Pardon the Intrusion #33: SolarWinds unleashes a cyber storm

Subscribe to this bi-weekly newsletter here! Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security. Earlier this week, several major US government agencies — including the Departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Treasury, and State — discovered that their digital systems had been breached by hackers in what’s fast turning out to be a highly sophisticated supply chain attack. Such attacks often work by first compromisi...
Tags: Security, Startups, US, Newsletter, Tech, Solarwinds, State, Departments of Homeland Security Commerce Treasury

Its Official: America's Space Force is Better than Its Other Military Branches at 'Call of Duty'

The military news site Task and Purpose reports: The U.S. military's youngest branch, the Space Force, just trounced its sibling services, as well the United Kingdom's military, in the second annual Call of Duty Endowment Bowl. The transatlantic Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournament pit eight teams from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Marine Corps, along with the British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force, against each other. Each team was captained by a civilian game...
Tags: Tech, Royal Air Force, United Kingdom, Marine Corps, Space Force, Call of Duty Endowment, America s Space Force, Dan Goldenberg, U S Army Navy Air Force Space Force, British Army Royal Navy

Samsung app leaks Galaxy Buds Pro in full including copy of Apple’s ‘Spatial Audio’ feature

Samsung is about to release a new pair of wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Pro, which will have a version of Apple's "Spatial Audio" feature
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Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB Unlocked Cell Phone For Just $399 Shipped From Amazon

Google Pixel 3 XL 128GB Unlocked Cell Phone For Just $399 Shipped From Amazon This was selling for $999 yesterday and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon. Also available in white 64GB for $349.99 Capture the perfect shot every time, Get things done with the Google assistant, 1 Enjoy an all-day battery, and […]
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How the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Fought the Pandemic

In a long article titled "Gates versus the Pandemic," Fast Company looks at the many mitigation efforts launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. - It's one of the largest funders of the World Health Organization. - It's partnered with the governments of Norway and India, the World Economic Forum, and the research-charity Wellcome Trust to launch an important group called the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). And then Fast Company breaks down the specifics: - T...
Tags: Massachusetts, Tech, World Health Organization, Fda, Norway, University of Oxford, Bill, Oxford University, Fast Company, Gates Foundation, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Novavax, Moderna, CEPI

Sketchy Report Says Apple Car is Years Ahead of Schedule, Will Debut Next Year

Apple's long-rumored electric vehicle is running at least two years ahead of schedule and will be released in the third quarter of 2021, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News, which cites unnamed executives at Taiwanese manufacturers. The report claims that Taiwanese manufacturers are preparing to ramp up for production of "Apple Car" components as early as the second quarter of next year, adding that Apple has been secretly testing dozens of prototype vehicles on the road in California. ...
Tags: Apple, California, Bloomberg, Taiwan, DMV, TSMC, Mark Gurman, Ming Chi Kuo, Economic Daily News, John Giannandrea

You Know the Pandemic's Getting Worse if Apple's Closing Its Stores En Masse Again

Besides the official reports from states, the federal government, and entities like Johns Hopkins, there’s always been another, unorthodox way to gauge the severity of the pandemic: Apple Store closures. The company was one of the first major retailers to close its stores during the pandemic and has been opening and…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Health, Science, Apple Store, Johns Hopkins, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Winner Announced In the World's First 'Quantum Chess' Tournament

Aleksander Kubica is a postdoctoral fellow at Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and Institute for Quantum Computing. And he's also the winner of the world's first quantum chess tournament. (It's now available for streaming on Twitch, and begins with a clip of the late Stephen Hawking playing a 2016 game against Ant-Man star Paul Rudd.) "It's a complicated version of regular chess that incorporates the quantum concepts of superposition, entanglement, and interference," explain...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Ted, Canada, Stephen Hawking, Bill, Keanu Reeves, Paul Rudd, Alex Winter, Chris Cantwell, John Trumpian, Aleksander Kubica

Entrepreneurs say regulatory constraints are hampering commercial applications of space tech

