Toys R Us Singapore Exclusive Studio Series Battle Damaged Bumblebee Campaign
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 09:00 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Toys R Us Singapore is running a campaign where you can obtain an Exclusive Studio Series Battle Damaged Bumblebee. While some may first think this could be another “rusty deco” Studio Series Camaro Bumblebee like the limited edition Bumblebee from Hasbro China, or the upcoming Studio Series SS-27 Clunker Bumblebee, this is not the case. The Singapore Bumblebee releases are individually hand painted and then packaged. If you live in Singapore, you can receive one toy by purchasing 100 Singapore Dollars (or $73 approximately) in Power Of The Primes and Studio Series products.  

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Massive Undersea Walls Could Stop Glaciers From Melting, Scientists Say
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 08:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's could-this-happen department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Building walls on the seafloor could prevent glaciers from melting and sea levels rising due to global warming, scientists say. Barriers of sand and rock positioned at the base of glaciers would stop ice sheets sliding and collapsing, and prevent warm water from eroding the ice from beneath, according to research published this week in the Cryosphere journal, from the European Geosciences Union. The audacious idea centers on the construction of "extremely simple structures, merely piles of aggregate on the ocean floor, although more advanced structures could certainly be explored in the future," said the report's authors, Michael Wolovick, a researcher at the department of geosciences at Princeton University, and John Moore, professor of climate change at the University of Lapland in Finland.

Using computer models to gauge the probable impact of walls on erosion of the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, one of the world's largest, Wolovick and Moore hoped to test the efficiency of "a locally targeted intervention." They claimed the simplest designs would allow direct comparison with existing engineering projects. "The easiest design that we considered would be comparable to the largest civil engineering projects that humanity has ever attempted," they said. "An ice sheet intervention today would be at the edge of human capabilities." For example, building four isolated walls would require between 0.1 and 1.5 cubic km of material. "That is comparable to the 0.1 km3 that was used to create Palm Jumeirah in Dubai ($12 billion)...(and) the 0.3 km3 that was used to create Hong Kong International Airport ($20 billion)," the report said. The authors say there's only a 30% probability of success due to the harsh environment, but did mention that the scientific community could work on a plan that was both achievable and had a high probability of success.

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Southern California Sees Its Longest Streak of Bad Air In Decades
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 07:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's hold-your-breath department:
According to state monitoring data, Southern California violated federal smog standards for 87 consecutive days -- the longest stretch of bad air in at least 20 years. "The streak is the latest sign that Souther California's battle against smog is faltering after decades of dramatic improvement," reports San Francisco Chronicle. From the report: The ozone pollution spell began June 19 and continued through July and August, with every day exceeding the federal health standard of 70 parts per billion somewhere across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It didn't relent until Sept. 14, when air pollution dipped to "moderate" levels within federal limits for ozone, the lung-damaging gas in smog that triggers asthma and other respiratory illnesses. It's not unusual for Southern California summers to go weeks without a break in the smog, especially in inland communities that have long suffered the nation's worst ozone levels. But environmentalists and health experts say the persistence of dirty air this year is a troubling sign that demands action. Regulators blame the dip in air quality in recent years on hotter weather and stronger, more persistent inversion layers that trap smog near the ground.

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Amazon Is Making It Easier To Set Up New IoT Gadgets
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 05:41 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's frustration-free department:
At an event yesterday where the company unveiled a range of new Echo smart speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices, the company announced a new way to easily set up internet of things (IoT) devices. The Verge reports: Called Wi-Fi Simple Setup, the system will use Amazon's Wi-Fi Lockers to store your Wi-Fi credentials and share them with compatible smart home devices. Amazon is debuting this tech with TP-Link and Eero, with the idea that customers can reuse network credentials in order to set up new devices. This means devices will connect on their own instead of you having to manually set up each smart product. According to Amazon, it's as easy as plugging in a Wi-Fi Simple Setup-enabled device. The device will automatically look for the Wi-Fi Simple Setup Network and connect once it receives encrypted credentials. Amazon says the process should take no longer than 30 seconds. The ecommerce company also announced a "plug-and-play smart home kit called Alexa Connect Kit. "It starts with a module that has Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi and a real-time OS that companies can put in their products in order to make them smart," reports The Verge.

