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Apple could use ARM coprocessors for three updated Mac models

TechCrunch - Mon, 2018-01-29 09:33
Apple iMac Pro power button According to a Bloomberg article, Apple could be workin on three new Mac models for this year. All three of them could feature an ARM coprocessor to improve security. Apple isn’t switching to ARM chipsets altogether. There will still be an Intel CPU in every Mac, but with a second ARM processor. Currently, the MacBook Pro features a T1 chip while the iMac Pro features a T2 chip. On… Read More

'Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition' launches February 9th

Engadget - Mon, 2018-01-29 09:31
It looks like Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, the mobile version of the console and PC game, is just around the corner. According to an App Store listing, it will hit iOS on February 9th for players who have an iPhone 6s or later, late model iPad or...

First 'Jackpotting' Attacks Hit US ATMs

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-01-29 09:00
Brian Krebs, reporting for Krebs on Security: ATM "jackpotting" -- a sophisticated crime in which thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that forces the machines to spit out huge volumes of cash on demand -- has long been a threat for banks in Europe and Asia, yet these attacks somehow have eluded U.S. ATM operators. But all that changed this week after the U.S. Secret Service quietly began warning financial institutions that jackpotting attacks have now been spotted targeting cash machines here in the United States. To carry out a jackpotting attack, thieves first must gain physical access to the cash machine. From there they can use malware or specialized electronics -- often a combination of both -- to control the operations of the ATM. On Jan. 21, 2018, KrebsOnSecurity began hearing rumblings about jackpotting attacks, also known as "logical attacks," hitting U.S. ATM operators. I quickly reached out to ATM giant NCR Corp. to see if they'd heard anything. NCR said at the time it had received unconfirmed reports, but nothing solid yet.

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littleBits and Pearson bring electronics kits to US schools

Engadget - Mon, 2018-01-29 09:00
The littleBits team has long been eager to teach kids about the joys of building electronics, and it's taking that commitment to its logical conclusion. It's partnering with Pearson on the STEM Invention Toolbox, a kit that teaches students at varyin...

NASA poised to topple a planet-finding barrier

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-01-29 08:58
Astronomers have shown for the first time that they can dynamically detect subatomic- or picometer-sized distortions -- changes that are far smaller than an atom -- across a five-foot segmented telescope mirror and its support structure.

Microsoft's new Windows 10 Spectre patch disables Intel's 'fix'

Engadget - Mon, 2018-01-29 08:15
Intel recently admitted that its latest patch for "Spectre" was essentially worse than the bug it was supposed to fix, as it was causing computers to spontaneously reboot. Now, Microsoft has taken action by issuing an out-of-band patch for Windows 7,...

Intel Told Chinese Firms of Meltdown Flaws Before the US Government

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-01-29 08:14
According to The Wall Street Journal, Intel initially told a handful of customers about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, including Chinese tech companies like Alibaba and Lenovo, before the U.S. government. As a result, the Chinese government could have theoretically exploited the holes to intercept data before patches were available. Engadget reports: An Intel spokesman wouldn't detail who the company had informed, but said that the company couldn't notify everyone (including U.S. officials) in time because Meltdown and Spectre had been revealed early. Lenovo said the information was protected by a non-disclosure agreement. Alibaba has suggested that any accusations of sharing info with the Chinese government was "speculative and baseless," but this doesn't rule out officials intercepting details without Alibaba's knowledge. There's no immediate evidence to suggest that China has taken advantage of the flaws, but that's not the point -- it's that the U.S. government could have helped coordinate disclosures to ensure that enough companies had fixes in place.

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How Pixar's cartoon cheese led to a smarter view of science - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-01-29 08:00
The 3D animation that brought to life Remy in "Ratatouille" and Woody in "Toy Story" is illustrating complex scientific concepts to tell stories of a different kind.

Seabins want to be the garbage cans of the ocean - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-01-29 08:00
To combat the plastics and other trash piling up in the ocean, Seabin Project is working to install hundreds of its floating garbage cans at marinas and ports around the world.

Facebook publishes privacy principles for the first time - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-01-29 07:42
The social network is opening up about privacy in preparation for upcoming changes to EU data protection laws

UK hits its 95 percent ‘superfast’ broadband coverage target

Engadget - Mon, 2018-01-29 07:36
'Superfast' broadband with speeds of at least 24 Mbps is now available across 95 percent of the UK, according to new stats thinkbroadband.com published today. The milestone was actually achieved last month, meaning the government's Broadband Delivery...

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Build a Private TV Channel For My Kids?

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-01-29 07:34
Long-time Slashdot reader ljw1004 writes: I want to assemble my OneDrive-hosted mp4s into a "TV channel" for my kids -- so at 7am while I sleep in, they know they can turn the TV on, it will show Mr Rogers then Sesame Street then grandparents' story-time, then two hand-picked cartoons, and nothing for the rest of the day. How would you do this? With Chromecast and write a JS Chrome plugin to drive it? Write an app for FireTV? Is there any existing OSS software for either the scheduling side (done by parents) or the TV-receiver side? How would you lock down the TV beyond just hiding the remote? "There are good worthwhile things for them to see," adds the original submission, "but they're too young to be given the autonomy to pick them, and I can do better than Nickeloden or CBBC or Amazon Freetime Unlimited." Slashdot reader Rick Schumann suggested putting the video files on an external hard drive (or burning them to a DVD), while apraetor points out many TVs now play files from flash drives -- and also suggests a private Roku channel. But what's the best way to build a private TV channel for kids? Leave your best answers in the comments.

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Missing Neutrons May Lead a Secret Life as Dark Matter

Scientifc America - Mon, 2018-01-29 07:15
This may be the reason experiments can’t agree on the neutron lifetime, according to a new idea

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Trump officials reportedly consider nationalized 5G network - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-01-29 07:04
A centralized network would be designed to protect US phones from Chinese spying, according to a report based on leaked documents.

Rimac gives a shadowy tease of its next electric hypercar

Engadget - Mon, 2018-01-29 07:03
If you're in the rare crossover group of folks who are rich, environmentally conscious and want to drive dangerously fast, Rimac is building your car. The company teased its next-generation Rimac Hypercar and promised to fully unveil it at the Geneva...

Searing 'Sorry to Bother You' could be 2018's 'Get Out' - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-01-29 06:30
Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson star in this stylish, scathing and surreal assault on modern capitalism.

Highlights from the $400,000 ESL One Genting Dota 2 Minor - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-01-29 06:12
6,000 fans spent a weekend at a resort 5,700 feet above sea level to watch pro teams of five battle it out for the top prize of $160,000.

Enter for your chance to win* a Canary home-security package - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-01-29 06:00
The "Secure It Now" giveaway will give three lucky winners the gear and service needed for awesome home monitoring.

The Morning After: Elon Musk's flamethrower

Engadget - Mon, 2018-01-29 06:00
Welcome back to Monday. If you've been waiting to hear more on Samsung's next Galaxy flagship, we've got you covered. As well as everything else that happened over the weekend, naturally. Like Elon Musk with a flamethrower.

ESL One’s Dota 2 Minor hits high notes despite Facebook fail - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-01-29 05:39
The $400,000 tournament held in Genting, Malaysia, saw a full house and epic battles for the top spot despite a live-streaming snag.

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