MIT has developed a new secure protocol for data exchange

Over the past fifteen years, the Tor project has become a strong security stronghold in the global network. And who just did not try to crack the encryption of this system: NSA, FBI, FSB, BND, the list can continue indefinitely. And although no one has succeeded to this day, it is possible to compute the IP address of the end user receiving the traffic in only 20 minutes in a purely theoretical way. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology havedeveloped a completely new protocol Riffle, which should bypass Tor on the level of security.

Weak place Tor – it’s its nodes. Having access to at least two nodes of the network, an attacker or a security officer, armed with the right tools, can easily track the data packet from the sender to the recipient. Of course, he can not find out exactly what is in this package, but the person of the person on the other side of the monitor can be fully calculated. And this, you will agree, is no longer anonymity. Although, as I already mentioned above, all this is just a theory and similar experiments were conducted exclusively in “laboratory conditions”.

A team of MIT researchers led by Albert Kwon, with the support of specialists from the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, created the Riffle protocol, which should eliminate the security breaches inherent in the Tor network. The system completely excludes the possibility of analyzing traffic, which makes it much safer. Tor subjects information to multi-layer encryption, and Riffle adds two additional degrees of protection to this encryption. First, the servers constantly rebuild the queue, according to which data fragments are sent to the next node on the network, preventing the ability to monitor traffic. Secondly, a system is implemented that prevents the possibility of replacing real data packets with “dummies”, which can then be tracked. The user sends the data packet to more than one server, but to all at once. At the same time, the data is signed with the most complicated mathematical signature. In case the server suspects the received data in something, they are immediately blocked.

Not to say that MIT employees invented the wheel, because all these technologies have existed for many years. However, to put them together and force them to work for the benefit of the safety of private life is indeed a serious achievement. It is logical to assume that such a network will require huge computing power and wide bandwidth. But Albert Kwon and his team managed to overcome these obvious obstacles in their path. More information about Riffle technologies you can readin the official document, published by the researchers. At the moment, developers are “combing” the code of their project, after which it will be available to all comers for free.

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8 Hidden Features In iOS 11

Every year Apple revamps their operating system and this year the Cupertino giant has officially released iOS 11. It looks similar to iOS 10 but there are some features and functions that are different. There are some hidden features you might want to check out as well.

I’ve been playing around with all the BETA builds and the final version has a few changes that you need to check out. Some of these features and hidden tricks have proven to be useful in improving my productivity. If you own an iPhone or the new iPad, here are some features you should know about:

1. Customizable Control Center

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The control centre on iOS 10 looks very bland and is kind of annoying as you could not customise the placement of certain features. The coolest feature on iOS 11 is the ability to customise and re-arrange things in the Control Centre app.

If you go to Settings  Control Center, you can decide which controls you want to add or remove. I added the low battery mode and alarm settings right in the Control Center to make my life easier. You can even add the Apple TV Remote to the Control Centre so that you flip channels without actually looking for the Apple TV remote.

2. Share Wi-Fi Passwords

Instead of remembering your Wi-Fi password and spelling it out for your guest, you can automatically share the password with the tap of a button. You won’t even need to share the password as it will automatically allow your guest to connect to the Wi-Fi once you’ve approved it.

This will only work if your guest has an Apple device that runs iOS 11 and you will receive a notification to share your password with your friend.

3. One-Handed Mode

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This feature has been a part of Android smartphones for a very long time but Apple has finally caught up in this field. The iOS 11 keyboard will now let you type with one hand and the feature can be activated by holding your thumb down on the emoji icon. A box will pop up that will give you the option to move the keyboard to the left or to the right.

4. Indoor Mapping

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You can now see an indoor map of key locations in Apple Maps. For example, if you are at the airport, Apple maps will now give you a blueprint of your current location. This will help you find bathrooms or shops at public areas and essentially save you a ton of time.

