Business leaders who have opted to wait out a tech jobs hiring crunch to fill or add positions in their organization may want to consider getting off the sidelines.When a talent shortage article is published, it s likely that some people in the audience will roll their eyes and think that they each know a half-dozen talented IT professionals who are either under-employed or unemployed.Analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics by corporate advisory and strategy firm CEB shows that by 2020, the U.S. could have 1.4 million open computing jobs.Eóin O Toole, co-founder and managing partner of recruiter Arete Partners, notes that when employers turn up their noses at night school and online certificate programs, they exacerbate the problem.That may mean encouraging people with backgrounds not typical of those in science, technology, engineering and math.Programs aimed at adults are bringing people into STEM careers from seemingly unlikely backgrounds.
Spraying the wheat crops with pesticide could be a thing of the past if EU gets current with scienceIn a rebuke to the EU, and environmental activists worldwide, the biggest scientific metastudy yet conducted of genetically modified foods concludes they re good for human health and the environment.The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an advisory body of scientists, finds no evidence of risks over conventional crops, and huge benefits in the shape of increased yields in poor countries, and healthier crops.More resilient GM foods reduce reliance on pesticides.Since then, it s merely tried to strangle them by heavy regulation, giving member states the right to impose their own obstacles in the shape of temporary bans so much for single market harmonisation .Paul Dacre s Frankenfoods campaign, and the media s promotion of work by the now discredited scientist Árpád Pusztai were instrumental in fuelling revulsion against GM crops.Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore now promotes vitamin A-fortified blindness-fighting Golden Rice, which Western NGOs are attempting to restrict in the countries that most need it.
Entertainment veterans from DreamWorks Animation have started their own virtual reality startup with $3 million in funding.The Santa Monica, California-based Spaces is headed by chief executive Shiraz Akmal and chief technology officer Brad Herman, two veterans who worked on DreamWorks Animation s early VR experiences through 2015.Spaces is already working with such companies as Microsoft, NBCUniversal, Big Blue Bubble and The Hettema Group, among others, to develop and produce a wide range of projects across all VR and mixed reality platforms.Among the target platforms are the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, Samsung Gear VR, PlayStation VR and Google Cardboard.Virtual reality spaces offer creative challenges we ve never seen before: to build fully dimensional spaces in which viewers can completely interact, Akmal said, in a statement.Herman also said, In every respect, VR is creating new horizons, and we re eager to help companies explore them.Spaces is combining remarkable capabilities, tools and creativity to push the boundaries of the VR frontier.Akmal has been the vice president of operations-product development for the now-defunct video game company THQ, and executive creative director Dean Orion has a career that has included writing for television and creating interactive, location-based attractions for DreamWorks Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering.The Spaces team has the ability and the background to make an enormous impact on VR and MxR, and I am eager to see what they accomplish, said Kai-Fu Lee, founder and CEO of Sinovation Fund, in a statement,The Spaces advisory team includes Dan Offner, attorney, angel investor and former general counsel for Oculus; Keith Boesky, former president of Eidos Interactive and the principal of Boesky & Company; and Indian film actor and entrepreneur Rana Daggubati, star of Baahubali: The Beginning, the highest-grossing film in India s history.
The British are coming … to Google s new Daydream virtual reality platform for mobile.U.K.-based developer/publisher nDreams said today that it s working on two original, unannounced games for Daydream, which Google teased at its I/O event in Mountain View, California.Billing itself as Britain s largest VR house, nDream s first apps are important to help the giant Android and search company establish itself in the mobile VR market and compete against Samsung s Gear headset.And when you add up the potential for VR — $30 billion by 2020 on all platforms, advisory firm Digi-Capital forecasts — it s clear how important getting quality experiences on a new system is to Google.In addition to the two unannounced games, the VR studio is working on The Assembly for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift, and it s crafting Gunner and Perfect Beach for the Samsung Gear.I m thrilled that nDreams is one of the first studios to support Daydream.With this new platform s announcement, it s that much easier to envisage a time where everyone always has access to high quality mobile VR entertainment, and it s exciting to be collaborating with Google on that ambition, nDream CEO and founder Patrick O Luanaigh said in a canned statement.O Luanaigh is a former creative director at Codemasters and Edios, shipping games such as Tomb Raider: Legend and Hitman: Bloody Money.
