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Submission + - FBI Victory Could Backfire in Apple Case

Trailrunner7 writes: The FBI has been pushing hard, both publicly and privately, for Apple to help it unlock an alleged terrorist’s iPhone by creating a compromised version of iOS, and it may well end up winning that battle. And while that may set a precedent for future law enforcement operations in the United States, it may wind up being a pyrrhic victory.

Even if the FBI succeeds in this case in forcing Apple to compromise its own security, it won’t make a bit of difference to the criminals and terrorists the bureau is tasked with apprehending. The vast majority of the encryption products in use today are manufactured by foreign companies, firms that sit safely outside the FBI’s jurisdiction.

“Proposed mandatory backdoors have always been about modifying the encryption products used by everyone to eavesdrop on the few bad guys. That is, the FBI wants Apple—for example—to ensure that everyone’s iPhone can be decrypted on demand so the FBI can decrypt the phones of the very few users under FBI investigation,” Bruce Schneier said.

Submission + - Apple vs FBI

tiinaesalonen writes: Bottom line in my opinion are really the repercussions that this whole "relief" the government is seeking has on a global scale. John Gruber makes a compelling point in "The Talk Show ep147 that if a government (the US here) is given access to Apple's code then other governments will have precedents (China, Turkey, Russia etc etc) to back-up their own claims. Up till now those governments have not been able to get traction for their arguments but all of that would change if the US government were to be able to enforce the All Writs Act and force Apple to write a new operating system (Apples description of the task p16.r10).

There is no going back if this treshold were to be crossed. It is just not possible for the reason above and the widely stated reasons of data security.

T-Mobile Adds YouTube To Its Zero-Rated Binge On Program ( 105

An anonymous reader writes: T-Mobile is expanding its Binge On program. The wireless carrier on Thursday announced that it is adding YouTube and seven other video services including Discovery Go, Google Play Movies, and Red Bull TV to its program which allows subscribers to stream as much as they want without billing the usage against their data plan. The carrier says that its partners can now optimize the video as well, with YouTube being the first service to make use of the feature. From an Ars Technica report, "Binge On is enabled by default and affects nearly all video regardless of whether a video provider has joined the program. Binge On throttles video streams and downloads to about 1.5Mbps, forcing the video services to deliver lower quality, typically about 480p. Video services that meet some technical requirements also get their data "zero-rated" so that customers can watch shows without it counting against high-speed data limits." Many have raised concerns about Binge On and the way it handles internet traffic. Some strongly believe that T-Mobile's program violates Net Neutrality. Earlier this year, privacy rights group, EFF, also expressed its concerns, adding that Binge On was just "throttling of all data." Interestingly, YouTube was one of the key video platforms which hadn't joined Binge On when T-Mobile first introduced the program last year. At the time, the Google-owned video portal said, "Reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn't justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent." Not sure what made YouTube change its heart.

Submission + - New technique uses tiny gold nanodisks and light to kill bacteria in seconds (

hypnosec writes: Bacteria can be killed in mere seconds — even those heat-resistant bacteria that are known to exist in some of the most hot areas in the world — researchers have shown through a new study. A team of scientists from University of Houston, Texas, showed in their paper published in Optical Materials Express that it is possible to use tiny gold nanodisks and light to kill bacteria in seconds paving way for potential treatment options for some common infections without use of antibiotics.

Tim Cook Talks About Encryption, Right to Privacy, Public Safety, and DOJ ( 135

TIME reporters sat down with Apple CEO, Tim Cook, to talk about encryption, public safety, and right to privacy among other subjects. The wide-ranging interview captures Cook's discomfort with how his company has been treated by the Department of Justice. Following are some interesting excerpts from the interview: The thing that is different to me about Messages versus your banking institution is, the part of you doing business with the bank, they need to record what you deposited, what your withdrawals are, what your checks that have cleared. So they need all of this information. That content they need to possess, because they report it back to you. That's the business they're in. Take the message. My business is not reading your messages. I don't have a business doing that. And it's against my values to do that. I don't want to read your private stuff. So I'm just the guy toting your mail over. That's what I'm doing. So if I'm expected to keep your messages, and everybody else's, then there should be a law that says, you need to keep all of these. [...] Law enforcement should not be whining about iPhones; it should be rolling around in all the other free information that criminals and terrorists are spewing through social networks and Nest thermostats, surveillance cameras and Hello Barbies. [...] Going dark -- this is a crock. No one's going dark.

Millions of Android Devices Vulnerable To New Stagefright Exploit 48

An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers have found yet another flaw in Android's Stagefright. The researchers were able to remotely hack an Android phone by exploiting the bugs. According to their estimation, the flaw exposes devices running Android software version between 5.0-5.1, or 36% of 1.4 billion, to security attacks. "I would be surprised if multiple professional hacking groups do not have working Stagefright exploits by now. Many devices out there are still vulnerable, so Zimperium has not published the second exploit in order to protect the ecosystem," Zuk Avraham, chairman of Zimperium, the firm which found the first Stagefright exploit told Wired.

Sketchable, Stretchable Circuits ( 34

JMarshall writes: A new, elastic silver ink allows stretchy circuits to be drawn using a regular pen. Unlike previous inks, which have been made with silver nanoparticles and are prone to clog pens over time, this ink begins as a silver salt mixed with adhesive rubber (abstract). After writing, the ink is brushed with a formaldehyde and sodium hydroxide solution that reduces the silver ions to conductive silver nanoparticles. Researchers strung 14 LED lights together using the ink. The lights stayed lit even through stretching and bending the rubber sheet the circuit was drawn on.

