The strange world of TikTok: viral videos and Chinese censorship – podcast

UK technology editor Alex Hern joins Anushka Asthana to discuss the Chinese-owned social network that is growing its user base with shareable short videos set to catchy soundtracks. But is it also being used as a tool of Chinese foreign policy? Plus: Marie Le Conte on the role of political gossipIt’s the wildly successful Chinese-owned video-sharing app that is taking on the likes of Snapchat and Instagram. Its users share short videos, 15 to 60 seconds long, usually set to music or film dialogu...
Tags: Apps, Politics, UK, Technology, China, Censorship, Social Media, World news, Snapchat, House Of Commons, Tiananmen Square, Alex Hern, Marie le Conte, Anushka Asthana, Falun Gong Continue, Tiktok

'If Disney World's Star Wars Land Is a Flop, Why Is It So Crowded?'

An anonymous reader quotes an analyst for the Motley Fool: With so many industry worrywarts and Star Wars purists taking a dim view of Disney's bicoastal Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion, I figured I'd check out Florida's version on Saturday afternoon. Would I get pelted by drifting tumbleweed while slurping down some blue milk? Would my voice echo in a barren Droid Depot? Would I leave accepting that the first phase of what initially seemed like a slam-dunk expansion has turned into a coloss...
Tags: Florida, Disney, Tech, Cnn, Disneyland, Disney World

Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Christian de Looper: Apple Patent Application hints at iPhone’s Apple logo Doubling as a Notification Light (Source: Digital Trends) Niall McCarthy: Men Still Account For The Overwhelming Majority Of Patents Worldwide (Source: Forbes) Reed Albergotti: Apple Sued by App Developer for Alleged Patent Infringement, Antitrust Violation (Source: The Washington Post) Igor Bonifacic: Apple Patent Application Describes Touchscreen Keyboards You Can Feel (Source: Enga...
Tags: Apple, Law, Washington Post, Eu, Uspto, Wipo, Engadget, Niall McCarthy, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Forbes Reed Albergotti, Igor Bonifacic, Ezra Friedman, Abraham L Wickelgren, Peter K Yu, SSRN Milan Voet

Iran Instagram star known for plastic surgery arrested for blasphemy

Sahar Tabar, who shares photos edited to make her look like Angelina Jolie, detained for raft of charges including encouraging corruptionIran has arrested an Instagram celebrity famous for drastically altering her appearance through cosmetic surgery, the semi-official Tasnim news agency has reported.The social media star known as Sahar Tabar was detained on the orders of Tehran’s guidance court, which deals with “cultural crimes and social and moral corruption”, Tasnim said late Saturday. Contin...
Tags: Technology, Instagram, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Angelina Jolie, Tehran, Tasnim, Sahar Tabar, Iran Instagram

Healthcare Is Undergoing a Digital Revolution, Courtesy of Smart Devices

Looking for a healthy and active way to spend this weekend? Consider heading to the apple orchard. Apple farms all across the U.S. are predicting that the 2019 apple harvest season will see increasing crop yields. And who doesn't love apples? The 150-year-old Welsh proverb "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" now carries...
Tags: Apple, Advertising, Magazine, Voice

Deadly Fungus, Fat Bear Week, PS5 Leaks, and Hot Dog Salad: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

No news this week could possibly compare to the “hot dog salad” abomination created by a certain Gizmodo colleague, which has taken our forbidden sandwich out back, choked it to death, and absorbed it into its goopy morass. But reader, we tried.Read more...
Tags: Google, Ipad, Gaming, Facebook, Star Wars, Comics, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Review, Microsoft, Internet, Climate Change

AirPod rivals give consumers an earful as they try to catch up to Apple

Apple is leading with AirPods that don’t look like giant Mentos.
Tags: Apple, Business, Technology, News

