I can’t stress how much I despise these browser pop-ups.I see them all the time, and put simply, they’re ruining the Internet.Every site that uses them fundamentally undermines their readability, and makes me never want to go back.News sites don’t need to know my location.And nobody wants random, shrill notifications in their browser.Twitter and RSS are things, y’know?
Turns out they are a top target for phishersUsenix Enigma Gig economy workers – the fancy new way to describe short-term freelance serfs like Uber drivers and Deliveroo riders – are well in the sights of hackers.That's because they're surprisingly easy to phish.They usually sign up to a task-scheduling app using their personal email account, which means any work-related messages come from the outside – and that means crooks can easily masquerade as app makers to extract their login information.In a presentation at Usenix's Enigma 2018 conference in California on Tuesday, Kendra Albert, clinical fellow at Harvard Law School in the USA, described how the unusual nature of gig work leaves these contractors open to attack.“Phishers send out official-looking phishing emails offering drivers a bonus and asking for their login credentials.
— The universe is filled with faintly glowing infrared light, and for decades, astronomers have been trying to figure out why.The researchers presented their findings here at the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society.Rather, the term is used in organic chemistry to describe the molecules' ring-like shape.Scientists have discovered hundreds of kinds of PAH molecules on Earth, and astronomers have long suspected that PAHs could be responsible for the mysterious infrared glow in space.Using new data from the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, astronomers have discovered, for the first time, "the convincing radio fingerprints of a close cousin and chemical precursor to PAHs, the molecule benzonitrile," officials at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia, said in a statement.The research team that made this discovery was led by NRAO astrochemist Brett McGuire.
With all the hype surrounding artificial intelligence, you would be forgiven for thinking that developing the algorithms powering deep learning are where the toughest challenges in the industry are.The actual challenge for most algorithms though is not their mathematics, but rather their inputs — collating high-quality data that is well-labeled and allows for the training of these models as quickly and efficiently as possible.The company, which is based in Seattle and Portugal, was founded in 2015 by Daniela Braga, a data scientist and natural language processing expert, and Amy Du, who has since moved on from the company to start a global entrepreneurship network.Today, the company is publicly unveiling its next-generation SaaS platform for data scientists.“Our value proposition is around quality of data, speed and scale,” Braga explained.We are solving these pain points, which were my own pain points when I started my career as a data scientist.”
N2WS provides cloud-native enterprise backup and recovery systems for Amazon Web Services, which leads the cloud platform marketSwitzerland’s Veeam said it has acquired startup N2WS, which provides cloud-native enterprise backup and recovery services for Amazon Web Services (AWS), in a cash deal worth $42.6 million (£31m).The deal is a fresh indication of the popularity of cloud-based platforms, in which AWS is the market leader, and the numerous services that support them.Veeam and N2WS already have close ties, with Veeam having invested in N2WS in May of last year, at which time Veeam co-founder and president Ratmir Timashev joined N2WS’ board of directors.Veeam launched an availability service for AWS at the time of last year’s investment that’s delivered in partnership with N2WS.N2WS launched in 2012 in Haifa, Israel, and it retains its main research and development base there.
Facebook’s ongoing experimentation with the content of the News Feed is boosting posts that promote fake news, reports The New York Times.The social networking site is currently testing a feature that separates users’ posts from content from professional news sites.News stories are instead placed in a separate feed called Explore, which is being tested in Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Serbia.According to the NYT, one false story that spread on Facebook in Slovakia because of these changes was about a Muslim man who supposedly thanked someone for returning his lost wallet by warning them about a planned terrorist attack.The story was so widely shared that local police had to issue a statement rejecting it.However, because the police alert came from an official account, it did not appear in users’ News Feeds.
AWS opens third zone in London as it expand global footprint and promises greater reliabilityAmazon Web Services (AWS) has opened another availability zone in London, bringing the total number to three in the region and 50 worldwide.The company says the launch of the new zone means customers building applications in the UK can benefit from additional performance, scalability and reliability.It boasts that its UK customers include BBC, BT, Deloitte and Travis Perkins, as well as startups using the infrastructure to architect their apps and public sector organisations such as the Met Office and the DVLA.AWS EU (London) is one of four regions operated by Amazon in Europe, with others in Germany, Ireland and France.The French region launched as recently as December and was Amazon’s 18th region.
