Daily Report: A Net Neutrality Setback for Facebook in India
In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
Sci-fi sandbox game Planetoid Pioneers debuts on Steam Early Access
Planetoid Pioneers is a sci-fi sandbox game where you visit little “planetoids” and explore the physics-based environments. It is debuting today on Steam Early Access on the PC. The game from independent developer Data Realms is sort of like Minecraft in space, and it is counting on users to help make the game into a […]
GamesBeat weekly roundup: Rockstar’s new lawsuit, and Titanfall 2 announced
Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, the PlayStation 4 outsells the Xbox One (again), someone puts Flappy Bird on an e-cigarette, and we review anticipated games like Dark Souls 3 and Bravely Second: End Layer. Happy reading, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: The narrative of the […]
The DeanBeat: The narrative of the underdog in the gaming industry
Our GamesBeat Summit 2016 event is approaching on May 3-4, and I am the head cheerleader and organizer of it. It’s going to call out stories about the “underdogs” of gaming and the lessons that we can extract from them. It’s only our second GamesBeat Summit event, and I’m looking forward to the talks, stories, […]
Microsoft rolls out preview of plugin-free Skype for Web support in Edge
Microsoft today launched a preview of plugin-free Skype calls in Microsoft Edge. The new functionality works anywhere you can use Skype in the browser: Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive. Both voice and video calls are supported, including one-to-one and group sessions. A Microsoft spokesperson says the preview is rolling out gradually and […]
Best Smartphone, smartwatch and accessory deals of the week – OCT 22
As we’ve done for a while now, we’ve scoured the web for some of the best smartphone, smartwatch and accessory deals around. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a new flagship phone or a cheap accessory to enhance the functionality of the device you already have – there’s something for everyone. Check out the [...]
LG to discontinue modular design with next year’s G6
Industry sources are reporting that LG Electronics is cancelling its plans for a modular design in the LG G6. The news comes from South Korea’s etnews, which states that it has heard from multiple representatives throughout different industries. LG garnered attention in early 2016 for the introduction of a modular design into its flagship
A Canadian startup is aiming to change the way consumers charge devices. The team behind smrtFOB is creating a battery pack that moonlights as a key tracker, flash drive, Bluetooth speaker and more. The technology that empowers smrtFob’s versatility is a modular design, which allows users to build upon the existing base to satisfy their [...]
Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Reflection, I Am Bread
Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any [...]
Map of America's River Basins Show Our Nation's Hidden Beauty
As the election nears, our country can at times feel like a hideous and hateful place. Let this map of the United States’ river basins made by Imgur user Fejetlenfej remind you that, at the very least, our country can be beautiful. Fejetlenfej—a geographer who sells their maps on Etsy—created the image using QGIS software, which is an open-source geographic information system. The map depicts both“the permanent and temporary streams and rivers,” the creator explained. They divided the streams into catchment areas, which show when rainfall flows into a river, lake, or reservoir. Using the Strahler Stream Order Classification, which is a system used by geologists to define stream sizes, Fejetlenfej explained that on the map, “the higher the stream order, the thicker the line.”
Being Single Is Now a Disability, According to the World Health Organization
According to the Telegraph, the World Health Organization will change its definition of disabilities to classify people without a sexual partner as “infertile.” The controversial new classifications will make it so that heterosexual single men and women, as well as gay men and women who are seeking in vitro fertilization to have a child, will receive the same priority as couples. This could make access to public funds for IVF available to all.
Report: Director Tim Miller Quits Deadpool 2 Over Issues With Ryan Reynolds
Deadline is reporting that Deadpool director Tim Miller is leaving the sequel over a series of creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. Variety confirmed the news with its own source. Miller hadn’t signed a formal deal for the next film in Fox’s franchise, based on the Marvel comic, but he was reportedly working on the script and getting things moving for the planned 2018 release.
New Game of Thrones Set Pictures Confirm a Meeting Between Two Major Characters
Get a look at Ichabod’s new partner in Sleepy Hollow. The Godzilla sequel has found its writers. The cast and crew of Black Mirror’s third season tease what’s to come on the show. Plus, everything coming up in the CW/DC TV universe, and Lynda Carter makes her Presidential debut in a new Supergirl clip. Spoilers Now!
There are a ton of different ways to carve your Halloween pumpkin, but most of the boring, traditional options aren’t enough to get you noticed by the neighbors. Here are a few ideas we like that bend the norms and try something different, which you can use for inspiration on October 31.
