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Foreign hackers target state election systems; FBI investigates

Federal investigators believe hackers based outside of the United States are behind a pair of cyberattacks reported over the summer against election systems in two states, according to an FBI flash alert obtained by Yahoo! News.

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The alert, dated Aug. 18, warned officials about attacks in July and August in which hackers "exfiltrated" information from two unidentified state boards of election. Authorities did not say what information was stolen in the attacks, however, unidentified sources told Yahoo! News authorities were referencing separate attacks in Arizona and Illinois.

The Arizona Secretary of State's Office closed part of its voter registration system after the FBI detected "a potential threat" in June and malicious software was found on a computer used to access the system, according to The Arizona Republic. No data was stolen in that attack, a state official told Yahoo! News.

>> Related: Hacker releases personal information of nearly 200 Democrats

Hackers were, however,  able to steal the personal data of as many as 200,000 Illinois voters during an attack in late July that crippled the state's voter registration system for more than one week, Yahoo! News reported.

"The FBI is requesting that states contact their Board of Elections and determine if any similar activity to their logs, both inbound and outbound, has been detected," the FBI flash alert recommended. "Attempts should not be made to touch or ping the IP addresses directly."

The alert was sent out amid increased fears of foreign cyberattacks after emails from the Democratic National Committee were hacked and as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claims the presidential election is rigged.

Driver distracted by 'Pokemon Go' kills pedestrian in Japan

A Japanese farmer playing "Pokemon Go" while driving struck a pair of pedestrians earlier this week, killing one in Japan's first reported death linked to the wildly popular augmented-reality game, according to multiple reports.

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Keiji Goo, 39, was driving a small truck in Tokushima prefecture, on the island of Shikoku, Tuesday night when he struck two women as they were crossing the road, The Washington Post reported. Sachiko Nakanishi, 72, was killed and Kayoko Ikawa, 60, suffered a broken hip.

"I was playing 'Pokemon Go' while driving, so I didn't really see what was in front of me," Goo told police, according Japan's NHK.

Police arrested Goo on a negligent driving charge, Reuters reported. Authorities did not immediately say whether the man would face additional charges.

A spokesman for Niantic Inc., the company that developed "Pokemon Go" alongside the Pokemon Company, told Reuters a warning was added to the app to warn players against playing the game while driving.

It's not the first time the game, which has players attempting to find and battle virtual "Pocket Monsters" in real-time, has been linked to car accidents. According to the Post, Japanese authorities wrote 1,140 tickets for traffic violations related to the game in the month it's been out in the country – 95 percent of which were due to playing while driving.

A spokesman for Nintendo shared condolences for the family of Nakanishi while speaking with Reuters, adding that, "Pokemon Company and Niantic endeavor to create an environment where people can play the game safely and we will continue to do that."

Officials: 'Pokemon Go' players discover body in cemetery

Two people in Texas discovered the body of a man while playing the cellphone game "Pokemon Go," and the sheriff's department is now investigating the death as a homicide, officials said.

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The man has been identified as Christopher Robert Lowe, 34, of New Braunfels, the Comal County sheriff's office said. A man and a woman discovered Lowe's body just before noon Thursday at the Saint Joseph Cemetery in the 100 block of Wenzel Lane off FM 482.

>> Related: 'Pokemon Go' player finds body floating in New Hampshire brook

The circumstances at the scene indicated Lowe's death was a homicide, the sheriff's office said.

It's not the first time "Pokemon Go" players have stumbled upon bodies while playing the augmented-reality game. A Wyoming teen found a dead body in a river while searching for water Pokemon last month. Another body was found in Nashua, New Hampshire's Salmon Brook, although authorities noted the death did not appear suspicious.

Barbra Streisand calls Apple CEO to fix name pronunciation

In an interview with NPR on Saturday, Barbra Streisand said Siri, the iPhone's digital assistant, doesn't pronounce her name correctly. So, she called Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

Streisand said her last name is incorrectly pronounced with a "z" sound on the second "s." 

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Her request to change Siri's pronunciation of her last name was positively accepted.

Cook reportedly agreed to fix the pronunciation in time for the next iOS update, which Streisand said is set to be released "on Sept. 30."

That detail is another important point from the interview. Streisand may have leaked the release date for the next iOS update, which, if true, will come about two weeks after the expected release of the iPhone 7.

Go behind the curtain, see how Amazon's giant robots fulfill orders

The BBC is taking viewers where only employees of the online retail giant are allowed to go. 

The British television network has been permitted to show what high-tech devices help get shoppers their packages quickly and correctly from Amazon. 

Amazon has been rolling out a fleet of robots that do an intricate dance around the warehouses to get millions of items to its customers daily.

Amazon robotsWhen you buy your goods from Amazon, here's what goes on behind the scenes. Meet the online giant's robot army.Posted by BBC Business News on Thursday, August 18, 2016

But the system is actually nothing new. 

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Amazon has been using the robots, originally developed by Kiva Systems, in the U.S. since 2014, Retuers reported.

The company installed the system before 2014's holiday season to help push more of its stock out the door and into the hands of anxious Christmas shoppers.

