Technology

Internet-connected baby monitors are vulnerable to attacks

Engadget - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:41pm
Don't call a priest just yet if you hear strange voices coming out of your child's baby monitor -- it's more likely a hacker than some kind of supernatural entity. Security firm Rapid 7 has released a study that shows just how vulnerable at least n...

You Don't Have To Be Good At Math To Learn To Code

Slashdot - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:23pm
HughPickens.com writes: Olga Khazan writes in The Atlantic that learning to program involves a lot of Googling, logic, and trial-and-error—but almost nothing beyond fourth-grade arithmetic. Victoria Fine explains how she taught herself how to code despite hating math. Her secret? Lots and lots of Googling. "Like any good Google query, a successful answer depended on asking the right question. "How do I make a website red" was not nearly as successful a question as "CSS color values HEX red" combined with "CSS background color." I spent a lot of time learning to Google like a pro. I carefully learned the vocabulary of HTML so I knew what I was talking about when I asked the Internet for answers." According to Khazan while it's true that some types of code look a little like equations, you don't really have to solve them, just know where they go and what they do. "In most cases you can see that the hard maths (the physical and geometry) is either done by a computer or has been done by someone else. While the calculations do happen and are essential to the successful running of the program, the programmer does not need to know how they are done." Khazan says that in order to figure out what your program should say, you're going to need some basic logic skills and you'll need to be skilled at copying and pasting things from online repositories and tweaking them slightly. "But humanities majors, fresh off writing reams of term papers, are probably more talented at that than math majors are."

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US will pay over $133 million to protect OPM data breach victims

Engadget - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 6:46pm
That massive data breach at the US Office of Personnel Management is going to cost the country a lot more than you might think. Officials have awarded ID Experts a contract to protect the 21.5 million affected government workers against identity th...

Second Gen Moto 360 Men's and Women's, Fitness-Oriented Moto 360 Sport Unveiled

Slashdot - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 6:39pm
MojoKid writes: Motorola's first generation Moto 360 smartwatch was one of the first Android Wear smartwatches to hit the market, and because of its round display, became the immediate flag bearer for the Android Wear platform. As new competition has entered the fray — including entries from Apple with the Apple Watch and Samsung with the Gear S2 — Motorola is announcing a second generation smartwatch that solves most of the complaints of the previous model. Motorola has ditched the archaic Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor in the original Moto 360. The new second generation Moto 360 brings a more credible 1.2GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and Adreno 305 graphics to the table. You'll also find 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. And if you didn't like the largish dimensions of the previous Moto 360, you'll be glad to know that Motorola is offering two sizes this time around. There's a 46mm diameter case that comes with a 360x330 display and a smaller 42mm diameter case that houses a 360x325 display. Motorola has also introduced a dedicated women's model of the Moto 360 which features a 42mm diameter case and accepts smaller 16mm bands. As for battery life, Motorola says that the men's and women's 42mm models comes with a 300 mAh battery which is good for up to 1.5 days of mixed use, while the 46mm watch comes with a larger 400 mAh battery which is good for up to 2 days on charge.

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Clips Offers Easy Video Editing On Your iPhone

TechCrunch - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 6:27pm
 I could try to tell you about Clips. I could explain how it was created by startup Fly Labs, or I could describe how it makes it easy to combine clips on your iPhone into a single video, then add music, voiceover and effects. But you know what sounds more fun? Going to the park with CEO Tim Novikoff, helping him to shoot some footage and watching him edit it all together with Clips. Read More

Panasonic is reviving Technics' legendary DJ turntables

Engadget - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 6:17pm
Ask DJs about their favorite turntables and they'll frequently swear by Technics' SL-1200 -- even though it hasn't been made since 2007, the super-reliable deck is still the gold standard for vinyl spinners. If you're one of those enthusiasts, you'...

Netflix Open Sources Sleepy Puppy XSS Hunter

Slashdot - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:54pm
msm1267 writes: Netflix has released a tool it calls Sleepy Puppy. The tool injects cross-site scripting payloads into a target app that may not be vulnerable, but could be stored in a database and tracks the payload if it's reflected to a secondary application that makes use of the data in the same field. "We were looking for a way to provide coverage on applications that come from different origins or may not be publicly accessible," said co-developer Scott Behrens, a senior application security engineer at Netflix. "We also wanted to observe where stored data gets reflected back, and how data that may be stored publicly could also be reflected in a large number of internal applications." Sleepy Puppy is available on Netflix's Github repository and is one of a slew of security tools its engineers have released to open source.

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WD's latest cloud tech gives you a reason to forget Dropbox

Engadget - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:52pm
Let's be honest: the cloud features bundled with hard drives tend to suck. They're seldom more than nice freebies that you ignore while you set up Dropbox, Google Drive or another more sophisticated option. However, WD (aka Western Digital) might g...

