LastPass was hacked, but it says no user data was compromised

In August, LastPass had admitted that an "unauthorized party" gained entry into its system. Any news about a password manager getting hacked can be alarming, but the company is now reassuring its users that their logins and other information weren't compromised in the event.

In his latest update about the incident, LastPass CEO Karim Toubba said that the company's investigation with cybersecurity firm Mandiant has revealed that the bad actor had internal access to its systems for four days. They were able to steal some of the password manager's source code and technical information, but their access was limited to the service's development environment that isn't connected to customers' data and encrypted vaults. Further, Toubba pointed out that LastPass has no access to users' master passwords, which are needed to decrypt their vaults.

The CEO said there's no evidence that this incident "involved any access to customer data or encrypted password vaults." They also found no evidence of unauthorized access beyond those four days and of any traces that the hacker injected the systems with malicious code. Toubba explained that the bad actor was able to infiltrate the service's systems by compromising a developer's endpoint. The hacker then impersonated the developer "once the developer had successfully authenticated using multi-factor authentication." 

Back in 2015, LastPass suffered a security breach that compromised users' email addresses, authentication hashes, password reminders and other information. A similar breach would be more devastating today, now that the service supposedly has over 33 million registered customers. While, LastPass isn't asking users to do anything to keep their data safe this time, it's always good practice not to reuse passwords and to switch on multi-factor authentication.

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Engadget Podcast: Reviewing the iPhone 14, 14 Pro and non-Ultra Apple Watches

So after all the hype last week, are the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro any good? And are the Apple Watch SE and Series 8 worth an upgrade? This week, Cherlynn chats with Devindra about her furious rush to review all of Apple’s latest gear. It turns out the iPhone 14 Pro is a pretty big step forward, but the same can’t be said for the plain 14. Also, they discuss the wider impact of removing SIM cards from this iPhone lineup, as well as the value of the Pro’s new 48MP camera.

Listen above, or subscribe on your podcast app of choice. If you've got suggestions or topics you'd like covered on the show, be sure to email us or drop a note in the comments! And be sure to check out our other podcasts, the Morning After and Engadget News!

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  • Review of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 – 2:10

  • How does the iPhone 14 series stack up against this year’s other phones? – 45:07

  • Apple Watch SE and Series 8 reviews – 48:26

  • A few thoughts on iOS 16 – 54:25

  • Northeastern University VR lab targeted by mail bomb – 56:47

  • Period tracking app Flo gets anonymous mode – 59:22

  • We finally got a trailer for the Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – 1:01:11

  • What we’re working on – 1:03:07

  • Pop culture picks – 1:07:31

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Hosts: Cherlynn Low and Devindra Hardawar
Producer: Ben Ellman
Music: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien
Livestream producers: Julio Barrientos
Graphic artists: Luke Brooks and Brian Oh

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Walmart will let you use your own photos for a virtual clothing fit check

When Walmart launched its virtual fitting room back in March, it gave you 50 models with various body types and heights to choose from. It was up to you to find the model you resemble the most, so you can see what a piece of garment would look like on you. Now, the retailer is leveling up the experience by letting you virtually try clothes on your own photos

In the company's announcement, Apparel and Private Brands EVP Denise Incandela said its virtual fitting room can show how clothes fit in a realistic way. It doesn't simply overlay images on your photos — when you choose an item to fit, you'll see the parts where shadows would fall and you'll see how the fabric would drape on your body. Theoretically, that means different sizes of the same item would look differently on your photo in the same way they'd fall differently on your body if you were trying them in real life. That's made possible with the use of algorithms and machine learning models originally used to develop accurate topographic images.

The new virtual try-on experience is available for 270,000 items across brands on Walmart's website, including Levi's and Hanes, and will continue to grow. You can't use previous photos with the feature, though: The first time you choose "yourself" as a model when you tap the "Try It On" button, you'll be prompted to take a photo of yourself wearing something form-fitting and to input your height. 

The upgraded experience is now available on Walmart's iOS app, and iOS users be able to use the photos they take on mobile when they fire up the experience on desktop or the web "shortly." The feature will roll out to Android users in the coming weeks, as well.

