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August 5, 2017

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

by John_A

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We have a new most-played YouTube champ and an important PSA for Game of Thrones fans.

Curious.Prosecutors claim ‘MalwareTech’ security researcher admitted writing Kronos code

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On Friday security researcher and WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins appeared in a federal courthouse in Las Vegas. The hacker was arrested by the FBI while trying to fly back home to the UK after Def Con, as they accuse him of creating the Kronos banking malware and participating in its sale. Prosecutors also tried to use Hutchins’ tweets as a reason why he should not receive bail; however, the judge deemed that he is not a flight risk. His lawyer expects to arrange bail on Monday, while some friends are setting up a crowdfunding campaign to pay for his defense.

Beware, this way there be spoilers.The next episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ leaked

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If you can’t wait through today and tomorrow to watch in HD, the next episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones is floating around online. Interestingly, this apparently may not be related to the hack and threatened leak from earlier in the week, but it’s out there all the same — now fans have to choose whether to hunt down a copy or to just try and avoid spoilers for a few more hours.

Probably easier to get than the SNES Classic.Meet the Supa RetroN HD

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Sure, with Nintendo’s SNES Classic you’ll get access to a few games, but this clone system from Hyperkin will let you plug in the old cartridges and play in 720p. Said to be coming “soon,” it doesn’t have a price or a release date, but it should be cheaper and simpler than the company’s multi-system RetroN 5.

No strings attached.Bloomberg: The next Apple Watch might not need an iPhone for data

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Since we don’t have a new iPhone rumor for the day, clearly it’s time to talk Apple Watch. A report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple’s wearable will offer a built-in LTE connection for the next version, while Daring Fireball says that it’s getting a new form factor. While it’s not yet clear what Apple plans to let people do with these mobile data connections, it’s likely that users will be able to send messages and make phone and FaceTime Audio calls without being tethered to an iPhone.

You deserve better.Back to School 2017: Home theater

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From media streamers to speakers to a handful of small- to medium-sized TVs, you have options if you want to upgrade from watching Netflix off your 13-inch laptop.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Turn your smartphone into a Game Boy with Hyperkin’s Smartboy
  • Move over Wiz Khalifa, ‘Despacito’ is now the most popular YouTube video ever
  • The exquisite art and subculture of Def Con’s (unofficial) badges
  • Bad Password: Pros weigh in on phishing the White House
  • All Apple had to do to sell iPads was make them cheaper
  • Researchers create instant hydrogen from water and aluminum

The Morning After is a new daily newsletter from Engadget designed to help you fight off FOMO. Who knows what you’ll miss if you don’t subscribe.

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