Spectre, Meltdown: Critical CPU Security Flaws Explained

Security cryptography

The security flaws everyone’s been rushing to patch have names now: Meltdown and Spectre. There’s good reason everyone’s been rushing to patch things.

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Drones are being used to deliver blood, saving lives in Africa

Drones have been used to deliver a great number of things, from packages to pizzas to beer. But one company is using drones to deliver blood in an effort to save lives in Africa.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/02/drones-are-being-used-to-deliver-blood-saving-lives-in-africa.html

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5 Ways Etailers Can Fight Chargeback Fraud


This holiday selling season may have been a good one for retailers, but every silver lining has a cloud. In this case, one shadow will be cast by chargeback fraud, which can occur when shoppers request credit card chargebacks from the issuing bank instead of from the merchant. “Merchants bleed $227 for every dollar lost to e-commerce fraud,” said NuData’s Robert Capps. Etailers are “more susceptible to chargebacks, as they deal in card-not-present transactions,” observed Monica Eaton-Cardone, COO of Chargebacks911.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/85029.html?rss=1

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How social robots will invade our homes … and what we can do about it

I’m not sure how I feel about social robots. The idea is to have a bot that talks to you, recognizes your face and voice, and can take family photos on cue. But it also feels like your home has been invaded by an alien — one that might be recording everything you say.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/22/how-social-robots-will-invade-our-homes-and-what-can-do-about-it.html

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Did you accidentally friend a North Korean hacker on Facebook?

North Korean hackers have been preying on potential targets using Facebook, but the company has thwarted at least some of their activities.

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The FCC Screwed Up! My Firsthand Experience Without Net Neutrality


As a high-tech industry analyst, I have worked from home for more than a decade. As someone who tracks new technology and is always on the lookout for a better communications solution, I migrated to a VoIP service through Vonage early after its introduction. The service was great. I had great call quality and the flexibility to take the service anywhere. That went on until Cox Communications purchased my cable provider. Once Cox took over in our area, the call quality on Vonage deteriorated until the service became unusable.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/85017.html?rss=1

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Meet the US Army's new pistol

In future battles, U.S. soldiers will have a new sidearm for personal protection. The Army’s new pistol may see more action than the last thanks to a design that has great potential for offensive purposes like close quarter combat.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/13/meet-us-armys-new-pistol.html

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Firefighters slam YouTube prankster who 'cemented' a microwave oven to his head

Firefighters in the U.K. have slammed a prankster’s “irresponsible” behavior after they were called out to rescue a man who had cemented a microwave oven on his head in a YouTube stunt.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/08/firefighters-slam-youtube-prankster-who-cemented-microwave-oven-to-his-head.html

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Machines Could Become Driving Force Behind CX


Customer experience improvements have become an important part of companies’ digital transformations, according to survey results Mitel released Tuesday. More than 2,500 senior IT decision makers across North America, the UK, France, Germany and Australia responded to the survey. The participants represented businesses ranging from 250 to 10,000-plus employees in a wide range of industries. Customers, particularly millennials, readily have embraced digital technology in their day-to-day lives, the report suggests.

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New ARM Always Connected Windows PCs Debut, AMD Ryzen On the Way

Asus NovaGo

MIcrosoft’s first Windows on ARM machines have debuted, with a claimed 20-22 hours of battery life, all powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835.

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Tech Q&A: What Alexa hears, offline Netflix, fun Facebook features, converting to HEIF and more

I have an Amazon Echo and I am really concerned that Amazon is listening all the time. Does the Echo have any privacy settings?

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/03/tech-q-what-alexa-hears-offline-netflix-fun-facebook-features-converting-to-heif-and-more.html

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Drone finds mysterious ancient structure at Israeli military training ground

Archaeologists have used a drone to locate a mysterious ancient structure in the heart of an Israeli military training area.

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CPQ's Other Life


Configure, Price, Quote systems have a name problem. When they debuted, their basic functions gave a name to the category that was self-explanatory, and it fit well. As with any good idea in technology, however, frequent use brought with it demand for more functionality that quickly outstripped the technology’s charter — a happy problem. Today’s CPQ does all that its title initials claim as table stakes, and its new value is in making better use of time for sales reps and literally the whole organization.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84982.html?rss=1

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MacOS High Sierra 'root' bug makes hacking it easy

Mac computers with High Sierra installed (MacOS 10.13.1 or higher) have a serious bug that can let anyone gain root access to the system without a password.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/29/macos-high-sierra-root-bug-makes-hacking-it-easy.html

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Leaked Details Reveal Intel’s Upcoming 8th Generation Coffee Lake Chips

8th Gen Intel Core S-series Die

Intel’s upcoming plans for its 8th generation CPU family have allegedly leaked. If you’ve wanted a wider set of CPU options to choose from, you’ll be delighted.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/259576-leaked-details-shed-light-intels-unlaunched-8th-generation-coffee-lake-products?source=Computing

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