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Prices for fake news campaigns revealed

(4 days ago)
Underground sites offer to hijack elections, start protests and create celebrities, say researchers.

Smartphone apps 'bad for my finances'

(4 days ago)
Two-thirds of those surveyed say apps make it easier to spend, particularly from bed.

More cash needed to fix problematic farm subsidy IT system

(4 days ago)
Watchdog warns ministers to target funding so beleaguered farm subsidy IT system is "compliant and secure".

The robots attending arts class

(4 days ago)
Artist Patrick Tresset is using robots to draw and create art.

The man on a prosthetic hand mission

(4 days ago)
Nigel Ackland lost his arm in a factory accident in the UK, but now has one of the most sophisticated prosthetics in the world.

South Carolina shooting live-streamed on Facebook

(4 days ago)
A video captures the moment a street fight became a shoot-out that left seven people injured.

Urine used to charge smartphone

(4 days ago)
British scientists have developed a way to charge phones with power created from urine.

Facebook gets Indonesia nod for local unit, country's investment chief says

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Social networking giant Facebook Inc has received an in-principle approval to set up a domestic unit in Indonesia and the government is now processing the details, the country's investment chief said on Wednesday.

Five robots that are changing everything

(4 days ago)
Nasa chief engineer Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu on the robots that are changing the world.

Atari confirms it is making a new video game console

(4 days ago)
Forty years after the launch of the Atari Video Computer System, the company says it is coming back with a new games console.

Swedish man Kaj Linna released from prison after podcast sparks retrial

(4 days ago)
A Swedish true crime podcast leads to the release of a man who has been in prison since 2004.

Man asks Twitch users to pick shares for $50,000 portfolio

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Twitch viewers can vote on stocks and those with the most votes are automatically purchased.

Nerve centre

(4 days ago)
New Minority Report-style "nerve centres" combine data and predictive policing after massive increase in homicides.

E3: First look at Xbox One X

(4 days ago)
The BBC was given the first look at the Xbox One X - a souped-up version of Microsoft's latest console.

Sources: Travis Kalanick stepped down as Uber CEO following pressure from investors (Mike Isaac/New York Times)

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:Sources: Travis Kalanick stepped down as Uber CEO following pressure from investors  —  Travis Kalanick stepped down Tuesday as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing service that he helped found in 2009 and that he built into a transportation colossus, after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company.

Honda halts Japan car plant after WannaCry virus hits computer network

(4 days ago)
TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co said on Wednesday it halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network.

Honda halts Japan car plant after WannaCry virus hits computer network

(4 days ago)
TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co said on Wednesday it halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network.

Tesla confirms departure of Autopilot VP Chris Lattner, hires AI expert Andrej Karpathy as director of AI and Autopilot (Tim Higgins/Wall Street Journal)

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Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:Tesla confirms departure of Autopilot VP Chris Lattner, hires AI expert Andrej Karpathy as director of AI and Autopilot  —  Chris Lattner, who Tesla announced in January was hired from Apple Inc. as vice president of Autopilot software, has left Elon Musk's Silicon Valley auto maker.

Study Finds Yoga Works As Well As Physical Therapy For Back Pain

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from TIME: Another study is touting the benefits of yoga -- this time, for people with back problems. The new research put yoga head-to-head against physical therapy and found the two were equally good at restoring function and reducing the need for pain medication over time. In the new study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, a group of 320 people did 12 weeks of yoga or physical therapy, or they simply received a book and newsletters about coping with back pain. People in the active treatment groups reported that their pain was less intense than it was at the start of the study and that they were able to physically move more. Some were also able to reduce, or even stop, their pain medications. Those improvements stuck around for a full year after the study was over. This research is unique because the people in the study were racially diverse, and most were from low-income families. Many had pre-existing medical conditions. That's important, say the researchers, because chronic back pain -- which affects about 10% of U.S. adults -- has a greater impact on minorities and people of lower socioeconomic status. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

"Stack Clash" memory management flaw found in Linux, BSD, Solaris, allows privilege escalation to root; patches are available (Lucian Constantin/The New Stack)

(4 days ago)
Lucian Constantin / The New Stack:“Stack Clash” memory management flaw found in Linux, BSD, Solaris, allows privilege escalation to root; patches are available  —  An important memory corruption defense in Linux, OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD and Solaris can be bypassed by attackers to obtain root privileges and take complete control of affected systems.

