HTC PeaksLeaks Intro of New Innovations

first_img Citation: HTC Peaks-Leaks Intro of New Innovations (2008, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-htc-peaks-leaks-intro.html HTC Touch Diamond. Credit: Engadget/HTC The story begins with an invitation by HTC, “To witness the next generation of HTC innovation.” The event is set for 11:30 A.M. in London, UK, according to Vincent Nguyen. Could it be the first Android supported mobile device, Dream, promised by HTC? With Apple’s worldwide conference of developers just one month away, queries Nguyen, could there be a tie in? Could the announcement have anything to do with introducing a new Windows Mobile device utilizing TouchFLO2 “Manila”? A flurry of blog spots and subsequent leaks reported by Engadget adds a few interesting aspects of this magical mystery unveiling in London on May 6th. According to Engadget, HTC leaked official photos of a new mobile device called, HTC Touch Diamond. This new “Ultra High Density” display device may be part or the whole of all the excitement. The HTC Touch Diamond is reported to have a dynamic 2.8-inch VGA display. It has 3G connectivity ideal for the European market. It has Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS. Adding to the excitement it has WiFi and Bluetooth built in. A 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus with 4 GB internal memory and a memory slot. It has a an additional VGA camera in front for video telephony. In addition, it has an accelerometer like the Apple iPhone. For fast response it has a Qualcomm 528 MHz CPU.The various HTC Touch Diamond sightings report divergent takes on whether it has a full QWERTY keyboard or whether it will come with the new TouchFlo2 Manila application. It appears the Touch Diamond does have a FM tuner and eGPS and a full range of Quad-band frequencies. Whether the announcement hype and speculation is worth it will be abundantly apparent on May 6th. My guess is that HTC has something pretty interesting to present because their long standing reputation for producing outweighs “Big Foot” type tabloid gimmickry. HTC has created a mystery for its announcement of next generation innovations in London on May 6th. Bloggers and Internet electronic gadget web sites have entered into the fray. Is it an Android supported device? Is it mobile Manila? Is it Touch Diamond? Whatever it is, it better be good after all this hype. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Apple phones are AEStough says forensics expert

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Apple phones are AES-tough, says forensics expert (2012, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-apple-aes-tough-forensics-expert.html Explore further World’s toughest encryption scheme found ‘vulnerable’ © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: images.apple.com/ipad/business … S_Security_May12.pdfwww.technologyreview.com/news/ … -security-threshold/ iPhone has a security architecture that is so sturdy and so tightly woven into its hardware and software that it is easy for consumers to use encryption on their phones and difficult for someone else to steal the encrypted information, he stated.The key to Apple’s security architecture strengths is the Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm (AES), a data-scrambling system adopted as a U.S.government standard in 2001. After over ten years of exhaustive analysis, he said, AES is still widely regarded as unbreakable. (In August last year, AES was cracked, by a team of researchers from Microsoft, Research, KU Leuven and ENS Paris. It was a theoretical, or “academic” crack, with no practical implications. Despite being four times easier than other methods, the number of steps required to crack AES-128 was an 8 followed by 37 zeroes, said one of the team members.”To put this into perspective: on a trillion machines, that each could test a billion keys per second, it would take more than two billion years to recover an AES-128 key,” the Leuven University researcher added. Still, their attack unsettled some assumptions about AES.)Nonetheless, the algorithm is so strong that no computer imaginable for the foreseeable future, even a quantum computer, said Garfinekel, would be able to crack a truly random 256-bit AES key. The National Security Agency has approved AES-256 for storing top-secret data.A white paper from Apple dated earlier this year about its security features explained that the device’s unique ID (UID) and a device group ID (GID) are AES 256-bit keys fused into the application processor during manufacturing. “Burning these keys into the silicon prevents them from being tampered with or bypassed, and guarantees that they can be accessed only by the AES engine.”Apple is no doubt fortunate that this security threshold information is circulating, as Garfinkel is a solid authority on the subject of security. The timing is excellent for Apple branding, considering the exposure another report had recently, where a Wired journalist’s digital life was changed in one day which involved Apple and Amazon. The hackers didn’t use any sophisticated algorithms or brute-force attacks to gain access to Mat Honan’s online information. They simply called Apple, pretending to be the victim and convinced the Apple specialist to reset the AppleID password. Apple subsequently said it would review its-over-the-phone verification system to prevent such incidents from happening again. (Phys.org) — Monday’s Technology Review carries a glowing tribute to Apple iPhone security according to its author, Simson Garfinkel, a contributing editor who works in computer forensics and is highly regarded as a leader in digital forensics. He says Apple has passed a threshold “Today the Apple iPhone 4S and iPad 3 are trustworthy mobile computing systems that can be used for mobile payments, e-commerce, and the delivery of high-quality paid programming,” thanks to Apple’s heavy investment in iPhone security. That is where “threshold” comes in. Apple has crossed it. Even law enforcement cannot perform forensic examinations of Apple devices seized from criminals, he said.last_img read more

