If the Australian government was hoping its encryption legislation would have a smooth run, it'll probably be disappointed.“Regardless of what Minister Taylor claims, installing software or legislating some other means to capture data as it is unencrypted on the receiving device undermines the very principle of end-to-end-encryption,” Steele-John said in a statement.Technologists The Register interviewed are generally concerned about the legislation.Nigel Phair, director of the University of New South Wales' Canberra Cyber program, said the laws demonstrate the age-old principle that “you can't legislate your way out of online problems … We can't legislate our way to an 'arrest now' button”.Phair said he would prefer to see governments better engage with the industry: “It's not legislation or ten million dollar fines, it's working with companies on next product suites so there can be lawful interception.”The drafting is problematic, Phair said, in particular the government's use of the expression “systemic vulnerability”, which he believes will be difficult to quantify.
Foxtel has today announced that it will be adding a dedicated 4K channel to its lineup of satellite services, with channel 444 going live some time in October.The channel will be included as a part of both the Platinum HD and Foxtel Sports HD subscriptions, and offer live sport, documentary, concert and movie content in 4K.In particular, Foxtel is making a point of having the service available in time for the Australia vs South Africa One Day International cricket, which will begin Foxtel’s 4K sports coverage on November 4.The pay TV company has also announced the launch of a new set-top box – the iQ4 – which will be needed by customers keen on watching Foxtel’s new 4K content.According to the company's announcement, “the iQ4 marks the start of a new wave of innovations for Foxtel that will maximise the value of a Foxtel subscription”, suggesting that the company will be trying its hardest to compete with the ever-growing ubiquity of streaming services such as Netflix and Stan.During the announcement, the company mentioned “guaranteed 4K” a number of times, a phrase that refers to the satellite format and the fact that it doesn’t rely on a stable internet connection to deliver hi-res media – a limitation of the aforementioned streaming services.
On Monday, the tech giant said that the eighth-generation graphics processing unit (GPU) design will focus on real-time graphical performance and rendering through the introduction of ray tracing.Modern graphics, game design, and professional rendering in both animation and photography have come in leaps and bounds in recent years.However, the process requires extensive server and processing power, which has proved to be a costly and time-consuming endeavor.Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced the first Turing-based GPUs, the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 5000, at the Siggraph professional graphics conference in Vancouver.The company claims the Turing architecture is the “greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006.”“This fundamentally changes how computer graphics will be done, it’s a step change in realism,” Huang said.
Square is expanding its cryptocurrency services across the the US.Its subsidiary CashApp announced that American users can now use the application to buy and sell Bitcoin in all 50 states.The company revealed the news in a post on Twitter (spotted by CCN).It is worth pointing out that CashApp first announced Bitcoin BTC support earlier in January – though only in select states.It appears the company is finally ready to open up the service to the rest of the country.Due to regulatory holdups and localized restrictions, CashApp was forbidden from offering its Bitcoin trading options in New York, Georgia, Hawaii, and Wyoming.
Blockchain is the new hip and happening thing in the world these days, or that's the way things look from the state of my email inbox.It seems like everyone has been jumping on the bandwagon to incorporate blockchain into their existing business, or forming a new start-up that's all about the blocks of chains.More than half of British people don't actually understand what blockchain is, and that makes them inherently distrustful of it.These findings come from OnePulse, who carried out the research at the recent IP Expo Europe trade show, and found that 53 per cent of people didn't know what blockchain was.On top of that 35 per cent of people claimed that they wouldn't trust their personal information t a company that uses blockchain, since they don't fully understand what it is.Related: What's the Blockchain, and Why Does Bitcoin Depend On It?
