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Google Android devices transmit telemetry data while idle, even when users have opted out, according to study conducted earlier this year by Trinity College Dublin computer scientist Douglas Leith.

Handset vendors like Samsung that install proprietary versions of Android on their devices have the opportunity to offer better privacy. But they too gather data without giving users much choice in the matter, the study found.

In a paper PDF] published on Monday, Leith and Dr Paul Patras and Haoyu Liu, both with the University of Edinburgh, examined the data sent by pre-installed system apps in the Android variants installed on Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, Realme, LineageOS and /e/OS handsets in Europe.

These include the GApps package (Google Play Services, Google Play store, Google Maps, Youtube, etc.), and system apps that handset vendors install from the likes of Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

The boffins from Trinity and Edinburgh universities found that, with the exception of /e/OS, "even when minimally configured and the handset is idle these vendor-customized Android variants transmit substantial amounts of information to the OS developer and also to third-parties."

And, they claim, there's no way to opt-out of this data collection.

LineageOS is an open source Android distribution and /e/OS is a fork of LineageOS and Android by French entrepreneur Gaël Duval that's primarily notable for being "Google free."

The Android OS variants from Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Realme (Oppo) "all transmit a substantial volume of data to the OS developer (i.e. Samsung etc) and to third-party parties that have pre-installed system apps (including Google, Microsoft, Heytap, LinkedIn, Facebook)," the study says.

LineageOS, though distinct from Google's version of Android, sent a similar amount of data to Google, the researchers found, but they didn't observe data going to LineageOS developers or to pre-installed system apps aside from those operated by Google.

/e/OS, according to the boffins, sends no data to Google or third-parties and basically no information to /e/OS developers.

While Leith's research from April showed that Android and iOS devices were found transmitting data like IMEI number, hardware serial number, SIM serial number, phone number, device ids (UDID, Ad ID, RDID, etc), location, telemetry, cookies, local IP address, device Wi-Fi MAC address, handset Bluetooth UniqueChipID, the Secure Element ID (for Apple Pay), and the Wi-Fi MAC addresses of nearby devices, these vendor-customized versions of Android are even more chatty.

The researchers note that Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme and Google all collect hardware device identifiers as well as identifiers that are resettable, ostensibly as a form of privacy protection.

"This means that when a user resets an identifier the new identifier value can be trivially re-linked back to the same device," they explain in their paper. "This largely undermines the use of user-resettable advertising identifiers."

They further note that multiple parties collect data from each handset, which makes it possible to cross-link the data each party has collected. For example, on the Samsung handset tested, the Google Advertising ID was sent to Samsung servers and several Samsung system apps rely on Google Analytics and Microsoft's OneDrive system app relies on Google's push service.

Similarly concerning is the way some of these vendors collect user interactions. For example, the Xiaomi handset's system app "" transmits the details of when app screens were viewed by the Xiaomi user, giving Xiaomi a picture of the timing of user phone calls. And this data gets sent outside of Europe to servers in Singapore.

Microsoft's Swiftkey keyboard on the Huawei handset does similar usage logging.

What's more, all of the handset makers, again with the exception of /e/OS, collect a list of all the apps installed on a handset, which isn't ideal if the app reflects sensitive or controversial interests.

"I think we have completely missed the massive and ongoing data collection by our phones, for which there is no opt out," said Leith in a statement. "We’ve been too focused on web cookies and on badly-behaved apps."

Leith said he hopes the research will help alert the public and lawmakers that action needs to be taken to give people control over the data leaving their phones.

We asked Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Realme, and the e.Foundation for comment but we've not heard back. When The Register asked Google for comment about Leith's related study in April, a company spokesperson suggested phones are supposed to phone home with telemetry data, like modern cars do, to ensure everything is working properly.

This latest study by Leith, Patras, and Liu however argues what these vendor versions of Android are doing goes beyond telemetry that's necessary for phone maintenance.

"Although occasional data transmission to the OS developer to check for updates, etc. is to be expected, as we will see the observed data transmission by the Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, Realme and LineageOS Android variants goes well beyond this," the study says.

It also points to /e/OS as an example of privacy done right. "We find that /e/OS collects essentially no data and in that sense is by far the most private of the Android OS variants studied," the study says. ®

The beleaguered .NET Foundation has apologised, again, and reversed one of the policies that saw its members revolt.

