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The new feature simplifies SSL deployment and management as a single Let's Encrypt SSL certificate will be able to protect multiple domains BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwired - May 11, 2017) - The built-in Let's Encrypt SSL on Cloudways can now be used to protect multiple domains with a single free certificate. Now, users do not have to go through the hassle of installing certificates for each domain separately, which cuts costs, minimizes deployment time, and eliminates SSL management hassles. Supported by Google Chrome, Mozilla, and EFF, Let's Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority that provides free certificates to enable HTTPS (SSL) for websites. On Cloudways, these certificates are available without any cost on a single click. "Our aim is to build Cloudways as one of the easiest cloud hosting platform in the industry. The availability of free multi-domain Let's Encrypt SSL will streamline website protection with the added benefit of cost savings and simplified management," said Aaqib Gadit, co-founder at Cloudways. By using a single Let's Encrypt free SSL certificate, website owners can secure multiple websites on a single server with HTTPS. The entire deployment process gets completed within minutes. If desired, a third-party SAN SSL certificate can also be used. The platform comes with a simple panel for installing these certificates. It only takes a few clicks to install a Let's Encrypt or custom certificate. When it comes to web app performance, Cloudways performs 300% faster when compared to other cloud platforms due to its cutting-edge ThunderStack hosting technology with HTTP/2 and advance caching systems. The platform comes with all the standard development and deployment tools, such as 15+ installation packages and scripts, browser-based SSH access, Git workflows, unlimited staging URLs, and automatic backups. With prices starting from as low as $7 a month and 99.99% uptime, Cloudways has positioned itself as an affordable, yet reliable hosting solution for developers, designers, and web media agencies. Cloudways is a managed cloud hosting platform specially made for developers, ecommerce websites, digital agencies, and designers. Users can deploy their apps on reliable cloud infrastructure providers, like DigitalOcean, Vultr, Google Compute Engine, Kyup, and Amazon Web Services within minutes and without the worry of server management. The platform is coupled with CloudwaysBot, a unique hosting assistant that provides timely insights on server and app performance on email and Slack. Moreover, Cloudways provides 24x7 support via Live Chat and Ticketing Portal where cloud experts are available to tackle server related problems. To know more, please visit www.cloudways.com or email at join@cloudways.com.

News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Last week, Microsoft finally announced its much-anticipated competitor to Google’s Chrome OS. It’s called Windows 10 S, and it’s essentially a stripped-down, streamlined version of the company’s desktop OS. It seems like a solid idea, but if there’s one thing about the new Windows “lite” that is giving would-be buyers pause, it’s the fact that only apps from the Windows Store can be installed on any device using the new operating system, and that means no third party browsers, like Google Chrome. So why doesn’t Google just make a Windows Store version of Chrome and make everyone happy? Unfortunately it’s not nearly that easy. Don't Miss: This is how Samsung will stop the Galaxy Note7R from exploding. As ZDNet points out, Microsoft’s restrictions and requirements for apps submitted to the Windows Store would essentially force Google to totally rewrite a new browser from the ground up. The issue stems from Microsoft’s requirement that all Windows-approved apps utilize the company’s own rendering engines. Microsoft describes the policy, and its impact on third party browsers, thusly: Windows Store apps that browse the web must use HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform. All Windows Store content is certified by Microsoft to help ensure a quality experience and keep your devices safer. With this policy, instated early this year, the browser a customer chooses in the Store will ensure the protections and safeguards of our Windows platform. If people would like to access apps from other stores and services, they can switch to Windows 10 Pro at any time. In short, even if Google — or Opera or Mozilla — repackaged their browsers in a way that would allow them to be installed via the Windows Store, the actual architecture of the apps would lead Microsoft to reject them outright. In the big picture, it makes sense for Microsoft to lock down what apps are used on its education-focused Windows spin-off and, like Chrome OS, preventing third party browsers in the name of convenience and security is probably a smart play. All that being said, it certainly doesn’t make Microsoft Edge any more appealing. See the original version of this article on BGR.com

