Technology archive for 2016-06-22

Twitter trolls are outing atheists and pro-LGBT women in repressive regimes (Ben Collins/The Daily Beast)

(3 years ago)
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:Twitter trolls are outing atheists and pro-LGBT women in repressive regimes  —  In Kuwait, the penalty for blasphemy can be a severe as death.  That's why a new campaign to dox young Kuwaiti women with independent minds is so dangerous.  —  A band of Twitter trolls alleging …

Interview With A Craigslist Scammer

(3 years ago)
snydeq writes: Ever wonder what motivates people who swindle others on Craigslist? Roger Grimes did, so he set up a fake Harley Davidson ad on Craigslist and requested an interview with each scammer who replied to the ad. One agreed, and the man's answers shed light on the inner world of Craigslist scamming: "If you mean how often I make money from Craigslist, it depends on the day or week. Many weeks I make nothing. Some weeks I can get five people sending me money. But I respond to a lot of ads to get one email back. I'm not only doing Craigslist -- there are many similar places. I haven't counted, but many. It takes many emails to get paid. That's what I mean. Some weeks I lose money. It's harder than most people think. But I don't have to go into a place at a certain time and deal with bosses and customers. I can make my own time." Grimes asked the scammer a number of questions ranging from "How do you know when you have a good victim?" to "What country do you originate from?" and everything in-between. He ended the interview asking the scammer for any words of advice for readers. The scammer responded: "It's getting harder for business people like me to be successful, but if they [the victims] follow the rules it would be very hard for me to be successful. That's one of the surprises. My friends and I thought we would not be successful for so long, especially with how Craigslist is different now. But there is always someone looking to sell something who doesn't know the[..]

Foxconn to close some of Sharp's overseas ops, hasten patents to market

(3 years ago)
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Foxconn plans to close costly and redundant overseas operations of new acquisition Sharp Corp, and bring to market products using Sharp's valuable patents and technology as quickly as possible, said the chief of the world's largest electronics manufacturer.

Australia's ASX lifts stake in U.S. blockchain developer

(3 years ago)
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian markets operator ASX Ltd said on Wednesday it was exercising an option to lift its stake in U.S. blockchain developer Digital Asset Holdings, stepping up its interest a technology that backers say can ease information tracking and reduce transaction settlement times.

China weighs on 2015 global industrial robot sales growth

(3 years ago)
MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Global industrial robot sales growth slowed to 12 percent in 2015 weighed by a sharp fall in top buyer China, data from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) showed on Wednesday.

Game, dataset and match

(3 years ago)
As Wimbledon prepares to use emotion-tracking cameras at this year's tennis championships, sport is becoming increasingly digital for fans, players and venues alike.

Australian 'Bitcoin Founder' Quietly Bidding For Patent Empire

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Craig Wright, the Australian who claimed to be the inventor of bitcoin, is attempting to build a large patent portfolio around the digital currency and technology underpinning it, according to associates of his and documents reviewed by Reuters. Since February, Wright has filed more than 50 patent applications in Britain through Antigua-registered EITC Holdings Ltd, which a source close to the company confirmed was connected to Wright, government records show. Interviews with sources close to EITC Holdings Ltd, which has two of Wright's associates as directors, confirmed it was still working on filing patent applications and Britain's Intellectual Property Office has published another 11 patent applications filed by the company in the past week. The granting of even some of the patents would be significant for banking and other industries that are trying to exploit bitcoin technologies, as well as dozens of start-ups scurrying to build business models based around it. Patents that Wright has applied for range from a mechanism for paying securely for online content to an operating system for running an "internet of things" on blockchain. A patent schedule, one of a number of documents relating to the applications shown to Reuters by a person close to the EITC Holdings, outlines plans to apply for about 400 in total.[..]

Twilio looks to brave Brexit jitters with U.S. IPO

(3 years ago)
(Reuters) - Communications software provider Twilio Inc is expected to price its $140 million U.S. initial public offering on Wednesday, a rare technology stock market debut, one day before Britain holds a referendum on its European Union membership.

