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Poulin to CSO: We Hacked a Smart Building Using ?Old-School? Techniques

- Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The ?smarter? buildings get, the easier they are to hack? Maybe. IANS Faculty Chris Poulin, research strategist for IBM?s X-Force ethical hacking team, recently spoke to CSO?s Maria Korolov about a penetration test in which his team was able to gain access to all of the buildings operated by a building management company.

Privacy, Security Concerns Rise as States Mull Encryption Backdoor Requirements

- Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT

National Data Privacy Day (January 28th) certainly comes at an interesting time this year, as legislators in two of the most technology-centric U.S. states recently introduced similar bills that would force smartphone manufacturers to include encryption backdoors in their devices.

Fledgling Cyber-Insurance Market Tested by Early Denials, Lawsuits

- Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Cybersecurity insurance policies may be relatively new, but they have one important thing in common with established, legacy business coverage: They live and die in the fine print.

Hacker-Caused Ukrainian Power Outage Marks First Known Attack With Immediate, Direct Public Impact

- Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Security researchers have confirmed that a recently updated version of the highly destructive BlackEnergy malware package infected the systems of at least three power authorities in Ukraine, causing a massive outage that left thousands of homes in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of the country without electricity.†

Top 10 IANS Insights from a Tumultuous 2015

- Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Another year is in the books and what a year it was for infosec pros. From the Ashley Madison hack to the OPM breach, to Jeep commandeering and mysterious backdoors in popular networking gear, every week brought a new security twist that forced us all to keep our heads on swivels.

Herold: Misguided CISA Heightens Security, Privacy Concerns

- Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT

The controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is now the law of the land, slipped into an eleventh-hour†spending bill designed to keep the federal government running through 2016.

Patch Now: Rogue Code Leaves Gaping Hole in Juniper Gear

- Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Juniper Networks says unauthorized code could allow attackers to gain administrative access to its NetScreen appliances and decrypt VPN connections without leaving any trace of their actions. Users are urged to apply fixes immediately.

Poulin: Time to Realistically Acknowledge Vehicle Vulnerabilities

- Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT

The images and breathless banter were difficult to ignore: celebrity security researchers gaining remote command of an automobile, disrupting on-board systems before forcing the vehicle and its helpless driver into a ditch.

NIST to Infosec Pros: How Is Our Framework Working?

- Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is asking infosec practitioners in the public and private sectors to comment on the efficacy of its cybersecurity framework as it prepares to update the popular, two-year-old document.

As Ransomware Attacks Evolve, Security Teams Must Prepare For New ?Drive-By? Tactics

- Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT

Another week, another evolution of the popular ransomware attacks. When we last wrote about it, researchers had discovered a new iteration ? ?Linux.Encoder.1? ? that enabled attackers to inject malware into Linux-powered websites and encrypt all files in the home and backup directories. Now, it appears the popular exploit kit Angler is being used to spread the latest version of CryptoWall and other ransomware on websites as part of ?drive-by? campaigns that begin with the deployment of password-stealing malware.†

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Trojan.Bachosens

- Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Ransom.Trashi

- Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

OSX.Ransom

- Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Redaman

- Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Exp.CVE-2017-0038

- Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Ransom.Hermes

- Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

JS.Redirector!gen1

- Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Ransom.Cerber!g18

- Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Bloodhound.MalMacro!g1

- Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

JS.Redirector

- Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Kulekmoko

- Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

SONAR.IFEO!gen1

- Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

SONAR.IFEO!gen2

- Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

JS.Bondat!lnk

- Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Worm.

Ransom.Cerber!g17

- Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Streamex

- Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

SONAR.SuspBeh!gen83

- Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

Backdoor.Minzen!gen

- Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Downloader.Ratankba

- Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Athenrat

- Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Mirai

- Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Mdropper.AE

- Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Vimnaspu

- Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

SONAR.SuspLaunch!g20

- Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

OSX.Addkeysteal

- Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Minzen!gm

- Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Ransom.LambdaLocker

- Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Ransom.Spora!gm

- Sat, 4 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Zherotee

- Sat, 4 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Ransom.Spora!g1

- Sat, 4 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

JS.Kopiwak

- Fri, 3 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

W32.Disttrack.B!gen1

- Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Worm.

