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WikiLeaks: Here are the CIA's hacking tools for your phones

The leak organization released thousands of documents Tuesday saying they showed how the US spy agency can break into Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Android devices.

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HP Enterprise is buying a flash storage company for $1 billion

Nimble was founded in 2007 and has approximately 1,300 employees worldwide. The company delivered revenue of $402 million in its most recent fiscal year, up 25 percent year over year. Nimble's strong application performance in its entry to midrange flash storage solutions is backed by an intelligent, predictive analytics engine that delivers a simplified customer experience. This unique analytics platform goes beyond storage to analyze performance issues across the full data path, from apps to the array, and resolves most issues before they occur. In addition, Nimble has recently introduced multicloud storage services that combine the best of on-premises and public cloud storage capabilities for Hybrid IT deployments.

D-Wave quantum computers: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about D-Wave Systems' quantum computers, machines that could one day tackle problems that would be impossible to solve today.

WikiLeaks releases new documents on CIA hacking tools

The files contain numerous exploits for both iOS and Android devices, dating from between 2014 and 2016. The agency seems to have had more success targeting Android devices, with roughly 24 weaponized exploits, compared to 14 for iOS. The exploits come from a variety of sources, including partner agencies like the NSA and GCHQ or private exploit traders. In one case, a published iOS 8 kernel attack is listed as an exploit, credited to security researcher Stefan Esser.

Jason Isaacs Is Star Trek: Discovery's New Captain—But Not Its Star

Isaacs will play Lorca, the captain of the series’ main Federation starship, Discovery . But, as we’ve known for a while, he won’t be the lead character of the show; that’ll be his Number One, Lieutenant Commander Rainsford, played by The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green . So while it’s certainly an important role for the show to fill, let’s not forget who the real star is. Alongside Isaacs’ casting, CBS also announced that Mary Wiseman has joined the show as Cadet Tilly—a student who’s been assigned to the Discovery in her final year of Starfleet Academy.

Congressman suggests poor Americans should give up iPhones for health care

Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) says that Americans would have an easier time with health care costs if they stopped buying iPhones.

Apple seeds macOS 10.12.4 beta 5 to developers | Cult of Mac

Developers can grab the new macOS beta directly from Apple’s online developer portal. It can also be installed via the Software Update option in the Mac App Store if you have the previous build of macOS 10.12.4 installed.

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WikiLeaks has published a trove of documents it says exposes the CIA's hacking operations. What we know so far:

WikiLeaks Trove Appears to Show CIA Hacking Tools

The documents released Tuesday, which WikiLeaks is referring to as "Year Zero" include many lines of computer code, and the organization says that some of the tools they describe can be used to bypass the encryption of popular apps and devices, including the iPhone and the Android and Windows operating systems. The "zero-day exploits," so-called because the CIA has not shared its loopholes with the companies involved, allow the agency to access data transmissions before they are encrypted, WikiLeaks said.

Alleged CIA leak re-demonstrates the dangers of smart TVs

As far as for existing smart TVs, switching off Wi-Fi might not be enough. Developer’s notes for the aforementioned Samsung exploit show that the CIA was exploring keeping the Wi-Fi on while the TV was in a faked-off mode. It’s logical that other exploits could even ghost the Wi-Fi switch, making it appear the user switched off the wireless networking but it’s actually still active.

Facebook slammed for not removing sexualized child images

When the BBC journalist contacted Facebook to inform the company that it was leaving problematic content on its platform, the social network asked the journalist to send over the images. Facebook then reported the BBC to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP), which is part of the UK's National Crime Agency.

The truth about MooCs and bootcamps: Their biggest benefit isn't creating more coders | ZDNet

The world needs more software programmers and MooCs and coding bootcamps promise to deliver the needed skills. But as an on-ramp to becoming a developer, they have debatable value.

ZTE will pay $1.19 billion for violating US trade sanctions

ZTE is still feeling the pain from its alleged violation of US trade sanctions against Iran and North Korea. The Chinese tech giant has reached an agreement with the Commerce Department to both plead guilty to violation charges and pay a total of $1.19 billion ($892 million in the Iran case) as a penalty. That's a stiff cost, but ZTE didn't have much choice. The US' sanctions against the company, suspended while the two sides negotiated a deal, would have crippled its business by largely denying access to crucial American parts like Qualcomm's mobile processors.

