Facebook boss Mark ZuckerbergFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is due to meet prominent US conservative leaders to perform damage control after the social networking giant was accused of showing a liberal political bias.Those invited include Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's adviser Barry Bennett, Fox News political pundit and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, and conservative commentator Glenn Beck who will assemble today at Facebook headquarters in California."I want to have a direct conversation about what Facebook stands for and how we can be sure our platform stays as open as possible," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post last week.The move comes in the aftermath of allegations that Facebook workers were asked to suppress US conservative political news in its "Trending Topics" column, although Facebook has denied this sort of censorship.Tom Stocky, who is responsible for the section, said it had no evidence to back up a report from technology website Gizmodo quoting an unnamed source that said the company disregarded conservative news outlets.
With the proliferation of connected devices, comes the fear that our home and work environments will eventually become hopelessly entangled with endless power and data cables.The San Jose-based company announced that it is partnering with an unnamed market-leading specialty battery company in the hearing devices and wearables market.Energous President Stephen Rizzone said that the joint development and licensing agreement represents our first foray into the rechargeable battery market which we believe holds great potential for Energous, He said that the deal with the medical devices company was made possible by Energous efforts to miniaturize its technology and to keep its price point low.Energous solution can power up multiple devicesEnergous says that its technology s advantage is that it delivers contained, useable power at a distance to multiple electronic devices.More importantly Energous joins the ranks of connected devices that seek to capture a share of the huge global implantable medical devices market.Transparency Market Research found that the U.S. implantable medical devices market alone would grow from $25.2 billion in 2012 to $33.6 billion by 2019.
news claims that the agency's Inspector General managed to delete both the uploaded copy of the Senate's torture report and a disk that contained the office's backup of the report, along with "thousands" of other classified intelligence files related to the report.The report cited unnamed sources in claiming that the documents were wiped last summer, but word of the incident had not been released to the public.The agency does have other copies of the report outside of the Inspector General's office.The 2014 report, which totals 6,700 pages, has not been released in full, though the Senate has posted a summary report outlining the findings of the committee.Whistleblower Edward Snowden was less than accepting of the explanation that the files were deleted inadvertently.Snowden TweetThis wouldn't be the first time the CIA has been accused of misconduct in relation to the Senate's investigation of the agency's use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques when extracting intelligence from terror suspects.
Like with many things we take for granted, it s easy to forget the importance of time until it s gone.Deficits in both of these navigation systems appear in the early stages of Alzheimer s disease, but the precise way in which they decline isn t yet fully understood.That has important implications in the clinic, because if a patient presents with spatial navigation problems, it s can be difficult to tell whether that s because they are showing signs of dementia, or whether it s just because they re generally poor at navigation.The game puts you in the shoes of an unnamed sailor, whose father is slowly losing memories of his life as a seafaring explorer.The information about the route you take, and what you do if you get lost, is saved and transmitted for further analysis.The idea was to create a global benchmark for navigation behaviour in healthy people on a population level, says Professor Hornberger.
Nevertheless, a quality base design might help keep the growing roster of crappy VR headsets at bay.The unnamed device looks a bit like a Roku remote, and has motion sensors built in.This will certainly help phone makers claw some market share from the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both of which have motion-sensitive controllers.It comes with an app store – a modified version of the Google Play Store – chock with familiar software like Google Photos, YouTube, and Gunjack VR.According to the search engine giant, eight hardware partners have already agreed to make Daydream-friendly phones: Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel.HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift:What did you think of Google I/O 2016?
WhiteHat Security founder Jeremiah Grossman has published details that could help victims of domain hijacking.The penetration tester writes how he helped an unnamed video production house to fight a scammer who had opened a mimic website to defraud customers.Staff names and photos were altered along with contact information such that customers would contact the criminal instead of the film company.Grossman grabbed WHOIS data, and used the dig command and the American Registry for Internet Numbers to find the IP address and connected hosting provider, GoDaddy, which directed the hacker to report the fraud to ICANN.The scammer cottoned on and changed his code to kill the redirect, and was soon defeated after GoDaddy took the fraudulent site down.The largest and most vigilant brands pre-register copycat domains, and typosquatting domains where a common mistyped key would lead to another website.
