Transform And Roll Out! Real Life Transformers Bot Collaboration With Takara Tomy
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '18 at 09:03 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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We have a very peculiar news to share for you today. A  Real Life Transformers Bot Collaboration With Takara Tomy, nonetheless. This was shared via Kotaku, and literally it’s a real Transformer. Like, as in a robot that turns into a car you can drive. Thank you, Japan! Called the J-deite Ride it’s a collaboration between Brave Robotics, Takara Tomy and Asratec. Not much left to say, so you can check out one of the videos shared (and take your guess on what character it reminds you). There are even more videos after the jump. » Continue Reading.

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As More Users Complain About Poor Keyboard in Current MacBook Pro Lineup, Critics Say Apple Should Consider Recalling the Device
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '18 at 08:31 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's how-about-that department:
Last year, a report outlining what it described as a major flaw in Apple's current MacBook Pro lineup became a talking point in the industry. The issue was that a piece of dust could render keys on the MacBook Pro lineup useless, and that Apple had no idea how to fix it. Casey Johnston, writing for The Outline: MacBook Pro's keyboard keys stopped working if a single piece of dust slipped under there, and more importantly, that neither Apple nor its Geniuses would acknowledge that this was actually a problem. Today, Best Buy announced it is having a significant sale on these computers, marking them hundreds of dollars off. Interesting. Still, I'd suggest you do not buy them. Since I wrote about my experience, many have asked me what happened with the new top half of the computer that the Apple Geniuses installed, with its pristine keyboard and maybe-different key switches. The answer is that after a couple of months, I started to get temporarily dead keys for seemingly no reason. Again. Longtime widely respected commentator Jason Snell says, "I know that we Apple-watchers sit around wondering if Apple will release new laptops with new keyboards that don't have these issues, but Apple's relative silence on this issue for existing customers is deafening. If these problems are remotely as common as they seem to be, this is an altogether defective product that should be recalled."

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Researchers Are Keeping Pig Brains Alive Outside the Body
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '18 at 08:31 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's rewriting-life department:
In a step that could change the definition of death, researchers have restored circulation to the brains of decapitated pigs and kept the reanimated organs alive for as long as 36 hours. From a report: The feat offers scientists a new way to study intact brains in the lab in stunning detail. But it also inaugurates a bizarre new possibility in life extension, should human brains ever be kept on life support outside the body. The work was described on March 28 at a meeting held at the National Institutes of Health to investigate ethical issues arising as US neuroscience centers explore the limits of brain science. During the event, Yale University neuroscientist Nenad Sestan disclosed that a team he leads had experimented on between 100 and 200 pig brains obtained from a slaughterhouse, restoring their circulation using a system of pumps, heaters, and bags of artificial blood warmed to body temperature.

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Google Joins Apple in Condemning the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '18 at 07:16 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's enough-is-enough department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google filed a public comment today criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to roll back the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy that aims to cut power plant pollution. With its comment, Google joins Apple in arguing that keeping the policy is a good deal for the US. Google's comment, which it shared with The Verge, lays out what it called a strong economic case for the Clean Power Plan.It says that the plan would encourage utilities and companies like Google to keep investing in renewable energy -- which Google says is getting cheaper, is desired by both consumers and investors, and is a good source of jobs.

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Snapchat Takes a Second Try at Spectacles
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '18 at 07:16 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's second-time's-the-charm? department:
Snapchat is launching an updated version of Spectacles, its glasses with an embedded camera, and says its first version of the smart glasses sold over 220,000 units. From a report: That first version also caused the company to take a nearly $40 million write-down in the third quarter due to excess inventory. But instead of scrapping its hardware unit, the company is pressing ahead. Snap "listened to our customers and our community and incorporated every part of their feedback," said Mark Randall, Snapchat's vice president of hardware. The new version costs $150 -- $20 more than the prior version. They come in three new colors (onyx, ruby, and sapphire), are water resistant and can take photos and videos in high definition. Plus the content transfers much faster.

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Magic Square Toys – Legends Scaled G1 Ultra Magnus Prototype
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '18 at 06:22 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Via Magic Square Toys Weibo we have images of thier upcoming Magic Square Toys – Legends Scaled G1 Ultra Magnus Prototype This figure is a very cartoon-accurate representation of  Ultra Magnus in both modes. The robot mode proves to be very articulated and poseable. You even recreate Ultra Magnus pose shooting at the sky from the classic G1 Transformers Movie poster. Another picture shows Magnus next to other Magic Square molds like Inferno, Grapple and Optimus Prime, proving that the scale between these figures is well planned. Another very nice addition to the growing options of unlicensed Legends scaled figures. No information on release date » Continue Reading.

