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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
Adaptive Charging will extend your Chromebook’s longterm battery life – coming soon to Chrome OS

Chrome OS is set to gain an Adaptive Charging feature, similar to Pixel phones, that will extend your Chromebook’s longterm battery life. One of the benefits of Chromebooks over most Windows laptops is a long-lasting battery that can typically make it through the day without needing to be recharged. Of course, over the years, batteries degrade and eventually lose their charge faster, and Chromebooks are no exception. With a little bit of care and planning, though, you can extend the lifespan of a phone or laptop battery. On Pixel phones, this level of care can happen automatically through a feature called Adaptive Charging which intentionally “slow charges” your phone when plugged in overnight. This reduces a variety of factors like excess heat that put stress on your battery and should help prolong its health. According to a newly posted code change, Chrome OS is set to gain its own version of Adaptive Charging. Where phones are often charged from a low battery point back to full, often going relatively unused while on the charger, it’s normal to plug a laptop or Chromebook in when you’re seated at a desk, regardless of whether the battery is actually low at the time. However, keeping a typical laptop battery fully charged for extended periods of time has been found to have a negative effect on the longevity of the battery. To that end, according to the code, Google is working to reduce the amount of time that your Chromebook spends with its battery 100% charged. Minimizes the amount of time the device spends at full battery to preserve battery lifetime. Digging a little deeper, we find that rather than charging slowly at nighttime (like Pixel phones), Adaptive Charging on Chromebooks will use machine learning in some way, possibly to learn your routine and decide a charging speed accordingly. In theory, your Chromebook battery should be fully charged at approximately the same time that you would normally unplug it. There will also be a notification informing you that Adaptive Charging is active, along with settings that would presumably allow you disable the feature altogether. One thing we’re not yet sure of is which Chromebooks will be able to use Adaptive Charging, including whether it will come to older devices or be a launch feature for upcoming ones. Considering Adaptive Charging is exclusive to Pixel phones, rather than a broader feature of Android, one could imagine this new feature being exclusive to the Google Pixelbook lineup, though there haven’t been any recent signs of a new Pixelbook in development. ...

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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
Apple Rumors: Fall 2022 Event to Bring its Largest Event Soon, Featuring iPhone, Mac, and MORE

Apple rumors are getting more significant by the minute, and it is because of the many upcoming features of the company to arrive this 2022 for people to see and enjoy. The features will focus on devices and innovations that will soon come to service their needs featuring smart connections, software, and more coming soon, say analysts. Apple Rumors: Fall 2022 to be the Largest Event Ever says Analysts According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and the latest Power On newsletter showcase, a slur of new devices from Apple is coming this Fall 2022. The target date for Apple puts it at the latter half of 2022 but not necessarily late for people to enjoy the showcase and release of devices once it arrives for the public soon. Different hardware is coming, says Gurman, and this has been the focus of the famous Apple analyst since early this year for the Cupertino giant. Apple aims to turn its profits around and bring more innovations for people to enjoy. These devices show the many features that Apple may bring to the public, focusing on their strengths and significant releases. Apple Fall 2022 Event: iPhone, iPad, Mac, and MORE The events for this year will focus on Fall 2022 and its showcase in the early part of this year with the Spring event. Both Fall and Spring will feature an event featuring an iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but the only difference is the variants. Spring 2022 will reportedly bring the iPhone SE 2022, iPad Air, and a new Mac with better internals. On the other hand, Fall 2022 brings the iPhone 14, iPad Pro and Classic, and a possible new MacBook release. Apple: What to Expect on New Devices Apple's iPhone 13 is a massive hit on the market now, but people cannot wait for the iPhone 14's release this coming Fall 2022 to bring the latest features of the smartphones. Rumors talk about the iPhone 14's significant change since the iPhone X removed the home button and featured a notch on its screen to make way for facial recognition software. Another device is on the list for a 2022 Fall release, and these are the Mac devices, particularly that of the MacBook Air that did not have an upgrade from 2021. The latest upgrade of the MacBook Air was last 2020 when it featured the M1 chip, but it did not see the same treatment as the MacBook Pro that brought the new M1 chips. Apple faces the rumors of bringing iPad upgrades that focus on the likes of the Pro, Air, and Classic versions that would come during Spring or April releases. There are many upcoming devices from Apple, and people are getting excited about it, significantly as analysts predict a forthcoming storm that will bring the new devices by this fall. Nevertheless, the question remains if it will top 2020's fall events that featured almost three different showcases from Apple.

