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Why Apple Stopped Updating Over 15,000 Games in China’s App Store

Today at 03:34 AM, via Slashdot

Apple “has faced mounting pressure from the Chinese government in recent weeks to comply with local regulations, including that all games show proof of a government granted license,” writes Engadget. And now it’s finally come to a head, CNBC reports:Apple has blocked updates on tens of thousands of revenue-generating iPhone games on its App Store in China amid rising tensions between Washington...

Coronavirus live news: India sees record new cases as Texas warns of overwhelmed hospitals

Today at 01:33 AM, via The Guardian

Iran sees highest daily deaths; UK government injects £1.57bn into arts and heritage; Spain puts part of Galicia back into lockdown. Follow the latest updates

India confirms record new casesTexas mayors warn of ‘serious trouble’ as cases surge across USWHO reports record 200,000 cases in one day, amid surging outbreaksAustralia sends 500 police to contain virus in public housing high...

Amazon Stops Selling ‘Active Content’ Games in Kindle Reader’s Store

Today at 01:30 AM, via Slashdot

Once upon a time, you could play Scrabble on your black-and-white Kindle readers. Or chess or sudoko, or even solve New York Times Crossword Puzzles. Amazon’s Kindle Store had included 500 slick Java-based “Active Content” downloads… Electronic Arts even produced Kindle-specific versions of Monopoly, Yahtzee, and Battleship, while Amazon created original games with titles like Every Word and...

Woman whose NHS cancer trial was halted seeks to buy drug privately

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Psychologist was due to get life-saving NHS cancer treatment until coronavirus struck

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A psychologist denied access to a potentially life-saving cancer drug trial because NHS services were suspended due to Covid-19 is trying to raise £240,000 to buy the medicine privately.

Wendy Peake said it was “shocking, absolutely shocking”...

Hundreds of Armed US Counter-Protesters Fall for ‘Apparent Hoax’

Today at 00:00 AM, via Slashdot

Yesterday as America celebrated its Independence Day, the Washington Post reports something unusual happened at the historic Civil War battefield at Gettysburg: For weeks, a mysterious figure on social media talked up plans for antifa protesters to converge on this historical site on Independence Day to burn American flags, an event that seemed at times to border on the farcical… There would be...

Woman Who Harassed Starbucks Barista Now Wants Half the Money He Raised

Yesterday at 23:03 PM, via Slashdot

destinyland writes: Amber Lynn Gilles walked into a Starbucks without a mask, later complaining on Facebook about the server who’d asked her to wear one. (“Next time I will wait for cops and bring a medical exemption!”) She says she’s surprised by the attention “my little review” attracted. A GoFundMe campaign supporting the Starbucks barista who had to deal with her has now raised $105,450. So...

Starwatch: Venus catches the eye in the head of the Bull

Yesterday at 22:30 PM, via The Guardian

Venus is back in our sky before the sun rises, and will rise earlier as July progresses

Venus has returned to the sky. Following its passage between Earth and the sun on 3 June, it can now be seen in the pre-dawn sky. The planet is bright and unmistakable lying in the eastern sky. It is currently located in the constellation of Taurus, the Bull, directly in the group of stars that marks its...

Chrome Experimental Feature Will Throttle Javascript-Timer Wakeups on Backgrounded Tabs

Yesterday at 21:54 PM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader techtsp writes: Starting with October’s release of Chrome 86, the web browser will offer a way to limit JavaScript timer wake ups in background web pages to one wake up per minute, restricting the execution of certain background tasks — for example, checking if the scroll position changed, reporting logs, and analyzing interactions with ads. Google plans to achieve this...

How Crowdfunding Transformed Tabletop Board Games

Yesterday at 20:43 PM, via Slashdot

The board game Frosthaven has become Kickstarter’s “most-funded board game on the site ever, with nearly $13 million pledged toward funding the game’s development,” reports NPR. “Only two projects have ever crowdsourced more funding on the site.” NPR sees a larger trend:Frosthaven’s success seemed to exemplify a shift that has been happening in the tabletop gaming community for years: toward...

Is Slashdot the Answer to Facebook’s Fake News Problem?

Yesterday at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

David Collier-Brown led the Sun Microsystems Canada team specializing in performance and capacity planning. He later becoming a consulting systems programmer and performance engineer, as well as an O’Reilly author (co-authoring the 2003 book Using Samba). He’s also davecb, Slashdot reader #6,526, and today submitted a story headlined “Slashdot is the answer to Facebook’s ‘fake news’ problem.”...

Linus Torvalds Likes His New AMD Threadripper System

Yesterday at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

This week Linus Torvalds and Dirk Hohndel re-created their keynote conversation for a special all-virtual edition of the Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux Conference North America. ZDNet reports:While COVID-19 has slowed down many technologies, while speeding up other tech developments, it hasn’t affected Linux development much at all. “None of my co-developers have been hugely impacted...

It is time we made masks compulsory | Letters

Yesterday at 18:07 PM, via The Guardian

Countries where face mask use is widespread have seen fewer Covid-19 deaths, writes Prof David Smith, while Philip Rundall thinks shops should do more to encourage customers to wear them

Your comment (Editorial, 2 July) that disparagement of face masks might have come at a cost is well illustrated by comparing different countries. In Hong Kong (population 7.45 million), a survey in March found...

200 Scientists Say WHO Ignores the Risk That Coronavirus ‘Aerosols’ Float in the Air

Yesterday at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Six months into a pandemic that has killed over half a million people, more than 200 scientists from around the world are challenging the official view of how the coronavirus spreads,” reports the Los Angeles Times:The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that you have to worry about only two types of transmission: inhaling respiratory...

Met police urged to investigate Dominic Cummings’ trip during Covid-19 lockdown

Yesterday at 17:05 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: ex-chief prosecutor’s lawyers say behaviour of Boris Johnson’s adviser warrants ‘thorough investigation’

The Metropolitan police have been urged to launch an immediate investigation into Dominic Cummings’ trip from London to Durham at the height of the coronavirus outbreak by the former chief prosecutor for north-west England.

Lawyers for Nazir Afzal have written to the Met...

Ask Slashdot: Could We Not Use DNS For a Certificate Revocation Mechanism?

Yesterday at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader dhammabum writes:As reported in the recent slashdot story, starting in September we system admins will be forced into annually updating TLS certificates because of a decision by Apple, abetted by Google and Mozilla. Supposedly this measure somewhat rectifies the current ineffective certificate revocation list system by limiting the use of compromised certificates to...

WHO underplaying risk of airborne spread of Covid-19, say scientists

Yesterday at 16:00 PM, via The Guardian

Open letter says there is emerging evidence of potential for aerosol transmission

The potential for Covid-19 to spread through airborne transmission by lingering in the air is being underplayed by the World Health Organization, a group of scientists have said.

In an open letter due to be published this week, 239 scientists from 32 countries call for greater acknowledgement of the role of...

Body Cam with Military Police Footage Sold on Ebay

Yesterday at 15:34 PM, via Slashdot

“A security researcher was able to access files on a Axon body-worn camera he purchased from eBay that had video files of Fort Huachuca Military Police officers conducting investigations and filling out paperwork,” reports the Arizona Mirror:The files were able to be extracted after the researcher, who goes by KF on Twitter, was able to remove a microSD card from the body-worn camera. KF was...

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