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iMac Pro Will Have An A10 Fusion Coprocessor For 'Hey, Siri' Support and More Secure Booting, Says Report

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-11-20 19:45
According to Apple firmware gurus Steven Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo, the upcoming iMac Pro will feature an A10 Fusion coprocessor to enable two interesting new features. "The first is the ability for the iMac Pro to feature always-on 'Hey, Siri' voice command support, similar to what's currently available on more recent iPhone devices," reports The Verge. "[T]he bigger implication of the A10 Fusion is for a less user-facing function, with Apple likely to use the coprocessor to enable SecureBoot on the iMac Pro." From the report: In more practical terms, it means that Apple will be using the A10 Fusion chip to handle the initial boot process and confirm that software checks out, before passing things off to the regular x86 Intel processor in your Mac. It's not something that will likely change how you use your computer too much, like the addition of "Hey, Siri" support will, but it's a move toward Apple experimenting with an increased level of control over its software going forward.

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'Rez Infinite' arrives on your phone through Daydream VR

Engadget - Mon, 2017-11-20 19:19
Rez Infinite is a sublime experience in virtual reality, but there's a catch: that requirement for PlayStation VR or a PC usually means you're tied down. That won't be an issue after today, provided you have the right hardware: Enhance Games has rele...

Google Is Working On Fuchsia OS Support For Apple's Swift Programming Language

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-11-20 19:05
An anonymous reader shares a report from Android Police: Google's in-development operating system, named "Fuchsia," first appeared over a year ago. It's quite different from Android and Chrome OS, as it runs on top of the real-time "Magenta" kernel instead of Linux. According to recent code commits, Google is working on Fuchsia OS support for the Swift programming language. If you're not familiar with it, Swift is a programming language developed by Apple, which can be used to create iOS/macOS/tvOS/watchOS applications (it can also compile to Linux). Apple calls it "Objective-C without the C," and on the company's own platforms, it can be mixed with existing C/Objective-C/C++ code (similar to how apps on Android can use both Kotlin and Java in the same codebase). We already know that Fuchsia will support apps written in Dart, a C-like language developed by Google, but it looks like Swift could also be supported. On Swift's GitHub repository, a pull request was created by a Google employee that adds Fuchsia OS support to the compiler. At the time of writing, there are discussions about splitting it into several smaller pull requests to make reviewing the code changes easier.

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DOJ Suing to Block AT&T, Time Warner Merger

PCMag News - Mon, 2017-11-20 19:00
The Justice Department is expected to announce the lawsuit later today.

NASA: Mars' strange streaks might not be water after all - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-11-20 18:48
New research suggests another possible origin for mysterious, recurring streaks in the Martian landscape.

Hulu lawsuit centers on lack of audio options for blind users

Engadget - Mon, 2017-11-20 18:33
While captions help deaf and limited hearing viewers enjoy video content, a separate audio track describing actions helps blind watchers understand what's going on. But not all content platforms have the latter feature. A group of blind and visually-...

Why Hackers Reuse Malware

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-11-20 18:20
Orome1 shares a report from Help Net Security: Software developers love to reuse code wherever possible, and hackers are no exception. While we often think of different malware strains as separate entities, the reality is that most new malware recycles large chunks of source code from existing malware with some changes and additions (possibly taken from other publicly released vulnerabilities and tools). This approach makes sense. Why reinvent the wheel when another author already created a working solution? While code reuse in malware can make signature-based detection methods more effective in certain cases, more often than not it frees up time for attackers to do additional work on detection avoidance and attack efficacy -- which can create a more dangerous final product. There are multiple reasons why hackers reuse code when developing their own malware. First, it saves time. By copying code wherever possible, malware authors have more time to focus on other areas, like detection avoidance and attribution masking. In some cases, there may be only one way to successfully accomplish a task, such as exploiting a vulnerability. In these instances, code reuse is a no-brainer. Hacker also tend to reuse effective tactics such as social engineering, malicious macros and spear phishing whenever possible simply because they have a high rate of success.

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The best Black Friday MacBook and iPad deals - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-11-20 18:10
For Black Friday 2017, these are the best deals on MacBooks, iMacs and other Apple computers.

eBay Tips Black Friday iPhone 8, iPad, TV, Laptop Deals

PCMag News - Mon, 2017-11-20 18:00
We went through eBay's Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads and rounded up the best tech deals you'll find there over the next week.

