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  • Twitter Has Suspended the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI)

    01/18/2018 5:10:13 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 19 replies
    Twitter ^ | January 18, 2018
    From Twitter: Account suspended This account has been suspended. Learn more about why Twitter suspends accounts, or return to your timeline.
  • An iMessage 'text bomb' is floating around that can freeze your iPhone (or Mac)

    01/18/2018 2:56:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    iMore ^ | January 17, 2018 | By TORY FOULK
    A bug publicly released by a developer can freeze — and possibly crash — your device if you open it in Messages. According to an article by Nicole Nguyen at Buzzfeed, yesterday afternoon software developer Abraham Masri publicly posted the bug — a security vulnerability called "chaiOS" that he found while attempting to break the operating system via "fuzzing" — to Github. Fuzzing is essentially a way of testing for vulnerabilities that involves putting way too much data into a system in order to crash it. 👋 Effective Power is back, baby! chaiOS bug:Text the link below, it will freeze...
  • It takes 556 days of computing and a hefty electricity bill to mine a single bitcoin. [tr]

    01/18/2018 12:16:27 PM PST · by C19fan · 74 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | January 17, 2018 | Amanda Lee and Josh Ye
    At the Golden Arcade at Sham Shui Po, a new product is creating a stir among the community of geeks, gamers and offbeat collectors that call this jam-packed shopping centre in Kowloon their haven. A banner that reads Mining Specialist stands out from among all the stores selling X-Box games, comic books, action hero figurines and video game consoles.
  • Tim Cook: 'Maybe we should have been clearer' over iPhone throttling

    01/18/2018 10:20:59 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    ZDNet ^ | January 18, 2018 | By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledges the company should have been clearer with iPhone owners. The iPhone throttling issue that Apple brought upon itself last year shows no signs of going away any time soon, but Apple CEO Tim Cook finally acknowledges that the company should have been clearer with iPhone owners. For those of you who aren't following the story closely, it all started back in July of last year, when Apple released iOS 10.2.1 following reports that iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE handsets were shutting down randomly due to cold weather, low battery...
  • The Trillion-dollar Chameleon

    01/18/2018 8:20:13 AM PST · by mairdie · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 18, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson Victor Davis Hanson
    Twenty years ago, no one had heard of either Facebook or Google, neither of which existed yet. For that matter, no one knew much about social media or search engines in general. Cellphones were still simply mobile, small and expensive telephones. There was no concept of a phone as a handheld computer. Today, five companies -- Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet (Google's parent company) -- have a collective worth of more than $3 trillion. Yet such transnational companies remain mostly exempt from the sort of regulations and accountability faced by most other industries.
  • Surprise! Apple Will Soon Let You Disable iPhone Throttling

    01/18/2018 7:48:38 AM PST · by fireman15 · 14 replies ^ | Jan 18, 2018 | DON REISINGER
    Upset that Apple has been slowing down older iPhones to prevent battery degradation? The company will let you disable this sort of throttling with an upcoming iOS update. But that doesn't mean you should. In an interview published last night (Jan. 17) by ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that a developer beta of iOS coming next month will provide users with more information on their states of their battery and will ultimately throttle CPU performance if things are going awry. It will be released to the public soon after. The feature has caught the ire of those...
  • How to Downgrade Windows 10 and Reinstall Windows 7

    01/17/2018 7:20:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 47 replies
    Make Tech Easier ^ | 1/17/18 | Nicholas Godwin
    Not everyone loves Windows 10. Many people upgraded from Windows 7 and regretted it. It might not work with your favorite (and maybe old) software and seems to hang frequently. If you belong to this camp and are looking for ways to get back to Windows 7, heres a breakdown of how to downgrade Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7 on your PC.Return to Windows 7 You can only use this option if you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7. Note that this method will not work if you did a clean reinstall or if youve had your Windows...
  • Neo-Nazi troll storm was crude but not a threat, white supremacist argues

