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U.S. will require registration process for drones

Hobbyists and companies alike are trying out drones for fun and commercial purposes, and as the sky starts to get crowded there is a growing cry to regulate the remote-controlled aircraft. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation on Monday said it would form a task force that will come up with a registration process for drones by Nov. 20.

The task force will be composed of 25 to 30 representatives of drone and airplane manufacturers, federal officials and other interested parties. Companies including Google and Amazon have been experimenting with drones, officially called “unmanned aircraft systems,” (UAS) for product delivery.

Judging from the language in the Transportation Department’s announcement, hobbyists flying what could be considered toy drones may escape registration requirements: “The group will advise the Department on which aircraft should be exempt from registration due to low safety risk, including toys and certain other small UAS.”

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Source: PC Weekly

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Magento sites targeted by Neutrino exploit kit

Some websites running the e-commerce platform Magento appear to have been infected with code that directs victims to the Neutrino exploit kit.

It’s not exactly clear how the Magento sites were infected, wrote Denis Sinegubko, a senior malware researcher with Sucuri, a Delware-based security company.

“At this point, we can suspect that it was some vulnerability in Magento or one of the third-party extensions that allowed it to infect thousands of sites within a short time,” he wrote.

The Magento sites are rigged to pull content into an iframe from a domain which has been blacklisted by Google, Sinegubko wrote.

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Windows 10 Build 10565 will let you send texts using Cortana

Windows 10 Build 10565, currently seeded to Windows Insider testers, contains a bevy of new features and enhancements—one of which is a way to make it easier to message your friends. 

According to WInBeta, the new build will give Cortana the ability to send text messages via SMS. You can send texts either by speaking them to Cortana on your PC or by typing them, and judging from WInBeta’s accompanying video, it seems easy enough to do.

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Report: US Government will require drone owners to register

The days of largely unregulated hobbyist drone flights in the United States seem to be quickly coming to an end. NBC News reported Friday evening that the US Government will soon require all drone buyers to register their new toy—just as you would register your car with your state’s DMV (though hopefully, without the lines).

According to NBC, the Government will “[require] anyone buying a drone to register the device with the U.S. Department of Transportation.” According to the report, the Government will work with drone makers to set up a registration system that could be in place by Christmas.

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Jury orders Apple to pay $234 million in iPhone chip patent case

Apple must pay $234 million in damages for infringing a patent on technology that helped to speed up the chips in some models of iPhone and iPad, a jury in Wisconsin concluded Friday.

The jury had found that Apple’s A7, A8 and A8X processors used a processing technique developed at the University of Wisconsin in violation of a patent issued in 1998. The chips were used in Apple’s iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus and some iPads.

Apple plans to appeal the verdict, according to Reuters.

WARF filed its lawsuit against Apple last year. On Tuesday, the jury found the company liable for infringement of all six patent claims made in the case, the verdict form shows. Apple had faced much higher potential damages, according to news reports.

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