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  • Jailed: Cheating student who hacked into university computer system to give himself a better degree

    04/25/2015 9:20:04 AM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/25/15 | Kent-Smith
    Imran Uddin, 25, used a keyboard spying device to obtain staff passwords Final-year student hacked into exam system and upped his own marks He increased one of his bio-science grades from 57 per cent to 73 per cent Uddin admitted breaking Computer Misuse Act and was jailed for 4 months Imran Uddin used a keyboard spying device to hack into university computers and up his exam marks +5 Imran Uddin used a keyboard spying device to hack into university computers and up his exam marks A student who tried to cheat his way to a better degree by hacking into...
  • Symantec Report: 1 in 5 Android Apps Is Malware

    04/25/2015 11:51:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    ATT NET Yahoo Tech ^ | April 24, 2015 | Dan Tynan
    Bad news, phandroids. Android malware is on the rise. According to Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report, “17 percent of all Android apps (nearly one million total) were actually malware in disguise.” In 2013, Symantec uncovered roughly 700,000 virus-laden apps. More than one third of all apps were what Symatec calls "grayware" or “madware” -- mobile software whose primary purpose is to bombard you with ads. The company also discovered the first example of mobile crypto-ransomware – software that encrypts your data and holds it hostage until you pay ransom for it – for Android devices. Symantec Norton Internet...
  • NASA May Have Accidentally Created a Warp Field (MAY)

    04/24/2015 10:35:10 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 45 replies
    mysteriousuniverse.org ^ | 4/24/2015 | mysteriousuniverse.org
    “Star Trek” introduced the world outside of rocket science circles to the concept of warp drive – the propulsion system that allowed the starship Enterprise to travel faster than the speed of light. Warp speed is the holy grail that would let us explore the universe safely surrounded and protected by a space-distorting warp field. After watching the SpaceX rocket recently just try to land on a platform, you’d think this ability is years if not decades away. Yet the buzz on space websites is that NASA may have accidentally discovered a way to create a warp field. Wait, what?...
  • How to set up the Apple Watch in 16 steps - Including one absolutely necessary cat video

    04/24/2015 8:04:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 47 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 24, 2015 | By Dieter Bohn
    So! You have successfully purchased an Apple Watch, or you’re interested in how the setup process works. Either way, you are to be congratulated for your initiative and willingness to take a risk on a brand new platform, one that lives on your wrist and makes your wrist part of how you live. Also, it has a really great Mickey Mouse watch face. We’re here to help. This article explains the major steps you will need to go through to set up and understand your new Apple Watch. It is virtually identical for all versions of the watch, from the...
  • It is a beautiful day. You are wearing an Apple Watch.

    04/24/2015 4:47:36 PM PDT · by amigatec · 55 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 24, 2015 | T.C. Sottek and Adi Robertson
    It's a beautiful day. You just got your Apple Watch™ in the mail! You take it to your living room and unbox it. Wow. It's incredible. You go through the setup process, and link it to your iPhone. You set the charging dock on your nightstand, and set an alarm. You go to sleep, and dream of floating through white clouds in a blue sky as Jony Ive narrates. Your alarm wakes you at 9:30 on Saturday — the alarm on your Apple Watch. You pick the Apple Watch up from its charging dock, and put it on your wrist....
  • Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers (Video and Article)

    04/24/2015 1:13:50 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/24/15 | Jonah M. Kessel and Taige Jensen
    China faces rising labor costs and a shortage of workers. But a government project called “replacing humans with robots” is trying to change the face of the work force in Guangdong Province.
  • Apple Watch Teardown

    04/24/2015 11:46:02 AM PDT · by Prov1322 · 6 replies
    ifixit.com ^ | 04.24.15 | ifixit tech team
    Time flies: it's been eight months since Apple announced its (digital) crowning achievement, the Apple Watch. Join us as we make time stand still by tearing down the Apple Watch—and see what makes it tick.
  • 3D printing is so last year: We're onto 4D printing now

