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Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately capable hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199.<p>The bug was unusually dangerous but of a common genre: it was in Microsoft software, could allow a hacker …

AT&T Launches Fake 5G Network in Desperate Attempt to Seem Innovative

Have you heard? AT&T is going to “pave the way for the next generation of faster speeds” with something called 5G Evolution. No, it’s not <i>actually</i> a …

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Submersible drone gives us a peek at what’s hiding under the sea

A drone-sailboat-submarine-Bond villain’s wet dream could be the key to getting an unprecedented look at the world’s oceans — and all it needs is sun and water.<p>The Submaran 10 is a hybrid device created by marine tech company Ocean Aero. It can function both as a sailboat-like water done and as a …

Drones

The complete list of Alexa commands so far

Here are all the things you can ask Alexa to do. (Dad jokes included.)<p>Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are four ways to interact with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo and Dot devices, and with the Amazon Fire TV -- …

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Broadband Privacy Repeal Sparks Interest in VPNs

The vote by the U.S. Congress to repeal rules that limit how internet service providers can use customer data has generated renewed interest in an old internet technology: virtual private networks, or VPNs.<p>VPNs cloak a customer's web-surfing history by making an encrypted connection to a private …

Net Neutrality

Apple Patent Shows an iPhone Turning Into a MacBook

Want to process your iPhone photos for Instagram on a laptop without having to transfer any files? In the future there may be a crazy new way you can …

iPhone

Forget traffic jams, hail a cab from the sky: Flying TAXIS could be hitting Singapore by 2030

• <b>Singapore's Ministry of Transport is in talks with passenger drone companies</b>• <b><br>The move is part of a drive to expand the range of urban mobility</b> …

DoubleAgent attack can use anti-virus apps to hijack your PC

Security researchers from Cybellum have discovered another technique cyber criminals can use to take over your computer. The zero-day attack called DoubleAgent exploits Microsoft's Application Verifier tool, which developers use to detect and fix bugs in their apps. Developers have to load a DLL …

6 persistent phone charging myths, debunked

Charging your phone should be easy — just plug it in and forget about it. Unfortunately, there's a lot of bad advice out there that is actually doing more harm than good.<p>Let's debunk it, shall well?<p>First, a note about exploding phones: Almost all smartphones these days use lithium-ion batteries, …

Batteries

'I can’t trust YouTube any more': creators speak out in Google advertising row

Inconsistencies behind the company’s ability to police advertising on controversial content are coming to light<p>Google’s decision-making process over which YouTube videos are deemed “advertiser friendly” faces scrutiny from both brands and creators, highlighting once again the challenge of …

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Google’s DeepMind made ‘inexcusable’ errors handling UK health data, says report

New academic study examines a deal between the UK’s National Health Service and Google’s AI subsidiary<p>A new academic report examining a deal between Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has said that the US tech giant made “inexcusable” errors in terms of …

Informatics

Google's Deepmind wants to cut 10% off the entire UK's energy bill

DeepMind wants to help the UK cut its energy consumption by up to 10%, according to a report published in The Financial Times on Sunday.<p>The artificial intelligence (AI) lab — acquired by Google for £400 million in 2014 — has developed algorithms that can anticipate energy demand and supply.<p>They're …

Google’s Untrendy Play to Make the Blockchain Actually Useful

For Silicon Valley, the headline was sweet nectar: Google DeepMind, the world’s hottest artificial intelligence lab, embraces the blockchain, the …

Bitcoin

11 Uses for Your Old Smartphone

11 Uses for Your Old Smartphone<p>Click To View Slideshow»<p>Do you have an old smartphone lying around? Turn it into something cool.<p>Smartphones! Everybody …

How a typo took down S3, the backbone of the internet

Hello, operator<p>Earlier this week, much of the internet ground to a halt when the servers that power them suddenly vanished. The servers were part of S3, Amazon’s popular web hosting service, and when they went down they took several big services with them. Quora, Trello, and IFTTT were among the …

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This Smart AI Can Now Steal Code to Write Its Own Programs

We're not worried, honest.<p>Our artificial intelligence systems are continuing to get smarter, with scientists demonstrating that a system called …

Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service isn’t working

Amazon Web Services today acknowledged that its Simple Storage Service (S3), one of the company's most popular cloud-based products, is experiencing …

Amazon Web Services

These 200 Mile-Per-Hour Race Cars Are Driven By Computers

Roborace, the driverless car championship that has been under development for more than a year, unveiled its vision for the future on stage Monday at …

Transportation

Sony’s crazy projector that turns any surface into a touchscreen is going on sale this year

It’s called the Xperia Touch, is powered by Android, and will cost around $1,600<p>Over the past couple of years, Sony has shown off a number of experimental products designed for the home. Now, though, one of them is actually going on sale: the newly christened Xperia Touch — an Android projector …

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Server bug leaks user data for thousands of popular websites

A number of high-profile websites have been leaking their users personal data into the ether, thanks to an error by a prominent web services provider. Cloudflare, which provides security and content delivery services to companies like Patreon, Fitbit and OKCupid among others, had an error in its …

Leadership

Your TV is probably tracking you -- here's how to stop it

Internet-connected smart TVs and streaming devices from Vizio, LG, Samsung, Sony, Roku, Google and others can all spy on your viewing habits. Here's how to stop them.<p>When you unpacked your new TV or streamer for the first time, you probably couldn't wait to start watching it. In the excitement to …

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World’s first rideable hoverbike looks cool as hell but will probably kill you

Or at least amputate your legs<p>Hoversurf, a Russian company that builds drones, posted a video last week showing off its latest prototype: the Scorpion-3, a single-seat, electric-powered hoverbike that looks cool as hell but probably won’t be ready for the X Games anytime soon.<p>The manufacturers say …

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‘Smart Mirrors’ Come to the Fitting Room - Bloomberg

Since e-commerce began threatening stores last decade, retailers have been trying to make their locations operate more like the web. Yet despite …

Liquid battery could last for over 10 years

Modern batteries aren't hampered so much by their capacity as their long-term lifespan -- a lithium-ion pack can easily become useless after a few years of heavy use. That's bad enough for your phone, but it's worse for energy storage systems that may have to stick around for the long haul. If …

Vizio fined $2.2 million for collecting customer viewing histories without consent

Looks like Vizio is pulling itself out of some hot water. The popular television manufacturer (among other products) has been fined $2.2 million, …

Google ordered to turn over foreign emails

So much for Microsoft's court win providing a neat and tidy defense against law enforcement requests for foreign data. As part of an FBI fraud investigation, a Philadelphia judge has ordered Google to obey search warrants for emails stored on servers outside the US. The court ruled that …

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