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Hit by a Ransomware Attack? Your Payment May Be Deductible
"A ransomware attack surge. The FBI is doubling down at its guidance to affected businesses don't pay the cybercriminals. The U. S government also offers a little noticed incentive for those who do pay. The ransoms may be tax deductible. Those looking to discourage payments fear the deductions of potentially problematic incentive that could entice businesses to pay for ransoms against the advice of law enforcement. Ransomware has become a multibillion dollar business. And according to the Palo Alto networks, the average payment was more than $310,000 last year up 171%. From
Can Facebook Win the Audio Market?
"Facebook has officially rolled out. Live audio rooms. It's clubhouse clone slash twitter space competitor. Podcasting play available to verified public figures and select groups and podcasts partners in the us. Going tech crunch the company tells us live audio. Rooms will become available to any verified public figure or creator in the us who's in good standing with facebook and is using either a profile or the new facebook pages experience on ios for facebook groups. The feature is launching with quote. Dozens of groups were told both products will become more broadly available in the weeks and months ahead as more people podcast in groups are brought on board. Meanwhile one hundred percents facebook users in the. Us will be able to listen to live audio rooms and podcasts as of this week much like clubhouse or similar audio apps facebook live audio. Rooms offer a standard set of features. The events hosts appear in rounded profile at the top of the screen while the listeners appear in the bottom half of the screen as smaller icons. The active speaker is indicated with a glowing ring if verified. A check appears next to their name as well. There are also options for enabling. Live captions a raise hand tool to requests to speak and tools to share the room with others on facebook through things like news feed or group us facebook. Does things a little differently than others. In some places for instance hosts are able to invite people to join them as a speaker in advance of the session or they can choose listeners during the stream to join them in each session. There can be up to fifty speakers and there's no limit on the number of listeners. Facebook says during the session users will be notified when friends or followers the chat to while listening users can like or react to the content as it streams using the thumbs up button at the bottom of the screen which connects you to facebook set of emoji. Reactions and with today's official launch listeners can also show support to the public figure of the live audio room by sending stars
New iPhone Bug Breaks Your WiFi
"Iphone bug can permanently break wifi simply by connecting to a rogue hotspot researcher. Carl shoe discovered defendability ability when connecting to his own personal wifi whose idea included a percent sign as every second character on connecting his iphones wifi would then be disabled and only a full reset of its network. Settings would allow restoration shoe and other independent security researchers speculate that the floor could be caused by a parsing issue in the wifi settings in which apple ios misinterprets the letters following the percent sign as string format specifiers instead of considering it as part of the name of the specific hotspot. This kind of bug he says could have a severe impact in a real attack scenario. That sees a threat. Actors setting up an open rogue wifi hotspot in a crowded area such as a hotel or a
Does Human Resources Still Need Humans?
"You'd think one line of work that would be saved from the robot. Takeover is human resources but some companies are working on a recent new york times investigation laid out how amazon's automated systems for managing warehouse workers led to unreasonable scheduling delayed benefits and fire rings. Peter cappelli is a professor of management and director of the center for human resources. At wharton. i asked him. What a traditional hr department used to do. That's now done by software. You know. I think there's a lot of paper pushing things that have been automated and you know worked pretty well. It's just putting stuff into software so filling out forms for example. We probably all do those a lot has chat bots which are pretty common the same sort of thing that you'd get if you call customer service although we hope it works better than that it answers your questions and moves you along the trails. The things which are kind of on the horizon are things that involve machine learning and building rhythms. That will actually help you. Predict things like predict who will be a good employee or possibly even predicted will be a bad employees. You know who among your current people might steal from you or something like that right and those are the more controversial ones that seems pretty scary knowing what we know about mistakes that algorithms make one of the big differences is that algorithms make in terms of mistakes as they make mistakes at scale for example. If you're thinking about hiring generally speaking we do hiring really poorly. We pushed the problem off on the line managers because it's cheap to do and each manager does it differently so say they actually discriminate against somebody. Well there's one manager and one problem that maybe you could identify once you have an algorithm that makes hiring decisions and it makes a mistake. It's a class action mistake because it's making the same mistake for
Smart Fibers Could Turn Army Uniforms Into Wearable Computers
China Steps Up Antitrust Pressure on Internet Firms
"Chinese regulators are stepping up their scrutiny of dozens of domestic internet companies for possible antitrust violations. People familiar with matter. Say government agencies have paid surprise visits to some companies in recent weeks during which agents have questioned senior executives downloaded contracts and financial records and collected emails and internal communications. The moves come amid a broader crackdown. On china's internet jackets as the government works to rein in their influence. The regulators involved in the recent visits didn't respond to requests for comment.
