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The best EE mobile phone deals - April 2017 (3 hours old)

In the market for a new mobile on EE? Perhaps the new S8 or S8 Plus? Here are the best deals around this April

The Livestream Mevo is a pocket studio for your Facebook Live empire (5 hours old)

Now supports YouTube Live and Android too…

Kitchen Aid’s ‘Iconic’ fridge matches its iconic mixer (5 hours old)

That which we call an ‘Icon’, by any other name, would still be just a fridge

HTC U 11: Everything we know so far (7 hours old)

UPDATE 04/04: Five colours on the way for HTC's U 11 - Curvy, light on buttons, and heavy on power? Yes, please!

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs Huawei P10 Plus: Which is best? (10 hours old)

It's a battle of super-sized 2017 Androids – which will prevail?

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs Google Pixel XL: Which is best? (18 hours old)

How does Samsung’s super-sized new smartphone stack up against Google’s own plus-sized handset?

40 fantastic free Android games (1 day old)

Fun doesn’t have to require funding. Got an Android phone or tablet? Then these are the greatest games… gratis!

Solar flair: the 9 best pairs of sunglasses for summer 2017 (2 days old [22/04/17])

Feeling a bit squinty? These shades will (puts on sunglasses) fix your brightness levels...

App of the week: Vignettes (2 days old [22/04/17])

Phones become pans in this instant-morphing, intriguing and tactile mobile puzzler

Stuff Gadget Podcast Episode 21 - the one with the mucus cocoon (2 days old [21/04/17])

The latest episode of the Stuff Gadget Podcast is now live!

Slashdot

Amazon Launches Marketplace For Digital Subscriptions (1 hour 23 minutes old)

Amazon said on Monday it is launching a platform for companies with subscription services -- from newspapers, magazines to TV streaming. The "Subscribe with Amazon" marketplace allows consumers to buy subscriptions to products like SlingTV streaming, Headspace meditation, Dropbox Plus, as well as workout videos, online classes, meal plans and even matchmakers. The marketplace also features more traditional subscriptions, similar to those that have become popular on Amazon's Kindle tablets, including the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Wall Street Journal and New Yorker. [...]

Unroll.me 'Heartbroken' After Being Caught Selling User Data To Uber (2 hours old)

The chief executive of email unsubscription service Unroll.me has said he is "heartbroken" that users felt betrayed by the fact that his company monetises the contents of their inbox by selling their data to companies such as Uber. Over the weekend, The New York Times published a profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, in which, among other things, it reported that following an acquisition by shopping app Slice in 2014, Unroll.me developed a side-business: selling aggregated data about users to the very apps they were unsubscribing from. Uber was one of Slice's big data arm Slice Intelligence's c[...]

Aurora Enthusiasts Discover A Strange New Light In The Sky And Named It Steve (4 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes the BBC: A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve. Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary in Canada spotted the feature in photos shared on a Facebook group. He did not recognise it as a catalogued phenomenon and although the group were calling it a proton arc, he knew proton auroras were not visible. Testing showed it appeared to be a hot stream of fast-flowing gas in the higher reaches of the atmosphere. The European Space Agency sent electric field instruments to measure it 300km (190 miles) above t[...]

Richard Stallman Interviewed By Bryan Lunduke (8 hours old)

Many Slashdot readers know Bryan Lunduke as the creator of the humorous "Linux Sucks" presentations at the annual Southern California Linux Exposition. He's now also a member of the OpenSUSE project board and an all-around open source guy. (In September, he released every one of his books, videos and comics under a Creative Commons license, while his Patreon page offers a tip jar and premiums for monthly patrons). But now he's also got a new "daily computing/nerd show" on YouTube, and last week -- using nothing but free software -- he interviewed the 64-year-old founder of the Free Software Fo[...]

Wall Street IT Engineer Hacks Employer To See If He'll Be Fired (11 hours old)

An anonymous reader writes: A Wall Street engineer was arrested for planting credentials-logging malware on his company's servers. According to an FBI affidavit, the engineer used these credentials to log into fellow employees' accounts. The engineer claims he did so only because he heard rumors of an acquisition and wanted to make sure he wouldn't be let go. In reality, the employee did look at archived email inboxes, but he also stole encryption keys needed to access the protected source code of his employer's trading platform and trading algorithms. Using his access to the company's Un[...]

Ask Slashdot: Do You Like Functional Programming? (14 hours old)

An anonymous reader writes: Functional programming seems to be all the rage these days. Efforts are being made to highlight its use in Java, JavaScript, C# and elsewhere. Lots of claims are being made about it's virtues that seem relatively easy to prove or disprove such as "Its use will reduce your debugging time." Or "It will clarify your code." My co-workers are resorting to arm-wrestling matches over this style choice. Half of my co-workers have drunk the Kool-Aid and are evangelizing its benefits. The other half are unconvinced of its virtues over Object Oriented Design patterns, etc. [...]

Scientists Consider 'Cloud Brightening' To Preserve Australia's Great Barrier Reef (16 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes MIT Technology Review: A group of Australian marine scientists believe that altering clouds might offer one of the best hopes for saving the Great Barrier Reef. For the last six months, researchers at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and the University of Sydney School of Geosciences have been meeting regularly to explore the possibility of making low-lying clouds off the northeastern coast of Australia more reflective in order to cool the waters surrounding the world's biggest coral reef system... Last year, as El Nino events cranked up ocean temperatures, [...]