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GoPro’s new Hero 11 Black and Hero 11 Black Mini feature a taller sensor

GoPro’s latest Hero Black update is live on the GoPro website and the usual Hero Black is joined by a new Mini model. As expected, there’s the Hero 11 Black but along with it comes the Hero 11 Black Mini. No prizes for guessing that the Mini is a smaller version of the flagship, but how the company has implemented it is a little more interesting than perhaps the “Session” cameras of old (its spiritual predecessor).

First, let’s look at what’s new in the Hero 11 Black. Design-wise there’s no changes at all bar the different number on the side, it even uses the same colors as the 10. Inside there’s only one hardware change, and that’s a new taller sensor. The Hero 11 Black also now comes bundled with the Enduro battery as standard which was previously sold as an accessory.

Intriguingly, the flagship feature GoPro is promoting seems to be the new automatic highlight videos. The idea is, once you get back from your adventure and plug your camera in, it’ll auto upload your new footage and create a spiffy video for you automatically. It’s intriguing because this isn’t a Hero 11 feature at all, it’s something available to owners of any camera back to the Hero 5 as long as you have a GoPro subscription.

There are, of course, some hardware-specific updates that make use of that taller sensor. Not least is the jump from 23 to 27-megapixel photos and the introduction of 10-bit color. There’s also a “Full Frame” shooting mode that captures everything on the 8:7 sensor in 5.3K. The idea here being you can punch out different videos at different aspect ratios – in full resolution – after the fact.

GoPro Hero 11 Black press image.
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The second benefit of the new sensor is the addition of 360-degree horizon lock right up to 5.3K/30. This is either a practical tool to avoid lop-sided video or can be used for creative effect if your activity involves any kind of spinning – you can keep the subject level and just spin the sky, for example.

The maximum resolution stays at 5K/60 or 4K120, but along with Full Frame, you now have “HyperView” which is the whole sensor view squeezed into a 16:9 format. It’s basically the existing SuperView, just with even more pixels. It’s great for first person view shots as it really dials up the sense of action.

Night owls will find some new tools in the Time Lapse section: Vehicle Lights, Star Trails and Light Paint. The names match popular effects we’ve all seen before and now you can do them right from your GoPro straight from a preset.

As for HyperSmooth, the company’s software stabilization, that’s now in its fifth incarnation and comes with Auto Boost for those extra heavy moments. One other new menu option is the ability to switch between Pro and Easy mode. “Pro” is the current standard menu system while Easy strips out everything but the best click-and-go settings for most situations.

Perhaps the most interesting news for hardware fans is that new Mini model. It’s the exact same camera guts, just without either of the video displays. Instead there’s a limited LCD for seeing what settings are active and two buttons. The party-piece here is that the Mini has two sets of built-in mounting fingers, making it a little more versatile than its bigger sibling. The Mini is also powered by a non-removable Enduro battery.

GoPro is sticking with its funky pricing scheme which means you actually pay less if you choose to include a subscription. The Hero 11 Black keeps the $399/$500 (without a sub) price of the camera it replaces while the Mini comes in at $300/$400. The flagship goes on sale today, while the Mini will ship starting October 25.

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Zero’s DSR/X is an adventure e-motorcycle with 180 miles of range

Zero Motorcycles has unveiled its latest lineup of MY23 electric motorcycles, with the highlight being the new DSR/X adventure bike. Designed for both off-road or highway use, it delivers 100 horsepower and an impressive 166 foot-pounds of torque, providing enough power to climb steep hills or hit a top speed of 112 MPH. 

With a 17.3kWh battery (upgradeable to 20.9 kWh), the DSR/X is good for 180 miles of city range or 85 miles on the highway. The standard Level 2 charger can take it to a 95 percent charge in two hours, or you can upgrade it to a 6KW rapid charge to hit the same level in an hour. 

That’s solid for an e-motorcycle, but range is pretty crucial for adventure bikes and gas-powered models can still go much further. To that end, Zero has partnered with adventure mapping country Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) to provide a library of “attainable, achievable and available routes to follow on electric motorcycles from coast to coast,” the company said. 

