Epic Games supports Blender Foundation with $1.2 million grant
17 hours ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • Epic Games, as part of the company’s $100 million Epic MegaGrants program, is awarding the Blender Foundation $1.2 million in cash. - www.blender.org
  • The Epic MegaGrant will be delivered incrementally over the next three years and will contribute to Blender’s Professionalizing Blender Development Initiative. - www.blender.org
  • “Having Epic Games on board is a major milestone for Blender,” said Blender Foundation founder and chairman Ton Roosendaal. - www.blender.org
  • “Open tools, libraries and platforms are critical to the future of the digital content ecosystem,” said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games. - www.blender.org

Microsoft is shutting down its internet board and card games
19 hours ago by kyle | 6 facts | 1 comments | 1 votes

  • Microsoft Internet Games services on Windows 7 will end on January 22, 2020. - answers.microsoft.com
  • Microsoft Internet Games services on Windows XP and ME will end on July 31, 2019. - answers.microsoft.com
  • Microsoft is shutting down several Internet Games for people using Windows 7 and earlier, including Backgammon, Checkers, Hearts, Reversi, Spades and MSN Go. - www.engadget.com
  • The first ones to lose access will be Windows XP and Windows ME users. - www.engadget.com
  • The servers will start shutting down on July 31st, 2019. - www.engadget.com
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India to send rover to the moon
1 day, 19 hours ago by kyle | 8 facts | 0 comments | 15 votes

  • The $142 million Chandrayaan-2 is a successor to India's first moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, which launched into lunar orbit in 2008. - www.space.com
  • India is launching a mission to send an orbiter, lander and rover to the lunar south pole. - www.space.com
  • Chandrayaan-2 and its sister craft will spend 27 days in lunar orbit before releasing the Vikram lander and its Pragyan rover. - www.space.com
  • India has called off the July 14th, 2019 launch attempt of the Chandrayaan-2 moon mission due to a "technical snag." - www.space.com
  • Chandrayaan-2 would make India only the fourth country to make a soft landing on the moon. - www.space.com
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Craigslist annual revenue is $1 billion
1 day, 22 hours ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 7 votes

  • The 50-person company is owned entirely by its founder, Craig Newmark, and CEO Jim Buckmaster. - www.cnbc.com
  • AIM estimates Craigslist brought in $1.034 billion in 2018. - www.cnbc.com

Google working on new social network called Showlace
2 days, 5 hours ago by kyle | 4 facts | 3 comments | 4 votes

  • Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120, is working on a new social networking app called Shoelace which is aimed at organizing local events and activities. - www.theverge.com
  • Android Police notes that Shoelace bears a striking similarity to Schemer, another experimental event organizing app from Google that launched in 2011. - www.androidpolice.com
  • The app finds events and meetups near you. - shoelace.nyc
  • Shoelace currently supports both Android devices (v.8.0 or newer) and iOS (v11.0) or newer. You also must have an active Google account to sign in. - shoelace.nyc

Apple restores banned parental control app OurPact to the App Store
2 days, 5 hours ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • Apple has reversed course on its ban of parental control app OurPact. - www.theverge.com
  • It allowed the ousted software to return to the App Store in its original form and without any limitations or restrictions. - www.theverge.com
  • Apple’s bans seemed to coincide with its own rollout of the built-in Screen Time parental control tool in iOS 12. - www.theverge.com
  • Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines during WWDC to allow for parental control apps using MDM (and VPN tools). - www.theverge.com

The US Army will test armored robotic vehicles in 2020
2 days, 5 hours ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 6 votes

  • The US Army says that it will conduct live-fire tests of a new Robotic Combat Vehicle next year. - www.theverge.com
  • The vehicles will be remote controlled by soldiers - www.theverge.com
  • They will leverage "the latest tech in cameras, data display, GUI, drive-by-wire capability, unmanned aerial vehicle-provided video, & advanced comms" - twitter.com

Southern California hit by earthquake
1 week, 4 days ago by john | 6 facts | 0 comments | 49 votes

  • The second earthquake released about eight times more energy than the first. - www.nytimes.com
  • A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California on July 4th, 2019. - www.latimes.com
  • A second 7.1 magnitude earthquake occured on July 6th, 2019. - www.nytimes.com
  • Los Angeles International Airport released a statement saying all runways were inspected with no reported damage to the airfield or the Sepulveda tunnel. - twitter.com
  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city experienced "no significant damage." - twitter.com
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Amazon workers launch protests on Prime Day
17 hours ago by kyle | 6 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Thousands of workers in Amazon sites around the world are staging protests about pay and conditions as the online retailer begins its annual sale. - www.bbc.com
  • Mick Rix, GMB national officer, said: "Amazon workers want Jeff Bezos to know they are people not robots. - www.bbc.com
  • Unions say that 2,000 workers are on strike in Germany, while in the US, workers in a Minnesota centre reportedly plan a six-hour stoppage. - www.bbc.com
  • William Stolz, a picker at a warehouse in the Shakopee warehouse in Minnesota, told the BBC that workers wanted "safe, reliable jobs" from Amazon. - www.bbc.com
  • "The speeds that we have to work are very physically and mentally exhausting, in some cases leading to injuries," William Stolz said. - www.bbc.com
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Bitpoint loses $32 million in hack
2 days, 5 hours ago by kyle | 3 facts | 1 comments | 4 votes

