Even credit reporting service Equifax was caught redirecting its website visitors to a fake Flash installer just a few weeks after reports of a data breach affecting as many as 145.5 million US consumers.The consortium displayed an estimated 1 billion ad impressions last year that pushed malicious antivirus software, tech support scams and other fraudulent schemes.By carefully developing relationships with legitimate ad platforms, the ads reached 62 percent of the Internet's ad-monetized websites on a weekly basis, researchers from security firm Confiant reported in a report published Tuesday.The ads were delivered on so-called "forced redirects," in which a site displaying editorial content or an ad suddenly opened a new page on a different domain.Confiant CTO Jerome Dangu wrote the following in an email:These forced redirects are a technical mechanism that can be leveraged to deliver a variety of malicious attacks, from those targeting businesses (affiliation fraud), to those targeting individual users (phishing scams, malicious downloads, fake updates etc.)...
Every year, malaria afflicts hundreds of millions of people and kills hundreds of thousands of children.Currently, the best available prevention of malaria requires oral dosing of antimalarial tablets.The study, led by Pharmacologist Professor Andrew Owen and Materials Chemist Professor Steve Rannard, aimed to utilise nanotechnology to improve the delivery of an existing antimalarial drug via a novel injectable format that can maintain blood concentration of the drug for weeks or months following a single dose.Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale.Nanomedicine is the application of nanotechnology to the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of disease in the human body.These particles have an approximate diameter that is 1/500th the width of a human hair, and once injected into the muscle, establish a drug depot that releases drug into the bloodstream over an extended period of time.
A meme is a funny picture that goes viral on the web, and it typically has a visual element and focus.There are websites that will allow you to quickly customize your own from a host of existing ones.However, if you want to create a whole new meme of your own from scratch, it’s not exactly tough.Step 1: Do your researchKnow your memes — It’s good practice look at memes out there that have gone viral already, especially current ones.Keep a watchful eye on trends — As we’ve already said, keeping current can be a big source of inspiration.
As if we weren’t all on edge enough following the accidental release of an imminent ballistic missile warning in Hawaii (thankfully a false alarm), a historian who studies science and nuclear weapons created two applications that are outright scary.The first, Missilemap, lets users precisely calculate the range, accuracy and warhead size of a nuclear weapon, launched from anywhere in the world, and with a target anywhere in the world.Missilemap was designed to make it easy to see the relationship between missile range, accuracy, and warhead size to help people understand the power of nuclear warheads and long-range missiles.In real-time use, Missilemap creates a graphical representation of ranges, targeting paths, accuracy, blast damage, and probabilities of death.Its companion app, Nukemap, lets users pick their target and see how the target zone would be affected by a nuclear blast, including the fireball radius, radiation radius, air blast radius, and thermal radiation radius.Users can also export findings from Missilemap to Nukemap to see how their targets would fare.
Samsung seems now to be more committed than ever when it comes to updating its phones with the latest security patches.Just a few days after we reported on the Galaxy J1 mini and Galaxy A7 (2017) January security, the latest report from China suggests that two flagship Galaxy phones are now receiving the January update.Sammobile reports that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge units in China are currently receiving an update from Samsung.The update carries the Android security patch for the month of January, it is labeled with the version number G9300ZCU2BQL3 and G9350ZCU2BQL3 for the Galaxy S7 (SM-G9300) and Galaxy S7 edge (SM-G9350) in China, respectively.The update specifically addresses six critical vulnerabilities in the Android operating system, while also addressing several low, moderate and high-risk vulnerabilities associated with the OS.The update also safeguards users against 13 Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) items identified in Samsung’s custom software, so installing the update should be of utmost importance to all Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users in China.
All the major auto manufacturers including BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Nissan, and pretty much anyone else you can think of are now focusing very heavily on the in-car user experience.In fact, technology related to autonomous driving is already present in most new cars of today and is an increasingly important area of focus for all manufacturers.Of course, one can never be too safe.Automotive tech which focuses on keeping the driver and the passengers safe is evolving in amazing ways.For instance, splitscnd can detect crashes automatically and allow drivers to contact emergency services and their personal contacts with a single button, allowing you peace of mind at all times.So if your kid has just gotten their driving license, for example, then you will want access to tech products which will give you peace of mind.
