These prosthetics designers harness AI to assist India’s amputees

“With amputations being reported on a daily basis, India’s vast rural hinterland is comparable to a warzone,” says Abhit Kumar, who makes practical, affordable prosthetic devices designed to get amputees back into the workforce. More than two thirds of India’s 1.3 billion inhabitants live in low-income rural areas, where accidents resulting in loss of limbs frequently occur from using unsafe agricultural machinery, working on rail and road construction, or as a result of snakebites. According to...
Tags: Startups, India, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication, Abhit Kumar

Would Social Media Have Made Life Worse For Richard Jewell?

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Clint Eastwood's new movie Richard Jewell recounts the incredible tale of the security guard. Jewell was later [erroneously] considered a suspect after being hailed by the media for saving many from injury or death by discovering a backpack containing three pipe bombs in Atlanta's Centennial Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics and helping to evacuate the area before the bomb exploded. Despite never being charged, he was subjected to an intense "trial by ...
Tags: Washington Post, Tech, Atlanta, Cnn, Fbi, Clint Eastwood, Slashdot, Jewell, Janet Reno, Centennial Park, Schuster, Richard Jewell, Henry Schuster

Never Wait for Vaporware

Never, ever, ever wait around for a vaporware lens to materialize. Make sure the camera you want has the lenses you need for your work available now—right now—such that you can buy what you need immediately and replace it easily if it's lost or stolen. Waiting and hoping for future products is a fool's errand. - When I got into photography in a serious way in 1980, Contax, the brand of camera I'd chosen after careful thought, offered large, heavy, expensive, fast ƒ/1.4 glass in the 35mm modera...
Tags: Apple, Photography, Sony, Nikon, Archives, Kyocera, Canon, Lenses, Sigma, Tamron, Photo Equipment, From The Archives, Zeiss, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston

Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show

Snapchat’s most popular yet under-exploited feature is finally getting the spotlight in 2020. Starting in February with a global release, your customizable Bitmoji avatar will become the star of a full-motion cartoon series called Bitmoji TV. It’s a massive evolution for Bitmoji beyond the chat stickers and comic strip-style Stories where they were being squandered to date. Creating original in-house shows for its Discover section that can’t be copied could help Snapchat differentiate from the p...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Australia, Tech, Snapchat, Netflix, Espn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Serena Williams, Snapchat Discover

YouTube Goes To War With Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency (slashdot)

Google has decided to remove hundreds of bitcoin and cryptocurrency videos from YouTube in what's being called a "crypto-purge" -- leaving many who make bitcoin and cryptocurrency-related videos feeling unfairly targeted by the search giant. A YouTube spokesperson said the video-sharing platform has since reinstated the purged videos, however some content creators claim their deleted videos remain inaccessible. Forbes reports: The YouTube crypto-purge appears to only be targeting smaller channel...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Youtube, Cnbc, Forbes, Dunn, Chris Dunn, Twitter YouTube, BeauHD, Mati Greenspan, Cointelegraph, Quantum Economics

Marking 10 Years of Publishing Daily

Today is a special day for me. On December 28, 2009, I started posting here daily. I had dabbled with writing a blog for a few years but lacked a grand strategy or goal at the start. So today marks ten years of writing here daily. At the time, I decided to write every day, there were a few people who kept that practice, one being Seth Godin, who is now a friend, and a mentor with unmatched creative energy. The other was my friend, Chris Brogan, who still uses his blog to create a community. I wa...
Tags: Google, Tibet, Writing, Sales, Cher, Decade, Chris Brogan, Seth Godin, Tom, Tom Peters, Lhasa Tibet, Jeffery Gitomer

FSF-Approved Hyperbola GNU/Linux Forking OpenBSD, Citing 'User Freedom' Concerns

Long-time Slashdot reader twocows writes: Hyperbola GNU/Linux, a FSF-approved distribution of GNU/Linux, has declared their intent to fork OpenBSD and become HyperbolaBSD..." The news came earlier this week in a roadmap announcement promising "a completely new OS derived from several BSD implementations" (though Hyperbola was originally based on Arch snapshots and Debian development). "This was not an easy decision to make, but we wish to use our time and resources to create a viable alterna...
Tags: Tech, GPL, Slashdot, FSF, BSD, GNU Linux, Hyperbola GNU Linux, Hyperbola, HDCP Linux, KSPP, Grsec