News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.techrepublic.com

Although the initial excitement about HTML5 has waned a bit in recent months, I'm seeing the maturation of the web coding language, as many organizations and developers are looking for ways to incorporate it into their frameworks and web design systems. HTML5's availability and use in modern browsers shows no signs of slowing down either. In addition, I've also observed more application development, responsive development, and mobile web designs are using the new HTML5 elements and attributes. Here's a look at several of the latest HTML5 trends. I provide examples of how each HTML5 trend is being implemented for web, mobile designs, and online gaming and development platforms. Several software organizations are using HTML5 to leverage their application development products; for this article, I'm highlighting FileMaker Web Direct and Alpha Anywhere. FileMaker Platform's FileMaker Web Direct (Figure A) is an HTML5 browser-based application suited for desktop browsers that can provide the same custom business solutions as previous traditional versions. While FileMaker WebDirect runs solutions that are used in browsers, it is not designed for use on a mobile device. (Note: FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple.) [Description courtesy of FileMaker.) Alpha Software's Alpha Anywhere is a standards-based HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript coding-optional environment that rapidly creates business applications with responsive layout and design on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop. Alpha Anywhere's latest release is not only built on HTML5, but it also creates HTML5-based applications that can be used in any device and goes beyond the typical responsive design techniques for application delivery to desktops, notebooks, laptops, and mobile phones. The tutorial Vimeo video provides a good overview of the kinds of applications that you can build using Alpha Anywhere. It also shows how to connect with a SQL database and how to make edits to add images using a notebook camera with the Alpha Anywhere image control panel (Figure B). HTML5 is gaining recognition among the online gaming developer community. In fact, if you can create an enticing interactive game using Goo Technologies for Mozilla, you might have a chance to win $45,000 USD. Read all of the details about the Mozilla and Goo's Game Creator Challenge. The deadline to submit entries is January 14, 2014 at midnight PT Two HTML5-based Goo Technologies products are Goo Create and Goo Engine. Goo Create (Figure C) is a browser-based application designed to bring simplicity and creativity to producing HTML5 and WebGL rich content. Goo Engine is an HTML5 and WebGL-based graphics engine that is capable of powering the next generation of web games, apps, and visualizations. Figure D shows the screen capture of the CocoonJS cloud-based services for HTML5 games and apps. As applications and development platforms continue to deliver new and updated releases, it will be interesting to see how HTML5 technologies get incorporated into them, as well as how HTML5 will continue to grow and mature.

News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.techrepublic.com

Firefox Aurora is the pre-Beta build of Firefox and is now available for download from the Firefox Aurora release channel. The free download includes new features for the Firefox Developer Tools. Firefox implemented these new tools based on comments from web developers and possibly in an attempt to offer an alternative to Google web developer tools. I'll review most of the new features that were covered in the Mozilla Hacks Firefox Developer Tools article Edit as HTML, Codemirror & more: JavaScript Debugger tool, edit as HTML, select default color unit format, color swatch previews, CodeMirror, and WebConsole Reflow Logging.  Note: This content is also available in gallery format. In order to test the features, I needed to download and install Firefox Aurora. So I clicked the Firefox Aurora Free Download button, and then clicked the executable file firefox-27.0a2.en-US.win32.installer-stub.exe (Figure A). I unchecked the selection to Make Aurora My Default Browser and then clicked the Options button (Figure A), which resulted in the Aurora Setup dialog box (Figure B). I made sure the default browser selection was still unchecked and also unchecked the selection to create a shortcut on my desktop. Then I clicked the Install button. It took a few minutes to get the download onto my PC (I have Time Warner Cable Turbo at 21M download speed) (Figure C). You may receive a notification from your antivirus software about an unknown file after you execute the installation file; this is mainly due to the newness of the file, but also due to the fact that it's a pre-beta version, so it has little history at this point. Once the download and installation is complete, you are immediately taken to the Aurora browser and the About Aurora box (Figure D). During the installation, if you select the checkbox to add a shortcut to your quick launch bar, you'll see the Aurora globe icon as displayed on the far right in Figure E. To use the new Firefox Developer Tools, right-click anywhere on the screen in Aurora and then click Inspect Element (Q) (Figure F). The Developer Tools panel opens defaulted to the Inspector tab at the bottom of the screen (Figure G). According to the JavaScript Debugger, the new tool allows you to automatically break a variety of DOM events without having to preset any breakpoints. Follow these steps to use the JavaScript Debugger (Figure H): 1. Click the Debugger tab from the Developer Tools panel. 2. Click the Expand Panes button, which is to the right of the search text box. 3. Click the Events tab. You can click any event to pause it the next time it occurs. By default, the Developer Tool opens to the Inspector tab. From there, you can make edits to the HTML by right-clicking any element and then selecting the Edit As HTML option (Figure I). And then the content box opens where you can edit the HTML (Figure J). You now have the option to select the default color unit format for the Inspector tab. The selection options are in the Toolbox Options, and can be opened by clicking the cog button at the far left of the Developer Tools panel (Figure K). The color selector unit options are Hex, HSL(A), RGB(A), and Color Names (Figure L). Color swatch previews are now available from the Rules pane on the right side and show colors from selected elements within the Inspector pane (Figure M), where the "content" includes the rule for a 2px border with a solid #000 and a background with a color of #333. The popular and versatile HTML5-based text editor CodeMirror is implemented in JavaScript for the browser and is now the component editor used in Firefox Developer Tools. It is in the Style Editor, Debugger, Inspector as the Edit As HTML option described above and in Scratchpad. From the Options settings, you can select from two Dev Tool Themes: Light or Dark (Figure N). Figure O is an example of the Light Theme with the Style Editor pane open within the Developer Tools pane. From the Developer Tools panel, click the Console tab, select the CSS menu, and then click the Log menu item (Figure P). With the log on, every time a reflow occurs on the active and inspected web page, a log will be printed with the name of the JavaScript function that triggered the recorded reflow (Figure Q). The new features in Firefox Developer Tools found in the pre-Beta release of Aurora are a good testing ground for future releases of the Firefox browser. It shows that Mozilla is listening to the web developer community and responding with great results. What, if any, Firefox Developer Tools do you use in your day-to-day web development? Also, if you checked out Aurora, share your impressions of the release in the discussion.

