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Android Studio 0.8.11 released

Amit Kumar (3835367) writes | about an hour ago


Amit Kumar (3835367) writes "Google has released Android Studio 0.8.11 to the canary channel with several bug fixes besides some feature improvement. This version brings support for Gradle 2.1 and the new Android Gradle plugin, improved wrapper migration, better lint issue explanations. The layout editor now checks to make sure that you have the latest available versions of “layoutlib“"
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Supermassive Black Hole Discovered Inside Tiny Dwarf Galaxy

mpicpp (3454017) writes | 1 hour ago


mpicpp (3454017) writes "Astronomers using data from the Hubble Space Telescope say they've discovered a ginormous black hole within one of the tiniest galaxies known to exist.

The supermassive black hole is about five times more massive than the one at the center of the Milky Way, but the dwarf galaxy in which it was found--known to astronomers as M60-UCD1--is about 500 times smaller than our own galaxy, according to NASA.

"It is the smallest and lightest object that we know of that has a supermassive black hole," Dr. Anil C. Seth, a University of Utah astronomer and the lead author of a new paper about the discovery, said in a written statement. "It's also one of the most black hole-dominated galaxies known."

The discovery suggests that supermassive black holes may be twice as numerous in the nearby universe as previously thought, Nature reported."

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Samsung gives you preview of what it looks like when you wear Gear VR

Amit Kumar (3835367) writes | 1 hour ago


Amit Kumar (3835367) writes "Samsung launched the new Gear VR at IFA 2014 in Berlin this year. We had also published an info-graphics that showed-off the key features of the Gear VR and what you can expect from this headset. But if you haven’t tried this device then you might want to know what it feels like when one wears this headset. Samsung Tomorrow has published an video that shows exactly the same."
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Researchers Report Largest DNA Origami To Date

MTorrice (2611475) writes | 2 hours ago


MTorrice (2611475) writes "Bioengineers can harness DNA’s remarkable ability to self-assemble to build two- and three-dimensional nanostructures through DNA origami. Until now, researchers using this approach have been limited to building structures that are tens of square nanometers in size. Now a team reports the largest individual DNA origami structures to date, which reach sizes of hundreds of square nanometers. What’s more, they have developed a less expensive way to synthesize the DNA strands needed, overcoming a tremendous obstacle to scaling up the technology."
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

Anonymous Coward writes | 3 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group is headed for the axe, and its responsibilities will be taken over either by the company's Cloud & Enterprise Division or its Legal & Corporate Affairs group. Microsoft’s disbanding of the group represents a punctuation mark in the industry’s decades-long conversation around trusted computing as a concept. The security center of gravity is moving away from enterprise desktops to cloud and mobile and 'things', so it makes sense for this security leadership role to shift as well. According to a company spokesman, an unspecified number of jobs from the group will be cut. Also today, Microsoft has announced the closure of its Silicon Valley lab. Its research labs in Redmond, New York, and Cambridge (in Massachusetts) will pick up some of the closed lab's operations."

Canadian Regulator Threatens to Impose New Netflix Regulation

Anonymous Coward writes | 3 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Netflix appeared before the Canadian broadcast regulator today, resulting in a remarkably heated exchange with threats of new regulation. The discussion was very hostile with the CRTC repeatedly ordering Netflix to provide subscriber and other confidential information. As temperatures increased, the Canadian regulator expressed disappointment over the responses from a company that it said "that takes hundreds of millions of dollars out of Canada" and implicitly threatened to regulate the company by taking away its ability to rely on the new media exception if it did not co-operate with its orders."
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Russia to be disconnected from the Internet?

GlowingCat (2459788) writes | 4 hours ago


GlowingCat (2459788) writes "The issue of security of the Russian segment of the Internet will be a topic for discussion at the meeting of the Russian Security Council, with the participation of President Vladimir Putin and several high-ranking officials. The meeting will take place next week. According to various reports, the officials will make a number of decisions regulating the use of the Internet in Russia, providing for the ability to cut the Russian Internet, known as Runet, from the outside world, in case of emergency."
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The disaster and ensuing coverup of the Obamacare website

Anonymous Coward writes | 5 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "New reports reveal significant corruption in the Obama administration’s botched effort to create the Obamacare website.

The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning. Titled, “Behind the Curtain of the Rollout,” the report fingers the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the development of the site, and its parent Department of Health and Human Services.

