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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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Leaked Federal Climate Report Finds Link Between Climate Change, Human Activity

An anonymous reader shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source ): The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration. The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has no...
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Amazon Owns a Whole Collection of Secret Brands

Mike Murphy, writing for Quartz: After decades of selling products -- and knowing exactly what people are buying, and when they are buying it -- Amazon has started cutting out the middle-man by selling self-produced items . Through its AmazonBasics house brand, it sells all sorts of small items, from iPhone chargers, to batteries, power strips -- even foam rollers, backpacks and washcloths. It's the sort of stuff that you might not be too b...
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Browser Extensions Are Undermining Privacy

pizzutz writes: Chrome's popular Web Developer plugin was briefly hijacked on Wednesday when an attacker gained control of the author's Google account and released a new version (0.49) which injected ads into web pages of more than a million users who downloaded the update. The version was quickly replaced with an uncompromised version (0.5) and all users are urged to update immediately . Lauren Weinstein has a broader warning:While the bro...
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Electric Cars Are Not the Answer To Air Pollution, Says Top UK Adviser

Cars must be driven out of cities to tackle the UK's air pollution crisis, not just replaced with electric vehicles , according to the UK government's top adviser. From a report: Prof Frank Kelly said that while electric vehicles emit no exhaust fumes, they still produce large amounts of tiny pollution particles from brake and tyre dust, for which the government already accepts there is no safe limit. Toxic air causes 40,000 early deaths a ...
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Why the Bitcoin Network Just Split In Half and Why It Matters

In a report via Ars Technica, Timothy B. Lee explains why the Bitcoin network split into two and why it matters : On Tuesday, a faction of the Bitcoin community launched an audacious experiment: a new version of Bitcoin called Bitcoin Cash that's incompatible with the standard version. As a result, the Bitcoin network split into two mutually incompatible networks that will operate side-by-side. The confusing result is that if you owned one ...
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Microsoft Targets Google and Apple in Schools With 'Surface Plus' Hardware Subscription Program

An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft is launching a new subscription program for buying Surface computers and tablets in much the same way that many people now purchase smartphones, with no-interest financing for two years and the ability to upgrade to a new device before the term is up . Announced this morning at the launch of back-to-school season, the initiative is part of a broader push by Microsoft to gain new momentum in U.S...
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Luxembourg Just Passed A New Asteroid Mining Law

Remember when NASA visited an asteroid with $10 quintillion worth of minerals ? Now the lucrative asteroid-mining industry is being pursued by "the European banking hub with a population not much bigger than Albuquerque's," reports Bloomberg, as low-cost reconnaissance missions are already looking "increasingly feasible ." An anonymous reader writes:Last week Luxembourg's parliament unanimously passed an asteroid mining law (which goes into...
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The US Congress Is Investigating Government Use Of Kaspersky Software

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:A U.S. congressional panel this week asked 22 government agencies to share documents on Moscow-based cyber firm Kaspersky Lab, saying its products could be used to carry out "nefarious activities against the United States ," according to letters seen by Reuters. The requests made on Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology are the latest blow to the antivirus...
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Solar-Eclipse Glasses On Amazon May Not Meet NASA's Safety Requirements

For those planning to watch the solar eclipse on August 21st, you're going to want to make sure you have some specialized, ultra-dark glasses to see safely, especially if you're not in the " path of totality ." If you're on the hunt for said glasses, please be on the lookout to make sure you buy glasses that meet NASA's safety standards. Quartz is reporting that there are many "fly-by-night manufacturers looking to turn a quick profit by se...
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The Quitting Economy

From an essay on Aeon magazing: [...] The CEO of Me, Inc is a job-quitter for a good reason -- the business world has come to realize that market value is the best measure of value. As a consequence, a career means a string of jobs at different companies. So workers respond in kind, thinking about how to shape their career in a world where you can expect so little from employers. In a society where market rules rule, the only way for an emp...
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iOS 11 Will Prevent Your iPhone From Automatically Connecting To Unreliable Wi-Fi Networks

A new feature spotted in iOS 11 beta 2 intelligently manages wireless networks based on their reliability , learning to ignore those that are too far away to provide a consistent experience. TrustedReviews reports: It follows the company's Wi-Fi Assist feature which meant handsets would switch to a data connection when Wi-Fi networks became too slow. Naturally, users weren't thrilled with the resulting data usage issues, and it seems Apple ...
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How NASA Glimpsed The Mysterious Object 'New Horizons' Will Reach In 2019

necro81 writes: After its successful flyby of Pluto in July 2015, the New Horizons probe received a mission extension to fly past a Kuiper Belt object -- named 2014 MU69 -- in January 2019. However, we know few details about the object -- its size, shape, albedo, whether it has any companions -- which are crucial for planning the flyby. Based on observations from Hubble, the New Horizons team knew that the object would pass in front of a st...
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For Seattle Women Called Alexa, Frustrating To Share Name With Amazon Device

Reader reifman writes: Since Amazon introduced the Alexa-enabled Echo device in 2014, the jokes have become so omnipresent that Alexa Philbeck, 29, briefly considered changing, or at least obscuring, her name. The Seattle Times speaks to four women unfortunately called Alexa in a town that may soon be known as Seamazon. Read more of this story at Slashdot. Original link
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Apple Flies Top Privacy Executives Into Australia To Lobby Against Encryption

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Patently Apple: Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled " Australia proposed new Laws Compelling Companies like Facebook & Apple to Provide Access to Encrypted Messages ." Days later, Australia's Prime Minister spoke about the encryption problem with the Australian press as noted in the video in our report. Now we're learning that Apple has flown in top executives to lobby Turnbull govern...
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Michigan Will Build 25 Self-Driving Trolleys In 2017

French trolley-maker Navya announced its first manufacturing facility in North America. The company will build a 20,000 square foot facility for the construction of its self-driving trolley, the Arma. "It aims to construct 25 vehicles there this year ," reports Observer. "It has 45 vehicles deployed around the world already. These robots have a max speed of about 27 miles per hour, but typically travel more like 12 miles per hour (the speed...
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