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Submission + - Samsung India to Focus on Large Screen Smartphones (samsung.com)

Riathakurr writes: Samsung, the leading player in mobile phones in the country, will lay emphasis on large screen displays to accelerate adoption rate for such devices among consumers.

"Samsung will now focus on large screen devices with display sizes of 5.5-inches and upwards. Samsung today has two devices with screen sizes of six inches," Samsung India, VP (Mobile Business) Manu Sharma told reporters on Wednesday.

Launching the Galaxy C9 Pro smartphone in Kolkata, he said worldwide the trend was shifting towards large screen devices and India is no exception.

"Samsung will drive the adoption of large screen devices in India," he said.

For Samsung, the Indian market had been driven by specific innovations which had been made at its R&D centre in the country.

The company had garnered a market share of 46.9 percent last year, Sharma said adding, the prospects for the current year seemed to be better despite demonetisation which had hit consumer spending across the country.

Submission + - Facebook To Build Data Centre In Denmark Powered By 100% Green Energy

Mickeycaskill writes: Facebook is to open a 55,000 square metre data centre in Denmark, the third such facility has built outside the US, and is to be powered entirely by clean energy.

It was reported last October that the social network had purchased land in Odense, the country’s third largest city, and the Danish government said the deal was the product of “three years of confidential preparation.”

One of the reasons Denmark was selected was because of its abundance of renewable energy. Facebook has few links to Denmark, but the country has been a popular location for US tech firms recently, with Apple building a data centre in Viborg.

Submission + - SPAM: Retro Enthusiast Unearths Acclaim Dev Box With Turok Source Included

misterduffy writes: Retro computing enthusiast SiliconClassics is currently eBaying [ebay.com] one of a batch of SGI Indy machines used by Acclaim Entertainment to develop N64 titles. The stack of dev boxes had been sitting in some guy's warehouse, since they were acquired following Acclaim's bankruptcy and subsequent liquidation in 2004, until they were spotted and purchased. SilliconClassics has come under a barrage of harsh criticism [reddit.com] for taking the eBay route, rather than choosing to donate the find to a more honourable cause such as archive.org. Either way, the publicity has certainly captured the attention of the thriving retro computing community [vogons.org] and exposed a somewhat divisive issue: if IP that was believed to be lost to time is unearthed, should it be returned to the current IP holder, or should the source code be released publicly to benefit the homebrew and emulation movement, and is it wrong for the guy to make some profit / recoup costs either way?
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Submission + - EU's SatNav constellation Still Functioning after Series of Clock Failures (esa.int)

product_bucket writes: A number of satellites forming the Galileo constellation have suffered multiple clock failures, and the European Space Agency is currently investigating the cause of the fairly widespread problem. The sats each carry two Rubidium Atomic clocks and two Passive Hydrogen Masers, so the redundancy enables the system to carry on working, for now.

Submission + - Toy inspired medical centrifuge costing under 1 dollar

colinwb writes: Stanford researchers (link has video) have developed a human-powered medical centrifuge, costing 20 cents, based on a whirligig children's toy. As proof of concept, it can separate malaria parasites from blood cells in 15 minutes, and the parasites can be identified using a cheap microscope previously reported on Slashdot.

A Nature article and video, with useful caveats about whether this will actually be used, and a full description with diagrams and seriously impressive mathematics. They've also applied for a Guinness World Record of the fastest rotational speed from a human-powered device: 125,000 rpm.

Submission + - Mapping the brain functions of extinct animals

brindafella writes: How can scientists map the brain functions of an extinct animal? The technique is called diffusion tensor imaging, and it has recently mapped the preserved brains of two thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), extinct as of 1936 in Tasmania, the island state of Australia. Thylacine were the largest known carnivorous marsupial (pouched mammal) of modern times. Diffusion tensor imaging looks at how water diffuses inside parts of the brain. Using it with traditional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the researchers mapped how molecules moved through the brain of the thylacine while it was alive to reveal the neural wiring of different brain regions. They tested the technique with a brain of a similar animal, a Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), preserved at about the same time, and the brain of a recently deceased Devil.

Submission + - Zeus Still Alive and Well With New Variant Floki Bot

Trailrunner7 writes: Malware gangs, like sad wedding bands bands, love to play the hits. And one of the hits they keep running back over and over is the Zeus banking Trojan, which has been in use for many years in a number of different forms. Researchers have unearthed a new piece of malware called Floki Bot that is based on the venerable Zeus source code and is being used to infect point-of-sale systems, among other targets.

Flashpoint conducted the analysis of Floki Bot with Cisco’s Talos research team, and the two organizations said that the author behind the bot maintains a presence on a number of different underground forums, some of which are in Russian or other non-native languages for him. Kremez said that attackers sometimes will participate in foreign language forums as a way to expand their knowledge.

Along with its PoS infection capability, Floki Bot also has a feature that allows it to use the Tor network to communicate.

