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Android

Submission + - Android Security Flaw Erases All Data (tomshardware.com)

InfiniteBlaze writes: From the article:

"A major security flaw that causes all of the data stored on an Android smartphone to be erased has been discovered and samsung devices seem to be the target.

Technical University Berlin's Ravi Borgaonkar said websites have tricked Android owners into activating malicious code by selecting on-screen phone numbers.

He added that no Android device could tell the difference between real phone numbers to USSD codes recognized by smartphones as a set of instructions to erase the data from its memory card.

A proportion of the malware seems to only target Samsung devices. Once the malware triggers a factory reset, there was no method of restoring the data, he added."

Biotech

Submission + - Marijuana Compound May Halt Cancer Spread (medicaldaily.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers found that the compound cannabidiol was capable of switching off the gene responsible for metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancers without producing the psychoactive properties of the cannabis plant.
Hardware

Submission + - Raspberry Pi For The Rest Of Us (i-programmer.info) 2

mikejuk writes: The Raspberry Pi might be a cheap and reasonably powerful but it has a tough learning curve due to the Linux OS it uses. Adafruit, better known for their hardware, are working on a WebIDE which you can use to program the Pi without having to set things up. You write the code in a browser and run it on the Pi using a web server hosted by the Pi. It sounds crazy but if it can make the Pi more approachable then perhaps it could turn out to be an educational powerhouse.
Google

Submission + - Microsoft being anticompetitive? (iegallery.com)

InfiniteBlaze writes: I know most Slashdotters prefer alternative browsers, but for a number of reasons, I use a combination of Chrome and IE. I've noticed that over the past few months, Microsoft has made it harder and harder to add Google as the primary search engine for IE. Each new iteration of the gallery has buried the legitimate Google option deeper and deeper. Now, searching explicitly for the word "google" on the Gallery doesn't even return the valid entry in the first five results. What gives? Has anyone else noticed this?
Education

Submission + - Is it time for Hacker Scouts? (makezine.com)

ptorrone writes: "MAKE Magazine asks is it "Time For Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts2.0?" What might the future of education might be like if it were based on online & earned skill badges, and what could the future of traditional organizations for kids, like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, be like in a very modern, tech-savy world. Social networks and the maker movement are the perfect intersection of where the kids of today are, but we don’t see “leaderboards” for skills yet, we only see them for video games. Is it time for Hacker Scouts?"
EU

Submission + - Kicking ACTA's Ass: Geist's 10 Minute Takedown at European Parliament (youtube.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As protests in Europe against ACTA have grown, skeptics have argued that most criticisms are based on misunderstandings or incorrect information about the treaty. This week, the European Parliament held its first public workshop on ACTA and Canadian professor Michael Geist took ten minutes to demonstrate why the agreement raises major concerns on process, substance, and likely effectiveness. The video and transcript are a must for anyone looking to become informed on ACTA with a full report apparently coming soon.
Firefox

Submission + - Open Source Software Collection Released (valo-cd.net)

spuguli writes: VALO-CD is an open source software collection similar to The Open CD. Version 8 is now available in English. The open source collection has been available in Finnish for several years, but now it has been translated into English and is available internationally as well. The collection contains pretty much everything a typical end user would need: LibreOffice, Inkscape, Firefox, Audacity and many other programs. The main goal is to increase knowledge about open source software. The programs are for Windows since most Linux distributions already contain most of the programs and Linux users obviously are already aware of open source. The CD is developed collaboratively in a wiki. It is freely available as a torrent download.

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