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Chinese satellite sends 'hack-proof' message

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The test should boost the chances that secure communications will be carried out over very long distances

Password guru regrets past advice

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Advice to frequently change passwords and to muddle up words with numbers and symbols has changed.

Password guru regrets past security advice and other news

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BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Could VR help rehabilitate injured footballers?

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Passing and shooting drills and rehabilitation exercises feature in the virtual reality software.

Could 'solar roads' help generate electricity?

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A stretch of road has been paved with solar PV (photovoltaic) panels in France.

Match.com 3D Model: "It’s so impressive"

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Match.com pilots a ‘pop-up dating shop’ that displays 3D miniature models of its singletons.

A ginger haired emoji is coming to a phone near you soon

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The wait appears to be over... the red head emoji is finally coming next year.

Holiday couple watch on CCTV app as Streetly home burgled

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The holidaymakers were 120 miles away when they were alerted that someone was in their garden.

Black Hat: The conference teaching hacking skills

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Security researcher Scott Helme goes on a training course at the Black Hat conference

How easy is it to hack a cash machine?

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After cash machines were hacked in Thailand and Taiwan Click asks if it could happen again.

Pilotless planes

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Remotely controlled planes could save more than £20bn in costs, a survey says, but passengers are wary.

Using cheap magnet, hacker beats protections on a "smart" handgun.

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A hacker circumvents protections on a gun designed to limit who can shoot it.

Deception tech helps to thwart hackers' attacks

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Fake networks and spoofed data can frustrate hackers looking for an easy way to cash in

Ransomware 'here to stay', warns Google study

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Cyber-thieves made at least $25m from ransomware in the last two years suggests research by Google

Facebook calls for a more people-centric security industry

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Cyber-experts need to concentrate on reducing harm not technical proficiency, says Facebook security head

Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Pleads Not Guilty to Creating Banking Malware

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporting for Motherboard: Monday, the well-known security researcher who became famous after helping to stop the destructive WannaCry ransomware outbreak pleaded "not guilty" to creating software that would later become banking malware. Marcus Hutchins -- better known by his online nickname MalwareTech -- was arrested in early August in Las Vegas after the hacking conference Def Con. The US government accuses Hutchins of writing software in 2014 that would later become the banking malware Kronos. After getting out on bail and traveling to Milwaukee, he stood in front a judge on Monday for his arraignment. Prosecutors also allege he helped a still unknown co-defendant market and sell Kronos. Hutchins's lawyer Brian Klein declared in a packed courtroom in Milwaukee that Hutchins was "not guilty" of six charges related to the alleged creation and distribution of malware. Hutchins will be allowed to travel to Los Angeles, where he will live while he awaits trial. He will also be represented by Marcia Hoffman, formerly of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Under the terms of his release, Hutchins will be tracked by GPS but will be allowed full internet access so he can continue to work as a security researcher; the only restriction is he will no longer be allowed to access the WannaCry "sinkhole" he used to stop the outbreak of ransomware.[..]

Device That Revolutionized Timekeeping Receives an IEEE Milestone

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An anonymous reader writes: The invention of the atomic clock fundamentally altered the way that time is measured and kept. The clock helped redefine the duration of a single second, and its groundbreaking accuracy contributed to technologies we rely on today, including cellphones and GPS receivers. Building on the accomplishments of previous researchers, Harold Lyons and his colleagues at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), in Washington, D.C., began working in 1947 on developing an atomic clock and demonstrated it to the public two years later. Its design was based on atomic physics. The clock kept time by tracking the microwave signals that electrons in atoms emit when they change energy levels. This month the atomic clock received an IEEE Milestone. Administered by the IEEE History Center and supported by donors, the milestone program recognizes outstanding technical developments around the world. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

GoDaddy tells white supremacist site Daily Stormer to find a new domain provider, for violating their terms of service (Catherine Shu/TechCrunch)

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:GoDaddy tells white supremacist site Daily Stormer to find a new domain provider, for violating their terms of service  —  White supremacist site the Daily Stormer needs to find another domain provider after getting the boot from GoDaddy.  In a tweet, the company said “We informed …

Google Assistant, voice search, Gboard, and the Cloud Speech API add support for 30 more languages (Scott Scrivens/Android Police)

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Scott Scrivens / Android Police:Google Assistant, voice search, Gboard, and the Cloud Speech API add support for 30 more languages  —  Speech recognition is one of the most powerful aspects of many Google products, particularly in the Google app where both Voice Search and the Assistant rely heavily on being able to understand what we're saying.