Zero Motorcycle DSR/X electric motorcycle
Zero Motorcycles

The other key feature of the DSR/X is the bike’s new Cypher III+ operating system that integrates Bosch’s full Motorcycle Stability Control suite, including off-road capabilities. The system is designed to deliver traction and stability, with features like linked braking to improve modulation and “Vehicle Hold Control which provides confidence and steadiness even on the steepest slopes,” Zero wrote. 

Zero Motorcycle’s DSR/X is available in either sage green or white pearl, and is now arriving at dealerships at a base price of $24,495. The company unveiled three other MY23 SR (street-riding) models, the high-powered SR/S ($23,995) and SR/F ($23,795), both equipped with 17.3kWh batteries and fast 6.6 kW charge speeds. The SR model ($19,995) offers a 14.4kWh battery and stock 3kW charger.. 

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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 is already $200 off at Amazon

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the pinnacle of its foldable smartphone lineup, but it’s also the company’s most expensive phone at $1,800. If you’ve been eyeing one but find the price hard to stomach, there’s good news. You can already grab one for $1,600 ($200 off) at Amazon, just a few short weeks after it went on sale. And if it’s the Galaxy Z Flip 4 you’ve been eyeing, that model has a $100 discount as well. 

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Scoring a solid 86 in our Engadget review, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is better than the previous model in almost every way, thanks to a more polished design, sleeker hinge and far better battery life. It also comes with a considerably brighter screen and upgraded main and telephoto cameras. Samsung promises that the display is 45 percent more durable than before, thanks to the Gorilla Glass Victus+ and Samsung’s signature Armor Aluminum alloy body. The screen protector is also attached with stickier adhesive and a new application process to prevent bubbling. 

It has the latest tech as well, including 120Hz refresh rates on both the 7.6-inch main screen 6.2-inch 120Hz cover screen. The latter is pretty bright at 700 nits, but the main display can now hit a peak brightness of 1,000 nits. Other features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage on the sale model. As mentioned, you can grab it in Phantom Black for $1,600, for a savings of $200 or 11 percent. 

If you've been eyeing one but find the price hard to stomach, there's good news.
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If you’d have the foldable experience in a much smaller device, Samsung’s Galaxy Flip 4 is also on sale for $900, or $100 off the regular price. It’s also more refined than the previous model with a less slippery matt finish, an improved hinge and more. It comes with a 6.7-inch 120Hz panel, along with a 1.9-inch cover display that shows notifications, clock faces and more, along with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you’re interested in either model, it’s best to act soon as the sale won’t last forever. 

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The ‘Elden Ring’ soundtrack is now available on music streaming services

In addition to being one of the best games of the year, FromSoftware’s Elden Ring features an absolute treat of a soundtrack. Tsukasa Saitoh, Shoi Miyazawa, Yuka Kitamura, Yoshimi Kudo and Tai Tomisawa crafted an orchestral score that pays homage to the studio’s past while offering something new, and now you can listen to their work without booting up the game.

Publisher Bandai Namco has uploaded Elden Ring's entire 67-track score to nearly every streaming service out there. Among other platforms, you can listen to the soundtrack on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal and YouTube Music. If you still buy albums, it's also available through iTunes.  

As is so often the case with From’s games, the songs that play during boss battles are among the most memorable. I had to stop myself from gritting my teeth after Malenia’s theme came on. Thankfully, the more ambient tracks, including "Limgrave," are there to balance things out. Bandai Namco also released an all-too-short behind-the-scenes video showcasing the Budapest Film Orchestra recording some of the music you can hear in-game and online. You can watch it below.

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Marvel is getting the ‘Pokémon Go’ treatment thanks to Niantic

Marvel has teamed up with Pokémon Go developer Niantic to create an augmented reality mobile game that will be available worldwide next year. In Marvel World of Heroes, you can create your own superhero in a Marvel game for the first time, according to a Niantic blog post

Players will be able to forge their hero's identity and origin story. They'll be tasked with patrolling their neighborhood to thwart crimes, take on missions and fend off interdimensional threats and super villains. As you level up, you'll unlock more gear and abilities. You'll be able to team up with your friends, as well as the likes of Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine. It seems players can also visit multiple alternate realities — in a virtual sense, anyway.