Collaboration study shows people lie more when colluding

first_imgCredit: Karen Arnold/public domain © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers, one with the University of Nottingham in the U.K., the other with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, has carried out a study on the downside of collaborative efforts, and has found, in at least one academic setting, that people tend to lie more when collaborating on a joint effort when they believe it will result in a better outcome for both, if they engage in collusion. Ori Weise and Shaul Shalvi describe their study and results in their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Prior research has shown that people in general are willing to lie in situations where a friend will benefit—in this new effort the research pair sought to better understand how lying might come into play when two people are able to collaborate on a project that will benefit them both equally, if they lie to a third party about the results.The test involved asking two people to sit in an isolated room and roll a single die. The first person would role the die once and then report to the second via intercom what they had rolled—no one but that first person could actually see what was rolled. The second person would then roll a single die (which was also unseen by anyone else) and report the number (again via intercom) that came up to the researchers—if the numbers of the two rolls matched, both of the participants would receive a monetary reward equal to that number. If there was no match, there would be no reward. The pair would repeat the experiment over and over.The experiment was rife with opportunities for lying—it would benefit the first person rolling to report higher numbers rolled, because if there was a match, both would receive a higher monetary reward. The second person would obviously benefit by reporting matches when there were none. There was also an opportunity for collusion despite both participants operating in isolation—everyone knows that there is an equal chance for high or low number rolls, which means if the first person reports more than an average number of high roles to the second person, the second person will soon catch on. And that, the researchers suggest, is what led to massive lying by the volunteers in the experiment. Teams reported matches on average five times the average (some teams actually reported rolling matches on every toss) and more than an average number of those matches were high numbers.When the results were manipulated, the degree of lying fell, such as when only one of the participants was told they would receive the reward. The researchers suggest their study reveals the dark side of collaboration and highlights just how easily such parings can result in collusion for ill-gotten gain. Study: We lie when we’re short on time or feel justified to do so Citation: Collaboration study shows people lie more when colluding (2015, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-collaboration-people-colluding.htmlcenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further More information: The collaborative roots of corruption, Ori Weisel, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423035112AbstractCooperation is essential for completing tasks that individuals cannot accomplish alone. Whereas the benefits of cooperation are clear, little is known about its possible negative aspects. Introducing a novel sequential dyadic die-rolling paradigm, we show that collaborative settings provide fertile ground for the emergence of corruption. In the main experimental treatment the outcomes of the two players are perfectly aligned. Player A privately rolls a die, reports the result to player B, who then privately rolls and reports the result as well. Both players are paid the value of the reports if, and only if, they are identical (e.g., if both report 6, each earns €6). Because rolls are truly private, players can inflate their profit by misreporting the actual outcomes. Indeed, the proportion of reported doubles was 489% higher than the expected proportion assuming honesty, 48% higher than when individuals rolled and reported alone, and 96% higher than when lies only benefited the other player. Breaking the alignment in payoffs between player A and player B reduced the extent of brazen lying. Despite player B’s central role in determining whether a double was reported, modifying the incentive structure of either player A or player B had nearly identical effects on the frequency of reported doubles. Our results highlight the role of collaboration—particularly on equal terms—in shaping corruption. These findings fit a functional perspective on morality. When facing opposing moral sentiments—to be honest vs. to join forces in collaboration—people often opt for engaging in corrupt collaboration. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

