Savandi and Mansouri are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and intentional damage to a protected computer. Iran doesn't extradite to the US so the two alleged hackers are now "fugitives from American justice," the Justice Department said. The hackers alleged to have conducted cyberattacks on HBO are also from Iran. "By calling out those who threaten American systems, we expose criminals who hide behind their computer and launch attacks that threaten our public safety and national security," the FBI's executive assistant director Amy Hess said.The second generation of the Apple Pencil debuted Tuesday at Apple's "There's more in the making" event in Brooklyn. The company has redesigned the product and added a new charging method.
This is the first update to the Apple Pencil since it was introduced in 2015. For most tasks on a touchscreen, your finger is enough. But if you need more precision or just want to get a bit more creative, a stylus will let you make darker or lighter strokes in a drawing app, depending on how much pressure is applied.
The updated Apple Pencil, which uses pressure sensitivity and angle detection, adds new gesture controls that allow you to tap the sides of the pencil to switch among tools. Tap twice and you can switch your tool in the Notes app from a pencil to an eraser. The gesture controls are also customizable, allowing you to create shortcuts to difference functions.
The second-generation Apple Pencil also attaches magnetically to the side of Apple's newest iPad Pro and pairs automatically. And instead of charging via a Lightning connector, it has a new method that allows the pencil to charge wirelessly when docked to the iPad Pro. The second generation Apple Pencil is available today on Apple's website for $129, $30 more than the original Pencil. The new Pencil is not compatible with previous generations of the iPad. Apple will continue to sell the original Pencil for its older iPads. Chinese phone maker OnePlus is teaming up with automotive company McLaren to deliver a souped-up edition of its OnePlus 6T flagship.Officially unveiled today at McLaren's Technology Center in Woking, England, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition features an orange, McLaren-inspired design, 10GB of RAM and updated charging technology that promises to charge even faster than OnePlus' signature Dash Charge technology.
The phone will be available on Dec. 13 to markets in Western Europe and North America. It will then make its way to India, China and certain countries in Northern Europe afterwards. The variant will cost $699 and £649 (or AU$973 converted from USD).For the most part, the McLaren OnePlus 6T looks similar to the original 6T, but there are some subtle changes. When it catches the light at a certain angle, for example, an orange rim accents the bottom lining of the phone. On the glossy black back is a striped pattern reminiscent of the carbon-fiber material often featured on racing cars. It's the same pattern seen on the black phone case that comes bundled with the device. Lastly, the phone's charging brick and braided cable (a change from the usual silicone-coated red cord) also have accents of deep orange.
As mentioned earlier, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of RAM, which is a bump compared to the 6GB and 8GB options that's included with the original 6T.The McLaren variant also features what OnePlus brands as "Warp Charge 30." It's an updated charging technique that features 30 watts of power, and the company promises that the new phone can last a whole day with just a 20-minute charge.This isn't too unbelievable of a claim; we've already observed first-hand how efficient OnePlus' proprietary fast-charging technology is on the 6T and earlier phones. Known as Dash Charge, it promised a day's worth of power with a 30-minute charge. But check back soon with CNET after we test if Warp Charge is indeed any faster, and if the bump in RAM significantly affects the McLaren Edition's benchmarks and processing performance.
With this McLaren partnership, the new 6T does feel more luxurious than the original, and the thoughtful packaging drives this message home even further. The unique orange trim is indeed eye-catching and amusing to see at different angles. I can't imagine anyone besides McLaren fans or racing enthusiasts springing for the chance to purchase this model, but the 10GB of RAM would objectively appeal to any phone buyer regardless. Plus, at $699, this premium 6T edition still manages to come in below the starting price of the regular iPhone XS, Pixel 3 and Galaxy S9.Besides the cosmetic tweaks and the memory and charging upgrades, however, the phone is the same as the original. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition still includes an in-screen fingerprint scanner, dual rear cameras, a 6.41-inch display and a Snapdragon 845 processor. For more info about the phone, read CNET's OnePlus 6T review.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal by the US Justice Department with unspecified crimes, prosecutors apparently inadvertently revealed in a recent court filing in an unrelated case.The disclosure (see below), made in August by Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urges the Eastern District Court of Virginia to keep the matter sealed, writing that "due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged."Dwyer went on to write that the charges would "need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter."
Assange has been holed up in a small room in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than six years to avoid extradition to the US. He initially entered the embassy to avoid extradition for a rape charge in Sweden. The country dropped that charge, but he's still facing a UK charge of skipping bail.Assange is concerned that if he leaves the embassy the US may also seek to extradite him on espionage charges. Last year, the US Justice Department was reportedly considering filing criminal charges against WikiLeaks and Assange in connection with the 2010 leak of diplomatic cables and military documents.In an emailed statement, WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson said the disclosure confirms "there is a very real risk that the United States is going to seek to prosecute Julian Assange for his publishing activities and potentially seek to extradite him."
Over the past 12 years, WikiLeaks says it's released more than 10 million secret government documents through its website. The leaks range from a video showing an American Apache helicopter in the Iraq War shooting and killing two journalists, to emails from the Democratic National Committee exposing alleged misconduct during the 2016 presidential campaign.The Justice Department under former President Barack Obama declined to press charges for revealing the sensitive secrets, concluding that WikiLeaks was working in a capacity akin to journalism. But the case was never formally closed, and the Justice Department under President Donald Trump has signaled a willingness to take another look at the case.
The passages containing Assange's name appear in a sex trafficking case that involves national security concerns. Seitu Sulayman Kokayi was charged with enticing a teenage girl to have sex with him. He was detained, according to a court filing, because he "has a substantial interest in terrorist acts" that may be related to convictions against his father-in-law.Cheeps! If you live in the metro-Detroit area and want to learn the secrets of the Cheapskate trade, come join me this Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Hazel Park Library. I'll be sharing some of my favorite money-saving tips, giving away swag and raffling off some pretty darn good prizes. Tell a friend!Meanwhile, be sure to check out Day 8 of CNET's 10 Days of Deals. It's a Mighty good item. (Click through and you'll see what I did there.) And don't forget to tune in Friday for CNET's live Best Holiday Gifts show, featuring yours truly!