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Hackers Distribute Malware-Infected Media Player to Hundreds of Mac
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Apple slashes iPhone 8 production
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Hackers Distribute Malware-Infected Media Player to Hundreds of Mac Us - [security]
05:26 PM EDT - Oct,22 2017 - post a comment

ESET researchers noticed that Eltima, the makers of Elmedia Player, have been distributing a version of their application trojanized with the OSX/Proton malware on their official website. Anyone who downloaded Elmedia Player or Folx software recently should verify if their system is compromised by testing for the presence of certain files and directories. If you have downloaded that software on October 19th before 3:15pm EDT and run it, you are likely compromised. As far as we know, only the version downloaded from the Eltima website contains the trojanized application. The built-in automatic update mechanism seems unaffected. OSX/Proton is a backdoor with extensive data stealing capabilities. It gains persistence on the system and can steal OS details, browser information, cryptocurrency wallets, and more.

Facebook Messenger Adds PayPal as Funding Source - [briefly]
02:32 AM EDT - Oct,22 2017 - post a comment

Facebook Messenger and PayPal today made it possible for people to use their PayPal account as a source of funds when paying friends and family. Facebook Messenger has supported P2P payments for some time now, but previously required people to rely on their debit card for funds. Moving forward, Messenger users can take advantage of PayPal if they wish. A blue plus icon appears in the Messenger app that takes them to the payments tool. Once added to the app, PayPal will appear as an option when paying friends or family. PayPal integration with Facebook Messenger is rolling out to U.S. users starting today. PayPal also announced a new customer service bot for Messenger. PayPal customers can access and interact with the bot via Messenger to help with customer service, such as resetting passwords or handing account inquiries. The PayPal bot can easily be found via the Messenger search field.

Total Commander 9.10 - support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update - [software]
07:02 PM EDT - Oct,21 2017 - post a comment

Total Commander is regarded by many as the best replacement for Windows Explorer. Its latest release, version 9.10, looks to further solidify that status with various improvements, support for the Windows 10's Fall Creators Update and support for multiple screens with different DPIs per screen

Apple slashes iPhone 8 production - [mobile]
07:02 PM EDT - Oct,21 2017 - post a comment

One of Apple's key supply chain sources in Taiwan has reported that the tech giant has cut orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus by about 50%. This drop will affect November and December orders. Following the announcement, Apple shares fell nearly 3%. The CEO of Rogers Communication, Canada's largest mobile provider, called consumer demand for the devices "anemic." Verizon CFO Matt Ellis said there has definitely been a drop in sales compared to last year, but he expects a large jump when the iPhone X is released. AT&T said their third-quarter handset upgrades were down 900,000 units compared to last year. Analyst thoughts aside though, this is still the first time iPhone production has been reduced so early in the product life cycle. There are two key reasons for why iPhone 8 sales have been sluggish. The first is that consumers don't see a big of enough difference from the previous generation iPhone 7 to warrant an upgrade. The other belief is that more customers than expected are holding off until the iPhone X is released. According to a carrier store survey, the iPhone 7 is currently outselling the iPhone 8. These numbers don't necessarily show that Apple is struggling though since they earn even bigger margins on devices with higher internal storage capacity. As the iPhone X launch looms, many are still uncertain whether consumers will be willing to stomach the $999 starting price.

A drone for last-centimeter delivery - [technology]
03:37 PM EDT - Oct,21 2017 - post a comment

A new drone developed at EPFL uses cutting-edge technology to deliver parcels weighing up to 500 grams. The device will never get stuck in traffic, it's programmed to avoid obstacles, and it can reach destinations on steep or uneven terrain. Its protective cage and foldable design mean that it can be carried around in a backpack and used in total safety.

JJ Abrams Teases Star Wars: Episode 9 Story - [briefly]
12:51 PM EDT - Oct,21 2017 - post a comment

Star Wars: The Last Jedi isn't even in theaters yet, but already Episode IX director JJ Abrams is giving some hints about his next installment in the franchise. Abrams was hired to helm the ninth film in the Star Wars saga in September, after it was announced director Colin Trevorrow had left the project.

As he works on the movie's script, along with co-writer Chris Terrio (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), Abrams doesn't want the film to live in the past. Instead, he's looking to the future. Given that Disney, the studio behind Star Wars, will no doubt be continuing the franchise, that makes perfect sense.