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Wizard’s Of The Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Pre-Orders
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '18 at 06:22 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to 2005 Boards member Knightsword for sharing in our forums the first pre-orders of the upcoming Wizard’s Of The Coast Transformers Trading Card Game.   This new G1 inspired Trading Card Game was announced last year, and now via totalcards.net, we have our first pre-oder for several decks and packs as well as a description of the game: Starter Pack: Transformers TCG – Autobots Starter Deckfor for £10.45 ($14.61 approximately) Boosters (Single): Transformers TCG – Booster Pack for £2.45 ($3.42 approximately) Boosters (box): Transformers TCG – Booster Box (30 Packs) for £69.95 ($97.81 approximately) “Transformers Trading » Continue Reading.

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A Well-Known Expert On Student Loans Is Not Real
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '18 at 05:40 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's wake-up-you're-dreaming department:
mi shares a report from The Chronicle of Higher Education: Drew Cloud is everywhere. The self-described journalist who specializes in student-loan debt has been quoted in major news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and CNBC, and is a fixture in the smaller, specialized blogosphere of student debt. But he's a fiction, and "his" site -- an invention of a student-loan refinancing company.
"Drew Cloud is a pseudonym that a diverse group of authors at Student Loan Report, LLC use to share experiences and information related to the challenges college students face with funding their education," wrote Nate Matherson, CEO of LendEDU (the company that owns Cloud's website, The Student Loan Report). Before that admission, however, Cloud had corresponded at length with many journalists, pitching them stories and offering email interviews, many of which were published. When The Chronicle attempted to contact him through the address last week, Cloud said he was traveling and had limited access to his account. He didn't respond to additional inquiries. And on Monday, as The Chronicle continued to seek comment, Cloud suddenly evaporated. His once-prominent placement on The Student Loan Report had been removed. His bylines were replaced with "SLR Editor." Matherson confirmed on Tuesday that Cloud was an invention. Pressed on whether he regretted deceiving news organizations with a fake source, Matherson said Cloud "was created as a way to connect with our readers (ex. people struggling to repay student debt) and give us the technical ability to post content to the Wordpress website."

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Chinese Journalist Banned From Flying, Buying Property Due To 'Social Credit Score'
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '18 at 03:00 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's street-credit department:
schwit1 shares a report from CBS Local: China is rolling out a high-tech plan to give all of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score, based on how they behave. But there are consequences if a score gets too low, and for some that's cause for concern. When Liu Hu recently tried to book a flight, he was told he was banned from flying because he was on the list of untrustworthy people. Liu is a journalist who was ordered by a court to apologize for a series of tweets he wrote and was then told his apology was insincere. "I can't buy property. My child can't go to a private school," he said. "You feel you're being controlled by the list all the time." And the list is now getting longer as every Chinese citizen is being assigned a social credit score -- a fluctuating rating based on a range of behaviors. It's believed that community service and buying Chinese-made products can raise your score. Fraud, tax evasion and smoking in non-smoking areas can drop it.

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ESA Releases Largest Star Map Ever Online
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '18 at 12:20 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's come-and-get-it department:
S810 writes: The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a treasure trove of data from its Gaia Spacecraft; totaling around 1.7 billion stars. This star map is the largest of its kind to date. In addition to the star map, the data also contains motion and color data of 1.3 billion stars relative to the Sun. Furthermore, it includes "radial velocities, amount of dust, and surface temperatures of lots of stars, and a catalogue of over 14,000 Solar System objects, including asteroids," reports Gizmodo. You can view the data here, and view a guide for what the data contains and how to use it here.

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Kazakhstan Is Changing Its Alphabet From Cyrillic To Latin-Based Style Favored By the West
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '18 at 08:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's economics-of-change department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan is changing its alphabet from Cyrillic script to the Latin-based style favored by the West. The change, announced on a blustery Tuesday morning in mid-February, was small but significant -- and it elicited a big response. The government signed off on a new alphabet, based on a Latin script instead of Kazakhstan's current use of Cyrillic, in October. But it has faced vocal criticism from the population -- a rare occurrence in this nominally democratic country ruled by Nazarbayev's iron fist for almost three decades. In this first version of the new alphabet, apostrophes were used to depict sounds specific to the Kazakh tongue, prompting critics to call it "ugly." The second variation, which Kaipiyev liked better, makes use of acute accents above the extra letters. So, for example, the Republic of Kazakhstan, which would in the first version have been Qazaqstan Respy'bli'kasy, is now Qazaqstan Respyblikasy, removing the apostrophes.
The BBC article goes on to explain the economics of such a change, citing a restuarant owner that marketed his business using the first version of the alphabet. "All his marketing materials, the labelling on napkin holders and menus, and even the massive sign outside the building will have to be replaced," reports the BBC. "In his attempt to get ahead by launching in the new alphabet, [the owner] had not predicted that the government would revise it. He thinks it will cost about $3,000 to change the spelling of the name on everything to the new version, Sabiz." The full transition to the Latin-based script is expected to be completed by 2025, impacting this owner and many other small business owners.

