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Microsoft releases updates to protect Service devices against Meltdown and Spectre

Microsoft just released several updates aimed at helping protect Surface devices from the two security vulnerabilities exposed by CPU bugs. The two bugs, nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre , affect almost every device made in the past 20 years, including AMD, ARM, and Intel systems and processors.


Jimmy Iovine May Leave Apple in August

Iovine has been a positive figure for Apple since he joined the company all those years ago, and it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t been a key figure in the dominance that Apple Music has obtained since its launch a few years ago. The service already boasts over 30 million subscribers, and Apple Music has nabbed several different high-profile exclusives thanks to Iovine.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his appearance at CES because of death threats

By the nature of the job, the chairmanship of the FCC is an especially public role, and threats to its leaders and commissioners aren’t exactly new. In 2014, for example, protesters descended on the home of then-Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat, and prevented him from leaving his driveway. Then, too, net neutrality had been the issue at hand.

CERT: Only way to fix Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is to replace CPU

But the Computer Emergency Response Team, or CERT, has issued a statement saying there is only one way to fix the vulnerability: replace the CPU. CERT is based at Carnegie Mellon University and is officially sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.

Zuckerberg says he's committed to fixing Facebook this year

For nearly a decade, Zuckerberg has publicly resolved to take on a personal challenge to better himself or Facebook. In 2009, he said he'd wear a tie every day as a reminder that Facebook needed to get serious about figuring out its business model. The next year, he began learning Mandarin. In 2017, in the wake of a divisive election season, he chose to visit each state in the union .

HBO officially confirms 'Game of Thrones' won't return for its final season until 2019

It's official —   "Game of Thrones"   fans will have to wait until 2019 for the eighth and final season of HBO's hit series. In a press release sent out Thursday afternoon, HBO confirmed the longstanding reports that "Game of Thrones" will not be returning to television this year.

Limited edition Sandstone White OnePlus 5T announced | ZDNet

Not a fan of the OnePlus 5T in midnight black? How do you feel about white? If white's more your speed, there's good news: OnePlus will soon begin selling a limited edition sandstone white OnePlus 5T.

Apple confirms all Mac and iOS devices are affected by Meltdown and Spectre bugs

Apple was one of the last remaining holdouts to speak up about Meltdown and Spectre, although it was already widely believed Apple devices were affected due to the company’s use of components from chip manufactures like Intel and ARM. Apple says that it has already mitigated some of the potential negative consequences of Meltdown, which is the Intel-specific exploit, with patches to iOS (11.2), macOS (10.13.2), and tvOS (11.2).

Spotify now has 70 million subscribers

Spotify just announced on Twitter that it now has 70 million subscribers. Before today, the company’s most recent subscriber count was at more than 60 million back in July. Spotify hasn’t given any new details on its total number of active users, but in June it claimed to be up to 140 million .

Nintendo Switch Becomes Fastest-Selling Home Console in US

As Business Wire reports, the Nintendo Switch is now officially the fastest-selling console in the US, managing to sell over 4.8 million units in just 10 months. The previous record holder was the Nintendo Wii, which managed just over four million sales within the same time frame.

How a researcher hacked his own computer and found 'worst' chip flaw

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daniel Gruss didn’t sleep much the night he hacked his own computer and exposed a flaw in most of the chips made in the past two decades by hardware giant Intel Corp.

Massive Intel CPU flaw: Understanding the technical details of Meltdown and Spectre

Early reporting on the issue before full details were disclosed does not provide a full view of vulnerable targets. The bounds check bypass can be exploited on Intel, AMD, and ARM processors without privilege escalation, allowing programs to read memory addresses inside their own processes. A JavaScript proof-of-concept of this exploit was developed by researchers, which is capable of reading the memory of the host browser process. The bounds check bypass has also been shown to read kernel memory on Intel and AMD processors. Importantly, this does not work on AMD processors in default configurations. The proof-of-concept requires BPF JIT to be manually enabled in the Linux kernel for AMD processors. (It is not, by default.) The tested Intel processor was vulnerable independent of the BPF JIT setting.

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AT&T says it will launch 5G in a dozen cities

Jeb Corliss: Setting goals is essential for success

Complexity can often cause high-stakes projects to quickly crash. At the beginning of every project, set clear goals and define your path to success, says wingsuit pilot and entrepreneur Jeb Corliss.

Windows Meltdown-Spectre patches: If you haven't got them, blame your antivirus | ZDNet

Microsoft has warned users that its patches for the dangerous Meltdown CPU bug won't reach them if their third-party antivirus hasn't been updated to support this week's Windows security update.

