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Microsoft Shares Roadmap For New Microsoft Edge

17 Feb 2020, 8:14 pm | Slashdot

Microsoft has published a roadmap for the new Microsoft Edge. The roadmap includes features that are currently planned, in discussion, under review, and not planned. It gives an insight into the new Microsoft Edge's development because you can see where Microsoft is trying to take the browser. From a report: Here are a few notable features Microsoft plans to roll out to the new Microsoft Edge:1. Enable sync of installed browser extensions between devices2. Enable sync of browsing history between devices3. Make Edge available on Linux4. Support read aloud of PDF files5. Add the ability to ink on web pages

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How TikTok decides who to make famous

17 Feb 2020, 8:07 pm | TechCrunch

The word “algorithm” has worked its way into the vernacular of non-nerds talking about their Facebook feeds, why their Insta post isn’t doing well.

Leveraging TikTok for growth

17 Feb 2020, 8:07 pm | TechCrunch

The most critical part of posting to TikTok is your authority ranking, which is: “how much of an influencer are you?”

Chelsea vs Manchester United live stream: how to watch Premier League football online from anywhere

17 Feb 2020, 8:00 pm | Techradar - All the latest technology news

A battle at Stamford Bridge for a Champions League spot tonight. You can see all the action from wherever you are by following our Chelsea vs Manchester United live stream guide.

Presidents' Day sales offer great Surface Book 2 deals but you'll have to act fast

17 Feb 2020, 7:48 pm | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Presidents' Day sales are in their final hours, so be quick to jump on these cheap Surface Book 2 deals.

Max Q: Spacex gets ready for first human flight

17 Feb 2020, 7:42 pm | TechCrunch

Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news – kicked off by the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space efforts both in […]

Beijing Auto Show postponed due to coronavirus

17 Feb 2020, 7:35 pm | TechCrunch

China’s annual auto show in Beijing has been postponed because of novel coronavirus, as the number of cases of people infected surpass 71,000. The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which was scheduled to begin April 21, is the latest high-profile event that has been either cancelled or postponed over concerns of coronavirus. A new date will […]

PS5 vs Xbox Series X: trapelate le specifiche tecniche di entrambe le console

17 Feb 2020, 7:33 pm | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Secondo l'ultima indiscrezione, la PS5 e la Xbox Series X hanno caratteristiche simili

Jeff Bezos Commits $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change

17 Feb 2020, 7:30 pm | Slashdot

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he's launching a $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund that will issue grants aimed at addressing climate change -- a move that comes less than a month after hundreds of Amazon employees criticized what they saw as the company's weak commitment to tackling the issue. From a report: Bezos, who's the world's richest individual with a net worth estimated at nearly $130 billion, unveiled his philanthropic initiative in an Instagram post. "Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet," he wrote. "I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share."

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Google Cloud reveals major restructuring plans

17 Feb 2020, 7:12 pm | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Google Cloud is going through an internal restructure which will see some positions eliminated.

Daily Crunch: HQ Trivia is dead

17 Feb 2020, 7:05 pm | TechCrunch

A once-mighty trivia app says goodbye, we try out Samsung's new foldable phone and Google shuts down its free Wi-Fi program in India. Not even Presidents' Day can stop your Daily Crunch.

24 hours with Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: the foldable that offers more than nostalgia

17 Feb 2020, 7:00 pm | Techradar - All the latest technology news

The Galaxy Z Flip turned heads when we took it on tour in New York City. Here's what we thought after the first 24 hours.

Redbox enters the free, ad-supported streaming market

17 Feb 2020, 6:58 pm | TechCrunch

Redbox has entered the ad-supported streaming market with the launch of Redbox Free Live TV. The company, best known for its DVD rental kiosks, has been dabbling with streaming for years as consumer demand for DVD rentals has simultaneously declined. But despite its name, Redbox’s new streaming service isn’t offering “live TV” similar to what […]

Nazi-killing show Hunters, starring Al Pacino, is Wolfenstein meets The Avengers

17 Feb 2020, 6:45 pm | Techradar - All the latest technology news

We watched the five episodes of Hunters, the newest show on Amazon Prime Video. Here's what we thought.

