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  • If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

    10/05/2015 9:17:17 PM PDT · by dayglored · 1 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 6, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    Windows 10 looks to have won about seven per cent of the world's desktop operating system market. That's The Reg's back-of-the-spreadsheet calculation after running our eye over September’s data from Netmarketshare and StatCounter, the two services we regularly eyeball to see what's going down on the desktop. Remember that Windows 10 launched on July 29th. With that in mind we can see that August saw plenty of growth, but things slowed rather markedly in September. The losers are Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as the graphs below show both have dipped markedly since Windows 10's debut. When we crunch the...
  • Trump Just Blasted Hillary With A 2-Sentence Uppercut So Hard Bill Probably Felt It

    10/05/2015 6:24:35 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 40 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | October 5, 2015 | Jack Davis
    As Hillary Clinton seeks to find a new defense in her ongoing email scandal, Donald Trump cut to the core of the issue. “Clinton may go to jail but is still running for president? 99% of people would be in jail for what she did,” Trump tweeted Sunday.
  • Apple Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup Perceptio

    10/05/2015 4:35:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | october 5, 2015 | by Juli Clover
    Apple has purchased Perceptio, a small startup focused on artificial intelligence, reports Bloomberg. Founded by Nicolas Pinto and Zak Stone, Perceptio was developing technology that would let smartphone companies create advanced artificial intelligence systems "without needing to share as much user data" in the cloud. Perceptio's goals were to develop techniques to run AI image-classification systems on smartphones, without having to draw from large external repositories of data. That fits Apple's strategy of trying to minimize its usage of customer data and do as much processing as possible on the device.According to Bloomberg, both Stone and Pinto are established artificial...
  • iOS malware YiSpecter: NO iPHONE IS SAFE

    10/05/2015 11:30:57 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | October 5, 2015 | by John Leyden
    World where only jailbroken iThings were vulnerable is 'thing of the past' The first iOS malware capable of attacking both non-jailbroken and jailbroken devices has surfaced online.The mobile malware nasty - YiSpecter - hooks into private APIs in the iOS system to implement malicious actions has been in the wild for at least 10 months, mostly in China and Taiwan, since November 2014 if not earlier. YiSpecter uses a battery of unusual tricks to spread itself. Distribution tactics include hijacking of traffic from nationwide ISPs, a worm on Windows, and an offline app installation and a community promotion. Initially the...
  • Zip line popularity soars along with injuries, study finds

    10/04/2015 11:52:39 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 19 replies
    AP via CNS News ^ | October 5, 2015 | LINDSEY TANNER
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) — Injuries from zip line accidents have soared along with the popularity of an activity that hurtles riders through the air, sometimes at dizzying heights above ground, a study of U.S. emergency room data shows.</p> <p>Over 16 years, nearly 17,000 people were treated for zip line-related injuries including broken bones, cuts and sprains; most occurred in the last four years of the 1997-2012 study. It's the first national look at zip line injuries and highlights a need for better regulation and uniform safety standards, the researchers say.</p>
  • Tim Cook: A back door for the good guys is a back door for the bad guys

    10/04/2015 9:42:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 3, 2015 2:05 AM | By Chris Matyszczyk
    Photo credit—CNet: Josh Miller I get the sense that the FBI doesn't entirely appreciate Apple CEO Tim Cook.I get that sense from an interview he gave to NPR on Thursday. In it, he cogently explained Apple's attitude toward security in general and national security in particular.Cook repeated his view that Apple isn't interested in tracking its customers as infinitum from app to app."If you buy something from the App Store, we do know what you bought from the App Store, obviously," he said. "We think customers are fine with that. Many customers want us to recommend an app. But what...
  • Xbox One won’t really get Cortana until 2016

    10/04/2015 8:19:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 9 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | JC Torres
    Xbox's Major Nelson has just revealed another slew of features for the New Xbox One Experience, a.k.a. the NXOE, but this time around not all of them are good news. Well, to be fair, only one isn't. Despite having hyped about how Cortana will help gamers stay on top of things even in the middle of gaming, it seems that such gamers will have to wait a bit longer to experience that. When Microsoft releases NXOE later this year, Cortana will only be available as a preview, with a full rollout happening only next year. Delays are a fact of...
  • Microsoft acknowledges Office 2016-OS X El Capitan crashes but lacks ETA for fix

