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Recipe For Building a Cheap Raspberry Pi Honeypot Network

(One hour ago)
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Honeypots are the perfect bait for corporate IT shops to detect hackers targeting and already within their networks and now a guide has been published to build a dirt cheap battalion of the devices from Raspberry Pis. "By running honeypots on our internal network, we are able to detect anomalous events. We gain awareness and insight into our network when network hosts interact with a Raspberry Pi honeypot sensor," the author explained." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Salons of the future: New hair coloring technique etches patterns in your hair

(One hour ago)
Changing your hair color is easy enough: you can dye it, bleach it or rub some hair chalk on it. If you ask a research team from The University of New Mexico, though, they'll tell you that to get any hair color that remains as vivid as the day you...

43Tbps over a single fiber: World's fastest network would let you download a movie in 0.2 milliseconds (Sebastian Anthony/ExtremeTech)

(2 hours ago)
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:43Tbps over a single fiber: World's fastest network would let you download a movie in 0.2 milliseconds  —  A research group at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), which was the first to break the one-terabit barrier in 2009, has today managed to squeeze 43 terabits per second …

Amazon Appstore Expands to 41 New Countries and Territories, Including Egypt, Indonesia, Singapore, and Turkey (Peter Heinrich/Amazon Developer Services)

(3 hours ago)
Peter Heinrich / Amazon Developer Services:Amazon Appstore Expands to 41 New Countries and Territories, Including Egypt, Indonesia, Singapore, and Turkey  —  Now available in 41 additional international locations, the Amazon Appstore has expanded its global presence to 236 countries and territories.  Publishing your Android app …

DNA Project 'to Make UK World Genetic Research Leader'

(4 hours ago)
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England. Prime Minister David Cameron has said it "will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years". The first genetic codes of people with cancer or rare diseases, out of a target of 100,000, have been sequenced. Experts believe it will lead to targeted therapies and could make chemotherapy "a thing of the past". Just one human genome contains more than three billion base pairs — the building blocks of DNA. Prof Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "I can see a future where genetics is going to come into every bit of medicine from cardiology to oncology to infectious diseases." "Twenty years from now there's going to be a plethora of those, we will have a series of mutations which academics and industry will have developed therapies for, which will be targeted at you and specific for that cancer." He said chemotherapy, which attacks all dividing cells in the body, would be replaced with such therapies. "We will look back in 20 years' time and think of blockbuster chemotherapy [as] a thing of the past and we'll think 'Gosh, what an era that was'." David Cameron has announced a series of investments across government, industry and charities totalling £300m ($500m). Read more of this story at Slashdot.

FTC busts up $275 million credit card scam, sues the folks behind it

(4 hours ago)
The folks down at the Federal Trade Commission are busy helping all of us these days, whether they're weighing in on patent disputes or forcing firms to help cover your child's lack of parental supervision. Today, the FTC charged several companies...

PlayStation Now is a glimpse at the future of gaming - for a price (Ross Miller/The Verge)

(4 hours ago)
Ross Miller / The Verge:PlayStation Now is a glimpse at the future of gaming — for a price  —  The technology works, but the business model doesn't  —  “Honey, can you turn off Netflix?  I'm trying to play Twisted Metal.”  —  In my life, I never thought I'd utter those words.

H-P to Pay $32.5 Million to Settle Claims of Overbilling USPS (Anna Prior/Wall Street Journal)

(5 hours ago)
Anna Prior / Wall Street Journal:H-P to Pay $32.5 Million to Settle Claims of Overbilling USPS  —  Justice Department Claims Computer Giant Didn't Comply With Pricing Terms of Contract  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay $32.5 million to resolve allegations that the computer giant overcharged the U.S. Postal Service …

Engadget Daily: Beats joins Apple, HP makes a smartwatch and more!

(5 hours ago)
Today, we mull over James Cameron's upcoming film, Deepsea Challenge 3D, get a peek of HP's new smartwatch, watch Apple welcome Beats into the family and maybe order some MacBook decals. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours....

