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+ - New SOHO Router Security Audit Uncovers Over 60 Flaws In 22 Models->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett writes: In yet another testament to the awful state of home router security, a group of security researchers uncovered more than 60 vulnerabilities in 22 router models from different vendors, most of which were distributed by ISPs to customers. The researchers performed the manual security review in preparation for their master’s thesis in IT security at Universidad Europea de Madrid in Spain. They published details about the vulnerabilities they found Sunday on the Full Disclosure security mailing list.
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+ - Has SoundHound's New Hound Service Outdone Siri?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: "Hound can parse what you say even when you add complex criteria, exclusions, and negation to the question. For example, ask one of the voice recognition platforms you currently use to "show restaurants that aren't Chinese food" and the platform will latch onto keywords and list Chinese restaurants. Hound understands that negation. Like Siri, it also understands previous question criteria, so asking "What is the population of Japan?" and then "What about China?" gives the population of China. Leave out context and add criteria, it doesn't matter: I saw a demonstration of Hound handling the dizzying request "Give me a hotel room that's more than $300 but less than $400, has WiFi, has air conditioning, picks me up from the airport, and don't show me rooms that don't have air conditioning" —it gave a list of accurate results within a few seconds."
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Graphics

Intel Releases Broadwell Desktop CPUs: Core I7-5775C and I5-5675C 9

Posted by timothy
from the chips-and-chips dept.
edxwelch writes: Intel has finally released their Broadwell desktop processors. Featuring Iris Pro Graphics 6200, they take the integrated graphics crown from AMD (albeit costing three times as much). However, they are not as fast as current Haswell flagship processors and they will be soon superseded by Skylake, to be released later this year. Tom's Hardware and Anandtech have the first reviews of the Core i7-5775C and i5-5675C.

+ - Measuring the performance of a community manager->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: In an open organization, measuring performance for particular roles like community managers may not be straightforward, especially when comparing those roles to others with more defined success metrics, goals, and outcomes. In Managing Performance When It's Hard to Measure from Harvard Business Review, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst explains how to capture difficult-to-measure output and reward influence in an organization. The key points in the article resonated with community manager Jason Hibbets as he thought about his role with Opensource.com. In this article, he takes a look at how the work he do compares to Jim's assessment of how managers can measure performance in an organization.
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+ - Hiding Exploit Code In Images

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Successfully hiding messages in images has already been done, but is it possible to deliver an exploit in one — and run it?

Saumil Shah, founder and CEO of Net-Square, has demonstrated at Hack in the Box Amsterdam 2015 that it's possible, and has posited that such attacks are more than likely to crop up in the near future, as he can't be the only one who thought about this, tried it and succeeded.

+ - Intel releases Broadwell desktop CPUs: Core i7-5775C And i5-5675C

Submitted by edxwelch
edxwelch writes: Intel has finally released their Broadwell desktop processors. Featuring Iris Pro Graphics 6200 they take the integrated graphics crown from AMD (albeit costing 3 times as much). However, they are not as fast as current Haswell flagship processors and they will be soon superseded by Skylake, to be released later this year.
Tom's Hardware and Anandtech have the first reviews of the Core i7-5775C And i5-5675C.
GUI

Cinnamon 2.6: a Massive Update Loaded With Performance Improvements 33

Posted by timothy
from the also-delicious dept.
jones_supa writes: The Linux Mint team has just announced that Cinnamon 2.6 desktop environment is considered stable and ready to download. It is a big update. The load times have been greatly improved and unnecessary calculations in the window management part are dropped, leading to a 40% reduction in the number of CPU wakes per second. Other improvements include a screensaver that does more than just lock the screen, panels that can be removed or added individually, a much better System Settings panel that should make things much clearer, a cool new effect for windows, and a brand new plugin manager for Nemo. Linux Mint users will receive the new Cinnamon as an update by the end of the month.

Google News Sci Tech: Intel cranks up speed of Thunderbolt 3, builds in support for USB - Computerworld->

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Computerworld

Intel cranks up speed of Thunderbolt 3, builds in support for USB
Computerworld
Intel is giving Apple and other laptop makers a reason to put its Thunderbolt high-speed data ports back in their next ultrathin laptops: Thunderbolt 3.0 ports will use the same Type C connector as USB 3.1 -- but when connected to other Thunderbolt devices,...
New Thunderbolt USB is reversible and twice as fastIrish Examiner
Thunderbolt 3 spec announced with support for USB-C connector, transfer ... Apple Insider
Intel adopts 40Gb per SECOND USB-C plug for Thunderbolt 3.0The Register
Mac Rumors-CNET
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Google News Sci Tech: Apple, Spotify, and the futile economics of music streaming - VentureBeat->

