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App of the week: Touchgrind BMX 2 (17 hours old)

Put your digits to the test with a touchscreen BMX game that’s pretty spoketacular

These are the games you can play for free on Xbox Live Gold this month (1 day old)

Metal Gear Solid V leads an action-packed May

The Stuff Hot Five (1 day old)

These are the top five products worth your time and money this week

40 fantastic free Android games (1 day old)

Fun doesn’t have to require funding. Got an Android phone or tablet? Then these are the greatest games… gratis!

LG G7 ThinQ preview: Everything we know so far (2 days old [20/04/18])

UPDATED: The G7 may have a dedicated Google Assistant button

Q Acoustics’ upgraded 3000i speaker series has something for everyone (2 days old [20/04/18])

The audiophile favourite returns

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 preview: Everything we know so far (2 days old [20/04/18])

Note-worthy upgrades in store for the stylus-packing smartphone?

Apple iPhone XI preview: Everything we know so far (2 days old [20/04/18])

Multiple sizes and price points – what's really coming this autumn?


'Drupalgeddon2' Touches Off Arms Race To Mass-Exploit Powerful Web Servers (1 hour 18 minutes old)

Researchers with Netlab 360 warn that attackers are mass-exploiting "Drupalgeddon2," the name of an extremely critical vulnerability Drupal maintainers patched in late March. The exploit allows them to take control of powerful website servers. Ars Technica reports: Formally indexed as CVE- 2018-7600, Drupalgeddon2 makes it easy for anyone on the Internet to take complete control of vulnerable servers simply by accessing a URL and injecting publicly available exploit code. Exploits allow attackers to run code of their choice without having to have an account of any type on a vulnerable website.[...]

UK Teen Who Hacked CIA Director Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison (3 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: A British teenager who gained notoriety for hacking a number of high profile United States government employees including former CIA director John Brennan and former director of intelligence James Clapper was sentenced Friday to two years in prison. Eighteen-year-old Kane Gamble pleaded guilty to 10 separate charges, including eight counts of "performing a function with intent to secure unauthorized access" and two counts of "unauthorized modification of computer material," the Guardian reported. Gamble, otherwise known by his online alias [...]

Tesla Batteries Retain Over 90 Percent Charging Power After 160,000 Miles, Survey Finds (4 hours old)

According to a survey of over 350 Tesla owners, Tesla batteries retain over 90 percent of their charging power after 160,000 miles. The EVs dropped only 5 percent of their capacity after 50,000 miles, but lose it at a much slower rate after that. Most Tesla vehicles will have over 90 percent of their charging power after around 185,000 miles, and 80 percent capacity after 500,000. Engadget reports: Tesla has no battery degradation warranty on its Model S and X luxury EVs, but guarantees that the Model 3 will retain 70 percent battery capacity after 120,000 miles (long-range battery) and 100,00[...]

Pornhub Hasn't Been Actively Enforcing Its Deepfake Ban (5 hours old)

Pornhub said in February that it was banning AI-generated deepfake videos, but BuzzFeed News found that it's not doing a very good job at enforcing that policy. The media company found more than 70 deepfake videos -- depicting graphic fake sex scenes with Emma Watson, Scarlett Johanson, and other celebrities -- were easily searchable from the site's homepage using the search term "deepfake." From the report: Shortly after the ban in February, Mashable reported that there were dozens of deepfake videos still on the site. Pornhub removed those videos after the report, but a few months later, Buz[...]

Google's AR Microscope Quickly Highlights Cancer Cells (6 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from UploadVR: Google Research this week revealed an AR microscope (ARM) capable of detecting cancerous cells in real-time with the help of machine learning. Locating cancer with a standard microscope is a difficult and time-consuming process, with a raft of information for doctors to study and investigate. With this new solution, though, the microscope is able to quickly locate cancerous cells and then highlight them as a doctor peers inside. The platform uses a modified light microscope integrated with image analysis and machine learning algorithms into it[...]

Dutch Study Finds Some Video Game Loot Boxes Broke the Law (7 hours old)

The Netherlands Gaming Authority has published a study it conducted of 10 video games that reward players with loot boxes, packages players can sometimes buy with real money that contain random-in game rewards, and found that 4 of the 10 games it studied violated the Dutch Gaming Act. "It determined that loot boxes are, in general, addictive and that four of the games allowed players to trade items they'd won outside of the game, which means they've got a market value," reports Motherboard. From the report: According to the study, the authorities picked games "based on their popularity on a le[...]

Apple Open Sources FoundationDB (8 hours old)

Apple's FoundationDB company announced on Thursday that the FoundationDB core has been open sourced with the goal of building an open community with all major development done in the open. The database company was purchased by Apple back in 2015. As described in the announcement, FoundationDB is a distributed datastore that's been designed from the ground up to be deployed on clusters of commodity hardware. Mac Rumors reports: By open sourcing the project to drive development, FoundationDB is aiming to become "the foundation of the next generation of distributed databases: "The vision of Found[...]

White House Reportedly Exploring Wartime Rule To Help Coal, Nuclear (9 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: According to reports from Bloomberg and E&E News, the Trump Administration has been exploring another way to help coal and nuclear generators: the Defense Production Act of 1950. The Act was passed under President Truman. Motivated by the Korean War, it allows the president broad authority to boost U.S. industries that are considered a priority for national security. On Thursday, E&E News cited sources that said "an interagency process is underway" at the White House to examine possible application of the act to the energy industry. The go[...]

