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  • Man survives shotgun attack after his iPhone takes brunt of blast

    05/22/2015 4:13:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    ITV Reports ^ | May 22, 2015
    Man survives shotgun attack after his iPhone takes brunt of blast A man miraculously survived being shot near his home with a sawn-off shotgun when his iPhone took the brunt of the blast. The victim's iPhone took the majority of the blast from the shotgun The victim's mobile phone took the majority of the blast from the shotgun. Credit: Cheshire Police The 25-year-old victim sustained serious injuries to his abdomen but managed to get up and head back to his block of flats where emergency services were called. Ryan Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder at Chester...
  • @POTUS, Obama's Twitter Debut, Faces Racist Backlash

    05/22/2015 11:41:36 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    NBC ^ | May 22, 2015 | Halimah Abdullah
    It didn't take long for President Barack Obama's joyous inaugural post about joining the Twitterverse to attract vitriolic, profane, lewd and racist posts filled with slurs and threats. One post is a Vine of an animated version of the president engaged in a lewd act. Another asked the president to participate in a graphic sexual act. Other posts directed racist slurs at the president. One person altered a version of the president's famous "Hope" campaign poster to depict the president hanging from a rope. The post read: "We need 'ROPE' FOR CHANGE we still hang from treason don't we?" The...
  • Netgear and ZyXEL Confirm NetUSB Flaw

    05/21/2015 10:39:51 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    Computerworld ^ | May 21, 2015 9:42 AM PT | Lucian Constantin
    ... Networking device manufacturers ZyXEL Communications and Netgear have confirmed that some of their routers are affected by a recently disclosed vulnerability in a USB device-sharing service called NetUSB. ZyXEL will begin issuing firmware updates in June, while Netgear plans to start releasing patches in the third quarter of the year. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2015-3036, is located in a Linux kernel module called NetUSB that's commonly used in routers and other embedded devices. The module is developed by a Taiwan-based company called KCodes Technology and allows routers to share USB devices with other computers via the Internet Protocol (IP)....
  • Flawed Android factory reset leaves crypto and login keys ripe for picking - LINK ONLY

    05/21/2015 7:46:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Ars Technica — LINK ONLY | May 21, 2015 | by Dan Goodin
    An estimated 630 million phones fail to purge contacts, e-mails, images, and more. LINK ONLY DUE TO COPYRIGHT LIMITATIONS: Ars Technica — Flawed Android factory reset leaves crypto and login keys ripe for picking
  • Astronomer Royal Martin Rees: How soon will robots take over the world?

    05/21/2015 5:43:35 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 62 replies ^ | May 21. 2015 | By Martin Rees
    An explosion in artificial intelligence has sent us hurtling towards a post-human future, warns Martin Rees
  • New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

    05/21/2015 2:59:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | May 21, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    Smoother and more stable, but Start menu and tablet issues remain Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10, named 10122, which includes an effort to fix file association hijacking, where a newly installed application becomes the default for opening documents with a particular extension, such as PDF, docx, jpg or MP3. In Windows 10, neither desktop nor Universal (UAP) apps will be able to show a dialog prompting the user to change default file associations. Instead, users get a prompt when they next open a document of a type handled by a newly installed app. The prompt defaults...
  • 'Glorious Leader!': Kim Jong Un to Star in His Own Video Game

    05/21/2015 8:26:44 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 24 replies
    ABC ^ | May 15, 2015 | LOU DUBOIS
    f you've always dreamed of being a dictator, get ready to check that one off the list. Atlanta-based gaming and entertainment studio Moneyhorse Games has created a retro style side-scrolling video game that will soon be released for PC's and mobile devices, starring none other than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
  • Woman Says Her Wi-Fi Connection Is Making Her Sick

    05/21/2015 6:30:30 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 05/20/15
    From using cell phones and computers to watching movies online, wireless technology has made life easier. But now, some say there is a serious downside. As CBS2’s Maurice Dubois explained, there are those who claim that exposure to wi-fi is making people sick, and some people don’t even know it. “Brain fog. That’s my worst problem. A brain fog,” Suzanne Hoyt said. Hoyt said that nothing prepared her for the rush of symptoms that she suddenly developed. “Headaches, perspiration, pain in my jaws and my heart. It’s like physical expansion of the heart,” she said. Hoyt said it all started...
  • Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1

