Technology archive for 2016-06-14

Rhapsody rebrands itself as Napster, the service it acquired in 2011 (Ben Popper/The Verge)

(3 years ago)
Ben Popper / The Verge:Rhapsody rebrands itself as Napster, the service it acquired in 2011  —  Rhapsody is part of the old guard of music streaming services, launched way back in 2001 as Listen.com.  It never got the traction of it's rival Spotify, and is now competing against titans like Apple and Google as well.

Rhapsody Rebrands Itself As Napster

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes: After completing its purchase of Napster in December 2011, Rhapsody has decided to rebrand itself as Napster. Rhapsody made the announcement on their blog, which states: "No changes to your playlists, favorites, albums, and artists. Same music. Same service. Same price. 100% the music you love. Stay tuned!" That's it. The company didn't elaborate as to why they decided to change their name now. Napster has made a name for itself as being a brand synonymous with illegal music downloads. It'll be interesting to what kind of effect, if any, this has on Rhapsody. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Texas Traffic Signs Hacked With Anti-Trump and Anti-Hillary Messages

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes: Someone is hacking the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) electronic message boards and displaying anti-Trump and anti-Hillary messages. For example, one message read "DONALD TRUMP IS A ... SHAPE SHIFTING LIZARD!" while the other read "HILLARY FOR PRISON." The hacker appears to be a supporter of Bernie Sanders, displaying "BERNIE FOR PRESIDENT" on the message boards. One of the messages read "FREE BARRETT BROWN," an imprisoned U.S. journalist and alleged unofficial spokesperson for Anonymous. Not all the messages have been political, however. In reference to an incident in which Zookeepers shot and killed a rare gorilla after a 3-year-old boy fell into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, a message read "GORILLA DESERVED IT." The reports mention the defacing occurred a couple of weeks ago. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Investors' new book prescribes data to thrive as a start-up

(3 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Most entrepreneurs know data can transform an organization, but few fully understand how to tap into it to give them an edge, according to a new book called "Winning With Data."

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi says testing its own digital currency

(3 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ confirmed on Tuesday it is conducting experiments on a digital currency utilizing the technology behind the virtual currency bitcoin.

Midea to publish takeover offer for German robot maker Kuka on Thursday: sources

(3 years ago)
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China's Midea Group Co Ltd is preparing to publish its previously announced takeover bid for German factory robot maker Kuka on Thursday, two people familiar with the plans told Reuters on Tuesday.

Tribune Media launches auction of digital, data business: sources

(3 years ago)
(Reuters) - Tribune Media Co, one of the largest U.S. TV station operators, has launched an auction to divest its digital and data business in a sale it hopes will fetch at least $800 million, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Seattle, cloudy with a chance of technology upgrades

(3 years ago)
SEATTLE (Reuters) - For Seattle, home to cloud technology powerhouses Amazon Inc and Microsoft Corp , the process of upgrading the city's data systems is moving more at glacial dial-up speed than lightning-fast broadband.

Hackers sought to steal over $3 billion through wire-transfer fraud: FBI

(3 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hackers have sought to steal more than $3 billion from businesses in a pernicious, fast-growing type of scam in which criminals impersonate company executives in emails ordering large wire transfers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned on Tuesday.

Telegram Bug Allows Attackers To Crash Devices, Jack Up Phone Bills

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have uncovered a vulnerability in Telegram, a popular instant messaging client with over 100M active monthly active users, that attackers could exploit to crash unsuspecting users' devices and jack up their mobile phone bills. To prevent malicious users from abusing the app, Telegram limits text messages to a specific range of characters -- each message must consist of at least one character, and it may not exceed 4,096 characters. But according to Iranian security researchers Sadegh Ahmadzadegan and Omid Ghaffarinia, those limitations can easily be circumvented. The two researchers note in a blog post that a programming error allows a sender to successfully transmit a message with arbitrary length to a receiver. That large file can, in turn, cause the phone to crash or stop working due to a lack of memory. It can also eat up a user's monthly data allotment if they are connected to their mobile network and not Wi-Fi.Telegram is yet to acknowledge the vulnerability, let alone provide a fix for it. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

U.S. court backs landmark Obama internet equal-access rules

(3 years ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court upheld the Obama administration's landmark rules barring internet service providers from obstructing or slowing down consumer access to web content on Tuesday, dealing a blow to big cable and mobile phone companies.

