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.
Apex Launcher updated for the first time in a year, and users are unhappy
Back in the day, the three biggest launcher choices were Launcher Pro, Apex Launcher, and Nova Launcher. Those were the days where we would extensively modify our phones and Android was ugly and lacked features. Good times.
Not too long ago Apex Launcher made a comeback with some updates. But we haven’t seen any updates [...]
Samsung may merge Galaxy Note, Galaxy S Plus lines
Samsung is considering a plan that would merge the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S Plus lines into one high-end smartphone line. The two lines have featured overlapping specs for quite some time, and the company is looking for ways to stop the lines from cannibalizing each other’s sales. With the similarities, the best option is [...]
AT&T expands 5G to new cities, increases LTE-AAA coverage
Remember when 4G LTE was the hot technology on the market? Those days are long gone and 5G is now the rage. The four major U.S. carriers are currently in a full-out war to see who can build out their 5G network first, regardless of the fact that 5G-compatible devices are still unavailable.
You can now see when your friends are online on Instagram
Sometimes you want to have a real-time conversation with someone, but that can’t happen if the person you want to talk to isn’t using the app you are at the same time. Sure, they’ll probably get a notification letting them know you’ve sent a Direct Message their way, to which they can respond or ignore [...]
At the beginning of this year, it was reported that LG was planning on skipping the yearly smartphone grind, opting to instead launch smartphones whenever it feels is the right time and not necessarily just because its competitors are launching [...]
Google’s Fuchsia OS may replace Android within the next five years
Google is an ambitious company to say the least, and the individual teams that work on what’s coming down the pipe are just as focused on building new and exciting products. It sounds like the oft-rumored Project Fuchsia OS is one of those projects.
HTC has said that India is an important market for the company and that it will continue to invest in the country in the right segments and at the right time, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
VIA launches SOM-6X80 module for automated information display and ticketing systems
VIA Technologies has announced the launch of the SOM-6X80, an ultra-compact low-power system-on-module that accelerates the development and deployment of automated ticketing, signage, and kiosk systems for retail, transportation, and industrial IoT applications.
Genius Electronic looking to turn LED business operation profitable in 2018, says paper
Optical lens module maker Genius Electronic Optical is seeking to swing the business operation of its two China-based LED lighting subsidiaries: Giant Electronic Optical (Xiamen) and Giant Electronic Optical (Shengyang), into profitability in 2018 through the LED fishing light business, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report citing company chairman Jones Chen as saying.
Taiwan Mobile ready to offer commercial NB-IoT service
Taiwan Mobile has completed the installation of its NB-IoT networks and will team up with over 300 relevant companies to form an ecosystem that will offer smart IoT services including street lamps, meters and parking applications, according to company sources.
Nokia has showcased its ReefShark 5G chip as well as the 5G Future X architecture at a telecom forum held in Taipei recently, as the company continues to enhance its deployments in the 5G sector and aims to introduce its latest 5G technologies to local enterprises.
China Bitcoin ASIC supplier Bitmain plans to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong early 2019 at the latest, and is seeking a pre-IPO financing of US$1 billion to boost its valuation to US$15 billion, according to industry sources.
MOEA to provide Taiwan solar makers legal assistance over India safeguards tariffs
With Directorate General of Trade Remedies under India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry on July 16 announcing the final determination based on the result of safeguards investigation into imported crystalline silicon solar cells and PV modules, and recommending imposition of 2-year safeguards tariffs at a rate of 25% for the first year, 20% for the first half of the second year and 15% for the second half of the year, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) expects the tax to only have limited influence to Taiwan-based makers, but it will continue monitoring the situation and provide assistance to the makers over the legal issues.
AI-based xPUs proliferating as new growth driver for IC supply chains
With the advent of the 5G era, artificial intelligence (AI) applications will be in full swing, prompting chipmakers to develop multiple xPU chips beyond Intel's CPU and Nvidia's GPU solutions to support the applications. This in turn will inject new growth momentum to Taiwan semiconductor supply chains, according to industry sources.
