News that users of Apple devices were vulnerable to spyware broke this week after a security flaw was identified in the company’s operating system, requiring an urgent software patch across all of its devices, including iPads and iPhones. This development is yet another reminder that even the most widely used, and highly regarded, technologies are vulnerable to compromise by capable hackers. We must urgently accept this reality and fix fundamental problems. About the author Toby Lewis, Global Head of Threat Analysis at Darktrace . In this case, Apple was made aware of the vulnerability by Citizen Lab, a cyber research unit working out of the University of Toronto, as researchers examined the mobile phone of a Saudi activist. They discovered a vulnerability that could (and, probably has) been used by government clients of NSO group, the Israeli Spyware company, to silently hack into iPhones and other Apple devices since February 2021. In the UK , Apple has total … [Read more...] about The Apple hack: everything you need to know
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President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda faces major setbacks in Congress, as Democrats debate the timing and level of spending for his second budget reconciliation spending bill. The House Budget committee will not mark up Biden’s $3.5 trillion proposal this week, according Punchbowl News, which means it will not be ready in time for to pass the House in unison with the president’s bipartisan infrastructure package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) promised Democrat moderates she would hold a vote on the bipartisan package by September 27, even as the more leftist wing of the party has threatened to withhold their votes for that package without the $3.5 trillion package passing at the same time. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said that Joe Biden and the Democrat-led Congress should take a “strategic pause” from the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion "infrastructure" Leftist Trojan Horse scheme. https://t.co/RLBl5HCFtl — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 20, 2021 Senate … [Read more...] about Joe Biden’s Multi-Trillion Dollar Domestic Agenda Faces Major Setbacks as Pivots to U.N.
Through the looking glass: By now we've become accustomed to a constant stream of bad news about the availability and pricing of everything with a chip in it. GPUs are no exception, and MSRP is a term that has lost its meaning as there are no signs that retailers will sell graphics cards at that price for the foreseeable future. Earlier this year, it looked like there was a general downward trend in GPU prices . Last month, Ethereum mining saw a lower-than-expected hit even after the rollout of the EIP1559 protocol upgrade that was supposed to make it somewhat less profitable. But as NFTs bloomed , mining activity saw a comparable increase which has kept demand for GPUs well above supply. According to new data from 3DCenter , GPU availability and pricing are once again taking a turn for the worse, with Radeon cards from AMD now sitting at an average of 74 percent above MSRP, while Nvidia GeForce graphics cards models are commanding a 70 percent premium over their supposed … [Read more...] about Nvidia and AMD GPU prices are headed back to the stratosphere as availability worsens
Ikea got in relatively early on selling furniture embedded with wireless charging coils , but what if you don’t have one of its powered-up desks or shelving units ? If you want seamless Wireless Qi charging without redecorating, then next month, there will be a solution. Meet the Sjömärke , a $39.99 wireless charging pad made to work with furniture you already own. This device isn’t like most Qi charging pads, where you’d put your phone or earbuds directly on the mat. Instead, the seven-inch by three-inch aluminum and plastic charger works through plastic or wood, so you can use its double-sided tape (or screws, not included) to put it on the underside of a table or shelf. As long as you’re mounting the device on something wood or plastic, it should safely send an electric charge through to your gadgets on the other side. It needs a minimum distance from the phone of about 8mm, and Ikea recommends using it with a surface between three-eighths and seven-eighths of an inch … [Read more...] about Ikea’s $39.99 pad adds built-in wireless charging to almost any table
Back in 2014, MIT debuted CityHome , a solution for tiny living spaces with the ability to pack several home necessities into a single, movable modular unit. Today, the concept — now renamed Ori Systems, after the Japanese art of origami — is available for preorder at $10,000 in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and other major US and Canadian cities. A collaboration between Fuseproject’s Yves Béhar and MIT Media Lab, Ori Systems , comes in two sizes, “Ori Full” and “Ori Queen,” and for now, it’s only available for preorder by real estate developers, with delivery beginning toward the end of this year. The Ori Systems prototype has been tested by Airbnb guests in Boston for the past year, and model Ori Systems are currently installed in apartment complexes in 10 US and Canadian cities, including The Eugene in New York. Both sizes of the automated system include a bed, workstation, drawers, a closet, and storage, but the Queen version comes with a couch. The Ori … [Read more...] about I would spend $10K to furnish my apartment with MIT’s robot furniture
Apple’s iPhone 13 range is official, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the big and shiny flagship phone leading the charge. If it’s to win over the public ahead of the lucrative end of year period, however, it’s going to have to wrestle with the current king of the 2021 smartphone scene - the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra . It’s early days, but how do these two ultra-premium smartphones compare spec for spec? Let’s take a look. iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra price and availability The iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available to buy from September 24, 2021. Prices are set to start from $1,099 / £1,049 / AU$1,699 for the 128GB model, while $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,869 will get you 256GB, and $1,399 / £1,349 / AU$2,219 will secure you the 512GB model. There’s also a 1TB model this time around, which will cost you $1,599 / £1,549 / AU$2,569. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra appeared much earlier in the year, on January 29, 2021. The entry-level 128GB model starts … [Read more...] about iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: which 2021 flagship phone is for you?
