Find out what an $140 Japanese melon is all about in this expensive video
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 12:42 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
You've probably seen those weird fruit from Japan like those square/cube shaped watermelons but what you didn't kow is that those things are expensive costing over $100 and are sold in high-end department stores.

Today we're looking at another one of those designer food, with a melon that costs 14,040 Yen, which costs around 140 USD from the time of this writing. Japan-based YouTubers Simon and Martina take one for the team and purchase one these expensive melons along with a "normal priced $10 melon" for comparison. What does it taste like? Well, let's take a look at the video find out!



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TFcon Toronto 2017 T-Shirt revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 12:31 PM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
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Check out the ‪TFcon 2017 T-Shirt that will be available in Toronto this year. Preorders are already online. If you have already registered for the convention, you can add this to your existing order via the TFcon on-line registration system. TFcon Toronto – The world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention will take place July 14th to 16th, 2017 at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale hotel with special guests MICHAEL BELL the voices of G1 Prowl, Sideswipe and Swoop, ARTHUR BURGHARDT the voice of G1 Devastator, SCOTT MCNEIL the voices of Waspinator, Dinobot, Rattrap, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars, ALEC WILLOWS the » Continue Reading.

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Idemitsu Transformers Giveaway Campaign
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 12:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Japanese garage Idemitsu have recently launched a special giveaway campaign for Transformers The Last Knight. Entry is linked to a purchase of an oil change with Idemitsu, and the prizes include 200 winners receiving the upcoming The Last Knight Caliber Optimus Prime, 300 second place winners receiving a cool Transformers-themed USB battery, and 2000 runners up receiving a Transformers-themed Idemitsu card. As with many of these contests, it’s only open to those living in Japan. Of course, the prize everybody gets to receive is a look at the fun contest artwork that has Optimus Prime looking like a petrol » Continue Reading.

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Mario Marathon 2017 Is Close To The End!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 12:10 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
The Mario Marathon has been marathonning Mario in support of Child’s Play for a thousand Earth years. Now they’re getting into the home stretch on their 2017 run, with some Super Mario Sunshine. Check ‘em out! (CW)TB

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Heritage Valley Health System Target Of Cyber Attack
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 12:01 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's aggressive-expansion department:
The Heritage Valley Health System says it has been hit with a cyber attack. From a report: A spokeswoman confirmed the attack Tuesday morning. "Heritage Valley Health System has been affected by a cyber security incident. The incident is widespread and is affecting the entire health system including satellite and community locations. We have implemented downtime procedures and made operational adjustments to ensure safe patient care continues un-impeded." Heritage Valley is a $480 million network that provides care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; parts of eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. Also read: Ukrainian Banks, Electricity Firm Hit by Fresh Cyber Attack; Reports Claim the Ransomware Is Quickly Spreading Across the World.

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Facebook Crosses 2 Billion Monthly Users
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 12:01 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's unprecedented-scale department:
Facebook has announced that it now has over 2 billion monthly active users. From a report: That's up from the 1.94 billion total that the company cited as part of its most recent earnings report in May. Mark Zuckerberg shared the news directly, and Fast Company has a story on Facebook's constant efforts to keep pushing growth upward. "It's an honor to be on this journey with you," Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook's other apps are faring well, too: Messenger has over 1.2 billion monthly users and Facebook-owned WhatsApp tallies a similar figure. Twitter, by comparison, has 328 million monthly active users. Instagram has over 700 million.

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Tower Records The Last Knight Caliber Optimus Prime Advert
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 11:11 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Something else that is cool today. Tower Records have produced a poster to advertise the re-release of the Blu Rays of the first four Transformers Movies in Japan. The ad shows the upcoming Caliber Optimus Prime from the Japanese The Last Knight toyline, armed with his Temenos Sword and clutching his Tower Records shopping bag. It’s a cool bit of advertising – check it out for yourself after the break.

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Revolutionaries issue 6 Tone Rodriguez Subscriber Variant Cover
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 11:11 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Care of Previews World, we have a look at a variant cover for the upcoming Revolutionaries issue 6. The cover, known as “Subscriber B”, features artwork by Tone Rodriguez and showcases the G.I. Joe team (including Skywarp) facing Action Man and Atomic Man. And if the solicit text is anything to go by, this leads to yet another character coming into the story – and, we suspect, the series takes a further step toward First Strike with it. Check out the cover attached to this post.

