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Are Decentralized Renewable Microgrids 'The Power Plant of the Future'?

Long-time Slashdot reader joemite shared Wired's report about a small town of Basalt Vista, Colorado, where homeowners like Katela Escobar are testing highly scaleable "advanced power grid technologies that could turn every home into an appendage of a decentralized power plant." Basalt Vista is designed to be an all-electric community that produces as much power as it uses. Each home comes outfitted with an electric vehicle charger in the garage, a large battery pack in the basement, and a roof...
Tags: Tech, Escobar, Basalt Vista Colorado, Katela Escobar, Basalt Vista


Researchers suggest method to unlock iPhone with Face ID while wearing face mask

The process involves setting up an alternate appearance in Face ID
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Face Id, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Google's AR Easter Bunny Can Still Visit This Holiday Weekend, Even if You're Stuck Inside

With large portions of the country under shelter-in-place orders due to the coronavirus outbreak, I’m betting Easter plans for most folks look a lot different now than they did back in the bygone era of March. Seemingly with this in mind, Google rolled out several holiday-themed Easter eggs, per tradition, including…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Augmented Reality, Easter


NASA Satellite Data Show 30% Drop In Air Pollution Over Northeast America

Long-time Slashdot reader lkcl quotes NASA: Over the past several weeks, NASA satellite measurements have revealed significant reductions in air pollution over the major metropolitan areas of the Northeast United States. Similar reductions have been observed in other regions of the world.... March 2020 shows the lowest monthly atmospheric nitrogen dioxide levels of any March during the OMI data record, which spans 2005 to the present. In fact, the data indicate that the nitrogen dioxide level...
Tags: Boston, Tech, Nasa, Washington Dc, Omi, Northeast United States, NASA Satellite Data Show, Northeast America


A List of All Streaming Services Offering Free Content and Extended Trials (mac rumors)

Multiple streaming services are offering free content options right now, providing a wealth of free-to-watch TV shows and movies on a temporary basis. Below, we've rounded up all of the watch-free deals that we've found so far, and this is a great list to check out if you need something to do this weekend. Apple TV+ Many people who have purchased a new Apple product lately already have a complimentary one-year subscription to Apple TV+, but for those that don't, Apple is offering several A...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hbo, News, Samsung, Bbc, Netflix, United States, Ifc, Cbs, Lg, Hulu, Amazon Fire TV, Pbs Kids, Morty, Rick


iPadOS bug CC drops share link to iBooks

I have been using CC since Apple broke the link to Calibre. I just signed up for a subscription today. I hope the premium version would not have this bug, but it does. The bug: I successfully downloaded 3 EPUBS from Calibre I selected the read option which pops up the apps action list to move the file to an app on the iPad. I selected iBooks and the file moved. The next book with the same action brought the action list of apps and iBooks was no longer there as an app to send the book to. After ...
Tags: Apple, Books, Calibre Companion, Epubs


America Now Has Most COVID-19 Deaths in the World -- 20% of All Fatalities

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: U.S. deaths due to the coronavirus surpassed 20,000 on Saturday, the highest reported number in the world, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs the pandemic might be nearing a peak. Italy has the second most reported deaths at 19,468 and Spain is in third place with 16,353. The United States has five times the population of Italy and nearly seven times the population of Spain. The United States has seen its highest death tolls to date in th...
Tags: America, Tech, Spain, United States, Italy, Reuters, Jason Kottke, Imperial College, Kottke


Can the FBI Be Trusted with the Surveillance of Americans?

Slashdot reader Matt.Battey writes: While everyone was at home, hunkered down watching Tiger King, and avoiding COVID-19, America's Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released an update to his December, 2019 report. The findings weren't reassuring... Over at Bloomberg, they go so far as to say "The FBI Can't Be Trusted With the Surveillance of Americans." From the national security blog Lawfare: Horowitz's team has reviewed 29 FISA applications involving surveillance of U.S...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Fbi, HOROWITZ, Michael Horowitz, Matt Battey, America s Justice Department


Mozilla Installs Scheduled Telemetry Task On Windows With Firefox 75

Ghacks writes: Observant Firefox users on Windows who have updated the web browser to Firefox 75 may have noticed that the upgrade brought along with it a new scheduled tasks. The scheduled task is also added if Firefox 75 is installed on a Windows device. The task's name is Firefox Default Browser Agent and it is set to run once per day... Mozilla says: "We're collecting information related to the system's current and previous default browser setting, as well as the operating system locale...
Tags: Firefox, Tech, Mozilla, Slashdot, Bleeping Computer, Privacy Security, Ghacks, Firefox Default Browser Agent


