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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (271 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (271 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 (271 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (271 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 (272 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (272 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (272 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 (272 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 (272 days old [19/11/18])

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


PayPal Builds 'Zoid' JavaScript Library To 'Make IFrames Cool Again' (2 hours old)

"Earlier this year I gave a talk at FullStack conference in London about making iFrames cool again," writes a lead engineer at PayPal. In a nutshell: iframes let you build user experiences into embeddable 'cross-domain components', which let users interact with other sites without being redirected. There are a metric ton of awesome uses for that other than tracking and advertizing. Nothing else comes close for this purpose; and as a result, I feel we're not using iframes to their full potential. There are big problems, though... My talk went into how at PayPal, we built Zoid to solve so[...]

Massive Ransomware Attack Hits 23 Local Texas Government Offices (5 hours old)

Long-time Slashdot reader StonyCreekBare shared this press release from the Texas Department of Information Resources (Dir) press release as of August 17, 2019, at approximately 5:00 p.m. central time: On the morning of August 16, 2019, more than 20 entities in Texas reported a ransomware attack. The majority of these entities were smaller local governments... At this time, the evidence gathered indicates the attacks came from one single threat actor. Investigations into the origin of this attack are ongoing; however, response and recovery are the priority at this time. It appears[...]

A New Idea For Fighting Rising Sea Levels: Iceberg-Making Submarines (8 hours old)

To address the affects of global warming, a team of designers "propose building ice-making submarines that would ply polar waters and pop out icebergs to replace melting floes," reports NBC News: "Sea level rise due to melting ice should not only be responded [to] with defensive solutions," the designers of the submersible iceberg factory said in an animated video describing the vessel, which took second place in a recent design competition held by the Association of Siamese Architects. The video shows the proposed submarine dipping slowly beneath the ocean surface to allow seawater to fill[...]

Stack Overflow Touts New Programming Solutions Tool That Mines Crowd Knowledge (10 hours old)

Stack Overflow shares a new tool from a team of researchers that "takes the description of a programming task as a query and then provides relevant, comprehensive programming solutions containing both code snippets and their succinct explanations" -- the Crowd Knowledge Answer Generator (or CROKAGE): In order to reduce the gap between the queries and solutions, the team trained a word-embedding model with FastText, using millions of Q&A threads from Stack Overflow as the training corpus. CROKAGE also expanded the natural language query (task description) to include unique open source softwa[...]

A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just As Deadly As Nuclear Weapons (11 hours old)

"As someone who studies cybersecurity and information warfare, I'm concerned that a cyberattack with widespread impact, an intrusion in one area that spreads to others or a combination of lots of smaller attacks, could cause significant damage, including mass injury and death rivaling the death toll of a nuclear weapon," warns an assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University: Unlike a nuclear weapon, which would vaporize people within 100 feet and kill almost everyone within a half-mile, the death toll from most cyberattacks would be slower. People might die from [...]

XKCD Author Challenges Serena Williams To Attack A Drone (12 hours old)

In just 16 days XKCD author Randall Munroe releases a new book titled How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. He's just released an excerpt from the chapter "How to Catch a Drone," in which he actually enlisted the assistance of tennis star Serena Williams. An anonymous reader writes: Serena and her husband Alexis just happened to have a DJI Mavic Pro 2 with a broken camera -- and Munroe asked her to try to smash it with tennis balls. "My tentative guess was that a champion player would have an accuracy ratio around 50 when serving, and take 5-7 tries to hit a dro[...]

Why Am I Receiving Unordered Boxes From Amazon? (12 hours old)

It's an unexpected surprise that's been popping up "all over the country," according to the Better Business Bureau. People are receiving boxes of unordered merchandise from Amazon. The companies, usually foreign, third-party sellers that are sending the items are simply using your address and your Amazon information. Their intention is to make it appear as though you wrote a glowing online review of their merchandise, and that you are a verified buyer of that merchandise. They then post a fake, positive review to improve their products' ratings, which means more sales for them. The payoff i[...]

Alexa, Siri, and Google Home Can Be Tricked Into Sending Callers To Scam Phone Numbers (13 hours old)

"Don't ask your smart device to look up a phone number, because it may accidentally point you to a scam," warn the consumer watchdogs at the Better Business Bureau: You need the phone number for a company, so you ask your home's smart device -- such as Google Home, Siri, or Alexa -- to find and dial it for you. But when the company's "representative" answers, the conversation takes a strange turn. This representative has some odd advice! They may insist on your paying by wire transfer or prepaid debit card. In other cases, they may demand remote access to your computer or point you to an un[...]

Should HTTPS Certificates Expire After Just 397 Days? (14 hours old)

Google has made a proposal to the unofficial cert industry group that "would cut lifespan of SSL certificates from 825 days to 397 days," reports ZDNet. No vote was held on the proposal; however, most browser vendors expressed their support for the new SSL certificate lifespan. On the other side, certificate authorities were not too happy, to say the least. In the last decade and a half, browser makers have chipped away at the lifespan of SSL certificates, cutting it down from eight years to five, then to three, and then to two. The last change occured in March 2018, when browser makers tri[...]

