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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday, October 9, 2018, In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|SL||Apple may announce new 2018 iPad Pro models, new Macs, and possibly more this month, and sources tell 9to5Mac that the new iPads will have a USB-C port to output 4K HDR video to external displays.||https://9to5mac.com/2018/10/08/2018-ipad-pro-details-face-id-display/|
|PB||Microsoft has paused the rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Fall update after widespread reports of people losing files.|
Microsoft has promised to help people recover the deleted files tweeting that people should call the Microsoft support line at 1-800-Microsoft.
|TM||Instagram says two-factor authentication from apps like Authy or Google Authneticator is now live for all users. Previously only the less secure text-based second factor was available for INstagram users.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/09/instagram-2fa-two-factor-authentication/|
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|:33||PB||Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida says that the company is working on a new PlayStation.|
Yoshida told the Financial Times, “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware."
he did not call it the “PlayStation 5”.
|:35||SL||Google announced plans to shut down the consumer version of Google+ after a previously undisclosed security flaw was reported by the Wall Street Journal. Google's Project Strobe discovered in March that a flaw in Google Plus's API dating back to 2015 could allow a developer to see profile data marked private, --that's names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation, and relationship status -- for up to 496,951Google+ users. Google had no evidence that anyone else knew of the flaw or had exploited it, though the company destroys most Google+ logs after two weeks in order to protect privacy. Google says it chose not to go public with the information because it didn't meet the threshholds of being able to accurately identify affected users, show evidence of misuse, or recommend actions that developers or users could take. Bloomberg reports Johannes Caspar, data protection commissioner in Hamburg, Germany, said his agency has started investigating the matter and Ireland's Privacy Authority says it will as well.||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/google-exposed-non-public-data-for-500k-users-then-kept-it-quiet/|
|:39||TM||Security expert Yossi Appleboum, co-chief executive officer for US telecom company Sepio Systems, has provided documents, analysis and other evidence to Bloombnerg BusinessWeek showing that Suopermicro motherboards found in an unnamed US telecomn's data center had modified ethernet connectors that enabled back door access. This is a different mod than the hidden processor alleged to have been added to Supermicro motherboards in a report last week. These ethernet-modified motherboards were supposedly altered at a factory in Guangzhou. Appleboum previously worked in the technology unit of the Israeli Army Intelligence Corps. He said he has seen similar manipulations of different vendors' computer hardware made by contractors in China, not just products from Supermicro. Supermicro denies any knowledge of this new allegation as well saying it “still [has] no knowledge of any unauthorized components.”|
Meanwhile security researcher Joe Fitzpatrick, who is one of the few named sources in Bloomberg's original story about a Chinese supply chain hardware hack, told the podcast Risky Business he felt uneasy about Bloomberg's story. Fitzpatrick says the story fits closely to a theoretical scenario he described to Bloomberg's Jordan Robertson. Fitzpatrick also notes there are easier ways to obtain back door access.
