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Remember Project Tango? Google’s 3D-sensing smartphone project started development three years ago and first became public in 2014. The goal was to equip a smartphone with a depth sensor and other computer vision abilities. Why? To see what developers could come up with. It’s a bit like strapping an Xbox Kinect to the back of a smartphone.

Now, Tango is finally out in a consumer device, but this is not the triumphant launch of a new flagship product. After years of buildup, Tango is quietly debuting on a mid-range Lenovo phone, the Phab 2 Pro. The bloated, ugly hardware Lenovo created for the Phab 2 feels more like a barely designed developer kit than a slick consumer product.

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As a tumultuous 2016 draws to a close, one case distilled contemporary law enforcement, terrorism, encryption, and surveillance issues more than any other: the case popularly known as “FBI vs. Apple.”

The ordeal began on February 16 when a federal judge in Riverside, California, ordered Apple to help the government unlock and decrypt the seized iPhone 5C used by Syed Rizwan Farook. Farook had shot up an office party in a terrorist attack in nearby San Bernardino in December 2015.

Specifically, United States Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym mandated that Apple provide the FBI a custom firmware file, known as an IPSW file, that would likely enable investigators to brute force the passcode lockout currently on the phone, which was running iOS 9. This order was unprecedented.

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We play games to satisfy our inner curious being. For some unexplainable reasons, it feels accomplishing something that’s beyond explanation. It literally feels like a disconnection to this world and connection to another beautiful world that drags us out of the gray area between reality and Artificial intelligence. Simulators have reinvented the way we looked […]

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As usual, the months leading up to the launch of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were full of rumors and speculations regarding the introduction of several new features including a dual camera setup, OLED display, wireless headset, and wireless charging, just to name a few. As we saw later, many of those rumors turned […]

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Wouldn’t you love it if you could go hunting for those cute adorable Pokemon from the convenience of your Apple watch? Well, there’s good news! The game received an update recently that brings the most popular augmented reality game to the Apple Watch. You can now conveniently explore and hunt for your favorite Pokemon from […]

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The exploding Note 7 phones have damaged Samsung’s reputation and caused trust issues among consumers – so much so that the company had to officially announce that Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are safe to use and that users need not worry about explosions. The company had released a statement reiterating that Galaxy S7 […]

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The last we heard about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) was in November when we got to know that the phone would launch in four different colors. Today, the press renders of the phone in all the four colors have been leaked by Slashleaks. Apart from the image of the phone, some important specs have […]

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A critical vulnerability has been discovered in PHPMailer, which is one of the most popular open source PHP libraries to send emails used by more than 9 Million users worldwide.

Millions of PHP websites and popular open source web applications, including WordPress, Drupal, 1CRM, SugarCRM, Yii, and Joomla comes with PHPMailer library for sending emails using a variety of methods, including


President Obama urges to the end the dual-hat arrangement to separate the heads of the U.S. Cyber Command from National Security Agency.

Cyber security is one of the most important topics on the agenda of any Government and it will be one of the most debated arguments at the next G7 summit that will be held in Italy next year.

I’m currently working with the Cyber G7 Group and I have the opportunity to analyze the approach to the matter of various states and to promote new initiatives aiming to harmonize the cyber-security approach “of governments” by encouraging the cooperation and avoiding situations of conflict.

Last week, President Obama moved to end the controversial dual-hat arrangement under which the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command (Cybercom) are headed by the same military officer.

The decision is really important and highlights the strategic importance of the mission assigned to the U.S. Cyber Command. According to a transition official quoted by the Washington Post who spoke on the condition of anonymity, cybersecurity is one of the most important issues in the US Security Strategy.

“cybersecurity has been and will be a central focus of the transition effort.” said the official.

Obama moves to end dual-hat arrangement separating Cybercom from NSA

The NSA and the U.S. Cyber Command have fundamentally different missions, for this reason, it is essential to separate their control.

Let’s remind that the mission of the U.S. Cyber Command is to disrupt and destroy enemies infrastructures and to defend the US against incoming cyber threats.

The documents leaked by Snowden clarify the mission of the NSA that is more focused on intelligence operations on adversaries and foreign governments.

U.S. Cyber Command has grown over time, its mission has become even clearer with increasing awareness of the cyber threat. Since the Stuxnet against the Natanz nuclear plant, something has changed permanently and dual-hat arrangement is considered no more effective for the US cyber strategy.

“While the dual-hat arrangement was once appropriate in order to enable a fledgling Cybercom to leverage NSA’s advanced capabilities and expertise, Cybercom has since matured.” to the point where it needs its own leader, Obama said in a statement accompanying his signing of the 2017 defense authorization bill.

Obama believes that the Cybercom urges its own leader, he confirmed it in a statement accompanying his signing of the 2017 defense authorization bill.

“The two organizations should have separate leaders who are able to devote themselves to each organization’s respective mission and responsibilities, but should continue to leverage the shared capabilities and synergies developed under the dual-hat arrangement,” Obama wrote about the dual-hat arrangement.

The Obama decision to separate the heads of the two organizations was supported by the Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.,

The idea of separating the heads of the two organizations is not new, President Obama proposed it back in 2013.

“Obama had been on the verge of ending the dual-hat leadership in late 2013 but was persuaded to hold off when senior officials, including the NSA’s director at the time, Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, argued that the two agencies needed one leader to ensure that the NSA did not withhold resources from Cybercom.” wrote The Washington Post.

A presidential review commission the end of the dual-hat arrangement and suggest the assignment of the NSA direction to a civilian and not to a military official.

The bill that Obama signed bars the splitting of the leadership role until the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff jointly certify that to do so would not diminish Cybercom’s effectiveness.

“The Congress . . . should not place unnecessary and bureaucratic administrative burdens and conditions on ending the dual-hat arrangement at a time when the speed and nature of cyber threats requires agility in making decisions about how best to organize and manage the nation’s cyber capabilities,” added Obama.

The transition will not be instantaneous, the Pentagon and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have planned a period during which the NSA can continue to “provide vital operational support” to Cybercom.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs – US Government, dual-hat arrangement)

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A bittersweet Christmas and New Year for users and fans of the most popular custom Android ROM, Cyanogen OS.

Cyanogen that tried and failed to kill Google’s Android operating system is now shutting down the custom services that it provides to phones that run its Cyanogen OS as we know it and the “nightly builds” of said OS on December 31st.

Cyanogen came with an ambition to build better