New Transformers: Rescue Bots Mobile Game Announced – Disaster Dash Hero Run
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '17 at 06:52 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Budge Studios is bringing us a new Transformers: Rescue Bots mobile game titled Disaster Dash – Hero Run. The game looks familiar to the highly popular mobile game Angry Birds: Transformers (but with Rescue Bots instead of Autobirds and Deceptipigs). Gather the Rescue Bots, rescue citizens and save the world with epic DinoBots! Budge Studios™ presents Transformers Rescue Bots: Disaster Dash! Assemble all the Rescue Bots and go on an action-packed adventure to save the world from the evil Dr. Morocco! Rescue citizens, outrun disasters and chase down Morbots. Avoid obstacles, collect Energon and morph from bot to vehicle to epic » Continue Reading.

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Prime 1 Studio Superior Megatron Teasers
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '17 at 06:51 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
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Prime 1 Studio is producing Generation 1 inspired statues at the uber-collector scale and price point.  The series is called Age of Time, and their first entry was Superior Optimus Prime.  The designs are by Josh Nizzi, who has done concept art work for the Transformers Movie franchise in the past.  Next up is Megatron, Superior Megatron that is.  This piece is getting closer to being reality as Prime 1 Studio is sharing out in-hand pics.  Read on to check the close up shot.  Thanks to site sponsor TFSource for the heads up!

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New Robots In Disguise Toys – Optimus Prime and Hi-Test Combiner & More
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '17 at 06:51 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
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Thanks to 2005 Boards members Nevermore and Awesomepow for doing a bit of detective work, we now have a look at several new Transformers Robots in Disguise items.  Via listings on Red Mercury and Junkshop USA, we have a look at: Activator Combiner Laserbeak & Soundwave (Hasbro renders seen before, but never in packaging) Activator Combiner Hi-Test & Optimus Prime (only glimpsed via the RID mobile game before) RID Legion Class Heatseeker (seen in packaging at Toy Fair Australia) RID Legion Class Cyclonus (seen in packaging at Toy Fair Australia) RID Legion Class Autobot Drift re-release (seen in packaging at » Continue Reading.

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Meizu E2 Transformers The Last Knight Edition Cellphone
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '17 at 06:51 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
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Meizu, a (primarily) Chinese market smartphone maker, has unveiled their newest smartphone today at a live event, the E2.  While this is not news for TFW2005 on it’s own, there will be a special Transformers The Last Knight edition of the phone featuring special packaging and branding on the back.  No word yet when, where or how much, though they did mention it would drop near the end of May.  We’ve got some images from the event, read on to check them out!

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Suicide of an Uber Engineer: Widow Blames Job Stress
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '17 at 06:42 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's sad department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: Joseph Thomas thought he had it made when he landed a $170,000 job as a software engineer at Uber's San Francisco headquarters last year. [...] But his time at Uber turned into a personal tragedy, one that will compel the ride-hailing company to answer questions before a judge about its aggressive work culture. Always adept with computers, Joseph Thomas worked his way up the ladder at tech jobs in his native Atlanta, then at LinkedIn in Mountain View, where he was a senior site reliability engineer. He turned down an offer from Apple to go to Uber, because he felt he could grow more with the younger company and was excited about the chance to profit from stock options when it went public. But at Uber, Thomas struggled in a way he'd never experienced in over a decade in technology. He worked long hours. He told his father and his wife that he felt immense pressure and stress at work, and was scared he'd lose his job. [...] One day in late August, Zecole (the wife) came home from dropping their boys off at school. Joseph was sitting in his car in the garage. She got into the passenger seat to talk to him. Then she saw the blood. Joseph had shot himself. [...] Uber declined to comment on the legal dispute and said Thomas never complained to the company of extreme stress or racial discrimination.

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Five Years Later, Legal Megaupload Data Is Still Trapped On Dead Servers
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '17 at 05:20 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's never-seen-the-light-of-day department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: It's been more than five years since the government accused Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom of criminal copyright infringement. While Dotcom himself was arrested in New Zealand, U.S. government agents executed search warrants and grabbed a group of more than 1,000 servers owned by Carpathia Hosting. That meant that a lot of users with gigabytes of perfectly legal content lost access to it. Two months after the Dotcom raid and arrest, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a motion in court asking to get back data belonging to one of those users, Kyle Goodwin, whom the EFF took on as a client. Years have passed. The U.S. criminal prosecution of Dotcom and other Megaupload executives is on hold while New Zealand continues with years of extradition hearings. Meanwhile, Carpathia's servers were powered down and are kept in storage by QTS Realty Trust, which acquired Carpathia in 2015. Now the EFF has taken the extraordinary step of asking an appeals court to step in and effectively force the hand of the district court judge. Yesterday, Goodwin's lawyers filed a petition for a writ of mandamus (PDF) with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which oversees Virginia federal courts. "We've been asking the court for help since 2012," said EFF attorney Mitch Stolz in a statement about the petition. "It's deeply unfair for him to still be in limbo after all this time."

