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 Pixel 3 XL torn down by iFixit revealing Samsung display
Just like every popular phone, the Google Pixel 3 duo got the teardown treatment courtesy of iFixit. We see a fairly average construction, a bit more difficult than last year’s model. The final score is 4 out of 10, which isn’t very good.
However, that’s not the interesting tidbit. The [...]
The United States is starting to develop a grid of EV chargers for electric vehicles, thanks to the automobiles starting to become more prevalent on the streets. So of course Google is going to try and help with finding charging stations as people drive from one location to another.
Huawei Mate 20 series features proprietary external storage
With most Android phones, we get to enjoy a lot of standards like USB Type-C and microSD external storage (on the few phones that still feature it). We get to avoid a lot of the proprietary junk from other manufacturers and the licensing costs that are often associated with it.
T-Mobile is testing a 36-month installment plan with the Galaxy Note 9
As smartphones, especially the flagship models, continue to get more expensive, spreading out the cost with installment plans from the major wireless carriers (or manufacturers, when available) is a nice way to help reduce the sticker shock. And it looks like T-Mobile is toying with the idea of letting [...]
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 video leaks showing off RGB lighting
What’s better than RGB? Well nothing really, unless the answer is more RGB. The release of the Razer Phone 2 brought a beautiful Razer logo illuminated in RGB with Chroma lighting effects, matching the companies gaming peripherals. RGB may be a running [...]
Demand for Chrome-based digital signage to more than double in 2H18
Digital signage supplier AOpen has revealed that shipments of Chrome-based enterprise IT solutions will more than double on year in the second half of 2018 amid growing popularity among enterprise users.
The Tokyo District Court has dismissed a claim filed by LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics that Japan-based Nichia, Citizen Electronics and Daiko Electric infringed on its Japanese patent, according to Nichia.
Taiwan suppliers remain cautious about orders for new iPhones
Despite the iPhone XR slated for launch in the latter half of October, Taiwan-based suppliers engaged in the Apple supply chain remain cautious about orders for the new iPhone series for the rest of 2018, according to industry sources.
Mosquito Control Serving Fairfield and Westchester County ny and ct
We all look forward to summer, especially the cookouts, lazy Saturday afternoons, and other fun under the warm sun right in our own backyard. Just like the song says, Summertime and the living is easy. But if you have mosquitoes, all that easy living isn’t so easy. Red Carpet Mosquito Control can help you get your backyard back so you can get on with your summer fun.
Home mosquito control is one of the toughest outdoor concerns for most homeowners because a mosquito infestation is not only annoying, its also a big health concern. Anyone who has ever been bitten by one of these tiny pests knows the aggravation of the red, itchy skin and knows there are more to come if they don’t do some kind of mosquito control.
Even a few mosquitoes buzzing around the yard are enough to put a damper on those backyard activities.
If you have mosquitoes, there are some basic steps to take until you can get your mosquito squad under control. From removing mosquito habitats to preventing bites, there are things any homeowner can do to minimize the impact until more permanent home mosquito control services can be put in place.
Mosquitoes thrive where there is standing water, their favorite place to lay their eggs.
Getting rid of some of these habitats is a great first step for effective mosquito control.
Clean out those gutters. Gutters that have debris and other obstructions allow water to stand for long periods of time, creating a perfect place for mosquitoes to flourish.
Bird baths, rain barrels, and potted plant trays are other prime locations for water to stand. Emptying these at least once a week will go a long way towards eliminating mosquito habitats.
Any type of swimming pool can be just one huge nursery for all those mosquito eggs, so make sure to keep that water circulating or change out the water in smaller pools.
Toys left out in the yard, old tires, and many other places where water can stand should be drained or dumped. A thorough inspection of your yard should help you find many of these problem areas and will give you a good start on getting things under control.
Mosquito bites are certainly annoying, but also potentially dangerous. Mosquitoes carry Zika, West Nile, Malaria and other viruses that are harmful to the health of humans and animals. A few precautions, though not very summer-like, should minimize the danger until mosquito control services are in place.
Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks go a long way in preventing bites simply because there is a lot less skin for mosquitoes to bite. Tucking your pants into your socks is another step you can take.
Use spray mosquito repellents around the yard, especially in areas you suspect may have, or have had, standing water.
Apply EPA-approved repellents to exposed skin making sure you follow the label directions.
Set up some citronella candles, torches, or similar type repellents for broader home mosquito control around decks and other places where you spend time.
