Covid-19, state TV has reported. Officials took anal swabs from residents of neig...
07:25 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Bill Gates: It's Not Too Soon To Start Thinking About the Next Pandemic
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates write in their annual letter, shared by reader cusco: To prevent the hardship of this last year from happening again, pandemic preparedness must be taken as seriously as w...
06:45 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Former SEC Chairman Calls For an Agency Investigation Into Online Stock Trading Platforms
Arthur Levitt Jr., a former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, writes at Bloomberg Opinion: They say history occurs first as tragedy, then as farce -- I fear we're about to see t...
06:19 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot 10-year-old Sudo Bug Lets Linux Users Gain Root-Level Access
A major vulnerability impacting a large chunk of the Linux ecosystem has been patched today in Sudo, an app that allows admins to delegate limited root access to other users. From a report: The vulner...
05:27 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Nintendo Sued by European Gamers Hampered by Broken Controllers
Nintendo faces a complaint from BEUC, a European consumer group, over what it calls "systematic problems" with the controllers for the company's popular Switch games console. BEUC said it filed a comp...
04:52 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Social Media Damages Teenagers' Mental Health, Report Says
Teenagers' mental health is being damaged by heavy social media use, a report has found. From a report: Research from the Education Policy Institute and The Prince's Trust said wellbeing and self-este...
04:07 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Google Spells Out Consequences of Apple's Privacy Push and IDFA Changes
Apple has prioritized user privacy over targeted advertising, and Google is spelling out today what that means for itself as well as game and app developers. From a report: Apple is advocating its App...
03:21 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot TiVo Says People Want Ads
If the folks who are responsible for beaming content to your eyeballs are to be believed, streamers are thirsty for more ads of all things. From a report: A survey of 4,526 adults in the U.S. and Cana...
02:42 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot TikTok To Shed Hundreds of India Workers After National Security Ban
TikTok has announced that it will lay off hundreds of workers in India, [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] seven months after the Chinese-owned video app was banned from wh...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot AMC Spikes 260% as Day Traders Ignite Shorted Stocks like GameStop, BlackBerry, and Bed Bath & Beyond
AMC shares skyrocketed as much as 260% in premarket trading on Wednesday as day traders piled into heavily shorted stocks for a third consecutive day. From a report: Frenzied buying also drove GameSto...
01:00 pm - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Just 1 In 10 Companies Expect All Employees To Return To the Office
An anonymous reader writes: Only about 1 in 10 companies expect all employees to return to their pre-pandemic work arrangements, according to a new survey. The National Association for Business Econom...
10:00 am - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Google Maps Will Soon Show COVID Vaccine Locations
New submitter wooloohoo shares a report from Ars Technica: The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine means a ton of people are soon going to be looking for vaccination sites. As usual, Google wants to be at...
07:00 am - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Axiom Names First Private Crew Paying $55 Million For a Trip To the ISS
An American real estate investor, a Canadian investor, and a former Israeli Air Force pilot are paying $55 million each to be part of the first fully private astronaut crew to journey to the Internati...
03:30 am - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Substance Found In Antarctic Ice May Solve a Martian Mystery
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Researchers have discovered a common martian mineral deep within an ice core from Antarctica. The find suggests the mineral -- a brittle, yellow-bro...
02:02 am - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Chrome OS 88 Turns Your Chromebook Into An Impromptu Smart Display
Google has started rolling out Chrome OS 88. The update includes a couple of enhancements, the most notable of which is a new screen saver you can use to get more functionality out of your computer's ...
01:25 am - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot One-Third of Tech Workers Admit To Working Only 3 To 4 Hours a Day, Report Finds
According to a survey by Blind, 31% of professionals from 42 tech companies said they're only putting in between three and four hours a day. Fast Company reports: Additionally, the survey found, 27% o...
12:45 am - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot Biden's Commerce Nominee Backs Changes To Section 230
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In a hearing on her nomination for Commerce Department secretary on Tuesday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo told lawmakers that she will pursue...
12:02 am - Wed, January 27, 2021
Slashdot NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-Series Laptops Put To the Test
MojoKid writes: This morning, NVIDIA lifted its embargo on the performance and experiences of new GeForce RTX 30 Series-powered gaming laptops. Thinner, higher-performance form factors aren't the only...
11:20 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot YouTube Extends Trump's Suspension For a Second Time
YouTube on Tuesday said it's again extending its suspension of former President Donald Trump, who's been banned from posting videos to his channel since Jan. 12. Comments on Trump's videos will also r...
10:40 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot GameStop Jumps After Hours As Elon Musk Tweets Out Reddit Board That's Hyping Stock
Tesla CEO Elon Musk seemed to rally behind GameStop's epic surge on Tuesday, tweeting out a link to the Reddit board that's largely hyped the stock. CNBC reports: Shares of GameStop, which jumped 92.7...
10:02 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Facebook's Secret Settlement On Cambridge Analytica Gags UK Data Watchdog
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Remember the app audit Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg promised to carry out a little under three years ago at the height of the Cambridge Analyti...
09:23 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot SpaceX Adds Laser Links To Starlink Satellites To Serve Earth's Polar Areas
SpaceX has begun launching Starlink satellites with laser links that will help provide broadband coverage in polar regions. As SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter on Sunday, these satellites "have l...
08:47 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Mocks Apple's Doomed Touch Bar in New Surface Ad
Microsoft has a habit of reigniting the Mac vs. PC conflict for its Surface ads, and this time it's going after Apple's Touch Bar. In a new TV commercial, aired during Sunday night's NFL championship ...
08:02 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Google Play Bans Video App For Standard '.ass' Subtitle Support
Google Play's crazy automated app review process strikes again. From a report: This time, the puritan robot overlords that run the Play Store briefly decided that listing support for common subtitle f...
07:23 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Plex Launches Retro Video Game Streaming Service
Brian Fagioli, writing at BetaNews: Today, Plex launches a retro video game streaming service that should make playing older titles even easier. Called "Plex Arcade," it currently only offers games li...
06:42 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot North Korean Hackers Have Targeted Security Researchers Via Social Media
Google said today that a North Korean government hacking group has targeted members of the cyber-security community engaging in vulnerability research. From a report: The attacks have been spotted by ...
06:04 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Apple Execs Discussed Not 'Leaving Money on the Table' When Setting Apple TV Subscription Fees
In Apple and Epic's ongoing court battle over App Store fees, one of the key sticking points has been Apple's insistence on maintaining a 30 percent cut as a cornerstone of the storefront. But newly r...
05:32 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Gmail, Slack, Amazon, Spotify, Twitch, Hulu, Google Are Suffering Outages for Some Users
A wide-range of services including Gmail, Google, business collaboration service Slack, Amazon, Twitch, Hulu, and Spotify are suffering outages, several users and readers have reported. The reports st...
05:27 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Gmail, Slack, Amazon, Spotify, Twitch, Hulu, Google Are Suffering Outages for Some Users
A wide-range of services including Gmail, Google, business collaboration service Slack, Amazon, Twitch, Hulu, and Spotify are suffering outages, several users and readers have reported. The reports st...
04:50 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Acquires Newsletter Startup Revue To Expand Business
Twitter acquired the newsletter publishing company Revue for an undisclosed sum, part of an effort to expand its business and give writers who distribute their work on Twitter more features. From a re...
04:45 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Acquires Newsletter Startup Revue To Expand Business
Twitter acquired the newsletter publishing company Revue for an undisclosed sum, part of an effort to expand its business and give writers who distribute their work on Twitter more features. From a re...
04:18 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Firefox 85 Hammers the Final Nail Into the Adobe Flash Coffin
With Mozilla's release of Firefox 85 on Tuesday, Adobe's once ubiquitous Flash technology is really gone for good. The software had been widely used to expand gaming, video and animation on the web, t...
04:08 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Firefox 85 Hammers the Final Nail Into the Adobe Flash Coffin
With Mozilla's release of Firefox 85 on Tuesday, Adobe's once ubiquitous Flash technology is really gone for good. The software had been widely used to expand gaming, video and animation on the web, t...
03:33 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot YouTube Has Paid More Than $30 billion To Creators, Artists, and Others Over the Last Three Years
YouTube has paid out more than $30 billion to creators, artists, and media organizations over the last three years, according to a new letter published by CEO Susan Wojcicki. From a report: In Wojcick...
03:23 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot YouTube Has Paid More Than $30 billion To Creators, Artists, and Others Over the Last Three Years
YouTube has paid out more than $30 billion to creators, artists, and media organizations over the last three years, according to a new letter published by CEO Susan Wojcicki. From a report: In Wojcick...
02:42 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot PepsiCo and Beyond Meat Launch Poorly Named Joint Venture For New Plant-Based Food and Drinks
PepsiCo, the planetary purveyor of sugary drinks, greasy chips, and (weirdly) oatmeal, hummus, and gazpacho(?) is partnering with Beyond Meat, the publicly traded plant-based protein provider, on a po...
02:03 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Average US iPhone Price Hits a Record $873
Spurred by big demand for top-of-the-line iPhones, the average selling price in the U.S. hit $873 last quarter, up from $809 a year ago, according to a report from Chicago-based Consumer Intelligence ...
01:00 pm - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Amazon's Alexa Can Now Act On Its Own 'Hunches'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Amazon is enabling a new feature today that allows Alexa to proactively complete tasks around the house, such as turning off lights, based on your h...
10:00 am - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Apple Shuffles Hardware Execs To Make Room For a Mysterious 'New Project'
Dan Riccio has served as senior VP of engineering overseeing all of Apple's hardware since 2012, but now he's stepping back from that role. A press release revealed he's focusing on a mysterious "new ...
07:00 am - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Simulating 800,000 Years of California Earthquake History To Pinpoint Risks
aarondubrow shares a report from the Texas Advanced Computing Center: A new study in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America presents results from a new earthquake simulator, RSQSim, that...
03:30 am - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Bad News For Land-Speed Record Fans As Bloodhound Goes Up For Sale
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Bad news, land-speed record fans: the project to set a new 1,000mph (1,609km/h) speed record is yet again in serious doubt. On Monday morning, th...
01:40 am - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Moderna Vaccine Appears To Work Against Variants
Moderna's Covid vaccine appears to work against new, more infectious variants of the pandemic virus found in the UK and South Africa, say scientists from the US pharmaceutical company. The BBC reports...
01:00 am - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Vancouver Seaplane Company To Resume Test Flights With Electric Plane
A Vancouver seaplane company says its retro-fitted all electric airplane is set to take to the skies for more test flights this year, as it pushes forward with its plans to make commercial air travel ...
12:20 am - Tue, January 26, 2021
Slashdot Google Says It May Have Found a Privacy-Friendly Substitute To Cookies
Google says its new machine learning algorithms could replace cookie-based ad targeting without invading your privacy. Axios reports: Google has been testing a new API (a software interface) called Fe...
11:40 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Hacker Leaks Data of 2.28 Million Dating Site Users
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A well-known hacker has leaked the details of more than 2.28 million users registered on MeetMindful.com, a dating website founded in 2014, ZDNet has le...
11:00 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Browser Makers Launch New Project For Writing Documentation For Web APIs
A coalition of tech companies announced today the launch of Open Web Docs, a new initiative to help write documentation for Web APIs, JavaScript, and other web tooling and platforms. From a report: Th...
10:20 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Apple Watch Series 7 Rumored To Feature Blood Glucose Monitoring
According to Korea's ETNews, Apple is expected to feature blood glucose monitoring via an optical sensor in the Apple Watch Series 7. MacRumors reports: The report, which mainly focuses on the blood g...
10:00 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Pyston 2.1 Is Blowing Past Python 3 Performance
Camel Pilot writes: Pyston 2.1, a closed-source but faster and highly-compatible implementation of the Python programming language, significantly outperforms Python 3 in a variety of benchmarks. All t...
09:35 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Renewable Energy Production Beat Fossil Fuels in Europe
Renewable energy became the biggest source of electricity in the European Union in 2020, beating fossil fuels for the first time. Germany and Spain also hit that milestone individually last year -- so...
08:58 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot AMC Raises $917 Million To Weather 'Dark Coronavirus-Impacted Winter'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Variety: AMC Theatres, the world's largest cinema chain, has raised $917 million in new equity and debt capital, the company said on Monday. "This increased li...
08:15 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Myopia Correcting 'Smart Glasses' From Japan To Be Sold in Asia
Can a pair of unique spectacles banish nearsightedness without surgical intervention? Japan's Kubota Pharmaceutical Holdings says its wearable device can do just that, and it plans to start releasing ...
07:25 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Launches 'Birdwatch,' a Forum To Combat Misinformation
Twitter unveiled a feature Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar to Wikipedia to flag potentially misleading tweets. Fro...
06:49 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot GameStop Stock Jumps To New Record
GameStop shares surged to a record Monday, before pulling back and giving up much of their gains, the latest sign that frenetic trading by individual investors is leading to outsize stock-market moves...
06:05 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Dutch COVID-19 Patient Data Sold on the Criminal Underground
Dutch police arrested two individuals late last week for allegedly selling data from the Dutch health ministry's COVID-19 systems on the criminal underground. From a report: The arrests came after an ...
05:29 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Google Workers To Form Global Union Alliance
Google employees from across the globe are forming a union alliance, weeks after more than 200 workers at the search engine giant and other units of parent company Alphabet formed a labor union for U....
04:45 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Apple Hit With Another European Class Action Over Throttled iPhones
A third class action lawsuit has been filed in Europe against Apple seeking compensation -- for what Italy's Altroconsumo consumer protection agency dubs "planned obsolescence" of a number of iPhone 6...
04:16 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot More Than 260 Airports At Risk of Getting Submerged Due To Sea Level Rise, Coastal Flooding: Study
Flights at hundreds of airports worldwide are in danger of being disrupted by rising sea levels, according to a new study. From a report: More than 260 airports around the globe are currently at risk ...
03:34 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Waymo CEO Dismisses Tesla Self-Driving Plan: 'This is Not How It Works'
An anonymous reader shares a report: Many Tesla fans view the electric carmaker as a world leader in self-driving technology. CEO Elon Musk himself has repeatedly claimed that the company is less than...
02:50 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Earth is Losing Ice Faster Today Than in the Mid-1990s, Study Suggests
Earth's ice is melting faster today than in the mid-1990s, new research suggests, as climate change nudges global temperatures ever higher. From a report: Altogether, an estimated 28 trillion metric t...
02:09 pm - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Google To Open Up Its Office Facilities for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday said the company will make its office facilities available for COVID-19 vaccination clinics, as tech giants aim to speed up distribution efforts in the US. From a re...
11:34 am - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot After 28 Years, Tucows Finally Closes Its Downloads Site
"We have made the difficult decision to retire the Tucows Downloads site," writes CEO Elliot Noss in a blog post at Tucows.com/retired:We're pleased to say that much of the software and other assets t...
08:34 am - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot BP Slashes Its Oil Exploration Team by 85%, Starts Switching to Renewables
Reuters reports on big changes at BP (the company formerly known as British Petroleum):Its geologists, engineers and scientists have been cut to less than 100 from a peak of more than 700 a few years ...
06:04 am - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot 10 Years After Its Discontinuation, Some Fans Still Love Microsoft's Zune Mp3 Player
"It was weird to own a Zune in 2005," remembers a new article in the Verge. "It is even weirder to own a Zune in 2021 — let alone 16 of them. And yet, 27-year-old Conner Woods proudly shows off ...
03:18 am - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Does Facebook Have a Joe Biden Problem?
Last week the Democratic party took control of all three branches of the U.S. government — and the BBC's North America technology reporter notes they dislike Facebook even more now than during t...
01:18 am - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Dropping WhatsApp? Despite Security Concerns, Nostalgia Drives Users to ICQ
Here's an interesting tidbit from The Wall Street Journal:ICQ was a pioneering, mid-1990s internet messaging service then used on bulky PCs on dial-up. It was a precursor to AOL Instant Messenger, and...
01:18 am - Mon, January 25, 2021
Slashdot Dropping WhatsApp? Despite Privacy Concerns, Nostalgia Drives Users to ICQ
Here's an interesting tidbit from The Wall Street Journal:ICQ was a pioneering, mid-1990s internet messaging service then used on bulky PCs on dial-up. It was a precursor to AOL Instant Messenger, and...
11:48 pm - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot Andrew Yang Proposes a Local Currency, Sees Growing Support for Universal Basic Income
In March Andrew Yang's nonprofit gave $1,000 one-time grants to a thousand residents in the Bronx. This week a new article in the New Yorker asks one of those grant recipients how they feel about Yang...
10:48 pm - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot Despite SolarWinds Cyberattack, Microsoft's Azure Business Predicted to Benefit
"Microsoft Corp. was wrapped into a massive cybersecurity attack late last year," reports MarketWatch, "but the unprecedented intrusion may actually end up being a positive for the company's bottom li...
