Google Is Poised To Open Its First Permanent Retail Store
Posted by News Fetcher on August 20 '18 at 04:10 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's welcome-to-the-neighborhood department:
Google is planning to open a 14,000 square-foot retail store in Chicago's Fulton Market district, according to local media reports from Crain's Chicago Business and Chicago Tribune. While Google has opened pop-up stores in the past, this would be its first permanent location. Ad Age reports: In 2015, Google abandoned plans to open a store in New York City, after spending $6 million renovating the 131 Greene St. location, Crain's New York Business reported at the time. The Chicago store would give Google a bricks-and-mortar location to show off its expanding line of products, including Pixel phones, Daydream VR headsets, Nest products and more. The location Google is eyeing in Chicago is just a few blocks from Google's Midwest headquarters. The Fulton Market neighborhood, part of Chicago's West Loop, is formerly a meatpacking district. It has been transformed in recent years and is now home to some of Chicago's hottest restaurants. The report notes that there's still a future in brick-and-mortar locations, citing Amazon's interest in Whole Foods and the fact that retail stores have been a key part of Apple's strategy. Microsoft operates stores in 35 states.

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Construction Begins On $1 Billion Telescope That Will Take Pictures 10 Times Sharper Than Hubble's
Posted by News Fetcher on August 20 '18 at 12:10 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's next-gen-telescopes department:
The $1 billion Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile is officially under construction with a scheduled date of operation in 2024. The telescope "will have an array of seven enormous mirrors totaling 80 feet in diameter, giving it 10 times the precision of the Hubble telescope," reports Quartz. "Among its advances is technology to help it correct for the distorting effect of Earth's atmosphere by using software to make hundreds of adjustments per second to its array of secondary mirrors." From the report: The project's architects, a consortium of universities and institutions in the U.S., Korea, and Australia, chose to build in Chile's Atacama desert for its clear, dry skies. Astronomers will use the Magellan Telescope to study the origins of elements and the birth of stars and galaxies, and to examine planets that have been identified as potentially harboring life. Mother Nature Network has an article highlighting nine of the largest new telescopes expected to begin operation in the next decade.

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Apple Pulls 25,000 Apps From China Amid a Barrage of State-Media Criticism
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 10:50 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's not-doing-enough department:
Apple has pulled more than 25,000 illegal apps from its App Store in China after coming under fire from state media for not doing enough to filter out banned material. From a report: "Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China," Apple said in a statement Monday. "We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store." The removals were reported earlier by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV on Sunday, which said 25,000 apps were pulled. Apple didn't confirm that number. It offers more than 1.8 million apps in China, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Removing 25,000 apps would amount to about 1.4% of that total.

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BitTorrent Founder Bram Cohen Has Left the Company
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 09:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's parting-of-the-ways department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Bram Cohen, a co-founder of BitTorrent, the company which oversees the development of eponymous P2P protocol, has left its board, he told TorrentFreak. The revelation comes weeks after the file-sharing service provider said it had been acquired by blockchain startup Tron. It remains unclear exactly when Cohen, who also served as a lead engineer at the firm for years, made the decision to part ways with the company. He hinted to TechCrunch last year that, as of August, he was no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. The departure of Cohen underscores BitTorrent's long battle to find a lucrative business model. The company, the services of which are used by more than 100 million customers, has long struggled to find new applications of its platform and avenues to bring home some cash. In 2016, the company announced a mobile music and video streaming service [called] BitTorrent Now, which it abruptly shut down months later while also firing its co-CEOs. Last year, the company shut down its much hyped live streaming service BitTorrent Live, which Variety described as a brainchild of Cohen.

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Dark Matter Candidates
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 08:40 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

My theory is that dark matter is actually just a thin patina of grime covering the whole universe, and we don't notice it because we haven't thoroughly cleaned the place in eons.

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Vitamin D, the Sunshine Supplement, Has Shadowy Money Behind It
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 08:10 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's show-me-the-money department:
The New York Times tells the story of Dr. Michael Holick, a Boston University endocrinologist "who perhaps more than anyone else is responsible for creating a billion-dollar vitamin D sales and testing juggernaut." From the report: Dr. Holick's role in drafting national vitamin D guidelines, and the embrace of his message by mainstream doctors and wellness gurus alike, have helped push supplement sales to $936 million in 2017. That's a ninefold increase over the previous decade. Lab tests for vitamin D deficiency have spiked, too: Doctors ordered more than 10 million for Medicare patients in 2016, up 547 percent since 2007, at a cost of $365 million. But few of the Americans swept up in the vitamin D craze are likely aware that the industry has sent a lot of money Dr. Holick's way. A Kaiser Health News investigation for The New York Times found that he has used his prominent position in the medical community to promote practices that financially benefit corporations that have given him hundreds of thousands of dollars -- including drug makers, the indoor tanning industry and one of the country's largest commercial labs.

