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Smartphones driving violent crime across US

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On Feb. 27th in the middle of the afternoon, a 16-year-old girl was walking through San Francisco's Mission district when she was ordered at gun point to hand over her cellphone. The robbery was one of 10 serious crimes in the city that day, and they all involved cellphones....
Smartphones driving violent crime across US
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IBM’s Chess-Playing Computer, Deep Blue, Celebrates 15th Birthday

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It was 15 years ago today that a computer – a conglomeration of transistors, memory, and storage media – could beat a world-class chess player. Called Deep Blue, the machine was part of a mission that culminated in IBM’s creation of a supercomputer that beat chess master Gary Kasparov...
IBM’s Chess-Playing Computer, Deep Blue, Celebrates 15th Birthday
Oops: AppleCare technician gave journalist's iCloud info to hacker

Prepaid Google Wallet card provisioning put on hold while PIN-related security hole gets fixed

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Remember that Google Wallet exploit from a few days ago? The one that would allow 'brute-force' PIN attacks, but only on rooted Android devices? Well, another PIN-related security hole was discovered soon after, putting even non-rooted Androids at risk. As Android Central points out, should your phone make its...
Prepaid Google Wallet card provisioning put on hold while PIN-related security hole gets fixed

Fast Talk: How "Dr. Fill" Does For Crosswords What IBM's "Watson" Did On "Jeopardy!"

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Meet Matt Ginsberg, the one-man programming team behind a computer program he hopes will win this week's American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.Matt Ginsberg has built Dr. Fill, a computer program that will be participating in the 35th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (of Wordplay fame), held in Brooklyn March 16-18. Ginsberg runs...
Fast Talk: How "Dr. Fill" Does For Crosswords What IBM's "Watson" Did On "Jeopardy!"

Can Windows Phone 8 save Microsoft?

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Earlier this week, while hurricane Sandy harassed the east coat and forced Google to release Android 4.2 and its new Nexus devices via an unceremonious blog post, Microsoft held an event in San Francisco that finally filled in the remaining Windows Phone 8 blanks. Following the release of Windows 8,...
Can Windows Phone 8 save Microsoft?

Newcastle 22-19 Sale | Aviva Premiership match report

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Dean Richards has not even taken over as the Newcastle Falcons director of rugby but is already proving to be an inspirational figure in the Tyneside club's fight against relegation.For the first time since agreeing to take over in August when his "Bloodgate" suspension ends, Richards watched Newcastle here alongside...
Newcastle 22-19 Sale | Aviva Premiership match report

This Is Just Getting Sad, Larry: Google’s Latest Effort to Prop Up Google+

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Google continues to scorch everything it once considered sacred in the name of propping up the most successful social media site that no one I know actually uses. (Yes, other than you, Scoble.) Danny Sullivan wrote a great piece yesterday about Google now pimping out Google+ on its famously spartan...
This Is Just Getting Sad, Larry: Google’s Latest Effort to Prop Up Google+

Developer highlights weaknesses in Virgin Mobile account security, 6m customers at risk

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A worrying security vulnerability that could affect Virgin Mobile’s 6 million subscribers in the US has been unearthered by Kevin Burke, a developer with Twilio. Writing on his personal blog, Burke explains how Virgin’s log-in system is a privacy hell story waiting to happen since the only credentials required to...
Developer highlights weaknesses in Virgin Mobile account security, 6m customers at risk

What's more 'practical,' a Ferrari or a high-end hi-fi?

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Exotic cars are showcases of brute-force technology, but have minimal value as cars; high-end audio systems are considerably more useful, says the Audiophiliac. [Read more]...
What's more 'practical,' a Ferrari or a high-end hi-fi?

Smartphones driving violent crime across US

www.computerworld.com
On Feb. 27th in the middle of the afternoon, a 16-year-old girl was walking through San Francisco's Mission district when she was ordered at gun point to hand over her cellphone. The robbery was one of 10 serious crimes in the city that day, and they all involved cellphones. Three...
Smartphones driving violent crime across US

This Simple Khan Academy Interface Hack Improved Learning By 5%

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In a recent demo, Khan Academy showed how analytics are being used to reinvent learning--massively and online. Sal Khan's website Khan Academy applies everything from graphical modeling to "brute force empirics" and a/b testing to test tweaks that can make all the difference in students' learning. The ultimate hope...
This Simple Khan Academy Interface Hack Improved Learning By 5%

Study: Pirates Rejoice, Illegal Downloading Doesn't Impact Digital Music Sales

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Somewhere, there is a very sad music lobby analyst shedding a tear. “The vast majority of the music that is consumed illegally by the individuals in our sample would not have been legally purchased if illegal downloading websites were not available to them,” reads a European Commission study on the...
Study: Pirates Rejoice, Illegal Downloading Doesn't Impact Digital Music Sales

Negative radiation pressure in light could make some tractor beams real, we're already sucked in

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Developing a real, working tractor beam has regularly been an exercise in frustration: it often relies on brute force attempts to induce a magnetic link or an air pressure gap, either of which falls a bit short of science fiction-level elegance. The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology's Mordechai Segev has...
Negative radiation pressure in light could make some tractor beams real, we're already sucked in

Virgin Mobile's password security rapped by researchers

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Millions of subscribers to Virgin Mobile USA, the pay-as-you-go arm of Sprint in the United States, may be at risk to hacker attack due to its weak password scheme for accessing their online accounts, according to security researchers. Virgin Mobile's password deficiencies were exposed by independent software developer Kevin...
Virgin Mobile's password security rapped by researchers
How one journalist cracked 8,000 passwords in 24 hours

Can evil data scientists fool us all with the world's best spam?

