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  • Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence

    12/17/2014 6:33:19 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Stanford University ^ | December 16, 2014 | Chris Cesare
    Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence Stanford University will lead a 100-year effort to study the long-term implications of artificial intelligence in all aspects of life. By Chris Cesare Russ Altman, a professor of bioengineering and of computer science at Stanford, will serve as faculty director of the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence. Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play. This effort, called the One Hundred Year...
  • Critical WordPress Plugin Bug Helps Hackers Serve Malware on Over 100,000 Sites

    12/17/2014 5:36:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | 4 hours ago Dec 17, 2014 | by Shaikh Rafia
    Researchers from Sucuri, a security firm, reported on Monday that vulnerabilities affecting a WordPress plugin are being used by hackers to compromise websites and spread malware to users’ computers. According to this report, exploiting a vulnerability in Silder Revolution, over 100,000 WordPress sites have been compromised so far. The code script planted on targeted sites loads a JavaScript malware hosted on a .ru domain.Slider Revolution is a popular WordPress premium plugin helping users to create responsive sliders. The plugin vulnerabilities were used widely by remote attackers to download files from affected servers. The flaw in a local file inclusion (LFI) affected...
  • 'The Interview' NYC Premiere Canceled After to Terrorist Threats

    12/17/2014 7:17:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Entertainment Tonight ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jackie Willis
    Fans of Seth Rogen and James Franco are going to have a harder time seeing the guys' latest funny film, The Interview, as several movie theaters are refusing to play the movie. The Thursday premiere of The Interview at New York City's Landmark Theater was canceled after threats alluding to attacks of 9/11 were made by hackers responsible for the leaks of private Sony documents. Rogen and Franco's new comedy is about two journalists who set out to assassinate the North Korean president, and since the recent promotion of the movie, Sony Pictures has faced tremendous pressure to pull the...
  • The Trouble with Tor

    12/17/2014 3:45:46 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 7 replies
    eSecurity Planet ^ | 16 December 2014 | Paul Rubens
    For over a decade, people all over the world have used Tor (formerly known as the Onion Router) to protect their privacy. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory developed the system using open source technology, to protect U.S. government communications. It is used by people living under restrictive regimes who want to access forbidden information or data on the Internet, whistle-blowers and dissidents who want to communicate with journalists, and anyone who wants to use the Internet without being tracked or to publish information on the Net without compromising their privacy.How Tor Works Tor works by sending traffic from its source...
  • Apple temporarily halts Russian online sales over currency issues

    12/16/2014 7:34:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    C/NET ^ | 12/16/2014 | by Shara Tibken
    Russian customers waiting for Apple's iPhone 6 will have to wait longer. The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant on Tuesday temporarily shuttered its online store in the Eastern European country because of the instability of Russia's currency. Apple doesn't operate physical stores in the country, and the company declined to say when it would resume online sales there. "Due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble, our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing. We apologize to customers for any inconvenience," Apple said in a statement. The ruble has been dropping sharply in recent days...
  • Jury: Apple not guilty of harming consumers in iTunes DRM case

    12/16/2014 2:44:40 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 · 1:28 pm ·
    “A federal jury handed Apple a win in a long-running antitrust case on Tuesday, rejecting plaintiffs’ claims that the company had sidelined competitors and hiked up prices during the iPod’s heyday,” Julia Love reports for The Mercury News. “After just a few hours of deliberations, the eight-member jury sided with Apple that iTunes 7.0 was a meaningful improvement over previous versions of the software, rather than a plot to hobble rivals,” Love reports. “The verdict defuses a case that could have cost Apple as much as $1 billion.” “The trial was full of legal drama, including an eleventh-hour search for...
  • System Mechanic has been hacked, they want me to give them control of my computer

    12/16/2014 7:42:15 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 23 replies
    Iolo System Mechanic ^ | 12/16/2014 | Charles O'Connell
    Alert: Fraudulent Entities Posing as iolo Please be aware that iolo Customer Care Agents do not initiate outbound phone calls based on alerts or errors from the product. If someone claiming to be from “iolo” or “System Mechanic” contacts you regarding alerts or messages from the product do not provide any information and contact iolo to verify. Learn More 
  • Apple antitrust case over iPods nears jury deliberations

