Saturday, April 19, 2014

Technology

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.

Federal judge overseeing smartphone patents case can’t get observers to turn their phones off

SAN JOSE, Calif. — So far one of the biggest problems for the federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world’s largest smartphone makers isn’t about stolen ideas. It’s getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

Passwords, other data exposed to potential theft by security flaw in key encryption technology

SAN FRANCISCO — An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.

Stradivarius strung out: In blind test, soloists prefer newer violins to costly old ones

WASHINGTON — Ten world-class soloists put prized Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper instruments to a blind scientific test to determine which has the better sound. The results may seem off-key to musicians and collectors: The new violins won handily.
The top choice out of a dozen old and new violins was by far a new one. So was the second choice, according to a study released Monday.

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