Actualidad breaking news Actualidad News Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:52:11 GMT Hackers Target UK Parliament In A Sustained Cyber-Attack The National Cyber Security Center confirms that members of United Kingdom's parliament have been targets of a determined cyber-attack.<p><p><iframe width="320" height="180" src="ver.cfm?id=13492&tipo=9&vv=N0P8ZsvD-bI" frameBorder="0"<p>scrolling="NO"></iframe><p><p><p>According to the center, which detected the unusual activity in the system on the evening of June 23, hackers carried out a sustained attack with the intent of identifying accounts with weak passwords. To prevent further damage, parliament members and staff would temporarily only be able to access their emails in Westminster.<p><p>Cyber-Attack On The Parliament<p><p>It is unclear whether the recent cyber-attack is connected with reports that login credentials of parliament members, staff, and police were being sold and traded online in Russian websites.<p><p>"Closer investigation by our team confirmed that hackers were carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords. As a precaution, we have temporarily restricted remote access to the network," Parliament authorities informed affected users.<p>What is clear, however, is that the attack specifically targeted email accounts so security measures have been set-up to ensure accounts are unavailable remotely. Of course, that means urgent messages may not be able to get through the system but upper House of Lords representative Chris Rennard has a solution for such cases.<p><p>Chris Rennard ? @LordRennard<p>Cyber security attack on Westminster Parliamentary e.mails may not work remotely Text urgent messages @LibDemLords @LabourLordsUK @Torypeers<p>10:46 AM - 24 Jun 2017<p> 96 96 Retweets 42 42 likes<p>Twitter Ads info and privacy<p>U.K. officials and security experts were not at all surprised that the parliament was targeted by hackers this time around. Even international trade minister Liam Fox expressed that the attack was to be expected, considering all the news reports and previous attacks the country experienced.<p><p>"We know that our public services are attacked so it's not at all surprising that there should be an attempt to hack into parliamentary emails," Minister Fox said.<p><p>The House of Commons released a statement with regard to the incident and promised to keep everyone updated on the case.<p><p>Not The First Attack<p>The United Kingdom has had its fair share of cyber-attacks. Just this May, cyber-attacks victimized 70 countries and held U.K. hospital systems at ransom for up to $600 in bitcoins. The attack on U.K. health services forced some hospitals to turn away patients unless it was an emergency.<p><p>In October 2016, the United Kingdom also suffered from a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that affected internet services run by Dyn. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:00:00 GMT Apple’s AR is closer to reality than Google’s Apple has often been accused of acting like it invented things that others have been doing for years. That complaint is not without merit, however Apple can lay claim to transforming existing things into mainstream successes, which takes no small amount of invention in its own right. Fingerprint authentication and contactless payments are just two recent examples, having both existed in Japan and on niche devices for over a decade before Apple raised them to global prominence with the iPhone.<p><p>Next up on Apple's agenda is augmented reality, the act of superimposing digital data and visuals atop a live video feed of your surroundings — something that Google, Microsoft, and many others have been experimenting with for a long time. Apple is far from being able to claim it invented AR, but its new ARKit in iOS 11 is already showing signs to suggest that Apple will help bring AR into the mainstream faster and better than anyone else.<p><p>The chronic problem with augmented reality has always been one of practicality. You could have the most basic forms of AR on your regular phone, as provided by apps like Layar, which has been around since 2009, but those have never been particularly compelling. Or you could have more sophisticated and appealing augmentations, as presented by Google's Tango project, but you'd need a big fat phablet to lug around to make them happen. Apple's difference is to combine the convenience of your daily phone with the appeal of advanced AR.<p><p>Looking at this distance-measuring app, it seems so simple and obvious. Of course your super-powered, multi-core phone should be smart enough to measure out basic distances, and there have indeed been many wonky apps trying to do that in the past. But measuring with AR, as already shown off by Google Tango phones, allows you a much more intuitive method for doing it. Having the phone actually aware of the three-dimensional space in its view allows for precise measurements, which can be represented with a neat hologram of a measuring tape. Apple’s advantage in the contest for doing this best is simple: while Google Tango demands special hardware, ARKit requires only that you have a recent iOS device. At WWDC earlier this month, Craig Federighi described ARKit as "the largest AR platform in the world," and he was right.<p><p>Apple's AR will immediately reach millions of people who already have the requisite hardware. And while it looks to be functionally as flexible and capable as Google's Tango (check out some early examples of fanciful experiments with ARKit), its broader audience makes it much more enticing for serious developers to invest their time and money into. Google's Tango is about the future whereas Apple's ARKit is about the present.