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How e-cigarettes can be used to hack computers

How e-cigarettes can be used to hack computers

How e-cigarettes can be used to hack computers even if a vape pen seems like it’s simply charging, it could actually be compromising your computer, security researchers warn.

Security researchers have demonstrated How e-cigarettes can be used to hack computers

With only minor modifications, the vape pen can be used by attackers to compromise the computers they are connected to, even if it seems just like they are charging.
This warning How e-cigarettes can be used to hack computers was given by researchers

Giving a presentation at BSides London, Ross Bevington showed how an e-cigarette could be used to attack a computer by fooling the computer to believe it was a keyboard or by tampering with its network traffic.

While Mr Bevington’s particular form of attack required the victim’s machine to be unlocked, that was not the case for all attacks.

“PoisonTap is a very similar style of attack that will even work on locked machines,” Mr Bevington told Sky News.

Another hacker and researcher known as Fouroctets published a proof-of-concept video which showed arbitrary commands being entered into his unlocked laptop just after plugging in a vape pen to charge.

Speaking to Sky News, Fouroctets said he had modified the vape pen by simply adding a hardware chip which allowed the device to communicate with the laptop as if it were a keyboard or mouse.

A pre-written script that was saved on the vape made Windows open up the Notepad application and typed “Do you even vape bro!!!!”

The script could have been modified to do something much more malicious, however.

Fouroctets showed Sky News how, using less than 20 lines of code, the computer could be made to download an arbitrary and potentially dangerous file and run it.

While e-cigarettes could be used to deliver malicious payloads to machines, there is usually very little space available on them to host this code.

“This puts limitations on how elaborate a real attack could be made,” said Mr Bevington.

“The WannaCry malware for instance was 4-5MB, hundreds of times larger than the space on an e-cigarette.

That being said, using something like an e-cigarette to download something larger from the Internet would be possible.”

The best way to protect against these kind of attacks is to ensure that your machine has updated its security patches, said Mr Bevington, and to “have a good password and lock your machine when you leave it”.

“If you run a business you should invest in some kind of monitoring solution that can alerted your security team when something like this attack occurs,” he said.

“In all cases, be wary if someone wants to plug something into your machine.”

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OnePlus 5 Could Beat Samsung Galaxy S8 On Performance

OnePlus 5 Could Beat Samsung Galaxy S8 On Performance

OnePlus 5 Could Beat Samsung Galaxy S8 On Performance, if a new leak is to be believed.

There are plenty of ways to test how powerful a smartphone is, but the most popular method is benchmarking. This involves using software that pushes a handset’s processor to its limits, resulting in a final score that describes how well the phone performed. Geekbench does just that, and is one of the more popular benchmarking apps.

Excitingly, we may have some benchmarking details for the OnePlus 5 – before the phone has even been officially announced. GSMArena has received a screenshot of a Geekbench readout for the OnePlus 5 – a.k.a OnePlus A5000 – which it claims came from a “very credible source”. Naturally we can’t verify this information however, so take it with due caution. This could be very easily faked.

But if it’s real then it’s a serious win for the OnePlus 5. The handset managed an impressive 1963 single-core score and a similarly lofty 6687 multi-core score.

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The ‘Dementia Robot’ Mario Can Help People With Dementia

The ‘Dementia Robot’ Mario Can Help People With Dementia

Dementia Robot’ Mario

The dementia robot which can help you find your  keys, reminds you to book holidays and even talks about the weather… but can it REALLY rescue the elderly victims of Britain’s loneliness epidemic?

  • Mario’ has been designed to help people suffering from dementia
  • The £15,000 robot is being tested on people with early stages of the disease
  • The ‘revolutionary’ gadget has been designed to help keep minds active
  • But there are fears that Mario could result in reduced human contact

He can make small-talk about the weather, help you find your keys and prompt reminiscences of family holidays.

And Mario the robot has just one mission in life: to help people suffering from dementia.

The £15,000 device is now being tested in the homes of a handful of British patients, in the hope that it could eventually revolutionise the way sufferers are cared for.

Mario is designed to help keep his companion’s mind active – and to help stave off the loneliness that is linked to dementia.

