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LG Electronics says to invest in robot technology

LG Electronics says to invest in robot technology

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South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc said on Sunday it will aggressively invest in robots, seeking to capitalise on advancing artificial intelligence that may eventually lead to sophisticated machines performing everyday human tasks. LG, in a statement, said its appliances division is preparing the firm’s entry into the robotics industy with the aim to develop products that will work closely with home appliances products such as refrigerators, washers and air conditioning units. “We will prepare for the future by aggressively investing in smart home, robots and key components and strengthen the home appliances business’s capabilities,” said Jo Seung-jin, head of LG’s appliances business, in the statement. Advances in fields such as artificial intelligence and wireless communications are allow
Newfound Router Flaw Lets Hackers Control Home Internet Connections

Newfound Router Flaw Lets Hackers Control Home Internet Connections

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F-Secure researchers have uncovered a critical vulnerability in some models of Inteno home routers that, if exploited, is severe enough to allow an attacker complete control over the victim device and the Internet traffic traveling through it. The finding highlights the security challenges plaguing consumer routers. The vulnerability allows an attacker to install their own firmware to the device, which would still work as before, but with back doors and other unwanted features. An attacker exploiting the flaw would be able to listen in on unencrypted traffic going through the router, not just device-to-internet, but device-to-device inside the home; as well as manipulate the victim's browsing sessions by redirecting to malicious sites. "By changing the firmware, the attacker can change an...
MirrorLink Car Smartphone Network Has Vulnerabilities, Claim Researchers

MirrorLink Car Smartphone Network Has Vulnerabilities, Claim Researchers

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A system of rules that allow vehicles to communicate with smartphones may be vulnerable to hacking, a new study suggests. Many of today's automobiles leave the factory with secret passengers: prototype software features that are disabled but that can be unlocked by clever drivers, researchers said. In what is believed to be the first comprehensive security analysis of its kind, researchers at New York University Tandon School of Engineering and George Mason University in the US found vulnerabilities in MirrorLink, a system of rules that allow vehicles to communicate with smartphones. MirrorLink when unlocked can allow hackers to use a linked smartphone as a stepping stone to control safety-critical components such as the vehicle's anti-lock braking system. Damon McCoy, from the NYU Tandon...
Digital Mapping Firm Here Wants New Investor by Year-End

Digital Mapping Firm Here Wants New Investor by Year-End

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Digital maps company Here, controlled by German carmakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, aims to find a new investor by the end of the year, Here chief Edzard Overbeek told a German newspaper. "The carmakers want to open the circle of shareholders. We are talking to dozens of parties interested in taking a stake," daily Handelsblatt quoted Overbeek as saying in an interview published on Tuesday. Germany's luxury automotive groups including Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen's Audi division and BMW bought Here for 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion or roughly Rs. 18,795 crores) from Nokia last year to create an alternative digital mapping business to Google. Daimler confirmed in April it was in talks with Amazon.com and Microsoft about taking a minority stake in Here. Auto supplier Bosch has a...
Microsoft Makes It Easier for Mac Users to Switch From Evernote to OneNote

Microsoft Makes It Easier for Mac Users to Switch From Evernote to OneNote

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After unveiling the OneNote Importer tool for Windows in March, Microsoft has now announced that it is also releasing the same tool for OS X users in an attempt to make the transition smooth and hassle-free. Microsoft announced its battle with Evernote, perhaps the biggest name in the note-taking services market, by launching the OneNote Importer Tool five months ago. Back then, it was announced just for Windows users, but Microsoft had promised a release for Mac in a few months. Now that Evernote increased the price of its Premium service to $69.99 per year, similar to Office 365 Personal's yearly plan, Microsoft likely thinks this is the best time to give more users the option to shift if they so preferred. Microsoft notes that Office 365 subscription offers OneNote, Word, Excel, and al...
NOW Music+ Streaming Service Launched by Sony, Universal

NOW Music+ Streaming Service Launched by Sony, Universal

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Two major record labels are rolling out a low-priced music streaming service in the United Kingdom, a rare foray by record companies directly into the field and another sign the industry is finally moving towards more flexible pricing. Now That's What I Call Music, a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment that releases a popular series of compilation albums, is finalising a streaming app called NOW Music+ that will offer playlists of hit songs for 4.99 pounds ($6.62 or roughly Rs. 440) a month, or 5.99 pounds if purchased in Apple's App Store, people familiar with the matter said. "NOW Music+" was quietly activated this summer amid preparations for a broader rollout, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Although the app is limited to the ...
Intel to Spin Out McAfee Unit, Sell Stake in Business to TPG

Intel to Spin Out McAfee Unit, Sell Stake in Business to TPG

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Intel Corp said it would spin out its cyber security division, formerly known as McAfee, and sell a majority stake in it to investment firm TPG for $3.1 billion in cash. TPG will own 51 percent of the new entity, valuing the entire company at $4.2 billion including debt. Intel, which bought McAfee for $7.7 billion in 2011, will retain a 49 percent stake in the business. The deal ends a failed effort by Intel to stake out a major position in the computer security business. At the time of the acquisition, Intel spoke of integrating McAfee security technology into its chips, but little came of those plans. Intel executives at the time also said they hoped the acquisition would give it a piece of the emerging business of protecting corporations from sophisticated espionage, but newer players ...
Millions of Windows PCs Vulnerable to 20-Year-Old Bug

Millions of Windows PCs Vulnerable to 20-Year-Old Bug

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A 20-year-old vulnerability that exists in the Windows Print Spooler process can potentially affect millions of Windows PCs, all the way back to Windows 95. While Microsoft has issued a patch for Windows Vista and later operating systems, earlier versions are still vulnerable. The critical vulnerability is based on the way Windows machines interact with network printers, and could allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges to execute malicious code at the system level over either a local network or even the Internet. The Windows Print Spooler manages the process of connecting the laptop/ PC to available network-hosted printers. It automatically downloads necessary drivers immediately, to avoid manual hassle, and this failure to authenticate made it possible for attackers to trickle mal...
How a Computer Helped a Paralysed Chimp Walk Again

How a Computer Helped a Paralysed Chimp Walk Again

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In a first, Japanese researchers have rehabilitated a paralysed chimpanzee through interaction with computers and touch screens. The case of Reo, a male chimpanzee that learned to walk again after being paralysed due to illness, shows how much can be done to rehabilitate animals injured in captivity, said lead author Yoko Sakuraba of Kyoto University. Reo's example suggests that euthanasia does not have to be the only option for injured animals The case was described in an article in Primates, the official journal of the Japan Monkey Centre published by Springer. In their normal work, researchers of the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University use chimpanzees' interaction with computers and touch screens to study the cognition and perception of these primates. When Reo was paralysed...
NBC Universal Patents a Way to Detect BitTorrent Pirates in Real-Time

NBC Universal Patents a Way to Detect BitTorrent Pirates in Real-Time

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NBC Universal, an American media conglomerate, has been granted a new patent that can help track files being shared by groups via peer-to-peer networks in real-time. The patent titled "Early detection of high volume peer-to-peer swarms", seems to be way forward for NBC Universal in its ongoing attempts to restrict piracy of its copyrighted content. The new patent will essentially help the company identify the swarm's popularity and take anti-piracy measures before is "too late to do much good." "Early detection of high volume swarms in a peer-to-peer network, including a data feed of peer-to-peer swarm activity, and an analytics engine processing the data feed and identifying the high volume swarms that have parameters that exceed a threshold. The system can include a pre-processing secti...