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Forget Mystic Bronze, these colorways could be the best reasons to snag a Galaxy Note 20 if you're in Korea.
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Show me a human-like machine and I’ll show you a faulty piece of tech. The AI market is expected to eclipse $300 billion by 2025. And the vast majority of the companies trying to cash in on that bonanza are marketing some form of “human-like” AI. Maybe it’s time to reconsider that approach. The big idea is that human-like AI is an upgrade. Computers compute, but AI can learn. Unfortunately, humans aren’t very good at the kinds of tasks a computer makes sense for and AI isn’t very good at the kinds of tasks that humans are. That’s why researchers… This story continues at The Next Web
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An official blog post from Google France may have spilled the beans on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G launch date.
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Today Microsoft announced that the Project xCloud beta will be launching as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th. It sounds like Project xCloud will only be available on Android devices for the foreseeable future, which means those of you who who plan on streaming games for the service will need an Android phone or tablet and a … Continue reading
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We know the Zagato name from Aston Martin’s DB4 GT Continuation and Vantage V12 Heritage Twins. Both models are ultra-exclusive models with extraordinary price tags. But as it turns out, Zagato has come up with its own GT car in the Zagato IsoRivolta GTZ. If the IsoRivolta GTZ’s shape looks familiar, it was inspired by Zagato’s V12 GT Supercar Concept … Continue reading
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Short-form video platform beloved by teens seen as a national security threat.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge GeForce Now users can sync their Steam libraries to their accounts with Nvidia’s new Game Sync feature. Compatible games will appear in the My Library section of Game Sync, Nvidia announced. The “bring your own game” cloud service, which launched its paid tier earlier this year, allows users to play games purchased through other platforms— including Steam, the Epic Games STore, Battle.net, and Uplay— in the cloud. But searching for games in your Steam library that were compatible with GeForce Now was a bit of a slog. The new feature will identify games in a user’s Steam library supported by GeForce Now and will add them to the “My Library” list within the app automatically, Nvidia says. To sync your Steam account with your GeForce Now... Continue reading…
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Where we're going we don't need holidays (death).
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Inflammatory findings from deadly serious investigation Some 3D printers can be flashed with firmware updates downloaded directly from the internet – and an infosec research firm says it has discovered a way to spoof those updates and potentially make the printer catch fire.…
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Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / The Verge Twitter provided an update about the unprecedented July 15th attack that allowed hackers to tweet from some of the most high-profile accounts on the service, in a blog post and a series of tweets published Thursday evening. Twitter now says that a few employees were targeted in a phone spear phishing attack. While Twitter doesn’t quite say, that presumably means hackers called up Twitter employees while posing as colleagues or members of Twitter’s own security team, and got them to reveal the credentials they use to access internal systems. Twitter had previously said its own tools were compromised in the attack, but up until this point, the company hadn’t specified how that had happened. “This attack relied on a significant and... Continue reading…
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Two and a half years ago, Kim Kardashian received an extremely thoughtful gift from her rap icon husband Kanye West: a collection of five stocks apparently worth $500,000. Turns out Kardashian’s bundle of shares, which included Disney, Netflix, Apple, Adidas, and Amazon, is now worth nearly $1 million, performance that puts Warren Buffett’s flagship firm Berkshire Hathaway to absolute shame. Kardashian’s portfolio eclipsed major indexes like the S&P 500 (SPY) and the NASDAQ 100 (NDX) in a big way — despite the latter setting new price records in 2020. [Read: 84K Robinhood traders at risk of ‘bagholding’ after Kanye threatens GAP] Even Bitcoin… This story continues at The Next Web
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Twitter accounts belonging to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development tweeted out the N-word and other offensive language on Wednesday after a hacker or hackers took over the accounts. A digital comms staffer at the EBRD, Marcus Warren, also had his account hijacked to tweet out the N-word and other inappropriate content. An individual who appears to be based in Australia and goes by the online moniker "Switch" appeared to claim responsibility for some of the hijackings, plus several other takeovers of other verified accounts. Twitter said it had taken action on the offending tweets. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Twitter accounts belonging to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) were hijacked on Wednesday to tweet out the N-word and other offensive content, only weeks after Twitter's major hack. Business Insider spotted the EBRD tweeting out the N-word and references to smoking drugs for a brief period on Wednesday morning. The EBRD said in later tweets it and another account belonging to the bank had been hijacked. Good morningNot such a great morning, in factWe have been hacked but now hope that the situation is under control — The EBRD (@EBRD) July 29, 2020   An employee who works in online comms for the EBRD, Marcus Warren, also appears to have had his account hijacked by the same person. Warren's account likewise tweeted out the N-word. It isn't clear if this new activity is linked to the giant Twitter hack that took place earlier on July 15, which is still under investigation by Twitter and the FBI, or separate activity. The July 15 incident was a disaster for Twitter, and saw hackers gain access to accounts belonging to high-profile users including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and many others to tweet out a bitcoin scam. The hackers gained access via an internal set of tools that handed them broad control over the accounts. Reports suggest that Twitter employees may have given the hackers access to the tools. It isn't clear who was responsible for Wednesday's hijacks. Someone claiming to go by the online moniker "Switch" appeared to claim responsibility for the hijacking of Warren's account, which they used to tweet out a link to an Instagram account with the handle @Switched. The @Switched Instagram account appears to show that the person is located in Australia and gained access to a number of other verified accounts through July, including former Sydney Morning Herald editor Darren Goodsir. The Twitter account of ABC journalist Jonathan Green was also hijacked, possibly by the same person. Many of the offensive tweets on Wednesday disappeared after a few hours. A Twitter spokeswoman said: "We're aware of this activity and have taken steps to secure the compromised account. We are taking enforcement action under our rules, specifically our policy on platform manipulation and spam."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
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Relying on ads in software designed to block ads is an uphill struggle Privacy-centric startup Brave has included a subscription VPN service in its iOS browser.…
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Researchers from the University of Washington have revealed a new “wireless steerable vision” system for live insects and teeny tiny robots. Solutions presented in this research were created to investigate insect vision, and the study the trade-offs made by insects between small retinal regions and the movement of said retinal regions independent of an insect’s body through head motion. In … Continue reading
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ASTHROS will use a telescope to observe wavelengths of light not visible from the ground.
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No Connect, Web Shop, call centres or customer support – users are worried Garmin's Connect service has been down for more than seven hours today to the frustration of fitness enthusiasts keen to upload running times or synchronise with other services such as Strava. So, too, is the company's web shop and support forums.…
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Although less scandalous compared to Facebook, Twitter has had its fair share of PR messes that involved security, privacy, safety, and free speech over the years. Last week, however, it found itself in what may be the company’s highest-profile scandal yet, especially considering it involved the hacking of very high-profile accounts. Unsurprisingly, the company has been very careful in what … Continue reading
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2-in-1 Windows PC is fun and functional—but embarrassingly hefty.
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Software offerings such as Netflix desktop-as-service might be a huge earner.
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In 2010, California hired the consulting firm Deloitte to overhaul the state website people use to apply for unemployment benefits. Things didn’t go well: Later that year, technical errors led to the halting of payments for some 300,000 people, according to the Los Angeles Times. And, the paper reported that, at $110 million, the final cost of the system was almost double the initial estimate. A decade later, the taxed, aging system built by Deloitte in California is struggling again, this time under the strain of new applicants put out of work by the pandemic. But Deloitte still won a… This story continues at The Next Web
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Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images In yesterday’s massive attack on Twitter, some of the highest-profile accounts on the service, including President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates had their accounts hijacked to peddle bitcoin scams. Notably, however, Donald Trump, perhaps the most famous Twitter user of all, was untouched by the attack, and it could be because Twitter has implemented extra protections for his account. In a deeply-reported article on the attack, The New York Times writes that Trump’s Twitter account has extra protection after “past incidents,” citing two anonymous sources — a senior White House official and a Twitter employee. The New York Times didn’t specify what those past incidents were, but they could refer to the November 2nd,... Continue reading…
