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Motorola to restock the Moto 360 and open preorders for Moto X (including "Pure Edition") and Moto Hint on Tuesday (Chance Miller/9to5Google)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 1:00pm

Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Motorola to restock the Moto 360 and open preorders for Moto X (including “Pure Edition") and Moto Hint on Tuesday  —  Motorola to open pre-orders for new Moto X, restock Moto 360 on Tuesday  —  Last week, Motorola finally took the wraps off of a handful of new products.

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KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 12:50pm
KDE Community (3396057) writes "KDevelop team is proud to announce the final release of KDevelop 4.7.0. This release is special, as it marks the end of the KDE4 era for us. As such, KDevelop 4.7.0 comes with a long-term stability guarantee. The CMake support was improved and extended to ensure that all idioms needed for KF5 development are available. The unit test support UI was polished and several bugs fixed. In the same direction, some noteworthy issues with the QtHelp integration were addressed. KDevelop's PHP language support now handles namespaces better and can understand traits aliases. Furthermore, some first fruits of the Google summer of code projects are included in this release. These changes pave the path toward better support for cross compile toolchains. Feature-wise, KDevelop now officially supports the Bazaar (bzr) version control system. On the performance front, it was possible to greatly reduce the memory footprint when loading large projects with several thousand files in KDevelop. Additionally, the startup should now be much faster."

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The Mathematics of Ebola Trigger Stark Warnings: Act Now or Regret It

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 12:07pm

The Ebola epidemic in Africa has continued to expand since I last wrote about it, and as of a week ago, has accounted for more than 4,200 cases and 2,200 deaths in five countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. That is extraordinary: Since the virus was discovered, no Ebola outbreak’s toll has risen […]

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Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names (Mathew Ingram/Gigaom)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 11:55am

Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names  —  There have been multiple reports that Facebook is forcing gay and transgender users to use their legal names instead of their online personas or chosen names, as part of a crackdown on pseudonyms, despite the danger this poses to some users

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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 11:44am
An anonymous reader writes with news about a school in England that has introduced a cashless cafeteria system that is raising some privacy concerns among some. Stourbridge students will soon be able to pay for their lunch without searching their pockets for change. Redhill School has spent £20,000 updating its dining facilities and introducing a cashless catering system. The system will allow parents to deposit funds into students catering accounts, to be debited by the pupil's biometric fingerprint scan at the point of sale. Headteacher Stephen Dunster said: "The benefits are that pupils are less likely to lose cash, parents know their children are using their dinner money to buy nutritious food and there will also be a system to alert staff if students are purchasing food that they may be allergic to."

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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:39am
First time accepted submitter rinka writes India's Mars Orbiter Mission, known as Mangalyaan, has made some progress since we last discussed it. The mission is on target and has completed 95% of it's journey. It will reach its destination before the end of the month. Scientists will undertake a "challenging task" on September 24 when they will restart the onboard liquid engine, which has been in sleep mode for nearly ten months, for a critical maneuver of the spacecraft.

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Seeking to map the entire internet, NSA and GHCQ have broken into Deutsche Telekom's networks (Spiegel Online)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 9:45am

Spiegel Online:
Seeking to map the entire internet, NSA and GHCQ have broken into Deutsche Telekom's networks  —  The NSA Breach of Telekom and Other German Firms  —  According to top-secret documents from the NSA and the British agency GCHQ, the intelligence agencies are seeking to map the entire Internet, including end-user devices.

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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise</em> Model Being Restored Again

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 9:36am
NormalVisual (565491) writes The original 11-foot U.S.S. Enterprise studio model from the original series has gone back into the shop again. The Smithsonian owns the model and has had it on display in a gift shop at the National Air and Space Museum for the last 13 years, but will be placed on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall in 2016, to coincide with the museum's 40th anniversary. In the meantime, the model will be undergoing its fourth restoration to address a number of issues. The last restoration in 1991 was performed by Ed Miarecki, a professional modelmaker well known for his work in "Star Trek: The Next Generation", as well as films such as "Event Horizon". This previous restoration had Trek fans up in arms owing to the paint job, which many feel doesn't represent the way the model looked originally. Hopefully this next restoration will bring her back to her former glory.

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Russian social network VKontakte starts shutting down accounts that promote ISIS (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/Mashable)

TechMeme - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 9:15am

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Mashable:
Russian social network VKontakte starts shutting down accounts that promote ISIS  —  Russia's ‘Facebook’ Cracking Down on ISIS Accounts  —  The Islamic State may soon be running out of social networks  —  When Twitter ramped up its crackdown on several accounts in the wake of the brutal beheading …

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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 8:28am
An anonymous reader writes: Kai Kloepfer is a 17-year-old high school student from Colorado who just won the Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge. Kloepfer designed and built a smart gun that will only unlock and fire for users who supply the proper fingerprints. "The gun works by creating a user ID and locking in the fingerprint of each user allowed to use the gun. The gun will only unlock with the unique fingerprint of those who have already permission to access the gun. ... According to him, all user data is kept right on the gun and nothing is uploaded anywhere else so it would be pretty hard to hack." The gun can have up to 999 authorized users, and its accuracy at detecting fingerprints is 99.99%. For winning the challenge, he won $50,000 in funding to continue developing the smart gun. Some of the fund have already gone toward 3-D printing portions of the prototype.

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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Slashdot - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 5:20am
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from The New Yorker: In April, [Dr. Eytan Stein] presented his findings to a packed auditorium at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, in San Diego. It was the first public airing of the results of AG-221; patients with progressive [acute myelogenous leukemia] had never improved so quickly and definitively. ... The breakthrough is notable in part for the unconventional manner in which the drug attacks its target. There are many kinds of cancer, but treatments have typically combated them in one way only: by attempting to destroy the cancerous cells. Surgery aims to remove the entire growth from the body; chemotherapy drugs are toxic to the cancer cells; radiation generates toxic molecules that break up the cancer cells' DNA and proteins, causing their demise. A more recent approach, immunotherapy, co-opts the body's immune system into attacking and eradicating the tumor. The Agios drug, instead of killing the leukemic cells — immature blood cells gone haywire — coaxes them into maturing into functioning blood cells. Cancerous cells traditionally have been viewed as a lost cause, fit only for destruction. The emerging research on A.M.L. suggests that at least some cancer cells might be redeemable: they still carry their original programming and can be pressed back onto a pathway to health.

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