    04/24/2015 10:39:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 4/24/15
    Another dimension: Professor Marc in het Panhuis and PhD student Shannon Bakarich are building objects using 4-D printing, where time is the fourth dimension. 4D printing is unfolding as technology that takes 3D printing to an entirely new level. The fourth dimension is time, shape shifting in fact, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong is helping to set the pace in the next revolution in additive manufacturing. Just as the extraordinary capabilities of 3D printing have begun to infiltrate industry and the family home, researchers have started to develop 3D...
  • Apple Watch teardown reveals pulse oximeter, suggesting future measurement of blood oxygen

    04/24/2015 9:20:08 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 21 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | Friday, April 24, 2014 | Ben Lovejoy
    iFixit’s teardown of the Apple Watch has revealed that the sophisticated heart-rate monitor used is actually capable of acting as a pulse oximeter, allowing it to calculate the oxygen content of your blood by measuring how much infrared light is absorbed. This data would be useful for health and fitness monitoring, but the functionality is not currently enabled in the watch. As iFixit notes, there are a couple of possible reasons Apple is not currently allowing to watch to display this data … First, it may simply be that the company hasn’t yet achieved the necessary accuracy and reliability from...
  • Skyrim Paid Mod Removed Amid Controversy

    04/24/2015 9:04:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    One of the first paid mods for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released on Thursday as part of Steam's new program has been removed from sale amid claims that it contained the work of another modder. The mod in question was for a fishing animation for the open-world fantasy RPG; Valve even promoted this mod on the new Steam Workshop page (though it's since been replaced). The mod was developed by Chesko and aqqh, but as detailed in this Destructoid report, it actually contained assets from another modder Fore's New Idles in Skyrim creation without his permission. Fore wrote in...
  • iTunes stops working for Windows XP users, Apple security change likely to blame

    04/23/2015 10:13:10 PM PDT · by dayglored · 27 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | April 22, 2015 | Emil Protalinski
    iTunes users who still run Windows XP started to experience connectivity issues this week. As documented in an Apple Support Communities thread, they can’t log into the iTunes store, meaning functions like buying content, watching already purchased movies and TV shows, playing DRM-protected content, backing up, updating, and syncing all do not work. The issue has to do with the secure connection iTunes uses to connect to the iTunes Store, meaning it doesn’t affect users until they try to log in. While the support thread in question only has some 50 replies at the time of publishing, we expect it...
  • Search for someone who has archived Space X Parody

    04/23/2015 6:22:25 PM PDT · by mojo114 · 17 replies
    Anyone archive Space X Parody? Grandson's favorite and can no longer find it on the internet. If anyone has it archived would you send me link please.
  • Apple Watch Killer Applications (Vanity)

    04/23/2015 4:04:43 PM PDT · by Rebel_Ace · 33 replies
    Myself, this is a Vanity Post ^ | 4/23/2015 | Rebel_Ace
    Rebel_Ace is bored again, and that can only mean that it's time for some more Photoshop fun! Last time it was Hillary's van. Today, we focus on the Apple Watch, the subject of quite a few FR threads of late. Killer Applications for the Apple Watch Here is a BLANK TEMPLATE for you creative types to download, manipulate and post back here for everyone's amusement (but mostly for my amusement, as I am the one that is bored)
  • The Apple Watch Is Neat, But That Is All

    04/23/2015 1:33:52 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 339 replies
    Business Day Live ^ | April 23 2015, 12:42 UTC | Jeffrey Joslin
    PEOPLE have been raving about the Apple Watch, so it is probably time for a rant from a devil’s advocate. For starters, Apple’s smartwatch is neat, but that might be the only thing it has going for it. If the product’s intended function is providing you with around-the-clock health information, then there are a lot of roadblocks that need to be addressed. Here are five: (...) 1. Battery life is as terrible as you would expect. 2. Too little screen for too much information. 3. It is too big. 4. Even the positive reviews are negative. 5. The Apple Watch...
  • As First Watches Ship, Apple Opens App Store for New Device

