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America Wants to Build Nuclear Power Plants on the Moon and Mars

"The U.S. wants to build nuclear power plants that will work on the moon and Mars, and on Friday put out a request for ideas from the private sector on how to do that," reports Time magazine: The U.S. Department of Energy put out the formal request to build what it calls a fission surface power system that could allow humans to live for long periods in harsh space environments. The Idaho National Laboratory, a nuclear research facility in eastern Idaho, the Energy Department and NASA will eval...
Tags: Time, Tech, Nasa, Idaho, Mars, U S Department of Energy, Energy Department, Idaho National Laboratory, America Wants to Build Nuclear Power Plants, Federal government the Energy Department


Instagram Promises It's Not Snooping on iOS Users' Cameras, Says It’s a Bug

Apple’s iOS 14 beta has proven surprisingly handy at sussing out what apps are snooping on your phone’s data. It ratted out LinkedIn, Reddit, and TikTok for secretly copying clipboard content earlier this month, and now Instagram’s in hot water after several users reported that their camera’s “in use” indicator stays…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Science, Instagram, Privacy, Reddit, Privacy And Security, Ios 14, Instagram Why


Judge Urged To Release Documents About Google's Cellphone Tracking

Eight weeks ago Arizona's attorney general sued Google for allegedly deceiving users about when location data would be collected from their phones, tracking them without their clear consent. . Now an Arizona congressman and more than two dozen researchers from institutions including Yale, MIT, and Cornell are urging a judge to publicly release the documents collected during that investigation: The documents at issue relate directly to debates going on in Washington, Republican U.S. Rep. Andy...
Tags: Google, Washington, Office, Tech, Arizona, Cornell, Thomason, Biggs, Yale MIT, Maricopa County Superior Court, Andy Biggs, Beau Roysden, Roysden


iOS 14 camera indicator turns on when browsing Instagram; bug fix on the way

A spokesperson said that no content is being recorded
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Ios 14, Breaking Twitter


Historic Moon Landing Footage Enhanced By AI, and the Results Are Incredible

"A photo and film restoration specialist, who goes by the name of DutchSteamMachine, has worked some AI magic to enhance original Apollo film, creating strikingly clear and vivid video clips and images," reports Universe Today: Take a look at this enhanced footage from an Apollo 16 lunar rover traverse with Charlie Duke and John Young, where the footage that was originally shot with 12 frames per second (FPS) has been increased to 60 FPS... And I was blown away by the crisp view of the Moon's su...
Tags: Tech, Peter Jackson, Neil Armstrong, Slashdot, John Young, Dain, Charlie Duke, Hadley Rille, DutchSteamMachine


Is Work Easier For 'Digital Nomads'?

A digital nomad describes what no one ever warns you about after selling everything and then travelling to Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand "before doing the Working Holiday Visa thing in Australia and New Zealand." It was the greatest solo travel adventure of my life and I loved it. That said, I've had some time to reflect on my experience and there are some things I wish I'd known before diving in headfirst... [I]n reality, you're working just as hard, only from a different place. Y...
Tags: Australia, Tech, Thailand, New Zealand, Slashdot, Singapore Malaysia Vietnam


The 3-in-1 Supercord charging cable is a safe, simple and efficient power solution

It’s easy to want to section up the world into Android people and iOS people. Android people stick to their Samsungs and their Google Assistants and their freedom of choice while iOS people stick with their iPhones, Siris, and elite standards and never the two groups shall mix. Of course, the reality is that few of us are entirely bound by brand loyalty. You may have an iPhone and a Galaxy Tab. Or you might have a secret Chrome app trojan horsed over Safari. Or maybe you’re an Android person ...
Tags: Apple, Post, News, Shop, Siris, Google Assistants, Supercord