Russians steal research on Trump in hack of U.S. Democratic Party

(3 years ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers believed to be working for the Russian government broke into the Democratic National Committee's computer network, spied on internal communications and accessed research on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the committee and security experts said on Tuesday.

U.S. court backs landmark Obama internet equal-access rules

(3 years ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court upheld the Obama administration's landmark rules barring internet service providers from obstructing or slowing down consumer access to web content on Tuesday, dealing a blow to big cable and mobile phone companies.

Facebook Adds SMS Support To Messenger

(3 years ago)
Facebook Messenger already lets you send texts to your friends and other billion people on the social network, and also make voice calls and video calls. The social juggernaut is now also introducing support for SMS messages. The move comes a day after Apple introduced several new features to its Message app. Facebook Messenger used to have SMS functionality, but it was pulled in 2013 citing low usage. The feature is currently only available on Messenger for Android. TechCrunch reports: Users on any platform can receive SMS sent through Messenger, and they won't be able to tell it wasn't sent from a standard texting app. But since Apple doesn't provide as much flexibility for developers, iOS provides no option to change your SMS client, and there are no plans to bring this Facebook feature to the iPhone.In some other news, Facebook's move to retire messaging feature from its mobile website has irked Ubuntu Phone users. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Twitter now lets you retweet your own tweets (T.C. Sottek/The Verge)

(3 years ago)
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:Twitter now lets you retweet your own tweets  —  Congratulations, you!  If you're a Twitter user, you can now retweet your own tweets.  Which means you can write a tweet, send a tweet to your audience, and then lay in wait for the perfect moment to send that same tweet to your audience again — say, 10 years from now.

AMC Threatens Copyright Lawsuit Over Walking Dead Spoiler

(3 years ago)
AMC has threatened the people behind The Spoiling Dead community with a lawsuit, asking them to not reveal who gets killed in the last episode of The Walking Dead's ongoing series. The Spoiling Dead community, which has over 350,000 followers on Facebook, obtains all the latest information about the hit show -- some of which are not public, and discusses it within their community. "After two years, AMC finally reached out to us! But it wasn't a request not to post any info about the Lucille Victim or any type of friendly attempt at compromise, it was a cease and desist and a threat of a lawsuit by AMC Holdings, LLC's attorney, Dennis Wilson. They say we can't make any type of prediction about the Lucille Victim," Spoiling Dead team wrote. TorrentFreak reports: AMC's claim that any spoilers will amount to copyright infringement are somewhat eyebrow raising but according to the company this ground has been covered before. "The release of plot summaries and particularly the types of crucial plot elements that you have stated you intend to release, have been found to constitute copyright infringement. Specifically, in Twin Peaks Productions vs. Publications International, the Court ruled that publishing a work that 'recount[s] for its readers precisely the plot details' of a fictional work constitutes copyright infringement."[..]

iOS 10 and tvOS ReplayKit API now allows live streaming from apps for gameplay and screencast videos (Jordan Kahn/9to5Mac)

(3 years ago)
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:iOS 10 and tvOS ReplayKit API now allows live streaming from apps for gameplay and screencast videos  —  Apple introduced ReplayKit with iOS 9, allowing apps to offer users the ability to record and share gameplay or screencast videos directly from within the app.

Around 40% of iPads in use will not be supported by iOS 10, according to Localytics, whereas all but the first-gen iPad supported iOS 9 (Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNet)

(3 years ago)
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:Around 40% of iPads in use will not be supported by iOS 10, according to Localytics, whereas all but the first-gen iPad supported iOS 9  —  iPad sales have been declining for over two years, but iOS 10 could finally be the catalyst needed to trigger an wave of upgrades.  Or it could push the iPad into irrelevance.

