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Inside Pwn2Own's High-Stakes Industrial Software Hacking Contest
At Pwn2Own, hackers had no trouble dismantling systems that help run everything from car washes to nuclear plants—with the prize of taking home the very computers they "pwn."
On a small, blue-lit stage in a dim side room of the Fillmore Theater in Miami on Tuesday, three men sat behind laptops in front of a small crowd. Two of them nervously reviewed the commands on a screen in front of them. Steven Seeley and Chris Anastasio, a h… [+3747 chars]
Andy Greenberg
2020-01-23 20:35:19




Developer Finds USB Chargers Have as Much Processing Power as the Apollo 11 Guidance Computers
It comes as no surprise that the guidance computers aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft were impossibly primitive compared to the pocket computers we all carry around 50 years later. But on his website, an Apple developer analyzed the tech specs even further and …
It comes as no surprise that the guidance computers aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft were impossibly primitive compared to the pocket computers we all carry around 50 years later. But on his website, an Apple developer analyzed the tech specs even further and … [+2395 chars]
Andrew Liszewski
2020-02-11 14:40:00




Why Can't Windows 10 Find My Shared Network Folders?
Sharing folders between two computers on your network always feels like it’s more trouble than it’s worth. At least, there’s no guarantee that the process is going to go smoothly, and by the time you’ve troubleshot whatever’s going on, set up your share, and …
Sharing folders between two computers on your network always feels like its more trouble than its worth. At least, theres no guarantee that the process is going to go smoothly, and by the time youve troubleshot whatevers going on, set up your share, and trans… [+4698 chars]
David Murphy
2020-02-14 14:00:00




Researchers can 'steal' data by tracking a PC monitor's brightness
There are already ways to siphon data from computers without a network connection or old-fashioned physical theft, but this might be one of the cleverer examples. Researchers have found a way to steal data from "air-gapped" computers (that is, no way to conne…
Don't worry about someone reading your login details through the window any time soon, though. As the methods imply, a data thief would still have to breach the victim computer and have cameras they control within line of sight. This could be helpful for inte… [+347 chars]
Jon Fingas
2020-02-06 04:31:00




Germany has to pay Microsoft for failing to upgrade from Windows 7
Last winter, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 would reach its end-of-life on January 14th, 2020. In other words, the company will not be releasing any updates for the operating system -- even crucial security patches -- after that date. The public had nearl…
Microsoft offers extended security updates to enterprise and business clients, but at a hefty price -- ZDNet reported that the company will charge $50 per machine during the first year of end-of-life support and that the price will increase after each additio… [+634 chars]
Marc DeAngelis
2020-01-22 18:06:00




Searching for Dark Matter With Quantum Computers, One Blip of Light at a Time
For decades, scientists have struggled to define the stuff that comprises a quarter of the universe: dark matter. As experiments continue to turn up empty-handed, one team hopes to find dark matter by incorporating the laws that govern subatomic particles—qua…
For decades, scientists have struggled to define the stuff that comprises a quarter of the universe: dark matter. As experiments continue to turn up empty-handed, one team hopes to find dark matter by incorporating the laws that govern subatomic particlesquan… [+12198 chars]
Ryan F. Mandelbaum
2020-02-19 17:10:00




Five of the Worst Ways People Have Tried to Fix Their Computers
Sometimes your computer breaks. It happens. You spill something, or drop something, or you try to boot up and nothing happens. Many of us resolve the issue with a liberal use of Google, and others take the failing device to a person trained to fix computers. …
Sometimes your computer breaks. It happens. You spill something, or drop something, or you try to boot up and nothing happens. Many of us resolve the issue with a liberal use of Google, and others take the failing device to a person trained to fix computers. … [+6604 chars]
Alex Cranz
2020-01-30 16:20:00




WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to access computers with only a text message
All you had to do to fall for this attack was click a disguised link preview sent via the messaging app. Read more... More about Mashable Video, Hackers, Whatsapp, Culture, and Web Culture

Erica Bahrenburg
2020-02-06 16:54:42




Model9 gets $9M Series A to move data between mainframes and cloud
Model9, an Israeli startup launched by mainframe vets, has come up with a way to transfer data between mainframe computers and the cloud, and today the company announced a $9 million Series A. Intel Capital led the round with help from existing investors incl…
Model9, an Israeli startup launched by mainframe vets, has come up with a way to transfer data between mainframe computers and the cloud, and today the company announced a $9 million Series A. Intel Capital led the round with help from existing investors inc… [+2301 chars]
Ron Miller
2020-02-12 14:07:57




Aisera, an AI tool to help with customer service and internal operations, exits stealth with $50M
Robotic process automation — the ability to automate certain repetitive software-based tasks to free up people to focus on work that computers cannot do — has become a major growth area in the world of IT. Today, a startup called Aisera is coming out of steal…
Robotic process automation — the ability to automate certain repetitive software-based tasks to free up people to focus on work that computers cannot do — has become a major growth area in the world of IT. Today, a startup called Aisera is coming out of steal… [+4612 chars]
Ingrid Lunden
2020-02-18 17:10:32




