Time Info Tech News http://timeinfotech.com Tech Business News Daily Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:44:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ford: 'Fully autonomous cars by 2021' http://timeinfotech.com/ford-fully-autonomous-cars-by-2021/ http://timeinfotech.com/ford-fully-autonomous-cars-by-2021/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:44:54 +0000 http://timeinfotech.com/ford-fully-autonomous-cars-by-2021/

Ford insists it will have a fully autonomous car, without steering wheel or brake pedals, on the road by 2021.

It comes after other car makers including Nissan and BMW said they believed full autonomous driving won’t be likely until the 2030’s.

Ford’s Ken Washington speaks to the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones.

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Surgeons label 3D printing technology 'revolutionary' http://timeinfotech.com/surgeons-label-3d-printing-technology-revolutionary/ http://timeinfotech.com/surgeons-label-3d-printing-technology-revolutionary/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:57:00 +0000 http://timeinfotech.com/surgeons-label-3d-printing-technology-revolutionary/

Surgeons are labeling 3D printing technology as revolutionary – as the ability to print bespoke implants gives patients quicker recovery times and a better end result.

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Is your child a cyberbully and if so, what should you do? http://timeinfotech.com/is-your-child-a-cyberbully-and-if-so-what-should-you-do/ http://timeinfotech.com/is-your-child-a-cyberbully-and-if-so-what-should-you-do/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:32:54 +0000 http://timeinfotech.com/is-your-child-a-cyberbully-and-if-so-what-should-you-do/

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One in five teens claims to have been cyberbullied but few admit to being the bully

Parents worry about their children being bullied online, but what if it is your child who is doing the bullying?

That was the question posed by a BBC reader, following a report on how children struggle to cope online.

There is plenty of information about how to deal with cyberbullies, but far less about what to do if you find out that your own child is the source.

The BBC took advice from experts and a mother who found out her daughter had been cyberbullying her school friends.

The parent’s view

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Nicola Jenkins found out that her 12-year-old daughter was posting unpleasant comments online from her teacher

Few parents would want to admit that their child was a bully but Nicola Jenkins has gone on record with her story. You can watch her tell it here.

“Nobody thinks that their own child is saying unkind things to other children, do they? I let them go on all the social media sites and trusted the children to use it appropriately.

“Our form tutor phoned me up during school hours one day to tell me that there’d been some messages sent between my daughter and two other friends that weren’t very nice. One of the children in particular was very upset about some of the things that had been said to her.

“Her friend’s mum spoke to me about it and showed me the messages that had been sent. When I approached my daughter about it, she denied that there had been anything going on. It took a while to get it out of her, but I was angry with her once I actually found out that she had been sending these messages.

“I spoke to her teacher and to the other parents, and between us we spoke to the children to let them know that they can’t be saying unkind things and to just make them aware that whatever they do is recorded and can be kept. And they all did learn a lesson from it.

“I removed all the social media websites from her so she wasn’t able to access them for a while and then monitored her input and what she’s been saying to people.

“But it did make me feel angry and quite ashamed that my daughter could be saying things like that to her friends, but she has grown up a bit since then and she’s learnt her lesson.

“You want to trust your children, but they can get themselves into situations that they can’t get out of.

“And as they get older, they look at different things. I know my son looks at totally different things to what my daughter does, so it’s just being aware of what they are accessing and make sure that they are happy for you to look at what they are looking at as well.”

The expert view

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There is plenty of advice for parents on coping with cyberbullying but less on what to do if your child is the bully

According to charity Internet Matters, one in five 13-18 year olds claim to have experienced cyberbullying but there are few statistics on how many children are bullying.

Carolyn Bunting, general manager of Internet Matters, offers the following advice:

“First, sit down with them and try to establish the facts around the incident with an open mind. As parents, we can sometimes have a blind spot when it comes to the behaviour of our own children – so try not to be on the defensive. Talk about areas that may be causing them distress or anger and leading them to express these feelings online.

“Make clear the distinction between uploading and sharing content because it’s funny or might get lots of ‘likes’, versus the potential to cause offence or hurt. Tell them: this is serious. It’s vital they understand that bullying others online is unacceptable behaviour. As well as potentially losing friends, it could get them into trouble with their school or the police.