IPC between plugin and interface

Hi! I need to do a Google login for my plugin. Reading the documentation, I see that I need to launch that in a separate process. However I don't have a way to communicate back information to my plugin (mainly access and refresh tokens). I took a look at how other core plugins do it and it seems to use the IPC utils, but only some predefined messages are handled and it is currently not possible to register an handle for new message types. Is there any way I could make that work? Thanks!
Tags: Google, Books, Development, IPC


Startups Weekly: Where social startups will get funding in the future

[Editor’s note: Want to get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that startups can use by email? Subscribe here.]  While consumer tech has matured as a startup category in recent years, many investors continue to be bullish on specific trends like online gaming, voice, and the unbundling of platforms in favor of focused social networks. That’s the key takeaway from a survey that Josh Constine and Arman Tabatabai did this week with 16 of the most active investors in key social product catego...
Tags: Startups, TC, Utah, UK, Congress, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Squad, Silicon Valley, Voice, Alex, PPP, Edtech, Fintech, SoFi


Former RadioShack CEO Became an Emergency Room Doctor, Now Fights COVID-19

RadioShack's former CEO tells Canada's National Post newspaper the surprising story of what happened after he left the company in 2004: When it came, rather than being crestfallen, he felt liberated, and free to pursue an "itch" that he had always felt the need to scratch. So he applied to medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario... "I don't miss being a CEO one bit," Levy says. "I enjoyed it immensely, when I was doing it. But do I enjoy what I am doing now? The answer is, imm...
Tags: Tech, Canada, Levy, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario, RadioShack, Emergency Department, Canada s National Post, Brian Levy, Brampton Civic Hospital, Toronto Brampton Civic


Man Says He's Fallen in Love With an AI Chatbot

"Quarantine amid coronavirus could boost the nascent practice of seeking romance and friendship from artificial intelligence," writes the Wall Street Journal. Long-time Slashdot reader Strudelkugel quotes their report: Relationships were once built face to face. Now dating happens online. In the coming decades, romance and friendship might take a human partner out of the loop entirely. Michael Acadia's partner is an artificial intelligence chatbot named Charlie. Almost every morning at dawn fo...
Tags: Tech, Charlie, Acadia, Strudelkugel, Michael Acadia, Charlie Almost, Mr Acadia


American Appeals Court Allows Facebook Privacy Lawsuit to Proceed

Long-time Slashdot reader robbyyy writes: Facebook has been accused of violating its users rights by tracking users internet activity even after they have logged out of the platform. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said that users could now pursue them under various privacy and wiretapping laws. Facebook is still dealing with the legal ramifications of the Cambridge Analytica scandal both in Australia and around the world. "Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged that Faceboo...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, San Francisco, Tech, Slashdot, 9th U S Circuit Court of Appeals, Cambridge Analytica


A Coronavirus Vaccine 'May Be Six Months Away'

The New York Post reports that a COVID-19 vaccine "may be six months away, according to a researcher leading a team of scientists in England." "I think there's a high chance that it will work based on other things that we have done with this type of vaccine," Sarah Gilbert, a professor of virology at Oxford told The Times of London. "It's not just a hunch and as every week goes by we have more data to look at. I would go for 80 percent, that's my personal view." Gilbert added that if they can ...
Tags: New York Post, England, Australia, Africa, Israel, America, Tech, Netherlands, Oxford, Sarah Gilbert, Gilbert, BCG, The Times of London, Times of London, U K UPI


How to connect a mouse to your iPad

With iPadOS 13, you can use a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad with an on-screen cursor -- here's how to get set up.
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Mobile, Trends, How-to, iPadOS


This Week in Apps: COVID-19 contact tracing apps, virtual dating on the rise, Quibi makes a debut

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 is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 20...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Apps, California, Cdc, France, Stanford, Germany, Tech, Eu, Bloomberg, Santa Clara, App Annie, San Mateo


China’s next plan to dominate international tech standards

Emily de La Bruyère Contributor Share on Twitter Emily de La Bruyère is co-founder of Horizon Advisory, a strategy consultancy focused on documenting the military, economic, and technological implications of China’s approach to global competition. Nathan Picarsic Contributor Nathan Picarsic is co-founder of Horizon Advisory, a strategy consultancy focused on documenting the military, ...
Tags: Google, Column, Asia, Spacex, Opinion, Government, China, Germany, New York City, Tech, Fbi, Policy, Beijing, Canada, Nepal, United Kingdom


A brief history of the alarm clock

On some occasions, we all feel like throwing our alarm clocks across the room. The alarm clocks are… The post A brief history of the alarm clock appeared first on Gadget Advisor.
Tags: Gadgets, Alarm Clock, Alarm, Moshi IVR Alarm Clock