But critics have questioned whether a robot can ever be an adequate substitute for genuine human contact.

Mario is being tested with people in the early stages of dementia in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Andy Bleaden, the council official responsible for the pilot scheme, explained that the robot is being developed to engage with people on a deeper level than simply providing information such as the time, weather and forthcoming events.

He said: ‘We want to bring in a reminiscence tool that uses pictures from family photographs, weddings, holidays.’

Mario is also fitted with a sensor that it can use to find lost personal items such a TV remote control, keys and reading glasses, and it can call for emergency help if needed.

5G Researchers Manage Record Connection Speed

5G Researchers Manage Record Connection Speed

5G Researchers Manage Record Connection Speed

Record-breaking speeds have been achieved during tests of 5G data connections, scientists have said.

Researchers at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) managed one terabit per second (Tbps) – many thousands of times faster than current data connections.

The head of the 5GIC said he hoped to demonstrate the technology to the public in 2018.

Ofcom has said 5G could be available in Britain by 2020.

At 1Tbps, it would be theoretically possible to download a file 100 times the size of a feature film in about three seconds. The speed is more than 65,000 times faster than average 4G download speeds.

It is also far in excess of the previous best achieved in tests: Samsung’s 7.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), which is less than 1% of the Surrey team’s speed.

According to news website V3, 5GIC director Prof Rahim Tafazolli said: “We have developed 10 more breakthrough technologies and one of them means we can exceed 1Tbps wirelessly. This is the same capacity as fibreoptics but we are doing it wirelessly.”

His research team built its own kit and carried out the tests in lab conditions over a distance of 100m.

‘Step change’

It remains to be seen whether it will be possible to replicate the speeds in real-world conditions. Prof Tafazolli said he wanted to carry out more tests around the university’s campus before going public.

“We want to be the first in the world to show such high speeds,” he said.

The regulator Ofcom has been supportive of efforts to get 5G to the public and, last month, it called for input from the industry on how to go about it.

It has said that 5G would be able to use very high-frequency spectrum – above 6 GHz – to run a range of services – from holographic projections to financial trading.

The regulator said it expected 5G mobile to be capable of delivering between 10 and 50Gbps, compared with the 4G average download speed of 15Megabits per second (Mbps).

Speaking as Ofcom launched its consultation in January this year, its acting chief executive Steve Unger said: “5G must deliver a further step change in the capacity of wireless networks, over and above that currently being delivered by 4G.”

The breakthrough by the 5GIC team brings that one step closer. But Prof Tafazolli said there were hurdles to overcome before 5G would be ready

“An important aspect of 5G is how it will support applications in the future. We don’t know what applications will be in use by 2020, or 2030 or 2040 for that matter, but we know they will be highly sensitive to latency.

“We need to bring end-to-end latency down to below one millisecond so that it can enable new technologies and applications that would just not be possible with 4G,” he told V3.

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Samsung Event Live

Samsung Event Live

Samsung Event Live watch the show‘s the Samsung Galaxy S6


Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone was launched in March 2015. The phone comes with a 5.10-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels at a PPI of 577 pixels per inch. Samsung Galaxy S6 price in India starts from Rs . 29,200.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S6 packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 runs Android 5.0 and is powered by a 2550mAh non removable battery. It measures 143.40 x 70.50 x 6.80 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 138.00 grams.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared, USB OTG, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer.

he Samsung Galaxy S6 active shares plenty with the regular Galaxy S6, and that’s particularly true when you’re talking about the internal specs. You have the same processor, RAM, storage, screen and ports, with the big change being a large bump in battery capacity. Here’s the full spec breakdown.