How the Kindle was designed through 10 years and 15 generations

TechCrunch - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:58
 Amazon’s Chris Green, VP of Design at its Lab126 hardware arm, talked with me for a retrospective of the design choices that have defined and redefined the device, and the reasoning behind them. Green has been at Lab126 for a long time, but not quite for the entire Kindle project, as he explained to me. “My first day at Amazon was the day the Kindle launched – November 19, 2007. Read More

'Bait!' brings an ice fishing expedition to Facebook's social VR

Engadget - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:58
Facebook launched its social VR Spaces beta last April, finally showing us a compelling experience that helped put the social media company's acquisition of Oculus in the first place. Recently, Oculus showed off a little ice fishing game from casual...

US Sues To Block AT&T Purchase of Time Warner

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:40
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing AT&T to block its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. "The legal challenge was expected after AT&T rejected a demand by the Justice Department earlier this month to divest its DirecTV unit or Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting -- which contains news network CNN -- in order to win antitrust approval," reports Reuters. From the report: AT&T's chief executive said then that he would defend the deal in court to win approval, and the company criticized the Justice Department's case on Monday. The lawsuit is "a radical and inexplicable departure from decades of antitrust precedent," said AT&T lawyer David McAtee, arguing that so-called vertical mergers, between companies that are not direct competitors, are routinely approved. "We see no legitimate reason for our merger to be treated differently," he said, adding that AT&T is confident a judge will reject the Justice Department's case.

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Amazon Echo is the latest device to benefit (RED)

Engadget - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:27
Want to get a smart speaker while contributing to an important cause? Amazon has you covered: it just unveiled a Product (RED) version of its second-generation Echo. As you might expect, buying the crimson-hued device will contribute 10 percent (in t...

The iMac Pro supposedly has an iPhone processor, too - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:26
The "most powerful Mac ever" could have a Siri surprise.

Amazon’s all-new Echo goes (RED) for a limited time

TechCrunch - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:19
 The new Echo is a better looking device than its predecessor, thanks in large part to its various fabric coverings. Now, there’s a new option for the outer shell: A PRODUCT(RED) special limited edition. The fabric outer comes in red, appropriately enough, and $10 of the purchase price (of $99.99, same as any other Echo) will go toward (RED)’s work fighting AIDS through the Global Fund. Read More

AT&T-Time Warner in jeopardy as DOJ seeks to block deal - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:11
The Department of Justice cites anti-trust concerns.

Black Friday smart home deals to help you connect the halls - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:05
It's not just TVs -- Black Friday is a great time to score a bargain on smart home gadgets, too. Here are all of the deals we're tracking.

An Ethereum Startup Just Vanished After People Invested $374K

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A startup on the Ethereum platform vanished from the internet on Sunday after raising $374,000 USD from investors in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fundraiser. Confido is a startup that pitched itself as a blockchain-based app for making payments and tracking shipments. It sold digital tokens to investors over the Ethereum blockchain in an ICO that ran from November 6 to 8. During the token sale, Confido sold people bespoke digital tokens that represent their investment in exchange for ether, Ethereum's digital currency. But on Sunday, the company unceremoniously deleted its Twitter account and took down its website. A company representative posted a brief comment to the company's now-private subforum on Reddit, citing legal problems that prevent the Confido team from continuing their work. The same message was also posted to Medium but quickly deleted. "Right now, we are in a tight spot, as we are having legal trouble caused by a contract we signed," the message stated (a cached version of the Medium post is viewable). "It is likely that we will be able to find a solution to rectify the situation. However, we cannot assure you with 100% certainty that we will get through this." The message was apparently written by Confido's founder, one Joost van Doorn, who seems to have no internet presence besides a now-removed LinkedIn profile. Even the Confido representative on Reddit doesn't seem to know what's going on, though, posting hours after the initial message, "Look I have absolutely no idea what has happened here. The removal of all of our social media platforms and website has come as a complete surprise to me." Confido tokens had a market cap of $10 million last week, before the company disappeared, but now the tokens are worthless. And investors are crying foul.

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North American 'League of Legends' championship finalizes 10-team roster

Engadget - Mon, 2017-11-20 17:00
Earlier this year, League of Legends studio Riot Games introduced new rules for the game's American pro league. At long last, the North American League Championship Series (NA LCS) will have a permanent roster of ten teams, starting with the 2018 sea...

Best Wi-Fi speakers under $200: Sonos, Chromecast, Bose and more - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-11-20 16:57
Whether it's a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa onboard or a model with Chromecast multi-room, these are our favorites under $200. And no, Amazon Echo and Google Home didn't make the cut.

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