09:48 pm - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot More Companies Are Joining 'Tech Exodus' From California
This week Digital Reality data center services announced it was also relocating its headquarters from the San Francisco Bay Area to Texas, citing factors like a low cost of living and "supportive busi...
08:48 pm - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot 'We Messed Up'. Microsoft Rescinds Xbox Live Gold Price Hike
"We messed up today," the Xbox Live Gold team wrote late Friday night, "and you were right to let us know." Their blog post's new title? "No Changes to Xbox Live Gold Pricing, Free-to-Play Games to be...
07:48 pm - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot Ant Group Sponsors Reality Competition Show About Programmers
"A two-episode series which debuted on Chinese streaming platforms last week has been described as the first reality competition to focus on programmers," reports the I Programmer web site:The show, s...
06:34 pm - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot When Adobe Stopped Flash Content, It Also Stopped A Chinese Railroad
Jalopnik shares a story for our times:Adobe's Flash, the web browser plug-in that powered so very many crappy games, confusing interfaces, and animated icons of the early web like Homestar Runner is n...
05:34 pm - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There a Battery-Powered Wi-Fi Security Camera That Supports FTP/SMB?
After their house was vandalized, long-time Slashdot reader lsllll needs some help finding a battery-powered, wifi-enabled camera that can dump motion-detected videos to a local server:There are some ...
04:34 pm - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot Can You Tell a Programming Language Inventor From a Serial Killer?
Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: A new web quiz challenge visitors, "Can you tell a coder from a cannibal? A mathematician from a murderer? Try to spot who liked hacking away at corpses rather than ...
03:34 pm - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot 'Babylon 5' Actress Mira Furlan Dies At 65
Slashdot reader The Grim Reefer shares a report from the BBC: Babylon 5 and Lost actress Mira Furlan has died at the age of 65, her family and management have confirmed. Furlan played Minbari Ambassad...
12:34 pm - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot The Ethical Source Movement Launches a New Kind of Open-Source Organization
ZDNet takes a look at a new nonprofit group called the Organization for Ethical Source (OES): The OES is devoted to the idea that the free software and open-source concept of "Freedom Zero" are outdat...
09:04 am - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot Ransomware Attackers Try Publishing 4,000 Scottish Government Agency Files
Threatpost reports:On the heels of a ransomware attack against the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), attackers have now reportedly published more than 4,000 files stolen from the agency...
05:34 am - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot New Site Extracts and Posts Every Face from Parler's Capitol Hill Insurrection Videos
"Late last week, a website called Faces of the Riot appeared online, showing nothing but a vast grid of more than 6,000 images of faces, each one tagged only with a string of characters associated wit...
02:34 am - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot US Treasury Nominee Yellen Wants to Encourage Cryptocurrencies -- 'For Legitimate Activities'
Business Insider reports:The bitcoin price was set for its biggest one-week fall since September on Saturday morning, having slipped around 10% since Monday... Bitcoin came under selling pressure this...
12:49 am - Sun, January 24, 2021
Slashdot Are We Slowing Global Warming?
This week New York Magazine featured a new article by journalist David Wallace-Wells about the state of the fight against global warming. He warns that "Already, the planet is warmer, at just 1.2 degr...
11:49 pm - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot GitHub Reverses Takedown of Code for Anime Torrent Site Despite Film Group's DMCA
Inside.com's developer newsletter spotted this code repository story:GitHub posted a DMCA notice it received from the Motion Picture Association (MPA) last week asking the platform to take down a repo...
10:34 pm - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Why AWS Is Forking Elasticsearch and Kibana
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes at ZDNet:When Elastic, makers of the open-source search and analytic engine Elasticsearch, went after Amazon Web Services (AWS) by changing its license from the open-s...
09:34 pm - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot SpaceX Re-Schedules Record-Breaking Launch With 143 Satellites to Sunday
Ars Technica reported Saturday that "The Falcon 9 rocket was ready. Its payload of 143 satellites were ready. But Mother Nature was not ready." Although SpaceX pressed ahead with fueling of the Falcon...
08:34 pm - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Chrome 88 Released, Removing Adobe Flash -- and FTP
Google released Chrome 88 this week — and besides improving its dark mode support, they removed support for both Adobe Flash and FTP. PC World calls it "the end of two eras."The most noteworthy ...
07:34 pm - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption
Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike shares a recent Wired.com article that purports to reveal "how law enforcement gets around your smartphone's encryption."Lawmakers and law enforcement agencies aro...
06:34 pm - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Report Finds Extremists Did Use Facebook to Plan Capitol Attack
NBC News reports:A number of pro-Trump extremists used Facebook to plan their attack on the U.S. Capitol, a watchdog organization has found, contradicting claims by Facebook's leadership that such pla...
05:34 pm - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Are Experts Underselling the Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines?
David Leonhardt won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2011. This week in a New York Times newsletter, he argues that early in the pandemic experts around the world mistakenly discouraged mask use bec...
04:34 pm - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot How DNSpooq Attacks Could Poison DNS Cache Records
Earlier this week security experts disclosed details on seven vulnerabilities impacting Dnsmasq, "a popular DNS software package that is commonly deployed in networking equipment, such as routers and ...
03:34 pm - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Refers Its Trump Ban To Its 'Supreme Court'
While NBC News reported on Tuesday that Facebook "has no plan in place to lift the indefinite suspension on President Donald Trump's Facebook account," there was a new twist two days later. "Facebook ...
01:00 pm - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Electric Vehicles Close To 'Tipping Point' of Mass Adoption
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Electric vehicles are close to the "tipping point" of rapid mass adoption thanks to the plummeting cost of batteries, experts say. Global sales r...
10:00 am - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot SpaceX Plans Record-Breaking Launch With 143 Satellites
SpaceX plans to launch the most satellites ever deployed in a single mission, 143, on Saturday morning from Florida for more than a dozen customers. UPI reports: A 2017 mission by the India Space Rese...
07:00 am - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Brad Cox, Creator of Objective-C Programming Language, Dies At 76
We have learned that Brad Cox, computer scientist known mostly for creating the Objective-C programming language with his business partner Tom Love, died on January 2, 2021 at his residence. He was 76...
03:30 am - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Bots Are a Major Source of Climate Disinformation
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Twitter accounts run by machines are a major source of climate change disinformation that might drain support from policies to address ris...
02:02 am - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot US Emissions In 2020 In Biggest Fall Since WWII
US greenhouse gas emissions tumbled below their 1990 level for the first-time last year as a result of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The BBC reports: A preliminary assessment from research...
01:25 am - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Honor Launches First Post-Huawei Phone
Honor, the Chinese smartphone brand formerly owned by Huawei, launched the V40, its first device since being sold off. CNBC reports: Huawei sold Honor, its budget smartphone brand, in November to a co...
12:45 am - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Cloudflare Introduces Free Digital Waiting Rooms For Any Organizations Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines
Darrell Etherington reports via TechCrunch: Web infrastructure company Cloudflare is releasing a new tool today that aims to provide a way for health agencies and organizations globally tasked with ro...
12:02 am - Sat, January 23, 2021
Slashdot Intelligence Analysts Use US Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: A military arm of the intelligence community buys commercially available databases containing location data from smartphone apps and search...
11:20 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot FTC Fines Three Ticket Scalping Companies For Illegally Using Bots
The Federal Trade Commission issued multimillion-dollar fines against three bot-powered ticket scalping operations. The Verge reports: The FTC says these organizations bought over 150,000 event ticket...
10:40 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Apple Plans Thinner MacBook Air With Magnetic Charger In Mac Lineup Reboot
According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a thinner and lighter version of the MacBook Air, the company's mass-market laptop. From the report: The new computer is planned to be released during the s...
10:02 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot A Home Security Worker Hacked Into Surveillance Systems To Watch People Have Sex
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A former employee of prominent home security company ADT has admitted that he hacked into the surveillance feeds of dozens of customer homes, doing so...
09:21 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Boston Globe Will Consider People's Requests To Have Articles About Them Anonymized
The Boston Globe is starting a new program by which people who feel an article at the newspaper is harmful to their reputation can ask that it be updated or anonymized. From a report: It's reminiscent...
08:42 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot As Bitcoin Price Surges, DDoS Extortion Gangs Return in Force
Extortion groups that send emails threatening companies with DDoS attacks unless paid a certain fee are making a comeback, security firm Radware warned today. From a report: In a security alert sent t...
08:02 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot EU Lawmakers Want Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google CEOs at Feb. 1 Hearing
EU lawmakers have invited the chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet to a Feb. 1 hearing in Brussels as they try to crack down on the powers of U.S. tech giants. From a report: The E...
07:22 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot No Cases? No Chance. The Truth About North Korea and Covid-19
The real impact of Covid-19 on North Korea -- and its citizens -- remains a mystery. Faced with a global health crisis, the country has turned inwards more than ever. From a report: "North Korea, in g...
06:41 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Why Do We Assume Extraterrestrials Might Want To Visit Us?
Avi Loeb, former chair of the astronomy department at Harvard University and who chairs the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies, writing at Scientific American: It is presumptuous...
06:03 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot James Bond Film No Time To Die Delayed Again Over Covid
You know it's bad when James Bond still can't get out of the house. "No Time to Die," the 25th film in the Bond franchise, was delayed for a third time late Thursday, the surest sign yet that Hollywoo...
05:23 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Samsung Considers $10 Billion Texas Chipmaking Plant
Samsung is considering spending more than $10 billion building its most advanced logic chipmaking plant in the U.S., a major investment it hopes will win more American clients and help it catch up wit...
04:42 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Increases Xbox Live Gold Prices
Microsoft continues sending not-so-subtle signals that it would really, really like you to drop Xbox Live Gold in favor of Game Pass. From a report: The company has raised prices for new Xbox Live Gol...
04:01 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Alphabet Shuts Down Loon Internet Balloon Company
Google's parent firm, Alphabet, is done exploring the idea of using a fleet of balloons to beam high-speed internet in remote parts of the world. From a report: The firm said on Thursday evening that ...
03:20 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Intel Says Hacker Obtained Financially Sensitive Information
Intel said it was the victim of a hacker who stole financially sensitive information from its corporate website on Thursday, prompting the company to release its earnings statement ahead of schedule.&...
02:40 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Federal Judge Blocks Parler's Bid To Be Restored on Amazon Web Services
A federal judge has denied Parler's request for a court order blocking Amazon from kicking the social media app off its platform, marking yet another setback in Parler's efforts to get back online. Fr...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Google Threatens To Remove Search in Australia as Spat Escalates
Google has threatened to disable its search engine in Australia if it's forced to pay local publishers for news, a dramatic escalation of a months-long standoff with the government. From a report: The...
01:00 pm - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot DDoS-Guard To Forfeit Internet Space Occupied By Parler
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Krebs On Security: Parler, the beleaguered social network advertised as a "free speech" alternative to Facebook and Twitter, has had a tough month. Apple and G...
10:00 am - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Patent Shows Plans To Revive Dead Loved Ones As Chatbots
Microsoft has been granted a patent that would allow the company to make a chatbot using the personal information of deceased people. The Independent reports: The patent describes creating a bot based...
07:00 am - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk To Offer $100 Million Prize For 'Best' Carbon Capture Tech
Elon Musk on Thursday took to Twitter to promise a $100 million prize for development of the "best" technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions. He said more details would be coming "next week." Re...
03:30 am - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Prostate Cancer Can Be Precisely Diagnosed Using a Urine Test With AI
An anonymous reader Phys.Org: The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) announced that the collaborative research team led by Dr. Kwan Hyi Lee from the Biomaterials Research Center and Prof...
01:30 am - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Google Agrees To Pay French News Sites To Send Them Traffic
Timothy B. Lee reports via Ars Technica: French news sites have prevailed in negotiations with Google over "neighboring rights," a new legal right granted by the 2019 EU Copyright Directive. An agreem...
12:50 am - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Pebble Founder Says His New App Brings iMessage To Android With a Little 'Trickery'
Beeper is a forthcoming app from the founder of Pebble that claims to be a hub for all your messaging services, including support for iMessage on Android. Gizmodo reports: Instead of managing half a d...
12:10 am - Fri, January 22, 2021
Slashdot Twitter's Decentralized Social Network Project Takes a Baby Step Forward
Bluesky, Twitter's decentralized social networking effort, has announced its first major update since 2019. The Verge reports: The Bluesky team released a review of the decentralized web ecosystem and...
11:30 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot The DeLorean Might Be Coming Back As an Electric Car
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Electrek: The DMC DeLorean has been out of production for almost 40 years, but now we've learned that the iconic vehicle might be coming back as an electric ca...
10:50 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot There's Still No Sign of Privacy Labels On Most Google iOS Apps
As of December 8, Apple has been requiring developers to provide privacy label information to their apps, outlining the data that each app collects from users when it is installed. Many app developers...
10:10 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Biden Names Jessica Rosenworcel Acting FCC Chair
President Joe Biden has named Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC's leading Democrat, as acting FCC chairwoman. She is replacing Ajit Pai, who concluded his four years as chairman yesterday. Engadget reports...
09:32 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot US Panel Asks FBI To Review Role of Parler In Capitol Attack
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday asked the FBI to investigate the role Parler, a social media website and app popular with the Ame...
08:42 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Pandemic Paved the Way for Sim Racing, but Will It Last?
It takes more than gasoline to make a racecar run. It requires money. And money requires sponsors. And sponsors require spectators who they hope will become customers. Which became a problem for motor...
08:00 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Instacart To Cut 1,900 Jobs
Instacart plans to terminate about 1,900 employees' jobs, including the only unionized positions in the U.S., representing a fulsome embrace of the gig economy. From a report: The grocery delivery com...
07:25 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot New Intel CEO Making Waves: Rehiring Retired CPU Architects
We're following the state of play with Intel's new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, very closely. Even as an Intel employee for 30 years, rising to the rank of CTO, then taking 12 years away from the company, his ...
06:41 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot NSA Urges System Administrators To Replace Obsolete TLS Protocols
The US National Security Agency has issued a security advisory this month urging system administrators in federal agencies and beyond to stop using old and obsolete TLS protocols. From a report: "NSA ...
06:01 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Beijing's New AI Academy is Aiming For Breakthroughs and Ethical Controls
An anonymous reader writes: China produces as many artificial intelligence researchers as the US, but it lags in fundamental research. The government hopes to make up ground with a new AI lab in Beiji...
05:18 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Sequoia Holdings Says Employees Can Draw Part of Salary in Cryptocurrencies
Software development services provider Sequoia Holdings said on Thursday its employees can now receive a part of their salary in cryptocurrencies, should they choose to. From a report: Under the new p...
04:43 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Goodbye and Good Riddance To the 16:9 Aspect Ratio
One of the biggest trends coming out of this year's CES wasn't something people will necessarily notice at first glance unless they look closely. From a report: After enduring years of cramped, "wides...
04:03 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Ubuntu Now Runs On Apple Silicon, Devs Say It's 'Completely Usable'
niftydude writes: Developers at ARM virtualisation company Corellium have managed to get Ubuntu 20.04 up and running on the new Apple Silicon Mac Mini. And we're not talking 'it boots and prints a loa...
03:21 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Foundation Launches $4 Microcontroller With Custom Chip
Meet the Raspberry Pi Pico, a tiny little microcontroller that lets you build hardware projects with some code running on the microcontroller. Even more interesting, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is usi...
02:40 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Offers Biden Help With Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution
Amazon has extended an offer to President Joe Biden to assist with the national distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, a move that could expedite the federal effort to combat the pandemic. From a report: ...
02:00 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Apple's First Headset To Be Niche Precursor To Eventual AR Glasses
Apple's first crack at a headset is designed to be a pricey, niche precursor to a more ambitious augmented reality product that will take longer to develop, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing people ...
01:00 pm - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Tesla Is Hiring People To Handle Complaints People Tweet At Elon Musk
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Elon Musk wears many hats, but it seems that Twitter customer support may no longer be one of them. The company is hiring remote support staff to, al...
11:00 am - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Biden Sworn In as 46th President
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, taking office at a moment of profound economic, health and political crises with a promise to seek unit...
10:00 am - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Vertical Farms Grow Veggies On Site At Restaurants and Grocery Stores
New Atlas reports on ag-tech company Vertical Field's efforts to produce soil-based indoor vertical farms grown at the very location where food is consumed. From the report: The Vertical Field setup r...
07:00 am - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Scientists Use Satellite Imagery To Count Elephants
Scientists from a trio of universities have combined satellite imagery with deep learning to detect elephants from space. The goal is to help protect these endangered species from poachers or habitat ...
03:30 am - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Treasury Nominee Yellen Is Looking To Curtail Use of Cryptocurrency
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Cryptocurrencies could come under renewed regulatory scrutiny over the next four years if Janet Yellen, Joe Biden's pick to lead the Treasury Dep...