When Payam Banazadeh and his team started Capella Space in 2016, they had visions of providing private industry with a wealth of new data that they could use in all sorts of ways to create business opportunities and improve efficiencies. Four years later, Banazadeh is still waiting for that commercial opportunity. Capella is still successful. The company has managed to raise $82 million in venture capital financing and has a robust pipeline of government contracts, but Banazadeh has not seen the...
Tags: TC, US Government, US, Insurance, Chief executive officer, Tech, United States, Silicon Valley, Slingshot, Driver, Morgan Stanley, Helsinki, Capella, Industries, Platzer, Venture Capital Financing

Google Buys Company Whose Software Turns Old PCs Into Chromebooks

This week Google "quietly acquired a company called Neverware Inc. that sells software to transform old personal computers and Macs into Chromebook devices," reports SiliconANGLE: The acquisition was announced by Neverware on Twitter, and Google later confirmed the news in a statement. Google had taken part in the company's Series B funding round three years ago. Neverware's software is called CloudReady OS, and though it's primarily aimed at schools and enterprises that want to transform fl...
Tags: Google, Tech, Chromebook, Chromebooks, Google Chrome OS, Neverware, Neverware Inc

8 hot adtech acquisition targets to watch

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for December 21. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: The adtech companies that are hot acquisition targets, WPP slashes office space, and WarnerMedia's executive turnover. Acxiom CEO Scott Howe John Lamparski/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York 8 companies that ex...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, New York, Media, New York City, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Bloomberg, Manhattan, Hulu, Jason Kilar, Ad Tech, WPP, Ogilvy, Univision

Facing Overwhelming Demand, Non-Profit 'RPG Research' Looks for Help

Software developer/sys-admin Hawke Robinson is the CEO of RPG Research, a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer-run, charitable organization founded in 1977. He's also long-time Slashdot reader kmleon, and shares this story from the gaming-news site The Gamer: RPG Research recently sent out an urgent call requesting more volunteers, more warehouse space, and more donations to help meet the overwhelming demand it is currently facing. In a truly good news/bad news situation, the organization has seen d...
Tags: Tech, Idaho, Slashdot, Spokane Washington, Hawke Robinson, RPG Research

China Accused of Spying On Americans Via Caribbean Phone Networks

"A mobile security expert has accused China of exploiting cellphone networks in the Caribbean to conduct 'mass surveillance' on Americans," reports Newsweek: Gary Miller, a former vice president of network security at California-based analytics company Mobileum, told The Guardian he had amassed evidence of espionage conducted via "decades-old vulnerabilities" in the global telecommunications system. While not explicitly mentioned in the report, the claims appear to be centered around Signaling ...
Tags: California, China, Tech, The Guardian, Guardian, Caribbean, Miller, Slashdot, Newsweek, Gary Miller, James Lewis, Strategic Technologies Program, Mobileum, Caribbean Phone Networks

Dozens of journalists’ iPhones hacked with NSO ‘zero-click’ spyware, says Citizen Lab

Citizen Lab researchers say they have found evidence that dozens of journalists had their iPhones silently compromised with spyware known to be used by nation states. For more than the past year, London-based reporter Rania Dridi and at least 36 journalists, producers and executives working for the Al Jazeera news agency were targeted with a so-called “zero-click” attack that exploited a now-fixed vulnerability in Apple’s iMessage. The attack invisibly compromised the devices without having t...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Facebook, New York, London, Privacy, Saudi Arabia, Government, China, Russia, Israel, US, Tech, Spokesperson, United Arab Emirates

Dozens of Al Jazeera journalists allegedly hacked using Israeli firm's spyware

Citizen Lab researchers say cyber-attack using NSO Group software likely ordered by Saudia Arabia and UAEiPhones vulnerable to hacking tool for months, researchers saySpyware sold by an Israeli private intelligence firm was allegedly used to hack the phones of dozens of Al Jazeera journalists in an unprecedented cyber-attack that is likely to have been ordered by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to leading researchers.In a stunning new report, researchers at Citizen Lab at th...
Tags: Technology, Internet, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, World news, Hacking, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Al Jazeera, University of Toronto, Cyberwar, Saudia Arabia, Citizen Lab, NSO Group

