WTF @ TFW Podcast Episode 511 Now Online!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '18 at 12:55 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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It’s a Happy Sethday Buzzday as Vangelus joins the birthday boy on, coincidentally, a big ol’ Masterpiece news-drop day. You can download and comment on it here: WTF@TFW – Episode 511 Check out the WTF@TFW blog here. If you use iTunes and regularly subscribe to podcasts, you can add us to your player and have the software download each episode automatically each time we update. To do that, and give us a reviews on iTunes, click here: Transformers Podcast on iTunes. We’re now also offering ways to subscribe by <a href="http://subscribeonandroid.com/wtf.tfw2005.com/feed/podcast" » Continue Reading.

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Lil’ Heretics
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 11:42 PM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: Lil’ Heretics

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New Characters Revealed For Transformers Evergreen: Wheeljack, Hound, Ratchet And More
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 11:34 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Popular iPhone Trading Card/ Sticker app Quidd (beta version out on Android), has revealed a huge surprise for Transformers Fans by releasing a set of new stickers based on Transformers Evergreen designs. The best part comes from the fact that there is a decent chance of seeing these characters on the upcoming Transformers: Cyberverse series. Some of the characters featured: Optimus Prime Bumblebee Megatron Starscream Grimlock Windblade Barricade Hound Wheeljack Shockwave Soundwave This trading card collection features blind packs which you must purchase using in-app currency which in return must be purchased by real currency (micro-transactions). You can check out » Continue Reading.

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Benetton Group To Produce Hasbro Licensed Transformers Themed Apparel
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 11:34 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Licensing Expo 2018 is now officially over. Despite the fact that fans never got to see the content from Hasbro’s panel, we have started to receive details from all the licensing agreements that took place during the past three days. The first Transformers related news is from United Colors Of Benetton Group, which managed to sign a multi-year deal with Hasbro for their Transformers and My Little Pony brands. The first items will launch later this year in the retailer’s autumn/winter 2018 line-up. The ranges include My Little Pony infants’ and kids’ collections, plus Transformers infants’ and kid’s collections. Fashions » Continue Reading.

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Facebook Accused of Conducting Mass Surveillance Through Its Apps
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 11:12 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's hands-where-I-can-see-them department:
A court case in California alleges that Facebook used its apps to gather information about users and their friends, including some who had not signed up to the social network, reading their text messages, tracking their locations and accessing photos on their phones. The Guardian reports: The claims of what would amount to mass surveillance are part of a lawsuit brought against the company by the former startup Six4Three, listed in legal documents filed at the superior court in San Mateo as part of a court case that has been ongoing for more than two years. The allegations about surveillance appear in a January filing, the fifth amended complaint made by Six4Three. It alleges that Facebook used a range of methods, some adapted to the different phones that users carried, to collect information it could use for commercial purposes.

"Facebook continued to explore and implement ways to track users' location, to track and read their texts, to access and record their microphones on their phones, to track and monitor their usage of competitive apps on their phones, and to track and monitor their calls," one court document says. But all details about the mass surveillance scheme have been redacted on Facebook's request in Six4Three's most recent filings. Facebook claims these are confidential business matters. It has until next Tuesday to submit a claim to the court for the documents to remain sealed from public view.

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Lil’ Heretics
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 10:20 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
I’ve heard a bunch of really amazing shit about the new Warhammer 40k stuff; the last time I played my Necrons, games still took six hours. From friends, it sounds like it’s hitting that ribald, skirmish scale that attracted me to Warmahordes and Infinity. And let me be clear: I feel like that was six hours well spent. I just don’t have time like that all in a row these days. I’m willing to put up with a lot of horseshit when it comes to my tiny men, and I didn’t mind how it comported itself mechanically. I was into it. But it was…

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Takara Tomy Street Fighter II x Transformers Packaging Images
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 08:53 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Shoryuken and roll out! Takara Tomy had announced one of their most original crossover lines: The Takara Tomy Mall exclusive Street Fighter II vs Transformers sets. Via an update from our sponsor Robotkingdom on Facebook, we have images of the packaging of these 2-packs: Ken (Titans Return Hot Rod) vs. Chun Li (Generations Arcee) and Ryu (Titans Return Optimus Prime) vs. Vega / M. Bison (Titans Return Megatron). The packaging is very nice window box, where you can see the toys in robot mode homaging the Street Fighter characters’ special moves. Great for fans of both franchises. The sets may start shipping » Continue Reading.

