Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets Can Get Hacked Too

Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets Can Get Hacked Too

Shapeshift fixed a vulnerability in its KeepKey wallet with a firmware update in February.The attack the researchers developed against KeepKey wallets took time to prepare, but with enough planning a hacker could have quickly grabbed a target's PIN in the field.

Google's Head of Quantum Computing Hardware Resigns

Google's Head of Quantum Computing Hardware Resigns

In a blog post, Pichai said the milestone affirmed his belief that quantum computers might one day tackle problems like climate change , and name-checked John Martinis, who had established Google’s quantum hardware group in 2014.Here’s what Pichai didn’t mention: Soon after the team had first got its quantum supremacy experiment working a few months earlier, Martinis says, he had been reassigned from a leadership position to an advisory one.

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

Microsoft Edge received the lowest privacy rating in a recently published study that compared the user information collected by major browsers.Edge also sends the hardware UUID of the device to Microsoft and Yandex similarly transmits a hashed hardware identifier to back end servers.

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini's Launch Is Delayed Due to Covid-19

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini's Launch Is Delayed Due to Covid-19

For Microsoft's and Sony's console launches to face serious trouble, the impact of the coronavirus on production facilities would have to last through June, Pachter said.

An Unfixable Flaw Threatens 5 Years of Intel Chips

An Unfixable Flaw Threatens 5 Years of Intel Chips

Crew suffered a so-called credential stuffing attack that impacted the the online accounts of fewer than 10,000 customers.It also reportedly got hit by a ransomware attack that resulted in the theft of at least some of its data.

Microsoft's Secured-Core PC Feature Protects Critical Code

Microsoft's Secured-Core PC Feature Protects Critical Code

Microsoft already offers Windows Secure Boot, a feature that checks for cryptographic signatures to confirm software integrity.Instead of relying on firmware, Microsoft has worked with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm to make new central processing unit chips that can run integrity checks during boot in a controlled, cryptographically verified way.

Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud

Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud

Microsoft’s model is more like the existing computing industry, where cloud providers allow customers to choose processors from companies such as Intel and AMD, says William Hurley, CEO of startup Strangeworks, which offers a service for programmers to build and collaborate with quantum computing tools from IBM, Google, and others.

Google Buys Fitbit to Fulfill Its Own Bigger Ambitions

Google Buys Fitbit to Fulfill Its Own Bigger Ambitions

The mountains of data produced by Fitbit's 28 million users doesn't hurt either.“By working closely with Fitbit’s team of experts, and bringing together the best AI, software and hardware, we can help spur innovation in wearables and build products to benefit even more people around the world,” Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president for devices and services, said in a statement announcing the acquisition.

The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks

The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks

Reuters reported this week that the US carried out cyberattacks against Iran in response to the September attack against Saudi Arabian oil production.The latest: Thieves tricking people into thinking they're updating their Tor browser, when in fact it downloads malware that changes the victim's browser settings, enabling thieves to steal from their payment service accounts.

Here's Everything Google Announced Today

Here's Everything Google Announced Today

The company unveiled the latest Pixel phones—we’ve long known those were coming, thanks to leaks —as well as some new smart speakers, smart earbuds, and a new Chromebook.And like other top phones this year, the Pixel also gains a square camera module on the back.

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro motherboards in servers used by major tech firms, including Apple and Amazon, had been stealthily implanted with a chip the size of a rice grain that allowed Chinese hackers to spy deep into those networks.

Some Voting Machines Still Have Decade-Old Vulnerabilities

Some Voting Machines Still Have Decade-Old Vulnerabilities

This afternoon, its organizers released findings from this year's event—including urgent vulnerabilities from a decade ago that still plague voting machines currently in use.Participants vetted dozens of voting machines at Defcon this year, including a prototype model built on secure, verified hardware through a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program.

Little Talk of Sustainability at Amazon's Big Hardware Event

Little Talk of Sustainability at Amazon's Big Hardware Event

Amazon’s annual hardware event on Wednesday was not unlike its product announcements from years prior: The company unveiled a dizzying number of new Echo speakers, showed off how it's improving Alexa through sophisticated speech technology, and even revealed a couple of skunkworks projects—smart glasses and a smart ring—at the very end of its presentation.

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

Feds Say Tesla Autopilot Is Partly to Blame for a 2018 Crash

The panel asked automakers to “develop applications to more effectively sense the driver’s level of engagement and alert the driver when engagement is lacking” when using “automated vehicle control systems.” Tesla has changed how Autopilot works, requiring drivers to put pressure on the wheel more frequently while the feature is engaged.

Hard Times for Hardware?

Hard Times for Hardware?

In the coming year, hardware developers will start to see an even bigger desire for responsible labor practices, design for product end-of-life, sustainable material use, and transparency throughout their supply chain.

