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Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial

TheRegister - Wed, 2020-04-29 19:00
It would be rather awkward if Switchzilla's own video-link app fell over mid-proceedings, wouldn't it?

A judge has ordered Cisco to use arch-rival Zoom rather than its own video-conference offering Webex to virtually attend a patent-infringement trial.…

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Canon's New Software Will Turn Select EOS, PowerShot Cameras Into Webcams for Windows 10 PCs

Slashdot - Wed, 2020-04-29 18:30
An anonymous reader shares a report: As more and more people desire higher-quality video communication over internet while working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for webcams has increased dramatically, triggering incredibly high prices, sometimes three to four times over MSRP. And that's if you can find one at all. To help bridge a growing gap, Canon has announced the release of the EOS Webcam Utility Beta, a program for that will, with a single USB cable, turn compatible Canon EOS interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) and PowerShot cameras into dedicated webcams on PCs running the 64-bit version of Windows 10. "In unprecedented times, it's imperative for Canon to provide our customers with useful, simple and accessible solutions to assist them in whatever imaging needs they have," said Tatsuro Kano, executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group in the press release.

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Amazon To Get Exclusive NFL Games as Part of New Streaming Deal

Slashdot - Wed, 2020-04-29 18:02
The National Football League is giving Amazon exclusive rights to live games for the first time, marking a deeper push by streaming services into sports. From a report: The league announced Wednesday that it would select a Saturday game in the coming season and give Amazon the sole rights to show it outside of the two teams' home markets. The NFL schedules a handful of Saturday games late in its season, when college football's regular season is over. Amazon will also have an exclusive game in 2021 and 2022. It's part of a new three-year extension of the Thursday-night partnership between the tech giant and the world's richest sports league. Amazon and its Twitch platform will continue to have nonexclusive rights to 11 Thursday-night games a season through 2022. Those games, which are also televised on Fox and the NFL Network, will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers in more than 200 countries and territories.

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AI Cannot Be Inventors, US Patent Office Rules

Slashdot - Wed, 2020-04-29 17:32
On Monday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a decision that claims artificial intelligences cannot be inventors. Only "natural persons" currently have the right to get a patent. From a report: Last year, two relatively mundane patents -- one for a shape-shifting food container and another for an emergency flashlight -- posed an existential question for international patent regulations around the world: Does an inventor have to be a human? These two inventions were the work of DABUS, an artificial intelligence system created by physicist and AI researcher Stephen Thaler. Now, the USPTO has decided that DABUS and any other AI cannot be listed as an inventor on a patent filing. Until now, US patent law was vague about whether machines could invent, referring to "individuals" as eligible inventors. Thaler, along with a group of patent law experts, argued that because Thaler didn't have any expertise in containers or flashlights, and didn't help DABUS make the inventions, it wouldn't be right for him to be listed as the inventor.

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Ex-Cloud Foundry boss to pull strings at Puppet as CTO, says open-source software is 'more mature' and faster to evolve

TheRegister - Wed, 2020-04-29 17:03
Abby Kearns says she will continue to foster OSS culture in new role

Former Cloud Foundry exec director Abby Kearns has rocked up at Puppet as CTO, where she will direct "the company's current and future product portfolio."…

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Facebook's WhatsApp Eyes Lending Feature in India

Slashdot - Wed, 2020-04-29 16:53
WhatsApp, which began testing its mobile payments feature in India two years ago, could offer at least one more financial service to people in its biggest market. From a report: In a filing with the local regulator in India, the Facebook-owned service has listed credit as one of the areas it will pursue in the country. The Facebook -owned service declared with the local regulator earlier this month providing credit or loans as one of the "main objects to be pursued by it in the country." No other financial service is listed in the filing. At an event in Bangalore late last year, Abhijit Bose, WhatsApp's head in India, said he believed that the mobile payments market in India, which has attracted dozens of local and international firms in recent years, is still at a very early stage in the country and may eventually see firms move beyond just offering a way for people to send money to one another. WhatsApp has yet to receive approval from New Delhi for a nationwide rollout of Pay in India.

