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Hillary Server Ditched – Spend All Your Money On Travel – Drones Monitoring Construction Workers

How Hillary’s server firm ditched her when scandal broke

‘If not from a morality point of view, then just from a business point of view, just because something like that would destroy a company.

‘During my whole time at Platte River I don’t recall us ever wiping an entire server and deleting all the email history that a company has ever had.

‘Any wiping or anything that happened after [Platte River’s involvement] was not done by Platte River as far as I know or Techno Rescue.

‘As far as I know all that we used Techno Rescue for was disposal of physical hardware, the physical hardware was not in Denver, so I can’t see how Techno Rescue would have had anything to do with it.

Allis’s brother Iyad Allis, who is listed online as the company’s regulatory contact, was charged with selling illegal firearms and bank fraud in a 2008 FBI sting and ultimately pleaded guilty in 2009 to four counts of bank fraud, according to court records obtained by The Washington Free Beacon.

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One billion people used Facebook on Monday.

Seriously. One billion people — or roughly one third of the entire Internet population — used the social network in a single day. It’s the first time Facebook has ever crossed that daily milestone, according to a post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Science says it’s totally OK to spend all your money on travel

Basically, we get used to the things we own, and over time the happiness we derive from items dwindles. On the flip side, happiness that stems from things we’ve done actually goes up as time passes because those experiences become a part of us and shape our identity. (It’s why the baby pink Nintendo DS you relentlessly requested for your 20th birthday now sits buried and forgotten somewhere in a bag beneath your bed, whereas your four-month jaunt through South America is still recalled often and fondly, years later.)

Gilovich suggests that instead of saving for that plasma screen TV, a much sounder path to happiness is through spending your money on experiences like travel, or even outdoor activities, new skills or visiting exhibitions.

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Construction Workers Are Now Being Monitored By Drones

Constructions workers building the stadium for the Sacramento Kings in California have a boss watching over them in a very literal way. They are being monitored by drones.

Once a day, drones fly over the construction site and take videos that are converted into 3D images, which can then be compared to construction plans to highlight areas of structure that are falling behind schedule, MIT Technology review reports.

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Tesla’s Model S P85D is so good it broke Consumer Reports‘ rating system

How good is Tesla’s Model S P85D? Insanely good, says Consumer Reports, with the electric sedan performing better than any other car the magazine has reviewed and breaking its rating system in the process. “The Tesla initially scored 103 in the Consumer Reports’ Ratings system, which by definition doesn’t go past 100,” said Consumer Reports. “The car set a new benchmark, so we had to make changes to our scoring to account for it.” The P85D had to make do with a score of 100 instead.

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Apple Will Unveil Revamped iPhone September 9

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Those Won’t Be the Last Murder Videos You’ll See on Twitter and Facebook

Americans are used to hearing about gun violence. What made Wednesday morning’s event different from other shootings was that it happened on live TV, as two reporters from Roanoke, Va., were broadcasting for the local CBS affiliate WDBJ7.

What was also new was that the shooter apparently filmed the event himself, and appeared to post that video on Facebook and Twitter, which then autoplayed in people’s feeds. These social networks are built for viral content and autoplay helps spur that — they’ve been pushing in this direction for some time now — but autoplay becomes a major problem when viral also happens to be vile.

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Why China’s stock market crash is so bad for Apple

The basic problem? Apple sells iPhones for yuan but pays suppliers with dollars.

The basic issue is that Apple doesn’t like to change its retail prices in response to currency fluctuations. So when a foreign currency declines in value relative to the dollar, the number of dollars Apple earns per sale goes down. Conversely, foreign currency appreciation means Apple is earning more dollars.

Last quarter, 27 percent of all Apple’s revenue came from Greater China. More importantly, more than 50 percent of Apple’s revenue growth came from China.

Even if Apple’s sales — in terms of number of units — hold up, the value of those sales is going to decline at a time when the company was counting on rapid growth to help offset the essentially inevitable slowdown of iPhone sales in the already highly saturated US market.

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The Fembots of Ashley Madison: The details and statistics

We found dozens of accounts that appear to have been created with computers owned by Fox News (49), the New York Times (85), Condé Nast (29), and, yes—the AP (30). Most interesting, perhaps, are the ten Ashley Madison accounts created by computers that appear to be associated with Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network.

The Ashley Madison member database contained 37 million profiles of people seeking discreet affairs. What I discovered was that, at most, about 12 thousand of these profiles seemed to belong to women who were active on the site. The rest of the 5.5 million women had profiles that appeared to have been abandoned directly after they were created.

Men can even pay a premium rate for a “guaranteed affair.” To email women, men have to pay extra, and then they have to pay more still if they want to send a “gift” of a silly gif or picture. Using the site as a man is a little bit like playing Farmville, except instead of blowing your money on fake cow upgrades, you’re blowing it on messages to fake women. At least Farmville is up front about the fact that you’re burning money for a dumb fantasy.

