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  1. 'Dear Apple, The iPhone X and Face ID Are Orwellian and Creepy'

    09.22 / 02:14 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Trent Lapinski from Hacker Noon writes an informal letter to Apple, asking "who the hell actually asked for Face ID?" and calling the iPhone X and new face-scanning security measure "Orwellian" and "creepy": For the company that famously used 1984 in its advertising to usher in a new era of personal computing, it is pretty ironic that 30+ years later they would announce technology that has the potential to eliminate global privacy. I've been waiting 10-years since the first iPhone was…
  2. Tesla Discontinues Its Most Affordable Model S

    09.22 / 01:22 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Tesla will be discontinuing its cheapest Model S option, the Model S 75, this Sunday. What that means is that the all-wheel-drive version -- the 75D -- will take its place as the low-end Model S sedan, currently listed at a starting price of $74,500. Engadget reports: The move to discontinue the Model S 75 was first announced by Tesla in July after it dropped the price by $5,000 a few months earlier. The removal of the model from Tesla's offerings follows its discontinuation of the Model S…
  3. Ford Is Using Microsoft's HoloLens To Design Cars In Augmented Reality

    09.22 / 00:23 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Ford is using Microsoft's HoloLens headset to let designers quickly model out changes to cars, trucks, and SUVs in augmented reality. This allows designers to see the changes on top of an existing physical vehicle, instead of the traditional clay model approach to car design. The Verge reports: Ford is still using clay models, but the HoloLens can be used to augment additional 3D models without having to build every single design prototype with clay. It's one of the more interesting ways…
  4. DC Court Rules Tracking Phones Without a Warrant Is Unconstitutional

    09.21 / 23:25 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader writes: Law enforcement use of one tracking tool, the cell-site simulator, to track a suspect's phone without a warrant violates the Constitution, the D.C. Court of Appeals said Thursday in a landmark ruling for privacy and Fourth Amendment rights as they pertain to policing tactics. The ruling could have broad implications for law enforcement's use of cell-site simulators, which local police and federal agencies can use to mimic a cell phone tower to the phone connect…
  5. EU Paid For Report That Said Piracy Isn't Harmful -- And Tried To Hide Findings

    09.21 / 23:25 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    According to Julia Reda's blog, the only Pirate in the EU Parliament, the European Commission in 2014 paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys 360,000 euros (about $428,000) to research the effect piracy had on sales of copyrighted content. The final report was finished in May 2015, but was never published because the report concluded that piracy isn't harmful. The Next Web reports: The 300-page report seems to suggest that there's no evidence that supports the idea that piracy has a negative…
  6. Firefox For iOS Gets Tracking Protection, Firefox Focus For Android Gets Tabs

    09.21 / 21:27 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today released Firefox 9.0 for iOS and updated Firefox Focus for Android. The iOS browser is getting tracking protection, improved sync, and iOS 11 compatibility. The Android privacy browser is getting tabs. You can download the former from Apple's App Store and the latter from Google Play. This is the first time Firefox has offered tracking protection on iOS, and Nick Nguyen, vice president of product at Mozilla, notes that…
  7. Security Researchers Warn that Third-Party GO Keyboard App is Spying on Millions of Android Users

    09.21 / 21:27 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader shares a report: Security researchers from Adguard have issued a warning that the popular GO Keyboard app is spying on users. Produced by Chinese developers GOMO Dev Team, GO Keyboard was found to be transmitting personal information about users back to remote servers, as well as "using a prohibited technique to download dangerous executable code." Adguard made the discovery while conducting research into the traffic consumption and unwanted behavior of various Android…
  8. Facebook Will Share Copies of Political Ads Purchased by Russian Sources With the US Congress

    09.21 / 20:30 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader shares a report: Facebook will turn over copies of political ads purchased by Russian sources to congressional lawmakers, who are investigating the country's potential interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Initially, Facebook had only released those ads -- 3,000 of them, valued at about $100,000 -- to Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is spearheading the government's probe into Russia's actions. Facebook had withheld those details from House and…
  9. Corporations Just Quietly Changed How the Web Works

    09.21 / 19:31 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Adrianne Jeffries, a reporter at The Outline, writes on W3C's announcement from earlier this week: The trouble with DRM is that it's sort of ineffective. It tends to make things inconvenient for people who legitimately bought a song or movie while failing to stop piracy. Some rights holders, like Ubisoft, have come around to the idea that DRM is counterproductive. Steve Jobs famously wrote about the inanity of DRM in 2007. But other rights holders, like Netflix, are doubling down. The…
  10. Judge Kills FTC Lawsuit Against D-Link for Flimsy Security

    09.21 / 18:36 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against network equipment vendor D-Link saying inadequate security in the company's wireless routers and internet cameras left consumers open to hackers and privacy violations. The FTC, in a complaint filed in the Northern District of California charged that "D-Link failed to take reasonable steps to secure its routers and Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, potentially compromising sensitive consumer information, including live…
  11. Bitcoin Futures-Based ETF Likely To Be Approved in the US

