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Limited edition 'Batman' PlayStation 4 scratches that superhero itch

Engadget - 5 hours 27 min ago
If you missed out on that coveted 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4, don't fret: there's another special-run model coming soon. Sony has unveiled a limited edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 bundle that gives you a "steel grey" console emblazoned with th...

Microsoft Announces Surface 3 Tablet

Slashdot - 5 hours 36 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Today Microsoft announced the latest device in their line of Windows tablets: the Surface 3. The tablet runs a full version of Windows (the troublesome "RT" line has been deprecated), and aims to compete with Apple's iPad. The Surface 3 has a 10.8" screen running at 1920x1280 (note the 3:2 ratio). It's 8.7mm thick and weighs 622 grams (1.27 lbs). They're somewhat vague about the battery life, but they say it will last up to 10 hours "based on video playback." They've also made it possible to charge the device with a standard micro-USB charger. The base device with 64GB storage, 2GB RAM, and Wi-Fi will cost $500, and it'll scale up with more storage, more ram, and 4G LTE connectivity. (It maxes out at 4GB RAM, so any heavy-duty gaming is probably out of the question.) The keyboard is still a separate $130 accessory as well.

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'Un Chien Andalou' inspires a surreal indie game from Russian devs

Engadget - 5 hours 54 min ago
In 1929, famed artist Salvador Dalí and filmmaker Luis Buñuel awoke from a night of strange dreams, Buñuel recalling the image of a razor blade cloud slicing through the moon as if it were an eyeball, and Dalí describing a human hand covered in ants....

When April Fools’ Day Gets More Love Than Good Policy

TechCrunch - 6 hours 8 min ago
 Here is something to ponder: Silicon Valley will have gotten more work done on its April Fools’ Day jokes tomorrow than Washington has gotten done in the past several years. And that’s scary, for as much as playing PacMan on Google Maps is funny and maybe even endearing, driving on bridges ready to collapse is not. Read More

Massive Power Outage Paralyzes Turkey

Slashdot - 6 hours 18 min ago
wiredmikey writes: A massive power outage caused chaos and shut down public transport across Turkey on Tuesday, with the government refusing to rule out that the electricity system had been the victim of an attack. The nationwide power cut, the worst in 15 years, began shortly after 10:30 am (0730 GMT) in Istanbul, the state-run Anatolia news agency quoted the Turkey Electricity Transmission Company (TEIAS) as saying. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the authorities were investigating whether the power outage was due to a technical failure or cyber-attack. "It is too early to say now if it is because of a technical reason, a manipulation, a faultplay, an operational mistake, or a cyber (attack). We are looking into it... We cannot say they are excluded possibilities."

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Etsy IPO Price Expected At Between $14-$16 A Share, Starting Roadshow Tomorrow

TechCrunch - 6 hours 22 min ago
 Today, Etsy gave a few more key details about its upcoming initial public offering. The company, which is known for its marketplace for handmade and vintage objects and plans to trade on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “ETSY,” said today that its expected IPO price will be between $14 to $16 a share. This puts Etsy’s valuation between $1.55 billion and $1.77 billion. Etsy… Read More

Apple opens the floodgates to Watch-friendly apps

Engadget - 6 hours 27 min ago
You may have noticed a few Apple Watch-friendly iOS apps trickle out, but brace yourself: you're about to face a torrent of them. Apple has opened up WatchKit app submissions to all developers (not just the handful of early partners from before), so ...

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Says AOL’s Connected Delivers On The Promise Of Reality TV

TechCrunch - 6 hours 49 min ago
 “Reality TV” is one of those phrases that inevitably begs for scare quotes — with its staged scenes and melodramatic confessions, a reality TV show’s relationship with reality can be … complicated. But Morgan Spurlock, director of documentaries like Super Size Me, suggested that the new online video series Connected might live up to “the promise of… Read More

YC-Backed Neverfrost Wants To Kill Windshield Frost And Keep Rocks From Ruining Your Day

TechCrunch - 6 hours 54 min ago
I’m a fan of all different sorts of rocks. Rock music. Rock gardens. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But there’s one type of rock that I — and most other drivers, I imagine — hate with a deep, fiery passion: rocks that hit my car’s windshield at 70 mph. Few things so small can wreck your day so suddenly. Everything is going great. The sun is shining. Hell,… Read More

Buy an LG G3 in the US, get a free VR headset

Engadget - 6 hours 59 min ago
LG's new mobile VR headset -- which is basically just a plastic version of Google's cardboard VR viewer -- is finally hitting American shores. The company just announced that it'll be throwing in a free headset, simply called the VR for G3, with the ...

