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Feed Roundup - The Essentials

The answer to faster wireless is blowing in the wind

The Register - 16 hours 8 min ago
Get out your hair-dryer to make an optical waveguide that boosts laser comms

If you make enough hot air, it'll act as a waveguide for optical signals and behave something like an optical fibre.…

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World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record

The Register - 16 hours 36 min ago
One charge sees Sunswift travel 500kms at over 100 km/h

The University of New South Wales' Sunswift, the third-placed car in the Cruiser class of the 2013 World Solar Challenge, claims to have set a new record for the swiftest single-charge traversal of a 500km course.…

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The Psychology of Phishing

Slashdot - 17 hours 11 min ago
An anonymous reader writes Phishing emails are without a doubt one of the biggest security issues consumers and businesses face today. Cybercriminals understand that we are a generation of clickers and they use this to their advantage. They will take the time to create sophisticated phishing emails because they understand that today users can tell-apart spam annoyances from useful email, however they still find it difficult identifying phishing emails, particularly when they are tailored to suit each recipient individually. Fake emails are so convincing and compelling that they fool 10% of recipients into clicking on the malicious link. To put that into context a legitimate marketing department at a FTSE 100 company typically expects less than a 2% click rate on their advertising campaigns. So, how are the cybercriminals out-marketing the marketing experts?

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When all the jobs belong to robots, do we still need jobs?

Boing Boing - 17 hours 17 min ago

Zeynep Tufekci's scathing response to the establishment consensus that tech will create new jobs to replace the ones we've automated away makes a lot of good points. Read the rest

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

The Register - 17 hours 38 min ago
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln

Mozilla has released a bug-and-security update for Firefox, with 11 security fixes, three of them critical.…

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Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 11:33
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked

Security outlet VUPEN has revealed it held onto a critical Internet Explorer vulnerability for three years before disclosing it at the March Pwn2Own hacker competition.…

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 10:58
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery

The human spine is poorly-designed for the rigours of modern life, but so are the drugs most commonly prescribed to help you endure a bad back.…

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Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 10:29
Microsoft's form 8-K records decision 'not to ship a new form factor'

Speculation that Microsoft contemplated a “mini” version of its Surface fondleslabs, but decided not to let it see the light of day, has been confirmed in Redmond's 8-K form lodged with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).…

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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 10:00
First time accepted submitter Carly Page writes When asked for its response to Edward Snowden's claims that "Dropbox is hostile to privacy", Dropbox told The INQUIRER that users concerned about privacy should add their own encryption. The firm warned however that if users do, not all of the service's features will work. Head of Product at Dropbox for Business Ilya Fushman says: "We have data encrypted on our servers. We think of encryption beyond that as a users choice. If you look at our third-party developer ecosystem you'll find many client-side encryption apps....It's hard to do things like rich document rendering if they're client-side encrypted. Search is also difficult, we can't index the content of files. Finally, we need users to understand that if they use client-side encryption and lose the password, we can't then help them recover those files."

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50,000 sites backdoored through shoddy WordPress plugin

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 09:57
Not running WordPress? Better hope your neighbour isn't

Some 50,000 sites have been sprayed with backdoors from shonky malware targeting a popular and vulnerable WordPress plugin, according to researcher Daniel Cid.…

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vBlock user says EMC bug slipped through VCE's matrix

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 09:31
Just how integrated is integrated infrastructure?

The Cisco/EMC/VMware/Intel lovechild VCE has a simple schtick: the boxed-up rigs of hardware and software it sells are sold in configurations that have been documented and tested to the last detail. As the company told us by email “we commit to delivering Systems that have been engineered, tested and certified as one.”…

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Copyright kingpins charged for sailing pirate Android app ships

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 08:58
Six charged, two arrested, in wake of coordinated raids.

US prosecutors have unsealed indictments against six men in connection with some of the biggest, albeit now defunct, Android piracy stores.…

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 08:34
Hidden packet sniffer claims hit Cupertino

Faced with a growing backlash, Apple has added a page to its support website explaining iOS's previously unexplained data-slurping tools – which were recently highlighted by security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski.…

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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 08:32
mpicpp points out a new program from Verizon that is perfect if you don't mind being tracked. Are you comfortable having your location and Web browsing tracked for marketing purposes? If so, Verizon's got a deal for you. The wireless giant announced a new program this week called 'Smart Rewards' that offers customers credit card-style perks like discounts for shopping, travel and dining. You accrue points through the program by doing things like signing onto the Verizon website, paying your bill online and participating in the company's trade-in program. Verizon emphasizes that the data it collects is anonymized before it's shared with third parties. The program is novel in that offers Verizon users some compensation for the collection of their data, which has become big business for telecom and tech companies. Some privacy advocates have pushed data-collecting companies to reward customers for their personal information in the interest of transparency.

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Threeways to Save Humanity

Boing Boing - 24 July, 2014 - 08:13
In episode 184 of the Sword and Laser, Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt talk of high fantasy, Neil Gaiman and saving humanity. Read the rest
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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 08:04
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings

Twitter has revealed its diversity numbers and – surprise, surprise – they're terrible.…

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Peter Kuper, cartoonist

Boing Boing - 24 July, 2014 - 07:54
In the latest episode of the RiYL podcast, Brian Heater interviews the author of multiple Kafka adaptations and a sketchbook diary chronicling his time in Mexico. Read the rest
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Slashdot - 24 July, 2014 - 07:48
Deathspawner writes A lot of people have never been able to understand the logic behind Microsoft's Windows RT, with many urging the company to kill it off so that it can focus on more important products, like the mainline Windows. Well, this is probably not going to come as a huge surprise, especially in light of mass layoffs announced last week, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that his company will be working to combine all Windows versions into a unified release by next year.

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Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES July 24

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 07:42
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg

Anyone eager to take Apple's OS X Yosemite for a spin will be able to get their hands on it from today, the firm has promised. Paid-up developers have been able to test-drive the desktop operating system for the past few weeks.…

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Facebook haters, look away now: BABY SNAP site's profit is up 138%

The Register - 24 July, 2014 - 07:29
While a third of its addicts log in just from their phones

Facebook shares have rocketed after the social network biz reported record-setting growth, revenue and margins as it wrung cash from hundreds of millions of mobile users.…

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