“If your child was cyberbullying in retaliation, you should tell them that two wrongs cannot make a right and it will only encourage further bullying behaviour. Stay calm when discussing it with your child and try to talk with other adults to work through any emotions you have about the situation.

“Taking away devices can be counterproductive. It could make the situation worse and encourage them to find other ways to get online. Instead, think about restricting access and take away some privileges if they don’t stop the behaviour.

“As a role model, show your child that taking responsibility for your own actions is the right thing to do. Above all, help your child learn from what has happened. Think about what you could do differently as a parent or as a family and share your learning with other parents and carers.”

The social media view

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Twitter’s image has been tarnished by trolls

Many critics blame social media for not doing enough to deal with cyberbullying. Abuse is prolific on Twitter and it has pledged to do more, including improving tools that allow users to mute, block and report so-called trolls.

Sinead McSweeney, vice-president of public policy at Twitter, explained why the issue is close to her heart:

“As a mother of a seven-year-old boy, I’ve always tried to strike the right balance between promoting internet safety and encouraging the type of exploration, learning and creativity that the internet can unlock.”

She offered the following advice:

“If you find that your child is participating in this type of behaviour, a good first step is to understand the nature of the type of material they’re creating, who is the target, and try to ascertain their motivations.

“If the bullying is taking place on a social media platform, make sure to explain to them why the behaviour is inappropriate and harmful, and to supervise the deletion of the bullying content they have created. If it continues, it may be worth seeking additional advice from a teacher or trusted confidant.”

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Web databases hit in ransom attacks http://timeinfotech.com/web-databases-hit-in-ransom-attacks/ http://timeinfotech.com/web-databases-hit-in-ransom-attacks/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:24:54 +0000 http://timeinfotech.com/web-databases-hit-in-ransom-attacks/

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Gigabytes of medical data was deleted from one vulnerable database

Thousands of web-based databases have been deleted by cyberthieves seeking a ransom to restore the data.

Gigabytes of medical, payroll and other data held in MongoDB databases have been taken by attackers, say security researchers.

The systems were vulnerable to attack because their administrators accidentally left them easily accessible via the internet.

Attackers are seeking small amounts of bitcoins as payment to restore data.

The alarm about hackers targeting the vulnerable databases was raised by Victor Gevers – an ethical hacker who currently works for the Dutch government.

Mr Gevers said the attacks started before Christmas but had accelerated once the holiday period was over. Hackers were using automated scanning tools scouring the net for the telltale signature of unsecured MongoDB systems, he said.

Requests flooding in

Once they identified potential victims, attackers checked the data to see if it had any value and, if it did, deleted it and replaced it with a ransom note.

Mr Gevers said he had been racing to warn administrators of vulnerable systems to turn off net access to avoid falling victim.

“I am being flooded with requests for help,” he said, adding that the number of systems hit by attackers had now exceeded 5000. Victims include hospitals, small businesses and educational institutions.

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Cyberthieves levy a ransom in bitcoins to restore stolen data

Currently three separate groups appear to be targeting vulnerable MongoDB systems, according to the different ransom notes left in deleted databases. Ransom fees range from 0.2 bitcoins (£155) to 0.5 bitcoins (£390).

In some cases, said Mr Gevers, attackers were simply deleting data with no intention of restoring it when the ransom was paid. He said his advice was not to pay until a firm was sure that data had been copied.

Security architect Kevin Beaumont, who has also been helping vulnerable firms harden their systems against attack, said MongoDB was popular because it was free and straightforward to use.

“What would have taken a database analyst and network security engineers some time to set up a few years ago takes minutes in the age of cloud computing,” he said. “It’s incredibly easy to deploy.”

Mr Beaumont said MongoDB used to let anyone access it by default. That had changed in newer versions but many organisations were still running the older versions that were wide open.

“While applying a password on sensitive data seems like common sense, the reality is hundreds of thousands of databases are going online without any form of security whatsoever,” he added. “This problem has been known for years and continues to grow.”

