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Consider a wearable health and fitness tracker, smart thermostat, smart speaker or smart home assistant.But that identifier itself is also embedded into the mobile app code."At a minimum, a hacker could determine whether you have a particular Bluetooth device, such as a smart speaker, at your home, by identifying whether or not your smart device is broadcasting the particular UUIDs identified from the corresponding mobile apps," Lin said."But in some cases in which no encryption is involved or encryption is used improperly between mobile apps and devices, the attacker would be able to 'listen in' on your conversation and collect that data."Still, that doesn't mean you should throw your smartwatch away.They built a "sniffer" - a hacking device that can identify Bluetooth devices based on the broadcasting messages sent by the devices.
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The government has shown time and time again that it is pretty fucking clueless when it comes to technology.So when it comes to being high-tech, it's never a surprise to hear that things have gone catastrophically wrong - as has just happened with the EU citizen settled status application app.It has been a shitshow from the beginning, since the app was only initially available on Android and didn't work most of the time.It eventually did make it to iPhones about a month ago, and less than two weeks before we were supposed to leave the EU.Great going so far, Home Office!Now, though, it turns out that the app has a bunch of whopping great big security flaws.
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Disney+ launched in a small handful of regions this week, and while everyone else waits for it to drop, they've turned to piracy.The Mandalorian is one of the shows available on the platform, arriving in the UK on March 31 along with the new service itself, but it seems that a combination of not wanting to wait for it to arrive (or not wanting to pay the monthly subscription cost, for those with access to it), has lead to the show has become the most pirated TV show of the last few days, with hundreds of thousands downloads and streams.Getting the series up on piracy sites hasn't proven to be to much of a challenge - Disney uses Widevine DRM, which has seemingly caused some issues for users on particular devices.And regardless of your thoughts on piracy, it was bound to happen given the months of waiting time due to the staggered launch of the service.Disney has tried to keep the pirates in check to some degree, sending out takedown requests in an effort to nip it in the bud, but we'll see how effective that is.In the meantime, why not watch The Mandalorian's cast and crew describe the first season in their own words – without spoilers.
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This shift is heating up Europe’s focus on the promise its hot young scaleups can bring.But what will define the ‘Made in Europe’ tech brand, and how can it compete against the Facebooks and Googles of the world?Prediction 1: The balance between innovation and regulation will be the EU’s winning factorI first sat down with EIT’s Chief Innovation Officer, Chahab Nastar, to discuss the broader context facing the European tech scene.As Nastar explained, the Commission’s new call for technological sovereignty isn’t just about increasing revenue:It has to do with Europe being able to counter the American and Chinese platforms that have these very virtuous network effects that lead to a winner-takes-all landscape.
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Amazon's Black Friday deals don't start until 22nd November, but that only applies to physical products.It seems as though the retailer has already gone and discounted a bunch of its services ahead of the big sales period, and you can enjoy money off Amazon Music Unlimited, Fire for Kids, and Kindle Unlimited right now.Amazon Music is the one that shouldn't surprise anyone, since we get these deals every year.Right now new subscribers can get four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for £0.99, provided they get their subscription in before the 6th January.Just remember to cancel, or you'll be charged £8 a month after the four month trial period is up.Fire for Kids Unlimited, which has loads of kid-friendly stuff for them to enjoy, is currently 40% off the normal annual price.
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Prostatapatienter i Sverige kan snart behandlas med en metod som väntas ge färre biverkningar än operation och strålning – tumörvävnad bränns bort med ultraljud.Akademiska sjukhuset i Uppsala blir först ut i landet att införa behandlingen."En fördel är precisionen, att ultraljudsbehandlingen kan riktas bättre mot tumörer i prostata jämfört med exempelvis strålbehandling", säger Michael Häggman, överläkare i urologi på sjukhuset, enligt ett pressmeddelande.Främst riktar sig behandlingen till män med tumörer på enbart ett fåtal ställen på prostatan.Behandlingen kommer att börja ges efter årsskiftet inom ramen för en klinisk studie.Metoden har redan använts i flera år i andra europeiska länder.
