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RSS Newsfeeds's attention-boosting app gets $225K National Science grant - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:27pm
App developer will research the effect of AI-generated music on people who have ADHD, or just need a little help concentrating.

It's spring! Let's talk smart outdoor tech - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:25pm
Read on to discover the latest smart home gadgets for your yard.

Are Uber's self-driving cars in trouble after first fatality? (The 3:59, Ep. 372) - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:22pm
Uber halts its autonomous-driving program after one of its cars hits a pedestrian. Also, AT&T's battle with the Justice Department kicks off.

Uber halts self-driving cars after first pedestrian fatality - Roadshow - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:22pm
The ride-hailing company suspends its self-driving operations in the US and Canada after a woman is killed by an autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Arizona.

USS Juneau found by Paul Allen ship in WWII ocean grave - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:19pm
Paul Allen's World War II shipwreck expedition uncovers the USS Juneau and writes a new chapter in the story of the doomed Sullivan brothers.

Fire up your app dev skills at Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston

The Register - March 20, 2018 - 6:14pm
April event promises intensive training

Promo Small to large enterprises around the globe rely on Cloud Foundry to automate and scale cloud applications across multiple clouds, in any language, through their lifecycle. Whether you are new to the platform or have some knowledge but would like to take it to a new level, the Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston, MA from April 18 to 20 looks to be your essential destination.…

Facebook said to face FTC probe over Cambridge Analytica - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:11pm
The Federal Trade Commission will investigate the social network, according to reports, marking a new turn in the saga over Facebook's mishandling of data.

US electricity use drops, renewables push fossil fuels out of the mix

Ars Technica - March 20, 2018 - 6:11pm

Enlarge / Wind turbines at the Cedar Point Wind Energy Project in Limon, Colorado. (credit: Getty Images)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney once said that "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy." But in the US, increased energy efficiency has helped drive a drop in total electricity use. That, combined with the rise of renewable power, caused the use of both coal and natural gas to decline last year.

The changes, according to the Energy Information Agency, are relatively small. Total electric generation last year was down 1.5 percent compared to the year before, a drop of 105,000 GigaWatt-hours. But both coal and natural gas saw declines that were even larger. Coal use was down by 2.5 percent, a smaller decline than it has seen in many recent years. But the numbers for its future aren't promising; no new coal plants were opened, and 6.3 Gigawatts of coal capacity were retired in 2017.

(credit: US EIA)

Continuing recent trends, 9.3GW of natural gas capacity were brought online, although that was partly offset by the retirement of 4.0GW of older gas plants. Despite the additional capacity, however, natural gas use was also down, dropping by nearly 8 percent.

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Epic Games CEO: AR glasses will “eventually replace smartphones”

Ars Technica - March 20, 2018 - 6:03pm

Enlarge / The Magic Leap One is the first step to getting a billion people wearing AR glasses by 2025, according to Epic CEO Tim Sweeney.

SAN FRANCISCO—A little under three years ago, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney predicted that augmented reality glasses (which layer virtual 3D images on top of your view of the real world) would completely replace all traditional screens in a ten-year timeframe. At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week, the head of the company behind the Unreal Engine and Fortnite said he still expects that to happen, predicting a billion users for such AR glasses by 2025.

"I expect this to eventually replace smartphones," Sweeney told Ars in an interview. "Walking around in real life, instead of watching people fiddling around with the cell phone in their pocket, you'll be watching them make gestures to interact with this [augmented reality] user interface."

It won't be an instant transition, of course. Sweeney suggested we could get to 10 million early adopters for AR glasses "in the next two or three years." From there, "you take, say, 10 million users and really astonish them and give them a product that's really amazing in order to get to 100 million users. Then you have to satisfy the 100 million users to get to a billion users and so on. It's going to deploy over time."

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Telegram reportedly ordered to share encryption keys with FSB - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:02pm
According to a Bloomberg report, Telegram Messenger lost its case in the Russian Supreme Court.

Apple's March 27 event: What to expect and how to watch

ZDnet Blogs - March 20, 2018 - 6:01pm
Not only does the official invite offer a clue, but the location of Apple's next event gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Categories: Opinion

Administrator's Password Bad Practice, (Tue, Mar 20th)

SANS Internet Storm Center - March 20, 2018 - 5:59pm
Just a quick reminder about some bad practices while handling Windows Administrator credentials. I'm constantly changing my hunting filters on VT. A few days ago, I started to search for files/scripts that use the Microsoft SysInternals tool psexec[1]. For system administrators, this a great tool to execute programs on remote systems but it is also used by attackers to pivot internally. This morning, my filter returned an interesting file with a VT score of 11/66. The file is a compiled AutoIT script. This kind of malicious files is coming back via regular waves[2]. AutoIT executable can be easily decompiled. To achieve this, I'm using Exe2Aut.exe[3]. This tool has not been updated for a while but is still doing a good job.
Categories: Security

Female scientists making headway in kids' imaginations - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 5:50pm
A timely trend in Draw-A-Scientist studies shows children in the US are now depicting more female scientists than ever before.

Facebook ignored data breach risks, says ex-employee - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 5:49pm
The social network failed to monitor user data culled by third parties, a former Facebook manager tells the Guardian.

Virus fished from pond cures man’s deadly antibiotic-resistant infection

Ars Technica - March 20, 2018 - 5:48pm

Enlarge / Transmission electron micrograph of multiple bacteriophages attached to a bacterial cell wall. (credit: Dr Graham Beards)

In 2012, a 76-year-old Connecticut doctor had surgery to repair a life-threatening bulge in his aortic arch—the hulking bend that hooks the massive artery around the heart, routing oxygenated blood both upward and downward. Surgeons successfully used a synthetic graft to shore up the vital conduit. But soon after, a tenacious film of drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria formed on the graft.

The doctor spent the next four years battling the infection, slipping in and out of the hospital. His surgeons and doctors at Yale deemed him too high risk for another operation and put him on mega-doses of antibiotics, prescribed indefinitely. The drugs couldn’t clear the infection, they merely knocked it back enough to keep it from killing him. But the chronic inflammation that ensued took its own toll. His team of doctors started to worry his immune system was chipping away at his aorta. With a bleak outlook, the man agreed in 2016 to an experimental treatment: a virus that researchers had fished out of a nearby pond.

The viral gamble paid off. The infection cleared and he went off antibiotics, according to a case study published recently by the Yale researchers and doctors in the journal of Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health.

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Google buys New York's Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 5:38pm
The search giant already occupies a large chunk of the 1.2 million-square-foot complex in lower Manhattan.

Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

The Register - March 20, 2018 - 5:35pm
Telly software goes open source (again)

The mighty little OS that could is open source again. LG has revealed webOS OSE (Open Source Edition) under an Apache licence and ported it to the Raspberry Pi hardware.…

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook boss summoned over data claims

BBC Technology News - March 20, 2018 - 5:35pm
MPs want Mark Zuckerberg to address concerns that Cambridge Analytica gathered users' data without permission.

IBM Unveils the 'World's Smallest Computer'

Slashdot - March 20, 2018 - 5:15pm
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