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When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed

With the name Smarter, you might expect a network-connected kitchen appliance maker to be, well, smarter than companies selling conventional appliances. But in the case of the Smarter’s Internet-of-things coffee maker, you’d be wrong. As a thought experiment, Martin Hron, a researcher at security company Avast, reverse engineered one of the $ 250 devices to […]

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Apple backs down on taking 30% cut of paid online events on Facebook

Enlarge Facebook Facebook has temporarily shamed Apple out of taking a 30 percent cut of paid online events organized by small businesses and hosted on Facebook—things like cooking classes, workout sessions, and happy hours. Demand for these kinds of online events has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple says that it has a longstanding policy that […]

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New Amazon hardware: Ring drones, Echo Dot 4th Gen, Wi-Fi 6 Eero and more

Enlarge / One of many devices introduced today, the 4th-generation Echo devices is a cloth-covered sphere with a halo at the base, contrasting with the squat plastic cylinders of earlier generation Echoes. Amazon Today at Amazon’s hardware launch event, the company announced new Ring, Echo, Eero, and Fire devices. Amazon also announced a new gaming […]

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Epic, Spotify, and others take on Apple with “Coalition for App Fairness”

Enlarge / Major developers are sick and tired of Apple’s rules and they’ve made a website about it. Coalition for App Fairness Exactly how much power app store owners should have over developers has been a contentious issue lately, and now several high-profile app developers are banding together to form the “Coalition for App Fairness.” […]

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Feds issue emergency order for agencies to patch critical Windows flaw

Enlarge Sebastian Kahnert/picture alliance via Getty Images The US Department of Homeland Security is giving federal agencies until midnight on Tuesday to patch a critical Windows vulnerability that can make it easy for attackers to become all-powerful administrators with free rein to create accounts, infect an entire network with malware, and carry out similarly disastrous […]

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Traders set to don virtual reality headsets in their home offices

Enlarge Thomas Barwick / Getty Images Spare bedrooms and living rooms could soon become part of vibrant trading floors as one of the world’s biggest investment banks considers providing staff with augmented reality headsets. UBS has experimented with issuing its London-based traders with Microsoft HoloLenses, which would allow staff to recreate the experience of working […]