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Belgium Declares Video Game Loot Boxes Gambling and Therefore Illegal
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '18 at 07:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's rule-of-law department:
The Belgian Gaming Commission has reviewed several big video games and found that randomized loot boxes in at least three of the titles count as "games of chance," and publishers could therefore be subject to fines and prison sentences under the country's gaming legislation. Ars Technica reports: A statement by Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens (machine translation) identifies loot boxes in Overwatch, FIFA 18, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive as meeting the criteria for that "game of chance" definition: i.e., "there is a game element [where] a bet can lead to profit or loss and chance has a role in the game." The Commission also looked at Star Wars: Battlefront II and determined that the recent changes EA made to the game means it "no longer technically forms a game of chance." Beyond that simple definition, the Gaming Commission expressed concern over games that draw in players with an "emotional profit forecast" of randomized goods, where players "buy an advantage with real money without knowing what benefit it would be." The fact that these games don't disclose the odds of receiving specific in-game items is also worrisome, the Commission said. The three games noted above must remove their loot boxes or be in criminal violation of the country's gaming legislation, Geens writes. That law carries penalties of up to 800,000EU (~$973,680) and five years in prison, which can be doubled if "minors are involved." But Geens says he wants to start a "dialogue" with loot box providers to "see who should take responsibility where."

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Bumblebee Movie Footage Shown at Cinemacon!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '18 at 06:10 PM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
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Cinemacon is in full effect right now, the trade show where theater owners and movie studios get together to preview and hype upcoming flicks.  Paramount just had their panel and the upcoming Transformers Bumblebee movie had footage shown with an intro by the director Travis Knight.  In the video, we get to see Bumblebee’s first encounter with Hailee Steinfeld’s Charlie, some action shots including other Transformers and even some with John Cena’s character.  Read on for more details! Key parts from from Comicbook.com, check them for the full run down of the event though: An alarm goes off at » Continue Reading.

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iOS 11.3.1 Fixes Bug Where Third-Party Screen Repairs Made iPhone 8 Touchscreens Stop Working
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '18 at 05:41 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's not-so-bad-after-all department:
The latest version of iOS 11.3.1 includes a fix for an issue where people who use third-party repair services to replace their displays had their devices become unresponsive. According to release notes, "iOS 11.3.1 improves the security of your iPhone or iPad and addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays." Gizmodo reports: Retailers and customers alike suspected that Apple was deliberately letting the issue and other malfunctions that arose from replacing other components go unresolved in some sort of ploy to pressure customers into paying for officially licensed repair services that are more expensive. It's possible that some users indeed were forced to shell out a fair chunk of change to Apple for official repairs, in which case they might justifiably be angry that this was an issue that could be resolved with an update. iOS 11 was notoriously buggy after its release, and Apple has devoted so much effort to bug-fixing that this year's iOS 12 update will reportedly have fewer new features. Though Apple says the 11.3.1 fix will work, it also warned people to please not use third-party repair shops: "Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine Apple parts. See support.apple.com for more information."

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Amazon Will Now Deliver Packages To the Trunk of Your Car
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '18 at 05:41 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's keys-to-success department:
Last year, Amazon unveiled a service called Amazon Key that lets delivery people into your home to drop off packages. Now, the tech giant wants to do the same thing with your car. Amazon announced a new service that gives it couriers access to a person's vehicle for the purpose of leaving package deliveries inside. "Amazon wants to use the connected technologies embedded in many modern vehicles today" to gain entry, reports The Verge. "The company is launching this new service in partnership with two major automakers -- General Motors and Volvo -- and will be rolling out in 37 cities in the U.S. starting today." From the report: Amazon has been beta testing the new service in California and Washington state for the past six months. To start out, the service will only be available to Amazon Prime subscribers. It's also limited to owners of GM and Volvo vehicles, model year 2015 or newer, with active OnStar and Volvo on Call accounts. Amazon says it plans to add other automobile brands over time. Packages that weigh over 50 pounds, are larger than 26 x 21 x 16 inches in size, require a signature, are valued over $1,300, or come from a third-party seller also are not eligible for in-car delivery.

To access the new delivery service, you need to add your car to your Amazon Key app and include a description of the vehicle, so Amazon's couriers will be able to locate it. The car will need to be parked within a certain radius of an address used for Amazon deliveries, so either home or work. Driveways, parking lots, parking garages, and street parking are all eligible locations, just as long as it's not at some random address across town. To find your car, Amazon's couriers will have access to its GPS location and license plate number, as well as an image of the car.