SONAR.Heur.RGC!g372

- Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

SONAR.Cryptlck!g125

- Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

SONAR.Cryptlck!g133

- Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

SONAR.Cryptlck!g134

- Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

SONAR.Cryptlk.AF!g10

- Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan, Virus, Worm.

Backdoor.Chches

- Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Trojan.Quasar

- Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

Backdoor.Mapkill

- Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Risk Level: Very Low. Type: Trojan.

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Donald Trump has tweeted about the Oscars a lot

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:17:50 -0500

Donald Trump has tweeted about the Oscars a lotDonald Trump†wasn?t watching the Oscars on Sunday night.†Instead, the president†hosted the Governors? Dinner at the White House,†the first major social gathering of his†administration since the inaugural galas.


Philippines condemns 'barbaric beheading' of German hostage

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:01:22 -0500

Philippines condemns 'barbaric beheading' of German hostageBy Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines and Germany condemned on Monday the beheading of an elderly German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants who posted a video of the killing after a deadline for a $600,000 ransom passed. The video showed a machete-wielding militant behead Jurgen Kantner. Jesus Dureza, presidential adviser on the Philippine peace process, said officials had exhausted all efforts to save Kantner, 70, who was held on the tiny southern island of Jolo.


Malaysian officials run into N. Korean's diplomatic immunity

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:23:54 -0500

Malaysian officials run into N. Korean's diplomatic immunityTOKYO (AP) ? Malaysian police investigating the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother believe they know somebody who might help them solve one of the most bizarre murder mysteries they have ever faced. They know his name, his nationality and have a pretty good idea where he's holed up.


US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefire

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:08:13 -0500

US urges Russia to 'immediately' observe Ukraine ceasefireThe United States called on Russia Sunday to "immediately" observe the ceasefire in Ukraine, accusing combined Russian and separatist forces of targeting international monitors. "We call on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire, withdraw all heavy weapons, and allow full and unfettered access to the OSCE monitors," the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States was closely monitoring growing violence in eastern Ukraine and the failure of the combined Russian and separatist forces to abide by a ceasefire agreed to two years ago in Minsk.


Photos of the day - February 27, 2017

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:16:37 -0500

Photos of the day - February 27, 2017Female Polar bear cub Nanuq (polar bear in the Inuit language), born on November 7, 2016, is pictured with its mother Sesi during her first presentation to the public to mark International Polar Bear Day at the zoo of Mulhouse, France; A displaced Iraqi woman who just fled her home talks on the phone as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, Iraq; and, A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 27, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr. † †


Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Book 12: Everything you need to know