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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
Qualcomm Car Chips: Developing New Processors for Vehicles; Ventures with Volvo, Honda, and Renault

Qualcomm is getting into the car chip ventures with Volvo, Honda, and Renault, soon supplying the companies with new processors for its vehicles. The new venture of Qualcomm will focus on producing its focus on cars, particularly as it needs more of the modern features like computer chips to manage its controls and other features it aims to bring. Qualcomm Car Chips: Ventures with Volvo, Honda, and Renault Qualcomm and Volvo recently announced their ventures together, focusing on a new collaboration that would bring a Snapdragon-powered car infotainment system for a more accessible feature. However, that is not all that Qualcomm will be doing for cars, especially with the deals it secured with Honda and Renault. Snapdragon's Automotive Cockpit for Renault's Megane is another focus of the company that would specialize in bringing a service to improve an aspect of the vehicle. Not to mention its ventures with Honda that will focus on getting a better overall experience for the car. Qualcomm's focus on cars and their needs is a massive step for the company, especially now as vehicles become more innovative and advanced than their mechanical age. Qualcomm's Digital Chassis: CES 2022 Showcase Qualcomm is not only focusing its chips on vehicles' infotainment systems, especially with a Digital Chassis feature that the company announced last CES 2022. The San Diego chipmaker aims to bring an intelligent and customizable experience with its car chips, focusing on technology as its primary seller to integrate into a car. Smart cars are the future, and Qualcomm aims to be a game-changer for the industry. Qualcomm's Focus on Chips for Cars Qualcomm will focus on a new venture, and it will not be limited or constricted to one industry only, which is the development of chips for smart and portable devices. The chip-making company is bringing its 2022 flagship smartphone processor known as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 to get the latest version of its functions, including 5G. ...

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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
After 7 years, a spent Falcon 9 rocket stage is on course to hit the Moon

SpaceX launched its first interplanetary mission nearly seven years ago. After the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage completed a long burn to reach a transfer orbit, NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory began its journey to a Sun-Earth LaGrange point more than 1 million km from the Earth. By that point, the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage was high enough that it did not have enough fuel to return to Earth's atmosphere. It also lacked the energy to escape the gravity of the Earth-Moon system, so it has been following a somewhat chaotic orbit since February 2015. Now, according to sky observers, the spent second stage's orbit is on course to intersect with the Moon. According to Bill Gray, who writes the widely used Project Pluto software to track near-Earth objects, asteroids, minor planets, and comets, such an impact could come in March. Earlier this month, Gray put out a call for amateur and professional astronomers to make additional observations of the stage, which appears to be tumbling through space. With this new data, Gray now believes that the Falcon 9's upper stage will very likely impact the far side of the Moon, near the equator, on March 4. More information can be found here. Some uncertainties remain. As the object is tumbling, it is difficult to precisely predict the effects of sunlight "pushing" on the rocket stage and thus making slight alterations to its orbit. "These unpredictable effects are very small," Gray writes. But they will accumulate between now and March 4, and further observations are needed to refine the precise time and location of the impact. This information is important because it will allow satellites presently orbiting the Moon, including NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and India's Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, to collect observations about the impact crater. With the LCROSS mission, NASA deliberately impacted a spent rocket upper stage into the Moon in 2009 for this purpose. Although scientists are most keen to understand the presence of ice at the lunar poles, being able to observe the subsurface material ejected by the Falcon 9 rocket's strike could still provide some valuable data. The dry mass of the Falcon 9's second stage is about 4 metric tons, and it should impact the Moon at a velocity of about 2.58 km/s. It's likely that this will be the first time a piece of space hardware unintentionally strikes the Moon. Typically, during interplanetary missions, a rocket's upper stage is sent into a heliocentric orbit, keeping it away from the Earth and its Moon. For launches of spacecraft intended to orbit the Earth, the best practice is to reserve enough fuel in a rocket's upper stage to return it to Earth's atmosphere, where it will burn up. This is what SpaceX and most Western rocket companies customarily do to help control debris in low Earth orbit. The Moon, of course, has no atmosphere for the stage to burn up in.

