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+ - Court bans sale of Xiaomi smartphones in India->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Delhi High Court has restrained Xiaomi and India online retailer Flipkart from selling any handsets manufactured by the former that are violating Ericsson patents through an interim order. The court has also asked Xiaomi and its agents to refrain from making, assembling, importing or selling any devices which infringe upon mobile phone technology patented by Ericsson."
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+ - G.fast receives ITU approval; paves way for 500Mbps to 1Gbps speeds over copper->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has formally approved the G.fast standard that intends to deliver broadband speeds between 500Mbps to 1Gbps over traditional copper cables found between fibre-equipped street cabinets and homes / businesses. Cheaper than fibre to the premises (FTTP), the G.fast standard provides the means to use existing infrastructure to deliver greater broadband speeds. One of the major drawbacks of the technology is that as the distance increases the download and upload speeds decrease just as ADSL and VDSL. Despite the decline in speeds, the technology does offer far greater speeds as compared to its counterparts. ITU said in a statement that G.fast will enable implementation of bandwidth-intensive applications and services including IPTV, 4K video streaming, advanced cloud-based storage solution, HD video conference among others."
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+ - Bristol University researchers develop touchable holograms->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed new technology that lets people touch and feel holograms with their bare hands. The research, led by Dr Ben Long and colleagues Professor Sriram Subramanian, Sue Ann Seah and Tom Carter from the University of Bristol, has led to the creation of a system that lets people see and feel 3-D shapes made out of air by using focused ultrasound. The technology makes use of ultrasound to project 3-D haptic holograms. By focusing complex patterns of ultrasound, the air disturbances can be seen as floating 3D shapes. These shapes when added to 3D displays create something that can be seen and felt. The shapes can be viewed by directing the ultrasound at an oil film on water."
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+ - Denuvo DRM cracked by Chinese hackers->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "A Chinese hacker group has claimed that they have managed to crack Denuvo DRM — the latest anti-piracy measure to protect PC games from piracy. Introduced for the first time in FIFA 15 for PC, the Denuvo anti-piracy solution managed to keep the FIFA 15 uncracked for 2 months and Dragon Age Inquisition for a month. However, Chinese hackers claim that they have managed to rip open the DRM after fifteen days of work. The hackers have uploaded a video to prove their accomplishment.

A couple of things need to be pointed out here. First,the Chinese team has merely cracked the DRM and this doesn't necessarily mean that there are working cracks out there. Also, the crack only works with Windows 7 64-bit systems and won't work on Windows 8 or Windows 7 32-bit systems for now. The team is currently working to collect hardware data on processor identification codes."

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+ - Microsoft's age-old image library 'Clip Art' is no more->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Microsoft has finally bid a goodbye to the age-old Clip Art image library found in its Office products as its usage has been declining over the years. Redmond replaced the Clip Art’s online image library with Bing Image Search. This means that people searching for online images inside an Office app will now be directed to a gallery powered by Bing Images that will bring in results from around the web. Bing's copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system will let users get royalty-free images which they can use, share, or modify for either personal or commercial use."
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+ - Linux Mint 17.1 'Rebecca' released->

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "The team behind Linux Mint has released their latest distribution – Linux Mint 17.1 ‘Rebecca’ – as a general release making it available for everyone to download. Dubbed as a long term support release, Linux Mint 17.1 will be supported till 2019. The latest distribution packs a number of new features, which the team claims will make the distribution more comfortable to use."
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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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+ - Gawker reporter offered FBI informant money for stolen emails->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "In August of 2011, Adrian Chen, then a reporter at Gawker, offered money to hacktivists who claimed to have acquired a bevy of top-secret NATO emails and documents after hacking Britain's News of the World, according to chat logs obtained by the Daily Dot. The chat logs show how the bureau was privy to a media misinformation campaign involving its own informant and a journalist’s efforts to expose a NewsCorp-affiliated publication."
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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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+ - A Hacker Built a Dark Net Version of the FBI Tip Form->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "A London-based programmer has set up a new hidden service for anyone using Tor to submit anonymous tips to the FBI.

With the new .onion hidden service link (http://tksgyw4u4t6peema.onion/), which accesses the FBI’s tips page through a reverse proxy, Mustafa Al-Bassam told me in an IRC chat that he’s engineered a “proof-of-concept,” demonstrating how the bureau might go about setting up a more secure system for receiving crime tips."

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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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+ - Celebs Turn Out In Support of Edward Snowden and Jeremy Hammond->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "The final chapter in Poitras’s trilogy of post-9/11 films, CitizenFour is the stranger-than-fiction narrative of her and other journalists’ first encounters with the NSA whistleblower. Chronicling investigative journalism’s biggest scoop since Watergate as it unfolds before Poitras’s lens, the real-life adventure has so far only reached a few major cities, but it’s struck a nerve.

Perhaps Poitras’s closer peek into Snowden’s soul may be the sentimental treatment the whistleblower movement needs. The film’s up-close, personal examination of Snowden—done in pursuit of revealing intrusions into citizen privacy—is in itself, a production of celebrity and spectacle. Who better to empathize with him now than celebrities?"

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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->

Submitted by hypnosec
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->

Submitted by hypnosec
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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