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Italy Quake Rescuers Ask Locals To Unlock Their Wi-Fi

Slashdot - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:40pm
Rescue teams searching for earthquake survivors in central Italy have asked locals to unlock their Wifi passwords. The Italian Red Cross says residents' home networks can assist with communications during the search for survivors, reports BBC. From the report: On Wednesday a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy and killed more than 240 people. More than 4,300 rescuers are looking for survivors believed to still be trapped in the rubble. On Twitter, the Italian Red Cross posted a step-by-step guide which explains how local residents can switch off their Wifi network encryption. Similar requests have been made by the National Geological Association and Lazio Region. A security expert has warned that removing encryption from a home Wifi network carries its own risks, but added that those concerns are trivial in the context of the rescue operation.

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Want to Hang Out with POTUS in VR? You Can!

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:30pm
A new virtual reality experience from Felix & Paul Studios lets you visit Yosemite National Park with President Obama. Check it out here. The post Want to Hang Out with POTUS in VR? You Can! appeared first on WIRED.
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ISP Lobbyists Pushing Telecom Act Rewrite

Slashdot - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:02pm
Karl Bode, reporting for DSLReports:Telecom lobbyists are pushing hard for a rewrite of the Telecom Act, this time with a notable eye on cutting FCC funding and overall authority. AT&T donated at least $70,000 to back Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, and clearly expects him to spearhead the rewrite and make it a priority in 2017. The push is an industry backlash to a number of consumer friendly initiatives at the FCC, including new net neutrality rules, the reclassification of ISPs under Title II, new broadband privacy rules, new cable box reform and an attempt to protect municipal broadband. AT&T's Ryan donation is the largest amount AT&T has ever donated to a single candidate, though outgoing top AT&T lobbyist Jim Cicconi has also thrown his support behind Hillary Clinton.

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The Science of Waiting … and Waiting … for Your Page to Load

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:28pm
Web designers are getting better and better at manipulating how you perceive wait time online. The post The Science of Waiting ... and Waiting ... for Your Page to Load appeared first on WIRED.
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iPhones and iPads Fail More Often Than Android Smartphones

Slashdot - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:23pm
An anonymous reader writes: The main question when picking a new phone is whether to choose an Android one or an iPhone. A new study coming from Blancco Technology Group sheds some light on which devices are the most reliable, based on reliability. The study entitled State of Mobile Device Performance and Health reveals the device failure rates by operating systems, manufacturers, models and regions, as well as the most common types of performance issues. The report reveals that in Q2 2016, iOS devices had a 58% failure rate, marking the first time that Apple's devices have a lower performance rate compared to Android. It seems that the iPhone 6 had the highest failure rate of 29%, followed by iPhone 6s and iPhone 6S Plus. Android smartphones had an overall failure rate of 35%, an improvement from 44% in Q1 2016. Samsung, Lenovo and LeTV were among the manufacturers with the weakest performance and higher failure rates. Samsung scored 26% in failure rate, while Motorola just 11%. The study also reveals that iOS devices fail more frequently in North America and Asia compared to Android. Specifically, the failure rate in North America is 59%, while in Asia 52%. The failures could be influenced by the fact that the quality of smartphones shipped around the world varies.

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Are IoT return on investment expectations over-hyped?

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:00pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) is touted as a future source of huge revenues, but concerns are mounting that Return on Investment (ROI) expectations are too aggressive.

An article on IDG’s ARNnet  discusses a report by Current Analysis that raises the topic of sky-high expectations surrounding IoT. And it suggests that in some cases lackluster ROI is making it difficult for businesses to justify IoT deployments.

This report comes amid news that IoT and data analytics are driving a major surge in technology mergers and acquisitions, in part because of high ROI expectations for the technology.

The study found that many businesses had aggressive, short-term expectations for IoT generated revenues. Specifically, more than 50% of those surveyed were expecting to see ROI from their IoT deployments in under a year.

“The speed with which many organisations require IoT implementations to at least pay for themselves is eye-popping, but also a clear sign that IoT in the enterprise is well beyond hype and into the realm of the actual,” said Jerry Caron, senior vice president of Current Analysis.

“Businesses have no patience for projects that don’t pull their weight, and clearly many believe that they are not just take a speculative gamble with their IoT plans.”

