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CES 2019 was awash with devices supporting multiple voice assistant platforms, which shows the voice assistant ecosystem may never be a winner-take-all market (Bob O'Donnell/Tech.pinions) January 16, 2019

Bob O’Donnell / Tech.pinions: CES 2019 was awash with devices supporting multiple voice assistant platforms, which shows the voice assistant ecosystem may never be a winner-take-all market  —  One of the clearest developments that came out of 2018, and prominently on display last week in Las Vegas at CES 2019, was the rise of the […]

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Here's the best gift for people who suck at cooking – CNET

We tested out a smart frying pan to see if it could teach a kitchen newbie how to cook.
Source: CNet

Shamoon: Back from the dead and destructive as ever

Malware hit targets in Saudi Arabia and was configured to wipe disks on November 17.

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Shamoon (W32.Disttrack), the aggressive disk-wiping malware which was used in attacks against the Saudi energy sector in 2012, has made a surprise comeback and was used in a fresh wave of attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia.

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Source: Symantec

Microsoft anoints Windows 10 Anniversary Update as 'Current Branch for Business'

Microsoft has designated the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, initially released in early August, as ready for business users to deploy en masse.
Source: Microsoft

Say cheese! Awkward Trump-Romney pic is perfect meme fodder – CNET

Social Cues: Also trending on social media are rising oil prices and fake Twitter awards.
Source: CNet

Netflix finally lets you download to stream offline – CNET

An update to its mobile apps will let you watch without a connection, but not every film and show in its catalog is included.
Source: CNet

The biggest challenge to diversifying tech talent – CNET

As the effort ages amid slow, but steady, progress, it needs to find ways to keep its momentum.
Source: CNet

Fight jet lag with the 'digital pill' that tells cabin crew what you need – CNET

Fasten your seatbelt, return your tray table to its full upright position, and swallow a sensor-packed smart pill for a smoother flight.
Source: CNet

The new Mirai malware strain has gone beyond Deutsche Telekom

The latest strain of Mirai, the malware that’s been infecting internet routers from Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, has spread to devices in at least 10 other countries, according to security firm Flashpoint.

The company has detected the new Mirai strain infecting internet routers and modems across the globe, including in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Iran, and Thailand.

It’s still unclear how many devices have been infected, but Flashpoint estimates that as many as five million devices are vulnerable. “If even a fraction of these vulnerable devices were compromised, they would add considerable power to an existing botnet,” Flashpoint said in a Tuesday blog post.

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Source: Security

National Lottery hacked, which is what happens if you gamble with your passwords – CNET

If you use the same password on many websites, it could be you.
Source: CNet

Japan's most beloved dog is immortalised in HoloLens app – CNET

A Japanese developer has combined dogs and augmented reality. A truly powerful mix.
Source: CNet

12 tips to guide you through Final Fantasy XV – CNET

After 10 long years of development, Final Fantasy XV is here. CNET has some tips to get you into the swing of this epic game.
Source: CNet

Farsighted looks toward a safe self-driving world and the very unsafe Westworld (Farsighted Podcast, Ep. 2) – CNET

The crew hears from an expert building the autonomous future before discussing HBO’s latest hit series that shows the scarier side of smarter tech.
Source: CNet

Journalist linked to Anonymous released from prison – CNET

Barrett Brown served more than four years behind bars for sharing stolen data and threatening an FBI agent.
Source: CNet

Google doodle celebrates scientist Jagdish Chandra Bose – CNET

Google honors pioneer in biophysics, radio science and science fiction on his 158th birthday.
Source: CNet

Stephen Hawking: We eat too much and it's got to stop – CNET

Technically Incorrect: In an ad for a Swedish health organization, the physicist insists that obesity is killing millions.
Source: CNet

Wonder Woman, Stevie Wonder throw down in 'Epic Rap Battles' – CNET

The latest lyrical showdown on the YouTube series “Epic Rap Battles of History” pits a fictional DC Comics superhero played by Lilly Singh against a famous pop star portrayed by T-Pain.
Source: CNet

SF Muni hack contained. Next transit hack could be train wreck – CNET

The San Francisco transit system avoided paying a ransom and restored its systems. But the hack shows US infrastructure is vulnerable.
Source: CNet