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Americans and their cars are a tight-knit relationship that goes back to the Model T and in some cases, it is a love story.Some of us love the feel of the road and the symbiotic relationship between human beings and machines.What about when the autonomous machine takes over and we are reduced to nothing more than freight?That is what SAE International wanted to know in a poll conducted over 18 months.SAE had a series of demo days in Los Angeles, Tampa, Detroit, and Babcock Ranch, Florida, where 1,400 respondents took pre- and post-ride questionnaires answering a variety of questions about brand, mobility, and consumer preference.Two-thousand self-driving vehicle rides were given over the course of the study.
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Sometime in the next year or two China will likely surpass the United States as the world’s biggest movie market.Although the pace has slowed in recent years, China’s box office receipts grew by an average of 35 percent a year over the past decade.This has given the country’s Communist Party leaders extraordinary clout with Hollywood studios eager to get their films into the lucrative but tightly censored Chinese market.But because of strict limits on foreign film imports, domestic movies still dominate Chinese cinemas; in 2018, 398 Chinese pictures were released in theaters compared to 118 foreign films.Shooting that many films requires a lot of movie studios, so China’s largely state-controlled film industry has been on a building spree for the past couple decades.Hengdian World Studios, built in the 1990s on farmland in China’s southeastern Zhejiang Province, claims to be the world’s largest outdoor film studio and features full-scale replicas of the Forbidden City and Beijing’s Old Summer Palace, along with dozens of palaces, gardens, and streetscapes.Hengdian is just one of the Chinese mega-studios documented by Washington, DC-based photographer Mark Parascandola for his new book, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai.
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Mozilla has asked American politicians to probe US broadband providers, claiming the ISPs have been making false statements to derail DNS-over-HTTPS so they can maintain access to customer data.DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) is a recently-ish developed technique to transmit domain-name queries – by which human-readable domain names like theregister.co.uk get mapped to computer-friendly IP addresses like 104.18.234.86 – to a DNS server over an encrypted HTTPS connection rather than the unprotected old-fashioned way in plaintext.This wrapper of security ensures that the DNS service provider can answer the query while preventing eavesdroppers on the network from snooping on or tampering with the requests.Mozilla and Google recently made DoH available in their respective browsers.So ISPs, worried about being denied user valuable data, are pushing back.In a letter [PDF] last month to members of US Congress, telecom industry groups urged lawmakers to look into Google's implementation of DNS.
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The upcoming November 5th unveiling event in China could turn out to be one of the biggest this year for Xiaomi.Aside from the much talked about Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro, the Mi Watch with its semblance to the Apple Watch is another notable product to watch out for.The Watch has now been confirmed to run on a special OS – the MIUI for Watch out of the box.There has been a number of renders -official, and unofficial floating around the web that revealed the complete design of the Mi Watch.One thing that is clear from these renders is that the Mi Watch gets a design inspired by Apple Watch.While Xiaomi already confirmed the smartwatch will come equipped with the Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC, a fresh teaser from the company the Watch will run on a smartwatch-friendly version of MIUI, and not Wear OS ar rumored.
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This huge price drop follows the release of the noise-canceling Apple AirPods Pro yesterday.Amazon also offers another $50 discount when you apply for an Amazon Rewards Visa Card.For iPhone users, the second-gen Apple AirPods is a safe and simple option when upgrading from the EarPods.These headphones offer wireless freedom and a long list of features that help improve your iOS experience.They are also a more budget-friendly alternative to the latest Apple AirPods Pro and the sporty Powerbeats Pro from Beats by Dre.And thanks to recent price drops at the top retailers, the crazy-popular AirPods 2 wireless earbuds are now almost as affordable as the first-gen AirPods.
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Singapore-based consumer data and analytics firm Milieu Insight has raised US$2.4 million in a pre-series A round led by MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia.Established in 2016, Milieu offers businesses a wide range of tools for accessing and analyzing high-value consumer opinion data through its platform.Its product portfolio includes two key offerings that both launched earlier this year: dynamic consumer segmentation tool Milieu Portraits and Milieu Studies, which helps businesses carry out brand, advertising, or product research from within a self-serve platform.The company also offers a data collection platform called Milieu Surveys, which launched back in 2017.Through Milieu Surveys, users can answer short questions in exchange for points that can be used to redeem various rewards.“I founded Milieu because I realized there was an enormous gap between the needs of businesses today when it comes to data-driven decision making, and how research providers currently service them,” said Milieu founder and CEO Gerald Ang.
