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Minecraft arrives on the Nintendo Switch

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NHS hospitals in England hit by widespread ransomware attack

IT systems and phone lines in National Health Service hospitals were locked up on Friday, in a coordinated attack across the country. The East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust updated its website shortly after the attack, telling visitors that they were "currently experiencing significant problems with our IT and telephone network."

Google eliminates Android update roadblock with new framework

Project Treble cuts down the amount of hardware-accessing code that needs to be written by wrapping all of it in one package that developers can just re-use across each new version of Android. This eliminates the need for chip makers to modify the original open-source code that Google releases and speeds up the approval process.

Facebook's "flower" reaction is back for Mother's Day

The purple flower reaction is back to give you one more option to express yourself on Facebook. Instagram gets its own stickers for Mother's Day.

Gorilla Glass maker Corning gets $200 million from Apple’s US manufacturing investment fund

This certainly isn’t that. If anything, it’s a sign that the fund will be focused, at least in part, on outside companies that are already doing some domestic manufacturing. While Apple has done some assembly here in the States (namely the Mac Pro, for which it built a facility in Texas), actually uprooting its existing manufacturing chain would require a much more massive investment than the one it just gave Corning.

How to avoid ransomware attacks: 10 tips - TechRepublic

Nigerian princes are no longer the only menaces lurking in an employee's inbox. For healthcare organizations, schools, government agencies and many businesses, ransomware attacks—an especially sinister type of malware delivered through spear phishing emails that locks up valuable data assets and demands a ransom to release them—are a rapidly-growing security threat.

Even Clean Energy Has Little Oil Spills

Ramon Fiestas Hummler, chairman of the Latin America committee at the Global Wind Energy Council, said it’s unusual for such spills to actually contaminate surrounding soil, and when they do then “the company has an obligation to clean the affected area.” He said actual environmental damage would likely be limited. Still, “black stains on white turbines provide local communities with a visible reason to point to when opposing wind projects.”

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Large-scale ransomware attack is spreading through hospitals, banks, and telcos

Hospitals across the U.K. are being hit with a massive ransomeware attack

The U.K.'s National Health Service said today it suffered widespread IT failures due to what is believed to be a cyberattack against hospital computers. Systems across the country have been affected, according to U.K. media reports, with computers locking up and displaying a pop-up message demanding ransom . Some hospitals are said to be diverting all but their emergency patients to other facilities. Here's more from the BBC , the Telegraph , and the Guardian .

Trump administration to move all federal IT into the cloud: Is it realistic? - TechRepublic

Another question raised by the mandate is the feasibility of moving these systems to the cloud. Tran said that the executive order builds on an existing foundation, but the "proof is in the pudding." The order, like other security plans, must be executed in a timely manner and show clear improvements in boosting security visibility and early threat detection, but it also must clearly show what "good" and "bad" security looks like in cloud infrastructure, Tran said.


Net neutrality: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

Do internet service providers have a right to throttle certain traffic? That's the question at the heart of net neutrality, and here's everything you need to know about it.

Intel, Samsung Gang Up on Qualcomm to Back FTC Monopoly Suit

“The Federal Trade Commission’s latest submission to the court does nothing to cure the fundamental flaws in its complaint against Qualcomm: no coherent theory of competitive harm and no allegations of the type of conduct that the antitrust laws are designed to address,” Qualcomm said Friday in a statement. “The complaint therefore should be dismissed.”

Barclays Boss Shows CEOs Still Haven’t Quite Got the Hang of Tech

An April 2017 cyber-security study published by the U.K. government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport concluded that of about 1,500 business surveyed, 83 percent outline what an employee is or is not permitted to do on their employer’s IT equipment. Only 62 specify restrictions on using personally-owned devices for business activities. Fewer still, 56 percent, include provisions on the use of new digital technologies such as cloud computing services, although this figure is higher, at 67 percent, for the larger companies studied for the survey.