Replace outdoor lights with yellow bulbs wherever possible because they have been shown to be less attractive than regular white lights.
To keep mosquitoes outside where they belong, be sure to have screens on any open windows, and make sure doors stay closed whenever possible.
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"Allowing Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers to be directly accessible from the public internet is a terrible idea. The RDP service exposes a very broad attack surface that over the years has been subject to a number of serious vulnerabilities, and is surely harboring more.
Even absent vulnerabilities in the RDP service itself, most RDP servers are configured to allow login using just a username and password. This places a huge burden on users to pick strong passwords that cannot be guessed, something that users are rarely able to do. Since password reuse is unfortunately quite common practice, even if a user's password has good complexity it may be guessable as a result of a breach at some other organization or web site. Certainly it is desirable to enable features to limit the ability of attackers to have many attempts to guess passwords, but this may come at the expense of legitimate users being locked out as a result of password hammering attempts by attackers.
Enabling some kind of second factor to login to the RDP server is desirable. This could be limiting access to a defined set of source IP addresses where users are expected to connect from. Requiring smart card login or using Azure AD's two factor authentication with a mobile app would help too.
Once attackers have managed to compromise a user account on an RDP server, it is relatively easy for them to get long term persistence. One approach might be to put something in the user's profile that runs whenever the user logs in (legitimately or otherwise) and establishes communication with a C&C server. Alternatively, local privilege escalation vulnerabilities are common place and could be exploited to get administrator access on the local system, from where it might be possible to harvest credentials of more privileged domain users.
One interesting approach that has been used by attackers to get persistence is to tamper with Windows' accessibility features (intended to help users with disabilities), which are active even on the login screen. It is possible to interfere with the accessibility system such that if the "sticky keys" feature is invoked by pressing the shift key five times an administrator cmd shell will appear over the top of the login dialogue of the RDP session, providing password-less administrator access!
Reducing the attack surface can be done in a number of ways. In some situations, using Microsoft's Network Level Authentication feature is useful to avoid exposing the login screen, but in the kinds of situations where remote access is required this may not be possible.
By far the best approach is to avoid exposing RDP servers directly to the public internet at all, and to put them behind a VPN. Ideally, connecting to the VPN would require more than just a user name and password, perhaps a known source IP or a certificate installed on the connecting machine. For extra security the private key for the certificate could be stored in the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) or a smart card so that it couldn't be removed from the client machine and used elsewhere."
Raytheon developing system that lets artificial intelligence explain itself: DARPA program applies 'trust but verify' to AI
Under the Defense Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Explainable Artificial Intelligence program (XAI), Raytheon (NYSE : RTN ) BBN Technologies is developing a first of its kind neural network that explains itself.
The XAI program aims to create a suite of machine learning techniques that produce more explainable models while maintaining a high level of performance. It also aims to help human users understand, appropriately trust and effectively manage the emerging generation of artificially intelligent partners.
Raytheon BBN's Explainable Question Answering System will allow AI programs to 'show their work,' increasing the human user's confidence in the machine's suggestions. "Our goal is to give the user enough information about how the machine's answer was derived and show that the system considered relevant information so users feel comfortable acting on the system's recommendation," said Bill Ferguson, lead scientist and EQUAS principal investigator at Raytheon BBN.
EQUAS will show users which data mattered most in the AI decision-making process. Using a graphical interface, users can explore the system's recommendations and see why it chose one answer over another. The technology is still in its early phases of development but could potentially be used for a wide-range of applications.
"A fully developed system like EQUAS could help with decision-making not only in DoD operations, but in a range of other applications like campus security, industrial operations and the medical field," said Ferguson. "Say a doctor has an x-ray image of a lung and her AI system says that its cancer. She asks why and the system highlights what it thinks are suspicious shadows, which she had previously disregarded as artifacts of the X-ray process. Now the doctor can make the call – to diagnose, investigate further, or, if she still thinks the system is in error, to let it go."
As the system is enhanced, EQUAS will be able to monitor itself and share factors that limit its ability to make reliable recommendations. This self-monitoring capability will help developers refine AI systems, allowing them to inject additional data or change how data is processed.
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Northrop Grumman, DARPA Set New Standard for Wireless Transmission Speed
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have set a new standard for wireless transmission by operating a data link at 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) over a distance of 20 kilometers in a city environment.
The two-way data link, which featured active pointing and tracking, was demonstrated Jan. 19, 2018 in Los Angeles.
