We’ve seen ‘pump and dump’ tactics, Ponzi schemes, Twitter cryptocurrency scambots impersonating tech moguls like Elon Musk, and multi-million dollar exit-scams.All of these put investors at risk.The Texas State Securities board investigated 32 cryptocurrency investment promoters investigated in four weeks, with at least five failed to tell would-be investors about the risks while guaranteeing returns of up to 40 percent a month.This should be enough to set off alarm bells as lack of information is a red flag for business misconduct.According to PWC’s 2018 economic crime survey, 29% of companies said they had suffered from consumer fraud.A wide-scale version of this happened when Ashley Madison, the extramarital affairs site, got hacked.
Bunch of bugs stomped with version 0.71Venerable SSH client PuTTY has received a pile of security patches, with its lead maintainer admitting to the The Register that one fixed a "'game over' level vulnerability".The fixes implemented on PuTTY over the weekend include new features plugging a plethora of vulns in the Telnet and SSH client, most of which were uncovered as part of an EU-sponsored HackerOne bug bounty.Version 0.71 of PuTTY includes fixes for:A remotely triggerable memory overwrite in RSA key exchange, which can occur before host key verificationPotential recycling of random numbers used in cryptography
Keen to expand the usability of its recently revamped robot dog, Sony has just introduced a new “Aibo Patrol” feature as part of its latest software update.Rather, it’s a bit of new functionality that might help bring an end to that internal dialogue you’ve been having over whether you should’ve spent $2,900 on a plastic, computer-powered pup.Well, Sony describes it as “a new service built on the concept of ‘securitainment’ (security and entertainment), which provides peace of mind in addition to the everyday fun of living with Aibo.”Apparently the clue is in the name, as Sony says the new feature will let you use the My Aibo app to create a “person-of-interest registry” containing the faces and names of up to 10 people.While you may initially be minded to input the current roster of rogues populating the FBI’s most wanted list, be aware that the chances of any of these people entering your home are really rather small.In that case, you’ll be better off entering the faces of family and friends, or whoever frequents your living space on a regular basis.
Notorious code puts on suit and tie, goes after business kitA strain of the botnet malware Mirai has emerged focused on a wider set of embedded internet-connected devices.Researchers at Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 this week stated that a variant of the notorious Internet-of-Things infector is now looking to hijack TVs and projectors designed to display information and adverts, as well as the usual broadband routers, network-attached storage boxes, and IP-enabled cameras and digital video recorders.The malware, best known for its hefty distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) punch and rapid expansion in 2016 and 2017, previously spread mostly around poorly protected consumer IoT devices.This latest flavor of Mirai attempts to compromise WePresent projectors, D-Link video cameras, LG digital signage TVs, and routers from Netgear, D-Link, and Zyxel, by exploiting vulnerabilities in firmware, and rope them into its remote-controlled botnets.At that point, the commandeered equipment can be instructed from afar to find and infect other devices, launch DDoS attacks, and other mischief.
Soon, not being able to draw may no longer be an excuse not to express yourself or your ideas in beautiful, photorealistic images.If you can scribble a shape and click on a few buttons, a shaky line can turn into a mountain range, a lopsided circle can become a lake, and incomprehensible doodles can transform into a masterpiece.That’s pretty much the unbelievable accomplishment that NVIDIA researchers have made in developing the deep learning model named GauGAN that can turn almost any collection of lines into a work of art.The neural network isn’t simply replacing doodles and shapes with photorealistic images of rocks, mountains, skies, or water.In addition to taking into account the original shape of the drawing, GauGAN also takes into account other objects in the scene.Turn a patch of grass into a pond and it will create reflections on the surface based on what’s surrounding the new body of water.
Computers have come a long way.You’re probably reading this sentence on a device that has exponentially more computational power than the Apollo rockets that went to the moon.However, there are physical limits to how much a conventional computer can do.Quantum computing – or the use of quantum mechanics to build computers – can transcend these barriers.Dr Joseph Fitzsimons, principal investigator at National University of Singapore’s Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) and founder of Horizon Quantum Computing has been tracking the nascent space for years.Support quality journalism and content.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning aren’t new concepts to the world of cloud computing, but Nvidia and Amazon are aiming to take it to the next level.Nvidia has announced that mainstream servers designed to run the company’s data science acceleration software are now available; additionally, Amazon will be implementing the technology into its Amazon Web Services (AWS) stack for customers looking to take advantage of accelerated machine learning tasks in the cloud.The new servers feature Nvidia’s T4 GPUs running on the company’s Turing GPU architecture; this raw hardware power combined with Nvidia’s CUDA-X A.I.libraries will enable businesses and organizations to more efficiently handle A.I.-based tasks, machine learning, data analytics, and virtual desktops.Designed for the data center the T4 GPUs draw only 70 watts of power during operation.Companies offering the new servers include Cisco, Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HP Enterprise, Inspur, Lenovo, and Sugon.
