Microsoft has just shown off Windows 10’s upcoming Project NEON officially for the first time at the Windows Developer Day event. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has a screenshot of Groove Music in Project NEON. The screenshot was shown off with a slide which is meant to show off Microsoft’s vision for Windows “Redstone”.
As reported last month, Project NEON heavily relies on animations, blur, and consistency. With NEON, Microsoft is introducing a new component called “Acrylic” to the Windows 10 design, which is essentially some blur in the background, sidebar or the navigation of the app.
Read more here: mspoweruser.com/microsoft-officially-shows-off-windows-10s-project-neon/
A former National Security Agency contractor was indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges he willfully retained national defense information, in what U.S. officials have said may have been the largest heist of classified government information in history.
The indictment alleges that Harold Thomas Martin, 52, spent up to 20 years stealing highly sensitive government material from the U.S. intelligence community related to national defense, collecting a trove of secrets he hoarded at his home in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
The government has not said what, if anything, Martin did with the stolen data.
Martin faces 20 criminal counts, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison, the Justice Department said.
"For as long as two decades, Harold Martin flagrantly abused the trust placed in him by the government," said U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein.
Martin's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.
Martin worked for Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp when he was taken into custody last August.
Booz Allen also had employed Edward Snowden, who leaked a trove of secret files to news organizations in 2013 that exposed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the NSA.
The indictment provided a lengthy list of documents Martin is alleged to have stolen from multiple intelligence agencies starting in August 1996, including 2014 NSA reports detailing intelligence information "regarding foreign cyber issues" that contained targeting information and "foreign cyber intrusion techniques."
The list of pilfered documents includes an NSA user's guide for an intelligence-gathering tool and a 2007 file with details about specific daily operations.
The indictment also alleges that Martin stole documents from U.S. Cyber Command, the CIA and the National Reconnaissance Office.
Martin was employed as a private contractor by at least seven different companies, working for several government agencies beginning in 1993 after serving in the U.S. Navy for four years, according to the indictment.
Read more here: www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cybersecurity-nsa-contractor-idUSKBN15N2N4?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social
Is YOUR phone safe? Security expert says hackers can attack your device via dozens of popular iOS apps
The apps become vulnerable to attack when users send data from the phone to the cloud via Wi-Fi.
A range of apps have been identified as being at risk, including banking apps, messenger apps and even an app that lets people locate their car and lock it remotely.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4203180/Hackers-attack-phone-76-popular-iOS-apps.html#ixzz4Y7ZPZFRd
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have created an algorithm which significantly improves predictive ability.An important trait that separates humans from other animals is our ability of prediction. Although some animals appear to have predictive abilities, such as hibernation, weather changes, and pack hunting, the human ability to predict is much more advanced. While the capabilities of animal and human prediction is far and varied one point is clear: the ability to predict is important!
The Power of PredictionPrediction helps us to anticipate dangerous hurricane weather patterns, determine if a farm crop will be plentiful, know whether a building on fire is about to collapse, and more. Billions are spent around the world on supercomputers which help to crunch numbers to make predictions as accurate as possible.
For example, Numerical Weather Prediction involves taking data such as barometric pressure, temperature, wind speed, and any other reading you can think of from the environment to produce a list of expected weather pattern results. The final weather prediction can then be made by meteorologists from the processed data helping to warm people of potential droughts, snow, and storms. Prediction of weather is helped drastically by computers performing the complex processing of gathered results. So what about a scenario that involves more intuition than math?
One example of intuitive predictive ability would be anticipating other drivers on the road. Most drivers can report a time when they “felt” odd about another car and ended up either giving the car space or constantly keeping an eye on that driver. This type of prediction is something that computers seriously lack for several reasons. Firstly, computers are not adaptive learning machines and can only be told what to do via programming.
Currently, learning capabilities are in the form of neural networks which still limit a computer’s ability to behave like humans (mainly due to the sheer number of neurons, connections, and programmability of the brain). However, a team of researchers from MIT may have just changed the field of predictive ability.
Read more here: www.allaboutcircuits.com/news/MIT-gives-computers-capability-to-predict-future-with-deep-learning/
A new artificial intelligence program is making skin cancer diagnosis a computer’s job.
Established by a team at Stanford University, the AI algorithm is powered by a database of more than 130,000 images of skin lesions that can detect skin cancer as accurately as a human dermatologist.
Skin cancer is generally detected by appearance and then tested through a series of biopsies. This computer program will be able to accomplish that first step.
This is a huge break through in the future of science. CNN reported that this computer program brings people one step closer to having a simple cell-phone app that could give patients an initial diagnosis of skin cancer.
Besides the convenience, what are the advantages of this technology? Computer visual systems have extremely detail-oriented “eyes,” and thus are able to pick up on tiny abnormalities that may not be apparent to the human eye.
Another perk? Technology is more easily transportable than people. An app will be able to replace a dermatologist. Those who do not have easy access to a medical clinic or hospital will still be able to receive an expert opinion regarding their health.
Stanford professor of dermatology, Susan Swetter, released a statement after the study was conducted, saying that “advances in computer-aided classification of benign versus malignant skin lesions could greatly assist dermatologists in improved diagnosis for challenging lesions and provide better management options for patients.”
Read more here: www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/02/computer-program-can-detect-skin-cancer.html
Security researcher MalwareHunter discovered today a new malware that he initially believed to be ransomware but ended up being just another annoying piece of junk that falls in the category of trollware, also known as crapware.
