Plus a new worry for enterprises over DNS flawsRoundup This was the week of blunders by Venmo, million-dollar bank heists, and beefier bug bounties.Any large-scale data breach is bad news, but one that results in the loss of the health information of a quarter of the population is downright disastrous.Any Singaporeans worried this will get swept under the rug can rest easy(ish): Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was among those whose data got lifted in the heist.Authorities have yet to find any of the pilfered information online, so it's not clear whether this was the work of a nation-state sponsored operation or just an effort by cybercriminals to harvest valuable records.They've issued an open letter [PDF] requesting a security report.
Ezra Miller has been spotted at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Friday, and potentially could be a part of several reveals during Saturday's Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment panel.First and most likely, Miller is set to star in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, reprising his role of Credence from the first film.Since the Harry Potter universe film is currently set to release on November 15 in Australia and November 16 in the US and UK, it wouldn't be surprising to see Warner Bros. promote it with a new trailer during Saturday's panel.The Justice League star was originally going to have a solo movie about Barry Allen and his superhero alter-ego The Flash hit theaters in 2018, but after two director changes the movie's status appears to be in flux.The movie's directors are now Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Johnathan Goldstein, but beyond that very little is known.Any announcement regarding a movie about The Flash would be huge, especially considering the amount of time it has spent in development.
Spider-Man will always swing into our hearts, but it was the darker character of Venom who impressed audiences attending San Diego Comic-Con's Hall H panel on Friday night.The live action Venom movie follows Tom Hardy (who was at the Comic-Con panel) as Eddie Brock -- a journalist who bonds and becomes the host of Venom, an alien known as a symbiote.The Hall H panel at Comic-Con showed off new footage from Venom, which director Ruben Fleischer reminded the audience that it still had some visual effects to complete before a final version is ready.The director also suggested more villains could be in the movie, "We are planning a big world with this Venom story."But in the meantime, Hardy is having fun playing the unusual lead originally created in Marvel comics."My son is a massive Venom fan, and he was a strong influence on my why I should play Venom specifically," Hardy told the audience attending Sony's Hall H panel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Just a few years ago, James Gunn was a champion of the Comic-Con cosmos, having arrived at the convention in 2013 to show off early footage from Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel adaptation that would become the director’s breakthrough hit.But on Friday, the 51-year-old filmmaker pulled out of a convention appearance, where he was to make a surprise announcement at a Sony Pictures panel.Whatever that particular revelation was, it paled in comparison to the day’s breaking news: Disney, which as Marvel Studios' parent company had released both Guardians and its 2017 sequel, had fired the director after a series of years-old tweets had resurfaced.“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values,” noted Disney chairman Alan Horn in a statement.“When I started,” he wrote on Thursday, “I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo...I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.” (He released a longer statement today.)It wasn’t the first time the director aimed to distance himself from his past: In 2012, he apologized after writing a blog post that was criticized for being homophobic.
Stanford researchers have developed a new wearable that measures the wearer’s cortisol levels using sweat.Cortisol, a vital hormone associated with stress, can be tested with existing methods, but they require several days for results.Stanford’s creation eliminates that long wait period, providing important stress hormone numbers when they matter most.The project was lead by Stanford University’s materials scientist Alberto Salleo.The team created a stretchy wearable patch, according to the university, that can be placed directly onto the patient’s skin, where it acquires sweat and measures cortisol levels with it.This method provides continuous monitoring that isn’t invasive.
In 2000, when writer-director M. Night Shyamalan released Unbreakable, comic book movies weren’t a sure thing: Iron Man was still eight years away, and the larger-universe model that the X-Men franchise hinted at had yet to be fully realized.So even though he’d made a movie with strong comic book themes, no one wanted him to emphasize that point.“I was on a conference call with the studio, and they were saying we can’t mention the word ‘comic books’ or ‘superheroes’ because it’s too fringe,” Shyamalan told the crowd at Comic-Con International’s Hall H on Friday.They didn’t want to, he continued, attract “‘those people that go to those conventions’—that was literally a quote.”As turned out, Unbreakable faltered when it was released.Despite starring both Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, it garnered about a third of the box office take of Shyamalan’s knockout studio debut, The Sixth Sense.
Once the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, Xiaomi was founded in 2010.Xiaomi is often referred to as the Apple of the East, mainly because its products resemble those of the iPhone maker.Even its MIUI Android skin feels like iOS, which is good or bad depending on who you ask.Forget Your 401k if you Own a Home (Do This Instead)Here a few interesting things about Xiaomi you may not know.The previous record was held by Alibaba’s Tmall, which sold 1,894,867 handsets in 2014 over the course of 24 hours.