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:00:52 -0500

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Book 12: Everything you need to knowSamsung fans, prepare to be disappointed. The company's big MWC 2017 press conference is about to begin, but we met with Samsung last week and we already know everything the company plans to unveil on stage on Sunday in Barcelona. When the show is over in an hour or so, you will be disappointed. I'm not suggesting the three new devices Samsung is about to unveil are bad devices. In fact, quite the opposite: I've spent time with the brand new Galaxy Book 12, Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Tab S3, and they're all impressive gadgets in their own right. But†Samsung fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting one announcement in particular ? the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ ? and they'll still be waiting once today's press conference has come to a close. It's a shame, but it's not entirely unexpected considering all of the leaks and rumors up to this point. Samsung isn't expected to take the wraps off its new flagship smartphone duo until late March ahead of they're April 21st release. In the meantime, you've got three fresh new Samsung devices to fawn over, and we'll give you your first taste of the Galaxy Book 12, Galaxy Book 10 and Galaxy Tab S3 right here. Samsung on Sunday unveiled not one, not two, but three brand new tablets. The first is a new high-end Android slate called the Galaxy Tab S3 that will go head to head with Apple's iPad Pro. Rounding out the company's new lineup for the first half of 2017 is the high-end Galaxy Book 12 and the mid-range Galaxy Book 10, two Windows 10 hybrid devices that marry the productivity and versatility of a laptop with the portability of a tablet. bgr-samsung-galaxy-tab-s3-1 Beginning with the Galaxy Tab S3, Samsung has undoubtedly turned up the heat on its hardware. This premium tablet features a design that is very similar to Samsung's flagship smartphones. Glass front and back panels are fixed to a metal mid-frame, and the result is a device that feels just as high-end as an iPad. The Galaxy Tab S3 is an†Android 7.0 Nougat tablet powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The display is a QXGA AMOLED screen that measures 9.7 inches diagonally, and it's absolutely stunning. bgr-samsung-galaxy-tab-s3-4 Other highlights from the specs include a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSDXC support up to 256GB (up to 2TB, really, but the largest available cards right now are 256GB), integrated 4G LTE connectivity, and a large 6,000 mAh battery with fast charging support and a USB Type-C connector. The Tab S3 also includes a next-generation S Pen in the box, though it's a standalone stylus that isn't stored internally like it is on Note series tablets. Changes this time around include an even more paper-like writing experience thanks to a new rubber tip, and new tilt detection that widens strokes when you tilt the pen as you write or draw. bgr-samsung-galaxy-book-10-2 Next up is the Samsung Galaxy Book 10, the lesser of the two new Windows 10 devices Samsung unveiled on Sunday. It's a mid-range Windows 10 hybrid tablet that is docked in a keyboard cover, and it includes a Galaxy suite of software on top of Windows 10 that includes things like Samsung Flow ? the company's response to Apple's Continuity features ? as well as a few apps that make use of the S Pen. Again, Samsung's Galaxy Book devices feature support for the company's new S Pen, which is included in the box but is not stowed in any slot on the tablets. The Galaxy Book 10 features a 7th-generation Intel Core m3 processor and a 10.6-inch LCD display with 1080p resolution. Other spec highlights include integrated 4G LTE connectivity, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM, either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, microSDXC support and up to 10 hours of usage per charge. bgr-samsung-galaxy-book-12-4 The higher-end Galaxy Book 12 features a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 3.1GHz, an absolutely gorgeous 12-inch 3:2FHD+ AMOLED display with a pixel density of 216 ppi, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, either 4GB of RAM with a 128GB SSD or 8GB of RAM with a 256GB SSD, up to 10.5 hours of usage per charge, and a beautiful case that is just 7.4mm thick. Of note, both Galaxy Book models support all of the S Pen features from the Galaxy Note 7. bgr-samsung-galaxy-book-12-2 Samsung's tablet lineup for the first half of 2017 is impressive indeed, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with them all once review units become available. Sadly, I have no idea when that might be ? Samsung isn't announcing anything at this point with regard to pricing or release timing.


School seminar near Chicago sparks civil rights, race debate

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:53:55 -0500

School seminar near Chicago sparks civil rights, race debateWINNETKA, Ill. (AP) ? When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago's wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drafted two National Book Award winners as keynote speakers and crafted a syllabus that would be the envy of most liberal arts colleges.


The Five Biggest Hurdles for Republicans Replacing Obamacare

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The Five Biggest Hurdles for Republicans Replacing ObamacareSeveral critical policy questions remain unanswered about the emerging GOP plan: How much will it cost? How will they pay for it? How many people will be covered? And what will happen to the parts of the current law that people like the most?


Pakistan airline says investigating report of overloaded flight

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:24:10 -0500

Pakistan airline says investigating report of overloaded flightBy Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan International Airlines said on Monday that it was investigating reports that more passengers than the maximum allowed had traveled on an international flight, adding it launched disciplinary measures against the crew. "It is not possible for anyone to travel like that in an aircraft, regardless of the duration of the flight," Danyal Gillani. PIA is committed to ensure the safety of the passengers and cannot allow any incident to happen which compromises safety," Gillani said.


Alt-Oscars: Trump backers tuning out Academy Awards, because Meryl Streep

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:27:29 -0500

Alt-Oscars: Trump backers tuning out Academy Awards, because Meryl StreepSupporters of President Trump are calling for a boycott of Sunday?s Oscars, a celebration that brings together the two things conservatives hate most: the ?liberal? media and the Hollywood elite.


Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Murdering 15-Month-Old Baby Gets 60 Years in Prison

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:09:00 -0500

Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Murdering 15-Month-Old Baby Gets 60 Years in PrisonKyle Parker was sentenced to 60 years after acknowledging he kidnapped and killed a relative's baby.


Authorities investigate killing of hippo at El Salvador zoo

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:05:47 -0500

Authorities investigate killing of hippo at El Salvador zooSAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) ? El Salvador's widespread violence reached an unexpected corner with the brutal and fatal beating of the national zoo's beloved hippopotamus Gustavito.


