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  • Project Zero uncovers a nasty Wi-Fi chip exploit

    Google’s Project Zero has been on a roll lately, unveiling sophisticated bugs in Cloud flare, LastPass and now Broadcom, a Wi-Fi chip supplier whose product is found in iPhones, Nexuses and Samsung devices. Apple patched the bug in a security update yesterday (10.3.1 — and if you’re an Apple customer, you should install this update […]

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  • After an unexpected reveal, AOL’s CEO explains that Oath is about B2B branding

    You weren’t supposed to know about Oath. Not this week, at least. And certainly not under these circumstances. The newly minted and already much maligned poster child of the forthcoming face of Verizon’s Yahoo acquisition was developed in-house as a B2B brand, designed for customer and partner relationships. That’s according to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, […]

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  • Researchers use a pair of robotics platforms in hopes of developing drought-resistant crops

    A team of researchers at the University of Missouri are using a pair of robotics platforms and a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a system for identifying crop strains resistant to heat, drought and flood. The research is part of an ongoing attempt to cross-breed hearty crops in order to […]

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  • Amazon will live stream 10 NFL games this season, replacing Twitter

    Amazon has reportedly reached a deal with the NFL to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games this year, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. The one-year deal is reportedly valued at around $50 million. Last season Twitter had a one-year, $10 million deal with the league to also stream 10 Thursday Night Football games. When that […]

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  • ODG unveils new AR smart glasses optimised for ‘hazardous locations’

    At CES, ODG pulled back the curtain on a couple of its next-generation flagship products, the R-8 and R-9, but because of the existing supply chain, the company tells me it just made a lot more sense to get the rugged version of the R-7 sooner rather than to wait until production on the enterprise-focused […]

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  • AdAsia, an ambitious one year old ad tech startup, raises $12M for expansion

    AdAsia, a one-year-old online advertising startup based in Singapore, has closed a $12 million Series A round from Japanese investor JAFCO. The company was founded in April 2016 by CEO Kosuke Sogo, the former managing director of Japan’s MicroAd in APAC, and COO Otohiko Kozutsumi, who had been with MicroAd Vietnam. It offers a single […]

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  • Money transfer startup Azimo now lets you send money to a phone number

    Azimo, the U.K. money transfer startup backed by Rakuten, is rolling out a neat new feature that makes it a lot easier to send money through the app and should add additional network effects to help the London based fintech company grow. Specifically, the new functionality enables Azimo users to request, send and receive cash […]

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  • Apple pushes the reset button on the Mac Pro

    Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is talking to a small group of reporters in a white stucco building near its headquarters in Cupertino, Ca. The purpose of the discussion, while somewhat unclear initially, reveals itself a few minutes in. The news, if you want it straight: Apple is acknowledging that the […]

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  • Best gifts for scientists, academics, and hardcore science geeks

    With the appointment of Ajit Pai as the new FCC chairman and his public opposition to current regulations, the death of net neutrality is likely upon us. As a result, an internet toll road and higher costs for more data is probably in your future. The impact on businesses is more complex. For example, the […]

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  • Shopify’s Burst is a new free stock photography resource

    Sometimes you just look at a photo and think “that would make the perfect header for a millennial-run online store for artisanal, handcrafted goods.” That’s true for basically every photo I could find at Shopify’s new Burst stock photo site, which offers all images it contains completely royalty-free, under the Creative Commons Zero license, which […]

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  • Intel Security is McAfee again

    If you were on the internet in a certain era, you remember McAfee. It was the defensive line between you and the rest of the internet, reminding you with incessant popups that you were not hacked, not quite yet, but only if you renewed your subscription right away. Then Intel bought the firewall company in […]

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  • WhatsApp will reportedly launch peer-to-peer payments in India within 6 months

    WhatsApp may be about to introduce peer-to-peer payments in India, which is its largest market with over 200 million users. A report from Ken, an India-based subscription media company that we recently profiled, claims that WhatsApp plans to use UPI, a cross-bank payment system backed by the government, to begin enable payments between users within […]

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  • Digital Identity: Evolving, or just cloning itself?

