Daily Report: A Net Neutrality Setback for Facebook in India
In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
Samsung releases Secure Folder for Galaxy S7, S7 edge
When the Galaxy Note 7 launched, it was equipped with a specialized folder that would allow owners to put images, apps, and other items into it, securing it away from the rest of the device. Unfortunately, the app was short-lived for obvious reasons, but now Samsung is bringing [...]
Top 10 Android app updates this week: ConnectBot, Telegram
Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the [...]
Facebook’s Day at CPAC, the Right Wing Nightmare Circus
For many Americans, life has been darker, bleaker, more difficult since Donald Trump was elected president. The clouds rolled in on November 8, and they have yet to part. Did we slip into an alternative universe, they wonder, where everything is just a little bit... wrong?
A War Is On to Destroy the Fall Armyworm in Africa
A coalition of officials met in Zimbabwe this month to discuss a little pest that has become a big problem. The fall armyworm has spread through Africa over the course of the last year and it has had devastating effects on crops. Experts fear that globalization and climate change are setting the caterpillar up to…
Leaked Image Shows Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2's Kurt Russell In All His Bearded Glory
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been super secretive about Ego the Living Planet, keeping Kurt Russell’s character mostly hidden from the public eye. The closest glimpse we’d had (until now) was an action figure two-pack, but here’s a look at Star-Lord’s daddy in the flesh.
Google's Project Ara Was Going to Offer a Tardigrade Aquarium Module
Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone was a weird concept that didn’t make it to market. The idea was to give users the option to change out custom modules for upgrades and odd individual features. A new report reveals that one of the most unusual modules would’ve featured a personal tardigrade aquarium.
New Handmaid's Tale Featurette Underscores How Eerily Timely the Story Really Is
Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s tale The Handmaid’s Tale premieres April 26, and the network just released a clip that shows how the dystopian world that surrounds the characters came into being: an extreme regime gains power and quickly reshapes the country in dangerous ways.
Qualcomm has made several announcements in the virtual reality (VR) space including introducing a new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform and the launch of a head mounted display (HMD) reference design.
Qualcomm share of China AP market to hit 30% for first time since 2012
Although the first quarter is the slow season in the China application processor (AP) market, Qualcomm is expected to continue outperforming its competitors and further increase its market share, with Digitimes Research data indicating Qualcomm's share will hit 30%.
Department of Energy report confirms capabilities of PathSensor's CANARY system
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BALTIMORE Feb. 23, 2017 Baltimore biotech firm, PathSensors, Inc., announced today that in a published evaluation of multiple immunoassay-based threat detection technologies by researchers from the Pacific National Northwest Laboratory (PNNL), a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory, PathSensors’ CANARY® biosensor threat detection technology was found to have the best level of detection (LOD) for two bio terror threats, Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) and Ricin.
Nuctech helps Australian officials seize 358kg of narcotics
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MELBOURNE Feb. 23, 2017 According to a joint media release from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Border Force (ABF), US$186 million worth of drugs was seized in Melbourne on Feb. 5, and four men were arrested in relation to the case. Nuctech's Relocatable Container/Vehicle Inspection System, which had just recently been upgraded, was instrumental in helping officials detect the contraband. It is the first time that one of Nuctech's high gradient accelerators has been used in container/vehicle inspection systems.
AFCEA International honors Leidos' Johnson with Women's Appreciation Award
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RESTON, VA Feb. 23, 2017 Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a global science and technology company, today announced that Alvie Johnson, Leidos' Army-Principal Business Developer, was recognized as a recipient of the Women's Appreciation Award by AFCEA International. Johnson received this award at the AFCEA West event in San Diego, for his leadership and support of advancing women in business.
Sword & Shield named top managed security provider
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KNOXVILLE, TN Feb. 23, 2017 Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, a leading national cybersecurity firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, was named by CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, to the 2017 Managed Service Provider 500 (MSP500) list in the Managed Security 100 category.
Sword & Shield Enterprise Security is the only Tennessee-based company recognized in the Managed Security 100 category.
Did Silicon Valley Lose The Race To Build Self-Driving Cars?
schwit1 quotes Autoblog:
Up until very recently the talk in Silicon Valley was about how the tech industry was going to broom Detroit into the dustbin of history. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber -- so the thinking went -- were going to out run, out gun, and out innovate the automakers. Today that talk is starting to fade. There's a dawning realization that maybe there's a good reason why the traditional car companies have been around for more than a century.
