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An anonymous reader writes: Senior researcher Scott Lester at Context Information Security has shown how someone can easily monitor and record Bluetooth Low Energy signals transmitted by many mobile phones, fitness monitors, and iBeacons. The findings have raised concerns about the privacy and confidentiality wearable devices may provide. “Many people wearing fitness devices don’t realize that they are broadcasting constantly and that these broadcasts can often be attributed to a unique device,” said Scott says. “Using cheap hardware or a smartphone, it could be possible to identify and locate a particular device – that may belong to a celebrity, politician or senior business executive – within 100 meters in the open air. This information could be used for social engineering as part of a planned cyber attack or for physical crime by knowing peoples’ movements.” The researchers have even developed an Android app that scans, detects and logs wearable devices.
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It seems all Justin Beiber needed to hit the hearts of non-tween music fans was to bring a little '90s R&B to the party.

Last week, he threw us some car tunes with James Corden including a mod-twist on the classic Boyz II Men 1991 track "End of the Road." Now he has given us Boyz II Men hot flushes a second time, with a brilliant rendition of the 1994 sexually-charged tune, "I'll Make Love to You."

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Welcome to the newest installment of our “Silicon Valley” Re/cap, where we connect HBO’s satire to the real world. Or, at least, Silicon Valley.

The last episode of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” ended on such a stinkin’ down note — with Pied Piper realizing that Endframe had fully stolen their algorithm — that I was worried sick about the boys all week. I should have had more faith. Richard is really coming into his own as a leader, and he met this challenge head-on.

Trouble is, he had to allow his ethics to slip a little to do so, and that’s a different kind of peril. Richard is a nice fella — the kind who uses “whom” appropriately — and it pained him to enter the world of porn, to accept information gained via questionable methods, to return the double-crossing that had been double-crossed upon him.

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Jony Ive, the man behind Apple's hardware and software design, is taking a step back from day-to-day operations. In a profile by Stephen Fry at The Telegraph, Apple has revealed that Ive is taking a new role as "chief design officer." Ive tells Fry that he's "still in charge" of the company's industrial design and user interface divisions, but the individual sections will be run by hardware designer Richard Howarth and UI designer Alan Dye, both longtime Apple employees. This change, he says, "frees me up from some of the administrative and management work."

9to5Mac has a little more detail; it's published an email from Tim Cook to the Apple staff. "Jony will remain responsible for all of our design, focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives," it says in part. "On July 1, he will hand off his day-to-day managerial responsibilities of ID and UI to Richard Howarth, our new vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, our new vice president of User Interface Design."

Ive, who joined Apple over two decades ago, helped shape the look of the company's most distinctive products, including the iMac, iPod, and iPhone. In 2012, he was given responsibility over software as well as hardware design, and he headed work on iOS 7, a flat, brightly-colored take on iOS that appeared in 2013. Currently, his role is senior vice president of design. In his new capacity, he tells Fry, he'll travel more and pay more attention to, among other things, Apple's retail stores. Apple, meanwhile, will be revealing its latest slate of projects at WWDC, which starts on June 8th in San Francisco.

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Apple’s Jony Ive, the design genius often credited for Apple’s innovative and unique industrial design language over the past couple of decades, has taken on a new role at the company: Chief Design Officer. The new role elevates him above his previous SVP status, and also installs Richard Howarth as the new head of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye as head of User Interface.

Ive’s new role should actually give him more time to actually design, the newly minted C-level executive told the Telegraph. He’s shedding some administrative and management duties to his two new lieutenants, he told the newspaper, and will instead be in charge of both UI and ID, as well as take direct control over retail store design around the world.

In a book detailing Ive’s life and work at Apple, Leander Kahney has noted that the British designer has sometimes been uncomfortable with the administrative side of business, and instead prefers to focus on the craft of the actual design process. Ive also notably remains off-stage during Apple’s signature press events, and instead often narrates passionate paeans the company offers during the show in the form of video on the process of designing the products announced by other execs at the events.

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A variety of technologies, LTE in particular, is making CDMA obsolete in many parts of Africa, bringing faster mobile communication to people throughout the region.

