IBM announces 2019 Call For Code grand prize winner

IBM today announced the 2019 Call for Code grand prize was awarded to Prometeo for developing a health monitoring platform for firefighters. The Barcelona-based team consisting of a nurse, a firefighter, and three developers will receive $200,000 and assistance from IBM and its partners to bring the project to life. Promoteo began as an endeavor by firefighter Joan Herrera. Realizing there were no systems in place to monitor the health of firefighters combating wildfires, Herrera and nurse Vicen...
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AI-based firefighter safety startup Prometeo wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

During an event at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City, IBM unveiled the winners to its annual   Call for Code Global Challenge. The competition, which is targeted at computing solutions for global problems, crowned five winners, ranging from first responders to health care info. Prometeo took the top price for its Watson-based AI solution targeted at firefighters. The team, which is lead by a 33-year firefighting veteran, has developed a tool designed to monitor healt...
Tags: TC, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Prometeo

Apple sets very aggressive timeline: build a 5G modem for iPhones by 2022

Apple has reportedly set a very aggressive timeline to build its own 5G modem, as it plans to have the component ready by 2022.
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Apple sets very aggressive timeline to build own 5G modem for iPhones by 2022

Apple has reportedly set a very aggressive timeline to build its own 5G modem, as it plans to have the component ready by 2022.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Intel, Qualcomm, 5g

Should High School Computer Science Classes Count as a Math Credit?

"In a widely-reprinted essay, Ohio State University assistant professor of physics Chris Orban ponders whether the tech world did students a favor or disservice by getting states to count computer science as high school math credit," writes long-time Slashdot reader theodp. The assistant physics professor writes: In 2013, a who's who of the tech world came together to launch a new nonprofit called The purpose of the organization was to get more computer science into schools. Billiona...
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Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook

There’s a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook -led cryptocurrency Libra Association . They’re not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the token’s launch or growth. Fearing regulators’ inquiries not just into their Libra involvement but the rest of their businesses, these companies are pulling out at least for now. None had made precise commitments...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Ebay, Government, Tech, Paypal, Policy, Payments, Stripe, Libra, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Mastercard, Visa

Huh, Bill Gates Sure Hung Out With Jeffrey Epstein a Lot More Than He Admitted

Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates had a much closer relationship with late financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein than Gates has previously stated, the New York Times reported on Saturday, including multiple visits to Epstein’s now-infamous New York townhouse.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Microsoft, Bill Gates, MIT Media Lab, Jeffrey Epstein

Red Hat CFO 'Dismissed' From Company, Forfeits $4M Retention Award

"Red Hat Inc.'s finance chief Eric Shander has been dismissed from the company, forfeiting a $4 million retention award that was agreed to ahead of Red Hat's acquisition by IBM," reports the Wall Street Journal: The Raleigh, N.C.-based software company confirmed late Thursday that Mr. Shander was no longer working at Red Hat. "Eric was dismissed without pay in connection with Red Hat's workplace standards," a company spokeswoman said in a statement. The company, which said that its accounting a...
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Apple Told Some Apple TV+ Show Developers Not To Anger China

An anonymous reader quotes BuzzFeed News: In early 2018 as development on Apple's slate of exclusive Apple TV+ programming was underway, the company's leadership gave guidance to the creators of some of those shows to avoid portraying China in a poor light, BuzzFeed News has learned. Sources in position to know said the instruction was communicated by Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of internet software and services, and Morgan Wandell, its head of international content development. It was part of Apple...
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Transparent Vases

Clear vases made of glass allow you to witness how simple acorn grows into a beautiful oak tree. Transparent vases designed by Ilex Studio. Observe acorns as they grow. Also check out: Liquid Vases
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Windows 10 Testers Can Now Answer Android Phone Calls and Text Messages

An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat: At Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in August and the Surface hardware event last week, Microsoft talked about Windows 10's Your Phone app getting a new "Calls" feature. Today, the company is letting Windows Insiders start testing an early preview of Android calling on Windows 10. Having given up on Windows Phone, Microsoft has increasingly poured more resources into Android as its mobile platform of choice. The company offers plenty of Android apps and f...
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Larry Wall Approves Re-Naming Perl 6 To Raku

