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Ring Spotlight Cam review - CNET - Reviews - February 22, 2018 - 5:02pm
Forget about a complicated hardwired setup -- Ring's plug-in Spotlight Cam connects to wall outlets.

UPS to deploy 50 plug-in hybrid delivery trucks - Roadshow - News - February 22, 2018 - 5:00pm
This small-scale rollout is anticipated to spur great adoption rates in the future.

BoxLock Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - February 22, 2018 - 4:39pm
You put the BoxLock on a container where delivery people stow your stuff. Only you and the deliverer can open the padlock.

Why states might win the net neutrality war against the FCC

Ars Technica - February 22, 2018 - 4:37pm

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai listens during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Can states force Internet service providers to uphold net neutrality? That's one of the biggest unanswered questions raised by the Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal its net neutrality rules.

After the FCC vote, lawmakers in more than half of US states introduced bills to protect net neutrality in their states. The governors of five states have signed executive orders to protect net neutrality.

The major obstacle for states is that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has claimed the authority to preempt states and municipalities from imposing laws similar to the net neutrality rules his FCC is getting rid of. ISPs that sue states to block net neutrality laws will surely seize on the FCC's repeal and preemption order.

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Mobile network O2 UK leaps into 5G test bed with Greenwich trial

The Register - February 22, 2018 - 4:37pm
First taste of 5G for consumers, but will it make any cash?

O2 UK is the latest operator to jump on the "5G test bed" bandwagon, with plans to trial the tech at the iconic former Millennium Dome in North Greenwich later this year.…

SpaceX launches broadband pathfinders

BBC Technology News - February 22, 2018 - 4:34pm
The US rocket company puts up two satellites to test technologies for a broadband mega-constellation.

There's No One Way to Explain How Flying Works

Wired - February 22, 2018 - 4:00pm
You can use Bernoulli's principle to explain how planes fly—but that isn't the only way.

Disney loses in Redbox copyright row

BBC Technology News - February 22, 2018 - 3:59pm
Disney loses a bid to stop movie rental company Redbox from reselling download codes for its films.

Polestar 1 hybrid to make first public appearance in Geneva - Roadshow - News - February 22, 2018 - 3:56pm
A 600-horsepower electrified coupe will make any auto show better.

Apple preps new AirPods: One with hands-free Siri, one water-resistant

Ars Technica - February 22, 2018 - 3:56pm


One of the smallest members of Apple's product lineup may get a useful update this year. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on new models of its AirPod wireless earbuds. One could debut later this year with an updated wireless chip and another with a water-resistant design may come out in 2019.

AirPods arrived in 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 as a solution to the smartphone's lack of headphone jack. The W1 chip inside the AirPods helps it connect almost immediately to a user's Apple products. According to the report, Apple is developing a new model with a new wireless chip that helps it better manage Bluetooth connections. It's unclear if this new chip will be a variation of the W2 chip, which debuted with the Apple Watch Series 3 last year, or if it will be an entirely new one.

This year's new model may also give users voice activation for Apple's virtual assistant, Siri. Currently, users must tap the side of an AirPod before they can use voice commands. In the new AirPod models, summoning Siri would be hands-free, requiring only a voice command such as "Hey Siri" and no physical prompt.

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This $129 Bluetooth headphone delights the Audiophiliac - CNET - News - February 22, 2018 - 3:47pm
The M&O Electronics MOOH-BE00BT Beryllium Acoustic Bluetooth headphone somehow won over the hard to please Audiophiliac.

Arm emits designs to add iSIM tech to Internet of Stuff

The Register - February 22, 2018 - 3:19pm
I SIM, you SIM, we all SIM for iSIM

Arm has made public the designs to shove SIM technology into ever more connected gizmos by building an iSIM, along with a cellular modem and microcontroller, onto a single chip.…

The Cadillac CT6 review: Super Cruise is a game-changer

Ars Technica - February 22, 2018 - 3:00pm

Enlarge (credit: Jonathan Gitlin)

Cadillac's flagship CT6 might not have the best interior in its class. It might not have the sharpest, track-honed handling. It doesn't have a butter-smooth V12 engine. It definitely doesn't have the best infotainment system. And yet, it is carrying the most exciting technology being offered in any production vehicle on sale in 2018.

