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Xiaomi’s upcoming laptop in India could be a rebranded RedmiBook

1 Jun 2020, 6:38 am | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Xiaomi’s first laptop will be soon launched in India and the details of the same were recently reported.

Acer introduces India’s first AMD Ryzen 5 4500U powered laptop

1 Jun 2020, 6:31 am | Techradar - All the latest technology news

The Acer Swift 3 aims to ride on the success of the previous generation AMD Ryzen processors and is best suited for individuals on the go.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

1 Jun 2020, 6:28 am | The Register

As he gives us version 5.7 with support for Apple power tech and better exFAT

Linux kernel overlord Linus Torvalds has railed against 80-character-lines as a de facto programming standard and has moved to make reminders to keep things short a thing of the past.…

Suck it up: save AU$150 on Dyson's V7 cordless vac

1 Jun 2020, 6:16 am | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Bing Lee discounts one of Dyson's most popular cordless vacs by 25%.

eBay's AU$99 Apple AirPods deal is back, headlining a huge 'Plus Month' June sale

1 Jun 2020, 6:01 am | Techradar - All the latest technology news

eBay Plus members can get their hands on products from Apple, Nintendo and PlayStation at up to 80% off.

The inevitable coronavirus-inspired cyber-attacks are stepping up. Are you ready?

1 Jun 2020, 6:00 am | The Register

They’re not very sophisticated, but they’re working: Watch and learn how to fight back

Webcast  You’ve probably had the COVID-19 coronavirus social-engineering scams quietly filtering into, hopefully, your junk folder by now. Featuring anything from bogus medical research with malware-laden URLs to one-to-one approaches offering fake vaccines, it’s not taken very long.…

EOFY 2020: the best tech deals from Australia's end-of-financial year sales

1 Jun 2020, 5:56 am | Techradar - All the latest technology news

The end of the 2019-2020 financial year is here, so get ready to save a packet with tax-time deals.

Exclusive: Vivo X50 to launch in India soon

1 Jun 2020, 5:37 am | Techradar - All the latest technology news

The upcoming Vivo X50 series will indeed mark a welcome return for the brand's return to the premium space in the country and could be a game changer for the brand.

Thought GPT-2 was powerful? OpenAI teases GPT-3. Meanwhile, Microsoft dumps human journos for robots

1 Jun 2020, 5:33 am | The Register

Plus: Amazon mulls snapping up self-driving startup

Roundup  Let's catch up on recent bits and bytes from the world of machine-learning.…

Realme Buds Q will launch in India at less than Rs 2,000

1 Jun 2020, 5:22 am | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Realme Buds Q will be the third pair of TWS from the company in India after the Buds Air and Buds Air Neo. The earbuds will be soon launched in India.

India rejects Walmart-owned Flipkart’s proposed foray into food retail business

1 Jun 2020, 4:39 am | TechCrunch

The Indian government has rejected Flipkart’s proposal to enter the food retail business in a setback for Walmart, which owns majority of the Indian e-commerce firm and which recently counted its business in Asia’s third-largest economy as one of the worst impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal […]

New discovery helps explain ketamine’s antidepressant qualities

1 Jun 2020, 4:34 am | New Atlas - New Technology & Science News

New research out of Sweden found ketamine exerts a novel effect on serotonin 1B receptors in the hippocampus

Scientists from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet have discovered a new mechanism to help illustrate the rapid antidepressant qualities of ketamine. The large study imaged patients with treatment-resistant depression and found ketamine’s therapeutic effects are a result of its interaction with a particular kind of serotonin receptor.

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Google's Sodar to help maintain social distancing - is it needed though?

1 Jun 2020, 4:19 am | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Instead of Bluetooth that most existing apps use, the Google Sodar utilises augmented reality to help to ring users to safety from contact spread of the disease

Are News Outlets Responsible For Comments Left On Their Facebook Pages?

