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Chinese Security Robot Draws Dalek, Terminator Comparisons

Slashdot - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 4:45pm
An anonymous reader writes: China's first "intelligent security robot," which reportedly includes an "electrically charged riot control tool" and an SOS button for people to notify police, has been compared to the killer Dalek from Doctor Who after being shown off at a tech fair. Intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden shared the news on Twitter with the caption: "Surely this will end well." The robot, unveiled at the 12th Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair, is 1.49 metres tall, weighs 78 kilograms, has a claimed top speed of 18 kilometres per hour and an operating duration of eight hours between charges, according to a report by People's Daily Online. Dubbed AnBot, it was built by the National Defence University in China and has "sensors that mimic the human brain, eyes and ears." The report said AnBot represented breakthroughs in "key technologies including low-cost autonomous navigation and intelligent video analysis" and would play an important role in anti-terrorism and anti-riot operations. AnBot has an SOS button for people to use to notify police of a problem, but it is unclear what criteria AnBot uses to assess threats autonomously.

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Rust Developers Announce MIR, But It's Not What Comes To Mind

Phoronix - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 4:26pm
Developers working on the Rust programming language today formally announced MIR, but it's not to be confused with Ubuntu's Mir display server...

German prof scores €2.4m EU grant to crack software on your bicycle

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 4:21pm
State funding awarded to break into private firms' proprietary code

A computer science professor has landed a €2.4m EU research grant to crack open embedded software on... e-bikes.…

Unreal Engine 4.12 Preview 1 Has The Vulkan Mobile Renderer

Phoronix - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 4:15pm
Epic Games today announced the first preview release for the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.12...

Federal Judge Rules Amazon Must Refund Parents Duped By In-App Purchases

Slashdot - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 4:05pm
An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report: A federal judge has ruled Amazon is liable for billing unwitting parents after their children made unauthorized charges in apps. The court will decide exactly how much money Amazon owes customers in the coming months. The federal judge's decision asserts that Amazon received several complaints from customers about in-app purchases that they were unaware of, mostly incurred by children. The decision points out that Amazon promoted apps as free but failed to inform parents about in-app charges that could be incurred.

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Go to Topshop, make a Bluetooth gizmo, stick it on your dress

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 3:59pm
Fashion retailer plans Top Pitch competition for wearable tech

High-street retailer Topshop is opening an innovation hub for wearable tech.…

You're only young but you're going to die: Farewell, all-flash startups

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 3:46pm
X-IO, facing AFA market mayhem, calls it quits

Comment  Following news of its restructuring there will inevitably be layoffs at X-IO’s Colorado Springs facility. We hear that the company is working to get staff employment with other companies. The situation is fast-developing and X-IO’s concern is its employees and not the media, so we'll hear more later.…

Nintendo's Mysterious 'NX' Gaming Platform To Be Launched In March 2017

Slashdot - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 3:25pm
Nintendo has announced that its next gaming platform -- codenamed NX -- will launch worldwide in March 2017. "For our dedicated video game platform, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed 'NX' with a brand-new concept," the gaming console company said while announcing its annual results. PCWorld reports:Nintendo is placing big bets on NX. The company will continue to offer games for smartphone devices, a strategy it has started executing on, but its core business focus will be on what it describes as its "software-led hardware-software integrated business." [...] For the fiscal year ended March 31, the company sold 6.8 million units of the portable Nintendo 3DS hardware and over 48.5 million units of 3DS software. Global sales of the Wii U hardware and software were 3.26 million and 27.4 million units respectively.

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Newest Microsoftie Xamarin releases cross-platform mobile SDK as open source

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 3:22pm
Better tools shown off in Florida

EVOLVE 2016  Xamarin's Evolve conference is under way in Orlando, Florida, where around 1,600 attendees are coming to terms with Microsoft's acquisition of the company, completed less than one month ago.…

Xamarin's 2016 Conference Starts, Open-Source SDK Available

Phoronix - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 2:57pm
As most Phoronix readers will certainly recall, Microsoft bought out Xamarin, the company co-founded by Miguel de Icaza and focused around Mono technologies, and last month announced they would open-source the Xamarin SDK. Microsoft is making good on their word this week...

Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 2:55pm
Obi Worldphone aims for the budget buyer

The startup backed by former Apple CEO John Sculley is most famous today for being elusive - but all that’s about to change. Obi Worldphone told us today its first UK phone will launch here next month, promising style and mid-range specs for a paltry £119.…

After Netflix Crackdown On Border-Hopping, Canadians Ready To Return To Piracy

Slashdot - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 2:45pm
An anonymous reader shares an article on CBCNews: Many Canadians are enraged by Netflix's declared war on cross-border watchers, who skirt the company's rules by sneaking across virtual borders to stream Netflix shows and movies restricted to other countries. Sometimes it's hard to be satisfied with Netflix Canada's library when our American neighbours have, it's estimated, access to almost double the content. But this big and bold clampdown may backfire -- at least in Canada. Turns out, Canadians are big pirates at heart. Apparently, we feel somewhat entitled to download illegal content when we don't have cheap and easy access. Instead of shelling out $10 for a Netflix subscription, some people now may opt to pay nothing at all to get what they want.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Wanna walk the plank voluntarily? You got it

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 2:40pm
Either way, biz wants to cut 1,092 UK staffers from the wage bill

Exclusive  Hewlett Packard Enterprise is to initiate a voluntary redundancy (VR) option nearly two months after putting 1,092 UK staff in Enterprise Services (ES) on the chopping block.…

X-IO adds archive storage tier: ISE and iglu get cold storage

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 2:25pm
Eats nourishing E60 in Nexsan OEM deal

Nexsan, the renamed Imation, has signed an OEM agreement with X-IO Technologies whereby X-IO will add Nexsan’s E60 storage array to its product portfolio as a capacity disk tier.…

Apple will be grilled by Irish National Planning Board over €850m data centre plan

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 2:03pm
'It's a 500 acre forest: there's room for Apple and the badgers'

Apple's plan to build a €850m (£658m) data centre in Galway, Ireland is to face fresh scrutiny in an oral hearing next month, following a number of environmental objections – including disturbance to bats and badgers.…

Wikipedia Is Basically a Corporate Bureaucracy, Says Study

Slashdot - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 2:00pm
Jennifer Ouellette, reporting for Gizmodo: Wikipedia is a voluntary organization dedicated to the noble goal of decentralized knowledge creation. But as the community has evolved over time, it has wandered further and further from its early egalitarian ideals, according to a new paper published in the journal Future Internet. In fact, such systems usually end up looking a lot like 20th-century bureaucracies. [...] This may seem surprising, since there is no policing authority on Wikipedia -- no established top-down means of control. The community is self-governing, relying primarily on social pressure to enforce the established core norms, according to co-author Simon DeDeo, a complexity scientist at Indiana University. [...] "You start with a decentralized democratic system, but over time you get the emergence of a leadership class with privileged access to information and social networks," DeDeo explained. "Their interests begin to diverge from the rest of the group. They no longer have the same needs and goals. So not only do they come to gain the most power within the system, but they may use it in ways that conflict with the needs of everybody else.""The Iron Law of Oligarchy, demonstrated by Wikipedia," wrote Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist at Caltech. "Rebel all you want, ultimately you become The Establishment."

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 1:44pm
The decision to kill off Windows with Bing heaps misery on OEMs

Microsoft last year effectively murdered one part of the mobile PC market that was going gangbusters - Windows with Bing (WwB) - and unsurprisingly this is now reflected in weaker sales across Western Europe.…

Node.js releases version 6.0. Yes, yes, LTS

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 1:22pm
More module issue fixes still require()d

The Node.js Foundation has released version 6, which now falls just seven per cent short of complete support for the ES6 specifications.…

Warsow 2.1 Recently Released With Offloaded Rendering

Phoronix - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 1:10pm
While checking on various Linux game benchmarks this morning, I noticed Warsow 2.1 was quietly released at the end of March without much attention. Warsow continues to be a multi-platform, GPL-licensed first-person shooter game powered by the Qfusion engine, a very distant derivative of the Quake II engine...

The case for ethical ad-blocking

El Reg - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 1:05pm
Fans – take out the adtech middleman, and have a clear conscience?

When is ad-blocking ethical? How about when the adtech industry is behaving so unethically it destroys people’s livelihoods?…

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