A way to get electrons to attract each other using other electrons

first_img © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, with assistance from another at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany has found a new way to get electrons to attract one. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes the technique they used and the ways their results might prove useful. Takis Kontos with Ecole Normale Supérieure in France offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue and in addition to outlining their work offers some history on its development by others in the field. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: A. Hamo et al. Electron attraction mediated by Coulomb repulsion, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature18639AbstractOne of the defining properties of electrons is their mutual Coulomb repulsion. However, in solids this basic property may change; for example, in superconductors, the coupling of electrons to lattice vibrations makes the electrons attract one another, leading to the formation of bound pairs. Fifty years ago it was proposed that electrons can be made attractive even when all of the degrees of freedom in the solid are electronic, by exploiting their repulsion from other electrons. This attraction mechanism, termed ‘excitonic’, promised to achieve stronger and more exotic superconductivity. Yet, despite an extensive search, experimental evidence for excitonic attraction has yet to be found. Here we demonstrate this attraction by constructing, from the bottom up, the fundamental building block8 of the excitonic mechanism. Our experiments are based on quantum devices made from pristine carbon nanotubes, combined with cryogenic precision manipulation. Using this platform, we demonstrate that two electrons can be made to attract each other using an independent electronic system as the ‘glue’ that mediates attraction. Owing to its tunability, our system offers insights into the underlying physics, such as the dependence of the emergent attraction on the underlying repulsion, and the origin of the pairing energy. We also demonstrate transport signatures of excitonic pairing. This experimental demonstration of excitonic pairing paves the way for the design of exotic states of matter. Citation: A way to get electrons to attract each other using other electrons (2016, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-electrons.html Journal information: Naturecenter_img Model system and experimental realization of its fundamental building block. Credit: (c) Nature 535, 395–400 (21 July 2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature18639 Getting electrons to attract each is a big part of superconductivity, but unfortunately, due to the need for extremely cold temperatures most such materials have not proved to be of practical use. What scientists would really like to find is a material that could be a superconductor at room temperature and one promising avenue of research has been attempting to realize a theory proposed by William Little half a century ago—he suggested it might be possible to get electrons to attract one another by using the repulsion of other electrons. In this new effort, the researchers have attempted to prove this theory correct by using carbon nanotubes placed near one another.Their experiment consisted of coaxing just two electrons into a carbon nanotude and a polarizer in the form of two energy wells in a second carbon nanotube. They then positioned the two nanotubes perpendicular to each other, with one over the top of the over forming a cross, though they were not allowed to touch—one was kept approximately 100 nanometres away from the other. At that distance, the researchers confirmed that the electrons became attracted to one another.In theory, the team notes, it should be possible to create a superconductor using their method—unfortunately, creating an entire crystal, or even a short chain of material in such a way, is likely to be exceedingly difficult. Still, Kontos suggests that it could be used to create a quantum simulator which could be added as yet another tool for researchers in the field. Explore further Superconductor’s strange behaviour results in new laboratory toollast_img read more

Dudang dubang meets Kathak in Delhi

first_imgLarik Dancers from Indonesia swayed with Kathak dancers from India, dudang dudang dancers from Brunei joined rhythm with India’s famed kuchipudi artists while the Myanmarese did a cultural synthesis with Laotians. Various song and dance traditions representing 10 ASEAN countries fused in a rich cultural medley to celebrate the common cultural space and civilisation they have shared for over two millennia. The occasion was the ASEAN-India Special Commemorative Summit to celebrate 20 years of their relationship and present at the magnificent Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan, India’s presidential palace whose red and cream sandstone glowed in soft blue hues Thursday night, were heads of state and government of each of 10 of these countries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”The cultural collaboration aimed to bring out the similarities of the common origin shared by Indian performing arts with the existing traditions in the Southeast Asian nations,’ said Suresh K. Goel, director general of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) that mounted the hour-long show.The idea was to bring out the similarities and the common origin shared by Indian performing arts with the traditions in the Southeast Asian nations, represented by the ASEAN grouping.  There were in all 10 groups from each of these groups and 10 groups of dancers and musicians from various parts of India – from Shyopat Julia’s mesmerising performance with the bagpipe, known as the mashak in Rajasthan, and the deft, foot-tapping bamboo dancers of Mizoram to the haunting voice of Sufi singer Renee Singh and the Ramayana dance drama of Thailand. There was also the tinkling dance of Phillipines and the grasshopper dance of Cambodia.  And the grand finale at the end, where all 20 troupes, from across the geographies of this vast Indo-ASEAN region, danced on stage to a common rhythm brought the elite audience to its feet. In the audience were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his cabinet colleagues, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and presidents, prime ministers, a vice president and a sultan from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Given our cultural affinity, an example of which we witnessed here, physical proximity and shared priorities, the ASEAN-India relationship is showing increasing evidence of becoming more comprehensive and strategic in nature,’ said President Pranab Mukherjee at the grand banquet he gave later for the guests.  ‘A closer integration between ASEAN and India will be to the mutual benefit of the nations that we represent this historic evening,’ he said.last_img read more

