Day: September 5, 2021

Lawsuits Accuse Siri, Alexa, and Google of Listening When They’re Not Supposed To

“Tech companies have long encouraged putting listening devices in homes and pockets…” reports the Washington Post. “But some are growing concerned that these devices are recording even when they’re not supposed to — and they’re taking their fears to the courts.” (Alternate URLs here and here.) On Thursday, a judge ruled that Apple will have…

ID Buzz AD previews VW’s long-awaited EV family hauler – Roadshow

Delete the sensors and you’ve finally got a good look at how VW’s production ID Buzz will look. …read more Source:: CNet

Malware Found Preinstalled In Classic Push-button Phones Sold In Russia

“A security researcher has discovered malicious code inside the firmware of four low-budget push-button mobile phones sold through Russian online stores,” reports the Record: In a report published this week by a Russian security researcher named ValdikSS, push-button phones such as DEXP SD2810, Itel it2160, Irbis SF63, and F+ Flip 3 were caught subscribing users…

Building a Levitating Turbine Desk Toy

Magnetic levitation is a beautiful thing to watch. Seeing small objects wobble about while seemingly hovering in thin air never gets old. If you want something suitably distracting in this vein for your own desk, consider building this levitating turbine from [JGJMatt]. The build uses a combination of 3D printed parts and metal rods to…

High Ivermectin Overdosages Caused 1,143 Calls to America’s Poison Control Centers This Year

America’s poison control centers are getting more calls this year from people who tried self-medicating with ivermectin, NPR reports — with at least 592 calls coming since July 1: According to the National Poison Data System, which collects information from the nation’s 55 poison control centers, there was a 245% jump in reported exposure cases…

iPhone 13 price: Apple’s new iPhone might be more expensive than we thought – CNET

We haven’t heard any official details yet, but the iPhone 13 could be pricier than the iPhone 12. …read more Source:: CNet

Shang-Chi packs a punch at box office in opening weekend – CNET

Disney’s latest Marvel movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, is proving to be a knockout. …read more Source:: CNet

The ‘Dead Internet’ Theory Posits Forums are Now Almost Entirely Overrun By AI

Ideas from 4chan (including its paranormal section) have percolated into the “dead internet” theory, writes the Atlantic, with a seminal post on another forum by “IlluminatiPirate” now arguing that the internet is almost entirely overrun by artificial intelligence: Like lots of other online conspiracy theories, the audience for this one is growing because of discussion…

In Novel Attack Technique, Salesforce Email Service Used For Phishing Campaign

Slashdot reader storagedude writes: In a novel attack technique, Israeli security researchers discovered that cybercriminals were subscribing to Salesforce in order to use its email service to launch a phishing campaign and thus bypass corporate security defenses like whitelisting. The researchers, from email security service provider Perception Point, said bad actors are sending phishing emails…

iPhone 13: We have a guess for the new iPhone’s release date. Here are all the clues – CNET

Get ready! Apple’s 2021 iPhone could arrive soon. …read more Source:: CNet