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IoT Security Flaw Leaves 496 Million Devices Vulnerable At Businesses, Report Says

Today at 03:10 AM, via Slashdot

Nearly a half-billion Internet of Things devices are vulnerable to cyberattacks at businesses worldwide because of a 10-year-old security flaw, according to a new report from a security software vendor. From a report: The report was published Friday by Armis, a provider of Internet of Things security software for enterprises that focuses on detecting threats in IoT devices at workplaces. The...

China’s JD.com Plans Move Into Europe

Today at 02:05 AM, via Slashdot

Chinese e-commerce company JD.com plans to expand in Europe and aims to have finalized its strategy for entering the market by the end of the year, its chief executive told a German newspaper. Reuters: China’s second largest e-commerce business also wants to open an office in Germany by the end of 2018, the Handelsblatt daily cited Richard Liu as saying. “For me it’s no longer just about...

The Hidden Environmental Cost of Amazon Prime’s Free, Fast Shipping

Today at 01:00 AM, via Slashdot

Amazon’s Prime Day shopping spree offers free, fast shipping — but experts say there’s a hidden environmental cost that doesn’t show up on the checkout page. From a report: Expedited shipping means your packages may not be as consolidated as they could be, leading to more cars and trucks required to deliver them, and an increase in packaging waste, which researchers have found is adding more...

Google Tests Curvy Chrome Tabs With Material Design Overhaul

Today at 00:00 AM, via Slashdot

Google is trying out a new Chrome interface that for the first time in a decade presents a very different look for the tabs and address bar at the top of the widely used web browser, CNET reports. It adds: Since its public debut in 2008, Chrome has featured a trapezoidal tab for each website you have open. But tabs now look very different on Chrome Canary — a very rough-around-the-edges version...

Starwatch: red marvel that is a lunar eclipse

Yesterday at 22:30 PM, via The Guardian

Most of the world has a chance to see the moon change colour at the end of the week

A total lunar eclipse will be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia and South America on 27 July. Only North America misses the show this time.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. Once totally immersed, it turns to a deep red colour. This glorious sight occurs...

Open Gov’t Advocates Fear that Private Messaging Apps Are Being Misused by Public Officials To Conduct Business in Secret

Yesterday at 22:00 PM, via Slashdot

The proliferation of digital tools that make text and email messages vanish may be welcome to Americans seeking to guard their privacy. But open government advocates fear they are being misused by public officials to conduct business in secret and evade transparency laws. From a report: Whether communications on those platforms should be part of the public record is a growing but unsettled...

Boston Dynamics Is Gearing Up To Produce Thousands of Robot Dogs

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Slashdot

Boston Dynamics, maker of uncannily agile robots, is poised to bring its first commercial product to market — a small, dog-like robot called the SpotMini. From a report: The launch was announced in May, and founder Marc Raibert recently said that by July of next year, Boston Dynamics will be producing the SpotMini at the rate of around 1,000 units per year. The broader goal, as reported by...

People Like Getting Thank You Notes, Research Finds

Yesterday at 19:00 PM, via Slashdot

From a report: O.K., it’s not that surprising. But what did surprise two psychologist as they attempted to get to bottom of why so few people actually send thank yous is that many people totally “miscalibrate” the effect of an appreciative email. They underestimate the positive feelings it will bring. “They think it’s not going to be that big a deal,” said Amit Kumar, a professor at the...

Some Colleges Cautiously Embrace Wikipedia

Yesterday at 17:00 PM, via Slashdot

Megan Zahneis, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education: Academics have traditionally distrusted Wikipedia, citing the inaccuracies that arise from its communally edited design and lamenting students’ tendency to sometimes plagiarize assignments from it. Now, LiAnna Davis, director of programs for Wikipedia’s higher-education-focused nonprofit arm Wiki Education, said, higher education and...

Slashdot Asks: Do You Need To Properly Eject a USB Drive Before Yanking it Out?

Yesterday at 16:05 PM, via Slashdot

In a story earlier this week, Popular Science magazine explored an age-old topic: Do people need to safely eject a USB stick before they pull it from their computer? The magazine’s take on it — which is, as soon any ongoing transfer of files is complete, it is safe to yank out the flash drive — has unsurprisingly stirred a debate. Here’s what the magazine wrote: But do you really need to eject...

Meet the Mind Behind Giphy’s Best GIFs

Yesterday at 13:00 PM, via Wired

As a founder of Giphy Studios, the first creative agency devoted to making original GIFs, Samantha Scharff knows how to slow your scroll.

Bot Tweeted Names And Photos Of Venmo Users Who Bought Drugs

Yesterday at 12:34 PM, via Slashdot

Since Venmo’s transactions are “public” by default and broadcast on Venmo’s API, a Python programmer decided to publicize a few of them, reports the Mercury News:
The creator of the bot named “Who’s buying drugs on Venmo” under the Twitter handle @venmodrugs says he wanted users to consider their privacy settings before using Venmo. The bot finds Venmo transactions that include words such as...

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