Thursday 26 February 2015 was a good day for internet freedom campaigners. On that day the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to more strictly regulate internet service providers (ISPs) and to enshrine the principles of “net neutrality” as law. The vote reclassified wireless and fixed-line broadband service providers as Title II “common carriers”, a public utility-type designation that gives the FCC the ability to set rates, open up access to competitors and more closely regulate the industry. “The internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet,” said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. “It’s simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field.” Two years on and Trump’s new FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, has announced plans to overturn the 2015 order, in turn gutting net neutrality. A vote on this proposal is due to take place on 18 May. Here’s why it matters. Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) treat everyone’s data equally, whether that’s an email from your mom, a bank transfer, or a streamed episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. It means that ISPs don’t get to choose which data is sent more quickly and which sites get blocked or throttled (for example slowing the delivery of a TV show because it’s streamed by a video company that competes with a subsidiary of the ISP) and who has to pay extra. For this reason some have described net neutrality as the “first amendment of the internet”. ISPs provide you with access to the internet and include companies such as Verizon, Comcast, Charter, Verizon, CenturyLink and Cox. Content companies include Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. In some cases ISPs are also content providers, for example Comcast owns NBCUniversal and delivers TV shows through its Xfinity internet service. Content providers including Netflix, Apple and Google. They argue that people are already paying for connectivity and so deserve access to a quality experience. Mozilla, the non-profit company behind the Firefox web browser, is a vocal supporter, and argues that it allows for creativity, innovation and economic growth. More than 800 startups, investors and other people and organizations sent a letter to Pai stating that “without net neutrality the incumbents who provide access to the internet would be able to pick winners or losers in the market. They could impede traffic from our services in order to favor their own services or established competitors. Or they could impose new tolls on us, inhibiting consumer choice.” Many consumers support the rules to protect the openness of the internet. Some of them may have been swayed by Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, who pointed out that “there are multiple examples of ISP fuckery over the years” so restrictions are important. Big broadband companies including AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and Cox. They argue that the rules are too heavy-handed and will stifle innovation and investment in infrastructure and have filed a series of lawsuits challenging the FCC’s authority to impose net neutrality rules. Publicly, however, the message is different. Verizon released an odd video on the topic insisting that they were not trying to kill net neutrality rules and that pro-net neutrality groups are using the issue to fundraise. Comcast also launched a Twitter campaign insisting it supports net neutrality. Yes. Opponents don’t like the idea of putting the federal government at the center of the internet when, as Pai has said, “nothing is broken”. The new FCC chairman argues that the 2015 rules were established on “hypothetical harms and hysterical prophecies of doom” and that they are generally bad for business. “It’s basic economics. The more heavily you regulate something, the less of it you’re likely to get,” he said. The big broadband companies publicly state they are quibbling the Title II “common carrier” designation rather than net neutrality per se. They believe they shouldn’t be regulated in the same way that telecommunications services are and prefer the light touch regulation they would otherwise be subject to under their previous Title I designation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The FCC lacks the direct authority to regulate Title I “information services”. Trump’s Republican party is showing its colors as friendly to big corporations even if it leads to the unfettered accumulation of corporate power. It’s the second major roll-back of Obama-era internet protections. In March, Congress voted to allow ISPs to sell the browsing habits of their customers to advertisers. The move, which critics charge will fundamentally undermine consumer privacy in the US, overturned rules drawn up by the FCC that would have given people more control over their personal data. Without the rules, ISPs don’t have to get people’s consent before selling their data – including their browsing histories – to advertisers and others. There are 10 days to protest the roll-back of the FCC’s net neutrality rules. You can use this website to write to the FCC and Congress or leave a voice message for Mozilla, which will collect them all together as an audio file and send them to the FCC.

