Takara Tomy War for Cybertron: Siege Omega Supreme Promotional Video
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 06:31 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Courtesy of TFND Facebook we can share for your a new Takara Tomy Siege Omega Supreme Promotional Video for your viewing pleasure. Takara Tomy designers show off the new Titan Class Omega Supreme in all his glory. In fact, we have 2 Omega Supreme figures on display. One in robot mode and another one in rocket base mode. We have a closer look at the robot mode next to his rival Combiner Wars Devastator and several other recent figures for those who are wondering about scale between the toys. We have an extensive look at how Omega Supreme can interact with » Continue Reading.

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Ford Teases All-Electric F-150 Pickup Truck By Pulling a Million-Pound Train
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 05:22 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's electric-power department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In 2017, Ford announced that it would sell an all-electric version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck. It plans to start selling a hybrid version in 2020, and as a way to start priming the pump (or plug, as it were) for a vehicle that will no doubt be a very big deal, the company released a video Tuesday demonstrating the electric truck's remarkable towing capacity. The electric prototype is seen pulling 10 double-decker rail cars over 1,000 feet. It does it once when the rail cars are empty and a second time with them loaded with 42 regular, gas-burning F-150s. The latter stunt puts the entire load at 1.25 million pounds, according to Linda Zhang, chief engineer on the electric truck project. In the fine print, Ford describes the towing stunt as a "one-time short event demonstration" and claims it is "far beyond any production truck's published capacity." Right now, Tesla holds the record for pulling the heaviest load, when a Model X towed a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner nearly 1,000 feet on a taxiway at the Melbourne Airport in Australia last year. In June, Elon Musk teased Tesla's upcoming Pickup truck and took a swipe at Ford and other truck companies, saying: "It's going to be a truck that is more capable than other trucks. The goal is to be a better truck than a [Ford] F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality and be a better sports car than a standard [Porsche] 911. That's the aspiration."

He also said in a tweet that the towing capacity would be 300,000 pounds.

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Ask Slashdot: Why Does Suicide Seem To Be More Common Among Tech Workers?
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 05:22 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's sad-trends department:
tripleevenfall writes: At numerous points during my career in the tech industry, my workplaces have been affected by the suicide of an employee. Usually beginning with the receipt of a vague email that management has been "saddened" that someone had "passed away" recently, the truth soon becomes known and the questions begin circulating again. Why does suicide seem to be more common among tech workers? Is it due to lifestyle choices commonly associated with tech workers that lead to isolation? Are the personality types that choose tech work more prone to mental illnesses?

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Facial Recognition May Be Banned From Public Housing Thanks To Proposed Law
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 04:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's limits-on-technology department:
Lawmakers in Congress are expected to introduce landmark legislation this week that will ban facial recognition technology from public housing. Called the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act, the proposed bill would prohibit housing units that receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development from using technology like facial recognition. It would also require HUD to submit a report on facial recognition, detailing its impact on public housing units and their tenants. CNET reports: This would be the first federal bill that looks at what technology landlords can impose on tenants. While the law would only affect HUD housing, it could raise awareness for a broader set of landlords and tenants, and it comes as people are increasingly questioning the threats to privacy that stem from facial recognition. The only other federal bill on facial recognition is the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act, introduced in March by Sens. Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri, and Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii. There also aren't any laws on technology that landlords can impose on tenants. More than 20,000 homes in the last two years have been converted into smart homes by landlords, even as tenants complain about privacy concerns and issues with faulty locks.

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Dropbox Irks Mac Users With Annoying Dock Icon, Offers Clueless Support
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 04:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's annoying-behavior department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Dropbox now opens a new file browser and an associated Dock icon every time it starts, even if you don't want it to. If you're not familiar with Macs, the Dock is the line of applications on the bottom of the screen (or the side, if you've moved it in the settings) and serves the same function as the Windows Taskbar. If my computer restarts or if Dropbox restarts, the new Dropbox window that I don't want pops up in the Dock. This isn't a huge deal, as I can quit Dropbox's new file browser and get rid of that Dock icon each time my computer starts up. I'm not going to stop using Dropbox -- I've been paying the company $138 a year for 2TB of storage and for 12 months' worth of file history, which saves all deleted files and revisions to files. (It's going up to $158 next time I get billed, in February.) It's worth it to me because Dropbox still works great, while the alternatives have always been unreliable or disappointing in other ways when I've tried them. I'll get into that more later in this article.

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Transformers Studio Series SS-45 Age Of Extinction Drift (Helicopter) In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 03:51 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Via TFND – Transformers Never Die Public Group | Facebook we have our first in-hand images of the new Transformers Studio Series SS-45 Age Of Extinction Drift (Helicopter mode). This is a very extensive retool of Studio Series SS-22 helicopter Dropkick with impressive results. The helicopter mode looks very nice and the robot mode is well designed. Of course, Drift can use his two big swords, that can form the helicopter blades too. We also have comparison shots next to SS-22 Dropkick and SS-36 The Last Knight Drift. Click on the bar to see the mirrored images on » Continue Reading.

