Lenovo’s fingerprint authentication app had bad bugs that made it easy to hack

This is pretty jarring. Lenovo has confirmed its in-house authentication software Fingerprint Manager Pro (version 8.01.86), which lets users unlock their devices using fingerprint recognition, was affected by a severe vulnerability which attackers could exploit to access to any system equipped with the app. As per Lenovo’s disclosure, Fingerprint Manager contained a hard-coded password that made it accessible to all users with local non-administrative access. In addition to this, it stored sensitive information like Windows logon credentials and fingerprint data which were “encrypted using a weak algorithm.” “Sensitive data stored by Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro, including users’ Windows logon credentials… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Pittsburgh Profiles: From ballet to nutrition bars, Julia Erickson embraces city’s rich cultural scene

Julia Erickson, a principal dancer for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, gets some practice in at PBT’s studios in the Strip District. (Photo via Aimee DiAndrea) Julia Erickson has found her calling in Pittsburgh, both as an artist and entrepreneur. Julia Erickson. (Photo via Nicholas Coppula) The Seattle native moved to the Steel City in 2001. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, she helped launch a nutrition bar company with her husband and learned about the city’s eagerness to support their fellow citizens. “It’s definitely one of those cities that has an incredibly strong networking component,” she told GeekWire. “People are very loyal and they want to help others.” Now… Read More

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What you need to know in advertising today

CBS is bringing back “Murphy Brown” for 13 episodes next year. The show went off the air in 1998. Candice Bergen is coming out of retirement at age 70! Somewhere, the entirety of Gen Z is typing ¯_(ツ)_/¯ into its phones. Of course, CBS isn’t the only network riding the nostalgia train. ABC is bringing back “Roseanne.” Fox has already brought back “The X-Files” and “Prison Break,” while NBC has scored a decent hit with its “Will and Grace” revival. With live commercial TV viewing in decline, these revivals are short-term money grabs as much as they are nostalgic. Yet they’ll probably not change the trajectory of the TV ad… Read More

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What you need to know in advertising today

CBS is bringing back “Murphy Brown” for 13 episodes next year. The show went off the air in 1998. Candice Bergen is coming out of retirement at age 70! Somewhere, the entirety of Gen Z is typing ¯_(ツ)_/¯ into its phones. Of course, CBS isn’t the only network riding the nostalgia train. ABC is bringing back “Roseanne.” Fox has already brought back “The X-Files” and “Prison Break,” while NBC has scored a decent hit with its “Will and Grace” revival. With live commercial TV viewing in decline, these revivals are short-term money grabs as much as they are nostalgic. Yet they’ll probably not change the trajectory of the TV ad… Read More

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The world’s first ‘smog vacuum cleaner’ can suck up air pollution and turn it into jewelry

As one solution to urban air pollution, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has invented a large tower that eats smog. The tower debuted in Rotterdam in 2015, and then went to four Chinese cities in 2016. In February 2018, it will head to a park in Kraków, Poland. The device can also turn the captured smog into tiny “gem stones” that can be embedded in jewelry pieces like rings and cufflinks. The air we breathe is not as clean as it once was. And in many cases, it is getting worse. On high-smog days in Kraków, Poland, the city’s air pollution can reach six times that of safe levels. And in… Read More

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Director David Wain on ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’ and Working With Netflix Again

David Wain is no stranger to an underdog story. The director has spent his career creating lower-budget, indie films and TV shows that defied the odds to become cult hits that eventually found large audiences, from MTV’s sketch comedy show The State to the Wet Hot American Summer movie and subsequent TV series. Wain’s latest project is A Futile and Stupid Gesture, a biopic about Doug Kenney, a lesser-known but influential comedy writer who co-founded National Lampoon magazine in the 1970s. The film, which follows the origin story of a magazine that started as a collegiate publication at Harvard and went on to help launch the Hollywood careers of comedians… Read More

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Director David Wain on ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’ and Working With Netflix Again

David Wain is no stranger to an underdog story. The director has spent his career creating lower-budget, indie films and TV shows that defied the odds to become cult hits that eventually found large audiences, from MTV’s sketch comedy show The State to the Wet Hot American Summer movie and subsequent TV series. Wain’s latest project is A Futile and Stupid Gesture, a biopic about Doug Kenney, a lesser-known but influential comedy writer who co-founded National Lampoon magazine in the 1970s. The film, which follows the origin story of a magazine that started as a collegiate publication at Harvard and went on to help launch the Hollywood careers of comedians… Read More

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Microsoft’s Mixer follows Twitch with addition of direct tipping and game sales

Mixer, Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, will soon allow its streamers to start selling games and other downloadable content via its service, and will introduce tipping, the company announced this week in its year-end wrap-up. The game sales will be made possible through the new Mixer Direct Purchase program, which is now in testing ahead of a broad, public launch, Microsoft says. Initially,… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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Microsoft’s Mixer follows Twitch with addition of direct tipping and game sales

Mixer, Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, will soon allow its streamers to start selling games and other downloadable content via its service, and will introduce tipping, the company announced this week in its year-end wrap-up. The game sales will be made possible through the new Mixer Direct Purchase program, which is now in testing ahead of a broad, public launch, Microsoft says. Initially,… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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Vanity Fair Edits Out James Franco From Annual Hollywood Cover Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) The annual reveal of Vanity Fair‘s special Hollywood issue has become a buzzworthy event in pop culture circles over the last 20 years–not just for who made the cover but who didn’t. Over the last few years, the discussion has frequently centered around the diversity (or lack thereof) among the celebrities chosen to be on the cover. This year, the #MeToo movement and the now-global discussion over sexual misconduct appears to have affected some last minute editorial decisions as actor James Franco was digitally erased from this year’s cast, which originally counted 13 famous actors and actresses. “We made a decision not to include James Franco… Read More

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Vanity Fair Edits Out James Franco From Annual Hollywood Cover Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) The annual reveal of Vanity Fair‘s special Hollywood issue has become a buzzworthy event in pop culture circles over the last 20 years–not just for who made the cover but who didn’t. Over the last few years, the discussion has frequently centered around the diversity (or lack thereof) among the celebrities chosen to be on the cover. This year, the #MeToo movement and the now-global discussion over sexual misconduct appears to have affected some last minute editorial decisions as actor James Franco was digitally erased from this year’s cast, which originally counted 13 famous actors and actresses. “We made a decision not to include James Franco… Read More

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Shrugging Toward Doomsday

“As of today,” said Rachel Bronson, the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, “it is two minutes to midnight.” On Thursday, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock—a symbolic assessment of how close the world stands to total destruction—as close to midnight as it has ever been, reflecting the expert group’s “grim assessment” that the world is now “as dangerous as it has been since World War II.” It is among the most dire warnings ever issued by the Bulletin, whose board includes 15 Nobel laureates. Not since 1953, when the United States and Soviet Union both began hydrogen-weapons testing, has the clock been… Read More

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Shrugging Toward Doomsday

“As of today,” said Rachel Bronson, the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, “it is two minutes to midnight.” On Thursday, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock—a symbolic assessment of how close the world stands to total destruction—as close to midnight as it has ever been, reflecting the expert group’s “grim assessment” that the world is now “as dangerous as it has been since World War II.” It is among the most dire warnings ever issued by the Bulletin, whose board includes 15 Nobel laureates. Not since 1953, when the United States and Soviet Union both began hydrogen-weapons testing, has the clock been… Read More

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