Farsighted looks toward a safe self-driving world and the very unsafe Westworld (Farsighted, Ep 2) – CNET

The crew hears from an expert building the autonomous future before discussing HBO’s latest hit series that shows the scarier side of smarter tech.
Source: CNet

​EU court asks: Is Uber an app or taxi service? – CNET

Europe’s highest court looks into Uber’s business model. Its decision could have major ramifications for the ride-hailing company.
Source: CNet

12 tweets that describe your morning ritual – CNET

Social Studies: One of the more popular hashtag games on Twitter today had people describing how they deal with waking up in the morning. Some are predictable, some aren’t.
Source: CNet

Dr. Google may check your eyes in the future – CNET

The search giant trains an algorithm to spot diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blindness.
Source: CNet

DirecTV Now vs. Sling TV vs. Playstation Vue: Channel lineups compared – CNET

AT&T is the latest company to offer a new alternative TV package that streams live broadcasts over the Internet – it’s called DirecTV Now and for a limited time, customers can sign up for a promotional deal that offers more than 100 channels for $35 a month.
Source: CNet

Trump inspires Internet Archive to build replica in Canada – CNET

The venerable chronicler of the internet worries the Trump administration might put restrictions on the web.
Source: CNet

Cops' wildlife cameras catch pranksters dressed as animals – CNET

Police in Kansas get a good laugh from jokers dressed in animal costumes prancing in front of a trail camera.
Source: CNet

Arizona gains new electric vehicle plant, as Lucid Motors announces manufacturing – Roadshow

Lucid Motors announced today that it would build a manufacturing plant for its electric vehicles in Arizona, with production beginning in 2018.
Source: CNet

Twitter tracks Hillary Clinton sightings post election – CNET

Prestige selfie shooters may want to consider heading to the woods outside of Chappaqua, New York, to grab that perfect shot of “HRC” in the wild.
Source: CNet

Google's new Timelapse satellite images show Earth in flux – CNET

Google sorts through 3 quadrillion pixels to give us a look at time unfolding everywhere from San Francisco to Antarctica.
Source: CNet

UK surveillance law marks a 'worse than scary' shift – CNET

The newly passed “Snooper’s Charter” means British police and intelligence agencies will soon be able to see every website that everyone in the UK visits.
Source: CNet

Facebook wants to be your new games arcade – CNET

With a new feature called Instant Games, you’ll be able to play old school hits including Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaga, as well as modern games on the social network.
Source: CNet

Social media feeling charitable on Giving Tuesday – CNET

Social Cues: Also trending on Facebook and Twitter are a deadly plane crash in Colombia and a wildfire in Tennessee.
Source: CNet

Intel inside: Delphi, Mobileye tap chipmaker for self-driving car processors – Roadshow

It’s all part of the group’s plan to get autonomous vehicles on roads by 2019.
Source: CNet

Amazon may add touchscreen to Echo smart-home speakers – CNET

The online retailer will introduce a new high-end, voice-activated device with a seven-inch touchscreen as soon as the first quarter, according to Bloomberg.
Source: CNet

CERT to Microsoft: Keep EMET alive

Microsoft wants to stop supporting its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) because all of the security features have been baked into Windows 10. A vulnerability analyst says Windows with EMET offers additional protection not available in standalone Windows 10.

“Even a Windows 7 system with EMET configured protects your application more than a stock Windows 10 system,” said Will Dormann, a vulnerability analyst with the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

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Source: Security

Apple has a Calendar and Photos spam problem and it better fix it soon

There’s a nasty new kind of spam hitting Apple users across the Internet. We show you what’s happening, point you to some fixes, and call on Apple to make fixing this loophole a top priority.
Source: DIY IT

San Francisco's Muni says server data not accessed in ransomware hit

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said late Monday that no data had been accessed from its servers in a ransomware attack on the Muni transit system and the agency has never considered paying the ransom asked by the attacker.

The statement by the SFMTA follows reports that the alleged attacker has threatened to dump 30GB of data stolen from the agency if the ransom of the equivalent of about $73,000 in bitcoin was not paid.