Want to set up a network of Raspberry Pi computers? Here's how to do it

PiServer is designed to be used with the latest version of the Pi, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which has the ability to boot over an Ethernet network. The tool streamlines the complexities of ensuring the Pi boards play nicely with other devices on the local network, simplifying the tedium of properly configuring the likes of DHCP and TFTP settings.

George R.R. Martin confirms Nightflyers will be a Syfy series in 2018

Over the past few years, Syfy has renewed its push into space-driven shows, such as T he Expanse , Killjoys , and Dark Matter . Last fall, the network announced it was canceling Dark Matter immediately , while Killjoys would get two final seasons to round out its story. The move likely means Syfy will keep a couple of space-based shows on its schedule, and Martin says the network is putting “substantial” resources into the show, one that “should allow them to create a show that looks as good as modern audiences expect.”

Apple in good cheer over a billion-dollar Christmas and New Year’s on the App Store

$300 million came in on New Year’s Day alone, presumably as everyone made unwise in-app purchases to get through their hangovers. $890 million was spent on the week starting Christmas Eve, though unfortunately Apple doesn’t break it down further than that.

White House bans personal cellphone use in the West Wing

“The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration and therefore the use of all personal devices for both guests and staff will no longer be allowed in the West Wing. Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices and continue working hard on behalf of the American people,” Sanders said in a statement on the new policy.

iPhone battery swap: Could Apple's $29 offer cut 2018 iPhones sales by 16 million? | ZDNet

Consumers might be cheering that a $29 battery from Apple can speed up their iPhones, but analysts are worried it could harm 2018 iPhone sales to the tune of 16 million units.

Why Intel x86 must die: Our cloud-centric future depends on open source chips | ZDNet

Perhaps the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are the impetus for making long-overdue changes to the core DNA of the semiconductor industry and how chip architectures are designed.

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FCC releases final text of order killing net neutrality

Survey: Has smart office tech made your work life easier or caused more hassles? | ZDNet

Whether you work in a traditional office setting, or from home or a coworking space, we want your feedback. Are you using digital assistants, videoconferencing, smart lighting, or other products? We want to know what, if any, products you've tried, and whether you've loved or hated them.

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Terminator star Linda Hamilton is just one cool aspect of the time travel film Curvature

Smart speakers are now the fastest-growing consumer technology | ZDNet

Smart speakers are now the kings of consumer technology, according to a new report from Canalys. The research firm posits that smart speakers have become the fastest growing consumer technology in recent times, surpassing market share gains of AR, VR and even wearables.

Tesla's in-car trip planning tool is available on the web

To date, using Tesla's trip planning tool has meant sitting inside your electric car while you map a route that takes you past charging stations. That doesn't make much sense if you're gearing up for vacation, does it? There's now a better way: Tesla has launched a web version of its trip planner to use while you're still sitting at your desk. It's not as fleshed out as the in-car version, but it can tell you where you'll need to charge and how long you need to drive based on both the route and the particular Tesla you're driving. You could see fewer stops with a Model S P100D than you would with a Model X 75D , for instance.

Our treatment of HIV has advanced. Why hasn't the stigma changed?

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RagTagd reinvents the lost and found

RagTagd is a service that provides ultra-simple RFID tags in kids’ school uniforms and sensor-equipped bins to schools so that lost property can be tracked. When a kid’s lost jumper ends up in a bin at their school, the second it hits the bin a text is sent to the child’s parents letting them know where it is.

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Jodie Whittaker on the importance of becoming Doctor Who's star

Why the iPhone's huge slowdown problem doesn't affect Android

The first is simple: big batteries. When you look at the battery capacity of most high-end Android phones (those comparable to the iPhone), they typically have significantly more juice than the iPhone. For example, the Google Pixel 2 has a battery capacity of 2,700 mAh (milliamp-hours) while the iPhone 8 is just 1,821 mAh. One of the main issues for those older iPhones was, when the phone puts big current demands on the battery (say, by running a demanding app or extensive multi-tasking), the battery simply couldn't handle it and would shut the phone down to save itself. It makes sense that a bigger battery can handle those loads better.

Graphic: Trump’s Tweets Can Be Reduced To 4 Rhetorical Strategies

That’s according to a  graphic , created by retired UC Berkeley professor of cognitive science and linguistics George Lakoff , which outlines four ways that the president uses his tweets to control the news cycle. First up? What Lakoff calls “preemptive framing”: getting your version of the story out first. Next is good old-fashioned diversion–changing the topic by, for instance, calling Meryl Streep overrated. Then there’s deflection, best described by Trump’s continued derision of the  New York Times and CNN as “fake news,” particularly when either news organization reports anything negative about him. And the last way is the “trial balloon,” which Trump deployed spectacularly this week.

How to Protect Your Devices Against Meltdown, Spectre Bugs

It's not just Intel machines. Here's everything you need to know about how to protect your PC, Mac, and mobile device against the chip-level security flaws that were disclosed this week.

