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Israeli Iron Dome firms ‘infiltrated by Chinese hackers’

The breaches were first publicised by security blogger Brian Krebson Monday. The companies denied their classified networks had been infiltrated. However, the team that discovered the incidents has given the BBC access to an intelligence report, which indicates hundreds of files were indeed copied. The documents, which were stolen over a period of many months, relate to: Arrow III missiles unmanned ...

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Smart LED light bulbs leak wi-fi passwords

Security experts have demonstrated how easy it is to hack network-enabled LED light bulbs. Context Security released details about how it was able to hack into the wi-fi network of one brand of network-enabled bulb, and control the lights remotely. The LIFX light bulb, which is available to buy in the UK, has network connectivity to let people turn it ...

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Nasa equips space robots with smartphones

Nasa plans to send Google’s 3D smartphones into space to function as the “eyes and brains” of free-flying robots inside the Space Station. The robots, known as Spheres (Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental satellites), currently have limited capabilities. It is hoped the smartphones, powered by Google’s Project Tango, will equip the robots with more functionality. The robots have been ...

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Everything Google announced at Google I/O 2014 in one handy list

r those who didn’t get the chance to tune in toGoogle I/O 2014 today, here’s a quick recap of everything the company announced. Google began the announcement the same way it does every year – by talking about Android’s growth over the past year. Senior Vice President at Google Sundar Pichai said Android now has more than 1 billion active users per ...

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Google Unveils New Cross Platform Design Language “Material Design”

Google announced a new universal design language, called Material Design, as part of the forthcoming “L” release of Google’s Android mobile operating system. The design is meant to offer a more consistent, universal look-and-feel across mobile, tablets, desktop and “beyond,” the company explains. “We imagined… what if pixels didn’t just have color, but also depth? What if there was a ...

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Unlikely hit app Yo is ‘hacked’ by students

Messaging app Yo, which in the past week has rocketed to the top of the app download charts, has been hit by a hack. Creator Or Arbel told technology news site TechCrunch the app was having “security issues”. The app allows users to send a message saying “yo” to friends – and nothing else. It has been branded “pointless”, but has nonetheless ...

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Android and Windows to get ‘kill switch’

Google and Microsoft will add a “kill-switch” feature to their Android and Windows phone operating systems. The feature is a method of making a handset completely useless if it is stolen, rendering a theft pointless. Authorities have been urging tech firms to take steps to help curb phone theft and argued that a kill-switch feature can help resolve the problem. ...

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US House passes amendment to cut funding for the NSA’s ‘backdoor’ spying initiatives

The US House of Representatives has just passed an amendment that bans the use of funds to hold “warrantless searches” in the communications of American citizens. House passed our amendment to defund #NSA‘s backdoor surveillance on Americans @RepZoeLofgren @JimPressOffice — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 20, 2014 This places limits on the National Security Agency (NSA) for building backdoors into communications including emails and chat histories — ...

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Codecademy, Google and DonorsChoose team up to get more girls studying Computer Science

Codecademy, the New York-based startup behind the learn-to-code platform of the same name, has teamed up with Google and online charityDonorsChoose to get more high-school girls interested in and studying computer science. Google.org, the philanthropic arm of technology giant Google, has pledged $1 million to the cause. When a student completes one of the courses specially designed by Codecademy, they’ll receive ...

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Microwave helmet ‘can spot a stroke’

Scientists say they have devised a helmet that can quickly determine whether a patient has had a stroke. It could speed diagnosis and treatment of stroke to boost chances of recovery, the scientists say. The wearable cap bounces microwaves off the brain to determine whether there has been a bleed or clot deep inside. The Swedish scientists who made the ...

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