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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (384 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (384 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 (384 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (384 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 (384 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (384 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (385 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 (385 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 (385 days old [19/11/18])

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

Slashdot

African Countries Are Struggling To Build Robust Identity Systems (1 hour 5 minutes old)

The first thing that visitors to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg see is a wall of identity cards-- the pieces of paper that determined where people could live and work and whom they could love. From the outset, the apartheid regime's ability to discriminate against "nie-blankes" (non-whites) depended on having a robust system of identifying people. The opposite problem confronts most other countries in Africa today. Governments have little idea who their citizens are [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. From a report: African countries struggle for several reasons. One is racial di[...]

Eat For 10 Hours. Fast For 14. This Daily Habit Prompts Weight Loss, Study Finds (1 hour 52 minutes old)

There's a lot of enthusiasm for intermittent fasting -- a term that can encompass everything from skipping a meal each day to fasting a few days a week. Or, how about this approach: Simply limit your daily eating window to 10 hours. This means that if you take your first bite of food at 8 a.m., you'd need to consume your last calorie of the day by 6 p.m. A new study published in Cell Metabolism offers some evidence that the approach can be beneficial. From a report: Researchers tracked a group of overweight participants who followed this approach for about three months. "Typically, people woul[...]

World Chess Champion On the Verge of Topping Fantasy Football Table (2 hours old)

Magnus Carlsen, the world's best chess player for the last decade, is on the brink of reaching the top in another game -- fantasy football. From a report: The grandmaster is enjoying his best season ever in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game and after Sunday's results he climbed to the sixth position in a table of more than 7 million players worldwide. Carlsen, who is currently competing at the London Chess Classic at Olympia, puts his fantasy football success down to luck. But his FPL team, Kjell Ankedal, has consistently scored high in the overall rankings for the past four years, finishi[...]

Intel CEO Blames Company's Obsessive Focus on Capturing 90% CPU Market Share For Missing Out on Other Opportunities (3 hours old)

Intel chief executive Bob Swan says he's willing to let go the company's traditional dominance of the market for CPUs in order to meet the rising demand for newer, more specialized silicon chips for applications such as AI and autonomous cars. From a report: Intel's Bob Swan blames being focused on 90% CPU market share as a reason for missing opportunities and transitions, envisions Intel as having 30% of all-silicon TAM instead of majority CPU TAM. Just a few years ago, Intel owned more than 90% of the market share in the x86 CPU market. Many financial models used Intel's revenue as a proxy f[...]

Verizon Kills Email Accounts of Archivists Trying To Save Yahoo Groups History (3 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares a report: Verizon, which bought Yahoo in 2017, has suspended email addresses of archivists who are trying to preserve 20 years of content that will be deleted permanently in a few weeks. As Verizon announced in October, the company intends to wipe all content from Yahoo Groups. As of December 14, all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. The mass deletion includes files, polls, links, photos, folders, database, calendar, attachments, conversations, email updates, message digests, and message histories that was uploaded to Yahoo servers si[...]

China Tells Government Offices To Remove All Foreign Computer Equipment (4 hours old)

China has ordered that all foreign computer equipment and software be removed from government offices and public institutions within three years, the Financial Times reports. hackingbear writes: The government directive is likely to be a blow to US multinational companies like HP, Dell and Microsoft and mirrors attempts by Washington to limit the use of Chinese technology, as the trade war between the countries turns into a tech cold war. The Trump administration banned US companies from doing business with Chinese Chinese telecommunications company Huawei earlier this year and in May, Google,[...]

Oceans Losing Oxygen at Unprecedented Rate, Experts Warn (5 hours old)

Oxygen in the oceans is being lost at an unprecedented rate, with "dead zones" proliferating and hundreds more areas showing oxygen dangerously depleted, as a result of the climate emergency and intensive farming, experts have warned. From a report: Sharks, tuna, marlin and other large fish species were at particular risk, scientists said, with many vital ecosystems in danger of collapse. Dead zones -- where oxygen is effectively absent -- have quadrupled in extent in the last half-century, and there are also at least 700 areas where oxygen is at dangerously low levels, up from 45 when researc[...]

How Pranksters Tricked Twitter-Scraping Sites Into Copyright Infringement (7 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares a remarkable story from Fortune's Data Sheet newsletter: The story begins on Dec. 3, when an artist going by @Hannahdouken on Twitter posted an image of hand-drawn text reading, "This site sells STOLEN Artwork, do NOT buy from them!" And asked followers to reply that they wanted the image on a shirt. They were testing a theory. For years, artists posting their work online have found the art turned into t-shirts and other merch without permission or compensation. The theory was that this was being done by automated bots that combed Twitter for images with such [...]

Free Software Foundation Offers Benefits and Merchandise In Its Annual Fundraiser (10 hours old)

An anonymous reader writes: The Free Software Foundation is holding its annual fundraiser, with a goal of attracting 600 new members by the end of December. (New members so far: 112.) "We are still fighting the oppressive nature of proprietary software," explains the campaign's web page. "We have made solid inroads, and the community is as passionate as ever." As a 501(c)(3) charity the group's membership dues are all tax deductible, and associate memberships are just $10 a month ($5 for students). They come with special benefits including up to five email aliases in the member.fsf.org do[...]