|:44||SL||Facebook announced two models of a smart display called Portal. The display is powered by Amazon Voice Services, though users say Hey Portal to activate it. It can play music from Spotify and Pandora, videos from Facebook Watch, and make voice and video calls over Faecbook Messenger. It doesn't use facial recognition but it can zoom in on people during video calls, with software that runs locally. It doesn't save data and Messenger calls are encrypted as usual, though not end to end. Price is $199 for a 10-inch 720p screen and a Portal Plus costs $349 with a 15.6-inch swiveling 1080p screen and upgraded audio. Both are available for order now, shipping in November.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/08/facebook-portal/|
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|:46||At its Made By Google event in NYC Tuesday, Google announced the Google Home Hub, a smart display with Google Assistant that does not have a camera in order to satisfy privacy concerns if you put it in places like the bedroom. It comes with 6 months of YouTube Premium, a downtime mode that stops any interactions but alrams, parental controls, and a dashboard to control smart home devices. It's available for preorder at $149 shipping October 22.||https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/10/9/17943362/google-home-hub-smart-assistant-screen-price-release-date|
|- No camera for privacy|
- 6 months of YouTube Premium
- Downtime mode to stop interactions other than alarms
- Parental settings
- Home View, dashboard for smart home devices, also in Home app
- Live Albums - pick people and albums created out of pictures with those people in them, filters out bad, blurry photos
- comes in four colors: green (Aqua), pink (Sand), dark grey (Charcoal), and white (Chalk)
- : $149. Preorder today online, retail on Oct. 22. US, UK, and Australia
|Google also announced the Pixel Slate, a tablet running Chrome OS, It has a 293ppi LCD display and a special UI that defaults to a grid of apps with suggestions for frequently used app functions at the top and a Google Assistant bar at the bottom. It also comes with a Titan Security chip and automatic security updates and antivirus. It also has 4-16GB of RAM and a 3000×2000 display. Single USB-C ports are found on the left and right sides, and a pogo pin connection is on the bottom. A fingerprint reader is in the power button. You can buy the backlit Slate Keyboard for it with circular keys and a flap for standing up the display. |
The Slate models start at $599 for 4GB RAM and 32GB with three free months of YouTube TV up to $1,599 with 16GB RAM and 256GB storage. The keyboard sells for $199 and the PixelBook Pen is also compatible at $99. The Pixel Slate will be available later this year.
|- 293ppi display. Low Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon. LTPS display. |
- Dual front speakers
- 3 months of free YouTube TV (also for Pixelbook)
- cameras have ML and portrait mode
- UI defaults to grid of apps, with ML generated frequently used apps shown suggested at top
- Google Assistant bar at bottom of UI
- Titan security chip
- POwer button has fingerprint sensor
- Automatic security updates and antivirus
Pixel Slate Keyboard, backlit, connects through bottom connector, holds screen up with flap (folio).
- Full desktop Chrome borwser
- New version of Adobe Acrobat for ChromeOS
Slate starts at $599
Pixelbook Pen $99 available later this year
|Google also announced the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL. The phones have a matte finish glass back and come in three colors, black, white and not-pink. The camera features improved low light shooting, wide-angle selfies. Google Lens can work without a data connection for some features and Google has added a call screening feature that answers the phone for you and asks why the person is calling while displaying a transcript on the screen. Google Duplex, which can call a restaurant for you is coming to all Pixel phones next month. The Pixel can show alarm functions, photos and answer questions like weather when wireless charging on a Qi stand like the new Pixel stand available for $79. The Pixel 3 is available for preorder now, starting at $799, from Verizon on Oct 18 and unlocked on Project Fi. and will arrive in 12 other markets on November 1.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/9/17941394/new-google-pixel-3-xl-phone-release-date-price-announcement|
|- 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL.|
- Matte finish on the glass back, Three colors, black, white, not-pink
- XL has edge to edge OLED screen
- Front speakers, 40% louder
- YouTube Music free for 6 months
- Camera has HDR+, Pixel Visual Core chip
- Top Shot picks best photo for you
- Super Res Zoom uses burst photos and merges for extra res.
- Night Sight low light photo mode - claim you don't need flash. Coming to other Pixel phones as well.
- Group Selfie Cam - wide angle selfies, use slider to zoom out
- PlayGround for AR Stickers
- Google Lens integrated in camera, doesn't need a data connection for some things
- improved autofocus in video
- Duplex auto-calling coming to Pixel phones when available in your city starting next month
- Can screen a call and ask who is calling and why. Transcription appears on screen. All happens on device. Pixel 3 now all Pixel devices next month.
- Flipping phone over can activate do not disturb.
Pixel Stand - wireless charger. can be an alarm clock, photo frame, check weather. Features that work with any Chi wireless charger.
Pixel 3 preorder now, $799, Verizon on Oct 18 and unlocked on Project Fi. Stand is $79.
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