    10/04/2015 8:03:25 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    PC World ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft admits that users of its Office for Mac 2016 suite are encountering frequent crashes and is working with Apple on a fix. 'We are working closely with Apple to resolve this issue,' says company manager. Microsoft has acknowledged that users of its Office for Mac 2016 application suite are encountering frequent crashes and implied that it's working on a fix, but offered no timeline for delivering an update. In an emailed statement, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company is looking into the problem. "We know that some users may be experiencing issues with Office 2016 for Mac running on...
  • California governor signs bill closing ivory sales loophole

    10/04/2015 4:49:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2015 5:13 PM EDT
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to close a loophole in the state’s ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horns. Supporters said California is a major market for ivory, and the ban would help dry up demand. …
  • Silver jumped a dollar an ounce since yesterday. Anything up?

    10/04/2015 4:30:36 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 82 replies
    Kitco ^ | 10/4/2015 | misc
    Just thought this seems possibly important. Gold also jumped.
  • New Steve Jobs biopic is a travesty says ex—Cold, Ruthless, Obsessive? No, he was FAR worse

    10/04/2015 4:20:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 4, 2015 | By CHRISANN BRENNAN
    Fans of the iPhone and the iPad have long seen the late Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, as a messianic figure, whose drive and vision turned computers from clunky business machines into the epitome of cool. Danny Boyle's new biopic, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, will further burnish his remarkable reputation when it premiers next month. But one woman has a different and more traumatic view: Jobs's high school sweetheart Chrisann Brennan. She lived with Jobs and was an early Apple employee, only for the relationship to fall apart amid wild recriminations when she became pregnant with his...
  • Everybody is suddenly copying Microsoft

    10/04/2015 1:49:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 71 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 4, 2015 | Matt Weinberger
    In 2012, when Microsoft first introduced the Surface Pro — a tablet that was also a laptop — it became an industry punch line. “You can merge a toaster and a refrigerator, but that’s probably not going to be pleasing to anyone," quipped Apple CEO Tim Cook. Nobody's laughing now. And Microsoft is looking more and more like a trendsetter. Three years after Cook's jab, the Surface Pro 3 is selling strong — strong enough that Microsoft is expected to launch a much-anticipated Surface Pro 4 at a special event on Tuesday. In the meantime, Apple and Google have started...
  • New York men make $1,000 a week by waiting in lines

    10/04/2015 7:06:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 1, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    NEW YORK, A New York entrepreneur said he makes up to $1,000 a week by offering a simple service -- waiting in long lines. Robert Samuel, founder of business Same Ole Line Dudes, said he makes up to $1,000 a week by holding places in lines for product releases, sample sales, Broadway shows, Saturday Night Live tickets and other events. Samuel said he and his team of professional "waiters" charge $25 for the first hour per line-sitter and they each charge $10 for each additional half hour. He told Salon he recently made $1,000 by waiting 48 hours outside the...
  • A major maritime disaster is underway in the Atlantic and it is subject to a media blackout?

    10/04/2015 6:33:03 AM PDT · by cll · 146 replies
    10/04/2015 | cll
    An 800 ft. cargo vessel sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan in the vicinity of a major hurricane with 33 crew on board loses power, starts listing, sends a distress signal and goes missing now for four days. Drudge has a link to the story just as a side of other hurricane stories. The story goes largely ignored by the mainstream media. Even Free Republic has taken it down from Breaking and Front Page news. That's 33 souls, 28 of which are Americans, possibly lost at sea or struggling to survive. A major U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue effort...
  • Dunkin Donuts employee tells officer “We don’t serve cops here”

    WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An employee at a West Hartford Dunkin Donuts is in hot water after she told a police officer “We don’t serve cops here.” The officer walked into the busy store at 1234 Farmington Avenue to wait in line to order. As he waited, an employee looked over at the officer and shouted “He didn’t get the message, we don’t serve cops here.” The officer then left the store followed quickly by the employee herself and the store manager. Both offered apologies to the officer with the employee who shouted the statement saying that she was...
  • Grilled Cheese Truck partners with ‘Soup Nazi’ for delicious venture

