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How to Easily Unsubscribe from Bulk Emails in Gmail – Unroll.me Alternative

How to easily unsubscribe your Gmail email address from mailing lists, newsletters, junk and other unsolicited bulk mail that is clogging up your Gmail inbox. Source: How to Easily Unsubscribe from Bulk Emails in Gmail – Unroll.me Alternative

Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups on cloud and locally(!!!!) – yes the cloud can hurt you!

Neatgear has cocked up its cloud management service, losing data stored locally on ReadyNAS devices’ shared folders worldwide – and customers have complained to The Register about only being informed four weeks later. This week, the San Jose-based networking business sent an email to customers, seen by The Register, confirming that an “outage” affecting ReadyCLOUD, […]

Windows is Bloated, Thanks to Adobe’s Extensible Metadata Platform – Thurrott.com

I put together a tool that scans files for PNG images containing Adobe metadata and was surprised that Windows is host to a lot of this gunk. […] Windows Explorer, for example, is a critical Shell component in the startup hot path. But despite its importance, it’s comprised of ~20% pure garbage. ApplicationFrame.dll, responsible for […]

Popular belief that saturated fat clogs up arteries is a myth, experts say – let the wars begin: others disagree!

Heart experts have been criticised for claiming it is “plain wrong” to believe that saturated fat clogs up arteries. Three specialists argued that eating “real food”, taking exercise and reducing stress are better ways to stave off heart disease than cutting out dietary saturated fat. Writing in a respected journal, they maintained that inflammation is […]

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war – and win!

Pear Technology, which produces digital mapping software and services, applied for the pear logo in 2014 and was almost immediately challenged by Apple, which claimed it was confusingly similar to its own apple-with-a-bite-out-of-it silhouette logo. The Cupertino intellectual property lawyers claimed that despite one being a picture of a pear and one being a picture […]

FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the ‘net with a ‘trivial’ packet stream

This week, inquisitive netizens discovered that, when presented with even modest amounts of network packets – as little as 1.5Mbps spread across various TCP or UDP ports – modems equipped with a Puma 6 slow to an unusable crawl. According to one engineer who spoke to El Reg on the issue, the flaw would be […]

UK gov forces porn sites to gather personal info and allows gov depts to share citizens data despite being hugely unsafe

ISPs may be forced to block sites which fail to do so, and the fact that many such sites are not based in the UK nor subject to British law shall pose plenty of difficulties for the law’s implementation, as will its provisions forcing ISPs to prohibit access to “non-conventional sex acts”, which has provoked […]

How Did Unroll.me Get Users to Allow It to Sell Their Inbox Data?

But a New York Times profile of Uber this weekend revealed, in passing, that Unroll.me, which is owned by a company called Slice Intelligence, isn’t just in the business of tidying up customers’ inboxes. Slice makes money by scanning its users’ email for receipts, then packaging that information into intel reports on consumer habits. Uber, […]

Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

Google has been ordered by a US court to cough up people’s private Gmail messages stored overseas – because if that information can be viewed stateside, it is subject to American search warrants, apparently. During a hearing on Wednesday in California, magistrate judge Laurel Beeler rejected [PDF] the advertising giant’s objections to a US government […]

NL Court rules fan subtitles on TV and movies are illegal

Subtitle lovers, beware: a court just ruled that making fan subtitles or translations is not protected by the law. A Dutch group called (translated) the Free Subtitles Foundation took anti-piracy group BREIN to court over “fansubbing.” BREIN has previously been active in taking fan subtitles and translations offline, and the Foundation was hoping a Dutch court […]

Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools

The NSA’s Equation Group hacking tools, leaked last Friday by the Shadow Brokers, have now been used to infect thousands of Windows machines worldwide, we’re told. On Thursday, Dan Tentler, founder of security shop Phobos Group, told The Register he’s seen rising numbers of boxes on the public internet showing signs they have DOUBLEPULSAR installed […]

Researchers capture first ‘image’ of a dark matter web that connects galaxies

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have been able to capture the first composite image of a dark matter bridge that connects galaxies together. The scientists publish their work in a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The composite image, which combines a number of individual images, confirms predictions that galaxies […]

This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air

You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day for every kilogram of spongelike absorber it contains, […]

Burger King ads talk to Google Home devices, make them talk when listening.