News Article | April 12, 2017
Site: www.techradar.com

FTP clients are essential tools for anyone who needs to transfer files between their PC and remote servers. If you want to upload website content, back up important documents to an off-site location, or share files with a select group of friends via a secure server, the right client will make your life much easier. Security is one of the most important considerations when you're looking for a great FTP client – particularly support for proxies and encryption. The FTP client's interface is also important. A two-pane design is most common, but customization options are always welcome. The ability to pause and resume downloads is a huge benefit as well, as is automatic pickup of dropped connections. With that in mind, these are the best free FTP clients available today. Your exact choice will depend on the files you'll be transferring and where, as well as your own level of experience, but these are all excellent tools that will serve you well. Fast, secure and highly customizable, FileZilla is the best free FTP client for Windows One of the best known free FTP clients out there, FileZilla has earned itself a great reputation over the years – and for good reason. If you're using it to upload large files to your website (or to any server, for that matter), you'll appreciate not only the secure transfer option, but also the ability to pause and resume uploads and downloads. For anyone who works with multiple sites or servers, FileZilla's bookmarking is a great timesaver. The multi-pane interface might seem a little excessive to start with, but it's something you soon get used to, and it makes navigating remote sites a piece of cake. What's particularly pleasing about this free FTP client is the fact that the interface is incredibly customizable, so if there's something you don’t like, you can probably change it. This well considered design puts you firmly in the driving seat, and makes FileZilla the best free FTP client available today. Very easy to use, with advanced features wrapped in a no-frills interface, CoreFTP is a close runner-up A cut-down version of Core FTP Pro, Core FTP LE still has a great deal to offer, and it should be more than capable of handling your file transfer needs. Core FTP LE looks a bit dated, but that's unlikely to be a deciding factor when you're picking a free FTP client, and there are plenty of different views to work with according to your preferences. What is a slight problem, however, is the nag screen that reminds you every time you start the program that it cannot be used for commercial purposes. Some of Core FTP's features are exclusive to the Pro version, such as thumbnails, enhanced FTP scheduling and encryption and decryption, but Core FTP LE isn't short of useful extras. With browser integration, remote file editing, pause and resume of file transfers and support for proxies, firewalls, and htaccess and htpasswd editing, it's highly accomplished free FTP client that's well worth checking out. This FTP client is a tiny browser extension that fills a gap in Firefox's arsenal of online applications FireFTP is a little different from the other FTP clients in this roundup because it isn't a standalone application. Instead it is a plugin for Firefox, bringing FTP functionality to Mozilla's web browser. This is a bog bonus if you are an existing Firefox user, but is it reason enough to switch browsers if your allegiances lie elsewhere? Although you might feel that using a browser extension as an FTP client would mean making compromises, FireFTP is on a par with all of the other tools in this roundup. The beauty of this particular FTP client is that it is cross-platform -- if you can install Firefox, you can install FireFTP. You can use it to manage multiple sites, and drag and drop support is present even though this is an extension. Importantly, there is SSL/TLS encryption and remote editing, as well as folder comparison for checking what changes you are yet to upload. A dependable FTP client from the people behind CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor CoffeeCup Free FTP was developed by CoffeeCup Software - a software company best known for its superb free HTML editor. Although CoffeeCup Free FTP isn't aimed at power users, it has everything you need for day-to-day file transfers, including SSH transfers, file editing, and permission editing. The FTP client's interface is customizable, but it is also plagued by ads that encourage you to upgrade to a paid-for version of the program. If you can turn a blind eye to this, you'll get on well with the program even if not every feature is completely intuitive. As well as more hardcore features such as the terminal, CoffeeCup Free FTP includes a great one-click backup option to protect your files in case of an accident. A powerful FTP client that's available in both standard and portable editions One of the great things about WinSCP is that it is available not only as a standard, installable program, but also as a portable app. This is great for anyone who regularly finds themselves working on different computers, as the software can be popped onto a USB drive and moved from machine to machine complete with all your files and settings. WinSCP is still being actively developed and updated, so don't be put off by its retro looks; it's a superb modern FTP client. The name derives from the fact that the program support not just FTP and SFTP, but also SCP. Switching to Commander view provides access to a wealth of advanced options, but this does make the interface a little cluttered and overwhelming; it's a delicate balancing act between power and usability.