    10/04/2015 3:39:28 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 42 replies
    NYP ^ | October 1, 2015 | Lisa Fickensche
    Retired Gen. Wesley Clark is hawking grilled cheese and soup these days. Clark, the vice chairman of the Grilled Cheese Truck, a publicly traded company that puts veterans to work serving up meals from five kitchen trucks on the West Coast, is rolling out its New York City version in November — part of a co-branded hook-up with The Original Soupman, of “Seinfeld” fame. [snip] ...“This [business] model is all about putting veterans to work,” ...The trucks will debut in New York City on Veterans Day.
  • Opinion: Apple Watch should double down on health sensors, battery life + waterproofing

    10/03/2015 3:50:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | October 2, 2015 | by Jeremy Horwitz
    Whenever someone asks what I think of my Apple Watch, I explain that I like but don’t love it, and wouldn’t recommend it to everyone… yet. “In two or three years,” I say, “they’re going to be common, but right now, they don’t feel necessary.” Nice, yes. Necessary, no.Last week, my life changed. Shortly after our kids went to school, my wife stopped breathing in our home. I was able to get her breathing again, and thanks to 911 and outstanding EMTs, she survived to be diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome, a rare heart condition that typically goes undetected before a massive, fatal attack. Once Brugada was suspected, doctors looked for records of...
  • P. Diddy joins rapper fans of Trump (Just sayin')

    10/03/2015 5:15:30 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2 2015 | By Judy Kurtz
    GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s list of friends who are famous rappers is growing: P. Diddy is the latest to count himself among them. “Donald Trump is a friend of mine, and he works very hard,” the “Last Night” rapper and record label founder says in an interview published Friday in The Washington Post.
  • Russia Turning to China for Long-Term Funding

    10/03/2015 3:53:42 AM PDT · by RC one · 7 replies
    Oiland Gas360 ^ | September 29, 2015
    Chinese Fund Buys 9.9% Stake in $27 Billion Russian LNG ProjectSince the implementation of U.S. sanctions against Russia for its actions in Crimea, one of the major challenges facing the Russian oil and gas industry is gaining access to long-term project financing. Under the current sanctions regime, loans to Russia can be no longer than 30 days if they come from the U.S., and 90 days if the loans are from European lenders. Cutting off access to longer-term loans has made financing capital-intensive projects like liquefied natural gas (LNG) much more difficult.Earlier this month, Russia’s largest independent gas company, Novatek...
  • Office 2016 apps crash following OS X 10.11 El Capitan upgrade

    10/03/2015 12:27:42 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    ZDNet ^ | October 2, 2015 -- 10:57 GMT | by Adrien Kingsley-Hughes
    If you are a Mac user that relies on Office 2016 apps to get your day-to-day work done then you might want to hold off on upgrading to OS X El Capitan. According to an extensive thread on Microsoft's Office for Mac support forum - combined with firsthand experience of the issue - the problems seem many and varied. Outlook appears to be the main culprit, but Excel and Word are also reported to be problematic for some. For some the apps crash while in use, while for others it is coming out from sleep that causes issues. Others...
  • Mold whine: Soylent superfood shipments stopped by spore scare (Liquid goop cleanup in Aisle 3)

    10/02/2015 10:24:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 3, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Soylent, which produces liquid food for techies who hate chewing, has stopped shipping its gloop after some of it was contaminated with mold. The firm started flogging version 2.0 of its formula in August, and has produced 400,000 bottles of the strange substance. It has since learned that 11 of the bottles had mold inside or on the outside by the time they reached customers. That's a tiny proportion, however on Friday the biz confirmed it's halting operations. "During our record review process we did discover that the conveyor guardrail settings were not optimized, causing some bottles to move erratically...
  • The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray (at 90) Fast, cool, simple. Repeat.

