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.
Google updates Allo, Duo, and Photos; plus extras for Brazil
Brazil is a country that’s quickly rising, and it plays host to an enormous new market for tech companies. Google is well aware of that fact, and while the company already has extensive operations in Brazil, it’s making a point to develop services with Brazil in mind. Today brings in a smattering of app updates [...]
In a short span of time, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has quickly become one of the leakiest devices around. We’ve seen photos and specs galore over the past few days, but the leaks just keep on coming. In this round, three leaks show off different aspects of the upcoming phone. First off is [...]
Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks continue with images that give a good look at the rear fingerprint reader
We hope that you’re not yet tired of Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks, because another one has surfaced today.
New images leaked by Evan Blass give us another glimpse at the Galaxy S8, including its rear-mounted fingerprint reader that’s sitting right next to its rear camera. Other renders included in this leak [...]
NaaP (Network as a Platform) is the Latest Acronym to Spell Growth
For the enterprise and service provider crowd, that means riverbed is looking to bring the agility of the cloud to existing infrastructure, by adding a new abstraction layer, which automates and simplifies thorny tasks, such as provisioning, scaling, and overall services management.
Prosecutors Say They Are Hacking Over 100 Phones Confiscated at Inauguration Protests
The Trump inauguration is mostly remembered for the White House’s hilarious attempt to lie about attendance numbers and a dumb nazi getting his dome rocked. But there was also that situation where hundreds of people were arrested and slapped with rioting charges. Now, prosecutors want to go through over 100 locked…
Exxon Probably 'Lost' Those Secret Rex Tillerson Emails, They're Figuring It Out
If the 2016 election taught us anything, we now know that proper handling of email is the most important thing in the world. Recently, it came to light that while Rex Tillerson was CEO of ExxonMobil, he used an email account with an alias for his communications. Following a court order to turn over those documents,…
New Options for Getting Your Cat High Can Only Be a Good Thing
Catnip has long been the preferred fix for cats. Given just a tiny whiff of the plant, most cats will temporarily turn into an approximation of a fully loaded, 1970s era Dennis Hopper. But for some cats, it’s as pointless as an O’Douls. A new study has found three new options that could allow all cats to get totally…
Texas Senate Passes Bill Allowing Doctors to Withhold Information From Pregnant Women
In a mind-bogglingly dangerous move, conservatives in the Texas Senate have passed a bill that some say would make it legal for doctors to lie to pregnant women about discoveries made during prenatal testing.
Today the mobile version of Gab.ai—the invite-only free(ish) speech social network that has become the de facto home for many of the alt-right ecelebrities banned from Twitter—was not approved for placement on Apple’s App Store. CEO Andrew Torba isn’t taking it well.
PC vendors, in order to reflect continual hikes in component costs, including display panels, DRAM, SSDs, Li batteries, plan to raise retail prices when new models equipped with revised Kaby Lake processors are launched in the third quarter of 2017, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Apple has updated its 9.7-inch iPad, featuring a brighter Retina display with over 3.1 million pixels. The device is enclosed in an aluminum unibody enclosure weighing one pound, and it runs on the Apple-designed A9 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture.
MediaTek has appointed Rick Tsai as the company's co-CEO, effective July 1, 2017. Tsai will report directly to MediaTek chairman and CEO Ming-Kai Tsai and will also assume responsibility as vice chairman of the Mediatek Group.
Solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer and PV module maker Green Energy Technology (GET) has unveiled light-weight PV modules developed through cooperation with industrial design house Gixia Group, according to GET president Swean Lin.
TPK and O-film Tech form partnership via cross holding
Touch panel maker TPK Holding on March 21 announced the strategic partnership with China-based fellow maker Shenzhen O-film Tech through mutual stake investment and establishment of a joint venture with TPK and O-film Tech holding 49% and 51% stakes respectively.