    The premise of the report is this: full participation in today’s societies and achievement of one’s desired potential are increasingly likely to depend on the ability to identify oneself; however, some 1.5 billion people are reckoned to lack “legal identification”, and action should be taken to remedy this. The report acknowledges that private companies and […]

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  • New quantum gadget could make contactless payment more secure

    A prototype gadget that sends secret keys to encrypt information passed from a mobile device to a payment terminal, could help to answer public concerns around the security of contactless and wireless transactions, a new Oxford University collaboration has found. Despite being a leader in the digital world, and mobile payments available on everything from petrol, […]

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  • Controlling soft robots using magnetic fields

    A team of engineering researchers has made a fundamental advance in controlling so-called soft robots, using magnetic fields to remotely manipulate microparticle chains embedded in soft robotic devices. The researchers have already created several devices that make use of the new technique. “By putting these self-assembling chains into soft robots, we are able to have them […]

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  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    Samsung has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, the Korean giant’s latest attempt to take on the iPhone. The launch of the device is seen as a crucial moment for Samsung coming after the scandal that saw it forced to recall and cease production of the galaxy note 7, its previous top-end phone. The […]

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  • Disney Shows How VR Can Teach You To Catch A Ball

    You might think Disney is too busy making blockbuster movies to spend time researching how VR can help teach you to catch. Well, strangely, you’d be wrong. The company’s research division this week posted footage of experiments it’s been working with in VR regarding the human perceptual system. Specifically, its work explores if VR could […]

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  • YouTube users be aware: Your viewing habits can be tracked

    Ran Dubin, a doctoral student in the BGU Department of Communication Systems Engineering who is an expert in cyber security, presented this research at the Black Hat Europe meeting in London. Dubin was able to us this algorithm to determine if someone had watched a specific video from a set of suspicious, terror-related videos. Intelligence […]

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  • Geologists develop app to print 3-D terrain models of any place on Earth

    Students can read all they want about geological folds, axial planes, hinge lines, antiform synclines and synform anticlines. But it can still be a challenge to visualise just what geologists are talking about. A better option is putting boots on the ground — such as a trip to Iowa State University’s Carl F. Vondra Geology […]

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  • Cameras can steal data from computer hard drive

    Researchers at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Cyber Security Research Centre have demonstrated that data can be stolen from an isolated “air-gapped” computer’s hard drive reading the pulses of light on the LED drive using various types of cameras and light sensors.Air-gapped computers are isolated — separated both logically and physically from […]

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  • Drones can land themselves

    The buzzword in drone research is autonomous — having the unmanned aerial vehicle do most or all of its own flying. It’s the only realistic way that drones will have commercially viable uses such as delivering that roll of toilet paper to customers, said Manish Kumar, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of […]

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  • Complex 3D data on all devices

    A new web-based software platform is swiftly bringing the visualisation of 3D data to every device, optimising the use of, virtual reality and augmented reality in industry. In this way, Fraunhofer researchers have brought the ideal of “any data on any device” a good deal closer. On account of the gigantic volumes of data that […]

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  • Transparent gel-based robots can catch and release live fish

    The gel based robots are entirely made of hydrogel a tough, rubbery, nearly transparent material that’s composed mostly of water. Each robot is an assemblage of hollow, precisely designed hydrogel structures, connected to rubbery tubes. When the researchers pump water into the hydrogel robots, the structures quickly inflate in orientations that enable the bots to curl […]

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  • Your Android device’s Pattern Lock can be cracked within five attempts

    Pattern Lock is a security measure that protects devices, such as mobile phones or tablets, and which is preferred by many to PIN codes or text passwords. It is used by around 40 per cent of Android device owners. New research from Lancaster University, Northwest University in China, and the University of Bath, which benefitted from […]

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  • Driverless car regulations models after drug approval process