We've been hearing rumors about Apple bringing virtual assistant Siri to the Mac with this year's version of OS X AKA "macOS" for several months now, and with the Worldwide Developers Conference WWDC just a month away, some new evidence has surfaced pointing towards an announcement.The first reveals a dock icon in the shape of a circle, matching the design of Apple's other built-in apps, with a colorful waveform that's become the visual identity of Siri.MacRumors writes that a Siri waveform will be brought up on the screen when a user click on either icon, indicating that it's ready for a voice command, similar to holding down the home button to bring up Siri on iOS.Additional information reveals that an always listening "Hey Siri" feature will also come to OS X, but it's disabled in system preferences by default.It's believed that Siri for Mac will be capable of many of the same commands as on iOS, such as searching the web, transcribing text messages, and creating calendar events, however we won't know for sure until an official announcement from Apple.It's also noted that development on Siri for Mac is still far from complete, and thus the icons seen here may be placeholders.
Penetration testing wing to launch next yearJapan will from next year conduct mock hacking exercises with governments including the United States and private sector organisations ahead of the 2020 Olympic games.It will include critical infrastructure operators including power, gas, and chemical utilities.Governments around the world have in recent years created departments charged with bringing together critical infrastructure operators including those running utilities, banks, and transport.Japan's unit, for now called the Industrial Cybersecurity Promotion Agency, will be staffed with security wonks and seated within the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry.Unnamed sources told the paper techies at high-profile organisations could be forced to undertake mandatory security training to protect critical data.Australia and the UK have participated in previous Cyber Storm hacking games in 2010 and 2008.
What started with Siri in 2010 is quickly leading to an age where consumers engage with the internet using only their voices, in much the way Captain Picard engaged with the computer on the USS Enterprise.By 2014, Google had taken an extreme interest in voice search and released an infographic showing a large percentage of teens and adults felt that voice search was the future.Lack of controlWhile Google s goal with Google assistant is to help users complete real-world tasks while simply talking to Google, that may not mesh well with every business model.When it cited the source, Google called the website Esss-Pen.com instead of E-S-P-N. With conversational search and answers, Google may have issues saying certain brand names out loud and correctly, especially if that brand name is an acronym or a made-up word.He used an example of engaging the Google assistant in a conversation that resulted in Google purchasing four tickets to The Jungle Book and providing the user with a purchase code.Another example was driving in an Android Auto-powered car and asking Google to help you get curry; in this conversation, Google understands somehow that you want take-out and orders your food from an unnamed restaurant, alerting you when it s ready.
Yahoo may sell for less than predicted – but it depends on which parts of the company are sold.A new report suggested that leading suitor Verizon and other bidders are expected to bid $2 billion to $3 billion for Yahoo s core business.But analysts have pegged the troubled firm s value at higher levels, with SunTrust issuing a note last month saying it foresaw bids of $6 billion to $8 billion or more for the core.On Friday, the Wall Street Journal cited unnamed sources in reporting that Verizon and additional bidders are expected to offer $2 billion to $3 billion for the core.Some offers could still be above the $2 billion-to-$3 billion range, other people said, and it is generally in the interest of bidders to play down their enthusiasm in an auction, the paper reported.It is also possible that not everyone will bid for all of the core business and that proposals will be structured differently.We think it is unclear as to what is being bid for, and it is important to understand that there are various assets that Yahoo can potentially sell, Peck said in a note issued Friday.Yahoo s patents alone could be worth up to $3 billion, its real estate could be worth $1 billion, and its perpetual royalties  – $90 million last year – from its stake in Yahoo Japan could add another $1 billion in value, Peck said.Peck put Yahoo s core advertising business value at $1.53 billion, and its non-advertising core value  – including Yahoo Japan royalties, patents and real estate – at $3.76 billion.Add further savings and workforce reductions achievable through  strategic synergies between two merging companies, and a buyer could see $8.3 billion of value in Yahoo s core, Peck said.For the next round of bidding, offers are due in the first week of June, but it s not clear whether more rounds will follow, the WSJ reported.The lower-than-expected bids came after weeks of presentations by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and the firm s release of data that revealed weakening prospects, the paper noted.The company s first-quarter report showed revenue down 18 percent to $860 million, marking the first time revenue dropped below $1 billion since Mayer took charge about four years ago.Photo: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer AP/NBC, Peter Kramer, file Tags: bidders, core, marissa mayer, Patents, Real Estate, Robert Peck, sale, sell, value, Yahoo, Yahoo Japan
Airbus is trying take high speed helicopters to whole new level.Last month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved an application last month from Airbus Helicopters' Axel Fink, Ambrosius Weiss, and Andrew Winkworth for a new compound helicopter.The patented design is a yet-unnamed development of the company's revolutionary X3 experimental helicopter that first flew in 2010.The concept is also part of Airbus Helicopters' formerly known as Eurocopter high speed, long-range, hybrid helicopter H3 initiative.During testing, the X3 managed to reach to 293 mph — making it the fastest non-tilt-rotor helicopter in the world.The new patent offers a development on the original X3 design.What makes the new aircraft a compound helicopter are is pair of wing-mounted engines with pusher propellers in addition to the conventional main rotor.This design eliminates the need for a tail rotor to counter the torque of the main rotor.A helicopter with additional pusher or puller propellers is far from new and various versions have been flying for decades.However, a helicopter with this layout and such high performance is quite novel.This means the patented helicopter will likely be significantly faster than the record-setting X3.This new patent could also be the latest development of the Low Impact Fast and Efficient Rotor-Craft or LifeRCraft to which Airbus Helicopters hinted in 2014.It is unclear if the patented compound helicopter will ever see production in its current guise.Here's a video about the new patent courtesy of PatentYogi:NOW WATCH: These are the best, highest-paying companies in AmericaLoading video...