During an interview alongside composer Michael Giacchino (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Abrams tells BBC Radio 4, "I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids loving what these movies were and, at the same time, we have to take them places that they haven't gone, and that's sort of our responsibility." That's a comment that could be taken both literally and figuratively.

The Latest Trailer For 'Blue Planet II' - [briefly]
03:21 PM EDT - Oct,20 2017 - post a comment

But, then again, that's to be expected for anything in the "BBC Earth" family. The first episode of "Blue Planet II" premieres October 29th.

Tearing Up a Perfectly Good Pixel 2 XL - [mobile]
02:41 PM EDT - Oct,20 2017 - post a comment

How does the Pixel 2 XL hold up to Jerry's durability test?

AlphaGo Zero Learns to Play Go from Scratch with No Human Data - [briefly]
03:30 PM EDT - Oct,19 2017 - post a comment

AlphaGo, the first computer program to defeat a world champion at the ancient Chinese game of Go, initially trained on thousands of human amateur and professional games to learn how to play. Its successor, AlphaGo Zero, skips this step and learns to play simply by playing games against itself, starting from completely random play. In doing so, it quickly surpassed human level of play and defeated the previously published champion-defeating version of AlphaGo by 100 games to 0. t is able to do this by using a novel form of reinforcement learning, in which AlphaGo Zero becomes its own teacher. The system starts off with a neural network that knows nothing about the game of Go. It then plays games against itself, by combining this neural network with a powerful search algorithm. As it plays, the neural network is tuned and updated to predict moves, as well as the eventual winner of the games.


Marvel's The Punisher: Official Trailer 2 - [briefly]
12:31 PM EDT - Oct,19 2017 - post a comment

Just over two weeks after a New York Comic-Con panel for Marvel's The Punisher was cancelled because of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the Netflix series now has a premiere date: a new trailer reveals that the show will launch on November 17.

Google Pixel Phones Have Hidden Image Processor - [mobile]
12:11 PM EDT - Oct,19 2017 - post a comment

Google today revealed the Pixel Visual Core, a custom-designed co-processor that is built into every Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphone. The Image Processing Unit has eight cores, each with 512 arithmetic logic units (ALUs) that can handle some three trillion calculations per second. Google claims the Pixel Visual Core with HDR+ can run five times faster and at less than one-tenth the energy than running directly on the application processor. The Pixel Visual Core is laying dormant for the time being, but Google says it will turn the co-processor on soon. Google created advanced software to manage the Pixel's ability to capture rich photos and it wants to extend that to other photo apps. The Pixel Visual Core will eventually allow third-party apps to use the Pixel's HDR+ technology. Google plans to enable the Pixel Visual Core as a developer option in the developer preview of Android Oreo 8.1 (MR1) in the coming weeks. Later, Google will let third-party camera apps access it using the Android Camera API, giving them access to the Pixel 2's HDR+ technology. The end result should be much better photos on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL when using photo apps other than the stock camera.

Google Testing 3rd-Party Email Access in iOS Gmail App - [briefly]
12:10 PM EDT - Oct,19 2017 - post a comment

Google is allowing people to use their non-Gmail email service within the Gmail app for iOS. Apple's own iOS email app and Microsoft's Outlook email app both already support multiple email services, as does Gmail on Android handsets. This will be the first time Google has brought the feature to its iOS Gmail app. Those interested in testing the feature can sign up with Google to take the beta app for a spin. The beta app will be distributed through TestFlight, rather than the iTunes App Store. Google hasn't said how long the feature might be in testing before it reaches final form.

Samsung Says Bixby 2.0 to Be Open and Ubiquitous - [briefly]
12:09 PM EDT - Oct,19 2017 - post a comment

Samsung has announced a major update to its Bixby personal assistant service. Samsung calls Bixby 2.0 a "bold reinvention" of the platform that will be available not only on phones, but other smart devices, such as TVs, refrigerators, and speakers. Bixby 2.0 will feature enhanced natural language processing for more natural commands and feedback. The assistant will be able to differentiate between multiple users' voices as well as their individual preferences and settings. Moreover, Samsung is opening Bixby up to third-party app developers. The company has made a private beta of the Bixby SDK available to select developers to test the platform and explore how it can be put to work in sports, food, entertainment, travel, and other apps. Samsung will slowly allow more developers to access Bixby over time and eventually expects to make the Bixby SDK available to all developers. "Bixby 2.0 will ultimately be a marketplace, for intelligence," said Samsung. "A new channel for developers to reach users with their service, not just on mobile devices, but through all devices." Bixby launched on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ earlier this year. It goes beyond the simpler types of requests available to Siri and Google Assistant by allowing Samsung smartphone owners to issue intricate commands that control applications.