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BMW To Treat Apple CarPlay as a Subscription Service and Charge Customers an Annual Fee
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 02:41 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's no-shame department:
BMW will turn Apple CarPlay into a subscription service beginning with its 2019-model-year vehicles. From a report: The German automaker currently charges a one-time $300 to add Apple CarPlay capability to navigation-equipped BMW models. Going forward, though, navigation-equipped BMWs will come with CarPlay at no charge for one year. Following that first year, customers will need to pay an annual fee of $80 to maintain the relationship between their Apple device and their BMW's infotainment system. BMWs currently are not compatible with Android Auto, although the company did announce its plans to integrate Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa services into its vehicles. [...] Regardless, BMW's decision to charge a yearly fee for CarPlay is contrary to industry norms, as all other automakers include the service as a standard or optional feature that spans the life of the vehicle, similar to a sunroof or AM/FM radio. We'll see if other manufacturers follow BMW's lead in the future or whether the market will force the automaker to fall back into line and provide it at no extra cost.

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Justice Department To Open Broad, New Antitrust Review of Big Tech Companies
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 02:41 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's put-under-the-microscope department:
schwit1 shares a report from The Wall Street Journal: The Justice Department is opening a broad antitrust review into whether dominant technology firms are unlawfully stifling competition (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), according to department officials, adding a new Washington threat for companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. The review is geared toward examining the practices of online platforms that dominate internet search, social media and retail services, the officials said.

The new antitrust inquiry is the strongest signal yet of Attorney General William Barr's deep interest in the tech sector, and it could ratchet up the already considerable regulatory pressures facing the top U.S. tech firms. The review is designed to go above and beyond recent plans for scrutinizing the tech sector that were crafted by the department and the Federal Trade Commission. Justice Department officials said they would use the new antitrust review to seek extensive input and information from industry participants, and eventually from the dominant tech firms themselves. It isn't yet known whether much of the information-gathering will be done on a voluntary basis or if companies eventually could be compelled by the government to turn over materials. "There is no defined end-goal yet for the Big Tech review other than to understand whether there are antitrust problems that need addressing, but a broad range of options are on the table," the report adds. "The department's inquiry could eventually lead to more focused investigations of specific company conduct."

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Airlines Are Finally Fixing the Middle Seat
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 01:21 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's shape-of-things-to-come department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: "There's no justice in air travel," an airline industry insider once told me. A third of passengers on planes get stuck with a middle seat, getting smushed for hours at a time in a chair that costs exactly the same ticket price as a window or aisle. That just stinks. But what if we could rethink the middle seat to be more comfortable? In 2017, we wrote about a landmark airplane seat called the S1. Its design is unique in that it staggers the typical three-seat arrangement, so that middle-seat passengers sit slightly behind others in their row. Last month, the S1 received FAA approval to be installed on planes; an undisclosed U.S .airline will be putting them on 50 planes by the end of 2020.

The S1 has been in development for five years, and the team behind it at Molon Labe Seating is a mere six people, including sales and operations staff. Designed for commuter flights of only a few hours max, the S1 moves the middle seat a few inches lower than, and back from, the aisle and window seat. It also widens the seat by about three inches. This allows your arms, shoulders, thighs, and elbows to spread just a bit more than they otherwise could, without giving the seat more legroom or reducing a plane's seating capacity (which translates to profit margins for airlines). "We have discovered that what looks like a small stagger actually makes a huge difference. The trick is to actually sit in the seat. In fact our main sales tool is to ship seats to airlines so they can sit in them," says Molon Labe founder Hank Scott. "I have watched this several times -- airline executives see the seat, nod their head and then say they get it. Then we ask them to actually sit down, next to a big fella like our head sales guy Thomas [6-foot-6, 250 pounds]. Within a few seconds they [really] get it -- they stop being an airline executive and switch into passenger modes."

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IDW’s Transformers Galaxies Monthly Series: Issue #1 Ramondelli Artwork Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 01:11 PM
By AzT from TFW2005:
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Following our reveal last month of IDW’s new Transformers spin-off series entitled Transformers: Galaxies, which we know is already on your September pull list, author Tyler Bleszinski brings us a great treat: Those who follow me may get the occasional sneak peek at some art by the great @LivioRamondelli coming in the first issue of #tfgalaxies Constructicons Rising. Today is one of those days. Enjoy! Full credits: (W) Tyler Bleszinski (A/CA) Livio Ramondelli (CA) Nick Roche Check out the artwork attached to this post, including the series poster made available at » Continue Reading.