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The Twitter accounts of SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former president Barack Obama, and companies like Apple and Uber were targeted in a colossal hack on Wednesday. The compromised accounts all posted a similar message asking followers to send bitcoin. Some cybersecurity experts, however, believe the hack could have been a distraction or cover for a more nefarious cyber attack, although there's currently no evidence of this. Twitter says it is still investigating the situation. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you were on Twitter Wednesday evening, you probably noticed something incredibly strange: Elon Musk, Kanye West, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and many others all posted nearly identical messages asking for bitcoin donations.  That's because Twitter suffered an unprecedented attack on Wednesday that compromised the accounts of high-profile celebrities, politicians, and business leaders. The attack — which was executed in a very public way resulting in many of the tweets to be deleted in minutes — could have been a sign of a broader, more nefarious scheme, some cybersecurity experts told Business Insider. Twitter is still investigating the attack, and New York State is launching a full investigation into the incident, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday. Many of the experts noted that there was no evidence yet of a broader attack that's tied to Wednesday's Twitter hack, but the situation still made them suspicious. "If you suddenly had access to some of the most prolific, powerful people, what would you do?" Kevin O'Brien, CEO of the cloud security company GreatHorn, said in an interview. "Would you say that you wanted to get some bitcoin? That's a bizarrely small use of this level of access." The tweets could have been an attempt to ensure that the hackers were able to successfully access the accounts to gain lucrative information or install backdoors, O'Brien said. "The question is, 'Is this attack something of a false flag?'" O'Brien said. "It looks like a bitcoin scam, but really say the accounts were being accessed because there was information that was in them that is valuable." Vice's Motherboard reported that hackers were able to take over the hacked accounts using an internal tool, which the attackers said they obtained through at least one current employee. Twitter on Wednesday confirmed that hackers had gained access to internal systems and tools by executing a coordinated social engineering attack against its employees.  Twitter says it's "taken significant steps" to limit access to internal tools while it's investigating the matter. The company also limited functionality for verified accounts and locked the compromised accounts while it investigated.  It's unlikely that hackers will be able to exploit Twitter in a similar way since this attack was so public, say Etay Maor, chief security officer at IntSights, and Ryan Olson, vice president of Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks. But Olson also agrees it's possible it was a stunt to distract from a broader initiative. "Noisy attacks are a great way to distract security teams from other malicious activities," Olson said in an email. O'Brien also mentioned this as a potential motivation behind the bitcoin scam tweets. "It wouldn't be a terribly surprising if there was a simultaneous much wider attack, maybe not even on Twitter," he said, although he also pointed out that there's been no evidence of a separate attack. Another possibility is that these hackers could have been acting covertly for months before exposing themselves publicly, according to Alun Baker, CEO of security app maker Clario Tech.  "Typically a hacker has been in business for three to six months before they're discovered," Baker told Business Insider. "It's unusual for a hacker to show their hand right away ... The next thing you have to ask yourself is, 'How long were they in there?'" Some security experts think the bitcoin scam was a way of the hackers showing off. "I can only speculate about the true intentions behind this scam, but at the surface level, it appears their goal was to show off, get some attention, have a little fun, and walk away with a pocket full of cash in the end," Luis Corrons, security evangelist for antivirus software maker Avast, said in an email. "The hackers had to have known that the Twitter security team would be all over the situation once they launched their tweets, so I don't think there was a longer-term goal here." Regardless of the motivation, Maor, the IntSights CSO, said the attack could have been much worse given the level of access the hacker was able to obtain. The high-profile tweets suggest the attacker may have been in a rush, he said. "I hate to say this about something bad that happened, but I think we're almost lucky that this is what it ended up with," Maor said. "And not something far more nefarious." In 2013, for example, a group of Syrian hackers claimed responsibility for hacking the Associated Press' official Twitter account to send out a tweet falsely saying that the White House was bombed and then-president Barack Obama was injured.  To O'Brien, the Twitter hack is evidence of a broader trend in cyber attacks: social engineering, or the practice of gaining information about the target by posing as an unassuming person — such as a new employee. Through this technique, hackers are able to obtain more information about their target that they can leverage to gain critical access. "In security, you're paid to be paranoid," O'Brien said. "And the paranoia says there was something else happening at the same time, or these accounts were being accessed in ways that are far more damaging."SEE ALSO: Billionaires like Jeff Bezos use the same phone you do — and that makes them very, very hackable Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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(University of New South Wales) New UNSW research has disproved the claim that the transition to renewable electricity systems will harm the global economy.
