Preliminary Support Allows Linux KVM To Boot Xen HVM Guests

As one of the most interesting patch series sent over by an Oracle developer in quite a while at least on the virtualization front, a “request for comments” series was sent out on Wednesday that would enable the Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) to be able to boot Xen HVM guests…

Source: Phoronix – Preliminary Support Allows Linux KVM To Boot Xen HVM Guests

'Pokémon Go' update gives Android gamers an AR photo mode

Earlier this month, Niantic promised a feature called “Go Snapshot” that would turn Pokémon Go into an AR photo machine. Now, the feature is live — for Android devices, at least. You’ll also have to be a Level 5 or above trainer to be able to…

Source: Engadget – ‘Pokémon Go’ update gives Android gamers an AR photo mode

NASA Eyes Colossal Cracks In Ice Shelf Near Antarctic Station

NASA is keeping an eye on the Brunt Ice Shelf, home to the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI Research Station, which has growing cracks that are threatening to unload an iceberg soon. “NASA/USGS Landsat satellites are monitoring the action as the cracks grow,” reports CNET. “When the iceberg calves, it could be twice the size of New York City. That would make it the largest berg to break off the Brunt ice shelf since observations of the area began in 1915.” From the report: An annotated view of the ice shelf shows the cracks as they relate to the Halley VI station. The crack leading up the middle is especially concerning. It’s been stable for 35 years, but NASA says it’s now extending northward as fast as 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per year. As of December, Halley station was home to around 30 science and technical staff on missions to study the ice shelf and climate change in the polar region. The BAS completed a relocation of the futuristic-looking Halley station in 2017, placing it farther away from the unpredictable cracking. “It is not yet clear how the remaining ice shelf will respond following the break, posing an uncertain future for scientific infrastructure and a human presence on the shelf that was first established in 1955,” NASA says. NASA says iceberg calving is “a normal part of the life cycle of ice shelves, but the recent changes are unfamiliar in this area.”

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HTC shows off Vive Cosmos VR controllers in a new video

HTC is slowly but surely sharing more information about the Vive Cosmos after the company showed the system off at CES earlier this year. The official HTC Vive Twitter account has posted a short video giving us a glimpse of how the Cosmos controllers…

Source: Engadget – HTC shows off Vive Cosmos VR controllers in a new video

You Can Allegedly Now Brick Your Nikes, Thanks to the Miracle of Technology

Wow, technology. Papal apps. Speculative e-currency that sucks up as much energy as a small country. Shopping carts that spy on you. And now, a pair of $350, motor-and-gear-train-packed Nikes that link up with an app to control their fit… and that you can reportedly “brick” by connecting them to an Android.

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Source: Gizmodo – You Can Allegedly Now Brick Your Nikes, Thanks to the Miracle of Technology

Report: Trump Wants Guy Who Compared Climate Science to the Holocaust to Head Climate Panel

Donald Trump’s administration is assembling a panel to determine whether climate change—which scientific experts broadly agree poses an existential threat to the safety and well-being of the world’s population and is caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases—is really a threat to national security. According to…

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Source: Gizmodo – Report: Trump Wants Guy Who Compared Climate Science to the Holocaust to Head Climate Panel

D-Bus Broker 18 Released While BUS1 In-Kernel IPC Remains Stalled

Version 18 of D-Bus Broker has been released, the D-Bus message bus implementation designed for high performance and better reliability compared to the D-Bus reference implementation while sticking to compatibility with the original specification…

Source: Phoronix – D-Bus Broker 18 Released While BUS1 In-Kernel IPC Remains Stalled

Someone Has Already Edited That Rat Out of The Departed

Just a day after its launch, a Kickstarter to painstakingly edit the infamous rat out of a 35mm cut of Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Oscar-winning crime drama The Departed exceeded its crowdfunding goal of $4,000. But if you’d like to see what this might look like prior to the debut of the 35mm revision, Twitter has…

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Source: Gizmodo – Someone Has Already Edited That Rat Out of The Departed

Facebook Is an 'Innovator in Privacy,' Says Guy Who Runs Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is fond of suggesting that all the criticism of his globe-spanning social media empire comes from either the misinformed or the malicious. In fact, Facebook is really all about protecting the privacy of its users! That’s the line he took in a Wednesday interview with Harvard Law Professor…

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Source: Gizmodo – Facebook Is an ‘Innovator in Privacy,’ Says Guy Who Runs Facebook

Israel To Launch First Privately Funded Moon Mission

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A team of Israeli scientists is to launch what will be the first privately funded mission to land on the moon this week, sending a spacecraft to collect data from the lunar surface. Named Beresheet, the Hebrew word for Genesis, the 585kg (1,290lb) robotic lander will blast off from Florida at 01.45 GMT on Friday, propelled by one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. Once it touches down, in several weeks, it will measure the magnetic field of the moon to help understand how it formed. Beresheet will also deposit a “time capsule” of digital files the size of coins containing the Bible, children’s drawings, Israel’s national anthem and blue and white flag, as well as memories of a Holocaust survivor. While it is not a government-led initiative, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) corporation joined as a partner. If the mission is successful, Israel will become the fourth country, after Russia, the U.S. and China, to reach the moon. “This is the lowest-budget spacecraft to ever undertake such a mission,” an IAI statement said of the $100 million project. “The superpowers who managed to land a spacecraft on the moon have spent hundreds of millions.” It added that although it was a private venture, Beresheet was a “national and historic achievement.”

