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  • Bill Gates Says He's Sorry About Control-Alt-Delete
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: At the Bloomberg Global Business Forum today, Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked Microsoft founder Bill Gates to account for one of the most baffling questions of the digital era:…
    - 10 mins ago, 20 Sep 17, 11:20pm -
  • Amazon Is Reportedly Working On Alexa-Enabled Smart Glasses
    According to the Financial Times (Warning: source paywalled), Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant. The report also mentions a home security camera that is in the works, capable of linking up to Ama…
    - 50 mins ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:40pm -
  • AMD Opteron Vs EPYC: How AMD Server Performance Evolved Over 10 Years
    New submitter fstack writes: Phoronix has carried out tests comparing AMD's high-end EPYC 7601 CPU to AMD Opteron CPUs from about ten years ago, looking at the EPYC/Opteron Linux performance and power efficiency. Both on the raw performance and perfo…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:00pm -
  • Seismologist Explains Mexico's Back-To-Back Earthquakes
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The second major earthquake to strike Mexico in less than two weeks has caused catastrophic damage in the country's capital. The magnitude 7.1 temblor started at around 1:15PM -- cracking highways,…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:20pm -
  • Mathematical Formula Predicts Global Mass Extinction Event in 2100
    Kate Lunau, writing for Motherboard: A new paper in Science Advances finds that a mass extinction period mirroring ones from our planet's ancient past could be triggered when humanity adds a certain amount of carbon to the oceans, which are home to t…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 8:45pm -
  • Equifax Has Been Sending Consumers To a Fake Phishing Site for Almost Two Weeks
    An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report (condensed for space): For nearly two weeks, the company's official Twitter account has been directing users to a fake lookalike website. After announcing the breach, Equifax directed its customers to equif…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 8:05pm -
  • Hurricane Maria Knocks Out Power To Entire Island of Puerto Rico
    An anonymous reader writes: Hurricane Maria's eye has left Puerto Rico, but the mammoth storm is still lashing the island with devastating winds. Maria weakened to a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday afternoon, hurling winds of 115 mph. But hurricane-fo…
    - 4 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 7:45pm -
  • Ransomware Hack Targeting 2 Million an Hour
    New submitter Zorro writes: A ransomware attack sweeping the globe right now is launching about 8,000 different versions of the virus script at Barracuda's customers, Eugene Weiss, lead platform architect at Barracuda, told Axios, and it's hitting at…
    - 4 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 7:25pm -
  • Waymo Wants Uber to Pay $2.6 Billion Over Alleged Trade Secret Theft
    Alphabet's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars, a lawyer for Uber said on Wednesday. From a report: Uber attorney Bill Carmody disclosed the fig…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 6:45pm -
  • Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center Doesn't Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
    An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you're not using them on your smartphone has long been standard, common sense, advice. Unfortunately, with the iPhone's new operating system iOS 11 - which was rele…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 6:04pm -
  • GNOME Partners With Purism On Librem 5 Linux-based Privacy-focused Smartphone
    BrianFagioli writes: The Librem 5 smartphone by Purism has a long and difficult road ahead of it. Competing against the likes of Apple and Google on the mobile market has proven to be a death sentence for many platforms -- including Microsoft with it…
    - 6 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 5:25pm -
  • CEO Catches Stranger After Hours, Prompting Espionage Charges
    An anonymous reader shares a report: Samuel Straface thought he was the last one out the door one recent evening at the medical-technology startup he leads in suburban Boston. But as he passed a glass-walled conference room on the second floor, Dr. S…
    - 7 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 4:46pm -


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  • Knightscope’s new security bot looks like a mini concept car
    Robot maker Knightscope has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Its K5 security robot took a look at the harsh world and chose to throw itself into a fountain. And a different K5 robot was attacked and knocked over by a drunk guy. But.…
    - 35 mins ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:55pm -
  • FTC warns influencers about relying on Instagram's ad marker
    Up and coming social media stars posting sponsored content may want to take a careful look at today's #Influencers101 Twitter chat from the FTC. The agency tried to clarify a number of issues cropping up around promotional material posted to social m…
    - 56 mins ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:34pm -
  • Saudi Arabia lifts ban on messaging apps like Skype and Snapchat
    Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on internet calls at 8PM ET today that had stood since 2013. Services that follow rules set by the country's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) will be allowed to operate, according to a spokesman…
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Sep 17, 10:02pm -
  • Sequel to 'Final Fantasy' creator's free-to-play game launches today
    Final Fantasy creator Hironubu Sakaguchi has had some good success with his action-RPG-puzzle mobile game, Terra Battle. The free-to-play sequel — Terra Battle 2 — is out on both iOS and Android, but if you want to play it, you'll need to…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:46pm -
  • Epic hopes 'PUBG'-style 'Fortnite: Battle Royale' will tempt gamers
    Epic Games' Fortnite has been out for a while in paid Early Access, but hasn't quite taken off in the same way that, say, Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) has. The hot new indie "battle royale" title has a massive, rabid user base and an impressiv…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:32pm -
  • Sean Penn will star in Hulu’s upcoming Mars series, 'The First'
    In May, Hulu ordered a straight-to-series show called The First. Set in the not too distant future, the series depicts the first human mission to Mars and humankind's first attempts at colonizing another planet. Today, Variety reports that Sean Penn.…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:16pm -
  • Nintendo issues takedowns for ‘Super Mario 64 Online' mod videos
    Last week, modders released a tool that enabled folks to play the classic game Super Mario 64 online in massive multiplayer batches with up to 23 of their friends. To be clear, this was just a plugin that allowed folks who were already playing emulat…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:01pm -
  • Toshiba's chip drama ends with sale to a financial group
    The long-running bidding war over Toshiba's flash memory business has effectively come to an end... and the winner probably isn't who you expected. Toshiba has agreed to sell its NAND division to a group led by the private equity firm Bain Capital fo…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 17, 8:44pm -