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Verizon Partner Exposes Data of Millions of Customers Who Called Customer Service [Updated]

Verizon Partner Exposes Data of Millions of Customers Who Called Customer Service [Updated]

Up to 14 million Verizon subscribers may have had their sensitive data exposed by Nice Systems, a partner of Verizon, reports ZDNet. Subscriber records from users who called customer service over the past six months were located on an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server controlled by Verizon partner Nice Systems.

The data, which included customer names, phone numbers, home addresses, email addresses, and account PINs, was accessible to anyone who found what ZDNet says was an easy-to-guess web address. That PINs were made available is concerning as a PIN is what’s used to verify a customer’s identify and make changes to an account. read more

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I installed an Amazon Echo Dot in a car and it was the best infotainment system I’ve ever used

I installed an Amazon Echo Dot in a car and it was the best infotainment system I’ve ever used

Echo Dot in a carThat’s an Echo Dot in a car.Cork Gaines/Business InsiderWhen Amazon put the Echo Dot on sale for $35 during Prime Day, my reaction was probably like a lot of others’: Should I buy another Echo, and if I do, where would I put it?

Then, with a little help from a funny moment involving my 6-year-old daughter, it hit me: Why not put an Echo Dot in my car?

Sure enough, I ordered another Dot and installed it in my car. So far, it has turned out to be the best $35 I have spent in a long time. read more

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AMD Threadripper prices undercut Intel’s Core i9 by as much as $1000

AMD Threadripper prices undercut Intel’s Core i9 by as much as $1000

AMD has revealed the prices for some of its Threadripper CPUs, using the same effective strategy that it executed for its mainstream Ryzen chips: set eye-popping discounts compared to Intel’s own Core i9 family, and probably earlier release dates, too.

On Thursday, AMD disclosed the model numbers, price, and rough availability of both the 12- and 16-core AMD Threadripper chips, designed for the upper echelons of gaming and content-creation PCs: 

  • The $999 16-core, 32-thread 3.4-GHz Threadripper 1950X
  • The $799 12-core, 24-thread 3.5-GHz Threadripper 1920X

Given that information, we also know the difference between what Intel and AMD will charge for their respective offerings. You’ll pay $700 less for a 1950X than Intel’s 16-core, 32-thread Core i9-7960X, and a thousand dollars less than Intel’s 18-core, 36-thread Core i9-7980XE. On the lower end, the Threadripper 12-core 1920X costs $400 less than the 12-core Core i9-7920X, and $600 less than the 14-core Core i9-7940X. read more

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Verizon data of 6 million users leaked online

Verizon data of 6 million users leaked online
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Verizon confirmed on Wednesday the personal data of 6 million customers has leaked online.

The security issue, uncovered by research from cybersecurity firm UpGuard, was caused by a misconfigured security setting on a cloud server due to “human error.”

The error made customer phone numbers, names, and some PIN codes publicly available online. PIN codes are used to confirm the identity of people who call for customer service.

No loss or theft of customer information occurred, Verizon told CNN Tech.

UpGuard — the same company that discovered leaked voter data in June — initially said the error could impact up to 14 million accounts. read more

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UPDATED: Google Pixel XL 2 Render Envisioned In ‘Very Silver’ Color

UPDATED: Google Pixel XL 2 Render Envisioned In ‘Very Silver’ Color

A Google Pixel XL 2 render envisioned in the ‘Very Silver’ color has surfaced online, and it’s based on the recently leaked design of the upcoming device and follow up to the currently available Pixel XL which Google launched last Fall. It’s important to note that this image shown above is not a leaked press render or an officially leaked image of the final design coming from Google. What it is, is a render design based on the leaked design from July 11th, meant to show what the device would look like in the Very Silver color as opposed to the Quite Black color option of that previous leak. read more

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Apple Launches 2017 Back to School Promotion: Free Beats With Select Mac or iPad Pro Models

Apple Launches 2017 Back to School Promotion: Free Beats With Select Mac or iPad Pro Models

Apple today launched its Back to School promotion in the United States and Canada, offering the choice of a free pair of Beats Solo3, BeatsX, or Powerbeats3 headphones to qualifying students, parents of students, and educators who purchase an eligible Mac with education pricing for a limited time.


Eligible models include any MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac Pro. As usual, the Mac mini and refurbished Macs are excluded from the deal.


The promotion also offers free BeatsX wireless headphones with the purchase of any 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro, or students can pay $50 extra for Beats Powerbeats3 or $150 extra for Solo3 wireless headphones. Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini 4 models do not qualify for the promotion. read more

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Persistent Software Problems With iPhone 8 Wireless Charging and 3D Sensor Causing ‘Panic’ at Apple

Persistent Software Problems With iPhone 8 Wireless Charging and 3D Sensor Causing ‘Panic’ at Apple

As the prospective September launch date of the iPhone 8 fast approaches, designers and engineers at Apple are said to be working “feverishly” to fix software problems in the device that could lead to production delays, reports Fast Company.

Citing a source “knowledge of the situation,” the site says there’s a “sense of panic” in the air because should the problems not be resolved, the device might ship without major features enabled.

One feature that might be delayed is wireless charging. Apple is said to be planning to implement inductive wireless charging in the iPhone 8, but rumors suggest it will be enabled through a standalone charger purchased separately. As previously shared by Apple blogger John Gruber, Apple may not ship the inductive wireless charging accessory until later in the year alongside an iOS 11.1 update. read more

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Intel tightens data-center grip with Xeon Scalable Processor platform

Intel tightens data-center grip with Xeon Scalable Processor platform

Make no mistake: Intel’s Xeon Processor Scalable Family, based on the company’s Skylake architecture, is about much more than revving up CPU performance. The new processor line is essentially a platform for computing, memory and storage designed to let data centers — groaning under the weight of cloud traffic, ever-expanding databases and machine-learning data sets — optimize workloads and curb operational costs.

In order to expand the market for its silicon and maintain its de facto processor monopoly in the data center, Intel is even starting to encroach on server-maker turf by offering what it calls Select Solutions, generally referred to in the industry as engineered systems — packages of hardware and software tuned to specific applications. read more

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Before The Spider-Man: Insomniac Games’ Awesome History

Before The Spider-Man: Insomniac Games’ Awesome History
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Insomniac Games has been gaining quite a buzz in the comic book industry since it was announced last year that it would be producing a new Spider-Man game for PlayStation 4. But, believe it or not, the studio has built up quite a reputation long before the web-slinger came along.

The studio was founded with just a handful of employees back in 1994, under the creation of Ted Price, who’s still with the team today. It was initially founded under the name “Xtreme Software,” though that would change to the more familiar Insomniac moniker just a year later. read more

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Microsoft wants all of rural America to get high-speed broadband

Microsoft wants all of rural America to get high-speed broadband
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