Open Source

Some Low-Cost Android Phones Come at a Price -- Your Privacy

Slashdot - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 2:08pm
Cheap phones are coming at the price of your privacy, security analysts discovered. From a report: At $60, the BLU R1 HD is the top-selling phone on Amazon. Last November, researchers caught it secretly sending private data to China. Shanghai Adups Technology, the group behind the spying software on the BLU R1 HD, called it a mistake. But analysts at Kryptowire found the software provider is still making the same "mistake" on other phones. At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, researchers from Kryptowire, a security firm, revealed that Adups' software is still sending a device's data to the company's server in Shanghai without alerting people. But now, it's being more secretive about it. "They replaced them with nicer versions," Ryan Johnson, a research engineer and co-founder at Kryptowire, said. "I have captured the network traffic of them using the Command and Control channel when they did it." An Adups spokeswoman said that it had resolved the issues in 2016 and that the issues "are not existing anymore." Kryptowire said it has observed the company sending data without telling users on at least three different phones.

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Apple-Supplier Foxconn To Announce New Factory in Wisconsin in Much-needed Win For Trump and Scott Walker

Slashdot - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:20pm
An anonymous reader shares a Washington Post report: Foxconn, one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers, will unveil plans Wednesday evening to build a new factory in southeastern Wisconsin (alternative source), delivering a much-needed win for President Trump and Gov. Scott Walker, according to four officials with knowledge of the announcement. The facility will make flat-screen displays and will be located in Southeast Wisconsin within House Speaker Paul Ryan's congressional district. It is not clear how many jobs would be created. Shortly after Trump was elected, Foxconn's chairman Terry Gou said his company would invest at least $7 billion in the United States and create between 30,000 and 50,000 jobs. If it follows through with that commitment, Foxconn would become a major employer on par with Chrysler. In April, Gou spent more than two hours at the White House.

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Rep. Blake Farenthold's Early '90s Internet Message Board Posts Show a Whole New Side

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:59am
The dueling Congressman had some strong opinions about telecom and nudity.
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Hollywood’s VR Fantasy Was Everywhere at Comic-Con—With a Catch

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:00am
Virtual reality grabbed plenty of attention at Comic-Con this year, but only rarely did it live up to its promise.
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Meizu Pro 7: When One Screen Isn't Enough, Try Meizu's Two-Screen Phone

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:00am
The Chinese phone manufacturer's unorthodox solution to screen addiction: add another screen.
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How They Make Those Squishy Air Pillows Inside Amazon Boxes

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:00am
Call them pillows of love.
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How 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Perfected the Podcasting Long Game

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 9:00am
Throughout its 500 episodes, the comedy podcast has revolutionized not just the medium, but our expectations of it.
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Anti-Drone Tools Tested: From Shotguns To Superdrones

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 8:00am
From anti-drone shotgun shells to a drone-snagging megadrone, security researchers put the drone defense arsenal to the test.
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Inside Dodge’s Face-Warpingly Fast Demon Dragster

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 8:00am
How to build a production car so speedy, it's been banned by the National Hot Rod Association.
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The Tricked-Out Research Planes That Fly Through Wildfires

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 7:00am
The best way to test the gases created by wildfires is to fly a plane directly above the conflagration.
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Shred the Trails All Day Long With E-Mountain Bikes from Specialized and Riese & Müller

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 7:00am
These electric rides aren’t for lazy days on the trail.
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Repealing Net Neutrality is Easy. Replacing It Will Be Hard

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 7:00am
The next fight over the future of the open internet will fall to the U.S. Congress.
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Luxembourg's New Law Lets Space Miners Keep Their Plunder

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 7:00am
On August 1, Luxembourg plans to adopt a new law that gives empyrean mining companies the rights to whatever they pull from asteroids.
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Grasping Robots Compete to Rule Amazon’s Warehouses

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 7:00am
A warehouse-themed automated rodeo has robots auditioning to work in Amazon’s fulfillment centers
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The Camera Drone Company That Fell to Earth

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 7:00am
With two young founders and a much-hyped product, Lily Robotics promised that its camera drone would transform photography. Then it came crashing down.
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The Military Assigns the Homework in This College Course

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:55am
A new initiative is building a pipeline of tech know-how from America’s finest universities to the military. No one’s freaking out—yet.
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The Digital Divide Isn't Microsoft's First Priority

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:50am
Microsoft says it wants to use spare TV bandwidth to close the digital divide. But the company has even bigger plans than that.
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Killing the Blue Whale Challenge

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:45am
Social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr enabled the Blue Whale Challenge. They must do more to curb it.
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From Elon Musk to Bill Gates: Tech’s Most Dubious Promises

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:40am
Elon Musk’s NY-DC hyperloop isn’t the first outrageous claim we’ve heard from Silicon Valley.
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Asomándonos a la Revolución Cubana de Internet Hecha por los Propios C

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:00am
En Cuba, donde los datos gotean vía una red sobrecargada controlada por el gobierno—en su caso—la gente ha puesto en escena la revolución del auto autor.
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