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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (23 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (24 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 (24 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (24 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 (24 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (24 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (24 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 (24 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 (25 days old [19/11/18])

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

Slashdot

The Painful, Costly Journey of Returned Goods -- and How You End Up Purchasing Some of Them Again (19 minutes old)

Buyers return a huge number of packages they buy from Amazon and other e-commerce sites, so much so that retailers are sometimes left with little choice but to get rid of large swaths of inventory at a cost. Last year, customers in the U.S. returned about $351 billion worth of items that they had purchased from brick-and-mortar retailers and online stores, according to estimates by National Retail Federation. CNBC: There's a good chance that the $100 printer, the $300 wide-screen monitor, or the $170 router you recently bought from Amazon weren't supplied to the e-commerce giant by their origi[...]

NASA's Jupiter Mission Juno Reveals Giant Polar Storms (1 hour 19 minutes old)

NASA's Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter has reached its halfway mark and has revealed new views of cyclones at the poles. The BBC reports: As it orbits the planet every 53 days - Juno performs a science-gathering dive, speeding from pole to pole. Its sensors take measurements of the composition of the planet, in an effort to decipher how the largest world in our Solar System formed. Mapping the magnetic and gravity fields should also expose Jupiter's structure. But images from JunoCam -- a camera that was intended to capture images that could be shared with the public -- has already g[...]

Supernovae May Explain Mass Extinctions of Marine Animals During Pliocene Era (4 hours old)

"The Register has an article on the possibility that a supernova or a series of them could explain a mass die-off of marine animals around 2.6 million years ago," writes Slashdot reader KindMind. From the report: A gigantic supernova explosion may have triggered mass extinctions for creatures living in Earth's prehistoric oceans some 2.6 million years ago, according to new research published in Astrobiology. Marine animals like the megalodon [...] suddenly disappeared during the late Pliocene. Around the same time, scientists [...] noticed a peak in the iron-60 isotope in ancient seabeds. "As [...]

Neurosurgery Could Spread Protein Linked To Alzheimer's, Study Finds (7 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Surgical instruments used in brain operations should be treated to ensure they are not contaminated with proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists who found evidence that they may be spread by certain medical procedures. The researchers urged doctors to decontaminate neurosurgical tools more thoroughly as a precautionary measure to reduce the potential risk of spreading abnormal proteins known to build up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Prof John Collinge, director of the Medical Research Council prion unit at [...]

Japan Plans For 100ft Tsunami (8 hours old)

schwit1 shares a report from The Times: It will shake houses and tall buildings, and unleash a 100ft tsunami on one of the most densely populated and industrialized coastlines in the world. It could kill and injure close to a million people. It will almost certainly come in the next few decades. Now, the Japanese government is making plans to evacuate millions of people in anticipation of what could be one of the worst natural disasters in history (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). It is known as the Nankai Trough megaquake. The Japanese government has previously estimated[...]

Microsoft Is Readying a Consumer Microsoft 365 Subscription Bundle (9 hours old)

Microsoft is working on a new "Microsoft 365 Consumer" bundle that "will be the consumer-focused complement to Microsoft's existing Microsoft 365 subscription bundle for business users," reports ZDNet. From the report: A couple of recent Microsoft job postings mention the consumer subscription bundle, which Microsoft has yet to announce publicly. One job posting for a Product Manager for the "M365 Consumer Subscription" notes: "The Subscription Product Marketing team is a new team being created to build and scale the Microsoft 365 Consumer Subscription." The job description says the product ma[...]

Qualcomm Asks China To Ban the iPhone XS and XR (9 hours old)

After securing a win in court earlier this week to ban Apple's older phones, Qualcomm is trying to get the newer iPhones banned too. "According to the Financial Times, Qualcomm has now asked Chinese courts to issue an injunction that bans Apple from selling the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR within the country due to the same case of possible patent infringement," reports The Verge. From the report: The new filing will escalate the companies' legal conflict in China, where Apple has so far ignored a court-ordered sales ban. Apple claims the ban only applied to phones running iOS 11 and earlier. Sin[...]

Iranian Phishers Bypass 2fa Protections Offered By Yahoo Mail, Gmail (10 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A recent phishing campaign targeting U.S. government officials, activists, and journalists is notable for using a technique that allowed the attackers to bypass two-factor authentication protections offered by services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail, researchers said Thursday. The event underscores the risks of 2fa that relies on one-tap logins or one-time passwords, particularly if the latter are sent in SMS messages to phones. Attackers working on behalf of the Iranian government collected detailed information on targets and used that [...]

Louisiana Adopts Digital Driver's Licenses (11 hours old)

Louisiana is rolling out a new digital driver's license app, called LA Wallet, that will let retailers digitally verify the age of their customers, if required. "According to IEEE Spectrum, Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is expected to announce that bars, restaurants, grocery stores and other retails are allowed to accept LA Wallet as proof of age, according to the app's developer, Envoc." From the report: The Baton Rouge-based company launched LA Wallet in June, after two years of collaboration with state officials. But so far only law enforcement officers making routine tr[...]