SmugMug Buys Flickr, Vows To Revitalize the Photo Service (10 hours old)

On Friday, Silicon Valley photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug announced it had acquired Flickr, the photo-sharing site created in 2004 by Ludicorp and acquired in 2005 by Yahoo. SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill told USA TODAY he's committed to revitalizing the faded social networking site, which hosted photos and videos long before it became trendy. Flickr will reportedly continue to operate separately, and SmugMug and Flickr accounts will "remain separate and independent for the foreseeable future." From the report: He declined to disclose the terms of the deal, which closed this week. "Flickr[...]

Intel Is Giving Up On Its Smart Glasses (11 hours old)

Intel is planning to shut down the New Devices Group (NDG), and cease development on the Vaunt smart glasses project that was revealed earlier this year. The glasses are unique in that they use retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball. "There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no weird arm floating in front of the lens, no speaker, and no microphone," reports The Verge. Intel issued a statement announcing the plans: "Intel is continuously working on new technologies and experiences. Not all of these develop into [...]

The Register

Cloud-surfing orgs under attack, Microsoft antivirus for Chrome, Windows 10 S bypass, non-RSA gigs, and more (1 day old)

Your guide to this week in infosec Roundup Here's a roundup of this week's security news, beyond what we've already covered.…

How much do AI gurus really get paid? And is NIPS such a great name for a conference? (1 day old)

And how does Hey Siri work? Read about it here Roundup Hi, here's a few interesting bits and pieces from the world of AI. A public tax form from OpenAI reveals the crazy salaries of top AI researchers. There are more competitions pushing for improved image recognition models on mobiles, as well as training systems as fast and cheap as possible.…

Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient (1 day old)

But it's still hard to shake some concerns Review It's something we all do when we get home: rummage around in your pockets or bag, find your keys, identify the one you want and then stick it in your front door to gain access.…

Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome! (2 days old [21/04/18])

FTC's heavily redacted report says everything's hunky dory The US Federal Trade Commission has released an audit of Facebook's privacy practices and it turns out there's nothing to worry about, at least as far as accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is concerned.…

Oh, baby! Newborn-care website leaves database of medics wide open (2 days old [20/04/18])

Health Stream, are you out there? The guy that found your data leak wants a word A US healthcare company seemingly exposed on the public internet contact information for roughly 10,000 medical professionals.…

Kaspersky Lab loses the privilege of giving Twitter ad money (2 days old [20/04/18])

Twitter's loss is the EFF's gain Twitter says it will no longer run ads from beleaguered security vendor Kaspersky Lab.…

No way, RSA! Security conference's mobile app embarrassingly insecure (2 days old [20/04/18])

Sorry about the hard-coded passwords, can we sell you some crypto now? RSA has copped to a security vulnerability in the backend systems powering the smartphone app for its annual security conference, held this week in San Francisco, USA.…

Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit (2 days old [20/04/18])

Scalded smoker wants injury damages, healthcare bills paid Amazon, LG Electronics and KMG-Imports are being sued by a man in the US State of Rhode Island for selling a vaping box and batteries that allegedly burst into flames and set him on fire.…

British Crackas With Attitude chief gets two years in the cooler for CIA spymaster hack (2 days old [20/04/18])

Kane Gamble gambles and loses on hacking skills The British teenager who was sufficiently talented and stupid to hack the webmail of the head of the CIA was today sent down for two years.…

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update... (2 days old [20/04/18])

Because 10.13.4 is seemingly unstable and performing poorly An increasing number of Mac loyalists are complaining that the latest desktop operating system update from Apple is killing their computers.…

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Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws (12 hours old)

The health secretary wants action from the sites on underage use, bullying and screen-time limits.

Ofcom seeks to scrap local TV roll-out (2 days old [20/04/18])

The media regulator says launching more local TV stations in the UK is not viable.

GDPR: Are you ready for the EU's huge data privacy shake-up? (2 days old [20/04/18])

Organisations have just seven weeks to prepare for a major shake-up to EU data privacy laws.

HQ Trivia: The free app giving away thousands of pounds (2 days old [21/04/18])

How does a free app with no adverts go about becoming a success with Hollywood actors whilst giving away thousands in cash?

Facebook removes 'gay sex for rent' posts (2 days old [20/04/18])

An investigation found groups offering free accommodation for young men in exchange for sex.

Google's SMS replacement ready to launch (2 days old [20/04/18])

Android phones are beginning to receive Google's feature-rich new service called Chat.

German supreme court rejects ad-block challenge (2 days old [20/04/18])

Publishing giant Axel Springer has lost a long-running case seeking to limit the use of Adblock Plus.

Meet the robots that can pick and plant better than we can (3 days old [19/04/18])

Farmers are turning to robots to plant seedlings and pick produce because of human worker shortages.

Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws (3 days old [19/04/18])

A total of 1.5 billion international Facebook users will not be protected under GDPR.

TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again (3 days old [19/04/18])

TalkTalk, Vodafone and BT drew the most complaints for their services, the regulator says.

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