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Microsoft To End Detailed Security Bulletins

January 17, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft To End Detailed Security Bulletins

Microsoft discontinue issuing detailed security bulletins in February, which for nearly 20 years have provided individual users and IT professionals information about vulnerabilities and their patches. One patching expert crossed his fingers that Microsoft would make good on its pledge to publish the same information when it switches to a new online database. “I’m on the fence right now,” said Chris Goettl, product manager with patch management vendor Shavlik, of the demise of... 

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Rovio Seeks New Gaming Path, Opening Studio In London

January 17, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Rovio Seeks New Gaming Path, Opening Studio In London

Finnish mobile games and animation developer Rovio Entertainment is intensifying its search for new hit games by opening a studio in London to focus on multiplayer games that would not rely on the company’s Angry Birds brand. Privately-held Rovio has struggled in recent years as profits from the Angry Birds franchise dropped, prompting deep job cuts and divestments. But last year Rovio launched an animated Angry Birds 3D Hollywood film that it said did well at the box office and yielded new... 

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Airbus Envision’s Flying Cars Prototype By Year End

January 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Airbus Envision’s Flying Cars Prototype By Year End

Airbus Group  is gearing up to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group’s chief executive said on Monday. Airbus last year formed a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring concepts such as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. The aim would be for people to book the vehicle using an app, similar to car-sharing schemes. “One... 

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Robot Rights Get Debated In The EU

January 16, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Robot Rights Get Debated In The EU

Robots should be granted rights as “electronic persons,” members of the European Parliament recommended — but not until the machines are all fitted with “kill” switches to shut them down in an emergency. Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee wants the European Commission to propose legislation that will settle a number of ethical and liability issues in the field of robotics — including who is to blame when an autonomous vehicle is involved in a collision. Granting... 

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Tesla Ends Free Charging For New Vehicles

January 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Ends Free Charging For New Vehicles

It will now cost new Tesla owners about $15 to complete the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco when using the company’s Supercharging stations. The new pricing applies only to owners who purchase their electric vehicles after this Sunday. Those who bought vehicles before Jan. 15 will continue to receive free charging, the company said. The company this week announced that its charging costs will vary from state to state and depend on which charging “tier” a driver is using.... 

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Nissan Chooses London For Self-driving Car Tests

January 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Nissan Chooses London For Self-driving Car Tests

Japanese automaker Nissan said it will conduct its first European real-world trials of self-driving vehicles in London, choosing Britain just months after it said it would build two new models in the country despite concerns over Brexit. The government has said it wants to encourage the development and testing of autonomous driving technology in Britain, helping build an industry to serve a worldwide market it reckons could be worth around 900 billion pounds ($1.1 trillion) by 2025. On Friday... 

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Security Experts Warn Of New Spora Ransomware

January 13, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Security Experts Warn Of New Spora Ransomware

Security experts have uncovered a new ransomware program dubbed Spora that can perform strong offline file encryption and brings several ‘innovations’ to the ransom payment model. The malware has targeted Russian-speaking users so far, but its authors have also created an English version of their decryption portal, suggesting they will likely expand their attacks to other countries soon. Spora stands out because it can encrypt files without having to contact a command-and-control (CnC)... 

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U.S. Defense Department Testing 3D Printed Drone Swarm

January 13, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Defense Department Testing 3D Printed Drone Swarm

The Department of Defense has been testing low-cost, autonomous, micro-drones for low-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. The drones, dubbed Perdix, operate as a swarm and are not individually pre-programmed. Instead, they act as a collective organism with one distributed brain for decision-making, the DOD said in a statement on Monday. “Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to... 

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Instagram Stories To Get Advertising

January 13, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Instagram Stories To Get Advertising

Facebook Inc’s Instagram is adding more than 30 advertising partners to one of its fastest-growing features, Instagram Stories, in a bid to boost advertising revenue. The social media company will become a more important player in maintaining Facebook’s growth in advertising revenue in 2017. During the last two earnings calls, Facebook executives said they may soon reach a limit on the amount of ads they can place before users, one of the factors that had driven ad revenue growth. Instagram... 

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Twitter Being Sued As ‘Powerful Weapon For Terrorism’

January 12, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Being Sued As ‘Powerful Weapon For Terrorism’

The families of three Americans murdered in ISIS terror attacks have filed suit against Twitter for allegedly knowingly providing support for the terrorist group and acting as a “powerful weapon for terrorism.” The suit was filed over the weekend in a federal court in New York City on behalf of the relatives of three U.S. nationals who were killed by ISIS in the March 22, 2016, terrorist attacks in Brussels and the Nov. 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris. At least 32 people died in... 

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The Email Privacy Act Re-introduced To Protect U.S. Citizens

January 12, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
The Email Privacy Act Re-introduced To Protect U.S. Citizens

A bill has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before they dig into users’ emails and other communications in the cloud that are older than 180 days. The Email Privacy Act, reintroduced on Monday, aims to fix a loophole in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that allows the government to search without a warrant email and other electronic communications that are older than 180 days and stored on servers of... 

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European Automakers Look To Challenge Tesla’s Dominance

January 12, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
European Automakers Look To Challenge Tesla’s Dominance

Europe’s powerhouse automakers are rallying the full force of the continent’s industrial prowess to build a network of ultra-fast charging stations as they look to stoke demand for electric cars and break Tesla’s stranglehold on the market. BMW, Volkswagen, Ford and Daimler plan to build about 400 next-generation charging stations in Europe that can reload an electric car in minutes instead of hours. The long time it takes to charge batteries is one of the main disadvantages of... 

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EU Tougher Privacy Controls To Impact Messaging Services, Email Providers

January 11, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
EU Tougher Privacy Controls To Impact Messaging Services, Email Providers

Online messaging and email services such as WhatsApp, iMessage and Gmail  will go up against tougher regulations on how they can track users under a new proposal presented by the European Union executive on Tuesday. The web players will have to guarantee the confidentiality of their customers’ conversations and ask for their consent before tracking them online to serve them personalized ads. The proposal by the European Commission extends some rules that now only apply to telecom operators... 

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Atlassian To Acquire Project Management Software Firm Trello

January 11, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Atlassian To Acquire Project Management Software Firm Trello

Atlassian, the company known for HipChat and the JIRA software development tool, will purchase Trello, a vendor of the eponymous collaborative project management software. The deal will give Atlassian users new ways to organize, discuss and complete their work, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian’s co-founder and co-CEO, wrote in a blog post Monday. “By adding Trello to the Atlassian family, we’re giving teams more choice in the tools they use to support the way that they want to... 

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Yahoo Renames Itself, To Become Altaba

January 11, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Renames Itself, To Become Altaba

Yahoo Inc has announced that it would rename itself Altaba Inc and Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer would resign from the board after the closing of its deal with Verizon Communications Inc. Yahoo has a deal to sell its core internet business, which includes its digital advertising, email and media assets, to Verizon for $4.83 billion. The terms of that deal could be amended – or the transaction may even be called off – after Yahoo last year disclosed two separate data breaches;... 

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