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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
ESET research details a malware campaign, likely state-sponsored and active since at least early 2017, targeting PCs in EU and the Balkans with rootkits   —  “LoJax” repurposed LoJack anti-theft agent as rootkit that could survive OS re-installs.  —  ESET Research has published a paper detailing …
Oct 2, 2018, 8:20 PMIn context
Mark Harris / Ars Technica:
USPTO has rejected all but three of 56 claims in Waymo's 936 patent, which played a key role in Waymo-Uber suit, after a complaint by an unaffiliated engineer   —  Eric Swildens had no dog in the fight other than intellectual curiosity.  —  A lone engineer has succeeded in doing …
Oct 1, 2018, 11:20 PMIn context
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
California governor signs net neutrality bill, which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called “illegal”, into law, setting up a showdown with the FCC and ISPs   —  California Governor Jerry Brown today signed net neutrality legislation into law, setting up a legal showdown pitting his state …
Sep 30, 2018, 8:42 PMIn context
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC limits the time local authorities get to review 5G applications to 90 days, caps annual fees to $270 per small cell, unless cities can prove higher costs   —  FCC orders cities and towns to slash permit fees for 5G equipment.  —  The Federal Communications Commission today finalized …
Sep 27, 2018, 7:50 PMIn context
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
An in-depth review of macOS Mojave, which continues High Sierra's foundational work while bringing some consequential changes to the UI, the desktop, and Finder   —  Dark Mode and iOS apps make this desert-themed release feel surprisingly verdant.  —  I ended last year's review of macOS High Sierra …
Sep 25, 2018, 6:05 AMIn context
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
UN survey of 3,500 people in 75 countries using microtask platforms like Mechanical Turk found workers made an average of $6.54/hr in US and $3.31/hr worldwide   —  UN questions whether this work has any benefits for society.  —  Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging …
Sep 24, 2018, 12:30 AMIn context
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Testing shows app launch times on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2 improve between 7% and 27% after installing iOS 12   —  Apple delivers on its promises and pushes back against “forced obsolescence.”  —  When we tested iOS 11 on the iPhone 5S, it was clear that it was slower …
Sep 17, 2018, 1:19 PMIn context
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
An in-depth review of Android 9 Pie, which comes with a lot of useful user-facing changes and, maybe, improved battery life, but the gestures remain a mess   —  The time has come for our annual deep dive (~19,000 words) into the latest Android release.  —  It's time for another big Android release …
Sep 15, 2018, 7:10 AMIn context
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Epic says that 15M users installed Fortnite for Android in the first 21 days after launch   —  Epic details technical, security hurdles of “indie” mobile launch  —  In bringing Fortnite to Android this summer, Epic gambled that the biggest video game phenomenon in the world …
Sep 7, 2018, 5:56 PMIn context
Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:
Review of Apple-sanctioned Blackmagic eGPU for the Mac: easy set up and use, but it only ships with Radeon Pro 580, a mid-range GPU, with no option to upgrade   —  It's quiet, it's cool, and it's not upgradeable.  —  Is the eGPU the future of Mac graphics?
Sep 4, 2018, 4:50 AMIn context

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