It came to be after a shipping nightmare in late 2013. That's when too many packages from Amazon flooded UPS, causing world-wide shipping delays. Amazon ended up having to issue shipping refunds and $20 gift cards in compensation to upset customers, Reuters reported.

The robots proved to be a success, holding at least 50 percent more products than the traditional sorting system, and shortening time for same-day delivery.

So how does it work?

Instead of workers having to walk down long lines of shelving looking for something, the robots bring the items to the works who pick out what they need and put the product in bins, the BBC reported

Move over FaceTime: Google releases video calling app Duo

Move over, FaceTime and Skype. Google has released a one-to-one video calling app called Duo

Unlike Google's video chatting app Hangouts, Duo is for smartphones only and offers simple one-to-one calling rather than video conferencing.  

And it seems Google's key word to describe the app is "simple."

<iframe width="390" height="219" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> The company wrote in a blog post Monday, "Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are." The company said it designed the app, in part, to get rid of the frustration of dropped video calls. It said the app will automatically switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks and adjust to slower networks without dropping the call.  >> Read more trending stories   One of the app's features, called "Knock Knock," allows users to see what the caller is doing before accepting the call.  Setup is described as simple, too. All you need is your phone number. Like some of Facebook's apps, Google Duo doesn't require a login.  Google Duo works on Android and iOS. 

Google Fiber wants to go completely wireless

Google Fiber was supposed to be a beacon of light in a world full of slow internet speeds, but things aren't going quite like the company planned.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., said digging up streets in areas that need service has been much more costly and time consuming than initially expected.

And that's a problem for a company that wants to bring high-speed internet to the masses.

So here's how the company is fixing it: a completely wire-free connection, which means no more digging up people's yards to lay down fiber-optic cables.

The push toward wireless means that Google is joining the ranks of telecommunications company AT&T, which expects to conduct testing for its wireless connection later this year.

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In the meantime, Google is asking cities and power companies to build the networks themselves, rather than having to come out and plant the lines.

So far, Google Fiber is available only in six metropolitan areas across the U.S., with plans to bring the service to five more.

Will the next iPhone be waterproof?

Another clue supports rumors that Apple's next iPhone will be waterproof. 

Tucked in with roughly 80 patents recently granted to Apple was one for technology to edit photos taken underwater. 

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In its patent, Apple said it envisioned the technology being used in its iPhones and iPads.

The patent comes nine months after a different piece of information launched rumors of a waterproof iPhone. Reports indicate that Apple might be looking to ditch the headphone jack, one of the easiest places for water to seep through. 

Some industry observers doubt that waterproofing is the main motivation for getting rid of the headphone jack, though, since Samsung made its phones water-resistant while still keeping the jacks. 

Bloomberg reported earlier this month that removing the jack could make room for a second speaker. Others have argued that because the new headphones would be digital, Apple could also include software to prevent users from listening to illegally downloaded music.  

Apple currently offers no waterproof smartphones. All three of Samsung's leading smartphones are water-resistant. 

Users say Snapchat filter is racist, call it 'yellowface'

Snapchat is in trouble again. And his time, it's over another photo filter that critics are calling racist. The app allows users to warp their faces while taking selfies or photos with friends. Some filters show users spewing rainbows, others change the appearance of their eyes and one can even make users look like a pineapple. >> Read more trending stories But some people weren't OK with all of Snapchat's creative choices. The app released a filter that gave users the appearance of having slanted eyes and enhanced cheeks. Critics on Twitter called the filter a racist caricature of Asian people, dubbing it "yellowface." Related: Snapchat under fire for Bob Marley filter on 4/20 And this is coming from an app that only a few months ago received backlash for a Bob Marley filter that channeled the late musician's dreads and face on the stoner holiday, 4/20. Many said the filter was digital "blackface." And in May, the app was accused of "whitening" users' faces and favoring lighter skin tones. Related: Snapchat under fire for appearing to whitewash in filters On top of that, Snapchat has also been accused of stealing artistic designs. Snapchat responded to critics by saying the filter was inspired by anime and was intended to be fun. But don't expect to see the filter again. <iframe width="390" height="219" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> This video includes clips from Snapchat and images from Twitter and Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.  

Olympic gymnast racks up $5,000 phone bill playing 'Pokemon Go'

Japanese Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura could really use some gold right now -- not necessarily a gold medal, but just some gold coins to pay off his steep phone bill. 

And he supposedly has "Pokemon Go" to blame.

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While in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Uchimura reportedly racked up a nearly $5,000 phone bill while playing the game, thanks to data overages. 

Uchimura, a six-time world champion, reportedly downloaded the augmented reality game when he flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for training, and he instantly got hooked. 

But the odd and possibly amazing part of this story is that Rio de Janeiro doesn't even have "Pokemon Go" right now. 

Olympians have already griped that they're stuck in Rio with no PokeStops to visit or Pokemon to catch. 

Despite pleas from Rio's mayor, Niantic Inc., the company that created "Pokemon Go," has yet to set a release date for the app in Brazil. So we're still not totally sure how Uchimura got on. 

It wasn't all bad news for Uchimura, though. His phone company graciously agreed to reduce his bill to a $30-a-day unlimited plan. Whew. 

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