SoftBank names domestic telecom chief Miyauchi as president

(3 years ago)
TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp said Wednesday that Ken Miyauchi, head of the group's Japanese telecommunications operations, would become president and chief operating officer to replace Nikesh Arora.

Twilio looks to brave Brexit jitters with U.S. IPO

(3 years ago)
(Reuters) - Communications software provider Twilio Inc is expected to price its $140 million U.S. initial public offering on Wednesday, a rare technology stock market debut, one day before Britain holds a referendum on its European Union membership.

SoftBank investors shrug off abrupt exit of heir apparent Arora

(3 years ago)
TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group investors shrugged off on Wednesday the surprise departure of the heir apparent at the Japanese internet and telecoms conglomerate, welcoming founder Masayoshi Son's decision to stay in the top seat for longer.

China internet regulator to crack down on online comments

(3 years ago)
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's internet regulator has launched a new campaign to clean up the comments sections on websites to prevent the spread of what it calls harmful information and to encourage what it considers more helpful, well-intentioned comments to appear.

MSI and ASUS Accused of Sending Reviewers Overpowered Graphics Cards

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: TechPowerUp discovered that the MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X card they were sent for review was running at faster GPU and memory clock speeds than the retail version. This was because the review card was set to operate in the OC (overclocking) mode out of the box, whereas the retail card runs in the more regular Gaming mode out of the box. This may result in an unobservant reviewer accidentally misrepresenting the OC performance numbers as the stock results from the card, lending MSI's product an unearned helping hand. The site found this was a recurring pattern with MSI stretching back for years. Fellow Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS, in spite of having better global name recognition and reputation, has also show itself guilty of preprogramming review cards with an extra overclocking boost. Needless to say, the only goal of such actions is to deceive -- both the consumer and the reviewer -- though perhaps some companies have felt compelled to follow suit after the trend was identified among competitors. The Verge notes that TechPowerUp revealed its finding on Thursday of last week, and has not received any official response from either MSI or ASUS. They did update their story to note that MSI addressed the matter, in a comment provided to HardOCP Editor-in-Chief Kyle Bennett, back in 2014.[..]

SoundCloud says it is debuting video ads on mobile in US (Joan E. Solsman/CNET)

(3 years ago)
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:SoundCloud says it is debuting video ads on mobile in US  —  If you tune into SoundCloud on your mobile device in the U.S., video ads are going to cropping up when you're fiddling with the app  —  SoundCloud is adding video ads, the latest service to roll out the commercial format.

Indie Dev TinyBuild Lost $450K To Fraudulent Sales Facilitated By G2A

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Paste Magazine: Indie developer TinyBuild, the studio behind Punch Club, Party Hard and SpeedRunners, had thousands of their game codes stolen through fraudulent credit card purchases, which then wound up on G2A.com, a site that allows people to resell game codes. The basic idea behind G2A is straightforward and pretty harmless: with the amount of game codes sold through Steam, the Humble Store/Bundle, and more, the site gives consumers a place to sell unwanted game codes. However, in doing so, G2A has created a huge black market for game codes sales. As TinyBuild described in their blog post on the matter, the common practice for scammers is to "get ahold of a database of stolen credit cards on the dark web. Go to a bundle/3rd party key reseller and buy a ton of game keys. Put them up onto G2A and sell them at half the retail price." This allows scammers to make thousands of dollars while preventing any profit from reaching the game developers because, once the stolen credit cards are processed, the payments will be denied. G2A states that TinyBuild's retail partners are the ones selling the codes on G2A, not scammers, despite the thousands of codes they lost through their online store to fraudulent credit card purchases. In 2011, TinyBuild was in the news for uploading their own game, a platformer called No Time To Explain, to the Pirate Bay.[..]

