- Marissa Mayer Is Bringing Back the Internet Portal. Here’s Why
Since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO of Yahoo last year, there’s been a lot of talk about how the famously detail-oriented ex-Googler will “refocus” the company. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that Mayer is broadening, not narrowing, Yahoo’s scope, cementing its once passé reputation as the original internet “portal”—Ryan Tate at Wired
- iPhone and Android are different, so stop trying to compare them
Months and months of the same data are pointing to one conclusion: iPhone and Android really can’t be compared. In fact, they’re on two different trajectories—Lauren Hockenson at GigaOM
- New Tasks Become as Simple as Waving a Hand With Brain-Computer Interfaces
Small electrodes placed on or inside the brain allow patients to interact with computers or control robotic limbs simply by thinking about how to execute those actions. This technology could improve communication and daily life for a person who is paralyzed or has lost the ability to speak from a stroke or neurodegenerative disease.Now, University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that when humans use this technology — called a brain-computer interface — the brain behaves much like it does when completing simple motor skills such as kicking a ball, typing or waving a hand. Learning to control a robotic arm or a prosthetic limb could become second nature for people who are paralyzed—ScienceDaily
- Shut Down Your PC: Citadel Crooks Are Still At Large
The FBI and Microsoft managed to shut down the “Citadel” botnet after spending a year tracking down its command and control and killing it. According to reports, this malware key-logged enough passwords and bank account information to steal $500 million from bank accounts around the world in every country except Russia and the Ukraine.
It’s suspected that the mastermind, who goes by the alias Aquabox, is holed up in one of those two countries. According to Reuters, “the criminals remain at large and the authorities do not know the identities of any of the ringleaders.” So where does that leave us? Infected machines still seem to be in the field; we merely disconnected these machines from the command and control network. Does it really take over a year to achieve this?—At PCMag, John Dvorak bemoans the state of Internet security
- Tour the bridge of the spaceship Enterprise
If you are a Star Trek fan, take a look at the pictures at io9 of the bridge on the Enterprise. One is shown below.
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