Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons

Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons

But Matt Wixey, cybersecurity research lead at the technology consulting firm PWC UK, says that it’s surprisingly easy to write custom malware that can induce all sorts of embedded speakers to emit inaudible frequencies at high intensity, or blast out audible sounds at high volume.

Could Feds Force Companies to Support Your Right to Repair?

Could Feds Force Companies to Support Your Right to Repair?

Manufacturers can’t void the warranty on product just because the consumer went and repaired it themselves, swapped parts, or had it fixed by a third party.

The Fed Chair Says Facebook's Libra Raises 'Serious Concerns'

The Fed Chair Says Facebook's Libra Raises 'Serious Concerns'

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee that Facebook’s push into finance posed “many serious concerns.” In addition to worries about privacy, money laundering, and consumer protections, Libra poses serious risks to global financial stability due to the enormity of Facebook’s user base, Powell said.

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

Don’t tell anyone, but Jay Inslee is going to get a presidential debate focused on climate change .Inslee, the governor of Washington state and one of two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, has been agitating for such a single-topic debate for months.

Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art

Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art

This boat is light and fast, and folds origami-style into a 30-inch square that’s just 15 inches deep—small enough to fit in a car trunk or hall closet. The 40-pound Haven is one of the only tandem kayaks light enough for one person to carry.

Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue

Audi Recalls Some E-Tron SUVs Over a Battery Issue

Audi has voluntarily recalled some of its first electric vehicles, over battery issues that could cause fires, though none have yet been reported. The E-tron system monitors the battery for moisture, and Audi says a yellow battery warning light should appear if the vehicle’s sensors find something has gone wrong inside.

SpaceX Is Launching 'Organs on a Chip' to the ISS

SpaceX Is Launching 'Organs on a Chip' to the ISS

The following year, the NIH granted a total of $6 million to five research projects that would study how microgravity affects the human body by sending organ and tissue chips to the ISS.

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News. Here are the best rain jackets on the internet right now , and how to pick the best one for you.

Having Sleep Troubles? There's a Gadget for That

Having Sleep Troubles? There's a Gadget for That

Matteo Franceschetti began optimizing his life long before he started a tech company dedicated to sleep: heart rate monitored on an Apple Watch , a ketogenic diet, Peloton exercise bikes —one at home, one in the office.

Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext—Change Yours Now

Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext—Change Yours Now

It just got even harder: On Thursday, following a report by Krebs on Security, Facebook acknowledged a bug in its password management systems that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords for Facebook, Facebook Lite , and Instagram to be stored as plaintext in an internal platform.

When Facebook Goes Down, Don't Blame Hackers

When Facebook Goes Down, Don't Blame Hackers

“If you’re a DDoS attacker and you’re trying for a big target, and you want to have a big impact, you would probably look for an organization or a brand that doesn’t have as much connectivity to begin with,” says Alex Henthorn-Iwane, vice president at network security firm ThousandEyes.

A Teen Started a Global Climate Protest. What Are You Doing?

A Teen Started a Global Climate Protest. What Are You Doing?

Greta Thunberg cut a frail and lonely figure when she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August.

The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter

The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter

The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter Stay safe, warm, stylish, and caffeinated as you Bird. 3. Mission Workshop Bomber It gets chilly scooting along at 15 mph. Bell Clinch Cup Holder No matter your travel mode of choice, morning caffeine is a must.

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

The phenomenon is due to a shrinking “useful field of view,” the feature of visual attention that helps us recognize at a glance what’s important to focus on. Studies show that kids have a similarly limited field of view, hindering their ability to register the complete visual world around them.

Hacks, Nudes, and Breaches: It's Been a Rough Month for Dating Apps

Hacks, Nudes, and Breaches: It's Been a Rough Month for Dating Apps

"And often times these dating sites provide little to no security, as we have seen with breaches going back several years from these sites." Three's a Crowd OkCupid came under scrutiny this week after TechCrunch reported on Sunday that users have been dealing with a rise in hackers taking over accounts, then changing the account email address and password.