News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: www.fastcompany.com

The class of 2017 is joining the workforce with some tough challenges but, according to researchers, with plenty of optimism. But no matter how lofty the speeches on this year’s commencement circuit may be, the reality is that lots of new grads will land in crappy entry-level jobs–if they’re lucky to find jobs at all. That means competition for the good ones is going to be steep. So to find out what it takes to get a leg up, Fast Company asked a few recent grads at YouTube, Giphy, and SoundCloud for their advice. Related: What It Takes To Start Your Career At Facebook, Nike, Refinery29, And BuzzFeed Make Something You Can Show Off Probably the most common resume-writing advice is to avoid describing your job duties and focus instead on something you actually accomplished. Not only is that wise counsel, it goes for your LinkedIn profile, too, and Niger Little-Poole and Mike Nolan are living proof that it works. Both joined the GIF-sharing app Giphy less than a year ago, after recruiter Eric Goldfarb noticed on LinkedIn that both had done some interesting work. While interning at Mozilla, Nolan had built an in-browser video-editing tool that caught Goldfarb’s eye. Nolan, now a web engineer at Giphy, was proud of the project, and since it was open-source, he was able to share it on GitHub, then post the link on LinkedIn. “I really liked the project so I really wanted to tell people about it,” he says. Little-Poole’s role as a data scientist at Giphy is his second job out of college, but he’s had even more success than Nolan using this approach. Little-Poole cites mutually up-to-date GitHub and LinkedIn accounts as a major reason he’s landed internships as well the data engineering job he held prior to joining Giphy. On LinkedIn, he lists the “tools I know how to use, programming languages, and I keep a lot of links to things I’ve worked on in the past.” Related: This Is What Recruiters Look For On Your LinkedIn Profile It’s a simple matter of giving employers something concrete to get interested about. Little-Poole says he’s already “seen that come up a lot of times on interviews. People ask very specifically because they can see it,” adding, “I really think it’s about having done something.” He’s right. Writing for Fast Company earlier this month, Facebook’s head of people Lori Goler confirmed how important this is. “If you can show a hiring manager at Facebook something you yourself thought of, put together on your own, and then convinced other people to start using, you’ll stand a better chance of sticking out.” “I wasn’t a strong engineer when I started interning at Google. I had barely started coding the year that I applied,” says Angelica Inguanzo, now a user experience (UX) engineer at YouTube. But she was undaunted. “I just kept learning and developing my coding skills, and that’s what led me from a nontechnical internship to more technical projects and my current engineering position.” Inguanzo says earning a spot in Google’s BOLD internship program was a crucial factor in eventually landing a full-time role, and she chalks that win up to a few things. First, she says, “I could talk for days about my passions,” which include the “intersection of art and technology,” and second, “I had experience in a range of areas because I was constantly challenging myself.” It didn’t matter that she wasn’t the world’s best developer. Inguanzo’s first few college internships were in photography, videography, and film editing, where she also picked up some experience using Adobe products like Illustrator and Photoshop. But Inguanzo knows it wasn’t her technical credentials that put her over the top–it was her “soft skills,” especially her ability to stay flexible enough to learn on the fly. “I always did more than I was asked,” she says. “I didn’t wait for anyone to tell me what needed to be done–I paid attention and looked for solutions.” One of her jobs as a Google intern was to analyze social media metrics, but Inguanzo took it a step further (right in line with Goler’s advice): “I went on to build a system that allowed my teammates to track their specific metrics easily.” Related: Forget Coding–Here’s The Skill You Need Most When You Start Your Career Lean Into Any Connection You Can Find Dennis Lee joined the streaming platform SoundCloud as a marketing coordinator in October last year, and he suspects it had something to do with his interview habits. “I think what got me through the door with my hiring manager was that I had previously worked at an agency that she worked with,” he says, “so there was that connection.” Dumb luck, sure, but Lee was savvy enough to lean into that on his interview. “We talked a lot about the projects I worked on while at the agency and compared our experiences in workflow with that agency versus how things were done at SoundCloud.” This strategy isn’t always obvious. Job interviews often feel more one-sided than like actual conversations, and candidates may hesitate to turn the tables and ask a hiring manager about their own experiences. But not Lee, who looked for any point of overlap he could find. “In my second interview, with her manager, I remember being able to really connect on how we had both lived in Berlin before.” Living in Berlin isn’t a job skill, but it was a great excuse to make a one-on-one connection: “He previously worked out of SoundCloud’s Berlin office, whereas I spent a semester studying abroad there. We talked mostly about the differences in lifestyle, people, and work culture in Berlin versus New York.” Looking back, says, Lee, “it was just a personal connection that did the trick.” Do What You Like, Quit What You Don’t This graduation season, you’ll probably hear a lot of lame, unhelpful advice, like “follow your passion” or “own your own future.” When you just need a decent paycheck to start chipping away at your student loan debt, doing something you love might sound like a luxury, especially early in your career. But Inguanzo thinks the bigger risk is getting “stuck somewhere that you’re not happy.” As she puts it, “Sometimes we may do work that we don’t realize we will love, or hate,” but that the only way to know for sure is to try. If something isn’t a good fit, quit it fast and move on. This takes equal parts decisiveness and patience, Lee points out. If you’re not in a hurry to determine your lifelong career obsessions right after graduating, you’re freer to experiment–or even just hold out. “In my case it was just about being patient until the right thing presented itself,” he says. Adds Inguanzo, “The way I see it, if there’s no passion, there’s no point.”

