Technology

Best Cars of the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The massive Frankfurt Auto Show once again displayed the might of the German auto industry. Mercedes-Benz put a Formula 1 engine in a sports car and announced a self-driving EV (two birds, one stone). BMW unleashed a half-dozen new models. Audi announced a self-driver with “AI” in its name. Porsche chipped in a new Cayenne. Frankfurt 2017 still brought in dozens of key new cars from Europe, the US, and Asia. This is the most ...

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How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. While many of us were stuck sitting behind a school bus in rush-hour traffic this morning, far away from us a much higher-speed spectacle took place. After thirteen years of sometimes bootstrapped and often surprising science, Cassini has reached the end of its mission, and NASA deorbited it into Saturn this morning at about 8AM EDT. Cassini launched on October 15, 1997, as Cassini-Huygens. Huygens, in this case, refers to the name of the probe’s ...

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Equifax’s Failure to Apply Security Patches Enabled Massive Hack

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last week, a massive hack of the credit bureau Equifax stole critical personally identifiable information (PII) on 143 million US citizens. The company’s response to the incident has been strongly criticized, and now we know the incompetence isn’t limited to the customer-facing sections of the company. The flaws that allowed hackers to penetrate Equifax and steal its customer data were patched several months ago. The flaw in question is within Apache Struts and is identified ...

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ET Deals: Pre-Order an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus Today

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Are you excited about grabbing a brand new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus? Now’s your chance to snag one as soon as possible. Pre-orders start today at 3AM ET, and the units start shipping on September 22nd. Even better, all of the major wireless carriers have some sort of promotion aimed at lowering your out-of-pocket cost. We’re not sure how long pre-orders will be open, so be sure to act fast! • Verizon: Up to ...

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Blizzard’s Overwatch Community is So Toxic, It’s Slowing Patch Updates

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Blizzard’s Overwatch has been a smash hit since it launched in 2016, but as with any multiplayer game, trolling and poor player conduct is a concern. Apparently it’s such a concern that Overwatch lead designer and Blizzard VP Jeff Kaplan took to YouTube to explain why new features for the game have been delayed: It’s because Blizzard is spending a non-trivial amount of resources dealing with online trolling. Kaplan notes that Blizzard is working on ...

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How Apple’s iPhone X TrueDepth Camera Works

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. One of the most intriguing features of Apple’s new flagship phone, the iPhone X, is Face ID. It replaces the fingerprint sensor and Touch ID with facial recognition. This is made possible by Apple’s new TrueDepth front-facing camera system. TrueDepth also enables Apple’s new Animojis and other special effects that require a 3D model of the user’s face and head. Let’s take a look at how the TrueDepth camera and sensors work. Components of the ...

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Google Teases October 4th Pixel 2 Unveiling

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Google launched the Pixel and Pixel XL last year on October 4th, and exactly one year later we’re probably getting a look at the Pixel 2. Google has debuted an ad campaign for an event on October 4th, where it promises to unveil a smarter smartphone. That couldn’t get any more obvious unless Google just came out and said it was the Pixel 2. Last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL were the first phones to ...

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What to Expect From Apple’s Neural Engine in the A11 Bionic SoC

At Apple’s unveil event for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 this week, the company announced the A11 Bionic, an SoC with a six-core CPU, Apple’s first custom GPU, and what the company is calling a Neural Engine. Apple isn’t really talking much about the hardware, beyond saying this: The new A11 Bionic neural engine is a dual-core design and performs up to 600 billion operations per second for real-time processing. A11 Bionic neural engine is designed for specific machine learning algorithms and enables Face ID, Animoji and other features. ...

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New Bluetooth Malware Affects Billions of Devices, Requires No Pairing

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. A new malware attack, dubbed BlueBorne, is spreading in the wild, thanks to a combination of eight different vulnerabilities affecting Android, iOS, IoT devices, Windows, and Linux. The security research firm Armis writes: BlueBorne allows attackers to take control of devices, access corporate data and networks, penetrate secure “air-gapped” networks, and spread malware laterally to adjacent devices. Armis reported these vulnerabilities to the responsible actors, and is working with them as patches are being identified ...

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iPhone X Rollout Means In-Car Wireless Charging Will Be Standard (Eventually)

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Apple’s newest iPhones all support wireless charging, and that means automakers will move to make this a standard across most of their fleets. Never mind that dozens of Android phones already embed wireless charging. Overnight, Apple made it a standard. US automakers have deployed, slowly, wireless charging in their cars as far back as 2013, on a handful of models. Some existing charging mats or stands may not support the Qi standard that is quickly ...

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