Must do better: Minister urges upgrade in computer teaching

Education Minister Joe McHugh said more must be done to equip second-level pupils for entry to computing courses, after a study showed that almost half of college tech students drop out of their course. Mr McHugh said it was a difficult subject that required a lot of mathematical analysis and “we definitely have to put our hands up and acknowledge the weaknesses and think of what can we do better”. He referred to the introduction of computer science as a Leaving Cert subject as one initiative. Meanwhile, the Irish Computer…

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One in six American adults now wear a computer on their wrist

The days of smartwatches as niche devices might be over, at least in the US. The NPD Group estimated that smartwatch sales jumped 61 percent in the 12-month span ending in November 2018. That’s no mean feat when some companies scaled back their efforts or quit the field entirely. The analyst firm also determined that 16 percent of American adults, or about a sixth of the group, now own smartwatches. There’s a good possibility that you’ll see someone with a smartwatch if you walk down the street, to put it differently. It was mostly…

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Australian Parliament resets computer passwords

Canberra: Australia’s parliament had to reset all the passwords on its computer network after an unknown attacker tried to hack into the system, an official statement said on Friday. In the statement, the legislature’s presiding officers said “a number of measures” had been taken to protect the network following a “security incident on the parliamentary computing network”, reports CNN. “There is no evidence that any data has been accessed or taken at this time, however this will remain subject to ongoing investigation,” it said. The officers said they had no evidence as…

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Australian parliament’s computer network targeted by unknown hacker

Australia’s parliament had to reset all the passwords on its computer network Thursday after an unknown attacker tried to hack into the system. In a statement, the legislature’s presiding officers said “a number of measures” had been taken to protect the network following a “security incident on the parliamentary computing network.” “There is no evidence that any data has been accessed or taken at this time, however this will remain subject to ongoing investigation,” the statement said. The officers said they had no evidence as yet that the hack was…

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How to Save GIFs From Twitter to Your Phone or Computer

If you’re asking yourself, what is a GIF? It is an image file type that stands for Graphics Interchange Format. These images can be animated or static. In recent years, they have become commonplace on social media and in digital communication as they can convey short video clips in image form. Here’s an example: I’m constantly saving GIFs to my phone or laptop in order to send as reactions or to express something that words just can’t quite capture. Most of the time, I save GIFs from Twitter; however, you may have noticed already the…

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Govt authorises 10 intel, security agencies to monitor, decrypt any computer

Representative Image The government has authorised 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt all the data contained in any computer system. The order was passed late night on December 20 by the ‘cyber and information security’ division of the Union Home ministry under the authority of Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba. According to the order, 10 central probe and snoop agencies are now empowered under the Information Technology Act for computer interception and analysis, officials said. The 10 agencies are the Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, the Central…

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SC to hear PIL against govt authorising agencies to intercept any computer

The Supreme Court on January 3 said it will hear a PIL challenging the government’s notification authorising 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system, “as and when required”. The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul and advocate M L Sharma. The petitioner in the matter said that his PIL should be heard urgently. “We will see. As and when required we will list the matter,” the bench told Sharma. The petition was filed…

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Tesla urges tariff exemption for Chinese-made car computer ‘brain’

In a redacted request posted on a government website by the USTR on December 17, Tesla did not identify the supplier of the computer. But it said it had been unable to find another manufacturer “with the required specifications, at the volume requested and under the timelines necessary for Tesla’s continued growth.” Tesla, which called the Model 3’s computer “the brain of the vehicle,” added that “choosing any other supplier would have delayed the (Model 3) program by 18 months with clean room setup, line validation, and staff training.” Using…

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