The New Delhi-based Bharti Airtel, in a deal with UK-based Movirtu, hopes to do away with handsets, which are often shared among family members in Africa. Using a technology called Movirtu Share, Airtel hopes that the shared family phone could benefit from its virtual SIM, which allows users to store multiple numbers on one phone.
Nearly half of about 1,896 technologists and futurists polled by the Pew Research Internet Project foresee robots displacing more jobs, leaving lower-paying and less secure jobs to human workers. Others dismiss any major effects of robots and Artificial Intelligence in the foreseeable future.
Carlos Vasquez’ glaucoma put an end to his soccer activities, but it didn’t stop him from playing Mortal Kombat again – taking his cues from the game’s stereo sound effects. He went on to reach last year’s finals at international fighting game tournament Evo. And earlier this year, he helped NetherRealm Studios add an accessibility mode to one of its fighting games.
MIT, Microsoft and Adobe researchers have found a way to turn ordinary objects into audiovisual tools. Researchers using high-speed video cameras to analyze the movements of objects like a plant or a can that are created by soundwaves were able to recreate audio from the silent video recordings. Playing a song near a plant, they used custom algorithms to detect movements not visible to the naked eye in the video and translate them into an audio file that recreates the song.
In an effort to encourage websites to encrypt traffic with Transport Layer Security (TLS), Google has begun penalizing sites that are not using encrypted connections by ranking them lower on its search engine.
The company that makes FinFisher spyware, one of the world’s most secretive spy tools, has been hacked. The attack on Gamma has exposed a 40 gigabyte file to the Internet. FinFisher is exclusively sold to governments and law enforcement agencies worldwide.
Swiss security researcher Dominique Bongard says random numbers created by many home Wi-Fi routers to protect the connection are not as random as they should be, meaning a hacker can easily figure out the sequence of numbers.
While researchers evaluate the scope of the recent hacking of credentials by a Russian crime ring, described as the world’s largest, new questions are surfacing about how cybercrime should be fought.