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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Launched

New submitter stikves writes: The Raspberry foundation has launched an incremental update to the Raspberry Pi 3 model B: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ . In addition to slight increase (200MHz) in CPU speed,

Demand For Programmers Hits Full Boil as US Job Market Simmers

When the American job market heats up, demand for technology talent boils, an anonymous reader writes citing a Bloomberg report. From the story: Nationally, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in

Google Will Ban All Cryptocurrency-related Advertising

Google is cracking down on cryptocurrency-related advertising. From a report: The company is updating its financial services-related ad policies to ban any advertising about cryptocurrency-related

Extreme Winter Weather In the US Linked To a Warming Arctic

A new study shows how global climate change can have ripple effects at the local level. According to the research, extreme winter weather is two to four times more likely in the eastern U.S. when the

Google's New 'Plus Codes' Are An Open Source, Global Alternative To Street Addresses

Google has developed a "simple and consistent addressing system that works across India and globally." Called "Plus Codes," the location-based digital addressing system is designed for people with

UFO Disclosure Group Releases Newest Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet UFO Encounter Video

alaskana98 writes: CNN and other media outlets are reporting that the "To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science" group has released the third in a series of videos purportedly showing an encounter

Stephen Hawking, Who Examined the Universe and Explained Black Holes, Dies at 76

Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an

New York's Subway Is Slow Because They Slowed Down the Trains After A 1995 Accident

According to the Village Voice, New York City's subway trains are running slower because the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is deliberately running the trains slower. The Village Voice

China's Anti-Pollution Initiative Produces Stellar Results

hackingbear writes: China has declared war on its pollution -- one of the worst on the planet -- and now appears to be winning. Popular Mechanics reports: "Over the past four years, pollution in

YouTube Will Add Information From Wikipedia To Videos About Conspiracies

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about popular conspiracy theories to provide alternative viewpoints on controversial subjects,

Mozilla Working On In-Page Popup Blocker For Firefox

Firefox is working on a blocker for annoying in-page alerts that often ask you to input your email address to receive a newsletter from the site. "The feature is still in the planning stages, but

How Your Returns Are Used Against You At Best Buy, Other Retailers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): At Best Buy, returning too many items within a short time can hurt a person's

Facebook Has Turned Into a Beast in Myanmar, UN Says

UN investigators have accused Facebook of playing a "determining role" in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. From a report: One of the team probing possible acts of genocide said

Amazon Recalls 260,000 Portable Power Banks For Fire Hazard

Amazon is recalling 260,000 AmazonBasics portable power banks that can "overheat and ignite," according to a release by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The company has received more than 50

A Chatbot Can Now Offer You Protection Against Volatile Airline Prices

The same bot, DoNotPay, that helped users overturn parking tickets and sue Equifax for small sums of money is now offering you protection against volatile airline prices. The Verge reports: Joshua

'Women At Microsoft Are Sexualized By Their Male Managers,' Lawsuit Alleges

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: According to a newly unsealed court filing, women at Microsoft who work in technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints pertaining to gender

Developers Love Trendy New Languages, But Earn More With Functional Programming: Stack Overflow's Annual Survey

Stack Overflow has released the results of its annual survey of 100,000 developers, revealing the most-popular, top-earning, and preferred programming languages. ArsTechnica: JavaScript remains the

Google and Ubisoft Are Teaming Up To Improve Online Multi-Player Video Games

Google and Ubisoft announced on Tuesday they have a new project intended to improve the performance of fast-paced, online multi-player video games. From a report: The search giant said it teamed with

Media Reports About a Massive Geomagnetic Storm Hitting Earth on March 18 Are Inaccurate, NOAA Says

Several news outlets this week are reporting that Earth is expecting a "massive magnetic storm" on March 18. Yeah, so that's not happening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Privacy-Busting Bugs Found in Popular VPN Services Hotspot Shield, Zenmate and PureVPN

A report by VpnMentor, a website which ranks VPN services, reveals several vulnerabilities in Hotspot Shield, Zenmate, and PureVPN -- all of which promise to provide privacy for their users. VpnMentor