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Hacker documents show NSA tools for breaching global money transfer system

HONG KONG/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Documents and computer files released by hackers provide a blueprint for how the U.S. National Security Agency likely used weaknesses in commercially available software to gain access to the global system for transferring money between banks, a review of the data …

Cybersecurity

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

The World's First Ransomware Came on a Floppy Disk in 1989

We may think of ransomware as a modern invention, but the genius idea at the centre of it dates back more than two decades.<p>A free disk stuck to the front of a computer magazine changed Eddy Willems' life forever.<p>In December 1989, Willems worked at a Belgian insurance firm, and put the disk into a …

Is Facebook a Monopoly? Just Ask Snapchat

Facebook announced yesterday that its newest Instagram feature, Stories, has surpassed 200 million daily active users. “New,” of course, is relative: …

Fitbit Is Entering New, Dangerous Waters As Consumers Turn To Smartwatches

The company is building its first real smartwatch after slowly adding smartwatch features to its fitness trackers. And things aren’t going smoothly.<p>Not too long ago, most consumers were satisfied that simple fitness trackers, not smartwatches, were a good way to enter the age of the “quantified …

SHA-1 Encryption Has Been Broken: Now What?

In February 2017, Google and CWI announced they had broken SHA-1 encryption. This isn’t a surprise: The encryption, used for things like digital signatures, had been susceptible to collisions for years. Companies began slowly phasing out SHA-1 after warning signs of its vulnerability started …

Face it: Smartwatches are totally doomed

The CEO of Chinese electronics maker Huawei raised eyebrows this week when he publicly trashed smartwatches.<p>“I am always confused as to what …

Smartwatches

We all thought having more data was better. We were wrong.

“Little data” is not exactly a sexy, attention-grabbing topic. But is more and bigger data really better?<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>For years, the mantra in the world of …

How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing healthcare

There’s currently a shortage of over seven million physicians, nurses and other health workers worldwide, and the gap is widening. Doctors are stretched thin — especially in underserved areas — to respond to the growing needs of the population.<p>Meanwhile, training physicians and health workers is …

This is the Jeff Bezos playbook for preventing Amazon’s demise

It’s Day 1 forever because Day 2 is death.<p>Once a year, in his letter to Amazon shareholders, Jeff Bezos gives us all a glimpse into his business world view and management philosophy. This year’s version did not disappoint.<p>In it, Bezos explains how he thinks about preventing Amazon from slipping …

Jeff Bezos

How Technology Has Failed to Improve Your Airline Experience

There are many reasons for the sorry state of commercial aviation in America. When it comes to your routinely terrible flight — not to mention the sort of exceptional horror that took place aboard United Airlines Flight 3411 last weekend — regulatory failures as well as consolidation, which the …

Cats In Hats Made From Their Own Hair

Japanese photographer Ryo Yamazaki, makes hats from the hair his cats shed, and they are adorable!<p>His Scottish fold cats are Nyaa 8 year old (tabby), …

Before the Berlin Wall, people escaped through a wire fence

Director Rian Johnson’s Full-Length Spoiler: A Downloadable “Looper” Commentary Track

As he did with his previous film, <i>The Brothers Bloom</i>, Johnson has recorded a commentary track that is meant to be heard in-theater. (Of course, he …

How Beats conquered the world

Back in the 1970s and 80s, before he helped found Beats Electronics, Jimmy Iovine was a record producer working on albums like Bruce Springsteen’s <i>Born to Run</i> and Tom Petty’s <i>Damn the Torpedoes</i>. To help him craft hits, Iovine had a radio tower built into the A&M studio on the Charlie Chaplin lot. At …

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

Bad brains: some people are physically incapable of enjoying music

Research shows that people who say "I don't like music" aren't just trying to sound cool<p>For most people, the mere suggestion that a favorite song fails to evoke an emotional response in another human being sounds preposterous. Sure, that person might not like that song as much as you do, but …

The Dead Sea Lives! - Issue 10: Mergers & Acquisitions

Half a lifetime ago, in 1979, I traveled with my college roommate to one of the wonders of the world, a giant salt lake linking Israel and Jordan …

Red Sea

First Asteroid-Like Object Discovered With Rings

The most hip-hop of the small orbiters<p>Meet (10199) Chariklo. It's an asteroid-like object that's a little more than 90 miles in diameter. It orbits the sun between Jupiter and Neptune. And like its giant gas neighbors, it has rings. Asteroids have rings, too! (Go and brush your shoulders off.)<p>This …

Astronomy

Do Insects Sleep?

Welcome to the third and final installment of my sleep series, in which I explore whether the organisms I talk about most on Our Modern Plagues sleep. I’ve already covered plants and microbes (which don’t actually sleep, but do have fascinating circadian behaviors). Next up: insects.<p>So, do insects …

University of Pennsylvania

This composition is made up from 5000 pictures taken in a 48 hour period and looks amazing.

This Valentine’s Day, Go Public or Go Home - Issue 10: Mergers & Acquisitions

Skeptics may call Valentine’s Day a Hallmark holiday, but its appeal is deeply embedded in our nature. Evolutionarily speaking, courtship rituals are …

Birds

The Crazy True History of the Saddle Ridge Gold Coins

The "Saddle Ridge Treasure" is what many are calling the now-historic discovery of $10 million worth of gold coins buried in decaying tin cans on the …

2014 Wellcome Image Awards: When science emerges as art

Cheap Words

Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?<p>Amazon is a global superstore, like Walmart. It’s also a hardware manufacturer, like Apple, and a utility, like Con Edison, and a video distributor, like Netflix, and a book publisher, like Random House, and a production studio, like Paramount, …

6 Mysterious Airplane Disappearances in Aviation History

The shocking disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has captured the attention of millions around the world as the search for the airplane …

Metaphors Are Us - Issue 1: What Makes You So Special

The other day I fixed something—a rarity for me. The flotation device in the toilet water tank was rubbing against the side, getting stuck halfway up …

The Brain