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North Korea celebrates longest-range ballistic missile test

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On Sunday , North Korea test-launched a ballistic missile that flew, at a high trajectory, about 435 miles, according to South Korea's military. Monday's claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North's goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the USA mainland. Read More »

Eagles sign LeGarrette Blount to one-year deal

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Blount has rushed for 5,122 yards with 49 touchdowns over 100 career games (eight seasons) with the Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He'll join the Eagles' backfield, which is now extremely deep. He's a big back at 6 foot and weighing 250 pounds, but Blount can get up off the ground when leaping into the end zone. Read More »

Google shifts mobile focus to apps and digital assistant

This year, however, Google is announcing that it is working with hardware partners - Qualcomm, HTC and Lenovo - to make VR headsets that will be similar to Facebook's Oculus and HTC's own Vive. When a background app wants a location update , for instance, Android O will feed it the user's last known location instead of activating the Global Positioning System or other hardware to collect a fresh location. Read More »

Daydream standalone VR by Qualcomm

Key to the design is what Google calls "World Sense", which means the headsets can monitor the environment and accurately track your position without the need for extra sensors. They have everything you need for VR built in. When is Daydream coming and how much will it cost? "In October, we launched Daydream View, a VR headset that's comfortable and easy to use". Read More »

India seeks to avoid ATM tears from WannaCry ransomware

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If the attackers hit critical national infrastructure and cause death and destruction, then you enter the realm of the War Powers Act and post 9/11 legislation, as well as the core presidential authority to pursue the attackers and country housing them. Read More »

Google rolling out arsenal of services, gadgets

Users should expect to see more machine learning acceleration chips in the future, Moorhead said. While Google Home is one of the highest profile smart home gadgets around, it slightly lags behind the Amazon Echo in terms of functionality. Read More »

In battle of digital assistants, Google heads to Apple turf

A new addition called Google Play Protect has been announced. This is being described as Proactive Assistance , where Google Home will now provide you with info without you even prompting it about the same. Device catalog : Search and filter across rich device data for thousands of devices certified by Google to see your installs, rating, and revenue contributed by device type. Read More »

GE Appliances to get Google voice control option

Treble will be available for all devices launched with Android O and beyond - starting from this summer. Google Assistant then offered follow-up actions, like pointing you to the nearest florist. Somewhat atypically, there hasn't been much leaked or rumoured ahead of the big event. Look for KITT-like voice assistant features behind the wheel too. Read More »

Google gets you info by pointing camera at it

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At Google's I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google announced improvements across the Assistant platform on smartphones, Google's eponymous Google Home smart speaker, and more. When your friends receive them, Google Photos will also remind them to add their pics, too. One potentially unsettling new feature in Photos will let you automatically share some or all of your photos with other people. Read More »

Google poised to roll out arsenal of services, gadgets

Many of Google's products are vying against similar offerings from Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. Google claims the feature will be smart enough so that you could auto-share only specific photos - say, of your kids - to your partner or a friend. Read More »

Google Assistant now available on iOS

Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Google Lens, a set of vision-based computing capabilities that can understand what you are looking at. This will make it much more user-friendly for people in other countries, and likely will increase the global use of the feature. Read More »

Global ransomware attack used info stolen from NSA, says Microsoft

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The effects of the ransomware attack were felt around the world, affecting computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in several countries. Following the flurry of reports of the attack, the chief of global and legal affairs at Iran's Cyber Police warned that the "ransomware", which has affected countless computer systems worldwide, has done the same to some systems inside the country. Read More »

WannaCrypt Ransomware Windows Patch: Microsoft Tells Government To Stop Hoarding Security Vulnerabilities

It locks down all the files on an infected computer. However, the wave of attacks has slowed down significantly. At least 47 NHS organisations were affected with thousands of operations, tests and appointments disrupted. 'Because this would be nowhere near the worldwide spread and depth of attack if people had run the updates that Microsoft had provided in March'. The attack, Smith says , "represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of ... Read More »

Amazon Refreshes Fire Tablets, Keeps Low Price Tag

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Amazon says it believes it can compete with the likes of Apple's iPad by offering "premium products at non-premium prices". They in fact won't support HDR standards of any kind (including HDR10) and what you'll be getting with the models is a pretty basic 4K resolution package with SDR display and the admittedly great Amazon Fire smart TV software platform built into them. Read More »

