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Submission + - Tech firm Creates Trump Monitor for Stock Markets

randomErr writes: London-based fintech firm Trading.co.uk is launching an app that will generate trading alerts for shares based on Donald Trump social media comments. Watching the U.S. President-elect's personal Twitter feed has become a regular pastime for the fund managers and traders. Trump knocked several billion off the value of pharmaceutical stocks a week ago by saying they were "getting away with murder" with their prices. Comments earlier this week on China moved the dollar and a pair of December tweets sent the share prices of Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) and Boeing (BA.N) spiraling lower.

Submission + - NASA Mission Asteroid for Metals Worth Ten Thousand Quadrillion Dollars

randomErr writes: NASA wants to uncover the mystery behind the asteroid “16 Psyche.” that may contain a priceless treasure trove of minerals. “We’ve been to all the different planets, we’ve been to other asteroids. But we’ve never visited a body that has been made of entirely metal,” said Carol Polanskey, project scientist for the Psyche mission. Now NASA, led by researchers at Arizona State University, plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to orbit 16 Psyche – an asteroid roughly the size of Massachusetts, made of iron and other precious metals. The mission’s leader estimates that the iron alone on today’s market would be worth $10,000 quadrillion.

Submission + - Robotic Sleeve Mimics Muscles to Keep a Heart Beating

randomErr writes: 5.7 million adults in the United States have heart failure each year with about 41 million worldwide. Currently treatment involves surgically implanting a mechanical pump, called a ventricular assist device (VAD), into the heart.The VAD helps maintains the heart's function. But patients with VADs are at high risk for getting blood clots and having a stroke. Researchers at Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital have created a soft robotic sleeve that doesn't have to be implanted. The robotic sleeve slips around the outside of the heart, squeezing it in sync with their natural rhythm..

Submission + - SPAM: New Automotive Software Released: Find the Flaws Before Hackers Do

santiago torres writes: Today researchers at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute unveiled a software security framework called Uptane, designed specifically to ensure security of over-the-air delivery of software updates to automobiles. Uptane is notable because 1) It is intended to remain secure even if a hacker or insider steals a number of keys or compromises some of the servers, 2) the automotive industry is taking this seriously, with dozens of suppliers and OEMs participating, and 3) the design is open with the researchers providing implementation, deployment scenarios, and other documentation. "Allowing the public to scrutinize Uptane’s security will ultimately improve and validate the design," said NYU Tandon Professor Justin Cappos, who leads the project. The researchers are openly inviting security reviews / questions from the public. You can see a demonstration of the technology at Reuters' Facebook page here. Given that the security community will have input into Uptane so that issues can be fixed before the system is deployed, will this make you feel safer about riding around in a 2 ton car controlled by 100 million lines of code?
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Submission + - Eating Disorders Are Getting The Silicon Valley Treatment

randomErr writes: More than 30 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder, yet most insurance denies treatment. How tech is working to fix that. At just 15 years old, Saffran and her cofounder Liana Rosenman formed a nonprofit called Project Heal to raise funds to help others with eating disorders access the care they need. Saffran, who is now 24, says their organization raises about $1 million per year from private donors, with a recent influx of support coming from high-profile investors like Arianna Huffington and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. That might seem like a drop in the bucket by Silicon Valley standards, but Project Heal is one of the largest eating disorder nonprofits in the country.

Submission + - NYC Spent $69M on Special Ed Software That Cost $75M in Labor Judgments (observer.com)

BradyDale writes: One in seven students in NYC schools are in special education, each of whom has lots of individualized service goals each year to help them achieve an appropriate education. That's tough to keep track of, so in 2008 NYC schools procured services to build software to help track it.
The poorly designed software has made matters worse. So far, it has earned $75M in labor arbitration settlements over time teacher's wasted wrestling with the system outside of school.
Now, the city's public advocate has sued to find out if students get the services the law entitles them to.

Submission + - Squirrel 'Threat' to Critical Infrastructure

randomErr writes: The real threat to global critical infrastructure is not enemy states or organisations but squirrels. Cris Thomas has been tracking power cuts caused by animals since 2013. His Cyber Squirrel 1 project was set up to counteract what he called the "ludicrousness of cyber-war claims by people at high levels in government and industry", he told the audience at the Shmoocon security conference in Washington. Squirrels topped the list with 879 "attacks", followed by birds with 434 attacks and then snakes at 83 attacks.

Submission + - Opera old Presto Rendering engine leaked (github.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Although it is outdated, the Presto rendering engine that was used in old versions of the Opera browser was leaked as reported on https://github.com/OtterBrowse...

It has been temporarily available on GitHub https://github.com/prestocore/... but if you go there now, you will see a notice that it was closed based on DMCA compliance.

However, people made a mirror on bitbucket https://bitbucket.org/prestoco... and forks from it.

Submission + - Uk App Store Prices Rise By 25% After Brexit-Fuelled Drop In Value Of The Pound

Mickeycaskill writes: iPhone and iPad apps on the UK App Store will cost the same in British Pounds as in US Dollars after prices were adjusted to address the dramatic fall in the value of the pound since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June.

Essentially, if an iPhone or iPad app costs $0.99 in the US, it will now cost £0.99 in the UK – a rise from £0.79. Changes will take place across all App Store price tiers and will affect in-app purchases. At the time of writing, $0.99 is worth £0.81.

“Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business. These factors vary from region to region and over time,” an Apple spokesperson told Silicon.

