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    Wikileaks Docs Show How the CIA Allegedly Infected Offline Computers

    There’s sometimes a way around an air-gap. Hacking air-gapped machines—computers that are not connected to the internet, so theoretically less vulnerable—is always pretty interesting. On Wednesday, Wikileaks published a series of alleged CIA documents that supposedly show how the intelligence agency’s malware was designed to infect these sort of targets. Naturally, the documents indicate how […]

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    A guide for buying one of Microsoft’s excellent Surface computers

    Microsoft’s Surface laptopsPhoto by Tom Warren / The Verge Microsoft now has a variety of Surface devices that are designed to replace your laptop. There’s the Surface Book with a removable display, the Surface Pro with a kickstand, and now the new Surface Laptop that is the most traditional laptop Microsoft has ever made. I’ve […]

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    US Weighs Banning Laptop Computers On International Flights

    US is considering banning laptop computers on international flights into and out of the country WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: US Homeland Security John Kelly said Sunday that he was considering banning laptop computers on international flights into and out of the country, amid signs of “a real threat.” Kelly made his remarks during the Memorial Day […]

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    Mayor gives away ‘talking’ computers

    The city Corporation, as part of its various welfare measures, distributed ‘talking’ computers and laptops to the visually challenged at a function on the Corporation premises on Wednesday. Mayor V.K. Prashanth distributed the computers to the beneficiaries. He said that the Corporation was turning the city into a differently abled friendly city. Projects are being […]

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    When Video Game Consoles Wanted (and Failed) to Be Computers

    Image: Scan of Intelivision owner manual. A lot of early video game consoles secretly wanted to be home computers, too. Their makers either sold keyboard add-ons or failed miserably in the process. A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. Of all […]

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    LEAKED NSA MALWARE IS HELPING HIJACK COMPUTERS AROUND THE WORLD

    IN MID-APRIL, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers.” Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands […]

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    ‘Crazy bad’ Windows bug used antivirus to infect computers

    The bug allowed cyber criminals to view, change, or delete data and create new accounts / REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton A recently discovered vulnerability in Windows has been described by security experts as “the worst Windows remote code execution in recent memory.” It allowed cyber criminals to remotely gain control of a computer running Microsoft’s desktop operating […]

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    Nanofridge could keep quantum computers cool enough to calculate

    Even quantum computers need to keep their cool. Now, researchers have built a tiny nanoscale refrigerator to keep qubits cold enough to function. Classical computers require built-in fans and other ways to dissipate heat, and quantum computers are no different. Instead of working with bits of information that can be either 0 or 1, as […]

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    Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them

    The picture shows how ABC-driven parameters lead to more accurate predictions of user behavior. Credit: Aalto University Computers are able to learn to explain the behavior of individuals by tracking their glances and movements. Researchers from Aalto University, University of Birmingham and University of Oslo present results paving the way for computers to learn psychologically […]

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    TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

    A few weeks back I turned on my television to find out it had stopped receiving two of the free-to-air channels I watched most often. All of the other channels still resolved with perfect, digital clarity, so I couldn’t work out why these two channels – out of four in packaged in a multichannel broadcast […]

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    Newark City Hall computers hacked with ransomware

    Some computers in the City of Newark have been infected with ransomware, rendering them unusable, and the hacker is demanding payment of 24 Bitcoin, or about $30,000 in ransom, according to a document obtained by TAPInto Newark and a city official with knowledge of the hack. The document reveals that that city computers were infected with RSA-2048 encryption, which […]

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    New quantum liquid crystals may play role in future of computers

    These images show light patterns generated by a rhenium-based crystal using a laser method called optical second-harmonic rotational anisotropy. At left, the pattern comes from the atomic lattice of the crystal. At right, the crystal has become a 3-D quantum liquid crystal, showing a drastic departure from the pattern due to the atomic lattice alone. […]