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Google adds plus codes support for remote areas

(Image: Google) Google Maps has added support for plus codes, an open-source addressing system that generates simplified street addresses for people or places that don’t have one. The plus code system divides the geographical surface of the Earth into what Google calls “tiled areas” and gives each a unique code, comprised of six characters, a “+” symbol, and the name ...

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​Embracing data for service delivery reportedly stifled by public service culture

Data is an invaluable asset, and Australian government agencies and departments have a lot of it. But, with data-focused projects, initiatives, and “champions” present within multiple public entities, there are still barriers holding the public sector back. One such barrier, as IP Australia chief data officer Kevin Jeffery told the 4th Australian Government Data Summit in Canberra earlier this month, ...

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OAIC received 31 notifications in the first three weeks of data breach scheme

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has told ZDNet there has been 31 notifications provided to the office led by Timothy Pilgrim since Australia’s Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme came into effect on February 22, 2018. The NDB scheme requires agencies and organisations in Australia that are covered by the Privacy Act 1988 to notify individuals whose personal ...

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​Meet the Scarlett Johansson PostgreSQL malware attack

It’s not the first time an image has been used to give a victim malware, but it may be the first time it’s been used so narrowly. According to the security firm Imperva, their StickyDB database management system (DBMS) honeypot has uncovered an attack that places malware, which cryptomines Monero, on PostgreSQL DBMS servers. Its attack vector? An image of ...

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Exomedicine arrives: How labs in space could pave the way for healthcare breakthroughs on Earth

International Space Station Image: NASA This article was originally published as a TechRepublic cover story. Early on Sunday morning, February 19, 2017, a gang of about a dozen onlookers–including two high school students, two academic advisors, and a team of engineers–gathered at the newly renovated Launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, eagerly bracing for ...

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Intel: Spectre-proof CPUs will ship in second half of 2018

If you’re holding out on buying processors until Intel gets a hardware solution out for the Spectre CPU flaw that came to light earlier this year, then you won’t have to wait beyond 2018. Must read: Meltdown and Spectre – Is your PC vulnerable? While Intel will continue to rely on software patches to protect against the Meltdown issue, the ...

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Cyber-crooks find a new way to share malware and scams

Video: Cybercrime: Malicious hackers develop corporate culture Yet another cybercrime-as-a-service offering is making it easier for even wannabe crooks to carry out large-scale malware campaigns. Known as BlackTDS, the service further lowers the bar for prospective cybercriminals. It allows individuals without technical know-how to instruct the service owners to carry out highly scalable, potentially massive spam and malvertising campaigns on ...

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Treatment for enlarged prostate uses a robot and a jet of water

Procept BioRobotics, a Silicon Valley-based surgical robotics company, recently raised nearly $120 million in private equity to commercialize a treatment for a prevalent prostate condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH, also known as enlarged prostate, affects around half of men age 60 or older and 90 percent of men age 85 or older. Founded in 1999, Procept has ...

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Broken down by NBN technology: ACMA wants to publish telco complaints data

Among the new telco complaints-handling rules released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on Thursday is the intention to publish a quarterly report on customer complaints, including which NBN technology the customer is on, which would introduce much-needed transparency in the sector. “The key findings of our information-gathering exercise released in December 2017 highlighted that complaints-handling processes across ...

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