Apple files patent for wearable health device

From CNET: Apple is a mysterious beast at the best of times, but one way to figure out what it might be working on next is to trawl through its patent applications.

An application published on Thursday showed that the company wants to lock down ownership of a new wearable health device that could be fashioned into different accessories. It could, for example, be a watch, a ring, a brooch or something else entirely.

HP pushes for AR at work with its Elite x3 phone and HoloLens

From PC World: HP wants to add augmented reality to its Elite x3 smartphone, and it's looking at Microsoft's HoloLens as one way to do it.

The Elite x3, which runs Windows 10 Mobile, was scheduled to ship last month starting at US$699.99 but has been delayed. HP believes the smartphone has the horsepower to be a PC in a pinch. It might also become an AR device that could be used in enterprises.

LG's new V20 phone to beef up sound quality with quad DAC

From CNET: The Korean electronics giant on Wednesday said the V20 -- its next-generation flagship phone -- will feature a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analog converter) in what LG called an industry first. LG said the DAC produces a crisp and clear sound reproduction that reduces ambient noise by up to 50 percent.

The V20 is the follow-up to LG's V10 phone, which rolled out last October. The company is expected to unveil its new handset on September 6 in San Francisco.

A new $500,000 iOS bug bounty beats Apple's offer

From InfoWorld: A security firm is offering up to $500,000 for information on zero-day vulnerabilities in iOS, surpassing Apple's bug bounty just days after it was announced.

On Tuesday, Texas-based Exodus Intelligence said it will give between $5,000 and $500,000 for zero-day vulnerabilities relating to iOS version 9.3 and higher.

These zero-days are software flaws that have gone undetected by Apple, making them potentially very valuable, especially for cyber criminals who can use them to hack iPhones.

PS4 Neo expected as Sony makes September 7 PlayStation event official

From CNET: Sony has officially invited journalists to a press conference in New York City on September 7, where an upgraded PlayStation 4 is almost certain to be the big reveal.

The emailed invitations come one day after reports hit the web that the gaming giant was locking in to the first Wednesday in September as the date for its next big announcement. And while the invitation simply says "PlayStation Meeting," it's hard to imagine that the company would be showcasing anything else in such a high-profile venue.

Seagate built a whopping 60TB SSD that it aims to ship next year

From PC World: There aren't many shockers when it comes to storage capacity, but try this one on for size: Seagate has announced a 60TB SSD that may ship as early as next year.

Seagate showed the drive at the Flash Memory Summit in Silicon Valley on Tuesday. It called it a "technology demonstration," which means there could still be a few kinks to work out.

But if Seagate can deliver as planned, the drive would have close to four times the capacity of the largest SSD available currently, Samsung's PM1633a SSD.

Google to push Flash closer to extinction with new version of Chrome

From CNET: Google plans to begin pushing Adobe Flash Player closer to its inexorable grave at the end of the year with a new version of its Chrome web browser.

Chrome 55, which the web giant plans to release in December, will replace Flash with HTML5, Google said on Monday. Noting that the browser plug-in has played a key role in the proliferation of video on the internet, Google said the change will lead to improved security, reduced power consumption and faster page load times.

Lenovo crams 48TB of SSD storage on a board

From InfoWorld: Lenovo is developing an SSD storage board with a monstrous 48TB capacity, and the company plans to release it by the middle of next year.

The board is basically a collection of high-capacity SSDs. It provides an efficient way of cramming more SSD storage into computer slots, instead of using individual drives.

Lightning-fast 3D Xpoint SSDs won't just come from Intel

From PC World: Intel won't be the only company gearing up to sell super-fast SSDs based on the new 3D Xpoint storage and memory technology; other storage companies will also offer them with technology provided by Micron.

Micron detailed its 3DXpoint plans Tuesday at the Flash Memory Summit conference in Santa Clara, California. Intel and Micron are taking divergent paths to bring 3D Xpoint to customers. Intel will sell its own 3D Xpoint SSDs and memory DIMMs, while Micron is partnering with well-established storage companies to sell 3D Xpoint SSDs.

Hackers infect Oracle's credit card reading machines

From CNET: When you hand your credit card over at a restaurant a hotel room, you probably don't mean to give your information to hackers, too.

But that appears to be what hackers tried to make happen on card-reading machines sold by Oracle under the Micros Systems brand, which the company said were infected with malware in an undated letter sent to customers.

"Oracle Security has detected and addressed malicious code in certain legacy Micros systems," the letter said.

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