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Gilead Says Critical Study of Covid-19 Drug Shows Patients Are Responding To Treatment

Slashdot - Wed, 2020-04-29 16:51
A government-run study of Gilead's remdesivir, perhaps the most closely watched experimental drug to treat the novel coronavirus, showed that the medicine is effective against Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. From a report: Gilead made the announcement in a statement Wednesday, stating: "We understand that the trial has met its primary endpoint." The company said that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is conducting the study, will provide data at an upcoming briefing. The finding -- although difficult to fully characterize without any data for the study -- would represent the first treatment shown to improve outcomes in patients infected with the virus that put the global economy in a standstill and killed at least 218,000 people worldwide. During an appearance alongside President Trump in the Oval Office, Anthony Fauci, the director of NIAID, said the data are a "very important proof of concept" and that there was reason for optimism, but cautioned the data were not a "knockout." Over the past few weeks, there have been conflicting reports about the potential benefit of remdesivir, a drug that was previously tried in Ebola. As previously reported by STAT, an early peek at Gilead's study in severe Covid-19 patients, based on data from a trial at a Chicago hospital, suggested patients were doing better than expected on remdesivir. Days later, a summary of results from a study in China showed that patients on the drug did not improve more than those in a control group.

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We need you, <i>Reg</i> IT pros: How are you modernizing your databases in a hybrid world?

TheRegister - Wed, 2020-04-29 16:00
Clue us in so we can better understanding the challenges and opportunities you face

Reader survey Relational database systems are in many ways the workhorses of IT. But how are they holding up in the modern age?…

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Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and cloud-based IoT gear bricked by vendors. Looking at you, Belkin

TheRegister - Wed, 2020-04-29 15:58
Ubiquitous consumer kit maker EOLs netcam. Oh, AND the cloud services that make it work

Oh look, here's another cautionary tale about buying cloud-based IoT kit. On 29 May, global peripheral giant Belkin will flick the "off" switch on its Wemo NetCam IP cameras, turning the popular security devices into paperweights.…

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US Economy Shrinks at 4.8% Pace, Signaling Start of Recession

Slashdot - Wed, 2020-04-29 15:30
The record-long U.S. economic expansion is over after almost 11 years, with what's likely to be the deepest recession in at least eight decades now under way. The world's largest economy shrank at a 4.8% annualized pace in the first quarter, the biggest slide since 2008 and the first contraction since 2014, as the need to fight the coronavirus forced businesses to close and consumers to stay home. From a report: The current quarter is likely to be far worse, with analysts expecting the economy to tumble by a record amount in data going back to the 1940s. Bloomberg Economics has projected a 37% annualized contraction, but UniCredit is the most bearish with a 65% estimate. The first-quarter downturn, reported Wednesday by the Commerce Department, was led by the steepest drop in consumer spending since 1980 and the fastest decline in business investment in almost 11 years. The worse-than-expected report reveals the wide-scale hit to U.S. output from Covid-19 and the subsequent freezing of economic activity. "It's kind of incredible when you think about the fact that the economy was running pretty much on a normal footing for over 80% of the first quarter," Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities LLC, said on Bloomberg Radio. U.S. stocks gained amid renewed hopes for a drug to fight the coronavirus, helping investors shrug off the GDP data. The dollar slipped and Treasury yields were lower.

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Virus Likely To Keep Coming Back Each Year, Say Top Chinese Scientists

Slashdot - Wed, 2020-04-29 14:50
Chinese scientists say the novel coronavirus will not be eradicated, adding to a growing consensus around the world that the pathogen will likely return in waves like the flu. From a report: It's unlikely the new virus will disappear the way its close cousin SARS did 17 years ago, as it infects some people without causing obvious symptoms like fever. This group of so-called asymptomatic carriers makes it hard to fully contain transmission as they can spread the virus undetected, a group of Chinese viral and medical researchers told reporters in Beijing at a briefing Monday. With SARS, those infected became seriously ill. Once they were quarantined from others, the virus stopped spreading. In contrast, China is still finding dozens of asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus every day despite bringing its epidemic under control. "This is very likely to be an epidemic that co-exists with humans for a long time, becomes seasonal and is sustained within human bodies," said Jin Qi, director of the Institute of Pathogen Biology at China's top.

