Instagram Bug Inadvertently Exposed User Passwords - [security]
06:37 PM EST - Nov,19 2018 - post a comment
A bug in Instagram's Download Your Data tool left user passwords exposed. "If someone submitted their login information to use the Instagram 'Download Your Data' tool, they were able to see their password information in the URL of the page," said Instagram in a statement provided to The Verge
. "This information was not exposed to anyone else, and we have made changes so this no longer happens." Instagram claims the issue was "discovered internally and affected a very small number of people." Instagram has notified those impacted by the breach and warned them to change their passwords as a precaution. Instagram debuted the Download Your Data feature in April as a way for users to keep a backup of all their data.
Radeon 18.11.2 Drivers for Battlefield V Released - [gaming]
06:32 PM EST - Nov,19 2018 - post a comment
AMD today made available the latest version of their Radeon software drivers, Adrenalin Edition 18.11.2
, for supported graphics solutions. This brings with it support for the hotly anticipated Battlefield V game title, as well as some fixes to issues that users have been awaiting. Driver software notifications no longer list erroneously the current installed driver version and, more importantly, the annoying bug affecting some RX Vega users of elevated memory clocks even during system idle states has been resolved. The driver also brings with it support for a Vulkan extension, VK_AMD_memory_overallocation_behavior, that "allows controlling whether explicit overallocation beyond the device memory heap sizes is allowed or not" as AMD puts it themselves. Things are not all rosy, however, with known issues including potential crashing of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey at some locations on Windows 7 systems and possible mouse lag with multi-display setups with at least one display enabled but powered off. This is disappointing considering an older driver update from September had seemingly fixed it too.
Fixed Issues: Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products may experience elevated memory clocks during system idle. Radeon Software update notifications may sometimes incorrectly list the currently installed driver as an available software update. Known Issues: Some systems running multiple displays may experience mouse lag when at least one display is enabled but powered off. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey may experience a game crash at certain locations of the game on Windows7 enabled system configurations.
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Now De-listed on NVIDIA's Online Store - [hardware]
02:16 PM EST - Nov,18 2018 - post a comment
Now the RTX 2080 Ti drama thickens: it seems that NVIDIA has stopped offering the GPU for sale on its official site. While the product page is still up, the part is nowhere to be found on its web store; prospective buyers cannot even sign up for stock notifications. Some say this isn't peculiar and that the item has always been inconsistently shown on the store, but eTeknix suggests this is a clear sign the 2080 Ti problem is bigger than NVIDIA would like to admit
. The fact that it is now de-listed on the web store suggests that this is a bigger problem. Bigger than what NVIDIA would like to admit. If it is indeed only a few "early test escapes" that are faulty, then why de-list the line entirely? Especially if there are new variants ready to replace them, or even new non-faulty variants on the way. If something is wrong with the GPU itself, it is NVIDIA's responsibility to admit it to consumers instead of trying to hide the issue.
Contrary to reports you might see floating around, the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti has not in fact been delisted and is just out of stock. You can tell by simply heading over to Geforce.com and seeing that the product page is still there and it appears to be undergoing its usual stock refresh cycles.
Researchers Discover Seven New Meltdown and Spectre Attacks - [security]
01:58 PM EST - Nov,17 2018 - post a comment
Seven new Meltdown and Spectre attacks affecting AMD, ARM, and Intel CPUs
were revealed by researchers this week. These include Meltdown-BR, which exploits an x86 bound instruction on Intel and AMD processors, and Meltdown-PK, which bypasses memory protection keys on Intel CPUs. ARM and Intel have already acknowledged the researchers' findings.
Researchers say they've discovered the seven new CPU attacks while performing "a sound and extensible systematization of transient execution attacks" -- a catch-all term the research team used to describe attacks on the various internal mechanisms that a CPU uses to process data, such as the speculative execution process, the CPU's internal caches, and other internal execution stages.
The research team says they've successfully demonstrated all seven attacks with proof-of-concept code. Experiments to confirm six other Meltdown-attacks did not succeed, according to a graph published by researchers.
The Enormous Microsoft Surface Studio 2 - [technology]
08:58 AM EST - Nov,17 2018 - post a comment
The Surface Studio 2 is a personal computing workstation, a glossy hulk of a display with a sleek aluminum frame, a minimal base, and a hinge that lets you tilt the touchscreen display so that it hovers, nearly-flat, above your desk. It's the second-generation Surface Studio-the first one came out in the fall of 2016-and most of its updates are internal. It runs Windows 10 Pro. This is a performance PC, designed for people who do a lot of heavy multimedia work. To an extent, it's for people who enjoy playing PC games too. It also costs $3,500. Or really, for a configuration with the maximum amount of memory, $4,200. That price does include the keyboard, mouse, and a Surface Pen, but not the $99 Surface Dial, a puck can you place directly on the Studio's giant display and turn and press and click to interact with apps.
