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24Abraham Lincoln famously said that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” but looking around these days, you would be forgiven if you thought representative democracy had already been buried alongside Washington, Jefferson, and Roosevelt. Confidence in Congress remains pitifully low, [...]
If coffee be the food of innovation, pour on. Give me excess of it that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die. And if you wish to pour me coffee, do so from the Rite Press, a clever hack on the traditional French press that adds a few features [...]
Can programming be a craft? I was thinking about this as I was reading Matthew Crawford's excellent book The World Beyond Your Head. Much like Crawford's earlier work Shop Class as Soulcraft, he argues that craftsmanship is an activity that doesn't just provide us with satisfaction, but also makes us [...]
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. At long last, after many predictions and even a private filing, Dropbox dropped its S-1 today. The filing marks the public beginning of the end of Dropbox's life as a private company. [...]
According to a number of reports today, the next version of Android would include a “dark mode” – something that's been a long-time feature request from those who prefer the dark-themed and power saving option that's already available in apps like YouTube and Twitter. Unfortunately, that's not the case. News [...]
A big part of the FCC's mandate is to ensure broadband is rolled out all over the country, and it issues regular reports along those lines — but there's nothing presenting information visually to get the point across. A new FCC map of broadband access lets you browse block by [...]
If you're worried about someone finding out what you're pointing your browser at, there are plenty of options for keeping it secret, with varying levels of difficulty and effectiveness. Veil takes things further than perhaps any other anonymous browsing method by masking the page you're viewing not just from would-be [...]
Long gone are the days when Africa was disparagingly regarded as the White Man's Burden. Today, Africa is the continent with the youngest demographic in the world, on the brink of a technical renaissance — yet the world's tech titans are floundering to understand and gain a foothold in this [...]
It's official, the Dropbox IPO filing is here. Going public is a huge milestone for Dropbox and has been one of the most anticipated tech IPOs for several years now. We knew that it had already filed confidentially, but the company has now unveiled its filing, meaning the actual IPO [...]
Twitch's new reality show featuring up-and-coming streamers will premiere on March 8, the company announced this morning, along with the list of the fourteen personalities selected to participate. The video stars will be competing over an 11-week period for the chance to win $60,000, paid out as $5,000-per-month installments, meant [...]

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In January an online gamer in California was arrested after at leat 20 fake emergency calls to police, one leading to a fatal shooting in Kansas. But this week in California there's been at least two more fake calls: A 12-year-old gamer heard a knock at his door Sunday -- [...]
On Wednesday the Computer History Museum, "the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its transformational impact on society," proudly announced the three Fellow Award honorees for 2018: Dov Frohman-Bentchkowsky -- "For the invention of the first commercial erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM), which enabled rapid development of [...]
One day in 2011 a 26-year-old approached Peter Thiel and said "Look, I think if we datamined Gawker's history, we could find weak points that we could exploit in the court of law," according to the author of a new book. An anonymous reader quotes BuzzFeed News: Peter Thiel's campaign to [...]
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping. Named Luciola for its resemblance to the firefly, [...]
The National Rifle Association (NRA) today gave its Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award to Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. "Pai was about to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland when the award presentation seemed to catch him by surprise," reports Ars Technica. [...]
New submitter jishak writes: I am a long time Slashdot reader who has been serving on an homeowner association (HOA) board for 7 years. Much of the job requires managing projects that happen around the community. For example, landscaping, plumbing, building maintenance, etc. Pretty much all the vendors work with [...]
Ten years after its launch, Dropbox has filed to go public. The cloud storage company has been around since 2007 and has raised more than $600 million in funding. TechCrunch reports: We knew that it had already filed confidentially, but the company has now unveiled its filing, meaning the actual [...]
Tesla has unveiled a new "workplace charging" program today, which offers businesses free Tesla wall connectors and will also cover installation, provided they meet certain qualifications set forth by the California carmaker. "Tesla won't cover the cost of operating the charging stations, and the company says there could be other [...]
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A federal judge in California has rejected Disney's effort to stop Redbox from reselling download codes of popular Disney titles like Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and the latest Star Wars movies. Judge Dean Pregerson's Tuesday ruling invoked the little-used doctrine [...]
Since October 2017, Apple has made around 1,600 false alarm 911 calls from a distribution site in Elk Grove. "We've been seeing these calls for the last four months from Apple," said police dispatcher Jamie Hudson. "We're able to see quickly where the call is coming from, so when we [...]

