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Actress Jennifer Lawrence contacts authorities after nude photos hacked

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(Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online, a spokeswoman said on Monday, part of a reported mass hacking of celebrities' intimate photos.

Swatch plans smartwatch with always-on touch screen and fitness tracking, coming next summer (Silke Koltrowitz/Reuters)

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Silke Koltrowitz / Reuters:Swatch plans smartwatch with always-on touch screen and fitness tracking, coming next summer  —  Swatch prefers go-it-alone route for smartwatch plans  —  (Reuters) - Swatch Group is happy to go it alone with a launch next year of watches with “smart” features to compete with so-called wearable gadgets …

NASA explains why you won't get a drone delivery anytime soon

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Delivery drones are great at exactly one job right now: generating buzz. However, NASA has told the New York Times that actual widget-shipping drones from Amazon or Google are still far in the future. And the space agency should know: it has taken on...

Frankfurt court bans Uber taxi services across Germany

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A regional German court has issued a temporary injunction against Uber, the U.S.-based online chauffeur service, saying its drivers lacked necessary commercial permits, potentially barring the company from operating in cities across Germany.

Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

(2 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes with news of a study that suggests an engraving in Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar was made by Neanderthals more than 39,000 years ago. Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing the first discovery of artwork by this extinct species. The discovery is "a major contribution to the redefinition of our perception of Neanderthal culture," said prehistorian William Rendu of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who was not involved in the work. "It is a new and even stronger evidence of the Neanderthal capacity for developing complex symbolic thought" and "abstract expression," abilities long believed exclusive to early modern humans. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

German court orders Uber to suspend services across the country (David Meyer/Gigaom)

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David Meyer / Gigaom:German court orders Uber to suspend services across the country  —  It's not the first ban Uber's faced in Germany, but it is the first country-wide ban and the stakes are much higher this time — up to €250,000 per infraction, plus possible jail time.  —  Uber is banned across Germany, at least for now.

BBC launches kid coding lessons as schools increase focus on computing

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This week marks a new chapter in how computing is taught in Britain's schools, with children as young as five learning how to code as part of the government's new national curriculum. With the help of hardware like the Raspberry Pi, schools are...

Uber banned across Germany by court

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A Frankfurt court tells car pick-up service Uber to stop taking passengers or face a fine because it lacks permits to operate in Germany.

Korean carrier upgrades eel farm, makes the Internet of (slimey) Things

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By definition, the Internet of Things (IoT) should connect with anything -- even writhing, kinda gross, but often delicious eels. SK Telecom's latest project is aimed at showcasing its IoT skills with a pilot connected eel farm that uses a network of...

Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

(5 hours ago)
mdsolar writes with news about further delays to Finland's Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor. "Areva-Siemens, the consortium building Finland's biggest nuclear reactor, said on Monday the start date of the much delayed project will be pushed back to late 2018 — almost a decade later than originally planned. Areva-Siemens blamed disagreements with its client Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) over the plant's automation system, the latest blow for a project that has been hit by repeated delays, soaring costs and disputes. "The delays are because the planning of the plant has taken needlessly long," Jouni Silvennoinen, TVO's project head, told Reuters on Monday. "We haven't examined the supplier's detailed schedules yet, but our preliminary view is that we could do better (than 2018)." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tox, a secure, P2P messaging system conceived on 4chan, aspires to become a Skype alternative (Klint Finley/Wired)

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Klint Finley / Wired:Tox, a secure, P2P messaging system conceived on 4chan, aspires to become a Skype alternative  —  Out in the Open: Hackers Build a Skype That's Not Controlled by Microsoft  —  The web forum 4chan is known mostly as a place to share juvenile and, to put it mildly, politically incorrect images.

webOS port renamed LuneOS, focuses on Nexus 4 and HP TouchPad

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It's been some time since we heard from the Open webOS project, but work is still ongoing. The port has changed names in the last year to go by LuneOS, and the first release under the new name is now available. This particular version is called...