01:00 am - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot China Plans Online Payment Rules That May Hit Ant, Tencent
hackingbear writes: People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, said on Wednesday that any non-bank payment company with half of the market in online transactions or two entities with a combin...
12:20 am - Thu, January 21, 2021
Slashdot Biden Rejoins Paris Climate Accord, Works To Overturn Trump's Climate Policies
During his first moments in the Oval Office on Wednesday, President Biden returned the United States to the Paris climate accord and directed federal agencies to begin unraveling Donald Trump's enviro...
11:40 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Kia Will Lead Apple Car Project Work Under Hyundai Motor, Report Says
Hyundai Motor, the parent automaker of Hyundai and Kia, will task the Kia division with Apple Car work. The brand also said on Wednesday it's looking at cooperation with foreign firms surrounding self...
11:00 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot A Chinese Hacking Group Is Stealing Airline Passenger Details
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A suspected Chinese hacking group has been attacking the airline industry for the past few years with the goal of obtaining passenger data in order to t...
10:20 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot In Hidden Message on White House Website, Biden Calls For Coders
The recently updated website for President Joe Biden's White House carried an invitation for tech specialists savvy enough to find it. From a report: Hidden in the HTML code on www.whitehouse.gov was ...
09:40 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Opera Now Has a Game Engine To Go With Its Gamer-Focused Browser
Opera has acquired YoYo Games, a British game development platform best known for GameMaker Studio 2, and is launching its Opera Gaming division. Engadget reports: Opera has bought the company for a s...
09:00 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot LG Considers Exiting Smartphones In 2021
After losing around $4.5 billion over the past five years, LG is considering exiting the smartphone market in 2021. The Verge reports: The Korea Herald reports that [LG CEO Kwon Bong-seok] sent out an...
08:20 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot CentOS Is Gone -- But RHEL Is Now Free For Up To 16 Production Servers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Last month, Red Hat caused a lot of consternation in the enthusiast and small business Linux world when it announced the discontinuation of CentO...
07:10 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Ajit Pai is Officially Out of the FCC
Ajit Pai, the man who killed net neutrality, enacted a series of industry-friendly deregulatory moves for big telecom, and drank from a gigantic mug, is no longer around to terrorize the internet. The...
06:35 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Boeing Curbed Rocket Test Over Hydraulics Issue, NASA Says
Boeing's test of the largest rocket in U.S. history ended earlier than expected on Jan. 16 because a hydraulic-system setting exceeded a preset limit, dealing another setback to the company's space am...
06:00 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Intel Outsources Core i3 To TSMC's 5nm Process
TSMC is to start making Intel's Core i3 on its 5nm process in 2H21 says TrendForce. From a report: Market analyst Trendforce reports that foundry TSMC is to start making Intel's Core i3 process later ...
04:54 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Biden Sworn In as 46th President
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, taking office at a moment of profound economic, health and political crises with a promise to seek unit...
04:01 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Valve and Five PC Games Publishers Fined $9.4M for Illegal Geo-Blocking
A four-year antitrust investigation into PC games geo-blocking in the European Union by distribution platform Valve and five games publishers has led to fines totalling $9.4 million after the Commissi...
03:21 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Google Sidelines Second Artificial Intelligence Researcher
Google artificial intelligence researcher Margaret Mitchell has been locked out of corporate systems, making her the second outspoken critic at the company to be sidelined after colleague Timnit Gebru...
02:41 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot China Builds Massive Covid-19 Quarantine Camp For 4,000 People as Outbreak Continues
China is rushing to build a massive quarantine camp that can house more than 4,000 people, after an outbreak of Covid-19 this month that has left tens of millions of people under strict lockdown. From...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Trump Seeks To Curb Foreign Cyber Meddling on Last Day in Office
Outgoing President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at thwarting foreign use of cloud computing products for malicious cyber operations against the United States, the White House said ...
01:00 pm - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Walmart's E-Commerce Chief Is Leaving To Build 'a City of the Future'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Marc Lore, a serial entrepreneur who sold his startup Jet.com to Walmart for $3 billion and then oversaw the transformation of the retail giant's e-com...
11:30 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Global Investments Into Clean-Energy Technology Reach Record High
Investments into clean-energy technologies totaled more than $500 billion for the first time ever, according to a BloombergNEF report released Tuesday. Axios reports: Technologies making energy and ot...
10:00 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Reddit's Former CEO Is Now In the Forest-Planting Business
Terraformation, a startup led by Yishan Wong, former CEO of Reddit, is demonstrating an approach to reforest the planet quickly enough to fight climate change. Fast Company reports: Trees can play a k...
06:50 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot President Trump Pardons Anthony Levandowski, Ex-Uber Engineer Sentenced To Prison For Stealing Trade Secrets From Google
On his final night in office, President Trump granted clemency to a total of 143 people, ranging from former adviser Stephen K. Bannon to rapper Lil Wayne. One name in particular that stands out in th...
03:30 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Gaming the System: How GameStop Stock Surged 1,500% In Nine Months
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nine months ago, GameStop stock bottomed out at $2.80 a share, a reflection of the myriad problems facing the retailer specifically and brick-and...
02:02 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Penn State Engineers Are Developing An Inexpensive, Thermally-Modulated Battery For Electric Cars
schwit1 shares a report from Penn State University: Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team o...
01:25 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Global Sales of Electric Cars Accelerate Fast In 2020 Despite Pandemic
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Global sales of electric cars accelerated fast in 2020, rising by 43% to more than 3 million, despite overall car sales slumping by a fifth durin...
01:03 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Netflix Is Finally Adding a Streaming Roulette Feature As It Clinches 200 Million Subscribers
Netflix has officially amassed 200 million subscribers, sending shares soaring 12%. As it continues to compete with rival services, Netflix says it's preparing to roll out a new feature that will allo...
12:45 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Instagram Lead Says He's Not Happy With Reels Yet, Might 'Consolidate' Video Formats
In an interview with The Verge's Decoder podcast, the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, says he's "not yet happy" with the platform's TikTok competitor Reels. The Verge reports: "I'm not yet happy with...
12:22 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot 'Anti-Facebook' WeMe Social Network Adds 2.5 Million New Members In One Week
Los Angeles-based social media network MeWe, touted to be the ad-free future of social networking, is currently the No. 1 downloaded social app in the Google Play Store, and the No. 3 downloaded app o...
12:22 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot 'Anti-Facebook' MeWe Social Network Adds 2.5 Million New Members In One Week
Los Angeles-based social media network MeWe, touted to be the ad-free future of social networking, is currently the No. 1 downloaded social app in the Google Play Store, and the No. 3 downloaded app o...
12:02 am - Wed, January 20, 2021
Slashdot Malwarebytes Said It Was Hacked By the Same Group Who Breached SolarWinds
US cyber-security firm Malwarebytes said it was hacked by "Dark Halo," the same group which breached IT software company SolarWinds last year. ZDNet reports: Malwarebytes said its intrusion is not rel...
11:20 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot The English Language Wikipedia Just Had Its Billionth Edit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Just after 1 A.M. on January 12, a prolific Wikiepdian edited the entry for the album Death Breathing. The small edit was the addition of a hyperl...
10:40 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot iFixit Says Teardown of AirPods Max Made Competitors Look Like Toys
After looking at the innards of Apple's new over-the-ear headphones, the AirPods Max, tech site iFixit concluded that the intricate engineering made the lofty $550 price seem almost reasonable. iFixit...
10:00 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot FireEye Releases Tool For Auditing Networks for Techniques Used by SolarWinds Hackers
Cybersecurity firm FireEye has released today a report detailing the techniques used by the SolarWinds hackers inside the networks of companies they breached. From a report: Together with the report, ...
09:20 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Brave Becomes First Browser To Add Native Support For the IPFS Protocol
With the release of Brave 1.19 today, Brave has become the first major browser maker to support IPFS, a peer-to-peer protocol meant for accessing decentralized or censored content. From a report: Rele...
08:36 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Has No Plans To Lift Trump Ban, Report Says
Facebook has no plan in place to lift the indefinite suspension on President Donald Trump's Facebook account following his departure from the White House on Wednesday, NBC News reported Tuesday, citin...
07:59 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot India Asks WhatsApp To Withdraw New Privacy Policy Over 'Grave Concerns'
India has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the planned change to its privacy policy, posing a new headache to the Facebook-owned service that identifies the South Asian nation as its biggest market by users...
04:54 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot CDPR CEO Blames 'In-Game Streaming' For Cyberpunk's Console Problems
CD Projekt Red is still trying to contain the damage from widespread reports of major technical problems in the versions of Cyberpunk 2077 released for the PS4 and Xbox One last month. From a report: ...
04:32 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot GDPR: German Laptop Retailer Fined $12.6M For Video-Monitoring Employees
The data regulator for the German state of Lower Saxony has fined a local laptop retailer a whopping $12.6 million for keeping its employees under constant video surveillance at all times for the past...
03:33 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Qualcomm's New Snapdragon 870 Reheats the Snapdragon 865 for 2021 Phones
Qualcomm has announced a new mobile phone processor: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, a successor to last year's Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus models. To be clear, the 870 isn't a new next-gen design -- tha...
02:43 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Joins $2 Billion Deal With GM To Roll Out Self-Driving Cars
Microsoft is joining GM, Honda and others in a $2 billion investment round in Cruise to help commercialize its self-driving cars. The deal bumps Cruise's valuation to $30 billion, from $19 billion las...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Turkey Slaps Ad Ban on Twitter Under New Social Media Law
Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on T...
01:00 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot What You Should Known Before Leaking a Zoom Meeting
The Intercept's Nikita Mazurov warns that Zoom has digital watermarks that could expose sources working with journalists or government officials. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report:...
01:00 pm - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot What You Should Know Before Leaking a Zoom Meeting
The Intercept's Nikita Mazurov warns that Zoom has digital watermarks that could expose sources working with journalists or government officials. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report:...
10:00 am - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Wine 6.0 Released
Wine 6.0 has been released today and contains over 8,300 changes, according to its full release notes. Windows Central reports: The new release of version 6.0 has thousands of changes, but Wine's webs...
07:00 am - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Almost a Third of Recovered COVID-19 Patients Return To Hospital In Five Months, One In Eight Die
According to new research from Leicester University and the Office for National Statistics (NS), almost a third of recovered COVID-19 patients will end up back in the hospital within five months and o...
03:30 am - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Spotify's Big Bet On Podcasts Is Failing, Citi Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Spotify's multimillion-dollar bet on podcasting may not be working out, Citi analysts wrote in a note to clients Friday. "The cadence of Premium gross ad...
02:10 am - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Capsaicin Spices Up Perovskite-Based Solar Cells To Record Efficiencies
"Researchers claim achievement of new record photovoltaic conversion efficiencies for perovskite-based solar cells by spicing them up with a little capsaicin," writes Slashdot reader ffkom, adding: "O...
01:30 am - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Tim Cook: Why I Kicked Parler Off Apple's App Store
Charlotte Web shares a report from CNN: Apple, along with Amazon and Google, effectively kicked Parler off the internet in the wake of the January 6 US Capitol siege. Despite criticism that Big Tech w...
12:50 am - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Apple's iPhone 13 Could Ditch the Lightning Port, Feature Next-Gen Vapor Chamber Cooling and In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 could feature vapor chamber cooling, as well as an in-screen fingerprint sensor. It may also completely ditch the Lightning port in favor ...
12:10 am - Tue, January 19, 2021
Slashdot Capitol Riot Suspect Plotted To Sell Stolen Pelosi Laptop To Russian Intelligence, Authorities Say
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: A Pennsylvania woman accused of being one of the Capitol rioters told a former "romantic partner" that she planned to steal a laptop computer from Ho...
11:30 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Parler CEO Brings Back Website, Promises Service Will Follow 'Soon'
Right-wing social media platform Parler, which has been offline since Amazon Web Services dropped it like a hot potato last week, has reappeared on the Web with a promise to return as a fully function...
10:50 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot OpenWRT Forum User Data Stolen In Weekend Data Breach
The OpenWRT forum, a large community of enthusiasts of alternative, open-source operating systems for routers, announced a data breach over the weekend. Bleeping Computer reports: The attack occurred ...
10:10 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Cryptocat Author Gets Insanely Fast Backing To Build P2P Tech For Social Media
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The idea for Capsule started with a tweet about reinventing social media. A day later cryptography researcher, Nadim Kobeissi -- best known for aut...
09:30 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Smartwatches Can Help Detect COVID-19 Days Before Symptoms Appear
Smartwatches and other wearable devices that continuously measure users' heart rates, skin temperature and other physiological markers can help spot coronavirus infections days before an individual is...
08:50 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Massive Blackouts Have Hit Iran. The Government is Blaming Bitcoin Mining.
Massive blackouts and smog have hit cities across Iran. It's a toxic mix as the country, already under economic duress and suffocating U.S. sanctions, simultaneously battles the region's worst coronav...
08:10 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Popular Podcasts App Pocket Casts Is Up For Sale: Where Did It Go Wrong?
James Cridland, editor of podcast newsletter PodNews: Podcast app Pocket Casts is looking for a buyer. NPR, which owns 34.6% of the company, reports their share of the company's loss was $812,000: whi...
07:30 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Apple Pulls the Plug on User-Found Method To Sideload iOS Apps on Mac
Apple has plugged a hole that allowed users to sideload iOS and iPad applications to M1 Macs that were never intended to run on desktop. The server-side change ensures that only applications that app ...
06:50 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Behind a Secret Deal Between Google and Facebook
Facebook was going to compete with Google for some advertising sales but backed away from the plan after the companies cut a preferential deal, according to court documents. From a report: In 2017, Fa...
06:14 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Hungary Mulls Sanctions Against Social Media Giants
Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga on Monday raised the prospect of sanctioning social media firms over what she called "systematic abuses" of free speech. From a report: The minister said she wou...
05:30 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Safari 14 Added WebExtensions Support. So Where Are the Extensions?
At WWDC last year, Apple announced it was going to support Chrome-style browser extensions (the WebExtensions API) in Safari. Months after Safari 14's release, are developers bothering with Safari? Ja...
04:51 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot 'I Looked at All the Ways Microsoft Teams Tracks Users and My Head is Spinning'
An anonymous reader shares a report: As far back as June, Microsoft explained in somewhat legalistic terms that it's happily recording so much Teams activity for the benefit of employers and it's up t...
04:05 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Samsung Heir Lee Jae-yong Sentenced To 30 Months in Prison in Bribery Case
A South Korean court sentenced Samsung Electronics heir Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, otherwise known as Jay Y. Lee, to two-and-a-half years in prison on a bribery charge on Monday, a ruling which is lik...
03:28 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot SoftBank-Backed WhatsApp Rival Hike Goes Off the Air in India
Hike, the messaging app backed by SoftBank Group that aimed to compete against WhatsApp in the world's second-most populous country, shut down and vanished from app stores Monday. From a report: The s...
02:50 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot DuckDuckGo Surpasses 100 Million Daily Search Queries For the First Time
Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo reached a major milestone in its 12-year-old history last week when it recorded on Monday its first-ever day with more than 100 million user search queries. Fr...
02:23 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot GitHub Admits 'Significant Mistakes Were Made' in Firing of Jewish Employee
GitHub is admitting that a Jewish employee was fired in error and is offering him his job back. The news comes after the company hired an independent law firm to investigate the termination, and found...
02:03 pm - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot GitHub Admits 'Significant Mistakes Were Made' in Firing of Jewish Employee
GitHub is admitting that a Jewish employee was fired in error and is offering him his job back. The news comes after the company hired an independent law firm to investigate the termination, and found...
11:34 am - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Venice, Italy Plans to Watch Every Move of Its 30 Million Tourists
Here's some news from CNN for the 30 million tourists visiting Venice, Italy each year: They're watching you, wherever you walk. They know exactly where you pause, when you slow down and speed up, and...
08:34 am - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Should User-Generated Content Be Moderated?
"I increasingly suspect that the days of large-scale public distribution of unmoderated user generated content on the Internet may shortly begin drawing to a close in significant ways..." writes long-...
04:59 am - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot 7% of Americans Have Had Covid-19
CNN reports:According to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States, there have been at least 23,754,315 cases of coronavirus in the U.S., and at least 395,785 deaths. On Saturday,...
02:59 am - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Virgin Orbit Just Successfully Launched a 70-Foot Rocket From Its 747
CNN reports:A 70-foot rocket, riding beneath the wing of a retrofitted Boeing 747 aircraft, detached from the plane and fired itself into Earth's orbit on Sunday — marking the first successful l...
01:59 am - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Begins Removing QAnon Goods For Sale
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes the Washington Post:Amazon said it will remove merchandise related to QAnon, a discredited conspiracy theory that the FBI has identified as a potential domesti...
12:59 am - Mon, January 18, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Temporarily Suspends Account of US Representative
CNN reports:Twitter on Sunday temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of new rules the social media platform put in place following the violent U.S. Ca...
