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31Jul/170

Hackers leak HBO episodes, ‘Game of Thrones’ info online

"Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening," an email to reporters says. "What's its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its [sic] HBO and Game of Thrones......!!!!!! You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it spread the words. Whoever spreads well, wi will have an interview with him. HBO is failing."

For its part, HBO has issued an email of its own to employees saying that its tech team and outside experts were assessing and addressing the situation.

"I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully," chairman and CEO Richard Plepler writes.

"Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold," a statement given to Entertainment Weekly says.

Comparatively, Sony lost "under a hundred" terabytes of data in the leak that gave us an inside look at how the studio works. Game of Thrones hasn't leaked yet, so this could be a bluff from the hackers. If that changes, well, now fans of the books and the show will be able to commiserate over spoilers.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/31/hbo-hack-game-of-thrones-ballers/

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31Jul/170

Gboard on iOS adds YouTube and Maps everywhere there’s a keyboard

Now, Google is adding Maps and YouTube to the party on iOS and they work how you'd expect, with dedicated tabs that appear when you hit the G button. Sending your location is like dropping a GPS pin in iMessage and searching for a YouTube clip is as easy as doing so within its app. Hell, you can even submit your own digital finger-paintings as Doodle candidates.

These add-ons are cool (and useful!), but it'd be great to see Google add some quality of life improvements like and key-press speed or Gmail syncing for predictive text. You know, stuff SwiftKey has offered for years.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/31/gboard-youtube-maps-ios/

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31Jul/170

Sony Xperia XZ1 in uscita: i rumors su scheda e prezzo

Sony è pronta a svelare in esclusiva due nuovi smartphone chiamati Sony Xperia XZ1 e Sony Xperia X1 ossia una coppia di terminali che dovrebbe occupare la fascia alta e media-alta con prezzi in linea con la media del settore e una scheda tecnica di tutto rispetto, soprattutto per il primo modello che abbiamo citato, che dovrebbe andare a inserirsi nel settore dei flagship.

Qui sopra una rappresentazione artistica del nuovo modello, dopo la continuazione tutte le anteprime sulle caratteristiche hardware.

Le ultime notizie su Sony Xperia XZ1 (alias Sony G8341) parlano della presenza di un SoC Snapdragon 835 CPU con 4GB RAM e di una possibile presentazione in uscita a IFA 2017 di Berlino. Dopo il benchmark su AnTuTu che ha parlato di un display da 5 pollici e del SoC Snapdragon 835, ne è apparso un secondo su Geekbench che confema e amplia all’OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat e Ram da 4GB.

I rumors di Giugno su XZ1

Le prime informazioni sono sopraggiunte tramite una pubblicazione di informazioni sul profilo User Agent e dovrebbero proprio riferirsi a questi due smartphone Android prossimi venturi. Le informazioni a proposito non sono molto ampie, si concentrano soprattutto sulla risoluzione del display e altre anticipazioni correlate. Tra le altre info degne di nota che sono trapelate c’è anche la disponibilità del programma Android O con l’interfaccia “pulita” e aggiornamenti repentini. Scopriamone di più.

Sony prepara XZ1 e X1

In realtà, buona parte delle anticipazioni si basa sulla nomenclatura e sulle informazioni a essa legate. Il dispositivo con nome in codice G8341 sarà accompagnato da quello chiamato G8342 che è la variante dual sim ossia con due slot per simcard per gestire una coppia di numeri sullo stesso esemplare.

Da questi codici possiamo ricavare diverse informazioni La lettera G si riferisce all’attuale linea di flagship ossia di modelli al top di gamma mentre le prime due cifre – 83 – potrebbero significare che andranno entrambi a collocarsi all’interno della gamma Xperia XZ. Se prendiamo dunque Xperia XZs che ha un codice tipo G82XX e Xperia XZ Premium che è G81XX avremo così la possibilità dei due nomi che vi abbiamo precedentemente indicato.

Sony Xperia XZ1

Ci sono però altre informazioni che si possono anticipare e ricavare ossia quelle relative alla risoluzione del display. Il profilo apparso su User Agent mostra infatti la risoluzione Full HD ossia 1920×1080 pixel e questo andrebbe a collocare il primo dei due con il precedentemente rumoreggiato Xperia XZ1 che potrebbe vedere la luce a IFA 2017 di Berlino con a bordo il SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC accompagnato da un quantitativo di 4GB di memoria Ram e una batteria da 3000mAh oltre che una diagonale di display da 5.2 pollici appunto in Full HD.

