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Remote Work is Going To Keep Increasing, Study Says

Freelancing website Upwork has published its annual Future Workforce Report, which explores hiring behaviors of over 1,000 U.S. managers. It finds: As companies struggle to fill the skills gap,

Microsoft To Offer Governments Local Version of Azure Cloud Service

Microsoft on Monday said it will soon make it possible for government clients to run its cloud technology on their own servers as part of a concerted effort to make Azure more appealing to local and

The Oscar-Winning Special Effects of Blade Runner 2049

On Sunday, 'Blade Runner 2049' won the Oscar for the movie with the best visual effects. BBC spoke to Richard Hoover, the visual effects supervisor at Framestore which was one of the companies

Mysterious $15,000 'GrayKey' Promises To Unlock iPhone X For The Feds

Thomas Fox-Brewster, reporting for Forbes: Just a week after Forbes reported on the claim of Israeli U.S. government manufacturer Cellebrite that it could unlock the latest Apple iPhone models,

Do Neural Nets Dream of Electric Sheep?

An anonymous reader shares a post: If you've been on the internet today, you've probably interacted with a neural network. They're a type of machine learning algorithm that's used for everything from

Facebook Asks Users: Should We Allow Men To Ask Children For Sexual Images?

Alex Hern, writing for The Guardian: Facebook has admitted it was a "mistake" to ask users whether paedophiles requesting sexual pictures from children should be allowed on its website. On Sunday, the

China's Xiaomi Confirms It Will Enter US Smartphone Market By the End of This Year or Early Next Year

Sensing an opening, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi says it plans to enter the U.S. smartphone market in late 2018 or 2019. From a report: The news comes just several weeks after rival Huawei, which

Windows Phone 8.1 Users Are Having Trouble Downloading Apps From the Store

An anonymous reader shares a report: While Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows Phone 8.1 more than six months ago, there are some users that still utilize the platform as their daily

Tencent's WeChat Hits 1 Billion Milestone as Lunar New Year Boosts Monthly Active Users

WeChat hit the milestone of one billion monthly active users during the Lunar New Year in February, a "remarkable number" according to Tencent Holdings chief executive Pony Ma Huateng who disclosed

Google Fiber Is a Faint Echo of the Disruption We Were Promised

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Some eight years on and Google Fiber's ambitions are just a pale echo of the disruptive potential originally proclaimed by the company. While

Levi Strauss Replaces Human Sanding With Automated Lasers

_Sharp'r_ writes: Stressing jeans used to require 300 to 400 workers with sandpaper all day. Now Levi Strauss does a better job by shooting their new jeans with computer-guided lasers in intricate

Thieves Steal 600 Powerful Bitcoin-Mining Computers In Iceland

The Associated Press reports of a Bitcoin heist in Iceland where thieves stole some 600 computers used to "mine" bitcoin and other virtual currencies. "Some 11 people were arrested, including a

New LTE Attacks Can Snoop On Messages, Track Locations, and Spoof Emergency Alerts

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A slew of newly discovered vulnerabilities can wreak havoc on 4G LTE network users by eavesdropping on phone calls and text messages, knocking devices

Ask Slashdot: Best To-Do/Task List Software?

Albanach writes: Despite searching, I have not identified a good solution for managing to-do lists, a problem that can't be unique or unusual. For a variety of reasons, I need something I host myself,

GitHub Survived the Biggest DDoS Attack Ever Recorded

A 1.35 terabit-per-second DDoS attack hit GitHub all at once last Wednesday. "It was the most powerful distributed denial of service attack recorded to date -- and it used an increasingly popular DDoS

Bad iPhone Notches Are Happening To Good Android Phones

The Verge's Vlad Savov argues that Android smartphone manufacturers are copying the iPhone's design (specifically, the iPhone X's notch) with more speed and cynicism than ever before: I've been coming

Google's Slack Competitor 'Hangouts Chat' Comes Out of Beta

Frederic Lardinois reports via TechCrunch: Hangouts Chat, Google's take on modern workplace communication, is now generally available and is becoming a core part of G Suite. Hangouts Chat was first

Uber Challenges Study Suggesting Its Drivers Earn $3.37 Per Hour

An MIT study using data from more than 1,100 Uber and Lyft drivers concluded they're earning a median pretax profit of just $3.37 per hour. But now Reuters reports: Uber Chief Executive Dara

Diabetes Is Actually Five Separate Diseases, Research Suggests

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Scientists say diabetes is five separate diseases, and treatment could be tailored to each form. Diabetes, or uncontrolled blood sugar levels, is

Apple To Release a Cheaper MacBook Air Later This Year

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple doesn't appear to be axing its MacBook Air line, despite it being on the market for ten years. Kuo says Apple is planning to release a