  • Japan’s Bitpoint says around 3.5 billion yen ($32 million) of funds were stolen, with 2.5 billion yen of that belonging to customers. - www.theverge.com
  • The hot wallet involved in the hack contained five cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ripple. - www.bloomberg.com
  • The company says it hasn’t detected any irregular activity or missing funds affecting cold wallets. - www.theverge.com

Facebook fined $5 billion by FTC
3 days, 22 hours ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 9 votes

  • FTC voted along party lines, with three Republican commissioners voting in favor of the settlement and two Democratic commissioners voting against it. - www.theverge.com
  • Facebook was anticipating anywhere from a $3 billion to $5 billion fine - bgr.com
  • The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Facebook over the company’s 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal. - www.cnbc.com
  • The FTC began probing Facebook in March 2018 following reports Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users. - www.cnbc.com
  • The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to approve a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook Inc. - www.wsj.com
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YouTube bans instructional hacking videos
1 week, 5 days ago by john | 2 facts | 1 comments | 42 votes

  • YouTube froze Kody Kinzie's longrunning Cyber Weapons Lab channel, citing a policy that bans "Instructional hacking". - twitter.com
  • Showing users how to bypass secure computer systems or steal user credentials and personal data is now prohibited by YouTube's community guidelines. - support.google.com

Snapchat is launching "Creator Shows"
5 days, 15 hours ago by kyle | 3 facts | 1 comments | 6 votes

  • They’ll be five-minute shorts with around 10 episodes - www.theverge.com
  • They will include celebrities like Serena Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Kevin Hart. - www.theverge.com
  • Shows include Rules of Success with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Throwback Toys with Jordyn Jones, and Chasing Clout with Spencer Pratt. - www.theverge.com

Benin, Nigeria join African Union continental free trade bloc
5 days, 22 hours ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • Niger's president Mahamadou Issoufou said, "Nigeria is Africa's biggest economy and most populous country. - en.wikinews.org
  • The agreement seeks to remove tariffs on 90 percent of commodities and better intregrate African economies. - en.wikinews.org
  • There are reportedly 1.3 billion people in the free trade area, with the combined economies of the countries worth US$3.4 trillion. - en.wikinews.org

Apple to stop using butterfly keyboards
1 week, 5 days ago by kyle | 6 facts | 1 comments | 20 votes

  • Apple is offering free repairs to customers with defective and broken butterfly keyboards. - support.apple.com
  • Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forcasts that the new 2019 MacBook air will use a traditional scissor-based instead of a butterfly mechanism. - appleinsider.com
  • People have reported issues such as non-functional keys, strange high-pitched sounds on some keys, and keys with a non-uniform feel on the butterfly keyboards. - www.macrumors.com
  • Apple ditching the butterfly mechanism used in MacBooks since 2015. - 9to5mac.com
  • Jony Ive recently left Apple to start his own design firm. - news.hoxly.com
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Poisons released by melting permafrost
1 week, 1 day ago by http | 3 facts | 0 comments | 8 votes

  • Serving as a reservoir for anthrax, permafrost may also contain Spanish flu and smallpox - www.thesun.co.uk
  • The oldest living organism, a nematode, awoke after being frozen for 41,000 years - www.washingtonpost.com
  • Pollution, anthrax - even nuclear waste - could be released by global warming - www.bbc.com

African leaders launch 55-nation trade zone
1 week, 1 day ago by john | 9 facts | 1 comments | 23 votes

  • While many transactions in Africa occur using U.S. dollars or euros, the AU announced an electronic pan-African payment system - en.wikinews.org
  • Amaka Anku, Africa analyst at Eurasia group, said the deal was a positive step but AfCFTA was still "a long way from taking off." - www.dw.com
  • The trade zone will unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc - www.dw.com
  • It took African leaders four years to reach an agreement on the continental free-trade zone - www.dw.com
  • Members have committed to eliminate tariffs on most goods, which will increase trade in the region by 15-25%. - www.nytimes.com
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S&P 500 jumps above 3,000
5 days, 23 hours ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 13 votes

  • Stocks reached record highs Wednesday after testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell bolstered the case for easier monetary policy in the U.S. - www.cnbc.com
  • The S&P 500 briefly broke above 3,000 for the first time, while the Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial Average also reached all-time highs. - www.cnbc.com
  • The S&P 500 gained 0.6% to break above 3,000 for the first time ever as the energy and tech sectors outperformed. - www.usatoday.com

Jeffrey Epstein accused of running a sex trafficking ring
1 week, 1 day ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 15 votes

  • He is registered as a sex offender in Florida under a nonprosecution agreement he signed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami. - www.cnbc.com
  • Authorities say he paid underage girls for massages and then molested them at his homes in Florida and New York in the early 2000s. - www.latimes.com
  • Epstein faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison if convicted. - www.cnbc.com
  • Federal prosecutors announced sex trafficking and conspiracy charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. - www.latimes.com
  • The girls were as young as 14 years old. - www.ibtimes.com

Ubuntu LTS adds support for the latest Nvidia driver
4 days ago by kyle | 4 facts | 1 comments | 6 votes

  • Newer Nvidia graphics drivers are now available to users of Ubuntu’s Long Term Support LTS) releases, by default, no input required. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
  • Ubuntu LTS users can now install the latest releases of the proprietary Nvidia driver through the regular Ubuntu updates channel. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
  • Made possible by the SRU (Stable Release Update) initiative which also keeps Firefox and Chromium up to date. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
  • The Nvidia 430 driver will be rolling out soon. - launchpad.net