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VentureBeat

Apple, Spotify, and the futile economics of music streaming
VentureBeat
Several weeks ago, I suggested that it didn't make much sense for Apple to pursue such a thing. While I certainly didn't expect the company to take my advice and forget about streaming, everything I've heard since then has only convinced me that the efforts...
Apple is reportedly days from launching its Spotify-challenging music-streaming ... The Week Magazine
Apple's Streaming Plans Come into Focus as WWDC NearsTom's Guide
Drake and Pharrell rumoured to be iTunes Radio guest DJsThe Guardian
PYMNTS.com-Local 10-Times of India
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+ - 100kb of unusual code protecting nuclear, ATC and United Nations systems->

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An anonymous reader writes: For an ex-academic security company still in the seeding round, startup Abatis has a small but interesting roster of clients, including Lockheed Martin, the Swiss military, the United Nations and customers in the civil nuclear and air traffic control sectors. The company's product, a kernel driver compatible with Windows, Linux and Unix, weighs just 100kb with no dependencies, and achieves a 100% effectiveness rate against intruders by preventing unauthorised I/O activity. The CEO of Abatis claims "We can stop zero day malware — the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns,”. The software requires no use of signature files, white-listing, heuristics or sandboxing, with a separate report [http://www.abatis-hdf.com/downloads/AV%20Power%20Consumption%20Trial%20Executive%20Summary%20v1%200.pdf] from Lockheed Martin confirming very significant potential for energy savings — up to £125,000 p/a in a data centre with 10,000 servers.
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Transportation

US Airport Screeners Missed 95% of Weapons, Explosives In Undercover Tests 125

Posted by samzenpus
from the security-theater dept.
An anonymous reader writes: An internal investigation by the TSA found that 95% of agents testing airport checkpoints were able to bring weapons through. In one case, an alarm sounded, but during the pat down, the screener failed to detect a fake plastic explosive taped to the undercover agent's back. ABC reports: "Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was apparently so frustrated by the findings he sought a detailed briefing on them last week at TSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, according to sources. U.S. officials insisted changes have already been made at airports to address vulnerabilities identified by the latest tests. 'Upon learning the initial findings of the Office of Inspector General's report, Secretary Johnson immediately directed TSA to implement a series of actions, several of which are now in place, to address the issues raised in the report,' the DHS said in a written statement to ABC News."

+ - UK police seek data access 'every two minutes'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: British police forces made 733,237 requests to view communications data over a three-year period, according to a new report by campaign group Big Brother Watch.

Communications data includes the "who, where and when" — but not the actual content — of personal texts, emails, phone calls and web searches.

It amounted to one request almost every two minutes, the group said.

The Home Office said the data is a "vital tool" for public safety.

Currently the police have to issue a request within their own force before they are allowed to contact the holder of the data they seek — such as an internet service provider or mobile phone company.

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+ - Cinnamon 2.6 Is a Massive Update With Performance Improvements->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: The Linux Mint team has just announced that Cinnamon 2.6 desktop environment is considered stable and ready to download. It is a big update. The load times have been greatly improved and unnecessary calculations in the window management part are dropped, leading to 40% reduction in the number of CPU wakes per second. Other improvements include a screensaver that does more than just lock the screen, panels that can be removed or added individually, a much better System Settings panel that should make things much clearer, a cool new effect for windows, and a brand new plugin manager for Nemo. Linux Mint users will receive the new Cinnamon as an update by the end of the month.
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+ - Entire observatory and hotel for sale->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: An entire observatory and hotel (complete with sauna, spa, cinema with seating for 70 people). Says the (translated text) "Part of the observatory is a clubhouse, library, darkroom and a cinema hall for 70 persons. All the equipment of the observatory is fully functional. The second part of the building contains space for a cafe and wine bar with dance floor, a kitchen, a sauna with a 3m deep pool and its own wastewater. There are also a suitable place for rebuilt massage rooms, cosmetics, solariums or whirlpools. The observatory includes a site with an artificial lake perfect for relaxing" Nerd heaven!
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+ - MIT's new 3d printing process lead to print flexible actuators for future robots

Submitted by jan_jes
jan_jes writes: MIT Researchers have developed a new way of making tough — but soft and wet — biocompatible materials, called “hydrogels,” into complex and intricately patterned shapes. The process might lead to injectable materials for delivering drugs or cells into the body; scaffolds for regenerating load-bearing tissues; or tough but flexible actuators for future robots. The new process is described in a paper in the journal Advanced Materials.

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