Still, the business model worked. According to CNN, Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media made $115.5 million in revenue in 2014.

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NASA Just 3-D Printed Part of a Rocket

The space agency announced Wednesday that it had built a turbopump using a 3-D printer. The device, which is designed to boost the power of an engine, is one of the most complex rocket parts ever designed with a 3-D printer.

According to NASA, the 3-D printed turbopump has 45 percent fewer parts than a turbopump made via traditional methods. The device is able to power a rocket engine capable of generating 35,000 pounds of thrust and is able to survive in an environment where fuel is burned at greater than 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

NASA is also 3-D printing injectors and other engine parts in order to make the production of future spacecraft more efficient.

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New iPhones Will Cost a Lot More – Brain Grown From Skin Cells

Want a new iPhone? It’ll cost a lot more

Since last September, we’ve experienced a kind of revolution in wireless plans here in the US. Following T-Mobile, the big carriers have essentially jettisoned contracts and contract pricing for most of their new customers (though you can find them if you know where to look). So Apple probably can’t put up that traditional $199 on-contract starting price up on the big screen. Instead, it may have to put up the full price, or maybe the cost of the full price divided by 24. Or maybe something else entirely.

Our whole concept of how much an iPhone — or any phone — costs is getting blown up here in the US. Or better said: it’s getting normalized, so that we know the actual cost of a phone instead of having it hidden in the depths of monthly service plans.

http://ow.ly/Rd8tk

The brain of a fetus has been grown from human skin cells

Though not conscious the miniature brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old fetus, could potentially be useful for scientists who want to study the progression of developmental diseases. It could also be used to test drugs for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, since the regions they affect are in place during an early stage of brain development.

The brain, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, is engineered from adult human skin cells and is the most complete human brain model yet developed, claimed Rene Anand of Ohio State University, Columbus, who presented the work today at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Scientists Think They Know the Year Computers Will Render Our Brains Obsolete

This week, the greatest minds in science and technology pleaded with the world to prevent an artificial intelligence “arms race” — an apocalyptic scenario in which terrorists would have access to highly advanced weapons like killer robots.

The issue arose back in April when representatives from Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School wrote a paper calling for the United Nations to ban “killer robot” production until regulation and legal stipulations — for instance, who’s at fault when a robot shoots an unassigned target — could be put in place.

We should be listening when some of the most trusted minds in tech, including Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking, are warning the world about letting AI weapons go off the rails. But history and science demonstrate that their predictions for hyperintelligent computers aren’t as far-fetched as they sound. Computers could soon “think” faster than human beings too.

“The problem is, when the machine realizes it can do anything and grow in terms of speed, capacity and memory, it might learn to deceive us very quickly.” — Zoltan Istvan

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Megacool! 360° Aerial Panorama, 3D Virtual Tours Around the World

AirPano is a not-for-profit project focused on high-resolution virtual tours from a bird’s eye view. AirPano has already photographed over two hundred most interesting locations on our planet and it is the largest resource for 360° aerial panoramas in the world. There are more than two thousand spherical panoramas on THE website at the moment.

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Russia hacks Pentagon computers: NBC, citing sources

U.S. officials tell NBC News that Russia launched a “sophisticated cyber attack” against the Pentagon’s Joint Staff unclassified email system, which has been shut down and taken offline for nearly two weeks. According to the officials, the “sophisticated cyber intrusion” occurred sometime around July 25 and affected some 4,000 military and civilian personnel who work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Sources tell NBC News that it appears the cyber attack relied on some kind of automated system that rapidly gathered massive amounts of data and within a minute distributed all the information to thousands of accounts on the Internet. The officials also report the suspected Russian hackers coordinated the sophisticated cyber assault via encrypted accounts on social media.

http://cnb.cx/1HvowLp

Google’s Search Algorithm Could Steal the Presidency

Google’s ranking algorithm for search results could accidentally steal the presidency. “We estimate, based on win margins in national elections around the world,” says Robert Epstein, a psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and one of the study’s authors, “that Google could determine the outcome of upwards of 25 percent of all national elections.”

But what if—as Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain has proposed—Facebook didn’t push the “vote” message to a random 61 million users? Instead, using the extensive information the social network maintains on all its subscribers, it could hypothetically push specific messaging to supporters or foes of specific legislation or candidates. Facebook could flip an election; Zittrain calls this “digital gerrymandering.” And if you think that companies like the social media giants would never do such a thing, consider the way that Google mobilized its users against the Secure Online Privacy Act and PROTECT IP Act, or “SOPA-PIPA.”

http://wrd.cm/1DGbZtw

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Humans vs. Machines – Hackers in the Pentagon and Tesla – Show Notes

Scientists Think They Know the Year Computers Will Render Our Brains Obsolete

This week, the greatest minds in science and technology pleaded with the world to prevent an artificial intelligence “arms race” — an apocalyptic scenario in which terrorists would have access to highly advanced weapons like killer robots.