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug

Apple Takes Drastic Measures to Stop a Nasty FaceTime Bug Group FaceTime chats let people eavesdrop on whoever they called, a bug so bad that Apple pulled the plug until it comes up with a fix.

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw

Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw

Autodesk’s app converts the photo into a digital line drawing. Add layers using all the brushes, rulers, shapes, and curve tools you’d expect from the makers of AutoCAD. You get tools for drawing, inking, and coloring, and the app even helps with the tricky part: lettering.

Angry Nerd: Smart Replies Make Us All Dumber

Angry Nerd: Smart Replies Make Us All Dumber

And it’s no Lee Israel—she’d balk at all the fast-­flying verbal inanities. I speak of Smart Reply, Google’s answer, in the form of a triad of autogenerated responses, to the problem of email. It’s always been Google’s internet; we’re just living in it.

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

1. Pay for Play The average esports scholarship student receives $4,800 in tuition awards a year, according to the National Association of Collegiate Esports—but some can receive up to half off tuition.

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station

DIY Robotics Gear: CNC Router, Arduino, Dremel Tool, Solder Station

X-Tronic 3020-XTS Soldering Station Use this 75-watt soldering iron to forge solid electronic connections. The onboard Wi-Fi module will let you (or an automated web service like IFTTT) send your bot commands from afar.

Bio-Printers Are Churning out Living Fixes to Broken Spines

Bio-Printers Are Churning out Living Fixes to Broken Spines

Most work on 3D bio-printing is done in culture dishes, but this experiment was unique in that the team was able to do this in laboratory rats, and because the lab-grown cells then successfully bridged the gap of a cut spinal cord and partially restored movement to the animal's hind quarters.

Here's How Much Money You Can Make by Selling Your Own Data

Here's How Much Money You Can Make by Selling Your Own Data

Tim Berners-­Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, is building a platform called Solid , which will allow users to control which services access their data; Ocean Protocol , a decentralized exchange where people sell their data directly to AI businesses, has attracted tens of millions in VC funding while still in development.

Why a Hacker Exploited Printers to Make PewDiePie Propaganda

Why a Hacker Exploited Printers to Make PewDiePie Propaganda

A self-described “huge” PewDiePie fan and university student says they exploited tens of thousands of internet-connected printers earlier this week to spit out a message telling people, in part, “PewDiePie is in trouble and he needs your help to defeat T-Series!” The incident was first reported by The Verge.

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

The company requires these advertisers to go through an authorization process, which includes submitting their government-issued ID and a residential mailing address.Concealed Online’s owner says he had no choice but to register as a political advertiser when Facebook instituted its new policies.

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

Of course the story is more complicated than that, but the ability for members of society to privately smoke weed was essential for putting it on the path to legalization.We don’t yet know which subversive ideas and illegal acts of today will become political causes and positive social change tomorrow, but they’re around.

'Limited' progress at Bangkok climate talks

'Limited' progress at Bangkok climate talks

Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said on Sunday at the closing press briefing for the Bangkok meeting that progress was made on most issues but nothing was finalised.

Rise for Climate: Protesters take to streets across the planet to demand action on environment

Rise for Climate: Protesters take to streets across the planet to demand action on environment

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, it is a crisis of democracy, justice and human rights,” said May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, the New York-based campaign group behind the day.

Will John McCain be the last Republican leader in the Senate to address climate change?

Will John McCain be the last Republican leader in the Senate to address climate change?

Although others had brought climate change as an issue to the Senate, McCain, a Republican, and democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman were the first to bring climate legislation that aimed to reduce emissions.

IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

IPUs? These New Chips Are Minted For Marketing

It seems the devices’ graphic processing units, or GPUs, designed to render flying gore and mayhem, also ran physics simulations faster than the CPUs in ordinary computers.Today, researchers still use GPU chips, not just for modeling but for artificial intelligence.

Australia will honour Paris climate agreement, Simon Birmingham says

Australia will honour Paris climate agreement, Simon Birmingham says

On Sunday Birmingham said that Morrison “has made very clear we will continue to honour our commitments” including the Paris climate agreement, as Australia had done for the first and second round of Kyoto targets.

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