In an interview with Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red's co-founder Marcin Iwinski says The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's upcoming Blood and Wine expansion will be the last piece of Witcher content for a long time.The Polish company recently revealed a six-year plan that includes its upcoming sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077 expected to release after 2017 and a mysterious, unnamed triple A RPG between 2017 and 2021."What is important with Blood and Wine is it's not just another expansion made by an external outsourced studio just to make another dollar," Iwinski said."I'm not criticising this practice, I just want to prove the point that we've put all of our heart and emotion and lots of knowledge into it ."Obviously due to the nature of an expansion this will appeal to a narrower group but still I think it proves the point that what we're after is really mastering the storytelling RPG and crafting it and making it look amazing.And Blood and Wine is the dot on the end of a beautiful sentence which is The Witcher 3."
Dr. Eric Goodman, creator of the Foundation Training program, offers these three no-equipment exercises to help.The exercises The Founder, Lunge Stretch, and an unnamed third one promise to both reduce your back pain as well as improve your posture over time.Goodman helpfully explains the correct technique for each step, as well as exactly which part of your muscle should be feeling stretched or activated when you do a step.It s great at letting you know if you re doing it right or not.Before you start, do note that if you have chronic back pain or are already seeing a physiotherapist, you should check with them first.You might also want to start with this other wall-based posture-correction exercise, which is simpler to do than Goodman s methods.
The attackers netted ¥1.4 billion in cash from ATMs located in convenience stores across the country using counterfeit credit cards.Sources told local media the 1600 credit cards used in the attacks contained account information from an unnamed South African bank.Tokyo is working with South African police through INTERPOL to investigate the theft and bank breach, Mainichi.jp reports.Up to 100 people are thought to have hit the ATMs across 16 prefectures including Kanagawa, Osaka, Aichi, and Fukuoka in the early hours of 15 May in what amounted to a staggering 14,000 transactions.Carder gangs often employ teams of footmen to hit ATMs in coordinated raids.The crims compromised the bank network to roll-back transactions while other crooks emptied ATMs.
The FBI eventually managed to access the iPhone without Apple's intervention in March, and is planning to crack the encryption of a second iPhone belonging to a teenager charged with the murder of two people.During the same rally, Trump also appealed for Apple to move its manufacturing from China to the US, adding: "I want to see the day when Apple makes its products on our land.When asked his views on Trump while in a four-day visit to India last week, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the company "believed strongly in diversity".Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg invited prominent US conservative leaders, including Trump's adviser Barry Bennett, to meet last week after the social networking giant was accused of showing a liberal political bias.The move comes in the aftermath of allegations that Facebook workers were asked to suppress US conservative political news in its "Trending Topics" column, although Facebook has denied this sort of censorship.Tom Stocky, who is responsible for the section, said it had no evidence to back up a report from technology website Gizmodo quoting an unnamed source that said the company disregarded conservative news outlets.
