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US imposes stricter security screenings at foreign airports, but won’t expand laptop ban yet

  • The United States will require foreign airports to implement stricter security practices and screenings for any passengers headed to the US.

    John Kelly, the US secretary of Homeland Security, announced today that the new measures were being put in place. Though he didn’t go into specifics, Kelly said the new requirements would include further screenings of electronics, more thorough vetting of passengers, and measures meant to stop “insider attacks.”

    Enhanced screenings could obviate the laptop ban

    “I am concerned that we are seeing renewed interest on the part of terrorist groups to go after the aviation sector,” Kelly said today.

    The US is also encouraging the use of more bomb-detecting dogs, “advanced checkpoint screening technology,”...

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    15 hours 44 min ago

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Analysts think Petya ‘ransomware’ was built for targeted destruction, not profit

  •  The description of the Petya infections hitting computers worldwide as “ransomware” may be a misnomer, security analysts suggest. The malicious software’s code and other evidence indicate that the profit motive may have been a camouflage for an act of cyber-espionage targeting Ukraine. Read More

    15 hours 54 min ago

The iPhone 8 rumored to have super fast charging

  • When the highly anticipated iPhone 8 finally drops later this year, it'll be tough to get Apple fanatics to put their devices down — until their batteries eventually die, that is. 

    There is some (potential) good news for power users, though: powering up the iPhone 8 might just be the fastest, most seamless experience of any iPhone yet. The iPhone 8 could be in line for some new quick-charging capabilities, according to a recent Barclays investors note obtained by MacRumors

    The note claims the iPhone 8 will be bundled with the necessary specs for the fast charging thanks to new USB-C Power Delivery chips in the device and a new power adapter, which would allow Apple to introduce the capability without ditching its proprietary Lightning connector. The new prediction builds on previous insights from respected Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who wrote about potential USB-C to Lightning quick charging in a research note back in March.   Read more...

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    15 hours 57 min ago

Uber was warned about driver’s violent past before he raped a passenger, new lawsuit alleges

  • A woman who says she was raped by an Uber driver is suing the ride-hail company for allegedly ignoring previous warnings about the driver’s violent history.

    The victim, a post-graduate student from Kansas City referred to in court documents as “Jane Doe,” says she was raped by an Uber driver named Yahkhahnahn Ammi on January 28th, 2017. The incident was reported to the Kansas City Police Department, which has collected evidence and is currently investigating the matter. Ammi has not been arrested and was driving for Uber as recently as March 20th, 2017.

    A spokesperson for Uber said the company had just received the complaint and declined to comment while the specifics were being reviewed. “What’s reported in the complaint is deeply...

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    15 hours 59 min ago

Now your nightlight can notify you of retweets and emails

  • Aumi Mini is a new project on Kickstarter from the creator of Aumi, a Bluetooth nightlight which was funded on Kickstarter in 2015 and shipped to backers this year. The new Mini model is way more ambitious, however. It's a USB-powered nightlight that connects to your Wi-Fi, and includes IFTTT support for getting into all sorts of automated shenanigans.

    The exact sort internet events you'd like a nightlight to inform you of is, of course, entirely up to you. A few examples offered by Aumi include weather alerts, Wi-Fi-is-down notifications, and and smart home integration. Personally I'd like to use one to keep track of my unread emails. A light that will never fade.

    The nightlight can also trigger its own events based on the built-in...

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    16 hours 30 sec ago

Uber hit with lawsuit for not providing wheelchair-accessible cars

  • The Equal Rights Center has filed a lawsuit against Uber today, adding another legal battle for the company to juggle among rape lawsuits and class action lawsuits. This time Uber is accused of denying equal access to people who use wheelchairs and violating Title 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The lawsuit alleges that Uber has excluded people who use wheelchairs in Washington, DC, where the Equal Rights Center is located. It also says that Uber isn’t offering wheelchair-accessible cars in its UberX line. According to the suit, Uber had the choice of including wheelchair access in its fleet of cars but chose not to, an issue that was highlighted by The Verge last year.

    “Were they to be accessible to wheelchair users, Uber’s...

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    16 hours 1 min ago

In new filing, Uber says it was unaware of Waymo data theft prior to lawsuit