Tag: software

Apple patches previously fixed security bug that allowed iPhone jailbreak

Apple has fixed a security flaw for a second time after it accidentally reintroduced an old bug in a recent software update. Released Monday, iOS 12.4.1 contains a security fix that was first patched months earlier in iOS 12.3. Apple rolled out a fix in May, but accidentally undid the security patch in its latest […]

Guided by AI, robotic platform automates molecule manufacture

Guided by artificial intelligence and powered by a robotic platform, a system developed by MIT researchers moves a step closer to automating the production of small molecules that could be used in medicine, solar energy, and polymer chemistry. The system, described in the August 8 issue of Science, could free up bench chemists from a […]

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

Robocall-blocking apps promise to rid your life of spoofed and spam phone calls. But are they as trustworthy as they claim to be? One security researcher said many of these apps can violate your privacy as soon as they are opened. Dan Hastings, a senior security consultant at cybersecurity firm NCC Group, analyzed some of […]

Behind the scenes of the Apollo mission at MIT

Fifty years ago this week, humanity made its first expedition to another world, when Apollo 11 touched down on the moon and two astronauts walked on its surface. That moment changed the world in ways that still reverberate today. MIT’s deep and varied connections to that epochal event — many of which have been described […]

Higher Ground Labs is betting tech can help sway the 2020 elections for Democrats

When Shomik Dutta and Betsy Hoover first met in 2007, he was coordinating fundraising and get-out-the-vote efforts for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign and she was a deputy field director for the campaign. Over the next two election cycles the two would become parts of an organizing and fundraising team that transformed the business of […]

The Slack origin story

Let’s rewind a decade. It’s 2009. Vancouver, Canada. Stewart Butterfield, known already for his part in building Flickr, a photo-sharing service acquired by Yahoo in 2005, decided to try his hand — again — at building a game. Flickr had been a failed attempt at a game called Game Neverending followed by a big pivot. […]

Singapore activist found guilty of hosting ‘illegal assembly’ via Skype

A continuing situation in Singapore is testing the legal limitations of virtual conferences. A court within the Southeast Asian city-condition now convicted human legal rights activist Jolovan Wham of organizing an open set up via Skype with no permit and refusing to sign his statement when purchased through the police. Wham&nbspwill be sentenced on The […]