Buzz Aldrin, left of President Obama, visited the Oval Office in 2014.In recent years, Aldrin has used his astronautics expertise and fame to push a cycler concept that he believes would be the best way to visit and eventually inhabit Mars."It competes with the private sector," Aldrin said.Before NASA existed there was NACA, the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics.This government agency had responsibility for testing aircraft developed by the US and for promoting the aviation industry through applied research.Senators have said they have pushed for this funding because they believe it is essential that NASA retain the capability to design and build rockets because private industry cannot be relied upon to do this entirely on its own.
And now it s planning on an offshoot experience for Google s Daydream virtual reality platform.Today, the indie studio announced Underworld Overlord, a Dungeon Keeper-style game where you manage a dungeon, plotting traps and monsters, to keep a group of adventurers from plundering your underground home.It s part-tower defense, part-god game, something we haven t seen yet in virtual reality.The potential market for VR is $30 billion by 2020 on all platforms, advisory firm Digi-Capital forecasts, and it s important that Google has quality software to go up against Samsung s Gear headset and platform.So far, GamesBeat hasn t found any other such game in development for VR.OtherSide creative director Paul Neurath hasn t, either.We re not aware of any VR dungeon sim/god games as yet, he said over email.Overlord shares creatures, characters, and lore with Underworld Ascendant.The Underworld franchise has a history of pioneering immersive video games, so bringing it to VR is a natural fit, Neurath also said in an earlier canned statement.OtherSide started with a Kickstarter campaign for Underworld Ascendant, the spiritual successor on Ultima Underworld.
Natalia "Supernova" Vodianova is probably best known for her work as the face of Calvin Klein's Euphoria perfume.Vodianova, 34, is the fifth-highest-paid model in the world, but she has used her fame to promote nonprofit causes that are close to her heart.In 2004, she set up the Naked Heart Foundation, which supports families raising children with special needs and seeks to create an inclusive and inspiring environment in which to play for every child in urban Russia and internationally.And this year she became a tech entrepreneur by launching Elbi, an iPhone app that lets people donate small amounts of money to good causes and interact with the people and charities who receive the money.The name stands for "Little Big" LB , and the philosophy behind it is that you can make a big difference through little actions.Download the app here.Elbi's advisory board includes Jimmy Wales Wikipedia founder , Michael Birch Bebo founder , Arianna Huffington Huffington Post , designer Diane von Furstenberg, and Brent Hoberman cofounder of Lastminute.com and Made.com .Business Insider asked Vodianova to show us, in words and pictures, what a typical day in her life is like.Here's what she came back with.View As: One PageSlides
Unreal Engine is one of the most popular tools used by developers, thanks to its graphical fidelity and ease of use.The potential market for VR is $30 billion by 2020 on all platforms, advisory firm Digi-Capital forecasts.Right now, Samsung Gear VR has a big headstart on the mobile side of the emerging business, so Google can use Epic s help.At Epic our mission is to give developers the very best tools for building immersive and visually impressive experiences with great performance on every platform we support, Kim Libreri, Epic Games chief technology officer, noted in a blog post on the company s site.We have been creating VR experiences for many years now that not only push visual fidelity but what s possible in terms of input, interaction, characters and gameplay mechanics.Epic Games created the Unreal Engine 4 plugin for Daydream with help from Hardsuit Labs, a developer that has used Unreal for games like the PlayStation 4 and PC shooter Blacklight: Retribution.Most gamers know the Unreal Engine for its use in PC and console games, typically graphically demanding titles like shooters and open-world experiences.
