Day: June 28, 2019

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Google: ISP Data Caps Not Seen as Challenge for Stadia

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Google Stadia Controller

Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Google, was recently asked how data caps could affect Stadia gamers. Quite matter of factly, Harrison stated that data caps aren’t seen as a challenge for the service, because ISPs have a strong history of, “staying ahead of consumer trend.”

The question is valid, though. With Stadia offering the potential of streaming 4K games at 60fps, a players ISP-controlled data cap could be hit quite easily. However, Harrison says, “If you look at the history of data caps in those small number of markets — and it’s actually a relatively small number of markets that have [data caps] — the trend over time, when music streaming and download became popular, especially in the early days when it was not necessarily legitimate, data caps moved up. Then with the evolution of TV and film streaming, data caps moved up, and we expect … Read the rest

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Florida LAN: Someone clicks link, again, giving Key Biscayne ransomware

Florida LAN: Someone clicks link, again, giving Key Biscayne ransomware

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Key Biscayne, Florida, is the third Florida local government to get hit by ransomware within a month.

Enlarge / Key Biscayne, Florida, is the third Florida local government to get hit by ransomware within a month. (credit: Alicia Vera/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A third Florida local government has reported that it has been struck by ransomware. Key Biscayne joins Lake City as a victim of Ryuk, a form of ransomware first spotted in August of 2018. Ryuk was the final piece of what has been labeled the “Triple Threat’ attack, the other two threats being Emotet and Trickbot malware.

While the attack on Riviera Beach, Florida, revealed last week was similar—all three cases start with a city employee clicking on an attachment in email and unleashing malware—it’s not certain if that attack was also based on Ryuk.

Ryuk is targeted ransomware, originally linked to the North Korean “Lazarus” threat group, but now it appears to have been adopted by non-state criminal ransomware operators as

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New Hobbs and Shaw trailer stars a McLaren 720S and Hobbs’ mom

New Hobbs and Shaw trailer stars a McLaren 720S and Hobbs’ mom

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When it comes to action movies, I have a few rules of thumb—one of them concerns the Rock (Dwayne Johnson, not the movie). If he’s in a film, odds are high it’ll be good even if the starting material is Baywatch or Jumanji. I have a similar rule about Jason Statham, who in recent years has embraced a similar willingness to engage in a bit of tongue-in-cheek (though 2015’s Spy is worth watching solely to see him chew every bit of scenery in sight). Obviously, all this means the summer movie I’m looking forward to above all others is Hobbs and Shaw, the latest installment from the Fast and Furious universe starring both Johnson and Statham. That anticipation has only increased with the release of a third and final trailer on Friday.

Much of the footage in this new trailer has been seen before, but it feels

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Friday Phone Deals: Pixel 2 XL for $10/mo, BOGO Galaxy S10

Friday Phone Deals: Pixel 2 XL for $10/mo, BOGO Galaxy S10

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Pixel 2 XL Deal

A Pixel 2 XL at $10/mo is this week’s best smartphone deal.

For this week’s round-up of the best smartphone deals, we’ve got a big price drop on the Pixel 2 XL from Verizon, a couple of solid BOGO deals on the Galaxy S10 family, and a sweetened Pixel 3a package from Best Buy.

Verizon Pixel 2 XL is $10/mo

The Pixel 2 XL might be over a year old at this point, but it’s still a solid phone with an incredible camera that will get a ton of software updates. It’s also the favorite Google phone of DL readers (our review).

At Verizon, you can buy one for just $10/mo, which is a discount of $609. The full price is $849.99, but Verizon will give you bill credits for 24 months to bring the payment down to $10/mo. No trade-ins are required.

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“We need to up our game”—DHS cybersecurity director on Iran and ransomware

“We need to up our game”—DHS cybersecurity director on Iran and ransomware

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Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, at a recent Senate hearing. Krebs issued a warning earlier this week on a surge in Iranian state-sponsored "malicious cyber activity."

Enlarge / Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, at a recent Senate hearing. Krebs issued a warning earlier this week on a surge in Iranian state-sponsored “malicious cyber activity.” (credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)

Last weekend, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs issued a statement warning about elevated malicious Internet activity from state-sponsored actors in Iran. The notice corresponded to new warnings from private security research firms, including Recorded Future, of a surge in preparatory activity over the past three months by APT33, a threat group connected to the Iranian government and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, Iran’s military).

In an interview with Ars, Krebs explained that the reason for the warning went beyond that “regional activity”—attacks on Saudi Arabian companies and other organizations in the Persian Gulf and South Asia.

