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Pebble Unveils Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core Smartwatches

Slashdot - 57 min 39 sec ago
Pebble on Tuesday unveiled its latest line of wearable devices. The company announced the Pebble 2 -- a sleeker successor to the company's four-year-old Pebble watch -- and the Pebble Time 2, which comes with a large colour display and steel frame. Both the devices are up on Kickstarter, and scheduled to be shipped later this year. The company also announced the Pebble Core, a square-shaped timepiece which supports 3G, GPS, and Bluetooth connections and lets users stream music using Spotify and make emergency calls without the need of a smartphone. The Pebble 2 and the Pebble Time 2 come equipped with heart-rate sensors, a feature that was missing from the earlier Pebble smartwatches. The Pebble Core runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, and also has a 4GB storage which users can use when they don't have a flash drive in handy. The Pebble 2 is priced at $99, whereas the Pebble Time 2 will cost you $169. The Pebble Core is priced at $69. Pebble's new devices will be up on Kickstarter for 36 days, should you feel the urge to support the company. However, it is worth noting that in within hours, Pebble has received more money than it had asked for.

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AT&T Begins Capping Broadband Users

Slashdot - 1 hour 42 min ago
Karl Bode, reporting for DSLReports (edited for clarity): Just a reminder to AT&T customers: the company's usage caps on U-Verse broadband connections is now in effect. When AT&T originally announced broadband caps on fixed-line connections back in 2011, it capped DSL customers at 150 GB per month and U-Verse customers at 250 GB per month. But while the DSL customer cap was enforced (by and large because AT&T wants these users to migrate to wireless anyway), AT&T didn't enforce caps for its U-Verse customers. Until now, anyway. Back in March AT&T announced it would begin enforcing usage caps on all connections starting May 23. As of today, U-Verse customers face different caps depending on their speed tier. AT&T says customers on U-Verse tiers with speeds between 768 Kbps and 6 Mbps will now face a 300 GB cap; customers on U-Verse tiers of speeds between 12 Mbps and 75Mbps will see a 600 GB cap, and customers on speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps will see a cap of 1 terabyte. Users who exceed these caps in any given month will automatically have to pay for 50 GB of additional data for $10 each.

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Apple, Microsoft and Google Hold 23% Of All US Corporate Cash Outside the Finance Sector

Slashdot - 2 hours 22 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Apple, Microsoft, and Google are the top three cash-rich U.S. companies across all sectors of business, not including banks and other financial institutions -- holding a combined $391 billion in cash as of the end of 2015, or more than 23 percent of the entire $1.68 trillion held by the nation's non-financial corporations. Apple leads the pack with $215.7 billion in cash, followed by Microsoft at $102.6 billion, and Google at $73.1 billion. The numbers are documented in a new report from Moody's Investors Service that shows an unprecedented concentration of cash in the tech sector. For the first time, the top five companies on the Moody's cash ranking are tech companies, with Cisco and Oracle following Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Technology companies overall held $777 billion in cash, or 46 percent of the total cash across all non-financial industries.

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Apple To Launch Thinner, Lighter MacBook Pro Models With OLED Touch Bar, Touch ID In Fall

Slashdot - 3 hours 2 min ago
Apple plans to refresh its MacBook Pro line later this year. The makeover will see both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models replace their function keys atop laptop keyboards with an OLED touch bar, according to a report. Both the models will also have Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and will support Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, multiple outlets are reporting citing ever-so-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The refreshed MacBook Pro model will be thinner and lighter as well. There's no word on if -- and when -- the MacBook Air lineup will receive a refresh.

