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Instagram Users with 100,000+ Followers Get Free Food for Posts

The "This is Not a Sushi Bar" restaurant in Milan, Italy is offering Instagram users with 100,000+ followers free food if they post a picture of their meal and tag the restaurant on social media. "Owner Matteo Pittarello said he hoped the offer would attract millennials as patrons and create '2.0 word-of-mouth that could make our brand strong and viral.'"

Italian fashion blogger Clizia Incorvaia had a free sushi lunch on Tuesday courtesy of her 200,000 Instagram followers. Incorvaia said: "We tasted everything from gunkan to tartare, and I have to say it is all really good."

Posted by cageymaru October 16, 2018 4:23 PM (CDT)

Medtronic Disables Pacemaker Software Updates Over Security Concerns

Following an independent investigation by security experts, and an FDA review, Medtronic disabled software updates for the Medtronic CareLink and CareLink Encore Programmer models 2090 and 29901, which are used in pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization devices, and insertable cardiac monitors. The vulnerability would theoretically allow an attacker to update a medical device with non-Medtronic code, which is obviously a serious concern in a pacemaker. Fortunately, the company claims it hasn't received any reports of attacks or compromised patients. Users will have to manually update their medical devices via USB, and the company claims that its working on getting the online update system back up and running.

The FDA has reviewed information about potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities associated with the internet connection of Medtronic's programmers, and has confirmed that these vulnerabilities could allow an unauthorized user (that is,someone other than the patient's physician) to change the programmer's functionality or the implanted device during the device implantation procedure or during follow-up visits. Specifically, this cybersecurity vulnerability is associated with using an internet connection to update software between the CareLink and CareLink Encore programmers and the SDN. Software updates normally include new software for the programmer's functionality as well as updates to implanted device firmware. Although the programmer uses a virtual private network (VPN) to establish an internet connection with the Medtronic SDN, the vulnerability identified with this connection is that the programmers do not verify that they are still connected to the VPN prior to downloading updates. To address this cybersecurity vulnerability and improve patient safety, on October 5, 2018, the FDA approved Medtronic's update to the Medtronic network that will intentionally block the currently existing programmer from accessing the Medtronic SDN.

Posted by alphaatlas October 16, 2018 12:12 PM (CDT)

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Has Succumbed to Cancer

Paul G. Allen has succumbed to complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He had been treated for the same disease 9 years prior. The Microsoft co-founder revealed that he was beginning treatment for the disease earlier this month, and passed away today. Vulcan Inc, had this to say, "It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts. Mr. Allen died on Monday afternoon, October 15, 2018, from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Seattle. Mr. Allen was 65 years old."

Sayta Nadella, CEO at Microsoft. Paul Allen's contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world. I have learned so much from him -- his inquisitiveness, curiosity and push for high standards is something that will continue to inspire me and all of us at Microsoft. Our hearts are with Paul's family and loved ones. Rest in peace.

Posted by cageymaru October 15, 2018 6:07 PM (CDT)

For Honor Gets an Expansion and Graphical Update

For Honor is getting a big, free update alongside the Marching Fire expansion. Among other things, Ubisoft's fantasy brawler is getting a "major" global illumination upgrade, a revamped skybox, better textures, and new post processing effects. The free update will also include major balance changes, fixes, and new features like the PvP castle breach siege mode. Players who drop $30 for the full expansion will get a whole new faction to play with, as well as a ton of new features. The patch and expansion will be available on if October 16th if your preorder, and the characters will be available for purchase with in-game currency on October 30. You can read the full patch notes here. Check out the expansion's trailer below:

For Honor Marching Fire is a major expansion encompassing a brand-new faction with instant and early access to four new heroes, a new PvP mode, unlimited PvE content, and far-reaching graphical enhancements. This content is split into two categories: Free (available on Oct 16 for all current For Honor game owners) and Paid (available only with purchase of the For Honor Marching Fire Expansion or Edition).

Posted by alphaatlas October 15, 2018 7:42 AM (CDT)

Red Dead Redemption II Is a 90GB Download on Xbox One, 105GB on PS4

It was revealed last month that Red Dead Redemption II would require a 105GB install on PlayStation 4, and now, the Microsoft Store is showing the title will require approximately 88.57GB on Xbox One. It isn’t clear why there is a 16GB disparity, but Red Dead fans who are tight on storage, regardless of which console they own, may now prepare accordingly.

While that may be smaller than PS4's listed size, there could be reasons for this. For one, it's not clear if "Approximate Size" is listing the download size (the size of all the files users download from the servers, which are often compressed) or the install size (the files as they actually are, after the installer has uncompressed them). A size difference of about 16GB would be in line with the average difference between download and install sizes.

Posted by Megalith October 14, 2018 1:35 PM (CDT)

Microsoft Employees Beg Company Not to Bid on US Military's Project JEDI

Microsoft wants in on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), a $10 billion project to build cloud services for the Department of Defense, but many of the company’s employees want nothing to do with it. Echoing Google and the drama over Chinese search engine "Dragonfly," Microsoft workers have officialized their disapproval with an open letter: "don’t bid on JEDI."

Many Microsoft employees don’t believe that what we build should be used for waging war. When we decided to work at Microsoft, we were doing so in the hopes of "empowering every person on the planet to achieve more," not with the intent of ending lives and enhancing lethality. For those who say that another company will simply pick up JEDI where Microsoft leaves it, we would ask workers at that company to do the same.

