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  • Victim group says UK's revenge porn laws aren't working

    Engadget RSS Feed May 19, 2019 | 20:27 pm

    The UK's move to treat revenge porn as a specific crime was supposed to catch perpetrators who'd otherwise slip through the cracks, but that doesn't appear to have worked out in practice.The Revenge Porn helpline has collected police data showing that the number of related charges dropped 23 percent between the periods of 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 despite the number of investigations more than doubling over the same space of time.Just 158 people faced charges, the helpline said.The shortfall is pinned on both shortcomings in the law itself as well as a lack of understanding from police.As revenge porn is treated like a communications crime rather than a sexual crime, victims aren't guaranteed anonymity.They might be afraid to speak out knowing that the culprit might retaliate, and over a third of victims from the past year have decided against pursuing cases.Police, meanwhile, frequently don't know how to handle the crime.A 2017 University of Suffolk study showed that 95 percent of officers hadn't had any training on the subject.The country's Home Office and Ministry of Justice defended the practice in a mutual statement, saying they'd worked with victims and activists who agreed that revenge porn shouldn't be considered a sex offense since[…]

  • Google restricts Huawei's use of Android

    BBC News - Technology May 19, 2019 | 19:53 pm

    The move comes after the US added Huawei to a list of companies US firms cannot do business with.

  • Westworld gets a season 3 trailer before Game of Thrones finale- CNET

    CNET News May 19, 2019 | 19:50 pm

    It has arrived and it will return 2020.

  • Game of Thrones season 8 finale: Stars say heartfelt goodbyes to the show- CNET

    CNET News May 19, 2019 | 19:08 pm

    Emilia Clarke says of Daenerys: "This woman has taken up the whole of my heart," while Sophie Turner writes to her character, Sansa Stark: "I grew up with you."

  • Your older Samsung watch may now have new features- CNET

    CNET News May 19, 2019 | 19:03 pm

    A new software update for previous Samsung wearables promise improved battery life and fitness functions.

  • Samsung brings Galaxy Watch Active features to older smartwatches

    Engadget RSS Feed May 19, 2019 | 19:00 pm

    You don't have to spring for the Galaxy Watch Active to put Samsung's latest software features on your wrist.The company is rolling out an update that brings the Active's One UI interface, health features and other optimizations to the regular Galaxy Watch, Gear S3 and Gear Sport.You should now have a livelier, easier to parse interface that matches One UI on more recent Galaxy phones.There's more control as well, with settings that can toggle waking on touch, the Goodnight mode and the frequency of Daily Briefings.Some of the Active's watch faces are also available to download if you've been pining for them since the newer wearable's February premiere.On the health side, you now have faster, simpler workout tracking through both the Samsung Health app and the widget.It now tracks outdoor swimming, too.You'll find Apple Watch-style high heart rate alerts and more detailed sleep tracking that compares your average to your age group.And when you launch Samsung Health, you'll see the Daily Activities screen right from the start to keep tabs on your progress.Your watch might even last longer.There are promises of better battery life, in part through more aggressive memory management that closes background apps and tweaks settings.You can fine-tune[…]

  • Hackers turn tables on account hijackers by stealing forum data

    Engadget RSS Feed May 19, 2019 | 17:28 pm

    Online account hijackers received a taste of ironic punishment this week.KrebsOnSecurity has learned that hackers stole the database from the popular hijacker forum OGusers on May 12th, obtaining email addresses, hashed passwords, IP addresses and private forum messages for 112,988 accounts.The administrator initially told users that a hard drive failure had wiped out the information and forced the use of a backup, but that tall tale fell apart when the administrator of a rival forum made the data public.The incident reportedly sparked chaos, with users receiving phishing emails.The main OGusers administrator even turned off self-bans so that users couldn't leave and theoretically cover some of their tracks.The hack's consequences could extend significantly beyond giving account thieves and SIM hijackers a taste of their proverbial medicine.There's a real chance law enforcement has its hands on the forum data.This could lead to more arrests, not to mention leads on existing cases.Don't be surprised if some of the users go quiet, or at least scramble to change email addresses and logins.Source: KrebsOnSecurity

  • These Johns Hopkins students are slashing breast cancer biopsy costs

    TechCrunch May 19, 2019 | 17:03 pm

    Over 2 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. And while the diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence for women in countries like the United States, in developing countries three times as many women die from the disease. Breast cancer survival rates range from 80% or over in North America, Sweden […]

