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Submission + - Microsoft Killing Off Nokia's Windows Phone Apps->

jfruh writes: As Nokia's smartphone division becomes more fully absorbed into Microsoft, the company is cleaning house and ending some apps and services that Nokia had developed specifically for Windows Phone. Lumia Storyteller, Lumia Beamer, Photobeamer, and Lumia Refocus are photo and video apps that integrate with online services, and those services will be shutting down on October 30. Microsoft says its to better commit resources to work on the mobile version of Windows 10, which is coming soon, but not all the features of the canceled services will appear in the new OS.
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Submission + - Uber Ride Data Publicly Accessible Through Google->

itwbennett writes: On Thursday, ZDNet reported that Uber ride data had leaked into Google search results. And Zach Minors confirmed in an ITworld article that a 'site-specific Google search for produced dozens of links to Uber rides that have been completed and cancelled, in countries around the world including the U.S., England, Russia, France and Mexico. Each link leads to a Web site with a map showing the ride's route, with the pickup and destination tagged with markers. A card on the page also shows the first name of the rider and driver, along the driver's photo, make and model of the car, and license plate number.' But, what was on the surface a privacy red flag was not a 'data leak,' according to an Uber spokeswoman: 'We have found that all these links have been deliberately shared publicly by riders. Protection of user data is critically important to us and we are always looking for ways to make it even more secure.'
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Submission + - LinkedIn-Based Intelligence Gathering Campaign Targets the Security Industry->

itwbennett writes: Researchers from F-Secure have found that an intelligence-gathering campaign has been using fake LinkedIn recruiter profiles to map out the professional networks of IT security experts. It's not clear what the end goal of the suspicious LinkedIn recruiting campaign is, and it could just be part of a research project, but as IDG News Service's Lucian Constantin points out, 'There are multiple cases where attackers have used fake LinkedIn profiles to gather sensitive information about organizations and their employees.'
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Submission + - Pioneer Looks To Laserdisc Tech for Low-Cost LIDAR->

itwbennett writes: Pioneer is developing a 3D LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensor for use in autonomous vehicles that could be a fraction of the cost of current systems (the company envisions a price point under $83). Key to this is technology related to optical pickups once used in laserdisc players, which Pioneer made for 30 years.
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Submission + - Survey: More Women Are Going Into Programming->

itwbennett writes: Much has been made on Slashdot and elsewhere of the 'the dearth of women in computing.' Indeed, according to U.S. Bureau and Labor Statistics estimates, in 2014 four out of five programmers and software developers in the U.S. were men. But according to a survey conducted this spring by the Application Developers Alliance and IDC, that may be changing. The survey of 855 developers worldwide found that women make up 42% of developers with less than 1 year of experience and 30% of those with between 1 and 5 years of experience. Of course, getting women into programming is one thing; keeping them is the next big challenge.
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Submission + - Future Wearables Could Use Your Body As A Network->

jfruh writes: Many wearable computing devices communicate with each other via Bluetooth, but there's a problem with that: the human body actually absorbs much of the signal, meaning that wearables have to crank up the power (and burn through their battery). Researchers at UC San Diego are exploring a different option: using magnetic signals sent through the body itself rather than the air around it to communicate.
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Submission + - Microsoft researcher: Why Micro Datacenters really matter to mobile's future->

alphadogg writes: Microsoft Research distinguished scientist Victor Bahl has been spreading the word about Micro Datacenters, also known by the adorable name "cloudlets," as a key concept for optimizing the performance and usefulness of mobile and other networked devices via the cloud. Service providers have embraced this vision most strongly from the start, but it won't be long before enterprise IT pros will likely do the same, Bahl says. Here's a more in-depth look at the What, Why and When of mDCs.
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Submission + - FTC: Machinima Took Secret Cash To Shil Xbox

jfruh writes: The Machinima gaming video network took money from a marketing agency hired by Microsoft to pay "influencers" up to $45,000 to promote the Xbox One. Crucially, the video endorsers did not disclose that they'd been paid, which has caused trouble with the FTC. For its part, Machinima notes that this happened in 2013, when the current management was not in charge.

