American Technology News for 18 Nov 2020
Walmart has finally revealed prices for its Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales, and they're impressive.
Google has taken the wraps off Chimera Painter, a web-based tool that lets anyone generate terrifying cryptozoological entities in an interface that looks like MS Paint by way of Diablo. Why, you ask?... Well, isn’t it obvious? No… no, I suppose it isn’t. Surely the strangest thing to hit Google’s AI blog for at least […]
A suspect wanted by the FBI attempted to escape capture by riding a submersible 'sea scooter' in a California lake. Matthew Piercey was wanted in connection with a pyramid scheme that collected tens... of millions of dollars from unwitting investors. He was arrested after resurfacing from the lake just half an hour after jumping in. Running from FBI agents is usually not a good idea -- well, let's be real here, it's never a good idea -- but a California man named Matthew Piercy had a trick up his sleeve as he attempted to evade the FBI during a recent car chase. Dumping his truck and snatching something out of the back, Piercey reportedly jumped into Shasta Lake, just north of Redding, California, and managed to avoid capture for nearly a half-hour. As Gizmodo reports, he did so with the help...
Andrei Frumusanu, AnandTech: During the launch event, one thing that was in Apple fashion typically missing from the presentation were actual details on the clock frequencies of the design, as well as... its TDP which it can sustain at maximum performance. Apple got a lot of press on the low detail on its M1 charts. To me, this turned out to be an amazing job of underpromising and overdelivering. Everywhere you look, people are amazed at the low heat, high performance, and great battery life of all three M1 Macs. But if it's details you want, AnandTech has them, at least for the M1 Mac mini. One example: We can confirm that in single-threaded workloads, Apple's Firestorm cores now clock in at 3.2GHz, a 6.66% increase over the 3GHz frequency of the Apple A14. As long as there's thermal...
A team of researchers demonstrated that popular robotic household vacuum cleaners can be remotely hacked to act as microphones.
Note: The Spencer tiara should NOT look like a Burger King crown.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard of any announcement concerning Flash and most have probably presumed it was already dead anyway. After all, it was years ago when Adobe, who bought Flash... creator Macromedia a long, long time ago, announced that it would eventually stop supporting the former darling of the Web. The clock is ticking and fate has …
Christopher Krebs will have the last laugh. Donald Trump fired the (now former) director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency late Tuesday, after... the latter countered the president's lies about the security of the U.S. election. Shortly after Trump announced his canning of Krebs via (what else) a tweet, Krebs used his personal, verified Twitter account to let both the world and Trump know that the agency he previously led did, in fact, oversee a secure election. "Honored to serve," he wrote. "We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomrorow [sic]."
Please let this inspire someone to make a sci-fi movie about giant clawed creatures on Mars.
Seldon is a UK startup that specializes in the rarified world of development tools to optimize Machine Learning. What does this mean? Well, dear reader, it means that the "AI" that companies are so... fond of trumpeting, does actually end up working. It's now raised a £7.1M Series A round co-led by AlbionVC and Cambridge […]
Attackers can conduct identity reconnaissance against an organization at leisure without being detected, Palo Alto Networks says.
With two effective coronavirus vaccines in the pipeline, a top UBS economist believes that coronavirus infections in the U.S. could approach near-zero by June. Effectively combatting the coronavirus... will require all Americans to take a vaccine. Dr. Fauci recently said that Trump's refusal to accept the U.S. election results could delay the availability of a coronavirus vaccine. The coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. has killed hundreds of thousands, decimated whole parts of the U.S. economy, and has otherwise turned life completely upside down. To date, the U.S. has seen more than 11.2 million coronavirus cases and nearly 250,000 deaths. There is, however, some light at the end of the tunnel. In the span of just about a week, both Pfizer and Moderna announced new vaccines that are 90% and...
The blockbuster game of deception has security holes that let cheaters run wild.
Expressing neuron enriched mitochondrial proteins, researchers achieved a four times higher glial cell conversion rate and simultaneously increased the speed of neural reprogramming.
Open letter, signed by high-profile security professionals and organizations, urges White House to "reverse course and support election security."
Ransomware attack on Managed.com appears to have taken place on Monday, November 16.
Four industrial control system vendors each announced vulnerabilities that ranged from critical to high-severity.
The recent surge of COVID-19 infections has impelled Virgin Galactic to reschedule the third crewed test flight of its VSS Unity space plane, which had been targeted for Nov. 19-23.
Amazon has revealed a new, limited edition version of its latest Echo smart speaker, with the PRODUCT(RED) model promising a share of the price goes to charity. As with other PRODUCT(RED) launches... we’ve seen, sales of the red-finish Echo will include a contribution to the Global Fund to support HIV and AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa. In the case of …
Apple has responded forcefully to a European activist filing legal complaints regarding its tracking tools, calling the claims "inaccurate," and saying it is ready to defend its position. Credit:... AppleInsider Following privacy activist Max Schrems and his NOYB group filing legal complaints in Spain and Germany, Apple has responded that its criticisms are baseless. The accusation is that Apple's Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA) is used by the company to track users without permission.
Apple is launching a new program that will cut App Store commissions to 15% per year, for developers and businesses paid less than $1 million a year by Apple. Apple's App Store The App Store Small... Business Program, which will launch on Jan. 1, 2021, will only require developers to come in below $1 million per year paid out from Apple to qualify for a lower 15% rate. The lower rate also applies to the first year of subscription sales, making that cut 15% versus the existing 30% for first-year subscribers, if the earnings criteria is met.
Google has created a new machine learning model that can automatically create renderings from a user supplied creature outline. The trained machine learning model is called Chimera Painter. It’s a... machine learning model that can act as a paintbrush for a digital artist to reduce the amount of time required for creating high-quality art without impacting artistic choice. Chimera Painter …
If you were thinking of buying two HomePod mini speakers to use as a stereo pair with your Mac, you might want to think again. As some users undoubtedly found with the original HomePod, it's not... possible to AirPlay to multiple speakers from the menu bar on a Mac. The inability to select stereo-paired HomePod speakers as your Mac audio output device is a glaring omission in Apple's AirPlay rollout, and the situation unfortunately remains the same in macOS 11 Big Sur. You can only use them with certain Apple apps like Music and TV - all other Mac audio must be output to one speaker or the other, but not both at the same time. While it's frustrating that Apple's own apps let users select stereo-paired HomePods as a single device, this does provide a workaround, although it's a...
Everything you need to master Among Us Among Us continues to be the little app that could, becoming one of the most popular games of 2020, despite originally releasing in 2018. Thanks to the game's... availability, accessibility, and price, Among Us has become one of the most popular free Android games and one of the best Android games of the year. Among Us is a simple game but has a surprising amount of depth once you dive into things. To bring you up to speed, here's everything you need to know to win on mobile. All Among Us Guides How to play Among Us Among Us: Best tips & tricks How to kick and ban players All levels in Among Us The Skeld tasks guide MIRA HQ tasks guide Polus tasks guide Does Among Us support cross-play? How to create the best Among Us game How to set up voice chat How to...
Britain will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, a decade earlier than its previous commitment, the prime minister said Tuesday.