Facebook's Criticism of Apple's Tracking Change Called 'Laughable' by EFF

The MacRumors site writes: Facebook's recent criticism directed at Apple over an upcoming tracking-related privacy measure is "laughable," according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization that defends civil liberties in the digital world. Facebook has claimed that Apple's new opt-in tracking policy will hurt small businesses who benefit from personalized advertising, but the EFF believes that Facebook's campaign against Apple is really about "what Facebook stands...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Tech, Eff, Facebook Google, Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF

Four hidden iOS app tricks you didn’t know about

No matter how long you've used Apple's iOS, it's common to find surprising, obscure, and quite handy functionality that may have been buried under the radar.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Mobile, Apps, Trends, How-to

What does blockchain mean for health care?

In 2016, I was at an angel investor’s conference in Las Vegas when I met a certain individual pursuing their MBA at Stanford University. We got to talking about angel investing, and the term “blockchain” was mentioned. I asked, “the blockchain: that’s Bitcoin, isn’t it?” “Oh no,” was their reply, “Bitcoin is only the beginning […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Las Vegas, Practice Management, Stanford University, PA NP, CRNA

Due to Covid-19, Apple Closes Nearly a Fifth of Its Retail Stores

"New COVID-19 restrictions and worsening outbreaks have compelled Apple to temporarily close nearly one fifth of its retail stores during one of the busiest shopping weeks of the holiday season," reports 9to5Mac. 401 of Apple's 509 locations worldwide remain open as of publication. Most open locations in the US are limited to Express storefront pickup of online orders and Genius Support. Walk-in shopping and customers without an appointment are not accepted at Express locations. The site also...
Tags: Apple, Utah, London, Minnesota, California, Germany, US, Tech, Tennessee, Brazil, Boris Johnson, Portland Oregon, Oklahoma, The Netherlands, Omaha Nebraska, Anchorage Alaska

Jared Kushner approved the creation of a shell company that spent almost half of the Trump campaign's $1.26 billion war chest, source says

Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of Business Insider stories from co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday. WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02: Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner and U.S. President Donald Trump speak in the press briefing room with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force April 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. The U.S. government reported an unprecedented 6.6 million jobless claims this morning as a result...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Politics, UK, Congress, Washington, White House, China, Russia, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Manchester, Maxwell, Zappos, Jeff Bezos

Apple Offers Solution for 'Pairing Canceled' Error When Using Apple Fitness+ on Apple TV

Some customers attempting to use the new Apple Fitness+ workout service on their Apple TVs have been encountering a "pairing canceled" error when attempting to connect, and Apple on Friday shared a solution. It appears the issue occurs when an Apple TV hasn't been properly added to the Home app, with Apple instructing people to follow these steps to fix it: On ‌Apple TV‌, go to Settings & AirPlay and HomeKit. You should see a red badge next to it. Choose Finish Home Set Up. Unlock ...
Tags: Apple, Apple TV, Apple Fitness Plus

Apple is temporarily closing all California stores, a dozen more around U.S. amid COVID-19 surges

Apple Is temporarily closing all 53 of its California stores, about a dozen others during final days of holiday season due to COVID-19 surge.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, News, California, Usa Today

Almost 100 Apple Stores Closed Again, Including All Stores in California

Apple this weekend shut down all of its stores in California, including those in the San Francisco Bay Area, after beginning to shutter stores in Los Angeles on Friday. All retail locations in California have a notice letting customers know that the stores are temporarily closed, though some are allowing for order pickups and genius bar appointments through December 22. There's no word on when the stores will reopen, but they will remain closed through the holidays. Apple has shuttered stor...
Tags: Apple, UK, California, Mexico, Germany, Los Angeles, Tennessee, Brazil, Apple Store, The Netherlands, Apple Retail, San Francisco Bay Area, Apple Stores, United States Apple, COVID-19 Coronavirus, Apple Stores Closed Again Including All Stores

Should America's Next President Abolish the Space Force?