The blazing data rate is fast enough to download a 50 Gigabyte blue ray video in four seconds. The demonstration marked the successful completion of Northrop Grumman’s Phase 2 contract for DARPA’s 100 Gbps (100G) RF Backbone program.
The 100G system is capable of rate adaptation on a frame by frame basis from 9 Gbps to 102 Gbps to maximize data rate throughout dynamic channel variations. Extensive link characterization demonstrated short-term error-free performance from 9 to 91 Gbps, and a maximum data rate of 102 Gbps with 1 erroneous bit received per ten thousand bits transmitted.
The successful data link results from the integration of several key technologies. The link operates at millimeter wave frequencies (in this case, 71-76 gigahertz and 81-86 gigahertz) with 5 gigahertz of bandwidth, or data carrying capacity, and uses a bandwidth efficient signal modulation technique to transmit 25 Gbps data streams on each 5 gigahertz channel. To double the rate within the fixed bandwidth, the data link transmits dual orthogonally polarized signals from each antenna. Additionally, the link transmits from two antennas simultaneously (spatial multiplexing) and uses multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) signal processing techniques to separate the signals at two receiving antennas, thus again doubling the data rate within the fixed bandwidth.
According to Louis Christen, director, research and technology, Northrop Grumman, “This dramatic improvement in data transmission performance could significantly increase the volume of airborne sensor data that can be gathered and reduce the time needed to exploit sensor data.”
“Next generation sensors such as hyperspectral imagers typically collect data faster, and in larger quantity than most air-to-ground data links can comfortably transmit,” said Christen. “Without such a high data rate link data would need to be reviewed and analyzed after the aircraft lands.”
By contrast, a 100G data link could transmit high-rate data directly from the aircraft to commanders on the ground in near real time, allowing them to respond more quickly to dynamic operations.
The successful 100G ground demonstration sets the stage for the flight test phase of the 100G RF Backbone program. This next phase, which started in June, demonstrates the 100G air-to-ground link up to 100 Gbps over a 100 km range and extended ranges with lower data rates. The 100G hardware will be flown aboard the Proteus demonstration aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman subsidiary Scaled Composites.
Northrop Grumman’s 100G industry team includes Raytheon, which developed the millimeter wave antennas and related RF electronics and Silvus Technologies, which provides the key spatial multiplexing and MIMO signal processing technologies.
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Google will charge OEMs for using Google apps on Android devices in Europe
Google has officially released its plan to comply with the European Commission’s ruling that Android was not competitive. For those who don’t know, Google has required that OEMs include Google Search, Chrome and a handful of other apps if they want Google Play installed on their devices. Starting on October 29 of this year — that will ...
Eminem’s Jimmy Kimmel performance of “Venom” was recorded with the Google Pixel 3
Google is out to show the world that the new Pixel 3 has the best smartphone camera money can buy. The Pixel 3’s new and improved camera capabilities appear to be better than last year’s Pixel 2 and definitely outperform anything we’ve seen from Apple, Samsung, LG and most of the other big smartphone players ...
Huawei Mate 20 X unveiled as best mobile gaming device with world’s 1st Graphene Film cooling system
There’s no denying that Huawei brought its A game with the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, but the company didn’t stop there. Meet the new Huawei Mate 20 X, a massive Android smartphone that’s being pitched as the ultimate mobile gaming device. The Huawei Mate 20 X is dominated by its 7.2-inch 1080p ...
This is the Huawei NM Card included in its Mate 20 phones
Along with the new Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones, Huawei has unveiled a new memory card format – the Nano Memory Card or NM Card. The new NM Card is smaller than a microSD card and is the same size and shape as a nanoSIM card. The company has not released many ...
The new Palm is a surprisingly different Android smartphone
At long last, the new Palm has been officially unveiled. TCL purchased rights to the brand name a few years back, but it has taken the company quite a while to figure out what type of device its first Palm smartphone would be. Rather than jumping in with all the other smartphones makers on the ...
With all of the various devices that we have in our lives these days, there are rarely enough outlets or plugs available to keep everything topped up. A desk charger can help bring a number of USB cables to within easy reach and just helps remind you to plug in, but they tend to be ...
Google reinvents the Chromebook with the Pixel Slate
Google’s Chrome OS and Chromebooks have been around for years, but Google is hitting the reset button with the unveiling of the Google Pixel Slate. The new tablet offers a completely new experience, giving users productivity in a more mobile form factor. The Slate is thin and light with rounded edges and a balanced bezel ...