“Over the course of

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Apple moves Mac Pro production from Texas to China

Apple moves Mac Pro production from Texas to China

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A Mac Pro with its cover off, showing the internal components.

Enlarge / An inside view of the new Mac Pro. (credit: Apple)

Apple is manufacturing the new Mac Pro in China, marking a change from the previous Mac Pro that was made in the US.

Apple made the previous Mac Pro in Austin, Texas, beginning in 2013. But with the new Mac Pro unveiled this month being made in China, Apple is “shifting abroad production of what had been its only major device assembled in the US as trade tensions escalate between the Trump administration and Beijing,” The Wall Street Journal reported today.

“The tech giant has tapped contractor Quanta Computer Inc. to manufacture the $6,000 desktop computer and is ramping up production at a factory near Shanghai,” according to the Journal’s sources. “Quanta’s facility is close to other Apple suppliers across Asia, making it possible for Apple to achieve lower shipping costs than if it shipped

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Guidemaster: Is Valve Index the best virtual reality system to buy in 2019?

Guidemaster: Is Valve Index the best virtual reality system to buy in 2019?

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Front row: PlayStation VR, Oculus Quest, Valve Index, Oculus Rift S. Back row: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive Pro. (Only headsets from the front row made our recommended-in-2019 list.)

Enlarge / Front row: PlayStation VR, Oculus Quest, Valve Index, Oculus Rift S. Back row: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive Pro. (Only headsets from the front row made our recommended-in-2019 list.) (credit: Sam Machkovech)

Virtual reality as a consumer-grade tech isn’t going anywhere if the PC gaming titans at Valve Corporation have anything to say about it.

Today marks the company’s launch of its own VR system, the Valve Index, and it’s easily the company’s biggest hardware launch ever. Valve has previously sold $50 controllers and set-top boxes, and they’ve partnered with other hardware makers to launch things like computers. But the Valve Index is another level entirely—it’s priced at $999 for a full kit, built top to bottom at Valve’s Seattle-area headquarters.

What’s more, its launch day allocation sold out even before I’d written my lengthy hands-on impressions article last month. Not bad for a

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Signs from above: Drone with projector successfully trolls car AI

Signs from above: Drone with projector successfully trolls car AI

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A Renault Captur in more idealistic conditions.

Enlarge / A Renault Captur in more idealistic conditions. (credit: Renault)

After a recent demo using GNSS spoofing confused a Tesla, a researcher from [email protected] reached out about an alternative bit of car tech foolery. The [email protected] team recently demonstrated an exploit against a Mobileye 630 PRO Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) installed on a Renault Captur, and the exploit relies on a drone with a projector faking street signs.

The Mobileye is a Level 0 system, which means it informs a human driver but does not automatically steer, brake, or accelerate the vehicle. This unfortunately limits the “wow factor” of [email protected]’s exploit video—below, we can see the Mobileye incorrectly inform its driver that the speed limit has jumped from 30km/h to 90km/h (18.6 to 55.9 mph), but we don’t get to see the Renault take off like a scalded dog in the middle of a college

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Shaky Camera Returns: Here’s the Galaxy Note 10+

Shaky Camera Returns: Here’s the Galaxy Note 10+

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Thanks to Twitter, we could be experiencing our first eyes-on with the Galaxy Note 10+ this morning, previously reported to be called the Galaxy Note 10 Pro. Honestly, I’m cool with “+.”

Besides not being great quality photos, we can see that this device matches up nicely with the CG renders that came before it. On the frontside we have a single centered cutout for the front-facing camera, as well as what looks to be a three rear-facing camera setup on the back.

This all aligns with the renders and previous reports, with exception to the name. As of right now, we’re still anticipating two Note 10 variants, but information has been limited on the non-Plus model.

For anyone who was worried about the Note series losing its buttons, these photos do show physical buttons on the left and right side of the device. The … Read the rest

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Podcast: Cancel the Fold

Podcast: RCS Finally, Maybe.

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DROID LIFE SHOW

On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we’re discussing the latest in Android news from the past couple of weeks. We have what may be real Galaxy Note 10 photos to scratch our heads over, RCS rollout from Google without carrier involvement, Verizon preparing to lock phones, and all sorts of 5G news.

We also want to dive into topics like Google’s auto-delete option for your history, how bad Motorola is at updating phones in 2019, and why Tim is sad about Android updates these days. Poor, Tim.

Trivia is back again!

We’ll be live at 10:00AM Pacific (1PM Eastern).

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