The Foundation's had a tricky few weeks, after a board member resigned and complained the reasons for doing so were misrepresented. Members have also complained the organisation had made unauthorised changes to projects, and about the decision to move projects to a GitHub account the Foundation controlled without advance notice. Foundation executive director Claire Novotny stepped down as the controversies swirled.

The apology came in a GitHub late Tuesday post from new board member Rob Prouse, who opened by stating "Around a year ago, the .NET Foundation added a large chunk of the member project’s GitHub organizations to the foundation's GitHub Enterprise account."

Samsung has announced it's fired up mass production of DDR5 DRAM built using five-layer extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV).

The Korean giant debuted its EUV-etched DDR in March 2020, but offered only DDR4 built with a four-layer process and promised DDR5 sometime in 2021. In March 2021 the company delivered, by showing off some DDR5 DIMMs it had prepped for use with the Compute Express Link (CXL) – but did so without detailing the memory's specs.

The Chaebol's not improved much with its latest announcement, which tells us that the 14nm EUV process employed to make DDR5 DRAM uses five EUV layers and "has achieved the highest bit density while enhancing the overall wafer productivity by approximately 20 per cent". The extra layer matters because each layer of a chip contains transistors, so each additional layer brings with it higher density.

NASA’s Lucy spacecraft is set to embark on its 12-year tour, traveling almost four billion miles, to visit eight asteroids near Jupiter during its mission to reveal the Solar System’s origins.

The 14-meter probe is due to launch on Friday 16 October at 0934 (UTC) atop Lockheed Martin’s Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The $981m mission is the first of its kind; no asteroid mission has ever ventured beyond the large asteroid belt, a region containing millions of space rocks between Mars and Jupiter.

Lucy will flyby a Main Belt object and then go on to study seven Trojans, asteroids that share the same orbit as Jupiter by its interaction with the Sun's gravity. These are remnants of the Solar System's early materials and may include a surprise moon.

LG Electronics will pay a minimum of $1.9bn to General Motors after defective batteries it supplied for the car maker's Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles caused car fires.

The payment is related "to manufacturing defects in battery modules supplied by LG," GM said in a statement.

The most recent recall was related to two manufacturing defects in batteries that posed fire hazards. GM recalled of Bolt EV models from 2017-2022 and the latest 2022 model of the Bolt EUV. The two manufacturing defects, a torn anode and a folded separator, were in the same battery cell.

Microsoft's October Patch Tuesday has arrived with fixes for 71 new CVEs, two patch revisions to address bugs from previous months that just won't die, and three CVEs tied to OpenSSL flaws. That's in addition to eight Edge-Chromium CVEs dealt with earlier this month.

Two of the fresh bugs are rated Critical, 68 are designated Important, and one is rated Low severity.

Four among the overall October harvest have been publicly disclosed, including one from July, an Azure AD security feature bypass vulnerability (CVE-2021-33781). The other holdover from September is CVE-2021-38624, a Windows key storage provider security feature bypass flaw.

Interview Konstantin Gizdov, an IT professional, was locked out of his Microsoft account by a bug in the company's Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), but says support refused to acknowledge the bug or recover his account.

Gizdov is founder of KGE Consultancy Ltd in Edinburgh and an Arch Linux Trusted User.

His problems began when he received an email informing him that his Microsoft account had been renamed. "I immediately clicked on the 'That was not me' button," he said in a post, after which he managed to contact support.

Sponsored It is easy to spend a lot of time thinking about the compute and interconnect in any kind of high performance computing workload – and hard not to spend just as much time thinking about the storage supporting that workload. It is particularly important to think about the type and volume of the data that will feed into these applications because this, more than any other factor, will determine the success or failure of that workload in meeting the needs of the organization.

It is in vogue these days to have a “cloud first” mentality when it comes to IT infrastructure, but what organizations really need is a “data first” attitude and then realize that cloud is just a deployment model with a pricing scheme and – perhaps – a deeper pool of resources than many organizations are accustomed to. But those deep pools come at a cost. It is fairly cheap to move data into clouds or generate it there and keep it there; however, it can be exorbitantly expensive to move data from a cloud so it can be used elsewhere.

