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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (89 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (89 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 (89 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (89 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 (89 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (89 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (90 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 (90 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 (90 days old [19/11/18])

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

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Germany Sees Big Rise in Security Problems Affecting Infrastructure (38 minutes old)

Germany has experienced a big increase in the number of security incidents hitting critical infrastructure such as power grids and water suppliers, the BSI cybersecurity agency said on Sunday, adding however that they were not all due to hacking. From a report: The Welt am Sonntag weekly had reported on Sunday that Germany had learned of 157 hacker attacks on critical infrastructure companies in the second half of 2018 compared to 145 attacks in the whole of the previous year. "The number of reports of IT security incidents has increased but it is not to be equated with the number of cyber att[...]

The Complicated Economy of Open Source Software (1 hour 37 minutes old)

An excerpt from a report, which looks at the complicated business of funding open source software development: On the surface, the open source software community has never been better. Companies and governments are adopting open source software at rates that would've been unfathomable 20 years ago, and a whole new generation of programmers are cutting their teeth on developing software in plain sight and making it freely available for anyone to use. Go a little deeper, however, and the cracks start to show. The ascendancy of open source has placed a mounting burden on the maintainers of popula[...]

India, the World's Second Largest Internet Market, Is Turning Its Back on Silicon Valley (2 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, India has wanted foreign companies to thrive in the country. When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in 2014, one of its early major pushes was to formulate plans and structure incentives to attract foreign investment. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled plans to liberalize the foreign investment rules. He also visited the U.S. and met with top Silicon Valley executives, nearly all of whom subsequently expanded their commitments in India. It further introduced lofty incentives to encourage companies to participate in Make in I[...]

Bill and Melinda Gates: Textbooks Are Becoming Obsolete (3 hours old)

Reader theodp writes: Thanks to software, Bill and Melinda Gates report in their 2019 Annual Letter, textbooks are becoming obsolete. Bill writes: "I read more than my share of textbooks. But it's a pretty limited way to learn something. Even the best text can't figure out which concepts you understand and which ones you need more help with. It certainly can't tell your teacher how well you grasped last night's assigned reading. But now, thanks to software, the standalone textbook is becoming a thing of the past" (if so, it'll be a 60-year overnight success!). The Gates are putting their money[...]

Google Backtracks on Chrome Modifications That Would Have Crippled Ad Blockers (4 hours old)

Google has changed its stance on upcoming Chrome Manifest V3 changes as benchmark shows they lied about performance hit. Catalin Cimpanu, writing for ZDNet: A study analyzing the performance of Chrome ad blocker extensions published on Friday has proven wrong claims made by Google developers last month, when a controversy broke out surrounding their decision to modify the Chrome browser in such a way that would have eventually killed off ad blockers and many other extensions. The study, carried out by the team behind the Ghostery ad blocker, found that ad blockers had sub-millisecond impact on[...]

Why Some US Cities are Fighting 'Dollar Stores' (7 hours old)

The Washington Post reports on why some U.S. cities are restricting the spread of discount "dollar stores": Residents fear the stores deter other business, especially in neighborhoods without grocers or options for healthy food. Dollar stores rarely sell fresh produce or meats, but they undercut grocery stores on prices of everyday items, often pushing them out of business...Grocery stores run on thin profit margins -- usually between 1 and 3 percent. And they employ more workers than dollar stores to keep perishable food stocked. "It's no longer the big-box grocery store" that threatens lo[...]

1,100 Schools Now Scan Social Media For Violent Students - and Alcohol Use (10 hours old)

In the hunt for potential acts of student violence, "schools are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence-backed solutions," reports USA Today. Bark Technologies, Gaggle.Net, and Securly Inc. are three companies that employ AI and machine learning to scan student emails, texts, documents, and in some cases, social media activity. They look for warning signs of cyber bullying, sexting, drug and alcohol use, depression, and to flag students who may pose a violent risk not only to themselves, but classmates. When potential problems are found, and depending on the severity, school administ[...]

Relative's DNA Solves A 1993 Murder Cold Case (13 hours old)

A 44-year-old living in Maine has just been arrested and charged with committing a murder when he was 18, the Washington Post reports: The April 1993 slaying of Sophie Sergie, an Alaska Native, was one of the state's most notorious cold cases until Friday, when authorities announced that DNA genealogical mapping helped triangulate a genetic match... Police recovered the suspect's DNA from Sergie's body. At the time, the district court filing said, DNA processing technology had not been introduced in Alaska. A DNA profile confirming the suspect as male was uploaded in 2000, but it did not matc[...]

Facebook Becomes 'A Haven For the Anti-Vaccination Movement' (16 hours old)

"As a disturbing number of measles outbreaks crop up around the United States, Facebook is facing challenges combating widespread misinformation about vaccinations on its platform," reported the Washington Post Wednesday, saying Facebook "has become a haven for the anti-vaccination movement" and that "the rise of 'anti-vaxx' Facebook groups is overlapping with a resurgence of measles" in the U.S. Facebook has publicly declared that fighting misinformation is one of its top priorities. But when it comes to policing misleading content about vaccinations, the site faces a thorny challenge. The[...]

