NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth | PerfScience

An official NASA release informed..

Humans have long been shaping Earth’s landscape, but now scientists know we can shape our near-space environment as well. A certain type of communications — very low frequency, or VLF, radio communications — have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. At times, these interactions can create a barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation in space. These results, part of a comprehensive paper on human-induced space weather, were recently published in Space Science Reviews.

Source: NASA scientists detect barrier around Earth | PerfScience

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Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely

Chief among the revelations: more than 97 percent of infections hit computers running Windows 7, according to attacks seen by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab. By contrast, infected Windows XP machines were practically non-existent, and those XP PCs that were compromised were likely manually infected by their owners for testing purposes. That’s according to Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team, who spoke to Ars.

Source: Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely

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Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

Theoretical physicists have long proposed that such a form of communication would be possible, but now, for the first time, researchers have been able to experimentally achieve it – transferring a black and white bitmap image from one location to another without sending any physical particles.

Source: Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

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Amazon made landline phones trendy again

When is the last time you used your landline phone? Chances are that your smartphone is the one and only device you need. Old-fashioned phones have been fading away from most living rooms. But it doesn’t mean that landline phones aren’t useful. Amazon is well aware of that.

The company unveiled the Echo Show earlier this week, a $230 device with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, two powerful speakers as well as a camera and a touchscreen.

Source: Amazon made landline phones trendy again

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Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane Lands in Florida After Record-Breaking Secret Mission

The record-breaking, hush-hush mission of the U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane is finally over.

After circling Earth for an unprecedented 718 days, the X-37B touched down Sunday (May 7) at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida — the first landing at the SLF since the final space shuttle mission came back to Earth in July 2011. The landing occurred at 7:47 a.m. EDT (1147 GMT).

Source: Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane Lands in Florida After Record-Breaking Secret Mission

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Voice-Activated Connected Device Usage Jumps 130 Percent This Year |

In 2017, 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-activated assistant device at least once a month for sudden rise of 128.9 percent over last year, says eMarketer. At the moment, Amazon’s Echo device has a huge lead with a 70.6 percent of users in that space. Google Home, which only launched last October, will have to catch up as it has just … Continue reading Voice-Activated Connected Device Usage Jumps 130 Percent This Year

Source: Voice-Activated Connected Device Usage Jumps 130 Percent This Year |

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Most US homes have mobiles but no landline – BBC News

Widespread cable provision means many can get broadband without needing a landline.

Less than half of US households now have a landline, according to a study from the US government.

Of the households surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50.8% of homes had at least one mobile phone but no landline.

A further 3.3% of homes surveyed had neither a mobile phone nor a landline.

The CDC found that mobile-only households had become the majority during its twice-yearly survey into the health and habits of Americans.

Source: Most US homes have mobiles but no landline – BBC News

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Apple Car: Automated Driving Platform Training Program Revealed

It’s a ‘development platform,’ not a full-fledged Apple car

The documents related to the “Development Platform Related Training” reveal that the company has developed a suite of software and hardware systems to allow a car to drive on public roads while avoiding pedestrians and other vehicles. Apple already owns patents for a collision avoidance system. The training materials reference to a “Development Platform” and an “Apple Automated System.”

Source: Apple Car: Automated Driving Platform Training Program Revealed

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Can mobile phones give you a brain tumor? An Italian court just ruled yes.

Does the radiation from mobile phones increase your chances of getting cancer?” is a question that has abounded since the earliest days of the technology, long before Apple and Google arrived on the scene. But an Italian court has just thrown its weight behind a man who argued that his benign brain tumor was caused by prolonged use of his mobile phone.

Source: Can mobile phones give you a brain tumor? An Italian court just ruled yes.

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Ford’s All-New 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a Challenge to Cadillac | Business Markets and Stocks News | host.madison.com

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) took the wraps off of its all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator at the New York International Auto Show this past week. It’s the first all-new version

Everything about the 2018 Navigator is new. It’s lighter, faster, roomier, and more luxurious than its predecessor, with a full complement of up-to-date technology. Stylistically, it’s a close match to the concept version that Ford showed a year ago, minus the flashy (and wildly impractical) gull-wing doors.

Source: Ford’s All-New 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a Challenge to Cadillac | Business Markets and Stocks News | host.madison.com

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Hackers have just dumped a treasure trove of NSA data. Here’s what it means. – The Washington Post

This is plausibly the most extensive and important release of NSA hacking tools to date. It’s likely to prove awkward for the U.S. government, not only revealing top-secret information but also damaging the government’s relationships with U.S. allies and with big information technology firms.

