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By Gordon Corera Security correspondent, BBC News Image copyright Team 8 Image caption Israel’s focus on national security has helped it build a vibrant cluster of cybersecurity businesses. Can other nations copy it?Many of the new companies in Israel are founded by individuals who have come out of Unit 8200 – Israel’s equivalent of Britain’s GCHQ or America’s NSA – a “signals intelligence” agency which has moved heavily into cyber-operations. So how does 8200 feed into the private sector? One man who knows is Nadav Zafrir. He joined 8200 in 2005 and ran the organisation between 2009 and 2013. He is now co-founder and chief executive of Team 8, a company-building platform based around cybersecurity which aims to found and establish five companies in five years. Innovation and tech had a strong role…

The 7 most impressive social good innovations from November Innovation is necessary in the fight toward social progress. Socially conscious inventions have a crucial impact on the world at large, but they often make the biggest difference for vulnerable communities. For people facing inequality around the globe — like those living in poverty — these innovations can be game-changers, helping to tackle problems that directly threaten their survival. Though certainly not an exhaustive list, these seven inventions made a difference for low-income communities in November, challenging inequality in innovative ways. 1. The app helping to fight wage theft. Wage theft, or denying employees payment for their work, is a major issue facing low-income, hourly workers — especially immigrant laborers with few federal safety nets and employment options. A new app, called Jornaler@, is helping...

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti vs. GTX Titan X: Leaked specs, price comparison; Release at ... Advertisement (Photo : NVIDIA)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is leaked to have 10GB VRAM on shipping manifest and will likely launch at CES 2017. Nvidia is planning to release the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and the recent leaks also have confirmed the existence of the upcoming graphics card and the specs. The main question that users have is how well the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will match up against GTX Titan X. Advertisement According to the leak by the hwbattle, the GTX 1080 Ti will be featuring a cut down GP102 GP and will be packing 3328 CUDA cores, 208 texture mapping units, 160 render output units and a base clock of 1503mhz for a total of 10 teraflops of computing horsepower. Based on the specs, one can ensure that the 1080 Ti could very well be on...

ZX Spectrum Vega+ production is delayed but RCL 'hopes' for pre-Christmas ... RETRO COMPUTERS LIMITED (RCL) has confirmed that there is to be a further delay to the ZX Spectrum Vega+, the handheld version of last year’s ZX Spectrum Vega, a recreation of the iconic 8-bit computer. The problem was revealed on Friday night on the project’s Indiegogo page. The team explained that playtesters had identified a problem with one of the buttons in the small production run that had already taken place, which led to the decision to pause the full-scale production, pending a change to the component. RCL will also retroactively fit the new button to consoles already manufactured. The statement said: "Assembling and playing with these first units we identified an improvement we believed was essential to the Vega+ gaming experience. An improvement that would...

Bits: Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: When the Tech Industry Lives in a Bubble I wrote this week about how stunned people in tech were by Trump’s win. It’s no wonder: Most people who work in Silicon Valley have no regular contact with anyone who voted for Trump. As some on Twitter noted, the opposite is also true — probably a lot of people who voted for Trump have no regular contact with people making the world’s great technology products. (And as our colleague Jim Rutenberg noted, the same facts hold true about those in media, who are also disconnected from much of the country.) What we should talk about is whether the tech business’s distance from so much of the country is a bad thing, and something that can be solved in some way. Mike: Here’s something that could ...

Amazon December 10 Jaw-Dropping Deals: Kindle, Fire, Echo, Sennheiser Headphones, ... By Rida Dec 02, 2016 07:36 AM EST A truck drives past the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center on Cyber Monday in Robbinsville, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Online sales on Cyber Monday may rise at least 18 percent from a year earlier, slower growth than during the holiday weekend, as consumers start their Internet shopping earlier, according to forecasts by International Business Machines Corp. (Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Advertisement Amazon deals have not stopped after Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday as amazing deals shall prevail in December too. Online shoppers have got more deals to grab - read the list below. Amazon is the world leading e-commerce websites offering best deals on various products as well as its self-manufactured gadgets. Amazon's Fire tablets, ...

Researchers discover mechanism behind immunosuppressive effects of drugs used to treat ... Credit: University of Texas at Arlington Biochemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have demonstrated the mechanism behind how thiopurine drugs suppress immune response. This knowledge could lead could lead to an improvement of those drugs, which are commonly used to treat autoimmune disorders and cancers, but are also associated with side effects like cardiovascular disease and hypertension. "Up to now, no one has known exactly how the thiopurine immunosuppressive process works," said Jongyun Heo, associate professor of chemistry and leader of the study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. "We are hoping that this discovery also creates an opportunity to improve thiopurine drugs and to design new chemotherapeutic agents for autoimmune disorders." The researchers showed that thiopurine drugs bond with Rac1 proteins...

Elon Musk uses GTA V to accelerate AI rise of the Terminators WHEN YOU’RE a human, the opportunities to learn are all around you. We’re bombarded with sensory data from the moment we’re born. But what if you’re an artificial intelligence (AI) computer trapped in a box? How do you make sense of the world? Especially when at the moment, you’re still being taught how to learn in the first place. The Open AI consortium, consisting of some of the major players in AI including one Elon 'Cats' Musk, has come up with a potential answer in 'Universe', a virtualised environment for AI devices to play and learn. Universe works as an interface for machine learning devices to come and play with the internet, games and other applications, learning how to access data or content using a virtual keyboard...