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Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

TheRegister - Wed, 2020-04-29 14:48
Slurp everyone's details and you create a hugely valuable hacker target

A group of nearly 175 UK academics has criticised the NHS's planned COVID-19 contact-tracing app for a design choice they say could endanger users by creating a centralised store of sensitive health and travel data about them.…

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Google Meet One-ups Zoom With Free 60-Minute Meetings For Consumers

Slashdot - Wed, 2020-04-29 14:14
Google Meet, the video conferencing tool formerly known as Google Hangouts Meet, is arriving for consumers "over the coming weeks." Until now, Google Meet was only available to business and education users via G Suite. Anyone with a Google Account will be able to start, join, and schedule a Google Meet call for free "starting in early May." From a report: But there are some limitations: Meet video calls can have up to 100 participants and last up to 60 minutes. Google will start to enforce the time limit restriction on September 30. On Alphabet's Q1 2020 earnings call yesterday, CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that Google Meet passed 100 million daily active users (DAUs) last week and is adding "roughly" 3 million new users every day. That's still a far cry from Zoom's 300 million DAUs, but at least it's on the same order of magnitude.

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RetroPie 4.6 brings forth an answer to 'What do I do with this Pi 4 I bought last year?'

TheRegister - Wed, 2020-04-29 14:07
Fans of creaky old hardware can relive their misspent IT youth

Bought a Raspberry Pi 4 and left the poor thing mouldering in your gadget drawer? We have news – RetroPie has unleashed version 4.6 of its popular emulator suite.…

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Arm dumps risk for CISC – Chip Indies Skip Costs: Early-stage startups can pay $0 to access CPU, GPU blueprints

TheRegister - Wed, 2020-04-29 13:00
Who said open-source alternatives? Haha, no one here said it, you must have imagined it

Arm hopes to entice early-stage chip-designing startups into licensing its blueprints – by slashing the cost of entry to zero.…

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The ACLU Wants To Know Why Facebook Beat a 2018 Wiretap Case

Slashdot - Wed, 2020-04-29 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Facebook in 2018 beat back federal prosecutors seeking to wiretap its encrypted Messenger app. Now the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to find out how. The entire proceeding was confidential, with only the result leaking to the press. Lawyers for the ACLU and the Washington Post on Tuesday asked a San Francisco-based federal court of appeals to unseal the judge's decision, arguing the public has a right to know how the law is being applied, particularly in the area of privacy. "It's already publicly known that the Justice Department can't wiretap Facebook's messaging services," Jennifer Granick, an attorney representing the ACLU, told the judges. "What isn't known is the reason why." The three judges didn't tip their hand at the hearing conducted by video conference and said they would rule at a later date. "The Facebook case stems from a federal investigation of members of the violent MS-13 criminal gang. Prosecutors tried to hold Facebook in contempt after the company refused to help investigators wiretap its Messenger app, but the judge ruled against them," adds Bloomberg. "If the decision is unsealed, other tech companies will likely try to use its reasoning to ward off similar government requests in the future."

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Family meeting! Chocolate Factory makes its business-like video-chat service free to anyone with a Google account

TheRegister - Wed, 2020-04-29 12:03
Oh goody. Yet another tech support channel for relatives to abuse

Google is making its Meet video-chat service free to anyone who wants it, as long as you have a Google account.…

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Oscars Relax 2020 Eligibility Rules in Boost for Streamed Movies

Slashdot - Wed, 2020-04-29 12:00
The group behind the Oscars is relaxing the rules for this year's movies because of the coronavirus shutdown, allowing films that premiered on streaming platforms to compete for the industry's most-coveted prizes. From a report: The change applies only to movies that had a previously planned theatrical release and only for the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards, scheduled for Feb. 28. The old rules will be back once theaters reopen, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said Tuesday. Rule changes for Oscars are rare, and the guidelines for competing have been the source of controversy as streaming platforms such as Netflix pour billions of dollars into feature films and seek to compete for top Hollywood awards. Normally, movies must premiere in a theater in Los Angeles County and show for seven consecutive days, playing at least three times a day, to be considered for Oscars, including best picture.

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Some big boots to Phil: HPE says bye to globo sales exec who is heading for a land down under

TheRegister - Wed, 2020-04-29 11:21
Phil Davis ups sticks, takes new job that lets him emigrate to family in Australia

In a seemingly abrupt departure, HPE has confirmed that Phil Davis, who runs its Hybrid IT division and the ultimately the global sales team, is leaving at the end of the week for new pastures down under.…

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Long after Linux, Windows Server Containers finally arrive on Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service

TheRegister - Wed, 2020-04-29 10:45
Generally available, but will never reach parity with Linux on Kubernetes

Microsoft's Windows Server Containers is now generally available on its Azure Kubernetes Service, three years after AKS's launch.…

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