Le Pen blames media as Macron jumps in French polls

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:06:32 -0500

Le Pen blames media as Macron jumps in French pollsFrench far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday accused the media of "campaigning hysterically" in favour of Emmanuel Macron, her centrist rival for the presidency, as polls showed him enjoying a jump in support. Le Pen, speaking at a rally in the western city of Nantes, launched a series of attacks on the 39-year-old independent who has emerged as a frontrunner to become France's next leader. In an attack that recalled US President Donald Trump's confrontation with journalists, she added: "The media have chosen their candidate.


LG G6 Revealed: How it Compares With The Samsung Galaxy S8 And Apple's iPhone 7

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:31:46 -0500

LG G6 Revealed: How it Compares With The Samsung Galaxy S8 And Apple's iPhone 7LG has introduced it flagship phone, the G6, here's how it compares with Apple's current iPhone 7 and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8.


North Korea spy agency runs arms operation out of Malaysia, U.N. says

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:51:24 -0500

North Korea spy agency runs arms operation out of Malaysia, U.N. saysIt is in Kuala Lumpur's "Little India" neighborhood, behind an unmarked door on the second floor of a rundown building, where a military equipment company called Glocom says it has its office. Glocom is a front company run by North Korean intelligence agents that sells battlefield radio equipment in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a United Nations report submitted to the Security Council seen by Reuters. Reuters found that Glocom advertises over 30 radio systems for "military and paramilitary" organizations on its Malaysian website, glocom.com.my.


Doctors warn against teen pot use amid looser marijuana laws

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:25:09 -0500

Doctors warn against teen pot use amid looser marijuana lawsCHICAGO (AP) ? An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana's potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.


Sierra Club to sue EPA over failure to report on ethanol

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:30:00 -0500

Sierra Club to sue EPA over failure to report on ethanolThe confirmation of Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator was expected to rankle environmental groups. Pruitt is a climate-science denier who, in his previous position as Oklahoma attorney general, sued the agency he is now charged with many multiple times over its efforts to enforce environmental regulations.


Why did a Fox News program host a Swedish national security commentator who is unknown in Sweden?

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:24:17 -0500

Why did a Fox News program host a Swedish national security commentator who is unknown in Sweden?On a Thursday segment of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly directed a debate over crime and immigration in Sweden. On one side of the issue was a Swedish newspaper reporter Anne-Sofie Naslund, who argued against the notion that immigration was making her country dangerous. On the other side was a man named†Nils Bildt, who was identified onscreen and verbally as†a "Swedish defense and national security advisor."


Georgia pair sentenced to prison over Confederate flag confrontation

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:29:27 -0500

Georgia pair sentenced to prison over Confederate flag confrontationDefendants Jose Torres, 26, and Kayla Norton, 25, were convicted earlier this month of charges that include making "terroristic threats" during the confrontation in Douglas County near Atlanta, which occurred at a time of heated national debate about a flag that many consider a symbol of racism. Georgia Superior Court Judge William McClain sentenced Torres to serve 13 years in prison, and Norton to serve 6 years in prison, Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner said in a phone interview.


Brazil's Carnival 2017: A week-long celebration of parades and street parties

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:12:42 -0500

Brazil's Carnival 2017: A week-long celebration of parades and street partiesRevelers all over Brazil are gearing up for parades, balls and street parties during Carnival week celebrations. Rio de Janeiro?s Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the ?sambadrome.? Sao Paulo will also have its main samba schools taking their floats to their sambadrome. Brazilians living through two years of steep recession and nearly 13 percent unemployment have grasped this year?s carnival as a chance to let off steam.


US Navy secretary nominee withdraws: Pentagon

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:40:58 -0500

US Navy secretary nominee withdraws: PentagonPhilip Bilden has withdrawn his nomination as secretary of the US Navy, the Pentagon said Sunday, marking the latest in a series of nominees to remove their names from consideration to serve under President Donald Trump. "This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement, adding that he would soon suggest a new nominee. Bilden's move came on the heels of similar decisions by US Army secretary nominee Vincent Viola over concerns about his ability to separate from his large business holdings, and labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, who faced intense scrutiny for his business record and controversies over his personal life.


