First American security flaw leaked 885 million real estate documents

Due to the nature of its business, those files include a variety of sensitive information, including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts and drivers license images. Ben Shoval, the real estate developer who discovered the vulnerability and who told Krebs about the issue, also said that small business clients might’ve even given First American access to internal documents.

After Shoval contacted Krebs about the issue earlier this week, the security researcher confirmed that the company’s website was returning documents simply by changing digits in the URL. First American ultimately switched off the part of its website that served those files by around 2PM on May 24th. Krebs clarified however, that he has no information suggesting the exposed files were harvested. It’s also unclear when the vulnerability first showed up, though Krebs discovered that it’s been around since at least March [...]  read more

Huawei is banned from using SD cards in future devices

The SD Association confirmed to Engadget that Huawei was dropped from the trade group in order to comply with recent orders from the US Department of Commerce. Last week, the government agency placed Huawei and 70 of its affiliate companies on its “Entity List,” a decision that signifies the government believes Huawei may be undermining American interests. It also makes the company ineligible to receive items or funding without government approval. That, in addition to the executive order signed by President Trump that bans the sale and use of telecommunications equipment from companies that pose “unacceptable” risks to national security, has placed Huawei in a significant bind.

Huawei told Android Authority that its customers will be able to continue purchasing and using SD and microSD cards with its products for the time being. It’s not clear how the move will [...]  read more

Anna Kendrick will star in ‘Love Life’ for WarnerMedia streaming

Love Life is one of the first original shows for WarnerMedia streaming. The service will launch in the fourth quarter of 2019 with an invitation-only beta version, and officially debut in early 2020. There’s no date set for the launch of Love Life.

Warner is entering a crowded streaming market with entrenched players like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and now, Disney’s streaming service. While HBO’s Game of Thrones and Veep just wrapped, Warner owns a huge library of shows from HBO, TNT, TBS, CNN, Adult Swim and other channels. And to entice viewers, it may give offer perks like letting sneak peaks of shows before they air on cable. There’s still no word on price, but we know there will be [...]  read more

Lyft’s low-cost Shared Saver rides come to six more US cities

The choice was previously available only in Denver, New York City and San Jose.

As before, there’s a few motivations behind Shared Saver’s existence. Lower costs could entice more people to use Lyft, of course, but this also encourages greater use the company’s bikes and scooters. There’s also the simple matter of flexibility. This lets you see more of the city (and get in some very light exercise) without having to walk long distances.

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Fujifilm launches the groundbreaking 102-megapixel mirrorless GFX100

Other features include a tilting rear touch display, 5.76 million dot interchangeable EVF, dual UHS-II card slots and dual batteries. The focal plane shutter has springs to reduce shutter shock that can result in blurry images.

You’ll be able to capture 16-bit RAW images, making it easy to draw detail out of shadows and highlights. All of Fujifilm’s usual filters, like Velvia, Eterna Cinema and Monochrome are available.The GFX100 also has a new “Smooth Skin Effect” function to flatter your portrait subjects without the need for any post-processing.

The GFX100 is weather sealed “to ensure an exceptionally high level of dust and moisture resistance,” Fujifilm said. While it’s obviously not small, it’s about the size of a full-frame DSLR and weighs about 3 pounds including two batteries, a memory card and the EVF.

You’re probably now bracing for the price, and rightfully so, as the Fujifilm GFX100 costs $10,000 without a lens. That’s [...]  read more

Atari shows off joystick and controller for its retro VCS console

According to Atari, the Classic Joystick is “designed to capture the spirit and functionality” of the CX40, but it now has Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The center stick is fully digital, and its default settings map to the D-pad on contemporary gamepad controllers. It also rotates so you can play games like Pong, Breakout and Night Driver, which were previously better suited for Paddle Controllers. The team also added a rumble feature and swapped the red lights for orange.

The Classic Joystick brings a few changes to the “fire” button, too. For starters, you’ll notice a second trigger button placed on the corner of the unit body. You’ll be able to tap it with a finger, on either the right or left side, and it will work more like a front bumper button on a modern gamepad. Atari made the design decision to be more ergonomic and to spare gamers’ thumbs.

The team introduced fewer changes to the VCS Modern Controller, sticking to the widely-accepted [...]  read more

Bosch’s reworked automotive sensors can help control flying taxis

Bosch sees its box as a universal control unit. The package includes dozens of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors, and the company says it will fit in any flying vehicle. While acceleration sensors will measure the aircraft’s movement, yaw-rate sensors can measure its angle of attack. Magnetic field sensors will gauge its compass heading, and pressure sensors will use barometric pressure to calculate altitude and vehicle speed.

According to Bosch, the box is a fraction of the cost compared to current aerospace sensors — though the company didn’t reveal a price. And while it hasn’t disclose any flying taxi partners, in a press release, Bosch said, “we aim to make civil aviation with flying taxis affordable for a wide range of providers.”

A few years ago, Bosch teamed up with Daimler to create self-driving taxis in San Jose[...]  read more

Comcast is working on a health-focused motion sensor (updated)

Comcast would pitch it to seniors, people with disabilities and others who have health concerns but want to remain independent. The cable giant has reportedly talked to multiple large hospitals about using the devices to reduce the chances of patients coming back.

As it is, you could be waiting a while before you see one. Test runs would start before the end of 2019, while the official release would have to wait until 2020 or later. There’s no pricing at this stage.

Update 5/21/19 2:28PM ET: This post has been updated with info from Comcast, including details that the device isn’t a smart speaker, but rather a motion sensor design solely to monitor health and wellbeing.

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AMC cancels sci-fi robot drama ‘Humans’

The plight of Humans shows the challenges facing even excellent content in the age of streaming and prestige dramas. Vulture noted that it “was the best robot show on TV,” taking a jab at the much slicker Westworld. That’s because it focused on the same issues, but “offer[ed] a more realistic sneak preview of what life [with AI] might actually look and feel like.” In our own Engadget review, Devindra Hardawar said that the death of human expertise and other conflicts are “practically indistinguishable from the issues we’re facing today.”

The show (starring Gemma Chan from Crazy Rich Asians and Captain Marvel) saw a ratings drop from season two to three, but no more so than other AMC shows that were renewed. Rather, it just seems that there are too many good shows for the number of viewers, leaving interesting but less flashy programs [...]  read more

Some Pixel 3a phones are randomly shutting down

It’s not clear what exactly is causing the issues that users are experiencing. According to reports, it is affecting both the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, but there is no indication of what triggers the problem. It doesn’t appear to be limited to a single carrier. One user attempted rebooting their phone in safe mode to make sure no third-party applications were at fault and still experienced the shutdown, suggesting that it may be a Google-related software issue.

This is far from the first time Google’s Pixel lineup has suffered from a significant issue. The company’s original Pixel phones were plagued by microphone problems that eventually led to a lawsuit from device owners. Last year, shortly after the launch of the Pixel 3, users reported that the phone wasn’t [...]  read more