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Submission + - 2017 Virtual Reality: A Semi-Comprehensive Forecast (

goddestroyer writes: "TLDR; 2016 in VR was chock-full of ‘firsts’ as we raced to complete the ground-level VR-building tools across the full spectrum of VR, and in 2017 we will get to see the benefits of developing new content with that wide array of new tools. Namely, higher quality and more quickly built content. Social VR experiences will be the overarching story of the year, and general VR popularity will continue to exponentially grow."

Submission + - Macbook troubleshooting repair (

techgeekx writes: MacBook Pro not working properly needs a right process for restoring its original settings. If your Mac machine is not running properly, showing unexpected errors, running slow or encountered with virus outbreak you have to restore your machine to factory settings. And below the right process has been discussed for restore factory settings with safety.

Submission + - 10 Best Android App Development Launches of 2016 (

Maria Savenko writes: The list was designed as a combination of expert opinions of Adoriasoft development team and top Android tech bloggers. We were driven with the purpose not simply to capture the most significant Android app launches of this year, but also to give an overview of various apps that are successful in their categories. This was done to emphasize global IT trends of the passing year and give a brief description of some new, yet already established apps.

Submission + - Secrets and Mysteries to know my mother for Facebook (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook facebook: is the site for social networking site Facebook launched a product unexpectedly from the site "Face Match" at the University of Havardiatmd the publication of photographs of a group of people and then choose the pioneers of the location of the person most attractive.
Received Facebook first investment offer of US $ 500,000 in June 2004 from Peter Thiele one of the founders of the company, "PayPal" In the month of September 2006, has been holding serious talks between the administration of the company, "Facebook" and "Yahoo" on buy Facebook for $ billion. Thiele, who was a member of the Facebook management at the time, stated that the internal evaluation of the site has reached about $ 8 billion based on projected income until 2015 at a rate of $ 1 billion a year

Submission + - Why Is Everyone Building Chatbots (And You Should, Too!) (

tievo writes: You don’t have to travel far in the tech world to find a platform embracing chatbots. Skype, Slack, Messanger, Kik, Telegram – most probably you've tried using chatbot on one of these platforms. In the article we're explaining what stands behind the "chatbots hype". Be sure to left a comment if have any questions ;-)

Submission + - Instagram getting safer (

BrianFagioli writes: Unfortunately, Instagram isn't always a safe space. As you can imagine, trolls will make fun of people's appearances in the photos by leaving negative comments. Not only does this harm someone's self-esteem, but it contributes to an overall declining society that feels to be increasingly dominated by negativity. Some of these users may even post images of themselves self-harming as a result. Today, Instagram announces upcoming changes to make the platform safer.

Submission + - Supreme Court sides with Samsung in Apple patent damages dispute (

mlauzon writes: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled for Samsung in a dispute over damages related to Apple's iPhone design.

The ruling means that Samsung is not liable for $399 million awarded to Apple in a previous lower court ruling for infringing on Apple's iPhone design. That figure represented profits from 11 Samsung smartphone models.

Submission + - With Bioelectronic Medicine, You Can Zap a Nerve to Stop Bleeding (

the_newsbeagle writes: A seriously wounded person can bleed out within minutes. So first responders, battlefield medics, and surgeons will all be interested in this new technology: a "neural tourniquet" that stops blood loss by zapping a nerve. The handheld device stimulates the vagus nerve to send an electrical signal through the nerve to the spleen, where the blood cells responsible for forming clots receive instructions. This signal primes the cells so that they form clots faster if they encounter a wound anywhere in the body; a study in pigs showed 40% less bleeding time and 50% less blood loss. A startup called Sanguistat is testing the device first as a treatment for postpartum hemorrhage.

Submission + - Orwell's toys

Presto Vivace writes: These Toys Don’t Just Listen To Your Kid; They Send What They Hear To A Defense Contractor

According to a coalition of consumer-interest organizations, the makers of two “smart” kids toys — the My Friend Cayla doll and the i-Que Intelligent Robot — are allegedly violating laws in the U.S. and overseas by collecting this sort of voice data without obtaining consent. ... ... In a complaint [PDF] filed this morning with the Federal Trade Commission, the coalition — made up of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), and our colleagues at Consumers Union — argue that Genesis Toys, a company that manufactures interactive and robotic toys, and Nuance Communications, which supplies the voice-parsing services for these toys, are running afoul of rules that protect children’s privacy and prohibiting unfair and deceptive practices.

Submission + - Empathy: The Emerging Art in DevOps (

oaf357 writes: I caught myself doing something last week that I often chastise others for. At that moment, I thought I was justified in doing it, too, which made it worse. The worst part was that I did it in front of a coworker. What was this DevOps sin? I did not show a customer empathy.

