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Even the guy behind the research thinks that Googler is wrong

September 13, 2017 by Anwen Wilson  

The academic whose research is at the centre of Google's latest sexism row says it isn't clear to him how supposed differences between genders are relevant to the Silicon Valley firm's diversity problem. Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., fired James Damore after he circulated an internal memo claiming the company's diversity policies were unfair and biased against white men. But according to David P. Schmitt, a psychologist whose research Damore based some of his arguments on, explaining gender gaps with assumptions about sexism was a "bad idea".Bloomberg reported that Damore confirmed the dismissal for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" over email and that he was "currently exploring all possible legal remedies." In the memo titled Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber, Damore wrote that the lack of diversity within leadership roles is due to innate personality differences between men and women, which means women are less willing or unable to take on high stress and therefore higher paying jobs. He directly quotes but doesn't reference from a 2008 paper co-authored by Schmitt titled: Why Can’t a Man Be More Like a Woman? Sex Differences in Big Five Personality Traits Across 55 Cultures Damore uses Schmitt's research to back up his idea that "we need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism".Schmitt told WIRED that while this isn't his area of expertise, the assumptions made by Damore were unwise. "We should rely on rigorous evidence for making claims in this area. And I believe there is good evidence of both sexism (including sex stereotypes) and real psychological sex differences (some of which may be evolved) to be causes of the gender gaps across occupations," he said.

"Both can be true, and we need much better evidence to know what percentage of the gender gap is caused by each. To make matters worse, it's likely that psychological sex differences and sex stereotypes are interrelated, feeding off of one another in complex ways over historical time, and over developmental time as children grow up. There are no simple answers here."

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What does the future look like for smartphone security?

September 13, 2017 by Anwen Wilson  

By 2020 an estimated 6.1 billion people, or 70pc of the world’s population, will own a smartphone. But how can we make sure the data held on them is safe and secure? Last year, a Harvard Business Review investigation revealed 45pc of senior business executives considered smartphones to be one of the weakest links in corporate security, with cyber criminals exploiting vulnerabilities to hold stolen data to ransom, or worse. Xose Diaz, head of enterprise at Samsung Mobile Europe, agrees, and says: “A digital revolution has radically reshaped global business over the last two decades, and we have seen the massive adoption of the smartphone. It has impacted the business process of all of our customers; there is still a long way to go until we fully realise all the power of mobile technology.

“But security today is preventing enterprises from collaborating in an open manner, as well as innovating in an open way. The complexity behind security has to be handled with really advanced platforms; it’s so important to build solutions that will enable this [move] to a more collaborative enterprise culture.” This is why Samsung has innovated with multi-layered defence-grade security on their smartphones and tablets. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones are its most secure yet, complete with an iris scanner, fingerprint scanner and face recognition technology that can be used to unlock them and prevent important information from being leaked.Hasan Sheikh Faridul is co-founder of Eyn, a company that is prototyping three-step biometric verification. He has high hopes for this kind of technology and believes it will very soon be the go-to smartphone security solution. “I can see the huge potential of biometrics and a visual identity verification system based on machine learning,” he says. “It is great because it is a unique identifier – plus no one needs to remember a password. “By using a combination of markers – say iris and fingerprint detection – it is possible to identify more than one billion people in India, for example.”

And with cyber crime rapidly evolving, it’s important for security developers to keep moving. “The technology to uniquely identify someone using just biometrics is solved,” says Mr Faridul. “One of the exciting areas that developers are now looking at is how you detect that the biometric is live – whether the iris, face or fingerprint that the system needs to legitimise is live in front of the camera.”

What does the future look like for smartphone security?

September 13, 2017 by Anwen Wilson  

By 2020 an estimated 6.1 billion people, or 70pc of the world’s population, will own a smartphone. But how can we make sure the data held on them is safe and secure? Last year, a Harvard Business Review investigation revealed 45pc of senior business executives considered smartphones to be one of the weakest links in corporate security, with cyber criminals exploiting vulnerabilities to hold stolen data to ransom, or worse. Xose Diaz, head of enterprise at Samsung Mobile Europe, agrees, and says: “A digital revolution has radically reshaped global business over the last two decades, and we have seen the massive adoption of the smartphone. It has impacted the business process of all of our customers; there is still a long way to go until we fully realise all the power of mobile technology.

“But security today is preventing enterprises from collaborating in an open manner, as well as innovating in an open way. The complexity behind security has to be handled with really advanced platforms; it’s so important to build solutions that will enable this [move] to a more collaborative enterprise culture.” This is why Samsung has innovated with multi-layered defence-grade security on their smartphones and tablets. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones are its most secure yet, complete with an iris scanner, fingerprint scanner and face recognition technology that can be used to unlock them and prevent important information from being leaked.