This Is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Updating]
Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
China-based LeEco has announced it will enter the US market with products including LCD TVs, smartphones, virtual reality products, cars and bicycles and the company's entry is expected to benefit its supply chain partners including Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), Amtran, Compal Electronics, Pegatron Technology and MediaTek, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
MIRDC working on communication standards for LED equipment
Taiwan government-sponsored Metal Industries Research & Development Center (MIRDC), under the auspices of Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, has drawn up a draft communication protocol for LED manufacturing equipment, according to MIRDC.
Passive component maker Mag.Layers sees EPS hit 6-year high in 3Q16
Passive component and module supplier Mag.Layers Scientific-Technics has reported net profits of NT$127 million (US$4.018 million) for the third quarter of 2016, up 47.67% from the previous quarter. The earnings translated into an EPS of NT$1.55 for the quarter, the company's highest quarterly EPS in six years.
Taiwan market: Gamania provides mobile e-payment services Gama Pay
Online game developer and operator Gamania Digital Entertainment has started operation of Gama Pay, smartphone-based third-party mobile e-payment services, in the Taiwan market, becoming the second operator of such services next to allPay.
Survey finds voters more worried about cybersecurity than ISIS, climate change
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BOSTON, Oct. 19, 2016 New data released today from cybersecurity company, Cybereason, revealed that nearly 70 percent of registered U.S. voters believe cyber attacks are more threatening to the U.S. than ISIS. In fact, 64 percent are concerned about a major cyber attack against the US. With cyberattacks on the rise across the country, findings showed that in addition to ISIS, voters are also more concerned about cybersecurity than climate change and nuclear weapons.
SpotterRF radar used by security personnel at Las Vegas Presidential Debate
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LAS VEGAS Oct. 20, 2016 SpotterRF, the leader in low-cost, compact surveillance radar (CSR), today announced its collaboration with Milestone Systems and the NMS SpotterXP plugin that was used to secure both air and ground perimeter at the U.S. Presidential Debate held on October 19th at the UNLV Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the first such debate monitored not only for ground threats but also aerial threats, by using SpotterRF’s new award-winning A2000 CSR created especially for monitoring low-flying UAVs (drones). The U.S.
Leidos wins $155M contract to manage X-ray and imaging systems for Customs and Border Protection
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RESTON, VA Oct. 20, 2016 Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a global science and technology solutions company, was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to provide systems administration and maintenance services for X-ray and imaging technology. This hybrid firm fixed-price time and materials contract has a one-year base period of performance, and includes four one-year options. If all options are exercised, the contract carries a total value of approximately $155 million.
TransVoyant to provide predictive analytics for OGSystems' BlueGlass solution
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CHANTILLY, VA Oct. 19, 2016 OGSystems (OGS), a leader in technology innovation for the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC), today announced its partnership with TransVoyant, an Alexandria, Virginia-based company at the forefront of the predictive analytics space.
This week’s best smartphone, smartwatch and accessory deals [Oct 22]
There are dozens of incredible smartphone, smartwatch and accessory deals each week, so we thought we’d do you a favor and pull together the best deals we could find. This week’s highlights include the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the HTC 10, Fossil’s Q Founder Android Wear smartwatch and the brand new Amazon Echo Dot. If ...
Moto M leak gives us another look at Lenovo’s next phone
Another shot of the forthcoming Moto M has surfaced. The last time we saw the device we were tipped to its metal unibody enclosure and first signs that Motorola had moved the fingerprint sensor to the rear, and all of that seemed to be true.
Are you experiencing microphone issues on your Google Pixel?
The Google Pixel hasn't even been available for a full day, but new reports are coming in of microphone issues that may be plaguing the phone. Users at Reddit are gathering details about an issue that may be affecting multiple people.
Rust Implements An IDE Protocol From Red Hat's Collaboration With Microsoft and Codenvy
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:
Developers of Mozilla's Rust language, devised for fast and safe system-level programming, have unveiled the first release of the Rust Language Service, a project that provides IDEs and editors with live, contextual information about Rust code. RLS is one of the first implementations of the Language Server Protocol, co-developed by Microsoft, Codenvy, and Red Hat to standardize communications between IDEs and language runtimes. It's another sign of Rust's effort to be an A-list language across the board -- not only by providing better solutions to common programming problems, but also cultivating first-class, cutting-edge tooling support from beyond its ecosystem...
The Rust Language Service is "pre-alpha", and the whole Language Service Protocol is only currently supported by two IDEs -- Eclipse and Microsoft's Visual Studio Code. Earlier InfoWorld described it as "a JSON-based data exchange protocol for providing language services consistently across different code editors and IDEs," and one of the Rust developers has already developed a sample RLS client for Visual Studio Code.
Will Tesla Install Home Solar Panels To Charge Cars?