Ali Jr. says airport detention made him feel "violated"

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:27:34 -0500

Ali Jr. says airport detention made him feel "violated"Muhammad Ali's son said Monday he felt "violated" when immigration officials questioned him about his religion at a Florida airport.


With Galaxy S8 release imminent, new Samsung ads promise its phones won?t explode anymore

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:29:46 -0500

With Galaxy S8 release imminent, new Samsung ads promise its phones won?t explode anymore

Remember that time a Samsung smartphone exploded and burned a man's house down? Or how about that time a†Samsung phone exploded and set someone's Jeep on fire? There are plenty more stories where those came from, and these incidents ultimate forced Samsung to issue the biggest global recall that the cell phone industry has ever seen. Samsung's defective battery design made its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones unsafe to use, and it had to cancel the device completely in order to limit its liability and keep its customers safe from detonating phones. Now, with the release of the next-generation Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ fast approaching, Samsung has released a series of new ads in which the company wants to make it as clear as possible that its upcoming new phones aren't going to burn your house down or engulf your car in flames.

Samsung's upcoming new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were undoubtedly the elephant in the room in each of the big press conferences at this year's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung won't unveil them until March 29th, but they overshadowed every single smartphone announced at MWC 2017 because they're expected to be so impressive.

And if you've seen the leaked hands-on Galaxy S8 videos from earlier today, you know that these phones appear to live up to the hype.

The big question, of course, is whether or not consumers will trust Samsung's new smartphones in lieu of the Note 7 debacle. Several surveys have suggested that Samsung's smartphone brand took a hit from all that negative press, and there's even some indication that people are afraid other Samsung phones will go up in flames.

With its new ads that premiered†during the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Samsung is looking to convince consumers that there's nothing to worry about moving forward. These new ads didn't exactly stir up as much buzz as Ellen's Samsung-sponsored Oscars selfie, but they're the first step in what may be a long process of rebuilding trust.

You'll find all three of Samsung's new spots embedded below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pvg7wOSeOI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWsoNrzOFh8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKpeIxh4ScY


Saudi king visits Malaysia as he begins Asia tour

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:53:16 -0500

Saudi king visits Malaysia as he begins Asia tourKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ? Saudi King Salman arrived in Malaysia on Sunday to kick off a multi-nation tour aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia.


Bashful Tokyo pandas mate after four-year hiatus

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:44:39 -0500

Bashful Tokyo pandas mate after four-year hiatusTwo giant pandas at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo mated for the first time in four years Monday -- a 52-second effort that boosted hopes for a baby as well as shares in a nearby Chinese restaurant. Public viewing of pandas at the zoo has been halted since last week as the mating season got into full swing for the mammals, which are notoriously difficult to arouse. "We let the two be together at 8:06am (2306 GMT Sunday) and confirmed they mated for 52 seconds from 8:48am," Ueno Zoo announced in a statement.


South Korea's Lotte approves land swap for missile defence: ministry

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:02:20 -0500

South Korea's Lotte approves land swap for missile defence: ministryThe board of an affiliate of South Korea's Lotte Group approved a land swap with the government on Monday that will enable authorities to deploy a controversial U.S. missile defence system, the defence ministry said. The government decided last year to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in response to the North Korean missile threat, on land that is part of a golf course owned by Lotte in the Seongju region, southeast of Seoul.


Mom Arrested After Allegedly Leaving 3-Year-Old in Supermarket Parking Lot

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:36:00 -0500

Mom Arrested After Allegedly Leaving 3-Year-Old in Supermarket Parking LotPolice searched for the mom for 45 minutes.


Buoyed centrist alliance, Macron seen beating Le Pen in French runoff

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:34:28 -0500

Buoyed centrist alliance, Macron seen beating Le Pen in French runoffFrench independent candidate Emmanuel Macron would easily beat far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the second round of the country's presidential election in May, two opinion polls showed on Sunday. The pollsters said Macron has been buoyed by the alliance announced this week with centrist politician Francois Bayrou, which has enabled him to move ahead of conservative candidate Francois Fillon. A poll by Odoxa/Dentsu-Consulting showed 39-year-old Macron, a former economy minister running without the support of any traditional political party, would beat Le Pen in the runoff with 61 percent of the vote, versus 39 percent for her.


