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The 15 best things to watch in 4K on Sky Q (6 days old [14/08/18])

Stuff’s pick of Sky’s best Ultra HD bits, updated for August

Phantom Doctrine (6 days old [14/08/18])

XCOM meets Le Carré in this stealthy and strategic Cold War thriller

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9+: the weigh-in (7 days old [13/08/18])

Which of Samsung's extra-large phones is worth your extra cash?

We Happy Few (7 days old [13/08/18])

If you could take a pill to make it all go away, would you?

Motorola Moto Z3 (7 days old [13/08/18])

It's getting 5G with a Moto Mod, but should you buy it today?

Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Touch Bar (2018) (7 days old [13/08/18])

It looks like a copy and paste of last year’s Pro, but this notebook is packed with new tech

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Huawei P20 Pro: The weigh-in (8 days old [12/08/18])

Can Samsung top the world's best smartphone?

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (8 days old [12/08/18])

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

Slashdot

NASA Supports SpaceX Plan To Fuel Rockets With Astronauts On Board (1 hour 50 minutes old)

For years, NASA has been debating whether to allow SpaceX to fuel its spacecraft with super-cold propellant after astronauts have boarded. While the company typically fuels its rockets shortly before launch in order to prevent the coolant from warming up too much, the practice has been deemed "a potential safety risk" by NASA safety advisers due to the high risk of an explosion. Now, according to Engadget, NASA has "decided that it will move forward with the SpaceX plan to fuel rockets after astronauts have already boarded." From the report: "To make this decision, our teams conducted an ext[...]

Tiny Plastic Is Everywhere (5 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares a report from NPR about ecologist Chelsea Rochman, who has dedicated her career to studying how microplastics are getting into the food chain and affecting everything from beer to fish: Since modern plastic was first mass-produced, 8 billion tons have been manufactured. And when it's thrown away, it doesn't just disappear. Much of it crumbles into small pieces. Scientists call the tiny pieces "microplastics" and define them as objects smaller than 5 millimeters -- about the size of one of the letters on a computer keyboard. Researchers started to pay serious attentio[...]

Antenna Sales Are Rising, In Another Sign of Churn In TV Watching (6 hours old)

Rick Schumann shares a report from Star Tribune: Twenty percent of homes in the U.S. use a digital antenna to access live TV, up from 16 percent just two years ago, according to Parks Associates market research in Texas. The Twin Cities has an even higher antenna percentage. Local antenna installers say business has been rising about 20 percent to 25 percent annually for several years. It's the eighth largest broadcast-only market in the country, with more than 22 percent of homes using antennas to get local TV, according to TVb.org, a local broadcast trade association. Duane, Wawrzyniak, owne[...]

After 60 Years, 1,900-Mile-Long Interstate 95 Is Almost Finished (7 hours old)

"It has taken 60 years, but a small, strange gap in Interstate-95 is being filled," writes Slashdot reader McGruber. Bloomberg reports: Near the Pennsylvania border, drivers have long been forced off the interstate and onto other roadways, only to join back 8 miles away. Transportation officials and civil engineers spent more than two decades and $425 million to eliminate this detour off I-95, the most traveled highway in America, spanning 1,900 miles from Miami to Maine. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which oversees the I-95 Interchange Project, said the new infrastructure -- which inc[...]

Man Sues Over Google's 'Location History' Fiasco, Case Could Affect Millions (8 hours old)

Last week, The Associated Press found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've explicitly disabled the location sharing feature. As a result, Google has now been sued by a man in San Diego, who argues that Google is violating the California Invasion of Privacy Act and the state's constitutional right to privacy. Ars Technica reports: The lawsuit seeks class-action status, and it would include both an "Android Class" and "iPhone Class" for the potential millions of people in the United States with such phones who turned off their Location [...]

Summer Weather Is Getting 'Stuck' Due To Arctic Warming (8 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Summer weather patterns are increasingly likely to stall in Europe, North America and parts of Asia, according to a new climate study that explains why Arctic warming is making heatwaves elsewhere more persistent and dangerous. Rising temperatures in the Arctic have slowed the circulation of the jet stream and other giant planetary winds, says the paper, which means high and low pressure fronts are getting stuck and weather is less able to moderate itself. The authors of the research, published in Nature Communications on Monday, warn this[...]

Scientists Find Direct Evidence of Ice On the Moon (9 hours old)

According to a new study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists have found the first direct evidence of frozen water on the Moon's poles. "The discovery is based on data gathered by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper, a NASA instrument that flew to the Moon back in 2008," reports Quartz. From the report: Reanalyzing this data today, the researchers found tiny patches of ice mixed with rock on the surface of certain craters at the northernmost and southernmost points on the Moon. Shuai Li, a geologist at the University of Hawaii who worked on the study, says[...]

Microsoft Prepares To Kill the Windows 8 Store: No New Apps From November (10 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Windows 8.1 dropped out of mainstream support earlier this year, entering the five-year extended support period in which it receives only security fixes. However, Microsoft is still accepting new application submissions to the Windows 8 Store. Submissions for new Windows Phone 8 apps are also currently accepted. Today, Microsoft announced that this is soon coming to an end. After October 31, new applications will no longer be accepted for distribution through the store. Updates to existing applications will continue to be supported. Howeve[...]