    04/23/2015 12:58:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    The Wall Street Journal Blogs ^ | April 23, 2015 | By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
    Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg News Apple opened the App Store for its Apple Watch Thursday, just ahead of the first shipments reaching customers who pre-ordered the new device. The store is third branch of the App Store, alongside areas hosting apps for the iPhone and the iPad. Apple says more than 3,000 Watch apps will be available when the store opens later Thursday. The Watch has a smaller screen than the phone or tablet and must work in tandem with an iPhone. That’s forcing developers to decide whether a Watch app should be an extension of an iPhone app, or a...
  • USDA app aims to stop Americans from wasting 36 lbs. food a month

    04/23/2015 9:19:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 22, 2015 | 9:23 PM | Paul Bedard
    The Agriculture Department has determined that 36 pounds of food per person is wasted every month, about 21 percent of the available food in the United States. And one big reason: those expiration dates are wrong or overly cautious. The solution: Hold your nose and just eat it. Even if it is 18 months past the expiration date. It sounds yucky, but officials think they’ve got the trick to get moms to feed expired but safe food to kids and adults alike—they’ve even got an app. It’s called FoodKeeper and it is supposed to have a more accurate calculation of...
  • The Ins-and-Outs of an OS X Permission Fix

    04/23/2015 2:52:30 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    Macworld ^ | April 22, 2015 | Topher Kessler
    Since you use a Mac, then at some point you’ve likely run into the mention of a “Permissions Fix” as a solution to just about any problem—slowdowns, random crashes, your Mac not booting up. Because it can refer to a bunch of different problems, hearing this term might leave you wondering what it is, what permissions are, and whether or not you actually need to run this routine on your Mac
  • iOS 8 vulnerability can send iPhones, iPads into reboot loop

    04/23/2015 2:23:16 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Beta News ^ | April 22, 2015 | By Mihaita Bamburic
    At the 2015 RSA Conference, security researchers from Skycure showcased a new iOS 8 vulnerability which, if properly exploited, can send iPhones and iPads connected to a malicious hotspot into a reboot loop. The vulnerability affects both the operating system as well as apps which use SSL to communicate. All that an attacker has to do to exploit the vulnerability is to set up a router in a "specific configuration", and allow anyone to connect (basically make it an open hotspot). The iOS 8 devices that connect will be affected, without the attacker having to have access to them. Based...
  • Babes behind bars: Most attractive mug shots

    04/22/2015 8:36:43 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 48 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4-20-15 | NY Daily News
    She may look like a model but Bridget Garcia is anything BUT a model parent! The Florida mother was arrested on April 20, 2015 after she sent her son flying when she slammed on her breaks while he was riding on the hood, police said. The 32-year-old woman of Port St. Lucie faces a child abuse charge for injuring her 13-year-old son, who hopped on the hood of the car to stop his family from leaving him home alone after he was grounded. As Garcia stopped, her son fell off injuring his hip, right knee, and foot.
  • Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Device Guard, a New Feature That Could Kill Malware Forever

    04/22/2015 5:53:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 04/22/2015
    Microsoft is making big efforts to increase the security of Windows 10 and turn the new operating system into a fully secure working environment, so several new features will be available in this regard when it comes out. In addition to Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello, both of which were announced a few months ago, Redmond will also introduce a feature called Device Guard that would give organizations full control over the apps that are allowed to be launched on a device running Windows 10. According to Microsoft, the new feature should provide advanced malware protection against new and even...
  • New Meaning of ‘Helicopter Parenting': Dad Uses Drone to Walk Daughter to School

    04/22/2015 3:32:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 22, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    As parents, you want to watch over your children but that isn’t always possible…until now. According to WVLT, a Tennessee father has come up with a way to watch his daughter walk to school and ensure she safely arrives. His tactic gives a whole new meaning to the term “helicopter parenting.”Dad drone daughter school The father, Chris Early, is a techie; he owns a video production company. When his 8-year-old daughter Katie asked to walk to school alone, he turned to technology. He fired up his drone to ensure she safely arrived at school. “I could see on the monitor...
  • Is There a Need for Legislative Updates to Electronic Privacy Protection Laws?