Airbnb Looks to Latin America, Now Its Fastest-Growing Market

Build 2017: Microsoft promises a turnkey globally distributed database service, Azure Cosmos DB - TechRepublic

Put simply, Cosmos DB is Microsoft's new database service running on the Azure platform. However, there is a little bit more to it than that. Cosmos DB is a multi-model, globally distributed database service that leverages the Azure intelligent cloud, which according to Microsoft, makes it both more powerful and more flexible than other database services.

Facebook Groups can now screen new members with a questionnaire

Group Admins can find the “Ask Pending Members Questions” option in their Group’s settings menu. They then have the option to great up to 3 questions that potential members can answer in up to 250 characters each. Only admins and moderators see the answers to the questions, which are not posted to the group. Users who hit “Join” on a Group with a questionnaire will be asked to fill it out immediately, while those invited to join will get a notification linked to the form. Applicants can edit their answers until they’re reviewed.

NASA won’t put humans on the first flight of its big rocket after all

Putting crew on the first flight of a new vehicle isn’t usually how NASA does things, though. Typically, the agency does an uncrewed test flight first to determine if a vehicle is safe. The Saturn V rocket, for instance, did a mission without passengers before crew rode on board, and the future space taxis that SpaceX and Boeing are developing to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station will fly empty first to make sure they are safe for crew. However, one notable exception to this rule was the first flight of the Space Shuttle, which carried a crew of two into orbit around Earth. It was a bold move at the time, but NASA needed a pilot in the Shuttle to control the vehicle’s landing .

Startup Targets The TI Calculators Your Kid Lugs to Class

Desmos's software racks up 300,000 hours of use by students in 146 countries every month, the startup said. While it offers the software free to individuals, it charges organizations such as publishers that use it, providing the San Francisco-based company with its revenue.  Luberoff founded the company after working as a math tutor, where he saw a market for math education as curriculum and students moved online. The company secured about $1 million in seed funding in 2011 from investors including Learn Capital, Kindler Capital and Mitchell Kapor, as it built the product and a revenue model. The startup also received an investment from GV, formerly Google Ventures, in 2012. Desmos has the backing of Pearson Plc, the world’s largest education company. Pearson is using it as a partner for its high-school math program, enVision. The College Board, which administers the SAT and Advance Placement tests, has endorsed the use of Desmos for its SpringBoard platform, which provides study drills, practice exams and curriculum assessments for students and teachers. Such tie-ups are the key to breaking into the market, according to Luberoff.

SoftBank and Foxconn Bring India Some of World's Cheapest Solar

India is already among the most competitive generators of solar power after establishing auctions for capacity that drew capital both from western utilities and from development banks anxious to help Modi clean up his country’s notorious smog. Each new auction over the past two years has helped India’s renewable-energy generators close the gap with the lowest cost fuels such as natural gas and coal, said Shantanu Jaiswal, an analyst for BNEF in New Delhi.

Apple's $1,000 iPhone 8 may devour your wallet

Goldman Sachs said in a research note Thursday that the iPhone 8 could start at a whopping $1,000. The next iPhone will boast a 5.8-inch display with OLED technology and 3D-sensing augmented reality capabilities, the firm said. That reaffirms many of the rumors that have been floating.

PokerStars Owner Amaya Changes Name, Leaves Montreal for Toronto

Promoted after founder David Baazov stepped down amid insider trading charges and poor earnings performance, Ashkenazi is working to pay down debt, install a new management team and lessen the company’s exposure to the unstable online-poker business. Amaya just hired an industry veteran from William Hill Plc to focus on mergers and acquisitions, which Ashkenazi has said could play a central role in the second half of the year.

Sean Spicer 'among' White House bushes inspires perfectly shady lawn ornament

"Now you too can have the White House press secretary in — or rather, 'among' — the bushes in your yard," she shadily wrote, "If you're concerned that when exposed to the outdoors, the image will run worries, that's exactly what Sean Spicer does, so it's totally authentic!"