Sources: Angry Birds maker Rovio is planning an IPO as early as next month that could raise about $400M and value the company at about $2B (Ruth David/Bloomberg)

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Ruth David / Bloomberg:Sources: Angry Birds maker Rovio is planning an IPO as early as next month that could raise about $400M and value the company at about $2B  —  Rovio is said to plan a share listing as soon as next month  —  Games maker is searching for growth after Angry Birds success

GoDaddy Expels Neo-Nazi Site Over Article On Charlottesville Victim

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Reader Big Hairy Ian writes: Web hosting company GoDaddy has given a US neo-Nazi site 24 hours to find another provider after it disparaged a woman who died in protests in Virginia. The Daily Stormer published a piece denigrating Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday after a car rammed into a crowd protesting at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. GoDaddy had faced calls to remove the white supremacist site as a result. The web host said the Daily Stormer had violated its terms of service. "We informed the Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service," GoDaddy said in a statement on Twitter. Previously, some web users had called on GoDaddy to remove the site -- including women's rights campaigner Amy Siskind. Violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, after white supremacists organised a controversial far-right march called "Unite the Right". Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Scientists Discover 91 Volcanoes Below Antarctic Ice Sheet

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Reader schwit1 writes: Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth -- two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica. The project, by Edinburgh University researchers, has revealed almost 100 volcanoes -- with the highest as tall as the Eiger, which stands at almost 4,000 metres in Switzerland. This is in addition to 47 already known about and eruption would melt more ice in region affected by climate change, the report added. Geologists say this huge region is likely to dwarf that of east Africa's volcanic ridge, currently rated the densest concentration of volcanoes in the world. And the activity of this range could have worrying consequences, they have warned. "If one of these volcanoes were to erupt it could further destabilise west Antarctica's ice sheets," said glacier expert Robert Bingham, one of the paper's authors. "Anything that causes the melting of ice -- which an eruption certainly would -- is likely to speed up the flow of ice into the sea. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

OnePlus' head of product says Android O will be the last major Android update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, despite the 3T being launched just nine months ago (Ryne Hager/Android Police)

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Ryne Hager / Android Police:OnePlus' head of product says Android O will be the last major Android update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, despite the 3T being launched just nine months ago  —  In a recent interview that was published on the OnePlus forums, the head of product at OnePlus revealed that Android O …

FBI says ISIS used fake eBay listings to send a total of $8,700 via PayPal to a US-based ISIS operative (Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:FBI says ISIS used fake eBay listings to send a total of $8,700 via PayPal to a US-based ISIS operative  —  Affidavit alleges American citizen Mohamed Elshinawy was part of a global network stretching from Britain to Bangladesh  —  U.S. investigators uncovered a global financial network run …

Samsung Pushes Its 4K/HDR TV Service in Europe

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An anonymous reader quotes 4K.com:Samsung Electronics has announced that its premium Smart TV content service, TV Plus, is now available for users of Samsung Smart TVs in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom... Owners of eligible Samsung Smart TVs with 4K / HDR capabilities in the above-mentioned European countries now have direct access to premium 4K UHD HDR content offered by Samsung, in partnership with Rakuten TV, and can find their favorite shows using the TV Plus straightforward interface... The expansion comes at what could be considered a strategically well timed moment in the European market, given that 4K TV sales in the huge continental market are steadily growing year by year and are expected to rise to over 17 million 4K TV units shipped by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, TV Plus content has become a success in Southeast Asia since its launch, where 70% of Smart TV users in Korea are watching TV PLUS channels, and 41% of Smart TV users in Vietnam are using TV PLUS. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Prosecutors ask court to imprison Samsung heir for 12 years

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South Korean prosecutors urge 12 year sentence for Samsung heir on bribery and other charges

More than spectacle: Eclipses create science and so can you

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Next week's stunning solar eclipse in the United States will generate as much science as oohs and aahs

Online Critics Decry Even More Wells Fargo Fraud Scandals

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On Saturday author/blogger Cory Doctorow launched a new barrage of criticism towards Wells Fargo:It's been a whole day since we learned about another example of systematic, widespread fraud by America's largest bank Wells Fargo (ripping off small merchants with credit card fees), so it's definitely time to learn about another one: scamming mortgage borrowers out of $43/month for an unrequested and pointless "home warranty service" from American Home Shield, a billion-dollar scam-factory that considers you a customer if you throw away its junk-mail instead of ticking the "no" box and sending it back. $43/month gets you pretty much nothing: people who tried to actually use their AHS insurance found it impossible to get them to actually do anything in exchange for this money. Here's a quick Wells Fargo fraud scorecard: stealing thousand of cars with fraudulent repos; defrauding mortgage borrowers; blackballing whistelblowers; creating 2,000,000+ fraudulent accounts, and stealing millions with fraudulent fees and penalties. Life Pro Tip: if you don't like banks, join a credit union. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Armed Met Police officers to wear head-mounted cameras

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says the cameras will help to build "trust and confidence".

