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The Ember Travel Mug keeps your drink at the ideal temperature on the go (300 days old [20/11/18])

A travel mug that's quite the hot-tea

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 185 amazing Christmas gadget gift ideas (300 days old [20/11/18])

Stuck for what to buy that special someone? We've done the hard work for you

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: 15 gift ideas for drinkers and alcohol lovers (300 days old [20/11/18])

Thirst-quenching presents for fans of every tipple

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (300 days old [20/11/18])

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

Nokia 9 preview: Everything we know so far (301 days old [19/11/18])

UPDATED: A leaked case showcases the five-camera design

11 things Apple will definitely* be making soon** (301 days old [19/11/18])

*Maybe **At some point

Astro's C40 TR is a wallet-busting PS4 gamepad built for pros (301 days old [19/11/18])

Bonus buttons, mix-and-match components, and Astro's trademark polish

First 10 things you should do with your Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL (301 days old [19/11/18])

Got yourself Google's latest Pixel phone? Here's how to get the best out of it...

Tiny L’Oreal wearable keeps you safe in the sun (301 days old [19/11/18])

My Skin Track/UV does what it says on the tin

Slashdot

Richard Stallman Resigns From MIT (4 hours old)

Multiple Slashdotters are reporting the unfortunate news that famed free software advocate and computer scientist Richard Stallman has resigned from MIT. Slashdot reader iamacat writes: Following outrage over his remarks about Jefferey Epstein's victims, Richard Stallman has resigned from his position in MIT, effective immediately. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him -- even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon. "I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT," Stallman wrote i[...]

Spouse of Ring Exec Among Lawmakers Trying To Weaken California Privacy Law (5 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The California legislature worked through the summer to finalize the text of the state's landmark data privacy law before time to make amendments ran out on Friday. In the Assembly (California's lower house), Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin has been a key voice and vote backing motions that would weaken the law, and a new report says her reasoning may be very, very close to home. A review of state ethics documents conducted by Politico found that Ms. Irwin is married to Jon Irwin, the chief operating officer of Amazon's controversial Ring home [...]

Milton's Notes On Shakespeare Appear To Have Been Found (7 hours old)

Almost 400 years after the first folio of Shakespeare was published in 1623, scholars believe they have identified the early owner of one copy of the text, who made hundreds of insightful annotations throughout: John Milton. The Guardian reports: The astonishing find, which academics say could be one of the most important literary discoveries of modern times, was made by Cambridge University fellow Jason Scott-Warren when he was reading an article about the anonymous annotator by Pennsylvania State University English professor Claire Bourne. Bourne's study of this copy, which has been housed i[...]

Drivers May Choose Electric Car Alert Sounds, US Proposal Says (8 hours old)

The NHTSA is now proposing drivers be able to select an electric-car alert sound at speeds under 18.6 mph. "NHTSA wants the public's opinion 'on whether there should be a limit to the number of compliant sounds that a manufacturer can install in a vehicle and what that limit should be,'" adds CNET. From the report: As of this month, automakers are required to equip 50% of their "quiet cars," which applies to silent electric vehicles, with an alert noise at low speeds. The rules, first brought about in 2010, have been delayed for years, but come 2020, every quiet vehicle will need the alert mec[...]

CentOS 8 To Be Released Next Week (8 hours old)

New submitter JDShewey writes: The CentOS Project has announced that CentOS 8.0 will be available for download beginning Tuesday, September 24. This release was deferred so that work to release CentOS 7.7 could be completed, which means that CentOS 7.7 will be out shortly as well (and 7.7 it is already beginning to appear in mirrors and repos). This comes 20 weeks to the day from the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple Takes On EU's Vestager In Record $14 Billion Tax Fight (9 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple fights the world's biggest tax case in a quiet courtroom this week, trying to rein in the European Union's powerful antitrust chief ahead of a potential new crackdown on internet giants. The iPhone maker can tell the EU General Court in Luxembourg that it's the world's biggest taxpayer. But that's not enough for EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager who said in a 2016 ruling that Apple's tax deals with Ireland allowed the company to pay far less than other businesses. The court must now weigh whether regulators were right to le[...]

Faster Wi-Fi Officially Launches Today (9 hours old)

The Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization that oversees implementation of the Wi-Fi standard, is launching its official Wi-Fi 6 certification program. "That might sound boring, but it means the Wi-Fi 6 standard is truly ready to go, and tech companies will soon be able to advertise their products -- mostly brand new ones -- as certified to properly support Wi-Fi 6," reports The Verge. From the report: So the point of Wi-Fi 6 is to boost speeds within a crowded network. The theoretical maximum speed for Wi-Fi is increasing, too -- to 9.6 Gbps from 3.5 Gbps -- but those numbers don't really matter si[...]

MIT Unveils New 'Blackest Black' Material and Makes a Diamond Disappear (10 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares a report: What do you do with a $2 million natural yellow diamond? If you're at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you coat it in a wild high-tech material that makes any object look like it fell into a black hole. The coated diamond is now a piece of art called The Redemption of Vanity, a collaboration between Diemut Strebe, artist-in-residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, and Brian Wardle an MIT aeronautics and astronautics professor. The diamond will be on exhibit at the New York Stock Exchange until Nov. 25, giving viewers a chance t[...]