Yet worries about cost considerations remained the number one reason companies chose not to pursue IoT projects. The other leading reasons that IoT projects were passed over were the lack of compelling use cases and security concerns.

Jumping in without looking down?

Interestingly the study found that, despite widespread security concerns among surveyed firms, many organizations are jumping into the planning phase of IoT projects without implementing security mechanisms.

But for Caron, it all comes back to the question of whether IoT can live up to revenue expectations.

“Where justifying a project will depend on RoI timescale goals, it’s telling that more than 50 percent of enterprises hope for a payoff in under a year,” he said.

“For many projects, this may well be overly optimistic or otherwise unrealistic.”

And though these high expectations for IoT revenues are often overly aggressive, the report did find that in many cases such high ROI targets were exceeded.

Nearly 70% of businesses with deployed IoT technology reported that the project in question has already met their ROI targets, regardless of the initial goals.

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Windows 10 Computers Crash When Amazon Kindles Are Plugged In

Slashdot - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:44pm
It appears that many users are facing an issue with their Windows 10 computers when they plug in an Amazon Kindle device. According to reports, post Windows 10 Anniversary Update installation, everytime a user connect their Amazon Paperwhite or Voyage, their desktop and laptop lock up and require rebooting. The Guardian reports:Pooka, a user of troubleshooting forum Ten Forums said: "I've had a Kindle paperwhite for a few years no and never had an issue with connecting it via USB. However, after the recent Windows 10 updates, my computer BSOD's [blue screen of death] and force restarts almost as soon as I plug my Kindle in." On Microsoft's forums, Rick Hale said: "On Tuesday, I upgraded to the Anniversary Edition of Windows 10. Last night, for the first time since the upgrade, I mounted my Kindle by plugging it into a USB 2 port. I immediately got the blue screen with the QR code. I rebooted and tried several different times, even using a different USB cable, but that made no difference."

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Malware Sold To Governments Helped Them Spy on iPhones

Slashdot - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:04pm
One of the world's most evasive digital arms dealers is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journalists, reports The New York Times. (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled, here's an alternate source). From the report: Investigators discovered that a company called the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit that sells software that invisibly tracks a target's mobile phone, was responsible for the intrusions. The NSO Group's software can read text messages and emails and track calls and contacts. It can even record sounds, collect passwords and trace the whereabouts of the phone user. In response, Apple on Thursday released a patched version of its mobile software, iOS 9.3.5. Users can get the patch through a normal software update.The Washington Post reports that these "zero-day" flaws were previously used by the governments to take over victims' phones by tricking them into clicking on a link to a text message. Motherboard says that this is the first time anyone has uncovered such an attack in the wild. "Until this month, no one had seen an attempted spyware infection leveraging three unknown bugs, or zero-days, in the iPhone. The tools and technology needed for such an attack, which is essentially a remote jailbreak of the iPhone, can be worth as much as one million dollars."

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A Hacking Group Is Selling iPhone Spyware to Governments

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:46pm
Well-funded and professional organization sells extremely sophisticated mobile spyware to nation states. The post A Hacking Group Is Selling iPhone Spyware to Governments appeared first on WIRED.
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You Can Now Play Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe in Google's Search Results

Slashdot - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:31pm
Paul Sawers, writing for VentureBeat: Google announced a couple of fun little nuggets today: you can now play Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe directly in Google's search results. Available through the desktop and Google mobile apps, anyone searching for the keywords "solitaire" or "tic-tac-toe" will see the usual search results, but featured prominently alongside them you'll also now see a "tap to play" option which whisks you off to play the game. Google is no stranger to hiding so-called "easter eggs" in its products, including Search -- for example, last year it had a surprise in store to mark the anniversary of Super Mario. Moreover, Google already lets you play some games within Search, including Pacman.

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The Flying Bum Just Crashed—So Why Are We Building Airships?

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:07pm
Turns out this may be the—second—age of the dirigible. The post The Flying Bum Just Crashed—So Why Are We Building Airships? appeared first on WIRED.
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The Hague Convicts a Tomb-Destroying Extremist With Smart Design

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:06pm
This week, smart design helped the ICC find Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi guilty for the destruction of multiple historic sites in Timbuktu. The post The Hague Convicts a Tomb-Destroying Extremist With Smart Design appeared first on WIRED.
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China Telecom’s future focuses on big data, IoT, and the cloud

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:00pm

China Telecom, the state owned fixed-line operator, has released its latest five-year plan detailing the company’s move into emerging markets.