    04/22/2015 2:34:20 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-22-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Long gone are the days when law enforcement surveillance meant officers with cameras standing on corners wearing trench coats, hats and sunglasses. Now law enforcement can use thermal imaging cameras from drones, intercept cell phone calls and even track personal information through cell phones. Advances in technology, perceptions that law enforcement officials may operate on the boundaries of the law and new community privacy expectations seem to beg for legislative updates to outdated interpretations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. There is a need to balance an individual’s constitutional rights with law enforcement’s goal to prevent and investigate crimes. Perhaps...
  • UK trader in fraud arrest over US 'flash crash'

    04/22/2015 12:45:28 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 16 replies
    UK trader in fraud arrest over US 'flash crash' A financial trader has been arrested in the UK after US authorities accused him of contributing to the 2010 Wall Street "flash crash". The US Department of Justice wants to extradite Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, on charges of wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation. The crash wiped billions of dollars off the value of US shares in minutes.
  • Apple hasn't patched admin privilege backdoor in 10.10.3, it's claimed

    04/22/2015 12:15:54 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | 21 Apr 2015 at 21:03 | Shaun Nichols
    OS X Yosemite still open to Rootpipe hijacking, says ex-NSA bod Apple's attempt to fix a serious security weakness in OS X has fallen short, leaving users still vulnerable to malware seizing their Macs, it is claimed. Patrick Wardle, director of research at Synack, reckons Cupertino has not been able to fully kill off the so-called "Rootpipe" backdoor that was supposed to be eradicated in last week's OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update. Apple has refused to address the vulnerability in older versions of OS X, such as version 10.9.x. The Rootpipe vulnerability, present in OS X since at least 2011,...
  • Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

    04/21/2015 11:55:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | 21 Apr 2015 | Neil McAllister
    'Try the built-in browser – that might work' Pulling the plug Some aging smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, iPhones and iPads are headed for early dotage, thanks to a decision by Google to shut down the older version of its YouTube API. According to a revised product support page, the YouTube apps built into certain devices manufactured in 2012 or earlier will soon stop functioning, beginning this week. The cutoff will apparently happen regardless of whether the manufacturers advertised their devices as supporting YouTube at the time customers bought them. Google, characteristically, has tried to cast the end of service in...
  • Microsoft's Windows 10 Build 10052 solves phone-bricking problems

    04/21/2015 8:57:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    PC World ^ | Apr 21 2015 | Mark Hachman
    Microsoft released Build 10052 of Windows 10 for phones on Tuesday, along with a revised rollback tool that should help solve the bricking problems that Lumia 520 users and other unlucky souls experienced. The major problem that the new build solves is an issue where some users—including owners of the most popular Windows phone, the Lumia 520—suffered catastrophic failures that “bricked” the phones when they tried to roll them back to Windows 8.1. Microsoft said it has solved the bug on Lumia 520 phones, with an update to the Windows Phone Reset Tool.
  • Are smartwatches dangerous? Lawyer wants $1 billion campaign to warn drivers

    04/21/2015 2:37:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | By PARESH DAVE
    An attorney is seeking a court order that four tech giants fund a $1-billion smartwatch warning campaign After the Apple Watch ships to initial customers Friday, thousands of motorists might be sneaking a glance at the smartwatch to read text messages and other alerts. That has at least one person concerned. On Monday, an attorney filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Google that seeks a court order for the technology companies to fund a $1-billion public education campaign about the dangers of using a smartwatch while driving. In his lawsuit, Stephen Joseph...
  • Apple's climate change efforts might be based on misguided idealism