Ransomware cyber attack: 10 steps to protect your computer

The tools were made public by a hacking group called the Shadow Brokers. Microsoft released a patch for this vulnerability in March , but networks that had neglected to upgrade their systems were still vulnerable to attack. The NSA - like other spy agencies - works to secretly develop "zero day" exploits that the software's developers aren't aware of, letting them break into targets' computers when required. Read More »

Samsung sells over 10 million Galaxy S8

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Since then, sales have expanded to other regions including India and parts of Europe. Well , Samsung is in full power and is now working on the successors of the last year's Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016), which will be called Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) and Galaxy J7 (2017). Read More »

Ways To Beat The WannaCry Ransomware Attack

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It was never meant to make it "out into the wild" but reports indicate the code was stolen from the NSA and leaked online by a group known as the Shadow Brokers. Megafon, a Russian telecommunications company, was also hit by the attack. The company rates the update as "critical" for supported Windows releases. Read More »

Cyber attack 'wake-up call for governments — Microsoft chief

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The attack could have been prevented using quite possibly the oldest tool in the security toolbox. Dr Wrigley, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, told The Guardian: "It's been known about for years that the software isn't up to date across the NHS, so it's not unpredictable that this situation should have arisen". Read More »

Ransomware WannaCry attack: Banks cautious, shuts down ATMs operating on old software

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A worldwide ransomware attack on Friday hit organizations across multiple continents, infecting FedEx and bringing down operations for at least 16 of the U.K. "More action is needed, and it's needed now", he said. The Windows vulnerability theft from the NSA is directly tied to WannaCry . "It seems that a lot of internet security guys over the weekend did their homework and ran the security software updates ", Jan Op Gen Oorth told AFP. Read More »

'WannaCry' ransomware attack: What we know so far

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Microsoft requires Windows 10 customers to automatically update their computers, but some people with older PCs disabled automatic updates. The attack spread to a large swath of different organizations around the world, including the French vehicle company Renault, the Russian cellphone operator MegaFon and US -based FedEx. Read More »

US would talk to N. Korea if missile, nuclear tests stop

Neel Mehta, a security researcher from Google first pointed and posted the evidence (similar code) used by the hackers behind WannaCry attack and Lazarus Group, which was behind the Sony Wiper attack, the $81 million Bangladesh central bank heist, and the DarkSeoul operation. Read More »

The global ransomware attack is far from over

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Experts have warned organizations, businesses and other sectors to take required precautions and update their systems. "We need to keep in mind that this attack was not a sophisticated attack, and people could and would protect themselves by keeping their OS up to date". Read More »

X-ray services at Basingstoke hospital hit in NHS cyber attack

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It affected the UK's National Health Service, Russia's Ministry of Interior, Germany's rail system, automakers Nissan Motor and Renault, logistics giant FedEx Corp., and other company and hospital computer systems in countries from Eastern Europe to the United States and Asia, Bloomberg reports. Read More »

WannaCry ransomware may not attack Indian bank ATMs, says cyber security experts

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How many countries were affected? This morning, the world held its breath as people returned to work and booted up their computers to see if a creepy red sign would appear informing them they were a victim of digital black mail. "This guidance was also reissued on Friday following the emergence of this issue ". In China, state media said more than 29,000 institutions there had been infected along with hundreds of thousands of devices. Read More »

Instagram Adds Snapchat Style Face Filters

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Basically, they let you add a goofy twist to faces in photos and videos with virtual glasses, crowns, beards and much, much more. The new Instagram filters work nearly exactly like Snapchat. It lets you take photos hands-free. Just tap the sticker icon at the top right of your screen, select and customize the hashtag, then add it to your story. Read More »

Ode To A Mother's Love

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She has weighed heavily on my mind this year as the anniversary of her passing comes. If you're a mom that focuses all your energy on your kids and not your husband, I seriously recommend you make him your top priority, with your kids a very close second. Read More »

Steps you can take to protect yourself from ransomware

Windows-powered PCs that aren't running updated software that protect from this vulnerability are the most at risk. A hacker group called The Shadow Brokers has in April claimed to have stolen the NSA tools and leak them online. But he also placed fault in national governments. Managers at many companies and other organizations have not taken steps to put proper cybersecurity systems in place despite talking about their importance, Gazeley said. Read More »

Hospital computer hit by ransomware

Businesses could face legal claims if they failed to deliver services because of the attack, said Edward McAndrew, a data privacy lawyer at Ballard Spahr. "I've seen posts about the awful things people have done to him and for me in future it could be the same things", MalwareTech said. "It's an global attack, and a number of countries and organisations have been affected". Read More »