Apple Is Working on iPad Upgrades and Refreshed Mac Lineup

Apple Inc. is developing new features for the iPad to cater to professional users, along with new Mac laptops and desktops, according to people familiar with the matter.

Upcoming software upgrades for the iPad include wider operating-system support for Apple’s stylus accessory, while hardware performance improvements are also in development, according to the people. The refreshed Mac hardware line includes new versions of the iMac desktop, MacBook Air laptop, and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro laptop.

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FBI detects breaches in US state voting systems

US intelligence officials have become increasingly worried that hackers sponsored by Russia or other countries may attempt to disrupt the presidential election.

The FBI is urging US election officials to increase computer security after it uncovered evidence that hackers have targeted two state election databases in recent weeks, according to a confidential advisory.

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Korean Supreme Court rules ex-Samsung employee leukemia cases not work related

South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled against families of ex-Samsung employees who filed suit against the nation’s welfare asking for compensation for work-related injuries.

The Supreme Court of South Korea has ruled against families of ex-Samsung employees who died from leukemia who requested compensation for work-related injuries.

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21 reported dead as shallow 6.2 quake shakes Rome, devastates towns in central Italy

Rescuers carry a person on a stretcher following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. © Remo Casilli

A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks has rocked central Italy. Strong tremors were felt in the country’s capital, Rome, and several small towns and villages have been seriously damaged with at least 21 people reportedly killed.

The quake hit at 01:36 GMT with an epicenter 76 kilometers southeast of the city of Perugia, the US Geological Survey reported.

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Imagine what would happen if ‘Voice of America’ tweeted #CorruptPutin’

Michael McFaul explains how Russia became a major theme in the US presidential race

Russia has become one of the major themes of this year’s presidential contest in the United States. While questions about domestic policy typically dominate the race to the White House, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the biggest media outlets in the US have regularly focused on Vladimir Putin, the annexation of Crimea, and various acts by Russian intelligence agencies. At Meduza‘s request, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul explains Moscow’s unexpected role in the presidential election.

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The Biden Doctrine

Has the vice president made a lasting contribution in foreign policy?

Joe Biden is now the vice president who will not be president. He’s been VP for seven and a half years, preceded by decades of work on U.S. foreign policy in the Senate, but the question remains whether he is distinctive in any memorable way for his work in international affairs. Was he simply a glad-handing flack pushing the Obama agenda, a manic schmoozer of foreign leaders? A gaffe-prone foreign-policy dilettante who, in the long run, won’t matter?

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AP: Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with Hillary Clinton at State Department

The Clinton campaign responded to AP investigation that found that 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million to the Foundation while she was secretary of state

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More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

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NVIDIA’s made-for-autonomous-cars CPU is freaking powerful

“Parker, take the wheel.”

NVIDIA debuted its Drive PX2 in-car supercomputer at CES in January, and now the company is showing off the Parker system on a chip powering it. The 256-core processor boasts up to 1.5 teraflops of juice for “deep learning-based self-driving AI cockpit systems,” according to a post on NVIDIA’s blog. That’s in addition to 24 trillion deep learning operations per second it can churn out, too. For a perhaps more familiar touchpoint, NVIDIA says that Parker can also decode and encode 4K video streams running at 60FPS — no easy feat on its own.

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France, Germany push for access to encrypted messages after wave of terror attacks

But it conflicts with a recent review of EU privacy rules, which concluded that the use of encryption should be encouraged.

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France and Germany are to ask the EU for new powers that could see state intelligence agencies compel makers of mobile messaging services to turn over encrypted content.

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