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Silicon Valley's Corrupt Underbelly: It's Far Worse Than We Thought

Tue, 20/Feb/2018 - 00:25
After addressing the topic of sexual harassment and misconduct in Silicon Valley last month, I finally got my hands on a copy of Brotopia, an eye-opening new book, and a lot of executives should be happy I did not pursue my career in law enforcement. Otherwise I would be working my butt off to get them off the streets behind bars. Everyone connected to tech should read this book. Specifically, for investors, it will give you insights into a level of extreme avoidable risk that has not been factored into the market -- at least not yet.
Categories: Cyber India

Cleveland-Chicago Hyperloop Line Gets Feasibility Study

Fri, 16/Feb/2018 - 22:56
HTT has announced an agreement with an Ohio agency to launch a study on creating its first interstate hyperloop project in the U.S., connecting Chicago and Cleveland. The agreement with the Northern Ohio Area Coordinating Committee puts in motion a regional feasibility study, to be carried out in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Various routes have been identified for the hyperloop service, which would operate a super high-speed system to accommodate transport at more than 700 miles per hour.
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Apple's HomePod Could Leave a Lasting Mark With Customers

Fri, 16/Feb/2018 - 03:47
Apple's new $350 HomePod could make an impact in several ways. In addition to providing listeners with highly praised sound quality, the smart speaker literally could make an impression on some of the wood surfaces it touches -- in the form of white rings. The HomePod, which is compatible only with other Apple products, can stream music to those who have an Apple Music subscription. It has a few other capabilities too -- including the dubious ability to mar certain types of wood surfaces.
Categories: Cyber India

Are Smart TV Designs Taking Home Security for Granted?

Fri, 16/Feb/2018 - 00:24
Millions of smart TVs from Samsung and some streaming devices from Roku recently were found to be vulnerable to cyberattacks, allowing intruders to take control and remotely change channels and volume settings, among other things, according to Consumer Reports research. Vulnerabilities were discovered not only in Samsung televisions, but also in TVs from TCL and other brands that sell sets compatible with the Roku TV smart-TV platform and streaming video devices such as Roku Ultra, according to the report.
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SentinelOne Debuts Unified OS Threat Protection

Thu, 15/Feb/2018 - 18:30
SentinelOne this week announced a partnership with Microsoft to bolster threat protection for mixed platform users, making computing safer for Linux machines in a multiplatform workplace. SentinelOne will integrate its Endpoint Protection Platform with Microsoft's Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection service to cover Mac and Linux device platforms. SentinelOne's EPP technology will feed all threats and detections from Mac and Linux endpoints seamlessly into the Windows Defender ATP console.
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Google Offers New Mobile Story Tech to Publishers

Wed, 14/Feb/2018 - 18:30
Google has rolled out a developer preview of its new AMP story format, which is designed to give content publishers an easy way to deliver news and information on mobile devices with visually rich, tap-through stories. "On mobile devices, users browse lots of articles, but engage with few in-depth," noted Rudy Galfi, product manager for AMP at Google. "Images, videos and graphics help publishers to get their readers' attention as quickly as possible and keep them engaged through immersive and easily consumable visual information."
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Intel's Fake 5G Olympic Hail Mary

Tue, 13/Feb/2018 - 00:15
If there ever were a time when perception Trumped reality, this would be it. So much of what we see these days that looks real just isn't. I can connect a lot of this back to Steve Jobs, who was the master at this in the tech world. However, I'm worried that too many people don't realize that there were several times Steve missed jail by the skin of his teeth, largely because he did amazing work under pressure. There isn't anyone at his level at the moment, suggesting that much of the activity I'm seeing will end badly.
Categories: Cyber India

EHang Shows Off Passenger Drone's Flight Successes

Sun, 11/Feb/2018 - 00:30
EHang this week released footage of the latest test flights of its EHang 184 personal Autonomous Aerial Vehicle. The EHang 184 can transport a single person at up to 130kph in Force 7 typhoon conditions, the company said. EHang plans to further improve the passenger experience and add an optional manual control so passengers with piloting experience can operate the AAV manually. It also has developed and tested a two-seater craft that can carry up to 280kg. In 2017, EHang was granted AS9100C certification.
Categories: Cyber India

Leak of Stale iOS Source Code Could Trigger Fresh Problems

Sat, 10/Feb/2018 - 02:49
Apple lawyers have sent a copyright violation notice to Github, following the publication of leaked iOS 9 source code on the site. Though iOS 9 is a dated version of the company's mobile operating system, it's possible that the leaked code could be used to jailbreak older devices or worse. Publication of the code violated Apple's rights under the DMCA, the attorneys wrote, demanding that the iBoot source code be removed. However, "by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code," Apple said.
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New MIT Project to Probe Mysteries of Human Intelligence

Fri, 09/Feb/2018 - 05:06
MIT last week launched the MIT Intelligence Quest, an initiative to find out how human intelligence works, in engineering terms, and how a deeper grasp of human intelligence can be applied to building wiser and more useful machines. Life scientists, computer scientists, social scientists and engineers will collaborate in the effort. "Human intelligence is turning out to be very complex, involving emergent properties that arise from complex computational networks," noted Michael Jude, research manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.
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With 4K HDR, Olympics May Be More Colorful Than Ever

