Why do most alarms snooze for only nine minutes?Even in the early hours of the morning, when you're repeatedly hitting the snooze button to catch just a few more minutes of sleep, you've probably wondered why that beloved feature only gives you another nine minutes in dreamland. Nine minutes seems like an arbitrary timeframe. Why not make it an even 10? Read more at Mental Floss.
WikiLeaks offers CIA hacking tools to technology companiesWikiLeaks will hand over details of hacking secrets used by the CIA to technology companies to allow them to find software flaws and fix them, founder Julian Assange has said. Speaking during a press conference broadcast via Facebook Live, Assange on Thursday promised to give exclusive access to tech manufacturers after the latest document dump, which included allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hacked into smartphones and computers. Read more at Reuters.
Microsoft, Google increase bug bounty rewards to ₹20 lakhTechnology companies Google and Microsoft have increased the payouts offered for finding bugs in their services to about ₹20 lakh. Microsoft has offered the amount for two months specifically for vulnerabilities found in its Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange Online portals. Google has permanently hiked rewards for spotting flaws that could give hackers unrestricted database access. Read more at New Indian Express
NASA proposes magnetic shield to protect Mars’ atmosphereMars once had a temperate atmosphere and surface water, but it has now turned into a cold desert world with a thin atmosphere. Liquid water no longer exists on the planet’s surface. The Red Planet turned cold and arid due to the death of its magnetic field about 4.2 billion years ago. Now NASA scientists have proposed a magnetic field to protect the planet’s atmosphere and make it habitable. Read more at Scroll.in