    09.21 / 17:36 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    The race is on: who will be the first to launch a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund in the United States? From a report, shared by a reader: In Europe, there is already a Bitcoin exchange traded note (ETN) available to investors. In the U.S., it is widely anticipated a Bitcoin ETF will be be approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) very soon. In Europe, ETNs are designed to track the movement of Bitcoin against the U.S. dollar. The ETNs are Bitcoin Tracker One, which is…
  12. PC Gaming Is Back in Focus at Tokyo Game Show

    09.21 / 17:36 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    After taking a back seat to consoles for the past few years, personal computers are enjoying a resurgence in gaming, thanks to the popularity of e-sports, customizable machines and faster software releases. From a report: This week's Tokyo Game Show will feature a main-stage tournament for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, a hit online survival PC game that's been downloaded more than 10 million times since March. Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles are heading into their…
  13. John McAfee Said Top Executives From the Major Bitcoin Exchanges Weren't Allowed To Leave China

    09.21 / 16:36 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader shares a report: China's widening crackdown on bitcoin trading resulted in a travel ban of sorts for two executives from the country's largest commercial bitcoin exchanges, which regulators are closing down. From a report: On Thursday, top executives of two Chinese digital currency exchanges who were scheduled to speak at an industry conference in Hong Kong didn't show up and their sessions were canceled. The event's organizer, a bitcoin-trading firm called Bitkan,…
  14. SEC Discloses Hackers Penetrated EDGAR, Profited in Trading

    09.21 / 15:37 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Chris Woodyard, writing for USA Today: Hackers made their way into the Security and Exchange Commission's EDGAR electronic filing system last year, retrieving private data that appear to have resulted in "an illicit gain through trading," the agency said. It was only in August that the commission learned that hackers may have been able to use their illegal activities to make ill-gotten gains through market trading, said Chairman Jay Clayton in a lengthy statement posted on the SEC's…
  15. The CCleaner Malware Fiasco Targeted at Least 20 Specific Tech Firms

    09.21 / 14:33 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader shares a report: Hundreds of thousands of computers getting penetrated by a corrupted version of an ultra-common piece of security software was never going to end well. But now it's becoming clear exactly how bad the results of the recent CCleaner malware outbreak may be. Researchers now believe that the hackers behind it were bent not only on mass infections, but on targeted espionage that tried to gain access to the networks of at least 20 tech firms. Earlier this…
  16. Tesla Is Working With AMD To Develop Its Own AI Chip For Self-Driving Cars

    09.21 / 13:33 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Tesla is getting closer to having its own chip for handling autonomous driving tasks in its cars. The carmaker has received back samples of the first implementation of its processor and is now running tests on it, said a source familiar with the matter. The effort to build its own chip is in line with Tesla's push to be vertically integrated and decrease reliance on other companies. But Tesla isn't completely going it alone in chip…
  17. How Flying Seriously Messes With Your Mind and Body

    09.21 / 10:37 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    dryriver writes: BBC Future has an interesting piece about how traveling in an airliner does strange things to people's minds and bodies, such as far more people starting to cry while watching even mildly emotional movies on airplanes than what is normal, some passengers experiencing decreases in acuity of sight, taste and smell (airline meals are over-seasoned to compensate for this), unusual tiredness or desire to sleep, your skin drying out by up to 37% percent and possibly becoming…
  18. Facebook Enabled Advertisers To Reach 'Jew Haters'

    09.15 / 04:27 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    ProPublica is reporting that Facebook "enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of 'Jew hater,' 'How to burn jews,' or, 'History of why jews ruin the world.'" The organization even went so far as to test these ad categories by paying $30 to target those groups with three "promoted posts" -- in which a ProPublica article or post was displayed in their news feeds. Facebook reportedly approved all three ads…
  19. Wisconsin State Legislature Signs Off On $3 Billion Foxconn Incentive Package

    09.15 / 01:35 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    On Thursday, legislators in the state of Wisconsin approved a nearly $3 billion incentive package for the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, Foxconn, in exchange for it investing approximately $10 billion in the state and building a factory that could employ up to 13,000 workers. The legislation is now headed to Republican Governor Scott Walker's desk, where he is expected to give it his seal of approval. VentureBeat reports: The bill passed the Wisconsin State Assembly on a 64-31 vote,…
  20. Spain Fines Facebook Over Tracking Users Without Consent

    09.15 / 01:35 tech.slashdot.org Tech.slashdot.org - Technology
    Spain's Data Protection Authority has issued a 1.2 million euro fine against Facebook after it found three instances when the company collected data without informing users, as required by European Union privacy laws. Tom's Hardware reports: The AEPD found multiple issues with how Facebook gathered data on Spanish users. One of the issues was that Facebook collects data on ideology, sex, and religious beliefs, as well as personal tastes and web surfing habits without informing the users…