Sonos adds lock screen control, 3D Touch shortcuts on home screen, split view, more, in iOS update (Zac Hall/9to5Mac)

(3 years ago)
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:Sonos adds lock screen control, 3D Touch shortcuts on home screen, split view, more, in iOS update  —  Sonos has released a big update to its Controller app for iPhone and iPad that improves the experience on iOS in several ways.  Because Sonos speakers stream music from services including …

Windows 10 phones get NFC support as Microsoft rolls out update to Wallet, available to Windows Insiders now, will be generally available late summer (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

(3 years ago)
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:Windows 10 phones get NFC support as Microsoft rolls out update to Wallet, available to Windows Insiders now, will be generally available late summer  —  Microsoft is starting its rollout of tap-to-pay to certain U.S.-based Windows Insiders; general availability in the U.S. is ‘later this Summer.’

3 Million Strong Botnet Grows Right Under Twitter's Nose

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes: Somebody created a botnet of three million Twitter accounts in one single day, and Twitter staff didn't even flinch -- even if the huge 35.4 registrations/second should have caught the eye of any IT staffer. Another weird particularity is that the botnet was also synchronized to use Twitter usernames similar to Twitter IDs. Couple this with a gap of 168 million IDs before and after the botnet's creation, it appears that someone specifically reserved those IDs. The IDs were reserved in October 2013, but the botnet was registered in April 2014 (except 2 accounts registered in March 2014). It's like Twitter's registration process skipped 168 million IDs, and someone came back a few months later and used them. [Softpedia reports:] "The botnet can be found at @sfa_200xxxxxxx, where xxxxxxx is a number that increments from 0 000 000 to 2 999 999. All accounts have a similar structure. They have "name" instead of the Twitter profile handle, display the same registration date, and feature the text "some kinda description" in the profile bio field. Additionally, there are also two smaller botnets available as well. One can be found between @cas_2050000000 and @cas_2050099999. Sadbottrue says it was registered between March 3 and March 5, 2015. The second is between @wt_2050100000 and @wt_2050199999, and was registered between October 23 and November 22, 2014." Both have 100,000 accounts each. Theoretically, these types of botnets can be used for malware C[..]

Moscow explores Hyperloop commuter transportation system

(3 years ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Moscow on Tuesday signed an agreement with Los Angeles-based company Hyperloop One to explore building a futuristic, high-speed transportation system known as a Hyperloop in the Russian capital.

Unicode 9.0 now available with 7.5K new characters, six new scripts, 72 new emoji, and support for lesser-used languages (The Unicode Blog)

(3 years ago)
The Unicode Blog:Unicode 9.0 now available with 7.5K new characters, six new scripts, 72 new emoji, and support for lesser-used languages  —  Version 9.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available.  Version 9.0 adds exactly 7,500 characters, for a total of 128,172 characters.  These additions include six new scripts and 72 new emoji characters.

DNC Hacker Releases Clinton Foundation Documents

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes: Following a report that Russian hackers penetrated the DNC's database, a hacker, who identifies himself as "Guccifer 2.0" after a popular Romanian hacker who hacked various American political figures, most notably Hillary Clinton and her private server, has published documents on Tuesday that he says came from the party's digital files. The documents detail Clinton's weaknesses as a candidate, and include a collection of negative press clips about the Clinton Foundation and a list of defenses against attacks on her private email use. Washington Examiner reports: "Another document, titled '2016 Democrats Positions Cheat Sheet,' listed major policy issues and indicated where Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chaffee, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden -- all former or possible rivals for the Democratic nomination -- stood on each issue." The documents contain information ranging from how the Clinton Foundation and its allies should respond to criticisms of the Clinton Foundation's revenue sources to how Chelsea Clinton wasn't able to answer questions about Clinton Foundation donations and other instances in which Bill Clinton was called a "sexual predator" for his past indiscretions. Even though the cybersecurity breach was blamed on the Russian government, the Kremlin has denied any involvement. The DNC also has yet to confirm or deny the authenticity of the leaked documents.[..]

Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid

(3 years ago)
A WSJ report on Tuesday claimed that the next iPhone won't have the 3.5mm headphone port. A handful of smartphones such as LeEco's Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and Le Max 2 that have launched this year already don't have a headphone jack. The Verge's Nilay Patel has an opinion piece in which he argues that smartphone companies shouldn't ditch headphone ports as it helps no consumer. He lists six reasons: 1. Digital audio means DRM audio :Restricting audio output to a purely digital connection means that music publishers and streaming companies can start to insist on digital copyright enforcement mechanisms. We moved our video systems to HDMI and got HDCP, remember? Copyright enforcement technology never stops piracy and always hurts the people who most rely on legal fair use, but you can bet the music industry is going to start cracking down on "unauthorized" playback and recording devices anyway.2. Wireless headphones and speakers are fine, not great. 3. Dongles are stupid, especially when they require other dongles.4. Ditching a deeply established standard will disproportionately impact accessibility.:The headphone jack might be less good on some metrics than Lightning or USB-C audio, but it is spectacularly better than anything else in the world at being accessible, enabling, open, and democratizing. A change that will cost every iPhone user at least $29 extra for a dongle (or more for new headphones) is not a change designed to benefit everyone.5. Making Android and iPhone headphones[..]

Samsung takes fight to Apple with mobile wallet strategy

(3 years ago)
SYDNEY/SEOUL (Reuters) - Smartphone leader Samsung Electronics has for years been a spectator as Apple built a services "ecosystem" supporting its products. But now, as the two develop the market for mobile payments, the Korean tech giant is taking the fight to its U.S. archrival.

Apple Starts To Shell Out $400 Million To Customers In eBook Settlement

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes: Starting today, millions of e-book purchasers will get either credits or checks for twice their losses, said legal firm Hagens Berman, which helped litigate the class action lawsuit. CNET reports: "Apple is on the hook for $400 million in damages plus an additional $30 million to pay the legal fees for Hagens Berman and $20 million to the state attorney generals who became involved in the case. On an individual basis, each plaintiff in the suit will receive $1.57 in credit for most e-books they bought and a $6.93 credit for every e-book purchased that was on the New York Times bestseller list. Consumers who purchased e-books from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Apple between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 are eligible to receive credits deposited directly in their accounts or checks sent through the mail. In August 2011, a lawsuit filed by two individuals accused Apple of conspiring to fix e-book prices with five publishers: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Holtzbrinck Publishers, Penguin Group and Simon and Schuster. The DoJ and the attorneys general of several states joined in with their own suits against the publishers. The lawsuits charged that the actions of Apple and the publishers prevented other e-book sellers from competing on price, thereby increasing the prices that consumers had to pay for e-books. After being found guilty of violating antitrust laws by a U.S. District Judge in 2013 and by an Appeals court in 2015,[..]

Elon Musk's Tesla Plans To Acquire Elon Musk's SolarCity For $2.7B In Stock

(3 years ago)
An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: Today, Elon Musk's electric car and battery company Tesla has announced its offer to buy solar panel installation company SolarCity. Now is a better time than ever to acquire SolarCity, as it recently had its value downgraded. If Tesla does acquire SolarCity, the companies could allow you to outfit your home with solar panels that power a giant battery for your various appliances, such as an electric vehicle. The deal, which has yet to be approved by SolarCity and its board, involves SolarCity's stock being exchanged for Tesla stock. TechCrunch reports that "the deal would pay a premium of 21% to 30% on top of SolarCity's value of $2.14 billion, so Tesla would be buying SolarCity for between $2.59 billion and $2.78 billion worth of its stock." The Tesla team writes, "It's now time to complete the picture. Tesla customers can drive clean cars and they can use our battery packs to help consume energy more efficiently, but they still need access to the most sustainable energy source that's available: the sun." Elon Musk has also been in the news today through OpenAI, the artificial-intelligence non-profit backed by Elon Musk, Amazon Web Services and others. OpenAI announced it is working on creating a physical robot that performs household chores. Read[..]

Tesla rival Faraday approved to test self-driving cars on California roads

(3 years ago)
DETROIT (Reuters) - Faraday Future plans to begin testing prototype self-driving electric vehicles on California roads later this year after winning approval from the state, an industry source said on Tuesday.

Adobe third-quarter revenue forecast largely below Wall St. estimates

(3 years ago)
(Reuters) - Photoshop maker Adobe Systems Inc forecast third-quarter revenue largely below analysts' estimates, sending the company's shares down 4.5 percent after the bell on Tuesday.
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