Apple Pulled a Page From McDonald's Playbook in 2019 (gizmodo)

By almost every account, Apple has had an incredibly strong 2019. Thanks to the refreshed AirPods and the new AirPods Pro, Apple earbuds accounted for somewhere between $4 and $6 billion in sales. Meanwhile, the iPhone XR was the best-selling phone every quarter this year. However, despite all this success, none of…Read more... [Author: Sam Rutherford]
Tags: Apple, News, McDonald, Sam Rutherford, AirPods Pro Apple

In 1994 A 12-Year-Old Programmed a Videogame. It Turned Up on Twitch Monday

Prorammer Rick Brewster has worked at both Microsoft and Facebook. But this Christmas on Twitter he shared the story of his long-lost videogame creation "that somehow -- like some kind of lost, drunken cat -- finally found its way home on Christmas Eve." An anonymous reader quotes Kotaku: Rick Brewster is a programmer and the author of Paint.NET, a free replacement for Microsoft Paint that's expanded to have features similar to image creation programs like Photoshop and GIMP. In 1994, at the a...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Ibm, Brewster, Kotaku, Rick Brewster, Prorammer Rick Brewster

A ton of Ruckus Wireless routers are vulnerable to hackers

A security researcher has found several vulnerabilities in a number of Ruckus Wireless routers, which the networking giant has since patched. Gal Zror told TechCrunch that the vulnerabilities he found lie inside in the web user interface software that runs on the company’s Unleashed line of routers. The flaws can be exploited without needing a router’s password, and can be used to take complete control of affected routers from over the internet. Routers act as a gateway between a home or office ...
Tags: Security, Hardware, Congress, Germany, Tech, Spokesperson, Vulnerability, Router, Computing, Cyberwarfare, Computer Security, Chaos Communication Congress, Internet Traffic, Gal Zror, Zror, Aharon Etengoff

UK Government Accidentally Doxxes Award Winners

More than 1,000 celebrities, government employees and politicians recognized in the U.K.'s traditional New Year's Honours list this year "have had their home and work addresses posted on a government website," reports the Guradian. Shimbo (Slashdot reader #100,005) quotes their report: The accidental disclosure of the tranche of personal details is likely to be considered a significant security breach, particularly as senior police and Ministry of Defence staff were among those whose addresses...
Tags: UK, England, Tech, Ministry Of Defence, Elton John, Simon Stevens, Iain Duncan Smith, Ben Stokes, Nadiya Hussain, Big Brother Watch, Alison Saunders, Diana Johnson

Spotify Becomes Latest Tech Company To Hit Pause On Political Ads

Starting early 2020, the company says it will no longer sell paid political advertisements for its streaming service. The move follows similar decisions by Twitter and Google.(Image credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images)
Tags: Google, News, Lionel Bonaventure AFP

Spotify Becomes Latest Tech Company To Hit On Pause Political Ads

Starting early 2020, the company says it will no longer sell paid political advertisements for its streaming service. The move follows similar decisions by Twitter and Google.(Image credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images)
Tags: Google, News, Lionel Bonaventure AFP

Poke Pro - Kindle app doesn't allow page swipe

Hi guys, Suddenly, out of the blue... the Kindle app on my Poke Pro started to behave strangely. I cannot turn pages by swiping the screen anymore. I tried to reinstall the app but nothing changes...I have the latest version of course. Any ideas what is going on? (ps: tried to install the app from both the Onyx app market and Google's app market).
Tags: Google, Books, Onyx Boox

Los Angeles Is Considering Make Uber and Lyft Go All-Electric

"The Financial Times is reporting that Los Angeles may now force Uber and Lyft to use electric cars," reports Electrek: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, "We have the power to regulate car share. We can mandate and are looking closely at mandating that any of those vehicles in the future be electric...." Mayor Garcetti's concept to require rideshare services to use EVs has not yet moved beyond the idea phase. But the Los Angeles city council is considering how to exert more control over r...
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Tech, Eric Garcetti, Financial Times, Garcetti, Public Utilities Commission, All Electric

