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Uborne Children's Books Release For Free Computer Books From the '80s

Slashdot - 4 hours 39 min ago
martiniturbide writes: To promote some new computer coding books for kids, Uborne Children's Books has put online 15 of its children books from the '80s to learn how to code games. The books are available for free in PDF format and has samples to create your game for Commodore 64, VIC 20, Apple, TRS 80, Spectrum and other. Maybe you read some of them like "Machine Code for Beginners" or "Write your own Adventure Program for MicroComputers." Should other publishers also start to make their 80's and 90's computer books available for free?

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Beer-tracking app Untappd gets barcode scanning, hails an Uber

Engadget - 4 hours 49 min ago
If you're a dedicated beer geek, chances are you're using the app Untappd to track your libations. For the unfamiliar, the mobile software allows you to log and rate beers while following what and where your friends are drinking. With a new update to...

The Sexual Misconduct Case That Has Rocked Anthropology

Slashdot - 5 hours 21 min ago
sciencehabit writes: An investigative report in Science describes allegations of sexual misconduct against noted paleoanthropologist Brian Richmond, as well as the field's response. The story highlights a major shift in how academic communities deal with sexual misconduct, going beyond delineating rules on paper to striving to change the culture of the field at the institutional level. This shift – "a long time coming," according to many researchers – was spurred in part by recent high-profile cases in astronomy and biology. Now, as Balter notes, "paleoanthropology is responding to its own complex case." The first public allegation against Richmond, the curator of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, inspired a cascade of other allegations about him. This in turn motivated several senior paleoanthropologists, including one of Richmond's key mentors, Bernard Wood, to explore the allegations with peers. "As I talked to more and more current and former students at [George Washington University]," Wood said, "I became more concerned and alarmed about what I heard." In light of their findings, Wood and others in the field of anthropology are now tackling sexual misconduct head-on. The article details additional institutional efforts to stop sexual misconduct in science while trying to balance the rights of victims and accused, and provides the latest update on investigations into Richmond.

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Apple Music for Sonos comes out of beta tomorrow

Engadget - 5 hours 35 min ago
Sonos started supporting Apple Music in the middle of December, but then it was technically in a beta. As of tomorrow morning, that beta label will be removed -- the service is now fully supported by Sonos. In our experience, being in beta didn't rea...

A Recap Of The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards

TechCrunch - 5 hours 50 min ago
 The 9th Annual Crunchies took place at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco last night. Host Chelsea Peretti had us laughing before our presenters came on stage to announce the winners of this year’s Crunchies. Follow along for some of the highlights of the show, including an operatic musical number, our favorite speeches and some of your social media posts. Read More

SolarCity Beats Q4 Estimates, But Stock Plunges 30 Percent On Soft Outlook

TechCrunch - 6 hours 1 min ago
 SolarCity, which is down more than 50 percent over the past year, just released its Q4 2015 earnings. The market has reacted negatively, with the stock trading down about 30 percent after-hours at a price of around $17.50 per-share. While Q4 revenue of $115M and loss of $2.37 per share beat estimates of $111M in revenue and a loss of $2.59 per share, the company’s Q1 2016 forecast… Read More

Jeep/Chrysler's New Gearshift Appears To Be Causing Accidents

Slashdot - 6 hours 3 min ago
bartle writes: The new gearshift design for the Jeep Grand Cherokee appears to be causing rollaway accidents: 121 crashes and 30 injuries so far. The gear shifter is designed to look and feel similar to a traditional automatic gear shift lever but it is meant to cycle through the gears rather than move directly to a certain gear. A driver who is used to placing their vehicle in park by pressing the shifter all the way forward may instead be setting it to neutral before exiting the vehicle. The NHTSA is investigating.

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NASA's space tourism posters will make you want to suit up

Engadget - 6 hours 7 min ago
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a knack for space-themed travel posters. A little over a year ago, its "Exoplanet Travel Bureau" series made its debut with an homage to the iconic WPA prints of the 1930s. This year, the JPL commissioned Seattle-...

Grammy awards get built-in cameras for a winner's perspective

Engadget - 6 hours 32 min ago
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is set to take place next week, and this year folks watching at home will get a rather unique perspective. The awards themselves, those iconic golden-horned record players, will have cameras built in to their ba...

