Monthly Archives: September 2017

Bill Gates Has An Android Phone. Has Microsoft Changed?

Bill Gates uses an Android phone now. “It may not be the most surprising revelation, given profits are sinking faster than a boat without a hull and big-name partners are jumping ship left and right, but the founder of Microsoft

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Best Open Source Software Identified By InfoWorld Listicles

An anonymous reader writes: InfoWorld announced the winners of this year’s “Best of Open Source Software Awards” — honoring 68 different projects, spread across five categories. Besides the 15 best software development tools, they also recognized the best cloud computing

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US Consumer Groups Warn ‘Robot Car Bill’ Threatens Safety

“If you don’t place a Capable Engineering crew to oversee a project that involves lives, you’re asking for trouble,” writes Slashdot reader Neuronwelder. Consumer Reports writes: Congress is moving ahead with plans to let self-driving cars be tested on U.S.

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Why Google’s Gmail Phishing Warnings Give False Positives

Vortex.com is one of the oldest domains on the internet — one of the first 40 ever registered, writes Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein. So why does Google sometimes block the email he sends? Here’s why. First, my message had the

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Hollywood’s International War on Kodi Plugins And Video-Streaming Boxes

An anonymous reader quotes the EFF: In the past few years, the sale of pre-configured Kodi boxes, and the availability of a range of plugins providing access to streaming media, has seen the software’s popularity balloon — and made it

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Ancient Papyrus Finally Solves Egypt’s ‘Great Pyramid’ Mystery

schwit1 was the first Slashdot reader to bring us the news. Newsweek reports: Archaeologists believe they have found the key to unlocking a mystery almost as old as the Great Pyramid itself: Who built the structure and how were they

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Solar Powered Smartwatch Successfully Crowdfunded on Kickstarter

An anonymous reader quotes the Verge: Battery life on smartwatches is, in a word, bad. And while most of today’s watches can more or less make it through a day without dying, they’re still a far cry from the months

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Google Investigates Facebook’s Russian Political Operatives, Will Address Congressmen

An anonymous reader quotes Recode: Facebook has shared some details about the Russian-operated profiles it discovered on its platform with Google, as the search giant — with the rest of the tech industry — continues to probe the extent to

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Microsoft Releases ‘Next Generation’ Preview of Skype For Linux

BrianFagioli writes: Friday, Microsoft released a refreshed preview of Skype for Linux. There are both DEB and RPM packages available, making it easy to install on, say, Ubuntu, Debian, or Fedora. In fact, I successfully installed it on Pop!_OS earlier

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Steve Wozniak: Net Neutrality Rollback ‘Will End the Internet As We Know It’

An anonymous reader quotes Silicon Beat: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak penned an op-ed on Friday with a former Federal Communications Commission chairman, urging the current FCC to stop its proposed rollback of Obama-era net neutrality regulations. In the op-ed published

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