    04/21/2015 1:53:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    CIO ^ | Apr 21, 2015 6:03 AM | By Jim Lynch
    Apple has made it clear that it believes in global warming, and that it wants to fix what it regards as a problem. But should the company tone down its rhetoric on the issue? Under the leadership of Tim Cook, Apple has been a vocal advocate for certain policies, including what the company calls "climate change." While some have applauded Apple's commitment to battle global warming, I'm forced to wonder if the company's efforts aren't simply misguided. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that Apple is paying attention to the environment and that it's aware of its own...
  • Remove caches to fix a slow Finder in OS X 10.10.3

    04/21/2015 9:40:43 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Mac Issues ^ | April 20, 2015 | by Topher Kessler
    After upgrading to OS X 10.10.3, you may find that navigating the Finder can be arduously slow at times, where the contents of folders you open may take a while to display, and otherwise scrolling and navigating may be overall sluggish. If this occurs, then you can likely fix it by clearing some Finder-related cache information from your Mac.Caches are small databases of frequently accessed resources that a program can access far quicker than having to locate and parse this information directly from locations on disk, or which store specific URLs and other Web resources that a program may use...
  • TidBITS Hits a Quarter Century of Internet Publishing

    04/20/2015 7:07:44 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    TidBITS ^ | Monday, April 20, 2015 | Adam C. Engst
    TidBITS was initially Tonya’s idea. In April of 1990, I was doing Mac consulting in Ithaca, and Tonya was working for Cornell Information Technologies, helping members of the Cornell community evaluate and purchase Macs, PCs, NeXT machines, and a wide variety of peripherals. Some of her colleagues had been there for a while and didn’t seem excited about recent innovations in technology, like affordable printers that provided the WYG in WYSIWYG or NeXT computers with their unusual mix of power and graphics. So Tonya came up with the idea of writing a weekly newsletter for her coworkers that would summarize...
  • Every Version of Windows Is Affected By This Vulnerability – What You Can Do About It

    04/20/2015 5:35:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    MakeUseOf ^ | April 16, 2015 | Christian Cawley
    IMPORTANT -- This thread is a followup to http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3278876/posts - New Redirect to SMB Flaw in all Windows versions including Windows 10. It contains a list of the specific software packages affected, and there are a LOT of them. What would you say if we told you that your version of Windows is affected by a vulnerability that dates back to 1997? You’d laugh, right? Surely, after all, Microsoft would have patched the fault prior to releasing Windows 98, or at the latest, Windows 2000? Well, not quite. This Redirect to SMB vulnerability has its roots in the identically-named attack...
  • Here's what you can do on the Apple Watch without your iPhone

    04/20/2015 3:22:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 163 replies
    CNet News ^ | Thursday April 9, 2015 | by Mitchel Broussard
    he Apple Watch is, first and foremost, an iPhone accessory. It might be even more than that eventually, a truly independent gadget, but a vast majority of its current core functions -- making calls, sending messages, getting information, even playing any third-party games -- require your iPhone to be on, have Internet service, and be paired with the Watch via Bluetooth or a shared Wi-Fi network. If you're thinking about getting one, make sure you know that. It requires an iPhone 5 or later, and it can't even be set up without one. Still, the Apple Watch can do a...
  • AMD CEO Says Windows 10 Will Launch ‘At The End Of July’ [Can Microsoft Pull it off?]

    04/20/2015 1:33:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 04/20/2015 | Alex Wilhelm
    Buried in the question-and-answer section of AMD’s earnings call this past Friday was an interesting note on the release timing of Windows 10. According to AMD CEO Lisa Su, Windows 10 should be released in late July.In response to a question regarding its channel inventory, Su said the following: What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up. TechCrunch...
  • FR font issues

    04/19/2015 7:17:58 PM PDT · by bk1000 · 82 replies
    bk1000
    Vanity post. My first, and probably only, as I am not prone to doing so. I read FR mostly on my Android phone. Recently the thread comments are showing up in an impossibly small font height. The initial post, the plea for donations, as well as some comments are in a legible size, but most comments are unreadable. Is anyone else experiencing this? Is it a recent Android bug? I am logged in, and am going to take a shower while I wait to try and read the impossibly small replies from fellow FReepers.
  • Apple Watch: An Overnight Multi-Billion Dollar Business