SpaceX's Starlink Satellites Accused of 'Photo-Bombing' Shots of Comet Neowise

"Comet Neowise has been the brightest and most visible space snowball in a generation, but it's also the first naked-eye comet to visit us in the new era of satellite mega-constellations like SpaceX's Starlink," writes CNET. "In just the latest episode of Starlink 'trains' irritating astronomers, a number of images have been circulating of the satellites photo-bombing Comet Neowise glamour shots..." Live Science explains: Visible just above the horizon right now, the comet appears faint and s...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Cnet, StarLink


Google offers to replace Nest thermostats that have internet connection issues

The problem affects the devices' remote management capabilities
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Nest, Smart Home, Nest Thermostat, Breaking Twitter


Do Drones Help Democratize Surveillance?

A University of San Diego (USD) professor has just published The Good Drone: How Social Movements Democratize Surveillance. He tells a local newspaper that drones (as well as other aerial technologies like balloons, satellites, and even kites) actually help effect social change. "That was my litmus test," Choi-Fitzpatrick continues. "Can I, or other people like me, use this technology for good? The thing that ties them all together is that they're all affordable and deployable by the public wit...
Tags: Tech, University of San Diego USD, Choi Fitzpatrick


Apple's App Store will be at the center of a historic antitrust hearing next week — and the tech giant is weaponizing every tool it has to defend it (AAPL)

Apple CEO Tim Cook will testify alongside CEOs from Google, Amazon, and Facebook in an upcoming antitrust hearing next week. The App Store, a critical part of Apple's burgeoning services business, is expected to be at the heart of regulators' concerns when it comes to the iPhone maker. Apple has come under scrutiny for its policy of taking up to a 30% cut from App Store transactions, which some developers have said makes it difficult to compete with Apple. The biggest question is whether any a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spotify, Cook, Congress, Trends, Tim Cook, App Store, Munster, Davidson, Google Amazon, RBC Capital Markets, Robert Muller, Gene Munster, Wedbush Securities


Bill Gates Has a Message For Conspiracy Theorists

In an interview with CNN, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates responded to his prominence in anti-vaccine conspiracy theories that have spread online: CNN: There are 16,000 Facebook posts espousing conspiracy theories about you and the virus... They're liked or commented on 900,000 times. On YouTube the top 10 videos that spread lies about you had almost 5 million views. It's also pointed out that according to Zignal Labs, which is a media analysis company that tracks this, misinformation ab...
Tags: Facebook, Cbs News, Tech, Cnn, Bill Gates, Gates, Fauci, Zignal Labs


2020 Ford Ranger Lariat Review: A Middle of The Road Midsize Truck

2020 Ford Ranger In Our Opinion: The 2020 Ford Ranger seems like its a little late to the party. There is nothing wrong with that, per se, as long as the entrance is grand. As Ford was prepping the Ranger, GM, Honda, and Toyota got a head start in the reemerging midsize truck market. After driving the 2019 Ranger last year when it was all-new, and now driving it again in 2020, we don't see the grand entrance we might have expected from Ford, especially for a truck. The Ranger isn't bad b...
Tags: Apple, Colorado, Ford, Autos, Toyota, Denis, Denver, Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Bang Olufsen, Equipment Group, Denis Flierl, GM Honda, Test Drives, Ford Co, Ford Motor Company Original


'Meow' Attack Has Now Wiped Nearly 4,000 Databases

On Thursday long-time Slashdot reader PuceBaboon wrote: Ars Technica is reporting a new attack on unprotected databases which, to date, has deleted all content from over 1,000 ElasticSearch and MongoDB databases across the 'net, leaving the calling-card "meow" in its place. Most people are likely to find this a lot less amusing than a kitty video, so if you have a database instance on a cloud machine, now would be a good time to verify that it is password protected by something other than the de...
Tags: Hong Kong, Tech, Ars Technica, Vpn, Ufo, Slashdot, Bleeping Computer, Bob Diachenko, PuceBaboon