NASA rover spots strange 'stick-like figures' on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover is eyeing a group of angular formations on Mars that stand out from the usual rocks.

AT&T plans 12-city mobile 5G network by year’s end as Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile bicker over ‘real 5G’ plans

Yesterday, Samsung confirmed that Verizon has chosen Sacramento, California to lead a three- to five-city 5G rollout in the second half of this year. Verizon has partnered with Samsung for “fixed 5G” microcell units, home routers, and mobile chip-sized modems, which Verizon expects will be needed to offer higher-speed 5G service to its customers. Trials of Verizon’s 5G technology in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington, D.C. hint at other possible locations for its 2018 rollout.

6 Ways To Do More With Less This Year (Without Breaking A Sweat)

Translation: say “No.” Trying to execute too many things at once is a recipe for burnout and eventual failure. If you’re developing a product, for example, you have to think about research and development, marketing, distribution, sales, finance, and service, among other things. Ideally, you’d want people to build the product, other people to sell it, and still other people to service it–but you may not have the luxury of hiring or contracting them to do all that. So you try doing it all yourself–simultaneously–which often means things don’t get done very well or efficiently.

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Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stands to reap about $1.4 billion from sale of stake to SoftBank

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A common sweetener may be worsening the spread of these deadly bacteria

Clever sister made a Tinder account and PowerPoint of potential suiters as a lovely Christmas gift

"This tinder is actually run by Emily's sister Megan. I'm a cheap skate, so for Christmas I'm getting my sister a tinder date. I'm looking for a brother-in-law, ya'll, so NO HOOKUPS!! Em is a great gal with an alright personality, loves photography, and is a killer barista. Her best quality is being my sister. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY!"

Why Hillary Clinton’s former CTO left politics for a fitness startup

I believe there’s space for more vertical, intimate, personal, social networks. I think there’s a set of people that you interact with for passion or love, and it doesn’t always look like your broad social network. I experienced this in the campaign era, sometime people got fatigued on Facebook because they would go there and the content was not something they were excited about. If you are a person who’s an athlete or you’re trying to get inspired or motivated or you’re trying to get a new idea and you want to go to Facebook to look for the content it isn’t easy, but when I go to Strava and look at my feed, it’s exactly what I’m looking for. It’s really easy to figure out which types of friends are which types of athletes and having these different experiences or oh, this person runs where I run so maybe we can connect. Or that bike is a bike I was thinking about buying, so maybe I should talk to them about it.

iPhone Users Suing Apple Over The Battery Issue Have A Tough Case To Prove

Apple probably should have known better than to secretly mess with the performance of the central computing hub in most people’s lives. Many users are very sensitive to the speed at which their phone launches apps and renders video. And Apple knows that; note that in its statement the company did not apologize for throttling down phone performance, but did apologize for not telling consumers.

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Jeff Sessions' reversal of federal weed policy might rock the pot industry, but how?

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Batman's latest creepy villain is messed up in a surprisingly new way

Gemalto launches a new contactless credit card with a fingerprint reader

Gemalto said users of the new card, currently limited to Bank of Cyprus customers for now, will have to enroll their fingerprint at a local branch. A fingerprint template is captured and stored during that enrollment process and is stored on the card. When a customer places their fingerprint on the credit card sensor in a store, a comparison is performed between the enrolled fingerprint and the reference data stored in the card.

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New Daredevil set pictures tease a major event for the Kingpin

How To Expand Your Job Description Without Annoying Your Boss

But the truth is that your career development is on you–and there’s no reason you can’t explore your options. Here’s how you can expand your role to work on things that matter to you (without overstepping those scary boss boundaries).

Emergency Windows Meltdown patch may be incompatible with your PC

The company has not provided a list of which anti-virus programs are incompatible with the update but says the patch will work with Microsoft's own Windows Defender security software on Windows 10 devices and Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 PCs.

Alexa will soon be able to control ovens and microwaves

It sounds like a useful area for Amazon to expand Alexa’s reach, since people often have their hands full while cooking and appliances’ interfaces are often pretty cramped and confusing. That said, hopefully Amazon and these companies have taken precautions to make sure that ovens don’t get accidentally set without people realizing, since that could lead to a dangerous situation. Alexa is usually good about ignoring accidental commands, but it’s still a situation these companies need to be very careful to avoid.

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Toyota tries to make its most advanced autonomous car look slightly normal

Included atop the car is a requisite component for self-driving vehicles: A LIDAR (lasers that shoot out and bounce back to detect objects) sensor provides a long-distance view of the vehicle's surroundings in all directions. Toyota claims their LIDAR system can see 200 meters (just over 650 feet) ahead in all directions.

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