    12/15/2014 8:48:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:10pm EST | BY DAN LEVINE
    (Reuters) Oakland, CA — A software update for Apple Inc's iPod music player was not a product improvement, but was intended to improperly raise costs for consumers who wanted to switch to newer devices, an attorney for Apple customers said in court. Closing arguments were delivered on Monday in an Oakland, California, federal courtroom in an antitrust trial that has cast fresh scrutiny on Apple's onetime virtual domination of the digital music market. The plaintiffs, a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009, are seeking about $350 million in damages from Apple for unfairly blocking...
  • US appeals court hears Apple e-books challenge

    12/15/2014 4:39:25 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December 14, 2014
    A US judge Monday expressed doubt towards the government's e-book antitrust case against Apple, saying the tech giant was challenging "predatory" pricing from rival Amazon. The comments came as a federal appeals court panel heard arguments in the case, in which Apple was found to have colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices. Apple argues that its entry into the e-book market fostered competition because it challenged Amazon, which had a dominant share in e-books. Apple claims its entry spurred additional publishers to produce e-books, and that prices of e-books generally fell even though it concedes that some prices rose...
  • Siege selfie shame: People queue to pose for pictures of themselves at scene of Sydney terror

    12/15/2014 7:19:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2014 | John Carney
    Tourists have always taken selfies of themselves at Sydney's most iconic landmarks, but on a day that has horrified the city many people are taking macabre snapshots for old times' sake as well. All day people were uploading selfies of themselves on Twitter from as close as possible to where the hostage siege was taking place. Just to make the photos more authentic some even took them with television cameras in the background. Two onlookers even looked like they were taking a 'celebration selfie' than one at a hostage siege. Others smiled happily as if they were standing in front...
  • The Beginning of the end for MSNBC?

    12/15/2014 7:15:54 AM PST · by wrhssaxensemble · 31 replies
    Sports on MSNBC? News Outlet Will Launch Streaming-Video Hub To Test New Shows, Hosts MSNBC is getting ready to debut a new show about sports. And one focused on books. And another that will examine celebrity and popular culture. In all, the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news network has 14 new programs ready to roll. You won’t see any of them on MSNBC. At least, not yet.
  • The bracelet that turns your ARM into a touchscreen

    12/14/2014 2:42:02 PM PST · by aquila48 · 21 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 12 December 2014 | SARAH GRIFFITHS
    From Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch to the Fitbit, there is fierce competition to get consumers hooked on wearable devices. And soon there will be a bracelet that turns your skin into a touchscreen using a tiny built-in projector. Wearers of the of the Cicret bracelet will be able to check an email or watch a film that’s projected onto their forearm, and control the picture by using their skin like a touchscreen.
  • Is this the future of fashion? First-ever 4D dress created using a printer is unveiled

    12/14/2014 11:18:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 14, 2014 | Bianca London
    As many women know only too well, finding a dress that fits like a glove is no easy task. But a new dress, created using a 3D printer, may be the answer to every woman's style woes. A design studio have used 3D printing technology to create an innovative dress customised to a woman’s body. The dress, which costs a staggering Ł1,900 ($3,000) to print, features 2,279 printed panels interconnected by 3,316 hinges. Creators Nervous System call it a ‘4D dress’ as, like fabric, the printed garment can go from a compressed object to its intended shape. Jessica Rosenkrantz, co-founder...
  • The bracelet that turns your ARM into a touchscreen: Cicret projects emails, videos and games onto

    12/14/2014 10:53:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Sarah Griffiths
    A tiny projector in the bracelet will cast an image onto the skin then eight long-range proximity sensors will detect every swipe, tap and pinch. The bracelet will also contain a USB port and accelerometer as well as supporting Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked to Block Competitors

    12/12/2014 7:29:25 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Blogs.WSJ.com ^ | December 12, 2014 | By JEFF ELDER
    A former iTunes engineer testified in a federal antitrust case against Apple Friday that he worked on a project “intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients” and “keep out third-party players” that competed with Apple’s iPod. Plaintiffs subpoenaed the engineer, Rod Schultz, to show that Apple tried to suppress rivals to iTunes and iPods. They argue that Apple’s anticompetitive actions drove up the prices for iPods from 2006 to 2009; they’re seeking $350 million in damages, which could be tripled under antitrust laws. . . Apple argues – and Schultz agreed in court Friday – that it released many improvements...
  • Obama's DOJ is bringing its big guns to the Apple e-book appeal

