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Australian contact-tracing app leaks telling info and increases chances of third-party tracking, say security folks

The design of Australia’s COVIDSafe contact-tracing app creates some unintended surveillance opportunities, according to a group of four security pros who unpacked its .APK file. Penned by independent security researcher Chris Culnane, University of Melbourne tutor, cryptography researcher and masters student Eleanor McMurtry, developer Robert Merkel and Australian National University associate professor and Thinking Security CEO Vanessa Teague and posted to GitHub, the analysis notes three concerning design choices….

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Patently dogged: Apple unleashes lawyers to slash $454m patent rip-off bill – even after Supreme Court snub

Apple’s decade-long refusal to accept it was wrong has hit absurd depths. In court paperwork filed last week, the iGiant argued that the $454m it was finally forced to pay VirnetX for infringing on its patents should be reduced, even though it has already paid the money and even though it lost the case at the United States’ Supreme Court. “Apple’s payment of the judgment in no way…

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US threatens to turf out four Chinese telcos amid concerns over national security… and COVID-19, doctors, schools, jobs, communists, etc

America’s communications watchdog will ban four Chinese telcos from operating in the Land of the Free from next month, citing a vague national security threat. The FCC was reacting to pressure from the White House and Department of Justice, which has embarked on an anti-China campaign that appears to be largely political in nature. China Telecom Americas, China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks, and ComNet (a Pacific Network subsidiary) have…

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Escobar lines up COO… for lawsuit: Controversial bendy phone slinger sues exec over ‘missing cash, YouTube hijack’

Escobar, the smartphone peddler fronted by the older brother of the late Colombian pharmaceuticals executive Pablo Escobar, is suing its chief operations officer for allegedly embezzling cash and hijacking its YouTube account. The lawsuit , filed in the US state of Nevada this month, is the latest controversy surrounding the upstart. Last month, it was revealed the Escobar Fold 2, its latest bendy smartphone, was nothing but a Samsung…

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Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

Videos The US Department of Defense today officially released three short videos of “unidentified aerial phenomena” – aka unidentified flying objects – that it still apparently doesn’t have an explanation for. The footage has already been widely circulated online, thanks to Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge: he is on a mission to obtain and publicly distribute UFO sightings via his To the Stars organization, and revealed the trio of videos…

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Latest Apple gadget’s production behind schedule, will come out at one month past iPhone 12, reportedly

Production of the iPhone 12 is reportedly running behind schedule, as Apple wrestles with supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a travel ban imposed by the Chinese government. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is around one month behind schedule. This echoes similar reports from Ming-Chi Kuo, who is regarded as one of the most accurate soothsayers of Apple’s intentions. The iPhone 12…

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From attacked engineers to a crypto-loving preacher with a questionable CV: Yep, it’s still very much 5G silly season

Roundup Folks, we regret to inform you it’s still 5G silly season. This news, of course, won’t come as much of a surprise. We’re in the midst of a pandemic that has utterly changed the fabric of society, turning our homes into cushy boltholes we cannot leave, except for brief moments of parole where you can queue outside Tesco to buy a loaf of bread. SARS-CoV-2, the new virus…

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Happy birthday, ARM1. It is 35 years since Britain’s Acorn RISC Machine chip sipped power for the first time

Video Did the reminder on your smartphone go off over the weekend? It’s been 35 years since the first Arm processor was powered up. “At 1pm on April 26th 1985,” recalled Prof Steve Furber, “the first ARM microprocessors arrived back from the manufacturer – VTI . They were put straight into the development system which was fired up with a tweak or two and, at 3 pm,…

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Capita to continue managing Brit teachers’ pensions well into the 2020s

Outsourcing giant Capita is to continue administering the British Teacher’s Pension Scheme for a good few years after the Department of Education extended its contract. Capita’s books are drenched in red as the company continues its efforts to turn things around. Having managed to lose £62.6m (before tax) in 2019, the outfit will welcome the £60m due to be lobbed its way over four years from October 2021 for…

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Less is more with OpenCL 3.0: Implementing the 2.x spec was tricky – so now everything beyond 1.2 is optional

The Khronos Group has pushed out the Open CL 3.0 provisional specification, a major update to the cross-platform API used for accelerating software performance by using the concurrent programming capabilities of GPUs and CPUs. OpenCL is part of a family of projects that also includes SPIR-V, an intermediate representation that targets both Vulkan (cross-platform GPU graphics API) and OpenCL drivers, and SYCL (C++ template libraries to simplify OpenCL coding)….

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