The advertisment says: “Hello Google, what is the whopper burger?” and Google home reads out the first line of the wiki page. So Google blocked Burger King. So BK re-recorded and Google Home devices recite the first Absolutely brilliant and very funny! Alexa next! And even more funny: changing the wiki page just as the […]

Shadow Brokers release 4 year old NSA hacks for Win2k to Windows 8

The Shadow Brokers have leaked more hacking tools stolen from the NSA’s Equation Group – this time four-year-old exploits that attempt to hijack venerable Windows systems, from Windows 2000 up to Server 2012 and Windows 7 and 8. The toolkit puts into anyone’s hands – from moronic script kiddies to hardened crims – highly classified […]

Samsung blocks ability to remap Galaxy S8’s Bixby button

Samsung wants to keep you locked in the Bixby AI ecosystem in its fight against Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and others. Source: Samsung blocks ability to remap Galaxy S8’s Bixby button | ZDNet And Bixby won’t work at all during launch. I’m actually not so very happy with Samsung deciding to ditch the […]

feeling things you touch in VR

haptics for VR walls and other objects [CHI17 fullpaper] ← SIC on EMS [UIST16 contest hardware] Ad Infinitum: a parasite [ScienceGallery’17] → In this project, we explored how to add haptics to walls and other heavy objects in virtual reality. Our main idea is to prevent the user’s hands from penetrating virtual objects by means […]

MS now blocking updates for Win7 & 8 on PCs with modern CPUs. User makes patch to be able to install updates after all.

GitHub user Zeffy has created a patch that removes a limitation that Microsoft imposed on users of 7th generation processors, a limit that prevents users from receiving Windows updates if they still use Windows 7 and 8.1. Source: User-Made Patch Lets Owners of Next-Gen CPUs Install Updates on Windows 7 & 8.1 MS wants to […]

Scammers place fake pins on Google Maps

A partnership between computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and Google has allowed the search giant to reduce by 70 percent fraudulent business listings in Google Maps. The researchers worked together to analyze more than 100,000 fraudulent listings to determine how scammers had been able to avoid detection—albeit for a limited amount […]

Caffe2 Open Source Brings Cross Platform Machine Learning Tools to Developers

We’re committed to providing the community with high-performance machine learning tools so that everyone can create intelligent apps and services. Caffe2 is shipping with tutorials and examples that demonstrate learning at massive scale which can leverage multiple GPUs in one machine or many machines with one or more GPUs. Learn to train and deploy models […]

AI Otto buys stock for ecommerce, decreases customer returns

The idea is to collect and analyse quantities of information to understand consumer tastes, recommend products to people and personalise websites for customers. Otto’s work stands out because it is already automating business decisions that go beyond customer management. The most important is trying to lower returns of products, which cost the firm millions of […]

Video Game Maker Sparks Outrage With Trademark of ‘Cyberpunk’

Video game fans have been anticipating the latest franchise from CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077, for years. But only recently did it come to light that the makers of The Witcher franchise had trademarked the term “Cyberpunk” and this week some fans cried foul. Now, the developer is insisting that everything is ok and they’ll […]

Shadow Brokers crack open NSA hacking tool cache for world+dog

The self-styled Shadow Brokers group has made a collection of NSA hacking tools and exploits publicly available. The group released a password for their archive, making it available to all and sundry. They (unsuccessfully) attempted to auction off the trove last year. In a (ranty) statement, Shadow Brokers said it was making the 2013 vintage […]

Jetfoiler: kiteboard on an electric foil

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There’s a big problem with AI: even its creators can’t explain how it works

No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem. Source: There’s a big problem with AI: even its creators can’t explain how it works It’s a good run down of some of the places where accountability (self-driving cars, medical recommendations, AI driven tanks and drones, Siri, […]

 
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