    12/12/2014 3:03:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Fortune ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2014, 12:11 PM EST | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    The primary job of the Solicitor General’s office is to argue cases before the Supreme Court. Why is it taking Amazon’s side on this appeal? Here’s a surprise. The e-book antitrust trial that went so badly against Apple two years ago is headed to an appeals court Monday and there’s a new name on the docket. Arguing for the U.S., alongside the lawyers for the antitrust division who handled the trial, will be Malcom Stewart, one of the biggest guns in the office of the U.S. Solicitor General. For the Solicitor General’s office to argue a case at this level...
  • How an Apple security expert ‘bricked’ his brand new jeep

    12/12/2014 12:31:08 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | December 11, 2014 | Luke Dormehl
    The world’s largest brick? Photo: Trucktrend In addition to Apple devices, noted security expert and The Mac Hacker’s Handbook co-author Charlie Miller has carried out some fascinating (and potentially terrifying) research into hacking vehicles. Last year, alongside fellow hacker Chris Valasek, Miller demonstrated that it is possible to hijack the steering and brakes of a Ford Escape and Toyota Prius using only a laptop connected to the car. Having done that, he has now moved onto exploring vulnerabilities in other vehicles — including his new 2014 Cherokee jeep. All that research comes at a high price, however, since Miller recently...
  • Apple goes on offensive in iPod antitrust trial

    12/11/2014 11:26:50 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 11, 2014 | Mark Berniker
    Apple went on the offensive Wednesday with its own witnesses in the class-action antitrust trial in federal court in Oakland, California. The jury will start to deliberate as early as next week whether Apple violated antitrust laws by blocking songs sold by rival digital music providers from working on iPods. On Wednesday, Apple brought its first witness: John Kelly, a former University of California at Santa Barbara computer science professor, who has his own technology consulting firm. Kelly was very well-versed in the innards of the Apple iTunes software iterations, and spoke directly to the jury about how Apple had...
  • Facebook offers solution to end drunken posts

    12/11/2014 3:01:56 PM PST · by Brother Cracker · 24 replies
    bbc ^ | 11 December 2014
    Facebook is working on software that could prevent users posting unflattering photos of themselves. Combining image recognition and artificial intelligence, the system would be able to distinguish between drunk and sober pictures. It would ask: "Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?" The plan was revealed by the head of Facebook's artificial intelligence research lab. Speaking to Wired magazine, Yann LeCun said he wanted to build a Facebook digital assistant. In the future, this assistant might also be able to help identify when someone else has uploaded a picture of a user without permission,...
  • Spotify Predicts Music’s Stars Of 2015

    12/11/2014 2:13:03 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 35 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | posted on Dec. 10, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. | Reggie Ugwu
    They may not have a crystal ball, but the folks at Spotify do have the next best thing: heaps and heaps of hot, fresh listener data. ...Here’s who’s next up, according to Spotify. Pell Břrns Raury The Bohicas Mikky Ekko Seinabo Sey Houndmouth Ezra Vine Kim Cesarion MisterWives James Bay Ryn Weaver George Ezra Young Fathers Catfish and the Bottlemen MLKMN Francesco Yates AURORA
  • #GAMERGATE ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN COST GAWKER OVER A MILLION DOLLARS

    12/11/2014 11:14:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | December 11, 2014 | Milo Yiannopoulos
    The cost to Gawker Media of its ridicule and viciousness toward video gamers was "seven figures" in lost advertising revenue, according to the company's head of advertising, Andrew Gorenstein. In addition, founder Nick Denton has stepped down as president and editorial director Joel Johnson has been removed from his post and will probably leave the company, reports Capital New York. "Ultimately #GamerGate is reaffirming what we’ve known to be true for decades: nerds should be constantly shamed and degraded into submission," Gawker writer Sam Biddle tweeted in October, sparking a firestorm of outrage which solidified into a sustained letter-writing campaign...
  • Why Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Sales Soared as Apple's iPad Sales Plunged

