When it launches this summer, Allo will offer an incognito mode that switches on an end-to-end encryption system known as Signal, designed by the privacy-focused non-profit Open Whisper Systems.And in the wake of Apple s landmark fight with the FBI over the encrypted iPhone of San Bernadino killer Syed Rizwan Farook, the move represents another step in Silicon Valley s shift toward user-controlled encryption in defiance of law enforcement.Allo s incognito mode represents a far more limited approach to encryption than Whatsapp s, Apple s, Viber s, or even what it s offering with Duo: Unlike with those apps, you must purposefully turn on incognito mode to send encrypted Allo messages; the app doesn t hide all messages by default.But Google s launching its encrypted communication apps as new tools that may or may not catch on, rather than Whatsapp s far bolder move to turn on encryption for its existing, massive userbase.Gmail and Google Hangouts, meanwhile, still lack end-to-end encryption, leaving them open to government surveillance orders.Allo and Duo s new security features, in other words, are Google s baby steps towards a fully-encrypted future, not the sort of bold moves to elevate privacy above profit or politics that some of its competitors have already taken.
Nathan Brenner was found guilty last year by a magistrate of two counts of operating a commercial passenger vehicle without a licence, and one count of driving a commercial passenger vehicle without driver accreditation.But Victorian county court judge Geoffrey Chettle on Wednesday dismissed the charges and ordered the Taxi Services Commission to pay Brenner s appeal costs.He was charged after an undercover officer used the Uber app to travel from the Hilton hotel to South Yarra.The opposition transport spokesman, David Hodgett, says the government has wasted taxpayers money trying to fight Uber instead of regulating the service to provide industry certainty.This is not about taxis versus Uber but rather what ways we can get our city moving in the most efficient way, he said.The time for excuses is over, the Uber Victoria general manager, Matt Denman, said on Wednesday.
Robert Schifreen, the "white hat" at the centre of the 1980s controversy, compiled the archive, which details Schifreen s two-year-long legal travails following his open hack of Prestel, BT s pre-web online service.Schifreen and the late Steve Gold managed to hack into BT's Prestel Viewdata service, famously accessing the personal message box of Prince Philip in the process.Involving the Royals prompted BT into calling in the police, setting off a chain of events that led to the the arrest of Schifreen and Gold in March 1985 and the subsequent prosecution of the two tech enthusiast journalists.Evening white hatsIn presenting the archive, Robert Schifreen explained the context of 1980s hacking to an audience at TNMOC.Live systems were used for home banking, among other applications.BootnoteThe Reg's take on how a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law - featuring interviews with Schifreen, former Detective Inspector John Austen, a senior investigating officer in the case, and Alistair Kelman , Gold's barrister throughout the case - can be found here.
Robert Schifreen has donated documentation relating to his landmark Prestel 'hacking' case, which led to The Computer Misuse Act 1990, to TNMOC.The National Museum of Computing TNMOC has announced the acquisition of an archive relating to a historic 'hacking' case from the 1980s, from the subject at the heart of the matter: Robert Schifreen.In the mid 80s, Robert Schifreen made a name for himself cracking into popular telecommunications service Prestel - ending up with access to mailboxes for some major public figures, up to and including Prince Philip.But 6pm was a significant start-time because the Prestel security staff had gone home and weren t there to deal with automated messages telling them that there had been three unsuccessful attempts at a log-on to Prestel,' Schifreen told the Museum of his exploits.The Computer Misuse Act came into existence in 1990.'We are extremely grateful to Robert Schifreen for donating his fascinating archive to TNMOC and giving us an insight into what now seems a very strange world in which computer security was not treated very seriously,' said Museum Trustee Margaret Sale of the donation.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is in the middle a busy trip to Asia s two biggest countries.Last week, he was in China where Apple announced a landmark billion dollar investment in Uber rival Didi Chuxing, this week it is India where the announcements are continuing to flow.Yesterday, Apple announced plans to open an an app design and development accelerator in Bangalore, and today it officially opened a development center in Hyderabad, the same city where Uber s support center is housed.This is Apple s first such facility in India.Plans for the center first leaked out in January, and Apple today confirmed that it will be focused on developing its maps services for iOS.The U.S. firm plans to create up to 4,000 jobs to staff the center, although it isn t clearly exactly how it will contribute to Apple s maps services.
