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Physicists build simulator, hope to stand up beautiful Standard Model

El Reg - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 6:08pm
Particles, antiparticles and putting meat on bones of theory

Physicists have built a quantum simulator to study the Standard Model of particle physics – a theory concerning the electromagnetic, weak, and strong nuclear interactions, as well as classifying all the subatomic particles known. The simulator includes lasers and four calcium ions, according to new research published in Nature [paywalled].…

Google Launches Android Programming Course For Absolute Beginners

Slashdot - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 6:00pm
If you're on the fence on whether or not should you spring for learning how to code, Google is willing to offer a helping hand. The company has partnered with Udacity to offer a "nanodegree" class designed for people with no programming experience at all. The program costs $199 per month. ZDNet reports:The course material, developed by Google, is hosted on learning platform Udacity and builds on earlier programs such as the Android Nanodegree for Beginners. The basics course takes around four weeks if the student commits six hours a week and upon completion they'll have created two basic apps built in Android Studio."Google, in partnership with Udacity, is making Android development accessible and understandable to everyone, so that regardless of your background, you can learn to build apps that improve the lives of people around you," Google announced on its developer blog.

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Senate Report Says Charter, Time Warner Cable Overcharges Its Customers

Slashdot - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 5:20pm
According to an investigation by a U.S. Senate, Charter and its new subsidiary Time Warner Cable have been overcharging customers at least $7.2 million per year for equipment and service. Time Warner Cable over-billed customers nationwide an estimated $639,948 between January and April period this year. This projects the sum to a yearly total of $1,919,844. Charter admitted that it overbilled its customers by "at least $442,691 per month." A report on BroadcastingCable states:The study found that "Time Warner Cable estimates that, in 2015, it overbilled 40,193 Ohio customers a total of $430,393 and 4,232 Missouri customers a total of $44,152," while "Charter estimates that it has annually overcharged approximately 5,897 Missouri customers a total of $494,000 each year. Charter does not provide service in Ohio." The report also said that Charter and Time Warner Cable have taken steps to correct the situation as a result of the investigation.

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BitTorrent Adds Music, Video Streaming Options With Re-Launched BitTorrent Now

Slashdot - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 4:40pm
Dan Rys, reporting for Billboard:As streaming continues to consolidate its foothold as a major force in the music-listening community, more and more players are getting into the increasingly crowded space. Today, BitTorrent announced it is adding an ad-supported streaming option to its BitTorrent Bundle offerings, which is officially re-launching as BitTorrent Now. But before anyone thinks the company is throwing its hat into the ring alongside Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal (or even Netflix and Hulu), BitTorrent Now isn't designed as a full-catalog competitor. Rather, its streaming component will be part of the distribution framework established with BitTorrent Bundle in 2013, giving artists who use its direct-to-fan platform the option to allow fans to stream their releases rather than download them. BitTorrent Now is currently available as an app on Android devices, with iOS and Apple TV apps on the horizon "shortly," according to a rep.

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Huawei Is Working On Its Own Mobile OS In Case Things Sour With Google

Slashdot - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 4:00pm
According to a report from The Information, Huawei, the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer is working on its own mobile operating system (paywalled; alternate source). The report adds that the team that is developing this new operating system includes ex-Nokia employees. The new operating system is "meant as a contingency measure in case Google further tightens its grip on Android or stops offering it to smartphone makers." Additionally, Huawei is also putting efforts on making big changes to EMUI, its Android-based skin. From the report:According to The Information, changes could include the addition of an app drawer, redesigned icons (they're all currently iPhone-like rounded squares), and a new, "very clean, fresh" color palette. EMUI's current color scheme focuses on unusually dingy and muted colors -- grays and browns. Abigail Brody (an ex-Apple designer, which Apple hired last year) is reportedly planning to change these for brighter tones including blues and whites, and is looking to animals like jellyfish for inspiration.

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Raspberry Pi 3 tops SBC poll for self-brew hackers and Linux folk

El Reg - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 3:58pm
Mmm, lovely fresh new Pi

The 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 has topped a poll of 81 single-board Linux and Android systems among Linux folk.…

Xiaomi Launches Foldable Electric Bike QiCycle At a Price Of $450

Slashdot - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 3:20pm
Xiaomi on Thursday unveiled its first ever electric bike -- the QiCycle Electric Folding Bike. The bike, made of carbon fibre, packs a host of sensors and weighs just 7kg. From a report on IndianExpress:QiCycle has an integrated electric motor, which can be used for propulsion. The bike is powered by 250W-36V electric motor, and uses Torque Measurement Method (TMM) to assist the rider's pedal-power. It comes with Shimano Gear Shifters to let users switch gears based on the terrain. It also has a bike computer display to show all the fitness-related parameters such as calories burned, distance traveled, speed, etc. Xiaomi says the QiCycle has a large Panasonic 18650 battery, which can last up to 45 kms on a single charge. Qicycle can be folded and kept in the trunk of a car.The QiCycle is priced at roughly $450, and is currently only available for sale in Chinese cities.