    Autonomous systems like driverless cars perform tasks that previously could only be performed by humans. In a new IEEE Intelligent Systems Expert Opinion piece, Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence ethics experts David Danks and Alex John London argue that current safety regulations do not plan for these systems and are therefore ill-equipped to ensure that autonomous systems […]

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  • Heartbeat could be used as password to access electronic health records

    Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have devised a new way to protect personal electronic health records using a patient’s own heartbeat. Traditional security measures — like cryptography or encryption — can be expensive, time-consuming, and computing-intensive. Binghamton researchers encrypted patient data using a person’s unique electrocardiograph (ECG) — a measurement of the […]

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  • Training computers to differentiate between people with the same name

    All individuals are unique but millions of people share names. How to distinguish or as it is technically known, disambiguate people with common names and determine which John Smith or Maria Garcia or Wei Zhang or Omar Ali is a specific John Smith, Maria Garcia, Wei Zhang or Omar Ali or even someone previously unidentified? […]

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  • Computer can recognise sound by watching videos.

    In recent years, computers have gotten remarkably good at recognising speech and images: Think of the dictation software on most cellphones, or the algorithms that automatically identify people in photos posted to Facebook. but recognition of sound such as drilling or cheering has lagged behind hat’s because most automated recognition systems, whether they process audio or […]

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  • Hack proofing our devices

    Radio-frequency identification tags have become almost ubiquitous look carefully, and you’ll notice them in passports, credit cards, library books, office access passes, and even pet cats. The piece of technology, which allows fast, automated identification of physical object, is also a staple for many industries. different factories and warehouses use it to track inventory and […]

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  • Smartphones and tablets: Small size, big problems

    Research show when children watch too much tv, they have a higher risk of becoming over weight. Although, more and more screen time is coming from other devices, like tablets and smartphones, and the impact of these devices has not been researched as much. a study showed researchers found that children who reported spending more time […]

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  • Safer, less vulnerable software

    According to computer scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, we can create software with 100 times fewer vulnerabilities then we do today. to accomplish that, they recommend that coders adopt the approaches they have compiled in a new publication. The 60-page document, NIST Interagency Report (NISTIR) 8151: dramatically Reducing software vulnerabilities This is a […]

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  • Augmented Reality

    The main aim of the augmented reality research is to analyse learning and motivational cognitive aspects related to it in an informal learning context. The results showed that the augmented reality experience was beneficial especially for the pupils who otherwise belong in a low achieving group on the other hand, the students with the high-performance school success gained more […]

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  • New software continuously scrambles code to foil cyber attacks

    As long as humans are writing software, there will be coding mistakes for malicious hackers to exploit. A single bug can open the door to attackers deleting files, copying credit card numbers or carrying out political mischief. A program called shuffler tries to preempt such attacks by allowing programs to repeatedly scramble their code as […]

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  • What can Pokemon Go teach us?

    Pokemon Go launched in July this year has become a global phenomenon reaching 500 million downloads within the first two moths of release. The augmented reality game, designed for mobile devices, allows users to capture, battle and train virtual creatures called Pokémon that appear on screen as if part of the real-world environment. But can […]

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  • Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D comes to the cinema

    A researcher compared the virtual reality experience with two different systems|the one with VR headsets versus one with the immersive projection system using a concave spherical screen, developed by his research team and called hybrid virtual environment 3D of hyve-3D for short.he immersed 20 subjects whom preferred the virtual reality without headsets, because they could […]

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  • Social media, good or bad

    Is social media good for you, or bad? Well, it’s complicated. A study of 12 million social media users suggests that using Facebook is associated with living longer — when it serves to maintain and enhance your real-world social ties. University of California San Diego researchers William Hobbs and James Fowler, collaborating with colleagues at […]

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  • Cheaper solar cells

    A new design for solar cells that uses cheaper and more common materials could rival and maybe outperform conventional cells made of silicon. Study co-author Michael McGehee said “Perovskite semiconductors have shown great promise for making high-efficiency solar cells at low cost,” He also said “We have designed a robust, all-perovskite device that converts sunlight into electricity […]