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Scientists Discover Why Your Dirty Laundry Stinks

Slashdot - 4 hours 12 min ago
HughPickens.com writes: Discovery News reports that dirty laundry smells bad because of certain chemicals called volatile organic compounds, which can't always be washed out on an eco-friendly 20C cycle. Researchers identified six volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on dirty t-shirts and socks. "The need to conserve the environment by reducing the wash temperature and the use of biodegradable washing products have grown in importance in the new millennium, making this type of research more high profile," says Professor John Dean. The researchers gave 6 men and two women a new pair of socks. They asked the volunteers to wash their feet with tap water and dry them before wearing the socks for at least 10 hours in a specified type of shoe. They then put each sock into a separate sample bag and stored them in the dark overnight. The researchers graded each sock and t-shirt on a scale of 0 (no malodor) to 10 (malodorous) by smelling them. To determine the chemicals present, samples were taken from each one. Items were then washed on a cold cycle using unscented detergent, and resampled before they were dried, at which point researchers took one final series of specimens. Following a method called static headspace-multi-capillary column-gas chromatography-ion mobility spectrometry (SHS-MCC-GC-IMS), six main VOCs were identified as the main culprits behind smelly clothing. Each one left its own scented signature. Butyric acid, for example, produced a rancid butter-like odor, while 2-heptanone created a banana-like fruity smell. "The work is fascinating as it links an everyday event -- the washing of clothes -- with cutting-edge research," says Dean. "In this particular research project we applied a new and innovative analytical technique for the detection of volatile compounds found in laundry items. We hope this provides a way of analyzing the effectiveness of different washing techniques."

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Indomitable Stupidity

The Daily WTF - 6 hours 42 min ago

This is the story of Stacy and John.

Stacy was a secretary. It wasn't a glamorous job; nobody won an award for being the best secretary, or even got much recognition save for a paperweight or gift card once a year on "Administrative Assistant's Day" as a sort of grudging nod to the necessity of having someone paid to greet visitors, answer phones, and schedule appointments. But it was Stacy's job, and she was good at it. She was attentive. She was organized. She had neat handwriting, a pleasant voice, a good memory, and a professional manner. It wasn't demanding work, leaving her free to daydream of being a pop star—and it paid well enough to pay for singing lessons. Her instructor said she had talent, and maybe in a few years she could try out for American Idol.

John was IT support. It wasn't a glamorous job; your biggest perk was finding a fresh pot of coffee when you came in. But it was John's job, and he was good at it. John did his best to educate his users, and make sure that they understood how to use their computers, the network, and mission critical software. It might be a small network, without a lot of fancy administration tools and lots of manual steps, but it kept their business running.

As always in this new digital age, Stacy had a computer. She'd prefer a tablet, but her company was a little old-fashioned, and anyway she guessed that typing would be easier on a keyboard, but her cousin Mike got a tablet last year for his birthday and it looked so much easier just touching the icons she wanted than trying to figure out where everything was hidden in the Start Menu, right? Stacy and her computer had a bit of a love-hate relationship. She loved email, and she hated the impersonal touch Word gave her memos, preferring to hand-write them when she could.

Stacy spent a lot of time on Facebook. That was where she'd heard about Mike's new tablet, and about her nephew's first words, and about a really awesome singing audition at the mall that turned out to be a scam but wouldn't it have been cool if it was real? So she got a lot of emails from Facebook, and she dutifully opened every one to see what her friends were trying to tell her.

Today's email was no different. It said right in the subject line: "Urgent message from FACBOOK!"

That's weird, she thought for half a second, but I guess Facebook must be trying something new?

So she opened the email, ready to see what was so urgent.

"You have received a private message with an attachment!." the body said.

Odd—she wasn't expecting an attachment. Perhaps it was a video? Her friend Tracy said she'd recorded her performance at karaoke night. No, that wasn't Tracy's name; it was some stranger. Curious, Stacy scrolled up past the Facebook logo and blue header bar and right-clicked on the attachment. She selected Save As from the menu, just like John from IT showed her.

She chose to put it on her desktop for now, and watched as it downloaded ... only to vanish.

Had she done it wrong? No, that was exactly what she did for the memo her boss sent her last week to print and post around the building. Well, give it one more shot: right-click, Save As.

Nothing.

What followed was a protracted battle between the secretary and her definitely-not-as-cool-as-Mike's-tablet desktop PC. She tried saving it in another folder: no change. She tried renaming it in the Save As dialog: no dice. About to give up and call John, she finally noticed a piece of information she hadn't previously uncovered: whenever she tried to save it, a little bubble popped up by the clock, telling her the attachment was blocked.

