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Submission + - Major Terrorist Attack Strikes France (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Terrorist gunmen claiming to be from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have stormed the building of a French publication Charlie Hebdo that had recently published a cartoon of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The gunmen are known to have killed eleven hostages so far and the situation is still ongoing. Currently, the BBC has the most information out of English news outlets. French speakers can consult the headline at Le Monde for more current news.

Submission + - Research Project Cider Brings iOS Apps To Android Devices

An anonymous reader writes: Six PhD students at Columbia University's Department of Computer Science have developed Cider, an OS compatibility architecture capable of running iOS apps on Android. Rather than using a strict virtual machine, they achieved the feat by running domestic and foreign binaries on the same device. They leverage binary compatibility techniques such as compile-time code adaptation and diplomatic functions. This means Cider can copy the libraries and frameworks it needs and convince an app's code that it is running on Apple's XNU kernel rather than Android's Linux kernel.

Submission + - The right to be forgotten (bbc.com)

NapalmV writes: The European Court of Justice has now ruled that links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased on request by the operators of search engines:


According to spokesman Al Verney, Google is "very surprised" and disappointed with the ruling, and stated that they "need to take time to analyze the implications".

David Fidler, professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, commented that the ruling is "potentially a nightmare of epic proportions for Google."

Submission + - OS compatibility architecture for running iOS apps on Android (columbia.edu)

An anonymous reader writes: "Cider is an operating system compatibility architecture that can run applications built for different mobile ecosystems, iOS or Android, together on the same smartphone or tablet. Cider enhances the domestic operating system, Android, of a device with kernel-managed, per-thread personas to mimic the application binary interface of a foreign operating system, iOS, enabling it to run unmodified foreign binaries."

Demo in URL.

Submission + - Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code (unrealengine.com)

jones_supa writes: Unreal Engine 4 from Epic to game developers is launching now. Supported platforms are Windows, OS X, iOS and Android, with desktop Linux coming later. The monetization scheme is unique: anyone can get access to literally everything for a $19/month fee. Epic is working to build a company that succeeds when UE4 developers succeed. Therefore, part of the deal is that anyone can ship a commercial product with UE4 by paying 5% of gross revenue resulting from sales to users, helping the ecosystem. The tools you get are the Unreal Editor in ready-to-run form, and the engine's complete C++ source code hosted on GitHub for collaborative development. Provided also is the foundation for the community: chat in the forums, add to the wiki, participate in the AnswerHub Q&A, and join collaborative development projects via GitHub. The company is also shipping lots of ready-made content, samples, and game templates. So, will this effort succeed? That's up to you and your judgment of the engine’s value. Unreal Engine 4 has been built by a team of over 100 engineers, artists and designers around the world, and this launch 'represents all of Epic's hopes and dreams of how major software can be developed and distributed in the future'.

Submission + - Google Android Wear

mrspoonsi writes: Business insider reports: Google today announced that it plans to officially bring Android to smartwatches through its new project entitled Android Wear. The project will enable developers to bring features such as Google Now to wristwatches, and Google notes that Android Wear will also bring health-focused apps and the ability to interact with your phone to the wrist.

Submission + - GOG.com Bringing Linux Games To The Store

jones_supa writes: More great news for Linux gamers: following the footsteps of Steam, GOG.com is preparing delivery of Linux games, with expected showtime being this autumn. The officially supported distributions will be Ubuntu and Mint. Right now they are performing testing on various configurations, training up their teams on Linux-speak, and generally preparing for the rollout of at least 100 titles — DRM-free as usual. This will update some existing games of the catalog with a Linux port and bring new ones to the collection. Further information on specific games is yet not known, but GOG invites fans and customers to their community wishlist to discuss.

Submission + - Operation Windigo Botnet Compromised of 25,000 Unix Servers (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: A complex and potent cybercriminal campaign dubbed Operation Windigo has seized control of 25,000 Unix servers attacking half a million computers daily. The botnet is capable of spewing out 35 million spam emails daily and Windigo-affected websites typically serve malware to anyone visiting from a Windows PC while those using Apple's Mac OS X are served ads for dating sites while iPhone users are redirected to pornographic content.