Password-Leaking Bug Purged From LastPass Extensions (11 hours old)

Developers of the LastPass password manager have patched a vulnerability that made it possible for websites to steal credentials for the last account the user logged into using the Chrome or Opera extension. Ars Technica reports: The vulnerability was discovered late last month by Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy, who privately reported it to LastPass. In a write-up that became public on Sunday, Ormandy said the flaw stemmed from the way the extension generated popup windows. In certain situations, websites could produce a popup by creating an HTML iframe that linked to the Lastpas[...]

Facebook Advertisers Can Write Their Own Headlines For Shared News Stories (11 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBC.ca: Advertisers on Facebook are able to completely rewrite the displayed headline for news stories, CBC News has learned, opening the door for potential disinformation to spread on the platform while using news media branding as cover. When placing an ad on the platform, one option is to include a link to a website, including links to news stories. The news story's real headline is auto-filled into the ad copy, but advertisers have the option to rewrite the headline. However, the article's website address still appears in the ad, giving the impressi[...]

The Register

First they came for 'face' and I did not speak out because I... have no face? Then they came for 'book' (1 hour 18 minutes old)

Don't panic: Off and f*ck still free from Zuckerberg, for now Facebook has applied to trademark the word "book" in Europe.…

Is it time to update your data warehouse and retool your analytics? Google Cloud's gurus are here to guide you (1 hour 51 minutes old)

Get the answers you need this month – and ready your systems for the 2020s Promo If you are beginning to wonder whether your familiar old data warehouse and analytics solutions can keep pace with the fast-moving modern world, you should check out today's state-of-the-art data-handling and analytics systems.…

Boffins build AI that can detect cyber-abuse – and if you don't believe us, YOU CAN *%**#* *&**%* #** OFF (2 hours old)

Alternatively, you can try to overpower it with your incredibly amazing sarcasm Trolls, morons, and bots plaster toxic crap all over Twitter and other antisocial networks. Can machine learning help clean it up?…

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid Epstein email storm (4 hours old)

GNU founder resigns after Minsky defense 'the final straw' for dev world Interview Shortly after The Register learned that Richard Stallman, founder and then president of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the GNU Project, had been invited to speak at Microsoft's corporate headquarters, we emailed him to ask about the apparent incongruity of advocating for software freedom at a company singled out by the FSF as a maker of malware.…

Larry Ellison tiers Amazon a new one: Oracle cloud gets 'always' free offer, plus something about Linux (8 hours old)

El Reg decodes Big Red's big announcements from today OpenWorld Oracle on Monday debuted a free, self-fixing Linux distribution for paying Oracle Cloud customers, and a free Cloud service tier that includes a limited version of its paid Autonomous Database, for winning developer favor and fostering future Cloud customers.…

IBM looks to boost sales the same way it has for 65 years – yes, it's a new mainframe: The z15 (8 hours old)

Lineup looks to put a pep in the step of flailing systems group IBM this month officially unveiled the newest addition to the Z-series mainframe lineup in roughly two years.…

Face-recognizing cop body cams hit another hurdle, genderless voice assistants, and more (9 hours old)

One of these days we'll use machine learning to write these AI news summaries Roundup Let's catch up with recent goings on in the world of artificial intelligence.…

Fitbit fitness fans furious following flummoxing flawed firmware float, fleeting feedback, failed fixes (11 hours old)

Punters say their gear has been messed up for a month-plus Fitbit wearers are super-upset that a buggy software update has for the past month made their wearable exercise trackers unable to properly sync with their Android devices.…

The results are in… and California’s GDPR-ish digital privacy law has survived onslaught by Google and friends (12 hours old)

Five amendments to law approved before deadline, none undercut core goals Analysis California’s landmark digital privacy law will remain “largely intact” despite a year of determined lobbying by Google and other tech giants to undermine it.…

I got 99 problems but a switch() ain't one: Java SE 13 lands with various tweaks as per Oracle's less-is-more strategy (13 hours old)

All part of Big Red's regular small-ish release plan as opposed to large infrequent updates Code One Oracle on Monday announced the release of Java SE 13 (JDK 13), saying it shows the tech titan's continued commitment to make innovation happen faster by sticking to a predictable six-month release cycle.…

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BBC News - Technology

App that cancels subscriptions launches in UK (1 day old)

The virtual card automatically protects people from being charged at the end of a free trial period.

Police officers raise concerns about 'biased' AI data (16 hours old)

Law enforcers fear they will be told to unfairly target some groups because of past prejudices.

Smart meter rollout delayed for four years (2 hours old)

Suppliers now have until 2024 to fit them into homes, but it may mean higher costs for the industry.

Elon Musk says 'pedo guy' tweet was not accusation (4 hours old)

The Tesla CEO's lawyers say the term means "creepy old man" in South Africa where Mr Musk grew up.

BBC to switch off red button text in 2020 (18 hours old)

Viewers will no longer be able to read headlines, football scores, weather and more on TV sets.

Muslim website defends Home Office funding (20 hours old)

The SuperSisters platform, for young Muslim women, says it has retained full control over its output.

Body scanners to screen London commuters for weapons (17 hours old)

Passengers are scanned as they walk through Stratford station, in the "battle against knife crime".

BBC ready for TV's 'second wave of disruption' (20 hours old)

BBC boss Lord Hall will say in a speech the arrival of new streaming services will change the game again.

Casey Viner: Teenage US gamer jailed over deadly 911 hoax (1 day old)

Casey Viner, 19, ordered the prank call after an argument while playing Call of Duty.

Data on almost every Ecuadorean citizen leaked (22 hours old)

The massive database of personal information was found on an unsecured cloud computer, researchers say.

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