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Submission + - Here Comes Another Child Prodigy. A 9-Year-Old CEO and Cyber Security Expert ! (

hariyaksh writes: He stands tall, on a chair hidden behind the lectern in order to reach the microphone, addressing some of the world’s most well-known researchers and cyber security experts. Rubbing shoulders with chief guest, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and an army of hackers from around the globe, 9-year-old Indian-origin kid Reuben Paul is at the summit being held at the Ashok Hotel in New Delhi.

Last year, on November 14, Reuben had delivered his own keynote address at the 2014 summit, but this year he is here as a ‘special ambassador’ to share his knowledge of teaching cyber security to kids.

“With great hacking skills you get power, and with great power comes great responsibility,” says Reuben, quoting his hero Spiderman.

Reuben attends school in Austin, Texas in the US. His mother Sangeetha says, “Reuben was selected for the Gifted and Talented programme (run by the Texas education system) and had to make a game. The others made board games and such like, but Reuben who is passionate about video games, decided to come up with one. That game was about shooting Ninja stars.”

Submission + - Happy 11th birthday, Mozilla Firefox! (

An anonymous reader writes: Eleven years ago, Firefox 1.0 was released with much excitement and anticipation. With the help of volunteers, The Mozilla Foundation placed a two-page advertisement in the New York Times. Over the last 11 years, Firefox has been been used by millions of people worldwide, becoming one of the most popular web browsers available to surf the Internet.

Submission + - SPAM: Google takes on rivals with new devices and OS launch

hariyaksh writes: Google announced the latest releases – two smartphones Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, second generation Chromecast, an audio Chromecast and a new 10.2-inch tablet named Google Pixel C.

The company’s latest iteration of the Android OS – Marshmallow – was also introduced on Tuesday. Google, which had first announced Android 6.0 Marshmallow at its I/O developer conference earlier this year, said that the new OS will be available to users on Nexus devices.

The newly launched smartphones, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X – priced at $499 and $379 respectively, will come with Type-C USB, fingerprint sensor, large 1.55-micron pixels camera sensor and will run the latest Android operating system Marshmallow.

The company also announced a new “Nexus Protect Programme” for $89 that would provide two years of coverage for both mechanical problems and accidental damage. Both the phones will be available for pre-order in select countries, including US, Britain, Japan and Ireland starting Tuesday.

Source: The Free Press Journal

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Comment Reason for Free Update to Win 10 (Score 1) 103

With MS providing free updates to Win 7 and 8 users, both licensed and pirated ones, makes one feel how does it affect the way we use windows. They might be trying to reciprocate their mistake which they committed with Win 8 but on the other hand they might also be able to collect data as to which users use pirated copies and which ones use licensed. I don't think anyone in the business is for the sole purpose of providing free services. There is always a hidden motive, sometimes as subtle as collecting user data without them realising it.

Submission + - 3-D printed vehicle that powers a house (

hariyaksh writes: Researchers have demonstrated that a wireless technology allows power to flow in either direction between a 3D-printed solar-powered building and natural-gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle. The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration has been unveiled at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Researchers from ORNL worked with industrial partners to manufacture and connect a natural-gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle with a solar-powered building to create an integrated energy system.

The car and house both were built using large-scale 3D printers. Power can flow in either direction between the vehicle and building through a lab-developed wireless technology, researchers said.

The approach allows the car to provide supplemental power to the 210-square-foot house when the Sun is not shining. Connecting the house to the 3D-printed vehicle demonstrates the concept of integrating two energy streams, buildings and transportation, which typically operate independently, researchers said.

The project’s energy control center manages the system’s electrical demand and load by balancing the intermittent power from the building’s 3.2 kilowatt solar array with supplemental power from the vehicle.

Now, 3D printed vehicle that powers a house

Submission + - System to check malware in Twitter URLs (

hariyaksh writes: Computer scientists from Cardiff University have created an intelligent system to identify malicious links disguised in shortened URLs on Twitter.

The system could identify potential cyber-attacks with up to 83 percent accuracy within five seconds and with up to 98 percent accuracy within 30 seconds when a user clicked on a URL posted on Twitter and malware began to infect the device. “We are trying to build systems that can help law enforcement authorities make decisions in a changing cyber security landscape,” said principal investigator on the project, professor Omer Rana.

As people are increasingly using social networks such as Twitter to find information about events, the high volume of traffic around large-scale events creates a perfect environment for cyber-criminals to launch surreptitious attacks.
The scientists collected tweets containing URLs during the 2015 Superbowl and cricket world cup finals, and monitored interactions between a website and a user’s device to recognise the features of a malicious attack.

“Attackers can hide links to malicious servers in a post masquerading as an attractive or informative piece of information about the event,” said lead scientist Pete Burnap. URLs are always shortened on Twitter due to character limitations in posts, so it is incredibly difficult to know which are legitimate, Burnap said. Once infected the malware can turn your computer into a zombie computer and become part of a global network of machines used to hide information or route further attacks. “In a 2013 report from Microsoft these ‘drive-by downloads’ were identified as one of the most active and commercial risks to cyber security,” Burnap said.

Source: System to check malware in Twitter URLs

Submission + - New Device To take selfies with a Dog (

hariyaksh writes: Clearly, we humans are obsessed with the selfie technology. And as if taking selfies with humans wasn't enough, people went ahead to include animals from their pictures too ! You heard that right, taking selfies with their pet animals. So then why not come up with a tool specifically designed for selfie-with-animal lovers? And that's exactly what this man by the name of Jason Hernandez has done.

