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New York Times says suspected Russian hackers targeted Moscow bureau

The sun peaks over the New York Times Building in New YorkThe New York Times said on Tuesday its Moscow bureau was targeted by a cyber attack this month but that there was no evidence the hackers, believed to be Russian, were successful. "We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools," Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the newspaper. "We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised." Earlier on Tuesday, CNN, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other U.S. security agencies were investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the Times and other U.S. news organizations that were thought to have been carried out by hackers working for Russian intelligence.

08/23/2016 08:50 PM

Tesla touts speed and driving range with new upgraded battery

A Tesla Model S charges at a Tesla Supercharger station in Cabazon, CaliforniaSAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc crowned itself the maker of the world's fastest production car on Tuesday, saying a new version of its Model S all-electric sedan can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in just 2-1/2 seconds. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company will offer a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles that will extend range, while also allowing for super fast acceleration. Tesla has long laid claim to bragging rights in the highly competitive luxury car market.

08/23/2016 06:41 PM

Samsung Electronics says Galaxy Note 7 demand beats supply

A model poses for photographs with a Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone during its launching ceremony in SeoulTech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday stronger-than-expected demand for the new Galaxy Note 7 is causing supply constraints globally, suggesting strong initial sales for the premium device. "As pre-order results for the Galaxy Note 7 have far exceeded our estimates, its release date in some markets has been adjusted," Samsung told Reuters in a statement. The world's top smartphone maker is betting the new premium device will help the business maintain sales and earnings momentum in the second half even as rivals such as Apple Inc prepare to launch new devices in the coming months.

08/23/2016 08:04 PM

U.S. trade judge clears Fitbit of stealing Jawbone's trade secrets

The ticker symbol for Fitbit is displayed at the post where it is traded on the floor of the NYSEBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitbit Inc did not steal rival Jawbone's trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, dashing Jawbone's hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit's wearable fitness tracking devices. The judge, Dee Lord, said that there had been no violation of the Tariff Act, which gives the commission the power to block products that infringe U.S. intellectual property, because "no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret." The ruling means Jawbone comes away with nothing from a complaint it filed with the trade agency in July 2015, accusing Fitbit of infringing six patents and poaching employees who took with them confidential data about Jawbone's business, such as plans, supply chains and technical details.

08/23/2016 06:50 PM

As China e-commerce booms, private equity sees room for growth in storage space

An employee works at a logistics centre in LangfangBy Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - When U.S. private equity heavyweight Warburg Pincus [WP.UL] started looking at China's logistics sector in late 2009, there were more modern warehouses in Boston than in the whole of the world's most populous country. Deep-pocket investors including Carlyle Group LP, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Warburg Pincus have splashed $12 billion on the sector in China since 2013, says real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle.

08/23/2016 07:13 PM

Ashley Madison parent broke Canada, Australia privacy laws

A photo illustration shows the privacy policy of the Ashley Madison website seen behind a smartphone running the Ashley Madison app in TorontoThe parent company of infidelity dating website Ashley Madison was responsible for numerous violations of privacy laws at the time of a massive release of customer data in a cyber attack last year, privacy watchdogs in Canada and Australia said on Tuesday. The two countries launched an investigation after the 2015 breach of Avid Life Media Inc's computer network, when hackers exposed the personal details of millions who signed up for the site with the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair." The probe found the Toronto-based company had inadequate safeguards in place, including poor password management and a fabricated security trustmark on the website's home page.

08/23/2016 02:48 PM

This might be a first glipse of Faraday Future’s mysterious Tesla-killer
Tesla may be at the forefront of the electric car revolution, but there are plenty of companies looking to create similar products. One of them is the recently announced Faraday Future, which plans to launch electric vehicles of its own in the future. One of them might be the following prototype, which was spotted driving around Los Angeles wearing heavy camouflage. DON’T MISS: Samsung’s hot new Galaxy Note 7 still isn’t as fast as last year’s iPhone 6s The car in the picture seems to be a midsize crossover SUV, although its design is covered in a shroud of mystery. The person who posted the picture on Twitter did not realize what it was, but Electrek says it was able to confirm with sources that the car is operated by Faraday Future. The site previously reported that Faraday Future plans to launch a large luxury crossover to market, which would sell for over $100,000. Even though the design of this prototype vehicle isn’t clear, it certainly seems to resemble a vehicle shown in an official teaser image a few months ago. Electrek also reported earlier this month that Faraday Future is already testing a prototype for the Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) program in Los Angeles, using a Lincoln MKZ as a test mule. It’s probably not a coincidence that the first suspected Faraday Future prototype was posted in the same general area. The company is yet to make any announcements, so it’s not clear when this electric crossover SUV will be available for purchase. Faraday Future made a splash earlier this year when it unveiled a bold concept and announced plans to invest $1 billion in an electric vehicle factory in Las Vegas.
08/23/2016 10:00 PM

Official: FBI probing cyber breach of NY Times journalists
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating cyber intrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday.
08/23/2016 09:25 PM

