November 27, 2020
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AI can run your work meetings now

Enlarge / Headroom is one of several apps advertising AI as the solution for your messy virtual/video meetings.Headroom Julian Green was explaining the big problem with meetings when our meeting started to glitch. The pixels of his face rearranged themselves. A sentence came out as hiccups.
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SpaceX Starlink questions answered: “Wider beta” soon, no plan for data caps

Enlarge / Starlink logo imposed on stylized image of the Earth.Starlink SpaceX Starlink engineers answered questions in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Saturday, covering topics such as data caps (which they hope to never implement), when the public beta will expand to more users, and how the satellite-broadband service will expand and change in the future. "Starlink is
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Massive, China-state-funded hack hits companies around the word, report says

Enlarge / Computer chip with Chinese flag, 3d conceptual illustration.Steve McDowell / Agefotostock Researchers have uncovered a massive hacking campaign that’s using sophisticated tools and techniques to compromise the networks of companies around the world The hackers, most likely from a well-known group that’s funded by the Chinese government, are outfitted with both
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Apple settles with states for $113M over iPhone battery throttling

Enlarge / An iPhone 6.Getty Images | NurPhoto The attorneys general for 33 states and the District of Columbia have reached a $113 million settlement with Apple over allegations that the iPhone maker throttled performance in several generations of the device to conceal a design defect in the battery. The states alleged that Apple throttled performance in aging iPhones
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After Trump tweets Defcon hacking video, voting security experts call BS

EnlargeGetty Images As President Trump continues to make unfounded claims of widespread election fraud, 59 of the world’s foremost experts on electronic voting are hitting back, saying that recent allegations of actual voting machine hacking “have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.” Monday’s letter came after almost two weeks of baseless and unfounded
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US gov’s CISO takes leave to help Trump search for election fraud

Enlarge / These Trump allies are part of a group hunting for voter fraud. From left to right, Thomas Baptiste, Matthew Braynard, Camilo Sandoval, and Witold Chrabaszcz on November 14, 2020 in Vienna, Virginia.Getty Images | The Washington Post The US government's chief information security officer (CISO) is taking time off from his official duties to help President Trump's
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The old way of handing out corporate hardware doesn’t work anymore

Enlarge / Choose your weapons.Aurich Lawson / Getty Images With many organizations now having a significant portion of staff working remotely—and as things are looking, this is going to be the longterm reality—the old model of how companies support a "mobile" workforce is not exactly holding up well. I've already covered some of the issues related to having a home-based
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Hackers can use just-fixed Intel bugs to install malicious firmware on PCs

EnlargeGetty Images As the amount of sensitive data stored on computers has exploded over the past decade, hardware and software makers have invested increasing amounts of resources into securing devices against physical attacks in the event that they’re lost, stolen, or confiscated. Earlier this week, Intel fixed a series of bugs that made it possible for attackers to