Consumer tech plane ban was triggered by iPad bomb threat
Both the U.S. and the U.K. recently banned most consumer gadgets from flights originating from several countries, a move that Canada is also considering implementing. The move is unusual given that the bans went into effect only hours apart, leading to speculation about possible security threats that had been discovered. Now, according to a new report, we have more info … Continue reading...
U.K. targets Whatsapp encryption in the wake of Parliament attack
Encryption is under the British government's sights once again, this time because the person who targeted Westerminster, London, on March 22, used Whatsapp before commencing his attack. The post U.K. targets Whatsapp encryption in the wake of Parliament attack appeared first on Digital Trends.
Social media firms facing fresh political pressure after London terror attack
 Yesterday UK government ministers once again called for social media companies to do more to combat terrorism. “There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr program. Read More ...
Jack Ma: How a sandal wearing Chinese businessman is building Alibaba as a global retail giant
Jack Ma, the executive chairman and founder of Alibaba group is one of the most prominent Chinese figures in the global market. The billionaire is slowly but steadily working on expanding Alibaba’s business to other countries as a next step after conquering the Chinese market. However, apart from the recent public appearances on the global stage, there is not much known about Ma and the way he runs the huge group. Considering the lack of information, we tried to answer some questions about...
Indian Railways will setup Wi-Fi kiosks at 500 railway stations
Aiming to provide connectivity in remote areas, Railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations and help people access an array of online services, including various government schemes. Christened as Railwire Saathi, the Wi-Fi kiosks will function like a PCO for Digital India and enable people to use services like e-commerce, online banking, offer them access to open school/university and insurance schemes, e-ticketing for train and bus services among others. Automated form filli...
NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronauts
 NASA has always embraced emerging technology for visualization, even if that tech was seemingly developed for frivolous entertainment. We recently covered its holographic Mars exhibit, and the many 3D resources that NASA makes available to developers and educators. Now, the US space agency has partnered with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to create a mixed reality International Space… Read More ...
Japanese authorities decry ongoing robot failures at Fukushima
 Six years ago, a massive earthquake, consequent tsunami and nuclear crisis struck Japan. International organizations rushed to help the country’s devastated residents, and to figure out how to clean up Fukushima Daiichi, the wrecked nuclear power plant. Robots offered a ray of hope amid unfathomable loss. At least they did, until recently. As the Asahi Shimbun reported yesterday, members… Read More ...
Steve Mnuchin has been compromised (by robots)
 Not to downplay the apparently imminent existential threat of global trade, but this time the call is coming from inside the house. Well, not the House, but the cabinet, where Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has apparently begun to execute the will of our nation’s omnipresent AI-powered shadow government, one willfully ignorant quote at a time. Today in an interview with… Read More ...
CREDO and Cloudflare argue against national security letter gag orders
 Earlier this week, the FBI finally allowed Cloudflare and CREDO Mobile to identify themselves as recipients of national security letters, which allow the agency to secretly order tech companies to hand over customer data. (The FBI initially allowed Cloudflare and CREDO to disclose some but not all of their NSLs; TechCrunch reported in January the two companies had received additional NSLs… Read More ...
Senators reintroduce a bill to improve cybersecurity in cars
 Senators Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have reintroduced the Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY Car) Act of 2017. The SPY Car Act places the onus for automotive cybersecurity and privacy standards on the shoulders of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Trade Commission. Read More ...
The FCC is talking about everything but the imminent repeal of its internet privacy rules
 It was a productive meeting at the FCC: Chairman Pai talked about putting pressure on phone scammers, preventing phone smuggling in prisons, and improving mobile service. But one thing he didn’t want to talk about was the vote taking place in the Senate that very moment that would overturn privacy rules bigger and more important than anything on the agenda. Read More ...
Apple has not given up on its plans for make-in-India after govt. rejects its demands
Senior executives of iPhone maker Apple today held detailed deliberations on their demands related to duty concession with officials of the finance ministry. The meeting assumes significance as the revenue department has rejected the demands of the US-based technology major. According to sources, the duty wish-list was discussed at the meeting, which was attended by key executives of the company. Apple India has sought concessions, including duty exemption on manufacturing and repair units, comp...
Senate debates permanent rollback of FCC’s broadband privacy rules
 Republican Senators led by Arizona’s Jeff Flake proposed a resolution earlier this month that would roll back privacy rules adopted by the FCC last year that prevented ISPs from collecting personal data without asking permission first. Today the Senate was alive with oratory as people spoke for and against the proposal. Read More ...
Government has proposed to reduce the cash transaction limit down to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 3 lakh
The government today proposed to lower the cash transaction limit to Rs 2 lakh, from Rs 3 lakh announced in the Budget, as it introduced 40 amendments to the Finance Bill in an unprecedented move. As the Finance Bill was taken up for consideration in the Lok Sabha, the opposition parties including TMC, BJD and RSP protested against the introduction of these many amendments, saying it was being done as a “back-door entry”. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, overruled the obje...
Computer Emergency Response Teams will check cybersecurity threat in national power sector
The government has constituted Computer Emergency Response Teams to check cybersecurity threat in the power sector. “Government of India, in line with National Cyber Security Policy, 2013 has created sectoral Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to mitigate cyber security threat in power systems,” Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. The Centre has taken several steps to make power utilities and key stakeholders aware and take precautions against c...
Computer Emergency Response Teams will check cybersecurity threat in national power sector
The government has constituted Computer Emergency Response Teams to check cybersecurity threat in the power sector. “Government of India, in line with National Cyber Security Policy, 2013 has created sectoral Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to mitigate cyber security threat in power systems,” Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. The Centre has taken several steps to make power utilities and key stakeholders aware and take precautions against c...
US authorities ban electronics larger than a phone from flights from 13 countries
 According to numerous reports, US authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a cell phone. That means passengers on these flights will have to put their laptops, tablets, Kindles and portable game consoles into their checked baggage for the foreseeable future. There is still… Read More ...
Secret Service loses encrypted laptop with possible access to classified data
An encrypted Secret Service agency laptop was stolen from an agent’s vehicle recently, it has been revealed, potentially giving the thief access to classified data located on agency servers. According to one source speaking about the theft, this laptop contains Trump Tower floor plans and ‘national security information,’ though the Secret Service stresses that its laptop has ‘multiple layers of … Continue reading...
Santa Fe enlists Rubicon Global to curb waste and ramp up recycling
 Humans, especially Americans, are kind of slobs. We mess up the Earth by throwing out about 4.5 pounds of garbage per person on average every day. Two-thirds of that waste could be composted, but isn’t. And half of the rest of it could be recycled, according to research from the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, corroborated by studies from the Global Footprint Network and… Read More ...
Facebook, Twitter still failing on hate speech in Germany as new law proposed
 Facebook and Twitter have once again been criticized in Germany for failures to promptly remove hate speech being spread via their platforms. Read More ...