We Finally Know the New Title (and Ship) of Next Year’s Star Trek Series

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 11:15pm
The new series will debut on CBS All Access in 2017. The post We Finally Know the New Title (and Ship) of Next Year's Star Trek Series appeared first on WIRED.
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Wonder Woman Is the Hero the World Deserves Right Now

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 11:00pm
Wonder Woman got the first big panel on the biggest day of Comic-Con. All eyes are on her—and they should be. The post Wonder Woman Is the Hero the World Deserves Right Now appeared first on WIRED.
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Turn Your Android Phone Into a Laptop For $99 With the Superbook

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 10:35pm
An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: A company called Andromium is attempting to harness the processing power of your Android smartphone and turn it into a full fledged computer. The 'Superbook' consists of a 11.6-inch laptop shell, which you connect to your phone via a USB Micro-B or Type-C cable, and run the Andromium OS application (currently in beta, but available in the Play Store)... The leader of the project and Company co-founder Gordon Zheng, previously worked at Google and pitched the idea to them... They refused so he quit his job and founded Andromium Inc. In December 2014 the company had introduced their first product which was a dock which used the MHL standard to output to external monitor. That campaign failed, however their newest creation, the Superbook smashed their Kickstarter goal in just over 20 minutes. And within their first 38 hours, they'd crowdfunded $500,000. In an intriguing side note, Andromium "says it'll open its SDK so developers can tailor their apps for Andromium, too, though how much support that gets remains to be seen," reports Tech Insider. But more importantly, "Andromium says its prototypes are finished, and that it hopes to ship the Superbook to backers by February 2017."

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The New Fantastic Beasts Trailer Brings the Rowlingverse to NYC

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 10:30pm
Details about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have trickled out through J.K. Rowling’s background stories on Pottermore over the past few months—but until the new trailer debuted in Hall H today, the arc of the plot was still a bit of a mystery. Now it’s clear that Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) smuggles magical […] The post The New Fantastic Beasts Trailer Brings the Rowlingverse to NYC appeared first on WIRED.
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The Kong: Skull Island Trailer: Like Godzilla, But An Ape

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 9:57pm
If you liked Gareth Edwards’ take on Godzilla, then you’re going to love Legendary’s new King Kong movie. The post The Kong: Skull Island Trailer: Like Godzilla, But An Ape appeared first on WIRED.
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'High-Risk Vulnerabilities' In Oracle File-Processing SDKs Affect Major Third-Party Products

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 9:35pm
itwbennett writes: "Seventeen high-risk vulnerabilities out of the 276 flaws fixed by Oracle Tuesday affect products from third-party software vendors," writes Lucian Constantin on CSOonline. The vulnerabilities, which were found by researchers from Cisco's Talos team, are in the Oracle Outside In Technology (OIT), a collection of SDKs that are used in third-party products, including Microsoft Exchange, Novell Groupwise, IBM WebSphere Portal, Google Search Appliance, Avira AntiVir for Exchange, Raytheon SureView, Guidance Encase and Veritas Enterprise Vault. "It's not clear how many of those products are also affected by the newly patched seventeen flaws, because some of them might not use all of the vulnerable SDKs or might include other limiting factors," writes Constantin. But the Cisco researchers confirmed that Microsoft Exchange servers (version 2013 and earlier) are affected if they have WebReady Document Viewing enabled. In a blog post the researchers describe how an attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities. TL;DR version: "Attackers can exploit the flaws to execute rogue code on systems by sending specifically crafted content to applications using the vulnerable OIT SDKs."

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Salesforce CEO Told LinkedIn He Would Have Paid Much More Than Microsoft

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 8:34pm
Ina Fried, reporting for Recode: It was already known that LinkedIn chose a potentially lower all-cash acquisition offer from Microsoft rather than take on the uncertainties of a stock-and-cash deal from Salesforce. But now it has been revealed that Salesforce might have been willing to go "much higher" than Microsoft's $26.2 billion, or change other terms of its bid, had it been given the chance. In a filing with regulators on Friday, LinkedIn said a board committee met on July 7 to discuss an email from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. "The email indicated that Party A would have bid much higher and made changes to the stock/cash components of its offers, but it was acting without communications from LinkedIn," LinkedIn said in the updated filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Here’s the Suicide Squad Teaser That Just Rocked Comic-Con

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 8:20pm
Couldn't make it to Hall H? The teaser director David Ayer just showed to the audience there is now on Twitter. The post Here's the Suicide Squad Teaser That Just Rocked Comic-Con appeared first on WIRED.
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Here’s Your Superhero-Stuffed First Justice League Footage

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 8:08pm
Aquaman! Cyborg! The Flash! The sextet is really coming together, guys. The post Here's Your Superhero-Stuffed First Justice League Footage appeared first on WIRED.
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The 16 Hottest New Fandom Nicknames at Comic-Con

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 8:00pm
There's more to this world than just Trekkers and Whovians, you know. The post The 16 Hottest New Fandom Nicknames at Comic-Con appeared first on WIRED.
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Google Tests Ads That Load Faster and Use Less Power

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 7:35pm
Slashdot reader Big Hairy Ian quotes a report from the BBC: Google says it has found a way to make ads load faster on web pages viewed on smartphones and tablets. The company said the ads would also be less taxing on the handsets' processors, meaning their batteries should last longer. The technique is based on work it has already done to make news publishers' articles load more quickly. But it is still in development, and one expert said Google still had questions to answer. The California-based company's online advertising revenue totalled $67.4 billion last year... The technique limits the scope of JavaScript, and "provides its own activity measurement tools, which are said to be much more efficient," according to article. A Google software engineer explains that this technique "only animates things that are visible on the screen," and throttles animation to fewer frames per second for weaker devices -- or disables the animations altogether. "This ensures that every device gets the best experience it can deliver and makes sure that ads cannot have a negative impact on important aspects of the user experience such as scrolling."