Google Home Hub is built to be the center of your smarthome
Google’s next iteration of its Google Home hardware was unveiled today, the new Google Home Hub. The device is Google’s take on the Smart Display device’s that just hit the market last month. The Google Home Hub features multiple speakers and microphones like other Google Home devices, but its main attraction is its large display ...
'Do Not Track,' the Privacy Tool Used By Millions of People, Doesn't Do Anything
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: When you go into the privacy settings on your browser, there's a little option there to turn on the "Do Not Track" function, which will send an invisible request on your behalf to all the websites you visit telling them not to track you. A reasonable person might think that enabling it will stop a porn site from keeping track of what she watches, or keep Facebook from collecting the addresses of all the places she visits on the internet, or prevent third-party trackers she's never heard of from following her from site to site. According to a recent survey by Forrester Research, a quarter of American adults use "Do Not Track" to protect their privacy. (Our own stats at Gizmodo Media Group show that 9% of visitors have it turned on.) We've got bad news for those millions of privacy-minded people, though: "Do Not Track" is like spray-on sunscreen, a product that makes you feel safe while doing little to actually protect you.
Yahoo and Twitter initially said they would respect it, only to later abandon it. The most popular sites on the internet, from Google and Facebook to Pornhub and xHamster, never honored it in the first place. Facebook says that while it doesn't respect DNT, it does "provide multiple ways for people to control how we use their data for advertising." (That is of course only true so far as it goes, as there's some data about themselves users can't access.) From the department of irony, Google's Chrome browser offers users the ability to turn off tracking, but Google itself doesn't honor the request, a fact Google added to its support page some time in the last year. [...] "It is, in many respects, a failed experiment," said Jonathan Mayer, an assistant computer science professor at Princeton University. "There's a question of whether it's time to declare failure, move on, and withdraw the feature from web browsers." That's a big deal coming from Mayer: He spent four years of his life helping to bring Do Not Track into existence in the first place. Only a handful of sites actually respect the request -- the most prominent of which are Pinterest and Medium (Pinterest won't use offsite data to target ads to a visitor who's elected not to be tracked, while Medium won't send their data to third parties.)
YouTube is facing outage worldwide, users and web tracker DownDetector reported Tuesday evening. Users attempting to visit the site have reported seeing a blank website frame instead of the usual homepage. The YouTube app also showed the same problems. In a tweet, YouTube said it was working on resolving the issues on YouTube, YouTube TV, and YouTube Music. Update: The issue has been resolved.
Chrome 70 Arrives With Option To Disable Linked Sign-Ins, PWAs On Windows, and AV1 Decoder
Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Chrome 70 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The release includes an option to disable linking Google site and Chrome sign-ins, Progressive Web Apps on Windows, the ability for users to restrict extensions' access to a custom list of sites, an AV1 decoder, and plenty more. You can update to the latest version now using Chrome's built-in updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome.
An anonymous Slashdot reader adds: "The most anticipated addition to today's release is a new Chrome setting panel option that allows users to control how the browser behaves when they log into a Google account," reports ZDNet. "Google added this new setting after the company was accused last month of secretly logging users into their Chrome browser accounts whenever they logged into a Google website." Chrome 70 also comes with support for the AV1 video format, TLS 1.3 final, per-site Chrome extension permissions, TouchID and fingerprint sensor authentication, the Shape Detection API (gives Chrome the ability to detect and identify faces, barcodes, and text inside images or webcam feeds), and, last but not least, 23 security fixes.
Palm Is Back With a Mini Companion Android Phone That's Exclusive To Verizon
A couple months ago, it was reported that the dearly departed mobile brand known as Palm would be making a comeback. That day has finally come. Yesterday, Palm announced The Palm, a credit card-sized Android smartphone that's supposed to act as a second phone. Droid Life reports: The Palm, which is its name, is a mini-phone with a 3.3-inch HD display that's about the size of a credit card, so it should fit nicely in your palm. It could be put on a chain or tossed in a small pocket or tucked just about anywhere, thanks to that small size. It's still a mostly fully-featured smartphone, though, with cameras and access to Android apps and your Verizon phone number and texts.
