It’s no secret that Tinder (or rather, its parent company Match Group) and Bumble are arch-rivals in the swipe-right dating app space, and that battle just escalated. Match Group has sued Bumble for allegedly violating two patents, one for the “orna…
Source: Engadget – Tinder’s parent company sues Bumble over patents
A new, longer-term study of video game play from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Germany’s University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf recently published in Molecular Psychiatry found that adults showed “no significant changes” on a wide variety of behavioral measures after two straight months of daily violent game play. From a report: To correct for the “priming” effects inherent in these other studies, researchers had 90 adult participants play either Grand Theft Auto V or The Sims 3 for at least 30 minutes every day over eight weeks (a control group played no games during the testing period). The adults chosen, who ranged from 18 to 45 years old, reported little to no video game play in the previous six months and were screened for pre-existing psychological problems before the tests. The participants were subjected to a wide battery of 52 established questionnaires intended to measure “aggression, sexist attitudes, empathy, and interpersonal competencies, impulsivity-related constructs (such as sensation seeking, boredom proneness, risk taking, delay discounting), mental health (depressivity, anxiety) as well as executive control functions.” The tests were administered immediately before and immediately after the two-month gameplay period and also two months afterward, in order to measure potential continuing effects. Over 208 separate comparisons (52 tests; violent vs. non-violent and control groups; pre- vs. post- and two-months-later tests), only three subjects showed a statistically significant effect of the violent gameplay at a 95 percent confidence level.
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Source: Slashdot – New Study Which Made 90 Adults Play ‘GTA’ or ‘The Sims 3’ For At least 30 Mins Every Day For 2 Months Finds ‘No Significant Changes’ in Their Behavior
Avegant has drawn a lot of attention in the wearable world between its Glyph personal screen and its light-field augmented reality headset, but it’s facing uncertain times. The Verge has learned that the startup cut more than half of its workforce (i…
Source: Engadget – AR firm Avegant cuts half its workforce and picks new CEO
According to the BBC, Russian ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov now says that the nerve agent used in the poisoning of 66-year-old former Russian spy-turned-double-agent Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia Skripal in the city of Salisbury, England may have actually came from a nearby…
Source: Gizmodo – Russia: Well, Maybe It Was Actually the UK That Poisoned Our Ex-Spy With Our Soviet-Era Nerve Agent
Years ago, the Aral Sea was the world’s fourth-largest freshwater lake with an area of some 26,000 square miles. But in the 1950s, it became the victim of the Soviet Union’s agricultural policies. Water from its two river sources — the Amu Darya and Syr Darya — was intentionally diverted for cotton cultivation. The Aral Sea began to disappear and nearly completely vanished. But things have changed for good. From a report: This rapid collapse over less than three decades — which environmental scientists say is one of the planet’s worst ecological disasters — is marked today by the sea’s reduced size. Its total area of water, straddling Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, is now a tenth of its original size. What’s left has broken into two distinct bodies: the North and South Aral Seas. In Uzbekistan, the entire eastern basin of the South Aral Sea is completely desiccated, leaving merely a single strip of water in the west. But Kazakhstan’s North Aral Sea has seen a happier outcome, thanks to a nearly $86 million project financed in large part by the World Bank. Along with repairs to existing dikes around the basin to prevent spillage, an eight-mile dam was constructed just south of the Syr Darya River. Completed in the summer of 2005, this dam, named Kokaral, surpassed all expectations. It led to an 11-foot increase in water levels after just seven months — a goal that scientists initially expected would take three years. This turnaround in the North Aral Sea’s fate has meant that the fish stocks have returned to its waters, injecting new life into the local communities. Just as government policies had doomed the Aral Sea, careful planning and research helped revive at least part of it.
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Source: Slashdot – Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life
The GTK+ 4.0 tool-kit has just landed its GtkMediaStream / GtkMediaFile / GtkVideo / GtkMediaControls widgets for now having native multimedia stream playback support in the tool-kit that in turn is backed by GStreamer / FFmpeg…
Source: Phoronix – GTK+ 4.0 Getting Audio/Video Playback Integration
Those looking to run advertisements for cryptocurrencies and related products may soon have to steer clear of Twitter, which Sky News reported on Sunday is “preparing to prohibit a range of cryptocurrency advertisements amid looming regulatory intervention in the sector.”
Source: Gizmodo – Twitter May Soon Be the Latest Tech Giant to Ban Many Cryptocurrency Ads
Facebook may face more legal trouble than you might think in the wake of Cambridge Analytica’s large-scale data harvesting. Former US officials David Vladeck and Jessica Rich have told the Washington Post that Facebook’s data sharing may violate the…
Source: Engadget – Facebook may have broken FTC deal in Cambridge Analytica incident
The European Union is formulating a plan in which Amazon, Google, and other tech giants would “face a 3 percent tax on their gross revenues based on where their users are located.” The EU feels that these companies should be giving more back due to the profit they are making from its countries and citizens.
