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Teresa Almeida discusses a new body awareness app ‘Labella’ in the Independent

In the Independent yesterday (May 16th) is an article about a new app for women which allows users to get to know their own anatomy through the medium of a smart phone. Teresa Almeida, a PhD student from Computing Science talks about the new app in the Independent.

published on: 19th May 2016

Newcastle research contributing to improve W3C security

A recent project by researchers in the School of Computing Science (Maryam Mehrnezhad, Ehsan Toreini, Siamak Shahandashti, Feng Hao), reveals a significant flaw in the current W3C specification. Conforming to W3C, mobile web browsers allow JavaScript code in a web page to access motion and orientation sensor data without the user's permission. However, by analysing the collected sensor data, it is possible for a remote web page to deduce the user's local touch actions on the mobile phone screen and even the PIN entered into other web pages. This flaw imposes serious privacy risks to end users, and affects all major browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari.

published on: 28th April 2016

Four Corners project launched at World Press Photo 2016

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is collaborating with the World Press Photo Foundation and Open Lab to launch the Four Corners Project, which establishes a new standard for image contextualization and credibility. Dean of ICP School Fred Ritchin will discuss the project along with Jonathan Worth of Open Lab during World Press Photo Awards Days at 3:15pm on Friday, April 22, 2016 in the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam.

published on: 22nd April 2016

Latest Apple Security Patches in iOS 9.3 Acknowledge Newcastle Contribution

The latest Apple security patches (APPLE-SA-2016-03-21-1) include a fix to the security vulnerability discovered by researchers in the School. The impact of this vulnerability, as stated by Apple: "A website may be able to track sensitive user information Description: A hidden web page may be able to access device-orientation and device-motion data. This issue was addressed by suspending the availability of this data when the web view is hidden." The unique Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) ID assigned to this vulnerability is CVE-2016-1780, which acknowledges the work by Newcastle University researchers: "Maryam Mehrnezhad, Ehsan Toreini, Siamak Shahandashti, Feng Hao of the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, UK". The fix is available for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later.

published on: 22nd March 2016

Ubisoft aim to attract graduates from Computing Science

The UK is adopting digital technology faster than many European countries and the north is increasingly grabbing its share. Some of the UK’s biggest tech businesses are in the north and Ubisoft — the world’s third-largest publisher of video games - is investing in Newcastle, creating 100 jobs by setting up a customer contact base in the city last year. Ubisoft’s Reflections games studio has moved into new premises as it hopes to attract graduates from Newcastle University, a world leader in computing science research.


published on: 16th March 2016

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