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Ford To Stop Selling Every Car In North America But the Mustang, Focus Active
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '18 at 04:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's slow-selling department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Ford today announced it will phase out most cars it sells in North America. According to its latest financial release, the auto giant "will transition to two vehicles" -- the Mustang and an unannounced vehicle, the Focus Active, being the only traditional cars it sells in the region. Ford sees 90 percent of its North America portfolio in trucks, utilities and commercial vehicles. Citing a reduction in consumer demand and product profitability, Ford is in turn not investing in the next generation of sedans. The Taurus is no more. The press release also talks about a new type of vehicle, though it sounds like a crossover. This so-called white space vehicle will "combine the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as higher ride height, space and versatility." Currently, Ford sells six sedans and coupes in North America: the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang and Taurus. This lineup hits multiple segments, from the compact Fiesta to the mid-size Focus, C-Max and Fusion to the full-size Taurus. The Mustang stands alone as the lone coupe.

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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Like the New Gmail UI?
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '18 at 04:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's compare-and-contrast department:
Earlier today, Google pushed out the biggest revamp of Gmail in years. In addition to a new material design look, there are quick links to other Google services, such as Calendar, Tasks, and Keep, as well as a new "confidential mode" designed to protect users against certain attacks by having the email(s) automatically expire at a time of the sender's choosing. Long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein shares their initial impressions of Google's new Gmail UI: Google launched general access to their first significant Gmail user interface (UI) redesign in many years today. It's rolling out gradually -- when it hits your account you'll see a "Try the new Gmail" choice under the settings ("gear") icon on the upper right of the page (you can also revert to the "classic" interface for now, via the same menu). But you probably won't need to revert. Google clearly didn't want to screw up Gmail, and my initial impression is that they've succeeded by avoiding radical changes in the UI. I'll bet that some casual Gmail users might not even immediately notice the differences.

The new Gmail UI is what we could call a "minimally disruptive" redesign of the now "classic" version. The overall design is not altered in major respects. So far I haven't found any notable missing features, options, or settings. My impression is that the back end systems serving Gmail are largely unchanged. Additionally, there are a number of new features (some of which are familiar in design from Google's "Inbox" email interface) that are now surfaced for the new Gmail. Crucially, overall readability and usability (including contrast, font choices, UI selection elements, etc.) seem so close to classic Gmail (at least in my limited testing so far) as to make any differences essentially inconsequential. And it's still possible to select a dark theme from settings if you wish, which results in even higher contrast. Have you tried the new Gmail? If so, how do you like the new interface?

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Trump Meets With Apple's Tim Cook To Talk Trade
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '18 at 04:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's happy-hour department:
New submitter genfail shares a report from Reuters: President Donald Trump met with Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday to discuss trade issues as the technology industry grapples with a U.S. spat over import tariffs with China, a manufacturing hub for the iPhone maker and other companies. Apple, the world's largest technology company, and other hardware makers have deep ties with China, where many of their products are built for export around the world. Cook urged an easing of U.S.-China tensions and called for more open trade after the trade dispute flared last month between the world's two largest economies. Trump announced about $50 billion in planned tariffs on certain Chinese imports, China retaliated with proposed tariffs on some American goods and Trump responded that the United States could counter with $100 billion in additional levies. U.S. and Chinese officials have been working to resolve the dispute.

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Power Of The Primes Leader Class Evolution Optimal Optimus New Stock Photos
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '18 at 03:30 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to 2005 Boards member Nevermore, we have some great new stock photos of the Power Of The Primes Leader Class Evolution Optimal Optimus. The new images surfaced via Amazon US and Forbidden Planet. The new stock images let us see the packaging, card, Optimal Optimus robot mode, the inner Optimus Primal robot, the evolution armor, the gorilla mode and the surfing-space-gorilla special mode for your viewing pleasure. This is sure a toy that brings back the spirit of the great boss-monkey. You can check out the mirrored images after the jump and then chime in your impressions » Continue Reading.

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Bezop Cryptocurrency Server Exposes Personal Info of 25,000 Investors
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '18 at 03:02 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's leaky-faucet department:
lod123 shares a report from Threatpost: A leaky Mongo database exposed personal information, including scanned passports and driver's licenses, of 25,000 investors and potential investors tied to the Bezop cryptocurrency, according to researchers. Kromtech Security said that it found the unprotected data on March 30, adding that it included a treasure-trove of information ranging from "full names, (street) addresses, email addresses, encrypted passwords, wallet information, along with links to scanned passports, driver's licenses and other IDs," according to the researchers. Kromtech researchers, in their overview of the results of its investigation, said that Bezop.io, the organization behind the currency, immediately secured the data after being notified. Bezop is one of over 1,000 cryptocurrencies in a crowded playing field vying for investor attention. According to Kromtech, the list of 25,000 people included both current and prospective investors promised Bezop cryptocurrency in exchange for promoting the cryptocurrency on social media.

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