Jeanette Hughes appointed Raytheon Vice President Internal Audit
WALTHAM, Mass., July 12, 2018 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) today announced that it has appointed Jeanette Hughes Vice President Internal Audit, effective September 4, 2018. Hughes succeeds Larry Harrington, who is retiring after 14 years with Raytheon. Hughes currently serves as Vice President Internal Audit for Ingram Micro Inc., a global leader in technology and supply chain services based in Irvine, CA.
"I am pleased to welcome Jeanette to Raytheon," said Thomas A. Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon. "Her extensive global expertise and experience in supporting business expansion will build upon our legacy of audit excellence and risk mitigation as we execute our global growth strategy."
Hughes joined Ingram Micro in 2006, leading internal audit using a risk-based approach and introducing data analytic strategies to improve risk identification and audit efficiencies. During her tenure with the company she supported audit strategies in a time of significant business expansion into new geographies and lines of business, operating in 52 countries. Hughes and her team provided independent assessment of financial, operational and legal compliance controls on a global scale.
Prior to her current role, Hughes served as SVP and Chief Audit Executive at ACE Limited (now Chubb Ltd.). From 1995-2002, she served in roles of increasing responsibility at Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance, including EVP and Group Chief Auditor based in the UK. Hughes began her career in public accounting at Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC). She is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in science with concentrations in finance and accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Harrington Retires after Distinguished Audit Career
Harrington is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor who has spent most of his career in finance and internal audit. Before joining Raytheon in 2004 he was vice president of Human Resources and vice president of Health Operations at Aetna Inc., and was chief audit executive for several global Fortune 500 companies, including Staples, Aetna Inc. and LTV.
During his tenure at Raytheon, he was a frequent speaker at seminars on auditing, change management, negotiation, and people development and motivation. His work serving as the company's Diversity Champion, as well as successive roles as executive champion for the company's young employee network (YESNet) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (GLBTA) employee resource groups strongly supported the company's culture of diversity and inclusion.
Earlier this year the Institute of Internal Auditors inducted Harrington into the American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners.
"I want to thank Larry for his service to our board and our company," said Kennedy. "Under his leadership, the Internal Audit function has transformed into an indispensable partner, and our diversity and inclusion efforts were greatly expanded and strengthened. He has been a valued team member for more than a decade and we wish him well in retirement."
About Raytheon Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Follow us on Twitter.
Garrett Metal Detectors Extends Offer To Santa Fe High School
GARLAND, Texas, -- Texas-based Garrett Metal Detectors, co-founded by 84-year old, fourth generation educator, Eleanor Smith Garrett, is pleased to announce that in response to the terrible tragedy at Santa Fe High School, if the board decides to add metal detectors as a part of their security program, Garrett Metal Detectors will donate a comprehensive metal detection program that includes security assessment, metal detectors, installation and training to Santa Fe High School in conjunction with Lt. Governor Patrick who is making a gift of up to 10 metal detectors to the school.
In another major announcement, Lt. Governor Patrick revealed that as part of his school safety legislative agenda for the upcoming 2019 Texas Legislative Session, the Texas Senate will create a matching fund program to assist any public school in implementing a metal detection program. This will be a purely voluntary decision by the school district. Schools that buy metal detectors before session will be reimbursed according to the matching program once implemented during session.
Garrett Metal Detectors co-founder, Eleanor Smith Garrett, praised Lt. Governor Patrick's gift announcement. "Children and their education are my passions, so it is an honor to contribute our metal detection expertise into a comprehensive security plan for those impacted by the tragedy at Santa Fe," she said. "I commend Lt. Governor Patrick as his decisive leadership will further the safety of our children by creating the first school safety program of its kind in the country to protect all Texas schools."
About Garrett Metal Detectors
Garrett Metal Detectors is the global leader of metal detection products for security and law enforcement applications worldwide. For over 50 years, Garrett has engineered the most advanced metal detection products, including walk-through, hand-held and ground search metal detectors for the security industry. Garrett is an International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2015 certified company.
Lockheed Martin Partners with Guardtime Federal for Innovative Cyber Technology
FORT WORTH, Texas, July 9, 2018 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is expanding its work with Guardtime Federal to integrate a variety of integrity and cyber-related capabilities into Lockheed Martin aircraft products and processes.
