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32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT! | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Supermicro's cure wasn't much better than the disease
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Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas - BBC News

Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
A brain map built up from scans of more than 400 individuals has carved the "cortex" into 180 different compartments, including 97 new ones.
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Mozilla to block Flash in Firefox browser - BBC News

Mozilla to block Flash in Firefox browser - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Mozilla is planning to end full support for Adobe's Flash software in its Firefox browser from next month.
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Beware! Your iPhone Can Be Hacked Remotely With Just A Message

Beware! Your iPhone Can Be Hacked Remotely With Just A Message | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
iPhone or iPad can be hacked using Stagefright like vulnerability with just a message
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Update now: Macs and iPhones have a Stagefright-style bug!

Update now: Macs and iPhones have a Stagefright-style bug! | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Remember Stagefright, the Android bug that could be triggered by a phone message? Apple just patched something similar on Macs and iPhones.
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Adobe cockup means you may have two different versions of Flash installed on your PC

Adobe cockup means you may have two different versions of Flash installed on your PC | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Shaun Nichols writing for The Register:
Adobe says a buggy installer is the reason some people have two different versions of Flash Player on their Windows PCs.
The software house told The Register it had to create an additional build of the browser plugin specifically for Microsoft's Internet Explorer after the version made for other browsers – such as Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft's Edge – wouldn't install properly for IE.
So, for example, if you have Internet Explorer and Firefox on your machine, you'll have two slightly different copies of Flash that should be functionally the same.
Quality control? Testing? What's that then?
I wouldn't blame you if you feel that this is the straw that broke the camel's back. Here is how to completely uninstall Adobe Flash from your computer.
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MacKeeper threatens to sue 14-year-old YouTuber

MacKeeper threatens to sue 14-year-old YouTuber | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The MacKeeper utility suite, which claims to help Mac users stop security threats, find duplicate files, and help you uninstall unwanted apps, doesn't have the best reputation. And now they're making legal threats against a teenage video maker.
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That's A Clever Hack! How anyone could make Money from Google and Microsoft

That's A Clever Hack! How anyone could make Money from Google and Microsoft | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Researcher Finds Clever Way How Anyone Could Steal Money from Google, Microsoft or Instagram.
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DNA sequencer sent to space station - BBC News

DNA sequencer sent to space station - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Nasa has sent a DNA sequencer to the International Space Station in an effort to help astronauts monitor their own health.
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New Zealand kakapo sees bumper breeding season - BBC News

Population of the critically endangered parrot booms by 28% after a record-breaking breeding season.
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Microsoft, Google and Facebook compete on AI development

Microsoft, Google and Facebook compete on AI development | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it

No matter where the future goes, Microsoft will have a place in it. The company’s "conversation as a platform" offering, which it unveiled in March, represents a bet that chat-based interfaces will overtake apps as our primary way of using the internet: for finding information, for shopping, and for accessing a range of services. And apps will become smarter thanks to "cognitive APIs," made available by Microsoft, that let them understand faces, emotions, and other information contained in photos and videos.

 

Microsoft argues that it has the best "brain," built on nearly two decades of advancements in machine learning and natural language processing, for delivering a future powered by artificial intelligence. It has a head start in building bots that resonate with users emotionally, thanks to an early experiment in China.

 

And among the giants, Microsoft was first to release a true platform for text-based chat interfaces — a point of pride at a company that was mostly sidelined during the rise of smartphones.

 

After losing the mobile battle, can Microsoft win the AI battle? In January 2016, The Verge described the tech industry's search for the killer bot. In the months that followed, companies big and small have accelerated their development efforts. Facebook opened up a bot development platform of its own, running on its popular Messenger chat app. Google announced a new intelligent assistant running inside Allo, a forthcoming messenger app, and Home, its Amazon Echo competitor. Meanwhile the Echo, whose voice-based inputs have captivated developers, is reportedly in 3 million homes, and has added 1,200 "skills" through its API.

 

Microsoft is proud of its work on AI, and eager to convey the sense that this time around, it's poised to win.


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The company’s "conversation as a platform" offering, which it unveiled in March, represents a bet that chat-based interfaces will overtake apps as our primary way of using the internet: for finding information, for shopping, and for accessing a range of services. And apps will become smarter thanks to "cognitive APIs," made available by Microsoft, that let them understand faces, emotions, and other information contained in photos and videos.

Microsoft argues that it has the best "brain," built on nearly two decades of advancements in machine learning and natural language processing, for delivering a future powered by artificial intelligence. It has a head start in building bots that resonate with users emotionally, thanks to an early experiment in China.