Sony Xperia X1

Il secondo modello, che dovrebbe vedere sempre la luce in occasione di IFA 2017 di Berlino, potrebbe chiamarsi semplicemente Sony Xperia X1 e andrebbe a seguire, naturalmente, Sony Xperia X. Avrebbe sempre uno schermo Full HD a risoluzione dunque 1920×1080 pixel e piattaforma Android O, ma non si sa niente più. Rimaniamo dunque collegati e con le antenne pronte ad ascoltare ulteriori aggiornamenti.

Article source: http://www.tecnocino.it/2017/07/articolo/sony-xperia-xz1-in-uscita-i-rumors-su-scheda-e-prezzo/92755/

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31Jul/170

Pokemon Go, Articuno: come e se sarà ancora disponibile

Pokemon Go si appresta a salutare per sempre Articuno per lasciare spazio a Moltres oppure l’uccello leggendario di tipo Ghiaccio sarà ancora catturabile in seguito, magari in altri eventi? Non è ancora chiaro, ma ci sono elementi per poter considerare varie ipotesi. Quel che è certo è che oggi 31 luglio 2017 sarà l’ultimo giorno ufficialmente valido per poter far proprio il Pokemon Leggendario di prima generazione che per primo aveva rotto gli indugi venendo fuori allo scoperto dopo la disastrosa Pokemon Go Fest di Chicago insieme a Lugia.

Ricordiamo che Articuno sarà catturabile fino a questa sera (ore non precisate, dunque meglio non aspettare troppo se ancora non lo avete o se ne volete un altro) del 31 luglio 2017. Dopo, toccherà a Moltres di tipo Fuoco e simbolo della squadra rossa che sarà catturabile fino al 7 agosto. Infine, entro il 14 agosto sarà il turno di Zapdos, di tipo elettrico e della squadra gialla.

Perché Articuno non sarà più catturabile

Ci sono molte più possibilità che Articuno non apparirà mai più nel gioco Pokemon Go dopo oggi, dunque vi consigliamo caldissimamente di sfruttare queste ore per farlo vostro. Il motivo è semplice: con Lugia e i tre uccelli leggendari si riprende la storia del manga e del cartone, che vedrà poi successivamente la comparsa di Ho-oh e dei tre cani leggendari (di seconda generazione) ossia Suicune, Entei e Raikou. A conforto di questo, c’è l’evento Pikachu Outbreak

Perché Articuno sarà ancora catturabile

Al tempo stesso, c’è la possibilità che i tre uccelli leggendari saranno riproposti in altri eventi andando a rompere la tradizione dei vari giochi dei Pokemon. Magari eventi più brevi e – possibilmente – localizzati in una piccola area. Ma in questo caso le chances sono ancora più ridotte.

Article source: http://www.tecnocino.it/2017/07/articolo/pokemon-go-articuno-come-e-se-sara-ancora-disponibile/94771/

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31Jul/170

Apple pulls VPN apps following China crackdown (update: statement)

Apple has declined to comment, although users have noticed that they can still use affected VPN apps if software came from another country's App Store. This isn't a wholesale block, then.

The move isn't coming out of the blue: China is holding its once-every-5-years Communist Party congress in the fall, and it tends to ramp up online censorship ahead of those gatherings to silence dissent. The government also made Apple pull the New York Times app at the start of 2017. Even so, it emphasizes how easily China can hold the tech industry over a barrel. China knows Apple and others need Chinese customers to thrive, and that means they have to remove apps even when they help protect freedom of speech.

The clampdown also illustrates the pitfalls of disallowing apps from unofficial sources. The iOS App Store is theoretically more secure, since you're less likely to run across rogue apps hosted on sketchy websites and less-than-vigilant stores. However, it also leaves you with few practical alternatives if censors demand that an app vanishes. You still have options on Android or desktops, even if it involves a lot of effort to track down just the right program.

Update: Apple has issued a statement noting that it pulled the apps in response to Chinese rules requiring that VPN developers obtain a government license. You can read the full statement below.

"Earlier this year China's MIIT announced that all developers offering VPNs must obtain a license from the government. We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not meet the new regulations. These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business."

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/29/apple-pulls-vpn-apps-in-china/

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31Jul/170

Luxembourg’s asteroid mining law takes effect August 1st

Luxembourg's law is pretty similar to the one President Obama signed back in 2015 in that it gives mining companies the right to keep their loot. Both of them also take advantage of a loophole in the UN's Outer Space Treaty, which states that nations can't claim and occupy the moon and other celestial bodies. They don't give companies ownership of asteroids, after all, only the minerals they extract and after they extract it.

