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How The Internet Of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

jfruh (300774) writes | 19 minutes ago

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jfruh (300774) writes "While the Internet has made communications easier, that ease had made us very dependent on the Internet for communications — and, when disaster strikes, power and infrastructure outages tend to shut down those communications networks when we need them most. But now researchers are examining how the so-called "Internet of Things" — the proliferating array of Internet-communicating devices in our lives — can transmit emergency messages via ad-hoc networks even when the Internet backbone in a region is inoperable."
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Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid but Overly Ambitious,

Anonymous Coward writes | 9 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Amazon's Fire Phone launches later this week, and the reviews have started to come in. The hardware: "There's nothing terribly special about the Fire Phone's hardware, but there's very little to turn you off either." "The nice-looking IPS display in the Fire Phone gets bright enough for outdoor viewing, and it has nice viewing angles—a necessity for a phone that's meant to be tilted around and looked at from every which way." "An indistinct slab of glass and plastic, the Fire Phone looks more like a minimalist prototype than a finished product." Software: "Firefly can recognize lots of things, but it’s incredibly, hilariously inconsistent." "Firefly is the one Fire Phone feature you'll want on any phone you're currently using. Let's hope that it gets enough developer support that it isn't just a link to Amazon's storefronts." "First, and to be absolutely clear, Dynamic Perspective will impress you the first time you see it, and Amazon is pretty good at showing it off. ... But if there's some cool, useful functionality to be had from super-aggressive, super-accurate face tracking, the Fire Phone doesn't have it." Conclusion: "Smartphones are for work, for life. They’re not toys, they’re tools. Amazon doesn't understand that, and the Fire Phone doesn't reflect it.""
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With your Head in the Clouds: An Overview of Cloud Computing

sethsipek (3763129) writes | 1 hour ago

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sethsipek (3763129) writes "“The Cloud” is one of the biggest current buzzwords in the IT industry- everybody wants it, everybody talks about it and it’s become a necessity for every blogger and business out there. However, very few people have taken the time to answer a very fundamental question: What is the Cloud?

Back in the olden days of floppy disks and magnetic media your computing and data processing companies were limited by the hardware you had inside your computer case. The capability to deal with data was limited by what you physically had; then along came broadband internet and other key innovations in tech and that is no longer the case.

The Cloud is a service. Computers (that could be millions of miles away from yours) can take care of your heavy lifting and data processing, regardless of your physical hardware. This decreases the barrier of entry for many things. Previously, if you needed more memory or better video rendering you had to go out and buy expensive hardware and maybe even pay for someone to install it. Shopping for said hardware was a bit of a mess too, since you had to ensure it was compatible with the rest of your computer rig. Which one is better, a SATA drive or an SSD drive? With a good cloud services provider, you don’t have to worry about that at all.

Think about Smart TVs for a second- how does a TV with minimal storage capability and memory deal with the incredibly huge library of movies from a service like Netflix? It’s simple- it doesn’t. The video and audio compression are done by Netflix and then simply streamed out to your TV. Remote data processing has opened the door for a million new business possibilities and made life easier for all of us.

But aside from helping us watch The Godfather II for the umpteenth time without having to get up and put in the disk, what else can the cloud do?

Well, there’s a whole spectrum of things. For example, companies like UKhost4U offer a variety of plans with a variety of cloud server options. If you have a website, the cloud can help you make sure it is always up. In the past if lighting struck your server, your site would be down for as long as it took you to replace it. With the cloud, if one server failsyou just take its tasks at hand to another. It takes minutes instead of days to get back up and hardware failure becomes just a minor obstacle, instead of a titanic hurdle. The same goes for storage; we all have lost a thumb drive, a CD-R, or maybe even a five and a quarter inch floppy (if you’re a veteran of the computer wars). Losing data can result in loss of time, loss of money and even loss of sanity in the worst of cases. The cloud allows us to have our data available everywhere. Since there’s no tangible object, losing data is a much less common occurrence. You can access your files anywhere from every computer, as long as you have an internet connection.

Finally, having remote processing power increases our ability to run software. Let’s say you need to edit a video using Adobe Premiere but you’re not home and all you have is a borrowed laptop that has seen better days. It barely has enough ram and the sound card leaves a lot to be desired. None of this is an issue with the cloud; you can take advantage of a virtual machine in a remote location that has everything you need. The required amount of power for the physical hardware is minimal and, within reason (a Commodore 64 is not an option), you can run your stuff on any machine you have.

“Anytime, anywhere, with any equipment”. That is the philosophy of the cloud and it can change the way you operate, saving you time, money and helping you be more efficient in everything you do with the internet."