Last year Apple laid off most of the engineers it hired to design its own car. Google (now Waymo) stopped talking about making its own car. And Uber, despite its sky high market valuation, is still a long, long way from ever making any money, much less making its own autonomous cars. To paraphrase Elon Musk, Silicon Valley is learning that "Making rockets is hard, but making cars is really hard."
The article argues the big auto-makers launched "vigorous in-house autonomous programs" which became fully competitive with Silicon Valley's efforts, and that Silicon Valley may have a larger role crunching the data that's collected from self-driving cars. "Last year in the U.S. market alone Chevrolet collected 4,220 terabytes of data from customer's cars... Retailers, advertisers, marketers, product planners, financial analysts, government agencies, and so many others will eagerly pay to get access to that information."
Professors Claim Passive Cooling Breakthrough Via Plastic Film
What if you could cool buildings without using electricity? charlesj68 brings word of "the development of a plastic film by two professors at the University of Colorado in Boulder that provides a passive cooling effect."
The film contains embedded glass beads that absorb and emit infrared in a wavelength that is not blocked by the atmosphere. Combining this with half-silvering to keep the sun from being the source of infrared absorption on the part of the beads, and you have a way of pumping heat at a claimed rate of 93 watts per square meter.
The film is cheap to produce -- about 50 cents per square meter -- and could create indoor temperatures of 68 degrees when it's 98.6 outside. "All the work is done by the huge temperature difference, about 290C, between the surface of the Earth and that of outer space," reports The Economist.
UK Police Arrest Suspect Behind Mirai Malware Attacks On Deutsche Telekom
An anonymous reader writes: "German police announced Thursday that fellow UK police officers have arrested a suspect behind a serious cyber-attack that crippled German ISP Deutsche Telekom at the end of November 2016," according to BleepingComputer. "The attack in question caused over 900,000 routers of various makes and models to go offline after a mysterious attacker attempted to hijack the devices through a series of vulnerabilities..." The attacks were later linked to a cybercrime groups operating a botnet powered by the Mirai malware, known as Botnet #14, which was also available for hire online for on-demand DDoS attacks. "According to a statement obtained by Bleeping Computer from Bundeskriminalamt (the German Federal Criminal Police Office), officers from UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested a 29-year-old suspect at a London airport... German authorities are now in the process of requesting the unnamed suspect's extradition, so he can stand trial in Germany. Bestbuy, the name of the hacker that took credit for the attacks, has been unreachable for days."
Slooh Observatory Is Webcasting Today's Rare 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse
An anonymous reader quotes Space.com
A solar eclipse and its spectacular "ring of fire" will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere this Sunday morning, but no matter what side of the equator you're on, you can watch the spectacular event unfold online in a live broadcast from Slooh's online observatory...beginning at 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT)... This type of eclipse is called an annular eclipse, meaning that the sun will remain visible as a bright ring around the moon...
Slooh will present the eclipse in live feeds from Chile and other locations. "During the broadcast, Slooh host Gerard Monteux will guide viewers on this journey across multiple continents and thousands of miles," Slooh said in a statement. "He'll be joined by a number of guests who will help viewers explore not only the science of eclipses, but also the fascinating legend, myth, and spiritual and emotional expression associated with these most awe-inspiring celestial events."
Are Your Slack Conversations Really Private and Secure?
An anonymous reader writes:
"Chats that seem to be more ephemeral than email are still being recorded on a server somewhere," reports Fast Company, noting that Slack's Data Request Policy says the company will turn over data from customers when "it is compelled by law to do so or is subject to a valid and binding order of a governmental or regulatory body...or in cases of emergency to avoid death or physical harm to individuals." Slack will notify customers before disclosure "unless Slack is prohibited from doing so," or if the data is associated with "illegal conduct or risk of harm to people or property."
The article also warns that like HipChat and Campfire, Slack "is encrypted only at rest and in transit," though a Slack spokesperson says they "may evaluate" end-to-end encryption at some point in the future. Slack has no plans to offer local hosting of Slack data, but if employers pay for a Plus Plan, they're able to access private conversations.
Though Slack has 4 million users, the article points out that there's other alternatives like Semaphor and open source choices like Wickr and Mattermost. I'd be curious to hear what Slashdot readers are using at their own workplaces -- and how they feel about the privacy and security of Slack?
