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Baddies of the internet: It's all about dodgy mobile apps, they're so hot right now

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 12:59pm
Report lift veil on online fraudsters' current habits

Rogue mobile apps have become the most common fraud attack vector, according to the latest quarterly edition of RSA Security's global fraud report.…

Alibaba and Elastic slingshot searchable, analyticky cloud ... outside China

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 12:40pm
That noise was AWS rolling over in its sleep

Alibaba and Elastic, the purveyor of scalable open-source search engine Elasticsearch, are to offer their joint Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch product outside of China for the first time.…

“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval

Ars Technica - August 15, 2018 - 12:30pm

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An app to prevent unwanted pregnancies by tracking a woman’s body temperature has scored a first-of-its-kind marketing approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency announced.

The US stamp of approval—which clears the way for similar apps to get the green light—lands as the app’s Swedish maker faces investigations by European authorities into its advertising claims, plus criticism from health experts and reports of dozens of unwanted pregnancies.

The sleek mobile app, called Natural Cycles, boasts 900,000 users worldwide as well as approval from the EU to act as a form of contraceptive. Yet it’s essentially a riff on an old-school “natural family planning” method dressed up for the digital age. An $80 annual subscription for the app comes with an oral thermometer and relies on a user’s basal body temperature (BBT) to estimate the time of ovulation (when an egg is released from an ovary and wanders down the fallopian tube for a potential sperm-rendezvous, which happens at approximately day 14 of a textbook, 28-day cycle).

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Wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and bombs

BBC Technology News - August 15, 2018 - 12:26pm
A US study has tested out a suspicious object detection system based on ordinary wi-fi.

Uber hires former NSA counsel Matt Olsen as chief security officer - Roadshow - News - August 15, 2018 - 12:08pm
The appointment comes in the aftermath of a 2016 hack.

IoT shouters Chirp get themselves added to Microsoft Azure IoT

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 12:07pm
Now your devices can join you in bellowing at Redmond's products

Audio IoT networking firm Chirp has convinced Microsoft to integrate its tech into the Azure IoT platform.…

Virgin Media broadband teams 'left holes in walls'

BBC Technology News - August 15, 2018 - 12:04pm
Customers have complained about damage, which they say has been left for many days without being fixed.

Toxic cadmium discovered in 124,000 VW EV and plug-in chargers - Roadshow - News - August 15, 2018 - 11:52am
The chargers were made by a third party manufacturer and Volkswagen claims it had no knowledge of the heavy metal's use.

We've Amber heard a NASty rumour: Marvell man touts private cloud box

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 11:45am
Latticework pushes 'secure' cloudy boxen

A Marvell co-founder's cloud edge firm appears to have thrown its hat in the personal NAS ring with its Wi-Fi-connected Amber product.…

Small nudges add up to big electric savings

Ars Technica - August 15, 2018 - 11:45am

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Not all electricity is created equal. Utilities prioritize getting power from the cheapest sources available. That means that, as use rises to what's typically a mid-afternoon peak, utilities end up sourcing ever more expensive supplies of electricity. By the time we reach the use typical of a late afternoon during a heat wave, the utilities have to call in the most expensive forms of power around—typically, the oldest, least-efficient, and most-polluting plants.

So cutting down on energy use during these peak demand events is in a utility's interests. And, since it's an economic problem, a lot of the solutions have also been economic, like setting higher electricity rates during these times to encourage customers to cut back on use. But a new study suggests that something as simple as a gentle reminder to customers can have a noticeable effect, and stacking reminders can have as much of an impact as raising power prices by 70 percent.

A gentle nudge

We've done studies of how people change their energy use in response to economic incentives before, but the effects have generally been pretty small. If you've ever been confronted by a confusion of possible calling/data plans and can't be bothered to figure out which one is the best deal, you probably understand why—the economic incentives often aren't large enough to drive much interest. That's especially true of things like heat-wave-driven electricity peaks, when any altered pricing is likely to last just a few days.

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Quantiq slurps asset of Profile Enterprise Solutions

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 11:16am
Bit of M&A action in Microsoft Dynamics world

QuantiQ has snaffled certain assets of fellow Microsoft Dynamics boutique Profile Enterprise Solutions.…

HPE flies low-energy Eagle into National Renewable Energy Lab's data centre

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 11:13am
Uncle Sam's renewable boffins will triple their power in 2019

HPE has been named as supplier of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's new low-energy supercomputer, Eagle, which will power up in January 2019.…

India to launch its first manned space mission by 2022 - CNET - News - August 15, 2018 - 11:04am
The country's space agency plans to send a crew of three on a mission within 40 months.

Foreshadow and Intel SGX software attestation: 'The whole trust model collapses'

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 10:42am
El Reg talks to Dr Yuval Yarom about Intel's memory leaking catastrophe

Interview In the wake of yet another collection of Intel bugs, The Register had the chance to speak to Foreshadow co-discoverer and University of Adelaide and Data61 researcher Dr Yuval Yarom about its impact.…

Serverless? It doesn’t have to be all or nothing

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 10:10am
From FaaS to Lambda and beyond...

Events Whether you want to experiment with some new projects, rebuild your organisation from the ground up, or just check you’re already on the right path, you should join us at Serverless Computing London in November.…

Criminals a bit less interested in nicking Brits' identities this year

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 9:41am
ID fraud drops to four-year low

New figures reveal UK identity fraud dropped during the first six months of 2018 to reach a four-year low.…

Meet the LPWAN clan: The Internet of Things' low power contenders

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 9:08am
Licensed to chill or unlicensed to thrill...

Analysis LPWAN - low power wide area network - is the proposed connectivity tech of choice for powering the Internet of Things - and it comes in many flavours. An IDTechEx Research report put it into perspective recently, when it predicted that there will be 2.7 billion LPWAN IoT connections by 2029.…

Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 8:06am
Xiaoice's verse is 'disgusting' say rival human poets

Microsoft’s chatbot Xiaoice does a lot more than other bots. She has presented the weather on live TV and now even composed a book of poems.…

Sharks have a new enemy: Magnets - CNET - News - August 15, 2018 - 7:20am
Scientists say a few $2 magnets could be enough to save sharks and rays from dying in commercial fish traps.

Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 7:01am
Fish boozing in alcohol and taurine more likely to ignore pals and look for a fight

Can fish get drunk? Yes, apparently.…

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