1 Jun 2020, 4:14 am | Slashdot

Leading media outlets in Australia lost big in court when a judge ruled publishers can be sued for comments left on their Facebook pages. They're now considering an appeal, reports the Financial Express:The court upheld an earlier ruling in the Supreme Court that the outlets were "first or primary distributors" of the comments about Dylan Voller, a former detainee at Northern Territory's Don Dale Youth Detention Centrethat were attached to news stories in December 2016 and January 2017... It said the outlets "encouraged and facilitated the making of comments by third parties which when posted on the page were made available to Facebook users generally and were therefore publishers of the comments". The court also held that the outlets could not rely on a defence of innocent dissemination... Justice John Basten said: "Perhaps with a degree of hyperbole, they submitted that they were more closely equivalent to the supplier of paper to a newspaper owner or the supplier of a computer to an author." He dismissed the suggestion the outlets played "no active" role in regard to the postings on their Facebook pages. "The point of distinction may be accepted; however, it does not follow that they were not publishers,'' Justice Basten said. "They facilitated the posting of comments on articles published in their newspapers and had sufficient control over the platform to be able to delete postings when they became aware that they were defamatory." In a separate judgment, Justice Tony Meagher and Acting Justice Carolyn Simpson said that by inviting the public to comment, the outlets "accepted responsibility for the use of their Facebook facilities".

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Facebook takes on Twitter with 'Venue', an app for live events

1 Jun 2020, 3:53 am | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team has launched Venue, a new app that helps fans experience live events more interactively.

Yale study suggests tectonic plates formed very early in Earth’s history

1 Jun 2020, 3:44 am | New Atlas - New Technology & Science News

Thingvellir National park in Iceland features a valley created by two tectonic plates moving away from each other

With tectonic plates bumping and grinding against each other, Earth is a pretty active planet. But when did this activity begin? A new study from Yale University claims to have found evidence that plate tectonics started about a billion years earlier than is currently thought, which places it very soon after the planet’s formation.

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Sweden welcomes its first wooden wind turbine tower

1 Jun 2020, 3:32 am | New Atlas - New Technology & Science News

Sweden's first wooden wind power tower, standing 30 m high, has been erected outside Gothenburg

The wheels have begun to turn on an interesting new form of wind turbine in Sweden, with the country’s first wooden power-generation tower now complete. Built from sustainably sourced materials and said to offer comparable performance to traditional wind turbines, it's hoped the wooden power tower will be a harbinger of cheaper and greener solutions for renewable energy in the Nordic country, with commercial versions planned for a couple of years down the track.

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Singapore’s micromobility startup Beam raises $26 million

1 Jun 2020, 3:21 am | TechCrunch

Beam, a Singapore-headquartered micromobility firm that offers shared e-scooters, has raised $26 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its footprint in Korea, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Taiwan. Sequoia India and Hana Ventures led the two-and-a-half-year-old startup’s Series A financing round, while several more investors from Asia Pacific region including […]

Australia's first 1000Mbps consumer NBN plan is here – and it's just AU$149 a month

1 Jun 2020, 3:15 am | Techradar - All the latest technology news

Blisteringly fast 1Gbps consumer NBN is now available, and Aussie Broadband is the first out the gate with a 1000/50 plan.

Biomarker detects Alzheimer's decades before symptoms appear

1 Jun 2020, 2:14 am | New Atlas - New Technology & Science News

A protein released into the body as a result of neuronal damage could indicate the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Huntington's over 20 years before symptoms appear

Two new studies, published in the journal The Lancet Neurology, are suggesting increasing levels of a particular brain protein, detected in blood and spinal fluid, could be the earliest sign of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.

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Singapore to accelerate digitalisation of COVID-kicked economy

1 Jun 2020, 2:02 am | The Register

New agency will hustle small retailers onto digital payments and teach seniors how to Internet

Singapore has crated a new “SG Digital Office” to “drive the Government’s initiatives to accelerate digital adoption in our community, as we embark on a phased recovery post COVID-19.”…

