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New Mac Pro to be built in Texas, just like the old Mac Pro

Apple’s high-end Mac Pro desktop computer will be assembled in Texas following the US government’s decision on Friday to approve Apple’s request for a waiver on the 25 percent tariff on ten key critical components, such as processors and cases, that need to be imported from China. Must read: When is Android 10 coming to my phone? The new Mac… Read more →

Google launches Play Pass app and game subscription service

Google on Monday officially launched Play Pass, its game and app subscription service that rivals Apple Arcade. The $4.99 per month service lets users access over 350 premium games and apps with no ads or in-app payments. As an early sign-up promotion, Google is offering Play Pass for $1.99 per month for the first year. The Play Pass also lets… Read more →

Amazon makes the Echo Show more helpful for the blind and visually impaired

Amazon on Monday announced a new feature for the  Echo Show that should make life easier for blind and visually impaired users. With the Show and Tell feature, the smart speaker’s camera can recognize household pantry items. Users simply hold the item up to the display screen and ask, “Alexa, what am I holding?” executive guide What is AI? Everything… Read more →

Surprise! Your new iPhone 11 can break if you drop it

A lineup of broken iPhone 11 handsets SquareTrade It will come as absolutely no surprise to you to hear that the new iPhone 11 can break if you manhandle it or drop it on hard ground. However, testing carried out by protection plan provider SquareTrade did find an improvement in durability. Here’s the video showing the testing, along with the… Read more →

Microsoft releases out-of-band security update to fix IE zero-day & Defender bug

Microsoft has released an emergency out-of-band security update today to fix two critical security issues — a zero-day vulnerability in the Internet Explorer scripting engine that has been exploited in the wild, and a Microsoft Defender bug. The updates stand out because Microsoft usually likes to stay the course and only release security updates on the second Tuesday of every… Read more →

Microsoft’s new ‘Data Dignity’ team could help users control their personal data

Credit: theartofresearch.org Microsoft is staffing up a new ‘Data Dignity’ team in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. The team is researching ways to give users more control of their personal data, possibly even one day enabling them to buy and sell it to third-party entities. Microsoft increasingly has been banging the privacy drum as a way it hopes… Read more →

Peloton has big ambitions as IPO, competitors loom

Peloton is teeing up its initial public offering, with the aim of being a connected fitness, media, technology, product design, and retail juggernaut. Add it up, and Peloton’s biggest risk may be a lack of future focus. Now there’s a lot of technology behind Peloton, including algorithms for music selection, media production, product design, and supply chain and logistics optimization…. Read more →

Apple Watch helps save motorcyclists life

The Apple Watch 4 and later contains a sensor that is continually looking out for the wearer suffering a hard fall that could render them unconscious and summon emergency help. This is exactly what happened to Gabe Burdett’s father. Must read: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max: What are the differences? Burdett shared the story on… Read more →

Linux Foundation exec believes edge computing will be more important than cloud computing

Edge computing: Will it replace or enhance the cloud? Suppose thousands of small data centers you could fit in the back of a truck could replace massive, hyperscale cloud data centers? They’d be closer to customers, less costly to cool and maintain, and faster to deliver services to enterprises. What’s the catch? Take your pick, because there are several. Scott… Read more →

New North Korean malware targeting ATMs spotted in India

ATM wiretapping and jackpotting on the rise in the US Drills are the weapon of choice for criminals who spy on your activities at the cash point. North Korean hackers have developed and have been observed using a new malware strain that can be planted on ATM systems and used to record and steal data from payment cards inserted into… Read more →

Microsoft to add more AI-infused apps and features to Dynamics 365

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is adding new applications and features to its Dynamics 365 CRM and ERP portfolio, officials announced today, September 23. Many of the new additions to the line-up are “AI-driven,” which in this case, means they are built on various Microsoft AI technologies that are now part of a new “Azure AI” brand. Microsoft currently sells several AI-centric… Read more →

Privilege escalation vulnerability patched in Forcepoint VPN for Windows

Chinese hackers are scanning the internet for Fortinet and Pulse Secure VPN servers Security researchers spot Chinese state-sponsored hackers going after high-end enterprise VPN servers. A patch has been issued to resolve a privilege escalation vulnerability in Forcepoint VPN Client software for Windows.  Last week, cybersecurity researchers from SafeBreach Labs disclosed the security flaw, tracked as CVE-2019-6145, and said the… Read more →