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Power and Free Broadband To the People

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 20:48
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes Slashdot member and open source developer Ben Kallos @KallosEsq — who is now a NYC Councilman — is pushing to make it a precondition to Comcast's merging with Time Warner that it agree to provide free broadband to all public housing residents in the City (and by free I mean free as in beer). Kallos, along with NY's Public Advocate, Letitia James, is leading a group of state and local politicians calling on Comcast to help bridge the digital divide in NY.

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Poynt's smart store terminal lets you pay any way you like

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 20:29
One of the many reasons you don't see widespread support for mobile payment tech like Apple Pay or Google Wallet is the hardware investment needed to make it all work. Why should a store spend thousands of dollars on machines that miss out on some...

Remote Vision Through a Virtual Reality Headset (Video)

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 20:04
Add some material-handling devices and you'd have software-controlled Waldos, first described by Robert A. Heinlein in the 1942 short story titled Waldo. So while the idea of a pair of artificial eyes you control by moving your head (while looking at the area around the artificial eyes, even if it's in orbit), sounds like futuristic fun, especially if you use an Oculus Virtual Reality device instead of an LED screen, it not only hasn't caught up with science fiction, but is a fair ways behind science fact. Still, the idea of being able to control a vision system deep under the sea or in orbit around Saturn is certainly interesting in and of itself. (Alternate Video Link)

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Twitter keeps you up to date on the 2014 midterm elections

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 20:01
November brings midterm elections in the US, and Twitter is looking to lend a hand when it comes to keeping you informed on all the latest heading into next week. To do so, the social network developed the #Election2014 dashboard. As you might...

Google Play Movies & TV for Android improves second screen tools

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:33
If you've splurged for a Chromecast or pre-ordered the newfangled Nexus Player, streaming from Google Play to your television just got better. Mountain View's Movies & TV app for Android update brings actor and soundtrack cards to your mobile device,...

Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:23
reifman writes The Internet's been abuzz the past 48 hours about reports the FBI distributed malware via a fake Seattle Times news website. What the agency actually did is more of an example of smart, precise law enforcement tactics. Is the outrage online an indictment of Twitter's tendency towards uninformed, knee-jerk reactions? In this age of unwarranted, unconstitutional blanket data collection by the NSA, the FBI's tactics from 2007 seem refreshing for their precision.

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Google takes another step into your living room with its Nexus Player (hands-on)

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 19:01
Google's wanted a piece of your living room for ages, and now -- after two attempts that never really went anywhere -- the search giant seems poised to get what it wants. Android TV is coming to, well, a TV near you, and we just spent a few brief...

Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 18:59
An anonymous reader writes "Stan Lee Media and The Walt Disney Co. have taken their arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals over who owns the rights (and profits) to Marvel characters. Though Disney bought Marvel in 2009, Stan Lee Media (no longer associated with Stan Lee, himself) still claims copyright of the characters."

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YouTube Considering an Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 18:39
Walking The Walk writes YouTube is looking at creating a paid-subscription model that would allow users to skip the ads on their videos. (A more condensed summary from CBC.) No firm date has been announced, and it sounds like tentative steps right now, but YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki did mention that ad-enabled music videos would still be offered.

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Sound Off! Has NFC finally hit the mainstream?

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 18:36
You can find NFC technology in many of the gadgets released in the last few years, but it seems like it never gained much traction in our common lexicon. Sure, there's Google Wallet and using it to easily pair with things (like your camera), but you...

Twitter's data deal with IBM helps companies know what you like

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 18:03
Many of the companies you deal with like to keep tabs on what Twitter users say, but they rarely have a true sense of what the world is thinking -- are people spreading positive buzz, or is there trouble brewing? IBM doesn't want to leave that...

Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:51
tranquilidad writes "As previously discussed on Slashdot, CurrentC is a consortium of merchants attempting to create a "more secure" payment system. Some controversy surrounds CurrentC's requirements regarding the personal information required, their purchase-tracking intentions and retail stores blocking NFC in apparent support of CurrentC. Now news breaks that CurrentC has already been breached. CurrentC has issued the standard response, "We take the security of our users' information extremely seriously."

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Retail's response to Apple Pay and Google Wallet gets hacked before it arrives

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:28
If the retailers backing the CurrentC mobile payment system hope to topple NFC-based technology like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, they may need to improve their safeguards for your data. CurrentC is now warning people in its beta program that...

Samaritans Radar scans your Twitter feed and notifies you of possible cries for help

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:11
The Samaritans charity is best known for its 24-hour helpline, which offers emotional support to anyone that's feeling down in the dumps. With many people, especially youngsters, now broadcasting every intimate detail of their lives on Twitter, the...

Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:08
Jason Koebler writes: A team of physicists based at Brown University has succeeded in shattering a quantum wave function. That near-mythical representation of indeterminate reality, in which an unmeasured particle is able to occupy many states simultaneously, can be dissected into many parts. This dissection, which is described this week in the Journal of Low Temperature Physics, has the potential to turn how we view the quantum world on its head. Specifically, they found it's possible to take a wave function and isolate it into different parts. So, if our electron has some probability of being in position (x1,y1,z1) and another probability of being in position (x2,y2,z2), those two probabilities can be isolated from each other, cordoned off like quantum crime scenes.

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Facebook will give you serious money to make the internet more secure

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 17:00
Internet security bugs suck -- who actually wants to go through all their accounts to change passwords? Nobody, that's who. That's why many tech companies have bug bounty programs or security research grants, such as Facebook's Internet Defense...

Google's Nexus 6 is a high-powered handful (hands-on)

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:48
It's a little funny to see Motorola finally crafting a Nexus phone after Google sold it to Lenovo, but hey -- life is peculiar that way. What's more important is that Motorola has taken its responsibilities as Keeper of the Nexus name seriously, and...

Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:25
the_newsbeagle writes: In the latest high-tech approach to personalized medicine, cardiologists can now create a computer model of an individual patient's heart and use that simulation to make a treatment plan. In this new field of computational medicine, doctors use a patient's MRI scans to make a model showing that patient's unique anatomy and pattern of heart disease. They can then experiment on that virtual organ in ways they simply can't with a flesh-and-blood heart. Proponents say this tech can "improve therapies, minimize the invasiveness of diagnostic procedures, and reduce health-care costs" in cardiology.

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Nintendo 3DS review (2014): a good reason to give 3D games another chance

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 16:00
Nintendo's original 3D handheld launched in 2011 and three years is a seriously long time in tech -- especially for Nintendo. Fortunately, it's been a hit -- over 44 million units sold so far -- following a tradition of handheld console leadership...

Hackers Breach White House Network

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 15:43
wiredmikey writes: The White House's unclassified computer network was recently breached by intruders, a U.S. official said Tuesday. While the White House has not said so, The Washington Post reported that the Russian government was thought to be behind the act. Several recent reports have linked Russia to cyber attacks, including a report from FireEye on Tuesday that linked Russia back to an espionage campaign dating back to 2007. Earlier this month, iSight Partners revealed that a threat group allegedly linked with the Russian government had been leveraging a Microsoft Windows zero-day vulnerability to target NATO, the European Union, and various private energy and telecommunications organizations in Europe. The group has been dubbed the "Sandworm Team" and it has been using weaponized PowerPoint files in its recent attacks. Trend Micro believes the Sandworm team also has their eyes set on compromising SCADA-based systems.

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