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Watch the NFL’s London game at 9:30AM Eastern

Yahoo is also streaming the other London games, including the Dolphins versus the Saints on October 1st, Cardinals versus Rams on October 22nd and Browns versus Vikings on October 29th.

The web giant definitely doesn’t have a lock on NFL game streams — there’s been a fierce battle for the rights to air regular season matches. Between this and Amazon’s deal, though, there will be a surprising amount you can watch without paying for a dedicated streaming service or (gasp) a TV package.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/23/nfl-london-game-livestream/

Apple’s former GPU maker Imagination agrees to £550 million sale

Losing Apple as a customer can be rough for a supplier, as Imagination Technologies found out. In April, the UK chipmaker announced that the folks in Cupertino planned to develop their own mobile GPUs and would no longer rely on its PowerVR tech for iPhones and iPads. The A11 Bionic chip inside Apple’s new iPhone 8 series and upcoming iPhone X is the company’s first-ever self-designed GPU. While still in dispute with Apple over the breakup plans, Imagination lost over 70 percent of its value and put itself up for sale. Now, it has found a buyer in Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a China-backed fund.

Recently, Donald Trump used his presidential power to block the fund from completing a $1.3 billion buyout of a US chipmaker, Lattice Semiconductor, over security concerns. Canyon Bridge is snapping up Imagination (minus its MIPS arm, which is being sold to other investors for $65 million) for £550 million ($743 million) in a move that it says will not cut staff or move the company’s headquarters.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/23/apple-power-vr-imagination-technologies-sold/

Uber’s new chief says the company is paying for its bad rep

He admitted that it really matters what people think of the company. So, going forward, he said it’s critical “to act with integrity in everything” the company does and to learn how to be better partner to every city where it’s active. By doing so, he hopes to show that Uber isn’t just a “really great product, but a really great company that is meaningfully contributing to society.”

In its announcement, Transport for London said it didn’t reissue Uber’s license because its policies for reporting criminal offenses, as well as the way it obtains medical records and does driver checks didn’t meet its standards. The agency was also wary of Greyball, which the company used to evade known authorities by showing them fake rides or none at all. Uber denies ever using Greyball in London, but it doesn’t matter: as Khosrowshahi said, the company will have to deal with the reputation it built for itself.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/uber-bad-rep-london/

Xbox One gets third-party camera support for game streaming

Mixer, formerly known as Beam, lags far behind Twitch in popularity. For most streamers, then, this new feature will be fairly insignificant. Still, it’s a welcome addition, and one that could persuade a few extra players to try Microsoft’s streaming platform. Should that happen, it could also persuade Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and others to patch in similar support. That would help Microsoft and — were the same features to be replicated on the PlayStation 4 — Sony to close the gap between console streaming and console-streaming through-a-PC setups. Professional webcams, after all, will always best Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony’s PlayStation Camera.

If you’re part of the Mixer community, hold tight. USB webcam support is rolling out now to Insiders, and should be completed “in the coming weeks.” In a blog post, the team said it would need feedback from Xbox One owners before it’s comfortable offering the feature to everyone. “We won’t release this feature broadly until we’re confident in the experience, so the more webcams we can get testing on, the better,” Microsoft’s Josh Stein said. If you’re not an Insider already, you can always join by downloading the appropriate app from the Store on your Xbox One.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/xbox-one-usb-webcams-mixer-streaming/

Court rules Stingray use without a warrant violates Fourth Amendment

Stingrays work by pretending to be a cell tower and once they’re brought close enough to a particular phone, that phone pings a signal off of them. The Stingray then grabs onto that signal and allows whoever’s using it to locate the phone in question. These sorts of devices are used by a number of different agencies including the FBI, ICE, the IRS as well as police officers.

The use of cell-site simulators, especially without a warrant, has come under question a few times in recent years. In 2016, a federal judge suppressed DEA evidence obtained via such a device, the first time a federal judge had done so. Last year, members of Congress called for legislation that would protect citizens’ privacy and require a warrant before Stingrays could be used by law enforcement. Two such bills were introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year.

In the ruling, the judges said, “We thus conclude that under ordinary circumstances, the use of a cell-site simulator to locate a person through his or her cellphone invades the person’s actual, legitimate, and reasonable expectation of privacy in his or her location information and is a search.” They also said, “We agree with [the defendant] that the government violated the Fourth Amendment when it deployed the cell-site simulator against him without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause.”

The ruling could affect ongoing and future cases as well as law enforcement’s use of the technology.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/21/court-stingray-without-warrant-violates-fourth-amendment/

SEC suspects hackers used stolen insider info for trading

See, EDGAR is an automated system that processes forms and other paperwork submitted by companies. Since SEC’s role is to protect and regulate the country’s stock and options exchanges, the documents it processes typically contain sensitive info that an unscrupulous individual can profit from. Clayton says authorities are still investigating the issue, but the commission believes the hackers didn’t gain unauthorized access to personally identifiable information or anything that can jeopardize its operations.

As Reuters said, the event shines a spotlight on SEC’s shortcomings when it comes to security. In July, the Government Accountability Office published a report revealing that SEC doesn’t always fully encrypt sensitive info and uses unsupported software. It also hasn’t fully implemented a system to detect intruders and doesn’t always configure its firewalls properly, which are definitely a cause for concern, since Clayton made cybersecurity his priority. Nevertheless, Clayton reiterated in his statement, that he aims to “promote effective cybersecurity practices within the Commission itself and with respect to the markets and market participants it oversees.”

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/21/sec-hack-insider-trading/