Submission + - Australia's AG Wants the Power to Force Suspects to Hand Over Their Passwords (vice.com)

Daniel_Stuckey writes: The Australian Attorney General is pushing a new law that would force suspects of computer crimes to disclose the passwords and keys necessary to decrypt their internet communications.

Part of a proposal to revise the country's Telecommunications Interception Act, the law would expand an existing law, section 3LA of the Crimes Act 1914, which already allows Australian authorities to gain access to physically seized computers and hard drives by way of forcing suspects to disclose their decryption passwords.

The proposal would give intelligence agencies even more elbow room, by allowing them to also "issue 'intelligibility assistance notices' requiring a person to provide information or assistance to place previously lawfully accessed communications into an intelligible form," as IT News reported today.

Comment Re:Mexico City tried this... (Score 1) 405

It's about time they restrict (or at least make it more difficult) for people to have older cars instead of new. Like Japan. The older the car gets, the more expensive it it to keep it with the regulations.

For example, the same thing should be applied to Brazil (where I live). Here, licensing and taxes for older cars are cheaper than newer ones, because it's based percentage of market value. And if the car reaches 20 years-old, it's not even taxed anymore. It's stupid, making it easy for some ignorant douche to keep a dangerous, slow, polluting piece of 80's crap on the street. It should be the other way around.

Submission + - Algorithm Reveals Objects Hidden Behind Other Things In Camera Phone Images (medium.com)

KentuckyFC writes: Imaging is undergoing a quiet revolution at the moment thanks to various new techniques for extracting data from images. Now physicists have worked out how to create an image of an object hidden behind a translucent material using little more than an ordinary smartphone and some clever data processing. The team placed objects behind materials that scatter light such as onion skin, frosted glass and chicken breast tissue. They photographed them using a Nokia Lumina 1020 smartphone, with a 41 megapixel sensor. To the naked eye, the resulting images look like random speckle. But by treating the data from each pixel separately and looking for correlations between pixels, the team was able to produce images of the hidden objects. They even photographed light scattered off a white wall and recovered an image of the reflected scene--a technique that effectively looks round corners. The new technique has applications in areas such as surveillance and medical imaging.

Submission + - Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban (teslamotors.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, we discussed news that New Jersey is trying to ban Tesla stores, which would force the company to sell through car dealerships instead. Now, Elon Musk has prepared a response: 'The reason that we did not choose to do this is that the auto dealers have a fundamental conflict of interest between promoting gasoline cars, which constitute virtually all of their revenue, and electric cars, which constitute virtually none. Moreover, it is much harder to sell a new technology car from a new company when people are so used to the old. Inevitably, they revert to selling what’s easy and it is game over for the new company. The evidence is clear: when has an American startup auto company ever succeeded by selling through auto dealers? The last successful American car company was Chrysler, which was founded almost a century ago, and even they went bankrupt a few years ago, along with General Motors. Since the founding of Chrysler, there have been dozens of failures, Tucker and DeLorean being simply the most well-known. In recent years, electric car startups, such as Fisker, Coda, and many others, attempted to use auto dealers and all failed.'

Submission + - Nanoscale terahertz optical switch breaks miniaturization barrier (vanderbilt.edu) 1

Science_afficionado writes: There is a general consensus that ultimately photons will replace electrons running through wires in most of our microelectronic devices. One of the current technical barriers to the spread of optoelectronics has been the difficulty in miniaturizing the ultrafast optical switches required. Now a team of physicists at Vanderbilt has made terahertz optical switches out of nanoparticles of vanadium dioxide, a material long known for its ability to rapidly change phase between metallic to semiconducting states. They report in the Mar. 12 issue of Nano Letters that they have created individually addressable switches that are 200 nm in diameter and can switch between transparent and opaque states at terahertz rates.

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