Wells Fargo's Computer Kept Charging 'Overdrawn' Fees On Supposedly Closed Accounts (15 hours old)

The New York Times explains a new issue by describing what happened when Xavier Einaudi tried to close his Wells Fargo checking account. For weeks after the date the bank said the accounts would be closed, it kept some of them active. Payments to his insurer, to Google for online advertising and to a provider of project management software were paid out of the empty accounts in July. Each time, the bank charged Einaudi a $35 overdraft fee... By the middle of July, he owed the bank nearly $1,500. "I don't even know what happened," he said. Current and former bank employees said Einaudi w[...]

The Register

Subcontractor's track record under spotlight as London Mayoral e-counting costs spiral (1 hour 46 minutes old)

Bill approaching £9m compared to £4.1m for the system in 2016 Concerns have been raised over a key supplier of an e-counting system for the London Mayoral elections in 2020.…

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students (2 hours old)

Screen says 'Data save failed' so it must be true Who, Me? The weekend is over and that means another tale of reader misdeeds to kick-start your Monday with our regular column, Who, Me?…

Can Amazon's AI really detect fear? Plus: Fresh deepfake video freaks everyone out again (3 hours old)

Nvidia is pleased with its latest numbers, and more Roundup Our weekly AI roundup is back from a little summer break, and once again covering bits and pieces from the world of machine learning beyond what's already been reported by Team Register.…

Overstock's share price has plummeted. Is it Trump's trade war? Bad results? Nope, its CEO has gone bonkers... (2 days old [16/08/19])

Just what is Patrick Byrne's role in the Deep State? He's here to tell you Comment How much of a company's value is tied up in its leadership?…

Chrome add-on warns netizens when they use a leaked password. Sometimes, they even bother to change it (2 days old [16/08/19])

Alerted to exposed credentials, users do something about it roughly a quarter of the time Between February and March this year, after Google released a Chrome extension called Password Checkup to check whether people's username and password combinations had been stolen and leaked from website databases, computer scientists at the biz and Stanford University gathered anonymous telemetry from 670,000 people who installed the add-on.…

NSA asks Congress to permanently reauthorize spying program that was so shambolic, the snoops had shut it down (2 days old [16/08/19])

You never know, we might figure out how not to screw up in future Analysis In the clearest possible sign that the US intelligence services live within their own political bubble, the director of national intelligence has asked Congress to reauthorize a spying program that the NSA itself decided to shut down after it repeatedly – and illegally – gathered the call records of millions of innocent Americans.…

Dropbox would rather write code twice than try to make C++ work on both iOS and Android (2 days old [16/08/19])

Write once, run anywhere? You must be joking Dropbox has abandoned a longstanding technical strategy of sharing C++ code between its applications for iOS and Android, saying the overhead of writing code twice is less than the cost of making code-sharing work.…

Microsoft Surface users baffled after investing in kit that throttles itself to the point of passing out (2 days old [16/08/19])

400MHz ought to be enough for anyone? An intermittent but longstanding issue where Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 devices run super slow continues to frustrate users.…

Top tip: Don't upload your confidential biz files to free malware-scanning websites – everything is public (2 days old [16/08/19])

Sandbox services are bursting with sensitive info from unwitting companies Companies are inadvertently leaving confidential files on the internet for anyone to download – after uploading the documents to malware-scanning websites that make everything public.…

Gone in a flash: Oracle lays off hundreds as the biz formerly known as Pillar Data is shuttered (2 days old [16/08/19])

The conference call equivalent of being taken round the back and... Oracle is shuttering its flash storage division and laying off at least 300 employees, according to various sources.…

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E-Scooters: Should they be legal on public roads? (2 hours old)

Some riders are calling for regulation rather than an outright ban.

How online extremists are shaping the minds of white teens (10 hours old)

How can parents intervene when boys seem drawn into extremist internet culture - and should they?

Call Of Duty World League Championship: eUnited crowned winners (3 hours old)

The finals of the e-sports championship took place in Los Angeles this weekend.

The Fortnite coach who helped create teenage millionaires (2 days old [17/08/19])

Hugh Gilmour failed to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup, so has turned to coaching instead.

'Fake' Amazon ambassadors baited on Twitter (2 days old [16/08/19])

Amazon says its warehouse ambassadors are authentic, but critics accuse them of being "paid to lie".

Google Play app store accused of anti-gay bias (2 days old [16/08/19])

Social app Hornet says Google moderators in Malaysia targeted its app several times.

Home Office role in 'Woke' Muslim social network revealed (2 days old [16/08/19])

The network on Facebook and Instagram helps combat online radicalisation, says Home Office.

Eurofins Scientific: Cyber-attack leads to backlog of 20,000 forensic samples (3 days old [16/08/19])

Police warn of delays to investigations and court cases after the attack led to a backlog of 20,000 samples.

Meadowhall shoppers scanned in facial recognition trial (2 days old [16/08/19])

The owner of Sheffield's Meadowhall centre says data was "immediately deleted" after the trial.

Uganda and Zambia rejects Huawei spying allegations (2 days old [16/08/19])

Uganda and Zambia reject a report that they used Chinese telecoms firm Huawei to spy on the opposition.

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