Google Vows to Appeal $5 Billion Fine from EU - [briefly]
01:58 PM EDT - Jul,18 2018 - post a comment
Google has been fined $5 billion by the European Union (EU)
for anti-competitive practices. First Google required Android phone manufacturers to bundle Google search and other Google web services with every device as the default in exchange for access to the Google Play store. Secondly, Google paid phone manufacturers to make sure that only the Google Search app was preinstalled on such devices. Lastly, Google has obstructed the development of competing mobile operating systems that could have provided a platform for rival search engines to gain traffic. Google has 90 days to amend the contracts with phone manufacturers that require Google services to be set as the default on devices sold to consumers or face additional daily fines.
50 Years of Innovation at Intel - [briefly]
12:58 PM EDT - Jul,18 2018 - post a comment
Fifty years ago, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore founded Intel with a purpose: To ponder what might be possible. To imagine, to question and to do wonderful in pursuit of a better future. Intel's anniversary is official July 18, 2018, but all year long we will bring together our people, our partners and our communities to celebrate a bright future for Intel today, and a better world tomorrow.
The Matrix: EARLY ACCESS - [briefly]
04:06 PM EDT - Jul,17 2018 - post a comment
This excellently produced short manages to skewer both the insanity that is developers selling "early access" to their unfinished video games and the wild costumes from the "Matrix" movies.
How exactly does binary code work? - [guides]
03:12 PM EDT - Jul,17 2018 - post a comment
Have you ever wondered how does information travels from one device to another over the internet? How do your speakers know which note to recreate when you're playing music off your cellphone? Jose Americo N L F Freitas takes you through a short lesson on what is binary code
and how modern electronics rely on binary code to communicate.
Extract password from TeamViewer memory using Frida - [security]
03:10 PM EDT - Jul,17 2018 - post a comment
Do you use TeamViewer to ease access to any of the boxes on your network? If so, this warning over at CVE Search (CVE-2018-14333
) is worth a look and certainly the readme on vah13/extractTVpasswords
is worth a read. While you would most likely need to be physically at the computer in question, or if system was already compromised in some other way, it is possible to use this TeamViewer password exploit to later gain full control over the system remotely. TeamViewer through 13.1.1548 stores a password in Unicode format within TeamViewer.exe process memory between "[00 88] and "[00 00 00]" delimiters, which might make it easier for attackers to obtain sensitive information by leveraging an unattended workstation on which TeamViewer has disconnected but remains running.
Stability Audit: AMD vs NVIDIA - [briefly]
05:32 PM EDT - Jul,16 2018 - post a comment
In May 2018, AMD commissioned QA Consultants to independently evaluate the stability of several of the latest graphics drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA. A pool of 6 AMD and 6 NVIDIA graphics accelerators were subjected to 12 days of 24-hour stress testing using CRASH from Microsoft's Windows Hardware Lab Kit (HLK). Gaming and Workstation products from both graphics vendors were equally represented. The aggregate of AMD products passed 93% of scheduled tests whereas the aggregate of NVIDIA products passed 82% of scheduled tests (See Figure 1).
Huawei Says GPU Turbo Update to Boost Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro Performance - [mobile]
05:08 PM EDT - Jul,16 2018 - post a comment
today announced plans to tweak the graphics performance of its phones. The company will update a number of devices with what it calls GPU Turbo, a graphics processing technology that lets phones run GPU-intense apps, such as games, faster and more efficiently. Huawei claims that GPU Turbo optimizes system software and hardware resources to improve GPU efficiency by 60% while lowering power consumption by 30% thanks to its re-architected method for handling graphics. The end result is a noticeable upgrade in device performance without forcing users to buy a new phone in order to run the latest games and apps. Huawei plans to roll the update out to its flagship devices, the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P20, and P20 Pro in August, with other devices to follow later in the year.
Apple to Bring More Emoji to iPhone Later This Year - [mobile]
05:07 PM EDT - Jul,16 2018 - post a comment
today committed to adopting more than 70 new emoji. The Unicode Consortium announced Unicode 11, which includes dozens of new emoji, in February and made the final version available in June. Apple says new emoji characters will soon grace the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. Unicode 11 brings new representation for emoji with options for red hair, gray hair, curly hair, and no hair, as well as more food, animals, sports, and other items. Apple didn't specifically say Unicode 11 will be added to iOS 12, but that is the route Apple is most likely to pursue. iOS 12 is already in beta testing and will be distributed to iOS devices in September or October.
Galaxy Note 9 Geekbench Score Claims Even Faster Exynos 9820 CPU - [mobile]
05:05 PM EDT - Jul,16 2018 - post a comment
Samsung Galaxy Note fans have a lot to look forward to with the Note 9 that's incoming next month. We saw some leaked benchmarks
turn up in late May and in those benchmarks the device was running an Exynos 9810 SoC but that's presumably for the non-US version of the device. More benchmarks have leaked and this time, the leak claims that the Note 9 in this run was powered by an even faster Exynos 9820 SoC. The new leak shows a device carrying the Samsung SM-N960X designation. It scores a whopping 4,089 in the single core test and 12,246 for a multi-core score. These scores absolutely crush the scores we saw on the benchmark leak back in May when the Exynos 9810 version racked up 2,737 on single-core and 9,064 on multi-core.
The benchmark results show this Exynos 9820 device was running Android 8.0.0 and was using 3,483MB of RAM, or 4GB. The version that made the benchmark run back in May was backed by 6GB of RAM. These scores do show that the alleged Note 9 does just edge out iPhone X in multi-core performance at least. Apple will certainly have higher performance up its sleeves when the new iPhones launch in the coming months packing the A12 chipset, however.
The Great Apple Keyboard Cover-Up - [briefly]
05:55 PM EDT - Jul,14 2018 - post a comment
This flexible enclosure is quite obviously an ingress-proofing measure to cover up the mechanism from the daily onslaught of microscopic dust. Not -- to our eyes -- a silencing measure. In fact, Apple has a patent for this exact tech designed to "prevent and/or alleviate contaminant ingress."
Joss Whedon will return to sci-fi TV with HBO's The Nevers - [briefly]
05:51 AM EDT - Jul,14 2018 - post a comment
Joss Whedon, the creator of acclaimed TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, has been announced as showrunner for a new HBO series titled The Nevers.
The Friday announcement confirms Whedon as "executive producer, showrunner, writer, and director" for his first-ever non-network TV series, following his RECENT executive producer and co-creator duties on the ongoing series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. HBO describes the show as "an epic science-fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities," and its statement makes no bones about Whedon's legacy by claiming it "follows in the footsteps of Buffy."
HBO did not announce a release window, actors, or other principal members of the cast and crew.
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