Earlier this week, Tesla signed a non-binding agreement to buy solar cells from a new Panasonic factory in Buffalo, New York -- but it's part of a much bigger maneuver. An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
"If all goes to plan, Tesla will be supplying customers with the solar panels that generate electricity that could then be used to charge the battery in their Tesla car or the battery in the Tesla Powerwall home energy storage system," reports the Christian Science Monitor. The Wall Street Journal reports that Musk's SolarCity "will sell, finance and install the panels."
But the Buffalo News suggests the deal is really "aimed squarely at skeptical shareholders" who may be leary of a proposed merger between Tesla and SolarCity," which one analyst calculates will require nearly $6 billion in extra capital. Panasonic could help shoulder the costs of the Buffalo factory, while also putting a more experienced manufacturer in charge of producing high-efficiency solar modules.
The Stack reports some shareholders have actually filed a lawsuit against the merger.
'Anonymous' Hacker Indicted As His Hunger Strike Continues
Eight months after being rescued at sea near Cuba and then arrested, Anonymous hacker Martin Gottesfeld now faces prosecution as well as death by hunger. Newsweek reports:
A member of Anonymous has been indicted on hacking charges while on the third week of a prison hunger strike protesting perceived institutionalized torture and political prosecutions. Martin Gottesfeld, 32, was charged this week in relation to the hacking of Boston Childrenâ(TM)s Hospital in 2014 following the alleged mistreatment of one of its patients. Gottesfeld has previously admitted to targeting the hospital, though says he did it in defense of "an innocent, learning-disabled, 15-year-old girl"...
Since beginning his hunger strike on October 3, Gottesfeld tells Newsweek from prison he has lost 16.5 pounds. He says he will continue his hunger strike until two demands are met: a promise from the presidential candidates that children are not mistreated in the way he claims Pelletier was; and an end to the "political" style of prosecution waged by Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts.
The indictment claims that the hospital spent more than $300,000 to "mitigate" the damage from the 2014 attack.
Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban On Personally Identifiable Web Tracking
Several Sites Including Twitter, Spotify, PayPal, SoundCloud Suffering Outage -- Dyn DNS Under DDoS Attack
Several popular websites and services are down right now for many users. The affected sites include Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, and PayPal among others. The cause appears to be a sweeping outage of DNS provider Dyn -- which in turn is under DDoS attack, according to an official blog post.
Facebook Bans Animated Breast Cancer Awareness Video Showing Circle-Shaped Breasts
Last month, Facebook deleted a historic Vietnam war photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, claiming it violated Facebook's restrictions on nudity. Now it appears that the company has removed a video on breast cancer awareness posted in Sweden after deeming the images offensive, the Swedish Cancer Society said on Thursday. The Guardian reports: The video, displaying animated figures of women with circle-shaped breasts, was aimed at explaining to women how to check for suspicious lumps. Sweden's Cancerfonden said it had tried in vain to contact Facebook, and had decided to appeal against the decision to remove the video. "We find it incomprehensible and strange how one can perceive medical information as offensive," Cancerfoden communications director Lena Biornstad told Agence France-Presse. "This is information that saves lives, which is important for us," she said. "This prevents us from doing so." The Guardian went on to report in a separate article that the the Swedish Cancer Society decided to make the round breasts square to evade Facebook's censorship of female anatomy. The group issued an open letter to Facebook featuring the pair of pair of breasts constructed of pink squares as opposed to pink circles. Facebook did apologize for banning the video, saying in a statement to the Guardian: "We're very sorry, our team processes millions of advertising images each week, and in some instances we incorrectly prohibit ads. This image does not violate our ad policies. We apologize for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ads."
Nurses In Australia Face Punishment For Promoting Anti-Vaccination Messages Via Social Media
HughPickens.com writes: Medical Express reports that nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination messages in Australia could face punishment including being slapped with a caution and having their ability to practice medicine restricted. Serious cases could be referred to an industry tribunal, where practitioners could face harsher penalties such as having their registration suspended or cancelled. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia released the vaccination standards in response to what it described as a small number of nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination via social media. The statement also urges members of the public to report nurses or midwives promoting anti-vaccination. Promoting false, misleading or deceptive information is an offense under national law and is prosecutable by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. "The board will consider whether the nurse or midwife has breached their professional obligations and will treat these matters seriously," the statement said. However Dr. Hannah Dahlen, a professor of midwifery at the University of Western Sydney and the spokeswoman for the Australian College of Midwives, worries the crackdown may push people with anti-vaccination views further underground. "The worry is the confirmation bias that can occur, because people might say: 'There you go, this is proof that you can't even have an alternative opinion.' It might in fact just give people more fuel for their belief systems."
