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Christmas Gift Guide 2017: 20 gadgets and presents for binary bartenders (3 hours old)

Titillating thirst-quenchers for fans of all tipples

Stuff Gadget Podcast Episode 38 - the one with the pre-Black Friday panic (1 day old)

The gadget deals Armageddon is on, but we still managed to sneak out a pod

Best Black Friday 2017 smartphone and accessory deals (1 day old)

Pick up a SIM-free handset for a knockdown price, or buy your mobile a bargain case or accessories

Best Black Friday 2017 camera deals (1 day old)

Pick up a new DSLR, compact system camera, bridge or compact for a bargain this black Friday

Best Black Friday 2017 TV deals (1 day old)

4K televisions for under £400? You'll find them here

The Stuff Hot Five (1 day old)

These are the top five products worth your time and money this week

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Apple iPhone X: Which is best? (1 day old)

Google and Apple both went big, but we could only pick one

Which Amazon Echo should you buy? (2 days old [17/11/17])

One Alexa, loads of very different gadgets – we can help

Christmas Gift Guide 2017: 311 amazing Christmas gift ideas (2 days old [17/11/17])

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

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Slashdot

What They Don't Tell You About Climate Change (21 minutes old)

Countries are scrambling to limit the rise in the earth's temperature to just two degrees by the end of this century. But Slashdot reader dryriver shares an article titled "What They Don't Tell You About Climate Change." No, it is not that Climate Change is a hoax or that the climate science gets it all wrong and Climate Change isn't happening. According to the Economist, it is rather that "Fully 101 of the 116 models the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change uses to chart what lies ahead assume that carbon will be taken out of the air in order for the world to have a good chance of meeti[...]

Bitcoin Prices Surge 26% in November, Pass $8000 (1 hour 21 minutes old)

Bitcoin's value has increased more than 26% in less than three weeks, writes Bloomberg. An anonymous reader quotes their report: Bitcoin topped $8,000 for the first time, as investors set aside technology concerns that had derailed its advance earlier this month. Bitcoin rose 4.8 percent to $8,071.05 as of 7:17 a.m. Sydney time on Monday. Itâ(TM)s now up more than 700 percent this year after shrugging off a tumble of as much as 29 percent earlier this month. It's been a tumultuous year for the largest cryptocurrency, with three separate slumps of more than 25 percent in value all giving wa[...]

Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Its Reactors' Melted Uranium Fuel (2 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes Gizmodo: Earlier this year, remotely piloted robots transmitted what officials believe was a direct view of melted radioactive fuel inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant's destroyed reactors [YouTube] -- a major discovery, but one that took a long and painful six years to achieve... Japanese officials are now hoping that they can convince a skeptical public that the worst of the disaster is over, the New York Times reported, but it's not clear whether it's too late despite the deployment of 7,000 workers and massive resources to return the region to something[...]

Firefox vs Chrome: Speed and Memory (3 hours old)

Mashable aleady reported Firefox Quantum performs better than Chrome on web applications (based on BrowserBench's JetStream tests), but that Chrome performed better on other benchmarks. Now Laptop Mag has run more tests, agreeing that Firefox performs beter on JetStream tests -- and on WebXPRT's six HTML5- and JavaScript-based workload tests. Firefox Quantum was the winner here, with a score of 491 (from an average of five runs, with the highest and lowest results tossed out) to Chrome's 460 -- but that wasn't quite the whole story. Whereas Firefox performed noticeably better on the Organize[...]

In Defense of Project Management For Software Teams (4 hours old)

mikeatTB writes: Many Slashdotters weighed in on Steven A. Lowe's post, "Is Project Management Killing Good Products, Teams and Software?", where he slammed project management and called for product-centrism. Many commenters pushed back, but one PM, Yvette Schmitter, has fired back with a scathing response post, noting: "As a project manager, I'm saddened to see that project management and project managers are getting a bad rap from both ends of the spectrum. Business tends not to see the value in them, and developers tend to believe their own 'creativity' is being stymied by them. Let's set t[...]

Cringely: Amazon Is Starting To Act Like 'Bad Microsoft' (5 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes Cringely.com: My last column was about the recent tipping point signifying that cloud computing is guaranteed to replace personal computing over the next three years. This column is about the slugfest to determine what company's public cloud is most likely to prevail. I reckon it is Amazon's and I'll go further to claim that Amazon will shortly be the new Microsoft. What I mean by The New Microsoft is that Amazon is starting to act a lot like the old Microsoft of the 1990s. You remember -- the Bad Microsoft... Tech companies behave this way because most employ[...]

46% of Americans Now Have High Blood Pressure (6 hours old)

"Millions more Americans will now be diagnosed with high blood pressure," reports NBC News, which describes the condition as "one of the leading killers around the world." Anyone with blood pressure higher than 130/80 will be considered to have hypertension, or high blood pressure, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology said in releasing their new joint guidelines. "It's very clear that lower is better," said Dr. Paul Whelton of Tulane University, who chaired the committee that wrote the guidelines... 130/80 to 139/89 is now considered Stage 1 hypertension and anyth[...]