    01/17/2018 12:58:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The founder of a popular neo-Nazi website who encouraged his readers to launch an avalanche of hate toward a Jewish woman said the victim could simply have ignored the phone calls, texts and social media messages. Andrew Anglin made the arguments in court documents submitted by his lawyers in response to a lawsuit that seeks to hold him liable after using his website to encourage his thousands of readers to contact Tanya Gersh. Most of the messages contained hate-filled language and centered on the fact Gersh is Jewish. Anglin wrote it shouldnt matter what Gersh thought of the words sent...
  • How drug lords make billions smuggling gold to Miami for your jewelry and phones

    01/17/2018 8:29:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | January 16, 2018 08:00 AM | By Jay Weaver, Nicholas Nehamas And Kyra Gurney
    When Juan Granda ventured into Perus Amazon rainforest to score another illicit load of gold, he boasted that he felt like legendary Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Im like Pablo coming ... to get the coke, he told two co-workers in a text message in 2014. A 36-year-old Florida State University graduate who once sold subprime loans, Granda was no cartel kingpin. But his offhand comparison was apt: Gold has become the secret ingredient in the criminal alchemy of Latin American narco-traffickers who make billions turning cocaine into clean cash by exporting the metal to Miami. The previous year, Grandas...
  • Terrorists Could Use Teslas to Kill Us

    01/17/2018 7:36:09 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 17, 2018 | | By Zach Aysan
    Cyber criminals make mistakes and are arrested occasionally, but attacks can originate from states that do not cooperate with international institutions or foreign governments. And outside of the developed world there is often even less of a distinction between private individuals and state actors... The second thing to recognize about cyber security is that attack is much easier than defense. Attackers can probe from multiple points, such as previously-hacked computers or servers rented with stolen credit card information. They can patiently try different strategies until they succeed. Talented attackers may first invent a new method of attack, then write software...
  • Workers describe noxious hazards at Apple supplier Catcher Technologys China factory

    01/16/2018 9:38:30 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | January 16, 2018
    “At a Catcher Technology Co. manufacturing complex in the Chinese industrial city of Suqian, about six hours’ drive from Shanghai, workers stand for up to 10 hours a day in hot workshops slicing and blasting iPhone casings for Apple Inc., handling noxious chemicals sometimes without proper gloves or masks,” Bloomberg News reports. “These conditions — some described in a report Tuesday by advocacy group China Labor Watch and others in Bloomberg News interviews with Catcher workers — show the downside of a high-tech boom buoying the world’s second-largest economy. Chinese recruiters play up the chance to build advanced consumer electronics...
  • Amazon's creepy plan to put a camera and microphone in every BEDROOM with launch of [tr]

    01/16/2018 9:21:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    Amazon wants to put a camera and microphone in your bedroom with the UK launch of its latest Echo home device. The camera on the 119.99 ($129) Echo Spot, which doubles up as a 'smart alarm', will probably be facing directly at the user's bed. The device, which is already available in the US has such sophisticated microphones it can hear people talking from across the room - even if music is playing.
  • Internet Provider Data Drain

    01/16/2018 8:12:53 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 46 replies
    Me ^ | Jan 16, 2018 | Neoliberalnot
    We have Exede satellite providing Internet service. For the last 2 months they say we have used up our 10GB data allowance in 3 days or less. This month we used it all up in less than 24 hours. We streamed a one hour serial show on low resolution on our LG smart tv, and used the Internet for email. I also spent an hour or two on FR. Exede claimed we had used the entire 10GB. We've had this service for 1.5 years and our online behavior has not changed. This location is a getaway home and we visit...
  • North Florida Man Robbed at Gunpoint in Dating App Setup