Jason Hernandez in California has developed a smartphone attachment that helps dog owners take the perfect picture or selfie with their pet. The attachment is a phone mount that holds a tennis ball to grab your pet’s attention towards the phone’s camera as you click a picture. Hernandez has been working on the project for about a year and was inspired to create the Pooch Selfie after seeing his wife experience some difficulty capturing a photo of the family’s pet dog, ‘Huffington Post’ reported.

Hernandez noticed that a tennis ball successfully captured the dog’s attention. That observation sparked a eureka moment and he began developing the product. The simple device works for most smartphones and tablets, and is designed to work with both front and rear cameras. The removable Pooch Selfie ball emits a squeaking noise when squeezed and can be used to play ‘fetch’ to increase your dog’s interest in the tennis ball.

“Use the Pooch Selfie ball for a couple rounds of fetch. You’ll be surprised at how much your pup’s smile will light up for the next pic,” the company wrote on its website. A Kickstarter campaign to fund Pooch Selfie has already surpassed its goal of raising USD 7,000. So far the campaign has raised more than USD 14,000.

More at: New device makes it easier to take selfies with your dog

Submission + - Donald Trump meets his match in Ben Carson in new poll (

hariyaksh writes: Finally neurosurgeon Ben Carson has caught up with the frontrunner Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump in Iowa, one of the first four nominating states in the party primary, according to a new poll.

Trump and Carson are tied at 23 percent, according to the Monmouth University survey, making it the first time since July 26 that a poll in the first four states to select a Republican nominee did not find Trump substantially ahead of all other candidates. Farther behind Trump and Carson were former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, at 10 percent; Texas Senator Ted Cruz, at 9 percent; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, at 7 percent and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 5 percent.

Louisiana’s Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal polled below one percent. The results are a stark contrast from Monmouth’s last Iowa poll, taken before the first Republican debate. In late July, Walker led with 22 percent, Trump had 13 percent, Carson had 8 percent and Fiorina was at 3 percent. A CNN/ORC poll taken earlier this month found a similar top tier of candidates, but with a much stronger lead for Trump. In that poll, Trump was at 22 percent, Carson was at 14 percent, Walker was at 9 percent, Cruz was at 8 percent and Fiorina was at 7 percent.


Submission + - What are the best answers for "Why should I hire you"?

hariyaksh writes: Disclaimer: It doesn't answer what to answer in the Interview. It's just an incident that happened with my friend during his interview.
Here it goes:

This happened with a friend during Flipkart interview at IIT Madras 2014.

So after various questions, the interviewer tries to close the interview with this-

interviewer: Why should we hire you?
Friend: Sir, you see this shirt? It's size 41. I ordered it on Flipkart. I wear 39. Returned it twice, got the same shirt back. So either change your system, or take me to change it! Because clearly it's not working.

Got the job!

What a badass!

I'll add another dialogue that occurred in the same interview. I do not know what got into him, but my friend went in as if his only intention was to make the interviewer feel bad about himself.
Interviewer: So, Mr. X, tell me the number of trees in your campus?
Friend: Do you want the exact number?
I : What?
Friend: If you want I can tell you the types as well? Would you like that? You see I am part of an organisation called Prakriti which keeps track of all these things. You see those markings on the trees? We did that.
I (poker faced) : Well in that case let's move forward.

My friend had absolutely no clue how to solve that problem. It was a complete bluff! He had never been part of Prakriti nor had ever been part of the team counting these trees.
Confidence baby ;)

Submission + - Google's new CEO and "Alphabet" (

hariyaksh writes: Chennai born, IIT Kharagpur-educated Sundar Pichai became the CEO of the core business of Google as the search giant in a major corporate restructuring formed an umbrella company called Alphabet.

With the change entrusting Pichai, 43, with operational management of Google’s search, YouTube and financial-services units, the company’s founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page will run Alphabet-Page as CEO and Brin as president. Several other companies will operate under Alphabet acting as the parent holding company, including Google, a company focused on health efforts called Life Sciences, and a company focused on longevity called Calico.

Pichai who holds an MS from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has worked at Google founded in 1998 since it went public in 2004, most recently as the senior vice president of product. He is the second person of Indian origin to head a major IT company after Hyderabad born Satya Nadella who became CEO of software giant Microsoft in February 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer.

“This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google,” said Google chief executive Page in a blog post titled “G is for Google” on Monday. “A key part of this is Sundar Pichai,” he said. “Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together.” “He has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our internet businesses,” Page wrote.

“Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company. And it is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google,” he said. “I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations. “I have been spending quite a bit of time with Sundar, helping him and the company in any way I can, and I will of course continue to do that,” Page wrote.

“Google itself is also making all sorts of new products, and I know Sundar will always be focused on innovation-continuing to stretch boundaries. “I know he deeply cares that we can continue to make big strides on our core mission to organize the world’s information,” Page wrote. “Recent launches like Google Photos and Google Now using machine learning are amazing progress. Google also has some services that are run with their own identity, like YouTube,” he noted.

Google will continue to focus on Internet products. Android, YouTube, search and ads will remain part of Google Inc.
Other departments spinning off into their own sub-companies include research focused Life Sciences (Google contact lenses), the Google X lab (driverless cars, Google Glass, drone delivery), and Calico (increasing longevity). Google Ventures and Google Capital will also become independent Alphabet companies. The Alphabet companies will retain their current leadership. Nest will be led by Tony Fadell, Sidewalk Labs by Dan Doctoroff, and Calico by Arthur Levinson. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki will now report to Pichai.

Brin will continue to head up Google X in addition to his role as president of Alphabet. Eric Schmidt will become Alphabet’s executive chairman. “We are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products-the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands,” said Page.

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