Israeli planes hit Gaza after rocket attack

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:45:54 -0500

Israeli planes hit Gaza after rocket attackIsraeli aircraft hit targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory slammed into southern Israel. "Three bombs were dropped by the air force on a Hamas military base east of Nusseirat refugee camp," south of Gaza city, a Palestinian security source said. The planes also made two raids against Hamas lookout posts along the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, and on a base of Islamic Jihad's military wing in the north of the strip, the source said.


The Latest: 3 dead, 2 injured as plane hits California homes

- Tue, 28 Feb 2017 01:24:53 -0500

The Latest: 3 dead, 2 injured as plane hits California homesRIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) ? The Latest on a small plane that crashed into homes in Southern California (all times local):


Guy quits his crappy job in the best way possible

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:44:55 -0500

Guy quits his crappy job in the best way possibleSometimes, you need to go out with a bang. Or a flush. Giving two weeks is a pretty standard practice when employees move on from their current job. It allows the company a short amount of time to search for a replacement, and gives the employee an opportunity to leave on good standing. You never know when you may need that reference ? or worse, when you may need your old job back. While most people quickly Google "two-week notice letter" and follow a pretty standard form, this guy decided on a different method. SEE ALSO: Lucky woman wins lottery days after quitting her job According to his wife, Redditor Girlofgodsbadday, this dude decided to quit his job by writing his two-week notice on a few sheets of toilet paper.† "I have chosen this type of paper for my 2 week resignation as a symbol of how I feel this company has treated me, and ironically, how it is disposed of is where I feel the company is going," the letter reads. Just in case the message wasn't clear, he drew a toilet next to where he signed his name. While he didn't use the term "ironically" properly, we're going to give him a pass because handing that over to any boss takes some serious guts. BONUS: A new way to take selfies ? and six other features the iPhone 8 might have


At $5, our favorite iPhone 7 Plus case just dropped to its lowest price ever

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:41:03 -0500

At $5, our favorite iPhone 7 Plus case just dropped to its lowest price ever

In a perfect world, we would all use our iPhones caseless. Apple's gorgeous design on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus deserves to be shown off, not hidden under a bunch of plastic or even leather. Unfortunately, Apple's latest aluminum iPhones are as slippery as they are sleek, so going "naked" isn't really an option unless you're willing to completely throw caution to the wind.

The next best thing to going caseless is using a paper-thin case that doesn't add any bulk to the phones, but still adds some grip and protects against scratches. And as it turns out, our favorite paper-thin iPhone 7 Plus case ? the TOZO Case for iPhone 7 Plus ? is on sale right now on Amazon at its lowest price ever.

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • [Compatible with iPhone 7 Plus 5.5 inch] 0.35mm Thinnest protect case. Simple, elegant. The iPhone 7 Plus 5.5 inch case features a refined design, Maximum keep your iPhone 7 Plus slim and provide scratch protection.
  • MATTE FACE - with matte optical texture, anti-glare(reduced reflection),reducing fingerprints or grease buildup.
  • CAMERA RAISED - Camera hole ring raised protective layer, provide cell phone camera detail protection.
  • PERFECT FIT - Specially designed for iPhone 7 Plus 5.5 inch, has precise cutouts for speakers, charging ports and buttons.
  • Warning Tips: This Case is compatible only for iPhone 7 Plus 5.5 inch phones. It does not fit for iPhone 7 4.7 inch phones. TOZO also have same series for iPhone 7 4.7 inch phones. Please search "TOZO iPhone 7 Case" for the related items.

Note that there appears to be a very limited supply available at the $5 price point. Of course even if this seller runs out, this awesome case is well worth the regular price of $8.99 with free Prime shipping.


The Do?s And Don?t?s of Planning Birthday Parties: Robert Mugabe Edition

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:38:48 -0500

The Do?s And Don?t?s of Planning Birthday Parties: Robert Mugabe EditionWho better to guide your birthday party planning than nonagenarian African autocrats?


California dam spillway water shut off to clear debris

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:55:22 -0500

California dam spillway water shut off to clear debrisOROVILLE, Calif. (AP) ? California water authorities stopped the flow of water down the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway Monday, allowing workers to start clearing out massive debris that's blocking a hydroelectric plant from working.