Sweden Passes Bill To Become Carbon Neutral By 2045

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Sweden is the first country to significantly upgrade its carbon ambitions since the Paris accord in 2015. The country has passed a new bill committing to cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2045. New Scientist reports: The law was drawn up by a cross-party committee and passed with an overwhelming majority in parliament by 254 votes to 41. The legislation establishes an independent Climate Policy Council and requires an action plan to be updated every four years. Sweden had previously committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. It already gets 83 per cent of its electricity from nuclear energy and hydropower, having met its 2020 target of 50 per cent renewable energy eight years ahead of schedule. To achieve carbon-neutral status, the country will focus on reducing emissions from transport by increasing the use of biofuels and electric vehicles. It plans to cut domestic emissions by at least 85 per cent, and offset remaining emissions by planting trees or investing in projects abroad. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Best And Worst ISP's According To Consumer Reports

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In the August 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, the nonprofit organization ranked internet service providers based off customer satisfaction. According to the report, many consumers still don't like their broadband and television provider, and don't believe they receive a decent value for the high price they pay for service. DSLReports summarizes the findings: The report [...] names Chattanooga municipal broadband provider EPB as the most-liked ISP in the nation. EPB was followed by Google Fiber, Armstrong Cable, Consolidated Cable and RCN as the top-ranked ISPs in the nation. Google Fiber "was the clear winner for internet service," notes the report, "with the only high score for value." Google Fiber also received high marks for customer support and service. But large, incumbent ISPs continue to be aggressively disliked due to high prices and poor customer service, according to the report. Despite endless annual promises that customer service is the company's priority, Comcast ranked number 27 out of the 32 providers measured. The company's survey results were weighed down by low consumer marks for value, channel selection, technical support, customer service and free video on demand offerings. The least-liked ISPs in the nation, according to the report, are: Charter (Spectrum), Cable ONE, Atlantic broadband, Frontier Communications, and Mediacom. Not coincidentally, the two largest ISPs in that list just got done with massive mergers or acquisitions that resulted in[..]

Intel discontinues compute modules Edison, Joule, and Galileo, plus Recon Jet Pro Plus eyewear for enterprise, the Recon Jet Pro, and Recon Jet (Liam Tung/ZDNet)

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Liam Tung / ZDNet:Intel discontinues compute modules Edison, Joule, and Galileo, plus Recon Jet Pro Plus eyewear for enterprise, the Recon Jet Pro, and Recon Jet  —  Intel has killed off several Internet of Things products it once hoped would keep it in the race for connected devices.

Mozilla Launches Privacy-Minded 'Firefox Focus' Browser For Android

(4 days ago)
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched a new browser for Android. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user privacy that by default blocks many web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising. You can download the new app now from Google Play. Because Google isn't as strict as Apple, Android users can set Firefox Focus as their default browser. There are many use cases for wanting to browse the web without being tracked, but Mozilla offers a common example: reading articles via apps "like Facebook." On iOS, Firefox Focus is basically just a web view with tracking protection. On Android, Firefox Focus is the same, with a few additional features (which are still "under consideration" for iOS):Ad tracker counter -- Lists the number of ads that are blocked per site while using the app. Disable tracker blocker -- For sites that are not loading correctly, you can disable the tracker blocker to fix the issues. Notification reminder -- When Firefox Focus is running in the background, a notification will remind you so you can easily tap to erase your browsing history. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Opus 1.2 Released

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jmv writes: The Opus audio codec, used in WebRTC and now included in all major web browsers, gets another major upgrade with the release of version 1.2. This release brings quality improvements to both speech and music, while remaining fully compatible with RFC 6716. There are also optimizations, new options, as well as many bug fixes. This Opus 1.2 demo describes a few of the upgrades that users and implementers will care about the most. It includes audio samples comparing to previous versions of the codec, as well as speed comparisons for x86 and ARM. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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