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Diablo III’s Switch version leaked ahead of official unveil, coming “2018”

Ars Technica - August 15, 2018 - 10:40pm

Enlarge / An artist's approximation of what Diablo III: Eternal Collection may look like when it arrives on Nintendo Switch by year's end. (credit: Blizzard / Aurich Lawson)

Blizzard's first-ever video game for the Nintendo Switch, Diablo III, was unveiled on Wednesday following an article's apparent accidental publication.

Forbes published an article on Wednesday confirming that the developer's popular slash-and-loot series would arrive on Nintendo Switch by the end of 2018 in the form of an "Eternal Collection." The outlet quickly removed the article from its site, but its copious details (screengrabbed by Reddit members) appear legitimate, and publications like Kotaku confirmed that Forbes' article ran one day before Blizzard's official unveil scheduled for Thursday of this week.

As you might imagine from a name like "Eternal Collection," this version of Diablo III will include all of the 2012 game's subsequent paid expansions, including Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer, along with all of the game's free updates and patches up to this point. It will launch at an MSRP of $59.99.

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Uber narrows losses but growth slows

BBC Technology News - August 15, 2018 - 10:12pm
The firm is under pressure to become more profitable for a planned IPO in 2019.

Google bod want cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 9:53pm
Shifting session identifiers into HTTP works, but Facebook and others won't be happy

A key member of the Google Chrome security team has proposed the death of cookies to be replaced with secure HTTP tokens.…

Twitter suspends Alex Jones for one week

BBC Technology News - August 15, 2018 - 9:28pm
The InfoWars conspiracy theorist is reported to have posted a link to a video that broke Twitter's rules.

Twitter's Dorsey vows 'consistent' enforcement after Alex Jones, Infowars suspended - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 15, 2018 - 9:21pm
But still no full ban for the conspiracy theorist who's used Twitter to attack children and families.

LG unveils two new Styler clothes steamers ahead of IFA 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 15, 2018 - 9:12pm
The LG Styler ThinQ and the Styler Mirrored Glass Door will be on display at Europe's biggest tech trade show.

MIT scientists crack the case of breaking spaghetti in two

Ars Technica - August 15, 2018 - 9:10pm

The trick to breaking spaghetti in half is to bend and twist, new MIT study says. (credit: Tom Smith / EyeEm: Getty Images)

Pasta purists insist on plonking dry spaghetti into the boiling pot whole, but should you rebel against convention and try to break the strands in half, you'll probably end up with a mess of scattered pieces.

Now, two MIT mathematicians have figured out the trick to breaking spaghetti strands neatly in two: add a little twist as you bend. They outlined their findings in a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

This isn't the first time scientists have been fascinated by the physics of breaking spaghetti. The ever-curious Richard Feynman famously spent hours in his kitchen one night in a failed attempt to successfully break spaghetti strands neatly in half. It should have worked, he reasoned, because the strand snaps when the curvature becomes too great, and once that happens, the energy release should reduce the curvature. The spaghetti should straighten out and not break any further. But no matter how hard he tried, the spaghetti would break in three or more pieces.

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India's Cosmos bank raided for $13m by hackers

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 9:05pm
Report points finger at North Korea for cyber-heist

Cosmos Bank in India says that hackers made off with $13.4m in stolen funds over the weekend.…

Android 9 Go means a $30 phone may get Pie before you do - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 15, 2018 - 9:02pm
Google says Android Pie will come to Android Go phones this fall. (No word yet on Samsung Galaxy phones.)

Facebook raised $300M during first year of birthday fundraisers - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 15, 2018 - 8:49pm
More than 750,000 nonprofits have access to the social network's fundraising tools.

George R.R. Martin: Game of Thrones TV deaths won't match books - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 15, 2018 - 8:45pm
The author says he's "working on" Winds of Winter, and the print books won't always align with the HBO series.