    12/11/2014 9:23:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 12/11/2014 | Leo Sun
    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Oct. 20, impressing investors in all areas except for iPad sales. iPad shipments fell year over year for the third consecutive quarter, dropping 13% to 12.3 million units. iPad revenue ($5.3 billion) also came in lower than Mac revenue ($6.6 billion) for the first time in years.Three days later, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) posted its first-quarter earnings, revealing that sales of its Surface tablets had more than doubled both year over year and sequentially, to $908 million. Microsoft attributed that surge in demand to "strong interest from students, professionals, and increasingly enterprises for...
  • Microsoft Windows 10 launch delayed to Autumn 2015

    12/11/2014 9:17:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    SEATTLE: Microsoft expects to have its new Windows 10 operating system on the market by autumn 2015, slightly later than previous comments had suggested. Chief operating officer Kevin Turner told Japanese news service Nikkei on Wednesday that the new system would be released "early next fall." Microsoft has not publicly set a firm timetable for the release of Windows 10, but only last week suggested the possibility of an earlier release. "By next late summer and early fall we'll be able to bring out this particular OS (operating system). That's the current plan of record," Turner told the Credit Suisse...
  • How your heartbeat will make passwords obsolete

    12/11/2014 7:55:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/11/2014 | By Tracey Hobbs and Monique Todd,
    Thought your fingerprint was secure? Think again. The unique pattern on the tip of your fingers can easily be copied and used to access your most personal information. As PIN numbers and passwords prove redundant in protecting data, tech companies are looking to convert bodily features into secure identity authenticators. Bionym, the Toronto-based biometrics technology company, have introduced The Nymi -- a wristband that measures heartbeats to authenticate identity. Its embedded sensor reads the electrical pulses produced by your heartbeat, which is unique to each of us. "You leave your fingerprints everywhere - you actually leave this impression which can...
  • It's Too Hard to Manage Music Now: Why It's Okay to Miss the Old iPod

    12/11/2014 7:31:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 11, 2014 | David Sims
    Recently I had a fairly pedestrian thought, a thought I've been having on and off for 10 years: "I want to put some music onto my portable music listening device." This used to be a relative cinch: I'd put the music on iTunes, plug in my iPod, and drag the songs over. Now, anytime I dare hook my iPhone up to a computer, there's software that needs updating, apps and photos I need to clear away for extra room, and esoteric rules regarding what is allowed to "sync." After finally getting an album onto my phone, another software update a...
  • The Pirate Bay offline after Swedish authorities raid data center, seize servers

    12/11/2014 12:45:53 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, December 10, 2014 · 1:29 pm
    “Notorious piracy website The Pirate Bay was taken offline yesterday, as part of a raid by Swedish authorities,” Electronista reports. “The server raid in Stockholm, which took place yesterday morning, is said to be performed as part of a large operation to protect intellectual property, with several servers and other computers seized for further examination by the police.” “Yesterday’s event joins copious others in the history of The Pirate Bay where authorities have attempted to reduce piracy,” Electronista reports. “It also occurs just over a month after co-founder Fredrik Neij was arrested in Thailand, after fleeing Sweden following his 2009...
  • Toddler vs. Apple iPad Air 2: Stress Test — with Video

    12/11/2014 12:34:38 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    CNN Money ^ | December 10, 2014: 9:23 AM ET | By Erica Fink
    Classic battles: Ali vs. Frazier. Yankees vs. Red Sox. Toddler vs. iPad? Well, not exactly. CNNMoney gave two nursery school classmates a brand new iPad Air 2 and let them loose in our studios for a (very) non-scientific stress test. Good news for iPad owners: You can literally throw the device from the top of a 12-foot staircase and see it survive. (A note: CNN's newsrooms have a thin layer of carpeting, but the iPad endured nearly a dozen such plunges.) We mistakenly thought that when the toddlers grew tired, we'd see how well the tablet withstood a full-blown tantrum....
  • Web inventor says Internet should be ‘human right’

    12/10/2014 9:22:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2014 7:02 PM EST | Sylvia Hui
    The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web has called for affordable access to the Internet to be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government surveillance and censorship are on the rise. Tim Berners-Lee said Thursday the Internet can help tackle inequality—but only if it comes with the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. The Briton, who launched the Web in 1990, made the remarks as he released his World Wide Web Foundation’s latest report tracking the Internet’s global impact. …
  • Comcast Hotspot Lawsuit Claims WiFi Expansion Piggybacks on Signals From Customer Routers

