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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (329 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (329 days old [20/11/18])

Stuck for what to buy that special someone? We've done the hard work for you

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 15 gift ideas for drinkers and alcohol lovers (329 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (329 days old [20/11/18])

UPDATED: If you’re not using your iOS devices for playing games, you’re missing out on some of the best titles mobile has to offer

Nokia 9 preview: Everything we know so far (330 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (330 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (330 days old [19/11/18])

Bonus buttons, mix-and-match components, and Astro's trademark polish

First 10 things you should do with your Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL (330 days old [19/11/18])

Got yourself Google's latest Pixel phone? Here's how to get the best out of it...

Tiny L’Oreal wearable keeps you safe in the sun (330 days old [19/11/18])

My Skin Track/UV does what it says on the tin

Slashdot

California's New Law Bans Schools From Starting Before 8am (2 hours old)

California governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law on Sunday preventing schools in the state from starting classes before 8am. Quartz reports: The law bars middle schools from starting before 8am, while high schools must wait till 8:30am to begin classes. This means that about half of California schools will need to delay their opening bell by 30 minutes or less, according to a legislative analysis (pdf), while one-quarter will need to wait an additional 31 to 60 minutes to get going. Schools have until July 1, 2022 to comply with the rule, or whenever their three-year collective bargaining agr[...]

Testosterone Significantly Boosts Women's Athletic Performance, Study Shows (5 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Boosting testosterone levels significantly improves female athletic performance, according to one of the first randomized controlled trials. The findings come as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced on Monday it would impose an upper limit for testosterone levels on trans female athletes competing in middle-distance events. The latest research confirmed that testosterone significantly increases endurance and lean muscle mass among young women, even when given for a relatively short period. In the stud[...]

Dutch Family 'Waiting For End of Time' Discovered In Basement (7 hours old)

A family who spent nine years in a basement "waiting for the end of time" have been discovered by police in the Netherlands after one of them turned up at a local pub, reports say. The BBC reports: A man of 58 and a family with young adults aged 18 to 25 were living at a farm in the province of Drenthe. They were found after the eldest of the children ordered beer at a bar in the nearby village of Ruinerwold. He then told staff he needed help, broadcaster RTV Drenthe reported. The older man, who has been arrested, was initially assumed to be the father, but local mayor Roger de Groot later tol[...]

Robot War Breaks Out As Roomba Maker Sues Upstart SharkNinja (7 hours old)

Roomba robotic vacuum maker IRobot Corp. is suing rival SharkNinja for copying a device of theirs and selling it at "half the price." "Shark is not even shy about being a copycat," iRobot said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Boston, "claiming that the Shark IQ Robot offers the same iRobot technology at 'half the price of iRobot i7+'."Bloomberg reports: The company that unveiled the Roomba robotic vacuum in the early 2000s launched a product last year that takes house cleaning to a new level: It maps your home, schedules sweeps through each room, empties the dust bin itself and e[...]

YouTube Gets Alleged Copyright Troll To Agree To Stop Trolling YouTubers (8 hours old)

Alleged copyright troll Christopher Brady will no longer be able to issue false DMCA takedowns to other YouTubers, according to a lawsuit settlement filed today. The Verge reports: Under the new agreement, Brady is banned from "submitting any notices of alleged copyright infringement to YouTube that misrepresent that material hosted on the YouTube service is infringing copyrights held or claimed to be held by Brady or anyone Brady claims to represent." Brady agreed to pay $25,000 in damages as part of the settlement. He is also prohibited from "misrepresenting or masking their identities" when[...]

OpenAI's AI-Powered Robot Learned How To Solve a Rubik's Cube One-Handed (9 hours old)

Earlier today, San Francisco-based research institute OpenAI announced that it had taught a robotic hand to solve Rubik's cube one-handed. "Lost in the shuffle is just what is new here, if anything, and what of it may or may not be machine learning and artificial intelligence -- the science in other words," writes Tiernan Ray via ZDNet. An anonymous Slashdot reader shares an excerpt from his report: The real innovation in Tuesday's announcement, from a science standpoint, is the way many versions of possible worlds were created inside the computer simulation, in an automated fashion, using an [...]

Ask Slashdot: What Should I Do About My Landlord Forcing Smart Things Into My Home? (9 hours old)

New submitter aaronb1138 writes: So my apartment (UDR) pulled a bit of a blitz last Friday (10/11) to install new "Smart" IoT stuff in my home today (10/15) under the umbrella of SmartRent management. According to a CNET article from earlier this year, this seems to be SmartRent's usual method of attack. UDR is usually pretty miserly, so I suspect the monetization of my apartment usage is being sold at a nice price to advertisers. SmartRent FAQ claims no data sales, but their privacy policy is wide open and gives no such assurances. Further, they won't acknowledge if they also operate in Calif[...]

Twitter Says It Will Restrict Users From Retweeting World Leaders Who Break Its Rules (10 hours old)

The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet tweets from world leaders who break its rules. Instead, it will let users quote-tweet to allow ordinary users to express their opinions. The company said the move will help its users stay informed about global affairs, but while balancing the need to keep the site's rules in check. TechCrunch reports: Twitter has been in a bind, amid allegations that the company has not taken action against world leaders who break its rules. "When it comes to the actions of world leaders on Twitter, we recognize that this is l[...]

Google's New Voice Recorder App Transcribes in Real Time, Even When Offline (11 hours old)

At Google's hardware event this morning, the company introduced a new voice recorder app for Android devices, which will tap into advances in real-time speech processing, speech recognition and AI to automatically transcribe recordings in real time as the person is speaking. From a report: The improvements will allow users to take better advantage of the phone's voice recording functionality, as it will be able to turn the recordings into text even when there's no internet connectivity. This presents a new competitor to others in voice transcriptions that are leveraging similar AI advances, li[...]

