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'Significant' Number of Equifax Victims Already Had Info Stolen, Says IRS

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The IRS does not expect the Equifax data breach to have a major effect on the upcoming tax filing season, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday, adding that the agency believes a "significant" number of the victims already had their information stolen by cyber criminals. "We actually think that it won't make any significantly or noticeable difference," Koskinen told reporters during a briefing on the agency's data security efforts. "Our estimate is a significant percent of those taxpayers already had their information in the hands of criminals." The IRS estimates that more than 100 million Americans have had their personally identifiable information stolen by criminal hackers, he said. The Equifax breach disclosed in early September is estimated to have affected more than 145 million U.S. consumers. "It's an important reminder to the public that everyone can take any actions that they can ... to make sure we can do everything we can to protect personal information," Koskinen said of the breach on Tuesday, in response to a reporter's question. The IRS commissioner advised Americans to "assume" their data is already in the hands of criminals and "act accordingly."

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Android Oreo Helps Google's Pixel 2 Smartphones Outperform Other Android Flagships

/. - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:50pm
MojoKid highlights Hot Hardware's review of Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones: Google officially launched it's Pixel 2 phones today, taking the wraps off third-party reviews. Designed by Google but manufactured by HTC (Pixel 2) and LG (Pixel 2 XL), the two new handsets also boast Google's latest Android 8.0 operating system, aka Oreo, an exclusive to Google Pixel and certain Nexus devices currently. And in some ways, this is also a big advantage. Though they are based on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor as many other Android devices, Google's new Pixel 2s manage to outpace similarly configured smartphones in certain benchmarks by significant margins (Basemark, PCMark and 3DMark). They also boot dramatically faster than any other Android handset on the market, in as little as 10 seconds. Camera performance is also excellent, with both the 5-inch Pixel 2 and 6-inch Pixel 2 XL sporting identical electronics, save for their displays and chassis sizes. Another notable feature built into Android Oreo is Google Now Playing, an always-listening, Shazam-like service (if you enable it) that displays song titles on the lock screen if it picks up on music playing in the room you're in. Processing is done right on the Pixel 2 and it doesn't need network connectivity. Another Pixel 2 Oreo-based trick is Google Lens, a machine vision system that Google notes "can recognize places like landmarks and buildings, artwork that you'd find in a museum, media covers such as books, movies, music albums, and video games..." The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are available now on Verizon or unlocked via the Google Store starting at $649 and $849 respectively for 64GB storage versions, with a $100 up-charge for 128GB variants.

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Google Maps Ditches Walking Calorie Counter After Backlash

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Following online backlash, Google is removing a planned feature in Maps that shows you how many calories you'd burn when in walking mode. Google's attempt to promote a healthy lifestyle caused a number of people to lambast the feature on Twitter, claiming it would "shame" and even "trigger" those with eating disorders. Engadget reports: Taking note of the negative reaction, Google is now dumping the experiment. It confirmed to Engadget that the update was briefly tested on iOS, and has been abandoned based on user feedback. As The Hill's Taylor Lorenz noted in her tweets, there was no way to turn off the feature. Lorenz also claimed that using pink cupcakes as the unit of measurement was "lowkey aimed at women." Others pointed out that Maps wasn't the appropriate place for the update. After all, there are plenty of fitness and calorie counting apps that keep track of your activity and consumption -- again emphasizing how misplaced the feature was.

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Netflix, Amazon, Movie Studios Sue Over TickBox Streaming Device

/. - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 1:30pm
Movies studios, Netflix, and Amazon have teamed up to file a lawsuit against a streaming media player called TickBox TV. The device in question runs Kodi on top of Android 6.0, and searches the internet for streams that it can make available to users without actually hosting any of the content itself. An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The complaint (PDF), filed Friday, says the TickBox devices are nothing more than "tool[s] for mass infringement," which operate by grabbing pirated video streams from the Internet. The lawsuit was filed by Amazon and Netflix Studios, along with six big movie studios that make up the Motion Picture Association of America: Universal, Columbia, Disney, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros. "What TickBox actually sells is nothing less than illegal access to Plaintiffs' copyrighted content," write the plaintiffs' lawyers. "TickBox TV uses software to link TickBox's customers to infringing content on the Internet. When those customers use TickBox TV as Defendant intends and instructs, they have nearly instantaneous access to multiple sources that stream Plaintiffs' Copyrighted Works without authorization." The device's marketing materials let users know the box is meant to replace paid-for content, with "a wink and a nod," by predicting that prospective customers who currently pay for Amazon Video, Netflix, or Hulu will find that "you no longer need those subscriptions." The lawsuit shows that Amazon and Netflix, two Internet companies that are relatively new to the entertainment business, are more than willing to join together with movie studios to go after businesses that grab their content.

