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Officials link hacker to theft of 1.2 billion log-in credentials

The FBI is linking a hacker only known by the moniker “mr. grey” to a whopping 1.2 billion stolen internet credentials after finding his Russian email address in the evidence it gathered. It’s unclear if he obtained all those by himself, though, or if he’s even just a single person or a group of people operating under one name. Either way, if there were a contest for hackers, mr. grey would’ve won it by now, as this is apparently the biggest collection of stolen log-in details the FBI has investigated thus far. Reuters says that info came from the court documents the feds submitted to support its search warrant request in 2014. The authorities got their tip from cybersecurity firm Hold Security, which found out that a Russian hacking group called CyberVor has stolen 1.2 billion log-in details and over 500 million email addresses.

Source: Reuters


Gionee Marathon M5 and its massive 6,020 mAh battery reach India


Gionee announced the Marathon M5 last June, a phone which quickly became one of the most enticing Chinese handsets around. And it’s not for its specs or design (at least not as much), it’s because this bad boy packs two batteries, adding up to a massive 6,020 mAh of pure juice.

It was only released in china for CNY 2,299 (about $370 USD, back then). Now the company has taken the stage at a press conference in Bangalore to announce that the Marathon M5 is now available in India for ₹17,999 (about $272 USD) from Flipkart.


The name of this handset is very fitting, as it can literally run laps around most other handsets out there. In fact, Gionee claims this bad boy can last up to 4 days on a single charge. It’s so filled with energy that it can even charge other devices, so it could even act as your battery pack!

Other specs include a 5.5-inch 720p screen, a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (microSD support), a 13 MP main camera and a 5 MP front-facing shooter, all powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop.


As mentioned earlier, this is definitely not the phone you write home about, but it’s the phone you will take when you are not home. It has enough battery for camping trips, weekend adventures and all that you can think of doing in 4 days!

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FCC hires a privacy guru to help lead its telecom investigations

If you want proof that the Federal Communications Commission is getting serious about privacy, you only need to look at its latest recruit. The agency has hired Jonathan Mayer, one of the masterminds behind Do Not Track browsing, as the chief technologist for its Enforcement Bureau. He’ll help lead investigations into any shady behavior from telecoms and TV providers, particularly if they run afoul of your privacy or security.

Source: Washington Post


DARPA wants to protect critical infrastructures from cyber attacks

Hackers have been breaking through a lot of government agency’s defenses these past years, and DARPA thinks it’s high time to do something about it. Pentagon’s mad science division has launched a new program called Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization (RADICS), which aims to develop innovative technologies that can quickly detect and respond to cyber attacks. Not just any cyber attacks, though: RADICS was specifically created to deflect security threats on critical infrastructures in the US, especially those that are vital to the Department of Defense’s missions. The agency likely wants to make sure the government can quickly detect and fight off terrorists and/or hackers trying to switch off the country’s electricity or transportation systems.

Source: FBO, DARPA


Deal: buy a Nexus 5 for as low as $130!

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The Nexus 5 continues to be a great device for many of our readers, and some of you have even managed to get one for a very good price lately, but no deal has compared to this one so far. If you don’t mind getting yourself a refurbished device, Expansys has a deal that is very hard to say no to. The online retailer is selling the older-generation handset for only $129.99!

And this does include the black, white or red 16 GB iterations. If that’s not enough storage space for you, the 32 GB iterations are also available for $149.99, in the same colors.

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Talk about finding the right deal! This could be great for casual users who wouldn’t mind going with an older device that still outperforms many of the current smartphones at that price point. The Nexus 5 carries a 5-inch 1080p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing shooter and a modest 2300 mAh battery.

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It has been hard to find a Nexus 5 since Google stopped offering it in the Play Store, which is likely the reason why it’s going for such a low price. Retailers are probably trying to phase it out of their inventories.

It’s a win-win, so go ahead and sign up for your Nexus 5 if you are looking to get a good phone on the cheap. It might also make a great holiday gift!

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Alphabet is cracking down on the spending of subsidiaries


Google once had many smaller projects it was working on, but all of those are now their own company under the Alphabet umbrella. However, unlike before, Alphabet will be keeping a close eye on their spending habits, and making sure they are held accountable for their spending.

Some of the “smaller” companies owned by Alphabet are Google, Google X, Fiber, Nest, Calico, Life Sciences, and more. However, all of these companies now have to pay full price to use each others resources. For example, Nest may want to use Google Cloud Platform, and will have to pay full price just like everyone else.

