LA Councilman Asks City Attorney To 'Review Possible Legal Action' Against Waze
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 05:40 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's price-for-innovation department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Yet another Los Angeles city councilman has taken Waze to task for creating "dangerous conditions" in his district, and the politician is now "asking the City to review possible legal action." "Waze has upended our City's traffic plans, residential neighborhoods, and public safety for far too long," LA City Councilman David Ryu said in a statement released Wednesday. "Their responses have been inadequate and their solutions, non-existent. They say the crises of congestion they cause is the price for innovation -- I say that's a false choice." In a new letter sent to the City Attorney's Office, Ryu formally asked Los Angeles' top attorney to examine Waze's behavior. While Ryu said he supported "advances in technology," he decried Waze and its parent company, Google, for refusing "any responsibility for the traffic problems their app creates or the concerns of residents and City officials."

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Apple Has a New iPhone Recycling Robot Named 'Daisy'
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 04:20 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's new-and-improved department:
Apple has unveiled a new robot called Daisy that's designed to recycle nine different versions of the iPhone. The new robot is an update to Liam, the recycling robot the company announced back in 2016. TechCrunch reports: Daisy was developed in-house by Apple engineers, using some of Liam's parts -- a recycling of sorts. The industrial robot is able to disassemble nine different versions of the iPhone, sorting all of their reusable components in the process. In all, Daisy is capable of taking apart a full 200 iPhones in a given hour, proving a solid alternative to traditional methods that can destroy valuable components in the process. Along with Daisy, Apple's also using the occasion to announce GiveBack, an addition to its recycling program. For every device customers turn in or trade from now until April 30, the company will make a donation to Conservation International, a Virginia-based environmental nonprofit. Eligible devices will still qualify for an in-store or gift card credit.

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Hackers Keep Robbing Cryptocurrency YouTubers
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 04:20 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's stranger-than-fiction department:
Hackers are going after YouTubers who make videos about cryptocurrencies. Adrianne Jeffries, reporting for The Verge: Cryptocurrency vlogging has exploded on YouTube over the last two years. In the last 90 days, there were 122,000 videos on cryptocurrency or Bitcoin uploaded to YouTube, garnering 328 million views, according to video analytics platform Tubular Labs. As it turns out, YouTubers are juicy targets for hackers because they share so much information about themselves. They often share their screens as they make trades, which can reveal what apps, usernames, and cryptocurrency addresses they use. They may even tell their followers what systems they use to secure their holdings, which can end up being a blueprint for attackers. "You have to be very careful about that stuff as a YouTuber," says Peter Saddington, the host of Decentralized TV on YouTube who infamously bought a Lamborghini with his Bitcoin earnings. "In my early days of YouTube, I used to show my trades. I learned that was not a good idea." Saddington was hacked in late 2017.

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GTLive: We Celebrate YOU! | MATPAT Plays Fan Games!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 03:20 PM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:


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German Supreme Court Rules Ad Blockers Legal
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 03:00 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's open-for-business department:
New submitter paai writes: The publishing company Axel Springer tried to ban the use of ad blockers in Germany because they endanger the digital publishing of news stories. The Oberlandesgericht Koln (Germany's Higher Regional Court of Cologne) followed this reasoning and forbade the use of ad blockers on the grounds that the use of white lists was an aggressive marketing technique. [The business model allows websites to pay a fee so that their "non aggressive" advertisements can bypass AdBlock Pro's filters. Larger companies like Google can afford to pay to have the ban lifted on their website.] The Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Court of Justice or BGH) destroyed this court ruling today and judged that users had a right to filter out advertisements in web pages.

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New Alexa Blueprints Let Users Make Custom Skills Without Knowing Any Code
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 03:00 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's fun-for-the-whole-family department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Amazon just released a new way for Alexa users to customize their experience with the virtual assistant. New Alexa Skill Blueprints allow you to create your own personalized Alexa skills, even if you don't know how to code. These "blueprints" act as templates for making questions, responses, trivia games, narrative stories, and other skills with customizable answers unique to each user. Amazon already has a number of resources for developers to make the new skills they want, but until now, users have had to work within the confines of pre-made Alexa skills. Currently, more than 20 templates are available on the new Alexa Skill Blueprints website, all ready for Alexa users to personalize with their own content. Any blueprint-made skills you make will show up on the "Skills You've Made" section of the blueprints website. While these skills will exist for your Amazon account until you delete them, they aren't posted to the general Alexa Skills score, so strangers will not have access to your couple's trivia game that's personalized for you, your spouse, and your best coupled friends.