'Lord of the Rings' Reunion Brings Actors, Director, Writers Together on Zoom

1 Jun 2020, 1:34 am | Slashdot

"Just about the entire cast of The Lord of the Rings gathered their Zoom screens together for a reunion nearly two decades after the end of the epic fantasy film trilogy," reports CNET: io9 notes that it was comic actor-singer Josh Gad who "gathered the hobbits, the wizards, the elves, and the wicked menfolk to go to Isen — YouTube, where they joke, talk shop, reminisce, and just seem to really thoroughly enjoy each others' presence. In this stream are Elijah Wood [Frodo], Sena Astin [Sam], Ian McKellen [Gandalf], Orlando Bloom [Legolas], Viggo Mortensen [Aragorn], Liv Tyler [Arwen], and more, along with director Peter Jackson and, presumably, the kind doting ghost of J.R.R. Tolkien just off-screen." The Wrap has more details, including the fact that the event was to support No Kid Hungry, a charity in support of ending childhood hunger, and some ways they changed J.R.R. Tolkein's book for the movie:"Gandalf does not say, 'You shall not pass!' in the book," McKellen notes. "He says, 'You will not pass." [Co-writer Philippa] Boyens also notes that Gandalf's first line in the trilogy was one she came up with herself, instead of coming from Tolkien: "A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to." Another moment from the trilogy that gained Internet immortality was Boromir's famous "One does not simply" speech, where he warns the Council of Elrond that trying to sneak into Mordor to destroy the One Ring is impossible. Jackson admits that the speech was written the day before the council scene was filmed and while Sean Bean's speech was done so well that it became a meme, he needed some help to remember it. "What Sean did, which I thought was really clever, is he got a print-out of the speech taped to his knee," Jackson said, pointing out Bean places his hand to his head to display Boromir's sense of despair. "If you watch the scene now, you'll see every time that Sean has to check his script."

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Shrimp shells to serve as the basis for new multi-protective coatings

1 Jun 2020, 12:49 am | New Atlas - New Technology & Science News

Shrimp shells are one source of chitin

Chitin derived from shrimps, mushrooms, and other organisms may lead to new 3D-printed, multi-layered polymer coatings to protect soldiers against bullets, lasers, toxic gases, microbes, and other hazards.

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SpaceX's Crew Dragon makes history with successful docking at the ISS

1 Jun 2020, 12:48 am | New Atlas - New Technology & Science News

Mission control watches on as the Crew Dragon prepares to dock with the ISS

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon has continued charting its history-making course through space by successfully delivering astronauts to the International Space Station, becoming the first privately built spacecraft to do so. The two NASA astronauts aboard the flight have now joined the crew aboard the orbiting laboratory, where they will spend some time before hopping back into the Crew Dragon capsule and making a break for home.

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Australia to refund $720m in ‘debts’ determined by dodgy algorithm

1 Jun 2020, 12:32 am | The Register

May well have been killer algorithm, too

Australia will refund more than AU$720m (US$480M) to residents adjudged to owe the Federal government a debt that did not exist.…

Walmart Employees Complain Its Anti-Shoplifting AI Is Buggy, Inaccurate, and Dangerous

31 May 2020, 11:44 pm | Slashdot

Walmart uses "Everseen" AI technology in thousands of its stores "to prevent shoplifting at registers and self-checkout kiosks," reports Wired. But some Walmart workers claim that instead it's often failed to stop actual instances of stealing, misidentified innocuous behavior as theft -- and made it harder for them to social distance:The workers said they had been upset about Walmart's use of Everseen for years and claimed colleagues had raised concerns about the technology to managers but were rebuked. They decided to speak to the press, they said, after a June 2019 Business Insider article reported Walmart's partnership with Everseen publicly for the first time. The story described how Everseen uses AI to analyze footage from surveillance cameras installed in the ceiling and can detect issues in real time, such as when a customer places an item in their bag without scanning it. When the system spots something, it automatically alerts store associates... In interviews, the workers, whose jobs include knowledge of Walmart's loss-prevention programs, said their top concern with Everseen was false positives at self-checkout. The employees believe that the tech frequently misinterprets innocent behavior as potential shoplifting, which frustrates customers and store associates, and leads to longer lines. "It's like a noisy tech, a fake AI that just pretends to safeguard," said one worker. The coronavirus pandemic has given their concerns more urgency. One Concerned Home Office Associate said they worry false positives could be causing Walmart workers to break social-distancing guidelines unnecessarily. When Everseen flags an issue, a store associate needs to intervene and determine whether shoplifting or another problem is taking place. In an internal communication from April obtained by WIRED, a corporate Walmart manager expressed strong concern that workers were being put at risk by the additional contact necessitated by false positives and asked whether the Everseen system should be turned off to protect customers and workers. Before COVID-19, "it wasn't ideal, it was a poor customer experience," the worker said. "AI is now creating a public health risk."

