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  • Two zero-day Safari exploits found, one allowing complete takeover of Mac

    03/21/2019 10:57:40 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | Mar. 21st 2019 6:44 am PT | Ben Lovejoy
    White-hat hackers at a security conference in Vancouver have found two zero-day Safari exploits, one of which allowed them to escalate their privileges to the point that they were able to completely take over the Mac … The first exploit managed to escape the sandbox, a protection macOS uses to ensure that apps only have access to their own data, and any system data permitted by Apple. The contest started with the team of Fluoroacetate (Amat Cama and Richard Zhu) targeting the Apple Safari web browser. They successfully exploited the browser and escaped the sandbox by using an integer...
  • Volvo Wants You to Stop From Texting While Driving by Monitoring You With an In-Car Camera

    03/21/2019 9:45:27 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 48 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 03/20/2019 | Jason Torchinsky
    Volvo is very committed to the idea of ending all fatalities in cars it builds, and it’s even willing to watch you like a hawk and snitch on you to make that happen. Volvo announced today it will employ in-car cameras to detect when a driver is drunk or distracted, and its cars will take specific actions when such a system is detected. I suspect you can also trigger the system by just driving like a loon, but I guess we’ll just have to see. The system Volvo is proposing will be introduced on all “next-gen, SPA2-based vehicles,” referring to...
  • The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021

    03/21/2019 5:24:21 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies ^ | March 20, 2019 | Avery Thompson
    For the past several years, the world's power have been locked in a supercomputing arms race, one-upping one another with biggest and faster achievements. According to a new announcement, the world’s fastest supercomputer is coming to the United States in 2021 and will be the first to break the so-called "exascale" barrier.
  • Will It Be Possible to Download Your Mind Into a Memory Chip?

    03/21/2019 4:57:16 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 74 replies
    Self | March 21, 2019 | PJ-Comix
    I was downloading a bunch of files on my computer recently to a flash drive when a weird thought hit me: Will it ever be possible to download a person's mind onto a memory chip? I mean your brain is like a memory storage so theoretically wouldn't it be possible to download that memory to another location such as a memory chip. Of course, if it could be a pretty boring existence since what the hell kind of fun could you have stuck inside of a high memory flash drive sitting in the corner of a shelf?
  • ...Guests in South Korea Were Secretly Filmed; Footage Was Live-Streamed Online for Paying Customers

    03/20/2019 5:11:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Cameras were hidden inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders and the footage was streamed online, the Cyber Investigation Department at the National Police Agency said in a statement. The site had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to replay certain live streams. Between November 2018 and this month, police said, the service brought in upward of $6,000. “There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly watched, but this is the first time...
  • Google Stadia Breakdown: Cloud Streaming Guide, Hands-on, And More From GDC 2019

    03/20/2019 7:50:36 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | March 20, 2019 | Chris Pereira and Steve Watts
    After months of rumors, speculation, and some recent teases from the company itself, Google finally unveiled its big gaming announcement during a Game Developers Conference keynote in San Francisco. Rather than a console, however, Google revealed Stadia, a cloud gaming platform that allows users to stream games to any device. The GDC 2019 presentation showcased what it's capable of, as well as the controller Google has designed for it, the first-party developer it's established, and much more.
  • USB 4: Oh LAWD it Comin'

    03/19/2019 11:18:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 6, 2019 | ThioJoe
    USB 4.0 (to be called "USB4") has officially been announced, with the final specification being released later this year. It will include notable changes such as 40 Gbps speed, and two-lane data transfer. For example, this means it will be able to transfer regular data, and send video data for a monitor simultaneously. It also implements features of Thunderbolt 3, which Intel has provided royalty free! | USB 4: Oh LAWD it Comin' | ThioJoe | Published on Mar 6, 2019
  • Apple's new iMacs: Better for consumer and enterprise pros

    03/19/2019 1:09:34 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | March 19, 2018, 12:45 PM | Jonny Evans
    Apple’s newly updated iMacs offer faster processors, much-improved graphics, and more. Apple’s newly updated iMacs have plenty to offer enterprise and consumer users, not least of which are its faster processors and much-improved graphics performance. At the movies It is interesting to note that Apple chose to announce these new Macs with nothing but a press release, even though they’ve not seen significant update since WWDC 2017. This likely reflects the importance with which the company sees the launch of its disintermediated video streaming service in March 2019 Making the decision to release updated iPads and iMacs in the week...
  • MySpace reportedly loses 50 million songs uploaded over 12 years (Those MP3s of your band? Oops!)