'Suicide Squad' Director Urges DC and Marvel Fans To Stop Feuding

An anonymous reader quotes Cinema Blend: At the beginning of 2019, approximately a half year after James Gunn was unceremoniously fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it was officially confirmed that he'd be jumping to the DC universe to write and direct The Suicide Squad. Then, just two months later, Disney and Marvel reversed course and rehired Gunn to helm Guardians 3, though because he boarded The Suicide Squad in that interim period, he's tackling that DC tale first and then will jump...
Tags: Downton Abbey, Disney, Tech, Suicide Squad, James Gunn, Marvel Studios, Judy, Gunn, MCU, Suicide Squad for DC, Dreamworks Abominable, Astra Hustlers

Google finally gives Reader the respect it deserves with an actual gravestone (the verge)

Image: @leftoblique Google Reader has been dead for over six years, and the internet hasn’t been the same since. I still haven’t found a replacement that I enjoy quite as much as my memories of Reader, and I mourn its death every day. But now, we may finally have a place where we can pay respects to the beloved RSS app. Dana Fried, a Google employee, posted this photo of a graveyard, with headstones for Reader and many other now-dead Google services, which is apparently set up in the main lob...
Tags: Google, News, Seattle, Dana, Jay Peters, Picasa Google Buzz Orkut Google

Chernobyl's Infamous Reactor 4 Control Room Is Now Open to Tourists

The “highly radioactive” control room at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s Reactor 4 at the center of the facility’s infamous 1986 catastrophe is open for tourists, so long as they wear a protective suit, helmet, and gloves while inside, CNN reported.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Ukraine, Cnn, Tourism, Nuclear Power, Nuclear, Chernobyl, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Dark Tourism, Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Russian Malware 'Patches' Chrome and Firefox To Fingerprint TLS Traffic

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: A Russian cyber-espionage hacker group has been spotted using a novel technique that involves patching locally installed browsers like Chrome and Firefox in order to modify the browsers' internal components. The end goal of these modifications is to alter the way the two browsers set up HTTPS connections, and add a per-victim fingerprint for the TLS-encrypted web traffic that originates from the infected computers... According to a Kaspersky report published ...
Tags: Firefox, Tech, Kaspersky, Eastern Europe, Zdnet, ESET, Turla

Mozilla Developer Network Launches a YouTube Channel

An anonymous reader writes: The Mozilla Developer Network just launched their own video channel on YouTube this week. There's currently seven videos, offering tutorials like "The Secret Button to get Three Panels of Developer Tools" and "Coding a Dark Mode for your web site." And tweets from a Mozilla Community Lead suggest it may soon feature something from the View Source Conference in Amsterdam. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Tags: Youtube, Tech, Amsterdam, Mozilla Developer Network, Mozilla Community Lead

Big ISPs Worry DNS-Over-HTTPS Could Stop Monitoring and Modifying of DNS Queries

"Big Cable and other telecom industry groups warned that Google's support for DNS over HTTPS (DoH) 'could interfere on a mass scale with critical Internet functions, as well as raise data-competition issues,'" reports Ars Technica. But are they really just worried DNS over HTTPS will end useful ISP practices that involve monitoring or modifying DNS queries? For example, queries to malware-associated domains can be a signal that a customer's computer is infected with malware. In some cases, IS...
Tags: Google, Tech

An engineer explains how supercharged racing yachts go so fast

Sailing used to be considered as a rather sedate pastime. But in the past few years, the world of yacht racing has been revolutionized by the arrival of hydrofoil-supported catamarans, known as “foilers”. These vessels, more akin to high-performance aircraft than yachts, combine the laws of aerodynamics and hydrodynamics to create vessels capable of speeds of up to 50 knots, which is far faster than the wind propelling them. An F50 catamaran preparing for the Sail GP series recently even broke t...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Syndication

Consumer Expert Argues Tech Addiction Is The User's Responsibility

In 2014 consumer expert and Silicon Valley startup founder Nir Eyal wrote Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. But five years later, the New York Times reports he's offering consumers a new book about how to resist those habits -- even while arguing that "addiction" is the wrong way to describe technology's hold on people: There was a problem, yes, but the thinking was all wrong, he decided. Using the language of addiction gave tech users a pass. It was too easy. The issue was not scree...
Tags: Ebay, Tech, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Don, Nir Eyal, Eyal, Indistractable

