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  • Episode 644
  • February 26, 2020

$59m Crypto Incinerated, Big Firefox DoH, Smart Pet Feeding is Stupid, All Music is Public Domain

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A man hid the keys to $59M worth of Bitcoin with his fishing gear, which got thrown out and incinerated while he was in jail. - Firefox has turned on encrypted DNS by default to thwart snooping ISPs. - Automatic pet feeding systems could starve your pet in event of failure. - Musicians have algorithmically generated every possible melody and released them to the public domain. - Nasa mathematician Katherine Johnson has died at the age of 101. - SpaceX has their permit for a Starship rocket facility in the Los Angeles port. - A new algorithm could prevent autonomous vehicles from crashing. - ESET has uncovered a serious vulnerability in common WiFi chips.

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  • Episode 643
  • February 19, 2020

Mycroft Sued, Natural Gas Ransomware, Bezos Funds Climate Initiative, Ring 2FA Required

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Mycroft AI's Linux voice-assistant has attracted a lawsuit, and the creators decided to fight the 'patent troll' tooth and nail. - Dell Technologies is selling its infosec business, RSA. - A US-based natural gas facility shut down operations for two days after being hit by ransomware. - Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, has pledged $10bn to fight climate change. - Ring doorbell makes two-factor verification mandatory. - Windows 10’s New Update Is Deleting People’s Files Again.

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  • Episode 642
  • February 12, 2020

Cloud Gaming is The Future, Artist Tricks Google Maps, New ARM NPU, Ransomware Bypasses Protection

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Microsoft no longer sees PlayStation-maker Sony and Nintendo as the biggest competition for its Xbox platform, and you won't believe who they see as the biggest threat. - An artist tricked Google into thinking there were major traffic jams by pulling a wagon filled with smartphones down empty streets. - Arm is getting "edgy" with two new processor designs which bring slimline AI workloads to smart speakers and other Internet-of-Things devices. - Facebook lost control of its own Twitter account on Friday. - Windows' trust in abandoned driver code lets ransomware burrow deep into targeted machines. - Something — or someone — has its deep-space music on repeat. - An ARM based NAS solution

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  • Episode 641
  • February 5, 2020

Free Antivirus Selling Your Info, YouTube Poaching Twitch Streams, No Rocket League Linux

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Some of the biggest Call of Duty, Overwatch and Hearthstone e-sport leagues will be streamed exclusively on YouTube. - The good old FreeDB CD database service and it's services will be shut down on march 31, 2020. - Rocket League is ending support for Linux and Steam OS. - We're in an Antarctica frenzy as a Google Earth user has found a ‘2,000ft structure’ emerging from the snow. - Sometimes free isn't actually free at all: It's been revealed that Avast's "free" antivirus is tracking users' online behavior and mining the data. - In an odd turn of events, Microsoft has had to push out an update to Windows 7 — despite the operating system reaching end of support — to fix a bug it introduced. - At FOSDEM this week, PINE64 have announced what they're up to for the first half of 2020.

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  • Episode 640
  • January 22, 2020

Cancer Breakthrough, Guinan's Back, Stop Using IE, Pinebook Pro US Keyboard, Microsoft Data Leak

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Hey Windows users: Are you still using Internet Explorer? Stop it! There's yet another zero-day exploit that will give hackers the ability to remotely take over your computer. - Not to create false hope, but this is too huge not to mention: Scientists at Cardiff University have discovered a part of our immune system that can kill prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests. - Pine64's $200 pro-grade Linux laptop is now available with a US keyboard, and customers who pre-ordered theirs are receiving the first shipment now. - A security shocker out of Microsoft as it has been revealed that 250 million customer records have been exposed online. - Following a personal (yet very public) invitation from Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg will be returning to the character of Guinan in Star Trek: Picard.

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  • Episode 639
  • January 15, 2020

PayPal Hacked, Scary Router Hijack, PinePhone, Mac Pro Server

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - PayPal has confirmed that a researcher found a high-severity security vulnerability that could expose user passwords to an attacker. - A Citrix exploit lets hackers take over compromized systems with little effort and no credentials needed. - Hundreds of millions of Broadcom-based cable modems at risk of remote hijacking. - Windows 7 support has come to an end. - Apple is now selling rack-mountable cheese graters. - The PinePhone Brave Heart edition is available now for early adopters and we'll tell you about this $150 smartphone from Pine64.

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  • Episode 638
  • January 8, 2020

Impossible Pork, Wawa Customers Beware, Mind-Reading Speech, Ring and Google Assistant Security

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A US convenience store and gas station chain had malware that stole customer payment info for more than half of 2019. If you live in the US, stick around - you may be affected. - A brain implant has been invented that can read people's minds and turn their thoughts into speech. - Dell’s new Concept UFO puts PC gaming on a Nintendo Switch-like device. - Amazon's Ring devices were a privacy nightmare in 2019. Now, the company wants to improve its image by giving users control over their security. - The company that brought us the Impossible Burger is now doing a plant-based meat substitute as well. - Google is adding new privacy and scheduling features to their virtual assistant. - Sony's latest displays are made specifically with the next-gen PlayStation 5 console in mind. - Sony has developed an impressive electric car.