Pinterest adds visual search to its handy browser extensions

Click that new icon and adjust the window to focus on an item to see a list of categories and results for in real time. You can also use the tool to discover specific objects, products, patterns and colors. What's more, right clicking the background of a web page and selecting "search" will allow you to do some hunting with the entire page rather than just one image. Again, the new functionality launches tomorrow for Chrome, so you'll be able to use it in a matter of hours.

Twitter's "Obamacare vs. Replacement" Meme Is How People Feel About Trump Overall

It’s unclear who created the first Obamacare vs. Obamacare Replacement tweet, but the template couldn’t be any simpler. Just take anything that is generally beloved and pair it with a generic or crappy version of itself. There’s not much room for nuance here, or commentary on what is specifically abhorrent about the new plan. (For an idea of that, you might want to take a look at Jason Chaffetz explaining the bill on CNN this morning.) What the meme mainly does is give people a chance to express just how lacking this presidency is when stacked up against its predecessor. So, basically it’s what Twitter is like every other day now too.

Nest beefs up security with two-factor authentication

The feature works just like it does anywhere else — you've likely seen it on services such as Gmail or PayPal . It adds an additional layer of security on top of your password by requesting a verification code at login. Since this code is sent to your phone when needed, it means an unauthorized user can't log in even if he has the password.

BritBox, a streaming service for British TV from BBC and ITV, launches in the US

BritBox — a new streaming service from the BBC and ITV announced late last year — has officially launched in the US, as noted by Engadget . The service costs $6.99 per month, and claims to offer the “biggest streaming collection of British TV... ever” of shows from two major British broadcasters for American viewers.

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CEO Travis Kalanick is officially looking for someone to help him run Uber

Kalanick's need for a No. 2 at the company comes after a series of cascading crises. In January, over 200,000 customers deleted Uber in one weekend as part of the #DeleteUber movement. Since then, the company has had to launch an internal investigation into its workplace culture after former engineer Susan Fowler published a tell-all blog post about the gender bias and sexual harassment she allegedly endured at the company. It's also been sued by its investor, Google, for alleged intellectual property theft and had details of a program designed to evade government authorities published in the last two weeks.

Most drivers still unsure about the benefits of self-driving

Opinions on self-driving cars appear to be moving slowly towards acceptance, though the vast majority in Klashwerks ‘2017 State of Driving survey’ either don’t know enough or won’t be purchasing an autonomous vehicle in the near future.


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Amazon agrees to hand over Echo data in murder case

Amazon's disclosure of the recordings by the device sidesteps a potentially significant legal battle pitting users' privacy against law enforcement's needs to investigate major crimes. The case offered an early hint at the possible legal complications posed by emerging smart home and internet of things products, which can track users' activities and movements. However, like a similar battle between Apple and the FBI over unlocking a terrorist's iPhone, this case too ended without setting any legal precedent.

Hyperloop One just unveiled its first full-scale test track in Nevada — here's a closer look

The public trial expected to occur in the first half of this year will serve as Hyperloop One's first test on a full-scale, development site. The startup conducted a public test on a prototype system in the same area in May 2016.

WikiLeaks Explained: How Vulnerable Are You to Hackers?

WikiLeaks published more than 8,000 documents Tuesday that it says detail methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency to break into messaging apps, smartphones, computers and internet-connected TVs. The files haven’t been verified by either the CIA or independent security experts as authentic, and experts say there is nothing new there that should alarm the public. But with so many devices in our home, workplace and pockets...

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Free download: Digital transformation, a CXO's guide | ZDNet

This ebook contains articles from ZDNet and TechRepublic writers with practical advice about how to plan and implement a full digital transformation. For example, Alison DeNisco explains common obstacles companies face on the road to digital transformation and how to overcome them. Pat Gray gives advice for IT leaders who want to sell their project to the CEO and get funding for digital transformation. This package of articles also contains case studies from companies like Wendy's, Campbell Soup, and and Vmware.