Hasan Sheikh Faridul is co-founder of Eyn, a company that is prototyping three-step biometric verification. He has high hopes for this kind of technology and believes it will very soon be the go-to smartphone security solution. “I can see the huge potential of biometrics and a visual identity verification system based on machine learning,” he says. “It is great because it is a unique identifier – plus no one needs to remember a password. “By using a combination of markers – say iris and fingerprint detection – it is possible to identify more than one billion people in India, for example.”

And with cyber crime rapidly evolving, it’s important for security developers to keep moving. “The technology to uniquely identify someone using just biometrics is solved,” says Mr Faridul. “One of the exciting areas that developers are now looking at is how you detect that the biometric is live – whether the iris, face or fingerprint that the system needs to legitimise is live in front of the camera.”

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Catching the hackers in the act

September 4, 2017 by Anwen Wilson  

Cyber-criminals start attacking servers newly set up online about an hour after they are switched on, suggests research.The servers were part of an experiment the BBC asked a security company to carry out to judge the scale and calibre of cyber-attacks that firms face every day.About 71 minutes after the servers were set up online they were visited by automated attack tools that scanned them for weaknesses they could exploit, found security firm Cyber Reason.Once the machines had been found by the bots, they were subjected to a "constant" assault by the attack tools.

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The servers were accessible online for about 170 hours to form a cyber-attack sampling tool known as a honeypot, said Israel Barak, head of security at Cyber Reason. The servers were given real, public IP addresses and other identifying information that announced their presence online.

"We set out to map the automatic attack activity," said Mr Barak.

To make them even more realistic, he said, each one was also configured to superficially resemble a legitimate server. Each one could accept requests for webpages, file transfers and secure networking."They had no more depth than that," he said, meaning the servers were not capable of doing anything more than providing a very basic response to a query about these basic net services and protocols."There was no assumption that anyone was going to go in and probe it and even if they did, there's nothing there for them to find," he said.

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The servers' limited responses did not deter the automated attack tools, or bots, that many cyber-thieves use to find potential targets, he said. A wide variety of attack bots probed the servers seeking weaknesses that could be exploited had they been full-blown, production machines.

Many of the code vulnerabilities and other loopholes they looked for had been known about for months or years, he said. However, added Mr Barak, many organisations struggled to keep servers up-to-date with the patches that would thwart these bots potentially giving attackers a way to get at the server.

During the experiment:

17% of the attack bots were scrapers that sought to suck up all the web content they found

37% looked for vulnerabilities in web apps or tried well-known admin passwords

10% checked for bugs in web applications the servers might have been running

29% tried to get at user accounts using brute force techniques that tried commonly used passwords

7% sought loopholes in the operating system software the servers were supposedly running

"This was a very typical pattern for these automatic bots," said Mr Barak. "They used similar techniques to those we've seen before. There's nothing particularly new."

As well as running a bank of servers for the BBC, Cyber Reason also sought to find out how quickly phishing gangs start to target new employees. It seeded 100 legitimate marketing email lists with spoof addresses and then waited to see what would turn up.

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Remove Errors in Asus Device and Feel happy

August 30, 2017 by Anwen Wilson  

Asus, the Taiwanese PC fabricating company has made considerable progress since its joining in 1989 by four specialists. The name Asus got from the Greek legendary steed Pegasus symbolizes organization's aphorism of quest for magnificence and flawlessness. Asus is one of only a handful couple of organizations which has the pleasure of getting the most recent innovation to test, as it has extraordinary compared to other R&D office. It is fourth biggest tablet maker on the planet as far as number of units sold each year. Its Laptops accompany incredible equipment setup and can give any brand keep running for their cash as far as quality and effectiveness. Asus tablets are high performing, quick, solid and an awesome incentive for each penny spent on them. Asus gives careful consideration to detail and guarantees that the framework go through all the required quality tests so the end client gets just the best. Be that as it may, portable workstations being delicate electronic hardware can at present get specialized issues anytime of time. Issues going from programming issues, BIOS issues, OS issues, driver issues, client blunder related inconveniences, and so on can emerge in tablets anytime of time even in Asus, as these are outside the ability to control of the producer. Nonetheless, one critical thing to note here is that every one of these issues can be settled effortlessly with the assistance of Asus Laptop Customer Service specialists. In this way, regardless of the possibility that you are having any such issue like framework not booting, OS establishment issue, console mouse usefulness issue or whatever other such inconvenience there is no compelling reason to stress. No compelling reason to sit tight for the neighborhood professional to arrive or to plan to drop your portable workstation to the nearby administration station as these issues can be settled immediately through Asus Customer Service from the specialists or by means of remote access of your gadget.