Networking/communication device maker Accton Technology has decided to distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$3.10 (US$0.10) for 2016, accounting for 88.32% of the corresponding net EPS, according to the company.
Protective component maker Thinking sees earnings hit 3-year high in 2016
Circuit protection device maker Thinking Electronic Industrial has reported net profits of NT$901 million (US$29.58 million) for 2016, the highest level in three years. EPS for the year stood at NT$7.03.
Railroad association hails 2016 as safest year ever
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WASHINGTON March 22, 2017 U.S. railroads had the lowest train accident rate on record in 2016, according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Derailment rates, which declined 10 percent in 2016 from 2015, as well as track-caused accident rates, are also both all-time lows. The 2016 rail safety statistics continue a string of record-setting years, showing this period has been the safest ever for the rail sector.
Safran's Morpho tabbed to provide explosives detection systems for three UK airports
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CAMBRIDGE, United Knigdom March 15, 2017 Safran Identity & Security, through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a framework agreement with U.K. Airport Operator Manchester Airports Group (MAG) to supply and service its CTX™ explosives detection systems (EDS) at three airports – Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth.
Shell awards search-and-rescue contract to Bristow for Gulf of Mexico operations
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HOUSTON March 21, 2017 Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico.
Lima Airport Partners select Ultra Electronics' information system for Chavez Airport
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BLUE SPRINGS, MO March 13, 2017 Ultra Electronics Airport Systems (Ultra) has been awarded a contract to deliver and integrate an Airport Information System (AIS) at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. As a software platform for real-time information management, our AIS will optimize decision-making processes, facilitate operational excellence and underpin a significant expansion of Peru’s primary airport.
Upgraded SentiVeillance solution reduces time for successful facial recognition
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VILNIUS, Lithuania, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Neurotechnology, a provider of high-precision biometric identification and object recognition technologies, today announced the release of the SentiVeillance 6.0 software development kit (SDK), which provides improved facial recognition using up to 10 surveillance, security and public safety cameras on a single computer. The new version uses deep neural-network-based facial detection and recognition algorithms to improve accuracy, and it utilizes a Graphing Processing Unit (GPU) for enhanced speed.
Magal receives first serial order for RoboGuard from Israeli government
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YEHUD, Israel, March 21, 2017 Magal Security Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: MAGS) today announced that it received its first serial order for its revolutionary RoboGuard® system. The customer, which is an Israeli governmental customer, recently announced the RoboGuard® system to be operational. The announcement followed a series of rigorous in-the-field tests and ongoing inspections, conducted by the customer. The RoboGuard® system is also being evaluated by other governmental agencies for the perimeter security of various critical sites.
Boston-area IEEE Homeland Security Symposium to address resiliency
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WASHINGTON, March 20, 2017 The IEEE Boston Section has since shortly after 9/11 sought to improve the security of our nation. Section leaders have continuously stressed to homeland security officials the importance of close collaboration.
Kay C. Goss, an internationally recognized expert on emergency management and resiliency, will discuss the key to working together at the upcoming IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST '17). www.ieee-hst.org
Michigan company awarded body armor contracts for San Francisco police and sheriff's departments
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CENTRAL LAKE, MI March 16, 2017 Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. ("Armor Express"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, announced today that the Company has been awarded a new, two-year contract with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Sheriff's Department (SFSD) to provide its Vortex™ IIIA Gen 2 ballistic vest. The advanced, "Quad compliant" body armor system is uniquely certified to meet the most rigorous requirements of the NIJ, DEA and FBI protocols, and is tested to defeat special type ballistic rounds.
We already know the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a very unique aspect ration thanks to its extremely small bezels. A new leak shows us some of the phone's screen resolution settings: HD+, FHD+, and WQHD+.
Samsung Galaxy S8’s desktop dock leaked with full-sized USB ports, HDMI out, and Ethernet
We heard rumors that Samsung could introduce a Microsoft Contiuum-like feature for the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Today we finally have more concrete evidence thanks to a leaked image and spec sheet for the S8's upcoming desktop dock.
