OMG! Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant can be hacked using lasers!

Voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant can be hacked by shining a laser on the devices’ microphones, according to an international team of researchers.

Dubbed “Light Commands,” the hack “allows attackers to remotely inject inaudible and invisible commands into voice assistants,” according to a statement from experts at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and the University of Michigan.

By targeting the MEMS (Microelectro-Mechanical Systems) microphones with lasers, the researchers say they were able to make the microphones respond to light as if it was sound. “Exploiting this effect, we can inject sound into microphones by simply modulating the amplitude of laser light,” they wrote in the research paper.


“We show that user authentication on these devices is often lacking or non-existent, allowing the attacker to use light-injected voice commands to unlock the target’s smartlock-protected front doors, open garage doors, shop on e-commerce websites at the target’s expense, or even locate, unlock and start various vehicles (e.g., Tesla and Ford) that are connected to the target’s Google account,” they wrote.

The researchers have shared their findings with Amazon, Apple, Google, Tesla and Ford. “We subsequently maintained contact with the security teams of these vendors, as well as with ICS-CERT and the FDA,” they said, noting that the findings were made public on “the mutually-agreed date” of Nov. 4.

The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team aims to reduce the risk to America’s critical infrastructure by forging strong partnerships between government and industry.

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/amazon-alexa-apple-siri-google-assistant-hack-lasers

update now, or turn your old phone into a paperweight

If you own an Apple iPhone 5, iPhone 4s or one of the early iPads with cellular connectivity, your device is about to be turned into a vintage technology paperweight by the GPS rollover problem that we wrote about in April.
Before we explain why, we should say it is possible to avoid this fate by updating your device to iOS version 10.3.4 (iPhone 5) or version 9.3.6 (iPhone 4 and iPads).
But there’s one critical detail – you must apply this update before 12:00 a.m. UTC on 3 November.
If you don’t follow this advice, the iPhone will, according to Apple, no longer be able to…
Maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use functions that rely on correct date and time including App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing.
So, losing the GPS stops the time and date being set, which immediately causes internet synchronisation problems affecting services that need to connect to remote servers.
In addition to the iPhone 5 and 4s, the iPads affected are the cellular-enabled iPad mini, iPad 2, and the third-generation iPad.
Why is this necessary?
Because of the GPS satellite system’s equivalent of the Y2K bug.
The date broadcast by GPS includes a weekly counter with 1,024 possible values. This means it can count 1,024 weeks (which takes 19.7 years) before it has to “rollover” and start the counter again from 0.
The first rollover occurred with little fanfare, in 1999, a time when GPS was far less widely used. The second rollover happened this year, when the GPS week counter reset to 0 on 7 April.
For reasons Apple hasn’t explained, older devices aren’t affected by the rollover until 3 Nov 2019.


https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/10/30/got-an-early-iphone-or-ipad-update-now-or-turn-it-into-a-paperweight/

Guest Speaker Presentations

Our first speaker is Gene Whitaker, the owner of Bombing Brain Interactive. Bombing brain is a company creates their own application and also occasionally provides contract services to other companies seeking for help with their applications, both for the APP store and for the Enterprise. Whether it be design, graphic, music and sound effects, or development, they can assist you with bringing you Mac or iOS project to life.

At first, Gene talked about his academic experience. He mentioned that it’s important to master diverse skills. Through his experience, I notice that he’s not only an “ IT guy” but also a “business guy”.

       Gene told us about software development as a career and I totally agree with his points. With the development of software, our lives start to rely more on technology as well as our career. With the help of suitable applications, it makes our work much easier. I’m a marketing student, marketing channels have been expanded a lot because of new technologies. For example, data analysis is highly used in our careers. The software can analyse the target customers through what they are searching online and recommend the products they may like to the users.

        At last, he introduced to us one of his most famous products: Teleprompters. It can be used in Journalism, Radio, TV, Film, Recording, Professional Speaking. As well as aids a speaker in delivering a speech. Also, it can be used as both a full prompter or speaking aid. I don’t have the experience of editing videos, so I didn’t know the application before. After the introduction, I was really amazed because the application meets almost all the requirement for a video editor. The product can make the work much easier.

       Two important thoughts I learned from his speech is to master diverse skills which can help my career and a great software helps the user a lot. It totally changed my idea because I don’t rely a lot on technology on my work, I prefer to do works on paper. However, his speech shows the convince of using technology and those applications help a lot. We I work as an intern in summer, I use Excel every day but there are lots of skills I don’t know how to operate, which highly reduced my work productivity. After listening to Gene’s speech, I decided to begin with learning more Excel skills to improve my working productivity.

       Our second speaker is Daniel Sauber, he told us a lot about 3D printing, which was a

A brand new area for me. I have only learned about 3D printing technology on the news and it can be used in the manufacturing industry. After listening to his speech, I learned a lot about this technology.