How to design The interface, the interface is beautiful atmosphere, there are several Golden rules is to keep in mind, only three things can guide you in the design direction, not to the visual effect of the sacrifice of a functional, modernist design guru, let the user stickiness and use rate can be improved, give up you would have been well designed, it can reflect the software processes, you ought to learn about the core user base everyday also will use what, a unified design is not better?, all the pages are to set up a network navigation, regardless of the visual effect of how cool, maintainability design is a bit like Steve Jobs said, the intuitive design, each company has unique tips.
MythBusters had a way of making science seem cool, especially when the cast blew stuff up or crashed cars.But when the show was cancelled in 2016, we were left visiting random YouTube channels to get our science fix.Luckily, former MythBusters co-host Adam Savage is back with a young group of mad geniuses for his new TV show MythBusters Jr., which premieres on Discovery's Science Channel this fall.To promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education, Adam and his team of young scientists will tackle myths much like those seen in the original MythBusters series using explosions, chemistry, physics and popular culture know-how.The new cast, announced by Discovery Channel on Friday, includes Valerie Castillo, a 15-year-old skilled builder and robotics expert with experience in CAD drawing and 3D printing; Elijah Horland, a 12-year-old self-taught maker and programmer who started building computers at 9; Cannan Huey-You, a 12-year-old with a background in coding and motion physics who dreams of being an astronaut; Jesse Lawless, a 15-year-old car enthusiast who built a mini chopper by himself at age 12; Rachel Pizzolato, a 14-year-old who's remodeled houses since she was young; and Allie Weber, a 13-year-old patent inventor recognized by 3M as one of the top 10 young scientists in the country.Savage not only returns as the show's host, but will also be the executive producer of the new Discovery Channel's science-based series, which will run for 10 episodes.
Hit ’90s TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer is heading back to television, it has been revealed.The reboot will be developed by Fox 21 TV Studios, which plans to pitch it to cable and streaming networks.Original series creator Joss Whedon will serve as the show’s executive producer with the rest of the original exec.However, Monica Owusu-Breen will be showrunner, writer, and also an executive producer.The news comes from Deadline, which reports that both cable networks and streaming services will start receiving pitches for the show later this summer.The reboot will be updated for modern audiences and times, bringing a fresh look at the mythology the original series centered around.
This May, sleuths at IEEE Spectrum revealed something exciting -- Facebook appeared to be secrely working on an experimental satellite that could beam internet down to Earth using millimeter wave radio signals.Now, Facebook has confirmed to Wired and CNET that the satellite, dubbed Athena, is indeed a Facebook project -- and that Facebook is a believer in satellite internet technology."While we have nothing to share about specific projects at this time, we believe satellite technology will be an important enabler of the next generation of broadband infrastructure, making it possible to bring broadband connectivity to rural regions where internet connectivity is lacking or non-existent," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET and Wired.But Wired have more to share about this specific project.Using a Freedom of Information Act request, Wired says it obtained emails from the FCC that reportedly show Facebook plans to launch the Athena satellite in early 2019.In space launch terms, that's coming up pretty dang fast.
As the convention was getting started, he announced a new collaboration with his old Insidious partner Jason Blum for a horror-thriller called M3GAN.Then he showed up at Scare Diego, New Line’s horror showcase, to talk up projects like the Conjuring continuation The Nun and a third Annabelle movie.Now, he’s prepping to take over Hall H tomorrow to give fans their first look at his forthcoming Aquaman standalone film.Yet Wan, the Australian director who got his start in the grimy world of horror with the Saw movies, isn’t sweating one bit.vinyl figure, and inviting me to place my recording device next to the toy Aquaman trident.He’s also very cool about all of the Aquaman memes that popped up shortly after Warner Bros. released the latest poster for the movie.
Google owns Duck.com, which has been driving rival search engine DuckDuckGo up the wall for over six years.Because when you type "duck.com" into a web browser, you get Google.com.Doesn't make a lot of sense, yes?But after a new round of complaints this Friday, Google has relented.Google comms VP Rob Shilkin just quacked tweeted that a new landing page will give people an opportunity to click from Duck.com straight through to DuckDuckGo.Or to the Wikipedia page for ducks, because that's only fair.
We’ve previously heard rumors that CBS planned to expand its Star Trek content, but nothing official was stated.That changes today with the announcement of Star Trek: Short Treks, a new series that will be available through CBS All Access, the network’s subscription service.The new series was announced at San Diego Comic-Con and is confirmed to have four short episodes.CBS has been working out plans to expand the Star Trek universe for a while, at least according to past reports citing anonymous sources.The biggest rumor claims CBS plans to launch an entirely new series, one that could be a reboot of The Next Generation, or that would at least tie into it somehow.Rumor also has it that Patrick Stewart may join the unconfirmed series, but nothing official has been stated.