Nearly 10 anti-migrant attacks a day in Germany: data

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:50:58 -0500

Nearly 10 anti-migrant attacks a day in Germany: dataGermany recorded more than 3,500 attacks against refugees and asylum shelters last year, according to new interior ministry figures, amounting to an average of nearly 10 acts of anti-migrant violence a day. "People who have fled their home country and seek protection in Germany have the right to expect safe shelter," it read. A total of 2,545 attacks against individual refugees were reported in 2016, the ministry wrote, citing police statistics.


Mom of 2-Year-Old Twins Who Died in House Fire as They Were Home Alone Pleads Guilty

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:52:00 -0500

Mom of 2-Year-Old Twins Who Died in House Fire as They Were Home Alone Pleads GuiltyShe reportedly went out to buy marijuana.


Supreme Court snubs challenge to death penalty constitutionality

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:09:41 -0500

Supreme Court snubs challenge to death penalty constitutionalityLiberal Justice Stephen Breyer objected to the court's decision not to hear the appeal by Marcus Reed, a drug dealer convicted in the 2010 shooting deaths of the three brothers, including a 13-year-old, over the theft of marijuana and an Xbox videogame console from his home. The court's action came at a time of deep divisions among the eight justices over the death penalty, with Breyer and other liberals expressing doubt about whether capital punishment remains acceptable under the U.S. Constitution four decades after the court reinstated it. Breyer, renewing his concerns over how the death penalty is administered in America, noted that Reed was sentenced to death in Louisiana's Caddo Parish, a county that he said has apparently sentenced more people to death per capita than any other county in the United States in recent history.


President Trump on Obamacare repeal: 'Nobody knew health care could be so complicated'

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:07:01 -0500

President Trump on Obamacare repeal: 'Nobody knew health care could be so complicated'Speaking before the National Governors Association at the White House on Monday, President Trump said his administration had come up with an alternative to Obamacare and made the claim that "nobody knew health care could be so complicated."


Ash Monday celebration

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:46:47 -0500

Ash Monday celebrationGreeks traditionally celebrate Clean Monday, or Ash Monday, with a ?flour war? in which revelers throw colored flour at each other on the streets. Clean Monday marks the beginning of Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church calendar, and the start of a 40-day fast until Easter. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr


Tesla deepens recent losses after Goldman recommends selling

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:08:36 -0500

Tesla deepens recent losses after Goldman recommends sellingBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Tesla dropped on Monday after a downgrade by Goldman Sachs, bringing the electric carmaker's decline to 11 percent since its quarterly report last week stoked worries about how much cash it is using to launch its Model 3 sedan. Concerns that Tesla's Model 3 production this year might be delayed, as well as expectations the company will sell stock to raise $1.7 billion, led Goldman Sachs analyst David Tamberrino to downgrade Tesla to "sell" from "neutral". Tesla has traded between $180 and $280 in recent years, and after hitting 2015 highs earlier this month, it may be headed toward the bottom of that range, Tamberrino wrote in a note to clients.


Huge leaks bring us the first ever Galaxy S8 hands-on videos

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:45:03 -0500

Huge leaks bring us the first ever Galaxy S8 hands-on videos

The Galaxy S8 was the biggest elephant in the room at Samsung's Mobile World Congress press conference on Sunday night, but the company officially revealed that the phone will be unveiled on March 29th in New York right at the end of its tablet-centric event. Forget all that for a second, as it appears that a couple of Galaxy S8 hands-on videos were already posted online. After all, what better time to see hands-on videos of the Galaxy S8 than during MWC 2017?

Found by SamMobile, the clips are very short and they won?t get you the extensive hands-on preview you?d want. But they seem to show exactly the kind of phone that we expect Samsung to launch next month.

https://twitter.com/Slashleaks/status/836089438551871488/photo/1

Huge display-to-body ratio, small bezels, curved edges, no home button, and a fingerprint reader placed on the back ? that?s what you can easily spot in these videos. These alleged Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ versions look exactly like the Galaxy S8 phones we?ve seen in recent image leaks. The clips also reveal Samsung?s new Android navigation drawer on the bottom of the screen, one that will probably retract when not in use, and the phone?s Always-on display.