Machinima settles FTC charges over paid Xbox One 'reviews'

Engadget - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:27pm
Ever watch a YouTube review of a game or console and worry that the reviewer was a little too enthusiastic? You're not alone. Machinima has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it mislead gamers by failing to disclose that Xbox On...

Why Do So Many Tech Workers Dislike Their Jobs?

Slashdot - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:10pm
Nerval's Lobster writes: So what if you work for a tech company that offers free lunch, in-house gym, and dry cleaning? A new survey suggests that a majority of software engineers, developers, and sysadmins are miserable. Granted, the survey in question only involved 5,000 respondents, so it shouldn't be viewed as comprehensive (it was also conducted by a company that deals in employee engagement), but it's nonetheless insightful into the reasons why a lot of tech pros apparently dislike their jobs. Apparently perks don't matter quite so much if your employees have no sense of mission, don't have a clear sense of how they can get promoted, and don't interact with their co-workers very well. While that should be glaringly obvious, a lot of companies are still fixated on the idea that minor perks will apparently translate into huge morale boosts; but free smoothies in the cafeteria only goes so far.

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3D printing resurrects Iron-Age Irish musical instruments

Engadget - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:02pm
While 3D printing is often used for advancements in medicine or science, such as FDA-approved drugs or rocket pumps, this week it made an academic one. A PhD student at the Australian National University recently used a 3D printer to duplicate an I...

Three Tips For Worker Classification For The Next On-Demand Startup

TechCrunch - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:00pm
 While Uber and TaskRabbit have become household names, and the on-demand economy continues to boom, the problem of worker classification continues to bedevil companies in the on-demand marketplace. For new startups looking to enter this exciting landscape, there are many lessons that can be learned from the demise of companies like Homejoy, as well as from companies like Instacart and Luxe… Read More

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Sedan To Start Production In 2 Years, Preorders Next March

TechCrunch - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:42pm
 It’s happening! You, yes you (and me!), might be able to afford a Tesla sometime soon. On Twitter today, Musk shared that the Holy Grail of Teslas, the lower cost Model 3 sedan, will officially be unveiled next March (along with taking preorders). Read More

Amazon reimburses you for Dash Buttons after your first purchase

Engadget - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:37pm
In late July, Amazon quietly made its Dash Buttons available to all Prime members, without any announcement or fanfare. Today, the company finally made its new program official, and added products from 11 new brands in the process, though it's stil...

How Open Film Project "Cosmos Laundromat" Made Blender Better

Slashdot - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:26pm
An anonymous reader writes: At the beginning of August the Blender Institute released Cosmos Laundromat: First Cycle, its seventh open project. More than just a 10-minute short film, Cosmos Laundromat is the Blender Institute's most ambitious project, a pilot for the first fully free and open animated feature film. In his article on Opensource.com animator and open source advocate Jason van Gumster highlights the film project and takes a look at some of its most significant contributions to the Blender open source project.

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Google Maps Adds Curated Restaurant Recommendations In NYC, San Francisco And London

TechCrunch - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:18pm
 Google Maps on Android is getting an upgrade today that will make the app, often used for getting directions or accessing business information, a better guide to local restaurants, too – at least in select cities. With an expanded feature set that focuses on offering recommendations, along with ways to filter listings by time of day, vibe (like “family-friendly” or… Read More

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is twice as friendly to your battery

Engadget - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:12pm
Qualcomm is clearly bent on drumming up hype for its Snapdragon 820 chip by drip-feeding facts, but its latest revelation is a big one. The company has revealed that the Kryo CPU at the heart of the chip is up to twice as power-efficient as the Sna...

Lyft Line’s Express Re-Route Feature Aims To Get You Where You’re Going Faster

TechCrunch - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:07pm
 Lyft has quietly added a new feature to Lyft Line, its service that lets passengers share rides with other people heading their same direction for a lower price, called Express Re-route. With this new feature, which officially rolled out exactly one week ago, Lyft Line may reassign you to a driver with a passenger whose route more closely aligns with yours. Read More

Verizon Is Changing Its Logo, Too

TechCrunch - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:01pm
 According to AdAge, our corporate overlord Verizon will be introducing a new logo this week. Proving that we have little or nothing to do with AOL or Verizon really, this was also news to us. Read More

Mutt 1.5.24 Released

Slashdot - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:00pm
kthreadd writes: Version 1.5.24 of the Mutt email client has been released. New features in this release includes among other things terminal status-line (TS) support, a new color object 'prompt', the ability to encrypt postponed messages and opportunistic encryption which automatically enables/disables encryption based on message recipients. SSLv3 is now also disabled by default.

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