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Transformers The Last Knight Earth Adventures Shorts
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 11:11 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Hasbro’s official Youtube channel has posted a set of four cool and fun little videos. Collectively known as “Transformers Earth Adventures”, they not so much break the fourth wall as drive a Western Star or a Peterbilt truck through it. In fact, you could say they act out the silly battles we used to wage with our toys around the house when we were all kids! Check out the four shorts – Rake Escape, Swivel Fan, Autobot Rollout, and You’re Toast – after the break, and let yourself drift back to a simpler and more innocent time of life.

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Volvo's Driverless Cars 'Confused' by Kangaroos
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 10:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's early-days department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: Volvo's self-driving technology is struggling to identify kangaroos in the road. The Swedish car-maker's 2017 S90 and XC90 models use its Large Animal Detection system to monitor the road for deer, elk and caribou. But the way kangaroos move confuses it. "We've noticed with the kangaroo being in mid-flight when it's in the air, it actually looks like it's further away, then it lands and it looks closer," its Australia technical manager said. But the problem would not delay the rollout of driverless cars in the country, David Pickett added.

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China's All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens' Faces
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 10:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's big-brother-is-watching department:
China's government is using facial-recognition technology to help promote good behavior and catch lawbreakers, reports the WSJ. From the article: Facial-recognition technology, once a specter of dystopian science fiction, is becoming a feature of daily life in China, where authorities are using it on streets, in subway stations, at airports and at border crossings in a vast experiment in social engineering (alternative source). Their goal: to influence behavior and identify lawbreakers. Ms. Gan, 31 years old, had been caught on camera crossing illegally here once before, allowing the system to match her two images. Text displayed on the crosswalk screens identified her as a repeat offender. "I won't ever run a red light again," she said. China is rushing to deploy new technologies to monitor its people in ways that would spook many in the U.S. and the West. Unfettered by privacy concerns or public debate, Beijing's authoritarian leaders are installing iris scanners at security checkpoints in troubled regions and using sophisticated software to monitor ramblings on social media. By 2020, the government hopes to implement a national "social credit" system that would assign every citizen a rating based on how they behave at work, in public venues and in their financial dealings.

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Samsung To Launch Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea On July 7
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 09:21 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's back-from-the-dead department:
South Korean news agency Yonhap reports: Samsung plans to release the refurbished edition of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 smartphone next month, industry sources said Tuesday. According to the sources, Samsung will release the smartphone under the name the Galaxy Note FE, with a price tag below 700,000 won (US$616). Official sales are slated to start July 7. The South Korean tech giant suspended production and sales of the Galaxy Note 7 last year amid reports that some of the devices caught fire while charging. A probe revealed that the problems were due to the non-removable battery. Accordingly, the refurbished devices will have a smaller battery capacity than the originals, along with the latest software updates.

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Short of IT Workers At Home, Israeli Startups Recruit Elsewhere
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 09:21 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's changing-dynamics department:
New submitter Alex Wilson shares a Reuters report: Driven by startups, Israel's technology industry is the fastest growing part of the economy. It accounts for 14 percent of economic output and 50 percent of exports. But a shortage of workers means its position at the cutting edge of global technology is at risk, with consequences for the economy and employment. When Alexey Chalimov founded software design firm Eastern Peak in Israel four years ago he knew he would not find the developers he needed at home. He went to Ukraine and hired 120 people to develop mobile apps and web platforms for international clients and smaller Israeli startups. "I worked for years in the Israeli market and I knew what the costs were in Israel and I knew there was a shortage of workers," he told Reuters. The government's Innovation Authority forecasts a shortage of 10,000 engineers and programmers over the next decade in a market that employs 140,000. Israel has dropped six spots in three years to 17th in the World Economic Forum's ranking of the ease of finding skilled technology employees. In the meantime, many Israeli startups are looking abroad.

