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Google Photos Now Recognizes Your Pets

Today at 03:40 AM, via Slashdot

Today, Google is introducing an easier way to aggregate your pet photos in its Photos app — by allowing you to group all your pet’s photos in one place, right beside the people Google Photos organized using facial recognition. TechCrunch reports: This is an improvement over typing in “dog,” or another generalized term, because the app will now only group together photos of an individual pet...

Netflix Adds 5.3 Million Subs In Q3, Beating Forecasts

Today at 03:00 AM, via Slashdot

Netflix shows no signs of slowing down. The company announced its third quarter results, adding more subscribers in both the U.S. and abroad than expected. Variety reports: The company gained 850,000 streaming subs in the U.S. and 4.45 million overseas in the period. Analysts had estimated Netflix to add 784,000 net subscribers in the U.S. and 3.62 million internationally for Q3. “We added a...

Microsoft’s Fall Update With Redesigned Xbox Dashboard Is Now Available To All

Today at 02:20 AM, via Slashdot

Microsoft has released the next big “Fall” update for the Xbox One, which focuses on speed and simplicity. Engadget reports: The first “Fluid Design” interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customization. The top-level section has four shortcuts (your current game, two personalized suggestions, and a deal from the Microsoft store) and a horizontal carousel...

Every Patch For ‘KRACK’ Wi-Fi Vulnerability Available Right Now

Today at 01:40 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: As reported previously by ZDNet, the bug, dubbed “KRACK” — which stands for Key Reinstallation Attack — is at heart a fundamental flaw in the way Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) operates. According to security researcher and academic Mathy Vanhoef, who discovered the flaw, threat actors can leverage the vulnerability to decrypt traffic, hijack...

Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Hard Truths IT Must Learn To Accept?

Today at 01:00 AM, via Slashdot

snydeq writes: “The rise of shadow IT, shortcomings in the cloud, security breaches — IT leadership is all about navigating hurdles and deficiencies, and learning to adapt to inevitable setbacks,” writes Dan Tynan in an article on six hard truths IT must learn to accept. “It can be hard to admit that you’ve lost control over how your organization deploys technology, or that your network is...

Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $439.7 Million Loss

Today at 00:20 AM, via Slashdot

Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The Verge, Apple plans to appeal the ruling — continuing this long-running patent battle, which began back in 2012. From the report: VirnetX first filed suit against Apple in 2010, winning $368 million...

Kaspersky Lab Finds Flash Vulnerability Through Microsoft Word

Yesterday at 23:40 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Kaspersky Lab, which has been under fire by the U.S. government as possibly being an agent of the Russian government and spying on U.S. computers, has found a previously unknown bug in Adobe Flash that was apparently exploited by a hacker group on October 10. Adobe issued a patch to fix the bug today. According to Kaspersky, “the exploit is...

eBay Launches Authentication Service To Combat Counterfeit High-End Goods

Yesterday at 22:20 PM, via Slashdot

Ecommerce giant eBay has launched a previously announced service designed to combat the scourge of fake goods on the platform. From a report: eBay has proven popular with fake goods’ sellers for some time, with fashion accessories and jewelry featuring highly on counterfeiters’ agenda. The company announced eBay Authenticate way back in January with a broad focus on giving “high-end” goods an...

EPA Says Higher Radiation Levels Pose ‘No Harmful Health Effect’

Yesterday at 21:40 PM, via Slashdot

Readers share a report: In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels. The EPA’s determination sets a level ten times the drinking water standard for radiation recommended under President...

Trump says he’ll declare the US opioid crisis a national emergency ‘next week’

Yesterday at 21:32 PM, via The Guardian

Trump teases ‘major announcement, probably next week, on the drug crisis’Says he could revisit Tom Marino nomination as drug czar

Donald Trump on Monday teased a long-awaited announcement on tackling the crisis of opioid addiction. He also suggested his choice to lead to lead the National Office of Drug Control Policy might be under review.

Related: West Virginians struggle for answers in...

Google Chrome for Windows Gets Basic Antivirus Features

Yesterday at 21:00 PM, via Slashdot

Google is rolling out a trio of important changes to Chrome for Windows users. From a report: At the heart of these changes is Chrome Cleanup. This feature detects unwanted software that might be bundled with downloads, and provides help with removing it. Google’s Philippe Rivard explains that Chrome now has built-in hijack detection which should be able to detect when user settings are changes...

Leave It To the Heat to Dull Autumn’s Glory

Yesterday at 20:17 PM, via Slashdot

It’s autumn. Somebody tell the trees. From a report: Ordinarily, two signals alert deciduous trees that it’s time to relinquish the green hues of summer in favor of autumn’s yellows, oranges and reds. First, the days begin to grow shorter. Second, the temperature begins to drop. But this year, unseasonably warm weather across most of the U.S. has tricked trees into delaying the onset of fall’s...

Whales and dolphins lead ‘human-like lives’ thanks to big brains, says study

Yesterday at 20:02 PM, via The Guardian

The cultural brain hypothesis of human development could also explain cetaceans forming friendships – and even gossiping

Life is not so different beneath the ocean waves. Bottlenose dolphins use simple tools, orcas call each other by name, and sperm whales talk in local dialects. Many cetaceans live in tight-knit groups and spend a good deal of time at play.

That much scientists know. But in a...

Millions of High-Security Crypto Keys Crippled by Newly Discovered Flaw

Yesterday at 19:37 PM, via Slashdot

Slovak and Czech researchers have found a vulnerability that leaves government and corporate encryption cards vulnerable to hackers to impersonate key owners, inject malicious code into digitally signed software, and decrypt sensitive data, reports ArsTechnica. From the report: The weakness allows attackers to calculate the private portion of any vulnerable key using nothing more than the...

Austria is on the verge of electing a 31-year-old. Does his age matter? | Stefan Stern

Yesterday at 18:36 PM, via The Guardian

World leaders seem to be getting younger. But whether youthful energy and verve can ever make up for lack of experience remains a vexed question

Grey power this is not. Sebastian Kurz, the 31-year-old leader of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), looks set to become the world’s youngest head of government after Sunday’s elections. The country of elegantly dressed, respectably...

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