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Pull on your branded rival T-shirt, it's time to party with Nutanix

El Reg - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 3:03pm
We're all trying to make hyperconvergence happen. But who's going to win?

Here I am sitting at a bar at 4:50am (jet lag is my friend) after the Nutanix's annual event, .NEXT.…

Xen Project 4.7 Released

Phoronix - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 2:55pm
The Xen Project has announced their version 4.7 release...

Apple Says iOS Kernel Cache Left Unencrypted Intentionally, Nothing To Worry About

Slashdot - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 2:40pm
The iOS 10 kernel, which Apple released to enthusiasts last week, is not encrypted, according to a report. Security experts expressed their surprise and puzzlement over this in a report by MIT News. The iPhone maker, after remaining tight-lipped over the matter for a week, has now offered an explanation. In a statement to The Loop, Apple said: The kernel cache doesn't contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we're able to optimize the operating system's performance without compromising security.It is worth mentioning that Apple is talking about kernel's cache, whereas MIT News' original report talks about kernel code.

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In brave new 5G world, data centres are pizza boxes... or football fields

El Reg - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 2:28pm
Software, software, software... some hardware

OPFVN 2016  Flexible tech such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation will be a prerequisite for our brave new 5G world, reckon Intel and Ericsson.…

BlackBerry's turnaround stalls

El Reg - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 2:13pm
Software bet looks great, but Priv apathy taxes the bookkeepers

BlackBerry announced further losses today as its comeback plan snagged on adjustments to the books.…

Leaked Docs Provide An Unprecedented Look At Income Of Uber Drivers

Slashdot - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 2:00pm
In 2013, Uber told the Wall Street Journal that a typical Uber driver takes in more than $100,000 in annual gross fares. The ride-hail platform, which has shared similar estimates many times since, says that the company's efforts toward its drivers is a pathway to a modest, more attainable American dream. Turns out, the it has been exaggerating. According to BuzzFeed News, which obtained leaked documents, drivers in some markets don't take home much more than service workers at major chains like Walmart when it comes to net pay. According to the publication, drivers in three major U.S. markets -- Denver, Detroit, and Houston -- earned less than an average of $13.25 an hour after expenses. From the report:Based on these calculations, it's possible to estimate that Uber drivers in late 2015 earned approximately $13.17 per hour after expenses in the Denver market (which includes all of Colorado), $10.75 per hour after expenses in the Houston area, and $8.77 per hour after expenses in the Detroit market, less than any earnings figure previously released by the company.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

El Reg - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 1:23pm
Oh, we'll also shares our beach towels, be nice to your Royals and dump frothy beer

Germany’s premier tabloid Bild has vowed to fulfil a series of promises if the Brits vote to remain in the EU, chief among them admitting Geoff Hurst’s disputed 1966 World Cup goal was over the line.…

Google Fiber To Acquire Gigabit Internet Provider Webpass

Slashdot - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 1:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: Google Fiber has announced a deal to acquire high-speed internet service provider Webpass. Webpass is a 13-year-old company that provides high-speed internet, including gigabit service, for businesses and residential customers across parts of the U.S.. Webpass is most widely known in California, with service running in San Fransisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley and San Diego. It also has service in Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Chicago, and Boston. The President of Webpass, Charles Barr, said in a blog post: "Joining Google Fiber will be a great development for our users because the companies share the same vision of the future and commitment to the customer," he said. "Google Fiber's resources will enable Webpass to grow faster and reach many more customers than we could as a standalone company." The acquisition should help Google Fiber with its plans to grow to more than 20 U.S. cities in the near future, helping connect to business and residential markets.

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7-Way Linux Distribution Comparison For Summer 2016

Phoronix - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 12:59pm
Given the recent releases of Fedora 24, Solus 1.2, and other GNU/Linux distribution updates, here is our latest performance testing roundabout of seven popular OS releases on the same Core i5 Skylake system.

Ho hum, yet another storage startup. But, but, we're objectively different, yell newbies

El Reg - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 12:58pm
Different doesn't always = good, but baby steps

Comment  Lately I've been worried about the lack of differentiation in the storage startup ecosystem, but two newbies have made me think again.…

Deploying software <i>every day</i> is... actually... OK – what devs tell their real-life friends

El Reg - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 12:38pm
But does running Win2003 make you a high-performer?

“High-performing organisations” which have employed agile and devops methodologies are decisively pulling away from their fuddy-duddy peers in the number of software deployments they can manage.…

Grappling with the future? Sometimes the answer is simpler than you think

El Reg - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 12:27pm
Industry experts hyper converge on Berlin, Tuesday 12 July

PROMO  The future is complicated, with a myriad of platforms and solutions promising to help you deal with disruption in any industry you choose to name.…

Intrinsic: We have no CEO. Otherwise everything is tickety-boo

El Reg - Thu, 23/06/2016 - 11:57am
Biz that couldn't find buyer devises 3-year strategy plan - services and security

Cisco Gold partner Intrinsic Technology has confirmed it is CEO-less - which Reg readers already knew - but that all is OK, everything is working out as planned. Honestly.…

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