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Tens of thousands of Macs around the world are infected with unknown malware

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Although news of malware infections on Macs is relatively rare, new information about nearly 30,000 Macs infected is a matter of concern due to its complex nature and lack of information available.

Researchers at Red Canary have discovered a new type of macOS malware they dubbed Silver Sparrow. The malware is strange for many reasons, the main one being that it has remained largely inactive until now. Despite the fact that it exchanges data with the command and control servers once an hour, waiting for the execution of potentially malicious binaries, Silver Sparrow has not done any harm to the infected computers at the moment.

In addition to the Intel x86_64 variant, an analog for the Apple M1 was found. Both versions contain “third-party observer binaries” that print “Hello World!” and “You did it!” Displaying such messages on the screen is not a serious problem, but potentially malware can start performing some work on request from the control servers. Red Sparrow emphasized that complex infrastructure leverages CDNs and AWS networks effectively, making it difficult to track and remove.

Another interesting fact about Silver Sparrow is that it contains self-destruct mechanisms that remove all traces of malware from infected devices. This mechanism was not observed by default on infected computers, which means that it was loaded randomly based on the fulfillment of currently unknown conditions.

Red Canary reported that as of February 17, 2021, 29,139 macOS devices were infected in 153 countries.

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Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass. Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world’s first two-way satellite smartphones

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Advanced XMAGE camera IP68 protection heavy duty Kunlun glass Huawei P60

Huawei today introduced its new flagships P60 and P60 Pro. The novelties turned out to be very interesting – in many ways they differ from the flagships of other companies.

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

The Huawei P60 features a 6.67-inch 4-sided OLED screen with a resolution of 2700 x 1200 pixels, a frame rate of 120Hz and a PWM frequency of 1440Hz. Interestingly, the Huawei P60 Pro has exactly the same display. As a result, the dimensions of both flagships are exactly the same, the difference is only in weight: the Pro version is several grams heavier. The screen is protected by ultra-strong Kunlun glass. And the phones are protected from external influences in accordance with the degree of IP68.

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones
Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

The cameras of the P60 and P60 Pro differ in that Huawei did not pursue megapixels – the maximum resolution (of the main sensor) is only 48 megapixels. This approach strongly resembles Apple’s approach to designing iPhone cameras.

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

The Huawei P60 camera is represented by three modules. The main one has a 48-megapixel sensor with an RYYB pixel layout, an F / 1.4-4.0 variable aperture lens and an optical stabilization system. The ultra wide-angle module has a 13-megapixel (RYYB) sensor and an F/2.2 lens, but no optical stabilization. Finally, the third module is responsible for 5x optical zoom, it uses a 12-megapixel sensor (RYYB) and has optical stabilization.

The first two modules of the Huawei P60 Pro are exactly the same as those of the younger model, but the module responsible for the optical zoom is different. Firstly, the resolution is higher – as much as 48 megapixels (apparently, exactly the same sensor is used here as in the main module), and secondly, there is just a huge aperture for the periscope module – F / 2.1. Therefore, pictures taken with optical zoom look as bright and saturated as pictures taken with the main camera.

This is how examples of photos taken with the Huawei P60 camera look like:

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones
Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

The parameters of the power subsystem for Huawei P60 and P60 Pro are the same: the phones received batteries with a capacity of 4815 mAh, support 88 W wired charging and 50 W wireless power.

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

The difference from the Galaxy S23 is that the P60 and P60 Pro come with an appropriate power supply, and with two ports at once: USB-A and USB-C.

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

Huawei P60 and P60 Pro became the first phones from the manufacturer with HarmonyOS 3.1 out of the box. And they are the first in the world to support two-way satellite communications: using the Chinese Beidou satellite system, you can not only send messages, but also receive them. In fact, satellite communication is already a real alternative to cellular, although there are still restrictions on sending messages and calls using satellite.

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

Advanced XMAGE camera, IP68 protection, heavy-duty Kunlun glass.  Huawei P60 and P60 Pro unveiled, world's first two-way satellite smartphones

Interestingly, Huawei has not yet declassified the P60 / P60 Pro hardware platform and did not talk about prices. We will update the news as soon as this data becomes available.

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Not only Wi-Fi 6. Samsung Galaxy A54 is the manufacturer’s first mid-budget phone with eSIM support

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Not only Wi Fi 6 Samsung Galaxy A54 is the manufacturers

After Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy A54 phone, more details about it began to emerge. We already wrote that the device was the first in its class among Samsung devices to receive Wi-Fi 6, and now it is reported that it was the first to receive eSIM as well.

Not only Wi-Fi 6. Samsung Galaxy A54 is the manufacturer's first mid-budget phone with eSIM support

Thus, the Samsung Galaxy A54 is compatible with both physical SIM cards and digital ones. More mid-range Samsung smartphones are expected to support eSIM in the future.

Recall that the Samsung Galaxy A54 is built on the proprietary Samsung Exynos 1380, equipped with a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with a frame rate of 120 Hz, a 50-megapixel camera with OIS, a 5000 mAh battery and has IP67 protection.

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The world’s first 3D-printed rocket took off on its third attempt, but never reached orbit

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The worlds first 3D printed rocket took off on its third

Relativity Space has made its third attempt at launching its 3D printed Terran R rocket. This time the rocket took to the air, which the company called a success, but it did not reach orbit: the first stage worked normally, but the second one turned on only for a short time. What happened next with the rocket is not reported, but most likely it fell.

The world's first 3D-printed rocket took off on its third attempt, but never reached orbit

The first launch of the Terran R was scheduled for March 8, but was delayed due to problems with fuel temperature. The second launch on March 11 did not take place due to problems with fuel pressure.

The world's first 3D-printed rocket took off on its third attempt, but never reached orbit

The Terran R is 33.5 meters long and 2.2 meters in diameter. Most of it is 3D printed and takes about 2 months to complete. The rocket runs on liquid oxygen and liquid natural gas. It is assumed that it will be able to launch up to 1250 kg of payload into low Earth orbit. Since it is much cheaper to manufacture than traditional rockets, it is assumed that the Terran R will be able to significantly reduce the cost of launching satellites.

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