Drops: Effortless visual language learning

Over the holiday I found this little nugget. Unlike other language learning apps, this one caught my eye by gamifying learning through memory, illustrations, and fast-paced micro-games. 

If you ever wanted to learn a new language give the "Drops" app 5min a day

If you're interested in a full review, let me know in the comments.

NVIDIA GPUs weren't immune to Spectre security flaws either | Engadget

It's not just your processor and operating system that are affected by the Meltdown and Spectre memory vulnerabilities -- your graphics card is, too. To that end, NVIDIA has detailed how its GPUs are affected by the speculative execution attacks and has started releasing updated drivers that tackle the issue. All its GeForce, Quadro, NVS, Tesla and GRID chips appear to be safe from Meltdown (aka variant 3 of the attacks), but are definitely susceptible to at least one version of Spectre (variant 1) and "potentially affected" by the other (variant 2). The new software mitigates the first Spectre flaw, but NVIDIA is promising future mitigations as well as eventual updates to address the second.

Face ID anti-FUD: Why you shouldn't be worried about iPhone X unlock | iMore

An excellent article by Rene Ritchie of iMore, talking about unlocking the new iPhone X with Face ID and anti-FUD.

I must say I was nervous when TouchID first came out, and I'm getting that same fuzzy feeling again. I do hope they build in some 2nd factor authorization; it could be something as simple a checking to see if an Apple watch is on. But I've always planned for the worst while hoping for the best; it's just the way I'm wired. 

Hackers Can Silently Control Siri, Alexa & Other Voice Assistants Using Ultrasound | thehakersnews

A team of security researchers from China's Zhejiang University have discovered a clever way of activating your voice recognition systems without speaking a word by exploiting a security vulnerability that is apparently common across all major voice assistants.

Dubbed **DolphinAttack**, the attack technique works by feeding the AI assistants commands in ultrasonic frequencies, which are too high for humans to hear but are perfectly audible to the microphones on your smart devices.

Canary’s home cameras now have two-way voice chat and less lag - The Verge

I've been using a Canary for monitoring our australian Labradoodle @meetkona . It is a great secruity came, However until today there has been some lag in the stream. 

"Canary, the maker of connected home security cameras, issued a firmware update today that it says will give users a more accurate look at what's happening in their home. The update will reportedly provide users with a more up-to-date stream. Until now, users experienced a five-second delay when streaming, now they'll be seeing what's happening exactly when it happens."

Whistle GPS Tracker For Dogs & Cats | Whistle Pet Tracker

Over the weekend we picked up a Whistle 3 GPS trackers for our 4month old Australian Labradoodle @meetkona . 

Our intention it to have some form of tracker on her when we begin off leash training and to have something generally on here when we are out and about. Not so much something to be on around the home as she doesn't wear a collar at home. 

Our priority was to find the smallest GPS tracker as possible. The Whistle 3 is by far the smallest dog tracker on the market. I would still have liked it to a bit smaller as Kona is only about 14lbs at four months and still seems a bit big on her. It is very light, and it's something she will grow into over time.

The software was very intuitive and clean. Some of the features of this device we will not be used to it's fullest, such as the fitness tracking stuff. Or the safe zone which notifies you when your pet leaves the areas. As I mentioned before, Kona will not be wearing it all the time, but it's still nice to have the options when away from home.
 So far the Whistle 3 works as expected. At $60 for the unit and a monthly subscription, it may not be for everyone. 

This article is not a review but just my first impressions, keep an eye open for the full review in the coming weeks.

Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science | TechCrunch

This is an awesome idea, I hope it does well and other companies take notice.

"Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for hiring and training, but Airbnb has taken things a step further — running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system."


ReactOS Project hits version 0.4.5

Reactos 0.4.5 was released yesterday. Time to take another look at it.  For those that are unfamiliar with it. ReactOs is an open source operating system aimed at running Windows applications and drivers in an open-source environment. I've tried it out in the past, and I like the direction they were heading it just wasn't ready for the main stream yet. This OS is still only Alpha, so it's not for the faint of heart.

Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed | TechCrunch

I've been waiting on Pandora's Premium service, ever since they picked up Rdio. I loved Rdio and since it was sold I was forced to find another service, Which turned out to be iTunes music because of price and library. 

Back to Pandora, It's premium service is what you would expect and feels exactly like Pandora but with on demand but at this point, I find it hard to suggest it to people because of its limitations. Currently, the premium service is only supported on mobile. Desktop and other devices will have to wait along with family plans.

The 60day trial is enticing and you should check it out if you're curious, however, I don't see it worth the cost just yet. Who knows maybe in two months it will be.

Apple just did a very un-Apple thing: It admitted it needs to re-think its high-end Macs | Recode

This is good news but is it too little too late. At the very least, we know apple is rethinking their MacPros. Anyone who has ever used one of these Mac's in a professional environment knows it's limitations. Hopefully, Apple will take some of these suggestions to heart.

New MacPro's are needed. Entertainment and the film industry are just one of many who relies on them on a daily basis. These same industries are unsure of Apple's intentions with the pro markets. Some have jump shipped and others are just losing hope. 

Vulnerability Disclosed in Ubquiti Networks Admin Interface | Threatpost

This command injection flaw exposes the Ubiquiti admin interface to a number of risky attacks, SEC Consult said. For example, an attacker could connect to a vulnerable device by opening a port binding or reverse shell, and also change the password because the service runs as root. “The vulnerability can be exploited by luring an attacked user to click on a crafted link or just surf on a malicious website,” SEC Consult said in its advisory. “The whole attack can be performed via a single GET-request and is very simple since there is no CSRF protection.”

Hackers Threaten to Remotely Wipe 300 Million iPhones Unless Apple Pays Ransom | The Hacker News

It has been found that a mischievous group of hackers claiming to have access to over 300 million iCloud accounts is threatening Apple to remotely wipe data from those millions of Apple devices unless Apple pays it $75,000 in crypto-currency or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards. The hacking group, who identified themselves as 'Turkish Crime Family,' has demanded a ransom to be paid in Bitcoin or Ethereum, another popular crypto-currency.