    05/21/2015 1:53:39 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Tuesday, May 20, 2015
    Apple has just released Watch OS 1.0.1 which includes performance improvements and bug fixes including the following: Improved performance for: • Siri • Measuring stand activity • Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts • Distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts • Accessibility • Third party appsDisplay support for new Emoji charactersAdditional language support for: • Brazilian Portuguese • Danish • Dutch • Swedish • Russian • Thai • TurkishFor information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: Update, launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. In My Watch > General, go to Software Update.Make sure your Apple Watch is: • In range...
  • Critical vulnerability in NetUSB driver exposes millions of routers to hacking

    05/20/2015 9:48:26 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 13 replies ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lucian Constantin
    Millions of routers and other embedded devices are affected by a serious vulnerability that could allow hackers to compromise them. The vulnerability is located in a service called NetUSB, which lets devices connected over USB to a computer be shared with other machines on a local network or the Internet via IP (Internet Protocol). The shared devices can be printers, webcams, thumb drives, external hard disks and more. NetUSB is implemented in Linux-based embedded systems, such as routers, as a kernel driver. The driver is developed by Taiwan-based KCodes Technology. Once enabled, it opens a server that listens on TCP...
  • Walmart anti Union video leaked to the internet (9:03)

    05/20/2015 9:22:47 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    Mirror Ninja ^ | 5/20/2015 | Mirror Ninja
    Video Link Here
  • Adblock Plus launches Adblock Browser: Firefox for Android with built-in ad blocking

    05/20/2015 8:39:29 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    VB - VentureBeat ^ | May 20, 2015 1:00 AM | Emil Protalinski
    ... Adblock Plus already has a Firefox for Android add-on, though it requires installing two apps and setting them up. The company also has an Android app that blocks in-app ads, but it only works on Wi-Fi connections and has to be sideloaded and hooked up to a proxy. In other words, Adblock Plus isn’t easy to use on mobile. Adblock Browser is supposed to change that. “This is the first time we’ve really gone with a solution that is completely ours,” communications manager Ben Williams told VentureBeat. Adblock Browser wasn’t exactly written from the ground up. The team used...
  • LogJam leaves browsers vulnerable to MiTM attack

    05/20/2015 8:25:10 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    iTnews AUS ^ | May 21, 2015 5:53 AM (AUS) | Doug Drinkwater
    ... Researchers have discovered a new security flaw that could affect tens of thousands of HTTPS websites, mail servers and other services by allowing attackers to downgrade the Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections to 512-bit export-grade cryptography to crack that connection and read any data being transmitted. Dubbed LogJam, researchers from Microsoft, John Hopkins University, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and the Inria Nancy-Grand Est research in France, discovered the flaw some months ago, and have subsequently informed browser makers about the issue, who are currently patching. The research team has published a technical paper (pdf) and built a...
  • Safari (Apple browser) URL-spoofing vuln reveals how fanbois can be led astray

    05/20/2015 8:05:38 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | May 20, 2015 | Alexander J Martin
    A recently published exploit for the Safari browser demonstrates a URL spoofing mechanism which might convince users they are visiting a legitimate website, when they are actually visiting another site which may be phishing their details. Deusen researchers have disclosed a vulnerability which may be exploited by hackers to hijack user accounts on a range of websites, from social media to banking. The proof-of-concept invites users to visit what appears to be the Daily Mail website – however, a script will execute the loading of another URL before the page users are directed to can be displayed. Tested using Safari...
  • Tabloid news website Ratter lays off entire editorial staff

    05/20/2015 2:44:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies ^ | 5/20/15 | Greta Kaul
    Ratter, a fledgling media company that sought to turn local tabloid-style reporting into viral national news, laid off its entire editorial staff Wednesday. The startup, which hired staffers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles since its launch last November, let go “every single byline that was on that site,” founder A.J. Daulerio said. But “It’s not shutting down,” according to Daulerio. Despite its small size — before the lay-offs Ratter only had four full-time writers — the company had garnered media attention. That’s mainly because of the pedigree of its founder, A.J. Daulerio, a Gawker Media veteran best known...
  • Shedding new light on 175-year-old principle: New class of swelling magnets ... energize the world