Sony helped Google improve wireless audio quality in Android O
Sony helped Google improve wireless audio quality in Android O thanks to their LDAC audio coding technology. Sony's technology allows for drastically higher bitrates to be transferred over Bluetooth and while all Android OEMs can now take advantage of this, there's just one small catch...
A Lithuanian Phisher Tricked Two Big US Tech Companies Into Wiring Him $100 Million
According to a recent indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice, a 48-year-old Lithuanian scammer named Evaldas Rimasauskas managed to trick two American technology companies into wiring him $100 million. He was able to perform this feat "by masquerading as a prominent Asian hardware manufacturer," reports The Verge, citing court documents, "and tricking employees into depositing tens of millions of dollars into bank accounts in Latvia, Cyprus, and numerous other countries." From the report: What makes this remarkable is not Rimasauskas' particular phishing scam, which sounds rather standard in the grand scheme of wire fraud and cybersecurity exploits. Rather, it's the amount of money he managed to score and the industry from which he stole it. The indictment specifically describes the companies in vague terms. The first company is "multinational technology company, specializing in internet-related services and products, with headquarters in the United States," the documents read. The second company is a "multinational corporation providing online social media and networking services." Both apparently worked with the same "Asia-based manufacturer of computer hardware," a supplier that the documents indicate was founded some time in the late '80s. What's more important is that representatives at both companies with the power to wire vast sums of money were still tricked by fraudulent email accounts. Rimasauskas even went so far as to create fake contracts on forged company letterhead, fake bank invoices, and various other official-looking documents to convince employees of the two companies to send him money. Rimasauskas has been charged with one count of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, and aggravated identity theft. In other words, he faces serious prison time of convicted -- each charge of wire fraud and laundering carries a max sentence of 20 years. The court documents don't reveal the names of the two companies. Though, one could surely think of a few candidates that would fit the descriptions provided in the court documents.
Japanese Company Develops a Solar Cell With Record-Breaking 26%+ Efficiency
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The silicon-based cells that make up a solar panel have a theoretical efficiency limit of 29 percent, but so far that number has proven elusive. Practical efficiency rates in the low-20-percent range have been considered very good for commercial solar panels. But researchers with Japanese chemical manufacturer Kaneka Corporation have built a solar cell with a photo conversion rate of 26.3 percent, breaking the previous record of 25.6 percent. Although it's just a 2.7 percent increase in efficiency, improvements in commercially viable solar cell technology are increasingly hard-won. Not only that, but the researchers noted in their paper that after they submitted their article to Nature Energy, they were able to further optimize their solar cell to achieve 26.6 percent efficiency. That result has been recognized by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). In the Nature Energy paper, the researchers described building a 180.4 cm2 cell using high-quality thin-film heterojunction (HJ) -- that is, layering silicon within the cell to minimize band gaps where electron states can't exist. Controlling heterojunctions is a known technique among solar cell builders -- Panasonic uses it and will likely incorporate it into cells built for Tesla at the Solar City plant in Buffalo, and Kaneka has its own proprietary heterojunction techniques. For this record-breaking solar cell, the Kaneka researchers also placed low-resistance electrodes toward the rear of the cell, which maximized the number of photons that collected inside the cell from the front. And, as is common on many solar cells, they coated the front of the cell with a layer of amorphous silicon and an anti-reflective layer to protect the cell's components and collect photons more efficiently.
