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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 1:30pm
It's turtles all the way down

The British government this week unveiled plans for an ambitious AI simulator to be used to test self-driving cars. It's part of a stated mission to make the UK the world's leading destination for testing autonomous vehicles.…

13 wacky phones unlike anything you've ever seen

ZDnet News - August 17, 2018 - 1:28pm
In 2018, most smartphones look nearly identical. That wasn't always the case.

Apple Watch 4: Rumored specs, leaks, price, release date - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 1:00pm
Will the fourth time around be the biggest change ever?

Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 12:55pm
You’re not paranoid if they’re really out to get you

The TUC, a federation of trade unions in England and Wales, is lobbying to gain a legal right to be consulted on surveillance in the workplace, as it opened up on staffers’ growing concerns about their bosses snooping on them.…

Disenchantment is the Futurama of fantasy, almost - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 12:48pm
Groening's new Netflix cartoon has fun taking aim at fantasy tropes, but it could use more lunacy.

Body scanners to screen LA subway riders

BBC Technology News - August 17, 2018 - 12:41pm
Passengers will be scanned for explosives and weapons as they enter subway stations.

20 years of the iMac at Ars Technica, in reviews and pictures

Ars Technica - August 17, 2018 - 12:30pm

Enlarge / The original iMac was hardly a workhorse. It was designed to be a relatively affordable, visually pleasing consumer desktop, and that's what it was. (credit: Apple)

Apple released the first iMac on August 15, 1998—that makes this week the 20th anniversary of the often-divisive, always-popular, and ever-iconic all-in-one. That first iMac was a revolution in terms of design—an important part of the history of not just Macs but personal computing generally. But some of the choices Apple made haven't aged that well and were controversial even at the time.

It all began with the iMac G3, which was the first product created under the watchful eye of a returning Steve Jobs. Jobs resigned from Apple in the wake of a reorganization by then-CEO John Sculley in the '80s, but he returned to the company in the late '90s and oversaw the iMac and other subsequent successes like the iPod and iPhone. Jobs unveiled the iMac in 1998. His presentation is included below; the iMac reveal begins 16 minutes into the video.

Steve Jobs reveals the iMac.

Also notable, of course, were the commercials—in the past, Apple was known for its exceptional advertising campaigns. (Lately, not as much.) The iMac was introduced to the world in a series of TV ads featuring Jurassic Park's Jeff Goldblum. Goldblum shot several of them, which you can find on YouTube, but the most well known was probably the one titled "Step 3," embedded below.

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Home Office opens AWS cash firehose a little wider with police IT deal

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 12:25pm
Contract notice reveals yet another systems migration to Bezos cloud

The Home Office wants to dump all of Britain’s national-level police IT onto Amazon Web Services' public cloud.…

What to expect at Gamescom 2018 - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 12:22pm
Where and when to hear the latest video game news from Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia and more.

Rocket Report: China aims for the Moon, SpaceX gets approval for load-and-go

Ars Technica - August 17, 2018 - 12:00pm

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX)

Welcome to Edition 1.13 of the Rocket Report! This week's issue covers a lot of ground, from more commercial space activity in China, to new Russian launch pads, and finally a not-so-brief history of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket. We're also looking forward to the next flight of the Vega rocket, which is carrying an important weather satellite.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

Chinese startup raises $44 million. The Chinese rocket company OneSpace, which aims to attempt its first orbital launch late this year, has raised $43.6 million in Series B financing, SpaceNews reports. This fourth round of financing brings the total raised since the founding of OneSpace in August 2015 to $116 million.

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Short Story Dispenser shows print is not dead - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
Francis Ford Coppola liked the machine so much, he bought one.

Maingear F131 is liquid-cooled PC gaming like you've never seen - CNET - Reviews - August 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
No, this isn't a flux capacitor. It's Maingear's F131, an amazingly engineered PC packed with a custom APEX liquid-cooling block.

DXC Technology asks field-based techies if they'd like to leave

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 11:55am
Just when you thought it was safe to hang out at the water cooler

Just as DXC Technology workers thought they’d escaped a summer redundancy session the perennial cost-cutter has asked for volunteers to form an orderly queue to the exit door.…

Just say no: Wi-Fi-enabled appliance botnet could bring power grid to its knees

Ars Technica - August 17, 2018 - 11:45am

Enlarge / Reddy Kilowatt is not ready for IoT botnets. (credit: EC Comics (formerly Educational Comics))

BALTIMORE—At USENIX Security Symposium here on Wednesday, Saleh Soltan from Princeton University's Department of Electrical Engineering presented research that showed that if Wi-Fi-based high-wattage appliances become common, they could conceivably be used to manipulate electrical demand over a wide area—potentially causing local blackouts and even cascading failures of regional electrical grids. The research by Soltan, Prateek Mittal, and H. Vincent Poor used models of real-world power grids to simulate the effects of a "MaDIoT" (Manipulation of Demand Internet of Things) attack. It found that even swings in power usage that would be within the normal range of appliances such as air conditioners, ovens, and electric heating systems connected to "smart home" systems would be enough to cause fluctuations in demand that could trigger grid failures.

These kinds of attacks—focused on home-automation hubs and stand-alone connected appliances—have not yet been seen widely. But the increasing adoption of connected appliances (with many home appliances now coming with connectivity by default) and the difficulty of applying security patches to such devices make a Mirai-style botnet of refrigerators increasingly plausible, if not likely.

Soltan and his team looked at three possible categories of potential malicious demand manipulation:

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 11:25am
The digital entropy of death

BSides Manchester What happens to the numerous user logins you've accumulated after you die or become too infirm to manipulate a keyboard?…

The karaoke robot and other technology news

BBC Technology News - August 17, 2018 - 10:33am
BBC Click's Emily Bates looks at some of the week's best technology stories

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 10:27am
At first they started out real cool...

On-Call Friday is upon us once more, which can mean only one thing: it’s time for On Call, our weekly instalment of Reg readers’ tech support frustrations.…

2018 Land Rover Discovery review: Off-road cred, on-road demeanor - Roadshow - Reviews - August 17, 2018 - 10:00am
The Land Rover Discovery has some serious off-road chops, but not at the expense of on-road suburban street civility.

Windows 10 Linux Distribution Overload? We have just the thing

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 9:53am
Processes, Services, Installations: One UI to rule them all. Almost.

An attempt to cure the headache of a Windows 10 desktop festooned with Linux distributions has arrived in the form of WSLTools from Opsview.…

Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder

BBC Technology News - August 17, 2018 - 9:37am
An Australian 16-year-old is in court following a series of intrusions into Apple's internal network.

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