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  • IDC: Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time; Apple only company in top 5 to decline

    07/21/2016 10:53:26 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 29 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 21, 2016 | EMIL PROTALINSKI
    he smartwatch market has hit its first bump, and it’s all Apple’s fault. Vendors shipped a total of 3.5 million smartwatches worldwide last quarter. This Q2 2016 figure is down 32 percent from the 5.1 million units shipped in Q2 2016, marking the first decline on record. .... As you can see above, Apple’s market share decreased 25 percentage points (from 72 percent to 47 percent) and it shipped less than half the smartwatches (1.6 million). But the company still holds almost half the market, with every other vendor shipping fewer than a million units.
  • Ruling could make sharing passwords for subscription services a federal crime

    07/11/2016 11:12:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7-11-2016 | FoxNews.com
    A new federal court ruling could make sharing your passwords for subscription services -- covering everything from Netflix to HBO GO -- a federal crime punishable by prison time, according to a judge who opposed the decision. The ruling, issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week, pertained to a trade-secrets case and found that certain instances of sharing passwords are prosecutable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) - legislation predominantly concerned with hacking. The case involved David Nosal, a headhunter who left his former company Korn/Ferry and then used the password of an employee to...
  • Help: Problem Loading Main Forum Page

    06/15/2016 7:04:48 PM PDT · by NRx · 22 replies
    Vanity | 06-15-2016 | NRx
    I am having trouble loading the various forum pages. Whenever I open Free Republic all I am getting are the latest comments rather than a list of the latest posts. The only way I seem to be able to get the latest posts is to sign out and then come back to FR as a lurker. I have cleared my cache and cookies without any resolution of the problem. Any suggestions?
  • From $4.5 Billion To Nothing: Forbes Revises Estimated Net Worth Of Theranos Founder...

    06/01/2016 11:48:28 AM PDT · by Enchante · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/01/16 | Matthew Harper
    Last year, Elizabeth Holmes topped the FORBES list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women with a net worth of $4.5 billion. Today, FORBES is lowering our estimate of her net worth to nothing. Theranos had no comment. Our estimate of Holmes’ wealth is based entirely on her 50% stake in Theranos, the blood-testing company she founded in 2003 with plans of revolutionizing the diagnostic test market. Theranos shares are not traded on any stock market; private investors purchased stakes in 2014 at a price that implied a $9 billion valuation for the company. Since then, Theranos has been hit with allegations...
  • You absolutely MUST install the Brave browser [from fired firefox exec]

    06/01/2016 11:03:15 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 89 replies
    Conservative Hardliner ^ | May 14, 2016 | dc
    <p>I remember when Mozilla fired Brendan Eich for being a normal human being, I was sort of bummed that I was going to stop browsing with Firefox. I'm not really the organized boycotting type, but I am someone who simply refuses to participate in idiocy. If some anti-American Hollywood liberal wants to fight against a normal civilization, then I just stop watching their movies and buying their music. If a coffee establishment tells their baristas to engage with me about race when I'm trying to get my morning triple venti soy latte, then I go elsewhere. If one of my favorite conservative-leaning talk show hosts starts supporting a liberal for President, then I turn the dial. It's not that I keep a list, but if it's seared into my brain deep enough, then I certainly alter my habits as a consumer of products, services, and content. Conversely, if someone is under attack by Marxists, then I tend to overly support them, like the Chick-Fil-A scenario, where I was stuffing my face with spicy chicken sandwiches several times per week for months. Thank goodness that died down. Anyway, I knew whatever Eich ended up doing, if it was a product or service, I was going to be a customer. I have no idea what Eich's politics are, but I know he is someone worth supporting.</p>
  • Zucked Up: Why Silicon Valley Is Scared To Death Of Trump Part 1.