Source: Hackers have just dumped a treasure trove of NSA data. Here’s what it means. – The Washington Post

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$19.8 billion airwaves auction may mean better cell service – Times Leader – timesleader.com

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers could see more competition and better mobile service after the end of a big U.S. government auction transferring airwave rights from TV broadcasters to companies interested in wireless networks.

The biggest spenders in the Federal Communications Commission’s $19.8 billion auction were T-Mobile with $8 billion, satellite TV company Dish at $6.2 billion and Comcast with $1.7 billion.

The nation’s airwaves regulator ran the auction to help wireless networks keep up as people spend more time on smartphones. The biggest bidders in the last auction, in 2015, were AT&T ($18.2 billion) and Verizon ($10.4 billion).

Source: $19.8 billion airwaves auction may mean better cell service – Times Leader – timesleader.com

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More production, more jobs? CMU pitches businesses on robotics in manufacturing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – At the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville, two decades of robotics research is on display in the 28 gleaming plaques on the wall: inscribed patents for pieces of technology invented at Carnegie Mellon University.  Now, flush with government money and commitments from private industry, a nonprofit founded at the school is embarking on a new mission: selling the value of robotics and automation to American manufacturing.

Source: More production, more jobs? CMU pitches businesses on robotics in manufacturing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Microsoft announces hardware event for May 2nd in New York – The Verge

Rumors suggest Microsoft could opt to unveil its Windows 10 Cloud operating system, an alternative to Chrome OS that runs Universal Windows Apps. ZDNet reported this weekthat Microsoft’s event is codenamed “Bespin,” a fictional Star Wars planet that includes a “Cloud City.” Sources also tell us that this event will be focused on education, so expect to see any hardware or software be connected to how it can be used in schools.

Source: Microsoft announces hardware event for May 2nd in New York – The Verge

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Enterprises: Now’s the time to join Windows 10 Insider | InfoWorld

Windows Insider program is no longer for only consumers, so IT can now get a head start on new Windows 10—and Office—versions

Microsoft’s shift to a continuous-delivery model for both its OS and core applications is a big change, to which IT departments need to adjust. Thanks to Apple and Google, users are accustomed to regular updates on their home systems and are starting to expect the same from work. To stay ahead, you’ll need to adopt an accelerated testing model, using Insider programs and Fast release branches to get on top of changes quickly.

Source: Enterprises: Now’s the time to join Windows 10 Insider | InfoWorld

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Amazon launches Amazon Cash, a way to shop its site without a bank card

Amazon just announced the launch of Amazon Cash, a new service that allows consumers to add cash to their Amazon.com balance by showing a barcode at a participating retailer, then having the cash applied immediately to their online Amazon account. The service will support adding any amount between $15 and $500 in a single transaction, Amazon says.

Source: Amazon launches Amazon Cash, a way to shop its site without a bank card

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Mad Catz shuts down, files for chapter 7 bankruptcy – TechSpot

It’s the end of the road for Mad Catz Interactive as the gaming peripheral maker has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy after betting the house on Rock Band 4.

As Polygon recounts, Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson and Chairman Thomas Brown both stepped down in February 2016 ahead of a corporate restructuring that saw the company shed 37 percent of its workforce.

In September, Mad Catz sold its Saitek brand and line of space, flight and farm simulation controllers to Logitech for $13 million in cash. This past January, the company received word that it was at risk of being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and last week, the exchange made good on that promise due to the “abnormally low” trading price of its common stock.

Mad Catz was founded in 1989 and produced a wide range of gaming accessories and controllers over the years.

Source: Mad Catz shuts down, files for chapter 7 bankruptcy – TechSpot

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How To Keep Your Browsing History Actually Private

Congress voted to allow your Internet service providers to sell your online activity to advertisers – here’s the simplest way to prevent that from happening.

What the heck is a VPN?

A VPN, or virtual private network, is a service that will privatize everything you do on the Internet through encryption. In other words, it will hide your IP address (which reveals your physical location) and the pages you’re visiting. A VPN is like a secret tunnel that turns all of the data running through Internet cables into gibberish, so your Internet service provider (AT&T, Comcast, Charter, etc.) can’t see what you’re up to and, therefore, can’t sell that information to marketers.

It’s safer, too. Most VPNs have servers that scan data in real-time for websites with hidden malicious software.

Source: How To Keep Your Browsing History Actually Private

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BlackBerry is actually looking like a reasonably successful software company

The company’s earnings beat and solid guidance show that its attempts to transform itself into an enterprise and automotive software firm are going well.

Much like eBay (EBAY) , BlackBerry’s (BBRY) history and reputation continue to cast a long shadow over any discussion of the company. Years of poor execution, blown opportunities and flat-out denial about industry trends have made it easy in recent years to dismiss the company as a lost cause on its way to bankruptcy or at least a fire sale.

Source: BlackBerry is actually looking like a reasonably successful software company

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