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Romanian Ransomware Suspect Pleads Guilty To Hacking CCTVs In Washington DC
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 05:41 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's jig-is-up department:
gosand writes: "A Romanian woman [named Eveline Cismaru] has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office in the U.S. capital," The Register reports. The U.S. Department of Justice stated: "This case was of the highest priority due to its impact on the Secret Service's protective mission and its potential effect on the security plan for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration." She could face a max of 25 years if convicted. She and her cohort (who is still jailed in Romania) made the classic hacker mistake of using their personal Gmail accounts for the campaign, even accessing them from one of the compromised PCs. Cismaru hacked "into 123 of the 187 high-tech CCTV cameras dotted around the city," reports The Register. "The hijacked devices, used by DC's Metropolitan Police Department, then spammed up to 180,000 email addresses with ransomware-laden messages."

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FCC Angers Cities, Towns With $2 Billion Giveaway To Wireless Carriers
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 04:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's pitchforks-and-torches department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission's plan for spurring 5G wireless deployment will prevent city and town governments from charging carriers about $2 billion worth of fees. The FCC proposal, to be voted on at its meeting on September 26, limits the amount that local governments may charge carriers for placing 5G equipment such as small cells on poles, traffic lights, and other government property in public rights-of-way. The proposal, which is supported by the FCC's Republican majority, would also force cities and towns to act on carrier applications within 60 or 90 days. The FCC says this will spur more deployment of small cells, which "have antennas often no larger than a small backpack." But the commission's proposal doesn't require carriers to build in areas where they wouldn't have done so anyway.

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iPhone XS Teardown Shows Few Changes Aside From the Battery
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 04:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's it's-what's-on-the-inside-that-counts department:
iFixit tore apart Apple's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, revealing very similar insides to last year's iPhone X. Engadget reports the findings: One of the most interesting features is the battery on the XS. The iPhone XS sports a slightly downgraded battery from the iPhone X, a 10.13 Wh battery (2,659 mAh at 3.81 V) versus 10.35 Wh (2716 mAh at 3.81 V). But a new configuration might more than make up for it: Apple is using a brand-new L-shaped single-cell battery instead of two separate batteries. However, the XS Max still sports two batteries. Some other tweaks include a new, Apple-branded power management chip and a new antenna line on the bottom of the phone. The camera bump is also slightly taller, meaning your iPhone X case might not fit on your XS, if you plan on upgrading. The Verge also notes that "there's no evidence that the teardown team could find of any improved water or dust resistance, despite the improved IP68 ratings on the iPhone XS and XS Max."

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Flame Toys Furai Model Nemesis Prime Available At New York Comic-Con
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 03:40 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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As a very nice surprise, courtesy of our very own newsie AzT, we can report that Flame Toys Furai Model Nemesis Prime will be available At New York Comic-Con. The announcement was made via the official New York Comicon Website, and it great to have an opportunity to grab this nice black repaint of the Furai Model Optimus Prime Attack mode. The Furai Model line by Flame Toys brings simple non-transformable snap model kits which feature over 40 movable joints which allows any pose easily. He measure 6.1 inches tall. New York Comic-Con will be held from October 4 to October 7 at » Continue Reading.

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Telltale Games Hit With Major Layoffs As Part of a 'Majority Studio Closure'
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 03:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's downward-spiral department:
Telltale Games, the video game developer behind The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Batman: The Enemy Within, laid off a large number of its staff today. According to The Verge, "the company will retain a small team of 25." From the report: "Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges," the company said in a statement. "A majority of the company's employees were dismissed earlier this morning." The remaining employees will stay on "to fulfill the company's obligations to its board and partners," according to Telltale. Staff were informed of the layoffs today and were given roughly 30 minutes to leave the building, according to one source.