Amazon Tests Delivery Drones At Secret Canada Site After US Frustration

Slashdot - 7 hours 31 sec ago
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from The Guardian: Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the U.S. to bypass what it sees as the U.S. federal government's lethargic approach to the new technology. The largest internet retailer in the world is keeping the location of its new test site closely guarded. What can be revealed is that the company's formidable team of roboticists, software engineers, aeronautics experts and pioneers in remote sensing – including a former NASA astronaut and the designer of the wingtip of the Boeing 787 – are now operating in British Columbia. The end goal is to utilize what Amazon sees as a slice of virgin airspace – above 200ft, where most buildings end, and below 500ft, where general aviation begins. Into that aerial slice the company plans to pour highly autonomous drones of less than 55lbs, flying through corridors 10 miles or longer at 50mph and carrying payloads of up to 5lbs that account for 86% of all the company's packages.

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An Action Plan For Getting More Women In Tech

TechCrunch - 7 hours 17 min ago
 How can more women be encouraged into technology careers? It’s a question that is often put to delegates at tech conferences, but one which continues to be far harder to answer than it is to ask. The problem of gender imbalance in tech is systemic and societal in Western nations. It’s about expectations and aspirations. Read More

Flickr gives you the choice to put photos in the public domain

Engadget - 7 hours 28 min ago
Flickr has long had ways to let others use and tweak your photos, but if you want to give up your copyright altogether? You can now do just that. In the wake of Elon Musk releasing SpaceX's photos to public domain, Flickr has added options for public...

Firefox 37 Released

Slashdot - 7 hours 42 min ago
Today Mozilla began rolling out Firefox version 37.0 to release channel users. This update mostly focuses on behind-the-scenes changes. Security improvements include opportunistic encryption where servers support it and improved protection against site impersonation. They also disabled insecure TLS version fallback and added a security panel within the developer tools. One of the things end users will see is the Heartbeat feedback collection system. It will pop up a small rating widget to a random selection of users every day. After a user rates Firefox, an "engagement" page may open in the background, with links to social media pages and a donation page. Here are the release notes and full changelist.

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Sinch Blasts To $60M Run Rate In 10 Months

TechCrunch - 7 hours 46 min ago
 The race to provide telecom services to developers of every stripe has a number of large, well-capitalized participants. New and quickly growing among the better-known names is Sinch, a company that was spun out of Rebtel just over 10 months ago. According to the firm, Sinch is now generating revenue at a $60 million run rate. Sinch started with certain advantages that are worth noting. It… Read More

Patent reveals GoPro's working on a 'square profile' camera design

Engadget - 8 hours 31 sec ago
GoPro doesn't make square, cube-like cameras, but if it did, the picture (after the break) is probably what they'd look like. The image comes from a patent granted to GoPro today. The protection covers a "Camera housing for a square-profile camera," ...

As Internal Threats Rise, Investors Back New Security Tech

TechCrunch - 8 hours 23 min ago
 Amid this steady drumbeat of technology breaches and security snafus, venture capitalists have spent roughly $6.5 billion on new technologies to combat this menace, according to CrunchBase data. The latest company to benefit from this deluge of dollars, and the one that addresses the issue of bad actors inside corporate networks most directly, is HyTrust, which closed on $25 million. Read More

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

Slashdot - 8 hours 25 min ago
New submitter recaptcha writes Today one of my fellow workers has announced he has found another job and will be leaving our company in two weeks' time. This is all above board and there is no disgruntled employee scenario here; he is simply working through his notice period and finishing up some jobs. I have already set some fileserver folders to Read-Only for him and taken a backup of his mailbox in case he empties it on the last day. Which best practices do you follow that will prevent a resigning user from causing any damage (deliberately or not) in these last days of employment before his account is disabled?

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JXE Streams: Boldly exploring space in 'Sid Meier's Starships'

Engadget - 8 hours 38 min ago
Sid Meier scares the crap out of me. I'm deeply familiar with the famed strategy game creator's resume -- from the history-spanning Civilization series to the high seas simulations in Sid Meier's Pirates! -- but I've only ever played one of his games...

Google Says 5% Of Visitors To Its Sites Have Ad Injectors Installed

TechCrunch - 8 hours 44 min ago
 According to a study Google conducted with researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, 5 percent of people visiting Google’s sites and services now have at least one ad injector installed. When it comes to malware, ad injectors may seem relatively benevolent at first. They put an ad on your Google Search page that didn’t belong there, for example. That’s annoying,… Read More