Long-time Slashdot reader hondo77 notes that Larry Wall has given his approval to the re-naming of Perl 6. In the "Path to Raku" pull request, Larry Wall indicated his approval, leaving this comment: I am in favor of this change, because it reflects an ancient wisdom: "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will ...
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Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a solid smartwatch for Android users

Samsung makes good, underrated smartwatches. It’s just been difficult to get much attention in a category so utterly dominated by a single player. Even still, the company has managed to hold onto the number two spot in global market share, according to recentish numbers. At 11.1 percent, it’s a little less than a third of what Apple’s been able to generate. The line has been a fairly stark contrast to Apple’s offerings. Samsung’s smartwatch philosophy is in line with its mobile counterpart: o...
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Google’s Pixel 4 briefly went up for preorder on Best Buy Canada

The Pixel 4 is set to be unveiled at an event on Tuesday. This much we know for sure. We know a bunch more, too, (as outlined in this rumor roundup from yesterday), thanks to both official reveals and unofficial leaks. How much of this was planned is hard to say, but Google seemingly doesn’t mind building up the hype cycle. Earlier today, Best Buy Canada made what may well be the most egregious reveal today (granted, there are three more days left to leak). The big box store posted up a preo...
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Ransomware Gang's Victim Cracks Their Server and Releases All Their Decryption Keys

"A user got his revenge on the ransomware gang who encrypted his files by hacking their server and releasing the decryption keys for all victims," writes ZDNet. ccnafr shared their report: One of the gang's victims was Tobias Frömel, a German software developer. Frömel was one of the victims who paid the ransom demand so he could regain access to his files. However, after paying the ransom, Frömel also analyzed the ransomware, gained insight into how Muhstik operated, and then retrieved the c...
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Python Code Glitch May Have Caused Errors In Over 100 Published Studies

Over 100 published studies may have incorrect results thanks to a glitchy piece of Python code discovered by researchers at the University of Hawaii. An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard: The glitch caused results of a common chemistry computation to vary depending on the operating system used, causing discrepancies among Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. The researchers published the revelation and a debugged version of the script, which amounts to roughly 1,000 lines of code, on Tuesday in ...
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Utah tech CEO reported missing in San Francisco Bay Area

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The CEO of a Utah-based tech company has been reported missing during a business trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. Family members say Erin Valenti, head of Tinker Ventures, was last seen in Palo Alto on Monday. Her husband, Harrison Weinstein, wrote on Facebook that phone activity suggests Valenti […]
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German researchers develop a sensor that’s near-impossible to blow highlights with

Researchers at the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart in Germany, have developed an image sensor that makes it virtually impossible to blow your highlights. It uses “self-resetting pixels” which when they get saturated don’t clip. It simply starts counting over, keeping track of the number of times it’s started over. Traditional CMOS sensors essentially have a finite […] The post German researchers develop a sensor that’s near-impossible to blow highlights with appeared first on DIY Photogra...
Tags: Photography, Technology, News, Highlights, Germany, Sensor, CMOS, Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart

This Week in Apps: Apple caves to China’s App Store demands, Q3 trend outlook, more

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. The app industry in 2018 saw 194 billion downloads and more than $100 billion in purchases. Just in the past quarter, consumer spending exceeded $23 billion and installs topped 31 billion. It’s a fact: we spend more time on our phones than we do watching TV. This week, the only thing on everyone’s minds was App Store censorship and A...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Hong Kong, China, Censorship, Tech, App Store, This Week In Apps

Google Maps expands voice guidance for blind and partially sighted users

Maps will now offer more detailed voice guidance and verbal announcements to make navigation easier and more safe for people with limited vision.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Web, Accessibility, Google Maps, Blind, Visually Impaired, Voice Guidance