Code for iOS 14 reveals feature for trying apps without needing to install

The Clips API will allow iPhone owners to preview apps
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Mobile, News, Trends, Clips, Ios 14


Study With Jazz Improv Musicians Sheds Light On the Source of Creativity In the Brain

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Technology Networks: According to a popular view, creativity is a product of the brain's right hemisphere -- innovative people are considered "right-brain thinkers" while "left-brain thinkers" are thought to be analytical and logical. Neuroscientists who are skeptical of this idea have argued that there is not enough evidence to support this idea and an ability as complex as human creativity must draw on vast swaths of both hemispheres. A new brain-imagin...
Tags: Tech, Drexel University s Creativity Research Lab


You Can Get Two Months of Stadia Pro For Free Right Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has many of us spending a lot more time at home, and many companies offering options for things to do while you’re there.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gaming, Lifehacks, Stadia, Google Stadia


Apple Maps to Directly Display COVID-19 Testing Locations

Apple Maps will soon directly display COVID-19 testing locations alongside information specific to the site. Apple today launched an online portal for healthcare providers, labs, or other businesses, to register as COVID-19 testing locations. The ‌Apple Maps‌ team will then review the application, and upon approval the location will appear in ‌Apple Maps‌. Although the process is similar to the ‌Apple Maps‌ Connect portal normally used by businesses to add information to ‌Apple Maps‌, this ne...
Tags: Apple, Google, Apple Maps, COVID-19 Coronavirus


Saturday's Best Deals: Borderlands 3, Adidas Shoes, Lenovo ThinkPads, and More

A dash cam, a sale of Avengers comics, Lenovo ThinkPad sales, Borderlands 3 for $20, and more lead the way for Saturday’s best deals.Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Lifehacks, Lenovo, Borderlands


Mac Shipments Estimated to Be Down Over 20% While Demand Surges in Q1 2020

Apple's Mac shipments are estimated to have been down over 20 percent in the first quarter of 2020, according to new data shared by Canalys this week. The shuttering of businesses and factories around the world has caused "severe delay in production and logistical issues", leading to a worldwide PC shipment fall of eight percent year on year. Top vendor rankings remained stable, with Lenovo continuing to lead the PC market with 12.8 million units shipped. HP came second with 11.7 million unit...
Tags: Apple, China, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Lenovo HP Dell, Canalys, Ishan Dutt


Decrypted: Zoom’s security fallout, Crowdstrike’s new CTO, Bugcrowd raises $30M

Another week in quarantine. As the world adjusts to working from home under mandatory stay-at-home orders, hackers are keeping busy. Microsoft that coronavirus-related attacks are on the rise but still make up just a fraction of the overall malicious activity. Cybersecurity companies seem to be faring mostly well — in part thanks to the uptick of attacks, but also the challenges of securing the workforce as hundreds of millions work from home. But as coronavirus dominates the headlines, the wh...
Tags: Google, Security, Spacex, Microsoft, Congress, Germany, Samsung, Tech, Taiwan, Encryption, United States, Iceland, Signal, Operating Systems, U S Senate, Extra Crunch


Code for iOS 14 reveals feature for trying apps without needing to install them

The Clips API will allow iPhone owners to preview apps
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Mobile, News, Trends, Clips, Ios 14


TIOBE Suddenly Ranks 'Scratch' as the 20th Most Popular Programming Language

Python knocked C++ out of the top 3 on TIOBE's index of the most popular programming languages this month, while C# rose into the #5 position, overtaking Visual Basic. But the biggest surprise was when last month's #26 most popular programming language suddenly jumped six spots into the #20 position, writes the CEO of TIOBE Software. "At first sight this might seem a bit strange for a programming language that is designed to teach children how to program." But if you take into account that ther...
Tags: Google, Tech, Php, Intel, Java, Cartoon Network, LEGO Foundation, Jaxenter


Canalys finds PC demand surged in Q1, but shipments lagged due to supply issues

As workers moved from office to home and students moved to being educated online, demand for new PCs surged in Q1, but Canalys found that shipments actually dropped 8% in spite of this, due to COVID-19 related supply chain problems. The 8% drop was the worst since 2016 when shipments dropped 12%, according to the firm. Companies were looking to get new machines into the hands of employees who normally worked on desktop machines in the office, while parents were buying machines for children sudde...
Tags: Apple, TC, Hardware, China, Tech, Hp, Intel, Companies, Pcs, Dell, Lenovo, Notebooks, Canalys, Doshi, Rushabh Doshi


Lenovo's ThinkPad Series is on Sale, so Get Your Productivity On

ThinkPad E15 | $540 | Lenovo | Use code THINKAPRILRead more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Lenovo



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