This month, Orange, which operates LTE networks in Mauritius and Botswana, said it is moving its Kenyan subscribers off CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and that it will launch five LTE networks in Africa this year. CDMA can no longer favorably compete with 3G and LTE, CEO Vincent Lobry said in February.

On its part, Telecom Namibia shut down all its CDMA sites on March 31 after moving its customers to faster HSPA+ and LTE networks. It said it wanted to repurpose spectrum and offer mobile voice, data, and video services over a more modern platform.

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Did you know that Americans spend about 1.4 billion dollars on Memorial Day weekend. Amazing isn't it. To me it is a day to express our thanks to the service men and women that serve on the front-line to protect our freedom so we can spend that cash. But exactly what is the history of this day where Americans spend boatloads of cash.

Today's infographic will explain our glorious history of this holiday. Enjoy.

 

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A Whimpering Ending for the NSA's Illegal Dragnet Spying Program

The National Security Agency’s controversial bulk phone data collection program is winding down with a weird whimper following an especially bilious round of legislative squabbling.

The NSA began the multi-day process to shut down its dragnet phone collection after Congress didn’t reauthorize the Patriot Act, which was used as legal justification for the mass surveillance program. “That process has begun,” an administration official told the Los Angeles Times
on Saturday.

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From our valued partner Lenovo comes this exceptional laptop ultra-book called the Yoga. Buy Now

Besides running Techlick I manage a independent software company as an engineer. This ultra-book is just great - the performance is top, the design is unique, it is light and very impressive ultra-book, which I personally use on a very professional level. Plus I find that many people use Lenovo products in the corporate companies worldwide. I haven't seen any competition for this ultra-book lately that could be deemed as competition.

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AirTraffic-8

Text messaging is now viewed as an old technology among consumers who carry around smartphones in their pockets. But in the aviation industry, it’s still relatively new tech that’s about to allow for potentially huge efficiency gains at every US airport.

Believe it or not, commercial airlines and flights across the US still rely on voice communication and writing details down when a pilot speaks with air traffic control. Clearance to take off, or changes to flight plans, requires voice communication, which is slow, inefficient, and prone to error. That is all set to change, however, as text messaging is finally being allowed by the FAA as a form of communication. This new system is called Data Comm.

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Editor’s note: Florian Graillot is a VC investor at AXA Strategic Ventures.

Bitcoin’s most disrupting feature is its decentralized architecture. Indeed, bitcoin relies on a P2P network of computers to proceed money transfers. Each part of the network works to create new bitcoins (‘mining’), keep the network alive and validate transactions.

All the transactions are registered in the blockchain that is used to validate a transaction using cryptography technology: it ensures that you can’t use a bitcoin you don’t own or you don’t use the same bitcoin more than once. This last action previously required a third party, but with bitcoin this is not the case anymore: the network replaces financial institutions and banks.

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Turn Your Favorite Snack Food into Seasoning with a Spice Grinder

Add an extra punch of flavor to dishes by grinding up tasty Doritos or Cheetos. Doritos dusted popcorn is so much better than regular popcorn.

As you see in the photo above, you need to break up the chips so they fit inside of an empty spice grinder—like the kind you can buy with salt or peppercorns in them. Then you can just use the grinder as you otherwise would to add a dusting of snack seasoning. You’ll get the best results by using this as a finishing spice so that the ground up Doritos or Cheetos don’t get soggy or lose their flavor.

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Winter may be coming in Westeros, but it is long gone from our TV viewing schedules. The NBA and NHL conference finals are wrapping up this week, while summer TV shows start to pop up on the schedule. That means reality dreck like The Island, The Briefcase and I Can Do That, but NBC is also bringing a new scripted series called Aquarius starring David Duchovny. This season of Louie wraps up on FX, and if you haven't already bought his recent comedy special online it will air immediately after, and the Halt and Catch Fire starts on AMC. Gamers can check out expansions for Game of Thrones, The Evil Within and Dragon Age,while PS4 has a next-gen exclusive on Ultra Street Fighter IV. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

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Tracking the shrinking motion of atoms as they're cooled down.