  • Game of Thrones petition reaches 1M signatures ahead of finale

    TechCrunch May 19, 2019 | 14:28 pm

    Life is short, difficult and, most likely, ultimately meaningless. In this age of immediate fan service, it’s important to remember that you can’t always get what you want. That goes double when it comes to the final season of a beloved television series (I’m looking at you, The Wire). TV, like life, rarely has a […]

  • Google reportedly suspends select business with Huawei over U.S. ban

    TechCrunch May 19, 2019 | 13:14 pm

    The Trump administration Huawei ban is sure to have wide-ranging and long lasting effects for all parties. In the meantime, it seems, a number of those involved in the periphery are treading lightly in hope of not burning bridges on either side. Google has taken accidental center stage, in its role providing Android and a […]

  • How to Watch the 'Game of Thrones' Finale Online

    Feed: All Latest May 19, 2019 | 07:20 am

    From HBO Now to Hulu to good old-fashioned cable, you've got no shortage of ways to get your Winterfell fix.

  • Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

    Feed: All Latest May 19, 2019 | 07:00 am

    Yes, seriously.

  • Billion-Dollar Gamble: How A 'Singular Hero' Helped Start A New Field In Physics

    Technology : NPR May 19, 2019 | 06:25 am

    In the 1970s, Rich Isaacson was presented with what seemed like a crazy idea: using lasers to detect gravitational waves. It became the biggest project the National Science Foundation had ever funded.

  • The Mystifying Case of the Missing Planets

    Feed: All Latest May 19, 2019 | 06:00 am

    There's a puzzling lack of planets slightly bigger than Earth, which is making astronomers rethink how planets form in the first place.

  • Do Video Streaming Services Care If You Share Your Account?

    How-To Geek May 19, 2019 | 04:40 am

  • Geek Trivia: What Sci-Fi Franchise Yielded The Best Selling Instrumental Single Of All Time?

    How-To Geek May 19, 2019 | 00:02 am

  • Top Streaming Services

    ReadWrite May 18, 2019 | 09:00 am

    Top Streaming Services As you’ve probably noticed, there are so many streaming services out there! In the past year alone, several new services have joined the party, and even more are on the horizon. And subscribing to all of them would cost more than even cable TV! As more streaming services compete for our budgets, it’s now more […]The post Top Streaming Services appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • 4 Best Practices for Tech Firms Managing a Contingent Workforce

    ReadWrite May 18, 2019 | 09:00 am

    4 Best Practices for Tech Firms Managing a Contingent Workforce Contingent workers have long played a vital role in the success of tech companies, but reports of poor treatment of contract workers have recently been highlighted in the news. Here are the four best practices for tech firms managing a contingent workforce. In February, Bloomberg News reported that contract workers for Apple faced some less-than-ideal working conditions. Workers […]The post 4 Best Practices for Tech Firms Managing a Contingent Workforce appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • Microsoft Updates Old System To Respond To New Threat

    Technology : NPR May 18, 2019 | 06:12 am

    NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Brian Barrett, editor at Wired magazine, about the latest Windows XP patch and how an operating system abandoned by Microsoft is still used by millions worldwide.

  • 101 Free Excel Templates to Organize Your Life and Business

    MakeUseOf May 18, 2019 | 05:00 am

    101 Free Excel Templates to Organize Your Life and Business A well-made spreadsheet can help in almost any part of life and business. From budgeting and workout planning, to debt tracking and project management. But unless you’re a pro with Excel, creating a spreadsheet that does exactly what you want, isn’t easy. That’s where templates come in. Using a template takes the hard work out of creating a spreadsheet that works perfectly. This allows you to get straight to tracking your data, and making better decisions based on those insights. And as luck should have it, for a limited time only, you can download 101 high quality Excel templates for...Read the full article: 101 Free Excel Templates to Organize Your Life and Business

  • The Best Water Flossers for Easy and Effective Oral Hygiene

    How-To Geek May 18, 2019 | 02:00 am

  • 5 Free Sites to Create or Automatically Generate a Logo for Your Business

    MakeUseOf May 17, 2019 | 22:30 pm

    5 Free Sites to Create or Automatically Generate a Logo for Your Business Every business needs a logo. But not every business owner has the design skills to make it. Even if you aren’t an artist, you can generate a range of basic logos for free at these sites. Some of these sites do a simple job of mixing and matching elements.  While others will help you find icons, fonts, or colors to build something of your own. There’s something for everyone. And after this, you won’t need to be an expert who knows how to design a logo in Illustrator. 1. Launchaco Logo Builder (Web): Simplest Mix-and-Match Logo Builder Launchaco is the...Read the full article: 5 Free Sites to Create or Automatically Generate a Logo for Your Business

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise to Acquire Supercomputer Pioneer Cray

    NYT > Technology May 17, 2019 | 17:19 pm

    The price was relatively small, but the deal may have a big impact on the race between the United States and China to build more powerful computers.