The change comes as China Mobile, the state owned mobile operator, starts to encroach on China Telecom’s business. More Chinese customers, especially the younger generation, are skipping fixed-line telephones and broadband for cheaper mobile contracts.

To remain relevant, China Telecom plans to transform the business into an “integrated information service provider”, focused on artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things, mobile.

The state-owned enterprise already provides service to all five focus markets, according to Nikkei. The network’s Internet of Things (IoT) service reached three million connections and its mobile payments platform, BestPay, surpassed eight millions users.

Neither of those are particularly massive numbers, but China Telecom has faith that in the next five years, the five focus areas will make up 60 percent of the company’s revenue.

China Telecom faces big domestic competition

China Telecom has been in the fortunate position of zero competition in the fixed-line market, but will find it much harder to stake a claim in the artificial intelligence or cloud computing market, where major tech firms Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent are spending millions.

Yang Jie, the CEO of China Telecom, revealed that its cloud division had seen a 41 percent rise in revenue this year, but it did not provide numbers for artificial intelligence or big data businesses.

Companies outside China might not be confident in China Telecom as a data center or networking provider, because of its ties to the government. This is especially true for U.S. tech firms, which have received cyber attacks from hackers connected to the state.

The lack of foreign partners is not likely to hurt China Telecom though, due to its connections inside the country with tech firms.

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WhatsApp lays groundwork to monetize its service by easing privacy rules and allowing businesses to message users (Adam Satariano/Bloomberg)

TechMeme - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:00pm

Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
WhatsApp lays groundwork to monetize its service by easing privacy rules and allowing businesses to message users  —  New privacy policy opens up service for texts from businesses  —  WhatsApp begins sharing more user data with Facebook  —  Facebook Inc. is laying the groundwork …

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Analysis of filings finds Twitter's Japanese operation generated 10% of global revenue in Q2, with sales doubling YoY to $61.2M (Gideon Spanier/Campaign Live)

TechMeme - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:55am

Gideon Spanier / Campaign Live:
Analysis of filings finds Twitter's Japanese operation generated 10% of global revenue in Q2, with sales doubling YoY to $61.2M  —  Japan has overtaken the UK to become Twitter's largest market outside the US.  —  Twitter's booming Japanese operation generated 10% of global revenues for the first time in the second quarter of 2016.

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Mobileye and Delphi aim for autonomous tech by 2019

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:34am

Component suppliers Mobileye and Delphi announced on Tuesday a new partnership, called Central Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP), that aims to have a driverless system road ready by the end of 2019.

The two firms will share technology to build the driverless system, which we assume will be licensed to automotive manufacturers. Delphi will supply the hardware—radar, LiDAR, and cameras—Mobileye will provide real-time mapping, a mobile vision system, and multi-domain controller.

See Also: Mark your calendars: 2021 will be huge for autonomous cars

Automotive manufacturers already outsource most of the nuts and bolts manufacturing to third-party suppliers. In the age of self-driving, more sensors and computers will be installed into cars, which we expect auto firms to outsource.

Mobileye and Delphi plan to show off the technical achievements at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, which will take place in January. Urban and highway self-driving will be demoed at the event.

The two firms plan to do extensive testing of the self-driving system, with the end goal of market ready Level 4 and Level 5 automation.

Delphi and Mobileye save-the-date hits a full calendar

Predictions of full autonomy tech in vehicles have been coming fast and furious over the last three months.

Elon Musk has hinted Tesla will get to full autonomy within months. Currently, Tesla’s AutoPilot feature could be categorized as Level 2 or Level 3 automation, depending on how you interpret Tesla’s comments on the self-driving system’s capabilities. Level 4 is the next stage, also known as “mind off,” where users don’t need to be aware of what’s happening on the road.

Level 5 is fully driverless; where the only human interaction is plotting the route. That may take some time to be approved by regulators, most automotive firms are looking at 2021 as the year of full autonomy.

Delphi is already testing Level 3 self-driving in Singapore, announcing a few weeks ago that it will start shuttle tests in the city state. Mobileye has also made moves into the autonomous world, partnering with BMW and Intel to build the autonomous iNext car, slated for a 2021 release.

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