The new classes of HPC applications, such as machine learning training and data analytics running at scale, tend to feed on or create large datasets, so it is important to have this data first attitude as the system is being architected. The one thing you don’t want to do is find out somewhere between proof of concept and production that you have the wrong storage – or worse yet, find out that your storage can’t keep up with the data as a new workload rolls into production and is a wild success.

AI chip startups are thinking more about bang-for-the-buck on their processors amid a historic semiconductor shortage and rising prices of silicon.

Billions of dollars have been poured into AI startups, and the talking point has mostly been about performance. As training models in AI demand more computing resources, the emphasis is shifting to the cost of computing on their chips.

The performance-per-dollar on AI chips has "become very important," Naveen Rao, whose AI chip company Nervana Systems was acquired by Intel for $350m in 2016, told The Register. Rao previously ran the AI product group at Intel and quit last year.

Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch has responded to last week's breach of its source code by increasing bug bounty pay-outs from $3,000 to $5,000, sources have told The Register.

The paltry sum was announced to people signed up to Twitch's bug bounty platform, provided by "crowdsourced cybersecurity" firm Bugcrowd. An email seen by The Register detailed the increase in "base payouts" to members of the scheme last week.

The missive said Twitch was "expanding our scope to capture additional submissions," adding: "We'll be working hard with our Bugcrowd triage team to ensure that legitimate submissions are marked as in scope."

If you're using an iPhone, install the iOS 15.0.2 update immediately: Apple has warned that the latest OS upgrade patches an "actively exploited" zero-day.

Described as a "memory corruption issue" by Apple, the vuln is present within the IOMobileFrameBuffer kernel extension, used for managing display memory. Malicious applications are said to be capable of triggering an integer overflow in the framebuffer, permitting execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges.

The bug, publicly tracked as CVE-2021-30883, has not yet been published in full although technical descriptions and proofs of concept are already circulating on security-focused areas of the web.

A group of footballers – soccer players for US readers – are set to launch legal action over what they consider to be the unauthorised use of their personal and performance data.

Industry advisor Global Sports Data and Technology Group, which is backing the group of leather ball kickers, has initially identified 17 major betting, entertainment and data collection firms it believes to be in breach, according to the BBC.

The group is led by former Cardiff City, Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade, who said even a player from the lower-league clubs might have 7,000 pieces of information about them traded on an open market. It is alleged that more than 150 organisations may have misused the data.

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Waiver Wire Watch: Week 6

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Recommendations are based on a PPR-scoring, four-point passing touchdown, 12-team league, with roster percentages coming from Yahoo. Typically, we will not be writing up players who are rostered in over 50% of leagues. We may include them on the lists, though, as a friendly reminder to scan your waiver wire for those names. Free agent budget recommendations are based on a standard $100 budget for the season. I try to mention when a player is a better streaming play (short-term/one-week starter) versus a long-term addition. Lastly, the great John Paulsen will edit this article every week and adjust rankings (and prices, starting next week), if necessary. Essentially, you’re getting two minds collaborating on this piece instead of one, so lucky you.

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Players to Cut: Week 6 (2021 Fantasy Football)

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The NFL is never short on storylines and we have the first head coaching change of the year this week. Jon Gruden was not able to survive his email scandal and he is no longer the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I am not going to get into the specifics of the scandal, that does not matter from a fantasy perspective. What does matter is the head coaching change, as Rich Bisaccia takes over as the interim head coach.

Coaching changes can be significant in fantasy football, because Bisaccia may have plays that he prefers to dial up that Gruden did not want to call. A change in offensive philosophy can change the run to pass ratio. It can change whether the offense focuses more on short passes or it is more vertical, which can change the target share. All of that can impact what players are fantasy relevant and which players are no longer valuable enough to roster in fantasy. It is too early to tell what this change will do for the Raiders offense, but it is a situation to monitor in the next couple of weeks.

Also, this week we have our first bye weeks of the year. The Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers will be the first four teams of the year to take their bye week. That will shorten the pool of available players and fantasy managers will have to start players that would normally be on the bench and take a chance on some players they wish they could leave on the waiver wire.

Here are some players that I would consider cutting as we head into Week 6. Even with the bye weeks upon us, these players are starting to make less and less sense for fantasy managers this season.

