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BBC exposes flaws in 'world's most secure' email service

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 11 min ago
Security experts find several flaws that challenge Nomx's claims it gives users 'absolute security'.

Apple Music could turn itself into a video streaming giant - CNET - News - 1 hour 12 min ago
The tech giant is looking to take its music service into new territory and create a unique type of service, says a report.

Unlimited data plans: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint, compared - CNET - News - 1 hour 12 min ago
We compare the unlimited data plans offered by the four major US carriers.

Amazon's voice assistant is getting a face (The 3:59, Ep. 218) - CNET - News - 1 hour 18 min ago
Also on the podcast, we talk about how expensive ransomware has gotten and Facebook Live's gruesome problems.

Vizio's 2017 audio range offers Chromecast compatibility - CNET - News - 1 hour 20 min ago
Vizio unveiled its 2017 range of audio gear this week which includes a portable wireless speaker in addition to new sound bars.

​Waymo vs. Uber lawsuit -- 10 things you need to know - CNET - News - 1 hour 20 min ago
Get the highlights before it's decided whether this high-stakes case will play out in private arbitration or public court.

Frigidaire FPGH3077RF review - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 25 min ago
The Frigidaire FPGH3077RF gas range cooks well, but its design and features fall short.

Uber gives in, grants some benefits to British drivers - CNET - News - 1 hour 26 min ago
After facing criticism and legal challenges over how it treats its drivers, Uber will extend a benefits package to workers in the UK.

Vizio SmartCast Crave Go Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 34 min ago
The Vizio SmartCast Crave Go is a wireless portable speaker which offers a six-hour battery life when streaming Chromecast or Bluetooth.

Punching holes in nomx, the world’s “most secure” communications protocol

Ars Technica - 1 hour 34 min ago

Enlarge / Artist's impression of a nomx product under the scrutiny of security researchers. (credit: Aurich/ThinkStock/Nomx)

This article was originally published on Scott Helme's blog and is reprinted here with his permission.

I was recently invited to take part in some research by BBC Click, alongside Professor Alan Woodward, to analyze a device that had quite a lot of people all excited. With slick marketing, catchy tag lines and some pretty bold claims about its security, nomx claims to have cracked e-mail security once and for all. Down the rabbit hole we go!


You can find the official nomx site at and right away you will see how secure this device is.

The nomx site as it looked prior to the publication of this piece. (credit: nomx)

"Everything else is insecure."

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Can Facebook solve its violent video problem? - CNET - News - 1 hour 36 min ago
As more videos involving death pile up on the social network, pressure is mounting for Facebook to gain control.

The Google Assistant opens up to third-party hardware, launches SDK

Ars Technica - 1 hour 38 min ago

Enlarge / Build your own Google Home with the Assistant SDK.

Today Google is launching yet another Google Assistant feature: The Google Assistant SDK. This will allow developers to run the Google Assistant on their own hardware prototypes. While the SDK is only launching in "Developer Preview" mode today, this is presumably the beginning of a push for third parties to make their own consumer Google Assistant hardware.

Google says the SDK will allow any device to provide "the full Google Assistant experience." Together with the "Actions on Google" API that launched last year, developers can create their own voice commands and responses that can control the local device. Developers are also sent everything in text form so their software can see what's going on and react to it. To start listening, the SDK supports both the "OK Google" hotword and a button.

Right now, the Google Assistant is only available on some Android form factors (phones and watches) and products directly from Google, like the Google Home. The SDK should let it run on just about anything, though. Google suggests "adding smarts to a toy robot" or just getting up and running quickly on a Raspberry Pi.

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LG OLEDE7P review - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 54 min ago
The LG E7 OLED TV delivers incredibly good image quality, but its no better than the C7 for $1,000 less.

Next-generation Xeons to come in “Gold” and “Platinum” versions

Ars Technica - 2 hours 9 min ago

Intel Skylake die shot. (credit: Intel)

While Intel's desktop and laptop processors are using the latest generation Kaby Lake core, the multisocket high-end Xeon processors, used in servers and workstations, are still using the much older Broadwell core. The full range is due to be refreshed soon, with a whole range of new chips using a derivative of the Skylake core. There's still not much known about these long-awaited processors, but Intel has let slip one thing: an all-new naming scheme.