    10/02/2015 6:56:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Davin Clarke
    Before Steve Jobs, there was Seymour Cray – father of the supercomputer and regarded as something close to a God in the circles he moved in. Jobs’ Apple Computer is reputed to have bought one of Seymour’s massive machines back in the day: a Cray, to design the brand-new Macintosh personal computer. This would have been a significant moment for a man of Jobs' character, not prone to flattering the inventions or ideas of others. In return, Cray is said to have quipped that he'd bought a Mac to design the next Cray. Cray – who would have been 90...
  • Apple Watch saves teenager’s life; Tim Cook offers thankful teen an internship

    10/02/2015 6:07:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | October 10, 2015
    An Apple Watch may have saved a teenagers life, and Apple CEO Tim Cook is so pleased that he offered the thankful teen an internship next year,” Gregory Ferenstein reports for ReadWrite. “Paul Houle, a 17-year-old from Massachusetts, says that the watch’s heart rate monitor tipped him off to a dangerous condition. Had he not gone to see a doctor to check out his unusually high heart rate, he may not be alive today.” “‘After [football] practice I went and took a nap, my heart rate was still at 145,’ he told WCVB, a local CBS news station. Houle went...
  • IBM engineers carbon nanotube transistors to replace silicon in computing

    10/02/2015 10:07:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 11:00 AM | Dean Takahashi
    Above: IBM's carbon nanotubes have tiny circuits that are fractions of a meter apart.Image Credit: IBM Carbon nanotubes are the leading candidate to replace silicon in semiconductor chips after the decades-long run of silicon electronics runs out. And IBM is hoping to usher along that transition with a new breakthrough being announced today.In the October 2 issue of the journal Science, IBM researchers say they have overcome one of the most daunting challenges around carbon nanotube transistors, which are the building blocks of electronic circuits with dimensions that are measured in billionths of a meter. Carbon nanotubes may be...
  • Most murders in the US committed by Obama supporters (vanity).

    10/02/2015 8:13:00 AM PDT · by Fido969 · 36 replies
    vanity | today | me
    Just saying.
  • Can Sweden make the case for a 6-hour workday?

    10/02/2015 6:48:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 10/02/2015 | Kelsey Warner
    Sweden, birthplace of ABBA, IKEA, and Volvo, may soon have another celebrated export: the 6-hour workday.The practice is not yet universal, but companies across multiple sectors report positive results from the shorter day.Brath, a tech startup, made the move three years ago for its 22 employees. Maria Brĺth, the CEO, says her firm has tracked productivity and found that her team exceeds output when compared to similar tech shops. One of the biggest advantages is that it helps them hire and keep employees, Ms. Brath writes in a blog post:Recommended: Think you know Europe? Take our geography quiz. We also...
  • The Real Reason People Don't Save Enough for Retirement

    10/02/2015 6:30:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/02/2015 | TERESA GHILARDUCCI
    Aesop would have had a straightforward explanation for why some people just can’t manage to save up for retirement: Some people are born ants—industrious and in possession of great willpower—while others are grasshoppers, living only for today. Millennia later, sorting workers into personality-specific boxes is still the preferred way of thinking about how to get people to put more money into savings. An otherwise thoughtful survey of over 1,000 individuals and interviews with 50 people by the MetLife Mature Markets Institute identifies no fewer than 10 different variations on the grasshopper: There are “Snoozers,” “Oversleepers,” “Stewers,” “Brewers.” And then there...
  • Pope of the poor arrives in US denying he’s a liberal

    10/02/2015 5:41:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2015 11:44 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    The pope of the poor arrived for his first-ever visit to the world’s wealthiest superpower Tuesday denying he is a leftist and riding in a frugal little family car, windows rolled down. […] The Argentine, known as the “slum pope” for ministering to the downtrodden in his native Buenos Aires, is expected to urge America to take better care of the environment and the poor and return to its founding ideals of religious liberty and open arms toward immigrants.During the flight, Francis defended himself against conservative criticism that his condemnation of trickle-down economics makes him a communist. “I am certain...
  • Say goodbye to repairing file permissions in El Capitan

    10/01/2015 10:41:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    iMore ^ | October 1, 2015 | By Peter Cohen
    File permissions problems are no longer a problem in the newest OS X release. Repairing file permissions has long been a standard practice of many old-time Mac users. Debates have raged about its efficacy, but the bottom line is there's always been a way to do it in Apple's Disk Utility app, and if Apple lets you do it it, it must be okay, right? That changes with Disk Utility in El Capitan. Let's take a look. S.G. writes: "I was just shocked by Disk Utility changes. No more verify/repair permissions option or disk? Seems like it has no utility...
  • Second Apple "spaceship" to land in Sunnyvale — deal sealed with Landbank Investments (Slideshow)

