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.
Smart Reply is a feature in Inbox and Allo that suggests quick responses that are created by analyzing the email you received. Rather than pre-made quick responses, the suggested responses are relevant and in your style of writing.
Now when you view a message in Gmail, three smart replies are suggested for you. [...]
For several Android releases, Google has offered a Google Search widget that stretches across the full width of the screen. The Pixel Launch is different, instead using a small pill-shaped Google Search widget that sticks out the left side of the screen. That might change soon, though.
A redesigned Pixel Launcher was spotted on Google [...]
Volta and Vega: With increased integration, what's left for Taiwan vendors to customize?
Last week's Nvidia GTC event was - from the hardware point of view, at least - all about the new Volta GPU generation, and its expected leadership in AI (Artificial intelligence) and HPC (High-performance computing). As an example, a single 19-inch rack sized moderately dense Volta cabinet, with 200 to 250 of them besides the (still mandatory for now) CPUs, would match or exceed the Linpack FP performance of Taiwan's freshly ordered first Petaflop-class, multi-rack system from Fujitsu.
IHS sees first positive smartphone shipment growth in 2 years
The global smartphone market continues its recovery, with the top three China-based OEMs posting impressive gains. Samsung continued to lead the pack in smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2017, shipping 79.1 million units. That is an increase of 0.1% year-over-year, according to new analysis from IHS Markit. Apple is in the second spot, shipping 50.8 million phones, down 0.8% from a year ago.
Google to team up with Asustek to launch new AR smartphone
Google will team up with Asustek Computer to roll out its second-generation AR-enabled smartphone expecting to launch the new phone in the third quarter of 2017 at the earliest, according to Google. The Internet company cooperated with Lenovo to launch its first generation AR smartphone in 2016.
FBI intelligence analysts send letter to Trump with recommendations for bureau's next leader
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WASHINGTON May 18, 2017 The FBI Intelligence Analysts Association — which seeks to elevate the importance of the FBI’s intelligence mission and to represent the professional interests of the FBI’s 3,100 plus Intelligence Analysts (IAs) — recently requested the President, members of the Senate and House of Representatives, and the Attorney General to consider the association’s views on the critical matter of selecting the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Booz Allen wins $96M contract to provide secure tactical networks for Naval forces
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MCLEAN, VA May 17, 2017 A reliable connection to a communications network can be challenging on land—and even more so when at sea. The U.S. Navy’s Tactical Networks Program Office (PMW 160) is responsible for ensuring the Navy has access to secure and reliable communications networks on any platform, anywhere.
French law enforcement organization receive vehicles armored by Centigon
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SATORY, France May 19, 2017 Centigon France, a sister company of Centigon Security Group, a world leading provider of civil and military armoured vehicles today announced the official handing over of the keys of a series of armoured vehicles, Fortress Intervention, to the national gendarmerie during a ceremony held at the Pasquier barracks in Satory in the presence of several personalities among which colonel Laurent Phélip heading the elite intervention group.
AmeriCorps agency honored for work during disaster response efforts
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WASHINGTON May 17, 2017 The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, was selected as the National VOAD Partner of the Year. The award, presented by National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), recognizes the contributions CNCS programs have had in disaster response and recovery efforts throughout the country during the last year.
Did China Hack The CIA In A Massive Intelligence Breach From 2010 To 2012?
schwit1 quotes the International Business Times:
Both the CIA and the FBI declined to comment on reports saying the Chinese government killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012 and dismantled the agency's spying operations in the country. It is described as one of the worst intelligence breaches in decades, current and former American officials told the New York Times.
Investigators were uncertain whether the breach was a result of a double agent within the CIA who had betrayed the U.S. or whether the Chinese had hacked the communications system used by the agency to be in contact with foreign sources. The Times reported Saturday citing former American officials from the final weeks of 2010 till the end of 2012, the Chinese killed up to 20 CIA sources.