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One of my favorite moviegoing traditions is seeing the Oscar-nominated animated shorts each year, which always get bundled together around this time and played in some smaller theaters. The package is always a mix: some good shorts, some okay ones, some really bad ones, and, of course, whatever Pixar made [...]
Two airlines said this morning that they are ending travel partnerships with the National Rifle Association amidst a greater public backlash against the organization. United and Delta had set up discounts with the NRA ahead of the organization's annual convention in May, which would offer members anywhere from 2 to [...]
Last week, Microsoft announced that it would take $200 off of Intel i5 versions of the Surface Pro for the laptop's five-year anniversary. The deal was only supposed to last through Presidents' Day, but we're well past the holiday and you can still get one of the popular touchscreen laptops [...]
Film audiences who aren't already claustrophobic might feel that way after watching The Chamber, a new thriller set almost entirely off the coast of North Korea in the cabin of an overturned submarine stuck at the bottom of the Yellow Sea. The plot — a looming conflict between the US [...]
In a quest to learn how two-legged dinosaurs moved, scientists watched their descendants — birds — run around on a race track. After all, chickens were once carnivorous dinosaurs that stalked the Earth on giant drumsticks. For all the movies that show dinosaurs chasing after humans, we don't actually know [...]
The Syfy channel has given us our first look at the next season of The Expanse, and let us know when we'll be able to check out what the crew of the spaceship Rocinante is up to next: April 11th. Based on the novels by James S.A. Corey, The Expanse [...]
Keen Android users who've been following a somewhat obscure Google Issue Tracker thread from November of last year are celebrating a new development: the thread, in which a user asked about a dark mode to improve battery life on Android phones with OLED screens, has been closed. The issue was [...]
A decade after it was founded, Dropbox has filed to go public. The beloved, easy-to-use (if somewhat stagnant) file syncing service had documents unsealed at the SEC today revealing plans for an initial public offering, where Dropbox is looking to raise up to $500 million. The company will trade on [...]
Huawei recently debuted the Mate 10 Pro at CES, and it's already gearing up to launch another phone called the P20. Now, images of the phone have appeared on the website for China's telecommunications regulator TENAA, giving a look at four sides, as reported by GMS Arena. Previous rumors about the [...]
Measles has made a dangerous comeback in Europe as vaccination rates have dropped, the World Health Organization says. Compared to 2016, the number of infections quadrupled to more than 21,000 cases across Europe in 2017. Thirty-five people died. The outbreaks hit 15 European countries — with especially large ones hammering [...]

 

BBC TECH NEWS 

Smartphone sales are falling - could the fact they increasingly have similar designs be why? [...]
A phone that can detect the "smell" of chemicals has been unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2018. [...]
We asked young people what they thought about the Snapchat after Kylie Jenner said she was no longer a fan. [...]
The president said violence in video games had a big influence on how youths view the world [...]
BT must make it easier for rivals to use its telegraph poles to install fibre broadband, Ofcom says. [...]
Concerns about time spent online are widespread, but knowing how much is 'OK' is difficult. [...]
Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB and the London College of Fashion used a virtual avatar to join catwalk models. [...]
Billions of people still have no access to mobile services, but nano-satellites could change this. [...]
Shares in Snapchat's owner sink after the reality TV star tweets her criticism of the messaging app. [...]
The US rocket company puts up two satellites to test technologies for a broadband mega-constellation. [...]

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