Get your first look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 20

The Note 20 Ultra in all its glory. [credit: Jimmy Is Promo ] Samsung might have recently set the Galaxy Note 20 reveal for August 5, but somebody already has a prototype unit. YouTuber Jimmy Is Promo has posted a hands-on video and a few images of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the bigger of the two upcoming units. Like …

Your Next Samsung Phone May Not Come With a Charger in the Box

Days after it was rumored that Apple might not ship a charger with its next iPhone, Samsung is copying that, too. According to a new report from South Korea, future Samsung phones may not ship with a charger. From a report: Samsung ships hundreds of millions of smartphones every single year. Dropping the charger from even half of its lineup …

Apple’s UK Stores Paid $7.7M in Tax Despite $1.7B in Sales

The UK retail arm of Apple paid just $7.7m in taxes last year despite raking in almost $1.7bn in sales, according to the company’s latest accounts. From a report: Revenue at Apple Retail UK, which operates 38 of the company’s stores in the UK, rose by more than 15% in the 12 months to 28 September. But after costs and …

Google Play apps with 500,000 downloads subscribe users to costly services

Enlarge (credit: portal gda / Flickr) Hackers and Google Play have been caught up in a tense dance over the past decade. The hackers sneak malware into the Google-owned Android app repository. Google throws it out and develops defenses to prevent it from happening again. Then the hackers find a new opening and do it all over again. This two-step …

Microsoft’s New KDP Tech Blocks Malware By Making Parts of the Windows Kernel Read-Only

Microsoft today published technical details about a new security feature that will soon be part of Windows 10. From a report: Named Kernel Data Protection (KDP), Microsoft says this feature will block malware or malicious threat actors from modifying (corrupting) the operating system’s memory. According to Microsoft, KDP works by giving developers access to programmatic APIs that will allow them …

Musk Says Tesla Is ‘Very Close’ To Developing Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Tesla’s Elon Musk said the carmaker is on the verge of developing technology to render its vehicles fully capable of driving themselves, repeating a claim he’s made for years but been unable to achieve. From a report: The chief executive officer has long offered exuberant takes on the capabilities of Tesla cars, even going so far as to start charging …

UK Universities Comply With China’s Internet Restrictions

UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China — which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet. From a report: It enables students in China to keep studying UK degrees online, despite China’s limits on internet access. But it means students can only reach material on an “allowed” list. Universities …

Smartwatch Hack Could Trick Patients To ‘Take Pills’ With Spoofed Alerts

Security researchers say a smartwatch, popular with the elderly and dementia patients, could have been tricked into letting an attacker easily take control of the device. From a report: These watches are designed to help patients to easily call their carers and for carers to track the location of their patients. They come with their own cellular connection, so that …

New Study Detects Ringing of the Global Atmosphere

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A ringing bell vibrates simultaneously at a low-pitched fundamental tone and at many higher-pitched overtones, producing a pleasant musical sound. A recent study, just published in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences by scientists at Kyoto University and the University of Hawai’i at Mnoa, shows that the Earth’s entire atmosphere vibrates in …

Spreading Rock Dust On Fields Could Remove Vast Amounts of CO2 From Air

Spreading rock dust on farmland could suck billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air every year, according to the first detailed global analysis of the technique. The Guardian reports: The chemical reactions that degrade the rock particles lock the greenhouse gas into carbonates within months, and some scientists say this approach may be the best near-term way of …