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Google patches Dirty Cow vulnerability in latest Android security update

The bug is one of almost a dozen of critical vulnerabilities included in the last security patch of the year.  By Charlie Osborne| December 6, 2016 Google's latest Android security update includes a fix for the Dirty Cow security flaw as one of 11 critical issues now resolved in the mobile operating system. The latest…
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It’s official: The FBI can now hack your computer without consequence

By: Joshua Withrow | December 06, 2016 Blogtrepreneur | Flickr     The FBI’s authority to hack your computer — legally — just expanded massively, and Congress never so much as had a hearing about it. The scope of this policy change should be clear, and yet all this was accomplished by simple administrative rules…
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Why I cancelled my new 15-inch MacBook Pro order

When Apple's new MacBook Pros were announced in October, David Gewirtz's long waitwas rewarded with a slightly queasy feeling, because the most obviously powerful model was a 15-inch machine with dual GPU.  By David Gewirtz | December 5, 2016 Say goodbye to my little friend.     I wanted to tell you how gorgeous the…
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The biggest threat to artificial intelligence: Human stupidity

Thoughtless use of artificial intelligence could be much more dangerous than the super-intelligent digital villains of science-fiction.  By Steve Ranger | December 5, 2016   Don't worry about the robots, worry about the humans. Image: iStock   There's a huge difference between the modest aims of the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning being used…
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Microsoft’s real problem with mobile isn’t (just) devices

The future of secure, modern Windows apps needs to go beyond Surface.  By Mary Branscombe | December 5, 2016   Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has promised to stick with Windows phones, but he's also made it clear the target for those phones is enthusiasts and enterprise. Image: Getty Images   At the Microsoft shareholders' meeting…
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Implantable medical devices can be hacked to harm patients

The way to a man's heart is through his pacemaker's security flaws, researchers say By Peter Sayer | Paris Bureau Chief, | Dec 2, 2016 This is all you need to illicitly reprogram implantable medical devices, according to researchers from the University of Leuven and University Hospital Gasthuisberg Leuven in Belgium, and the University of…
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Avalanche botnet network struck down in global operation

A concerted effort between law enforcement and cybersecurity firms has resulted in the destruction of a major botnet platform.  By Charlie Osborne | December 2, 2016 Symantec   After four years of investigation, Europol, and other agencies have moved against the prominent Avalanche botnet platform which acted as a hub for malware campaigns worldwide. Europol…
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