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Samsung sends out invites for Unpacked event on March 29 at 11AM ET in New York, where it's expected to launch Galaxy S8 (Alex Dobie/Android Central)

TechMeme - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 2:21pm

Alex Dobie / Android Central:
Samsung sends out invites for Unpacked event on March 29 at 11AM ET in New York, where it's expected to launch Galaxy S8  —  New flagship breaks cover in just over a month.  —  Samsung's 2017 flagship phones are about to move beyond mere rumor and speculation — Samsung is teasing the arrival …

Categories: Technology

Samsung announces new Gear VR headset with 101-degree field-of-view, which comes with a controller that supports touch and motion (Sophie Charara/Wareable)

TechMeme - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 2:00pm

Sophie Charara / Wareable:
Samsung announces new Gear VR headset with 101-degree field-of-view, which comes with a controller that supports touch and motion  —  MWC 2017: Take that Daydream  —  Anything Daydream can do, Samsung can do clickier.  Its mobile Gear VR headset now has a touchpad controller.

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94% of Microsoft Vulnerabilities Can Be Mitigated By Turning Off Admin Rights

Slashdot - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 1:34pm
An anonymous reader quotes Computerworld: If you want to shut out the overwhelming majority of vulnerabilities in Microsoft products, turn off admin rights on the PC. That's the conclusion from global endpoint security firm Avecto, which has issued its annual Microsoft Vulnerabilities report. It found that there were 530 Microsoft vulnerabilities reported in 2016, and of these critical vulnerabilities, 94% were found to be mitigated by removing admin rights, up from 85% reported last year. This is especially true with the browser, for those who still use Microsoft's browsers. 100% of vulnerabilities impacting both Internet Explorer and Edge could be mitigated by removing admin rights, Avecto reported... Windows 10 was found to have the highest proportion of vulnerabilities of any OS (395), 46% more than Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (265 each). Avecto found that 93% of Windows 10 vulnerabilities could be mitigated by removing admin rights. Of course, the stats are based on vulnerabilities announced in Microsoft Security Bulletins, but there's an overwhelming pattern. Turning off admin rights mitigated the vast majority of vulnerabilities, whether it was Windows Server (90%) or older versions of Microsoft Office (99%). And turning off admin rights in Office 2016 mitigated 100% of its vulnerabilities.

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Categories: Open Source, Technology

Samsung’s New Windows Tablet Is Your Laptop’s Worst Nightmare

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 1:00pm
The 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Book represents the bleeding edge of the tablet-as-laptop space. The post Samsung's New Windows Tablet Is Your Laptop's Worst Nightmare appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

The US Department Of Defense Announces An Open Source Code Repository

Slashdot - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 12:34pm
"The Pentagon is the latest government entity to join the open-source movement," writes NextGov. An anonymous reader quotes their report: The Defense Department this week launched Code.mil, a public site that will eventually showcase unclassified code written by federal employees. Citizens will be able to use that code for personal and public projects... The Defense Department's Digital Service team, whose members are recruited for short-term stints from companies including Google and Netflix, will be the first to host its code on the site once the agreement is finalized... "This is a direct avenue for the department to tap into a worldwide community of developers to collectively speed up and strengthen the software development process," a DOD post announcing the initiative said. The Pentagon also aims to find software developers and "make connections in support of DOD programs that ultimately service our national security." Interestingly, there's no copyright protections on code written by federal employees, according to U.S. (and some international) laws, according to the site. "This can make it hard to attach an open source license to our code, and our team here at Defense Digital Service wants to find a solution. You can submit a public comment by opening a GitHub issue on this repository before we finalize the agreement at the end of March."

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Did Silicon Valley Lose The Race To Build Self-Driving Cars?

Slashdot - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:34am
schwit1 quotes Autoblog: Up until very recently the talk in Silicon Valley was about how the tech industry was going to broom Detroit into the dustbin of history. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber -- so the thinking went -- were going to out run, out gun, and out innovate the automakers. Today that talk is starting to fade. There's a dawning realization that maybe there's a good reason why the traditional car companies have been around for more than a century. Last year Apple laid off most of the engineers it hired to design its own car. Google (now Waymo) stopped talking about making its own car. And Uber, despite its sky high market valuation, is still a long, long way from ever making any money, much less making its own autonomous cars. To paraphrase Elon Musk, Silicon Valley is learning that "Making rockets is hard, but making cars is really hard." The article argues the big auto-makers launched "vigorous in-house autonomous programs" which became fully competitive with Silicon Valley's efforts, and that Silicon Valley may have a larger role crunching the data that's collected from self-driving cars. "Last year in the U.S. market alone Chevrolet collected 4,220 terabytes of data from customer's cars... Retailers, advertisers, marketers, product planners, financial analysts, government agencies, and so many others will eagerly pay to get access to that information."

