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DHS and FDA warn about much broader impact of Urgent/11 vulnerabilities

Image: Armis The US Department of Homeland Security and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have published advisories this week warning about a much broader impact of the Urgent/11 vulnerabilities, which impact more operating systems than initially thought. The Urgent/11 security flaws were initially disclosed over the summer by cyber-security firm Armis. They allow attackers to run malicious code… Read more →

Fedora drops 32-bit Linux

What’s holding the Linux desktop back? Linus Torvalds looks to Chromebooks and Android for the future of the Linux desktop, while Linux Mint developers aren’t happy with each other. Seven years ago, Linus Torvalds dropped “ancient-386-CPUs” support from the Linux kernel, dismissing it with “good riddance.” While 32-bit Linux lingered on, it was no longer part of Linux’s mainstream. Gradually,… Read more →

Microsoft: Iranian hackers targeted a 2020 presidential campaign

US responds to Iran with a cyberattack against missile-control system Attack took place after President Trump backed off from using conventional weapons to strike Iran. Microsoft disclosed today that Iranian state-sponsored hackers tried to hack into email accounts belonging to current and former US government officials, and members of a 2020 US presidential campaign. The attacks have taken place “in… Read more →

Alteryx buys Feature Labs to automate ML feature engineering

Alteryx has just announced the acquisition of Feature Labs, a tiny three year-old Cambridge, Mass.-based startup that will add capabilities for automating feature engineering to machine learning (ML) models. This was a pure technology acquisition that complements Alteryx’s recently unveiled assisted modeling capability that guides users through the process of building ML models. Best known for its self-service data preparation… Read more →

Can iOS 13’s Optimized Battery Charging save your battery?

The best new features in iOS 13 With iOS 13 set to roll out on September 19, ZDNet’s Beth Mauder walks you through her five favorite new features and how you can add them to your iPhone. Read more: https://zd.net/2QbuNNR iOS 13 has a new feature called Optimized Battery Charging which is supposed to slow down battery aging by preventing… Read more →

Hands-on at Surface event: New direction or more of the same? Yes and yes

Microsoft’s new Surface devices are loaded with ‘impressive engineering’ The seven-year-old Surface line welcomes a slew of new and updated devices — including a few surprises. Ed Bott walks us through the highlights. Read more: https://zd.net/2nK4rFf Earlier this year, a PC industry analyst predicted in public that Microsoft would shut down its Surface business unit by the end of 2019…. Read more →

EA website snafu leaks data of 1,600 FIFA 20 pro gamers

Image: EA, via FIFA 20 Global Series website Gaming company Electronic Arts (EA) has plugged a website glitch that has accidentally leaked the personal details of approximately 1,600 users who signed up on one of its websites. The website was for EA’s FIFA 20 Global Series, a competitive tournament for the company’s recently launched FIFA 20 soccer-themed game. The company… Read more →

Microsoft is right, two screens are far better than a folding OLED display

Microsoft’s new Surface devices are loaded with ‘impressive engineering’ The seven-year-old Surface line welcomes a slew of new and updated devices — including a few surprises. Ed Bott walks us through the highlights. Read more: https://zd.net/2nK4rFf As much as I like cutting-edge technology, there are times when I think that playing it safe is a good idea. And this is… Read more →

Next gen haptics: A soft, artificial skin with tactile feedback

A pair of robotics labs at a Swiss university have developed a soft, wearable skin that provides high-fidelity tactile feedback. Potential uses are wide-ranging and include rehabilitation and virtual reality. We take our sense of touch for granted. Oenologists have devoted dictionaries to describing the tastes and smells of wine, and sight and hearing have long been the vectors of… Read more →