In a memo sent to staff last night - emailed to the Brit contingent this morning - DXC CEO Mike Lawrie thanked the exec for his time near the top of the org chart and unveiled his immediate successor.The Application Services business, of which Klaus was senior veep and GM since DXC was formed in April 2017, will be run by Mahesh Shah with immediate effect, insiders that viewed the memo told us.This latest upper management departure comes weeks after DXC waved goodbye to Steve Hilton, exec veep who ran the Global Delivery Organisation (GDO) internationally.His interim replacement was Samson David, who was second in command at the GDO division.Klaus rocked up at EDS in early 2004 as veep and GM, and became veep and GM of Global Applications and Performance Excellence at HP and subsequently HPE before moving onto DXC.Applications Services is a busy area for DXC, what with its nascent formal tie-up with AWS and all the application migration that customers are looking for as they consider shifting workloads to a public/private cloud set up.
You know how all the smokers switched from analogue cigarettes to new and supposedly healthier digital versions that need batteries and fluids purchasing from the weird shops that are popping up everywhere?Because it's so much healthier?Well, now they say switching from warm smoky air to cold apple-flavoured air isn't all that amazing a change to make, as huffing vapourised chemical compounds gives your lungs an entirely new collection of shit to deal with.This latest research into the nascent world of vaping suggests that the lungs, when faced with an attack of cinnamon-infused nicotine vapour sucked through the beard-surrounded lips of a modern smoker, may disable some immune cell function; and has the added bonus effect of increasing inflammation.And inflammation is one of today's leading medical blame-carriers for all sorts of additional health woes, with this study suggesting it interferes with the alveolar macrophages in the lungs that pull out dust and infections.Vapers will be happy to hear this was only the result of a small-scale lab test involving lung tissue samples taken from eight non-smokers, in which the cells were mechanically infused with vaping gases to mimic human use of the e-smoking systems.
After years of being ignored, if not ridiculed, Chromebooks are slowly becoming more interesting and more appealing.Because come October, Chromebooks might be declared dead or at least on their way to becoming pointless.And that will be thanks to an admittedly appealing feature that will be introduced by none other than Google itself.Chrome OS and Windows sitting on a treeThe Interwebs was suddenly on fire when XDA reported seeing signs of an upcoming feature on Chrome OS called “Campfire”, inspired by Apple’s “Boot Camp”, that would allow users to install Windows 10 side by side Chrome OS on Chromebooks.It would require a minimum of 40 GB of storage and possibly a processor that’s strong enough to run Windows 10.
Maybe it’s been a while, but you know what it’s like to walk into a climate-controlled space (that often smells good, too), find a nice item on a shelf, hold it in your hands, hand a clerk a few quid, and walk out the door with that new thing in a bag.But it’s not ironic, because Caspar finally figured out the truth.Casper, for what it’s worth, promises free and easy returns, as do most major online retailers.But if you’re really being honest with yourself, returning most things you buy online is a huge pain in the arse.Think of the carbon footprint, for heaven’s sake.Imagine the joy of spending your day at the shopping centre, walking from shop to shop and plopping your bum on as many mattresses as you want until you find the one that soothes your weary joints.
Once lauded as tools to enhance police accountability, body cameras have been facing increasing scrutiny from privacy advocates, and now one researcher has identified them as cybersecurity time bombs.Speaking to Wired ahead of a Def Con presentation, Josh Mitchell, a consultant at the security firm Nuix, demonstrated that many body cameras are vulnerable to hacking, making several different nightmare scenarios possible: officers themselves could be tracked while wearing the cameras, footage could be doctored or deleted entirely, and the cameras could be hijacked to spread ransomware or other malicious code throughout police networks.Mitchell demonstrated vulnerabilities in cameras made by Vievu, Patrol Eyes, Fire Cam, Digital Ally, and CeeSc.Cameras from Axon, the largest manufacturer in the US, weren’t examined for vulnerabilities, but Vievu was recently acquired by Axon.All five cameras, Mitchell told Wired, have specific vulnerabilities in how they verify videos and software updates.Specifically, they don’t use cryptographic mechanisms to confirm firmware updates or uploaded videos are legitimate.
