Samsung unveils Exynos chips built for connected cars

Samsung’s Exynos processors are no longer confined to mobile devices and the occasional smartwatch. The company has launched Exynos Auto and Isocell Auto brands that will respectively make chips and camera sensors for connected cars. The Exynos lin…

Source: Engadget – Samsung unveils Exynos chips built for connected cars

Someone Used a Deep Learning AI to Perfectly Insert Harrison Ford Into Solo: A Star Wars Story

Casting anyone other than Harrison Ford in the role of Han Solo just feels like sacrilege, but since Ford is now 76 years old, playing a younger version of himself would be all but impossible. Or at least impossible if you rely on the standard Hollywood de-aging tricks like makeup and CG. Artificial intelligence, it…

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Source: io9 – Someone Used a Deep Learning AI to Perfectly Insert Harrison Ford Into Solo: A Star Wars Story

Chrome 70 Arrives With Option To Disable Linked Sign-Ins, PWAs On Windows, and AV1 Decoder

Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Chrome 70 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The release includes an option to disable linking Google site and Chrome sign-ins, Progressive Web Apps on Windows, the ability for users to restrict extensions’ access to a custom list of sites, an AV1 decoder, and plenty more. You can update to the latest version now using Chrome’s built-in updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome.

An anonymous Slashdot reader adds: “The most anticipated addition to today’s release is a new Chrome setting panel option that allows users to control how the browser behaves when they log into a Google account,” reports ZDNet. “Google added this new setting after the company was accused last month of secretly logging users into their Chrome browser accounts whenever they logged into a Google website.” Chrome 70 also comes with support for the AV1 video format, TLS 1.3 final, per-site Chrome extension permissions, TouchID and fingerprint sensor authentication, the Shape Detection API (gives Chrome the ability to detect and identify faces, barcodes, and text inside images or webcam feeds), and, last but not least, 23 security fixes.

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Source: Slashdot – Chrome 70 Arrives With Option To Disable Linked Sign-Ins, PWAs On Windows, and AV1 Decoder

A Look Back At The Odyssey Series, From Mario To Etrian To Assassin's Creed

Triple-A blockbuster season is heating up, which means everybody is now knee-deep in gargantuan games like Black Ops 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. These franchises have long, complicated histories—one more so than all the rest. I speak, of course, of the Odyssey series.

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Source: Kotaku – A Look Back At The Odyssey Series, From Mario To Etrian To Assassin’s Creed

Palm Is Back With a Mini Companion Android Phone That's Exclusive To Verizon

A couple months ago, it was reported that the dearly departed mobile brand known as Palm would be making a comeback. That day has finally come. Yesterday, Palm announced The Palm, a credit card-sized Android smartphone that’s supposed to act as a second phone. Droid Life reports: The Palm, which is its name, is a mini-phone with a 3.3-inch HD display that’s about the size of a credit card, so it should fit nicely in your palm. It could be put on a chain or tossed in a small pocket or tucked just about anywhere, thanks to that small size. It’s still a mostly fully-featured smartphone, though, with cameras and access to Android apps and your Verizon phone number and texts.

The idea here is that you have a normal phone with powerful processor and big screen that you use most of the time. But when you want to disconnect some, while not being fully disconnected, you could grab Palm instead of your other phone. It uses Verizon’s NumberSync to bring your existing phone number with you, just like you would if you had an LTE smartwatch or other LTE equipped device. Some of the specs of this Verizon-exclusive phone include a Snapdragon 435 processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 12MP rear and 8MP front cameras, 800mAh battery, IP68 water and dust resistance, and Android 8.1. As Kellen notes, “It does cost $350, which is a lot for a faux phone…” We’ve already seen a number of gadget fans perplexed by this device. Digital Trends goes as far as calling it “the stupidest product of the year.”

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Source: Slashdot – Palm Is Back With a Mini Companion Android Phone That’s Exclusive To Verizon

Facebook will demote spammy scraper website links in the News Feed

Facebook will automatically demote links from websites that post stolen content in the News Feed, according to TechCrunch. The social network has been trying to get its feed under control over the past few years in an effort to strike a balance betwe…

Source: Engadget – Facebook will demote spammy scraper website links in the News Feed

Donald Trump Is Running the Kavanaugh Defense For Saudi Arabia's Alleged Murderers

Today, in an interview with the Associated Press, President Donald Trump compared the Saudi regime, which allegedly murdered and dismembered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside its consulate in Turkey last month, to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault by several women…

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Source: Gizmodo – Donald Trump Is Running the Kavanaugh Defense For Saudi Arabia’s Alleged Murderers

A Man's Love of Squirrel Meat Might Have Given Him a Horrifying, Fatal Brain Disease

A Rochester, New York, resident might have caught one of the most frightening brain diseases around in one of the strangest ways possible—eating squirrel meat contaminated with zombie-like proteins.

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Source: Gizmodo – A Man’s Love of Squirrel Meat Might Have Given Him a Horrifying, Fatal Brain Disease

Google Maps Adds EV Charging Station Info

Google Maps is adding a new feature that will let you search for charging stations and provide you with useful information about that station. The feature is rolling out today and will be available on both Android and iOS. Engadget reports: Just search for “EV charging stations” or “EV charging,” and Google Maps will locate those nearby. It will also tell you what types of ports are available, how many there are as well as the station’s charging speeds, and businesses with charging stations will now have a link that will lead you to more information about their setup. Additionally, you’ll be able to see what other users thought of the station, as Google Maps will bring up user-posted photos, ratings and reviews. Google Maps will include information about charging stations from Tesla and Chargepoint worldwide. In the US, it will also source info about SemaConnect, EVgo and Blink stations. UK users will have access to Chargemaster and Pod Point stations, while Australia and New Zealand EV drivers will see info on Chargefox stations. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to tell if individual charging stations are occupied. Also, Google doesn’t have Electrify America, a Volkswagen subsidiary that’s building a nationwide network of fast-charging stations with universal technology.