Aha! thought Stacy. Whatever this Norton thing is, that's what's blocking my attachment!

She right-clicked on the icon, and there it was: a nice, handy Disable button.

Stupid Norton. This is from Facebook, let me open it!

Triumphant, Stacy downloaded the attachment.zip file to her desktop. Once she saw the icon, she knew what to do; John had taught her how to open those as well. She right-clicked on the icon (Computers are easy, just right-click on everything!) and clicked Extract Here.

But victory was snatched from her pearly white jaws: "This archive is not valid."

That stupid Norton thing broke my attachment! Stacy seethed, teeth clenched. I'll just have to write back.

From there, she clicked Reply. Her message was drafted hastily, but not impolitely:

Dear Mr Sanderson,

I have received your message with the attachment, but the antivirus program broke the attachment. Could you please send it again to my personal email?

Stacy.Johnson@gmail.com

Thank you,
Stacy Johnson

Several days passed. The incident slipped from Stacy's mind, filed away under "strange occurrence" and ignored in favor of more pressing needs, like why the catered lunches for the upstairs conference were instead re-routed to the basement where IT worked. Until, on the following Wednesday, after her computer had rebooted to install updates, it didn't show her her desktop. Instead, it gave her a terrifying message:

Pay $100 or you'll never see your files again.

A call was placed hastily, and John summoned up to her desk.

"Okay, no problem. Do you have a backup?" he asked Stacy, smiling, but she could see the worry in the creases at the corners of his eyes.

"Backup?" she asked, sheepishly.

John sighed. "Remember, I showed you, that's what this is for?" He tapped the black plastic box on her desk, and she remembered instantly: she was meant to run ... something or other, every day before she left, to copy her files to that external device.

"Sorry, I guess it slipped my mind. Well, not exactly, it's just, it took so long, and I had things to do ..."

"Okay, no problem. I think I set up a weekly backup when I was here last ... huh."

"Huh" was never a good thing with John. Stacy hunched her shoulders, embarrassed to have dropped the ball on what was apparently a super-important task after all. Well, everything her boss said was important! She didn't think John's stuff rated quite as highly as the company newsletter or answering the phone or making photocopies or ... well, just about everything, really.

"Yup. You don't have a backup in months," John reported. "Okay, okay, no problem."

Over the course of the next three days, Stacy learned that it was, in fact, a problem. Such a problem that 3 technicians moved her machine to their basement, leaving her with a "loaner laptop" which of course didn't have any of her files and could barely open a dozen Word documents at once. Practically Stone Age technology!

Thankfully, the brunt of her boss' wrath came down on the technicians for not working faster rather than on her for forgetting to run a backup.

Stacy promised herself she'd never forget again—she'd do it first thing in the morning, and before lunch, and before she left, every day until she made it big in her singing career and left this job. John even promised her she could have space on their network server to back things up to so she didn't have to remember to plug in the little drive he'd given her. This would never happen again!

And that's the story of how Stacy brought down the website by filling the content server with 6 terabytes of backups.

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Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Scorch Earth, Says Study

Slashdot - 7 hours 12 min ago
mspohr quotes a report from Phys.Org: A new study published in the Journal Nature Climate Change shows our precarious climate condition: "Using up all known fossil fuel reserves would render Earth even more unlivable than scientists had previously projected, researchers said on Monday. Average temperatures would climb by up to 9.5 degrees Celsius (17 degrees Fahrenheit) -- five times the cap on global warming set at climate talks in Paris in December, they reported. In the Arctic region -- already heating at more than double the global average -- the thermometer would rise an unimaginable 15 C to 20 C." This would make most of Earth uninhabitable to humans (although the dinosaurs seemed to do fine with it 65 million years ago). The report also stated that if fossil fuel trends go unchanged, ten times the 540 billion tons of carbon emitted since the start of industrialization would be reached near the end of the 22nd century. For comparison, "older models had projected that depleting fossil fuel reserves entirely would heat the planet by 4.3 C to 8.4 C. The new study revises this to between 6.4 C and 9.5 C," writes Phys.Org.

