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    12/02/2016 7:05:43 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 55 replies
    December 2, 2016 | John Leland 1789
    We are asking the question for real-life reasons; not being rhetorical. There is a real 37 year old lady who was born with congenital defects that prevent her from ever driving a motor vehicle. Yet she is highly intelligent, very good with mathematics and logic, writes great poetry, has experience proofreading documents for authors, has fast and accurate typing skills. She has worked as a teacher's aid at the elementary level but housing was provided at the school and she didn't need to drive. Now she is in a rural setting, too far to walk to a job. She would...
  • FCC says AT&T and Verizon ‘harm consumers’ with free data schemes

    12/02/2016 4:30:11 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    The Verge ^ | Dec 2, 2016, 2:23pm EST | by Colin Lecher
    In two letters sent to AT&T and Verizon yesterday, the FCC writes that sponsored data plans from the telecom giants are a threat to net neutrality. FCC writes that the programs harm competition Both companies have recently instituted similar plans. Under the programs, customers can use select services without having them contribute to a data cap — a practice known as zero rating. In AT&T’s case, the FCC writes that, despite protests from the company, its sponsored data program “strongly favors AT&T's own video offerings” while damaging the opportunity for other video services to compete.“We have therefore reached the preliminary...
  • A message from Apple about 
iPhone and unexpected shutdowns

    12/02/2016 4:11:04 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | December 2, 2016
    Apple has posted the following statement on their Chinese website: We care deeply about our customers and take seriously concerns they have about their Apple products. After hearing reports from iPhone customers whose devices unexpectedly shut down, we thoroughly looked into these reports, and collected and analyzed devices.We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected...
  • Beware: 99% of fake Apple chargers are dangerous and could cause electric shocks

    12/02/2016 12:43:44 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Friday, December 2, 2016 · 10:56 am
    “Consumers are being warned off buying bargain iPhone chargers online, after 99% failed a basic safety test,” Megan White reports for The Mirror. “Out of 400 counterfeit Apple chargers purchased from online suppliers around the world, 397 failed a basic safety test, according to safety campaigners.” “Knock-off cables can be bought for as little as one pence on auction sites such as eBay, but Apple’s official leads retail at Ł19,” White reports. “Common problems with fakes included counterfeit plugs, non-sleeved plugs where the metal pins are exposed, live parts, two pin plugs attached and only basic insulation. They could also...
  • How a Trump administration could shape the internet

    12/02/2016 10:03:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2016 11:27 AM EST | Tali Arbel
    Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online — not to mention how much privacy you have while you’re at it. Republicans who generally oppose regulation seem likely to take charge at the Federal Communications Commission, the government’s primary telecom regulator. That alone could mean the end of rules designed to protect privacy and individual choice on the internet. Those rules were enacted over the past several years under the Obama administration. Under Trump, “the FCC will be a lot more focused on getting government...
  • Hackers are holding San Francisco's light-rail system for ransom

    12/02/2016 6:19:33 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    The Verge ^ | Nov 27, 2016 | Andrew Liptak
    Hackers are holding San Francisco's light-rail system for ransom ‘You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted’ by Andrew Liptak@AndrewLiptak Nov 27, 2016, 4:16pm EST San Francisco Municipal Railway riders got an unexpected surprise this weekend after the system’s computer systems were apparently hacked. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the MUNI system had been attacked on Friday afternoon. MUNI riders were greeted with printed "Out of Service" and "Metro Free" signs on ticket machines on late on Friday and Saturday. MUNI first became aware of the intrusion on Friday, according to the Examiner. Computer screens at MUNI stations displayed a message: "You...
  • TECH BLACKOUT: Huge Solar Storm Which Could WIPE OUT Modern Technology Expected by 2020

    12/01/2016 10:12:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Express (U.K.) ^ | Wed, Nov 30, 2016 | Sean Martin
    THERE is a one in eight chance that the Earth will be hit by a huge solar storm by 2020 which could potentially leave the world without Internet, phone service and many more services that modern-day humans rely on. Researchers have warned that there is roughly a 12 per cent chance that a solar storm could smash into Earth by the end of the decade. The powerful event would likely be as huge as the Carrington Event, which occurred on 1859. The solar storm which hit 150 years ago was so powerful that its southern auroras could be seen as...
  • Android Malware Used to Hack and Steal a Tesla Car