    05/20/2015 11:06:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-20-2015 | Provided by Temple University
    A new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting, has been discovered by researchers at Temple University and the University of Maryland. The researchers, Harsh Deep Chopra, professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Temple, and Manfred Wuttig, professor of materials science and engineering at Maryland, published their findings, "Non-Joulian Magnetostriction," in the May 21st issue of the journal, Nature. This transformative breakthrough has the potential to not only displace existing technologies but create altogether new applications due to the unusual combination of magnetic...
  • Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer's disease

    05/20/2015 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05/20/15
    University of Montreal study finds video game players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain Millions of boys could be at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and other mental illnesses in later life through playing action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed, according to new research. Scientists say players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain called the caudate nucleus, which leads to loss of grey matter in the hippocampus. Previous studies have shown reduced volume in the hippocampus, which controls memory, learning and emotion, is associated with neurological and...
  • If you type the N-word into a Google maps search, you get the White House

    05/20/2015 7:57:40 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies ^ | 5-20-15 | unattributed
    A Google Maps user edited the site’s search function allowing terms including “n***** king” and “n***a house” to show results for the White House. "Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused," a Google spokesperson said to the Washington Post Tuesday. "Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly." However, as of Wednesday morning, the search and results still come back. Because of pranks like this Google has suspended user edits to Google Maps for now.
  • Even with free annual upgrades, Apple faces stubborn OS X fragmentation

    05/19/2015 7:50:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    Computerworld ^ | May 19, 2015 | By Gregg Keizer
    Mac laggards signal difficulty of matching PC upgrade results with mobile's homogenization Although Apple has done a better job of moving its Mac users along with each new operating system than has rival Microsoft, the Cupertino, Calif. company has been unable to eradicate fragmentation as it accelerated upgrades to an annual cadence. According to data from analytics firm Net Applications, three OS X editions that were three years or older retained five or more percentage points of user share last month. Those three editions -- 2009's Snow Leopard, 2011's Lion and 2012's Mountain Lion -- powered 20% of all...
  • Trojanized, info-stealing PuTTY version lurking online (SSH Secure Shell program for Windows)

    05/19/2015 5:17:01 PM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    Help Net Security ^ | May 19, 2015 | Zeljka Zorz
    A malicious version of the popular open source Secure Shell (SSH) client PuTTY has been spotted and analyzed by Symantec researchers, and found to have information-stealing capabilities. PuTTY, which is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham and can be freely downloaded from the project's official site, is a popular software with admins and developers looking to connect to remote servers through encrypted means. Compiled from source, this malicious version is apparently capable of stealing the credentials needed to connect to those servers. "Data that is sent through SSH connections may be sensitive and is often considered a gold mine...
  • Analyst's Prediction: Microsoft Windows 10 To Be On 410 Million PCs Within 18 Months

    05/19/2015 10:17:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Bidness ^ | 05/19/2015 | Larry Darrel
    Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 10, is possibly the last version of Windows the company will ever make. Tech enthusiasts are looking forward to use Windows 10 so much so that analysts expect that 410 million PCs will be running Windows 10 within the first 18 months of its release. Windows 10 is expected to release for PCs “this summer” possibly in late July, with a mobile version of the operating system to come shortly after it. According to Net Applications, an analytics vendor, more than 75% of all PCs currently running Windows 8 or 8.1 will switch to Windows 10...
  • Apple launches new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad

    05/19/2015 7:53:15 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 71 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | 5/19/2015 | Neil Hughes
    Apple on Tuesday issued an update to its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, adding faster Intel processors, as well as the new pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad. The new trackpad, previously available on the 13-inch MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook, has built-in force sensors and a Taptic Engine that delivers haptic feedback. It allows users to click anywhere with a uniform feel, and users can even customize the amount of pressure needed to register each click. Force Touch opens up a range of new gestures, including the new force click. Developers can tap into these expanded capabilities with new APIs...
  • More Java holes found in Google App Engine