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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
MoonBounce Malware Can Survive Computer Antivirus, Says Kaspersky; Chinese-Linked Espionage Group Be

Kaspersky's cybersecurity researchers recently spotted a new breed of malware that can bypass normal security protection, like in the case of an antivirus. According to the experts, it could not be removed easily, even in drive formatting or replacement. The latest finding also revealed that this security threat came from APT41, a Chinese-linked espionage group that the government sponsors. How Dangerous is MoonBounce Malware According to a report by FossBytes, the unique part of the MoonBounce malware is its ability to thrive in the motherboard's SPI memory. Unlike other malware, which normally thrive in the hard drive, it would remain in the computer even after replacing its hard drive. Either way, reinstalling your operating system won't do anything to erase it. Kaspersky stated that there is only one way to get rid of this pesky software. Since this malware is considered a bootkit, it can only be exterminated by doing a complex process called SPI memory re-flashing. Another costly solution that can entirely delete it in the computer is replacing the PC's motherboard. While this was the first time that cybersecurity analysts encountered MoonBounce malware, other malware already lived in the motherboard's SPI memory before. These include MosaicRegressor, ESPectre, UEFI bootkit, and LoJax. The Kaspersky researchers said that this malware is challenging to remove at first since it appears to be unachievable. However, as time passes, they get used to it until it becomes a part of the norm. Chinese Government-Sponsored Group Behind MoonBounce Malware According to Kaspersky, in another report by Tech Radar on Monday, Jan. 24, the recently discovered malware is made for multi-stage attack, thus becoming a stage one malware. There are times that this threat can be used to infect other systems by using a device or group of devices to carry out attacks. These gadgets will later become outlets of ransomware, remote code files, and data harvesters. Despite its rarity, MoonBounce malware is believed to be under the control of an espionage group called APT4. This crew of cybercriminals is allegedly linked to the Chinese government. Kaspersky said that the stage two malware and the MoonBounce were found to exist in the same device. They were caught functioning under the similar server infrastructure where APT41 operated. As of press time, the Russian antivirus provider has not yet known the possible way MoonBounce actually entered on the affected devices. "As a safety measure against this attack and similar ones, it is recommended to update the UEFI firmware regularly and verify that BootGuard, where applicable, is enabled. Likewise, enabling Trust Platform Modules, in case corresponding hardware is supported on the machine, is also advisable," Kaspersky said. ...

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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
Redesigned Mac mini with M1 Pro & M1 Max set for spring Apple event

Apple's first special event of 2022 is rumored to have an upgraded Mac mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip options, a leaker claims. Apple is anticipated to launch a number of new products at a spring special event, with strong candidates including an iPhone SE refresh with 5G and an iPad Air upgrade. Among the list of new arrivals could be the long-rumored redesigned Mac mini. According to reliable leaker @Dylandkt on Twitter, Apple's spring event will feature "the Mac mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max." If true, this will offer consumers a pair of faster processor options, up from the M1 included in the initial release. In a further clarification, Dylan confirms a "new design is coming" for the Mac mini. Previous leaks and rumors say the Mac mini will be redesigned to be thinner, have a polycarbonate top, an increase in ports at the back, and a magnetic power connection. The leaker's tweet also said that the Mac mini isn't necessarily going to be the only Mac on display. That the iMac Pro revival is rumored to be "still on track" for a release in the spring, increasing the chance of it being included in the event. However, some doubt is also cast by Dylan, offering that they have heard "concerns with regards to production." On Sunday, Dylan tweeted that there would be a new M1 chip on the way, that would go beyond the M1 Pro and M1 Max in terms of performance, using a 12-core CPU. With a reference to the iMac in code relating to it, the chip is expected to be presented in an iMac Pro update.