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Norway's controversial radio switch-off http://timeinfotech.com/norways-controversial-radio-switch-off/ http://timeinfotech.com/norways-controversial-radio-switch-off/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:22:52 +0000 http://timeinfotech.com/norways-controversial-radio-switch-off/

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Other countries are considering switching off analogue radio

Norway will start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a controversial move that will be closely watched by other nations.

Critics have said that the government is rushing the move, with one poll from newspaper Dagbladet suggesting 66% of Norwegians oppose it.

Experts argue that the change needs to happen because digital radio can carry more channels and has clearer sound.

Switzerland, Denmark and the UK are also considering a switch-off.

The shutdown of the FM (frequency modulation) network will start in the northern city of Bodo on 11 January. By the end of the year, all national FM broadcasts will end.

Cars will be the biggest challenge in Norway, where there are an estimated 2 million vehicles that are not equipped with digital audio broadcasting (DAB) receivers. Users are being told to buy adapters which cost 1,500 Norwegian kroner (£140).

“Norwegian politicians have decided to make 15 million FM radios in Norway completely useless,” digital media expert Jan Thoresen wrote in Dagbladet earlier this year, adding: “That’s a bad idea”.

Norway’s transition to DAB radio will be closely watched by others considering a similar move, including the UK.

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What is the digital radio switchover?

Like the television switchover in 2012, the radio switch will see a change in the source from an analogue platform (AM and FM) to a digital one.

It means listeners will need a device that can pick up a digital signal.

In the UK, there are currently three national digital multiplexes (the platforms that hold stations) – one for the BBC and two commercial.

FM will probably still be used for local and community radio stations, although Ofcom has trialled some small-scale digital radio multiplexes to bring DAB to these places too.

DAB isn’t the only way of listening to digital radio. Internet radio offers more stations, including ones that are in other areas and international stations. Some DAB radios can also stream internet radio so listeners can access podcasts and overseas radio stations.

The UK switchover won’t happen until digital listening reaches 50% of all radio listening and national DAB coverage is comparable to FM, the government has said.

On the current trajectory, that critical mass may be reached in the UK in 2018, meaning switchover is unlikely to happen before 2020.

Source: Which

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'Aliens' spotted in Elite Dangerous space game http://timeinfotech.com/aliens-spotted-in-elite-dangerous-space-game/ http://timeinfotech.com/aliens-spotted-in-elite-dangerous-space-game/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:20:53 +0000 http://timeinfotech.com/aliens-spotted-in-elite-dangerous-space-game/

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Videos of the strange encounter have been posted and shared online

After years of waiting, a player of the Elite Dangerous game seems to have encountered its mysterious aliens.

Gamer DP Sayre recorded a video of his encounter with a massive, flower-shaped organic craft late on 5 January.

Other players of the space exploration and trading game have grabbed videos of similar meetings in deep space.

The encounter ends a three-year hunt by players for signs of belligerent aliens known as Thargoids that featured in the game’s earlier versions.

Hidden hints

Hints about the eventual appearance of Thargoids have been dropped regularly since the game launched in 2014. Strange objects floating in space and structures found on isolated moons and planets have revealed clues about the location of the aliens.

In an official statement, Elite creator Frontier Developments said: “We are currently investigating reports of unusual sightings around the Elite Dangerous galaxy, but we are otherwise unable to comment on galactic rumour and speculation.”

DP Sayre’s encounter took place when he was travelling between star systems using hyperspace. His ship was pulled out of hyperspace with all its instruments and weapons rendered useless. As he was drifting in space a massive organic shaped ship appeared, scanned his vessel and then jumped to hyperspace.

Attempts by Mr Sayre and others to follow the ship proved fruitless. Other Elite players who shot at the ship when they encountered it got no response.

Many of the ships that met the alien vessel appear to have been carrying “unknown artefacts” as cargo. These objects are thought to be the work of non-human species and were rarely seen during the early days of the game.

The artefacts have been appearing with more frequency in the game and analysis of what they do links them to a star system called Merope which in Elite’s lore is considered to be the home of Thargoids.

Elite Dangerous is a space trading and fighting game set in a massive simulation of the Milky Way.