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Sergey Brin Is Reportedly Building 'Massive Airship' In NASA Research Center
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '17 at 02:40 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's up-up-and-away department:
Google co-founder Sergey Brin is secretly building a "massive airship" inside of Hangar 2 at the NASA Ames Research Center, according to a report from Bloomberg. "It's unclear whether the craft, which looks like a zeppelin, is a hobby or something Brin hopes to turn into a business," reports Bloomberg. When asked about further details, Brin wrote in an email: "Sorry, I don't have anything to say about this topic right now." From the report: The people familiar with the project said Brin has long been fascinated by airships. His interest in the crafts started when Brin would visit Ames, which is located next to Google parent Alphabet Inc.'s headquarters in Mountain View, California. In the 1930s, Ames was home to the USS Macon, a huge airship built by the U.S. Navy. About three years ago, Brin decided to build one of his own after ogling old photos of the Macon. In 2015, Google unit Planetary Ventures took over the large hangars at Ames from NASA and turned them into laboratories for the company. Brin's airship, which isn't an Alphabet project, is already taking shape inside one. Engineers have constructed a metal skeleton of the craft, and it fills up much of the enormous hangar. Alan Weston, the former director of programs at NASA Ames, is leading Brin's airship project, according to the people, who asked not to be named discussing the secretive plans. Weston didn't respond to requests for comment.

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Uber Must Provide Waymo With Data Regarding Its Otto Acquisition, Rules Court
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '17 at 12:01 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's come-to-light department:
An appeals court today has ruled that Anthony Levandowski, the Uber executive accused of taking documents from Google's Waymo, can't use the Fifth Amendment to prevent Uber from turning over documents in the case. "The court has now directed Uber to provide data associated with its Otto acquisition to Waymo," reports The Tech Portal. From the report: Following the case, Levandowski invoked the fifth amendment, so as to prevent any other information which could implicate him from coming to the surface. Meanwhile, Waymo has been claiming that Levandowski and Uber signed an agreement with each other just a few days after the former quit his job at Google. The company has also asked Uber to provide it with a log containing details of the cab aggregator's legal involvement with Levandowski. Levandowski has been opposing the motion, stating that it would violate his fifth amendment. However, a new court ruling has quashed these hopes. With this ruling, Waymo can technically also request Uber for a copy of the due diligence report. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said: "Mr. Levandowski argues that he is entitled to relief under the Fifth Amendment because production of the unredacted privilege log could potentially incriminate him. We are not persuaded that the district court erred in its ruling requiring defendants to produce an unredacted privilege log."

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Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 11:10 PM
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Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 09:03 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

'The mountains near here formed when the ... Newfoundland ... microplate collided with, uhh ... Labrador.' 'Ok, now you're definitely just naming dogs.' 'Wait, no, that's actually almost correct.'

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An Artificial Womb Successfully Grew Baby Sheep -- and Humans Could Be Next
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 08:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's science-fiction department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop -- much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus -- but right now, it has only been tested on sheep. The Biobag may not look much like a womb, but it contains the same key parts: a clear plastic bag that encloses the fetal lamb and protects it from the outside world, like the uterus would; an electrolyte solution that bathes the lamb similarly to the amniotic fluid in the uterus; and a way for the fetus to circulate its blood and exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen. Flake and his colleagues published their results today in the journal Nature Communications.

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Oregon Fines Man For Writing a Complaint Email Stating 'I Am An Engineer'
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 06:41 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's license-and-registration-please department:
pogopop77 quotes a report from Motherboard: In September 2014, Mats Jarlstrom, an electronics engineer living in Beaverton, Oregon, sent an email to the state's engineering board. The email claimed that yellow traffic lights don't last long enough, which "puts the public at risk." "I would like to present these facts for your review and comments," he wrote. This email resulted not with a meeting, but with a threat from The Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying [stating]: "ORS 672.020(1) prohibits the practice of engineering in Oregon without registration -- at a minimum, your use of the title 'electronics engineer' and the statement 'I'm an engineer' create violations." In January of this year, Jarlstrom was officially fined $500 by the state for the crime of "practicing engineering without being registered." Since the engineering board in Oregon said Jarlstrom should not be free to publish or present his ideas about the fast-turning yellow traffic lights, due to his "practice of engineering in Oregon without registration," he and the Institute for Justice sued them in federal court for violating his First Amendment rights. "I'm not practicing engineering, I'm just using basic mathematics and physics, Newtonian laws of motion, to make calculations and talk about what I found," he said. Sam Gedge, an attorney for the Institute for Justice, told Motherboard: "Mats has a clear First Amendment right to talk about anything from taxes to traffic lights. It's an instance of a licensing board trying to suppress speech."

