Hackers are attacking the electric grid

And computer scientists are trying to stop them. Hacking the grid. Sinelab Last September, news broke that hackers had laid siege to the U.S. power grid, probing deep into dozens of energy firms, looking for weaknesses to exploit. The Department of Homeland Security issued a threat warning about an ongoing stream of malware attacks that could… Please follow and like us:

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Are the Amazon Echo and Google Home addictive devices?

Technology addiction is having quite a moment, as evidence mounts that electronic devices, especially smartphones, may contribute to screen-time dependence. That means more scrutiny for the big-name hardware and software companies. Just recently, Apple was chided by its investors for not facilitating more ways to protect children. Stakeholders said that the Cupertino, California-based company should “offer… Please follow and like us:

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Intel CEO pledges urgency, transparency in wake of Meltdown and Spectre

Since cybersecurity researchers uncovered two massive microprocessor flaws that leave nearly every computing device in the world vulnerable to hackers, Intel has borne the biggest brunt of criticism in both the press and the stock market. Last Thursday, a week after researchers led by Google unveiled the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich penned… Please follow and like us:

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Insider insight to critical RAID planning and implementation

WASHINGTON, January 10, 2018: System hardware and software failures are inevitable in a typical IT environment. For that reason, redundancy has become a key element of this industry. Addressing this issue on the hardware side, RAID backup and storage plays a crucial role in preventing faults and ensuring the safety and usability of data in the… Please follow and like us:

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Intel Processors Have Been Plagued By Security Flaw For More Than A Decade

For more than a decade, computer processors made by Intel contained a major security flaw that could allow malicious programs to gain access to vital and protected parts of a machine’s kernel memory, the Register reported. The issue has been kept under wraps for months as programmers have worked to fix the flaw before it could… Please follow and like us:

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Our Chips, Code Are More Secure Than Silicon Valley’s: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman digitized cockpit display for UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter BALTIMORE: The Pentagon has fallen in love with Silicon Valley — though it’s largely unrequited — but traditional defense firms argue there are some things only they can do. One striking example: this Northrop Grumman factory, where the company makes its own microchips “from sand” with… Please follow and like us:

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IDC predicts 55% of China’s economy to be digital by 2021

A robot displays at a news conference in Beijing, March 30, 2017. [Photo/IC] Fifty percent of the global gross domestic product will derive from the digital economy, with the percentage in China to potentially hit 55 percent, predicted Wu Lianfeng, vice-president of the market research company IDC China in Beijing on Monday. By 2019, global capital… Please follow and like us:

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31 ways to optimize your smartphone

Be ready for anything life throws your way. Isn’t she lovely? Rodion Kutsaev via Unsplash Studies show that we’re spending half our waking hours with our smartphones, and it’s clear that the devices have changed how we interact with our world. So why not optimize your device to get yourself a easier, more productive, more relaxing… Please follow and like us:

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Will the AI jobs revolution bring about human revolt, too?

By Kentaro Toyama, Associate Professor, Technology and Global Development, University of Michigan. When everyone’s out of a job, will workers unite? Inspiring/Shutterstock.com The rise of artificial intelligence threatens to eliminate jobs once considered impossible to automate. One series of papers by Oxford researchers ranks jobs by their estimated susceptibility to automation. Among those most rated likely… Please follow and like us:

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Bitcoin Gold Is Off To A Controversial Start

The season of bitcoin hard forks is upon us. Anyone who engages with the bitcoin community online has probably witnessed several months of Twitter feuds and Reddit arguments ballooning to unprecedented proportions. For example, anonymous trolls sent the SWAT team after Bitcoin Core developer and BitGo engineer Jameson Lopp in North Carolina, using the classic Gamergate… Please follow and like us:

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Save your money and your data by preparing your phone for travel

Make sure you’re secure before leaving the house. Don’t forget to pack your smartphone. Aaron Burden/Unsplash When you’re traveling, you rely on your trusty smartphone to navigate, translate, and stay in touch with friends. But on the road, you may face challenges like insecure or nonexistent Wi-Fi and a scarcity of places to charge your device.… Please follow and like us:

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Google launches new phones and other gadgets in hardware push

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Wednesday continued its push into hardware and its battle for market share against Apple, Amazon and Samsung with the release of new phones, virtual-assistance devices, a computer, a standalone camera and headphones. The suite of products represents integration of artificial intelligence, hardware and software, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said. “The rate… Please follow and like us:

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Macs Vulnerable To Firmware Attack When Left Out Of Date

Apple has failed to push out to consumers necessary firmware updates to that patch vulnerabilities discovered in the company’s popular line of Mac computers, according to research published Friday. The shortcomings in Apple’s security efforts were highlighted by researchers at secure authentication company Duo Security after the company analyzed the essential, built-in software found in every… Please follow and like us:

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Roku IPO: Shares jump 68 percent as investors bet firm can fend off rivals

Investors brushed aside concerns about Roku’s stiff competition in the video streaming business, sending the company’s shares up 68 percent on its stock market debut Thursday. Roku stock closed at $23.50 after pricing its 18 million shares at $14 apiece, which was at the high end of its expected range. The enthusiastic response to Roku’s $252-million… Please follow and like us:

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Facebook And Microsoft Just Built A Massive Underwater Internet Cable

Facebook, Microsoft and telecommunications infrastructure company Telxius have finished work on a massive subsea cable that’ll help improve global online data performance. As part of the Marea project, the three companies worked to build the 4,000-mile-long cable that sits 17,000 feet below sea level and runs from Virginia to Spain. According to Microsoft, the cable is… Please follow and like us:

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