Val Strefeler

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An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Equifax isn't the only credit-reporting behemoth with a website redirecting visitors to fake Adobe Flash updates.A security researcher from AV provider Malwarebytes said transunioncentroamerica.com, a TransUnion site serving people in Central America, [was] also sending visitors to the fraudulent updates and other types of malicious pages... Malwarebytes security researcher Jerome Segura says he was able to repeatedly reproduce a similar chain of fraudulent redirects when he pointed his browser to the transunioncentroamerica.com site.On some occasions, the final link in the chain would push a fake Flash update.In other cases, it delivered an exploit kit that tried to infect computers with unpatched browsers or browser plugins... "This is not something users want to have," Segura told Ars...Equifax on Thursday was quick to say that its systems were never compromised in the attacks.TransUnion said much the same thing.
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Jon Brodkin reports via Ars Technica: A Federal Communications Commission decision to eliminate price caps imposed on some business broadband providers should be struck down, advocacy groups told federal judges last week.The FCC failed to justify its claim that a market can be competitive even when there is only one Internet provider, the groups said.Led by Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC's Republican majority voted in April of this year to eliminate price caps in a county if 50 percent of potential customers "are within a half mile of a location served by a competitive provider."That means business customers with just one choice are often considered to be located in a competitive market and thus no longer benefit from price controls.The decision affects Business Data Services (BDS), a dedicated, point-to-point broadband link that is delivered over copper-based TDM networks by incumbent phone companies like AT, Verizon, and CenturyLink.But the FCC's claim that "potential competition" can rein in prices even in the absence of competition doesn't stand up to legal scrutiny, critics of the order say.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Inverse: Google has announced that after 10 years a carbon-neutral company, it will be able to brag running on entirely renewable energy at the end of 2017.That means that all of the electricity the company consumes in both its data centers and offices are provided by wind and solar energy.Announced in Google's 2017 environmental report, Google says it has created "new energy purchasing models that others can follow" and that "we've helped drive wide-scale global adoption of clean energy."In addition to being an obvious PR boon, the company says its mission of full sustainability fits in with its larger mission.(It also makes the fact that as recently as 2015 Google alone reportedly consumed as much energy as the entire city of San Francisco in a year way more palatable.)One step the company has recently taken in marrying its ethos of sustainability with its products is a new initiative to equip Google Street View vehicles with air quality sensors.
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The Federal Communications Commission yesterday granted Alphabet-owned Project Loon an experimental license to operate in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the purpose of helping the islands regain connectivity.The license extends from October 6th until April 4th, 2018, and it was granted to Ben Wojtowicz, a software engineer and member of Alphabet’s X lab who works on Project Loon.The helium balloons are expected to deliver emergency LTE cellular reception to allow residents and local governments to contact friends and family, coordinate relief and restoration efforts, and reestablish communication with the outside world.It’s unclear to what extent Loon will cover Puerto Rico or parts of the Virgin Islands, or how many balloons the team plans to deploy.“The purpose of the [Special Temporary Authority] is to support licensed mobile carriers’ restoration of limited communications capability in areas of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” the license reads.Just last week, the Loon team said it was looking into helping Puerto Rico, still devastated by Hurricane Maria, regain connectivity.
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Google announced quite a lot of stuff on Wednesday night, but there was one notable absence from the presentation: Android Wear.To make matters worse, people noticed that the Android Wear section of Google Play had been taken down - leading many to wonder if Google had abandoned smartwatches.Now, though, we seem to have an answer.According to Hoi Lam, who works on Android Wear for Google, it's not a case of Google abandoning its smartwatch platform.Instead it's readjusting its focus so that Google Play only sells "Google made hardware".Android Wear isn't dead, it's just migrating to new, custom portals for other online retailers.
