p The American Flag Football League will use a host of new technology to pull viewers into a game by making it faster, easier to follow, and, hopefully, more fun too.Later this summer the new American Flag Football League will make its debut with a pair of test-run games to be held at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.The plan is to show sports fans that football can still be exciting, even without the bone-crunching tackles.The league made headlines earlier this week when it was announced that former NFL players Michael Vick and Justin Forsett will participate in the scrimmages, which are scheduled to take place on July 26 and 27.But AFFL founder Jeff Lewis knows that if his fledgling league is going to take off, he needs more than just a few former pro players to garner support from fans.Instead, he is betting heavily on technology to help lure in viewers in the digital age.
p Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.Stephen Hawking and Neil DeGrasse Tyson have declared that there is no God.New research from the Ulster Institute for Social Research in Northern Ireland and Rotterdam University in Holland examined the "robust negative association between religion and intelligence."Indeed, a Pew survey last year said that those who have no religion cite science as the reason why.This latest study, published in Evolutionary Psychological Science, reached some controversial conclusions about where religion comes from and why intelligence undermines it.The researchers examined different models that had been proposed for explaining why believers are allegedly less intelligent.
p Are we entering a new era of malware hell?The whole WannaCry ransomware fracas could be just the beginning of things, if Shadow Brokers – the group of hackers which has previously leaked NSA tools and exploits, including the vulnerability used in WannaCry – has anything to do with it.According to a Reuters report, Shadow Brokers has published a statement online claiming that from next month, it will be releasing details on a whole raft of fresh exploits that will include tools to help nefarious types crack into Windows 10 systems, web browsers, routers and phones.It will release details of these exploits in a ‘monthly data dump’ available to cybercriminals willing to pay a subscription for access to these secrets.Those criminals, in turn, will use the security holes to create malware, and quite possibly more ransomware, to make money of their own.Shadow Brokers also claims that it has data stolen from the Swift banking network, and Chinese, Iranian, North Korean and Russian nuclear weapons programs, which it will make available to paying followers.
p Google may have become a verb and most of us may use it everyday, but a federal appeals court says it’s not generic./p p That means it’s not like aspirin or dumpster, which eventually became generic words after starting off high, mighty and capitalized./p p It’s more like Kleenex and Coke, which have managed to hang on to their brands despite their names being practically synonymous with tissue or soda./p p The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its ruling Tuesday, saying Google has the right to protect its trademark./p p “Verb use does not automatically constitute generic use,” Judge Richard Tallman wrote, then went on to discuss rap./p p “For instance, Elliott purports to offer an example of generic use by T-Pain, a popular rap music artist.
p Lisnr's high frequency Smart Tones tech offers a new way to easily transfer data between devices.Could we replace near-field communication (NFC) and QR codes with ultrasonic tech that allows users to send data via audio?A startup called Lisnr certainly thinks so — and it’s providing the tools to help.Lisnr’s solution involves something called Smart Tones, which transmit data in the audio frequency range of 18.7 kHz to 19.2 kHz, making it inaudible for 49 out of every 50 people.“These high frequency sound waves can transmit data using a speaker to and between any smart devices with a microphone,” CEO Rodney Williams told Digital Trends.“Using the existing audio infrastructure and hardware in an environment, our Smart Tones are played on their own or added as a layer into existing media.
p On this date in 1902, Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais found a corroded chunk of metal which turned out to be part of the world's first computer and became known as the Antikythera Mechanism.The Google Doodle of May 17, 2017, commemorates the 115th anniversary of the device's discovery illustrating "how a rusty remnant can open up a skyful of knowledge and inspiration".The Antikythera mechanism is the world's first analogical computer, used by ancient Greeks to chart the movement of the sun, moon and planets, predict lunar and solar eclipses and even signal the next Olympic Games.The 2,000-year-old astronomical calculator could also add, multiply, divide and subtract.It was also able to align the number of lunar months with years and display where the sun and the moon were in the zodiac.The device is an intricate system of more than 30 sophisticated bronze gears housed in a wooden and bronze case the size of a shoebox built around the end of the 2nd Century BC.