“Officials at CMS and HHS refused to admit to the public that the website was not on track to launch without significant functionality problems and substantial security risks,” the report says. “There is also evidence that the Administration, to this day, is continuing its efforts to shield ongoing problems with the website from public view.”

The evidence includes emails that show Obamacare officials more interested in keeping their problems from leaking to the press than working to fix them. This is both both a coverup and incompetence."

A New Font Editor has reached 1.0

Anonymous Coward writes | 6 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Alexandre Prokoudine writes in Libregraphicsworld about tools open source tools for creating fonts.

Is FontForge all there is to type design on Linux? Not quite. Johan Mattsson released BirdFont 1.0, a new(er) free type design program for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

BirdFont is a new tool for anyone who wants to create a new typeface, digitize handwriting, add missing characters to a font or just improve website design with a new icon font."
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Why Banana skins are slippery wins IgNobel

gbjbaanb (229885) writes | 6 hours ago


gbjbaanb (229885) writes "This year's Ig Nobel prize was won by Japanese researchers investigating why banana skins produced a frictionless surface compared to apple and orange peels.
(apparently "The polysaccharide follicular gels that give banana skins their slippery properties are also found in the membranes where our bones meet." so its not all fun and jollity)

Other prizes were awarded for noting that dogs only defecate when aligned with north-south magnetic fields, and that 'night owl' people are more likely to be psychopaths than early risers. Yes, that probably includes you."

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Scotland votes NO

Anonymous Coward writes | 6 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Scotland voters decided to remain part of the United Kingdom on Friday, rejecting independence in a historic referendum.

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55.3 percent to 44.7 percent against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.

“Like millions of other people, I am delighted,” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech outside 10 Downing Street on Friday morning. “It would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end.”

Cameron promised new powers for Scotland in the wake of the vote, but also warned that millions of voices in England must also be heard, calling for a “balanced settlement” that would deliver more power to England, Wales and Northern Ireland."

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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

wiredmikey (1824622) writes | 6 hours ago


wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Home Depot said on Thursday that a data breach affecting its stores across the United States and Canada is estimated to have exposed 56 million customer payment cards between April and September 2014. While previous reports speculated that Home Depot had been hit by a variant of the BlackPOS malware that was used against Target Corp., the malware used in the attack against Home Depot had not been seen previously in other attacks. "Criminals used unique, custom-built malware to evade detection," the company said in a statement.

The home improvement retail giant also that it has completed a “major payment security project” that provides enhanced encryption of payment card data at point of sale in its U.S. stores. The security improvements required writing tens of thousands of lines of new software code and deploying nearly 85,000 new pin pads to its stores.

According to a recent report from Trend Micro, six new pieces of point-of-sale (PoS) malware have been identified so far in 2014. Four of these six variants were discovered between June and August: Backoff, BlackPOS version 2, BrutPoS and Soraya."

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U2 and Apple collaborate on non-piratable 'interactive format for music'

Squiff (1658137) writes | 8 hours ago


Squiff (1658137) writes "U2 and Apple are apparently collaborating on a new, “interactive format for music”, due to launch in “about 18 months”. Bono spoke to Time about a new tech scheme which “can’t be pirated” and will reimagine the role of album artwork. Link to Guardian[] avoids Time[] paywall.


How FIFA Ultimate Team quietly became the jewel in EA Sports' crown

Anonymous Coward writes | 8 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "The yearly FIFA football games continue to sell in droves, but if you're not a fan of the series, you might not realise why. Over the last five years, an experimental DLC add on called Ultimate Team, which lets gamers buy and trade virtual card packs of footballers to improve their squads in play, has been promoted from the lower leagues of EA's Champions League game series to one of the company's biggest money spinners ever — all while keeping hardcore players and even professional competitive gamers happy. A new feature charts the phenomenal rise and rise of Ultimate team, and posits some interesting questions. For instance, if much maligned EA can win fans over with in-app purchases in a paid game, how has Activision failed to with Call of Duty?"
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iOS 8 alt keyboard round-up

Anonymous Coward writes | 9 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Android users have always had the ability to switch the native keyboard software on their devices. But iOS 8 finally brings that feature to iPhone users. TechCrunch has rounded up a neat selection of alternative keyboard apps for iDevice users to wrap their fingers around."

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