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Strava's Fitness Heatmap Makes it Easy to Find Military Bases

On paper, it sounds like a great idea. The fitness app Strava, available for both iOS and Android , launched a giant, updated map of its users' fitness activities this past November . The map shows all the fun places around the world where people use the app to exercise. And since the map is a heatmap, you can also see the degree of exercise activity around a particular area—for example, if there's a running route in your neighborhood that's exceedingly popular, it would appear much more prominently on Strava's data visualization than your occasional jogs around the block.

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US lawmakers grill Intel and company over the handling of Meltdown and Spectre

As the Register reports, four Republicans in the House of Representatives – who chair various subcommittees including Energy and Commerce – sent the same lengthy letter to the CEOs of Intel, as well as Amazon, AMD, Apple, ARM, Google and Microsoft, essentially grilling them on exactly how the embargo on these bugs was handled.

Apple confirms HomeKit software authentication for iOS 11.3

Back in June of 2017, Apple said iOS 11 would change that , but we've been waiting for the official switch from the MFi requirement to a simpler software authentication to take place. Now it appears Apple will make good on that promise this spring when the iOS 11.3 update becomes available.

Jackpot: Hackers are now making ATMs in the US spew out cash

But a Saturday report from security expert Brian Krebs marks the stateside arrival of the crime, in which thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that forces the release of the cash. Up until now, such attacks "have somehow eluded US ATM operators," Krebs said.

School principal replies to worried mom with poop emoji

Commentary: In Miami, it seems one educator used a very modern method to express his displeasure with a parent.

Three top IT outsourcing trends to watch in 2018

According to a new report, 31% of IT services were outsourced last year. SenecaGlobal CEO Ed Szofer explains why enterprise companies fill essential business functions by outsourcing.

Elephants Are Very Scared of Bees. That Could Save Their Lives.

The threat of bees is so intensely felt by elephants that conservationists are using it to help prevent the kinds of conflict that put the behemoths at risk. The endangered animals have sometimes been shot by farmers trying to save their crops from elephants foraging at night for late-night snacks, or by poachers allowed access to help guard the fields.

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He already has sold me one. Seriously, who can resist a flamethrower? Can’t wait for spring and all the brush I’ll need to burn at the land. It’ll never be more fun!

Cloud computing, big data, security: What CIOs are spending their budget on this year | ZDNet

What CIOs say they need to invest in to succeed, and what they are actually going to spend their IT budgets on, may not be the same things.

Estonia's ID card fiasco: 'We've no intention of letting a good crisis go to waste' | ZDNet

"The Estonian government has no intention of letting a good crisis go to waste, as the saying goes, and will use this as an opportunity to carry out further robust development of e-services," he says.

Apple's iOS 11.3 hints at iPad with facial recognition tech

A bit of code found in the new software suggests a more "modern" iPad is coming.

Fitness-Tracking App Reveals Locations of Secret Army Bases - Slashdot

Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a fitness tracking company . The details were released by Strava in a data visualisation map that shows all the activity tracked by users of its app, which allows people to record their exercise and share it with others. The map, released in November 2017, shows every single activity ever uploaded to Strava -- more than 3 trillion individual GPS data points , according to the company. The app can be used on various devices including smartphones and fitness trackers like Fitbit to see popular running routes in major cities, or spot individuals in more remote areas who have unusual exercise patterns. However, over the weekend military analysts noticed that the map is also detailed enough that it potentially gives away extremely sensitive information about a subset of Strava users: military personnel on active service... In locations like Afghanistan, Djibouti and Syria, the users of Strava seem to be almost exclusively foreign military personnel, meaning that bases stand out brightly.

Spectre and Meltdown: Cheat sheet

If a processor is executing a set of instructions that branches depending on the input, then processors will try to guess which branch of instructions is most likely to be executed and load the necessary data into the processor's cache. These processes, called Branch Prediction and Speculative Execution, are what can be exploited by Spectre attacks. The attacker manipulates the processor so it loads a value from protected memory into the cache. They then follow up by attempting to load known data from unprotected memory. If one piece of this known data loads far more rapidly than the others, then they can infer that this data is being retrieved from the cache, and therefore is related to the value stored in protected memory.