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With all the different USB standards out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of options.USB-A and USB-C are the two most common forms of USB, and knowing the difference between the two is important for knowing what all your devices and peripherals can really do.Type B connections are also easy to recognize because they are squarish designs, almost like the shape of a little house.USB-C is a newer port design officially announced in 2014, although it took several years for the ports to reach widespread consumer devices, as we’re seeing today.Key features of USB-C include:A slimmer design that can fit into a port no matter which direction it’s flipped, designed to replace A, B, mini and micro connections all at once
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Current super-resolution microscopes or microarray laser scanning technology are known because of their high sensitivities and very good resolutions.Imaging techniques that employ quantum light are becoming of major importance nowadays, since their capabilities in terms of resolution and sensitivity can surpass classical limitations and, in addition, they do not damage the sample.This is possible because quantum light is emitted in single photons and that uses the property of entanglement to reach lower light intensity regimes.Now, even though the use of quantum light and quantum detectors has been experimenting a steady development over these last years, there is still a few caveats that need to be solved.Thus, launched a year ago, the European project Q-MIC has gathered an international team of researchers with different expertise who have come together to develop and implement quantum imaging technologies to create a quantum enhanced microscope that will be able to go beyond capabilities of current microscopy technologies.In a study recently published in Sciences Advances, researchers Hugo Defienne and Daniele Faccio from the University of Glasgow and partners of the Q-MIC project, have reported on a new technique that uses image distillation to extract quantum information from an illuminated source that contains both quantum and classical information.
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Through the use of data from all parts of the production process, from the designfas to the assembly, it is possible to improve the production efficiency and the quality of the output.All of the global manufacturing industry and who want to stand out from the competition, the ministry of Industry 4.0 is to be high on the agenda.Atlas Copco has taken the next step towards the smart factory through the use of collected data in the right way. " There are sizeable gains to be made both in the production and in the result, if it is possible to find the values of the data and make use of the law.For example, you can check the monteringsbrister improve the efficiency of the production process with the smart tool, " says Nicklas Tibblin, Vice-President Marketing of Atlas Copco Motor Vehicle-unit.It is estimated that by the year 2020, there are about 200 billion IoT (Internet of Things) devices in the world industry.
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How helpful would the ability to instantly pluck these distant thoughts, right out of the online ether be, using only a few descriptors, like a game of charades?Oliver Sauter is the Founder & CEO of Worldbrain, a Munich Founder Institute portfolio company that has created Memex, a browser extension tool that can effectively categorize and recall all the research you’ve viewed across the entire web—all while fiercely defending your privacy.Worldbrain’s plugin Memex makes it virtually effortless to look back through all the content of your searching history, using simple term search queries, like a few words about the content you recall or tag.Founder & CEO Sauter’s vision is proudly grounded in maintaining the company’s mission-driven focus.Defending users’ privacy and data ownership is central to the open-source software and locally stored data model.Find Websites Again In Seconds
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this can be inappropriate, stopped, parked, or even being thrown away in different bodies of water.But now, elsparkcyklarnas progress in Gothenburg, sweden are regulated stricter, reports Göteborgs-Posten.Among other things, the connection speeds will be restricted on some streets, and a number of sites to be banned as a avställningsplatser.the Change is part of an agreement between the city and the companies behind the elsparkcyklarna. " This agreement is just the beginning of the year.the Companies have already implemented some of these measures, however, we are going to have to follow the trend and have continued to be in dialogue with the companies in order to develop and improve the measures and efforts that have been made, " says Malin Månsson, in the to GP.