Operating System Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with TouchWiz
Display 5.1-inch QHD (2560×1440) 577ppi Super AMOLED
Processor Octa-core 4×2.1GHz + 4×1.5GHz 64-bit 14nm Samsung Exynos processor
Storage 32GB (non-expandable)
RAM 3GB LPDDR4
Rear Camera 16MP, OIS, ƒ/1.9, auto real-time HDR, low-light video, high clear zoom, IR detect white balance, virtual shot, slow motion, fast motion, pro mode, selective focus
Front Camera 5MP, ƒ/1.9, auto real-time HDR, low-light video
Network LTE Category 6 (300/50Mbps)
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2×2), 620Mbps, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile hotspot
Bluetooth 4.1 LE, A2DP, atp-X, ANT+
GPS, GLONASS, NFC, IR remote, USB 2.0
Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, compass, gyroscope, hall, heart rate monitor, HRM, proximity
Charging USB 2.0 (Adaptive Fast Charging), Qi wireless (WPC 1.1, 4.6W output), Powermat (PMA)
Battery 3500 mAh (non-removable)
Dimensions 146.81 x 73.41 x 8.64 mm / 5.78 x 2.89 x 0.34-inches
Weight 150g / 5.291 oz
Video Formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, VP9
Audio Codecs: MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, OPUS
Formats: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Samsung software features Active Zone, Download Booster, OneNote, Private Mode, Quick Connect, S Health 4.0, S Finder, S Voice, Samsung Pay, Smart Manager, Sound Alive+, Themes
Google Mobile Services Chrome, Drive, Gmail, Google Settings, Google+, Hangouts, Maps, Photos, Play Books, Play Games, Play Movies and TV, Play Newsstand, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Colors White, blue, gray

 

Watch The LG MWC 2016 Announcement Live

Watch The LG MWC 2016 Announcement Live

Watch The LG MWC 2016 Announcement Live

MWC 2016 is quickly gaining momentum, and press conferences are definitely lined up back to back today. In fact, it appears the Barcelona schedule is so tightly packed that LG’s event kicks off at the same time as Huawei’s. You’ll just have to prioritize, we guess. The YouTube stream is below.

LG G5 is a modular smartphone and a massive change of pace for the South Korean firm. It’s done away with cheap plastic and confusing leather finishes of the LG G4 in favor of a full metal body, while keeping fan-favorite features like a removable battery and microSD card.

That’s a big deal, because Samsung disappointed a vocal minority when it ditched its swappable battery and expandable storage hallmarks for the Galaxy S6 and realized the errors of its way as it reinstated microSD support in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge a year later.

The LG G5 may not be as ornate as Samsung’s glass-and-metal-fused phone, or Apple’s aluminum iPhone 6S, but it’s a step in the right direction after the questionably styled G4.

Not only does it include perks for power users, LG’s changed the way we access the battery with a cartridge-like input so you don’t have to remove the back cover.

This ‘magic slot’ is located in the bottom frame of the phone and doubles as an accessory port. Add-ons include a battery grip with physical camera controls and a Hi-Fi audio module.

You don’t really need either of these accessories to enjoy the camera or audio, though. LG G5 has a dual-camera setup on the back, with one lens that provides extra-wide photos.

The front is highlighted by an always-on, 5.3-inch display. It never goes to sleep, with the time, date and notification icons visible when the phone is off.

Tim Peake Prepares For Historic Spacewalk

Tim Peake Prepares For Historic Spacewalk

Tim Peake Prepares For Historic Spacewalk. Major Peake is set to become the first Britain to walk in space on a six-and-a-half-hour mission to repair a broken power unit.

Tim Peake will become the first Briton to walk in space later when he ventures outside the International Space Station (ISS) to fix a broken power unit.

The spacewalk – known as Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) – will last almost six-and-a-half hours and is scheduled to begin at 12.55pm UK time.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Major Peake will carry out the mission with NASA colleague Colonel Tim Kopra, who will be taking part in his third spacewalk.

The pair will work in 45-minute blocks of daylight, then complete darkness, as the ISS orbits Earth every 90 minutes.

The European Space Agency (ESA) said every detail of the spacewalk has been “choreographed minutely”.

Major Peake will start breathing pure oxygen two hours prior to the mission, because the pressure inside their suits is lower than that of the ISS.

The astronauts will enter an airlock before opening its hatch and venturing outside.

They will remain tethered to Space Station supports, although their suits will have built-in jet packs that can be used if they accidentally drift away.

Colonel Kopra will lead, heading to the solar units that need to be repaired.

Major Peake will follow with the replacement equipment once he is given the green light.

The repairs should be completed in under three hours, and then ground control will perform checks.