Adios Apt and Yum? Ubuntu's Snap Apps Are Coming To Distros Everywhere

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: Ubuntu's "snappy" new way of packaging applications is no longer exclusive to Ubuntu. Canonical today is announcing that snapd, the tool that allows snap packages to be installed on Ubuntu, has been ported to other Linux distributions including Debian, Arch, Fedora, and Gentoo among others. To install snap packages on non-Ubuntu distributions, Linux desktop and server users will have to first install the newly cross-platform snapd. This daemon verifies the integrity of snap packages, confines them into their own restricted space, and acts as a launcher. Instructions for creating snaps and installing snapd on a variety of distributions are available at this website. Snaps can exist on the same system as either deb or RPM packages. Snaps aren't the only new package manager for Linux distributions that aims to simplify installation of applications. There's also AppImage and OrbitalApps. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ubuntu's container-style Snap app packages now work on other Linux distributions (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Ubuntu's container-style Snap app packages now work on other Linux distributions  —  Docker's container-style approach to distributing and running apps on any platform has been a big boost to helping patch up some of the fragmentation in the world of Linux.  Now, a new package format hopes …

OnePlus 3 Featuring 5.5-inch FHD Display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB RAM Launched at $400

(3 years ago)
Chinese startup OnePlus is only three years old, but you will be surprised with just how much importance and traction it receives from the Android community. Its well-built, high-end Android smartphones are priced fairly aggressively, allowing it to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC, and LG among others in the cut-throat smartphone market. The company today unveiled its third flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 3. Priced at $399 (for the unlocked version), the OnePlus 3 sports a 5.5-inch AMOLED display (the company is reluctant on moving to QHD display, insisting that higher resolution will unnecessarily drain the battery faster). It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS, an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter, a fingerprint scanner, and 64GB of built-in storage. The dual-SIM capable smartphone houses a 3,000mAh battery, which the company says can go from 0 to 60 percent in just 30 minutes. In its review (the media received the device a week ahead of the launch), CNET finds the OnePlus 3 to be an "excellent performer", and its nearly stock Android operating system a refreshing change. The publication concludes that at $400 price point, OnePlus 3 is a great purchase. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook adds SMS support back to Facebook Messenger for Android after pulling it in 2012; SMS support is not currently planned for Messenger on iOS (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Facebook adds SMS support back to Facebook Messenger for Android after pulling it in 2012; SMS support is not currently planned for Messenger on iOS  —  Surround and conquer is Facebook's new strategy for getting people to switch from SMS to Messenger.  You can now read and send old-school text messages …

Facebook rolls out new suicide prevention tools, including faster message flagging for moderators, self-help guides, more (Mike Isaac/New York Times)

(3 years ago)
Mike Isaac / New York Times:Facebook rolls out new suicide prevention tools, including faster message flagging for moderators, self-help guides, more  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — When Carrie Simmons opened her Facebook app one day in late 2014, she saw a status update from a high school friend she had not seen in years that alarmed her.

Developer Accuses Apple Of Stealing His Breathe App

(3 years ago)
On Monday at its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple announced a new app called Breathe as one of the new headline features for watchOS 3, the latest version of its operating system for Apple Watch. The health-centric app reminds users to take a moment and breathe. But was it company's own idea? App developer Ben Erez is accusing Apple of stealing features from his app. What's worse, he adds that the company even used the same name for its app. Erez tells BGR India in a statement: We've had the same concept, same spelling, same functionality in the App store for phone and watch for over a year. We built the app because the existing mindfulness apps were insufficient in that they all focus on intense sessions of 5-20 minutes, once per day. We wanted a mindfulness experience that was felt throughout the day in smaller bits. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How Siri works in iOS 10 for third-party apps: Rich integration with six kinds of apps including ride booking, photo search, payments, VoIP, and workouts (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)

(3 years ago)
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:How Siri works in iOS 10 for third-party apps: Rich integration with six kinds of apps including ride booking, photo search, payments, VoIP, and workouts  —  Siri unlocks a new dimension of functionality in iOS 10, allowing third-party apps to integrate inline into the Siri voice assistant experience.

Instagram Ads Now Include Mobile Banners

(3 years ago)
More ads are coming to Instagram. The Facebook-owned photo and video sharing network has begun rolling out a feature that links ads to profile pages. When someone clicks on a profile, for instance, they will see a banner at the bottom, reports AdWeek. The banner prompts the user to either visit a website or download an app. From the report: According to an Instagram rep, so-called "profile taps" will be included in click reporting for advertisers and are rolling out internationally.In a statement, Instagram said, "We found that Instagrammers were routinely tapping on a company's name from a direct response ad to learn more. Now when that happens, the call-to-action button from that same ad extends to the company's profile page to make it easier for people to discover a business they care about." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Nokia announces its IoT platform, Impact, to manage all aspects of IoT services including data collection, analytics, device management (Peter Sayer/PCWorld)