French tech website NowhereElse has posted a series of images of what it claims to be a prototype iPhone rear case, created by an Italian casemaker from schematics said to have come from an unnamed source in Apple's supply chain.The speaker row immediately above the camera sits too close to where the camera hardware would be, unless the repositioning of the flash and microphone somehow free up enough space at the top of the device.Creating a handset with the added hardware is unviable from a design point of view, it adds, as there simply won't be enough space inside the device unless Apple has managed to shrink its speaker modules to "miniscule" levels.Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published a research note outlining the big 2017 changes, which was obtained by MacRumors.uBeam is a company investigating this kind of tech and Apple has filed patents in the past, outlining ways of charging mobile devices while they sit on a desk, using near field magnetic resonance to charge a phone through a personal computer.Only last week, Japanese leak blog Macotakara dismissed the idea that Apple will put the iPad Pro feature on its next smartphone, while SlashGear is convinced it has been Photoshopped onto the new images.
A Surrey man has been charged with hacking offences related to the attack on the Mumsnet website last year.David Gerrard Buchanan, 18, of Haslemere, Surrey, was charged on Saturday with three offences under the Computer Misuse Act following an investigation by the Met s Cyber Crime Unit MPCCU .Two of the alleged offences relate to unauthorised access while another relates to the more serious offence of hindering operations of a computer system.Two unnamed 17-year-old males were questioned by police under caution over the same alleged offences but have since been eliminated from inquiries.Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts and another user were both targeted in swatting attacks as part of a series of hack attacks that also involved a denial of service attack against the high-profile UK-based parenting site.Swatting involves making an emergency call to the police claiming that a crime is taking place at the house of the intended victim, in order to get cops to send an armed response team to the target address.
More than 100 suspects were reportedly involved in a coordinated operation that used about 1,600 forged South African credit cardsA criminal gang numbering more than 100 members has stolen about £9 million from cash machines across Japan in an incident that involved withdrawing funds from 1,400 automated tellers across the country within less than three hours, according to a local report.Those involved forged credit cards using data stolen from a bank in South Africa, in a move apparently intended to delay the operation s discovery, according to a report by the Yomiuri Shimbun, which cited unnamed investigators.Corner shops targetedHacker, cyber crime Stokkete, Shutterstock 2014The incident is the latest to target weaknesses in the international banking system, which also recently saw hackers steal £56 million from Bangladesh s central bank via the Swift funds transfer mechanism.About 1,600 forged cards were reportedly involved.The paper s sources didn t know whether the card data had been obtained via a hack on the bank in question or by another method.Crimes targeting automated teller systems are on the rise, with criminals in one case hacking a model of ATM running on Windows XP and cause it to dispense cash by sending it a text message.
Frequent "Shark Tank" guest judge and billionaire tech mogul Chris Sacca is saying that he didn't throw a tantrum after being turned away from "Hamilton."Sacca denied a report that he allegedly threw a fit when he and his wife, Chrystal English, were denied admission into Broadway's biggest hit show when it was discovered that the tickets he bought from StubHub were counterfeit.According to the New York Post, Sacca didn't take no for an answer when he was denied entry because of the fake tickets.The newspaper's source said that Sacca repeatedly asked, Do you know who I am?"The unnamed source said that Sacca proceeded to cause a scene with the person scanning tickets, and then asked for a manager.But thanks for the shoutout.— Chris Sacca @sacca May 23, 2016Sacca — who, through his venture capital fund Lowercase Capital, was an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter — said he took selfies with the theater's staff and threw the blame on StubHub, a digital person-to-person ticket marketplace.My wife of five years is my "girlfriend" and taking 20 selfies with staff is a "tantrum."
Apple is planning to refresh its MacBook Pro line of laptops with thinner and lighter models in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a new report.There will be 13-inch and 15-inch models, both of which will feature a new OLED display touch bar and the Touch ID feature that thus far has only been available on iOS devices, according to 9to5Mac, which cited respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and unnamed sources.The design of the new laptops will be influenced by that of the 12-inch MacBook, which was recently refreshed with sixth-generation Intel Core M processors and faster integrated graphics.Like the 12-inch MacBook, the new MacBook Pros will support the USB-C standard no word if there will be more than one port .There will also be support for Thunderbolt 3 for connecting with peripherals, such as external displays — that feature is missing from the 12-inch MacBook.The powerful but big and clunky MacBook Pro — last updated in 2012 — has sorely needed a refresh.Some had suspected that it would happen in 2016, but now there is clear information coming from Kuo.In March, Kuo was reported to have said that Apple would refresh the iPhone lineup in 2017 .In addition to the new MacBook Pros, Apple will also come out with a new 13-inch MacBook that will sit alongside the 12-inch MacBook, as reported by 9to5Mac.