Another Project Goes Private: Amara Stops Being Developed As Open Source

Slashdot reader northar writes: Subtitling project Amara closes its repository as focus is shifting... Amara was AGPL up until going private. While future improvements to the code base from the Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF) will not be public, a copy of the last public code base has been preserved at Gitlab, should anyone be interested in the work done up until now. Note that no support is given from PCF for this code From Amara's official statement on the move: The Participatory Cu...
Tags: Tech, Amara, Gitlab, PCF, Participatory Culture Foundation PCF, Participatory Culture Foundation

Red Hat and IBM Jointly File Another Amicus Brief In Google v. Oracle, Arguing APIs Are Not Copyrightable

Monday Red Hat and IBM jointly filed their own amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the "Google vs. Oracle" case, arguing that APIs cannot be copyrighted. "That simple, yet powerful principle has been a cornerstone of technological and economic growth for over sixty years. When published (as has been common industry practice for over three decades) or lawfully reverse engineered, they have spurred innovation through competition, increased productivity and economic efficiency, and connec...
Tags: Google, Tech, Ibm, Java, Oracle, Red Hat, U S Supreme Court, Federal Circuit

Facebook blames 'technical error' for Xi Jinping offensive name translation gaffe

Problem arises in translation of leader’s name from BurmeseTech giant ‘sincerely apologises for offence this has caused’ Facebook has blamed a technical error for Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name appearing as “Mr Shithole” in posts on its platform when translated into English from Burmese, apologising for any offence caused and saying the problem had been fixed. Related: 'Hong Kong is at a crossroads': inside prison with the student who took on Beijing Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, Technology, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, South and Central Asia, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar, Beijing Continue, BurmeseTech

Oven Spring Possible with a Miche?

Oven Spring Possible with a Miche? Submitted by DanAyo on January 18, 2020 - 5:40pm. I don’t remember ever seeing a miche that exhibited oven spring. When I think of a super large bread, I think wide, spread out, and low - with a fairly dense crumb. To get a consensus of a multitude of well baked miche, copy this text (without the quotation marks) “ miche” and then paste it into the Google browser’s address bar. Once the page pulls up, click on the tab called IM...
Tags: Google, Baking, DanAyo

Slate Announces List of The 30 Most Evil Tech Companies

An anonymous reader quotes Slate: Separating out the meaningful threats from the noise is hard. Is Facebook really the danger to democracy it looks like? Is Uber really worse than the system it replaced? Isn't Amazon's same-day delivery worth it? Which harms are real and which are hypothetical? Has the techlash gotten it right? And which of these companies is really the worst? Which ones might be, well, evil? We don't mean evil in the mustache-twirling, burn-the-world-from-a-secret-lair sense...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, Disney, America, Tech, Tesla, Netflix, Peter Thiel, Huawei, Oracle, Cory Doctorow

Microsoft's New Windows Terminal Preview Offers a Retro CRT Screen Effect

"The release of the Windows Terminal preview v0.8 has arrived!" announces a post on Microsoft's Command Line blog: Search functionality has been added to the Terminal! The default key binding to invoke the search dropdown is {"command": "find", "keys": ["ctrl+shift+f"]}. Feel free to customize this key binding in your profiles.json if you prefer different key presses! The dropdown allows you to search up and down through the buffer as well as with letter case matching. You can search through ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, CRT

Week in Review: Forget cord cutting, here comes the stream slashing

Hey everyone, welcome back to Week in Review where I dive deep into a bit of news from the week or just share some thoughts and go over some of the more interesting stories of the week . If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here , and follow my tweets here . The big story “Cord cutting” might still be a major trend for those walking away from cable subscriptions in favor of online streaming services, but the world of online subscription TV is near...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Verizon, Disney, Tech, Comcast, Week in Review, Api, Dublin, Hulu, Nbcu, Peacock, Chad Anderson, Darrell Etherington, Visa Visa

Need 2 Know Series – Purchasing an Enterprise ATS – Workflow

  Part 5: ATS Workflow This article will look at ATS workflow concerns, and we’re going to start with a little tightrope walk. When we surveyed TA leaders on “What problems do you want your new ATS to solve?” here’s what we got back: Recruiting and workflow inefficiency (37%). Recruiting and sourcing inefficiency (27%). Recruiting, […]
Tags: Technology, Featured, News, Recruiting, Branding, Greenhouse, ATS, Blog Posts, Applicant Tracking System, Talent Acquisition, William Tincup

