Facebook security chief Alex Stamos quits, joins Stanford ‘Information Warfare’ group

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Facebook’s longtime Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos is quitting, as announced earlier this year. The company seems to think it doesn’t need a new CSO, despite having just acknowledged Tuesday it is the subject of ongoing, sustained, coordinated information warfare attacks just ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Samsung’s Tab S4 Is Both An Android Tablet and a Desktop Computer

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Today, Samsung unveiled the successor to the Galaxy Tab S3 from last year. The aptly named Galaxy Tab S4 features a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card) and 13-megapixel f1.9 rear-facing camera. Unlike the Tab S3, it includes Samsung Dex software that lets users connect a Samsung mobile device to a monitor and then use the device as a pseudo-desktop. Ars Technica reports: The first Dex dock came out over a year ago and was designed to be used with Samsung smartphones. Users could plug their device into the dock, connect it to a monitor, pair a keyboard and a mouse, and use the setup as they would a full desktop PC. The system ran a version of Android that Samsung modified to better suit a desktop UI, which included a lock screen and a task bar area with app icons. Dex on the Galaxy Tab S4 works just like this, with a couple of extra features that leverage the power of a tablet. When connected to a monitor, both the big screen and the tablet’s screen can be used simultaneously. In a short demo, Samsung showed how the device supports up to 20 open windows at once and how features like split screen and drag-and-drop can be used just as they would on a desktop PC. Users can launch Dex when not connected to a monitor as well, and that produces the same modified Android UI on the tablet’s 10.5-inch, 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED display. When connected to a monitor, both the big screen and the tablet’s screen can be used simultaneously. In a short demo, Samsung showed how the device supports up to 20 open windows at once and how features like split screen and drag-and-drop can be used just as they would on a desktop PC. Users can launch Dex when not connected to a monitor as well, and that produces the same modified Android UI on the tablet’s 10.5-inch, 2560×1600 Super AMOLED display. The tablet carries a $649 price, but includes all the specs mentioned above, as well as support for signature Samsung features like Air Command, translate, and off-screen memos, and a redesigned S Pen.

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Some of our favorite USB-C hubs are cheaper than ever for Verge readers

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If you’ve recently bought a MacBook, a Pixelbook, or a slim Windows laptop, there’s a somewhat high chance that you’ll find it has a sole USB-C port, or two if you’re lucky. That’s simply not enough for most people.

Thankfully, USB-C hubs leverage the power of the port to greatly expand the capabilities of your machine. On the downside, not all hubs are created equal, with many of them being underpowered or lacking in useful expansions, like an SD card slot or an Ethernet port.

But on the plus side, we’ve worked to get readers of The Verge an exclusive low price for one of our favorite USB-C hubs: the HooToo USB-C hub, which we picked as the best low-cost hub just two months ago.

You’ll notice that two hubs are listed below, and that’s…

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Best Buy wants to teach you how to take good photos

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In addition to being a place to buy discounted laptops and find DVDs of obscure anime you didn’t know people still watched, Best Buy will now be a place for budding photographers to take lessons, as spotted by PetaPixel. Best Buy will be offering lessons in its new Camera Experience Shop, which is sponsored by camera brands Canon, Nikon, Sony, and GoPro.

Small camera experience shops have opened inside over 80 Best Buy stores across the US so far. Customers can either browse cameras in the store or take lessons from professional photographers. They can learn techniques like shooting in low light, taking close-ups, and working in portrait mode. The beginner classes listed near the New York area include Halloween photography,…

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Old LED Light Bulbs Give Up Filaments for Spider Web Clock

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We love it when something common gets put to a new and unusual use, especially when it’s one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that?” situations. This digital clock with a suspended display is just such a thing.

The common items in this case were “filaments” from LED light bulbs, those meant to mimic the look of clear-glass incandescent light bulbs. [Andypugh] had been looking at them with interest for a while, and realized they were perfect as the segments for a large digital clock. The frame of the clock was formed from bent brass U-channel and mounted to …read more

JBL’s Google-powered smart display launches next month for $250

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The very first Google Smart Display — basically, a Google Home with a screen on it — was launched by Lenovo last week. And now, JBL has started taking preorders on its own smart display, called the Link View, which looks like it’ll be the second model to hit stores. It’s supposed to start shipping on September 3rd, as spotted by 9to5Google.

JBL’s smart display sells for the same price as Lenovo’s, but it appears that it’ll fix one of the Lenovo model’s shortcomings: sound. JBL is known as an audio company, so you can expect the speakers on the Link View to be much better than the single speaker grille on what Lenovo made.

The downside is that JBL’s model is horrendously ugly in comparison. That’s not…

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Fashionably AI

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This summer’s wedding season required me to buy a new suit. I vowed to be adventurous and buy a color I normally never would have considered. Alas, I opted for a little more movie-theater usher and a little less Jidenna. Had I known about it at the time, I probably would have used Eison Triple […]

Writing Multitenant ASP.NET Core Applications

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A multitenant web application is one that responds differently depending on how it is addressed – the tenant. This kind of architecture has become very popular, because a single code base and deployment can serve many different tenants. In this post, I will present some of the concepts and challenges behind multitenant ASP.NET Core apps. Let’s consider what it takes to write a multitenant ASP.NET Core app. For the sake of simplicity, let’s consider two imaginary tenants, ABC and XYZ. We won’t go into all that is involved in writing a multitenant app, but we will get a glimpse of all the relevant stuff that is involved in it.

What Is a Tenant?

