August, 2018

  • 10 August

    Self-Driving Cars Are Surprisingly Secure | News & Opinion

    LAS VEGAS—Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek made headlines at the Black Hat conference a few years ago by hacking remotely into a Jeep Cherokee and steering it into a ditch. Since that time, this dynamic duo has worked with several self-driving car companies to prevent such shenanigans. At the Black …

  • 10 August

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Teardown Shows Water Carbon Cooling, Bigger Battery, and More

    Samsung launched its latest flagship – Galaxy Note 9 – on Thursday, and it did not take long for its first teardown to surface on the Internet. The teardown of the Galaxy Note 9 showcases what is going on inside the smartphone and also compared the inner components with those …

  • 10 August

    Black Hat: Google Chief Says Stop Playing Security Whack-A-Mole

    LAS VEGAS—The 2018 Black Hat keynote kicked off with a celebration of noise, smoke, and lasers worthy of any Hollywood production. Last year’s conference drew more than 17,000 attendees. Black Hat doesn’t release totals until the event is complete, but this year may be even bigger. In keeping with the …

  • 10 August

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. Apple iPhone X: Big-Ticket Phones Do Battle

    Samsung just revealed its newest phablet, the Galaxy Note 9. This extra-beefy phone looks like a beast, with a big battery, big screen, and big specs. It stands up against the iPhone X, Apple’s current smartphone behemoth. Let’s see how they compare. Name Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Apple iPhone X …

  • 10 August

    Palm Phone With 3.3-Inch Display, 800mAh Battery, Android 8.1 Oreo Leaked

    Images of a new Palm smartphone have surfaced on the Internet. After the announcement of Pre 3 seven years ago, a new handset is reportedly on the way to the smartphone market. According to a leak, the Palm phone is an Android handset with a small form factor. Not only …

  • 10 August

    Meltdown Researchers Call for More Secure CPUs | News & Opinion

    LAS VEGAS—The 2018 Black Hat hacker conference saw several talks about Meltdown. That’s not too surprising, since the vulnerability affected such a massive range of CPUs. Three of the researchers that discovered the vulnerability were onstage at the conference to explain their work. More importantly, they called for significant changes …

  • 10 August

    2018 MacBook Pro Owners Experiencing Crackling Audio | News & Opinion

    It seems Apple shipped the latest refresh of the MacBook Pro with a few gremlins left to work out. Last month it was the Core i9 throttling performance, now some owners are experiencing crackling audio through the built-in speakers. When you spend upwards of $1,300 on a laptop, you expect …

  • 10 August

    Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Gets Camera Enhancements, August Android Security Patch via Software Update

    Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has a software update that brings enhancements to its camera. The update, which is reportedly the first firmware upgrade since the Xperia XZ2 Premium launched back in April, also includes the August Android security patch. Notably, Samsung also earlier this month came in the news for …

  • 10 August

    What Can We Learn From a Terrible Voting Machine? | News & Opinion

    LAS VEGAS—When Associate Professor Carsten Schuermann hit the last key to trigger an attack on the WinVote voting machine onstage, nothing happened. This would be catastrophic for most presenters at the Black Hat conference. For Schuermann, it was a minor (if embarrassing) problem. He’d already hacked the machine at DefCon …

  • 10 August

    Sony Xperia XZ3 Alleged Specifications Sheet Leaks, Model Numbers Spotted on Sony’s Website

    Sony’s Xperia XZ2 was launched in February this year, but rumours suggest Sony’s flagship smartphone series is headed for a mid-year upgrade. The tentatively named Xperia XZ3 has surfaced online with a leaked specifications sheet as well as model numbers spotted on Sony’s official website. From what the sheet reveals, …