Computer 

Cyber attack on major parties computer systems, Scott Morrison reveals

Foreign spies have attempted to hack the Liberal, National and Labor parties’ computer servers, seeing Australia’s electoral process targeted in the same way other western democracies such as the US has suffered. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a “sophisticated state actor” was responsible for carrying out “this malicious activity”. “Let me be clear though there is no evidence of any electoral interference,” Mr Morrison said. “I have instructed the Australian Cyber Security Centre to be ready to provide any political party or electoral body in Australia with immediate support including…

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Social Media 

Elon Musk Requests Defamation Suit Dismissal Over ‘Schoolyard Spat On Social Media’

Elon Musk, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Inc. (Photo by Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images)Getty Elon Musk has filed a motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit over his tweet calling British caver Vernon Unsworth a pedophile. Musk contends that his “pedo guy” tweet and subsequent related comments were “imaginative attacks” protected by the First Amendment. The situation underlying the suit began after Unsworth, who took part in the rescue of a youth soccer team from a cave in Thailand in July, appeared on CNN and called Musk’s promise to build and supply a mini-submarine…

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News 

Youth killed in Bulandshahr violence could be part of mob that pelted stones on slain policeman

A new video has surfaced online, suggesting the 20-year-old youth, who was killed in a mob violence over alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr, could be a part of the group that pelted stones on policemen. It is not clear whether the three-minute mobile phone video is original or edited and police said it would comment only after it is examined. A mob of some 400 people, including right-wing activists, on Monday violently rampaged through the Chingrawathi village, apparently after cow carcasses were found strewn in a jungle nearby. The mob…

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Mobile 

Counterclockwise: remembering the Doom ports on mobile phones

Once upon a time Doom was installed on more computers than Windows 95. Microsoft tried porting the game to boost the popularity of its new OS (an effort lead by one Gabe Newell), but Doom would be ported to just about every platform you can think of – including many phones. Our story begins before app stores were popular and worse, there were so many mobile operating systems. So this was a bit more complicated than putting a game up on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.…

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Oculus Rift will arrive on Mac if Apple “ever releases a good computer”

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was asked during an interview when the will they be adding Mac support to the Rift. His answer was simple, when Apple releases a good computer. Other than being the burn of the year so far, it’s also true. Luckey’s reasoning is that the current Macs simply do not have the graphical power to run something as intensive as VR on the Rift. Even the most powerful Mac Pro, with dual AMD FirePro D700 GPU, falls short of a single NVIDIA GTX 970, which is the…

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Computer 

Apple will automatically download macOS Sierra on supported computers

If you’re rocking a Mac that supports the macOS Sierra release which became available last month, and still haven’t installed the latest iteration of the operating system, this is for you. Starting today, Apple will automatically push the macOS Sierra download to supported Macs which aren’t up to date yet. Thankfully, the actual installation of the new OS will not be automatic, however. You’re still given a choice to do that when it’s most convenient for you. Clearly though, Apple’s taking a leaf from Microsoft’s book here, as that company…

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Computer 

Qualcomm is working on Snapdragon 850 chipset for Windows computers

Qualcomm partnered with Microsoft for official Windows 10 support on the Snapdragon 835, which was extended to the 845 chip a year later. It seems that these Windows-on-ARM portable computers have proven successful enough to warrant a dedicated chip. The Snapdragon 850 isn’t an entirely new chip – it’s a faster 845 – and it is aimed squarely at Windows ultra portables. It features 8 cores as before with the “big” cluster clocked higher than the phone version. The Lenovo ELZE1 Europe powered by Snapdragon 850 The Kryo 385 Gold…

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Apple 

Apple enables electrocardiogram on Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5.1.2

When Apple announced the Watch Series 4 in September a big focus was placed on the smartwatch’ ability to perform an electrocardiogram. But the feature was unavailable at launch. Now, Apple is activating it in the US through watchOS update 5.1.2. The update adds the ECG app to Watch Series 4 devices in the States (where the ECG is currently only available) and also unlocks irregular heart rate warnings on all Apple Watch from Series 1 through to Series 4. The Apple Watch will passively read your heart rate in…

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