The best way to counter drones is apparently to smash them with other drones

California-based startup Anduril Industries has unleashed the Anvil, an anti-drone drone that answers hostile UAVs by smashing into them.
Tags: News, California, Trends, Drones, Emerging Tech, Anduril Industries, Anduril Anvil

When Sun Microsystems' Founders and Former Employees Hold a Reunion

Last week Infoworld reported on a reunion of more than 1,000 former employees of Sun Microsystems including all four founders of the company -- Andreas Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy, and Bill Joy -- at just their second reunion since the 2010 Oracle acquisition. Prior to the formal festivities, the company founders met with a small group of press persons. Pondering recent developments in computing, Bill Joy, who is now concentrating on climate change solutions, recalled that Sun tri...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Intel, Sun, Silicon Valley, InfoWorld, Sun Microsystems, Joy, Scott McNealy, McNealy, Bill Joy, Sun Microsystems Founders, Andreas Bechtolsheim Vinod Khosla Scott McNealy, Network File System NFS, Linux McNealy

Apple rejects Hong Kong protest map from App Store, relents under pressure

Apple rejected an app used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to see police activity from the App Store. Apple has now walked back that decision and allowed the app.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Hong Kong, News, China, Trends, Protests, Computing, App Store, App Store Apple

This Week in Apps: censorship, openness and antitrust

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the new Extra Crunch series where we’ll help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps — including everything from the OS’s to the apps that run upon them, as well as the money that flows through it all. The app industry in 2018 saw 194 billion downloads and over $100 in consumer spending. Beyond that, the business of user acquisition and advertising generates even more money. And all because we’re spending more time on our phones than we do watch...
Tags: Apple, TC, Apps, Siri, Tech, Bloomberg

An interview with Dr. Stuart Russell, author of “Human Compatible, Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control”

(UC Berkeley’s Dr. Stuart Russell’s new book, “Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control, goes on sale Oct. 8. I’ve written a review, “Human Compatible” is a provocative prescription to re-think AI before it’s too late,” and the following in an interview I conducted with Dr. Russell in his UC Berkeley office on September 3, 2019.) “Human Compatible” is a provocative prescription to re-think AI before it’s too late Ned Desmond: Why did you write Human Compatible? ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Media, US Government, Social Media, Book Review, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Fda, Cybernetics

Microsoft Will Model the Entire Planet For 'Breathtakingly Lifelike' New Flight Simulator

A senior editor at the Experimental Aircraft Association tells the long and storied history of Microsoft's Flight Simulator, remembering how he'd used version 1.0 of the product "when I was about 12 years old (nearly 40 years ago)" before working on it when he was a Microsoft employee for more than 10 years, until it was cancelled in 2009. But in 2020 Microsoft now plans to release a stunningly-realistic new version for the PC and Xbox. Long-time Slashdot reader ShoulderOfOrion shared their re...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, United Kingdom, Lockheed Martin, Bing, Sdk, Experimental Aircraft Association, Jorg Neumann

Why we’re still waiting on the Postmates S-1

In a wide-ranging conversation at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco last week, Postmates co-founder and chief executive officer Bastian Lehmann made light of the company’s lack of IPO documents. The San Francisco-based on-demand delivery business was expected to publicly file its IPO prospectus in September in preparation for a fall exit, sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch this summer. September, however, has come and gone and we’re still waiting on Postmates to release the critical...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Uber, Europe, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, Companies, United States, Mexico City, Venture Capital, Food Delivery, WeWork

Alabama Hospitals Pay Out in Ransomware Attack Amid FBI Warning of More to Come

Alabama-based DCH Health System said it has paid off the hackers behind a ransomware attack that severely disrupted operations at three hospitals beginning on Tuesday morning, according to a Saturday report by Tuscaloosa News. The news closely follows an FBI warning that the number of sophisticated attacks on…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Alabama, Malware, Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Encryption, Fbi, Hacking, Hackers, Tuscaloosa News, DCH Health System

