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'BuckHacker' Search EngineThis makes searching through leaky Amazon Web Services servers much easier.
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Boston Dynamics' SpotMiniBoston Dynamics is at it again. The team this week unveiled another version of its versatile dog-like SpotMini robot, which once again features a mechanical arm that gives it a whole new set of... skills. The post Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot now features a terrifying appendage appeared first on Digital Trends.
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This bitcoin miner could end the GPU shortage

Slash Gear - 15 Feb 2018 03:30
This bitcoin miner could endCryptocurrency mining fever is behind GPU shortages and increased prices, leaving many PC gamers unhappy, but that reality could be changing soon. According to sources, Bitmain is planning to launch... Ethereum ASIC Miner F3 with 72GB of DDR3 DRAM. The launch is expected to happen in the second quarter of this year, giving crypto-enthusiasts a new option for mining their …
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SensAheart Can Test For HeartSensAheart can predict a heart attack before it's about to occur. The device was created by Emil Katz, the founder and CEO of Novamed, after his closed friends ignored symptoms of a heart attack.
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Snapchat Puts Snap Maps OnlineSnapchat added the Snap Maps feature online. Now everyone can view stories without having to go to the app. Stories can be viewed online without having to sign in.
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That's according to research firm eMarketer. Facebook is losing young users even quicker than expected, according to new estimates by eMarketer. The digital measurement firm predicted last year that... Facebook would see a 3.4 percent drop in 12- to 17-year-old users in the U.S. in 2017, the first time it had predicted a drop in usage for any age group on Facebook. The reality: The number of U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic declined by 9.9 percent in 2017, eMarketer found, or about 1.4 million total users. That's almost three times the decline expected. There were roughly 12.1 million U.S. Facebook users in the 12- to 17-year-old demographic by the end of the year. There are likely multiple reasons for the decline. Facebook has been losing its "cool" factor for years,...
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Telegram has raised an initialIt looks like Telegram’s billion-dollar ICO has reached its first milestone after the chat app company raised an initial $850 million, according to a filing. A document submitted to the SEC earlier... this week states that the money was raised “for the development of the TON Blockchain, the development and maintenance of Telegram Messenger and the other purposes.” The security…
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Atari Is Setting Its Eyes OnAtari will make a bid on cryptocurrency with the launch of Atari Token and Pong Token. Rollout of the new Bitcoins remains unknown, but they are understood as the company's entry to the digital... entertainment and online casino platforms.
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Visa confirms Coinbase wasn'tYesterday, we wrote that Coinbase customers were being charged multiple times for past transactions. While some speculated that the erroneous withdraws were down to a Coinbase engineering issue,... Coinbase issued a statement saying it wasn’t liable for the duplicate charges. The blame, instead, rested with Visa for the way it handled a migration of merchant categories for…
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Russian operators used PayPalProsecutors say the accounts were opened using fake identities to help bypass PayPal’s security measures.        
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People are trolling iPhoneSurprise! Assorted jerks on the internet have weaponized the Unicode-based bug we reported yesterday to insta-crash apps running on an iPhone or a Mac. The result is somewhere between the old Alt + F4... trick and a script kiddie stunt, and it ranges from being annoying to rendering a device unusable, depending on the tenacity of the troll.
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Quantum Hacking Could BeYour data may be safe from a quantum attack... for now. When quantum computers develop the ability to crack present-day encryption mechanisms, will you be ready?
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Even future hardware changesRemember the Meltdown and Spectre chip architecture flaws that affect the vast majority of computers we interact with on a daily basis, including smartphones and tablets? The hardware issues have been... patched via software updates that, in turn, caused unwanted side-effects themselves, including temporary issues like unexpected boots, or permanent ones like a drop in performance. In the future, new chips should come with hardware changes that would prevent Meltdown and Spectre-like attacks. That's what we were led to believe. But researchers have discovered new attack paths that take advantage of the Meltdown and Spectre machines and may be replicated on computers of the future. It appears that hardware fixes might not be possible. MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime: Automatically-Synthesized...
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Elon Musk immediately reactsTesla isn't like other car makers, and you can say the same about its CEO, Elon Musk.  Namely because Musk seems rather proactive when it comes to customer suggestions, responding to a owner's Model... 3 crash experience on Twitter.  SEE ALSO: Tesla fans: This adorable preschool diorama is for you Musk said he'd look to add a software feature allowing a Tesla's glovebox to open automatically in the case of a crash, and affix a plastic sheet to the car's central touch screen display.  Adding software feature to open glovebox automatically when car comes to a stop after a crash. Will look at bonding a thin plastic sheet to the front or back of screen. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 16, 2018
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Scientists discovered a lavaDon't worry, there's only a 1 percent chance it will erupt.        
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Cybercrime Gang Ramps up Ransomware Campaign