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Curiscope, a U.K. augmented and virtual reality content startup, has raised a $1 million seed round led by LocalGlobe, the seed VC firm founded by Saul and Robin Klein.Ascension Ventures, Force over Mass, ustwo Adventure, and Richard Fearn also participated.The backing follows crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo last year for the company’s The Virtuali-Tee product, an augmented reality experience that combines a t-shirt and app to let you explore part of the human body.Curiscope other’s product out in the wild is a virtual reality experience called Great White Sharks.Specifically, The Virtuali-Tee is described as a high-quality t-shirt, partnered with a free app, that enables children and adults to discover the human body in fully animated 3D using immersive augmented and virtual reality.“The t-shirt’s unique design is picked up by the camera function on the app, allowing users to jump into the pumping heart to bring learning to life, or pop their phone into a Google Cardboard to immerse themselves entirely in an anatomical adventure,” explains the Brighton-based company.
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Joshua Topolsky, writing for the Outline: Once upon a time, Apple could do little wrong.As one of the first mainstream computer companies to equally value design and technical simplicity, it upended our expectations about what PCs could be."Macintosh works the way people work," read one 1992 ad.Rather than requiring downloads and installations and extra memory to get things right (as often required by Windows machines), Apple made it so you could just plug in a mouse or start up a program and it would just... work.Marrying that functionality with the groundbreaking design the company has embodied since the early Macs, it's easy to see how Apple became the darling of designers, artists, and the rest of the creative class.The work was downright elegant; unheard of for an electronics company.
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Google plans on upgrading its two-factor authentication tool with an improved, physical security measure aimed at protecting high-profile users from politically motivated cyberattacks, according to a report from Bloomberg.The new service, to be called Advanced Protection Program and potentially slated to launch next month, will trade out the standard authentication process for services like Gmail and Google Drive with physical USB security keys.The service would also restrict the types of third-party apps and services that could connect to a user’s Google account.The changes are not likely to affect standard Google account owners, as Bloomberg reports that Google “plans to market the product to corporate executives, politicians and others with heightened security concerns.” Following the 2016 hack of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account, which was the result of a phishing attack with links to the Russia government, Google began looking into measures that would improve security for users in possession of sensitive material and those in a position of political prominence.The new physical security keys, which will require users keep them plugged in to access the additional security controls, should make it more difficult to remotely gain control of someone’s Gmail or Google Drive account.
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But what’s even more remarkable about WhatsApp is that it reached 450 million monthly users “without investing a penny in marketing”.Rather than relying on the barefaced bribery of a referral program or desperate begging for "likes" and positive reviews, try these five tips for adding a smart viral twist to your product.Related: How We Drove 10K Unique Visitors to a New Product in a MonthIn 1991, telephone firm MCI (for whom I once worked) was vying for new customers in the recently deregulated long-distance calling market.Though this concept is now ubiquitous, at the time it was truly innovative.MCI’s telemarketers could now begin sales calls by saying “I’m calling on behalf of your friends and family”, giving them three times the close rate as cold calls.
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The long-heralded demise of traditional TV advertising is still refusing to materialize despite rampant growth in the streaming video on demand sector, according to new research by YouGov.Broadcast to Narrowcast, its latest industry snapshot, divides the industry into three broad categories; viewers who exclusively watch streaming content through the likes of Amazon and Netflix; those making use of paid subscription services such as Sky and Virgin Media and those reliant on Freeview and Freesat services.The research indicates that while the way people watch TV has changed dramatically the number of people viewing adverts hasn’t fallen by much with even 45% of those taking advantage of streaming video still able to recall seeing television adverts over the preceding week.While below the comparable figures for Freeview/Freesat (57%) and paid TV (63%) it does indicate that brand propositions are still managing to find a way through during live broadcasts, which maintains a big role in the viewing habits of streaming viewers.Overall Yougov found that 48% of those who stream had viewed the ITV1 app in the past 30 days while 51% tuned into Channel 4 and 28% accessed Channel 5.Stephen Harmston, head of YouGov Reports commented: “People watch TV in different ways but it doesn’t necessarily follow that the number of people watching traditional television have fallen that much.