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Facebook Is Tweaking Trending Topics To Counter Charges of Bias

Slashdot - 10 hours 12 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has said once again in an open letter to Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, that its Trending Topics section is free of any political bias or manipulation. But in response to Gizmodo's report that Facebook employees were suppressing conservative news stories, Facebook is revamping how editors find trending stories. "We could not fully exclude the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias in the implementation of our guidelines or policies," Facebook general Counsel Colin Stretch wrote. Of course, Facebook is going to train the human editors who work on their trending section; they're also going to abandon several automated tools it used to find and categorize trending news in the past. Recode provides some examples, writing, "[Facebook] will no longer use its "1K list," a group of 1,000 websites it used to help verify headlines." Facebook will also get rid of several top publications, including the New York Times and CNN.

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Hacker Phineas Fisher is Trying To Start a 'Hack Back' Political Movement

Slashdot - 13 hours 42 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: The hacker who breached Hacking Team and FinFisher is trying to get more people to "hack back" and fight "the system." For some, thanks to his targeted attacks and sophisticated political views, Phineas Fisher is quickly becoming the most influential hacktivist of the last few years. In response to his most recent hack where he released a 39-minute how-to video showing how to strip data from targeted websites, specifically a website of the Catalan police union, Phineas Fisher told Motherboard, "Everything doesn't have to be big. I wanted to strike a small blow at the system, teach a bit of hacking with the video, and inspire people to take action." Biella Coleman, professor at McGill University in Montreal, believes Phineas Fisher has a good chance of inspiring a new generation of hacktivists and "setting the stage for other hackers to follow in his footsteps." She says he has been better at choosing targets and justifying his actions with more rounded and sophisticated political and ethical views than Anonymous and LulzSec-inspired hackers. Phineas Fisher told Motherboard, "I don't want to be the lone hacker fighting the system. I want to inspire others to take similar action, and try to provide the information so they can learn how."

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Facebook Acquires VR Audio Company, Launches 'Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation'

Slashdot - 15 hours 22 min ago
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Facebook is looking to improve its virtual-reality audio experience with the acquisition of Two Big Ears. Facebook is rereleasing Two Big Ears' "Spatial Workstation" software as the Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation, reports VentureBeat. The software is designed to "make VR audio succeed across all devices and platforms," and Two Big Ears developers will be merged with Facebook's Oculus team of employees. The acquisition of Two Big Ears is being made by Facebook and not Oculus -- the program is branded as a Facebook product, focused on 360-degree video and VR. The Spatial Workstation was first released last fall and was a platform for mixing audio that sounded realistically three-dimensional. Two Big Ears will provide "support in accordance with your current agreement" for the next 12 months to those who purchased a paid license to the old workstation. The company says it "will continue to be platform and device agnostic," not being locked into the Rift or Gear VR. Facebook did not disclose the sum of the acquisition. Two Big Ears was previously partnered with YouTube to help bring 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio to the site.

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Researchers Set World Record Wireless Data Transmission Rate of 6 GB/Sec Over 37 KM

Slashdot - 16 hours 7 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Daily: Transmitting the contents of a conventional DVD in under ten seconds by radio transmission is incredibly fast -- and a new world record in wireless data transmission. With a data rate of 6 Gigabit per second over a distance of 37 kilometers, a collaborative project with the participation of researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF exceeded the state of the art by a factor of 10. The extremely high data rates of 6 Gbit/s was achieved by the group through efficient transmitters and receivers at a radio frequency of 71-76 GHz in the so-called E band, regulated for terrestrial and satellite broadcasting. The circuits are based on two innovative transistor technologies developed and manufactured by the project partner Fraunhofer IAF. In the transmitter the broadband signals are amplified to a comparatively high transmission power of up to 1 W with the help of power amplifiers on the basis of the novel compound semiconductor gallium-nitride. A highly directive parabolic antenna emits the signals. Built into the receiver are low-noise amplifiers on the basis of high-speed transistors using indium-gallium-arsenide-semiconductor layers with very high electron mobility. They ensure the detection of the weak signals at high distance. The transmission of high quantities of data by radio over large distances serves a high number of important application areas: the next generation of satellite communication requires an ever-increasing data offload from earth observation satellites down to earth. Supplying the rural area and remote regions with fast Internet is possible as shown in the trial. Earlier this year, engineers at the University of Illinois were able to set a record for fiber-optic data transmission, transmitting 57Gbps of error-free data at room temperature.

