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October 4, 2017

The Morning After: Wednesday, October 4th 2017

by John_A

We’re just a few hours away from meeting Google’s new Pixels — check the liveblog here at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT. Until then, catch up on all the other news, including Tesla’s big-rig leak, and the bad news about Yahoo’s 2013 security breach.

And ‘Halo Recruit’ is coming to mixed reality.
Samsung shows off its Windows Mixed Reality headset

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Microsoft had big news to reveal about its “mixed reality” efforts, including Samsung’s $499 HMD Odyssey headset, which comes with high-quality headphones and an impressive AMOLED screen. To make the most of that picture quality when the next Windows update arrives, gamers may want to check out Halo Recruit. It’s a new arcade experience built just for VR and yes, we tried it.

Gotta start somewhere.
How Google’s smartphones have evolved since 2007

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Before we see the new Google smartphones, let’s take a look back at what came before. Chris Velazco recaps the company’s mobile history, from Sooner to G1 to Nexus and everything in between. Remember when phones had trackballs?

Quick update.
Yahoo’s 2013 hack impacted all three billion accounts

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Remember last year, when Yahoo announced that in 2013 hackers stole a ton of info from one billion user accounts? Verizon announced that after further investigation it has revised that number — turns out hackers snagged info from all three billion accounts that existed at the time.

Can TouchID read a green thumb?
The Grow planter is the ultimate no-fuss gardening kit

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For $200, Grow is offering a connected planter, soil and even seeds. This system is meant to be outdoors and should make growing your own salads easy, by letting its app and sensors monitor water levels, light, humidity and temperature, so you know just what to do.

RIPFormer Intel CEO Paul Otellini has passed away at 66

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Paul Otellini, Intel’s previous CEO, died in his sleep on Monday. Otellini served as Intel’s fifth chief executive from 2005 through 2013 and leaves behind a legacy of the company’s dominance in x86 processors.

The dog ate it.
Former Equifax CEO blames breach on one IT employee

Now-former Equifax CEO Richard Smith spoke to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and explained how his company leaked all that info. A technician didn’t apply a patch, and an automated scan missed the vulnerability. And now the social security numbers for 145 million people are out there forever.

But wait, there’s more…

  • Tesla’s electric big rig spotted in the wild
  • ‘Overwatch’ Halloween bash begins on October 10th
  • North Korea now has a second internet link through Russia
  • A hyperloop route may zip between Kansas City and St. Louis
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