Need of Home Tutors, Education and Career, Motivation of Life and Better Society

Dipna (3004443) writes | 1 hour ago

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Dipna (3004443) writes "Every human beings must have the willingness to become well educated. Because i think that a good environment can only bring the happiness and remove all other miseries, and it's true that we can create a good environment only with the help of well educated people. Otherwise it's not possible. Education is such a marvelous thing and we must give full attention on this and first priority as well in our life. Actually a proper education changes our negative thoughts, ideas, vision about a particular thing and removes the dirtiness of mind and makes us pure. So, if all the people in this world keeps a fresh and positive thought about everyone and everything, then everything is almost fine now, there is no problem at all and nothing to do or worry about."
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Bromium Labs analyzed public vulnerabilities and exploits from the first six months of 2014. The research determined that Internet Explorer vulnerabilities have increased more than 100 percent since 2013 , surpassing Java and Flash vulnerabilities. Web browsers have always been a favorite avenue of attack, but we are now seeing that hackers are not only getting better at attacking Internet Explorer, they are doing it more frequently."

Some company in Belize tried to trademark "MH17" and "MH370"

oobayly (1056050) writes | 1 hour ago

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oobayly (1056050) writes "The Guardian reports that a company in Belize has filed to trademark MH17 and MH370 — full article on Coconuts Kuala Lumpur. The application MH17 was filed on 17th July 2014 — the same day as the disaster occurred, whereas the application for MH370 was filed on 2nd May 2014 — almost two months after the flight disappeared.

The application for "MH17" was filed on the European Trade Mark and Design Network website, while details for the "MH370" application was found on the Justia Trademarks site.

The scope of the application is also wide ranging:

From conferences, exhibitions and competitions; to education and instruction, and entertainment services (namely, the provision of continuing programmes, segments, movies, and shows delivered by television, radio, satellite and the Internet).

Clearly, this is cynical way of attempting to collect (I hesitate to use the word "earn") money from the reporting of Malaysian Airlines two disasters, however, does this actually have any merit? Seeing as the MH17 trademark application has been filed in Europe — the region from where most of the victims came from, it seems highly unlikely, but past experience tells us that we can't make any assumptions."

Steve Ditko, 86 year old creator of Spiderman, now on Kickstarter!

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Steve Ditko, best know for the creation of characters such as Spiderman and Doctor Strange, has continued to self publish work over the last 26 years. Now, in a move to bring his independent work to a wider audience he is funding his latest project through Kickstarter
  This project sees a return to his controversial Mr A character who acted as the insipartion for Wacthmens Rorschach. Thr project has already met its modest funding goal and has been selected as a "Staff Pick".."

The Psychology Of Phishing

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Phishing emails are without a doubt one of the biggest security issues consumers and businesses face today. Cybercriminals understand that we are a generation of clickers and they use this to their advantage. They will take the time to create sophisticated phishing emails because they understand that today users can tell-apart spam annoyances from useful email, however they still find it difficult identifying phishing emails, particularly when they are tailored to suit each recipient individually. Fake emails are so convincing and compelling that they fool 10% of recipients into clicking on the malicious link. To put that into context a legitimate marketing department at a FTSE 100 company typically expects less than a 2% click rate on their advertising campaigns. So, how are the cybercriminals out-marketing the marketing experts?"

If tired of Chrome and Firefox, meet Citrio - a New Browser on the Market

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "If you are ready for something special — meet Citrio browser (www.citrio.com). Citrio has all the best features of Chrome and a range of its own unique accomplishments you have never expected to see in a browser. Most people use one of the major browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera or whatever. Most of them have never thought about using anything else. But those few had a chance to go through a much better browsing experience than those who preferred to stay within a comfort zone. Citrio promises fast downloads, inbuilt torrent client, proxy manager and others. You can also download videos from any video website in a snap."
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Four-winged dinosaur is biggest ever

JonnaDelacruz (3755901) writes | 2 hours ago

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JonnaDelacruz (3755901) writes "A new four-winged dinosaur has been discovered, with exceptionally long feathers on its tail and "hindwings".

Changyuraptor yangi was a gliding predator which lived in the Cretaceous period in what is now Liaoning, China.

Its remarkable tail feathers — measuring up to 30cm — are the longest in any non-avian dinosaur.

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The tail would have acted as a pitch control structure reducing descent speed... which could be critical to a safe landing or precise attack on prey”

Lizhuo Han
Bohai University, China
This unusual plumage helped the creature to slow down during flight and land safely, say scientists writing in Nature Communications.

C. yangi is a new species of microraptorine, a group related to early avians.

These ancient creatures offer clues to the origin of flight — and the transition from feathered dinosaurs to birds.

Palaeontologists once thought that four-winged gliders were a stepping stone in the path to two-winged flight.

But recent fossil discoveries suggest that microraptorines were an evolutionary side-branch.

Flight probably evolved many times in different feathered species — not only the lineage which ultimately became birds."