Submission + - Google Is Testing Signing Into Accounts Using Your Phone, No Password Required

An anonymous reader writes: Google’s battle against poor passwords is continuing. The company is now testing a new Google Account option that lets users login using their phone, skipping the part where you have to enter your password. The feature uses your phone to authenticate your identity by bringing up a notification that allows you to grant or deny access to your account. “We’ve invited a small group of users to help test a new way to sign-in to their Google accounts, no password required,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. “‘Pizza’, ‘password’, and ‘123456’ — your days are numbered.”

Submission + - The Big Diabetes Lie Review- How you have been exploited? (

The Big Diabetes Lie writes: Research centers have been searching for a solution that can end miseries of diabetes sufferers. Do you really believe that they have found no cure these years? Why are we still following studies that are decades old? In all these years there have been millions of people who were diagnosed and died due to this disease.

Submission + - Cops Fighting Mandatory Drug Tests

An anonymous reader writes: A new controversy has been sparked by a recent event in Pittsburgh which, in itself, is not in any way remarkable. When a car chase involving city police and a suspect ended in a crash, officers at the scene were required to undergo drug and alcohol testing.

Considering this is a common practice when a member of the general public is involved in a car accident, you wouldn’t think there would be much to cause an uproar. However, the police union has issued a complaint about the city’s drug testing policy because an officer who participated in the chase, but was not actually directly involved in the accident, was also ordered to submit to testing.
Believe it or not, instant drug tests which can deliver results in minutes are available now to be used in situations such as this one. And what is really interesting is that they can test for up to 12 different sub-stances, rather than the 5 most common ones that are normally screened for.

This is part of the reason that there is now some push back from the police union about Pittsburgh’s drug testing policy.

NASA Has Suspended Its Next Mission To Mars ( 46

sciencehabit writes: NASA has suspended its next mission to Mars after problems with a French-built seismological instrument could not be fixed in time for the scheduled launch. The mission, a lander called InSight that was to listen for tremors on Mars as a way of understanding the planet's interior, will not launch in March 2016, the agency said today. NASA has not announced a new launch date, but because of the relative orbits of Mars and Earth, the agency will have to wait at least 26 months before it can try to launch again. The troublesome instrument is called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure; the Max Planck Institute, one of the instrument's developers, has a nice page outlining SEIS's construction and function.

Submission + - The science behind the Paris climate accords

Lasrick writes: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists offers a pretty thorough run-down of the pros and cons of the Paris climate accords. In a truly fascinating article, William Sweet examines not only the political machinations behind the agreement but much of what the agreement entails and how it got there after 21 years of COP meetings. In an audio recording of a teleconference briefing given to the Bulletin's Science and Security Board and other leading scientists and policy makers, Sivan Kartha and Richard Somerville (both on the S & S Board) give riveting explanations of the two weeks at Paris and what was accomplished (and not accomplished). The Question/Answer session is just as good as the presentations by Kartha and Somerville, as various leading minds in the field ask questions and offer additional information. Great stuff.

Submission + - SPAM: Disrupting Telecommunications in 2020 by Force

davejohnsen writes:

With the growth of telecommunications, a lot of good things have been said for its upcoming growth and development. Almost all people are predicting a big dependency on telecommunications using mobile, laptop or tablet media. Not only are the users increasing each day but the providers as well.

Thousands of telecommunication networks exist and is continuously emerging finding the market of the industry a good investment. There are the famous AT&T in America and in Asia, Indosat, XL Axiata, a subsidiary of Axis Capital Group of telecommunication networks based in Malaysia and has expanded to Jakarta and PT Telekomsel are the major networks which compete in the 4th most populous country of the world, Indonesia.

However though, is there anyone who is concerned of the factors that may impact the quality of telecommunication in, let’s say, five years from now? Possible changes may be as follows:

1. Content
With the demand and complaints of connection and the competition so fierce, things become cheaper and cheaper. The law of supply and demand will be materialized in this situation. The cost of providing such a service keeps falling, and competition means that the price keeps getting smaller and smaller in a strong, negative feedback loop. Connectivity is capturing an ever-smaller proportion of the information value chain, while content, service, and product deliverers capture ever-more.

2. Traffic
A new coined word, Thingification or the internet of things will be a big issue in the near future. A lot of data will be uploaded online with a lot of devices used. If we are only using terabyte hard drives for now, expect to use a device that can cater a million gigabyte file. The upswing of all of these devices will be an astronomical growth in data volumes; we will quickly push through Exabyte volumes and enter the world of zettabytes per year.

3. Wireless-ness
Global growth of mobile connectivity is far outpacing hardline connectivity. This makes sense, as most growth is occurring in the developing world and amongst poorer populations. Such consumers may not even own a home, let alone a FiOS connection. For these people, mobile are cheaper, more convenient, and more useful, even when landline connectivity is an option.

4. Threat
Since there are a lot of essential data in the net and a lot of highly confidential information are stored in a cloud, the demand for safer use of internet and protection against hackers and scammers will surely increase. Customers will begin to expect, and then demand more proactive protection from the entire internet value chain, and carriers will be expected to support these expectations with a range of technical and operational innovations. The desire for greater security may be a boon for carriers, if they embrace the need.

Submission + - Comparision of Gorilla Glass and Dragontrail Glass (

av2006 writes: Here is a detailed comparison of two most popular scratch and damage resistant tough glasses, Gorilla Glass and Dragontrail Glass. See how they are different and similar to each other in different aspects and properties.

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