    05/28/2016 3:02:11 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 28, 2016 | Lee Stranahan
    California’s high-tech business wizards like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are in full freak-out mode over Donald Trump, and the key to understanding why lies in the H-1B visa program. As a recent L.A. Times story titled “Donald Trump has done the unthinkable: Unite Silicon Valley” reports: Ambitious start-up CEOs who swore off talking politics for fear of offending investors are enlisting in campaigns to discredit Trump. Longtime valley Republican stalwarts who have voted for every GOP nominee for decades say they can’t do it this year. The libertarian-minded innovators who just want to get government out of their way have less...
  • US military uses 8-inch floppy disks to coordinate nuclear force operations

    05/26/2016 6:02:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 25, 2016 | Dan Mangan
    Maybe they use the '80s flick "War Games" as a training film, too. The U.S. Defense Department is still using — after several decades — 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces, a jaw-dropping new report reveals. The Defense Department's 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Government Accountability Office report.
  • My Pine64 Media Center

    05/25/2016 7:47:22 AM PDT · by zeugma · 21 replies
    ZPRC ^ | 5/24/2016 | Zeugma
    My Pine64 Media Center Several months back, I participated in a Kickstarter campaign for the PINE A64, First $15 64-Bit Single Board Super Computer. The campaign started in December of 2015, and was designed to fund the production of a 64-bit computer on a card for the masses priced at $15. Initial estimated delivery was January or February. Their initial estimates on shipping were somewhat optimistic, as I just received mine the other day (5/21/2016). Reading through some of the comments on the project, some people were rather bent out of shape about the shipping delays, which is something I...
  • TECH Ping! Need to Wake Up a FrontPage Website Old, Old Tech. Where Can I Find Skills?

    05/13/2016 4:17:06 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 46 replies
    05.13.16 | chickensoup
    Have a need to use my rickety old website. It is a 200 page FrontPage monster which has been sitting out at my ISP for quite a few years with little updating. I have recently been approached about restarting my column nationally. Am so excited! I would like to use the webpage as the vehicle and realize that it will need to be upgraded. I run WIN7. There is no extension left for Frontpage and the software currently does not recognize the website, there isn't even a screen to put in the username and code. The ISP states that FTP...
  • Amazon has sold 3 million Echo speakers, research firm says [3,000,000 spies in our houses]

    04/12/2016 8:11:13 AM PDT · by upchuck · 42 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | April 6, 2016 | Ángel González
    A research firm estimates Amazon.com has sold 3 million Echo voice-controlled home speakers, and that close to half of U.S. Amazon customers are aware of the product. [snip] The device, which sells for $180, also has given Amazon a big role in the emerging field of home automation, as many people use it to control thermostats or lights that work off Wi-Fi. [snip] Launched in late 2014, the Echo slowly picked up speed as word spread about its uncanny abilities — from answering questions to turning on the living-room lights.
  • Huffington Post: At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump

    03/07/2016 8:21:06 PM PST · by GeaugaRepublican · 333 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 03/07/2016 | Ryan Grim,
    "Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering. The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory...
  • National Day of Unplugging Begins Friday at Sundown

    03/06/2016 1:37:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Mar 4, 2016 | Paolo Uggetti
    From sundown to sundown, turn off all your technological devicesWell, this weekend you can take part in a makeshift holiday as thousands will be joining in to the National Day of Unplugging to take a 24-hour break from technology. Participants are asked to log off beginning Friday, March 4 at sundown and stay offline through Sat., March 5 at sundown. At nationaldayofunplugging.com, you can sign the "Unplug pledge" and promise to unplug from tech devices including phones, tablets and laptops. This project was started by Reboot, an group that "affirms the values of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for...
  • China lays out its vision to become a tech power

    03/06/2016 1:38:49 AM PST · by blueplum · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05 Mar 2016 12:33am EST | Paul Carsten / Ryan Woo
    China aims to become a world leader in advanced industries such as semiconductors and in the next generation of chip materials, robotics, aviation equipment and satellites, the government said in its blueprint for development between 2016 and 2020. In its new draft five-year development plan unveiled on Saturday, Beijing also said it aims to use the internet to bolster a slowing economy and make the country a cyber power. China aims to boost its R&D spending to 2.5 percent of gross domestic product for the five-year period, compared with 2.1 percent of GDP in 2011-to-2015. Innovation is the primary driving...
  • Campus alerting 80,000 individuals to cyberattack

    02/26/2016 11:26:46 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    UC Berkeley ^ | February 26, 2016 | By Janet Gilmore, Public affairs
    UC Berkeley officials are sending alert notices to approximately 80,000 current and former faculty, staff, students and vendors following a criminal cyberattack on a system storing their Social Security or bank account numbers. The campus has no evidence that any unauthorized individual actually accessed, acquired or used any personal information; however, it is informing those potentially impacted so they can be alert to signs of any possible misuse of their information and take advantage of credit protection services the campus is offering free of charge. The attack occurred in late December 2015, when an unauthorized person or persons obtained access...
  • Finance, not tech, is driving growth in U.S. billionaires

    02/25/2016 6:02:19 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 11 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 25 Feb 16 | Silva Ascarelli
    <p>Silicon Valley may have plenty of millionaires, but the road to U.S. billionairedom is increasingly paved through finance.</p> <p>Nearly 27% of all U.S. billionaires in 2014 worked in finance (read: hedge-fund managers and a few others), according to a study by Caroline Freund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Sarah Oliver, a research analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank.</p>
  • Don’t Keep Your Personal Or Financial Data On A Windows 10 Machine!