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China plans particle colliders that would dwarf CERN's LHC

ananyo (2519492) writes | 2 hours ago

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ananyo (2519492) writes "For decades, Europe and the United States have led the way when it comes to high-energy particle colliders. But a proposal by China that is quietly gathering momentum has raised the possibility that the country could soon position itself at the forefront of particle physics.
Scientists at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in Beijing, working with international collaborators, are planning to build a ‘Higgs factory’ by 2028 — a 52-kilometre underground ring that would smash together electrons and positrons. Collisions of these fundamental particles would allow the Higgs boson to be studied with greater precision than at the much smaller Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Europe’s particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.
Physicists say that the proposed US$3-billion machine is within technological grasp and is considered conservative in scope and cost. But China hopes that it would also be a stepping stone to a next-generation collider — a super proton–proton collider — in the same tunnel.
The machine would be a big leap for China. The country’s biggest current collider is just 240 metres in circumference."

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Survey Reveals Passengers Demand Faster In-Flight WiFi

J.R.C.L. (3739333) writes | 3 hours ago

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J.R.C.L. (3739333) writes "Constantly connected to the internet has become more a need. Even when people are traveling in the sky.

A recent survey conducted by Honeywell Aerospace, a major supplier of in-flight connectivity hardware, between June 6 and June 19, 2014, among 1,045 Americans age 18 and over who have used in-flight Wi-Fi are clamoring for even faster connections and are willing to even pay more for it or encounter inconveniences. Here are some of the most surprising behaviors of the connected passengers."

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Egg donor agencies in India

Anonymous Coward writes | 3 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "The most essential step initially is choosing an egg donor that fulfills your “wish list." In addition to the physical and medical attributes that were discussed in an earlier blog, it is paramount to have the egg donor evaluated by a psychologist and a geneticist. In general, the psychologist will administer a mental health examination to confirm that the egg donor is emotionally stable as well as her motives are genuine."
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Apple gets Patent for "iTime" related to its smart watch "iWatch".

rtoz (2530056) writes | 3 hours ago

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rtoz (2530056) writes "The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple a patent for a smartwatch named as iTime.

Apple filed for this patent in July 2011.

The details of the this patent with the title "Wrist-worn electronic device and methods therefor" are matching with the speculation regarding a so-called iWatch smartwatch.

This iTime device can interact with Computers and Mobile phones.

According to the patent documents, the iTime's electronic wristband acts as a docking station for a device similar to the iPod Nano.

In one embodiment, the watch is able to receive a notification initiated by a nearby phone, then alert the user to the event through audio, visual or vibrations. Once alerted, the user has the option to take out their Phone or dive into the notification directly on the watch, whether it be onscreen or through audio output like system speakers or headphones.

Smart watches provided by Samsung and LG are already available in the market. But many people are eagerly waiting for a smart watch from Apple."

When Google Sells Your Data, It Might Be Illegally Killing Your Phone's Battery

Jason Koebler (3528235) writes | yesterday

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Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "Personal information about you and your browsing, email, and app-using habits is regularly sent between apps on your Android phone, a potentially illegal practice that could be killing your battery life. A federal judge ruled that the claim, raised in a class action lawsuit against the company, "requires a heavily and inherently fact-bound inquiry."
That means that there's a good chance we're about to get a look into the ins and outs of Google's advertising backbone: what information is shared with who, and when."

Potentially Immortal Single Cell Life form Eats, Breathes, Electrons

retroworks (652802) writes | 4 hours ago

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retroworks (652802) writes "University of Southern California, Los Angeles researchers are studying forms of bacteria, found on the sea bed, which can feed directly on electrons from electric current. Unlike any other living thing on Earth, electric bacteria use energy in its purest form – naked electricity in the shape of electrons harvested from rocks and metals. NewScientist reports on cells which make ATP, a molecule that acts as an energy storage unit for almost all living things. This life form needs no sugar or protein, it can consume electrons, from electricity, directly.

"To grow these bacteria, the team collects sediment from the seabed, brings it back to the lab, and inserts electrodes into it. First they measure the natural voltage across the sediment, before applying a slightly different one. A slightly higher voltage offers an excess of electrons; a slightly lower voltage means the electrode will readily accept electrons from anything willing to pass them off. Bugs in the sediments can either "eat" electrons from the higher voltage, or "breathe" electrons on to the lower-voltage electrode, generating a current. That current is picked up by the researchers as a signal of the type of life they have captured.""

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Survey Shows Growing Number of Airline Passengers Demand Faster In-Flight WiFi

stephendavion (2872091) writes | 5 hours ago

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "In just a few short years, in-flight WiFi has gone from a novel idea to an amenity that most passengers just assume is installed when they board. However prevalent passengers may think the technology is, the fact is that a relatively small number of aircraft worldwide offer the service, but a recent survey shows passengers are clamoring for even faster connections. Honeywell Aerospace, a major supplier of in-flight connectivity hardware, conducted a survey between June 6 and June 19, 2014, among 1,045 Americans age 18 and over who have used in-flight Wi-Fi at least once in the last 12 months. The results, while unsurprising as a whole, give some unique insight into the mind of the connected passenger."

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