Unlike the US version, though, a company's major stakeholders don't need to be based in Luxembourg to enjoy its protection -- they only need to have an office in country. That said, any space corp interested in operating from the Grand Duchy must have obtained written permission from the country and must not have major shareholders who take money from terrorist groups.

The move didn't come out of left field for the tiny but wealthy European nation. Luxembourg made its first big space bet in 1985 when it supported Europe's first private satellite operator, which eventually became the largest in the world. It's one of the reasons why the country has one of the highest GPD per capita in the world.

In addition, the Grand Duchy has been investing in asteroid mining for years, even teaming up with Deep Space Industries to design an experimental spacecraft meant to test its mining technologies. It might take decades before anybody actually starts digging up minerals from asteroids, but by having a law that makes it clear where miners stand -- the first in Europe -- Luxembourg is securing its future in the industry.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/30/luxembourg-asteroid-mining-law-august-1/

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31Jul/170

The best probe thermometer

How we picked and tested

After testing 11 probe thermometers for this guide, we think the ThermoWorks Dot (center) is the best for most people. Photo: Caroline Enos

A good probe thermometer should quickly and accurately give a temperature reading so that you know when your food, particularly meat and poultry, is safe to eat. It should have a wide temperature range to accommodate both oven and grill use, and it should be intuitive to operate. Longer probes will ensure that you're reaching the thickest part of large roasts, or the bottom of a saucepan for frying or for making candy.

For this guide, we tested 11 probe thermometers with temperature ranges between –58 ºF and 572 ºF and probe cables that can resist up to 712 ºF. We looked at three main types:

  • Basic thermometers with a single probe that display readings on a digital unit
  • Dual-channel thermometers that have two probes (one for taking the internal temperature of the meat and another for reading the ambient cooking temperature) and display readings on a digital unit
  • Remote probe thermometers that display readings on battery-operated wireless receivers or through smartphone apps via Bluetooth

To check the accuracy of the thermometers, we inserted their probes into a ceramic mug filled with ice water (32 °F), which is what most manufacturers recommend for proper calibration. We also tested the probes in a pot of boiling water (212 °F) and in a stockpot of 130 °F water maintained by a sous vide circulator. We timed how long each thermometer took to register the correct temperatures.

To test the durability of the probe cables at high temperatures, we used our finalists in a screaming-hot, 650 °F to 700 °F grill. After our initial round of testing, we used the remaining contenders to monitor the temperature of oven-baked chicken pieces to get a feel for their usability.

We also evaluated the strength of the magnets on the back of the digital receivers to see how well they could stay attached to the side of an oven or grill, and measured the distance from which remote probe thermometers could function before losing their wireless connection.

Our pick: ThermoWorks Dot

Our pick for the best probe thermometer is the ThermoWorks Dot. Photo: Caroline Enos

We recommend the affordably priced ThermoWorks Dot probe thermometer for its impressive accuracy and ability to read temperatures quickly. Compared with the others we tested, it was the easiest thermometer to use, thanks to its simple, intuitive design and large digital display. The Dot's wide temperature range makes it ideal for both oven and grill use, and its strong magnet kept it securely attached to the side of our oven. The Dot also had one of the longest cables—about 48 inches—of the models we tested, and its 4½-inch probe will have no problem reading the internal temperature of large roasts.

In our tests, the Dot was the fastest thermometer to read temperatures accurately. On average, it was able to read 32 °F in about 8.5 seconds and 212 °F in about 5.5 seconds. Its thermistor sensor has an impressively wide temperature range of –58 °F to 572 °F (and a cable that can withstand 700 °F for short periods). The Dot was one of only three tested models that were accurate to the degree in a stockpot of 130 °F water maintained by a sous vide circulator.

The ThermoWorks Dot doesn't come with a metal clip that attaches the probe to the side of a saucepan for tasks such as frying or candy making, but all ThermoWorks accessories (including probe clips, grate clips, and air probes) are sold separately. It also comes with a two-year warranty, and the probe is replaceable. The Dot lacks a backlight and a timer, but with everything else the Dot has going for it, we didn't feel these omissions were dealbreakers.

Also great: ThermoWorks ChefAlarm and Smoke

For probe thermometers with more features, we suggest getting ThermoWorks's Smoke (left) or ChefAlarm (right). Photo: Caroline Enos

If you want more features, such as a backlit screen and volume adjustment, we recommend two other models by ThermoWorks, the ChefAlarm and the Smoke. Both thermometers were very accurate in our tests, and both have longer probes than our main pick, but we found that they were slightly slower at reading temperatures. They both offer the same impressive temperature range as the Dot, from –58 °F to 572 °F for the probe and up to 700 °F for the cable.