“The SFMTA network was not breached from the outside, nor did hackers gain entry through our firewalls,” the agency’s spokeswoman Kristen Holland wrote in a blog post. She did not mention how the ransomware had gotten to the SFMTA systems, though there is the possibility that it may have been activated through a link in an email or a web link by an unsuspecting insider.

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Source: Security

Mirai: New wave of IoT botnet attacks hits Germany

New variant of malware used in attacks that knocked 900,000 home internet users offline.

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A new wave of attacks involving the Mirai botnet has crippled internet access for nearly a million home users in Germany. The latest attacks used a new version of the Mirai malware (Linux.Gafgyt.B) which is configured to exploit a weakness found in routers widely used in Germany.

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Source: Symantec

Azure customer saves Microsoft from an RHEL disaster

Broken authentication, improperly secured configuration files, and poor certificate management: Attackers could have exploited these issues to compromise any RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) instance on Microsoft Azure.

Ian Duffy, an Irish software engineer with the e-commerce company Zalando, discovered these flaws when creating a machine image of RHEL that was compliant with the Security Technical Implementation Guide defined by the Department of Defense. Microsoft has since fixed these problems, but they offer an object lesson in the hazards of poorly implemented cloud security.

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Source: Security

3 clues to spotting a spam scam

I received the following “domain abuse notice” for one of my inactive registered domains last week:

domain abuse notice

Those of us who have dealt with falsely blacklisted domains in the past have seen notices like this before. It’s usually from an antispam vendor or service letting you know that your domain has been used in a spam attack—and they’re going to put you on one or more mailing blacklists until you resolve the problem.

I hate spam blacklists. Although well intentioned, they tend to be reports on false positives rather than domains used to send spam. Lately, antispam services and products have become quite good, and it’s a rarity for me to get these types of reports, false or not. Plus, I bought this particular name a few months ago, and it has remained completely inactive in that time.

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Source: Security

Go Dragon Ball hunting with Bandai's official Radar – CNET

Bandai is set to catch your hearts, and some Dragon Balls, with this special collector’s item.
Source: CNet

Wes Anderson delivers quirky Christmas short that's big on charm – CNET

Snow falls on a delayed train full of holiday passengers as Wes Anderson turns his distinctive filmmaking eye toward a sweet Christmas tale.
Source: CNet

Another Cyber Monday, another online sales record – CNET

If you missed the deals today, plenty more should be on the way this holiday season.
Source: CNet

7 ways Redditors used Photoshop to make this Corgi a hero – CNET

Social Studies: When you post a photo of a Corgi to Reddit’s Photoshopbattles, you never know what you’re going to get.
Source: CNet

​Uber drivers demand higher pay in nationwide protest – CNET

Marching at airports across the country, drivers for the ride-hailing company join the “Fight for $15” campaign calling for a higher wage.
Source: CNet

Internet outage in Germany blamed on failed botnet attack – CNET

Deutsche Telekom says 900,000 customers were affected by the attack, the second such offensive in two months.
Source: CNet

AT&T to launch DirecTV Now Nov. 30 with $35 promo – CNET

That $35 monthly price for more than 100 streaming channels is a temporary deal to lock you in, but anyone can add HBO for just $5.
Source: CNet

Google doodle celebrates the trailblazing author of 'Little Women' – CNET

Louisa May Alcott wrote that “she wanted to do something splendid… that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead.” Today, she is remembered for her writing, service during the Civil War and fight for women’s rights.
Source: CNet

'Apple Mirror' reflects a working iPhone-style touchscreen – CNET

A supersized iPhone-like device disguises itself as a regular wall mirror when it’s not busy calling an Uber, playing video or sending messages.
Source: CNet

See inside an Amazon warehouse in 360 degrees – CNET

Take a virtual tour of Amazon’s fulfillment center on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Source: CNet

Rumor: New iPads may finally ditch the home button – CNET

Apple is rumored to release new iPads in the spring, and a Japanese report claims they will be nearly bezel-less.
Source: CNet

Watch the AT&T DirecTV Now announcement live here – CNET

AT&T is set to reveal a new streaming service called DirecTV Now with more than 100 channels available for $35-a-month. Tune in to the live stream here.
Source: CNet

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