    12/10/2014 6:54:05 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Clyde Hughes
    Comcast's attempt to expand WiFi hotspots around the country has been met with a class action lawsuit in San Francisco by customers who claim the cable giant is trying to use their wireless routers to let others access the Internet. According to the Courthouse News Service, the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by lead plaintiff Toyer Grear and it charges that Comcast gave unsuspecting customers across the country routers that would broadcast secondary signals allowing others to connect with the Internet without the customer's approval. ... The suit claims Comcast hoped to piggyback off its customers so it...
  • What happens to society when robots replace workers?

    12/10/2014 1:05:31 PM PST · by giant sable · 43 replies
    Harvard Business Review.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | William Davidow & Michael S. Malone
    The technologies of the past, by replacing human muscle, increased the value of human effort – and in the process drove rapid economic progress. Those of the future, by substituting for man’s senses and brain, will accelerate that process – but at the risk of creating millions of citizens who are simply unable to contribute economically, and with greater damage to an already declining middle class.
  • Apple releases iOS 8.1.2

    12/10/2014 3:21:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, December 9, 2014 · 1:18 pm
    Apple today released iOS 8.1.2 which includes bug fixes and addresses a problem where ringtone purchased through iTunes Store may have been removed from your device. To restore these ringtones, visit Restore Ringtones on your iOS device. iOS 8.1.2 is compatible with the following iOS devices: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad 2, iPad (third-generation), iPad (fourth-generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display iPod touch 5G The iOS 8.1.2 update is now available as an OTA download.
  • Apple trial may have new plaintiff

    12/10/2014 2:33:00 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    The Courier ^ | Dec 9, 2014 9:01 PM PT
    OAKLAND, California (AP) — A billion-dollar class-action lawsuit against Apple will likely continue, after a 65-year-old Massachusetts business consultant read about the plaintiffs’ floundering case online and volunteered to represent consumers in the suit. A federal judge said she’s tentatively satisfied with a proposal to add Barbara Bennett the new named plaintiff in the lawsuit over Apple’s iTunes software and the price of its iPods. Bennett, who sometimes used her iPod to listen to music while ice skating, boarded a plane early Tuesday and flew to California at the request of lawyers who are suing Apple Inc. on behalf of...
  • Wikipedia articles are sloppier than they used to be

    12/09/2014 7:21:54 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 18 replies
    Wikipedia is much maligned as a serious reference source. However, with regard to trivial subjects, Wikipedia can be a rich source of obscure and oddball facts about subjects that most people don't care about. For example, no respectable encyclopedia would have an article about snipe hunting but Wikipedia fails to disappoint in that regard. Or how about A Flock of Seagulls? If you played in a garage rock band that sold 47 copies of an album (and mostly to friends), you can get an entry for that band (so long as somebody outside the band writes it). Or what about...
  • Antitrust case against Apple on its last legs

    12/09/2014 2:34:08 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 9, 2014 | Mark Berniker
    <p>The antitrust lawsuit against Apple is on its last legs after a federal judge dismissed the plaintiffs' last remaining witness.</p> <p>Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said Monday she was "concerned" and "troubled" by the remaining plaintiffs' witness in the class action case.</p>
  • Parents: 50 texting acronyms your kids might use that you need to know

    12/09/2014 5:47:49 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    7NEWS ^ | Dec 8, 2014
    Parent involvement key to keeping kids safe online. These days, kids let their fingers do the talking, instant messaging or texting their "BFF's" at any time of the day or night. BFF is "best friend forever" in Internet shorthand. ... Do you know what "POS" means in kid lingo? That's "parent over shoulder." Don't worry, the three dads we asked didn't know either. We stumped another mom with "ASL." That's "age-sex-location," a phrase swapped liberally throughout the Internet when strangers meet.
  • Apple trial continues, without a plaintiff for now

    12/08/2014 10:40:29 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | December 8, 2014 Updated 5:31 pm, Monday, | By BRANDON BAILEY
    <p>OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decided Monday that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial since last week.</p>
  • I Think Yahoo Weather Is Gaslighting Me On The Temperature (iPhone)