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Is Cockroach Milk the Ultimate Superfood?
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 08:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's marvels-of-science department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Global News: It may not be everyone's cup of milk, but for years now, some researchers believe insect milk, like cockroach milk, could be the next big dairy alternative. A report in 2016 found Pacific Beetle cockroaches specifically created nutrient-filled milk crystals that could also benefit humans, the Hindustan Times reports. Others report producing cockroach milk isn't easy, either -- it takes 1,000 cockroaches to make 100 grams of milk, Inverse reports, and other options could include a cockroach milk pill. And although it has been two years since the study, some people are still hopeful. Insect milk, or entomilk, is already being used and consumed by Cape Town-based company Gourmet Grubb, IOL reports.

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This magic weapon lets you become a real Gun Mage
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 08:10 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
The idea of characters emitting magical circles when they cast spells or use special weapons is something that fascinates me. Unfortunately, there isn't anything that can create these effects in real life.

Fortunately, props maker FriskP unleashed a gun prop that creates a magic circle, so we're one step closer to living out our dreams of creating flashy scenes with as a spell-casting gunslinger. While it seems like the designer edited the video, the effect was made through the use of a fan called the Phantom, which emits lights when it spins.

The Japanese company Life is Style invented the device, which seems to be pricey. Considering that you'll need a 3D printer to make the mount for the Phantom, I could see it as a great investment for those who use it in their cosplay, productions, and/or events. As for the symbols on the circle, FriskP used Nive2 software to make them. Best of all, the program is free.

I will admit that their magic gun felt like an edited effect, which shows the impressiveness behind FriskP's work. Also, the sequence made me think of Kamen Rider Wizard's hero and the Caster from Outlaw Star. Hopefully, this concept will catch on and we'll see other people use it as well.

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Samsung Must Pay Apple $539 Million For Infringing iPhone Design Patents, Jury Finds
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 05:51 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's never-ending-disputes department:
Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing five patents with Android phones it sold in 2010 and 2011, a jury has found in a legal fight that dates back seven years. "The unanimous decision, in the U.S. District Court in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, is just about halfway between what the two largest mobile phone makers had sought in a high-profile case that reaches back to 2011," reports CNET. From the report: The bulk of the damages payment, $533,316,606, was for infringing three Apple design patents. The remaining $5,325,050 was for infringing two utility patents. Samsung already had been found to infringe the patents, but this trial determined some of the damages. The jury's rationale isn't clear, but the figure is high enough to help cement the importance of design patents in the tech industry. Even though they only describe cosmetic elements of a product, they clearly can have a lot of value. Samsung showed its displeasure and indicated the fight isn't over. "Today's decision flies in the face of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favor of Samsung on the scope of design patent damages. We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers," Samsung said.

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Vevo To Shut Down Site, Giving In To YouTube Empire
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 05:51 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's video-hosting-ambitions department:
Vevo, the video-hosting service founded in 2009 as a joint venture between the big three record companies, is shutting down. The company announced in a blog post Thursday that it is shuttering its mobile apps and website, and that "going forward, Vevo will remain focused on engaging the biggest audiences and pursuing growth opportunities." Vevo is almost entirely succumbing to YouTube. Rolling Stone reports: The major record labels set up Vevo -- an abbreviation for "video evolution" -- in 2009 as a designated streaming service for music videos that would ideally bring in greater revenue from more high-end advertisers. Via a distribution deal with YouTube, it received a cut of revenue from putting its music videos on the Google-owned site. But YouTube's might has grown: The video-streaming service recently took Vevo's branding off its music videos, while also securing permission under a new licensing deal to sell Vevo's clips directly to advertisers, cutting out the smaller company's sales force. Though Vevo has been trying to peel away from its dependence on YouTube by touting its own suite of apps and offerings for years, it seems those efforts haven't been met with much success. "Our catalog of premium music videos and original content will continue to reach a growing audience on YouTube and we are exploring ways to work with additional platforms to further expand access to Vevo's content," the company said in its blog post. Vevo users on its website and Android, iOS and Windows Mobile apps will receive a tool to migrate their playlists to YouTube.

