Tech

Tech
Google Pixel 3 will reportedly be built by Foxconn, have a massive notch
We have our first reliable Pixel 3 rumor of the year. A report from Bloomberg claims that Foxconn will be the manufacturer for the Pixel 3 and details several aspects of the phone's new design. Over the weekend, Android sites were buzzing about a smartphone screen-protector leak from the depths of China's Twitter-like Weibo social media service.

Tech
Intel at last announces Optane memory: DDR4 that never forgets
Ever since Intel and Micron announced 3D XPoint memory in 2015, the world has been waiting for the companies to use it to build memory sticks. 3D XPoint blends the properties of flash storage and DRAM memory. Like flash, it's persistent, retaining its value even when systems are powered down, and it's dense, with about ten times the density of…

Tech
SS7 routing-protocol breach of US cellular carrier exposed customer data
The US Department of Homeland Security recently warned that malicious hackers may have targeted US phone users by exploiting a four-decades-old networking protocol used by cell phone providers around the world, according to a spokesman for US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Meanwhile, the spokesman said, one of the nation’s major cellular carriers recently experienced a breach of that same protocol…

Tech
California Senate defies AT&T, votes for strict net neutrality rules
The California State Senate today approved net neutrality rules that are even stricter than the federal regulations they're meant to replace. The California bill would replicate the US-wide bans on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization that were implemented by the FCC in 2015, and it would go beyond the FCC rules with a ban on paid data-cap exemptions.

Tech
Routing-protocol breach of US cellular carrier exposed customer data
The US Department of Homeland Security recently warned that malicious hackers may have targeted US phone users by exploiting a four-decades-old networking protocol used by cell phone providers around the world, according to a spokesman for US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Meanwhile, the spokesman said, one of the nation’s major cellular carriers recently experienced a breach of that same protocol…

Tech
San Francisco to Uber, Lyft: If your drivers aren’t employees, prove it
San Francisco’s city attorney has issued formal subpoenas to Uber and Lyft in order to ascertain whether the ride-sharing companies classify their drivers as employees or contractors in the wake of a landmark decision handed down by the California Supreme Court earlier this month. Under the opinion in that case, known as , the court found that workers can only…

Tech
Qualcomm launches a new chip specifically for standalone AR and VR devices
Qualcomm on Tuesday announced the launch of a new chip explicitly designed for standalone augmented reality and virtual reality devices: the Snapdragon XR1. The chipmaking giant debuted the tech ahead of this week's Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California. The company is staying tight-lipped on technical details about the new SoC for the time being.

Tech
Hacker gets Super NES games running on unmodified NES
At this point, we're used to modern computers being able to perform near-perfect emulation of older gaming hardware via software trickery. The latest project from Tom "Tom7" Murphy, though, seems poised to coin its own definition for "reverse emulation" by running a playable Super NES game on actual unmodified NES hardware.

Tech
Man who rescued Star Trek: TNG bridge set now faces child porn charges
Huston Huddleston, the man who gained some nerd cred in August 2012 after he "saved the bridge" of a discarded touring set, has been arrested in Southern California on child pornography and other related felony charges. In total, Huddleston now faces four charges, including one under California Penal Code 311.11(c)(1), for possessing "more than 600 images.