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Facebook Deceived Users About the Way It Used Phone Numbers, Facial Recognition, FTC To Allege in Complaint
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 12:01 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's breaking-news department:
The Federal Trade Commission plans to allege that Facebook misled users' about its handling of their phone numbers as part of a wide-ranging complaint that accompanies a settlement ending the government's privacy probe, Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing two people familiar with the matter. From the report: In the complaint, which has not yet been released, federal regulators take issue with Facebook's earlier implementation of a security feature called two-factor authentication. It allows users to request one-time password, sent by text message, each time they log onto the social-networking site. But some advertisers managed to target Facebook users who uploaded those contact details, perhaps without the full knowledge of those who provided them, the two sources said. The misuse of the phone numbers was first identified in media reports and by academics last year. The FTC also plans to allege that Facebook had provided insufficient information to users -- roughly 30 million -- about their ability to turn off a tool that would identify and offer tag suggestions for photos, the sources added. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity. The facial recognition issue appears to have first been publicized earlier this year by Consumer Reports.

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Widespread Blackouts in Venezuela Could Be New Normal, Experts Warn
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 12:01 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's growing-challenge department:
Widespread electricity outages could become the new normal in Venezuela, experts have warned, as the country struggled to restore power after a massive blackout that left millions without power or access to the internet. From a report: The energy minister, Freddy Brito, said on Tuesday morning that power had been restored in Caracas and at least five states after the outage which the government blamed on an "electromagnetic attack" at hydroelectric dams in the south of the country. About 80% of Venezuela's grid is served by hydropower. But energy analysts were deeply suspicious of government claims, arguing instead that years of corruption and mismanagement have eroded Venezuela's energy capacity. "This blackout is the result of negligent mis-operation of the power grid," said Jose Aguilar, a Venezuelan energy and risk consultant based in the US. "These will keep happening and it will get worse before it gets better."

Other analysts express similar incredulity. "It's hard to believe that it was an electromagnetic attack, when you've seen years of theft and corruption in the energy sector," said Geoff Ramsey, an analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America. "This blackout shows government doesn't have the tools to return to normalcy." Some supporters of Nicolas Maduro have claimed that US sanctions aimed at Venezuela's oil industry have hampered his government's ability to keep the lights on, but many of those sanctions target individuals accused corruption.

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Apple Dominates App Store Search Results, Thwarting Competitors
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 12:01 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's my-way-or-highway department:
Apple's mobile apps routinely appear first in search results ahead of competitors in its App Store, a powerful advantage that skirts some of the company's rules on such rankings, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. From the report: The company's apps ranked first in more than 60% of basic searches, such as for "maps," [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] the analysis showed. Apple apps that generate revenue through subscriptions or sales, like Music or Books, showed up first in 95% of searches related to those apps. This dominance gives the company an upper hand in a marketplace that generates $50 billion in annual spending. Services revenue linked to the performance of apps is at the center of Apple's strategy to diversify its profits as iPhone sales wane. While many of Apple's products are undoubtedly popular, they are held to a different standard by the App Store. Apple tells developers that downloads, user reviews and ratings are factors that influence search results. Yet more than two dozen of Apple's apps come pre-installed on iPhones and are shielded from reviews and ratings.

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LinkedIn Is Migrating To Microsoft Azure
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 10:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's family-matters department:
An anonymous reader writes: LinkedIn today announced it is swapping out its data centers for the public cloud. The Microsoft-owned company is moving its infrastructure to Azure as part of a multi-year migration. VentureBeat sat down with Mohak Shroff, LinkedIn's SVP of engineering, to discuss one of the biggest technological transformations in the company's history. LinkedIn plans to migrate its 645 million members over several years so as not to compromise the site's accessibility, reliability, and performance. "We think probably at least three years till we're done, possibly longer than that," Shroff confirmed. "It will be a gradual migration. We'll see increasing workloads on Azure over time, with a pretty significant inflection point, about a year and a half, two years out from now. And then kind of an accelerated migration post that."

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New York City To Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 10:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's moving-forward department:
Telecommunications firms and mobile-based apps make billions of dollars per year by selling customer location data to marketers and other businesses, offering a vast window into the whereabouts of cellphone and app users, often without their knowledge. That practice, which has come under increasing scrutiny and criticism in recent years, is now the subject of proposed legislation in New York [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. If passed, it is believed that the city would become the first to ban the sale of geolocation data to third parties. From a report: The bill, which will be introduced on Tuesday, would make it illegal for cellphone companies and mobile app developers to share location data gathered while a customer's mobile device is within the five boroughs. Cellphone companies and mobile apps collect detailed geolocation data of their users and then sell that information to legitimate companies such as digital marketers, roadside emergency assistance services, retail advertisers, hedge funds or -- in the case of a class-action lawsuit filed against AT&T -- bounty hunters. "The average person has no idea they are vulnerable to this," said Councilman Justin L. Brannan, a Brooklyn Democrat who is introducing the bill. "We are concerned by the fact that someone can sign up for cell service and their data can wind up in the hands of five different companies."

