German cyber crime reportedly rose 80% in 2016

(Reuters) – The German government registered 82,649 cases of computer fraud, espionage and other cyber crimes in 2016, an increase of just over 80 percent from 2015, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is due to release the new statistics, part of the government’s annual crime report, on Monday, according to Die Welt newspaper.

In addition to cyber crime, German police also registered 253,290 cases of crimes carried out with the help of the internet, an increase of 3.6 percent from 2015, the newspaper reported.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chris Reese)

India’s relentless push for digital now reaches the hinterlands


A digital wave is currently sweeping India. And none other than its government is the biggest change-agent. 

After actively pushing for a cashless economy last year, Modi’s ‘Digital India’ bus is now reaching the smallest and sleepiest towns of the country. 

About 7,000 railway stations in India’s hinterlands will now be turned into digital hotspots, the Economic Times reports

These Wi-Fi-enabled stations will also serve as hubs for ordering and receiving goods from e-commerce portals. That gives Amazon a reason to smile and an opportunity to add more zip codes in its delivery ambit.    Read more…

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This New Dictionary Explains Complex Tech Concepts in Simple Terms

The popular subreddit called Explain Like I Am Five is now internet slang (ELI5). Why is it so popular? Because it breaks down complex questions into simple answers. Forget five-year-olds — these days, even adults need to make sense of the technobabble around us. A new tool from Google’s Jigsaw incubator and Washington Post aims to solve that problem with a simple but ground-breaking tool: Sideways Dictionary. Is Sideways Dictionary Just Another Book of Meanings? The short answer is No. The longer answer is that this is like the Urban Dictionary for tech terms, which are often difficult to explain. The Sideways Dictionary…

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This iPhone 8 ‘dummy model’ is a total throwback to the first iPhone


Ladies and gentleman, we have entered the next stage of the iPhone 8 rumor cycle. Instead of concepts, diagrams and design leaks, there are now photos of an actual device. Well, almost. 

Prolific leaker Benjamin Geskin has posted images of a purported “dummy” iPhone 8 which means it looks pretty much the same as the final device, but it’s just an empty shell, with nothing inside. 

iPhone 8 Dummy (This is CNC model according to Foxconn)#iPhone8 #iPhoneX #iPhoneEdition

— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) April 23, 2017 Read more…

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Exosite Powering Parker Hannifin’s Voice of the Machine® IoT Platform

Exosite’s Murano IoT platform and Exchange IoT marketplace enable a centralized approach to company-wide IoT implementation that helps industrial manufacturers reduce development costs, decrease time-to-market and unlock new opportunities for customers.

HANOVER, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 24, 2017–

Exosite LLC, leading provider in the Internet of Things (IoT) platform market, today announced that its IoT software platform, Murano, and its IoT marketplace, Exchange, are key technology components powering the Voice of the Machine® IoT platform of Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies. Parker’s Voice of the Machine IoT platform provides an open, interoperable and scalable ecosystem of connected products and services to help its customers support proactive maintenance, reduce unplanned downtime and optimize performance.

Exosite’s combination of Murano and Exchange was designed to help forward-thinking industrial manufacturers like Parker develop a centralized approach to IoT implementation that focuses on standardization, reuse and internal collaboration. While Murano provides the infrastructure and tools needed to create sophisticated connected solutions, Exchange provides a framework for curating a library of reusable IoT elements, including proven services, design patterns, and pre-built applications and integrations. These elements, many of which are ready to use out-of-the-box, quickly solve common IoT challenges and promote internal alignment. As a result, organizations can expect to reduce time-to-market and slash development costs, making the economics of IoT much more feasible on a company-wide scale.

“Exosite played an integral role in our effort to combine the motion-and-control application expertise we’ve developed over the last 100 years with the IoT technology necessary to develop our Voice of the Machine IoT platform,” said Miguel Morales, director of IoT, Parker Hannifin. “The Exosite solution provided the architecture we needed to establish our own IoT standards and best practices, share and reuse elements across all Parker products and systems, and ultimately make our IoT platform economically scalable and sustainable.”

“The success Parker has achieved with their Voice of the Machine IoT platform is a direct result of their strategic efforts to implement a centralized, technology-driven strategy to support their IoT-led digital transformation,” said Hans Rempel, CEO, Exosite. “Over the last few years, Exosite has been focused on developing Murano, Exchange and other products to help organizations with centralized IoT-deployment efforts. Parker’s Voice of the Machine IoT platform is a real-world example of how Exosite’s technology is helping industrial manufacturers overcome barriers to realize the full benefits of IoT.”

More information about Exosite’s Exchange IoT marketplace and Parker’s Voice of the Machine® IoT platform is available at Parker booth A48 in Hall 23 at Hannover Messe, April 24-28 in Hanover, Germany.

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About Exosite

Founded in 2009, Exosite LLC, is an IoT software platform company that allows businesses to strategically leverage the revolutionary world of connected devices. Exosite’s cloud-based services enable the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in consumer, commercial and industrial markets to quickly build and deploy solutions that accelerate the IoT generation of their business. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis with additional offices in North America, Asia and Europe. For more information, visit

About Parker Hannifin

Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. For 100 years the company has engineered the success of its customers in a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets. Learn more at or @parkerhannifin

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HP moves into VR and AR with investment in Venture Reality Fund

Hewlett-Packard is putting on its headsets. One of the world’s oldest technology companies is investing in the fledgling virtual reality market by becoming an investor in The Venture Reality Fund.