Cisco Systems has fixed four denial-of-service vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit to cause Web Security Appliance devices to stop processing traffic correctly.One of the four DoS vulnerabilities fixed Wednesday by Cisco stems from how the OS handles a specific HTTP response code.If this happens, the device will no longer accept new incoming connection requests, Cisco said in an advisory.Another DoS vulnerability is caused by a lack of proper input validation of the packets that make up HTTP POST requests.The flaw can be exploited through specifically crafted HTTP requests and can lead to the proxy process becoming unresponsive and the WSA reloading.In addition to the WSA flaws, Cisco also patched a moderate severity cross-site scripting vulnerability in the Web interface of the Cisco Unified Computing System UCS Central Software.
Today, you could go on a dinosaur-filled adventure … as long as you have the right equipment.Time Machine VR has launched today for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the two biggest home VR devices for PC.Time Machine VR is a 10 hour adventure that has players traveling back to the Jurassic period.It is one of the most ambitious games made yet for VR.The whole VR market could be worth $30 billion by 2020 for all platforms, advisory firm Digi-Capital forecasts.Minority Media developed Time Machine VR.The studio previously made the digital game Papa & Yo for PlayStation 3.Time Machine VR features a script from Jill Murray, who also worked on Assassin s Creed III and Assassin s Creed IV: Black Flag.You can read our preview for the game here.
The cybersecurity industry could see a boost in venture capital, thanks to new threats the Internet of Things IoT provide to smart homes, autonomous cars, and future factories.Investment in cybersecurity rose by 78 percent in 2015 to $228 million and Lux Research expects it to reach $400 million this year, in part because of the rapid adoption of IoT devices.Over $800 million has been raised since 2000 for the 77 startups assessed in research and advisory firm s report.Better security is a necessity as we move toward a connected age, where our cars, homes, and money are all controlled by computers.The stakes are much higher, as hackers will be able to attack not just our PayPal and Facebook accounts but our cars and homes.Analysts suspect on the hacker s side that ransomware, a hacker s favorite that invades your system and forces you to pay to take back control, might become more prevalent as hackers attempt to hack your electricity or smart car.
RockydallasISPs around the world are being attacked by self-replicating malware that can take complete control of widely used wireless networking equipment, according to reports from customers and a security researcher who is following the ongoing campaign.The vulnerability, which allows attackers to gain access to the devices over HTTP and HTTPS connections without authenticating themselves, was patched last July, but the fix wasn't widely installed.The flaw resides in the following Ubiquiti products:airMAX v5.6.2airMAX AC v7.1.3TOUGHSwitch v1.3.2airGateway v1.1.5In an advisory, Ubiquiti officials said they are aware of two different payloads that exploit the vulnerability.Although the flaw was fixed last July through a patch released through the company's bug bounty program, officials have issued a new patch that further locks down potentially vulnerable devices.Users can then restore the device configuration on the reflashed device."Exploits are assumed to be underway globally," said Ben West, a networking engineer at WasabiNet, a wireless ISP located in St. Louis.
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Uber has lured former U.S. Secret Service director Mark Sullivan to join its safety advisory board, a group established by the etaxi giant six months ago, designed to bring together expertise and experience from across the safety spectrum.Sullivan joined the Secret Service in 1983 and served as director from 2006 until his retirement in March 2013 after which he cofounded his own security company.Reports also emerged that Sullivan had pulled agents off their posts onto a new assignment, known internally as Operation Moonlight, to monitor his assistant who was reportedly being harassed by her neighbor.Uber itself has been at the center of a number of security and safety concerns in recent times, which is why it created roles such as Managing Counsel of Data Privacy and Head of Global Safety, and last year it hired Joe Sullivan no relation to Mark as its first chief security officer.Sullivan joined from Facebook where he served in a similar role for five years.Last August, Uber hired renowned car-hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, a duo who had demonstrated how they could hack into a moving Jeep, and just yesterday Uber announced its first official self-driving car tests are to take place in the coming weeks.Nabbing the former Secret Service director for its board could be construed as a major coup for Uber s safety credentials, despite the controversy that surrounded Sullivan s tenure.As we continue to innovate and grow, we depend on the advice of this safety advisory board to help guide our creativity and give us insights into their fields of expertise — ranging from women s safety to law enforcement, said Joe Sullivan.For 35 years, Mr. Sullivan served in many capacities as a Federal Law Enforcement Agent where he led high impact initiatives in criminal investigations and protective operations, threat assessment and risk management.Mark Sullivan joins existing board members John Barton, former executive director at the Texas Department of Transportation; Ed Davis, a former Boston Police Commissioner; Jessica Eaglin, Indiana University Bloomington, Maurer School of Law; Margaret Richardson, Counsel at Covington Burling; and Cindy Southworth, executive vice president, National Network to End Domestic Violence, founder of the Safety Net Technology Project and board member of the Global Network of Women s Shelters.Today s news comes less than a month after Uber appointed the Huffington Post s Arianna Huffington to its board of directors, a move that was controversial in its own right given the potential conflict of interests it poses in her role as head of a major media outlet.