LastPass Bugs Allow Malicious Websites To Steal Passwords
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has formally put forward highly controversial digital rights management as a new web standard. "Dubbed Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), this anti-piracy mechanism was crafted by engineers from Google, Microsoft, and Netflix, and has been in development for some time," reports The Register. "The DRM is supposed to thwart copyright infringement by stopping people from ripping video and other content from encrypted high-quality streams." From the report: The latest draft was published last week and formally put forward as a proposed standard soon after. Under W3C rules, a decision over whether to officially adopt EME will depend on a poll of its members. That survey was sent out yesterday and member organizations, who pay an annual fee that varies from $2,250 for the smallest non-profits to $77,000 for larger corporations, will have until April 19 to register their opinions. If EME gets the consortium's rubber stamp of approval, it will lock down the standard for web browsers and video streamers to implement and roll out. The proposed standard is expected to succeed, especially after web founder and W3C director Sir Tim Berners-Lee personally endorsed the measure, arguing that the standard simply reflects modern realities and would allow for greater interoperability and improve online privacy. But EME still faces considerable opposition. One of its most persistent vocal opponents, Cory Doctorow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, argues that EME "would give corporations the new right to sue people who engaged in legal activity." He is referring to the most recent controversy where the W3C has tried to strike a balance between legitimate security researchers investigating vulnerabilities in digital rights management software, and hackers trying to circumvent content protection. The W3C notes that the EME specification includes sections on security and privacy, but concedes "the lack of consensus to protect security researchers remains an issue." Its proposed solution remains "establishing best practices for responsible vulnerability disclosure." It also notes that issues of accessibility were ruled to be outside the scope of the EME, although there is an entire webpage dedicated to those issues and finding solutions to them.
Satellite Navigation 'Switches Off' Parts of Brain Used For Navigation, Study Finds
A new study published today in the journal Nature Communications reveals some of the drawbacks of using satellite navigation (SatNav) technology. After scanning the brains of 24 volunteers as they explored a simulation through the streets of London's Soho district, researchers from the University of London found that listening to a satellite navigation's instructions "switches off" activity in parts of the brain used for navigation. Scientific American reports: The researchers found that a brain structure called the hippocampus, which is involved in both memory and spatial navigation, appears to encode two different maps of the environment: One tracks the distance to the final destination as the crow flies and is encoded by the frontal region of the hippocampus, the other tracks the "true path" to the goal and is encoded by its rear region. During the navigation tasks, the hippocampus acts like a flexible guidance system, flipping between these two maps according to changing demands. Activity in the hippocampal rear region acts like a homing signal, increasing as the goal gets closer. Analysis of the brain-scanning data revealed activity in the rear right of the hippocampus increased whenever the participants entered a new street while navigating. It also varied with the number of new path options available. The more alternatives there were, the greater the brain activity. The researchers also found that activity in the front of the hippocampus was associated with a property called centrality, defined by the proximity of each new street to the center of the network. Further, they observed activity in the participants' prefrontal cortices when they were forced to make a detour and had to replan their route -- and this, too, increased in relation to the number of options available. Intriguingly, when participants followed SatNav instructions, however, brain activity in these regions "switched off." Together, the new findings suggest the rear portion of the hippocampus reactivates spatial memories of possible navigation paths, with more available paths evoking more activity, and that the prefrontal cortex may contribute to path-planning by searching though different route options and selecting the best one.
New submitter evolutionary writes: Apparently the Australian funnel-web spider's venom has amazing properties, if you can use it within 4.5 hours. From a report via Ars Technica: "Venom from the Australian funnel-web spider (Hadronyche infensa) contains a chemical that shuts down an ion channel known to malfunction in brain cells after strokes, researchers report Monday in PNAS. In cell experiments, the harmless chemical protected brain cells from a toxic flood of ions unleashed after a stroke strikes. In rats, the venom component markedly protected the rats' brains from extensive damage -- even when it was given hours after a stroke occurred. Researchers have years, if not decades, of work to figure out if their particular venom is safe and effective in humans. And very few potential therapies make the cut. But, this early study gives us reason to be somewhat optimistic: it follows years of research and hypotheses that such venom components and their ion channel-targets could be key to new stroke treatments -- which are desperately needed. The vast majority of strokes involve a blockage that stops or slows the flow of blood into an area of the brain (other strokes can be caused by hemorrhages.) This leaves brain cells without fresh blood and oxygen. To cope, the cells can switch to metabolic pathways that don't rely on oxygen. But this creates acidic conditions, and the pH outside of brain cells starts dropping fast -- a scenario called acidosis. In the acidic, oxygen-starved brain regions, brain cells become damaged and start dying off, causing irreparable damage. The only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat these types of strokes tries to restore blood flow by breaking up clots. But this drug is only used in about three to four percent of stroke victims because it has to be used within 4.5 hours of the stroke. It also comes with the risk of causing hemorrhages."