    02/15/2016 10:52:46 AM PST · by blam · 72 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-15-2016 | Paul_Behan
    Feburary 14, 2016 Paul_Behan Don’t Keep Your Personal Or Financial Data On A Windows 10 Machine! Well not if you want to keep it private. Like many people I was surprised at the Edward Snowden revelations a few years ago. Nothing has seemed to change and in many cases things have got worse. Some corporations are in partnership with government agencies in regard to collection of data.(snip) According to this an article, (1) even after turning off all the tracking options on a computer, the researcher left the computer on overnight and tracked the traffic. He was surprised to find...
  • American Tech Workers Defiant as GOP Lawmakers Push to Expand Foreign Labor Programs

    01/30/2016 6:35:25 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/29/16 | Julia Hahn
    In 2014, the Northeast Utilities Company in Connecticut -- now known as Eversource Energy -- allegedly laid off around 200 of its American tech workers and replaced them with low-wage foreigners admitted on H-1B guest worker visas. Now a photo has emerged depicted the workers' final, silent patriotic protest -- silent because the workers reportedly were forced to sign non-disparagement agreements to shield their employer. The image depicts the display of American flags around cubicles of the company's IT department -- circulated by trade magazine ComputerWorld -- before the Americans were replaced with foreign labor. The powerful image seems to...
  • Congress to federal agencies: You have two weeks to tally your backdoored Juniper kit

    01/27/2016 7:23:22 PM PST · by Utilizer
    Computerworld ^ | Jan 26, 2016 8:51 AM PT | Lucian Constantin
    Congress plans to question about two dozen federal agencies on whether they were using backdoored Juniper network security appliances. In December, Juniper Networks said it had discovered unauthorized code added to ScreenOS, the operating system that runs on its NetScreen network firewalls. The rogue code, which remained undetected for two years or more, could have allowed remote attackers to gain administrative access to vulnerable devices or to decrypt VPN connections. The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wants to determine the impact that this issue had on government organizations and how those organizations responded to the incident. The...
  • Gotcha: Symantec fires reseller nabbed in tech support scam

    01/24/2016 3:25:57 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    The Register UK ^ | Jan 22, 2016 | John Leyden
    Gotcha: Symantec fires reseller nabbed in tech support scam Malwarebytes sting operation catches out Silurian Tech Support 22 Jan 2016 at 10:52, John Leyden An authorised Symantec reseller has been caught hoodwinking users into buying security software by employing underhand marketing tactics. Silurian Tech Support was spotted flinging fake Norton-themed security warnings in an attempt to drum up business by Symantec rival Malwarebytes. The alerts were used to direct users towards a tech support service that researchers discovered offered to fix non-existent problems for a flat fee of $199 or more. All the well-worn themes of the far-too-prevalent tech support...
  • Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

    01/09/2016 11:50:01 AM PST · by ConservativeMind · 100 replies
    The Register - UK ^ | January 8, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    If you're using a PC running Windows 7 or 8, you may be getting a little sick of endless popup screens telling you to upgrade to version 10. And you may be worried about inadvertently installing the upgrade as part of a security update. Microsoft will start pushing out a Windows 10 upgrade as a recommended, virtually mandatory, update very soon (it's right now only an optional download). Some people are tempted to turn off Windows Update completely to avoid getting the new operating system – don't. It'll leave your computer vulnerable to attack as you'll no longer get security...
  • US:Scientists developing 'X-ray vision'

    12/22/2015 9:48:29 AM PST · by W. · 20 replies
    Sky News AU ^ | 22 Dec 2015
    X-ray vision, a comic book fantasy for decades, is becoming a reality in a US lab. A group of researchers led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Dina Katabi has developed software that uses variations in radio signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls and track their movements. Researchers say the technology will be able to help health care providers and families keep closer tabs on toddlers and the elderly, and it could be a new strategic tool for law enforcement and the military. "Think of it just like cameras, except that it's not a camera," said Fadel Adib, a...
  • Grad student discovers unique valleytronics properties of tungsten disulfide monolayer film