Called Super Cruise, Cadillac's new tech represents the best semi-autonomous system on the market. In fact, Super Cruise is so good, I think General Motors needs to do everything it can to add it to the company's entire model range, post-haste.

You sure sound excited about this thing

Regular readers will know this isn't the first time I've written about Super Cruise. In fact, at last year's New York auto show, we awarded it an Ars Best distinction in the "Automotive Technology" field—a bold move for new technology that we had yet to actually test.

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Inside the Panoptic Studio, the Dome That Could Give Robots Super-Senses

Wired - February 22, 2018 - 3:00pm
In a chilly basement room sits a giant dome that looks like part physics experiment and part like that chamber Darth Vader kicks back in.

Bring Sanity Back to Your Life With These Four Affirmation Apps

Wired - February 22, 2018 - 3:00pm
These positive affirmation apps help you build a positive mindset simply by opening a push alert.

The next CS:GO Major Championship to be held in London

BBC Technology News - February 22, 2018 - 2:44pm
The Wembley Arena in London will host the next CS:GO Major Championship, one of the biggest eSports events in the world.

SpaceX launches a satellite but doesn’t quite nail the fairing recovery

Ars Technica - February 22, 2018 - 2:31pm

Enlarge / SpaceX has a sooty booster on the pad in California, ready for a launch. (credit: SpaceX)

10:22 ET update: This tweet by Elon Musk says that the payload fairing splashed down "a few hundred meters" away from the recovery ship.

9:30am ET update: The launch of the PAZ satellite Thursday morning was nominal, as the Falcon 9 rocket took off under clear, dark skies along the California coast. Two Starlink broadband demonstration satellites were expected to deploy shortly, as well. However, the webcast ended without providing any information about the success (or lack thereof) of an experimental attempt to "catch" the payload fairings. We hope to find out more information soon.

Original post: SpaceX had to scrub the Wednesday launch attempt of its Falcon 9 rocket due to upper-level winds but will try again Thursday morning. The instantaneous launch window opens (and closes) again at 9:17am ET. This launch will occur at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California.

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Worldwide smartphone shipments slip for first time ever: Apple and Samsung hit

The Register - February 22, 2018 - 2:23pm
Chinese phone giants grow, the big 5 are out in cold

The global smartphone market is shrinking for the first time as choosey buyers in emerging markets hang on to their mobiles for longer.…

Here comes Samsung's answer to the iPhone X - CNET - News - February 22, 2018 - 2:07pm
Apple made huge leaps forward with its newest phone. What could we see from its biggest rival and the Galaxy S9?

One-stop counterfeit certificate shops for all your malware-signing needs

Ars Technica - February 22, 2018 - 2:00pm

A digital signature used by malware that infected the network of Kaspersky Lab in 2014. Counterfeit certificates that generate such fraudulent signatures are being sold online for use in other malware. (credit: Kaspersky Lab)

The Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's nuclear program almost a decade ago was a watershed piece of malware for a variety of reasons. Chief among them, its use of cryptographic certificates belonging to legitimate companies to falsely vouch for the trustworthiness of the malware. Last year, we learned that fraudulently signed malware was more widespread than previously believed. On Thursday, researchers unveiled one possible reason: underground services that since 2011 have sold counterfeit signing credentials that are unique to each buyer.

In many cases, the certificates are required to install software on Windows and macOS computers, while in others, they prevent the OSes from displaying warnings that the software comes from an untrusted developer. The certificates also increase the chances that antivirus programs won't flag previously unseen files as malicious. A report published by threat intelligence provider Recorded Future said that starting last year, researchers saw a sudden increase in fraudulent certificates issued by browser- and operating system-trusted providers that were being used to sign malicious wares. The spike drove Recorded Future researchers to investigate the cause. What they found was surprising.

"Contrary to a common belief that the security certificates circulating in the criminal underground are stolen from legitimate owners prior to being used in nefarious
campaigns, we confirmed with a high degree of certainty that the certificates are created for a specific buyer per request only and are registered using stolen corporate identities, making traditional network security appliances less effective," Andrei Barysevich, a researcher at Recorded Future, reported.

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