11:59 pm - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Report: US Halts Huawei's Suppliers, Including Intel, in Last Blow to China's 5G
"The Trump administration notified Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel, that it is revoking certain licenses to sell to the Chinese company and intends to reject dozens of other applications,"...
10:59 pm - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Florida's Whistleblower Covid-19 Data Manager Arrested Today
The state of Florida's former Covid-19 data manager was apparently arrested today. After her firing in May of 2020, Rebekah Jones had become a critic of the state's publicly-available information, eve...
09:35 pm - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Is There a Tech Worker 'Exodus' From the San Francisco Bay Area?
The New York Times reports on an "exodus" of tech workers from the San Francisco Bay Area, where "Rent was astronomical. Taxes were high. Your neighbors didn't like you" — and your commute could...
08:34 pm - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Anti-Mask Protesters Proudly Filmed Their Confrontation With a Grocery Store's Manager
Nine days ago America set a record: nearly 290,000 new Covid-19 cases within 24 hours. according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. Four days later, anti-mask protesters in Oregon filmed their ...
07:34 pm - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Darkened SpaceX Satellites Can Still Disrupt Astronomy, New Research Suggests
"SpaceX's attempt to reduce the reflectivity of Starlink satellites is working, but not to the degree required by astronomers," reports Gizmodo:Starlink satellites with an anti-reflective coating are ...
06:34 pm - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Signal Back After 24 Hours of Outages Caused by Surging Traffic
"After experiencing technical difficulties Friday, the Signal messaging app appears to be back up and running," reports the Verge:The company tweeted Saturday night that it was "back," although added ...
05:40 pm - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Estimated Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S. in 2020: $2.1 Trillion
TechRepublic shares a remarkable calculation by the not-for-profit IT leadership group the Consortium for Information and Software Security:CISQ's 2020 report, The Cost of Poor Software Quality in the...
05:04 pm - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Online Misinformation Dropped Dramatically After Twitter Banned Trump
The Washington Post reports:Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs...
04:34 pm - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Are Tech Companies Ducking Responsibility For The Need to De-Platform?
Long-time technology reporter/commentator Kara Swisher weighs in on the de-platforming of U.S. president Trump, arguing Trump "was only following the rules set for him and it was entirely the fault of...
03:34 pm - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot A 'Debilitating' Shortage of Computer Chips is Closing Auto Factories Worldwide
"American automakers are asking the U.S. government to help solve a debilitating shortage of computer chips that is closing auto factories worldwide and could restrict production until the fall," repo...
11:34 am - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Jamie Zawinski Calls Cinnamon Screensaver Lock-Bypass Bug 'Unconscionable'
Legendary programmer Jamie Zawinski has worked on everything from the earliest releases of the Netscape Navigator browser to XEmacs, Mozilla, and, of course, the XScreenSaver project. Now Slashdot rea...
08:34 am - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot 41% of IT Leaders Believe AI Will Take Their Jobs By 2030
Dallas, TX-based cloud security firm Trend Micro interviewed 500 IT directors and managers, CIOs and CTOs — and discovered that over two-fifths of them believe they'll be replaced by AI by 2030....
05:34 am - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot How Tim Berners-Lee Will Fix the Internet
"Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who was knighted for inventing the internet navigation system known as the World Wide Web, wants to re-make cyberspace once again," reports Reuters...
03:45 am - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot After 2 Years on Mars, NASA's Digger Declared Dead
"NASA declared the Mars digger dead Thursday after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature," reports the Associated Press:Scientists in Germany spent two years trying to get...
02:05 am - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot 'Major Component Malfunction' Ends SLS Rocket Test Early. NASA Considers New Timeline
"NASA's rocket charged with taking the agency back to the moon fired its four main engines Saturday afternoon, but the test in Mississippi was cut short after a malfunction caused an automatic abort,"...
12:34 am - Sun, January 17, 2021
Slashdot Robert Cringley Predicted 'The Death of IT' in 2020. Was He Right?
Yesterday long-time tech pundit Robert Cringley reviewed the predictions he'd made at the beginning of last year. "Having done this for over 20 years, historically I'm correct abut 70 percent of the t...
11:34 pm - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Online Far-Right Movements Fracture, as 'Gullible' QAnon Supporters Criticized
"Online far-right movements are splintering," argues NBC News: Users on forums that openly helped coordinate the Jan. 6 riot and called for insurrection...have become increasingly agitated with QAnon ...
10:34 pm - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Apple Suspended Social Media Platform Wimkin From Its App Store
Apple "suspended" the social media platform Wimkin from its App Store, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, "part of a widening crackdown by tech companies on potentially dangerous content du...
09:20 pm - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Watch NASA Test-Fire Its SLS Mega-Rocket Engines
"The date is set," NASA tweeted yesterday, thanking its partners Boeing Space and Aerojet Rocketdyne for Saturday's "hot fire" test of the SLS's core stage. "One of NASA's main goals for 2021 is to la...
08:24 pm - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Thousands of Users Unknowingly Joined Signal Because of a 12-Year-Old's App
"At least 10,000 Signal users can be attributed to a 12-year-old kid in India who created a somewhat popular clone of the encrypted chat app," reports Motherboard:Dev Sharma, a Signal user from Melbou...
07:15 pm - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Google Employees Try Baking Recipes Created by AI
"Behold the cakie: It has the crispiness of a cookie and the, well, 'cakiness' of a cake." So says a triumphant blog post by Google Cloud's developer advocate and an applied AI Engineer for Google's C...
06:08 pm - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes IEEE Spectrum:Computers use a staggering amount of energy today. According to one recent estimate, data centers alone consume two percent of the world's electr...
05:19 pm - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Joe Biden Promotes 'Science Advisor' to US Cabinet-Level Position
"President-elect Joe Biden announced Friday that he has chosen a pioneer in mapping the human genome — the so-called 'book of life' — to be his chief science adviser," reports the Associat...
04:34 pm - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot US President-Elect Biden Starts New Twitter Account, Criticizes Policy on POTUS Account
"This will be the account for my official duties as President," tweeted U.S. president-elect Joe Biden on Thursday — but from a new account at @PresElectBiden (which will transition to @POTUS af...
03:34 pm - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot EFF, Cory Doctorow Warn About the Dangers of De-Platforming and Censorship
Last week Cory Doctorow shared his own answer for what Apple and Google should've done about Parler:They should remove it, and tell users, "We removed Parler because we think it is a politically odiou...
01:00 pm - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Quixotic Californian Crusade To Officially Recognize the Hellabyte
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: In 2010, Austin Sendek, then a physics student at UC Davis, created a petition seeking recognition for prefix "hella-" as an official Internation...
10:00 am - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot FAA Approves Fully Automated Commercial Drone Flights
A Massachusetts company has been granted approval to operate commercial drone flights without a person directing the machine and keeping it in sight. It's the first time that the Federal Aviation Admi...
07:00 am - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Seagrass 'Neptune Balls' Sieve Millions of Plastic Particles From Water, Study Finds
Underwater seagrass in coastal areas appear to trap plastic pollution in natural bundles of fiber known as "Neptune balls," researchers have found. The Guardian reports: With no help from humans, the ...
03:30 am - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot MacOS Malware Used Run-Only AppleScripts To Avoid Detection For Five Years
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: For more than five years, macOS users have been the targets of a sneaky malware operation that used a clever trick to avoid detection and hijacked the h...
02:02 am - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Uses AI To Predict If COVID-19 Patients Will Need More Care
Facebook is harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to help doctors predict whether they will need more resources, such as extra oxygen to care for COVID-19 patients in hospitals. CNET reports...
01:25 am - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Amazon.com and 'Big Five' Publishers Accused of eBook Price-Fixing
Amazon.com and the "Big Five" publishers -- Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster -- have been accused of colluding to fix ebook prices, in a class action f...
12:45 am - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Apple Plans First iMac Desktop Redesign In Nearly a Decade
In addition to upgraded MacBook Pros, Bloomberg reports that Apple is also "planning the first redesign of its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since 2012," as it shifts away from Intel to its own sil...
12:02 am - Sat, January 16, 2021
Slashdot Xbox's 'Instant On' Feature Could Consume 4 Billion kWh By 2025
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The "instant on" feature that's activated by default on new Xbox Series S/X consoles could suck up a total of 4 billion kWh -- the equivalent of ...
11:20 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Calculations Show It'll Be Impossible To Control a Super-Intelligent AI
schwit1 shares a report from ScienceAlert: [S]cientists have just delivered their verdict on whether we'd be able to control a high-level computer super-intelligence. The answer? Almost definitely not...
10:40 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot University of Florida Asks Students To Use App To Report Professors Who Don't Teach In Person
jyosim writes: Professors at the University of Florida are outraged that the university essentially put a "tattle" button on a campus safety app that lets students report if professors aren't teaching...
10:02 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Warehouse Workers To Decide Whether To Form Company's First US Union
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Some 6,000 workers at Amazon's warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., will begin voting next month on a groundbreaking possibility: the first union in the company's...
09:25 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Google Removing Inadvertent Ability for Chromium Browsers To Access Chrome Bookmarks, Sync
Besides the intended differences, web browsers based on Chromium offer an underlying experience that's mostly identical to Chrome. Google recently discovered that users of third-party Chromium browser...
08:45 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Apple Fails To Overturn VirnetX Patent Verdict, Could Owe Over $1.1 Billion
A federal judge denied Apple's bid to set aside or reduce a $502.8 million patent infringement verdict favoring VirnetX, and awarded interest and royalties that could boost Apple's total payout in two...
08:08 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot WhatsApp Delays Enforcement of Privacy Terms by 3 Months, Following Backlash
WhatsApp said on Friday that it won't enforce the planned update to its data-sharing policy until May 15, weeks after news about the new terms created confusion among its users, exposed the Facebook-a...
07:25 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot NSA Warns Against Using DoH Inside Enterprise Networks
The US National Security Agency has published this week a guide on the benefits and risks of encrypted DNS protocols, such as DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH), which have become widely used over the past two year...
06:45 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Apple Plans Podcasting Subscription Service in Threat To Spotify
Apple -- long considered the sleeping giant in the podcast space -- is waking up. The company, which runs the most widely used podcasting app in the industry, is discussing launching a new subscriptio...
06:05 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Intel Has To Be Better Than 'Lifestyle Company' Apple at Making CPUs, Says New CEO
Intel's new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, doesn't start his new role until February, but he's already prepping the company to take on Apple's M1 chips. From a report: The Oregonian, a local newspaper in Oregon ...
05:25 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Apple Plans Upgraded MacBook Pros With Return of Magnetic Charging
Apple is planning upgraded MacBook Pro laptops this year with much faster processors, updated displays and the return of its magnetic charger, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing a person with knowledge...
04:45 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Ford Halts Focus Car Plant for Full Month Due To Chip Shortage
Ford Motor is halting production of its most popular car model in Europe for a full month because of the shortage of semiconductors disrupting the worldâ(TM)s biggest automakers. From a report: T...
04:04 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Why Cancer Cells Waste So Much Energy
MIT News: In the 1920s, German chemist Otto Warburg discovered that cancer cells don't metabolize sugar the same way that healthy cells usually do. Since then, scientists have tried to figure out why ...
03:23 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Apple Testing Vapor Chamber Thermal Tech For Next-Gen iPhone, Kuo Says
Noted TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a report on Friday said recent industry surveys indicate Apple is "aggressively" testing vapor chamber thermal systems for use in iPhone, sugg...
02:44 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot US Blacklists Xiaomi in Widening Assault on China Tech
Xiaomi plunged a record 10% after the Trump administration blacklisted China's No. 2 smartphone maker and 10 other companies, broadening efforts to undercut the expansion of the country's technology s...
02:04 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Will Let Companies Build Voice Assistants on Alexa
Amazon.com is offering other companies the ability to use the building blocks of the Alexa digital assistant for their own automated versions, the latest effort to embed the company's voice software i...
01:00 pm - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Tech Coalition Working To Create Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Passport
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A coalition of health and technology organizations are working to develop a digital COVID-19 vaccination passport to allow businesses, airlines and c...
10:00 am - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Gemini Is Launching a Credit Card With Bitcoin Rewards
Later this year, cryptocurrency exchange company Gemini is planning to launch a credit card that earns bitcoin rewards based on your purchases. It's based on the work done by Blockrize, a fintech star...
07:00 am - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot 'Magic Mushrooms' Grow In Man's Blood After Injection With Shroom Tea
John Trumpian shares a report from Live Science: A man brewed a tea from "magic mushrooms" and injected the concoction into his veins; several days later, he ended up at the emergency department with ...
03:30 am - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot 2020 Was Second-Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, showed that 2020 now ranks as the second-hottest year, with a...
02:02 am - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Facial Recognition Reveals Political Party In Troubling New Research
Researchers have created a machine learning system that they claim can determine a person's political party, with reasonable accuracy, based only on their face. TechCrunch reports: The study, which ap...
01:25 am - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot MIT Professor Charged With Hiding Work For China
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor was charged Thursday with hiding work he did for the Chinese government while he was also collecting U.S. dollars for his nanotechnology research. The...
12:45 am - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Windows 10 Bug Corrupts Your Hard Drive On Seeing This File's Icon
An unpatched zero-day in Microsoft Windows 10 allows attackers to corrupt an NTFS-formatted hard drive with a one-line command. Bleeping Computer reports: In August 2020, October 2020, and finally thi...
12:02 am - Fri, January 15, 2021
Slashdot Andrew Yang Kicks Off NYC Mayoral Run With Basic Income Promise
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Aljazeera: Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a former presidential contender, officially declared his run for New York City mayor. In a campaign video released la...
11:20 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Medical Study Suggests iPhone 12 With MagSafe Can Deactivate Pacemakers
AmiMoJo shares a report from 9to5Mac: When Apple revived MagSafe with the iPhone 12 lineup, one question brought up was how these latest devices with more magnets would interact with medical devices l...
10:40 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Google Closes the Fitbit Acquisition, Pledges To Not Use Data For Ads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today Google's senior VP of Hardware, Rick Osterloh, announced Google has closed its acquisition of Fitbit. The $2.1 billion deal was announced b...
10:02 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Jack Dorsey Defends Twitter's Trump Ban, Then Enthuses About Bitcoin
After Twitter banned President Trump's account last week, the site and its executives, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, were largely silent in justifying their decision. That changed last night when...
09:24 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot The Richer You are, The More Likely You'll Social Distance, Study Finds
The higher a person's income, the more likely they were to protect themselves at the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, Johns Hopkins University economists find. From a report...
08:45 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Is Letterboxd Becoming a Blockbuster?
Early last decade, Matthew Buchanan and Karl von Randow, web designers based in Auckland, New Zealand, were seeking a passion project. Their business, a boutique web design studio called Cactuslab, de...
08:08 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Makes It Too Hard To Cancel Prime, Groups Tell Regulators
A coalition of public interest advocates is asking U.S. regulators to investigate whether Amazon.com violates consumer protection laws with its process for canceling Prime subscriptions. From a report...
07:29 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot The Fractured Tech Lobby's Uphill Battles
Silicon Valley's leading lobby, the Internet Association, is struggling to manage the competing interests of the companies it represents just as the industry faces a tide of bipartisan anger. From a r...
06:45 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Blue Origin Successfully Launches and Lands Key Crew Capsule Test in First Mission of 2021
Blue Origin launched its first mission of 2021, flying its New Shepard rocket in West Texas to a medium height of just over 350,000 feet. From a report: This is the first flight for this particular bo...
06:05 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Samsung Inadvertently Used iPhone To Tweet Galaxy S21 and S21 Promo
Samsung committed a tech faux earlier this week when it issued a promotional tweet from an iPhone, the flagship handset made by a smartphone market arch rival. "With #SamsungUnpacked drawing closer, w...
05:25 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Windows 10X for Single Screens Leaks
Just ahead of its launch for commercial PC-like devices, an install image of Windows 10X for single screens has leaked, giving us an early peek at Microsoft's new OS. And yes, it's just like Chrome OS...
04:48 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Amazon's Ring Neighbors App Exposed Users' Precise Locations and Home Addresses
A security flaw in Ring's Neighbors app was exposing the precise locations and home addresses of users who had posted to the app. From a report: Ring, the video doorbell and home security startup acqu...
04:10 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Google Reveals Sophisticated Windows and Android Hacking Operation
Google published a six-part report this week detailing a sophisticated hacking operation that the company detected in early 2020 and which targeted owners of both Android and Windows devices. From a r...
03:25 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot The Galaxy S21 and S21 Are Samsung's New, More Affordable Flagships
An anonymous reader shares a report: 2020 was the year Samsung was forced to rethink its smartphone strategy. A pandemic-fueled global decline in sales and a frosty reception to its S20 lineup and the...
02:41 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Poland Plans To Make Censoring of Social Media Accounts Illegal
Polish government officials have denounced the deactivation of Donald Trump's social media accounts, and said a draft law being readied in Poland will make it illegal for tech companies to take simila...
