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Experts: U.S. needs a federal CISO - IT industry - March 23, 2017 - 1:53pm

Last week, the Trump administration announced the appointment of a White House cybersecurity coordinator. That's a good first step, security experts say, but the government also needs to have a federal CISO.

"It's a big leadership vacancy," said Sanjay Beri, CEO and co-founder at cloud security vendor Netskope.

The job of a federal CISO is very new -- it was only created last year and filled in September with the appointment of retired brigadier general Gregory Touhill. He was previously the deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security.

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Apple snaps up Workflow, an iOS automation app for power users [Updated]

Ars Technica - March 23, 2017 - 1:45pm

Enlarge / The Workflow app. (credit: Workflow)

Late yesterday, Apple closed a deal to acquire Workflow, an app for iOS power users that lets you string a series of repetitive actions together to make them easier and quicker to accomplish. In many ways, the app accomplishes for iOS what the Automator app does for macOS. Late last year Apple laid off Sal Soghoian, the product manager in charge of automation-related products like Automator and AppleScript, and eliminated his position; the purchase of Workflow suggests that it could be the future of Apple's automation-related efforts.

Workflow's developers—Ari Weinstein, Conrad Kramer, Ayaka Nonaka, and Nick Frey—are all being hired by Apple, and they'll continue to develop Workflow which will continue to exist in the App Store. It used to cost $2.99, but it's now available to all users free of charge. The amount Apple paid for Workflow hasn't been disclosed, but TechCrunch reports that it was a "solid payday" for both the developers of the app and its investors.

Apple's statement about the acquisition highlighted that it had won an Apple Design Award in 2015 for its use of iOS' accessibility features, which suggests that the Workflow team could also help Apple develop and implement new accessibility features in future versions of iOS.

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Samsung Galaxy S to Galaxy S8: How the Android flagship smartphone has changed its look

ZDnet News - March 23, 2017 - 1:33pm
Which one of these did you have? From plastic to metal and glass, a look at how Samsung's Android flagship has evolved from the first Galaxy S to the latest models.

Three to lawyer up unless Ofcom intervenes in spectrum market

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 1:32pm
If we can't buy O2, they must give us MOAR SPECTRUM

Three has renewed calls on Ofcom to intervene in the UK's mobile spectrum market, warning it could lawyer up unless the regulator curbs the proportion of airwaves owned by Vodafone and BT's EE in the forthcoming auction.…

Astronomers Don’t Point This Telescope—The Telescope Points Them

Wired - March 23, 2017 - 1:30pm
The era of big data astronomy will find stuff astronomers never even knew to look for. The post Astronomers Don't Point This Telescope—The Telescope Points Them appeared first on WIRED.

The Guy Behind Ello (Remember Ello?) Just Built a Better Snapchat

Wired - March 23, 2017 - 1:30pm
Wuu provides a private place for sharing stuff with friends. Nothing more. No ads, no influencers, no BS. The post The Guy Behind Ello (Remember Ello?) Just Built a Better Snapchat appeared first on WIRED.

Scammy science: 40 journals appointed a fake person as editor

Ars Technica - March 23, 2017 - 1:15pm

Enlarge (credit: Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier)

Anna O. Szust is not a real person. She is, literally, a fraud: oszust means “fraud” in Polish. Nonetheless, Szust has been appointed as an editor at 40 bogus academic journals. After sending out her fake application for an editorial role, the researchers responsible for the world’s nerdiest sting operation began to receive responses almost immediately. “Four titles immediately appointed Szust editor-in-chief,” report Piotr Sorokowski and colleagues in Nature this week.

At legitimate journals, editors play an important role in quality control. They decide whether a paper is worth sending out for peer review, and, if so, who is best qualified to review it. Then they decide whether to publish it, based on the advice of the reviewers. A high-quality journal has rigorous editors who work to ensure higher-quality science, which helps to stop bad science—ranging from the silly to the truly dangerous—from getting the approval stamp of publication and peer review.

Predatory journals

Bogus, predatory journals, on the other hand, are not concerned with quality; they’re concerned with making a buck or ten thousand. They take advantage of legitimate open access scientific journals, which often charge a fee for publication in order to cover their costs; papers are then made available without a subscription.

