Turning Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center Doesn't Actually Turn Off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

Slashdot - 1 hour 56 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard report: Turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you're not using them on your smartphone has long been standard, common sense, advice. Unfortunately, with the iPhone's new operating system iOS 11 - which was released to the general public yesterday - turning them off is not as easy as it used to be. Now, when you toggle Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off from the iPhone's Control Center -- the somewhat confusing menu that appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the phone -- it actually doesn't completely turn them off. While that might sound like a bug, that's actually what Apple intended in the new operating system. But security researchers warn that users might not realize this and, as a consequence, could leave Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on without noticing. Numerous Slashdot readers have complained about this "feature" this week.

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GNOME Partners With Purism On Librem 5 Linux-based Privacy-focused Smartphone

Slashdot - 2 hours 35 min ago
BrianFagioli writes: The Librem 5 smartphone by Purism has a long and difficult road ahead of it. Competing against the likes of Apple and Google on the mobile market has proven to be a death sentence for many platforms -- including Microsoft with its failed Windows 10 Mobile. Luckily, Purism has found itself a new partner on this project -- one of the most important organizations in the Linux community -- The GNOME Foundation. The GNOME Foundation explains, 'The Librem 5 is a hardware platform the Foundation is interested in advancing as a GNOME/GTK phone device. The GNOME Foundation is committed to partnering with Purism to create hackfests, tools, emulators, and build awareness that surround moving GNOME/GTK onto the Librem 5 phone. As part of the collaboration, if the campaign is successful the GNOME Foundation plans to enhance GNOME shell and general performance of the system with Purism to enable features on the Librem 5.'

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Species abundance: Winter restricts innovation

Science Daily - 2 hours 42 min ago
Why are there so many more species in the tropics? The 'storage effect' is stronger there than in temperate forests.
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Bite force research reveals dinosaur-eating frog

Science Daily - 2 hours 42 min ago
Scientists say that a large, now extinct, frog called Beelzebufo that lived about 68 million years ago in Madagascar would have been capable of eating small dinosaurs. The conclusion comes from a study of the bite force of South American horned frogs from the living genus Ceratophrys, known as Pacman frogs for their characteristic round shape and large mouth, similar to the video game character Pac-Man.
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Animal acoustic activity decline shows forest fire pollution wreaks havoc on wildlife

Science Daily - 2 hours 43 min ago
Forest fires in Southeast Asia during the El Niño droughts of 2015 caused considerable disruption to the biodiversity of the region due to the smoke-induced 'haze' they created, according to new research.
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New concept of terrestrial planet formation

Science Daily - 2 hours 43 min ago
Scientists are proposing a new way of understanding the cooling and transfer of heat from terrestrial planetary interiors and how that affects the generation of the volcanic terrains that dominate the rocky planets.
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World's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules

Science Daily - 2 hours 43 min ago
Scientists have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules.
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Dinosaur evolution: Lumbering giants had agile ancestors

Science Daily - 2 hours 43 min ago
The best known sauropod dinosaurs were huge herbivorous creatures, whose brain structures were markedly different from those of their evolutionary predecessors, for the earliest representatives of the group were small, lithe carnivores.
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Newly ID'd role of major Alzheimer's gene suggests possible therapeutic target

Science Daily - 2 hours 43 min ago
A new role has been identified for the major Alzheimer's risk factor ApoE4, suggesting that targeting the protein may help treat the disease. Researchers show that ApoE4 exacerbates the brain damage caused by toxic tangles of a different Alzheimer's-associated protein: tau. In the absence of ApoE, tau tangles did very little harm to brain cells.
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Scientists make atoms-thick 'Post-It notes' for solar cells and circuits

Science Daily - 2 hours 43 min ago
A new study describes an innovative method to make stacks of semiconductors just a few atoms thick. The technique offers scientists and engineers a simple, cost-effective method to make thin, uniform layers of these materials, which could expand capabilities for devices from solar cells to cell phones.
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Brain cancer growth halted by absence of protein