Facebook is going all in on creating more meaningful interactions on Messenger in 2018.In his post, Marcus writes, “We coordinate real-life get-togethers, we hash out our opinions on the latest news of the day, we dissect our favorite TV shows, and we replay and relive key sports moments.”With that in mind, it wouldn’t be a huge stretch to expect features like in-app video and news searches this year since the company released similar features in its Facebook Spaces app for Oculus Rift in 2017.In 2018, it looks like Messenger will focus on ways to improve connectivity in challenging environments.Marcus writes, “This year, you will see us continue investing in real-time communications to make sure that no matter where you are, you can easily stay connected to your loved ones.” While he doesn’t explain the improvements, we would anticipate improvements with video and calling features in places with limited or poor data signals.It’s no secret that Messenger has become a little unwieldy over the past few years.
For players, too, multiplayer environments are not entirely transparent or fair.Blockchain technology is a new tool that can solve many issues within multiplayer, from both the perspective of players and developers alike.Instead of renting expensive development environments from monopolies like Amazon or Google to host the multiplayer functionality, developers could opt to use decentralized space on blockchain structures, significantly reducing overhead.These advanced development environments should be help developers in raising capital, lowering fees, and taking advantage of proprietary software development kits that help construct multiplayer versions of their game on the blockchain.The possible advantages of utilizing a new decentralized architecture, such as Game Protocol and similar platforms, could also enable developers to skirt major publishers and gatekeepers, who still charge enormous fees for this kind of power.If this concept could work the way it is meant to then this might save the developers from acquiescing to the control of triple-A gaming houses like Ubisoft to find an audience, and should be able to bypass these obstacles when introducing new multiplayer games.
Seven people received medical attention on Tuesday after an iPhone battery overheated in a Swiss Apple store.Police in Zurich, Switzerland evacuated around 50 customers and staff from the store after an iPhone 6S battery overheated and started spewing smoke.The small fire happened as an employee tried to repair the device.The man was treated for minor burns to his hand.Zurich police say no one was hospitalised as a result of the battery fire.Employees used quartz sand to stop the flames and vented the store to suck out the smoke.
Snapchat is hugely popular with teenagers; perhaps even moreso than the increasingly tired-looking social behemoth Facebook.But is that neccessarily a good thing?Speaking to LBC Radio in London, UK Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said that parents should ban their children from Snapchat, as the service is “particularly addictive.”Longfield took particular issue with Snapchat’s streak feature, which praises users when they use the app for more than three consecutive days.Snapchat rewards its most active users with an emoji next to their name.To keep the streak alive, users have to “check in” every day and send a message.
Amazon’s cloud computing arm AWS is launching their first flagship joint innovation center in Taiwan, where they will provide assistance to tech professionals and supports to high-tech startups in the fields of cloud computing, big data, IoT, and AI.Located in Banqiao District, New Taipei City, the center will be jointly operated by New Taipei City government and FCC Partners, a middle-market cross-border M financial advisory services provider.The partnership is set to create a comprehensive ecosystem of startup innovation, which will help pioneer the shift from traditional industries into digital markets in Taiwan, FCC Partner Chairman Huang Chi-yuan said to local media.The move is in line with Amazon’s greater push to capitalize on the rise of tech innovations from the Greater China region.AWS just rolled out its first global joint innovation center in Qingdao, Shandong Province in March 2017.On the other hand, the local government considers investment in the innovation center as a strategic decision, which will contribute to the government’s Asia Silicon Valley Development Plan.
Samsung Mobile chief says Samsung Galaxy S9 will be detailed at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next monthThe Samsung Galaxy S9 will debut at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February, the head of its mobile business has confirmed.According to ZDNet, DJ Koh told reporters at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that the company’s next flagship smartphone would arrive next month and go on sale in March.MWC has been used by Samsung to launch several of its previous flagships, but not for the Galaxy S8 last year.The company had to change plans because of the battery incidents that led to millions of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units being recalled in 2016 and instead debuted the S8 a month later at a Samsung Unpacked Event.Instead, the company showed off two new tablets at MWC: the flagship Galaxy Tab S3 and the Windows 10-powered 2 in 1 the Galaxy Book.
As usual, Google has released the distribution chart for Android devices as at the end of the first week of 2018.Android Oreo occupies 0.7% which is an increase from the 0.5% recorded in December 2017.However, 0.2% of that figure was actually for Android 8.1 (mostly contributed by Pixel and Nexus devices) which only recently made its way into the chart after meeting up with the lowest benchmark for inclusion.Android Nougat has been consistently growing.This OS (Android 7.0 and Android 7.1 combined) was active in 20.6% and 23.3% of Android devices in November and December 2017 respectively.As of now, 26.3% of Android devices run on Android Nougat.