    12/08/2014 11:03:13 AM PST · by Haiku Guy · 50 replies
    12/8/14 | Self (VANITY)
    I have noticed over the last few months that the temperature I get for my location from Yahoo Weather on my iPhone is running 3-4 degrees F higher than the actual temperature that I observe through my own equipment or on various thermometers around town. For instance, right now it is 29 degrees F, the puddles are frozen, and the termometer outside my window, the radio and the bank across the street all agree that it is 29 degrees F. But my iPhone is telling me it is 34 degrees. If this just happened from time to time, I would...
  • Cybersecurity Threats 2015: More Espionage, More Apple Malware

    12/08/2014 2:32:15 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    EcommerceTimes ^ | 12/03/14 6:53 AM PT | By John P. Mello Jr.
    Cybercriminals will train their gaze on Apple more often next year. Attacks on OS X have begun to rise, and an acceleration of those attacks is likely, SentinelOne noted, because Apple continues to grow its share of the enterprise market, where it has become a darling of executives who are ripe targets for hackers. Apple's security problems are compounded by its reputation as a "safe" platform. Cyberspies will flourish and hackers will target Apple devices more often in 2015. Until now, Russia, China and the United States have dominated the cyberespionage scene, but their success will start to attract new...
  • Mac and Linux come under attack as the threat landscape shifts

    12/07/2014 8:46:24 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    Beta News ^ | December 4, 2014 | By Ian Barker
    The latest monthly report from internet security specialist Doctor Web shows that whilst Windows and Android users have no cause for complacency, November saw substantial numbers of malicious programs aimed at Mac OS X and Linux platforms. Trojans remain the most popular form of attack making up 8.7 percent of all malware detected. Trojan.InstallCore.12, which installs different adware, toolbars and browser extensions, ranks first. BackDoor.Andromeda.404, which downloads other malicious programs into an infected system when commanded to do so by intruders, ranks second. In November BackDoor.Andromeda.404 was distributed in large quantities by email thanks to a mass spam campaign. It...
  • Artificial Intelligence: Friendly or Frightening? (News - MIT spinoff - Sentient Computers )

    12/07/2014 7:26:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    livescience.com ^ | December 04, 2014 03:48pm ET | by Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer
    It's a Saturday morning in June at the Royal Society in London. Computer scientists, public figures and reporters have gathered to witness or take part in a decades-old challenge. Some of the participants are flesh and blood; others are silicon and binary. Thirty human judges sit down at computer terminals, and begin chatting. The goal? To determine whether they're talking to a computer program or a real person.
  • Oops, no plaintiff! Apple iPod judge asks if lack of plaintiff dooms trial

    12/07/2014 12:35:26 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Dec 5, 2014
    “Apple Inc said it discovered that the lead consumer in a $1 billion group antitrust lawsuit over the iPod didn’t buy a device in the time period covered by the case, which could derail a trial now under way,” Karen Gullo reports for Bloomberg. “Bill Isaacson, Apple’s attorney, told U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers that plaintiff Marianna Rosen’s iPod was purchased in July 2009, three months after a deadline for iPod owners to be included in the case. The case, filed in 2005, is over claims that Apple sought to thwart rival music stores to maintain a monopoly over...
  • Help! Can't print Google maps anymore...what happened?

    12/06/2014 9:11:15 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 62 replies
    Internet ^ | 6 December, 2014 | Mene
    Can't print Google maps anymore and can't figure out what is wrong. Can print any other webpage via usual means, just can't get a selected address map to print. Can someone lend assistance to the technology-challenge freeper please?
  • Do Kids Avoid Punishment by ‘Parent Shaming’ on Social Media?

    12/06/2014 8:25:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Dec 06, 2014 4:53 pm
    Parents are reportedly now finding it tougher to discipline their children, because a punishment could result in “parent shaming” by their kids on social media. A recent article in The Daily Mail asserted that social networks are creating a generation of parents who are afraid their children will complain about them online or even secretly record a parental lecture or rant and then post it. “You can’t be in fear of raising your kids,” Siggy Flicker said on “Fox and Friends Weekend,” adding that the first thing she takes away from her children as punishment is what they value most:...
  • Merkel speaks out against net neutrality

