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  • iPhone X expensive? No, $999 is a 'value price', says Apple CEO Tim Cook

    Apple's new iPhone X $999 price tag only looks expensive, according to Apple chief Tim Cook. Asked by ABC's Good Morning America presenter Robin Roberts whether the iPhone X's price tag was "out of reach for the average American", Cook replied that it was "a value price actually for the technology you're getting". After explaining that most people pay don't pay the full sum upfront and often receive carrier subsidies and trade-in discounts, Cook also suggests that whether the iPhone X is out of reach for most people is beside the point. That's because Apple's goal has never been to...
  • Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

    09/21/2017 1:39:29 PM PDT · by dayglored · 53 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 21, 2017 | Simon Sharwood
    Gives two-fingered salute to IBM designers for forcing us to use three-fingered salute Bill Gates has said that if he had his time again, he would not have chosen CTRL-ALT-DEL as the keypress to interrupt a PC's operations.Speaking at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, as recorded from about the 8:30 mark in this video, Gates looked a touch bemused when Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked about the infamous three-finger salute.He nonetheless answered the question directly, and in a very Bill Gates way, saying: "The IBM hardware PC keyboard only had one way it could get a guaranteed...
  • Review: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (Link only per copyright limitation: Wired)

    09/20/2017 9:10:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Wired | September 20, 2017 | By DAVID PIERCE
    Link Only per copyright limitation: Review: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Hands On Review . . .
  • Apple admits to Apple Watch LTE problems just before it ships

    09/20/2017 2:48:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 32 replies
    The Verge ^ | September 20, 2017 | by Lauren Goode
    The “handoff” isn’t working like it’s supposed toPhoto by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Apple’s new Series 3 smartwatch starts shipping this Friday, and the biggest feature change between last year’s model and this new Watch is that it has built-in cellular capabilities. Except, that cell service isn’t entirely reliable. While writing my review of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE capabilities, I experienced notable connectivity issues. The new Watch appeared to try to connect to unknown WiFi networks instead of connecting to cellular, when I was out and about without my phone. (The issues are laid out in...
  • End-of-life chatbot can help you with difficult final decisions

    09/20/2017 12:58:24 PM PDT · by mairdie · 70 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 18 September 2017 | Matt Reynolds
    Could chatbots lend a non-judgemental ear to people making decisions about the end of their life? A virtual agent that helps people have conversations about their funeral plans, wills and spiritual matters is set to be trialled in Boston over the next two years with people who are terminally ill. People near the end of their lives sometimes don’t get the chance to have these important conversations before it’s too late, says Timothy Bickmore at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. So Bickmore and his team – which included doctors and hospital chaplains – built a tablet-based chatbot to offer spiritual...
  • Fox News, CBS News, NBC News, ABC News - All Web Sites Look Similar Now. [Vanity]

    09/20/2017 7:48:16 AM PDT · by Boomer · 28 replies
    News Sites ^ | 9/20/17 | Self
    Fox News Website now looks too similar to the MSM to be a coincidence. Part of a larger goal to move left or simply to conform to a perceived current norm? Not the same but quite similar...
  • Apple releases Apple iOS 11, Apple WatchOS 4, and AppleTV OS

    09/19/2017 4:10:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | September 19, 2017 1:30PM PDT
    Apple releases iOS 11 Apple today released iOS 11 which brings hundreds of new features to iPhone and iPad including an all new App Store, a more proactive and intelligent Siri, improvements to Camera and Photos, and augmented reality technologies to enable immersive experiences. iOS 11 is also the biggest release for iPad ever and adds powerful new multitasking features, a new Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil.App Store • All-new App Store designed for discovering great apps and games everyday • New Today tab helps you discover new apps and games with stories, how-to guides, and...
  • iPhone X's A11 Bionic Chip Destroys Competition in Geekbench Benchmark Results