One of the abiding mysteries of physics is how to make the transition between quantum and classical objects. With very few exceptions, we live in a world that is clearly and obviously classical in nature. Quantum mechanics often defies our everyday expectations, which poses a problem. Why is the classical world classical when it is constructed by objects that really don't behave like classical objects?

There are now several ideas about how this transition occurs, and each makes some distinctive predictions. Unfortunately, the experiments necessary to test these predictions are really difficult since you may need to observe the cumulative effect of many small changes. But a new paper, published in Physical Review Letters, shows that these experiments may finally be possible.

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amazon-tax.jpgAmazon will begin logging sales in individual European countries, a shift that may result in a greater tax burden. Declan McCullagh/CNET

Amazon will begin paying taxes in individual European countries instead of funneling sales through low-tax Luxembourg amid ongoing investigations into the tax strategies of American tech companies in Europe.

Amazon's new tax practices went in to effect on May 1, with local divisions in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain already recording their own revenue, an Amazon representative said. The strategy shift, which was first reported by The Guardian, could result in a larger tax charges in certain countries.

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The Best Memorial Day Deals: Dress Your Kitchen in All-Clad, and More

So what exactly makes these so much better than the cheap pots and pans you bought in college? The secret is their three-layer construction that sandwiches a layer of fast-heating aluminum inside two layers of layer of durable and heat-retaining stainless steel. That means your pans get hot fast, stay hot longer, and distribute heat very evenly. If you find yourself reading Skillet or Foodspin with any regularity, you’ll love these. [Emeril by All-Clad Tri-Ply 12-Pc Stainless Cookware Set, $155]

Check out the rest of today’s best deals:

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Cybercriminals are targeting employees who browse the Web or check their email from point-of-sale (PoS) computers, a risky but unfortunately common practice.

Researchers from security firm FireEye recently came across a spam campaign that used rogue email messages masquerading as job inquiries.

The emails had fake resumes attached that were actually Word documents with an embedded malicious macro. If allowed to run, the macro installed a program that downloaded additional malware from a remote server.

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Microsoft is rumored to be talking with investment firms about the prospect of buying out Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, likely motivated by a desire to deepen its foray into the mobile enterprise and gain access to BlackBerry's patent trove.

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Chinese technology firms Huawei, Lenovo, and Xiaomi have also expressed an interest, sources told PC-Tablet. In those cases however, the companies are allegedly motivated by increasing their brand exposure in U.S. and European business.

No party has taken definite steps towards an acquisition, and this is not the first time Microsoft has been rumored to buy BlackBerry.

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Last year, Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of its legendary “Pony Car” with the 2015 Mustang, a thoroughly reworked and reimagined model the company hopes will keep this ‘60s icon relevant well into the 21st century.

Greatness always attracts imitation, though. The original 1964 ½ Mustang created any entire “pony car” segment, which is still going strong today.

It took Chevrolet about two years to answer Ford with the first-generation 1967 Camaro, but its rival to the redesigned 2016 Mustang arrived much more quickly. Like its Ford foe, the 2016 Camaro aims for poise and efficiency as well as muscle.

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Scientists shouldn’t be allowed to name their own creations. Today, researchers at Stanford announced a new way of creating gobbets of human brain cells that look and act like real, living grey matter. The researchers took this striking result and named their product “human cortical spheroids,” or hCSs. Which is terrible. C’mon guys, tell it like it is: You’re making brain balls.

In recent years, physiologists have learned to make and grow neural cells that look more and more like the real thing—most recently, by moving cell cultures beyond flat layers on the bottom of a Petri dish and into the third dimension. (Is this sounding like an ad for a 3-D movie?) A group out of Japan’s RIKEN Institute, led by the late Yoshiki Sasai, recently developed a cerebellum-like 3D culture. Jorgen Knoblich’s group at the Austrian Academy of Sciences created what they’re calling “cerebral organoids.” (Again, really: brain balls.)

The spheroids made by Sergiu Paşca’s group at Stanford aren’t the first 3-D neural cultures, then. But they are the first that neuroscientists have been able to study functionally, looking at the electrical workings of their structure as a whole. Nobody understands the workings of the entire brain as it fires, but at least they can begin to figure out how these simplified 5-millimeter globes of cells work.

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