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Game Theory: The LOST History of Minecraft's Enderman
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 10:20 AM
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NSA Forms Cybersecurity Directorate Under More Assertive U.S. Effort
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 09:21 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's up-next department:
The National Security Agency will create a cybersecurity directorate later this year as part of a wider effort to align the agency's offensive and defensive operations more closely, U.S. officials said. From a report: Anne Neuberger has been tapped to lead the new directorate, slated to become operational Oct. 1. The creation of the directorate and selection of Ms. Neuberger come during a broader fusion of NSA's offensive and defensive portfolios. The integration has been under way for several years but has expanded under Gen. Paul Nakasone, who has led the NSA and the U.S. Cyber Command since May 2018. The Trump administration has sought to be more aggressive and the NSA has adopted a strategy of "persistent engagement" in cyberspace against foreign adversaries including Russia, China and Iran. Much of those efforts, which are led offensively by Cyber Command but supported by intelligence collected by NSA, have focused on deterring election interference after Moscow, according to former special counsel Robert Mueller and the U.S. intelligence community, meddled in the 2016 presidential vote to boost the candidacy of Donald Trump. Russia has denied the allegations. Ms. Neuberger, 43 years old, is expected to be named formally to her new post Tuesday during a speech by Gen. Nakasone at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University. He is expected to provide public details on the cybersecurity directorate for the first time.

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Freshly Elected as UK's Next PM, Boris Johnson Pledges Full Fiber Broadband Bonanza
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 09:21 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's shape-of-things-to-come department:
The UK will shortly have a new prime minister after the Conservative Party membership overwhelmingly voted to elect Boris Johnson as their new party leader, passing over his sole rival for the post, Jeremy Hunt. From a report: Johnson received 92,135 votes, a full 45,497 more than Hunt. He replaces Theresa May who announced she would step down in May after failing to achieve backing from parliament for her EU withdrawal deal -- the second PM to be topped by Brexit in just under three years. Whether Johnson can outlast even May's brief tenure very much remains to be seen. [...]

Giving his Conservative leadership acceptance speech this afternoon there was little of policy substance on show from Johnson. In his usual showman style, he preferred to stroke sitting Tory egos with a confection of positive projections and feel-good sentiments -- principally about 'getting brexit done' (though nothing on how he will actually get it done). He also dropped a few enthusiastic words vis-a-vis infrastructure, education and broadband -- going longest on the latter by claiming that "fantastic full fiber broadband" would be "sprouting in every household," before falling back on the safe and fuzzy ground of non-specific cheerleading of party and country. On the surface the fiber broadband pledge looks like a rinse and repeat of an existing government policy -- announced in last year's digital strategy -- to put all UK households in reach of fibre to the premise (FTTP) by 2033.

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Success Of Transformers: Bumblebee Movie And Its Future For Hasbro
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 09:11 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Earlier this morning, Hasbro held their 2019 2nd Quarter Financial Results conference call to investors and press. TFW2005 staff attended live online to learn more about the Transformers brand and what lies ahead in the future. Deborah Thomas; Hasbro’s Chief Financial Officer spoke highly of the Bumblebee Movie during the Q&A session: “Well, what you’re seeing in the quarter is that some incremental expense associated with production content and primarily with Bumblebee. But our full year expectation on that line is up slightly from last year. But we are expecting the full year to be about 1% to 1.5% of company revenues. We actually anticipate our » Continue Reading.

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Tencent is Betting There's a Future For Retro Games in the Cloud
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '19 at 08:01 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's for-what-it-is-worth department:
While tech giants like Microsoft and Google are building cloud gaming platforms for the latest blockbuster titles, one start-up is taking a different approach. From a report: London-based firm Antstream says it wants to bring a streaming experience to retro gaming enthusiasts. The company has developed a cloud gaming service that gives players access to a library of over 2,000 classic video games. It's a model that CEO Steve Cottam sees going global. And to bolster that ambition, the company has raised its first significant round of funding, led by the Chinese tech giant Tencent and backed by British venture firm Hambro Perks. For Antstream, the project is about resurrecting an experience long buried in old devices like the Commodore 64 and the Amiga. Cottam told CNBC in an interview that the idea for the company stemmed from what he's been seeing elsewhere in the entertainment industry. "You've got Spotify and Apple for your music, while in movies you've got Netflix and Amazon," he said. "It's so easy to find that content, but games just got lost because of all these different formats, and they didn't work on modern devices."

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