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HyPoint's "turbo fuel cells" promise huge range and power for eVTOLs

31 May 2020, 11:11 pm | New Atlas - New Technology & Science News

Bartini's eVTOL design, with eight tilting, coaxial ducted rotors, promises 550-km (342-mi) ranges and 300-km/h (186-mph) speeds thanks to HyPoint's turbo air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell powertrains

A California company says its new "turbo air-cooled" fuel cell design can deliver three times the power and four times the lifespan of a regular fuel cell, opening the door for high-speed, long-range, hydrogen-powered electric VTOL aircraft.

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Are Food Delivery Services Actually Losing Money?

31 May 2020, 10:34 pm | Slashdot

Food delivery services like Grubhub should be thriving, especially during the pandemic. But they're not, The Markup reports:In August 2019, analysts from the investment firm Cowen estimated that Uber Eats was losing $3.36 on every order and would continue to lose money on every order for the next five years. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged that Uber Eats is not yet profitable in an email to employees in March after its parent company laid off more than 3,700 employees.... In early March, DoorDash filed to go public despite losing an estimated $450 million in 2019, according to The New York Times. DoorDash declined to comment on that estimate or its path to profitability, but regarding the latter CEO Tony Xu told Fortune in February that "we're working our way there...." Meanwhile, other companies have been ditching the food delivery business: Yelp sold Eat24 to Grubhub, Square sold Caviar to DoorDash, and Amazon shut down its Amazon Restaurants delivery service. Grubhub, which also owns Seamless, is publicly traded and the only one of the big four that has achieved profitability. Still, it lost more than a third of its value after revenue fell below investors' expectations in the third quarter of 2019. In a letter to shareholders, the company revealed two things: Customers were "promiscuous," or not loyal to the Grubhub platform, and the delivery part of the business was fundamentally not profitable. Instead, delivery was just a "means to an end" — getting restaurants to sign up on the Grubhub platform and then upselling them on "marketing" benefits, like greater visibility in Grubhub's search results. In other words, like many tech companies, GrubHub is primarily an advertising company. "Bottom line is that you need to pay someone enough money to drive to the restaurant, pick up food and drive it to a diner. . . ," the company wrote. "At some point, delivery drones and robots may reduce the cost of fulfillment, but it will be a long time before the capital costs and ongoing operating expenses are less than the cost of paying someone for 30-45 minutes of their time."

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Linus Torvalds Argues Against 80-Column Line Length Coding Style, As Linux Kernel Deprecates It

31 May 2020, 9:34 pm | Slashdot

"The Linux kernel has officially deprecated its coding style that the length of lines of code comply with 80 columns as the 'strong preferred limit'," reports Phoronix:The Linux kernel like many long-standing open-source projects has a coding style guideline that lines of code be 80 columns or less, but now that while still recommended is no longer going to be enforced. This stems from Linus Torvalds commenting on Friday that excessive linebreaks are bad and he is against ugly wrapped code that is strictly sticking to 80 characters per line. This is part of the broader trend that most are no longer using 80x25 terminals... This deprecation involves updating the documentation on the kernel's coding style to be more sensible and updating the script that checks patches to no longer have a max line length of 80. Instead, the check patch script is using a maximum line length of 100. Torvalds noted Friday that spreading code over multiple lines created problems for single-line utilities like grep, while longer lines "are fundamentally useful..."[H]onestly, I don't want to see patches that make the kernel reading experience worse for me and likely for the vast majority of people, based on the argument that some odd people have small terminal windows... If you or Christoph have 80 character lines, you'll get possibly ugly wrapped output. Tough. That's _your_ choice. Your hardware limitations shouldn't be a pain for the rest of us... So no. I do not care about somebody with a 80x25 terminal window getting line wrapping. For exactly the same reason I find it completely irrelevant if somebody says that their kernel compile takes 10 hours because they are doing kernel development on a Raspberry PI with 4GB of RAM. People with restrictive hardware shouldn't make it more inconvenient for people who have better resources... If you choose to use a 80-column terminal, you can live with the line wrapping. It's just that simple. "Yes, staying withing 80 columns is certainly still _preferred_," notes the official commit message for this change. "But it's not the hard limit that the checkpatch warnings imply, and other concerns can most certainly dominate. Increase the default limit to 100 characters. Not because 100 characters is some hard limit either, but that's certainly a 'what are you doing' kind of value and less likely to be about the occasional slightly longer lines.'"