The issue arose back in April when representatives from Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School wrote a paper calling for the United Nations to ban “killer robot” production until regulation and legal stipulations — for instance, who’s at fault when a robot shoots an unassigned target — could be put in place.

We should be listening when some of the most trusted minds in tech, including Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking, are warning the world about letting AI weapons go off the rails. But history and science demonstrate that their predictions for hyper-intelligent computers aren’t as far-fetched as they sound. Computers could soon “think” faster than human beings too.

“The problem is, when the machine realizes it can do anything and grow in terms of speed, capacity and memory, it might learn to deceive us very quickly.” — Zoltan Istvan

http://bit.ly/1SJIVbt

Megacool! 360° Aerial Panorama, 3D Virtual Tours Around the World

AirPano is a not-for-profit project focused on high-resolution virtual tours from a bird’s eye view. AirPano has already photographed over two hundred most interesting locations on our planet and it is the largest resource for 360° aerial panoramas in the world. There are more than two thousand spherical panoramas on THE website at the moment.

http://bit.ly/1N8k4qT

Is This Woburn, MA Flying Car Company For Real?

Terrafugia (terra-FOO-gee-ah), based inWoburn, MA, is comprised of a team of award-winning engineers who have been advancing the state of personal aircraft since 2006. Founded by five pilots who are graduates of MIT and supported by a world-class network of advisors and private investors, Terrafugia’s mission is the innovative expansion of personal mobility. “Terrafugia” is Latin for “escape from land.”

The TF-X promises to:

  • be a plug-in hybrid on the ground
  • drive like a normal car
  • have a range of over 500 miles
  • fit inside a single-car garage

It’s expected to hit the market in 2021.

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Why Virtual Reality Is About to Change the World

It’s going to be a wild ride—and it starts this Christmas. In the August 17 cover story of TIME, we take a deep look at the mainstreaming of virtual reality, the long-promised technology that is now becoming widely available to consumers. Headsets from Facebook’s Oculus, Valve, Sony, Microsoft, Google and many others will start going on sale this year, and competition will increase dramatically through 2016.

At first they’ll be bought by hardcore gamers and gadget geeks. They’ll be expensive–as much as $1,500 with all the accoutrements. And just as with cell phones, everyone else will mock the early adopters for mindlessly embracing unnecessary technology with no useful purpose. At first.

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Russia hacks Pentagon computers: NBC, citing sources

U.S. officials tell NBC News that Russia launched a “sophisticated cyber attack” against the Pentagon’s Joint Staff unclassified email system, which has been shut down and taken offline for nearly two weeks. According to the officials, the “sophisticated cyber intrusion” occurred sometime around July 25 and affected some 4,000 military and civilian personnel who work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Sources tell NBC News that it appears the cyber attack relied on some kind of automated system that rapidly gathered massive amounts of data and within a minute distributed all the information to thousands of accounts on the Internet. The officials also report the suspected Russian hackers coordinated the sophisticated cyber assault via encrypted accounts on social media.

http://cnb.cx/1HvowLp

Hackers Take Over a Tesla Model S

Chrysler isn’t the only company with their cars being hackable. This week, the Tesla Model S electric car was hacked by “White Hat” hackers who were able to get all of the cars’ systems to shut down and the emergency break to engage.

Tesla released a patch a couple of days later which owners can download to patch their cars.

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Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target

At the Black Hat hacker conference in two weeks, security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger plan to present the results of a year of work hacking a pair of $13,000 TrackingPoint self-aiming rifles. The married hacker couple have developed a set of techniques that could allow an attacker to compromise the rifle via its Wi-Fi connection and exploit vulnerabilities in its software. Their tricks can change variables in the scope’s calculations that make the rifle inexplicably miss its target, permanently disable the scope’s computer, or even prevent the gun from firing.

In a demonstration, the researchers were able to dial in their changes to the scope’s targeting system so precisely that they could cause a bullet to hit a bullseye of the hacker’s choosing rather than the one chosen by the shooter.

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Malicious “Windows 10 Upgrade” Email Holds Your Files Ransom

CTB-Locker is a ransomware that on execution encrypts certain file types present in the user’s system. The compromised user has to pay the attacker a ransom to get the files decrypted.

There are a couple of key indicators in the message worth calling out. First, the from address, the adversaries are spoofing the email to look like it is coming directly from Microsoft (updatemicrosoft.com). This is a simple step that tries to get users to read further.

However, a quick look at the email header reveals that the message actually originated from IP address space allocated to Thailand.

Second, the attackers are using a similar color scheme to the one used by Microsoft.