Microsoft's Edge Was Most Hacked Browser At Pwn2Own 2017, While Chrome Remained Unhackable
Walmart Unveils 'Store No. 8' Tech Incubator In Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is creating a technology-startup incubator in Silicon Valley to identify changes that will reshape the retail experience, including virtual reality, autonomous vehicle and drone delivery and personalized shopping. The incubator will be called Store No. 8, a reference to a Wal-Mart location where the company experimented with new store layouts. Marc Lore, chief executive officer of Wal-Mart's e-commerce operations, announced the incubator Monday at the ShopTalk conference in Las Vegas. The world's biggest retailer has been overhauling its online team to better challenge Amazon.com Inc. with greater selection and lower prices. Lore founded Jet.com, which Wal-Mart purchased in September for about $3.3 billion in pursuit of Amazon in the e-commerce race. Lore said Wal-Mart has an advantage over "pure play" e-commerce companies because of its large network of stores that attract shoppers for such items as fresh food. The incubator will partner with startups, venture capitalists and academics to promote innovation in robotics, virtual and augmented reality, machine learning and artificial intelligence, according to Wal-Mart. The goal is to have a fast-moving, separate entity to identify emerging technologies that can be developed and used across Wal-Mart.
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…
A simple library update turned into a white-knuckle ride for Ubuntu sysadmins, who have lit up Reddit and StackOverflow to complain that their 'net connections went TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance).…
CBI financed development paves way for future projects in Dominica
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes are not usually associated with creating new affordable housing communities. However, the Petite Savanne Resettlement Programme in Dominica is a ground-breaking scheme to rehouse residents displaced by...
US Coast Guard offloads $44.5 million of seized cocaine in USVI and Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The US Coast Guard offloaded approximately 929 kilograms of cocaine on Tuesday in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, and another 400 kilograms of cocaine on Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The offloads come after two recent at sea interdictions in international...
PARIS, France (RSF) -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on President Nicolas Maduro’s government to stop blocking the international media’s reporting in Venezuela. In recent months, the obstruction has included expulsions, the seizure of material and equipment, and...
Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset
According to Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Justice Adrian Saunders, in a recent lecture in St Kitts, a "colonial mindset" is to blame for the reluctance on the part of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to embrace the court as the final court of appeal. As someone who has litigated matters...
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Antigua to Bermuda Race starting on Friday 12th May is proving highly popular with a huge variety of competitors eager to take on the challenge of a true ocean race to Bermuda; the home of the 35th America's Cup. The fascinating array of yachts, as rich in history as...
Antigua-Barbuda announces new head of citizenship unit
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has announced the appointment of the first national of Antigua and Barbuda, Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, to head the country’s important Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU). Quinland-Donovan’s appointment takes...
Commentary: These Haitian venture capitalists will make you believe in the country's future
Did you ever think you would read about Haiti having a venture capital firm in your lifetime? Probably not! I know. I didn’t, either, until I connected with the firm directly. Haiti does indeed have a venture capital firm, and it’s being led by Haitians to help build Haiti’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Attempted assassination of former Haitian president
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Monday, at around 2:00 in the afternoon, the motorcade of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, escorted by two police vehicles, was the subject of shooting attack, whose origin is unknown. The incident occurred while Aristide was returning from a hearing...