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Protesting Mark Zuckerberg Comments About Fact-Checking, Fake News About Mark Zuckerberg Goes Viral

31 May 2020, 8:34 pm | Slashdot

"I don't think that Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday. Since then, Vice reports, "Fake news about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is being shared widely on the internet, including on his own social network..."Zuckerberg's quote is particularly confusing because Facebook does fact-check some news posts, and uses a byzantine, third-party system to do so. Nonetheless, Donald Trump later quoted Zuckerberg's favorable response in a tweet. Now, two satirical articles by websites with Australian domain names are going viral on Facebook, spreading misinformation about Zuckerberg and calling attention to his stance against fact checking by social media companies. The first article, posted on Thursday by a site called The Chaser, is titled "'Social media should not fact check posts,' says child molester Mark Zuckerberg," which also baselessly alleges that the CEO likes black jellybeans. It has more than 200,000 interactions on Facebook, according to the Facebook-owned analytics platform Crowdtangle. This article has also gone viral on Twitter, where The Chaser's tweet has amassed more than 4,000 retweets. Another article, also posted on Thursday from a site called The Shovel, is titled "Mark Zuckerberg — Dead at 36 — Says Social Media Should Not Fact Check Posts." This post has nearly 50,000 interactions on Facebook and is also viral on Twitter.

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82-Year-Old Ridley Scott Shares Some Secrets About 'Alien'

31 May 2020, 7:34 pm | Slashdot

Ridley Scott was the fifth choice to direct the 1979 film Alien, remembers the Los Angeles Times, "meaning that no one was expecting the film to become as important and influential as it now is." This week they chronicled some more remembrances about the film from 82-year-old Ridley Scott:The central role of Ellen Ripley — also portrayed by Sigourney Weaver in three subsequent sequels — was originally written as a man... "I think it was Alan Ladd [then president of 20th Century Fox] who said, 'Why can't Ripley be a woman?' And there was a long pause, that at that moment I never thought about it. I thought, why not, it's a fresh direction, the ways I thought about that. And away we went... I found Sigourney by word of mouth. Somebody had been told that Siourney was on an off-Broadway stage doing something, that I should meet. And I did," Scott said. "And there it was, she was perfect. In terms of scale, size, intelligence, her acting is just fantastic. And so it was made for her, really." The film's notorious chest-burster scene, in which an alien creature emerges from within actor John Hurt's chest, is now among the classic scenes in modern horror cinema. It was shot with multiple cameras because Scott could only really perform the full effect once, "because once I blew blood all over that set, there was no cleaning it up... I kept it very much from the actors and I kept the actual little creature, whatever that would be, from the actors. I never wanted them to see it," Scott said. "Remember there was no digital effects in those days at all. I'm going to somehow bring that creature out of his chest...." Scott recalled the influence that Star Wars had on him at the time, noting, "It opened the gate for me feeling comfortable that science fiction was no longer silly fantasy but actually had a reality to it... So I was blown away... My hat still comes off to George," Scott said of Lucas for the first Star Wars. "Without question his was by far the best, still." Scott directed the 2017 film Alien: Covenant, the Times notes, "And he may not be done yet. "What I always thought when I was making it, the first one, why would a creature like this be made and why was it traveling in what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs. What was the purpose of the vehicle and what was the purpose of the eggs? That's the thing to question — who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think."

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Dutch Restaurant Will Re-Open With Robot Waiters

31 May 2020, 6:34 pm | Slashdot

When Dutch restaurants open tomorrow, one will be using two shiny white-and-red robot waiters, reports the Associated Press:"Hello and welcome," the robots say — in a voice best described as pre-programmed. Their duties will include greeting customers, serving drinks and dishes and returning used glasses and crockery. It's unclear whether diners will be expected to tip. One thing the robots will certainly do is see that social distancing rules are respected. "We will use them to make sure the five feet we need during the corona crisis sticks," Leah Hu said. "I've had negative reactions," she said, "such as saying it makes it impersonal." But it may prove just what customers crave when Dutch restaurants are allowed to reopen Monday as lockdown restrictions are further eased. In a stab at quasi-human panache, one robot wears a chiffon scarf around its neck.... And in the southern Zeeland province, the Hus don't want to hear any complaints about the robots robbing young people of a job. They say it's hard enough anyway to find staff in a rural region without any major city close by... "We are often busy and cleaning tables and the robots give us an extra hand." It also frees up the human staff for some more personal contact. "We are not disappearing. We are still here. They will always need people in this industry," she said.

