Apple releases iOS 14.7.1 to fix Apple Watch unlocking and a zero-day exploit

Dieter Bohn / The Verge Last week iOS 14.7 appeared, adding features including support for Apple’s magnetic battery pack. Unfortunately, the update also interrupted the “Unlock with iPhone” feature that Apple Watch wearers used for easy access to their wristwear. Now, another update is going out to fix that. However, even if you don’t have an Apple Watch, you should still install iOS 14.7.1 (and for Mac owners, macOS 11.5.1) as soon as you can, because security notes from Apple reveal that the two updates it pushed today fix flaws that are already being exploited in the wild. The memory corruption issues in Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems have… Read More

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Parking lots and airports don’t count for rural broadband funding, FCC tells SpaceX

Photo by Joan Cros/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Federal Communications Commission told SpaceX and other companies on Monday that the billions in rural broadband subsidies it doled out last year can’t be used in already connected areas like “parking lots and well-served urban areas,” citing complaints. The commission, in an effort to “clean up” its subsidy auction program, offered the companies a chance to rescind their funding requests from areas that already have service. The companies that got the subsidies must do the work to determine they qualify for the money, wrote Michael Janson, director of the FCC’s Rural Broadband Task Force, in a letter addressed to SpaceX’s finance director… Read More

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COVID surge in unvaccinated is pushing US to more mandates, masks, mitigation

Enlarge / People shop at a grocery store enforcing the wearing of masks in Los Angeles on July 23, 2021. (credit: Getty | Chris Delmas) The ongoing COVID-19 surge among unvaccinated people is pushing the US toward more vaccine mandates, renewed mask use, and other mitigation efforts. With around 51 percent of the country not fully vaccinated and the hypertransmissible delta variant spreading rapidly, the country’s pandemic outlook is grim and getting grimmer. Cases are still increasing in all 50 states and up 170 percent in the last two weeks, with the pace of case increases also accelerating. COVID-19 is thriving in places with relatively low vaccination rates. Arkansas and… Read More

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Spiral shark intestines work like Nikola Tesla’s water valve, study finds

<img width="150" src="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/shark1-800×533.jpg" alt="A CT scan image of the spiral intestine of a Pacific spiny dogfish shark (Squalus suckleyi). The beginning of the intestine is on the left, and the end is on the right.”> Squalus suckleyi). The beginning of the intestine is on the left, and the end is on the right.”> Enlarge / A CT scan image of the spiral intestine of a Pacific spiny dogfish shark (Squalus suckleyi). The beginning of the intestine is on the left, and the end is on the right. (credit: Samantha Leigh/California State University, Dominguez Hills) In 1920, Serbian-born inventor Nikola Tesla designed and patented what he called a “valvular conduit”: a… Read More

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Why HashiCorp founder Mitchell Hashimoto left the CTO role at his startup to just be a programmer again

Summary List Placement Mitchell Hashimoto founded the $5.27 billion startup HashiCorp that is named after him about eight years ago based on tech he wrote in college at age 23. Earlier this week, in a now viral tweet, he announced he was leaving leadership to become an individual contributor after serving as co-CTO and before that, CEO for years. When he and current CTO Armon Dadgar started HashiCorp in 2012, Hashimoto served as CEO.  However, he told Insider that being CEO was “something that I wasn’t passionate about,” so in 2016, the company hired CEO David McJannet who had more experience in growing a company. Hashimoto then became a co-CTO… Read More

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Samurai Warriors 5 Review

Game: Samurai Warriors 5 Consoles: PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam) Publisher: Koei Tecmo Developer: Omega Force A review code for Samurai Warriors 5 was provided by the publisher. This may be hard to believe, but the last entry in the Samurai Warriors franchise that launched in the States came out in 2016. Judging by the tepid reaction to Samurai Warriors 4: Empires, that long wait until a brand new numbered installment was even announced makes a bit of sense. Now in 2021, longtime Musou developer Omega Force has returned to the age of ancient Japanese feudal warfare. And this time around, the simple yet oh so satisfying… Read More

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Nokia’s XR20 is a rugged 5G phone with three years of OS updates

The XR20 includes a 6.67-inch screen and dual rear-facing cameras. | Image: HMD Global HMD Global’s newest Nokia device is the XR20, a rugged phone with 5G connectivity that goes on sale in late August for $549. In addition to robust physical protection, the XR20 is well supported on the software side — a big focus for Nokia’s latest devices — as it ships with Android 11 and comes with three years of OS upgrades alongside four years of monthly security updates. Even considering that the first of those updates, Android 12, is due for release very soon, it’s a policy that’s far stronger than that of most midrange Android… Read More

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No new Galaxy Note this year as Samsung’s foldables gain S Pen functionality

Samsung sent out invites for its August 11 Unpacked event last week. While it’s clear this is going to be packed (somewhat ironically) even by the company’s standards, the event may well be as notable for what it doesn’t include. Namely, a slew of rumors have pointed to Samsung skipping its annual Galaxy Note update. In a blog post today, the company’s president and head of Mobile Communications Business, TM Roh, writes, “Instead of unveiling a new Galaxy Note this time around, we will further broaden beloved Note features to more Samsung Galaxy devices.” The language isn’t entirely clear what that means for the future of Samsung’s beloved – if… Read More

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Samsung confirms Z Fold 3 S Pen support as Note line is in limbo

Samsung Unpacked invitation | Samsunng Samsung isn’t looking to have many surprises at its August 11th Unpacked event. Leaks have already revealed the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, a couple of new Galaxy smartwatches, and new Galaxy Buds 2. Now, Samsung mobile president TM Roh is continuing a recent tradition of publishing a pre-event blog post that confirms some news, sets expectations, and hints at some additional details. Roh promises improved durability for folding screens, stylus support, and that Samsung will not release a new Note phone this time around. Although the Unpacked invitation pictured above didn’t leave much to the imagination, Roh simply comes out and… Read More

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VPN servers seized by Ukrainian authorities weren’t encrypted

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Privacy-tools-seller Windscribe said it failed to encrypt company VPN servers that were recently confiscated by authorities in Ukraine, a lapse that made it possible for the authorities to impersonate Windscribe servers and capture and decrypt traffic passing through them. The Ontario, Canada-based company said earlier this month that two servers hosted in Ukraine were seized as part of an investigation into activity that had occurred a year earlier. The servers, which ran the OpenVPN virtual private network software, were also configured to use a setting that was deprecated in 2018 after security research revealed vulnerabilities that could allow adversaries to decrypt data. “On the disk of… Read More

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Tesla rewrote its own software to survive the chip shortage

Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge Tesla is weathering the global chip shortage by rewriting its vehicle software to support alternative chips, CEO Elon Musk said during an earnings call Monday. The shortage has upended the auto industry at a time of historic demand for new cars, leading to factory shutdowns, longer wait times, and higher prices. “We were able to substitute alternative chips, and then write the firmware in a matter of weeks,” Musk said. “It’s not just a matter of swapping out a chip; you also have to rewrite the software.” This approach has helped Tesla maintain high levels of production, delivering over 200,000 vehicles to customers… Read More

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How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC

Summary List Placement Before you start playing your Nintendo Wii or Wii U, you’ll need to sync your Wii Remote to the console. If you’ve paired headphones to your phone via Bluetooth before, then you’re probably familiar with the general steps.  Here’s how to sync a Wii Remote with a Wii or Wii U, and what to do if they won’t connect. How to sync your Wii Remote to a Wii 1. Turn on your Wii and open the SD card cover on the front of the console to find the SYNC button. It’s a dark red square. 2. Grab the Wii Remote you want to sync and remove the… Read More

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