Newer companies, like Slack or HipChat, have brought some colour and life to the office, but only focus on one very specific aspect – instant interaction – that does not permeate much beyond a specific type of employee or workplace.The Royal Bank of Scotland, which was one of the first companies to trial the software on a large scale, saw over 90% of its users return to Facebook at Work, according to Kevin Hanley, who leads design at the bank.Rather than scrolling through BuzzFeed, which is unlikely to have any work-related content, users are at least looking at semi-relevant updates."It's a different way of using Facebook," said Jayenne Montana, a marketing manager at Landmark Group.It's unclear how many will stay, but users are definitely enjoying it.As Val-Pierre Genton, VP of Audience at BrightTALK, commented, Facebook at Work "makes our global teams feel more united and closer," and that's all the company wants.
Apple and Google will probably do something similar with their various operating systems, but Microsoft has managed it first.By the late 1990s, Windows Everywhere was a bit more concrete, but it relied on a broader concept of what it meant to be "Windows."But it was also a design that meant Windows CE was forever going to be limited to a narrow niche; it's not a design that could ever run on the desktop or anywhere else.For many applications this wasn't a big deal, but for system utilities that depended on low-level functionality or games that were more concerned with going fast than using APIs in precisely the way they were supposed to be used, this caused compatibility issues.The widely propagated joke of the Microsoft org chart with a bunch of divisions pointing guns at each other encapsulated a certain truth about the company; Phone, Xbox, and Desktop were separate groups, with separate developers, separate responsibilities, and separate goals despite everyone working together for Microsoft.The new approach does have some complexity of its own—because there are no longer separate forks, developers with a focus on one type of system have to be sure that they don't break anything for other types of systems—but overall, the company says that there have been big engineering efficiencies.
The Bank of England issued an urgent warning to UK financial institutions after Bangladesh hackIn the wake of an orchestrated cyberattack found to be targeting numerous banks across the globe, the Bank of England issued an urgent call of all UK institutions to check for "indicators of compromise" on any computer connected to the Swift messaging service, it has emerged.Officials close to the UK central bank, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the warning was issued in mid-to-late April – however is only now being made public.In this case, which is still being investigated, hackers were able to compromise $81 £56m in a complex scheme.It also demanded a "compliance check" to ensure that security policies put forward by Swift are being followed, alongside a check of who exactly has access to its sensitive applications and web portals.Now, security firms – including FireEye – are in the process of investigating the landmark attack.Echoing calls from the Bank of England, other central banks around the world have been instructed to bulk up security measures and IT systems.
So hats off to LG for trying something different with the LG G5, the first major brand smartphone to feature modular components, meaning you can clip new batteries, cameras and Hi-Fi adjustors to customise the phone further to your own requirements.Granted, you can tap the display awake and tap in your code to unlock it, but I still think the fact you need to be already holding the handset to use the scanner kind of negates the point of having one in the first place.It s powered by a speedy Snapdragon 820 processor, which runs games, multiple-tab web browsing and relatively power-intensive apps without a hitch.The blame for this can be largely lain on powering the screen, though what I would consider quite light web-browsing and music streaming also took a sizable toll.I can't think of a single instance when someone would want to use this feature The standard lens is excellent - pictures are sharp and defined, while colour is true to life The wide-angle lens is great for panoramic landscapes, but pictures tend to be quite dark The camera holds up well in artificial light Credit: rhiannon williams/telegraph A glamorous indoor location captured using the standard lens... ...and with the wide angle lens, standing in the same spot Saturation levels are good in bright light Credit: rhiannon williams/telegraphVerdictWith the LG G5, the South Korean company has made a major step forward from last year s setback and has proved it s not afraid to try something different in a sea of uniformity.In years to come, we may look back on the LG G5 as a landmark model which helped to kickstart the mainstream adoption of modules and the rise of the functional, customisable phone.
Now that the dust has settled around the deal it s clear that Twitter s landmark acquisition of global NFL broadcast rights finally puts that statement to bed as merely a diversion tactic.YouTube has a roster of increasingly-premium own-grown stars, Netflix and Amazon are making their own original drama.One is: what does this mean for Twitter, a company more used to serving 140-character status messages?Toe in the waterArizona Cardinals Carson Palmer drops back during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. AP Photo/Bob Leverone The NFL had already dipped its toe into online streaming waters last year, picking Yahoo to screen a single game, which pulled in 15.2 million viewers and 33.6 million video streams.Video valueAnd don t expect Twitter s 10 NFL showings to be a template for a mass conversion of premium sporting rights.In other words, the rights are not relatively valuable.