In the event that you are confronting any such issue and need moment specialized help, at that point you can quickly dial the Asus Laptop Support for offer assistance. Our group of confirmed specialists at Asus Support Center are accessible 24 x 7 to determine any such issue quickly. Our specialists will tune in to the specialized issues experienced by you and give promptly specialized help to determine the issues. Thus, on the off chance that you are confronting any such trouble at that point there is no compelling reason to hold up any more. Simply get your phone and dial our Asus Customer Support Number and get solid and quick specialized help from the business pioneers right away. You can get finish bolster through our telephone bolster benefit or by means of remote get to office.

 

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How to develop Mobile friendly Applications

August 25, 2017 by Anwen Wilson  

Application is a program or a group of programs designed for the end user. Application development is the web development in such a way that it can be used to accelerate the co-efficient growth of any organization. In this modern time, almost every adult or even minor have mobile phones and the companies are utilizing this trend for growing Mobile App Customisation their business. If a company has created and maintained its app in a well manner then there are high chances that user will notice it and try it and if they find it suitable and interesting they will stick to it. This will create boot in the business of the organization. Your company can create an innovative effect on human being with its attractive and user friendly app. Appsgram Infotech is here to provide the best quality of Application development services in no delay.Different organizations and companies have different needs of application. Development of the mobile application has brought a boom in the business industry and created a new thinking which is used by the company or organization to get in touch with its customers and provide better services. Application development provides the new technologies and new methodologies to the organization so that the development or growth of the organization can be mentioned in the economic catalogue. When a company uses mobile applications, it can easily establish and work in any sector. Through the development of application, it connects with clients via social media tools. It improves the android marketing and makes new exiting CRM Software Solution change to cherish them with some goodies. Your application can help the customers to get in touch with you and to promote your business worldwide.

 

If an application creates a positive role for the company then its market value grow up and rise above its competitive companies. We, at Appsgram Infotech, are dedicated to develop mobile friendly applications. We develop the applications which are compatible with the android, OS, and iphone.

Some children are rejecting the social network altogether

August 25, 2017 by Anwen Wilson  

Facebook’s user base of 12-17-year-olds in the UK and US will shrink this year, according to a new report. Young users are “less-engaged” with Facebook than they are with rival social networks, and are therefore leaving the site, logging in less frequently and spending less and less time on it, the report says. Some children, known as ‘Facebook-nevers’, are even rejecting Facebook altogether, yet still using other social networks.It’s a hugely concerning outlook for the technology giant, which relies on advertising to generate money. Norton Support Number According to eMarketer, which describes the age group as “marketer-coveted”, monthly usage figures for 12-17-year-olds will fall by 3.4 per cent to 14.5 million people in the US, and fall by 2.8 per cent in the UK.It also predicts that monthly usage figures for 18-24-year-olds will fall by 3.1 per cent in the UK this year.What’s even more worrying for Facebook is that, while eMarketer has reduced its usage estimates for these age groups on Facebook, it says it has either increased or not changed its positive growth estimates for the same age groups on Snapchat and Instagram.“We see teens and tweens migrating to Snapchat and Instagram,” said eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco. “Both platforms have found success with this demographic since they are more aligned with how they communicate — that is, using visual content. “Outside of those who have already left, teens and tweens remaining on Facebook seem to be less engaged — logging in less frequently and spending less time on the platform.” Fortunately for Facebook, eMarketer predicts that Instagram – which is owned by Facebook – will grow its user base among under-12-year-olds by 19 per cent and 12-17-year-olds by 8.8 per cent in the US. Snapchat, meanwhile, is expected to overtake both Instagram and Facebook in terms of total users aged 12-17 and 18-24 in the US, for the first time.However, its outlook for Instagram is more positive than it is for Snapchat, “to reflect Instagram’s seeming Mcafee Customer Service UK success at wooing younger users with Snapchat-like features”.Instagram ripped Snapchat’s Stories feature last year, and it has proven immensely popular. As of June, Instagram Stories had 250 million daily users, more than Snapchat’s 166 million total number of users.

 

“Facebook is fortunate that it owns Instagram, which remains a strong platform for teens,” said eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson. “Although usage of the main Facebook app is declining among teens, marketers will still be able to reach them on Instagram.”

A study by UK Active has found that Manchester is Britain's laziest town

August 25, 2017 by Anwen Wilson  

Manchester is the laziest place in Britain while Wokingham is the most active, according to a new study. A not-for-profit health organisation, UK Active, used local authority figures to work out how many people were official classed as “inactive” because they did not carry out half an hour of exercise in a month. UK Active also warned that if current trends continued by 2030 the average person would use little more energy in their normal life than expended during a day in bed.Problems resulting from a sedentary lifestyle are blamed for 17 per cent of premature deaths and cost the economy more than £8bn a year.