They also profess to wish to keep their listings “counterfeit-free.” They do so by having companies sign up as partners before submitting takedown requests if they find their intellectual property infringed on Wish.The color blue is bright and inviting, and the simplicity of the platform compliments the identity of the company.They’ve created a place that’s fun to spend time, money, and effort on.Before you know it, you’ll have purchased a large amount of product that you do not need for prices that seem unbelievable.Meanwhile, Amazon’s fighting the Wish way with their own sale section eloquently called “$10 & UNDER WITH FREE SHIPPING.” Subtle!Various concepts for cleaning up space junk have been created, but a new one from Chinese scientists is by far the most futuristic.
The engineer at the heart of the upcoming Waymo vs Uber trial is facing dramatic new allegations of commercial wrongdoing, this time from a former nanny.Erika Wong, who says she cared for Anthony Levandowski’s two children from December 2016 to June 2017, filed a lawsuit in California this month accusing him of breaking a long list of employment laws.The complaint alleges the failure to pay wages, labor and health code violations, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other things.Yet in this unusual 81-page complaint, Wong also claims knowledge of a large swath of Levandowski’s personal and business dealings.She does so in great detail, including dozens of overheard names, the license-plate numbers of cars she observed at a Levandowski property, and an extensive list of the BDSM gear she claims he kept in his bedroom.In her complaint, Wong alleges that Levandowski was paying a Tesla engineer for updates on its electric truck program, selling microchips abroad, and creating new startups using stolen trade secrets.
Electric cars and autonomous driving may grab most of the headlines, but old-fashioned full-size pickup trucks are still the best-selling vehicles in the United States.The new Ram 1500 debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, where General Motors also unveiled a new version of the rival Chevrolet Silverado 1500.But Ram also took things further with a mass-market mild-hybrid system.At first glance, the 2019 Ram 1500 looks fairly to its predecessor.Designers also felt the need to fill the massive grille space with a variety of bizarre shapes, and “Ram” lettering that can probably be seen from space.All versions of the Ram 1500 are slightly longer than before, which creates more interior space, according to Ram.
Your bedside alarm clock no longer has to be the bane of your existence, at least not if that clock is the Sandman Doppler.Making its debut at CES 2018, this smart clock does much more than jolt you awake — rather, the Doppler promises to be a complete information hub with Wi-Fi capabilities, Bluetooth, and integrated Amazon Alexa to respond to all your needs and whims.Whether you need to set your Nest learning thermostat before you go to bed or have the coffeemaker begin brewing your morning pot when you wake up, the Doppler serves as a smart hub that can replace your Amazon Echo (after all, most models of the smart speaker don’t have a clock).And if there are a few elements of your smart home to which you need easy access, the Doppler can help.With two programmable buttons, you can control a number of central functions in the home, such as turning on or dimming smart lights, playing your favorite music, opening or closing garage doors, and locking the door and activating the security system.All these capabilities can also be controlled via the clock’s companion app, available on both iPhone and Android devices.
When Dell initially launched its budget and relatively low-key (for a gaming system) Inspiron Gaming Desktop, it was limited to AMD processors and maxed out at an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.For 2018, Dell has expanded the power potential of the system with the ability to configure it with up to an 8th-generation six-core Core i7-8700 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 -- encompassing configurations with entry-level to decent VR performance.Fully kitted out, the budget system isn't quite as budgety -- the $800 base configuration is a Core i3 with a hard disk drive -- but it should still be a decent deal.(Directly converted, about £590 and AU$1,022.)The upgraded configuration options are available now.
This year marks 100 years since women were first given the vote.Women still only make up one-third of MPs and there are more men named John leading FTSE 100 boards than women.Women, in particular black and disabled women, are more likely to harmed by the impacts of austerity than any other demographics group.But I have several reasons for being optimistic that 2018 could bring a significant step-change towards female equality.It feels like feminism has reached a new level of public consciousness.The Harvey Weinstein affair and the MeToo campaign brought the issue to new audiences and recruited new sympathisers to the movement.
In a twist of irony, James Damore, the former Google employee fired over the infamous anti-diversity memo last year, is suing the company for discrimination.The lawsuit is not explicitly about Damore’s memo.Instead, Damore and another former engineer are suing the tech giant for not sufficiently protecting its employees.Specifically, the two believe the company should have protected white male employees who hold conservative view points or supported President Donald Trump.According to Reuters, the lawsuit reads:Damore, Gudeman, and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males.