Fri, 09/Feb/2018 - 03:14
The parade of Olympic athletes entering Pyeongchang, South Korea, could be quite colorful for a few reasons. Athletes from North and South Korea will enter together for the first time in more than a decade, and viewers at home will be able to see the ceremony -- and even some events -- like never before. NBCUniversal has decided to make the XXIII Olympic Winter games available to cable and satellite partners in 4K HDR. Dish, DirecTV and Comcast customers who have compatible TV sets and subscriptions will be able to take in the 4K HDR coverage.
Categories: Cyber India

Open Up the Source Code to Lock Down Your Data

Thu, 08/Feb/2018 - 18:30
Meaningful security is more than an app or an OS. It's a mindset. Linux security tools by themselves will not make you or anyone more secure. Security requires trade-offs in convenience, so the tools I'll highlight here are not recommended as "daily drivers." Only you can determine your ideal balance point. Perhaps the single greatest strength of Linux is that it is one of the few open source operating systems, and among the most widely developed. "But wait," you might ask, "wouldn't releasing the source code make a system less secure?"
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Critics Love HomePod's Sound but Rap Its Smarts

Wed, 07/Feb/2018 - 23:29
Critics have begun weighing in on Apple's HomePod smart speaker, and they're loving the device's sound but don't have much affection for its smarts. The HomePod's sound outclassed top-shelf competitor SonosOne, according to Matthew Panzarino. "The HomePod was the 'best' sounding. It's nuanced and subtle with great separation and clarity across all kinds of music," he wrote. "The One, for instance, had decent mid range but an overly bright high-end with just the out of the box calibration."
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Former Execs Team Up to Fight the Tech Addiction Monster

Wed, 07/Feb/2018 - 18:30
A group of former Facebook, Google and Mozilla executives have joined forces to establish the Center for Humane Technology, a new organization dedicated to combating the growing problem of addictive behavior among social media users. The new center, along with the children's advocacy group Common Sense, has announced a campaign to help change the social media model. Its goal is to lessen the negative impact of automation and other technologies on the development of children and young adults.
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WiFi Routers Riddled With Holes: Report

Wed, 07/Feb/2018 - 04:57
Most WiFi router vendors have not patched numerous firmware vulnerabilities discovered more than two years ago, according to a report released Tuesday. OEM firmware built into WiFi routers use open source components that contain numerous known security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers, it notes. Insignary conducted comprehensive binary code scans for known security vulnerabilities in WiFi routers. The company conducted scans across a spectrum of the firmware used by the most popular home, SMB and enterprise-class WiFi routers.
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Intel's Smart Peepers Look Smart, Too

Wed, 07/Feb/2018 - 02:00
Intel has designed a pair of smart glasses that won't make you look like a hopeless geek. Called "Vaunt," the peepers, which are still in the prototype phase, look like ordinary glasses, save for a faint, red glimmer that occasionally appears on the right lens. Information sent to the glasses appear to be displayed on a screen but in reality is beamed to the retina of a wearer's eye. "The prototypes I wore in December also felt virtually indistinguishable from regular glasses," Dieter Bohn wrote in a hands-on review.
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Amazon's Soaring Healthcare Ambition: The Promise and the Problem

Tue, 06/Feb/2018 - 00:27
Healthcare is a mess in the United States. Consumers pay more and get less than in most other developed countries. Strong comprehensive healthcare is unaffordable for most without substantial help, which is why putting the burden on the government really does not work. If people cannot afford something, individually aggregating it under what amounts to a tax is not really any better -- and given the extra overhead, arguably is worse. What's needed is a way to bring costs down sharply.
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Skype Comes to Linux in a Snap

Sat, 03/Feb/2018 - 02:47
Canonical has announced the availability of Skype as a Snap file, the universal Linux app packaging format. The release means that Skype can deliver its communication service to a wider range of Linux users, not just those who run Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution. Skype, a Microsoft product, is an application that lets users make video and voice calls, and send files, video and instant messages. Skype-to-Skype calls are free anywhere in the world. Premium features like voicemail, or calls to landlines and cellphones carry a cost.
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HighGround CEO Andee Harris: Find Your People

Fri, 02/Feb/2018 - 18:30
"Human capital management is the idea that your humans are your capital, and so you should be investing in them and managing them, making sure that you're giving your talent opportunities to grow, and that they have purpose in their work," said HighGround CEO Andee Harris. "Human resources is more about HR benefits and core HR systems," she noted, while HCM "is more about people systems. ... Human capital management is the idea that your humans are your capital."
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Facebook Is Gobbling Less of Users' Time

Fri, 02/Feb/2018 - 04:54
The social media industry may have to struggle to rehydrate in light of some surprising and troubling metrics Facebook released on Wednesday. In addition to a pause in user growth, there have been signs that user engagement may have reversed course. The decline may have something to do with Facebook's efforts to recover from accusations that it has provided fertile ground for fake news. CEO Mark Zuckerberg last month promised to steer the company toward refocusing on the user experience.
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