5. Chat with Siri

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Ever felt awkward trying to talk to Siri in public? iOS 11 fixes that conundrum as you can now text your queries. You will need to go into SettingsAccessibility, from there, tap on Siri, and you’ll see the option to “Type to Siri.” When you turn that on, you’ll now be given the option to speak to Apple’s assistant or type your question. This is perfect in loud environments when Siri cannot pick up your voice and will also save you a ton of embarassment.

6. Camera

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The camera has a lot of updates such as automatic detection of QR codes and other neat tricks. If you use a third party QR reading app, you can now delete it from your dashboard as the Camera app can now scan codes by simply pointing at them.

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You can also activate the levelling tool by going to Settings Camera and switch on ‘Grid’. When you are taking a photo of an object, two ‘+’ icons will appear. You can line the two icons up and the image will be perfectly levelled before you take a picture.

You can edit Live Photos to add Instagram like animations i.e. Bounce, Loop and Long Exposure. You can even mute the live video or edit the length but trim it like you would on a video. You can grab the sliders from either end to make sure it looks perfect.

7. Drag And Drop

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This feature has already been advertised as part of the iPad iOS 11 feature, but it works on the iPhone as well. You can use this feature in the Files and Notes app among others. Not all apps support this feature, however, you can expect it to be added to other native apps real soon.

You can now Tap and hold an app until it wiggles and you can start selecting multiple apps at once. You can drag them to a different screen or compile them into a single folder in one go.

8. Screenshots and Screen Recording

It has become easier with iOS 11 to take screenshots while using your phone. When you take a screenshot (by pressing the home and power button, there will be a preview at the bottom left of the screen. You can draw over the screenshot, re-size the image and share it with whoever you want. You can save the screenshot or discard it in order to save space in your camera roll.

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Apple has also added a screen recording feature for the first time. You can start by pressing the screen recording button in the Control Center and start recording your activity on the phone. You can stop the recording by tapping on the button and the video will be saved in your camera roll.

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An App That Lets Us Have Oral Sex Through The iPhone? Yes, Please!

We live in a day and age when we don’t have to lift a finger if we don’t want to, unless there’s an app for that, too. From monitoring our sleep cycles to our work schedules—there is an app for everything in this world, today. We rely on these apps for everything—from getting from Point A to Point B, to choosing the person we’d like to date. So, it comes as no surprise that we now have an app that lets us have oral sex—yes, hold your breath—through your iPhone.

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The app, The O-Cast by CamSoda, is what I’d like to call the Kim Kardashian of dating apps. In fact, it takes it a little too far. But, hey, who’s complaining anyway? Speaking about the app, David Moye of Huffington Post, wrote, “Smartphones… now can also allow you to perform cunninlingus just by licking your phone. That’s the idea behind ‘O-Cast,’ a new digital marketplace that allows people to upload simulated oral sex sessions that can be then downloaded on to a vibrator via bluetooth.” So, yes, it’s all about letting your tongue waggle, literally.

O-Cast iPhone App: An App That Lets Us Have Oral Sex Through The iPhone© OCast by CamSoda

How It Works?

You simply lick the screen of your phone and slide the phone the way you want, in order to record the motion. You can set the vibration levels accordingly, from high to low. And in case you think using your tongue to lick your phone screen is just too bizarre, you can use your finger too. “You can also use your finger, but telling people to lick the phone helps the click bait. If your phone screen is clean, you should be OK,” said a CamSoda spokesperson to Huffpost.

The patterns are said to last for up to 60 seconds, that’s 1 minute, at a length. The motions can be linear, circular or a combination of different variations as long as it causes the phone to vibrate. These vibratory motions are then connected via Bluetooth to Lush which is a remote control vibrator available for approximately $100 a piece. Through the use of this vibrator, your partner can feel your motions, even if you’re in a long distance arrangement.