Telltale had previously announced a second season of The Wolf Among Us and a game based off of Netflix's wildly popular show Stranger Things. The company has not yet commented on the status of those projects, though the outcome seems dire. On Twitter, one former lead writer wrote, "I'm so sad we won't be able to show you all Wolf." The layoffs come a few months after revelations that Telltale was a studio mired in toxic management that included employees being subjected to constant overwork. Once an industry darling that worked on iconic brands like Game of Thrones and Minecraft, Telltale quickly spiraled.

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Google Employees Discussed Tweaking Search Results To Counter Trump's Travel Ban
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 03:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's information-era department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Days after the Trump administration instituted a controversial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed how they could tweak the company's search-related functions (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) to show users how to contribute to pro-immigration organizations and contact lawmakers and government agencies, according to internal company emails. The email traffic, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, shows that employees proposed ways to "leverage" search functions and take steps to counter what they considered to be "islamophobic, algorithmically biased results from search terms 'Islam', 'Muslim', 'Iran', etc." and "prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results from search terms `Mexico', `Hispanic', `Latino', etc." The email chain, while sprinkled with cautionary notes about engaging in political activity, suggests employees considered ways to harness the company's vast influence on the internet in response to the travel ban. Google said none of the ideas discussed were implemented. "These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented," a company spokeswoman said in a statement. "Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology -- not in the current campaign season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of President Trump's executive order on immigration. Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies."

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Transformers: Bumblebee Movie Energon Igniters Nitro Series out at U.S. Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 02:20 PM
By AzT from TFW2005:
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#FeelTheBuzz continues its sweep across retail, with TFW2005 member The Names Jon finding Energon Igniters Nitro Series wavemates Bumblebee and Optimus Prime at an Ormond Beach, FL Walmart today. Barricade, wherefore art thou? The figures are among those featured in recent videos posted to Hasbro’s official YouTube channel. Check out the photo and clips attached to this post, then join to the sightings news discussion on the 2005 boards!

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Divers Are Attempting To Regrow Great Barrier Reef With Electricity
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 01:41 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's worth-a-try department:
A trial is underway to restore damaged coral on the Great Barrier Reef using electricity. From a report: The reef has been severely assaulted in recent years by cyclones and back-to-back heatwaves. Nathan Cook at conservation group Reef Ecologic and his colleagues are attempting to regrow surviving coral fragments on steel frames. The frames are placed on damaged parts of the reef and stimulated with electricity to accelerate the coral's growth. Electrified metal frames have previously been used to encourage coral growth on reefs in South-East Asia, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. They have been shown to attract mineral deposits that help corals grow 3 to 4 times faster than normal. The technique is being trialed at a section of the reef 100 kilometres north of Cairns that was badly affected by the 2016 and 2017 mass coral bleaching events. Some coral is starting to grow back naturally, but it will take at least a decade for even the fastest-growing species to fully recover.

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Huawei Trolls Apple By Giving Battery Packs To People Waiting in Line For the iPhone XS
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 01:41 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's child-games department:
Huawei, which recently surpassed Apple to become the world's second largest smartphone player, can't stop taking shots at the iPhone maker. From a report: After the iPhone XS was unveiled with little new, Huawei tweeted "Thank you for letting us be the real hero of the year," a tease for their upcoming Mate 20 Pro unveiling next month. Now Huawei's taking another shot -- by handing out battery packs to people waiting in line for the iPhone XS and XS Max in Singapore. The packaging says "You'll need it", which is actually a valid boast: Anandtech found that Huawei's P20 and P20 Pro had better battery life than the iPhone 8 and X.

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Brand New Transformers: Bumblebee Movie Trailer Arriving On September 24th
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 01:00 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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The official Facebook page of Vienna Comic Con has confirmed a brand new Transformers: Bumblebee Movie Trailer on September 24th. This news comes from a series of events which started with an Austrian media Twitter page “leaking” the news few days prior to the official announcement. The official [roughly translated] announcement is as follows: “Watch the new #BUMBLEBEE trailer before everyone else!!! You definitely shouldn’t miss this. Watch the new trailer exclusively on VIECC – Vienna Comic Con Facebook Page in the morning. The trailer will not be released on the official film page before 2 p.m. So, set » Continue Reading.