Former Oracle Product Manager Claims He Was Forced Out For Refusing to Sell Vaporware (13 hours old)

A former Oracle employee filed a lawsuit against the database giant on Tuesday claiming that he was forced out for refusing to lie about the functionality of the company's software. The civil complaint, filed on behalf of plaintiff Tayo Daramola in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, contends that Oracle violated whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, the RICO Act, and the California Labor Code. According to the court filing, Daramola, a resident of Montreal, Canada, worked for Oracle's NetSuite division from November 30, 2016 through October 13[...]

The Register

Apple tipped to go full wireless by 2021, and you're all still grumbling about a headphone jack (44 minutes old)

They can live in my new world or they can die in their old one Ming-Chi Kuo, the analyst widely regarded as the most accurate soothsayer when it comes to Apple's product intentions, reckons it's lights out for the Lightning cable.…

Watch live online: Your customers and staff need always-on instant results. Here's how to meet those demands (1 hour 14 minutes old)

Optimize the performance, cost and capacity of data-driven apps with Intel Webcast We live in a connected world and expect that our services are always-on and instantly available.…

Worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable and royalty-free: Amazon's Alexa NHS contract released (2 hours old)

But it's all anonymised data so who cares, right? The UK Department of Health (DoH) has released a redacted copy of its contract giving Amazon access to data on the NHS Direct website, following a Freedom of Information request from civil rights group Privacy International.…

Ericsson throws $1bn at US authorities to make bribery probe go away (2 hours old)

Swedish comms flinger enters agreement with DoJ and SEC Swedish telco slinger Ericsson has paid $1bn to end a double probe into bribery allegations by the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).…

Ad network ransomware crook to flog £5k Rolex after court confiscates £270k in ill-gotten gains (3 hours old)

Next thing she's wearing my Casio A jailed hacker who profited from the Angler Exploit Kit has been ordered to sell his £5,000 Rolex watch after the National Crime Agency (NCA) applied to confiscate £270,000 of criminal proceeds from him.…

Outposts, Local Zone, Wavelength: It's a new era of distributed cloud, says AWS architect (4 hours old)

Adrian Cockcroft talks to El Reg about cloud architecture – and why we need more chaos in our systems re:Invent The advent of Outposts, Local Zone and Wavelength - released at AWS' Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas - amounts to a "new platform" that is now distributed rather than centralised, a company veep has told The Reg.…

Kiwi tax probe squeezed $25m out of Microsoft – now it's Oracle's turn (4 hours old)

New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department has questions about transfer pricing A week after Microsoft paid just under NZ$25m (£12.41m/ $16.93m) to New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department in a dispute over transfer pricing, Oracle has revealed it is also under investigation.…

Metasploit for drones? Best of luck with that, muses veteran tinkerer (5 hours old)

Been down this path and it ain't that easy, says man who knows Black Hat Europe A veteran drone hacker reckons the recent release of the Dronesploit framework won't go down quite as its inventors hope.…

Behuld – zee-a internet ouff tuilet tissuoe at Meecrusufft Sveden. Børk børk børk! (5 hours old)

Windows giant shows off smart-metered, connected office in Stockholm The Register took a trip to Microsoft's shiny new Stockholm HQ to check out what the company's employees have to look forward to over the next decade - and came away more informed about smart metred loo roll.…

Two can play that game: China orders ban on US computers and software (6 hours old)

Who needs who more? China has ordered all government offices to start ripping out non-Chinese computers and software in order to bolster domestic manufacturers and suppliers.…

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Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot crashes into police car (6 hours old)

The driver put his Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot in order to check on his dog in the back seat.

E-scooter company Unicorn goes bust after spending big on Facebook ads (1 hour 53 minutes old)

The Texas-based company reportedly sold just 350 of its $699 commuter scooters.

BioShock returns for more gene-enhanced gaming (3 hours old)

A fourth release in the critically acclaimed series is announced, after many feared it to be dead.

Privacy campaigner sought over child abuse charges (6 hours old)

Privacy International founder Simon Davies has been wanted by police in Australia since 2016.

Drill video naming murder victims banned by YouTube (1 hour 15 minutes old)

Reaction to the song by Zone 2 has been shocked because of the number of people it names explicitly.

Rise of SUVs 'makes mockery' of electric car push (4 hours old)

Exhaust emissions from new cars have been increasing for the past three years, research suggests.

General Election 2019: Has your local Facebook group been hijacked by politics? (1 day old)

Up and down the UK, moderators are grappling with an upsurge in political debate.

Woman shocked over details on 'revenge porn' site (19 hours old)

Becky's discovery led thousands of other women to find their information had been posted.

'How smart home tech helps me live independently' (2 days old [07/12/19])

Specially designed tech is allowing Adam, who has Down's syndrome, to live without in-home carers.

Elon Musk wins defamation case over 'pedo guy' tweet about caver (2 days old [06/12/19])

Tesla's founder did not defame a UK caver who helped in the Thai cave rescue, a US jury finds.

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