<p><p> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:00:00 GMT If Kennedy retires, Donald Trump's legacy is set (CNN)The final week of the Supreme Court session opens Monday, and with it comes rampant speculation that Justice Anthony Kennedy may call it quits.<p><p><iframe width="320" height="180" src="ver.cfm?id=13490&tipo=9&vv=6xpg76hHloU" frameBorder="0"<p>scrolling="NO"></iframe><p><p>If Kennedy does announce his retirement, it would almost certainly ensure not only a clear rightward swing in the Court but would also cement a major part of Donald Trump's legacy barely five months into his first term.<p><p>The best days Trump had on the campaign trail were all centered on the Supreme Court. His May release of a list of 11 people he would nominate to fill the opening created by the death of Antonin Scalia served as a major rallying point for GOP primary voters still wary of backing someone who was a very recent convert to their way of thinking.<p><p>When his campaign was flagging last fall, Trump returned to a familiar strategy -- putting out a wider list of 21 names he might choose to be the next member of the nation's highest court.<p>And Trump's single best day as president came on February 1 when he announced Neil Gorsuch as his pick to replace Scalia.<p><p>Why was the Court Trump's biggest crutch with Republican voters both during the campaign and now? Just ask him!<p>"If you really like Donald Trump, that's great, but if you don't, you have to vote for me anyway," Trump told GOP voters in Iowa almost a year ago. "You know why? Supreme Court judges, Supreme Court judges. Have no choice, sorry, sorry, sorry. You have no choice."<p>The point was -- and is -- this: Whether or not conservatives loved or even liked Trump, he would nominate people to the Supreme Court who were considerably more conservative than the people Hillary Clinton would choose. And, the power to nominate justices to the Court mattered more now than ever before because so many of current members were, well, old.<p>That includes Kennedy who, at 80, is the second oldest justice behind Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 84. Stephen Breyer is 78. (For more on Kennedy's pivotal role as the Court's swing vote, make sure to check out Ariane de Vogue's piece here.) <p><p><p><p>Conservatives have always cared deeply about the federal bench -- atop which sits the Supreme Court -- but a series of rulings over the Obama years made Trump's argument even more powerful. The Court's decision that the individual mandate at the center of the Affordable Care Act was, in fact, constitutional was regarded by many conservatives as a betrayal. The decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide was just the sort of legislating from the bench conservatives had long warned about. ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:00:00 GMT Trump likely to break many of his health-care promises — no matter what happens Donald Trump set himself apart from other Republican presidential candidates when it came to health care. Before taking office, he vowed “insurance for everybody” that would be “much less expensive and much better” and explicitly promised not to touch Medicaid, which millions of his working-class supporters rely upon to cover doctor’s visits and medication.<p><p><iframe width="320" height="180" src="ver.cfm?id=13489&tipo=9&vv=f7I7r29cIss" frameBorder="0"<p>scrolling="NO"></iframe><p><p>But as Republicans in the Senate press ahead with legislation that would dramatically cut Medicaid and scale back the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, it is increasingly clear that President Trump is almost certain to fall well short of fulfilling those promises.<p><p>Trump and congressional Republicans will likely hail any bill that reaches the president’s desk as the fulfillment of a long-standing pledge to “repeal and replace” the ACA, former president Barack Obama’s signature health-care law. But if the House and Senate agree on legislation along the lines of what is now being debated, millions — including some of Trump’s most ardent supporters — are projected to lose coverage, receive fewer benefits or see their premiums rise.<p><p>And if the health-care push stalls or falls apart, the president who campaigned for the White House as the ultimate dealmaker will be dealt a serious political blow — another example of Trump’s inability to move major legislation through Congress.<p><p>“He’s going to own it either way, whether he signs a bill or doesn’t get a bill,” said Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Steele said passage of the legislation could hurt Trump politically as much as its failure. “You’re going to have a whole generation of people who had health care losing health care, and in many instances, they’re Trump voters. I think that’s a very risky play.”<p><p>In a television interview broadcast Sunday, Trump acknowledged that he had called the House bill “mean” weeks after celebrating its passage in the Rose Garden. He suggested other changes could be coming to the Senate bill unveiled last week to ease its impact on lower-income Americans, but Trump said “we have a very good plan” that he characterized as close to passing.<p><p>“Healthcare’s a very complicated subject from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn’t like it,” Trump said on FOX News’s “Fox & Friends.” “You move it a little bit over here, you have a very narrow path.”<p><p>One bright spot for Trump is that many of his most die-hard backers echo the president in largely blaming others for continued gridlock in Washington. At least for now, many believe he would fulfill his promises on health care and other priorities if only given the chance. ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:00:00 GMT