You know, the kind that let you watch a nature cam nestled in the woods, or a 24-hour feed of a world-famous landmark, or, most importantly, puppies.Whereas there's a 90-minute limit on normal Live videos, Facebook has cracked the code on letting folks broadcast non-stop.While longer, the one drawback of continuous streams is they can't be replayed.It seems like a small price to pay to film something that isn't done justice in a time-limited clip, or is worth checking in on at regular intervals such as the aforementioned puppycams .Earlier today Facebook announced a new engagement graph that shows viewers of a Live video replay when the most interesting moments went down, allowing them to skip ahead if they so choose.Top image credit: onetouchspark/iStockEverything you need to know about Google Daydream
The company, along with equipment manufacturer Huawei, reached 2Tbps on a 737km stretch of cable between London and Dublin using flexible grid infrastructures and terabit superchannels that boost the capacity of the individual strands of glass that make up fibre cables.Fibre transmission recordsEthernet colour light fibre switch network asharkyu ShutterstockSeparately, BT and Huawei achieved 5.6Tbps along a closed 359km fibre loop between the BT Tower in central London and BT s research and development facility at Adastral Park in Suffolk.It s important that our core networks keep pace with the growth in bandwidth demands driven by take-up of high-speed fibre broadband, HD content, 4G smartphones and tablets and in the future, 5G services, said Howard Watson, CEO of BT Technology, Services and Operations TSO .These landmark trials show that we can easily turn up the dial to deliver the speeds needed in our core networks to stay well ahead of rising customer demand.Ultra-High-Speed optical networks are an indispensable infrastructure for the future of digital life, and this is an area where Huawei is investing, to help telcos such as BT squeeze as much capacity out of their core networks as possible, added Zha Jun, president of Huawei s fixed network product business.Research projects around the world are seeking to boost the speed and capacity of wired and wireless networks as entertainment and cloud applications, along with the Internet of things IoT , drive demand.
City of Boston Archaeology Program The boyhood home of influential black activist Malcolm X has turned out to be a fascinating archaeological site.Rodnell Collins — Ella's son, who owns the house today — plans to restore the home, possibly to turn it into apartments for graduate students studying civil rights, social justice or African-American history, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation."I wish it hadn't happened, but we're recovering a lot of materials that were in the house that the family hadn't seen since the looting in the '70s," Bagley told Live Science, adding that Rodnell Collins has been able to identify toys that he played with and pieces of his mother's mixing bowl.Surprisingly, the excavators discovered a foundation for a previously unknown structure and a hoard of artifacts from the 18th century, including clay wig curlers and expensive ceramics that indicate there was a wealthy person's home there more than 200 years ago."We're finding thousands of artifacts from at least 100 years before the house was built," Bagley said.For example, they posted a picture of a broken gold, plastic disc found at the site, and within minutes, someone had identified it as a trading stamp token from a store called Sav-A Coin in South Carolina.
Sony has announced it has surpassed 40 million PlayStation 4 console sales.We are truly grateful for the enormous support from our fans and partners across the globe, which helped us achieve this significant milestone in such a short span of time," said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment."We will strive to deliver even more exciting gaming experiences to our users, further driving the momentum and accelerating the expansion of the PS4 platform and its business this fiscal year by offering an unparalleled line-up of games, bringing our virtual reality system, PlayStation VR, to market and providing ground-breaking features and network services."See also: PS4.5 everything we knowWhether House s mention of expanding the PS4 platform is a reference to the rumoured PS4 Neo remains to be seen.The 4K enabled console with greatly improved innards is expected to be unveiled at next month s E3 2016 showcase in Los Angeles.EEDAR stats released in April claimed the Xbox One had surpassed 20 million global console sales.
The BT Tower in London lit up in pink to promote breast cancer awarenessBT has completed a successful trial for its breakthrough high speed fibre optic broadband.It's important that our core networks keep pace with the growth in bandwidth demands driven by take-up of high-speed fibre broadband, HD content, 4G smartphones and tablets and in the future, 5G services.We have been working together for over ten years and this project marks a big step forward in our efforts to build future-ready core networks for our customers.Ultra-High-Speed optical networks are an indispensable infrastructure for the future of digital life, and this is an area where Huawei is investing, to help telcos such as BT squeeze as much capacity out of their core networks as possible."However, BT's London-Dublin trial used existing commercial hardware to achieve 2 Tbps speed, which means that BT could improve its current download speeds by using Terabit superchanels."These landmark trials show that we can easily turn up the dial to deliver the speeds needed in our core networks to stay well ahead of rising customer demand," added Watson.
