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+ - How to keep Student's Passwords Secure? 2

Submitted by bigal123
bigal123 (709270) writes "My son's school is moving more and more to online and is even assigning Chromebooks or iPads to students (depending on the grade). In some cases they may have books, but the books stay home and they have user names and passwords to the various text book sites. Then hey also have user names/passwords to several other school resources. Most all the sites are 3rd party site. So each child may have many user names (various formats) and passwords. They emphasized how these elementary kids needed to keep their passwords safe and not share them with other kids. However when asked about the kids remembering all the user names and passwords the school said they are going to have the kids write them down in a notebook. This seemed like a very bad practice for a class room and to/from home situation. Do others have good password management suggestions or suggestions for a single sign-on process (no/minimal cost) for kids in school accessing school provisioned resources?"

+ - iPhone 6 Plus case bent by casual carrying in a front pocket-> 1

Submitted by ourlovecanlastforeve
ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "Stories are pouring onto the Internet today from early adopters of the new iPhone who report that their new iPhone 6 Plus case is being deformed when it's carried in their front pocket, whereas other smartphones do not have this problem. Users point out that there appears to be a bend point in the case near where the volume keys are located."
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+ - India's Mars Orbital Mission in Mars orbit

Submitted by ajitk
ajitk (1165667) writes "Today India’s Mars Orbital Mission “Mangalyaan” (Mars craft) has been successfully inserted into Mars orbit at about 7:45 AM India time (UTC+5:30 hours). India is the latest of four nations to have launched successful Mars missions (others being NASA, the Soviet space program and the European Space Agency). The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) can be proud of achieving this success on its first attempt (, and with the lowest cost of $45m ( Mission updates are available at"

+ - Are all the User Interface designers on LSD?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "First it was KDE abandoning the desktop folder metaphor for plasmoids. They brought it back for us unwashed Luddites. Then it was Unity and GNOME 3. Gnome Classic, Cinnamon, and Mate saved the day. Finally the abomination known as Windows 8 (I do have customers). Sigh of relief is available with 'Classic Shell' and others. But really. What's the deal with gutting a known UI from the ground up and replacing it with something that only a mother (on LSD) could love? Is there some UI book that got popular while those of us not in the UI tower weren't looking? What's happening?"

+ - Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration with Gmail

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Back in 2012, Google had made it mandatory for new Gmail users to simultaneously create Google+ (G+) accounts. This is no longer so. Following the departure of G+ founder Vic Gundotra in April 2014, Google has been quietly decoupling its social media site from its other services. First, YouTube was freed, then Google+ Photos. Now, anyone who wants to create a new Gmail account unencumbered with a G+ profile can also do so."

+ - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has finally been released for Linux two years after its Windows debut. The game is reported to work even on the open-source Intel Linux graphics drivers, but your mileage may vary. When it comes to the AMD and NVIDIA drivers, NVIDIA continues dominating for Linux gaming over AMD with Catalyst where there's still performance levels and other OpenGL issues."
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+ - A&E Network: Disabling Video On Demand Fast-Forward Is Good

Submitted by QuietLagoon
QuietLagoon (813062) writes ""A study commissioned by A+E Networks concluded fast-forward disabling did not have any “adverse effects” to the program viewing experience via Video On Demand, nor did it negatively impact intent to continue using VOD."

Apparently, the Video On Demand viewers enjoy watching commercials, and do not mind the removal of the ability to fast forward past those commercials."

+ - Microsoft: Bye-bye, robotics

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Little known fact about the recent round of Microsoft layoffs is that it eliminated its entire Robotics research lab in Redmond. This is bizarre, considering that the company was the largest corporate sponsor at International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2014. in Chicago, presenting papers and Running an indoor navigation challenge. The surprise news came even before the conference was over."

+ - A Deep Web Service Will Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "With all the conspiracy theories surrounding some high-profile deaths in recent years, how can you, theoretical whistleblower with highly sensitive documents, be assured that your information gets leaked if you're murdered in some government conspiracy? A new dark web service says it's got your back.
'Dead Man Zero' [deep web link] claims to offer potential whistleblowers a bit more peace of mind by providing a system that will automatically publish and distribute their secrets should they die, get jailed, or get injured."

+ - Former NBA Player Arrested For Stealing $14,000 Worth Of Apple Products->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "Police discovered Rex Chapman, the former Kentucky Wildcats star and NBA player, had stolen over $14,000 worth of goods from an Apple Store in Scottsdale, Ariz., and offloaded the lifted items at a nearby pawn shop. Chapman was arrested Friday on nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking stolen property. According to police, Chapman, 46, repeatedly visited the Apple Store in the Scottsdale Quarter retail center and made it seem like he was paying for items with his iPhone’s Apple Store application, which contains a self-checkout system called 'Easy Pay' so customers can buy Apple products without an employee. Chapman, however, would then leave the store without actually paying for the items, and visit a local pawn shop to exchange the goods for cash. Police said these occurrences happened over period of 'a few months.'"
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+ - People Are Charging Their iPhone 6 In The Microwave After Falling For Hoax->

Submitted by Diggester
Diggester (2492316) writes "Folks at 4Chan seem to have successfully trolled plenty of Apple iPhone owners. Some witty people spread the rumour that the new iPhone can now be charged in any microwave courtesy of the new and improved iOS 8. They decided to name this ‘hot’ feature the Apple Wave which was said to be a super-fast way of charging the device. It’s obvious how cleanly they went about advertising it the ‘Apple’ way."
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+ - iOS 8 alt keyboard round-up

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Android users have always had the ability to switch the native keyboard software on their devices. But iOS 8 finally brings that feature to iPhone users. TechCrunch has rounded up a neat selection of alternative keyboard apps for iDevice users to wrap their fingers around."

+ - Netropolitan Is A Facebook For The Affluent, And It's Only $9000 To Join->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Facebook has become too crowded and too mundane. With around 1.3 billion Facebook users, it's understandable to be overwhelmed by everything and want to get away from it all. However, unlike Facebook which is looking to connect everyone to the internet, there is a new site called Netropolitan that focuses more on exclusivity and privacy. The site was founded by composer and former conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra James Touchi-Peters who wanted to provide a social media site for affluent and accomplished individuals. People wishing to join need only pay a mere $9,000 to join. Of that amount, $6,000 is the initiation fee and the remaining $3,000 is for the annual membership fee which users will continue to pay. So what does the initiation and annual fee get you? For starters, Netropolitan will offer an ad-free experience and will not promote any kind of paid promotions to its members. However, it will allow the creation of groups by businesses in which members can advertise to each other under certain guidelines. $9K just to join? There must be another hook..."
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+ - Mozilla Labs Closed And Nobody Noticed->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "When Google Labs closed there was an outcry. How could an organization just pull the rug from under so many projects?
At least Google announced what it was doing. Mozilla, it seems since there is no official record, just quietly tiptoes away — leaving the lights on since the Mozilla Labs Website is still accessible. It is accessible but when you start to explore the website you notice it is moribund with the last blog post being December 2013 with the penultimate one being September 2013.
The fact that it is gone is confirmed by recent blog posts and by the redeployment of the people who used to run it. The projects that survived have been moved to their own websites. It isn't clear what has happened to the Hatchery -the incubator that invited new ideas from all and sundry.
One of the big advantages of open source is the ease with which a project can be started. One of the big disadvantages of open source is the ease with which projects can be allowed to die — often without any clear cut time of death. It seems Mozilla applies this to groups and initiatives as much as projects. This isn't good."

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