Monthly Archives: April 2017

Neowin: Microsoft’s Windows Phone Business ‘Is Dead’

An anonymous reader quote Neowin: If you’ve been expecting Microsoft to issue a press release formally announcing the end of its Windows phone business, you’re probably hoping for a bit too much. But make no mistake: its phone hardware business

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Hacker Leaks ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Episodes After Failing To Extort Netflix

An anonymous reader writes: “A hacker (or hacker group) known as The Dark Overlord (TDO) has leaked the first ten episodes of season 5 of the “Orange Is The New Black” show after two failed blackmail attempts, against Larson Studios

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Massive Tinder Photo Scrape Has Users Upset

Images of Tinder users “were swept up in a massive grab of some 40,000 photos from the dating app by a dataset collector who plans to use the selfies in artificial intelligence training,” writes Slashdot reader Frosty Piss, sharing this

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Developer Hacks Together Object-Oriented HTML

An anonymous reader writes: Ever since I started coding, I have always loved object-oriented design patterns. I built an HTML preprocessor that adds inheritance, polymorphism, and public methods to this venerable language. It offers more freedom than a templating engine

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E-Commerce Is Clogging City Streets With Delivery Trucks

The Atlantic’s CityLab describes “a massive surge in deliveries to residential dwellings…creating a traffic nightmare.” An anonymous reader quotes their report: While truck traffic currently represents about 7% of urban traffic in American cities, it bears a disproportionate congestion cost

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Microsoft And Apple Target Schools In War With Chromebook

An anonymous reader writes: “Google [is] commanding 58% of U.S. K-12 schools. Windows is in second with around 22% and the combined impact of MacOS and iOS are close behind at 19%,” reports TechCrunch, citing figures from consulting firm Futuresource.

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Australia Wants ISPs To Protect Customers From Viruses

An anonymous reader quotes Sopho’s Naked Security blog: In a column in The West Australian, Dan Tehan, Australia’s cybersecurity minister, wrote: “Just as we trust banks to hold our money, just as we trust doctors with our health, in a

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How To Delete Your Data From Google’s ‘My Activity’

Last summer Google revealed personalized data dashboards for every Google account, letting users edit (or delete) items from their search history as well as their viewing history on YouTube. Now Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein writes: Since posting “The Google Page

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As Print Surges, Ebook Sales Plunge Nearly 20%

An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% in the U.K. in 2016, according to the Publishers Association. Sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same period, while children’s books surged 16%.

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Why Elon Musk Doesn’t Like Flying Cars

boley1 quotes Business Insider: According to Elon Musk, the main challenges with flying cars are that they’ll be noisy and generate lots of wind because of the downward force required to keep them in the air. Plus, there’s an anxiety

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