NASA's Plans To Build A Human Settlement on The Moon (18 hours old)

Nine private spaceflight companies are bidding on contracts to deliver robotic NASA payloads to the moon -- and Thursday NASA said they'd like them to start flying "this calendar year." Discover magazine reports NASA envisions this "as the first step toward returning to the moon, this time for good." The first tasks will be to practice launching and landing on the moon, as well as answering questions about its surface... They will test habitation for future crewed missions. They'll prove that they can collect materials from the lunar surface and return them to space or Earth. And they'll es[...]

The Register

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters (1 day old)

Revised proposals attempt to address worries over Manifest v3 API changes Google has proposed changes to its Chrome Extension renovation plan that answer some but not all of the concerns its Manifest v3 technical specification.…

How's this for sci-fi: A cosmic river of 4,000 stars dazzles lifeforms as it flows through a galaxy. And that galaxy is the Milky Way (1 day old)

And said lifeforms include us humans on Earth If you’re living in Earth's southern hemisphere, chances are you may be able to see some of the stars in a newly identified cosmic river that's flowed through the Milky Way for hundreds of millions of years.…

Pokemon No! Good news: You can now ban the virtual pests, er, pets to stop nerds wandering around your property (1 day old)

Lawyers clean up after games biz settles with homeowners sick of zombie players Pokemon Go will soon let people ban its virtual pets from around their houses following a legal settlement with homeowners fed up with zombie kids.…

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban (1 day old)

'I didn’t buy a gun, I built the gun'... Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+P lands Texas man in the slammer A Texas fella banned from owning firearms is now behind bars for trying to 3D print a gun for himself.…

Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m (1 day old)

Yet it's still whining that New York City didn't offer enough for HQ2 Amazon's pre-tax profits more than tripled last year to an extraordinary $11.2bn but, for a second year running, the web giant has paid not a single cent in US federal taxes.…

Oracle throws toys out pram again, tells US claims court: Competing for Pentagon cloud contract isn't fair! (1 day old)

Address gate criteria, conflicts of interest – then we can play Oracle is pushing America's Court of Federal Claims to rule in its favour and issue a judgment saying the Pentagon erred in its decision to offer its $10bn cloud contract to a single vendor.…

Missed Valentine's Day? Take your beloved to a Visual Studio 2019 launch event instead (2 days old [15/02/19])

Romantic Redmondians pick 14 February to announce April go date for the code wrangler Devs seeking the perfect gift for that special someone were thrown a lifeline yesterday, with the announcement of Visual Studio 2019's launch date and a fresh preview of the development toolset.…

NASA's Dawn Mission receives nod in memory of Apollo 13 'naut for asteroid belt derring-do (2 days old [15/02/19])

Dead probe swinging around Ceres wins Swigert Award Less than a year after NASA's Dawn mission sent its last squawk back to Earth, the probe is to receive the Space Foundation's 2019 John L "Jack" Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration.…

Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode (2 days old [15/02/19])

WannaCry? You will do BBC "sister" medical drama shows Holby City and the venerable Casualty from which it sprang have announced that they are teaming up for a two-part "cyberattack special". NHS techies, stop sniggering at the back!…

Billionaire Buffet's Berkshire liquidates $2.1bn stake in Oracle – months after buying the shares (2 days old [15/02/19])

Bill Gates' bridge chum's firm buys Red Hat stock Oracle's share prices took a buffeting last night after it was revealed billionaire Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway had ditched its $2.1bn stake in Big Red.…

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Quadriga: The cryptocurrency exchange that lost $135m (18 hours old)

When Quadriga's founder died he left behind a mystery: what happened to millions in cryptocurrency?

Mobile networks call for 5G security inspector (2 days old [15/02/19])

The mobile network industry has called for a new security testing scheme to check 5G equipment.

Ad code 'slows down' browsing speeds (2 days old [15/02/19])

The code putting ads on webpages can stop pages loading by seconds, finds analysis of millions of sites.

What is Article 13? The EU's copyright directive explained (3 days old [14/02/19])

The final version of the new EU copyright law is agreed after three days of talks in France.

PewDiePie: Roblox lifts ban after social media backlash (2 days old [15/02/19])

Online multiplayer game Roblox has reinstated PewDiePie after banning the YouTuber for using his name.

Tilly Lockey: 'I can paint with my bionic arms' (2 days old [15/02/19])

Tilly Lockey, 13, has bionic arms that are so sophisticated she can now use a paintbrush and apply make-up.

Made In Chelsea's Andy Jordan: Being an influencer made me 'a puppet' (2 days old [15/02/19])

Made In Chelsea's Andy Jordan has a warning about the realities of being a social media influencer.

YouTube's copyright claim system abused by extorters (3 days old [14/02/19])

Google acts after YouTubers report users attempting to extort money via fraudulent copyright claims.

Amazon cancels New York City campus plan (2 days old [14/02/19])

The internet giant hit local opposition over the roughly $3bn in subsidies it had been promised.

School bomb hoax suspect arrested in US (3 days old [14/02/19])

Thousands of US schools were shut down by fake threats involving bombs, allege prosecutors.

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