RSAC Top cryptographers – including Ron Rivest and Adi Shamir, the R and the A in RSA – on Monday played down the impact of AI and quantum computing, shrugged off NFTs, and responded to the development of a mathematical technique that allegedly thwarts today's public key encryption.
One of the experts even warned we're a generation away from totally destroying our privacy with brain-connected communications devices.
Parler, the social network favored by the far-right, is back up on Apple’s App Store and will apparently rely on AI algorithms to automatically flag hate speech.
Parler said the shutdown of its web hosting, and delisting of its applications, infringed free speech rights; it is embroiled in a breach-of-contract spat with Amazon over the matter. The Parler app was dropped from Google and Apple’s app stores and its social media accounts were removed on Twitter and Facebook. Amazon Web Services refused to host its cloud servers.
Video A Waymo self-driving car got stuck several times, held up traffic intermittently, and departed unexpectedly when assistance arrived. The wayward autonomous vehicle was finally commandeered by a support driver.
Joel Johnson has recorded several dozen videos documenting his rides in Waymo robotaxis which he posts to his website and YouTube Channel.
Video 54 details how a ride last week in Chandler, Arizona, went awry when his Waymo car balked at turning right from West Linda Lane onto North Dobson Road, a four-lane road where the right hand lane of the two southbound lanes had been blocked by traffic cones.
In brief Unlucky owners of Eufycam security cameras were horrified earlier today when they opened their app for the equipment and saw video streams from strangers' homes instead of their own.
A software bug was blamed for the fault, which has been corrected, we're told.
These 1080p Wi-Fi-connected devices are made by Anker, and are designed to be used indoors and outdoors. They can record to microSD cards and/or the cloud, and viewable via a mobile app. On Monday, some users found themselves staring at feeds from other people's homes – even those in other countries – and feared they were being watched, too. The privacy breakdown sparked an eruption of complaints on Reddit and Anker's support forum.
Shots have been fired in the audiophile world as Apple announced today that lossless audio was on its way to the fruity firm's entire catalogue of 75 million songs.
In a surprising move for customers accustomed to the company's usual methods of extracting cash from pockets, the upgraded sounds (due from next month) will not incur an additional cost.
It'll be an opt-in thing "due to the large file sizes and bandwidth needed," according to Apple, and the new lossless tier will start at CD quality before going up to 24 bits at 48kHz. High-resolution lossless goes all the way to 192kHz, although needs some external hardware (such as a USB digital-to-analogue converter) to make it work.
A public preview of Microsoft's Azure VPN Client for macOS dropped over the weekend.
Getting native Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication up and running has historically been tricky on a Mac. Either a lashed-together solution involving a third-party VPN along with AAD domain services or a cloud service such as JumpCloud was needed.
While accessing Active Directory is a relatively straightforward thing in the Mac world, enterprises possessed of a fleet of non-Windows devices attempting to make the leap to Azure's cloud infrastructure have a few hurdles to overcome.
Microsoft has published a Preliminary Post Incident Report on last week's events which broke Outlook on Windows for millions of users, making emails impossible to view or create.
It was on the evening of May 11th, UK time, and in the middle of the working day in North America (18:24 UTC, 19:24 BST, 11:24 Pacific), that many Office 365 customers using Outlook on Windows observed a frustrating problem: blank emails (or maybe showing just one line), even though a few lines of the email could be previewed in the list of messages. Attempts to create or reply to an email allowed a line of text to be typed, but when the user pressed enter, the text disappeared.
Admins steeped in the strange ways of Office and Windows tried the usual range of fixes, rebooting PCs, reinstalling Office, poking through the event viewer, digging deep into Outlook options to disable hardware graphics acceleration, but generally without success. The only things that typically worked was rolling back the last Office update, or running Outlook in safe mode. It was a huge waste of time.
In brief The murky world of ransomware criminals is all aflutter after it was revealed that Ireland's health services were hit by a second attack hot on the heels of one that took out its hospitals, while ransomware insurance refusenik Axa was itself hit with ransomware after its French branch vowed to stop buying off criminals on behalf of its customers.
French-headquartered insurance company Axa suffered ransomware attacks against four of its subsidiaries in east Asia, according to the Financial Times. Axa Partners' Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Philippines operations were "recently the victim of a targeted attack," said the firm in a statement to the newspaper.
A fortnight ago Axa HQ in Paris had vowed to stop selling new policies to French customers that allowed for ransomware operators to be given handsome payoffs in return for decryption utilities, or promises that victims' stolen data was deleted.
Following its decision to exit the smartphone biz, LG has reportedly started a fire sale of its unsold and unreleased assets, unloading them to staffers at a cutdown price.
Pics obtained from LG's intranet and leaked on Twitter show the company listing the LG Velvet 2 Pro (also referred to as the LG Rainbow) for the equivalent of ₩200,000, or roughly £125. The predecessor was sold carrier-locked for $599.
The bargain handset came with a few stipulations and caveats attached. For starters, would-be owners were warned the device would not receive any software updates, and would only have a six-month (later reportedly increased to 24 months) warranty. With only 3,000 units available, punters were limited to just two units per person, and were expressly forbidden to re-sell them.
The Microsoft board was conducting an investigation into Bill Gates' alleged "inappropriate" romantic relationship with a female Microsoft employee when he resigned in 2020, according to two investigative reports that appeared over the weekend.
The employee was not named and a Gates Ventures spokesperson denied the two incidents were linked, telling The Register that Gates' "decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter. In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier."
They also stated: "There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably."
Oracle this month filed a lawsuit against Envisage Technologies, claiming the Bloomington, Indiana-based IT firm has been violating its copyrights by running Oracle Database on Amazon Web Services in an improper way.
The complaint [PDF], filed in a US federal district court in California, alleges Envisage has been operating its Acadis Readiness Suite – a collection of training and compliance software aimed at public-safety officials – in conjunction with a version of Oracle Database Standard Edition 1 (SE1) from 2006 hosted by Amazon in its cloud.
Envisage, Oracle claims, deploys its applications on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) without the appropriate license, serving more than 2m public safety professionals (police officers, firefighters, etc) and over 11,000 government agencies. That is to say, Envisage uses a version of Oracle Database hosted on Amazon RDS, and Oracle doesn't believe this is correctly licensed.
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