Tech News Feed

iPhone's New Parental Controls Block Sex Ed, Allow Violence and Racism

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-10-18 20:45
samleecole shares a report from Motherboard: The parental controls in the iPhone's new iOS 12 are blocking innocuous sexual education content on Safari, while allowing websites like the white supremacist Daily Stormer and searches for bomb-making instructions through its filter. The settings, found under Screen Time in the new iOS 12, are meant to give parents greater control over how their kids use their phones unsupervised, including filters for "explicit" content and content ratings and restrictions, with the option to "limit adult websites." As tested by Motherboard, the filter blocks longstanding educational sites like Scarleteen and, but allows sites like The Daily Stormer, an extremist neo-Nazi white supremacist platform. The filter in question "limits adult websites" on Safari. When Motherboard tested this filter, we found several similarly blocked searches and websites: The searches "how to say no to sex," "sex assault hotline," and "sex education" were all restricted, but the results for the searches "how to poison my mom," "how to join isis," and "how to make a bomb" were allowed. 4chan and 8chan are blocked, but Reddit -- including many NSFW and porn-focused subreddits, are not. The subreddit r/gonewild, which is pornographic, is not caught by the filter, which even allows users to click through Reddit's own age-gating.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tesla announces cheaper Model 3, but it's still not $35,000 - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2018-10-18 20:15
The midrange Model 3 has a 260-mile range and will cost $45,000 before incentives.

Internet Provider Groups Sue Vermont Over Net Neutrality Law

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-10-18 20:03
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Five industry groups representing major internet providers and cable companies filed suit on Thursday seeking to block a Vermont law barring companies that do not abide by net neutrality rules from receiving state contracts. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Vermont by groups representing major providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. It followed a lawsuit by four of the groups earlier this month challenging a much broader California law mandating providers abide by net neutrality rules. The trade associations are also challenging an executive order on the issue signed by Vermont Governor Phil Scott. The Vermont lawsuit was filed by the American Cable Association; CTIA -- The Wireless Association; NCTA -- The Internet & Television Association; USTelecom -- The Broadband Association and the New England Cable & Telecommunications Association. The lawsuit argues that states cannot regulate "indirectly through their spending, procurement, or other commercial powers what they are forbidden from regulating directly."

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Now you can buy a Model 3 for $45,000 before incentives

Engadget - Thu, 2018-10-18 19:59
The Tesla Model 3 was originally announced with a promise that the car could be purchased for as little as $35,000 before federal and state tax incentives were applied, but until now, the cheapest model started at $49,000. Now, Elon Musk announced th...

The space pen became the space pen 50 years ago

TechCrunch - Thu, 2018-10-18 19:52

Everyone knows about the space pen. NASA spent millions on R&D to create the ultimate pen that would work in zero gravity and the result was this incredible machine. Well, no. In fact it was made by a pen manufacturer in 1966 — but it wasn’t until October of 1968 that it went into orbit and fulfilled its space pen destiny.

The pen was created by pen maker (naturally) Paul Fisher, who used $1 million of his own money to create the AG-7 anti-gravity pen. As you may or may not know, the innovation was a pressurized ink cartridge and gel ink that would deploy reliably regardless of orientation, temperature or indeed the presence of gravity.

He sent it to NASA, which was of course the only organization reliably worried about making things work in microgravity, and they loved it. In fact, the Russians started using it shortly afterwards, as well.

Walt Cunningham, Wally Schirra and Donn Eisele took the pens aboard with them for the Apollo 7 mission, which launched on October 11, 1968, and they served them well over the next 11 days in orbit.

A 50th anniversary edition of the pen is now available to people who have a lot of money and love gold stuff. It’s $500, a limited edition of 500, and made of “gold titanium nitride plated brass,” and it comes with a case and commemorative plaque with a quote from Cunningham:

“Fifty years ago, I flew with the first flown Space Pen on Apollo 7. I relied on it then, and it’s still the only pen I rely on here on Earth.”

Okay, that’s pretty cool. Presumably astronauts get a lifetime supply of these things, though.

Here’s to the Fisher space pen, an example of American ingenuity and simple, reliable good design that’s persisted in use and pop culture for half a century.

Apple's TV app gets live and on-demand shows with PS Vue integration

Engadget - Thu, 2018-10-18 19:48
PlayStation Vue, Sony's sneakily growing video service, has earned the distinct honor of being the first streaming TV provider to be integrated into Apple's TV app. Subscribers will now be able to watch live and on-demand content through the TV app o...

OpenBSD 6.4 Released

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-10-18 19:20
The 45th version of the OpenBSD project has been released, bringing more hardware support (Radeon driver updates, Intel microcode integration, and more), a virtualization tool that supports the disk format qcow2, and a network interface where you can quickly join and switch between different Wi-Fi networks. also notes that audio recording is now disabled by default. If you need to record audio, it can be enabled with the new sysctl variable. An anonymous Slashdot reader first shared the announcement. You can download it from any of the mirrors here.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The RadMini by Rad Power Bikes is hefty yet rad!