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Nike's self-lacing Adapt BB shoes aren't playing well with Android phones

How do you know you’re living in the future? When your shoes have technical problems. Owners on Google Play and CNET report that Nike’s Android companion app for the self-lacing Adapt BB has some teething troubles, most notably a buggy firmware updat…

Source: Engadget – Nike’s self-lacing Adapt BB shoes aren’t playing well with Android phones

Cybersecurity Expert Questions Existence of Embedded Camera On SIA's Inflight Entertainment Systems

Vitaly Kamluk, an information security expert and a high-ranking executive of cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, went on Twitter with concerns about an embedded camera in Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) inflight entertainment systems. He tagged SIA in his post on Sunday, asking the airline to clarify how the camera is being used. Yahoo News reports: SIA quickly allayed his fears of unwanted surveillance by assuring Kamluk that the cameras have been disabled, with no plans to use them in the future. Not all of their devices sport the camera, though — SIA explained that only some of its newer inflight entertainment systems come with cameras embedded in the hardware. In another tweet, SIA affirmed that the cameras were already built in by the original equipment manufacturers in newer inflight entertainment systems. Kamluk recommended that it’s best to disable the cameras physically — with stickers, for example — to provide better peace of mind. In 2017, entertainment device developer Panasonic Avionics said it was studying how eye tracking can be used for a better passenger experience. As the report mentions, “Cameras can be used for identity recognition on planes, which in turn, would allow for in-flight biometric payment (much like Face ID on Apple devices) and personalized services.”

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Source: Slashdot – Cybersecurity Expert Questions Existence of Embedded Camera On SIA’s Inflight Entertainment Systems

Pixar's Emotional New Short Will Make a Pet Lover Out of You

Those of us who have them know that pets are basically like best friends who are guaranteed to never desert you, and will always do their best to make you feel better when times are rough. That’s a big part of what makes it difficult to see people who abuse animals.

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Source: Gizmodo – Pixar’s Emotional New Short Will Make a Pet Lover Out of You

Companies Halt YouTube Ads Following Reports of Commenter Pedophile Network

Companies are pulling their advertising campaigns from YouTube amid reports that a network of pedophiles is openly operating in the comments sections of videos of young children, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Disney and Nestlé are among those who have reportedly yanked spending after a YouTube video surfaced the…

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Source: Gizmodo – Companies Halt YouTube Ads Following Reports of Commenter Pedophile Network

Britain and Germany Will Not Ban Huawei, Citing Lack of Spying Evidence

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes from a report via Reuters: Despite persistent U.S. allegations of Chinese state spying, Britain said it is able to manage the security risks of using Huawei telecom equipments and has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company, a senior official said on Wednesday. Asked later whether Washington had presented Britain with any evidence to support its allegations, he told reporters: “I would be obliged to report if there was evidence of malevolence […] by Huawei. And we’re yet to have to do that. So I hope that covers it.”

At the same time, German officials have told The Wall Street Journal that the country has made a “preliminary decision” to allow Huawei to bid on contracts for 5G networking. Catering to the surging populism, the U.S. has accused Huawei and other Chinese telecom equipments, along with European cars, as national security risks, even though the National Security Agency, American’s cyber spying agency, was found to have wiretapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel, conducted economic espionage against France, and hacked into Chinese networks. Earlier this week, beleaguered Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei described the continued investigations by the U.S. into the Chinese firm — including the arrest of his daughter and company CFO, Meng Wanzhou — as politically motivated.

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Source: Slashdot – Britain and Germany Will Not Ban Huawei, Citing Lack of Spying Evidence

Samsung's Galaxy S10 provides a sneak peek at WiFi's future

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10+ have a lot going for them; their luscious OLED displays, the in-screen fingerprint reader, and they each have three rear-facing camera lenses. Another interesting feature on both these phones (as well as on the lower-end…

Source: Engadget – Samsung’s Galaxy S10 provides a sneak peek at WiFi’s future

Pinterest blocks some searches to curb anti-vaccination myths

Social networks have made a number of efforts to halt the spread of anti-vaccination myths, but Pinterest recently took things a step further: it’s curbing all talk about vaccination. The site has revealed to the Wall Street Journal that it blocked…

Source: Engadget – Pinterest blocks some searches to curb anti-vaccination myths