    05/18/2015 10:20:07 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    iTnews AUS ^ | May 18, 2015 12:15 PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Google slow to respond. A Polish security firm has discovered more vulnerabilities in the Java coding platform used on Google's App Engine (GAE) cloud computing service, which could allow users to get access beyond their own virtual machines. The Security Explorations team, which has made a name for itself by unearthing large numbers of security holes in Oracle's Java framework over the past few years, said it had reported seven vulnerabilities to Google, along with proof of concept code. Three of the flaws allow complete bypass of the GAE Java security sandbox. Such a bypass could be used by attackers...
  • Testing The 12-inch MacBook's Performance with Windows 10

    05/18/2015 9:55:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    Update 5/15/15: I've clarified some of my findings at the bottom of this post. I've owned the 2015 MacBook for just over a month now. I've had a remarkably good time using it so far, and just yesterday I decided to upgrade my installation of Windows 8.1 to the Windows 10 Insider Preview. I had tried it out a couple months earlier through a virtual machine, and at the time I wasn't sure I wanted it as my main operating system. But after taking the plunge, I'm very happy to be using it. I wanted to record a few thoughts...
  • Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case

    05/18/2015 8:14:07 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 82 replies
    Yahoo Finance News ^ | May 18, 2015 | By Andrew Chung and Julia Love
    NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 (Reuters) - Apple Inc was handed a mixed ruling by a U.S. appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone's appearance could be protected was thrown out. That means up to 40 percent of a $930 million verdict which had been won by Apple must be reconsidered. In the highly anticipated ruling stemming from the global smartphone wars, the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. upheld patent infringement violations including one which...
  • Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

    05/18/2015 4:30:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 57 replies
    The Register ^ | May 15, 2015 | Neil McAlister
    Think you'll be getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 from your pirated copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? Not so fast. For months, rumors have been swirling that suggested Microsoft was so eager to get its entire customer base onto Windows 10 that it will extend its free upgrade offer even to those who obtained their copies of Windows by, um, questionable means. Well, it seems that may not be true after all. Or not entirely true. Or something. Microsoft operating systems exec veep Terry Myerson weighed in on Friday to clarify the software giant's position on "Non-Genuine"...
  • Computing at the speed of light: Team takes big step toward much faster computers

    05/18/2015 11:32:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-18-2015 | Provided by University of Utah
    University of Utah engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile devices capable of speeds millions of times faster than current machines. The Utah engineers have developed an ultracompact beamsplitter—the smallest on record—for dividing light waves into two separate channels of information. The device brings researchers closer to producing silicon photonic chips that compute and shuttle data with light instead of electrons. Electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon and colleagues describe their invention today in the journal Nature Photonics. Silicon photonics could significantly increase the power and speed of machines such...
  • Survey: Apple Watch demand strongest in China

    05/18/2015 9:42:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/18/2015 | Tom DiChristopher
    The UBS analyst who recently said Apple had "somewhat botched" the Apple Watch launch sees China playing a major role in driving sales for the new device. The insight comes from a new research note based on a UBS survey of 9,000 consumers in six countries released on Monday. "It's finding that Apple continues to be extremely strong, the stickiness is very clear, and it's China, China, China," Steve Milunovich told "Squawk on the Street." "We're finding that Apple's retention rate is very strong in China, and we're also finding that actually Apple Watch interest is highest in China relative...
  • Google’s Homemade Self-Driving Cars to Hit Roads This Summer

    05/16/2015 6:22:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies ^ | 05/15/2015 | Mark Bergen
    Here’s something that irks Chris Urmson: Sometimes people will get in self-driving cars, the spectacularly complex piece of technology he runs at Google and to which he has devoted most of his scientific career, and leave with a shrug. Once, Urmson was riding in one of Google’s Lexus SUVs down a freeway. Several minutes in, his fellow passenger turned to him, nonplussed. “That’s it?” Urmson, recalling the story on Google’s Mountain View campus earlier this week, threw up his hands: “Do you have any idea how hard this is?!” Soon, there may be many more blasé reactions to one of...
  • Here's what your PC needs to run Oculus Rift