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01-26-2022 Politics
NATO sends reinforcements and U.S. puts troops on alert as Ukraine tensions rise

NATO sending ships, fighter jets to eastern Europe U.S. says some 8,500 troops on alert Kremlin says West, not Russia, is escalating tensions UK withdraws some staff from Kyiv embassy MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, Jan 24 (Reuters) - NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets, in what Russia denounced as Western "hysteria" in response to its build-up of troops on the Ukraine border. The U.S. Department of Defense in Washington said about 8,500 American troops were put on heightened alert and were awaiting orders to deploy to the region, should Russia invade Ukraine. Tensions are high after Russia massed an estimated 100,000 troops in reach of its neighbour's border, surrounding Ukraine with forces from the north, east and south. Russia denies planning an invasion and Moscow is citing the Western response as evidence that Russia is the target, not the instigator, of aggression. President Joe Biden, pushing for transatlantic unity, held an 80-minute secure video call with a number of European leaders on Monday from the White House Situation Room to discuss the Ukraine crisis. Biden told reporters "I had a very, very, very good meeting" with the Europeans, which included the leaders of Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Poland. He said there was "total unanimity." A White House statement said the leaders "discussed their joint efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine, including preparations to impose massive consequences and severe economic costs on Russia for such actions as well as to reinforce security on NATO's eastern flank." Welcoming a series of deployments announced by alliance members in recent days, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg earlier said NATO would take "all necessary measures." "We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including through strengthening our collective defence," Stoltenberg said in a statement. He told a news conference that the enhanced presence on NATO's eastern flank could also include the deployment of battlegroups in the southeast of the alliance. So far, NATO has about 4,000 troops in multinational battalions in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, backed by tanks, air defences and intelligence and surveillance units. U.S. officials said the Pentagon was finalising efforts to identify specific units that it could deploy to NATO's eastern flank. One of the officials said up to 5,000 could be deployed, while a NATO diplomat said Washington was considering gradually transferring some troops stationed in western Europe to eastern Europe in the coming weeks. read more Denmark, Spain, France and the Netherlands were all planning or considering sending troops, planes or ships to eastern Europe, NATO said. Ukraine shares borders with four NATO countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
Google has a cute little Wordle Easter egg

Wordle, the viral word game where you guess a 5-letter word, is everywhere. It’s in group chats, in Slack threads, and all over social media. There are Wordle clones, and clever spins on the format. Someone — in a major asshole move — even created a Twitter bot that spoiled Wordle for avid players. But here’s something a little more pure: Google, the search engine, has a cute little Easter egg for players searching for the game. Here, give it a go: Open Google Type in Wordle Hit enter From there, you’ll see the Easter egg at the top left-hand corner. I don’t think this is considered a spoiler: The word is “Google” — yes, six letters. The little puzzle is “solved,” after the animation runs through a few words: “Column” to “Goalie” to “Google.” It’s small, but a lovely little ode to the game that’s strewn green, yellow, and gray boxes all over our Twitter feeds. Wordle is free-to-play and accessible via browsers, and words only change once per day. Everyone’s got the same word, which makes the game fun for sharing — arguably, that’s part of the reason it’s gone so viral. It’s a quick, wholesome way to play a game with the rest of the world.