The idea here is that you have a normal phone with powerful processor and big screen that you use most of the time. But when you want to disconnect some, while not being fully disconnected, you could grab Palm instead of your other phone. It uses Verizon's NumberSync to bring your existing phone number with you, just like you would if you had an LTE smartwatch or other LTE equipped device. Some of the specs of this Verizon-exclusive phone include a Snapdragon 435 processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 12MP rear and 8MP front cameras, 800mAh battery, IP68 water and dust resistance, and Android 8.1. As Kellen notes, "It does cost $350, which is a lot for a faux phone..." We've already seen a number of gadget fans perplexed by this device. Digital Trends goes as far as calling it "the stupidest product of the year."
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than scientists realized. Huge numbers of bugs have been lost in a pristine national forest in Puerto Rico (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source), the study found, and the forest's insect-eating animals have gone missing, too. The latest report, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that this startling loss of insect abundance extends to the Americas. The study's authors implicate climate change in the loss of tropical invertebrates.
Bradford Lister, a biologist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, has been studying rain forest insects in Puerto Rico since the 1970s. "We went down in '76, '77 expressly to measure the resources: the insects and the insectivores in the rain forest, the birds, the frogs, the lizards," Lister said. He came back nearly 40 years later, with his colleague Andrés García, an ecologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. What the scientists did not see on their return troubled them. "Boy, it was immediately obvious when we went into that forest," Lister said. Fewer birds flitted overhead. The butterflies, once abundant, had all but vanished. García and Lister once again measured the forest's insects and other invertebrates, a group called arthropods that includes spiders and centipedes. The researchers trapped arthropods on the ground in plates covered in a sticky glue, and raised several more plates about three feet into the canopy. The researchers also swept nets over the brush hundreds of times, collecting the critters that crawled through the vegetation. Each technique revealed the biomass (the dry weight of all the captured invertebrates) had significantly decreased from 1976 to the present day. The sweep sample biomass decreased to a fourth or an eighth of what it had been. Between January 1977 and January 2013, the catch rate in the sticky ground traps fell 60-fold. The study also found a 30-percent drop in anole lizards, which eat arthropods. Some anole species have disappeared entirely from the interior forest. Another research team captured insect-eating frogs and birds in 1990 and 2005, and found a 50 percent decrease in the number of captures. The authors attribute this decline to the changing climate.
The Full Photoshop CC Is Coming To the iPad In 2019
The "real version" of Photoshop is coming to the iPad next year, complete with a user interface similar to the desktop application and all the main tools. Ars Technica reports: Photoshop for iPad has a user interface structured similarly to the desktop application. It is immediately familiar to users of the application but tuned for touch screens, with larger targets and adaptations for the tablet as well as gestures to streamline workflows. Both touch and pencil input are supported. The interface is somewhat simpler than the desktop version, and although the same Photoshop code is running under the hood to ensure there's no loss of fidelity, not every feature will be available in the mobile version. The first release will contain the main tools while Adobe plans to add more in the future. Cloud syncing is a key element of Photoshop on iPad. Edits made on the iPad will be synchronized transparently with the desktop -- no conversions or import/export process to go through. Using a feature not available in the iPad version should then be as simple as hitting save and then opening the file on the desktop, picking up where you left off. Adobe is also reportedly building a tablet painting app called Project Gemini, which "simulates real brushes, paints, and materials as well as the interactions between them," reports Ars. "It combines raster graphics, vector drawing, and the Photoshop engine into a single application designed for artwork and illustration."
Printer Makers Are Crippling Cheap Ink Cartridges Via Bogus 'Security Updates'
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Printer maker Epson is under fire this month from activist groups after a software update prevented customers from using cheaper, third party ink cartridges. It's just the latest salvo in a decades-long effort by printer manufacturers to block consumer choice, often by disguising printer downgrades as essential product improvements. For several decades now printer manufacturers have lured consumers into an arguably-terrible deal: shell out a modest sum for a mediocre printer, then pay an arm and a leg for replacement printer cartridges that cost relatively-little to actually produce.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation now says that Epson has been engaged in the same behavior. The group says it recently learned that in late 2016 or early 2017, Epson issued a "poison pill" software update that effectively downgraded user printers to block third party cartridges, but disguised the software update as a meaningful improvement. The EFF has subsequently sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, arguing that Epson's lack of transparency can easily be seen as "misleading and deceptive" under Texas consumer protection laws.
"When restricted to Epson's own cartridges, customers must pay Epson's higher prices, while losing the added convenience of third party alternatives, such as refillable cartridges and continuous ink supply systems," the complaint notes. "This artificial restriction of third party ink options also suppresses a competitive ink market and has reportedly caused some manufacturers of refillable cartridges and continuous ink supply systems to exit the market."
