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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 865+: Breaking the 3GHz Threshold

Today at 00:40 AM, via Slashdot

Today, Qualcomm is announcing an update to its extremely successful Snapdragon 865 SoC: the new Snapdragon 865+. AnandTech reports: The new Snapdragon 865+ is a new binned variant of the [Snapdragon 865] with higher peak frequencies on the part of the “prime” CPU as well as the GPU, promising +10% performance on both aspects. Whilst in relative terms the new chipset’s +10% clock improvement...

Google Open Sources Trademarks With the Open Usage Commons

Today at 00:02 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Google has announced it is launching a new organization, Open Usage Commons (OUC), to host the trademarks for three of its most important new open-source projects. These are Angular, a web application framework for mobile and desktop; Gerrit, a web-based team code-collaboration tool; and Istio, a popular open mesh platform to connect, manage, and...

Indigenous Americans had contact with Polynesians 800 years ago, DNA reveals

Yesterday at 23:42 PM, via The Guardian

Study shows groups crossed vast ocean in about the year 1200 Proof of encounter found in DNA of present-day populations

Indigenous Americans and Polynesians bridged vast expanses of open ocean around the year 1200 and mingled, leaving incontrovertible proof of their encounter in the DNA of present-day populations, new studies have revealed.

Whether peoples from what is today Colombia or...

Google Scrapped Cloud Initiative in China, ‘Sensitive Markets’

Yesterday at 23:25 PM, via Slashdot

Google abandoned plans to offer a major new cloud service in China and other politically sensitive countries due in part to concerns over geopolitical tensions and the pandemic, Blloomberg reported Wednesday, citing two employees familiar with the matter, revealing the challenges for U.S. tech giants to secure business in those markets. From a report: In May, the search giant shut down the...

Thousands of Contracts Highlight Quiet Ties Between Big Tech and US Military

Yesterday at 22:05 PM, via Slashdot

Over the past two years, thousands of tech company employees have taken a stand: they do not want their labor and technical expertise to be used for projects with the military or law enforcement agencies. Knowledge of such contracts, however, hasn’t been easy for tech workers to come by. From a report: On Wednesday, newly published research from the technology accountability nonprofit Tech...

Warning of Serious Brain Disorders in People With Mild Coronavirus Symptoms

Yesterday at 21:24 PM, via Slashdot

Doctors may be missing signs of serious and potentially fatal brain disorders triggered by coronavirus, as they emerge in mildly affected or recovering patients, scientists have warned. From a report: Neurologists are on Wednesday publishing details of more than 40 UK Covid-19 patients whose complications ranged from brain inflammation and delirium to nerve damage and stroke. In some cases, the...

Too Little, Too Late: Facebook’s Oversight Board Won’t Launch Until ‘Late Fall’

Yesterday at 20:46 PM, via Slashdot

Facebook has announced that the limp “Oversight Board” intended to help make difficult content and policy decisions will not launch until “late fall,” which is to say, almost certainly after the election. You know, the election everyone is worried Facebook’s inability to police itself will serious affect. From a report: On Twitter, the board explained that as much as it would like to...

Mozilla Suspends Firefox Send Service While It Addresses Malware Abuse

Yesterday at 20:01 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has temporarily suspended the Firefox Send file-sharing service as the organization investigates reports of abuse from malware operators and while it adds a “Report abuse” button. The browser maker took down the service today after ZDNet reached out to inquire about Firefox Send’s increasing prevalence in current malware operations. Since last year, several...

Google and Canonical Bring Flutter Apps To Linux and the Snap Store

Yesterday at 19:24 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: Google is partnering with the Ubuntu Desktop team at Canonical to bring Linux support to its open source UI framework Flutter. Today’s Linux alpha announcement also means Flutter developers can now deploy their apps to the Snap Store. Flutter group product manager Tim Sneath argues this is a big milestone because UI frameworks rarely become versatile and powerful...

Evidence for wearing face masks is clear | Letter

Yesterday at 18:51 PM, via The Guardian

Research strongly supports the importance of face coverings in a variety of contexts, says Dominic Abrams

You report that evidence from scientists supports the wearing of face masks, and describe the case as being supported by the president of the Royal Society, Venki Ramakrishnan (No 10 must promote face mask use more forcefully, experts warn, 7 July). Your report, however, gives the...

MIT and Harvard Sue DHS and ICE Over International Student Rule

Yesterday at 18:47 PM, via Slashdot

Shag writes: Two days after US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said international students must leave the US if their fall classes will be taught entirely online, MIT and Harvard are suing ICE and the Department of Homeland Security. “ICE is unable to offer the most basic answers about how its policy will be interpreted or implemented,” said former international student L. Rafael...

Brooks Brothers Files For Bankruptcy

Yesterday at 18:13 PM, via Slashdot

Brooks Brothers, the 200-year-old menswear retailer that has dressed 40 US presidents and unofficially became the outfitter of Wall Street bankers, has filed for bankruptcy. From a report: The privately held company had been struggling as business attire grew more casual in recent years. But it has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, which sent demand for suits plummeting. Many...

Scientists join forces to investigate airborne risk of coronavirus

Yesterday at 17:27 PM, via The Guardian

WHO adviser says results from well-designed studies needed before it changes its advice

Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage

A major research effort is underway to understand whether Covid-19 can spread through tiny airborne particles that are released by infected people and remain suspended in the air for hours.

Scientists are working alongside sanitary engineers at the...

Twitter is Working on a Subscription Platform Codenamed Gryphon

Yesterday at 17:22 PM, via Slashdot

Twitter is working on a new subscription platform under the codename Gryphon, according to two online job postings. From a report: A remote contractor position listed on LinkedIn is seeking a backend Scala software engineer to work for Gryphon, a team that is split across Twitter hubs in San Francisco, New York, and London. According to the post, Gryphon constitutes a mixture of frontend and...

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