Infographic: How Different Generations Approach Work

How Different Generations Approach Work View the full-size version of the infographic by clicking here The first representatives of Generation Z have started to trickle into the workplace – and like generations before them, they are bringing a different perspective to things. Did you know that there are now up to five generations now working Read more about Infographic: How Different Generations Approach Work[…]

House Judiciary Committee aims guns at Big Tech and antitrust laws

The investigation will include a series of hearings held by the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law on the rise of market power online, as well as requests for information that are relevant to the investigation. A small number of dominant, unregulated platforms have extraordinary power over commerce, communication and information online. Based on Read more about House Judiciary Committee aims guns at Big Tech and antitrust laws[…]

Physicists can predict the jumps of Schrodinger’s cat (and finally save it)

Yale researchers have figured out how to catch and save Schrödinger’s famous cat, the symbol of quantum superposition and unpredictability, by anticipating its jumps and acting in real time to save it from proverbial doom. In the process, they overturn years of cornerstone dogma in quantum physics. The discovery enables researchers to set up an Read more about Physicists can predict the jumps of Schrodinger’s cat (and finally save it)[…]

The Russian Government Now Requires Tinder to Hand Over People’s Sexts

Tinder users in Russia may now have to decide whether the perks of dating apps outweigh a disconcerting invasion of privacy. Russian authorities are now requiring that the dating app hand over a wealth of intimate user data, including private messages, if and when it asks for them. Tinder is the fourth dating app in Read more about The Russian Government Now Requires Tinder to Hand Over People’s Sexts[…]

Lab Testing Giant Quest Diagnostics Says Data Breach May Have Hit Nearly 12 Million Patients

Clinical lab testing titan Quest Diagnostics acknowledged in a press release on Monday that an “unauthorized user” had gained access to personal information on around 11.9 million customers, including some financial and medical data. Per NBC News, news of the breach comes via way of a Securities and Exchange Commission filing in which Quest wrote Read more about Lab Testing Giant Quest Diagnostics Says Data Breach May Have Hit Nearly 12 Million Patients[…]

Supra smart TVs allow anyone on wifi network to switch video to whatever they want

Owners of Supra Smart Cloud TVs are in danger of getting some unwanted programming: it’s possible for miscreants or malware on your Wi-Fi network to switch whatever you’re watching for video of their or its choosing. Bug-hunter Dhiraj Mishra laid claim to CVE-2019-12477, a remote file inclusion zero-day vulnerability that allows anyone with local network Read more about Supra smart TVs allow anyone on wifi network to switch video to whatever they want[…]

Strewth: Hackers slurp 19 years of Oz student data in uni’s second breach within a year

The Australian National University (ANU) today copped to a fresh breach in which intruders gained access to “significant amounts” of data stretching back 19 years. The top-ranked Oz uni said it noticed about a fortnight ago that hackers had got their claws on staff, visitor and student data, including names, addresses, dates of birth, phone Read more about Strewth: Hackers slurp 19 years of Oz student data in uni’s second breach within a year[…]

EU countries and car manufacturers, navigation systems will share information between everyone

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in cars such as automatic braking systems, systems that detect the state of the road, if there is anything in your blind spot and navigation systems will be sharing their data with European countries, car manufacturers and presumably insurers under the cloak of making driving safer. I’m sure it will, Read more about EU countries and car manufacturers, navigation systems will share information between everyone[…]

‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects – probably not little green men though

WASHINGTON — The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors that the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, but that they Read more about ‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects – probably not little green men though[…]

Major Google Outage Hits YouTube, G Suite, and Third Party Apps Including Discord and Snapchat

Google suffered major outages with its Cloud Platform on Sunday, causing widespread access issues with both its own services and third party apps ranging from Snapchat to Discord. As of early Sunday evening, issues had persisted for hours; according to the Google Cloud Status Dashboard, the outages began at roughly 3:25 p.m. ET and were Read more about Major Google Outage Hits YouTube, G Suite, and Third Party Apps Including Discord and Snapchat[…]

US now requires social media info for visa applications

If you want to stay in the US, you’ll likely have to share your internet presence. As proposed in March 2018 (and to some extent in 2015), the country now requires virtually all visa applicants to provide their social media account names for the past five years. The mandate only covers a list of selected Read more about US now requires social media info for visa applications[…]

Leap Motion sold to UltraHaptics

The company sought to completely change how we interact with computers, but now Leap Motion is selling itself off. Apple reportedly tried to get their hands on the hand-tracking tech, which Leap Motion rebuffed, but now the hyped nine-year-old consumer startup is being absorbed into the younger, enterprise-focused UltraHaptics. The Wall Street Journal first reported Read more about Leap Motion sold to UltraHaptics[…]

Flipboard hacked and open for 9 months – fortunately passwords properly salted and encrypted so not much damage

In a series of emails seen by ZDNet that the company sent out to impacted users, Flipboard said hackers gained access to databases the company was using to store customer information. Most passwords are secure Flipboard said these databases stored information such as Flipboard usernames, hashed and uniquely salted passwords, and in some cases, emails Read more about Flipboard hacked and open for 9 months – fortunately passwords properly salted and encrypted so not much damage[…]

Laboratory Black Hole Shows Stephen Hawking Was Right, – wait they make black holes in labs now?!

