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Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to debut an exclusive lineup of Audible Originals

A year ago, Amazon -owned Audible announced a deal with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to develop exclusive audio productions for Audible Originals — the company’s entertainment offering which features audio content that’s longer than podcasts, but shorter than audiobooks. Now, the first set of these Hello Sunshine original productions are being announced, including performances from music business matriarch Sophia Chang, judge Rosemarie Aquilina, and comedian/activist Maysoon Zayid.

Like Hello Sunshine’s other efforts, the Audible Originals focus on highlighting female storytelling, and join the brand’s other projects across books, film, TV, podcasts, and streaming services like Apple TV+ and Hulu. In addition, last year Audible and Hello Sunshine collaborated to launch a showcase of Audible audiobooks, selected by Reese’s Book Club, which similarly focuses on strong, but complex female characters.

The Audible Original written and performed by Chang, “Baddest Bitch in the Room,” has her telling the story of growing up as the daughter of Korean immigrants in the suburbs of Vancouver, later falling in love with hip-hop music, then starting her career in the music business, where she influenced the careers of major artists, including the Wu Tang Clan.

Judge Aquilina performs “Magnificent Things,” where she talks about her unusual journey to becoming the judge who presided over the trial of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. And Maysoon Zayid performs “Limping on the Edge,” which tells her story of being a Muslim comedian with cerebral palsy, and how she uses her platform for her activism.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to work with Sophia Chang, Rosemarie Aquilina, and Maysoon Zayid on their audio memoirs,” said Charlotte Koh, Head of Digital Media & Unscripted at Hello Sunshine, in a statement. “Each of these singular women have pursued their dreams with conviction, achieved success in the face of improbable odds, and are redefining societal norms around female identity and power. We’re also deeply appreciative of our friends at Audible for working with us to create these incredible listening experiences and providing these women with a premium service that commands a wide and highly engaged audience,” she added.

The launch comes at a time when the Hello Sunshine brand is on the rise thanks to its various high-profile projects, which include HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” and forthcoming video efforts like Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” and Apple TV+’s “Are You Sleeping” and “The Morning Show.” The company has a number of films in the works, as well, including “Legally Blonde 3” and those that are being developed from Reese’s Book Club picks, like “Where the Crawdads Sing,” and “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.”

Meanwhile, Hello Sunshine’s collaboration with Audible gives its parent Amazon a connection to the media company, which could help it in other areas of its business — like Prime Video potentially, Amazon Books, and Amazon Video’s marketplace for film and TV, which benefits from sales of popular titles.

Amazon, by way of its subsidiary Audible, also gains a noteworthy set of audio exclusives at a time when major streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are focusing on podcasting and audio. In addition, the deal indirectly helps boost Amazon’s connected speaker business, as it offers Echo owners the ability to stream exclusive original content from Audible.

The new Audible Original programs will debut starting in late 2019 and early 2020, the company says.


Source: TechCrunch

A Bet on Uber Is a Bet on Self-Driving

Uber is scheduled to go public Friday, at an initial valuation of $82 billion, the largest for an IPO since 2014. But its future may rest on eliminating drivers.
Source: Wired

Work Sharp Culinary E5 Kitchen Knife Sharpener Review: Excellent Edges

Work Sharp’s sharpener, with its flexible belts, puts a fine edge on your everyday kitchen blades.
Source: Wired

This Senator Wants to Ban Videogame Loot Boxes Aimed at Kids

Missouri Republican Josh Hawley is planning to introduce a bill titled, “The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act.”
Source: Wired

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Scientists warn that governments have about 11 years to enact large-scale changes to stop global warming. The next administration will have even less time.
Source: Wired

Flaws in a popular GPS tracker leak real-time locations and can remotely activate its microphone

A popular GPS tracker — used as a panic alarm for elderly patients, to monitor kids, and track vehicles — contains security flaws, which security researchers say are so severe the device should be recalled.

The Chinese manufactured white-label location tracker, rebranded and sold by over a dozen companies — including Pebbell by HoIP Telecom, OwnFone Footprint, and SureSafeGo — uses a SIM card to connect to the 2G/GPRS cell network. Although none of the devices have internet connectivity and won’t be found on exposed device database sites like Shodan, they can still be remotely accessed and controlled by SMS.

Researchers at U.K. cybersecurity firm Fidus Information Security say the device can be tricked into turning over its real-time location simply by anyone sending it a text message with a  keyword. Through another command, anyone can call the device and remotely listen in to its in-built microphone without alerting anyone.

Another command can remotely kill the cell signal altogether, rendering the device effectively useless.

Although the device can be protected with a PIN, it’s not enabled by default. Worse, the researchers found the device can be remotely reset without needing a PIN — opening up the device to further commands.

“This device is marketed at keeping the most vulnerable safe and yet anybody can locate and listen into thousands of people’s lives without their knowledge,” said Fidus’ Andrew Mabbitt, who wrote up the team’s findings. “This day and age, everything is connected one way or another and we seem to be leaving security behind; this isn’t going to end well.”

An attacker only requires the phone number of the device, Mabbitt told TechCrunch. His team showed it was easy to extrapolate hundreds of working phone numbers connected to vulnerable devices based off a single known device. “We made the assumption that these numbers were purchased in a batch,” said the team’s write-up.

The team bought a device and allowed TechCrunch to verify their findings. With a single command, we got a text message back in seconds with the precise co-ordinates of its location. We could also pull other information from the device, including its IMEI number and battery level.

The phone call trick, which Mabbitt called a “glorified wiretap,” also worked.

One text message to a vulnerable device, bought by the security researchers, allowed us to remotely grab its real-time coordinates. The geolocation was precise to a few meters. (Image: TechCrunch)

There are an estimated 10,000 devices are in the U.K. — and thousands more around the world. The team told several of the device makers of the flaws, but Mabbitt said there’s no way to fix the vulnerabilities without recalling every device.

“Fixing this broken security would be trivial,” said the team. “All they needed to do was print a unique code on each pendant and require that to be used to change configurations. The location and call functions could be locked down to calls and texts only from those numbers previously programmed in as emergency contacts.”

The U.K. just last week announced a proposed new cybersecurity law that would require connected devices to be sold with a unique password, and not a default.

None of the device sellers we contacted responded to a request for comment.

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Source: TechCrunch

How Google plans to make foldable phones and pop-up selfie cameras better – CNET

It starts with two hidden features in Android Q’s next-gen mobile software.
Source: CNET

iPhone XR and XS review: Seven months in, what's good and what's bad – CNET

Revisiting Apple’s 2018 iPhones in a 2019 world.
Source: CNET

Senators want to investigate Amazon, and Netflix makes an acquisition video – CNET

In today’s top stories, US senators are concerned the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition may be illegally collecting data. Meanwhile, Netflix bolsters its children’s programming by picking up a company.
Source: CNET

Google I/O has come to an end. What really caught your attention? – CNET

CNET Asks: Google’s annual developer conference unveiled new hardware and software and we want to know what, if anything, caught your eye.
Source: CNET

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