Exploit Fully Breaks SHA-1, Lowers the Attack Bar

ThreatPost reported on some big research last week: A proof-of-concept attack has been pioneered that "fully and practically" breaks the Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1) code-signing encryption, used by legacy computers to sign the certificates that authenticate software downloads and prevent man-in-the-middle tampering. The exploit was developed by Gaëtan Leurent and Thomas Peyrin, academic researchers at Inria France and Nanyang Technological University/Temasek Laboratories in Singapore. The...
Tags: Singapore, Tech, Slashdot, SHA, Leurent, Thomas Peyrin, Inria France, Peyrin

Facial Recognition Database With 3 Billion Scraped Images 'Might End Privacy as We Know It'

One police detective bragged that photos "could be covertly taken with a telephoto lens" then input into Clearview AI's database of more than three billion scraped images to immediately identify suspects. Long-time Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes: For the past year, government transparency non-profits and Open the Government have been digging into how local police departments around the country use facial recognition. The New York Times reports on their latest discovery: That a Peter Thiel-back...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Peter Thiel, Times, ClearView, Facial Recognition Database With, Facebook Venmo

Johnson will defy US and allow use of Huawei, says top security adviser

Chinese firm poised to help build UK’s 5G phone network despite warnings about spyingBoris Johnson is likely to approve the use of Huawei technology in the UK’s new 5G network against the pleas of the US government, a former national security adviser has said.Sir Mark Lyall Grant, who was Theresa May’s national security adviser, said that the security services had repeatedly concluded over several years that they were able to mitigate any potential threats posed by the Chinese technology. Contin...
Tags: UK, Technology, China, US, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Huawei, Mark Lyall Grant

Big tech’s hypocritical wokeness might soon backfire

Not long ago, in our very same galaxy, the high-tech elite seemed somewhat like the Jedis of the modern era. Sure, they were making gobs of money, but they were also “changing the world” for the better. Even demonstrators against capitalism revered them; when Steve Jobs died in 2011, the protesters at Occupied Wall Street mourned his passing. Increasingly, Americans no longer regard our tech oligarchs as modern folk heroes; today companies including Google, Apple and Facebook are suffering huge ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hong Kong, California, Washington Post, Steve Jobs, Opinion, White House, China, Time, Elizabeth Warren, America, San Francisco, ExxonMobil

Kick off the decade of smart furniture with this butler-virtual assistant hybrid table!

What is this Dot table? Think the most perfect combination of Alfred the butler and Alexa in the form of a table. Yes, that is exactly what you get – a smart table that can do everything it possibly can without transforming into a robot! The Dot table by Egypt based furniture brand De.Ci has brought the future of smart furniture to 2020 with its multifunctional features and adaptable form.With the Dot, you won’t have to ask those you love to bring you your charger – this table not only has mul...
Tags: Home, Design, Living, Technology, Furniture, Egypt, Sony, Appliances, Interiors, Alexa, Product Design, De.Ci Furniture, Dot Table, De Ci

Tuxedo's New Manjaro Linux Laptops Will Include Massive Customization

Tuxedo Computers "has teamed up with Manjaro to tease not one, not two, but several" Linux laptops, Forbes reports: The Tuxedo Computers InfinityBook Pro 15...can be loaded with up to 64GB of RAM, a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, and as high as a 2TB Samsung EVO Plus NVMe drive. You can also purchase up to a 5-year warranty, and user-installed upgrades will not void the warranty... Manjaro Lead Project Developer Philip Müller also teased a forthcoming AMD Ryzen laptop [on Forbes' "Linux F...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Dell, Forbes, Intel Core, Tuxedo Computers, Forbes Linux, Manjaro Tuxedo Computers

Taiwan’s entrepreneurs move forward after tense presidential election

Last Saturday, Taiwanese voters re-elected President Tsai Ing-wen to her second term after an election that split the country among generational and ideological lines. A crucial issue were the differences in how Tsai, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and her main opponent, Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT), approach Taiwan’s fraught relationship with China. Despite the highly polarizing run-up to the election, however, both the DPP and KMT have taken measures to foster entrep...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, China, Tech, Taiwan, Policy, Kmt, Dpp, Tsai Ing wen, Tsai, Democratic Progressive Party DPP, Kuomintang KMT, Joseph Huang, Han Kuo yu, Infinity Ventures