The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday it was stunned to learn that Tesla CEO ELon Musk hasn't sought pre-approval for any of his tweets about the car maker before the agency's contempt motion last month.The SEC was responding to a filing last week by Musk's lawyers defending tweets he made about Tesla's production estimates.An agreement struck last September between Musk and the SEC forbade the CEO from using social media to divulge information that would be considered material to investors or Tesla without having gotten prior approval."The pre-approval requirement was designed to protect against reckless conduct by Musk going forward," SEC lawyers wrote in a filing Monday (see below)."It is therefore stunning to learn that, at the time of filing of the instant motion, Musk had not sought pre-approval for a single one of the numerous tweets about Tesla he published in the months since the Court-ordered pre-approval policy went into effect."The SEC's filing goes on to call Musk's interpretation of the settlement agreement "inconsistent with the plain terms of this Court's order and renders its preapproval requirement meaningless."
How do you convince gamers that they’re getting their money’s worth from a $500+ graphics card?Nvidia’s latest technique is pretty smart — it’s taking real-time ray tracing, an eye-popping if barely adopted feature previously exclusive to its pricey new RTX-series graphics cards, and bringing it to a whole bunch of older Nvidia GTX-series GPUs that can’t ray trace to save their lives.It’s pretty cool that I’ll soon be able to try out some “basic” DirectX Raytracing with my nearly three-year-old Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU!Here are the other graphics cards and chips that should be able to take advantage with a driver update this April:But seriously: Nvidia’s blog post seems explicitly designed to show that only the most expensive RTX-series GPUs can remotely approach 60fps framerates in modern games with ray tracing enabled.Just look at the company’s comparisons charts for a few popular games with ray tracing enabled — and note that the “best case scenario” on the right requires DLSS, another feature that’s still exclusive to the pricier RTX series GPUs.
The most distant world we've ever explored, Ultima Thule, keeps getting weirder -- but NASA scientists are beginning to unravel its mysteries.NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zipped past the distant, ancient space rock on Jan. 1 -- some 4 billion miles from the Earth -- after a 13-year journey to the edge of the solar system.New Horizons' original mission was to study Pluto, but after an extension, the team at NASA and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory sent it to explore an object much farther from home: a small two-bodied space rock, discovered just five years ago, officially named 2014 MU69.On March 18, NASA held the first press briefing since the Jan. 1 flyby and a number of researchers were on hand to describe 2014 MU69's geology, origin, surface features and unusual pancake shape.New Horizons was able to image the alien world extensively on its super-brief flyby and begin sending data back to Earth.Because the spacecraft is around 4.1 billion miles (approx.
Sabrina’s learned that, despite some allusions to the contrary, sometimes it’s good to be bad.Netflix just gave us our first proper look at the surprisingly-soon return of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, now dubbed as “Part 2” rather than necessarily season 2.After going through her dark baptism in the first season, the trailer mainly focuses on Sabrina embracing a side of her that enjoys being more than a little naughty when it comes to her magical antics.But lingering under all that is a doubt over whether she can keep her moral core as the darkness becomes stronger—and more alluring.But when she finds the balance of her magical and mortal lives coming out of flux—hand that maybe deals with darker forces aren’t just about the fun powers you get out of them—it seems like our teenage witch might have a few harder lessons to learn.Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2 hits Netflix on 5 April.
If you're tempted to snap some pictures or video atop the Vessel in New York's Hudson Yards, be prepared to hand over your rights to them.The massive structure, which opened late last week, consists of 154 interconnecting staircases.It stands in Hudson Yards, Manhattan's new development featuring shopping, dining and outdoor areas.People online are already criticizing the Vessel's photo policy, which says Hudson Yards can use any pictures, audio or video visitors create or upload showing the structure.Visitors also have to agree that any photos, video and audio taken of them at the Vessel become the company's property."As the owner of the Recordings, Company has the unconditional, irrevocable right (exercisable by Company or by third parties on Company's behalf) to reproduce, display and use the Recordings, including for advertising, marketing and promotional purposes, in all media and formats, whether now known or later developed," the terms and conditions read.
President Vladimir Putin has tightened his grip on the Russian Internet Monday, signing two censorship bills into law.One bans "fake news" while the other makes it illegal to insult public officials.Russia has never really been a liberal democracy.It lacks an independent judiciary, and the government has found a variety of techniques to harass and intimidate independent media in the country.But the new legislation gives the Russian government more direct tools to censor online speech.Analyst Maria Snegovaya told The Washington Post that the legislation "significantly expands the repressive power of Russia’s repressive apparatus."
Don’t be turned off by the VR-like imagery in this article – this goes way beyond games, VR, and AR.Qualcomm-made headsets are about to get simple, easy to use, and able to be utilized in a number of different ways.If what Qualcomm’s got onboard with “Qualcomm Boundless XR for PC” is plausible, there’ll be no need for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, or mobile VR headsets of any sort.Those brands might just be using Qualcomm’s tech to replace what they’ve got today with what’s common tomorrow.Qualcomm Boundless XR for PC is embodied in a headset that can function in two ways.In one way it’s a mobile VR headset running something like Android, with self-contained sensors and the ability to run VR and/or AR apps.
