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The fourth Tuesday of the month has come and gone, and it now looks reasonably safe to patch Windows and Office.Given Microsoft’s past patterns, it’s unlikely that we’ll see any more serious patches until next month’s Patch Tuesday, on Aug. 8.On July 17, security researcher Haifei published a proof of concept for running malware scripts directly in Office apps.I haven’t seen any exploits in the wild as yet, but it would be a good idea to install KB 3213640 (Office 2007), KB 3213624 (Office 2010), KB 3213555 (Office 2013) and/or KB 3213545 (Office 2016) in the short term.July was a particularly problematic month for Windows and Office patches.The easiest solution, of course, is to avoid Outlook.
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CISOs Investigate: User Behaviour Analytics (UBA) includes interviews with 11 security leaders who have deployed or are looking to deploy third-party solutions.This report replaces the ad hoc, often informal and time-consuming processes of personally gathering peer insight.The report includes responses to Requests for Information (RFIs) submitted by eight vendors.Developed by CISOs, the RFI criteria highlight the most important technology aspects of the potential solutions.
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BALTIMORE—Alongside a former grain pier in a strangely quiet corner of this cargo port, there's a ship straight out of the future—the future, that is, as seen from the 1950s.Featuring sleek, modern lines and a giant insignia of an atom, the Nuclear Ship Savannah once sailed the world to demonstrate the peaceful potential of atomic energy.Fluctuating energy prices and the cost of operating diesel-powered ships—particularly "Suezmax" oil tankers—prompted new designs and a change in the insurance rules for nuclear ships."The museum said, 'Just don't bring it back,'" recounted Erhard Koehler, the ship's senior technical advisor and manager.Koehler is the man whose name is on the ship's license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.It begins with President Dwight D. Eisenhower's desire to do something to turn the research conducted under the aegis of the Atomic Energy Commission toward something other than weapons of war.
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Zeiss provides an effective way to clean and preserve valuable optics.Whether used with camera lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses, telescopes, or spotting scopes, these non-abrasive pre-moistened wipes are safe and effective.These ammonia-free wipes are appropriate for anti-reflective coatings and may also be used to clean laptop, GPS, tablet, or cell phone screens without leaving streaks.Designed for a single use, these wipes come in individual disposable packets.The wipes are highly rated on Amazon, where it currently averages 4.7 out of 5 stars (read reviews).Its typical list price of $29.99 has been reduced 13% to $25.99 for a pack of 400.
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Bose used to be a big proponent of the if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it school of gadgetry.But in the past four or five years, the company’s been working hard to brush off its reputation for stagnant excellence.This $300 portable Bluetooth speaker pumps out omnidirectional sound.While there’s more to it than what I have time to get into here, at a very basic level, to get the best sounding audio out of most speakers, it's necessary to point their speaker grill in the direction of where you’ll want to listen to music.This is especially nice in settings like a get together in your living room: plop an omnidirectional speaker on the coffee table and everyone sitting around it can enjoy decent audio, no matter where they’re seated.With its 7.25-inch height and a width that tapers to a diameter of 4.13 inches at its base, the Revolve+ isn’t a small Bluetooth speaker (although it’s less than half the size of the Soundcast VG7 we recently fawned over).
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He's pruning a bonsai tree, reading a script, lifting weights ...... and getting ready for his 25 appointments for the rest of the day.The next three minutes and 15 seconds of Apple's "Dominate the Day" consist of The Rock completing increasingly outlandish "life goals" (with Siri, of course) to essentially prove the media wrong.He then drives that Lyft to the airport, where he heads off a plane on the runway.The Rock then hijacks that plane, which was heading to Akron, Ohio, and says, "We're going to Rome."This is a threatening, scary moment to be sure, but it's also worrisome — the plane probably doesn't have enough fuel to get to Rome.
