FBI investigating possible voter database hacks in two states

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The FBI is investigating possible voter registration data breaches caused by foreign hackers in Arizona and Illinois, according to a report by Yahoo! News

According to an alert obtained by Yahoo!, the agency has warned election officials around the country to be on the alert for such intrusions. While the alert didn’t name the states specifically, a source identified the states to Yahoo!.

Both Arizona and Illinois reported hacks earlier this summer, though similar instances have also occurred in other states, including California. And, in December 2015, more than 191 million voter records were published online, though it wasn’t confirmed at the time if it was the result of a hack or a mistaken release of information. Read more…

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iPhone owners sue Apple over 'Touch Disease'

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Owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices are slapping Apple with a lawsuit over a so-called “Touch Disease” that makes the devices unusable.

The case, which was filed in the Northern District of California Saturday, alleges that Apple is aware of the technical glitch but refuses to fix affected devices. Named plaintiffs Todd Clearly, Jun Bai and Thomas Davidson are reportedly accusing Apple of fraud.

“The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect,” the complaint said, according to Reuters. Read more…

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Apple sends out invites to iPhone 7 launch event

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The Apple iPhone 7 invites are here.

The Cupertino, California, tech giant will unveil its newest smartphone — and maybe more — on Sept. 7 in San Francisco.

Apple emailed the invitations to media, including Mashable, and revealed the venue will be the The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

The invite reads only, “See you on the 7th. Please join us for an invitation-only event.”

The presentation will kick off at 10 AM PST. No word on whether or not Apple will live-stream the unveiling, but it’s a pretty good bet that they will. 

In addition to the eagerly anticipated new iPhone that everyone believes Apple will unveil, there will definitely be at least one, and maybe two variants: a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, an iPhone 7 SE and maybe even an iPhone 7 Pro (the latter two are pretty unlikely). Read more…

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This battery cube is a must-have for charging your Apple Watch on the go

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I like stupid-simple gadgets. Why? Because they’re designed to do one thing great instead of a dozen things adequately. 

The Zens Apple Watch Power Bank is just the dead-simple gadget that I’ve been looking for.

I’ve been wearing my Apple Watch for over a year now, and while it’s slow as molasses for anything but notifications (thankfully, a speed fix via watchOS 3 is on its way) I like it enough that I almost never wear my regular watches anymore.

What I don’t like is charging it. No, not charging it magnetically with its included MagSafe puck, but on the go. Read more…

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Remember the laptop-destroying 'USB Killer?' Now you can buy one

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In Oct. 2015, we wrote about USB Killer — a seemingly innocuous USB stick that fries nearly any device it’s inserted into with a bolt of electricity. 

Back then, it was a proof of concept, interesting mostly to security researchers and folks who work on USB standards. Now, however, the USB killer has become a gadget anyone can buy. 

According to USB Killer’s webpage, it’s a “testing device” which should be a part of every security auditor and hardware designer’s arsenal. The company is also selling the USB Test Shield, a gadget that purportedly lets you safely test a device’s resistance to USB Killer’s high voltage attack. Read more…

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This Indian bank is getting a robot to greet customers

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An Indian bank is planning to get a robot to greet its walk-in customers. Call it giving your service, um, a robotic touch.

The robot, which is being piloted by India’s second largest private bank by assets, HDFC Bank, will assist customers with common tasks like withdrawing or transferring money or just finding the relevant department to get their task done. The robot is reportedly a part of the bank’s “Project AI” program. 

The unnamed humanoid will come equipped with a touchscreen display which customers could use to input their query. The bank will soon beta test the robot at one of its Mumbai branchesMashable India can independently confirm the claims

The project is reminiscent of Softbank-owned Pepper humanoid robot, which is capable of reading human emotions, and the Nao robot that Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi had introduced last year. The $8,000 Nao, however, offers more sophisticated services. It speaks Japanese, English, and Chinese and also helps customers who are seeking help with opening a bank account or filing a complaint after losing their card Read more…

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