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No matter how Watchmen ends, it’s already done more than enough December 14, 2019

It was the Rorschach mask in the glove box that sold me. Watchmen, HBO’s sequel / reinvention of the comic of the same name by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore, came out the gate swinging with a prologue set during the 1921 Tulsa race riot. But it was the next scene that got me fully […]

Razer announces Pokemon Go chat app – CNET

Gaming manufacturer Razer has announced a new messaging app for Pokemon Go enabling people to find other users of the wildly popular location-based game.
Source: CNet

Kia brings Apple CarPlay, Android Auto to more cars via download – Roadshow

It sure beats waiting to receive a flash drive in the mail, or having to head to a dealership.
Source: CNet

Ford wants to make cars with Jose Cuervo tequila (and not just Fiestas) – Roadshow

Ford and Jose Cuervo are investigating whether the agave plant could be used as a sustainable material for new car components.
Source: CNet

Oracle issues largest patch bundle ever, fixing 276 security flaws

Oracle has released a new quarterly batch of security updates for more than 80 products from its software portfolio, fixing 276 vulnerabilities.

This is the largest Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) to date. The average number of flaws fixed per Oracle update last year was 161, according to security vendor Qualys. Furthermore, out of the 276 security flaws fixed in this update, 159 can be exploited remotely without authentication.

At the top of the priority list should be the Java patches, which address 13 new vulnerabilities. That’s because Java is used in a lot of applications and is installed on a large number of systems.

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Source: Security

Microsoft is almost done moving its Skype consumer service to Azure

The days of Skype as a P2P service are almost over, and that may be good news for users who’ve been plagued by Skype issues and annoyances.
Source: Microsoft

Feds shut down tech support scammers, freeze assets

Federal authorities have shut down several alleged tech support scammers working out of Florida, Iowa, Nevada and Canada, freezing their assets and seizing control of their businesses.

The action was one of the largest in the U.S. against scammers, who bilk consumers out of an estimated $1.5 billion annually with bogus tales of infected Windows PCs and Apple Macs, high-pressure sales tactics, and grossly overpriced services and software.

After the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed complaints against six companies and six individuals in late June, courts shuttered alleged scammers doing business under names like Big Dog Solutions, Help Desk National, Help Desk Global, PC Help Desk, Inbound Call Specialist, BlackOptek CE, 9138242 Canada and Digital Growth Properties. Five of the six operated as a single enterprise, muddying the waters with multiple names.

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Source: Security

Seven secret Alexa tricks that will help you wake up, cheer up, and settle a toss up

Alexa has improved a lot since it was released. While you might know many of Alexa’s hidden secrets, here are seven more that might just make your life a little bit easier.
Source: DIY IT

Gotta catch l'amour: Pokemon Go gets a dating site – CNET

The new service PokeDates could help you Pikachu-se a new love.
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Change your name to Trump to get followed by The Donald – CNET

Nearly 45 percent of the accounts the GOP presidential nominee follows on Twitter carry his surname.
Source: CNet

Can you hear me now? Mobile operators beef up networks for conventions – CNET

Wireless carriers say they’ve got you covered with fast, reliable mobile service at this summer’s political conventions.
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Spotify could go public next year, report says – CNET

The Swedish streaming service is reported to be considering an IPO, but may have to bring down payments to the music industry to become profitable.
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New HIPAA guidance addresses ransomware

The U.S. Department of Human Services has released new guidance for health care organizations that focuses on the growing threat of ransomware, stresses the need for better education and regular backups, and confirms that a ransomware attack against plain-text health information is, in fact, a breach that must be disclosed.

The guidance recommends that organizations identify the risks facing their patient information, create a plan to address those links, set up procedures to protect systems from malware, train users to spot malware, limit access to sensitive information to just the people who need it most, and have a disaster recovery plan that includes frequent data backups.

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Source: Security

Google says government requests for user data at all-time high

Government requests worldwide for user data related to search engine traffic on Google increased 29 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the search site’s most recent Transparency Report, which was published today.

Google reports on the government requests every six months. In the second half of 2015, it said it received more than 40,000 requests for data related to more than 81,000 user accounts; That compares to the first half of the year when Google received about 35,000 requests related to about 69,000 accounts.

Government user data requests privacy Google

The number of requests from governments and courts around the world for Google to hand over user data.

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Source: Security

Uber pairs with satellite imaging company for better location data – CNET

DigitalGlobe will be providing Uber with high-resolution satellite imagery for better data on pick-up locations.
Source: CNet

The Eagle has landed: 11 amazing facts about Apollo 11 – CNET

On this day: 1969, July 20, humans for the first time walked on the moon. Here are 11 fascinating facts about the Apollo 11 mission.
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Facebook finds a way to use lasers for high-speed wireless internet – CNET

The company’s Connectivity Lab has designed a laser detector that can bring 2Gbps speeds to wireless communications.
Source: CNet

MIT brings us one step closer to robotic modular furniture – CNET

Ori is designed to shift around to make the most of small living spaces.
Source: CNet

Nintendo shares more than doubled since Pokemon Go launch – CNET

As Pokemon Go continues to roll out around the world, Nintendo’s shares have soared.
Source: CNet

Indian government accuses Amazon, Alibaba, eBay of facilitating illegal wildlife trade – CNET

The government shares a list of 106 websites that were allegedly advertising sales of rare animals and their parts.
Source: CNet

Twitter admits dragging feet on trolls, bans Milo Yiannopoulos – CNET

Twitter is promising to take a harder stance on online trolls after suspending the account of polarising conservative firebrand @Nero.
Source: CNet

Judge orders WhatsApp blocked in Brazil — again – CNET

The latest ban there is the third for the Facebook-owned app since December. The suspension will be lifted when the company turns over data related to a criminal case, says a court.
Source: CNet

Australian robot gets put to work, herds sheep and cows (Tomorrow Daily 393) – CNET

This robot cowboy not only herds cattle, soon it will also monitor the herd’s health and alert ranchers to any injuries or illness to livestock.
Source: CNet

Apple Pay says bonjour to France and nei ho to Hong Kong – CNET

The mobile payments service is now available in nine countries, with two new regions added in the past 24 hours.
Source: CNet

Microsoft says still on track to hit $20 billion commercial cloud run rate

Microsoft’s earnings report for its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter highlights the company’s cloud progress and downplays its non-service products.
Source: Microsoft

Bubba Watson's crazy jetpack golf cart takes clubs to new heights – CNET

Conquer the fairways in James Bond style with a golf cart crossed with a jetpack.
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