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Dev kits offer platforms for digital-power, motor-control designs

Embedded Technology - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 14:28
STMicroelectronics offers digital-power and motor-control discovery kits for its STM32G4 microcontrollers, targeting applications such as race drones, prosumer drones, and small electric vehicles.

Kit speeds industrial connectivity development

Embedded Technology - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 14:28
The kit's sample software includes EtherCAT, PROFINET RT, Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP, and OPC UA, as industrial Ethernet software, and PROFIBUS DP, Modbus, RTU/ASCII, CAN open, and DeviceNet, as fieldbus communication software.

Is CBD safe for your pets? - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 01:05
A leading veterinary cannabis researcher explains what experts do and don’t know about giving animals CBD.

Our best look at likely interstellar comet Borisov so far - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 00:42
It's coming for a swing past our sun because it isn't bound to one. Scientists have taken a stunning multicolor image of the visitor on approach.

Disney CEO Iger departs Apple board ahead of Apple TV Plus launch - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 09/14/2019 - 00:02
The longtime board director had said he'd resign if the two companies became competitors.

Meet the three North Korean hacking groups funding the country’s weapons programs

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 23:36

Enlarge / Hacking for their home country, we guess.

The Trump administration is sanctioning three North Korean hacking groups widely accused of carrying out attacks that targeted critical infrastructure and stole millions of dollars from banks in cryptocurrency exchanges, in part so the country could finance its weapons and missiles programs.

All three of the groups are controlled by North Korea’s primary intelligence agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, or RGB, officials with the US Department of Treasury said in a statement published on Friday. Collectively, the groups are behind a host of cyber attacks designed to spy on adversaries and generate revenue for nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

“Treasury is taking action against North Korean hacking groups that have been perpetrating cyber attacks to support illicit weapon and missile programs,” Sigal Mandelker, Treasury under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in Friday’s statement. “We will continue to enforce existing US and UN sanctions against North Korea and work with the international community to improve cybersecurity of financial networks.”

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MoviePass is shutting down Sept. 14 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 22:56
The discount ticket service is ending, and it doesn't look like it's coming back.

Apple, 64GB of iPhone storage just isn't enough anymore - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 22:40
Commentary: Apple's premium phones shouldn't skimp on basic storage. It's time to bump up from the 64GB minimum.

Tesla reportedly reinstates free Supercharging for new Model 3 owners in sales push - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 22:34
As the third quarter of the year ends, Tesla wants to pump its sales numbers up.

Twitter removes Texas lawmaker's gun-related tweet about Beto O'Rourke - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 22:29
The company says the tweet violated its policy against violent threats.

BMW X6 Vantablack can't hide from lidar - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 21:50
It may be the darkest black pigment in the world, but lidar still captures the vehicle.

Jeep recalls Gladiator over rear driveshaft production problem - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 21:20
There's a stop-sale on affected Gladiators with the driveshaft issue, but other models are clear for sale.

Congress wants Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon emails as probe heats up

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 20:30

Enlarge / The dome of the United State Capitol Building in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Phil Roeder)

The long summer recess for Congress is at last well and truly over. The House Judiciary Committee has ramped up for the fall season, issuing demands for huge piles of documentation from Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google as its antitrust probe into Big Tech grows.

The committee launched the bipartisan inquiry in June, seeking in part to determine "whether existing laws are adequate" to the task of regulating the sprawling tech titans that power the 21st century economy. As part of that probe, the committee has now issued lengthy requests for information to the four companies digging deeply into the question of competition.

The tech sector is facing scrutiny from all sides at the moment. The House investigation is separate and distinct from the various antitrust probes against the same four companies the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and nearly all the states currently have in progress.

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Want to Maximize Holiday Sales? Define 3 Key Audiences Now

E-Commerce Times - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 18:39
Holiday shoppers spent more money on online purchases last year than ever before -- a whopping $126 billion from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. That was a 16.5 percent increase from the previous year. If the steady upward trajectory of online holiday spending is any indication, 2019 promises to be another record year. Is your business ready to claim its piece of the massive holiday pie? You can make a number of proactive moves to prep for the season, from optimizing your website for mobile to streamlining your checkout process.

Check the scope: Pen-testers nabbed, jailed in Iowa courthouse break-in attempt

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 17:35

Enlarge / The Dallas County, Iowa courthouse, the site of a penetration test gone spectacularly wrong. (credit: By Iowahwyman - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Two security contractors were arrested in Adel, Iowa on September 11 as they attempted to gain access to the Dallas County Courthouse. The two are employees of Coalfire—a "cybersecurity advisor" firm based in Westminster, Colorado that frequently does security assessments for federal agencies, state and local governments, and corporate clients. They claimed to be conducting a penetration test to determine how vulnerable county court records were and to measure law enforcement's response to a break-in.

Unfortunately, the Iowa state court officials who ordered the test never told county officials about it—and evidently no one anticipated that a physical break-in would be part of the test. For now, the penetration testers remain in jail. In a statement issued yesterday, state officials apologized to Dallas County, citing confusion over just what Coalfire was going to test:

State court administration (SCA) is aware of the arrests made at the Dallas County Courthouse early in the morning on September 11, 2019. The two men arrested work for a company hired by SCA to test the security of the court’s electronic records. The company was asked to attempt unauthorized access to court records through various means to learn of any potential vulnerabilities. SCA did not intend, or anticipate, those efforts to include the forced entry into a building. SCA apologizes to the Dallas County Board of Supervisors and law enforcement and will fully cooperate with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Dallas County Attorney as they pursue this investigation. Protecting the personal information contained in court documents is of paramount importance to SCA and the penetration test is one of many measures used to ensure electronic court documents are secure.

The case is an example of the legal risks faced by security testing firms, particularly when the scope of such tests is vague. Even the most basic electronic security tests, when done outside of the bounds of a contractual agreement, could land the testers in trouble, as Ars reported when Gizmodo reporters attempted to phish Trump administration and campaign figures in 2017.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Unpacking Apple’s Big iPhone Launch Event

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 14:00
We ask WIRED senior writer Lauren Goode to give her impressions of the iPhone launch in Cupertino this week.

10 power management ICs for smart factories

Embedded Technology - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:47
Power management ICs are becoming more highly integrated for Industry 4.0, packing advanced features that deliver higher efficiency and eliminate the need for many external components.

I'm a terrible parent and Nintendo is to blame - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 05:50
"Definitely not my fault. Nope. Not at all."

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