Ten years into our careers, we’ve taken our share of bumps and bruises.It’s not that content marketers lack ideas.And bad pitches kill great ideas.You’re probably familiar with the “four Ps” of marketing (price, product, promotion, and place).A successful pitch brings people along for the ride.It starts with an inspiration and ends with how the idea can be executed in the real world.
Startup accelerator Techstars announced that it is launching a new program for insurtech startups in partnership with life insurance giant MetLife.Applications open today for the program — called the MetLife Digital Accelerator — which will be based out of Cary, North Carolina.VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech channel invites you to join us and other senior business leaders at BLUEPRINT in Reno on March 5-7.The MetLife Digital Accelerator is now the 38th accelerator managed by Techstars, which is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.This is also the first program geared toward insurtech startups.According to CB Insights, 173 insurtech startups raised $1.69 billion in 2016, with 59 percent of deals going to U.S. startups.
As the technology industry continues to react to two major CPU bugs, we’re starting to see early signs of performance issues from security patches designed to fix the problems.Epic Games has released a chart of CPU usage after it patched its back-end services to address the Meltdown vulnerability.It shows a roughly 20 percent increase in CPU utilization, immediately after the patches were applied.The company released the chart to “provide a bit more context” around recent login issues and stability with its Fortnite game.“All of our cloud services are affected by updates required to mitigate the Meltdown vulnerability,” says an Epic Games spokesperson in a forum post.“We heavily rely on cloud services to run our back-end and we may experience further service issues due to ongoing updates.” Epic Games warns that issues may continue next week as the company works with cloud providers to address the issues and prevent further problems arising.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has discover an unusual — an quite tiny — feature on the Mars landscape, one with a strange shape and an unknown explanation.The features, which may be related to minerals, were found in an area so interesting that researchers had sent the rover back for a second look.The features’ strange appearance have raised questions about whether NASA has discovered trace fossils on the Red Planet, and researchers aren’t ruling that out yet.The unusual landscape features are shown in the image below, though they’re not as big as they look.The features, which look somewhat like tubes on top of a rock, are said to only be a couple millimeters in size; you’d probably not notice them if you were casually looking at the full Curiosity Mars photo.When isolated from the photo, though, the unusual bit is readily identifiable.
Donald Glover shook up television and raked in Golden Globes and Emmy awards in 2016 for the first season of Atlanta, the show he created and starred in.Now, Glover’s surreal world, where a “black Justin Bieber” exists, is preparing to return for Atlanta season 2, and we finally have an official premiere date.In the show, Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, a disgruntled airport employee who decides to get ahead in life by managing his rapper cousin Alfred ‘Paper Boi’ Miles, played by Brian Tyree Henry.Lakeith Stanfield from Get Out will reprise his role as idiot savant Darius, along with Zazie Beetz as Van, the mother of Earn’s child.While we wait for our return trip to Atlanta, here’s everything we know about the second season:FX announced in early January that Atlanta’s second season will return on Thursday, March 1 at 10 p.m.
Volkswagen joins the self-driving car race in partnership with a newly established Silicon Valley start-up.Volkswagen is working in partnership with a Silicon Valley start-up to develop a fleet of self-driving vehicles.The latest start-up from Silicon Valley, Aurora, was founded by former Google self-driving car project head Chris Urmson with the aim of bringing new fleets of self-driving taxis, cars and even trucks to the roads.Volkswagen said in a statement that by partnering with Aurora it aims to focus on its customers by creating new solutions that bring the best user experience, focusing on safety, convenience and usability.To date, Volkswagen and Aurora have been working together for six months with Mobility as a Service (MaaS) developments currently in stage one.Over the six months the two companies’ specialists have been working together to integrate Aurora’s self-driving system including features such as sensors, hardware and software such as Machine Learning and AI technology into Volkswagen’s self-driving platform.
Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Lenovo unveiled updates to its laptop lineups: its ThinkPad X, ThinkPad T, and ThinkPad L series.The Chinese company promised thinner and lighter designs, 8th-generation Intel Core processors, broader facial recognition support for Windows Hello, and USB Type-C power adapters.Other devices shown off included a new mechanical Side Docking option, ThinkVision displays, and the Lenovo Tablet 10.Both offer rapid charging that promises to get you back to 80 percent battery life in 60 minutes.The X280 is 20 percent lighter (2.5 pounds) and 15 percent thinner (17.4mm) compared to its predecessor while the X380 Yoga comes with an Active Pen and an IR camera with Windows Hello support.The ThinkPad X280 starts at $999 while the X380 Yoga starts at $1,459, and both ship later this month.