News Article | May 18, 2017
Site: motherboard.vice.com

To stay off the radar when leaking information to the press, whistleblowers often turn to the dark web to mask their identity. But that's no match for a new malicious app that spies on your computer hardware, and can tell when you've visited whistleblower sites through the Tor Browser. Thankfully, this revelation doesn't come from hackers. Instead, the app was developed by computer scientists at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and they uploaded a paper outlining their work to the arXiv preprint server last week. Their app makes use of a well-known attack in academic circles: if you carefully track and analyze the patterns of use on a computer's processor, you can piece together what the user is actually doing. Now, the researchers have shown that it can be done with a malicious app running in the background on someone's machine, and a bit of AI. "You might protect your browsing habits by going into incognito mode or using the Tor Browser—the traffic there is hidden from, say, your IT admin," said Berk Sunar, one of the study's co-authors, over the phone. "What we're showing here is that in that unprotected corporate environment, even using tools like Tor, your browsing history can be leaked in part to a monitoring authority." Read More: Tor Project and Mozilla Making It Harder for Malware to Unmask Users The researchers used Linux, which allowed them to access the data they needed (a rooted Windows or Mac system could allow similar access, Sunar said). They first tracked processor usage with the app while browsing different sites in Chrome in incognito mode, and in Tor, the browser that lets you access the dark web. An AI algorithm then parsed all of this data to come up with a baseline to predict which sites a user visited. After training, the algorithm could look at new hardware use patterns via the app and predict whether a user had visited Netflix or Amazon with surprising accuracy: 86.3 percent for Chrome in Incognito mode. In Tor, the system was less accurate, but only slightly. Just by looking at hardware use and analyzing it with an algorithm, the researchers could infer which websites were being accessed via Tor with 71 percent accuracy. When it came to whistleblower sites like Wikileaks and GlobalLeaks, the system's accuracy jumped to 84 percent. The results for Tor were generally worse because the malicious tracking app caught the browser start-up and all the random jitters due to connection delays, creating a noisy dataset. The accuracy was better for whistleblowing sites, Sunar said, simply because it's a much smaller pool of sites to choose from. So, if you're a whistleblower, how worried should you be about the government, or anyone else, using this tool to find you? "In the short term, I'd say not very worried, because there are so many other vulnerabilities out there that are easier to pull off," Sunar said. (The research was government-funded, via the US National Science Foundation, an agency that funds a wide array of research into science and engineering). And remember, these are researchers working in a tightly controlled experimental environment, trying to prove that they can do something nobody's done before—not spooks or hackers trying to make a buck. "You could tie it into a simple gaming application" There's also the fact that the work took place in Linux, which is an extremely unpopular operating system. Taking this mobile, and on a more popular platform like iOS, would take some work. The iPhone's operating system doesn't allow access to the same fine-grain detail Linux allows, but there are other hardware performance indicators that could be folded into the system to work on iOS. "You could tie it into a simple gaming application," Sunar said. "Like Tetris, for example." The attack also requires the user to download a malicious app, and although scammy apps have made it onto major app stores before, there's no guarantee that this one would. You'd also have to be in the crosshairs for someone really, really determined, in which case you might have bigger problems. Still, the research is a good reminder that no privacy tool is perfect, and perhaps most importantly, if you let somebody own your computer, well, you're boned. The lesson remains: don't click any phishy links out there, and be careful what apps you put on your machine. Subscribe to Science Solved It , Motherboard's new show about the greatest mysteries that were solved by science.