(3 years ago)
Peter Sayer / PCWorld:Nokia announces its IoT platform, Impact, to manage all aspects of IoT services including data collection, analytics, device management  —  Nokia is pulling together all its connected-device technologies under one umbrella  —  Nokia hopes it will have a hit on its hands with Impact …

Russian Government Hackers Penetrated DNC, Stole Opposition Research On Donald Trump

(3 years ago)
Russian government hackers penetrated Democratic National Committee's database and stole research on Donald Trump (could be paywalled; alternate source), according to a report on Washington Post. DNC officials and security experts say the hackers were able to read all e-mail and chats in the DNC system. Some of the hackers had been in the DNC system for a year, the report adds. They were expelled from the computer system this past weekend. Russian spies also targeted the computers of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and several GOP political action committees. From the report: The intrusions are an example of Russia's interest in the U.S. political system and its desire to understand the policies, strengths and weaknesses of a potential future president -- much as American spies gather similar information on foreign candidates and leaders. The depth of the penetration reflects the skill and determination of the United States' top cyber adversary as Russia goes after strategic targets, from the White House and State Department to political campaign organizations. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sources: Russian government hackers had access to computer network of the Democratic National Convention for about a year, stole opposition research on Trump (Ellen Nakashima/Washington Post)

(3 years ago)
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:Sources: Russian government hackers had access to computer network of the Democratic National Convention for about a year, stole opposition research on Trump  —  Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database …

Google unveils Springboard, a search and recommendation tool for Google Apps, and redesigns Sites (Jordan Novet/VentureBeat)

(3 years ago)
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:Google unveils Springboard, a search and recommendation tool for Google Apps, and redesigns Sites  —  At its Atmosphere enterprise-focused event in Tokyo today, Google is showing off a redesign of its Google Sites service for creating and posting sites you share with colleagues …

Tom Wheeler Defeats the Broadband Industry: Net Neutrality Wins In Court

(3 years ago)
Andrew M Harris and Todd Shields, reporting for Bloomberg: The Federal Communications Commission won a major appeals court ruling supporting its efforts to prevent broadband Internet service providers from favoring some types of web traffic over others. The Washington-based court Tuesday denied challenges to the federal government's so-called net neutrality regulations, which were backed by President Barack Obama. The ruling hands a victory to those who champion the notion of an open internet where service providers are prevented from offering speedier lanes to content providers willing to pay for them. It's a defeat for challengers including AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp., which said the rule would discourage innovation and investment.FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, "Today's ruling is a victory for consumers and innovators who deserve unfettered access to the entire web, and it ensures the Internet remains a platform for unparalleled innovation, free expression and economic growth. After a decade of debate and legal battles, today's ruling affirms the Commission's ability to enforce the strongest possible internet protections -- both on fixed and mobile networks -- that will ensure the internet remains open, now and in the future." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Alienware Launches Laptop With QHD OLED Display After 20 Years of Business

(3 years ago)
MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: Dell's Alienware 13 gaming notebook has been popular among gamers and power users that want a little more horsepower in a relatively light 4.5 pound 13-inch machine. However, over the past couple of years, Alienware hasn't changed-up the design much -- until today that is. [In celebration of its 20th anniversary], the company is officially making the OLED display equipped Alienware 13 available today, which they debuted back in January at CES. Initial testing and review impressions show that, as expected, the OLED display sure is gorgeous. The OLED display of the Alienware 13 is also representative of a full revamp (except for the skins), including a 6th generation Intel Skylake Core series processor and an NVMe Solid State Drive. The real kicker, however, is that Alienware's 13.3-inch QHD (2560X1440) OLED display offers great saturation and contrast with an extremely crisp 1ms pixel response time that delivers beautiful image quality, whether working in content creation, or in fast-moving action while gaming. Viewing angles with the display are also superior to high-end IPS panels including Dell's own XPS 15 with its near bezel-less Infinity Edge panel. At E3 2016, AMD announced the Radeon RX 470 and RX 460, which will join the RX 480 in the company's Polaris family.[..]

