The executive tasked with building back community trust in Upload, the VR startup shaken by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee earlier this summer, has quit less than six weeks after officially announcing she had joined the team as COO, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. Anne Ahola Ward joined as COO of Upload, which runs co-working spaces in its LA and SF offices as well as… Read More
It’s easy to miss the forest for the trees without a comprehensive view of what the proverbial forest looks like. As a result, here’s a compiled a list of all of the decentralized blockchain-based projects that I have been following, and was able to dig up through research, along with recommendations from friends in the ecosystem. Read More
Netflix today once again showed that its subscriber growth is on a tear — especially its growth internationally — but a note in the report may indicate one of the biggest challenges the company faces going forward. Netflix took home 20 Emmy awards this year, and that’s thanks to its enormous investments in original content. Shows like “Stranger Things,”… Read More
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Coding isn't always easy to learn, and some of the products that are designed to teach coding can be equally as difficult to figure out. These new building blocks on Kickstarter, however, are aiming to make coding lessons a snap.
Cubroid is the latest toy that wants to teach kids programming at a young age. This building block set includes blocks with motors, LED lights, touch sensors, light sensors, sound function, and proximity sensors. How you use them and what you build is completely up to you. (Or, er, your kids.) Read more...More about Kickstarter, Lego, Coding, Legos, and Coding Toys
Facebook has acquired tbh, an iOS app that’s popular among teens for delivering compliments. The company is allowing tbh to operate as it did before, which is similar to how other Facebook acquisitions, like WhatsApp and Instagram, are run.
Tbh lets you send prewritten compliments to friends, a method aimed at preventing people from writing nasty comments and cyberbullying. According to tbh, which stands for “to be honest,” over 5 million people have downloaded the app so far and sent over a billion messages since the app was launched in August.
Although the app is popular with teens, it can be accessed by anyone. The app presents prewritten compliments like “Could win an Olympic gold medal for their eyeliner game” with four of your...
It’s been a while since we last heard from Project Wing, X’s moonshot drone delivery project. But after a few fallow months, the team posted an update today and it looks like the project has made quite some progress. Alphabet’s X unit is now testing the Project Wing drones in southeastern Australia, where its flying machines are making deliveries right to its testers’… Read More
Bots are a thriving part of Twitter's user base, and it's likely they'll continue showing up alongside our own human tweets.
Twitter bots can be thought of as autonomous programs or entities that generate social content. Some of this content is harmless, like sports updates, and some of it intentionally malicious and polarizing — like the over 1,600 known bots that tweeted extremist right-wing views during the polarizing 2016 campaign, explored in a recent report from Bloomberg.
The influence of bots is strong, and much of this strength comes from sheer numbers. Earlier this year, researchers from the University of Southern California and Indiana University suggested that between nine and 15 percent of of Twitter users are actually bots. Twitter has around 328 million users globally, so even if the low estimate is taken, that's 30 million bots. Read more...More about Tech, Twitter, Twitter Bots, Twitter News, and Russian Election Interference
Google today launched a new feature that makes it easier to find pet pictures in Google Photos. The feature automatically seeks out pet faces and groups them in folders, just like it does people. You can label the photos with your pet’s name once they are grouped and there’s no need to type “dog” or “cat,” like before. To see the photos, simply type in Chester’s name into the search box. Users will also be able to search by breed, like Pug or Beagle, or even type in the corresponding emoji to find the pictures. Google Assistant will even create…
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Ah, WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access): you've protected our Wi-Fi so well for so many years now.
Unfortunately, that illusion of safety was shattered earlier today when security researcher Mathy Vanhoef reported a vulnerability in the WPA2 handshake protocol that he's calling KRACK (for "Key Reinstallation Attack). Since almost every modern Wi-Fi device uses it, that effectively means every modern Wi-Fi compatible device is vulnerable. You'll find more information about it in our earlier coverage.
Fortunately, Apple, Google and Microsoft have all already issued statements saying they've addressed the issue in some form or another.
Microsoft, in fact, has already addressed the vulnerability, along with an exhaustively detailed list of the changes it made. You should be able to protect your PC or any other Windows-powered device with a simple update.
"Microsoft released security updates on October 10th and customers who have Windows Update enabled and applied the security updates, are protected automatically," the company said in a statement. "We updated to protect customers as soon as possible, but as a responsible industry partner, we withheld disclosure until other vendors could develop and release updates."
- Check out our best VPN guide; any of the top-rated VPN services is likely to be good enough to protect you, even with KRACK around.
Apple informed Rene Ritchie of iMore that it had already patched the vulnerability in the betas for iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS. However, these betas are still largely only available to developers, but they should, hopefully, go out to consumers relatively soon.
Google, meanwhile, said that it is working on resolving it.
"We're aware of the issue, and we will be patching any affected devices in the coming weeks," the Mountain View, California company said in a statement to CNET.
The Wi-Fi Alliance, a nonprofit agency that certifies products for Wi-Fi security, announced that it would start testing for the vulnerability as part of its standard program.
"Wi-Fi Alliance now requires testing for this vulnerability within our global certification lab network and has provided a vulnerability detection tool for use by any Wi-Fi Alliance member," the organization said in its statement. "Wi-Fi Alliance is also broadly communicating details on this vulnerability and remedies to device vendors and encouraging them to work with their solution providers to rapidly integrate any necessary patches."
The agency also said in the same statement that a "straightforward software update" should fix the issue, and the actions being taken by Microsoft, Apple and Google seem to confirm that.
So, if you're using an iOS or Android device, try to stay off of public Wi-Fi networks for now. If you absolutely must use public Wi-Fi, make sure you stick to secured sites that have HTTPS in their web address. And, of course, hope that Google and Apple roll out their patches soon.
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