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Everything You Need to Know About Watching DRM’d Media on Linux

Everything has DRM these days, and while Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, and even DVDs and Blu-rays “just work” on most systems, Linux users always have …

DRM

Amazon Echo is a sleeper hit, and the rest of America is about to find out about it for the first time

It was a weird surprise when Amazon unveiled Echo, an internet-connected speaker that listens and talks, in late 2014.<p>Amazon’s track record creating hardware had been inconsistent. While the Kindle e-reader was a long-time success and its Fire TV streaming media device was looking good, the …

Amazon Echo

Internet of Things: cyber crime on the rise

More data has been generated in the past two years than in the entire history of mankind.<p>While for many, there are reasons to celebrate this increasingly connected world, others express growing concern about the risks associated with all that data, an ideal target for cyber crime. Cyber security …

Macroscopic quantum entanglement achieved at room temperature

In quantum physics, the creation of a state of entanglement in particles any larger and more complex than photons usually requires temperatures close …

Quantum Mechanics

Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful - MIT Technology Review

The way we navigate in cities has been revolutionized in the last few years by the advent of GPS mapping programs. Enter your start and end location …

Algorithms

Using IPv6 with Linux? You’ve likely been visited by Shodan and other scanners

Shodan caught using time-keeping servers to quietly harvest IP addresses.<p>One of the benefits of the next-generation Internet protocol known as IPv6 …

Information Security

These are the 7 easy steps a teen used to hack the director of the CIA

The hacker and his group posted documents online, including a list of email addresses allegedly from Brennan's contact file. They also said they'd obtained other documents, like a letter from the Senate asking the CIA to stop its use of "harsh interrogation techniques" (basically, torture), and a …

The Donald Trump programming language is not for dummies or losers

Make coding great again<p>I have a love / hate relationship with computer programming. As the resident developer at <i>The Verge</i>, I've been living the juxtaposition of how a few lines of code can perform a task that would otherwise take dozens of human hours or how one overlooked typo can cripple a …

People in Tokyo are making terrifying snow sculptures during this rare snowfall

It hardly snows in Japan's capital city, but this week, central Tokyo received a rare 6cm of snow.<p>The busy metropolis, so unaccustomed to dealing …

Japan

Nativefier Turns Any Web Site Into a Native App from the Command Line

Windows/Mac/Linux: Mac users have long been able to easily make their own desktop apps of web apps using Fluid, but if you’re not on a Mac, or you …

Apps

Numbers don’t lie—it’s time to build your own router

With more speed available and hardware that can't adapt, DIY builds offer peak performance.<p>I've noticed a trend lately. Rather than replacing a …

Wi-Fi

Here are the catastrophic risks UBS sees in a world with 'extreme connectivity' and robots

But as connectivity between industries and countries increases, so the system becomes more fragile.<p>The world is open to catastrophic risks that can fell energy grids, companies and even country infrastructure.<p>The incredible advances — such as streamlined production, lower costs providing goods and …

Do Americans Care About Privacy? It Depends, Because Privacy Is Personal…

There have been plenty of premature obituaries for privacy falling from the lips of tech company CEOs in recent years. Yet the idea that people have a sub-set of personal information they wish to keep outside the public sphere persists — despite all the incentives and encouragements for the …

Privacy

Latest data from the Valley's oldest VC firm shows one big flaw in the hype around the cloud

One of the biggest trends in the tech industry has been the rise of the "cloud," or services delivered over the web.<p>But the latest data from Bessemer …

Comcast just had a major breakthrough that could mean superfast internet

That probably sounds like a mumbo-jumbo to you, so let's put it in simple terms. This means Comcast has figured out how to use its existing cable lines to deliver superfast gigabit-internet speeds without having to do major work on its current infrastructure.<p>Gigabit internet is broadband that …

North Korea's 'paranoid' computer operating system revealed

North Korea’s homegrown computer operating system mirrors its political one – marked by a high degree of paranoia and invasive snooping on users, according to two German researchers.<p>Their investigation, the deepest yet into the country’s Red Star OS, illustrates the challenges Pyongyang faces in …

North Korea

Cybersecurity predictions for 2016

Last year I quoted late, great sage and Hall of Fame baseball player Yogi Berra. Yogi once noted, "It's tough to make predictions especially about the future."<p>Fortunately, for me, mine for 2015 were accurate. And so I will venture out to again make predictions, many of which should be considered …

Cybersecurity

China’s dark-matter satellite launches era of space science

Monkey King is first in a line of Chinese space missions focused on scientific discovery.<p>Against a purple morning sky, in a cloud of brown smoke, the …

Google Chrome functions finally return actual random numbers

Over the years, multiple studies have found that Google Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine was returning not-so-random numbers when you called the Math.random() function.<p>Today that’s been fixed, with the release of Chrome 49, which will be available soon. Math.random() is the most frequently used way to …

Pentagon chief’s use of personal email will prompt Senate review

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter used his personal email account to conduct some official government business early in his tenure at the Pentagon, he acknowledged Thursday, as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee called for a review of his actions.<p>Carter’s practices violated …

Senate Armed Services Committee

You Can Break Into a Linux System by Pressing Backspace 28 Times. Here’s How to Fix It

Hitting a key over and over again actually works for once. Two security researchers in Spain recently uncovered a strange bug that will let you into …

Linux

China internet: Xi Jinping calls for 'cyber sovereignty'

<b>China's President Xi Jinping has called on countries to respect one another's "cyber sovereignty" and different internet governance models.</b><p>Mr Xi said countries had the right to choose how to develop and regulate their internet.<p>He was speaking at the Beijing-sponsored World Internet Conference held …

Paradox at the heart of mathematics makes physics problem unanswerable

Gödel’s incompleteness theorems are connected to unsolvable calculations in quantum physics.<p>A logical paradox at the heart of mathematics and …

Year in review: New algorithm quickly spots identical networks

The fraternity of problems that confound computers has lost a prominent member. Computer scientist László Babai presented a new algorithm this year …

The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom's Orbital Structure

What you’re looking at is the first direct observation of an <b>atom’s electron orbital</b> — <i>an atom's actual wave function</i>! To capture the image, …

A syringe with tiny sponges can seal a gunshot wound in seconds

A bunch of tiny sponges could change the way first responders treat gun victims and wounded soldiers.<p>Oregon-based startup RevMedx designed the XSTAT …

New knowledge about the remarkable properties of black holes

Black holes are surrounded by many mysteries, but now researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have come up with new groundbreaking …

Computer learns like a human and (sort of) beat the Turing Test

There is a fundamental difference between the way computers learn and the way humans learn. Humans can see one example and intuit what that object or …

Quantum physics problem proved unsolvable: Godel and Turing enter quantum physics

A mathematical problem underlying fundamental questions in particle and quantum physics is provably unsolvable, according to scientists at UCL, …

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