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Phone Health Alert; Hello Samsung Galaxy Note 9; Echo Hack
 

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August 13 · Issue #74 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Phone Health Alert; Hello Samsung Galaxy Note 9; Echo Hack

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Nightshift, please. Raise your hand if you check your phone multiple times a day. Keep it raised if you check it before going to bed, in the dark. Yup, we may all have a problem. Most of us know that the blue light from phones can keep us awake, but few knew that it might, under certain conditions, help accelerate eye deterioration and blindness…Hopefully, you just returned after dropping your phone and running away screaming… There is some good news here, most modern phone operating systems and hardware are now equipped with settings that lower the blue light way down. This is to help you fall asleep, but now your iPhone’s Nightshift mode might help you keep your sight, too.
Blue Light From Your Phone Can Speed Up Blindness, This Terrifying New Study Says Blue Light From Your Phone Can Speed Up Blindness, This Terrifying New Study Says
Hello, Note 9. Last week I attended the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The stylus-sporting Android phone is everything you expected it to be (big, bold, powerful and with lots of battery life). It is NOT foldable. The company also unveiled a new smart speaker, smart watch and some important new partnerships. Still, the Note 9 was the obvious star of the show. Even before the kickoff, I spent a little time with the 6.4-inch device. Think of this as an appetizer to my full review.
Hands on Samsung’s 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9 – Lance Ulanoff – Medium Hands on Samsung’s 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9 – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Echo Infiltration. Amazon’s Echo smart speaker is in millions of homes and, slowly, migrating into hotels across the U.S. It is a seriously tasty hacking target. At the Defcon underground hacking conference in Vegas researchers revealed that they’d come up with a way to turn a host of Echo’s into listening devices. Sounds bad, but the hack is so unlikely, one has to wonder why the researchers presented it. Well, there is at least one good reason. Their research uncovered a bunch of Echo vulnerabilities since cleaned up by Amazon. This report concludes that the likelihood of attack is now “small.” It did not say, “impossible.”
Elaborate hack turned Amazon Echo speakers into spies Elaborate hack turned Amazon Echo speakers into spies
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