Art with a touch of swadharma

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts has organised an exhibition based on Gandhi’s philosophies perfectly called Salt: The Great March.The on-going exhibition displays work of artist Shelly Jyoti. The works draw inspiration from Gandhi’s philosophy of swadharma and sarvodaya. ‘Salt is symbolic of Gandhi’s renunciatory spirit, of cultural and moral values as instruments to create better societies. I am investigating that art through sarvodaya concept,’ said Jyoti in an interview. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her work includes sculptural installations of khadi yarn (aatis), twenty five contemporary artworks with Azrakh printing traditions, incorporating needle work on khadi fabric and multimedia spoken poetry.Jyoti has also re-contextualise Azrakh dyeing traditions. This technique is a traditional form of printing in Gujarat. ‘The whole idea is to preserve this dying art form and to make these artisans financially strong,’ she added. Traditional needlecraft techniques such as sujniand nakshi kantha have also been used. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition also features an installation titled Integrating Khadi-2013, which has been made using 30m of Khadi and is printed with Sanskrit calligraphy. The installation represents the Gandhian thought of promoting Khadi across villages for the economic independence of the society. The other highlight of the show is a 10×8 ft installation titled Re-Building My Nation 2013. It is made of lightweight materials such as pipe cleaners, fabric, plastic, wire and threads as a metaphoric representation of communities living together in harmony. ‘This show is all about exploring the possibilities of establishing alternative societies where Gandhian ideals of swadharma and sarvodaya could be established through their sincere implementation,’ she said.last_img read more

Canvassing freedom

first_imgEncouraged by an understanding father, Dutt’s years of study and initial work as a commercial artist formed a solid bed-rock for a future of hard work, struggles, recognition and rewards. With his new exhibition Art Sutra he tries to capture life itself on canvas.  Explaing the theme of his works artist says ‘art is about freedom. Captivity is inimical to creativity, shrivelling the seed even before it can germinate. Limits and boundaries suffocate and snuff the life out of free expression. And thus Art Sutra was born, a progeny of freedom.’ The artist feels, it’s about unshackling art from the limits and boundaries imposed by surface, medium, technique or even dimension. Lines, forms and colours adding as much soul and spirit to the flat canvas as they do to the contours of a three-dimensional object. It is about making art independent of the vehicle of expression and allowing it to dwell in the creativity of creation itself.Amit Dutt innately realizes the relation of the visible art to the external world, the sheer necessity of harmony in form and tone and the inborn human desire to connect beauty with truth. His work imbues all this and something more, a wholesomeness that remains intangible in magnitude but all pervading in perception and influence.WHEN: 18 to 24 NovemberWHERE: Rabindra Bhawan Gallery no 1 and 2, Mandi Houselast_img read more

Just warm up with your love

first_imgMy mother-in-law is very superstitious. She lives with us and her daily behaviour is causing me immense irritation. What can I do?Devika, ChandigarhAvoid her. Ignore all tempatations to get irritated. I do understand, this is much easier said than done. But, some solutions come only with patience. Usually people don’t change. More so, if the person concerned is elder. Spend quality time with your husband. He is the prime reason why you are with your mother-in-law and his support is your strength. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Last week I have realized that my 9 year old daughter gets physically abused by my husband’s cousin who lives with us. He’s a student and hence we host him. I’m completely shattered. What should I do?Mrs Sethia, PunjabJust accost this b****** and organise another accomodation for him immediately. This is a crime and please don’t ignore this. Try to slowly educate your child on this issue. Handle it very carefully The pervert should realize his mistake but too much of attention might hamper the fragile mind of your little one. Don’t do anything harsh in front of her but as I said earlier, please forget all politeness and warn him to stay away from her. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI’m married for last 4 months. Whenever I’ve tried getting close to my wife, she is very cold. Her reluctance forces me to stay away! Is this normal? Tejas, New DelhiWell, there could be a few reasons. Firstly, she is cold because she’s taking time to know you and open up. Secondly, she has had a bad experience in her past that is shadowing her mind. Thirdly, she is not too sexually active as a person. I suggest, have an open conversation with her. Maybe you can go for a vacation and then you slowly try to warm her up with your love. If nothing is working, consult a professional. Don’t stop expressing your love and desire of closeness. My best friend for last 10 years has suddenly changed her attitude towards me. After my dad gifted me a car on my birthday, I realize this more. She constantly taunts me. How do I handle this?Prea, New DelhiHumans do have an ugly tendency to compete. Have you tried talking to her? You can even write an email. Friendship like any other relationship is a mutual association. If the other person doesn’t reciprocate or respect your feelings, take a back seat. Sometimes ignorance is bliss and if the person is your ‘best friend’, such materialism should be the last reason for a fallout! Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Reading art right