Ex-IBM Employee Guilty of Stealing Secrets For China
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:
A former developer for IBM pled guilty on Friday to economic espionage and to stealing trade secrets related to a type of software known as a clustered file system, which IBM sells to customers around the world. Xu Jiaqiang stole the secrets during his stint at IBM from 2010 to 2014 "to benefit the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China," according to the U.S. Justice Department. In a press release describing the criminal charges, the Justice Department also stated that Xu tried to sell secret IBM source code to undercover FBI agents posing as tech investors. (The agency does not explain if Xu's scheme to sell to tech investors was to benefit China or to line his own pockets). Part of the sting involved Xu demonstrating the stolen software, which speeds computer performance by distributing works across multiple servers, on a sample network. The former employee acknowledged that others would know the software had been taken from IBM, but said he could create extra computer scripts to help mask its origins.
At one point 31-year-old Xu even showed undercover FBI agents the part of the source code that identified it as coming from IBM "as well as the date on which it had been copyrighted."
An anonymous reader quotes OReilly.com's interview with the CEO of Affectiva, an emotion-measurement technology company that grew out of MIT's Media Lab.
We can mine Twitter, for example, on text sentiment, but that only gets us so far. About 35-40% is conveyed in tone of voice -- how you say something -- and the remaining 50-60% is read through facial expressions and gestures you make. Technology that reads your emotional state, for example by combining facial and voice expressions, represents the emotion AI space. They are the subconscious, natural way we communicate emotion, which is nonverbal and which complements our language... Facial expressions and speech actually deal more with the subconscious, and are more unbiased and unfiltered expressions of emotion...
Rather than encoding specific rules that depict when a person is making a specific expression, we instead focus our attention on building intelligent algorithms that can be trained to recognize expressions. Through our partnerships across the globe, we have amassed an enormous emotional database from people driving cars, watching media content, etc. A portion of the data is then passed on to our labeling team, who are certified in the Facial Action Coding System...we have gathered 5,313,751 face videos, for a total of 38,944 hours of data, representing nearly two billion facial frames analyzed.
They got their start testing advertisements, and now are already working with a third of all Fortune 500 companies. ("We've seen that pet care and baby ads in the U.S. elicit more enjoyment than cereal ads -- which see the most enjoyment in Canada.") One company even combined their technology with Google Glass to help autistic children learn to recognize emotional cues.
Computerworld celebrated its 50th anniversary by interviewing Vinton Cerf. The 73-year-old "father of the internet" remembers reading the early issues of the magazine, and reflects on how much things have changed since he gained access to computers at UCLA in 1960, "the beginning of my love affair with computing."
I worry 100 years from now our descendants may not know much about us or be able to read our emails or tweets or documents because nobody saved them or the software you need to read them won't exist anymore. It's a huge issue. I have files of text that were written 20 years ago in WordPerfect, except I don't have WordPerfect running anywhere...
Q: Do you think [creating the internet] was your greatest accomplishment?
No. Getting it turned on was a big deal. Keeping it running for the last some odd years was an even bigger deal. Protecting it from hostile governments that want to shut it down and supporting new applications at a higher capacity are all evolutions. The evolution continues... I don't know if I can point to anything and say that's the biggest accomplishment. It's one big climb up the mountain.
Looking ahead to a future filled with AI, Cerf says "I worry about turning over too much autonomous authority to a piece of software," though he's not overly concerned, "not like Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk, who are alarmists about artificial intelligence. Every time you use Google search or self-driving cars, you're using A.I. These are all assistive technologies and I suspect this is how it will be used."
He also acknowledges that "I probably don't have another 50 years left, unless Ray Kurzweil's predictions come true, and I can upload my consciousness into a computer."
New Evidence of a Decline In Electricity Use By U.S. Households
There's some surprising news from the Energy Institute at the University of California's business school. America's households are using less electricity than they did five years ago.
So what is different? Energy-efficient lighting. Over 450 million LEDs have been installed to date in the United States, up from less than half a million in 2009, and nearly 70% of Americans have purchased at least one LED bulb. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are even more common, with 70%+ of households owning some CFLs. All told, energy-efficient lighting now accounts for 80% of all U.S. lighting sales.