FBI Gripes "We Can't Read Everyone's Secrets"

Slashdot - 6 hours 44 min ago
New submitter rdukb writes: FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that investigators still can't access the phone contents of one of the San Bernadino killers. He went on to argue that the phenomenon of communications "going dark" due to more sophisticated technology and wider use of encryption is "overwhelmingly affecting" law enforcement operations, including, not only the San Bernadino murders, but also investigations into other murders, car accidents, drug trafficking and the proliferation of child pornography. This might increase pressure on Apple to loosen the backdoor restrictions. Will the industry relent and allow Government access to data from these devices?

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U.S. Version Of Politwoops Comes Back Online To Track Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

TechCrunch - 6 hours 49 min ago
 Politwoops, a service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they make on social media, is now back online in the U.S. The restoration of the service, announced today by the Sunlight Foundation, follows Twitter’s earlier decision to restore Politwoops’ access to its API after previously having… Read More

Fox Marks Down Its DraftKings Investment By 60 Percent

TechCrunch - 6 hours 50 min ago
 Twenty-First Century Fox, which invested $160M in DraftKings over the summer, has written down the investment by about 60 percent, according to its 10-Q filed today. Specifically, Fox noted that “based on information concerning DraftKings’ current valuation in a recent financing transaction, the Company determined that a portion of its investment in DraftKings was impaired and… Read More

StreamNation shuts down its cloud media service on March 8th

Engadget - 6 hours 52 min ago
Are you one of the early adopters who gave StreamNation a shot? If you did, you'll want to sit up and take notice. The company is shutting down its namesake personal-media-in-the-cloud service (along with Shutter) on March 8th. You can move any ph...

Vine update lets you reorder an account's videos

Engadget - 7 hours 15 min ago
While Twitter is firmly behind keeping things in chronological order, Vine announced that users could reorder the videos of their favorite accounts from newest to oldest, oldest to newest and most importantly by the account's most popular videos. You...

Twitter Launches Trust and Safety Council To Help Put End To Trolling

Slashdot - 7 hours 26 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has announced a new trust and safety council to stamp out bullying and trolling on the microblogging site. The Twitter Trust & Safety Council will initially be formed of around 40 bodies, including the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, ICT Watch, NetSafe, and Samaritans. These organisations, along with safety experts, academics and security researchers, will work to ensure a safe and secure platform for users to express themselves freely and safely. The Council's main focus will be to protect minors, encourage 'greater compassion and empathy on the internet,' and promote efforts in media literacy and digital citizenship. Community groups will also participate to help prevent online 'abuse, harassment, and bullying,' as well as mental health problems and suicide.

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The Money In Open-Source Software

TechCrunch - 7 hours 36 min ago
 It’s no secret that open-source technology — once the province of radicals, hippies and granola eaters — has gone mainstream. According to industry estimates, more than 180 young companies that give away their software raised roughly $3.2 billion in financing from 2011 to 2014. Despite the growing popularity of open-source software, though, many open-source companies are… Read More

Atari Lynx: a romance of high scores and low batteries

Engadget - 7 hours 36 min ago
Like most tween crushes, the attraction was instant and overwhelming. I remember the first time I set eyes on the Atari Lynx as if it were yesterday. It was perched on a shelf, center stage, behind a huge pane of glass -- a window display in a branch...

'The Division' is getting an open beta next week

Engadget - 7 hours 53 min ago
If you didn't participate in The Division's recent closed beta, don't worry -- you're going to have another chance to play the game soon. Ubisoft has announced open beta dates for its new Tom Clancy title, which will be available on Xbox One, PlaySta...

Google Display Ads Going All-HTML, Will Ban Flash In 2017

Slashdot - 8 hours 2 min ago
Google has announced its plan for display ads to go 100% HTML 5, in hopes of reaching the widest possible audience across screens. Starting on June 30, 2016, Google will no longer accept new Flash display ads from advertisers. And on January 2, 2017, even old Flash display ads will be blocked. This move comes as no surprise, as Google has been nudging its advertisers to stop using Flash. In fact, Google is not the only one moving away from Flash in favor of HTML. Steve Jobs hated Flash, and even Adobe itself has dropped Flash for Adobe Animate.

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Prep for the debates and primaries with Engadget's election guide

Engadget - 8 hours 15 min ago
Last week Iowa voted and there were surprises all around. Ted Cruz became the front runner in the Republican race and Marco Rubio made an excellent showing by coming in a close third. Plus Hillary Clinton only narrowly avoided an upset from Larry Dav...