The exact amount wasn’t disclosed. But HP Tech Ventures, the new corporate venture arm of HP, has joined as an investor The VR Fund, which has become one of the most active investors in VR, augmented reality, and mixed reality startups. It is HP’s first move into VR investments.

The VR Fund has invested in a number of early-stage startups developing infrastructure, tools, platforms, content and apps for the mixed reality ecosystem.

The VR Fund will provide HP with early access to leading AR/VR/MR technologies with commercial applications in HP’s target markets including office, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and education. The VR Fund’s investment portfolio will in turn benefit from HP’s product portfolio and reach.

“HP has a rich history of delivering innovative technology and was an early believer in the vast potential for mixed reality to transform consumer and commercial markets,” said Marco DeMiroz, co-founder and general partner of The VR Fund, in a statement. “We are excited to have HP Tech Ventures as a key investor in our fund and look forward to working closely with their team to introduce new applications for corporate innovation and productivity while enhancing the customer experience and product development.”

Venture capital investments in VR and AR reached $1.8 billion in 2016. Goldman Sachs estimates the market will reach $80 billion by 2025. The VR Fund is part of HP’s growing network of partners developing next-generation mixed reality applications, content distribution platforms, gaming platforms, head-mounted displays, mobile solutions and services.

“AR/VR is one of the most transformative categories in today’s technology landscape, and The VR Fund is one of the leading players in this ecosystem,” said Andrew Bolwell, Global Head of HP Tech Ventures, in a statement. “We are excited to be an investor and look forward to working closely with The VR Fund to bring amazing new immersive experiences to market.”

How the Kia Niro chatbot matches up to driving the real car

A chatbot would never lie to you, right?

That’s what I wanted to find out when I tested a Facebook Messenger chatbot for the 2017 Kia Niro crossover, which recently won the Guinness Book of World Records for the lowest fuel consumption for a hybrid vehicle. (It was an interesting competition, because two people drove across the United States using only around four gallons of fuel.)

Surprisingly, the chatbot is pretty smart. I asked it some basic questions about features and how the hybrid tech works. It quickly provided information about the 103-horsepower gas engine and the 43-horsepower equivalent electric motor (for 146 horsepower combined). The bot even offered a helpful explanation: “My 42kW lithium-ion polymer battery is packed with 1.56kWh of energy.” I was impressed with the level of detail so far.

The bot is not exactly an online brochure that feeds links to the Kia site, although in the end it is definitely a marketing tool. You can ask more detailed questions. For example, I asked about tire size and the bot gave the exact dimensions of 205/60R16 or 225/45R18s (since this depends on the wheels you choose). It also provided the exact size of the fuel tank (11.9 gallons).

Those specifications are helpful, but I wanted to ask about features that I could then test in the real car, since — as I was chatting on Facebook with the bot, the car was sitting right in front of me. Also, while specs like engine size and the fuel tank are important, there wasn’t really a way for me to verify any of that. So, I asked about a few more features.

One is related to wireless charging. It turns out the Niro supports Qi charging in a small cubbyhole below the stereo. The bot helpfully asked if I use an iPhone or Android, then pointed me to a phone number to call to check on compatibility with my exact model. In the car, I used a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and placed it on that charging pad. Ironically, I didn’t realize that was a charge pad during a previous test drive (mostly because the Qi logo on the pad is a bit subtle and dark). That’s one win for the bot.

Next, I asked about fuel economy. Now, this is all a matter of driving style. Your MPG will go down if you punch the gas constantly. After testing hundreds of cars, I know MPG varies widely, but I wanted to see if the bot gave me a good general estimate. The chatbot said the Niro can get “up to 50MPG” although I know that can depend on the trim level. I was driving the Niro Touring model, which should get around 43MPG. At any rate, in my week-long test, the MPG came out to around 42MPG after driving mostly on the highway, or around 440 miles total for the week on one tank. It would have been a bit more helpful if the bot had provided the MPG estimate for each trim level, but I was pleased with the overall guidance.

Not a big deal on that one. So…I decided to get a bit more specific. I asked the bot if my Google Pixel phone would charge in the wireless pad, knowing that it doesn’t. The bot doesn’t go quite that deep and didn’t understand my question. I was eager to test the 0-60 time, especially since the Niro uses an electric motor off the starting block for a quick speed boost. The bot said the performance specs for the Niro are “still being finalized” so I was a little disappointed by that.

On the plus side, when I asked about smartphone apps, the bot pointed me to UVO, the telematics app for Niro that lets you set a parking reminder, get directions to a destination, and check on diagnostic information like an engine error code even when you are not anywhere near the car. I downloaded the app to my iPhone 7 and set a parking reminder, then noticed how the app can also guide you back to that spot. In the end, this last question proved really helpful — the chatbot has a nice mix of information to help you learn more about the features as a pre-sales tool, and even if you own the car, it can remind you about the technology and provide a wealth of info about the specifications.

Is it the best Facebook Messenger bot ever? Not really. It did provide enough information that, if I owned the car, I might go back and ask about tire size and other specs.

In the end, it’s a good companion to driving the real thing.