  • White House Pushes To Report 'Political Bias' By Social Media Companies

    Technology : NPR May 17, 2019 | 14:23 pm

    The move follows Facebook's ban of many far-right figures for violating its hate speech policies and a U.S. refusal to work with governments and social media companies to fight extremism online.

  • Sennheiser Reinvents the Soundbar With AMBEO

    MakeUseOf May 17, 2019 | 13:30 pm

    Sennheiser Reinvents the Soundbar With AMBEO When it comes to home theater systems, the soundbar is, for many, one of the most convenient inventions. It grants access to extremely high-quality sound without the overwhelming amount of space and set up effort required for a traditional surround sound system. Sennheiser, a company known for releasing high-quality audio devices, just announced a new soundbar called AMBEO, and it looks like it could be quite the game-changer for anyone who’s obsessed with bumping sound that doesn’t take up too much space. Sennheiser AMBEO Features Obviously, the main feature of this particular soundbar is the quality of audio it produces....Read the full article: Sennheiser Reinvents the Soundbar With AMBEO

  • Grumpy Cat internet legend dies

    BBC News - Technology May 17, 2019 | 12:17 pm

    Hers was the feline face that launched a thousand memes, but Grumpy Cat is no more.

  • From Smart Home to Aware Home

    ReadWrite May 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm

    From Smart Home to Aware Home A recent study reports that US broadband households own more than 10 connected devices. What will happen when they start talking and working together?  Will your home become aware? Finding out how all these connected devices will work together is still an unknown — and a top priority. The industry is focused on improving and […]The post From Smart Home to Aware Home appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • Minecraft Earth: Minecraft's answer to Pokemon Go

    BBC News - Technology May 17, 2019 | 07:29 am

    Newsbeat is one of the first to get a look at the newly announced Minecraft augmented reality game

  • Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears.

    NYT > Technology May 17, 2019 | 07:03 am

    Facebook has heralded artificial intelligence as a solution to its toxic content problems. Mike Schroepfer, its chief technology officer, says it won’t solve everything.

  • Bits: The Week in Tech: Putting an A.I. Genie Back in Its Bottle

    NYT > Technology May 17, 2019 | 07:00 am

    San Francisco demonstrated that technologies believed to be damaging to citizens’ well-being can be curtailed.

  • Four short links: 17 May 2019

    All - O'Reilly Media May 17, 2019 | 05:10 am

    Productsec, Supply Chain Attack, Sparse Neural Networks, and the Christchurch Call Six Buckets of Productsec -- There are six buckets a security bug can fall into on its journey through life: Prevented—best outcome, never turned into code. Found automatically—found via static analysis or other tools, “cheap” time cost. Found manually—good even if it took more time; a large set of bugs can only be found this way. Found externally—usually via bug bounty, put users at real risk, expensive time cost but 100x better than other outcomes. Never found—most bugs probably end up here. Exploited—the worst. ShadowHammer (Bruce Schneier) -- The common thread through all of the above-mentioned cases is that attackers got valid certificates and compromised their victims’ development environments. (via Bruce Schneier) The Lottery Ticket Hypothesis: Finding Sparse, Trainable Neural Networks -- dense, randomly initialized, feed-forward networks contain subnetworks ("winning tickets") that—when trained in isolation—reach test accuracy comparable to the original network in a similar number of iterations. The winning tickets we find have won the initialization lottery: their connections have initial weights that make training particularly effective. Christchurch Call -- first time governments and companies have, en masse, sat at a table to figure out how to curb[…]

  • Four short links: 16 May 2019

    All - O'Reilly Media May 16, 2019 | 05:05 am

    Regulating Platforms, Amazon Development, Still Love Tech, and ML Cheatsheets The Platform Challenge (Alex Stamos) -- absolute cracker of a talk about regulating the social media platforms. Must watch. Amazon's Away Teams -- Capturing the way things are at an organization as large as Amazon is always a challenge. The company has never publicly codified its management system as it has done for its leadership principles. But this picture might offer new ideas for people seeking to coordinate technology development at scale. (via Simon Willison) Why I Still Love Tech (Wired) -- I love the whole made world. But I can’t deny that the miracle is over, and that there is an unbelievable amount of work left for us to do. Illustrated Machine Learning Cheatsheets -- what it says on the box. Continue reading Four short links: 16 May 2019.