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Apple Sued Over iPhones Making Calls, Sending Email

Slashdot - 16 hours 52 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: A company that seemingly does nothing but license patents or, if necessary, sue other companies to get royalties, has taken aim at Apple. But here's the kicker: the lawsuit alleges that Apple's last several iPhones and iPads violate a slew of patents related to seemingly standard features, including the ability to place calls as well as sending and receiving emails. A total of six patent infringement claims were brought against Apple by Corydoras Technologies on May 20, according to Apple-tracking site Patently Apple, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit. According to Patently Apple, the counts against Apple cover every iPhone dating back to the iPhone 4 and every iPad dating back to the iPad 2. In addition to taking issue with Apple's devices placing calls, the lawsuits also allege that the tech giant violates patents Corydoras holds related to video calling, which is similar to Apple's FaceTime, as well as displaying a person's geographic location through a feature like Find My iPhone and the ability to block unwanted calls. Last year, Apple was ordered to pay $533 million to Smartflash LLC for allegedly violating three patents related to copy protection.

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FBI Wants Biometric Database Hidden From Privacy Act

Slashdot - 17 hours 37 min ago
Trailrunner7 quotes a report from onthewire.io: The FBI is working to keep information contained in a key biometric database private and unavailable, even to people whose information is contained in the records. The database is known as the Next Generation Identification System (NGIS), and it is an amalgamation of biometric records accumulated from people who have been through one of a number of biometric collection processes. That could include convicted criminals, anyone who has submitted records to employers, and many other people. The NGIS also has information from agencies outside of the FBI, including foreign law enforcement agencies and governments. Because of the nature of the records, the FBI is asking the federal government to exempt the database from the Privacy Act, making the records inaccessible through information requests. From the report: "The bureau says in a proposal to exempt the database from disclosure that the NGIS should be exempt from the Privacy Act for a number of reasons, including the possibility that providing access 'could compromise sensitive law enforcement information, disclose information which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of another's personal privacy; reveal a sensitive investigative technique; could provide information that would allow a subject to avoid detection or apprehension; or constitute a potential danger to the health or safety of law enforcement personnel, confidential sources, and witnesses.'" RT released a similar report on the matter.

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Americans Used Nearly 10 Trillion Megabytes of Mobile Data Last Year

Slashdot - 18 hours 22 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A report from CTIA released Monday found that consumers have nearly doubled their consumption of mobile data last year. It found that last month, consumers chugged down 804 billion megabytes of data, which adds up to a total of 9.65 billion gigabytes. The numbers are especially significant when compared to previous years. "From December 2013 to December 2014, U.S. data consumption grew by about 26 percent. But over the following year, it grew by 137 percent," writes Washington Post. YouTube and Netflix account for over half of North American internet traffic at peak hours, according to the networking equipment firm Sandvine. That figure spikes to 70 percent when streaming audio is part of the mix. The wireless industry as a result raked in nearly $200 billion last year alone, which is a 70 percent jump compared to a decade ago. The numbers are likely to rise as more and more devices become connected to the internet. With news of films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar coming to Netflix this September, we're likely to see mobile data use increase even more this year.

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September: Netflix Will 'Become Exclusive US Pay TV Home of Films From Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar'

Slashdot - 19 hours 7 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: The licensing deal between Netflix and Disney for the rights to all new films that hit movie theaters in 2016 is nothing new. What is new is when exactly the deal will come into effect. "From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive U.S. pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilms and Pixar," said Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos in a blog post. This will only apply to new theatrical releases because separate licensing deals are in place for other Disney content. The exclusive partnership with Disney does also extend into original programming. Netflix's partnership with Disney is part of a bigger plan to host more unique content that rival services do not offer.