    12/01/2016 10:12:18 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies ^ | November 25, 2016 | By Catalin Cimpanu
    By infecting a Tesla owner's phone with Android malware, a car thief can hack and then steal a Tesla car, security researchers have revealed this week. Previous attempts to hack Tesla cars attacked the vehicle's on-board software itself. This is how Chinese security researchers from Keen Lab have managed to hack a Tesla Model S last month, allowing an attacker to control a car from 12 miles away. Security experts from Norwegian security firm Promon have taken a different approach, and instead of trying complicated attacks on the car's firmware, they have chosen to go after Tesla's Android app...
  • Google Chrome’s New Extension Will Replace ‘Alt-Right’ With ‘White Supremacy’ ?

    12/01/2016 6:57:10 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 15 replies ^ | December 1, 2016 | “George Zola” ?
    This is when you know it’s time to switch. Are there crazy people out there that say they are conservative? Yes, but we don’t like them either. Why doesn’t the Left take a look at their own party for once and see how many radicals they have. More than they would like to admit, we would say. “George Zola” is the alias of a web professional who spoke with Huffington Post about his new a Google Chrome extension, “Stop Normalizing The Alt Right.” The app works by automatically taking out all mentions of “alt-right,” and replacing the term with “white...
  • Apple is reportedly using drones to beat Google Maps

    12/01/2016 10:05:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12/01/16 | Tom Warren
    Apple is reportedly planning to use drones to improve its Maps app and truly compete with Google Maps, following a problematic launch four years ago. Bloomberg News reports that Apple has been building a team of experts in robots and data capture to utilize drones to quickly update maps. Google and Apple both use fleets of cars and vans equipped with cameras, but drones will allow Apple to examine and monitor roads, street signs, construction areas, and more. Apple is said to have hired at least one employee from Amazon’s Air division to help run its own drone team based in Seattle. Alongside the...
  • Android 'Gooligan' Hackers Just Scored The Biggest Ever Theft Of Google Accounts

    11/30/2016 10:03:24 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 30, 2016 | By Thomas Fox-Brewster
    More than a million Android phones are infected with Gooligan, a strain of malware Google is fighting in earnest. Cybercriminals used the spyware to steal 1.3 million Google accounts in the last four months, researchers warned. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) A new variant of Android malware is responsible for what’s believed to be the biggest single theft of Google accounts on record. The so-called Gooligan strain has infected as many as 1.3 million Android phones since August, completely prizing the devices open and stealing the tokens users are given to verify they are authorized to access their accounts. It’s main aim,...
  • Alternative Blockchain Uses

    11/30/2016 9:51:34 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Nasdaq ^ | November 30, 2016
    Alternative Blockchain Uses November 30, 2016, 09:47:34 AM EDT By The system behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, known as blockchain, is now being explored for other potential applications. It’s so powerful that big banks like Bank of America are taking out patents on the blockchain technology to study it further to see how it can leverage its power. Now others are investigating other uses for blockchain. /snip Alternative Uses for Blockchain /snip A blog on Bytecoin noted numerous alternative uses for blockchain, starting with Namecoin’s pioneering application of distributed DNA in which its goal is to allow registering standard DNS...
  • Boys as young as 11 falling victim to 'sextortion'

    11/30/2016 8:48:25 AM PST · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    ITV ^ | 30 November 2016
    More men and boys - some as young as 11 - are falling victim to "sextortion" - or webcam blackmail - with sometimes devastating effects. Four men have killed themselves in the last year after being lured by online gangs, the National Crime Agency said. Sextortion is a form of blackmail where criminals use fake identities to befriend victims online - using websites such as Facebook, Skype or Linkedin - before persuading them to perform sexual acts in front of their webcam. The number of reported webcam blackmail cases more than doubled in the past year, rising from 385 in...
  • (vanity) Need help transferring contents of an SD card created on a Windows PC to a MacBook Air

    11/30/2016 5:52:29 AM PST · by ETL · 53 replies
    Hi all, I'm trying to transfer some files I have on a micro-SD card to a friend's MacBook Air. I used my Windows-based PC to fill the card and when I insert it into the Mac the Mac doesn't recognize it (it doesn't show up on the desktop or by clicking "Find"). I talked to someone from BestBuy's GeekSquad on the phone last night and they said that Macs can't read cards unless they're formatted in something called "Fat 32". They said I could reformat the card while it's inserted in the Mac, or, if I recall correctly, on a...
  • There’s a New Google Chrome Extension That Will Replace ‘Alt-Right’ With ‘White Supremacy’

