https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/04/25/149247/gmails-big-upgrade-featuring-new-web-app-confidential-mode-nudges-and-snooze-goes-live?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
Gmail's Big Upgrade Featuring New Web App, Confidential Mode, Nudges, and Snooze Goes Live

Google on Wednesday pushed out the biggest revamp of Gmail in years. The company is bringing to the flagship Gmail service many (but not all) of the features it trialed in Inbox for Gmail, and adding a few new ones, too. From a report: While the overhaul does usher in a new look to the Gmail web app, bringing it into the material design fold, this update is more about throwing new features into the mix than moving things around and causing confusion. G Suite -- Google's paid productivity service for businesses, which also includes Gmail -- appears to be the core focus of this update, however these features will also be made available to standard Gmail users. [...] Google is adamant that no person within the company will ever read your emails, but that doesn't mean your email content is protected from third-party infiltration. To address this, Gmail will soon offer users a dedicated "confidential mode" -- on the web and in its mobile apps -- that is designed to protect against two kinds of attacks. [...] In addition to privacy and security updates, Gmail on mobile and the web is getting a bunch of new features to help solve the perennial problem of email overload. One of those tools is "nudging," which leans on Google's AI smarts and automated processing, similar to how its spam filter works, to remind users to follow up on a message they've received. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-04-25 10:15:02
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'God of War' Is a Messy, Beguiling Take on Fantasy Violence and Toxic Masculinity

The new PlayStation 4 sequel is conflicted, both reveling in its star's violence and trying to distance itself from it.
2018-04-25 09:30:03
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/04/25/0429259/e-waste-innovator-will-go-to-jail-for-making-windows-restore-disks-that-only-worked-with-valid-licenses?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
E-Waste Innovator Will Go To Jail For Making Windows Restore Disks That Only Worked With Valid Licenses

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: California man Eric Lundgren, an electronic waste entrepreneur who produced tens of thousands of Windows restore disks intended to extend the lifespan of aging computers, lost a federal appeals court case in Miami after it ruled "he had infringed Microsoft's products to the tune of $700,000," the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Per the Post, the appeals court ruled Lundgren's original sentence of 15 months in prison and a $50,000 fine would stay, despite the software being freely available online and only compatible with valid Windows licenses: "The appeals court upheld a federal district judge's ruling that the disks made by Eric Lundgren to restore Microsoft operating systems had a value of $25 apiece, even though they could be downloaded free and could be used only on computers with a valid Microsoft license. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit initially granted Lundgren an emergency stay of his prison sentence, shortly before he was to surrender, but then affirmed his original 15-month sentence and $50,000 fine without hearing oral argument in a ruling issued April 11." All told, the court valued 28,000 restore disks he produced at $700,000, despite testimony from software expert Glenn Weadock that they were worth essentially zero. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-04-25 09:15:02
https://www.wired.com/story/handmaids-tale-season-2-current-events preview's
'Handmaid’s Tale' Season 2 Looks Eerily More Familiar Than Season 1

The writers are moving beyond Margaret Atwood's book—and into familiar territory for news junkies.
2018-04-25 08:45:02
https://games.slashdot.org/story/18/04/24/2213205/xbox-one-april-update-rolling-out-with-low-latency-mode-freesync-and-1440p-support-120hz-support-coming-in-may-update?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
Xbox One April Update Rolling Out With Low-Latency Mode, FreeSync, and 1440p Support; 120Hz Support Coming In May Update

Microsoft is rolling out a new Xbox One update that brings 1440p support for the Xbox One S and X, as well as support for AMD's FreeSync technology to allow compatible displays to sync refresh rates with Microsoft's consoles. A subsequent update in May will bring 120Hz-display refresh-rate support to the Xbox One. The Verge reports: FreeSync, like Nvidia's G-Sync, helps remove tearing or stuttering usually associated with gaming on monitors, as the feature syncs refresh rates to ensure games run smoothly. Alongside this stutter-free tech, Microsoft is also supporting automatic switching to a TV's game mode. Auto Low-Latency Mode, as Microsoft calls it, will be supported on new TVs, and will automatically switch a TV into game mode to take advantage of the latency reductions. The Xbox One will also support disabling game mode when you switch to another app like Netflix. Microsoft is also making some audio tweaks with the April update for the Xbox One. New system sounds take advantage of spatial sound to fully support surround sound systems when you navigate around. Gamers who listen to music while playing can also now balance game audio against background music right inside the Xbox Guide. Other features in this update include sharing game clips direct to Twitter, dark to light mode transitions based on sunrise / sunset, and improvements to Microsoft Edge to let you download or upload pictures, music, and videos. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-04-24 21:15:01
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/04/24/2148240/whatsapp-raises-minimum-age-in-europe-to-16-ahead-of-data-law-change?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
WhatsApp Raises Minimum Age In Europe To 16 Ahead of Data Law Change

