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The 15 best things to watch in 4K on Sky Q (1 day old)

Stuff’s pick of Sky’s best Ultra HD bits, updated for August

Phantom Doctrine (1 day old)

XCOM meets Le Carré in this stealthy and strategic Cold War thriller

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9+: the weigh-in (2 days old [13/08/18])

Which of Samsung's extra-large phones is worth your extra cash?

We Happy Few (2 days old [13/08/18])

If you could take a pill to make it all go away, would you?

Motorola Moto Z3 (2 days old [13/08/18])

It's getting 5G with a Moto Mod, but should you buy it today?

Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Touch Bar (2018) (2 days old [13/08/18])

It looks like a copy and paste of last year’s Pro, but this notebook is packed with new tech

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Huawei P20 Pro: The weigh-in (3 days old [12/08/18])

Can Samsung top the world's best smartphone?

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (3 days old [12/08/18])

UPDATED: If you’re not using your iOS devices for playing games, you’re missing out on some of the best titles mobile has to offer

Slashdot

A Look at Facebook's Presence in Myanmar Where Despite Public Outcries, Facebook is Still Struggling To Contain Hate Speech (2 hours old)

More than 1,000 anti-Rohingya posts featuring calls for their murder among other hate speech were live on Facebook last week, Reuters reported Wednesday. A probe by the news agency indicates that the network is still being used to encourage violence against the Muslim group in Myanmar despite the tech firm promising to tackle the issue. Reuters reports some of the material had been online for six years. Facebook's rules prohibit "violent or dehumanizing" attacks on ethnic groups. However, the US-based firm mostly relies on users to flag related offending posts rather than hunting them out itse[...]

Americans Don't Think the Platforms Are Doing Enough To Fight Fake News (2 hours old)

Journalists regularly weigh in on what platforms like Facebook and Google are and aren't doing to stop the spread of viral misinformation. But what do Americans at large think? From a report: Nothing good, according to a new survey published by Gallup and the Knight Foundation on Wednesday. The report, based on web surveys from a random sample of 1,203 U.S. adults, found that 85 percent of Americans don't think the platforms are doing enough to stop the spread of fake news. Additionally, 88 percent want tech companies to be transparent about how they surface content, while 79 percent think tho[...]

Florida's Gulf Coast Battles Deadly And Smelly Red Tide (3 hours old)

Greg Allen, writing for NPR: Florida this week declared a state of emergency because of a slow-moving natural disaster -- red tide. Red tide is toxic algae that have persisted off Florida's Gulf Coast for nearly a year. In recent weeks, the algae bloom has worsened, killing fish, turtles and dolphins and discouraging tourism on some of the state's most beautiful beaches. Scores of dead fish were visible on the shore of Manatee Beach on a recent morning. There was a smell from the fish, but something more -- an acrid smell that can make you cough. Mary Vanswol, who was at the beach with her hus[...]

Microsoft and Amazon Begin Public Rollout of First Alexa-Cortana Integrations (4 hours old)

Starting today, Amazon and Microsoft will begin rolling out the first integrations between the digital assistants, allowing users to rouse Cortana on Echo devices and conjure Alexa on Windows 10 PCs and Harman Kardon Invoke speakers. From a report: "The goal is to have two integrated digital assistants who can carry out tasks across different dimensions of daily life -- at home or work, and on whatever device is most convenient," Microsoft's Jennifer Langston wrote in a blog post. "Currently, Cortana and Alexa can each be enabled as a skill on the other." Cortana users can ask Alexa to shop fo[...]

India To Launch First Manned Space Mission By 2022 (4 hours old)

India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022, the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, which could make it the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia and China. From a report: Modi congratulated Indian scientists for excelling in their research and are at the forefront of innovation. "Our scientists have made us proud. They launched over 100 satellites... They successfully completed the Mars mission." ISRO, India's space agency, successfully launched 104 satellites on 15 February 2017, of which three were Indian while the rest were foreign comme[...]

Apple Argued That Buildings at Its Headquarters Were Worth $200, Not $1B, To Reduce Its Tax Bill: Report (5 hours old)

Apple argued that buildings it owned around Cupertino, where it is headquartered, were only worth $200 instead of the $1 billion tax assessors deemed in 2015, according to appeals reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle. From a report: The report characterized the dispute as part of an aggressive strategy by Apple to lower its tax bills. According to the Chronicle, Apple has 489 open appeals in tax disputes over property assessed at $8.5 billion in Santa Clara County, Calif., dating back to 2004. Those appeals include the $1 billion building assessed by tax officials, as well as another $384 m[...]

Scientists Find Way To Make Mineral Which Can Remove CO2 From Atmosphere (6 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Scientists have found a rapid way of producing magnesite, a mineral which stores carbon dioxide. If this can be developed to an industrial scale, it opens the door to removing CO2 from the atmosphere for long-term storage, thus countering the global warming effect of atmospheric CO2. This work is presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Boston. Now, for the first time, researchers have explained how magnesite forms at low temperature, and offered a route to dramatically accelerating its crystallization. A tonne of naturally-occurring magnesi[...]

Mobile Internet Goes Free, National For a Day In Cuba (9 hours old)

More than 5 million cellphone users in Cuba received free internet on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before the government launches sales of the service. The test marks the first time internet services were available nationwide. Reuters reports: Cuba is one of the Western Hemisphere's least connected countries. There are hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspots in Cuba but virtually no home penetration. Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, considered the country's social media pioneer, raved that she had directly sent a tweet from her mobile. In another tweet, she called the test a "citizen's victory." On the s[...]

