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  • Cloudflare bug leaks personal information to search engines

    US Internet giant Cloudflare revealed yesterday that a bug in its coding had put many users' sensitive information at risk. Google Zero engineer Travis Ormandy was the first to notice the mishap, and immediately tweeted a request to talk with someone from Cloudflare's security department. Could someone from cloudflare security urgently contact me. — Tavis Ormandy (@taviso) February 18, 2017 Ormandy had noticed that corrupted web pages were being returned from HTTP requests run through Cloudflare. When alerted, the company immediately noticed the problem was being caused by three minor features and shut them down before going about fixing the issue. At its peak, data...

  • Gamification 2.0: the future will be a virtual game

    Games for all of us, young and old, have formed a big part of our lives. This is true for gaming nerds like me who grew up on Mario Bros., obviously, but this is true even if you don’t consider yourself to be much of a gamer. The biological imperative of “play” is hardwired into each of us. In fact, games, for a variety of species are used to learn new skills, create social bonds and for the forming of ideas through imagination. So really, fun is just a name we use for the release of the neurochemical dopamine to...

  • The Circle: Hermione Granger, Finn FN-2187 star in creepy trailer

    Harry Potter's Emma Watson, Star Wars: The Force Awaken's John Boyega, Doctor Who's Karen Gillan and just straight-up Tom Hanks all star in James Ponsoldt's The Circle, and a trailer is finally here. The Circle, set for release on 28 April, is based on the eponymous novel by Dave Eggers that follows Mae (Emma Watson), a recent college graduate who gets offered a job at The Circle -- a leading tech company headed by Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks). As the company releases surveillance technology that would have George Orwell rolling in his grave, Mae is forced to choose between the values of her company, her...

  • Deloitte outlines its 7 big tech trends for 2017 and beyond

    What does 2017 and beyond hold for the technology sector? Well, according to Deloitte, you can expect "dark analytics" and "everything-as-a-service" to join the likes of Blockchain. The multinational firm listed the aforementioned trends as part of its Tech Trends 2017 report. So what should you know, then? Dark Analytics Starting with this term, Deloitte expects previously unstructured and unanalysed archives of data to be a hefty resource in the next 12 to 24 months. The company cites examples such as image, audio and video files, machine and sensor information from the Internet of Things and data from the deep web as some...

  • This Cape Town taxi map shows how beautiful big data can be

    Cape Town is a large, complex city, with a mountain in the middle of it, and an ocean encompassing it. As a result, travelling from point A to point B isn't always as simple as it should be. With a number of different transport options, citizens are often tasked with finding the fastest way home on their own, and this WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) saw as a massive problem. Noting the lack information regarding the city's informal mini bus taxi routes, the company has mapped the previously undocumented taxi route landscape of the city. Making the informal formal through big data, maps Dubbed the Cape...

  • innovateAFRICA: 22 media projects get share of $1m

    Twenty-two projects in the field of journalism have been selected by innovateAFRICA.fund to receive a share of US$1-million in funding and support. "The world is facing challenging political and socio-economic realities. We need the media and other civic watchdogs to provide the checks and balances needed to help us navigate an uncertain future," says juror and director of investments for Africa at Omidyar Networks, Ory Okolloh, in a press release to Memeburn. "It has therefore been fantastic to see not just the superb quality and range of entries, but also the diversity of ideas and collaboration that innovateAFRICA has fostered across the region." The 22 projects were...

  • Is TrackOFF the internet security service you’ve been sorely missing?

    With so much talk about hacking, identity theft and online fraud floating around in 2017, we'll totally understand if you never want to switch on a computer ever again. Luckily, there are ways to make your online journey a little safer. Browser add-ons, anti-virus programs and common sense are just some of the ways you can filter out -- and avoid -- the gunk from online pages you visit everyday. But some companies believe this isn't quite enough. That's where TrackOFF comes into play. The Baltimore-based security company claims to build the "best in class tools to secure users' identities and personal...