Is Social Media Making Us Hate Each Other? (17 hours old)

Nicholas Carr's book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. Now an anonymous Slashdot reader reports on Carr's newest warning: It seems obvious: The more we learn about other people, the more we'll come to like them. The assumption underpins our deep-seated belief that communication networks, from the telephone system to Facebook, will help create social harmony. But what if the opposite is true? In a Boston Globe article, Nicholas Carr presents evidence showing that as we get more information about other people, we tend to like them[...]

Uber Tried To Hide Its Secret IPhone Fingerprinting From Apple (18 hours old)

theodp quotes today's New York Times profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick: For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple's engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had secretly been tracking iPhones even after its app had been deleted from the devices, violating Apple's privacy guidelines. Uber told TechCrunch this afternoon that it still uses a form of this device fingerprinting, saying they need a way to identify those devices which committed fraud in the past -- especially in China,[...]

Companies Are Paying Millions For White Hat Hacking  (19 hours old)

White hat hackers "are in very high demand," says PwC's director of cyber investigation and breach response, in a New York Post article titled "Companies are paying millions to get hacked -- on purpose." An anonymous reader quotes their report: HackerOne, a San Francisco-based "vulnerability coordination and bug bounty platform," reports that it has some 800 corporate customers who paid out more than $15 million in bonuses to white-hat hackers since its founding in 2012. Most of that bounty was paid in the past two years, as companies have become more aware of their cyber vulnerabilities. Cli[...]

The Register

Forensic accountants appointed to pore over Post Office IT scandal (1 hour 34 minutes old)

Criminal Courts Review Commission confirms investigators in 27 cases The Criminal Courts Review Commission has confirmed that it has appointed a firm of forensic accountants to assist its investigation into whether sub-postmasters were wrongfully prosecuted due to issues affecting the Post Office's Horizon IT system.…

Risk-free Friday evenings, thanks to Office 365 license management (2 hours old)

Only six years overdue Office 365 administrators have a reason to be happy: Microsoft has finally joined the party on group-based Office 365 licence management, saving time from manual maintenance, or the reliance on scripts and third-party systems.…

Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford (2 hours old)

They'll be on the motorways as well Driverless cars using UK-made software will be tested on public roads and even motorways between London and Oxford.…

Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones (3 hours old)

Ground-based backup of in-flight drone-recorded data Fly Drive is not about car rental any more, not in our version of disk world at any rate. It's a Seagate disk drive for DJI drones and comes just three months after Seagate and drone-maker DJI announced a partnership to develop storage for drone-recorded images and videos.…

Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist (3 hours old)

Greyball snoopware even 'geofenced' Cupertino Uber hid its fingerprinting of iPhone users from Apple – techniques that would have had any other app thrown out of Apple's store. Uber retained the information even after the Uber app had been deleted and the phone had been wiped. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick got a personal reprimand from Apple CEO Tim Cook, but the app stayed put, and Uber continues to use fingerprinting worldwide.…

SAP Anywhere goes nowhere, reaches commercial cul-de-sac (3 hours old)

No more UK integrations, existing customers offered support from US team SAP Anywhere, the "complete front-office software package", is going nowhere quickly in Europe as the service has been closed to new customers.…

Apache Foundation hails Metron as new top level project for cybersecurity (4 hours old)

♪ Straight outta Cisco, crazy app framework called Metron, open-sourced so data's not crept on ♪ The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced Metron, a cybersecurity applications framework for centralised monitoring and analysis of network traffic, as its newest top-level project.…

HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer (5 hours old)

Cold, hard cash and cred up for grabs HPC Blog This year's edition of the Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) is the largest competition of its kind in the world, with 20 teams of university undergrads battling each other, themselves, and the world’s fastest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, to win the Asian Cluster Crown*.…

Nokia plans comeback on back of virtual reality (5 hours old)

Faces off with Facebook Surround 360 kit Analysis The Nokia as we traditionally know it is no more, and the reborn company of today is pinning a core part of its future business strategy on emerging virtual reality (VR) technologies.…

Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech (7 hours old)

A startup paradise? After Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016, there was a flurry of articles about how London's tech startups, shocked by the prospect of Brexit, could soon decamp to cheap, fun Berlin.…

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BBC News - Technology

Driverless cars trial set for UK motorways in 2019 (6 hours old)

The project will include a journey between London and Oxford in 2019.

YouTube restores 'wrongly blocked' LGBT videos (3 hours old)

Video-makers had complained that their content was being hidden by YouTube's "restricted mode".

Three apologises after network problems (1 day old)

The mobile phone company says some customers were unable to send texts or make calls on Saturday.

Brain Tumour Charity cautious about Italy mobile phone ruling (2 days old [21/04/17])

Charity urges caution after a ruling in Italy about mobile phone use and brain tumour growth.

Parents' mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils (1 day old)

More than a third of pupils have felt the need to ask adults to put down their phones, suggests a poll.

US Navy cracks down on sharing of intimate photographs (3 days old [21/04/17])

The order comes after an investigation into the sharing of images of female marines on Facebook.

Computer hacker Adam Mudd attacked gaming websites (2 days old [21/04/17])

Cyber attacks on universities and gaming websites, including Minecraft, cost them millions, a court hears.

GE17: No electronic voter registration for Northern Ireland (10 hours old)

Legislation to bring in the registration was passed in December but systems not in place for 8 June.

Warning over fake celebrity accounts (15 hours old)

Law enforcement agencies around the world are concerned about an increase in fake celebrity social media accounts.

Computer pioneer Harry Huskey dies aged 101 (3 days old [21/04/17])

The veteran hardware maker worked on the Eniac machine and helped Alan Turing build a computer.

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