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Can these minimalist phones save us from our smartphone obsession?

Approaches include a smaller smartphone, an attractively designed minimalist phone, and bringing more sophisticated apps to feature phones.        By Ross Rubin | April 20, 2018      While phones such as Apple's iPhone 8 and Samsung's Galaxy S9 come in large "plus" options, even their standard versions are much larger than some of their early predecessors.…
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Oracle critical update fixes 254 flaws – so get patching now

Fixes for vulnerabilities spread across 20 products and a Solaris patch that addresses the Spectre processor flaw.        By Steve Ranger | April 20, 2018        Oracle has published its critical patch update for April, offering 254 security fixes across 20 product sets. The database giant said customers should install the update as soon as…
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Ransomware, stolen data or malware: How do online crooks really make their money?

The cybercrime economy has "now become a kind of mirror image of contemporary capitalism", says paper.      By Danny Palmer | April 20, 2018       The cyber-criminal economy has hit global revenues of $1.5 billion a year, according a study which shows the vast scale of cyber-crime and how profits are acquired, laundered, spent and reinvested.…
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‘Inspector Gadget’ arm makes drones more useful (and a little scary)

One of the big stumbling blocks for commercial drones is loading and unloading payload. This lightweight origami arm offers a novel solution.       By Greg NicholsApril 19, 2018     From infrastructure inspection to medicine delivery in remote areas, Drones are now starting to do useful work in various industries. But the task of picking…
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DHS chief: US to take more aggressive posture against cyber attackers

"Complacency is being replaced by consequences," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at the RSA conference.     By Stephanie CondonApril 18, 2018     The US is prepared to take a more aggressive posture against cyber attackers, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday, warning adversaries, "Complacency is being replaced by consequences. "We will not…
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New York probes 13 cryptocurrency exchanges with pertinent questions

The New York Attorney General has asked a number of virtual currency exchanges to answer simple questions such as: Who owns you? And where do you keep customers' funds?        By Chris Duckett | April 18, 2018      New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an inquiry into the policies and practices of 13 cryptocurrency…
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China, Japan, and Australia amongst top APAC nations hit with botnets

South Korea and Taiwan also are on the top 20 list of global markets that saw the most bot traffic last year, while China was the third most common origin of malicious traffic, behind leader United States and Russia.        By Eileen YuApril 18, 2018     Nations with robust or growing IT networks remain…
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