    12/06/2014 11:35:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Dec 2014 16:15 GMT+01:00 | Sabine Devins
    Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for preferential services for certain providers on the web at her keynote speech at a conference in Berlin on Thursday. Merkel said that some key services for the digital economy would require reliable transmission quality and should therefore be treated differently from other data. At the Vodafone-hosted Digitizing Europe conference in Berlin, she called for a splitting of services, “one for free internet, and the other for special services,” adding that it was up to Brussels to negotiate how it would work. "An innovation-friendly internet means that there is a guaranteed reliability for special services,"...
  • New details of Apple's circular 'spaceship' HQ emerge

    12/06/2014 2:27:23 AM PST · by dennisw · 43 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 5 December 2014 | Mark Prigg
    New planning certificates reveal 120,000 square foot auditorium and 100,000 square foot fitness center Steve Jobs originally submitted the application for the Cupertino headquarters back in 2011 The campus will be a mile in circumference, feature glass walls and solar panels and cover 175 acres Cars will be 'banished and buried' in an underground car park and tarmac will be replaced with greenery Glass walls the height of the building will slide open, and cafes and restaurants will help break up the vast scale More than 1,000 bikes will be kept on site to help staff make their way around...
  • Physics: Quantum computer quest

    12/05/2014 11:28:06 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Nature ^ | 12/3/14 | Elizabeth Gibney
    When asked what he likes best about working for Google, physicist John Martinis does not mention the famous massage chairs in the hallways, or the free snacks available just about anywhere at the company's campus in Mountain View, California. Instead, he marvels at Google's tolerance of failure in pursuit of a visionary goal. “If every project they try works,” he says, “they think they aren't trying hard enough.” Martinis reckons that he is going to need that kind of patience. In September, Google recruited him and his 20-member research team from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and set them...
  • US spooks buy a superconducting supercomputer ( Research Project)

    12/05/2014 11:28:38 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:45 | Nick Farrell
    Password guessing The U.S. intelligence community has launched a multi-year research project to develop a superconducting computer, awarding its first contracts to three major technology companies.IBM, Raytheon BBN and Northrop Grumman won the contracts, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity said Wednesday, without disclosing financial details.If it works, the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program could lead to a new generation of superconducting supercomputers."The energy demands of today's high-performance computers have become a critical challenge for the Intelligence Community that the C3 program aims to address," IARPA said in a statement. Such computers use massive amounts of energy.Competition from Europe, Japan...
  • 'Huge' iPhone 6 sales drive iOS to 40% smartphone market share in Australia, US, UK, Japan

    12/05/2014 9:19:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | 12/05/2014 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    During the last 12 days of Q3 2014, Apple "experienced a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6," reported Dominic Sunnebo of Kantar Worldpanel, enabling iOS to reach or exceed 40 percent market share in Australia, U.S., UK and Japan. Twelve days of iPhone 6 sales dramatically shifted quarterly market share in Europe Kantar's estimates of Apple's market share for the quarter increased by 40 percent (5.9 percentage points) over the year ago quarter across the five largest markets in Europe (Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), while Android's...
  • 600 Millions PCs Waiting for Windows 10: Intel Very Optimistic about shipments

    12/04/2014 1:21:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 12/04/2014
    Windows 10 is still in development at Microsoft, but Redmond’s partners claim that interest in new PCs has increased lately, especially after the software giant released the very first Windows 10 Technical Preview for testers. What’s more, millions of PCs are waiting right now for Windows 10, as the new operating system is already seen as a breath of fresh air for the collapsing PC industry which has suffered from dropping figures in the last couple of years. Windows 8 didn’t help, many said, so Windows 10 could definitely boost shipments, Intel’s executives explained during a recent press conference. Renee...
  • 10 Signs That Give Away the Fact That You Own a 3D Printer (Humor)

    12/04/2014 10:09:01 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 8 replies
    3D Print.com ^ | 4DEC2014 | EDDIE KRASSENSTEIN
    With the increasing popularity of certain movies, books, video games, and other technologies, comes the increasing awareness of new groups of individuals who relate to each other by a common interest which they share. We see this with Apple iPhone owners, Android smartphone users and the like. We also see this with fans of movies and TV shows; i.e. Star Trek (Trekkies). With the increasing awareness of 3D printing, comes a new group of people who are keen on learning all they can about the futuristic technology, and while they like it or not, they may just be becoming part...