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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now.Postcode-level coronavirus testing data is being withheld from publication due to councils’ fears it could lead to certain communities being stigmatised.HuffPost UK understands some local authorities have raised concerns about the government’s plan to make public detailed testing data, first revealed on this website.Health secretary Matt Hancock has raised the issue at cabinet.Councils are worried that releasing the data could lead to people in certain areas becoming stigmatised – for example if those in particular neighbourhoods test positive in larger numbers than others.They are also concerned this could damage community cohesion, and that giving out data in too much detail could lead to individuals or families being identified.The issue of detailed coronavirus testing data has come under the spotlight after Leicester was placed into a local lockdown following an outbreak.Following a row over a “lost week” in the city, when the status of a local outbreak was not clear to council and public health leaders due to a lack of information, all councils began to get access to granular postcode data late last month.Government officials wanted to make the data public, with the first tranche slated for release two weeks ago, but the information has been held back after councils raised their concerns, a Whitehall source said.It came as Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham called on the government to share more data privately with local authorities so they could better manage infections in their areas.He said ministers were “at risk of not observing their own law” by failing to provide daily data, which identifies patients, to councils.The Labour former health secretary also called for clarity on the threshold for government intervention if there was an outbreak.The metro-mayor said a high number of cases in Rochdale may be linked to a warehousing operation that had been the “focus of some extra work with regard to testing”.He said: “I think what we have seen through this is some of the lowest paid jobs have some working conditions which are, I’m afraid, leaving people exposed to picking up the virus.“That seems to be the common theme in some of the communities.”Burnham said testing data that included a person’s work postcode as well as their home postcode would help to get to the “root cause” of any outbreak.He added: “Working conditions remain a big concern. Many people who work in these places simply cannot afford to self isolate.”Appearing alongside Burnham at a joint press conference, Liverpool city region mayor Steve Rotheram said a rise in cases in the south of the city involved people aged between 15 and 24 and work was going on to establish links between them.He said: “The only way we can do this, or the way we can be helped in doing this, is for the government to work collaboratively with us.”Burnham said: “We want to be in a position to take every possible measure we can to avoid a local lockdown.“It’s in everyone’s interest that councils have all the information they need to identify potential outbreaks then if they identify them, to respond quickly and effectively to them.”Hancock has previously said Manchester did have access to data, after Burnham called for more “track and tracing” information to be shared.Ian Hudspeth, chair of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: “More information is being shared with councils but we also need to see improvements to the individual case data, including making the data available daily, adding UPRNs [property reference numbers], and providing more information about workplaces.“The public and those working on the frontline need to have a complete picture of the impact this virus has had in our neighbourhoods and communities. With the right powers, flexibilities, data and long-term funding, councils can help to manage potential outbreaks and prevent the spread of infection.”Related... The Government Doesn't Know How Many People Are Breaking Test And Trace Self-Isolation Rules MPs To Fight Closure Of Department For International Development 'Every Step Of The Way' Millions Could Be Made Jobless Due To Coronavirus, Fiscal Watchdog Says
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Almost a week after multiple Indian internet service providers blocked search engine DuckDuckGo for a few days, websites of three environmental organizations have become inaccessible. Websites of environmental advocacy organizations There is no Earth B, LetIndiaBreathe.in (LIB), and FridaysForFuture (FFF) have now been blocked for several days because of a government order that’s not come to the fore till now. However, there’s no clarity as to why the order was issued.  Day 10 #EIADissentDiariesWelcome to the (un)free stateYou've been living here, just unaware, for years.https://t.co/HhjdfsPhz2 (Jio actually spells death) For those of you lucky few who still can, checkout https://t.co/FYISshaybw to send/encourage… This story continues at The Next Web
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A $6 billion Uber offer this year to acquire Grubhub -- another US food delivery app -- fell through.
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The Motorola Razr is already a treat for classic phone fans that strikes a perfect balance between the old (that flip design!)and the new (a foldable display!), but Motorola has upped the nostalgia factor even further with a secret “Retro Razr” mode.The mode, which is accessed via the quick settings menu and can be toggled on and off in a flash, transforms the Motorola Razr’s UI into an old school layout with a small screen at the top and the OG Razr’s iconic keypad design on the bottom.Check out a GIF of the mode in action below (thanks, CNET):The retro keypad in action (and it’s adorable) pic.twitter.com/RnrWrfSH7R
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Avspärrningen vid skredområdet i Lökeberg, utanför Kungälv, kan komma att utvidgas.– Vi kommer att göra en ny bedömning under förmiddagen, säger Fredrik Johansson, insatsledare vid räddningstjänsten i Kungälv.Bedömningen görs i ett samråd med flera myndigheter, bland andra kommunen och Statens geotekniska institut (SGI).Det var ett område på ungefär 100 gånger 200 meter lermassor som gled ut i havet på onsdagsförmiddagen i samband med ett byggnadsarbete.Senare på dagen skedde flera mindre ras, eller skred, i utkanten av det drabbade området.Det är oklart om ytterligare något hänt under natten.
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