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CES 2017: Minister hits back at tech show chief's attack http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-minister-hits-back-at-tech-show-chiefs-attack/ http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-minister-hits-back-at-tech-show-chiefs-attack/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:17:04 +0000 http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-minister-hits-back-at-tech-show-chiefs-attack/

The UK’s digital and culture minister says the CES tech show’s chief was wrong to claim the government is doing too little to support its start-ups at the Las Vegas event.

Matt Hancock was responding to criticism that his team’s efforts were a “source of embarrassment” when compared to France and other countries’.

He spoke to Rory Cellan-Jones at the trade show.

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CES 2017: GeniCan makes the case for a smart kitchen bin http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-genican-makes-the-case-for-a-smart-kitchen-bin/ http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-genican-makes-the-case-for-a-smart-kitchen-bin/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:44:54 +0000 http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-genican-makes-the-case-for-a-smart-kitchen-bin/

A crowdfunded dustbin gadget that logs the items you throw away is on show at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.

The idea is to help create shopping lists.

We were fairly dismissive of the idea in our CES preview feature. So GeniCan invited Chris Foxx to its stand to convince him otherwise.

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CES 2017: The jacket that lets you stash 42 gadgets http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-the-jacket-that-lets-you-stash-42-gadgets/ http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-the-jacket-that-lets-you-stash-42-gadgets/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:33:04 +0000 http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-the-jacket-that-lets-you-stash-42-gadgets/

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Scotte Vest doesn’t advise using all 42 pockets at once

As I swim in the ocean of shiny new tech that surrounds me at CES, I find myself wondering where on earth I would put all this stuff if I had to take it with me.

One firm I met there thinks it has the answer – in the form of a jacket with 42 secret pockets, each tailored for a specific device.

Scotte Vest’s $150 (£120) sleeveless gilet is an Aladdin’s cave of pockets: it includes a laptop-sized space on the back, somewhere to store a tablet in each of the front panels, an inside breast pocket for smartphones made out of touchscreen-friendly material and a channel for headphone cables or chargers.

It also contains a sunglasses pouch with attached cleaning cloth.

However, the firm does not recommend using all 42 pockets at once.

“It is having a pocket for what you need at the moment,” said spokesman Luke Lappala.

“If style isn’t necessarily your number one priority, you could fit everything you ever need in there.”

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Scotte Vest’s gilet has a rival in AyeGear’s J25 jacket

I can vouch for that, after stashing my 11in (28cm) laptop, charging cable and plug, smartphone, tablet, radio equipment, battery power bar and notebook in a single Scotte Vest garment.

I didn’t look or feel particularly elegant, and the weight of the laptop alone almost tipped me over twice – but once the load had settled onto my shoulders I began to feel like I was wearing a backpack rather than a gilet.

It was surprisingly difficult to get everything back out again after this little experiment. I could feel the charger about my person but it took me a while to locate the pocket it was in. Helpfully, each garment comes with a small fabric map setting out the location of all the pockets.

The idea was born in the year 2000 when chief executive Scott Jordan almost damaged his ears in an airport after getting a headphone cable tangled on a doorknob, Mr Lappala told me.

It was inspired by the traditional fisherman’s vest.

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The laptop pocket is on the back of the coat, making it feel like a backpack

Scotte Vest claims to have sold more than 10 million garments so far, ranging from trench coats to shorts, all with varying tallies of pockets.

It is great for travellers, said Mr Lappala. And drone pilots.

The firm even has a rival in the form of the J25 made by AyeGear – although as its name suggests, that one has a mere 25 storage areas.

I can’t believe I’ve come to Las Vegas to write about pockets.

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CES 2017: Sony chief pledges to detangle confusing TV tech http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-sony-chief-pledges-to-detangle-confusing-tv-tech/ http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-sony-chief-pledges-to-detangle-confusing-tv-tech/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:25:52 +0000 http://timeinfotech.com/ces-2017-sony-chief-pledges-to-detangle-confusing-tv-tech/

Sony’s chief executive says his firm must do more to help consumers get to grips with a mass of TV tech acronyms.

Kazuo Hirai made the pledge the day after announcing the firm’s first 4K OLED screen, which he said supported two kinds of HDR.

Rory Cellan-Jones has more from the CES tech show in Las Vegas.

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