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Google Maps goes off-world to explore Pluto, Venus, moons - CNET - News - October 16, 2017 - 6:07pm
More planets and a handful of Saturn's and Jupiter's moons get the Google Maps treatment.

'Stranger Things' clip answers a big question about Eleven - CNET - News - October 16, 2017 - 5:58pm
A new scene from "Stranger Things" season 2 follows Eleven's struggle to break free from the creepy Upside Down world.

Here's every patch for KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability available right now

ZDnet News - October 16, 2017 - 5:55pm
Vendors are reacting swiftly to a vulnerability that lets attackers eavesdrop on your network traffic.

First iPhone X batch reportedly only contains 46,500 units

Ars Technica - October 16, 2017 - 5:50pm

Enlarge / Is there an emoji to describe frustration if these delays come true?

Reports detailing the first shipment of Apple's $999 iPhone X claim there will be even fewer devices to go around than originally expected. According to a Digitimes report that references news from the Chinese outlet, Apple's manufacturer Foxconn recently began shipping the first round of iPhone Xs to the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates, but that first batch only included 46,500 devices.

The iPhone X's initial shipment is much lower than previous iPhone models, and some reports suggest the holdup is due to the new TrueDepth camera. This technology is responsible for new features in the iPhone X including FaceID and animoji. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the TrueDepth camera's structure makes it "far more complex" than cameras of competing devices, making it harder for Foxconn to mass-produce the iPhone X. Nikkei Asian Review speculates the biggest production challenges surround the dot projector, which projects more than 30,000 dots on the user's face to create a depth map to enable FaceID, animoji, and other features.

Foxconn has reportedly increased iPhone X production to 400,000 units per week, a big jump from its previous supply of 100,000 units per week. However, it's unlikely that Foxconn will be able to keep up with demand for the new iPhone. The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus handsets are already available for purchase and have been selling modestly, but it's likely that many customers willing to pay $999 or more for the unique iPhone X are holding out.

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Ernst & Young slapped with £1.8 MEEEELLION fine for crap accounting

The Register - October 16, 2017 - 5:41pm
Watchdog takes bean-counter to task over Tech Data audit

Ernst & Young is nursing a £1.8m fine from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) after admitting to "misconduct" when auditing 2012 P&L accounts for distributor Tech Data that were later found to contain material mistakes.…

Mazda will revive the rotary, but as an EV range extender - Roadshow - News - October 16, 2017 - 5:36pm
That doesn't count it out from providing propulsion in the future, though.

London’s sky turns red Monday, but we can’t blame pollution

Ars Technica - October 16, 2017 - 5:17pm


Residents of England awoke on Monday morning to a sky that looked very much like a scene from the movie Blade Runner—red and hazy. Fortunately this isn't science fiction—or even pollution. Rather, it's a combination of the rare, powerful ex-hurricane Ophelia's winds and African dust.

The large, extra-tropical cyclone that brought high winds and damaging seas to Ireland on Monday also produced a huge swath of powerful southerly winds that brought Saharan dust from the West Coast of Africa all the way north across the Atlantic and Western Europe into the United Kingdom.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' reveals an origin for Harry Mudd - CNET - News - October 16, 2017 - 5:11pm
One of Star Trek's most memorable characters returns. But is Starfleet to blame for the criminal ways of Harcourt Fenton Mudd?

Why you're seeing #MeToo on friends' social media pages - CNET - News - October 16, 2017 - 5:11pm
Actress Alyssa Milano is credited for spreading the status, which draws attention to just how many women have been affected by sexual abuse.

Continental Smart Control puts autonomy at your fingertips, literally - Roadshow - News - October 16, 2017 - 5:09pm
The supplier has created a device to help a driver transition between manned and unmanned driving.

Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

The Register - October 16, 2017 - 5:07pm
Microsoft's Irish data centre spat asks: How far should an American warrant go?

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over whether Microsoft should release personal emails stored in Ireland to America's federal government.…

Exploding stars bring a rumble to Earth, and maybe gold, too - CNET - News - October 16, 2017 - 5:06pm
Scientists have observed a cataclysmic blast that may explain the origin of precious metals. The bigger news is they didn't just see it. They felt it, too.