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Android Creator Puts Essential Up For Sale, Cancels Next Phone
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 04:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's tough-market-to-penetrate department:
Bloomberg reports that Andy Rubin's Essential Products business is considering selling itself and has canceled development of a new smartphone. The news comes several months after numerous reports suggested that the Essential Phone's sales were tepid. From the report: The startup has hired Credit Suisse Group AG to advise on a potential sale and has received interest from at least one suitor, the people said. Essential is now actively shopping itself to potential suitors, one of the people said. The startup, part of Rubin's incubator Playground Global, has raised about $300 million from several investors, including Amazon, Tencent, and Redpoint Ventures. It was valued at $900 million to $1 billion about a year ago, according to an analysis by Equidate, which runs a market for private company stock. The startup has spent more than $100 million on developing its first products, about a third of the money it raised to build the company, the people said. Current discussions are focused on a sale of the entire company, including its patent portfolio, hardware products like the original smartphone, an upcoming smart home device and a camera attachment for the phone. Essential's engineering talent, which includes those hired from Apple and Alphabet's Google, would likely be part of a deal. The company hasn't yet made a final decision on a sale, the people said.

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Newest NOAA Weather Satellite Suffers Critical Malfunction
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 04:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's too-hot-to-handle department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released some bad news yesterday: the GOES-17 weather satellite that launched almost two months ago has a cooling problem that could endanger the majority of the satellite's value. GOES-17 is the second of a new generation of weather satellite to join NOAA's orbital fleet. Its predecessor is covering the U.S. East Coast, with GOES-17 meant to become "GOES-West." While providing higher-resolution images of atmospheric conditions, it also tracks fires, lightning strikes, and solar behavior. It's important that NOAA stays ahead of the loss of dying satellites by launching new satellites that ensure no gap in global coverage ever occurs.

Several weeks ago, it became clear that the most important instrument -- the Advanced Baseline Imager -- had a cooling problem. This instrument images the Earth at a number of different wavelengths, including the visible portion of the spectrum as well as infrared wavelengths that help detect clouds and water vapor content. The infrared wavelengths are currently offline. The satellite has to be actively cooled for these precision instruments to function, and the infrared wavelengths only work if the sensor stays below 60K -- that's about a cool -350F. The cooling system is only reaching that temperature 12 hours a day. The satellite can still produce visible spectrum images, as well as the solar and lightning monitoring, but it's not a glorious next-gen weather satellite without that infrared data.

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StumbleUpon Is Shutting Down After 16 Years of Service
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 03:11 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's thanks-for-all-the-fish department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: After launching in 2002, website discovery platform StumbleUpon is shutting down on June 30. Over its existence, the service racked up 60 billion stumbles for 40 million users, cofounder Garrett Camp wrote in a Medium post this week.

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First Cuba, Now China? A Worker In US Embassy In China Experienced 'Abnormal' Sounds, Brain Damage
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 03:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's mystery-deepens department:
amxcoder writes: An American citizen working at a U.S. consulate located in the Chinese city of Guangzhou has reported experiencing "abnormal" sounds (and pressures) for the past several months, starting in late 2017 until April of 2018. Upon medical evaluation, the worker has been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury symptoms. The U.S. embassy is conducting an investigation into the issue, and is issuing warnings to all U.S. citizens in China. The symptoms and several other similarities has drawn comparison to a similar event last year in a different U.S. embassy in Cuba. Officials can not link the two events together at this point, but the U.S. State Department is working with Chinese authorities to investigate the issue further. As a result of the Cuba acoustic "attacks," the U.S. government in October expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from the U.S. for what it said was Cuba's failure to protect staff at the U.S. embassy in Havana. Staff there reported symptoms including hearing loss, dizziness, fatigue, and cognitive issues. Canadian personnel also reported similar health symptoms.