O-Cast iPhone App: An App That Lets Us Have Oral Sex Through The iPhone© OCast by CamSoda

According to research conducted on the App by Press, the technology of the app has been tested on models working at CamSoda, an adult entertainment website that also owns the app, The O-Cast. According to Press, “They (the cam models) gravitated towards the higher vibrations. I didn’t think they’d want a product that vibrates so aggressively. When I hold it, I can feel the vibes down my forearm.” One of the models, Charley Hart said about the app, “I loved it. Nothing is like the real thing, but it’s great when the other person is far away. Guys who are good at it are rare, so a guy who is, I’m calling back.” Another model, Caroline Phinney raised an important point through her own experience, stating that, “However, it is slightly scary knowing the person supplying you with that orgasm could be some weird old man in his mom’s basement, because I am convinced they are the kind of people who catch wind of these sorts of apps first.”

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Google Tried To Buy Snapchat for $30 Billion

Snap, Inc., the company that now trades on Wall Street and is also behind the popular social media application ‘Snapchat’, rejected a $3 billion bid from Facebook in its infancy. According to a new report, the company was offered 10 times that amount by Google in early 2016.

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Business Insider reports that Google wanted to acquire the company for $30 billion according to sources close and inside the company. The offer was discussed before Snap, Inc. managed to raise a round of private funding that values almost $20 billion.

However, ever since then Facebook launched similar features to Snapchat across all their social media applications namely Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram which has resulted in brands preferring to advertise on Facebook’ apps over Snapchat. Some of the investors and even employees of Snap may have wished that the company had taken the offer and we agree with that notion as well.

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Snap’s market cap has been in a steady state of decline since its IPO and the shares are currently trading around $12.50 which values the company at $14 billion. This number may sound like a lot, however, when the company went public, it had a market cap of $24 billion which denotes a drop of $10 billion in value.

Snap’s stock will continue to sink unless the company does something revolutionary with their current product. The rumours of a buyout may have been a result of people hoping Snap will get acquired.

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Google has always wanted to own a very successful social network product and had tried several times to penetrate the market with Google+. In 2013, Google tried to acquire Snapchat for $4 billion after Spiegel (CEO of Snap, Inc.) turned down Zuckerberg’s offer.

Google buying Snap could help the platform in terms of generating ad revenue as Google is raking in most of all digital ad money via various platforms. It would also be a good move by Google to compete with a Facebook and perhaps Apple.

 

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The list of worst passwords of 2017 is named

SplashData, a provider of information security services, annually compiles a list of the most popular passwords on the basis of millions of stolen logins, which eventually fall into open access. And every year we do not cease to be surprised by human stupidity.

You probably already guessed which two passwords are the most unreliable, but nevertheless the most commonly used ones. This, of course, is about “123456” and “password”. This year’s list also includes new passwords, as well as those that were missing in last year’s Top 25 of the worst, including “starwars”, “monkey”, “iloveyou”, “whatever” and “freedom”. The most recent, perhaps, can be called “letmein” and ironic “trustno1”.

“Unfortunately, despite the fact that the latest episode can be an excellent addition to the movie Star Wars, the password” starwars “is extremely unreliable for use,” commented SplashData CEO Morgan Slain in a press release.

“Hackers often turn to the terminology used in pop culture and sports to find the right password for other people’s scientific records, as they understand very well that so many people use such words simply because they are easy to remember.”

For the seventh time, SplashData is concerned about the total carelessness of people and calls on all to take a more serious approach to the issue of security on the Net. Using very weak passwords, we actually invite cybercriminals to use their private property, open access to mail with confidential information, pages in social networks and other scholarly records. Everything is so bad that even novice hackers can easily find the right key to your information without any problems.

As a precautionary measure, SplashData is recommended to create complex passwords from letters, numbers and additional symbols (a lattice sign, underline, and so on), and also use different passwords for different accounts. In addition, many services offer two-factor authorization (to enter the system you need to enter the code from the SMS) – it must be connected necessarily, experts warn. For those who find it difficult to remember long passwords, there are many convenient password managers that can not only store all your passwords in one place, but also generate really safe ones.