    11/29/2016 12:27:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11/29/16 | Ken Meyer
    A New York advertiser is taking it upon himself to make sure that the “alt-right” never becomes normalized in the public consciousness.“George Zola” is the alias of a web professional who spoke with Huffington Post about his new a Google Chrome extension, “Stop Normalizing The Alt Right.” The app works by automatically taking out all mentions of “alt-right,” and replacing the term with “white supremacy.” “I don’t want this term to be sugar coated, I want it to instantly make [people] recoil in the same way most recoil when thinking of white supremacists or white nationalists groups,” said Zola. “They’re...
  • Second Samsung appeal bid on $119.6 million iPhone slide-to-unlock patent verdict denied

    11/29/2016 12:23:32 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 08:15 am PT | By Mike Wuerthele
    The U.S. Court of Appeals has denied Samsung's bid for a second re-hearing of the storied 2014 patent trial with apple, covering auto-correct, quick links, and slide-to-unlock, and is now on the hook for the $119.6 million ruling. The Court of Appeals made no comment on the refusal of the appeal effort by Samsung. Samsung's only venue for relief on the matter is the Supreme Court, should it decide to pursue that avenue. Samsung had little support in this matter, standing in contrast to wide industry support for its Supreme Court bid over the first Apple versus Samsung trial. Only...
  • Apple to Obsolete Select 2009 to 2011 Macs at End of Year

    11/29/2016 11:05:27 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 44 replies
    MacRumors ^ | November 29, 2016 | by Joe Rossignol
    The following Macs will be classified as either vintage or obsolete in the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region: MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011) Mac mini(Early 2009) MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009) The aforementioned Macs will no longer be eligible for hardware service or new parts from Apple or Apple Authorized Service Providers, except in Turkey and California, where Apple will continue to provide repairs and documentation for up to two years, or December 31, 2018 in this case, as required by local statutes. Vintage products are those that have not...
  • Many iCloud users receiving spam Calendar & Photo Sharing invitations, here’s how to fix

    11/29/2016 10:46:32 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | November 1, 2016 | By Chance Miller
    Over recent weeks, iCloud users have started to notice an increased amount of spam coming to various aspects of their accounts. Email accounts, of course, are always vulnerable to spam messages and the root cause can be a variety of different reasons. This new type of spam, however, relates to iCloud’s Calendar and Photo Sharing functionalities… Essentially what happens in these instances is an iCloud user will receive a request for either a Calendar event or to view/share an iCloud Photo Sharing album or image. The issue with this type of spam is that, even if the user hits...
  • I don’t belong in tech

    11/29/2016 5:32:51 AM PST · by spintreebob · 172 replies ^ | 11/25/16 | Saron Yitbarek
    <p>It was dark and cold that night I stomped down Broadway, talking to my then-boyfriend-now-husband about my feelings. I am always talking about my feelings, and he is always listening. He “mhm”s at the right places and doesn’t interrupt and sometimes says good things at the end. Sometimes he says wrong things, and then I have to explain why those things are wrong, taking us down an emotional tangent that is frustrating and exhausting, but he’s trying to be helpful, I tell myself and breathe. Bless his little heart.</p>
  • Microsoft Confirms Its Chinese-Language Chatbot Filters Certain Topics

    11/28/2016 4:00:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    fortune ^ | November 28, 2016, 5:04 AM EST | Kevin Lui
    Microsoft’s MSFT 0.13% Chinese-language AI chat bot filters certain topics, the company confirmed Monday, although it did not clarify whether that included interactions deemed politically sensitive. Last week, CNNMoney and China Digital Times reported that Xiaoice would not directly respond to questions surrounding topics deemed sensitive by the Chinese state. References to the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 or “Steamed Bun Xi,” a nickname of Chinese President Xi Jinping, would draw evasive answers or non sequiturs from the chat bot, according to the report. “Am I stupid? Once I answer you’d take a screengrab,” read one answer to a question...
  • (MS)SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why? (Preview review)

