After Intel ME, Researchers Find Security Bug In AMD’s SPS Secret Chip-on-Chip

An anonymous reader writes: AMD has fixed, but not yet released BIOS/UEFI/firmware updates for the general public for a security flaw affecting the AMD Secure Processor. This component, formerly known as AMD PSP (Platform Security Processor), is a chip-on-chip security system, similar to Intel’s much-hated Management Engine (ME). Just like Intel ME, the AMD Secure Processor is an integrated coprocessor that sits next to the real AMD64 x86 CPU cores…

January 7, 2018
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Thoughts on cryptocurrencies for 2018, including prices and investing, people involved, taxes, ICOs and crypto funds, promising applications, and more (Ryan Selkis/TwoBitIdiot)

January 7, 2018

Ryan Selkis / TwoBitIdiot: Thoughts on cryptocurrencies for 2018, including prices and investing, people involved, taxes, ICOs and crypto funds, promising applications, and more  —  Happy new year, everyone!  —  The post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s period is always one of my favorites. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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John Young, Legendary Astronaut, Dies at Age 87

Legendary astronaut John Young — who walked on the moon and piloted the first space shuttle — died Friday at the age of 87. schwit1 shares a nice profile from CBS News: A naval aviator and test pilot, Young logged more than 15,275 hours flying time in a variety of aircraft, including 9,200 hours in T-38 jets. He spent 835 hours in space across his six NASA flights, serving as…

January 7, 2018
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Google Sold 6.75 Million ‘Google Home’ Devices In the Last 80 Days

An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: Google today announced that it sold “tens of millions of Google devices for the home” over the course of the last year and that it sold “more than one Google Home device every second since Google Home Mini started shipping in October,” with roughly 6.75 million seconds since October 19 (the day the Home Mini officially went on sale)… The launch of the Google Home…

January 7, 2018
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Researchers Create ‘Psychedelic’ Stickers That Confuse AI Image Recognition

“Researchers at Google were able to create little stickers with ‘psychedelic’-looking patterns on them that could trick computer AI image-classifying algorithms into mis-classifying images of objects that it would normally be able to recognize,” writes amxcoder: The patterned stickers work by tricking the image recognition algorithm into focusing on, and studying, the little pattern on the small sticker — and ignoring the rest of the image, including the actual object…

January 7, 2018
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Digi-Capital report: AR/VR startups raised more than $3B in 2017 with Magic Leap, Improbable, Unity, and Niantic accounting for ~$1.6B (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)

January 7, 2018

Lucas Matney / TechCrunch: Digi-Capital report: AR/VR startups raised more than $3B in 2017 with Magic Leap, Improbable, Unity, and Niantic accounting for ~$1.6B  —  Tech companies working with augmented reality and virtual reality technologies raised more than $3 billion in venture funding in 2017. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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NASA Tests a Drone To Explore Jupiter’s Moon in Antarctica

Three months of research in Antarctica is just the beginning for one Georgia Tech researcher, according to an article shared by schwit1: The waters beneath our planet’s ice sheet are fascinating, turning up species few people have ever laid eyes on. But they are not the final target of this chase. Icefin [a 10-foot-long subsea drone] is meant to search for alien life — a “bug hunt,” as some scientists…

January 7, 2018
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Deceit and duplicity in the pursuit of monetizing social media

One thing I really dislike is deceit and duplicity in the pursuit of monetizing social media. LinkedIn is a prime example, especially after its acquisition by Microsoft. Ever since Nadella took the helm, Microsoft seems hell bent on monetizing anything that moves — and I think we’re just seeing the beginning with LinkedIn. LinkedIn members […] Source: http://itsecurity.co.uk

January 7, 2018
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