Hacker Lexicon: What Is Application Shielding?

As hackers become increasingly adept at targeting smartphones, app security has become a pressing issue. Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in mobile software to spy on users, grab their data, or even steal their money. In response, security companies are increasingly touting a feature called "application shielding," a process that obfuscates an application's binary code, ostensibly making it harder for hackers to reverse-engineer. Application shielding is mainly used to protect intellectual property and cut down on piracy; the techniques modify a service's application code, making it more difficult for someone to tamper with it, or to figure out how to remove digital rights locks and steal media like music or movie files. Over the past few years, though, the term has …

What to Expect at I/O As Google’s Sprawling Dominion Grows

Spring is in the air, the anthuriums are in bloom, and Sundar Pichai is sequestered away somewhere in Mountain View, preparing for another Google I/O. The annual developer conference, which begins the morning of May 7, gives Google three days to demonstrate its vision for the future—and convince the coders in the audience to help build it. Remember, Google isn't just a search giant anymore. It makes hardware and a popular voice assistant. It delivers your email and manages your maps. It runs the most popular mobile phone operating system in the world. It builds self-driving cars and delivery drones. The developer conference is Google's chance to talk about all of this, showing the world just what it can do …

‘Concealed shoes’ index to go online

The shoes hidden in homes to ward off evil Dr Ceri Houlbrook, of the university, said it was important to make the index available online as it shows footwear’s “prominent place in folklore”. Image copyright Dr Ceri Houlbrook Image caption Queen Victoria was captured throwing a shoe after her soldiers as they departed for the Crimean War Work began last year on a £6.7m refurbishment of the museum, which is due to be completed next year The project is being paid for by proceeds of the sale of the Northampton Borough Council-owned Egyptian Sekhemka statue, which was sold for £16m in 2014. Northampton’s history for boot and shoemaking dates back almost 900 years and grew in the middle of the …

Watch Rocket Lab launch its second orbital mission of 2019 late tonight

Update: Delayed and they’ll be trying again 24 hours later, so come back tonight. Fairing of the Falcon-ODE payload. All told, its contents comprise 180 kilograms, or nearly 400 pounds, the heaviest load Electron has yet taken off with. Lift-off is set for 6 PM local time in New Zealand, which corresponds to 11 PM Pacific time here in the U.S. If weather impinges on the opportunity, no worries — this launch window stays open for two weeks. You can watch the whole thing starting a few minutes before 11 at Rocket Lab’s website.

Bioengineers Create Breakthrough Technique For 3D-Printing Blood And Air Networks In Organs

One of the best ways to appreciate the beautiful intricacy of something is to try to replicate it yourself. This is especially so in the quest to bioprint human organs for the hundreds of thousands of people on the waitlist for a lifesaving transplant. Now, bioengineers have taken a valuable step forward with a “breakthrough technique” for printing vascular tissues.  Vascular networks are vital passages for blood, air, lymph, and other nutrient transportation. The architecture of such a system is vast and complex, with independent networks “like the airways and blood vessels of the lung or the bile ducts and blood vessels in the liver” physically and biochemically entangled.  “The liver is especially interesting because it performs a mind-boggling 500 …

Serverless monitoring startup Epsagon expands to cover broader microservices

When Epsagon launched last fall, the Israeli startup had an idea to monitor serverless architectures, specifically AWS Lambda. But the company didn’t want to confine itself to monitoring a narrow class of applications, and today it announced it is now able to monitor a broader set of microservice development approaches. CEO and co-founder Nitzan Shapira says when it launched, the startup wanted to take aim at serverless and Lambda seemed to be the prime tool for doing that. “Our product was basically a tracing, troubleshooting and monitoring tool that was automatically doing all of that for the Lambda ecosystem. And since then, we’ve seen actually a bigger shift [beyond] just Lambda,” he said. That shift was to a broader view …

Leonardo da Vinci events marred by Italy and France row

500th anniversary of artists death overshadowed by escalating diplomatic tensions Events to commemorate Leonardo da Vinci will take place in France and Italy on Thursday, the 500th anniversary of the artists death, with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, hosting his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella. The two heads of state will meet at Amboise in the Indre-et-Loire region to visit the Chteau du Clos Luc, where Da Vinci lived from March 1516 until his death in 1519. It was at Clos Luc that the Renaissance master painted three of his most famous works: Mona Lisa, St John the Baptist and the Virgin and Child with St Anne. The three paintings are displayed in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Macron extended the …