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Merciful Minerva, The First Wonder Woman Trailer Is Here!

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 7:28pm
Director Patty Jenkins took the wraps off at the Warner Bros. Comic-Con panel, and we're finally done waiting for Gadot. The post Merciful Minerva, The First Wonder Woman Trailer Is Here! appeared first on WIRED.
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Almost Half Of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited For Misconduct

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 6:35pm
Slashdot reader schwit1 writes: Almost half of all TSA employees have been cited for misconduct, and the citations have increased by almost 30 percent since 2013... It also appears that the TSA has been reducing the sanctions it has been giving out for this bad behavior. Throughout the U.S., the airport security group "has instead sought to treat the misconduct with 'more counseling and letters that explain why certain behaviors were not acceptable'," according to a report from the House Homeland Security Commission, titled "Misconduct at TSA Threatens the Security of the Flying Public". It found 1,206 instances of "neglect of duty", and also cited the case of an Oakland TSA officer who for two years helped smugglers slip more than 220 pounds of marijuana through airport security checkpoints, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The newspaper adds that "The misconduct ranges from salacious (federal air marshals spending government money on hotel rooms for romps with prostitutes) to downright dangerous (an officer in Orlando taking bribes to smuggle Brazilian nationals through a checkpoint without questioning)." Their conclusion? "The TSA's job is to make airline passengers feel safer and, not incidentally, actually make us safer. It's failing on both."

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The 28 Most Unpopular Cosplays at Comic-Con (So Far)

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 6:30pm
For every Rey, there's a Ray Parker, Sr. The post The 28 Most Unpopular Cosplays at Comic-Con (So Far) appeared first on WIRED.
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Creators Say iZombie Is Going in a New Direction This Season

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 6:00pm
At the show's panel yesterday, creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright sketched out the main arc Season 3—and things'll be switching up a bit. The post Creators Say iZombie Is Going in a New Direction This Season appeared first on WIRED.
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Maximizing Economic Output With Linear Programming...and Communism

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 5:35pm
Slashdot reader mkwan writes: Economies are just a collection of processes that convert raw materials and labour into useful goods and services. By representing these processes as a series of equations and solving a humongous linear programming problem, it should be possible to maximize an economy's GDP. The catch? The economy needs to go communist. "[P]oorest members would receive a basic income that gradually increases as the economy becomes more efficient, plateauing at a level where they can afford everything they want to consume," argues the article, while "The middle classes wouldn't see much change. They would continue to work in a regular job for a regular -- but steadily increasing -- wage... Without the ability to own real-estate, companies, or intellectual property, it would be almost impossible to become rich, especially since the only legal source of income would be from a government job."

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Watch Comic-Con Cosplayers Get Caught in Our IRL Pokémon Go Game

Wired News - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 4:56pm
From Chewbacca to Harley Quinn to a pint-sized Black Panther, we tried to catch ’em all. The post Watch Comic-Con Cosplayers Get Caught in Our IRL Pokémon Go Game appeared first on WIRED.
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Avast Suckers GOP Delegates Into Connecting To Insecure Wi-Fi Hotspots

Slashdot - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 4:35pm
Avast conned more than 1,200 people into connecting to fake wi-fi hotspots set up near the Republican convention and the Cleveland airport, using common network names like "Google Starbucks" and "Xfinitywifi" as well as "I vote Trump! free Internet". An anonymous reader quotes this report from The Register: With mobile devices often set to connect to known SSIDs automatically, users can overlook the networks to which they are connecting... Some 68.3 percent of users' identities were exposed when they connected, and 44.5 per cent of Wi-Fi users checked their emails or chatted via messenger apps... In its day-long experiment Avast saw more than 1.6Gbps transferred from more than 1,200 users. Avast didn't store the data they collected, but they did report statistics on which sites were accessed most frequently. "5.1 percent played Pokemon Go, while 0.7 percent used dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, OKCupid, Match and Meetup, and 0.24 percent visited pornography sites like Pornhub."

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How Fast Is Earth Moving?

Space.com - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 4:20pm
Earth moves at a fantastic rate of speed on its axis, around the sun and across the universe.
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Marvel's Rocket Raccoon and Groot Star on Space Station Mission Patch

Space.com - Sat, 23/07/2016 - 4:17pm
Rocket Raccoon and Groot are launching to the International Space Station. The Marvel Comics characters star on the mission patch representing all of the payloads launching in 2016 to the U.S. National Laboratory on the orbiting outpost.
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