The main point Alphabet is trying to make is that everyone needs to be fully aware of their spending habits. Also, subsidiaries do not have to use Google and its products, but can if they are the cost effective choice. If not, use someone else.

The only problem would be will this prevent “moonshot” projects? It’s hard to say right now, but we would imagine Alphabet will allow companies like Google X project to take a little extra time before they are held accountable, while a much larger company like Google will have to pay sooner.

The move to do this was made to please Wall Street investors who were worried Alphabet was spending too much money on all these smaller, possibly not profitable, projects. However, any new changes will not be seen until a couple of months from now as Alphabet won’t share any numbers about moonshot projects until next quarter.

Source: WSJ

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Confirmed: Apple Acquired Real-Time Motion Capture Firm Faceshift

Earlier this year, MacRumors uncovered some evidence suggesting Zurich-based real-time motion capture firm Faceshift was acquired by Apple, and as of today, that acquisition has been confirmed by Apple in a statement given to TechCrunch.

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”


Prior to being acquired by Apple, Faceshift worked with game and animation studios on technology designed to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including Faceshift Studio software with plugins for Maya and Unity. The company was also working toward consumer-facing software like a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for video chat.

Based on Swiss company registry filings discovered by MacRumors, Faceshift was acquired by Apple in mid-August. Several Faceshift employees have now joined Apple and are working out of the company’s European offices. Apple is also hiring additional employees to work on related technology in Switzerland, including a senior software engineer that would focus on “cutting-edge imaging algorithms for both mobile and desktop photographic applications.”

Faceshift launched in 2011 out of the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and in mid-2013, the company expanded and brought on industry veteran Doug Griffin, formerly of Industrial Light & Magic and Electronic Arts, to head up a San Francisco office. Faceshift has demonstrated its motion capture technology multiple times in the past few years, most recently demoing it at GDC 2015.

It is not clear what Apple will use Faceshift’s Technology for, but there are a wide range of possible use cases. Faceshift’s real-time motion capture work in the gaming and chat arena could be used for things like real-time avatars for FaceTime video chats, but there are also more serious applications such as biometrics for unlocking devices or authorizing payments through facial recognition techniques.

Tag: Faceshift

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That star’s ‘alien megastructure’ is likely just a swarm of comets

NASA's depiction of comets swarming around a star

Occam’s Razor apparently holds true everywhere, even in the farthest reaches of space. While researchers speculated that star KIC 8462852’s mysterious dimming might be the result of alien megastructures, NASA is about to publish evidence supporting the theory that it’s really just a swarm of comets. Based on the strange dimming and the moderate infrared light levels, you may be looking at a pack of cold comets on a “very long, eccentric” orbit. If so, the strange signatures over the years reflect different-size comets passing around the star.

Source: NASA


Volkswagen is issuing AR glasses as standard factory equipment

Following a successful 3-month pilot program at its Wolfsburg plant, Volkswagen announced on Tuesday that it will begin issuing 3D smart glasses to its plant logistics personnel. These glasses, which display information like bin locations and part numbers directly in the user’s line of sight, should help speed up order picking. That is, they’ll tell plant employees if the parts they’re holding are the parts they actually need. And to keep the process as hands-free as possible, a camera embedded in the specs will double as a barcode scanner.

Via: CNet

Source: Volkswagen


Add some style to your wearables with the Helena Necklace and Helena Bracelet for Misfit Flash


Let’s face it, most wearables don’t look that great. Even the ones that do look nice are mainly aimed at males, and you can still tell it’s a tech product. That’s where the Helena Necklace and Helena Bracelet come in.

Misfit, who was recently purchased by Fossil, has teamed up with BaubleBar to make the stlyish necklace and bracelet to hold a Misfit Flash fitness and sleep monitor. Both items will be available on November 29.

Both the Helena Necklace and Helena Bracelet look like regular pieces of jewelry, but their locket’s open up to store the Misfit Flash inside. This will allow you continue to look stylish, but still able to monitor your activity levels such as calories burned, distance traveled, steps taken, and sleep quality.

Of course, if you are doing some serious exercising you probably won’t want to wear this type of bracelet or necklace. However, it’s very easy to pop the Misfit Flash out of them and put it back into the activity clasp or sport bracelet it came with. Perfect for when you are at the gym, or out of it.

Source: Misfit

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