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LinkedIn's AutoFill Plugin Could Leak user Data, Secret Fix Failed
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 01:40 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's privacy-hot-seat department:
TechCrunch reports of a flaw in LinkedIn's AutoFill plugin that could have allowed hackers to steal your full name, phone number, email address, location (ZIP code), company, and job title. "Malicious sites have been able to invisibly render the plugin on their entire page so if users who are logged into LinkedIn click anywhere, they'd effectively be hitting a hidden 'AutoFill with LinkedIn' button and giving up their data." From the report: Researcher Jack Cable discovered the issue on April 9th, 2018 and immediately disclosed it to LinkedIn. The company issued a fix on April 10th but didn't inform the public of the issue. Cable quickly informed LinkedIn that its fix, which restricted the use of its AutoFill feature to whitelisted sites who pay LinkedIn to host their ads, still left it open to abuse. If any of those sites have cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, which Cable confirmed some do, hackers can still run AutoFill on their sites by installing an iframe to the vulnerable whitelisted site. He got no response from LinkedIn over the last 9 days so Cable reached out to TechCrunch. A LinkedIn spokesperson issued this statement to TechCrunch: "We immediately prevented unauthorized use of this feature, once we were made aware of the issue. We are now pushing another fix that will address potential additional abuse cases and it will be in place shortly. While we've seen no signs of abuse, we're constantly working to ensure our members' data stays protected. We appreciate the researcher responsibly reporting this and our security team will continue to stay in touch with them. For clarity, LinkedIn AutoFill is not broadly available and only works on whitelisted domains for approved advertisers. It allows visitors to a website to choose to pre-populate a form with information from their LinkedIn profile."

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Millions of Chrome Users Have Installed Malware Posing as Ad Blockers
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 01:40 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's closer-look department:
Kaleigh Rogers, writing for Motherboard: Andrey Meshkov, the cofounder of ad-blocker AdGuard, recently got curious about the number of knock-off ad blocking extensions available for Google's popular browser Chrome. These extensions were deliberately styled to look like legitimate, well-known ad blockers, but Meshkov wondered why they existed at all, so he downloaded one and took a look at the code. "Basically I downloaded it and checked what requests the extension was making," Meshkov told me over the phone. "Some strange requests caught my attention." Meshkov discovered that the AdRemover extension for Chrome -- which had over 10 million users -- had code hidden inside an image that was loaded from the remote command server, giving the extension creator the ability to change its functions without updating. This alone is against Google's policy, and after Meshkov wrote about a few examples on AdGuard's blog, many of which had millions of downloads, Chrome removed the extensions from the store. I reached out to Google, and a spokesperson confirmed that these extensions had been removed.

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FDA Wants Medical Devices To Have Mandatory Built-In Update Mechanisms
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 12:20 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's interesting-developments department:
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: The US Food & Drug Administration plans to ask Congress for more funding and regulatory powers to improve its approach towards medical device safety, including on the cybersecurity front. An FDA document released this week reveals several of the FDA's plans, including the desire to force device makers to include mandatory update systems inside products for the purpose of delivering critical security patches. In addition, the FDA also plans to force device makers to create a document called "Software Bill of Materials" that will be provided for each medical device and will include software-related details for each product. Hospitals, healthcare units, contractors, or users will be able to consult the medical device's bill of materials and determine how it functions, what software is needed for what feature, and what technologies are used in each device.

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Netflix Could Start Buying Movie Theaters to Help Films Gain a Boost in Oscar Race, Report Says
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 12:20 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's interesting-moves department:
Netflix has made a strong effort to land Oscar nominations since debuting its first original feature, "Beasts of No Nation," in 2015. The next step in the streaming giant's plan to secure film awards could be to buy and own movie theaters. IndieWire: A new report from the Los Angeles Times says Netflix is considering buying theaters in Los Angeles and New York in order to gain a boost during Oscar season. People familiar with the situation say the theaters would be used to give greater exposer to the feature and documentary titles Netflix is hoping to push into the awards race. According to the Times, Netflix executives originally considered purchasing the Los Angeles-based Landmark Theaters, which is co-owned by Mark Cuban. The theaters are well known for attracting awards voters by running first-run features, documentaries, and foreign films during Oscar season. Sources close to Netflix confirm the company has no current plans to buy Landmark properties. Landmark has three Los Angeles locations and 53 theaters overall in the U.S. Sources close to Netflix.

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Film Theory: Phineas and Ferb - Doof's BIGGEST MISTAKE!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 12:01 PM
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Ethan Van Der Ryn And Erik Aadahl Working On Sound Editing Of Transformers: Bumblebee
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 11:31 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl, the sound editors of Paramount’s 2018 super-hit movie ‘A Quiet Place‘, are confirmed to be working on the sound editing of the upcoming movie Transformers: Bumblebee. The editors mentioned this fact during an interview with Shoot: “Van der Ryn and Aadahl are currently working on Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, a Christmas season release being directed by Travis Knight who made an auspicious helming debut with Kubo And The Two Strings.” The two collaborated for the first time on Transformers 2007, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. Van der Ryn and » Continue Reading.

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Hallmark Transformers G1 Starscream Christmas Ornament Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 11:31 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
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Hallmark has revealed their 2018 Transformers G1 Ornament, and this time around it’s Starscream! Hallmark has been releasing G1 themed ornaments each year for a while, and over the last couple they’ve gone with a recreation of the G1 toys as their primary aesthetic. We’ve got G1 Prime, G1 Megatron, G1 Soundwave and G1 Grimlock all with toy inspired molds. Now the first Seeker will be joining the ranks. He will be available in July 2018 for $15.99 online and at Hallmark retail stores across the country. So long, Autobots! It’s time for action with Starscream™, the » Continue Reading.

