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Best laptops, tablets and desktops for creatives in 2018 - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 41 min ago
From color-accurate photo editing to processing-hungry video editing and more. These are our top picks.

5 reasons why the LG G7 won't be at MWC 2018 - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 2 min ago
LG's next flagship won't be unveiled next week in Barcelona. Here are a few guesses as to why (one rhymes with "Gamsung Salaxy").

Homeland Security's tall order: A hacker-free election - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 2 min ago
Top DHS cybersecurity official Jeanette Manfra talks to CNET about all the way hackers could sow chaos during the US's 2018 primaries and midterm elections.

'Annihilation': Is the 'New Weird' too weird for Hollywood? - CNET

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Commentary: Paramount says the Natalie Portman film isn't fit for broad release. The issue may be book author Jeff VanderMeer's take on the New Weird genre.

Silicon Valley's 'middle class' earns 7 times US average - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 2 min ago
In the suburb home to HP and Tesla, high salaries are the norm. But that doesn't mean the residents of Palo Alto feel well off.

‘Logan Lucky’ and new episodes of ‘The Tick’ come to Amazon - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 2 min ago
The weekend is here and is meant for streaming, not doing activities, silly.

US Border Officials Haven't Properly Verified Visitor Passports For More Than a Decade Due To Improper Software

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-02-22 22:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: U.S. border officials have failed to cryptographically verify the passports of visitors to the U.S. for more than a decade -- because the government didn't have the proper software. The revelation comes from a letter by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who wrote to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) acting commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan to demand answers. E-passports have an electronic chip containing cryptographic information and machine-readable text, making it easy to verify a passport's authenticity and integrity. That cryptographic information makes it almost impossible to forge a passport, and it helps to protect against identity theft. Introduced in 2007, all newly issued passports are now e-passports. Citizens of the 38 countries on the visa waiver list must have an e-passport in order to be admitted to the U.S. But according to the senators' letter, sent Thursday, border staff "lacks the technical capabilities to verify e-passport chips." Although border staff have deployed e-passport readers at most ports of entry, "CBP does not have the software necessary to authenticate the information stored on the e-passport chips." "Specifically, CBP cannot verify the digital signatures stored on the e-passport, which means that CBP is unable to determine if the data stored on the smart chips has been tampered with or forged," the letter stated. Wyden and McCaskill said in the letter that Customs and Border Protection has "been aware of this security lapse since at least 2010."

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Antarctica Is Losing Ice Faster Every Year

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-02-22 20:30
A survey of satellite data published in the journal Cryosphere confirms what scientists have suspected for a while now: ice loss from the critical region of Antarctica is happening at an increasingly fast pace. Quartz reports: In total, researchers found that Antarctica lost roughly 1,929 gigatons of ice in 2015, which amounts to an increase of roughly 36 gigatons per year every year since 2008. (A gigaton is one billion tons.) Nearly 90% of that increase in loss occurred in West Antarctica, "probably in response to ocean warming," according to NASA. The new data analysis mostly confirms other recent research, but does so with a higher degree of precision by using a new technique that can process a larger amount of satellite data than was possible before. West Antarctica has been losing a lot of ice in recent years, and at an ever-growing pace, while East Antarctica is losing ice more steadily. The West Antarctic ice sheet is of particular concern because, like a building that stands on an uneven foundation, it is inherently unstable, making it especially vulnerable to the warming climate. If the entire ice sheet were destabilized and melted into the sea, researchers estimate it would lead to 3 meters (9 feet) of sea level rise globally. Models suggest that under a low-emissions scenario, where the world commits to "peaking" and then steadily reducing emissions in the near future, complete destabilization of the West Antarctic ice sheet is possible to avoid. But under medium- or high-emissions scenarios, the loss of the ice sheet becomes inevitable.

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Genesis outdoes Audi, BMW in Consumer Reports brand rankings - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2018-02-22 19:59
Korean luxury is legit and giving pause to rivals in Europe and Japan.