Richard Stallman Defies Push By 27 GNU Project Developers To End His Leadership

"27 GNU project maintainers and developers have signed on to a joint statement asking for Richard Stallman to be removed from his leadership role at GNU," writes Slashdot reader twocows. The statement argues that "Stallman's behavior over the years has undermined a core value of the GNU project: The empowerment of all computer users. GNU is not fulfilling its mission when the behavior of its leader alienates a large part of those we want to reach out to." The Register reports: The GNU maint...
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California’s Privacy Act: What you need to know now

This week California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, published draft guidance for enforcing the state’s landmark privacy legislation. The draft text of the regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will undergo a public consultation period, including a number of public hearings, with submissions open until December 6 this year. The CCPA itself will take effect in the state on January 1, with a further six months’ grace period before enforcement of the law begins. “The prop...
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Army defends decision to close space, tech library

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Army is defending a decision to close its historic 57-year-old space and technical library at Redstone Arsenal. Army officials say it was a joint decision made by interested parties. reports that the Redstone Scientific Information Center closed its doors Sept. 30. The center was established in 1962 by […]
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Activision Blizzard Cuts Ban of Pro-Hong Kong Gamer From One Year To Six Months

"Activision Blizzard Inc., facing the threat of a boycott, reduced the punishment it meted out to a tournament player who voiced support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators," reports Bloomberg: The company's Blizzard Entertainment division originally barred the player from events for a year and stripped him of some $10,000 in prize money. But it said at the end of the week that it would cut the ban to six months and pay his winnings. The reversal followed an uproar from customers and ...
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Elizabeth Warren Mocks Facebook's Ad Policy By Lying About Mark Zuckerberg

"A fresh series of Facebook ads this week by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks to put the social media giant on the defensive -- by telling a lie," writes CNN. An anonymous reader quotes their report: The ads, which began running widely on Thursday, start with a bold but obvious falsehood: That Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have endorsed President Trump's reelection campaign. "You're probably shocked," reads the ad, which has already reached tens of thousan...
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Google continues to funnel vast sums to notorious climate deniers

Google and the other big tech companies are some of the most lavish funders of climate denial "think tanks" and lobbying groups, something they've been at continuously for more than six years, without interruption. Google doesn't fund these lobbyists because they're climate deniers, nor because they're indifferent to climate change and its human costs. Google funds these lobbyists and astroturf operations because they also lobby for lax tax enforcement, lax labor laws, lax privacy laws, an...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Corruption, Crime, News, Tax Evasion, American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, Heartland Institute, Heritage Action, Koch Network, State Policy Network, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Climate Crisis, Big Tech

Today's 'Day Against DRM' Protests Locks On Educational Materials

This year's "International Day Against DRM" is highlighting user-disrespecting restrictions on educational materials. An anonymous reader quotes the Free Software Foundation's Defective By Design site: The "Netflix of textbooks" model practiced by Pearson and similar publishers is a Trojan horse for education: requiring a constant Internet connection for "authentication" purposes, severely limiting the number of pages a student can read at one time, and secretly collecting telemetric data on t...
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The Yeti X brings real-time level monitoring to the popular USB mic

It’s clear why Logitech bought Blue back in July 2018. The Southern Californian audio company (an acronym for “Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics,” incidentally) has become synonymous with USB microphones since releasing the first Snowball back in 2005. What seemed like a niche at the time has since become a cultural touchstone, positioning the company well to be embraced first by podcasters and then Twitch streamers. Blue’s USB mics aren’t the highest quality one can purchase for these pu...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Yeti, Blue, Blue Microphones, Yeti X

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Emissions-free cement, a women-only spacewalk, Soviet-era train stations, a very rare diamond and more from around the web Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings …
Tags: Travel, Apps, Space, Music, Science, Design, News, Internet, Trains, Russia, Environment, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Cities, Diamonds

Here’s why you might want to wait a few weeks to buy a Pixel 4

While we expect the Pixel 4 to be Google's best phone yet, it may be prudent to wait a few weeks for early problems and pricing to be ironed out.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Trends, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Google Pixel 2019 event, Google Pixel 4

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