Monthly Archives: June 2018

Blue Origin Plans To Start Selling Suborbital Spaceflight Tickets Next Year

Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle “soon” and start selling tickets for commercial flights next year, a company executive said June 19, according to a report on SpaceNews.com. From the report: Speaking at

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Ubuntu Makes Public Desktop Metrics

Canonical introduced Ubuntu Hardware/Software Survey in Ubuntu 18.04 and has since been collecting data (it is optional, and users’ consent is taken; Ubuntu says 67 percent users opted in to the survey). Now for the first time, it is revealing

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The World’s Smallest Computer Can Fit on the Tip of a Grain of Rice

Engineers at the University of Michigan have created the world’s smallest computer — again. From a report: The University held the record for the smallest computer after it created its 2x2x4mm Michigan Micro Mote in 2014. The Micro Mote (or

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Supreme Court: Warrant Generally Needed To Track Cell Phone Location Data

daveschroeder writes: The Supreme Court on Friday said the government generally needs a warrant if it wants to track an individual’s location through cell phone records over an extended period of time. The ruling [PDF] is a major victory for

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America’s Chipmakers Go To War vs. China

Chinese raids of U.S. intellectual property have helped China build a solid high-tech economy. But the U.S. semiconductor industry is still far ahead — and China is desperate to catch up. From a report: Semiconductor manufacturers are fighting to protect

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Someone Is Taking Over Insecure Cameras and Spying on Device Owners

As security webcams, security cameras, and pet and baby monitors become part of our lives, their underlying technology is increasingly receiving scrutiny from researchers. Many of these devices are woefully insecure, and an attacker could — and in some cases,

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Should Facial Recognition Cameras Be In Schools?

Facial recognition technology is making its way into schools, raising privacy concerns among parents and officials. The New York Civil Liberties Union issued a report on the matter that focuses on one public school district in particular: Western New York’s

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Should Facial Recognition Cameras Belong In Schools?

Facial recognition technology is making its way into schools, raising privacy concerns among parents and officials. The New York Civil Liberties Union issued a report on the matter that focuses on one public school district in particular: Western New York’s

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GNOME Web Browser is Adding a Reader Mode

An anonymous reader writes: An experimental reader mode will ship in the next version of GNOME Web, aka Epiphany. The feature is already available to try in the latest development builds of the GTK Webkit-based web browser, released this week

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‘Digital Key’ Standard Uses Your Phone To Unlock Your Car

The Car Connectivity Consortium, a mix of major smartphone and automotive brands, has posted a Digital Key 1.0 standard that will let you download a virtual key that can unlock your vehicle, start the engine and even share access with

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