    11/26/2016 7:51:49 PM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 24, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    First Look Microsoft has released a public preview of SQL Server for Linux, and I took it for a spin. There are three supported platforms for SQL Server on Linux, these being Red Hat Enterprise 7.2, Ubuntu 16.04, and a Linux-based Docker engine. Installation on other versions of Linux may also work, although unsupported. The Docker image enables installation on Mac or Windows. Microsoft specifies a minimum of 3.25GB of RAM. I installed on a modest 8GB dual-processor VM running Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" for testing. Setup involves agreeing a licence and setting an SA (system administrator) password. I then installed...
  • Google Maps names Trump Tower "Dump Tower"

    11/26/2016 4:53:26 PM PST · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    Google Maps ^ | November 26, 2016
    Go to Google maps and search NYC Trump Tower. "Dump Tower" Use Bing instead?
  • Japan Looks To Leapfrog China With 130 Petaflop Supercomputer

    11/26/2016 3:28:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies ^ | Saturday, November 26, 2016 | Brittany Goetting —
    The supercomputer race has only just begun. Japan is currently planning to build the world’s fastest supercomputer. The machine, nicknamed AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI), would ideally be able to process 130 quadrillion calculations per second or 130 petaflops. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for scientists, companies, and bureaucrats to work together in order to dominate robotics, renewable energy, and other up and coming industries. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million) on the supercomputer project and should commence in early 2017. Japan is particularly interested in artificial intelligence such as...
  • Environmentally-friendly graphene textiles could enable wearable electronics

    11/26/2016 8:36:43 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies ^ | 11/25/2016
    Cotton fabric is among the most widespread for use in clothing and textiles, as it is breathable and comfortable to wear, as well as being durable to washing. These properties also make it an excellent choice for textile electronics. A new process, developed by Dr Felice Torrisi at the CGC, and his collaborators, is a low-cost, sustainable and environmentally-friendly method for making conductive cotton textiles by impregnating them with a graphene-based conductive ink. Based on Dr Torrisi's work on the formulation of printable graphene inks for flexible electronics, the team created inks of chemically modified graphene flakes that are more...
  • Microsoft shares Windows 10 telemetry data with third parties (aka. FireEye security)

    11/24/2016 8:56:24 AM PST · by dayglored · 18 replies
    Beta News ^ | Nov 24, 2016 | Wayne Williams
    It’s no secret that Windows 10 records all sorts of usage information, some of which it feeds back to Microsoft. To help with the smooth running of Windows 10, and to get an idea of how users interact with the operating system, Microsoft collects telemetry data, which includes information on the device Windows 10 is running on, a list of installed apps, crash dumps, and more. Telemetry data recorded by Windows 10 is, in a nutshell, just technical information about the device the OS is on, and how Windows and any installed software is performing, but it can occasionally include...
  • Microsoft releases Windows classic Solitaire on iPhone and Android (What was old is now new)

    11/24/2016 8:43:48 AM PST · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 24, 2016 | Cara McGoogan
    (It still has the bouncing-card victory animations from Windows 95!!)Most people still have fond memories of spending hours playing Solitaire on their old Windows desktop computers.The rise of mobile gaming combined with Microsoft's decision last year to charge users for the Windows 10 version led to the popular game falling out of fashion.But the classic Solitaire is back, and it is available on iOS and Android. Microsoft has launched a new app called Solitaire Collection, which is free to download and contains classic card games such as Klondike, Spider and Freecell.Microsoft has retained features of the classic game, including the...
  • Welcome back and voting help for my website (vanity)

    11/24/2016 8:27:56 AM PST · by SouthWall · 9 replies
    11/24/2016 | Doug Wall
    I am trying to improve my website, Not for Liberals I've added a "Welcome Back" and "You have already Voted" code (php)that I need a couple of you guys to hit. I use ip address to limit voting, so I can only test once by myself Thank you for your help. Oh, and while you are there, click on a category to see a random quote from that category
  • Meet Voat, the website that wants to be the anti-Reddit [hosting #Pizzagate articles]

    11/23/2016 5:25:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    CNET ^ | 7/17/15 | Ian Sherr
    With all the drama surrounding Reddit, from debates over free speech to its messy game of musical chairs among executives, it's understandable some users might want to leave. Now they've found a place to go. It's called Voat (rhymes with goat), and it says it's fixed all those things people don't like about Reddit. The site launched in April 2014 and was originally called WhoaVerse. It started as a part-time project of a third-year Swedish college student and now the site claims to be run by two students who are "currently studying computer science and economics at University of Zurich...
  • Man Uses Overturned Lawn Mower to Dispose of Old Floppy Disks