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The New iPad Pro Review
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 08:01 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's Apple's-latest-and-greatest department:
An anonymous reader writes: As tech reviewers across the United States and Europe sing praises of Apple's new iPad Pro, here's what Joshua Topolsky, former editor-in-chief of The Verge and Engadget (and now with The Outline) had to say: "It [10.5-inch iPad Pro] is inferior to a laptop in almost every way, unless you like to draw. If you think you can replace you laptop with this setup: you cannot. Imagine a computer, but everything works worse than you expect. That is the new iPad. Now, I know the software is in beta, but I also know how Apple betas work. They don't massively change. I have no doubt it's a very powerful piece of hardware, and the screen is gorgeous. Garageband is a lot of fun to play with. But this doesn't COME CLOSE to replacing your laptop, even for simple things you do, like email. AND one other thing. Apple's keyboard cover is a fucking atrocity. A terrible piece of hardware. Awkward to use, poor as a cover. Okay in a pinch if you need something LIKE a keyboard. Anyhow good to know there are still Apple fanboys who get mad if you insult their products. But I don't think it's a very good product. Finally, iOS 11 is definitely a STEP in the right direction. But guys the iPad has been around forever and it still feels half-assed. I think a lot of people are willing to contort themselves around a bad UX because marketing is powerful."

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Ukrainian Banks, Electricity Firm Hit by Fresh Cyber Attack; Reports Claim the Ransomware Is Quickly Spreading Across the World
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 06:44 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's security-woes department:
A massive cyber attack has disrupted businesses and services in Ukraine on Tuesday, bringing down the government's website and sparking officials to warn that airline flights to and from the country's capital city Kiev could face delays. Motherboard reports that the ransomware is quickly spreading across the world. From a report: A number of Ukrainian banks and companies, including the state power distributor, were hit by a cyber attack on Tuesday that disrupted some operations (a non-paywalled source), the Ukrainian central bank said. The latest disruptions follow a spate of hacking attempts on state websites in late-2016 and repeated attacks on Ukraine's power grid that prompted security chiefs to call for improved cyber defences. The central bank said an "unknown virus" was to blame for the latest attacks, but did not give further details or say which banks and firms had been affected. "As a result of these cyber attacks these banks are having difficulties with client services and carrying out banking operations," the central bank said in a statement. According to local media reports, the "unknown virus" cited above is a ransomware strain known as Petya.A. Here's how Petya encrypts files on a system (video). News outlet Motherboard reports that Petya has hit targets in Spain, France, Ukraine, Russia, and other countries as well. From the report: "We are seeing several thousands of infection attempts at the moment, comparable in size to Wannacry's first hours," Costin Raiu, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, told Motherboard in an online chat. Judging by photos posted to Twitter and images provided by sources, many of the alleged attacks involved a piece of ransomware that displays red text on a black background, and demands $300 worth of bitcoin. "If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible, because they are encrypted," the text reads, according to one of the photos. "Perhaps you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but don't waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service."

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Amazon Robots Poised To Revamp How Whole Foods Runs Warehouses
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 05:20 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's distribution-technology department:
After Amazon announced it would buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion earlier this month, John Mackey, Whole Foods' chief executive officer, rejoiced and reportedly gushed about Amazon's technological innovation. "We will be joining a company that's visionary," Mackey said. "I think we're gonna get a lot of those innovations in our stores. I think we're gonna see a lot of technology. I think you're gonna see Whole Foods Market evolve in leaps and bounds." Specifically, Mackey is talking about the thousands of delivery robots Amazon uses in its facilities. Bloomberg reports: In negotiations, Amazon spent a lot of time analyzing Whole Foods' distribution technology, pointing to a possible way in which the company sees the most immediate opportunities to reduce costs, said a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the issue was private. Experts say the most immediate changes would likely be in warehouses that customers never see. That suggests the jobs that could be affected the earliest would be in the warehouses, where products from suppliers await transport to store shelves, said Gary Hawkins, CEO of the Center for Advancing Retail and Technology, a Los Angeles nonprofit that helps retailers and brands innovate. As Amazon looks to automate distribution, cashiers will be safe -- for now. Amazon sees automation as a key strategic advantage in its overall grocery strategy, according to company documents reviewed by Bloomberg before the Whole Foods acquisition was announced. Whole Foods has 11 distribution centers specializing in perishable foods that serve its stores. It also has seafood processing plants, kitchens and bakeries that supply prepared food to each location. Those are the places where Amazon could initially focus, according to experts. While the company said it has no current plans to automate the jobs of cashiers in Whole Foods stores after it finishes acquiring the grocery chain, it's likely only a matter of time before cashier positions become automated. According to Bloomberg's report, Amazon may bring the robots to the stores after automating Whole Foods' warehouses. "The first ones will likely navigate aisles to check inventory and alert employees when items run low, said Austin Bohlig, an advisor at Loup Ventures, which invests in robotics startups," reports Bloomberg.