GoDaddy boots white supremacist web site after offensive post

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(Reuters) - The web hosting company GoDaddy said on Sunday it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider after the extremist web site posted an article denigrating the woman who was killed at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

GoDaddy boots white supremacist web site after offensive post

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(Reuters) - The web hosting company GoDaddy said on Sunday it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider after the extremist web site posted an article denigrating the woman who was killed at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals

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Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on historic Northwest Passage's sea ice, wildlife, native communities

Microsoft Blamed Intel For Its Own Bad Surface Drivers

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Paul Thurrott reveals a new internal Microsoft memo from corporate vice president Panos Panay which acknowledges "some quality issues" with their launch of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. But an anonymous reader quotes a darker story from Thurrott.com:Multiple senior Microsoft officials told me at the time that the issues were all Intel's fault, and that the microprocessor giant had delivered its buggiest-ever product in the "Skylake" generation chipsets. Microsoft, first out of the gate with Skylake chips, thus got caught up by this unreliability, leading to a falling out with Intel... Since then, however, another trusted source at Microsoft has provided me with a different take on this story. Microsoft, I'm told, fabricated the story about Intel being at fault. The real problem was Surface-specific custom drivers and settings that the Microsoft hardware team cooked up. The Skylake fiasco came to a head internally when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met with Lenovo last year and asked the firm, then the world's biggest maker of PCs, how it was dealing with the Skylake reliability issues. Lenovo was confused. No one was having any issues, he was told. I assume this led to some interesting conversations between the members of the Microsoft senior leadership team. But the net result was that Microsoft had to push out some existing designs quickly to get ahead of the reliability issues. The Surface Book ultimately had a 17% return rate after its late-2015 launch, while the Surface[..]

Sources: Google buys Senosis Health, maker of smartphone apps that monitor health metrics (John Cook/GeekWire)

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John Cook / GeekWire:Sources: Google buys Senosis Health, maker of smartphone apps that monitor health metrics  —  Shwetak Patel has struck again.  —  The University of Washington computer scientist has sold his newest Seattle startup company, Senosis Health, to Google, according to sources familiar with the deal.

Facebook discontinued its Groups app for Android and iOS; users will be unable to log in after September 1 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Facebook discontinued its Groups app for Android and iOS; users will be unable to log in after September 1  —  Facebook is paring down its collection of standalone apps.  The company's experimental “teens-only” app Lifestage, designed to counteract Snapchat's threat, has been pulled from the App Store.

Hackers release more HBO episode shows: report

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(Reuters) - Hackers have released more unaired episodes of popular HBO shows but the latest leak did not include anything on the hit series "Game of Thrones," the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

'See the Future Firefox Right Now'

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"Mozilla is prepping a new version of Firefox in an effort to rally in the race for browser supremacy," writes CNET's Matt Elliott, who decided to test drive a new nightly build of Firefox 57 which "promises fast speeds and a new look." An anonymous reader quotes their report:Firefox 57 has added a screenshot button in the top-right corner... It highlights different elements on a page as you mouse over them, or you can just click-and-drag the old-school way to take a screenshot of a portion of a page. Screenshots are saved within Firefox. Click the scissors button and then click the little My Shots window to open a new tab of all of your saved screenshots. From here you can download them or share them... The bookmark and Pocket buttons have been moved from the right of the URL bar to inside it, but the Page Actions button is new. Click it and you'll get a small menu to Copy URL, Email Link and Send to Device. The Page Actions menu also has bookmark and Pocket buttons, which seems redundant at first but then I realized you can remove those items from the URL bar by right-clicking them. You can't remove the new, triple-dot Page Actions button... As with any prerelease software, Firefox Nightly 57 is meant for developers and will likely exhibit strange and unstable behavior from time to time. Also, there is no guarantee that the final release will look like what you see in the current version of Nightly. For example, I have read reports that the search box next to Firefox's URL[..]
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