    11/23/2016 2:05:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    UPI ^ | Nov. 23, 2016 | Ben Hooper
    A YouTuber shared video of his novel way of erasing his embarrassing old computer files -- dumping floppy disks into an overturned lawn mower's blades. The video, posted to YouTube by user Will it Mow?, begins with a man explaining that he wants to get rid of his old floppy disks. ADVERTISING "I've got a lot of private data on these old disks," the man says. "I better get rid of them to make sure no one sees what I do on my computer." The man uses four Chronos high speed cameras to record as he sets off the mechanism...
  • MIT’s new nylon muscles could lead to actual Westworld hosts

    11/23/2016 8:10:12 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | Darrell Etherington
    MIT has a new nylon-based artificial muscle-like filament created by researchers that could eventually provide the basis for robots with bulging biceps. The filaments themselves look eerily similar to the ones extruded by the 3D printers used in the opening sequence of HBO’s Westworld, which is why Gizmodo and others are seeing parallels between potential applications of the tech and Westworld‘s lifelike hosts. MIT’s new solution isn’t the first artificial muscle technology developed, but it is simple and low cost, unlike existing offerings. The researchers developing the tech found that specific types of nylon fiber can reproduce some of the...
  • Google reveals what people really think about parts of North America

    11/23/2016 5:08:35 AM PST · by tekrat · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/23/2016 | Gus Lubin
    Why is Pennsylvania so hilly, boring, liberal? Why is is Manitoba so humid and flat? Reddit user Salem-Witch gathered the top Google Autocomplete suggestions for states and regions around North America. "Don't shoot the messenger," Salem-Witch comments. Note that suggestions may change over the course of the year.
  • Gab is coming - to replace Twitter [No censorship social media]

    11/22/2016 4:54:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Speisa ^ | 11/22/16
    It had to happen. When someone starts to oppress free speech, it will be met with a protest. The interest for Twitter's new no censorship competitor Gab is huge. Over 187,000 people have already signed up to participate in the ongoing beta test. In July this year the non-profit whistleblower organization WikiLeaks called for an alternative to Twitter. The reason was that Twitter had started to censor and shut down particularly well-known conservative voices from the social media. The openly gay Breitbart employee Milo Yiannopoulos is one of those who was banned. Former New York Times editor Robert Stacy McCain,...
  • Microsoft wants to turn quantum computing research into real products

    11/22/2016 4:21:17 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 11/21/16 | Mark Coppock
    Many companies and researchers are investigating quantum computing as one of the next major steps in the evolution of computers. The “spooky” effects of quantum physics, it is hoped, will enable the creation of computers that operate on certain tasks at unprecedented levels of performance. Microsoft is one of those companies, and it has been looking at quantum computing for some time now. Today, however, the company is taking the next step of actively investing in the creation of a real, scaleable quantum computer that can be used to tackle real-world problems, as the company outlines on the official Microsoft...
  • Selfie deaths are slowly rising around the world Updated

    11/21/2016 6:09:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 21, 2016 | 1:06pm | | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    More people are dying for the perfect selfie. A new study – titled, “Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths” – found that 127 people have died in a 29-month span through last September while trying to get photos of themselves at dangerous or exotic locations. The overwhelming majority of the deaths compiled by researchers occurred in India, where 76 people died. In the United States, there were eight selfie-related deaths. The most common factor behind the so-called “selfie deaths” – defined as a death of an individual or group that could have been avoided had the...
  • Apple offers free battery replacement for iPhone 6S shutdown problem

    11/21/2016 5:49:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    CNN Money Tech ^ | November 21, 2016 | by Sherisse Pham
    Apple has admitted that some iPhone 6S devices can suddenly shut down for no apparent reason. The tech giant is offering owners of the problematic smartphones free replacement batteries. "A very small number" of iPhone 6S devices manufactured between September and October 2015 are affected, Apple (AAPL, Tech30) said in a statement Monday. It didn't provide details on the battery fault that is causing the phones to unexpectedly go dark.
  • Apple Plays Negan With Smartphone Industry Profits (takes 106% of industry profits!)

