Ask Slashdot: Is There A Laptop That Uses Rechargeable 18650 Cell Batteries?

"Present laptop dying, battery of course," writes long-time Slashdot reader ClarkMills. It uses proprietary pouch Lithium cells. Wouldn't it be great to just swap in a new set of 18650s? Okay, it may not be a thin laptop but it would save me from turfing a perfectly good laptop otherwise... The original submission drew some interesting comments -- including one from long-time Slashdot reader thegreatbob suggesting a used laptop might be the only option. "This seems to be due to the notion tha...
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Ugly fix preserves options for a classic steel library cart

I was presented recently with a 60-plus year-old library cart whose solid rubber wheels had flattened from sitting for years under load. You could force it to roll, but it went "Ka-lunk Ka-lunk Ka-lunk," which is an annoying sound in a library. My job was to make it roll quietly. It is a classic blue-painted steel cart with two bins and four wheels, two of which turn and two that donʻt. The rubber wheels still had the legible name of the manufacturer: The Colson Company of ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, Sustainability, Conservation, Recycling, Honolulu, Colson, Elyria, Colson Company of Elyria Ohio Turns

How do you teach a car that a snowman won’t walk across the road?

Picture yourself driving down a city street. You go around a curve, and suddenly see something in the middle of the road ahead. What should you do? Of course, the answer depends on what that ‘something’ is. A torn paper bag, a lost shoe, or a tumbleweed? You can drive right over it without a second thought, but you’ll definitely swerve around a pile of broken glass. You’ll probably stop for a dog standing in the road but move straight into a flock of pigeons, knowing that the birds will fly out ...
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Be careful you are not giving away your privacy with Christmas gifts this year| Tim Singleton Norton

Internet-connected devices are a tempting way to fill Christmas stockings, but our privacy is often traded away while we’re swept up in the funThis Christmas, you may be considering just how much your family would appreciate a cool new gadget – that latest internet-enabled watch for dad, a smart speaker for your grandmother’s kitchen, or an amazingly interactive talking doll for your niece.But what if you knew that these handy devices would record your conversations, expose you to malicious hack...
Tags: Google, Family, Technology, Children, Christmas, Parents and parenting, Amazon Alexa, Tim Singleton Norton

Microchip Pioneer Chuck Peddle, Lead Designer of the Historic 650x Microprocessors, Dies

Long-time Slashdot reader kackle writes: If you cut your teeth on 8-bit computers during their explosion into the mainstream beginning in the 1970s, you were likely aware of and/or influenced by the work of electrical engineer Charles "Chuck" Peddle, who died this week. The general public may not know his name today, but his efforts had a big impact on the cost and availability of computing to the average person at the beginning of the personal computer era. "More than any other person, Chuc...
Tags: Motorola, Chuck, Tech, Bbc, Atari, Slashdot, University of Maine, David Gray, Acorn Computers, Charles Chuck Peddle, Chuck Peddle Boasts It's 'Served' an Hour of Code To 910+ Million Students

theodp writes: The Hour of Code home page captured by the Internet Archive on Dec. 17th boasted that 835,581,513 students had been 'served' an Hour of Code. Three days later, however, the numbers had jumped to 910,905,104 served, presumably due to counter updates that were deferred during this year's event. "It has been a HUGE year -- and decade! -- for computer science education," tweeted tech-backed All over the world, more than 910 MILLION students have started an #HourOfCode since ...
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How I used app store optimization to get my game downloaded 2M times

A couple of years ago, I wanted to turn my theoretical app store optimization (ASO) knowledge into a working skill. So I decided to develop a mobile game. My goal was to validate the hypothesis that in the super-competitive mobile gaming market, you can launch a product that will grow into something large solely through organic traffic. Let me say right away that I validated this hypothesis: a mobile game we created over the weekend ended up amassing over 2 million downloads, and received over 3...
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'Cats' Director Rushes Visual Effects Update Into Theaters After Disastrous Opening

Though its poster promises "the most joyful event of the holiday season," the new movie Cats scored just 18% with professional critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and the $100 million adaptaton of the Broadway musical has so far earned just $6.5 million at the box office. Its director apparently doesn't want that to be the last word. "You've seen movies receive visual touch-ups in special edition re-releases, but Universal is trying something new: it's updating a movie while it's still in the middle o...
Tags: Hollywood, Tech, Tom Hooper, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Engadget, Hollywood Reporter

YouTube's Top Earner For 2019? An 8-Year-Old Who Made $26M (slashdot)

"An eight-year-old boy who reviews toys on YouTube has been named by Forbes as the platform's highest earner in 2019," reports CNN: Ryan Kaji, whose channel Ryan's World has 22.9 million subscribers, earned $26 million in 2019 -- up $4 million from his earnings in 2018, when he also gained the highest-earning YouTuber spot... Another child, Anastasia Radzinskaya, five, came in third place with earnings of $18 million. Radzinskaya, who was born in southern Russia and has cerebral palsy, appears ...
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Russia, Cnn, Forbes, Ryan, EditorDavid, Ryan Kaji, Anastasia Radzinskaya

Mysterious Green Liquid Oozing Onto Highway Identified

An anonymous reader quotes the Detroit Free Press: The mysterious, greenish-yellow liquid that ran onto a Michigan highway on Friday came from a closed electroplating business whose owner is serving a year in federal prison for operating an unlicensed hazardous waste storage facility... The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was called to investigate and determined the liquid likely was groundwater contaminated with hexavalent chromium, according to The Michigan Department of Environment, Gr...
Tags: Tech, Michigan, U S Environmental Protection Agency, Detroit Free Press, EGLE, Electro Plating Services

Could Spacecraft Catch the Solar Winds With 'Electric Sails'?