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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
Adaptive Charging will extend your Chromebook’s longterm battery life – coming soon to Chrome OS

Chrome OS is set to gain an Adaptive Charging feature, similar to Pixel phones, that will extend your Chromebook’s longterm battery life. One of the benefits of Chromebooks over most Windows laptops is a long-lasting battery that can typically make it through the day without needing to be recharged. Of course, over the years, batteries degrade and eventually lose their charge faster, and Chromebooks are no exception. With a little bit of care and planning, though, you can extend the lifespan of a phone or laptop battery. On Pixel phones, this level of care can happen automatically through a feature called Adaptive Charging which intentionally “slow charges” your phone when plugged in overnight. This reduces a variety of factors like excess heat that put stress on your battery and should help prolong its health. According to a newly posted code change, Chrome OS is set to gain its own version of Adaptive Charging. Where phones are often charged from a low battery point back to full, often going relatively unused while on the charger, it’s normal to plug a laptop or Chromebook in when you’re seated at a desk, regardless of whether the battery is actually low at the time. However, keeping a typical laptop battery fully charged for extended periods of time has been found to have a negative effect on the longevity of the battery. To that end, according to the code, Google is working to reduce the amount of time that your Chromebook spends with its battery 100% charged. Minimizes the amount of time the device spends at full battery to preserve battery lifetime. Digging a little deeper, we find that rather than charging slowly at nighttime (like Pixel phones), Adaptive Charging on Chromebooks will use machine learning in some way, possibly to learn your routine and decide a charging speed accordingly. In theory, your Chromebook battery should be fully charged at approximately the same time that you would normally unplug it. There will also be a notification informing you that Adaptive Charging is active, along with settings that would presumably allow you disable the feature altogether. One thing we’re not yet sure of is which Chromebooks will be able to use Adaptive Charging, including whether it will come to older devices or be a launch feature for upcoming ones. Considering Adaptive Charging is exclusive to Pixel phones, rather than a broader feature of Android, one could imagine this new feature being exclusive to the Google Pixelbook lineup, though there haven’t been any recent signs of a new Pixelbook in development. ...

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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
Apple Rumors: Fall 2022 Event to Bring its Largest Event Soon, Featuring iPhone, Mac, and MORE

Apple rumors are getting more significant by the minute, and it is because of the many upcoming features of the company to arrive this 2022 for people to see and enjoy. The features will focus on devices and innovations that will soon come to service their needs featuring smart connections, software, and more coming soon, say analysts. Apple Rumors: Fall 2022 to be the Largest Event Ever says Analysts According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and the latest Power On newsletter showcase, a slur of new devices from Apple is coming this Fall 2022. The target date for Apple puts it at the latter half of 2022 but not necessarily late for people to enjoy the showcase and release of devices once it arrives for the public soon. Different hardware is coming, says Gurman, and this has been the focus of the famous Apple analyst since early this year for the Cupertino giant. Apple aims to turn its profits around and bring more innovations for people to enjoy. These devices show the many features that Apple may bring to the public, focusing on their strengths and significant releases. Apple Fall 2022 Event: iPhone, iPad, Mac, and MORE The events for this year will focus on Fall 2022 and its showcase in the early part of this year with the Spring event. Both Fall and Spring will feature an event featuring an iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but the only difference is the variants. Spring 2022 will reportedly bring the iPhone SE 2022, iPad Air, and a new Mac with better internals. On the other hand, Fall 2022 brings the iPhone 14, iPad Pro and Classic, and a possible new MacBook release. Apple: What to Expect on New Devices Apple's iPhone 13 is a massive hit on the market now, but people cannot wait for the iPhone 14's release this coming Fall 2022 to bring the latest features of the smartphones. Rumors talk about the iPhone 14's significant change since the iPhone X removed the home button and featured a notch on its screen to make way for facial recognition software. Another device is on the list for a 2022 Fall release, and these are the Mac devices, particularly that of the MacBook Air that did not have an upgrade from 2021. The latest upgrade of the MacBook Air was last 2020 when it featured the M1 chip, but it did not see the same treatment as the MacBook Pro that brought the new M1 chips. Apple faces the rumors of bringing iPad upgrades that focus on the likes of the Pro, Air, and Classic versions that would come during Spring or April releases. There are many upcoming devices from Apple, and people are getting excited about it, significantly as analysts predict a forthcoming storm that will bring the new devices by this fall. Nevertheless, the question remains if it will top 2020's fall events that featured almost three different showcases from Apple.