Here's how your mobile network has prepped for the Super Bowl

All the major carriers have made massive upgrades to their networks in Minneapolis in preparation for Super Bowl LII. Which one did the most?

Trump Team Considers Nationalizing America's 5G Network - Slashdot

"Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation's mobile network to guard against China, according to sensitive documents obtained by Axios." This is based on a PowerPoint presentation Axios has in their possession. Two options are described -- a national 5G network funded and built by the Federal government, or a mix of 5G networks built by existing wireless providers. A source suggests the first option is preferred and essential to protect against competition from China and "bad actors". The presentation suggests that a government-built network would then be leased out to carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

Major cyber-attack on the UK is a matter of 'if, not when'

Rob Norris, VP Head of Enterprise and Cyber Security EMEIA at Fujitsu, responded to the warning, commenting that the risk affects private companies as well as governments. "Cyber attackers are becoming increasingly inventive in their approach and, as demonstrated by the WannaCry attack, often see businesses as a soft target and a relatively easy 'way in' to cause wider disruption," he said.

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3 smart city takeaways from TechRepublic's round table with 4 US mayors

TechRepublic's Jason Hiner explains why transportation, public safety, and regional collaboration were the leading topics in a panel of mayors from Louisville, San Jose, Miami, and Austin.

How to Create an Anonymous Email Account

Guerrilla Mail is the perfect way to create an email address to sign up for a different, more permanent-yet-anonymous email address, or to send a quick, anonymous email instantly—no signup required. You can even attach a file if it's less than 150MB in size, or use it to send someone your excess bitcoins. Coupled with the Tor browser, Guerilla Mail makes you practically invisible. It's also available on Android .

How to save and sync your passwords for free

OK, I hear you: There's the expense to consider. Although most of the major password managers offer a free option, you don't get what is arguably the most important option -- password syncing -- unless you pony up for a premium subscription. And that can run as much as $40 annually (roughly £30 and AU$50).

The User Experience of Lootboxes – Prototypr

Disclaimer: In real life, when I’m not pretending I know how to write, I work for a gambling company here in Australia. This means that lootboxes — gambling — in video games is a unique point of interest for me. I’m not a gambler in any sense, but I deal with the industry on a daily basis. I think this gives me a unique perspective on the topic, and I want to be up front about where I’m coming from when I talk about it.

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iOS 11.3: The 7 Best Features

iOS 11.3 will release sometime this spring. As spring starts on March 20th in the US, we can expect a late March release for iOS 11.3. This means iOS 11.3 will spend two months in the beta. Right now it’s only available in the developer beta channel but the public beta should be out soon. If you can’t wait for the final release, you can jump on the beta bandwagon simply by installing the beta profile on your iPhone (there’s no need for a PC or iTunes).

How to track down files in File Explorer with the Group By command

When it comes to data files, no matter how organized you are, chances are good that you don't know where every document on your hard disk is located. Nor do you even remember every document that you have on your hard disk. While Windows 10's File Explorer has a great search feature, there are other features that can help you make quick work of tracking down your files. One such feature is the Group By command, located on the View tab in File Explorer.

Get two Sonos Ones for the price of one Apple HomePod

In our tests, Sonos' stereo performance was superb, and in my review of the competing $399  Google Home Max I said: "If I had to choose straight-up between a single Max and a pair of Sonos Ones in stereo mode, I'd take the Sonos speakers for their improved soundstage." I'm dying to hear how the HomePod's sound compares to the Max and the One.

Apple Features Animoji Singing Hit Songs in New Grammy Ads

And with Animoji karaoke taking off as much as it did before the end of 2017 thanks to the new feature baked into the iPhone X, it might not be too surprising to see the feature being showcased in new ads for the upcoming 2018 Grammy Awards. Adweek has the new two ads, which sees the Animoji characters tackling some of the year’s hottest songs from the likes of Childish Gambino and Migos.

How DevOps powers digital transformation

New Relic's Chief Product Officer Jim Gochee explains the top questions and challenges facing companies that are fully committed to digital transformation.