IPadOS Isn't Just a Name. It's a New Direction for Apple

IPadOS Isn't Just a Name. It's a New Direction for Apple

App Expose, the macOS feature which shows you all of your open apps, will soon work on the iPad. The Files app will have a column view, with a preview window, similar to the way Finder works on the Mac. The iPadOS demo at WWDC reached a kind of crescendo when a virtual thumb drive appeared on the giant screen behind Federighi, illustrating that the Files app on iPad will now recognize external drives and devices.

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

Apple's New Mac Pro Is Powerful, Pretty, and Expensive

Even the most powerful video-editing workstation is nothing without a display that can best represent the machine's output, and for that Apple has delivered something that might be more impressive than the Mac Pro. The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch Retina 6K monitor.

WWDC 2019: What to Expect From Apple's Big Developer Show

WWDC 2019: What to Expect From Apple's Big Developer Show

Marzipan is the code name for Apple’s years-long project of porting iOS apps to the Mac. The company doesn’t like to say it is unifying or “merging” its mobile and desktop operating systems.

What Boston Dynamics' Rolling 'Handle' Robot Really Means

What Boston Dynamics' Rolling 'Handle' Robot Really Means

For internet-goers, Boston Dynamics is that company that uploads insane videos of the humanoid Atlas robot doing backflips, of four-legged SpotMini opening doors and fighting off stick-wielding men, and as of last week, of a Segway-on-mescaline called Handle jetting around picking up and stacking boxes with a vacuum as its arm.

RIP AirPower: Apple Kills Its Elusive Wireless Charging Pad

RIP AirPower: Apple Kills Its Elusive Wireless Charging Pad

Apple ’s long-anticipated inductive charging pad for Apple devices has been cancelled due to the fact that it didn’t meet the company’s own high standards, TechCrunch reported earlier today. Apple’s AirPower was supposedly going to offer a new inductive charging standard, one that built upon the consortium-approved Qi standard.

Apple Updates Old iPad Models With New Chips, Pencil Support

Apple Updates Old iPad Models With New Chips, Pencil Support

Apple Updates Old iPad Models With New Chips, Pencil Support The iPad Air is back, this time with Pencil support. The iPad Mini and iPad Air are “new” in the accurate sense of the word; they have new processors and updated displays.

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers—Maybe

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers—Maybe

“It’s like working on a car with its engine running.” Sungjin Kim/Getty Images Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers are ogling the U.S. power grid. Peters’s group thinks that a utility company could use quantum-encrypted data to communicate with their hardware.

This Telecom Upstart’s 5G Tech Gets a Boost From Facebook

This Telecom Upstart’s 5G Tech Gets a Boost From Facebook

Common Networks revealed Monday that its millimeter wave service in Alameda relies on Terragraph, a hardware design Facebook open sourced as part of its Telecom Infrastructure Project.

CES 2019 Liveblog Day 2: Tuesday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

CES 2019 Liveblog Day 2: Tuesday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

iPhone Security Yubico Yubico has become close to ubiquitous in the field of hardware authentication. Read the full story.—Brian Barrett Stream Dream Vizio is showing off a lot of televisions at CES this year, as expected.

A YubiKey for iOS Will Soon Free Your iPhone From Passwords

A YubiKey for iOS Will Soon Free Your iPhone From Passwords

“We’re not exactly there with default settings on an iPhone yet, so there’s some work that developers need to do to enable their apps to work with the Lightning key.” One key limitation: Apple does not yet natively support FIDO2, an open source standard that lets you access your online accounts simply by plugging in a hardware token, rather than using a password.

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

One Goldman Sachs tech analyst not only slashed Apple’s share price target, but also compared the company’s challenges to those of Nokia in 2007, when that company dominated the global cell phone market and was hit by a sudden shift in how often people upgraded their phones.

8 Things to Expect From CES, Consumer Tech's Big Shindig

8 Things to Expect From CES, Consumer Tech's Big Shindig

TV manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, Toshiba, and Sharp are widely expected to show off 8K displays at CES this year; LG has even pre-announced what the company claims is the world’s first OLED 8K display.

Roku Channel Streams Shows to Your Phone, No Box Required

Roku Channel Streams Shows to Your Phone, No Box Required

And if you need any more indication that software will drive Roku’s future more than the hardware that powers it, look no further than the Roku Channel. Within a few weeks, the Roku Channel will not only host free, ad-supported content, but offer subscriptions to other streaming services as well.

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Last month Xanadu released PennyLane, a software package meant to make it easier to run machine learning algorithms on a quantum computer.Software packages like Xanadu’s and Google’s are compatible with multiple quantum computing architectures.

How to Safely and Securely Dispose of Your Old Gadgets

How to Safely and Securely Dispose of Your Old Gadgets

And you want to get rid of the device in a way that's as kind to the planet as possible.Here we'll show you how to take care of both considerations, no matter what the gadget you need to dispose of.Wipe Your DataDavid NieldWhether you're sending your device to be recycled or sticking it on Ebay, you don't want your finance spreadsheets, family photos, or Twitter login to stick around on the hardware, even if you don't think anyone would go to the trouble of trying to extract the data from your old gadgets.When it comes to gadgets with on-board storage, we're primarily talking phones, tablets, and computers.