Intel and AMD to Add Secure Pluton Processor to Future CPUs

Microsoft said that it has developed a highly secure chip that Intel, AMD and Qualcomm plan to integrate in future central processing units used in laptops and other personal computers. 

Microsoft said the Pluton security processor would bring more advanced protection to PCs using its flagship Windows operating system. Designed by Microsoft, the chip would be used to lock up secret information, including passwords, in a secure vault in the CPU itself, instead of on a separate component on the PCB. Microsoft said the Pluton chip would help stymie all sorts of attacks on the hardware and prevent the theft of secret keys used in cryptography.

The company is partnering with Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm to add Pluton as part of a system on a chip, where all the components of the personal computer, including the CPU, are housed on the same die. It is unclear when the integrated Pluton

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U.S. To Add Chinese Oil Driller To List Of Firms Barred From Receiving American Investments: Report

The Trump administration is set to add major Chinese offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC, plus three other large Chinese firms, to a list of companies barred from receiving American investments because of their alleged ties to China’s military, according to a report by Reuters that cited documents and three officials. 

CNOOC — short for China National Offshore Oil Corporation — is China’s third-largest oil and gas company and its main offshore explorer, having brought in more than $30 billion in revenue in 2019. 

Its inclusion on the blacklist caused its Hong Kong-listed shares to tumble 14% on Monday. Not only are US investors responsible for a large chunk of the company’s more than $360 billion in value on the Hong

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Apple Could Add Force Touch Sensors to Future MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Apple could add Force Touch sensors to the OLED Touch Bar on a future MacBook Pro if a new patent application by the company ever comes to fruition.

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The original Apple Watch was the first device to feature Force Touch, which sensed extra pressure when users pressed firmly on the display, allowing them to access additional content and controls depending on the context.

In 2015, Apple added the haptic feedback technology to the iPhone 6s in the form of 3D Touch, which featured Peek and Pop gestures, and brought Force Touch sensing technology to the MacBook Pro trackpad the same year.

Perhaps as a result of its lack of discoverability, Apple dropped support for Force Touch on Apple Watch with the release of watchOS 7, and ‌‌3D Touch‌‌ went the same way on ‌iPhone‌ when it was replaced by Haptic Touch (aka long press) in the iPhone XR and subsequent

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Google TV Users Won’t Be Able to Add Netflix Originals to Their Watchlist

One of the better features of the new Chromecast with Google TV is missing support for some of Netflix’s best content.



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Earlier this week, 9to5Google reported that Netflix originals weren’t able to be added to Google TV’s watchlist, a super-hub for content users are interested in across their various services. On Wednesday, the site reported that the Google TV Android app appeared to have lost support for Netflix’s catalog entirely. That’s kind of a bummer for anyone hoping to use Google TV to help manage content from one of streaming’s biggest players.

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A Google spokesperson confirmed to Gizmodo by email that the Netflix app and its catalog will still be available on Chromecast with Google TV. But Google TV users now won’t be able to add the service’s originals to their watchlist, give the content a thumbs up or down, or mark

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Smart TVs might add an Xbox in 2021, and more tech news you need to know today

Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Wednesday, 25 November 2020. It’s Thanksgiving Eve! Back Friday.

1. The future is your Smart TV playing Xbox games

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Xbox chief Phil Spencer gave an interview with The Verge as part of an hour-long podcast. There’s a fair bit in there and The Verge helpfully has an edited transcript.

  • A few points! One is the first confirmation, I think, that Microsoft sells the console hardware at a loss. It’s no surprise; that’s been the case for most consoles over the past …forever? But it’s confirmed!
  • Spencer is disappointed that expected launch title Halo Infinite was delayed to 2021, not serving as a powerful reason to pick-up the Xbox Series X/S. But Microsoft couldn’t sell more, because of supply chain problems. And it’s the same for Sony, Nvidia, and AMD, all seemingly
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TikTok will add an epilepsy warning to photosensitive videos

TikTok is adding a new feature that will help people who have epilepsy to avoid potentially dangerous photosensitive content. The short video platform already warns creators if their uploads contain effects that could trigger photosensitive epilepsy, but now anyone who encounters an example in their feed will get an alert that allows them to opt out of viewing such content in the future. There’ll also be a toggle in the app’s accessibility settings.