Senators Probing Carriers Over Video Throttling Claims - [internet]
05:31 AM EST - Nov,17 2018 - post a comment
Recently published research suggests the four major wireless carriers are throttling video traffic and three Senate Democrats want to know what's going on. Senators Edward Markey
(Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), and Ron Wyden (Ore.) sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless about the allegations with a demand for a formal explanation from each. "All online traffic should be treated equally, and internet service providers should not discriminate against particular content or applications for competitive advantage purposes or otherwise," said the senators in their letter. The Wehe testing platform showed that AT&T throttled NBC Sports, Netflix, and YouTube; Sprint throttled Amazon Prime, Netflix, Skype Video calls, and YouTube; T-Mobile throttled Amazon Prime, NBC Sports, and Netflix; and Verizon Wireless throttled Amazon Prime, Netflix, and YouTube. T-Mobile also engaged in boosting, which provides unthrottled video streaming for a short time before eventually throttling it. Carriers' usage policies may allow for some throttling or down-graded resolution, and, due to the loss of net neutrality protections, current law does not explicitly prohibit throttling. However, the law does say that carriers have to disclose their throttling policies, if any exist. In this case, it's not clear if any of the carriers have specifically stated that they'll throttle the aforementioned apps and services. AT&T disputed the research and Sprint told Ars Technica
that it does not "impose any restrictions on VoIP traffic or VoIP services." The carriers have until December 6 to answer the senators' questions.
Verizon App Supports Up to 5 Separate Numbers On One Phone - [mobile]
05:30 AM EST - Nov,17 2018 - post a comment
today introduced a new application called My Numbers that lets any single phone use up to five distinct numbers. The app is available to Android and iOS devices. Customers who want or need to manage multiple numbers can add them to the app, where each will have its own voicemail inbox and SMS inbox. Each number added to the app costs $15 extra per month. The service uses software to mimic the idea of multiple SIMs in a single phone. My Numbers is available now.
Xbox Live's Black Friday Xbox One Game Deals - [gaming]
05:26 AM EST - Nov,17 2018 - post a comment
Microsoft is dropping prices on hundreds of digital Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles
starting on November 19. But if you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription (and if you don't, see below), you can get the Black Friday prices right now. Let's take a look at what's on sale. If you don't have a current Xbox Live Gold subscription, you can get a one-month membership between now and November 30 for just $1 / £1. That grants you early access to the sale and also gets you this month's free Games with Gold. Additionally, between now and January 3, 2019, you can get a month's worth of Xbox Game Pass for $1 / £1. This subscription service lets you download and play a selection of over 100 games, including all recent first-party titles like Forza Horizon 4 and Sea of Thieves. Now onto the game discounts. Some of the biggest heavy hitters include Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for $48, Red Dead Redemption 2: Special Edition for $72, and Forza Horizon 4 for $39. And if those won't do it for you, you can grab Destiny 2: Forsaken Legendary Collection for $36, or Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Far Cry 5 for $30 apiece. Those are excellent prices for some of the biggest recent releases.
How A Hacker Obtained Motorola Source Code with a Few Phone Calls - [security]
04:14 PM EST - Nov,16 2018 - post a comment
In this episode of 'Greatest Moments in Hacking History,' Kevin Mitnick is a fugitive hiding out in Colorado. In an attempt to avoid detection from the authorities, Mitnick decides he wants to hack a cellphone so he can hide his location while using the device. To do this, the hacker sets up a social engineering attack against Motorola to fool them into giving him the source code to the MicroTAC Ultra Lite cell phone so he can break into it.
The Definitive iPad Pro Durability Test - [briefly]
04:10 PM EST - Nov,16 2018 - post a comment
Apple says their New iPad Pro is a magical piece of glass that does everything you need, any way you hold it. (As long as you are gentle of course.) Today we are going to find out how durable Apples new piece of glass really is. How good is the drawing on the iPad? We'll be testing that out with Art Class With Jerry. (Which side did Apple want us to draw on again? I forget...) And finally we will finish off with the New iPad Pro Bend test, this will tell us realistically how much force the iPad Pro can withstand while it is in your backpack or book bag, or while being accidentally sat on.
ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Lightshow - [hardware]
03:06 PM EST - Nov,15 2018 - post a comment
Maximus XI Formula is equipped with LiveDash, a built-in 2" OLED panel that displays useful information and customizable graphics. During the power-on, self-test (POST) phase, LiveDash shows key progress stats in simple language and via traditional POST codes. Then, during normal operation, the panel shows a choice of CPU frequency, device temperatures, fan speeds or information from the Water Cooling Zone. You're even able to customize the default LiveDash GIF, so that it'll display your own image or animation.
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