    03/18/2019 12:54:48 PM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    CNet ^ | Mar 18, 2019 | Sean Keane
    No more partying like it's 2003-2015 on the social network that was once the biggest site in the US. MySpace may have lost your digital memories in a server migration. "As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace," it said in a note at the top of the site. "We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at" Andy Baio, one of the people behind Kickstarter, tweeted that...
  • 19-years-old WinRAR vulnerability leads to over 100 malware exploits (Update Now!)

    03/18/2019 6:04:06 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Mar 16, 2019 | Adam Westlake
    After being a staple on PCs for so many years, last month it was discovered that WinRAR, software used to open .zip archive files, has been vulnerable for the last 19 years to a bug that’s easily exploited by hackers and malware distributors. Fortunately, the software has been patched with the recent release of version 5.70, but after being unchecked for so long and installed by so many people, a new wave of malware is taking advantage. Check Point, the security researchers that revealed the WinRAR bug, explain that the software is exploited by giving malicious files a RAR extension,...
  • 10 Reasons To Use Ubuntu Linux

    03/18/2019 5:37:26 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 20 replies
    FOSSbytes ^ | 6 April 2018 | Adarsh Verma
    Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Ubuntu Linux is the most popular open source operating system. There are many reasons to use Ubuntu Linux that make it a worthy Linux distro. Apart from being free and open source, it’s highly customizable and has a Software Center full of apps.There are numerous Linux distributions designed to serve different needs. Being an open source software, Linux allows the developers to pick its code and create something new and exciting. Out of these numerous Linux distributions, Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, openSUSE, and Debian are some of the most popular operating systems. If you’re facing trouble with...
  • 10 Reasons to Use Manjaro Linux

    03/18/2019 5:05:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    FOSS Mint ^ | 15 March 2019 | Martins D. Okoi
    Manjaro Linux has been trending in Linux communities and even beyond for over a year now. One, for its beauty, and two, for its success at simplifying many of the overly-technical aspects in Arch Linux e.g. installation. If you are among those on the fence and aren’t sure of why you should switch to using Manjaro Linux then here are 10 reasons to convince you.1. Manjaro is Arch Linux Made Easy This statement will make sense to you from the moment you burn Manjaro onto a LIVE CD or USB and begin setting it up. In 2018, a Linux newbie...
  • The 10 Best Reasons to Use Fedora Linux

    03/18/2019 5:00:40 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    FOSS Mint ^ | 15 March 2019 | Martins D. Okoi
    Fedora needs no introduction because it is one of the most popular Linux distribution alongside big names like Ubuntu, Debian, and Red Hat. But just in case you are coming across the distro for the first time, you should know that it is a professional, customizable Red Hat-backed Linux distro famous for giving its users the latest features while remaining true to the open source community. Today, I want to share some quick reasons why you should use Fedora. And if you were about to not choose running Fedora don’t make up your mind until the end of the article.Fedora Linux Desktop 1. Fedora is Bleeding Edge...
  • Best All-in-One Printers 2019

    03/16/2019 10:58:47 PM PDT · by fireman15 · 106 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | March 12, 2019 | Brian Westover
    We spent more than 150 hours on in-depth testing to identify the top inkjet and laser printers you can buy. And our favorite overall printer is the Canon Pixma TS9120, which offers best-in-class print speeds and high-quality output for both text and graphics. For a printer that won't break the bank, Epson's WorkForce WF-2760 inkjet packs in features like an automatic document feeder and duplexing, while also turning in fast print and copy times. What All-in-One Printers Cost All-in-one printers sell for as little as $60 (£45/AU$90) for inkjet models, and $150 (£170/AU$200) for laser printers, with high-end models ranging...
  • A 30-Year-Old Clip Of Maya Angelou Correcting A Teen Has New School Twitter Up In Arms