In the second half of the spacewalk, the pair will lay cables for new docking ports and reinstall a valve that was removed last year.

If they are ahead of schedule, the astronauts will be given “bonus tasks”, including laying another cable and cutting some unnecessary power caps.

The spacewalk will be tiring for the pair as they fight against the pressurised suits.

NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao, who carried out six spacewalks, told Sky News: “It’s very physically demanding.

“You’re working inside a pressure suit. Every time you move your arm or even your fingers it takes a bit of energy so you quickly build up a workload.

“You are really working against that pressure, you’ve got limited visibility, but you’ve practiced lots so you know how to move and you know how to get around.”

Sunrises can also be “blinding for moments” from space, according to the ESA, and the pair will need to check on each other frequently and make sure their suits have not sustained any damage.

Once they get back, their ISS colleagues will help with a 25-minute clean-up and further checks.

Then they will be able to take off their suits and adjust to the pressure back in the station.

Soon after arriving at the ISS in December Tim Peake said he was hoping to be assigned a spacewalk.

“I watched a sunset and a sunrise at different times. Looking out of the space station is incredible,” he said.

“To think you might be out there on a spacewalk when that happens is going to be the most incredible sensation ever.”

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BT £12.5bn EE Takeover Cleared By Regulator

BT £12.5bn EE Takeover Cleared By Regulator

BT £12.5bn EE Takeover Cleared By Regulator. The Competition and Markets Authority says it has taken into account a “range of concerns” and unanimously approved the deal.

BT’s £12.5bn takeover of mobile phone firm EE has been cleared following a ten-month investigation by the competition regulator.

The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) decision was largely expected following the release of its provisional findings last autumn.

The watchdog said on Friday that it had taken “extra time” to consider the views of customers and competitors, who had raised fears of rising bills and market dominance in telecoms provision.

But it concluded: “The merger is not expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition in any market or markets in the UK, including in relation to the supply of retail mobile, wholesale mobile, mobile backhaul, wholesale broadband and retail broadband services.”

BT, which is seeking to become a major player in the mobile market again since spinning-off BT Cellnet in 2001, is the country’s largest fixed telecoms business.

EE, which also operates the Orange and T-Mobile networks, is the largest mobile provider with almost a third of the market.

A particular concern for the inquiry was whether a deal might affect the way the merged company provides wholesale services to rivals and whether it would remove incentives to continue to supply them.

But its chair, John Wotton, said: “In supplying services such as backhaul, wholesale mobile or wholesale broadband services a combined BT/EE would not have both the ability and the incentive to disadvantage competitors such that there would be significant harm to competition.”

A deal will allow an enlarged BT to offer so-called ‘quad play’ to its estimated customer base of 35 million.
That is the prospect of TV, mobile, broadband and fixed phone line bills being rolled into one package.

Sky, the owner of Sky News, announced last year that it was entering a partnership with O2 to give its customers access to their own mobile network in 2016.

Sky was among companies which raised objections to the BT and EE tie-up arguing that BT’s Openreach division, which provides many services for rivals in the telecoms sector, should be independent.

Mr Wotton said: “We have heard wider concerns about the sector, including about Openreach and its regulation by OFCOM.

“Our job has been to examine the specific impact of this merger on competition and consumers and, where relevant, we’ve looked at how these issues might be affected by the merger.

“There is also an ongoing OFCOM review into the sector and its future regulation, where such concerns may have more relevance.”

TalkTalk responded to the CMA’s decision: “We are disappointed, although not surprised, that the CMA has waived through the BT/EE merger, even though the new entity will be even more dominant than it was before privatisation 30 years ago.

“Given BT Group’s increased size and scale, the need to ensure that the UK’s broadband infrastructure is not neglected is more important than ever, and we have every confidence that OFCOM will take this into account when considering the future structure of Openreach.”

It added: “There is a real risk that today’s announcement is the first step towards a slower, stagnant digital future.”

The CMA’s decision means the takeover is on track to complete by the end of March.

BT chief executive, Gavin Patterson, said: “The combined BT and EE will be a digital champion for the UK, providing high levels of investment and driving innovation in a highly competitive market.