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Intel Aims To Take on Nvidia With a Processor Specially Designed for AI

/. - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:55pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: In what looks like a repeat of its loss to Qualcomm on smartphones, Intel has lagged graphics chip (GPU) maker Nvidia in the artificial intelligence revolution. Today Intel announced that its first AI chip, the Nervana Neural Network Processor, will roll out of factories by year's end. Originally called Lake Crest, the chip gets its name from Nervana, a company Intel purchased in August 2016, taking on the CEO, Naveen Rao, as Intel's AI guru. Nervana is designed from the ground up for machine learning, Rao tells me. You can't play Call of Duty with it. Rao claims that ditching the GPU heritage made room for optimizations like super-fast data interconnections allowing a bunch of Nervanas to act together like one giant chip. They also do away with the caches that hold data the processor might need to work on next. "In neural networks... you know ahead of time where the data's coming from, what operation you're going to apply to that data, and where the output is going to," says Rao.

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Traditional PC Sales Continue To Slide

/. - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:15pm
Sales of traditional PCs continue to decline, although the overall PC market is likely to grow slightly next year. From a report: Traditional PC shipments are forecast to drop by nearly eight percent this year, and another 4.4 percent in 2018, predicts analyst firm Gartner. Which means that, by 2019, 16 million fewer traditional PCs and notebooks will be sold than were shipped this year. However, much of this will be offset by the rise in spending on high-end notebooks like Microsoft's Surface and Apple's MacBook, so that the overall PC market will by 2019 be at pretty much the same level it was last year. Tablets -- defined by Gartner as basic and utility ultramobile devices -- will also decline over the period to 2019.

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Toronto To Be Home To Google Parent's Biggest Smart City Project Yet

/. - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:35am
Sidewalk Labs, the smart city subsidiary of Alphabet (the parent company of Google) with the stated goal of "reimagining cities from the Internet up," now has a very big sandbox in which to conduct its high-tech experiments. From a report: That's obviously an ambitious project, but some of the groundwork is already being laid: Alphabet's Google will be the flagship tenant for the new neighbourhood, anchoring the easter waterfront, to be called "Quayside," and Sidewalk Labs has committed $50 million to kick off pilot testing and planning in partnership with the City of Toronto. Sidewalk Labs won the contract through its response to a Request for Proposals issues by Waterfront Toronto, and organization created by the Canadian federal government, the Ontario provincial government and the City of Toronto together to foster development of Toronto's lakefront areas in ways that address urban sprawl while respecting the realities of climate change and taking into account the ability of the city's residents to get around efficiently. The area involved in the RFP that Sidewalk Labs will work with the government coalition to develop spans around 800 acres (though 12 acres are specified for the initial project), and is one of the largest underdeveloped urban areas in any North American city, making it a good target for Sidewalk's ambitious vision, which involves building smart cities holistically from the very start. Ultimately, the partners hope to turn the area into a "place for tens of thousands of people to live, work, learn and play -- and to create and advance new ideas that improve city life," according to a release from Sidewalk.