    12/03/2015 2:11:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 3, 2015 | Denis Paiste & Provided by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Researchers at the Gedik Lab at MIT use strong ultrafast laser pulses to stimulate changes in material, followed by a weaker probe laser pulse after some time delay to monitor the changes with femtosecond time resolution. Tungsten (W) atoms are black, and sulfur (S) atoms are yellow. Credit: Edbert Jarvis Sie =================================================================================================================================== Monolayer films of tungsten disulfide, just three atoms thick, have unique electronic valleys which can be manipulated with laser light. This finding, by MIT physics graduate student Edbert Jarvis Sie, Associate Professor Nuh Gedik, and colleagues, was significant enough to warrant placement on the cover of Nature Materials...
  • Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper (Earlier problem is worse than was thought)

    11/23/2015 9:56:26 PM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Nov 23, 2015 | Jeremy Kirk
    Duo Security researchers found a second weak digital certificate on a new Dell Inspiron laptop The fallout from a serious security mistake made by Dell is widening, as security experts find more issues of concern. Researchers with Duo Security have found a second weak digital certificate in a new Dell laptop and evidence of another problematic one circulating. The issue started after it was discovered Dell shipped devices with a self-signed root digital certificate, eDellRoot, which is used to encrypt data traffic. But it installed the root certificate with the private encryption key included, a critical error that left many...
  • Twitter Engineering Manager Leslie Miley Leaves Company Because Of Diversity Issues

    11/04/2015 10:35:30 AM PST · by Sgt_Schultze · 27 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 3 Nov 2015 | Megan Rose Dickey
    Twitter Engineering Manager Leslie Miley, the only black engineer in a leadership position at Twitter, just publicly announced that he has left the company. In his post, he says his reasons for leaving have everything to do with the way Twitter is addressing diversity and inclusion. Though Miley was laid off as part of Twitter's cuts in October, he says he had already told Twitter that he had planned on leaving at the end of October. He also passed on the severance package so that he could speak openly about his experience at Twitter. So, it seems as if Twitter...
  • A Miracle Comes to Linux

    10/27/2015 6:51:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    FOSSForce ^ | 27 October 2015 | Ken Starks
    His name is Morgan, but it hasn’t always been his name. What it was before doesn’t legally matter any longer. What does matter, to us, is the concentric circles by which “Morgan” arrived…came to be. Morgan doesn’t know any better. Many metaphors of consciousness can be applied, but for Morgan, your arguments on his condition fall outside of his realm of concern. Morgan is Morgan, and what Morgan does in the present is all that matters. What might have been his reality, to you, before “the incident,” is simply pabulum to Morgan. To Morgan, you are children trying to complete...
  • No Batteries, No Problem: This Flashlight Runs on Body Heat - Forever

    10/21/2015 2:07:58 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/16/15 | Devin Coldewey
    Batteries are so 20th century. The Lumen is a new flashlight that skips the AAs, producing light by harvesting your body heat, and it's looking for funding on Kickstarter. There are no switches, ports, compartments or anything — just a machined metal frame, a single bright LED, and a big thumbprint where you need to touch the device.
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Demands Mandatory Coding Classes For High Schoolers

    10/11/2015 8:59:01 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    hot hardware ^ | 10 Oct 2015 | Rob Williams
    Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, who hopes to make coding a requirement to graduate high school. Currently, Emanuel is aiming to make coding an essential requirement for high schoolers in Chicago by 2018, and it's his hope that the entire nation might follow its example. So what do you folks think about Mayor Emanuel's thoughts on coding?
  • IT’S OVER: The 'unicorn' era comes to a screeching halt in Silicon Valley

    10/09/2015 7:46:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/09/2015 | Maya Kosoff
    The number of private tech companies valued at $1 billion or more has surged so much this year that on average 1.3 so-called unicorn companies have been created every week in 2015, according to data from CB Insights. But now it looks like winter is coming to Silicon Valley. Fortune's Dan Primack went to San Francisco this week and met with a number of people involved with unicorn companies with ballooning valuations. He says the mentality of people in Silicon Valley is starting to change, and people are getting scared. "As in the past, they are nearly unanimous in sentiment,"...
  • Vanity: Threat detected by Avast