Switch Launch Sales in the Americas and Europe Are Nintendo’s Best Ever - IGN

It added that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has also become the "biggest-selling Nintendo launch title ever in Europe, even outselling Wii Sports in first weekend sales", adding that this success all came "in March – traditionally a quiet time for the games industry."

Visual Studio 2017 Has Landed

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Chanel 'launched' a rocket during its fashion show in Paris

Edgar began hitting newsrooms at a young age, when his dad worked at a newspaper back in the 90s. Growing up, he had two passions: technology and football (soccer). If he wasn't on the pitch scoring hat-tricks, he could be found near his SNES or around the house taking things apart. Edgar's also deeply in love with tacos, sneakers and FIFA, in no particular order . He lives in New York City with his better half.

Apple Says 'Many' Vulnerabilities in Today's Leaked CIA Documents Have Already Been Patched

“Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system. While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.”

Amazon Alexa now offers medical advice from WebMD

Virtual assistants are becoming more intelligent all the time, but few match Amazon Alexa, which now exceeds 10,000 different skills. Its latest makes an Alexa speaker an even more useful addition to your home — especially if you might be a hypochondriac.

Self-driving trucks: 3 new startups could shape the future of trucking - TechRepublic

Uber's driverless truck company Otto has dominated headlines, but it's not the only player. Embark, Starsky Robotics and just gave details on their upcoming forays into autonomous trucking.

New leaked pictures show off Galaxy S8 and S8+ side by side

To put things in perspective, the smaller S8 on the left allegedly has a 5.7-inch display, the same size as last year’s ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, which makes the relative size of the 6.2-inch S8+ even more impressive. It’s yet another detail about the S8 that we can check off our list of questions, along with what it looks like , whether it’ll have buttons , and where the fingerprint sensor is .

When Supervillain Make-Up Gets in the Way of Actual Acting

Whether it’s Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse or Idris Elba as Krall in Star Trek Beyond , it can sometimes seem really dumb to negate the expressiveness of a big-deal actor’s face under layers of prosthetics. A College Humor sketch makes fun of this phenomenon with a “cool space guy” that you can barely understand because so much effort has been made to make him seem otherworldly. Let’s hope future films learn from the true power of this mistake.

Microsoft finally made my favorite keyboard and mouse

I hate keyboards and mice these days. For years I used to stockpile boxes of Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorers because Microsoft stupidly discontinued the best mouse it ever created. I moved on from PS2 ports and wires over to the wireless world a few years ago, but all the buttons and fancy gimmicks have been an annoying distraction on modern mice. I just want something that’s comfortable and works.

Airbus reveals a modular, self-piloting flying car concept

Airbus has been talking about its Vahana flying autonomous vehicle project for a while now, but at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, it’s showing off a concept design created in partnership with Italdesign. The demonstration vehicle offers modular functionality, meaning it an operate both on the ground and in the air, and Airbus thinks it’s one potential answer to the growing problem of urban traffic congestion.

How Twitter's Fail Whale could save your company - TechRepublic

Morgan : When we left Twitter to start Buoyant, our goal was to take the years of operational knowledge running microservices at scale and turn it into something the rest of the world could use. Twitter felt like it was a few years ahead of the curve, but we knew that the rest of the world would have to do the same architectural shift. It's unavoidable. The internet keeps getting bigger, "being scalable" is a progressively higher bar to meet, and at the same time everything is getting moved into the cloud and virtualized hardware where the old reliability guarantees around resource isolation and everything else no longer apply.

Drought-Stricken Chinese City Proposes Mega Pipeline to Pump Water From Siberia

The northwest Chinese city of Lanzhou has a serious water shortage problem. To address the issue, its urban planners have sketched out an ambitious plan to deliver water from Siberia’s Lake Baikal to the city along a 1,000-mile-long pipeline. Getting approval for the project will be a monumental challenge, but it may be a sign of things to come for other water-poor regions of the world.