2020 will be a big year for online childcare — here are 7 startups to watch

Over the weekend, media and digital brand holding company IAC announced that it had agreed to buy, which describes itself as “the world’s largest online family care platform,” in a deal valued at about $500 million. Despite being the best-known marketplace in the United States for finding child and senior caregivers, has spent the past nine months dealing with the fallout from a Wall Street Journal investigative article that detailed potentially dangerous gaps in its vetting pr...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Families, Children, Child Care, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Childcare, United States, Alexis Ohanian, IAC, Wall Street Journal, Bernie Sanders, National Academy of Sciences, Wonderschool Kinside

Couple Reports 'Intruder' To 911. It Turns Out To Be Their Roomba Vacuum Cleaner

An anonymous reader quotes CNN: A North Carolina couple was watching a movie in their bedroom when they suddenly heard loud noises coming from downstairs. Worried that it was an intruder, the two called 911. The couple waited for police to arrive, hoping their 2-year-old daughter sleeping in her room wouldn't get up to check on the noise, said Thomas Milam, the husband, in his Facebook post shared to Forsyth County Sheriff's Office's page... Minutes after they called 911, police entered the h...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Cnn, North Carolina, Milam, Forsyth County Sheriff s Office, Thomas Milam

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Witcher’ shows off big muscles and bigger monsters

It’s easy to see “The Witcher” as Netflix’s answer to “Game of Thrones,” thanks to its impressive special effects and its big movie star lead (Henry Cavill, previously best known as Superman in the recent DC films) — not to mention its willingness to put blood, guts and naked female bodies on-screen. But in other ways, “The Witcher” feels like a throwback to an earlier generation of fantasy TV, and to shows like “Xena: Warrior Princess.” While longer storylines weave their way through the eig...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Superman, Tech, Netflix, Henry Cavill, George R R Martin, Witcher, Cavill, Rivia, Original Content Podcast

Bill Gates Gives Reddit User An 81-Pound 'Secret Santa' Gift

"A Michigan woman got the Secret Santa gift of a lifetime this Christmas -- an 81-pound package from Bill Gates," reports CNN: The gifts included an original manuscript of "The Great Gatsby," signed by Gates; books; toys for her cat and Harry Potter and "Twin Peaks" memorabilia, according to her post on It arrived in a box lit up inside by Christmas lights... "It's well documented that Bill Gates has been participating for years, but I never, ever thought he would be my Secr...
Tags: Tech, Cnn, Bill Gates, Reddit, Harry Potter, Michigan, Gates, Fedex, Secret Santa, Pound Secret Santa Gift, Secret Santa Shelby

Stack Exchange Apologizes, Offers 'Possible Reinstatement' To Moderator Removed Over Pronouns Policy

In October the Register reported that 20 Stack Exchange moderators had distanced themselves from the geeky Q&A site to protest policy changes and the removal of moderator Monica Cellio "over alleged violations of as-yet unpublished Code of Conduct changes." Cellio just posted an update to the GoFundMe page where she'd raised $25,314 for legal action -- a new announcement from Stack Overflow: Stack Overflow and Monica Cellio have come to an agreement. We believe that Ms. Cellio was not acting ...
Tags: Tech, Stack Exchange, Monica Cellio, Ms Cellio, Cellio, GoFundMe Cellio

All the high-tech, powerful vehicles TechCrunch reviewed in 2019

TechCrunch occasionally reviews cars. Why? Vehicles are some of the most complex, technical consumer electronics available. It’s always been that way. Vehicles, especially those available for the consumer, are the culmination of bleeding-edge advancements in computing, manufacturing, and material sciences. And some can go fast — zoom zoom. Over the past 12 months, we’ve looked at a handful of vehicles from ultra-luxury to the revival of classic muscle cars. It’s been a fun year full of road trip...
Tags: New York City, Cars, Tech, Engineer, Automotive, Ford, Computing, Michigan, Manufacturing, Las Vegas, Bmw, La Auto Show, Mclaren, Abu Dhabi, Audi, Driver

The 10 most thrilling queer pop culture moments of the last 10 years

As we enter into the roaring ’20s, Queerty is looking back on the last 10 years of culture in our “Decade of Decadence” series. We’ve seen an explosion in queer representation in film and TV, music, politics, and on social media. We’ve grown more aware of intersectionality, gender identity, and sexual fluidity and we’ve seen major social and political advancements across the globe. It’s been wild, wonderful decade, and we can hardly wait to see what the next one has in store. The 2010s was trul...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Gabrielle Union, Entertainment, Wales, Obama, Rihanna, Steve Jobs, New York City, Lifestyle, NFL, America, Nike, Tom Hanks, South Africa, Justin Bieber

Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency Project Has Failed in its Current Form, says Swiss President

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters' reports on some more bad news for the Geneva-based Libra Association: Facebook's Libra project has failed in its current form and needs reworking to be approved, said the president of Switzerland where the cryptocurrency is seeking regulatory consent. "I don't think (Libra has a chance in its current form), because central banks will not accept the basket of currencies underpinning it," Ueli Maurer, who is Switzerland's finance minister and outgoing president...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Switzerland, Geneva, Libra, Reuters, SRF, Ueli Maurer, Libra Association

Stocks Are on the Verge of the Best Year Since 1997

The world is enmeshed in a trade war. The president has been impeached. The tech industry is under attack from regulators worldwide.But this year investors said: So what?The stock market is closing in on its best year in two decades. With only two days of trading to go, the S&P 500 could fare better than it has since 1997. Stock prices have been buoyed by a mere whiff of optimism that the economy -- despite occasional hiccups and dire prognostications by so-called experts -- will keep chugging a...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, News, Microsoft, Congress, White House, China, United States, New York Times, Federal Reserve, Donald Trump, Fed, Christopher, Apple Microsoft, Major U S, Lip

5 expectant bike tech trends to expect in 2020

Welcome to Riding Nerdy, TNW’s fortnightly dive into bicycle-based tech, where we go into too much detail and geek out on all things related to pedal-powered gadgets. The new year is here, while we might only just be done with saying goodbye to 2019 and the last decade, there’s an exciting year ahead. Join Riding Nerdy this week, where we look forward with our top 5 predictions for bike tech in the coming year. 1. Ebikes…. ebikes everywhere! The past year has been great in terms of uptake, but e...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Plugged

Debian Project Votes 'Systemd But We Support Exploring Alternatives'

DevNull127 writes: The Debian Project has announced the results of its vote on how much to support non-systemd init systems. The eight options voted on included "Focus on systemd" and "Support for multiple init systems is required" (as well as milder choices like "Support for multiple init systems is Important" and "Support non-systemd systems, without blocking progress.") The winning option? "Systemd but we support exploring alternatives." Here's the position for the Debian project describe...
Tags: Tech, Debian

New renders suggest Google’s upcoming Pixel 4a will have a punch-hole display

A new leak offers a possible first look at Google's next mid-range smartphone, the Pixel 4a. The renders reveal a punch-hole display and a familiar overall design.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Google Pixel 4, Google Pixel 4a

The smartphone tracking industry has been rumbled. When will we act? | John Naughton

Shadowy firms collect detailed data on where we go and who we meet through our apps. Yet where is the protest that would fuel change?When the history of our time comes to be written, one of the things that will puzzle historians (assuming any have survived the climate cataclysm) is why we allowed ourselves to sleepwalk into dystopia. Ever since 9/11, it’s been clear that western democracies had embarked on a programme of comprehensive monitoring of their citizenry, usually with erratic and inade...
Tags: Apps, Technology, Internet, Snowden, World news, Smartphones, Surveillance, Mobile Phones, Edward Snowden, Civil liberties - international, Internet Safety, UK civil liberties, Bruce Schneier, John Naughton, Shoshana Zuboff

Spotify Joins Twitter in Suspending Political Ads in 2020

An anonymous reader quotes USA Today: Spotify announced Friday that it will suspend political advertising on its platform next year, making it the latest in a series of tech and social media platforms to publicly address how it will handle content targeting voters. The music streaming company said that its decision was made because it does not yet have the means to screen political advertising content. "At this point in time, we do not yet have the necessary level of robustness in our process...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Spotify, Tech, Usa Today

10 M&A deals that transformed industries and defined the decade

The decade started off cold, but the 2010s produced some of the frothiest years for mergers and acquisitions in history.  Business Insider spoke with M&A bankers, lawyers, and academics to determine 10 of the most significant deals of the decade.  While some of the largest deals of the 2010s appear on this list, this is not a list of the largest deals of the 2010s — we considered and included deals of all sizes and from a variety of industries.  Visit BI Prime for more stories With the econom...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Hbo, Usa, Instagram, Time Warner, Senate, White House, Disney, US, America, Trends, Walmart, Bloomberg

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