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. military's Space Force branch celebrated its one-year anniversary Friday by announcing that its members would now be known as "guardians". But the name was not universally greeted with respect and appreciation. Gizmodo announced the news with a headline which read "Space Force Personnel Will Be Called 'Guardians' Because Sure, Whatever," in an article which jokingly asks how this will affect the other ranks of this branch of the military. "Does someone get p...
Tags: New York, America, Tech, Joe Biden, Associated Press, Mars, Air Force, Gizmodo, Forbes, Lee Majors, Space Force

Apple Maps Vehicles Collecting 'Look Around' Imagery in Israel, New Zealand, and Singapore

LiDAR-equipped Apple Maps vehicles are surveying select regions of Israel, New Zealand, and Singapore through early 2021, collecting street-level imagery and data, according to a list of locations maintained on Apple's website. Apple will use the data collected to improve its Maps app and expand its Look Around feature beyond the five countries where it is currently supported, including parts of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Japan. Introduced in iOS 13, Look Around i...
Tags: Apple, Google, Japan, Singapore, Apple Maps, Israel New Zealand, Apple Maps vehicles, United States Canada United Kingdom Ireland, Australia Belgium Italy France Spain Portugal, Netherlands Slovenia Croatia, Apple Maps Apple Maps

Microsoft: a Second, Different Threat Actor Had Also Infected SolarWinds With Malware

Reuters reports: A second hacking group, different from the suspected Russian team now associated with the major SolarWinds data breach, also targeted the company's products earlier this year, according to a security research blog by Microsoft. "The investigation of the whole SolarWinds compromise led to the discovery of an additional malware that also affects the SolarWinds Orion product but has been determined to be likely unrelated to this compromise and used by a different threat actor," t...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Solarwinds, Reuters

3 Million Users Have Installed 28 Malicious Chrome or Edge Extensions, Says Avast

More than three million internet users are believed to have installed 15 Chrome, and 13 Edge extensions that contain malicious code, reports ZDNet, citing an announcement from cybersecurity company Avast: Avast researchers said they believe the primary objective of this campaign was to hijack user traffic for monetary gains. "For every redirection to a third party domain, the cybercriminals would receive a payment," the company said. Avast said it discovered the extensions last month and foun...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Avast, Zdnet, Facebook Instagram Vimeo, Spotify Avast

COVID vaccines are here, but big questions remain about immunity, mandates

Nurse Annabelle Jimenez, left, congratulates nurse Sandra Lindsay after she is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at the Jewish Medical Center, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool) Whoops of celebration, crackling applause and tears of joy erupted as the first health care workers were jabbed with the coronavirus vaccine last week, kicking off the largest mass vaccination campaign in history. After their second dose, will th...
Tags: Apple, New York, News, Sweden, Supreme Court, California, Stanford, Massachusetts, San Francisco, Sport, Ap, Public Health, Soccer, Queens, Cambridge, Astrazeneca

This online dashboard shows how many COVID-19 vaccines have been administered and where they're available

Getty/David Greedy State health agencies have begun distributing COVID-19 vaccines across the US, with more than 100,000 Americans receiving vaccines in the past week. A new online dashboard hosted by Johns Hopkins University shows how many vaccines have been administered in each state, according to publicly available data. However, data on vaccine deployment is inconsistent across all 50 states, and some states have not yet disclosed how many doses have been administered. Visit Business ...
Tags: News, US, Trends, Tech, New York Times, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Johns Hopkins, Johns Hopkins University, Vivek Murthy, NBC s Meet the Press, Tech Insider, Moderna, Brett Giroir, Aaron Holmes

This book on narcissistic parents and dysfunctional families has been shared all over social media, and readers are opening up about how it helped them to make sense of their trauma and set better boundaries

Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Business Insider "Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents" is a bestselling book about dealing with difficult parents.The book breaks down emotionally immature parents into four categories, providing tips on setting boundaries and maintaining healthier relationships.It has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, shared countless times on social media and sparking public conversations usually left for private spaces.I interviewed the author, Dr. Lindsay C. ...
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