4 Ways Voice Interaction Makes Us Better Marketers

Fresh from designing and deploying a new Alexa Skill, I am struck by three things: Designing for voice interaction requires a new set of skills and tools. It’s not as simple as “audio content.” Voice interaction is a relatively new behavior for which there are few real experts or templates to follow. The pressure to develop skills that people will actually use will make us better marketers.  To say that voice interaction will become big may be like saying the computer mouse would be big back ...
Tags: Apple, Siri, Jim Jarmusch, Engagement, Voice, Alexa, Branding, Digital Content, Best Practices, Juniper Research, Interactive Marketing, Amazon Alexa, Data & Insights, Natural Language Processing NLP, Google Home, Design and Experience

Oracle Outperformed? TPC Benchmarks Show Alibaba's OceanBase Performs Twice As Well

The Transaction Processing Performance Council is a many-decades-old nonprofit that defines transaction processing and database benchmarks and shares its performance results with the industry. Long-time Slashdot reader hackingbear says they've just released some surprising news: The TPC organization reported on October 5 that OceanBase, an open-source relational database from Ant Financial, a business unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has topped the TPC-C benchmark, more than do...
Tags: Tech, RAC, Alibaba, Alibaba Group, Slashdot, Oracle Corp, TPC, Transaction Processing Performance Council

Here’s how science fiction could save us from bad technology

The short film “Slaughterbots” depicts a near future in which swarms of micro drones assassinate thousands of people for their political beliefs. Released in November 2017 by academics and activists warning of the dangers of advanced artificial intelligence (AI), it quickly went viral, attracting over 3 million views to date. It helped spark a public debate on the future of autonomous weapons and put pressure on diplomats meeting at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons. But this...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Syndication

Did MacOS Stop Allowing Changes to Wifi MAC Addresses?

ugen (Slashdot reader #93,902) writes: Something I discovered today, while trying to change a MAC address on a new MacBook Air (as I did for years on other MacBooks): ifconfig en0 ether "new mac" no longer works. It appears that this is a change made sometime last year, applicable to all Apple newer MacBooks. Implications of permanently fixed MAC addresses on privacy and security are hard to underestimate. Given that Windows now supports complete Wifi MAC address randomization — I am sad to ad...
Tags: Microsoft, Mac, Tech, MacBook Air

No one could prevent another ‘WannaCry-style’ attack, says DHS official

The U.S. government may not be able to prevent another global cyberattack like WannaCry, a senior cybersecurity official has said. Jeanette Manfra, the assistant director for cybersecurity for Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF that the 2017 WannaCry cyberattack, which saw hundreds of thousands of computers around the world infected with ransomware, was uniquely challenging because it spread so quickly. “I don’t kno...
Tags: North Korea, Tech, Dhs, Homeland Security, National Security Agency, Hutchins, Marcus Hutchins, Manfra, Jeanette Manfra, Bluekeep, WannaCry Microsoft, Jamie Hankins, WannaCry BlueKeep, BlueKeep Security

Videogame Records Site Refuses To Reinstate 'King of Kong' Billy Mitchell's High Scores

An anonymous reader writes: Billy Mitchell is the intense videogamer made famous in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong. Last month he threatened to sue both the Guinness Book of World Records and the videogame record-keepers at Twin Galaxies for defamation after they revoked an entire lifetime's worth of videogame high scores. An online discussion had argued that videotapes of three of Mitchell's performances suggested they'd been achieved using a MAME emulator -- but the organization revoke...
Tags: Tech, Mitchell, Donkey Kong, Billy Mitchell, Twin Galaxies, Kong Billy Mitchell

Check if Your iPhone 6s is Eligible For Apple's New Repair Program

If you have an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, especially one you can’t get tot turn on, we may have good news for you.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Lifehacks

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