Jeff Bezos announced a $10 billion fund to fight climate change

17 Feb 2020, 6:45 pm | TechCrunch

Jeff Bezos (one of the world’s richest men) announced on one of the world’s largest social media platforms (Instagram) that he’s creating a $10 billion fund to combat climate change. In a post on Monday morning Bezos announced that the Bezos Earth Fund will finance “scientists, activists, NGOs — any effort that offers a real […]

SpaceX Successfully Launches a New Batch of Its Starlink Satellites

17 Feb 2020, 6:45 pm | Slashdot

SpaceX on Monday successfully sent another batch of Starlink satellites into orbit but didn't quite stick the landing of its Falcon 9 rocket. From a report: Elon Musk's space company did achieve its primary objective of sending 60 more flying nodes for its nascent global broadband service into space, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit to nearly 300. A secondary goal for the fifth Starlink mission, as with most SpaceX launches, was to recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 by landing it on a droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. But this time the rocket missed the mark by a smidge. At the time it was expected to land, the live webcast from the droneship showed smoke or steam just off camera as the Falcon 9 made a "soft water landing." SpaceX reported during the webcast that the rocket appears to be intact and floating on the ocean, but it remains unclear whether it can be recovered. The booster had a useful life, having already launched three earlier SpaceX missions in 2019 before Monday's Starlink mission. Had it landed successfully, it would have been the 50th successful booster landing for the company. Now we may have to wait until the next planned Falcon 9 launch on March 2 to see that milestone.

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Samsung's Changes To Android Are Making Its Phones Less Secure, Says Google

17 Feb 2020, 6:10 pm | Slashdot

Google scolded Samsung this week for an issue discovered on the Korean phone maker's Galaxy A50. From a report: Google says Samsung made "unnecessary changes to Android's core kernel," adding the changes Samsung made threaten rather than strengthen the phone's security. The tech giant has a vested interest in making sure Android is secure for OEMs and end users alike. Earlier this week Google announced it has made measurable efforts to limit malicious apps on its Google Play Store and it's clamping down on the permissions apps can request, resulting in a 98% reduction in requests for access to user's call history and text messages. It's also been tackling more worrying bugs, like self-reinstalling ones. But in this instance, it's a hardware partner that's causing the problems. In a detailed blog post from Google's Project Zero Team, researcher Jann Honn outlines the exact issue with Samsung's changes to the Android kernel on the A50. Samsung's changes included a security feature to restrict an attacker from reading or modifying user data, but Honn says the move is "futile" and rather than bolstering security, it introduces vulnerabilities that could increase an attacker's ability to arbitrarily execute code.

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Google confirms it again removed alleged spying tool ToTok from Google Play

17 Feb 2020, 6:06 pm | TechCrunch

In December, The New York Times reported a popular messaging app called ToTok was actually a spying tool used by the government of the United Arab Emirates to track users’ conversations, location and social connections. The app was removed from the Google Play store in December, while Google investigated, then reinstated in early January. Google […]

Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be treated differently from media organizations

17 Feb 2020, 6:04 pm | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Social networks should be regulated somewhere between telecoms and media organizations says Facebook's CEO.

Best email providers of 2020: Free, Paid and business services

17 Feb 2020, 6:02 pm | Techradar - All the latest technology news

We’ve rounded up five of the best email services around.

Tutanota cries 'censorship!' after secure email biz blocked – for real this time – in Russia

17 Feb 2020, 6:00 pm | The Register

Move over, there's plenty of room on Putin's naughty step

Fresh from last week's controversy with a US telco, German secure email biz Tutanota has declared today that the Russian authorities have pulled the plug on its services.…

Wilder vs Fury 2: live stream, date, time, and undercard

17 Feb 2020, 5:55 pm | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Everything you need to know to live stream Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury - plus key Fury vs Wilder 2 details like the time, date and undercard of the big fight.

Best Presidents' Day sales at Dell: grab top Inspiron, XPS, and G3 laptop deals

17 Feb 2020, 5:44 pm | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Presidents' Day sales offer Dell laptop deals with big XPS and Inspiron savings.