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Thinks Space Can Be the New Internet
Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said space is essentially a new internet, as it is the next frontier that needs new infrastructure to support new entrepreneurs. He said the purpose of Blue Origin is to build out a similar kind of infrastructure for space that Amazon used to operate during the days of the early internet, such as the United States Postal Service and long distance phone network. The Verge reports: "Two kids in their dorm room can reinvent an industry," Bezos said, referring to the strengths of the modern internet. "Two kids in their dorm room cannot do anything interesting in space." Bezos says rocket reusability needs to be improved, and both Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX are working toward the goal of vastly reducing the cost of sending payloads to space. Bezos said there's also a number of restraints right now that prevent the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that helped create Amazon do the same for a next-generation space venture. "We need to be able to put big things in space at low cost." Bezos talked of his earliest days at Amazon more than 20 years ago, where he was driving packages himself to the post office with a 10-person team. "We were sitting on a bunch of a heavy lifting infrastructure," he said. "For example, there was already a gigantic network called United States Postal Service. The internet itself was sitting on time of the long distance phone network." This is the kind of infrastructure Bezos hopes to build out with Blue Origin. "Every time you figure out some way of providing tools and services that allow other people to deploy their creativity, you're really onto something," Bezos said. But building that infrastructure space is still the grandest dream. "I think space is about to enter a golden age."
Sprint: LG G Flex Will Launch Online on January 31 for $299 on Contract
Starting today, Sprint customers can pre-order the unique LG G Flex smartphone for $299 online with a two year contract. By pre-ordering between now and January 31st, customers will receive a complimentary Quickwindow Folio Case, which is valued at $60. Sprint…
Motorola Announces Moto X Launch in UK, France, and Germany on February 1
Certain European consumers interested in the Moto X smartphone from Motorola will soon have their chance to purchase the excellent handset. Expected to launch on February 1st, Motorola will sell its iconic Moto X device in Black or White in…
Pacemaker maker St Jude faces new security flaw claims from biz short-selling its stock
This is not the way to get vulnerabilities fixed
Security startup MedSec and the financial house backing the biz have published new allegations of security flaws in pacemakers and defibrillators built by St Jude Medical – and again look set to profit from the disclosures in an unorthodox way.…
Machine-learning craze reaches freelancers: AI skills sought for gigs
Fed up with artificial intelligence hype? The blather is only just beginning
Machine learning, Tableau, and user experience design represented the fastest growing skills on freelancing platform Upwork during the third quarter of the year, a finding that makes sense in the context of the accelerating collection of data and the need to present it.…
Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge
30 cables cut and countless masts out of action
Hapless Network Rail contractors drove a pile through 30 cable ducts, cutting phone, broadband services and many cell towers in the Uxbridge, Middlesex - potentially knocking services out until next week.…
Guyana condemns Venezuela 'assault' at Islamic bloc foreign ministers meeting
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- For the first time since it joined the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1998, Guyana’s Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge raised at the 43rd OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting last Tuesday, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the century-old territorial...
Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to reshape and clarify ACP solidarity
What does solidarity between nations mean in the early 21st century? Are the values inferred practical or advisable, in a multipolar world in which self-interest, overlapping relationships and multiple economic and political ideas compete? Solidarity suggests a common interest, similar...
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas has opted out of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), and will instead put the $900,000 annual premium in the Disaster Relief Fund, beginning this year. The insurance facility has been around for nearly ten years.
Commentary: The Night of the Comet: A non-fictional scenario about November 8, 2016
Now, that the year-long beauty pageant they call presidential-debate cycle finally came to an end on October 19, this is what will happen in the remaining two weeks or so before the Grand Coronation Night of November 8, called Election Day. Trump will continue his popularity rallies...
UN chief calls on General Assembly to 'fulfil moral duty' to assist storm-ravaged Haiti
NEW YORK, USA -- Briefing the United Nations General Assembly on the humanitarian situation in Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the urgency of additional resources to help respond to the dire needs in the country.
In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), we have just another set of fools who hustle the people with the politics of selling out a nation. The late Utah state legislator Calvin Black said, “All wealth comes from the land, and whoever controls the land, controls the people," as he argued...
Bahamas hurricane damage estimated at over $500 million
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Wednesday the estimate for the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in The Bahamas earlier this month is over half a billion dollars. The government on Wednesday brought a resolution to Parliament to borrow up to $150 million.
BVI Asian trade mission spends second day in Beijing
BEIJING, China -- During the second day of the BVI Asian Trade Mission’s stop in Beijing, premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith, and his delegation met with vice chairman Li Shihong and other senior members of the marketing and international cooperation departments...