Weekend tech reading: DDR4 open to 'Rowhammer' attack, what to expect at Apple's media event

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Once thought safe, DDR4 memory shown to be vulnerable to "Rowhammer" Physical weaknesses in memory chips that make computers and servers susceptible to hack attacks dubbed "Rowhammer" are more exploitable than previously thought and extend to DDR4 modules, not just DDR3, according to a recently published research paper. The paper, titled How Rowhammer Could Be Used to Exploit Weaknesses in Computer Hardware... Ars Technica How HTC and Valve built the Vive Long before the Vive was born, both software developer Valve and phone manufacturer HTC were separately looking into virtual reality. In 2012, VR was beginning to creep back into the public imagination. It started in May of that year, when id Software's John Carmack demoed a modified Oculus Rift running Doom 3. The following month, he took the Rift to a wider audience at the E3 games convention. By August, Palmer Luckey launched the Oculus Kickstarter campaign, and it broke records.


Watch out: Facebook has a VR selfie stick

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If there are two hot new tech trends that make their users look colossally dumb, it's virtual reality and selfie sticks. At its F8 developer conference today, Facebook showed how the two can be brought together in an unholy marriage. Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer showed off a demo using the Oculus Rift and its touch controller that let him share a VR space with someone at Facebook's campus. Unfortunately, this is what Schroepfer looked like while he was hanging out in social VR. That's where Schroepfer said that he wanted a selfie with the famous clocktower, and his companion produced a virtual reality selfie stick that showed the two a reflection of their avatars along with the photo of Big Ben behind them.


Sundar Pichai shares company's vision; highlights Search, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality โ€“ Tech2

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Taking a break from the tradition where Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin shared the company's progress and vision every year, this time it was Indian-origin CEO Sundar Pichai who updated the world with some of Google's achievements and key highlights. In a letter posted on official Google blog on Friday, Pichai reiterated Google's aim "to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful". Touching upon artificial intelligence (AI), powerful computing platforms and cloud, he stressed that mobile phone has become the remote control for daily lives and people are communicating, consuming, educating and entertaining themselves on smartphones "in ways unimaginable just a few years ago". It's easy to take Search for granted after so many years, but it's amazing to think just how far it has come and still has to go. I still remember the days when 10 bare blue links on a desktop page helped you navigate to different parts of the Internet.


Nintendo Switch uses old internet browser tools, meaning that it could be hacked and taken over

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The Nintendo Switch could be easily hacked into because it relies on old software, according to security experts. The console has now been available for nearly two weeks, and hackers are discovering vulnerabilities inside the system's software. The most worrying was found by one developer on Twitter who noticed that the WebKit browser engine, which the Switch uses for a variety of features, can be broken into and taken over. If that happened, hackers could steal data from the device or use it for other malicious purposes. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Internet down for many as huge cyber attack stops Reddit, Spotify, Twitter and other sites from working

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Much of the internet appears to be broken. A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack has taken down systems run by Dyn, Inc, one of the largest providers of internet services in the world. And as a result it seems to be causing problems for a variety of websites โ€“ including Reddit, Spotify and Twitter. Dyn runs domain name servers or DNS. They work as a phone book or map to the internet, making sure that when someone writes an address into their computer or phone, it can be directed to the right place and show the right information.