Monthly Archives: December 2016

Google and Facebook Dominate The List of 2016′s Top Ten Apps

After surveying over 9,000 Android and iPhone users, Nielsen’s “Electronic Mobile Measurement” has calculated the 10 most popular apps of 2016. Interestingly, the #1 and #2 most popular apps of the year were Facebook and Facebook Messenger. BrianFagioli writes: Facebook

Posted in Uncategorized

Let’s Raise A Glass To The Many Tech Pioneers Who Died In 2016

In technology, you’re always “standing on the shoulders” of those who came before you — and together, each individual’s contribution becomes part of a larger ongoing story. So as this year finally winds to a close, click through to see

Posted in Uncategorized

Creepy Site Claims To Reveal Torrenting Histories

Slashdot reader dryriver writes: The highly invasive and possibly Russian owned and operated website IKnowWhatYouDownload.com immediately shows [a] bittorent download history for your IP address when you land on it. What’s more, it also [claims to] show the torrenting history

Posted in Uncategorized

Pull Requests Are Accepted At About The Same Rate, Regardless of Gender

An anonymous reader writes: Remember that story about how women “get pull requests accepted more (except when you know they’re women).” The study actually showed that men also had their code accepted more often when their gender wasn’t known, according

Posted in Uncategorized

Astronomers Detect Mysterious Radio Signals Coming From Outside Our Galaxy

This week the New York Post reported on “powerful radio signals which have been detected repeatedly in the same exact location in space,” generating as much energy as the sun does in a whole day, in “the only known instance

Posted in Uncategorized

‘Watership Down’ Author Richard Adams Died On Christmas Eve At Age 96

Initially rejected by several publishers, “Watership Down” (1972) went on to become one of the best-selling fantasy books of all time. Last Saturday the book’s author died peacefully at the age of 96. Long-time Slashdot reader haruchai remembers some of

Posted in Uncategorized

Russian Hackers Penetrated The US Electricity Grid, Say Officials

Slashdot reader DogDude quotes the Washington Post: A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials. While the Russians did

Posted in Uncategorized

Microsoft Patent Suggests HoloLens Could Keep Track of Your Small Items

A new Microsoft patent has been published that describes a system that would let its HoloLens glasses track small items like car keys, ultimately helping users find their lost belongings. What’s more is that the system can “monitor the status

Posted in Uncategorized

Foxconn and Sharp Team Up To Build $8.8 Billion LCD Plant In China

Foxconn was in the news recently for plans to “automate entire factories” in China, but the electronics manufacturing company has also announced plans with Sharp to build a $8.8 billion (61 million yuan) factory in China to produce liquid-crystal displays

Posted in Uncategorized

NASA Designs ‘Ice Dome’ For Astronauts On Mars

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: The “Mars Ice Home” is a large inflatable dome that is surrounded by a shell of water ice. NASA said the design is just one of many potential concepts for creating a

Posted in Uncategorized