    09/19/2017 1:44:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 64 replies
    Gadgets360 ^ | September 18, 2017 | By Tasneem Akolawala
    HIGHLIGHTS Benchmark test claims A11 Bionic chip is a powerhouse iPhone X's multi-core scores way higher than the competition A11 chip has six-cores capable of running them simultaneously The iPhone X was announced last week with many highlights including Face ID, an almost bezel-less OLED display, and a really fast A11 Bionic chipset - something the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also sport. The SoC has six CPU cores, with the ability to run all of them simultaneously. Now, the iPhone X has been put through GeekBench 4, and the single-core and multi-core tests both prove that the chipset...
  • A 1996 video describing how voice, text and multimedia sources could be gathered by the government

    09/19/2017 7:26:54 AM PDT · by mairdie · 10 replies
    It's 21 years old, but interesting to see what was being proposed to the government as a way of collecting massive amounts of data and automatically processing it. This was before nav units in cars were common, and portable interaction was normal. Another earlier video, our first home production, describes more nitty-gritty data collection by topic in various languages, with people able to correct and adjust confidence in the collected data. PLUM is referenced in the video above.PLUM - Probabilistic Language Understanding ModelAnd the government has now had two decades to refine their massive data collection techniques.
  • Two Equifax executives will retire following massive data breach

    09/18/2017 6:31:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2017 | Hamza Shaban
    A week after Equifax disclosed it suffered a massive data breach that may have compromised sensitive information belonging to 143 million people, the credit reporting agency's chief information officer, David Webb, and chief security officer, Susan Mauldin, are retiring, effective immediately, the company said in a statement Friday evening.
  • Hackers compromised free CCleaner software, Avast's Piriform says

    09/18/2017 5:25:00 AM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 18, 2017 | Joseph Menn
    Hackers broke into British company Piriform’s free software for optimizing computer performance last month potentially allowing them to control the devices of more than two million users, the company and independent researchers said on Monday. The malicious program was slipped into legitimate software called CCleaner, which is downloaded for personal computers and Android phones as often as five million times a week. It cleans up junk programs and advertising cookies to speed up devices. CCleaner is the main product made by London’s Piriform, which was bought in July by Prague-based Avast, one of the world’s largest computer security vendors. At...
  • Why Microsoft will drive serious Linux innovation (MS is doing Linux kernel development)

    09/17/2017 5:04:32 PM PDT · by dayglored · 51 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Sep 11, 2017 | Matt Asay
    Microsoft, while maintaining its commitment to Windows, has made the necessary steps to not merely run on Linux but to help shape the future of Linux Is Microsoft “the only [company] doing serious innovating with Linux?” That’s Jessie Frazelle’s contention. Frazelle, who rose to prominence in the developer community with Docker and later Google Cloud, made the bold claim to justify her departure to Microsoft. On its face it seems silly, an over-exuberant claim to justify a career move. And yet it does suggest a very possible future where Microsoft doesn’t merely accept a peaceful coexistence with Linux, but instead...
  • Bashware attack makes Linux a security threat to Windows 10

    09/17/2017 4:59:04 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Sep 12, 2017 | Mark Wycislik-Wilson
    While many people welcomed the arrival of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10, it has been found to be a potential security issue. A new technique known as a Bashware has been discovered by security researchers that makes it possible for malware to use the Linux shell to bypass security software. While administrator access is needed to execute a Bashware attack, this is fairly easily obtained, and the technique can be used to disguise malicious operations from antivirus software and other security tools. Researchers from Check Point Research point out that the danger stems from the fact that...
  • Apple’s FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying

    09/17/2017 10:00:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies ^ | 09/14/2017 | Jake Laperruque
    Consumers are already questioning whether FaceID could be spoofed. And it's also possible police would be able to more easily unlock phones without consent by simply holding an individual’s phone up to his or her face. But FaceID should create fear about another form of government surveillance: mass scans to identify individuals based on face profiles. Law enforcement is rapidly increasing use of facial recognition; one in two American adults are already enrolled in a law enforcement facial recognition network, and at least one in four police departments have the capacity to run face recognition searches. Still, until now, co-opting...
  • Artificial intelligence just made guessing your password a whole lot easier