This piece of software, appropriately named "Cancer," doesn't destroy any files like ransomware, but merely makes your computer go bonkers by playing annoying music, blocking access to several applications, moving your windows and images across your screen, and popping up all sorts of windows out of nowhere.
This malware is what some security experts would call trollware, malware made with the sole purpose of annoying users and making their computer unusable.
Past examples include CainXPiiCleaner, discovered by GData malware analyst Karsten Hahn last November.
Breaking down CancerDigging into Cancer's source code, which was deobufscated by MalwareHunter, and analyzed by him and Bleeping Computer's resident malware analyst Lawrence Abrams, we can break down some of its "features."
First and foremost, running Cancer triggers a network request to the following URL, where the malware registers with its author. This connection is currently displaying an error, which is typically caused by a broken PHP script, so it is unknown if the server is actually properly recording victims.
Read more here: www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/watch-your-computer-go-bonkers-with-cancer-trollware/
Physicists have sketched a blueprint for building a quantum computer using existing technology that would be powerful enough to crack important and currently unsolvable problems, such as factoring enormous numbers.
Such a machine would need to be larger than a football pitch and would cost at least £100 million (US$126 million) to make, its designers say.
“Yes it will be big, yes it will be expensive — but it absolutely can be built right now,” says quantum physicist Winfried Hensinger of the University of Sussex, UK, who leads the team that published the blueprint in a paperin Science Advances1 on 1 February.
The idea is not the first proposal to build a practical quantum computer, and puts forward tough engineering challenges, says Andrea Morello, a quantum physicist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. But it is remarkable for its ambition and approach, he says. “I do think this is a landmark paper, and it will be very influential in the community for many years ahead."
“While this proposal is incredibly challenging, I wish more in the quantum community would think big like this,” agrees Christopher Monroe, a physicist at the University of Maryland in College Park.
QUANTUM ARCHITECTUREQuantum computers promise to exploit the remarkable properties of quantum particles to carry out certain calculations exponentially faster than their classical counterparts. Teams around the world are competing to build them at scale, but so far, most designs target a few dozen qubits. Many thousands are probably needed to do useful calculations, such as finding the prime factors of large numbers.
Hensinger’s team suggest using ions trapped by magnetic fields to create their qubits — an approach that physicists have been working on for more than 20 years. Most of the components necessary to build a computer with trapped-ion qubit technology have already been demonstrated, Monroe says. “Our community needs a systems-engineering push to simply build it.”
Read more here: www.scientificamerican.com/article/physicists-call-for-a-soccer-field-size-quantum-computer/
If you have visited the doctor recently, you probably noticed a new instrument in the examination room. It is a computer running an electronic medical records system, or EMR, that has been lauded by federal agencies as bringing a revolution to health care. But to patients, the computer has proven to be a nuisance rather than a blessing. It is hard to get quality health care when a patient must compete with the computer for his or her doctor's attention.
Rest assured, most doctors do not like the computer coming between them and their patient either. Multiple studies demonstrate that roughly two-thirds of physicians are dissatisfied with their EMRs and do not think that they improve quality of care.1, 2, 3, 4
For physicians, the computer has become the instrument of obedience to a senseless body of regulations that directs not only the technology itself but also its use as a vehicle to "improve quality of care." If your doctor pays attention to you instead of entering data, he or she will be penalized by Medicare regulations that reduce physicians to data-entry clerks.
The use of information technology as a Trojan horse for government-driven health care began with a part of the 2009 federal Stimulus Bill called Meaningful Use, or MU. Through a system of incentives and penalties, the architects of MU masterminded a major digital revolution of our health care infrastructure within five short years.
The developers of this system also force-fed physicians the unproven practice of using information technology to improve quality. Despite the mandated implementation of EMRs under MU, they have failed to deliver on any of the promises made in 2009, including a higher quality of care.5 By the end of the five-year program, doctors' support for MU was waning.
MU would have disappeared quietly had it not been for a unique set of circumstances and timing related to Medicare, the federal healthcare program for seniors. The formula used to calculate Medicare payments to physicians -- called SGR, or the Sustainable Growth Rate -- had for several years dictated payment cuts of 20-30 percent.
Read more here: www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2017/02/08/the-doctors-computer-will-see-you-now/#5fd5b25825fe
Researchers have used a brain-computer interface to communicate with four patients whose paralysis prevents them from any communication, but who are mentally and emotionally aware.
Two of the patients were in a complete locked-in state, or CLIS, while another two were entering CLIS, where a person has lost all voluntary muscle control, removing their ability to communicate, even with a finger or eye movements.
Patients in a slightly less severe state known as 'locked-in' can still communicate with their gaze. The four patients were suffering from advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease.
The researchers applied near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to a brain-computer interface device placed on the patient's head like a swimming cap, which measures changes in electrical waves from the brain as well as blood flow.
As MIT Technology Review reports, three of the four patients replied yes in response to the statement, "I want to live". They also said yes when asked, "Are you happy?". A fourth patient was not asked open-ended questions at the request of her parents.
The patients were trained to use their frontocentral brain regions to respond to spoken questions, and "learned to answer personal questions with known answers and open questions, all requiring a yes or no thought using frontocentral oxygenation changes measured with fNIRS", the researchers note in a new paper.
Read more here: www.zdnet.com/article/brain-computer-talks-to-completely-paralyzed-patients/