Alexa hack granted attackers access to an Echo user's smart home network
A number of vulnerabilities have been revealed in Amazon's Alexa, highlighting the need for providers of smart home platforms, such as Apple's HomeKit, to maintain security as part of the service. It could even be possible for an attacker to install a skill to eavesdrop into conversations near an Echo device.
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Adobe confirms Lightroom iOS photos erased due to update bug are ‘not recoverable’
Adobe released a new version of its Lightroom app for iOS this week and it unfortunately has caused some users to permanently lose their photos and presets. An update has been released since fixing the issue but Adobe says there’s no way to help those already affected by the flaw to recover lost images and data. Update:
Universal Shifting to Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Platform for Live-Action, Animation Production
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group has its head in the cloud — and now it’s going to push its production teams there. The goal is to let creatives collaborate more easily and efficiently across geographic regions and with outside vendors, said Michael Wise, CTO of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. A key reason Universal Filmed Entertainment picked Microsoft Azure is the roster of industry partners it has lined up.
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Google Starts Including Wildfire Data in Maps and Search
Google is assisting -- in its own way -- with fighting the wildfires currently ravaging California. On Thursday, Google announced in an official blog post written by Vice President of Engineering and Crisis Response global lead Yossi Matias that it has added features to its Maps and Search services to help users track the location and severity of the fires.
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Top analyst says Apple will use cheaper iPhone battery technology to offset cost of adding 5G
Last year Apple surprised many by beefing up the capacities of the batteries used with the iPhone 11 line. However, a new report issued by TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo contains some interesting news. More precisely, Kuo says that Apple could cut 40% to 50% off of the average unit cost of the batteries needed for this year's handsets.
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