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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
Qualcomm Car Chips: Developing New Processors for Vehicles; Ventures with Volvo, Honda, and Renault

Qualcomm is getting into the car chip ventures with Volvo, Honda, and Renault, soon supplying the companies with new processors for its vehicles. The new venture of Qualcomm will focus on producing its focus on cars, particularly as it needs more of the modern features like computer chips to manage its controls and other features it aims to bring. Qualcomm Car Chips: Ventures with Volvo, Honda, and Renault Qualcomm and Volvo recently announced their ventures together, focusing on a new collaboration that would bring a Snapdragon-powered car infotainment system for a more accessible feature. However, that is not all that Qualcomm will be doing for cars, especially with the deals it secured with Honda and Renault. Snapdragon's Automotive Cockpit for Renault's Megane is another focus of the company that would specialize in bringing a service to improve an aspect of the vehicle. Not to mention its ventures with Honda that will focus on getting a better overall experience for the car. Qualcomm's focus on cars and their needs is a massive step for the company, especially now as vehicles become more innovative and advanced than their mechanical age. Qualcomm's Digital Chassis: CES 2022 Showcase Qualcomm is not only focusing its chips on vehicles' infotainment systems, especially with a Digital Chassis feature that the company announced last CES 2022. The San Diego chipmaker aims to bring an intelligent and customizable experience with its car chips, focusing on technology as its primary seller to integrate into a car. Smart cars are the future, and Qualcomm aims to be a game-changer for the industry. Qualcomm's Focus on Chips for Cars Qualcomm will focus on a new venture, and it will not be limited or constricted to one industry only, which is the development of chips for smart and portable devices. The chip-making company is bringing its 2022 flagship smartphone processor known as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 to get the latest version of its functions, including 5G. ...

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01-26-2022 Science&Technology
MoonBounce Malware Can Survive Computer Antivirus, Says Kaspersky; Chinese-Linked Espionage Group Be

Kaspersky's cybersecurity researchers recently spotted a new breed of malware that can bypass normal security protection, like in the case of an antivirus. According to the experts, it could not be removed easily, even in drive formatting or replacement. The latest finding also revealed that this security threat came from APT41, a Chinese-linked espionage group that the government sponsors. How Dangerous is MoonBounce Malware According to a report by FossBytes, the unique part of the MoonBounce malware is its ability to thrive in the motherboard's SPI memory. Unlike other malware, which normally thrive in the hard drive, it would remain in the computer even after replacing its hard drive. Either way, reinstalling your operating system won't do anything to erase it. Kaspersky stated that there is only one way to get rid of this pesky software. Since this malware is considered a bootkit, it can only be exterminated by doing a complex process called SPI memory re-flashing. Another costly solution that can entirely delete it in the computer is replacing the PC's motherboard. While this was the first time that cybersecurity analysts encountered MoonBounce malware, other malware already lived in the motherboard's SPI memory before. These include MosaicRegressor, ESPectre, UEFI bootkit, and LoJax. The Kaspersky researchers said that this malware is challenging to remove at first since it appears to be unachievable. However, as time passes, they get used to it until it becomes a part of the norm. Chinese Government-Sponsored Group Behind MoonBounce Malware According to Kaspersky, in another report by Tech Radar on Monday, Jan. 24, the recently discovered malware is made for multi-stage attack, thus becoming a stage one malware. There are times that this threat can be used to infect other systems by using a device or group of devices to carry out attacks. These gadgets will later become outlets of ransomware, remote code files, and data harvesters. Despite its rarity, MoonBounce malware is believed to be under the control of an espionage group called APT4. This crew of cybercriminals is allegedly linked to the Chinese government. Kaspersky said that the stage two malware and the MoonBounce were found to exist in the same device. They were caught functioning under the similar server infrastructure where APT41 operated. As of press time, the Russian antivirus provider has not yet known the possible way MoonBounce actually entered on the affected devices. "As a safety measure against this attack and similar ones, it is recommended to update the UEFI firmware regularly and verify that BootGuard, where applicable, is enabled. Likewise, enabling Trust Platform Modules, in case corresponding hardware is supported on the machine, is also advisable," Kaspersky said. ...

