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+ - Raspberry Pi-powered body illusion lets you experience Parkinson's->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Analogue, a theatre/art group, has developed a interactive installation dubbed Transports powered by Raspberry Pi that lets you experience Parkinson’s symptoms. In the illusion, a person’s mind is tricked into believing that his/her hand is the hand shown in some point-of-view video and the motorised glove worn by the user gives the feeling of tremors associated with the Parkinson’s. The glove recreates tremors, the ones experienced by patients, at 6 hertz – the upper limit of what is experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease. Users are asked to follow instructions fed through headphones and using the glove, which creates an illusion of a virtual limb, they are supposed to mimic the movements of a man on the screen and manipulate real cutlery as he does."
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+ - Details of 2.7 million HSBC Turkey customers compromised in latest hack->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Details of 2.7 million HSBC Turkey customers may have been compromised in a confirmed security breach that was spotted sometime last week by bank's internal security team. HSBC in a statement has said that they identified the security breach on its debit and credit card systems and stopped it, but the hackers may have siphoned off information comprising of card and linked account numbers, card holder names and expiry dates. Despite the theft of 2.7 million customer records, HSBC is of the opinion that its customers are at no financial risk. The bank has stressed that criminals will not be able to carry out fraudulent transactions using the stolen information through either internet banking or telephone banking. HSBC FAQ"
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+ - Microsoft wants to provide free Internet in India using 'white space' spectrum->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Microsoft has revealed its intention of providing free Internet in India through the use of ‘white space’ TV spectrum and to connect most rural areas of the country using the unused spectrum. Microsoft intends to use the 200MHz to 300MHz band in the white space – currently not in use and being owned by a government owned TV channel. Unlike Wi-Fi connectivity, which has a range of about 100 metres, white space TV spectrum has a range of up to 10 km – an ideal means for providing internet connectivity to the vast rural population of India."
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+ - Raspberry Pi hits $20 price point with new model A+->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced its cheapest ever variant of the the Raspberry Pi computer with specific purpose in mind — for use in other larger systems like media player. The details of the model were leaked yesterday. The A+ version is a result of the promise the Foundation made earlier in summer when it launched Model B+ back in July. At the time the Foundation had said that it will be launched a lower-cost variant analogous to the original Model A and the A+ model is just that with a new price-point of just $20 (£15.51). Raspberry Pi Model A+ packs BCM2835 application processor, 256MB RAM, microSD card slot, improved audio quality, increase in GPIO pins to 40, and a single USB port. The board is significantly smaller and consumes less power. One thing that is missing from the A+ is the Ethernet jack."
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+ - UK Gov launches 'Call for Information' on benefits, risks of digital currencies->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "The UK Government has launched ‘Call for Information‘ on benefits and risks of digital currencies including Bitcoin, Litecoin, others – one of the moves it claims will support growth of Britain’s emerging FinTech sector and will also enable customers to take advantage of the latest innovations when they make payments. The government acknowledges that digital currencies have the potential to deliver real benefits to customers and heeds to the fact that supports of the digital currency have been voicing the benefits of the currencies including faster payments, increased convenience, greater security, and mean lower fees for businesses as compared to traditional means of payments.The government expresses concerns over how these digital Currencies aren’t protected like traditional currencies. Further it also notes that the degree of anonymity and borderless features that these currencies provide could potentially be exploited for illegal and illicit activities. These are the reasons that the UK Government is asking for views on the “potential risks posed by digital currencies, including possible risks to customers and financial stability.”"
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+ - Google supports Bitcoin; installs BTM on its London campus->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Google has showed huge support for Bitcoin by installing a Bitcoin Telling Machine (BTM) at its London campus. The BTM will allow Google employees as well as visitors of the campus to purchase food and drinks with Bitcoin. Installation of BTM follows Google's partnership with digital wallet provider Coinbase for creation of virtual currency price tracker and according to the search engine giant the BTM will encourage more innovation and experimentation which will result into "transformative British companies." The BTM is a result of collaboration between Google, Callsign — a service that allows users to verify accounts via smartphone when using the machine, and Wyre — the developer of a mobile app that allows users to spend their Bitcoin."
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+ - EFF: Verizon tracking mobile data users; bypassing privacy controls->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "In a startling revelation, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has claimed that mobile operator Verizon Wireless is tracking its mobile users’ internet habits by injecting a cookie-like tracker at the network level unbeknown to end users thereby not only to allegedly expand their advertising program, but also bypassing privacy controls completely. EFF claims that this cookie-like tracker is included in an HTTP header called X-UIDH “is sent to every unencrypted website a Verizon customer visits from a mobile device.” EFF further adds that using this particular tracker, third-party advertisers and websites are able to “assemble a deep, permanent profile of visitors' web browsing habits without their consent”. The claim goes as far as to establish that the tracking is effective even in cases where users decide to use private browsing mode or clear their cookies. Further, there is no way that users can switch off this particular feature. Verizon does provide an opt-out option to individual users to disable tracking, but it doesn’t cover the header injection mechanism that Verizon is using. EFF has provided links using which Verizon users can check if the operator is injecting traffic in their connection: http://lessonslearned.org/sniff and http://www.amibeingtracked.com/. Users need to visit this link over a cellular data connection."