    10/01/2015 10:28:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Silicon Valley Business Journal ^ | October 1, 2015 — 10:05 AM PDT Updated on October 1, 2015 — 3:09 PM PDT | By Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    Apple Inc. has landed its second spaceship — this time, in Sunnyvale — in a massive deal that exemplifies a new era in Silicon Valley real estate and crystalizes Apple’s enormous growth trajectory outside of its Cupertino stronghold. The iPhone maker has sealed a deal for Landbank Investments LLC’s planned Central & Wolfe campus — a curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road that’s expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley. Its marketing web address?, and for good reason. As approved, the campus from Landbank Investments and architecture firm HOK carries an audacious...
  • Trump Tax Plan Stumps GOP Establishment Again

    10/01/2015 7:38:49 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 01, 2015 | Matt Towery
    Every time they think they have knocked him down, Donald Trump comes up with a counterpunch that keeps the GOP establishment and traditional conservative pundits stunned and confused. Now they are being forced to attack the very bedrock of the Reagan economic legacy they so love. After two debates Trump remains the dark-horse leader for the GOP presidential nomination.
  • 'Stagefright 2.0' bug menaces over a billion Android devices

    10/01/2015 6:24:16 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 12 replies (AUS) ^ | Oct 2 2015 6:39AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Researchers have discovered a second set of serious vulnerabilities in Google's Android mobile operating system, leaving over a billion new and old devices open to attack. Dubbed Stagefright 2.0, the newly discovered vulnerabilities stem from two flaws in how Android handles audio and video files. It was found by Joshua Drake of security vendor Zimperium, who also discovered the original Stagefright vulnerability affecting just under a billion Android devices in July this year. The first Stagefright flaw in the Android media processing software library allowed attackers to send a specially crafted multimedia messaging service (MMS) missive which, when received in...
  • Windows 10 adoption has slowed down considerably after explosive first month

    10/01/2015 10:33:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    PC World ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jared Newman
    Windows 10 uptake is falling back to earth after an explosive first month.According to StatCounter, Windows 10 accounted for 7.64 percent of desktop Internet usage in September, compared to 5.38 percent the month prior. Rival metrics firm NetApplications pegs Windows 10 usage at 6.63 percent, compared to 5.21 percent in August. Three months of desktop operating system usage from StatCounter.Both firms still have Windows 10 in fourth place among Microsoft operating systems, trailing behind even Windows XP, a 14-year-old operating system that Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014. Windows 7 remains way out in front, with 51.52 percent usage according to...
  • Company leaves Colorado, too many employees coming in high

    10/01/2015 9:36:03 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 83 replies
    9News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jen Marnowski
    DENVER – Little Spider Creations had been making scary creations in Denver for 24 years, but the owner of the company says legalizing recreational marijuana changed everything. He recently moved his company to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Apple invents ring-style wearable device with voice control, haptics, cameras and more

    10/01/2015 9:34:59 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Apple Insiderder ^ | Thursday, October 01, 2015, 01:44 am PT | by Mikey Campbell
    It seems rumors that claimed Apple conducted research into an "iRing" wearable product were based in reality, as a new patent application reveals work on a finger-mounted device stuffed with microphones, motion sensors, a haptic feedback system, biometric sensors, cameras and even a small display. The fairly comprehensive patent application, titled "Devices and methods for a ring computing device" and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, describes an advanced ring-style wearable that uses voice, motion and touch input to control and interact with larger computing devices. In many ways, the claims read like an overview of...
  • Microsoft and Google ink SECRET TREATY to end all their patent wars ("Hey, I love you, man...")