The new contract builds on specialized mission support testing in 2015, and the integration systems and support contract related to supply chain risk and software development management in 2017. This time the focus is on further reducing the attack surface of the information supply chain that forwards information to and from operational aircraft systems.
Lockheed Martin and Guardtime Federal began working together in 2015 with demonstrations and now are progressing into more operationally oriented pilots that integrate data integrity technologies to address the threat of data manipulation in networked and weapon system embedded cyber physical systems. The new work further escalates engagement with on-going hardware and software in the loop testing to address the continued evolution of cyber-focused threats across the entire development and fielding lifecycle.
Lockheed Martin was the first U.S. defense contractor to incorporate blockchain technology into its cyber safe strategy for developmental processes, enabling more efficient and assured offerings to its customers. The new efforts will accelerate toward fielding new capabilities for mission survivability in a global cyber persistent threat environment.
"We continue to integrate new cyber security approaches across our portfolio of aeronautics programs," said Ron Bessire, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' Engineering and Technology vice president. "Our collaboration with Guardtime Federal continues to yield fresh new approaches to solve the lingering challenges that more traditional technical solutions have not solved."
Guardtime Federal continues to evolve tools and techniques that go well beyond conventional firewall protections and focus on the integrity and origin of any digital element. The new capabilities, once integrated, will provide linked digital data attribution that revolutionize the way digital provenance is being applied, assured, and audited across the lifecycle of mission critical information flowing into operational systems.
"At Guardtime Federal we continue to appreciate the support Lockheed Martin has provided to allow us to focus on Cyber Integrity. Our goal is to provide every Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine the confidence that they can rely on the information they see and the equipment they operate without fear that it has been manipulated by an outside force," said David Hamilton, president of Guardtime Federal. "There is no overnight solution, but this is the objective of our work with Lockheed who shares our 'Cyber Integrity First' core value."
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. This year the company received three Edison Awards for ground-breaking innovations in autonomy, satellite technology and directed energy.
About Guardtime Federal
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, Guardtime Federal is a U.S. chartered business with the objective to deliver data integrity products developed by Guardtime into the U.S. National Security market (DoD, IC, DHS, etc. and their support industry). Guardtime Federal integrates Guardtime industrial blockchain technology with U.S.-developed high-end tamper resistant hardware for providing data and process integrity and provenance in cross domain embedded and private networked environments.
Orbit Integrates 3D Audio Into Elbit Systems' Helmet Mounted Display
NETANYA, Israel, July 10, 2018 -- Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI) announced today the integration of Orbit's 3D Audio into Elbit Systems' Helmet Mounted Display (HMD).
Elbit Systems' HMD, which displays flight data, sensors and 3D location-based information, allows pilots to slave the aircraft's sensors and missiles simply by looking at the target, and similarly, enable aircraft sensors and other relevant information to be spatially presented. Suitable for both day and night operation, pilots using Elbit Systems' HMD have a decisive edge in mission effectiveness while enhancing situational awareness, precision, safety and survivability.
The integration of Orbit's 3D Audio into Elbit Systems' HMD provides directional audio cues to ground and air threats in full correlation to the visual cues on the visor. The combination of audio and visual cues allows pilots to pinpoint a threat more rapidly, in the space surrounding the aircraft, while radio separation improves situational awareness.
Eitan Livneh, President & CEO of Orbit, said, "We believe 3D Audio will become a standard feature in cockpits of the future."
About Elbit Systems' HMD
Three generations of innovating and integrating Helmet Mounted Display Systems (HMDS) in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft have established Elbit Systems as a global leader in the HMDS field. The HMDS business has been a key growth engine of the company for many years, and its pre-eminence in the field extends to a broad range of platforms. Currently, a wide range of high quality HMDS are operational in over 11,000 fixed and rotary wing aircraft operated by more than 30 countries.
About Orbit's 3D Audio
Orbit's 3D Audio delivers a 360-degree clear audio experience with significant benefits for pilots, including increased situational awareness and flight safety, as well as reduced workload and fatigue. Applications include radio separation, crew positioning, directional safety alerts and real-time threat alerts aligned to the pilot's line of sight.
About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.
Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. is wholly-focused on precision tracking-based communications – in the areas of satcom, telemetry and remote sensing – and provides an innovative solution for airborne audio management. With certification by defense, government and commercial agencies, we deliver tailor-made, turnkey solutions at sea, on land and in the air. Orbit's unique combination of smart design, high reliability and field-tested experience means that if you can conceive it, we can provide it.
Although Google IO 2018 was mostly about software and AI, several hardware partners made announcements in tandem with the event. We saw JBL unveil a Soundbar with Google Assistant, a trio of manufacturers showed Smart Displays with Google Assistant due out in July, and Lenovo followed on the heels of Oculus Go by announcing their ...
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Waymo's Autonomous Vehicles Are Driving 25,000 Miles Every Day
With Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at the National Governors Association, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced a huge milestone: Waymo's fleet of self-driving vehicles are now logging 25,000 miles every day on public roads. The company reportedly has 600 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans on the road in 25 cities. Waymo has also driven 8 million miles on public roads using its autonomous vehicles, "meaning the comopany has been able to double the number of autonomous miles driven on public roads in just eight months," reports TechCrunch. From the report: The company also relies on simulation as it works to build an AI-based self-driving system that performs better than a human. In the past nine years, Waymo has "driven" more than 5 billion miles in its simulation, according to the company. That's the equivalent to 25,000 virtual cars driving all day, everyday, the company says. This newly shared goal signals Waymo is getting closer to launching a commercial driverless transportation service later this year. More than 400 residents in Phoenix have been trialing Waymo's technology by using an app to hail self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The company says it plans to launch its service later this year.
Uber Drivers 'Employees' For Unemployment Purposes, New York Labor Board Says
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: New York City's largest taxi driver advocacy group is hailing a legal decision by the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, which ruled last Friday that three out-of-work Uber drivers can be considered employees for the purpose of unemployment benefits. The decision was first reported Thursday by Politico. In other words, three men -- and possibly other "similarly situated" Uber drivers who had quit over low pay or who were deactivated from the Uber platform -- can get paid. "The decision means that New York Uber drivers can file for unemployment insurance and likely receive it," Veena Dubal, a labor law professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, emailed Ars. "Uber may appeal the decision to state court, but for now, it's good law."
Containers or Virtual Machines: Which is More Secure?
Are virtual machines (VM) more secure than containers? You may think you know the answer, but IBM Research has found containers can be as secure, or more secure, than VMs. From a report: James Bottomley, an IBM Research Distinguished Engineer and top Linux kernel developer, writes: "One of the biggest problems with the current debate about Container vs Hypervisor security is that no-one has actually developed a way of measuring security, so the debate is all in qualitative terms (hypervisors 'feel' more secure than containers because of the interface breadth) but no-one actually has done a quantitative comparison." To meet this need, Bottomley created Horizontal Attack Profile (HAP), designed to describe system security in a way that it can be objectively measured. Bottomley has discovered that "a Docker container with a well crafted seccomp profile (which blocks unexpected system calls) provides roughly equivalent security to a hypervisor."
An anonymous reader shares a report: While the legal status of the Moon as a "global commons" accessible to all countries on peaceful missions did not meet any substantial resistance or challenge, the Outer Space Treaty left further details unsettled. Contrary to the very optimistic assumptions made at the time, so far humankind has not returned to the moon since 1972, making lunar land rights largely theoretical. That is, until a few years ago when several new plans were hatched to go back to the moon. In addition at least two U.S. companies, Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, which have serious financial backing, have started targeting asteroids for the purpose of mining their mineral resources. Geek note: Under the aforementioned Outer Space Treaty, the moon and other celestial bodies such as asteroids, legally speaking, belong in the same basket. None of them can become the "territory" of one sovereign state or another. The very fundamental prohibition under the Outer Space Treaty to acquire new state territory, by planting a flag or by any other means, failed to address the commercial exploitation of natural resources on the moon and other celestial bodies. This is a major debate currently raging in the international community, with no unequivocally accepted solution in sight yet. Roughly, there are two general interpretations possible. Countries such as the United States and Luxembourg (as the gateway to the European Union) agree that the moon and asteroids are "global commons," which means that each country allows its private entrepreneurs, as long as duly licensed and in compliance with other relevant rules of space law, to go out there and extract what they can, to try and make money with it. [...] On the other hand, countries such as Russia and somewhat less explicitly Brazil and Belgium hold that the moon and asteroids belong to humanity as a whole.