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  • video games lasting impact on learning

    A computer-based brain training program developed at Yale University helps improve student performance in reading and math. in a study including more than 500 high school students, math and reading scores on school- administered tests increased significantly more in children who used the brain training program Activate during the school year than in control classes. […]

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  • Brain to robot

    Using the power of thought to control a robot that helps to move a paralysed hand: a project from the ETH Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory could fundamentally change the therapy and daily lives of stroke patients. on average one in six people will suffer from a stroke in their lifetime. In Switzerland alone, stroke affects 16,000 […]

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  • Cybersecurity researchers design a chip that checks for sabotage

    With the outsourcing of microchip design and fabrication worldwide, a $350 billion business, bad actors along the supply chain have many opportunities to install malicious circuitry in chips. These “Trojan horses” look harmless but can allow attackers to sabotage healthcare devices; public infrastructure; and financial, military, or government electronics. A chip with both an embedded […]

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  • Microsoft Windows 10 is here

    After 3 years of waiting Microsoft has finally brought out the windows 10 which has been release across the globe to 1.5 billion people in 190 countries as a free upgrade or wit new PCs and tablets. In a blog last week Mehdi said “We are excited to bring Windows 10 and its many innovations to the […]

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  • Htc vive

    Virtual reality has never bigger that it is right now the reason for this is because the VR offers an incredible experience for all different ages and users giving the feeling of the outside world in the comfort of your own home. VR presents unparalleled amount of freedom for both users and creators to experiment […]

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  • Pokemon Go finally released in Japan

    After 16 days of waiting Pokemon Go has finally been released in Japan the home of the virtual creatures. The game that was first released in the US, Australia and New Zealand and is now available in more than 30 countries and now it has been released in japan. The launch comes with a McDonalds […]

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  • Pokémon Go Suffers DDOS Attack!

    Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that has become an overnight sensation, experienced sluggish performance over the weekend, possibly from a hacker attack on its login servers. Shortly after Pokemon Go devs tweeted that the game was rolling out to 26 additional countries, this tweet appeared: Trainers! We have been working to fix the #PokemonGO […]

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  • Developers of Pokémon Go Scramble To Fix Massive Privacy Problem!

    Just days after Pokemon Go sent Nintendo shares soaring in Tokyo, the game’s developers were scrambling to close a massive privacy hole. The iOS version of the mobile game — which superimposes figures onto real-world environments through augmented reality technology — apparently had a default setting that required users to grant broad permissions to access […]

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  • Google Experiments With Post-Quantum Cryptography!

    Google last week announced an experiment with post-quantum cryptography in Chrome. A small fraction of connections between Google’s servers and Chrome on the desktop will use a post-quantum key-exchange algorithm in addition to the elliptic-curve key-exchange algorithm already being used. The idea is that large quantum computers — if and when they’re built — might […]

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  • HummingBad Malware Catches Android Off-Guard!

    More than 85 million Android devices worldwide have been taken over by the Yingmob, a group of China-based cybercriminals who created the HummingBad malware, according to a Check Point report released last week. HummingBad establishes a persistent rootkit on Android devices, generates fraudulent ad revenue, and installs additional fraudulent apps. If it fails to establish […]

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  • Have We Got Big Data And Analytics All Wrong?

    Every once in a while I run into a little company that comes at an existing market as if the folks already in it are idiots — and sometimes they are right. Here’s the thing: What often happens is a company breaks out in a segment, and everyone groups around that company’s ideas and emulates […]

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  • ‘OurMine’ Hackers Hack Social Media Accounts!

    Hackers late Sunday broke into CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account and through it accessed his Twitter followers, according to reports. The group taking credit for the breach, OurMine Security, previously hit other prominent high-tech figures, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify CEO Daniel Elk, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. OurMine’s […]

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  • Twitter Introduces New Feature: Stickers!

    Twitter fans who want to dress up pix they post to the service can do it with #Stickers, a new feature announced Monday. “Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more […]

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