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While most of the concern over web security has to do with criminal activity such as cyberterrorism, state secrets and hacktivism, there’s a far more annoying threat lurking beneath the surface. It’s a new generation of spam that does away with brute force email barrages in favor of fake online...
Can evil data scientists fool us all with the world's best spam?

Find out just how weak your password choices are with My1Login's test page

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The password management service My1Login offers a smart way to remember all of those passwords and key phrases by literally boiling them all down to one. Now it is also offering a Web page where visitors can find out why they might need a password manager and measure the strength...
Find out just how weak your password choices are with My1Login's test page

Hackers Point Large Botnet At WordPress Sites To Steal Admin Passwords And Gain Server Access

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If you’re running a WordPress site, now would be a good time to ensure you are using very strong passwords. According to reports from HostGator and CloudFlare, there is currently a significant attack being launched at WordPress blogs across the Internet. For the most part, this is a brute-force dictionary-based...
Hackers Point Large Botnet At WordPress Sites To Steal Admin Passwords And Gain Server Access

Engadget Podcast 281 - 02.17.2012

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Call us loco, but after this, the 281st edition of the Engadget Podcast, we're excited about a future where desktop operating systems, mobile gaming and telecommunications platforms, and hoverboard interfaces converge into one new distinct product category. We're not sure exactly where in the Walmart it will sit, but...
Engadget Podcast 281 - 02.17.2012

5 Signposts to the Future of Gaming

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At their best, video games are bite-sized experiments. The virtual world of a game a miniaturized space where our imaginations can clash horns with psychology, culture and the technological horizon, often to addictively playable ends. We take a look at how five compelling trends from E3 2012 are pioneering a...
5 Signposts to the Future of Gaming
Virgin Mobile fails web security 101, leaves six million subscriber accounts wide open

100,000 user names and (lots of crappy) passwords exposed in IEEE security breach

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You’d think that the people who are technologically proficient would have learned by now, but that seems to not be the case. Romanian researcher Radu Dragusin reports that data from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was kept on an unsecured FTP server for “at least one month” previous...
100,000 user names and (lots of crappy) passwords exposed in IEEE security breach

1024-bit RSA encryption cracked by carefully starving CPU of electricity

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Since 1977, RSA public-key encryption has protected privacy and verified authenticity when using computers, gadgets and web browsers around the globe, with only the most brutish of brute force efforts (and 1,500 years of processing time) felling its 768-bit variety earlier this year. Now, three eggheads (or Wolverines, as...
1024-bit RSA encryption cracked by carefully starving CPU of electricity

iPhone's Wi-Fi hotspot passwords are vulnerable to attack, researchers say

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Well, this is embarrassing. Researchers from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany have figured out that the security provided in the iPhone’s Wi-Fi hotspot isn’t actually all that secure. In fact, they’ve shown that the randomly generated password that Apple provides can be cracked in under a minute. In a paper published...
iPhone's Wi-Fi hotspot passwords are vulnerable to attack, researchers say

Bootup: Password cracking, Facebook ad snafu, Medium to save blogging and big data does rock

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And also: Intel buys mobile chip firm, China hacks Australia and US agencies, LulzSec hacker in court and BitCoin gets angel fund. By Jemima KissNine timely links for your delectation, as picked by the Technology teamHow crackers ransack passwords like 'qeadzcwrsfxv1331' >> Ars TechnicaFascinating insight into pasword hacking: The problem...
Bootup: Password cracking, Facebook ad snafu, Medium to save blogging and big data does rock
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A Huge Error From Apple Led To A Wired Reporter Getting Hacked Hard (AAPL)

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One of the biggest stories in the tech world this weekend was Wired reporter Mat Honen getting "hacked, hard" in his own words. It's a pretty terrifying tale if you have anything of personal significance on your computer. Here's what happened: At 4:50 PM, someone got into my iCloud account,...
A Huge Error From Apple Led To A Wired Reporter Getting Hacked Hard (AAPL)

Diablo 3 – review

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PC, Mac, Blizzard, cert: 15, out nowThere was no excuse for the shambolic launch of Diablo III. It was the most widely awaited PC game in, oh, ages – we know this because developer Blizzard Entertainment mentioned "2 million pre-orders" in passing. So the protracted meltdown suffered by the company's servers...
Diablo 3 – review
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