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Researchers show Alexa “skill squatting” could hijack voice commands
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Enlarge (credit: Amazon) The success of Internet of Things devices such as Amazon’s Echo and Google Home have created an opportunity for developers to build voice-activated applications that connect ever deeper—into customers’ homes and personal lives. And—according to research by a team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)—the potential to exploit some of […]

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EPA Staff Objected To Agency's New Rules on Asbestos Use, Internal Emails Show
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Top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency pushed through a measure to review applications for using asbestos in consumer products, and did so over the objections of E.P.A.’s in-house scientists and attorneys, internal agency emails show. From a report: The clash over the proposal exposes the tensions within the E.P.A. over the Trump administration’s efforts […]

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Disney’s new Winnie the Pooh movie won’t show in China     – CNET
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It seems the government really doesn’t welcome Pooh.

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'True Detective' director's Netflix show 'Maniac' arrives September 21st
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Netflix isn't quite done unveiling star-studded movies and shows. The online media giant has confirmed that Maniac, the series from True Detective season 1 director Cory Fukunaga, will premiere on September 21st. The dark comedy (based on a Norwegi…

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Leaked benchmarks show Intel is dropping hyperthreading from i7 chips
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Enlarge / An 8th generation Coffee Lake processor. (credit: Mark Walton) While Intel’s naming scheme for its processors is often best described as “obtuse,” there have been some patterns that the company seemed to follow. For desktop processors, the i7 branding denotes chips with hyperthreading enabled, running two threads on each core. i5-branded parts had […]

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Detroit Auto Show officially moves to June in 2020     – Roadshow
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The 2020 North American International Auto Show will be held the week of June 8th.

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Leaked Documents Show Facebook's 'Threshold' For Deleting Pages, Groups
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Facebook has repeatedly referenced to lawmakers a “threshold” that must be reached before the platform decides to ban a particular page for violating the site’s policies, but it hasn’t discussed its guidelines publicly. Motherboard has obtained internal Facebook documents laying out what this threshold is for multiple types of different content, including some instances of […]

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Amazon Show Mode Charging Dock review: A tablet accessory worth getting fired up about     – CNET
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Available for the current Fire HD 8 and HD 10 tablets, this turns your Amazon tablet into a slim, Alexa-enabled Echo Show.

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Expanse star tells how Amazon's Jeff Bezos saved his show     – CNET
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Actor Cas Anvar teases a finale that will blow you away, and a potentially more obscenity-filled Season 4 under Amazon.

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