Dyn DDoS Attack Shows IoT's Inherent Security Weakness

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server racks with open padlock for DDoS attack

Parts of the internet ground to a halt on Friday, October 21, when a group of hackers targeted Dyn with a distributed Denial of Service attack. The attack temporarily broke the path to many websites, including Twitter, and blocking similar attacks in the future will be a monumental task because the hackers used the internet-connected devices already in our homes.

E Ink Keyboard MacBook Pros Aren't a Sure Thing

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Sonder E Ink keyboard in MacBook Pro

A report last week suggested Apple will ditch the MacBook Pro’s traditional keyboard for an E Ink version with keys that dynamically change based on the app being used. Now the Wall Street Journal is chiming is saying it has sources confirming Apple’s plan. That makes it more likely an E Ink keyboard is coming, but it still isn’t a sure thing.

Samsung's Note 7 Debacle Keeps Getting More Expensive

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in burning pile of money

What’s the cost of designing and selling an smartphone that catches on fire? If you’re Samsung, it’s US$5.3 billion. The electronics maker is now estimating its losses for dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle will climb well over its earlier projections and could go higher than its latest expectation.

Samsung's Supreme Court Appeal to Set Precedent for Future Design Patent Cases

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Apple v Samsung justice scales

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing Samsung’s appeal in its multi-year patent infringement battle with Apple. The Justices won’t be determining if Samsung infringed on Apple’s patents—the company already admitted to that—and instead will rule on how damages in patent design cases should be calculated. Their decision has real implications for other design-related patent cases, and could lead to yet another lower court hearing for Apple and Samsung.

Samsung Still Chasing Its Apple Dreams, Buys Viv AI

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Viv demo on MacBook Pro at Disrupt 2016

Samsung continued living its Apple dream this week. According to TechCrunch, the South Korean conglomerate purchased Viv, a next-generation artificial intelligence created by three of Siri’s creators. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what this might mean.

Apple Needs to Step Up its HealthKit Game Before Making it a Diagnosis Tool

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HealthKit isn't ready to be a health diagnosis tool

Apple wants HealthKit to grow from a basic health and fitness tracker to a platform for monitoring even more about us, and to use that information to help diagnose medical issues. Considering Apple’s commitment to improving our health, there’s no reason why the company can’t reach that goal—but not before a big issue get resolved.

The iOS Home Screen Grid of Apps Doesn't Need Changing

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iOS Home screen grid

From time to time, especially when a new version of iOS is released, articles are written about how the iOS home screen layout of app icons in a rectangular grid is tired and needs updating. The question is, “With what?” John Martellaro takes a look at this issue and provides his analysis.

iPhone 7 Financing for Fun and Profit

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iphone 7 financing

There are more ways than ever to buy an iPhone 7, and while choice is good, too many options can be confusing. Here’s an overview of the various iPhone 7 financing options from Apple and the major wireless carriers. Which one is right for you?

AT&T's New Mobile Share Advantage Plan Costs Compared

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On Sunday AT&T rolled out their new Mobile Share Advantage Plans and, along with them, their online comparison tool that shows you just what the new plans will cost you. Digging in this morning it’s pretty evident that only a handful of people currently on Mobile Share Value plans will actually save money with these new plans. Click through to see the math and the details.

Autonomous Vehicles Might Develop Superior Moral Judgment

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Autonomous car concept

Much has been written now about the moral guidance for autonomous cars and trucks. It’s a difficult problem that involves quantifying then instantiating into software the logic of life and death decisions.  It would be nice for society to have more time to ponder, but the pace of technology leaves us precious little time for that. Machines are going to make moral decisions very soon. Shall we let them?