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Microsoft Edge To Save Edits Made To PDF Files Without Saving a Copy Each Time

31 May 2020, 5:34 pm | Slashdot

techtsp quotes The Windows Club: In a major breakthrough, Microsoft Edge now supports Native File System API, which will take progressive web apps and their usage to a whole new level. An official roadmap entry points towards the new development, which only means one thing: Bridging the native app gap using modern web technologies...This is exactly where Microsoft Edge's Native File System API support comes into play, and Edge is already rolling out a native PDF editing support that uses this Native File System API. In the future, Microsoft Edge users can easily save edits made to PDF documents back to the file instead of saving a copy each time... Starting in Google Chrome 83, a new origin trial has started for the Native File System API for all desktop platforms including Windows, Linux, and macOS. We saw it in action in the text editor demo.... Over the last few years, the web has evolved into an incredibly powerful platform in itself, and with the introduction and significant adoption of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), the cross-device software delivery became much easier. But no matter how great PWAs are, they have certain limitations that we can't possibly ignore. And these limitations prevent users from replacing native apps with progressive web apps. In short, PWAs can't do everything that native apps can do.

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The Station: Amazon eyes Zoox, Aurora goes back to school and Cabana hits the road

31 May 2020, 5:32 pm | TechCrunch

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m […]

Zoom's New, Stronger Encryption May Only Protect Paying Clients

31 May 2020, 4:34 pm | Slashdot

"Zoom plans to strengthen the encryption of its service for paying customers," reports Newsweek, "but the upgrade will not be available to users of its free service."Zoom security consultant Alex Stamos later confirmed the details of the reported move in an interview with Reuters, which first reported the changes on Friday. But he also told the news outlet that Zoom's plans could still change. "The CEO is looking at different arguments," Stamos said. "The current plan is paid customers plus enterprise accounts where the company knows who they are." In the wake of privacy concerns, he added that Zoom was making significant efforts to upgrade safety and trust on its platform. In an emailed statement to Newsweek, a Zoom spokesperson said: "Zoom's approach to end-to-end encryption is very much a work in progress — everything from our draft cryptographic design, which was just published last week, to our continued discussions around which customers it would apply to."The tech company's plans to boost the encryption of video calls on its platform have been revealed a month after it was reported that half a million Zoom account credentials were being sold on the Dark Web. Zoom's increased usage during lockdowns brought increase scrutiny, reports CNET, which "revealed several Zoom security problems and the fact that an earlier Zoom boast of end-to-end encryption was baseless."

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6 VCs share their bets on the future of work

31 May 2020, 2:34 pm | TechCrunch

As tech companies like Twitter and Facebook gear up for longer-term remote work solutions, the future of work is becoming one of the more exciting opportunities in venture capital, Charles River Ventures general partner Saar Gur told TechCrunch. And as loneliness mounts with shelter-in-place orders implemented in various forms across the world, investors are looking […]

SpaceX’s first crewed spacecraft successfully docks with the International Space Station

31 May 2020, 2:21 pm | TechCrunch

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ‘Endeavor’ successfully docked with the International Space Station as planned on Sunday morning, marking another key milestone during this historic Commercial Crew demonstration mission it’s conducting with NASA. On board Crew Dragon were NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, the test pilots selected to be the first ever humans to fly […]

Watch live as SpaceX’s first astronaut-carrying spacecraft docks with the International Space Station

31 May 2020, 1:43 pm | TechCrunch

Today at around 10:30 AM EDT (7:30 AM PDT), SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will dock with the International Space Station, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board. The two have been in flight on orbit since launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida yesterday at 3:22 PM EDT, a historic launch that […]

Our grimdark meathook cyberpunk now

31 May 2020, 1:00 pm | TechCrunch

Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Living and working in a worsening world Why are people who cite videos always wrong? Ten […]

Cisco hacked: Six backend servers used by customer VIRL-PE deployments compromised via SaltStack

31 May 2020, 9:32 am | The Register

Plus other news from infosec land this week

Roundup  Six Cisco-operated servers were hacked via SaltStack security vulnerabilities, the networking giant revealed this week.…