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Nest Secure had a mic Google told no one about for months

Nest Secure had a mic Google told no one about for months

Earlier this month, Google made an announcement that seemed nothing short of magical. It proudly announced that its Nest Secure system can now also moonlight as a Google Assistant smart speaker using the Nest Guard base. That's almost surprising because few if not none of the Nest Secure owners were even aware that the hardware was capable of performing that feat. That's because Google and Nest didn't disclose that the base station had a microphone inside in the 18 months is has been in the market.

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Space Force to be overseen by US Air Force under newly signed directive

Space Force to be overseen by US Air Force under newly signed directive

The Trump administration is moving forward with its Space Force plans, officials have announced. Trump signed Space Policy Directive-4 today for establishing the Space Force under the Department of the Air Force, though the proposal still has to be submitted to Congress. The Air Force has estimated a substantial cost for the new military service at $13 billion.

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Singapore Airlines infotainment systems come with cameras

Singapore Airlines infotainment systems come with cameras

Infotainment systems are becoming more and more common on planes. Not everyone finds them that much useful to while the time away but those can just ignore the screen. If you happen to be riding one of Singapore Airlines' upgraded planes, however, you might worry that the screen is staring back at you in silence. It turns out, those new inflight entertainment systems come with a camera by default, though the airline insists they are also disabled by default.

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Facebook lists and tracks users it considers security threats

Facebook lists and tracks users it considers security threats

Fame has its price, as many high-profile personalities can attest to. In addition to dealing with both love and hatred, there's also the matter of potential threats to their safety. That's true for both a single person and a large company, especially one that's both famous and infamous like Facebook. But while most other companies have to take a reactive stance, Facebook tries to be one step ahead of danger by putting its own users in a "Be On Lookout" or BOLO list of people whom it perceives as a potential threat to the safety of its employees and offices.

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Hong Kong ‘smart’ prisons test trackers, poo robots, and AI cameras

Hong Kong ‘smart’ prisons test trackers, poo robots, and AI cameras

Hong Kong's Correctional Services has revealed plans to test various surveillance technologies with the intention of creating 'smart prisons,' according to a local news report. The technologies are intended to monitor for unusual behavior among prisoners, Correctional Services Commissioner Danny Woo Ying-ming revealed this week. The systems will include AI cameras, robots, and real-time heart rate monitoring.

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Tesla Sentry Mode keeps an eye out for thieves

Tesla Sentry Mode keeps an eye out for thieves

Just like with smart homes, the more you deck out your car with more smart features, the more valuable and more expensive it becomes. The more valuable it becomes, the more attractive it also becomes for those who might want to take a piece or even the whole thing. As Tesla's electric cars become more common and more easily identifiable, the more they become tempting targets as well. That's why Tesla is now introducing a new Sentry Mode security feature that will watch for and alert you of attempted or successful break-ins. Presuming you remember to turn it on first, that is.

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Google Play Store 2018 security report is hopeful

Google Play Store 2018 security report is hopeful

Although Apple's iOS App Store is starting to show its holes, no thanks to Facebook and the whole Enterprise Certificate brouhaha, Google's Android counterpart has mostly been perceived has having too many holes for comfort. With a different set of standards and different methodology, Google Play Store, despite the canonical source of Android apps, has had so many lapses that weekly malware reports have become almost a joke. Google now reports how much of its security system has improved in 2018, which, to be fair, might be true. It still, however, might be below acceptable thresholds.

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Pixel 3 Lite release with Pixel Watch leads rumored Google strategy shift

Pixel 3 Lite release with Pixel Watch leads rumored Google strategy shift

The Google Pixel 3 Lite is set to launch later this year and undercut the iPhone XR, a new report claims, bringing the long-anticipated Google smartwatch and other hardware with it. It's said to be part of Google's attempt to expand its audience with Pixel smartphones, offering a more affordable version as it scales up its hardware ambitions with a number of new devices and form-factors.

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Security experts warn hackers are testing a new way to infect Macs

Security experts warn hackers are testing a new way to infect Macs

Security company Trend Micro has revealed a method hackers are using to bypass the macOS security feature Gatekeeper in order to deploy EXE files containing malware onto their victim's computer. The discovery was made while analyzing Little Snitch, a firewall application that is readily accessible as a torrent. The researchers believe that hackers are still studying the malware and ways it can be used.

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FDA pilot program will test blockchain to help curb counterfeit drugs

FDA pilot program will test blockchain to help curb counterfeit drugs

The FDA is exploring innovations that could help it track drugs, including blockchain, and it has a new pilot program to test them out. The agency revealed its pilot program in an announcement today, explaining that drug manufacturers, stakeholders, repackagers, and others can test the "emerging approaches" to verifying and tracing prescription drugs in the United States.

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Android phones vulnerable to maliciously crafted PNG images

Android phones vulnerable to maliciously crafted PNG images

Apple may have had the bulk of attention thanks to its FaceTime bug that may be because it rarely gets such serious flaws. Or at least they rarely get reported. Android's more open nature, however, brings exploits to light more easily and more regularly, which, in theory, should mean they also get patched up faster. Google's latest security bulletin mentions one such bug that could let hackers run arbitrary code on your phone simply by making users open an image of a cute cat on your Android phone.

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Google’s Adiantum encrypts Android in all forms

Google’s Adiantum encrypts Android in all forms

Adientum, not to be confused with the fictional metal alloy adamentium, is a newly detailed security system for Android. The folks at Google that've created this system made it so that all devices could use encryption techniques - not just those with new and advanced hardware for said purpose. With this system, the whole world can rest a little more easy knowing their data is slightly more secure than it was before this system was put in place.

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