Monthly Archives: December 2016

How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers For Its Cyberwar

Lasrick quotes a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternate source): For more than three years, rather than rely on military officers working out of isolated bunkers, Russian government recruiters have scouted a wide range

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China Says It Will Shut Down Ivory Trade By End of 2017

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: China says it plans to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 in a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants. The Chinese government will

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Apple Patent Hints At Magnetic Ear Hooks To Keep Future AirPods In Your Ears

Patently Apple has recently uncovered a new Apple patent that may help AirPods stay in your ears. The patent details a magnetic mechanism that wraps around the user’s ear. Digital Trends reports: The magnets attract each other through the ear

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Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse

One of the many ways self-driving cars will impact the world is with organ shortages. It’s a morbid thought, but the most reliable sources for healthy organs and tissues are the more than 35,000 people killed each year on American

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Smart Electricity Meters Can Be Dangerously Insecure, Warns Expert

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Smart electricity meters, of which there are more than 100 million installed around the world, are frequently “dangerously insecure,” a security expert has said. The lack of security in the smart

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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Some Great Games Panned and Some Inferior Games Praised?

dryriver writes: A few years ago I bought a multiplayer war game called Soldner: Secret Wars that I had never heard of before. (The game is entirely community maintained now and free to download and play at www.soldnersecretwars.de.) The professional

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Apple To Cut iPhone Production By 10%: Nikkei

A new report from Nikkei Asian Review says that Apple will cut iPhone production by around 10% in the first quarter of 2017. From the report: This comes after the company slashed output in January-March 2016 due to accumulated inventory

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Postal, the Legendarily Violent Video Game by Running With Scissors, Is Now Open Source

An anonymous reader writes: Video game developer Running With Scissors has announced that it is open sourcing the original version of its most popular title-Postal, which was released back in 1997. Even though violence in video games has been a

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Microsoft Is No Longer Selling Any Lumia Windows Phones On Its US Store

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: It seems that Lumia has reached the end of the line, as the Microsoft Store is no longer selling any of the company’s Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile handsets in

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Sonos Alarms Are Waking Users a Day Early

Waking up to your favorite music is always nice, but it becomes rather annoying when you can” turn off said alarm. From a report on Engadget: That’s exactly what Sonos users are experiencing and one editor on our staff dealt

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