That?s not much else shown in these videos. They just happen to be the first clips that demo functional Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ prototypes.†Samsung revealed this past weekend that it will unveil the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ during a press conference on March 29th, and the phones are expected to go on sale less than one month later on Friday, April 21st.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNXA96cO8ps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmc8XLgKF6M


Bill Gates Answers Redditors' Questions On AI, Healthcare, Fake News

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:55:39 -0500

Bill Gates Answers Redditors' Questions On AI, Healthcare, Fake NewsThe billionaire's preferred sandwich is, without a doubt, a cheeseburger.


Japan emperor's Vietnam visit a sign of improved ties

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:59:54 -0500

Japan emperor's Vietnam visit a sign of improved tiesHANOI, Vietnam (AP) ? When Nguyen Thi Xuan said goodbye to her Japanese husband in 1954, she thought he was going off for a year or two on another long assignment. She never imagined it would be more than half a century before she'd see him again.


With Trump at helm, US takes seat at UN rights council

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:28:54 -0500

With Trump at helm, US takes seat at UN rights councilThe United States will on Monday claim its seat at the UN Human Rights Council under the new presidency of Donald Trump, whose election has provoked deep concern over the body's future. Over its 11-year history, the council has come in for criticism, including allegations that it has, at times, been co-opted by rights abusers who push resolutions attacking their geopolitical rivals, with genuine rights issues marginalised. Many of the issues prioritised by Obama's UN envoys -- including violations in North Korea, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and South Sudan -- will remain on the agenda when the council opens its main annual session in Geneva on Monday.


Sect rules include no TV, movies or reading newspapers

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:13:15 -0500

Sect rules include no TV, movies or reading newspapersSPINDALE, N.C. (AP) ? Newcomers to the Word of Faith Fellowship live by a list of strict rules for daily life, which sect leader Jane Whaley says God revealed to her, former members say. They include:


Syria opposition seeks clarity from power-broker Russia at Geneva talks

- Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:04:51 -0500

Syria opposition seeks clarity from power-broker Russia at Geneva talksBy Yara Abi Nader and John Irish GENEVA (Reuters) - The main opposition group at Syrian peace talks in Geneva wants to meet Russian envoys to discuss what it says are Moscow's broken ceasefire promises, a move diplomats say aims to put pressure on the Russian-backed Syrian government delegation. Russia has sought to revive diplomacy since its air force helped the Syrian army and allied militias defeat rebels in Aleppo in December, President Bashar al-Assad's biggest victory in six years of war. Despite the announcement of a ceasefire, a weekend of bombings and air strikes in Syria has rattled the talks that began in Geneva last week.


32,000 South Sudanese already entered Sudan in 2017: UNHCR

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:19:34 -0500

32,000 South Sudanese already entered Sudan in 2017: UNHCRAbout 32,000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan since the start of the year, with tens of thousands more expected to arrive fleeing a famine in their country, the UN refugee agency said Sunday. On Monday, South Sudan, the world's youngest nation formed after splitting from the north in 2011, declared famine in some regions, saying 100,000 people faced starvation and another million were on the brink of famine. The UN refugee agency UNHCR said it was initially expecting up to 60,000 South Sudanese to arrive in Sudan in the whole of 2017, but "the level of new arrivals has thus far surpassed initial expectations".


Jerk alligator steals a huge fish off a little boy's line

- Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:07:51 -0500

Jerk alligator steals a huge fish off a little boy's lineToday, a little boy named Connor learned the brutal lesson that Mother Nature has no manners. In a clip posted to the Bass Masters And Fish Experts Facebook Page, a thieving alligator had an easy lunch thanks to some humans fishing off a pier. In the clip, a young boy hooks a pretty sizable fish, and as one man encourages the boy to reel in the fish all on his own, another spots an alligator lurking near the pier. The man tries to distract the gator by hitting the side of the pier with his arm, but the reptile was determined to get its eats. "You need to cut your line," one the of the men tells the little boy as the gator swims away with his catch.† Although it's unclear where the incident occurred, many commenters insisted it happened in Florida.† [h/t: UPI] BONUS: Giant nets harvest fog to solve water crisis in Morocco