p Paradox Interactive har öppnat en ny studio i Malmö inriktad på mobilspel.”Vi valde Malmö eftersom det har ett så pulserande community inom utveckling och vi vet att det finns gott om talang att hitta här”, säger operativa chefen Susana Meza Graham.Paradox nya studio kommer att hysa en liten grupp av erfarna utvecklare och ledas av Kim Nordström, som är senior vice president of Innovation and Mobile.”Vår plan är att hämta den ikoniska Paradox-stilen till mobilspelare över en bred katalog av spel”, säger Kim Nordström.Under de kommande månaderna tänker Paradox rekrytera fler personer till både arbetsgruppen i Malmö och mobilförlaget i Stockholm, enligt Susana Mexa Graham.
p For those who haven't experienced The Witcher's rich story and setting, the Netflix show may be a great first look at its dark and perilous medieval world.Netflix has secured the rights to produce a new show based on The Witcher series of books written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.The writer will act as a creative consultant on the series, with the director of the intro videos for The Witcher games, Tomas Baginski, set to direct at least one episode each season.Although The Witcher games are better known internationally than the source material, they’re based on a series of eight books and draw from various parts of the books for the deep and lengthy story of Geralt of Rivea’s life.They focus on the eponymous Witcher, who from a young age was trained and chemically modified to hunt monsters in a grim, medieval world.With a cult following in Eastern Europe and Russia, Sapkowski has been surprised by the success of The Witcher games and didn’t profit much from them, having sold the rights to CD Projekt Red wholesale when originally approached.
p Inför Apples WWDC-event den 5 juni ryktas det om nya modeller av Ipad Pro, men det är knäpptyst om Ipad Mini.Enligt källor till tekniksajten BGR beror det helt enkelt på att Apple bestämt sig för att lägga ner produkten, med andra ord blir det ingen ny Ipad Mini överhuvudtaget.Orsaken till nerläggningen är oklar, men det kan ha att göra med att Iphone har närmat sig i storlek de senaste åren.Det gör att en pekplatta på 7,9 tum kan kännas överflödig.Troligtvis kommer Ipad Mini 4 att finnas kvar till försäljning under en övergångsperiod, men på sikt kommer det alltså endast att finnas Ipad och Ipad Pro att välja mellan.Detta under förutsättning att BGR har rätt.
p Better late than neverRealm, maker of an object-based database of the same name, is extending its mobile-oriented software to work with wares from a company not known for its mobile offerings, Microsoft."We really think the platform Microsoft is building is vibrant and has a lot of potential for growth," said chief marketing officer Paul Kopacki in a phone interview with The Register.Realm has found favor with companies like Netflix, which use the NoSQL database for storing video metadata in its mobile app.It's often considered as a potential alternative to database technologies like Apple's CoreData, Couchbase Lite, and SQLite.Kopacki said that while Microsoft missed the mobile boat, the Windows maker is trying to remain relevant and is making real progress with its cloud platform.
p BMF and Full Stop Foundation has won the Ad of the Week with the " MakeitStop" campaign.The campaign instead explores the impact of financial and emotional abuse, with a short clip showing participants listening in to a call describing such a situation, and participants saying “stop” to stop listening to the call.The campaign is asking Australians to share MakeItStop to draw attention to the issue and pledge donations to help the charity to continue to support Australia’s domestic violence victims.
p No time (or inclination) to go and watch Ridley Scott's latest stab at messing about with the Alien franchise?Don't worry, talented artist Serene Teh has you covered with this amazing flipbook animation.OK, "flipbook" might not be entirely accurate.But the idea is the same.The basic premise of every Alien film is the same — terrifying xenomorph (or equally scary relative) gets loose and starts massacring people one by one, either by decapitation or, uh, exploding out of you.Teh's animation gets to the guts of the story and explores a day in the life of your average human-killing alien.
p /p p /p p People still haven't learnt their lesson when it comes to running Windows XP, it seems./p p Attackers took advantage of a known, major flaw in Windows XP to launch a cyberattack which is still causing chaos globally./p p But the operating system still runs on many PCs around the world, even though Microsoft stopped providing security support on April 8, 2014./p p According to statistics from Net Applications, it's actually the third most popular operating system globally, with 7.04% market share./p p That means an out-of-date, unsupported operating system is more popular than any version of Windows 8, any version of Mac OS X, and Linux./p p Windows 7 and Windows 10 are more popular than XP, with around 49% and 26% market share respectively.
p The original Lego Marvel Super Heroes is one of the best games Traveller’s Tales has developed in years, and we’ll soon be able to dive back into the studio’s crazy take on the Marvel universe.Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is coming soon, and it will feature appearances from a few fan-favorite characters.In the official teaser trailer for the game, we see Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Groot sprinting away as explosions and gunfire destroy the ground behind him.As the Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 logo appears on screen, we’re greeted by Doctor Strange.Though both of these characters gained popularity over the last few years through the release of their respective films — two in the case of Groot, who you can see now in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 — they were already unlockable in the original Lego Marvel Super Heroes by completing certain missions.