If those incredibly masculine pickup truck commercials seem tame to you, if you work at a job with more OSHA inspectors than actual employees, and if you’ve broken more smartphone screens than human bones at your local half pipe, you might be in the market for a rugged phone. These toughened-up models come with extra protection from impacts, water damage, and other otherwise lethal threats to more mortal smartphones. Unfortunately, picking a smartphone that’s tough-as-nails often means compromising on some other features, and they’re hard to find even among today’s huge carrier retail selections. Here are the best picks on the market right now for each US carrier. AT&T: Galaxy S7 Active Ma Bell seems to be the only carrier that’s really interested in offering a premium “tough” phone as part of its retail lineup—it’s been the exclusive US vendor for almost all of the Active variants of the Samsung Galaxy line for years. The latest one is from back in 2016, the Galaxy S7 … [Read more...] about The Best Rugged Smartphones for Tough Jobs and Active Lifestyles
A female Labour Party MP has revealed that she will not attend the party’s conference this week over threats from “woke” straight white male transgender activists because of her feminist position that “only women have a cervix” and support for female-only spaces. Rosie Duffield, who was elected to Parliament in a Tory Canterbury stronghold in 2017, said that she will not attend Labour’s conference in Brighton over security fears from the radical wing of her own party including from the socialist LGBT+ Labour campaign group. The Labour MP said that she believes the majority of the threats come from left-wing “straight white men,” telling The Sunday Times : “There are some women who get involved and want to be seen to be very woke… but mostly it is men and the same men that have trolled me ever since I got elected. “LGBT+ Labour now seem to hate my guts and I feared they’d have a massive go at me at [the] conference.” “So it looks like, feels like and smells like misogyny, … [Read more...] about Labour MP Backs Out of Conference After Threats From Trans Activists
Data science and artificial intelligence are adding a new dimension to drug discovery and development, emphasizing computation and machine learning . Given this shift, pharmaceutical companies are actively building infrastructure, data, tools, and teams to bring together data scientists with biology and life science experts. Pharma and biotech innovation offer a glimpse into how large organizations integrate AI tools and techniques with traditional subject matter experts who possess a deep understanding of the underlying problems to be solved. Also Read Digital transformation at Philip Morris CIO strategy: Become a transformational chief information officer World Health Organization CIO on healthcare data, privacy, trust, and ethics To gain an insider's perspective on how pharma companies use AI and machine learning, I invited Dr. Bülent Kızıltan to join episode #717 of the CXOTalk series of conversations with people shaping our world. He is Head of Causal … [Read more...] about Managing AI and data science: Practical lessons from big pharma
The success of any piece of software is wholly reliant on getting it into the hands of developers and making them want to use it. If a vendor can't convince developers that their tool is useful, intuitive and well-supported, chances are it will become yet another headstone in the perpetually expanding app graveyard. Developer relations is an interesting role in that it somewhat straddles the product, engineering and marketing units within an organization. Chiefly, the purpose of developer relations is to promote a company's software tool to the wider developer community and figure out exactly what developers need from said tool in order to make it work from them. This feedback is then taken back to other teams within the organization so any issues and improvements can be made. It's common to see developer relations roles in companies whose target market, or at least, their most important customers, are developers themselves. SEE: What is a software developer? Everything you … [Read more...] about What is developer relations? Understanding the ‘glue’ that keeps software and coders together