In its new policy, Microsoft will inform users of online services that whether or not they have become a target of government-sponsored attackers. When you will use Microsoft’s online email and file-storage service, you can get a special heads-up that may state if your account is hit by a state-sponsored hacker. It will be more like a warning that user must take additional steps to protect their accounts.
Researchers recently suggested that the world‘s most difficult issues i.e. climate change and global conflicts can be solved by jointly using human and computer intelligence.
Researchers suggested that tasks like recognizing images and thinking creatively can be efficiently done by humans. So, using computers, people could collaborate in networks to achieve something which neither computer nor humans can do alone. Researchers call this growing field as human computation.
Scientists have come up with a new method to record 3D video of neural activity in approximately the entire brain of a free-moving animal. It is an advance that may help scientists better understand how neurons organize action and perception in animals.
The US’s Princeton University researchers used the technique to record the first 3D recordings of neural activity in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a 1 millimetre long worm species with a nervous system that has just 302 neurons.
Gone were the times when hacking used to cause goose bumps! In the era of computer world and technology, being system hacked is not something surprising. Similar attack happened with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) company reported on Thursday that its digital services had been shut down temporarily in what its news operation described as a hacking attack. On Thursday morning, many of the BBC’s websites and popular video-on-demand services were offline for about three hours, though its television and radio stations were not affected with the attack.
One of the things that has happened special in 2015 is the arrival of reusable rockets. Space X’s Elon Musk predicts that the reusable rocket will reduce the cost of accessing space by at least hundredfold. SpaceX and Blue Origin, both have succeeded in landing rocket back on earth, but in different zones.
On December 21, SpaceX has returned its 15-storey booster rocket upright and in intact form to a landing pad at a Cape Canaveral. It was big feat and one of the factors was a $60 million worth machinery was recovered.
Using a powerful gene-editing technique, medical researchers have reported success in treatment of muscle wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The serious condition makes it difficult for young boys to even stand as the progressive muscle-wasting disease eventually leads to death due to heart failure or difficulty in breathing. Using Crispr-Cas9 technique, the research teams from Duke University, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University, have reported encouraging results for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
AT&T has announced that two year contracts will not be offered starting January 8, in an effort to simplify billing plans for customers. AT&T has termed the step as ‘pricing simplification effort’. Starting January 8, AT&T Next and no-commitment will be the only option for new smartphone purchase.
In an internal memo sent to employees, the company said that both existing and new customers needing a new phone will have to either pay full amount upfront or they will have to choose from monthly installment options. The news was first reported by Engadget.
President Obama could announce new executive action on gun controls. The specifics of the gun control action are still not clear yet as a team of experts is still working on the details. However gun control advocates said that the new executive action could be announced within a week. All licensed gun dealers are required to conduct background checks.
For firearms sold online or at gun shows, the background checks aren’t performed.
A ‘strong’ solar storm on New Year’s Eve would let people at certain locations enjoy aurora borealis (the Northern Lights), according to Space Weather Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. People in Illinois and Oregon could also witness the Northern Lights as the powerful solar storm will impact our planet.