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  • China's Tencent Launches Smart Hardware OS To Rival Alibaba

    42m By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes: Chinese internet and media giant Tencent Holdings has today launched an operating system for mobile devices such as internet-connected phones, TVs, smartwatches and other IoT products. Tencent Operating System (OS) TOS+ is open to…
  • TeslaCrypt Isn't All That Cryptic

    1h By timothy
    citpyrc writes: TeslaCrypt, the latest-and-greatest ransomware branch off of the CryptoWall family, claims to the unwitting user that his/her documents are encrypted with "a unique public key generated for this computer". This coudn't be farther from truth. In…
  • Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

    2h By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes: Federal health officials Monday changed the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water for the first time since 1962, cutting by almost half the maximum amount of fluoride that should be added to drinking supplies. The…
  • ATT, DirecTV Mega-Merger May Go Through

    3h By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes: Hot on the heels of Comcast's failed attempt to swallow up Time Warner Cable, AT&T's pursuit of satellite provider DirecTV is plowing forward. What would be the result of a wireline and cellular mega-monopoly buying one of only two…
  • How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

    4h By Soulskill
    HughPickens.com writes: Lina Nilsson writes in an op-ed piece in the NY Times that she looks with despair at estimates that only about 14 percent of engineers in the work force are women. But there may be a solution to the disparity that is much simpler than…
  • A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

    5:11am By Soulskill
    Tekla Perry writes: Earthquake alert systems that give a 10 or 20 second warning of an impending temblor, enabling automatic systems to shut down and people to take cover, are hugely expensive to build and operate. (One estimate is $38.3 milllion for equipment…
  • Kerbal Space Program 1.0 Released After 4 Years of Development

    3:44am By Soulskill
    hampton2600 writes: The beloved space simulator game Kerbal Space Program has just hit version 1.0 after four years in development. It has risen to prominence in public beta, but the full release brings a host of new features: "The flight model has had a…
  • Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

    2:14am By Soulskill
    Lucas123 writes: Last year, renewable energy sources accounted for half of new installed electric-generation capacity (natural gas units made up most of the remainder). As more photovoltaic panels are installed on rooftops around the nation, an antiquated…
  • New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine

    1:16am By Soulskill
    Trailrunner7 writes: WordPress security issues have for the most part involved a vulnerable plug-in, but a Finnish researcher has disclosed some details on a zero-day vulnerability he discovered in the WordPress 4.2 and earlier core engine that could lead to…
  • Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

    12:17am By Soulskill
    westlake writes: Valve has abandoned its attempt to introduce paid mods to Skyrim on Steamworks, following furious and unrelenting complaints by the gaming community that did not spare Gabe Newell. Valve said, "[O]ur main goals were to allow mod makers the…
  • New Privacy Threat: Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection

    Mon 10:18pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is warning against a new potential privacy threat: cameras that look inside cars and try to identify how many people are inside. This technology is a natural combination of simpler ones that have…
  • The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

    Mon 8:20pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Malcolm Gladwell has an article in The New Yorker about how automotive engineers handle issues of safety. There have been tons of car-related recalls lately, and even before that, we'd often hear about how some piece of engineering…
  • Holographic Principle Could Apply To Our Universe

    Mon 7:39pm By Soulskill
    New submitter citpyrc sends this news from the Vienna University of Technology: The "holographic principle" asserts that a mathematical description of the universe actually requires one fewer dimension than it seems. What we perceive as three dimensional may…
  • An Open Ranking of Wikipedia Pages

    Mon 6:56pm By Soulskill
    vigna writes: The Laboratory for Web Algorithmics of the Universit√† degli studi di Milano did it again: after creating the first open ranking of the World Wide Web they have put together the first entirely open ranking of Wikipedia, using Wikidata to…
  • Alibaba Looks To Rural China To Popularize Its Mobile OS

    Mon 6:14pm By samzenpus
    itwbennett writes: E-commerce giant Alibaba Group hasn't given up on its YunOS mobile operating system, and is taking the software to China's rural markets through a series of low-cost phones, which will be built by lesser-known Chinese brands and will range…