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Russian tech giant Yandex has been testing autonomous vehicles on public roads since December 2017, starting in Moscow and then expanding to Innopolis and Skolkovo, Russia, as well as Las Vegas.The program’s next phase saw cars reach Tel Aviv’s city limits, and roughly a year after launching what it claimed was Europe’s first robot-taxi service, Yandex today announced its cars have traveled 1 million miles combined on public roads.Yandex credited an uptick in the number of miles its cars travel per week with the early milestone, which the company says is equivalent to driving every New York City street 166 times, or the distance the average driver will complete in 70 years.The cars now drive over 80,000 every week autonomously, nearly twice the weekly miles in 2018.“The most challenging part of self-driving technology is predicting human behavior,” said head of Yandex’s self-driving division Dmitry Polishchuk in a previous statement.As soon as the traffic gets heavier, drivers change their behavior, violating rules more often and the entire situation on the road becomes less and less predictable.
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Nigeria’s StopRobbingUs campaign to curb police harassment of techies could grow into a formal lobbying group for the country’s tech sector, according to founders Bosun Tijani and Jason Njoku.Tijani, the CEO of Lagos based innovation center CcHub and now Kenya’s iHub, helped spearhead the movement last month in response to detainment and extortion of tech workers by local authorities.The language called for “an end to the common practice where Nigerian police stop young people with laptops and unlawfully arrest, attack or, in extreme circumstances, kidnap them, forcing them to withdraw funds from their bank accounts in order to regain their freedom.”The campaign coined the StopRobbingUs hashtag as a digital rallying point.The statement went on to say the StopRobbingUs movement would “consider a Class Action Lawsuit on police brutality.”Energy for the campaign reached critical mass after Toni Astro, a Lagos-based software engineer, was reportedly beaten, arrested, detained and then extorted out of money by Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad [SARS] the last week of September.
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The Volvo XC40 Recharge may look familiar but, like the taste of Swedish pickled herring, the impact of the new all-electric crossover could be lasting.When the car goes on sale in late 2020, it’ll be offered basically as a single trim.That’ll be effectively equivalent, from an equipment perspective at least, as the existing 2020 XC40 R-Design.The XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2 are not-so-distant cousinsThe Volvo/Polestar relationship is a curious one, certainly.The first vehicle launched with exclusive Polestar badging will be the Polestar 1, a hybrid luxury coupe that’s actually based on a Volvo concept car.
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It’s that time of the year when Telecoms.com once again conducts the signature Annual Industry Survey.Answering it will not only let us know what you think, but will benefit the telecoms industry as a whole, and in turn, yourselves too.The 2019 Annual Industry Survey (AIS) has just gone live.True to its mission, this survey is designed to take the pulse of the telecoms industry, in particular of those topics most pertinent to operators, suppliers, technology vendors, analysts, consultants, and everyone else with a stake in the telecoms ecosystem.It’s my job to write collate the responses and present them to you.This year’s survey covers many of the core technology topics the telecoms decision-makers are most interested in reading about, including Industry Landscape, 5G, Digital Transformation, IoT, and BSS/OSS.
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The cybersecurity and network security software developer Sophos has announced that the US private equity group Thoma Bravo has agreed to acquire the firm for $3.9bn.The UK-based company revealed that it was first approached by Thoma Bravo regarding a possible acquisition back in June.According to Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman, the offer of $7.40 a share in cash was “pretty compelling” as it represents a 37 percent premium on last week's closing price.The firm's original founders, who collectively own more than a quarter of the company, have agreed to the deal along with major shareholders including the private equity group Apax.HP bolsters endpoint security capabilities with Bromium acquisitionThoma Bravo has recently purchased a number of cybersecurity firms but Hagerman said that it intends to keep Sophos as a standalone company once the takeover is complete.
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This is the number of cyberattacks that the Chinese firm Huawei faces every day, according to Vice President John Suffolk.The purpose of these attacks would be to learn more about the 5G that the manufacturer is developing.A month earlier, in September 2019, Huawei was ready to share information about its 5G, a wireless technology that the company is developing for a fee.The company already has partnerships related to this 5G with about fifty operators, in thirty different countries.But according to John Suffolk, hackers would try to obtain this technology by other means, illegal this time.Attempts to steal confidential data would occur through email attacks carrying viruses.