Since establishing its Safety Advisory Board in November, Uber has been paying closer attention to the numerous security and safety issues that have plagued the transportation giant seemingly since its inception.Former U.S. Secret Service director Mark Sullivan is the latest big name to join Uber s board, and the company hopes he ll use his decades of experience in protecting America s leaders to help keep Uber drivers and passengers safe.Sullivan, who served as director of the Secret Service from 2006 until 2013, has co-founded his own security company — Global Security Innovative Strategies, described as a security consulting and business advisory firm that leverages its extensive private sector, homeland and public security, public sector and international expertise to provide comprehensive solutions for its clients.And, of course, who could forget Uber s surprising hiring of car hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who remotely hacked into a moving jeep in a now-famous stunt.For 35 years, Mr. Sullivan served in many capacities as a federal law enforcement agent, where he led high-impact initiatives in criminal investigations and protective operations, threat assessment, and risk management.This latest addition to Uber s leadership team could help assuage concerns of passengers around the world, and make getting from Point A to Point B less a more secure activity.
The vulnerability has been known for almost a year, but many users haven't applied the patchesThe Ubiquiti Networks AirRouterRouters and other wireless devices made by Ubiquiti Networks have recently been infected by a worm that exploits a year-old remote unauthorized access vulnerability."This is an HTTP/HTTPS exploit that doesn't require authentication," Ubiquiti said in an advisory."Simply having a radio on outdated firmware and having its http/https interface exposed to the Internet is enough to get infected."The vulnerability was reported privately to Ubiquiti last year through a bug bounty program and was patched in airMAX v5.6.2, airMAX AC v7.1.3, airOS 802.11G v4.0.4, TOUGHSwitch v1.3.2, airGateway v1.1.5, airFiber AF24/AF24HD 2.2.1, AF5x 22.214.171.124 and AF5 2.2.1.Ubiquiti Networks has also created a Java-based application that can automatically remove the infection from affected devices.It can be used on Windows, Linux and OS X.Router security is particularly bad in the consumer market, where large numbers of routers can remain vulnerable to known vulnerabilities for years and can be compromised en masse to create distributed denial-of-service DDoS botnets or to launch man-in-the-middle attacks against their users.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Barack Obama on Thursday awarded four Bay Area researchers -- two from UC Berkeley and two from Stanford -- with the nation's top honors for science and technology.His team developed the FinFET, a type of transistor used in modern computer processors.Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press Nine researchers were awarded the National Medal of Science, including:Paul Alivisatos, a UC Berkeley chemist and past director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who is known for his research on the production of nanocrystals and their use in solar energy applications.Stanley Falkow, a Stanford microbiologist who conducted pioneering research on the role of microbes in the spread of antibiotic resistance and disease.He announced a new advisory board to solicit suggestions from youngsters on how the government can support budding scientists and innovators.The Associated Press contributed to this report.Follow Katy Murphy at Twitter.com/katymurphy.
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Over the course of his presidency, Barack Obama has made clear his dedication to STEM education among young Americans.Now, the leader is proving just how much faith he has in the innovative minds of America s posterity by forming a new advisory committee comprised of young people.Called the Kids Science Advisors, the purpose of the new committee is to encourage young scientists to share ideas about the future of science.Legette suggested that the President employ a younger science advisor, and lo and behold, Obama agreed.The establishment of the new committee comes at a time when the U.S. lags notably behind other developed nations in terms of STEM education.They don t consider age a barrier.