    10/01/2015 3:38:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Chumship pact pie carve-up details kept under wraps Google and Microsoft have inked a secret deal in which all patent disputes between the mammoth companies will be abandoned. The exact terms of the agreement – as in, who gets what – were not disclosed. Your guess is as good as ours. "Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues," the companies said in a joint statement that was sent to El Reg via email. "As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility."...
  • Microsoft Store accidentally lists new Lumia 950 flagships online

    10/01/2015 12:47:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    The Verge ^ | September 30, 2015 | By Tom Warren
    Microsoft has accidentally listed two new Lumia flagships on its online store. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are both listed as unlocked models, with confirmation of some of the leaked specifications. Microsoft lists the Lumia 950 as a 5.2-inch handset with a 20-megapixel camera and 32GB of storage. While the larger Lumia 950 is 5.7 inches with the same camera and storage. Microsoft is expected to announce both handsets at a special Windows 10 event in New York City next week. Previously leaked photos and specifications of the devices also reveal that Microsoft's new Lumias will support...
  • OS X Gatekeeper rendered useless by new malware exploit

    10/01/2015 12:30:50 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    Betanews ^ | Sep 30, 2015 | By Mark Wilson
    On the day that Apple releases El Capitan details of an exploit that makes it possible to bypass the Gatekeeper feature of OS X have emerged. Designed to combat various forms of malware, the security feature can be bypassed using a simple trick involving the use of a signed binary.Even when Gatekeeper is configured to use its highest level of protection, the ease with which the fortifications can be slipped through is staggering. Using a file that has already been deemed trustworthy by Apple, it is possible to trick OS X into executing a malicious file stored in the...
  • iFixit App Pulled from Apple’s Store WRITTEN BY KYLE WINS

    09/30/2015 10:20:37 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    iFixIt ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | WRITTEN BY KYLE WIENS
    iFixit App Pulled from Apple’s Store written by Kyle Wiens You might have noticed that there’s no longer an iFixit app in the Apple’s App Store. We are sorry for anyone this has inconvenienced.Not too long ago, we tore down the Apple TV and Siri Remote. The  developer unit we disassembled was sent to us by Apple. Evidently, they didn’t intend for us to take it apart. But we’re a teardown and repair company; teardowns are in our DNA—and nothing makes us happier than figuring out what makes these gadgets tick. We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks...
  • iPhone 6S teardowns show Apple is paying more for longevity

    09/30/2015 10:01:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    C-Net ^ | September 29, 2015 | By Josh Miller
    Worried about how long your new iPhone will last? Worry no more, because Apple is paying more to put its new iPhones together, and a longer lifespan and improved resale value seem to be the name of the game.That's what research firm IHS Technology has said after its latest teardowns of the two new smartphones from the Cupertino, California-based tech giant.IHS found that Apple is paying as much as $16 more per unit to assemble the new 16GB iPhone 6S Plus when compared with last year's iPhone 6 Plus, and the extra spending is covering not only new features like...
  • Apple releases iOS 9.0.2

    09/30/2015 12:50:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | September 30, 2015
    Apple releases iOS 9.0.2 Apple today released iOS 9.0.2 which contains bug fixes and improvements including:• Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage • Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users • Resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup • Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications • Improves the stability of PodcastsFor information on the security content of this update:
  • Apple releases OS X.11 El Capitan with Safari 9.0

    09/30/2015 12:40:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | September 30, 2015
    Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan with Safari 9.0 Apple today released OS X 10.11 El Capitan with Safari 9.0 which builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design introduced in OS X Yosemite, refining the experience and improving performance in lots of ways that you’ll enjoy everyday. Make the most of your screen with Split View. • Focus on two apps at once – neatly arranged side by side — in full screen without distractions.Take control of your desktop with Mission Control. • View all your open windows in a single layer with no overlap, so you can instantly...
  • Apple Blows Up The Concept Of A Privacy Policy

    09/30/2015 12:33:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | September 29, 2015 | by Matthew Panzarino
    Three years ago, a common human being interested in the privacy policy of a gadget or service it was using was a rare bird. With the revelation that a large amount of the communications and private data of both foreign nationals and native residents of the U.S. were being collected and scrutinized by the government, all of that prototypical fine print came home to roost.Since then, privacy has become a war cry among tech companies, and none so vociferously as Apple. It has amplified a well-aligned stance on user data being owned by the user to global proportions, taking a...
  • Windows 10 is NOT spying on you, Microsoft says

