Huge security flaw leaves Wi-Fi devices wide open to hackers

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There’s a hole in Wi-Fi security, and it affects the vast majority of Wi-Fi devices and networks. That very likely means your phone, your home wireless network, your wireless network at work — everything. 

Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef from the imec-DistriNet research group at the KU Leuven university has discovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol, used by nearly every Wi-Fi device out there. It allows an attacker to remotely extract decrypted data from a protected Wi-Fi network without knowing the password.

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Supreme Court ruling leaves Samsung unable to force customers into arbitration to settle disputes

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against Samsung by letting a lower court ruling stand. The ruling prevents Samsung from using the warranty that it included inside the boxes containing Samsung Galaxy S handsets, to force its customers into arbitration to settle any disputes. Companies favor forced arbitration because it allows them to set up the rules including how the arbitrator is selected. In addition, most arbitration agreements prevent the customer from starting a class action suit. Most arbitration clauses are written to limit the number of options an angry customer has against a company.

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Founder of Geekbench benchmark test says iPhone leaves Android in the dust

Over the last few years, Apple has created a performance gap between the iPhone and Android powered handsets, by creating powerful chipsets that it has employed on its iconic smartphones. With the release this year of the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus (and the Apple iPhone X later this year), the company is deploying the A11 Bionic chipset, a name that calls to mind speed.

John Poole, the founder of Primate Labs, the company that created the Geekbench benchmark test, points out that the new iPhone models are scoring more than 50% higher on Geekbench when compared to flagship type …

Android Wear bug leaves Google Assistant unable to do anything but basic search requests

A bug affecting smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 is preventing Google Assistant from fully working on the platform. Actually, the virtual assistant will still run very simple Google searches. What it won’t do is set alarm times, send text messages or control smart appliances to name a few features. A community manager keeping his eye on the Android Wear Help Forum posted a message revealing that Google is aware of the problem and is “gathering bug reports.”

While most of the incidents surrounding Google Assistant deal with the version of the virtual personal assistant employed on Android …

These scientists turned spinach leaves into beating heart tissue

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Popeye was fond of cramming cans of spinach to beef up his cartoon biceps. Now scientists say the leafy green really could help build a real-world muscle, only this time, it’s the human heart.

A team of U.S. researchers found a way to use the veins of the spinach leaf to build a miniature version of a beating heart muscle.

Their discoveries offer a potential solution a major challenge confronting biomedical engineers: how to repair and regenerate damaged organs and tissues. 

If proven to work, scientists could use the spinach treatment to grow layers of healthy heart muscle to treat heart attack patients, the group said in a proof-of-concept study published this month in the journal Biomaterials. Read more…

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