If you're interested in checking out the game, you can pre-register on the Marvel World of Heroes website. As it often does, Niantic will soft launch the game in select markets before rolling it out more broadly. 

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How to pre-order the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro

It’s September, and that means new iPhones are right around the corner. Apple announced its latest smartphones at its “far out” event today, ushering in the era of the iPhone 14. Fans will have four options this time around: the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, along with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, with the latter two showcasing all of the latest hardware improvements you can get on an Apple handset today. The company also announced the much-rumored Apple Watch Ultra, a more durable, outdoorsy version of the classic smartwatch, as well as a slightly updated versions of the standard Apple Watch, Apple Watch SE and AirPods Pro. You’ll be able to get your hands on all of these gadgets soon, so here’s everything you need to know about how to pre-order the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Pro and all of the other devices announced today.

iPhone 14

Apple iPhone 14
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The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus will be available for pre-order starting on September 9th and will cost $799 and $899, respectively. The iPhone 14 will be more widely available on September 16th, while the iPhone 14 Plus will hit stores on October 7th.

Pre-order iPhone 14 at Apple – $799Pre-order iPhone 14 Plus at Apple – $899

Both the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus offer minor improvements over last year’s iPhone 13 series. The iPhone 14 has a 6.1-inch display while the 14 Plus has a 6.7-inch display, and both use Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR panel technology. Both run on last year’s A15 Bionic chipset, and Apple claims the iPhone 14 Plus has the best battery life of any iPhone to date. The company gave the cameras a slight upgrade as well: both smartphones have a new 12MP main camera with a larger sensor and faster aperture, while the front-facing camera has been updated to a 12MP TrueDepth shooter with autofocus. The main camera also supports a new feature called Action Mode, which makes videos with a lot of movement look smoother and more stabilized.

iPhone 14 models support 5G connectivity and enhanced eSIM capabilities. All US models lack physical SIM trays, which means you can more easily connect to your cellular service provider using eSIM technology. As for new safety features, the iPhone 14 will support crash detection, which can detect when you’ve been in a car crash and automatically contact emergency services on your behalf, plus a new feature called Emergency SOS via Satellite. The latter will help you contact emergency services even when you’re in an outdoor dead zone. That feature is coming in November and will be free for two years for those who buy an iPhone 14.

iPhone 14 Pro

Apple iPhone 14 Pro
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The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available for pre-order starting on September 9th and will start at $999 and $1,099, respectively. They will be more widely available on September 16th.

Pre-order iPhone 14 Pro at Apple – $999Pre-order iPhone 14 Pro Max at Apple – $1,099

This year, the Pro phones have a noticeably different design than previous iPhones. The rumors about a pill-shaped cutout turned out to be true — the screen notch is now gone and has been replaced by a floating space that houses the front-facing cameras as well as Apple’s privacy dots, which turn on when apps use your camera or microphone. From a software standpoint, that space is dubbed the “Dynamic Island” as it will change and expand to adapt to what you’re doing on your iPhone, notifications you receive and more.

The iPhone 14 Pro has a 6.1-inch display while the Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen, and they’re always-on for the first time ever. Apple designed the panel to be as power efficient as possible, dynamically adjusting the refresh rate down to as low as 1Hz when necessary. The new Lock Screen in iOS 16 can show a bunch of things on the display like the time, widgets, live activities and more, and the Pro screens will do things like automatically dim to preserve power while continuing to show you relevant information, Lock Screen photos and backgrounds and more.

As expected, the Pro handsets run on Apple’s new A16 Bionic chip and they have an updated rear camera array along with a new TrueDepth front-facing camera. The rear setup includes a new 12MP telephoto lens, a 12MP ultra wide camera and a 48-megapixel main shooter that has a 65-percent larger sensor than that in the iPhone 13 Pro. The Pro phones will also support all of the new features found on the standard iPhone 14 models, including 5G and eSIM connectivity, crash detection, Emergency SOS with Satellite and more.

