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  1. Can Cheap Android Tablets Bridge the Digital Divide?

    10.07 / 18:41 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    It's now possible to buy a 7-inch Android tablet for under $50 -- for example, the Nook Tablet 7 or Amazon's cheapest Fire tablet. "Since the Fire can now easily install regular Android apps, it has become useful out of all proportion to its price," writes long-time Slashdot reader Robotech_Master, noting that for many applications tablets can replace a desktop or laptop computer. TeleRead.org is even arguing this could be what bridges the digital divide: [N]ot just for reading ebooks and…
  2. Tim O'Reilly: Don't Fear AI, Fear Ourselves

    10.07 / 18:41 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Tim O'Reilly, publisher of geeky books, "seizes on this singular moment in history" for a futuristic new book of his own, according to this interview with Steven Levy. An anonymous reader writes: When it comes to artificial intelligence, O'Reilly sees a reason for optimism in the fact that we're already discussing biased algorithms. ("We had plenty of bias before but we couldn't see it.") O'Reilly ultimately believes AI won't take away our jobs, and even argues that we're defining it…
  3. New Open Source 3D Printer Can Print Without Human Intervention

    10.07 / 18:41 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Slashdot reader mmiscool shares some videos about "the next step in 3D printing": Autodrop3d is an open source system that solves the problem of needing a human to remove a 3D print from its print bed. Implemented as an open source hardware and software system, it allows for web based, multi-user print queue, automatic notifications, and web-based CAD design tools to all be integrated in one open source system. There's a video that shows the hardware in operation and a link to the web…
  4. GM Exec Says Elon Musk's Self-Driving Car Claims Are 'Full of Crap'

    10.07 / 16:30 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader quotes the Sydney Morning Herald: Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's claims about the self-driving capabilities of his upcoming Tesla vehicles are "full of crap", General Motors' self-driving Tsar says... "To think you can see everything you need for a level five autonomous car [full self-driving] with cameras and radar, I don't know how you do that"... GM's own solution involves several radar and Lidar sensors, as well as cameras and multiple redundancy systems.…
  5. Java Coders Are Getting Bad Security Advice From Stack Overflow

    10.07 / 15:25 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Slashdot reader Orome1 quotes Help Net Security: A group of Virginia Tech researchers has analyzed hundreds of posts on Stack Overflow, a popular developer forum/Q&A site, and found that many of the developers who offer answers do not appear to understand the security implications of coding options, showing a lack of cybersecurity training. Another thing they discovered is that, sometimes, the most upvoted posts/answers contain insecure suggestions that introduce security vulnerabilities…
  6. Publishers Take ResearchGate To Court, Seek Removal of Millions of Papers

    10.07 / 14:10 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: Scholarly publishing giants Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have filed a lawsuit in Germany against ResearchGate, a popular academic networking site, alleging copyright infringement on a mass scale. The move comes after a larger group of publishers became dissatisfied with ResearchGate's response to a request to alter its article-sharing practices. ResearchGate, a for-profit firm based in Berlin, Germany, which was…
  7. Apple Doesn't Deliberately Slow Down Older Devices According To Benchmark Analysis

    10.07 / 11:53 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    According to software company Futuremark, Apple doesn't intentionally slow down older iPhones when it releases new software updates as a way to encourage its customers to buy new devices. MacRumors reports: Starting in 2016, Futuremark collected over 100,000 benchmark results for seven different iPhone models across three versions of iOS, using that data to create performance comparison charts to determine whether there have been performance drops in iOS 9, iOS 10, and iOS 11. The first…
  8. Neanderthal Ancestors May Be To Blame For Why You Can't Get a Tan

    10.07 / 07:06 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    turkeydance shares a report from The Telegraph: If you struggle to get a tan, consider yourself a night owl or are plagued with arthritis, then your Neanderthal ancestors could be to blame, a new genetic study has shown. Although Neanderthals are often portrayed in drawings as swarthy, in fact they arrived in Northern Europe thousands of years before modern humans, giving time for their skin to become paler as their bodies struggled to soak up enough sun. When they interbred with modern…
  9. Browsers Will Store Credit Card Details Similar To How They Save Passwords

