Apple’s Siri Speaker Could Be Getting Ready for Prime Time

Apple is working its way towards the smart home, a new report says. The technology giant is currently manufacturing a new smart home hub that would compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home, among others, Bloomberg is reporting, citing sources. The device could be unveiled on Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, but likely won’t debut until later this year, the report says. Rumors have been swirling for months that suggest Apple is working on a new smart home hub. The device, the rumors have said, would be powered by its virtual personal assistant Siri and would control smart home devices. It might also interact with third-party apps.… Read More

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Is another big data ransomware apocalypse on the horizon?

Last year, thousands of MongoDB instances were hacked, and their contents ransomed for a small sum in bitcoin. This episode wasn’t just a troubling reminder that people are terrible at securing the things they expose to the Internet, but a demonstration that ransomware developers were shifting their focus from systems to services. Could another big data ransomware nightmare be on the horizon? Perhaps. Shodan, which develops the “search engine for computers,” just published an interesting article that suggests the bad practices that resulted in MongoDB systems getting pwned are still prevalent. According to Shodan-founder John Matherley, there are 4,487 HDFS (Hadoop… This story continues at The Next Web …read more… Read More

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Anti-missile test shows US can defend against N. Korean ICBMs, MDA chief says

Missile Defense Agency video of the successful May 30 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile interceptor. (video link) On May 30, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the United States Air Force successfully tested the Homeland Missile Defense System, shooting down an intercontinental ballistic missile in the first “live fire” test of the system’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element. The GMD consists of a land-based, fire-control system and interceptor missiles designed to strike ICBMs in flight outside the atmosphere. The interceptor missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and it destroyed an “ICBM-class target” launched from the Kwajelein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The ICBM was… Read More

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Amazon Just Added This Highly Requested Feature to Alexa

Amazon has been steadily adding new skills to its voice assistant Alexa to make it more useful for its users to call an Uber or check the balance of a bank account. With a new update on Thursday, the e-commerce giant said that Alexa can now set timers and reminders, the latter of which is a feature Amazon “AMZN” said was one of the most requested for the voice assistant. Of course, users can set timers or reminders through their mobile phones. But increasingly, consumers are flocking towards using their voices to get information about their calendar, what the weather is, or how long a commute will be. Alexa, which… Read More

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Watch SpaceX launch its first reused Dragon capsule to resupply the ISS

SpaceX is going to attempt to re-use one of its Dragon capsules for the first time in an active mission to resupply the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft was used first back in September 2014 to resupply the ISS during CRS-4, and will carry nearly 6,000 pounds of supplies and research materials to support experiments during Thursday’s CRS-11 launch, the window for… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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