Apple Watch Ultra

Apple Watch Ultra
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The Apple Watch Ultra will be available to order starting today and will cost $799. It will be more widely available starting on September 23rd.

Buy Apple Watch Ultra at Apple – $799Buy Apple Watch Ultra at Amazon – $799

The new Apple Watch Ultra is designed for those that are avid outdoor adventurers, water sport athletes and endurance trainers. It has a bulkier design with a larger, sapphire crystal display that sits flat against the Watch’s 49mm titanium case. Apple added a new orange action button to the side of the case that can be customized to suit each user’s quick-action preferences. The Digital Crown is larger as well, and the other side button protrudes a bit from the Watch’s edge; all of these hardware charges are supports to make the Ultra easier to use with gloves on.

The Apple Watch has been water resistant for quite some time, but the Ultra takes this up a notch with WR100 water resistance and a new built-in depth gauge that helps it be a tool for tracking activities like scuba diving. Apple also redesigned the compass app to be easier to use and show more precise locations, and the Ultra has a built-in siren that can alert others to your location from up to 600 feet away.

All Apple Watch Ultra models come with cellular connectivity built in, plus this model has the biggest battery of any Apple Watch to date. The company promises up to 36 hours of battery life on a single charge, and up to 60 hours of total battery life when using a “battery optimization setting” that’s coming later to watchOS 9.

Apple Watch Series 8

Apple Watch Series 8
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The Apple Watch Series 8 will be available to order today and starts at $399 for the GPS-only models and $499 for the GPS + Cellular models. It’ll be more widely available on September 16th. Those who order a new Apple Watch will also receive three months of Apple Fitness+ for free.

Buy Apple Watch Series 8 at Apple – $399Buy Apple Watch Series 8 at Amazon – $399

The Apple Watch Series 8 isn’t as big of a departure from the Series 7 as the new Ultra model is. The Series 8 looks largely the same as the last year’s model, but it now includes two temperature sensors that could help detect when you’re running a fever and also enable Apple’s new ovulation tracking features. The Watch will take your temperature on a regular basis and record that data in the Health app, providing alerts that show when you were likely ovulating based on that data and additional cycle data. In addition to new ovulation tracking, the Series 8 with watchOS 9 will also support possible cycle deviation alerts.

Another new feature available on the Series 8 (as well as the Ultra) is crash detection. This builds upon the existing emergency services features found on previous generations: the Watch can detect when you’ve been in a car crash, and when it does, it’ll automatically alert your emergency contact as well as contact emergency services and send them your location. 

Otherwise, it’s much the same as the Series 7 with an always-on display that reaches almost to the border of the case, a dust-proof and crack resistant design. It also still supports an all-day, 18-hour battery life, but it will also have a new low-power mode that can extend battery life to up to 36 hours in total. Low-power mode will be available on Apple Watch Series 4 and higher that run watchOS 9, so those with older Watches will be able to make use of this new feature.

Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE
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The new Apple Watch SE will be available to order today starting at $249 for the GPS-only models and $299 for the GPS + Cellular models. It’ll be more widely available on September 16th.

Buy Apple Watch SE at Apple – $249Buy Apple Watch SE at Amazon – $249

Apple’s minor update to its entry-level Watch brings the same processor that’s in the Series 8 to the more affordable smartwatch. The new SE will also support high heart rate alerts, fall detection and crash detection thanks to the upgraded sensors inside of the device.

AirPods Pro (second-generation)

Apple AirPods Pro
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The second-generation AirPods Pro will be available to order starting on September 9th and will cost $249. They’ll be more widely available on September 23rd.

Buy AirPods Pro (2nd gen) at Apple – $249

If you were hoping for drastically different AirPods here, you may be disappointed. Apple’s latest AirPods Pro look almost identical to the previous model as most of the changes are internal. The buds have an updated H2 chip that enable features like personalized spatial audio and advanced computational audio. Apple’s also promising up to two times better active noise cancellation on these earbuds when compared to the previous generation. The new buds also now support touch controls thanks to a new capacitive sensing layer on their stems, plus a longer, six-hour base listening time. 

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