Submission + - Two Backdoors Found in Sony IP Cameras

Trailrunner7 writes: A long list of IP-enabled security cameras made by Sony contain backdoors in their firmware that can allow an attacker to run arbitrary code remotely on the devices and potentially opening them up for use in a botnet.

The cameras affected by the vulnerabilities are surveillance cameras, mainly used in enterprises and retail settings and there are dozens of models that contain the vulnerable firmware. Researchers at SEC Consult discovered the backdoors and found that an attacker could use one of them to enable hidden Telnet and SSH services on the cameras and then use the other backdoor to gain root privileges.

“After enabling Telnet/SSH, another backdoor allows an attacker to gain access to a Linux shell with root privileges! The vulnerabilities are exploitable in the default configuration over the network. Exploitation over the Internet is possible, if the web interface of the device is exposed," the researchers said.

Submission + - Honda says its newest concept car will be able to feel human emotions (

xtsigs writes: Honda's NeuV will employ, ""a concept automated EV commuter vehicle equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) called 'emotion engine' that creates new possibilities for human interaction and new value for customers." Time to consider how to provide therapy to all those potentially neurotic cars as per Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

"Modern elevators are strange and complex entities... a Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Happy Vertical People Transporter... [are] imbued with intelligence and precognition became terribly frustrated with the mindless business of going up and down, up and down, experimented briefly with the notion of going sideways, as a sort of existential protest, demanded participation in the decision-making process and finally took to squatting in basements sulking. An impoverished hitchhiker visiting any planets in the Sirius star system these days can pick up easy money working as a counselor for neurotic elevators.

Submission + - Where've you been flying? Your drone's Wi-Fi is telling everyone

Force17 writes: Security researchers discovered privacy issues with wifi controlled drones, easily to geolocate from built-in wifi access points. Making drones even more vulnerable is the security implementation of the Wi-Fi, or rather, the lax security implementation. First, the WiFi AP have no security by default. Second, the AP's all have SSID's that fit some pattern similar to "DRONExxxxx". Finally, there is no passwords needed to control the drone with manufacturers App. Of course, you could simply walk down the park looking for them or you could do an automated search for the SSID pattern unique to this aerial vehicle. This meant security researchers were able to search Wireless Geographic Logging Engine and easily geolocate vulnerable drones.

Submission + - US students fall further behind in math, science and reading (

OffTheLip writes: According to the Washington Post, students in the US continue to trail many other developed nations in math, science and reading. From the linked article, "The United States ranked 25th in science literacy and 24th in reading literacy. Singapore topped all nations in all three categories. China, Japan, Korea, Canada, Switzerland, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand were among the other top-performing countries."

Some of the blame falls on the broader education system but within the US some states are performing better than others which could be seen as a sign of encouragement. The incoming presidential administration has different plans for education based on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Submission + - Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter join forces to fight terrorism ( 3

BrianFagioli writes: Unfortunately, terrorists thrive on the internet too. Using social media and video platforms like YouTube, these evil-doers look to recruit new members while sharing propaganda. Today, Google announces that it is partnering with some major players — Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter — to fight online terrorism with a special database. The partners will look to protect user privacy in the process.

Submission + - Al Gore has "an extremely interesting conversation" with Trump (

tomhath writes: Mr Gore told reporters he met Ivanka before his meeting with her father.

"The bulk of the time was with the president-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued," Mr Gore said.

Mr Trump has been stocking his administration with conservative ideologues, and many of the possible names for his environmental posts are sceptical of current policy. If Ms Trump pushes the issue and Mr Gore continues his "extremely interesting conversation" with the president, however, this could become a test of how willing President Trump is to cross party orthodoxy.

A free-agent president — beholden to neither party and willing to strike deals according to his own fancy — may be exactly what his voters wanted and what Washington insiders fear.

Submission + - Expedia Hacker uses tech to replicate Old Boys Network

ghoul writes: Talk about disruption. Stock trading and insider tips have traditionally been shared verbally amongst old boy networks developed at Ivy colleges. This hacker from an impoverished background decided to level the playfield. Too bad he got caught

Submission + - Essay: Has Apple abandoned the Creative Professional in favour of uploaders? (

sandbagger writes: Creative professionals who needed to produce digital art of all kinds were the backbone of the Macintosh market for many years. As many of us wait to see what will happen with the next Mac tower, this essay takes a look at what Apple may be thinking: Most young people are creating content on their smart phones with little to no thought on workflow, backup or what hardware is best...What's important to them is getting it online fast. Put most young people in front of traditional PC tower and they're lost'.

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