    05/16/2015 5:53:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    The specs, from the Oculus website, recommend: •NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater •Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater •8GB+ RAM •Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output •2x USB 3.0 ports •Windows 7 SP1 or newer It’s worth bearing in mind that these are the recommended specs, not the minimum. "The goal is for all Rift games and applications to deliver a great experience on this configuration," Oculus said.
  • iPhone Catches Fire, Burns Teen Who Blames Third-Party Charger (LINK ONLY)

    05/15/2015 10:55:02 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    PC Mag News | MAY 15, 2015 03:01PM | BY ANGELA MOSCARITOLO
    Link only to story per copyright limitations
  • Mohammed's Twitter Account Surpasses 4 Million Followers

    05/15/2015 10:11:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Wam ^ | Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Number of followers on all other forms of social media is about 8.5 millionHis Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai's twitter account has reached over four million followers, making him one of the most followed leaders globally on the social networking site, while the total number of his followers on all other forms of social media is about 8.5 million. Sheikh Mohammed's account has come second globally in a study issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development for 2014 in his ability to reach the largest...
  • MenuetOS, an operating system written entirely in assembly, hits 1.0

    05/15/2015 8:52:52 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 47 replies
    Computerworld ^ | 15 May, 2015 16:00 | Rohan Pearce
    Menuet's kernel includes pre-emptive multitasking support and the super-compact operating system includes an impressive GUI MenuetOS, a GUI-toting, x86-based operating system written entirely in assembly language, has hit version 1.0. The milestone comes after almost a decade and a half of development for the operating system, which despite having an impressive graphical user interface is still compact enough to fit on a floppy disk (assuming you can find one). The 32-bit version of the system is released as open source until the GPL, while the 64-bit version is free for personal and educational use (commercial use requires negotiating with the...
  • Free: Yet Another Way To Run Windows (or Linux) On A Mac

    05/15/2015 8:47:38 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Mac 360 ^ | Friday, May 15, 2015 | Jack D. Miller
    VirtualBox for OS XHow many ways can you run Windows or Linux on your Mac? Some Mac users might reply with a terse, ‘Too many ways.’ I understand the sentiment. Windows isn’t free. Linux isn’t easy. However, the Mac is the ultimate platform in that it runs almost any popular operating system for personal computers (what was once all the rage prior to the post-PC era of mobile computing), and in some cases can run them all at the same time. How can you do that? Easy. And free. Virtually, My Dear Watson Apple builds in a straightforward way to...
  • How to read Mac OS HFS drives in Windows for free

    05/15/2015 8:25:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    PC Advisor ^ | 15 May 15 | By Jim Martin
    Access and copy files from a Mac-formatted hard disk on a Windows PC How to read Mac OS HFS drives in Windows for free In general, Macs and PCs play fairly nicely together. Most file types work on both platforms, and both will talk to each other across a network. However, if you have an external USB hard drive for your Mac, it can be tricky to share it with a Windows laptop or PC as Microsoft doesn't support Apple's HFS file system in Windows. (Apple introduced NTFS support in OS X Leopard so you can share a Windows drive...
  • Bentley again uses iPhones to shoot latest ad, this time using iPhone 6/Plus (Video)

    05/15/2015 8:07:21 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ben Lovejoy
    Luxury car-maker Bentley last year shot an ad for the Mulsanne (a mere $298,000 to you, Sir) on the iPhone 5s and iPad Air, and has this year upgraded to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Its new ad is for a driving jacket rather than a car, and it has again produced a behind-the-scenes video (below) showing the kit and software used … The latest video features four Saville Row tailors, each of which has created a bespoke jacket commissioned by Bentley for a Saville Row Bespoke exhibition in Washington. The video was shot with a mix of iPhone...
  • Clinton Cash Scandal.May As Well Free Bob McDonnell.