    11/21/2016 2:08:21 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 21, 2016 — 4:21 PM ET | BY PATRICK SEITZ
    Canaccord Genuity on Monday estimated that Apple took 106% of smartphone industry profits in the third quarter. (Apple) Like the ruthless character of Negan on "The Walking Dead," Apple has seized everything worthwhile from rivals in the smartphone industry. Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley on Monday estimated that Apple took 106% of smartphone industry profits in the third quarter. Its share is more than 100% because other vendors lost money in the business, resulting in Apple having more smartphone profit than the industry netted overall. Apple's smartphone operating profit totaled $10.84 billion in Q3, vs. the industry total of $10.28...
  • Samsung Says Galaxy S7 Phones Are Safe

    11/21/2016 1:57:58 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 21, 2016 | Parmy Olson
    After a horrendous autumn dealing with the fallout of combusting batteries in the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is now reassuring customers that its smaller-sized, S7 range is not affected by the same issue. “Samsung stands behind the quality and safety of the Galaxy S7 family” the company said in an official statement released late on Friday. “There have been no confirmed cases of internal battery failures with these devices among the more than 10 million devices being used by consumers in the United States.”
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch 4,000 satellites for global Internet coverage

    11/21/2016 2:45:10 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 39 replies
    Washington Journal ^ | 11/17/16 | Daniel Navas
    Elon Musk has announced an ambitious plan to put more than 4,000 satellites in space to create a global high-speed internet network. Musk first turned his attention to internet satellites in 2014, and his plan soon received the backing of Google, which chucked $1bn at Space Exploration Technologies Corp, aka SpaceX. Musk said in January 2015 that the plan would cost at least $10bn. The original number of satellites was pinned at 700, but documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission show that SpaceX wants to deploy 4,425 satellites, plus “in-orbit spares”, to provide high-speed, global internet coverage. Earth...
  • Democratic Underground Suffers Election Grief Shutdown

    11/20/2016 1:54:54 AM PST · by RC one · 36 replies
    News Busters ^ | 11/18/16 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Democratic Underground went into the election last week absolutely confident in Hillary Clinton's victory. As we shall see they were even openly gloating about her winning the presidency before the election even happened. And then the Trumpocalypse shockwave hit them hard. Very hard. In fact, they went into such a deep state of grief that their website shut down. Here is their laughable official excuse: As most of you probably know, Democratic Underground was vandalized by a hacker on election day, forcing us to take the site offline. We have spent the last week performing a security review of...
  • A look at carbon nanotubes and opto-electronics in chip design

    11/19/2016 10:41:00 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | 18 November 2016 | Jon Worrel
    Process node scaling is becoming very expensive Carbon nanotubes have long been proposed as a significant substrate replacement to transform the chip design industry as we know it. They can operate using substantially less electrical charge and are six to ten times faster than silicon, yet due to their incredibly small size they have proven difficult to work with. The search for silicon alternativesOver the past 62 years since the first working silicon transistor was made at Bell Labs, companies have used different doping concentrations to influence electron mobility on circuit designs. But over the past half-decade, the industry...
  • Inside Gab: The New Twitter Alternative Championed By The Alt-Right

    11/19/2016 8:19:29 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 13 replies
    fastcompany ^ | 11/18/16 | Cale Guthrie Weissman
    A dispatch from the new censorship-defying social network in the wake of "the purge" of alt-right users on Facebook and Twitter this week. The purge is happening. At least according to the universe of alt-right users on social media: Many of them claim that in recent days their Twitter accounts have been suspended and that their posts on Facebook are not being promoted or shared like they used to. It’s all part of a crackdown on "fake news" in the wake of reports that misleading reports shared on Facebook and Twitter helped influence the election. To many, these efforts are...
  • Google Home, Amazon Echo Mix Convenience with Creepiness

    11/19/2016 6:31:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    toptechnews ^ | 11/15/2016 | Troy Wolverton.
    Having a smart speaker like Amazon Echo or Google Home ... can ... feel creepy. And sometimes, really annoying. ... So, if you want to order an Uber through Echo, you have to link your Uber account to it via Amazon's Alexa smartphone app. If you want to use Home to order your Chromecast to start playing music on your stereo system, you have to set that up in the Google Home smartphone app. ... You can link Amazon's gadget...npopular ones like Google's Nest thermostats and Philip's Hue lightbulbs, but also more obscure devices like connected coffee pots, smart sprinkler...
  • Jony Ive’s design book is much more than an ego trip