SpaceX Reveals the Controls of Its Dragon Spacecraft For the First Time (12 hours old)

On Monday, SpaceX let reporters take a look inside its Crew Dragon capsule for the first time, as well as hear from the four astronauts: Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins. Ars Technica writes about several pieces of hardware observed at the event in Hawthorne, California: During the event at SpaceX, engineers guided reporters through various displays. Outside, under a resplendent blue sky with the rolling hills of Palos Verdes in the distance, media was invited to crawl into a low-fidelity mockup of the crew Dragon spacecraft. This was a roomy vehicle, especially in comp[...]

Scientists Calculate the Speed of Death In Cells And It's 30 Micrometers Per Minute (15 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Live Science: Scientists found that death travels in unremitting waves through a cell, moving at a rate of 30 micrometers (one-thousandth of an inch) every minute, they report in a new study published Aug. 10 in the journal Science. That means, for instance, that a nerve cell, whose body can reach a size of 100 micrometers, could take as long as 3 minutes and 20 seconds to die. Apoptosis -- or programmed cell death -- is necessary for clearing our bodies of unnecessary or harmful cells, such as those that are infected by viruses. It also helps shape org[...]

The Register

London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners (2 hours old)

In-house software to slash support costs by £200k a year, claims Met Police London police are scaling up their use of mobile fingerprint scanners, with 600 shiny new devices due to be doled out by early 2019.…

You: 'Alexa, open Cortana.' Alexa: 'Who?' (3 hours old)

A year on, Alexa can look at your emails and Cortana can order groceries. World shrugs Updated It has taken the best part of a year, but from today Microsoft fans can talk to Cortana through the vaguely creepy ears of Amazon’s Echo devices and vice versa.…

If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall? (3 hours old)

Is it even worth counting tablet sales? Do they even exist? Sales of tablets fell 10 per cent in Western Europe during calendar Q2 to a mere 6.3m units, according to abacus stroker IDC…

Visual Studio gains some go-faster stripes for Android emulation (4 hours old)

F#, TypeScript 3.0 and more go from preview to release with 15.8 Microsoft has sent version 15.8 of Visual Studio out in the big wide world, and it looks to be a useful upgrade for those using Redmond’s development tools.…

Ouch, that's 13 bullet points: Tech titan IBM pumps out storage software blast (4 hours old)

Much tinkering across software board plus expanded capacity flash cards Not to be outdone by any storage niche players, IBM has emitted a veritable catalogue of storage software updates, plus one on the storage hardware front – a new all-flash array.…

TSB takes on 250 complaint-wranglers to absorb £200m outage fallout (5 hours old)

130,000 complaints and counting from bank's users? So sorry to hear that British bank TSB is reportedly hiring an extra 250 customer service bods to help it cope with an avalanche of customer complaints after its IT meltdown earlier this year.…

UK chip and PIN readers fall ill: Don't switch off that terminal! (6 hours old)

Not us this time, Mastercard tells El Reg A problem with credit and debit card readers has left some unlucky UK retailers staring at an error message rather than collecting cash.…

What the Dell? Qumulo slips into PowerEdge servers (6 hours old)

Extends coverage from AWS and HPE to Isilon-slinger Scale-out filer Qumulo's QF2 software is now available on Dell’s PowerEdge R740xd storage server, a 2U 2-socket Xeon Skylake, all-NVMe flash drive system.…

Baddies of the internet: It's all about dodgy mobile apps, they're so hot right now (7 hours old)

Report lift veil on online fraudsters' current habits Rogue mobile apps have become the most common fraud attack vector, according to the latest quarterly edition of RSA Security's global fraud report.…

Alibaba and Elastic slingshot searchable, analyticky cloud ... outside China (7 hours old)

That noise was AWS rolling over in its sleep Alibaba and Elastic, the purveyor of scalable open-source search engine Elasticsearch, are to offer their joint Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch product outside of China for the first time.…

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BBC News - Technology

Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US (7 hours old)

Official says "there is no way to verify" what object is and whether or not it may pose a danger.

Virgin Media broadband teams 'left holes in walls' (8 hours old)

Customers have complained about damage, which they say has been left for many days without being fixed.

Children 'at risk of robot influence' (1 hour 27 minutes old)

A study suggests young children will trust robots and change their minds.

Myanmar Rohingya: Facebook 'still hosts hate speech' (2 hours old)

More than 1,000 posts containing anti-Rohingya hate speech are found on the social network.

Twitter suspends Alex Jones for one week (11 hours old)

The InfoWars conspiracy theorist is reported to have posted a link to a video that broke Twitter's rules.

Wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and bombs (8 hours old)

A US study has tested out a suspicious object detection system based on ordinary wi-fi.

Tesla 'to be probed by regulators' over privatisation plan (2 hours old)

Shares in the electric carmaker fall on reports the SEC wants to question executives at the firm.

Reddit sleuth helps in hit-and-run case (7 hours old)

Police make an arrest over a fatal hit-and-run after a Reddit sleuth identifies an obscure car part.

Google tracks users who turn off location history (1 day old)

A study from Associated Press suggests that users are still tracked even if they turn off location history.

Fortnite used by company for job interviews (1 day old)

An advertising agency is conducting job interviews in the video game Fortnite.

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