technology

You can successfully hack a $2B cryptocurrency network with only $1.5M

May 25, 2018

Blockchains may be secure by design, but researchers continue to show that the same is not true for the thousands of motley cryptocurrencies based on the technology. Husam Abboud, a cryptocurrency researcher at FECAP University in Brazil, has demonstrated that it would take as little as $1.5 million to execute a network attack on Ethereum Classic (ETC) […]

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Apple rejects Steam Link app on iOS

May 25, 2018

Citing “business conflicts,” Apple has rejected Valve’s Steam Link app from the App Store. What is it: Steam Link is an app that lets gamers stream PC games to their phones. It’s currently available (in beta) on Android. We originally reported that an iOS app was in the works – and it was – but now that’s not happening. According to reports, […]

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Egretia mashes up HTML5 and blockchain

May 25, 2018

Beijing-based company Egret Technology is planning to combine two of the most important modern technologies, HTML5 and blockchain, in a project called Egretia. The idea behind Egretia is solving some technical issues in the HTML5 game industry—such as multiplayer matchmaking, digital item marketplaces, data storage, advertising and crowdfunding—using blockchain. Egret is already well-known in the HTML5 […]

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The Chicxulub asteroid impact might have set off 100,000 years of global warming

May 24, 2018

After a giant asteroid hit Earth about 66 million years ago, the planet’s climate went on a roller coaster ride. The space rock’s impact set off tsunamis and wildfires before climate-chilling clouds of sulfur gas engulfed the planet for decades, wiping out most life (SN: 11/25/17, p. 14). As these clouds dissipated, billions of tons of carbon […]

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HTC’s notch-less U12+ gets 4 cameras and a squeezable body

May 23, 2018

After leaks galore over the past several weeks, HTC has finally unveiled its flagship for 2018, the squeezable U12+. Armed with dual cameras in the front and back, the U12+ skips the tiresome trend of cutouts at the top of the 6-inch 2,880 x 1,440 pixel screen. As with its predecessor, the sides of the […]

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Google rolls out early access to new YouTube Music subscription service

May 22, 2018

YouTube today began early access to its rebranded YouTube Music subscription service. What it means: YouTube Music comes with an all-new app, Google’s AI-powered search and insights, and a focus on finding new tunes. If you’ve signed up for early access — and you live in one of the supported countries — you’ll be able to get […]

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New Spectre (Variant 4) CPU Flaw Discovered—Intel, ARM, AMD Affected

May 22, 2018

Security researchers from Microsoft and Google have discovered a fourth variant of the data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre security flaws impacting modern CPUs in millions of computers, including those marketed by Apple. Variant 4 comes weeks after German computer magazine Heise reported about a set of eight Spectre-class vulnerabilities in Intel CPUs and a small number of ARM […]

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Hackers Reveal How Code Injection Attack Works in Signal Messaging App

May 22, 2018

After the revelation of the eFail attack details, it’s time to reveal how the recently reported code injection vulnerability in the popular end-to-end encrypted Signal messaging app works. As we reported last weekend, Signal has patched its messaging app for Windows and Linux that suffered a code injection vulnerability discovered and reported by a team of white-hat hackers from […]

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Apple’s Siri will get a brand new voice and more at WWDC

May 21, 2018

Apple’s Siri today began leaking information about the upcoming WWDC event. According to the virtual assistant, it’s getting a brand new voice and another smart speaker. If you’ve got an iPad or iPhone you can ask it yourself. What’s the meaning of this: It looks like Apple is turning to Siri to generate some buzz for the upcoming WWDC event. Users with compatible […]

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Cloud Providers Look for Legal Loopholes to Protect Customer Data

May 20, 2018

United States-based providers of e-commerce resources, including cloud services, must release foreign-held customer information to law enforcement agencies under a new law enacted in March. Providers have strongly objected to releasing customer information residing outside the U.S. for fear of violating the privacy laws of other countries. In a legal filing, the providers noted a […]

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