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Oyo Hotels & Homes said it is raising US$1.5 billion as part of its series F funding round.Founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal will be investing US$700 million through RA Hospitality Holdings, while other existing investors will supplement the remaining US$800 million.A significant part of the funds will be diverted toward continued growth in Oyo’s business in the US and in strengthening the company’s position in its vacation rentals business in Europe, the company said in a statement.Earlier this year, RA Hospitality Holdings received approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to invest US$2 billion in Oyo.To facilitate the transaction, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital are selling part of their shares in Oyo to help Agarwal increase his stake.“With the CCI approval now in place, the company will get a capital infusion of approximately US$1.5 billion to support this mission, supported by me and other shareholders,” Agarwal said.
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Washington, DC-- Pressure improves the ability of materials to turn heat into electricity and could potentially be used to create clean generators, according to new work from a team that includes Carnegie's Alexander Goncharov and Viktor Struzhkin published in Nature Materials.Alternative energy sources are key to combating climate change caused by carbon emissions.Compounds with thermoelectric capabilities can convert thermal energy's innate, physical need to spread from a hot place into a cold place into energy--harvesting electricity from the temperature differential.In theory, generators built from these materials could be used to recover electricity from "wasted" heat given off by other processes, making major contributions to the nation's energy budget.However, engineers have been unable to improve the room-temperature performance of any thermoelectric materials in 60 years, meaning that devices built to take advantage of this capability are only practical for some very specific applications, including remote gas pipelines and spacecraft."Our measurement of the efficiency of room-temperature thermoelectricity has not budged in more than half a century," said Goncharov.
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Stalkerware apps — software used to spy on users’ messages, call information, and GPS locations — have increased a staggering 373 percent during the first eight months of 2019 when compared to the same period the year before.Russia, India, Brazil, and the US emerged as the prominent regions for Android stalkerware globally, while Germany, Italy, and the UK took the top three spots in Europe.Spyware and stalkerware are both “nuisanceware” in that they are different types of malicious software that can result in the theft of personal data by covertly recording emails, SMS messages, and eavesdropping on phone calls.Stalkerware, however, is generally used by individuals to spy on those close to them.“These openly-sold consumer surveillance programs are often used for spying on colleagues, family members or partners, and are in great demand,” the researchers said.“For a relatively modest fee, sometimes as little as $7 per month, these apps stay hidden while keeping their operators informed about the device activity, such as its owner’s location, browser history, text messages, social media chats, and more.
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Associate Professor Holger F. Hofmann from Hiroshima University and Kartik Patekar from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have tried to solve one of the biggest puzzles in quantum physics: how to measure the quantum system without changing it?Their new paper published this month has found that by reading the information observed from a quantum system away from the system itself researchers can determine its state, depending on the method of analysis.Although the analysis is completely removed from the quantum system, it is possible to restore the initial superposition of possible outcomes by a careful reading of the quantum data.When we measure something there is a trade-off and the other possibilities of what it could be are lost.You cannot find out about anything without an interaction, you pay a price in advance."During Patekar's month-long stay at Hiroshima University when he was an undergraduate student, the two physicists tried to imagine ways of measuring the system without "paying the price" i.e.
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India-based Khatabook, an accounting service provider for small and medium-sized enterprises in the country, has raised US$25 million in a series A funding round from a slew of high-profile investors, pushing its total investment raised to US$29 million.Firms such as GGV Capital, partners at DST Global, RTP Ventures, Sequoia India, Tencent, and Y Combinator participated in the round, alongside more than 20 angel investors including former PayU India CEO Amrish Rau, SoftBank Investment Advisers senior managing partner Deep Nishar, and Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl.Through its mobile app, Khatabook helps SMEs record and review transactions with customers, acting as a digitized version of a traditional khata-bahi, or book of accounts in English.The app also sends out notifications to customers every time a transaction is recorded against them and generates reports to aid businesses with decision-making.Khatabook, which was founded just last year, is looking to launch other products catered to SMEs in the next few months, Livemint reported.“At Khatabook, we have taken early but significant steps towards leveraging this trend to digitize India’s shopkeepers.
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