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Companies Overlook Risks in Open Source Software, Survey Finds

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An anonymous reader shares a report: Open source code helps software suppliers to be nimble and build products faster, but a new report reveals hidden software supply chain risks of open source that all software suppliers and IoT manufacturers should know about. The recent Equifax breach for example exploited a vulnerability in a widely used open source web framework, Apache Struts, and the study by software monetization specialist Flexera points out that as much as 50 percent of code in commercial and IoT software products is open source. "We can't lose sight that open source is indeed a clear win. Ready-to-go code gets products out the door faster, which is important given the lightning pace of the software space," says Jeff Luszcz, vice president of product management at Flexera. "However, most software engineers don't track open source use, and most software executives don't realize there's a gap and a security/compliance risk." Flexera surveyed 400 software suppliers, Internet of Things manufacturers and in-house development teams. It finds only 37 percent of respondents to the survey have an open source acquisition or usage policy, while 63 percent say either their companies either don't have a policy, or they don't know if one exists. Worryingly, of the 63 percent who say their companies don't have an open source acquisition or usage policy, 43 percent say they contribute to open source projects. There is an issue over who takes charge of open source software too. No one within their company is responsible for open source compliance, or they don't know who is, according to 39 percent of respondents.

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Tesla Employees Detail How They Were Fired, Claim Dismissals Were Not Performance Related

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New submitter joshtops shares a CNBC report: Tesla is trying to disguise layoffs by calling the widespread terminations performance related, allege several current and former employees. On Friday, the San Jose Mercury News first reported that Tesla had dismissed an estimated 400 to 700 employees. That number represents between 1 and 2 percent of its entire workforce. But one former employee, citing internal information shared by a manager, said the total number fired is higher than 700 at this point. Most of the people let go from Tesla so far have been from its motors business, said people familiar with the matter. They were not from other initiatives like Tesla Powerwall, which is helping restore electricity to the residents of Puerto Rico now. The mass firings, which affected Tesla employees across the U.S., had begun by the weekend of Oct. 7 and continued even after the initial news report, sources said. Among those whose jobs were terminated in this phase, some were given severance packages quickly while others are still waiting on separation agreements. Some terminated employees told CNBC they were informed via email or a phone call "without warning," and told not to come into work the next day. The company also dismissed other employees without specifying a given performance issue, according to these people. "Seems like performance has nothing to do with it," one Tesla employee told CNBC under the condition of anonymity. "Those terminated were generally the highest paid in their position," this person said, suggesting that the firings were driven by cost-cutting. That assessment was echoed by several others, including three employees fired from Tesla during this latest wave.

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Netflix Unveils Top ‘Binge Raced’ Shows

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:58am

As part of a press release issued today by Netflix, it seems the streaming giant is trying to introduce a new term to the lexicon – ‘Binge Racing’.

‘Binge Racing’ is effectively high-speed ‘Binge Watching’ and refers to those who consume the entire season of a series within a 24 hour window. As ‘binge watching’ has moved from the niche to almost the new norm, it comes as little surprise that something like ‘Binge Racing’ is also catching on.

According to the streaming service, 8.4 million of its 109 million subscribers are into that habit and today have listed the top twenty series that get whole seasons consumed in the span of a single day on their service.

Netflix is quick to emphasize this doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the most popular series on their service, merely the ones that are most quickly consumed by a segment of their audience. They are:

1. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
2. Fuller House
3. The Ranch
4. Marvel’s The Defenders
5. The Seven Deadly Sins
6. Trailer Park Boys
7. Santa Clarita Diet
8. F is for Family
9. Orange is the New Black
10. Stranger Things
11. Friends from College
12. Grace and Frankie
13. Wet Hot American Summer
14. Atypical
15. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
16. House of Cards
17. Master of None
18. Luther
19. GLOW
20. Arrested Development

The company also listed the top binge racing countries with Canada coming first ahead of the United States, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Sweden and Brazil. Netflix is expected to spend around $8 billion on original programming next year.

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New Photo Of Malek In “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:44am

Filmmaker Bryan Singer is still very much in the midst of production on the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and today has posted a new photo from the set showcasing star Rami Malek in action as frontman Freddie Mercury.

The cast also includes Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon along with the likes of Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Lucy Boynton, Aaron McCusker and Mike Myers.

The story reportedly covers the year leading up to their legendary appearance at Live Aid in 1985. “Bohemian Rhapsody” opens in cinemas on Christmas Day 2018.

Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic

A post shared by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Oct 16, 2017 at 6:30pm PDT

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“Se7en” Scribe Adapts “Lone Wolf and Cub”

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:34am

“Se7en” and “Sleepy Hollow” scribe Andrew Kevin Walker and “Fast Five” director Justin Lin are teaming for “Lone Wolf and Cub,” the upcoming new adaptation of Kazuo Koike’s seminal 1970 manga title at Paramount Pictures, Perfect Storm and Kamala Films.

Walker has just come onboard to pen the script for the project which Lin has been attached to produce since 2012 and is now looking to direct as well. Marissa McMahon will also produce.

The story follows a shogun’s executioner named Itto Ogami, who starts on a path of revenge after his wife and the rest of his house is murdered by a nasty clan, leaving only his infant son alive.

Itto is joined on this quest by his son, Daigoro, who, as he grows up, is trained to be a fearsome warrior and joins him as a father-son team of assassins for hire.

The revenge story ultimately spanned close to 9,000 pages and was hugely influential in Japanese pop culture. Attempts have been made to turn it into a Hollywood film since 2003 with Darren Aronofsky attached at one point.

Source: Heat Vision

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Microsoft Begins Rolling Out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Microsoft has started to roll out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka, "Redstone 3" to the general public. The company has been testing this new major update to its desktop operating system for over six months. Much like the previous major updates to Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update is also free to Windows 10 users. Some of the remarkable new features the company is shipping with Fall Creators Update include a major design tweak called Fluent Design System. The design changes, CNET writes, are "subtle, like motion and blur effects, along with the changes to the way windows appear." Also in the offering are support for mixed reality, improvements to Photos app, and OneDrive on-demand files -- a feature that many users have long requested. You can read more about these new features and improvements here.

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The “Han Solo” Movie Wraps, Announces Title

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:19am

Ron Howard has officially unveiled the title for the upcoming young Han Solo spin-off film and it’s not a surprise really:

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”.

Howard unveiled the title via a Twitter posting which finally announced the end of production on the “Star Wars” spin-off film. Howard will soon head into post-production on the feature ahead of its release in May next year.

The film, which deals with Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures years before the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope” including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian, stars the likes of Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Paul Bettany.

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017

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“Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” Launch Trailer

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:18am

Before its release next week, Bethesda Softworks has premiered the launch trailer for the game sequel “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” which hits Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 27th.

In the new game you play as BJ Blazkowicz who is back to wage war against the evil Nazi regime. The front lines have moved from Europe to his homeland as the Nazis have taken over America, and BJ wants his country back.

His goal: to rally the resistance and restore peace and freedom to his beloved nation. And he’s not just fighting for himself; BJ’s partner Anya is pregnant with twins, so the future of his family is at stake as well.

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“Orient Express” Clip Talks 65mm & Practical

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:17am

20th Century Fox has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming murder mystery feature “Murder on the Orient Express” based on the iconic Agatha Christie novel.

The featurette goes into the level of detail of the production which included the use of the last four 65mm film cameras in the world. It also applied as much practical trickery as possible, which includes the old school use of projection to simulate the outside environment whizzing past the train as opposed to the more common green screen replacement tricks used today.

The story is a very contained one, but Branagh has gone out of his way to make this as lavish, old fashioned and stunning as he can. At the same time he plays famed detective Hercule Poirot in the film as he tries to solve the murder of one of the passengers aboard the train travelling from Istanbul to Paris.

Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Tom Bateman, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Sergei Polunin co-star in the film which opens November 10th.

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Netflix Ramps Up Its Movie Output In 2018

Dark Horizons - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:31am

Netflix is about to really ramp up its movie release slate with content chief Ted Sarandos revealing ambitious plans set to kick off in early 2018.

Speaking at yesterday’s release of third-quarter earnings, Sarandos says the plan is to up their number of original movie releases to a whopping 80 movies in 2018 – a new film every four-and-a-half days. The films will range from typical Sundance hits to major movie releases like “Bright” in December and “The Irishman” in 2019.

To put it in perspective – Netflix released just 8 original films in its third quarter as opposed to the 20 or so they’re targeting per quarter in 2018.

The announcement comes as the company has reportedly tripled its global subscribers over the past four years, topping out at 109 million worldwide through September and beating expectations in its third quarter with a further 5.3 million memberships globally (up by 49% from last year’s Q3 results).


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