    09/30/2015 12:23:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Naked Security ^ | 09/30/2015 | Lisa Vaas
    Since it was released, Windows 10 has incited a privacy furor. Hundreds of commenters on sites such as Hacker News and Reddit have criticised default settings that send personal information to Microsoft and use bandwidth to upload data to other Windows 10 computers.Concerns have risen over the Wi-Fi password sharing feature, Microsoft's plans to keep people from running counterfeit software, the inability to opt out of security updates, weekly dossiers sent to parents on their kids' online activity, and the fact that Windows 10 by default shares a lot of your personal information - contacts, calendar details, text and touch...
  • Google releases the Nexus 5X and 6P smartphones, and a new tablet called Pixel C (Photos)

    09/30/2015 11:58:54 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Silicon Valley Business Journal ^ | Sep 29, 2015, 9:39am PDT | By Scott Ard
    At a press event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Google Inc. showed off a new lineup of holiday-season products that included two new smartphones with advanced cameras, a tablet called the Pixel C and a redesigned streaming device for the living room that can also be used to play games. Dave Burke, a vice president of Android Engineering, unveiled the 6P smartphone, which sports a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, 64-bit processing, 3,500mAh battery, USB-C connector, 12.3-megapixel camera on the back, 8-megapixel front-facing camera and fingerprint sensor. It runs the new Android 6.0 operating system, called "Marshmallow." Another new phone, the 5X,...
  • Michelle Stirling: Paris is about saving green investors, not the Earth

    09/30/2015 11:49:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Recently, it was revealed that Volkswagen had been duping diesel-emissions tests on some of its high-end environmentally friendly cars. People were outraged. The CEO resigned. About the same time, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the Alberta Chambers of Commerce that her province had better get its environmental house in order or it would have measures imposed upon it. She also said that Alberta has “bad air.”Really? I challenge that statement. In 2011, Canada’s air was judged to be the third highest quality in the world. In 2006, Environment Canada reported that Red Deer was an unusual hot spot for poor...
  • Independence Day 2 Scribes Board Stargate Reboot

    09/30/2015 10:39:53 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies ^ | February, 2015 | Lesnick
    As reported last summer, Roland Emmerich is getting ready to return to the world(s) of his 1994 science fiction film Stargate with plans for a rebooted feature film trilogy. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that screenwriters James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright have signed on to provide the screenplay. Although both talents are relative newcomers to Hollywood, they’ve already been working alongside Emmerich on the upcoming Independence Day 2. Word of a Stargate reboot first broke in 2013 when Emmerich said that he and creative partner Dean Devlin approached MGM about building a reboot trilogy. Emmerich co-wrote and directed...
  • Midwest Flop: Chicago PMI Signals Manufacturing Contraction

    09/30/2015 7:28:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/30/2015 | Akin Oyedele
    Manufacturing activity in the Midwest is back in contraction. The Chicago purchasing manager's index (PMI) for September was reported at 48.7 by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). This was the fifth time this year that the index fell below 50, the border between expansion and contraction. Economists had estimated a print of 53.0, down from 54.4 in August. According to the report, production fell to the lowest level since July 2009, following "downgrades to global economic growth and intense volatility in financial markets." Overall US manufacturing growth has slowed this year. Other major regional surveys, including those from the...
  • Summary of the Health Care We Had BEFORE ObamaCare

    09/30/2015 5:21:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Vanity ^ | 30 Sep 15 | Xzins
    There are a few major characteristics of health care before Obama Care. 1. It was quasi-private: most was funded by employers. 2. Some was directly paid private insurance. 3. Insurance could only be bought state by state. It could not be bought across state lines. It was non-competitive. 4. Those without insurance were covered by hospitals under Good Samaritan type laws. 5. Hospitals and doctors passed those costs on by increasing costs to insured patients and their insurance companies. 6. Those were passed on to the government by partial deductions by individuals on their tax forms. 7. The rest were...
  • Taking on Trump: The elite media Are now trying to decipher the Donald

    09/30/2015 3:31:36 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    After a long summer of denial and disparagement, even the most elite precincts of the media establishment are trying to come to grips with Donald Trump. First it was the cable news networks, which instantly realized that Trump was good box office, followed by the network morning shows. Then some of the columnists who had dismissed him as a sideshow began to grapple with his rising poll numbers, even those who continued to hammer him. That was followed by a series of faulty predictions that Trump was about to implode because of this or that corrosive comment, to the point...