News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: www.cnet.com

The Hilton Union Square Hotel in San Francisco was busier than normal as people hustled to grab boxed sandwich lunches. The food was provided by Samsung, which played host to a developer conference last week to promote its homegrown Tizen operating system. With a turkey sandwich in hand, I struck up a conversation with a photographer who has never made a Tizen app. "I was hoping to learn how to use the Gear 360 in photography," said Rosswell Liongson, who found out about the event at the Samsung section of a Bay Area Best Buy store. Unfortunately for Liongson, the 360 camera wasn't a topic at the Tizen conference, held the same time as Google's popular I/O developer conference. It only works with Samsung's high-end Android phones and, soon, Apple's iPhones (but, notably, not Tizen). The second person I met was an IT worker who dabbled in app development on the side. He tried making a Tizen smartwatch app once but said he probably won't work with the software again. Then there was the conference sponsor whose technology acts as a smart home remote via iPhones or Android devices -- but not Tizen. Another IT worker said he had no plans to make Tizen apps but wanted to learn more about what Samsung's up to. The interactions I had underscored the perennial problem Samsung faces as it pushes its own software. It's hard to get people excited about yet another operating system, particularly when it comes to mobile. After fits and starts, Tizen has finally found a niche in powering Samsung's internet-connected home appliances and TVs, as well as its Gear smartwatches. But for the lifeblood of any platform -- developers -- Tizen is largely still a non-entity. That's a particular problem when it comes to mobile. "There's no need for another mobile operating system and basically no chance of success for another mobile operating system," Global Data analyst Avi Greengart said. "If I've got an OS, I'm going to find other markets for it." But, this is Samsung we're talking about. If anyone can make it work, it's the world's largest phone maker, right? The company declined to make any executives available for interview at the developer conference. It said more than 1,000 people -- developers, service and content partners -- attended the event, and "the majority" were developers. Android, iOS and Windows may be household names, but you'd be forgiven if you've never even heard of Tizen. This year's Tizen Developer Conference marked the fifth annual gathering (yep, there's already been five). Walking around the Hilton ballrooms, it was clear many of the attendees were Samsung employees. It wasn't always that way. The first such gathering, in 2012 in San Francisco, marked the introduction of Tizen 1.0 as an open-source project. The real launch came in February 2013 when a group of heavy-hitting companies, led by Samsung, held a splashy party at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona. Attendees snacked on freshly shucked oysters and made-to-order crepes as they learned how Samsung and its lead development partner, Intel, planned to upend the mobile market. On display were several prototype phones running Tizen. At that time, Apple's iOS and Google's Android dominated the phone world, but it wasn't too farfetched to think there could be a strong third player. Microsoft tried. So did BlackBerry and Mozilla. All failed. "The phone is highly dependent on apps," Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. "Look at how well Microsoft [and others] learned that lesson." But Tizen had other big wireless providers on board, like Sprint, Vodafone, Japan's NTT Docomo and France's Orange. Kiyohito Nagata, managing director of strategic marketing for NTT DoCoMo and then-chairman of the Tizen Association, hailed the launch event as "the basement of the future success of the Tizen OS and ecosystem." Eventually, the carriers all ditched their plans for Tizen phones. Rather than pushing out a flashy, high-end phone, Samsung instead targeted emerging markets with a cheap device. Its first Tizen phone, the Samsung Z, was slated for release in late 2014 in Russia; instead, the company delayed it indefinitely. The company eventually introduced the Samsung Z1 in India in 2015 for less than $100. It expanded to other Southwest Asian countries that year and moved into Africa and Southeast Asia -- South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Indonesia -- in 2016. This year, it will launch Tizen phones across the entire continent of Africa as well as Middle Eastern and Latin American countries such as Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Bolivia and Peru. Last week, Samsung introduced the Z4, its latest budget Tizen phone. It also boasted at the developer confab that Tizen phone sales jumped 30 percent globally from 2015 to 2016 and will more than double in 2017. "We're expecting continuous but even faster growth in the future," Hokyu Choi, director and head of the Tizen mobile business at Samsung, said during a keynote at the Tizen Developer Conference. He added that, eventually, Samsung's Tizen phones "will be available to all countries in the world." Still, it will be tough going. Even though Samsung has talked up the success of Tizen, CounterPoint Research analyst Neil Shah estimated Samsung sold 1 million Tizen phones in India, the software's first and biggest market. That's a big number until you consider it's less than 3 percent of the total number of smartphones the company sold in that country, and less than 1 percent of the total smartphones in India shipped by all handset makers, he said. Overall, Samsung last year shipped 309.4 million smartphones globally, according to Strategy Analytics. It remained the world's biggest phone maker -- with 21 percent of the market -- despite the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco hurting its sales. In 2013, JK Shin, the head of Samsung's mobile business at the time, said the company wanted Tizen to be on everything. Samsung's nearly reached that goal, with its TVs, appliances and wearables using the