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  • Episode 637
  • December 18, 2019

BBC AI News, Nginx raided, Linux pwns ALL Competitors, Is QuadrigaCX Founder Really Dead?

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - HP is fighting a very real environmental problem by building their laptops out of ocean-bound plastics. - For the first time, BBC News published a news story for every constituency that declared election results overnight - all written by a computer. - A Russian police raid on Nginx's Moscow office last Thursday has raised concerns among users of the popular web and proxy server software. - Linux has destroyed every competing OS in the supercomputer market, taking a 100% share of the top 500. - Remember when the owner of cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX passed away, taking hundreds of millions in customer crypto to the grave with him? Now, investors are beginning to wonder if he actually died, or if he just took the money and ran. - A new Linux laptop has launched that blows the Macbook Pro out of the water.

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  • Episode 636
  • December 11, 2019

Facebook to encrypt messages, Google AR, Intel's pocket-sized LIDAR camera, credential security

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google have stepped down from their positions as its CEO and President, respectively, with immediate effect at its parent company, Alphabet Inc. - Governments in the UK, US and Australia have asked Facebook, in an open letter, to roll back plans to bring end-to-end encryption to all of its platforms. - Mexican Cops Have Pre-Ordered a Fleet of Cybertrucks. - Google is showing off stunning new augmented reality features coming to web and mobile apps soon. - After analyzing a database containing 3 billion leaked credentials from security breaches, the Microsoft threat research team determined more than 44 million user accounts had a serious security problem. We'll tell you what you need to know. - Intel is making LIDAR affordable, with a new palm-sized camera.

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  • Episode 635
  • December 4, 2019

RPi 4 WiFi Glitch, Can't Trust US .gov Domains, Android Spy Flaw Fixed, Scary Smartwatch For Kids

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Raspberry Pi 4 are having problems with WiFi when connected to high definition displays. - Someone pretended to be a mayor and the government gave him a .gov domain. - Google has confirmed that a flaw that allowed hackers to take control of Android phone cameras, microphones and GPS location without the owners’ permission has been fixed. - A smartwatch advertised as a way to help parents keep track of their children and give them a peace of mind can be turned into a frightening surveillance device. Honorable Mentions: - Google wants to bring Android “as close as possible” to the mainline Linux kernel. - Apple will have to face the law for distributing crappy keyboards.

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  • Episode 634
  • November 27, 2019

Google Will Pay $1.5m to Hack Pixel, DOD Fights 5G, WT Social, Monero Wallet Hacked

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested late Tuesday that his company had now received 250,000 pre-orders for the Cybertruck, its “Blade Runner”-inspired electric pickup. Tesla’s unveil event for its first pickup truck was marred by the vehicle’s windows breaking when an executive threw a metal ball at them in an effort to demonstrate their unbreakability. As it turns out, the same test was performed before the event, and went perfectly. The car’s trapezoid shape was also mocked in various memes. Even the official social media pages of LEGO had their go at the Cybertruck, but included innovative modular roof racks. Mr. Musk has said on Twitter that the reason Cybertruck is so planar is that you can't stamp ultra-hard 30X steel, because it breaks the stamping press. Despite the initial social media storm of people mocking the truck's design, others have praised the Cybertruck for bringing something new to the table. - WyzeCam owners will soon find an update removes the AI-driven person detection from their device due to the unexpected termination of the agreement Wyze had with their AI provider. In Wyze's commitment to offer the feature for free, they are starting their own AI division to bring back person detection and other AI improvements to the motion detection. Wyze is being praised by its users on social media for their transparency through what is no doubt a difficult situation for their staff. The new firmware which removes the AI features is planned for mid-January 2020. There is no ETA yet as to when their new in-house solution will be ready. - The Department of National Defense is joining the fight against 5G, citing risks to GPS and military operations. - Google is serious about ensuring the Pixel line of Android phones is secure. They've announced that they'll pay security researchers up to $1.5 million to find hacks and exploits. - The official site for the Monero digital coin was hacked to deliver currency-stealing malware to users who were downloading wallet software. - Wouldn't it be nice if there was a Facebook rival? Well, there is! And it's founded by the guy who built Wikipedia.

