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Securing DNS across all of our devices with Pi-Hole + DNS-over-HTTPS + 1.1.1.1

DNS is the protocol that makes the web work. It’s how we convert easy to remember names like facebook.com into hard to remember IP addresses like 157.240.1.35 and others. Without it, the web wouldn’t work but DNS has a problem, it’s not secure.   The Problem DNS queries are not secure, they’re sent in the clear, which means that others can see and manipulate the queries and responses. An attacker may change the IP address in a response to send you to a different server, ISPs can censor the web by blocking resolution of certain domains and they can even build a profile of the sites you visit by storing your DNS queries. DNS is not secure and whilst we have DNSSEC which fixes the integrity issue (I won’t talk about why I don’t like it), it doesn’...

Android 9.0 officially named as ‘Pie’; starts rolling out to Pixel phones

Android 9.0 ‘Pie’, which was first unveiled at Google’s annual developer conference in May, will use artificial intelligence to adapt to how you use the device   The next version of Google’s Android operating system, Android 9.0, will be called Pie. It will be initially available on Google’s Pixel phones starting today. Android 9.0 ‘Pie’, which was first unveiled at Google’s annual developer conference in May, will use artificial intelligence to adapt to how you use the device. For instance, Android will set screen brightness by studying your manual adjustments, rather than automatically switching to a certain level based on ambient light. It will use machine learning to learn to how consumers use apps in order to prioritize battery powe...

Artificial intelligence: The threat of the future

Multiple experts cited artificial intelligence as a force multiplier amplifying existing threats. Axios Future Editor Steve LeVine explains how AI creates a danger all its own: For the U.S. and China, AI is the equivalent of the Cold War arms race. The security and political apparatus in both countries view dominating the AI future as both an economic and military imperative. The reason is the nature of AI — a general-purpose technology that will spawn today-unknown industries and weapons classes. Once a country possesses a machine with human intelligence, it could have the capability to keep all rivals at bay in perpetuity. But only China has made this a national strategic goal and put enormous sums behind getting there. The U.S. has yet to take this step, instead relying on private indus...

Amazon struggles to tempt Alexa users to shop

Amazon is leaning into Alexa and betting that voice ordering is the next big retail trend — but declining market share against Google Home and Chinese competitors as well as a rare leak of Alexa numbers suggest it’s struggling to make headway. The bottom line: Fewer than 2% of Amazon Alexa users have used Alexa to buy something in 2018, the Information reports, citing company sources. That number is even lower for repeat users, with just 10% of those purchasers buying something else. The backdrop: After capturing a whopping 80% of the smart speaker market in 2017, per market research firm CB Insights, Amazon’s share slipped to 28% in 2018, as Google and Chinese . This year, Google has overtaken Amazon, and Chinese players Alibaba, Baidu and Xiaomi have also grabbed pieces of th...