12 Years After Its Debut On Hacked Xboxes, XBMC Changes Its Name To Kodi (Greg Kumparak/TechCrunch)

(6 hours ago)
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:12 Years After Its Debut On Hacked Xboxes, XBMC Changes Its Name To Kodi  —  Back in 2002, a small group of developers whipped together an app that was meant to turn a hacked Xbox into a full-fledged media player, capable of playing all sorts of video and music content that the Xbox couldn't handle out of the box.

Despite warnings, computers still vulnerable to hackers of start-up codes

(6 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A multi-year effort to prevent hackers from altering computers while they boot up has largely failed because of lax application of preventive steps, researchers say, despite disclosures that flaws are being exploited.

Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

(6 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes On Friday, Russia implemented a new law that significantly limits its citizens' online free speech. Under this new law, social media sites must "retain user data for at least six months...within the country's boundaries so it can be available for government inspection." Also, "bloggers with at least 3,000 daily readers must register with Roskomnadzor, the regulator that also oversees Russia's main media outlets." This, of course, means that popular bloggers will no longer be able to remain anonymous. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ask Ooloo puts the 'person' back in personal assistant

(7 hours ago)
Before Google dominated search, Ask Jeeves depended on a team of humans -- yes, humans -- to answer your internet queries. Ultimately, search algorithms killed the internet's favorite butler, but the idea that humans are worthy competition for the...

Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs (Andrew Flanagan/Billboard)

(7 hours ago)
Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs  —  Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) …

Obama signs cellphone unlocking bill

(7 hours ago)
The right to unlock your cellphone became law on Friday as President Barack Obama signed a bill that rapidly passed both houses of the U.S. Congress.

Microsoft sues Samsung for license violations, post-Nokia

(8 hours ago)
Microsoft sued Samsung Friday, saying Samsung violated the terms of a patent licensing agreement following Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia.

New Twitter experiment provides definitions for some hashtags (Elliot Bentley/Wall Street Journal)

(8 hours ago)
Elliot Bentley / Wall Street Journal:New Twitter experiment provides definitions for some hashtags  —  Twitter Testing Easier-To-Use Hashtags  —  Twitter appears to be testing a feature that will better organize its chaotic world of hashtags.  —  The new feature, seen by The Wall Street Journal in the Twitter app for iOS …

Microsoft sues Samsung, says it stopped paying for patents

(8 hours ago)
Microsoft filed suit against Samsung on Friday, claiming the device maker has backed out of an agreement that requires it to pay licensing fees to Microsoft for the Android phones it sells.

Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

(8 hours ago)
mikejuk writes The constant war to jailbreak and patch iOS has taken another step in favor of the jailbreakers. Georgia Tech researchers have found a way to jailbreak the current version of iOS. What the Georgia Tech team has discovered is a way to break in by a multi-step attack. After analysing the patches put in place to stop previous attacks, the team worked out a sequence that would jailbreak any modern iPhone. The team stresses the importance of patching all of the threats, and not just closing one vulnerability and assuming that it renders others unusable as an attack method. It is claimed that the hack works with any iOS 7.1.2 using device including the iPhone 5s.It is worth noting that the The Device Freedom Prize for an open source jailbreak of iOS7 is still unclaimed and stands at just over $30,000. The details are to be revealed at the forthcoming Black Hat USA (August 6 & 7 Las Vegas) in a session titled Exploiting Unpatched iOS Vulnerabilities for Fun and Profit: Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Do you like watching German-language TV? Then this post's for you.

(8 hours ago)
When we, at Engadget, indulge in the occasional use of the German language, it's usually to fire off Deutschland's version of our favorite four-letter word (hint: it rhymes with sh-high-zuh!). Instead, we're rattling off this mouthful: ProSiebenSat.1...

Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

(9 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes "Speculation on the eventual shuttering of Google+ has once more risen with news that Google+ Photos will soon be developed and run separately from the social media site. This news follows observations that Google+ "was barely mentioned at Google I/O 2014, while there were 15 sessions dedicated to the service in 2013" and that the company has ended its controversial real name policy. Google Hangouts was also separated from Google+ at the end of July." I've actually heard several people praising Google+ lately; scaling it back to "just a social stream" probably fits into some kind of corollary to Murphy's Law. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Formerly Nexus-only Google Now Launcher out for all Android 4.1+ devices (Andrew Cunningham/Ars Technica)

(9 hours ago)
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:Formerly Nexus-only Google Now Launcher out for all Android 4.1+ devices  —  Replacing the home screen on a Droid Razr Maxx HD.  —  When KitKat was released on the Nexus 5 last year, it included a new application launcher that we spent quite a bit of time on in our review.

Hitchhiking robot is halfway across Canada

(9 hours ago)
As far as hitchhikers go, this one looks harmless enough. He or she -- it's hard to tell -- is short and friendly, if a little fashion-challenged.

NASA successfully tests microwave thruster, paving the way for speedier space travel

(9 hours ago)
As with airplanes and many other self-powered machines, the fuel a shuttle engine requires can weigh nearly as much as the object it's propelling, increasing costs while significantly limiting range. It's a challenge we're going to need to overcome...

Mobileye closes first day of trading up 48% after raising $889.7M in IPO (Automotive News Automaker)

(9 hours ago)
Automotive News Automaker:Mobileye closes first day of trading up 48% after raising $889.7M in IPO  —  Mobileye shares surge 48% after $890 million IPO  —  Collision avoidance software firm profits from auto safety technology push  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) — Shares of Mobileye NV soared in their market debut today …

Comparison: Linux Text Editors

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jrepin writes: Mayank Sharma of Linux Voices tests and compares five text editors for Linux, none of which are named Emacs or Vim. The contenders are Gedit, Kate, Sublime Text, UltraEdit, and jEdit. Why use a fancy text editor? Sharma says, "They can highlight syntax and auto-indent code just as effortlessly as they can spellcheck documents. You can use them to record macros and manage code snippets just as easily as you can copy/paste plain text. Some simple text editors even exceed their design goals thanks to plugins that infuse them with capabilities to rival text-centric apps from other genres. They can take on the duties of a source code editor and even an Integrated Development Environment." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Dong Nguyen releases "Flappy Birds Family" with two-player mode, exclusive to Amazon Fire TV (Michael McWhertor/Polygon)

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Michael McWhertor / Polygon:Dong Nguyen releases “Flappy Birds Family” with two-player mode, exclusive to Amazon Fire TV  —  Flappy Bird is back, and now you can play with friends  —  The creator of Flappy Bird has made good on his promise to bring the incredibly popular mobile game back, this time with a two-player option.

​Google is reportedly separating its photo service from its social network

(10 hours ago)
Love Google's services, but not a fan of its social network? Good news: the Mountain View company may be spinning Google+'s photo features into their own product. According to Bloomberg sources, Google is hoping to attract new users by making some of...

Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

(10 hours ago)
DroidJason1 writes: Microsoft has filed a contract dispute lawsuit against Samsung over what Microsoft claims is a breach of contract by Samsung involving Android patent royalties. Back in 2011, Samsung voluntarily entered into a legally binding contract with Microsoft in a cross-licensing IP agreement involving Android patents. Samsung has grown over the past few years and now believes that Microsoft's recent acquisition of Nokia nulls the agreement. Microsoft has gone to court and is asking to settle the disagreement with Samsung in order to continue the original agreement. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Panasonic to help Tesla build battery 'Gigafactory'

(10 hours ago)
Panasonic has penned a deal with Tesla Motors to help build the electric-car startup's "Gigafactory," which it hopes will produce half a million electric-vehicle batteries per year.

Google Now Launcher available for most Android phones

(10 hours ago)
The trusty Google Now launcher that debuted on the Nexus 5 had already made its way to the rest of that family and Play Edition devices. Now, folks wielding any handset running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and later can grab the feature, even if it's...

Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

(11 hours ago)
RobinH writes: Our small-ish municipality (between 10,000 to 15,000 in population) has recently decided to switch to online voting. I should note that they were previously doing voting-by-mail. I have significant reservations about online voting, particularly the possibility of vote-selling and the general lack of voter secrecy, not to mention the possible lack of computer security. However, it's only a municipal election, and apparently a lot of municipalities around here are already doing online voting. I'm not sure if the rank-and-file citizens care, or if they would listen to my concerns. Should I bother speaking up, or should I ignore it since municipal elections are not that important anyway? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

President Obama signs cellphone unlocking bill into law

(11 hours ago)
After getting the approval of both the House and the Senate, the US cellphone unlocking bill needed just one more signature to remove the carrier-swapping restriction. Today, President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless...

Airbnb officially closes its $475 million mega round (Harrison Weber/VentureBeat)

(11 hours ago)
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:Airbnb officially closes its $475 million mega round  —  Airbnb's widely rumored $475 million funding round is now official: the company confirmed the raise in a public SEC filing today.  —  Named within the filing are previous investors Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Jeff Jordan of Andreessen Horowitz.

Microsoft files Android patent-royalty suit against Samsung (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

(11 hours ago)
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:Microsoft files Android patent-royalty suit against Samsung  —  Summary: Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suite against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties.  —  Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suit against Samsung over what Microsoft claims is a breach of contract by Samsung involving Android patent royalties.

Retail industry rallies behind open standard for tokenization

(11 hours ago)
A coalition of retail industry trade groups this week called for the creation of an open tokenization standard for protecting credit and debit card data from theft and misuse.

HP's SlateBook 14 Android laptop ships, but with a higher price than expected

(11 hours ago)
Hewlett-Packard's SlateBook 14 laptop with the Android OS has started shipping on schedule, but it's priced at US$429, which is $30 more than the company had said it would cost.

Researchers turn culture in to cold, hard data

(11 hours ago)
You may have put a lot of thought into your carefully constructed status update, but have you considered how, exactly, that update socially ties you to your peers? Probably not -- but researches from Yahoo Labs, the University of Torino and Stanford...

Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year

(11 hours ago)
Dave Knott sends this news from the CBC: Tesla stock was up five per cent on Friday morning after CEO Elon Musk said the electric-car company would deliver 100,000 vehicles next year. Its earnings report released Thursday shows Tesla continues to operate at a loss as it spends on engineering and setting up an assembly line for its Model X SUV, which is scheduled to go into production early next year. But investors were cheered by the news that the company would deliver 100,000 vehicles next year, up from 22,000 in 2013 and a projected 35,000 this year. Tesla reported a loss of $61.9 million in its second quarter, compared with a loss of $30.5 million in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue nearly doubled to $769.3 million, missing Wall Street's forecast of $801.9 million, but expenses were also up as Tesla prepares some ambitious projects, spending $93 million in the quarter on research and development alone. While the Model X is in development, the longer-term plan is for a cheaper, mass-market car, the Model 3, to be launched in 2017. The biggest investment Tesla will make is in its large lithium-ion production plant, to be built at an as-yet-unnamed U.S. location in a $5-billion partnership with Panasonic. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

FCC Seeks to Ban Joint Bids by Wireless Companies at Spectrum Auction (Gautham Nagesh/Wall Street Journal)

(12 hours ago)
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:FCC Seeks to Ban Joint Bids by Wireless Companies at Spectrum Auction  —  Move Appears Aimed at Discouraging a Sprint Bid for T-Mobile US  —  The Federal Communications Commission has proposed banning wireless companies from teaming up to bid at next year's spectrum auction …

Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval (Jonathan Stempel/Reuters)

(12 hours ago)
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Friday won preliminary court approval for its $450 million settlement of claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.  —  In approving the accord …

Google offloads mystery barge to marine company

(12 hours ago)
The Boston-based barge and marine contracting company that bought one of Google's mystery barges is still trying to figure out what to do with it.
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