FCC chairman voted to sell your browsing history — so we asked to see his

Thanks to the FCC chairman, internet providers can now sell Americans' browsing histories for targeted advertising. We thought it was only fair to see his — so, we filed a Freedom of Information request.

A Stolen NSA Tool Is Being Used in a Global Cyberattack

As Lithwick points out, the jest here is in mocking Democrats by suggesting Obama’s blocked Supreme Court nominee to run the bureau as someone they couldn’t possibly oppose. Unspoken but perspicuous is the wish to (at worst) score points off Democrats and (at best) free up a seat on the nation’s most important appeals court for a nominee from the Federalist Society weapons locker. “There is no cost to Lee in suggesting Garland for this job,” Lithwick notes. “It amounts, as Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center notes in an email, to little more than a headline that reads ‘Mike Lee wants to replace Merrick Garland with a conservative on the D.C. Circuit.’”

Gorilla Glass maker Corning receives $200 million from Apple | ZDNet

The fund was announced earlier this month as a way to support "a new era of technology-driven manufacturing in the US," and Corning is the first beneficiary. Apple said the investment will go toward Corning's research and development, equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing.

Prom's Big Queer Takover

Prom began in the late nineteenth century as a formal co-ed banquet for graduating classes at elite universities. By the 1920s, the tradition trickled down to the American high schools in the form of a "democratic debutante ball." The ball excluded students of color because of Jim Crow, as well as queer and trans youth by default, who were decades away from emerging as a definable demographic.

Don't Believe Anything This Bot Says About Pregnancy Nutrition

“We’re a technology company, not pregnancy experts,” de Soto told me on the phone. She confirmed that they didn’t involve any health professionals in making the bot, although the co-founder’s doctor told her not to eat eggplant. They didn’t decide on any guidelines for what counted as a reputable source, either, and figured something was fair game to include if it turned up on multiple websites in a google search. After I voiced concerns about accuracy, de Soto said she’d ask the team to put a disclaimer on the answer about eggplant.

Amazon Alexa could be getting 15-second sponsored ads with new VoiceLabs program - TechRepublic

On Thursday, voice analytics firm VoiceLabs launched a new program called Sponsored Messages, enabling brands to build six- to 15-second-long advertisements for Amazon Alexa. The company has been testing the ads for a few months, and is working with companies like ESPN and Wendy's, according to a press release .

Spotify could come to the NYSE by early 2018

The streaming music business expects to have a direct listing on the stock exchange by late 2017 or early 2018, according to CNBC's sources.

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What is WannaCry and how does ransomware work?

W hen the software is opened it tells computer users that their files have been encryted, and gives them a few days to pay up, warning that their files will otherwise be deleted. It demands payment in Bitcoin, gives instructions on how to buy it, and provides a Bitcoin address to send it to.

The Ransomware Meltdown Experts Warned About Is Here

It’s equally bad on a more micro level. Once WannaCry enters a network, it can spread around to other computers on that same network, a typical trait of ransomware that maximizes the damage to companies and institutions. It’s also unclear so far exactly where the attacks originated, making it harder to remediate on a large scale. Security analysts will eventually be able to use information from victims about how attackers were able to first get in (things like phishing, malvertising, or more personalized targeted attacks) to trace the origins.

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Spotify might forgo IPO and list directly on NYSE this year

Microsoft reveals new Windows 10 features coming in fall update | ZDNet

On day 2 of its Build 2017 developers conference, Microsoft announced a name for its fall release of Windows 10 and showed off a few new features that will be in that update. A surprise announcement: iTunes is coming to the Windows Store.

An Alarming Number of Parents Named Their Sons 'Kylo' Last Year

On the one hand, whiny, squealing newborn infants being named after whiny, squealing wannabe Sith Lord Kylo Ren is an oddly appropriate legacy for the character. On the other, whyyyyyy?