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  • Episode 633
  • November 20, 2019

Disney+ Accounts Compromised, Ring IoT Doorbell Hacked, GitHub Preserves Code Beyond the Year 3000

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Thousands Of Disney+ Accounts Are Already Up For Sale On Hacking Forums. - A new AI is combining machine learning and computer vision to detect drowning people in real time. By using object recognition, it's able to tell if a person is swimming normally, or if they are at risk of drowning. What's best is that Drowning-Detector is open source, and can run on a single board computer such as the Raspberry Pi. - IoT doorbell, Ring, had a bug in its configuration app which sent Wi-Fi setup information unencrypted to some doorbell devices, exposing customers' home networks. - GitHub Will Preserve Open Source Code In An Arctic Vault. - A secretive clean energy company backed by Bill Gates has created a way to use mirrors and artificial intelligence to harness the heat of the sun, replacing the need to use fossil fuels industrial heat applications, cut back on CO2 emissions. Their invention creates concentrated solar energy so hot that they can manufacture steel, glass and cement with a carbon-free source that had not been available before.

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  • Episode 632
  • November 13, 2019

No Drones in US Gov, Google Buys FitBit, Edge in Linux, James Dean is Back

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - The US Interior Department is grounding its entire drone fleet for fear it could be used against them. - Microsoft Edge is coming to Linux. - The late James Dean is getting digitally restored for an upcoming movie — and many on the internet, including Chris Evans, aren’t happy. - NASA scientists opened an untouched rock and soil sample from the Moon returned to Earth on Apollo 17, marking the first time in more than 40 years a pristine sample from the Apollo era has been opened. Honorable Mentions: - Google is buying Fitbit – and promises that they will not exploit all that health data to serve ads. - SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket deployed 60 Starlink satellites into earth’s orbit Monday. - Google is attempting to combat the growing Play Store malware issue and has formed the “App Defense Alliance” which brings technology from ESET, Lookout and Zimperium to the Play Store - you’ll notice now if you install an app, it gets scanned first.

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  • Episode 631
  • November 6, 2019

Benign police drones, nuclear hack, Adobe disconnects paid users, rental "smart" car is stupid

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Police Scotland has unveiled a new aerial drone system to assist them in searches for missing and vulnerable people. - After initially denying it, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India has now confirmed that their network of nuclear power plants has been hacked. - Amidst an already rocky ship following their response to US sanctions in Venezuela, Adobe continues to falter in the eyes of users, making a security blunder that exposed around 7.5 million user records to the public. - An interesting and unexpected flaw in how smart devices work has turned up as five months after returning a rental car, the customer discovered that he can still track the vehicle, lock and unlock it, and even start and stop its engine.

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  • Episode 630
  • October 30, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of October 30, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Robbie called it last week when he said we may start to see legitimate companies moving content onto the dark web in light of recent government sanctions. Well, now BBC News announced it has launched a 'dark web' Tor mirror of its news service. - The Bloodhound supersonic car has completed its first drive across the Hakskeen dry lake in South Africa. - Two reports published in the last few months show that malware operators are experimenting with using WAV audio files to hide malicious code. - Google built an advanced computer that has achieved "quantum supremacy" for the first time, surpassing the performance of conventional devices.

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  • Episode 629
  • October 23, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of October 23, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Access to Photoshop and other Adobe software has been cut off in Venezuela as the firm seeks to comply with US sanctions. - A dog who survived in the rubble left in the wake of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has earned its new name — Miracle. - The official Sesame Street online store, along with thousands of other retailers, has been targeted by a credit card-stealing hack. - Facebook’s libra cryptocurrency coalition is falling apart as eBay, Visa, Mastercard and Stripe jump ship.

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  • Episode 628
  • October 9, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of October 9, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - PayPal has dropped out of the alliance that is trying to launch Facebook's digital currency Libra. - A man has been able to move all four of his paralysed limbs with a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit. - No, WE"RE not early to the April Fools jokes of 2020. Microsoft is really making a new mobile phone that has two screens, and runs Android. - Canada’s busiest airport will soon be using artificial intelligence-powered technology to detect weapons.

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  • Episode 627
  • October 2, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of October 2, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Chinese police have arrested a fugitive who'd been on the run for 17 years, after they used drones to spot his cave hideout. - The World's Most Freakishly Advanced Robot Dog Is Now For Sale. - American entrepreneur Elon Musk has given an update on his Starship and Super Heavy rocket system. - An injured tortoise who lost its shell in a fire has become the world's first recipient of a 3D-printed shell.

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  • Episode 626
  • September 25, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of September 25, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Chipotle Mexican Grill has been leaving money on the table, thanks to an apparent bug in the restaurant chain's e-commerce operation. - Payment card thieves have hacked the Click2Gov bill paying portals in 8 cities. - The German Ministry of the Interior wants to take back control of their 'digital sovereignty', cutting dependency on Microsoft and looking for alternatives. - An anonymous bug hunter has publicly disclosed a zero-day flaw in the popular vBulletin forum software than can be exploited over the internet to hijack servers.

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