Day: March 11, 2020

Coronavirus updates: WHO declares outbreak a pandemic, Trump to address nation tonight – CNET

Latest COVID-19 updates: World Health Organization officially declares the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic​, US cases tip over 1,000 and huge trade shows are canceled or postponed. …read more Source:: CNet

Ransomware Increasingly Targeting Small Governments

To get back up and running quickly, and because it’s cheaper, city and county governments often pay the ransom, especially if insurance companies are footing the bill. The result: More ransomware. …read more Source:: DarkReading

Microsoft Discloses New Remote Execution Flaw in SMBv3

A patch for the flaw is not yet available, but there are no known exploits — so far. …read more Source:: DarkReading

Chinese Facial Recognition Firm Says It Can Now Identify People Wearing Masks

Hanwang Technology, a Chinese firm specializing in facial recognition software, says it can now identify people that are wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus. The company says it used a sample database of around 6 million unmasked faces and a smaller database of masked faces to create the system. The Next Web reports: The…

Microsoft nukes 9 million-strong Necurs botnet after unpicking domain name-generating algorithm

Takedown should (in theory) see spam volumes shrink rapidly Microsoft has bragged of downing a nine million-strong Russian botnet responsible for vast quantities of email spam.… …read more Source:: Register

Astronomers discovered a giant planet where it rains iron – CNET

*Extremely metal guitar riff plays* …read more Source:: CNet

Get this Electrohome guitar amp-themed Bluetooth speaker that’s also a real guitar amp for $112 – CNET

The Electrohome Birmingham is charmingly shaped like a guitar amp, and the 1/4-inch input means you can jam along to your favorite songs. …read more Source:: CNet

YouTube will enable ads on some coronavirus videos – CNET

A limited number of creators, including certain news partners, will be able to monetize content. …read more Source:: CNet

Yahoo Mobile: the Verizon Phone Plan That No One Asked For

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Remember Yahoo? It’s back… in phone-plan form. The Verizon-owned company is trying to get customers excited with a new “Yahoo Mobile” service that combines Verizon’s 4G LTE network with Yahoo mail, for some reason. Why even put the word “Yahoo” on a re-branded Verizon data plan?…

Logitech’s take on Apple’s AirPower wireless charger is now available – CNET

Logitech has a new family of Powered wireless chargers, including a three-in-one charging dock that allows you to simultaneously juice up your AirPods, iPhone and Apple Watch. …read more Source:: CNet