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Google is looking forward this year to expand the development tools available for the pioneers using the Raspberry Pi microprocessor to power their 2017 projects. The act will potentially offer software infrastructure for face and emotion recognition, speech to text translation, processing of natural language, analysis of sentiments and predictive analytics among many others.


In the current phase, the company is conducting a survey of Pi makers, inquiring about the tools they would require Google to develop for them. The study is available on the Raspberry Pi official website. The survey quotes that the Google team are seeking to facilitate Makers with smart tools, and they would love a feedback on what specific tools would be most helpful.


The possible technological areas that could be worked on include drones, IoT, home automation, robotics, machine learning, 3D printing, and wearables. That shows just how far they have diversified in the technological development. The Pi Foundation is a non-profit organization based in the UK and has achieved excellent success with its low-cost microprocessors. In September last year, they surpassed more than ten million sales just four and a half years after the product was released in the market. They had expected to sell just a few thousand in the board’s lifetime.


Pi makers have access to several development tools that they could tap into, for instance, the Open CV computer vision library for creating facial recognition software. However, with Google’s intervention with its AI tools, the makers could accelerate the development of the particular niche. For a long time, Google Company has shown interest in the Pi, donating $1 million worth of microprocessors to fifteen thousand UK school children in 2013. The action falls in line with Pi Foundation’s goal of encouraging more children to sign up into coding.


They also developed an open source tool recently that would turn Pi into a basic web server.

Yahoo recently announced that it had been hacked back in August 2013 and that the breach affected over 1 billion accounts. It has had two of the largest breaches in history, the second one having happened in 2014 and affecting about 500 million accounts. However, it assured its customers that no bank account information or any other sensitive information was compromised. The breach has had a huge impact on the company’s performance ever since, its shares having dropped by 2.4% to $39.91.


Investors were very disappointed and some even threatened to withdraw from lucrative deals with Yahoo that were just about to be closed. One of these was Verizon Communication, which had an agreement with Yahoo to buy the company’s core internet business for $4.83 billion. After the first breach, the company started having doubts about the investment it was about to make. A representative of the company said they would assess the impact of the breach that Yahoo just uncovered and then decide whether they would carry on with the deal. However, Yahoo is confident that the breach will not change anything and that Verizon will still buy its core internet business.


Following the breach, all Yahoo customers were required to change their passwords. The customers were greatly disappointed in Yahoo and said that it needs to review its security measures for their safety. If bank account information had been compromised, millions of people would have lost money and that would result in serious action against Yahoo.


Yahoo is struggling to keep up with its competitors such as Facebook and Google and the hacking incidents have been a major setback to the company. Customers are losing trust in the company and this is likely to have a huge impact on Yahoo’s financial performance. For it to remain relevant in the very competitive industry, it needs to, at the very least, protect its customers’ information.



If you are thinking about getting married in San Antonio or San Diego, then there are some wonderful wedding photo locations that you will want to consider carefully.

San Antonio

Many couples choose to have their wedding photos taken at the Riverwalk or the Alamo, but there are other delightful locations to think about. The Pearl Brewery makes a wonderful location for a photo shoot if flowers are in bloom. Mission Conception and the other old missions make great photos for those looking to add a historical flair.

San Diego

A fun photo location is Seaport Village with the USS Midway in the background. Balboa Park makes a great location because of the mix of interesting architecture and natural beauty. Old Town has a great sense of history for those who want historical backdrops. Couples who would like a natural background should consider La Jolla Cove or Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

Contact the experts at George Street Photos and Videos to finalize your photos at one of these locations today. Their expert photographers are available throughout the United States.



With new waves of DDoS attacks reported every day, and dozens of publications on the same, it has become eminent for companies to re-think their cyber security strategies.


Cyber-attacks are becoming more sophisticated as technology evolves. Recently, a luxury goods manufacturer went under attack from a phisher who stole employee finger-prints used as security clearance to their warehouses. The hackers could now access the warehouse at will, going a daring step further to even upload their own fingerprints into the company’s biometric security clearance system.


This is just one of the few cases where Artificial Intelligence is used as a new weapon for hackers. It has forced companies running online businesses to rethink how they approach the issue of cyber security. The new trend for cyber security companies is to change how they think and reason like a hacker. Instead of monitoring hacker teams or evaluating new attacks, the focus now is evaluating a company’s security network and identifying low-levels anomalies that could serve as loopholes for phishers to exploit.


