Fun: Domino’s given clearance to test drone-based pizza deliveries in New Zealand

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Date: Friday, August 26th, 2016, 05:23
Category: Fun, News
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If you live in New Zealand, the Domino’s pizza drone may be coming your way.

Domino’s pizza has partnered with aerial drone business Flirtey, the two having been given the green light to test New Zealand pizza delivery via drones. The tests are slated to begin later this year, complete with government consideration.

Details around where the trial would be held have been kept under wraps – however Domino’s said it would use drone delivery alongside its usual delivery methods – and only where it would be faster than the use of a car or scooter.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.5 update

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Date: Friday, August 26th, 2016, 05:18
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Late Thursday, Apple released version 9.3.5 of its iOS operating system.

The new version, which can be downloaded over the air or via iTunes, includes the following fixes and changes:

– Description: A validation issue was addressed through improved input sanitization.

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String in macOS Sierra beta code points to possible USB 3.1 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 3 support in future Mac hardware

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Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 05:29
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, macOS, News, Sierra, Software, Thunderbolt

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It’s the beta code that sometimes points out nifty Mac hardware to come.

Next-gen Macs may support USB 3.1 Gen 2, enabling peripheral speeds up to a maximum 10 gigabits per second according to code strings found in the latest macOS Sierra beta build.

A string in the Sierra beta mentions SuperSpeed+, a term reserved for Gen 2 ports. In fact it also specifically cites the 10-gigabit speed cap, twice as fast as Gen 1.

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Prisma app updated to 2.4, adds offline mode, neural network support

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Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 05:30
Category: Archive, iOS, News

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Prisma, the photo filter and effects app developed by Prisma Labs for iOS, has been updated to version 2.4.

The new version adds the following fixes and changes:
– New offline mode removes the need for an Internet connection.

– Instagram pics and selfies support.

– New “Philanthropic” styles allows users to donate $1 to an Elbi charity.

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Wolfpack completes Kickstarter campaign, offers external GPU configurations for MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, 06:00
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

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It’s a cool idea if it comes true.

The Wolfe Pro Kickstarter campaign which became fully funded after one day is offering a choice of two external GPUs for MacBook Pros that offer up to ten times the performance of the top-end built-in one. Connected via Thunderbolt 2 or 3, the Wolfe Pro gets you an NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU for $599, with estimated delivery in March 2017.

The GTX 970 has 1664 cores operating at 1050MHz, for a peak computing power of 3.49 teraflops, with rendering speeds almost ten times higher than a maxed-out 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD R9 M370X GPU. Frame rates exceed 70 frames per second, creating a machine suitable for high-end gaming and VR applications.

Wolfpack, Inc., the company behind the effort, has promised that backers will be given the option of upgrading to the next-gen GTX 1060 when it become available.

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Some iPhone 6, 6 Plus users affected by “Touch of Death” issue, questionable component soldering thought to be at fault

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Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

This is a bit of a mess.

A growing numb er of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are reporting that their screens have been showing a gray flickering bar at the top of the screen and a display that’s unresponsive or less responsive to touch.

As such, the extremely cool cats at iFixit have said that this appears to be a manufacturing issue.

According to Jason Villmer of Louisiana-based STS Telecom:

“This issue is widespread enough that I feel like almost every iPhone 6/6+ has a touch of it (no pun intended) and are like ticking bombs just waiting to act up,”

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Sony announces DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter for Mac, PC

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Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, 05:43
Category: Fun, Hardware, News

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This is pretty nifty.

Sony today announced its DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter, which will allow any Mac or PC to use a DualShock 4 controller as well as have full functionality with it, including the buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light pad, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack will all be functional for Mac users, assuming the game itself supports the features.

The company offered the following comment:

We’re also introducing a new device, the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor, which launches in early September for a suggested retail price of $24.99. This adaptor will let you connect a DualShock 4 to PC and Mac wirelessly, and will enable every feature of the controller you know and love: buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack – as long as the gaming application supports these features.

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PCVARK malware strain surfaces for the Mac, opens door for additional malware to be installed

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Date: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016, 05:00
Category: macOS, News, security, Software

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A new strain of Mac malware has gone into the wild and is worth being a bit wary around.

The strain, discovered by Malwarebytes, is know as “PCVARK” and is labeled as “Advanced Mac Cleaner” online. Once activated, the installer places a trojan called “Mac File Opener”, which behaves in the following way according to Thomas Reed of Malwarebytes:

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Apple buys Gliimpse, apparently looking into health data

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2016, 07:30
Category: Finance, Health, News

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Apple has apparently acquired Gliimpse, a health startup whose stated aim is to allow any American to pull together a comprehensive picture of their health, which they would be free to share with medical professionals as desired.

The acquisition reportedly happened “earlier this year” and has yet to be noted by Apple or published on the Gliimpse web site. For its part, Apple offered its usual “non-denial” statement that it ‘buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.’

Interestingly, Gliimpse founder Anil Sethi started out as an Apple engineer back in the late 80s, before becoming a serial entrepreneur after forming and taking public his company Sequoia Software. He said that he formed Gliimpse out of a frustration at the incompatibility of existing Electronic Health Record systems.

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Department of Justice reports 400% increase in ransomware attacks since 2015

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2016, 05:52
Category: News, security, Software

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You need to be careful out there.

Ransomware attacks have apparently quadrupled over the last year according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The agency reported that the attacks have now escalated to approximately 4,000 per day. Typical ransomware payments range from $500 to $1,000, according to cyberrisk data firm Cyence Inc., but some hackers have demanded as much as $30,000 in an attack that crippled a large portion of the hospital’s computer systems.

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles paid roughly $17,000 to unlock files in February, following an attack that crippled a large portion of the hospital’s computer systems.

In the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center hack, cybercriminals broke into a server in late January. After two weeks of reconnaissance, they struck on a Friday night, when the hospital’s tech staff was off, encrypting data on 850 computers and 150 servers and rendering documents unreadable, according to Steve Giles, the hospital’s technology manager.

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