Submission + - Despite Reports of Hacking, Baby Monitors Remain Woefully Insecure->

itwbennett writes: Researchers from security firm Rapid7 have found serious vulnerabilities in nine video baby monitors from various manufacturers. Among them: Hidden and hard-coded credentials providing local and remote access over services like SSH or Telnet; unencrypted video streams sent to the user's mobile phone; unencrypted Web and mobile application functions and unprotected API keys and credentials; and other vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to abuse the devices, according to a white paper released Tuesday. Rapid7 reported the issues it found to the affected manufacturers and to US-CERT back in July, but many vulnerabilities remain unpatched.
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Submission + - Self-Driving Golf Carts May Pave the Way for Autonomous Cars->

itwbennett writes: Researchers from MIT and Singaporean universities are experimenting with self-driving golf carts that use less (and relatively cheap) gear than self-driving vehicles while relying on computation-efficient algorithms. In addition to a webcam, each cart is equipped with four single-beam LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors from German maker Sick that have a field of view of about 270 degrees. Two of the sensors were mounted in the cart's front and used for determining its position and obstacle detection. The other two were cheaper, shorter-range sensors and were mounted on the back corners of the cart to scan for obstacles behind and on either side of it. The cost of the sensors was still high (on the order of $30,000) but that's less than solutions used in more sophisticated robotic vehicles. (Google has used $80,000 Velodyne LIDARs on its earlier self-driving cars.) A YouTube video shows the carts traveling the winding paths of a public garden in Singapore at a leisurely 24 kilometers per hour — slow enough for the computers to process all the obstacles (mainly pedestrians and animals). The researchers envision the self-driving vehicles being used in a shared transportation system, as rental bicycles are used in many cities.
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Submission + - It's Still Windows 95's World. We Just Live In It.->

jfruh writes: I'm a Mac guy — have been ever since the '80s. When Windows 95 was released 20 years ago, I was among those who sneered that "Windows 95 is Macintosh 87." But now, as I type these words on a shiny new iMac, I can admit that my UI — and indeed the computing landscape in general — owes a lot to Windows 95, the most influential operating system that ever got no respect.
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Submission + - Symantec Researchers Find 49 New Modules of Regin Spying Tool->

itwbennett writes: Security researchers from Symantec have identified 49 more modules (bringing the total number found so far to 75) of the sophisticated Regin cyberespionage platform that many believe is used by the U.S. National Security Agency and its close allies. Some of the modules implement basic malware functions, while other modules are much more specialized and built with specific targets in mind. 'One module was designed to monitor network traffic to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) web servers, another was observed collecting administration traffic for mobile telephony base station controllers, while another was created specifically for parsing mail from Exchange databases,' the Symantec researchers said in an updated version of their white paper published Thursday.
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Submission + - Boeing's Laser Hunts for Drones->

itwbennett writes: Earlier this month in California, Boeing's second-generation, compact-laser weapons system disabled a moving, untethered drone. It only took a few seconds for the drone to ignite and crash after being fired on by the laser. At a cost of just 'a couple of dollars' for each firing, the new laser weapons system is far less expensive than missiles, which can cost from $30,000 to $3 million, said Dave DeYoung, director of laser and electro-optical systems at Boeing. But cost isn't the only consideration: One of the drawbacks of using lasers, DeYoung said, is that light, unlike a missile, keeps going after it hits its target.
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Submission + - Tech Nightmares That Keep Turing Award Winners Up At Night->

itwbennett writes: At the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany this week, RSA encryption algorithm co-inventor Leonard Adelman, 'Father of the Internet' Vint Cerf, and cryptography innovator Manuel Blum were asked 'What about the tech world today keeps you up at night?' And apparently they're not getting a whole lot of sleep these days. Cerf is predicting a digital dark age arising from our dependence on software and our lack of 'a regime that will allow us to preserve both the content and the software needed to render it over a very long time.' Adelman worries about the evolution of computers into 'their own species' — and our relation to them. Blum's worries, by contrast, lean more towards the slow pace at which computers are taking over: '"The fact that we have brains hasn't made the world any safer,' he said. 'Will it be safer with computers? I don't know, but I tend to see it as hopeful.'
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