Combination of techniques could improve security for IoT devices


A multi-pronged data analysis approach that can strengthen the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices--such as smart TVs, home video cameras and baby monitors--against current risks and threats has created by a team of Penn State World Campus students pursuing master of professional studies degrees in information sciences. "By 2020, more than 20 billion IoT devices will be in operation, and these devices can leave people vulnerable to security breaches that can put their personal data at risk or worse, affect their safety," said Beulah Samuel, a student in the Penn State World Campus information sciences and technology program. "Yet no strategy exists to identify when and where a network security attack on these devices is taking place and what such an attack even looks like." The team applied a combination of approaches often used in traditional network security management to an IoT network simulated by the University of New South Wales Canberra. Specifically, they showed how statistical data, machine learning and other data analysis methods could be applied to assure the security of IoT systems across their lifecycle.

Google Maps will now show you where to rent the nearest Lime scooter or bike in your city

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Finding a Lime scooter or bike in your city is now as easy as opening up Google Maps. Google said on Thursday that it's teaming up with the scooter and bike service to include them as transportation options in the app. Now, if you're close to your destination but it's still too far to walk, Google will give you the option to rent a Lime scooter or bike nearby. Finding a Lime scooter or bike in your city is now as easy as opening up Google Maps. The new feature is rolling out to day in 13 cities, including Los Angeles, Austin, Auckland, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia, among others.

Researchers are crowdfunding in a last-resort to save the orange-bellied parrot


The orange-bellied parrot has long been threatened with extinction in the wild, but it's only recently researchers realised just how much trouble the species is in. Each year, researchers keep track of how many of the birds return to their breeding spot, Melaleuca, located in the remote southwest of Tasmania in Australia. The birds make the long trip to the area after spending their winter on the warmer coasts of Victoria and South Australia. But in 2016, only three females and eleven males managed to survive the migration, leaving only three breeding pairs left. "If we don't intervene now, it's totally possible none will return next year."

New Zealand official brands Facebook 'morally bankrupt'

The Japan Times

CANBERRA - New Zealand's official privacy watchdog described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia's lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings. Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has been critical of Facebook's response to a gunman using the platform to livestream some of the slaughter of 50 worshippers and the wounding of 50 more at two mosques on March 15. Edwards made his comments Monday after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg recently rejected calls to introduce a delay in his livestreaming service Facebook Live, saying it would interfere with the interactivity of livestreaming. They are morally bankrupt pathological liars who enable genocide (Myanmar), facilitate foreign undermining of democratic institutions," Edwards posted on Twitter. Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to police hate speech in Myanmar, where a government campaign against minority Rohingya Muslims has been described by the U.N. as ethnic cleansing.

Facebook hosts 24-hour livestream event for International Women's Day


If you want to watch women bosses spill their secrets for 24 hours straight, Facebook's got you. In honour of International Women's Day, the social media giant is hosting a global livestreaming event with women entrepreneurs, policy makers and leaders using the hashtag #SheMeansBusiness. SEE ALSO: YouTube is going big for International Women's Day The event kicked off Wednesday in Auckland, New Zealand, where the founder of the outlet Villainesse, Lizzie Marvelly, answered questions about her work. In Sydney, Australia, the creator of the Mamamia media network Mia Freedman took over. Talking female representation on social media, among other things, Freedman said she finds rest and balance by expecting "more from my husband and less of myself than the average woman."