3D printing is the process of converting digital models into physical 3D objects using computer-controlled machines. The 3D printing process involves building materials layer by layer. There are many different technologies available for joining or curing printing materials. Printing using 3D industrial applications is often referred to as additive manufacturing. It can use a large variety of types of materials in the manufacturing industry such as plastics, metals, human tissues even food. The speaker also gave us a key ring he made by the 3D printer and he shows us the manufacturing process of 3D printing. In addition, the 3D printer can even make smart devices. 3D printing technology makes it easier to embed sensors and digital devices in physical products. RFID devices (such as NFC tags) can be easily and cheaply embedded in plastic parts.

It needs four steps for manufacturing work. First, use Computer-aided design (CAD) to create a 3D model. Second, use computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to translate the CAD file into machine-interpretable instructions. Third, the firmware of a computer numerical control (CNC) machine interprets the instructions. Forth, the CNC machine prints the object, one layer at a time.

From a near-industrial perspective, 3D printing has a tremendous ability and unlimited potential to subvert many traditional manufacturing industries. To be more recent, 3D printing has greatly improved the efficiency of product mold manufacturing and has been favored in the field of shoemaking. The Nike worn on your feet, the mold used in the original design is likely to be 3D printed. Say a little further, if you buy a big rush later, if you accidentally smashed a rearview mirror, the repair shop directly installed a 3D print, which is fast and cheap. From a hardware point of view, desktop 3D printers are getting cheaper and cheaper, and one or two prices of Love 6 can take home. 3D printing is really close to our lives and getting closer.

The upcoming windows 10x

Microsoft’s intentions regarding 10X’s user interface were almost entirely revealed by a now-absent webpage, first mentioned to a little blue bird by a prowling feline. The changes are sweeping for the typically static Windows, but there’s nothing revolutionary: call it ChromeOS for Windows.

The Start Menu, now called the ‘Launcher’ in very Android-y fashion, is helmed by a new Search feature that is “seamlessly integrated with web results, available apps and specific files on your device.” It supports voice, keyboard, and touch and is based on everyone’s favorite search engine, Bing. Sitting just below is a semi-permanent app grid, that’s chosen by the user but can shift slightly based on use. Websites can be installed as apps from Edge. Expanding it reveals all the device’s apps, and they can be uninstalled from there.

Beneath that is a “recommended” section, focused on content that is “dynamically updated based on your most frequently and recently used apps, files, and websites.” Live tiles, and the app list as we know it is entirely gone. As a bonus, so is Cortana.

At the bottom of a new Windows 10X interface you’ll find a revamped Taskbar, which might have a mysterious new File Explorer. “For both clamshells and foldables, the taskbar will be the same base model with a series of ‘levers’ which can be pulled to create some alternatives in the model.” Levers include alignment, number of recents, the order of recents, and a few stylistic choices.
On the right will be an Action Center, that seems to replace both the notification center and quick settings. Taking another cue from Android, there’s a normal notifications list and some configurable quick settings behind a swipe. Interestingly there’s also a reference to cellular settings, which might suggest the Neo has a SIM slot.
The documents show there’s plenty still undecided about Windows 10X – we’re commenting on design abstracts here, so don’t think anything is a guarantee. In fact, if these documents are as recent as they suggest, then Microsoft doesn’t even have a single line of code ready for Windows 10X.

https://www.techspot.com/news/82512-microsoft-upcoming-windows-10x-might-appear-more-than.html

Mac book pro is dead

Apple’s current frame of reference is that it wants to not only push forward, but to pull its audience forward with it. This has created a relentless pace of updates, both in software and hardware. Keeping up with all of these changes can be a full time job. Tim Cook’s assumption is that Apple’s users want the best and only his team can offer that. So that means a hardware updates to squeeze every bit of potential from the future, and software updates that take advantage of the new hardware while culling away older features that are no longer ‘on mission’.

Taking a high-level view, it’s clear that one belief is that mobile devices have had priority in Apple’s thinking. The rise of the iphone in popular culture is a testament to that, but in the ipad Apple managed to launch one of the few massively successful tablets built around a mobile-focused OS.

As the iPhone rose up from the ashes of Symbian and Windows mobile, it needed a companion that could support it. From moving music and files to backing up user data and allowing those all important software updates to be delivered, Steve Jobs’ iPhone needed a powerful partner.

Come and check OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition hands-on!

Fast phones and fast cars have a lot in common: Bleeding edge hardware, cutting edge design, and a certain amount of exclusivity. Last year, OnePlus collaborated with the iconic British Motor racing team and debuted the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

From the box packaging to the design, the phone paid homage to the success of McLaren. It even included memorabilia like a collectible booklet and a commemorative plaque. This year, things are a bit different with the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition. 