Bad news Mac owners, a new report says Windows PCs are safer
For the first time in what seems like forever, Macs are more susceptible to malware than Windows PCs. Read more... More about Mashable Video, Windows, Mac, Pc, and Computers
For the first time in what seems like forever, Macs are more susceptible to malware than Windows PCs.
Erica Bahrenburg
2020-02-13 16:17:10




Boeing found another software bug on the 737 Max
Boeing is working to fix yet another software bug on its 737 Max, Bloomberg reports. The glitch involves an indicator light for the "stabilizer trim system," which helps raise and lower the plane's nose. The light was turning on when it wasn't supposed to. Bo…
But this is the third software flaw to be discovered and reported since the 737 Max crashes, which killed 346 people. Months after the fatal flaw was discovered, Boeing encountered another problem that prevented the flight control computers from starting and … [+421 chars]
Christine Fisher
2020-02-06 18:32:00




How Bad Is Apple's Keyboard Problem? Even Hollywood Recognizes it
It’s almost gotten to the point where Apple is as well known for its terrible keyboards as it is for changing the world with personal computers and smartphones. But now that the latest cause to be championed at the Academy Awards is Apple’s hardware failures,…
Its almost gotten to the point where Apple is as well known for its terrible keyboards as it is for changing the world with personal computers and smartphones. But now that the latest cause to be championed at the Academy Awards is Apples hardware failures, m… [+3025 chars]
Andrew Liszewski
2020-02-10 19:30:00




Google's ClearGrasp AI model clears things up for computers
With ClearGrasp's help, computers can better see transparent objects. What you need to know ClearGrasp is a collaboration between Google, Columbia University, and Synthesis AI. The research is an effort to help computers estimate not only the reflected light …
Source: Android Central
  • ClearGrasp is a collaboration between Google, Columbia University, and Synthesis AI.
  • The research is an effort to help computers estimate not only the reflected light from transparent objects but also the refracted lig… [+3136 chars]
    Chris Wedel
    2020-02-13 14:55:15




Barclays Installed Big Brother-style Spyware on Employees' Computers
Barclays has been criticised by HR experts and privacy campaigners after the bank installed "Big Brother" employee monitoring software in its London headquarters. From a report: Introduced as a pilot last week, the technology monitors Barclays workers' activi…
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msmash
2020-02-21 10:33:00




The Computer Scientist Responsible For Cut, Copy, and Paste, Has Passed Away
The advent of the personal computer wasn’t just about making these powerful machines available to everyone, it was also about making them accessible and usable, even for those lacking a computer science degree. Larry Tesler, who passed away on Monday, might n…
The advent of the personal computer wasnt just about making these powerful machines available to everyone, it was also about making them accessible and usable, even for those lacking a computer science degree. Larry Tesler, who passed away on Monday, might no… [+3661 chars]
Andrew Liszewski
2020-02-19 15:54:00




A Retro Touch Pad You Can Use on Modern Computers
As [Jan Derogee] explains in the faux-retro video after the break, drawing on classic 8-bit computers was something of a pain. The rudimentary light pens and joysticks of the 1980s allowed for free-form input, but were clumsy and awkward to use. Which is why …
As [Jan Derogee] explains in the faux-retro video after the break, drawing on classic 8-bit computers was something of a pain. The rudimentary light pens and joysticks of the 1980s allowed for free-form input, but were clumsy and awkward to use. Which is why … [+1528 chars]
Tom Nardi
2020-01-22 09:00:00




HP computers, monitors and more are up to 60% off for the Presidents' Day Sale
Looking for furniture? A car? How about a new set of steak knives? Well then, look now further than Presidents' Day, which has inexplicably turned into some weird February version of Black Friday in recent years. Sure, Lincoln and Washington show up front and…
Looking for furniture? A car? How about a new set of steak knives? Well then, look now further than Presidents' Day, which has inexplicably turned into some weird February version of Black Friday in recent years. Sure, Lincoln and Washington show up front an… [+1560 chars]
Android Central
2020-02-15 17:00:03




Go read these reports showing how an antivirus company tracked everything its users clicked online
Avast and AVG products monitored what people clicked and searched for online. The practice is detailed in a pair of reports showing just how invasive the practice was.
Dont click the check boxes Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge You might install antivirus software on your computer to protect your privacy and make sure no one is snooping on what youre up to. But if you used some Avast and AVG products, you might hav… [+1010 chars]
Jacob Kastrenakes
2020-01-27 19:13:53




Windows 7 Bug Prevents Users From Shutting Down Or Rebooting Computers
An anonymous reader writes: A weird bug of unknown origins has been hitting Windows 7 computers this week, according to multiple reports online. Windows 7 users have been reporting that they are receiving a popup message that reads "You don't have permission …
A weird bug of unknown origins has been hitting Windows 7 computers this week, according to multiple reports online. Windows 7 users have been reporting that they are receiving a popup message that reads "You don't have permission to shut down this computer" … [+523 chars]
EditorDavid
2020-02-08 22:34:00
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