In an interview, Dr. Holick acknowledged he has worked as a consultant to Quest Diagnostics, which performs vitamin D tests, since 1979. Dr. Holick, 72, said that industry funding "doesn't influence me in terms of talking about the health benefits of vitamin D." There is no question that the hormone is important. Without enough of it, bones can become thin, brittle and misshapen, causing a condition called rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. The issue is how much vitamin D is healthy, and what level constitutes deficiency.

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Apple's Amsterdam Store Evacuated After iPad Battery Explodes
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 05:30 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's too-hot-to-handle department:
Slashdot readers radi0man and DeBaas report of an exploding iPad battery in Apple's Amsterdam store. DeBaas writes: An exploding iPad led to the Amsterdam Apple store being evacuated, as reported by 9to5mac and local news in dutch. The store reopened after the fire brigade ventilated the store. 9to5Mac notes that this is the third evacuation this year of an Apple store due to an exploding battery -- the other two were from iPhones. The iPad and its punctured battery were put in a container of sand after it exploded. No major injuries were reported, however, "three employees who experienced trouble breathing were treated by first responders," reports 9to5Mac.

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Bumblebee: The Movie Shelf Topper At Meijer Store
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 05:00 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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As we are getting closer to the premiere of the upcoming Bumblebee: The Movie on December, more merchandising and promotional material is surfacing. Thanks to 2005 Boards member┬áRookbartley, we have an image of a nice Bumblebee: The Movie Shelf Topper. This shelf topper was spotted at a Meijer in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Let’s hope we could see the toys sooner than we expected, in a similar way that happened with the Cyberverse toys. You can check the image after the jump, then let us know your expectations on the 2005 Boards!

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China Aims To Narrow Cyberwarfare Gap With US
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 04:10 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's two-can-play-that-game department:
According to the Department of Defense, China is looking to narrow the gap with the U.S. in terms of cyberwarfare capabilities. "The Pentagon report said that in recent years the Chinese army has emphasized the importance of cyberspace for national security because of the country's increasing reliance on its digital economy," reports ZDNet. "It said Chinese military strategists see cyber operations as a low-cost deterrent that can demonstrate capabilities and challenge an adversary." From the report: The DoD's annual report to congress (PDF) points to a Chinese international cyberspace cooperation strategy in March 2017, which called for the expedited development of a military "cyber force" as an important aspect of the country's defense strategy. However, the U.S. report said that China also believes its cyber capabilities and personnel lag behind those of the U.S. and that China "is working to improve training and bolster domestic innovation to overcome these perceived deficiencies and advance cyberspace operations." The report lists "cyber activities" directed against the DoD by China and said: "Computer systems around the world, including those owned by the U.S. government, continued to be targeted by China-based intrusions through 2017." It said these intrusions focused on accessing networks and extracting information, and said China uses its cyber capabilities to support intelligence collection against U.S. diplomatic, economic, academic, and defense sectors.

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Beta Builds And Deleted Levels Of The Transformers (2007) Video game Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 02:20 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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YouTube channel GameHut has shared a video of Activision’s Transformers Movie 2007 video game, showing Beta Builds And Deleted Levels for the first time. Apparently, the build showed is dated as far back as November 2006, and shows some interesting WIP work on the levels and character models.┬áincluding the deleted Exterior Hoover Dam section and much larger Cybertron area. A very nice video indeed for any Transfan and Gamer. You can watch the video below (it starts at minute 12:00) and then share your impressions on the 2005 Boards!