YouTube Fan Funding available in US, Japan, Mexico, Australia; Google to take 5%+ cut in US (Bertel King, Jr/Android Police)

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Bertel King, Jr / Android Police:YouTube Fan Funding available in US, Japan, Mexico, Australia; Google to take 5%+ cut in US  —  YouTube Now Offers Fan Funding In Four Countries - Here's A Look At How It Works  —  YouTube thrives off the videos produced by independent content creators all over the world …

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

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storkus writes: The release of Haswell-E and a price drop on Devil's Canyon has made me itch for a PC upgrade. However, looking around I discovered a pair of horror stories on Phoronix about the difficulties of using Linux on a multitude of motherboards. My question: if MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (and by extension Asrock) are out, who's left and are they any good? I'd like to build a (probably dual-boot, but don't know for sure) gaming and 'other' high-end machine with one of the above chips, so we're talking Z97 or X99; however, these stories seem to point to the problems being Windows-isms in the BIOS/UEFI structures rather than actual hardware incompatibility, combined with a lousy attitude (despite the Steam Linux distro being under development). Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sound Wallet can keep your Bitcoins secure with vinyl-based encryption

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If you're anything like us, you've already made millions of dollars on Bitcoin. But how to keep it safe from loved ones, co-workers and other people we don't trust? Sound Wallet promises to keep your private access keys secure as encrypted audio,...

LinkedIn Is Quietly Retiring Network Visualization Tool InMaps (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:LinkedIn Is Quietly Retiring Network Visualization Tool InMaps  —  A little autumn cleaning underway at LinkedIn.  The company is quietly retiring InMaps, a tool that let you map out how your LinkedIn network looks.  A notice on the InMaps homepage notes that today, September 1 …

LG's Swarovski-encrusted OLED TV is a thing that exists

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There are few things that scream class more loudly than coating a piece of consumer electronics in gold. Except, perhaps, for doing the same thing, but with Swarovski crystals. That's the truth-bomb that LG has just deposited into our laps, having...

Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

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An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago we talked over some of the difficulties faced by makers of autonomous car software, like dealing with weather, construction, and parking garages. Today, the NY Times has a similar article about delivery drones, examining the safety and regulatory problems that must be solved in addition to getting the basic technology ready. "[R]researchers at NASA are working on ways to manage that menagerie of low-flying aircraft. At NASA's Moffett Field, about four miles from Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., the agency has been developing a drone traffic management program that would in effect be a separate air traffic control system for things that fly low to the ground — around 400 to 500 feet for most drones. Much like the air traffic control system for conventional aircraft, the program would monitor the skies for weather and traffic. Wind is a particular hazard, because drones weigh so little compared with regular planes." Beyond that, the sheer scale of infrastructure necessary to get drone delivery up and running in cities across the U.S. is staggering. Commercial drones aren't going to have much range, particularly when carrying something heavy. They'll be noisy, and the products they're transporting will still need to be relatively close by. What other issues do Amazon, DHL, Google, and other need to solve? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple lists top 10 reasons apps are rejected, with missing information and bugs the two most common causes (Apple)

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Apple:Apple lists top 10 reasons apps are rejected, with missing information and bugs the two most common causes  —  Common App Rejections  —  Before you develop your app, it's important to become familiar with the technical, content, and design criteria that we use to review all apps.

Google 'discourages' old browser use

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Google has started showing old versions of its search page to people using out-of-date versions of web browsers.

Iran clerics 'must accept internet'

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges Iran's clerics to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies after recent criticism from hardliners.

Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

(9 hours ago)
A teenager tells how a bionic pancreas transformed his summer.

VIDEO: The most future-proof profession?

(9 hours ago)
BBC News talks to Ian Lowe, a blacksmith who teaches other people an ancient art he believes to be future-proof.

VIDEO: FBI to investigate celebrity hacking

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The FBI are investigating after many famous women have had their nude photographs posted online anonymously after being hacked.

VIDEO: Turning internet radio into art

(9 hours ago)
LJ Rich looks at how one artist is using computer code to turn internet radio from across the globe into a unique piece of music.

VIDEO: Chip and pin security fears revealed

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Could chip and pin technology be open to a new type of "skimming" fraud which is being used to steal people's cash?

Can geeks rescue science education?

