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DateDate: 28-02-2018, 07:31

American corporation Amazon buys a startup Ring with a head office in California. This is reported by CNBC.
Ring - the manufacturer of smart calls and surveillance cameras. All the technological part of the products, including image recognition technology, is produced by the Ring team in Kiev. The capital's R & D center employs more than 300 engineers.
Ring previously attracted investments for a total of $ 209 million. The latest estimate of the company's value, according to Pitchbook, is $ 760 million.
The amount of the deal with Amazon was not disclosed. But, according to the source of Reuters, it will be $ 1 billion, which makes it one of the largest Amazon purchases in the history.
As previously told LIGA.net CTO Ring Labs Alexey Kasitsky, first there was an idea to do R & D center in San Francisco, even managed to hire a small team of developers. But still experienced staff shortages. In Kiev, the office began to grow from a small team in 2016 and quickly grew to several hundred people.
More information about what Ring Labs does is available here: Calls with computer vision: what works in Ring Labs

DateDate: 28-02-2018, 07:29
Programmers from MIT introduced a system that allows you to protect the data about visits to sites and user actions on them. The system encrypts data when visiting the site and temporarily decrypts them while displaying the site element on the screen to minimize the risk of information leakage from the cache or paging file, and also uses several other mechanisms.
This is reported in the report presented at the symposium NDSS 2018.
For the convenience of optimizing sites for this system, developers have created a special program.
As the developers told, in 2018 almost all modern Internet browsers have a private mode. It is assumed that after leaving it, the browser deletes all information about what pages the user visited and what exactly he did on them. However, due to some operating system features, some of this information may still remain on the computer, for example, in a swap file or in the DNS cache. Typically, software developers to protect data on the Internet concentrate on protecting the transfer of data between the server and the client, but not protecting data from such leaks on the user's computer.
Researchers in the field of computer security under the leadership of Nikolai Zeldovich of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a system Veil, which minimizes the risks of data leakage on the computer after using a private browser mode. To operate the system, the site owner must add to it a special compiler that turns a regular page into a compatible one. In particular, it encrypts the URL and part of the content with the user's key.
The compiler downloads a compatible version of the page to special "blinding" servers. When accessing them, the user opens an almost blank page with an address line and a string for entering the user's encryption key. After entering the address, the server sends the page data to the browser, and, with each access, the server sends a slightly modified version of the page that looks the same for the user, but is syntactically different. Due to this in the event of data leakage, it is difficult for intruders to understand which page the user opened.
In addition, the system is arranged in such a way that it decrypts the content only for the time it is displayed on the screen. Also, it periodically accesses the page data in memory and does not allow the operating system to upload them to the paging file, the data from which may not be removed when exiting the private mode.


DateDate: 28-02-2018, 07:26

Seeing the growing interest and spreading of technologies for the implementation of smart city projects, IDC analytical company published its first forecast for this promising and rapidly developing market in February 2018.
Experts believe that the costs associated with initiatives to create an intellectual urban infrastructure in 2018 will amount to 80 billion US dollars. Further investments will continue to gain momentum and by 2021 their volume around the world will reach 135 billion dollars.
"Recently, the smart city programs have evolved from a series of separate advanced projects into a vast, growing market that will attract significant technological investments in 2018 and beyond," IDAC specialist Serena Da Rold said.
Among the strategic areas that will attract the most investment, IDC listed programs to introduce intelligent systems for transport management, public safety, uninterrupted operation of the energy sector and other urban infrastructure.
It is expected that in terms of costs, the leading scenarios for the use of smart city technologies will be systems for managing traffic and urban transport, organizing fixed video surveillance, intelligent street lighting and environmental monitoring.
The IDC stipulated that in different countries of the world priorities may vary. For example, in the US and Western Europe, the largest investments are projected in projects in the field of smart transport infrastructure, in China - in programs for the organization of fixed video surveillance, and in Japan much attention will be paid to environmental monitoring.
From the geographical point of view, the largest market for smart city technologies will be the United States: in 2018 this country will spend about $ 22 billion on related projects. China in this respect is in second place with a projected investment of almost $ 21 billion.
Experts note that the costs of the United States and the PRC for smart city projects will grow approximately the same: an average of 19% and 19.3% per year in the period until 2021.
Regarding the regions with the highest growth rates, they will become Latin America and Canada, where the costs of corresponding programs will increase by an average of 28.7% and 22.5%, IDC believes.
Source: dailycomm.ru

DateDate: 27-02-2018, 07:06

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) built a "flying" yacht Foiler, which when driving will rise above the water per meter. According to the press service of the yacht of the Enata Marine shipyard, the model is equipped with carbon submarine wings and two ergonomic BMW hybrid engines, Bagnet informs.
A yacht 9.5 m long can slide over hydrofoils at a speed of 18 knots (about 34 km / h). The maximum speed that the boat can develop is 38 knots (more than 70 km / h).
A yacht can "fly" over water at waves up to 1.5 m high. Moreover, it itself creates in the movement three times less waves than an average boat with similar parameters. The width of the vessel with folded hydrofoils is 3.3 m. When moving with open wings, it increases to 7.2 m.

DateDate: 27-02-2018, 07:04

Apple has confessed to using the Google Cloud Platform. This cloud storage was used as a repository of information from iCloud. The relevant data was provided by the media, referring to the iOS Security Guide.
Apple periodically posted security reports, and earlier publications included an indication of the company's use of Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services remote systems. At the same time, the iOS Security Guide, which was updated in January, points to work with the Google Cloud Platform, while Microsoft Azure disappeared from the list.
The document does not specify when it first started working with Google. At Microsoft and Apple, no one answered the journalists' requests.