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'Americans Own Less Stuff, and That's Reason To Be Nervous'
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 01:30 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's times-they-are-a-changin department:
Bloomberg's Tyler Cowen writes about "the erosion of personal ownership and what that will mean for our loyalties to traditional American concepts of capitalism and private property." An anonymous Slashdot reader shares the report: The main culprits for the change are software and the internet. For instance, Amazon's Kindle and other methods of online reading have revolutionized how Americans consume text. Fifteen years ago, people typically owned the books and magazines they were reading. Much less so now. If you look at the fine print, it turns out that you do not own the books on your Kindle. Inc. does. I do not consider this much of a practical problem. Although Amazon could obliterate the books on my Kindle, this has happened only in a very small number of cases, typically involving account abuse. Still, this licensing of e-books, instead of stacking books on a shelf, has altered our psychological sense of how we connect to what we read -- it is no longer truly "ours."

The change in our relationship with physical objects does not stop there. We used to buy DVDs or video cassettes; now viewers stream movies or TV shows with Netflix. Even the company's disc-mailing service is falling out of favor. Music lovers used to buy compact discs; now Spotify and YouTube are more commonly used to hear our favorite tunes. Each of these changes is beneficial, yet I worry that Americans are, slowly but surely, losing their connection to the idea of private ownership. The nation was based on the notion that property ownership gives individuals a stake in the system. It set Americans apart from feudal peasants, taught us how property rights and incentives operate, and was a kind of training for future entrepreneurship. We're hardly at a point where American property has been abolished, but I am still nervous that we are finding ownership to be so inconvenient.

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Netflix Deletes All User Reviews
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 01:30 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's gone-with-the-wind department:
Netflix has removed all user reviews from its site, just like they said they would in early July. Here's what Netflix now has to say about posting reviews on its site: "Netflix customers were able to leave reviews on until mid-2018, when reviews were removed due to declining use. To learn how Netflix suggests TV shows and movies we think you'll love, visit our Ratings & Recommendations article." Engadget reports: Netflix probably had reasons other than the section's decline in use, as well. For instance, it had to deal with issues like "review bombing" by trolls hoping to bring down a show's rating back when it used stars instead of the thumbs up-down system. Netflix might have decided that reviews don't lead to enough views to warrant spending resources on policing them. It has a "percentage match" system that suggests titles based on previous ones you've watched, after all, so there's probably very little incentive for the platform to keep the reviews section running.

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Rolls-Royce Launches New Battery System To Electrify Ships
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 12:10 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's electrically-powered department:
Rolls-Royce, a British power system company (not to be confused with the luxury automobile maker), is launching a new battery system to electrify ships. "Rolls-Royce now offers SAVe Energy, a cost competitive, highly efficient and liquid cooled battery system with a modular design that enables the product to scale according to energy and power requirements," the company said in a statement. "SAVe Energy comply with international legislations for low and zero emission propulsion systems." Electrek reports: The company has been working on battery systems for years, but the recent improvements in li-ion batteries are now resulting in a boom of electrification of ships. Andreas Seth, Rolls-Royce, EVP Electrical, Automation and Control for Commercial Marine, said the company expects to deploy more batteries next year than they did over the last 8 years combined: "The electrification of ships is building momentum. From 2010 we have delivered battery systems representing about 15 MWh in total. However now the potential deployment of our patent pending SAVe Energy in 2019 alone is 10-18 MWh."

Seth said that they are delivering the first system to Prestfjord as part of Norway's effort to electrify its maritime transport: "Battery systems have become a key component of our power and propulsions systems, and SAVe Energy is being introduced on many of the projects we are currently working on. This includes the upgrade programme for Hurtigruten's cruise ferries, the advanced fishing vessel recently ordered by Prestfjord and the ongoing retrofits of offshore support vessels. As a system provider we can find the best solution considering both installation and operational cost."

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Zelda Ocarina of Time - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Remix
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 12:00 PM
By DidYouKnowGaming? from DidYouKnowGaming?:

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Stolen Android Anti-Piracy Software Dumped On Github
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 10:50 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's unexpected-occurrences department:
Dexguard, a tool used to protect Android software from piracy, tampering and cloning attacks, has been removed after being illegally posted on Github. A version of the tool exposed on the code repository was stolen from a customer of Guardsquare, the software's creator. TorrentFreak reports: "We develop premium software for the protection of mobile applications against reverse engineering and hacking," the [security company Guardsquare's] website reads. "Our products are used across the world in a broad range of industries, from financial services, e-commerce and the public sector to telecommunication, gaming and media." One of Guardsquare's products is Dexguard, a tool to protect Android applications from being decompiled, something that can lead to piracy, credential harvesting, tampering and cloning. Unfortunately, a version of Dexguard itself ended up on Github. In a takedown notice filed with the Microsoft-owned code platform, Guardsquare explains that the code is unauthorized and was obtained illegally. "The listed folders... contain an older version of our commercial obfuscation software (DexGuard) for Android applications. The folder is part of a larger code base that was stolen from one of our former customers," Guardsquare writes. Guardsquare found almost 300 "forks" of the stolen software on Github and filed a request to have them all taken down.

