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The team did rule out the risk of long-term tracking, however, considering a user's behaviour patterns and the times they choose to charge their device will vary so widely and frequently.They also found that the risk was far higher for devices fitted with old or used batteries, as the battery capacity may potentially serve as a tracking identifier. They suggest reducing the fingerprintable surface of the API so that it may continue to work effectively, without leaving the user open to tracking.The bug has already been drawn to Mozilla's attention, after it was discovered Firefox's implementation of the API specifically provided an opening for tracking. The company has heeded the warning, and swiftly implemented the proposed improvements. According to the paper the gap in privacy has been wide open since 2012, when Mozilla itself discussed the potential vulnerability. When the standard went live, the World Wide Web Consortium specs described the API and its impact thus: The information disclosed has minimal impact on privacy or fingerprinting, and therefore is exposed without permission grants. Meaning, the user was none the wiser anything was happening, up until now, with the consortium reasoning that permissions were not necessary.

Despite the concerns raised in 2012, at the time -- and up until this paper was published -- nothing was done. So for three years, there was plenty of potential for sites to be tracking user behaviour, whether they switched privacy settings or VPNs on. There is no mention of how the authors followed up with either Chrome or Opera -- the main experiment focussed on Firefox on Linux, so there may be further potential for abuse elsewhere. has contacted the authors to find out, and will update this article if we hear back.MEPs and the Council of of the European Union have agreed that mobile phone manufacturers will be obliged to provide a common battery charger throughout Europe as part of a provisional deal on radio equipment. The draft directive is aimed at harmonising radio products -- including phones, car door openers and modems -- in order to ensure they do not interfere with one another. MEPs are keen not only to simplify the use of radio equipment with a common charger, but to reduce unnecessary waste and cost for consumers. With this agreement we will find more safety under the Christmas tree. I am especially pleased that we agreed on the introduction of a common charger -- although the Council and the Commission were hesitant at first. This will benefit the consumers, said rapporteur Barbara Weiler following the negotiations with the Council.MEPs also agreed that there should be tougher market supervision to track and monitor products that fail to comply. The Commission is set to identify categories of radio equipment that will need to be registered before they are brought to market -- an idea based on a system in place in the US.

We've seen a fair amount of standardisation already with regards to phone charger over the past few years. The majority of devices now using Micro-USB cables, but there are still exceptions to the rule.The obvious example is Apple, which, not satisfied with already insisting on offering its own charger last year introduced the lightning connector, meaning that there was no longer a standard charger that could be used with all Apple products.It's unlikely the news will be received positively by Apple, which will have to find a way of complying with the ruling if it wants to continue selling its products in Europe. has contacted Apple for comment and will update this story if we hear back.Member states will have two years to transpose the rules into national law once the rules have been finalised and electronics manufacturers will then have another year to comply with the new regulations.According to the European Parliament, it will probably be able to conduct a full vote in March next year, meaning it's unlikely we'll see a completely universal charger until 2017.Your daily briefing. Today, space junk is coming back down to Earth, Samsung's new ultra-thin and flexible batteries for wearable tech, US intelligence is worried about Russia cutting undersea internet cables and more.

Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by 8am. Click here to sign up to the WIRED Awake newsletter.An unidentified piece of space junk - trash that's been left in orbit by a past space mission - is set to re-enter the atmosphere and burn up on 13 November (Gizmodo). The re-entry of WT1190F will give scientists a valuable opportunity to see how incoming man-made objects interact with the atmosphere and test systems designed to protect against potentially dangerous space objects. If we're lucky, we might even get to find out what WT1190F, described as a lost piece of space history by Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, actually is.New flexible battery prototypes designed by Samsung could open the way to an increasing range of wearable technology, from clothing to jewellery (Engadget). The Band is specifically designed to be integrated into smartwatch straps, boosting the devices' potential battery life. More interesting still is the ultra-flexible Stripe, a thin strip measuring 0.3mm thick which is described as having higher energy density than current comparable batteries.