02:02 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Apple Removes Feature That Allowed Its Apps To Bypass macOS Firewalls and VPNs
Apple has removed a controversial feature from the macOS operating system that allowed 53 of Apple's own apps to bypass third-party firewalls, security tools, and VPN apps installed by users for their...
01:00 pm - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot US Asks Tesla To Recall 158,000 Vehicles For Touchscreen Failures
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Wednesday asked Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over media control ...
10:00 am - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Qualcomm To Acquire NUVIA: A CPU Magnitude Shift
Today, Qualcomm has announced they will be acquiring NUVIA for $1.4 billion -- acquiring the start-up company consisting of industry veterans which originally were behind the creation of Apple's high-...
07:00 am - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot EU Must 'Move At Speed' On Space Broadband Network
The European Commission says it wants its newly proposed satellite mega-constellation to be offering some sort of initial service in 2024. The BBC reports: The first priority is to fill in gaps in bro...
03:30 am - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot Google Trained a Trillion-Parameter AI Language Model
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google researchers developed and benchmarked techniques they claim enabled them to train a language model containing more than a trillion paramete...
01:25 am - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot AT&T Kills Off the Failed TV Service Formerly Known As DirecTV Now
AT&T is killing off the online-video service formerly known as DirecTV Now and introducing a no-contract option for the newer online service that replaced it. Ars Technica reports: AT&T unveil...
12:45 am - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot The Linux Foundation Now Offers a Suite of Open-Source Management Classes
The Linux Foundation has new courses to help you manage open-source projects and technical staff within your organization. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes via ZDNet: Previously, if you want to know h...
12:02 am - Thu, January 14, 2021
Slashdot FTC Settlement With Ever Orders Data and AIs Deleted After Facial Recognition Pivot
The maker of a defunct cloud photo storage app that pivoted to selling facial recognition services has been ordered to delete user data and any algorithms trained on it, under the terms of an FTC sett...
11:20 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot ECB's Christine Lagarde Blasts Bitcoin's Role In Facilitating Money Laundering
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde took aim at Bitcoin's role in facilitating criminal activity, saying the cryptocurrency has been e...
10:40 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot TikTok: All Under-16s' Accounts Made Private
TikTok users aged under 16 will have their accounts automatically set to private, as the app introduces a series of measures to improve child safety. The BBC reports: Approved followers only can comme...
10:02 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Pirate Bay Founder Thinks Parler's Inability To Stay Online Is 'Embarrassing'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: As one of the original co-founders of The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi knows a little something about keeping controversial services online....
09:35 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot House Votes To Impeach President Trump a Historic Second Time
A House majority, including several Republicans, on Wednesday voted to impeach President Trump for "incitement of insurrection." The New York Times reports: The House had enough votes on Wednesday to ...
09:25 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot UK Nuclear Spacecraft Could Halve Time of Journey To Mars
British spacecraft could travel to Mars in half the time it now takes by using nuclear propulsion engines built by Rolls-Royce under a new deal with the UK Space Agency. From a report: The aerospace c...
08:45 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot BeagleV is a $150 RISC-V Computer Designed To Run Linux
New submitter shoor writes: Seeed Studios -- the makers of the Odyssey mini-PC -- have teamed up with well-known SBC vendor BeagleBoard to produce an affordable RISC-V system designed to run Linux. Th...
08:25 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Airbnb Blocks DC Reservations Around Inauguration
Airbnb said Wednesday it is canceling existing reservations and blocking new ones in the Washington, D.C., area during inauguration week as federal officials remain on alert for potential violence. Ax...
08:05 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Ubisoft To Make Star Wars Game, Marking End To EA Exclusivity
Ubisoft said it will develop a new Star Wars game, indicating a longtime exclusivity agreement for Electronic Arts on the Walt Disney franchise will come to an end. From a report: The new Star Wars ti...
07:25 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Apple Invests Millions To Back Entrepreneurs of Color, Part of Racial Justice Effort
Apple on Wednesday said it was putting $60 million into a fresh round of projects aimed at challenging systemic racism, including its first foray into venture capital funding to back entrepreneurs of ...
06:45 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Dropbox To Cut 11% of its Global Workforce
Dropbox is cutting its global workforce by about 11%, the company said in an 8K filing released Wednesday. From a report: The move will affect 315 people, who will be notified by the end of the busine...
06:05 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Debian Discusses Vendoring -- Again
Jake Edge, writing at LWN: The problems with "vendoring" in packages -- bundling dependencies rather than getting them from other packages -- seems to crop up frequently these days. We looked at Debia...
05:25 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Signal's Brian Acton Talks About Exploding Growth, Monetization and WhatsApp Data-Sharing Outrage
Brian Acton is crossing paths again with Facebook. From a report: Over more than a decade of building and operating WhatsApp, the company's co-founder first competed against and then sold his instant ...
04:45 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot NASA Spacecraft Discovers the Universe is Less Crowded Than We Thought
An anonymous reader shares a report: While we might think of space as a vast sea of blackness, all we have to do is look up at night to see that it's punctuated by countless stars, galaxies and even a...
04:07 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Plaid Pulled Plug on Visa Deal Over Price, Not Antitrust Concerns
Visa will no longer be buying fintech upstart Plaid, as the companies on Tuesday announced the "mutual termination" of the $5.3 billion agreement that was signed one year ago and opposed by U.S. antit...
03:25 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Disappointing Chinese Vaccine Results Pose Setback for Developing World
Scientists in Brazil have downgraded the efficacy of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine that they hailed as a major triumph last week, diminishing hopes for a shot that could be quickly produced and easily...
02:45 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Intel CEO Bob Swan To Step Down in February, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger To Replace Him
Intel CEO Bob Swan is set to step down effective Feb. 15. From a report: VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger will take over the position, sources told CNBC. Intel's stock was up about 13% in premarket trading fo...
02:06 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot EPA Raises Barriers To Climate-Change Rules
The Environmental Protection Agency is creating higher barriers for regulating the emissions that contribute to climate change, setting new rules that effectively block the federal government from imp...
01:00 pm - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot WhatsApp Clarifies It's Not Giving All Your Data To Facebook
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: WhatsApp has published a new FAQ page to its website outlining its stances on user privacy in response to widespread backlash over an upcoming priva...
10:00 am - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Most Distant Quasar Discovered Sheds Light On How Black Holes Grow
fahrbot-bot shares a report from Phys.Org: A team of astronomers led by the University of Arizona has observed a luminous quasar 13.03 billion light-years from Earth -- the most distant quasar discove...
07:00 am - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot YouTube Suspends Trump's Channel For At Least 7 Days
YouTube has taken action against President Donald Trump and barred new videos from being uploaded to his channel for at least seven days, citing violations of its policies and "concerns about the ongo...
03:30 am - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Russia May Fine Citizens Who Use SpaceX's Starlink Internet Service
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Russia's legislative body, the State Duma, is considering fines for individuals and companies in the country that use Western-based satellite Internet services...
02:02 am - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Razer Has Created a Concept N95 Mask With RGB and Voice Projection
Razer has created a concept reusable N95 respirator called Project Hazel, featuring Chroma RGB LEDs and microphones and amplifiers to project your voice. The Verge reports: It's a concept design with ...
01:25 am - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot US To Require Negative COVID-19 Tests For International Air Passengers
According to Reuters, the CDC is expected to sign an order on Tuesday requiring nearly all international air travelers to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure. Those under 2 and pas...
12:45 am - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot GM Reveals Electric Van and Delves Into Flying Cars
General Motors unveiled a new electric van and revealed potential plans to delve into flying cars, sending its stock soaring by as much as 8.8% to $48.95 a share. CNBC reports: The EV600 electric van ...
12:02 am - Wed, January 13, 2021
Slashdot Parler Users Breached Deep Inside US Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the horde of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S. C...
11:20 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Adobe Flash Is Officially Dead After 25 Years With Content Blocked Starting Today
When a user attempts to load a Flash game or content in a browser such as Chrome, the content now fails to load and instead displays a small banner that leads to the Flash end-of-life page on Adobe's ...
10:40 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Telegram Adds 25 Million New Users In Just 72 Hours
According to founder and CEO Pavel Durov, Telegram gained 25 million new users in the last 72 hours as it smashed past the 500 million active monthly user mark. Android Police reports: For comparison,...
10:02 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot German Investigators Shut Down Biggest Illegal Marketplace On the Darknet
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: German prosecutors said Tuesday that they have taken down what they believe was the biggest illegal marketplace on the darknet and arrest...
09:26 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot The Impractical but Indisputable Rise of Retrocomputing
For all the personal technology introduced and popularized in 2020 -- upscale fitness bikes, at-home Covid tests, game consoles new and old -- the personal computer lands on the list with a bit of a t...
08:49 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot The PC Market Just Had its First Big Growth in 10 Years
The PC was supposed to die 10 years ago, but it's just experienced its first big growth in a decade. From a report: Market research firm Canalys reports that PC shipments reached 297 million units in ...
08:10 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Nvidia Reveals Mobile RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 GPUs for Gaming Laptops
Nvidia's Ampere architecture is going mobile. The company revealed its plans and partnerships to bring GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs to more than 70 laptops throughout 2021. From a report: This includes ...
07:30 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot AMD Shows Off Impressive Ryzen 5000 Mobile Processors and 3rd Gen Epyc Server Chips
Advanced Micro Devices showed off some impressive Ryzen 5000 mobile processors today and teased the performance of its 3rd Gen Epyc server chips. From a report: Those chips are aimed at keeping AMD's ...
06:50 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot InSight and Juno Keep on Trucking
NASA's InSight lander on Mars and the Juno orbiter at Jupiter have new leases on life. From a report: The spacecraft are expected to continue gathering data about their respective planetary targets du...
06:10 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Amazon and Facebook Staff Warned of Threats To Safety
Amazon and Facebook have warned staff about threats to their safety amid fears of a backlash against "big tech." From a report: Amazon Web Services (AWS) employees were told to "be vigilant" after the...
05:29 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot With Movie Theaters in Limbo, Netflix Plans Its Biggest Year Yet
Netflix will release 70 original movies in 2021, the company said in a statement Tuesday, touting the streaming service's most ambitious slate yet as the theatrical movie business remains stuck in lim...
04:50 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Uganda Orders All Social Media To Be Blocked
Uganda ordered internet service providers to block all social media platforms and messaging apps on Tuesday until further notice, a letter from the country's communications regulator seen by Reuters s...
04:09 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot YouTube and WhatsApp Inch Closer To Half a Billion Users in India
An anonymous reader shares a report: WhatsApp has enjoyed unrivaled reach in India for years. By mid-2019, the Facebook-owned app had amassed over 400 million users in the country. Its closest app riv...
03:25 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Samsung's Huge MicroLED TVs Let You Watch Four Things at Once
An anonymous reader shares a report: Samsung's MicroLED televisions like The Wall are always some of the biggest products at CES -- literally. Last year's version was a 292-inch monster composed of in...
02:52 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Google Sued by YouTube Rival Over Search Rankings
Video-sharing site Rumble accused Google in a lawsuit of abusing the power of its search engine and mobile operating system to boost its YouTube video service over rivals, the latest allegation of ant...
02:15 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes
Stefan Thomas, a German-born programmer living in San Francisco, has two guesses left to figure out a password that is worth, as of this week, about $220 million. From a report: The password will let ...
01:00 pm - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Theranos Destroyed Crucial Subpoenaed SQL Blood Test Database, Can't Unlock Backups
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Failed blood-testing unicorn Theranos trashed vital incriminating evidence of its fraud, prosecutors said on Monday. The imploded startup's exten...
10:00 am - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Citing 'Censorship' Concerns, North Idaho ISP Blocks Facebook and Twitter
jasonbuechler writes: A North Idaho internet provider, Your T1 WIFI, emailed customers to say customers would need to opt-in to access Facebook and Twitter from its service. They wisely seem to have c...
07:00 am - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot LG Teases a Rollable Phone At CES 2021
At CES 2021 today, LG unveiled the LG Rollable, a smartphone that has what the company calls a "unique resizable screen" that transforms from a phone into a small tablet. The screen slides in and out ...
03:30 am - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot SolarWinds Malware Has 'Curious' Ties To Russian-Speaking Hackers
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The malware used to hack Microsoft, security company FireEye, and at least a half-dozen federal agencies has "interesting similarities" to malici...
02:02 am - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Says It's Banning the Phrase 'Stop the Steal'
Facebook announced on Monday that it is taking down content on its platforms that contain the phrase "Stop the Steal" in the wake of the violent rioting by a pro-Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol last wee...
01:25 am - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Researchers Test UN's Cybersecurity, Find Personal Data On 100K Employees
chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: Independent security researchers testing the security of the United Nations were able to compromise public-facing servers and a cloud-based GitHub...
12:45 am - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot $200 Billion Wiped Off Cryptocurrency Market In 24 Hours As Bitcoin Pulls Back
Bitcoin and other digital coins tanked on Monday, wiping some $200 billion off the cryptocurrency market. CNBC reports: The market capitalization or value of the cryptocurrency market was $880 billion...
12:02 am - Tue, January 12, 2021
Slashdot Ubiquiti Tells Customers To Change Passwords After Security Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Networking equipment and IoT device vendor Ubiquiti Networks has sent out today notification emails to its customers informing them of a recent security...
11:20 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Intel Unveils New Core H-Series Laptop and 11th Gen Desktop Processors At CES 2021
MojoKid writes: At its virtual CES 2021 event today, Intel's EVP Gregory Bryant unveiled an array of new processors and technologies targeting virtually every market, from affordable Chromebooks to en...
10:40 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Staples Offers To Buy Office Depot For $2.1 Billion
For the third time, Staples is proposing to buy rival Office Depot in a $2.1 billion deal. CNN reports: The $40-per-share offer price for Office Depot's parent company, ODP Corp., is a roughly 60% pre...
10:02 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Scraped Parler Data Is a Metadata Gold Mine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Embattled social media platform Parler is offline after Apple, Google and Amazon pulled the plug on the site after the violent riot at the U.S. Cap...
09:25 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot China Gives US Tech the Silent Treatment
Patience may be a virtue. For U.S. tech companies looking to do deals that involve China, it is also an expensive necessity. From a report: Cisco Systems and Applied Materials each received different ...
08:45 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Some Ransomware Gangs Are Going After Top Execs To Pressure Companies Into Paying
A new trend is emerging among ransomware groups where they prioritize stealing data from workstations used by top executives and managers in order to obtain "juicy" information that they can later use...
08:06 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot D-Link Made a USB Adapter that Adds Wi-Fi 6 To Your Laptop
D-Link is trying to make it simple to give your computer a Wi-Fi upgrade. From a report: The networking company has announced what it's calling an "industry-first" Wi-Fi 6 adapter built into a USB sti...
07:25 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Trump's Twitter Ban Prompts Outcry From Germany and France
Donald Trump received unexpected backing from Germany and France after the U.S. president was shut off social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook, extending Europe's battle with big tech. F...
06:45 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Linux Kernel Developers Discuss Dropping a Bunch of Old CPUs
Charlotte Web writes: With Linux 5.10 having shipped as the latest Long Term Support (LTS) release to be maintained for at least the next five years, a discussion has begun over dropping a number of o...
06:03 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Parler Sues Amazon For Site Takedown, Alleges Antitrust Violations
Social networking service Parler sued Amazon on Monday, accusing its web hosting service of breaking anti-trust laws in taking off the platform that is popular with many right-leaning social media use...
05:37 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Hacker Locks Internet-Connected Chastity Cage, Demands Ransom
A hacker took control of people's internet-connected chastity cages and demanded a ransom to be paid in Bitcoin to unlock it. From a report: "Your cock is mine now," the hacker told one of the victims...
05:27 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Hacker Locks Internet-Connected Chastity Cage, Demands Ransom
A hacker took control of people's internet-connected chastity cages and demanded a ransom to be paid in Bitcoin to unlock it. From a report: "Your cock is mine now," the hacker told one of the victims...
04:45 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now Support is Coming To LG's 2021 TVs
Game streaming has been slowly growing in recent years with the launches of Nvidia's GeForce Now, Google's Stadia, Microsoft's xCloud and Amazon's Project Luna. This year, however, it looks to finally...
04:05 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Firefox To Block Backspace Key From Working as 'Back' Button
Mozilla developers plan to remove support for using the Backspace key as a Back button inside Firefox. From a report: The change is currently active in the Firefox Nightly version and is expected to g...
03:25 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Leaked Location Data Shows Another Muslim Prayer App Tracking Users
Joseph Cox, reporting at Vice's Motherboard: One user travelled through a park a few blocks south of an Islamic cultural center. Roughly every two minutes, their phone reported their physical location...
02:53 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Shares Fall 7% Following Permanent Trump Ban
Twitter shares fell 7% in pre-market trading after the social media platform permanently banned outgoing President Donald Trump. From a report: The company confirmed its decision in a blog post on Fri...