Data For 26 Million Stolen Payment Cards Leaked In Hack of Fraud Bazaar (11 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A thriving online bazaar selling stolen payment card data has been hacked in a heist that leaked the records for more than 26 million cards, KrebsOnSecurity reported on Tuesday. The 26 million figure isn't significant only to the legitimate consumers and businesses who own the stolen cards or the financial institutions that issued them. Fortunately for the card owners, the database is now in the hands of affected financial institutions, who can invalidate and replace the cards. The hacked market is called BriansClub, a site available a[...]

The Register

Masters of Puppet say: There's no magical one-size-fits-all answer to doing DevOpsery (1 hour 2 minutes old)

Bigwigs on containers, consulting and the path ahead Puppetize PDX 2019 Despite standing squarely in the path of the GitLab juggernaut, DevOps automation outfit Puppet is betting that a one-size-fits-all approach will end up fitting nobody particularly well.…

So, what's fashion going to look like on the Moon in 2024? NASA's ready to show you the goods (2 hours old)

Hope you look good in orange NASA has unveiled two new space suit designs for future astronauts on its Artemis program, a mission to send “the first woman and the next man" to the surface of the Moon by 2024.…

Prepare your company IT infrastructure for the future: Learn how with Gartner next month (3 hours old)

Catch up with the fast-moving digital world at the IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference Promo As the world gravitates towards cloud, edge computing, the internet of things, DevOps, and AIOps, the ground is shifting for infrastructure and operations teams. Their organisations must stay agile to keep up with the changing digital landscape.…

Blood money is fine with us, says GitLab: Vetting non-evil customers is 'time consuming, potentially distracting' (4 hours old)

Code-hosting biz also bans staff from talking politics at work GitLab, a San Francisco-based provider of hosted git software, recently changed its company handbook to declare it won't ban potential customers on "moral/value grounds," and that employees should not discuss politics at work.…

WeWork's Meetup slaps RSVP fees on events ‒ then tells everyone not to panic amid backlash (10 hours old)

Meeting app insists it is running a 'small payment test' after outcry over new prices Netizens are scrambling to find or build alternatives to Meetup.com – after the event-organizing app maker indicated it would charge people $2 per-RSVP.…

The Hurt Docker: Mystery Hub repository, website outage leaves fuming devs unable to deploy containers (12 hours old)

Work ongoing as site recovering from morning meltdown Docker says its services are back up and running after a Tuesday morning outage briefly left some developers unable to access its centralized Hub registry service.…

Hands off our phones, says Google: Radar-gesture-sensing Pixel 4 just $999 with a 3-year lifespan – great value! (13 hours old)

You're probably holding it wrong already Video At a press event in New York City on Tuesday, Google announced its Pixel 4 phone, revised Pixel Bud earphones, its Pixelbook Go laptop, a revision and rebranding of its Wi-Fi mesh router as a Nest product, and a tweaked Nest Mini smart speaker.…

Sure is quiet from Adobe. No security fixes this month? Great job. Oh no, wait, what's that stampede sound... (14 hours old)

If you thought Reader, Acrobat, Experience Manager were skipping October's Patch Tuesday, think again Adobe has finally released its October batch of security updates. It was quiet on Patch Tuesday last week, and now it's roaring in with scores of fixes for Reader, Acrobat, and Experience Manager.…

Telstra chairman: If those darn kids can earn $5m playing Fortnite, why can't execs? (16 hours old)

Plus: 35-year-old CEO who took over from dad blasts millennials for being entitled The chairman of Aussie telco Telstra threw a bit of a strop at the firm's AGM in Sydney today, comparing exec pay packets to the vast amounts a small handful of lucky millennials can earn by being good at gaming's current hotness, Fortnite.…

Microsoft says .NET Framework porting project is finished: If your API's not on the list, it's not getting in (17 hours old)

Unless you ask really nicely Microsoft's .NET Core 3.0 team is done with the project to port the venerable .NET Framework API to the open source platform.…

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'Send nudes' Boohoo ad banned after complaint (10 hours old)

The advert for clothes in skin tones was not socially responsible, the UK advertising watchdog rules.

Google chief: I'd disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home (18 hours old)

Rick Osterloh suggests house guests have the right to know smart speakers are in use before entering.

Pixel 4 seeks to reclaim low-light photography crown for Google (18 hours old)

Google adds an astrophotography mode to its new phone, allowing it to take pictures of the Milky Way.

'Deletefacebook' trends after Zuckerberg backlash (19 hours old)

It follows revelations Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had unofficial meetings with right-wing politicians.

YouTube regrets: Anecdotal claims of damaged users (20 hours old)

Fresh evidence that Google's video clip service is promoting harmful and hate-filled content.

Microsoft seeks to clean up Xbox game chat with AI (20 hours old)

Text messages will be the first to be filtered but the tech will also be applied to voice chat.

Fortnite Chapter 2: First glimpse of new season after map wiped out by asteroid (21 hours old)

Season 11 or Chapter 2 is now live with a new map and updated gameplay.

Harley-Davidson puts the brakes on electric bike (23 hours old)

The company halts production of the LiveWire after finding a glitch in its charging system.

Death threats for cryptocurrency 'scam' whistleblower (1 day old)

Jen McAdam, from Glasgow, was threatened after speaking out about the OneCoin cryptocurrency.

Electronic devices 'need to use recycled plastic' (1 day old)

Consumers need to demand electronic devices that use recycled plastic, campaigners say.

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