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Apple fixes bug that could have given hackers full access to user accounts
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Apple fixes bug that could have given hackers full access to user accounts

Sign in with Apple—a privacy-enhancing tool that lets users log in to third-party apps without revealing their email addresses—just fixed a bug that made it possible for attackers to gain unauthorized access to those same accounts. “In the month of April, I found a zero-day in Sign in with Apple that affected third-party applications which were using it and didn’t implement their own additional security measures,” app developer Bhavuk Jain wrote on Sunday. “This bug could have resulted in a full account takeover of user accounts on that third party application irrespective of a victim having a valid Apple ID or not.” Jain privately reported the flaw to Apple under the company’s bug bounty program and received a hefty $100,000 payout. The ...
What parents should know about the VR gear kids want
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What parents should know about the VR gear kids want

From Google's inexpensive Cardboard VR viewer to Sony's new PlayStation VR, this guide will help you figure out what makes sense for your family's interests, needs, and budget. Here are your options if you want to dip your toe in the water, wade knee-deep, or really swim with the VR big fish. Keep in mind, virtual reality is a quickly changing technology, so always check out the companies' websites, professional reviews on sites like CNET, and user reviews before you take the leap.Virtual reality viewers are inexpensive, handheld devices that offer three-dimensional views and the feeling of being in a different place. The viewers' lenses work by extending the depth of static images or animation but do not allow you to interact with your environment. To use them, download any app labeled...
Misinformation About George Floyd Protests Surges on Social Media
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Misinformation About George Floyd Protests Surges on Social Media

On Twitter, Mr. Soros was mentioned in 34,000 tweets in connection with Mr. Floyd’s death over the past week, according to Dataminr. Over 90 videos in five languages mentioning Soros conspiracies were also posted to YouTube over the past seven days, according to an analysis by The New York Times.On Facebook, 72,000 posts mentioned Mr. Soros in the past week, up from 12,600 the week before, according to The Times’s analysis. Of the 10 most engaged posts about Mr. Soros on the social network, nine featured false conspiracies linking him to the unrest. They were collectively shared over 110,000 times.Two of the top Facebook posts sharing Soros conspiracies were from Texas’ agriculture commissioner, Sid Miller, an outspoken supporter of Mr. Trump.“I have no doubt in my mind that George Soro...
We overestimate the value of the console exclusive
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We overestimate the value of the console exclusive

Big-name blockbuster exclusive video games are crucial to any platform or ecosystem. But are they the most important determining factor in the success of a console, like the upcoming PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X? The common wisdom is that they do indeed have the biggest effect on profitability and popularity. The PlayStation 4 had better exclusives and therefore it beat the Xbox One — case closed. But I’m not convinced. Let me explain why. To be clear, I absolutely acknowledge that exclusive content is important. That’s obvious. Just look at what’s happening across all of media. HBO Max bought Friends away from Netflix. Spotify acquired exclusive rights to the Joe Rogan podcast. Mixer is paying millions of dollars to livestreamers to keep them off of Twitch. Those deals happen b...
Drones keep a close eye on Australia’s wildlife
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Drones keep a close eye on Australia’s wildlife

Australia's wildlife is under threat from disease and bushfires. But now drones and thermal imaging technology are being used to track their movements to help keep them safe.BBC Click's Nick Kwek joined a team spotting kangaroos and koalas to find out more. The film was made before the coronavirus lockdown.See more at Click's website and @BBCClick Source link
NASA astronauts just flew SpaceX’s Crew Dragon into orbit for the first time
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NASA astronauts just flew SpaceX’s Crew Dragon into orbit for the first time

A milestone for commercial space: Demo-2 marks the first time in its 18-year history that SpaceX has sent humans into space. The company has bullishly pursued reusable architecture as a way to cut down the cost of missions, and the use of a reusable rocket with a reusable vehicle for a crewed mission opens up more possibilities for sending astronauts and private citizens into space for less money.  The mission also marks the first time a private company has pulled off a crewed mission into low Earth orbit. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has repeatedly said in the past that the agency wants to see low Earth orbit become commercialized, and turning over such operations to the private sector is a central part of those plans. Interested customers like NASA could now turn to SpaceX as a...
Walmart employees are out to show its anti-shoplifting AI doesn’t work
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Walmart employees are out to show its anti-shoplifting AI doesn’t work

In January, my coworker received a peculiar email. The message, which she forwarded to me, was from a handful of corporate Walmart employees calling themselves the “Concerned Home Office Associates.” (Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, is often referred to as the Home Office.) While it’s not unusual for journalists to receive anonymous tips, they don’t usually come with their own slickly produced videos. The employees said they were “past their breaking point” with Everseen, a small artificial intelligence firm based in Cork, Ireland, whose technology Walmart began using in 2017. Walmart uses Everseen in thousands of stores to prevent shoplifting at registers and self-checkout kiosks. But the workers claimed it misidentified...
Winners of the ‘Oscars of watches’ on show at Dubai
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Winners of the ‘Oscars of watches’ on show at Dubai

The winners of this year's "Oscars of watchmaking" have been chosen, with a wide range of time pieces recognized for their engineering perfection and eye-catching design. An industry jury chose the world's best watches in fifteen different categories including sports, jewellery and travel time watch, with the awards presented by the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in Geneva earlier this month. The grand prize for the world's best watch, the Aiguille d'Or Grand Prix, was awarded to the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1 from Ferdinand Berthoud. This limited-edition white gold and titanium time piece, which retails for more than $200,000, has a leather strap and is powered by a hand-wound movement comprised of more than 1,120 components.The Public Prize, chosen by votes submitte...
SpaceX Launch: Highlights From NASA Astronauts’ Trip to Orbit
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SpaceX Launch: Highlights From NASA Astronauts’ Trip to Orbit

SpaceX launches two astronauts to orbit, igniting new spaceflight era.The United States opened a new era of human space travel on Saturday as a private company for the first time launched astronauts into orbit, nearly a decade after the government retired the storied space shuttle program in the aftermath of national tragedy.Two American astronauts lifted off at 3:22 p.m. from a familiar setting, the same Florida launchpad that once served Apollo missions and the space shuttles. But the rocket and capsule that lofted them out of the atmosphere were a new sight for many — built and operated not by NASA but SpaceX, the company founded by the billionaire Elon Musk to pursue his dream of sending colonists to Mars.Crowds of spectators including President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence w...
Pico Neo 2 and Tobii-powered eye-tracking variant now available worldwide
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Pico Neo 2 and Tobii-powered eye-tracking variant now available worldwide

Pico Interactive is making its Neo 2 line of standalone headsets available worldwide. The base model is $700, while an eye-tracking variant powered by Tobii is $900. We tried both models at CES in January and while the eye-tracking wasn’t perfect in the early demo, it also worked without calibration and the electromagnetic controller tracking technology was very interesting. The controllers were able to track even when they were behind my back, unlike the kind of tracking used with Facebook’s Oculus Quest. The Neo 2 headsets run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chips, feature an SD expansion slot and are supposed to be able to stream content from a VR Ready PC “over wireless 2X2 MIMO 802.11ac 5G link with a common MIMO 5G router.” The headsets are primarily pitched toward busine...
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