People Think CPR is More Effective Than It Really Is, Study Finds

Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shared this article from HealthDay: In earlier studies, patients have pegged CPR survival rates at between 19% and 75%. But the real rate of survival is about 12% for cardiac arrests that occur outside hospitals and between 24% and 40% for those that happen in the hospital, according to the report published online July 13 in the Emergency Medicine Journal. For the new study, Bandolin's team surveyed 500 emergency department patients and their companions. Fifty...
Tags: Tech, CPR, Slashdot, Emergency Medicine Journal, Bandolin


Startups Weekly: What education do you need to build a great tech company?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. The easy startup ideas have all been done — the ones that just required some homebrew hardware hacking or PHP dorm-room coding to get off the ground. These days, you might need multiple advanced technical degrees to accomplish something significant. At least that’s what Danny Crichton muses grimly this week, in an essay entitled “The two PhD problem of s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Youtube, Tech, Php, Nielsen, Alex, Edtech, Alex Wilhelm, SPAC, Danny, Natasha, Danny Crichton


The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing next week. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. Here's why each CEO has been asked to appear, the types of questions they will likely be aske...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos


"She was wearing a head piece made of Vantablack, the blackest black that anything could be."

"There was only one person who noticed and that was Stephen Colbert. On the back of my tuxedo jacket — which was sort of like an inverted priest jacket with the jacket being white and the collar being black — I had in big, black, gothic script, 'Novus ordo seclorum.'"Said Elon Musk, describing how he met Grimes, the mother of his newest baby. He's quoted in "Elon Musk, Blasting Off in Domestic Bliss/The billionaire space oddity on life with Grimes and Baby X, Trump, Tesla, tunnels, short shorts,...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fashion, Elon Musk, Law, Stephen Colbert, Larry Page, Conversation, Silicon Valley, Grimes, Monsters, Musk, Blackness, Marie Antoinette, Maureen Dowd, Roko


Is this Amazon review bullshit?

Rebecca Jones, of London, recently pulled up Amazon.co.uk to search for a phone adapter. She was reading through the reviews for one she was considering buying, when suddenly she started noticing mentions of what a great taco holder the product was. “The taco holder got great reviews, but there wasn’t much for my phone adapter,” said Jones by email. “You do sometimes see reviews for slightly different items appear on a listing, but this was definitely a new one for me.” Jones had likely stumbled...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, London, Tech, Jones, Rebecca Jones, Syndication


A quest to make technology emotionally intelligent – Interview with Rana el Kaliouby of Affectiva

Today’s interview is with Rana el Kaliouby, CEO of Affectiva, an emotion measurement technology company that grew out of MIT’s Media Lab. Affectiva has developed software […]
Tags: Business, Technology, Leadership, Interviews, Marketing, Customer Experience, Customer Service, Artificial Intelligence, Culture, Ethics, Innovation, Team, Ai, Facial Recognition, Data Privacy, Emotional Intelligence


Giant Waves of Sand Are Moving On Mars

"Researchers have spotted large waves of martian sand migrating for the first time," reports Science magazine. "The discovery dispels the long-held belief that these 'megaripples' haven't moved since they formed hundreds of thousands of years ago. They're also evidence of stronger-than-expected winds on the Red Planet." It's pretty staggering that humans can detect these changes on Mars, says Ralph Lorenz, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory who w...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Italy, Mars, Naples, Journal of Geophysical Research, Ralph Lorenz, Simone Silvestro, National Institute of Astrophysics, Mars Megaripples, Jim Zimbelman, Smithsonian Institution s Air, Megaripples


Congress is gearing up to grill the CEOs of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple in an antitrust hearing Wednesday — here's how to watch it

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, Apple's Tim Cook, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos — the leaders of tech's most powerful companies — will face questions from US lawmakers in an antitrust hearing on Wednesday. The House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee is investigating whether these firms have participated in anti-competitive business practices intended to stomp out smaller rivals and maintain their monopoly on the market. The hearing, titled "Online Platforms and Market Power, Part ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, John Lewis, Microsoft, Congress, Youtube, Washington, US, Trends, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai


State-of-the-Art Crypto Goes Post-Quantum (with Containerized TinySSH)

emil (Slashdot reader #695) writes: The advent of quantum computing poses a well-recognized threat to RSA and other well-known asymmetric cryptosystems. It has been four years since NIST opened the post-quantum cryptography competition, and we are seeing extensive delays compared to AES. A new and (hopefully) quantum-secure SSH key exchange, based on NTRU Prime, has been present in OpenSSH since January 2019, first implemented in TinySSH shortly before. This key exchange is marked by OpenSSH ...
Tags: Tech, NIST, AES, BusyBox, Crypto Goes Post Quantum, NTRU


iOS 14: How to Enhance Speech, Movies, and Music When Listening on AirPods and Beats

In iOS 14, Apple continues to build out its extensive accessibility features, and here we're going to show you how you can use the new Headphone Accommodations to amplify certain sounds if you're having difficulty hearing them. Headphones Accommodations works with Apple and Beats headphones, and is designed especially for those who are hard of hearing: It's able to amplify soft sounds and adjust frequencies to make music, movies, calls, and more sound crisper and clearer. Follow the steps be...
Tags: Apple, Accessibility, AirPods


Should you or shouldn’t you force quit iOS apps?

If you are force quitting apps on your iOS device, then stop. It does not help battery life or performance.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Apps, Trends, How-to, Force Quit


Garmin global outage caused by ransomware attack, sources say

An ongoing global outage at sport and fitness tech giant Garmin was caused by a ransomware attack, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the incident. The incident began late Wednesday and continued through the weekend, causing disruption to the company’s online services for millions of users, including Garmin Connect, which syncs user activity and data to the cloud and other devices. The attack also took down flyGarmin, its aviation navigation and route-planning service. Portions...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Treasury, Justice Department, Garmin, Malwarebytes, U S Treasury, Evil Corp, Dridex, Emsisoft, Callow, Maksim Yakubets, Brett Callow, WastedLocker Garmin, Later Dridex, WastedLocker


Congress is gearing up to grill the CEOs of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple in an antitrust hearing Wednesday — here's how to watch it

You can watch Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, and Sundar Pichai testify before Congress on July 29 at noon ET via live stream.
Tags: Apple, News, Congress, Sundar Pichai, Facebook Google Amazon, Jeff Bezos Mark Zuckerberg Tim Cook


This Week in Apps: Apple argues for commissions, ‘Find My’ NDA, Alexa to open apps

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch 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 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three 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 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuatio...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Washington Post, Steve Jobs, China, US, Siri, Tech, Developers


'For All Mankind' Season 2 Trailer Shared on IMDb, with No Official Release

A trailer for the second season of Apple Original series "For All Mankind" has today been shared on IMDb, but it has not yet been officially released by Apple. Visit this IMDb page to view the trailer for Season 2. Apple TV+ trailers and promotional videos are usually shared on the ‌Apple TV‌+ YouTube channel and via the ‌Apple TV‌+ newsroom, but the "For All Mankind" season two trailer has yet to appear on either. It is possible that the trailer has been prematurely uploaded to IMDb today ...
Tags: Apple, Nasa, Mankind, All Mankind, Jodi Balfour, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Apple TV Shows Apple


Is There a Sorting Algorithm Faster than Quicksort and Timsort?

When asked for the most efficient way to sort a million 32-bit integers in 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama answered, "I think the bubble sort would be the wrong way to go." But people are still searching for the best possible sorting algorithms, explains Slashdot reader scandum: Long has the conviction been held that quicksort is faster than merge sort. Timsort (derived from merge sort and insertion sort) was introduced in 2002 and while slower than quicksort for random data, Ti...
Tags: Barack Obama, Tech, Slashdot, Quadsort



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