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How to protect your router and Wi-Fi from Russian hackers

A few weeks ago, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert about state-supported Russian hackers carrying out attacks against a large number of home routers in the U.S. These hackers are organized, motivated and well-funded.<p>They’re not a bunch of misanthropic …

Cyber-attacks

15 Words You Need to Eliminate From Your Vocabulary

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There were fine memoirs and a deluxe life of Chris Ware, but the year belonged to Joff Winterhart’s moving portrait of masculinity<p>If it were down to me, every person in Britain would get a copy of Joff Winterhart’s graphic novel <b>Driving Short Distances</b>(Cape £14.99) for Christmas; I simply can’t see …

Books

It's Gonna Get a Lot Easier to Break Science Journal Paywalls

Anurag Acharya’s problem was that the Google search bar is very smart, but also kind of dumb. As a Googler working on search 13 years ago, Acharya …

Social Sciences

Google demands Cerberus anti-theft app to be less stealthy

While Google provides its own tracking and anti-theft service through Android Device Manager, some users prefer third-party tools. One of these is …

Android News

From smart-speakers and virtual bikes to robot vacuums and indestructible cables, here is the year’s most covetable technology<p>You can assemble one of three robotswith this Lego-like kit, each fully mobile and equipped with an infra-red sensor to helpit detect and interact with its environment. Best …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a shout-out to a $100-per-year app for doctors — here's what it does

Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't a doctor, but he talked about a piece of medical software, VisualDx, during Apple's most recent earnings call.<p>It was an interesting choice of an app to highlight. Apple has deep ambition to break into the health and medical worlds, but although VisualDx is available to …

Machine Learning

5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 218th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:<p>UC Browser hit a bit of trouble this week. The app disappeared from the Play Store entirely. Allegedly, the developers used some fairly shady and misleading techniques to increase their download numbers. …

Apps

“It’s a Ponzi Scheme”: Wall Street Fears Trump’s Deranged Tax Plan Could Kick Off Economic Euthanasia

Wall Street vets say an attack on blue states could start a chain reaction in the housing market. “Will this be the first tax cut in American history that actually results in a recession?”<p>“It’s a Ponzi scheme,” a Wall Street executive told me, dismissing the idea that a multi-trillion dollar tax …

See How the Earth Has Changed Over the Past 20 Years in This NASA Timelapse

A new 20-year NASA timelapse taken from space shows in just a few minutes how life on Earth shapes the planet year by year.<p>The timelapse follows two …

How Moscow paves the way for smart healthcare technologies that save cities millions

<b>Smart City Moscow’s Secret Weapon for Saving $10 Million a Year in Healthcare Costs</b><p>As doctor wait times soar by 30% in major US cities, where citizens wait an average of 24 days to schedule an appointment, Moscow, the most populated city in Russia, is doing the impossible: its 12.5 million citizens …

Google Lens in Assistant begins rolling out to Pixel and Pixel 2

Back in October, several Googlers noted that Google Lens would be coming to Assistant “in the next few weeks.” On Friday evening, the first users have spotted the visual search feature up and running on their Pixel and Pixel 2 phones.<p>Back at the October 4th event, Google announced that Lens was …

Build your first basic Android game in just 7 minutes (with Unity)

Making a fully working game for Android is much easier than you might think. The key to successful Android development— or any kind of development— is to know what you want to achieve and find the necessary tools and skills to do it. Take the path of least resistance and have a clear goal in …

Game Development

Amazon joins Facebook and Microsoft in support of open-source AI platform

Amazon yesterday announced its ONNX-MXNet package to import Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) deep learning models into Apache MXNet, signifying the company is on-board with Facebook and Microsoft in efforts to open-source AI.<p>With the ONNX-MXNet Python package, developers running models based on …

The Conversation

Readers respond to an October 2017 cover story and more.<p>The First White President<p><i>In October, Ta-Nehisi Coates argued that Donald Trump’s presidency is predicated nearly entirely on white supremacy and the negation of a black president.</i><p>I read Ta-Nehisi Coates’s fascinating article. I found it …

Hillary Clinton

Best Fiction of 2017

FICTION & LITERATURE<p>Released: July 18, 2017<p>Reviewed: May 2, 2017<p>FICTION & LITERATURE<p>Released: June 13, 2017<p>Reviewed: March 21, 2017<p>FICTION & …

The Dismal Science Remains Dismal, Say Scientists

When Hristos Doucouliagos was a young economist in the mid-1990s, he got interested in all the ways economics was wrong about itself—bias, …

Social Sciences

Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?

Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single …

It's inexcusable for Apple and Google to ship pricey phones with busted software

Phone makers like Apple, Google, and Samsung have mastered the art of making desirable smartphones that command premium prices.<p>But they're screwing …

Mobile Technology

The FDA has approved the first digital pill

Abilify MyCite raises new privacy concerns<p>The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first digital pill for the US which tracks if patients have taken their medication. The pill called Abilify MyCite, is fitted with a tiny ingestible sensor that communicates with a patch worn by the patient …

These Are the 50 Cheapest Countries to Live

Time for a change of scene?<p>With the American dollar strong compared to other currencies, moving or retiring abroad could be a smart strategy to …

Security News This Week: Russia's Campaign Interference Cast a Wide Net

The week started off with a metaphorical bang, as special counsel Robert Mueller brought the first charges in his investigation into Russia's efforts …

Osama Bin Laden

Britain’s universities are under fire from all sides

THERE are few things in which Britain can still claim to lead the world, but higher education is one. The country’s grandest universities top global …

Apple admits faults of iPhone X Super Retina display: OLED

Got an iPhone X? Congratulations! Enjoying that Super Retina “notched” display on the iPhone X? Good. Enjoy it for a while.<p>Like viewers of other OLED …

Imagine Jared Kushner Is Your Boss . . .

Kyle Pope, the editor-in-chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, once spent 18 months running The New York Observer under the stewardship of princeling Jared Kushner. This is his story.<p><b>Kyle Pope</b> spent 18 months running <i>The New York Observer</i> (now just the <i>Observer</i>) under <b>Jared Kushner,</b> a …

Phones don't need a NPU to benefit from machine learning

Neural Networks and Machine Learning are some of this year’s biggest buzzwords in the world of smartphone processors. Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 970, Apple’s A11 Bionic, and the image processing unit (IPU) inside the Google Pixel 2 all boast dedicated hardware support for this emerging technology.<p>The …

Machine Learning

How to Set Up Google's Advanced Protection Program

The process is pretty straightforward, but be prepared to buy two security keys if you don't already own them.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, …

Information Systems

More Than 1 Million People Downloaded a Fake WhatsApp Android App

The Google Play Store is still filled with malicious copycats of legitimate ads.<p>More than one million people were tricked into downloading a fake Android app that was pretending to be WhatsApp.<p>The app was called "Update WhatsApp" and is still on the Play Store, although the developer has now …

JPEG vs. PNG: When and why to use one format over the other

In the world of digital imaging, there are two image formats that prevail above all else: JPEG (or JPG) and PNG.<p>At first glance, a single image shown …

Tutorials

Factory resetting in Android 8.1 Developer Preview can brick device

If you’re on the Android 8.1 Developer Preview right now, consider setting a PIN lock for your device before you decide on a factory reset.<p>One …