New leak reportedly shows a powered on Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for the first time

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 only weeks away from its official August 9 reveal, the leaks purportedly showing off the device have started to increase dramatically. Following the official-looking yellow S Pen leak from earlier today, some new images have been shared by a Chinese Twitter user which reportedly show a switched on Galaxy Note 9 handset for the very first time — its boot up screen allegedly indicating which device we’re looking at. The pre-release handset (which is somehow already sporting some gnarly scratches and cracks) looks almost identical to last year’s Galaxy Note 8 from the front (save for what appears to be slightly slimmer bezels), backing… Read More

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BlackSky teams up with ATLAS Space Operations for satellite communications

News Brief: Michigan-based ATLAS Space Operations says it will provide telemetry, commanding and data support for the Earth-observing satellite constellation that’s due to be put into low Earth orbit for Seattle-based BlackSky. In a news release, ATLAS says it will offer support via new ground station sites in Guam and Japan to maximize the constellation’s performance. The first four satellites are to be launched in the next year, with plans to expand to 60 satellites. BlackSky is part of Spaceflight Industries, and the satellites will be built by a Seattle-based joint venture called LeoStella that involves Spaceflight Industries and Thales Alenia Space. …read more Source:: GeekWire       

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Some vote-counting computers came with a critical flaw that could have let hackers access them (SYMC)

Some of the computers used for tabulating votes and programming voting machines that were sold between 2000 and 2006 included a serious vulnerability. The computers, offered by the nation’s top voting machine maker, shipped with software that could have allowed malicious actors to remotely access and manipulate them. Elections Systems & Software, which sold the systems, said it stopped selling machines with the software in 2007 and its customers are no longer using it. It’s unclear if the flaw was ever exploited, but the software was reportedly still in use on at least one of the systems as late as 2011. Computers used to tabulate votes and program voting machines… Read More

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NBN Co’s got a new headache: fixed-wireless congestion

New figures provided by NBN Co to a Senate Estimates committee have revealed that many of the broadband network’s fixed wireless towers are oversubscribed, leading to congestion for many rural and regional customers. When the fixed wireless network was originally being designed back in 2011, the assumed take-up rate (that is, the percentage of premises that qualify for access to the network which actually end up subscribing) was just 20%. In many areas, that appears to have been a significant underestimate, with over a quarter of the network’s 1,972 fixed wireless towers seeing take-up rates of 50% or higher. NBN Co has declined to identify the specific towers with higher-than-expected… Read More

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Latest Google Assistant update will add a visual walkthrough of your entire day

To make your busy lives simpler and to help you keep on top of everything on your daily to-do lists, Google has announced that, starting this week, Assistant will provide a “visual overview” of your entire day when you you open the app. Google Assistant will pull together personal information, appointments, reservations, scheduled meetings, reminders, and much more to offer a curated snapshot of what your day will look like. Assistant’s “visual snapshot” of our day | Image courtesy: Google Right up top will be your commute details, be it to work or for a meeting, but as you scroll down, you’ll be provided with all the other reminders you… Read More

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