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Huge Data Leak Doxes Members of Notorious Neo-Nazi Forum

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A week ago today, hackers unleashed the first known attack using the vulnerability known as BlueKeep, a long-feared development that in practice turned out to be relatively benign. But don't worry, plenty of other things still went wrong. Like, say, the revelation that you can hack Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri with lasers. Take the two former Twitter employees who allegedly used their insider access to spy on behalf of Saudi Arabia--a stark reminder of how ill prepared even the biggest companies are to protect consumer data from the people who work there. Or the spate of zombie text messages from February that hit people's phones Thursday with no explanation, the result of a third-party server that had failed on February 14 and was reactivated November 7. All the messages stranded in that queue finally got sent.


Huge Data Leak Doxes Members of Notorious Neo-Nazi Forum

#artificialintelligence

A week ago today, hackers unleashed the first known attack using the vulnerability known as BlueKeep, a long-feared development that in practice turned out to be relatively benign. But don't worry, plenty of other things still went wrong. Like, say, the revelation that you can hack Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri with lasers. Take the two former Twitter employees who allegedly used their insider access to spy on behalf of Saudi Arabia--a stark reminder of how ill prepared even the biggest companies are to protect consumer data from the people who work there. Or the spate of zombie text messages from February that hit people's phones Thursday with no explanation, the result of a third-party server that had failed on February 14 and was reactivated November 7. All the messages stranded in that queue finally got sent.


Laser can be used to simulate a human voice and hack into Google Home and other smart devices

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A group of researchers have published results from a shocking experiment that shows how voice controlled smart devices can be operated remotely using targeted laser beams to simulate human speech. The researchers announced Monday that they were able to control a Google Home and command it to remotely open the garage door from a separate building 230 feet away. Also susceptible were Amazon's Echo, Facebook Portal, a range of Android smartphones and tablets, and both iPhones and iPads. The experiments were conducted by a group of scientists from the University of Michigan and The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo. 'It's possible to make microphones respond to light as if it were sound,' Takeshi Sugarawa, of University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, told Wired.



The coolest, cutest Japanese tech gadgets we'd like to buy now

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

KOBE, Japan -- The smart speaker comes in the guise of a bright yellow chicken or a brown bear and seems just as smart as Alexa. Sorry folks, the Clova Friends speaker is not for sale in the U.S. While much of what we saw was available in the U.S., at similar prices, many products we ogled were not available here. Come walk the showroom floor with us. Line's Clova smart speakers come in the guise of a chicken or bear.


Google launches Assistant on Android tablets, more phones

ZDNet

Google on Wednesday announced Google Assistant is now available for Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow. Assistant was previously only available on some Android phones, Android Wear, Google Home, and an iOS app.


Google Assistant lands on older Android phones

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Google Assistant has been available on recent Android phones for a while. However, that still puts it out out of reach of many Android users when a whopping 46.5 percent of active Android users are running a version older than Marshmallow. To help address this, Google is making Assistant available on devices running Android Lollipop. If you're still rocking an older phone, you'll get the same AI helper as a shiny new handset.


Samsung Bixby is finally coming to America... soon

Mashable

Does Samsung even understand how to launch a tech product? On Friday, the South Korean tech giant finally let customers sign up for preview access to the eagerly anticipated Bixby personal assistant, which was supposed to launch with its brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 smartphones. The devices even include a dedicated Bixby button. SEE ALSO: Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 prove you can never have too much screen Thus far, that button is only useful for access to Bixby Vision, which can identify some objects and products, and link you to shopping options. The real Bixby will be less like Apple's Siri and Google Assistant with their answers to general interest questions and maybe a little more like Amazon Alexa, with voice control for various devices.


iOS 11 Beta: 5 Features We're Excited To Use On The New iPhone

International Business Times

Apple revealed features that will be included in the upcoming iOS 11 update at WWDC this week. The iOS 11 is expected to roll out this fall, coinciding with Apple's new smartphone lineup, which will include the company's much-anticipated iPhone 8, which will be the company's 10th anniversary iPhone. Apple wants to help you out. The iOS 11 update will allow you to see floor plans, let you browse floors, view directories and search. The feature will be available at malls in select cities to start, including New York, Boston, Tokyo, Chicago and London.


Google Assistant expands beyond Pixel to other phones

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

With a connection this LG G6 can take advantage of the Google Assistant (Photo: Edward C. Baig) BARCELONA--The virtual Google Assistant is going to spread its voice beyond Google's own Pixel devices. Google announced that starting this week, it will roll out a software upgrade that brings the Assistant to all Android phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Google Play Services. That's the software Google uses to update Google apps and services on Android devices. Google says the rollout will come first to English users in the U.S., followed by English users in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. More languages will be added over the course of the year.