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A report released this month by Angel List indicates cryptocurrency jobs have risen by over 100 percent in the past six months.While Bitcoin value fluctuations may be testing investor confidence, the hiring market for blockchain-based technology remains overtly bullish.Not only are more jobs available, but positions working with blockchain also pay better.On average employees are being offered salaries 10-20 percent higher than non-crypto jobs.Job-seekers who prioritize flexibility should take note that blockchain-based startups are 22 percent more likely to offer remote positions, and expertise in blockchain, for non-technical jobs like marketing and operations, isn’t necessarily required – though the report does indicate potential employees should understand the concepts and terminology.For those who aren’t quite willing to commit to a career in cryptocurrency there’s always the intern option.
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How Jordan Klepper Finds the Funny in Alex Jones and the Alt-Right MediaThe Opposition will satirize outlets like Brietbart and InfowarsThirteen months after cancelling The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Comedy Central has finally found its 11:30 p.m. companion to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.Tonight, the network is launching The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, which will satirize hyperbolic alt-media outlets like Brietbart and Infowars.Klepper, the former Daily Show correspondent, will follow in the footsteps of Stephen Colbert by hosting the 11:30 show as a fictionalized version of himself, a character he described over the summer as “a know-nothing provocateur who fights for the common man … Alex Jones meets Garrison Keillor.”As he prepared to launch the show—which will finally solidify Comedy Central’s late-night lineup—Klepper spoke with Adweek about how The Colbert Report inspired him, why The Opposition could be a great fit for brands and how much late night has changed in the past year.
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Cloudflare declared war on a group of lawyers that files patent lawsuits against tech firms, by offering bounties for the discovery of patent-invalidating "prior art."Now an anonymous reader writes: On Thursday, Cloudflare announced it has paid out the first $7,500 to people who discovered documents that could help invalidate Blackbird's patents.The money is part of a $100,000 war chest the company announced this spring...The company said it is ready to launch individual challenges to specific Blackbird patents.The company believes it has enough examples of prior art on US Patent 7,797,448, "GPS-internet Linkage" and US Patent 6,453,335 (the one asserted against Cloudflare) to lodge a challenge."We have received more than 230 submissions so far," Cloudflare reports, "and have only just begun to scratch the surface."
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Apple is launching iOS 11 today, but some features won’t make it onto the new operating system until later, as noted by MacRumors.These include Apple Pay Cash and Messages in iCloud.Messages in iCloud, which allows iMessages to be removed from your device and stored in iCloud to save space, was removed from iOS 11 beta 5 in August, though Apple has said the feature will be re-released in a future update.Apple Pay is also due out later this fall with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4.The feature includes Apple Pay Cash, a kind of digital debit card that allows users to send and receive money via iMessage.That money is received onto the Apple Pay Cash card in Apple Wallet, and users have access to that money instantly.
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snydeq writes: Recruiting and retaining tech talent remains IT's biggest challenge today, writes Paul Heltzel, in an article on what trends are heating up and what's cooling off when it comes to IT staffing."One thing hasn't changed this year: Recruiting top talent is still difficult for most firms, and demand greatly outstrips supply," writes Heltzel."That's influencing many of the areas we looked at, including compensation and retention.Whether you're looking to expand your team or job searching yourself, read on to see which IT hiring practices are trending and which ones are falling out of favor."What are you seeing companies favoring in the hiring market these days?
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The winner of Asia Hardware Battle in 2017 was underwater drone Fifish P4 developed by a female CEO who is passionate about diving.Asia Hardware Battle was held in Shanghai on September 16th hosted by TechNode, with Shanghai Yangpu District People’s Government support.Chinese startups were concentrated in bigger scale fields such as logistics and VR, while Korean startups concentrated on niche areas such as beauty and environment.Users can see real-time video shot by the machine underwater, let it automatically follow the diver or remote control it to go anywhere.The machine has integrated with high precision depth sensor and posture sensor, with a single click of a button, the machine can hover at any depth and location with high precision and great stability.CEO of Fifish, Zhang Chong who is also a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), claims that the camera has advantage comparing with other underwater robots in the current market.