That’s according to Digitimes sources, which describes sales of the company’s watches as being “lower than expected.”Asus launched the first ZenWatch, which runs Google’s Android Wear operating system, in 2014.The newest — the ZenWatch 3 — debuted in 2016, and is the first in the series to feature a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and a circular, Corning Gorilla Glass-shielded AMOLED display (400 x 400 pixels).It’s IP67 resistant against water and dust; features three programmable buttons on the right that can assigned to particular apps; and lasts about one to two days on battery.And it charges quickly, thanks to Asus’ HyperCharge technology — up to 60 percent in 15 minutes.It wasn’t enough to motivate sales, apparently.
p Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer Brad Smith took to the company’s website to give a post mortem on the lessons that need to be learned from the global hack that crippled businesses and government services around the world.After walking through the ways that the “WannaCrypt” (or WannaCry) virus spread from the United Kingdom and Spain to websites around the world using exploits that were stolen from the National Security Agency in the United States.While Smith said that Microsoft (and its customers) need to take more responsibility for their role, the executive laid the bulk of the responsibility for the massive cyberhack at the feet of government agencies.Finally, this attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem.This is an emerging pattern in 2017.We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world.
p On 12 May, the UK National Health Service (NHS) was forced into meltdown by a widespread ransomware cyberattack.The computer virus, which sent some hospitals back to a pen and paper system, locked down vital patient files and demanded bitcoin for them to be decrypted."The trust is postponing all non-urgent activity for today and is asking people not to come to A - please ring NHS111 for urgent medical advice or 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency."At least 40 NHS healthcare organisations across England and Scotland were infected with ransomware, which is a strain of malware which locks down sensitive files and demands money for their return.The virus typically circulates via email phishing, however, in this case it remains unknown how it got inside the networks.It was reportedly exploiting a known Microsoft Windows flaw that was patched last month (MS17-010).
Unemployed bullying is clearly Juha Sipilä (centre) the government's activation policy, look at ajatuspaja libera, director of operations for Heikki Pursiainen.the Government is in the public domain provided by the unemployed in the activation model, which would require unemployed 12 job application to do in three months, i.e. in practice, one application writing a week."the Time many of you seem to think that the unemployed life of misery and mindless application factory the reference are the government stupid policy by-products.in fact, it is more likely that they are the reform's main purpose," writes Pursiainen his blog.Pursiainen considers that the unemployed a key incentive to seek work depends on the employed and unemployed welfare differences: the larger the welfare difference is, the greater the incentive for the unemployed person is seeking employment."the Difference can be enlarged in two ways.
p The Oxford English Dictionary made “post-truth” its 2016 Word of the Year, noting that use of the word had increased 2,000 percent over its usage in 2015.Oxford defined post-truth as occurring when “objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”Related: Fake News and the Threat to Your Brand: 4 Things You Can Do About It NowWikipedia’s entry, meanwhile, chimed in with its own definition of post-truth as “the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored.”In every one of those interactions.you're called on to make decisions about “the truth.” And many of those decisions are non-controversial, while others entice you to be more liberal in your characterization of the truth -- as in, “We now have over 1,000 customers” -- since the definition of "customer" is often stretched to be as flattering as possible.
p Company fears over cybercrime stokes rise in cyber insurance policies, as European hack reporting rules loomFears about hacking and data breaches are contributing to the growing market for cyber insurance policies.Indeed, such is the concern about online crime among organisations that the insurance market for cyber protection could triple to $10bn (£7.7bn) by 2020, according to figures from reinsurer Munich Re.And a big driver on this side of the pond for cyber protection insurance policies is the new EU legislation called the Network and Information Security Directive, set to be introduced in 2018.These new European Union laws will require companies to report cyber breaches to regulators and affected individuals.This is because the new law requires “operators of essential services in the energy, transport, banking and healthcare sectors, and providers of key digital services like search engines and cloud computing, to take appropriate security measures and report incidents to the national authorities.”