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Nosql och Hadoop i all ära, men de flesta databasfrågor ställs med all säkerhet fortfarande mot relationsdatabaser.Det betyder allt som oftast att någon får lov att skriva sql-satser för att få tag på data.Om man dessutom väger in aspekter som att hantera så många samtidiga databasanvändare som möjligt på ett bra sätt så blir det ännu krångligare.Man behöver minimera låsningar av data, in- och utmatning och nätverkstrafik, förutom att själva databasfrågorna behöver optimeras.Här ger IDG News nio handfasta tips för bättre prestanda.Undvik pekare till varje pris
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Spoiler warning: Do not read if you'd rather not know anything about the new TV series "The Gifted."Having superpowers isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially if you have to go into hiding because your government is hunting down all mutants.In the new X-men spin-off TV series "The Gifted," the show follows the Strucker family as they go on the run from the government after discovering that their children have mutant powers.The family will seek help from a network of mutants during the series.Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, "The Gifted" stars Jamie Chung as the mutant Blink, Emma Dumont as the mutant Polaris, Blair Redford as the mutant Thunderbird and Sean Teale as the mutant Eclipse.Familiar actors Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker play the parents -- Reed and Caitlin Strucker -- while Percy Hynes White plays the son Andy, and Natalie Alyn Lind plays the sister Lauren.
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Score a wireless speaker that looks as good as it sounds with this Unitek Aluminium Wireless Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker, which is currently 58 percent off on Amazon.The Unitek speaker seamlessly pairs with your phone to deliver high-quality music at home or on the go.It has a wireless range of up to 30 feet, from any Bluetooth-enabled device, including smartphones, notebooks, tablets, or MP3 players.If Bluetooth isn’t what you’re after, the speaker also has an auto-scan FM radio feature that uses the Micro USB cable as an antenna.Thanks to the built-in rechargeable 400mAh Li-ion battery, you get up to 3.5 hours playtime on a single charge, enough to provide music for your pool party, barbecue, or any number of other outdoor events.The 3-watt speaker may be small and portable, but it effortlessly delivers earth-shaking, powerful stereo sound with enhanced bass.
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App wrapping -- the process of applying security policies to a mobile application such as email or a custom-built business app -- can help protect corporate data without changing an app's looks or functionality.As more companies deploy an over-arching enterprise mobility management (EMM) strategy, ensuring that sensitive corporate data isn't compromised by employees' mobile apps is paramount, because apps are increasingly targeted by cybercriminals as a window into backend systems.Today, about 44% of mid-size to large businesses have rolled out EMM software, according to a survey of 500 IT users by market researcher IDC.App wrapping can be applied during internal development of software or after the fact to off-the-shelf software purchases simply by adding executable code via the SDK.The disadvantage with that approach is two-fold, according to Joseph Razavian, senior manager for technology alliances in end-user computing at VMware.First, a vendor like Box will have to make several iterations of its application to support the various SDKs, or app-wrapping engines, in use; secondly, users can get confused as to which app they need to download -- for example, Box for VMware AirWatch or Box for MobileIron, Razavian said.
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Bikes, bikes, and more bikes.China’s streets have been invaded by bike rentals of every hue.More and more Chinese entrepreneurs are sparing no effort to jump on the sharing bandwagon.Now, when you walk around the streets or hang around shopping malls, there’s a high chance that you’ll come across a slew of shared items—bikes, cars, umbrellas, basketballs, power banks, karaoke booths, washing machines, nap capsules, massage chairs and, oh yes, refrigerators.The sharing economy fad has taken China by storm over the past year, and people in the business are making everything “shareable.”However, it’s not really sharing… it’s more or less rental businesses.
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Google’s big experiment in digital counter-terrorism begins rolling out today.Collaborating with its own in-house think tank, Jigsaw, the new effort seeks to bury ISIS-related propaganda on YouTube.Now, when a potential ISIS recruit searches for known extremist content using a predefined set of keywords, they’ll instead be redirected to videos that deconstruct and confront the terrorist group.The project is called the Redirect Method.As the Redirect Method homepage explains:“The Redirect Method uses Adwords targeting tools and curated YouTube videos uploaded by people all around the world to confront online radicalization.
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After years of struggling to manage abusive tweets, Twitter says it's made some short-term progress tackling the problem.The social network said Thursday it's been clamping down on 10 times as many abusive tweeters as it did a year ago, though it declined to say how many accounts it's disciplined.These updates are part of Twitter's ongoing attempts to curb abusive behavior and convince people it's succeeding.But Dorsey was also barraged with requests to cut down on harassment, after years of the problem running rampant on the service.Last year was when some particularly ugly episodes happened, including a hate mob attacking Leslie Jones, a star of last summer's "Ghostbusters" movie.Twitter's renewed focus on harassment is a "completely different mindset" from several years ago, said Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor who studies hate on the internet.