'Lazy' Hackers Exploit Microsoft RDP To Install Ransomware (7 hours old)

An anonymous reader writes: An investigation by Sophos has uncovered a new, lazy but effective ransomware attack where hackers brute force passwords on computers with [Microsoft's] Remote Desktop Protocol enabled, use off-the-shelf privilege escalation exploits to make themselves admins, turn off security software and then manually run fusty old versions of ransomware. They even delete the recovery files created by Windows Live backup -- and make sure they can also scramble the database. "Because they've used their sysadmin powers to rig the system to be as insecure as they can, they can [...]

Apple Fixes the iPhone X 'Unresponsive When It's Cold' Bug (8 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Apple released iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads Thursday afternoon. It's a minor, bug-fix update that benefits iPhone X users who encountered issues after acquiring the new phone just under two weeks ago... The update fixes just two problems. The first is "an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop." Last week, some iPhone X owners began reporting on Reddit and elsewhere that their touchscreens became temporarily unresponsive when going outside into the cold... The update also "addresses [...]

Scientists Develop Kill Switches In Case Bioengineered Microbes Go Rogue (11 hours old)

schwit1 quotes UPI: Scientists at Harvard have developed a pair of new kill switches that can be used to thwart bioengineered microbes that go rogue. Researchers have been testing the use of bioengineered microbes for a variety of purposes, from the diagnosis of disease in the human body to the neutering of mosquitoes. But there remain concerns about releasing manipulated microbes into nature. Could their augmented genes have unintended consequences? Could they morph and proliferate? Kill-switches ensure the microbes effectively shutdown, or commit suicide, after they've executed their inte[...]

The Register

The Social Network™ releases its data networking code (12 minutes old)

Open/R distributed router software goes open source, with Juniper, Arista aboard Facebook has sent another shiver running up Cisco's spine, by releasing the code it uses for packet routing.…

If you're big enough, Cisco will cook you a private software SKU (1 hour 13 minutes old)

Custom big data bundles for Australia's Telstra pop up on product death list Vulture South last week spotted an oddity in this Cisco end of sale announcement for “Cisco Select UCS Server Accessories”.…

nbn™ to ISPs: share your speeds or we'll share 'em for you (2 hours old)

nbn™ financials, the speed scandal, and 'what millennials like part 1,096' NBN Week Australia's National Broadband Network “speed scandal” was in the news again last week, as nbn™, the company building and operating the network, suggested it should publish its internal speed data to resolve the issue.…

Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on (1 day old)

NSF approves plan to keep Puerto Rico facility operational after hurricane trashed it The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved a plan to keep the famous Arecibo Observatory running after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria.…

Aww: Apple won't be HomePod for Christmas (1 day old)

Sir Jony's nosey speakers delayed until 2018 Apple will fail to deliver its HomePod internet-connected speakers in time for the Christmas shopping season.…

Then there were four: Another draft US law on 'foreign' (aka domestic) mass spying emerges (1 day old)

And this one is… not in favor of snooping on Americans, whoa The battle over a controversial US government spying program has intensified – with a fourth piece of legislation tackling the surveillance introduced to Congress on Friday.…

Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules (2 days old [17/11/17])

You've got the authority, big boy, CTIA tells Pai... And such strong arms The stomach-churning love-fest between the American cable industry and FCC Ajit Pai continues apace with Big Cable now pillow talking the federal regulator into how to prevent individual US states forming their own net neutrality protections.…

Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets (2 days old [17/11/17])

Dozens of terabytes exposed, your tax dollars at work Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest.…

Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk (2 days old [17/11/17])

Highway to the donger zone A US navy pilot in an EA-18G GROWLER is facing stiff action – after crafting a novel flight pattern that left much of central Washington state staring up at an anatomy lesson.…

Shamed TLS/SSL cert authority StartCom to shut up shop (2 days old [17/11/17])

Chairman tells El Reg nobody will even notice its passing Controversial certificate authority StartCom is going out of business.…

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BBC News - Technology

Hammond: Driverless cars will be on UK roads by 2021 (12 hours old)

The chancellor says the country must embrace new technologies in order to succeed.

UK seeks future cyber-security stars (1 day old)

UK initiatives aim to get young people choosing a career in cyber-security to close a looming skills gap.

Apple delays launch of smart speaker (2 days old [17/11/17])

The HomePod will now go on release in early 2018 as the gadget still needs work, said Apple.

Germany bans children's smartwatches (2 days old [17/11/17])

Telecoms regulator says kids' smartwatches are spying devices and are to be banned under German law.

Tech to cut young drivers' insurance bills (2 days old [17/11/17])

Which is the best insurance technology for young drivers: Black box or dash cam?

Gamers' anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments (2 days old [17/11/17])

EA temporarily suspends in-game purchases as it does not want controversy to "overshadow" its game.

Net filters help avoid dodgy domains (2 days old [17/11/17])

Consumers can get help to spot domains that are known to be used by phishing gangs and cyber-thieves

Unilad Facebook account blocked (2 days old [17/11/17])

The Facebook account for viral news website Unilad has been deleted.

Fullscreen 'YouTube Red rival' to close in January (2 days old [17/11/17])

The online talent network said it wanted to focus its investment elsewhere.

Far-right accounts lose Twitter verified tick (3 days old [16/11/17])

The social network says it will remove the verified badge from accounts that break its rules.

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