RockDoctor (Slashdot reader #15,477) writes: For over a century, the "solar sail" has been a concept in theoretical spaceflight, in science fiction, and in the last few years, actual spaceflight. Recently, the Breakthrough Starshot project has been prompting and funding a lot of work to optimise and explore the operational possibilities of flying spacecraft to nearby stars, and this has produced another (relatively) novel idea for efficient spacecraft propulsion — an electric sail. It is well...
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Police Charges Filed in African Heist Case Involving IPv4 Addresses

orange (Slashdot user #12,033) writes: In a series of articles, a security researcher along with an investigative journalist have laid bare shenanigans involving millions of dollars of scarce IPv4 address space. In the latest developments, it seems a police case has been opened in Mauritius, the island headquartering -- the IP address registry for the African region. Here's previous coverage at, with the Register giving its own take. Is this what we can expect ...
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Why the 2020 streaming wars will be won by robots

The streaming wars have been one of the media and entertainment industry’s hottest topics in 2019. Netflix, a pioneer turned powerhouse in the subscription video on demand (SVOD) world, has been preparing for increased competition from new video platforms, such as Apple TV+ and Disney+. Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hastings, has welcomed competitors saying it’s good for business because “competition grows the industry.” But the reality is that most people won’t subscribe to every single streaming service...
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Twitter Warns Millions of Android App Users to Update Immediately

If endlessly scrolling through Twitter on your phone is part of your daily ritual, you’re going to want to update the app as soon as you can if you’re an Android user. This week, Twitter confirmed a vulnerability in its Android app that could let hackers see your “nonpublic account information” and commandeer your…Read more...
Tags: Android, Twitter, Science, Privacy, Hacking, Privacy And Security, Twitter Apps, Twitter Warns Millions of Android App Users

Researcher Uses Focused Gallium Ions To Build A Microscopic Gingerbread House

"Travis Casagrande, a research associate at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy at Hamilton's McMaster University has created the smallest gingerbread house ever built," writes long-time Slashdot reader Mr.Fork, "even smaller than the one made in France last year by nanorobotics researchers at the Femto-ST Institute in BesanÃon." "Decking the halls is a whole lot harder when you're decorating something 10 times smaller than a human hair," reports the CBC: Casagrande's creation is a ho...
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Google acquires Typhoon Studios to bolster Stadia game development team

Google acquired independent developer Typhoon Studios, which will be integrated into Stadia Games and Entertainment.
Tags: Google, Gaming, News, Trends, Stadia, Typhoon Studios, Google Stadia, Google Stadia Games and Entertainment

Purchasing New Phone Case for New Smartphone

Christmas is right around the corner and a lot of people are getting new phones as their big item for Christmas. With phones costing in the thousands, sometimes we all forget to protect them. I’ve been guilty in the past and unfortunately, my iPhone was dropped and broken. Let me say, getting those phones are expensive and it wasn’t covered under Apple Care. There are so many places to get those protective cases, but they’re only good short-term. I’ve been guilty of grabbing worthless cases at...
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Tech News Site 'The INQUIRER' Is Shutting Down

Long-time Slashdot reader pvjr writes that "The Inquirer is giving up the ghost and going dark in March, 2020." An announcement on the site from the site's editor explains that the change is "due to a recent decline in digital advertising, along with a change of focus for the business..." "We came, we Inquired, we're off to the pub." The site will remain live until the end of March, but Thursday [was] the final day that we will be publishing new content... Before joining, I was a long-ti...
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Watch Matt Berninger Sing “The Long Words Song” For Apple TV+ Kids Show Helpsters

Matt Berninger, frontman of the National -- a favorite band of dads everywhere -- is embracing his dad energy by appearing in a segment of the Apple TV+ kids show Helpsters. Berninger lends a hand to a crew of monsters to sing a song about long words. "I like long words and I like to … More »
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JBL's Go 2 pocket bluetooth speaker is the perfect last-minute stocking stuffer

Though I keep buying the damned things, I've never liked any of the portable bluetooth (or airplay) speakers I've gotten: they're all too large, too daft, too boofy or too tinny, too fancy, too hinky. So when I was handed the JBL Go 2, my mind immediately turned to regifting it. I'm glad I didn't, though, because it's perfect. It's the right size, it's cheap, it works, it's waterproof, it can survive a drop, it doesn't look stupid, and it sounds good. That something with such basic and useful f...
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Many of Kubernetes 2,000 TODO Comments Appear to Be Forgotten