    10.07 / 03:33 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A new W3C standard is slowly creeping into current browser implementations, a standard that will simplify the way people make payments online. Called the Payment Request API, this new standard relies on users entering and storing payment card details inside browsers, just like they currently do with passwords. The API is also a godsend for the security and e-commerce industry since it spares store owners from having to store…
  10. Massive 70-Mile-Wide Butterfly Swarm Shows Up On Denver Radar System

    10.07 / 03:12 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    dryriver shares a report from BBC: A colorful, shimmering spectacle detected by weather radar over the U.S. state of Colorado has been identified as swarms of migrating butterflies. Scientists at the National Weather Service (NWS) first mistook the orange radar blob for birds and had asked the public to help identifying the species. They later established that the 70-mile wide (110km) mass was a kaleidoscope of Painted Lady butterflies. Forecasters say it is uncommon for flying insects to…
  11. Disqus Confirms Over 17.5 Million Email Addresses Were Stolen In 2012 Hack of Its Comments Tool

    10.07 / 03:12 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Disqus, a company that builds and provides a web-based comment plugin for news websites, said Friday that hackers stole more than 17.5 million email addresses in a data breach in July 2012. "About a third of those accounts contained passwords, salted and hashed using the weak SHA-1 algorithm, which has largely been deprecated in recent years in favor of stronger password scramblers," reports ZDNet. From the report: Some of the exposed user information dates back to 2007. Many of the…
  12. Facebook Removed References To Russia From Fake-News Report

    10.07 / 03:12 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in April, Facebook published a report called "Information Operations and Facebook" that detailed the company's efforts to combat fake news and other misinformation campaigns on the site. The report was released in the midst of an uproar over potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. But the report doesn't mention Russia by name, saying only that Facebook's data "does not contradict" a January report by the…
  13. Sprint, T-Mobile Could Announce a Merger By Month's End

    10.07 / 03:12 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Last month, it was reported that T-Mobile is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint. Now, it appears that negotiations between the two companies are almost complete. Android Police reports: The report claims that Sprint and T-Mobile are putting the finishing touches on the merger, which will likely be announced at the quarterly earnings report at the end of this month. Some of the current discussion topics include Sprint's valuation (estimated to be around $29…
  14. RIP AIM: AOL Instant Messenger Dies in December

    10.06 / 17:26 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    It's the end of an era: as of December 15, AOL's Instant Messenger will no longer exist. From a report: In a statement from Oath, the new entity formed under Verizon combining AOL with the recently-acquired Yahoo, the service will be discontinued. "AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," said Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath. AIM was a staple of personal computers…
  15. iOS 11's Misleading 'Off-ish' Setting For Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is Bad for User Security

    10.06 / 17:26 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Last month, we covered a story about how turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center doesn't really turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. EFF has called the situation bad for user security. From the report: Instead, what actually happens in iOS 11 when you toggle your quick settings to "off" is that the phone will disconnect from Wi-Fi networks and some devices, but remain on for Apple services. Location Services is still enabled, Apple devices (like Apple Watch and Pencil) stay…
  16. Beijing Startup Offers Engineers $1M Salary Plus Options in Battle For Talent

    10.06 / 17:26 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader shares a Financial Post report: Beijing ByteDance Technology is the brainchild of entrepreneur Zhang Yiming. The company is best known for a mobile app called Jinri Toutiao, or Today's Headlines, which aggregates news and videos from hundreds of media outlets. In five years, the app has become one of the most popular news services anywhere, with 120 million daily users. Toutiao is on pace to pull in about US$2.5 billion in revenue this year, largely from advertising. It…
  17. US Jobs Dropped By 33,000 In September, Likely Due To Storms

    10.06 / 17:26 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent. The September payrolls drop broke a nearly 7-year streak of continuous job gains. But economists caution that the drop is likely representing the short-term consequences of bad weather, not a long-term shift in the job market. Before this report, the economy had added an average of about 175,000…
  18. Kaspersky Lab Denies Involvement in Russian Hack of NSA Contractor

    10.06 / 17:26 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has hit back at a report in the Wall Street Journal which accused it of being involved in a Russian government hack of an NSA contractor in 2015. From a report: The paper reported on Thursday that the NSA contractor, a Vietnamese national who was working to create replacements for the hacking tools leaked by Edward Snowden, was hacked on his personal computer after he took his work home. There, the report says, the contractor's use of…