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Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom talks about his departure and life after the photo-sharing app – CNET

Systrom hinted there were tensions between him and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. …read more

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Apple’s Jony Ive says he still has a lot to do at Apple – CNET

The design chief, speaking with Vogue’s Anna Wintour, also notes companies can’t always predict the consequences of products they create. …read more

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Winamp Media Player To Return as a Platform-Agnostic Audio Mobile App Next Year; Desktop Application Receives an Update

The charmingly outdated media player Winamp is being reinvented as a platform-agnostic audio mobile app that brings together all your music, podcasts, and streaming services to a single location. From a report: It’s an ambitious relaunch, but the company behind it says it’s still all about the millions-strong global Winamp community — and as proof, the original desktop app is getting an official update as well. For those who don’t remember: Winamp was the MP3 player of choice around the turn of the century, but went through a rocky period during Aol ownership and failed to counter the likes of iTunes and the onslaught of streaming services, and more or less crumbled over the years. The original app, last updated in 2013, still works, but to say it’s long in the tooth would be something of an understatement (the community has worked hard to keep it updated, however). So it’s with pleasure that I can confirm rumors that substantial updates are on the way. “There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience,” said Alexandre Saboundjan, CEO of Radionomy, the company that bought Winamp (or what remained of it) in 2014. “You can listen to the MP3s you may have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, to a playlist you perhaps have built. People want one single experience,” he concluded. “I think Winamp is the perfect player to bring that to everybody. And we want people to have it on every device.”

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The Incredible Judges Of The Hackaday Prize

The last challenge of The Hackaday Prize has ended. Over the past few months, we’ve gotten a sneak peek at over a thousand amazing projects, from Open Hardware to Human Computer Interfaces. This is a contest, though, and to decide the winner, we’re tapping some of the greats in the hardware world to judge these astonishing projects.

Below are just a preview of the judges in this year’s Hackaday Prize. In the next few weeks, we’ll be sending the judging sheets out to them, tallying the results, and in just under a month we’ll be announcing the winners of the Hackaday Prize at the Hackaday Superconference in Pasadena. This is not an event to be missed — not only are we going to hear some fantastic technical talks from the hardware greats, but we’re also going to see who will walk away with the Grand Prize of $50,000.

Sherry Huss

Sherry Huss is the former vice president of Maker Media, and oversees the publishing of Make Magazine and Maker Faires across the globe. Sherry is a major advocate of ‘all things maker’ in the global community, and her vision and passion for the maker movement was instrumental in growing the Make: brand within the maker ecosystem. Under her guidance, the largest Maker Faires, the Bay Area and World Maker Faire in New York, have grown from just a few thousand people in 2006 to events with over 200,000 attendees each year. Sherry is a giant in the Maker world, and an unending advocate of maker, DIY, and everyone who makes, whether that’s through wood, code, metal, solder, or fabric.

Anool Mahidharia

Anool is an electrical engineer, and works in Test & Measurement at Lumetronics. He’s part of WyoLum, an international group of hardware nerds who are consistently pumping out projects that push the limits of how blinky, glowey, and interesting a thing can be. They’re behind some projects you may have caught at random hacker meetups, and the creators of an absurd RGB LED cube that’s also a die. Anool is, by every account, an extremely capable hardware engineer, a longtime writer for Hackaday, and is constantly travelling the world presenting the latest developments in electronics to the public.

Danielle Applestone

Before founding Other Machine Co., now Bantam Tools, makers of tiny desktop milling machines that make fantastic circuit boards, Danielle Applestone worked with DARPA to develop high-precision machines that were effectively made out of kitchen cutting boards. HDPE, it turns out, is extraordinarily mechanically stable, cuts and machines easily, and can make very rigid components. Danielle spun this research out into the Othermill, an actual successful hardware startup. Danielle talked about this experience at the Hackaday …read more

Source:: Hackaday

Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants

Travel details for thousands of citizens slip into hands of slippery scumbags

Someone has reportedly siphoned personal information on 30,000 or more US Department of Defense workers.…

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Source:: Register

Microsoft To Disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 Support in Edge and Internet Explorer

Microsoft today said it plans to disable support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 in Edge and Internet Explorer browsers by the first half of 2020. From a report: “January 19th of next year marks the 20th anniversary of TLS 1.0, the inaugural version of the protocol that encrypts and authenticates secure connections across the web,” said Kyle Pflug, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Edge. “Two decades is a long time for a security technology to stand unmodified,” he said. “While we aren’t aware of significant vulnerabilities with our up-to-date implementations of TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 […] moving to newer versions helps ensure a more secure Web for everyone.” The move comes as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) — the organization that develops and promotes Internet standards — is hosting discussions to formally deprecated both TLS 1.0 and 1.1. Microsoft is currently working on adding support for the official version of the recently-approved TLS 1.3 standard. Edge already supports draft versions of TLS 1.3, but not yet the final TLS 1.3 version approved in March, this year. Microsoft engineers don’t seem to be losing any sleep over their decision to remove both standards from Edge and IE. The company cites public stats from SSL Labs showing that 94 percent of the Internet’s sites have already moved to using TLS 1.2, leaving very few sites on the older standard versions. “Less than one percent of daily connections in Microsoft Edge are using TLS 1.0 or 1.1,” Pflug said, also citing internal stats. You can check public stats on the usage of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 here.

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Live-TV streaming service FuboTV has almost 250,000 subscribers – CNET

FuboTV is still much smaller than its rivals, which are all backed by giants. …read more

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Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

Status: TITSUP – Total Inability To Support Users’ Packets

Virgin Media, one of the UK’s largest broadband and TV cable providers, is suffering an outage right now. If you can’t access the internet or watch the telly, then it’s not just you. It’s quite a few of you.…

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Source:: TheRegister

NASA Chandra telescope resurrected after glitch – CNET

The space agency gets some good news about one of its stricken space telescopes, though Hubble remains in safe mode. …read more

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MIT to push the rise of AI with new college, $1B funding – CNET

The Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will be dedicated to research in computer science, AI, data science and related fields. …read more

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