Top tech stories of the day – Friday 4 October, 2013

 

 

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Future of Glass? Philips and Accenture show potential of Google’s specs in healthcare (Video) – Tech company Philips and Accenture Technology Labs have teamed up to demonstrate its own ideas about how Glass could be used in a medical setting, posting a YouTube video on Thursday detailing its proof-of-concept project.

Google Glass is yet to get a commercial release but already plenty of beta testers, otherwise known as Explorers, are putting the high-tech device through its paces. As you might expect, the business world is taking an interest in Glass too, with the medical field in particular cited by many as an industry that could benefit from the device in a myriad of ways.
The video (below) demonstrates how Glass might be utilized in the case of someone arriving at hospital with a serious ailment. First, the doctor is shown using the wearable tech to access information on the patient’s status prior to meeting him.

Future of Glass? Philips and Accenture show potential of Google’s specs in healthcare

 

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Boston Dynamics frees its four-legged sprinting robot: Cheetah becomes WildCat (video) – The last time we saw the sprinting “Cheetah” robot, our fear for the future of humanity was soothed slightly by the knowledge that it remained tethered to the offboard hydraulic pumps it relied on for power. Now, Boston Dynamics is taking the chains off of its world record holder and letting the next generation of sprinter run, called WildCat. As shown in the video after the break, it’s already capable of bounding and galloping across flat terrain at speeds of up to 16mph. We don’t know what kind of power WildCat is running on, but unless its energy drains faster than a Sega Game Gear on Christmas Day, 1991, things are looking bleak.

Boston Dynamics frees its four-legged sprinting robot: Cheetah becomes WildCat (video)

 

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GTA Online fixes for PS3 and Xbox 360 rolling out today – Rockstar Games has provided an update on the fixes it’s putting in place for its Grand Theft Auto Online server issues.

The multiplayer mode launched on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 earlier this week to slow load times and the inability to access Grand Theft Auto Online at all for some. “For PlayStation 3 users, a PlayStation Network server issue was detected that was limiting the amount of possible concurrent users,” says a Rockstar Games spokesperson. This was preventing players from accessing the online mode and has now been resolved.
Although an update is live for PlayStation 3 users, the company is also planning to release a similar patch for Xbox 360 players “as soon as possible today.”

GTA Online fixes for PS3 and Xbox 360 rolling out today

 

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NSA tried and failed to compromise Tor, but browser vulnerabilities gave some users away – Intelligence agencies have devoted significant time to cracking the Tor encryption network, reports The Guardian, but it’s largely failed to compromise the system. According to leaked documents obtained by Glenn Greenwald, the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ were frustrated by Tor, at one point in 2012 putting out a presentation called “Tor Stinks.” “We will never be able to de-anonymize all Tor users all the time,” it says. “With manual analysis we can de-anonymize a very small fraction of Tor users.” While it’s known that the NSA was actively working to weaken cryptography, these documents suggest that it was, at least in the case of Tor’s network itself, unsuccessful.

NSA tried and failed to compromise Tor, but browser vulnerabilities gave some users away

 

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 Unlike Facebook, Twitter won’t ‘push for the extra dollar’ – Twitter has taken a decidedly cautious and conservative approach in the months leading up to its long-expected initial public offering.

From what we’ve seen so far, Twitter’s mantra is “don’t do what Facebook did.” As the Wall Street Journal reported, Twitter executives are hoping to avert the pitfalls of its larger rival.
The company finally released its S-1 IPO documentation this afternoon, which shows some clear differences to Facebook. For one thing, it is a far smaller company hitting the public markets. As MIT’s Technology Review points out, Twitter has 215 monthly active users. But when Facebook was eight years old, as Twitter is now, it had over 600 million users.

Unlike Facebook, Twitter won’t ‘push for the extra dollar’

 

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The voice of Siri is Susan Bennett – “I’m the original voice of Siri.” That’s the quote CNN attributes to Susan Bennett, a voice talent that says her voice was used for Apple’s virtual assistant. “I wasn’t sure that I wanted the notoriety,” Bennett tells CNN, explaining her delay in coming forward, “and I also wasn’t sure where I stood legally.” In fact, it was The Verge’s article on synthesized speech that prompted her to come forward.

CNN notes that the article, which looks at how synthetic voices are created, led some to believe Allison Dufty, a voice talent who was recorded at the same GM Voices Atlanta facility as Bennett, was the voice of Siri.

The voice of Siri is Susan Bennett

 

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Avenging WikiLeaks lands Anonymous members in federal court – A federal grand jury this week indicted 13 members of the “hacktivist” group Anonymous on charges of orchestrating a series of cyberattacks across the globe. As Reuters reports, the 13 suspects were allegedly involved with Anonymous’ “Operation Payback” scheme, originally launched in 2010 as retaliation for the shutdown of the Pirate Bay file sharing site. The operation also included distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against credit card companies and financial institutions that refused to process payments for WikiLeaks.

Avenging WikiLeaks lands Anonymous members in federal court

 

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I would rather stick a pineapple up my own butt than buy this iPhone accessory – The gadget world is all about new and exciting devices. Some are hits and some are quickly forgotten. Today Bissol announced their latest iPhone 5s accessory. It’s a $1,500 watch that you attach to the bottom of your iPhone called the Bissol Calibre 2000. I’m sure there are people in the world that think this is a good idea. I am not one of them. This vestigial device (you can check the time on the actual phone) also covers the headphone jack and lightning connector. Sure, it makes your phone longer but ‘longer’ only appeals to me when I’m reading spam emails and feeling bad about myself. After careful consideration I would rather stick a pineapple up my own butt (the rough way) than spend $1,500 on this accessory.

I would rather stick a pineapple up my own butt than buy this iPhone accessory.
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Author: Tom Peters

Journalist. Digital enthusiast. Asking questions about media business models and writing for DailyTechWhip.com

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