Most Americans Can't Tell the Difference Between a Social Media Bot and A Human, Study Finds
A new study from Pew Research Center found that most Americans can't tell social media bots from real humans, and most are convinced bots are bad. "Only 47 percent of Americans are somewhat confident they can identify social media bots from real humans," reports The Verge. "In contrast, most Americans surveyed in a study about fake news were confident they could identify false stories." From the report: The Pew study is an uncommon look at what the average person thinks about these automated accounts that plague social media platforms. After surveying over 4,500 adults in the U.S., Pew found that most people actually don't know much about bots. Two-thirds of Americans have at least heard of social media bots, but only 16 percent say they've heard a lot about them, while 34 percent say they've never heard of them at all. The knowledgeable tend to be younger, and men are more likely than women (by 22 percentage points) to say they've heard of bots. Since the survey results are self-reported, there's a chance people are overstating or understating their knowledge of bots. Of those who have heard of bots, 80 percent say the accounts are used for bad purposes. Regardless of whether a person is a Republican or Democrat or young or old, most think that bots are bad. And the more that a person knows about social media bots, the less supportive they are of bots being used for various purposes, like activists drawing attention to topics or a political party using bots to promote candidates.
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…
Party like it's 1987... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS
Malicious code in VMs can leap over ESXi, Workstation, Fusion hypervisor security
Get busy, VMware admins and users: the virtualisation virtuoso has patched a programming blunder in ESXi, Workstation Pro and Player, and Fusion and Fusion Pro products that can be exploited by malicious code to jump from guest OS to host machine.…
NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor
X-ray probe could be awake by end of this week
NASA's rough month is improving somewhat: the American space agency is spinning up a spare gyroscope to bring the orbiting Chandra X-Ray Observatory back online by the end of the week, and it reckons it can wake the Hubble Space Telescope soon.…
RSS policing deployment to St Kitts raises questions locally and regionally
By Caribbean News Now BASSETERRE, St Kitts — A belated acknowledgment by St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris that his government had “invited” the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS) to deploy forces to the Federation “to assist ongoing efforts at ensuring citizen safety and security” has raised questions both locally and regionally. […]
IPCC releases 1.5 Report with dire warning for the Caribbean and the world
BELMOPAN, Belize — The highly anticipated 1.5 degrees’ report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been released, and the news is dire. But while scientists “sound the alarm about complacency”, they’ve given hope that it is still possible to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees. The report clearly outlines the risks of […]
Investor confidence in USVI grows; improved economic outlook highlighted in national publication
ST THOMAS, USVI — The prices of US Virgin Islands bonds, a bellwether of the public markets’ confidence in the USVI economy, have roared back, according to recent financial reports. As of last week, bond sales show a more than 100 percent increase on the value of some USVI bonds from one year ago. Prices […]
Caribbean nationals victorious in internet registry elections
By Gerard Best CHANTILLY, USA — Three Caribbean candidates – Peter Harrison, Alicia Trotman and Kerrie-Ann Richards – have been elected to leadership roles at the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN). ARIN is one of five Internet registries worldwide that coordinate the distribution and administration of number resources. The registry serves the United States, […]
Bahamas government rejects ‘unreasonable’ and ‘uncompromising’ demands by Canadian travel group
By Jasper Ward NASSAU, Bahamas — Minister of state for Grand Bahama, Kwasi Thompson, has outlined what he called “unreasonable” and “uncompromising” demands made by Sunwing Travel Group, including a demand for the Bahamas government to pay $4 million every year for a fixed seven-year period to provide airlift for four months. Thompson said the […]
Three Dominican Republic fishing ‘motherships’ interdicted in Bahamas waters
CORAL HARBOUR, Bahamas (RBDF) — The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) escorted 124 fishermen from three Dominican Republic “motherships” to Nassau after being apprehended in Cuban waters by the Cuban Border Patrol for poaching in Bahamian waters. The apprehension was the result of a collaborative effort by the RBDF with the US Coast Guard and […]
ECSRC issues advisory on virtual currency business
BASSETERRE, St Kitts — The Eastern Caribbean Securities Regulatory Commission (ECSRC) has issued an advisory to the public in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) of the potential risks of investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs) and all forms of virtual currency. Globally, virtual currencies are becoming increasingly popular as a means to conduct traditional […]
Fisheries ministers approve climate change protocol for CRFM member states
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CRFM) — A protocol on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in fisheries and aquaculture was approved for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). At the eighth special meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council held in Barbados last […]