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Canary cameras will get AI-based Person Detection feature next year

Canary cameras will get AI-based Person Detection feature next year

Canary has revealed a new feature for its security cameras: "Person Detection." The new ability enables the camera to detect when a person is in the picture, helping device owners better understand the context behind their motion alerts. The feature is most important for pet owners who receive frequent motion alerts due to a cat or dog moving through the room. With Person Detection, you'll know when a human is behind the movements.

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Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Apple is investing almost $400m into the one of the companies responsible for its TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X, and it's likely just the first step in rolling the technology out further in its range. The decision to grant millions from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Finisar, the US-based manufacturer of lasers used in TrueDepth, is being billed as a win for American industry; however, it'll also give Finisar the scope to make more advanced versions. As they get smaller, more capable, and more precise, that opens the door to putting the clever camera into new places.

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Starbucks store’s WiFi hijacked laptops to mine cryptocurrency

Starbucks store’s WiFi hijacked laptops to mine cryptocurrency

A Starbucks store located in Buenos Aires was recently caught mining cryptocurrency using visitors' laptops that were connected to its public WiFi network. The mining was the result of malware, which Starbucks has since taken care of. The issue was made known by Noah Dinkin, who alerted Starbucks and the public to the mining via a tweet.

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Your HP notebook may have been hiding a keylogger

Your HP notebook may have been hiding a keylogger

Today we're hearing out a rather worrying vulnerability in a large range of HP notebooks. Apparently, these notebooks came with a deactivated keylogger installed, which is enough to give pretty much anyone pause. The good news, however, is that HP has worked quickly in solving the issue, and beyond that, there's little chance of anyone actually being affected by this vulnerability.

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Ransomware takes out major county servers in North Carolina

Ransomware takes out major county servers in North Carolina

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where the city of Charlotte is located, was hit with a ransomware attack this week that took out major city servers and has forced some officials to work with old fashioned pen and paper. The ransomware was able to infect the network after a city employee opened an email attachment containing the software. The hacker is demanding a payment of $23,000 to restore the system, but so far city officials are refusing to pay.

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Google puts Android accessibility crackdown on hold

Google puts Android accessibility crackdown on hold

Android is often lauded for having an open platform that gives developers a lot of leeway to perform things many of the platform’s rivals withhold. Unfortunately, there will always be those who will try and abuse that freedom for personal gain. That is why Google gave Android app developers an ultimatum last month to only use Accessibility Services if their app is intended for that and that purpose only. In its zeal to protect its platform however, Google may have jumped the gun, which it seems to have realized, causing it to stay its 30-day deadline.

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iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 has been out in the wild now for a month so you’d expect most of the critical bugs and issues to have surfaced by now. Well, most of them have but that does still leave room for some undiscovered problem. Unfortunately, that was indeed the somewhat frightening case that HomeKit users with smart locks may have been blissfully unaware of. It turns out that iOS 11.2 brought with it a vulnerability that allowed unauthorized persons to unlock doors and garages remotely via Apple’ smart home platform.

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Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Apple may have planted its flag on the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) can still be mindful of privacy, but Qualcomm is looking to unlock the same for Android with the new Snapdragon 845. The new system-on-chip (SoC), unveiled today, will help device and service-makers break their phones, apps, and other products away from their tether to the cloud. It also puts a renewed focus on security.

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Ai.Type keyboard’s lax security leaks millions of user data

Ai.Type keyboard’s lax security leaks millions of user data

Virtual keyboards are perhaps one of the strangest and often underestimated kind of software on mobile devices today. On the one hand, it’s easy to take them for granted because they’re just on-screen keyboards. On the other hand, anything that you type, including sensitive information like passwords and credit card details, passes through them. With that much power, keyboard developers need to exercise great responsibility as well. Unfortunately, a “popular” keyboard by the name of Ai.Type didn’t think so, leaking more than 31 million users’ data simply because it didn’t protect its own database with a password.

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Galaxy Note 8 gets a built-in VPN in latest update

Galaxy Note 8 gets a built-in VPN in latest update

Samsung hasn’t exactly been the most religious OEM when it comes to rolling out updates, but when it does, sometimes include some unexpected treats. Take, for example, the Galaxy Note 8, which has just gotten an update that adds a new feature to the phablet, new to the Galaxy Note 8, at least. That feature is the Galaxy J’s “Secure Wi-Fi”, which is just a fancy pants name for Samsung’s VPN service that promises secure and private browsing, even and especially on unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.

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Android December security bulletin finally has KRACK fix for Pixels

Android December security bulletin finally has KRACK fix for Pixels

Google kicked off the whole monthly security bulletin practice to assure Android users, or at least owners of its Nexus and Pixel devices, that they will get timely and critical security fixes before all hell breaks loose. In a rather odd turn of events, however, Google missed that window when it rolled out the November set of security patches without a fix for the KRACK vulnerability. Fortunately, that whole scare seems to have blown over on its own before Google could finally get the fix out the door today.

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Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Most security researchers are stumbling to find a way to definitively prove, or disprove, the security and reliability of the iPhone X’s Face ID feature. Almost all of those, however, require a second face to bypass your legit one. It turns out that users might have something to fear even without a doppelganger. It is no secret that Apple allows third-party apps to access some Face ID data, but how much and how easy they’re getting that data could quickly become a privacy nightmare.

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