In our tests the ChefAlarm took a couple of seconds longer than the Dot to read temperatures, but it was just as accurate. The timer on this model is a nice addition (it can handle countdowns as long as 99 hours, 59 minutes), and the backlit screen is handy for outdoor grilling at night. The ChefAlarm also allows you to set the minimum and maximum temperatures, which have corresponding alarms to alert you when they're reached. The two strong magnets on the back of the unit keep it in place when attached to the side of an oven or grill; the digital unit is also hinged, so you can lay it flat or adjust it to a specific angle. However, in spite of the ChefAlarm's various benefits, we think most people will be fine with our pick.

Like the ChefAlarm, the Smoke has a backlit screen and volume control. But in contrast with our other picks, the Smoke can operate via a wireless receiver and has two channels to accommodate multiple probes: one probe to take the internal temperature of the meat, and an air probe for measuring the ambient temperature of the oven, grill, or smoker. The Smoke also allows you to set the minimum and maximum temperatures for each probe, which sound corresponding alarms when the set temperatures are reached. In our tests, the Smoke maintained its wireless connection for an unobstructed distance of 350 feet. We don't think you need these features, but if you really want them, the Smoke was the best model we tested that offers them. Considering that this thermometer is also $60 more than the Dot, we think the Smoke makes sense only for grill and smoker enthusiasts.

Coincidentally, all of our picks are manufactured by ThermoWorks. They were far and away the best thermometers we tested. None of the other models compared with our picks in terms of speed, accuracy, and ease of use.

This guide may have been updated by The Sweethome. To see the current recommendation, please go here.

Note from The Sweethome: When readers choose to buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn affiliate commissions that support our work.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/30/the-best-probe-thermometer/

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31Jul/170

Russian censorship law bans proxies and VPNs

Accordingly, the President has signed another law requiring that chat apps identify users through their phone numbers after January 1st, 2018. Some messaging clients already encourage you to attach an account to a phone number, but this makes it mandatory -- Facebook and others can't reject the idea if they're prefer to give you some kind of anonymity. The measure also demands that operators limit users' access if they're spreading illegal material.

The timing likely isn't coincidental. Russia is holding a presidential election in March, and banning technology like VPNs will make it harder for voters to see news that questions Putin's authority. Likewise, you may be less likely to organize a protest if you know that the police can trace anonymous chats back to you through your phone number. As with China's VPN crackdown, Russian officials are trying to control the online conversation at a crucial moment to make sure the powers that be go unchallenged.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/30/russian-censorship-law-bans-proxies-and-vpns/

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31Jul/170

SoundCloud is close to getting a lifeline

The insiders stress that the deals aren't set in stone, and there's good reason to be cautious when SoundCloud's Spotify negotiations reportedly fell apart. However, SoundCloud isn't exactly in a position to hold out for better deals given its trouble generating revenues.

The potential loss of control underscores SoundCloud's problems, and the challenges of the streaming music business as a whole. SoundCloud built its reputation on free DJ sets, podcasts and rough cuts, and it has regularly had trouble both monetizing those free offerings and developing a subscription service you'd actually want. At the same time, it also doesn't have a financial safety net to let it take risks like Apple or Google can. If a streaming service doesn't have the luxury of a bigger business to back it up (and isn't named Spotify), it faces an uphill battle -- it has to rack up market share while still turning a healthy profit.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/30/soundcloud-close-to-obtaining-lifeline/

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31Jul/170

Chinese scientists created the largest virtual universe

Simulations of the cosmos can help astronomers look for the most promising regions of space to investigate and could shed light on its mysterious components, like dark matter and dark energy. The Chinese team's simulation, in particular, recreated the birth and early expansion of the universe, around tens of millions years after the Big Bang. Unfortunately, they had to stop after they reached that point: Team leader Gao Liang said the supercomputer had other clients in line that day.

SCMP says Chinese-made supercomputers typically have major weaknesses and rarely run at full capacity. The team must have found a way to maximize Sunway's powers, because the project reportedly stretched the machine to the limit without breaking it. Gao is hoping to run a simulation from the birth of the universe up until the current era -- it's now around 13.8 billion years old -- but they might wait until Sunway's successor is ready before launching their next attempt. The next-gen supercomputer will apparently be 10 times faster than Sunway and could be up and running sometime in 2019.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/30/largest-universe-simulation-made-using-fastest-supercomputer/

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