  • CNN’s Facebook accounts briefly breached by OurMine

    CNN's Facebook accounts were briefly compromised this weekend by hacking collective OurMine, Mashable reports. The group, now infamous for gaining access to accounts to peacock their security products, hit CNN's primary, International and Politics pages early morning in South Africa. This isn't the first time OurMine has been in the news in the past six months While the group didn't post anything incriminating or vile, it did flood the pages with its posters, and its usual message: "Hey, it's OurMine we are just testing your security, please contact us for more information." It seems that the group's chief motive was publicity. looks like @CNN...

  • Mozilla Firefox 51 now alerts users of dodgy HTTP logins

    Mozilla Firefox has been steadily losing ground to the likes of Google's Chrome n recent years, but the browser's creator is slowly starting to address the slide by focusing on security. Firefox 51.0 will now alert users who navigate to login pages that are not HTTPS enabled. The browser will display a larger, more noticeable "Connection is Not Secure" warning in the address bar and subsequent context bubble, alerting users of simple, non-encrypted HTTP connections. Any websites utilising passwords such as email services, or during your online banking will now indicate the security of the site in the URL bar. HTTP can...

  • Your Android Pattern Lock isn’t secure at all, research suggests

    Modern Android devices give users a number of authentication methods. From fingerprints to PIN codes, there are a slew of options to unlock your dear device. But some people still rely on the ancient Pattern Lock. Researchers from Britain's universities of Bath and Lancaster, and China's Northwest University, suggest that sliding your thumb seemingly uniquely across nine equidistant dots on a screen isn't as secure as you may have thought. The researchers noted that by using a recorded "video and computer vision algorithm software" -- effectively recording the motion of the hand over the screen -- the Pattern Lock can be...

  • Flexibility, service excellence driving businesses to smaller service providers

    Frustrated South African businesses are increasingly turning to smaller telecommunications service providers, drawn by their ability to innovate and craft bespoke solutions that are backed up by a higher quality of customer service. More than just a good sale or good installation experience, it’s the after sales service that helps smaller telecoms service providers differentiate themselves. Businesses are tired of having to make endless support calls, as well as the seeming lack of urgency with which their problems are addressed. They want to be more than just another number to their service provider. Accountability, flexibility Businesses are also looking for a single...

  • Welcome to 2017: the year of the cloud

    The past year has thrown a spotlight on the importance of availability -- both of services and data. Whether it is a mobile network outage causing lack of access to your data, or even the websites of low-cost airlines being unable to stay online when they are running massive specials on tickets, people have come to understand the importance of having access to accurate information and critical services on-demand. This is even more so the case when downtime directly impacts their lives. Think back to earlier this year when the online learner admission process to register children for Grades one...

  • Stockholm ambulances to alert motorists via radio

    Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed an early warning system for motorists in the path of oncoming emergency vehicles. Ambulances in the Swedish capital will soon be sporting the new warning system, titled EVAM, which interrupts any audio playing through the car's audio system to broadcast an early warning message. This means that any in-car audio will stop immediately to broadcast a warning that an emergency vehicle is heading in their direction. This is made possible by using radio transmissions from the EMS vehicle to hijack the nearest FM tuner signals. According to one of the three students...

  • This 5D imaging technology can digitally scan living tissue

    Researchers from USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi School of Engineering have developed new technology that allows for 5D imaging of animals and human beings. According to the developers, Francesco Cutrale, Prof. Scott Fraser and the late Prof. Elizabeth Garrett, their implementation of 5D imaging -- dubbed Hyper-Spectral Phasor analysis (HySP) -- is cheaper, faster and more accurate than other imaging methods available. 5D imaging technology is useful in detecting important biological molecules, especially signs of disease, being crucial to understanding how diseases interact within a living organism. The HySP uses fluorescent imaging to locate proteins as well as other molecules situated...

  • Fitbit, out to kill smartwatch rivals, buys Vector

    Fresh from acquiring and effectively dismantling Pebble, Fitbit has bought another smartwatch company in the form of Vector. The Vector Watch stood out on the market thanks to its touted 30 day battery life, app support, notification mirroring and support for all three major mobile platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone). In a post on the Vector website, the smaller firm announced the deal. "Today, we are happy to announce that the Vector Watch team and our software platform are joining Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market!" Vector wrote. Fitbit continues its quest to snuff out competition in the smartwatch...