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…Qualcomm and Microsoft announced the first Windows 10 devices with ARM-based processors will be arriving early next year. HP, Asus, and Lenovo will all be launching laptops and convertibles with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor in them, with prices expected to range from [US]$600 to [US]$800.

These are laptops running off the same hardware that’s in this year’s flagship Android phones like the Samsung S8 & Google Pixel 2. That’s pretty cool, and an interesting development in the processor stakes. Apple have been going this way with their own custom SoCs and iOS for a while now but having Windows port over is quite telling.

The new Snapdragon 845 processor wont be in the first round of these laptops, despite both coming out in 2018. Expect them to be in the 2nd gen though which will provide an overall speed boost as well as their new LTE gigabit modem.

Source: These are the first Windows 10 ARM laptops – The Verge

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It’s a little over a week later than we all thought it would be but the Amazon store is finally in full swing for Australia.

I haven’t had a huge opportunity to go scouring through it for any bargains but I can tell you that shipping to capital cities is free once you spend a pineapple ($50).

Source: Amazon.com.au: Shop online for Electronics, Apparel, Toys, Books, DVDs & more

Cryptocurrency is all the rage and when thoughts turn to mining it, the conundrum, for Australians at least, is the cost of electricity required to power any sort of crypto mining setup. Once you get on to that train of thought, the mind turns to solar power. Free energy from the sky! But how much would a small off-grid solar power setup large enough to power a mining rig cost to set up? That’s what I’m going to try and bumble my way through in this post.

I love how he says “bumble my way through”, Anthony is a full on crypto/solar nerd and his bumbling looks to me like some pretty damn solid detail and costings.

Price wise it comes out a hell of a lot cheaper than I would’ve thought too! Could be time to set up the old Bitcoin/Litecoin/Etherium/[insert current cryptocurrency du jour here] mining rig!

Source: Cost summary of running a cryptocurrency mining rig off-grid | The Sizzle

[Bahtiyar] Duysak, a twenty-something with Turkish roots who was born and raised in Germany, was working as a contractor for a fixed term for the last part of his stay in the U.S. under a work and study visa.

Someone reported Trump’s account on Duysak’s last day; as a final, throwaway gesture, he put the wheels in motion to deactivate it. Then he closed his computer and left the building.

With calls for Duysak to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (yes seriously) and dogged by a myriad of press going to ridiculous lengths to track the mysterious ex Twitter employee down, the dude just wants to go back to having a normal life.

It also seems, as indicated in the linked TechCrunch article and video interview, that Duysak didn’t actually “pull the trigger” as such. More he did what he was paid to do and set the wheels in motion for an account deactivation. He wasn’t the one the pushed the big red “off” button, but he certainly did start it on its course.

Source: Meet the man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account | TechCrunch

A new security flaw in macOS High Sierra has been discovered by researchers — one that can grant users access to the system administrator account on a target machine, enabling access to the account without requiring a password.

Root access with the repeated press of the return key… I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a massive hole in an Apple product before. Unbelievable!

The workaround… set a root password. For details on how to do that and securing your highly vulnerable High Sierra (possibly the worst macOS release ever for many reasons BTW) check out the support doc here.

Alternatively watch and follow the video in this tweet from iMore’s Rene Ritchie.

Source: Major vulnerability in Apple’s macOS provides System Administrator access with few instructions [u]

National Broadband Network (NBN) CEO Bill Morrow has said the company will delay the rollout of its hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network until it can repair various customer experience issues.

With 3.1 million premises in the HFC footprint, Morrow told ZDNet that 370,000 are already connected and an additional 50,000 are queued to be connected. All remaining premises slated to be connected by HFC will see delays of between six and nine months.

Allow me to tell you the cause of your issue: An ageing, poorly maintained and over capacity HFC network that’s being crammed into a multi-technology mixture of hell.

How much did we fork out for that unusable Optus’ network again? Just $800m, not too bad.

Source: NBN delays HFC rollout until customer experience issues fixed | ZDNet

The Federal Communications Commission [unveiled] a plan that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers see and use.

Under the agency’s proposal, providers of high-speed Internet services, such as Comcast, Verizon or AT&T, would be able to block websites they do not like and charge Web companies for speedier delivery their content.

Trump’s America at its best.

Source: FCC unveils plan to repeal net neutrality rules – The Washington Post

Ride-hailing company Uber concealed a data breach that affected the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers, the company admitted on Tuesday. Its chief security officer and one of his deputies have been fired.

…those responsible were able to download some personal information – including names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers – of 57 million Uber users around the world. They also downloaded the names and driver’s license numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the U.S.

Holy hell.

The breach took place in October of 2016 under Uber’s former management. Instead of alerting the public the company instead decided to pay them US$100,000 to delete the information and keep quiet.

Source: Uber concealed data breach affecting 57 million people – BNO News

We’ve just received word via an Amazon Marketplace seller that Amazon will start an internal testing phase with a small number of customers from 2PM AEDT Thursday, November 23.

I love how the email says “Please remember all information you receive is confidential”. Not sure this particular seller read that part as it’s probably the most shared screenshot of the past 24 hours. In Australia anyway.

Soft launching at 2pm Thursday November 23rd. Expect a smattering of products with most likely Amazon’s own to be available.

No idea if we’ll see things like Amazon Prime shipping be available but it would be great if they introduced their Alexa service locally, which they’ve just done for Canada.

Source: It’s Official: Amazon Australia Will Start Selling Products On Thursday | Lifehacker Australia

Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to buy 24,000 sport utility vehicles from Volvo Cars to form a fleet of driverless autos, a signal that the company remains committed to autonomous cars under newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi.

The cars are to be delivered over a 2 year period starting in 2019. That gives Uber a little under two years to really refine what, up until now, are absolutely woeful (and frankly terrifyingly poor) autonomous systems.

The deal also shows that Uber’s legal troubles haven’t deterred the company in pushing forward with autonomous vehicles.

It’s also further writing on the wall for drivers. While the tech may still need work before this deal ends – it very well may signal the beginning of the end for human drivers.

Source: Uber Expands Driverless-Car Push With Deal for 24,000 Volvos – Bloomberg