02:45 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Shares Fall 7% Following Permanent Trump Ban
Twitter shares fell 7% in pre-market trading after the social media platform permanently banned outgoing President Donald Trump. From a report: The company confirmed its decision in a blog post on Fri...
02:00 pm - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Turkey Probes Facebook's Move To Collect WhatsApp Data
The Turkish Competition Board said on Monday it launched an investigation into WhatsApp and its owner Facebook after the messaging app asked users to agree to let Facebook collect user data including ...
11:34 am - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Parler CEO Complains Vendors 'All Ditched Us Too', While Confused Users Download 'Porn-y' App Parlor
The Verge reports:The CEO of the conservative-friendly social app Parler said that all of its vendors have abandoned the company following recent bans from Google, Apple, and Amazon. "Every vendor, fr...
08:34 am - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Amazon, Walmart Are Telling Some Consumers to Skip Returns of Unwanted Items
Amazon, Walmart, and other companies are using artificial intelligence "to decide whether it makes economic sense to process a return," reports the Wall Street Journal:For inexpensive items or large o...
05:35 am - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot New Zealand's Central Bank Says Its Data System Was Breached
The Associated Press reports:New Zealand's central bank said Sunday that one of its data systems has been breached by an unidentified hacker who potentially accessed commercially and personally sensit...
02:35 am - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Stripe 'Will No Longer Process Payments' For Trump's Campaign Site
"It might be easier at this point to ask which tech platforms President Donald Trump can still use," jokes TechCrunch. The Wall Street Journal reports:Stripe Inc. will no longer process payments for P...
12:39 am - Mon, January 11, 2021
Slashdot Final Episode Aired For American Quiz Show Host Alex Trebek
"More than two months after Alex Trebek's death, fans of Jeopardy! finally got the chance to say goodbye," reports CBS News:A video tribute to the host closed Friday's episode of the quiz show, the fi...
11:44 pm - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Climate Change May Have Caused a 'Wandering' Polar Vortex and a Colder Winter
Space.com reports:High above the North Pole, the polar vortex, a fast-spinning whirl of frigid air, is doing a weird shimmy that may soon bring cold and snowy weather to the Eastern U.S., Northern Eur...
10:49 pm - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot America's Intelligence Agencies Have 180 Days to Reveal 'Detailed Analyses of UFO Data'
CNN reports:When President Donald Trump signed the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law in December, so began the 180-day countdown for US intelligence agencies to tel...
09:35 pm - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Carbon Engineering's Tech Will Suck Carbon From the Sky
"It's not enough to slash greenhouse gas emissions," warns a new article in IEEE Spectrum (shared by schwit1). "Experts say we need direct-air capture of atmospheric carbon."West Texas is a hydrocarbo...
08:34 pm - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 Sparks Renewed Interest in Non-x86 Architecture
"With the runaway success of the new ARM-based M1 Macs, non-x86 architectures are getting their closeup," explains a new article at ZDNet. "RISC-V is getting the most attention from system designers l...
07:34 pm - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Tech CEO Apologizes After His Arrest Over Capitol Hill Protests
"Turning digital data into profit," is the slogan of Cognesia, a data analytics company whose client list includes Visa, Rolls-Royce, and Toys 'R' Us. Now Variety reports:Brad Rukstales, the chief exe...
06:34 pm - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Python Named Programming Language of the Year by 'Somewhat Dubious' TIOBE Index
Programming columnist Mike Melanson describes the announcement of this year's programming language of the year:The TIOBE Index, the somewhat dubious ranking of programming language popularity accordin...
05:34 pm - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Was 2020 the World's Warmest Year Ever?
"New data from EU satellites shows that 2020 is in a statistical dead heat with 2016 as the world's warmest year," reports the BBC (in an article shared by long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo):The Coper...
04:34 pm - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot After the Riot, the US Capitol's IT Staff Faces 'a Security Mess'
After Wednesday's invasion by protesters, America's Capitol building is now grappling with "the process of securing the offices and digital systems after hundreds of people had unprecedented access to...
03:34 pm - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Wasmer 1.0 Can Run WebAssembly 'Universal Binaries' on Linux, MacOS, Windows, Android, and iOS
The WebAssembly portable binary format will now have wider support from Wasmer, the server-side runtime which "allows universal binaries compiled from C++, Rust, Go, Python, and other languages to run...
11:34 am - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Are Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft 'Digital Warlords'?
EFF special consultant/blogger/science fiction writer Cory Doctorow warns in Locus magazine about the dangers of what Bruce Schneier calls "feudal security":Here in the 21st century, we are beset by a...
08:34 am - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Attackers May Still Be Breaking into US Networks Without SolarWinds, CISA says
On Friday, America's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency revealed that the "threat actor" behind the massive breach of U.S. networks through compromised SolarWinds software also used pass...
06:34 am - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Trump Also Suspended from Snapchat and Twitch, Faces Content Restrictions on Pinterest and...TikTok?
Today MSN published an article listing "Every social media platform Donald Trump is banned from using (so far)." Some excerpts:- Trump was suspended from Snapchat amid the riots on January 6, a spokes...
04:34 am - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Parler Booted Off Amazon's AWS Hosting Service, Suspended by Apple
"Apple has suspended Parler until the makers of the app solve its content moderation challenges," reports Forbes, citing a statement from Apple saying "there is no place on our platform for threats of...
03:34 am - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Linux Mint 20.1 Long-term Support Release Is Out
Thelasko quotes gHacks: Linux Mint 20.1 is now available. The first stable release of Linux Mint in 2021 is available in the three flavors Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. The new version of the Linux distrib...
02:34 am - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot NVIDIA Fixes High Severity Flaws Affecting Windows, Linux devices
Bleeping Computer reports:NVIDIA has released security updates to address six security vulnerabilities found in Windows and Linux GPU display drivers, as well as ten additional flaws affecting the NVI...
12:34 am - Sun, January 10, 2021
Slashdot Can Chatbots Simulate Conversations with Dead People?
The author of the book Online Afterlives describes the unusual projects of people like Eugenia Kuyda, co-founder of Luka, an AI-powered chat simulator that books restaurant reservations and makes reco...
11:34 pm - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Journalists Scrutinize QAnon's Role in Capitol Hill Mob -- And Its Hosting Infrastructure
On Thursday Axios tried to assess QAnon's role in the mob that stormed America's Capitol building:Adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory, who imagine a vast deep-state cabal of pedophiles arrayed ag...
10:34 pm - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk Urges Followers to Drop Facebook for Signal
What's the world's richest man up to? Digital Trends reports:Tech CEO Elon Musk has urged his almost 42 million Twitter followers to use secure messaging app Signal instead of Facebook products. In a ...
09:34 pm - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot New XPrize Challenge: Predicting Covid-19's Spread and Prescribing Interventions
Slashdot reader the_newsbeagle shares an article from IEEE Spectrum:Many associate XPrize with a $10-million award offered in 1996 to motivate a breakthrough in private space flight. But the organizat...
08:38 pm - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Discord Bans Pro-Trump Server From Its Platform
Mashable reports:We're all judged by the company we keep. With that adage seemingly in mind, Discord moved Friday to ban a pro-Donald Trump server from its platform. TheDonald, as the server was title...
07:34 pm - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Autopsies Reveal the Terrible Damage COVID-19 Can Inflict On the Human Brain
"As COVID-19 relentlessly infects more and more of us, scientists are getting a close look at the strange and frightening damage it can inflict on our bodies," writes Science Alert (in an article shar...
06:34 pm - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot The Case Against Section 230: 'The 1996 Law That Ruined the Internet'
Writing in the Atlantic, programmer/economics commentator Steve Randy Waldman explains "Why I changed my mind" about the Communication Decency Act's Section 230:In the United States, you are free to s...
05:34 pm - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Boeing 737 With 62 Aboard Crashed After Takeoff From Jakarta, Say Authorities
A Sriwijaya Air flight with 62 aboard is missing after losing contact with Indonesia's aviation authorities shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. From a report: Flight SJ182, a 26-year-old Boeing 737-50...
04:34 pm - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot How Will America's Investigators Identify Capitol Hill Protesters?
"Both local police and the FBI are seeking information about individuals who were 'actively instigating violence' in Washington, DC, on January 6," writes Ars Technica. Then they speculate on which to...
03:34 pm - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Researchers are Closing In on a 'Universal' Flu Vaccine
The Weather Channel reports:One main reason humans need to get a flu vaccine annually: flu strains mutate regularly so vaccines need to be slightly altered every year. During past flu seasons, the CDC...
01:00 pm - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Identical Twins Are Not So Identical, Study Suggests
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Genetic differences between identical twins can begin very early in embryonic development, according to a study that researchers say has implicat...
11:45 am - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Boeing 737 With 62 Aboard Missing After Takeoff From Jakarta
A Sriwijaya Air flight with 62 aboard is missing after losing contact with Indonesia's aviation authorities shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. From a report: Flight SJ182, a 26-year-old Boeing 737-50...
11:45 am - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Boeing 737 With 62 Aboard Missing After Takeoff From Jakarta [Update]
A Sriwijaya Air flight with 62 aboard is missing after losing contact with Indonesia's aviation authorities shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. From a report: Flight SJ182, a 26-year-old Boeing 737-50...
10:00 am - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Equifax Acquires Fraud Prevention Company Kount For $640 Million
Equifax said Friday that it has signed a deal to acquire Kount, providers of digital identity and fraud prevention software, for $640 million. Equifax said it plans to use Kount's technology to bolste...
07:00 am - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Google Launching a New Nest Hub In 2021 That Uses Soli For Sleep Tracking
Google is planning to release a new Nest Hub in 2021 that will feature sleeping tracking powered by the company's Soli radar technology. 9to5Google reports: Google's Advanced Technology and Projects g...
03:30 am - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Google Suspends Parler From App Store; Apple Gives 24-Hour Warning
New submitter yuvcifjt writes: As of Friday 6pm EST (11pm GMT), The Verge reported that Apple and Google are under pressure and receiving complaints to deplatform Parler -- the social media platform f...
01:25 am - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Dog Domestication May Have Begun Because Paleo Humans Couldn't Stomach the Original Paleo Diet
A new theory described today in Scientific Reports posits that hunter-gatherers whose omnivorous digestive system prevented too much protein consumption likely shared surplus meat with wolves. Those s...
12:45 am - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Intel Talks With TSMC, Samsung To Outsource Some Chip Production
Intel has talked with TSMC and Samsung about the Asian companies making some of its best chips, but the Silicon Valley pioneer is still holding out hope for last-minute improvements in its own product...
12:03 am - Sat, January 9, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Permanently Bans Trump, While Reddit Bans r/donaldtrump Forum For Inciting Violence
U.S. President Donald Trump was "permanently suspended" from Twitter Friday afternoon. "After close review of recent Tweets from the account and the context around them we have permanently suspended t...
11:20 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot A Crypto-Mining Botnet Is Now Stealing Docker and AWS Credentials
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Analysts from security firm Trend Micro said in a report today that they've spotted a malware botnet that collects and steals Docker and AWS credentials...
10:40 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Roku Buys Quibi Content For Less Than $100 Million
phalse phace writes: After days of advanced talks to sell Quibi's content library to Roku, the companies have finally reached a deal. According to Deadline, Roku will acquire most of Quibi's content f...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Appears To Work Against New Coronavirus Strains, Study Finds
A new study provides early evidence that a Covid-19 vaccine might be effective against two new coronavirus strains first identified in South Africa and the UK, despite a concerning mutation. CNN repor...
09:20 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot DoorDash Is Hiking Customer Fees To Pay For a Law It Helped Write
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: In the months since a coalition of app-based gig companies successfully passed Prop 22 in California, exempting themselves from reclassifying thei...
07:37 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Laptop Stolen From Pelosi's Office During Storming of US Capitol, Says Aide
A laptop was stolen from the office of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, one of her aides said on Friday. From a report: Drew Ham...
06:55 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Apple's App Store Had Gross Sales Around $64 Billion Last Year and It's Growing Strongly Again
Apple's App Store grossed more than $64 billion in 2020, according to an analysis by CNBC. From a report: That's up from an estimated $50 billion in 2019 and $48.5 billion in 2018, according to the sa...
06:15 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot New Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys
A duo of French security researchers has discovered a vulnerability impacting chips used inside Google Titan and YubiKey hardware security keys. From a report: The vulnerability allows threat actors t...
05:29 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Pantry is Being Discontinued as Amazon Consolidates its Grocery Delivery Services
Amazon has announced that it has discontinued its Amazon Pantry services (originally known as Prime Pantry), instead rolling those household goods and shelf-stable pantry items into the main Amazon we...
04:55 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Chip Shortage Hits Global Automakers
A semiconductor shortage is dragging on some of the world's biggest auto manufacturers, costing Daimler, Nissan Motor, Honda Motor and Ford Motor production of a range of cars. From a report: Mercedes...
04:08 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Sci-Hub Founder Criticises Sudden Twitter Ban Over Over 'Counterfeit' Content
Twitter has suspended the account of Sci-Hub, a site that offers a free gateway to paywalled research. The site is accused of violating the counterfeit policy of the social media platform. However, fo...
03:32 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Tesla Passes Facebook To Become Fifth Most Valuable US Company
Electric vehicle maker Tesla surpassed Facebook by market capitalization after markets opened Friday. From a report: Tesla's stock jumped about 5.5% at 9:03 a.m. ET to give it a market cap of $802.6 b...
02:47 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Roku Tops 51 Million Accounts, Becoming the Biggest Smart TV Platform in North America
Roku's bet on smart TVs is paying off: Seven years after the company first began licensing its operating system to TV manufacturers, it has become a market leader in North America. Roku and its hardwa...
02:00 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Google Ad Changes Face UK Probe in First Shot at Big Tech
Google is the U.K.'s first big post-Brexit antitrust target as regulators opened a probe into the company's planned changes to curb publishers' collection of advertising data. From a report: The Compe...
01:00 pm - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Sealed US Court Records Exposed In SolarWinds Breach
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Krebs On Security: The ongoing breach affecting thousands of organizations that relied on backdoored products by network software firm SolarWinds may have jeop...
10:00 am - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Boeing To Pay $2.5 Billion To Settle US Probe of 737 MAX Crashes
phalse phace shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: Boeing Co. will pay $2.5 billion to resolve a Justice Department investigation and admit employees misled aviation about safety issues linked...
07:00 am - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Hyundai Motor Says It's In Early Talks With Apple To Develop a Self-Driving Car
South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor said it's in the early stages of discussions with Apple over potentially working together to develop a self-driving car. CNBC reports: "We understand that Apple is...
03:30 am - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Scientists Observe Live Cells Responding To Magnetic Fields For First Time
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: One of the most remarkable "sixth" senses in the animal kingdom is magnetoreception -- the ability to detect magnetic fields -- but exactly how it w...
02:20 am - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Earth Is Whipping Around Quicker Than It Has In a Half-Century
The 28 fastest days on record (since 1960) all occurred in 2020, with Earth completing its revolutions around its axis milliseconds quicker than average. Live Science reports: That's not particularly ...
01:40 am - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot BBVA Says That It Is Shutting Down Banking App Simple, Will Transfer Users To BBVA USA
BBVA today told users of Simple -- the pioneering mobile and online banking app that it acquired for $117 million in 2014 -- that it is planning to shut down the service, moving accounts to BBVA's USA...
01:00 am - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Removes 'Likes' From Public Pages
Facebook has dropped the "likes" tally from public pages used by artists, public officials and brands as part of a new redesign. The New York Post reports: Those pages will now only show follower coun...
12:20 am - Fri, January 8, 2021
Slashdot Frontier Agrees To Fiber-Network Expansion In Plan To Exit Bankruptcy
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Frontier Communications has agreed to expand its fiber-to-the-premises network and improve its poor service quality as part of a bankruptcy settl...
11:40 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Japan's NEC Corp Says New Facial Recognition System Isn't Stopped By Masks
Japan's NEC Corp. says face marks aren't an obstacle to its facial recognition tech. Mashable reports: The Japanese company claims its new facial recognition system can identify people with face masks...
11:00 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Shopify Removes Trump Stores, Citing President's Support For Violence
Shopify has removed stores affiliated with President Trump from its platform, citing a violation of its policies that prohibit users from promoting or supporting organizations that foment violence. CN...
10:20 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Apple's Self-Driving Electric Car Is At Least Half a Decade Away
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple will take at least half a decade to launch an autonomous, electric vehicle because development work is still at an early stage, according to p...
09:40 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Tried To Buy Nintendo, But Got Laughed Out of the Room
An anonymous reader shares a report: Somehow, it's already been two decades since Microsoft first announced the Xbox, its foray into console gaming. Specifically, the Xbox was unveiled at CES in 2001 ...