    10/07/2015 8:26:09 PM PDT · by Mama Shawna · 18 replies
    Breitbart
    I just clicked on a thread titled 'Steve King Endorses Daniel Webster for Speaker of the House' posted by E. Pluribus Unum from Breitbart, and both times, my Avast virus protection popped up with 'threat detected'. Anyone else get this when clicking on this title? First time I've EVER gotten this while browsing FR.
  • This European country has the talent for tech innovation [How they educate their children]

    10/05/2015 8:07:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/05/2015
    When you think of tech innovation, places like Silicon Valley and Boston spring to mind. But flying under the world's radar is Switzerland, where inventions like a solar plane that just completed the longest solo-flight ever without fuel are born. And while Europe was busy debating bitcoin's future, Switzerland already opened up the region's first bitcoin ATM earlier this year. The country has managed to maintain its No. 1 ranking on the Global Innovation Index for four years in a row. Switzerland's résumé is definitely impressive: The country boasts the second-highest number of patents per person — second to Japan....
  • Apple customers report devices crashing on iOS 9 update

    09/19/2015 7:35:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:30pm EDT | Heather Somerville and Jane Wardell
    A significant number of Apple Inc customers are reporting their mobile devices have crashed after attempting to upload the new iOS 9 operating system, the latest in a line of launch glitches for the tech giant.
  • Thermal Camera Review: These Heat Seekers Reveal an Unseen World

    09/02/2015 8:54:15 AM PDT · by Dr. Prepper · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 1, 2015 | Jon Keegan
    Heat-vision cameras have been used widely in many industries for decades: Soldiers find targets through heat-vision rifle sights, police mount them on helicopters to search for people on the ground and contractors use the sensors to look for cold air seeping into homes. Now you can buy a simple smartphone attachment to reveal the widely varying temperatures of the people and things around you. Maybe you’re not up for hunting Arnold Schwarzenegger, like the heat-seeing alien hunter in the classic 1987 film “Predator.” There are many practical home uses for the latest thermal camera accessories from Flir and Seek, too:...
  • Tech oligarchs tightening their grip on Democrats

    08/23/2015 12:15:41 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 11 replies
    Orane County register ^ | 8-23-15 | Joel kotkin
    The current state of the Republican Party may seem like a demolition derby, but there’s an equally fascinating, if less well-understood, conflict within the Democratic Party. In this case, the disruptive force is largely Silicon Valley, a natural oligarchy that now funds a party teetering toward populism and even socialism. The fundamental contradictions, as Karl Marx would have noted, lie in the collision of interests between a group that has come to epitomize self-consciously progressive megawealth and a mass base which is increasingly concerned about downward mobility. For all his occasional populist lapses, President Obama generally has embraced Silicon Valley...
  • Is the 4th Amendment Dead in Cyberspace?

    08/08/2015 11:58:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Inside Higher Ed ^ | July 29, 2015 | Tracy Mitrano
    Over a year ago former director of both the NSA and CIA, Michael Hayden, flat out admitted, "we kill people based on metadata." He quickly distinguished between the metadata about which the debate was focused, telephone records, and other forms of surveillance metadata upon which covert actions are taken. Not surprised about the actions, I confess I was taken aback when I considered the implications that this disclosure has on Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in cyberspace. Ever since the USA-Patriot Act in 2001, I have been harping on complications of the Fourth Amendment between content and metadata in data networking. For...
  • Windows 10 appears to be mainly spyware - I'm uninstalling Windows 10 and going back to Windows 7

    08/08/2015 8:29:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 92 replies
    August 8, 2015 | Vanity
    Last weekend I loaded Windows 10 on an old laptop I rarely use. I immediately noticed several privacy issues with new open windows (pun intended) for spying on what I do, where I go and what I say online. After reading some to the reviews and discussions I think it's time to revert back to Windows 7 ASAP. Thanks, but no thanks Microsoft! The police state is doing a fine job without any additional help from you and me. I haven't turned the laptop on since I loaded Windows 10, but the next time I do, it will be for...
  • Black leaders press tech companies for more diversity in the ranks

    08/05/2015 6:12:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 57 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 4, 2015 | Christopher Cadelago
    When the world’s leading technology firms reported their workforce demographics, the details were uncomfortable, but not surprising: Apple, Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants are dominated by men, many of them white.
  • Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point [4,400 kelvins / 7,460°F]