Posted by Megalith October 14, 2018 11:25 AM (CDT)

World's Fastest Camera Freezes Time at 10 Trillion Frames per Second

Researchers with Caltech and Quebec’s INRS University have developed a camera that can capture even the quickest, briefest details and present them in extremely slow motion. Described as the "world’s fastest camera," the "T-CUP" photography system is reportedly capable of capturing 10 trillion frames per second, which is fast enough to freeze light and other dynamic phenomena.

"We knew that by using only a femtosecond streak camera, the image quality would be limited," says Professor Lihong Wang, the director of Caltech Optical Imaging Laboratory (COIL). "So to improve this, we added another camera that acquires a static image. Combined with the image acquired by the femtosecond streak camera, we can use what is called a Radon transformation to obtain high-quality images while recording ten trillion frames per second."

Posted by Megalith October 13, 2018 2:15 PM (CDT)

Elon Musk's Tesla Files for a Trademark of "Teslaquila"

In an April Fool’s tweet earlier this year, Elon Musk joked that his company was going bankrupt and alluded to a product dubbed "Teslaquila," a Tesla-branded tequila. Now, recent filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggest Musk intends to make the drink a reality. The trademark indicates a "distilled agave liquor" and "distilled blue agave liquor."

While there is no guarantee that a Tesla-brand tequila will hit the market, the company filed an "intent to use" trademark for Teslaquila, which means that it is currently not using it, but has a "good faith intention" to use it in the future. In addition, Tesla appears to have initially applied for this trademark in Jamaica back in April and is asserting a U.S. priority date based on that foreign application.

Posted by Megalith October 13, 2018 1:00 PM (CDT)

IBM Files JEDI Protest

Following Oracle, IBM filed an official protest against the U.S. Government's decision to use a single provider for the DoD's JEDI cloud computing platform. According to IBM, "JEDI's primary flaw lies in mandating a single cloud environment for up to 10 years." Google reportedly dropped out of the bidding process amidst AI militarization concerns, but offered similar criticisms. The cloud contract is reportedly worth $10 billion, and bids are supposed to be submitted via DVD between 9PM and 12PM ET today.

Leading global enterprises want clouds that are flexible, provide access to the best applications from multiple vendors, and can smoothly transition legacy systems. JEDI is a complete departure from these best practices. It denies America's warfighters access to the best technology available across multiple vendors, complicates the integration of legacy applications and walls off access to future innovations. JEDI's single-cloud approach also would give bad actors just one target to focus on should they want to undermine the military's IT backbone. The world's largest businesses are increasingly moving in a multi-cloud direction because of security, flexibility and resilience; the Pentagon is moving in precisely the opposite direction.

Posted by alphaatlas October 12, 2018 11:54 AM (CDT)

Windows 10 Tuesday Patch is Crashing HP Computers

According to scattered reports collected by Windows Latest, a patch released by Microsoft on Tuesday is crashing some HP systems. KB4464330 reportedly conflicts with a specific HP keyboard driver, and IT staff on social media claim that the update is affecting many of their clients. Microsoft is still dealing with file deletion issues following the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, but KB4464330 "addresses an issue where an incorrect timing calculation may prematurely delete user profiles on devices subject to the 'Delete user profiles older than a specified number of day' group policy." Windows Central posted a guide to fix the issue here.

"We are having the same issue on HP prodesk 400 G3 Windows 10 machines today. It is definitely related to KB4462919 and/or the HP keyboard driver at the top of your screenshot. We do NOT push out any driver updates, and we are not using HP keyboards with these PCs," Reddit user R1PLEY explains.

Posted by alphaatlas October 12, 2018 9:38 AM (CDT)

Fake Adobe Flash Updater Installs Crytocurrency Miners

Fake Adobe Flash installers are infecting computers with malicious programs such as the XMRig cryptocurrency miner. It fools users into thinking the program is legitimate by using genuine Adobe graphics and pop-up screens from the official Adobe installer. It even properly updates Adobe Flash to the latest version on the victim's PC. But it downloads the legitimate Flash update from a compromised server along with cryptocurrency miners that forces the victim's PC to mine Monero.

While searching for these particular fake Flash updates, we noticed Windows executables file names starting with AdobeFlashPlayer__ from non-Adobe, cloud-based web servers. These downloads always contained the string flashplayer_down.php?clickid= in the URL. We found 113 examples of malware meeting these criteria since March 2018 in AutoFocus. 77 of these malware samples are identified with a CoinMiner tag in AutoFocus. The remaining 36 samples share other tags with those 77 CoinMiner-related executables. See Appendix A for the full list of the file hashes. Appendix B lists 473 file names and URLs for these fake Flash updates from March 25th, 2018 through September 10th, 2018.

Posted by cageymaru October 11, 2018 10:45 PM (CDT)

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.10.1 Drivers Have Been Released

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.10.1 drivers have been released and they offer support for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. The drivers are optimized for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. They have fixed issues such as the HDMI Audio Drivers not upgrading during Radeon Software installation, Fortnite experiencing lighting corruption on high or epic, 16 core systems randomly restarting during driver installation and the flickering textures in Sea of Thieves under mGPU configurations. New Vulkan extension support was also added.

Known Issues: When using Radeon Overlay on system configurations with the latest Windows10 October 2018 Update some users may experience intermittent instability or game crashes. Microsoft Office applications may experience lag or stutter when dragging applications. Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products may experience elevated memory clocks during system idle.

Posted by cageymaru October 11, 2018 6:35 PM (CDT)