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YouTube Is Messing With the Order of Videos In Some User Feeds
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 01:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's features-nobody-asked-for department:
YouTube is testing non-chronological subscription feeds to try and serve you content that it thinks you'll want to see at the top. The problem with this is that the subscription feed exists because users subscribed to content that they want to see. If they don't, they will unsubscribe, thereby removing unwanted content from the feed. Gizmodo reports: YouTube confirmed the test on Twitter after some users noticed the change and inquired as to why the heck their subscription feed was no longer in chronological order. YouTube must have missed the memo about how users react when platforms mess with the order of the sacred feed.

Here's YouTube's how-to and troubleshooting Twitter account explained the test: "Just to clarify. We are currently experimenting with how to show content in the subs feed. We find that some viewers are able to more easily find the videos they want to watch when we order the subs feed in a personalized order vs always showing most recent video first." Weird, considering YouTube already offers recommended videos based on your viewing habits and subscribed channels in its sidebar.

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Uber's Self-Driving Car Saw Pedestrian 6 Seconds Before Fatal Strike, Says Report
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 01:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's finger-pointing department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Arizona Daily Star: The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal investigators. In a preliminary report on the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that emergency braking is not enabled while Uber's cars are under computer control, "to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior." Instead, Uber relies on a human backup driver to intervene. The system, however, is not designed to alert the driver.

The report comes a day after Uber announced it will be ending it's self-driving vehicle testing in Arizona. The full NTSB report is available here.

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Takara-Tomy’s Power of the Primes packaging – US packaging with Japanese language sticker
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 12:54 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Takara-Tomy’s packaging for the Power of the Primes line has now been revealed in images posted on Planet Iacon on Facebook. Putting paid to any supposition that the line might have different packaging in Japan, we can confirm it’s actually the same packaging you can find on shelves in the US – just with a sticker added with the character name in Japanese. If you look closely, you can even make out the top of Hasbro’s logo peaking out from behind the sticker. This is not a first for Takara-Tomy, as they did something similar in 2007 for the » Continue Reading.

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WTF @ TFW Podcast Episode 510 Now Online
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 12:54 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Daifuku or not, it’s another sweet session of listener question answerage with Vangelus, Aaron, and TJ. You can download and comment on it here: WTF@TFW – Episode 510 Check out the WTF@TFW blog here. If you use iTunes and regularly subscribe to podcasts, you can add us to your player and have the software download each episode automatically each time we update. To do that, and give us a reviews on iTunes, click here: Transformers Podcast on iTunes. We’re now also offering ways to subscribe by Android, <a » Continue Reading.

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Some Low-Cost Android Phones Shipped With Malware Built In
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '18 at 12:31 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's security-woes department:
More than 100 different low-cost Android models from manufacturers such as ZTE, Archos, and myPhone ship with malware pre-installed, researchers at Avast Threat Labs reported on Thursday. Users in more than 90 countries, including the U.S., are affected by this, the researchers said. From a report: The malware, called called Cosiloon, overlays advertisements over the operating system in order to promote apps or even trick users into downloading apps. The app consists of a dropper and a payload. "The dropper is a small application with no obfuscation, located on the /system partition of affected devices. The app is completely passive, only visible to the user in the list of system applications under 'settings.' We have seen the dropper with two different names, 'CrashService' and 'ImeMess,'" wrote Avast. The dropper then connects with a website to grab the payloads that the hackers wish to install on the phone. "The XML manifest contains information about what to download, which services to start and contains a whitelist programmed to potentially exclude specific countries and devices from infection. However, we've never seen the country whitelist used, and just a few devices were whitelisted in early versions. Currently, no countries or devices are whitelisted. The entire Cosiloon URL is hardcoded in the APK."

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