The full list of worst passwords for 2017 looks like this:

  • 1. 123456
  • 2. Password
  • 3. 12345678
  • 4. qwerty
  • 5. 12345
  • 6. 123456789
  • 7. letmein
  • 8. 1234567
  • 9. football
  • 10. iloveyou
  • 11. admin
  • 12. welcome
  • 13. monkey
  • 14. login
  • 15. abc123
  • 16. starwars
  • 17. 123123
  • 18. dragon
  • 19. passw0rd
  • 20. master
  • 21. hello
  • 22. freedom
  • 23. whatever
  • 24. qazwsx
  • 25. trustno1

Facebook releases a child messenger

The issue of security and privacy of user data on the Internet has recently been discussed more and more often. The main emphasis social network creators make to protect the younger generation from unwanted content, to track the spread of which is physically very difficult. You can not also discount the impure users that may harm the child. YouTube has already launched a similar platform for viewing video content and now it is joined by Facebook, whose experts have developed the program Messenger Kids.

The fact that Facebook plans to release a child messenger, we already wrote earlier this year. The new platform is intended for users under 13 years old and has built-in parental control functions. Messenger Kids allows the child to communicate safely with family members and friends. At the same time, you will not be able to create an account yourself, but in order for the child to communicate with friends from the school or the neighboring house, their parents should be friends in the “big” version of Facebook. The Messenger Kids account is not tied to the phone number.

And, interestingly, the accounts of Messenger Kids and Facebook do not become attached to each other, however parents, friends and family members can communicate with each other through their version of the application. There are also no ads in the new application and built-in purchases. Messenger Kids has a video link function, stickers, masks and in general the whole “gentleman” set of functions of a modern means of communication. Now Messenger Kids is available only on iOS, and the release version for Android and Amazon Kindle is expected next year.

Tesla received from PepsiCo an order for 100 electric trucks

The new electric truck Tesla gradually continues to attract new customers. The car has not yet been released, but large retail chains have already become interested in them and are making small but very revealing inquiries for its purchase. More recently, the American beer company Anheuser-Busch has made the largest order for 40 electric tractors Semi Truck. However, already today, PepsiCo, the giant of the production of soft drinks and various snacks, decided to make its contribution to the ecological future, making an order for 100 electric trucks.

As noted in the company, the operation of such cars can offer two benefits at once: ecological and economic. In the first case, it will be possible to reduce emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere, and in the second – to save on fuel costs and maintenance.

The initial cost of the Tesla Semi reserve was $ 5,000. Now it is necessary to make an advance payment of $ 20,000. In other words, from this transaction Tesla bank account was replenished with 2 million dollars. If all the trucks ordered by PepsiCo are paid in full (at a price of about $ 150,000), then it will bring the company $ 15 million.

“Reuters” agency found out that Tesla electric tractors will be used by the company mainly on short routes.

“PepsiCo is going to use Tesla Semi trucks to transport goods and beverages between production and distribution companies, as well as to deliver goods to retail outlets within a radius of 800 kilometers from the center. Let’s remind, that general director Tesla Ilon Mask has promised such stock of a course of the electric loaders “.

“Tesla Semi will become part of the US fleet of PepsiCo vehicles, which has almost 10,000 units of equipment, becoming part of the company’s program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. By 2030, the emissions of harmful substances in the atmosphere created by the company’s transport chains are planned to be reduced by at least 20 percent, “said the head of the US supply department of PepsiCo, Mike O’Connell, commenting on the purchase of Tesla trucks.

At the moment, PepsiCo is analyzing the most optimal routes for new Tesla trucks and considering the most likely delivery of various types of their goods within the production chain, O’Connell added.

Presented last month, the electric tractor Tesla attracted the attention of several large players in the logistics sector. Literally a day after the announcement, a large American trading network Walmart announced the pre-order of 15 trucks, a little later they were joined by companies such as JB Hunt Transport Services, Ryder, DHL, and the Canadian supermarket chain Loblaw, also issued orders for several cars.