The North Korea Netflix clone is as bad as you’d think
Netflix is committed to supplying a never-ending stream of Western entertainment straight into the eyeballs of the populace. North Korea is committed to none of those things. So it's a bit of a mystery why North Korea has built a Netflix clone, but I sure am glad that there's photos of it. North Korea News  has the scoop on "Manbang" (no, really), the North Korean set-top box service that is supposed to rival Netflix. It offers the ability to watch five channels in real time, browse TV by category, and view information about the Glorious Leader. Manbang and chill? Sounds about right. DON'T MISS:  Tesla’s crazy new Model S P100D is the fastest production car in the world According to the somewhat sketchy details pulled off a North Korean TV station, Manbang is a TV-over-internet device (IPTV). A set-top box that looks a lot like a router plugs into a TV and the internet, and offers streaming and on-demand capabilities. The interfaces do look a little dated: it seems that you use the TV remote to search for things, and all the menus are black-on-black. It looks similar to the level of functionality from a smart TV in 2009, which is to say it's not all that useful. UI aside though, proper IPTV is a big capability increase for North Korea, which has previously been lacking in the high-tech department. Now, if they could just fix the name and organize a worldwide release, Netflix might have some competition.
08/23/2016 09:00 PM

The CraveCast celebrates half a century of Star Trek

The CraveCast celebrates half a century of Star TrekWith so many galaxies to explore, it shouldn't be a surprise the USS Enterprise and the rest of Starfleet are still at it 50 years later. Our crew chats about Star Trek's past, present and future today at noon PT.

08/23/2016 08:59 PM

Woz doesn't want Apple to remove headphone jack for iPhone 7

Woz doesn't want Apple to remove headphone jack for iPhone 7Technically Incorrect: Speaking in Australia, the Apple co-founder says he's not fond of Bluetooth at all.

08/23/2016 08:54 PM

Russian hackers suspected in hack of New York Times, others

Russian hackers suspected in hack of New York Times, othersNewspaper says its Moscow bureau was the target of a cybersecurity breach but that there's no evidence hackers were successful.

08/23/2016 08:25 PM

MIT researchers came up with a way to make Wi-Fi 10 times faster
We've all been there: You find yourself at a massive public event, whether it be a concert, a sporting event or a political rally and your reception is atrocious. In an instant, your smartphone with blazing fast LTE all of a sudden feels like it's a flip phone on Edge circa 2006. In an effort to combat this, many places have started implementing complimentary Wi-Fi so that attendees can text and browse the web with ease. That's great and all, but sometimes even an abundance of wireless routers can't help prevent congestion and painfully slow browsing speeds. DON'T MISS:  5 best new features in Android 7.0 Nougat Coming to the rescue is, surprise surprise, a team of researchers from the MIT Computer Science and AI Laboratory. In a new research paper published this week, MIT engineers describe how they were able to devise a system wherein wireless routers at a mass gathering can more seamlessly work together and, in turn, reduce the incidence of interference and inadvertently throttled Internet access. All the more impressive is that researchers, through improved network management, were able to increase Wi-Fi speeds by a factor of 10. As for how the it all works, researchers devised a system called MegaMIMO whereby WiFi signals are not "sent over the same frequency at the same time." Forbes reports : MegaMIMO 2.0 is a distributed MIMO system that coordinates the activity of access points (wireless routers, for example) so that signals are not sent over the same frequency at the same time. Eliminating interference permits all of the transmitters in an area to operate more efficiently. MegaMIMO 2.0 was tested with a setup composed of four independent transmitters and receivers located in the same area. With a traditional point-to-point MIMO system each of these uncoordinated transmitters would operate at about one quarter efficiency because they would interfere with each other. By coordinating the four transmitters, MegaMIMO 2.0 increased data throughput by a factor of 3.6. Because interference scales up with the number of transmitters in an area, eliminating interference with MegaMIMO 2.0 is expected to produce greater performance gains as the number of transmitters increases. MIT's research team is now exploring ways to commercialize their technology so perhaps we'll soon be able to watch YouTube videos at concerts and baseball games as opposed to (gasp!) watching them without being tethered to our smartphones.
08/23/2016 08:15 PM

Best livestreaming apps

Best livestreaming appsLive-stream to your friends or the public with these seven easy-to-use apps.

08/23/2016 07:56 PM

Apple’s AR technology could stop you getting lost in the mall
Apple is very interested in augmented reality (AR), Tim Cook recently reiterated without detailing any hardware or software products that would support it. However, a newly discovered patent reveals technology that would use AR for navigation purposes without requiring a GPS or cellular connection to work. Also important is the fact that the patent practically confirms that Apple purchased Flyby Media. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 will obliterate the Galaxy Note 7 and every other smartphone Earlier this year, Apple was rumored to have purchased Flyby Media , a company that worked on AR solutions for products such as Google’s Project Tango. Apple Insider reports that Apple was granted a patent detailing an AR-based navigation technology, which marks the first invention to be reassigned from the Flyby Media acquisition. Called Visual-based inertial navigation , the patent lets a device position itself in a 3D space after interpreting data from the camera and sensors including the gyroscope, accelerometer, and others. Using images and taking several measurements, the device can determine its orientation and position in real time. A GPS or cell connection isn’t required to calculate a highly accurate location, down to centimeters. Interestingly, the patent does mention that "smart glasses" are the kind of products that could benefit from such technology alongside smartphones and tablets. Apple’s invention uses a technology called sliding window inverse filter (SWF) to minimize the computational overhead needed to combine data from multiple images and calculate a location. In other words, Apple wants to be able to tell you where you are located inside a building without using too many resources, including extra computing power and battery life, or hog the storage with locally saved images. The SWF technology process information from overlapping images as captured by the camera, and tracks the features in them in order for sensors to determine the device’s state, and then to locate the device’s position in a certain environment, including indoor locations. SWF could be used to support AR navigation on devices, or help users find lost objects or items in a store. Like with any Apple patent that surfaces online, it’s not guaranteed that the technology described will make it to future devices. What is interesting about the patent is that it shows Apple is taking AR very seriously. The full patent is available at the source link.
08/23/2016 07:30 PM

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