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Transformers Artist Alex Milne to attend TFcon Toronto 2018
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 11:31 AM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
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TFcon is very pleased to welcome back Alex Milne to the TFcon Toronto guest list this year. Alex is best known for his work as the primary artist on IDW’s Transformers: More than Meets the Eye comic book and is currently working on the Unicron mini series. He will be attending all weekend and offering prints and commissions to attendees. TFcon Toronto – The world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention will take place July 13th to 15th, 2018. TFcon Toronto will return to the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale hotel in 2018 with special guests DAVID KAYE voice of Megatron in Beast Wars, » Continue Reading.

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The Higher Your Salary, the More Time Your Employer Will Pay You Not To Work
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 11:00 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's closer-look department:
The best-paid workers in the US not only make more money than many of their colleagues, they also tend to get more paid vacation days. An anonymous reader shares a report: An annual survey of of employee benefits conducted by the US government shows that, in 2017, nearly half of the people in the top 25% of earners received at least 10 days of paid vacation. The bottom 25% was not so lucky -- only around a tenth of them received such generous leave. Paid vacation time is often overlooked in measures of pay inequality in the US, because the value of time off does not appear in the household income statistics.

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Pasta Is Good For You, Say Scientists Funded By Big Pasta
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 11:00 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's conflict-of-interest department:
Earlier this month, numerous news outlets reported on a study which concludes that eating pasta is good for health. In fact, the reports claimed, eating pasta could help you lose weight. Except, there is more to the story. BuzzFeed News reports: What those and many other stories failed to note, however, was that three of the scientists behind the study in question had financial conflicts as tangled as a bowl of spaghetti, including ties to the world's largest pasta company, the Barilla Group. Over the last decade or so, with the rise of the Atkins, South Beach, paleo, and ketogenic diets, Big Pasta has battled a societal shift against carbohydrates -- and funded and promoted research suggesting that noodles are good for you. At least 10 peer-reviewed studies about pasta published since 2008 were either funded directly by Barilla or, like the one published this month, were carried out by scientists who have had financial ties to the company, which reported sales of 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in 2016. For two years, Barilla has publicized some of these studies, plus others favorable to its product, on its website with taglines like "Eat Smart Be Smart...With Pasta" and "More Evidence Pasta Is Good For You." And the company hired the large public relations firm Edelman to push the latest study's findings to journalists.

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Hasbro’s Leaked From Cybertron: Studio Series Black Out
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 10:11 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to our very own newsie Azt, we can share for you a nice new Hasbro video featuring how designers went from board to bot with the impressive Studio Series Leader Class Movie 1 Decepticon Blackout. The video was via several Hasbro official social media like Facebook and Instagram. It is named: “Leaked From Cybertron” and we get a view at the design sketches, gray prototype and the final product of Leader Class Studio Series Blackout. You can see the video mirrored below, and then you can read on to check out some screencaps attached to this news » Continue Reading.

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Microsoft Has Run Out of Windows Phone Stock
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 09:40 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's thanks-for-the-fish department:
Even if you really wanted to buy a Windows phone, Microsoft has run out of Windows Phone devices to sell to you. From a report: I've been watching the number of Windows Phone options on the Microsoft Store website dwindle for over two years now. I was honestly expecting them to disappear completely more than six months ago. It's 2018, and there are still two remaining phones. Last night, they both flipped over to "out of stock." The HP Elite x3 with dock, normally $799 but on sale for $299, and the Alcatel Idol 4S, normally $299 but on sale for $99.99, are officially out of stock. The third option for $169, the Alcatel Idol 4S with VR Goggles, is of course also out of stock.

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Turn Right at the Burger King: Google Maps Begins Using Landmarks To Help With Guidance
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 09:40 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's how-about-that department:
Most navigation apps give you instructions based on streets or distance. But it's arguably in contrast to how people usually provide directions -- some usually point to landmarks that are easier to spot. Google sees some merit in that. The idea is that Google Maps is highlighting some landmarks and other points of interest (fast food restaurants) to help with guidance. TechCrunch reports that some users are already seeing this on Google Maps. And maybe to Google, this opens door for some business opportunities as well. Only time will tell.

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Takara Tomy Studio Series Packaging Images
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '18 at 08:51 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to Planet Iacon on Facebook, we have our first clear image at the Takara Tomy Studio Series Packaging. The packaging is almost identical to the Hasbro version but Japanese text replaces English, as we should expect. One curious detail to notice is that the “Hasbro” and “Generations” logos have been removed. The figures, from what we can see from the new images, are exactly the same as Hasbro versions, with no color or paint changes. You can click on the bar to check out the mirrored images, and thanks to Alfes 2010 On Twitter we can also share » Continue Reading.

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