Science Daily - 2 hours 43 min ago
The growth of certain aggressive brain tumors can be halted by cutting off their access to a signaling molecule produced by the brain's nerve cells, according to a new study.
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Inside the Second Coming of Nest

Wired News - 3 hours 54 sec ago
After some bumps in the road to home-automation nirvana, Google’s Nest tries to level up with a new suite of products.
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CEO Catches Stranger After Hours, Prompting Espionage Charges

Slashdot - 3 hours 14 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: Samuel Straface thought he was the last one out the door one recent evening at the medical-technology startup he leads in suburban Boston. But as he passed a glass-walled conference room on the second floor, Dr. Straface says he saw a man he didn't recognize, sitting by himself in front of two open laptops and a tablet device. He continued walking a few steps toward the exit, but then, feeling uneasy, he turned back (Editor's note: the submitted link could be paywalled; alternative source). The man was later identified as Dong Liu, a dual citizen of China and Canada. And his after-hours computing at Medrobotics is at the center of an economic-espionage case brought by U.S. prosecutors. Mr. Liu is in federal custody, charged with attempting to steal trade secrets and trying to gain unauthorized access to the company's computer system, prosecutors said. If convicted of both charges, he could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. "Mr. Liu adamantly asserts his innocence and we fully expect he'll be exonerated after a careful review of the evidence," said Robert Goldstein, Mr. Liu's defense attorney. The U.S. attorney's office for the District of Massachusetts declined to comment on the case beyond details in court records. Before his arrest, police said Mr. Liu told them he was there to discuss doing business with the company -- but Dr. Straface says no one had scheduled a meeting with Mr. Liu.

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OSIRIS-REx: NASA's Asteroid Sample-Return Mission in Pictures

Space.com - 3 hours 30 min ago
NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission launched in 2016 to collect samples of the asteroid Bennu and return them to Earth. See photos from the mission here.
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The Ikea Place App Shows the Practical Promise of AR Kit

Wired News - 3 hours 41 min ago
No, you can't turn your living room into a battlefield. But you can see what that sofa would look like if you bought it.
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Slashdot Asks: Why Does Google Want To Purchase HTC?

Slashdot - 3 hours 52 min ago
Rumor has it Google is planning to purchase HTC -- or at least a portion of it. The speculation of this has been doing rounds for weeks now, and it reached a new high today after HTC said its stock will stop trading from Thursday, as it prepares to make a "major announcement" tomorrow. Bloomberg reported today: Alphabet's Google is close to acquiring assets from Taiwan's HTC, according to a person familiar with the situation, in a bid to bolster the internet giant's nascent hardware business. HTC, once ranked among the world's top smartphone makers, is holding a town hall meeting Thursday, according to tech website Venture Beat, which cited a copy of an internal invitation. The shares will also be suspended from trading as of Sept. 21 due to a pending announcement, according to the Taiwan stock exchange. Of course Google has made similar moves in the past. It previously owned Motorola for a brief period of time, but that acquisition didn't materialize much. The company has however, since re-hired the Motorola chief it once had, Rick Osterloh, and founded a separate hardware team under his stewardship. Claude Zellweger, the one-time chief designer of HTC Vive, is also now at Google, working on that company's Daydream virtual reality system. What reasons could Google have to purchase HTC? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The 10 Best 'Star Trek' Episodes Ever

Space.com - 4 hours 54 sec ago
‘Star Trek’ first aired more than 50 years ago, and with five network live-action TV series to choose from, this was a tough list to make.
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Space Calendar 2017: Launches, Sky Events & More

Space.com - 4 hours 54 sec ago
Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel.
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A WikiLeaks Russia Dump Reveals Just Enough—But Not Too Much

Wired News - 4 hours 4 min ago
This week, WikiLeaks turned its sites on Russia—and while it didn't reveal much, something beats nothing at all.
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Watch Hurricane Maria in Action in These NASA and NOAA Gifs

Space.com - 4 hours 11 min ago
Satellites operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are tracking Hurricane Maria from space you can see some of those observations below, shared by the agencies on social media.
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