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May 25, 2018

Microsoft and Google say they have found a fourth Meltdown-Spectre variant

Bad news, everyone. If you thought we were out of the woods when it comes to the Meltdown / Spectre CPU security flaws, then think again. Researchers from Microsoft and Google have identified a previously unknown fourth variant of the processor design issues that made front page news when they were discovered last year.

Like its predecessors, variant 4 (or CVE-2018-3639, to give its full name) describes a processor design issue that could allow malicious software to discover hidden information, such as a user’s password. For example, a webpage set up by a malware programmer could discover passwords, credit card numbers and other private information input elsewhere in the [...]

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May 24, 2018

How to mute annoying friends on Instagram

On Tuesday, Instagram announced you’ll soon gain the ability to mute other users. When muted, a user’s story and photos no longer show up in your feed, but for all the other person knows, you still follow them and everything is just fine. No drama.

Muting an account is especially handy if you don’t want to upset a friend or relative by unfollowing their account, but just. can’t. stand. the constant workout or brunch photos.

The feature is rolling out over the next few weeks, so if you don’t have the option quite yet, keep checking.

To mute someone, tap on the three-dot icon at the top-right corner of their post. A list of options [...]

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May 24, 2018

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has a tough road ahead in Europe on data privacy

Turns out “sorry” doesn’t seem to work as much for the social network’s chief anymore.

How many times can you say you’re sorry before we stop caring?

If Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s globe-trotting apology tour over privacy violations, election meddling and allowing hate speech to flourish on Facebook is any sign, the answer is not that many.

After telling the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, Facebook’s 2.2 billion users, the company’s investors, 5,000 developers and loads of advertisers that he screwed up, Zuckerberg said he was sorry yet again on Tuesday when he admitted to the European Parliament that fake news [...]

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May 24, 2018

Helping the Blind See With Their Tongues

What if we told you there are new innovations that can help about 285 million people around the world living with a visual impairment move around with a little more ease?

Okay, it’s easy enough to believe, but what if we told you the innovation works by using the surface of their tongues?

Now here’s something that should be celebrated: there’s an increasing number of sensory-substitution devices being developed that use the brain in the most remarkable way. These devices take in visual information from the environment and translate it into forms of physical touch or sound in order to be interpreted by the user as vision.

If that’s not amazing enough, The New [...]

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