By Kerry DoyleThe landmark environmental treaty recently signed by nearly 200 countries may seem to put an unfair burden on developing countries that don t have what many consider the luxury of focusing on greenhouse emissions.Cement is a fundamental part of every infrastructure, from the tunnels, bridges, dams and highways on which we drive to the buildings we work in and the sidewalks down which we stroll.The manufacture of this powdery lime-based mixture requires a process of firing at consistently high levels to melt the minerals.In general, DGK sees cloud ERP adoption as a key enabler of greater sustainability thanks to industry-specific logistical planning and supply chain capabilities.Oracle ERP Cloud not only enables better production planning, it can increase on-time deliveries of customer orders.In addition to modernizing the manufacturing process and lowering IT costs, the technology removed barriers that had previously caused internal divisions, such as a lack of communication between financial and sales departments on the one hand and plant production on the other.
Even as France is experiencing a groundswell of entrepreneurship and new startups, not everyone is convinced that La French Tech signals a new era for a culture and economy that have been slow to change.So to make a statement, a French telecom executive is spending $220 million to build an audacious startup campus designed to accelerate and showcase the country s startup scene.The executive is France s mercurial Xavier Niel, billionaire founder of the telecom company Iliad, which operates Free, an upstart wireless, Internet, and cable provider.When construction is done at the end of 2016, it will be 34,000 square meters stretched across three floors to accommodate about 2,600 people.Last year, Niel hired Roxanne Varza, formerly of Microsoft Ventures and a TechCrunch writer, as director.While on a trip to Paris last week, I meet Varza and her new communications director, Rachel Vanier, for a tour of the Halle Freyssinet construction site.Varza said she first met Niel several years ago while working for TechCrunch.The two remained in touch over the years, so she wasn t surprised when she got an email from Niel saying he wanted to talk about a new project he had undertaken.Having accepted, Varza finds herself overseeing a massive construction project, perhaps one of the largest Paris has seen in years.For Xavier, the idea really came from wanting to make an emblematic project, Varza said.
Right to be forgotten by search engines became a concept for a landmark judgment in the European Court of Justice in the so-called Costeja target. It also forced sökjätten to create a comprehensive device for managing tens of thousands of applications from the public. Google's algorithms are saying the opposite. An earlier case, which was the first Swedish dispute on the issue, ended in settlement. The dispute may also be interesting for the media in Sweden, where the dispute concerns results that link to a constitutionally protected newspaper. The district court boils down to: 45-year-old has the right to respect for his private life and their personal data.
The tech giant originally announced Magenta last month, stating that that the initiative would focus on training AI to create its own music, video, and art.Basically, if Magenta's AI succeeds at becoming more creative, it could help improve the language capabilities of Google's AI.So far, machine-generated music works well in small chunks, but can't form any long narrative chunk, Douglas Eck, the research scientist leading Magenta, wrote in the blog post."The design of models that learn to construct long narrative arcs is important not only for music and art generation, but also areas like language modeling, where it remains a challenge to carry meaning even across a long paragraph, much less whole stories," Eck wrote.Building AI that can create music also has more specific use cases.When Google announced Magenta last month, Eck said  that it could create music to counteract stress.You may have unknowingly interacted with TensorFlow, which uses a process known as deep learning to complete tasks all on its own, when using the search function in Google Photos.TensorFlow's sophisticated image recognition is why you can search for a landmark in Google Photos and expect it to bring up appropriate photos of that search.Magenta has also added its software to its GitHub page that outside researchers and coders can use.More from Tech Insider:Nintendo's worst console might be the best one to buy right nowYou can buy a replica Darth Vader helmet from Star Wars: The Force Awakens for $3,5009 incredible features in Solarin, a military-grade Android phone that costs $17,000Here's what we know about Magenta — Google's new division working to make AI creativeThe billionaire founders of Airbnb just pledged to give away the majority of their wealthNOW WATCH: Chrome has a ton of hidden features — here s how to find and enable themLoading video...
City of London Corporation has braved the wrath of the capital s drivers by announcing the temporary closure of Tower Bridge to all vehicles.The 122-year-old landmark will be driver-free for three months from October as it requires a bit of TLC, with its timber decking set to be replaced, its road and walkways in need of resurfacing and the archways on the approach to the bridge in need of waterproofing.Though TfL says that the impact caused by the closure will be 'minimal', 21,000 vehicles are reported to use the bridge every day.That translates to a lot of disrupted journeys.The Seine in Paris has almost twice as many crossings as the Thames in London.It s not only drivers that ll be affected, either.