09:00 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot The World's Cryptocurrency is Now Worth More Than $1 Trillion
The world's cryptocurrency is now worth more than $1 trillion, with bitcoin accounting for a large majority of the value. The price of the oldest virtual currency has risen above $40,000, pushing the ...
08:25 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Sony TVs Get Brighter OLED, Cognitive Processing, Google TV Streaming in 2021
Sony is probably the most storied TV brand still standing and while it's no longer a top 5 seller, it remains a powerhouse among high-end models -- aka TVs that cost a lot of money. Its 2021 lineup of...
07:25 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Chinese Search Giant Baidu To Make Electric Cars
Chinese search giant Baidu plans to make electric vehicles with help from Geely, the country's largest private automaker, according to a new report from Reuters. From a report: It's the latest Chinese...
06:40 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Bitcoin Soars To $40,000, Doubling in Less Than a Month
Bitcoin surged to $40,000 for the first time, doubling in value in less than a month and pushing the total market value of cryptocurrencies beyond $1 trillion. From a report: Cryptocurrencies hit the ...
06:00 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot WhatsApp Rival Signal Reports Growing Pains as New Users Surge
Signal, an encrypted messaging app that competes with other services including Facebook's WhatsApp, said Thursday that verification codes used to create new accounts were delayed because of a flood of...
05:20 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Bans Trump From Posting For Remainder of His Term in Office
Facebook will ban President Donald Trump's account from posting for at least the remainder of his term in office and perhaps "indefinitely," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post on Thursday. From a...
04:05 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk is Now the Richest Person in the World
Elon Musk just became the richest person in the world, with a net worth of more than $185 billion. From a report: Thursday's increase in Tesla's share price pushed Musk past Jeff Bezos, who had been t...
03:48 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk is Now the Richest Person in the World
Elon Musk just became the richest person in the world, with a net worth of more than $185 billion. From a report: Thursday's increase in Tesla's share price pushed Musk past Jeff Bezos, who had been t...
03:25 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot US Says India, Italy, and Turkey Digital Taxes Are Discriminatory, But Won't Take Any Actions For Now
Digital services taxes adopted by India, Italy, and Turkey in recent years discriminate against U.S. companies, the U.S. Trade Representative said on Wednesday. From a report: USTR, which began invest...
02:53 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Chinese Web Firms 'Bullying' Customers With Data, Algorithms
Chinese internet companies have been violating customers' rights by misusing personal data and "bullying" people into purchases and promotions, a government-backed consumer association said on Thursda...
02:07 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Wi-Fi's Biggest Upgrade in Decades is Starting To Arrive
Wi-Fi is about to get a lot better. Many of this year's new phones, laptops, TVs, routers, and more will come with support for Wi-Fi 6E, a new upgrade to Wi-Fi that's essentially like expanding your w...
01:00 pm - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Waymo Shelves 'Self-Driving' Term For Its Technology To Shore Up Safety
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Waymo swears it's not out to pick nits and give us all an exercise in linguistics. The fact it will no longer use the term "self-driving" when describing...
10:00 am - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot More Than Half of Americans Turned To Video Games During Lockdown
According to Nielsen company SuperData's 2020 year in review, 55 percent of people picked up video games during the first phase of lockdowns. The Verge reports: According to SuperData, 66 percent of c...
07:00 am - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Norway Becomes First Country To Sell More Electric Cars Than Petrol Vehicles
Norway has become the first country to have sold more electric cars than petrol, hybrid, and diesel engines in a year. The Independent reports: Electric cars comprised 54% of all new vehicle sales in ...
03:30 am - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Liquid Glass Discovered As New State of Matter
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: Mundane as it may seem, glass is a surprisingly mysterious material. Now scientists at the University of Konstanz have identified a new state of mat...
02:02 am - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Would You Quit If You Had To Return To the Office After the Pandemic?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Twenty-nine percent of working professionals say they would quit their jobs if they couldn't continue working remotely, according to an online surve...
01:20 am - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot FBI Probe of Major Hack Includes Project-Management Software From JetBrains
According to Reuters, the FBI is investigating whether the hackers behind a series of intrusions at U.S. federal agencies and companies also broke into project-management software created by the Czech...
01:00 am - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Pledges $2 Billion To Affordable Housing
Amazon will direct $2 billion in loans and grants to secure affordable housing near three American cities where the company employs thousands of workers, the tech giant announced Wednesday. The Seattl...
12:40 am - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Twitter Locks President Trump's Account For 12 Hours, Warns of Permanent Suspension
Twitter has locked President Trump's Twitter account for 12 hours and forced the removal of three offending tweets. It also warned it could suspend his account permanently. TechCrunch reports: "As a r...
12:02 am - Thu, January 7, 2021
Slashdot Windows 10's Taskbar Is Getting a Big Update With New Weather and News Widget
Microsoft is making a big change to its Windows 10 taskbar soon, with the addition of a news and weather widget. The Verge reports: The new feature is available to testers today, and it will allow Win...
11:20 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot US Bans WeChat Pay, Alipay and Six More Chinese Payment Apps
The Trump administration says that Chinese payment apps, including WeChat Pay, are a threat to national security. By Executive Order, all US transactions with these apps must cease within 45 days. App...
10:40 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Open-Source Developer and Manager David Recordon Named White House Director of Technology
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced that David Recordon, one of OpenId and oAuth's developers, has been named the White House Director...
10:00 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Nissan Source Code Leaked Online After Git Repo Misconfiguration
The source code of mobile apps and internal tools developed and used by Nissan North America has leaked online after the company misconfigured one of its Git servers. ZDNet reports: The leak originate...
09:20 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot NYSE To Delist Three Chinese Telecoms in Dizzying About-Face
The New York Stock Exchange said on Wednesday it will delist three Chinese telecom companies, confirming its latest reversal on the matter a day after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told the NY...
08:40 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Supersonic Jets Get a Boost as FAA Issues Rule to Spur Tests
New regulations for testing the next generation of ultra-fast jets were finalized by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, an attempt to streamline the development of supersonic flight. From a rep...
08:00 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot UK Watchdog Begins Investigating Nvidia's $40 Billion Takeover of Arm
Britain's competition watchdog has launched an investigation into the $40 billion takeover of the UK-based chip designer Arm by the US company Nvidia. From a report: The Competition and Markets Author...
06:50 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot SolarWinds Hackers Accessed DOJ Emails, But there's No Indication They Reached Classified Systems
Hackers who tapped into government networks through SolarWinds software potentially accessed about 3% of the Justice Department's email accounts, but there's no indication they accessed classified sys...
06:10 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Elon Musk Close To Surpassing Jeff Bezos as World's Richest Person
Elon Musk, the outspoken entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX, kicked off the new year by homing in on a characteristically audacious title: the richest person on the planet. From a report: A 4.9% ral...
05:43 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Smart Glasses Coming 'Sooner Than Later' Without AR
Facebook's planned smart glasses will arrive "sooner than later" in 2021, but won't feature the kind of digital overlay technology that is associated with augmented reality, according to hardware chie...
05:30 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot OpenAI's New AI Model Draws Images From Text
The machine learning company OpenAI is developing models that improve computer vision and can produce original images from a text prompt. From a report: The new models are the latest steps in ongoing ...
04:43 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Facebook Smart Glasses Coming 'Sooner Than Later' Without AR
Facebook's planned smart glasses will arrive "sooner than later" in 2021, but won't feature the kind of digital overlay technology that is associated with augmented reality, according to hardware chie...
03:36 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot The First Pig-to-Human Organ Transplants Could Happen This Year
Every day in the United States, 17 people die waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. To address this crisis, one biotech company is turning to an unlikely source: pigs. Maryland-based United Thera...
02:40 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Court Rules Deliveroo Used 'Discriminatory' Algorithm
An algorithm used by the popular European food delivery app Deliveroo to rank and offer shifts to riders is discriminatory, an Italian court ruled late last week, in what some experts are calling a hi...
02:00 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Mandatory WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update Allows User Data To be Shared With Facebook
WhatsApp's latest terms and privacy policy allows the popular messaging app to share a significant amount of user data with Facebook. From a report: WhatsApp users are today receiving an in-app notice...
01:00 pm - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Hackers Target Cryptocurrency Users With New ElectroRAT Malware
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Security firm Intezer Labs said it discovered a covert year-long malware operation where cybercriminals created fake cryptocurrency apps in order to tri...
10:00 am - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Verizon Indefinitely Delays 3G Network Shutdown
Verizon has backtracked on its plan to turn off its 3G network by the end of 2020. Light Reading reports: In response to questions from Light Reading, Verizon spokesperson Kevin King said "our 3G netw...
07:00 am - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address To Hackers
Telegram has no plans to fix a vulnerability that makes it easy for hackers to find your precise location. The problem stems from a feature called People Nearby, which is disabled by default, but allo...
03:30 am - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Trump Auctions Arctic Refuge To Oil Drillers In Last Strike Against US Wilderness
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In one of its last strikes against the American wilderness, Donald Trump's administration will on Wednesday auction off portions of the Arctic na...
02:10 am - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot US: Hack of Federal Agencies 'Likely Russian In Origin'
Top national security agencies in a rare joint statement Tuesday confirmed that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, rejecting President Do...
01:30 am - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot GitHub Secures License To Operate In Iran
Last July, GitHub prevented users in Iran and several other nations from accessing portions of the service due to U.S. sanction laws. Today, the world's largest host of source code announced that it h...
12:50 am - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Graphics Cards Are About To Get a Lot More Expensive, Asus Warns
Ever since Nvidia's GeForce RTX 30-series and AMD's Radeon RX 6000-series graphics cards launched last fall, the overwhelming demand and tight supply, exacerbated by a cryptocurrency boom, has caused ...
12:30 am - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot Dell's New Monitors Have a Dedicated Microsoft Teams Button
Dell is launching three new monitors next month, and all of them come with a dedicated Microsoft Teams button. The Verge reports: Dell claims it has created the "world's first video conferencing monit...
12:10 am - Wed, January 6, 2021
Slashdot World's Worst Internet Shutdowns Cost India $2.8 Billion in 2020
Internet shutdowns cost India $2.8 billion, putting the South Asian nation at the top of a list of 21 countries that curbed citizens' web access in 2020. From a report: India -- the second-worst-hit n...
11:30 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft is Building a New Outlook App for Windows and Mac Powered by the Web
Microsoft is building a universal Outlook client for Windows and Mac that will also replace the default Mail & Calendar apps on Windows 10 when ready. This new client is codenamed Monarch and is b...
10:50 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Sci-Hub: Scientists, Academics, Teachers & Students Protest Blocking Lawsuit
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Torrent Freak: On December 21, 2020, Elsevier, Wiley, and American Chemical Society, filed a lawsuit hoping to have the court compel Indian ISPs to block both ...
10:10 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon Is Taking Over As CEO
Qualcomm is getting a new CEO: Cristiano Amon, who already serves as president for the company, will replace Steve Mollenkopf, who took over as CEO in 2014. The Verge reports: Amon has already served ...
09:30 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot 'Minecraft Earth' Will Shut Down On June 30th
A little over a year after bringing Minecraft Earth in the US, Microsoft announced this week it will shut down the game later this year. Engadget reports: Minecraft Earth players have until June 30th,...
08:50 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot 81,000 UK-Owned .EU Domains Suspended As Brexit Transition Ends
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Tens of thousands of website owners who are based in the UK might have started the year with an unpleasant surprise: Eurid, the registry manager of .eu ...
08:10 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot NYSE Abruptly Reverses Plan To Delist Three Chinese Telecoms
The New York Stock Exchange has abruptly reversed plans to delist three major Chinese telecommunications companies after consulting regulators about an investment ban ordered by President Donald Trump...
07:35 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Italian Mobile Operator Offers To Replace SIM Cards After Massive Data Breach
Ho Mobile, an Italian mobile operator, owned by Vodafone, has confirmed a massive data breach on Monday and is now taking the rare step of offering to replace the SIM cards of all affected customers. ...
06:55 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Google's iOS Apps Haven't Been Updated in Weeks. Could Apple's Privacy Labels Be the Reason?
Not a single one of Google's iOS apps have been updated in almost a month -- an unusually long period for a tech behemoth not to release, at the very least, even a minor bug fix or stability update fo...
06:24 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Amazon Makes First Aircraft Purchase to Expand Cargo Network
Amazon.com is buying 11 used Boeing 767-300 planes, the first time the online retail giant has purchased, rather than leased, aircraft for its fast-growing air cargo operation. From a report: The comp...
04:25 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot In Georgia, Facebook's Changes Brought Back a Partisan News Feed
An anonymous reader shares a report: As Georgians head to the polls to vote on their two U.S. Senators -- and effectively, partisan control of Congress -- on Tuesday, voters face an online landscape f...
03:20 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot EPA Finalizes Rule Limiting Research Used for Public Health, Environmental Policy
The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule that limits scientific research used in the crafting of public health and environmental policy. From a report: Researchers argue the rule that ...
02:41 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot UK Scientists Worry Vaccines May Not Protect Against South African Coronavirus Variant
UK scientists have expressed concern that COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out in Britain may not be able to protect against a new variant of the coronavirus that emerged in South Africa and has spread ...
02:00 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Whole Foods CEO John Mackey: The 'Best Solution' is To Not Need Health Care and For Americans To Change How They Eat and Live
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey says the key to keeping people healthy in the United States is for people to eat better and live healthier lives. From a report: "I mean, honestly, we talk about health car...
01:00 pm - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Rails At Intel For 'Killing' the ECC Industry
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Linux creator Linus Torvalds has accused Intel of preventing widespread use of error-correcting memory and being "instrumental in killing the who...
10:00 am - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Forgotten PS1 Game 'Magic Castle' Finally Emerges Two Decades Later
It might have taken more than 20 years, but a game intended for the original PlayStation has at last made its way into the world. Engadget reports: A group of Japanese developers worked on Magic Castl...
07:00 am - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Astronomers Agree: Universe Is Nearly 14 Billion Years Old
Astronomers have taken a new look at the oldest light in the universe, which suggests that the universe is 13.77 billion years old -- give or take 40 million years. Phys.Org reports: The new estimate,...
03:30 am - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Ukraine Government Picks Stellar To Help Build National Digital Currency
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CoinDesk: Ukraine's government has chosen the Stellar blockchain network as a platform to build a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Announced Monday, the M...
01:30 am - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Uber Wasted $100 Million On Useless Digital Ad Campaigns
Uber apparently squandered an estimated $100 million on third-party digital advertising campaigns. Input Mag reports: Former Sleeping Giants alum and co-founder of Check My Ads, Nandini Jammi, caught ...
12:50 am - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Discovery Launches Today
Discovery+, the new streaming channel from Discovery, is officially available in the U.S.. "The list of places where you can download Discovery+ is extensive, with almost every popular platform but th...
12:10 am - Tue, January 5, 2021
Slashdot Quibi Reportedly In Talks To Sell Its Shows To Roku
According to The Wall Street Journal, failed mobile-first streaming service Quibi is in advanced talks to sell the rights to its content library to Roku for an undisclosed price. The Verge reports: If...
11:30 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Singapore Police Can Access COVID-19 Contact Tracing Data For Criminal Investigations
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Singapore has confirmed its law enforcers will be able to access the country's COVID-19 contact tracing data to aid in their criminal investigations. To...
10:50 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot The Thinking Behind the 32GB Windows Format Limit On FAT32
The reason why the Windows UI has a 32GB limit on the formatting of FAT32 volumes is because retired Microsoft engineer Dave Plummer "said so." The confession comes "in the latest of a series of anecd...
10:10 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Julian Assange: UK Judge Blocks Extradition of Wikileaks Founder to US
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States, a court in London has ruled. The BBC reports: The judge blocked the request because of concerns over Mr Assange's mental hea...
09:34 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Ether Soars Above $1,000 As Bitcoin Sets Another Record
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Ether, the native currency of the Ethereum network and the second most valuable cryptocurrency, has soared above $1,000 for the first time since ...
08:41 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Malware Uses WiFi BSSID for Victim Identification
An anonymous reader shares a report: Malware operators who want to know the location of the victims they infect usually rely on a simple technique where they grab the victim's IP address and check it ...
07:38 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Epic Games Buys a Huge Mall
Epic Games is buying an old shopping mall -- with nearly one million square feet of space -- and plans to convert it into its new global headquarters by 2024. From a report: The deal gives Epic the 98...
07:01 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Jack Ma's Disappearing Act Fuels Speculation About Billionaire's Whereabouts
Alibaba founder Jack Ma's absence from public view in the past two months, including missing the final episode of a TV show on which he was to appear as a judge, has fueled social media speculation ov...
06:13 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft Planning 'Sweeping Visual Rejuvenation of Windows'
Microsoft is planning a "sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows" that is designed to signal to users of the operating system that "Windows is BACK." From a report: That's according to a job listing p...
