Entries by Ankur Agarwal

Facebook and Instagram add dashboards to help you manage your time on social apps

You can now set reminders to tell you when you’ve spent too much time browsing your feeds

Facebook and Instagram are introducing a new dashboard to tell you how long you’ve spent inside their apps, along with tools for setting daily limits and temporarily muting your push notifications. The new set of features, called “Your time on Facebook” and “Your … Read more...

NSA has yet to fix security holes that helped Snowden leaks

It would still be possible for someone to sneak out sensitive data.

Edward Snowden’s success in leaking NSA data was chalked up in part to the agency’s own security lapses, so you’d think that the agency would have tightened up its procedures in the past five years… right? Apparently not. The NSA Inspector General’s office has published an audit indicating … Read more...

Samsung patches multiple Smart Things Hub security flaws

Samsung’s SmartThings hub suffered from 20 vulnerabilities that could have allowed attackers to control the internet-of-things devices connected to it. Thankfully, security intelligence firm Cisco Talos discovered the flaws and worked with the Korean company to resolve the issues, allowing Samsung to release a firmware update that patches them for all affected customers. Talos admits in its report that some … Read more...

What is Hadoop? How is Hadoop connected with the Cloud?

What is Hadoop?

Hadoop is an open source framework that is ideally suitable for developing software apps and reliable, distributed, scalable computing. The Hadoop distributed computing is required to support the growth of voluminous data. It is also perfect for analyzing, storing, and processing big data files running over the clusters. The big data ecosystem techniques are placed at the … Read more...

Communicating with drones using facial expressions and gestures could help save lives

With first responders beginning to use robots and drones to assist in search and rescue operations, having simple and easy to use ways of communicating with them can save precious moments and could help save lives.

In Simon Fraser University’s Autonomy Lab, researchers are using artificial intelligence to develop drone technologies that can make the human-robot interaction more intuitive, without … Read more...

Reminder: Google Flips To HTTPS by Default Tomorrow

Starting Tuesday, Google Chrome will begin warning users who visit unencrypted websites that their traffic is flowing to an insecure location. It’s a transition we’ve covered several times already this year, and while it might seem to be a minor shift, getting news out to folks so they aren’t freaked out by the switch from “secure” messaging to “insecure” messaging … Read more...

Microsoft provides free lessons for quantum computing basics

Want to learn more about quantum computing and how to program in the Q# language? Microsoft just launched Quantum Katas, an open source project that does just that by providing you with tutorials for learning at your own pace. According to Microsoft, these exercises are based on three learning principles: Active learning, incremental complexity growth, and feedback.

 

“Each … Read more...