PlayStation Vue subscribers who own Apple TVs are getting an exciting new feature just in time for March Madness: Multi-view, which allows you to watch up to four different live TV channels at once on a single screen.The feature will enable those with PlayStation Vue subscriptions and a love of college basketball to tune into four games at once during the big tournament, making it easier than ever for them to keep their brackets updated.Multi-view has long been one of the most popular PlayStation Vue features for those who watch the service through an actual Playstation but is limited to just three simultaneous live streams on the video game console, meaning Apple TV actually offers a better multi-view experience than Sony’s own device.That’s a bit odd, but it also means that those with both Apple TV and a PlayStation may choose to watch events like March Madness on the Apple TV, rather than their gaming console.Still, those with just Apple TV will probably be stoked, as there really is no better way to make sure you keep up on every bit of the basketball action than to have as many games as possible on at once.And given that excellent big-screen TVs and projectors are now more affordable than ever, you’ll be able to enjoy a fantastic viewing experience, regardless of whether you’re watching the big games via a PlayStation, Apple TV, or other popular streaming devices.
As much as streaming platforms are fantastic for watching all forms of media and cloud providers make transferring files between people relatively quick and simple, many people still rely on torrents for sharing content with friends and fans all over the world.We’ve trimmed the wheat from the digital chaff and have picked out a few of our favorite torrent clients to give you the best sharing experience.Before you go any further, it should be noted that torrents are sometimes used for illegal piracy, and Digital Trends does not condone that use in any guise.The most like old favorite, UTorrent (though without the adverts and cryptojackers) QBittorrent supports modern torrent client features like magnet links, private torrents, encrypted connections, and remote control via a web user interface.You can download and run it on Windows, MacOS, Linux, OS/2, and FreeBSD, among others, and it has support for more than 70 different languages.Some of those — like notifications, IP blocklists, and bandwidth controls — are built in to Deluge’s current version, but many more third-party options are available.
The first season of Apex Legends kicks off tomorrow, and with it, the first Battle Pass for the game will go live.The Battle Pass for Apex Legends seem to work similarly to the ones in Fortnite – it costs 950 Apex Coins ($9.50), and allows players to unlock cosmetics and other items by playing the game.Electronic Arts and Respawn gave us an in-depth explanation of how the Battle Pass will work, so let’s dive in.The Apex Legends Battle Pass for season 1 will come with 100 tiers of unlockable loot, and as a carrot on a stick to get people to buy, you’ll get three skins as soon as you purchase it.These skins include the Lifeline Revolutionary skin, the Wraith Survivor skin, and the Mirage Outlaw, all of which you can see in the image below.Respawn has posted the loot for all 100 tiers over on the Apex Legends website, and a quick look through it shows that there’s a pretty healthy mix of cosmetics and customizations to unlock.
Researchers have discovered 88 pounds of plastic bags in the stomach of a whale that died after becoming stranded on a Philippines beach.In a Facebook post Sunday, the D’ Bone Collector Museum explained that the plastic bags included 16 rice sacks and multiple shopping bags.“This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale.The carcass of the juvenile male Cuvier’s Beaked Whale was recovered by the museum on March 16 on the shore of the Philippines’ Compostela Valley province.“Action must be taken by the government against those who continue to treat the waterways and ocean as dumpsters,” said the museum in the post.Fox News has reached out to the Philippines government with a request for comment on this story.
The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience announces the appointment of two Max Planck Society Fellows, Drs.The fellowship program is supported by Germany's Max Planck Society to promote cooperation between outstanding university professors and Max Planck Society researchers for a five-year period.The fellowship program is a longstanding hallmark of Max Planck Society collaborations, with more than 100 fellows being placed into collaborations with Max Planck Institutes around the world since the program began in 2005.Dr. Hallassa and Dr. Zuo are the first researchers to be awarded a Max Planck Society Fellowship at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, which was established in 2010 as the first and only Max Planck Institute in North America.Michael Halassa is an associate investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and an assistant professor in the department of brain and cognitive sciences.During his fellowship, he will focus on research that provides new insights into the functional organization of the neural circuits underlying higher cognitive function that will have a significant impact on the field, and may be relevant for understanding conditions such as autism and attention deficit disorder.
“With unique requirements and extremely diverse operations, digital technology deployed in the sector has to meet the highest standards of security and reliability.”Privately owned, public sector-focussed UKCloud has secured £25 million in investment from Cisco strategic collaborator funding group Digital Alpha Advisors.“With unique requirements and extremely diverse operations, digital technology deployed in the sector has to meet the highest standards of security and reliability.London-based UKCloud was founded in 2011 and focuses on public sector contracts providing cloud services for UK governmental bodies such as the Ministry of Justice, the Cabinet Office and Genomics England.Importantly due to the nature of its clients all of UKCloud’s infrastructure is hosted within secure, UK-based Crown Hosting services facilities.Currently its partner programme works with over 300 partners that deliver services such as system integration, MSP and software-as-a-service offering to public sector organisations.