Major Breakthrough In Quantum Computing Shows That MIP* = RE

Slashdot reader JoshuaZ writes: In a major breakthrough in quantum computing it was shown that MIP* equals RE. MIP* is the set of problems that can be efficiently demonstrated to a classical computer interacting with multiple quantum computers with any amount of shared entanglement between the quantum computers. RE is the set of problems which are recursive; this is essentially all problems which can be computed. This result comes through years of deep development of understanding interactive ...
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2020 Audi A5: This Hot Tamale Is Still Smokin’

The 2020 Audi A5 ushers in the second generation of the A5 model lineup.Two different engines are on offer, as well as Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive.Numerous tech and connectivity features decorate the inside of the new A5. When Audi first rolled out the A5, they were all over the place up here in Seattle. I put that down to three factors: 1 – Audis and their quattro system have always been popular in the Pacific Northwest; 2 – there’s lots of Microsoft money in the Pacific Northwest; and 3 ...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Autos, Seattle, Audi, Pacific Northwest, Alcantara, Audi Sport, TFSI, Bang Olufsen, Audi of America Inc, Sportback, MMI, Car News, Tony Borroz

Best folding phones of 2020: What’s available now and what’s coming soon

The year of the foldable smartphone has arrived with design innovations that deviate from the Great Glass Slab.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, Smartphone, Buying Guides, Foldable Smartphones, Foldable phone

Facebook apologises for Xi Jinping offensive name translation gaffe

Problem arises in translation of leader’s name from BurmeseTech giant ‘sincerely apologises for offence this has caused’ Facebook said on Saturday it was working to find out how Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name appeared as “Mr Shithole” in posts on its platform when translated into English from Burmese, apologising for any offence caused and saying the problem had been fixed. Related: 'Hong Kong is at a crossroads': inside prison with the student who took on Beijing Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, Technology, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, South and Central Asia, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar, Beijing Continue, BurmeseTech

Why Did Red Hat Drop Its Support for Docker's Runtime Engine?

"I've grown quite fond of the docker container runtime. It's easy to install and use, and many of the technologies I write about depend upon this software," writes TechRepublic/ contributor Jack Wallen. "But Red Hat has other plans." The company decided -- seemingly out of the blue -- to drop support for the docker runtime engine. In place of docker came Podman. When trying to ascertain why Red Hat split with Docker, nothing came clear. Sure, I could easily draw the conclusion that Re...
Tags: Tech, Ibm, Docker, Red Hat, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, IBM IBM, Podman, Jack Wallen But Red Hat

The 16 Coolest New Beauty Gadgets of 2020 Will Totally Alter Your Everyday Routine

Hey, we're all busy. So if there are tools that can make our daily lives a little easier, we're all in, especially when it comes to beauty. Whether you need a little help with skin care, applying makeup, or hairstyling, brands are inventing brilliant gadgets that can make your beauty routine a million times easier. This is the year your life is going to become simpler and more efficient. From a blow-drying brush to a pocket-size hair remover, these inventions will blow your mind. Check out thes...
Tags: Gadgets, Tech, Beauty, Hair, Skin Care, Beauty Products, Beauty Shopping, Best of 2020

Startups Weekly: Plaid’s $5.3B acquisition is a textbook Silicon Valley win

Hi everyone, my name is Eric Eldon and I’m the new writer of the Startups Weekly newsletter.  I’ll be picking my favorite explicitly startup-focused articles of the week for you from Extra Crunch (where I’m the editor now), as well as TechCrunch (where I was the co-editor years ago… long story).  Some people tell us that TechCrunch doesn’t cover startups like it used to. I don’t know if that is true, but it is definitely hard to keep track of our startup coverage mixed in with the rest of ou...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, New York, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, Brian, Oakland, UC Berkeley, Eaze, Sequoia, Jordan Crook, Justin Kan, Eric Eldon, Alex Wilhelm

Go the Extra Mile to Help Your Business Stand Out with These Expert Tips

There are so many different ways you can market your business, from blog posts to search marketing. But if you just do what every other business does, you’re not going to stand out. Creating a noteworthy and memorable experience for customers requires going the extra mile in some areas. Learn how to do that with these tips from members of the online small business community. Build a Binge Worthy Content Strategy These days, people binge everything from TV shows to podcasts. But are they havin...
Tags: Google, Sales, Content Marketing, Neil Patel, Matt Southern, Marketing Tips, Martin Zwilling, Rachel Strella, Nick Nelson, Emily Hogarth, Oliver Peterson, Rose Morris Focus, Peter Nyiri, Rob Ristagno