WhatsApp is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month. The app will ask European users to confirm they are at least 16 years old when they are prompted to agree to new terms of service and a privacy policy provided by a new WhatsApp Ireland entity in the next few weeks. Reuters reports: Facebook, which has a separate data policy, is taking a different approach to teens aged between 13 and 15 in order to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law. It is asking them to nominate a parent or guardian to give permission for them to share information on the platform, otherwise they will not see a fully personalized version of the social media platform. But WhatsApp, which had more than 1.5 billion users in January according to Facebook, said in a blog post it was not asking for any new rights to collect personal information in the agreement it has created for the European Union. WhatsApp's minimum age of use will remain 13 years in the rest of the world, in line with its parent. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-04-24 20:30:01
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/04/24/2115201/sec-issues-35-million-fine-over-yahoo-failing-to-disclose-data-breach?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
SEC Issues $35 Million Fine Over Yahoo Failing To Disclose Data Breach

Altaba, the company formerly known as Yahoo, will have to pay a $35 million fine for failing to disclose a 2014 data breach in which hackers stole info on over 500 million accounts. "The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that Altaba, which contains Yahoo's remains, agreed to pay the fine to settle charges that it misled investors by not informing them of the hack until September 2016, despite known of it as early as December 2014," reports The Verge. From the report: The SEC goes on to admonish Yahoo for its failure to disclose the breach to investors, saying that the agency wouldn't "second-guess good faith exercises of judgment" but that Yahoo's decisions were "so lacking" that a fine was necessary. Yahoo isn't being fined for having poor security practices, not informing users, or really anything related to the hack happening. The SEC is just mad that investors weren't told about it, because -- as Yahoo even noted in filings to investors -- data breaches can have financial impacts and legal implications. With a breach this large, the SEC believes that was obviously a real risk. "Public companies should have controls and procedures in place to properly evaluate cyber incidents and disclose material information to investors," Jina Choi, director of the SEC's San Francisco Regional Office, said in a statement. The SEC released guidance to public companies on what to disclose about data breaches earlier this year, which could help to avoid similar situations in the future. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-04-24 18:45:02
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/18/04/24/2037204/instagram-launches-data-download-tool-to-let-you-leave?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
Instagram Launches 'Data Download' Tool To Let You Leave

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Two weeks ago TechCrunch called on Instagram to build an equivalent to Facebook's "Download Your Information feature so if you wanted to leave for another photo sharing network, you could. The next day it announced this tool would be coming and now TechCrunch has spotted it rolling out to users. Instagram's "Data Download" feature can be accessed here or through the app's privacy settings. It lets users export their photos, videos, archived Stories, profile, info, comments, and non-ephemeral messages, though it can take a few hours to days for your download to be ready. An Instagram spokesperson now confirms to TechCrunch that "the Data Download tool is currently accessible to everyone on the web, but access via iOS and Android is still rolling out." We'll have more details on exactly what's inside once my download is ready. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-04-24 18:15:02
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The Xbox One will get 120Hz support in a May software update

Games will probably have to support it to see the full benefits.
2018-04-24 17:30:02
https://it.slashdot.org/story/18/04/24/1915212/suspicious-event-hijacks-amazon-traffic-for-2-hours-steals-cryptocurrency?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed preview's
Suspicious Event Hijacks Amazon Traffic For 2 hours, Steals Cryptocurrency

Amazon lost control of some of its widely used cloud services for two hours on Tuesday morning when hackers exploited a known Internet-protocol weakness that allowed them to redirect traffic to rogue destinations, according to media reports. ArsTechnica: The attackers appeared to use one server masquerading as cryptocurrency website MyEtherWallet.com to steal digital coins from unwitting end users. They may have targeted other customers of Amazon's Route 53 service as well. The incident, which started around 6am California time, hijacked roughly 1,300 IP addresses, Oracle-owned Internet Intelligence said on Twitter. The malicious redirection was caused by fraudulent routes that were announced by Columbus, Ohio-based eNet, a large Internet service provider that is referred to as autonomous system 10297. Once in place, the eNet announcement caused some of its peers to send traffic over the same unauthorized routes. [...] Tuesday's event may also have ties to Russia, because MyEtherWallet traffic was redirected to a server in that country, security researcher Kevin Beaumont said in a blog post. The redirection came by rerouting domain name system traffic and using a server hosted by Chicago-based Equinix to perform a man-in-the-middle attack. MyEtherWallet officials said the hijacking was used to send end users to a phishing site. Participants in this cryptocurrency forum appear to discuss the scam site. Further reading: Hacker Hijacks DNS Server of MyEtherWallet to Steal $160,000 (BleepingComputer). Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2018-04-24 16:15:01