This attack alarm is baked into a ring

The idea behind Nimb is simple: The device is a ring with a tiny button tucked discreetly on the underside. Should you feel that you're in danger, a three-second press will trigger an alert on your phone via Bluetooth. You'll be told the message was successfully sent with a gentle vibration, too quiet for anyone else to hear. The alert will be sent to three nominated contacts, giving up your location and a canned message indicating that you are in trouble. If you subscribe to Nimb's $10-per-month service, your alert will also be sent to a 24/7 contact center that will dispatch help and record the audio coming out of your smartphone. Details about how the contact center will work are still being hammered out, but you can pay for a year's worth of service when you buy the ring itself.

All the ways Logan earns its R rating

But Logan is the star of the film, and the obligation to demythologize the superhero falls on him. His ability to heal means he can withstand an act of violence as devastating as a bullet to the head. His power to shoot sharp, shiny blades from his knuckles mean his attacks will always involve some sort of bloodshed, even if it’s only his own. But throughout X-Men and Wolverine’s kid-friendly history, we’ve watched him stab, slice, and impale his enemies with minimal gore — or simply heard the act from offscreen.

Here's how much water your dishwasher saves

Still don't want to put your dishes' fate in the hands of a machine even though it's good for the environment? Consider this: It takes water that is 140 or 145 degrees Fahrenheit (60 to 62.7 degrees Celsius) to fully sanitize dishes. Your hands just can't handle that, and I'm guessing you don't want to turn up the heat setting on your water heater every time you wash dishes, either. So, let your dishwasher deal with the high temperatures while you sit back and relax.

Uber's 'hustle-oriented' culture becomes a black mark on employees' resumes

Leslie Miley, a Silicon Valley veteran who is on a leave from his position as director of engineering at Slack, said he absolutely took what he called Uber's "a--hole culture" into account in hiring decisions. Seeing Uber on a résumé does not stop him from interviewing a candidate, he said, but it does prompt him to ask "pointed questions" about how the person would handle workplace issues.

Here’s how to close the gender pay gap by 2044

The wage gap in developing countries could be reduced by 35% by 2030 and eliminated by 2044, according to a new report from consultancy Accenture. But in order achieve pay parity, women need to be more involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields , the report notes. They also need to become "digitally fluent," which the report defines as being competent in computing, quick to adopt new technology, and constantly learning new computer related skills. 

Razer's new digital currency is both outdated and enticing

That alone is pretty enticing, but Razer's bid for zVault's success goes deeper. Buying Steam keys with zGold can net users discounts on their total purchases (up to 15 percent) and free games. The digital currency can also be used to purchase DLC add-ons and in-game items in titles like Paladins and Smite . On top of that, using Razer's Cortex software or Arena eSports platform can earn users extra zSilver. In fact, that kind of seems like the point -- using the zVault rewards system to drive more users to use Razer's software suite and entrench themselves deeper in the company's ecosystem.

WikiLeaks claims the CIA built special tools for hacking iPhones and other Apple products

"Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security.  The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system. While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities.  We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.”

Miami Heat getting an assist from agile methodology to create new mobile app - TechRepublic

The Miami Heat NBA basketball team is creating a new mobile app to improve engagement with fans who are at the arena or who are watching from home and at home, and it's using an agile approach for the planning, testing, and rollout, according to and BeyondCurious, which have partnered to create the app.

NASA proposes artificial magnetic field to make Mars a second home | ZDNet

The proposal (.PDF) relies on the theory that over four billion years ago, the planet's magnetic field vanished, turning the planet from a warm and wet environment to a dry husk.

Alexa, what is this rash?

If you're the worrying type who has a tendency to look up every potential ailment, you may want to skip this. Starting today, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant will be able to offer up medical information courtesy of WebMD. That means you'll be able to ask your Echo about health-related topics including "conditions, drugs, medical tests, side effects, symptoms, and treatments," according to WebMD. The company says Alexa will respond with "physician-reviewed, medically appropriate answers in plain, accessible language." A word of caution, though: The growing prominence of smart home speakers is raising new questions about privacy . Amazon recently agreed to hand over Echo data to law enforcement in an ongoing murder trial.

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