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Submission + - Red Fireworks Go Green->

An anonymous reader writes: Makers of fireworks and flares have long believed that the beautiful red color in their explosions could be attained only with chlorine-based compounds. But after these ingredients combust, they can transform into cancer-causing chemicals that then fall to the ground. New chlorine-free pyrotechnics could pave the way for a generation of red fireworks and flares that are better for the environment and for people’s health.

Chemists formulated the new explosive by replacing polyvinyl chloride on the old ingredient list with either hexamine, a preservative in citrus washing solutions, or 5-amino-1H-tetrazole, an air-bag propellant.

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Submission + - Over 225,000 Apple Accounts Compromised Via iOS Malware

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech have unearthed a scheme that resulted in the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware. All in all, some 225,000 valid Apple accounts have been compromised. The theft is executed via variants of the KeyRaider iOS malware, which targets jailbroken iOS devices. Most of the victims are Chinese — the malware is distributed through third-party Cydia repositories in China — but users in other countries have also been affected (European countries, the US, Australian, South Korea, and so on). "The malware hooks system processes through MobileSubstrate, and steals Apple account usernames, passwords and device GUID by intercepting iTunes traffic on the device," Palo Alto researcher Claud Xiao explained. "KeyRaider steals Apple push notification service certificates and private keys, steals and shares App Store purchasing information, and disables local and remote unlocking functionalities on iPhones and iPads."

Submission + - OnHub Router -- Google's Smart Home Trojan Horse?->

An anonymous reader writes: A couple weeks ago, Google surprised everybody by announcing a new piece of hardware: the OnHub Wi-Fi router. It packs a ton of processing power and wireless radios into glowy cylinder, and they're going to sell it for $200, which is on the high end for home networking equipment. Google sent out a number of units for testing, and the reviews are starting to come out. The device is truly Wi-Fi-centric, with only a single port for an ethernet cable. It runs on a Qualcomm IPQ8064 dual-core 1.4GHz SoC with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage. You can only access the router's admin settings by using the associated app on a mobile device. The review says OnHubs data transfer speeds couldn't compete with a similarly priced Asus router, but had no problem blanketing the area with a strong signal. But Ron Amadeo puts his conclusion simply: "To us, this looks like Google's smart home Trojan horse." The smartphone app that accompanies OnHub has branding for something called "Google On," which they speculate is Google's new hub for smart home products. "There are tons of competing smart home protocols out there, all of which are incompatible with one another—imagine HD-DVD versus Blu-Ray, but with about five different players. ... Other than Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, everything in OnHub is a Google/Nest/Alphabet protocol. And remember, the "Built for Google On" stamp on the bottom of the OnHub sure sounds like a third-party certification program."
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Which dataplan provider to use when traveling in the USA

An anonymous reader writes: I am visiting USA 3-4 times a year and I need a data service. I also need to keep my cell phone number, so swapping the SIM card in my phone is not an option. I have bought those 19.95$ phones in Best-Buy to get a local number, but those were voice only. So I have been thinking about getting a MiFi hotspot.

I have been looking at pre-paid plans from Verizon(only 700 LTE band for their pre-paid hotspot), AT&T, T-Mobile etc. perhaps to put in a MiFi hotspot or buy a hotspot from a provider, but have no idea which one to use, their reputation, real life coverage etc. It is clear that all data plans in the USA are really expensive, I get 100GB monthly traffic with my Scandinavian provider for the same price as 6-8 GB montly in the US, which I guess could be a problem with our Apple phones as they do not recognize a metered WiFi hotspot. But that is another issue.
I travel all over but most of the time outside the big cities and my experience from roaming with my own phone and the cheap local phone so far tells me that coverage fluctuates wildly depending on the operator.

Submission + - New Words Added to Dictionary->

An anonymous reader writes: Rather than write up a summary, I'm just going to ask. Which word(s) do you think should NOT have been added?