Officials within the USA's military and intelligence agencies are concerned that Russia could sever the undersea fibre-optic cables that carry the world's internet communications, the New York Times reports. Rear Admiral Frederick J. Roegge told the paper that I'm worried every day about what the Russians may be doing, but did not go into detail about the likelihood of attacks on the cables. The wariness among US officials and media also indicates a worrying return to Cold-War-style mistrust and paranoia.TalkTalk has called on defence contractor BAE Systems to help it investigate a catastrophic data breach resulting in the loss of four million customers' personal and financial information (The Telegraph). Specialists from BAE's Applied Intelligence division have been working alongside officers from the Metropolitan Police's cyber crime unit. The attack was thought to have been carried out on Wednesday and was accompanied by a ransom demand sent to TalkTalk CEO Baroness Dido Harding.Scientists from Cornell University have demonstrated the Zeno effect, part of quantum theory which predicts that a system can't change while it's being watched ( The researchers observed super-cooled atoms under a microscope by illuminating them with an imaging laser, which makes them visible to the microscope by causing them to fluoresce. When the illuminating laser was off, the atoms tunneled freely, but they stopped when the beam was turned on them.

A man failed a paternity test because the genes in his saliva did not match those in his sperm, as he carries extra genes and cells left behind by an unborn twin (Buzzfeed). The couple involved initially thought that there had been a mix-up at their fertility clinic, but a genetic ancestry test showed a 10 percent match between father and son, indicating that the man was the child's paternal uncle. Chimerism, caused when someone has genes absorbed from their unborn twin, is rarely identified but may affect as many as one in eight people.A couple in California has launched a class-action lawsuit against Apple for failing to warn users that the Wi-Fi assist feature in iOS 9 will use mobile data to boost your device's wireless internet performance (AppleInsider). The complaint claims that Apple didn't properly explain how the system worked on its website until after a raft of articles had been published about it. By then, the defendants had already racked up a significant mobile data bill as a result of their streaming of music, videos, and running various applications.A Tesla Model S protected its occupants in a landslide, according to photos and details posted on a Tesla users messageboard (VentureBeat). Although the car's front and rear were crumpled and crushed, the occupants, a woman and child, made it out safely after the landslide pushed the vehicle to a cliff edge and toppled a tree onto it. This is among the first real-world reports of the efficiency of Tesla's much-vaunted crash-proofing, and the reported details certainly seem to bear out the electric carmaker's claims.

Double Fine has teased its HD remaster of Lucasarts' classic point-and-click adventure, Day of the Tentacle (Destructoid). Everything has been redrawn in full cartoon form but retains much of the original game's style. There's also going to be a fully remastered audio track for the game.Back to the Source is a free, full-length documentary about Historial European Martial Arts (HEMA), which mostly involve having at your opponent with terrifyingly sharp metal blades (Kotaku). Filmmaker Cédric Hauteville's documentary about HEMA practitioners delves deeply into the historic source material they use to faithfully reproduce ancient combat forms. The resulting combat styles are a far cry from the showy swordplay of screen and stage.TalkTalk has suffered a significant and sustained cyber-attack in which the personal and financial data of its four million customers could have been compromised. The details are as yet unconfirmed, but TalkTalk says it does not even know if it's data was encrypted -- a bad sign. So what does it mean for TalkTalk customers? How can you prevent yourself from identity theft, and what should TalkTalk be doing? We've put together a guide for what to do if you think your data could be compromised.WIRED Retail returns to London on November 23 with headline partner Valtech. Last year’s event sold out so secure your place now. WIRED subscribers save 10 per cent on tickets. We also have a limited number of half-price tickets available for retail sector startups. Speakers include Uber’s Jo Bertram and Cristian van Tienhoven from Amazon Merchant Services.

We visit Facebook HQ in Menlo Park to get the inside story on why Messenger is seen as its next great platform. Melinda Gates, Alain De Botton and others also preview the big trends for 2016. Out now in print, iPad and our new, better-than-ever iPhone app. Subscribe now and save.This is a world, the WIRED innovation fellow pointed out, that we are already living in. Every cell in your body has a voltage across it, and mitochondria convert energy 10,000 times more efficiently than the sun. Bone cells break down and repair themselves all the time.With EpiBone, Tandon is pioneering research into how we can manipulate these incredible properties of our cells.We take fat tissue, extract stem cells out of them, then engineer living tissues from your own cells to create bone grafts she explains. It takes about three weeks as of now, and we can grow them at just about any size or shape that we want. Because it's made from the patient's own cells there's no chance of rejection. Currently in animal studies, Epibone hopes to be conducting first pilot tests in humans in 2016. We used to be in this insane paradigm, thinking that if the body's broken, leave it alone, but this paradigm is changing, she said. In the last century, we started to view the body as an assemblage, a sum of parts that can be replaced with donor organs, for example. But now we've started drilling down deeper. Rather than viewing the body as asset or parts we're viewing it as a collection of cells, as a vast renewable resource.


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