And among the giants, Microsoft was first to release a true platform for text-based chat interfaces — a point of pride at a company that was mostly sidelined during the rise of smartphones.

After losing the mobile battle, can Microsoft win the AI battle? In January

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Scientists warn of 'unsafe' decline in biodiversity - BBC News

Scientists warn of 'unsafe' decline in biodiversity - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
An international team of scientists has issued a warning that biodiversity is dropping below safe levels for the support and wellbeing of human societies.
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Europe backs lunar drilling technology - BBC News

Europe backs lunar drilling technology - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency has signed a contract to build a prototype drill and chemistry lab that will be flown on a Russian mission to the Moon in 2021.
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Jaguar puts new semi-autonomous systems to test in the real world

Jaguar puts new semi-autonomous systems to test in the real world | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
​Jaguar Land Rover is throwing the kitchen sink at autonomous driving technology. On top of the tools it's developing for off-road autonomy, the Brits are planning to create a fleet of research vehicles testing a raft of self-driving technologies. ​
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What is Strictly Enforced Verified Boot in Android 7.0 Nougat?

What is Strictly Enforced Verified Boot in Android 7.0 Nougat? | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
4 Things You Need to Know About Strictly Enforced 'Verified Boot' in Android 7.0 Nougat
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Twycross Zoo begins great ape heart disease study - BBC News

Twycross Zoo begins great ape heart disease study - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Twycross Zoo and the University of Nottingham are to look into why great apes are susceptible to heart disease.
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Facebook is tracking what you do within apps for better targeted advertising

Facebook is tracking what you do within apps for better targeted advertising | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
As the old saying goes: if you're not paying, you're the product.
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Vast asteroid created 'Man in Moon's eye' crater - BBC News

Vast asteroid created 'Man in Moon's eye' crater - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
One of the biggest craters on the Moon's surface was created by an asteroid more than 250km across, a study suggests.
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Storage device writes information atom-by-atom - BBC News

Storage device writes information atom-by-atom - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The quest for storage devices that pack ever more information into a small space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.
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Can Israeli-type security measures work at LAX and other U.S. airports?

Can Israeli-type security measures work at LAX and other U.S. airports? | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Airport security experts explain why Israeli-type security measures won't work at Los Angeles International Airport.
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Iraq marshlands named Unesco World Heritage Site - BBC News

Iraq marshlands named Unesco World Heritage Site - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
The United Nations cultural agency Unesco names Iraq's southern marshes - once decimated by Saddam Hussein - a World Heritage Site.
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Your website may be engaged in secret criminal activity

Your website may be engaged in secret criminal activity | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Most of us think of website hacks as illicit activities aimed at siphoning critical information or disrupting the business of website owners. But what happens..
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Researcher proposes method for growing brain cells in 3D tissue culture

Researcher proposes method for growing brain cells in 3D tissue culture | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it

A new method has been proposed that could allow scientists to develop a "3D brain-on-a-chip." Something which could offer researchers a new platform to develop a far better understanding of how brain cells react to medication in a real setting.

 

While 3D cell culturing isn't new, it's not currently used in neuroscience, which still takes place in two-dimensions, in a petri dish. Bart Schurink -- a researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands -- has recently pioneered a way in which three-dimensional cells could be grown on a chip.

 

By measuring electrical signals and placing a microreactor on top, Schurink found that cells could also be grown vertically as well as horizontally. The process also involves a special "sieve" that contains 900 inverted pyramid openings the enables the 3D "network" of neurons. The 3D cell environment offers more accurate data for studying the effects that medicine has on them. Naturally, the researchers needed a little help from the university's NanoLab to make a "microsieve electrode array," as every hole needs to be exactly the same size.

 

Tests have so far been conducted using living brain cells from lab rats but the hope is that the data the process yields will provide a new way of analyzing the effects of diseases and their treatments, and ultimately be applied to humans.


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First farmers had diverse origins, DNA shows - BBC News

First farmers had diverse origins, DNA shows - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Analysis of DNA from some of the world's first farmers shows that they had surprisingly diverse origins.
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'Three centuries' to catalogue all Amazon tree species - BBC News

'Three centuries' to catalogue all Amazon tree species - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
So many tree species are present in the Amazon basin that it would take 300 years to catalogue them all, scientists say.
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Over 40s 'have more babies' than under 20s - BBC News

Over 40s 'have more babies' than under 20s - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Women in their forties are having more babies than women two decades younger for the first time in nearly 70 years, official figures for England and Wales show.
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