“I have no doubt that consumers, businesses and communities will benefit as we combine the power of fibre broadband with the convenience of leading edge mobile services. I look forward to welcoming EE into the BT family.”

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‘Diet Scanners’ To Be Fitted In Smartphones

‘Diet Scanners’ To Be Fitted In Smartphones

‘Diet Scanners’ To Be Fitted In Smartphones. Technology allowing phone users to find out sugar levels in a piece of fruit, or the fat in cheese, could be widespread in years.

Within just a few years, every smartphone could be fitted with a tiny molecular scanner that would transform what we know about the physical world.

That’s the prediction of the CEO of Consumer Physics, an Israeli start-up company that has developed a hand-held scanner they say will open up a new branch of easily accessible knowledge for the public.

The current model is able to pinpoint properties such as the sugar content in an individual piece of fruit, the percentage of fat in a particular cheese, or identify whether a drug is counterfeit or an illegal substance.

From dieting, to wine-making, to policing, its creators claim the potential uses are “endless”.

The SCiO scanner uses the near-infrared spectrum to analyse light reflected from objects and decipher their unique molecular fingerprints.

That fingerprint is then used to deliver a range of information about the object to the user’s smartphone.

After a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2014 and numerous demonstrations at technology conferences around the world, the SCiO scanner has become one of the most talked about new technologies of 2015.

Now the creators are hoping to take the device to the next level.

The working scanner is now available for sale on the company’s website, and along with the mobile app, kits have been sent to more than a thousand developers, from external companies to entrepreneurs.

The collaborative effort is already under way, with “meet ups” of developers being held to test possible applications for the technology.

The aim is to create a platform which allows users to innovate themselves while adding to the underlying database.

Dror Sharon, the CEO and co-founder of Consumer Physics, told Sky News: “We’re looking for developers, people with access to special materials that can help us scan and expand the database of the physical materials in the world.

“We might not have access to specialty gemstones, however there are people that do have access, there are people that measure gemstones all the time.

“So they can build a database and if they so wish to do, which we hope they will, they will share it with the rest of the world and suddenly you and I at home, if we get a gemstone, we can analyse it, know its quality, understand the different types. That goes for foods, for pharmaceuticals, for anything.”

Molecular scanners are not a new technology – they are used daily by a range of industries – but until now they have been big and expensive.

The creators believe the current SCiO scanner is small enough and cheap enough to transform the viability for consumer use.

But the CEO says they will soon be ready to go even further.

“The next generation, which is even smaller, can actually go into wearables, tablets and obviously smartphones. And if you think of the 1.5 billion smartphones made in 2015, we don’t need a lot to start. We hope in five years, this can be inside each and every one of them.”

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Christmas Wishlist Warning: Avoid Hoverboards

Christmas Wishlist Warning: Avoid Hoverboards

Christmas Wishlist Warning: Avoid Hoverboards. The gadgets top many festive wishlists but they could pose major fire risks, the Local Government Authority has warned consumers.

Local authorities are urging shoppers to think twice about buying hoverboards for Christmas because of the “significant” fire risks they pose.

The call from the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 46 fire authorities in England and Wales, comes after a number of major retailers pulled the self-balancing scooters from their shelves.

The LGA said more than 80% of 38,000 hoverboards stopped from entering the UK by Trading Standards since October had been deemed unsafe – many because of an “increased risk of exploding or bursting into flames”.

Jeremy Hilton, chairman of the LGA’s fire services management committee, said: “Hoverboards are top of Christmas wishlists for many people this year, but these exploding gadgets can cause major fires which put lives at risk.

“Trading Standards teams at councils nationwide have been working hard to stop dangerous hoverboards entering the country, but people are able to buy them online from unofficial websites.

“With major retailers pulling them from sale, we are urging people to think twice about buying a hoverboard because of the significant fire risk associated with them.”

Halfords, Amazon, John Lewis and Argos have stopped selling versions of the gadget in recent weeks. Many cheap, fake imports have hit the headlines after fires including one in Kent, which caused £25,000 damage after a hoverboard overheated while charging.
The LGA is advising people to avoid “fake and suspiciously cheap hoverboards”, especially those being sold online.
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