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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note8 With 6.3-inch Infinity Display, Dual Rear Cameras

VentureBeat reports: After months of leaks, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Note8 in an event in New York City . The company's latest stylus-equipped flagship smartphone is expected to be available for preorder starting tomorrow, August 24. The phone ships "in mid-September" with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but you can expect it will be upgradeable to Android Oreo, which was only officially announced two days ago. The Galaxy Note8 succeeds the ...
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iPhone 8's 3D Face Scanner Will Work In 'Millionths of a Second'

According to a report by the Korea Herald, Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 will ditch the fingerprint identification in favor of 3D face recognition, which will work "in the millionths of a second ." PhoneArena reports: The Samsung Galaxy series were among the first mainstream devices to feature iris recognition, but the speed and accuracy of the current technology leave a lot to be desired, and maybe that is why current phones ship with an eye s...
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Red Hat Gives Ceylon To The Eclipse Foundation

An anonymous reader writes:Some media outlets called Ceylon an attempted "Java killer" when Gavin King first unveiled his secret two-year development project in 2011 . In 2013 Red Hat finally released version 1.0 of the modern, modular statically-typed programming language for the Java and JavaScript virtual machines. After another four years, "Ceylon has a small but very active and enthusiastic community of developers and users, and indeed...
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Atlas 5 Rocket Launches $400 Million NASA Satellite Into Space

A new communications hub has been successfully deployed in space today thanks to the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. "TDRS is a critical national asset have because of its importance to the space station and all of our science missions, primarily the Hubble Space Telescope and Earth science missions that use TDRS," said Tim Dunn, NASA's TDRS-M launch director. Spaceflight Now reports: With its main engine running at full throttle, th...
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Facebook Downranks Video Clickbait and Fake Play Buttons

In a blog post , Facebook announced that it has started downranking the News Feed presence of links that display a fake play button in the preview image , as well as videos that are actually just a static image uploaded as a video file. While Facebook won't completely delete these posts unless they violate its other policies, it will be decreasing the distribution of these stories. TechCrunch reports: Facebook has prohibited the use of fake...
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Ask Slashdot: Female Engineers, Could You Please Share Your Thoughts On the Google Memo

I read this article (see bottom of thread), felt like screaming and then felt compelled to write about my experiences and thoughts on the matter. ****I am a women in Information Technology and I have been doing this since 1995. Actually, even before that time since I worked at a computer camp at age 17 teaching BASIC computer language. ****Before there was oodles of money in IT, I rarely experienced prejudice and sexism in my job. I loved w...
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Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Wild bees, such as bumblebees, don't get as much love as honeybees, but they should. They play just as crucial a role in pollinating many fruits, vegetables and wildflowers, and compared to managed colonies of honeybees, they're in much greater jeopardy. A group of scientists in the United Kingdom decided to look at how bumblebee queens are affected by some widely used and highly controversial p...
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Deserialization Issues Also Affect .NET, Not Just Java

"The .NET ecosystem is affected by a similar flaw that has wreaked havoc among Java apps and developers in 2016," reports BleepingComputer. An anonymous reader writes:The issue at hand is in how some .NET libraries deserialize JSON or XML data, doing it in a total unsecured way , but also how developers handle deserialization operations when working with libraries that offer optional secure systems to prevent deserialized data from accessin...
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Vitamin B3 Supplement Can Prevent Miscarriages and Birth Defects, Says Study

Vitamin B3 Supplement Can Prevent Miscarriages and Birth Defects, Says Study - Slashdot binspam dupe notthebest offtopic slownewsday stale stupid 92971255 story Posted by BeauHD on Friday August 11, 2017 @10:05PM from the landmark-findings dept. brindafella writes: The landmark finding about vitamin B3, made by the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney, Australia, has been described as "the most important discovery for pregnant women since folat...
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Facebook Launches Watch Tab For Video Shows, Uses TV's 75-Year-Old Marketing Pitch

From a report: Facebook's push toward original video content will take a big step forward Thursday with the launch of a new section, dubbed Watch. The new tab, which Facebook FB, said late Wednesday will launch for a limited number of U.S. users for now, will feature about 40 original series, with plans to eventually scale up to hundreds of shows. Facebook said it will become available to more users in the coming weeks. The Mountain View, C...
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