How the KRACK attack destroys nearly all Wi-Fi security

Ars Technica - October 16, 2017 - 4:58pm

Enlarge / Android users: your Wi-Fi combo can be set to all zeros.

A paper by two Belgian researchers has cast more light on the vulnerabilities discovered in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) implementations on most, if not all, wireless networking devices that use the protocol. Dubbed "KRACK" (Key Reinstallation AttaCK), the attack "abuses design or implementation flaws in cryptographic protocols to reinstall an already-in-use key," wrote Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in the paper, released today.

The report came after wide disclosure of the problems, as Ars reported Sunday night. The research is built upon previous explorations of weaknesses in WPA2's component protocols, and some of the attacks mentioned in the paper were previously acknowledged to be theoretically possible. However, the authors have turned these vulnerabilities into proof-of-concept code, "and found that every Wi-Fi device is vulnerable to some variant of our attacks. Notably, our attack is exceptionally devastating against Android 6.0: it forces the client into using a predictable all-zero encryption key."

While Windows and iOS devices are immune to one flavor of the attack, they are susceptible to others. And all major operating systems are vulnerable to at least one form of the KRACK attack. And in an addendum posted today, the researchers noted that things are worse than they appeared at the time the paper was written:

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Wi-Fi security flaw KRACK puts all wireless devices at risk - CNET - News - October 16, 2017 - 4:51pm
The weakness was found in the WPA2 security protocol used by almost every modern phone, computer and router.

eBay Authenticate launches, with focus on luxe handbags - CNET - News - October 16, 2017 - 4:46pm
The online marketplace tries to bag more luxury sales with the new program.

Supreme Court refuses to hear case questioning Google’s trademark

Ars Technica - October 16, 2017 - 4:39pm

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The Supreme Court declined Monday to review a petition asserting that the term "google" has become too generic and therefore unqualified for trademark protection.

Without comment, the justices set aside a legal challenge claiming that Google had fallen victim to "genericide" and should no longer be trademarked. A lawsuit claimed the word "google" had become synonymous with the term "search the Internet" and therefore could no longer sustain a trademark. For the moment, Google will keep its trademark—unlike the manufacturers of the teleprompter, thermos, hoover, aspirin, and videotape. They were once trademarked but lost that status after they were deemed too generic.

In a petition that the high court refused to hear, the justices were told that "There is no single word other than google that conveys the action of searching the Internet using any search engine."

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Toshiba raises dread spectre of working with SK Hynix on flash fab

The Register - October 16, 2017 - 4:32pm
Hooo boy, WDC. You've really done it now

Toshiba could partner with SK Hynix on flash foundry operations, implying the WDC joint venture could have a finite shelf life.…

Super Nt is a $190 FPGA, HDMI SNES (and probably other acronyms)

Ars Technica - October 16, 2017 - 4:10pm

After busting onto the retro console re-release scene with a high-end, $500+ NES (and a slightly cheaper follow-up), Analogue is now turning its focus to a recreation of the Super NES. The newly announced Super Nt advertises lag-free 1080p HDMI output and full compatibility with more than 2,200 Super NES and Super Famicom cartridges (and controllers) at a more mass-market-friendly price of $190.

There have been plenty of other "clone" consoles designed to let you play Super NES cartridges on more modern displays, but they all rely on software-based emulation or knock-off chips. That means they're not always compatible with every game made for the original Super NES, and such consoles can make some games susceptible to glitchy or inaccurate sound and graphics (absolutely perfect SNES emulation is a surprisingly difficult lift). The Super Nt, on the other hand, runs off an Altera Cyclone V FPGA, which directly simulates the circuitry found in the original hardware for improved compatibility and accuracy. The Analogue team says it spent "thousands of hours" engineering the FPGA to be "free of compromises" for 16-bit gameplay.

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Toyota Concept-i Ride makes mobility easier for the handicapped - Roadshow - News - October 16, 2017 - 4:06pm
It will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show alongside a Segway-like craft for sidewalk travel.

Brit intel fingers Iran for brute-force attacks on email accounts

The Register - October 16, 2017 - 4:06pm
Russia, you're off the hook

Iran has been blamed for the brute-force attack on UK Parliament earlier this year.…

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