    04/19/2015 5:26:04 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 78 replies
    Carl Howe blog ^ | Posted on April 16, 2015 | By Carl Howe
    It was just three years in the making Quick look Here’s the quick summary for those of you who don’t have time to read the next 3,000 words. The Apple Watch went on sale for pre-orders on April 10, 2015, and the Apple Store tells us that delivery dates for all orders now stretch into summer and beyond. We know that the initial production run of Apple Watch has sold out; what we don’t know is how many Apple Watches that represents. I’ve built a simple model that predicts that the initial run of watches was more than 3 million...
  • iPhone HELP

    04/19/2015 2:55:11 PM PDT · by Paisan · 27 replies
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  • Mercedes help

    04/19/2015 1:22:27 PM PDT · by pabianice · 29 replies
    4/19/15
    I have a 2009 Mercedes 300. I have tried the recommended method to reset the "Service 30 days overdue" light without success. I have an engine analyst/code resetter. Where is the socket in the C300 to which to attach it? Thanks.
  • Back in the Day (Photos)

    04/19/2015 12:13:50 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 43 replies
    Imgur ^ | 4/19/2015 | Dallas59
    Just ads and pictures mostly from the 50's and 60's.
  • Looking for an outdoor nature microphone

    04/19/2015 8:02:12 AM PDT · by Auslander154 · 24 replies
    I am trying to set up a system for my bedridden and hard of hearing aunt so that she can hear her beloved chimes in her backyard. The chimes are heavy mothers. Has anyone set up a system in their backyard to hear birds and sounds of nature and piped it into their house? I ordered and tried a product called Nature's Window NW3 monitor. I sent it back as it had a defect and for $350 probably had about $50 worth of electronic parts. On the internet I found lots of microphones and naturist setups geared for recording purposes....
  • That app Facebook forced you to install? Now it's on computers, too

    04/18/2015 3:00:42 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    kim kommando ^ | 4-18-15 | kim kommando
    Last year, Facebook did away with messaging within its mobile app for good and forced users to download its new Messenger app. Pretty soon, you might have to do the same thing on your computer, too. That's because Facebook just introduced a new Messenger site that you can access through your Web browser. You can log in to the site with your Facebook account. Once you're logged in, the site turns into a big chat window with all of your ongoing Facebook conversations listed on the left side of the screen.
  • The First Apple Homepage

    04/18/2015 1:56:09 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Kevin Fox ^ | April 16, 2015 | Kevin Fox
    Last week I happened across a blog post showing the history of Apple.com over the past 17 years, complete with screenshots culled from the very earliest days of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. It’s a serious trip down memory lane, but it didn’t go back far enough ... ...
  • Smartphone Debate Ends With Stabbings Apple vs. Android argument turned violent, police report

    04/18/2015 11:27:48 AM PDT · by sopwith · 21 replies
    the smoking gun ^ | APRIL 17 , 2015 | ?
    APRIL 17---A drunken argument over whether Android or Apple smartphones were superior turned violent early today when two Oklahoma roommates began assaulting each other during the bloody telecommunications debate. According to Tulsa police, Jiaro Mendez and Elias Acevedo were outside their apartment around 1 AM when their phone quarrel moved to the stabbing stage. As they tussled in a parking lot, Acevedo allegedly struck Mendez in the back of the head with a beer bottle. When cops subsequently apprehended Acevedo, he was “covered in blood” and “also had several lacerations on his body from the fight.” Both men were treated...
  • Is it time for "Free-nux"?

