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Utter failure of Kreyos smartwatch with
Two of the project's backers,
Still, the guy in charge has a
Samsung to pay US
Under government contracting rules, federal agencies are required to purchase products made in
Federal agencies purchased products from Samsung resellers, believing they were manufactured in
Samsung provided the resellers "inaccurate information" about the country of origin of the goods, the
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HP SlateBook 14 review: Android? On a laptop? >> Engadget
Here's the sales pitch, and bear with me if this doesn't make sense: The SlateBook 14, according to HP, is for students and teens who already use Android on their mobile devices. In other words, they already own a Galaxy S5 or what have you, and they should have an Android laptop to match. The idea is that they might choose this over a Chromebook because it has more apps, and because it's more familiar. Ditto for Windows laptops - except, you know, Windows actually has lots of apps too. Setting aside HP's flawed logic (they never said Windows users should stick to Windows Phone): Why would you pay
Why fathoming Facebook's feed is a rigged game >> Wordyard
it seems likely that a vast number of users don't even understand that their feeds are shaped to begin with. So there's one beneficial side-effect of these various experiments in fooling Facebook's machine: they help make people aware of the machine's presence.
But the biggest problem with the reverse-engineering project is that we are not studying some natural phenomenon or physical product. The newsfeed algorithm is malleable software that's mutating all the time. The harder we game it, the faster its operators will change it.
SSL Vulnerabilities: who listens when Android applications talk? >> FireEye Blog
The Android ecosystem is all about communicating, and right now it's screaming for help. That's because SSL vulnerabilities and the Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attacks they enable are wreaking havoc on data security. The scariest part? SSL vulnerabilities are evident in many of today's most popular applications as we recently uncovered.
The FireEye Mobile Security Team analyzed Google Play's most downloaded Android applications and found that a significant portion of them are susceptible to MITM attacks. These popular apps allow an attacker to intercept data exchanged between the Android device and a remote server. We notified the developers, who acknowledged the reported vulnerabilities and addressed them in subsequent versions of their applications.
They say that of the thousand most-downloaded free apps in the Google Play store in July, 68% have at least one of three SSL vulnerabilities they studied.
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Death of the car: The tech behind
The theory goes like this: imagine a family that has opted not to own a car. When they want to drop the kids off at school, they simply arrange an on-demand bus service instead. They use ridesharing and buses to get to work, and in the holidays they rent a car to travel to their summer house. When they need to get around
Researchers build transparent screen to solar power your phone >> CITEworld
"It could be integrated [into] the touchscreen of a tablet or an e-reader," he told CITEworld. "We've designed it so you can retrofit it to your surface, like one of the protective films to prevent scratching."
The material is still being perfected - right now, it has an energy conversion rate of less than 1%. So while it won't power Windows devices yet, the research team's central focus was using windows - the glass kind - as devices of power.
Neat idea, though a long way to go.
X to Close >> Medium
Clicking on [x] to close a feature has become an instinctual part of using a computer and a standard in web and software design. Although it may seem like the ubiquitous [x] has always been a part of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI), a quick jaunt through the history of GUIs reveals that this actually isn't the case.
So where and when did the [x] first enter into the UI lexicon?
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