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Magic Leap is Pushing To Land a Contract With US Army To Build AR Devices For Soldiers To Use On Combat Missions, Documents Reveal
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 12:21 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's up-next department:
Magic Leap, a US-based startup valued at north of $6 billion and which counts Google, Alibaba, Warner Bros, AT&T, and several top Silicon Valley venture capital firms as its investors, is pushing to land a contract with the U.S. Army to build augmented-reality devices for soldiers to use on combat missions, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing government documents and interviews with people familiar with the process. From the report: The contract, which could eventually lead to the military purchasing over 100,000 headsets as part of a program whose total cost could exceed $500 million, is intended to "increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy," according to an Army description of the program. A large government contract could alter the course of the highest-profile startup working on augmented reality, at a time when prospects to produce a consumer device remain uncertain. Building tools to make soldiers more deadly is a far cry from the nascent consumer market for augmented reality. But the army's program has also drawn interest from Microsoft, whose HoloLens is Magic Leap's main rival. The commercial-grade versions of both devices still face significant technological hurdles, and its not clear the companies can fulfil the army's technical requirements. If recent history is any guide, a large military contract is also sure to be controversial within the companies. Last month, Magic Leap unveiled its much-hyped AR device to the press and select developers.

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Twitter Notifies Developers About API Bug That Shared DMs With Wrong Developers
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 12:21 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's Friday-security-news-break department:
Twitter has started notifying developers today about an API bug that accidentally shared direct messages (private messages) or protected tweets from a Twitter business account with other developers. From a report: According to a support page published today, Twitter said the bug only manifested for Twitter business accounts where the account owner used the Account Activity API (AAAPI) to allow other developers access to that account's data. Because of the bug, the AAAPI sent DMs and protected tweets to the wrong person instead of the authorized developer. Twitter said it discovered the bug on September 10, and fixed it the same day. They also said the bug was active between May 2017 and September 2018, for almost 16 months. The bug represents a serious privacy issue, especially for Twitter business accounts that use DMs to handle customer complaints that in some cases may include private user information.

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Romanian Ransomware Suspect Pleads Guilty To Hacking CCTVs in Washington DC
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 11:01 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's stranger-things department:
gosand writes: The Register reports that "a Romanian woman has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office in the US capital." The US DOJ stated that "this case was of the highest priority due to its impact on the Secret Service's protective mission and its potential effect on the security plan for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration." She could face a maximum of 25 years if convicted. She and her cohort (who is still jailed in Romania) made the classic hacker mistake of using their personal gmail accounts for the campaign, even accessing them from one of the compromised PCs.

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Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans To Closely Track Search Users in China: The Intercept
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 11:01 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's tussle-continues department:
Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned. From the report: The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, code-named Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location -- and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have "unilateral access" to the data. The memo was shared earlier this month among a group of Google employees who have been organizing internal protests over the censored search system, which has been designed to remove content that China's authoritarian Communist Party regime views as sensitive, such as information about democracy, human rights and peaceful protest. According to three sources familiar with the incident, Google leadership discovered the memo and were furious that secret details about the China censorship were being passed between employees who were not supposed to have any knowledge about it. Subsequently, Google human resources personnel emailed employees who were believed to have accessed or saved copies of the memo and ordered them to immediately delete it from their computers. Emails demanding deletion of the memo contained âoepixel trackersâ that notified human resource managers when their messages had been read, recipients determined.

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Miniscule
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
So much stuff going on today. Yeesh! Okay. Let’s go. I don’t consider the PlayStation retro yet, largely because features a ton of 3D stuff, but I’m open to the idea that the event horizon has claimed this portion of the medium’s history. I suspect if I asked my son he would say that the PS1 is Retro because it is Old, but he’s fucking twelve. Everything is old compared to him. We imported Jumping Flash back in the day, so we were overjoyed to see it on the Classic - obviously FF7 is a draw, that’s gonna sell a machine…

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Want To Watch Mike & I Get Our New Tattoos?
Posted by News Fetcher on September 21 '18 at 10:00 AM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
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