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Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome.Some of them were participating in our event for the first time, while others were regulars.We could all feel the excitement in the air when the 103 teams took the stage to present a one-minute demo to impress fellow coders and our judges.Most recently, she spent four years leading product and engineering at Uber, where she helped scale the company from 80 employees to more than 7,000, and from 14 cities in 4 countries, to 400+ cities in 68 countries.During her time at Uber, she spearheaded two strategic programs that focused on building tools to onboard and manage the global driver force and to support employee growth and productivity worldwide, both critical to getting the company off the ground.Frederique serves on the Board of Directors of both Ubisoft and Les Mills International, bringing expertise in digital customer experience and big data.
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Every year we see dozens of me-too Android phones that ape the iPhone, except for one big, round giveaway: they lack Apple's instantly recognizable home button.Now that the iPhone X trades in its most defining visual feature, it's going to be easier than ever to make Android phones that look like an expensive iPhone, at a fraction of the price.With Apple's iconic round button gone, it's going to be much harder to tell Apple's copycats from the original at first glance, especially once those other phonemakers figure out how to get the bezel-less look down pat.And especially once you slap on a case.We mostly see iPhone lookalikes coming from Chinese phone makers, such as Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Oppo, but there are plenty of other brands that attract buyers by making simpler smartphones that resemble other premium phones.Slim bezels, rounded edges and similar color palettes are easier to ape than expensive hardware within.
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So in an effort to differentiate themselves, companies are thinking of ways to make a portable screen attached to a keyboard and some silicon inside seem more attractive.Asus latched onto Nvidia’s new Max Q design program for its new Zephyrus gaming laptop and crammed top-of-the-line specs into previously unheard of thin-and-light body.Lenovo is taking a different, and unfortunately, slightly more sedate path with its flagship Legion Y920 gaming laptop — this laptop looks like one made by everyone else, and for Lenovo, which is known for some really out there and often stunning design choices, this is an uninspiring take.Lenovo even went so far as to create its own low-profile mechanical keyboard, which is pretty ambitious (and par for course for Lenovo).At the bottom of stroke, you still get a meaty click, but my actual favourite thing about the keyboard is the ripple setting for the keyboard’s backlighting that causes colours to radiate out from the last key you pressed.Pretty coloured lights aside, the Y920 features a very basic (and at 10.1 pounds, heavy) design.
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Although the Home button has been eliminated to make room for an edge-to-edge 5.8in display and its ultra-slim bezel, the notch cut out of the top of screen to house the front camera is a somewhat contentious move.Tom Warren, also of The Verge, observes that "The iPhone X renders webpages with white bars on the side if you’re using it in landscape orientation … Apple’s design choice looks ugly thanks to the permanent notch at the top, but its decision to embrace it should also encourage developers to do the same and offer more unique ways to handle the display".When I handled the device at the Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino today, I was convinced by that display alone".To go with its display capabilities, Apple's new flagship also shoots 4K HDR video and has the highest-spec cameras yet seen on an Apple device.Stuff's Erna Mahyuni: "Once you’ve got used to the new vertical layout, the dual snappers on the back almost certainly add up to become Apple’s best camera yet ... on the X you now get one f/1.8 sensor and one f/2.4 ... that means the X should gather slightly more light than the 8 Plus… As with the 8 Plus, you also now get optical image stabilisation on both of those sensors, which should make a further big difference when it comes to low-light shooting".CNET's Jessica Dolcourt and Scott Stein write that "the iPhone X is Apple's only new device to nab a portrait mode on the front-facing camera (despite having just one lens and not two), optical image stabilization for both rear 12-megapixel camera lenses", but observe that "Apple's front-facing camera array, called TrueDepth, shows promise, but for now it's used in clever-but-gimmicky apps… New Snapchat filters optimized for the iPhone X selfie cam were eerily effective.
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