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Month: July 2018

Instagram will upgrade two-factor authentication to guard against SIM hacking

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Instagram is working on a two-factor authentication solution that would not require a user’s phone number, according to a report from TechCrunch. Instagram has confirmed that it’s working on the more secure method, just hours after a prominent Motherboard investigation on SIM hacking was published earlier today. Like other social media platforms, the upcoming option […]

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Twitter says it doesn’t ‘have the bandwidth’ to fix verification right now

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Twitter doesn’t presently “have the bandwidth” to overhaul its verification system, the company’s new head of product announced today. This comes despite Twitter’s continued acknowledgement that it must bring transparency and a clear process to verification and the blue checkmark, which has been stamped on accounts belonging to an erratic mix of world leaders, celebrities, […]

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The next generation of VR headsets will connect over a single USB-C cable

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VirtualLink, a consortium of companies including AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, and Microsoft, has just announced that the oodles of cables needed to connect VR headsets to PCs will soon be whittled down to a single USB-C connection. The new open industry standard is a big improvement on the system of multiple USBs and HDMIs that […]

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Nest CEO steps down as division is brought under the Google Home team

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Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz is stepping down as the smart home gadget maker is reshuffled yet again, now operating under the Google division responsible for the company’s Home smart speakers, according to a report from CNET. Just five months ago, Fawaz oversaw Nest’s reintegration under Google; for the last three years, Nest operated as an […]

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The US government has trouble keeping track of radioactive material

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In March 2017, thieves made off with radiation detectors and small disks of radioactive plutonium and cesium that were stashed in the back of a rental car, the Center for Public Integrity reported on Monday. The gear had belonged to two Idaho National Laboratory employees, who’d been sent to recover radioactive materials from a lab […]

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Undercover Facebook moderator was instructed not to remove fringe groups or hate speech

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An investigative journalist who went undercover as a Facebook moderator in the UK says the company lets pages from far-right fringe groups “exceed deletion threshold,” and that those pages are “subject to different treatment in the same category as pages belonging to governments and news organizations.” The accusation is a damning one, undermining Facebook’s claims […]

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A major election software maker allowed remote access on its systems for years

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A major voting machine maker, Election Systems & Software, revealed in a letter to a US senator that it installed remote-access software on its machines over a period of six years. The revelation raises substantial security concerns, as reported by Motherboard, which obtained the letter. ES&S admitted in the letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden […]

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Instagram is testing feature that allows public accounts to remove followers

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If your Instagram account is public, there’s no real way to stop people from looking at your feed. Even if you block someone, your photos are just a private browser window away. That said, Instagram is at least trying to give users more direct control over their own list of followers; the company has started […]

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Mophie rolls out iPhone battery packs that charge by a Lightning cable

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Mophie, a best-selling manufacturer of stylish battery cases, just announced a range of battery packs specifically built for use with different iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and AirPods. Its new Powerstation battery packs all charge via Apple’s Lightning connector — meaning the cord you use to charge your phone is the same one that […]

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Twitch broadcasts are getting GIFs

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Twitch is adding GIF usage to its platform. The company announced today that streamers can now search for and pull animated images using the Giphy extension. GIFs will then post to a pre-determined section of the screen dictated by the streamer. According to Twitch, GIFs will be queued up and delivered one-by-one. “Extensions are a […]

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