A battery has been developed that can be bent, stretched and even cut

Over the past few years, flexible devices have gone beyond the concepts and have become increasingly flicker in news feeds and at various exhibitions. But for such devices, special batteries are required. And one of them was presented by Singaporean scientists from Nanyang Technological University. Their battery can be bent, stretched and even cut.

The new edition is written by the publication Science Daily, and for the development itself is the team of experts headed by Professor Chen Xiaodong. Scientists managed to create a supercapacitor, which works like a battery for quick charging and can be recharged many times. But the main innovation of the device is not this, but that its structure and shape can be changed during use without harming the battery itself.

Moreover, the new supercapacitor works 4 times longer than any existing flexible batteries, and when stretched several times it retains up to 98% of the original energy capacity even after 10,000 stretching and squeezing. According to preliminary data, the new device should not cost too much, as already now, while production is not adjusted, for only 1 square centimeter of material it is necessary to pay only 0.1 US dollars (10 cents). According to the development manager, Mr. Chen Xiaodong,

“I dream of one day to combine our flexible supercapacitors with sensors to diagnose sports performance. Using them in portable electronics, we will be able to create a device that will be used to monitor the marathoner, tracking various data much more accurately than existing devices. “

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The power of the best Russian supercomputer will double

The capacity of the supercomputer of the Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov is to be doubled in the next month, said the rector of the Moscow State University Victor Sadovnichy at the meeting of the Integration Club under the chair of the Federation Council on the topic “The Eurasian vector – the future integration”, TASS writes.

This supercomputer is the most powerful in Russia, and after it doubles its performance, it will take the fifteenth place in the world ranking of the strongest computers.

“In a month, maybe less, the capacity of the supercomputer will be doubled at Moscow University. In a few weeks he will start working, “the rector said.

He noted that the most powerful supercomputer is now in China, and said that about 20 percent of all its resources he spends on the calculations given to the social and economic segment, while the remaining 80 are used for scientific calculations.

“We could do the same and make it open for use by ministries and the economy,” the rector of the Moscow State University said, and suggested that such an opportunity be discussed with the senators.

Sadovnichy urged Russian ministries to take the initiative in such matters, noting that in Russia there are all necessary specialists capable of developing the direction of supercomputers, thanks to which the country could become a leader in this field.

Supercomputer “Lomonosov” was installed in Moscow State University nine years ago. Now it contains 6,654 computing nodes, more than 94,000 processor cores, and its peak performance is 1.37 Pflop / s. The performance of the world’s most powerful Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight is 93 Pflope / s.

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Electromotocycle from Harley-Davidson will appear on the roads in 2019

The legendary motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson said that it is working on creating a motorcycle with an electric drive. According to the representatives of the company, the future is for ecological transport, therefore it is necessary to continue to develop this direction.

The prototype of the electric bike is called Livewire – its company introduced in 2014. He could drive only 85 kilometers on one charge and was a very crude demonstration of where Harley-Davidson is heading. Since then, the company has not reported that it is working on a serial model of electric motorcycles. Now its representatives announced that a new eco-friendly bike will appear on the roads as early as 2019.

With the release of the new bike, the company hopes to fix the unimportant business – last year the manufacturer closed one of the plants and reported a decline in sales, but with the release of the electric motorcycle the company plans not only to improve matters, but also to become a leader among other manufacturers.

Head of the company Matt Levatich noted the, that the modern market of electric motorcycles is in its infancy, but company representatives are confident that premium-class Harley-Davidson motorcycles will stimulate interest in electric two-wheeled transport.

Details and technical specifications developers have not yet reported, noting that they will publish them closer to the release of the motorcycle. It is not entirely clear whether the novelty will be a logical continuation of the Livewire prototype series, or it will be something completely new, but in any case, it does not take long to wait.

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