software. Despite Samsung's ambitions for Tizen smartphones, it's all the other connected devices where it has a better chance, analysts say. Take smartwatches. Samsung's first device, the Galaxy Gear from late 2013, initially ran Android, but Samsung updated the software to Tizen in May 2014. Ever since then, virtually all of Samsung's smartwatches run Tizen. In the first quarter of 2017, Tizen leapfrogged Google's Android Wear software to become the second biggest operating system for smartwatches with 19 percent market share, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple, with its watchOS, had 57 percent of the market. "It makes sense for Samsung to say, 'Use Android where it does best,' but Tizen has a really useful role to play in wearables and other places where Android has fallen short," Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson said. In 2015, Tizen made its way to Samsung's smart TV lineup. It's also now in smart home appliances, like the Family Hub Refrigerator. It's those products where Samsung has an edge -- it's the world's biggest TV maker and the largest home appliance vendor in the US. Google and Apple don't have the same presence in larger electronics. Google didn't have a comment for this report. The day after my turkey sandwich lunch, I was back in the Hilton ballroom to meet with Glympse CEO Bryan Trussel. The location-sharing app is one developer that's supported Tizen nearly from the beginning. It has built apps for Samsung's smartwatches and at CES in January unveiled an app for Samsung's Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator. During the developer conference last week, Glympse said it had developed an app for Samsung's smart TVs that let you see the location of family members -- or even your cable provider -- right on the television's display. Trussel walked me over to Samsung's flashy -- and pricey -- refrigerator to show me how I could track my Pizza Hut delivery on the appliance's screen or see when my loved ones would get home. Then he showed me the same features on a large Samsung smart TV. "The goal is anywhere, any device, any time," Trussel said of the Glympse app. Next up for Glympse and its Samsung partnership could be an actual Tizen phone app. The two companies are in talks about that now, Trussel said, and it's likely Glympse will have an app for Samsung's Tizen phones later this year. "Looking back, [betting on Tizen] was a risk that we're glad we took," he said. Now Samsung just needs to hope Glympse is not alone. Virtual reality 101: CNET tells you everything you need to know about VR. 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Today, Mozilla unveils several initiatives including an event focused on Internet Health with special guests DeRay McKesson, Lauren Duca and more, a brand new podcast, new tech to help create a voice database, as well as some local SF pop-ups. Mozilla is doing this to draw the public’s attention to mounting concern over the consolidation of power online, including the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed actions to kill net neutrality. Sixty percent of people in the U.S. are worried about online services being owned by a small number of services, according to a new Mozilla/Ipsos poll. Seventy-six percent of people in the U.S. support net neutrality, according to another Mozilla/Ipsos poll. “The Internet is a vital tool that touches every aspect of modern life," said Mark Surman, Mozilla's Executive Director. "If you care about freedom of speech, economic growth and a level playing field, then you care about guarding against those who would throttle, lock down or monopolize the web as if they owned it. At Mozilla, we're fueling a movement to ensure the web is something that belongs to all of us. Forever.” On Thursday, June 29, Mozilla will host “A Night for Internet Health” — a free live event featuring prominent thinkers, performers, and political voices discussing power, progress, and life on the Web. Mozilla will be joined by musician Neko Case, Pod Save the People host DeRay McKesson, Teen Vogue columnist Lauren Duca, technologist Anil Dash, comedian Moshe Kasher, tech media personality Veronica Belmont, and Sens. Al Franken and Ron Wyden via video. The event is from 7-10 p.m. (PDT), June 29 at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco. Tickets will be available through the Center’s Box Office starting June 15. Credentials are available for media. On June 26, Mozilla will debut the podcast IRL(In Real Life). Host Veronica Belmont will share stories from the wilds of the Web, and real talk about online issues that affect us where we live. Starting this week, people can pre-subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, or wherever they get their podcasts. Voice-enabled devices represent the next major disruption, but access to databases is expensive and doesn’t include a diverse set of accents and languages. Mozilla’s Project Common Voice aims to solve the problem by inviting people to donate samples of their voices to a massive global project that will allow anyone to quickly and easily train voice-enabled applications. Mozilla will make this resource available to the public later this year. The project will be featured at guerilla pop-ups in San Francisco, where people can also create custom tote bags or grab a T-shirt that expresses their support for a healthy Internet and net neutrality. Beginning on Monday, June 19, Mozilla will launch a provocative advertising campaign across San Francisco and online, highlighting what’s at stake with the attacks on net neutrality and power consolidation on the web. The advertisements juxtapose opposing messages, for example, one advertisement contrasts “Let’s Kill Startups” with “Actually, let’s not. Raise your voice for net neutrality.” About Mozilla Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the open web for more than 15 years. We promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to experience the Web on computers, tablets and mobile devices. For more information, visit http://www.mozilla.org.

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