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From conceptualization to actual application, drone manufacturers have taken the theories of sci-fi movies and books and turned them into real-life applications, giving birth to the phenomenon of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.Predicted to play significant roles in business, civic, and military affairs, drones are at the forefront of a smart-generation technological shift.Drone stocks are massive opportunities for companies and investors alike.In this article by Business Insider's premium research service, BI Intelligence has covered some of the most recognized and famed global drone makers.Every drone enthusiast is waiting eagerly for the company to go public, and strong rumors of an IPO pop up every now and then.The buzz around this industry regarding its impact and future prospects is what keeps the masses involved and waiting in anticipation to be able to get a slice of the pie.
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Everything from the cheerful-grim protagonist to the meticulously designed and fiercely challenging platforming levels all harks back to Team Meat’s landmark platformer.So here we have a game that’s heavily influenced by another game which I distinctly recall not enjoying very much.The End Is Nigh puts you in control of a character called Ash, a surprisingly upbeat lump of charred skin who happens to be one of the last survivors of the apocalypse.Ash is completely alone in the world except for his favourite retro video-game, but when the cartridge corrupts and the game stops functioning, he decides to head out into the great unknown to “make” a friend.Starting out with a relatively gentle difficulty curve, the levels soon morph into nightmare mazes filled with spikes and spinning hammers and corrosive water and killer skull-dogs, all of which demands precision in both jumping and timing from the player.For example, each of the game’s levels is contained within a single-screen, rather than the level extending beyond the screen as with most platformers.
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In a terribly poor attempt to appeal to younger audiences, Europol thought the best way to promote active civic engagement on the internet is by using a language all the cool kids these days can speak: Emoji.To commemorate the fourth annual World Emoji Day, the European law enforcement agency took to Twitter to ask its followers for help tracking down the most wanted fugitives on the continent.But while a few simple words would have sufficed, Europol opted for an alternative means of expression.Resorting to a bizarre combination between English and Emoji, the agency replaced certain words and phrases with emoticons to get its message across:On Worldemojiday, Help trace the 50 MostWanted fugitivesCheck https://t.co/f4l0kxIwwT Do U have any info?
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It’s a familiar project to anyone who follows the industry with any sort of regularity, as one of the most impressive demos to come out of one of the world’s foremost robotics schools in recent years.Earlier versions of the four-legged robot have been able to run at speeds up to 14 miles an hour, bound over objects autonomously and even respond to questions with Alexa, by way of an Echo Dot mounted on its back.The Cheetah 3, however, marks a kind of philosophical change for the robot created by professor Sang-bae Kim and his team at MIT’s Biomimetics lab.The focus has shifted from impressive demos to something more practical — this time out, the team is focused on giving the world a robot that can perform search and rescue.We can use the robot to monitor the environment and other emergency situations.There are a lot of emergency situations where you just want to do a routine check.”
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Phone-maker HTC says it will fix an "error" that let advertisements pop up on the keyboard on some of its phones.Many users complained that ad banners had started appearing above the touchscreen keyboard while they were typing.HTC's latest smartphones are sold with a third-party keyboard called TouchPal pre-installed as the default.The free version of TouchPal does usually show ads, but HTC said it was unintended on its devices.HTC phones run the Android operating system, which lets people download and install a variety of third-party keyboards so that they can customise their typing experience.Android comes with a default touchscreen keyboard built-in, but many companies including Google and BlackBerry design their own.
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Ten years ago, computer-driven traders pulled the plug after their algorithms ran amok, leading to billions in losses and the eventual closure of Goldman Sachs’s flagship quantitative fund.A decade on, artificial intelligence and machine learning are the buzzwords in automated investment.But for all the hype, applying AI to investment has three serious problems: it works too well, it is often impossible to understand, and it only...
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the New Nintendo 3DS was released in Europe in spring 2015 and is a uppbiffad version of the portable 3D console, the Nintendo 3DS.But now the console down, writes Gamespot.First and foremost, it is Europe and Japan that are affected.Nintendo has not commented on the u.s. yet, but it is not completely unexpectedly on the New Nintendo 3DS also be agreed to be sold there.the News comes after Nintendo released the New Nintendo 2DS in Japan.the Closure does not however mean that the 3DS era is over.
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