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The Stuff Hot Five (6 hours old)

These are the top five products worth your time and money this week

Write any word you damn well like with this brilliant Scrabble-themed keyboard (1 day old)

Comes with swap-in triple-word score caps

Bose SoundSport Free (1 day old)

Bose’s truly wireless in-ears fall just short of sporting greatness...

Parrot Bebop 2 Power (1 day old)

This souped-up drone outflies its predecessor, but doesn’t fix all its problems

Steelseries Arctis Pro + GameDAC (1 day old)

Gaming audio goes hi-res with this fantastic-sounding headset

Sony’s MP-CD1 projector puts a 120in display in your pocket (1 day old)

Two hours of big-screen fun

The 18 movies we're most excited about in 2018 (1 day old)

UPDATED: All the latest trailers from this year's can't-miss flicks

These are the PC games you can play for free with Twitch Prime this month (1 day old)

If you have Amazon Prime, then you have five free games to download

Stuff Picks: 5 of the best new gaming accessories (2 days old [15/03/18])

Reach the final level of gaming nerdery with these snazzy peripherals...


DIY Explosives Experimenter Blows Self Up, Contaminates Building (22 minutes old)

Long-time Slashdot reader hey! writes: Benjamin D. Morrison of Beaver Dam Wisconsin was killed on March 5 while synthesizing explosives in his apartment... The accident has left the apartment building so contaminated that it will be demolished in a controlled burn, and residents are not being allowed in to retrieve any of their belongings. It was just five years ago that Morrison graduated from Pensacola Christian College in Florida with a degree in pre-pharmacy and minors in chemistry and math. Though a local reverend believes 28-year-old Morrison was "not a bomb maker," USA Today's site F[...]

Vim Beats Emacs in 'Linux Journal' Reader Survey (1 hour 22 minutes old)

The newly-relaunched Linux Journal is conducting its annual "Reader's Choice Awards," and this month announced the winners for Best Text Editor, Best Laptop, and Best Domain Registrar. Vim was chosen as the best editor by 35% of respondents, handily beating GNU Emacs (19%) Sublime Text (10%) and Atom (8%). Readers' Choice winner Vim is an extremely powerful editor with a user interface based on Bill Joy's 40-plus-year-old vi, but with many improved-upon features including extensive customization with key mappings and plugins. Linux Journal reader David Harrison points out another great thin[...]

'Why YouTube's New Plan to Debunk Conspiracy Videos Won't Work' (2 hours old)

Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein believes YouTube's plan to combat conspiracy videos with "information cues" is "likely doomed to be almost entirely ineffective." The kind of viewers who are going to believe these kinds of false conspiracy videos are almost certainly going to say that the associated Wikipedia articles are wrong, that they're planted lies... Not helping matters at all is that Wikipedia's reputation for accuracy -- never all that good -- has been plunging in recent years, sometimes resulting in embarrassing Knowledge Panel errors for Google in search results... The key to avo[...]

Ubuntu Community Considers a Crowd-Sourced Promo Video (3 hours old)

Slashdot reader Beacon11 writes that "Alan Pope, a community advocate for Ubuntu, has requested comments and ideas regarding the creation of a crowd-sourced promo video that, in 30 seconds, conveys that Ubuntu is for everyone." Alan Pope writes: So for example you might see a woman on a train typing an article, a guy in an office creating a presentation, a kid on the sofa playing a game with a controller on their TV, someone watching a film, someone developing code, kids playing with robots, a farmer planning animal feeding. You get the idea... So I'd really like to do this as a shared comm[...]

Researchers Claim They Can Predict Where Lightning Is Likely To Strike (4 hours old)

Long-time Slashdot reader conner_bw shared an article from the CBC: A study by researchers at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering suggests it's possible to predict where lightning will strike and how often.They say satellite data and artificial intelligence can help foresee where lightning poses a greater risk to spark wildfires... "Those events don't just randomly happen," said Dr. Xin Wang, one of three researchers involved in the study. "They also have spatial and temporal patterns." One of the paper's authors says their analysis can predict areas with a high chan[...]

North Carolina Police Obtained Warrants Demanding All Google Users Near Four Crime Scenes (5 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes the public records reporter from North Carolina TV station WRAL: In at least four investigations last year -- cases of murder, sexual battery and even possible arson at the massive downtown fire in March 2017 -- Raleigh police used search warrants to demand Google accounts not of specific suspects, but from any mobile devices that veered too close to the scene of a crime, according to a WRAL News review of court records... The demands Raleigh police issued for Google data [in two homicide cases] described a 17-acre area that included both homes and businesses... The[...]

The Ordinary Engineering Behind the Horrifying Florida Bridge Collapse (6 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from WIRED: The people of Sweetwater, Florida were supposed to wait until early 2019 for the Florida International University-Sweetwater University City Bridge to open. Instead, they will wait about that long for an official assessment from the National Transportation Safety Board of why it collapsed just five days after its installation, killing at least six people. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, many queries have centered on the unconventional technique used to build the bridge, something called Accelerated Bridge Construction, or ABC. But ABC[...]

Ford's Badly Needed Plan To Catch Up On Hybrid, Electric Cars (9 hours old)

Ford supposedly has a plan to adapt to the changing world of transportation. The company recently announced that it's "going all-in on hybrids," readying six new battery electric vehicles by 2022, with the first due in 2020, and adding more performance versions of its SUV line up. "Additionally, by the end of 2019, every new Ford will have 4G LTE connectivity, and the company is developing a new cloud platform that will deliver over-the-air updates," reports Ars Technica. From the report: New hybrids: "Hybrids for years have been mostly niche products but are now on the cusp of a mainstream br[...]