Samsung Embraces Google's ARCore for Augmented Reality - [mobile]
12:06 PM EDT - Oct,19 2017 - post a comment

Samsung today said it will work with Google to bring Google's ARCore augmented reality content to a wider range of its smartphones, including the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8. Using the ARCore SDK, developers will be able to create augmented reality experiences for millions of Galaxy handsets. Google announced ARCore in August. The effort will see less-demanding hardware requirements for running AR apps on Android devices, expanding AR's reach to some 100 million phones. In addition to its stance on AR, Samsung also provided an update on its efforts in the virtual reality space. For example, it continues to iterate on its Gear VR headset for Galaxy smartphones and recently introduced the Samsung Internet VR, a browser optimized for the Gear VR. Another app called Samsung PhoneCast VR lets people translate 2D apps into 3D AR through mirroring for improved gameplay. Samsung offers developers the Samsung Gear VR Framework, an open-source VR rendering engine with a Java interface. The Java UI gives developers a familiar environment in which to create without forcing them to learn new SDKs. Samsung says it will continue to work with partners such as Google and Facebook/Oculus to push mobile-based AR and VR forward.

Gigi Hadid Takes You To Her Wet, Tahitian Paradise - [off-topic]
12:04 PM EDT - Oct,19 2017 - post a comment

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The Future of PC Case Mods: Dancing Anime Girls - [hardware]
03:56 PM EDT - Oct,17 2017 - post a comment

Virtual idol Hatsune Miku appears to be dancing inside this modded PC case, which was recently shown in Osaka earlier this summer: the case mod is outfitted with a clear LCD panel, giving the appearance that Miku is dancing.

Intel Unveils the Nervana Neural Network Processor - [hardware]
03:54 PM EDT - Oct,17 2017 - post a comment

Intel on Tuesday is taking the wraps off of the Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP), formerly known as "Lake Crest," a chip three years in the making that's designed expressly for AI and deep learning. Along with explaining its unique architecture, Intel announced that Facebook has been a close collaborator as it prepares to bring the Nervana NNP to market. The chipmaker also laid out the beginnings of a product roadmap. The Intel Nervana NNP promises to revolutionize AI computing across myriad industries. Using Intel Nervana technology, companies will be able to develop entirely new classes of AI applications that maximize the amount of data processed and enable customers to find greater insights -- transforming their businesses. We have multiple generations of Intel Nervana NNP products in the pipeline that will deliver higher performance and enable new levels of scalability for AI models. This puts us on track to exceed the goal we set last year of achieving 100 times greater AI performance by 2020.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now available everyone - [software]
03:53 PM EDT - Oct,17 2017 - post a comment

Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here and ready to download. The software giant first started testing its Fall Creators Update back in April, and now all Windows 10 users will be able to experience the improvements today. Just like previous updates, Microsoft is rolling it out in stages, and you can check whether it's available for your own PC from Windows Update. If your device is eligible then it will start downloading in the background, and a prompt will appear to schedule a time to install. If your device isn't on the list, then that doesn't mean you can't skip the line. You can manually update to the Fall Creators Update over at Microsoft's Windows 10 site. Simply click the update now button and proceed with the upgrade assistant. You can also download ISO images of the final copy of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update should you want to clean install it on your PC. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is version 1709.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will improve Game Mode. This mode promises to allow players' games to use the full processing power of their device as if it was an Xbox game console. This mode has been available in Windows 10 for a while, and the performance improvements it introduced were minimal. This mode will most probably be useful to those with really dated systems. Therefore, we'll simulate a dual-core system and we'll run some benchmarks in order to see whether the gaming experience is improved with Game Mode. The Windows 10 Fall Creators update will also introduce two new anti-cheat tools: Game Monitor and TruePla

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