    05/15/2015 4:54:04 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 3 replies
    And who hasn't brought this up? To think that what Bob McDonnell did is miniscule compared to what Liberals have been doing for years. Hopefully congress will take this matter up soon and take a vote to pardon Bob McDonnell. And they can use this matter to twist Obama's arm when it comes to giving him what he wants passed. It's like that classic scene from the Godfather. Obama! either you sign this deal or we will close every KFC within 50 miles of DC!
  • Saudi- 'Jinn converts to Islam on Twitter'

    05/15/2015 12:00:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    A man claiming to be a spiritual healer has announced that he converted a jinn to Islam on Twitter according to a report in a local newspaper recently. The man who uses ruqya the reciting of Qur'anic verses to heal people published the supposed conversation he had with the jinn on his Twitter account which has 16000 followers. Jinns are creatures with free will created from smokeless fire by God alongside humans and angels according to Islamic belief. According to the post the jinn said: 'I am the jinn Habibi. I announce my conversion to Islam at the hands of...
  • De-Google your life: it’s worth the hassle if you value your privacy

    05/14/2015 10:04:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Iriah Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Derek Scally
    Data privacy may seem like a distant and abstract concept but what is more personal than the information you are sharing with Google? Imagine you get a letter in the post offering you free water. Instead of paying Irish Water for your supply, another company promises you a generous quantity of free water. The catch? Instead of water meters, the company wants to install meters measuring the comings and goings to your home. They will also record who you know, who you communicate with and how often.They will store information on what you watch on television, what websites you visit...
  • This Little USB Necklace Hacks Your Computer In No Time Flat

    05/14/2015 5:42:34 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 28 replies
    TechCrunch via Hacker News ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Sami Kamkar
    Quick! The bad guy/super villain has left the room! Plug in a mysterious device that’ll hack up their computer while an on-screen progress bar ticks forward to convey to the audience that things are working! It’s a classic scene from basically every spy movie in history. In this case, however, that mystery device is real. Samy Kamkar — developer of projects like that massive worm that conquered MySpace back in 2006, or SkyJack, the drone that hijacks other drones — has released a video demonstrating the abilities of a particularly ridiculous “necklace” he sometimes wears around. Called USBdriveby, it’s a...
  • Apple (and AT&T) intervenes in Radio Shack sale in effort to protect customer data

    05/14/2015 4:22:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Thursday, May 14, 2015, 06:19 am PT | By Neil Hughes
    Bidding for the RadioShack brand and customer data has ended, but not before Apple weighed in on the proceedings, saying that information collected during the sale of its own products should be left out of the deal. A shuttered RadioShack store, via Ted Eytan. The hedge fund Standard General was the top bidder with $26.2 million for RadioShack's brand name and customer data. The same firm bought out Radio Shack's 1,700 store leases in March, as noted by Bloomberg. But as the bidding process was underway in a Delaware bankruptcy court, Apple joined the proceedings with a filing of its...

    05/14/2015 3:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 05/14/2015 | Mike Murphy
    If you needed any more proof that you can make absolutely anything with a 3D printer, check out this video from GE. To showcase the versatility of 3D printing as a manufacturing process, a team of engineers at GE recently built a fully-functional, backpack-sized jet engine made entirely from 3D-printed parts. And it’s not just for show either — the team actually fired the engine up and took it up to 33,000 RPMs to demonstrate how robust the parts are. Now, obviously, since this is a jet turbine we’re talking about here, it wasn’t printed in ABS with the latest...
  • It's too easy to steal an Apple Watch

    05/14/2015 10:55:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 05/14/2015
    Anyone who steals an Apple Watch can -- in about 20 seconds -- simply reset it and make it their own. That's because the way Apple designed the Apple Watch makes it surprisingly easy to override your passcode and completely wipe it clean. You can set up a passcode on the Apple Watch. But -- get ready for this -- anyone can just hold down the "Power Off" button, then select and erase all the data on the Watch. By contrast, the iPhone has certain features that make it less desirable for criminals. If you set it up just right,...
  • Microsoft reveals various Windows 10 editions

