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France boosts Calais tunnel security - France says it is sending 120 extra police officers to Calais, as migrants attempting to reach Britain say they will continue to try to enter the Channel Tunnel.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar 'dead' - Taliban leader Mullah Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, Afghanistan's government and security services say.

Sir Peter O'Sullevan dies aged 97 - Former BBC racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan, dubbed the 'Voice of Racing' in a 50-year career, dies aged 97.

US 911 dispatcher hangs up on caller - An emergency call handler in the US resigns after officials release the audio of him hanging up on a frantic caller after a shooting in New Mexico.

Breaking Bad fan guilty of ricin plot - A man is found guilty of trying to buy deadly ricin poison from the Dark Web after being inspired by the hit US television series Breaking Bad.

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Turnbull's transformers plan business access to government ID data - Digital Transformation Office moots federated digital identity model in alpha services guide Australia's new Digital Transformation Office (DTO), the digital disruption brainchild of communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, has outlined plans for an ambitious new government-led digital identification plan that will meld government and business data on individuals to create a single digital ID.…

Twitter will delete jokes after a DMCA takedown – but NOT my photos, fumes angry snapper - Shutterbug sues social network A photographer is suing Twitter, claiming it refused to remove unauthorized copies of her copyrighted snaps from its social network.…

So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online? - Hint: Many of them look like this old fogey Analysis According to the most recent survey of online usage by Americans, 15 per cent of adults are still not online.…

Oh look – Office Mobile apps to go with your shiny Windows 10 - But you'll need an Office 365 subscription to edit with them Now that Windows 10 has begun shipping to customers who reserved their free upgrades, Microsoft has also announced general availability of the touch-centric Office Mobile apps for the new OS.…

Be wary of that Russian. He might HAMMERTOSS a software nasty at you - Crew's nationality revealed by strict adherence to Moscow office hours Security researchers have blown the lid on another Russian cyberspy crew, rated as the most sophisticated yet by security firm FireEye.…

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Neptune’s sudden jolt could explain weird ring in Kuiper belt - A band of strangely tight-knit icy objects in the Kuiper belt has defied explanation. Now a simulation rewinding the solar system to its babyhood has an answer

Clusters of living worlds would hint life came from outer space - Using future telescopes to map exoplanets where life may exist could help test the panspermia theory - that life can cross space and take root on new worlds

Hackers take control of smart car via the internet - Fiat Chrysler issued a recall of 1.4 million vehicles after hackers showed they could take control of them via the internet-connected entertainment system

Hillary Clinton wants every home to be powered by clean energy - The presidential candidate chides climate-denying rivals as she launches her plan to combat global warming by embracing renewables

Nigeria’s polio-free year sees Africa inch closer to eradication - The World Health Organisation is doing its final checks and could declare Nigeria officially free of polio by September. Somalia could be next

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Genetically Modified Rice Makes More Food, Less Greenhouse Gas - Applehu Akbar writes: A team of researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has engineered a barley gene into rice, producing a variety that yields 50% more grain while producing 90% less of the powerful greenhouse gas methane. The new rice pulls off this trick by putting more of its energy into top growth. In countries which depend on rice as a staple, this would add up to a really large amount of increased rice and foregone methane. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Replacing Silicon With Gallium Nitrade In Chips Could Reduce Energy Use By 20% - Mickeycaskill writes: Cambridge Electronics Inc (CEI), formed of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), claim semiconductors made of gallium nitride (GaN) could reduce the power consumption of data centers and consumer electronics by 20 percent by 2025. CEI has revealed a range of GaN transistors and power electronic circuits that have just one tenth of the resistance of silicon, resulting in much higher energy efficiency. The company claims to have overcome previous barriers to adoption such as safety concerns and expense through new manufacturing techniques. "Basically, we are fabricating our advanced GaN transistors and circuits in conventional silicon foundries, at the cost of silicon. The cost is the same, but the performance of the new devices is 100 times better," Cambridge Electronics researcher Bin Lu said. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft Edge On Windows 10: the Browser That Will Finally Kill IE - An anonymous reader writes: Windows 10 launches today and with it comes a whole new browser, Microsoft Edge. You can still use Internet Explorer if you want, but it's not the default. IE turns 20 in less than a month, which is ancient in internet years, so it's not surprising that Microsoft is shoving it aside. Still, leaving behind IE and launching a new browser built from the ground up marks the end of an era for Microsoft. “Knowing that browsing is still one of the very top activities that people do on a PC, we knew there was an opportunity, and really an obligation, to push the web browsing experience and so that’s what we’ve done with Microsoft Edge," Drew DeBruyne, director of program management at Microsoft told VentureBeat. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tools Coming To Def Con For Hacking RFID Access Doors - jfruh writes: Next month's Def Con security conference will feature, among other things, new tools that will help you hack into the RFID readers that secure doors in most office buildings. RFID cards have been built with more safeguards against cloning; these new tools will bypass that protection by simply hacking the readers themselves. ITWorld reports that Francis Brown, a partner at the computer security firm Bishop Fox, says: "...his aim is to make it easier for penetration testers to show how easy it is to clone employee badges, break into buildings and plant network backdoors—without needing an electrical engineering degree to decode the vagaries of near-field communication (NFC) and RFID systems." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

What Federal Employees Really Need To Worry About After the Chinese Hack - HughPickens.com writes: Lisa Rein writes in the Washington Post that a new government review of what the Chinese hack of sensitive security clearance files of 21 million people means for national security is in — and some of the implications are quite grave. According to the Congressional Research Service, covert intelligence officers and their operations could be exposed and high-resolution fingerprints could be copied by criminals. Some suspect that the Chinese government may build a database of U.S. government employees that could help identify U.S. officials and their roles or that could help target individuals to gain access to additional systems or information. National security concerns include whether hackers could have obtained information that could help them identify clandestine and covert officers and operations (PDF). CRS says that if the fingerprints in the background investigation files are of high enough quality, "depending on whose hands the fingerprints come into, they could be used for criminal or counterintelligence purposes." Fingerprints also could be trafficked on the black market for profit — or used to blow the covers of spies and other covert and clandestine officers, the research service found. And if they're compromised, fingerprints can't be reissued like a new credit card, the report says, making "recovery from the breach more challenging for some." vivaoporto Also points out that these same hackers are believed to be responsible for hacking United Airlines. Read more of this story at Slashdot.