A tenant has a specific identity, and an application that responds to a particular tenant behaves differently from another tenant. Specifically, one or more of these may change:

PTPM Energy Scavenger Aims for Maintenance-Free Sensor Nodes

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[Mile]’s PTPM Energy Scavenger takes the scavenging idea seriously and is designed to gather not only solar power but also energy from temperature differentials, vibrations, and magnetic induction. The idea is to make wireless sensor nodes that can be self-powered and require minimal maintenance. There’s more to the idea than simply doing away with batteries; if the devices are rugged and don’t need maintenance, they can be installed in locations that would otherwise be impractical or awkward. [Mile] says that goal is to reduce the most costly part of any supply chain: human labor.

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All the science fiction and fantasy books that you should check out this month

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I studied military history in grad school, and in the years since, I’ve been keenly aware of how warfare is imagined in science fiction and fantasy. There are some books, like Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War, that have some pretty good portrayals that go beyond just arming characters with guns and pointing them toward the nearest hostile aliens.

As such, I’ve been reading R.F. Kuang’s debut novel The Poppy War (which came out in May), with interest. The basic premise of the book can be described as a sort of Ender’s Game or Harry Potter meets Sun Tzu, at least to begin with. In it, a war orphan named Rin is sent off to a prestigious military academy, and later serves in a specialized unit as her…

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Amazon’s latest Kindle e-readers are 25 percent off if you trade in your old model

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Buying a new Kindle is tough to justify if you already own one, so Amazon’s running a promotion to ease you into its more recent e-reader tech by giving some credit in exchange for your older model. You’ll also get a flat 25 percent discount that can be used immediately on any new Kindle e-reader.

The company will pay anywhere from $5 for the debut Kindle to $75 for the Kindle Oasis from 2016. It seems to be fairly lenient on the condition of older models, offering the same amount for a model in perfect condition as it does for one with a cracked display. However, for newer models, you’ll only get a decent cut if it’s in good condition all around.

Once you trade in your Kindle, you’ll get a coupon for 25 percent off of a new one. If you…

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Samsung made a cheaper version of the Galaxy Tab S4 without stylus or keyboard support

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While Samsung’s new flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S4, may be getting most of the limelight in the Android tablet world today (for whatever that’s worth), the company also announced a second tablet today: the cheaper, less powerful Galaxy Tab A 10.5.

Much like the Tab S4, the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 features a 10.5-inch display, but nearly everything else about it is worse.

The screen is a 1080p LCD panel, not the higher-resolution 2560 x 1600 AMOLED on the Tab S4, there’s 3GB of RAM instead of 4GB, 32GB of storage instead of either the 64GB or 128GB options, a Snapdragon 450 processor instead of a Snapdragon 835, and no S Pen, iris scanner, or DeX support. The only spec the Tab A 10.5 does share with the Tab S4: the same 7,300mAh battery.

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This Weekend: The Vintage Computer Festival West

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This weekend it’s all going down at the Vintage Computer Museum in Mountain View, California. The Vintage Computer Festival West is happening this weekend

What’s going on this year at VCF West? Far too much. The exhibits include everything from floptical disks, a fully restored and operation PDP-11/45, home computers from the UK and Japan, typewriters converted into teletypes, a disintegrated CPU, and LISP machines. The talks are equally spectacular, with a keynote from [Tim Paterson], the creator of 86-DOS, the basis of MS-DOS. You’ll also hear about PLATO, the Internet before the Internet, PDP-1 demonstrations, and if we’re lucky …read more

JBL’s $250 Google Assistant smart display is now available for pre-order

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It’s been a week since Lenovo’s Google Assistant-powered smart display went on sale and slowly but surely, its competitors are launching their versions, too. Today, JBL announced that its $249.95 JBL Link View is now available for pre-order, with an expected ship date of September 3, 2018. JBL went for a slightly different design than […]

Wolfram Alpha Electronic Tips

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Electronics takes a lot of math. Once you’ve mastered all the algebra and calculus, though, it is sometimes a drag to go through the motions. It also can be error-prone. But these days, you have Wolfram Alpha which will do all the work for you and very easily. I use it all the time when I’m too lazy to solve an equation or do an integral by hand. But did you know it actually has some features specifically for electronics?

If you want to do a lot with electronics — or nearly any technical field — you are going to …read more

RED’s holographic Hydrogen One phone gets even closer to release with FCC approval

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RED’s upcoming Hydrogen One smartphone still doesn’t have a concrete release date, but we’re presumably getting even closer to launch, given that the phone has cleared the FCC’s approval process this week, via PhoneScoop.

In addition to confirming that the Hydrogen One is in fact a real device that RED will legally be allowed to sell in the United States, the FCC filing confirms a few smaller details about the phone: it’ll have a 4,510mAh battery, dual SIM slots, and support for all US LTE bands (except T-Mobile’s Band 71).

The Hydrogen One was originally announced over a year ago when RED offered preorders for both a $1,195 aluminum version and a $1,595 titanium variant (although that preorder period has long closed), and RED has yet…

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Sennheiser wants you to slap a giant wireless mic on your kids to record precious moments

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As the rise of ASMR videos indicates, it’s becoming more apparent that good audio is as important as what we see on screens. Sennheiser’s new Memory Mic is an interesting concept designed for the smartphone videographer. The mic attaches magnetically to your clothes and can record up to four hours of audio at any distance from your phone. The audio is synced via Bluetooth to a companion video app, in which you can mix both audio recorded by the mic and ambient noise picked up by your smartphone. When you’re done using it, it charges via a USB-C cable, which takes a little over an hour to get to full charge.

The Memory Mic is most likely geared toward families and parents who want to capture special moments in their child’s lives. Unlike…

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