The manipulation of electron spin - the phenomenon that exploits the magnetic fields of each electron as it spins like a top - is an emerging frontier in quantum physics called spintronics.They'll do it by finding new ways to make, measure and control ripples that can be launched through magnetic materials, better known as spin waves.Scientists have proposed and simulated, but not yet realized, various concepts for novel, nanoscale spin wave circuitry.Generating spin waves with uncommonly short wavelengths, and developing a first-of-its-kind, tabletop soft X-ray microscope to see and study these waves, are the ambitious goals of a new project funded by the W.M.A CSU research team led by Kristen Buchanan, associate professor of physics, has received a three-year, $1 million grant to revolutionize nanoscale electronics using the phenomenon of spin waves as a means to transmit signals.If they are successful, they will lay the groundwork for low-power, non-volatile storage of electronic information, or applications like quantum computers and nanoscale oscillators.
The lack of access to transportation has been identified as a major barrier to successful re-entry for former criminal offenders.A University of Texas at Arlington multidisciplinary research team has been awarded a grant from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities that will link those transportation essentials to needed services like employment centers, educational opportunities and medical access.Anne Nordberg, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is leading the project.Jaya Davis, associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Steve Mattingly, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, are co-principal investigators on the NITC grant, which operates out of Portland State University.More than 4.5 million people live under community supervision in the U.S. criminal justice system, and nearly 500,000 of those live in Texas.About 20 percent of those incarcerated in Texas will be re-incarcerated within three years of their release according to a 2015 Legislative Budget Boards report.
A Tokyo-based startup is hard at work developing a system that would deliver “shooting stars on demand.” According to a report by Japan Times, the world’s first artificial meteor shower could take place over Hiroshima as early as 2020.ALE Co., is reportedly in the final stages of developing two satellites.The first is set to be launched into space in March of next year, while the second would follow sometime mid-year.Each would have a payload of roughly 400 tiny balls whose tightly-guarded chemical formula would create a luminous display in the night sky.The balls would be re-usable, allowing for 20 to 30 of these artificial meteor showers.Both satellites would have a lifespan of about two years, and each would be pre-programmed to eject the balls in the right location, speed, and direction needed to glow brightly even over the most light-polluted of places, like Tokyo.Millions, potentially, would be able to witness the display, according to ALE.
In a move that should be concerning for vampires everywhere, Buffy is coming back, According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is in the works at 20th Century Fox, with creator Joss Whedon attached to executive produce.What may be weirdest is that this is not news that came from Comic-Con.Monica Owusu-Breen, whose previous writing credits include Alias, Charmed, and Agents of SHIELD, is on board to write the new take on the character.The report also indicates that, while no casting decisions have been made yet, the plan is to cast Buffy as a black woman, with emphasis placed on a diverse cast in general, according to sources that spoke to THR.Still in development, the new Buffy also has Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Franz Kazui, and Kaz Kazui on board in production roles.There’s no network as of yet, and pitching for the series will begin later this summer.
What separates hate speech from offensive ideas, or misinformation from coordinated disinformation intended to incite violence?On Wednesday, Recode's Kara Swisher aired a podcast interview with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in which he outlined Facebook's approach to misinformation.People freaked out, and later that day Zuckerberg tried to backtrack, clarifying that “If a post crossed line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed.”But Facebook has come under fire for its role in amplifying misinformation which might not cross that line but still has led to violence, in countries like India, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar.Its private-messaging service WhatsApp launched a test Thursday to limit the number of chats that users can forward messages to.“Indian researchers have found out that much of the misinformation on WhatsApp is coming from political operatives who have 10 or 20 interlaced groups,” says Joan Donovan, of the group Data & Society, who has studied online disinformation and misinformation for years.
We called showrunner Shonda Rhimes one of the women who most inspire us on this year's International Womens' Day, and the Scandal and Grey's Anatomy creator may have just given us seven new reasons to be awed.Today, she revealed her first full slate of projects for Netflix, nearly a year after the streaming-video giant poached her from ABC to create exclusive content.Here's what you can look forward to, as detailed in a series of tweets by Netflix:"Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book, The Warmth of Other Suns will track the migration of African-Americans fleeing the South between 1916 & 1970.@AnnaDeavereS is set to adapt.""Netflix & Shondaland have acquired the rights to @ekp's [Ellen Pao's] groundbreaking Reset memoir, detailing her life and career, including the lawsuit she brought against her former employer that shook Silicon Valley to its boys' club core and presaged the Time's Up movement."