Embattled electric car manufacturer Tesla racked up its third class-action suit, filed this evening in California’s Northern District Court, stemming from bizarre and potentially unfounded tweets sent last week by CEO Elon Musk.The first such suit was filed Friday by Tesla short seller Kalman Isaacs, who contended that the tweets were solely intended to manipulate the company’s stock price – a move that’s estimated to have cost Isaacs and those making similar bets upwards of $1 billion.Those advocating for or actually shorting his electric car venture have rankled Musk, who went so far as to call such traders “jerks who want us to die.” Another, similar class-action – Chamberlain v Tesla – came the same day.Interestingly, John Yeagar, the plaintiff in this new suit, was not a short seller at all.His suit states that “the fraudulent nature of Musk’s statements was uncovered over the next two days when neither Tesla nor Musk substantiated Musk’s claim that there was secure financing for a going-private transaction at $420 a share” and causing the stock price to drop from “$379.57 per share, on August 7, 2018, to close at $352.27 per share, on August 9, 2018.” One assumes Yeagar jumped at the opportunity to buy Tesla stock and then sell it off at the proposed $420 per share price tag, only to see its value drop after investors began to question the veracity of Musk’s claims.Yeagar’s filing reiterates what much of what the prior suits allege: that despite affirmative statements from Musk of having secured proper investment to go private, no such plans had been made.
Penguinistas mobilise against decision to support only EXT4Linux users are calling on Dropbox to reverse a decision to trim its filesystem support to unencrypted EXT4 only.The company's supported file system list, here, is missing some formats – including various encrypted Linux filesystems.Until that list was revised, Dropbox said it supported NTFS, HFS, EXT4, and APFS on Linux; as the new requirements makes clear, Linux users will only be able to run unencrypted EXT4.In this forum thread, Dropbox explains: “A supported file system is required as Dropbox relies on extended attributes (X-attrs) to identify files in the Dropbox folder and keep them in sync.We will keep supporting only the most common file systems that support X-attrs, so we can ensure stability and a consistent experience.”
20th Century tech causing problems in the 21stVideo Corporations are open to hacking via a booby-trapped image data sent by fax, a hacker demo at DEF CON suggests.The hack - discovered by security researchers at Check Point - relies on exploiting flaws in the communication protocols used in tens of millions of fax-capable devices globally, such as all-in-one fax-enabled printers.The team demonstrated the vulnerabilities in the popular HP Officejet Pro All-in-One fax printers during a presentation at DEF CON hacker event in Las Vegas on Sunday.Prior to the presentation, Check Point shared its findings with HP, which responded by developing a software patch for its printers.HP's advisory admits that, if left unaddressed, the security flaws created a means for hackers to push malware onto vulnerable Inkjet printers (many models are affected).
Back in June, Apple made a big fuss about group calls coming to FaceTime in iOS 12 – but it looks like the feature won’t arrive for a while yet.9to5Mac reported that the iOS 12 Developer beta 7’s release notes point to Group FaceTime being pushed to a future software update later this fall.That’s a bummer for folks who have been waiting to try video chatting on their iPhones with up to 32 people at once.The feature is also slated to arrive on macOS Mojave, but it’s safe to assume that this will be similarly delayed, if not even more than the iOS version.While you wait, you can try the new group calling features on Instagram and WhatsApp, which rolled out recently.However, you’ll be restricted to chatting with only three more people at a time on both services.
Watching TV will never be the same for the winner of this sweepstakes!CNET and CBS Sports have teamed up to give away a 65-inch LG W7 ultrathin OLED TV that weighs only 18 pounds and is a mere 3.85 mm thick.According to CNET's David Katzmaier, the "W7 OLED is like no TV you've ever seen."The TV comes with a special flush-mounting plate, the top of which screws into the wall as usual, while the bottom sticks to the wall with magnets.It also includes a speaker bar that handles Dolby Atmos, and it's flexible enough to impress your visitors by peeling it away slightly from the wall.But what is really going to blow your mind is how thin it is.
