Researchers find backdoor lurking in WordPress plugin used by schools

May 20, 2022

Enlarge (credit: BeeBright / Getty Images / iStockphoto) Researchers said on Friday that they found a malicious backdoor in a WordPress plugin that gave attackers full control of websites that used the package, which is marketed to schools. The premium version of School Management, a plugin schools use to operate and manage their websites, has contained the backdoor since at least version 8.9, researchers at website security service JetPack said…

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon “8+ Gen 1” salvage operation moves the chip to TSMC

May 20, 2022

Enlarge (credit: Qualcomm) Qualcomm’s mid-cycle “plus” chip refresh—the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1—has been announced. As usual, Qualcomm is promising some modest improvements over the existing 8 Gen 1 chip. The company said the chip will provide “10 percent faster CPU performance,” thanks to a 200 MHz peak CPU boost (up to 3.2 GHz now) and a 10 percent faster GPU. The real shocker is a “30 percent improved power efficiency”…

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New USB-C dock triples M1 Mac external monitor support, Anker says

May 20, 2022

Enlarge (credit: Anker/YouTube) If you have an M1-based Mac, Apple says you’re limited to just one external monitor. But Anker, which makes power banks, chargers, docks, and other accessories, this week released a dock that it says will boost your M1 Mac’s max monitor count to three. The $250 Anker 563 USB-C docking station, spotted by MacRumors, connects to a USB-C port on your computer (which doesn’t have to be a Mac) and…

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Twitter deal leaves Elon Musk with no easy way out

May 19, 2022

Enlarge (credit: Chris Delmas/Getty Images) Since the financial crisis, corporate lawyers have aspired to build the ultimate ironclad merger contract that keeps buyers with cold feet from backing out. The “bulletproof” modern deal agreement now faces one of its biggest tests, as Elon Musk, the Tesla boss and richest person in the world, openly entertains the possibility of ditching his $44 billion deal for Twitter. Musk said in a tweet…

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Amazon’s 2022 Fire 7 tablet sports USB-C, dirt-cheap $74.99 price

May 19, 2022

Enlarge / The new Fire 7 tablet. (credit: Amazon) Amazon has updated the 7-inch Fire Tablet—it’s now the “2022, 12th gen” version. The big news this year is that Amazon is finally upgrading to USB-C, which is tough to come by in this bargain-basement pricing tier. About that price: The Fire 7 is $74.99 without lockscreen ads or $59.99 if you want to put up with the ads. For the…

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How we learned to break down barriers to machine learning

Dr. Sephus discusses breaking down barriers to machine learning at Ars Frontiers 2022. Click here for transcript. (video link) Welcome to the week after Ars Frontiers! This article is the first in a short series of pieces that will recap each of the day’s talks for the benefit of those who weren’t able to travel to DC for our first conference. We’ll be running one of these every few days…

May 19, 2022
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Modular, DIY-friendly Framework Laptop gets updated with 12th-gen Intel CPUs

May 19, 2022

Enlarge / The Framework Laptop is getting its first major upgrade today. (credit: Framework) We were fans of the Framework Laptop when we reviewed it last year. This was partly because its modular design prioritizes repairability and upgradeability when most other laptops don’t. But we also liked it because you didn’t need to make huge tradeoffs to get that repairability—the Framework Laptop is lightweight and has a high-quality screen, keyboard,…

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2 vulnerabilities with 9.8 severity ratings are under exploit. A 3rd looms

May 18, 2022

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Malicious hackers, some believed to be state-backed, are actively exploiting two unrelated vulnerabilities—both with severity ratings of 9.8 out of a possible 10—in hopes of infecting sensitive enterprise networks with backdoors, botnet software, and other forms of malware. The ongoing attacks target unpatched versions of multiple product lines from VMware and of BIG-IP software from F5, security researchers said. Both vulnerabilities give attackers the ability to…

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Apple details new iPhone features like door detection, live captions

May 18, 2022

Door detection will use the lidar scanner and machine learning to identify doors and relay information about their location, labeling, and more to blind or low-vision users. [credit: Apple ] Global Accessibility Awareness Day is Thursday, so Apple took to its newsroom blog this week to announce several major new accessibility features headed to the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac. One of the most widely used will likely be…

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