Apple's Newest iPhone X Ad Captures an Embarrassing iOS 11 Bug (11 hours old)

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: If you blink during Apple's latest iPhone ad, you might miss a weird little animation bug. It's right at the end of a slickly produced commercial, where the text from an iMessage escapes the animated bubble it's supposed to stay inside. It's a minor issue and easy to brush off, but the fact it's captured in such a high profile ad just further highlights Apple's many bugs in iOS 11. 9to5Mac writer Benjamin Mayo spotted the bug in Apple's latest ad, and he's clearly surprised "that this was signed off for the commercial," especially as he highlighted it months [...]

Amazon Alexa's 'Brief Mode' Makes the Digital Assistant Way Less Chatty (12 hours old)

A new update is rolling out to Amazon Echo devices that gives users the option to make Alexa respond with a short, beeping sound rather than her customary "OK." Reddit users reported seeing the new feature this week. CNET reports: You access the Brief Mode in the Amazon Alexa app's Settings Menu under "Alexa Voice Responses." You can also ask your Alexa-enabled device to turn on the Brief Mode. Once the setting is enabled, you can ask Alexa to control devices to which she is connected and she will respond with beeps rather than "OK" to let you know that she received and completed the task. Don[...]

The Register

Nest reveals the first truly connected home (5 hours old)

Begun, the battle of the home eco-systems has Comment After years of hype, the connected home is finally here thanks to a range of new products available this week from Google-owned Nest.…

Machines making music, translating Chinese, self-driving trucks, and more (8 hours old)

Developments for our future overlords Roundup Welcome to this week's AI roundup. We have news on a machine learning model used by Google to make music that doesn't sound completely bad, improved translation between English and Chinese from Microsoft, and a new test bed for Waymo's self-driving trucks.…

AMD security flaw saga, browsers broken, Lamo dead at 37, and more (10 hours old)

It's the week in security Roundup The lingering fallout of security flaws in AMD processor chipsets has dominated the news this week, and it ain't over yet.…

Nip/Tug: Plastic surgeon accused of mid-surgery 'hardcore' smut binge (19 hours old)

Come for the nose job, stay for the... denials of any wrongdoing A Los Angeles plastic surgeon has been accused of watching porn videos on a screen while performing surgery.…

Oracle botherer Rimini Street brags of swelling fortunes – but hands tied on reinvesting cash (20 hours old)

Biz left with fewer reps after limit on sales, marketing spend Rimini Street, the third-party support thorn in Oracle's side, has reported increased revenue and operating profit in 2017 – but complained unspecified covenants have prevented it from investing in sales staff or marketing.…

Android Oreo mic drop fury: Google ups tempo for Pixel mobe audio fix (20 hours old)

Hardware flaws may be amplified by slapdash software, tuning out bug now a priority Google has escalated the priority and severity rating of a bug that has been silencing microphones on its Pixel smartphones running Android 8.1, aka Oreo.…

FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables (22 hours old)

To ensure privacy, stay offline, don't maintain public repos that trace back to you Talk about the ultimate Git Blame.…

Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid (23 hours old)

New commercial alt-cash crafters turned away from slurping cheap electricity A city in upstate New York has become the first in America to effectively ban any new commercial-grade cryptocurrency miners from powering up.…

Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy (23 hours old)

Governments refuse to get sucked into policy shambles, kibosh DNS GDPR plans An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse.…

Konichiw-aaaaargh! Amazon's Japanese HQ raided in antitrust probe (1 day old)

Bezos Bunch under the microscope of anti-monopoly cops Amazon has had its Japanese headquarters raided by police as the web giant finds itself the focus of an antitrust probe.…

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Can kids hold pens in the digital age? (18 hours old)

Are the fine motor skills necessary to hold a pencil still needed in an age when toddlers swipe?

Biohacker fined for travel card implant (1 day old)

Australian biohacker fined for fare evasion despite having his travel card inside his hand.

Camelot warns of 'low level' National Lottery hack (1 day old)

Customers should change their passwords as a precaution, the National Lottery owner says.

London wheelchair travellers get Google Maps help (1 day old)

Users will be able to filter for "wheelchair accessible" advice when planning journeys in the capital.

Virtual cash helps cyber-thieves launder money, research suggests (1 day old)

Virtual cash and digital payment systems are becoming embedded in cyber-crime, suggests research.

US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks (2 days old [15/03/18])

The moves are an attempt to stop "nefarious attacks emanating from Russia", officials say.

Currys PC World apologises for extra charges on laptops (1 day old)

Customers report being charged up to £40 more for laptops than the online advertised price.

Omega Labyrinth Z anime game banned in the UK (2 days old [15/03/18])

A PlayStation game which "promotes the sexualisation of children" is banned in the UK.

Rihanna: Snapchat guilty of 'shaming' domestic violence victims (2 days old [15/03/18])

The singer says Snapchat "let us down" over an advert that asked users if they would slap her.

Fortnite: Drake and Ninja's Twitch battle gets huge crowd (2 days old [15/03/18])

More than 600,000 people watched rapper Drake and top player Ninja play the co-op shooting game.

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