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Oculus launches Quest standalone VR headset, eyes mixed reality future

Oculus’ Project Santa Cruz has an official name: Oculus Quest. The standalone virtual reality headset, introduced by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerburg during the Oculus Connect 5 keynote on Wednesday, operates without phones or cables and will sell for $399. The headset rounds out Oculus’ VR lineup, joining the Oculus Go and Rift as the company’s new middle-level offering. During… Read more →

Uber to pay $148 million in settlment over 2016 data breach and cover-up

Uber has agreed to pay $148 million in a nationwide settlement agreement over its 2016 data breach and subsequent cover-up, state attorneys general announced Wednesday. The money will be dispersed across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Uber has also agreed to take specific steps to better secure its employees’ data. Last December, it came to light that… Read more →

Don’t weep for the founders who took Zuckerberg’s money

They tried. They really tried. They really thought they could keep their apps pristine. Because these were the heroes of the tech world, the ones who were crazy enough to believe they could take Mark Zuckerberg’s money and keep their creations exactly as they were. Or make them even better. As if the chances of that happening weren’t somewhere between… Read more →

​What happens if you try to take your code out of Linux?

Sun, sea, and open source: How Spain’s Balearic islands are trying to turn into a tech paradise From widespread open-source software use by its government, to improved connectivity on Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, the Balearic islands are aiming to appeal to technologists as well as tourists. Read More A side-effect of Linus Torvalds taking leave from Linux to work… Read more →

Password managers can be tricked into believing that malicious Android apps are legitimate

A new academic study published today reveals that Android-based password managers have a hard time distinguishing between legitimate and fake applications, leading to easy phishing scenarios. The study looked at how password managers work on modern versions of the Android OS, and which of the OS features attackers can abuse to collect user credentials via phishing attacks carried out via… Read more →

Samsung’s S Pen is fantastic, but Bixby is another good reason to buy the Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a stunning smartphone and the longer I use it the more essential it becomes to my optimal productivity. I’ve focused on the utility of the S Pen, but over the past week I’ve spent time focusing on another unique Samsung feature, Bixby. top picks The 10 best smartphones of 2018 CES and MWC are… Read more →

Google’s DeepMind teams with leading 3D game dev platform Unity

DeepMind, a British AI company acquired by Google in 2014, has partnered with Unity, the leading 3D game development platform, to research artificial intelligence agents. The result will be a simulated testing ground for AI agents, and the research is expected to lead to improvements in fields like robotics and autonomous driving. “DeepMind researchers are trying to crack huge AI… Read more →

SMBs face costs of up to $2.5 million after a data breach

There’s no lack of work out there for cybersecurity specialists considering how widespread attacks against organizations have become. No matter the size, every entity is now at risk of cyberattacks, whether through supply chain security lapses, phishing campaigns, or via insider attacks and weaknesses in their own networks. However, small and mid-market companies have become a lucrative and attractive prospect… Read more →

Europe’s greenest supercomputer: Why energy-efficient HPC is on the rise

Supercomputers are getting greener. That’s because with exascale systems on the horizon, representing a 1,000-fold performance improvement over today’s petascale computers, energy efficiency has turned into a priority for the high-performance computing (HPC) industry. Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) is doing pretty well in the green stakes. Its MareNostrum 4 Power9 cluster ranks ninth in the Green500, which lists the top… Read more →

Ex-NSA employee gets 5.5 years in prison for taking home classified info

A US judge sentenced today a former employee at the National Security Agency to five and a half years in prison for taking classified NSA materials home. The ex-NSA employee is Nghia Hoang Pho, a 68-year-old man from Ellicott City, Maryland, who worked at the NSA as a member of the Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group, the NSA’s hacking unit,… Read more →

Monero bug could have allowed hackers to steal massive amounts of cryptocurrency

The developers of the Monero anonymous cryptocurrency have rolled out a patch today that addresses a bug that could have been used by hackers to obtain funds from exchanges illegally. Described by the Monero team as a “burning” bug, the issue is in how Monero exchange platforms handle incoming transactions. The issue came to light after a user posted a… Read more →