Month: November 2017

MacOS High Sierra has an embarrassing bug that gives anyone Admin access

Apple’s macOS High Sierra has a fatal security flaw allowing anyone to bypass system security by logging in as “Root” with no password and clicking “unlock” numerous times. Here’s what we know so far: A user reported the issue earlier today, but initially it wasn’t specified which version of Mac OS High Sierra was affected, …

In 2017 porn sites care more about your online freedom than politicians

This is your reminder that Pornhub and YouPorn are currently doing more to defend your rights on the free internet than the Federal Communications Commission. The pornography industry has been one of net neutrality’s staunchest defenders, going so far as to have a day of loading icons to protest potential rollback in June. Even earlier, in …

Google AI can now look before it leaps (off a cliff)

Google’s machine learning researchers have automated the automation again. The company last week showed off an algorithm tweak that gives robots foresight and caution, so they don’t require humans to reset them during learning sessions. A deep learning network typically gains proficiency at a task, like controlling a robotic factory arm or keeping a car …

Microsoft Office is finally on all Chromebooks (with a catch)

After a long wait time, Microsoft’s Office apps are now finally available on all Chromebooks — though it’ll be useless if you have a larger Chromebook. Chrome Unboxed checked the Play Store for multiple models of Chromebook, and confirmed the Android app versions of the software appear to be available for all current Chromebooks. Among other …

Google activates the Pixel 2’s secret photo chip in new Android 8.1 beta

Shortly after announcing the the Pixel 2, Google surprised everyone by revealing the phone actually has a secret photography chip that had not yet been activated. Google just turned it on for the first time with the latest (and final) developer preview of Android 8.1 Called the Pixel Visual Core, it’s the first processor designed …

Mozilla offers relief from Cyber Monday with bizarre “Download-A-Thon” livestreaming event

The awfulness of Black Friday has passed. Now, we’re into the awfulness of the (truly porny-sounding) Cyber Monday. To divert our collective attention spans from the myriad of sites trying to get our money, Mozilla is running its first-ever “Download-A-Thon” alongside Open Signal, a public TV station from Portland, Oregon. What’s a “Download-A-Thon” you ask? …