TechCrunch - Thu, 2018-10-18 18:57

Tito Hamze reviews the RadMini Electric Folding Fat Bike by Rad Power Bikes. This thing is a heavy beast but one hell of a smooth ride.

'Red Dead Redemption 2' starts its 100GB pre-release downloads tonight

Engadget - Thu, 2018-10-18 18:46
After some long (or, not so long?) days by everyone on the Rockstar Games team, Red Dead Redemption 2 is nearly upon us. Ahead of its release October 26th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Rockstar has revealed one more trailer and confirmed that starti...

Microsoft Making More of the Windows 10 Built-In Apps Removable

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-10-18 18:40
With the latest Windows 10 build 18262, Microsoft is allowing you to remove apps such as Mail, Calendar, Movies & TV, and the Groove Music app. Ars Technica reports: The ability to remove these apps doesn't really mean much in terms of disk space or convenience, as none of them are very big. The move may be of more interest to corporate deployments; an organization that has standardized on Outlook, for example, might want to remove the Mail and Calendar apps to reduce user confusion. Elsewhere, the new build also updates Task Manager; an optional column in the Details tab will show which applications handle mixed DPI systems and what API level they use for that support. Microsoft is also planning, but has not yet enabled, a new Windows troubleshooter. This will examine diagnostic data and automatically perform any fixes or reconfigurations that appear to be necessary.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

eBay Files Lawsuit Against Amazon Over 'Seller Recruitment'

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-10-18 18:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: EBay has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the U.S. retail giant of using illegal tactics to recruit sellers. It says Amazon representatives abused eBay's internal email system to contact sellers -- a violation of the marketplace's policies. Amazon declined to comment on the case, which follows a letter from eBay demanding an end to the activity. It had previously said that it was investigating the claims. In the lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County, California, eBay says Amazon representatives created eBay accounts to solicit sellers, often sending messages within minutes of setting up their profiles. The activity dates back to at least 2015 and involved dozens of Amazon representatives, who each sent hundreds of emails, it says. EBay was alerted to the issue a few weeks ago by a seller and asked Amazon to stop.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sam’s Club expands same-day grocery delivery through Instacart

Engadget - Thu, 2018-10-18 17:51
Sam's Club, Walmart's members-only warehouse stores, will start offering same-day grocery delivery at half of its US locations by the end of October. The service will expand this month to more than 100 Sam's Club locations, serving nearly 1,000 zip c...

Uber tests 'Uber Works' to supply on-demand temporary workers - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-10-18 17:29
The ride-hailing company could also become a temp agency.

The Senate is considering extending EV tax credits

Engadget - Thu, 2018-10-18 17:27
As US senate majority leader Mitch McConnell debates making cuts to social security and medicare, Senator Dean Heller (R) of Nevada is hoping to keep electric car sales zipping forward with a new bill that would extend tax credits until 2022.

Bill Gates-led Breakthrough Energy, EU establish $114 million clean energy investment fund - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-10-18 17:22
The pilot fund will help European companies develop clean energy technologies and bring them to market, the European Commission says.

Automation is Democratizing Experimental Science

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-10-18 17:20
New advances are taking automation to the highest end of human endeavors, offering scientists a shot at some of the most intractable problems that have confounded them -- and along the way tipping a global balance to give upstarts like China a more level playing field in the lab. From a report: A combination of artificial intelligence and nimble robots are allowing scientists to do more, and be faster, than they ever could with mere human hands and brains. "We're in the middle of a paradigm shift, a time when the choice of experiments and the execution of experiments are not really things that people do," says Bob Murphy, the head of the computational biology department at Carnegie Mellon University. Automated science is "moving the role of the scientist higher and higher up the food chain," says Murphy. Researchers are focusing their efforts on big-picture problem-solving rather than the nitty-gritty of running experiments. He says it will also allow scientists to take on more problems at once -- and solve big, lingering ones that are too complex to tackle right now. Starting next year, Murphy's department will offer students a master's degree in automated science, the university announced last week.

Share on Google+

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Pai claims report findings validate net neutrality repeal - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-10-18 17:12
Broadband providers are investing in their networks again thanks to the FCC's repeal of net neutrality, says FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

US Senate committee invites Hyundai, Kia to talk about engine fire reports - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2018-10-18 17:07
The Senate Commerce Committee plans to meet Nov. 14 to discuss this matter.

Uber will make more personalized ride recommendations

Engadget - Thu, 2018-10-18 17:03
Uber's app is getting a little smarter. TechCrunch reports that the company will begin making more personalized ride recommendations that take into account the length of your trip, your destination and your previous ride history. Ultimately, the goal...

iPhone XR phone case: Just $2 buys you see-through protection - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-10-18 16:55
This slim gel bumper-case offers protection without obscuring your XR's cool color.