Archive for November, 2018

 Why a Hacker Exploited Printers to Make PewDiePie Propaganda

November 30th, 2018
An anonymous hacker has claimed credit for the prank, which is part of an ongoing YouTube subscriber feud.

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GM’s Dan Ammann to Lead Cruise, Its Self-Driving Car Effort

November 30th, 2018
The automaker's president is leaving his role in Detroit to head up Cruise, while founder and current CEO Kyle Vogt will become CTO.

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Apple Music Lands on Amazon Echo, as Apple Branches Out

November 30th, 2018
Two bitter tech rivals get along for a change, making your streaming life a lot less complicated.

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Tariffs on Chinese rare-earth minerals create a sticky problem for US competitors

November 30th, 2018
truck driving out of rare earth minerals mine

Enlarge / A pick-up truck makes its way out of the Mountain Pass open pit mine in California in 2009. (credit: Photo by Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

President Trump's tariffs on rare-earth metals from China should have been a boon to the only US rare-earth minerals mine in California. But a recent Wall Street Journal article illustrates that, given the complex nature of the global economy, those tariffs have actually put the Mountain Pass mine in a tough place.

A hedge fund recently bought Mountain Pass out of bankruptcy after several companies attempted to turn a profit from it. Six months later, the WSJ wrote, Trump announced tariffs that should have helped the mine supply more domestic rare-earths at a higher price.

However, most of the world's rare-earth processing facilities are in China, which also produces more than 90 percent of the world's rare-earth minerals. To develop its metals as cheaply as possible, Mountain Pass has first been shipping its ore to China, where the processed metals are then sold on the world market to makers of smartphones, laptops, and magnets that go into electric car motors and giant wind turbines.

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Holiday Hacks: 6 Cyberthreats to Watch Right Now

November 30th, 2018
'Tis the season for holiday crafted phishes, scams, and a range of cyberattacks. Experts list the hottest holiday hacks for 2018.

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New software will let artists control how light interacts with objects

November 30th, 2018
Clouds contain billions of individual water droplets that are difficult to plot in computer graphics for movie scenes.

Enlarge / Clouds contain billions of individual water droplets that are difficult to plot in computer graphics for movie scenes. (credit: Dartmouth Visual Computing Lab)

Animators will now be able to precisely control how microscopic particles interact with light in their renderings of objects, thanks to a research collaboration between computer scientists at Dartmouth University and staff scientists at Pixar and Disney. The team will describe this new work next week at the SIGGRAPH Asia event in Tokyo, Japan; a paper is also forthcoming in the journal Transactions on Graphics.

The breakthrough will allow animation artists more creative leeway when designing the look of various objects by giving them the ability to customize the way light travels through them. It should have the biggest impact on renderings of so-called "volumetric materials"—clouds, fog, mist, skin, or marble statues, for instance. (Marble is a material that reflects some light off the surface but allows some to pass through, giving it a translucent appearance.)

"There is a whole range of dramatically different appearances that artists just couldn't explore until now," said Dartmouth co-author Wojciech Jarosz. "Previously, artists basically had one control that could affect the appearance of a cloud. Now it's possible to explore a vastly richer palette of possibilities, a change that is as dynamic as the transition from black-and-white images to color."

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Injecting Code into Windows Protected Processes by Abusing COM Features

November 30th, 2018
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A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

November 30th, 2018
As social media companies and payment processors crack down on offensive speech, people and groups are using the tools to harass their enemies.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Andrew Mason on Descript and Life, Post-Groupon

November 30th, 2018
Andrew Mason, the founder of Groupon who was fired as CEO in 2013 and has since gone on to launch new startups, proves he’s still a one-of-a-kind entrepreneur.

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Top Stories in November: Another Chapter in Robert Mueller’s Report

November 30th, 2018
The special counsel's end game is in sight. Plus: The pricey war over your Instagram feed, and the best online shopping deals.

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