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Google Slapped With $2.7 Billion By EU For Skewing Searches
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 02:42 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's hefty-sum department:
Google suffered a major regulatory blow on Tuesday after European antitrust officials fined the search giant 2.4 billion euros, or $2.7 billion, for unfairly favoring some of its own search services over those of rivals. The European Commission concluded that the search giant abused its near-monopoly in online search to "give illegal advantage" to its own Shopping service. Margrethe Vestager, the EU's competition commissioner, said Google "denied other companies the chance to compete" and left consumers without "genuine choice." The hefty fine marks the latest chapter in a lengthy standoff between Europe and Google, which also faces two separate charges under the region's competition rules related to Android, its popular mobile software, and to some of its advertising products. From a report: Google has 90 days to "stop its illegal conduct" and give equal treatment to rival price-comparison services, according to a binding order from the European Commission on Tuesday. It's up to Google to choose how it does this and it must tell the EU within 60 days of its plans. Failure to comply brings a risk of fines of up to 5 percent of its daily revenue. [...] "I expect the Commission now to swiftly conclude the other two ongoing investigations against Google," Markus Ferber, a member of the European Parliament from Germany. "Unfortunately, the Google case also illustrates that competition cases tend to drag on for far too long before they are eventually resolved. In a fast-moving digital economy this means often enough that market abuse actually pays off and the abuser succeeds in eliminating the competition." Google has been pushing its own comparison shopping service since 2008, systematically giving it prominent placement when people search for an item, the EU said. Rival comparison sites usually only appear on page four of search results, effectively denying them a massive audience as the first page attracts 95 percent of all clicks.

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New Study Confirms the Oceans Are Warming Rapidly
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 02:41 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's up-and-up department:
An anonymous reader shares a report from The Guardian, written by John Abraham, who discusses the rising ocean temperatures and the important factors that affect ocean-temperature accuracy: The most important measurement of global warming is in the oceans. In fact, "global warming" is really "ocean warming." If you are going to measure the changing climate of the oceans, you need to have many sensors spread out across the globe that take measurements from the ocean surface to the very depths of the waters. Importantly, you need to have measurements that span decades so a long-term trend can be established. These difficulties are tackled by oceanographers, and a significant advancement was presented in a paper just published in the journal Climate Dynamics. That paper, which I was fortunate to be involved with, looked at three different ocean temperature measurements made by three different groups. We found that regardless of whose data was used or where the data was gathered, the oceans are warming. In the paper, we describe perhaps the three most important factors that affect ocean-temperature accuracy. First, sensors can have biases (they can be "hot" or "cold"), and these biases can change over time. Another source of uncertainty is related to the fact that we just don't have sensors at all ocean locations and at all times. Some sensors, which are dropped from cargo ships, are densely located along major shipping routes. Other sensors, dropped from research vessels, are also confined to specific locations across the globe. Finally, temperatures are usually referenced to a baseline "climatology." So, when we say temperatures have increased by 1 degree, it is important to say what the baseline climatology is. Have temperatures increased by 1 degree since the year 1990? Since the year 1970? Since 1900? The choice of baseline climatology really matters.

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Top 10 Favorite NES Games Not Made By Nintendo
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 02:41 AM
By moviebob from MovieBob:


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Physicists Have Created the Brightest Light Ever Recorded
Posted by News Fetcher on June 27 '17 at 12:02 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's frickin-laser-beams department:
Jason Koebler writes: A group of physicists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Extreme Light Laboratory announced Monday that they have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth using Diocles, one of the most powerful lasers in the United States. When this high intensity laser pulse, which is one billion times brighter than the surface of the sun, strikes the electron, it causes it to behave differently. By firing this laser at individual electrons, the researchers found that past a certain threshold, the brightness of light will actually change an object's appearance rather than simply making it brighter. The x-rays that are produced in this fashion have an extremely high amount of energy, and Umstadter and his colleagues think this could end up being applied in a number of ways. For starters, it could allow doctors to produce x-ray medical images on the nanoscale, which would allow them to detect tumors and other anomalies that regular x-rays might have missed. Moreover, it could also be used for more sophisticated x-ray scanning at airports and other security checkpoints.

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