Enter the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition. Gone is the elaborate packaging. Instead you get a stripped-to-the-bones, carbon fibre-style box with the instantly recognisable Papaya Orange colorway underneath. For a device that is priced substantially more than the standard variant of the OnePlus 7T Pro, and is meant to be a collectors edition piece, there’s very little in the box to make it worth your while. The box includes a black Warp Charge 30T power brick, an orange fabric wrapped charging cable, as well as a special edition case that mixes alcantara with carbon fibre. I think it looks pretty ugly. 

Let’s check the design of new airpods 3!

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The current AirPods already feature an iconic, yet often ridiculed design. Apple used the EarPods that ship with iPhones as inspiration for the AirPods, and you’ll have no problem recognizing AirPods on the street, compared to other wireless headphones.
The AirPods 3, meanwhile, might have a less conspicuous stem, although the earbuds themselves appear to be slightly bigger. They also appear to feature silicone tips that should finally help isolate sound. But you can still tell these are AirPods from the overall design, as well as the color and material choices. Again, we’re working on the assumption that the earlier parts leak showed accurate AirPods 3 components.
Even if the render is off and this isn’t what we’re getting, the icon uncovered in Apple’s iOS 13.2 code still proves that Apple is working on a new AirPods design for release in the near future. Apple is expected to hold its fall press conference in October, during which it will likely unveil next-generation iPad Pros, the new Mac Pro, and the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. AirPods 3 may also be on the menu for the event.
https://bgr.com/2019/10/04/airpods-3-release-date-close-concept-renders-imagine-new-design/

let’s see the new Apple Watch Series 5

Pros
Bright screen
The always-on display is useful and power-efficient
Compass is handy for hiking and walking directions
International emergency calling on cellular models
Generally fast performance
 Cons
No battery life improvements
No third-party watch faces
No new fitness features
To make this always-on screen possible, Apple adopted a new technology: a low-temperature poly-silicon and oxide display, or LTPO for short. What you need to know is that it gets down to refresh rates as low as 1Hz, which is critical, as otherwise, the battery would drain before your workday is up. But it’s not just components like an integrated circuit and ambient light sensor at work here. An Apple spokesperson tells me the company audited 34 watch faces, making modifications on a case-by-case basis to help conserve battery life. In some cases, for example, an on-screen clock that counts the seconds now updates the time merely every minute in always-on mode. In the Workouts app, the timer that normally shows fractions of a second only shows whole seconds when the screen has been auto-dimmed.
In other instances, the dimmed watchface doesn’t necessarily show less information, but it might be darker — again, to conserve power. A white face might become black when your wrist is down. In the case of the Numerals watchface, boldly colored numbers darken so that you only see thin outlines of the numbers when the display is dim. 

https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/24/apple-watch-series-5-review/

The new iPhone 11 has released

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On the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the device is .4 mm thicker and the screen is .25 mm thinner. Dropping 3D Touch from the iPhone lineup makes the screen slightly slimmer. 3D Touch required an additional layer under the display to register pressure on the screen.

The result is that the iPhone 11 Pro Max now has a 3,969 mAh battery compared to a 3,179 mAh battery in the iPhone XS Max. It represents a nearly 25% year-over-year improvement for the Max battery.

Those hardware refinements combined with a more efficient chip create some significant battery life improvements for the user. Apple claims that the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max last up to 4 hours and 5 hours longer respectively compared to the previous generation.

Similarly, there are now two battery connectors instead of one. It’s hard to say for sure that the second connector has been added for bilateral wireless charging — it could be there for many different reasons. Rumor has it that Apple wanted to add reverse wireless charging but canned the feature at the last minute.


https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/22/iphone-11-pro-teardown-reveals-smaller-logic-board-larger-battery/  

week 3

As Apple prepares to release the iPhone 11 on Tuesday, recent failures suggest that the company should now go beyond fixing personal security vulnerabilities that make these attacks possible, and instead examine deeper issues that generate such rich content in iOS. Error. According to iOS’s dedicated security researchers, this means looking closely at two key developments within the iPhone: Safari and iMessage.

According to security researchers, one problem that makes WebKit a mandatory issue is that Apple’s browser engine is in some ways less secure than Chrome’s. Amy Burnett, the founder of security company Ret2, who led training in Chrome and WebKit development, said it was not clear which of the two browsers had the most exploitable vulnerabilities. But she attributes Chrome’s faster bug fixes, in part, to Google’s internal efforts to find and eliminate security vulnerabilities in its code, usually through automated technologies such as fuzzy testing.

Google also provides a bug reward for Chrome vulnerabilities, which motivates hackers to discover and report them, and Apple has not offered such a reward for WebKit other than integrating WebKit vulnerabilities into deep iOS attacks. “You’ll find similar bugs in both browsers,” Bernett said. “The question is whether they can get rid of the low hanging fruit and it looks like Google is doing better there.” Burnett adds that Chrome’s sandbox isolates browsers from other parts of the operating system, which is also “well-known” and difficult to bypass – harder to build than WebKit – making any Chrome vulnerability still less relevant for further access to devices.

https://www.wired.com/story/ios-security-imessage-safari/