Support for ageing key exchange crypto leaves VPNs open to attack

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 8:40pm
Ancient issue causing new ones

Security gaps have been identified in widely used implementations of the IPsec protocol, which is used in the set up of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).…

Strictly Come Dancing: Graeme Swann joins line-up

BBC Technology News - August 15, 2018 - 8:35pm
The former England cricketer becomes the sixth celebrity contestant to be confirmed so far.

Credit card skimmers now need to fear the Reaper

Ars Technica - August 15, 2018 - 8:25pm

Enlarge / The SkimReaper, shown here with a sample card-skimming device, can help law enforcement find and shut down card skimming operations. (credit: Sean Gallagher)

BALTIMORE—At the USENIX Security Symposium here today, University of Florida researcher Nolen Scaife presented the results of a research project he undertook with Christian Peeters and Patrick Traynor to effectively detect some types of "skimmers"—maliciously placed devices designed to surreptitiously capture the magnetic stripe data and PIN codes of debit and credit cards as they are inserted into automated teller machines and point-of-sale systems. The researchers developed SkimReaper, a device that can sense when multiple read heads are present—a telltale sign of the presence of a skimmer.

Nolen and his fellow researchers worked with data provided by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to assess the types of credit-card-skimming gear currently in the wild. They uncovered four broad categories of skimming gear:

  • Overlays—devices that get placed on top of the slot for the ATM or point-of-sale system. They can be modeled to match a specific ATM type's card slot or, in some cases, overlay an entire device such as a credit card reader at a retail point of sale. Overlays on ATM machines are sometimes accompanied by a keypad that is placed atop the actual keypad to collect PIN data.
  • Deep inserts—skimmers engineered to be jammed deep into the card reader slots themselves. They're thin enough to fit under the card as it is inserted or drawn in to be read. An emerging version of this is a "smart chip" skimmer that reads EMV transactions passively, squeezed between the card slot and the EMV sensor.
  • Wiretap skimmers—devices that get installed between a terminal and the network they connect to. This suggests there's a fundamental security problem to begin with.
  • Internal skimmers—devices installed in-line between the card reader of a terminal and the rest of its hardware. These, Scaife said, are more common in gas-pump card readers, where the attacker has a greater chance of being able to gain access to the internals without being discovered.

Overlays and deep inserts are by far the most common types of skimmers—and are increasingly difficult to detect. Police, Scaife noted, often find them only by looking for the cameras used by skimmers to capture PIN numbers, because most of the common detection tips—including trying to shake the card slot to see if it dislodges—are ineffective.

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Investors tell Uber to ditch self-driving car program, report says - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - August 15, 2018 - 8:13pm
The Information claims Uber is currently spending up to $200 million per quarter on its AV development.

Bitcoin backer sues AT&T for $240m over stolen cryptocurrency

The Register - August 15, 2018 - 8:12pm
Michael Terpin not happy about funds-draining SIM swap fraud

A bitcoin investor is suing AT&T for $240m after it allegedly ported his phone number to a hacker, allowing the criminal to steal $24m in cryptocurrency.…

Intel uses Bluetooth to keep flying drones from colliding - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 15, 2018 - 8:00pm
The technology could be good for something besides wireless headsets and keyboards.

Moto P30 looks like an iPhone X with a glamorous splash of color - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 15, 2018 - 7:58pm
The company's new flagship phone adds some pizzazz to its clone-like design.

Australian gov’t wants to force tech firms to weaken crypto

Ars Technica - August 15, 2018 - 7:55pm

Enlarge / Police attend the scene of a suspected murder on August 10, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

A new proposal by the Australian government that would mandate its ability to access encrypted data held by companies both foreign and domestic has been met with fierce opposition from many in the privacy and technology communities.

The bill, known as the "Assistance and Access Bill 2018," seeks to overcome what American authorities have spent years calling the "going dark" problem. The notion, as Canberra explains it, is to enhance "the ability of our law enforcement and security agencies to access the intelligible data necessary to conduct investigations and gather evidence."

It would create a new type of warrant that would allow what governments often call "lawful access" to thwart encryption, something that the former Australian Attorney General proposed last year.

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