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01-21-2022 Religion
New report faults retired Pope Benedict XVI of poorly handling sexual abuse cases in German diocese



A new report claims that when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was archbishop in Munich, he knowingly allowed abusive priests to continue working for the church without sanctions. As CBS News foreign correspondent Chris Livesay reports, Pope Benedict has denied the accusations. CBSN is CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service featuring live, anchored coverage available for free across all platforms. Launched in November 2014, the service is a premier destination for breaking news and original storytelling from the deep bench of CBS News correspondents and reporters. CBSN features the top stories of the day as well as deep dives into key issues facing the nation and the world. CBSN has also expanded to launch local news streaming services in major markets across the country. CBSN is currently available on CBSNews.com and the CBS News app across more than 20 platforms, as well as the Paramount+ subscription service.

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01-20-2022 Cars
Ford and ADT Team Up to Create Canopy, a Car Accessory That Alerts Drivers of Theft and Vandalism



Ford and ADT, a company that builds security and alarm monitoring services for homes and businesses, have teamed up to create Canopy to fix the vulnerabilities in-vehicle security offerings. Ford and ADT Vehicle Accessory Canopy will offer an accessory that can be attached onto a car in order to monitor the surroundings and alert the drivers of theft or vandalism, according to ABC. Although built-in car alarm systems can help minimize the risk of theft, they are not 100% foolproof. In 2020, the FBI revealed that $7.4 billion was lost to car theft, including the theft of cars themselves and the contents. Canopy's product, distributed to some trucking companies in the United States and cargo vans in the United Kingdom since last year, wants to combine Ford's camera systems expertise with ADT's monitoring service to help both retail and commercial customers avoid theft. Canopy is ADT's first project that focuses on automotive security. It is a product of FordX, the automaker's new venture incubator that collaborates with other companies to build, acquire and launch new technologies for transportation. In 2018, FordX teamed up with Jelly, a company that sells dockless e-scooter. Jelly is the basis for the car company's acquisition of Spin. Canopy is Ford's next project and is included in its strategy to expand its portfolio of mobility solutions outside of its traditional business lines, according to The Washington Post. How Canopy Works Canopy's accessory works with any car model, and it is expected to be sold at various stores and online by 2023. The accessory relies on several sensors, including radar, acoustic sensors, and cameras, to collect data about the car's surroundings. An operating system will then process the data and will share it back to the cloud servers through Wi-Fi or LTE. Any thefts will be reported to the car owner through a mobile app or to one of ADT's monitoring agents. In TechCrunch's interview with Leah Page, VP of mobile security and strategic projects at ADT, she said that ADT wants to help in bringing AI solutions to its products. Once something happens, it comes into ADT, and the monitoring agents know how to handle it. The monitoring agents can alert the owner or emergency contact, and they can also alert the police. In the near future, Canopy wants to release another monitoring system that integrates into the vehicle's hardware and will rely on the cameras and sensors to perform the same features. Ford is Canopy's first integration, but the company aims to have all the technology available to all automakers. Christian Moran, the director of FordX and interim CEO of Canopy, said that to make the offer meaningful to its customers, they had to do it to enable them to address the security concerns for cars that are already being used. Moran added that they are looking at one solution that can run across several vans, trucks, and cars, targeting to do that in the next few years.