Online retail companies like Amazon are now forced to protect their online apps as well against attacks. In a recently conference they held, Amazon announced their new security protocol, AWS Shield that will exclusively protect all apps running on Amazon Web Services. This new cloud security feature comes ready to install without any extra effort from developers. Amazon also announced a premium paid package that includes protection from high sophisticated attacks, 24-hour mitigation service for clients and cost protection against any monetary losses that companies could incur while alleviating an attack.



An app infected with the ransomware Charger made its way onto the Google Play Store, in a rare miss for Google. Now, however, that app has finally been caught and removed.


The malware came packaged with an app called EnergyRescue, which was billed as a battery saving app. This turned out to just be a front for its real purpose though, which was to snoop on people’s SMS messages.


Check Point found the malware three weeks ago, and now Google has finally acted. This is a rare win for the cybercrime community, as usually the Google Play Store is seen as a safe haven from these kinds of infected apps. Usually, these kinds of apps can only be installed by sideloading through third-party websites. But it seems even Google is not totally infallible.


Employing a large arsenal of malware detection evasion tools, it seems the app was able to successfully slip undetected onto Google’s platform. One of these techniques is the ability to encode strings as binary arrays. Another is the ability to load code from encrypted resources dynamically. Most detection algorithms will not be able to decipher this.


Worst of all is the flood of meaningless commands that serve to mask the true intentions of the application. Or perhaps its the fact that the malware lays dormant when run in an OS emulator, one of the usual methods for app security testing.


This is a bit dangerous, as it means exploiters have found a way to get their malware onto the Play Store successfully. Hopefully Google will continue working with the community to develop countermeasures that improve the security of their platform before this problem becomes widespread.


If anyone wants to venture into the business of Web creation, they should consider using an appropriate programming language. It is not an easy task to familiarize with software developing languages. However, mastering the appropriate language is useful so that one can know how secure it is. Some software are not secure and they could cause errors and losses.


A security dealer by the name WhiteHat released some information on his site on the security statistics. This information has been used to enable individuals to measure the safety of programming languages. It examines the different types of susceptibilities and the period it takes for it to remediate bugs. This security measure can also determine whether one can find a difference that may influence an organization on the language to utilize.



They did a research and came up with a report after interviewing thousands of consumer websites. They used patented scanners to carry out the research. The findings pointed towards insignificant dissimilarities in the programming languages used, such as PHP, NET, Java, and Perl among others. Most of the languages share the same mean numbers of weaknesses. A conclusion that one can make is that most of the programming security distresses happen due to human error in the coding systems.



Observing isolated industries keenly, especially those that are controlled, such as healthcare and financials; it’s notable that they will not show a clear difference in the vulnerability numbers and remediation rates. The main problem is that many regulated companies will do all it takes to meet the required minimum standards, instead of doing further research. Among the many programming languages, Cross-site scripting is the most vulnerable regarding the frequency of occurrence of leakages.



The SpyNote Trojan is one of the most effective trojans currently running rampant across the Android platform. Now, it’s gone a step further in a new version which tricks Android users into thinking it’s a Netflix app.


This is a new release of a trojan uncovered last summer by Palo Alto Networks on the dark web. This most recent iteration was discovered by Zscaler’s ThreatLabZ.


When installed, the trojan gives remote control of your device to the hacker. When launched, the icon disappears from your launcher and contacts its control center. It also makes short work of any antivirus applications, making sure they are uninstalled immediately. Commands can then be executed by the attacker, a feature that is particularly scary as it allows them to steal any information they want from your device.


Hackers can, for instance, conduct surveillance, capture passwords, record conversations, take screen captures, and more. SMS messages and contacts can also be stolen directly, and just to rub salt in the wound, it can capture your location as well.


The new app is reportedly not out in the wild yet, news that is very good for Android users everywhere. Security experts warn that the primary way these infected apps are spread is through third-party app stores, so users should take caution and not download apps from any sources other than the official Google Play store. To take extra caution, make sure the “install from unknown sources” option is turned off in your device’s settings menu, which will prevent you from intentionally or accidentally installing an infected app from any third-party source.


