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Borderlands 3 preview: Expanding horizons – CNET

The series expands its universe — literally — by heading off-world.
Source: CNET

Alaska Will Finally Get Its Own Fiber-Optic Line

An Alaskan telco is building a 270-mile fiber-optic line that will connect with Canadian carriers and ultimately the Lower 48.
Source: Wired

Honda and Acura recall 94,000 vehicles for bad timing belts – Roadshow

If the timing belt gives up the ghost, the engine might stall or be damaged.
Source: CNET

What's new to stream in May 2019 video – CNET

Game of Thrones and Veep ride off into the sunset.
Source: CNET

Surprised scientists find cocaine in river-dwelling shrimp – CNET

It’s like Scarface, but set in UK rivers.
Source: CNET

Google sit-in: Workers protest alleged company retaliation after walkout – CNET

Some of the search giant’s employees say they’re being unfairly targeted.
Source: CNET

Showcase your startup — buy a demo table at TC Sessions: Mobility 2019

While we haven’t achieved Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the transporter beam (yet), mobility and transportation — and the tech that drives both — are undergoing a huge and rapid evolution. There’s no better place to see, share and learn about these revolutionary advances than at TC Sessions: Mobility 2019, a day-long conference that takes a deep dive into all things mobility.

If you’re an early-stage startup founder in either industry, there’s no better way to position your business in front of the most influential investors, media and technologists. Simply book a demo table and join us on July 10 in San Jose, Calif.

TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 will be packed with a veritable who’s who of mobility movers, shakers and makers. Consider just some of the speakers that are already announced:

  • Oliver Cameron, co-founder and CEO of Voyage, an autonomous driving startup making a big name for itself with a door-to-door self-driving taxi service. Cameron will discuss the company’s mission and its plans for the future.
  • Then there’s Jump founder Ryan Rzepecki — he sold his startup to Uber for about $200 million — and Katie DeWitt, the SVP of product at Scoot. These two visionary leaders will talk about the future of micromobility, including topics like asset management, unit economics, partnering with cities, data sharing and more.
  • You won’t want to miss what Amnon Shashua has to say about autonomous vehicle technology. The co-founder, president and CEO of Mobileye — and a senior vice president at Intel — will share his vision of the future. It includes using Mobileye sensors for mapping to improve operations between businesses and cities, which will help bring us closer to creating smart cities and safer roads.

That’s just a taste of the in-depth programming you’ll find at TC Sessions Mobility. We’re announcing more speakers, panelists and workshops every week. If you’d like to speak, demo your technology or nominate someone else, you can submit an application right here.

TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 goes down on July 10 in San Jose, Calif., with more than 1,000 members of the mobility community — founders, technologists, engineering students and investors — expected to be there.  This inaugural mobility event promises to be a highly focused, world-class networking opportunity. Don’t miss your chance to place your startup front and center. Book a demo table right now. Extra credit if your startup’s working on a transporter beam.

Looking for sponsorship opportunities? Contact our TechCrunch team to learn about the benefits associated with sponsoring TC Sessions: Mobility 2019.


Source: TechCrunch

6 tips on setting up your new Nest or Ring smart doorbell – CNET

We’ll teach you how to get the most out of your new smart doorbell.
Source: CNET

iPhone hard hit as global smartphone shipments continue nosedive

The smartphone industry is in rough shape. Sundar Pichai used the word “headwinds” to discuss the company’s difficulties moving Pixel 3 units, but Canalys’ latest report is far more blunt, describing the situation as a “freefall.”

Things are pretty ugly in the Q1 report, as smartphone shipments declined for the sixth quarter in a row. The combined global units hit 313.9 million, marking their lowest point in almost half a decade, according to the firm.

Of the big players, Apple seems to be particularly hard hit, falling 23.2% year on year. Once again, China played a big role here, but as usual, the full story is much more complex.

“This is the largest single-quarter decline in the history of the iPhone,” said analyst Ben Stanton in a release tied to the news. “Apple’s second largest market, China, again proved tough. But this was far from its only problem. Shipments fell in the US as trade-in initiatives failed to offset longer consumer refresh cycles. In markets such as Europe, Apple is increasingly using discounts to prop up demand, but this is causing additional complexity for distributors, and blurring the value proposition of these ‘premium’ devices in the eyes of consumers.”

A lot to unpack there, but what we’re looking at are some larger issues within the industry, including global economic issues and slowed upgrade cycles for users. The XS was also notably much less dramatic of an upgrade than its predecessor. Stanton did add that the iPhone, “show[ed] signs of recovery towards the back-end of the quarter,” which is promising for Q2.

It also remains to be seen what this year will hold in terms of iPhone upgrades, though most signs point to 2020 as the year the company makes the jump to 5G. Tim Cook was noncommittal on the topic during the company’s earnings call last night, instead pointing to positive numbers on the iPad side and, of course, Apple’s continued push into services.

Analysts are somewhat bullish about the potential of innovations like 5G and even foldables in shaking up the stagnant market, but big players like Apple are clearly hedging their bets, should the free-falling headwinds continue.

Huawei, meanwhile, continues to be a bright spot, with a 50.2% year over year growth and an 18.8% global market share, according to the firm. That growth could be hampered, however, by increased competition from Samsung and fellow Chinese handset companies like Xiaomi and Oppo.


Source: TechCrunch

UK plans new law aimed at improving Internet of Things security

The U.K. government is proposing new legislation aimed at improving security of Internet of Things devices.

Digital minister Margot James MP revealed the draft law on Wednesday as part of the government’s efforts to protect millions of internet-connected devices from cyberattacks.

The law will mandate that internet-connected devices, like smart thermostats, appliances and webcams, must be sold with a unique password.

Botnets typically rely on default passwords that are hardcoded into devices when they’re built that aren’t later changed by the user. By selling a device with a unique password, it significantly slows down cybercriminals from scanning the internet and automatically logging into devices with a default password, often to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks.

On a massive scale, botnets operating thousands of hijacked Internet of Things devices entire websites offline. Two years ago, the Mirai botnet briefly downed Dyn, a networking company that provides domain name service to major sites. That outage knocked dozens of major sites offline — like Twitter, Spotify and SoundCloud.

The new U.K. law will also mandate device makers to provide a public point of contact to allow hackers and security researchers submit flaws and vulnerabilities.

And device makers will have to tell consumers for how long each device will receive security updates.

The law, if passed, would create a labeling scheme for consumers to easily see devices that are “Secure by Design,” said James, giving consumers greater confidence that the devices land with a baseline level of security out of the box.

“Many consumer products that are connected to the internet are often found to be insecure, putting consumers privacy and security at risk,” said James. “Our code of practice was the first step towards making sure that products have security features built in from the design stage and not bolted on as an afterthought.”

The U.K. is following in the footsteps of California, which in October passed a law banning default passwords in connected devices. The law will come into effect in 2020. Each device sold in the state must come with a password “unique to each device.”

Ken Munro, founder of security firm Pen Test Partners, said in a blog post that the proposed law was a “great start,” but the new rules were a “fairly light touch.”

His company finds security flaws in internet-connected devices like car alarms and other consumer goods.

“We hope that the government will also commit to a program of continual improvement of smart product security,” he said.


Source: TechCrunch

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