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Submission + - New Star Trek TV Series Coming In 2017 (hollywoodreporter.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Star Trek is returning to television. In January, 2017, a new series will begin. The first episode will air on CBS, and subsequent episodes will appear on CBS's online platform, "All Access." "The new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966." The show will be produced by Alex Kurtzman, who produced the two recent Star Trek films in 2009 and 2013. No details have been released regarding what the show will be about, or who will star in it. CBS is currently looking for a writer to helm the show.

Submission + - New Star Trek Series to debut in 2017 (hollywoodreporter.com)

njnnja writes: CBS is going to produce a new Star Trek series to debut in January 2017. It will air on CBS' online offering, "All Access." Few details are available but it appears that it will feature new characters.

Submission + - This Battery Has Lasted 175 Years and No One Knows How (vice.com)

sarahnaomi writes: There sits, in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, a bell that has been ringing, nonstop, for at least 175 years. It's powered by a single battery that was installed in 1840. Researchers would love to know what the battery is made of, but they are afraid that opening the bell would ruin an experiment to see how long it will last.

The bell’s clapper oscillates back and forth constantly and quickly, meaning the Oxford Electric Bell, as it’s called, has rung roughly 10 billion times, according to the university. It's made of what's called a "dry pile," which is one of the first electric batteries. Dry piles were invented by a guy named Giuseppe Zamboni (no relation to the ice resurfacing company) in the early 1800s. They use alternating discs of silver, zinc, sulfur, and other materials to generate low currents of electricity.

Submission + - Adobe hijacked, user information compromised (extremeta.com)

sfcrazy writes: Adobe switched its business model from license to subscription base, which wile make it more affordable for user also required access to critical information such as credit card which was not needed earlier. This critical user information has now fallen in the hands of cyber criminals (cracker and not hackers) who hijacked Adobe leaving behind 2.9 million affected customers.

Submission + - Adobe Compromised; All Your Codes Belong to Us (krebsonsecurity.com)

sl4shd0rk writes: Adobe Systems Inc. is expected to announce today that hackers broke into its network and stole source code for an as-yet undetermined number of software titles, including its ColdFusion Web application platform, and possibly its Acrobat family of products. The company said hackers also accessed nearly three million customer credit card records, and stole login data for an undetermined number of Adobe user accounts.

Submission + - Nintendo Announces New Console: Wii U (reuters.com)

_xeno_ writes: Nintendo has announced the official name for what had been known as "Project Cafe:" the Wii U. It is an HD console, it remains backwards compatibility with the Wii (it's unclear if this includes GameCube software), and the controller does, in fact, have a touch screen on it. Nintendo demoed moving a game off the TV and play it solely on the Wii U controller.

Submission + - FCC Sneaks Through Net Neutrality Regulation (reason.com)

SonicSpike writes: The FCC, led by Julius Genachowski, voted 3-2 to adopt a new set of rules governing private management of the Internet’s core infrastructure today. Thanks to a decision by Genachowski not to make the order detailing the rules public, no one outside the FCC has seen the actual order that was passed. Even those on the inside were given little time to wade through its reported complexities: Meredith Baker, who along with Genachowski is one of the FCC’s five commissioners, said in her remarks that she and her staff only received the most recent draft—the one voted on today—around 11:30 p.m. last night. Earlier this year, a federal court ruled that the FCC had no Congressionally granted authority to regulate network management. Congress hasn’t updated the agency’s authority over the Net since then, but the FCC is now saying that, well, it has the authority anyway. Genachowski’s team has come up with a different legal justification, and they’re betting that this time around they can convince a judge to buy it.
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Submission + - Fanboys silent about secret Mac OS X update (daniweb.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "What's curious to me is why Apple didn't announce they were making this update in the release notes or security advisory that came with Mac OS X 10.6.4. It's almost as if they don't want to acknowledge that there could be a malware threat on Mac OS X"

Submission + - Apple silently updates Mac malware protection (sophos.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's recent Mac OS X 10.6.4 upgrade included at least one security update that they didn't document — an update to Snow Leopard's anti-virus protection.

Sophos researchers say that Apple secretly updated the OS's rudimentary malware protection — delivered through a file called XProtect.plist — to include detection of a backdoor trojan horse known as HellRTS or OSX/Pinhead-B.

If it successfully infects a Mac, the trojan can send spam email from your Mac, take screenshots of what you are doing, access your files and clipboard.

Security bloggers at Sophos have speculated that Apple may have deliberately not announced the update to Mac OS X's anti-malware feature for "marketing reasons":

"Shh! Don't tell folks that we have to protect against malware on Mac OS X!"

Mind you, you have to wonder if Sophos is also discussing the update for marketing reasons too..


Submission + - Phantom Data Sent By Sleeping iPhones (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: Now that just about every airtime provider is rethinking its mobile data plans, with most putting an end to unlimited contracts, it looks like iPhone users are paying more attention to their bills, and in particular how much data they are using.

A large number of users in the USA and here in the UK have discovered that their iPhones are apparently sending large chunks of data during the wee small hours using the 3G network.


Submission + - Japan Successfully Deploys First Solar Sail Space (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: This morning Japanese space agency, JAXA, successfully unfurled a solar sail in space for the first time. Solar sails offer the best hope for deep space exploration because they eliminate the need to carry fuel. The Japanese spacecraft IKAROS created centrifugal force by spinning, allowing it to launch the .0003-inch-thick sail. While deployment is a challenge in a zero gravity environment, spacecraft — unlike airplanes — don’t have to contend with drag, so with each photon of light that hits the sail, the spacecraft could gather speed.

Submission + - Today Google has learned not to change their .... (wsj.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Some time ago, Coca-Cola learned that they should not change the flavour of Coke. Today Google has learned that the simplicity of their homepage (including the white background) is something that Google Users value the most. Branding is essential, and definetely trying to look like Bing is not a good thing for Google.

Submission + - Google adds background 1

thepike writes: The Google homepage has added a background feature, similar to bing. You can customize it, but there isn't a choice to opt out of it and go with the simple white background of before. The Google product ideas page is full of complaints.

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