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World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.<p>Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including …

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NSA Pwned Cisco VPNs for 11 Years

sponsored by<p>Researchers Liken Cisco PIX Exploit to 'Internet God Mode' Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • August 22, 2016<p>The U.S. National Security …

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Motorola calls Samsung a copycat, gets shut down by Nokia fans

Tech companies copy off of each other. That has always happened, and always will happen. Still Motorola is apparently not happy about Samsung (and LG’s) new always-on displays.<p>The company tweeted this out yesterday:<p>That’s obviously a direct jab at Samsung, and Motorola has indeed featured a similar …

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Samsung Snatches Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

And it was all going so well for Samsung. In the run up to the official reveal of the Galaxy Note 7, the financial reports showed growth and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones were critical and commercial hits. Although the iPhone 7 was lurking around the corner to challenge Samsung, Apple’s …

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Microsoft leak Microsoft's shows why OS backdoors are dangerous

Security researchers MY123 and Slipstream revealed this week that Microsoft accidentally leaked security keys that allow Windows-based computers, phones and tablets to be unlocked and loaded with other operating systems, as well as malicious software like rootkits.<p>While the company has attempted to …

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System Outage Grounds Delta Flights Worldwide

sponsored by<p>System Outage Grounds Delta Flights Worldwide A Tale of Failed Resiliency Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • August 8, 2016<p>Delta grounded …

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Buying a smart lock might be a dumb investment

We’ve known for some time that the Internet of Things (IOT) was basically a connected dumpster fire. Time and time again, these connected devices have proven that, while convenient, they aren’t necessarily safe. In fact, many manufacturers have a rather apathetic view on security, which leads to a …

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Black Hat USA 2016

briefings - august 3 & 4<p>Keynote<p>What we call the Internet, was not our first attempt at making a global data network that spanned the globe. It was …

Congrats, Walmart! You just realized e-commerce is a thing

The retail giant hopes its acquisition of startup Jet.com will infuse energy into its e-commerce business. But Walmart has a long way to go to match …

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Autopilot in Tesla Model X helps driver get safely to a hospital

A Missouri man might not have made it safely to the hospital without the aid of his Tesla Model X’s self-driving features (via Slate). Joshua Neally, the 37-year old Model X owner, was on the way home from his law firm after work when he was struck by a pulmonary embolism. Neally allowed the …

Autonomous Tech

Google's new password standard may change the future of Android logins

It's about to get a whole lot easier to log into apps on Android. Google and password manager Dashlane announced a new open log-in protocol, …

Google

China’s bus that travels over traffic has inaugural road test

The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) runs on rails along highways and is elevated on long supports so cars can drive underneath it. Rendered concepts of the TEB first hit the Internet earlier this year, but today a fully fledged working version of the transit device had its inaugural test run in …

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This Wireless Charger Makes Your iPhone Float

Magnets are used to both make stuff levitate and to wirelessly charge your electronic devices. It makes sense then that Canada’s AR Designs would …

Wireless Charging

Disney patent wants to stealthily track park visitors by their shoes

A new patent awarded to Disney may have the theme park changing its tagline from “The happiest place on earth” to “The creepiest place on earth.”<p>In its efforts to expedite lines, customize the Disney experience, and make your overall visit more enjoyable, Disney’s new patent details plans to track …

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Entrepreneur: 4 Foolish Cybersecurity Mistakes Robert Herjavec Is Shocked People Still Make

July 28, 2016<p>Robert Herjavec compares hackers to professional burglars. “If they want to break in, there’s nothing you can do,” he tells …

Entrepreneurship

5 Takeaways From Amazon Most Profitable Quarter Yet

Shipping continues to be costly.<p>Amazon continued to wow Wall Street with record profits in its second quarter earnings, blowing past analyst expectations on profit and revenue. Here are the five things to know from the e-commerce giant’s earnings.<p><b>1. Amazon posted record profits of $857 million:</b> …

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Microsoft, capitulation and the end of Windows Everywhere

Tech culture is very fond of persistence, stubbornness, perseverance, and the idea that you should never give up. We're surrounded by stories of …

Microsoft

Marc Benioff tried to buy LinkedIn even after it announced the deal with Microsoft

After LinkedIn officially announced that it had sold itself to Microsoft for $26.2 billion in cash last month, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, a rival bidder, didn't give up right away.<p>Instead, he sent an email to LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and CEO Jeff Weiner that essentially said …

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Google's Android has gotten so out of control that $55 billion Salesforce had to take drastic measures

Google's Android operating system has long suffered from a problem called "fragmentation."<p>Unlike with the Apple iPhone, it's up to smartphone manufacturers, not Google, to push out updates to customers. So there's no guarantee that any given phone will get the operating system upgrades.<p>There's also …

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Storage device writes information atom-by-atom

<b>The quest for storage devices that pack more information into a smaller space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.</b><p>Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms on a copper surface.<p>The …

DARPA wants to create autonomous, Agent Smith-like security software

What if finding and fixing security flaws were just as fast and automated as the computer systems they’re trying to protect? What if cyber defense protocols were as seamless, sophisticated, and scalable as the internet itself?<p>Those are questions at the heart of DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, a …

A New Reality

Imagine you’re on vacation in Mexico. A sunny beach looks perfect for swimming, but there’s a conspicuous sign on the sand, and you don’t know enough …

Pokémon Go Mayhem: Privacy, Muggings, Malware

Police and Security Experts Issue Related Warnings; Fixes on the Way Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • July 12, 2016<p>The Pokémon Go smartphone app, …

Microsoft just made a deal with IBM — and Apple should be nervous

Microsoft and IBM have formed a new partnership to develop new business applications for the Microsoft Surface tablets and Surface Book laptops aimed at IBM's roster of large enterprise customers.<p>If it sounds a lot like the landmark partnership that Apple and IBM signed back in 2014 to bring custom …

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Google’s full-disk encryption in Android can be hacked

We may have thought that Android is just as safe as the iPhone when it comes to encryption, but it looks like Google’s Android operating system has a …

10 million Android devices reportedly infected with Chinese malware

A security software maker says that Chinese cybercriminals have gained access to millions of smartphones around the world.<p>At least 10 million Android …

Google-funded 60Tbps trans-pacific internet cable is ready

Google’s $300 million trans-pacific ‘FASTER’ cable is ready to use.<p>The cable, first announced about one year ago, brings up to 60Tbps (Terabits per second) Internet speed between Japan and the US. The cable will surface in Oregon and two posts in Japan: Chiba and Mie prefectures.<p>From those points, …

Google Maps on mobile is adding support for multiple destinations

Google Maps is an incredibly useful smartphone app, and I use it every single day. But there are some things that it's still really <i>stupid</i> about. Sure, the Android and iOS app can tell you about gas, food, and other places to stop along your route from point A to point B. But what if you want to add …

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IBM's Watson may provide a shortcut to treating cancer

The tech giant's cognitive computer system will help oncologists with the data-intensive work of identifying mutations in DNA and finding specific …