    04/18/2015 11:24:45 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 49 replies
    Apple supports Homo-Fascism. Microsoft supports Homo-Fascism. As Freeper "Star Traveler" has pointed out, if you work with computers, you are going to end up sending money to a company that supports Homo-Fascism. It occurs to me that we need a way to use computers that does not put money into the pockets of companies that support Homo-Fascism. (And other Liberal causes.) How about a version of Linux that people who believe in Freedom can use to fight back against the Homo-Fascist tech companies? We could call it "Free-nux." Someone needs to start a company that pushes this idea and provides...
  • Everything we know about adulterous dating website Ashley Madison that's trying to go public

    04/18/2015 10:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/18/2015 | OLIVIA GOLDHILL, THE TELEGRAPH
    The dating website for adulterous affairs is planning to float in London. Here are all the dirty details Ashley Madison. Q: Is that some kind of shoe designer? A sensible guess, but definitely wrong. Ashley Madison is a dating website aimed at people who are already married. The service brands itself as “discreet”, and simply picked two popular American girls’ names as the company name. Q: Wait, so they’re a dating service for adultery? Isn’t that immoral? The company motto is: “Life is short. Have an affair.” The website offers affair guidelines, with advice on how to cover your tracks....
  • How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter What

    04/17/2015 9:27:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 116 replies
    Mac Observer ^ | Apr 13th, 2015 7:50 PM EDT | Bryan Chaffin
    Apple Watch. Seems like Apple has a hit on its corporate hands. Or a preorder hit. The company sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours—just in the U.S.—according to one piece of analysis. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple's history—so what do you do if you've been talking smack about it for months? If you're Roger Kay, you stuff a straw man full of nonsensical numbers that will allow you to declare the device a failure no matter what. It's a neat trick so long as no one applies a...
  • Apple cooperation with antitrust monitor down 'sharply' -report

    04/17/2015 7:54:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | APRIL 16, 2015 | BY NATE RAYMOND
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc's cooperation with a court-appointed monitor has "sharply declined" as he reviews the iPad maker's antitrust compliance policies, the monitor wrote in a report to a judge. Michael Bromwich, who became Apple's monitor after it was found liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said in a report on Thursday that Apple objected to providing information and "inappropriately" attempted to limit his activities. Bromwich, whose relationship with Apple has been testy since the start, had indicated that relations had improved in a report in October to U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan. However, he said in...
  • Selfies Led to Highway 1 Driver's Arrest in Santa Cruz, CHP Says

    04/17/2015 3:32:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KSBW ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | Amy Larson
    An overzealous selfie photo snapper was arrested in Santa Cruz, the California Highway Patrol said Friday. A CHP motorcycle officer said he noticed a woman was driving on Highway 1 while taking selfies of herself with a cellphone. Cara Baldwin, 44, of Santa Cruz, was driving in heavy Thursday 5 p.m. rush hour traffic near the Morrissey Boulevard exit. Using a cellphone without a hands-free device while driving is illegal in California. When the officer tried to get Baldwin's attention, she did not notice, and almost hit the officer's motorcycle, the CHP said. Baldwin was eventually pulled over, and the...
  • Beyond the lithium ion—a significant step toward a better performing battery

    04/17/2015 2:27:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-17-2015 | Provided by University of Illinois at Chicago
    The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those...
  • Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

    04/17/2015 2:21:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-17-2015 | Provided by Kansas State University
    Molybdenum disulfide sheets -- which are "sandwiches" of one molybdenum atom between two sulfur atoms -- may improve rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, according to the latest research from Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering. Credit: Kansas State University The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and his research team are improving rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The team has focused on the lithium cycling of molybdenum disulfide, or MoS2, sheets, which Singh...
  • San Jose 13-Year-Old Invents Device To Help White Canes "See"

    04/17/2015 1:41:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Garvin Thomas
    In 1921, according to the history books, an newly-blind Englishman named James Biggs was feeling threatened by the amount of traffic in his neighborhood. In order to be more visible to motorists, Biggs reportedly painted his cane white. If true, it means the white cane as an aid to the blind is approaching its 100th birthday. Which explains why, in true Silicon Valley fashion, Raghav Ganesh thought the world was overdue for the white cane, 2.0. "There's an old device here that needed an upgrade," Raghav says, "and I thought I could make that better." Raghav Ganesh, a San Jose...