Day: December 26, 2018

Amazon breaks holiday sales record again in 2018 – CNET

More items were ordered worldwide than ever before, the retail giant touts among other highlights in its annual post-Christmas data drop. Meanwhile, Alexa set more than 100 timers! …read more Source:: CNet

The best after-Christmas deals and sales (so far) – CNET

Ready to cash in some gift cards? …read more Source:: CNet

Artificial General Intelligence is Nowhere Close To Being a Reality

Three decades ago, David Rumelhart, Geoffrey Hinton, and Ronald Williams wrote about a foundational weight-calculating technique — backpropagation — in a monumental paper titled “Learning Representations by Back-propagating Errors.” Backpropagation, aided by increasingly cheaper, more robust computer hardware, has enabled monumental leaps in computer vision, natural language processing, machine translation, drug design, and material inspection,…

Bonanza of Keyswitch Datasheets Fills Our Decks with Clack

Mechanical keyboards use switches of a few different types. But even those types include myriad variations. How’s a hacker to know just exactly what equipment is out there? For example, if you grab a fellow cube-farmer’s mechanical keyboard (possibly because they clacked on their Cherry Blue’s just one too many times) and angrily rip off…

Whale Shark Tourism Harms Coral Reefs

Scientists in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Guam have found that whale shark tourism in Tan-awan, Oslob, the Philippines, has led to degradation of the local coral reef ecosystem. They reported their findings in Environmental Management. From a report: Oslob, a small municipality on the south coast of Cebu, the Philippines, has become a domestic…

3 Steps for Cybersecurity Leaders to Bridge the Gender Equality Gap

By encouraging female participation through education and retaining this interest through an inclusive culture and visible role models, we can begin to close the skill and gender gap in cybersecurity. …read more Source:: DarkReading

19K Orange Livebox Modems Open to Attack

A simple flaw allows attackers to derive WiFi credentials with little effort. …read more Source:: Threatpost

Ooops, Did We Just Close An Airport Over A UFO Sighting?

Picture this: it’s late in the evening on a freezing cold, dark, and windy December night in southern England, and an airport worker at Gatwick — London’s second international airport — sees something fly past in the gloom above the floodlights. The weather and darkness makes it difficult to see what the object was, but…

Hacker Steals Ten Years Worth of Data From San Diego School District

A hacker has stolen the personal details of over 500,000 San Diego Unified School District staff and students, the district revealed in a breach notice posted on its website Friday. From a report: The breach occurred because the attacker gained access to staff credentials via a tactic known as phishing — sending authentic-looking emails that…

Android TV Now Claiming Over 100 Pay TV Operator Partners Worldwide

Google’s Android TV platform has now been deployed by more than 100 pay TV operators around the world, the technology’s top product manager told news outlet MCN. From a report: According to Shalini Govil-Pai, senior director of product management for Android TV, the platform designed to provide access to over-the-top apps on digital video players,…