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Turn Your Android Phone Into a Laptop For $99 With the Superbook

Slashdot - 25 min 10 sec ago
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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'High-Risk Vulnerabilities' In Oracle File-Processing SDKs Affect Major Third-Party Products

Slashdot - 1 hour 25 min ago
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 - 2 hours 26 min ago
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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New 'Justice League' teaser debuts -- and it's almost funny? - CNET

CNET NEWS - 2 hours 29 min ago
Our first official look at the team inspires more confidence, but it still doesn't show off the big guy(s).

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is bringing the fiery Ghost Rider to life - CNET

CNET NEWS - 2 hours 40 min ago
At Comic-Con, showrunners unveil the newest cast member, discuss season 4 developments and share some of the show's lighthearted moments.

Federal regulators says car makers “cannot wait for perfect” on automation

Arstechnica - 2 hours 55 min ago

(credit: Ford Motor Company)

On Friday, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Mark Rosekind told an audience in Detroit, Michigan that car makers “cannot wait for perfect” when it comes to developing and deploying self-driving car technology. The Wall Street Journal reported that Rosekind said automation would “save people’s lives” in a time when auto fatalities have been up 8 percent since 2014.

Rosekind’s comments come after a man using Tesla’s autopilot system fatally crashed into a left-turning truck in Florida. The incident is believed to be one of the first involving a car in autonomous mode. Tesla has said that the car’s sensors didn’t register the image of the left-turning truck in the glare of the bright Florida sun. Although Rosekind didn't address the Tesla crash explicitly, he noted that the NHTSA's mandate is to reduce fatalities. Taking human error out of the process of driving could theoretically reduce fatal crashes.

Despite Tesla's most recent crash, regulators seem enthusiastic about getting more autonomous vehicles on the road in the near future. Earlier this week, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told an audience in San Francisco that “autonomous doesn't mean perfect,” but that “we need industry to take the safety aspects of this very seriously.”

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'Wonder Woman' gets a badass official trailer - CNET

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 2 min ago
Finally! Women are kicking ass and taking names in the first full-length trailer for the 2017 DC film.

Google Tests Ads That Load Faster and Use Less Power

Slashdot - 3 hours 25 min ago
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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Pokemon No: All the ways you shouldn't play the latest app craze - CNET

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 26 min ago
It's easy to find tips about how to catch the best Pokemon. But what you won't find is a list of all the hazardous ways people are playing Pokemon Go. Yes, there are wrong ways -- unfortunately.

'Wonder Woman' movie costumes on display at SDCC 2016 - CNET

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 30 min ago
The DC Comics booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 features an up close and personal preview of the costumes that we'll see in the upcoming "Wonder Woman" movie. Plus, the heroine's original costume and concept art from the 1970s "Wonder Woman" TV show with Lynda Carter are also featured.

Harley Quinn steals cosplayers' hearts at Comic-Con 2016 - CNET

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 48 min ago
Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, better known as Harley Quinn, has proven to be a popular character to dress up as at SDCC 2016.

Zombies and tigers star in new 'The Walking Dead' season 7 trailer - CNET

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 55 min ago
The next season of "The Walking Dead" looks grrreat thanks to King Ezekiel and his tiger. See more in the Comic-Con 2016 official trailer for the AMC show.

Quiz: Can you name these video game controllers? - CNET

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 59 min ago
Think you're a die-hard video game expert? It's time to prove it.

Kaine you even? Tim Kaine could be the punniest VP pick ever - CNET

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 59 min ago
Puns fly on Twitter as Hillary Clinton names Kaine her vice presidential candidate of choice. Or is that Kaindidate?

Hillary Clinton announces VP pick Tim Kaine on Twitter - CNET

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 5 min ago
The Democratic party's presumptive nominee for president of the United States says via a tweet late Friday that she's picked Sen. Tim Kaine, underscoring the continued importance of social media in the campaign.

Almost Half Of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited For Misconduct

Slashdot - 4 hours 25 min ago
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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I was Harley in 'Suicide Squad' thanks to VR - CNET

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 58 min ago
Warner Bros. and Samsung Electronics tap virtual reality to immerse you in the set of the highly anticipated DC film.

Maximizing Economic Output With Linear Programming...and Communism

Slashdot - 5 hours 25 min ago
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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Cancel your weekend plans and go watch 'Stranger Things' - CNET

CNET NEWS - 5 hours 31 min ago
The new Netflix series blends classic King and Spielberg to create masterful contemporary television.

The quest to get a unique SNES CD-ROM prototype working again

Arstechnica - 6 hours 19 min ago

Part 1 of Ben Heck's SNES-CD restoration project (part 2 at the bottom of this post).

Since a prototype of the fabled, unreleased SNES-CD (aka the "Nintendo PlayStation") was first found and disassembled last year, we've learned enough about this one-of-a-kind piece of hardware to actually emulate homebrew games as if they were running on its CD-ROM drive. The prototype console itself, though, has never been fully functional—it couldn't generate sound, the CD-ROM drive wouldn't spin up, and, after a recent trip to Hong Kong, it actually stopped generating a picture.

That's when the prototype's owners, Terry and Dan Diebold, went to famed gaming hardware hacker Ben Heck. They want this piece of gaming history up and running again. Heck documented his efforts in a fascinating two-part YouTube series that reveals a lot about the system and what makes it tick.

Terry Diebold starts off talking about how he first discovered the prototype SNES while boxing up an estate sale, where it was sold in a lot alongside CDs, cups, saucers, and other knickknacks. After paying $75 for the entire lot, Diebold recalls, "if you break it down to everything I did buy, I probably paid a nickel for it."

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