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Google's 'Science Journal' App Turns Your Android Device Into A Laboratory

Slashdot - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:20
An anonymous reader writes about Google's latest 'Science Journal' app that was released at the end of Google I/O last week: Google has launched its 'Science Journal' app that can essentially turn your Android device into a tricorder of sorts. The app uses the sensors in your smartphone to gather, graph and visualize data. For example, you can use Google's Science Journal app to measure sound in a particular area over a particular period of time, or the movement of the device's internal accelerometers. The app is fairly basic to start, but Google is working to expand its functionality. It's even partnering with San Francisco's Exploratorium to develop external kits that can be used with the app -- which includes various microcontrollers and other sensors. As part of its Google Field Trip Days initiative, which allows students from underserved communities to attend a local museum for no cost and includes transportation and lunch, Google sent out 120,000 kits to local science museums. They also sent out 350,000 different pairs of safety glasses to schools, makerspaces, and Maker Faires worldwide, to ultimately help young students work on even bigger projects. You can download the app from the Play Store and start experimenting here.

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Amazon Stops Giving Refunds When an Item's Price Drops After You Purchase It

Slashdot - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 22:40
Amazon has for years issued refunds to users when the price of an item drops after they've purchased it. But lately the e-commerce giant hasn't been doing that on a number of products, except for televisions, according to price-tracking companies. Recode reports: The move may have something to do with the rise of startups that track prices for Amazon customers and automatically request refunds when appropriate. One of them, a Santa Monica-based startup called Earny that is backed by the startup incubator Science, first pointed out the change. Earny scours a customer's email inbox for digital receipts, and then continuously checks the price on a retailer's website to see if it drops.

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Pac-Man 256 Coming To PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC With Multiplayer

Slashdot - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 22:00
Pac-Man is coming to gaming consoles. Publisher Bandai Namco announced on Monday that Pac-Mac 256 will be launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on June 21. The VentureBeat reports: The console version of Pac-Man 256 will include a four-player local co-op game where you and your friends will have to collaborate to eat as many pellets as possible while collectively avoiding ghosts. This means that you can have up to four people sitting together on a couch and playing the game simultaneously. Each person controls a Pac-Man, and you will work together to avoid the ghosts. Because it is "local" co-op, this isn't an online mode, and you should instead think of it as something to do at a party... if you're cool like me and play video games at parties.

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Windows Phone Market Share Sinks Below 1 Percent

Slashdot - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 21:15
Tom Warren, reporting for The Verge: Worldwide smartphone sales increased by nearly 4 percent in the recent quarter, but Microsoft's Windows Phone OS failed to capitalize on the growth and dropped below 1 percent market share. Gartner's latest smartphone sales report provides the latest proof of the obvious: Windows Phone is dead. Gartner estimates that nearly 2.4 million Windows Phones were sold in the latest quarter, around 0.7 percent market share overall. That's a decrease from the 2.5 percent market share of Windows Phone back in Q1 2015.

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Sorry, There's Nothing Magical About Breakfast

Slashdot - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 20:35
Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Plenty of people certainly believe that, but according to a new report, that notion is based on "misinterpreted research and biased studies." The New York Times has run a piece authored by Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, who looked into numerous studies -- and found flaws in them -- to conclude that breakfast isn't as important after all. (Could be paywalled; alternate source) He writes: The [reports] improperly used causal language to describe their results. They misleadingly cited others' results. And they also improperly used causal language in citing others' results. People believe, and want you to believe, that skipping breakfast is bad. Carroll also points out a conflict in many of such studies: most of them have been funded by the food industry. He concludes: The bottom line is that the evidence for the importance of breakfast is something of a mess. If you're hungry, eat it. But don't feel bad if you'd rather skip it, and don't listen to those who lecture you. Breakfast has no mystical powers.

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