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US ISP Goes Down As Two Malware Families Go To War Over Its Modems
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 05:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's new-kid-on-the-block department:
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: Two malware families battling for turf are most likely the cause of an outage suffered by Californian ISP Sierra Tel at the beginning of the month, on April 10. The attack, which the company claimed was a "malicious hacking event," was the work of BrickerBot, an IoT malware family that bricks unsecured IoT and networking devices. "BrickerBot was active on the Sierra Tel network at the time their customers reported issues," Janit0r told Bleeping Computer in an email, "but their modems had also just been mass-infected with malware, so it's possible some of the network problems were caused by this concomitant activity." The crook, going by Janit0r, tried to pin some of the blame on Mirai, but all the clues point to BrickerBot, as Sierra Tel had to replace bricked modems altogether, or ask customers to bring in their modems at their offices to have them reset and reinstalled. Mirai brought down over 900,000 Deutsche Telekom modems last year, but that outage was fixed within hours with a firmware update. All the Sierra Tel modems bricked in this incident were Zyxel HN-51 models, and it took Sierra Tel almost two weeks to fix all bricked devices.

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Facebook Shows Related Articles and Fact Checkers Before You Open Links
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 05:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's quick-before-it's-too-late! department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article. In its next step against fake news, Facebook today begins testing a different version of its Related Articles widget that normally appears when you return to the News Feed after opening a link. Now Facebook will also show Related Articles including third-party fact checkers before you read an article about a topic that many people are discussing. If you saw a link saying "Chocolate cures cancer!" from a little-known blog, the Related Article box might appear before you click to show links from the New York Times or a medical journal noting that while chocolate has antioxidants that can lower your risk for cancer, it's not a cure. If an outside fact checker like Snopes had debunked the original post, that could appear in Related Articles too. Facebook says this is just a test, so it won't necessarily roll out to everyone unless it proves useful. It notes that Facebook Pages should not see a significant change in the reach of their News Feed posts. There will be no ads surfaced in Related Articles.

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Film Theory: How To KILL Marvel's LUKE CAGE!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 04:31 PM
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Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 04:11 PM
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AT&T Brings Fiber To Rich Areas While the Rest Are Stuck On DSL, Study Finds
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 04:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's surprise-surprise department:
According to a new study from UC Berkeley's Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, AT&T has been focused on deploying fiber-to-the-home in the higher-income neighborhoods of California, giving wealthy people access to gigabit internet while others are stuck with DSL internet that doesn't even meet state and federal broadband standards. Ars Technica reports: California households with access to AT&T's fiber service have a median income of $94,208, according to "AT&T's Digital Divide in California," in which the Haas Institute analyzed Federal Communications Commission data from June 2016. The study was funded by the Communications Workers of America, an AT&T workers' union that's been involved in contentious negotiations with the company. By contrast, the median household income is $53,186 in California neighborhoods where AT&T provides only DSL, with download speeds typically ranging from 768kbps to 6Mbps. At the low end, that's less than 1 percent of the gigabit speeds offered by AT&T's fiber service. The median income in areas with U-verse VDSL, which ranges from 12Mbps to 75Mbps, is $67,021. In 4.1 million California households, representing 42.8 percent of AT&T's California service area, AT&T's fastest speeds fell short of the federal broadband definition of 25Mbps downloads and 3Mbps uploads, the report said.

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Netflix Is Now In China Via a Deal With iQiyi
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 04:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's new-market department:
randomErr writes: Last year, Netflix tried to go into China but ran into regulatory issues. So Netflix has entered into a licensing deal with iQiyi. iQiyi was founded in 2010 by Baidu in a very similar way that Google owns YouTube. What Netflix content will be shown and how the subscription service will work has yet to be announced.

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Murdered Woman's Fitbit Nails Cheating Husband
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 04:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's fitness-tracking department:
BarbaraHudson writes: A murdered woman's Fitbit data shows she was still alive an hour after her husband claims she was murdered and he was tied up, contradicting her husband's description of events. New York Daily News reports: "Richard Dabate, 40, was charged this month with felony murder, tampering with physical evidence and making false statements following his wife Connie's December 2015 death at their home in Ellington, Tolland County. Dabate called 911 reporting that his wife was the victim of a home invasion, alleging that she was shot dead by a 'tall, obese man' with a deep voice like actor Vin Diesel's, sporting 'camouflage and a mask,' according to an arrest warrant. Dabate alleged her death took place more than an hour before her Fitbit-tracked movements revealed."

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EU Lawmakers Include Spotify and iTunes In Geoblocking Ban
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '17 at 02:41 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's you-shall-not-pass department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: European Union lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban online retailers from treating consumers differently depending on where they live and expanded their proposed law to include music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple's iTunes. Ending so-called geoblocking is a priority for the European Commission as it tries to create a single market for digital services across the 28-nation bloc, but many industries argue that they tailor their prices to specific domestic markets. The proposal, which will apply to e-commerce websites such as Amazon, Zalando and eBay, as well as for services provided in a specific location like car rental, forbids online retailers from automatically re-routing customers to their domestic website without their consent. In a blow for the book publishing and music industries, European Parliament members voted to include copyright-protected content such as music, games, software and e-books in the law. That would mean music streaming services such as Spotify and iTunes would not be able to prevent, for example, a French customer buying a cheaper subscription in Croatia, if they have the required rights.

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