Once a user moves past the email, downloads the zip file, extracts it, and runs the executable, they are greeted with a message from CTB-Locker, a ransomware variant. CTB-Locker is only giving users 96 hours to pay for decryption, which is a shorter window than is standard for most ransomware.

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Google’s Tracking You – Google Air Traffic Control – Massive Breach of Intelligence – Show Notes

Creepy? Don’t Remember Where You Went Last Night? Google Might.

In a blog post Tuesday, Google product manager Gerard Sanz shed
light on a feature called Your Timeline, which the company has
started to introduce to its Android and desktop users. Using data
taken from your devices’ Google account sign-ons, Your Timeline
lets you look, step by step, at your entire Google Maps location
history. If you use Google Photos, Your Timeline will be even more
specific: It will include photos you took that day of the places
you visited.

It’s “a useful way to remember and view the places you’ve been on a
given day, month or year,” Sanz wrote. “Your Timeline allows you to
visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve
taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time.”

http://bit.ly/1SJStht

 

Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones

Google Inc., the company that brought order to the Internet, has
set its sights on doing the same for the flocks of commercial
drones expected to someday clog the skies.

The search-engine pioneer is joining some of the biggest companies
in technology, communications and aviation — including Amazon.com
Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Harris Corp. — in trying to
create an air-traffic control system to prevent mid-air collisions.

More than 100 other companies and universities have also expressed
interest in the project, which will be needed before commercial
drones can fly long distances to deliver goods, inspect power lines
and survey crops.

http://bloom.bg/1LDx6iP

Hillary Clinton emails: U.S. intelligence preparing for massive breach of classified data

The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that
former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email
account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information
from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to
national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.

The top lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committee
have been notified in recent days that the extent of classified
information on Mrs. Clinton’s private email server was likely far
more extensive than the four emails publicly acknowledged last week
as containing some sensitive spy agency secrets.

The U.S. official said the intelligence community has been informed
that secret information had been contained in some of
Mrs. Clinton’s private emails that originated from the FBI, the DNI
and the CIA as well as a spy satellite agency. It is believed the
30,000 emails remain on a thumb drive in the possession of
Mrs. Clinton’s private attorney, David Kendall.

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The Death Star weapon is here! Japan fires world’s most powerful laser

Japan claims to have fired the most powerful laser ever
created. The power of the ‘Death Star’-like beam is equivalent to
1,000 times the world’s total electricity consumption, the
scientists claim

‘With heated competition in the world to improve the performance of
lasers, our goal now is to increase our output to 10 petawatts”. To
put that into context, according to Popular Science, a 50,000
watt laser successfully took down a drone just a mile away.

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TSA chief vows to close security gaps at U.S. airports

Are airport security checks a total waste of time? Tests show TSA
96% failure rate in spotting weapons.

http://dailym.ai/1IuStfi

Facebook Built an Actual Plane to Bring the World Internet Access

The tech behemoth has built an actual plane — a 140-foot,
solar-powered, unmanned Aquila — to serve as a flying Internet hub
that will provide Wi-Fi access to parts of the world where
connectivity is lacking.

The plane isn’t just an idea or a mockup. An actual version of the
plane was built in the United Kingdom and Facebook plans to test
it, probably somewhere in the United States, later this year

http://on.recode.net/1gvumHC

It’s back: FEC says regulating Internet, Google, Facebook under its ‘purview’

Now looking to regulate political speed along with political ads.

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Why Windows 10 Users May Never Use Google Again

Microsoft has integrated a new universal search function, just like
Apple’s spotlight search, fully integrated in its products. Right
now, search looks a little like this: Want to search the web? Go to
Google. Your calendar appointments? Open your calendar app. Your
local files on a phone, tablet or PC? Launch finder windows, one by
one. Microsoft aims to replace all of those searches with a single,
comprehensive search bar that scans everything — your device, your
apps, your cloud and the web — in one fell swoop.

The result is a more versatile search experience, but one that
users may find momentarily disorienting. After all, we’re used to
rummaging through digital compartments and wielding search like a
spotlight.

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Ban autonomous weapons, urge AI experts including Hawking, Musk and Wozniak

http://cnet.co/1VShI5i

Nasty Bug Lets Hackers Into Nearly Any Android Phone Using Nothing But A Message

It’s like something from a bad movie: eager to learn the details of
the bad guy’s dastardly plot, the good guys hack his phone armed
with little more than knowledge of his phone number. No physical
access to the phone, no tricking him into opening some shady
application; just a quick message sent to his phone, and bam —
they’re in.

To initiate the attack, the hacker sends a maliciously modified
video message. The message is able to circumvent Android’s
sandboxing security measures and execute remote code — at which
point they’d have near-full access to your device, its storage, its
camera and microphone, etc.

http://tcrn.ch/1MYD8rs

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