Russian hackers targeted election officials just days before presidential vote

Russian hackers targeted election officials just days before presidential vote

Russian hackers targeted election officials just days before presidential vote

Russian hacking groups played a larger role in the 2016 election than anyone realized, according to a top secret NSA report published today in The Intercept. That campaign includes targeting a supplier of US voting software, as well as sending spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before Election Day. The result is a troubling new turn in Russian hacking efforts, although there’s no indication the group had access to voting totals or election results.

The Intercept report comes after a string of hacks in the run-up to the 2016 Election, when hackers stole and published emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign. In January, the Director of National Intelligence attributed those leaks to a Russian influence campaign ordered directly by Russian president Vladimir Putin. Putin himself has denied directly ordering the campaign, saying instead that it may have been carried out by “patriots” sympathetic to Russian interests.

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More leaked images of LG’s G6 show its display’s curved corners

More leaked images of LG’s G6 show its display’s curved corners

More leaked images of LG’s G6 show its display’s curved corners

We know we’re going to see LG’s G6 at Mobile World Congress on February 26th, and we’ve already gotten a pretty good idea of how the phone will look. Still, the leaks keep coming, and today we get another peek at the display and its thin bezels from 9to5Google. Check out those curved corners on the display:


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The PowerUp is the MacBook Pro charger to solve your USB-C woes

The PowerUp is the MacBook Pro charger to solve your USB-C woes

The PowerUp is the MacBook Pro charger to solve your USB-C woes

I have written before, and will likely write again, about the frustrations of Apple’s MacBook Pros, which only offer USB-C ports. That’s why I’m almost mad to see something like the PowerUp, a new USB-C charger for Apple’s MacBook Pros (or anything, really) that is so obviously clever it’s annoying that it’s a third-party solution and not the in-box charger.

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TCL has canceled the 50- and 65-inch models of its amazing budget 4K TV

TCL has canceled the 50- and 65-inch models of its amazing budget 4K TV

TCL has canceled the 50- and 65-inch models of its amazing budget 4K TV

When we reviewed TCL’s P-Series TV earlier this year, we said it was the best budget 4K set money could buy. For only $650, you get everything you need: solid image quality, HDR support, and a built-in Roku streaming system — all without breaking the bank.

We were testing out the 55-inch model, and, at the time, the 50- and 65-inch versions were thought to be shipping later this year. Well, no more. According to CNET, TCL has mysteriously canceled these two size options, which were scheduled to sell for $500 and $1,000, respectively. (We’ve reached out to the company confirm.)

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Oculus reveals new standalone Santa Cruz headset design with improved controllers

Oculus reveals new standalone Santa Cruz headset design with improved controllers

Oculus reveals new standalone Santa Cruz headset design with improved controllers

Oculus VR today revealed a new prototype headset design for its upcoming standalone product, codenamed Santa Cruz, at its Connect developer conference in San Jose, California. The headset was first shown off last year at Connect, but it was much further from the polished design Oculus showed today. The goal with Santa Cruz is to create a headset that does not need to be tethered in any way to a PC, nor tracked by external cameras.

In addition to a new headset design that looks similar to the consumer version of the Rift headset, Facebook’s vice president of virtual reality, Hugo Barra, also detailed all new Touch motion controllers.

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Intel is building a Windows VR experience for the Winter Olympics

Intel is building a Windows VR experience for the Winter Olympics

Intel is building a Windows VR experience for the Winter Olympics

Intel says it’s planning to deliver a Windows Mixed Reality experience for the Winter Olympics next year. A company spokesperson appeared, in virtual reality, at Microsoft’s special Mixed Reality event in San Francisco this morning. While Intel hasn’t demonstrated exactly what it’s building, it will likely be similar to the VR broadcasts from NBC during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

NBC previously broadcast a range of events on the Samsung Gear VR headset, through a dedicated NBC Sports app. The Olympics are a good demonstration of the appeal of virtual reality video, with the ability to see a 360-degree view of sports. Microsoft is launching its Windows Mixed Reality platform on October 17th, with a range of headsets from PC makers like Acer, Dell, Lenovo, HP, and Samsung. Windows Mixed Reality is very similar to existing VR experiences from Oculus and HTC, and Microsoft will support apps and games from the Windows Store and SteamVR by the end of the year.

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For $500, this ‘breathing’ robot might help you sleep better

For $500, this ‘breathing’ robot might help you sleep better

For $500, this ‘breathing’ robot might help you sleep better

There are so many things that could go wrong when you’re sleeping with a robot. Your partner might freak out in a burst of 21st century jealousy. Or you could accidentally push the robot off the edge of the bed and smash it into a million pieces. In my case, the robot woke me up at 5AM saying “goodnight” in Dutch and started breathing.

I’m talking about Somnox, “the world’s first sleep robot,” as it’s been touted in pretty successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns. It’s actually more of a peanut-shaped pillow than a humanoid robot that can perform backflips a la Boston Dynamics. But for a machine with no arms, legs, or even a face, it actually feels pretty human. That’s because Somnox breathes in and out to help you fall asleep effortlessly, or so the Dutch company claims.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ will reportedly have a monstrous 6.2-inch display

Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ will reportedly have a monstrous 6.2-inch display

Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ will reportedly have a monstrous 6.2-inch display

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is slated to arrive in late March, but details continue to leak in a steady stream in the lead up to the event. The latest dump of new info comes courtesy of VentureBeat’s Evan Blass, who posted the S8+ spec sheet on Twitter this afternoon. The thing that should pop out is the monstrous 6.2-inch display size.

Due to the S8’s rumored design, which drops physical buttons in favor of drastically reduced bezels, the phone may not be much larger than the Galaxy Note 7, which packed a 5.7-inch display into a 6.04-inch-tall device. Prior leaks containing photos of the device back up the idea that the S8 will pack an edge-to-edge display that allows for a drastic increase in screen real estate while retaining a relatively compact form.

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HBO’s Silicon Valley addresses the dark underbelly of artificial intelligence

HBO’s Silicon Valley addresses the dark underbelly of artificial intelligence

HBO’s Silicon Valley addresses the dark underbelly of artificial intelligence

Silicon Valley is Mike Judge and Alec Berg’s biting comedy about the American tech industry, now in its fourth season. Every week, we’ll be taking one idea, scene, or joke and explain how it ties to the real Silicon Valley and speaks to an issue at the heart of the industry and its ever-lasting goal to change the world — and make boatloads of money in the process.

Spoilers ahead for the fourth episode of season 4, “Teambuilding Exercise.”

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iOS 11 makes the iPad feel more like a Mac

iOS 11 makes the iPad feel more like a Mac

iOS 11 makes the iPad feel more like a Mac

iOS 11 isn’t coming out until this fall, but Apple had the preview loaded up on its new 10.5-inch iPad Pro today for members of the press to check out. I got to the play with the operating system for a few minutes while handling the tablet, and what stands out the most is just how complicated it’s starting to feel — but in a way that shows the platform is evolving, not getting harder to use.

The biggest updates in iOS 11 are on the iPad. And for once, iOS is taking hints from macOS, instead of the other way around.

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