Senate Wants Netflix, Spotify To Send Out Federal Emergency Alerts
Senators in Hawaii and South Dakota have introduced a bill, called the "Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) act, that would "explore" broadcasting alerts to "online streaming services, such as Netflix and Spotify," amongst other changes to the Emergency Alert System. TechCrunch reports: Some of the other things the bill touches on: - Users on many phones can currently disable federal alerts; they want to get rid of that option - Building a better system for reporting false alarms and figuring out what happened - Updating the system to better prevent false alarms, and to better retract them when they do happen
Fukushima's Nuclear Signature Found In California Wine
An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Is it possible to see the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in California wines produced at the time? Today we get an answer, thanks to a study carried out by french pharmacologist Philippe Hubert and a couple of colleagues. "In January 2017, we came across a series of Californian wines (Cabernet Sauvignon) from vintage 2009 to 2012," say Hubert and company. This set of wines provides the perfect test. The Fukushima disaster occurred on March 11, 2011. Any wine made before that date should be free of the effects, while any dating from afterward could show them. The team began their study with the conventional measurement of cesium-137 levels in the unopened bottles. That showed levels to be indistinguishable from background noise.
But the team was able to carry out more-sensitive tests by opening the wine and reducing it to ash by evaporation. This involves heating the wine to 100 degrees Celsius for one hour and then increasing the temperature to 500 degrees Celsius for eight hours. In this way, a standard 750-milliliter bottle of wine produces around four grams of ashes. The ashes were then placed in a gamma ray detector to look for signs of cesium-137. Using this method, Hubert and his colleagues found measurable amounts of cesium-137 above background levels in the wine produced after 2011. "It seems there is an increase in activity in 2011 by a factor of two," conclude the team.
A network of giant balloons will soon bring internet access to remote regions of rural Kenya. From a report: Google's sister-company Loon has announced its first commercial deal: partnering with Telkom Kenya to deliver connectivity to the region. The firm's antennae-dangling fleet will ride the wind high above parts of the African country. But experts have warned that the partnership could lead to a communications monopoly.
Killer Robots Would Be 'Dangerously Destabilizing' Force in the World, Tech Leaders Warn
Thousands of artificial intelligence experts are calling on governments to take preemptive action before it's too late. The list is extensive and includes some of the most influential names in the overlapping worlds of technology, science and academia. From a report: Among them are billionaire inventor and OpenAI founder Elon Musk, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, artificial intelligence researcher Stuart Russell, as well as the three founders of Google DeepMind -- the company's premier machine learning research group. In total, more than 160 organizations and 2,460 individuals from 90 countries promised this week to not participate in or support the development and use of lethal autonomous weapons. The pledge says artificial intelligence is expected to play an increasing role in military systems and calls upon governments and politicians to introduce laws regulating such weapons "to create a future with strong international norms." "Thousands of AI researchers agree that by removing the risk, attributability, and difficulty of taking human lives, lethal autonomous weapons could become powerful instruments of violence and oppression, especially when linked to surveillance and data systems," the pledge says. "Moreover, lethal autonomous weapons have characteristics quite different from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and the unilateral actions of a single group could too easily spark an arms race that the international community lacks the technical tools and global governance systems to manage," the pledge adds.
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…
[NSFW] Fake prudes: Spoilsport AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks
Send nudes plz... for the purposes of training this machine-learning software
NSFW Artificially intelligent software is used more and more to automatically detect and ban nude images on social networks and similar sites. However, today's algorithms and models aren't perfect at clocking racy snaps, and a lot of content moderation still falls to humans.…
Friday FYI: 9 out of 10 of website login attempts? Yeah, that'll be hackers
Credential stuffing is rampant – so try not to reuse the same password on every site, eh?
Up to 90 per cent of the average online retailer's login traffic is generated by cybercriminals trying their luck with credential stuffing attacks, Shape Security estimated in its latest Credential Spill Report.…