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01-17-2022 Science&Technology
Google Changes White Noise Sound on Nest Hub and Users are Not Pleased



Google Nest Hub and Google Assistant Smart Displays are used by people to play white noise to help them sleep better. However, earlier this week, the tech giant changed the white noise ambient sound, and there has been a massive backlash from the users because of it. Google Changes White Noise Sound for Nest Hub The report regarding the new sound was first posted on Jan. 12, Wednesday. On Jan. 15, Saturday, the updated white noise sound had been rolled out to all users, according to 9to5Google. A lot of users are now complaining that the new white noise is quieter and muffed. They also noticed the noise loops every 10 minutes instead of the original hourly loop. The ambient sounds can go on for 12 hours if it is not disabled by the sleep timer. The second-generation Google Nest Hub has a great auto-off capability that automatically turns off the ambient sound when the user falls asleep. Since the change, more than 100 complaints have been posted on the Google Nest Community and on Reddit. One user even uploaded the original version of the noise to Google Drive, with some of them asking that the file be uploaded to YouTube Music as an option. Some users are hoping that Google will provide get the original audio back as an option and make it accessible on Google Assistant. Users can leave their feedback about the change in the Google Home app or on the Google Home webpage. Google offers 13 different ambient noises, and users choose the ones that suit them best. Google has relaxing sounds, forest sounds, nature sounds, country night sounds, ocean sounds, water sounds, rain sounds, running water sounds, river sounds, babbling brook sounds, thunderstorm sounds, oscillating fan sounds, fireplace sounds, and white noise. Google Meet on Nest Hub Aside from changing the white noise sound, Google has also made some changes on the Nest Hub screen for Google Meet users, according to Engadget. The Google Workspace was updated in 2021, and the Companion Mode for Nest Hub and other Google Meet hardware has finally rolled out. Companion Mode adds a second screen to Google Meet to support the change towards hybrid working environments. It also gives easier access to different Google Meet controls for those calling in from shared space. In the past, employees who called in from a meeting room usually had to wait in turns for control if they wished to do simple things. The result is that the employees who worked remotely and were summoned into a meeting using their computer or phone were usually more active and visible in meetings than their co-workers at the office, participating in a traditional meeting room set up. However, due to the addition of Companion Mode, employees will soon get access to the features of Google Meet through Nest Hub and other hardware like Lenovo Tap while still being a part of the meeting. ...

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01-14-2022 Sports
Falcon 9 completes launch, has now lifted 550 satellites into orbit [Updated]



10:40 am ET Update: With clearing skies and moderate winds, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket rideshare mission safely launched into space on Thursday. The first stage then sent its upper stage and a payload with 105 small satellites on its way into low Earth orbit. The Falcon 9 first stage made a smooth landing back near its launch site. Remarkably, this single Falcon 9 rocket first stage has now launched 550 satellites into orbit, as well as one Cargo Dragon and one Crew Dragon. It has flown, on average, every two months since its first launch. It would seem that rocket re-use is more than a fad. Original post: SpaceX will seek to launch its "Transporter-3" mission into low Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Thursday morning. The rocket has a 29-minute launch window, which opens at 10:25 am ET (15:25 UTC), and weather conditions are forecast to be fair. This will be the company's third rideshare mission in which it uses its Falcon 9 rocket to compete with small satellite launch companies. For this mission, the rocket will launch 105 different spacecraft. Among them are 44 "SuperDove" satellites for Planet, which the company said will replenish its current constellation, which images every landmass on Earth every day. The varied manifest includes CubeSats, microsats, PocketQubes, and orbital transfer vehicles for a mix of government and commercial customers. The satellites will be deployed over about a 90-minute period. The combined mass of the payloads is light enough that SpaceX will be able to perform a land-based return of the Falcon 9 first stage at its landing zone along the Florida coast—the first in more than half a year. Nearby residents, therefore, will be able to enjoy both a launch and then a series of sonic booms about eight minutes after liftoff. For the launch, SpaceX is using a previously flown first stage that has a lot of experience. This rocket, initially used for a commercial crew demonstration mission in 2020, has since flown ANASIS-II, CRS-21, Transporter-1, and five Starlink missions. Upon launch, it will become the third Falcon 9 first stage that SpaceX has flown 10 times. Notably, this booster, number 1058, reached this 10-flight milestone in 594 days. The previous 10-flight rockets required 1,100 and 799 days, respectively. So SpaceX continues to bring down the time needed between reuse of each first stage, as Booster 1058 has only required about two months between flights. The company will begin a webcast for the Transporter-3 mission about 15 minutes before liftoff.

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