Tesla Teardown Finds Electronics 6 Years Ahead of Toyota and VW

17 Feb 2020, 5:25 pm | Slashdot

Elon Musk's Tesla technology is far ahead of the industry giants, a new report has concluded. From the report: This is the takeaway from Nikkei Business Publications' teardown of the Model 3, the most affordable car in the U.S. automaker's all-electric lineup, starting at about $33,000. What stands out most is Tesla's integrated central control unit, or "full self-driving computer." Also known as Hardware 3, this little piece of tech is the company's biggest weapon in the burgeoning EV market. It could end the auto industry supply chain as we know it. One stunned engineer from a major Japanese automaker examined the computer and declared, "We cannot do it." The module -- released last spring and found in all new Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles -- includes two custom, 260-sq.-millimeter AI chips. Tesla developed the chips on its own, along with special software designed to complement the hardware. The computer powers the cars' self-driving capabilities as well as their advanced in-car "infotainment" system. This kind of electronic platform, with a powerful computer at its core, holds the key to handling heavy data loads in tomorrow's smarter, more autonomous cars. Industry insiders expect such technology to take hold around 2025 at the earliest. That means Tesla beat its rivals by six years. The implications for the broader auto industry are huge and -- for some -- frightening. Tesla built this digital nerve center through a series of upgrades to the original Autopilot system it introduced in 2014. What was also called Hardware 1 was a driver-assistance system that allowed the car to follow others, mostly on highways, and automatically steer in a lane. Every two or three years, the company pushed the envelope further, culminating in the full self-driving computer.

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Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass

17 Feb 2020, 5:00 pm | The Register

As in, it's easy to damage despite spiel

Early adopters of Samsung's foldable Galaxy Z Flip have shed doubt on the phone's hardiness despite claims from the tech giant about its flexible glass display.…

Boston’s year jump starts as two local startups raise $520M in two rounds

17 Feb 2020, 4:58 pm | TechCrunch

Late last week two Boston-based companies raised big rounds. The size of the two investments — each over the $100 million mark — and their rapid succession made them stand out.

Images of TCL’s slide-out display smartphone surface in wake of MWC cancellation

17 Feb 2020, 4:56 pm | TechCrunch

This morning brought a look at some of what we’re missing at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The show may have been called off on account of coronavirus concerns, but the news goes on. We knew that TCL was planning to show off a number of “alternative” smartphone form factors, and one just showed up […]

Google Ends Its Free Wi-Fi Program, Station

17 Feb 2020, 4:51 pm | Slashdot

Google said on Monday that it is winding down Google Station, a program that rolled out free Wi-Fi in more than 400 railway stations in India and "thousands" of other public places in several additional pockets of the world. The company worked with a number of partners on the program. From a report: Caesar Sengupta, VP of Payments and Next Billion Users at Google, said the program, launched in 2015, helped millions of users surf the internet -- a first for many -- and not worry about the amount of data they consumed. But as mobile data prices got cheaper in many markets including India, Google Station was no longer as necessary, he said. The company plans to discontinue the program this year. Additionally, it had become difficult for Google to find a sustainable business model to scale the program, the company said, which in recent years expanded Station to Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Nigeria, Philippines, Brazil and Vietnam. The company launched the program in South Africa just three months ago.

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Purdue University Will Freeze Tuition For the 9th Straight Year

17 Feb 2020, 4:25 pm | Slashdot

schwit1 writes: Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced Saturday night the university would freeze tuition for the 9th straight year, holding it at 2012 levels through 2021-22. If Purdue can do it, why can't everyone else?

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Chrome 81 beta hooks browser up to Web NFC, augmented-reality features

17 Feb 2020, 4:10 pm | The Register

'Web apps should be able to do anything native apps can'

Google's Chrome 81 is now in beta, bringing Web NFC support to the browser and extensions to the WebXR implementation to enable Augmented Reality (AR).…

The 1,000-hp 1969 Mustang Mach 1 "Hitman" with John Wick paint job

17 Feb 2020, 4:00 pm | New Atlas - New Technology & Science News

A modified restoration, the Hitman Mustang Mach 1 is a modernized 1969 classic with a John Wick-inspired paint job

In Oklahoma there's a company called Classic Recreations that restores or reproduces classic muscle cars but with an injection of modern tech. The company's latest effort is called the "Hitman" and it's a glorious 1969 Mustang Mach 1 restomod with a John Wick-inspired paint job.

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Xerox hopes wining and dining HP shareholders will convince them of takeover

17 Feb 2020, 3:30 pm | The Register

Just edible gold rather than briefcases filled with the actual stuff

A plate of oysters, followed by genuine Japanese Wagyu sirloin? Washed down with a bottle or two of Screaming Eagle Cabernet '92? These are just some of the levers Xerox may pull to convince HP Inc shareholders to cash out when it wines and dines them this week.…

Israeli Soldiers Tricked Into Installing Malware by Hamas Agents Posing as Women

17 Feb 2020, 3:24 pm | Slashdot

Members of the Hamas Palestinian militant group have posed as young teenage girls to lure Israeli soldiers into installing malware-infected apps on their phones, a spokesperson for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) said today. From a report: Some soldiers fell for the scam, but IDF said they detected the infections, tracked down the malware, and then took down Hamas' hacking infrastructure. IDF said Hamas operatives created Facebook, Instagram, and Telegram accounts and then approached IDF soldiers. According to IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Hild Silberman, Hamas agents posed as new Israeli immigrants in order to excuse their lacking knowledge of the Hebrew language. IDF investigators said they tracked accounts for six characters used in the recent social engineering campaign. The accounts were named Sarah Orlova, Maria Jacobova, Eden Ben Ezra, Noa Danon, Yael Azoulay, and Rebecca Aboxis, respectively. Soldiers who engaged in conversations were eventually lured towards installing one of three chat apps, named Catch & See, Grixy, and Zatu, where the agents promised to share more photos.