Repurposing Drugs To Tackle Cancer

(3 years ago)
sackvillian writes: Many Slashdotters are aware of the infamous thalidomide birth defect crisis. What might come as a surprise is the incredible success that thalidomide and some analogs have recently found as treatments for cancer, ulcers, lupus, and more. In fact, thanks in part to their success, there's a growing research movement that's attempting to treat cancer with other existing drugs that are commonly used for totally unrelated conditions. Drugs as common as aspirin, which is in the early stages of a clinical trial that will involve over 10,000 cancer patients, are being used. As described in the article written by The Guardian, at least one major international collaboration has taken this approach: The Repurposing Drugs in Oncology (ReDO) project. However, as most of the drugs are long since off-patent, researchers are having to be creative in obtaining funding for their work. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a public database for clinical data on cancer that aims to help researchers and doctors better tailor new treatments to individuals. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Assange: Wikileaks Will Publish 'Enough Evidence' To Indict Hillary Clinton

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes from a report via RT: Julian Assange says Wikileaks will have "a very big year" as it will publish enough new information about Hillary Clinton to indict her. In an ITV interview about the Democratic presidential candidate, Assange said, "We have emails relating to Hillary Clinton which are pending publication." As it stands, about 32,000 emails from Clinton's private server have been leaked by Wikileaks. Assange has yet to comment on how many new emails will be released or when they will be published. While he thinks there will be enough to indict Clinton, he doesn't think it will happen under Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He does think "the FBI can push for concessions from the new Clinton government in exchange for its lack of indictment." Specifically, Assange revealed the leaked emails show that she overrode the Pentagon's reluctance to overthrow sovereign Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and that "they predicted the post-war outcome would be what it is, which is ISIS taking over the country." Clinton's email controversy came to light in 2013 after a hacker named Guccifer breached her personal server. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple Introduces New File System AFPS With Tons Of 'Solid' Features

(3 years ago)
On the sidelines of its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple also quietly unveiled a new file system dubbed APFS (Apple File System). Here's how the company describes it: HFS+ and its predecessor HFS are more than 30 years old. These file systems were developed in an era of floppy disks and spinning hard drives, where file sizes were calculated in kilobytes or megabytes. Today, solid-state drives store millions of files, accounting for gigabytes or terabytes of data. There is now also a greater importance placed on keeping sensitive information secure and safe from prying eyes. A new file system is needed to meet the current needs of Apple products, and support new technologies for decades to come.Ars Technica dived into the documentation to find that APFS comes with a range of "solid" features including support for 64-bit inode numbering, and improved granularity of object time-stamping. "APFS supports nanosecond time stamp granularity rather than the 1-second time stamp granularity in HFS+." It also supports copy-on-write metadata scheme which aims to ensure that file system commits and writes to the file system journal stay in sync even if "something happens during the write -- like if the system loses power." The new file system offers an improvement over Apple's previous full-disk encryption File Vault application. It also features Snapshots (that lets you throw off a read-only instant of a file system at any given point in time), and Clones. According to the[..]

Razer Announces Open Source VR HDK2 Headset, And $5 Million Developer Fund

(3 years ago)
Razer has announced its second Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset. Dubbed HDK2, the new headset from the gaming-hardware company is priced at $400. As for the specifications, the HDK2 offers dual OLED display of screen resolution 2,160x1,200 pixels while retaining the 90hz low-latency refresh rate. The original HDK will continue to be available for purchase at $300. On the sidelines, the company announced a $5 million to studios working in this space. AnandTech reports: OSVR has an open framework so it will be able to work with a variety of controllers, and as more control mechanisms become available, it should be able to support them. The HDK system supports several content technologies, including SteamVR, and they plan to announce more content soon. On that note, OSVR is also announcing a $5 million developer fund. Their goal is to ensure unrestricted access of VR content on all hardware. If you are a VR content developer, you can apply to this fund. If approved by the fund, and OSVR support is added to the content, Razer, or other future contributors, will purchase game codes in bulk to help compensate developers for their integration time, and the fund will also assist with marketing and promotional support.Also at E3, Sony announced that its $399 PlayStation VR wil be available to purchase in the U.S. from October 13.[..]

Net neutrality and Title II win in court, as ISPs lose case against FCC (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

(3 years ago)
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:Net neutrality and Title II win in court, as ISPs lose case against FCC  —  Appeals court decision upholds FCC's net neutrality order.  —  The broadband industry has lost its lawsuit attempting to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules and the related reclassification …

Seattle, cloudy with a chance of technology upgrades

(3 years ago)
SEATTLE (Reuters) - For Seattle, home to cloud technology powerhouses Amazon Inc and Microsoft Corp , the process of upgrading the city's data systems is moving more at glacial dial-up speed than lightning-fast broadband.
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