Mark Ingram finally saw a healthy number of carries with 16 carries, but he turned that into only 41 yards. David Johnson chipped in with two carries for five yards, but he also added six targets, five receptions, and 45 yards. That left Lindsay with no work in the passing game and five carries for 19 yards in the running game. I would not roster any of the Texans’ backs, but if they are playing in a competitive game script, Ingram is capable of seeing 15-18 carries and Johnson does see the most targets in the passing game. Lindsay seems to be the change of pace for Ingram at this point, which makes him completely useless in fantasy leagues. Despite that fact, he is still rostered in 20 percent of leagues and 23.1 of leagues. He should be rostered in zero leagues if he continues to be the third back in the offense.

The Jets do not throw the ball much no matter what the score is in the game and when they do, they look for Corey Davis and Braxton Berrios. Davis leads the way with 36 targets and Berrios is next with 23 targets. Moore has 20 targets and Jamison Crowder is quickly overtaking Moore as Crowder has 15 targets in the last two games or almost as many as Moore has on the season. Moore just does not see enough looks in one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL to justify being rostered in 20 percent of leagues and 19.9 percent of leagues. He should be on the waiver wire at this point.

Reagor has been reduced to a possession receiver with his 25 targets, 17 receptions, 140 yards, 8.2 yards per catch, and one touchdown. His longest pass play is 24 yards. He has not scored a touchdown since Week 1 and he has failed to eclipse 25 yards in three of his four games since. A possession receiver that produces so few yards per catch and is not targeted a ton makes little sense in fantasy football. Reagor would need to see an increase in targets or be more of a red zone threat to have fantasy relevance.

In deeper leagues, you can hang onto Jones and hope that he continues to progress and closes the season on a tear. In a shallow league, that is more problematic. Jones is a game manager with very underwhelming fantasy numbers. Even with the bye weeks starting this week, it would be hard for me to roster Jones in a shallow league. There are probably better fantasy options on the waiver wire, even if Jones is doing well as a NFL quarterback.

This backfield is about to become more crowded. Jeff Wilson eligible to return from the IR in Week 8, which means another back could be introduced to this mix. Sermon has not lived up to the role that people thought he would have in the preseason. He has been a healthy scratch and he has had two games with a single carry. In a deeper league, the 49ers backfield is too good to not keep Sermon. In a shallower league, he has a bye week coming up and no defined role. It may not make sense to hold him in that situation, depending on what is out there on the waiver wire.

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The weapon looks like it could be the purported hypersonic missile tested late last month, experts said.

At Monday's event, Kim Jong Un vowed to build an "invincible military" to fend off US hostility.

North Korea gave observers a good look at what appears to be a new hypersonic missile at an event Monday celebrating the country's defense capabilities, an event where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he would build an "invincible military" defend itself against US hostility.

Surrounded by various weaponry, Kim said at the Self-Defense 2021 exhibition in Pyongyang that North Korea is "not discussing war with anyone" but aims to "prevent war itself and to literally increase war deterrence for the protection of national sovereignty."

During the big defense event, the North Korean leader reviewed various missile systems, including intercontinental ballistic missiles theoretically able to reach the continental US. Some systems have been tested, while others have only been displayed at military events.

Among the North Korean weapon systems presented at the exhibition and displayed in state-run media reporting on the event is what experts said appears to be the hypersonic missile that North Korea claims to have tested last month - the Hwasong-8.

-Dr. Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) October 12, 2021

North Korea announced in late September that it had test-fired a new hypersonic missile. At the time, state media reported on the test, noting evaluations of the "detached hypersonic gliding warhead." There was only one photo from the test, and it was simply a silhouette of the missile.

-William Gallo (@GalloVOA) September 28, 2021

Footage from Monday's exhibition offered multiple views of the new weapon.

-Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 12, 2021

-Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 12, 2021

"That looks like the same glider they tested last month," Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, told Insider, pointing out that "we can now see its shape more clearly. It's not a cone but rather a winged body with a flat bottom."

He added that the concept seems similar to the DF-17 that China unveiled in 2019 at a military parade marking the country's National Day.

In both cases, the weapon design features a ballistic missile carrying a boost-glide vehicle on a transporter-erector launcher.

The rocket gets the hypersonic glide vehicle up to speed (at least Mach 5) before it detaches, moving along an unpredictable flight path that makes it harder to intercept as it rushes toward its final destination.

For North Korea, while it is clear that it is now in the competition to develop new hypersonic missiles, a competition that involves powerful countries like China, Russia, and the US, it is difficult to know where they are in the development process or how the system performs.