Apple's readying new AirPods with 'Hey, Siri' for 2018 (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 120) - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-02-22 19:52
A new AirPods wireless chip will allow you to say, "Hey, Siri" this year. New iPads are expected in March and Fast Company names Apple No. 1 of its Most Innovative Companies for 2018.

The Los Angeles Times Website Is Unintentionally Serving a Cryptocurrency Mining Script

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-02-22 19:50
troublemaker_23 shares a report from iTWire: The Los Angeles Times website is serving a cryptocurrency mining script which appears to have been placed there by malicious attackers, according to a well-known security expert. British infosec researcher Kevin Beaumont, who has warned that Amazon AWS servers could be held to ransom due to lax security, tweeted that the newspaper's site was serving a script created by Coinhive. The Coinhive script mines for the monero cryptocurrency. The S3 bucket used by the LA Times is apparently world-writable and an ethical hacker appears to have left a warning in the repository, warning of possible misuse and asking the owner to secure the bucket.

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23 state AGs refile lawsuit challenging net neutrality repeal - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-02-22 19:44
The lawsuit by a coalition of attorneys general comes as the FCC files notice of its repeal to the Federal Register.

Study Finds Automatic Braking With Rearview Cameras, Sensors Can Cut Backup Crashes By 78 Percent

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-02-22 19:10
A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that combining automatic braking with rearview cameras and sensors can cut reverse crashes by 78 percent. Rear automatic braking alone, which is an option in just 5 percent of new vehicles, is linked to a 62 percent drop in reported backup accidents in cars with that equipment. CBS News reports: Starting in May, all new cars in the U.S. will be required to have a rearview camera. Some automakers are going further by adding backup warning sensors and reverse automatic braking. For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested that combination of technology. Two models -- the 2017 Subaru Outback and Cadillac XT5 SUV -- earned superior ratings. Four other vehicles scored an advanced rating for generally avoiding a collision or substantially reducing the vehicle's speed. But there's some room to improve. One vehicle did not stop automatically when backing up to a dummy car parked at an angle. Automatic braking in the front will become standard in most cars in 2022 but there's currently no plan to make it standard for backing up.

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Apple repair center linked to flood of false 911 calls - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:54
Emergency dispatchers say they've received about 1,600 false alarm calls from the California center in the past few months.

Snapchat should have never made it this far - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:50
Commentary: Evan Spiegel doomed his app to fail the second he thought it deserved all the money it received.

German courts weighs potential diesel bans for city centers - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:40
The German court at Leipzig has agreed to hand down a ruling on Feb. 27 on whether Stuttgart and Duesseldorf’s diesel bans are legal.

Donald Trump says video games, movies may cause violence - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:36
Commentary: In a meeting with state and local officials in Florida, the president cites violent video games and movies as "shaping young people's thoughts."

23 Attorneys General Refile Challenge To FCC Net Neutrality Repeal

SlashDot - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark rules designed to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect. The Federal Communications Commission officially published its order overturning the net neutrality rules in the Federal Register on Thursday, a procedural step that allows for the filing of legal challenges. The states, along with web browser developer Mozilla and video-sharing website Vimeo, had filed petitions preserving their right to sue in January, but agreed to withdraw them last Friday and wait for the FCC's publication. The attorneys general argue that the FCC cannot make "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policies and that it misinterpreted and disregarded "critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses." The White House Office of Management and Budget still must sign off on some aspects of the FCC reversal before it takes legal effect. That could take months.

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Airbnb Plus Will Make Sure Your Rental Isn't a Dump

PCMag News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:12
Airbnb's new tiers promise to make it easier to find the type of travel accommodations you're after.

Net Neutrality Ends in April, Unless Congress Acts

PCMag News - Thu, 2018-02-22 18:12
Opponents of the FCC's order are planning to fight back in court. Democrats are also trying to reverse the repeal in Congress.