How US companies can defend against cyberattacks from state actors

Cooperation between the private sector and government, says attorney and former CIA case officer Jack Rice, is the best way to protect corporate data from cyber-attacks.

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Why would they put this match on last if it was not a set up for Ronda Rousey to show up. Would of loved to seen Shinsuke Nakumura close out the show celebrating.

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Alexa can make restaurant reservations, sure, but if you asked it to book you a table for two at 6 p.m. at the Mayo Clinic, it would try. So what do we really mean when we say "artificial intelligence"? 

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Elon Musk says SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will be ready for launch on February 6th

5G phones for 2019 -- that's the goal of Qualcomm, Chinese firms

Under the "5G Pioneer" initiative, Qualcomm will help create a platform for the companies to build phones running on 5G, the next generation of wireless technology that promises more speed and better coverage. 5G, one of the hottest trends in tech, is considered the foundation for a number of growing segments such as self-driving cars and artificial intelligence.

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The poor are the testing ground for new technology that increases inequality, argues a new book on how algorithms are affecting American life. 

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Peter Dinklage enjoys the silence in 'I Think We're Alone Now'

The film is directed by Reed Morano , fresh from directing the award-winning " The Handmaid's Tale ". Morano is also a cinematographer, and it shows. From the opening shots of an American flag fluttering over hauntingly deserted streets, "I Think We're Alone Now" is frequently beautiful, with rich and deep light and shadow. Scenes play out in near-silhouette, and never has Dinklage's mournful face been so expressively lit.

Find the best deals on refurbished Apple products

Great, but how can you find out when Apple's clearance store adds something you want? And what if you're looking for a particular model or configuration not offered by Apple proper? Where can you find third-party deals on refurbs?

How to watch the 2018 Grammy Awards online

The ceremony will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, marking the first time the show has been held outside Los Angeles since 2004. While we’re doing trivia, Grammy fans will also note that the show is a few weeks early this year, in order to avoid conflicting with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. (It was also moved in 2010 and 2014, for similar Olympic-dodging reasons.)

ATM makers warn of 'jackpotting' hacks on U.S. machines

(Reuters) - Diebold Nixdorf Inc and NCR Corp, two of the world’s largest ATM makers, have warned that cyber criminals are targeting U.S. cash machines with tools that force them to spit out cash in hacking schemes known as “jackpotting.”

Montana governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality in the state

Montana’s governor signed an executive order today that would force internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules, even while the FCC has repealed those rules nationally.

Abode slashes the price of its home security starter kit

Abode, the makers of home security cameras, sensors and accessories, today announced a price reduction on its starter kits. Beginning Feb. 1, the new kits will start at $279 and replace Abode's previous lineup. The entry-level $279 kit will include one of each of the following devices:

All about the first phone with an in-screen finger scanner

For now though, if you're thinking of getting one, you'll have to wait, as this phone is only available in China, with no word on when it will be available in Vivo's international markets. There's always the option of third-party online retailers, but the phone will likely come without Google's Play Store installed, so be warned.

An Internet of Things 'crime harvest' is coming unless security problems are fixed | ZDNet

"If your fridge is connected up to your local supermarket so that it can order things when they are needed, then it's going to be connected to your bank account and it's that, that is the worry. That all of these devices, none of which are seen as that threatening or that necessary to protect, become the open back door," said Barton.

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Facebook is trying to teach chatbots how to chit-chat

The clever thing about Persona-Chat is that the idle talk it contains isn’t just random. To give some structure to the data, and to address the challenge of making chatbots with personality, the Mechanical Turk workers were asked to design their own character to guide their dialogue. This meant coming up with five basic biographical statements and using them as topics of conversation. So, for example, one persona was based around the following facts: “I am an artist. I have four children. I recently got a cat. I enjoy walking for exercise. I love watching Game of Thrones .”

Take a look inside one of the most exclusive racing clubs in the world

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CNET Asks: Which geek movies are you most excited to see in 2018?

Now that you've had a sneak peak of what 2018 has to offer, which of these films are you most excited to see? Let us know in the poll below! Your votes will be turn into an upcoming Top 5 so make your voice count and spread the word to your fellow film lovers.

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