    01/15/2018 3:00:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Jan 14, 2018
    Florida police say a man thought he was going on a date set through an app, but instead was attacked and robbed at gunpoint. Police say a 21-year-old Taborice Lee Foster lured his target using Grindr, a dating app for gay men. When the victim arrived to his home in Panama City, Foster and another man attacked him, pointing a gun from behind while searching the date's pockets and stealing his wallet. The Panama City News Herald reports Foster and the other man named Royquez Darrell Deloach admitted to the robbery during an interview with Panama City police. Authorities recovered...
  • Would you use the Yes to Sex app? Controversial software creates legally-binding [tr]

    01/15/2018 6:19:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 15, 2018 | Tim Collins
    A controversial new app hopes to clear up the issue of consent between sexual partners, by creating legally binding contracts. The software hopes to help protect against STDs and 'revenge porn', as well as making clear what each person is comfortable with in the bedroom.
  • Google removes 60 apps from Play Store due to reports of malware (Porn ads to kids)

    01/14/2018 10:26:02 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | January 13, 2018 11:37 am | By Eric Brackett
    Google has removed 60 games from the Play Store after security firm Checkpoint discovered a bug that displayed ads for porn within the games. Many of the games were aimed at young children. Checkpoint identified three main ways in which this malware, named Adult Swine, could cause trouble for users. The first is in the nature of the ads themselves. These ads are often pornographic in nature, which many would find inappropriate in any game, let alone those aimed at children. The ads come from the pages of mainstream ad providers that forbid their content from being used in...
  • FBI Baffled by Encryption (FBI DIRECTOR Wray wants back diirs on devices)

    01/14/2018 8:51:50 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 65 replies
    The Still Report - Youtube ^ | Jan 13, 2018 | Bill Still
    Good evening, Im still reporting on: FBI Baffled by Encryption, 1978 Synopsis: New FBI Director Christopher Wray, speaking on Tuesday at a cyber-security conference in New York, said that powerful encryption tools now becoming widely available are frustrating his agency. Surprise, surprise; last year, the FBI was unable to access data from 7800 devices thats over 50% - despite having legal authority to do so i.e. a legitimate warrant from a real judge. Wray warned the audience of cyber-security experts from around the world: This is an urgent public safety issue. [The solution] is not so clear cut....
  • The wheelie cool new gadgets that are set to revolutionise our world revealed at Las Vegas tech fair

    01/14/2018 6:29:50 AM PST · by mairdie · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 January 2018 | Peter Sheridan
    It is the smart suitcase that promises to end the hell of lost luggage. The CX-1 follows you around at speeds of up to 7mph. It has a built-in 'eye' which maps the owner's face. Add in a 'homing' wristband which activates a built-in GPS tracker - and the case works like magic. If you wander too far, it lets out a loud wail. Expected to cost 800, it is just one of the amazing gizmos unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vagas.
  • Spectre Wreaks Havoc As iPhone 6 Performance Drops By 40% In Both Single And Multi-Core Benchmarks

    01/13/2018 12:07:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 62 replies ^ | Jan 13, 2018 | Ramish Zafar
    Ah, speculative execution. Mans ever needing desire to get more done in less time resulted in a similar design for microprocessors. With the third wave maturing and on the brink of fading, speed is all that matters today. Information is available in the blink of an eye and requires similar speeds for decision making. Hesitate, and youre done for. However, in the microprocessor case, this didnt serve us too well. Speculative Execution on microprocessor didnt account for what would happen should past usage trends not materialize. When we talk about every day processes, such as reading the news, this matters...
  • Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance

    01/13/2018 7:40:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    PC World ^ | 12/13/17 | Gordon Mah Ung
    As a performance junkie, Im less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilitiesafter all, there are no known exploits in use todaythan I am about a performance hit from the fixes.And from what Im seeing, my concerns are warranted.My sole experience with a fully updated platform so far is with Microsofts original Surface Book. Its based on an Intel Skylake Core i7-6700U and has 16GB of LPDDR3 and a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drive. The Surface Book is running the 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Fall Creators Update.[ Further reading: How to remove malware from your...