Physicists have confirmed predictions of Stephen Hawking’s namesake theory of black holes using a black hole they constructed in their lab, according to a new paper. This black hole isn’t like the black holes out in space, where gravity creates a region of spacetime so warped that light can’t escape. Instead, the researchers built a Read more about Laboratory Black Hole Shows Stephen Hawking Was Right, – wait they make black holes in labs now?![…]

Apple’s privacy schtick is just an act, say folks suing the iGiant: iTunes ‘purchase histories sold’ to highest bidders

Apple has been hit with a class-action complaint in the US accusing the iGiant of playing fast and loose with the privacy of its customers. The lawsuit [PDF], filed this month in a northern California federal district court, claims the Cupertino music giant gathers data from iTunes – including people’s music purchase history and personal Read more about Apple’s privacy schtick is just an act, say folks suing the iGiant: iTunes ‘purchase histories sold’ to highest bidders[…]

Mysterious Chinese Dating Apps Targeting US Customers Expose 42.5 Million Records Online

On May 25th I discovered a non password protected Elastic database that was clearly associated with dating apps based on the names of the folders. The IP address is located on a US server and a majority of the users appear to be Americans based on their user IP and geolocations. I also noticed Chinese Read more about Mysterious Chinese Dating Apps Targeting US Customers Expose 42.5 Million Records Online[…]

Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get

A newly revealed patent application filed by Amazon is raising privacy concerns over an envisaged upgrade to the company’s smart speaker systems. This change would mean that, by default, the devices end up listening to and recording everything you say in their presence. Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant system that runs on the company’s Echo series Read more about Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get[…]

Germany thinks about resurrecting the Stasi, getting rid of end-to-end chat app encryption and requiring decrypted plain-text.

Government officials in Germany are reportedly mulling a law to force chat app providers to hand over end-to-end encrypted conversations in plain text on demand. According to Der Spiegel this month, the Euro nation’s Ministry of the Interior wants a new set of rules that would require operators of services like WhatsApp, Signal, Apple iMessage, Read more about Germany thinks about resurrecting the Stasi, getting rid of end-to-end chat app encryption and requiring decrypted plain-text.[…]

Google Now Forces Microsoft Edge Preview Users to Use Chrome for the Modern YouTube Experience – a bit like they fuck around with Firefox

Microsoft started testing a new Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium a little while ago. The company has been releasing new canary and dev builds for the browser over the last few weeks, and the preview is actually really great. In fact, I have been using the new Microsoft Edge Canary on my main Windows Read more about Google Now Forces Microsoft Edge Preview Users to Use Chrome for the Modern YouTube Experience – a bit like they fuck around with Firefox[…]

SpaceX Starlink satellites dazzle but pose big questions for astronomers – Musk thought things out well again, not.

The first batch of satellites were launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and deployed to orbit by a Falcon 9 rocket on May 23. Each contains a single solar array, which both captures and bounces sunlight off the satellites and, as a result, can sometimes be seen from Earth. On May 25, as the drifting luminescent Read more about SpaceX Starlink satellites dazzle but pose big questions for astronomers – Musk thought things out well again, not.[…]

The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo laptop with two 4K screens – for some reason people are comparing to Apples touch bar, but has nothing to do with that.

The ZenBook Pro Duo has not one, but two 4K screens. (At least if you’re counting horizontal pixels.) There’s a 15-inch 16:9 OLED panel where you’d normally find the display on a laptop, then a 32:9 IPS “ScreenPad Plus” screen directly above the keyboard that’s the same width and half the height. It’s as if Read more about The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo laptop with two 4K screens – for some reason people are comparing to Apples touch bar, but has nothing to do with that.[…]

Bose headphones spy on listeners, sell that information on without consent or knowledge: lawsuit

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged. The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Read more about Bose headphones spy on listeners, sell that information on without consent or knowledge: lawsuit[…]

First American Financial Corp. Leaked 885 Million Title Insurance Records

The Web site for Fortune 500 real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. [NYSE:FAF] leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage deals going back to 2003, until notified this week by KrebsOnSecurity. The digitized records — including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction Read more about First American Financial Corp. Leaked 885 Million Title Insurance Records[…]

Samsung’s AI animates paintings and photos without 3D modeling

Engineers and researchers from Samsung’s AI Center in Moscow and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have created a model that can generate realistic animated talking heads from images without relying on traditional methods, like 3D modeling. […] “Effectively, the learned model serves as a realistic avatar of a person,” said engineer Egor Zakharov in Read more about Samsung’s AI animates paintings and photos without 3D modeling[…]