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Source: Slashdot – Google Maps Adds EV Charging Station Info

FCC Butts Heads With Wireless Carriers Over Hurricane Michael Response 

The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday slammed wireless carriers over what he described as unsuitably slow progress in restoring communications in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

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Source: Gizmodo – FCC Butts Heads With Wireless Carriers Over Hurricane Michael Response 

The Comic Book Lore Behind the 3 New Costumes Coming to Marvel's Spider-Man

Next week, the excellent Spider-Man game for PS4 is getting its first piece of downloadable content. It’s a new mission that brings Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat herself, back into Peter Parker’s Spandex-clad life. But it’s bringing with it even more costumes, if you can believe it, including a pair right out of the…

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Source: io9 – The Comic Book Lore Behind the 3 New Costumes Coming to Marvel’s Spider-Man

Amazon Worker Pushes Bezos To Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech To Police

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: An Amazon employee is seeking to put new pressure on the company to stop selling its facial recognition technology to law enforcement. An anonymous worker, whose employment at Amazon was verified by Medium, published an op-ed on that platform on Tuesday criticizing the company’s facial recognition work and urging the company to respond to an open letter delivered by a group of employees. The employee wrote that the government has used surveillance tools in a way that disproportionately hurts “communities of color, immigrants, and people exercising their First Amendment rights.”

“Ignoring these urgent concerns while deploying powerful technologies to government and law enforcement agencies is dangerous and irresponsible,” the person wrote. “That’s why we were disappointed when Teresa Carlson, vice president of the worldwide public sector of Amazon Web Services, recently said that Amazon ‘unwaveringly supports’ law enforcement, defense, and intelligence customers, even if we don’t ‘know everything they’re actually utilizing the tool for.'” The op-ed comes one day after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos defended technology companies working with the federal government on matters of defense during Wired’s ongoing summit in San Francisco. “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the U.S. Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble,” Bezos said on Monday.

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Source: Slashdot – Amazon Worker Pushes Bezos To Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech To Police

Insomniac Says Spider-Man’s New Game Plus Isn’t Coming Tomorrow After All

Spider-Man’s new game plus and ultimate difficulty mode were originally expected at launch but were delayed. Today, a post went up on the European PlayStation Blog that at first said both features would arrive tomorrow, October 17, in the game’s 1.07 update. Insomniac Games now says that information was a mistake.

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Source: Kotaku – Insomniac Says Spider-Man’s New Game Plus Isn’t Coming Tomorrow After All

'Puppy Doing Cat Things': Dog Knocks A Line Of Shampoo Bottles One-By-One Into The Shower

Presumably after learning a thing or two from his feline friends on the back of the school bus, this is a video of a puppy knocking a line of shampoo and soap bottles into the shower one-by-one. He looks pretty proud of himself, doesn’t it? He also looks like he has an adult dog head on a puppy body. Just don’t tell him that though or it might give him a complex. Wait — is that my deep cleansing pore scrub? Oh hell no. You look like two puzzle pieces that fit, dog! Also, is this considered a trick? Because my dogs knock stuff over all the time but I haven’t been giving them treats and now I’m feeling guilty.

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Source: Geekologie – ‘Puppy Doing Cat Things’: Dog Knocks A Line Of Shampoo Bottles One-By-One Into The Shower

Hot Wheels' real-life 'Rocket League' RC cars land November 1st

If you’ve ever wondered what Rocket League would be like in real life, this RC version is as close of an approximation as you’ll get to the video game. As teased earlier this year, Hot Wheels and Psyonix have teamed up to build an actual physical ver…

Source: Engadget – Hot Wheels’ real-life ‘Rocket League’ RC cars land November 1st

Splinter Lindsey Graham Got a Little Too Racist Even for Fox News | Adequate Man Contract The Timber

Splinter Lindsey Graham Got a Little Too Racist Even for Fox News | Adequate Man Contract The Timberwolves | The A.V. Club The new Halloween isn’t just a pale imitation of the original—it’s an inferior H20 | Jezebel The Horrifyingly Relatable Specter of a Mom Still Breastfeeding Her Four-Year-Old | The Root When…

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Source: Kotaku – Splinter Lindsey Graham Got a Little Too Racist Even for Fox News | Adequate Man Contract The Timber

Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla come together to end TLS 1.0

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Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have announced a unified plan to deprecate the use of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 early in 2020.

TLS (Transport Layer Security) is used to secure connections on the Web. TLS is essential to the Web, providing the ability to form connections that are confidential, authenticated, and tamper-proof. This has made it a big focus of security research, and over the years, a number of bugs that had significant security implications have been found in the protocol. Revisions have been published to address these flaws.

The original TLS 1.0, heavily based on Netscape’s SSL 3.0, was first published in January 1999. TLS 1.1 arrived in 2006, while TLS 1.2, in 2008, added new capabilities and fixed these security flaws. Irreparable security flaws in SSL 3.0 saw support for that protocol come to an end in 2014; the browser vendors now want to make a similar change for TLS 1.0 and 1.1.

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Source: Ars Technica – Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla come together to end TLS 1.0