It could be argued Apple has been harsher than most when implementing currency changes as the most recent MacBook Pro and Mac computers were hundreds of pounds more expensive than their predecessors.

Submission + - Japanese Spacecraft Spots Massive Gravity Wave In Venus' Atmosphere (theverge.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Japanese probe Akatsuki has observed a massive gravity wave in the atmosphere of Venus. This is not the first time such a wave was observed on the Solar System’s second planet, but it is the largest ever recorded, stretching just over 6,000 miles from end to end. Its features also suggest that the dynamics of Venus’ atmosphere are more complex than previously thought. An atmospheric gravity wave is a ripple in the density of a planet’s atmosphere, according to the European Space Agency. Akatsuki spotted this particular gravity wave, described in a paper published today in Nature Geoscience, when the probe arrived at the planet on December 7th, 2015. The spacecraft then lost sight of it on December 12th, 2015, because of a change in Akatsuki’s orbit. When the probe returned to a position to observe the bow-shaped structure on January 15th, 2016, the bright wave had vanished. What sets the huge December wave apart from previously discovered ones is that it appeared to be stationary above a mountainous region on the planet’s surface, despite the background atmospheric winds. The study’s authors believe that the bright structure is the result of a gravity wave that was formed in the lower atmosphere as it flowed over the planet’s mountainous terrain. It’s not clear how the wave exactly propagates to the planet’s upper atmosphere, where clouds rotate faster than the planets itself — four days instead of the 243 days it takes Venus to rotate once.

Submission + - Oculus Accused of Destroying Evidence, Zuckerberg To Testify In VR Theft Trial (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: ZeniMax Media, the parent company of both Bethesda Softworks and Id Software, says it will prove at trial that John Carmack and others at Oculus stole trade secrets to "misappropriate" virtual reality technology that was first developed while Carmack was working at Id Software. What's more, ZeniMax is now accusing Oculus of "intentional destruction of evidence to cover up their wrongdoing." Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Oculus parent company Facebook, is scheduled to respond to those accusations in testimony starting tomorrow, according to a report by Business insider. ZeniMax's statement comes after Carmack testified at trial last week, saying the case was "ridiculous and absurd." His testimony echoed Oculus' initial reaction when ZeniMax's accusations first surfaced in 2014. In court filings leading up to the trial, ZeniMax detailed its case that Carmack, while still an employee at Id Software, "designed the specifications and functionality embodied in the Rift SDK and directed its development." Carmack's technology and guidance allegedly "literally transformed" Oculus founder Palmer Luckey's early Rift prototype from a "primitive virtual reality headset" that was "little more than a display panel." Carmack allegedly used "copyrighted computer code, trade secret information, and technical know-how" from his time at ZeniMax after he moved to Oculus as CTO in 2013. As the trial began last week (as reported by a Law360 summary, registration required), Carmack told the court of his development of a virtual reality demo for Doom 3 in 2012 and his search for a VR headset that would be suitable to run it. That's when he says he got in touch with Luckey, leading to the now legendary E3 2012 demo that introduced Oculus to the public. ZeniMax is seeking $2 billion in damage, which matches the value that Facebook paid for Oculus in 2014. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

Submission + - Microsoft Files Patent For Folding Phone-Tablet Hybrid Device (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Microsoft may have discontinued its Lumia family of smartphones, but that doesn't mean that the company has given up on handsets altogether. A new patent filing reveals that Microsoft could still have a few more tricks up its sleeve; in this case, a folding smartphone. If such a design were to make it to production, it would likely adopt Surface branding, joining the likes of the flexible and convertible Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Studio. Entitled "Mobile Computing Device Having A Flexible Hinge Structure", the patent shows a smartphone with a side-mounted hinge that opens up to reveal an uninterrupted, large display surface more fitting for tablet duty. And just like patent filings leaked the Surface Studio months before its official unveil, this could be a precursor to a future Microsoft product. Of course, there are no guarantees when it comes to patent filings, as Microsoft has patented many design innovations without acting on them with a shipping product.

Submission + - Superbugs now Killing more Americans than Breast Cancer

randomErr writes: Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are now slaying more patients than breast cancer, according to a new statistics by the UK Sepsis Trust. The British Department of Health say about 5,000 people die each year from drug-resistant infections The UK Sepsis Trust looked at the Department of Health’s own data to produce an estimate of 12,000 killed per year by superbugs. That’s more than twice as high as the current estimate.

Submission + - Fark, BoingBoing falsely accused by Google of posting child porn (inc.com)

bizwriter writes: Fark.com, BoingBoing, and Skepchick are just three of allegedly many sites that have found themselves accused by Google of posting "indecent" material and seeing their ads completely pulled. But the changes, determined by a combination of algorithms and humans, can be wildly untrue (like claiming that a picture of a clothed adult woman on Fark or an old BoingBoing news story about Pedobear was child porn). Most recently, Fark has found itself on the brink of going out of business as a result.

Submission + - China runs checks on Bitcoin exchanges, Triggers Dip on Currency

randomErr writes: The People's Bank of China started spot checks on major Bitcoin exchanges starting a dip in the digital currency value for fears of a crackdown. China's central bank inspections of BTCC, Huobi, and OKCoin were conducted to find any potential regulatory breach. The news caused at least a 12 percent dip in the price of Bitcoin against the US dollar. Bitcoin was trading around $910 early-Wednesday and by late-Thursday.was down to $759.

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