News: Technology

Japan launches satellite for advanced GPS operation

Saturday  20:21,   19 august 2017
Reuters

Japan on Saturday launched an H-2A rocket carrying a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, the government said. The launch of Japan's third geo-positioning satellite is part of its plan to build a version of the U.S. global[...]

Total solar eclipse 2017: 6 bizarre things that will happen

Saturday  20:02,   19 august 2017
CNET

Things get a little weird during an eclipse. Here are six things to look for."A totally eclipsed sun is 10,000 times fainter than one that is 99 percent covered by the moon," Meg Pickett, astrophysicist and a professor of physics at Lawrence[...]

Google adds autoplaying videos to search results on Android

Saturday  15:05,   19 august 2017
The Verge

The next time a video shows up at the top of your Google search results, it might start playing automatically.Google is beginning to add what it calls “video previews” to search results. They’ll start out on Android, where they’ll appear for[...]

Star That Survived Supernova Is Flying Through Milky Way

Saturday  15:05,   19 august 2017
International Business Times

This little star might have survived a supernova explosion, but the blast sent it flying through the Milky Way galaxy.A study in the journal Science identified the little star, saying it “is low-mass, is moving quickly and has an unusual[...]

A hacker leaked the decryption key for Apple's Secure Enclave, severely affecting iOS security

Saturday  15:05,   19 august 2017
International Business Times

A hacker going by the pseudonym xerub has claimed to have leaked the decryption key for Apple's Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) firmware, which could be a massive blow to iOS security.  According to Apple, SEP was incorporated into iOS[...]

China opens its first 'cyber court'

Saturday  11:11,   19 august 2017
Relaxnews (AFP)

China's first "cyber court" was launched on Friday to settle online disputes, as the legal system attempts to keep up with the explosion of mobile payment and e-commerce.  Residents of the eastern city of Hangzhou -- home to[...]

Blasts From the Past: Stepping Inside Japan's Retro Gaming Shops

Saturday  10:55,   19 august 2017
Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) -- Nothing sells like nostalgia. Renewed interest in vintage Japanese video games is drawing buyers to the country’s online markets and retro gaming shops. While enthusiasts have collected old titles for years, even casual gamers are now [...]

Essential Phone hands-on: Bold, beautiful, very first-gen

Saturday  10:36,   19 august 2017
CNET

<p>Runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat at launch with guaranteed Android updates for two years and monthly security updates for three years.&nbsp;</p>Let's start by saying that, based on the couple days I've spent with it so far, it's a beautiful[...]

Google Home's voice controls now work with free Spotify accounts

Saturday  05:41,   19 august 2017
Engadget

If you're a Google Home user without a paid Spotify account, your use of the service on Home has been limited. Up until now, Spotify has only integrated with Home for paid accounts. But at I/O, Google announced that would change; free Spotify[...]

Another Galaxy Note has its batteries recalled, but this time it isn't Samsung's fault

Saturday  05:41,   19 august 2017
CNET

A recall on some of the batteries found in Note 4 devices echoes last year's Note 7 recall. Here's what to do if your phone is one of them.It doesn't take much to see the parallels between this and last year's Galaxy Note 7 recall. Last year [...]

Google will introduce the next version of Android on Monday

Saturday  05:41,   19 august 2017
CNBC

We already know at least one cool feature it will have.Google already talked a lot about what's coming in this version, which has been known as "Android O" until now as it has progressed through beta testing. One of the biggest changes that has[...]

How secure is your car? Unpatchable flaw lets attackers disable safety features

Friday  20:41,   18 august 2017
ZDNet

A vehicle hack can disable safety features on most modern cars by posing as a faulty electronic component.Because it's a design flaw affecting the CAN bus messaging protocol standard used in CAN controller chips, the vulnerability can't simply be[...]

Apple's iOS 11 update comes with a secret 'cop button' to disable Touch ID in a hurry

Friday  20:41,   18 august 2017
International Business Times

A so-called 'cop button' has been added to the iPhone's latest iOS operating system – iOS 11 – which lets users discreetly turn off the Touch ID fingerprint reader in a few simple taps, a move that some believe could thwart devices from[...]

What is Pulse Wave? Hackers devise new DDoS attack technique aimed at boosting scale of assaults

Friday  17:11,   18 august 2017
International Business Times

<p>The new attack method allows hackers to shut down targets' networks for longer periods while simultaneously conducting attacks on multiple targets.</p>The new attacks may render traditional DDoS mitigation tactics useless, experts say.[...]

NASA is saving us all from Yellowstone supervolcano

Friday  16:38,   18 august 2017
Alphr

A gargantuan magna chamber lies beneath Yellowstone National Park, but NASA’s on the caseRight now, there are about 20 known supervolcanoes on the planet. And although their major eruptions only occur once every 100,000 years, the consequences could [...]