A Broken Computer System Is Costing F-35 Maintainers 45,000 Hours a Year

schwit1 shared this report from the defense news site Task & Purpose: The computer-based logistics system of the F-35 stealth fighter jet made by Lockheed Martin, which has been plagued by delays, will be replaced by another network made by the same company, a Pentagon official said on Tuesday. The Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) was designed to underpin the F-35 fleet's daily operations, ranging from mission planning and flight scheduling to repairs and scheduled maintenance, ...
Tags: Tech, Pentagon, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, GAO, Maintainers, Autonomic Logistics Information System ALIS

Original Content podcast: Netflix goes to the Oscars

When this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday, Netflix received 24 nominations — the most of any Hollywood studio. That’s thanks in large part to “The Irishman,” which received 10 nominations, and “Marriage Story,” which received six (both films were nominated for Best Picture). As a result, Darrell finally watched Martin Scorsese’s three-and-a-half hour gangster epic — and he wasn’t impressed by the results. He explains why on the latest episode of the Original Content pod...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Jordan, Academy Awards, Martin Scorsese, Darrell, Peacock, Original Content Podcast, Marriage Story

LaunchDarkly CEO Edith Harbaugh explains why her company raised another $54M

This week, LaunchDarkly announced that it has raised another $54 million. Led by Bessemer Venture Partners and backed by the company’s existing investors, it brings the company’s total funding up to $130 million. For the unfamiliar, LaunchDarkly builds a platform that allows companies to easily roll out new features to only certain customers, providing a dashboard for things like “canary launches” (pushing new stuff to a small group of users to make sure nothing breaks) or launching a feature...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Tech, Java, Oakland, Ruby, Github, LaunchDarkly, Atlassian, Bessemer Venture Partners, Tripit, Ethan Kurzweil, Recent Funding, Edith Harbaugh

Compound’s Mike Dempsey on virtual influencers and AI characters

In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in some use cases. Interactive characters — fictional, virtual personas capable of personalized interactions — are defining new territory in entertainment. In my guide to the concept of “virtual beings,” I outlined two categories of these characters: virtua...
Tags: TC, Instagram, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Natural Language Processing, Ex Machina, Virtual Assistant, Mike Dempsey, Michael Dempsey, Chatbots

Daniel Susskind: ‘Automation of jobs is one of the greatest questions of our time’

The Oxford economist talks about his new book on the challenges of a society with no traditional employmentDaniel Susskind is an economist and fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He has held policy roles in the Blair and Cameron governments. His new book, A World Without Work, explores how society should respond to the increasing automation of employment.This isn’t an unexplored topic, so why did you write this book? My view is that this is one of the greatest questions of our time. And in spite ...
Tags: Science, Technology, Society, Work & careers, Oxford, Computing, Cameron, Universal Basic Income, Blair, Daniel Susskind, Susskind, Balliol College Oxford, Artificial intelligence (AI

Microsoft Is Also Launching a New $1 Billion 'Climate Innovation Fund'

As part of Microsoft's effort to reduce more atmospheric carbon than it emits, the company has announced a $1 billion "Climate Innovation Fund," reports GeekWire: Microsoft said the new fund will leverage its balance sheet to loan money and take equity stakes in ventures to encourage the development of new environmental innovations. The money will be invested over the next four years. The company cited four criteria for investments, including sustainability initiatives, market impact, technologi...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Bill Gates, United Nations, Amy Hood, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

The last radio station

North of Silicon Valley, protected by the Point Reyes National Seashore , is the only operational ship-to-shore maritime radio station. Bearing the call sign KPH, the Point Reyes Station is the last of its kind. KPH is divided between two physical stations: one, knows as the voice, is responsible for transmitting; the other half of the station, known as the ears, was where human operators listened for incoming messages. The voice is located 11 miles north of Point Reyes in the small to...
Tags: TC, Congress, California, Washington, Tech, Silicon Valley, Richard, Baltimore, Pacific Ocean, Western Union, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, Reyes, Morse, Bolinas, Samuel Morse

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