Some of the words added include: hangry, barbacoa, cupcakery, awesomesauce, Brexit, Grexit, deradicalization, Mx, bants, fur baby, kayfabe, MacGyver, manspreading.

I do question why deradicalization is a new word when it's simply radicalization with de- prefixed onto it.

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Submission + - Ubuntu Is the Dominant Cloud OS->

An anonymous reader writes: According to a new report by Cloud Market, Ubuntu is more than twice as popular on Amazon EC2 as all other operating systems combined. Given that Amazon Web Services have 57% of the public cloud market, Ubuntu is clearly the most popular OS for cloud systems. This is further bolstered by a recent OpenStack survey, which found that more than half of respondents used Ubuntu. Centos was a distant second at 29%, and RHEL came in third at 11%. "In addition to AWS, Ubuntu has been available on HP Cloud, and Microsoft Azure since 2013. It's also now available on Google Cloud Platform, Fujitsu, and Joyent." The article concludes, "People still see Ubuntu as primarily a desktop operating system. It's not — and hasn't been for some time."
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Submission + - Have The Robots Broken The Stock Market?->

walterbyrd writes: The markets were sloppy last week, and we went out on a bad note. Sentiment was very negative. And when Chinese stocks continued to crash on Sunday, it looked like we might be on the verge of something nasty. Uncertainty was everywhere. And then the robots took control. I watched the futures market almost all night on Sunday, and we were seeing 100-point moves in the Dow Futures contract within a few minutes. This was not human controlled. And it was not rational.
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Submission + - Chrome to Freeze Flash Ads on Sight from Sept 1->

An anonymous reader writes: Shaun Nichols from the Register reports that unimportant Flash content will be click-to-play by default in Google Chrome from September 1. He writes, "Google is making good on its promise to strangle Adobe Flash's ability to auto-play in Chrome. The web giant has set September 1, 2015 as the date from which non-important Flash files will be click-to-play in the browser by default – effectively freezing out 'many' Flash ads in the process. Netizens can right-click over the security-challenged plugin and select 'Run this' if they want to unfreeze an ad. Otherwise, the Flash files will remain suspended in a grey box, unable to cause any harm nor any annoyance."
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Submission + - Life history trade-offs: why tropical songbirds have fewer chicks->

grrlscientist writes: Tropical songbirds produce fewer, high-quality nestlings per breeding effort than do songbirds that breed in temperate zones, according to a study published today. This study reports that tropical songbirds’ nestlings grow longer wings, and faster, which means they spend less time in the nest where they are vulnerable to predators
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Submission + - Ashley Madison Users Face Threats of Blackmail and Identity Theft

HughPickens.com writes: Jonathon Bromwich writes at the NYT that scammers and extortionists have been combing for targets through the data on 30 million to 40 million Ashley Madison users and police officials say they had already seen several instances of spinoff crimes, including extortion attempts. Darius Fisher, the president of the reputation management firm Status Labs, says he had multiple clients who have received emails threatening to expose their use of the site if they do not send bitcoins to their blackmailers and Ashley Madison users are vulnerable to scammers who offer to help them handle the situation. Scammers can use data from the breach to trick victims into giving up more information, or to hack into their computers to wreak further havoc.

People interested in the identity of the website’s members are also falling prey to attacks. Targeted messages and spurious websites that offer to reveal the identities of Ashley Madison users are being used as bait to lure suspicious spouses and human resources managers into clicking on malicious links. People who are already scared to death about divorce and career suicide from being exposed as Ashley Madison subscribers are more likely to open convincing-looking fake emails from purportedly helpful or intimidating parties. Scammers have been getting better at tricking people into opening malware-laced emails and the most dangerous variety of “spear-phishing” attack uses personalized emails the target is more likely to open, unwittingly releasing malware code into his system. “Steer clear of anything to do with Ashley Madison is probably the most useful advice," says Stephen Cobb. "Unless you really understand data and information security, responding to anything related to Ashley Madison could be problematic.”

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