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Submission + - Apple's updated 15-inch MacBook Pros have storage soldered to the logic board

yoink! writes: The integration loop is complete. Apple's, admittedly very fast, PCIe storage modules are now built right into the main boards of their 15-inch, Touch Bar equipped, Retina-screened, Thunderbolt 3 ported, MacBook Pros. A few forum posts over at MacRumors reveals the skinny on the quiet removal of the last user-upgradable component of their professional-series laptops.

Submission + - TrendMicro Antivirus may accidentally provide user passwords & command inter

yoink! writes: A horrifying set of vulnerabilities were found in TrendMicro Antivirus for Windows where the node.js-powered Password Manager, allegedly installed by default, opens HTTP RPC ports for "handling API requests."

A security researcher was able to demonstrate the ability to launch system commands and describes a straightforward(ish) process to retreive, and decrypt, the user passwords stored in the provided password manager.

Submission + - "Coloring The Universe" reveals the science of the most amazing Hubble images

StartsWithABang writes: If you love what’s out there in the Universe — the science, the mystery and the knowledge behind it all — there are few ways to better experience the wonder and joy than by looking at the fantastic images created from Hubble Space Telescope data. But these images didn’t just create themselves, and they’re not at all what your eyes would see if you were closer. This isn’t a flaw; this is a tremendous feature! In their new book, Coloring the Universe: An Insider’s Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space, Travis Rector, Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke show us how astronomers can use the full electromagnetic spectrum to pull out information, and then to display it to us in a visually appealing, intuitive and informative way. It’s not just a beautiful glimpse into the Universe; it’s a peek behind-the-scenes at how astronomers are creatively and artistically enabling humanity to see the full extent of what’s present.

Submission + - Of course, someone claims to own a patent covering many current HTTPS use cases

yoink! writes: According to an article in The Register, corporations big and small are coming under legal fire from CryptoPeak; the holder of the patent has claimed that the Elliptic Curve Cryptography methods/implementations used as part of the HTTPS protocol violates their intellectual property. Naturally, reasonable people disagree.

Submission + - New tool allows scientists to annotate media coverage of climate change (

Layzej writes: Have you ever been skeptical of a climate change story presented by a major media outlet? A new tool holds journalists to account for the veracity of their stories. "Using the Climate Feedback tool, scientists have started to diligently add detailed annotations to online content and have those notes appear alongside the story as it originally appeared. If you’re the writer, then it’s a bit like getting your homework handed back to you with the margins littered with corrections and red pen. Or smiley faces and gold stars if you’ve been good."

The project has already prompted The Telegraph to publish major corrections to their story that suggested the Earth is headed for a "‘mini ice age’ within 15 years." The article has been modified in such a way that there is no more statement supporting the original message of an ‘imminent mini ice age’.

Submission + - Uber shut down in multiple countries following raids (

wired_parrot writes: Worldwide raids were carried out against Uber offices in Germany, France and South Korea. In Germany, the raids followed a court ruling banning Uber from operating without a license. In Paris, raids followed an investigation into deceptive practices. And in South Korea, 30 people, including Uber's CEO, were charged with running an illegal taxi service.

Submission + - UK GCHQ spy agencies admits to using vulnerabilities to hack target systems

Bismillah writes: Lawyers for the GCHQ have told the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in the UK that the agency carries out the same illegal Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) operations that criminals and hackers do. Except they do it legally. GCHQ is currently being taken to court by Privacy International and five ISPs from UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Zimbabwe and South Korea for CNE operations that the agency will not confirm nor deny as per praxis.

Submission + - United flight costs less due to IT glitch, customer charged more after the fact (

ugen writes: This is a discussion on Flyertalk. Evidently, a United passenger accepted an attractive offer of upgrade when booking a flight on After flight was complete, United decided that the fare offered was an IT glitch, and charged the customer's credit card additional $1200 without prior notice.

Comment So.. (Score 1) 406

When we inevitable lose the battle (the government does have a tendency to get their way in these things), do we get to reap the benefits of a total information society? I mean, will there be a searchable database where I can find out where I left my keys? That link to that awesome video i saw on that i can't remember? If i remembered to feed the cat?

Submission + - Ö Bluetooth Ring is One of the Tiniest Personal Computers You Will Ever See (

ErnieKey writes: There are smartphones, smartwatches, and now apparently smartrings. The Ö Bluetooth Ring features a 64x32 pixel screen and is able to display emails, tweets, texts and more. It can also display a clock, as well as graphics on the convenience of your finger. While the ring is not yet available for purchase, Arduboy plans on mass producing them and making them available soon.

Submission + - Delivery Drone Test Success in France (

Zothecula writes: If pilot projects from companies like Bizzby and DHL Parcel are any indication, the skies of Europe could soon be buzzing with parcel delivery drones. GeoPost, the express delivery arm of French mail service La Poste, has now revealed that it undertook drone delivery testing at the Centre d'Etudes et d'Essais pour Modèles Autonomes (CEEMA) in September.

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