The scope of the planned tax would cover companies offering services such as advertising or the sale of user data, according to the draft prepared by the EU’s executive arm. It would also cover services provided by multi-sided digital platforms, which let users find and interact with each other and where users supply goods and services directly to each other.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Tech Giants Set to Face 3% Tax on Revenue under New EU Plan
An anonymous reader shares a report: For over a decade Pwn2Own — happening this week — has brought together security talent from across the globe in a friendly hacking competition that is a cornerstone of research and advancement on par with Black Hat and Def Con. China’s hackers routinely win, sweeping the board — notably, the Tencent and Keen teams. Pwn2Own is good-natured, and all in the name of researchers finding big bugs, nabbing great bounties and drawing attention to security holes and zero-days that need to be fixed. But this year, according to Pwn2Own manager Brian Gorenc, China is no longer allowing its researchers to compete. Prior to the start of Pwn2Own this week, Gorenc told press “There have been regulatory changes in some countries that no longer allow participation in global exploit contests, such as Pwn2Own and Capture the Flag competitions.” One thing’s for certain: yearly champions Tencent’s Keen Labs and Qihoo 360’s 360Vulcan team are nowhere to be found and Trend Micro, the conference organizer, has confirmed to Engadget that there are no Chinese competitors in this year’s competition. […] It’s a worrying development in the direction of isolationism and away from the benefits of competition in the spirit of improving security for all. It comes at a time when relations between the US and China strain under the weight of Huawei security concerns, which are not at all new, but are certainly coming to a head as American companies sever business ties with the firm.
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Source: Slashdot – When China Hoards Its Hackers Everyone Loses
This weekend The New York Times reported that 50 million Facebook users had their profile information harvested by the Trump-connected data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica via a personality app on the site.
Source: LifeHacker – Now is a Good Time to Check What Third-Party Apps You Have Connected to Facebook
Warner Bros. has announced that The Matrix will be available on 4K Blu-ray starting May 22. This is expected to be the film’s definitive release, as it incorporates a brand-new remaster, as well as a newly remixed Dolby Atmos track.
In the near future, a computer hacker named Neo discovers that all life on Earth may be nothing more than an elaborate facade created by a malevolent cyber-intelligence, for the purpose of placating us while our life essence is “farmed” to fuel the Matrix’s campaign of domination in the “real” world. He joins like-minded Rebel warriors Morpheus and Trinity in their struggle to overthrow the Matrix.
Source: [H]ardOCP – The Matrix 4K Blu-ray Announced
Similar to steps taken by Facebook and Google, Twitter is also reportedly in line to ban cryptocurrency ads from its platform. According to Sky News, advertisements for initial coin offerings (ICOs), token sales, and cryptocurrency wallets will be prohibited in two weeks.
Both Facebook and Google also banned ads for binary options trading following the release of figures from Action Fraud that showed victims’ losses in Britain have risen by 400,000% in six years. Earlier this month, Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, warned Sky News that cryptocurrencies faced a regulatory crackdown.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Twitter to Prohibit Range of Cryptocurrency Ads
As hinted last year, the US Navy has officially deployed its first submarine with Xbox controllers: instead of joysticks, sailors will use Microsoft’s gaming peripheral to control the USS Colorado’s two photonics masts, which replaced periscopes.
The Navy says on its website that this is the first submarine blessed with the controllers from its inception. The submarine is 377 feet (115 meters) long, 34 feet (10 meters) wide and weighs approximately 7,800 tons when submerged. It also doesn’t have to refuel, as it’s blessed with a nuclear reactor plant that powers the submarine for the lifetime of its existence.
Source: [H]ardOCP – US Navy Launches Submarine Maneuvered by Xbox Controller
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: For at past nine years, Mozilla has been using an insufficiently strong encryption mechanism for the “master password” feature. Both Firefox and Thunderbird allow users to set up a “master password” through their settings panel. This master password plays the role of an encryption key that is used to encrypt each password string the user saves in his browser or email client. Experts have lauded the feature because up until that point browsers would store passwords locally in cleartext, leaving them vulnerable to malware or attackers with physical access to a victim’s computer. But Wladimir Palant, the author of the AdBlock Plus extension, says the encryption scheme used by the master password feature is weak and can be easily brute-forced. “I looked into the source code,” Palant says, “I eventually found the sftkdb_passwordToKey() function that converts a [website] password into an encryption key by means of applying SHA-1 hashing to a string consisting of a random salt and your actual master password.”
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Source: Slashdot – Firefox Master Password System Has Been Poorly Secured for the Past 9 Years, Researcher Says
The Navy’s fourth USS Colorado attack submarine has recently gone into service with an Xbox controller onboard. No, not so sailors can play Overwatch: they’ll actually be using the gaming device to steer the vehicle’s two photonics masts, which you c…
Source: Engadget – US Navy launches submarine with gamepad-guided periscope
Several lawmakers have joined women’s health, immigration, and human rights advocates in calling for the resignation or firing of Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Scott Lloyd.
Source: Gizmodo – Pressure Mounts for Anti–Abortion Crusader Scott Lloyd to Resign from HHS
Gamers should offset the inflated cost of graphics cards by mining cryptocurrency in their spare time, advises Josh Riddett, founder and Managing Director of Easy Crypto Hunter. He suggests that the inflated costs of GPUs these days may be trivial, in that “most cards can pay for themselves in just over a year.”
“I’ve spent a lot of my life gaming, I love it. I’ve made a lot of great friends in the online world. The reality of it is [though], no one rides horses when they’ve got cars,” he said. “Sometimes you’ve got to move with the times. At the end of the day, I appreciate that a graphics card will now cost you twice what it did before, I get that and it sucks, but it can also pay for itself in a year.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – Fed Up with GPU Prices? Crypto-Rig Builder Says Gamers Must Suck It Up and Mine
Cloudflare is quitting Intel: instead of sticking with x86 processors, the company is transitioning to ARM servers for its future data centers. CEO Matthew Prince stated that he would choose ARM even if Intel’s hardware was free, as the former delivers far better power efficiency.
The Cloudflare team (which includes former Intel engineers) didn’t initially expect ARM processors to perform so well for its needs, especially with the open source software the service is built on. “They started testing the workloads, and they were just blown away. It was so much easier than we thought it would be. Performance is already better, and the power performance is just incredible.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – Cloudflare Bets on ARM Servers