first_imgHere’s an exhibition dedicated to book art! Artistes have been invited to use the book as a medium and explore its tactile, visual, and intellectual qualities. This exhibition, brought to you by Blueprint 12 in collaboration with Colombo Art Biennale and coordinated by Navar, titled The Reading Room will have 13 artistes participating in this exhibition representing India, Sri Lanka, USA and China; namely – Samit Das, Smriti Chaudhary, Kingsley Gunatillake, LizFernando, Sathyanand Mohan, Banoo Batliboi, DengYifu, Anne Covell, Samanta Batra Mehta, Jagath Weerasinghe, Layla Gondwana. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The exhibition will also accompanied with a talk session by Banoo Batliboi who is a pioneer in book art in India. She will be showing her work and talking about her inspiration and practice, explaining the nuances that go into making a book. Book art is very popular abroad and there have been exhibitions abroad. The concept behind the exhibition is to showcase and exhibit works of art that is made by using books, or by full time book artistes. Book art is popular in the medium of artiste’s journals or sketchbooks but not known as medium where books can be altered to depict an idea. In this exhibition, we will show artistes who have used books, by drawing in them, carving them, tearing them, to convey contemporary issues of displacement, war, fantasy, nostalgia, or history.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition aims to  stimulate and engage the audience to look beyond canvases and sculptures or video. Book Art is one of the most underrated of art mediums. When paintings and sculptures are finding their way in the art galleries and museums, book art is yet to be discovered as a medium of expression and a form of art. It takes wide range of forms through fold-outs, fold -ins, scrolls etc. Artistes enhance the visual quality of the book and take it as their tool to showcase their creativity. It could be easily understood when observed closely but most of the book artistes prefer to give their imagination an abstract form. As its one of a kind art it is also said to be quiet unique and attractive. Though its a contemporary art form it marks it’s space at the first glance in an art lover’s mind.When:  24 April-11 MayWhere: Alliance Francaise & Nitanjali Art Gallery, Anand Niketan (27 April to 11 May)last_img read more

Wifes pubhopping no ground for divorce Mum HC

first_imgA Division Bench of Justices Vijaya Tahilramani and Anil Menon recently upheld an order of Family Court, which had declined to grant divorce to the man, holding that such behaviour on part of his wife did not amount to cruelty. “In our view, the Family Court has appreciated the evidence and come to justifiable findings that the appellant (husband) has failed to prove that the respondent (wife) has treated him with cruelty,” the Bench said, while hearing an appeal filed by the man. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe instances of cruelty cited by the husband were rude behaviour by his wife, excessive socialising, going to pubs and discos, neglecting their child, hitting him with a vase, hurling hot cup of tea, making false accusations and throwing tantrums during their honeymoon.“As far as visits to discos and pubs is concerned, it has come in the cross-examination that they both visited pubs and discos even during the period of courtship. We are of the view that evidence does not reveal the respondent has treated the appellant with cruelty. At the best it establishes inappropriate and intemperate behaviour that is not expected in matrimonial relationship,” the Bench noted. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIrretrievable break down of marriage, cited as one of the reasons for dissolution of the matrimonial alliance, does not amount to cruelty, the Judges noted. “At best, evidence shows insuperable incompatibility between the parties falling short of cruelty. Be that as it may, irretrievable break down of marriage owing to severe and/or insuperable incompatibility does not amount to cruelty and as such no relief can be granted in appeal against the impugned order in as far as divorce is concerned,” the bench said.last_img read more