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FAA tells airlines MacBook Pros with defective batteries can’t fly
The Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain 15-inch MacBook Pros with potentially defective batteries from US flights. The move, which follows Apple's June recall announcement, is part of a general FAA policy on devices with defective batteries. "The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops," FAA spokespeople said in emails to…

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Warren: FTC’s $125 cash option in Equifax settlement “misled” customers
Equifax's massive 2017 data breach screwed over more than 140 million people, so it was not terribly surprising when tens of millions of people jumped at the opportunity to claim cash money in compensation. The Federal Trade Commission, however, apparently surprised. A few days after the settlement claims page went public, the option for affected consumers to claim cash vanished,…

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Found: World-readable database used to secure buildings around the globe
Researchers said they have found a publicly accessible database containing almost 28 million records—including plain-text passwords, face photos, and personal information—that was used to secure buildings around the world. Researchers from vpnMentor reported on Wednesday that the database was used by the Web-based Biostar 2 security system sold by South Korea-based Suprema.

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These bats can use leaves as “sound mirrors” for better navigation
Leaf-nosed bats can locate even small prey with echolocation by exploiting an "acoustic mirror" effect, according to a recent paper in Current Biology. If the bat approaches an insect on a leaf from an optimal angle, the leaves act as a mirror, reflecting sound away from the source. The research could have important implications for studying predator-prey interactions and for…

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Microsoft: Cloud gaming is “inevitable” but “years” from mainstream
With the planned 2019 launch of Project Xcloud, Microsoft isn't ignoring the game industry's current mania for streaming gaming. But in a recent interview with Gamespot, Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer tempered near-term expectations for the supposed streaming gaming "revolution" some are expecting. On the one hand, Spencer told the site that streaming is "one of the directions the industry…

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Apple’s new credit card comes with forced arbitration—here’s how to opt out
Apple's new credit card is rolling out in stages to interested users (I got mine Monday!) and the early reception is generally positive. The card's primary draw isn't in its benefits, which are perfectly fine but not outstanding by any metric, but instead lies with its tight vertical integration with the Apple technology ecosystem and the (hopefully) increased security one…

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Hack in the box: Hacking into companies with “warshipping”
LAS VEGAS—Penetration testers have long gone to great lengths to demonstrate the potential chinks in their clients' networks before less friendly attackers exploit them. But in recent tests by IBM's X-Force Red, the penetration testers never had to leave home to get in the door at targeted sites, and the targets weren't aware they were exposed until they got the…

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Novel “invisibility cloaks” for water waves leave no telltale wakes or drag
Two separate teams of scientists have devised novel hydrodynamic "invisibility cloaks"—instead of shielding objects from light, the cloacks would shield them from fluid flows. The scientists described their work in two new papers in Physical Review Letters. These kinds of cloaking structures could one day help reduce drag on ships or submarines, or protect ships at a port or wharf…

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Four wormable bugs in newer versions of Windows need your attention now
Microsoft is warning of a four new Windows vulnerabilities that are “wormable,” meaning they can be exploited to spread malware from one vulnerable computer to another without any user action in much the way the self-replicating WannaCry and NotPetya outbreaks did in 2017. Further ReadingWhy a Windows flaw patched nine days ago is still spooking the InternetSimilar to the so-called…