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+ - Mozilla teases first browser dedicated to devs->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Mozilla has teased a browser for developers — a first of its kind — in a bid to equip developers with a set of tools at one place for better and enhanced productivity. Speaking about the perils of developers Mozilla says that developers, while developing for the web, use a range of tools, which don't always work well together because of which they have to switch between platforms. This process of switching from one platform to another makes developer less productive Mozilla says. The not-for-profit organisation hasn't detailed its browser for developer to a great extent, but has revealed that it will be releasing the browser on November 10."
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+ - US University offers 'wasting time on the internet' course->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "University of Pennsylvania has announced a new degree programme under which students will be able to study 'wasting time on the internet'. The course will be run by University's Department of English with Professor Kenneth Goldsmith as the course lead. Goldsmith is known for his attempt to print off the entire internet. The course will commence from next year with enrolled students required to attend a weekly three hour seminar. During the session, students will be sat in front of a computer and will be barred from communicating verbally with each other, but instead will be restricted to doing everything via social media, chat rooms."
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+ - World War II tech eLoran deployed as GPS backup in the UK->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) has announced that they have deployed a World War II technology called Long Range Navigation system, which they have named eLoran, in seven ports across Britain to serve as a backup for the existing Global Positioning System (GPS). GLA notes that modern ships have a lot of equipment that rely on Global Navigation Satellite Systems for functioning and in case of failure the consequences will be disastrous. For this reason technology that doesn’t rely on the GPS was required as a backup. eLoran is a ground-based system rather than satellite-based and is designed to be used in the event of a GPS failure. The system was quite successful and post-WWII era, the system was updated and crowned a new name Loran-C. The navigation system was adopted by mariners across the globe and was used until GPS was deployed. Loran has now been renamed as eLoran because of the upgrades to the technology as well as the infrastructure. The more accurate system generates longwave radio signal, which is 1 million times more powerful than those from positioning satellites, are capable of reaching inside buildings, underground and underwater. According to GLA, eLoran and GPS are quite different from one another and hence there is no common mode of failure."
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+ - EFF rolls out IFightSurveillance.org to fight online surveillance->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched IFightSurveillance.org, a new website that aims to fight online surveillance. The new website IFightSurveillance.org has been designed to educate people about how mass surveillance takes place, what it involves and how to tackle it. The site showcases figures from EFF’s list of counter-surveillance success stories, a set of guides showing how individuals and organizations have fought surveillance in their own ways. The website, available in 16 different languages, also highlights images and quotes from activists, business leaders, lawyers and technologists like Vladan Sobjer, Ron Deibert and Anne Roth."
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+ - GTA Online mod lets you rape other players->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Modding isn’t a new thing in the world of gaming, but the latest one in Grand Theft Auto Online is one of the worst mods we have seen so far as it allows users to not only select naked characters but also rape other players. The mod allows users to do ‘naughty stuff’ and ‘very naughty stuff’ among other things which includes actions such as kidnapping, prostitution, make players attach to others and even ‘f*** the air’. First reported by a redditor, videos of such shenanigans have emerged only whereby these so-called ‘trolls’ are performing these acts. Using the mod, players can change their character to a fully naked man, grab their opponents, and lock them into a sexual animation. The character is shown thrust his or her pelvis into their rear of the other player’s character as if they were raping them. If you think the worst was over – well it’s not as the player being ‘raped’ can’t escape until the modder chooses to release him / her."
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+ - PayPal's two-factor authentication can be bypassed easily, researcher says->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "PayPal’s two-factor authentication can easily be defeated and account accessed without requiring an elaborate set of steps, a security researcher has claimed while publicly disclosing the vulnerability as PayPal has failed to resolve the issue for two months now. Joshua Rogers, an Australian security researcher, discovered the vulnerability on June 5 and reported it to PayPal the same day. However, according to Rogers, PayPal hasn’t patched the vulnerability even after two months and he is disclosing the loop-hole publicly “due to the simplicity of it” and because he believes he gave “Paypal long enough to fix it.”"
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+ - Evan Blass aka @evleaks retires; says monetizing Twitter feed isn't easy->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Over a hundred and eighty thousand followers of the popular leaker @evleaks, with their insatiable thirst to know what’s coming, will now have to find another source, as Evan Blass has called it quits after just 2 years. Although there have been a few leaks which were not very genuine, most of his leaks about smartphones and tablets have proved to be true which helped him get almost 187,000 followers on Twitter including several big names in the tech world. Blass has announced his retirement through a tweet that read, “All good things must come to an end. Thank you for an amazing two years. [RETIREMENT],” which was re-tweeted by his thousands of followers."
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+ - Lionsgate sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and four others over Expendables 3 leak->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Lionsgate, the film company in charge of distribution of Expendables 3, has filed a lawsuit against unknown individuals who shared a DVD-level copy of Expendables 3 and six file-sharing sites known to have the links through which copies of the movies are being downloaded illegally. Advanced copy of Expendables 3 was leaked online in July and the pirated copy of the movie saw as many as 180,000 downloads in just 24 hours. The movie, which is releasing on August 15, is said to have crossed two million downloads already."
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