Windows 11 Will Be Released on Thursday
"Eleven comes out on thursday cows to We we know it's going to be called win as eleven. There was some speculation Earlier but a leaked version came out now. The question is did microsoft leaked on purpose. There's people think microsoft leaked it to lower expectations. You said you were using they did. I let me just confirm that they did you sure of it. I've absolutely sure of it. When i when when i don't have to go through a backchannel to get it. There was pretty easy. Can't get an out. Can you know no no. They plugged the plug the hole but Look here's the thing. I don't know why they'd wanna lower expectations. Yes it's not a brand new operating system but it's pretty at. It feels a little bit faster. In some instances i liked the customize ability. I like the fact that the widget system feels less forced than it did back in the days. So it's good. It's it's not a revolutionary new operating system. People on can be buying new computers just so they can. They can run windows eleven. But it's not bad by any
Tekken X Street Fighter Canceled Officially
"More than a decade after it was first announced benign ankles crossover fighting game. Tekken cross street fighter appears to be truly finally officially dead tekken producer. Cathy hero harada in the broadcast earlier. This month that the project died while while still relatively early in development harare made the comments during stream of herodotus bar radio the producers youtube talk in riley show speaking with tech and seven game director. Kenta harada said of can cross street fighter quote yeah development stopped but we got about thirty percent done and quote. I'm going to stop. They and say thirty percent is a lot. You could've kept going. You could've kept going. We even had motions which you can see reflected in cooma end quote and i'm going to pause and say oh my god you could've kept going because a coup is great and taking seven took a horrendous it. All that they've comments referring to a guest appearance in tekken seven quote turned out as does turn out as well as expected. Pretty good female care models really twitter. I wish as expected as expected. I wish i could have shown you i was pretty confident. And quote been am co announced streeter san diego comic con july twenty ten. The game was meant to complement streetfighter across tekken. A capcom produced blend of the two fighting game franchises wall street fighter across tech and was ultimately released in two thousand twelve for ps three ps vita and xbox three sixty and follow the tutti fighting style of street fighter. Tekken cross streetfighter was designed to adhere to the three fighting style of the tekken
Would You Add Your Driver's License to Your iPhone?
"Was fifteen is going to update the iphones wallet app and it allow you to add several things including your driver's license or other personal. Id as well as other items including your car keys or your house keys. If they're compatible apple says the feature could be useful. If say you're at the airport you hit a tsa security checkpoint and instead of reaching for your physical driver's license or other id you can just whip out your phone and scan it directly in the newsletter. I wrote about how. I'm really not ready for that kind of commitment on my phone. I thought i already get anxious about losing my phone with what i already have on it. Which is email social media and stuff the thought of having my driver's license and my house keys and car keys and everything else just. I'm already worried about it. And i've not even in that situation yet. The other thing too. Is you know if i want to android for example even though yeah you can remotely wipe your phone and do things like that. It's still feels like there's a lot of effort you have to take if you've added all these features and then you want to switch and then you've got to dial it back Several readers responded on twitter. Here a couple of the more interesting ones besides the ones that suggested. I can't use my phone properly. Which i get it. It's fine it's okay. Twitter user fuser writes maybe step through the looking glass and viewed from the other side. Imagine if you lost your driver's license wouldn't it. Be nice to have it in your iphone while working on getting a replacement yes. That's absolutely convenient. I i like that idea. Another really interesting comment from johnny red beard. People have been carrying around that same information in one spot for a long time. If a lady leaves her purse somewhere she probably lost her. I d house car keys credit cards etc with an iphone. Worst case scenario. You just erase it or remotely. I totally agree. It's very convenient. It can be very useful in situations like that. I just am very i. I feel like this comes up a lot technology where we love the convenience but then we sometimes forget about the were surrendering lot of ourselves to these devices. And i think that's a matt where it's like. I'm i'm not ready for that type of sharing of my information yet with my iphone
Amazon Prime Day 2021 Shopping Tips
"Is back to kick off the summer season. Here's a B CS Michelle Franzen. Like most of everything else last year, Amazon Prime Day had to adapt to the pandemic. The annual online shopping event was pushed to October this year. It's back for 48 hours, summer run in gadgets. Valentina Palladino says. The E commerce giant has made some tweaks to its bargain hunts, including early lead sales that are already going Amazon has these sales called lightning deals that usually show you how long on the product page the deal. The deal is going to last. Just like with holiday shopping. It's good to make a list and a budget using Amazon's tools to your advantage can really help you. Michelle Franzen, ABC News
UK Regulators Probe Mobile Dominance of Apple and Google
"Uk's competition and markets authority announced an official investigation into the mobile device ecosystem. Looking into the dominance of ios and android in the control both have over at marketplaces results of the investigation are expected to be published within a year. The cma previously announced investigation into if apple unfairly favored itself in the ios app