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Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 1:10pm
Got a good Internet of Things problem-solving idea? Try it out with us, says city

Brainbox greenhouse Cambridge has rolled out the latest stage of its smart city network, the Intelligent City Platform, which talks to the city’s existing LoRaWAN Internet of Things network.…

Russian man pleads guilty over $500m malware scam

BBC Technology News - March 23, 2017 - 12:57pm
A Russian man faces up to 10 years in jail for spreading a computer virus that cost victims more than $500m (£401m).

Prosecutors hack phones seized in inauguration protests - CNET - News - March 23, 2017 - 12:57pm
Court papers say data is being extracted from 100 locked phones confiscated during arrests at anti-Trump protests.

These US cities have the best mobile networks - CNET - News - March 23, 2017 - 12:39pm
Indianapolis tops the list of cities with great cell coverage. New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles -- not so much.

Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 12:36pm
And yes, total abstinence isn't good for you

Moderate drinking is good for you, a BMJ-published study has found, directly contradicting the advice of the UK government's "Chief Medical Officer", who advised last year there was "no safe level" of drinking. A daily pint reduces risk of a heart attack and angina by a third, a big data study of Brit adults has found, while total abstinence increases the risk by 24 per cent.…

1,000hp hybrid hypercars are the next big thing, and McLaren’s is called the BP23

Ars Technica - March 23, 2017 - 12:30pm


Pity the humble hypercar. For a brief moment in time you're the hottest thing on four wheels, splashed across thousands of desktop wallpapers (and bedroom walls, if car posters are still a thing). But these days that kind of star power doesn't last long. Blame the companies that build them. You'd think it would be hard to top something like a McLaren P1, a hybrid with 903hp (673kW) and a $1.6 million price tag, but that's just what McLaren intends to do with the next car in its "Ultimate" series, the BP23.

The BP23 is still two years off, and details are scarce on the ground. It will be a hybrid and have even more power than the P1, and more advanced aerodynamics.

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Phone Companies Will Soon Banish Robocalls. For Real This Time

Wired - March 23, 2017 - 12:00pm
If Democrats, Republicans, and the telecommunications industry can agree on anything, it's that robocalls are the worst. The post Phone Companies Will Soon Banish Robocalls. For Real This Time appeared first on WIRED.

How TV Opening Titles Got to Be So Damn Good

Wired - March 23, 2017 - 12:00pm
You've probably heard television is in something of a golden age, but the same can be said of title sequences. The post How TV Opening Titles Got to Be So Damn Good appeared first on WIRED.

The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump

Wired - March 23, 2017 - 11:00am
As a hedge fund manager, Tom Steyer turned $15 million into $30 billion. Then he learned what humanity is doing to the planet. The post The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump appeared first on WIRED.

'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

The Register - March 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Cheaper or more sophisticated? Cupertino does neither

Comment "The iPad is done," writes Europe's shrewdest hardware scribe Volker Weber in the aftermath of Apple's annual revamp of its tablet line.…

CW@50: Data storage goes from $1M to 2 cents per gigabyte (+video) - IT industry - March 23, 2017 - 11:00am

When Computerworld was founded in 1967, a 1-megabyte hard drive would have set you back by $1 million.

Today, that same megabyte of capacity on a hard disk drive (HDD) costs (about two cents.

Through those five decades, data storage was seen as little more than a support technology, when in actuality has always been one of five tech pillars -- like processors and software -- underpinning our modern computer systems, said Owen Melroy, vice president of Media Components at Western Digital Corp. (WD).

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Danger, danger! 10 alarming examples of AI gone wild - IT industry - March 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Going rogue! 10 scary examples of AI gone wild

Image by geralt via Pixabay

Science fiction is lousy with tales of artificial intelligence run amok. There's HAL 9000, of course, and the nefarious Skynet system from the "Terminator" films. Last year, the sinister AI Ultron came this close to defeating the Avengers, and right now the hottest show on TV is HBO's "Westworld," concerning the future of humans and self-aware AI.

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Malaysia screen legend gets Google tribute

BBC Technology News - March 23, 2017 - 10:26am
P. Ramlee enjoyed fame across South East Asia, even reaching as far as Hong Kong and Japan.

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