Ankit Panda, a North Korea expert and a Stanton Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, explained to Insider that "it certainly looks like what we'd expect a notional hypersonic glider to look like." But, he said, "that tells us little about the materials it's made from or its real-world aerodynamic performance."

South Korean military leaders said after last month's missile test that "it appears to be at an early stage of development that would require considerable time for actual deployment."

Panda said that while the weapons technology on display is noteworthy, "the bigger picture here is that this event was a full-scale celebration of North Korea's defense scientists and technicians right as the new military modernization campaign spins up."

"Kim's trying to ensure that this community is full-on morale, especially while the broader economic picture in the country looks quite dire."

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China's military said on Monday it had carried out beach landing and assault drills in the province directly across the sea from Taiwan, though it did not link the exercises to current tensions with Taipei. Democratically ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has complained of stepped-up military and political pressure from Beijing to force it to accept Chinese rule, including massed air force incursions into Taiwan's air defence identification zone. The official People's Liberation Army Daily newspaper, in a brief report on its Weibo microblogging account, said the drills had been carried out "in recent days" in the southern part of Fujian province.

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Kim Jong Un has taken seven breaks, each lasting two weeks or more, in 2021 alone, NK News reported. Some experts have speculated that he was unwell.

The Pentagon wants defense contractors to cut the ultimate cost of hypersonic weapons, the head of research and development said on Tuesday, as the next generation of super-fast missiles being developed currently cost tens of millions per unit. "We need to figure out how to drive towards more affordable hypersonics," Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu told reporters at the Association of United States Army conference in Washington. Currently, the U.S. uses cruise missiles which are mature technologies costing less than $5 million per unit to strike deep into enemy territory.

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Standing beside North Korea's largest missiles, leader Kim Jong Un said his country's weapons development is necessary in the face of hostile policies from the United States and a military buildup in South Korea, state media said on Tuesday. Pyongyang was only increasing its military in self-defence and not to start a war, Kim told a defence exhibition on Monday, North Korea's official KCNA news agency reported. Kim made his remarks standing next to a variety of weapons, including the country's intercontinental ballistic missiles, the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun showed.

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A Marine facing a court martial hearing Thursday will plead guilty to some charges as part of a plea bargain in order to obtain a discharge that maintains some military benefits, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.Catch up quick: Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller gained notoriety at the end of August after he posted a video to social media lambasting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, per Marine Corps Times.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe f

Judges rule largely in Somalia's favour in a row over a potentially oil-rich area of the sea.

Hubble took pictures of the oldest galaxies it could – seen here – but the James Webb Space Telescope can go back much farther in time. NASASome have called NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope the “telescope that ate astronomy.” It is the most powerful space telescope ever built and a complex piece of mechanical origami that has pushed the limits of human engineering. On Dec. 18, 2021, after years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns, the telescope is scheduled to launch into orbit a

France is looking to expand its nuclear energy portfolio with the construction of a new small reactor by 2030, President Emmanuel Macron announced Tuesday.

Researchers say eggshell fragments dating back 18,000 years show humans once domesticated cassowaries, "the world's most dangerous bird." The post Prehistoric Humans Kept World’s Most Dangerous Bird as Pets appeared first on Nerdist.

Cathie Wood-led Ark Invest said on Monday Netflix Inc’s (NASDAQ: NFLX) recently launched South Korean hit series "Squid Game" could soon become the streaming giant’s most-watched series. What Happened: The popular investment management firm, citing Google Trends data, said the series is poised to soon surpass 100 million viewing households, more than the current popular series "Bridgerton’s" 82-million-households milestone during its first four weeks on the platform. Recently, Netflix co-CEO Ted

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BEIJING (Reuters) -The largest provincial economy in China's northeast rust belt on Monday warned of worsening power shortages despite government efforts to boost coal supply and manage electricity use in a post-pandemic energy crisis hitting multiple countries. The energy crisis gripping the world's second largest-economy and top exporter is expected to last through to the end of the year, with analysts and traders forecasting a 12% drop in industrial power consumption in the fourth quarter because coal supply is expected to fall short this winter. Liaoning province issued its second-highest alert level for power shortages for the fifth time in two weeks on Monday, warning that the shortfall could reach nearly 5 gigawatts (GW).

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