Google Pledges To Hold Off On Selling Facial Recognition Technology (11 hours old)

In a blog post today, Google detailed how its facial recognition technology will and won't be used. Citing a number of risks associated with the technology, the company vowed to refrain from selling facial recognition products until it can come up with policies that prevent abuse. Engadget reports: "Like many technologies with multiple uses, facial recognition merits careful consideration to ensure its use is aligned with our principles and values, and avoids abuse and harmful outcomes," Google said. "We continue to work with many organizations to identify and address these challenges, and unl[...]

The Register

If most punters are unlikely to pay more for 5G, why all the rush? (19 minutes old)

5G is like 3G, except this time they mean it Analysis 5G is a technical and economical miracle that you cannot help but admire. Soon our streets will be drenched in high-speed connectivity as all kinds of far-out radio boffinry get commercialised, productised, and deployed for something useful. Many billions of pounds of other people's money will be spent here. But the mobile networks are haunted by an awkward economic reality: for all the 5G razzle-dazzle, most punters just won't pay more for it.…

The future is bright, the future is NVMe (1 hour 4 minutes old)

It's time has come Promo Technical work on the first spec for Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) began in 2009 with a first version released two years later. A decade on, NVMEe’s time has come.…

A Christmas classic: Cloudera founder asks staff to stay another day (1 hour 35 minutes old)

But y'know, maybe we will terminate positions post-merger if there's a business case Cloudera founder Mike Olson has asked staffers to turn down recruiters' advances ahead of the firm's merger with Hortonworks – despite acknowledging there could be layoffs.…

So you want to archive our enterprise data? Well, let's see where you fall on Gartner's magic square... (2 hours old)

Surprise, surprise, the execs want someone SaaSy Mimecast headed up a crew of the usual suspects – which included Proofpoint and Microsoft – in the leaders' square of the latest Gartner magic quadrant that ranks enterprise information archivers.…

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place? (2 hours old)

The user in this On Call would prefer we didn't tell... On Call How many sleeps 'till Christmas? We don't care, because here at El Reg, we count in On Calls, and we can tell you there are plenty to come, so fret not.…

Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine (4 hours old)

Generate made-up currency in exchange for a different made-up currency Gamer hardware specialist Razer is asking customers to turn their graphics cards into cryptocurrency miners in exchange for rewards points.…

Sidecar drags itself out the grave, sues Uber for putting it there (10 hours old)

Cab hailing app accuses rival of predatory prices and fake bookings An early entrant to the cab-hailing app market, Sidecar, has sued Uber claiming the cab giant used predatory pricing and fake bookings to put its rival out of business.…

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops (10 hours old)

Extortion scheme gets national attention but not much in the way of funds Police departments around the US say they've been apprised of emailed bomb threats seeking payment in cryptocurrency or else explosions will ensue.…

Astroboffins spy a rare exoplanet evaporating before their eyes (11 hours old)

*Okay so it will be here for another billion years or so but it's shrinking faster than normal Somewhere in the Cancer constellation lies a mini-Neptune sized planet that is disappearing at rate faster than ever seen before, according to research published in Astronomy & Astrophysics on Thursday.…

US elections watchdog says it's OK to spend surplus campaign cash on cybersecurity gear (11 hours old)

Congresscritters now have one less excuse for getting pwned The US Federal Election Commission has officially voted to allow members of Congress to use their campaign funds on cybersecurity protection.…

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BBC News - Technology

Half of UK homes could get faster broadband (6 hours old)

New research suggests that people have not taken up faster services, even though they are available.

Amazon uses dummy parcels to catch thieves (20 hours old)

The online retailer has teamed up with police in New Jersey to fight parcel theft with dummy packages.

Grace Millane: New Zealand anger over Google naming murder suspect (23 hours old)

Google named the man accused of killing UK backpacker Grace Millane in an email, which could be illegal.

Bieber fans help YouTube Rewind become 'most disliked' (23 hours old)

Beliebers voting against YouTube Rewind seem to have helped the video rack up negative feedback.

Apple to create $1bn Texas base (22 hours old)

The company says it expects to become Austin's biggest private employer.

Uber told self-drive cars unsafe days before accident (23 hours old)

A leaked email sent to Uber bosses by a staff member arrived days before a car hit and killed a pedestrian.

Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads (1 day old)

The woman says if companies were able to spot she had been pregnant, they should also have realised she was bereaved.

Robot turns out to be man in suit (1 day old)

A robot has featured on Russian TV but turns out to be a man in a suit.

Word processor pioneer Evelyn Berezin dies aged 93 (1 day old)

Evelyn Berezin put the Data Secretary on sale in 1971, creating a new industry.

Google hearing sees 'idiot' trending (1 day old)

A question about why typing "idiot" into Google throws up pictures of President Trump sees the term trend.

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