Fars News Agency, a semi-official Iranian news network reported Sunday that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps recently breached the security and hacked into 29 websites, all of which are affiliated with US espionage networks. They stated, "The hacked websites acted against Iran's national security under the cover of human rights activities." It did not disclose any details of the attacks. The 29 websites involved were identified in a statement released on a website operated by the Revolutionary Guards.The Internet has been used by Iranian opposition groups before, specifically by those who contested the results of last year's elections there in order to organize demonstrations and share information about protests and arrests. The Revolutionary Guards are a... --..
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Skinput is a system from Carnegie Mellon's Chris Harrison that monitors acoustic signals on your arm to translate gestures and taps into input commands. Just by touching different points on your arm, hand, or fingers you can tell your portable device to change volume, answer a call, or turn itself off. Even better, Harrison can couple Skinput with a pico projector so that you can see a graphic interface on your arm and use the acoustic signals to control it.Courtesy of slashdot.com... --..
A federal judge on Monday ordered the Pennsylvania school district accused of spying on its students to stop activating the cameras in school-issued MacBook laptops. According to the original complaint, Blake Robbins was accused by a Harriton High School assistant principal of 'improper behavior in his home' and shown a photograph taken by his laptop as evidence. In an appearance on network television last Saturday, Robbins said he was accused by the assistant principal of selling drugs and taking pills — but he claimed the pictures taken by his computer's camera showed him eating candy. Also on Monday, the company selling the software used by the school district to... --..
[caption id="attachment_2073" align="alignnone" width="640"] The United States Capitol Building[/caption]The House passed a new cybersecurity bill with an overwhelming majority vote. The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061 has a number of interesting provisions. Representative Michael Arcuri, a Democrat of New York who sponsored the bill called cybersecurity the 'Manhattan Project of our generation' and estimated the US needs 500 to 1,000 more 'cyber warriors' every year in order to keep up with potential enemies. The new bill 'authorizes one single entity, the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to represent the government in negotiations over international standards and orders the White House office of technology to convene a cybersecurity university-industry... --..
Three-dimensional televisions, Internet-enabled TVs, touch-screen "tablet" computers, e-book readers and other fun new gadgets were scattered all over the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.[caption id="attachment_2329" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Parrot AR Drone[/caption]CES, which ended on Sunday, is regarded as one of the best trade shows for spotting new technologies before they take off. DVDs, CD players and Blu-ray all were introduced at previous shows. It is the largest event of its kind in the world.As we hunted through thousands of tech displays at the show this year, these 10 products particularly grabbed our attention. It's hard to say which, if any, of the new technologies shown at CES... --..
Today, Microsoft detailed its plans for the coming year at the Consumer Electronics Show. For the second year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer served as keynote speaker and kicked things off with plans for XBox 360 enhancements, a new gesture-driven interface for the XBox and a tablet-style Windows PC.[caption id="attachment_2331" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show[/caption]Ballmer proceeded to tout the company’s successes, which include its recent Windows 7 launch, and also spent time outlining the company's plans for enhancing home entertainment and tying together the “three screens” through which people experience media today (television, PC and mobile devices).All things considered, it has been a good year for Microsoft,... --..
While the Kama Sutra and the Bollywood wet sari scene have been imported from the country, it seems that India is not yet ready to be exposed to the delicate subject of sex on the internet. An investigation has uncovered that several internet companies have very quietly introduced filters, in order to prevent Indian users from accessing sexual content.Yahoo search engine and the Flickr photo-sharing site, which is owned by Yahoo, altered their sites earlier this month, preventing users in India from switching off their safe-search function. The block also applies to users in Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea.Microsoft's Bing has also barred Indian users from searching for sexual content. Users who try immediately receive a notice informing them that their "country or region requires a strict Bing SafeSearch setting, which filters out results that... --..
A patent application from Google has been raising eyebrows today. The application is titled Web-Based System for Generation of Interactive Games Based on Digital Videos. Filed February 19, 2009, it was only published earlier this month, and describes a way to provide “the collaborative generation of interactive features for digital videos, and in particular to interactive video annotations enabling control of video playback locations and creation of interactive games.” When you read through the description, it also becomes clear that the games could and will be built atop videos submitted to a hosting site. This makes it sound as though Google plans to extend their YouTube site into an associated gaming site.This development could mean two very different things. The creation of games that can move in and out of popular videos, or a... --..
BEFORE finally settling on Seattle as the home of Amazon.com, founder Jeff Bezos briefly considered placing it on an Indian reservation near San Francisco to avoid collecting taxes. But Mr. Bezos learned that the reservation couldn’t be used as a sales-tax haven after all so he had to look elsewhere. Offering prices free of sales tax to customers in California, the most populous state, was the goal, and that would be possible only if the company were placed elsewhere.Today, Amazon manages to collect sales tax in only five states, which gives it a continuous advantage over companies who have to collect them in all or most states. And competitors aren’t the only ones damaged by Amazon’s stance on sales taxes. Such a stance also means the loss of considerable revenue to states and localities that... --..
After a three-judge panel on Tuesday upheld patent-infringement charges alleged by a small Canadian company, Microsoft has been ordered to pay more than $290 million in fines, and either stop selling Word or strip its custom-XML editor.The company lost its appeal of an August district court decision which had previously awarded i4i Inc. $200 million and slapped Microsoft with an injunction on selling Word in its current form. Toronto-based i4i manufactures and sells custom-XML add-ons to the ubiquitous word-processing software.It's highly unlikely that Microsoft will stop selling Word, so it must at least alter the software in order to comply with an injunction that will take effect Jan. 11. It also has to pay i4i more than $290 million after additional fees and interest that fattened up the jury-awarded legal penalty.Tuesday's ruling has put an... --..