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Nokia Revives Its Indestructible Candy Bar—and Shows Off Three New Phones

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:30am
The Finnish giant doubles down on big Android phones. But also, there's a new 3310
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Motorola’s Killer Cheap Phones Just Keep Getting Better

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 10:45am
The G5 and G5 Plus make a compelling case for continuing Motorola's tradition of making Android phones that you can't believe are this cheap. The post Motorola's Killer Cheap Phones Just Keep Getting Better appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

DJI Unleashes Its First Workhorse Drone for Industrial Missions

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 10:45am
The Chinese company's total dominance of the skies continues. The post DJI Unleashes Its First Workhorse Drone for Industrial Missions appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

Professors Claim Passive Cooling Breakthrough Via Plastic Film

Slashdot - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 10:34am
What if you could cool buildings without using electricity? charlesj68 brings word of "the development of a plastic film by two professors at the University of Colorado in Boulder that provides a passive cooling effect." The film contains embedded glass beads that absorb and emit infrared in a wavelength that is not blocked by the atmosphere. Combining this with half-silvering to keep the sun from being the source of infrared absorption on the part of the beads, and you have a way of pumping heat at a claimed rate of 93 watts per square meter. The film is cheap to produce -- about 50 cents per square meter -- and could create indoor temperatures of 68 degrees when it's 98.6 outside. "All the work is done by the huge temperature difference, about 290C, between the surface of the Earth and that of outer space," reports The Economist.

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UK Police Arrest Suspect Behind Mirai Malware Attacks On Deutsche Telekom

Slashdot - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 9:34am
An anonymous reader writes: "German police announced Thursday that fellow UK police officers have arrested a suspect behind a serious cyber-attack that crippled German ISP Deutsche Telekom at the end of November 2016," according to BleepingComputer. "The attack in question caused over 900,000 routers of various makes and models to go offline after a mysterious attacker attempted to hijack the devices through a series of vulnerabilities..." The attacks were later linked to a cybercrime groups operating a botnet powered by the Mirai malware, known as Botnet #14, which was also available for hire online for on-demand DDoS attacks. "According to a statement obtained by Bleeping Computer from Bundeskriminalamt (the German Federal Criminal Police Office), officers from UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested a 29-year-old suspect at a London airport... German authorities are now in the process of requesting the unnamed suspect's extradition, so he can stand trial in Germany. Bestbuy, the name of the hacker that took credit for the attacks, has been unreachable for days."

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Think the Internet Is Polarized? Just Look at the FCC These Days

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:00am
These days, politics isn't just what happens on the internet—it's what happens to the internet. The post Think the Internet Is Polarized? Just Look at the FCC These Days appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

LG’s New Phone Does a Bunch of Things You Want and Nada Else

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:00am
It's big, it's new, it has a gigantic battery. Yay? The post LG's New Phone Does a Bunch of Things You Want and Nada Else appeared first on WIRED.
Categories: Open Source, Technology

While You Were Offline: The Media Crucified Yolo Minneapolis. Very Unfair! Sad!

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:00am
The former Brietbart editor has had a rough few days. The internet has had some slightly better ones. The post While You Were Offline: The Media Crucified Yolo Minneapolis. Very Unfair! Sad! appeared first on WIRED.
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Climb Inside the World’s Largest Wind Tunnel

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:00am
If you want to double the gas mileage of the average 18-wheeler, you have to smooth off the rough edges. The post Climb Inside the World's Largest Wind Tunnel appeared first on WIRED.
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Slooh Observatory Is Webcasting Today's Rare 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse

Slashdot - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader quotes Space.com A solar eclipse and its spectacular "ring of fire" will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere this Sunday morning, but no matter what side of the equator you're on, you can watch the spectacular event unfold online in a live broadcast from Slooh's online observatory...beginning at 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT)... This type of eclipse is called an annular eclipse, meaning that the sun will remain visible as a bright ring around the moon... Slooh will present the eclipse in live feeds from Chile and other locations. "During the broadcast, Slooh host Gerard Monteux will guide viewers on this journey across multiple continents and thousands of miles," Slooh said in a statement. "He'll be joined by a number of guests who will help viewers explore not only the science of eclipses, but also the fascinating legend, myth, and spiritual and emotional expression associated with these most awe-inspiring celestial events."

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