    07/27/2015 10:36:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    phys.org ^ | 07-27-2015 | by Kevin Stacey & Provided by: Brown University
    Using powerful computer simulations, researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance. The computations, described in the journal Physical Review B (Rapid Communications), showed that a material made with just the right amounts of hafnium, nitrogen, and carbon would have a melting point of more than 4,400 kelvins (7,460 degrees Fahrenheit). That's about two-thirds the temperature at the surface of the sun, and 200 kelvins higher than the highest melting point ever recorded experimentally. The experimental record-holder is a substance made from the elements hafnium, tantalum, and carbon (Hf-Ta-C). But these...
  • Gaping Flaw in Android Cellular

    07/27/2015 6:36:19 AM PDT · by S.O.S121.500 · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/27/15 | Aarti Shahani
    Excerpt per posting rules: In this attack, the target would not need to goof up — open an attachment or download a file that's corrupt. The malicious code would take over instantly, the moment you receive a text message.
  • Young scientist discovers magnetic material unnecessary to create spin current

    07/24/2015 10:52:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Carla Reiter & Provided by: Argonne National Laboratory
    Typically when referring to electrical current, an image of electrons moving through a metallic wire is conjured. Using the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), it is possible to create a current of pure spin (a quantum property of electrons related to its magnetic moment) in magnetic insulators. However, this work demonstrates that the SSE is not limited to magnetic insulators but also occurs in a class of materials known as paramagnets. Since magnetic moments within paramagnets do not interact with each other like in conventional ferromagnets, and thus do not hold their magnetization when an external magnetic field is removed, this...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Entire US national security system possibly compromised by year-long cyber-assault

    07/23/2015 9:33:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/23/2015 | By George Russell
    The prolonged hacking into the White House Office of Personnel Management, which put the personal information of at least some 21.5 million past and current federal employees in jeopardy, is only the beginning of the security threat to the Obama Administration and its successors, a number of top-level experts in cybersecurity have told Fox News. The attack has been frequently sourced as coming from China. The experts warned that the entire U.S. national security clearance system could be compromised, that future senior government leaders and advisors could be targeted even before taking office, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of government officials...
  • These Marines Lost Legs in Afghanistan and Now Hunt Child Predators

    07/22/2015 8:14:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Military.com ^ | Richard Sisk | Jul 16, 2015
    The fist bump was their thing in Afghanistan, where both Marines lost legs in the same attack, and the fist bump is still their thing in the hunt for child predators under a special law enforcement program to train and hire medically retired veterans. Cpl. Justin Gaertner and Sgt. Gabriel Martinez in their dress blues bumped fists at an event earlier this year in Florida, just as they bumped fists while recovering from their wounds. Gaertner, 26, of Tampa, Fla., has been partnered for the last two years with retired Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Nathan Cruz, 42, executing the...
  • No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

    07/08/2015 6:56:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    BGR ^ | July 8, 2015 | Zach Epstein
    Just when you thought you were safe, a new hacking toy comes along and rocks your world. Imagine a tool exists that lets hackers pluck encryption keys from your laptop right out of the air. You can’t stop it by connecting to protected Wi-Fi networks or even disabling Wi-Fi completely. Turning off Bluetooth also won’t help you protect yourself. Why? Because the tiny device that can easily be hidden in an object or taped to the underside of a table doesn’t use conventional communications to pull off capers. Instead it reads radio waves emitted by your computer’s processor, and there’s...
  • Major Job Cuts Expected at Microsoft [Obamanomics is Awesome, Ain't it Tech Worshipers?]

    07/08/2015 6:39:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/8/15 | Nick Wingfield
    SEATTLE — Microsoft plans to announce a major new round of layoffs as early as Wednesday, as the company seeks to further cut costs in a shifting technology landscape. The layoffs are in addition to the about 18,000 employees that Microsoft said it planned to let go a year ago, according to people briefed on the plans, who asked for anonymity because the details were confidential. The new job cuts are expected to affect people in Microsoft’s hardware group, among other parts of the company, including the struggling smartphone business that it acquired from Nokia last year in a $7.2...
  • POPULAR SECURITY SOFTWARE CAME UNDER RELENTLESS NSA AND GCHQ ATTACKS