    05/14/2015 10:52:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies ^ | 05/14/2015 | by Martin Brinkmann
    Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 10 will ship in three consumer editions and three Enterprise and education editions. The three consumer editions Home, Mobile and Pro are designed for the demands of end-users, professionals and small businesses. Windows 10 Home is the equivalent of the Windows 8 edition, a basic edition of Windows 10 that will most likely ship with the majority of devices the operating system comes pre-installed on. Microsoft notes that the edition will ship with Microsoft Edge, the new web browser, Cortana, the personal assistant, Continuum, a tablet-friendly mode for touch-devices, Windows Hello, a biometric authentication service...
  • For Venom security flaw, the fix is in: Patch your VM today

    05/14/2015 4:57:57 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 1 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 13 May 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Venom (Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation), the recently discovered security hole in the open-source QEMU virtual machine hypervisor, has been fixed.That's the good news. The bad news is many of you, even though you may use a QEMU-based hypervisor on your server or for your cloud, think you've nothing to worry about. You do. Venom, as described by its discoverer, Crowdstrike, an end-point security company, works by attacking QEMU's virtual Floppy Disk Controller (FDC). The first thing many of you think when learning this is: "Who cares, I've never used a floppy drive on my virtual machine (VM)!" Ah, but,...
  • Stephen Hawking warns computers will overtake humans within 100 years

    05/14/2015 4:46:48 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    Tech World ^ | 05/14/15 | Sam Shead
    Stephen Hawking today warned that computers will overtake humans in terms of intelligence at some point within the next century. Speaking at the Zeitgeist 2015 conference in London, the internationally renowned cosmologist and Cambridge University professor, said: “Computers will overtake humans with AI at some within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.” Hawking, who signed an open letter alongside Elon Musk earlier this year warning AI development should not go on uncontrolled, added: “Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom...
  • How to Master Mac Multitouch in 5 minutes

    05/13/2015 8:53:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Computerworld ^ | May 13, 2015 6:12 AM PT | Jonny Evans
    Sometimes it helps to review what you know I’ve gathered the most essential Multitouch gestures Mac users need to know in this report. Of course, some may not be enabled within your system, so if you want to enable them, go to System Preferences>Trackpad and tick (or untick) the appropriate text box. Furthermore, some applications – particularly third-party, big-name apps -- do not support all (any) of the gestures, which seems a shame. To be fair, the gestures offered on your Mac haven’t changed too much since I wrote The Lion Multitouch Gesture Guide. Four-finger freedoms Use four fingers on...
  • There are seven different versions of Windows 10

    05/13/2015 8:14:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | MAY 13, 2015, 2:11 PM | MATT WEINBERGER
    Microsoft's big sales pitch with Windows 10 is that it's one platform, with one consistent experience and one app store to get your software from. But when it comes to buying the actual product, there will be seven different versions, Microsoft says in a blog post. Here they are: Windows 10 Home, which is the most basic PC version. Windows 10 Pro, which has touch features and is meant to work on two-in-one devices like laptop/tablet combinations, as well as some additional features to control how software updates get installed — important in the workplace. Windows 10 Enterprise,, which will...
  • The Reality Of Google v. Apple

    05/13/2015 7:42:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    Mac 360 ^ | May 13th, 2015 | Kate MacKenzie
    Quick. Name an innovation leader in the field of technology. If you chose Samsung over Apple, then you should visit an ophthalmologist. Or, a psychiatrist. Or, both.If you chose Google over Apple then you can be excused for your oversight as you’re merely a pawn being manipulated by the technorati elite who have yet to fully grasp the various forms of innovation. If you chose Apple, then you’re obviously a well bred, highly educated person with a good perspective on reality.PR Fluff vs. Reality Google makes the vast majority of revenue and profits the old fashioned way– search engine advertising....
  • Mozilla sleeps with the enemy as DRM arrives with Firefox 38

    05/13/2015 5:57:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Wed May 13 2015, 15:25 | By Chris Merriman
    Ssshhh. They don't like it any more than you do MOZILLA has released Firefox 38, bringing the spectre of Digital Rights Management (DRM) to the platform for the first time. The organisation has traditionally shyed away from DRM as it considers the technology something that goes against the openness of the Mozilla platform. However, Mozilla was forced to admit in May 2014 that taking on DRM was essential to avoid losing ground to rivals by not being able to play streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify. Andreas Gal, CTO and vice president of mobile for Mozilla, said in a...