10 Games Every Nintendo Wii U Player Needs

$59.99 The premiere game for the Wii U could be the best 3D Mario game since Super Mario 64. Yes, better than Super Mario Galaxy. A big reason why is because Mario in HD looks fantastic. Mario's whimsical, colorful visuals were born for high-def. The orchestrated music will make you wish all Mario games sound this way. The controls feel perfect. Each level is filled with new ideas to toy with like a stage where platforms vanish and reappear to the rhythm of the music. It's also a fantastic multiplayer game. You will argue, yell, and finally agree to work together to find every single last star, stamp, and secret (find all the hidden Luigis!) until you've conquered the game and either replay it all over again or await the inevitable sequel (we hope). A must-have for any Wii U owner.

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Apple creates video series to help iPhone users take better pictures

Whoops! Delta posts sign banning devices from overseas flights

As spotted on FlyerTalk and by The Points Guy , a sign at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport told passengers that a ban on carrying on devices apart from phones would come into effect on May 12 (Friday), requiring passengers to check anything from laptops to Nintendo Switch consoles on flights entering the United States.

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Hell Yes, The Exorcist Is Getting a Second Season

The Exorcist was one of the best surprises on TV last year—if you’re a fan of pull-no-punches horror shows with compelling characters and gloriously gory special effects. Season one wrapped up in December, and Fox has been keeping the faithful waiting to hear if it would return. Good news, demon peeps!

The Office of Government Ethics is now trolling Trump on Twitter

The Office of Government Ethics, an office under the commander in chief's jurisdiction, is trolling the president on Twitter in a turn of events that should, at this point, shock absolutely nobody.

Here's the Comey tape transcript Trump so wants you to see

Thankfully, the same heroic stranger who slipped us Trump's tax returns also mailed us a transcript of Trump's Comey recordings. Late this morning, I went to my mailbox only to find the transcript hidden in a manilla envelope labeled "TOP SECRET." Any good journalist will tell you that "TOP SECRET" makes it very real and obviously not leaked by Trump, which means you must share it on cable television.

Trump's Russian income is not being mocked at all. With few exceptions.

AKA, with some exceptions, AKA the first statement is not fully true. AKA if this was geometry your teacher would look at the paper, then up at you, then back at the paper, sigh, and put a big red X on it. But that's with the high moral standing of 10th grade geometry, not the presidency.

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Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are hijacking cell networks to send threatening texts

Why My Startup Scrapped Its Perfectly Successful Business Model

It’s a truism in business that truly great companies make reinvention a habit–so much so that it’s kind of cliché to say so. But it’s a fact. GE has reimagined itself countless times since it began as a lightbulb maker in 1892, and is now one of the most diversified companies on the planet. IBM has a similarly storied history of self-transformation, which includes launching the PC revolution in the 1980s and then selling off much of its PC business in 2005. In a similar vein, much younger companies like Apple and Netflix fearlessly cannibalize successful parts of their businesses–think of Apple’s iPod and Netflix’s mail-order DVD business–to make way for greater innovations.

Designing Medical Clothing That’s Stylish? It’s More Important Than You Think

This is the market that Inga Wellbeing is targeting with a collection of patient clothes that it released earlier this year, after four years of development in collaboration with doctors, nurses, and patients. The company was inspired by Lancksweert’s own experience caring for her mother, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 52. “Not only did she lose her hair, she also lost her dignity and her independence and her self-confidence,” Lancksweert says. “Through no one’s fault and the realities of frequent hospitalizations and some pretty invasive treatment, and then some having to be examined by nurses and doctors, she seemed to spend a lot of time not looking and feeling like herself.”

Bear attempts to break into store, runs right into a glass door

A small black bear tried to break into a hardware store in Grand Coulee, Washington, last week, but its plan was foiled by a pesky glass door. Surveillance footage shows the bear charging the door, running its head right into the glass, bouncing off, then running away in embarrassment.

Kind-hearted EMT stops to help teen tie his tie for prom

Mary Terrinoni and Jared Bryer were in their ambulance when a prom-bound teen approached them. He needed help with tying his tie. Without hesitation, Bryer got out to assist the young man and while he was doing so, Terrinoni took the photo below.

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