05:33 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Haven, the Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan Venture To Disrupt Healthcare, is Disbanding After 3 Years
Haven, the joint venture formed by three of America's most powerful companies to lower costs and improve outcomes in health care, is disbanding after three years, CNBC has learned exclusively. From a ...
04:52 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Apple Has Purportedly Asked Foxconn To Create Two Foldable iPhone Prototype Shells
Apple appears to be moving along in its development of a foldable iPhone, according to new rumors. The company has apparently asked its Foxconn, its biggest iPhone supplier, to create two prototype fo...
04:12 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Slack Starts 2021 With a Massive Outage
Slack is down on the first full work day of 2021. From a report: The company said Monday morning "customers may have trouble loading channels or connecting to Slack at this time. Our team is investiga...
03:26 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Julian Assange Extradition To US Blocked by UK Judge
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States, a court in London has ruled. From a report: The judge blocked the request because of concerns over Mr Assange's mental healt...
02:56 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Xbox Series X and S Shortages Have Microsoft Asking AMD for Help
Supply issues have hamstrung the rollout of the latest generation of video game consoles. Even now, nearly two months after the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S released, Microsoft is still scrambling ...
02:03 pm - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Google Workers Unionize, Escalating Tension With Management
Employees of Google and parent company Alphabet announced the creation of a union on Monday, escalating years of confrontation between workers and management of the internet giant. From a report: The ...
11:34 am - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot 71-Year-Old Slashdot Reader Describes His 'Moderate' Case of Covid
71-year-old Hugh Pickens (Slashdot reader #49,171) is a physicist who explored for oil in the Amazon jungle, commissioned microwave communications systems in Saudi Arabia, and built satellite control ...
08:34 am - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot A Giant Black Hole Keeps Evading Detecting and Scientists Can't Explain It
"An enormous black hole keeps slipping through astronomers' nets..." reports Space.com:The big galaxy at the core of the cluster Abell 2261, which lies about 2.7 billion light-years from Earth, should...
05:34 am - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot The Most-Pirated TV Show of 2020 Was 'The Mandalorian'
CNET reveals 2020's most popular show among video pirates:It probably won't come as a surprise that Disney Plus smash hit series The Mandalorian has won the (unfortunate) title of most-pirated TV show...
02:37 am - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot When Big Brands Stopped Spending On Digital Ads, Nothing Happened. Why?
This weekend Forbes ran a thought-provoking article by "a digital marketer of 25 years" who now helps marketers audit their digital campaigns for ad fraud:When P&G turned off $200 million of their...
12:34 am - Mon, January 4, 2021
Slashdot Will There Be a Commercial Replacement for the International Space Station?
"Axiom Space has announced that it is creating an office park and manufacturing center at the Houston SpacePort at Ellington Field," notes an opinion piece for The Hill by Houston-based space writer M...
11:23 pm - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot The Atlantic Urges Humankind to Fix the Social Web
Heading into the new year, the Atlantic's executive editor penned a scathing warning that vast social networks like Facebook "can harm society just by existing..."Even as Facebook has insisted that it...
09:59 pm - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Do Children Really Need To Learn To Code?
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: In India, parents are being aggressively sold the idea that their children must start coding at 4 or 5 or be future failures, prompting Neelesh Misra [a writer...
08:54 pm - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Speculation Grows As AMD Files Patent for GPU Design
Long-time Slashdot reader UnknowingFool writes:AMD filed a patent on using chiplets for a GPU with hints on why it has waited this long to extend their CPU strategy to GPUs. The latency between chiple...
07:49 pm - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Study Finds Brain Activity of Coders Isn't Like Language or Math
"When you do computer programming, what sort of mental work are you doing?" asks science/tech journalist Clive Thompson:For a long time, folks have speculated on this. Since coding involves pondering ...
06:45 pm - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Bitcoin Surges 25% In One Week. Warren Buffett Still Won't Buy It
Last Sunday we reported Bitcoin's price had surged 50% in the previous month. In the week since it's surged another 24.8%. As Bitcoin celebrates its 12th anniversary, a Forbes columnist writes that Bi...
05:39 pm - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Is the US Government's Cybersecurity Agency Up to the Job?
CNN reports that some critics are now questioning whether America's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is equipped to protect the integrity of government systems from adversaries:...
04:34 pm - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Recovering Samples From the Moon, China's Chang'e-5 Team Used Exoskeletons
AmiMoJo quotes Universe Today:Other worlds aren't the only difficult terrain personnel will have to traverse in humanity's exploration of the solar system. There are some parts of our own planet that ...
03:29 pm - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Flash Is About To Die, But Classic Flash Games Will Live On
Fast Company's technology editor harrymcc writes:After years of growing technical irrelevance and security concerns, the Flash browser plug-in will reach the end of the road on January 12 when Adobe b...
02:24 pm - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Fantasy and Sci-Fi Author Debra Doyle, 1952-2020
Long-time Slashdot reader serviscope_minor wanted to remind us that 2020 also saw the death of science fiction/fantasy author Debra Doyle at the age of 67 from a sudden cardiac event. "Her works were ...
11:19 am - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot G.E. Wind Turbine Prototype: 853 Feet Tall, Can Generate 13 Megawatts
Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot shares a report from the New York Times:Twirling above a strip of land at the mouth of Rotterdam's harbor [in the Netherlands] is a wind turbine so large it is di...
08:14 am - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox Design Refresh
Mozilla is "investigating" a design refresh for its Firefox browser. Ghacks reports that the refresh is referred to internally as "Photon."Information about the design refresh is limited at this point...
04:09 am - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Are We Experiencing a Great Software Stagnation?
Long-time programmer/researcher/former MIT research fellow Jonathan Edwards writes a blog called "Alarming Development: Dispatches from the User Liberation Front." He began the new year by arguing tha...
02:04 am - Sun, January 3, 2021
Slashdot Among 2020's Most Underreported Stories: Pharmaceutical Profiteering May Accelerate Superbugs
Since 1976 "Project Censored," a U.S.-based nonprofit media watchdog organization, has been identifying "the news that didn't make the news," the most significant stories it believes are being systema...
11:59 pm - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot Has 'The Mandalorian' on Disney Redeemed the Star Wars Universe?
Today a staff writer at Salon argues "The Mandalorian" has redeemed the Star Wars universe:The Disney+ series "The Mandalorian" has been both a critical triumph and commercial success. In my judgment,...
10:54 pm - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot A Four-Day Work Week Would Be Affordable For Most UK Firms, Says Think Tank
"A carefully designed four-day week could be introduced in the UK immediately and be affordable for most firms with more than 50 workers, a think tank has said," reports the Guardian, citing new resea...
09:49 pm - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot See Boston Dynamics' Robots Bust Freakishly Good Moves On the Dance Floor
MojoKid summarizes an article from Hot Hardware: Boston Dynamics made news recently when 80% of the company was acquired by Hyundai. The company's family of robots is always impressive and now it appe...
08:44 pm - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot Microsoft, SolarWinds Face New Criticism Over Russian Breach of US Networks
After Russia's massive breach of both government and private networks in the U.S., American intelligence officials "have expressed anger that Microsoft did not detect the attack earlier But new critic...
07:34 pm - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot Lawsuits Filed Against Lyft Alleging Sexual Assaults By Drivers
Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quotes SiliconValley.com: Bay Area ride-hailing giant Lyft is accused in a series of new lawsuits of failing to protect female passengers from rape by drivers. One plaint...
06:34 pm - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot EFF Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Account of the Fight to Save .ORG
As part of its "Year in Review" series, the EFF shares their dramatic behind-the-scenes details about 2020's fight over the future of .org domains. It begins when the Internet Society (ISOC) announced...
05:34 pm - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot Farming Equipment is Beaming Back 'Reams of Data' To its Manufacturers
Farming equipment like combine harvesters "beam back reams of data to its manufacturer," reports Forbes:GPS records the combine's precise path through the field as it moves. Sensors tally the number o...
04:34 pm - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot Neuroscientists' New Theory: Dreaming Protects the Braincells For Eyesight
Writing in Time magazine, two neuroscientists share a surprising new theory on exactly how dreaming protects our brains:Neuroscience used to think that different parts of the brain were predetermined ...
03:34 pm - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot How The Band Phish Played Chess Against Its Fans on New Year's Eve
An anonymous reader writes:So on New Year's Eve, the "jam" rock band Phish re-broadcast their legendary 1995 performance on New Year's Eve -- while playing a game of chess against the audience. (Just ...
12:00 pm - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot Massachusetts To Ban Sale of New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035
While EVs are still in the single-digit area of overall vehicle sales, they continue to climb and have already surpassed the sales of vehicles with manual transmissions. Now it seems that the electrif...
10:00 am - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot Backdoor Account Discovered in More Than 100,000 Zyxel Firewalls, VPN Gateways
More than 100,000 Zyxel firewalls, VPN gateways, and access point controllers contain a hardcoded admin-level backdoor account that can grant attackers root access to devices via either the SSH interf...
08:30 am - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot How the Comics Industry Avoided a 2020 Implosion
While publishers and stores feared COVID-19 would be an extinction-level threat, the industry has proved more resilient than thought. From a report: In March, when COVID-19 hit the comic industry in e...
05:30 am - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot Google's Annual Spectacle at CES is No More, With Tech Show Going Virtual
One of the biggest disappointments from CES 2021 going virtual will be the lack of a splashy booth by Google. Whether you cared about the company's bevy of Google Assistant-related announcements, it w...
02:00 am - Sat, January 2, 2021
Slashdot Samsung Appears To Have a New Tile Competitor On the Way
Samsung seems to be close to launching a new Tile-like device for tracking lost items. The tracker, likely called the Galaxy SmartTag, has been leaking out over the past month, and there's some specul...
11:00 pm - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot New Era for UK as It Completes Separation From European Union
A new era has begun for the United Kingdom after it completed its formal separation from the European Union. From a report: The UK stopped following EU rules at 23:00 GMT, as replacement arrangements ...
10:00 pm - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot LG Wants To Put Transparent OLEDs in Restaurants and Subways
LG's got a transparent OLED display, and if you're wondering how such a device could be useful, the company has a few ideas to share. From a report: Ahead of the upcoming CES 2021 show, LG shared a fe...
09:00 pm - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot The Problem With Problem Sharks
A marine biologist's ideas for singling out sharks that attack humans have prompted objections from other shark scientists. From a report: The war on sharks has been waged with shock and awe at times....
08:00 pm - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot Party Like It's 1925 On Public Domain Day
Neda Ulaby, writing for NPR: What a year it was for Anglo-American literature and the arts! 1925 was the year of heralded novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf, seminal works by Sinclair Le...
07:00 pm - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot New York City Subway Now Supports Tap-To-Pay At All Stations
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday that it had completed the rollout of tap-to-pay scanners at all subway stations and on all of its buses throughout the city. From a report:...
06:00 pm - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot An Interview With an Anonymous Amazonian
Logic magazine has interviewed an anonymous engineer at Amazon Web Services. An excerpt from the story, which touches a wide-range of topics including controversial work with the military and police a...
05:23 pm - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot Forget the Streaming Wars -- Pandemic-Stricken 2020 Lifted Netflix and Others
The past 12 months were billed as the year when a flood of new entrants would force streaming services to wage an all-out war for subscribers. Instead, incumbents and rookies alike feasted on a base o...
05:00 pm - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot Forget the Streaming Wars -- Pandemic-Stricken 2020 Lifted Netflix and Others
The past 12 months were billed as the year when a flood of new entrants would force streaming services to wage an all-out war for subscribers. Instead, incumbents and rookies alike feasted on a base o...
04:00 pm - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot Google Maps' Moat is Evaporating
An anonymous reader shares an analysis: See, Google Maps is not just an app on your phone. It's also a suite of developer tools that power countless other applications that are used by millions of peo...
03:05 pm - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot Japan's Brand New Anti-Piracy Law Goes Live
A few hours ago and after years of preparation, amendments to Japan's copyright law came into effect, aiming to criminalize those who download unlicensed manga, magazines, and academic texts from the ...
11:40 am - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot Amazon To Expand Its Childhood-To-Career CS Program To India Later This Year
theodp writes: According to an Amazon job listing for a contract position, the e-tailer is seeking a lead for a new Amazon Future Engineer program in India that's set to launch in 2021. "The initial r...
09:20 am - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot Tech's Top Seven Companies Added $3.4 Trillion in Value in 2020
Tech's biggest companies just wrapped up a huge year. From a report: The seven most valuable U.S. technology companies -- Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Tesla and Nvidia -- picked up a ...
05:30 am - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot It's Game Over For FarmVille, as Flash Also Buys the Farm
The last day of the year was also the last day for FarmVille, one of the original addictive Facebook games. From a report: FarmVille, which allowed players to cultivate colorful cartoonish farms by te...
02:30 am - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot NYSE To Delist Chinese Telco Giants on US Executive Order
The New York Stock Exchange said it will delist three Chinese companies to comply with a U.S. executive order that imposed restrictions on companies that were identified as affiliated with the Chinese...
01:38 am - Fri, January 1, 2021
Slashdot Alphabet Unit Wing Blasts New US Drone ID Rule, Citing Privacy
Alphabet's drone delivery unit Wing criticized Trump administration rules issued this week mandating broadcast-based remote identification of drones, saying they should be revised to allow for interne...
10:00 pm - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot Trade-in Site Gazelle is Ending Trade-ins
Gazelle, one of the longest-running used smartphone buyers in the US, has announced the end of its core trade-in program, which let phone owners mail in phones and other electronics devices in exchang...
09:00 pm - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot T-Mobile Data Breach Exposed Phone Numbers, Call Records
T-Mobile has announced a data breach exposing customers' proprietary network information (CPNI), including phone numbers and call records. From a report: Starting this week, T-Mobile began texting cus...
08:00 pm - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot Microsoft Says SolarWinds Hackers Viewed Source Code
The hackers who carried out a sophisticated cyberattack on government agencies in the US and private companies were able to access Microsoft's source code, the company said Thursday. From a report: A ...
07:00 pm - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot Ten-Year Long Study Confirms No Link Between Playing Violent Video Games as Early as Ten Years Old and Aggressive Behavior Later in Life
An anonymous reader shares a report: A ten-year longitudinal study published in the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking on a group in early adolescence from as young as ten yea...
06:00 pm - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot Apple Took Three Years to Cut Ties With Supplier That Used Underage Labor
An anonymous reader shares a report [the story is behind a paywall; alternative source]: Seven years ago, Apple made a staggering discovery: Among the employees at a factory in China that made most of...
05:00 pm - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot Mitsubishi Heavy To Build Biggest Zero-Carbon Steel Plant
Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will soon complete in Austria the world's largest steel plant capable of attaining net-zero carbon dioxide emissions. Mitsubishi Heavy, through a British unit, is c...
04:00 pm - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot 'Companies Are Fleeing California. Blame Bad Government.'
Bloomberg Editorial Board: Amid raging wildfires, rolling blackouts and a worsening coronavirus outbreak, it has not been a great year for California. Unfortunately, the state is also reeling from a m...
03:00 pm - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot The ESPN Annual Subscription is Going Up by $10
For the first time since the service arrived in April 2018, the ESPN+ annual plan is getting a price increase. From January 8th, it'll cost new members $59.99 instead of $49.99. Existing annual subscr...
02:00 pm - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot CISA Updates SolarWinds Guidance, Tells US Govt Agencies To Update Right Away
The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has updated its official guidance for dealing with the fallout from the SolarWinds supply chain attack. From a report: In an update posted late ...
11:30 am - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot Adobe Now Shows Alerts in Windows 10 To Uninstall Flash Player
With the Flash Player officially reaching the end of life tomorrow, Adobe has started to display alerts on Windows computers recommending that users uninstall Flash Player. From a report: When Flash P...
09:00 am - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot Most-Played Song of 2020? For Many It's White Noise
An anonymous reader shares a report: In an average year, Spotify Wrapped is a sharing-optimized novelty hinging on nostalgia for a time that's barely passed. But in 2020, this data mirror instead pres...
06:00 am - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot Ticketmaster Pays $10 Million Criminal Fine for Invading Rival's Computers
Ticketmaster will pay a $10 million criminal fine to avoid prosecution on U.S. charges it repeatedly accessed the computer systems of a rival whose assets its parent Live Nation Entertainment Inc late...
02:25 am - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot SpaceX Will Attempt To Recover Super Heavy Rocket by Catching it With Launch Tower
SpaceX will try a significantly different approach to landing its future reusable rocket boosters, according to CEO and founder Elon Musk. It will attempt to 'catch' the heavy booster, which is curren...
01:00 am - Thu, December 31, 2020
Slashdot Spotify's Podcasting Problem: Loophole Allows Remixes and Unreleased Songs To Hide in Plain Sight
Spotify has joined the ranks of streaming services like SoundCloud and YouTube as a hub for bootlegs of popular songs. From a report: With obscured titles like "Jocelyn Flores but you're in the bathro...