The fifty-year-old artist, Neil Diamond will celebrate his 50th anniversary of his first hit song ‘solitary man’ with a box set of his entire career scheduled for March 31st. The collection of this anniversary will encompass a total of 50 tracks in three discs together with a booklet featuring new liner notes. Neil Diamond himself took part in the list picking and monitored the creation of the collection.


Since his debut with hit song solitary man in 1966, Diamond has released a plethora of hits. Among the greatest of his songs include Cracklin Rosie, Song Sung Blue and You Don’t Bring Me Flowers all of which were number one in their respective categories. His collaboration with great artists like Barbra Streisand played a role in his great hits.


Another brilliant soundtrack that he released in 1980 titled the Jazz Singer managed a total of three top ten tunes. These included Love on the Rocks, Hello Again and America. He has also left some major hits that are ever recurring in the American pop songbook such as Cherry Cherry and Sweet Caroline.


The Neil Diamond tour commemorating his fiftieth anniversary will begin this April. The journey will start on 7th at SaveMart Center in Fresno California, and climax with a two-night stand at Forum in Los Angeles come August 10th-12th. Neil Diamond gave a sneak peak of what he would do in the tour to the Rolling Stone, saying that he would create a list of songs that he hadn’t done before. He only mentioned the appearance of If you Go Away and Suzanne and kept the rest a secret for when the tour begins.


He commenced his career as a songwriter who worked with Jay and the Americans and the Monkeys. As he practiced his solo career, his music was adopted by several musicians such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Cash among others.



University College London researchers have discovered a dormant Twitter botnet that could be woken at any moment and cause havoc on the popular social media network.


The Star Wars botnet as it’s been called, first uncovered previously in their research, has over 350,000 bot accounts and could be used to spam, send malicious links, and even start fake trending topics to confuse users and/or spread fake news.


Now they have uncovered over half a million additional bots since their initial work. These bots were supposedly all created in 2013 and have remained dormant ever since. Some of the bots are tweeting at a mundane pace, but none of them are currently engaging in overly nefarious activity. Tweets coming from the bots are all robotic and similar. They also all appear to be coming from Windows Phone, meaning they are likely being controlled by the Twitter API.


The geographic locations of the host accounts for these bots result in nice, neat little rectangles across North America and Europe. The fake locations for these bots seem to all fall within these two geographic rectangles, perhaps chosen at random. The researchers analyzed the tweets coming from these rectangles and said the distribution of tweets is too perfect to have come from humans. They are perfectly uniform throughout the rectangle.


In the past, Twitter’s API has been able to be exploited by bots, making this very worrying if these bots are ever activated. It’s unclear at this point exactly what the intentions of the owner or owners of this botnet are.


The researchers are submitting their findings for publishing in a scientific journal, and then they have stated they will share their findings with Twitter in hopes of squashing this botnet before anything bad happens.


Cyber attacks are growing in complexity and sophistication, making it difficult for many industries to keep their systems secure. A recent DDoS attack, or distributed denial of service attack, placed financial services organization Lloyds Group inaccessible to costumers for almost two days. That attack did not remove funds or expose customers’ private information, instead it put the bank offline. As noted in Business Insider, any section of a large organization’s system is at risk, even if such an attack seems unlikely.


Since most organizations have come to accept the fact that security breaches will occur despite their best efforts at prevention, insurance seems to be a practical way for organizations to mitigate the fallout of a breach. The cyber insurance industry is poised to take off but there are serious obstacles standing in its way. First, the a lack of historical data on cyber crime places actuarial scientists in unknown terrain. Depending on organization size and industry, cyber attacks can cost in the billions. Currently, cyber insurance has high premiums and low pay-outs. This may change as data accrues, however the speed with which cyber attacks evolve may make any data irrelevant in future contexts.


Another obstacle is the risk faced by insurers themselves. Cyber insurance companies will have a large target on their backs and will have quite a lot to lose should their organization become breached. The caches of data stored on such an agency’s servers would be a treasure trove of information on high profile businesses and organizations.


For a cyber insurance company to grow it would first have to seek out under-served markets with low-risk. As data accrues, actuarial tables will adjust and competitive rates can be determined, allowing for expansion into other markets. The need for cyber insurance is great. Its delivery needs to be low-risk.


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