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Feb 17, 2016

Filename-handling slip let attackers evade FireEye analysis

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Giving FireEye the slip.


Malware could be on your application whitelist if you haven’t caught up on patching.

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Feb 17, 2016

Wonder material graphene has been turned into a superconductor

Posted by in categories: energy, materials

Researchers in Japan have found a way to make the ‘wonder material’ graphene superconductive — which means electricity can flow through it with zero resistance. The new property adds to graphene’s already impressive list of attributes, like the fact that it’s stronger than steel, harder than diamond, and incredibly flexible.

But superconductivity is a big deal, even for graphene, because when electricity can flow without resistance, it can lead to significantly more efficient electronic devices, not to mention power lines. Right now, energy companies are losing about 7 percent of their energy as heat as a result of resistance in the grid.

Before you get too excited, this demonstration of superconductivity in graphene occurred at a super cold −269 degrees Celsius, so we’re not going to be making power lines out of graphene any time soon.

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Feb 17, 2016

A New Smartphone is Launching—And It’s Only $4

Posted by in category: mobile phones

A new smartphone is launching. And this one costs just a little bit more than a McDonald’s Happy Meal.

Despite the ubiquity of smartphones, you’d be hard pressed to find one that you could purchase with spare change. Yet Ringing Bells, a handset manufacturer from India, has managed to create one that’s only going to cost $4.

The device is called Freedom 251 and was just very recently unveiled. Specs aside, the most impressive thing about the Freedom 251 is, by far, its price. The pricing strategy and development of the technology was anchored on Narendra Modi’s intent to ‘empower India to the last person,’ and the smartphone was a way for central government to promote inclusivity among its constituents for its digital initiatives.

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Feb 17, 2016

A True Magic Mirror

Posted by in category: augmented reality

Patented augmented-reality technology can show makeup, hair, skin, and anti-aging changes in LIVE 3D.

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Feb 17, 2016

The last job on Earth: imagining a fully automated world – video

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Machines could take 50% of our jobs in the next 30 years, according to scientists. While we can’t predict the future, we can imagine a world without work – one where those who own the tech get rich from it and everyone else ekes out a living, propped up by an increasingly fragile state. Meet Alice, holder of the last recognisable job on Earth, trying to make sense of her role in an automated world.

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Feb 17, 2016

Is it possible to upload human consciousness into a machine?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Michio Kaku says it depends on your definition of consciousness. But at least according to one definition, we might one day become immortal.

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Feb 17, 2016

First patient in diabetes trial no longer needs insulin therapy

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

MIAMI, Sept. 10 (UPI) — The first patient to receive therapeutic delivery of islet cells in a new diabetes study no longer needs insulin therapy to control type 1 diabetes, according to doctors at the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute.

The patient, Wendy Peacock, 43, has been giving herself insulin injections to control diabetes since she was diagnosed with the condition at age 17. Since she had the minimally-invasive procedure on August 18, Peacock has been off insulin, because her body is producing it naturally, and she no longer has the dietary restrictions that accompany type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by inadvertent destruction of insulin-producing islet cells in the pancreas by the immune system. While previous experimental treatments that involved the replacement of these cells has allowed patients to live without the need for insulin-replacement therapy for up to a decade, the goal is for better delivery of the cells to make the surgical treatment permanent — effectively curing the condition.

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Feb 17, 2016

This Smartphone Costs Less Than A Sandwich, No Really

Posted by in category: mobile phones

This is the ‘world’s cheapest’ smartphone.


A technology company in India is launching what it claims will be the ‘world’s cheapest’ smartphone costing just $7 or around £5.

The Freedom 251 is being built by Ringing Bells and will reportedly sell for around $7 although the BBC reports that local media are pricing it even lower at just £2.50.

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Feb 17, 2016

Alphabet, aka Google, is now the world’s most valuable company

Posted by in categories: engineering, singularity

If you have money in the stock market, I highly recommend that you buy as many shares of Alphabet, as much as you can, as soon as you can. Alphabet was spun out of it’s parent company, Google. It’s important, critical even, to take notice of the fact that all of Google’s “moon shot” R&D programs, from it’s X division to it’s marketing department, have been transferred to this new company. Why does this matter so very much? The answer to that question is this: The evolutionary scientific and engineering breakthroughs are nearing completion. When that happens, in the very near future, it is going to leave humanity in a state of stunned awe.

Welcome to the singularity, my friends.


Shares of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, rose nearly 4% Tuesday morning thanks to its strong earnings report.

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Feb 17, 2016

Ex-Apple designer builds easy-to-use artificial brain

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Former Apple UI designer Mike Matas has a new project: an artificial brain with a super-clean interface.

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