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The Epilepsy Foundation of America says that 1 in 26 people in the US will develop epilepsy at some point, with a tenth of people being affected by seizures. Video content that involves flashing lights and colors can trigger seizures, so it’s important for people to be able to control what they’re able to see — particularly on a social platform like TikTok where content is actively pushed to

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Apple to developers: You’ve now got longer to add in-app payment to your online events

Apple is giving a six-month extension to its temporary waiver of the 30% commission it normally changes for iOS apps hosting online group events and classes. 

Until September, the company required iOS apps for this activity to use the App Store’s in-app purchases for goods sold by app developers. 

As The Verge reported at the time, Facebook got into a fight with Apple over its 30% App Store fee after launching a feature that let small businesses create paid online events. Due to the pandemic, Facebook opted not to collect fees on event purchases until August 2021. Initially Apple didn’t budge but in September it waived the fee for Facebook’s feature.

SEE: Top 10 iPad tips (free PDF) (TechRepublic)    

Apple announced the six-month extension on Monday, which brings the new deadline to June 30, 2021 – instead of December 2020. 

“As the world fights COVID-19, we recognize that adapting experiences

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Twitter Might Soon Add a ‘Dislike’ Button

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Apparently drunk with power after slapping ‘misleading information’ labels on several of President Donald Trump’s tweets, Twitter is now reportedly “exploring” the option of adding a ‘dislike’ button.

During a Tuesday Twitter exchange with cybersecurity expert Jackie Singh, Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s product lead, said that while adding some sort of downvoting capability isn’t among the platform’s top priorities in the same way that limiting the spread of misinformation, removing bot users and eliminating harassment are, the feature was “something we’re exploring.”

Twitter has already added a slew of new features lately, with the most recent addition being “Fleets”—a disappearing media option that serves as an answer to the Instagram story and seems designed to appeal to lurkers who don’t want their inane thoughts to live on the app in perpetuity.

It’s worth noting that Twitter does

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Researchers add second dating technique to prototype spaceflight instrument — ScienceDaily

A new study by Southwest Research Institute scientists describes how they have expanded the capabilities of the prototype spaceflight instrument Chemistry Organic and Dating Experiment (CODEX), designed for field-based dating of extraterrestrial materials. CODEX now uses two different dating approaches based on rubidium-strontium and lead-lead geochronology methods. The instrument uses laser ablation resonance ionization mass spectrometry (LARIMS) to obtain dates using these methods.

“The central aim of CODEX is to better understand some of the outstanding questions of solar system chronology, such as the duration of heavy meteoroid bombardment or how long Mars was potentially habitable,” said SwRI Staff Scientist F. Scott Anderson, who is leading development of the instrument.

“In a way, we’ve given CODEX binocular vision in dating,” said Jonathan Levine, associate professor of physics at Colgate University and Anderson’s collaborator on CODEX. “When you can look at something from two different perspectives, you get a deeper view

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OmniVision and Almalence Add SuperResolution to World’s Smallest Camera Module for Endoscopic Medical Imaging

Joint Solution Combines OmniVision’s Wafer-Level CameraCubeChip™ Technology With Almalence’s Unique SuperResolution Algorithm to Provide Highest Quality Images of Smallest Parts of Anatomy

OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, and Almalence Inc., one of the world’s leaders in computational imaging, today announced at CompaMed a joint solution that eliminates the conflict between camera size and resolution found in current medical imaging solutions. This is accomplished by dramatically increasing the resolution of images captured from the smallest parts of the anatomy during endoscopic and catheter procedures across all disciplines, such as neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, cardiology, orthopedology, gynecology and urology. The solution is based on OmniVision’s OVM6948 CameraCubeChip™—the world’s smallest fully packaged, wafer-level camera module measuring 0.65mm x 0.65mm, with a z-height of just 1.158mm. Working in partnership with OmniVision, Almalence pre-tuned its SuperResolution algorithm, which is currently the de-facto standard for smartphone cameras, effectively increasing the OVM6948’s

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