Submission + - Inside The NYPD's Attempt To Build Community Trust Through Twitter (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: When the NYPD rolled out its Twitter presence a couple years back, it didn't go so smoothly: the @NYPDNews account tweeted a request: “Do you have a photo with a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD,” and by midnight the same day, more than 70,000 people had responded decrying police brutality. At Backchannel, Susan Crawford looks at the department's attempt to use Twitter to rebuild community trust, noting that while the NYPD has a long ways to go, any opening up of communication is an improvement on the traditionally tight-lipped culture.

Submission + - Trump chooses Scott Pruitt, climate change denier, to head the EPA (theguardian.com)

Victor_0x53h writes: Scott Pruitt, attorney general of Oklahoma and a sceptic of climate science, has been chosen by Donald Trump as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He is part of legal action waged by 28 states against the EPA to halt the Clean Power Plan, an effort by Barack Obama’s administration to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and has sided with Exxon Mobil in investigations by the attorneys general in Massachusetts and New York over claims that it misled investors by covering up its knowledge of climate change.

Submission + - 5-Year-Old Critical Linux Vulnerability Patched (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: A critical, local code-execution vulnerability in the Linux kernel was patched more than a week ago, continuing a run a serious security issues in the operating system, most of which have been hiding in the code for years.

Details on the vulnerability were published Tuesday by researcher Philip Pettersson, who said the vulnerable code was introduced in August 2011. A patch was pushed to the mainline Linux kernel Dec. 2, four days after it was privately disclosed. Pettersson has developed a proof-of-concept exploit specifically for Ubuntu distributions, but told Threatpost his attack could be ported to other distros with some changes.

The vulnerability is a race condition that was discovered in the af_packet implementation in the Linux kernel, and Pettersson said that a local attacker could exploit the bug to gain kernel code execution from unprivileged processes. He said the bug cannot be exploited remotely.

Submission + - Trade Secrets Stolen From ThyssenKrupp In Major Hack

An anonymous reader writes: German steel manufacturer ThyssenKrupp has been hacked in a major cyberattack, coordinated by unnamed malicious actors based in south-east Asia. The large-scale attack was targeted at the German firm to steal its technical trade secrets. Martin Hölze, CIO at ThyssenKrupp said that the company had been the target of a ‘very professional hacker attack since February.’ The breach was executed through hidden backdoors in the IT systems which were used to gain access to the steel giant’s valuable intellectual property. ThyssenKrupp said that the attack was uncovered in April by its own in-house computer emergency response team (CERT), which has since cleaned and re-secured the infected systems. State and federal cyber security and data protection agencies were informed of the hack. A criminal complaint was also lodged with police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Submission + - Apache Zeppelin open-source analytics startup reveals new name, fresh funding (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: The team behind the Apache Zeppelin open-source notebook for big data analytics visualization has renamed itself ZEPL and announced $4.1M in Series A funding. ZEPL, which swears a certain professional football organization had nothing to do with it ditching its former name (NFLabs), is one of numerous companies smelling blood in the water around Tableau, the $3.5 billion business intelligence and analytics software vendor that has stumbled financially in recent quarters and seen its stock price plummet accordingly.

Submission + - AI Could Help Solve Unemployment: By Helping Colleges Predict What To Offer (edsurge.com)

jyosim writes: If Amazon can forecast what consumers will buy and prestock items in their warehouses to meet the expected demand, why can’t colleges do the same thing when planning their curricula, using predictive analytics to make sure new degree or certificates programs are started just in time for expanding job opportunities?

That's the premise of a new center, announced today, involving data scientists from U of Chicago, Argonne National Labs, and the San Diego Supercomputing Center.

Other players are already trying to translate the job market into a giant data set to spot trends. LinkedIn sits on one of the biggest troves of data, with hundreds of millions of job profiles, and ambitions to create what it calls the “economic graph” of the economy. But not everyone is on LinkedIn, which attracts mainly those in white-collar jobs. And companies such as Burning Glass Technologies have scanned hundreds of thousands of job listings and attempt to provide real-time intelligence on what employers say they’re looking for. Those still don’t paint the full picture, though.

The hope is that tools could also be developed using the data to help students see what they should study to best position

themselves to get jobs once they graduate.

And the data could be a boon to scholars who are analyzing labor markets. “There is a question, is this country still a land of opportunity?” one U Chicago sociologist says. “That’s what economists have been asking lately and trying to understand how opportunities are created, especially for disadvantaged students and communities.”

Submission + - "Domaincop" malicious abuse notifications (sans.edu)

UnderAttack writes: An outfit by the name of "domaincops.net" apparently harassed domain owners with malware loaded spam. The spam claimed to include an abuse notification, and the domain name "domaincops.net" made them more plausible. Properly DKIM signed, these notes may have even slipped through many spam filters, and the site was (while it was still up) protect by Cloudflare.

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