Samsung's reputation for creating the world's greatest OLED smartphone displays is undeniable at this point, but that doesn't mean the South Korean electronics giant is content to rest on its laurels.According to the world's foremost authority on display technologies, Samsung's done it once again, with the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 breaking several records to earn DisplayMate's highest ever A+ grade.Describing the Note 9's Absolute Color Accuracy as "visually indistinguishable from perfect" while also dubbing it the "most color accurate display we have ever measured," DisplayMate also note's the handset's High Brightness Mode as being 27% brighter and 32% higher in contrast than the Note 8, with a peak luminance of 1,050 nits when Automatic Brightness is switched on.The Galaxy Note 9 also set records in Color Accuracy and Intensity Scales, meaning that peak brightness doesn't change dramatically based on what's on-screen, while also earning top marks in Viewing Angle Performance, particularly when it comes to small shifts in brightness and color — including white.While not considered a new record, the Galaxy Note 9 matched the Note 8 with a Screen Reflectance score of 4.4 — said to be the lowest that DisplayMate has ever measured for a smartphone.Concluding its report, DisplayMate said that "the Galaxy Note 9 is the most innovative and high performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested," further cementing its verdict by also stating that the Note 9's display has "raised the bar significantly higher."
Salesforce has made major investments in other companies under co-CEO Marc Benioff.Robert Galbraith/ReutersSalesforce brings in billions of dollars in revenue each year from its subscription software subscriptions.But the $105 billion cloud company is also a big tech investor, especially when it comes to pouring money into other public companies that sell software to businesses.And those investments add up.As of April, Salesforce owned $1.02 billion of equity in other companies, according to a company filing.In a separate filing, published Monday, Salesforce revealed the size and scope of its biggest holdings.
Grimes and Elon Musk.Charles Sykes/APRapper Azealia Banks claimed that she spent the weekend at Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk's house, setting social media ablaze.Banks told Business Insider she saw Musk at home "scrounging for investors" after tweeting his plans to take Tesla private last week.Azealia Banks lit up the internet after claiming to be at Elon Musk's house for the weekend in her Instagram stories.Over the course of the weekend, Banks claimed, the couple essentially went into hiding as Musk sought funding after tweeting about plans to take Tesla private last week."But his dumb--- kept tweeting and tucked his dick in between his a-- cheeks once s--- hit the fan."
Oh, you thought sending a kid in a wheelchair careening off a giant cliff was bad enough?A new clip has surfaced from the iconically bad ‘80s film, Mac and Me, and let’s just say child murder was apparently not off the table for this family-friendly fare.Mac and Me, about a boggled-eyed creepy alien doll thing (a Mysterious Alien Creature, aka MAC) who befriends a boy named Eric Cruise (Jade Calegory), has become legendary for being one of the worst films of the 1980s, and possibly ever.Its cult status has endured thanks to stunts like Ant-Man’s Paul Rudd trolling Conan O’Brien by repeatedly showing the “wheelchair off a cliff” scene instead of footage from his upcoming projects.Fantastic Fest film curator Peter Kuplowsky has shared on Twitter what he says is a largely unknown clip from the Japanese version of 1988's Mac and Me, cut from the US release.Other tweets from people who’ve seen the Japanese version confirm his account.
Imagine standing before an iconic piece of Baroque architecture—and starting a giant fight.That’s effectively what happened earlier this month at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, where a 44-year-old American woman and a 19-year-old Dutch woman got into a violent argument over the best selfie spot.On Facebook, Rome police wrote that the two tourists started “to jostle and get slapped and punched” on 8th August after trying to get the best angle to photograph the fountain behind them.Their families soon joined in, and authorities say the fight between the two women eventually spiralled into an eight-person melee involving two 17-year-old Americans, the 13-year-old sister of the Dutch tourist, and a few others.The brawl was stopped after two officials on duty at the scene intervened, according to police, who also noted that there were no major injuries other than some reported bruises.There’s a video of the incident, which took place right in front of the fountain, purportedly best spot to take a selfie.