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Texan Ebola patient had significant public contact before diagnosis

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 2 hours, 10 mins ago

Yesterday we reported on the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, and today's news is perhaps even more worrying.


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According to Reuters news agency, the patient, said to be Thomas Eric Duncan, is in a critical condition in an isolation ward in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and had significant public contact before he was diagnosed, including 18 "close family members", a number of which are school age children from four different schools.


Despite this, Texas Governor Rick Perry has told reporters he is confident that the threat will be contained.


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It has also been revealed that the man checked himself into the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital two days before his diagnosis, before being released shortly after, only to report back to the hospital when his symptoms worsened. Witnesses claim the man vomited on the sidewalk near an apartment complex as he entered an ambulance for the return journey.

Twitter offers $10 million to MIT to help study impact of social media

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 2 hours, 17 mins ago

Twitter has given the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a $10 million grant to help study social networks and how they help users achieve goals with one another. The Laboratory for Social Machines will analyze Twitter, Reddit and other online social forums to help build tools for researchers and journalists over the next five years.


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The lure of social media has evolved from regular users sharing personal thoughts into a long-term effective business tool - and MIT's access to Gnip, the Twitter-owned website that also stores older tweets, will give MIT researchers a large library of data to analyze.


"Social feedback loops based on analysis on public media and data can be an effective catalyst for increasing accountability and transparency," said Deb Roy, MIT Laboratory for Social Machines associated professor and chief media scientist at Twitter.

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Ex-MI6 head warns parents that their kids can be tracked online

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 hours, 40 mins ago

Children and teenagers are a bit more naïve and lackadaisical when handing out information online, which could pose a risk, according to former head of the British MI6 intelligence agency. The technology world is changing at a rapid pace and the environment has caught some parents off-guard in keeping their children protected, according to Sir John Scarlett.


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Sir John is most concerned of tracking technology and devices, with teenagers susceptible of apps and online conversations potentially giving up their location - and other personal information.


"You've got to know what your children are doing," Scarlett recently noted. "It's very difficult to know exactly what they're doing in particular when they're on a tablet or something they've got and you've got to have some kind of idea. They are extremely vulnerable, everybody is, to a whole range of things. Clearly when they're young children they're particularly vulnerable to predators."

Russian government won't crackdown on Internet following cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 7 hours, 34 mins ago

Russian president Vladimir Putin will not restrict Russian Internet access following an increase in cyberattacks against the country. Following a rise in organized cyberattacks - which began after the Russia-Ukraine crisis - privacy and free speech experts were concerned Moscow would tighten Internet use in Russia.


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"We do not intend to limit access to the Internet, to put it under total control, to nationalize the Internet," Putin recently said in front of a Security Council meeting. "We are not even considering this. Media freedoms, the right of people to receive and disseminate information - these are basic principles of any democratic state and society. They must be strictly adhered to."


Security Council secretary general Nikolai Patrushev said the Russian infrastructure has encountered 57 million cyberattacks during the first six months of 2014 - with many blamed on foreign governments and anti-Russian government extremists.

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus demand sees Foxconn hiring even more staff

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 19 hours, 46 mins ago

Within the next four months, Apple would've launched its new iPhone into 115 countries and regions, but in order to meet the insane demand of its new flagship smartphone, Foxconn is having to hire even more workers at its Chinese plants to keep up with demand.


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The news is coming from DigiTimes, with Foxconn not commenting on the report, but supply chain sources have told DigiTimes that Foxconn is "aggressively recruiting workers" to work on the new iPhones. Considering Apple have sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in the first three days alone, we should expect there to be tens of millions sold before the holidays.


In just three weeks time, on October 17, Apple will open up sales of the new iPhone in China, which is the world's largest market. This will be a big test not only for Apple, but for Foxconn and China itself. Foxconn has reportedly been having issues employing more staff after all of the negative press the company receives from its various issues, which has forced the company to host hiring events to keep up with the demand of its manufacturing.

Self-destructing SSDs can be remotely destroyed from an SMS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 20 hours, 50 mins ago

In something that feels like it's right out of Hollywood, we now have self-destructing SSDs. SecureDrives has the technology, with four different SSDs on offer that provide 256-bit AES CBC hardware encryption, two-factor authentication, GSM command over encryption key flipping and physical fracturing of the NAND flash itself.


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This kind of technology might not seem like something you or I might use, but for those with super-sensitive information on their notebooks that might get left behind, or stolen, this is perfect. The SecureDrive SSDs have a self-destruct mechanism which happens if someone attempts to physically open the drive, which will initiate the physical fracturing of the NAND flash.


Better yet, you can configure the SSD to self-destruct if it's removed from your SATA II connector. Other options include self-destruction if the internal battery runs completely empty, and the convenient ability to destroy the drive if an an SMS is sent from any phone.

Samsung teases that it has given Apple a 'headstart for iPhone 7'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 21 hours, 51 mins ago

The war between Samsung and Apple has been going on for quite some time now, but things are only heating up with the launch of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4. The South Korean electronics giant has launched a newspaper ad for the Galaxy Note 4, which offered Apple a blueprint for the iPhone 7.


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After the ad itself, the bottom line reads: "Dear Apple, here's a headstart for the iPhone 7". Considering Apple said that large screen smartphones are a 'fad' and that the only way to properly use a smartphone was with a single hand, one can see why Samsung is going after Apple much more with the bigger-than-life iPhone 6 Plus and its 5.5-inch screen, sans Stylus.

Galaxy Note 4 has a large gap between its display, and metal frame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 22 hours, 45 mins ago

Apple is chewing up most headlines with its #BendGate issues on the iPhone 6 Plus, but Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone has an equally as large problem: a visible gap between its display and metal frame.


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This gap is big enough to fit two A4 paper sheets, or a business card, between - which is quite large. The reports of this are surfacing out of South Korea, Samsung's home turf, but it could be limited to the first batch of Galaxy Note 4 smartphones, and not a continue manufacturing defect.


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The other side of this coin is that this could be a hoax, but we will only find out when the Galaxy Note 4 launches in the coming weeks.

German mag says it's banned from Apple events after BendGate coverage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 22 hours, 54 mins ago

Apple has been having a tough time with the bending iPhone 6 Plus, but it looks like German magazine is having an even tougher time, with Apple reportedly banning the magazine from official events after its coverage of #BendGate. is claiming that Apple has stopped sending them test devices, as well as revoking invites to any future Apple launch events after they posted a video showing how the iPhone 6 Plus could be bent with your bare hands. As you can see in the video above, the iPhone 6 Plus is easily damaged through bending just below the volume button.


The site has talked with Apple's PR department in Germany, which refused to answer any questions about the bending iPhone 6 Plus, telling the site that it "will not get any testing devices and no invites to official events any more". then wrote an open letter to Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, asking him if this was the reaction that his company wants to have to publications that are covering the issue, like we have been - I still ask: seriously, what's Apple going to do with #BendGate.

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CDC confirms Ebola has arrived in the United States

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

It was probably only a matter of time, but U.S. health agency the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now confirmed the first case of diagnosed Ebola has hit the continental United States, according to news agency Reuters.


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The unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States the next day, not showing symptoms of the disease until four of five days later. The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where the man is in isolation won't confirm details such as the man's identity, his contact with the public, or what he was doing in Liberia, which is now an Ebola hotspot. There are currently no other suspected cases of the deadly disease in Texas, or the wider United States.


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More than 3,000 people in West Africa have died after being infected with Ebola, the strain of which broke out earlier this year.

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