  • The topics to watch in software architecture

    All - O'Reilly Media May 16, 2019 | 04:00 am

    Microservices, serverless, AI, ML, and Kubernetes are among the most notable topics in our analysis of proposals from the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference.The speaker proposals we receive for the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference are valuable because they come from speakers who are often the leading names in their fields. These go-to experts and practitioners operate on the front lines of technology. They also understand that business and architecture can no longer be compartmentalized, and that revenue is at stake. Our recent analysis[1] of speaker proposals from the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference turned up a number of interesting findings:Continue reading The topics to watch in software architecture.

  • The three challenges keeping cars from being fully autonomous

    Top News - MIT Technology Review Apr 23, 2019 | 02:00 am

    Technical, regulatory, and business obstacles are still in the way of safe, useful, and affordable self-driving vehicles.

  • Ready for 6G? How AI will shape the network of the future

    Top News - MIT Technology Review Apr 19, 2019 | 05:00 am

    With 5G networks rolling out around the world, engineers are turning their attention to the next incarnation.

  • Landowners are earning millions for carbon cuts that may not occur

    Top News - MIT Technology Review Apr 18, 2019 | 05:00 am

    A new analysis finds California’s cap-and-trade program may vastly overestimate emissions reductions.

  • This smart grid program could save millions of tons of CO2 annually

    ReadWrite Dec 14, 2016 | 20:00 pm

    This smart grid program could save millions of tons of CO2 annually Ofgem, the U.K. government’s regulator for gas and electricity, has revealed that projects trialled under the Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF) could save 215 tonnes of CO2. The program ran for six years, ending in 2015, with the aim of helping Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) develop cost effective and energy efficient solutions for the smart... Read more »The post This smart grid program could save millions of tons of CO2 annually appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • 3 benefits a smart city can gain from smart infrastructure

    ReadWrite Dec 14, 2016 | 19:15 pm

    3 benefits a smart city can gain from smart infrastructure The Internet of Things is sweeping across the globe at breakneck speeds, and before we know it, our entire lives will be facilitated by connected technology. We’re already seeing the IoT make an incredible impact on how the industrial world operates, and we’re seeing it seep into household goods to bring convenience and efficiency to... Read more »The post 3 benefits a smart city can gain from smart infrastructure appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • PARC secures federal funding to develop peel-and-stick sensors

    ReadWrite Dec 14, 2016 | 18:30 pm

    PARC secures federal funding to develop peel-and-stick sensors PARC, the research and development arm of Xerox, announced on Tuesday that it has secured part of $19 million in federal funding from the Energy Department to develop peel-and-stick sensors for homes, businesses, and other buildings. The peel-and-stick sensors will be able to detect air quality, temperature, humidity, occupancy, and more, according to PARC. Instead... Read more »The post PARC secures federal funding to develop peel-and-stick sensors appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • Spotify is testing a voice-controlled gadget for cars

    CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Tech Section Dec 31, 1969 | 17:00 pm

    The announcement suggests Spotify has some interest in creating hardware devices that may compete with Amazon's line of Echos, Google Home and Apple's HomePod.

  • Grumpy Cat is dead, but will live on through AI

    CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Tech Section Dec 31, 1969 | 17:00 pm

    Grumpy Cat — the angry-looking celebrity feline who launched countless internet memes — died on Tuesday. The beloved cat leaves behind her owner Tabatha Bundesen, a small empire of books and merchandise bearing her unique face, movie and TV appearances, and millions of Google hits.

  • Facebook says Israeli company used fake accounts to target African elections

    CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Tech Section Dec 31, 1969 | 17:00 pm

    Facebook has removed hundreds of fake Facebook and Instagram pages, groups, and accounts that it says were run by an Israeli firm that was targeting countries in Africa.