Java and Python FTP Attacks Can Punch Holes Through Firewalls
"The Java and Python runtimes fail to properly validate FTP URLs, which can potentially allow attackers to punch holes through firewalls to access local networks," reports CSO Online. itwbennett writes: Last weekend security researcher Alexander Klink disclosed an interesting attack where exploiting an XML External Entity vulnerability in a Java application can be used to send emails. At the same time, he showed that this type of vulnerability can be used to trick the Java runtime to initiate FTP connections to remote servers. After seeing Klink's exploit, Timothy Morgan, a researcher with Blindspot Security, decided to disclose a similar attack that works against both Java's and Python's FTP implementations. "But his attack is more serious because it can be used to punch holes through firewalls," writes Lucian Constantin in CSO Online. "The Java and Python developers have been notified of this problem, but until they fix their FTP client implementations, the researcher advises firewall vendors to disable classic mode FTP translation by default..." reports CSO Online. "It turns out that the built-in implementation of the FTP client in Java doesn't filter out special carriage return and line feed characters from URLs and actually interprets them. By inserting such characters in the user or password portions of an FTP URL, the Java FTP client can be tricked to execute rogue commands..."
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AppleInsider: A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday reveals Apple board member Al Gore this week sold 215,437 shares of Apple stock (APPL) worth about $29.5 million. Gore's stock sale, which was accomplished in multiple trades ranging from $136.4 to $137.12 on Wednesday, nearly matches a $29.6 million purchase of Apple shares made in 2013. When Gore bought the stock batch more than four years ago, he exercised Apple's director stock option to acquire 59,000 shares at a price of about $7.48 per share, costing him approximately $441,000. This was pre-split AAPL, so shares were valued at $502.68 each. Following today's sale, Gore owns 230,137 shares of Apple stock worth $31.5 million at the end of trading on Friday.
Arizona Bill Would Make Students In Grades 4-12 Participate Once In An Hour of Code
theodp writes: Christopher Silavong of Cronkite News reports: "A bill, introduced by [Arizona State] Sen. John Kavanagh [R-Fountain Hills] would mandate that public and charter schools provide one hour of coding instruction once between grades 4 to 12. Kavanagh said it's critical for students to learn the language -- even if it's only one session -- so they can better compete for jobs in today's world. However, some legislators don't believe a state mandate is the right approach. Senate Bill 1136 has passed the Senate, and it's headed to the House of Representatives. Kavanagh said he was skeptical about coding and its role in the future. But he changed his mind after learning that major technology companies were having trouble finding domestic coders and talking with his son, who works at a tech company." According to the Bill, the instruction can "be offered by either a nationally recognized nonprofit organization [an accompanying Fact Sheet mentions tech-backed Code.org] that is devoted to expanding access to computer science or by an entity with expertise in providing instruction to pupils on interactive computer instruction that is aligned to the academic standards."
Sprint: LG G Flex Will Launch Online on January 31 for $299 on Contract
Starting today, Sprint customers can pre-order the unique LG G Flex smartphone for $299 online with a two year contract. By pre-ordering between now and January 31st, customers will receive a complimentary Quickwindow Folio Case, which is valued at $60. Sprint…
Motorola Announces Moto X Launch in UK, France, and Germany on February 1
Certain European consumers interested in the Moto X smartphone from Motorola will soon have their chance to purchase the excellent handset. Expected to launch on February 1st, Motorola will sell its iconic Moto X device in Black or White in…
UK cops can keep millions of mugshots of innocent folks on file
You can ask to be removed, but it's up to officers to listen, Home Office cheerfully concludes
After unlawfully hoarding millions of mugshots of one-time suspects, UK police chiefs were this week told to delete the snaps – but only if the people in the photos complain. And even then, requests can be easily waved away.…
Turks and Caicos premier accused of flip-flopping at OCTA forum
PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Newly elected premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, has been accused by the opposition of accepting the chairmanship of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) while at the same time flip-flopping on...
Political prisoner returns to Puerto Rico but remains under house arrest until sentence expires
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The news broke unexpectedly on the morning of February 9. Social media was buzzing with rumors that Puerto Rico's longest-serving political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera, would be landing in San Juan that very same day. Shortly thereafter, both El Nuevo Día and...
Antigua-Barbuda's Run in Paradise half-marathon set for May 28
ST JOHN’S, Antigua --A record number of runners on the international, regional and national running scenes are expected to register by February 28 to receive a special rate for the third annual Run in Paradise, hosted in beautiful Antigua and Barbuda. Run in Paradise, which is set for May 28...
Commentary: My response to Herbert Volney - An apologist for governmental misconduct on Dominica
It is disappointing, dishonest, and evident of the suppression of dissent in Dominica that a former Trinidadian cabinet minister and judge – Mr Herbert Volney – could open an article stating “Events over the last couple of months have the potential of destabilizing the democratic way of the...