Kubernetes (originally designed by Google) is a prominent open-source container-orchestration system for cloud computing with over 4.3 million lines of Go source code. Over 700,000 lines of that code are comments. "We've been working on a project that surfaces TODO comments in a codebase to help developers do basic project management workflows within that codebase," reads a new essay on Medium. So what did the software learn from over 2,000 TODO comments on Kubernetes? Slashdot reader patrick...
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Copper Offers CRM with Full Functionality in G Suite

CRM software simply means customer relationship management. And any sized business can use them. Popular ones used by SMB’s include Salesforce Essentials and Keap — formerly Infusionsoft. Why use a CRM? A CRM collects info from existing customers or new leads. It places them into an easy interface. Fast access to your own notes on an account helps you retain clients. Because you appear organized and attentive. CRM promises it’ll give your human memory an irreplaceable crutch. Are CRMs Easy t...
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Which Pace of Change to Align To?

You’ve heard it before – the pace of change is accelerating. I can present all of the technology adoption charts, the fascinating nuggets of data that tell you how quickly different products or technologies were acquired by millions of customers. And so on and so on. You already know this. Change is real, and change ...
Tags: Technology, Change, Innovation, Adoption

China Could Be Turning On Its 'Artificial Sun' Fusion Reactor Soon

"China is about to start operation on its 'artificial sun' -- a nuclear fusion device that produces energy by replicating the reactions that take place at the center of the sun," writes Newsweek. schwit1 shared their report: If successful, the device could edge scientists closer to achieving the ultimate goal of nuclear fusion: near limitless, cheap clean energy. The device, called HL-2M Tokamak, is part of the nation's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak project, which has been...
Tags: China, Tech, Newsweek, Xinhua News Agency, China National Nuclear Corporation, Duan Xuru, Southwestern Institute of Physics, China Fusion Energy Conference

Google insiders have a weird reaction to executive changes, and FedEx's war with Amazon rages on (AMZN, GOOGL)

Hello!  Welcome to your weekly fix of Business Insider's Prime stories. I'm Cadie Thompson, Business Insider's deputy executive editor, and I'm helping fill in while Matt Turner is on paternity leave.  This will be our last newsletter for 2019, as we will be taking next Sunday off. With that in mind, we'd just like to say thank you for being a loyal Prime member and we can't wait to do 2020 with you.  Bracing for 2020 The year is coming to a close, which means it's time to start planning for ...
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Who will the winners be in the future of fintech?

Nik Milanovic Contributor Share on Twitter Nik Milanovic is a fintech and financial inclusion enthusiast, with a decade of work across mobile payments, online lending, credit and microfinance. More posts by this contributor Fintech’s next decade will look radically different Libra’s critics are missing the forest for the trees So what happens when fintech ‘brings it all together’? In a world whe...
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Fintech’s next decade will look radically different

The birth and growth of financial technology developed mostly over the last ten years. So as we look ahead, what does the next decade have in store? I believe we’re starting to see early signs: in the next ten years, fintech will become portable and ubiquitous as it moves to the background and centralizes into one place where our money is managed for us. When I started working in fintech in 2012, I had trouble tracking competitive search terms because no one knew what our sector was called. The ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, Facebook, Uber, Europe, UK, Instagram, Finance, Senate, Tech, Paypal, Venture Capital, Bank, Payments

40% of Anti-Vaccine Group's Funding Came From Wealthy 'Alternative Health' Vendor

An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post: The nation's oldest anti-vaccine advocacy group often emphasizes that it is supported primarily by small donations and concerned parents, describing its founder as the leader of a "national, grass roots movement." But over the past decade a single donor has contributed more than $2.9 million to the National Vaccine Information Center, accounting for about 40 percent of the organization's funding, according to the most recent available tax records....
Tags: Washington, Tech, United States, Joseph Mercola, Samoa, National Vaccine Information Center, Mercola, Anti Vaccine Group, Federal Trade Commission Mercola

China Roundup: Ant Financial’s new boss and Tencent’s army of new apps

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we are looking at what Ant Financial’s executive shakeup could give to Alibaba’s financial affiliate and why Tencent has gone on an app-launching spree. Return of the old boss This week, Ant Financial, the online financial services company, 33% of which is owned by Alibaba and controlled by Jack Ma, announced Hu ...
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Bloomberg Fined $7.6M For Re-Publishing Info From Fake Press Release

A fake press release posted at (mimicking led to a multi-million dollar fine -- for the news outlet that fell for it. AFP reports: France's financial markets watchdog on Monday (December 16) hit Bloomberg with a five million euro (S$7.6 million) fine for a report based on a fake news release that triggered a plunge in the shares of French construction giant Vinci and wiped billions off its market value... The financial markets watchdog AMF said Bloomberg distributed "inf...
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