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Novel e-bike rocks integrated, expandable, hard shell panniers

17 Feb 2020, 2:49 pm | New Atlas - New Technology & Science News

The integrated carbon fiber panniers can haul 50 lb of cargo

The Model 1 from Civilized Cycles combines scooter, moped, electric bike and cargo bike into one funky-looking ride. Those integrated panniers lock up to haul 20 liters of cargo inside, or pull out to offer 80 liters of extended carrying capacity.

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Severe vuln in WordPress plugin Profile Builder would happily hand anyone the keys to your kingdom

17 Feb 2020, 2:46 pm | The Register

Remote attackers were able create their own admin accounts

A vulnerability in a popular WordPress user role plugin lets any random person create an admin-level account on targeted websites.…

UK To Spend $1.6 Billion on World's Best Climate Supercomputer

17 Feb 2020, 2:44 pm | Slashdot

The U.K. said it will spend 1.2 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) on developing the most powerful weather and climate supercomputer in the world. From a report: The program aims to improve weather and climate modeling by the government forecaster, the Met Office, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said in a statement Monday. The machine will replace the U.K.'s existing supercomputer, which is already one of the 50 most powerful in the world. "Come rain or shine, our significant investment for a new supercomputer will further speed up weather predictions, helping people be more prepared for weather disruption from planning travel journeys to deploying flood defenses," said Sharma, who will preside over the annual round of United Nations climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, in November. With Britain hosting the year-end climate summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to showcase the U.K.'s leadership in both studying the climate and reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. His government plans to use data generated by the new computer to inform policy as it seeks to spearhead the fight against climate change.

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Microsoft's coding for noobs hits 1.0, decompiling to C# in Visual Studio, and Windows 10X makes its debut... on Mac

17 Feb 2020, 2:01 pm | The Register

Also: No HoloLens 2 at Barcelona

Roundup  While Windows wobbled under the weight of patches, the Microsoft gang updated development tools and buffed up a lure for startups among other shenanigans in this past week.…

Samsung's Second Foldable Smartphone, $1,380 Galaxy Z Flip, is Dead on Arrival, Too

17 Feb 2020, 2:01 pm | Slashdot

Evan Rodgers, reporting for Input: When Samsung released the Galaxy Z Flip, its newest folding phone, at midnight this past Friday, I was one of many who wasn't able to snag one due to low stock here in New York City. So here I am, refreshing my order page while I watch the lucky few who did manage to get one put them through their paces online. Though most YouTubers and reviewers seem to be enjoying the phone, durability is a question, and at $1,380 here in the U.S., it's a good one. At Unpacked, where Samsung announced the Z Flip, the company made a big deal about the "Ultra Thin Glass" that covers the display. One could be forgiven, then, for assuming that the display has all the scratch-resistant properties of glass, but in a durability test by JerryRigEverything on YouTube, that doesn't seem to be the case. In the video you can see Zack's (the YouTuber) tools and even fingernails leaving permanent scratches on the display.

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Canadian tiny house offers solar-powered small living

17 Feb 2020, 1:53 pm | New Atlas - New Technology & Science News

The Innisfree Anarres is based on a triple-axle trailer

The Innisfree Anarres runs from a standard RV-style hookup but has solar panels on its roof to reduce its grid-based electricity usage. Alberta, Canada-based designer Teacup Tiny Homes also sought to offer efficient heating by installing a solar air heater on its exterior wall.

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Samsung gives China wide berth over coronavirus woes, uses sea and air freight to ship smartphone bits to Vietnamese factories

17 Feb 2020, 1:15 pm | The Register

Chaebol switching even more production out of Middle Kingdom

The coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt China's manufacturing and logistics sectors, forcing smartphone manufacturers to adapt. Among them this is South Korean tech giant Samsung, which has begun shipping smartphone components to Vietnam by air and sea, where two-thirds of its handsets are now being assembled.…