Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

From CNET: The Trump administration has reportedly asked Congress to permanently reauthorize all provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including a controversial National Security Agency program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts in an attempt to thwart terrorists.

iPhone 11: Exactly When Apple Will Reveal All Its iPhones For 2019

From Forbes: Well, there’s already been an accidental mention of when the phone will actually go on sale. As Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly reported last week, Softbank president Ken Miayauchi let slip that the launch date will be September 20.

Of course, even Miayauchi-san could be wrong, because Apple is known for being incredibly nimble when it comes to last-minute changes. It’s one of the reasons it keeps details like the unveil date to itself until its stone-cold certain everything is going to plan. Which is why that unveil date is so key.

Nest Camera Status Light Can't Be Disabled Anymore

From PC Mag: Google has succeeded in annoying Nest camera, Nest Hello, and Dropcam owners by deciding to disable the ability to turn off the status light on these home security devices.

As 9To5Google reports, until now it's been possible to turn the status light off in the settings of these security devices. It's a great feature as it makes them less noticeable, especially at night. However, Google made a "commitment to privacy" back in May and that has resulted in the decision to ensure there's always a status light visible when these devices are recording.

Huawei’s Folding Phone Delayed Until Late This Year

From ExtremeTech: Huawei’s no good, very bad year continues to get worse. The company came into 2019 with a growing market share and some impressive technology. Huawei unveiled a folding phone just a few weeks after Samsung, and most would agree the Huawei mate X looked much sleeker than the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Now, Huawei is staring down the barrel of a politically motivated technology export ban, and the Mate X is taking longer than expected to finish. The company now says the phone won’t launch until late this year.

SK Hynix Re-Enters Retail SSD Market, Launches Gold S31 SATA Drives

From AnandTech: Coming off of the heels of last week’s Flash Memory Summit, today a familiar entity is throwing its hat back into the ring for retail SSDs: SK Hynix. This morning the company is announcing a new line of SSDs, the SuperCore series, which will be sold directly at retail. Kicking off the family will be the Gold S31, a 2.5-inch SATA drive with capacities ranging from 250GB to 1TB.

Nvidia Could Be Working on Another GeForce RTX GPU

From Tom's Hardware: AIDA64, a widely used system information, diagnostics, and benchmarking tool, has added information for a mysterious, unannounced Nvidia GeForce RTX T10-8 graphics card, which is apparently based on the TU102 die.

New Critical Bluetooth Security Issue Exposes Millions Of Devices To Attack

From Forbes: An alarming Bluetooth Security Notice has been issued after the disclosure of a critical vulnerability that security researchers have warned is "a serious threat to the security and privacy of all Bluetooth users." The flaw enables an "attacking device" to interfere with the connection encryption process, essentially stealing the encryption key and accessing the data traffic between target devices.

NVIDIA Breakthrough Brings Real-Time Conversational AI Within Reach

From Forbes: Back in November of last year, Google open-sourced a technique for natural language processing pre-training that it called Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers, or BERT. Despite a number of large companies racing towards conversational AI using similar methods, including Microsoft, Facebook, Alibaba, Baidu, and Uber to name just a few, to date, BERT remains one of the most advanced AI language models in the space.

Microsoft’s new privacy policy admits humans are listening to some Skype and Cortana recordings

From The Verge: Just like every other tech company that got caught with its hand in the cookie jar this year — hey there, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook — we recently learned that Microsoft had been quietly letting human contractors listen to your Skype translations and Cortana voice recordings. That’s right: they’re not just AI.

FAA Bans ‘Dangerous’ MacBook Pros From U.S. Flights Over Fire Risk

From Forbes: Following Apple’s June recall for selected 15-inch MacBook Pro computers, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has now effectively banned those laptops from traveling on commercial flights. The restriction covers both carry-on and hold luggage. So if you haven’t returned one of the affected computers to Apple for the free battery replacement, don’t bother traveling with one to a U.S. airport.

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