Currently, Xeons have a series name—one of E3, E5, and E7—a model number—a four digit number—and a version number. The version number denotes the basic architecture, with the current version 4 meaning Broadwell. The series name indicates the core variant—in general, E7 has more RAM capacity, more cores, and more reliability features than E5, and E3 is used for parts that are essentially rebranded standard desktop chips. The first digit of the model number denotes the number of sockets supported (from the single socket 1xxx parts up to the eight socket 8xxx parts), with the remaining three digits having no particular systematic meaning, but being used to distinguish between all the different core count and clock speed options.

(credit: Intel)

The new naming, which Intel has disclosed in a change notification document (spotted by Computerbase), appears to discard this scheme entirely. At the top are 14 processors branded "Xeon Platinum" at base speeds from 2.0 to 3.6GHz and 8000-series model numbers. These are presumed to be counterparts to the current E7 range. Exact socket and core counts remain unknown. Most of the Platinum series is expected to offer between 22 and 28 cores, with the exception of the 3.6GHz part; this will use the same design, but with far fewer cores enabled, to offer a high-cache, high-clock option.

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Get a set of sport Bluetooth earphones for $9 - CNET - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
Yes, another one, but these have the all-important earloop to keep them in place during vigorous exercise. Plus: the cable-management board returns, a Bloom County comics bundle arrives and a sweet giveaway, er, arrives also!

BlackBerry’s last internally designed phone comes out at the end of May

Ars Technica - 2 hours 19 min ago

Ron Amadeo

It's the end of another era for BlackBerry. Its last internally designed phone, the BlackBerry KeyOne, will be available for preorder in Canada on May 18 and released in Canada and the US on May 31. Unlike 2015's keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Priv, the KeyOne isn't a slider—its keyboard is always exposed, and as a result, it has a shorter and more squarish display than most modern smartphones. Like the Priv, though, the KeyOne runs a lightly customized version of Android (version 7.1.1, in this case) with some of BlackBerry's apps and services preinstalled.

The US version will only be available for the full unlocked price of $549 at first, but the Canadian version will be available for $199 with a two-year contract from Bell, Bell MTS, SaskTel, and Telus Business. The UK version is also available now from Selfridges for £499, with a Carphone Warehouse launch following on May 5.

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Some beautiful lunatic built a Nissan Leaf electric rally car - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 24 min ago
No, Nissan will not build one for you, no matter how much you ask.

Net neutrality rules took away your Internet freedom, FCC chair claims

Ars Technica - 2 hours 30 min ago

Enlarge / Net neutrality supporters march past the FCC headquarters before a commission meeting on May 15, 2014. (credit: Getty Images | The Washington Post)

Did you feel a sudden loss of Internet freedom in February 2015? That's when the Federal Communications Commission imposed net neutrality rules that prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against websites and other online services. And that's when Americans lost their Internet freedom—according to the current FCC chairman, Ajit Pai.

Pai, a Republican and former Verizon lawyer, opposed the net neutrality rules when Democrats held the commission's majority, and he quickly got to work dismantling the rules after being appointed chair by President Donald Trump. To convince the public that the FCC should eliminate rules it passed two years ago, Pai's office yesterday issued a press release titled, "Restoring Internet freedom for all Americans."

The press release says the plan to eliminate Obama-era Internet regulations "will benefit all Americans" by "boost[ing] competition and choice in the broadband marketplace" and "will restore Internet Freedom by ending government micromanagement and returning to the bipartisan regulatory framework that worked well for decades."

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Acer Leap Ware Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 30 min ago
Acer Leap Ware wants to be your fitness tracker, just like everything else

Mysterious Hajime botnet has pwned 300,000 IoT devices

The Register - 2 hours 37 min ago
The Dark Knight of malware's purpose remains unknown

Hajime – the "vigilante" IoT worm that blocks rival botnets – has built up a compromised network of 300,000 malware-compromised devices, according to new figures from Kaspersky Lab.…

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