Archive for January, 2021

Plex adds game-streaming as paid add-on, completely botches the landing

January 26th, 2021
Plex adds game-streaming as paid add-on, completely botches the landing

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The streaming-hub app Plex has long endeared itself to a certain kind of media consumer—one who'd prefer to rip and stream their own purchased content from a home computer instead of relying on subscriptions. But while Plex has experimented with new features and media options over the past decade-plus, this week sees the service take its first-ever stab at interactive media. As in, games.

Plex Arcade is now live as a paid add-on service, and it promises to let you stream your existing, classic gaming library from a home PC to a variety of Plex-compatible devices. That means you can put your favorite classic game ROMs next to your music, TV, and film libraries, and you can beam those to compatible devices, either at home or afar. For some users, this is a dream scenario: centralize your classic games on one device, then access them everywhere, instead of having to manually set up each phone and set-top box with emulators and ROMs.

But Plex Arcade's first day is a bumpy one, and even if the service patches things up, it's a clear reminder why streaming classic games from a hub computer isn't nearly as handy as streaming other media.

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Sony adds HDMI to last year’s Android phone, charges $2,500

January 26th, 2021

We've seen smartphones with stratospheric price tags before, but usually, there is something special about them. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X are anywhere from $2000-$2,600, but those were first-gen foldable smartphones with brand-new display technology. Sony's latest entry into the smartphone market, the Sony Xperia Pro, is a boring old slab phone that seems utterly forgettable until you look at the price: an astounding $2500, or the price of three brand-new, $800 Samsung Galaxy S21s. Sony has really outdone themselves.

Mostly the Xperia Pro seems a lot like the Xperia 1 II, Sony's already-overpriced $1300 flagship smartphone from 2020. Both have 6.5-inch, almost-4K, 3840×1644, 60Hz OLED displays, the Snapdragon 865 SoC, three rear cameras, an IP65 rating, and a 4000mAh battery. This year's Xperia Pro gets a tier bump to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, but that's only usually worth $100 extra. There's also mmWave 5G this year, and two "app shortcut" buttons on the side, along with a shutter button. Fancy.

None of that explains why this phone is at least $1000 more than it should be. Sony's justification for the outrageous price is (drumroll please), an HDMI port. Yes, in addition to the USB-C port on the bottom, there is also a Micro HDMI port that can be used as a video input. Sony suggests either hooking the phone up to a Sony Alpha camera and using it as a live video monitor or pushing an external video source out to the internet for live streaming. Just this one feature and the camera-adjacentness is worth $1000 extra by Sony's logic.

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Heap-based buffer overflow in Sudo (CVE-2021-3156) – obtained full root privileges on Ubuntu 20.04 (Sudo 1.8.31), Debian 10 (Sudo 1.8.27), and Fedora 33 (Sudo 1.9.2)

January 26th, 2021
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No One At Work Appreciated It, Maybe You Will? Keycloak IAM Solution Brute Force

January 26th, 2021
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Privacy Teams Helped Navigate the Pivot to Work-from-Home

January 26th, 2021
Annual Cisco privacy study also reports that 90% of organizations say their customers won't buy from them if they are not clear about data policy practices.

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SpaceX adds laser links to Starlink satellites to serve Earth’s polar areas

January 26th, 2021
Starlink logo imposed on stylized image of the Earth.

Enlarge / Starlink logo imposed on stylized image of the Earth. (credit: Starlink)

SpaceX has begun launching Starlink satellites with laser links that will help provide broadband coverage in polar regions. As SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter on Sunday, these satellites "have laser links between the satellites, so no ground stations are needed over the poles."

The laser links are included in 10 Starlink satellites just launched into polar orbits. The launch came two weeks after SpaceX received Federal Communications Commission approval to launch the 10 satellites into polar orbits at an altitude of 560km.

"All sats launched next year will have laser links," Musk wrote in another tweet yesterday, indicating that the laser systems will become standard on Starlink satellites in 2022. For now, SpaceX is only including laser links on polar satellites. "Only our polar sats have lasers this year & are v0.9," Musk wrote.

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iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 hit supported devices today

January 26th, 2021
The 2020 iPad Air—one of several devices supported by today's new software releases.

Enlarge / The 2020 iPad Air—one of several devices supported by today's new software releases. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Today, Apple began rolling out iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. The company also pushed watchOS 7.3 to Apple Watches and tvOS 14.4 to Apple TVs.

iOS 14.4/iPadOS 14.4 is a somewhat small feature update. New additions in the release notes include the ability to read smaller QR codes with the iPhone cameras, notifications to tell users "when the camera of your iPhone is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera," and a number of bug fixes.

Here are Apple's full iOS 14.4 release notes:

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Mimecast: Recent Certificate Compromise Tied to SolarWinds Attacks

January 26th, 2021
Yet another security firm hit in the sweeping attack campaign believed to be out of Russia.

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BEC Scammers Find New Ways to Navigate Microsoft 365

January 26th, 2021
Their techniques made use of out-of-office replies and automatic responses during the 2020 holiday season, researchers report.

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Cartoon Caption Winner: Before I Go …

January 26th, 2021
And the winner of The Edge's January cartoon caption contest is ...

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