    11/18/2016 8:44:07 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | NOVEMBER 18, 2016 • 5:30 AM | BY LEANDER KAHNEY
    Apple's Industrial Design team has published a book of its work over two decades: Designed by Apple in California. Increasingly, some Apple fans think Jony Ive has lost it. He’s killing ports and headphone jacks left and right. The latest MacBooks value form over function. He’s designing gold watches for the 1 percent. And now his glossy new photo book, Designed by Apple in California, looks like a $300, linen-bound ego trip. The iconic PowerMac Cube. The giant, 300-page book is a retrospective of the products developed by Ive’s celebrated industrial design team. Filled with 450 photos of Apple products,...
  • Inside Gab: The New Twitter Alternative Championed By The Alt-Right

    11/18/2016 2:19:47 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 35 replies
    FastCompany ^ | 11/18/2016 | Cale Guthrie Weissman
    A dispatch from the new censorship-defying social network in the wake of "the purge" of alt-right users on Facebook and Twitter this week. The purge is happening. At least according to the universe of alt-right users on social media: Many of them claim that in recent days their Twitter accounts have been suspended and that their posts on Facebook are not being promoted or shared like they used to. It’s all part of a crackdown on "fake news" in the wake of reports that misleading reports shared on Facebook and Twitter helped influence the election. To many, these efforts are...
  • Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus

    11/18/2016 12:00:18 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Apple ^ | November 18, 2016
    Apple has determined that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device. If your iPhone 6 Plus is exhibiting the symptoms noted above, is in working order, and the screen is not cracked or broken, Apple will repair your device for a service price of $149. Apple will contact customers who may have paid for a service repair related to this issue either through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange reimbursement. If you have not been contacted...
  • What is the Appetite for a 'Cord-Cutters Ping Group'?

    11/18/2016 7:23:54 AM PST · by RinaseaofDs · 112 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/18/2016 | RinaseaofDs
    I have been watching OANN as a cord cutter for three weeks and its positive attitude and its willingness to air news even Fox won't air has convinced me that cord cutters need help (I know I do) locating quality, non-cable sources of programming. I plan on a separate vanity about One America News Network, but I think cord cutting is a concept that needs to reach a tipping point. Thoughts?
  • Apps Crash More on iPhone Than Android: Report

    11/18/2016 5:28:47 AM PST · by ThunderSleeps · 21 replies
    AppyGeek ^ | 11/17/16 | Tom
    New data from the Blancco Technology Group (BTG) says that 62 percent of all iOS devices suffered from software failures, compared to 47 percent of Android devices. What's more, 65 percent of iOS devices suffered crashing apps in the third quarter of 2016, more than doubling the 25 percent of Android devices that experienced the same trouble. While BTG didn't dig too deeply into why iOS might be failing more often than Android, it did point a finger at the exceedingly successful augmented reality game Pokémon Go.
  • Fake News Trumps Real News in Facebook Traffic Report

    11/17/2016 7:44:00 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11-16-16 | Cathy Burke
    Fake election news got more Facebook hits than the top stories from major news outlets during the final three months of the presidential race, BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday. According to the news outlet's analysis, 20 top-performing false election stories from hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs generated 8,711,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook. During the same period, the 20 best-performing election stories from 19 major news websites generated a total of 7,367,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook, the analysis found. BuzzFeed News reported the major outlets had the most activity on Facebook before the race's last three months –...
  • Facebook ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ Is a Scam

    11/17/2016 3:05:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Search on Facebook for “secret sister gift exchange” and you’ll find people posting and re-posting the same message over and over again. The message claims you can buy a gift for $10 or more, add your name to a list and then receive a bounty of 36 gifts. “A lot of friends are doing it, or at least posting about it. Doesn’t sound like a good idea,” Lauren Kidwell said. Kidwell said “secret sister” sounds a whole lot like a pyramid scam she saw years ago. “You only spend $10, get one gift for someone else. Everybody else sends you...
  • Microsoft's Linux love affair leads it to join The Linux Foundation

    11/16/2016 7:18:31 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    zd ^ | November 16, 2016 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    You read the title correctly. Microsoft just joined the Linux Foundation. Believe it or not, Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. No, this isn't The Onion and it's not April Fool's Day. Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation. Microsoft announced that it was joining forces with The Linux Foundation at the Microsoft Connect developer event in New York. Yes, yes I know. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once said, "Linux is a cancer". Yes, Microsoft still forces Android vendors to pay for its bogus Linux patents. And, yes, Microsoft and its cronies are still scheming to...