    06/22/2015 7:33:22 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 100 replies
    GLENN GREENWALD's (Snowden's pal) Firstlook.org The Intercept ^ | June 22 ,2015 | ANDREW FISHMAN AND MORGAN MARQUIS-BOIRE
    The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks, according to documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligence from companies about security software and users of such software. One security software maker repeatedly singled out in the documents is Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, which has a holding registered in the U.K., claims more than...
  • How a Jailbird Con Artist Uncovered a Secret FBI Surveillance Tool

    06/20/2015 8:32:42 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 50 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | Filed to: Stingrays 6/19/15 2:30pm | Kate Knibbs
    How a Jailbird Con Artist Uncovered a Secret FBI Surveillance Tool 43,960 7 Kate KnibbsFiled to: Stingrays 6/19/15 2:30pm A convict lawyer, sitting in jail, obsessed with a wacky theory that the government tracked him by sending secret rays into his house... ends up discovering a secret government cell phone tracking program. Sounds like bizarre noir, right? But it’s true.It happened to Daniel Rigmaiden, who found out that the government had used Stingrays—covert surveillance devices that act like a fake cell phone towers—to catch him running a fake tax return scheme. He’s the guy who brought Stingrays to light. Rigmaiden...
  • Duqu 2.0 malware buried into Windows PCs using stolen Foxconn certs (Signed by Chinese factory)

    06/15/2015 8:24:50 PM PDT · by dayglored · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | June 15, 2015 | John Leyden
    The super-sophisticated malware that infiltrated Kaspersky Labs is more crafty than first imagined. We're told that the Duqu 2.0 software nasty was signed using legit digital certificates issued to Foxconn – a world-leading Chinese electronics manufacturer, whose customers include Microsoft, Dell, Google, BlackBerry, Amazon, Apple, and Sony. The code-signing was uncovered by researchers at Kaspersky Lab, who are studying their Duqu 2.0 infection. Windows trusts Foxconn-signed code because the Chinese goliath's certificate was issued by VeriSign, which is a trusted certificate root. Thus, the operating system will happily load and run the Foxconn-signed Duqu 2.0's 64-bit kernel-level driver without setting...
  • Disney ABC Cancels Plans To Layoff Dozens Of Tech Workers

    06/12/2015 9:09:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    The DC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 12, 2015 | Photo of Rachel Stoltzfoos Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Disney ABC Television Group reversed a decision to lay off about 35 tech workers this week, following recent reports that Disney laid off hundreds of tech workers in January after forcing them to train their replacements. Two weeks ago, Disney ABC told a team of between 30 and 35 application developers they were being laid off, some at the end of July, and that their jobs were going to an IT contractor with large offshore operations, reported Computer World. But on Thursday, Disney ABC told the workers plans had changed and they would not be laid off. Some of the...
  • Almost 600 Accounts Breached in 'Celebgate' Nude Photo Hack, FBI Says

    06/10/2015 9:28:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 57 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 10, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    The stunning leak of nude and intimate photos of scores of celebrities may reach far wider than was previously known, involving the breach of almost 600 online storage accounts, according to unsealed federal court documents. The "Celebgate" hack resulted in the posting on Aug. 31 of almost 500 purported photos of Hollywood stars, models and other celebrities — including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco and U.S. soccer star Hope Solo — to the Wild West-like Internet forum 4chan, from which they quickly spread. Apple Inc. confirmed the next day that the photos were obtained through a "targeted...
  • The New Randroids [Slate works to push Millennials into Rand's camp]

    06/03/2015 2:59:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | June 3, 2015 | David Auerbach
    ".......Annie [composite techie-must read full article to grasp how "she's" defined]has voted for the Democrats in the last few elections, both because everyone she knows does and because they stand against the less tolerant elements of the Republican Party, which seem frighteningly antediluvian to her. The war on terror struck her as about the dumbest thing she’s seen any government do, a massive overreaction with no planning or strategy to it.(She feels roughly the same about the war on drugs.)Yet she saw that Democrats were just as slow as Republicans to sour on the United States’ involvement in the Middle...
  • New maze-like beamsplitter is world's smallest

    05/25/2015 4:57:28 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 50 replies
    Physics World ^ | 05/25/2015 | Ker Than
    An ultracompact beamsplitter – the smallest one in the world – has been designed and fabricated by researchers in the US. Using a newly developed algorithm, the team built the smallest integrated polarization beamsplitter to date, which could allow computers and mobile devices of the future to function millions of times faster than current machines.