Nvidia Unveils Powerful New RTX 2070 and 2080 Graphics Cards (10 hours old)

During a pre-Gamescom 2018 livestream from Cologne, Germany, Nvidia on Monday unveiled new GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti high-end graphics cards. These new 20-series cards will succeed Nvidia's current top-of-the-line GPUs, the GeForce GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti. While the company usually waits to launch the more powerful Ti version of a GPU, this time around, it's releasing the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti at once. Polygon adds: They won't come cheap. The Nvidia-manufactured Founders Edition versions will cost $599 for the RTX 2070, $799 for the RTX 2080 and $1,199 for the RT[...]

Staff At Gatwick Airport Use Whiteboards After Flight Information Screens Fail (11 hours old)

Staff at the Gatwick Airport in southeast England had to write flight information on whiteboards for most of the day due to a technical problem with its digital screens. The BBC reports: Vodafone provides the service, and said a damaged fibre cable had caused the information boards to stop working. In a statement at 17:00 BST, a Gatwick spokesman said the issue had been resolved and flight information was being displayed as normal. "Tens of thousands" of people departed on time and no flights were cancelled. Apologizing to customers, he added that the airport's "manual contingency plan," which[...]

The Register

Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign (1 hour 49 minutes old)

ICANN appeals its appeal and tells German courts yet again that they're wrong The organization that oversees the internet's naming and numbering systems is continuing its embarrassing European legal campaign, insisting for a third time that the German courts have got it wrong.…

Fix for July's Spectre-like bug is breaking some supers (8 hours old)

RDMA-Lustre combo swatted, HPC admins scramble High-performance computing geeks are sweating on a Red Hat fix, after a previous patch broke the Lustre file system.…

Apple web design violates law, claims blind person (8 hours old)

Incompatibility of apple.com with screen-readers said to harm the sight impaired Apple, which prides itself on design, faces a lawsuit alleging that its web page layout violates the law.…

As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange (9 hours old)

21 year-old facing 31 charges for "no questions asked" cross-border cryptocurrency buys A 21 year old man from Mexico is facing more than two-dozen money laundering charges in the US for running an unlicensed Bitcoin exchange.…

Apple shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, to find gambling in its Chinese App Store (11 hours old)

Thousands of apps yanked for violating terms and conditions Apple has reportedly kicked off a mass removal of illegal lottery and gambling apps from the China version of its iOS App Store.…

Mozilla accuses FCC of abdicating its role, ignoring comments in net neutrality lawsuit (11 hours old)

Legal battle #433 over Pai's push to kill off rules Mozilla has filed its legal brief against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), accusing the telecoms regulator of abdicating its role, ignoring public comments and failing to understand how the internet actually works.…

Python wriggles onward without its head (11 hours old)

The software's just fine, annual codefest agrees Analysis At the third annual PyBay Conference in San Francisco over the weekend, Python aficionados gathered to learn new tricks and touch base with old friends.…

Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme (13 hours old)

Smut-slinging copyright troll cops to fraud and money laundering charges One of the attorneys behind notorious copyright operation Prenda Law has just agreed to plead guilty to a pair of felony counts.…

SUSE and Microsoft give enterprise Linux an Azure tune-up (17 hours old)

Veteran penguin botherer feels the need. For speed Longtime Linux slinger SUSE has emitted a kernel optimised for the cloudy world of Microsoft Azure.…

Face-PALM: US Patent and Trademark Office database down for 5 days and counting (17 hours old)

No end in sight yet to mystery maintenance 'issue' The US Patent and Trademark Office has taken a novel approach to dealing with the problem of patent trolls. The solution? Shut everything down.…

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BBC News - Technology

'Exploding' iPad prompts Apple shop evacuation (22 hours old)

The Dutch fire brigade is called to help deal with a "fuming" Apple device.

Facebook apologises for blocking Prager University's videos (16 hours old)

The firm had blocked one video critical about Muslims and another that defended male aggression.

Honeypot pornography lawyer pleads guilty (18 hours old)

A US lawyer who tricked people into paying for films he had helped pirate faces years in jail.

Gig economy pressures make drivers 'more likely to crash' (18 hours old)

Drivers and couriers who get their work from apps face a "heightened risk" of crashes, a study suggests.

Social media faces EU fine if terror lingers for an hour (21 hours old)

The European Commission is planning stricter rules for social media companies.

Apple 'pulls gambling apps from China App Store' (1 day old)

The reported removal of thousands of apps follows criticism by Chinese state media.

Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder (4 days old [17/08/18])

An Australian 16-year-old is in court following a series of intrusions into Apple's internal network.

Superfast broadband 'boosts UK business by £9bn' (1 day old)

The government says thousands of firms are now reaping the financial benefit of faster connectivity.

Body scanners to screen LA subway riders (3 days old [17/08/18])

Passengers will be scanned for explosives and weapons as they enter subway stations.

Tesla investors spooked by revelations in emotional interview (3 days old [17/08/18])

In an "emotional" newspaper interview, Elon Musk also said he takes a sedative to help him sleep.

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