It is no surprise that LEDs have become so popular. LED prices have fallen 94% since 2008, and a 60-watt equivalent LED lightbulb can now be purchased for about $2. LEDs use 85% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, are much more durable, and work in a wide-range of indoor and outdoor settings.
"I would add LED TVs replacing LCD, Plasma and CRTs," writes Slashdot reader schwit1.
New SMB Worm Uses Seven NSA Hacking Tools. WannaCry Used Just Two
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have detected a new worm that is spreading via SMB, but unlike the worm component of the WannaCry ransomware, this one is using seven NSA tools instead of two. Named EternalRocks, the worm seems to be in a phase where it is infecting victims and building its botnet, but not delivering any malware payload. EternalRocks is far more complex than WannaCry's SMB worm. For starters, it uses a delayed installation process that waits 24 hours before completing the install, as a way to evade sandbox environments. Further, the worm also uses the exact same filenames as WannaCry in an attempt to fool researchers of its true origin, a reason why the worm has evaded researchers almost all week, despite the attention WannaCry payloads have received. Last but not least, the worm does not have a killswitch domain, which means the worm can't be stopped unless its author desires so. Because of the way it was designed, it is trivial for the worm's owner to deliver any type of malware to any of the infected computers. Unfortunately, because of the way he used the DOUBLEPULSAR implant, one of the seven NSA hacking tools, other attackers can hijack its botnet and deliver their own malware as well. IOCs are available in a GitHub repo. Ars Technica quotes security researchers who say "there are at least three different groups that have been leveraging the NSA exploit to infect enterprise networks since late April... These attacks demonstrate that many endpoints may still be compromised despite having installed the latest security patch."
EU Passes 'Content Portability' Rules Banning Geofencing
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo writes: The European Parliament has passed draft rules mandating 'content portability', i.e. the ability to take your purchased content and services across borders within the EU. Freedom of movement rules, which allow EU citizens to live and work anywhere in the EU, require that the individual is able to take their life with them -- family, property, and services. Under the new rules, someone who pays for Netflix or BBC iPlayer and then moves to another EU country will retain access to those services and the same content they had previously. Separately, rules to prevent geofencing of content within the EU entirely are also moving forward.
An anonymous reader quotes CSO:
As more groups get into the denial-of-service attack business they're starting to get in each other's way, according to a report released Thursday... There are only so many devices around that have the kind of vulnerabilities that make them potential targets for a botnet. That translates into a smaller average attack size, said Martin McKeay, senior security advocate at Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies Inc. There are only so many devices around that have the kind of vulnerabilities that make them potential targets for a botnet. "And other people can come in and take over the device, and take those resources to feed their own botnet," he said. "I'm seeing that over and over."
The article reports a median size for DDoS attacks of 4 gigabits per second at the start of 2015 -- which droped in the first quarter of 2017 down to 500 megabits per second.
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…
Guyana president attends Arab-American Islamic Summit
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President David Granger of Guyana arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday to join other world leaders for the Arab-American Islamic Summit on Sunday. The special summit, initiated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)...
Antigua-Barbuda strengthens diplomatic outreach in Canada
OTTAWA, Canada -- Sir Ronald Sanders has been accredited by the government of Canada as Antigua and Barbuda’s non-resident high commissioner. The accreditation took place on Monday prior to Sanders' attendance at a diplomatic retreat on Tuesday organised by the Canadian government.
Commentary: Erasing records to whitewash steroids from Track and Field is absurd
Frankly, this makes about as much sense as the Soviet Union erasing discredited politicians from old photographs, hoping to give the regime more credibility. The governing bodies of sports might think they can get all athletes to compete clean. But this is as naïve as the Catholic Church thinking...
St Lucia signs new development agreement under CBI programme
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Range Developments, an international developer focusing on luxury hotel projects in the Caribbean, signed definitive agreements with the government of Saint Lucia on Tuesday to continue the development of the Black Bay Master Development.
It's just amazing what the far left is choosing to believe about the situation in Venezuela, as exemplified by the latest article by St Lucian marxist Earl Bousquet. When he writes about "Venezuela's friends hoping for the best" he means Maduro's friends! Maduro does not own Venezuela and refuses to stand down.