Day: February 16, 2020

NSW man faces charges of unauthorised accessed to data

A former contractor was charged in December over alleged unauthorised access to data and judicial offences. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Alternative Browser ‘Waterfox’ Acquired By System1

Waterfox is an open-source web browser for x64, ARM64, and PPC64LE systems, “intended to be speedy and ethical, and maintain support for legacy extensions dropped by Firefox, from which it is forked,” according to Wikipedia. (Its tabs also still have angled sides with rounded corners.) Friday Waterfox’s original creator, 24-year-old Alexandros Kontos, announced that the…

How the US-China trade is felt stateside: FPGA stalwart Xilinx trims workforce after lucrative Huawei sales pipe blocked

‘A combination of losing Huawei and slower than anticipated ramp in 5G’ A small round of layoffs at Silicon Valley’s Xilinx was the result of the US government’s ongoing war on Huawei, one of the FPGA designer’s top customers.… …read more Source:: TheRegister

DIY Dispenser Places Solder Paste Without The Mess

When doing surface-mount assembly you can certainly use a soldering iron in the traditional way, but it’s far more convenient to cover the pads with solder paste, place the components, and bake the board in a reflow oven. If you’re lucky enough to have a precut stencil this can be done in one go, otherwise…

Iranian hackers have been hacking VPN servers to plant backdoors in companies around the world

Iranian hackers have targeted Pulse Secure, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and Citrix VPNs to hack into large companies. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Dark Mode vs. Light Mode: Which Is Better?

Recently a well-respected UI consulting firm (the Nielsen Norman Group) published their analysis of academic studies on the question of whether Dark Mode or Light Mode was better for reading? Cosima Piepenbrock and her colleagues at the Institut für Experimentelle Psychologie in Düsseldorf, Germany studied two groups of adults with normal (or corrected-to-normal) vision: young…

Pelosi, Pompeo turn up the heat on China’s Huawei at security conference – CNET

And China responds, saying criticisms about the security of its tech are based on “lies” and an unwillingness to “accept the success of a socialist country,” a report says. …read more Source:: CNet

New York attorney general says she won’t appeal T-Mobile merger ruling – CNET

In a statement, New York AG Letitia James says she hopes to “work with all the parties to ensure that consumers get the best pricing and service possible.” …read more Source:: CNet

Google Chrome Will Soon Start Blocking Insecure Downloads

“Google has revealed plans to initially warn Chrome users about ‘insecure’ downloads and eventually block them outright,” reports The Verge. The warnings will begin in April: “Today we’re announcing that Chrome will gradually ensure that secure (HTTPS) pages only download secure files,” Joe DeBlasio of the Chrome security team wrote in a blog post. “Insecurely-downloaded…

This 2-in-1 robot can vacuum and mop at the same time, and is now $263 off – CNET

The Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 920 also uses AI to identify obstacles and avoids trying to suck up your socks. …read more Source:: CNet