    09/17/2017 2:56:01 AM PDT · by Bullish · 30 replies ^ | 9/15/17 | Matthew Hutson
    Last week, the credit reporting agency Equifax announced that malicious hackers had leaked the personal information of 143 million people in their system. That’s reason for concern, of course, but if a hacker wants to access your online data by simply guessing your password, you’re probably toast in less than an hour. Now, there’s more bad news: Scientists have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to create a program that, combined with existing tools, figured more than a quarter of the passwords from a set of more than 43 million LinkedIn profiles. Yet the researchers say the technology may...
  • Automation Replaced 800,000 Workers, Then It Created 3.5 Million New Jobs

    09/16/2017 3:03:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | 09/16/2017 | by Alston Ghafourifar
    These days, it’s tough to avoid newspaper headlines warning that artificial intelligence is coming for your job. The problem is that, often, the only thing these oversimplifications get right is that there is, in fact, an important connection between automation and work.What’s surprising is how many examples there are of AI acting as the catalyst for new hiring, higher wages, and happier employees. But of course, AI success stories aren’t as exciting as the “job-stealing robots” narrative. The reality is that the impact of AI on the workforce is complex, nuanced, and still very much in transition.Worker-Friendly OutcomesHere’s an...
  • France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in Europe

    09/16/2017 10:08:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies ^ | 16 September 2017 03:41 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire accused US internet giants on Friday of escaping their fair share of taxes in Europe, as he pushed the EU to urgently address the issue. Big EU countries have become increasingly frustrated that internet giants such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google escape paying a fair tax by basing their operations in lower-tax EU states such as Ireland and Luxembourg. “We need to make sure in Europe that all companies are paying their fair share of tax, that is the meaning of our initiative,” Le Maire told reporters on the sidelines of talks with...
  • Blizzard addresses growing ‘Overwatch’ player toxicity problem

    09/14/2017 1:51:47 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 25 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 9/14/2017 | Gabe Gurwin
    Overwatch continues to be one of the best multiplayer shooters around, but since its launch last year, the game has seen a growing problem with player toxicity and abuse. Blizzard has now pledged to address this issue head on, outlining its plans in a new developer update video. Thus far, more than 340,000 reported incidents have resulted in disciplinary action of some kind, and an additional 140,000 players have been disciplined for their actions in the game, as well. In terms of specifics, Blizzard is planning to permanently ban repeat offenders from playing in competitive matches again. Abusers will...

    09/14/2017 1:24:17 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | September 13, 2017 10:38 am | By Kevin Parrish
    Security firm says 'BlueBorne' is only a risk if your device isn't updated VIDEO A recent report warned of a possible attack based on vulnerabilities found in Bluetooth, but Google, Microsoft, and Apple already addressed the issue.Bluetooth was originally created in 1998 to serve as a secure short-range wireless connection between two devices. It pairs our wireless mice to our laptops, our smartwatches to our smartphones, and so on. But a recent report published by security firm Armis points to eight Bluetooth-related vulnerabilities — four of which are critical — that reside on more than 5 billion Android, Windows, Linux, and...
  • What Apple Did Not Release: A certain technology threatens to make Apple's cash-cow obsolete.

    09/14/2017 8:09:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/14/2017 | Mike Konrad
    I am not going to go over the new hardware being brought out by Apple.  Fanboys are already cooing over the new iPhones.  But something – something that flew under the radar to all but techies – is about to substantially alter the power and cost of computing. To those following the Apple event, one item was missing: the Mac Mini.  The Mac Mini was and is Apple's desktop option for those who want to buy just the core computer and provide their own monitor, speakers, keyboard, et al.  In its heyday (the 2012 Server Model), the Mac Mini...