    03/15/2019 4:02:50 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 78 replies
    Blavity ^ | March 15, 2019 | Jazzi Johnson
    A video of Maya Angelou checking a teenage girl for calling her by her first name went viral and sparked a Twitter debate Friday about names, age and respect like none other. In the video, which Newsweek reports is from the early 1990s, Angelou is sitting on stage taking questions from the audience. The host chooses a young girl who begins her question by addressing Angelou as "Maya." “Oh, thank you,” Angelou replies to the girl in the clip. "And first, I’m Ms. Angelou." "I’m not Maya, I’m 62 years old," Angelou continues. "I’ve lived so long and tried so...
  • Huawei and 5G Technology: 'You May Not Be Interested in War, but War Is Interested in You'

    03/15/2019 10:03:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/15/2019 | David Goldman
    That witticism is attributed to the Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky, and the same applies to industrial policy, that is, government investment in industry. As a free marketeer I abhor industrial policy, except as a war measure. This is war, of sorts. I don't think the United States and China will start shooting at each other at any time in the foreseeable future, but that isn't the way this war will be fought. China is striving to dominate game-changing technologies starting with 5G broadband, but also including quantum computing, quantum communications, artificial intelligence, and others. If it succeeds, the United States...
  • Researchers pulverized an iPhone in a blender – for science

    03/14/2019 1:53:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Thursday 14 Mar 2019 12:45 pm | Jeff Parsons
    Apple’s iPhones are expensive bits of kit. So when we see one pulverized in a blender we can’t help but feel a little sad. However, in this case, it was for science. And good science as well: scientists were blending the blower in order to conduct a chemical analysis of what it contains. A team at the University of Plymouth carried out the blending in order to show the quantities of rare or so-called ‘conflict’ elements in the phone. Here’s a smartphone in a blender, thanks to the University of Plymouth (PA) It’s part of a plan to encourage greater...
  • Man charged over bow and arrow attack in Australia; victim’s iPhone saves him lethal injury

    03/14/2019 11:38:50 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, March 13, 2019 · 11:32 am
    Man charged over bow and arrow attack in Australia; victim’s iPhone saves him from potentially lethal injury “Officers from Richmond Police District were called to a residential address in Nimbin, northern New South Wales on Wednesday, where a 43-year-old man said he had been the victim of a bow and arrow attack,” reports. “At about 9am, the victim drove into his driveway on Nimbin Road and got out of his car. He said he noticed another man, who is known to him, standing outside his property allegedly armed with a bow and arrow.” “The resident held up his mobile...
  • On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates

    03/13/2019 8:06:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 12, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Install. Uninstall. Boot. Repeat Microsoft has quietly updated a support document to let us know that Windows 10 will have a crack at uninstalling borked updates – just in time for patch Tuesday.Windows 10 endures enjoys a near constant stream of updates and patches to, as Microsoft put it, "keep your device secure and running at peak efficiency". This is all well and good, but as a significant section of customers would agree, things sometimes go wrong and a hasty uninstall is required.Microsoft has therefore tweaked Windows 10 to spot a recovery from a failed startup (after all, a reboot...
  • They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7

    03/13/2019 8:00:46 PM PDT · by dayglored · 73 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 13, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Hail of notifications incoming... just be thankful 8 passed you by Updated Windows 7 holdouts have been warned to expect a notification suggesting that perhaps an upgrade might be in order.Matt Barlow, corporate veep for Windows, has promised Windows 7 users are to receive a "courtesy reminder" that support is running out for the venerable OS as 14 January 2020 looms large.Barlow also noted that Office 2010 ends its support run shortly thereafter, but for now the focus is on Windows 7.The helpful notifications will doubtless send a shiver of déjà vu down the spines of users who found themselves...