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Everyone hates a thief — especially when they strike close to home. Our personal devices like smartphones and notebooks are often targets for criminals, and one Canadian man found this out the hard way. Stu Gale, who just so happens to be a computer security expert, had the misfortune of having his laptop stolen from his car overnight. However, Gale did have remote software installed on the device which allowed him to track whenever it came online. So, he was quite delighted to see that a notification popped up on one of his other machines alerting him that his stolen laptop was active.Stu Gale... Read more...
One of the perks of being the billionaire co-founder of Facebook is being able to show up at work in t-shirt. Of course, there are times when Mark Zuckerberg chooses to dress up. Such was the case when he took the stand in a federal courtroom earlier this week to defend against allegations that Oculus stole technical information that went into the creation of the Rift headset. "We are highly confident that Oculus products are built on Oculus technology. The idea that Oculus products are based on someone else’s technology is just wrong," Zuckerberg said according to The New York Times, which noted... Read more...
WhatsApp is one of the most popular chat apps on the planet, for a handful of reasons. For one, WhatsApp makes it extremely easy to keep communications with friends and family open and ongoing even if your mobile data package is paltry (thanks to Wi-Fi), in addition, it's also been deemed one of the most secure chat apps available, a fact that's led those even with the most confidential subject matter to rely on it. But there may be a chink in WhatsApp's armor. A report recently outed a significant security flaw in WhatsApp that "could" let the company regenerate your encryption keys without your... Read more...
Facebook appears to be working diligently towards telepathic communication and mind-reading. Their mysterious Building 8 team has just opened job listings for a “Neural Imaging Engineer”, “Haptics Engineer”, and “Brain-Computer Interface Engineer”. The responsibilities for the job listings are rather vague. The Neural Imaging Engineer would be in charge of designing and reviewing neuro-imaging “methods based on optical, RF, ultrasound, or other entirely non-invasive approaches”. The Haptics Engineer would “lead, define, and develop haptics effects and haptics illusions in software and hardware”.... Read more...
This past November, Mark Zuckerberg stated that Facebook would be working with journalists in order to improve its news content. The social media site has finally revealed exactly how it plans to work with journalists. Facebook has introduced the “Facebook Journalism Project”, which is intended to strengthen its ties with the news industry. The Facebook Journalism Project is comprised of three steps. First, Facebook plans to collaborate more on news products and with news organizations. It would like to evolve its current storytelling formats to suit the needs of news partners. Facebook is endeavoring... Read more...
Twitter and Periscope are currently singing “anything you can do, I can do better” to Facebook. Twitter just released its own 360-degree live video streaming functionality via the Periscope app. According to Periscope, “With these videos, the broadcaster anchors the experience so you can be present with them from whatever environment they’re sharing from. When they smile, you’ll smile, and when they laugh, maybe you’ll laugh too.” Live 360 videos will be marked with a badge, and the viewer will be able to alter their point of view by moving their phone or touching or tapping their screen. The movement... Read more...
Facebook, the largest social network on the planet, has been criticized for not doing a better job at thwarting fake news. That criticism is unlikely to subside Facebook's Safety Check feature altered users in Bangkok to an "explosion" in the Thai capital that turned out to be nothing more than fireworks. However, the spread of fake news and bad information led Facebook astray on this one.A protestor on Tuesday threw firecrackers at a government building in Bangkok. The incident triggered Facebook's Safety Check feature at around 9:00 PM local time, which in turn created a page titled "The Explosion... Read more...
How would you like it if Morgan Freeman turned on your lights, kept on an eye on your house, and even made you toast? You may not be able to get him physically in your house, but his dulcet voice could be coming to home AI very soon. Morgan Freeman has agreed to be the voice of Mark Zuckerberg’s home AI, Jarvis. This past October, Zuckerberg asked in a Facebook post who his followers believed should voice Jarvis. Actor Robert Downey Jr. leapt at the chance. He said that he would "do it in a heartbeat" if actor Paul Bettany, the voice of Jarvis in the Iron Man films, got paid and the resulting money... Read more...
In early January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans to build his own Jarvis personal AI assistant as an homage to the AI “butler” of the same name in the Iron Man movies. "My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man," said Zuckerberg at the time. "I'm going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. Then I'll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home -- music, lights, temperature and so on." Nearly a year later, Zuckerberg is back... Read more...
With so many online communication tools allowing you to conduct group calls, it's really quite surprising that Facebook has yet to catch up - at least on the desktop side. This past spring, the company updated its Messenger mobile app to support group calling, but for when actual work is getting done, chances are good people are in front of their computer rather than on-the-go. Well, this grand omission is soon to be rectified, as Facebook has begun testing the group calling waters with its desktop Messenger app. Group chats are nothing new on Facebook, but they do have limited use when you can't... Read more...
Facebook has a fake news problem, and it knows it. The social network giant was already under fire for hoax stories popping into its trending feed following its decision to fire all of its human curators in favor of AI algorithms. Things came to a head following last month’s U.S. presidential election and the role that fake news stories could have possibly had in swaying voters or further emboldening their positions. While Mark Zuckerberg at the time dismissed any notion that Facebook played an outsized role in determining the outcome of the election, the company is now making a concerted effort... Read more...
Does that Facebook status look familiar? Have photos of you and your ex resurfaced on social media? You are not alone, since a glitch is publishing posts of Facebook pasts. The Facebook glitch is reportedly sharing outdated posts on users’ timelines without their permission. The re-posted content has had its "timestamp" altered. This makes it seem like the outdated material has been recently posted. The exact cause is unknown. Some speculate that it is due to the latest iOS update or the recent “Year in Review” feature. A Facebook spokesperson has stated that the company is aware of the issue and... Read more...
It's been quite some time since malware-laden images have been a major security issue, but the risk is still out there. The attack vector has been exploited recently through a couple of leading social networks: Facebook and LinkedIn. The attack, named "ImageGate" by researchers at Check Point, takes advantage of misconfiguration in these two social networks to make it so that when an image is loaded into a browser, it'll automatically download to the machine. This is similar to going to a download page where after 5 seconds, the download will begin. The difference here is that the downloaded file... Read more...
Facebook has taken censorship to a new level. The company has reportedly created software that can suppress certain posts from appearing in specific geographic areas. Zuckerberg hopes that this new software will help the company gain access to China’s market of 1.4 billion people. This is not the first time Facebook has blocked content. The company blocked roughly 55,000 pieces of content between July and December 2015 in twenty different countries. Facebook is known for employing this technique in countries such as Russia, Pakistan, and Turkey. Facebook will also block posts, even in the United... Read more...
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