 

The area with the highest proportion of inactive people was Manchester at 40 per cent, followed by Sandwell, West Midlands, and Salford on 39, Bradford, Dudley and Slough on 38, Sunderland, Blackburn with Darwen and Coventry on 37 and Oldam Windows Customer Service on 36. Wokingham had the lowest levels of inactivity on 18 per cent, followed by Richmond upon Thames, Islington, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Bournemouth on 20, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham on 21, Lambeth and Oxfordshire on 22, and Bracknell Forest on 23.

 

In a report, UK active said: “Over the last 50 years, physical activity levels have declined by 20 per cent in the UK, with projections indicating a further 15 per cent drop by 2030. “If trends continue, by 2030 the average British person will use only 25 per cent more energy than they would have done had they just spent the day in bed.” Lord Coe, the former athlete, Comservative MP and chairman of the London Olympics organising committee, said in a forward to the report: “Supporting people that do little or no daily activity to become a bit more active is where the biggest public health gains can be made.”

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's acoustic set brought passion to Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall

August 23, 2017 by Anwen Wilson  

HE is best known for the kind of hard rock and soaring vocals that helped define American music in the early 90s. But when Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell visited Scotland on his latest tour, it was a much quieter affair than usual. But even though he had swapped the electrics for an acoustic show, it was full of the same passion and fire you would expect from one of the great American singers of his generation. Armed with a guitar and his stunning voice, he filled the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for a stunning show which left the HP Contact Number packed venue audience yelling for more. The night began with a great opening act from Fantastic Negrito, the Oakland singer songwriter, who really got the crowd warmed up in style and had everyone queuing at the merch stand for his amazing CD. Then when the man himself arrived on stage, the place really kicked into action and the crowd, mainly consisting of rock veterans of the early 90s heyday, went wild.

 

In a mammoth two and a half hour set, he deployed an amazing set list featuring the best of his solo career, work with Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog. Chris started off with some great tracks from recent so album Higher Truth, and then mined the back catalogue for some amazing crowd pleasers. Soundgarden classics like Fell on Black Days and Black Hole Sun, were stunning while a countrified version of Rusty Cage had the whole hall stomping.While solo tunes like Bond theme You Know My Name and grunge classic Seasons where delivered flawlessly.

 

Temple of The Dog classic Hunger Strike, first recorded alongside Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder had the whole room signing along and Cornell 's range is such that he can harmonise with himself. Cover versions included an emotional Nothing Compares 2 U, The Times are a Changing, and a bizarre but awesome mash up of U2's One, sung with the lyrics of Metallica's song of the same name. A stunning show and for the whole crowd, his next trip to Scotland can't come quickly enough.

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Would you get on a pilotless plane?

August 17, 2017 by Anwen Wilson  

That is the question millions of people may have to ask themselves in the future if they want to jet off on holiday around the world.As we move closer to a world of driverless cars, which have already been on the road in some US cities and have also been tested Windows Installation in London, remotely controlled planes may be the next automated mode of transport.

Plane manufacturer Boeing plans to test them in 2018.

A survey by financial services firm UBS suggests that pilotless aircraft not be too popular, however, with 54% of the 8,000 people questioned saying they would be unlikely to take a pilotless flight. The older age groups were the most resistant with more than half of people aged 45 and above shunning the idea. Only 17% of those questioned said they would board such a plane, with more young people willing to give them a try and the 25 to 34 age group the most likely to step on board.

Safety fears

One of the biggest debating points around the introduction of the planes is safety.While flying is generally regarded as one of the safest forms of travel, the UBS report suggested that pilotless planes would make it even more secure. It found that around 70% to 80% of the accidents that do occur are the result of human error, with crew fatigue responsible for 15% to 20% of those.However, Steve Landells, the British Airline Pilots Association's (Balpa) flight safety specialist, said: "We have concerns that in the excitement of this futuristic idea, some may be forgetting the reality of pilotless air travel. "Automation in the cockpit is not a new thing - it already supports operations. However, every single day pilots have to intervene when the automatics don't do what they're supposed to.

"Computers can fail, and often do, and someone is still going to be needed to work that computer."

It is also clear that if pilotless planes were to become the norm, then military levels of security both inside the plane and in communications would be vital.

Acceptance of the concept would also be crucial to its success.

Jarrod Castle, UBS's head of business services, leisure and travel research, told the BBC: "It is a question of public perception and people being comfortable with the idea.

"Clearly a seven-hour flight carrying 200 to 300 people would be the last part of the evolution but we also feel that machines can gradually take over and then reduce the number of pilots in the cockpit from two to one over time."

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