Dark Reading - 16 Feb 2018 03:00
Cybercrime Gang Ramps upIn the last few weeks, Gold Lowell group has collected over $350K after infecting victims with SamSam crypto malware, researchers at Secureworks found.
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NASA is going to return anAn incredibly old Martian relic will soon be headed back from the planet where it originated thanks to the Mars 2020 mission. The space agency is planning on taking a piece of the meteorite known as... Sayh al Uhaymir (SaU008) and including it in their highly-anticipated rover adventure to the Red Planet. The rock, which was part of a larger meteorite discovery back in 1999, is thought to have originated on Mars. A chunk of the planet is believed to have been blown off into space by an impact, and the debris found its way to Earth. Now it will play a vital role is helping to calibrate the scientific tools on board the all-new rover. "Mars 2020's goal is ambitious: collect samples from the Red Planet's surface that a future mission could potentially return to Earth," NASA's Jet Propulsion...
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This autonomous 3D scannerIf you need to make a 3D model of an object, there are plenty of ways to do so, but most are only automated to the extent that they know how to spin in circles around that object and put together a... mesh. This new system from Fraunhofer does it more intelligently, getting a basic idea of the object to be scanned and planning out what motions will let it do so efficiently and comprehensively.
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Canadian Space AgencyThe president of the Canadian Space Agency said he is taking a "wait and see" approach to NASA's plans to end funding of the International Space Station in the mid-2020s, citing the lack of detail.... SpaceNews.com
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Fujfilm targets video shootersFujifilm has dropped a hefty gauntlet on rivals with the X-H1, its new flagship APS-C mirrorless that excels at both photography and video. It sports a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor housed in... a body with features from both the ergonomically...
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The Facebook CEO could sell as much as $13 billion worth over the next 13 months. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has started to accelerate his funding of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the... philanthropic investment vehicle he set up with his wife, Priscilla Chan, in late 2015. Zuckerberg has sold $108.6 million worth of Facebook stock this week, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.* Zuckerberg has been selling stock regularly through a prearranged sales plan for almost two years, and this sale is not exceptionally large. But the sale does have some special significance: A spokesperson for CZI confirmed that it marks the beginning of a sales process Zuckerberg outlined in September, when he announced plans to "accelerate" his stock sales over...
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Warren Buffett's HathawayLegendary investors sells off IBM        
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Researchers Find New Ways toIn the past few weeks, the entire information security industry has grown very anxious about Meltdown and Spectre, two classes of exploits that can be used to manipulate vulnerabilities in the way... many varieties of modern processors (but especially Intel ones) handle a performance-improving technique called...
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The NSA and FBI don't see theRemember that whole Apple vs. FBI fight from early 2016? The government wanted to force Apple to develop what's essentially a backdoor into iOS that only Apple and/or government officials would... control to get into the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino's shooters. Fast forward to more modern times, and we have six top US intelligence chiefs saying they do not trust devices made by Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and ZTE because they could be used to spy on US citizens. In other words, they believe the Chinese government would hold backdoors into these devices that would allow them to quietly collect data from millions of people. In the words of Alanis Morissette, "isn't it ironic, don't you think?" Just the other day, we talked about Bill Gates' opinion regarding the use of...
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Blockchain engineers are in demand

TechCrunch - 15 Feb 2018 01:49
Blockchain engineers are inDemand is off the charts for blockchain talent, and the capital is waiting to back it up. More than $3.7 billion has been raised through ICOs in the United States alone. Blockchain-related jobs are... the second-fastest growing in today’s labor market; there are now 14 job openings for every one blockchain developer.
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