Thursday, April 24, 2014

Technology

Microsoft expands ad-free Bing searches for US schools from kindergarten through 12th grade

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Scientists: Drones prove useful in unearthing archeological mysteries

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Recently published research describes how archeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico.

Broadcasters’ copyright challenge to streaming TV could have big impact on how we get programs

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a dispute between broadcasters and an Internet startup company that has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry.

More than 42% of anglophone Canadians now own a tablet: study

TORONTO — More than 42 per cent of anglophone Canadians now own a tablet and most are increasingly choosing one of Apple’s iPads, suggests a report by the Media Technology Monitor.
Tablet ownership spiked by about 66 per cent between 2012 and 2013, according to the results of a MTM survey conducted with 4,009 Canadians between Oct. 7 and Dec. 1 of last year.

900 SINs stolen from CRA

OTTAWA—The federal tax agency says the social insurance numbers of roughly 900 people were stolen from its systems, which were left vulnerable by the so-called Heartbleed bug.
The Canada Revenue Agency blocked public access to its online services for several days last week until it addressed the security risk, but said today there nonetheless was a data breach over a six-hour period.

Robotic submarine deployed for first time to search for Malaysia jet wreckage

PERTH, Australia — Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner’s black boxes for six days, the leader of the search effort said.

Federal websites disabled

THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA—All federal departments using software vulnerable to the so-called Heartbleed bug have been ordered to immediately disable public websites.
The directive issued late yesterday calls this a precautionary measure until the “appropriate security patches are in place and tested,” but did not indicate how many departments are involved.

Team out to build functional heart with 3-D printer

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—It may sound far-fetched but scientists are trying to build a human heart with a 3-D printer.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted.

Does it have heart? Scientists trying to build functional human heart with 3-D printer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer.

Passwords, other sensitive data exposed to potential theft by ‘Heartbleed’ security flaw

SAN FRANCISCO — A confounding computer bug called “Heartbleed” is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

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