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Game Theory: Super Mario's BIGGEST Secret.....Literally
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 10:31 AM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:

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Volkswagen's CEO Was Told About Emissions Software Months Before Scandal, Says Report
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 09:31 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's foreshadowing department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess was told about the existence of cheating software in cars two months before regulators blew the whistle on a multi-billion exhaust emissions scandal, German magazine Der Spiegel said. Der Spiegel's story, based on recently unsealed documents from the Braunschweig prosecutor's office, raises questions about whether VW informed investors in a timely manner about the scope of a scandal which it said has cost it more than $27 billion in penalties and fines.

Responding to the magazine report, the carmaker reiterated on Saturday that the management board had not violated its disclosure duties, and had decided to not inform investors earlier because they had failed to grasp the scope of the potential fines and penalties. Citing documents unsealed by the Braunschweig prosecutor's office, Der Spiegel said Diess was present at a meeting on July 27, 2015 when senior engineers and executives discussed how to deal with U.S. regulators, who were threatening to ban VW cars because of excessive pollution levels. Diess, who had defected from BMW to become head of the VW brand on July 1, 2015, joined the July 27 meeting with Volkswagen's then Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn to discuss how to convince regulators that VW's cars could be sold, a VW defense document filed with a court in Braunschweig in February, shows.

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Does Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' Go Far Enough?
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 09:31 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's pseudo-security department:
Last month, Gmail's big redesign became default for everyone, changing up the aesthetic appearance of the email service and introducing several new features. One of the key features, Confidential Mode, lets you add an "expiration date" and passcode to emails either in the web interface or via SMS, but not everyone is so trusting of its ability to keep your private data secure. "Recipients of these confidential emails won't be able to copy, paste, download, print or forward the message, and attachments will be disabled," notes Engadget.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) doesn't think this new mode is secure at all. It's not encrypted end-to-end, so Google could read your messages in transit, and the expiring messages do not disappear from your Sent mail, which means they are retrievable. What's more is that if you use an SMS passcode, you might need to give Google your recipient's phone number. Because of these reasons, Slashdot reader shanen doesn't believe the new feature goes far enough to secure your data. They write: [M]y initial reaction is that I now need a new feature for Gmail. I want an option to reject incoming email from any person who wants to use confidential mode to communicate with me. Whatever conspiracy you are trying to hide, I'm not interested. So can anyone convince me you have a legitimate need for confidential mode? The main features I still want are completely different. Easiest one to describe would be future delivery of email, preferably combined with a tickler system.

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TFW2005 TFNation 2018 Toys Alliance Images
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 09:00 AM
By onslaught24 from TFW2005:
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In addition to our third party coverage, we also have pics from TFNation 2018 of Toys Alliance’s G1-inspired Soundwave and Laserbeak! Check out the pics after the jump!

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TFW2005 TFNation 2018 Third Party Coverage
Posted by News Fetcher on August 19 '18 at 09:00 AM
By onslaught24 from TFW2005:
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Our own Sol Fury is on the scene at TFNation 2018 snapping some awesome pics of the third party figures on display! Check out the pics and rundown after the jump! Lewin: Over-sized KO MP-10 (utterly massive) M-Deck: Ion Blaster replica (approximately three feet long) Jei Xiang: Huge Dragon (TM2 Megatron) Maketoys: Howling Meteor (Masterpiece-inspired Starscream) Skycrow (Masterpiece-inspired Skywarp) Lightning (Masterpiece-inspired Thundercracker) Despotron (Masterpiece-inspired Megatron) Galaxy Meteor (Cybertron/Galaxy Force Starscream) Masterpiece-inspired Coneheads Rioter Galcatron (Galvatron) Buster Skywing (Cybertronian Jetfire) Fans Hobby: Double Evil (Masterpiece-inspired Overlord) Black Powerbaser (Masterpiece-inspired Black Powermaster Optimus Prime) OWL Armor Sets (Armor sets for Macross/Valkyrie fighters) » Continue Reading.

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