Many a child grows up dreaming of the day when they can pilot a giant robot (or mech, to be precise), only to discover that, like flying cars and blaster pistols, such a thing remains in the realm of science fiction.Naysayers will claim giant mechs aren’t feasible, but that pessimism hasn’t dampened the dreams of inventors who hope to one day make a colossal, walking suit of armor capable of defending the Earth against alien invasions — or even more mundane tasks.Furrion Robotics is going full-steam ahead with research into mechs.Its Prosthesis mech was one of the coolest things at CES 2017, and although the first test run was brief, to say the least, it’s still an exciting project.Furrion co-founders Matt and Aaron Fidler stopped by Digital Trends’ CES 2018 booth to talk about their creation.New footage from Furrion now shows the mech taking full steps across a desert landscape.
Under the Fossil Group, Skagen has produced a number of gorgeous hybrid smartwatches such as the Signatur T-bar and the Signatur Hybrid.The Danish brand has struck gold again with its first touchscreen smartwatch: The sleek Skagen Falster.The design feels utilitarian, and it looks quite simple.The lugs look like bars sticking out of the circular case, and it’s a style we haven’t really seen before with a smartwatch.Attached to these lugs are either a rose gold or silver mesh strap, or a black or brown leather band.The mesh strap requires a little more effort, and it did painfully clip our wrist hair.
Libratone has been one of the most aggressive audio companies in embracing alternatives to the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, and today it adds to its family of products with the new Track+ neckbuds.These are essentially the wireless version of the wired (via either Lightning or USB-C) Q Adapt earphones that the company already offers.The Track+ have the same basic shape and the same adjustable noise cancellation as the Q Adapt models.My experience with the USB-C Q Adapt has been highly positive, with a pleasingly warm sound and effortless comfort.If the Track+ can re-create those good things while ditching the connector, they would be quite an attractive option — and one without the ecosystem lock-in of having to choose between Lightning and USB-C.Priced at $199, the Libratone Track+ are at the higher end of the market for wireless earphones in the neckbud style.
The company has introduced all three varieties of computing products at CES 2018, including a couple of small-form-factor (SFF) desktop PCs perfect for compact spaces, home entertainment systems, and more.The Chromebox is back as well, this time packing an 8th-generation Intel Core processor and USB-C.The Chromebox 3 is an attractive square-shaped mini device with the Chrome logo on the front, as well as a prominent ASUS branding, angular edges, and overall sleek design.This model is powerful enough to play 4K Ultra HD videos; it can output them to displays via DisplayPort and HDMI.There’s USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C for fast data transfers, as well as dual-band WiFi, Gigabit LAN, and DDR4-2400 memory.Like the size but not the platform?
Lenovo pulled back the curtain on the Miix 630, a 2-in-1 PC powered by a Qualcomm chip rather than a traditional Intel CPU, at CES 2018 today.Lenovo is just the latest manufacturer to join in on the new “Always Connected PC” type of computers, which feature LTE connectivity and 20-plus hours of battery life.The Miix 630 falls in with Lenovo’s line of other 2-in-1 Windows PCs that feature a detachable keyboard, including the Surface Pro, for example.What sets it apart from Lenovo’s other 2-in-1 PCs is, of course, the Snapdragon 835.While you might not get the best performance out of it, the Qualcomm CPU does offer a huge benefit — a claimed 20 hours of battery life.That’s a solid 12 hours more than the Lenovo’s Miix 720, a more expensive 2-in-1 with an Intel processor.
In 2016, Belkin announced Phyn, a new company that would focus on creating products for smart water management in partnership with plumbing and infrastructure company Uponor.Now, at CES 2018, Phyn is announcing its first consumer product, the Phyn Plus, a smart water monitoring system for homes.Customers install the Phyn Plus — which looks kind of like a glowing nuclear battery that attaches to your water main — directly into their plumbing system, where the device is able to monitor tiny changes in water pressure to track water usage and identify blockages, burst pipes, and leaks.The device is also capable of automatically shutting off water in the event of larger issues, which could save you from larger problems in the long run.Phyn says that it’s spent the last year in pilot programs to build an accurate data set of things like toilet flushes and shower and sink flows, so that the Phyn Plus can automatically detect what’s normal activity and what isn’t.The device also includes flow and temperature sensors for making sure that, say, your pipes haven’t frozen over while you were away.