(9 hours ago)
Would you take your kids to a geek festival?

Windows XP: Your upgrade experiences

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Readers share their experiences of replacing their operating system

Elgato announces $50 Avea smart lightbulb and Eve smart home sensors

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Apparently, the world needs another smart lightbulb, and Elgato's going to sell it to you. Called Avea, the $50 bulb connects to your iDevice directly using Bluetooth (no external hub needed), and lets you set the mood in any room with an appropriate...

NASA working on automated traffic control system for drones, first commercial drones expected 2015 in agriculture (Conor Dougherty/New York Times)

(10 hours ago)
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:NASA working on automated traffic control system for drones, first commercial drones expected 2015 in agriculture  —  Drone Developers Consider Obstacles That Cannot Be Flown Around  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The tech industry's enthusiasm for building small delivery drones may be getting ahead of figuring out what to do with them.

How Safe Is Your Cloud? What to Know About the Alleged Celeb Hack

(11 hours ago)
The hackers who claimed to have harvested photos of celebs likely used a relatively simple attack that everyday Internet users are also vulnerable to.

Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

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An anonymous reader writes "Back in August, groups of Russian hackers assembled the biggest list of compromised login credentials ever seen: 1.2 billion accounts. Now, domain registrar Namecheap reports the hackers have begun using the list to try and access accounts. "Overnight, our intrusion detection systems alerted us to a much higher than normal load against our login systems. ... The group behind this is using the stored usernames and passwords to simulate a web browser login through fake browser software. This software simulates the actual login process a user would use if they are using Firefox/Safari/Chrome to access their Namecheap account. The hackers are going through their username/password list and trying each and every one to try and get into Namecheap user accounts." They report that most login attempts are failing, but some are succeeding. Now is a good time to check that none of your important accounts share passwords." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

What's on your HDTV: NFL, 'Drunk History', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Trailer Park Boys'

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It's time. This week NFL football is back (and so are the Engadget HD Podcast fantasy leagues), and the season kicks off Thursday night as the Packers face the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks on NBC. Boardwalk Empire on HBO starts its final...

Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

(12 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes: Rumors of back door access to Skype have plagued the communication software for the better part of a decade. Even if it's not true, Skype is owned by Microsoft, which is beholden to data requests from law enforcement. Because of these issues, a group of developers started work on Tox, which aims to rebuild the functionality of Skype with an emphasis on privacy. "The main thing the Tox team is trying to do, besides provide encryption, is create a tool that requires no central servers whatsoever—not even ones that you would host yourself. It relies on the same technology that BitTorrent uses to provide direct connections between users, so there's no central hub to snoop on or take down." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

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blottsie writes In a move out of the anti-SOPA campaign playbook, Fight for the Future and other net neutrality activist groups have set up the Battle for the Net coalition, which plans to launch an "Internet slowdown day" later this month. No actual traffic will be slowed down. Instead, participating sites will display embeddable modules that include a spinning "loading" symbol and information about contacting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House, and members of Congress. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft refuses to comply after judge revives overseas data search warrant (Zack Whittaker/ZDNet)

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:Microsoft refuses to comply after judge revives overseas data search warrant  —  Summary: A US judge has lifted a stay on a ruling, forcing Microsoft to hand over data it stores overseas.  But the software giant said it will not comply, pending an appeal.  —  Follow @zackwhittaker Follow @lseltzer

iCloud flaw may have allowed nude celebrity photos to leak

(13 hours ago)
A funny thing happened on the Internet Sunday as a cache of nude photos of Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, and other big-name stars made their way onto 4chan, as BuzzFeed notes. Reports indicate that this leak may have been the result of a hacker (or hackers) taking advantage of a flaw in Apple's iCloud service.

New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

(13 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have used a program named Ash 3D to predict the impact of a Yellowstone volcano eruption, and found that cities within 300 miles from Yellowstone National Park may get covered by up to three feet of ash. From the article: "Ash3D helped the researchers understand how the previous eruptions created a widespread distribution of ash in places in the park's periphery. Aside from probing ash-distribution patterns, the Ash3D can also be used to identify potential hazards that volcanoes in Alaska may bring." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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